Stamper’s Dozen Thankful, Grateful & Blessed Blog Hop

Welcome to the November issue of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!

This month is all about being thankful and grateful… because we are so blessed.

It is often so easy to take for granted all the things we have, even during this time of global pandemic. But, we are often reminded of how fast everything can be taken away from us. That is why is is so important to always let others know how important they are to you.

With that in mind… I whipped up a very simple Thank You card using the Ornate Thanks stamp set.

To create this card, I used the Stamparatus. I stamped the “THANK YOU” in Smoky Slate ink and “ever so much” in Black Memento ink. I added a piece of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper and put it on a Basic Card base.

To make sure I was able to line it up on the Whisper White cardstock, I first stamped it onto a piece of the Small Grid Paper. Then I placed the white layer over this, place a magnet on it and started to stamp.

Of course, this wasn’t where I stopped… Just where I started!

This card has a blue ombre color scheme. The ink colors are Black Memento, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray and Balmy Blue. I added a bit of Misty Moonlight Ribbon to give it a little more pizzazz.

This card uses another sheet of the Plaid Tidings DSP on an Early Espresso card base. The ink colors are Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso. “For everything” is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I dressed it up with the Copper Metallic Ribbon and an Acorn Trinket.

Here is a Christmas Thank You Card. It uses Smokey Slate and Cherry Cobbler ink for the THANK YOUs and Black Memento ink for the smaller sentiment. I used the Sprig Punch to cut the greenery from Shaded Spruce cardstock. The hearts were punched from Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the Dog Punch.

And here is the last card. I saved it for last because I think it might be my favorite one!

The Ombre effect on this card was created using Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pretty Peacock, and Night of Navy inks. I added a Crumb Cake layer and some Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Thread. All this was placed on a Pretty Peacock card base. Oh my… a couple of the new Ladybug Trinkets must have crawled their way onto the card! 😉

So, that is all I have for you this month. Here is the list of the others gals participating in our hop this month… So hop along!

Stamper’s Dozen November 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 – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  7. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

IIBH – Happy Holidays

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that gather here each month on the 4th Thursdays to inspire folks like you to use ink, paper, and rubber stamps in a new way.

This month, our theme is HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Since I am in no where near ready for Christmas, or Thanksgiving for that matter… I decided to share with you a Halloween project I did for my son and his girlfriend to welcome them to their first apartment together.

First… Meet Dell and Emma.

If you have followed my blog for awhile, you may recall that Dell is my oldest son who is in the Navy. Him and Emma live in Maine. They love all things spooky! Essentially, their home has touches of Halloween all year long.

So, when I first saw the Aug-Dec Mini Catalog, I immediately got a thought in my mind.

If your mind works anything like mine, sometimes it is difficult to get those thoughts and pictures out and into a real-life project.

I am please to announce… I think I succeed. I will show you the parts first, then the whole.

This was the first piece that I did. You will see that a major feature of this project is the Hallows Night Magic suite as well as the Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper. For the frame, used one of the Ornate Layers dies to cut out a piece of the Highland Heather Velveteen Paper. I used Basic Black and Blackberry Bliss ink to add more depth to the frame. I stamped used Silver Embossing Powder to add the detail on the bats. For the moon, I used the Old World Paper Embossing folder and added texture with Basic Gray ink.

For this piece of the project, I featured spiders! I used the “tarnished foil” technique to apply gold and silver embossing powder on the Silver Foil that had embossed using the Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder. I embossed a smaller piece of Vellum Paper with the Cobweb and added Silver Embossing powder. Before I attached the frame to the DSP, I wrapped 1-1/2″ Metallic Mesh Ribbon around it to add more of a spider web feel.

For this piece, I cut the background frame from Silver Foil using one of the Detailed Bands dies. After I cut it out, I used the tarnish foil technique to add texture.

On this piece, I used Black Glitter Paper to cut the borders (Halloween Magic dies) and the frame (Ornate Frames dies).

This is the largest piece of the project. I am sure you are wondering where that ampersand is from. For that and their names, I used the retired Large Letters Alphabet dies. There are just some dies and stamps you won’t part with! This is one of those die sets for me!

If you didn’t notice the ampersand… maybe it was because you were trying to figure out the flowers. Well, they are poinsettias! I used the Poinsettia Dies to cut the flowers and add the veining (in one step). I then sponged the edges with VersaMark and tipped them with Silver Embossing powder. I used Black Staz-on to add the aging to the flowers (and everything else where was needed). In the center of each flower, I added an Iridescent Pearl.

I also added some of the leaves from the Poinsettia dies – tipped in silver as well! and, of course, there has to be spiders and bats all over

The spiders on this piece are cut from the Spider Die included with the Little Treat Box dies. I love how all the paper coordinates to give with a spooky feeling! “Love” came from the Well Written Dies.

I learned it is really hard to come up with an original idea for each piece of this project. They all had to tie together, but be different. So, I used bits from one piece on another piece. On this piece, I added a heart from the Playful Pets Trinkets.

Here, I used those retired dies again (sorry!). I also cut a Sprigs from the Black Glitter paper using the Sprig punch. THe background was embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder because it is manly! LOL I then lightly embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder. The Pretty Peacock border was cut using the Ornate Border dies.

This is the final piece of the project. For Emma’s background, I used the REIRED Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing folder – but only because it matched the DSP so well!

Here is the finished project. Because of the size of it, it was hard to take a picture of it without it reflecting the lights off the glass. I decided to put the glass back into the frame because it would keep the 3D items dust free. I am sure my child hates to dust as much as I do!

I sure hope you like this project… I know Dell and Emma do. I hope it is in the very least, somewhat inspiring! I can’t wait to make more poinsettias that don’t look like Christmas flowers!

It’s time to hop along now!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Color Challenge

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

This month, we were presented with a color challenge! Normally, I don’t think I do very well with these, so I really don’t like them. But, I have to tell you… I love these colors. The go so well together!

Aren’t these colors just so great together. It is a color scheme I would have probably used anyway!

I created a set of cards that I will be giving to a friend’s mother. I am going to be crashing their pumpkin canning party and didn’t think I should show up empty handed!

Let’s see the cards that are in the packet!

I was inspired by quilts… actually by barn stars / barn quilts to be more precise!

I used the smallest right triangle in the Stitched Triangle dies to create the “quilted” squares.

The sentiments are from the Band Together stamp set.

Of course, I also dressed u the insides…

All the insides basically look like this. I love that little detail in the corner. It looks like the start of a quilt pattern.

Of course, you can’t have naked envelopes…

And here is a little bit closer look at the case. This sentiment is from the Best Years stamp set.

Well, I hope you liked my little quilt cards as much as I do. I can’t wait to try them in all sorts of different colors!

It’s time to hop along now…

Stamper’s Dozen October 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

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Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Hopping with Kylie and the Gang

Welcome to this first hop of the 2020-2021 Demonstrator Support Program Blog Hop. And, thank you for hopping through all these blogs. We are a group of Stampin’ Up!© Demonstrators from all over the world that have come together to learn from Bruno and Kylie Bertucci and their amazing friends.

Being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator means that I get to have fun teaching people about combining paper, ink, and rubber stamps to make beautiful one-of-a-kind memories for their family, friends, and others.

This month our focus is on THANK YOU cards, notes, and projects.

One of the greatest things for me to receive is a thank you card. It just tells me that whatever I did for that person, no matter how small or how big, my act was appreciated. And, do we all know how nice it is to feel appreciated.

This sweet thank you card is perfect for those who have done something special for you. And, it can be done in any color that suits your fancy.

The simple blue color scheme for this card uses Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. But, it would look great using fall colors, Christmas colors, shades of red, even black and white!

This card features images from the Basket of Blooms photopolymer stamp set and sentiments from the Best Year cling stamp set – both of which can be found in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

The flower images were punched using the Small Bloom Punch. A touch of the Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon adds the perfect little touch.

For a complete list of the items as well as step-by-step directions, here is a printable project sheet for you to download.

Well, I hope you have liked what I had to inspire you with today. I look forward to seeing you back here next month.

Now, hop along and see what the others have for you!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

IIBH ~ The Great Outdoors

Welcome to the monthly Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop!

This month, we are all about the Outdoors. For some of us, we have just entered the warm and cozy fall season, while others are entering a beautiful and bright spring time!

I happen to live on the side of the world where it is Autumn! Here, when the leaves start to fall, the deer come out to play! It’s when Nature’s Beauty is at it’s best…

In fact, here is a card featuring the Nature’s Beauty stamp set!

The color scheme for this card is Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

The cute little deer was stamped on the background layer then stamped and fussy cut from a scrap piece of Very Vanilla.

Notice how the bare bushes were also stamped on the card base to add a little more dimension… 🙂

And, you can’t forget about the inside of the card. These sweet sentiments come from the Many Mates stamp set.

Here is a printable tutorial for you!

Well, that’s all the inky inspiration I have for you today! It’s time to hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop ~ Autumn Days


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