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Ballpoint pen embossing

You heard me correct.  Don’t go clean your glasses.  I said embossing with a ballpoint pen.  There is enough “juice” in a ballpoint pen to spread the embossing powder quickly and then use the heat gun.  So, for some that want our sayings to be different, you can do it now.  You just have to be pretty quick with getting that powder on the cardstock.  It’s the same technique as stamping but just use a pen.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cling wrap for the craft room?

I bet you are wondering if I have lost it completely.  Well, I have another tip for you from the kitchen.  Take that cling wrap and cover your shirt to not get paint, ink, food, whatever.  When you are done just peel right off.

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This might just save you enough time to actually drink that glass of wine. 😉

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

C.A.S.E. daily

Do you know what C.A.S.E. stands for?  Copy And Share Everything.  Give credit where it’s due but share.  So, for today’s tutorial I will present something from Splitcoaststampers.  Now, if you would like to see this in a class please comment and let me know.  It will not be exact.  I am asking about the technique not necessarily the actual card.

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Here is the link for the instructions…http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/verticalstepcard/

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Back to the grind…

Well, as you are reading this, school is back in session and I bet about half your house has already been cleaned.  Either that or you are still sitting back enjoying the quiet.  For those of you without school-aged kids, you are probably slightly annoyed that the school zones are back in session.  Whatever the reason is, for me it’s always time to craft.  So here’s what’s going on this week.

If you would like to order the host code until 9 pm tonight is JARXVDC4.  If you would like to order, but not on-line, contact me.

Drop in times are from 11:30-1:30 or 6:00-8:00 today.  If you want to try a product, need help, or simply want to stop by please do!

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You have a couple days to let me know about the Stamp-A-Stack.  Have you told me that you are coming?

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Next week’s drop in times on Monday (11:30-1:30 or 6-8) will be an Open House for the new Holiday Catalog.  Stop by and create a FREE project!  Invite coming soon!

Here’s to getting back into the routine of things.  Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you having a slow morning?

I love that on Sundays I get to drink my tea before I am off to the races dealing with school, work, etc.  I appreciate the slow mornings and as I get older they are more treasured.  What is your routine for a slow morning?

And after I get through my second cup I will be in the craft room. 🙂

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you hitting the yard sales today?

Just a reminder that if you are out and about to go to Diane’s craft yard sale in Yucca Valley today.

As far as all the other promotions…let’s get started.

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The Holiday Catalog begins in 13 days.  Do you have your copy?  Let me know where I can meet you for pick up or delivery.

Are you coming to Bingo?

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Here is how I am sweetening this deal.  If you purchase a ticket then I will offer FREE shipping on any order for the entire month of September.  If you bring 5 (or more) non-perishable food items that evening you will get your choice of dimensionals or mini dimensionals.  One FREE pack per person.  If you cannot come (or live too far away) you can still donate the $10 or send me money to go grocery shopping for you.  Either way we will get it done.

So, without anything else, I am off to the craft room.  Remember to post what you have created on the Facebook page.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

And Friday is back!

Are the birds chirping a little more today?  It’s Friday after all.  And for us it’s the day to look for ways to give back or pay it forward.  What will you do today to cause a ripple?  I rarely know what I will do for an extra good deed when I wake up, but by the end of the day it’s obvious.  If you have a great and interesting way to give back please post in the comments to get our brains moving in the right direction.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  I hope to see you today from 1-6.  Come get your Holiday Catalog!

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Bleach gives texture

Sometimes it’s not more ink that you need.  Sometimes it’s less paper.  Bleach, while not great for your stamps, has an awesome affect on your cardstock.  You can create your own ink pad with a paper plate and some paper towels.  Make the paper towel damp with bleach.  (It is best to have a paper towel with no ink.)  Then “ink” your stamp and place on cardstock.  It will take a few minutes to dry and soak in.

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Make sure when finished that you clean your stamps a bunch so there is no bleach residue left.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to stay consistent with punching

When you look at your products sometimes you need to look upside down and sideways.  Did you know a circle punch can create a scalloped border?  A pair of sunglasses becomes a mustache?  I’m sure there are plenty more but you get the idea.

When you punch for the border, for example, you want your punch depth to be consistent.  Place a piece of washi tape across the punch so you know how far in to place your cardstock.

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Now you are ready to rock your border or whatever else you choose.  If you give this a try please post pictures in the comments or on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StampingWithJoni

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Bits and pieces from the office and the studio

I know you probably think that crafting only happens in the studio.  But, it doesn’t.  It happens everywhere.  While you are at the grocery store a color on your soap could make you want to create.  Or, in this case, a simple notepad.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of back to school shopping and I think it is starting to impact my creative side.  So, this card takes bits and pieces from all over.  The notepad is from the office drawer.  The letters are from the retired stack.  And the saying is a preview of what’s to come from the Holiday Catalog!

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Remember to look in your kitchen drawers, the store, and in your catalog.  The catalog is full of ideas.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Save some time on Friday to drop by and pick up your Holiday Catalog!  More details coming today or tomorrow.  (If you are in Yucca Valley it will be Thursday afternoon.)

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