No tutorial, just cooking.

It’s Tutorial Thursday but it is also Thanksgiving. So for today I am taking the day to cook and just be. Come back next week for another tutorial.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stampin’ Blends for coloring more than paper.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

You already know that the Stampin’ Blends can color card stock beautifully. But, did you know, that these alcohol markers can also color embellishments? In the past we have colored the Basic Pearls. But, you can also color on metal. Take a look at the new ladybugs.

What other embellishments does this bring to mine? I was thinking of the adhesive-backed snowflake sequins.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Where to find new techniques.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Instead of giving you one new technique today, I thought I’d give you thousands. This is not to overwhelm you but I figured I could give you some of my favorite places to go to look for new techniques. Not only would this give you a hint on what I do for “research and development” but it just might give you some new ideas.

So here’s the list…

  • Stampin’ Up! catalogs online and on paper
  • Demonstrator Planning Place (on Facebook)(only for demonstrators)
  • Stampin’ Connection (chat board only for demonstrators)
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Stampin’ Up! website (https://www.stampinup.com/)
  • Google the stamp and click on images (for example…poinsettia petals, stampin up)
  • My Mailbox (you inspire me)
  • Magazines (to see what style is trending)
  • Shops (like Target, Michaels, etc.) to see what styles and colors are trending

What other places do you go for ideas?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

24 Hour Sale is Coming!

It’s Management Monday! Here’s what’s happening this week!

There is a 24 Hour Sale happening tomorrow! Here’s a look at the list of exclusions.

So grab the rest of the Annual Catalog and take 10% off! You can tell me today if you would like to order so you don’t miss out. Just contact me to let me know or you can order online at https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=ARAWCN7Z through Tuesday at 7:30 pm.

Be on the lookout on Wednesday for my Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday specials good only through me.

And, last, but not least, Lisa’s Class Invitation is out! Let me know that you are coming to this in-person event.

I am closed on Wednesday at noon through Thursday at 7:30 pm for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rebuild your shoreline.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge so you can hit the ground running for the week.

Have you ever been to a beach before and after a hurricane or storm? Did you notice the difference? How much of the shoreline had disappeared? Now take this picture and create a metaphor for yourself.

The storm can be something you are going through. The winds and rain will wash some of your sand away leaving you exposed to the tides of life. In order to not have the tides effect you in the same way you have to rebuild. Hire a dump truck and get that shoreline rebuilt. Sometimes this means taking a mental wellness day, sitting quietly to read a book, or simply doing a bit of retail therapy. Whatever you decide, rebuild. You are worth it.

Take your moments to process and get past whatever storm has come.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tuesday and next weekend are the times to watch!

It’s Sale Saturday! Here’s what is on sale.

There is nothing right now but on Tuesday there will be a 24 hour sale from Stampin’ Up! Everything in the Annual Catalog (the big one only) is 10% off! (Except for this list.)

To shop online please use the link https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=ARAWCN7Z or contact me to order in person.

Please remember that it’s everything in the catalog except the above list.

On Tuesday’s Weekly Highlights be watching for my version of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday all rolled into one. There will be no in person event this year for Small Business Saturday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s about people.

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

Every single person is given the same 24 hours. It’s up to you on what you do within that time. Some days you have to focus on yourself so your cup can be full enough to pour out to someone in need. And sometimes you are ready to go and able to help. This is when you just help.

I know for me I usually jump in to help. But, when it comes to my needs, I am not always quick to ask for assistance. Those that are closest to me know when I am struggling and just know to ask. I usually say no, but once in a while I simply say…please.

It’s usually not a big thing that I need help with. But the little thing gives such a boost that I am able to keep going for so much longer after that. And then, occasionally, there are the big things. Surgeries happen. Tires shred. Just life. It’s amazing to me who steps up when you really need it.

I know people can disappoint and cause quite a bit of drama. But, in the end, great relationships are why we stay. Why we still dance. Why we have hope.

Who’s that someone that comes to mind that rescues you? I have a few, thank heavens. As you are thinking of this person or people I would encourage you to reach out and say thank you. Call, mail a card, send a text. Remind them that they are appreciated.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Full Adhesive Post-its and Celebration Labels Dies.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are talking about the Celebration Labels Dies.

When you watch the video you will see two things created (and three mentioned) with the Celebration Labels Dies. I mention how to create a tag and you can watch the creation of a card and bag topper.

To watch the video please follow the link https://youtu.be/6qp3Z1XUtGk.

And you’re probably wondering about the post-its. They are in the back of the bag. I found full adhesive post-its so it makes it easier to mask.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When pumpkin seeds become Christmas lights.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today we are talking about seeds turning into lights.

So, if you’ve been around me for a few minutes, then you will know that I say to look at everything upside down, backwards, and sideways. A leaf may become a mustache or a tree becomes a beard. Well, today, pumpkin or apple seeds are becoming Christmas lights.

Grab a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink your seeds. Then take a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and create your string of lights by drawing a line between the seeds. Next are the Stampin’ Blends to color the lights. Now you have a string of lights instead of just some seeds.

Maybe that bag of beans can grow a beanstalk after all.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Taking the plush paper to a new level.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I will show you how to color on the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper. To view the paper on the website please go to https://www.stampinup.com/products/plush-poinsettia-specialty-paper-?demoid=2008407. Here is a quick thumbnail so you know what I am talking about.

For this technique I grabbed my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends and began to color. To view the Stampin’ Blends please go to https://www.stampinup.com/products/cherry-cobbler-stampin-blends-combo-pack?demoid=2008407.

See how vibrant that makes that paper. Wow!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂