About Stamp with Jini

My name is Jini Merck and I'm a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator. I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, not only do I get to be creative every day, I also get to be a creative coach, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends. For me, helping someone create that perfect project for a special occasion is the best feeling in the entire world. After all, creating cards, scrapbook pages, and gift items is about more than just stamps and ink—it’s about sharing a part of yourself with the people in your life. I live in Clarkesville which is in the North Georgia Mountains with my husband and two children. Although my family keeps me busy I enjoy the creativity of stamping and crafts and the fellowship stamping brings into my life. Spending time creativing cards and gifts for friends and family has been one of my favorite hobbies over the years.

Blue Mountain Stampers’ Shoe Box Fun

Last week we I held our annual Blue Mountain Stampers’ Luncheon and along with it we had a Shoe Box Swap this year – so there was lots of stamping going on!

We began our Luncheon with a dish to pass – always yummy new recipes to try. I love “pot lucks” how about you?

The table was decorated – and everyone had a little gift bag waiting for them.

The bags were filled with a team coffee cup, note book I made, and a team pen.

We also celebrated lots of team accomplishments for the past quarter.

Want to see some of the Shoe Box Swaps we made?

These first two were created using the Love What You Love stamp set (148042) and coordinating Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (148926)

And here are some cute tags we made using the Candy Cane Builder Punch (148011) and Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper (146921).

If you noticed the Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon that we used for the tags and wondering where you can find it. It’s from our  2019 Occasions Catalog and will be available in January.

And here is a cute gift card holder using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set (142043) and coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396). Aren’t the little antlers cute? They were made with the Sprig Punch (148012) from the Holiday Catalog.

Do you recognize the sentiment? It’s from our Farmhouse Christmas Stamp set (148478).

And here is a simple but elegant card using the Stylish Christmas stamp set (146770/146773) and Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672).

Of course, what could be better than swaps. So here are some of the swaps members brought starting with the 3ds treats filled with yummy goodies.

And finally a fancy fold card.

What a wonderful time we had that afternoon. I have such a wonderful team of stampers – each and everyone of them bring their own special talent to our group as you can see.

Here is our selfie from the afternoon. (I’m still getting use to my new selfie stick. LOL, can you tell?)

Sound like fun? Have you ever considered becoming a demonstrator? If so the Blue Mountain Stampers might be a great fit for you too.

What are the Blue Mountain Stampers?

That’s the name of our stamping community.  I enjoy welcoming new members to our group. We’re from all over. If you’re considering joining Stampin’ Up!, you may have questions about how I would support you as part of my team. I do offer a variety of ways to learn, grow and to have FUN as a Blue Mountain Stamper!

We have a very active group and if you’re looking for fun, a place to grow and share with others…You’ll fit right in!

Hobbyists are welcome!

  • Did you know?  90% of my Blue Mountain Stampers’ are Happy Shoppers – purchasing for themselves, (along with their family and friends.)  That’s right…you can just get a discount on products you love!
  • We welcome the hobbyist who’s looking to be a “happy shopper” (and save money), as well as those of you that want to build a business (and make money).
  • Everyone is welcome after all there’s room for both and everyone in between.

And there is NO Obligation when you purchase your starter kit – Join theBlue Mountain Stampers and see what it’s all about!

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All Things Thanks – December Thank You Card Tutorial

Today’s project is one that I stamped for my December Thank You Cards – I used one of my favorite sets, All Things Thanks. This set is filled with wonderful sentiments in different sizes and fonts, so it’s perfect for all kinds of thank you cards.

So what to see the card I made? Here you go!

I’ve whipped up a quick tutorial for you so you can make some too if you’d like –

All Things Thanks Card Tutorial PDF

So What do you think? The Share What You Love Designer Series Paper has a wonderful pearl finish on some of the images so it makes a lovely addition to any project.

I’ve included a complete supply list below for you.

Enjoy!



Paper Pumpkin and Animal Expedition Go Wild for Valentine’s Day

The January’s Be Mine, Valentine kit coordinates with the Animal Expedition Suite from out Annual Catalog.

Here are a few more details about the kit.

  • Makes 24 adorable Valentine’s treat packages
  • Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party

Here is the Fine Print:

Subscribers must have an active subscription by January 10, 2019 to receive the Be Mine, Valentine kit.

Supplies are limited, so don’t wait (December’s Kit sold out fast!)

These kits will make wonderful gifts for the holidays for our younger crafters who can make them for the school friends. Why not purchase a PrePaid Subscription (you have a choice between 1, 3, 6 or 12 month options) or Subscribe as a gift?

Click HERE to subscribe or Click HERE for Prepaid Subscription Choices

If you are a current subscriber make sure your account is up to date and your payment method is current. (December’s kit sold out quickly and you don’t want to miss out.)

Feel Free to contact me if you have any questions about the Paper Pumpkin Kits and subscribing.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: All Things Thanks (143089/143097)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (132708/133456)

Paper: Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (146926), Mint Macaron (138402), Basic Black (121045), Mossy Meadow (133676), and Whisper White Card stock (100730),  

Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread (138402) and Everyday Label Punch (144668)

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Beautiful Blizzard

Today’s post was inspired by this weekends weather event. Here in North Georgia we woke up to snow and sleet Saturday, and of course with that comes power outages. All this was of course thanks to the winter storm Diego that was cutting a path across the Southeast.

So I spend the day yesterday cleaning up somethings that I’ve meant to get done ages ago – where I had enough light that is LOL. We were lucky to have power by the time we went to bed again all thanks to the hard working men and women at our EMC – bless them for having to be out working in the worst weather conditions while we are safe in our homes.

Here is a picture of my yard to give you an idea of what it was like for us here in Clarkesville.

You can see where the rain/sleet run off was – the snow started melting there first.
I have to say I love this old oak tree it is always beautiful – and yep this is as far as I ventured out. I don’t if I don’t have to when we get weather like this – and this snow was WAY to wet to play in this time.  LOL!


So today I’ll highlight the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set and it’s coordinating Blizzard Dies. Here are some wonderful cards made with these products – And did you know that these products are part of of Year End Closeout? Yep, they are and not only that they are discounted too! So why not check them out?

Here’s a shaker card that’s been sprayed with our Frost White Shimmer Mist to create a beautiful shimmery effect. You can find my video tutorial to do this on my YouTube channel.

Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing a tutorial with you for my December Thank You card. Until then happy stamping!

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Beautiful Blizzard (*148565/148562)

Accessories: Blizzard Thinlits Dies (*147902)

*Beautiful Blizzard Bundle (149922/149921)

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How Do You Get a 2019 Occasions Catalog?

I’ll be mailing copies of the Occasions Catalog to those who don’t live locally and have placed an order with me in the last 6 months as soon as I receive them.

You can also pick up a copy at my December Card Classes if you are local.

Don’t shop with me already? Or Don’t have a demonstrator

Contact me at stampwithjini@gmail.com or give me a call. I’ll be happy to mail you one or if your local set one aside for pick up


Let’s build a Snowman!

Here in North Georgia we’re expecting some bad weather this weekend and for us it means the milk and bread is flying off the shelves at the grocery store – don’t ask me why, its an odd phenomenon but it happens every time a winter event is predicted. A real snow, it’s a rare thing here in Georgia and I always looked forward to the chance to build a snowman with my children as they were growing up and sharing my Wisconsin childhood experiences with them. While I don’t like to shovel, or dig the car out, I do enjoy looking out the window at the snow with a crackling fire going while we warm up from playing outside with our hot chocolate – yes, even now. So when I saw the Spirited Snowmen stamp set in the Holiday Catalog I couldn’t resist.

Take a look at these cards made with the set.

We’ll be using this set in my December Card Class (Click HERE for more information) to create winter Birthday Cards.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Spirited Snowmen (148075/148072)

 

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I’ll Be Home

Now that my children are adults this song evokes different feelings for me this time of year – How about you? The I’ll Be Home stamp set contains this beautiful image along with some lovely fonts and sentiments that include a You’re Invited for those holiday parties.

Check out these lovely cards using this set.

The supplies used for these cards are part of our Year End Closeout – so why not check them out before they’re gone?

Supplies: 

Stamp Set: I’ll Be Home (147830/147827)

Paper: Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper (147820)

Accessories: Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine (147888) and Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon (147802)

 

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Joy & Noel

Love to color? The Joy & Noel stamp set creates bold images that are perfect for coloring. And great news you can get Stampin’ Blends in Real Red and Shaded Spruce right now – a perfect color combination for holiday cards.

Take a look at just how lovely the images are

This stamp set  is part of our Year End Closeout List and will be retiring – so it’s while supplies last.

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NEW Stamparatus Craft & Carry Bag & Year End Closeout Sale

A tool as beloved and important as the Stamparatus deserves its own special treatment. And what better way to treat your most versatile stamping companion than by giving it its own special carrying and storage solution. Introducing the Craft & Carry Stamparatus Bag! It’s finally here!

Here a flyer with all the details:

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Cut & Ready Card Base Packs

You’ve got a new option for card bases – thee packs of card stock are cut and scored and ready to go! (Available for limited trial bases while supplies last.)

You’ll need to type in the Item Numbers when ordering in my Online Store or use the links below and of course you can contact me to place your order

Winter Pack #152069

Valentines Pack #152070

 

It’s that time of year – the Year End Closeout has been posted  so you’ll want to order your favorite items to complete your projects before they are gone!

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Illuminated Christmas

This set is filled with wonderful sentiments and images for traditional card making. Here are some beautiful cards made with this set.

This first one is teamed up with our Stained Glass Thinlits Dies (146347) from the Annual Catalog. I love how it gives this card the feeling of a stained glass window.

And how about this one done in white and gold?

So simple but so elegant.

Well I’m off, I’ve got my Team Luncheon today and I’ve got some finishing touches to do in the classroom.

Supplies: 

Stamp Set: Illuminated Christmas (147836/147833)

 

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Winter Woods

If you love nature this set might just be for you. This set is filled with images of the woods in winter. Add the coordinating In the Woods Framelits Dies to your supplies and the options are endless.

Check out these lovely cards using this set

Pretty? Why not leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite?

Supplies:

 

Stamp Set: Winter Woods (*147658/147661)

Accessories: Into the Wood Framelits Dies (*147919)

*Bundle (149991/149992)

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#imbringingbirthdaysback for December

Today’s card is one I designed for my December birthday cards that I’ll be sending out tomorrow for everyone. I love the bright cheerful colors and patterns that this pack of paper contains in addition to the gold foil accents.

So what do you think?

Here is the tutorial so if you’d like to make some of these cards to send your family and friends you can too!

#imbringingbirthdaysback Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card Tutorial PDF

With Facebook sometimes we forget to mail cards and I’ve always loved snail mail. Remember the feeling of going to your mail box after a long day and finding something in the mail box besides flyers and bills? It always made me feel good to know someone was thinking of me.

If you’d like a birthday card in 2019 from me email me at StampwithJini@gmail.com include your Name, address and phone number along with your birthday. No year needed since we’re all young at heart! And I’ll send you a birthday card – yep it’s that easy!

Supplies: 

Stamp Set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662)

Inks: Lovely Lipstick Classic Ink (147140) and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (132708)

Paper: Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper (146277), Lovely Lipstick (146790), Basic Black (121045), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (147801) and Triple Banner Punch (138282)

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