When a ruler is more than that.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  I know that you understand that a ruler is meant to be used for creating straight lines.  And once in a while it is even used to stir something or slide something out from behind something else.  But did you know it could be used to curl things as well?  Yes, the straightest thing can be used to create curl.

Take a slim piece of card stock resembling a ribbon’s width and spritz with water.  You will want it to be damp, but not dripping.  Curl around the ruler and leave to dry.  Once dry the paper will keep its shape.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using foam to make stamps.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that you can make your own stamps?  I am not saying to go buy another machine.  I am saying to use what you already have.  So grab your fun foam from the dollar store and your Big Shot.  You will need foam, Big Shot, and Embossing Folder of choice.  Run the foam through in the folder just like you would with a piece of card stock.  Then grab some glue dots and tack the foam to a clear block to create a “stamp”.  Then ink and use normally.

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To watch how this is done tune in tonight on the Live at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Shimmer paint as more than paint.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that the new shimmer paint in the Holiday Catalog can also be used to create a misty background?  Just grab your stampin’ spritzer and fill 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol as it dries faster than water.  (You can also use water.)  Then drop in the shimmer paint until the desired color shade is reached.  You can also mix this with ink from your refill bottles as well.  Now you can create a shimmery background with minimal effort.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Accents are for more than just cards or tags.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Do you ever use a product in only one way and never think that it could be used for something else?  I often do this so please don’t think it’s only you.

Recently I was putting a bulletin board together and remembered that our Big Shot dies can also be used for big things, not just cards and tags.  I forget that the shapes can become pieces of a flag, flower, and so much more.  So, just a friendly reminder to think outside the box and ask if you don’t know what else to do.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pick up tool is for more than sequins.

The new pick up tool is for more than just sequins.  It can be used to shape flowers, score card bases, pierce cardstock, loosen stuck dies from paper, remove embellishments, and pick up sequins.

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What uses can you think of for this new tool?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

And some days you just mess up.

Well, the Wacky Wednesday is me this time.  Have you ever had a moment where you think how could I have been that stupid?  Well, here I am admitting this to you.  Here’s what happened.

Last week we had Card Class and we created this very cute denim pocket card.

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So the stitching on the pocket was done free hand.  Here’s the problem, mistake, or oops.  If you look at the coordinating stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine there are stamps to create this.  For those of you that created this rest assured there is an easier way.  We just didn’t do it.  So, for future creations, please use the stamps as it will make it much easier.

Here’s to feeling a little wacky.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When pieces become the main attraction.

You’ve heard the phrase one man’s trash is another’s treasure?  Well, in this case, the scraps become the main attraction.  I was recently cutting out some labels from the Stitched Seasons Framelits and realized that one of the leftovers was very cool looking.  I needed to save this piece and make it an accent for a card.

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Tune in tonight on the Facebook Live event to see what this becomes.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Remember to use the middle.

Just a little reminder that if you have a double mat and the second mat is solid then don’t be scared to make some holes.  Take a few punches out of the bottom mat so you can save paper and time later.  Just remember to keep your punches organized or it won’t be much help.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When sun rays become tiaras.

If you are ever wondering what something was intended to be please ask.  I’ve had a few times where there are some backgrounds or little dots and I can’t figure out what stamp they coordinate with.  So, I call Stampin’ Up! and I’m happy to do that for you also.  Don’t get frustrated, ever.

In the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine there are some sun rays that to me look like eyelashes.  Well, when I paired said eyelashes with This Little Piggy stamp set they were too big.  So my eyelashes became a tiara instead.

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Don’t be afraid to look at things differently.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂