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What to do with those extra labels.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Instead of a tutorial today I thought I would continue to give you tips on how to organize your crafty space.

The re-inker bottles are often hard to see the labels if stored in a shallow box or in the storage trays we have. So instead of pulling each and every bottle up to read the label halfway down, use one of the extra stickers from your ink pad to create a band around the lid.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Tack down shelf paper with our adhesive.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Not only does our Stampin’ Seal + work on card stock, but it also works on shelf paper. That’s right. One of our crafters recently was doing some spring cleaning. She replaced her shelf paper in her kitchen cabinets. They were curling a bit on the edges. She ran the Stampin’ Seal + along the edges and they stopped coming up. So the next time you need a corner that is curling to stick down consider looking in your crafty space to solve the problem.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

P.S. Credit to Iris for the idea. Thank you.

Getting organized.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Normally I would give you a new technique but today is going to be a little bit different. Instead of a technique I want to give you a tip on how to get organized. This is because the new catalog is soon to begin and I am clearing things out. I thought you might be also.

So, to get your bling or embellishments in order grab a stamp case and place a label on it. This will allow you at a glance to see what you have in stock.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

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

There is an order going in tonight! If you want to qualify for the FREE materials from me for last week’s live please order $50 or more in product with the linkΒ http://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=FWJ79UV7Β by Monday, April 12th at 7:30 pm! (If you are on my Team and order $50 or more in product please email me about it so I can get your materials to you.) This helps me to continue to reward you and do giveaways for the birthday club.

I am closed today for the Open Day sessions! Please join me next Monday the 19th.

The invitations are out for the New Annual Catalog Open House on Saturday, April 24th! If you need an invitation please contact me! (The VIP’s and my Team have been emailed separately for the VIP Event.)

Char’s Summer Class invitation is out! Let me know that you will be attending!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Rest is for recovery.

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

I looked up the word rest at the online dictionary and this is what I found.

rest/rest/

verb

  • 1.cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength:”he needed to rest after the feverish activity”Similarrelaxtake a restease up/offlet up
  • 2.be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position:”her elbow was resting on the arm of the sofa”Similarliebe laidreclinerepose

noun

  • 1.an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity:”you look as though you need a rest

There are a few things that struck me. First, it says to cease work or movement in order to relax. It doesn’t say to wait until you finish. Second, it says an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity…

It does not say wait until you finish. It says to stop when you need a minute to catch your breath. I don’t know about you, but I needed to hear this. I often will say “when I am done…”. Rest is so you can be refreshed and get back to work with a new enthusiasm or fervor.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Last-Chance Products and a Bonus!

It’s Sale Saturday!

The Last-Chance Products Sale is well underway! All items are while supplies last!

Please do not wait until the very end to order your ink pads, card stock, designer series paper, re-inkers, blends, or markers as some of these products are on back order currently.

If you would like to partake of the order bonus this week please order $50 or more in product from http://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=FWJ79UV7 and then you will get the materials needed to create the project from the Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Ideas on how to pay it forward.

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

Do you ever get stuck in a rut and don’t know what exactly to do to make impact? I’m always looking for new ideas and ways to create a ripple of kindness, especially if it doesn’t cost much. I ran across this list and thought there were some really great ideas on how to pay it forward.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Compliment those around you.
  • Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything.
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Donate blood.
  • Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.
  • Write a great review for a business that has gone above your expectations.

To read the rest of the article and get the entire list please go to http://fuelrunning.com/lifestyle/great-ways-to-way-it-forward.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Stamping with no stamps.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I want to show you how to create a background with no stamps. We are still using blocks, but no stamps!

To create this technique you will need a piece of card stock (Seaside Spray used here). Stamp the Clear Blocks with the ink pad directly. Then start off the edge of the card stock if you don’t want any lines and swipe across. You can also do this directly with your ink pad and not on the block at all. But be careful with this one. If you press too hard or not evenly then you take a chance of catching the edge and tearing it. Personally I prefer it with the block.

The background for this card was done with this technique and then stamped over it to create even more texture.

For a complete tutorial please go to https://youtu.be/Uiy1yTRYGhg.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Heating more than embossing powder.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Did you know that the Heat Tool can be used for much more than simply melting embossing powder? In my home it has been used to fix hockey sticks, un-stick car parts, take layers of cards apart, and now to melt shrink plastic. Do you remember shrink plastic (also known as shrinky-a-dinks) from your childhood? I sure do. Just cut out and pop in the oven.

I had gotten these as a gift one summer and all I heard was my Mom saying “…no we are not turning on the oven for three little pieces of plastic. Do you know how much that would heat up the house?”. Well, I figured out a way to not have to turn on the oven.

So you have to have some shrink plastic which is available in just about any craft store, except Stampin’ Up! Then you can stamp on it with Stazon Ink or simply just die cut out whatever shape. They can then be colored with our Stampin’ Blends. Then get your Silicone Mat, tweezers, and your Heat Tool. Turn your Heat Tool on after placing your shrink plastic image on your Silicone Mat. The tweezers are there to keep your plastic from flying all over the place. Heat until properly shrunk. You will know when it is done because it will flatten back out after turning all different ways.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Stamping directly to paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to share with you how to stamp directly to paper.

So you get a piece of solid color card stock and apply the ink pad directly to the paper. This creates an eclectic background. If you want a bit more design then you place the ink on your clear block, stamp on to the block, spritz, and then place your block on to your card stock. And last, but not least, you can place a background (large) stamp on to your paper and then punch out shapes from your own designer series paper.

Join me on Wednesday at 7 pm to see how this is done.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

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