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The twinkle in your eye.

I am reminded that it is often the little things that make or break you.  Last night was a great reminder of this.  I was at one of the local elementary schools for their Trunk or Treat.  As sugary kids are running around like crazy zombies I had one child that approached my booth.  He didn’t ask for anything.  He just stood there.  He was a cute Spiderman but just stood there patiently waiting.  After the other kids had gone he looked up and said “trick or treat”.  He was so sweet, respectful, and patient.  If I could have given him the whole bucket of candy I would have.  He reached in and very carefully picked his one piece.  Not a handful, but one piece.  And his reply, “thank you”.  I thanked him for being patient and proceeded to give him a handful of treats.  His eyes lit up as I explained it was for being good.  He skipped away talking about how much candy he got.  Little does he know that what he did was bring back that twinkle in my eyes as well.

This story reminded me how a little patience, an extra smile, and maybe an extra piece of candy can go a long way.  Go and make an impact with your ripples.  You never know how that little something will make such a difference to turn someone’s day, week, year, or life around.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using scraps for a background.

Once in a while you actually need to use your scraps.  That folder, bin, or bag gets full!  Use those bits and pieces!  Trim them into similar shapes and create a background.

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If you have bigger pieces then you can create mats or accents like the vanilla wood plank.  Now go create!

For the full video please go to https://youtu.be/lhx1S1xFJqg on YouTube.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes dimensionals level you out.

Sometimes dimensionals are not to bring things up but to level them out.  When doing a shaker card you have an area that is higher than the rest.  This is where the shaker is.  To level out the card so nothing ends up concave use dimensionals to level it out.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stampin’ Blends

Today’s tutorial is all about the new stampin’ blends.  These are Stampin’ Up!’s new alcohol markers that are awesome!  They are available November 1st (next Wednesday).

Here is a cute card using the blends and a picture guide on what to do.  So…let’s get started.

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Step 1:  Stamp with Memento ink.  This will allow for no smearing.

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Step 2:  Get out a light and dark of the same color as well as the color lifter.

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Step 3:  Color as desired.  I started with the darker color and left a blank space for the highlight on the right side of the balloon.  I used the color lifter to bring some texture and depth to the balloon.

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Step 4:  Finish coloring.  Notice the shading.

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Step 5:  Attach balloon with dimensionals.  (I used the technique from a few Wednesdays ago.  This is the one that used the tip of the aqua painter to make the edges roll down.)  Mat and finish the card by stamping an appropriate greeting.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Monday is not just for football.

Well, we are back to the beginning of the week.  Pioneer Days is behind us and now it’s time to start thinking about the holidays.

The last Stamp-A-Stack is THIS Saturday!  If you want to get 16 Christmas cards created in one sitting then RSVP before Wednesday night.  If you need an invitation please let me know and I will get one to you!

If you need any crafting supplies please use host code VZQRF9KE when ordering online through 9 pm tonight!  For in person ordering please contact me.

There are many craft fairs, trunk or treats, and events happening.  Please click on the events button to update your calendar.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Today is for rest, finally.

Today is the first day in many weeks that I’ve put my feet up.  It is time to rest, finally.  What are you up to today?  I hope you’re having some fun.

I am in the craft room, doing a little cooking, a couple loads of laundry, and maybe washing the truck (long overdue).  Yes, this is rest to me.  It’s time to get things back in order after running like crazy.  And then I will be back at it.  Sometimes you need a second to breathe, re-group, and come back stronger.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Weddings and more.

As I sit here typing I start thinking about what I have to get done today.  Today is one of my dearest cousin’s wedding.  I don’t often have an excuse to get dressed up any more.  It seems that everyone has gone very casual or maybe it’s just where I live.  So today I will clean up and drive to enjoy an evening with family and friends.

This to me is a reminder that even though life gets more casual there are still touches that are important.  I love sending happy mail.  To make it a little easier to craft I will remind you of the sales going on.

Until October 31st much of the Designer Series Paper is buy 3 get 1 FREE!  For more details please comment.

Also, my personal promotion runs through October 31st as well.  The first one that orders $150 of product or collects $150 in orders will receive as a bonus the Merry Patterns stamp set.  This is in addition to the FREE host items.

If you would like to order online please use host code VZQRF9KE until Monday at 9 pm.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

And we are back to Friday again.

I can’t believe how quickly this week has gone.  Quite a bit has happened this week which is probably why time is flying.  Bought a vehicle, dog went to the vet, travel plans changed for OnStage, created over 20 cards, coach calls, and more.  Yes, this is just this week.  Actually it’s been only in the last couple of days.  Does this sound like your week?

This is a reminder that life gets busy.  And in an instant it can all change.  Remember to bless those around you that might have woken up ready to conquer the world and by lunch have been eaten.  Mail that card, take someone to lunch, call…whatever it might be for you.  Create your ripple.  Give back.

Here’s to creating with impact.  Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Alcohol markers coming soon.

If you didn’t hear on the Facebook Live last night I announced that the alcohol markers are coming back!  Stampin’ Blends will be available starting November 1st.  To view the video please go to https://youtu.be/pdpcREmx2Xc.

So today’s technique is using alcohol markers and showing how to highlight properly.  This is something I need to practice too. 🙂

Give it a try.  The directions are on https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/coloringtransparentobjects/.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Paper is for more than cards.

Did you know that our Designer Series Paper, Cardstock, or Specialty Paper can be used for much more than just cards?  It can also be used with the envelope punch board to create boxes, bags, tags, cards, and more!  It’s limited to your imagination.  If you need help designing something outside of your box please let me know.  That’s what I am here for.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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