Space for rest.

Have you ever googled or searched for rest?  I typed in the word “rest” and up comes many images.  There are the traditional beach scenes, hammocks with a gentle breeze, lists on why rest is good for you, and much, much more.

The one that caught my eye is the traditional rest stop sign.  This reminds me to make sure there is an area of my life that is blocked off for rest.  If I don’t give myself permission to rest, I won’t.  Make sure to have a designated exit for rest.  If you don’t take it the next rest stop may not be for 287 miles.

What is your area for rest?  Is it a certain spot in the house?  Is it your craft room?  Is it the kitchen and cooking your favorite meal?  How do you set aside time or space to rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

4th of July Promotion, Free Ink Pads, and Host Codes!

Just a reminder that the 4th of July promotion through me runs until Monday night at 9 pm.

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Please remember to use the host code to get your sales tax refunded by me.

If you haven’t heard there is a great bonus if you sign up to be a demonstrator right now.  The kit is $99 with tax but no shipping.  This is not the great part.  You get $125 worth of product for that $99.  This is not the great part either.  Here’s the bonus…you get to pick one color family or stack of ink pads for FREE!  The only requirement is that you have to buy $300 per quarter.  You get a 20% discount guaranteed.  There is no negative impact on your credit if you quit.  You don’t have to teach.  You don’t have to do anything except sell or purchase $300 per quarter.  That’s it.  There are really no negatives with Stampin’ Up!  Let me know if you would like to meet and ask me more questions.  Here’s the flyer for this promotion.

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There is also a paper promotion going on right now.

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Contact me for the list of which papers are on this great promotion.

I hope this is enough to keep you going.  Please contact me with any questions you might have.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Mentorship is a huge way to give back.

Have you ever seen someone that is trying so hard but just can’t seem to get it?  Ask yourself if the time is right to mentor someone.

I asked someone “why mentor”?  And their answer was remarkable, yet simple.  “To shape the future.”

If I don’t like how the next generation is thinking, working, whatever maybe it’s my turn to help.  If you don’t teach the next one then I will be doing that job forever.  It won’t be done the “right” way.  Whatever the reason is, we are here to help each other.

I got a good taste of this help from a dear friend of mine this week.  He agreed to take my daughter under his wing for her first job.  He has been training her and showing her the ropes as some would say.  It’s been amazing to see the difference in her.  I just hope it has been beneficial for him too.  Time will tell as it is said.

I have amazing, dynamic, hard-working friends.  I am hoping I live up to this as well.  Remember friendship is a two-way street.  To attract amazing people you have to aspire to be one yourself.

I am humbled by what people are willing to give.  What will you give to create impact today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tufted Card Tutorial

Here are the directions for the tufted card that was created this week.

  1. Cut a piece of thick white cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  2. Cut a piece of gold foil paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Grab a piece of whisper white cardstock from the scrap pile.
  4. Take the gold foil paper and run through the Big Shot with the Tufted Embossing Folder.  Make sure to line up the paper with the line on the folder.  The front of the folder is where the words “Sizzix” are.
  5. Stamp the scrap piece of cardstock with Berry Burst.  The lace background is stamped off once to create a lighter color.  All stamps are from the host set called Very Vintage.  (If you would like this set please contact me to host.)
  6. Run the white scrap through the Big Shot with the label die from the Stitched Labels Framelits dies.  These coordinate with the Very Vintage stamp set.
  7. Use snail adhesive to attach the gold foil to the white base.  Use dimensionals to attach the sentiment to the gold foil.20180702_123543_wm.jpg

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A little off the beaten path.

You know that I usually don’t follow the path that is usual.  I often will find adventure in the everyday routine.  So today I figured we could not do our Wacky Wednesday and simply talk about freedom.  I know it’s cliché since it is the 4th of July, but often times what is expected is the last thing you will find.

The definition of freedom is…

1the quality or state of being free: such as

a the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

b liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another independence
c the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous 

  • freedom from care
d unrestricted use 

  • gave him the freedom of their home
e easefacility 

  • spoke the language with freedom
f the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken 

  • answered with freedom
g improper familiarity
h boldness of conception or execution
2a a political right
I find the definition of freedom from care to be most meaningful to me at the moment.  To me this means freedom from worry or thought of being judged.  After living overseas I find this to be very true.  When I lived in Italy I was constantly thinking of how I was dressed and how people would see me.  Now don’t take this the wrong way.  I was not worried of what people thought.  I was worried that if I looked too “American” I could get robbed easier or taken advantage of.  I did not want to stick out.  I find it very freeing to finally be back in southern California where I fit culturally and not have to worrry about sticking out.  If I do that is fine because I know it is home.
Freedom can mean many things to many people.  What does it mean to you?
Happy Crafting!
With inky fingers,
Joni 🙂

Some tips for the tufted embossing folder.

I bet some of you are looking at the catalog and asking yourself how to line up the cardstock in the Tufted Embossing Folder so the image is not crooked.  There is a line to help with that and it works.  I took some pictures to help with this.  This sample is using the gold foil paper.

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Stay tuned on Thursday for the finished card with tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Updated holiday hours, promotions, and Christmas in July

For those of you wondering…I will only be closed on Wednesday the 4th.  This means no Facebook Live on Wednesday evening.  Everything else is the same for this week.

Drop in times will happen today from 10:30-12:30 or 6:30-8:30.

Be watching tomorrow as the July 4th promotion will be announced.

Save the date for the Christmas in July kick-off on July 14.

If you would like to order by tonight at 9 pm the host code to use is 2JNVZHEX for online ordering.  If you prefer to order in person contact me or drop by at the times stated above.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by focusing.

As many of you know I am married to a professional musician.  And for those of you that know me even better, you know that my daughter is a budding musician as well.  With that being said I am pulling our segment on rest today straight from the staff lines of a musical score.

Do you know the purpose of a rest in music?  It is to give emphasis on a certain section (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) while other sections are quiet.  It is also used after a difficult section in the music to allow the muscles to regain their composure so tone does not suffer.

So, you are probably asking what this has to do with crafting.  I want to remind you that it is okay to rest, especially after a huge project is finished or if it is just not coming together.  The ability to rest might just give you the edge to regain focus and create a masterpiece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Community yard sale!

Today I am at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge for their Community Yard Sale from 7-1!  Come on out and beat the heat.  I will have crafty items for sale, retired stamps at a reduced price, and a door prize for everyone.

Be watching on Tuesday for the weekly highlights as I will be announcing the 4th of July promotion.

The Stampin’ Blends are now available!

If you would like to order online please use host code 2JNVZHEX.  If you prefer to order in person please contact me.  This week’s code is available through Monday night at 9 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂