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 🙂

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 🙂

A little off the beaten path.

You know that I usually don’t follow the path that is usual.  I often will find adventure in the everyday routine.  So today I figured we could not do our Wacky Wednesday and simply talk about freedom.  I know it’s cliché since it is the 4th of July, but often times what is expected is the last thing you will find.

The definition of freedom is…

1the quality or state of being free: such as

a the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

b liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another independence
c the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous 

  • freedom from care
d unrestricted use 

  • gave him the freedom of their home
e easefacility 

  • spoke the language with freedom
f the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken 

  • answered with freedom
g improper familiarity
h boldness of conception or execution
2a a political right
I find the definition of freedom from care to be most meaningful to me at the moment.  To me this means freedom from worry or thought of being judged.  After living overseas I find this to be very true.  When I lived in Italy I was constantly thinking of how I was dressed and how people would see me.  Now don’t take this the wrong way.  I was not worried of what people thought.  I was worried that if I looked too “American” I could get robbed easier or taken advantage of.  I did not want to stick out.  I find it very freeing to finally be back in southern California where I fit culturally and not have to worrry about sticking out.  If I do that is fine because I know it is home.
Freedom can mean many things to many people.  What does it mean to you?
Happy Crafting!
With inky fingers,
Joni 🙂

Water stamps can be for dirt or sand.

Sometimes I look at a stamp set and think that is a flower or that is dirt.  Sometimes what I think is one thing can often be another.  Take this card…

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…I thought the water stamp could only be that.  But it can also be dirt or land.  Don’t forget to look at your stamps sideways to stretch your products and keep creating!

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 🙂

Making something smaller is often helpful.

You’ve heard that if you have a huge project to do that you should break it up into smaller chunks to get it done.  This also prevents feeling overwhelmed.  The same is true with our stamping products.  Just recently I cut a shammy into smaller pieces.  This is so when I use the Stamparatus I have something easy to clean my stamps with.

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So my challenge for you today is this…order the Stamparatus and you will get a chunk of shammy so you can clean easier too.  This offer is available until Monday the 18th.  Please use host code Y9H7NWTT when ordering online or contact me to order in person.

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 🙂

Glue dots can be used to group items.

Just when you thought the mini glue dots were small and they couldn’t do more, here is another idea.  Take your paper piercer and place a glue dot at the end of it.

Then stick small sequins to the end of it.  Now you have a cluster of sequins instead of placing them one at a time.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the tutorial for a card on this technique.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamparatus is more than a positioner.

Did you know that the Stamparatus can be used for more than a positioner?  Have you ever needed a third hand to tie that bow?  Now you have one.  Since the magnet is so strong you can tuck the ribbon under and tie your bow.  It’s easy to get things done.  I just haven’t figured out how to put a jar down so a ribbon can be tied around the bottle.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Gems are for more than paper.

The rhinestones, pearls, and other gems can be used for more than paper.  They can be placed on glass, wood, vinyl, and more.  One particular friend of mine has a daughter that uses the gems for body art.  A line of rhinestones become eyebrow art or a fake nose piercing.  Don’t be scared to experiment with what you can use embellishments for.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂