Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Autumn Days

Welcome!

It’s hard to believe, but here we are in the middle of September! Raise your hand if you are ready to get this horrible year over with! Me too! Well, with that in mind, here is to the Autumn Days ahead! This month’s edition of the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop is all about fall!

I have created a couple fall to warm those cool Autumn days.

Here is the first one.

For this card, I used the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set form the August-December Mini Catalog. It has the cutest little coordinating Autumn Punch Pack. I based my color scheme around the strip of Plaid Tidings 6×6 Designer Series Paper so I used Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White. The ribbon is from the Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.

Here is a printable tutorial for this card.

Here is my other card. This card uses the Celebration Tidings Stamp Set. This a set that comes with beautiful borders as you can tell. For this card, I created a frame around the sentiment and images that I stamped on the Very Vanilla layer using the Stitched Rectangle dies. To add a little more interest, I used the Autumn Punch Pack and coordinating stamps from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set.

Oh, I also have a printable tutorial for this card too!

Well, that’s all i have for you today. Thanks for stopping by! Hop along now…

Stamper’s Dozen September 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

IIBH – All About Kids

Hello and welcome to this edition of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – a gathering of creative minds from around the world! You are currently visiting me, Joanne Cantrell! I live in a teeny tiny town nearly smack dab in the middle of the United States!

The theme of this month’s hop is cards and projects for kids and babies.

The card I have for you today is one that I created for a recent card swap that I participated in. I think it would be perfect for a kid of any age! Let’s take a look!

I was inspired by a card created by Lisa Ann Bernard. This card features the Zoo Globe Stamp Set. I love the little animals that this set includes. Especially the elephant, but I didn’t even use him on this card.

Let’s see what I did use…

It appears I used all the other animals except the elephant!

I did the coloring with a variety of Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers. And, used the Balloon Bouquet Punch for the balloons in the corner. I thought they went well with the ones in the giraffe’s mouth!

This is a simple fancy fold card. The basic instruction is to cut the card base 5-1/2″ x 11″. Then score at 4-1/4″ and 2-1/8″. Then you turn the card in your trimmer and shave off the corner.

You know what… why don’t I just give you a printable project sheet?

And here is a special link that can put everything in your Stampin’ Up! shopping cart – everything except adhesives!

Well, I hope that you have been inspired by my card. It’s time to hop along to see what the rest of the blogs have for you!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Holiday 2020 Preview

Welcome to the August edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!

This month, it’s all about the new 2020 August-December Mini Catalog (formerly known as the Holiday Catalog). Once again, Stampin’ Up! has outdone themselves! You will want to get your hands on a copy of this as soon as possible!

I decided just to focus on teeny tiny little bundle that packs a big punch! (That’s a hint! 😉 )

Introducing the BANNER YEAR BUNDLE (155214).

This bundle includes the BANNER YEAR PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (153464) and the BANNER PICK A PUNCH (153608). As you can see, the stamp set includes a variety of small greetings along with cute little graphics to accompany them. The punch… oh boy… the punch! You can create six different banners with them (1″, 3/4″, and 1/2″ in point and notch). Or, you can create an arrow by punching the point on one end and the notch in the other… so it really makes 9 different banners!!! Just sayin’!

So, that’s it.. thanks for stopping by. That’s your new catalog sneak peek! See you next month!

Wait… I’m just kidding!

Here is what you have been wanting… pictures of my projects. Hopefully you will not be disappointed!

This is the card that started it all! It was a card I created for a card swap group I was in. The color scheme is Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green. I embossed the Boos using white embossing powder and the heat gun. The banners are 1″ and 3/4″. BONUS: This card also features the Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder and the spider die from the Little Treat Box Dies, both of which are in the new catalog.

Oh – bigger bonus… I have a tutorial you can download for this card. It comes with a useful template you can use to layout the banners… which is why all my banner-ing looks the same on most of the cards!

This card features the returning Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper. I went with the Real Red and Very Vanilla stripes and buffalo check patterns. This card only uses two patterns and not three, but I used the template. I added some Real Red 3/8″ Double Stitched Satin Ribbon and fussy cut the bird (stamped in stamped-off Crumb Cake ink) and the Santa hat (stamped in Real Red).

Another Christmas Card with a Bonus sneak peek! The color scheme for this card is from the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper found in the new catalog. It’s Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, and Old Olive. For this card, I again used the template, but all the banners are 1″ to give it a bit different look.

I hesitated showing you this card. I thought I’d try something a little different and out of my comfort zone. I stamped the sentiment on ribbon. I used Mossy Meadow ink to stamp “be merry” sentiment all over the Whisper White Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack from the Annual Catalog. As you can see, the ink ran. Maybe I should have set it with the heat gun? Maybe I just should have used Stazon ink? What do you suggest?

But, that’s the reason I didn’t want to show you the card. So, why did I? Because I wanted you to see that gorgeous Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. I also thought the monochromatic color scheme (Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz) was kind of cool! I guess the pros outweighed the cons… because here it is!

This is the last Christmas Card, I promise… Sorry, there are no bonus sneak peeks and I didn’t use the template. It’s really pretty basic but looks so beautiful if I do say so myself! I used the pointy end punch and cut the banners from 3/4″ strips. I used my grid paper to line them up.

Oh, how about a tip… To make the banners small while still having enough to slide into the punch, I cut a 1″ x 8-1/2″ strip of cardstock (in this case, a 3/4″ strip). Then I punched one end – flipped it over and punched the other end. I cut a 2″ banner from each end using the paper trimmer. Then, I cut down the leftover strip to 3/4″ wide. I punched each end and cut it into two 2″ banners.

Here is a fall card! This gives you a sneak peek at the Autumn Punch Pack, the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Brushed Metallic Cardstock. My color scheme also included Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Gold Embossing Powder. I cut the ends of the sentiment banner with the pointed end of the punch.

Oh… a Valentine’s Day card! My color scheme here is Whisper White, Poppy Parade, and Blushing Bride. Those banners with the hearts… it’s just stamping the little heart randomly on the punched banners in Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride ink.

Well… well… what’s this? This is the reason you need this bundle… at the very least, the punch. This card features the Timeless Tulip bundle from the Annual Catalog along with the Banner Pick a Punch. It shows how easy it is to use this new punch with stuff you may already have, or products you can find in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. In case you wondered… the color scheme used on this card is Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

Well, that’s all I have for you today! I feel like I may have gotten a bit carried away. But, I do not apologize. These cards were quick and easy and fun to make! Go on – give it a try! This bundle must be added to your wish list NOW!!!

Here are the links so you can continue to be inspired by the Stamper’s Dozen!

Stamper’s Dozen August 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop ~ New Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Welcome to the July 2020 Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You have stopped here in Southern Illinois, smack dab in the middle of the United States. You didn’t know you were such a world traveler… did you!?!

This month, demonstrators all around the world have been drooling over the items in the new – hot off the presses – 2020 Holiday Catalog! The IIBH Crew decided to give you a taste of the wonderfulness that Stampin’ Up! will soon unleash onto the world stage!

I did a little playing with the gorgeous Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper which is making an encore appearance in this new catalog.

This first card features the Christmas Gleaming stamp set which is also a returning favorite. I added a little extra oomph using the rectangle die from the Nature’s Thought die set and one of the rectangles from the Stitched So Sweetly die set.

Since the two rectangles didn’t layer quite right, I used the Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon to cover the empty space. I used Real Red and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers to color the holly sprig then fussy cut it.

This card uses the mosaic technique with the Tailored Tag Punch. I was careful about how I punched them out and placed them on the card so that the pattern stayed lined up.

TIP: I let the tag edges hang over the edge when I glued (I used TomBow) them down. Then I used my Paper Snips to trim them off.

I used the Merry Moose Stamp Set as well as the coordinating Moose Punch to add a little more pizzazz.

I hope these cards give you a little inspiration to get a Christmas groove going.

Hop along and see what the others have prepared for your viewing pleasure.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Red, White, and Any Blue Will Do

Hello and welcome!

This month’s theme for the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop is one of my favorites… Red, White, and Blue! I love everything Americana!!!

This week, I said phooey to quarantine, got my negative Covid results and ran away to Maine! To me, there are fewer places in the United States that ooze Americana than New England… our original colonies!

We came here for my son’s first reenlistment in the Navy. He had his ceremonyat a rocky cove in Kennebunkport.

I’m one proud momma!

Here is the card I made him for this occasion.

This RWB card is a color scheme of Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Night of Navy and features the Arrange a Wreath Bundle. The Buffalo Check background pulls it all together!

Now, what would a trip to Maine be without seeing a light house? This one is my favorite. It’s Nubble Lighthouse in York.

Not sure what’s prettier… The lighthouse or Betty!

Lighthouses bring a homey comfort to me. So, here is the card that Nubble inspired…

This card again uses the same color scheme as above. A little Country Home stamping and Tin Tile embossing, and presto chango… You have a very Americana card!

Now, for the last card… I took a bit of departure! As red, white, and blue is not a strictly American color scheme, I have taken a bit of a risk… Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s highly important in my life. And highly celebrated in France!

For me, it’s my birthday! And in France, it’s Bastille Day! A holiday that celebrated with fireworks and festivies… much like our Independence Day.

Here is my Bastille Day card!

I know, I know… I used a retired die for this one. Sorry, but it really was required! Don’t you agree!?! This color scheme is Real Red, Whisper White, and Night of Navy. The sentiment was stamped using Well Said and Make a Difference.

Well, that’s all I have for y’all today! Have a great day! I am off to celebrate!!!

Stamper’s Dozen July 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers!
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  8. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop ~ Focus on Tools

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop or IIBH as we affectionately refer to it.

You are currently visiting my little corner of the interwebs. My name is Joanne Cantrell and I live in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere almost smack dab in the middle of the United States.

Our focus this month is on TOOLS! Yes, you heard that right, folks!

TOOLS!

Where would we be without our favorite tools? I don’t want to even think about it!

How many of you are ready for the new Cut & Emboss Machine coming in the next couple months? August 4 cannot get here soon enough. This is the date that Demonstrators around the world get their chance to order the large machine for the very first time. As customers, you can order it starting September 1. What better reason to sign up to be a demonstrator? If you would like to join my team, just click on JOIN TEAM link above.

Oh… back to tools.

Do you know what my favorite tool is?

Here’s a hint…

Yep, that’s little Successful Sammy – the world famous meme baby. Of course he’s almost a teenager now, but the point is… SCORE!

Have you guessed it?

My favorite tool is the SCOREBOARD!

It’s really great when you need to keep score.

Oh… yeah… it’s not that type of scoreboard. It’s the best type. The type you can use to score your Stampin’ Up! cardstocks and designer series papers. Technically it’s called SIMPLY SCORED (#122334) and is a great low cost investment.

Let’s be honest. How many of you use your Paper Trimmer to score your cards. That really is a great tool to have as well. But, the Simply Scored Scoreboard is really for so much more.

How much more?

Let me show you a few of my favorite uses beyond the scoring of a card fold.

#1. BOXES

This tool is perfect for creating all types of boxes. You can score whole pieces of DSP because this board is just over 12″ x 12″

Here are a few of the boxes I have created with it.

This box was inspired by Sam Drummond. It was made with Seafoam Spray and Whisper White Cardstock. The images are from the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set and stamped in Seaside Spray, Sahara Sand, and Misty Moonlight. The flowers were punched out use the Small Blossom Punch.

This is just your basic box and lid. Here, I used Pretty Peacock and Crumb Cake. I didn’t do any stamping on the box at all. I added interest by tying a length of the Pretty Peacock 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon round the lid. I added the bow separately.

How about this cute little Hershey Nugget Holder? It holds 10 Nuggets. For this fun, primary colored box, I chose Pacific Point, Real Red, and Daffodil Delight as my color scheme. The images and sentiment are from the new Zoo Globe Stamp Set. and, I used the Balloon Bouquet punch and Linen Thread for the balloons.

The great thing about the Simply Scored tool is that you can score a full sheet of DSP to create a gorgeous box that doesn’t need any stamping or anything. For this Ornate Garden inspired box, I just added a some ribbon and a rosette.

Speaking of Rosettes…

#2. ROSETTES

The Simply Scored tool is the best for making rosettes to any size because there are score tracks every 1/8″ for 12 inches! That’s a lot of scoring. And, the little scoring pen it comes with had two ends – a bigger ball for lighter weight papers like DSP and a smaller ball for heavier weight papers like cardstock. This allows you to create sharp score lines without tearing through the paper.

In addition to the rosette above, I created this fun lollipop to accompany the Nugget Box.

For this rosette, I actually scored then layered three different widths of cardstock. Then, I used a thin line of Tombow to attach them together along the top edge. And, a hot glue gun is a must for rosettes as that it what helps hold it flat and works faster than Tombow.

#3. BANNERS

This is such a basic use for this scoreboard.. but one that may have escaped you until now. When used in tandem with the Banner Triple Punch, you can create all types of sentiment banners with great 3D effects.

Here is a simply banner I created.

I took a strip of Whisper White and stamped by sentiment on it. Then, I notched the ends using the Banner Triple Punch and took it to the scoreboard to do what… SCORE!!!

To make the banner pop up, you will need to make two score lines on both sides of the banner between the sentiment and the notch. For farther apart the score lines are, the higher the banner will be. For this one, my score lines are only 1/8″ apart.

While you can see I have not made anything with this banner yet, it will be attached using Dimensionals. The higher it sits, the more Dimensionals you may have to stack on top of each other to keep it lifted.

#4. TEXTURE

This tool is great at adding linear interest to card layers and card fronts. The possibilities are limitless. You can make plaids, argyles, lattices, stripes, diamonds, etc… You can make frames, backgrounds, and focal pieces.

See… look what I have done for you…

This is a Simply Scored Simple Stamping card! I just scored three lines down the side of the card front 1/8″ apart. The stamps used are from the new Fancy Phrases Stamp Set.

For this one, I scored diagonals 3/4″ apart then placed a Pearl Basic Jewel in nearly every crossing. And, the sentiment is actually hiding a place where I messed up the scoring when I put too much space between the lines. See, mistakes are actually places for embellishments! I also scored the white layer to create a frame.

Oh – here is the other banner I created! But, more importantly, look at all that cross hatching. I scored every 1/4″ along both the LONG and the SHORT side. It adds a prefect tiled look, don’t you think?

I have some other scored layers that I haven’t used yet. I was just having fun created scored layers from some of my scraps!

#5. FUN FOLDS

One of the best uses for this scoreboard is to make fancy fold cards and gift card holders. Because there is nothing better than giving someone a fancy shmancy birthday card or slipping a loaded gift card into a neat-o holder!

Let’s take a look at a double pocket card…

This was created using one sheet of Terracotta Tile cardstock and one piece of 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of the Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper. I’m not sure what I am going to slip into the pockets yet, but it will be something good, I promise that.

I took the design a little step further and actually created a card out of it but forgot to take a photo of the inside. To do this, I used a thin line of Tombow on the pock layers to secure them.

This shows the cardstock after it has been scored and cut and ready to glue. It also shows you my sneaky trick to scoring diagonally. I use a 6″ right triangle that I cut from the cardboard that comes with the foil sheets. I have added tick marks at the score lines so I know where they are.

Well, I hope these ideas encourage you to take another look at that tool that has been sitting unused on your crafting table for such a long time. It’s lonely and you need to give it a little love.

But, before you run off to SCORE!… take a look at what the others have to offer for your creative genius today.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Woohoo! Welcome to June! This year is half over. Can you believe it? Aren’t you glad. Oh my… what a year it has been!

Well, this month’s theme for the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop is all about the men in our lives.

While I have a great husband and two wonderful sons… the first man in this girl’s life was her daddy!

This was our family back in July 1971. That’s me asleep in my Mother’s arms. We were getting ready to move to Iceland.

From even before that day, he was my hero…

I was a Daddy’s girl. I pretty much still am. He taught me how to use a drill and change a tire. He taught me a lot about computers and helped me with my math homework. I still call him when I need help. And, he is my go-to person when it comes to booking a cruise!

He’s a great guy and I love him more than he could ever imagine. And, this is a card made just for him… for Father’s Day.

You may have noticed that this card was made with some of the new great products from the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

The color scheme uses Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and what may be my new favorite color… Misty Moonlight.

The layers were cut using the new Best Plaid dies. I cut the stripes in two different colors to add a bit more texture.

The sentiments are from the Best Year stamp set – which happens to come bundled with the Best Plaid dies for a discount! It full of great sentiments for both the outside and the inside of cards for all occasions any time of the year.

I thought the inside was a bit blank with just the layers and the sentiment, so I added 1/8″ stripes in the same colors as the plaid on front.

Now, a little tip about punching that banner. The bottom layer is 1-1/2″ which fits perfect in the Banner Triple Punch, but the Vanilla layer that the sentiment is on is 1-1/4″ wide. That is an in-between size for the punch.

So, I dabbed a little bit of SEAL (the new adhesive from SU!) to the back of the layer at the bottom. It takes just a smidge. Then, attach it to the other layer. Slide it the whole way into the punch making sure the layers are straight. Then, punch. When you punch the layers, you are also punching off the bit that is adhered together. You layers are now separate so you can make the perfect border around the sentiment.

Who knew? Right!

Well, that’s all I have for you today. Go and honor those men in your lives with a card and a hug and maybe even a steak dinner

Love you Dad!!!

Here are the links to the rest of the Stamper’s Dozen Crew!

Stamper’s Dozen June 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop ~ New Catalog Sneak Peek

Wow.. It has been awhile since I have hopped with y’all. I sure have missed you. Finally, in this crazy mixed up world, I am back!

So, welcome to my little corner of the interwebs. My name is Joanne Cantrell. I am from a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the United States. It’s very nice to meet those of you who are new and it’s a pleasure to see all you that have hopped through my blog posts before!

Now, let’s get on to what you really came here for!

It’s new catalog time! It’s the most exciting time in the Stampin’ Up year… the new ANNUAL CATALOG is set to make it’s debut in just a few days. I am so excited. It’s chock full of great new products as well as some returning favorites.

Here is a glimpse of one of my favorite suites from the catalog. It’s called World of Good and can be found on pages 24-26. It has beautiful Designer Series Paper that works perfectly with the wonderful sentiments and great images. Then there are the dies. I just love them.

This card is features the one die that I am not really sure what to do with, but I guess this works. It’s a good border/accent die.

What do you thing of that awesome new yellow? Did you think it was Crushed Curry. Well, it’s called Bumble Bee. It is a beautiful addition to the yellows SU! already has.

This care features the globe dies from the suite. There are so many uses for these dies. I honestly can’t stop using them in several different ways… watch my blog for more ways coming in the next couple weeks.

This card was CASE’d from the catalog (the small greed card on page 25). It uses 10 globes that I glued on using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid glue and a piece of a Stamping Sponge. I love the tone-on-tone of this technique but it would look great mixing up the colors a bit. The sentiment is embossed in silver and is layered on Silver foil that has been cut out using one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangle dies. I added a bow using the 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon to give it s bit of bling.

Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope I have given you a bit of inspiration today. Hop along to see what the others have in store for you!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Going, Going, Gone!

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Monthly Blog Hop. This month we are all featuring items that will be retireing at the end of the month.

This is the time in the Stampin’ Up! year that we all love but we all dread. We are all excited about the lovely new items in the in coming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog… but then we are mourning the loss of all the great items that are saying goodbye.

For me, it’s a time that I go through my entire stash and pull out all the stuff that is not in the new catalog. And, I am learning, there are are lot of stamp sets that have not seen ink. Are you that same way?

Well, today, I finally put some ink to the Heartland Stamp Set.

This stamp set is great because you don’t have to get fancy with it to make a great card. I used it to make three sets of cards – each with a varying degrees of simple stamping.

These three cards use each image from the set (one on each card) as well as the sentiment. The colors used are Real Red, Garden Green, and Night of Navy. For this set, the images and sentiment were stamped on to a Whisper White layer and adhered to the card base in the same color as the ink.

Here is the next set. It uses the same colors, but has an added layer. I love how easy these cards are to make but they look so nice. This just goes to prove it a card doesn’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful.

In this final set, I added some die cutting and embossing. I used the an oval and a circle from the Stitched Shapes dies and a rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the images and sentiments after I stamped them. I used the Pinewood Plank embossing folder to add the texture to the background layer. And, I used Dimensionals to everything up. Still a simple card, but the texture and die-cutting adds just enough interest without going overboard.

Here is a shot of all nine cards that were created. You can click on them to get a closer look.

Now, it’s time to see what other items you just have to have before they are Going… Going… Gone…

Stamper’s Dozen May 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Spring Has Sprung!

Hello and welcome to spring!!!

If you are anything like me, you long for spring. It is like the whole world comes alive after the deadness of winter. The longer days… the budding trees… the flowers popping up everywhere… What is there not to love about spring.

And, I’ll tell you another thing! Being stuck at home right now, it is a whole lot easier with the sun shining and setting later than it would be if it was only light for 6 hours!

And, what better way to spend your time stuck at home avoid people than being locked up in your craft room working on spring projects?

That’s exactly what I did today.

With out theme being Spring has Sprung, I was thinking of what to do without being over the top and almost Easter-y. There can be a fine line. So, I took a sentiment set from 2019-2020 Annual catalog and a great graphic background stamp from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.

I present to you the marriage of A BIG THANK YOU and BREATHTAKING BOUQUET with the ceremony conducted by Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool! 🙂

For this first card, I used clear embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. I then sponged the colors on (Highland Heather, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Granny Apple Green). This is a technique called Emboss Resist. I used a Highland Heather card base and stamped the sentiment in the same color. For a little extra touch, I added pearls that I colored green using the Light Old Olive Blends.

For the next card, I stamped the image and embossed with Black Embossing Powder. I then used both colors from both sets of Water Color Pencils to color the flowers. I got rid of the coloring lines by using the Blender Pen. I stamped the image in coordinating colors (Balmy Blue, Rich Razzleberry, and Calypso Coral) then punched it out using the Label Me Fancy Punch. I used the Leaf Punch to punch out a couple leafs from Pear Pizzazz cardstock. I used Dimensionals to mount onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.

This third card uses the same basic idea as the card above but I just did a little more coloring. I added some of the Braided Burlap Trim (secured in the back with a couple glue dots on each side). The sentiment was stamped in Calypso Coral and punched out using the Label Me Lovely Punch. I added a couple more of those Old Olive Pearls.

Those are the Springy looks that I created using this pair of stamp sets. But, I saw beyond the Spring-y-ness. I saw the beauty of this background stamp. It is not named Breathtaking Bouquet for nothing. Plus, let’s be honest… I can never just do a card or two for you… I always have to be extra! LOL 🙂

How about it in a simple black and white?

Or a little black and white with a splash of Terracotta Tile? What about that ribbon? It’s from the new catalog coming out in June! It ties great! (I colored in the large flowers using the Chalk Marker.)

But, I think I really saved the best for last…

Does this look a little familiar? My most favorite Designer Series Paper ever was from a couple of catalogs ago and was part of the Love Affectionately suite. This Night of Navy and Copper color scheme reminds me of it. The frame that I cut out of the Copper Foil in the background was die cut using the new Ornate Frames dies coming in the new Annual Catalog. I added a bit of Copper Trim for interest. I used the Tailor Tag punch for the sentiment but trimmed off a bit from each end because I didn’t want to hid too much of that gorgeous background!

Well, that’s it from me for this month. I hope I have inspired you to look at stamp sets in a different way.

Here are the links to the rest of the blogs… hop along little rabbit!

Stamper’s Dozen April 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne