Cut out for an accent.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Is your card or project lacking that oomph you are looking for? Maybe the answer isn’t to add more…more bling, ribbon, words, stamps…maybe the answer is to add less.

Use your punches or dies to create notches or accents for your projects. By doing this you are forcing the eye to gravitate towards that missing piece. That makes someone look at that accent piece that would have normally been lost on the creation.

This is one of the very few times that I will tell you that being negative (or taking something away) will help you to be positive (get the result you want).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Leap Year Promotion!

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

Be watching on Wednesday morning at 6 am for the Leap Year Promotion! This promotion is only through me and you will not find it anywhere else.

If you would like to order online to help Shirley please use host code CQ7ANGPJ. This code will only be good through tonight at 7:30. If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

I am open for Studio Time this morning and this evening.

Save the date for Cheryl’s class on Saturday, March 7 from 10-1 right here at the Studio.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting is not setting an alarm.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

As I sit here and type this I am reminded that today is my day of rest. Rest for me means getting some prep done in the kitchen (I like cooking), washing the towels, and knowing that the alarm was not set this morning.

I have worked all week to allow myself one day to not have to wake up to an alarm.

What is your allowance or reward for a job well done all week?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Second release has been mailed!

It’s Sale Saturday! The second release of the Sale-A-Bration brochure has been mailed and about half of them are already delivered. If you would like your own copy please contact me ASAP!

You will want your own copy for the Leap Year Promotion through me starting Wednesday, February 26 and running through Monday, March 2. So check your email on Wednesday at 6 am to get all the details of the new promotion.

So besides the second release of Sale-A-Bration starting, this great promotion being half of the way through, two other great catalogs to shop from, and an awesome Clearance Rack…what else could you ask for?!?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back to a business.

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

I know when we say give back or pay it forward you think of people. You think of sharing a smile, mailing a card, or even paying for someone’s coffee. But do you ever think about giving back to a business?

There are several ways you can give back to a business. Here are just a few examples.

  • Go in regularly to shop and purchase items.
  • Tell them thank you.
  • Be nice.
  • Share or like their social media.
  • Tell others about them.
  • Write reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, their website, and more.

I would encourage you to do at least one of these things for a local business that you like and trust. You never know what little thing will keep them going.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using pieces and parts to create a whole.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating this card.

Here are directions…

  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Card Stock to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side score at 4 1/4″ with Paper Trimmer. This is your card base.
  • Cut a mat from the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (available March 3) to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Take a Sponge Brayer and Lovely Lipstick to add background color. Attach to base with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp flowers with Lovely Lipstick Ink and Happy Birthday to You stamps on Whisper White Card Stock. Cut out with Die Cutting Machine and Birthday Dies. Attach to mat with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp sentiment and punch out with Everyday Label Punch. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Add gems if desired.

To view full video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUfJ1AgCw0g&t=1s.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When you forget your die cutting machine.

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

Today we are talking about using your dies without the die cutting machine (Big Shot, etc.). If you forget your machine or want to emboss instead grab your piercing mat, bone folder, card stock (or designer series paper), die of choice, and washi tape.

Stamp what you want and place your coordinating die over the image. Make sure to use washi tape to secure the die. Tip: You might want to put the washi tape against your pants once or twice so it is not quite so sticky.

Then flip over on a piercing mat or mouse pad or foam and start to rub with your bone folder. If you want an embossed image then only rub until you see an indentation. If you want a cut then you will need to rub until the card stock or paper “tears”.

After rubbing then flip back over and remove the washi tape. You will have an indentation or embossed frame.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When in doubt use more texture.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When using the die cuts don’t be afraid to cut them out of something other than paper or card stock. The dollar store thin foam (sometimes called fun foam) is great for dies. You can stack a few together as well.

Today’s image is actually from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Yes, I’m open today!

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

Let me start by saying…I am OPEN today! I have Open Time today at the Studio so come by if you are working on something or just want to say hello.

The second release Sale-A-Bration brochures are here! If you would like a copy please let me know. If you received the first brochure from me you will automatically get the second one.

Shirley’s Class is on Saturday from 10-1! Let me know that you are coming!

If you would like to order online to help Shirley please use host code CQ7ANGPJ. If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Please save the date for Cheryl’s Class on Saturday, March 7.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Simplify to rest.

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

I was plugging my phone in the other day and it hit me. In order to get back up to full capacity you have to plug in. You have to find what is important and go back to it.

For me it is remembering my priorities and making sure that they are written in to my calendar at least once a week. Take the time to block off your priority so you have time. Otherwise everything will always take precedence and there will be no time to fill your own cup. Life will become scattered and frenzied.

So take some time with what is important. Don’t feel guilty about saying no because for someone else that is a yes. That someone else might be yourself and that is needed.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂