It’s a Joyful Season

Joyful Season

Merry Christmas to you from our family to yours! I hope that you are having a safe, warm, peaceful holiday season with your family and friends.

My husband Larry is on call this weekend but we are enjoying quiet time together today as a family in between calls while he is home. As you know we’ve have two young adults who have busy lives too, so this time together is especially sweet.

Here is our annual family photo.

Merck Family 2015 Christmas

I am so thankful to have everyone together for Christmas.


Stamp Set: Joyful Season (139770)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (140931), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Delightful Dijon (138327), and Smoky Slate Classic Ink (131179)

Paper: Cherry Cobbler (119685), Basic Black (121045), Smoky Slate (131202) and Whisper White card stock (100730)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine (138414), Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381) and Woodland Embossing Folder (139673 Available May 2016)

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It’s National Coffee Day

Yep, seriously – Did you know that today is National Coffee Day? I was surprised to see it scrolling across my tv screen this morning. I guess I should really pay closer attendtion to something soooo important. LOL!

And since my sister is a coffee fiend I thought I’d make a quick card to send her in order to celebrate this important date.

Perfect Blend & Trim the Tree

I made the focal point on this  card using our Perfect Blend stamp set (130745/131392) and the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381). I’ve used my Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Blendabilities Markers to color my coffee cup and the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack as inspiration for my color pallet.

Did you know that the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies are part of the Weekly Deals that end tonight at 11:50 p.m. (MT)? So if you don’t have this collection of Framlits Dies it is a great time to get them and save.

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Stamp Set: Perfect Blend (130745/131392)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (132708)

Paper: Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack (135824), Sahara Sand (121043), Early Espresso (119686), Cherry Cobbler (119685), and Whisper White card stock (100730)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler (130995) and Skin Tones Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (129370), Top Note Die (113463), Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381), and Argyle Embossing Folder (127750)

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Rev Up the Fun!

Need a great guy set? Why not try Rev Up the Fun!  – it’s a great set for both the young and the young at heart.

Rev Up the Fun!

This card was quick and easy to make since I used our Silver Foil Sheets to run through the Big Shot using my Top Note Die first and then the Chevron Embossing Folder. I think our Silver Foil sheets are great to add the look of chrome when using this set.

I simply stamped my image in Real Red and then cut it out with my Ovals Collection Framelits and sponged the edges to pull in a little more color. Can you see the 1/8″ Mini Brads in the center of the wheels? They add another touch of chrome to the image tying it all together.

I adhered this to my prepared Top Note piece that I had already added to my sponged card front. Can you see the touch of color around the edges of the card front? I think the sponging adds a little more depth and adds interest. My last step was to add my sentiment popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Voila! It’s ready – Now to just mail it off.


Stamp Set: Rev Up the Fun! (130520/130523)

Inks: StazOn Jet Black (101406), Real Red (126949), and  Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad (126981)

Paper: Silver Foil Sheets (132178), Real Red (102482), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Top Note Die (113463), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), 1/8″ Mini Brads (122941), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), and Stamping Sponges (101610)

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Luau Graduation Bucket of Goodies

Yippie, got my camera back last night from my hubbie so now I can share with you this cute little project I made for my daughter’s friends using the Floral Frames Framelits! I had so much fun coming up with the poem for this little Luau Graduation Bucket of Goodies. Here is my group shot of the buckets.

Luau Graduation Bucket

Originally I saw this idea on Pinterest using a 2 liter soda bottle. So when I found these little buckets at my local store I figured maybe they might be able to do something with them afterwards. And even better my daughter wouldn’t float away after having to drink all that soda, (since I needed about 8 bottles and that meant a lot of soda!)

Luau Graduation Bucket Tag and Poem

I originally made this card as one of my Luau graduation party invitation samples. It was cute and Kaitlin really liked it, but she loved the Luau Punch Art card even more. So I thought this would be a great way to attach the poem and keep in the luau theme of the party.

I used the Floral and Ovals Collection Framelits to create the flowers. For the center of the flowers I used the Creped Filter Paper (item 129393) from the Spring Catalog. First I punched the Creped Filter Paper using the 7/8” and 1 ¼” Scallop Circle Punches (item 129404/127811) then I spritzed them with Pool Party and my Stampin’ Sprizer and attached the layered flower with a brad. For the guys I just used brads for the center.

Here is what the poem on inside of the card said. I typed it up in My Digital Studio, printed it out, and used one of the smaller Oval Collection Framelits to cut it.

Way to Go, You ROCK,

After completing MOUNDS of homework, being a band NERD,

and PIECEing together all of your knowledge.

You’re RED HOT and have finally hit PAYDAY: graduation!

As you STRIDE off to college and into your future,

Remember you’re no DUMDUM, so don’t listen to any SNICKERS,

because you’re one HOT TAMALE and on your way to making a 100 GRAND.

Hope your summer is CRAZY fun and doesn’t go too FAST.

Congratulations on your graduation SMARTIE!

Your future will SPARKLE


Isn’t that cute? It was a hit with the guys and gals after all what kid doesn’t like candy, right? I did add some gum and small fireworks along with the candy (Stride, Crazy,  and Sparkle.)


Paper: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Whisper White

Accessories: Floral Frames Collection (item 127012) and Ovals Collection Framelits (item 129381), Creped Filter Paper (item 129393), and 2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads (item 122940), 7/8” and 1 ¼” Scallop Circle Punches (item 129404/127811)

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2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog Goes Live Today!

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Now that I’ve shared my project with you I wanted to make sure I told you about some basic business information that I know you’ll want to be aware of – After all there is a lot going on today. Make sure you read all the way to the end so you don’t miss any of the exciting details.

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2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

Today the catalog goes live at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (My Online Store will be down from Midnight until 2 p.m. today.)

And for the first time ever

You can order from both the 2012-2013 Catalog at the same time you can order from the 2013-2014 Catalog!

  • The 2013-2014 Catalog goes live at noon (MT) on May 31st                              (that’s 2 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • The 2012-2013 Catalog ends at Midnight (MT) on Monday, June 3rd
  • The 2013 Spring Catalog ends on Friday, May 31st at midnight (MT).

Don’t have your copy yet? That’s ok you can see the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog online.

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2013-2014 Catalog (PDF- big file)

Just a couple of Updates from Stampin’ Up!

  • The Bracket Stamp personalized name stamp with 5 lines (item 131138) will not be available in time for the May 31 catalog launch, but it will be available soon. However, the other versions of Bracket Stamp, with 1-4 lines, will be available to order.
  • Carryover Holiday Stamp Sets (These sets are not in the catalog but still available to purchase)
    • Evergreen Stamp Set (item 127970/127973)
    • Greetings of the Season Stamp Set (item 128030/128033)
    • Jewish Celebrations Stamp Set (item 128042/128045)
    • More Merry Messages Stamp Set (126400/126402)
    • Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (item 128048/128051)
    • Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set (127922/127925)
  • Retired Lists
  • Accessories List PDF (available while supplies last)
  • Stamps List PDF

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Dates: May 31st – thru June 30th

Sale Price Retail Price Description Item
$17.96 $23.95 Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132070
$13.46 $17.95 Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126707
$14.96 $19.95 Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132085
$11.21 $14.95 Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126457
$21.71 $28.95 Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128706
$15.71 $20.95 Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set 122497

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When you place your order with me using my Hostess Code 7DPXDX7R your name will be entered into my Mystery Hostess Drawing. This Hostess Code 7DPXDX7R will be good through Friday, June 7th. The number of hostesses will depend on the total sales since I’ll be drawing a hostess for every $150 in sales.

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If you don’t want to worry about all the details you’re welcome to call me or email me your order and I’ll be happy to place it for you as soon as the system comes up.

It’s up to you, and of course I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have anytime, just call or email me.

*Please remember that if you are ordering $150 or more yourself that you will earn your own Hostess Benefits and do not want to use this hostess code.

**fine print orders placed during the Mystery Hostess Drawing using this code do not qualify for my 50/50 Board.

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Framelits Bunny Fancy Favor

I thought I would share one last bunny project since Easter is tomorrow. This project is super quick and easy because the base of it is the Fancy Favor Die – Great for holding all kinds of chocolate treats that my family loves. Shhhh…don’t tell them, but they’ll be finding theirs tomorrow at their spot when we sit down for our Easter dinner.

Framelits Bunny Fancy Favor

My little bunny’s body was created using our Oval Collection Framelits Die. I used several of our punches to finish the little guy; you’ll find them listed below on the supply list.

Add a little sponging on the edges, some Multipurpose Adhesive and voila’ – The cutest little bunny around.

I hope that you’ll all have a wonderful Easter with your family. I’m really looking forward to spending the day with mine, my husband will even be home – yippee, so it will be wonderful to spend the day together celebrating Easter.


Just a reminder- Sunday, March 31st is the last day to order your Designer Fabric at 50% Off. You can place your order online before the end of the day Sunday.

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Also, Sunday ends our Special Promotion for Joining my Team. You’ll get your kit for just $99 when you join before the end of the day Sunday, but you’ll get $156.50 in merchandise of your choice! It’s a great deal. You can click HERE to learn more about my team.


Inks: Sahara Sand

Paper: Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (item 117152), Whisper White and Basic Black card stock

Accessories: Linen Thread, Fancy Favor Die (item 115965), Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (item 129381), 1/2″ Circle Punch (item 119869), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (item 118309), Small (item 120908) and Large Oval (item119855) Punches, Stampin’ Sponges (item101610) and Signo White Gel Pen (item105021)

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