Piece of Cake Video Tutorial

Today’s card is another project that our Team made at our OnStage Event. Our first chance to play with the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog products. (You can click HERE to see more about that).

The Piece of Cake Bundle includes a punch so it makes creating cards fast and easy – after all who doesn’t love a punch?

Check out this bright and cheerful card – perfect to bring a smile to the birthday person’s face!

I’ve teamed up our 2017 In Colors Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist to create this bright and bold card.

I’ve created a quick video for you along with a PDF so you can make some too. And I’ll include the supply list for you below. Remember items from the Occasions Catalog don’t go live until January 3rd – so why not begin your Shopping List now? Bring it to my Occasions Catalog Kick Off on January 5th or even email me now to place your order.

Piece of Cake Card Video Tutorial

And here is a written tutorial that you can print too.

Piece of Cake Card Tutorial (printable) PDF

I’ve also got a video to share some tips with you when you use the Cake Builder Punch that will make this bundle even easier to use.

Cake Builder Punch Tips Video Tutorial


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Stamp Set: Piece of Cake (*148610)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (132708/133456), 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033), and Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper: 2017 In Color Designer Series Paper (146963), Lemon Lime Twist (144245), Berry Burst (144243), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Cake Builder Punch (*148525), Triple Banner Punch (138292), Detailed Trio Punch (146320), and Silver & Whisper White Baker’s Twine (145569)

*Piece of Cake Bundle (150579)

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Celebrate Today

Need a fun card for someone’s birthday? Check out this card I made recently for my nephew who is turning the big 30 this year.

Celebrate Today Kevin bday

This fun bundle of product includes both the Celebrate Today Stamp Set and Balloon Framelit Dies (138869) and includes a 15% savings too.

The Celebrate Today stamp set covers not just birthdays, but wedding, babies, and graduation so it’s a great all occasions set to have on hand. Why not check it out? You’ll find it on page 11 in the Occasions Catalog or you can click HERE.


Stamp Set: Celebrate Today (137138) and Dotty Angles (133658)

Inks: Rose Red (126954), Wild Wasabi (126959) and So Saffron Classic Ink (126957)

Paper: Rose Red (102109), Wild Wasabi (108641) and So Saffron Card Stock (105118)

Accessories: Balloon Framelits Dies (137362) and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker

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Rev Up the Fun!

Need a great guy set? Why not try Rev Up the Fun!  – it’s a great set for both the young and the young at heart.

Rev Up the Fun!

This card was quick and easy to make since I used our Silver Foil Sheets to run through the Big Shot using my Top Note Die first and then the Chevron Embossing Folder. I think our Silver Foil sheets are great to add the look of chrome when using this set.

I simply stamped my image in Real Red and then cut it out with my Ovals Collection Framelits and sponged the edges to pull in a little more color. Can you see the 1/8″ Mini Brads in the center of the wheels? They add another touch of chrome to the image tying it all together.

I adhered this to my prepared Top Note piece that I had already added to my sponged card front. Can you see the touch of color around the edges of the card front? I think the sponging adds a little more depth and adds interest. My last step was to add my sentiment popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Voila! It’s ready – Now to just mail it off.


Stamp Set: Rev Up the Fun! (130520/130523)

Inks: StazOn Jet Black (101406), Real Red (126949), and  Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad (126981)

Paper: Silver Foil Sheets (132178), Real Red (102482), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Top Note Die (113463), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), 1/8″ Mini Brads (122941), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), and Stamping Sponges (101610)

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Undefined Birthday

Earlier this week I mentioned that it was my son’s birthday on April 1st. Over the years, I’ve often wondered if the joke was on me since our son has given me an education through the years as his interests have changed that I didn’t expect. I’ve made up bed time stories about building a gazebo with Norm, learned all the names of the tools in my local Sears, and the difference between a backhoe and a front loader. Not exactly things that I’d ever thought I’d need to know – but motherhood is full of surprises.

What does this have to do with an Undefined Birthday? Well, when Stampin’ Up! introduced the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit I knew it would be something that I could use. In this house we don’t always have the image I need for that someone special.

So this year I knew I had it knocked and could create what I needed with the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (item133402).

Here is what I came up with for our son, Johnathan’s birthday. I started with the cake since I knew that that would take some time to dry. (I used royal icing to create the design. It didn’t dry completely so you’ll notice it cracked a bit.) And the special cake is really his favorite part of the day.

Undefined Johnathans birthday 2014 cake

I simply went online and found an image that I thought would be fairly easy to recreate for both the cake and the stamp carving.

It took a little bit of time and there is nothing like waiting until the last minute, but I had just what I needed and knew my son would love it! Really I was surprised how quickly it went once I started carving. (I just kept reminding myself as I went along that what I left would show up as the black and what was gone wouldn’t show up.)

Undefined Johnathans birthday 2014 card

And here is the inside of the card, notice the bullets at the bottom that I carved also? Larry wasn’t sure he thought they looked like bullets, but Johnathan said he knew what they were from the context of the card. LOL

Undefined Johnathans birthday 2014 card inside

And I’m sure those of you who watched movies in the 70s recognize where I took the sentiment from. LOL

Johnathan’s gift consisted of a new shirt, (since I know he won’t buy his own) and a DVD set of guess who.

He didn’t say it, he just did his usually grunt, but I know he was tickled when he saw the cake since he immediately took a photo and texted it. With that quick move I knew I’d made the kid’s day!

Undefined Johnathans birthday 2014 cake and card

Do you need that special image you can’t find? Why not give our Undefined Stamp Carving Kit a try? Bring out the inner artist in yourself. It is easy to do – just draw or google an image, trace, and carve. Remember our old art class days from school? I know I did one of these for printing back in the old days. Hmmm…. I’ll have to dig that out of my school day stash and share with you one day.

And better yet you can get refills for the kit. Yippie! I believe I need one for my daughter’s birthday at the end of the month. Try and find a flute!

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Since birthdays are a big deal here in our house during the spring I’m holding a Birthday Card Contest. Joining in the fun is easy. Just send me a handmade birthday card and be entered to win a cute birthday stamp set from my stash!

I’ll be sharing these cards here on my blog and on my face book page Stamp with Jini – so why not stop by and like my page?

Here are the details:

1. Contest ends April 29th, 2014 (My daughter’s birthday, yikes!)

2. Make a birthday card using Stampin’ Up! or My Digital Studio (Or even a combination of both!)

3. Place a sticky note on the inside with your name, address, email, and phone number so I know how to contact you when you win.

4. All cards will be donated to my Caring with Cards program which includes Hospice, Ronald McDonald House and Operation Write Home.

5. Mail the card to me

Jini Merck

2320 Dooley Rd.

Clarkesville GA 30523

On May 1st I’ll be announcing the winner of my Birthday Card Contest here on my blog!


Inks: Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (101406) and Pumpkin Pie (126945)

Paper: Basic Black (121045), Pumpkin Pie (105117), and Whisper White Card Stock (100730)

Accessories: Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (133402)Circle Collection Framelits (130911), Blender Pens (102845)

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The big 50!

Yesterday was my birthday and it was the BIG 50! Doesn’t bother me a whole lot since I’m the youngest in the family – my husband and his brothers are still older than me which I’m always happy to point out to them! So it is hard for them to give me too hard a time since they’ve been there and done that already. LOL.

So today I thought I would share with you the card that my husband made for me. Yes, he stamps, and I figured he was up to something when he snuck down to my classroom the other night. Of course, the fact he didn’t clean up after himself was a clue too so I was curious to see the card he made based on what scraps were left on the table.

Want to see what he came up with? He had a hard time finding things like a stamp set with numbers, although I’m not sure why since Memorable Moments was sitting on the shelf clearly marked. (But then you know how guys are – they can’t find their socks either. LOL)

Love You to the Moon 50th Birthday Larry (1)

Ok. Now that you’ve seen the card – let me tell you how he explained it to me, he had a plan in mind. You’re going to love this – Larry is a hoot!

1. He chose black to go with the over the hill theme of 50.

2. He chose the Love You to the Moon image, because after all he still loves me even though I’m now over the hill.

3. He chose the cup cake punch, for the birthday cake of course. (No calories included.)

4. He chose the circle punch and made a moon to go with the Love You to the Moon image.

5. And finally he chose the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to write with since he couldn’t find the stamp set he wanted.

Here is the best part – get ready for it…. Why? “It’s not a full moon” he tells me and then goes on to explain that “The full moon would be for when you were young, you’ve only got a little life left – that is why the sliver is there.”

I howled with laughter and Kaitlin who has been listening to this explanation with me says to him, “I guess that means your sliver is even smaller dad since you are older than mom, huh.”

Love You to the Moon 50th Birthday Larry (2)

After the explanation we went out to a nice dinner at our local Mexican restaurant, El Patron, (so I wouldn’t have to cook). Of course, they sang and brought the dessert, which I dodged and only ended up with a bit of whip cream on my nose. Kaitlin I think was rather disappointed  since she was really looking forward to that part of the birthday dinner.

Jini at El Patron 50th Birthday

It was a fun week and since today ends our daughter Kaitlin’s Spring Break from College with us, I thought I would share some photos with you from our week together.

We hiked on one of our local trails, Panther Creek, and enjoyed the first taste of spring along with the warmer temperatures last Saturday. This first picture is the three of us taking a break and enjoying the scenery at the half way point of our hike.

Panthers Creek hike

Here is the view we were enjoying.  It’s a beautiful trail if you are looking for a enjoyable day in the mountains.

Panthers Creek hike (2)

And this last photo is one I took in our yard. The grass is covered with these lovely little wild violets. I always enjoy the spots of color in the yard – until Johnathan decides he’s just got to cut the grass and then they are gone!

flower in our yard

Such delicate little flowers and violets have always been one of my favorites.


Stamp Set: Love You to the Moon (133140/133143)

Inks: Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Pad (101731)

Paper: Basic Black (121045), Island Indigo (122923), Cherry Cobbler (119685), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133),  Cupcake Builder Punch (121807) and 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850)

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Just Sayin’

“You’re how old?” Is just one of those great sentiments you’ll find in the Just Sayin’ stamp set found in the Occasions Catalog. What a great sentiment to use for a fun birthday card.

Just Sayin' Leadership 2014 swap

And since you can get both the Just Sayin’ stamp set and the Word Bubble Framelits in a bundle (134819/134820) it’s a great deal too! Got to love all the bundle options being offered by Stampin’ Up! it makes getting coordinating products so easy.

And this card’s color scheme was pulled directly from the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper. Don’t you love the way that our Designer Series Paper help you choose colors so easily?

I really love this card that Jeannette made for our Leadership swap. It’s fun and quirky and with my husband’s family who are a bunch of practical jokers cards with a sense of humor are always great to have on hand.

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If you haven’t heard about my Birthday Card Contest why not check it out here and join in the fun. I can’t wait to see the fantastic cards you’ll come up with for birthdays!

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Stamp Set: Just Sayin’ (133200/133203)

Inks: Basic Gray (126981) and Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pads (126983)

Paper: Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (130814), Basic Gray (121044), Calypso Coral (122925), and Very Vanilla Card stock (101650)

Accessories: Word Bubble Framelits Dies (132968),  Chevron Embossing Folder (Weekly Deal 127749),  Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378),  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247),  Paper Snips (103579), and Stampin’ Sponges (101610)

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Simply Sketched Masculine Birthday

My nephew is celebrating his birthday this week so here is the card I’ve made for him.

Simply Sketched birthday

It’s a clean and simple card but I think very elegant at the same time.

I hope you can see the detail in my photo. Instead of adding a ribbon along the bottom I decided to use my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to add three lines an inch up from the bottom that are 1/8″ apart.  In addition to the scoring I added 3 of our yummy Subtles Collection Candy Dots but a little pop of color.

Why did I choose the Naturals White Card Stock for the base? It is a heavier card stock than our Whisper White and has a great look to it with the tiny flecks of color found through out the card stock. I think the Naturals White card stock has a great earthy feel to it which made it perfect to go with the nature images found in this stamp set. And since it comes in a pack of 40 sheets for just $7.50 it is economically a great choice too.


Stamp Set: Simply Sketched (Hostess 129669/129672) and Oh, Hello (131931/130733)

Inks: Midnight Muse (126860) and Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pads (126982)

Paper: Midnight Muse (126843) and Naturals White Card Stock (102316)

Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334) and Subtles Collection Candy Dots (130933)

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And remember my this week I’m celebrating my 5th Anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – so you can get FREE Shipping on your order. Click HERE to see all the details.


It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means – New Digital Downloads! Just in time to get ready for those spring Graduations.

The Grad Life Ensemble MDS

This new Graduation download will make things soooo easy – why not check out my projects that I created using the Embark Graduate Digital Download (133467) for my own daughter’s graduation last year by clicking HERE and HERE. Personalized and economical – you’ll love it!

Or how about some new Designer Series Paper? Check out the High Tide Designer Series Paper (137394)

High Tide Designer Series Paper MDS Digital Download

And since I’m waiting for a new great-nephew I’ve got babies on my mind. How great is it that we’ve got the new Baby, We’ve Grown Stamp Brush Set (137386) now in the digital version?

Baby, We've Grown Stamp Brush Set MDS Digital Download

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Six-Sided Sampler Birthday

Today’s card is one that I created this weekend during the Blue Mountain Stamper’s Retreat with my brother in mind. I thought this set, with its great hexagon images, would be perfect for a masculine card.  His birthday was Saturday so this will be a bit late, but I’m sure he won’t mind. I used the Six-Sided Sampler Bundle (item 132725/132724) along with the Really Good Greetings (item 130330/130333) from the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog.

six sided sampler

Isn’t it great that we have more bundles offered in the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog like the NEW Six-Sided Sampler Bundle? Not only do you get the stamp set and punch, but you’ll get a 15% discount when ordering them together! It’s a win, win right?

I mentioned in my last post that I was getting ready for my Blue Mountain Stampers’ Retreat. I can’t tell you how much fun I had spending the whole weekend with my fellow demonstrators. I believe everyone whole heartedly agreed that we should at least make it a yearly event, maybe more – This event is now one of the perks of being part of my team – Fellowship, Fun and Sharing (along with an all night slumber party! What great girl time or just time away from the stresses of regular life, yippee!) Some of the girls have never been to my home here in Clarkesville so they really enjoyed the scenery and quiet. And believe me creative juices flowed well into the night; I know I was shocked to see it was the week hours of the morning when I looked up at the clock!

Here is a shot of my classroom set up and ready for the event.

Classroom set up Blue Mountain Stampers Retreat (1)

A snack table for goodies to recharge and of course lots of coffee, caffeine and chocolate at the ready!

Classroom set up Blue Mountain Stampers Retreat (4)

And another of some of us working

group Blue Mountain Stampers Retreat


Stamp Set: Six-Sided Sampler (item 130953/130956), Really Good Greetings (item 130330/130333)

Inks: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, and Smoky Slate

Paper: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla

Accessories: Hexagon Punch (item 130919), Dimensionals, and Stampin’ Write Markers

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The New 2013-2014 Catalogs are here and ready to ship!

If you are live in the Clarkesville area (or want to take a ride to the mountains) you’re invited to pick up your copy at my upcoming FREE event:

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Saturday, June 22nd from 1 – 3 p.m.


Sunday, June 23rd at 2 – 4 p.m.

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If your an Online customer and have placed an order with me during the past 12 months, send me an email letting me know you would like a copy and I’ll be happy to mail you one.

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Wonderful Birthday Wishes

Yesterday was my birthday and I was so blessed by all the birthday wishes sent my way.  I have such talented stamping buddies and friends that I wanted to share with you some of the cards that I received.

Birthday cards 2013 (2) Birthday cards 2013 (3) Birthday cards 2013 (4)

Birthday cards 2013 (1)

Thank you everyone for thinking about me and sending me such wonderful hand crafted cards.

Aren’t they all great?

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OMG! I wish I had these NEW My Digital Studio Digital Downloads when my son was younger – how much easier it would have been to construct an entire birthday party with MDS and this great BDay Under Construction Ensemble (item 133422). On the other hand, my son will be 21 in a couple of weeks so maybe it’s not too late. LOL!


To help you get started Stampin’ Up! is throwing in a FREEBIE – a construction cone favor that your guests won’t try to dodge. So why not get your FREE BDay Construction Treat Template (item 133423). Parties are sooo easy when you plan them with My Digital Studio.


And why not add Top Notch Woodcuts (item 133896) to your order while youre at it. It’s a great way to scrapbook the memories for your little construction worker too!


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You can join me in the class where I’ll be introducing you to the fabulous MDS world. You’ll be using our 30 day FREE trial to create a MDS project – and you’ll be able to take it home with you! (Laptop and our MDS FREE 30 Day Trial or download are needed for this class – if you do not have a laptop please contact me.)

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