“Pop” goes the Punch Latch

When a latch from your punch pops out it can be quite explosive – but no worries, there isn’t anything wrong with the punch AND you can pop that latch right back in so you can lock it once again for storage.

I filmed this tutorial a while back and it has gotten “lost” on my computer. Sigh, does that ever happen to you? Oh well, the good news is I’m sharing it with you today!

How to Fix a Stampin’ Up! Punch Latch Video Tutorial

See quick and easy, but know that if you have any problems or this doesn’t work I’m here to help simply contact me by email or phone.

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Papillon Potpourri File Folder Card

Yesterday was such a crazy day that I didn’t realize until late last night that I hadn’t posted the project I wanted to share with you. How crazy is that?

So I’ll just share the project with you today – so here  it goes.

This file folder card using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set is one that I made at a demo meeting recently. It uses one of my favorite Designer Series Papers, Afternoon Picnic. The subtle colors and vintage patterns of this paper just make me feel good and feel like spring is right around the corner. And with the couple of days of pretty weather we had recently I’m ready for spring to arrive soon.

Papillon Potpourri File Folder card

Want to know how I made this card? Check out my earlier post sharing my Video Tutorial for my File Folder Card #4 to show you how. You’ll see it’s the same basic card but the colors chosen give it a completely different feel.


Stamp Set:  Papillon Potpourri (132058/123759)

Inks: Old Olive (126953) and Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads (126985)

Paper:  Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper (131390), and Wisteria Wonder Card Stock (122922)

Accessories: Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), 1 ¾” Circle Punch (119860), 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (119850), Envelope Punch Board (133774), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta  Ribbon (119256), and Stampin’ Sponges (101610)

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Language of Love

What do you do when it cold or rainy outside? And it’s been that way a lot here in North Georgia – it’s winter after all. I don’t tend to get cabin fever like the rest of my family – for some reason this type of weather makes me want to bake!

blueberry buckle

Yep, I said bake. I love the way it warms up the house and enjoy smelling all those wonderful aromas as I bake. Not that my family complains – they’ve got a freezer full of goodies now.

So today I thought I would share with you one of our favorite recipes for coffee cake that uses the blueberries from the yard. Blueberries are soooo easy to grow and once they get going they give you LOTS of berries.

Freezing the extras is really easy too. Just rinse them off, lay them out on a cookie sheet, dry and pop them in the freezer. (This lets them freeze individually so that you can just pull a few out at a time.) Then place them into bags or containers. I’ll find my containers partially emptied at times, since Larry and our kids love snitching from the containers LOL. A little taste of summer year round!

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Blueberry Buckle


½ c. brown sugar

1/3 c. flour

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ c. butter, softened

Mix topping ingredients together and set aside until batter is finished.


2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¾ c. sugar

¼ c. shortening

1 egg

½ c. milk

2 c. (1 pint) blueberries, washed and drained

Mix together sugar, shortening and egg. Stir in milk. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to shortening mix. Fold in blueberries. Spread batter in greased and floured 8×8 inch pan. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes.

Fresh blueberries are best, however you can use frozen. If frozen, do not rinse, as they will turn batter blue – just gently turn into the batter. A few extra minutes may be needed for bake time when using frozen berries. Just check for doneness with a tooth pick.

You can see one of our favorite recipes for fresh blueberries that I share with you last summer by clicking HERE.

Anyhow you want to see the Language of Love stamping project, right?

Here is a card that I received during Leadership that uses the Language of Love and So Very Grateful stamps sets from the Occasions Catalog. Karin shows another way to use the Language of Love stamp set to create a thank you card – it’s clearly not just for Valentine’s Day.

Language of Love Leadership Swap

I am hoping you can see it – but there is a torn edge on the floral pattern of designer series paper that adds interest and texture to this card.


Stamp Set: Language of Love (133074/133077) and So Very Grateful (133050/133053)

Inks: Real Red (126949) and Coastal Cabana (1331175)

Paper: Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (132996), Real Red (102482), Coastal Cabana (131297), and Whisper White card stock (100730)

Accessories: Full Heart Punch (119883), Small Heart Punch (19883), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), and Rhinestones Basic Jewels (119246)

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Now you can say it your way! You’re going to love these NEW Circle Monogram Stamps (132852)

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With our personalized stamps you can create a cool address label or even use it for everything from marking your territory on books or other belonging, to having a fun way to give a personalized touch to gifts and goodies.

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Here are just a few customization ideas (for you or for the perfect gift).

  • Address stamp
  • Thank you
  • From the classroom of (for a teacher gift)
  • From the kitchen of
  • Made with love
  • This book belongs to
  • From the desk of
  • Just married
  • Save the date
  • New Baby

What ways can you think of?

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This stamp is only available in photopolymer and coordinates with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (119860). Clear Block B (117147) is recommended for the Circle Monogram Stamps.

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Lots of Thanks

Do you need a thank you card often? Well if you do this set is for you. Lot of Thanks (item 129687/129690) contains 9 different ways to say thank you! And this card teams up one of the greetings and our NEW Artisan Label Punch (item 130920). So who can resist right?

Lots of Thanks

My friend Anna gave me this card after our Blue Mountain Stampers’ Weekend Retreat to say thank you for the weekend. We’d had a blast stamping the night away and I have to say I was really tickled that she gave me this card because I loved what she was doing with her convention swaps and this is a modified version of her swap card.

Don’t you love all the color and textures?

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Stamp Set: Lots of Thanks (item 129687/129690), Background Builders (item 129147/129150)

Inks: Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, and Cajun Craze

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze and Naturals Core’dinations Card Stock

Accessories: Artisan Label Punch, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder (item 130916), 1/8″ Mini Brads, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Sanding System, Core’dinations Dust Buddy, and 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon

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Label Love

If you like punches you are going to love this new stamp set Label Love (item 130619/130622) found on page 33 in our NEW 2013-2014 Catalog! The Label Love stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch (item 130920) and is great for all kinds of different occasions. No fussy cutting with this set and I’m definitely a punch kind of girl. How about you?

Label Love

My card today was made during my weekend retreat and was part of our shoebox swaps. My friend Aniko designed this card and I tweaked it a little bit – that is the fun of a shoebox swap after all, being able to change it up a bit to suite you personality.

This Label Love card was my first opportunity to use our NEW Candy Dots and I’ve got to tell you that if you haven’t ordered any yet, you’ll want to. You’re going to loooove them hands down! And since they come in all the colors they are a great deal – just start by picking your favorite color family or if you can’t resist get them all!


Stamp Set: Label Love (item 130619/130622) and Bring on the Cake (item 128490/121958)

Inks: Versa Mark and Night of Navy

Paper: Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (item 129310), Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White

Accessories: Brights Candy Dots (item 130931), Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (item 129314), and Artisan Label Punch (item 130920) 

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NEW Getting Started Video Tutorial

Whether you’re new to stamping or just want to refresh your memory and maybe even pick up some helpful hints or tips this video series is for you.

With the start of the NEW 2013-2014 Catalog I thought it would be a great time to continue adding to this library of videos. So I hope you enjoyed the Getting Started with Classic Ink Pads video.  Want to be one of the first to learn when I post a new video? Why not subscribe to my YouTube Channel – it’s easy!

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Luau Punch Art

Yesterday I shared with you the first party invitations I created for my daughter’s luau themed graduation. Today I’ll share with you the final item I created for her to choose from my luau punch art card.

Punch Art Luau Invite (1)

This card is actually 5″ x 7″ since I couldn’t get it down to the traditional 4 ¼” x 5 ½” like the others from yesterday. But since it was just the front and not a full card I was ok with that too. The My Digital Studio graduation announcements I made with the Embark Graduate Ensemble (click HERE) were post cards that were 5″ x 7″ also.

Want to know which of the four cards I made for her she chose? Drum roll please…… She narrowed it down for me the two cards based on what she liked

Sweets for the Sweet invite

Punch Art Luau Invite (1)

Then asked me which one was harder. She is so sweet. In the end we both decided that the punch art card was just too stinking cute! So we went with it. I know called me crazy, right? But this is my baby and the last one to graduate from high school for us. So why not do it up big….and I knew I had a stamping pal who would be game to help me out.

What does mass assembly luau punch art cards look like? Here are a couple of shots of Cindy and me working on parts of the cards – at least the first 40, LOL. We had a great time visiting and punching together!

Punch Art Luau  invite assembly (1)Punch Art Luau  invite assembly (2)

My daughter later added another 30 for her friends she’d forgot to put on my list. I didn’t get to take a shot of them all together since I’d already mailed the first group but by then it was quick and easy and I had a lot of fun so I found it a great break and creating them rather relaxing. I know crazy – but they are sooo cute!

Punch Art Luau Invite (2)

Want to know how these cute luau punch art cards were made? Just watch the video below.


½” Circle Punch (item 119869)

1″ Circle Punch (item 119868)

1 3/8″ Circle Punch (item 119860)

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (item 118309)

Small Heart Punch (item 117193)

Large Oval Punch (item 119855)

Modern Label Punch (item 119849)

Two Step Owl Punch (item 118074)

Color Spritzer Tool (soon to be retired item 107066)

Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (item 127022)

Paper Snips (item 103579)

Soft Suede Classic Ink (item 126978)

Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker

Stampin’ Sponge

Island Indigo Card Stock (item 122923): 5″ x 7″ for card base

Pool Party Card Stock (item 122924): 4 ¼” x 5 ½”

Crumb Cake Card Stock (item 120953): 4 ¼” x 3 ½”

Blushing Bride Card Stock (item 131198): scraps for punching

Early Espresso Card Stock (item 1119686): scraps for punching

Old Olive Card Stock (item 100702): scraps for punching

Daffodil Delight Card Stock (item 119683): scraps for punching

Rose Red Card Stock (item 102544):  scraps for punching

Soft Suede Card Stock (item 131198):  scraps for punching

Chocolate Chip Card Stock (item 102128): scraps for punching

Designer Series Paper: scraps for punching (I used Floral District item 126919)

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Under the Sea Punch Art

Do you need a quick and cute card for someone special? Check out this really cute Under the Sea Punch Art card made with our Ornament Punch (item 119847). Who would think that you could use this Punch to create a fish? I received this great card during a swap – isn’t it fun?

Under the Sea Punch Art swap Debbie Hearl

And this card uses some of our retiring colors Bashful Blue and River Rock. Want to see the entire list of retiring colors along with our NEW colors? Check out my Color Refresh post HERE.


Stamp Set: Just Believe (item 116948/120453) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (item 115370/127802)

Inks: River Rock (retiring item 126977) and Night of Navy

Paper: Bashful Blue (retiring item 105120), Calypso Coral and Pacific Point

Accessories: Ornament, Owl Builder, Scallop Oval, Modern Label and Boho Blossom Punches

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Polka Dot Parade Birds

Do you love birds? Do you enjoy watching them? I love it in spring when all of the different birds come to my feeder on their trip north. I especially love to see the flocks of robins looking for worms as they come through. I’m not sure why but I don’t see a lot of them during the year in North Georgia. So their migrating for me they always signal spring has arrived.

Want to make some of your own little Polka Dot Parade of birds that can hang around? Well why not make these cute little Bird Builder Punch clothes pins?

Polka Dot Parade Bird Clothes Pins

They are so simple to make. Just cover the clothes pin, decorate and add a magnet to the back. Voila! You’ve got a cute way to hang notes on your frig or anywhere else you need a reminder.

My friend Cindy gave me this cute little set for my birthday last month. They came in this adorable bag made out of our Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. How cute is that!


Paper: Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (item 126902), Marina Mist, Real Red and Daffodil Delight card stock

Accessories: Bird Builder Punch (item 117191)

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Petite Curly Label Punch Now Available!

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Great news fellow stampers – Stampin’ Up! has just announced the Petite Curly Label Punch (item 129405) is now available to purchase. So if you didn’t get to earn one during Sale-a-bration you can now purchase it AND you don’t have to wait!

So why not get your Petite Curly Label Punch today.

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Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a new monthly project kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Did you miss out on getting started in March with the NEW Paper Pumpkin Subscription launch? Well if you did, that’s ok you can start it anytime. Want to get your first Paper Pumpkin Kit in April?  It’s easy just sign up before April 10th and you’ll get yours this month!

How do you get started?

It’s soooo easy:

  1. Simply sign up now by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com
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  3. Complete the online form
  4. List me, (Jini Merck, Clarkesville, GA) as your demonstrator during the ordering process
  5. Then sit back and relax and wait for you kit to arrive at your door each month.

After you complete your registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email

  1. Please forward the email to me.
  2. I’ll verify you are on the list and then send you a Thank You gift for choosing me as your Demonstrator.

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NEW Best of Butterflies Stamp Set

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Check out the new Best of Stamp Set for April – it’s butterflies! And what great images this Best of Butterflies stamp set contains – This one definitely contains some of my favorite butterflies.

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Love punches? Who doesn’t, right? There is a fantastic NEW image for our Elegant Butterfly Punch in this Best of stamp set – yippee!

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Remember, each month this year Stampin’ Up! is releasing a Best of Stamp Set to celebrate their 25 year anniversary. And you can get a FREE set when you collect 6 of these stamp sets and fill the collector’s card. See my earlier post about this HERE.

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