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 🙂

Foam stamps make great cards.

Creating a stamp is not hard.  Creating one that lasts and has great quality…I will leave that to the experts.  If you read Tuesday’s technique post you already know what I am talking about.  For today I will finish the card.

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For a video please go to DIY Stamp Video.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using foam to make stamps.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that you can make your own stamps?  I am not saying to go buy another machine.  I am saying to use what you already have.  So grab your fun foam from the dollar store and your Big Shot.  You will need foam, Big Shot, and Embossing Folder of choice.  Run the foam through in the folder just like you would with a piece of card stock.  Then grab some glue dots and tack the foam to a clear block to create a “stamp”.  Then ink and use normally.

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To watch how this is done tune in tonight on the Live at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take Your Pick

It’s Technique Tuesday and I am all about options.  The new Take Your Pick tool gives plenty of options.  You have a spatula, piercing tool, small stylus, large stylus, and a putty end.  If you love the details of bitty pearls, rhinestones, gems, or embellishments then the putty tip will soon be your best friend.  I tried it the other day and it cut my time in less than half to get the little seed pearls on my tufted card.  Just simply press to pick up the pearl and then press on to your desired place.  It’s that simple.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Quick treat holders.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Here’s a quick idea for you when you get in a rush for those thirty school treats that need to be done the night before.  I know it’s crazy but we are back in session and rolling.  My brain is still rebelling against the whole routine but I know I have to get back in the groove of homework, marching band, wrestling, jazz, fundraisers, concerts, and more.  It’s painful but we can do it.

So, here’s the picture of these cute treat holders.

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And the video link is https://youtu.be/0vB6QPBRzbA.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Shimmer paint as more than paint.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that the new shimmer paint in the Holiday Catalog can also be used to create a misty background?  Just grab your stampin’ spritzer and fill 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol as it dries faster than water.  (You can also use water.)  Then drop in the shimmer paint until the desired color shade is reached.  You can also mix this with ink from your refill bottles as well.  Now you can create a shimmery background with minimal effort.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to make snow.

Since most of us live here in the desert we may not remember what snow looks like.  With fall upon us many parts of the country start to get dustings of snow.  When creating cards and projects use your Wink of Stella brush pen to create the look of a dusting.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An apple a day is for back to school.

It’s Tutorial Thursday and I am here to show you how to create this card!

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  1.  Cut Real Red Card Stock at 4 1/4″ X 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″.
  2. Cut Vellum Card Stock at 4″ X 5 1/4″.  Run through Big Shot with Basket Weave Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  (For a map of the layers or sandwich to use please refer to page 222 in the Annual Catalog.)
  3. Take scraps of Whisper White Card Stock and stamp the apple three times all with Real Red.  The first time you will stamp off twice and then stamp.  The second time you will stamp off once and then stamp.  And finally, the third time you will just ink and stamp.  This gives the impression of layers.  Then stamp the stem in Mossy Meadow ink.  Cut out the apple with Paper Snips.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Picked for You (also where the apple is from) in Real Red also.  Then cut out with the medium oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  5. Glue the white pieces to the vellum with Snail Adhesive.  Then glue the vellum to the red base with Snail as well.  Tip:  you will want to stay behind the apple and words so the glue does not show through the vellum.
  6. Attach glue dots to all the corners to prevent the vellum from rolling up.  Then cover with Faceted Dots.

To view the video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkB8kXQ_vc4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Accents are for more than just cards or tags.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Do you ever use a product in only one way and never think that it could be used for something else?  I often do this so please don’t think it’s only you.

Recently I was putting a bulletin board together and remembered that our Big Shot dies can also be used for big things, not just cards and tags.  I forget that the shapes can become pieces of a flag, flower, and so much more.  So, just a friendly reminder to think outside the box and ask if you don’t know what else to do.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂