Looking forward to rest as a country.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

I have to say that I find it difficult to truly rest as our country seems to be in a constant state of upheaval. So, for me, I tend to look at the past from a historic perspective to predict what will happen in the future.

The 1918 pandemic brought the wearing of masks and restricted freedoms. What followed? The roaring 20’s!

After World War II came the 50s full of poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and some would say the beginning of rock and roll music.

In the 60s came the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr followed by the summer of love and on it goes.

So I want to leave you with hope that this cycle will end and will leave us with a moment of respite until the next cycle begins.

Until then, continue to be kind.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Bonus Days and more!

It’s Sale Saturday! There’s plenty going on right now with Stampin’ Up!

For starters don’t forget that Bonus Days is happening right now! Spend $50 now until August 3 and get a coupon code emailed to you. For each $50 spent you will get a code worth $5 to be redeemed from August 4-31.

And don’t forget about the Clearance Rack!

If you don’t have your Annual Catalog yet from me please say so!

The Mini Catalog (formerly known as Holiday Catalog) is coming out soon! Let me know if you want your own copy!

You have an extra month to get your Christmas cards done this year since the Mini Catalog begins in August this season!

If you would like to order from the Annual Catalog, Clearance Rack, or New Customer Brochure please go to https://jonidaniel.stampinup.net. Click on shop now and make sure to use the host code BD39TH4B to help Jodi.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making your ripple.

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

As I have started in person classes again this week I am reminded how short life is. I am reminded how an actual hug can heal many ailments. I am reminded to be grateful and to be present. The one thing we will not get back is time.

One of the crafters was saying to me that she is tired of being overwhelmed. I don’t know if you can relate, but I can. As there is constant news and change I reminded to turn it off every so often. Unplug.

I bet you’re wondering how this relates to giving back. Here’s how.

With the constant bombardment of what seems to be bad news I am reminded to make positive impact where I am able. Since everything seems to be amplified right now I will remind you that the good things are too. That card that you mail just may be cherished or needed more than you think.

I would challenge you to find purpose in the little things. Mail the card, smile, and be kind. Be certain that the little things that create a ripple just might end up becoming a wave.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Letting the paper and dies shine.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I want to show you how to let the product shine.

For the first card I have let the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper do all the heavy lifting. The marbled background paired with the peony colored with our Stampin’ Blends (Magenta Madness and Just Jade used) makes for a marvelous card front.

And then for the second card I am amazed at how one simple die and an embossing folder can make the entire front of the card.

For this card the Perfect Parcels Dies and the new Brass Foil Sheets were used to create this gorgeous accent. Finish it off with the Die Cutting Machine and the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.

For a video on how these two cards were created as well as several other samples please go to https://youtu.be/W-a4YA8Yk2I.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces and parts make a whole.

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

Sometimes you have to cut up a large stamp into pieces and then re-create it. I am calling this my eclectic picasso sunflower.

It’s also another way to show off the new In Colors!

Have you ever created something similar?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using dies as the centerpiece.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are talking about letting the paper and dies shine through. Stamping doesn’t always have to be the center of attention, right?

So today I am taking the Perfect Parcels Dies and picking that one detailed border die that I seem to never use. It was always too short or too wide or just never seemed to fit, until today. I finally figured out to just use it as the accent piece or focus. I simply cut it out, embossed the outer mat, and then glued it back in.

To find out more please join me for tomorrow night’s Facebook Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Card Class is here!

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

I have finished preparing the Ribbon and Paper Share and it is being mailed out today! If you are picking up I will contact you to coordinate unless you get to me first. 🙂

Card Class is this week! Yes, an in person, real life class! Are you ready? Let me know what session you are attending.

If you would like to order there is an order being submitted tonight at 7:30! Please use host code 2VU23TSJ.

Thank you again for being part of this creative and crafty family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When to rest is important to know.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

Sometimes knowing when to rest is as important as taking time out. When you are farming you don’t take time to rest during your harvest. You reap what you have sown and do not give up until it is done. You do rest, however, after the harvest and let the field lay fallow for some time before planting again. This allows the ground to come back in to balance so it can yield another bountiful crop.

If you don’t rest, just like a field, when you should then your next harvest is not as abundant. It is important to know when to rest and for how long. Listen to your body and what your mind is telling you so you know when to push through or when to take a nap.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Bonus Days are here!


It’s Sale Saturday!

Bonus Days are here! For every $50 in product you order from July 1 – August 3 you will get a $5 coupon code that can be redeemed August 4 – 31.

Have you liked the catalog so far? I hope so. If not there is more coming. The Mini Catalog begins in August and runs through December. I will be asking this month if you would like your copy and who gets one for free!

If you would like to order online please go to http://stampingwithjoni.com and use host code 2VU23TSJ. This code will be up until Monday night.

Thank you again for being part of this crafty family!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Picking you up.

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

I don’t know about you but this pandemic I am equating to a grief cycle. One day you are okay and the next you might be a mess. It almost feels like right before Joel (hubby) deployed to Iraq. You are trying to hold it together but some days it is just not possible.

I am not writing this for pity or empathy. I am writing this to say we are all different people in different stages. When I was in my “down in the dumps” stage a little over a month ago I had several crafters that picked me up, dusted me off, and told me I would live another day. And to you, I say thank you.

Thankfully I am in an okay mindset now. The days seem to all run together but at least things are moving. Tara (my daughter) has started college (online) and Joel is somewhat back to work (bagpiping). As for me, I am getting back to working again and living in a schedule.

I know not all of you are in the same place and I want to remind you…it is okay. Process, take your time, but keep moving forward. I am here to listen or whatever else is needed. Check in with your friends and family. Send a card. But definitely show compassion.

So love one another, be human, and most of all, be kind.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂