Coloring to coordinate the ribbon.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the day we don’t have inky fingers. Yes, that’s right. No inky fingers.

So here is what you do. To color a ribbon you grab any shade of Stampin’ Blends (alcohol marker) that you want and color away. You will need to color a bit beyond where you want to finish so you don’t have any lighter spots or bleed. Let dry about a minute and you are ready to tie your bow.

At the same time you can grab your Craft Whisper White Pad and only ink the area of the pad you will need to stamp. Don’t waste the ink making the entire pad juicy. Then stamp after taking the static out of the card stock. Shortly after stamping you will want to cover with your chosen embossing powder (clear is used here). The last step is to take your heat tool and melt the powder until it becomes smooth and no longer has an individual crystal look to it.

Here is the video if you would like to watch how to create these cards.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to color a ribbon with no fingerprints.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever needed a coordinating ribbon for your card or project and forgotten to order it? My favorite is when I need 14 inches and have 8. It seems to always happen. Instead of complaining or putting that project on hold color your ribbon. Yes, color it!

Take your metallic-edged ribbon (gold or silver) and color it! Grab your Stampin’ Blends and get to coloring. Do not grab your regular Stampin’ Write Markers as they will leave your fingers inky. After coloring with the Blends leave for a minute or so to dry. Then tie your bow and attach to your project.

(Tip: Make sure to color a little beyond where you need to cut so you don’t have an unfinished edge.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When paper is used as ribbon.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Today I am talking about ribbon and paper.  Did you know they are interchangeable?

When you run out of ribbon, or simply didn’t purchase any, then go to your Designer Series Paper stash.  Most of our papers are double-sided which allows for a mat and complementary accent piece which coordinate beautifully.  If you want texture then simply run your paper “ribbon” through a selected embossing folder.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When brads are used for more than decoration.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Do you know that a brad can be used for more than a decoration or embellishment?  It can also be used to hold vellum to a card base without any other adhesive.  But today we are talking about brads with a twist.

When using ribbon for an accent on a project it can be glued down straight, knotted, bowed, or even twisted.  Today we are twisting it.  Use the brad after twisting the ribbon to hold it in place.

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If you don’t want the ends sticking out simply trim with a wire snips or cutter.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Remember that there is no Live tonight.  Enjoy your Halloween!

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas

And here we are at the finish line!  It’s the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Have you ever run a race and felt the tape come across you as you finished?  It’s a good feeling to know you finished.

So for today’s contest…any order $25 or more placed today (until midnight) will get their choice of ribbon for FREE!  (Only one ribbon per order please.)  If you place an online order simply place your order minus the ribbon.  Then simply contact me with your ribbon choice.  (If you place your online order with the ribbon then it is not free.)

And remember to share, comment, and like to finish earning your tickets.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When Christmas ribbon becomes Valentine accents.

Don’t throw away your Christmas ribbon.  That red ribbon becomes a great accent for Valentine’s Day.  Start thinking outside the box.  Just about anything allotted for Christmas can be re-purposed for Valentine’s Day.  Remember to look sideways, upside down, and backwards at your supplies.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Every mistake is just a creative opportunity…

There is no mistake in crafting.  There is an opportunity to make something new and different when the project does not go as planned.

So, earlier this week, I had sat down to create.  Everything was going as planned until I cut the ribbon too short.

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It may not look like it is too short but when I put the sentiment over it the burlap ribbon disappeared completely.  I had a choice, toss it and cut a new one or figure it out.  I figured it out.

I cut that ribbon in half to extend it.

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You would never know by the finished card that there had been an oops.

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So, go stamp and remember to look at things sideways if you have to.  Sometimes that is what it takes to get the job done.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Techniques can make a card

As I was having fun with Facebook Live last night I realized how much the little things matter.  I had missed the trash can and grumbled about how much effort would be spent picking up what didn’t want to go in.  Last night’s card was proof of that.  The little bit of glue to make some of the wine red finished the card.  So, I am reminding you that it is often the little things that matter the most.  Pay attention.  Happy Crafting!

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Wacky Wednesday

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it was not intended. Sometimes if you need a wider ribbon you can simply stretch it. Don’t be afraid to take your product and literally pull it apart.

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P.S.  Just a quick side note that the invitation for Card Class is up!  Here’s a photo of the cards (pssst…one is an original design, so cool).  Let me know which session you are coming to!

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You can order finished greeting cards (3 for $10) or you can come make them (times are listed below). Cost for the class is $10 or FREE for team members. You will get fed snacks and drinks, but not a meal. Come put your own personal touches to your cards. There is a limit of 8 crafters per session. No hubbies, no kids, and no mess to clean up. Please RSVP by Monday, August 7th by noon and let me know which session you are coming to! See you on the 8th, 10th, or 12th!

Tuesday, August 8th from 10 am – 1 pm at the Red Door Crafters’ Studio
Thursday, August 10th from 10 am -1 pm at Stan’s Music (Yucca Valley)
Saturday, August 12th from 9 am – 12 pm at the Red Door Crafters’
Studio
Saturday, August 12th from 3 pm – 6 pm at the Red Door Crafters’ Studio

Please comment and let me know if you like everything in one place.

Happy Crafting!