How to use the new kit.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! While I don’t have a new card to show you, I do have a new kit. Today’s project is from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and is called the Precious Parcel Card Kit. There are 8 cards to be created easily and are cute as anything. They also fit nicely in the envelopes provided in the kit.

To see the video please go to https://youtu.be/0UzSwvFRFA0.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When the Tailored Punch Grows Tails!

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Do you remember me saying that you need to look at your products upside down, sideways, and backwards to get the most use out of them? Well today I am going to show you how to use the Tailored Punch sideways and create a dove tail. Remember to take a minute when you are creating to look at your products and see what else they can become.



Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Let the paper talk.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day that I let the backgrounds speak for themselves. Sometimes I look at a piece of Designer Series Paper and say that is too busy. Instead look at how you can cut pieces out to make accents. It might be too busy as a whole but in pieces it could be beautiful. Or simply let the background speak for itself.

Sometimes the paper is busy enough to speak for itself. So when you look at the paper make sure to look at it as a whole, in pieces, or on its own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take your pick is a great pick up.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! While the Take Your Pick Tool is intended for picking up things like embellishments and little bits I am not sure it is intended for pulling things out of nooks and crannies. If you have a punched out piece that gets stuck consider using your tool. It grabs it without bending a corner.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Technique Tuesday!

It’s Technique Tuesday! Do you know how to attach a card to a gift bag? Take a piece of card stock at least an inch wider than the card. Then punch a narrow window so the card can hang. Make sure the card matches since it will be a large part of the decoration for the bag.

Lily Bag

If you would like to create this project on Friday please drop by Desert Rebel.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to create a lily card.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the card that will be created at the New Year’s Eve Party on Monday.

Gingham Lily Cards

If you would like to get your hand on some new product then plan on stopping in on Monday. If you do not have an invitation please let me know.

In the meantime you can watch this video on how to create these cards. https://youtu.be/czVe9b-aJQA

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making dies a different shape.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ever wished that the big detailed die was in a different shape? Well then make it so. Cut the larger die with the detail in it and then run again with the correct shape. You will have the texture that you want along with the shape you desire. It’s a little more work but it will be exactly what you want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamping on tile.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Don’t forget that our ink works on tile, glass, fabric, and more. In this case Early Espresso was used to stamp the deer on a tumbled travertine tile that was not glazed. After it was clear-coated it was allowed to dry for about an hour.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

There’s a front and a back.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Just a quick tip to remind you that there is a front and a back side to embossing folders.  Where the sizzix or stampin’ up! label is on the embossing folder is considered the front side.  The front side when embossed becomes raised.  The blank side of the folder is the back or where the pattern is recessed.  There is a time and a place for both raised and recessed.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂