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Where it goes.

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

Last week I talked about finding out where your money goes by looking up corporations. Well, let me be transparent with you. My money goes to putting gas in the car to deliver orders, paying for my daughter’s education, and keeping the lights on so we can have classes and events. There is some that goes back to you with VIP events, Christmas parties, and more.

Have you looked up any company that you regularly buy from? Were you surprised at the results?

I have to say that I didn’t look up where the money goes but I did look up companies that their products are made in America. I went to https://americansworking.com/ to see what was made right here. Did you know there is also a Made in America Store? There are physical stores or a website which can be found at https://madeinamericastore.com/.

Here’s to finding out where things are made.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Peaceful Prints Challenge #3 (and Final)

This is the third blog post you are looking for. Drumroll please…

Here are the contest details. Take one pack of Peaceful Prints 12X12 Specialty Designer Series Paper and hold it to the side for this contest as well as another contest on October 1st and another on the 15th. Each challenge or contest will last two weeks until the next one is announced. For every entry you will get a ticket with your name on it placed in the raffle jar. The three raffle prize winners will be announced at noon on Monday, November 1.

If you do not have a pack of this paper please contact me as I have some extras.

So, what are the prizes? Stamps, of course. There is one stamp set of the Delicate Dahlias and two of the In Your Words from the host section. The first winner will have first pick and so on.

So here is the third challenge for you. Create as many projects (cards, 3D, favors, tags, etc.) from the Peaceful Prints paper as you would like that are Christmas-y. So bring on the reindeer, red and green combos, snowflakes, etc. Each project gets one raffle ticket in the jar. All products need to be current Stampin’ Up! products. No retired please.

Take a picture of your project(s) and post a comment on the pinned post on the Facebook page, https://facebook.com/StampingWithJoni. Each comment with a project will get you one ticket. Please only post one project per comment. If you post multiple photos in one comment you will only get one ticket. You have until midnight of Sunday, October 31st to post. (Yes, I am closed. Tickets will be tabulated on Monday morning, November 1st.) The winner will be announced right here on Monday the 1st at noon.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Santa Tag Kit & Treat Bags

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is not much of a tutorial since it’s a kit, but I thought you’d want to know what it looks like unboxed. Here are the in’s and out’s of the new Santa Tag Kit (https://www.stampinup.com/products/love-santa-tag-kit?hostcode=GGQ7FZ3K) & Treat Bags (https://www.stampinup.com/products/love-santa-treat-bags?hostcode=GGQ7FZ3K).

They are cute and well done. When I say this I mean the die cuts are easy to punch out, the directions can be followed easily, and the whole kit is easy to create.

Please watch the video to see these tags completed in real time and also a bonus card at https://youtu.be/Yut6gZFlXa0. Comment on the video by Tuesday the 19th and order the kit to get a set of the Treat Bags FREE!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Medicine bottles used for fun.

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

Did you know that your medicine bottle can be used for more than medicine? And I might be stretching it…but I would venture to say even for fun.

Grab your empty medicine bottle and use it to hold your Multipurpose Glue. If you don’t want it to tip then place a few Mini Glue Dots on the bottom of the bottle to help stabilize it.

If you decide to use one of these “fancy” Multipurpose Glue holders please take a photo and post to my page, https://facebook.com/StampingWithJoni. Just make sure to take off the label so sensitive information is not photographed as well.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Small stamps to form a background.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to show you how a small stamp can form a background.

When using a small stamp you will have to repeat stamping to make a pattern or background. Stamp them all the same, in different colors, or in an ombre pattern.

This particular card I used Basic Gray and stamped off to create this pattern.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Open Day Sessions and Card Class

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

I am here and ready for you during Open Day Sessions! Yes, it’s a holiday, but not a major one, so I am open.

Do you know about the Peaceful Prints Challenge? Take a look at the details at https://stampingwithjoni.com/2021/10/01/peaceful-prints-challenge-2/. If you don’t have a pack of paper please contact me.

Save the date for Card Class this Saturday from 10-1 or 3-6 or next Thursday in Yucca Valley from 10-1!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget that the Clearance Rack has been updated this week!

It’s all in how you do it.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest so you can be recharged for the week.

Do you know yourself? Do you know if you are naturally an introvert, extrovert, or a combination? Knowing this is very important so you know how to recharge.

An introvert will stay home and read a book or do something to not involve people usually.

An extrovert will want to be with people. You will often find them calling a friend to go to dinner or to hang out.

And then there are the combination people like me. I am an extrovert and love hanging out and being around people. But there comes a time when I need to just be quiet. When I need to get cleaning or work done I generally am an introvert. I like being social but tend to not be able to get a ton of thinking done when I am talking with others.

So what kind of person are you? Know yourself so you can recharge.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Santa Tag Kit is Available!

It’s Sale Saturday!

The new Santa Tag Kit is now available! The Project Collection is $26 and includes the pieces to create 12 tags, stamps, block, and 12 cute cello bags.

If you would like to order online please use the link https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=GGQ7FZ3K. This link will be good through Friday, October 15 at 7:30 pm.

Please remember that even though Sale-A-Bration is over the Mini Catalog is still good through December.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget about the Clearance Rack that was just updated!

Finding out who gives back and where.

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

Imagine yourself needing or wanting something. You walk into the building or website and you begin to shop. When you’re finished you check out and then you begin to wonder. “Where does this company spend their profits?” “Am I helping or hurting my own beliefs by supporting them?”

There are so many ways to find out where the money goes. You can look up that company and request their financials. This is probably the most cumbersome way of going about this. There are so many sites reporting on specifically this that I don’t know how anyone can do anything without someone knowing about it.

Just to give an example, I googled “corporations that give back”. There are pages and pages. One article stood out. Tony Robbins is a life coach for mental, physical, and career well-being. He wrote in this article about AirBnB, SoulCycle, Starbucks, Salesforce, and Patagonia to name a few. I would encourage you to read the article at https://www.tonyrobbins.com/giving-back/companies-give-back/.

I would also encourage you to do a simple internet search for “does (company name here) give back?”. There is so much information out there it is hard to not get overwhelmed. But please, if it’s important to you, look it up.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to emboss resist.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I want to show you how to emboss resist.

Do you remember those pictures you did as a kid or maybe your kids did with the crayons and watercolors? You colored with crayon where you didn’t want the paint to soak in.

Well, today, we are doing almost the same thing. We are taking card stock and embossing powder to create a resist and then applying ink.

For a complete video on this technique please go to https://youtu.be/w9jqnTc8290. When you comment before Tuesday the 12th you will also get full written instructions.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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