Floating haunting letters.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to float letters between the mats.

Here is the card that you can create after reviewing the list of supplies and watching the video on how to create this haunting project.

  • Thick Whisper White Card Stock
  • Magic in This Night Designer Series Paper
  • Hallows Night Magic Bundle
  • 1 1/2″ Metallic Mesh Ribbon
  • Foam Adhesive Sheet
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Playful Alphabet Dies
  • Black Glitter Paper
  • Scrap of Whisper White Card Stock
  • Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Seal

For complete instructions and to watch the video please go to https://youtu.be/yB4XVneRRpw.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

Cards need a holder.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are making a holder for all those cards. This is perfect timing for World Card Making Day this Saturday.

So here’s how you create a holder or open-ended box.

Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock (thick is preferred) to 7 1/2″ X 9 1/2″. Then on the 7 1/2 side score at 1 1/2″ on both sides. On the 9 1/2″ side score at 4″ and at 5 1/2″. Cut up both middle scores until you hit the next score line. Then glue together using Stampin’ Seal + or Tear & Tape.

Die cut out the largest of the Celebration Labels Dies from Whisper White Card Stock twice. Then die cut out the second size down from Plaid Tidings Paper. Then punch the trees and moose to decorate.

If you would like full instructions and a video please go to https://youtu.be/BlpTAwj-GNk.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Taking care of our own.

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

Most of the time we are focused on giving back or paying it forward outside of the “crafty” family. Well, today we have an opportunity to give to one of our very own.

Shawnie has been in the hospital for some time now and still has a long recovery to go. Would you make a card for her, pretty please?

If you don’t have her address then please just send to me with a care of for the address line.

And, there’s a second part to this. Her daughter left to go back to college last week. Usually she gets a goodie box to wish her luck for the new semester. So if you want to donate to the box please let me know. I would like to pack it with the usual junk…candy, jerky, etc. But I would also like to mail her some blank cards so she has some to mail back to Mom. So if you would like to donate a favorite snack, money for me to purchase something for you, gift card, postage stamps, or cards please contact me. I will be mailing it out by Wednesday, September 9.

Thanks again for all you do and being a part of this crafty family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back by shopping.

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

Not only are we tasked with taking care of ourselves, checking in with friends, and giving when we can but also knowing where everything comes from. Now it’s not enough to know where it was made. You also should know who exactly created it and under what circumstances.

After you purchase from whatever company do they give to somewhere else as a result of your purchase? Where does that go?

If you type in your favorite company…Bank of America, USAA, Walmart, whatever…and add foundation to the end of it you will know if they give back.

Some companies even have separate websites to help you shop philanthropically. A good example of this is Amazon with Amazon Smile. You designate who you want to donate to and every time you order the designated portion goes to that charity.

Gone are the days of just going to the corner store. The nice thing is that you can choose where to shop and where to give at the same time.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Just a quick reminder that I am still looking for a new place to donate cards to. If you know of a place that needs cards please contact me.

Giving back through cards.

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

In the past we, as a group, have given back in so many ways. We have attended galas, bingo nights, mailed cards, bought gift cards, donated turkeys, and more. Well, it’s been a little while since we have given cards so I figured instead of hunting for days for a group to donate to I would ask you.

Who needs a bunch of cards? Is there a church starting up a sunshine ministry? Is there a nursing home in need? Children’s hospital? Veterans’ home? Please comment or contact me to let me know. You are as much a part of this crafty family as I am so please tell me.

I will be taking suggestions throughout August and then putting it up for a vote at the end of the month.

Here’s to thinking bigger.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A short trip to Hawaii.

It’s Tutorial Thursday and we are going to Hawaii! With the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set and the In the Tropics Dies we can enjoy a short trip to Hawaii. So close your eyes and imagine the soft sand between your toes and the salt water splashing just below your knees.

For today’s cards you will need a bunch of embossing folders, card base, mat, scrap card stock, adhesive, sponge dauber, ink, stamp set, and clear blocks. Start by cutting everything to size with your paper trimmer. The scraps were cut to 1 1/4″ X 3 3/4″ to start. Then they were run through the die cutting machine with the embossing folders. The edge was torn and sponged with the dauber. Please note that the 3D embossing folders break down the fibers in the card stock further. So the card stock done with the 3D folders is easier to tear. Adhere all with Stampin’ Seal. For the sentiment I used the Adhesive Sheets as well as mailing or packaging tape to faux emboss.

For a full tutorial please go to https://youtu.be/8oe8TU9Mg_c and https://youtu.be/3131qxM_8EM. My apologies for the two videos. There were some technical difficulties last night. Please enjoy.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Letting the paper and dies shine.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I want to show you how to let the product shine.

For the first card I have let the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper do all the heavy lifting. The marbled background paired with the peony colored with our Stampin’ Blends (Magenta Madness and Just Jade used) makes for a marvelous card front.

And then for the second card I am amazed at how one simple die and an embossing folder can make the entire front of the card.

For this card the Perfect Parcels Dies and the new Brass Foil Sheets were used to create this gorgeous accent. Finish it off with the Die Cutting Machine and the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.

For a video on how these two cards were created as well as several other samples please go to https://youtu.be/W-a4YA8Yk2I.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a flower becomes a sport.

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

So I posted a card yesterday for the technique post. I talked about how to make monochromatic cards pop. And then I realized I had Wednesday’s post done also. I had cut the sunflower in such a way to look very similar to a badminton shuttlecock.

I also see a mane for a lion or the feathers for a peacock. What do you see?

Remember to look upside down, sideways, backwards, and sometimes break the whole image apart.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂