Washi tape card.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! It’s time to create a quick washi tape card with a floral pansy.

Take your card base and cut a mat (Feels Like Frost Specialty 6X6 Designer Series Paper used here) to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Then take the same color as your card base (Whisper White used here) and cut an additional mat to 4 1/2″ X 3 1/4″. Stick the washi tape on the white card stock in a pattern of your choice. (Tip: Make sure to leave at least 1/4″ of washi tape to tuck under the back side of the card stock.)

To see how the flower was done and the card was completed please go to the video at https://youtu.be/RmTjYuzCw-c.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using a bone folder to straighten things out.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today we are using the bone folder to straighten things out instead of create greater creases. The bone folder can get the kinks out of ribbon or twine easily for you.

Simply hold the ribbon or twine against the edge of the bone folder much like you would a pair of scissors when curling a curling ribbon for a package.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Washi for a quick card.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When all else fails and you need a super quick card use washi tape. Some quick borders and a flower accent and you have a card. To see this being created please join me on Wednesday evening at 7 pm for my Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s a holiday!

It’s Management Monday! Here’s what’s happening this week.

I am closed today for the holiday. I am taking some time for family and to get ahead a bit. So no Open Time today.

If you would like to order on Betty’s class please contact me before Wednesday evening. This will be the first order from the Holiday Catalog. If you prefer to order online please use host code T979KUXH.

The first 12 crafters to order on Wednesday from me will get to pick their own Christmas tree. I will have 12 trees punched out that are all different colors. Each tree will have a different promotion or bonus on it. To qualify to pick your tree your order must be more than $50.

Save the date for Card Class on September 10, 12, or 14.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest is different to everyone.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and re-charge.

I am amazed at how many different ways there are to rest. Some need to have a fun activity to do, some nap, watch a movie…the possibilities are endless.

For today my rest will be at the shopping mall. This is not my version but when school starts and a few things are needed it is down the hill we go.

What are you doing today on this long weekend to re-charge?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Please remember that I am closed tomorrow for the holiday.

Seeing the trees.

It’s Sale Saturday! The Holiday Catalog goes live on Wednesday! Get your wishlists ready because we are about to begin.

On Wednesday only, the first 12 crafters that either submit online orders with host code MCAYYWX2 to qualify or contact me to give me their list will be able to pick a tree. I will have 12 trees punched out with a promotion on the back of each. Each tree will be a different color and you will pick the color and I will reveal your promotion. Each promotion will need to be used by the end of that day. It’s easier than it sounds, I promise.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Just a quick announcement…I will be closed on Monday so no Open Time this week.

Birthday cards are needed!

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

Today’s request comes from one of our own crafters. In a community she is part of, Kabuki Syndrome Parents, there has been a request for cards. Here is what was written:

“Cody is 18 on 9/30 and loves to get mail. So if you can send a card he would love it. He doesn’t have friends to have a party so it would make it special to get a big box of cards from his Kabuki friends.

Cody Chapman

166 Hill Drive

Ronceverte, WV 24970″

And I will add, how about some of his not Kabuki friends? I will be collecting signed birthday cards until September 23 and then sending a box. (If you want to send separately please do.)

Please help to make a milestone birthday special!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using only part of the die.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to use part of the die to create a unique background or mat. With this you will also need a piece of Designer Series Paper.

To start, you will need your card base. Then have a mat cut no larger than 5″ X 3 3/4″. This mat needs to be out of Designer Series Paper or some form of pattern. If you don’t want a pattern then you can stamp on card stock to create a background or run through an embossing folder to get a bunch of texture. After you choose your patterned paper you can glue it down.

Then you will get plain card stock that coordinates in color. You will want to trim it about a quarter of an inch larger than your mat. In this case I took the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and placed on the edge to create a separated mat. You can use any larger die that has an edge to it. Tip: You might want to pick a die with stitching or some kind of built in texture to add interest.

Then, lastly, you will add some embellishments, gems, and the sentiment.

To view this on video please go to https://youtu.be/4Aqa93Y03y4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using leaves for a pinecone.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you know that the Leaf Punch will also punch out a pinecone? In the new stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Perfectly Plaid the pinecone fits just perfectly in the leaf.

Remember to look at your products sideways, upside down, and backwards. You never know what you may find.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Adding layers without adding weight.

It’s Technique Tuesday! With the holiday season barreling at an alarming rate towards us I want to share a technique or tip with you. Don’t add weight to your cards with more paper, instead add layers with ink. Use your Sponge Brayer to add texture.

For this final layer to my card I used Pacific Point and Old Olive ink pads and a sponge brayer. You will probably need to practice first on a scrap paper as there is a sweet spot on the brayer so you don’t get lines you don’t want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂