It’s okay to be crooked.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I hear from many of you while you craft say that it’s not perfect. Well…it’s handmade. 🙂 One of my crafters would say “better done than perfect” (miss you Fran since you moved away).

My point is if you can’t do it straight then don’t. Make crafting work for you, not the other way around. If you don’t like bows then do knots instead. There is always another option.

Here is my answer to not being straight…don’t be.

Do it so crooked that it looks “perfect”.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Card Class, Cheryl, and Open House!

It’s Management Monday! Here’s what’s happening this week (and a little of next…).

Card Class invitation is out! Let me know when you will be attending.

Cheryl’s class in Yucca Valley is next week on the 14th.

Save the date for the Holiday Catalog Open House on Saturday, August 17 starting at 10 am!

If you would like to order please use host code 3EDTMSUU until tonight. If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest is a good thing.

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

It’s amazing to me how a couple hours, days, weeks, whatever you have taken off can sharpen the mind. A change of scenery does the body and mind so good.

Recently I took a week off and was amazed how a little extra sleep and the smell of a forest with actual trees (I live in the desert where the color brown is perfected) can be a game changer.

This week, however, I am back to it and am planning a bunch to get ahead. I love how putting in the work and doing some much needed planning and preparation can ease my mind for the rest of the week.

So what do you do to sleep better at night? What’s your favorite get-away?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Remember to redeem your Bonus Days Vouchers!

It’s Sale Saturday! Since August has begun so has the redemption period for the Bonus Days vouchers! If you have any problems with them or simply want to place an order through me please forward me your codes so I can add them to your order.

If you would like to order online please use host code 3EDTMSUU to help me re-stock the rewards basket. This code will be good through Monday evening at 7:30.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Choosing to look at the bright side.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Do you ever look at someone and say “wow, I wish I was their friend”? Some people are truly just the sunshine in the rain. No matter what you throw at them they will find the good in it.

I am not telling you to be fake, but sometimes it truly is at how you look at things and your expectations. Here’s a video on whether it helps you or hurts you.https://www.ted.com/talks/tali_sharot_the_optimism_bias#t-226089.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Only a little Christmas.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today’s card is created by only having a little bit of Christmas stamps. The Holiday Catalog is coming!

To learn how to create this card please go to https://youtu.be/fwrWMt-GQ5M.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using a bone folder for more than folding.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today I am talking about the bone folder. This is a great tool to have to crease folds, evenly spread ink, or even curl ribbon or paper. But, would you guess, that it could be used for your hair?

Now I would not have guessed for it to be put in your hair but here it is.

Obviously this is a screenshot of someone else since my hair is super short, but you get the idea.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making sure your paper is dry.

It’s Technique Tuesday! On Saturday for the Anniversary Party we dropped ink on watercolor paper, let it dry, and punched out a shape for the card. If you are punching out your shape after you watercolor (instead of before) make sure that the paper is really dry. If it is still damp then the punch won’t cut as sharp and you will have fuzzy edges.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Happenings of the week.

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

Please remember that the Christmas in July classes are canceled this week. I am still waiting for supplies that got lost in the mail. 🙁

If you would like to order to help Lisa Lee-Briggs out please use host code EDKAEJTF or contact me to place your order before 7:30 tonight.

Bonus Days are almost over (3 days left) so make sure to order to get your coupon for August.

Save the date for Card Class on August 6, 8, or 10. Flyer coming soon.

Save the date for Cheryl’s Class on August 14 from 10-1 in Yucca Valley.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Anniversary Recap

Thank you to all those that came out to celebrate with me!


Here are the winners from the contest and the challenge. The prize is your choice of a stamp set $20 or less. (If you choose more than $20 you pay the difference.)


Never Have I Ever Game — Penny Baumann had the most points with 14. Congratulations Penny! Jan Delashmit won for the most correct points guessing for me. Congratulations Jan!


The Facebook Challenge winner was Cheryl Merzenich. Congratulations Cheryl!


Please contact me to claim your prize!

For those of you that played the Never Have I Ever Game…here are my answers.

  1. I have accidentally glued a card shut.
  2. I have adhered the cardfront upside down.
  3. I have stamped inside the wrong direction.
  4. I have gotten a card back for more postage (and none at all).
  5. I have cut my Dimensionals in half to get more.
  6. I have cleaned a stamp on my jeans or pajamas.
  7. I have not borrowed a set and never gave it back.
  8. I have run out of adhesive and used school glue.
  9. I have punched shapes out from under a mat.
  10. I have bought a set for only one stamp.
  11. I have stayed up past 1 am crafting.
  12. I have not accidentally attached a cardfront to both sides of a card base.
  13. I have not watered down my Stampin’ Mist cleaner.
  14. I have cut myself with Paper Snips (and many other things too).
  15. I have burned my fingers while embossing.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂