Birthday Card Contest Winner, Catalog Premiere & Project Life

Back in March I challenged you to participate in my Birthday Card Contest. It was simple all you had to do was mail me a card that you made using Stampin’ Up! products. Today I wanted to share with you some of the lovely cards I received and of course the winner!

First the cards –

2014 Birthday Card Contest (1)

Do you see our current Starburst Framelits (132967) and Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalog that Randy used to make this card?  And do you remember the name of the image used? If you guess, Punch Bunch from Sale-a-bration in 2011 give yourself a pat on the back!

2014 Birthday Card Contest (2)

Here is a card from Mary that uses our retired 5 Petal Flower Punch along with the current retiring Perfectly Penned stamp set (128703/122892).

2014 Birthday Card Contest (3)

And how about these birthday cards sent to me by some of my team members aren’t they lovely?

I love the Swallowtail stamp (131943/129216) and the way Janie used our retiring Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402).


Or how about JoAnn’s Vivid Vases (133818) card – don’t you love the colors? I hope you can see the texture added by the paper piecing on this card.

vivid vases

Here is the inside – fun right?

vivid vases inside

And since I’m a coffee person Cindy made this great monochromatic card using the retired Morning Cup stamp set for me, combining the old with the new. Smoky Slate was one of my favorite colors introduced in the 2013 Catalog.

morning cup

And now the lucky winner – drum roll please!  Randy will be receiving a cute birthday stamp set from my stash! Congratulation Randy, I’ll be sending you a email with details on how to get your free set.

2014 Catalog Premiere

Stampin’ Up! makes being a demonstrator sooo much fun and they treated us to an extra special event this year – a 2014 Catalog Premiere on Monday night. I wanted to share this with you Tuesday, but with all the excitement and lack of sleep I’m just getting back on track.

The premiere was held in theaters across the country and was a fun, high energy event with lots of fellowship and laughter. I thought I’d share some pictures for Monday with you.

Here is a group of us at the Cheese Factory for dinner before the premiere. The table was buzzing with conversation and excitement. It’s always a small world when you’re a demonstrator – Our table included our fellow stamping sisters from SINKS and the Stamp Divas teams along with my team, the Blue Mountain Stampers.

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That’s me in the back on the left and here is my part of my Team at the theater while we waiting for the event to begin.

Catalog Premier 2014 team

The excitement continued as the lights were dimmed and Shelly greeted us and teased us with our first glimpse of the Catalog Cover!

Catalog Premier 2014 Bonnie Thurber (4)

The night continued with the ever hilarious Bonnie Thurber, who was showing off her bling and getting side tracked with all the new wedding products! Hmm.. wonder why? (I’ll post more photos and details on my Facebook page today.)

Catalog Premiere Presenters (1)

The event continued with a star studded cast of Stampin’ Up! “celebrities”. You can tell these people love what they do!

Catalog Premiere Presenters (2) Catalog Premiere Presenters (3) Catalog Premiere Presenters (4)

Brian Pilling looked dapper in his black tux as he treated first Bonnie Thurber, then Shannon West, Carrie Cudney, and finally Donna Griffith with a special token he made for them with some of our new products along with their favorite snacks.

Prize Patrol is always one of the fun things that are part of Stampin’ Up! events and the Catalog Premiere was no different. I was soooo excited as my wrist band color was called and I got to take home a great new stamp set from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog! I’d never won a Prize Patrol before! Stop by my Facebook page and to see what I won.

Sound like fun? If you’d like to join in the fun of being a demonstrator why not jcontact me today and join my team? I’d love to tell you all about the benefits of being part of my team. If you’d like more information click HERE to learn more about the Blue Mountain Stampers.

I can’t wait for you to see all the great new stamp sets, In Colors, and accessories! I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed and the layout is wonderful and full of inspiration. My catalog is already dog eared LOL!

Wondering how you’ll get your new 2014 Annual Catalog? Well it’s easy:

  • If you’re a frequent customer of mine – You’ll be the first to get one (sometime in May)
  • Are you a Club Member? Then you’ll also be one of the first to get one free
  • Haven’t ordered from me in a while or are you new? Place an order with me during May of $50 or more in product. (If you order online make sure your profile information is up to date.)

And thanks for shopping with me and choosing me as your demonstrator!

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See Ya Later & Birthday Card Contest

Do you have a lot of birthdays in the spring? I know we do here in the Merck household. During the months of March and April, three of us celebrate birthdays, with my husband being the odd ball in November. So over the next few days I’ll be sharing some birthday cards with you.

See Ya Later

Today’s card uses the See Ya Later Stamp Set, one of the FREE Sale-a-bration choices. I love it’s quirky images and fun sayings. And this set covers a lot of different occasions though out the year which makes it a great choice too.

Did you know that there are just 19 days left to get your FREE Sale-a-bration items? Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st, yikes! There is still time left to earn your freebies or be a Hostess and earn even more. Why not contact me today and set up a time to hold your Sale-a-bration party. Hostesses earn $30 more in FREE product with a qualifying party. Click HERE to see more about our current promotions.

This card also uses some of my favorite items from the Occasions Catalog – namely the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. How many different ways can you see to use these new punches?  You can click HERE to see a treat project I made with this punch recently.

Fun, right?


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Oh, no the big 50! Since my birthday is next week I thought it would be fun to hold a birthday card contest for card makers. It’s simple, 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 my face book page and Like me?

Here are the details:

1. Contest starts today, March 12th and ends on April 29th, 2014

2. Make a birthday card using Stampin’ Up! products or My Digital Studio

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.

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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 birthday 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!

So, why not join in the fun today? Create and mail your card to enter in the contest today!


Stamp Set: See Ya Later (Sale-a-bration 133533/133536)

Inks: Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949)

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

Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324),  Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon (132982),  Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (119251), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246),  Stampin’ Sponges (101610), and Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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