When a pencil becomes a paintbrush.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today we are using a #2 pencil for a paintbrush. Don’t grab a mechanical one. You need a regular pencil that you can sharpen.

So gather your pencil, shimmer paint, and some kind of stamped flower. For this I used a pencil, copper shimmer paint, and the new Floral Essence stamp set to be released with the new catalog. I stamped the flower in Gorgeous Grape ink and then proceeded to add my center.

For the center I shook the copper shimmer paint with the lid on. I then unscrewed the lid and used the lid as my palette. I dipped the pencil into the lid of the paint and proceeded to dab each center point on the flower.

It’s the perfect size and gives just the right amount of paint. So grab your pencils to paint!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to use a stamp you don’t like.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is to create with a stamp you don’t like. If you don’t like how a stamp looks inked then try embossing or coloring it in. I liked the stamp from Paper Pumpkin but I wanted a different look after creating a dozen cards pretty much the same way. So I decided to emboss instead of using the ink pad. Make sure to look at things sideways and upside down to get the most out of your products.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Getting ready for BOGO!

It’s Sale Saturday! There are a ton of things transitioning right now.

The retiring list is here. If you need your copy please reply with “retiring list”.

The Clearance Rack has also been updated this week. There are some great papers, dies, and embellishments there. Check it out…https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/100100/clearance-rack?&dbwsdemoid=2008407.

If you would like to order online please use host code K6UY9JT2 to help me replenish the rewards basket. Next month’s basket is going to be huge. If you prefer to order in person please contact me before Monday night at 7:30 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Be looking on Tuesday’s Weekly Highlights email for the timing of the BOGO sale and a shopping day (in person) also.

Rubber band background.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Here’s how to create this card.

Grab a card base and a wood textured piece of paper. The wood textured paper is cut to 5″ X 3 3/4″. The white inner mat is cut to 4 1/2″ X 3 1/4″.

I took a clear block and wrapped it with rubber bands. I then inked it with Tranquil Tide and stamped a random background. I attached both mats with Snail Adhesive. The daisy and butterfly are attached with Dimensionals.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rubber bands for stamping.

It’s Wacky Wednesday! This is the day we use a product in a way it is not intended! Today we are talking about rubber bands. Yes, rubber bands. Grab a clear block and wrap it with rubber bands. The more the merrier. Ink the bands and then stamp on to card stock.

You never know what you can stamp with until you try.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing with vellum.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are embossing with vellum. Vellum is a very delicate specialty paper that cracks easily. Usually it can be put through the Big Shot in an Embossing Folder. Some of the 3D Embossing Folders are a little deep and may cause cracking. If this is the case add a piece of waxed paper or copy (printer) paper between the folder and the piece of specialty paper.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing on multiple papers.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the day we learn how to emboss on vellum, window sheets, and glossy card stock. To color them you will need the Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers). You can also emboss with powder and a heat tool but the blends bring a level of softness to the card.

For a complete video on several other papers please go to https://youtu.be/HgP-mQQDgLs.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using blocks to color.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! With the new ink pads there are quite a few things you can’t do that you used to be able to. You can’t dip your blender pen in the ink directly. The lid doesn’t bend to get ink in it and watercolor. And you can’t run your card stock in it to ink the edges.

Instead you need to grab a sponge or dauber to get your edges. And in order to watercolor or use a blender pen you need a clear block. Yes, a clear block.

Grab a clear block and dip it in an ink pad. Then use the ink on the block with the blender pen or aqua painter. You have created a flat art palette of sorts.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing with glossy paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever thought that embossing folder is pretty and I love the details but they don’t seem to pop? Have you tried it on glossy paper? I recently received a swap at OnStage and another demonstrator had taken the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder and paired it with glossy paper. It was gorgeous!

Be watching for this technique tomorrow evening on Facebook Live at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A look at what’s coming.

It’s Management Monday! This is a look at what’s happening this week.

With a title like that and me just getting back from OnStage I bet you thought this would be a sneak peek into the new Annual Catalog. Not today! Not yet! But if you want your own copy I will be ordering them in the beginning of May. Please let me know if you would like one.

All that being said…here’s a snapshot for this week.

Yes, I will be still having Open Time today at the studio.

Tomorrow starts Card Class (and Thursday and Saturday twice). If you haven’t reserved your seat there is still time. The reservation deadline for Thursday’s class is TODAY by 7:30 pm!!! For Saturday’s sessions the reservation deadline is Wednesday! Don’t forget to tell me that you are coming.

The retiring list will be out a little later today so be watching your email!!!

If you would like to order please use host code SXRN3VAW which helps me to provide the rewards basket. If you prefer to order in person the order goes in tonight at 7:30 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂