Boo to You!

Yippie! It’s Halloween and here is today’s little treat item that I made using the Fall Fest stamp set (135194).

Fall Fest Triangle Box 2 (1)

I stamped using our Whisper White Craft Ink Pad (101731) and then embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930) to give it a translucent ghost like look. What do you think? The sentiments come from the Hostess special, Good Greetings Stamp Set (135014/135017) and this set is only available until the end of the day today if you still want it.

Fall Fest Triangle Box 2 Tags (2)

And a close up of the two tags. Want to learn how I made this special little Triangle Box? Click HERE to see my earlier project and video tutorial.

And now for some team swaps. This  card is from my team member Cindy and is a Quarter Fold Card.

Halloween Quarter Fold Card Blue Mountain Stampers swap Sept 2014 (2)

It also uses the Fall Fest  and Good Greetings stamp sets. The Fun Fall Framelits (135856) make this project a snap and I love the way she used the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper (135819) to help her choose the colors for this project.

Halloween Quarter Fold Card Blue Mountain Stampers swap Sept 2014 (1)

Here’s the last project that I’ll be sharing with you today.  Feathers are right on trend right now and I love the whimsical look JoAnn created with the Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine and the Four Feathers set (1354051/135053). What a great card for men too!

Four Feathers Blue Mountain Stampers swap Sept 2014

On a personal note –

It’s Halloween and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day and evening for our local little trick or treaters. I always look forward to seeing the kids in their costumes – so much so that my daughter texted me a picture of herself getting ready for the day with her friends!

Kaitlin Halloween

Kaitlin is a creepy baby doll marionette. She and her friends were going to be the Fanta girls (do you remember them?) but they ran out of time to find coordinating costumes together. And since there isn’t a lot of shopping options at college they raided the local Wal-Mart girls department.

LOL! I thought it was a pretty clever idea when she told me about it. She was shocked when they could find the items they needed in the little girls department too! I’ll share some more pictures from today on my Facebook page later today. So stop by and check it out.

Just a couple of reminders –

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You can help me reach my Paper Pumpkin goal by signing up and creating your account today. When you do you’ll get a gift from me. Want to know more? Contact me for details.

But hurry since this special offer is only available through me and only for today!

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Join my Team


The Pick a pack of Paper promotion when you join my team, The Blue Mountain Stampers,  also ends today – so if this is something you’ve ever thought about now is a great time to join. Click HERE for more information or contact me by email at [email protected] or phone at 706 754-7124. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

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For All Things, World Card Making Day & More….

I love using the For All Things stamp set that you can find in our Holiday Catalog – I keep reaching for it over and over again. And who doesn’t love the new Hostess Set that is available to Hostesses in October!

For All things Technique card

Today’s card is one that uses the technique that was part of my September technique class.

So what do you think? Would you like to learn new techniques like this? Why not check out my technique classes held on the fourth Tuesday each month. My next class is coming up on October 28th so there is plenty of time to join in the fun. Click HERE to see my full calendar of events.

Last Call….WORLD Card Making Day Event!

Come make 12 All Occasions Cards. This is an open house style event where you’ll be working at your own pace. Cards are clean and simple designs that are easy to complete in about 1 ½ – 2 hours.

The event includes cards for birthday, thinking of you, thank you and more.

Date: Saturday, October 4th 

Drop in Between: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Class Fee: FREE with a min. order, or pay $35

RSVP and Prepay by Wednesday, October 1st to reserve your spot

Yippie….. NEW WEEKLY DEALS for September 30th!

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Stop back by tomorrow and learn about two exciting promotions for October – Trust me you won’t want to miss it!

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Fun Fall Tiny Treat Box

Check out this fun fall tiny treat that I made using the Fall Fest stamp set and the coordinating Fun Fall Framelits that are available as a Bundle (137628).

Fall Fest Tiny Treat Box

Too cute – And just the right size to brighten someone’s day by giving them a little something as a special treat.

How’d I do it? Before I put the box together. I added some interest  by stamping leaves in Versa Mark. To create a collage of leaves, I simply placed all the leaves on one block in random order. Easy peasy. I also stamped a piece of Old Olive card stock at the same time so it was ready for punching the tag.

Next, I stamped my pumpkin in Tangerine Tango and used my Blender Pen to remove the color from the stem and recolored it using the Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. (The Blender Pen is a trick that saves a bit of coloring.) After running it through my Big Shot I popped it up on my tag with a Dimensional.

I then Stamp my sentiments from the Good Greetings stamp set in Old Olive and Tangerine Tango on some scrap strips of Whisper White Card Stock that I had laying around and then punched the tails on them using the Hexagon Punch.

I used my handheld circle punch (loooove them!) so I could add a piece of Linen Thread which I tied onto the Whisper White & Tangerine Tango Two Tone Trim.

These Tiny Treat Boxes are designed to go with our 25 Days stamp set so you can make an easy advent calendar for Christmas – but what you can use them for, as you can see,  is really unlimited!

Why not check this and our other packaging options out? You’ll find them  on page 10 in the Holiday Catalog.

Feeling adventurous?

On a personal note. I thought I’d share one of my favorite new recipes from this summer. It is something that I concocted myself (which is a first),  after desperate pleas from my son that he was sick and tired of my tried and true fried squash recipe I’ve been using for years. (You see, we had a bumper crop of yellow squash  and I’d been trying all kinds of new recipes for a couple of weeks when he cracked LOL – Thus the squash overload.)

I was feeling adventurous and came up with this recipe, suprise it seemed to a big hit in the Merck household! And I got no complaints from my son! Enough said, right? So as we are cleaning up our garden this season I thought I would share it with you. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Jini’s Baked Summer Squash

2 tbsp. olive oil
½ – 1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. – ½ tsp. pepper (to taste)
½ – 1 tsp. sea salt
8 c. yellow summer squash

Mix first 4 ingredients well. Add summer squash and mix until evenly coated. Spread out squash on baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes until tender.
Serve immediately.

It also freezes well. If baked not quite as long before freezing it still has is crisp when reheated after freezing.


Stamp Set: Fall Fest (135194) and Good Greetings (135014/135017)

Inks: Versa Mark (102283), Old Olive (1269853), and Tangerine Tango (126946)

Paper: Old Olive (100702) and Whisper White card stock (100730)

Accessories: Tiny Treat Boxes (135829), Note Tag Punch (135860), White & Tangerine Tango Two Tone Trim (135838), 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch (134365), Linen Thread (104199), Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker (100079), Blender Pen (102845), and Hexagon Punch (130919)


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Holiday Catalog Live

good greetings banner imageYes! Today is the day! The 2014 Holiday Catalog goes live and you can now order all your favorites for the holiday season. If you haven’t already seen the catalog just click on the image below. You’re going to LOVE it!

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Want a copy for yourself? If you are a Club Member or frequent customer of mine you should have already have received yours in the mail or at my Holiday Catalog Premiere. If not, contact me today and I’ll be happy to mail you one.

Haven’t ordered from me in a while or are new? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you one.


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If you have been wanting to join my TEAM now is a great time – But hurry the Short & Sweet promotion ends at 11:50 p.m. (MT) today.

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That’s right I said FREE- so let’s schedule your party. And let the fun begin!!

Now until Oct. 31,  Hostesses will be able to earn an exclusive Good Greetings Stamp Set when your party reaches of  $300-that’s in addition to the other exiting benefits! That’s right, a FREE stamp set in addition to all the other exciting and generous benefits you get when you host a party from Aug. 28 to Oct. 31! This versatile stamp set covers holidays from Halloween to Valentines and more. Contact me today to schedule your private party! (Book parties qualify too!)

Want to see the Good Greetings set up close? It’s fantastic, you’ll love the font – so just click on the image below to see it in detail!

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Dates: August 28th- October 31, 2014

The Fine Print:

  • All order types qualify for this promotion
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalog merchandise.
  • Orders larger than the qualifying amount are not eligible for additional sets
  • Qualifying order = $300 in sales (pre-tax and shipping); one set per order
  • Qualifying host has the choice of wood or clear mount stamp set
  • Order dates: August 28 – October 31
  • Deadlines:
    • Friday, October 31, 2014; 11:50 PM (MST)



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Don’t miss out on your favorite bundle – promotion ends Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:50 p.m. (MT)

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There is a lot of exciting things going on right now so if you have any questions – please feel free to call or email me.

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Good Greetings & More

Have you ever hosted a private party or a book party? Do you love to learn new things? Do you love FREE? Well then you’re going to love the Good Greetings Stamp set! Check out this bright and cheerful card I received last night from my friend Anna using the Good Greetings Stamp Set.

Good Greetings Stamp Divas swap Aug 2014

Good Greetings is a 19 piece stamp set that will be available to my Hostesses FREE starting on Thursday, August 28th. Whoo hoo!

How do you get your very own? Why not contact me today and I’ll tell you how you can earn yours and help you choose a date for your book party or private party. It’s so easy – AND better yet –  the Good Greetings stamp set is in addition to your regular Hostess benefits!!

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Short & Sweet Recruiting Offer

Do you love Stampin’ Up! and want it all, a discount on your favorite products, or even earn a little extra cash?

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Short & Sweet  –  It only lasts from today until August 28th and it is SWEEEEET: When you join Stampin’ Up! your receive $150 in your starter kit of your choice of products for just $99. And you won’t have to pay for shipping either!.

It’s a great deal but it won’t last long so why not contact me or click HERE for more information about joining my Team, The Blue Mountain Stampers.

If you need help joining or have questions regarding what to order in your starter kit you can reach me at 706 754-7124

Here are some benefits to being a member of the Blue Mountain Stampers:

  • Monthly Team Meetings
  • Blue Mountain Stampers Facebook Group
  • Special events & Weekend Retreats
  • Fellowship & Fun

I welcome hobby and business demos and would love to have you join my team!


Stamp Set: Good Greetings (FREE when your a Hostess)

Inks: Rich Razzleberry (126950)

Paper: Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693), Crumb Cake (120953), and Whisper White Card Stock (100730)

Accessories: Pansy Punch (130698), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), Regals Designer Buttons (130029)

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