What to do when you are short on paper.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! While I am giving you instructions for this gorgeous card…remember this…I ran out of paper. Have you ever been in the middle of a project and been short? The thoughts go swimming through your head…”I thought I counted right”…”did the dog eat something”…”who used my good card stock to collage their notebook, again”. Sometimes it’s just simply that we miscounted.

But you still have to get that project done. Those Christmas cards are still waiting to be sealed. And now you are short. Well…here’s your solution…make panels. It doesn’t take as much card stock and you can use scraps instead of whole sheets. Now, before I get to the instructions, go make yourself a cup of tea and breathe. All the cards will go out.

Now that you are sitting a little more easy, let’s do this. First the picture and then the instructions.

  1. Cut thick very vanilla card stock to 11″X4 1/4″. Score at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  2. Cut merry merlot card stock to 5 1/4″X4″. Glue to base with snail adhesive.
  3. Cut mossy meadow card stock to 5″X3 3/4″. Do not glue yet so ribbon can be placed.
  4. Cut galvanized paper to 4 3/4″ X 1″ (3 times). Run through big shot with tin embossing folder and then glue down to mossy meadow with snail adhesive.
  5. Cut merry merlot ribbon to about 4 1/2″. Take glue dots and tack ribbon down to galvanized paper and wrap around mossy meadow mat.
  6. Now glue the mats together with snail adhesive.
  7. Stamp sentiment (Another Wonderful Year used here) with merry merlot ink. Punch out with everyday label punch. Adhere with dimensionals.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Measure twice, cut once.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  I figured some of you might be trying to frantically finish your Christmas cards.  And I thought this might come in handy.

Size Chart

I know it’s not the typical Wacky Wednesday, but I thought it could be useful.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Year-End Closeout is Happening Now!

It’s Sale Saturday and there are tons of products that are on sale now!  All are while supplies last.  Many of these items are retiring from the Holiday Catalog so if you still have a wishlist please get with me soon.  If you haven’t seen the sale then please go to https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/10090/year-end-closeout.

If you would like to order online please use host code DWKV37QG.  This will help me out in getting more products for the rewards basket, open houses, etc.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An easy way to lick ’em and stick ’em.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  If you are finishing up your Christmas cards then you are probably trying to figure out how to not lick all those envelopes.  Protect your tongue from paper cuts.  And I bet you’ve tried a sponge to wet that glue strip and half the time it sticks instead of gliding across.  So here’s another product to try.  Take your aqua painter and wet the edge with the brush.  Just remember to rinse the brush after so the glue residue doesn’t dry.

Using an aqua painter to wet the glue on an envelope flap.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to emboss on vellum.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  It is not impossible to emboss on vellum, but you do have to be careful.  You might be tempted to use the low setting on your heat tool and instead you need to use the high.  The low will not melt the crystals properly.  Instead use the high setting and keep moving the heat tool in order to not burn the paper.  If it starts to curl then you need to move the heat.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Last class for the year!

It’s Management Monday!  It’s the last class for the year on Saturday the 15th.  I will be teaching how to contain your gifts.  There will be one gift card holder.  The other two projects will be 3d.  Invitation coming today!

On the 22nd I will be at the Farmers’ Market and will also have a drop in time for you to pick up your new catalogs, see what’s new, and create a project.

On the 31st will be the New York New Year’s Eve Party.

If you would like to order from the Year-End Closeout or the Annual Catalog please use host code EMKZNUTC to help Betty.  The host code finishes tonight at 9 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Year-End Closeout

It’s Sale Saturday!  Are you aware that there is a huge sale going on right now?  I hope so.  If not, here’s the link for you to shop with pictures…https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/10090/year-end-closeout .

The Stamparatus bag is now available to purchase.  If you have purchased the Stamparatus this is a great accessory to have.  If you don’t have it, it’s a great organizer bag to bring a project with you.

Not just for the Stamparatus but for keeping organized too.

If you would like to order online please use host code 
VF2PDHZU to help Jodi.  This code will be up until 9 pm tonight.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Quilting with paper.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Since last night’s Live was about the sale and I didn’t create, I made something new this morning.  I “quilted” a card for you.  I used the Tailored Punch, Cookie Cutter Stamp Set with punch, and the Classic Label Punch.  Pick any Christmas paper (here I used the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper) and get punching.

I started in the middle and worked my way out.

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After covering the entire mat, I flipped it over and trimmed the excess with scissors.

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After trimming the excess I was left with a mat that looks like this.

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To finish the card and pull the color of the mat in, I stamped santa and the sentiment with Night of Navy ink.  Santa is popped up by dimensionals.  Everything else is glued by snail adhesive.  Don’t forget the metallic pearls to finish it off.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cutting for effect.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can mask a project but sometimes the lines get blurred or just don’t come out as clean and crisp as you would like them.  Instead of trying to mask, just cut.  If you cut your card stock before stamping you are guaranteed a clean edge.  You will need a scrap of card stock to create a base to glue the two together again.  A ribbon takes care of the cut and creates a cohesive image.

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If you want to try this technique then come to Card Class!  I am taking RSVP’s for Saturday’s morning session (9-12) and the afternoon one (3-6) until Wednesday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Three textured cards.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Today I have three cards for you.  They are all done with the same products but in different ways.

The first card was done by running the white mat through the embossing folder and then laying the accent pieces over top.

The second card was done by gluing the accent pieces before running it through the Big Shot.  This gives the impression of it being all one piece or an inlaid effect.

The third card has no background texture but instead has texture only on the accent pieces.  (the foil pieces)

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For full instructions please watch the YouTube Video (https://youtu.be/vgAEJ9ZyRDs).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂