It’s the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

For me it’s the little things and the thought that counts. I love the big baskets and the wine and the chocolate, but I also know how important the little things are. I love the gifts with thought.

It’s the bread from Jan who just had back surgery and I know it took a bunch of effort to stand and bake this year.

It’s the cute coffee cup from Cheryl with a gift card for Starbucks that matters. I love that she included a gift card since that is where we meet.

It’s the necklace wired by Linda that just started back in her crafting.

Please remember it’s the little things that make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Having fun while giving back.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

Some days I wonder how to make a difference and others the invitation lands in my mailbox. Today’s post has landed in my mailbox.

So who wants to go and have some fun all while making a difference?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Don’t forget to ask for help.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day we focus on giving back or paying it forward.

When the wave of overwhelm comes over you don’t be afraid to ask for help. And by help I don’t necessarily mean with the workload. Sometimes you need someone to run to the store for you. Sometimes you need a good friend to have a beer or glass of wine with. And sometimes you need to just ask everyone to excuse you for a minute while you re-group.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute to catch your breath. This probably won’t work all the time, but on those intense days make sure to grab a second. A good friend will understand, a great friend will buy your favorite bottle of wine, and a best friend will drink it with you.

I am so grateful for my understanding spouse and kid and some great friends and also some best ones.

Remember to take care of yourself. No one else can.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to roll with your aqua painter.

Some of our tools have more than one use thankfully.  Here’s how to use your aqua painter for more than just painting.  Before you start you will want to make sure that the plastic is smooth on the end without the cap.  If it’s not then grab a nail file or some fine grit sand paper and get that smoothed out.

When your tool is ready to go then you can use it as an overgrown stylus to create an area that is concave.  This will allow the dimensionals to not be seen from any angle and create some great texture for your embellishment.

Here is the link to the video from last night’s Facebook Live on how to do this technique.

And here is the finished card.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamping with all things.

Some days you intend to stamp and other days every day items become what is used.  Don’t be afraid to look outside of the catalog.  Today’s tool is a wine glass, specifically the bottom of the glass.  I am thinking this and a few other “techniques” will become an oops class.  But for now start dipping the bottom of your mug, stemware, or glass to create a new background.

Happy Crafting!  (I almost forgot…here is the finished card.)

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With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An oops is a creative opportunity.

Have you created a card and at the last second you tip over your water bottle and it is now a watercolor?  Not all oops’es are mistakes.  They are usually just creative opportunities.  This card was created with a mistake in mind.

Take a saucer and pour some wine in it.

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The bottom of the wine glass becomes your stamp.

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Now let dry thoroughly.  (This is a good time to pour a glass for yourself.)

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Here is the finished product, a beautiful card.  No mistakes here. 🙂

If you try this technique please post a photo of your creative opportunity.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂