Flowers from balloons.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Do you know that you can create a flower from the balloons? Punch a bunch of the balloons out of the Balloon Bouquet punch. Take one of the larger balloons and trim to create a circle for a base to glue everything to. Do not worry if it is not perfectly circular. Tip: You may want to dot the center of the circle with a pen.

Take the punch outs and break down the fibers of the card stock with the large stylus tip on the Take Your Pick tool. You will need a Piercing Mat as well.

Start to layer the larger balloons on the bottom with 3 glue dots per balloon or petal. You will need 4 balloons per layer. Then attach 2 glue dots per the smaller balloons and attach to the larger ones.

If you would like to see the video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMSswgqrTaY&t=18s.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When daisies are bunnies.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you know that daisies can become bunnies? Remember to look at your products upside down, sideways, and in pieces.

If you clip off all but two of the petals for the daisy punch you get a bunny for Easter. Just remember that the head still needs to be round.

We will be creating this card for Card Class next week. Join me!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Did anyone notice anything different this week? A pack of dimensionals to you if you get it right.

An easy Easter basket.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day we learn how to create an easy Easter basket. All you need is one piece of paper and a few scraps. Grab your tear and tape and your trimmer and we are ready to go!

Here is what we are creating!

To see the video please go to https://youtu.be/NhqhS8fU0FQ.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When one piece of paper becomes a basket.

It’s Wacky Wednesday! This is the day where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today is the day I will show you how to use one piece of paper and get an entire basket out of it. No, I will not be cutting strips like before and gluing them all together. This project is rather simple.

So stay tuned for tonight’s Facebook Live at 7 pm to learn how to make these Easter baskets.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take your pick is a great pick up.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! While the Take Your Pick Tool is intended for picking up things like embellishments and little bits I am not sure it is intended for pulling things out of nooks and crannies. If you have a punched out piece that gets stuck consider using your tool. It grabs it without bending a corner.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂