Hopping with Kylie

Welcome to the first of this group’s blog hops.  I hope you are finding great, inspirational projects as you stop by each of our pages.  

First things first…  You are currently parked at my blog – Keep It Simple, Stampers.  I am Joanne Cantrell from a little tiny town at the very bottom of Illinois, smack dab in the middle of the United States.  I aim to keep my projects simple, but often get carried away because Stampin’ Up! offers such great embellishments!

The group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators has gathered together to learn a thing or two from Kylie Bertucci and her gang of merry stamping buddies.  It is a place where we can grow and learn to be the best demonstrators we can be for YOU, our beloved customers.

Here is my project that I created for you today.

Yes, it’s a gorgeous purple winter holiday card.    Who said Christmas has to always be red and green?  And who said all cards sent in the winter has to be a Christmas card?  And, who said that this sentiment couldn’t be used as a congratulations card as well?  It’s time to think out of the box, people!  

A little about the card.  I used Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp set is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog – Feather & Frost (147771).  I love the bold sentiments and the line art graphics.  Perfect for coloring or not.  I used the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends – dark & light – to color the bird and the berries.  I used the Light Old Olive Blends for the leaves.

That’s it from me this time around…  Keep hopping along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne 

Snowflake Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome to the Snowflake Showcase Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

The blog hop is all about the newest offering coming from Stampin’ Up… The Snowflake Showcase Suite!  

Here is Shannon West to introduce you to this fabulous suite.

Is that not a great suite.  I had a lot of fun playing with it and can’t wait to get it into you hands so you can do the same!

While, I absolutely love the snowflakes, I decided to show you that this really is a year-round suite.  

I think Basic Black and Powder Pink is such a classic combination, don’t you?

I used the small flower stamp and VersaMark ink to stamp the background.  Then, I used the VersaMark to stamp the medallion and sentiment and black emossing powder to give texture to the card. I think the Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon is the perfect touch to give this card the polished posh look.

Here is the other non-snowflake Snowflake Suite card for you.

For this card, I used a the Buffalo Check background stamp in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and added lines using Old Olive and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used the Layered Leaves embossing folder on the Old Olive strip.  The foliage is cut from Old Olive and Early Espresso using the coordinating dies. The flowers were stamped in Crushed Curry and cut using the dies.  I just love the delicate layers.  I added a Gold Faceted Gems to the center.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and puched using a circle punch.  A little Linen Thread bow and you’ve got a cute little card!

That’s all I have to show you today. 

Now, hop along to the next blogger in line!

Until next time.. keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Halloween / Fall

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

Our theme for the month is Halloween/Fall.  I love fall.  I think next to spring time, it is my favorite time of the year.  Unfortunately this year, it seems we have gone straight from summer to winter.  Legit!  It went form 90 degrees on day to 45 the next!  Geesh, Mother Nature… what’s your deal!

Anyway, I spent one of those cold rainy days up in my little craft room above the garage and created these cards for you!

Wait – what’s that?  You noticed I snuck in a Christmas one too?  Well, I never have been one to follow directions!  LOL

So, these cards were made using two stamp sets – Labels to Love (144970/144967) from the Annual Catalog AND Making Every Day Bright (148813) from the Holiday Catalog. These two sets have great sentiments and images for all seasons.

So, here is the Halloween card…

And here is the Fall…

And, finally, here is the Christmas one…

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.

Here is the list our other fine bloggers… Now hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

The Ultimate PINK Blog Hop

Welcome to our PINK OUT of the interwebs!

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Honestly, I have no idea how many people, both men and women, that breast cancer has affected. The fact that it affects just one person in and of itself is terrible.  In addition to the patients, whole communities rally together to support the cause every time friends and family are diagnosed.  This is our little way, as Stamper’s, to show our support.

Stampin’ Up has many stamp sets that are just perfect for making cards to give to those whose lives have changed because of a cancer diagnosis.

Here is what I have for you today.

The first card was created using flowers from the Love What You Do stamp set and the word is from it’s companion set Make a Difference. And the embossing was done using the Swirls and Curls folder found in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.

Here it is close up…

I added a knot of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. And a little of everyone’s favorite Wink of Stella.

And here is the other card…

This card uses the large flowers and one of the sentiments from the Abstract Impressions.  

So, what do you think about the sentiment I choose? Here is my thinking… Not every trip to the doctor’s ends in terrible news, right.  We need to celebrate the good visits too.  Our family and friends need cards for all visits…

Well, that is all I have for you today!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Happy Fall, Y’all

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

This month, or them is Fall!  I am so glad that the weather had finally turned cooler and the leaves on the trees are starting to change colors.  Fall is finally in the air!  Bye-bye summer!!!

So, for you this time around, I decided to show case one stamp set… COUNTRY HOME (147678). This a very versatile stamp set found is the 2018 Holiday Catalog.


I created three cards using this set.  Each card builds on the previous one.  Now matter your level experience with stamping, you can create a beautiful card.


This card is for the NEW stamper. 


The images are stamped on the later using Soft Suede ink the colored in using the water color pencils.  I smoothed the pencil lines or using a blender pen.  I finished it off with a sentiment in Soft Suede and a Linen Thread bow.

This card is for the CASUAL stamper.  


I used a few more techniques and tools.  I first cut an oval from the background layer using the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).  After I stamped the images on the oval,office I used a sponge to burnish the edges.  Then, I used the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147906) on the background layer to add texture. I “fussy cut” the floral image which means I stamped onto a scrap piece of Crmb Cake cardstock then used Snips to cut it out after I colored it. And, my Linen Thread bow used more thread.

And finally, this card is for the AVID stamper.


It really is the card above, just stepped up a bit.  Belle I used the embossing folder, I ran the Sodt Suede ink pad over the folder.  This gives the color to the embossing which adds depth to the texture.  And, honestly… I never know which side to color, so I do both and see which I like better!  Lol

In addition to the added Gingham ribbon and a scalloped oval layer, I used the new Champgne Mist shimmer paint.  I put some in a Spritzer and added rubbing alcohol.  I spritzed the whole embossed layer with it.  Then on the milkcan, I used a small paint brush and painted it on.


Look at the way it just shimmers.  Isn’t it beautiful! 

Oh, on more thing.  If you are a new stamper and think you can never do justice to many of the projects you see in the interwebs…  I’m here to tell you that even us avid, experienced stamper’s still don’t get it right.  I started this project with a vision in my head.  When it didn’t come together for me, I just set it aside and came back to it a few days later.

We also make lots of mistakes along the way!!!

Case in point…


Never saw that one coming, did you?  😂😂

I made a lovely upside card! I can use the heat gun to soften the snail adhesive or simply cut the card base and adhere to a different one.

Well, that’s it for me today…  Hop along now…



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

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Technique Savvy

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

This month it’s all about TECHNIQUES!  I love all kinds of techniques… There are so many to choose from.  I wasn’t sure what you would like to see, so I just picked something that can be used for any occasion.

May I introduce LAYERED STAMPING!  You may know it as triple stamping, but that doesn’t really work if you are only doing two layers now, does it.

So, here are the cards I made using the technique.

This card uses the Festive Farmhouse suite.  I have two layers.

This card uses the Tags & Tidings bundle. The bows are from the cotton twine found in the farm house suite.

A little candy cane twist using Candy Cane Season.  Same twchiquet, just turn the middle layer.

I used Beautiful Day here and just made smaller layers.

And finally, this card uses the Colorful Season and Many Blessings stamp sets.  The layers were cut using the Layering Oval dies.

So, the basic idea for this technique is cutting multiple layers of graduated sizes with coordinating mats.  The most popular layering is 4″ x 5-1/4″, 3″ x 4-1/4″, 2″ x 3-1/4″ with mats 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (card base), 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2.  But those measurements aren’t the only ones to use.  It is only limited by your creativity!

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting (your name). 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.

Here is the list our other fin bloggers… Now hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog – Anything BUT Christmas

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

If y’all are like me, you are not at all ready for Christmas.  It’s still hot outside and the leaves have not started really turning colors yet.  If anything thing, it’s second summer!  So, this blog hop is all about the Haoliday Catalog… but NOT Christmas.  

Did you know that there are things in the new Holiday Catalog that do not revolve around Christmas?  It’s true!  You will see a lot of them hopping through these blogs today!  

So, here is what I came up with.. not a red and green in sight!!!  Okay – maybe a little green… but definitely fall – not Christmas!

Sorry I don’t have a lot of photos of it.  I actually made it for a recent swap and didn’t have any left.  I had to ask the organizer to send me a photo of it.  But, I absolutely loved it and will making a bunch of them this fall season.

I have included a little bit of a card sketch.  This is how I layout my cards on the computer.  It’s about the second or third step of card design for me.

The first set is usually pick the stamp set and a color scheme.  Then I peruse Pinterest or Split Coast to see designs or sketches that I like.  Then I do my layout.  I use Microsoft Publisher and Photoshop to lay it out digitally.  I usually guess at my measurements… but having a catalog handy makes it easy since most stamp images are true-size in it.   Using the RGB/HEX color codes that Stampin’ Up! makes available helps me see the design in real color.

Well, that’s it for a look into my mind.  You had better run before you get to scared in there!

Well, that’s it for today.  Have fun hopping about my little froggies!!!



Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne 

Sample the Festive Farmhouse DSP

 

Happy Sunday!  

For your creating pleasure today, I have created a sampler showcasing new products from the fresh-off-the-boat 2018 Holiday Catalog!  Yay!

When I first saw the catalog, I absolutely fell in love with the Festive Farmhouse Suite.  But then, when I was at Vacation Stamping School a few weeks ago, I saw a precious little sampler that used the Tags & Tidings set.  How could I not CASE that using the Designer Series Paper from the farm house set!

Here is what I came up with…It’s that not just the cutest? 

And it was so simple thanks to the one-step stamp in the Tags & Tidings set.  Its one piece that stamps ALL the tags in one shot.  Then, you use the die cut all the tags at once… Easy-peasy…  I did stamp and cut four different pieces.  Why?  Good question! You see, the Designer Series Paper’ color scheme uses both Whisper White and Very Vanilla as background colors.  Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadows are two other colors.  So, I did one of each white and vanilla using both the cherry and Mossy inks.  That way I could mix and match and have a good selection of tags.

I used the Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine to tie the bows. And the Banner Triple Punch to notch the 2″ x 3-1/16″ banners (which cut them down to 2″ x 3″ with some left over for the contrast top of the tags).  Other tags are topped with a 2″ x 5/8″ piece of DSP.

Here are a few shots of the assembly process.

Laying out the tags to figure out the spacing and backing size.
Placing the bottom layer. Making sure everything lines up with 1/4″ between.
Lining up the top tags.
The first piece if the middle row.
Last check before being happy they are all straight!

The tags were placed on a 9-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Granite Gray using Dimensionals – the large ones at the top and three mini ones at the points and notch.  Then, I added everything else using Dimensionals and glue dots.This mat was attached to the 9-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ piece of Mossy Meadow using using the sides of the Dimensionals sheets (see the photo below).

Then, I attached this to the 10″ x 7″ piece of Cherry Cobbler using SNAIL, then attached this to a full 11″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Granite Gray.

Well, that is my project for today! 

Until next time… Keep it simple, Stampers!:) Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from a very tiny town in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the United States. I hope you enjoy the projects/cards I have to offer you today.

Our theme this month is “HOLIDAY CATALOG SNEAK PEEK!”  That means that everyone blog you hop through today will feature new stamps sets, new designer series paper, new punches, new dies, new embellishments, and/or new paints… O – M – G!!!  The list of what these products could include is limitless.  And, as far as the new 2018 Holiday Catalog goes… what can I say – other than it is A-MAZING!  Just you wait!

But, for those of you who can’t wait… here are a couple projects I did last week for an event hosted Meg Loven, Julie Davison, and Mary Ellen Stiles.  It’s called Vacation Stamping School.  Each year, they go all out to showcase the new catalog.  It’s really a great event.  In fact, this year, our guest speaker was the one and only Shannon West!!!

Here she is learning about how to make sandwiches for the Big Shot.  She was pondering the possible sandwiches for using an embossing die.

And, here was my demonstration table…  It’ may look a little sparse… but it got the point across!

I was asked to demonstrate a technique or product suite.  So, I went to my new go-to technique.  It’s called stamping-in-the-round.  I originally talked about it on this blog post…

Stamper’s Dozen – Christmas in July

But, I have done a little more to the template… I added more squares 🙂

Anyway – you came here to see some cards, didn’t you…

This uses the new set PEACEFUL NOEL (147694 – page 29).  It also shows one of the patterns from the JOYOUS NOEL SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER (147816).  I used the stamping-in-the-round technique to stamp the branch images for the wreath.  I then added copper embossed berries and sentiment to match the paper.

Here is a close up!

I also used this technique on this card…

It uses the same stamp set and paper… but the sentiment is from Feathers & Frost (#147771 – page 30)

This branch image is larger so it only took four times to stamp a complete circle.  Here is the close up!

Well, that’s it from me today…

I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog 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.

Here is the list our other fine bloggers… Now hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

 

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Card & Project Kits

***  Well, imagine my embarrassment!  I can’t believe that I forgot about this blog hop.  I hope you got to enjoy the “shell” of my blog hop.  I am sure hoping that all the other ladies have come through in a very great way!

Things have been very, very hectic this summer as I am sure you can relate.  I started the summer with a mission trip to Haiti… then came back just to leave on a family vacation to Gettysburg, where I admit, I became a bit of a history nerd!  Then, we had Vacation Bible School at the church where I work which means long hours.  Now, I am getting ready to leave on a mission trip to India to end my summer!

I have honestly let Stampin’ Up!  slip by the way side for the summer.  Which, let me tell you.. that is a great thing about being a demonstrator for this great company.  I can let it slide and pick it back up as I need to in order fit with my life.  There are great things in the works this fall and I hope you will stick around to see them.

I leave in two days for India where I am going to be presenting a lesson on the biblical discipline of “Serving for the purpose of Godliness” at a small women’s conference. I am excited and nervous.  We will present our lessons once each in two different locations, a 16-hour train ride apart!  Plus, I am leading VBS for the children which consists of three lessons and crafts, games, and songs.  Lucky for them (and me) that I don’t have to lead the songs!  The children will be happy for that! LOL  SO, if you wouldn’t mind saying a prayer for me and my other team members – there are 5 women total and on lonely male Pastor who has to deal with us!

I look forward to sharing about my trip when I return by featuring some new great stuff from the holiday catalog!!!  In the mean time, take a look at what the rest of the ladies have done featuring kits or all sorts!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne