Coffee Break Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying our Coffee Break Blog Hop along with a cup of coffee or tea. I’m hopping with fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. You may have arrived from Sandra Robert’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

Today’s hop features the Coffee Break designer series paper (dsp) with coordinating Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup framelits. With 12 patterns to select from on 6 double sided sheets, our blog hop projects may or may not include coffee themes. The opposite sides of the dsp usually feature a complimentary pattern like strips, circles or asymmetrical prints that may be used instead of the coffee patterns.

I decided to create a dark chocolate espresso bean treat sack for my project. Our 2×8 inch cellophane bags holds about a serving of beans after I cut the bag to 5 inches. But a serving for me is 3 beans. I will probably be wide awake tonight since I sampled while I was designing:)

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The bag topper is 2×4 inches of early espresso cardstock that was embossed using the softly falling embossing folder and folded to make a 2×2 inch topper. The next layer is 4×1 1/2 inches from the Coffee Break designer series paper package. A whisper white 1 1/4 inch circle creates a mat for the mini coffee cup that was “embossed” using the sleeve framelit from the Coffee Cups framelit set.

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The Coffee Break dsp was snipped as shown to create the flag.

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Most of the supplies used to create the treat bag topper. I see I did not include the Softly Falling embossing folder and 1 1/4 inch circle punch.

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If you are attending the Card Buffet today, this is your party favor!

Did you also know that the Coffee Cafe bundle pricing is being retired? Order now to save 10% on the Coffee Cafe stamps and coordinating Coffee Cups framelits. Ordering information is at the bottom of this post.

 

Thanks for hopping with us. Now click on the next image to zoom to Rhonda’s blog to see what fun ideas she designed.

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In case you need to hop around, here is a link list of participating demonstrators:

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!
All the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here if you do not already have a demonstrator. Please use host code THAD9V7C if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.
If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to have you join my Super Awesome Stampers team for the best benefits and discount buying. Click Contact above to get the conversation started.
Come back tomorrow for another design using the Coffee Break Suite products. I also share a different design in yesterday’s post here.
Thanks!
Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

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Clearance Rack loaded – Don’t Delay, Shop Today!

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The clearance rack has been loaded! So I am adding a post even though I already shared a card on my blog today. I don’t want you to miss out on ordering our fabulous, retired products at great discounts! Receive even greater discounts if you are demonstrator on my Super Awesome Stampers team because you receive the demo discount on top of Clearance Rack pricing!

Click here to zoom to my online store.

Please use host code THAD9V7C if your online order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards. 
Enjoy my Online Shopper Rewards program with every $50 online purchase, excluding shipping and tax.
Happy Shoppin!
Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Card Exchange…Quiet Please!

When we retreat for a weekend with other papercrafters or meet as Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, we exchange hand stamped greeting cards. The designs are great since we have been stamping for many collective years. Add all the years up and it would typically be over 300 years of stamping experience in one room!

This was the line up at our recent retreat with paper crafting friends. We had 19 card exchange participants. There was another table for sorting the cards too.

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Mom usually distributes the cards with care making sure each pile receives a card. If anyone helps with the distribution, they need to stay in line with Mom. No skipping around to piles. If the piles don’t all look the same, someone’s pile has been missed. We learned that the hard way several times in the early years and had to reshuffle back to original bags to figure out who was missed.

Focusing on the task ensures each pile is identical and any extras go back to the original stamper. Quiet, Please! And don’t talk to the helpers making the piles! We have a check-in sheet with name, how many cards submitted (so we know if there are extras in their bag) and design theme. More hard lessons learned along the way.

My exchange card uses the Coffee Cafe suite…

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I’ll share Mom’s card in a different post later this week. She used the Barn Door bundle. The barn door rails are peeking out from the real red cardstock towards the top of the card pile giving you a sneak peek.

Thanks for creating great designs and using fabulous Stampin’ Up! products!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop Painted with Love Specialty

I am excited to be a hop stop with the Scrapbooking Sunday crew. Our April theme is pastels. So I looked at my paper stash and found the Painted with Love Specialty designer series paper has powder pink accents. The finely woven powder pink ribbon has a bit of shimmer and is slightly stiff so will be nice and flat on the layout.

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The Painted with Love dsp is heavier weight so it will hold up well when cut using the Bold Butterfly framelit.

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2 page, 12×12 inch layout…just add photos and journaling!

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Tuck a snippet of powder pink finely woven ribbon between 2 hearts cut using the Mini Treat Bag framelit. Mat them with gold foil paper.

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A trio of hearts cut using the Wood Crate framelit anchors the bottom right of the layout. The smallest hearts in the upper left and the single hearts are cut using the Support Ribbon framelits.

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The supplies used to create this layout plus 12×12 sheets of whisper white cardstock and gold foil paper and powder pink finely woven ribbon.

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Thanks for hopping with us! Click the next image below to hop the UK and Jerim Denkin’s stop!

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Here is a list of the participating blogs:

1. Danielle Bennenk – The Netherlands
2. Tina Riddle
3. Sharon Dalton – Australia
4. Tanya Boser- USA
5. Shirley Merker – USA
6. Jerim Dickins – UK
7. Cheryll Miller – Australia
8. Valérie Perlin – France
9. melissa Davies – USA
10. Heike Hülle-Bolze Germany
11. Dena Albee – USA
12. Jenny Hall – USA
13. Jess Brown – UK
14. Charlet Mallett – USA
15. Cathy Caines

Apron of Love

I was a hop stop earlier this week and shared this card. If you missed the hop, click here to zoom to my post to get on the hop.

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I shared in the hop post that this card was inspired by my Grandma. We lived way up north in Dent, Minnesota when she would visit us for a month at a time. I recall that Grandma would take the Greyhound bus from her house in Illinois. Dad was always concerned if Grandma had to stand in the aisle instead of getting an actual seat. So I am sure we would get to the bus depot early so she could get on the bus first.

I was also inspired to make this card because I am in the kitchen a lot. I cook home made most of the time, have a vegetable garden, can peaches, beets, tomatoes, pickles, blueberries, apples, strawberries and sauerkraut too.

When we had our beagle Spencer, we would also bake him homemade treats. His tummy seemed to do better too if he did not eat the processed treats. It also gave us something to do with Spencer. He knew we were baking for him, must have been the meat juice (saved from crock pot cooking) and garlic smells.

I think Jim found this cookbook to help us with recipes when we first started baking biscuits for Spencer.

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This page was bookmarked…I make notes with recipe changes, when I made it and other facts that might be fun to read later on.

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Grandma’s cookbooks were dispersed and this is the one I received…I kept the paper towel that she used to mark a page. We make recipes out of this book, mostly floury things. The angel food cake is a favorite and is baked when I get extra eggs from my nephew.

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What is your Apron of Love story? Share in the comments!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley