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 🙂

Sharing your paper.

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

Remember when your mother told you to share. So today I am reminding you to share. Have you noticed in all of our Designer Series Papers that there are at least two of each of the patterns? You could share one of them with a friend. If you don’t want to split the pack then buy two…save one and share one.

If you are into creating and don’t have that many crafty friends, instead of sharing paper share your creations. When you sit down to create a card make two. Mail one to someone that needs some happy mail.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Punches and buckles.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating a decorative border with a punch (you can also use a die) as well as a modified buckle card.

For the card with the punched border. Grab a card base and punch or die cut your border. After stamp your images or sentiments and you are done. So simple, right?

For the modified buckle card…take a card base and a mat. Cut a hole in the mat to create a slot. Take a piece of card stock a little more narrow than the hole created. Cut at least an inch too long and score where it becomes extra. Fold over and this gets tucked under to become your hinge. I lined the inside of my card to hide the hinge.

For a full video on these cards and updates on upcoming events please go to https://youtu.be/RSBP-D2Uk98.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

In Color Sunflowers

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating five cards that showcase the new In Colors. The new In Colors are Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Just Jade, and Magenta Madness. Which color is your favorite?

To create these cards I embossed each of the mats with a different embossing folder. I used from left to right the Old World Paper, Ornate Floral, Hammered Metal, Tasteful Textile, and Parisian Flourish. Each color seemed to remind me of a certain thing that needed that particular embossing folder. For example, Cinnamon Cider just looked like it needed to be crinkled like an old map.

I then die cut a sunflower from the coordinating color as well as a brass or gold foil paper. At the bottom is the coordinating ribbon attached with glue dots and a sentiment attached with mini dimensionals. The final touch is to attach the new In Color Enamel Dots.

For a full video and to create a bonus card with me using a pencil eraser for a stamp please go to https://youtu.be/756MnxuRQDg.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Love in so many languages.

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

Just the other day my daughter sneaks behind me and gives me this huge, smothering backwards bear hug. And then she doesn’t let go.

Another girlfriend of mine sends cards all the time to encourage.

While another takes gorgeous photos of her rose and flower garden.

Maybe your way to show affection or to give back to someone is to smile or say hello. Whatever it is make sure you are doing it. Without your version of giving back life would not be as full for someone.

This is all coming from this quote I saw. Regardless of how small, take what you are given and do it to your fullest.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing with a die.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! For you today I have a treat. The tutorial is how to emboss with a die while using the new in colors. So let’s being.

Here are the instructions and measurements to create this.

  • Cut a Thick Whisper White Card Stock to 4 1/4″ X 11″. On the 11″ side score at 5 1/2″. This is your card base.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black Card Stock to 4″ X 5 1/4″. Attach with Snail Adhesive. This is your outer mat.
  • Cut a piece of scrap card stock to 3 3/4″ X 5″. It doesn’t matter what color as this is just to adhere the strips to.
  • Emboss the strips with Many Medallions Dies. You emboss by taking out the adapter plate and replacing it with approximately 5 pieces of card stock. You want the die cutting machine to grab and give an impression but not to cut through. After running all the colors then cut strips.
  • Adhere the strips with Snail Adhesive to the scrap card stock. Trim any excess.
  • Run Basic Black Card Stock and Whisper White Card Stock through the die cutting machine to get the label from the Tasteful Labels Dies. Cut the black label in half to stretch and adhere to the white one. Stamp sentiment from Many Mates Stamp Set to the white one. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Adhere 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.

For complete instructions and to also learn how to create this additional card below please go to https://youtu.be/aB7ZSi46jfI.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂