Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Let’s Sale-A-Brate!

Cue the confetti – it’s time for a SALE_A-BRATION!!!

It’s that time in the Stampin’ UP! year where you get to earn FREE stuff just for ordering stuff you knew you were going to get anyway!  And, who doesn’t love a little FREE stuff coming their way every now and again?  Not this gal, that’s for sure!

So, the theme of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop for this month is all about the SALE-A-BRATION catalog.  It’s truly the best thing since sliced bread in the Stampin’ Up world right now…  and as you hop through the blogs here, you will soon see why!

In fact, I love the items in the catalog so much.. I used two of them on the card I have to show you!

First, let’s talk about the products…

I used the Lots of Lavender Photopolymer Stamp Set (147194) along with the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes (147242).


The stamp set is a multi-step image meaning that you stamp the outline of the flowers then you can “color” them in with the other images in the set.  And, I may add.. they definitely do not need to be stamped in LAVENDER as the name suggests.  There are tons of other colors that they would be happy being stamped in… as you will see below!

And, let’s talk about the Cards and Envelops… how great are those?  They come in four awesome colors and will coordinate with the other 46 colors in the Stampin’ UP! rainbow.

Here is how I combined the two…

A plain and simple card, perfect for any occasion.

I stamped the outline in Old Olive the leaves and stems in Pear Pizzazz, the bow in Calypso Coral, and the flowers in Daffodil Delight.  The card base is Daffodil Delight as is the scallop oval behind the image. The strip of green is Pear Pizzazz.  I added a tag stamped in Calypso Coral as well as a layer of Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral behind the sentiment that was tied on with some Linen Thread.

Oh, what the heck… here is a project sheet for it!

Proj Sheet – Lots of Yellow

You can earn one of these SALE-A-BRATION items with a $50 purchase, or get them both for a $100 purchase.

Wonder what everyone did?  Me too!

Hop on over to Kelly Acheson’s projects

Or hop back to Debbie Naylor’s

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne


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RemARKably Created Blog Hop: Bundled Up!

Welcome to Keep It Simple, Stampers!  My name is Joanne Cantrell and I am from a tiny town in the middle of Southernmost Illinois in the middle of the United States.

Out theme for this month is BUNDLED UP!  That means each blog you visit during this hop will feature one or more of the bundles available in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.

If you haven’t received your copy of this catalog yet, what are you waiting for?  Just email me and I will get one sent out to you!

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So, my project features the FRUIT BASKET BUNDLE (145977).

 This bundle includes the Fruit Basket Photopolymer Stamp Set (145833) and the adorable Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (145657). It’s part of the Tutti Frutti product suite found on pages 28-29.

I used the stamps and the fruit slice punch to create my card.. but I also added the cutest Designer Series Paper you have ever seen.  Check it out…

It was so hard to choose which pattern to use!  But, in the end, I went with the watermelons…

Is that not just the cutest!

So, are you asking yourself where I got that card and envelope from?  It’s from the new 2018 SALE-A-BRATION catalog.  This tiny catalog is full of all sorts of FREE stuff you can earn with every $50 or $100 purchase…  So, by adding the Lemon Lime Finely Woven Ribbon to the bundle and the DSP, you have a $50 order in the US and can get the card/envelopes for FREE!

Dontcha just need them?  They are perfect to go with this suite.. but they can do more.  Come back in a couple hours and check out another card I made with using the Daffodil Delight card.

Until then, here is a close up on the fruit basket!


Those little watermelon slices were so easy to make – the stamp set comes with the three stamps: the outline, the rind, and the center.  I probably could have used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the seeds.. but whose got the time for that!?!

So, I stamped a couple extra slices and punched them out with the little punch.  And. I’ll give you a tip – these punches are meant for the stamps, so they cut really close and don’t leave a border – therefore, I would not have needed to stamp the outline because it was just cut off!  So, save a step!!!

Now, just because I am in a very giving mood today, the complete supply list can be found at the bottom of this post  Oh what the heck… here is a project sheet too!

Proj Sheet – Watermelons Galore

Well, that’s it from me for now… check back in a couple hours for another project with the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!

Here’s the list of blogs…  Get hoppin’!

Until next time…keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne Cantrell

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Card Sketch #10

Well, it has been quite a while since I did a new card sketch.

This one was inspired by the card on page 13 of the NEW SALE-A-BRATION brochure.  It uses the Bubble & Fizzes Designer Series Paper that is only available for FREE in this brochure and only for a limited time.  It is such a fun and playful DSP.  I used it on that gift card holder that I made for Dell a few posts back.

So, with no further ado…

Think of all the wonderful cards you can make with this sketch!

I would love to see what sort of cute things you come up with using this.. please post them below so I can see!

Until next time…keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

From Hatchling to Eagle!

Sorry for this.. but I am just going to take a second to brag on my little monkey in the middle for a moment.

You see this kid.. yes, the one right here…

Just look at that face!  How could you not love it?

Well, he did the unthinkable…  Actually it is totally thinkable but still a great achievement.

He had earned the rank of Eagle Scout!  This is the highest rank a boy can earn in the Boys Scouts of America.  It was a long road full of ups and downs and all-arounds… But this boy…

He never gave up…

He stood true…

He plugged on and put in the work…

Completed his Eagle Project…

And now, it’s time to party!!!

Okay – so, what kind of Stampin’ Up mom of an Eagle Scout would I be if I didn’t get creative with his Court of Honor invitations?  Afterall, it’s what you came here to see, right!

This is the outside.  I created a pocket card.  Printed the patches and badges onto cardstock and fussy cut them…

Ignore the error in the date… He caught it and we re-printed before we made and sent the invites.

With all this being said… I am now off to start planning the decorations and food and complete the program for the ceremony!

I can’t tell you how proud of my little Oopie Boopie!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne





RemARKably Created Sale-a-bration Kick Off Blog Hop

It’s my favorite time of year… the days are getting longer…  the Christmas Carols are gone…  I have eaten the last of the cookies that are preventing me from eating healthy (no, seriously… they just sit there and yell at me until I eat them! LOL).. and, It’s time to SALE-A-BRATE!

This time of the year, it’s all about the FREE stuff.  Now, who doesn’t love getting things for free?

During SALE-A-BRATION, for every $50 you order, you can earn something for FREE… Absolutely FREE!  And, added BONUS – there are now a couple great items you can get for free with $100 order.  YAY Stampin’ UP!

But then, the question is… what do you do with it once you get it?

Hop through these blogs to see a ton of great projects made with the FREE SALE-A-BRATION items.  And, remember, these are all things you can earn for FREE with a $50 or $100 Stampin’ Up order.

For my project, I chose the BEAUTIFUL PEACOCK stamp set.  This is a lovely little set that includes a two part peacock and other leafy images.  And, even if you are not a peacock lover per se, the images in this set make a great faux DSP, don’t you think?

I layered Bermuda Bay card base with Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.  I used Bermuda Bay for the leafy images, Lemon Lime Twist for the little flowers, and Tranquil Tide for the dots.  The peacock body and plumage were stamped in Tranquil Tide, colored in with a Lemon Lime Twist marker and fussy cut.  The sentiment is in Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist!

The hardest thing about making this card was trying to stamp random leafy images… so they turned out not as random as I wanted, but still looks great, don’t you agree!

Now, hop along to see what the other Stampers have created for you using these great FREE Products!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne







Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Fun Folds Galore!

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from pretty much smack dab in the middle of the United States.

This month’s theme is one of my favorites – FUN FOLDS!  Who doesn’t love a card that is a little out of the norm?  Something a little different?  Well, that’s what our blog is all about this month.  Of course, fun folds don’t just have to include cards, they can also include boxes and other fun things that are folded… hence the name 🙂

So, I know you came here looking to see what I have created for this challenge.  And, we will get to it… Just a quick explanation first.

As you may know – my oldest child is in the Navy.  He is stationed in Connecticut.  Upon talking to him a few weeks ago, he told me he would not be home for Christmas.  So, since mailing him to tons of gifts I would love to give him is sort of out of the question, we decided to do gift cards.  But, since I am a Stampin’ UP! kinda gal, just sending him an envelope full of plastic would not be enough.  So, I scoured Pinterest and found a lovely tutorial by someone who I can’t remember (nor can I find the pin… but I will and let you know whose original creation it was!)

Anywhoo….Dell came home and surprised us.  And, I hadn’t done the gift card album yet.  Then, next thing I knew, his dad was just giving him a handful of gift cards!  No card, no bag, … nothing… just a handful of cards with a “Here, Merry Christmas, Son!” Oh my…

Good thing his birthday is in a couple weeks and we plan on giving him more gift cards…  Because it gave me the opportunity to do this fun fold project!

While, it was a little tricky to figure out how to make it… Once I did, I was on a roll!!!

Here is the inside of the creation!

  • The front of the gift card holder extraordinaire! It holds six gift cards!

If you are wondering where the tutorial is for this project, you will have to wait until after the first of the New Year.  It’s nearly impossible to do one on my phone and I am boycotting my office until then! But, I can tell you this does include a new bundle out of the 2018 Occasions Catalog!

Either way, I hope the project you’ve seen here on my blog today has inspired you to create your own gift card holders and brightened your day in the meantime

Again, you are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell.  Please see the list below to 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


Calling All Bargain Shoppers!!!

Who doesn’t love a great deal?   Stampin’ Up! just refreshed the Clearance Rack products and it’s the perfect time to visit my online store. After all, I am sure you are a shopper who is always in search of the best bargain you can find which makes the Clearance Rack is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

So, it’s time to stock up — a Clearance Rack refresh doesn’t happen often and you won’t want to miss out on saving up to 70% on your favorite last-call items!

Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite things on the Clearance Rack

Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper    60% OFF

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This DSP is perfect for adding just the right touch of that special something to any card.  While, many of the coordinating colors are now retired, it looks great with Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Copper Foil!

Here is a simple card made with a square of the DSP.

Here is another idea made with the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper.  I love making those dress cards!

And, though some of the items on the supply list are now retired…  There are so many other things available that you can use to recreate this card… so here is a project sheet!

Proj Sheet – All Dressed Up

Another of my favorite things on the Clearance Rack is…

Botanical Builder Framelits Dies    70% OFF

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Don’t worry if you don’t have the stamp set to go with these, it is absolutely not necessary.  So, ignore the stamping on the card I am about to show you… instead focus on those beautiful flowers…

Here they are up close and personal..

Whisper White Cardstock and some Rose Red ink…  That’s all that’s needed to create beautiful a beautiful Plumeria!

Oh, I added some on the inside too!

And, my final item to share with you today is…

Outdoor Adventures Framelits Dies   40% OFF

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These dies are very versatile as well.  They don’t need the stamp set to make them stand out!  Here are a couple projects I created with them.

This card is a great blank canvas that can be used for any occasion.  This one happens to be a more masculine Christmas card…  But the possibilities are limitless.

I channeled my inner Uncle Si for this one.  But, you can use any sentiment with the mountains and the clouds.

Well, those are just a few of my favorite things you can find on the Clearance Rack.. What are you waiting for???

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne



Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop – Sneak Peek

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the web to catch a sneak peek of the new items coming out in January.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell.

So, I have not placed my pre-order yet.  I am waiting until the end so that I can use my Christmas bonus so I can get even more goodies!!!  That being said – all these products were ordered from the OnStage Product Purchase Premier.  This is one of the best perks of being a demonstrator!

So, here is my first project…

This uses the new Party Pandas (147218/147221) from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  That means you can get it FREE with a $50 US order.

But, you may not recognize that embossing folder I used either.  It is part of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (145656) found in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.

Proj Sheet – Panda Hi

This card features the new Let the Good Times Roll BUNDLE!  Bundles are great because you can order the stamp set and the dies/punch and save money!  This bundle features the Let the Good Times Roll Stamp Set (145687) and the Thrill Ride Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (145650).

Proj Sheet – Good Times Roll

Wait… What?  You don’t see any dies used here?  Oh… they are on the inside!

You use the dies to great a roller coaster that pops up when you open the card!

Another perk of being a demonstrator and being able to go to OnStage – the biannual 1-3 day extravangaza hosted by Stampin UP! – is PRIZE PATROL!  The tril that you get when they call your color is like winning the lottery.  Granted, I have never played the lottery, but if I did…

Anywho… this is the set that I won!

It’s called Magical Day (145854/145857) and can be found in the Occasions Catalog.  It is part of a suite that comes with dies, designer paper, glimmer paper, and more…  But since I haven’t placed my pre-order all I had was the stamp set.  So, here is a simple yet very fun card.  What little dude in your life would love this?

Proj Sheet – Magical Wizard

And, a little bonus I CASE’d a card from someone using the mermaid from the set above.  I didn’t have the new glimmer paper, but this was from last year’s Sale-a-Bration.  I have been told that the blue match while the green used here in the old Mint Macron In-Color.  The new green is more vibrant.  But, you get the idea!

A little sponging and a little coloring with the new Blends and a few glittery circles later…

Well, that’s all from me today!  Can’t wait to hop around and see what the others bloggers have done with their creativeness!

Hop on little ones…

Until next time… Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne



Stampers Dozen Blog Hop – Non-Traditional Christmas

The rules are simple… Christmas projects:  NO RED / NO GREENNo shades of red / no shades of green.

But this is Christmas!  How can you do Christmas without the red and the green?  Oh my, dear one…  We are here to show you!

Truth be told, I am pretty sure that I took the easy way out this month.  I mean, after all, I picked one stamp set to showcase. Yep… just one!  You see, this month it’s all about the colors.  And, I think that this set is one that doesn’t ever need to be showcased in red and green.  In fact, I think red and green may be a bit harder to incorporate with this  one.

The stamp set I am talking about is the STAR OF LIGHT (#142110). This set has great sentiments and beautiful images.

No red or green here… Instead you will find Fresh Fig!  And of course, some silver tossed in for good measure!

Hers is a close up on that star.  The detail is dazzling!

And, did you know you can emboss ribbon?  I mean, I knew you could stamp on it… Turn it colors even… But I’ve never seen embossing on it…  But lookie there.  Of course, don’t look too close as it is not my best embossing work!

Let’s take a look at some more …

Another purple and silver.  I just love that color combination… don’t you?!?

Oh look at that!  Would you have ever thought that browns were Christmas colors?  I guess when you add copper and beautiful images, you are bound to get a great looking project!  (Truth be told, I was inspired by Carol Payne’s card!  I had a sneak peek at it a last week!)

And finally… Blue and gold.  Another one of my favorite color combinations.  I guess I spent too many years as a cub scout mom!  For the background, I started with Whisper White and embossed the stars with white embossing powder.  Then, I sponged on layers or Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, and Basic Black.  Then, since I didn’t have a tissue handy to wipe the ink off the embossed stars, I wiped it with a baby wipe.  Of course, that took off some of the ink… But I love the way it turned out!

Well, that’s it from me this month…Hop on over to see what Patty Chenail has to offer you!

Or, if you are going the other direction… hop back to Debbie Naylor had up her sleeve this month.

Until next time… Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne




Stamp-a-lot easier!!!

That’s exactly what the STAMPARATUS can do for you!

Introducing the new stamp positioning tool from Stampin’ Up!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Do you need some product details?  Well, here you go…

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD

If you are anything like me and dying to get your hands on this great new tool… the reservation window is now open and will remain open until December 30, 2017.

But you will need to know a couple of important things…

You must have a credit card to reserve your Stamparatus but it will not be charged until the product ships in March.

Speaking of shipping… they will be shipped on a first in / first out priority.  That means the sooner you reserve it, the sooner they will ship it to you.

They will not be closing this reservation window early. (If you are up on your latest Stampin’ news, you will know that the first reservation window was for a limited number of units that were gone in 15 minutes).  If they sell 100, or 1,000,000, the window will remain open for the full length promised.

And, most importantly… this is your last chance to reserve a Stamparatus before made available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog in June.  Do not wait… RESERVE TODAY!!!

Not sure about it yet… well, check out the Stampartus in action!

Five Must Know Things about the STAMPARATUS

Ready to reserve but not sure the steps…  Check out this cheat sheet!


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Let me know if you were successful or if you need some help!

Until next time…  Keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne