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!


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.


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!


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 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!


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 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

Last-Minute Great Halloween Treat Ideas Blog Hop

Today, I am joining Janet Wakeland and her team in their monthly blog hop.  This month’s theme is Last Minute Holiday Ideas…  And, of course, that holiday is HALLOWEEN

Coming up with special treats for Halloween is always fun.  I don’t do Halloween like I would like too, but someday…  You know that proverbial someday that usually never comes.  Hopefully I get a redo why I get grandkids… Which with be a multitude of years from now.

Anywho…  Here are the projects I came up with for you!

Don’t you just love the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  They really thought out this one!  The DSP comes with that perfect moonlit scene just screaming for the Owl from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  And, of course he needs a witches hat from another one of the DSP patterns.  I layered to add interest then I put on the top of a black pizza box.  Unlike the box on my last post, this one I just colored with the black archival ink pad. The coverage was great, don’t you think!

What could you put into that box?   Hmmmm… I wonder!

Here are some treat tubes in a cute little holder.  I honestly forget whose blog I got the dimensions from…  But it is not my creation.  I did cut the top using the Detailed Gate Thinlits.  Spooky Cat stamps add the character necessary for the perfect treat.  And, I did cheat a little and used some.of the retired Stazon ink to put the little rats right on the tube (the one in the middle).  Add a little DSP and there ya go!

And, one more little treat for you!

Just a little Cat Box.  It’s perfect for holding little treats like Reese’s peanut butter cups! (Or these Palmer ones from the dollar store!).

Here is how the box opens…

And, some measurements!

Well, that’s all I have for you today…  How about hopping along to see what everyone else has created for your last minute Halloween treat ideas!

Until next time…keep it simple, stampers!

🙂 Joanne


Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Painted Autumn

Welcome to the October edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we were challenged to use the Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper as the focal point of each of our projects.  Seems like an easy task given how beautiful the paper is.  But, I’m one that usually uses my DSP in the background.

And, actually… If truth be told, my hoard of DSP usually sits uncut on my shelf.  I hate to use it all up!  It’s so pretty.  What if I run out and they don’t make anymore?  But, as Kylie would say… #loveitchopit

So, here goes…  These are my offerings for you today!

This one uses the acorn pattern from the set of papers.  I really think it’s my favorite of the bunch.  It pairs perfectly with the leaves and acorns from the Count My Blessings stamp set.  I colored them using the new Stampin’ Blends.

O M G… Those are the best markers  ever!!!  They haven’t set a release date for customers yet, but if you sign up to be a demonstrator, you can order them in your starter kit if you sign up before Oct. 15th.

This card uses a simple pattern from the papers.  Just added a bit of Garden Green ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Lemon Seat stamp set.

And this one uses another basic pattern.  Don’t you just love those little tile squares.  Perfect with the little Cajun Craze and Soft Sky balloons.

Oops… How did that happen.  Looks like I used more of that acorn paper.  Told you I love it.  And, I paired it again with the Count My Blessings stamp set.  I added a little copper embossing, copper washi tape and copper ribbon to add excitement.

And the very last project… It’s a pizza box that I colored with Peekaboo Peach using a sponge brayer.  I then used the peachy polka-dotted pattern and Cajun Craze to make a flower using the bow punch.  I adhered it to a belly band made from the opposite side of the sheet of DSP and some more Cajun Craze (which may just be my new favorite color!).  Added a little linen thread and voila!!! A pizza box perfect for some salted caramels I just got at the candy store!

Now… Hop along to Patty!!!

Or hop on back to Debbie

Until next time… keep it simple, stampers!

🙂 Joanne

2nd Annual Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to this awesome blog hop with Stampin’ Up demonstrators from around the world.

As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in America.  I am not sure if it is celebrated around the world… and truthfully, I am not sure that celebrated is the right word there.  But anywho…

Travel through this little blog hop honoring those at every step of the breast cancer journey.  Take these card and project ideas and recreate them to share with  someone you love who has been affected by breast cancer.

Here are my cards.  I made 10 of each of these cards to sell at our local high school Pink-Out Football Game.  I gave $3 for each card sold to the local cancer fund. So, these cards are not of my own creation but were cased from many people.  Each was found on Pinterest… my brain for all things creative.

Design credit: Yolanda Anthony
Design credit: Jackie Bolhuis
Design credit: Unknown
Design credit: Mel Pagano
Design Credit: Brian King
Design credit: Dawn Olchefske
Design credit: Brian King
Design credit: Jackie Bolhuis
Design credit: Faye Russell

Each one of these cards uses the RIBBON OF COURAGE Stamp Set ( 143852/143855).  Many use the coordinating SUPPORT RIBBON FRAMELITS (143749).  Both of these items can be found in the Annual Catalog.

Well, hop along my little Stampin’ Bunnies!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne