Stampers Dozen Blog Hop – Non-Traditional Christmas

The rules are simple… Christmas projects:  NO RED / NO GREENNo shades of red / no shades of green.

But this is Christmas!  How can you do Christmas without the red and the green?  Oh my, dear one…  We are here to show you!

Truth be told, I am pretty sure that I took the easy way out this month.  I mean, after all, I picked one stamp set to showcase. Yep… just one!  You see, this month it’s all about the colors.  And, I think that this set is one that doesn’t ever need to be showcased in red and green.  In fact, I think red and green may be a bit harder to incorporate with this  one.

The stamp set I am talking about is the STAR OF LIGHT (#142110). This set has great sentiments and beautiful images.

No red or green here… Instead you will find Fresh Fig!  And of course, some silver tossed in for good measure!

Hers is a close up on that star.  The detail is dazzling!

And, did you know you can emboss ribbon?  I mean, I knew you could stamp on it… Turn it colors even… But I’ve never seen embossing on it…  But lookie there.  Of course, don’t look too close as it is not my best embossing work!

Let’s take a look at some more …

Another purple and silver.  I just love that color combination… don’t you?!?

Oh look at that!  Would you have ever thought that browns were Christmas colors?  I guess when you add copper and beautiful images, you are bound to get a great looking project!  (Truth be told, I was inspired by Carol Payne’s card!  I had a sneak peek at it a last week!)

And finally… Blue and gold.  Another one of my favorite color combinations.  I guess I spent too many years as a cub scout mom!  For the background, I started with Whisper White and embossed the stars with white embossing powder.  Then, I sponged on layers or Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, and Basic Black.  Then, since I didn’t have a tissue handy to wipe the ink off the embossed stars, I wiped it with a baby wipe.  Of course, that took off some of the ink… But I love the way it turned out!

Well, that’s it from me this month…Hop on over to see what Patty Chenail has to offer you!

Or, if you are going the other direction… hop back to Debbie Naylor had up her sleeve this month.

Until next time… Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stamp-a-what-a-mus?

Stamp-a-saurus…?

Stamp-a-potamus…?

Stamp-a-lot easier!!!

That’s exactly what the STAMPARATUS can do for you!

Introducing the new stamp positioning tool from Stampin’ Up!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Do you need some product details?  Well, here you go…

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD

If you are anything like me and dying to get your hands on this great new tool… the reservation window is now open and will remain open until December 30, 2017.

But you will need to know a couple of important things…

You must have a credit card to reserve your Stamparatus but it will not be charged until the product ships in March.

Speaking of shipping… they will be shipped on a first in / first out priority.  That means the sooner you reserve it, the sooner they will ship it to you.

They will not be closing this reservation window early. (If you are up on your latest Stampin’ news, you will know that the first reservation window was for a limited number of units that were gone in 15 minutes).  If they sell 100, or 1,000,000, the window will remain open for the full length promised.

And, most importantly… this is your last chance to reserve a Stamparatus before made available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog in June.  Do not wait… RESERVE TODAY!!!

Not sure about it yet… well, check out the Stampartus in action!

Five Must Know Things about the STAMPARATUS

Ready to reserve but not sure the steps…  Check out this cheat sheet!

US_Stamparatus_Customer_Reservation_Tutorial

Ready now?  Visit my online store

RESERVE HERE

(Click the SHOP NOW button)

Yay!!!

Let me know if you were successful or if you need some help!

Until next time…  Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

 

 

 

 

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop: HOLIDAY TAGS

Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for November 2017. This month our theme is Holiday Tags!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – JOANNE CANTRELL at KEEP IT SIMPLE, STAMPERS or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

This cute little set of tags is perfect.for gift giving!

Here are the close ups…

And finally, a cute little box to put them in!

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently, you are at my blog – JOANNE CANTRELL at KEEP IT SIMPLE, STAMPERS, so check the blog hop line up list below to see who is next on the list.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Sympathy/Get Well

 

Welcome to the monthly Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from the United States.

This month is all about sympathy.  The projects will feature get well, sorry, and sympathy sentiments.  While these cards are not given for fun.. they are always needed and will provide a light in the darkness that someone is treading through.

Stampin’ Up offers several stamp sets that contain sentiments perfect for sending to those you love in their time of need.  Because I am bit of a strange goose, one of my favorites set is Here for You.  I love the cheeky little sentiments!

But, today, I went with one you may not think of first and one that literally screams “Sorry”.

So, first one…

I used the Silver Lining sentiment from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to set the mood for this card.  Using the various colors of gray gives it a bit of a sad feeling, but each of the clouds have silver embossed linings!  Can you see what else I have added?  How about a closer look?

Do you see them now?  The texture on the rain drops?

SPOILER ALERT…  those are new epoxy shapes from the coming 2018 Occasions Catalog.  Are they not just the cutest things ever???  They come with two sheets containing circles and drops – one with glitter and one without!  If you need a catalog and are in the USA, just drop me a note…  🙂

And now, my other card for this hop…

This card uses the go-to Sorry for Everything stamp set.  There are so many different combinations of sorry sentiments that can be made with this set.  If you don’t already own it, you really need to!  This card features a simple black and white color scheme.  I added texture with the leaf punch… Sure hope that one carries over!  And what about that DSP?  Don’t you just love it?  It’s another SNEAK PEEK from the 2018 Occasions Catalog!

So, if you are wondering how I already have items from the new catalog that hasn’t even been released yet… it is a PERK of being a demonstrator. But, a little more than that… it is the perk of being a demonstrator that went to OnStage, our twice-a-year convention that is always tons of fun!

If you have ever thought about being a demonstrator, now if the time to join… You can add new catalog items to your starter kit beginning Dec. 1.  Just contact me and I can help you out!!!

Well, I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day – even though they were sad-reason cards! You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!”

#IIBH if you’re into hashtags.

Oh, before I forget and if you are interested…  I have got some project sheets for you!

Proj Sheet – Sorry

Proj Sheet – Silver Lining

So, here is the list of bloggers… Hop along now!



Until next time… Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

 

 

Foiled Again!

I know, I know… I used that joke yesterday.. so how about these then…

Okay – so I may have been in a quirky mood when I created those…  But other than Snidley Whiplash and Batman & Robin…  Those are what I thought of when I started this Foil thing…

So, I am not sure if I ever mentioned how much a putter-offer I am.  I don’t really mean to procrastinate.  In fact, I don’t think you can even call it that…  It’s called busy beyond my years!  Last week was a very hectic week… leading into this week that is even worse…

After a few relaxing days in Salt Lake City attending OnStage Live, an annual Stampin’ Up fun fest that includes special demonstrations, new product make-n-takes, and the Shelli & Sara show that is open only to demonstrators, I hit the ground running back at home Monday morning.  We are gearing up for the Christmas shopping season at my part-time gig (Yankee Candle) and collection Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes at my full-time job. Toss Stamp Campo on Thursday and a small Vendor event on Saturday and it’s no wonder I was in my craft room until 1pm last night….   My crazy hectic life leaves little time for my passion.. STAMPIN’.

Needless to say, I had finished my Foil creations at 8:45pm last night for the Hop that went live at 9pm.  So, the photos weren’t great and I had some issues with uploading good photos.  Since I promised to post the projects I didn’t get on the hop…  here they are!

This fun little treat bag was created using the Mini Gift Bag Thinlits (#137547).  I added a 2″ circle of Silver Foil and some labels punched from Soft Sky along with some Soft Sky ribbon.  The sentiment is for the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  And – SPOILER ALERT – that shredded foil is actually a new product that will be available in the 2018 Occasions Catalog!

Plain and simple… that’s what this cute little gift box is.  I used the Window Box Thinlits (#142762) to make the box.  This Foil Frenzy DSP is really great for packaging because it is a little thicker than your normal DSP.  The sentiment came from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  It nestled beautifully into the center of the bow.

And, speaking of the bow… I didn’t take any photos, but here is how I created it…

First, I wrapped ribbon around the box and secured it to itself using a couple glue dots… that way you can slide it off. Then, I created six loops from the ribbon.  It was maybe cut 2″ or so… folded like a cancer ribbon and held together with a glue dot. Next, I punched a small circle… I think it was like 1″ but can’t remember off hand.  I covered that with Fast Fuse.  I then attached the loops to the circle.

One tip I will add…  See the white circle in the bow… that is the circle that I adhered the loops too… It is just turned over.  I thought it looked better than the other side.  So, I punched a smaller circle of Soft Sky to draw in your attention.  Did it work?

And, I will just add that it is not a blurry photo!  The sentiment was stamped in Soft Sky, then I decided to do it in silver embossing, so I stamped it so that the Soft Sky would be like a shadow!

So, if you have made it this far… I have another little treat for you!

A bonus project made with some of the scraps!

This is a teeny tiny 2″ x 2″ tag made using the scrap cut from the Box Card.  The sentiment comes from the Eastern Beauty set – since it was sitting out.  And, you can’t tell, but those smaller circles are in silver… and they really aren’t full circles.  They were cut form a scrap and are maybe half circles or less.  This would be perfect to add to someone’s little thank you gift.

And, there you have it…  all my super secret Foil Frenzy projects that I couldn’t post yesterday.  If you missed the other projects…  Click the link below!

FOIL, FOIL, FOIL

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stampers Dozen Blog Hop – Foil, Foil, Foil

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  Today, it’s all about the foil.

Not sure about you… But when someone mentions foil, my mind hops to images of Batman and Robin…  Walk with me there for a moment!

Did you not read that in the characters voice?  No?  It’s just me, huh!?!

Well then I guess we will move right along…

Here are my offerings for you.  I have used the Sky Blue patterns from the Foil Frenzy DSP.  I accented it with Sky Blue, Whisper White, and Basic Black Cardstock.  I also added sparkley embellishments and ribbon.

Enjoy!

Thanks for looking!  You may notice that two of the projects in the group photo are missing.  I am having a bit of technical difficulty with those photos but will post them tomorrow after the kinks are worked out… So, in the infamous words of Snidley Whiplash…

**UPDATED**  Here is the link to the page with the other two projects and a BONUS one that is not in the picture (because it was buried under the scraps!

FOILED AGAIN

Hop on along and check out Patty’s and Debbie’s foil projects!

Until next time… Keep it simple, Stamper’s!

🙂 Joanne

 

 

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop: GIVE THANKS

Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for October 2017. This month our theme is GIVE THANKS!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – JOANNE CANTRELL or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

We are quickly, more quickly than I would.like to admit, approaching the season of thanksgiving here in America.  While.we should be thankful all year long, this is the time of year where thankful essential is in the air!  And I am thankful you stopped by!

Here are my offerings for you today!

Quick and easy…  1″ strips of that lovely acorn pattern from the Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper.  Add a little copper ribbon and you’ve got a card!

This is a simple vanilla and gold card.  After I embossed the pine  planks on the card front, I gently rubbed with my versa-mark pad  and embossed with gold powder. . Added some golf foil  leaves and a gold embossed sentiment and had a finished card in not time.

This one uses the little checked pattern paper for the color inspiration.  A few Cajun Craze maple leaves on Very Vanilla cardstock.   A couple circles. Some DSP.  A few leaves punched with the great Leaf punch.  That’s all it took to create this card!

Here is a simple Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede color combo bases on the square of DSP peeking through the window.  It really shines in this design!.  And , better yes this card actually used leftovers from the next card.

And my final card for you today…  A simple but elegant pumpkin.  After I cut the pumpkin and vines using the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits, I sponged the edges with Old Olive.  This step added texture and depth that wasn’t there before.  I pieced it back together and added it to the oval layers.  Tied a cute little bow from the burlap ribbon and I was done!

Well, that is all I have for you today!  Thank you for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many more amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – JOANNE CANTRELL, so check the blog hop line up list below to see who is next.

Thanks for stopping by.  Now hop along, little bunny!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Cards Sketch #9

I don’t know about you all, but I have been suffering from the dreaded sinus stuff that has been going around our town.  Truth be told, I have had something sinus-y going on since June… But it is on full strength over the past couple days.

Not feeling well on top of it being cold and rainy here… makes for a big lack of motivation.  I really just want to be hiding under my covers cuddling with my puppies binge watching something on Netflix and eating soup.

But, instead… I came up with this card sketch for you!

Now, I will tell you that when I had it in mind, I also had the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in mind too.

And, why do I always provide two sketches?  One portrait and one landscape?  Because I think everyone sees things differently.  I always see a sketch in both directions because I never know how it may end up!

In fact, all the cards from the last blog hop that I did were inspired by sketches from My Favorite Things.

See, those are perfect examples on how a sketch can help you create the perfect cards without actually CASing someone else’s card.  It goes back to the notion of me not having an original idea since the invent of Pinterest!

So, I would love to see what you do with the sketch I posted.  I will add it to my facebook page along with the card that I create with it.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

 

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – NEW Holiday Catalog Projects!

 

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from the Southern Tip of Illinois, USA. I hope you enjoy some NEW Holiday Catalog projects I created just for you!

Yes folks… I know the catalog has been around for awhile but you haven’t seen everything yet.  There are some many great products in this catalog… There is no way to do everything before the season is over and we are on to the new Occasions Catalog.  I know.  It’s so sad to think about these things going away when we just met them.  But, never fear… You can still get (most) all your favorites through the end of the year!!!  But don’t wait to stock up… Get them now!

So, it seems like I am repeating myself a little because I know you’ve heard me say before that I am not a fan of cutting my Designer Series Paper…  But here I am loving it and chopping it just for you!  #loveitchopit

This card uses the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and the sentiment is from Count My Blessings.

A little silver foil and some silver embossing adds sparkle to the Snowflake Sentiment Bundle.

Every needs a little cup of coffee to cheer them up on a cold winter night.  This card uses Designer Series Paper from Be Merry (on sale thru 10/31) and Merry Little Christmas.  Merry Cafe stamps were used and cut out the the Coffee Break dies.

This card uses another great Designer Series Paper from the new Holiday Catalog – Merry Music.  Since the music showing is Deck the Halls, I just had to use the same sentiment from the Carol’s of Christmas stamp set!  (Sorry, I guess I forgot to lighten the photo… It uses black and white paper!)

And, finally…  This card uses the Christmas Quilt Suite.  I love how the green pops against the red DSP, don’t you!

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!

#IIBH if you’re into hashtags.

Now, hop along!!!


Until next time.. keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Falling for Painted Harvest

I know, I know… this event was yesterday!

So, why I am I posting it again?  Because you missed it!

Of course, not everyone missed it.. but I am pretty sure that YOU were not there.  And, I am here to tell you that you missed out on a lot of fun!  We always have fun at my events.  In fact, if you do not like to laugh, you might as well not even come!

#sorrynotsorry

Anyway…  what you missed out on was making the following cards.  But, so that you don’t get too sad… I have included a little tip with each one to help you recreate on your own!!

What a great lot of cards that were CASE’d from other people!  Like I always say.. I CASE the best of them!!!

So, let’s get up and personal with each one!

CASE’d from Colleen Magness

This card is your standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/4 card base (in Pumpkin Pie)- with one exception… the card front is trimmed 1″.  That’s what gives is the unique look.  The Early Espresso panels are 5-1/4″ x 3″ and the Very Vanilla panels are 5″ x 2-3/4″.  The Painted Autumn paper is 5-1/4″ x 1-1/5″ and was adhered first.so the brown layer will lay over it.  The colors used on the flowers are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso…from the bottom up!

CASE’d from LeeAnn Greff

I absolutely love this card and it may be my second favorite from the bunch.  Or simple yet so elegant at the same time.  So, it’s your basic 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Early Espresso card base with a 5-1/4″ x 4″ Very Vanilla Layer.  The three panels are each 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ and are in Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and So Saffron.  The inks used were Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  The circle is 1-3/8″ punched from Soft Sky and the tag is 1″ x 2-1/4″ Very Vanilla.  I used the 3/8″ circle punch to nip the corners and sponged the edges (I used Crumb Cake, but it looks good with the Soft Suede too!).  And, I cheated a bit because I didn’t have the Jute Twine that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, I used some other brand that was hiding out in my craft room.

CASE’d from Shannon Jaramillo

Now, this is one that gave me a bit of trouble.  I absolutely love the card that Shannon made, but couldn’t quite figure out how she did it.  But, I think I did pretty good.  The 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base is Marina Mist with a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ Whisper White layer.  The flowers are made using Soft Sky and Marina Mist with Sahara Sand in the middle and for the dots.  The leaves were stamped off using Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment is in full strength Pear Pizzazz.  I used the retired Handheld Stapler to attach some burlap ribbon to the top.

CASE’d from Lisa Fast

I love the doilies and just don’t use them enough.  But, I am learning that they add a special touch that just says POW!  This color scheme is So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Sahara Sand.  The flowers are So Saffron, Crushed Curry, and Sahara Sand.  The leaves were stamped in Wild Wasabi on Wild Wasabi then punched using the Leaf Punch.  A little Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon nd there you have a great and simple card!  And, in my haste to prepare for the class, I had lost the original center circle which was sponged around the edges using Sahara Sand – so you may want to give that a try!

CASE’d from Karen Barber

This was another card I had trouble CASE-ing exactly.  I wasn’t sure what colors Karen had used because I wasn’t getting the same results.  But, here is what I used…  Just a plain Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base.  I stamped with using Sahara Sand (stamped off) on the Hardwood background stamp.  The flowers were created using Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry with an Early Espresso center.  The leaves are Garden Green.  For the layering, I used the 2-3/4″ Scallop Square form the Layering Square Framelits – in Early Espresso.  The Crushed Curry layer is using the 2-5/8″ Square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  And, the top layer is 2-3/8″ square cut on my trimmer from Whisper White.  I also couldn’t figure out how Karen had tied the Twine because it didn’t seem to have a layer on the card front.  Oh well, I simply tied a bow and SNAILed it the to the back of the layers!

CASE’d from Jo Anne Hewins

And, you guessed it.. this one is my favorite!  Blue is my favorite color and Blue and Yellow is my favorite color combination.  And, the Navy Gingham Ribbon…  Who doesn’t love that!  Here you have a Night of Navy 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base with a 5-1/4″ x 4″ Marine Mist Layer and a 5″ x 3-3/4″ Whisper White layer.  The flowers are stamped in Marine Mist and Night of Navy with a Daffodil; Delight center.  The leaves are in Pear Pizzazz.  The other layers are largest ovals from the Layering Oval Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento.

So… aren’t you sad you didn’t get to come.  I will be hosting more classes like this soon.  Feel free to stop by one!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne