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.

OnStage Swaps – Heartfelt Hexagon

today’s cards all use the Heartfelt Hexagon stamp set (162882) and it’s coordinating punch the Heartfelt Hexagon Punch (162888).

This first card uses our retiring 2022-2024 In Colors and simple stamping to create a lovely birthday card.

And the bit of Linen Thread (104199) tied in a bow adds a nice little bit of texture. This next card uses the Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper (Retiring 161640) to set the tone.

The Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon (Retiring 159198) and Tinsel Gems Three Pack (161624) add a bit of shimmer to the sentiment punched out with the Lasting Label Punch (Retiring 158651) for a little different look.

These next three cards use the Layered Florals 3D Embossing Folder (162935) to create a subtle background for the sentiments. This first card is done in Sweet Sorbet and uses a strip of Gold Foil Sheets (132622).

While this next card teams the gold foil up with Very Vanilla and the Gold & Vanilla 3/8″ Satin Edged Ribbon (Retiring 159555) for a very elegant look.

And finally a monochromatic card done in Azure Afternoon and Starry Sky

A bit of the 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack (Retiring 161635) adds a pot of texture and shimmer with it’s stitched edge.

And on a fun note – I received my package from the Product Purchase Premiere from #OnStage Houston and am sharing my sneak peek video with you today.

So what do you think? Love the new items too? It’s just a peek of what’s inside the 2024 Annual Catalog! And as I am sure you can guess, being the first to see this new catalog or any of our new catalogs is a very exciting AND a  huge perk of being a Demonstrator – after all who wouldn’t want to be first, right? Add the fact that you’ll receive a discount on all these products and you can’t lose! If you feel this is a good time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team, the Blue Mountain Stampers, you too can be first too!

Right now you can fill your Kit with products of your choice and then April 2nd can preorder new products from the 2024 Annual Catalog using your discount! How cool is that?

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!

  • 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
  • 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 Facebook 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?  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 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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#OnStage Fun & More

Today I’ve got some more swaps to share with you that I got during OnStage in Houston. It’s a variety of sets and dies that were used to create the floral inspired cards that I’ll be sharing today, so there is a little bit of everything.

This first card using the Circle Sayings Stamp set (Retiring 161348) for it’s sentiment and the fun Shutter Card Technique

The lovely Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper (Retiring 161192) is surrounded by our lovely Fresh Freesia strips. And this next card is the Gorgeously Made Bundle (161203)

And this next one uses some beautiful Stampin’ Blends and gold embossing powder to create a striking card.

The Enduring Beauty Bundle (162674), Distressed Gold Specialty Paper (Retiring 159237), Exposed Brick 3D Embossing Folder (161600), and Adhesive Backed Dragonfly & Birds (Online Exclusive 162743).

And how about quick and easy? This next card using the Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper (161289) and Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder (162927)

creates a striking card. A bit of color added with the Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends adds some color to the sentiment and some texture has been added behind it with the 2023-2025 In Color Jute Trim (161637) and Adhesive Backed Solid Gems (Retiring 161300). The last two cards today use the Cheerful Daisies stamp set (161290).

This first card uses simple stamping and this final one uses a quick and simple Faux Tile Technique. What’s that? It’s a simple grid of 1 inch squares created with your Score Board.

And now a little bit about OnStage Houston. Stampin’ Up! displays are always the best, bright, colorful, tons of texture, and of course new products. A winning combination for sure. During our mid day lunch we were also given time in the Product Playground which was filled with lots of displays and information including the two new kits that will be released on April 2nd. I think you’re going to love them, stay tuned for more information when they go live!

Here I am in front of our new In Color Glitter Paper display – wow you’re going to love this paper!

Ribbon, touch feel and tie – the new ribbon is lovely.

And how about some color combos?

Display boards for projects shared with us during presentations that were filled with creative inspiration and highlighted some of the new products.

During this event Leaders that attended also had a VIP lounge

that was filled with goodies and treats during the morning and afternoon. Even these fun logo refillable cups – perfect for coffee or tea on the go for the event which is always a hit!

What a great treat to be able to stop by, pick up something, or visit with others in a quiet area. Can you say feeling pampered? OnStage this year was fantastic!

If this is something you think you may enjoy why not join my team and join me next year in Raleigh?

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More #OnStage fun and swaps

Today I’m sharing some of my swaps from #OnStage Houston using the Pets & More (Online Exclusive 163607) a set filled with fun animal images.

This set is a reversable set that allows you to use the both the back side and the detailed front side too. Check out these lovely cards using the set.

This first card teams up the set with the Doggone Friendly Stamp (162729) using it as a backdrop highlighting this pooch.

The sentiment comes from the Sweetly Scripted Stamp set (Online Exclusive 163600). A few of our Adhesive Backed Solid Gems (Retiring 161300) add a bit of texture . And next we have this fun little card with a cut out

that was created with the Modern Oval Punch (162234). The pup has been stamped in Pecan Pie Classic Ink and uses the stamp off method to create different shades. A bit of Linen Thread (104199) as been used to create some interest along with the Delightfully Eclectic Designer Series Paper (Retiring 161640).

And for the last card today here is a bright and cheerful card using a little Basic Rhinestones Jewels (144220) to add some bling to the colar.

After all Rhinestones make everything sparkle!

I think if you are a animal lover, you’ll love this set with it’s choices. And as someone who has just added 2 babies to our family I know it is a hit here in our house! Here is a picture of our pups Kona and Hana after their first official grooming at 6 months. The little one, Hana didn’t leave Kona’s bows alone long. lol

OnStage Houston was a lot of fun, yesterday I shared what we did the first day of the event, so today I thought I’d share a bit more. Of course the there was a lot of excitement as we got a copy of the 2024 Annual Catalog and our first peek inside the covers!

Swaps and swap boards are always a highlight of any Stampin’ Up! event.

And there were a lot of boards to get inspiration from

At lunch we got to play with some of our new products that are part of the quick & easy options from the new 2024 Annual catalog. A great new stamp sentiment set, Simply Said (163756) and our new Calming Creek Cards & Envelopes (163753), Labels & Layers (163764), and Fully Flowering Ephemera Packs (163762).

In addition we had an evening event to celebrate our achievements

and had a prize patrol for all attendees. The evening also

included some treats and a fun party afterwards – here was a view from our room. My husband was wondering what in the world was going on with all those flashing lights!

It was a full day to be sure with a lot of sharing, learning, and fun!

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#OnStage Houston and more

Whew. I’m catching back up after returning from Houston and the fantastic Stampin’ Up! event there. So today I thought I’d share some photos and some of the swaps I received during the event.

Stampin’ Up! outdid themselves with this event and the excitement was high – it’s been along time since we have been able to gather like this. My husband, Larry joined me for this event since we have family in Houston and would spend some time with them after.

Yep, that’s my cutie enjoying a bit of lazy river time on top of the Marriott with myself and other demonstrators before check in time for the event. He seemed to enjoy the energy that surrounded him and I had a hard time getting him to give me back my bag as I got ready for the General Session to start. Check out the goodies our Summer Splash trimmed backpack was filled with. A fun crafting bag tucks in the bottom and slides out through the pocket and a coordinating pencil “cup” bag in our new In Color Pretty in Pink.

A wonderful beginning for sure where I had a lovely opportunity to connect with some new stamping friends. A quick dinner at the Saltgrass Steak House with some yummy food

and then on to After Hours and some on hand stamping fun with new products from the 2024 Annual Catalog!

Hundreds of us filled the space for an full evening of stamping, laughter, and fun. Everyone was excited to see the new products and In Colors! They sure didn’t disappoint. I choose one of the Bundles, Spotlight on Nature (163579) that was offered since it has some great images and basic shape dies.

I’m looking forward to sharing these projects and more with you soon. Along with more photos from the event throughout this week.

Now how about some swaps? I thought I’d share of my Easter swaps with you since it is right around the corner. There were some really cute projects swapped for Easter here are a few that I received.

This first one is a fun little 3d treat holder that uses the Diaper Fold.

This little treat uses our Excellent Eggs Bundle (Retiring 162808) and our Subtles Designer Series Paper (Retiring 161644). And this soft and sweet card also uses the Excellent Eggs Dies (Retiring 162807) in the background for the little bunny but has a totally different feel to it.

The sentiment has been punched out using the Double Oval Punch (Retiring 154242) and the sweet little bow was created using the 3/8″ Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack (Retiring 161635). Sweet, right?

And finally a bright and cheerful card using the Easter Bunny Stamp set (Retiring 160272) and Easter Bunny Punch (Retiring 160331).

Isn’t the little pompom adorable for the tail? Colored with Crumb Cake Blends to pull in the dry embossed background using the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder (160580) and cheerful Glorious Gingham 6×6 Designer Series Paper (Retiring 163170). The Stylish Shapes Dies (159183) were used to cut both the opening for the bunny and sentiment.

That’s it for the day. Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some more photos and swaps with you.

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Last Chance Lists Announced for the 2023 Annual and January – April Mini Catalogs

I’m a bit behind getting this out to you, but I spent a little time with family after OnStage in Houston so I’m playing catch up. I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I know you want to see the lists if you haven’t already. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early! (And remember that some items having amazing discounts!)

Sooo….Here are the Retirement Lists that have just been announced by Stampin’ Up!.

2023 Annual Catalog Last Chance List PDF

2023 Annual Catalog Last Chance List Excel

2024 January – April Last Chance List PDF

2024 January – April Last Chance List  Excel

I’ve also done a Walk thru with you on my YouTube Channel StampwithJini if you want to mark your catalog with me.

Please remember that all products are While Supplies Last (this includes: stamps, dies, Ink, Card Stock, Designer Series Papers, Ribbon, etc.). If a Suite or Bundle is sold out check for the individual stamp and dies/punch and other products as they may be still be available.

Our Last Chance List with it’s discounts with be going LIVE on Tuesday, April 9th but by then some of the products may already be sold out so you’ll want to get those have to have items now before they are gone!

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Lighter than Air Card Tutorial

today’s card uses the Lighter than Air Designer Series Paper (162747) that uses lovely soft subtle colors for spring. Here in North Georgia Helen holds a Balloon Festival each year that includes a race called the Helen to the Atlanta Balloon Race.

This event is held in May this year and so when I saw the paper it immediately made me think of all the different balloon’s that dot the sky as they head to the coast. If you haven’t seen something like this it is an experience for sure.

Today’s card uses a quick and easy fun fold that highlights these lovely papers.

And since I wanted to convey a sentiment that was not included in the Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set (162748) I chose to use the Perennial Postage Stamp set (162598) instead. Check out this tutorial that I created for you.

And of course I’m including my PDF that has the measurements, supply list, step by step instructions and video link too. Making it simple to have everything together when you create yours.

Lighter Than Air Card Tutorial PDF

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Enjoy!

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Hello There Latte Love Card Tutorial

It’s another card tutorial and today’s card is one that I swapped at one stage using the A Little Latte Suite Collection (Online Exclusive 163466). After all is you love coffee you’ll want to be sure to check out this fun coffee themed suite of products.

This card uses strips of the A Little Latte Designer Series Paper (Online Exclusive 163453) to create a back drop for the sentiment that has been punched out with the Heartfelt Hexagon stamp set (162882).

The fun little Adhesive Backed Swirled Dots (163465) add a bit of color and texture to the sentiment panel. If you can’t see the little swirl on the dots I think you’ll find it lovely.

Want to see how I created this card? Here is a quick tutorial for you and a PDF

Hello There Latte Love Card Tutorial PDF

Enjoy! I’ll be sharing some of my photos from OnStage in the upcoming days so be sure to stop back by to check it out.

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Latte Love Treat Holder

Today’s little treat holder is one that I created for my #OnStage Houston event. I couldn’t resist after finding the Ghirardelli Macchiato Chocolates. It’s like a little taste of espresso on the go. Yum!

The NEW A Little Latte Suite Collection (Online Exclusive 163466) is a coffee lovers dream, as this Suite is filled with wonderful images, dies, and textures for creating. But because it is an Online Exclusive you’ll only find it in my Online Store rather than a catalog.

Want to see how I made this quick little treat for my stamping friends? Check out my video tutorial

And here is a pdf for your convivence too, it contains a complete supply list, measurements, step by step instructions and the video link. Giving you everything in one place!

Latte Love Treat Holder PDF

Enjoy! I think I’m off to grab a cup of coffee lol with my sister. And you’ll want to be sure to watch for my card tutorial using this Online Exclusive tomorrow.

Online Store Cinnamon Cider

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Construction Zone Card Tutorial

Today’s card is one I created as a OnStage swap in Houston. I just love this little Construction Zone stamp set (161582) with it’s fun little images and have shared a number of tutorials with you using it.

I’ve chose to do it in bold colors and the Stampin’ Blends make that easy to do.

While looking through my stash I found an unlike choice for the Designer Series Paper, the Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper (161304) with it’s fun black & white patterns.

I chose this pattern because it made me think of tire tracks. This card was so quick and easy to create. Check out my video tutorial.

Want to make this card? I’ve got a printable PDF for you today that includes everything you need, even the video link.

Construction Zone Card Tutorial PDF

I’m sure your guy of all ages will enjoy this little card that includes a fun Pick Me Up sentiment inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the week of tutorials with me. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you’ve allowed me to stamp and share with you during that time.

Enjoy! and then don’t forget to stop by next week when I’ll be sharing some wonderful new things.

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Fun with Shutter Cards & the NEW Flowering Zinnias Designer Series Paper

Looking for a quick and easy card. Today’s card uses the fun Shutter Technique to create a bright cheerful card for spring.

I first saw this technique at our BackStage event in Las Vegas and couldn’t resist trying it with our little Bee Builder Punch (162553) when I saw the NEW Flowering Zinnias Designer Series Paper (Online Exclusive 163469). This paper is filled with bold color and patterns.

If you haven’t seen this paper and the suite that went live earlier this month you’ll want to stop by my Online store and check it out. Online exclusives can be found in my Online Store and aren’t in our catalogs.

Want to see just how easy this fun technique is? Check out my video that I created to share with you for this card. I’ve also got a PDF for you too with everything you need to get creating.

Bee My Valentine Shutter Card Tutorial PDF

Enjoy and then stop back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing a card that I made to share in Houston at our OnStage event.

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