Sometimes giving back is close to home.

When I post about giving back on a Friday it’s usually about an organization or someone far away that needs help.  This time it’s right here.  Right in our own crafty family.  One of the girls this week has been through a very painful sinus surgery.  She is recovering slowly but can use a little encouragement.  If you would like to send a card please contact me.  I will be sending out a package to her late next week.

Also this week one of the girls broke her ankle and it will take quite some time to heal.  She is off her feet and out of her craft room for quite a few weeks.  Please contact me to mail a card as well.

Most days we make a difference outside in the big world.  Now it’s time to make a difference with our very own.  Please stamp an extra card.  If I need to pick up just say so.

Here’s to impacting through encouragement right in our own family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Relay for Life

Sometimes the way to give back comes to you.  This year Relay for Life is in 29 Palms.  If you feel like donating in cash or greeting cards please drop them off.  I will stop by on Saturday evening to bring any remaining cards to be signed for Girls Love Mail.  I would encourage you to stop by and hear for yourself how this event touches others.

This event brings back perspective on what life is about.  It’s people.  I am planning on going just before dark.  I don’t know if I will walk, but I will help people to sign cards.  And rumor has it that there will also be funnel cakes.  I’m not sure if they will still be there but I sure hope so.  There are also several bands playing that I know personally that I can’t wait to hear in the open (and not in my living room).

Sometimes showing up is more than half of the battle.  I don’t know about you but I intend to show up.

Be present in this life because you never know if that moment will come again.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Shamrocks, glitter, and luck.

As St. Paddy’s Day gets closer I am finding other stamp sets to create some luck.  Last night on Facebook Live I created two more cards with shamrocks and no official shamrock stamps.  You just have to look sideways sometimes.

Here are the two cards and following is the link for the video.

And here is the link for the video.  https://youtu.be/pwPwyFEAayo

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes easy is what it takes.

I have done advanced cards, tutorials, classes, and more.  But sometimes keeping it simple is what it is all about.  Sometimes the card just needs to get in the mail.  Don’t always do a fancy fold.  Sometimes it’s the handwritten portion that someone will treasure.  So today I am encouraging you to keep a kit on hand whether it be from Paper Pumpkin, the catalog, or one you have put together.  I want you to be able to create a card quickly.

Here are the photos from last night’s facebook live as well as the link to youtube.  Enjoy and go create!

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tags can be cards.

Sometimes a tag can make an entire card.  Lots of Labels is used here to create this project.  Here’s how…

  1.  Cut 3 green dies.
  2. Cut 1 white one.
  3. Cut 1 patterned paper one.  Petal Palette is used in the sample.

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This is the back.  To finish glue the patterned piece and a center accent.  The Painted Harvest is used here.  You can also add words.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you feeling the love?

This is not my normal post for a Wednesday, but it’s Valentine’s Day.  Instead of a product being wacky today, I am.  I am sending out these two cards wherever you tell me to.  I am sure someone needs a valentine that won’t get one.

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The inside of the card will read “(Name of who responds) had you on their heart and wants you to know that you are loved.  Happy Valentine’s Day! Sincerely, Joni (signed for whomever)”.

Do you have someone that needs some happy mail?  Tell me by 3:00 pm today and I will get it out in the mail for you today.  Here’s to happy mail.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Lot to do…come on out!

There’s a bunch to do over the next few weeks.  Let me know when you are making it out!

There are drop in times today if you need to finish a project, have questions about a product, or just want to say hello.

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This week is Card Class!  There are still spots available in both sessions for Saturday.  Let me know which session you are able to make it to.  If you did not receive an invitation just say so.

On Saturday, February 24th from 10-2 you can create 16 birthday cards with a great box and perpetual calendar too!  Cost of the class is $35 and includes lunch.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 13th!  You will keep all 16 cards with envelopes as well as the box.  No hubbies, no kids, and no mess to clean up.

If you would like to order online please use host code 7QQDMWSK to help Serina.  This code is good through tonight.

If you miss tonight’s then please use host code SZXYV3G9 to help Lisa.  This code is good through Tuesday night.

I hope that’s enough to keep you busy.  Let me know if I am missing something.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Lots going on in the next two weeks.

Has your year been off to a slow start?  Mine too!  Well, not any more.  Let’s go!

There are 7 events in the next 2 weeks for you!

  1.  Come on out on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 5:30-9 pm. We will be creating 5 greeting cards to encourage. If you would like to donate any cards to Girls Love Mail Sandy will be mailing them.  I will have extra cards to sign and send off as well.  Dinner will be served. The cards and dinner will be buffet style. Cost is $15 per guest. Please RSVP no later than Saturday, January 27th! Thank you for rsvp’ing.  I am looking forward to this great and uplifting event!
  2. Come on out on Thursday, February 1st from 5:30-8 pm!  We will be creating 4 Valentine’s Day treats!  There will be alternate greetings available, especially for the card.  Cost for the class is $10.  There will be dinner provided by Serina.  No hubbies, no kids, and no mess to clean up.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 30th to Serina or me.  See you on the 1st!
    If you would like photos of the projects please reply with “photos please”.
  3. Come on out to create a wine bottle holder, pop and twist card, and a wood textured card on Saturday, February 3rd from 10-1. This class is a little bit different because you get to keep the stamp set!  You order the stamp set Half Full and the class is included.  All of the pre-orders count towards helping Lisa earn FREE product!  If you order the wood mount stamp the class is $40 and for clear-mount $30.  When you RSVP please specify wood or clear-mount.  (If you already have the Half Full stamp set please contact me for alternate options.) Lisa is providing the food and I will have the projects ready for you!  Please RSVP before Thursday, January 25th at noon.  See you on the 3rd! 
  4. You can order finished greeting cards (3 for $10) or you can come make them on Tuesday, February 6th from 10:00 am -1:00 pm, Thursday the 8th from 10-1 in Yucca Valley, Saturday from 9-12, or Saturday from 3-6. Cost for the class is $10 or FREE for team members. You will get fed snacks and drinks, but not a meal. Come put your own personal touches to your cards. There is a limit of 8 crafters.  No hubbies, no kids, and no mess to clean up. Please RSVP by Friday, February 2nd!  See you on the 6th!   If you would like a picture of the cards and don’t have access to facebook simply reply and I will send them to you. 

I am still taking RSVP’s for Serina’s Class as well as the Card Class (#2 and #4).  See you soon!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Crystals and magic.

Have you tried the new Brusho product?  I took photos during the entire process so you would know how to use it when you order it.  So let’s figure out how to make those crystals melt and become part of your magical day.

First, you will need to tape down your piece of glossy white cardstock to some kind of tray.  I used washi tape but painters tape can also be used.  I would not recommend masking tape as it tore no matter how slow I pulled.

Second, spritz with water lightly.

Third, sprinkle the brusho crystals.  Spritz with water to get the look you want.

Tip:  Poke the top of the brusho bottle with a thumb tack.  Pull out the pin when ready to use and replace when done.

While waiting for the background to dry stamp your accents.  Here is the wizard and a sentiment.  Then die cut or punch.

To create the “stars” use an aqua painter filled with water.  In the lid of the whisper white craft pad put about 3 drops of the re-inker.  Squeeze some water out of the aqua painter to create a solution that is fairly runny.  Dip your aqua painter in the contents of the lid and “spray” the background.  I lightly tapped the pen against my finger to get the speckles.

Tip:  Make sure nothing is nearby as it “splashes”.

Let it dry completely and spray to seal with hairspray.  Enjoy your card!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni:)

Ready or not, here they come…

Ready or not, here the events come!  There are some great classes on their way!

Serina’s Valentine Favors Class — Come on out on Thursday, February 1st from 5:30-8 pm!  We will be creating 4 Valentine’s Day treats!  There will be alternate greetings available, especially for the card.  Cost for the class is $10.  There will be dinner provided by Serina.  No hubbies, no kids, and no mess to clean up.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 30th to Serina or me.  See you on the 1st!

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Lisa’s Half Full Class — Come on out to create a wine bottle holder, pop and twist card, and a wood textured card on Saturday, February 3rd from 10-1.

This class is a little bit different because you get to keep the stamp set!  You order the stamp set Half Full and the class is included.  All of the pre-orders count towards helping Lisa earn FREE product!

If you order the wood mount stamp the class is $40 and for clear-mount $30.  When you RSVP please specify wood or clear-mount.  (If you already have the Half Full stamp set please contact me for alternate options.)

Lisa is providing the food and I will have the projects ready for you!  Please RSVP before Thursday, January 25th at noon.  See you on the 3rd!

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And last, but not least, the next Card Class will be on February 6, 8, or 10 so save the date!

I hope that’s enough to get your week off to a great start!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂