Taking a breath.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  I am taking a breath and getting some things caught up today.  My house looks like I have done six events this week.  So I will take out the trash, do some dusting, and probably even vacuum some.  Then I will get to create and get some long-awaited thank you notes out.  It doesn’t sound different than any other day, but it is for me.  The phone won’t ring and I can turn the music up and just focus.  Don’t get me wrong, I love people, but I don’t get much done since I am concentrating on conversations and whatever else might come.

And the rest of my home sounds different today too.  All three cars are in the driveway (until my daughter goes to work in a bit) and my husband is composing some new arrangement of some musical rendition.    I love the constant music.  Since I am not musical I love it.  It’s a good thing I married a musician.

Have you ever stopped to listen to your home?  Do you like the sounds created in it?  How do they differ from the rest of the week?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Year-End Closeout

It’s Sale Saturday!  Are you aware that there is a huge sale going on right now?  I hope so.  If not, here’s the link for you to shop with pictures…https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/10090/year-end-closeout .

The Stamparatus bag is now available to purchase.  If you have purchased the Stamparatus this is a great accessory to have.  If you don’t have it, it’s a great organizer bag to bring a project with you.

Not just for the Stamparatus but for keeping organized too.

If you would like to order online please use host code 
VF2PDHZU to help Jodi.  This code will be up until 9 pm tonight.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back locally.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  It has been brought to my attention that one of our local places that gives so much back during Christmas (and the rest of the year too) has been hit hard with some changes recently.


Food For Life is accepting donations for toys for the kids.  This year Toys for Tots is NOT donating toys to any local non-profits.  Therefore any donation of toys would be most welcomed.  I am most happy to collect and then deliver so please contact me.


If you know a family that is in need of Christmas toys, please have them call Reach Out Morongo Basin to sign up for one (760-361-1410).  The toy  will be picked up at the Christmas meal.  The first 300 names will be getting toys.


Food For Life will be serving Christmas dinner at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3-5 on Saturday, December 22.  I am sure they can use all the help you are willing to give so please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Quilting with paper.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Since last night’s Live was about the sale and I didn’t create, I made something new this morning.  I “quilted” a card for you.  I used the Tailored Punch, Cookie Cutter Stamp Set with punch, and the Classic Label Punch.  Pick any Christmas paper (here I used the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper) and get punching.

I started in the middle and worked my way out.

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After covering the entire mat, I flipped it over and trimmed the excess with scissors.

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After trimming the excess I was left with a mat that looks like this.

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To finish the card and pull the color of the mat in, I stamped santa and the sentiment with Night of Navy ink.  Santa is popped up by dimensionals.  Everything else is glued by snail adhesive.  Don’t forget the metallic pearls to finish it off.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tons of Discounts!

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Instead of a single product today I figured we would focus on a bunch.  I think Stampin’ Up! may have lost its mind since there are three full pages of discounts for this year-end closeout.  I know we normally don’t talk sales for Wednesday, but I don’t want you to miss this.

I think the easiest way to find out what is on sale is through pictures so here is the link for all the pictures.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/10090/year-end-closeout

If for some reason the link does not work for you…

  1.  Go to www.jonidaniel.stampinup.net
  2. Click on shop now.
  3. Click on year end closeout.

Happy Crafting! (and shopping)

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cutting for effect.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can mask a project but sometimes the lines get blurred or just don’t come out as clean and crisp as you would like them.  Instead of trying to mask, just cut.  If you cut your card stock before stamping you are guaranteed a clean edge.  You will need a scrap of card stock to create a base to glue the two together again.  A ribbon takes care of the cut and creates a cohesive image.

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If you want to try this technique then come to Card Class!  I am taking RSVP’s for Saturday’s morning session (9-12) and the afternoon one (3-6) until Wednesday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

There is lots going on this week.

It’s Management Monday!  There is quite a bit going on this week so I think I will list it out for you.

Monday — There is open time at the studio.  Remember that the times have changed.  It is still 10:30-12:30 am but the evening session changed.  The evening is now 5:30-7:30.

Tuesday — Card Class in 29!

Wednesday — Betty’s Card Class (different ones from Tuesday) in Yucca Valley

Thursday — Card Class in Yucca Valley

Friday — Drop in and create an ornament at Desert Rebel any time from 2-5 pm.

Saturday — Card Class in 29!  Remember that there are 2 sessions, morning and afternoon.

The RSVP is still open for many of these sessions so please contact me for more information.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

So grateful to be still.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  In the last few days Joel (hubbie) and I have had some pretty big events.

Joel coordinated the first ever Tuba Christmas for our area.  There were about 20 players, merchandise, registration, spectators, and volunteers.  It was a great night for music with perfect weather (55 degrees and virtually no wind).  Congratulations to your first of many events.

Yesterday I was at the Yucca Valley Community Center for the Holiday Craft Faire.  It was one of the biggest fairs I have attended for quite some time.  There were pictures with Santa, candy canes, snow to be played in, and crafters galore.  It was steady people all day long and a great event.

But now I sit here with my feet up in my pajamas and I am so grateful to be still.  It feels so good to be still (at least for a little while).  I have a craft room to clean up and inventory to be taken before tomorrow.  But for now, I am still.  I get to enjoy my tea (no coffee for me) in peace.

What is your activity you enjoy doing before everyone gets up and your world starts moving?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Year-End Closeout

It’s Sale Saturday!  So it wouldn’t be with the theme of today to not talk about the next sale.  Yes, the next one.  Yes, we just finished one.

Thank you for all that participated in the Extravaganza Sale.

Now I am waiting to get more information on what is being carried over from the Holiday Catalog and what is retiring.  The Year-End Closeout will be a sale on what is retiring from the Holiday Catalog.  It will be while supplies last.  I don’t know how good the discounts are going to be or how fast things will sell out.

So if it is a must I would get it before the 5th so it doesn’t sell out.  If it’s a “nice to have”, but not a must, then please tell me what is on your wishlist.  If I know before the 5th I can be looking as soon as the sale hits.  This will mainly be from the Holiday Catalog.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Knowledge is power.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I firmly believe that in order to give back we need to have knowledge which turns to wisdom.  I continuously read to keep myself on top of what is going on.

Recently I came across an interesting article in Success that lists out ways to be extraordinary.  Give it a quick read and maybe you will get some new ideas on how to give back.

https://www.success.com/126-ways-to-be-extraordinary/?fbclid=IwAR23RXBUBIbfsc_imiHyygTsa0RteMq5PBkwIhdhTjqon3r9wOV2145vfyc

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂