Giving back after the holidays.

It’s Friendship Friday and today is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I know during the holidays it is easy to give back. People almost expect it. But now it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions and to build the savings account back up. So I will ask you how do you give back when it is not obvious?

I know there is always a need for volunteers in several places. Here’s just a few locally…

  • 29 Palms Community Food Pantry
  • Reach Out Morongo Basin (helping seniors)
  • Concessions at Theatre 29
  • Boys & Girls Club in Yucca Valley

If you would like to get involved please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Let the paper talk.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day that I let the backgrounds speak for themselves. Sometimes I look at a piece of Designer Series Paper and say that is too busy. Instead look at how you can cut pieces out to make accents. It might be too busy as a whole but in pieces it could be beautiful. Or simply let the background speak for itself.

Sometimes the paper is busy enough to speak for itself. So when you look at the paper make sure to look at it as a whole, in pieces, or on its own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take your pick is a great pick up.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! While the Take Your Pick Tool is intended for picking up things like embellishments and little bits I am not sure it is intended for pulling things out of nooks and crannies. If you have a punched out piece that gets stuck consider using your tool. It grabs it without bending a corner.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Technique Tuesday!

It’s Technique Tuesday! Do you know how to attach a card to a gift bag? Take a piece of card stock at least an inch wider than the card. Then punch a narrow window so the card can hang. Make sure the card matches since it will be a large part of the decoration for the bag.

Lily Bag

If you would like to create this project on Friday please drop by Desert Rebel.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Plenty going on.

It’s Management Monday! The New Year’s Eve Party is tonight. If you are not able to make it then look on the weekly highlights for details on the bogo sale, paper share, ribbon share, and more.

If that’s not enough then stop by Desert Rebel on Friday the 4th any time from 2-5. You can create a gift bag with attached greeting card for $5.

Save the date for Card Class on January 8, 10, or 12.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting after working.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Do you know how rewarding a good rest is after working? How good it feels to stretch after a long run? How good a meal tastes after cooking half the day? Rest is so much sweeter after doing something.

How do you rest or celebrate the finish of a project? (Remember each response earns a reward point.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sale Saturday!

It’s Sale Saturday! The Year-End Closeout is almost over. Just a couple more days and then it is on to spring with the new catalog. If you would like to order please use host code HSGHDU3K by Wednesday at 7:30. If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

You have today to let me know if you are coming to the New Year’s Party. You will get first chance at the retiring products for a BOGO sale! The New Year’s Party is this Monday from 4-9:30. Drop in when you like and stay as long as you like.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Self care so you can give back.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I ran across the quote today about filling my cup first so I have some to pour out to others. It is very easy during the holidays to get drained by what I am supposed to do or people I am supposed to see. Sometimes it is even fun, but it is often too much. This will leave me drained and feeling like I am wrung out without much left.

So I decided to fill myself back up. I am reading again and am starting a new 35 day program called Mindset Reset by Mel Robbins. I have realized that so much of what happens is how I look at it and not what actually is going on. So it’s time for perspective to change. To get back to the ground floor. To fill my cup again.

If you want more information on this free reset program then contact me. I’ll send you the link and you can check it out for yourself. I want more joy in life and I am realizing it is often how I look at things. How is your perspective?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making dies a different shape.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ever wished that the big detailed die was in a different shape? Well then make it so. Cut the larger die with the detail in it and then run again with the correct shape. You will have the texture that you want along with the shape you desire. It’s a little more work but it will be exactly what you want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamping on tile.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Don’t forget that our ink works on tile, glass, fabric, and more. In this case Early Espresso was used to stamp the deer on a tumbled travertine tile that was not glazed. After it was clear-coated it was allowed to dry for about an hour.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂