Ornaments for favors.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating a tic tac favor box that can also double as an ornament. So get out your Paper Trimmer and let’s get started.

You will need a piece of card stock cut at 2″ X 9″. You will score at 4 3/16″ and then flip and score again at the same measurement. Punch the ends with a tag topper punch. Decorate and then string a ribbon through to create a cute, but useful, ornament.

For how to make this favor as well as a snowman one please watch at https://youtu.be/8fnNqdGW6e4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using tear and tape to fix your finger.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! This tip comes to you from Barbara Allen. Thank you Barb for sharing this with all of us.

Do you ever snip your finger? Get a really bad paper cut? Pinch yourself with the end of the punch? Instead of walking to the back of the house to get a band-aid stay in your craft room. Grab that tear and tape and wrap it around that finger as a temporary fix. Just don’t peel the other side. When you are done crafting I would recommend getting up to clean your cut and put an actual bandage on it. But for the meantime you can keep crafting.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Announcing the winners!

Here are the winners from the raffle from Saturday!

The choices are Paper Pumpkin, Tags Tags Tags, or Tufted Embossing Folder.

Cheryl Merzenich please tell me what you would like.

Heidi Burgett (or “Just Heidi”) please give me your choices in order of what you would like.

Lisa Hull please give me your choices in order of what you would like.

Thank you for participating!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Weaving for affect.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are being scrappy. We are using our scraps to create a woven background. So take some of that paper that is left from the project that is already finished or maybe even some paper that you didn’t care for. Cut the strips as thin as you can get them (not more than 1/8″). Attach them to your card base with Snail Adhesive, but only on one side. This will allow you to weave the paper together.

I chose to not add a bow because then all the weaving would be hidden.

One last tip…if you don’t want your paper to look crooked make sure to cut them at different lengths. After weaving the size changes and some differences appear.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. The winners for the Small Business Saturday raffle will be announced right here at noon.

Craft fairs, music, and more!

It’s Management Monday! Here’s what’s happening this week.

We are finishing up a couple of promotions from Small Business Saturday. For more information on all of the different promotions please see Saturday the 30th’s post.

There is no current host code as everything needs to go through me if you want to take advantage of the promotions.

On Friday the 6th from 7 am – 3 pm I will be up at the Continuing Care Center for their annual craft fair. This is on Whitefeather Road at the top of the hill. Swing by to get your door prize just for stopping in.

This isn’t crafting, but you can attend Tuba Christmas from 6-7 pm on Friday at the River. This is the second year my hubby will be organizing this event. In case you are curious…Tuba Christmas is a bunch of tuba players getting together and playing Christmas carols for an audience. So come and enjoy with me. The only cost is if you eat dinner.

On Saturday the 7th at the Yucca Valley Community Center will be the Holiday Faire! Bring the kids to play in the snow, shop to get someone special checked off your list, and much more!

And that’s enough for me for this week.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

The last day of no routine.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

Since the kids have had a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday it seems that I should focus on the fact that this is the last day of no routine in my house. Tomorrow will be back to school and it will be off to the races once again. I have to say it’s been nice to be slower but it doesn’t last long in this house.

This week will hold two craft fairs, try-outs for winter drumline, Tuba Christmas, and probably a few other things I am missing.

So as I type this in my pajamas I realize that this is the last day for a bit of ease for quite some time. I am grateful to have the down time, but I am looking forward to what the future brings too.

What are you looking forward to?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s Party Time!

It’s Sale Saturday! And today there are some personal promotions that are happening! If you are able to come to the Christmas party happening today you will want to, even if you didn’t reserve your seat and won’t have a project to do. I will be giving out 10 bonus tickets to all those in attendance. You will want to read on for what is being raffled off.

Not only will you get 10 tickets for attending, but you will also get tickets for playing speed stamping. You will have to be in attendance to play. You will get one ticket per 10 stamps you complete in 60 seconds.

If you are not able to attend but want a chance to play you can!!! Fill in the 12 Days of Christmas without googling or cheating. For every form completely filled out you will get one ticket. For every right answer you will get a ticket. So you have a chance to get 13 tickets.

To be eligible for this contest please do not post your answers anywhere on-line. You need to message, email or text me the completed form. Yes, it needs to be on the form.

I also have some personal promotions through Monday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. There is no host code since all of these promotions are through me and need to be placed as a group order. Please contact me to place your order.

And for every order you submit before Monday night you will get a ticket. For every order over $50 you will get a bonus ticket. So if you placed an order at $125 in product (before tax and shipping) you would get 3 tickets. One for placing the order and two for the additional $100.

So you probably want to know what is being raffled off. I am raffling off three prizes. The first pick will get first choice, second will get second choice, and so on.

  • November’s Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Tags Tags Tags Stamp Set
  • Tufted 3D Embossing Folder

Good luck and happy crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Yes, I will be closed tomorrow since it is Sunday. On Monday I will be replying to messages in the order they were received. So don’t be shy. Get your answers in and get some tickets in the jar!

Being nice to those closest.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

I need this reminder as much as maybe one of you does. Be kind to those closest to you.

I know, for me, my family sees me at my absolute best and often worst. I need this reminder. Be kind. Take a second to think before speaking. Share that smile. Ask what they want for dinner. Go that extra mile for those closest to you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to create an ornament.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to create an ornament. You will need about 3 hours. This is not constant creating, but you need time for the paint to dry.

First, purchase a piece of wood and either drill a hole for the ribbon to go through or use a crop-a-dile to punch one. Grab some white acrylic paint and brush some on. Allow to dry. You will only need one thin coat. This is just so the surface does well with ink. If you don’t paint then the ink tends to bleed.

After the paint dries then you can stamp your background. Then you can attach your accent and embellishment.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

All fixed with a gem.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! I bet you already know this one. You can use a gem or embellishment to cover up an “oops”.

In this case the “&” didn’t quite come out. So instead I put a gem in its place.

Has this ever happened to you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂