Freezing punches.

So you have done it!  It…the enchanting word “it”.  You have managed to jam that cardstock into that punch and it won’t come out.  The springs are stuck and nothing is working.  You have dropped it gently on to the table, floor, or whatever other hard surface you have.  And those springs won’t budge!  I don’t want to call Joni to order a new one.  I want new product from the new catalog, not to waste money on something that is not working because I wasn’t careful.

So, for your last attempt before you call me, throw your punch (and whatever else is attached) into the freezer.  Yes, the freezer.  Give it a few minutes and see if that helps.  Often when metal gets cold it will contract.  This will give the springs enough space to release and you will get a do over.  You will get your happily ever after and get to order new toys instead of replacing your broken ones.

If you have to give this a try please comment and let me know if this works for you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Card class and Serina’s punch box!

There is always a bunch going on…but this week is Card Class!  And next week is Serina’s Darling Punch Box Class!

Card Class invitations went out very late this time and I apologize.  I’ve had illness, two birthdays, and the school year finishing.  It was enough that I thought of cancelling, but I am not a quitter.  And I am better now, thankfully.  And I had cards in my head that needed to be created.  And, I am hoping, you look forward to this.  So, we are off to the races.  One side note, if you regularly attend Yucca Valley’s session I will be e-mailing you directions for the new location.

Serina’s Punch Box Class is on Wednesday, June 20th from 1-4!  We will be creating 18 cards so you can get done and enjoy sitting poolside for the rest of the summer.

Both invitations are out!  If you were not invited just ask me for a copy of the details.

If you would like to order online please use host code Y9H7NWTT to help Jodi earn FREE products!  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.  This order will be submitted next Monday the 18th at 9 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Negative space is a good thing.

We all know how to use a punch.  We know that you can pop them up, use them for gift tags, stretch them out by cutting them in half, etc.  But did you know that punching something out and leaving the hole can also be a great focal piece.  Join me tonight on Facebook Live at 7 pm to learn how to create something stunning from a negative piece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Outlining while punching.

Have you ever wanted a clean line around the edge of your punched image?  If you sponge after you just seem to get the whole image inked?  Try outlining the image before you punch.  Here’s how…

  1. Grab a piece of cardstock and stamp whatever image you want.
  2. Place in punch but do not cut.20180508_072206_wm
  3. Grab whatever color marker and depending on how fine a line is what tip you will use. (Brush tip used here.)
  4. When outlining make sure to pinch the paper so it doesn’t move, but doesn’t cut.20180508_072322_wm
  5. Now punch or cut out.20180508_072332_wm
  6. Make sure to wipe ink off of edges of punch.  I used a baby wipe.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Any punch can be made a tag.

Did you know that you can create a tag out of just about any punch?  Well, you can.  I’ve taken a few photos to help with the process.

First, you want to use your trimmer or cutter to cut your cardstock just barely wider than the punch.

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Second, you want to fold at the score line and insert into the punch.  Make sure the scored or folded side is past the cutting surface of the punch.

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Third, and last, punch!

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If you create a tag from a punch please post a photo in the comments.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes crooked is the new straight.

For those of you that have attended any of my classes you will often hear me say “stamp first then punch”.  If you stamp it crooked you can still punch it crooked too making the end result straight.  Just a little technique for you that will come in handy for this Thursday’s card.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Clouds are not just for the sky.

Today is one of my favorite themes, Wacky Wednesday.  I love looking outside the box to see what else we can create with a product.  Today the cloud from “Up and Away” becomes a hole for a tag punch.

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Here is the finished tag with this!

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Remember that the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch matches with the stamp set Half Full.

If you create today please post to the Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting!