Ink, Stamp and Share Monochromatic Blog Hop


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring monochromatic color scheme for the design focal point. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrine’s blog and her fabulous project.

Here is my design…

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Cardstock is cut at 4.25×11 inches. Score at 5.5 and 2.75 inches for a unique, fun fold.

This is my retirement party farewell to the stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. It’s worked 18 years with a copyright of 2001. If you don’t already have it in your stash, there are a few more days to order it!

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Karen Pearmain’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.


Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Sandra Roberts

Laura Mackie

Pia Gerhardt

Michelle Bryant

Tricia Butts

Sue McDonald

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Jo Blackman

Linda Handford

Sandrine Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Karen Pearmain

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog 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.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


Ink and Share Scrapbook Bella and Friends


Welcome to the Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. We are Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators showcasing our fabulous products on scrapbook pages. If you are on the hop trail, you may have arrived from Sharon Dalton’s blog. She had a great layout!

Bella and Friends is soon to be retired. So I wanted to officially use it one more time. It will stay in my retired stamp stash though. All the doggie themed stamps do:)

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Use the word bubble ovals to add what you are thankful for.

Our heart epoxy droplets (item number 148583) are perfectly sized to fit the heart tag on Bella’s collar. The droplets also feature a medium and large size too. All 3 sizes are included in the package.

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the supplies used…

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Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you like about my layout by leaving a comment.

Now click on the next photo to see what Karen Pearmain has created.


Below is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail:

Karen Pearmain

Sue McDonald

Pia Gerhardt

Heike Hülle-Bolze

Jacqui Lawrence

Cheryl Taylor

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Jo Blackman

Colleen Johnson

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Lisa Henderson

Sharon Dalton

Shirley Merker  YOU ARE HERE!

If you don’t already have an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click the Contact button above. Let me know if you are interested in scrapbooking events, greeting cards, retreats or anything else paper crafting.


All products can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the monthly host code found on the right side of my blog when placing an order under $150. Don’t use the host code if your order is over $150 so you can redeem all the host rewards. Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Sneaky Peeky!

My Paper Crafting Blog hop goes live at 8am tomorrow morning. We will be featuring guy themed cards, you know, the ones you have a hard time designing. Here is my sneak peek of the inside of my card.

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If you are local to me, consider attending the May Card Buffet featuring this card and at least 5 others that are all suitable to share with the guys in your life. May Card Buffet details are available by clicking on these words.

Check back tomorrow to see the outside of the card and hop along to the other talented demonstrators too. You will visit the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia without leaving the comfort of your chair!

Super Awesome Blog Hopper Shirley

Yummies at Retreat!

Tasty yummies at paper crafting retreat is a tag team effort. We started with apps this time. Shots of tomato juice from jars canned on 9/5/18 at Mom and Dad’s house. Add about 1 tsp of Old Bay seasoning per quart jar of tomato juice.


Next, curry tuna quinoa bites were a hot app served with pickled beets. The beets were canned on 8/5/18 at Mom and Dad’s house. I had ginger tea in a fun glass.

I created the quinoa bite recipe moments before frying them. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it. It makes enough patties to serve 12.

Curry Tuna Quinoa Bites

3 – 5 oz cans tuna in water, drained

2 tsp Penzey’s curry powder

about 1/3 cup cooked purple onion

2 large eggs

1/2 cup dry quinoa, cook the 1/2 cup dry quinoa in 3/4 cup tomato water which makes about 1 cup of cooked quinoa

What’s tomato water? It’s the top part of home canned tomato juice. It separates from the pulp during storage and tomato water rises to the top part of the jar. It is partly shown in the above photo of the tomato juice shots.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding more or less quinoa so the mixture is slightly wet.

Fry on both sides in extra virgin olive oil and serve hot.

Next courses were served together, super awesome salad provided by Cheryl and Aunt Dollie.


Faye made her famous and so delicious chicken wild rice soup.


The four courses took a little over 2 hours. Faye served yummy chocolate chip bars for the fifth course. Mom and I may serve the sixth course yet tonight. Depends on if we need a little bed time snack! It’s Sassy Cow whipping cream whipped with 1 tsp vanilla and 2 packages of instant coffee Mom had in her stash. I was wide awake last night after licking the beaters from making the whipped cream. So maybe coffee infused whipped cream is not a good idea for a bed time snack!

Sweet Dreams from retreat!

Super Awesome Shirley

Shelli Designed a Paper Pumpkin!

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Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and cofounder, has designed her very own special edition Paper Pumpkin kit—and we think you are going to fall in love with it! It has a unique box design and an elegant, vintage look and feel which reflects Shelli’s personal papercrafting style. She loves it and so will you!

Shelli created a short video with a sneak peek at what’s inside. Take a look!

In addition to the sneak peeks in the video, they have revealed that the kit includes  crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, an exclusive photopolymer stamp set and and a Classic Stampin’ Spot. The colors used in the designs are Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla. The card reveal is good news for those that have been asking for kits that only contain cards!

Interested in signing up? Click here to go to my Paper Pumpkin website to set up your account. If you are a new subscriber, then a clear acrylic block, used to mount your stamps on, will ship in your kit as a welcome gift.

Hurry, your account needs to be set up by May 10th in order to receive the kit. Set it up sooner since the kit is available while supplies last or May 10th, whichever is sooner.

Thanks and Happy Paper Pumpkin Paper Crafting!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. We got a sneak peek at Onstage Convention as a make-n-take. Here is what I created my supplies…