Fisher House

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

Well, the day finally came this week when I shipped off a little over 50 cards to the Fisher House! Thank you to all that participated. The next batch will go out at the end of March. So get your Easter cards ready.

If you don’t know what the Fisher House does please check it out at https://www.fisherhouseinstl.org/. We have chosen the St. Louis one because they are accepting cards and that is where Carol moved to. She wanted to give back to her new community and I told her we would help.

So get your fingers ready because the next batch will go out at the end of March.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Not everything lines up.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s tip is to offset when you can. Usually we mat with hopefully straight and even lines but today we are not doing that. We are still lining up evenly but the accent is offset as if it it coming off the page.

I figured this technique out when I was frustrated with the original design and through the punch out down on the table. The grid paper made me realize it could easily be offset. The background paper is from the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. In a pinch I bet you could also use the Grid Paper. Just remember the Grid Paper is much thinner.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the Poppy Die as a background.

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

Today the Painted Labels Dies that coordinate with the Painted Poppies Stamp Set are being used. The outline of the poppy is displayed as a background for the sentiment in this card.

For a full tutorial of this card please join me on my Facebook Live at NOON today! If you can’t make the time catch me on the replay or on Thursday on my YouTube channel. The link for my YouTube channel, full tutorial, and more will be on Thursday’s blog post as a full tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s Card Class Week!

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

It’s Card Class week so make sure to tell me which session you will be attending. There’s a bonus card along with a bonus pack for you this class.

Please remember that the Facebook Live has been moved to Wednesdays at NOON!

There is Open Time today at the Studio.

Gail’s class is next week in Banning but I thought I’d give you a jump on this one.

Just a reminder that the referral program has been updated so make sure to invite your friends.

The new catalog has begun so if you would like to order please use host code AFFJPEEJ to help me keep your rewards’ basket stocked. If you prefer to order in person please contact me. This code will be good until tonight at 7:30 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s all about the poppies!

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating cards with the Painted Poppies Stamp Set.

  • Take Thick Whisper White Card Stock and cut to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side score at 4 1/4″.
  • Cut Blackberry Bliss Card Stock to 5 1/4″ X 4″ and attach with Snail Adhesive.
  • Cut Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Cut Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to about 4 1/2″ (enough to go around the mat and attach in the back). Stamp texture from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set on the ribbon. Attach with Glue Dots and then attach the mat with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp sentiment on Whisper White Card Stock with Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad. Run through Die Cutting Machine with Painted Labels Dies.
  • Attach gems.

If you would like to create these cards and get your own Painted Poppies Stamp Set be watching tomorrow as a new Stamp of the Month class will debut with the new catalog tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tulips for a birthday.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today’s card is simple but using all new products. So, shall we begin?

You will start with a thick white card base cut at 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side you will score at 4 1/4″. This is your card base once folded in half.

Then you will cut a mat at 5″ X 3 3/4″ from the 6X6 Best Dressed Designer Series Paper. Attach with Snail Adhesive.

Last, but not least, you will stamp from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set a tulip and stem with Lovely Lipstick and Garden Green Inks. Cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. For the words you will stamp in Bermuda Bay Ink and punch out with the Classic Label Punch. Adhere to the mat with Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals.

Now go mail it!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. If you would like to see last night’s Live the link is https://youtu.be/6PKyFG-OFv8.

Using scraps for an accent.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is rather easy but I don’t know if you have thought of it. Take your scraps and create a focal point or accent. To create a shape use washi tape or a die to create a stencil. All you need is a good pair of scissors and a box of glue dots and you are off to the races.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Getting ready for Christmas cards!

It’s Sale Saturday! Since I am at OnStage I figured I would run my own promotion to get you thinking about your Christmas cards. I know it’s been hard to get in the spirit of things when it is still over 80 degrees on most days here in the desert. But we are 6 weeks away from Christmas so it is time to get going (me included). So, are you ready?

Here is the promotion…

  • When you place an order online, via email, phone, messenger, text, whatever before Monday night at 7:30 pm you will get FREE product! Do I have your attention? All right…let me give you the details now.
  • You place an order of $50 or more before tax and shipping.
  • In that order you need to have at least one pack of card stock. It can be thick card stock, any color, designer series paper, or one of the 6X6 stacks. Just paper.
  • You will get a free pack of envelopes from me upon delivery of your order. If you order online I will send them with your thank you note. Please specify whether you want white or vanilla.
  • For every $50 and pack of paper you will get a pack of envelopes for FREE! So if you order $120 worth of product and 3 packs of paper you will get 2 packs of envelopes from me.

Not only am I running the envelope promotion but I am also making someone the host. If the group order totals $150 then I can choose a host. If you place an order at $50 or more you will be eligible to be randomly chosen as the host. I will be contacting you on Monday evening to choose your FREE products!

If you would like to order online please use host code EFKBYR3U. Right now the host is me, but will change when a mystery host is picked.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Please remember that I am in session for OnStage and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Add a bit of bling.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes all a project needs is a bit of bling or a little embellishment. Keeping it simple is great with just the right amount of flair. In this case the embellishments in the corners were added to offset the foil and the simple nature of this card.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Plan now, stress less later.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and recharge.

With about a month and a half to go before Christmas I am sitting here in my pajamas wondering where the year went. And my second thought is I have some work to do. Christmas cards, swaps, craft fairs, and …and…and…

So today I am planning and ordering so I have the supplies to do what I need to do. I just have to remember to take action on that plan so I don’t end up with cases of tic tacs that I forgot about much like last year. As you are ordering make sure to write down a list of what has been ordered and for what. This will keep things organized and will hopefully prevent you from buying something in a rush.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂