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.

#simplestamping with Bon Appetit

If you sometimes find the options over whelming when you sit down to create a card, simple stamping just might the thing to recharge your creativity. Today’s project was created using card stock, ink, and a couple of punches. It also uses the stamp set from our September Paper Pumpkin Kit. Which is perfect for simple stamping. Check out this cute little note card for Halloween. Perfect for mailing or tucking in with a little treat.

These little skeletons are simply stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and I used the Gorgeous Grape spot that came in the kit for the sentiment and sponging. Want to see how I made it? I’ve got a video today for you. (I know it’s a day later than planned, but I wanted to share my big news with you yesterday – a perfect way to start the new year!)

Paper Pumpkin September 2019 Bon Appetit Halloween Note Card Tutorial

And here is a printable PDF tutorial for you with a complete supply list and step by step directions too.

Paper Pumpkin September 2019 Bon Appetit Halloween Note Card Tutorial PDF

Enjoy!

And did you know that the Stampin’ Up! is giving us kits that will coordinate in October & November. While they are stand alone kits they can also be used together to make our holiday crafting even easier! So it’s a super time to join in the Paper Pumpkin fun.

These two kits will contain the following:

October Kit

Kit details: Makes 10 cards and envelopes

Card size: 4 1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)

Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

Coordinating colors: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce

November Kit

Kit details: Makes 24 holiday-themed gift tags of 4 various sizes and designs.

Coordinating colors: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce

The October and November kits coordinate; however, each kit is all-inclusive and can stand alone.

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the October kit at paperpumpkin from September 11–October 10.
  • Subscribe for the November kit at paperpumpkin from October 11–November 10.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of each subscription period.

Paper Pumpkin kits are great for all ages and contain everything you need to assemble the kit, just add a scissors and you are ready to go!

Got questions? Want to see what Paper Pumpkin is all about? I hold a Paper Pumpkin Craft Time each month where you can try it out. Click HERE to see my Calendar of Events to learn more.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Bon Appetit (Paper Pumpkin September Kit & Refills 152877/152818)

Inks: Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink (147099/147164) and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (132708/133456)

Paper: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (144236), Gorgeous Grape (146987) and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: 1″ Circle (119868) and 1 1/2″ Circle Punch (141337), and Stampin’ Sponges (141337)

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2019 Incentive Trip – Maui, here we come!

I have been trying to figure out how to share my good news with you all… and it is truly big news!

On August 26th, I got several customer orders that put me over top allowing me to achieve the Stampin’ Up 2019 Incentive Trip to Maui.  On October 6th reports will be finalized and I will be able to redeem the points for an all-expenses paid trip for two to Maui July 2020. I can’t even begin to tell you just how excited my husband, Larry is about this trip!!!

I am still processing the fact that I’ve reached my goal and pinching myself to make sure it’s not a dream. I was not sure that I should share until it was official, but I wanted to go ahead now since so many of you have been following my progress.

So here goes and all I can say is Thank you!

Thank you to my AMAZING customers.  Every order you place allows me to do what I love AND share my love of crafting with you. I can’t tell you how much your support and friendship mean to me.

Thank you to the best team ever! The Blue Mountain Stampers thank you for sharing your talent, inspiring me, and keeping me on track! You have been working hard too, and becoming successful in each of your own ways. I am so proud of you, and that fact you let me be a part of your Stampin’ Up! journey. I’m so honored that you have you chosen to join our team! I could not have achieved this trip without you!

Thank you to those NEW customers who reached out to me and placed orders. You’ve touched me deeply with your kind comments and your desire in wanting to help me reach my goal.

Thank you to my biggest fans who have stamped with me over the past 10 years! You refer your friends to me. You share your life and encourage me to become better. You are the inspiration! Because of you I feel like I can achieve anything.

Thank you to my husband and family who have been supportive and have patiently waited for me and pitched in when I needed it.

Thank you to my adopted Stampin’ Up! family who have given me their friendship, believed in me, mentored me, and inspired me to reach for the stars.

Thank you so much for making this goal and my dream come true!

Playful Penguins & a couple Reminders

Today’s post not only includes some fun penguin projects, but since it is the last day of the month I wanted to remind you of a couple of important things so you don’t miss out.

1. The Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper promotion ends today.

So don’t miss out on getting your favorite papers in this wonderful promotion – stock up for you projects and gift giving this holiday season.

2. New Style 3D Embossing Folders are now available to order

These remaining 3D embossing folders are now available to order in the new style:

Click HERE to see all of our available Embossing Folders

3. Purple Posy and the set of 2019-2021 In Colors are now available to order

4. Last Day for my 10 for $250 Challenge

If all 10 spots aren’t filled by the end of the day – you’ll still be able to get $45 in free product or a 1/2 price item for participating.

Here are the details:

  • When ordering Online you must be sure to use Host Code EFXCZ934.
  • Failure to use the Host Code means your order will not count in the 10 and you will receive just the $25 Stampin’ Rewards instead of the $45 or ½ price items.

Cards, Cards, Cards…..

And now onto the penguins.

As many of you know I love penguins and collect them. (While my husband has banned me from displaying ALL of them in my kitchen like I did in our first home, you’ll still find some scattered about, especially during the holidays! LOL) My very first set that I purchased from Stampin’ Up! was a penguins set. I can’t resist these little guys! So needless to say it was one of my first choices from the Holiday Catalog.

So anyhow, I wanted to share these cute little playful penguins with you today –

This first card is simply gorgeous in person done in Gorgeous Grape and Seaside Spray. The Hammered Metal Embossing Folder was used for the back ground and then highlighted with some of our Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046) and our Dazzling Diamonds (133751) was then added to make it sparkle.

The NEW Shimmer Crystal Effects were also used for the garland that is wrapped around the penguin. Some Whisper White Baker’s Twine was added first, then some Shimmer Crystal Effects and finally some of the Snowflake Sequins.

And how about some perfectly plaid and traditional holiday colors for some very dapper penguins?

Do you like a little shimmer for your cards? If so you’ll want to check out our Shimmer White Card stock – it adds just a bit of shimmer and is perfect for winter cards like these. I also love it for water coloring and techniques since it is a bit heavier than our Whisper White card stock.

Make sure you don’t miss out on today’s promotions and then don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing a fun project, tutorial and video with you!

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Playful Penguin (150532)

Paper: Shimmery White Card stock (101910) and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper (149596)

Accessories: Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder (150646), Snowflake Sequins (150443), Shimmery Crystal Effects (150892), and Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8: Striped Ribbon (149597)

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Purple Posy & Lots of Cheer

Great News! If you have been holding off on this years In Colors because you wanted the complete set of Ink Pads they are now available. As of today ALL Purple Posy ink options are now available for ordering.

Here is what Stampin’ Up! said yesterday afternoon – We’re excited to announce that Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Pads and Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills are available to order. You may now also purchase the 2019–2021 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads (includes all five of the 2019–2021 In Colors).

Get yours today so you can start stamping with this lovely shade of purple!

Lots of Cheer

And now for some cards, because I know you want to see projects too. Today’s cards use a stamp set found in our 2019 Annual Catalog. The Lots of Cheer stamp set is filled with wonderful holiday images and sentiments. And how fun is this bold font?

This first card uses the bell wreath image, glimmer paper, and the Buffalo Check Background stamp (147797/151372) to create a very sparkly holiday card

And speaking of sparkly – Our Sparkle Glimmer Paper (146957) packs a wow on this card. It’s been teamed up with our Silver Foil sheets (132178) and Rich Razzleberry for a bit of winter brrr.


Done in traditional colors of Real Red and Call Me Clover this card uses our Nested Stitched Label Dies (149638) and the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder (151785)

And this final card uses some of the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (150432) and the Real Red 1/8″ Curly Ribbon (150426) to create this fun fold card.

The fold is done with some simple scoring so that when you open it you’ll see the sentiment hiding behind the folds.

So what do you think? Have a favorite? Why not leave me a comment and let me know what you think?

I’ll be sharing some more swap with you next week – so don’t forget to stop on by.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Lots of Cheer (149503)

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Just 3 more days for the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper promotion

My 10 for $250 ends Monday, September 30th

Up coming October Classes

With all the changes to my Calendar I’m still working out the kinks, so I wanted you to know about what is coming up in October. I think everything is displaying and listed correctly now. Please let me know if you try and rsvp through my calendar and you have any problems. Thanks!

Countdown Calendar Event

If you love the new Countdown Calendar in the Holiday Catalog why not join me and assemble yours with me? I’ll provide the stamps and ink and space to stamp.

Friday, October 11th at 6:30 – 8 pm

The event is $36  and includes the Christmas Countdown Calendar Kit with me or Free when you order your calendar with me Online and bring it with you.

Place your order by September 30th and I’ll include the choice of Designer Series Paper to decorate the back of the drawers so you can create a God Box/Prayer Box (Choose between Bird Ballard and See a Silhouette Designer Series papers)

RSVP by October 10th; It’s a must so I can save you a spot.

Other supplies not included that you’ll need to bring: Snail or Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can purchase these the night of the event or when you sign up for the class

Santa’s Workshop Class

Saturday, October 12th 1 pm until 4 pm

We’ll be making 3 gifts and stocking stuffers

Class fee $35

RSVP and prepay by Friday October 4th

This class has a limited spots due to the extended RSVP date

October Card Class:

During this event, you’ll make 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs)

Work at your own pace. Everything is included except your favorite Adhesives

Cards are clean and simple designs AND you choose the sentiments

The class includes cards for birthdays, thinking of you, thank you, seasonal, and more.

Thursday, October 24th at 10 am – 12 pm

or

Sunday, October 27th 2 – 4 pm

Class Fee $15; or FREE with minimum purchase

RSVP Needed the 3rd Friday of the month/Friday before event to save your

Paper Pumpkin Craft Time –

Fourth Tuesday of the month 10 am -12 pm

10/24, 11/28, and 12/19

It’s Free when you are a Paper Pumpkin Member!

Want to see what it’s all about? Why not try Paper Pumpkin?
Class Fee $5 (or free when you subscribe the day of the event)

RSVP Needed Friday before event to save table space for you!

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND TO RSVP

Don’t live local or can’t make an event? Ask me about my private classes or Class to Go Option

Or schedule a PRIVATE card class in your home or my classroom with you and your friends! Contact me today for dates!

RSVP is a must for all events!

StampwithJini@gmail.com or call 706-754-7124

Doors open 5 minutes before class – need adhesives? Pick them up at class!

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So Many Stars

Have you seen the So Many Stars stamp set on page 11 of the Holiday Catalog? This Bundle is easy to miss with it’s coordinating dies on the previous page – but it’s font and sentiments made me take a second look and it’s well worth it.

Check out these beautiful cards made with the bundle – These first two are simply elegant done in Night of Navy using our Copper Foil Sheets (142020).

And this next card uses our Gold Glimmer Paper and Delicata Metallic Ink, Golden Glitz (150711/10712)

Do you recognize the Designer Series Paper used for these cards? It’s our very popular Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (150429).

Why not check the So Many Stars stamp set and Stitched Star Dies out? You won’t be disappointed

Supplies:

Stamp Set: So Many Stars (*150496)

Ink: Delicata Golden Glitz (150711/150712)

Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (150429), Copper Foil (142020), Night of Navy (100867), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Star Designer Elements (*150430), Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels (150457), and Starburst Punch (143717)

*So Many Stars Bundle (153016)

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Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper Promotion

Ends Monday, September 30th

10 for $250 Challenge ends September 30th

Perfectly Plaid

I mentioned yesterday I wanted to share some of the wonderful swaps that I have received and so today I thought I would start with a a fun set that has a coordinating punch. The Wrapped in Plaid Suite of products is great with it’s Pine Tree Punch it will make creating cards quick and easy.

Check out these cards – while they all use the stamp set they have such different feels to them. This first card is done using Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green for a much more contemporary feel.

I’m not sure if you can see it in my picture but the little tree has our Ice Stampin’ Glitter (150445) glistening on its branches.

And if you love the more traditional feel, how about these cards?

Don’t you love the rich Shaded Spruce teamed up with Cherry Cobbler and gold foil?

And the Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ Striped Ribbon is a wonderful with it’s gold stripe and it ties beautifully.

Well that’s it for today since it’s so late – stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing when I’ll be sharing some cards made with the So Many Stars stamp set with you.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Plaid (*149418)

Paper: Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series paper (149596), Shaded Spruce (146981), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Gold Foil (132622), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Pine Tree Punch (*149521) and Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ Striped Ribbon (149597)

*Perfectly Plaid Bundle (151143)

Wrapped in Plaid Suite of Product Bundle (153326)

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Team Time Sharing

Tomorrow is my team craft time, I really enjoy this afternoon of crafting together. It is a purely social event when we gather, bring project we are working on and enjoy each others company. Thinking about it earlier today made me realized I hadn’t shared some of the wonderful projects my team shared with me earlier this month.

So here we go – I love the variety of the projects they make. Such talented stampers they always inspire me with their projects.

This first card is a Pop Up Card that uses the Sailing Home Bundle (151066) and other items you can find in the Suite (152175).

Here is the inside – fun right? And did you know that the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (149481) is part of our Buy 3 Get 1 Free September Designer Series Paper promotion?

And here is a cute movement card using the Over the Moon stamp set (149331)

I just adore these little cows.

And here is a great use of those scraps you have laying around – a strip card using the sentiment from Free as a Bird (149468)

And how about this over sized card using the Daisy Delight Stamp set (143669) and coordinating punches (143713 and 149517) done in Gorgeous Grape?

And finally a fun fold card made with the lovely See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper (149443) another of our wonderful Papers that is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Promotion this month and the Butterfly Gala stamp set (148580).

Well that is it for today – tomorrow I’ll share some of the swaps I received recently.

Maui or Bust!

I can’t believe it! I’m So excited I’m less than $400 from reaching my long time goal of earning the incentive trip. No order is too small and I’d be so appreciative of any size order with 7 days left in the Stampin Up year, I am soooo close!

  • You can place your order online
  • Email it to  StampwithJini@gmail.com with your payment method
  • Call me at 706 754-7124

So, if you have been thinking of placing an order lately and haven’t done so, I would really appreciate your help reaching my goal by placing an order today. It would  make it extra special to achieve this trip during my 10th Anniversary year with Stampin’ Up! Every single order counts! 

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Perfectly Plaid Card Tutorial

Yesterday I shared with you our first Make n Take from my Holiday Catalog last weekend and today’s card is the second project everyone made that afternoon. The Wrapped in Plaid Suite of products has a lot of wonderful products both for card making and gifts. So it was a natural choice for the event and I love the fact that the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper comes in a 6×6 size so it is perfect for card making. You are going to love the gold foil that is in the patterns too.

Here is the card – It’s quick ad easy so it is great for making a ton of them for sending this Christmas.

Like it? This tree is so realistic with just one try since the stamp itself has wonderful shading to it. While I chose this tree for my project the plaid tree was also used and looked wonderful too. Don’t you love that? Lot’s of choices from just one set – and with the coordinating punch the choices are endless!

Here is a quick video tutorial for you showing you how I put this card together.

Perfectly Plaid Card Video Tutorial

And here is a complete supply list and step by step tutorial to go with it for you.

Perfectly Plaid Holiday Catalog Kick Off Card Tutorial PDF

And here are a few more pictures from the event too. Everyone seemed to enjoy the stamping.

You can see more pictures from the event on my face book page HERE

Enjoy!

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Plaid (149418)

Inks: Shaded Spruce (147088/147165) and Soft Suede Classic Ink (147115/115663)

Paper: Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper (149596), Shaded Spruce (146981), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Crumb Cake (120953), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder (150645), Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ Striped Ribbon (149597), Stitched Shapes Dies (145372), and 3D Embossing Folder Plate (149658)

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Holiday Catalog Kick Off Gather Together Make n Take

It finally feels a little bit like fall here in North Georgia with some cooler temperatures, while it is still in the 80s there’s a hint of cooler weather coming our way. And after spending the evening last night with my daughter and her band, watching them and the other county’s High School bands perform their half time shows it feels more like fall to me too.

Check out this fun fall card that we make using the Come to Gather Suite of products found in the Holiday Catalog.

This suite is filled with those colors that make us think of fall and I’m loving the Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack with it’s rich satin edge ribbon and linen thread – perfect for a range of products.

Today’s card uses the Brick & Motar 3d Embossing Folder to create some texture and interest in the background. Our embossing folders are perfect for this and make it quick and easy too.

Want to see how this card comes together? Check out my video tutorial and of course a printable PDF too.

Gather Together Card Video Tutorial

Come Together Holiday Catalog Kick Off Card Tutorial PDF

And today I thought I’d also share some photos from before the event and my classroom. You can see more photos on face book HERE – why not stop by, check them out and like my page?

Enjoy!

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Gather Together (150589)

Inks: Crushed Curry (147087/131158) and Early Espresso Classic Ink (1147114/119789)

Paper: Come to Gather Designer Series Paper (150454), Early Espresso (119686), Cajun Craze (119684), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Brick & Motar 3D Embossing Folder (149643), Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack (150456), Stitched Nested Label Dies (148551), and 3D Embossing Folder Plate (149658)

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