On Stage, Easter Swaps & More

Want to see a bit more about my On Stage experience? We’ll I’ve got a few more photos to share again today and then LOTS of cards too!

If you have been stamping with me awhile you know about my Caring with Cards program that I do at the Clarkesville Library each month on the 3rd Tuesday between 2 and 3 pm. It’s free, you simply stop by and create some cards to donate for the Ronald McDonald House and Holiday for Heroes. Well as you can see we are making a difference!

Deborah and I carried in 720 cards for the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday!!!! How great is that? Stampin’ Up! always offers what we call a Ronald McDonald House stamp set each year – And if you would like to make a difference too you can still purchase the My Hero stamp set (141954/141957). It’s on the Retirement List so it won’t be available too much longer. Stampin Up will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House and you’ll receive a wonderful stamp set at the same time. So why not check it out?

Stampin’ Up! gave us a wonderful bag filled with goodies. Notice the color? Well that is our NEW 2017 In Color, Tranquil Tide you see. (I’ll tell you more about the tag and some of the Team gifts I made next week so be sure to stop back by then).

There was a wonderful planner in every bag along with special pens so we can take lots of notes if we desire. LOL! And the tables are always decorated so pretty – check out the NEW 2017 In Color Card stock!  Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. Woohoo!!!

Deborah and I had such a nice time  stamping with our friends.

Make n Takes – because you’ve got to stamp right?

Here is our table

How about some swaps now? These cards all have an Easter theme. I especially love this cute little punch art bunny that Robbie did.

And this one using the Basket Bunch stamp set (143186).

Here is another one using the Basket Bunch Bundle (144731) after all who doesn’t love a chocolate bunny?

And finally here are some swaps using the Easter Message stamp set (142984/142987). I really love the images in this set and Tina was sweet enough to  and included the measurements so we can make lots of them easily! LOL.

If you want to make some of these yourself here are the measurements.

Crumb Cake Base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″; score at 4 1/4″

Very Vanilla Card stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″

Pear Pizzazz Card stock: 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

Watercolor Paper: 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Marina Mist: scrap for stamping and die cutting

  1. Stamp the palm image onto the Very Vanilla card stock. Add to card base.
  2. Then layer the Old Olive card stock on top of Very Vanilla.
  3. Stamp the cross image in Black Archival Ink and color with Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter. Allow to dry and add to card front.
  4. Stamp sentiment on Marina Mist piece in Rich Razzleberry. Run through the Big Shot using the thinlits die. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals and add to card front.
  5. For more of a pop cut Crumb Cake down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and place on a Rich Razzleberry card base.

You can find the supply list at the end of this post.

Feeling inspired by this set? Here are some more swaps I’ve received using it.



Stamp Set: Easter Message (142984/142987)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (140931), Old Olive (126953) and Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink (126950)

Paper: Watercolor Paper (122959), Crumb Cake (120953), Marina Mist (119682), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Very Vanilla (101650), and Old Olive Card stock (100702)

Accessories: Aqua Painters (103954), Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (140619) and Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


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Vintage Leaves Easel Post it Note Holder

I love to make gifts and what could be more practical than a post it note holders – I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of these little pads laying around my work spaces at home. LOL! Who would have back in the 80’s thought these little pads would become so every day! Don’t you wish you had invented them? I digress – so any way without further adieu here it is


I really love the way these turned out – so much so I’m making them for the Bazaar I’m doing this Saturday. So why not stop by this Saturday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Mission Bazaar in Gainesville and say hi? You can find more information about the event HERE on my Calendar of Events.


Want to see how they are made? I’ve made a little video tutorial for you not only showing how the holder is made but also how I created the wash of color on the focal point too!

Vintage Leaves Easel Post it Note Holder Video Tutorial

Caring with Cards & the Ronald McDonald House

Last Saturday I was able to drop all those cards we’ve stamped together at my Caring with Cards events into the basket at the Atlanta On Stage event. Thanks to all those new and seasoned stampers who joined me in making a difference!


Almost 200 cards were stamped between April and the event. Wow!!! It was great to see the basket over flowing! These cards will be distributed to the Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation so that those families who are staying there can use them during their stay as a need arises.

Would you like to help make a difference? Why not join me at my next Caring with Cards event – it is free and all the cards we stamp together will be donated to the RMH and the Red Cross Holiday for Heroes programs!

How can you join in the fun? Just stop by the Clarkesville Library on November 15th between 2 and 3 pm. You can see all my events HERE on my Calendar of Events.

Let’s top this number for next April’s basket!!!


Stamp Set: Vintage Leaves (138802), Timeless Textures (140514/140517) and Thoughtful Banners (141614)

Inks: Delightful Dijon (138327) Soft Suede (126978), Always Artichoke (126972) and Cajun Craze Classic Ink (126965)

Paper: Always Artichoke (105119) and Cajun Craze (119684) and Very Vanilla Card stock (101650)

Accessories: Leaflets Framelits Dies (138283), Linen Thread (104199) and Aqua Painter (103954)


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Sprinkles of Life & More

Are you ready for the NEW Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog that kicks off tomorrow? Are you ready to see some of the new products? Well check out these two cards I made using the NEW 2015 In Colors – I think you’re going to love them!

Sprinkles of Life (139971) is our 2015 Ronald McDonald House stamp set. What is great about that? Well for each stamp set you purchase Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House AND you get this great set!

Sprinkles of Life

Can you see the dimension to the ice cream cone? Well that was created using the NEW Tree Builder Punch (139971) that coordinates with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Cool right? And who doesn’t love a punch! The Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper (137783) add a touch of interest too and will be gone after tomorrow.

I’ve used three of the five new 2015 – 2017 In Colors on this card – Cucumber Crush , Watermelon Wonder, and Tip Top Taupe. Oh, how I love saying that last color…. it’s just fun to say. Try it … Tip Top Taupe, it just rolls off the tongue! And I think you’ll fall in love with the warm brown too when you see it just like I’ve have.

Want to see more? Well my next card has a totally different look and it uses the soft Mint Macron from the 2015 In Color Collection. I think this color will be great for creating a vintage look.

Buterfly Basics Feel Goods

I’ve used the new Mint Macron Dotted Lace Trim (138428) and the fantastic 2015 In Color Blossom Accents (138383) along with some pearls and the Typeset Specialty Paper (133704) to create this card. And I think the sentiment from the Feel Goods stamp set (129681/131916) makes this a great card for a any young lady who is graduating this month.

Great news – You can see these and a lot of other fantastic new products tomorrow for the first time in my Online Store. Want a catalog of your own? Why not place an order with me and I’ll include one in your order for you!

Remember tomorrow, June 2nd is the day – tomorrow is the ONLY day you’ll be able to order from the 2015 Catalog AND 2014 Catalog along with the Occasions Catalog too!!! But it only last June 2nd on June 3rd the 2015 Catalog items will only be available.

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Flamingo Lingo Birthday

Yesterday my best friend from High School celebrated her birthday and although a lot of miles separate us she never feels very far away. Funny how those special friends in our life are like that, huh?

Since I wanted something fun, I reached for the Flamingo Lingo stamp set and pulled out the little flamingo image. After all who can resist flamingos, right? And since it’s this years Ronald McDonald House stamp set it seemed fitting for this particular friend who is always volunteering.

Flamingo Lingo (1)

I’m hoping it brings a smile to her face. Since it’s been in the 90’s here I figured a fun summer themed birthday card was a bit more fitting than one done in black. LOL.

Flamingo Lingo (2)

Did you know that when you buy the Flamingo Lingo stamp set you can make a difference in someone’s life?

Flamingo Lingo is this years Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set – Why is that important? Well, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the RMHC when you purchase this set and that means you’ll not only get a wonderful stamp set to use, but you’ll also be helping to keep families together during a difficult time, along with helping children heal. What could be better right?


Stamp Set: Flamingo Lingo (134303/134306)

Inks: Melon Mambo (26948), Daffodil Delight (126944), Crushed Curry (131173), Pear Pizzazz (131180)

Paper:  Daffodil Delight (119683), Crushed Curry (131199), Pear Pizzazz (131201), and Whisper White Card Stock (100730)

Accessories: Brayer (102395), Gold Baker’s Twine (132975), Brights Collection Candy Dots (130931), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Petite Petals Punch (133322), Fringe Scissors (133325),  On Film Framelits (132969), and Bitty Banners Framelits (129267)

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward is a great stamp set. Not only does it have fun images, but it also makes a difference in the lives of others.

Moving Forward (item 126320/126322) is a Ronald McDonald House stamp set – what does this mean? When you purchase the Moving Forward stamp set Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the RMHC®. So not only do you get a great stamp set but you’re helping support families with children who have a serious illness!

Moving Forward

And Moving Forward is on the retirement list so it is only available for a limited time. (Click HERE to see the entire list.) Why not get yours before it’s gone? Then watch for the NEW 2013 exclusive stamp set coming soon in our NEW 2013-2014 Catalog coming soon!

Retirement Giveaway #1

Want to make a difference to those folks at the Ronald McDonald House AND get a chance to win an assortment of retiring Designer Series Paper? Well here’s your chance. Want to know how you could become the Winner of my Retirement Party Giveaway #1?

Here are the details……. 

1. Create a card, any occasion you’d like (Go ahead and use either a retiring or current Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set and accessories.)

2. Mail the blank card to me:

Jini Merck

2320 Dooley Rd

Clarkesville, GA 30523

3. Place inside your envelope, on a separate piece of paper the following:

Retirement Party Giveaway #1

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone Number

Your Email Address

(You’ll  want me to contact you if you’re the Winner, right?)

4. Mail your card to me on or before May 11th (That’s so I get it in plenty of time for the drawing on May 19th.)

Want to send in more than one? Sure that would be great and you can mail them all in one envelope. Each card gives you a chance to win! Don’t worry I’ll supply the envelopes when I donate the cards to the Ronald McDonald House.

The Winner of the Retirement Party Giveaway #1 will be announced at my Retirement Party on Sunday, May 19th and posted on my blog later that evening.

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