Friends see you for the diamond you will be.

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

When I say that a friend sees the diamond in the rough who do you think of? Who accepts you for who you are and helps you to become a better person? Who is in it for the long haul with you?

For me I have a few that I can say this about. Is it several people or just one? Who comes to mind when I talk about going through life together?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Shake it off.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are learning how to shake it off. (Did you sing the song? I believe it was sung by Taylor Swift.) I digress.

So today’s creation is a shaker card. I will give the list of supplies and then for measurements please go to the video to create this card.

  • Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Layering Ovals Dies
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots
  • Window Sheet
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Seal
  • Autumn Punch Pack
  • Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Paper Trimmer

To learn the specific measurements and directions on how to create this card please go to the video link https://youtu.be/2tw37sTHBAs.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

When gems become ribbon.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Today I am using the Gilded Gems to create a string, ribbon, or cord. Instead of actually using a piece of fabric I have decided to use embellishments to give the illusion of a ribbon.

What else do you think could be used to mimic a ribbon?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Using dies to overlay.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day we learn about dies or punches closing a card. You can use an accent piece to overlay on a cad or project to make it appear to close.

In this case I used a gatefold card and then used glittery bats to close it.

For the card you will need to cut your base with a Paper Trimmer to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ to form the folds. The Designer Series Paper panels are cut at 5″ X 3 3/4″ with borders cut at 1″ X 3 3/4″. The white inset is cut at 4 3/4″ X 3 1/2″. For the front side panels cut the Designer Series Paper to 1 3/4″ X 5 1/4″.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Betty’s Class is coming up!

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

Betty’s Class is coming up on Saturday from 10-1! Thank you to all that have already signed up. If you have not told me you are coming then please do so. We are now full but have a waiting list.

Sharalyn’s class on October 24 has moved to November 21.

All month long Select Designer Series Paper is on sale! Contact me for more details.

Be on the lookout for some exciting new events happening later this month.

There is an order going in tonight at 7:30 pm. If you would like to order to help Jodi then please use the link, https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=ERVTVUMR.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

P.S. The Stamp of the Month will begin again on November 1.

Defining rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging for the week!

Did you know that rest is defined by the Free Dictionary as “a period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep”? In essence it’s a period of doing nothing so you can recharge and do other things more efficiently later. So what are you not thinking about or putting off because you are not ready to conquer it?

Putting something off to gear up and prepare to do something is not the same as procrastination. Procrastination is when you do something else to avoid the situation all together. There is a fine line between procrastinating and resting.

To me the difference is in your motive. Are you avoiding or simply not doing it?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Stock up on paper.

It’s Sale Saturday! Select patterns of our Designer Series Paper are on sale!

What’s your favorite pattern?

To order online please use the link https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=ERVTVUMR to help Jodi. If you prefer to order in person please contact me. This order will be up through Monday night at 7:30.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

True friendship.

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

Have you ever thought about the definition of friendship? According to dictionary.com friendship is the… “noun the state of being a friend; association as friends: toΒ value a person’s friendship. a friendly relation or intimacy. friendly feeling or disposition”.

Other definitions bring in that reciprocity needs to happen or a mutual doing for one another. While these are often part of friendship I am not sure that they define it.

While friendship is not always about action or doing it often speaks volumes. I wanted to remind you that sometimes the best of friends are made during the worst of times. I have known this over the years to be the case.

So who do you call a true friend? Who has been there when the tornado blows through? Send a card telling them thank you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

How to create with black magic.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating with black magic. Now before you start to wonder, there is no voodoo or weird stuff happening. It is simply an intriguing technique.

You will need a card base, whatever mats you need, and for the one you stamp on it needs to be extremely dark in color. So basic black, early espresso, basic gray, night of navy, or blackberry bliss works.

For the accent piece or dark card stock first you stamp with Versamark ink any image you want. Then sprinkle with white emboss powder and heat with a heat tool. After it is cool then you will grab your watercolor pencils. First color everything you want to have color other than black or dark with white pencil. Then go over the white with whatever colors you want. When it is done then go over it with a blender pen.

For added dimension you can take a white or chalk pen and add dots around the outside of the stamped image. This will make it appear three dimensional.

For a full video on how to create this card please go to https://youtu.be/1gQzXEcgcGE.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Pieces to make a whole.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Today we are talking about using scraps to make a bit of a mosaic. Have you had a pile of odds and ends on your craft table and not known what to do with them? Well, here’s an idea.

This background was created by simply using a common shape and repeating it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚