Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to this edition of the IIBH Blog hop! You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell smack dab in the middle of the United States.

Let’s take a look at the inspiration picture…

So, what spoke to me was really the whole picture. LOL The first thing saw in it was the Mountain Air stamp set. Come on now, I am positive I am not alone in that!

Here’s what I did with it.

What do you think?

And, did you notice the sneak peak at the new sentiment! It is from a lovely sentiments-only set found in the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog called Sending Support.

Well, that’s it from me today! Time to hop along…

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Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Christmas is in the Air

Hello and welcome the the November 2022 edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!

As I write this, I am currently waiting for generous people to drop shoebox gifts off at our Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off location. We have Christmas music playing in the background and we have been snacking on Christmas cookies!

If you have not heard of Operation Christmas Child… it’s a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoebox gifts to children in need around the world. There is really so much more to it and I do encourage you to check them out!

As a drop off location, we will be putting in a lot of long hours over the next eight days. With that in mind, I created a card to send to all the drop off locations in Southern Illinois. Take a look…

I think that sentiment is just perfect for them! They will be so weary by the end of National Collection Week, but each of the shoebox gifts they receive will be an opportunity to share the Gospel with a child. That is defiant worth rejoicing over!

My basic color scheme is Cherry Cobbler and Evening Evergreen. That beautiful Designer Series Paper comes from the Boughs of Holly suite and the sentiment is from the Hope & Peace stamp set. I used the Tailor Made Tag does to cut out the tags. And that gorgeous little poinsettia came from the flowers in the Pretty Pillowbox does. I added the center to them with a Gold Adhesive Backed Swirl!

I hope that my simple card inspires you to send a note to those that might need a word of encouragement this Christmas season!

.Well, that’s all I have for you for now… Hop along Hoppers!

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Until next time.. Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to this edition of the IIBH Blog hop! you are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell smack dab in the middle of the United States.

I know, its been awhile… longer than I would care to admit. but I am so happy to be hopping with y’all again!

so, lets take a look at the inspiration picture.

.These are really some of my favorite Stampin’Up colors. But, I did not think fall right away… I thought Moose!

I hope you are inspired by this Moose! I just love him!

Well, its time to hop along to the next blog…

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Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stampers Dozen Blog Hop ~ Autumn Vibes

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop. It’s been a few months since I have been hopping with y’all and I am so happy to be back.

This month it’s all about those feelings you get when the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves start to change colors and fall to the ground.

On of my best fall memories is taking my two favorite girls to the local orchard to play in the flower fields!

This is my daughter, Katelynne, and her best friend, Jessa. Unfortunately… both girls have deserted me to run off and start their own lives so we weren’t able to take a trip to the orchard this year.

Jessa has headed off the college this year and Katelynne left last week for Navy Boot Camp! So what better reason to make some cards!

I thought the Jar of Flowers bundle would be perfect! Here are the two cards that i created for the girls…

This card will be sent to Kate.

And this one will go to Jessa.

Well, its time to hop along and see what the other ladies have created!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Anything Goes

Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.

It’s been a couple months since I’ve been able to hop with you all. Its been a rough time around the homestead and I am grateful to be able to stamp again.

Long story short, I went to Kansas to go visit my mother- and brother-in-law for a weekend. The day after I arrived, she was admitted to the hospital. A few days later, she came home on hospice. Ten days after I arrived, she took her last breath while holding my hand.

One thing that came to my attention is how great my daughter is. My husband and her came out to visit when they found out what was going on. When my husband had to go back to work, Katelynne stayed with me and helped take care of Grandma and Uncle LJ. After days if not eating, Katelynne finally was able to get her to finally eat some cheesecake. She loved it when Kate helped her. As the days progressed, Katelynne’s love for her grandma shined through the darkness. And her training as a CNA helped. I have always told Kate to treat her residents like they are her grandparents. She now has a new understanding of exactly what that means!

Anyway, this is the card that I made for Katelynne to let her know how much I appreciate her!

I used the Dragonfly Garden stamp set for the images and the sentiment.

I decided I would try out some of the new 2022-2023 In Colors. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to to use Starry Sky or Orchid Oasis so I used them both. The card base and ribbon are Starry night along with the ink for the sentiment and the flowers. The layer and DSP are Orchid Oasis as is the ink and Blends used on the dragonflies.

I used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch for the sentiment and the Dragonflies punch for … well, for the dragonflies! 🙂 Of course, I had to use a little Wink of Stella and Iridescent Rhinestones to add a little sparkle!

I told you I couldn’t decide… so I had to make another! Same colors, just opposite. (And I used Memento ink to stamp the flowers so they would show up.) I think I will send this one to the neighbor that bought is pizza while we were caring for Grandma!

Well, that’s it from me this month. It’s time to hop along!

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Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ In with the New!!!

Here we are! Welcome to 2022!

I am not sure about you… but I am so glad that 2021 is done and gone, never to return! It is time to get on with a new year! And, around here, a new year means a new catalog!!!

Introducing the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog!

One of my very favorite bundles in this new catalog is the Rainbow of Happiness Bundle (157727) which includes the Rainbow of Happiness photopolymer stamp set (157721) and the Brilliant Rainbow dies (157726)

But, before I continue with my project… I have to show you my inspiration for it.

This is Stella! Stella Layne Rose Cantrell…. But you may call her Stella Bean like the rest of us do!

8 months

Stella is 8-1/2 months old and is my oldest grandchild. (You might remember Wayland, my grandson from a couple blogs ago.) She had an early start in life.

One day old

She was born 9 weeks early at 31 weeks. But, she was a fighter and is now healthy and thriving and living her best life with Grandma Jo! She is my sidekick, my co-worker, and my travel buddy. She is also the main reason I am tired and cranky! LOL

So, now that you have met Stella… you might understand why she is the inspiration for these cards. I need to find a color scheme for her room. So I present to you, three different options. Let me know what your favorite is!

This first color combination is Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze, and Petal Pink

This next color combination is Polished Pink, Blushing Bride and Smokey Slate.

And, the final color combination is Evening Evergreen, Cajun Craze, and Petal Pink.

Well, that’s all the new I have for you… on to the next!

Stamper’s Dozen January 2022 Blog Hop

  1. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  2. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  3. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  4. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  8. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  9. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  10. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  11. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  12. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Winter Wishes

Hello and Welcome 🙂

Here it is, ten days before Christmas. Is there anyone out there like me? Maybe the guys? I haven’t bought but two presents. I just cannot get into the Christmas spirit this year. I think the weather is too warm here in Illinois. It should not be in the 60’s. And we need snow! Because without snow… there will be no penguins.

What’s that?

You didn’t know that penguins came to Illinois with the snow?

Well they don’t. But nothing says winter to me more than penguins. We will excuse the fact that some species live in warmer weather… Because in my mind, they live in igloos with the Eskimos (which I know is not correct by any stretch of the means!).

And who better to bring wishes of winter then a penguin – which just happens to be the theme of this month’s Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop… Winter Wishes.

With that… I present to you… a penguin and an igloo!!!

A few snowflakes stamped in Pool Party ink on a base of Pool Party cardstock sets the perfect wintery tone. My igloo was stacked using the Brink & Mortar embossing folder after I cut out a circle using the Layering Circle dies and a rectangle that was rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch. The snow bank was created using the Detailed Border dies and the Painted Texture embossing folder. Once the Winter Wonderland was comfy enough to be called a home, it needed a resident. I used the Penguin Place bundle to make the cute little penguin who wouldn’t be complete without the Playful Pets Trim scarf. I am sure with the Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes falling from the sky made it the perfect winter day!

This fine dapper penguin felt the igloo was too cold and he needed a winter wreath to live upon. I used the Gingerbread & Peppermint Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock to create the perfect little place for him to settle in the holidays under the Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon bow.

What penguin fun would it be without a kiss? I used the Penguin Builder Punch to create this little kiss holder. I created a small box to go in between the two penguins and added a little handle!

Well, that’s all I have for you today… I should probably go do some Christmas shopping while you go to explore what the others have in store for your wintery pleasure!

Stamper’s Dozen December 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs
  2. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  3. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  4. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  5. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  6. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  7. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  8. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  9. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  10. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  11. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Thankfulness

Welcome to my little corner of the world wide web and this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.

This month, our theme is Thankfulness and/or Gratefulness.

This is a theme that is fairly easy for me to express. I always try to let those around me how thankful I am for them. But, there is a small population of three that I often forget to thank. Those are my kidlets. But, they aren’t such kidlets anymore. They are all grown adults.

Throughout their growing up years, we had many adventures. I am so thankful for the memories those trips provided us. One time, we went to visit some friends in Toledo, Ohio and went to the Toledo Zoo. While visiting the polar bear exhibit, our friend was holding my oldest son (Dell) up in a window so he could see the large polar bear across the water. Dell was about 3 years old at the time. Next thing we knew, the polar bear spotted Dell and raced across the water and smashed into the glass. Scared Dell so bad he fell backwards, screaming and crying, into the arms of our friend. That was when my motherly instincts kicked in. I told Dell the polar bear was trying to kiss him. Thankfully, he believed me and calmed right down. It was many years before he discovered that was probably not the case. Now, Dell has a kidlet of his own and completely understands why I had basically lied to him all those years ago.

First, here is a cute picture of Wayland Luka Cantrell just for reference.

Next, is my card that I created.

The moment I saw the Artic Bears Stamp Set in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog, I thought of the polar bear trying to kiss Dell. He says trying to eat him… But still… polar bears will always remind me of that. I used a purple color scheme, including the last scraps of the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper that was available during the August-September Sale-A-Bration period. (I am sorry for using paper you can’t get anymore, but there are plenty of other designer series papers that would work great!)

Along with the Wink of Stella’d die cut icicles from the Polar Bears Dies, I added a Mesh Ribbon bow and some of the beautiful Opal Rounds to add interest to the card front around the polar bears on the card front.

Here is the inside of the card. It is sort of like a peak-a-boo card. The inside sentiment slides down when you open the card up. I used a tutorial by Srushti Patil and altered it just a bit.

Welp, that’s all i got for you this fine day…Here is the list of hoppers so you may continue on to find more great ways to show you are thankful!

Stamper’s Dozen November 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  2. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs
  3. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  4. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  5. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  8. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  9. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  10. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  11. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  12. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Chalkboard Technique

Hello and welcome to this month’s edition of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!

This month is all about a specific technique. It’s called the chalkboard technique. While some of you might not remember having a chalkboard in your classroom, I bet that a great many of you do. I loved getting to stay after school and clap the erasers!

This technique is simple yet produces gorgeous results. It is usually white ink on black card stock. But, I can’t be usual! For the majority of my childhood, I remember having green chalkboards! So I did the technique on Mossy Meadow card stock.

This first card is a quick and easy birthday card for the man who raised you. The base is Early Espresso. The background is one of the wood patterns from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. And the White Craft Ink images and sentiment are from the A Good Man stamp set.

This technique also makes gorgeous Christmas cards! The base is Real Red Cardstock. The background layer is from the Gingerbread & Peppermint 6×6 Designer Series Paper. And the sentiment and images are from the Peaceful Deer stamp set in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.

Well folks…. That’s all I have for you today. It’s time to hop along…

Stamper’s Dozen October 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  2. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  3. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs
  4. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  5. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  6. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  7. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  8. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  9. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  10. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Move Me

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

I am not sure about you, but this summer has been busy, busy, busy! I have been constantly on the move. So, the theme of this months hop fits perfectly into my life! It’s all about cards that move.

Here is the first card I made. It may not look like it moves, but just wait.. it’s not your normal gatefold card!

The ornament slides. I know right! How crazy! LOL Okay, it may not be that exciting, but it’s pretty cool.

It slides completely off. This is called a “slide and lock” card. It holds the gatefold card shut in lieu of a band.

To create the sliding lock, it takes four pieces of the same shape. Two are folded in half and sandwiched between the other two. I really should have taken a photo, but I forgot!

I didn’t think that was enough movement to consider this a card that moves.

It’s a shutter card too! And, since this was my first attempt ever at a shutter card, I didn’t use a small enough sentiment to show completely though the shuttering. I am sure who ever gets this card will understand the sentiment and appreciate the thought!

I decided to try again. This is the same design, but turned.

It was made with a larger sliding lock and a bunch of paper peppermints.

This time, the sentiment fits, but just barely. So, my tip is to use a smaller sentiment!

That’s all I have for you this month around! Here are the links to the other gals… Get moving! LOL

Stamper’s Dozen August 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!
  2. Donna Burk Schneidtmiller – Donna Stamps
  3. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  4. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s – Stamping in My Flops
  5. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  8. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  9. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place

Until next time… keep it simple, stampers!

🙂 Joanne