When pieces become the main attraction.

You’ve heard the phrase one man’s trash is another’s treasure?  Well, in this case, the scraps become the main attraction.  I was recently cutting out some labels from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and realized that one of the leftovers was very cool looking.  I needed to save this piece and make it an accent for a card.

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Tune in tonight on the Facebook Live event to see what this becomes.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cards and a wash.

Penny is recovering but still has a bit to go.  I am putting together a care package for her by mid next week.  This means cards and gift cards for dinner.  They usually go out so I thought gift cards for places that deliver or have curbside service would be good for hubby to pick up.  That way something would be “normal”.  If you would like to bring a card or contribute to the gift card basket simply let me know.

Here is the schedule.

I will be up at Yucca Valley High School today from 9:30-11:00 am.  If you bring at least a card I will give you a ticket to get your car washed by the kids for FREE.  This is my way of giving back to you and saying thanks.  I have 4 tickets, so the first 4 gets a clean car.

On Tuesday I will be up at the Yucca Valley Walmart for National Night Out from 5-7:30.  You can bring your cards or contributions then.  Sorry, no car wash.

Thanks for being part of this crazy crafty family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

When wood becomes swiss cheese.

Today’s card has a certain tang to it, much like when you bite in to a good slice of cheese.  Here’s how this one was created.

The card base is from Soft Suede Card Stock cut at 5 1/2 ” on the 11 ” side.  It is scored at 4 1/4″.

The Very Vanilla mat is cut at 5 ” x 3 3/4 “.

The Wood Texture background is punched from circle punches 1/2″, 1″, and 1 3/4”.

The tree is stamped and die cut from the Rooted in Nature bundle.

The “thank you” comes from the new In Season bundle also stamped in Old Olive.

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If you would like to see the video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KB7d5o2VBY to watch.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Mondays are a great start to the week!

I’ve heard many complain about Mondays being the start of the work week, the hangover from the weekend, or just simply muddling through.  I am choosing for today to be great!  I keep reading that attitude is everything.  Let’s test it!

So for this week…it’s CARD CLASS week!  If you have not already RSVP’ed today is the last day for Thursday’s session.  Wednesday is the last day for Saturdays’ sessions.  Let me know that you are coming!

I’m already working on the cards for August’s class…it’s going to be GREAT!

Next week on Thursday the 26th is the Encouragement Card Class.  Sandy Smith hosts and mails the cards to Girls Love Mail.  Come on out for dinner and a chance to create 5 cards.  Cost is $15.  It’s a good time.

The 28th has two events.  In the morning I will be at the Farmers’ Market from 8-noon.  Come out to see what’s new.  And in the afternoon will be the 12th Anniversary Party!  Come celebrate with me!

If you would like to order online please use host code J92PTFKA to help Jodi earn FREE products.  If you prefer to order in person this order will be submitted on Saturday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

When the ocean comes to the desert.

We can all hope that the beach is closer to us here in the desert, but it’s probably not going to happen.  I would love the sound of the waves, but not the crowds or price tag that comes with the beach.  So for today I will give you a tutorial on a card that looks like the beach without the cost.

Here are the written directions for the card…

  1. Cut a piece of Thick White Cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″.
  2. Cut a piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Stamp the water with the wave from High Tide with Balmy Blue ink.
  4. Stamp the sand with the same stamp (after cleaning) with Sahara Sand ink.
  5. Stamp the birds both standing and flying with Sahara Sand ink.
  6. Stamp the sea grass with Soft Sea Foam ink.
  7. Stamp the sun and rays with Mango Melody and Grapefruit Grove inks.
  8. Stamp the words with Versamark ink, sprinkle Grapefruit Grove embossing powder, and heat with heat gun.

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If you would like to see the video please click here.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Simple details to complete a card.

It’s amazing to me how a different color of cardstock or a different pattern of designer series paper can make a card look so different.  Paper can make a card or project appear masculine, feminine, or somewhere in between.  So before you throw away that project that just doesn’t seem to want to come together try a different background, mat, or color.

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Look how different each card looks.  It’s basically the same layout with just a different background.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Small items become part of a larger whole.

Yesterday we talked about how glue dots can become a focal point for grouping sequins.

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Well, today the finished card appears from these groupings.

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If you don’t know what to create simply group small things and make it happen.

Here are the directions:

  1. Grab a white thick piece of cardstock.
  2. Cut in half (at 4 1/4″) and score (at 5 1/2″).
  3. Stamp a sentiment using Blueberry Bushel ink.
  4. Make groupings of sequins using glue dots.
  5. Adhere to card.

Enjoy and mail!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Glue dots can be used to group items.

Just when you thought the mini glue dots were small and they couldn’t do more, here is another idea.  Take your paper piercer and place a glue dot at the end of it.

Then stick small sequins to the end of it.  Now you have a cluster of sequins instead of placing them one at a time.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the tutorial for a card on this technique.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the simple things.

Sometimes a paper is so detailed that there is not much that needs to be done.  Take the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper on page 189.  It makes card making so easy.  Add a cute accent and you are all set.  For the tutorial go to last week’s Facebook Live or You Tube.

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Remember that everything goes live on Thursday at noon (mountain time).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes giving back is close to home.

When I post about giving back on a Friday it’s usually about an organization or someone far away that needs help.  This time it’s right here.  Right in our own crafty family.  One of the girls this week has been through a very painful sinus surgery.  She is recovering slowly but can use a little encouragement.  If you would like to send a card please contact me.  I will be sending out a package to her late next week.

Also this week one of the girls broke her ankle and it will take quite some time to heal.  She is off her feet and out of her craft room for quite a few weeks.  Please contact me to mail a card as well.

Most days we make a difference outside in the big world.  Now it’s time to make a difference with our very own.  Please stamp an extra card.  If I need to pick up just say so.

Here’s to impacting through encouragement right in our own family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂