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.

Flowering Cactus Product Medley

Cactus and succulents are still a very popular trend and the Flowering Cactus Medley (154559) give you a complete offering of these wonderful plants. Cactus have always fascinated me with their prickly spines and their uses after seeing them in Arizona with my Aunt. My mom had them all over the house and would set them outside our patio doors in Wisconsin during the summer.

Any way if you love cactus you’ll love this Product Medley with it’s lovely sentiments and colors. And the best news is there is a Refill Kit (155400) for the consumables so you can continue to create even more!

Check out these lovely cards made with the Product Medley products.

So what do you think? Why not check out this fun crafting option. You’ll find it on page 9 of our Mini Catalog. Don’t have a Mini? If you don’t have a local demonstrator why not drop me an email with your name, address, and phone number and I’ll be happy to mail you one. Simply email me at StampwithJini@gmail.com

Well the sun is shinning today which lately hasn’t happened a great deal so I’m going to go soak some up before it’s time to start dinner.


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NEW Butterfly Brilliance Collection

Bring in the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project.

It’s a breath of spring with its wonderful colors and butterfly wings this Bundle is a sneak peak into our upcoming 2021 Annual Catalog.

For a limited time, you can also get the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper to coordinate with your Butterfly Brilliance Bundle. The Designer Series Paper includes bright tones and airy landscapes, perfect for these fluttery friends. One sheet even coordinates directly with the die so you can line it up and cut six butterflies at once!  

And did you know that large stamps work great with the Stamparatus! With my Getting Started with the Butterfly Brilliance Video Tutorial you can easily ink this image and stamp with nice, even pressure every time.

Check out my Getting Started Video with tips for making great images that you can cut out easily.

Want to learn more about this great new option and be one of the first to get products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog?

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Oval Occasions Bath Tea Holder

I love to create homemade recipes for pampering myself at home, and last fall I found this fun Lavender Tub Tea that sooths the skin and creates a luxurious bath experience to go along with my sugar scrubs I’ve shared with you in the past. So I knew I wanted to whip some up to share with my Team for their day of pampering at my Peak Princess event. Here is what I came up with.

A quick and simple packaging idea to hold this special little tub tea bag. And while I was thinking lilacs instead of lavender when I designed it, don’t ask me why, I think the purples from the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper goes lovely with the tea bags any how. And you can get a ton of holders out of just one package of paper, making it perfect for sharing with friends.

I’ve created a quick video for you so you can see how I made them.

Oval Occasions Bath Tea Holder Video Tutorial

And great news the tub tea is soooo easy to make with ingredients you may even have around the house. This herbal tea is packed with herbs, salts and other skin soothing treatments creating a luxurious bath when steeped. It’s a perfect way to warm up and relax during the cold winter months. When you’re done simply remove the tea bag – no messy clean up!

Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea Recipe

2 cups Epson Salts

2 heaping Tablespoons Dried Lavender

15-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup powdered milk

9 Extra Large (Size 4) tea filters

Grind the oatmeal in a food processor or blender to get a coarse powder.

Mix the Epson salts, dried lavender and essential oils in a large bowl and stir. Then add in the powdered milk and ground oatmeal. Mix well. Fill your tea bags with about 1/3-1/2 cup of mixture and seal as desired.

I did find that you want to make sure to place this little gift into a cello bag (102210) or Clear Envelope (102619) – It helps fragrance from the dried Lavender and Essential Oil last longer it also helps keep things cleaner too.

And of course it never hurts to have a printable PDF tutorial. This one not only includes a supply list and my step by step instructions. It also has the recipe and labels all in one handy document making it easy to reference again and again.

Oval Occasions Bath Tea Holder Tutorial & Recipe PDF

Wondering where I got the tea bags and lavender? I’ve added the links for the items I used for my gifts on the pdf for you in case you’re wondering where to find them.



Stamp Set: Oval Occasions (154477)

Inks: Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink (147099/147164)

Paper: Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (154570), Gorgeous Grape (146987), Highland Heather (146986), and Basic White Card stock (159276)

Accessories: Double Oval Punch (154242) and Small Bloom Punch (152316), Snail Mail Twine (154579), Butterfly Gems (152481), Pastel Pearls (154571)

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Team Time Fun

Today’s projects were all created by my team for our last swap. So today I thought I’d share them with you.

This first card uses a Arrow Flap Gate Fold and the Hey Girlfriend stamp set (154516).

The Flower & Field Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration 155223) and Best Year stamp set (152568) were used to create interest for the back drop of this cute little image.

And this next card uses the Friendly Flamingo (154386) stamp set and Flamingo Dies (154313) for this tropical themed birthday card.

This little flamingo is so cute and with just a bit of sponging makes an impact. And if you like both did you know you can save 10% when you purchase the Bundle (156212)?

Of course everyone loves a gift box, this next project is a 3d Chocolate bar holder using the Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper (154280).

And here is another 3d project using the Heartfelt stamp set (151417) for the little sentiment that wraps around the rose bud. Wanda shared with us how she made them for the Caring with Cards program for our local elementary school this month. I think the staff are really going to enjoy this little treat!

And finally a lovely Valentine, change out the sentiment and it would make a lovely anniversary or wedding card too.

This card uses the Meant to Be stamp set (148626) and Mine Be Stitched Dies (151814) to create this soft sweet card filled with love.

If you’ve ever thought about joining a great group of crafters, the Blue Mountain Stampers might be just the place for you. There are just a few hours left to join during our special Sale-a-bration Promotion that ends tomorrow night. Click HERE to learn more about the special Kit worth almost $200 you can get during Sale-a-bration for just $99

What are the Blue Mountain Stampers?

That’s the name of our stamping community. We enjoy welcoming new members to our group and 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!

  • Exclusive Team Resource Page – videos, PDFs and more
  • Exclusive Face book Group – A great way to share and connect with other team members and share
  • Monthly Creative Challenges
  • Swapping Opportunities
  • Team Retreats
  • Meetings – both local and online/virtual
  • Monthly Crafting Day
  • Caring with Cards – a community service project
  • Monthly Lunch & Learn
  • Recognition & Incentives
  • Training available for workshops, clubs, classes and more!
  • Additional support and business coaching available

We have a very active group that share and answer each other’s questions on our Exclusive face book group.  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?  95% 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 crafter 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 the Blue Mountain Stampers and see what it’s all about!

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Sale-a-bration ends in 48 hours!

Sale-a-bration ends Sunday, February 28th, that just 2 days! So why not check out these projects using some of the free Sale-a-bration goodies before they are gone?

This first card uses one of my favorite stamp sets, Darling Donkeys (Sale-a-bration 155264). These adorable little faces are too hard to resist.

This card teams up this sweet face with the For Every Season Designer Series Paper (152486) and Ornate Layers Dies (152726) for a bright cheerful spring card.

And how about this next card using the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper that is part of the Berry Blessing Bundle (Sale-a-bration 157613) found in the Sale-a-bration line up.

I love the fact that it coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle (154394) found in our Mini Catalog. Making it a sweet choice. And how about that adorable Ladybug Trinket (154299)? Coordination one of the great things about Stampin’ Up!

And these next two cards use another favorite, the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration 155223) for two completely different looks.

This first card is bright and cheerful card teams up the Dragonfly Garden Bundle (156224) with the Dandy Wishes Die (154315) cut images and Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder (154317).

While this next card uses the Oh Snap (154486) stamp set and Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder (150646).

The dry embossing not only adds texture but give a cool reptile look to the card.

And finally I think this is my favorite Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper, Oh So Ombre (Sale-a-bration 155225) since it is a stack filled with 4 colors in each pattern it is great for multiple projects like I shared with you yesterday.

This card was stamped with the Back to Back Blooms (152597) stamp set found on page 63 of the Mini Catalog. It’s a Reversibles stamp set giving you a ton of choices since when you reverse the stamp on your block you have a second stamping option. Cool right.

This monochromatic card uses the simple outline images to create a soft and lovely card for someone’s birthday. The vellum and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (146912) adds that soft look. Do you recognize the sentiment? It’s from the Happy Thoughts stamp set (154507).

Whew! Lots of great Sale-a-bration products to choose from. Get yours before they are gone for good. Sale-a-bration ends on Sunday at 11:50 pm (MT).

And of course if you have been thinking about joining and getting a discount on your favorite stamping supplies, the special Join Now Sale-a-bration offering ends on Sunday too. There is no obligation when you join my group, so why not give it a try and see what it’s all about?

Not only will you get $125 in product for just $99 plus tax. You’ll receive 5 packs of Designer Series Paper too! Click HERE to learn more about joining my group, the Blue Mountain Stampers.

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Oval Occasions Easter Treat

Yesterday I shared with you a fun little treat holder and today I wanted to share my Easter version with you.

This treat holder is sooo easy to make with a few score lines and the Oh So Ombre Designer Series paper is perfect for this project since it comes in 6×6 and requires no cutting! And even better you get 12 sheets of each pattern so you can make 48 from one pack of paper!

I’ve colored this cute little spring image with my Stampin’ Blends making it quick and easy and gives it a clean look. Do you see the bit of shine in the center of the flowers? Its the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots – So much fun!

You can see how I made these little treats in my video tutorial yesterday, but I wanted to make sure you had a PDF tutorial for this project so you have the step by step instructions that I used too. Why not check it out?

Oval Occasions Easter Treat Holder Tutorial PDF

Love this project? The Oh So Ombre Paper is one of our Sale-a-bration products that will be gone for good after Sunday, February 28th. So you’ll want to place and order so you can earn this FREE item with your qualifying order before it’s too late.


Stamp Set: Oval Occasions (154477)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (132708/133456), Crumb Cake (154882), Highland Heather (154887), and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack (154885)

Paper: Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration 155225) and Basic White Card stock (159276)

Accessories: Double Oval Punch (154242) and 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots (152480)

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Oval Occasions Treat Holder Tutorial

Love quick and easy treats? I know I do – I love cute packaging that brings a smile to that special someone’s face. And the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 Designer Series Paper makes these treats quick and easy!

I whipped these up last week for my team’s Peak Princes event on Sunday. This event celebrates my teams accomplishments over the last 6 months, so this sentiment seemed perfect for it. I not only tucked in some chocolate, because who doesn’t love that? I also included their lanyard charm that I created with one of our embellishments too.

Check out just how quick and easy it is to make with just some score lines in my video tutorial so you can whip some up too!

Oval Occasions Treat Holder Video Tutorial

Oval Occasions Treat Holder Tutorial PDF



Stamp Set: Oval Occasions (154477)

Inks: Misty Moonlight Classic Ink (153118/153124)

Paper: Flowers for Every Season (152486), Misty Moonlight (153081), Bumblebee (153077), White Vellum Card stock (101856), and Basic White Card stock (159276)

Accessories: Double Oval Punch (154242), Butterfly Duet Punch (148523), and 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots (152480)

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Many Messages

Today’s card use the Many Messages Bundle of products found in the Mini Catalog – this is a fun concept in stamping since the stamp is like a background stamp and stamps 23 sentiments at one time!

And the die does the same too, making cards quick and easy to make – or how about using the sentiments as card candy? What is card card you may ask? It’s simply making sentiments as focal pieces that you can use on a later project.

So go ahead and create a simple layout that you can add any of the sentiments to, like these great cards that I’ve received in my Mini Swap. They make great gifts simply by making up the cards, putting Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of each sentiment (for easy use) and placing them in a box or bag for gifting to someone or if you are using them yourself a great time saver when you need a quick card.

This first card done in Cherry Cobbler uses the Messages Die (154422) along with the Double Oval Punch (154242) for a bit of layering. The soft 1/4″ Seam Binding Ribbon (151326) give this project a bit of texture too.

The card above and this next card use the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper (155223) that you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order through February 28th (Sale-a-bration )

I love the circles cut using the Stitched Shapes Dies (152323) for a quick colorful backdrop for any of these sentiments. The Just Jade Card stock (153079) mat and Ribbon (153621) are pulled from the Designer Series Paper.

And this next card uses the die to dry emboss the Basic White Card stock layer. A quick and easy technique using your Silicone (127583) or Impression Mats (149660).

I love the Fine Art Designer Series Paper (154558) used on this card with all it’s colors, here the Pool Party and Pretty Peacock have been.

Next is a great card with lots of texture and the colors make it wonderful for the guys in our lives.

The World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (152491) has been teamed up with the Fine Art 3/8″ Ribbon (154561) that has been frayed on the ends. Adding even more texture is the layer behind the sentiment that has been created using the Old World Paper Embossing Folder (153200) and simple sponging. Done in Cinnamon Cider and Night of Navy this card has a fun way it opens too.

So can you see the possibility of this wonderful Bundle? And did you know when you purchase the Many Messages Bundle (156272) you’ll save 10% and earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item too? Why not stop by my online store and check it out? But you’ll want to hurry since Sale-a-bration ends in just 5 days!

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Sale-a-bration’s A Touch of Ink

The A Touch of Ink stamp set (Sale-a-bration 155233) is another great option for you when you place a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration and you get to pick your free product. A Touch of Ink combines a set with wonderful all occasion sentiments, images and give you a 2 step option for adding color too.

You’ll want to check out these wonderful cards created with this stamp set – after all who can resist butterflies and hummingbirds! This first card uses our Blending Brushes (153611) to add a simple band of color as a backdrop of these lovely sketched images.

A bit of texture has been added to the Granny Apple Green layer with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder (153200) and the sentiment has been punched out with our new Double Oval Punch (154242) and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some depth.

This next card uses the fun polka dot pattern from the Field & Flower Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration 155223) and sets the color pallet for the card.

I love the water color look the 2 step stamps in this set have – the shading is done for you with one quick and easy stamp.

How about a soft and sweet look? Done in Purple Posy and Blushing Bride this next card has a completely different feel due to the colors chosen. The sentiment has a shadow effect since the sentiment has been cut out with the Ornate Frames Dies (150664) and popped up for a bit of color behind it.

The hummingbird has been colored using our So Saffron and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends for a bit strong coloring effect.

And how about the focal point being the flowers? I love the way this gives us just a hint of the hummingbird dropping by for a quick meal.

And today’s final card uses just the 2 step stamps to create this collage effect for this bright and bold card done in Gorgeous Grape, Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow.

Quick and easy the Gorgeous Grape 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon (154572) adds a bit of color and texture to the card. So what do you think? Which card is your favorite? There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to card making. It’s part of what I love with stamping our color choices an create such different looks with the same stamp set and our options are unlimited since the coordination Stampin’ Up! gives us allows for endless options based on what we like!

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