No more kinks in your twine.

Have you ever unwound some of your twine to find all these kinks where it was folded?  What did you do to un-kink it?  Did you iron, soak, or lay out for days?  Here’s a tip for you.  Take a baby wipe and run the twine through it.  The moisture will take the kinks right out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sponging three different ways.

I figured since the Paper Pumpkin has a picnic theme this month I would continue that theme with the basket weaving embossing folder.  So today’s technique is how to color this basket weave with a sponge.  You can also spritz, dip, paint, or bleach it.  But, for now, we sponge.

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The top color was done with a sponge using a streaking motion.  I pulled the color across the page.

The middle color was done with a dabbing motion.

The bottom color was done with a dabbing motion with a twist of the wrist.

Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Mondays are a great start to the week!

I’ve heard many complain about Mondays being the start of the work week, the hangover from the weekend, or just simply muddling through.  I am choosing for today to be great!  I keep reading that attitude is everything.  Let’s test it!

So for this week…it’s CARD CLASS week!  If you have not already RSVP’ed today is the last day for Thursday’s session.  Wednesday is the last day for Saturdays’ sessions.  Let me know that you are coming!

I’m already working on the cards for August’s class…it’s going to be GREAT!

Next week on Thursday the 26th is the Encouragement Card Class.  Sandy Smith hosts and mails the cards to Girls Love Mail.  Come on out for dinner and a chance to create 5 cards.  Cost is $15.  It’s a good time.

The 28th has two events.  In the morning I will be at the Farmers’ Market from 8-noon.  Come out to see what’s new.  And in the afternoon will be the 12th Anniversary Party!  Come celebrate with me!

If you would like to order online please use host code J92PTFKA to help Jodi earn FREE products.  If you prefer to order in person this order will be submitted on Saturday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Giving back tomorrow!

The Farmers’ Market is tomorrow in 29 Palms!  I would encourage you to go from 8-noon at Bucklin Park.  The farmers that support the market are doing so not only by vending, but by giving back.  Much of the produce that doesn’t sell they are donating to our local food bank.  This week they are asking for the community’s help.  Bring 5 canned items to the table for Feed 29 (29 Palms Food Pantry), please.  Please message or contact me if you donate.  I will have a surprise for you.

Giving back is not always this easy.  Sometimes it is helping a friend move, loving someone that feels unlovable, or simply sharing a smile.  I would encourage you to dig in your pantry and find 5 things to donate.  Throw them in a bag and now you are ready for the market.

Here’s to making some ripples.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Don’t forget to ask about the raffle while you are there.  There are ways to get tickets for the $100 raffle that is drawn once a month.

Wreath Card Tutorial

All right…drum roll please…here is the tutorial you have been waiting for.  It will be long but it will be worth it.  At the end of it all you will be able to create a wreath card with a single stamp and a sentiment.  Are you ready?  Let’s go!

  • Cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock in half (5 1/2 x 8 1/2″) and score at 4 1/4″.  This is your card base.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive Cardstock to measure 5 x 3 3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of Merry Merlot Cardstock to measure 4 1/2 x 3 1/4″.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock to measure 6 x 6″.
  • The Old Olive and Merry Merlot pieces are your mats.  You can glue to your card base now if you like.

 

  • Take your 6 x 6 piece and the largest square die from the Layering Squares Framelits.
  • Cut out a square in the middle and then a diamond.
  • Now place your square inside the template (after writing save and an arrow up) on the base of the Stamparatus.
  • Place your stamp on the square where you want it to stamp.  Press the hinged, clear plate on to the stamp to pull off the page.  Ink your stamp with Old Olive and stamp.20180710_074941_wm - Copy
  • Rotate your square either counter-clockwise or clockwise.  Whichever way you decide you need to be consistent with.20180710_075040_wm
  • Now place in the diamond template and rotate until all is filled.
  •  Take your sentiment and stamp in Merry Merlot with the Stamparatus.
  •  Place embellishments accordingly.  The faceted gems were used here.

    Here is the finished card.  Enjoy!20180710_075317_wm

If you prefer the video here is the link…Wreath Card Video

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamparatus fixes everything.

Well, that title might be a little over zealous but it does fix some stamping errors.  If you generally get the halos then this gives you permission to stamp lighter.  There is no fear of something not inking properly and not being able to go back.  With the Stamparatus you can always go back.

In this instance I didn’t use equal pressure and didn’t get the left side of the stamp inked the same as the right.

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And usually this would be the end of the story.  It’s time for a do over.  Toss it, flip it, and re-stamp.  But not this time.  I simply re-inked my stamp and pressed it again.  This time I made sure to press the left side.  Here is the result.

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If you would like to order a Stamparatus please contact me or use host code J92PTFKA to help Jodi earn FREE products!

Tune in tonight at 7 pm on Facebook Live to see how to create a wreath with a single stamp and this great tool.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the Stamparatus to create a wreath.

Today’s technique is a tiny bit different.  I am using the Stamparatus to create a wreath, the ultimate in positioning.  Here’s how to do it in pictures and then explanation.

  1. Create a template using a 6×6 piece of cardstock.  Take the largest plain square from the Layering Squares Dies and cut a square from the middle.  Then place the square at a diagonal to create a diamond.
  2. Take your square that was cut out to become your accent piece.
  3. Place in square, not diamond.
  4. Stamp whatever you choose to create your wreath.
  5. Rotate the same direction each time.
  6. Stamp again.  Repeat on all 4 sides.
  7. Then begin on the diamond side.
  8. Rotate and stamp on all 4 sides of the diamond.
  9. You have a wreath or circle of whatever stamp you choose.

For the complete tutorial tune in on Thursday.  For the video tune in to the Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Credit goes to DOStamping for the original idea.

So many choices…

There is quite a bit going on this week…

The 4th of July finishes tonight!  If you want a break on your taxes then take a look.

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Christmas in July is happening on Saturday!  The invitation will be out by tomorrow morning!

Card Class is happening next week!  Invitation soon to follow.

Save the date for the 12th Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 28.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Space for rest.

Have you ever googled or searched for rest?  I typed in the word “rest” and up comes many images.  There are the traditional beach scenes, hammocks with a gentle breeze, lists on why rest is good for you, and much, much more.

The one that caught my eye is the traditional rest stop sign.  This reminds me to make sure there is an area of my life that is blocked off for rest.  If I don’t give myself permission to rest, I won’t.  Make sure to have a designated exit for rest.  If you don’t take it the next rest stop may not be for 287 miles.

What is your area for rest?  Is it a certain spot in the house?  Is it your craft room?  Is it the kitchen and cooking your favorite meal?  How do you set aside time or space to rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂