Brayer to create a background.

Using the sponge brayer can be rather tricky.  I have had some say that they don’t like the lines it produces.  Well, today I am using those lines in my favor to create a background.  First, I took Pineapple Punch and rolled the entire strip.  Then it was Mango Melody and finally Poppy Parade.

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If you prefer the lines a little softer then just use your spritzer and add water.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Holiday Catalogs and Open House!

I just received my stack of Holiday Catalogs and I am preparing them for you!  On Saturday, August 18 from 10-2 there will be an Open House!  Stop by any time from 10-2.  There will be a drawing for a prize on Monday along with contests leading up to it.  Bring a friend!  There will be one project for FREE!  Come on out!

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There is an order closing tonight at 9 pm.  If you would like to help Jodi please use host code MFSRQVEM.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

I need a do-over.

Sometimes resting means going back to bed and starting over.  It is well known that, in general, most people do not get enough sleep.  So if you woke up this morning and felt hungover (and didn’t drink) or simply can’t shake the cobwebs out of your head, I give you permission for a do-over.  Go back to bed.  Set an alarm for two hours and hit reset.  Begin again.  Sometimes the best way to rest is to simply go back to bed.  Nighty-night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Bonus Days,Color Your Season, and Holiday Catalog!

Bonus Days are back!  So I will remind you if you are close to $50 in your order you may want to bump up to $50.  For every $50 you will get a $5 voucher to be used in September.  This offer is only good in August.

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Color Your Season is available only through the month of August!  If you are interested please contact me to order.

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And last, but not least, save the date for next Saturday from 10-2.  Drop by any time in there to pick up your copy of the new Holiday Catalog.  There will be a FREE project and a drawing with the winner announced on Monday.  Look for the invitation coming by Monday!

If you would like to order please use host code MFSRQVEM to help Jodi.  This order will be open until Monday at 9 pm.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me before Monday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Finding yourself by giving back.

Have you ever felt like you are wandering?  Can’t seem to find your purpose?  Then give back.  I have found that I am the most focused on what I need as well as others when I am giving back.  Not only does volunteering make you feel good, but it also gives you purpose when you wake up in the morning.  There is somewhere you need to be with someone who is depending on you.

There are so many ways to give back.  You can make favors for an event happening locally.  You can mail a card to someone unsuspecting.  You can pay for someone’s coffee, meal, whatever.  You can share a smile.  You can carve out an hour or two and just listen to someone that might need the time.

What is your favorite way of giving back?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When the littlest piece is the most important.

Sometimes the littlest piece is the most important.  In this case that little scrap from yesterday’s post became the anchor point to tie on the wire accent or ornament.

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To view the video and how to create this card as well as a preview of new products for the Holiday Catalog please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ujp4ofA6vo.

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 🙂

Mistakes become a new technique.

Yesterday as I was stamping quickly I messed up.  Instead of making precise and calculated measurements to not overlap with what I had just stamped, I stamped almost half of my stamp over what was already there.  At first I got frustrated, but then I looked at what I did.  Then I liked it.  My overlay became almost that of a plaid pattern.

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Don’t forget to even look at your mistakes.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A packed week.

Since last week was slow I guess we are making up for it this week.  Are you ready?  Because here we go.

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (twice) is Card Class!  Let me know when you are coming!  RSVP’s are still open for Thursday and both sessions on Saturday.

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On Tuesday evening is National Night Out.  If you want to look around or have a card for Penny you can find me at the Walmart parking lot.

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On Wednesday night is our time for Facebook Live.

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On Thursday evening a bunch of us are going to Alice in Wonderland to support one of our very own’s daughters that is playing the part of Tweedle Dum.

And thankfully, I think, that is all!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

The calm before the storm.

Have you ever looked at your calendar and almost held your breath because you see everything coming?  That is this week for me.  It always seems to get very busy right before school starts.  Band Camp, Card Class, National Night Out, Alice in Wonderland, and probably a few other things thrown in for good measure.  They are all good things, but they are all this week.

So what do you do to prepare yourself for a busy week?  Is there a “lucky” routine you do to help get through the week?  For me I plan, eat well, work out, and keep focused.  So tomorrow there will be some planning and some cutting.

The main change lately has been shifting my focus or perspective.  I am no longer saying that “I have to do…”.  I am now saying that “I am choosing to do…” or that “I get to do…”.  It’s amazing what power words have on your attitude and often your outcome.

Share your magic formula in the comments to stay focused.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂