Sponge daubers are for more than backgrounds.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know that your Sponge Dauber can do more than ink edges and create big polka dots?  They can also create a gradient effect for your stamps.  Here is what you need plus a clear block.

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When placing or sponging the ink on to your stamp start with the lightest color first.  If you start with the dark then you can’t really see where you have placed your lighter ink.

Tip:  make sure to breathe or huff on your stamp after sponging to bring the ink back to life before stamping.

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Tune in tomorrow night at 7 pm on the Facebook page to learn more about this technique as well as the baby wipe technique.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Instructions are Up!

The new instructions are up from September’s Card Class.  If you missed it and would like the instructions please go to the Instructions Page to shop and order.

More cards, host code, and gems!

It’s Management Monday!  Here’s what is happening this week!  There are more cards to be made at Nancy’s for a semi-private Card Class on Tuesday.  If you would like to help Nancy to earn FREE products please use host code EHMZN2WJ when ordering online.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.  This code will be available until Tuesday night at 9 pm.

I am getting ready for the Gem, Mineral, & Craft Show on Thursday, October 4 through Saturday, October 6.

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If you would like to see something specific created please comment or let me know.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Plenty of Promotions

It’s Sale Saturday!  There are plenty of promotions happening right now!

  1. Bonus Days Coupons need to be redeemed if you still have them!  There are 9 days left!
  2. Stamparatus accessories will go live on October 1.  You can now order extra hinged plates, grid paper to fit the platform, and more.
  3. The Clearance Rack has been updated and added to!  Go take a look.  Clearance Rack

That’s about all for now, but I’m sure there will be more.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Call a friend.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  When you have had a hectic week remember to take a minute to re-charge.

This week has been pretty crazy for me.  First my truck stopped working on Wednesday and had to get a tow home.  Then the computer updated yesterday and everything was missing or wrong.  After I got the truck to the shop and the computer back up I stood up and took a deep breath.  As I exhaled I whispered, “not today, I still won”.

For many of you that know me well, you know that I view much of life as a game.  Life is often not fair, but it is a challenge.  Most things I view as hurdles to get over.  And some days there are many hurdles or they are higher than usual and I choose to go around.  Life is almost always entertaining if viewed through the right lens.

I am not writing this for sympathy, but instead so you can have a glimpse of how I re-charge.  After all was accomplished and brought back to square one I sat down and called a dear friend.  I caught up with a dear crafter that has moved that I miss.  I am so grateful for good people in my life.  The stuff will be fixed, replaced, or thrown through an open window but people are something to cherish.  I appreciate the time friends invest in me and I hope I put as much back into them as they do me.

I would encourage you today to reach out to someone that is on your mind.  There is a reason.  That call or letter or message might be just what your friend needs to get back on their feet.  Or better yet it might be just what you need too.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making leaves into flowers.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  I know that you can figure out how to create a leaf background by randomly stamping leaves all over your card stock.  So here are some other ideas to create with that same leaf stamp.  I made a sunflower and a layered poinsettia.

To view the video on how to create these please go to Leaves into Flowers Video (https://youtu.be/dAOSFimaD-o).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a ruler is more than that.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  I know that you understand that a ruler is meant to be used for creating straight lines.  And once in a while it is even used to stir something or slide something out from behind something else.  But did you know it could be used to curl things as well?  Yes, the straightest thing can be used to create curl.

Take a slim piece of card stock resembling a ribbon’s width and spritz with water.  You will want it to be damp, but not dripping.  Curl around the ruler and leave to dry.  Once dry the paper will keep its shape.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Leaves become a flower.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Today we are stretching our supplies and thinking creatively.  The Rooted In Nature set keeps giving me more ideas.  Yes, they are beautiful leaves.  But, did you know, that those same leaves become beautiful flowers?

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To see this card finished and several others please tune back in to my Faceboook Page tomorrow night at 7 pm.  If you don’t have Facebook please check out my YouTube channel “stamping with joni”.  The video from the Live will be downloaded and ready for you on Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pam’s Class, Farmers’ Market, and Host Codes!

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

  1. Today is the last day to RSVP for Pam’s Class on Wednesday!1536532911763.jpg
  2. I will be vending at the local Farmers’ Market on Saturday the 22nd.  Stay tuned later in the week.  I will have a special for those that donate blood at the market.1524581991165.jpg
  3. If you would like to order online please use host code BH6BMG4R to help Jodi.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.  This code is only good until tonight at 9 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂