Redemption is here.

It’s Sale Saturday and here is what is going on.

You have a little over two weeks to redeem your Bonus Days Coupon Codes. If you have lost the email with your codes please tell me. I can get them re-sent.

So besides it being redemption time the new Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Holiday Catalog) is live!

If you would like to order the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine you can wait until September 1 or you can sign up and get it NOW! Not only will you save a few weeks but you will also save on shipping. Let me know if you are interested.

When you place your order to get started for the holidays (Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, or Christmas) please use this link, https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=JBSNNYDJ which will be valid through Monday, August 17 at 7:30 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Changing with our times.

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

With everything going on do you feel numb? Have you stopped thinking? Have you stopped adapting? Are you just treading until things let up?

Here is why I ask. I was going through and searching for a new way to give back or pay it forward. There were many charts and quotes about get together with friends, pay for a movie, smile at a stranger, and on and on. All of these had one thing in common…people. Connecting with people.

So how in this day in age do you connect with people when you can’t touch, hug, etc.? Have you adapted? I am sending more cards but I often wonder how else to connect when you are commanded to stay at a “safe” distance.

What are your ideas?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Playing with shapes.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are talking about creating more with the same product. For these samples the Stitched Shapes Dies, Layering Oval Dies, and the Stitched Rectangle Dies were used.

I took a shape and cut four sizes. Then each of the shapes I cut in half to create the pattern. The base shapes I adhered with Stampin’ Seal. The sentiment was done with Dimensionals.

For complete instructions please go to https://youtu.be/rmCGgHzt_0c.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Jewels are not just for paper.

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

The gems, rhinestones, or pearls are not only good for cards, boxes, ornaments, and more; but they are also good for faces. Yes, faces.

Permission given by Patricia Zuniga for use of the photo.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Water three different ways.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are talking about creating the illusion of water in three different ways.

In the first photo I simply added Flowers for Every Season Gems.

In the second photo I simply punched out a piece of Seaside Spray Card Stock to create a blue background.

In the third photo I took the Mason Jar Shaker Dome and colored the inside of the jar with the Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Card Class and Stamp of the Week.

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

Card Class is happening this week! The deadline is tonight for Thursday’s session in Yucca Valley. You have until Wednesday night for Saturday’s sessions.

To order online please use the link https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=AV73TPGS by tonight at 7:30 pm.

Please save the date for Stamp of the Week which will run August 17-22. The featured stamp set will be Beautiful Autumn Cling Stamp Set on page 46 of the Mini Catalog.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes your kid knows best.

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

As I was sitting here trying to think about what to write my mind went blank. That’s not a good thing if you are trying to get your blog post up for the day. I had already searched through google and nothing was catching my eye.

So my daughter, Tara, was standing nearby and I asked her what it meant to rest. After nearly five months of being away from school and life as she knew it she simply said “do not rest too long”. I asked her what this meant. She said with being away from school (getting up and physically going) you tend to rest a lot. You stay in bed a bit longer. You don’t have to walk to class. You don’t have friends to chase you. No marching band.

So her words were ones of caution. If you rest too long your muscles atrophy and the routine things become difficult. So while rest is good when you are moving and doing be careful to not be sedentary too long. Keep moving.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Redemption is here!

It’s Sale Saturday! Here’s what is on sale or being promoted.

Bonus Days are done but don’t forget to redeem your coupon codes through August 31.

If you lost your coupon code please let me know so I can fix that for you.

The Mini Catalog has begun! If you would like to order online please go to https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=AV73TPGS. This link will be good until Monday night at 7:30 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Does it matter?

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

I want to remind you to not listen to those voices that say it doesn’t matter if I get the card done. It doesn’t matter if it goes out in the mail. It doesn’t matter if I text that friend. It doesn’t matter if I call my neighbor. It doesn’t matter… It doesn’t matter… Don’t listen to this.

It does matter if you get the card done. It does matter if it goes out in the mail. It does matter if I text that friend. It does matter if I call my neighbor. It does matter… It does matter… Listen to this!

I want to remind you that you may think that the card is insignificant but to the one receiving it might be the thing they need to change their whole day, week, or life. I know for me it was never the big things that made a difference but the little ones. It was the card or the phone call that kept me going.

I know you think it’s just a … fill in the blank. But think about how great this place would be if everyone tried to have an intent for good. If everyone mailed a card of encouragement what kind of impact that would be.

It may not be a lot that we can do but together it might be just enough. And to that one person you are affecting it might just be everything.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Monochromatic cards and partial die cutting.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating two cards. One has a monochromatic background and the other has partial die cutting to accent a border.

The monochromatic background is done by cutting out two detailed sunflower dies. They are then placed on the mat of the same color and attached with glue dots. After getting the background correct then you emboss with the die cutting machine. Dainty diamonds is used here.

Then the partial die cut card is done by cutting an outer mat of a lighter color (Pear Pizzazz) and an inner one of a darker color (Mossy Meadow). Take the darker one and cut out just on the edge. For this card the leaf framelit was used from the Sunflower Dies. After the leaf was stamped to accent the cutout.

For full instructions and a video please go to https://youtu.be/tDD-8qiCOZM.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂