Welcome to Keep It Simple, Stampers! My name is Joanne Cantrell and I am from a tiny little town in the middle of the United States. Thank you so much for stopping by to see my project today!
Someone posted a wonderful card on Facebook that sparked my imagination. It was a dragon that was created by using the new petal punch. I thought it was a great idea. If I had a picture of it, I’d show it to you, but I don’t remember who posted it and it was a while back. But, That was my inspiration.
And, if you saw my last post, you have learned about how I am the maid with the dirty house. I create cards by the hundreds but I am the absolute worst when it comes to sending cards!
So, I made this card. With a purpose. To send it to my nephew. For his birthday. In a couple weeks.
My nephew has bearded dragons, so I was trying to make a card that looked like them. I failed miserably. See the dragon below for reference! His name is Spike!
First, I’ll give you a couple photos of how I created this card, then I’ll continue with my story.
Here are the colors I used…
I sponged the edges of the punched pieces using these colors.
Here are the punches used…
The scales were all punched using the bulb punch. The teeth are the leaves from the leaf punch. The circle punches and starburst punch created the eyes.
and, a little glimpse at how I lined up the scales.
I did try to do it by eye, but then the rows were getting all wonky, so I drew some lines. I used Tombow Multipurpose glue – in a line along the wide part of the bulbs. You can see a little of it peeking up between the bulbs in that top row.
When I finished the rows, and figured out how to make the top of the slider…
Oh, did I forget to mention this card is a gift card holder and it slides up. It is a Pocket card or whatever it is called these days
… anyway… It was looking like an owl so I added the silly eyes and the teeth.
Here is my mandatory close-up.
And here is the full card pulled out…
And, without the gift card in it’s pocket.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this project. I look forward to seeing you again! Now it’s time to hop along and see what every one else has for you!
You have stopped here in a small town in the middle of the United States to see what I have for you today. I will try no to disappoint!
So, I guess it’s time to be completely honest with you all. When it comes to sending cards, I am the worst! I make cards all the time. I must have thousands of them. But, I never send them or given them to anyone for any special purposes. I do give people cards to use and I do sell some of my cards at fairs, etc. I just never thing to make people a special card for their special occasion and send it.
Well, that’s not quite right either. I do think of it. I design the card in my mind. Lately, I just haven’t had the time to actually sit down and make it. And, if I want to give you a card, I want it to be made especially for you… Not just give you one out of my stash of club left overs and blog samples.
But, I am going to change that… With these two cards.
The theme for this IIBH monthly hop is Kids Cards and Crafts. So, my youngest niece turned 18 a week ago. I guess she is technically no longer a kiddo, but I think the card I made for her would make a great card for any cat-loving teenager.
I CASE’d (Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit) a card by Debra Harrison. But, I turned it into a gift card holder…
Yep!!! Check it out!
The gift card portion was inspired by Kat Kalthoff. I adapted her directions to suit my needs. It slides up when you open the card! What teenager wouldn’t like a fun gift card holder?
Here’s another shot of the inside with the fancy gift card removed!
And my mandatory close-up shot…
No, I didn’t do a tutorial for this card, but I do have some measurements for you and some photos to help out.
Base: 4-1/4″ x 11 scored at 3-1/2″ and 9″
Smokey Slate Base: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 3-1/2″ and 9″
Purple Posy Inside: 4-1/8″ x 7″, scored at /2″ and 5″. (Note: measurement is wrong on photo!)
Layers: Purple Posy: 3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″and 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″; Highland Heather: 3-1/4″ x 4″ a 1-3/4″ x 4″; and Whisper White: 3-3/8″ x 3-7/8″ – you will trim 1/2″ off after stamping.
And a couple tips… Use Tombow Multi-purpose glue or Tear and Tape to adhere the inside gift card inser to the card base. This will giveitthestrength needed to open and close multiple times as your teen shows off the card to all her friends!
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Well, I had better go get the real gift card and out this in the mail to her! Time for you to hop along down the line…
In my Stamper’s Dozen blog hop post on Sunday, I talked about how I label my sponges… so I decided to show y’all.
First of all, here are the labels that I use.
(I had a really inky Blackberry Bliss sponge so I tried to get rid of some of the ink on my extra labels!)
I’m not sure where the original file came from but I downloaded it a couple years ago and just change it as the new In Colors come out.
Here is how I use them on the sponges.
I use the now retired SU mini stapler to attach the labels to the sponges. I know you can find other mini staplers in office supply stores and craft stores. The labels are not sticky enough to stick to the sponges without it. Two staples keep it securely in place.
I always print several copies of the label sheets. I use them to label all sorts of things. I do write on the sheet of labels what it is for, then when I need to label something, I will have the label I need for that item.
I also use them on my daubers…
Trust me, you will want sheets of these around because the time to prepare for color tool labeling is before you actually need them. It’s always hard to go back and try to figure out what the color is supposed to be.
Other uses are…
Color Coach (I use clear labels for this)
Containers of colored silicon for shaker cards
Containers of colored embossing paste
And many more…
I use AVERY 5167 Return Address labels. They will work on any brand label that is compatible with those.
And, here is the file so that you can print your own.
Hello and welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!
Our theme for this month is Color My World. Our aim is to show you projects using our favorite coloring tools.
Well, my favorite coloring tool lives in a pineapple under the sea… it’s Stampin’ Sponge, Color Tool (said in my best “Sponge Bob, Square Pants chanting voice! )
Such humble little creatures they are. They are often overlooked when folks are looking to add splashes of color to their projects. Don’t overlook these most marvelous coloring tools. They are so eager to absorb some ink for you!
This is how I store my sponges. It’s a crafty organizing container I got at Walmart. I liked it because I can make the areas bigger and smaller… And store my daubers with then. To label my sponges, I use return address labels that I printed with all the colors and their color family. I use a small stapler to attach it to the sponges. (I printed an extra sheet of the labels for the daubers.). They are stored by rainbow and not by family so blues don’t get into oranges!
Sponges can be used multiple ways. One of the most used methods is the flicking method. It’s where you hold the card stock in one hand and flick the sponge along the edge to highlight it. I used the method in the first two cards I have to show you.
This card uses the To a Wild Rose stamp set and coordinating dies. I used Melon Mambo ink and paper.
I also used a sponge to apply the color to the inks. This set is a Distinktive photopolymer stamp set. In order to get the photo-like stamped image, you can’t have too much ink on the stamp. Using a sponge allows you to better control how much ink is applied.
This card uses that same flicking method. But, before I did, I roughed up the paper a bit using the edge of my scissors. I also crumpled it a bit before I inked it.
You will also noticed I used the sponge to apply color (Basic Black) to the front of the paper to, to bring out some of the lines and soften the Whisper White.
I used the Sailing Home stamp set and the coordinating dies. The paper is Basic Black, Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstock as well as the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.
This card used both the flicking method and the coloring method that I used above. It just adds a bit of aging to the paper.
On this card, I used Early Espresso ink, Night of Navy cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, and Very Vanilla cardstock. Oh, on the milk can, that is Granite Gray cardstock and silver embossing powder. The stamp set is the Country Home set and I used the Layering Ovals dies. I added a little Crumb and Navy twine and a piece of Burlap ribbon… 🙂
This card used Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo inks. I did a bit of “masking” by tearing a sheet of scrap cardstock. I applied the Petal Pink first using the sponge. It’s okay if it looks splotchy because it will blend in as you swirl the sponge around adding layers of colors. Now, don’t go over board because you can apply more color but you can’t take it away. Next, I placed one of the pieces of the torn paper over the pink and applied the Flirty Flamingo ink. Then I covered the Flamingo with the other side of the torn cardstock and sponged on the Melon Mambo. When I was done, I used the three colors to blend them together a bit.
I used the Enjoy Life stamp set and Memento ink. It looks like a sunset in a wild west desert
For this card, I used one of the oval dies to create a mask. I then sponged Balmy Blue ink into the cut out. It leaves a perfect spot of color right in the middle. I used the Enjoy Life stamp set here as well.
For the butterflies, I sponged Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry ink on a bit of a scrap piece of Whisper White (Pumpkin on the top and bottom and Curry in the middle). Then, I stamped over the sponging with the butterflies in Memento ink. I used the Butterfly Duet punch to punch out the butterflies. Don’t forget to add the bodies before you punch them out
Oh, please continue to bear with me… There’s just one more card… I know, I got carried away. But, I love sponging and stamping!
This is an embossed resist card. I used clear embossing powder and VersaMark ink to stamp the fern leaves. Then, I covered them with Mint Macaroni ink. When done, I used a tissue to wipe the extra ink off the embossing.
I used the Daisy Lane stamp set and Daisy Punch. The oval is from the mask I created in the butterfly card.
Well, that’s it from me today. Go hop on over the others now!
Well, here we are again! The monthly Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop! Who’s excited? I am!!! I can’t wait to see what these ladies have done with their new goodies from the new catalog.
So, without further ado, let’s see what I did for you all!
So, here you go… This is called a Pocket letter.
Pocket letters are a new way to send letters to people. They use a standard trading card pocket sheet protector which is 8 1/2″ x 11″ with 9 pockets that hold an 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ things…
And, when you are all done creating the pockets, you slip a note in one of the pockets and put it in a standard size business envelope (#10) and send it off to a pen pal! What a great way to share with your friends!
I decided to out a Stampin’Up! spin on this using the new Sail Away product suite for the new Annual Catalog.
Here is a look at each pocket up close…
Well, that is all I have for you. It’s time for you to hop along…
Welcome to this month’s installment of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop where this small group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the globe gather to give you a bunch of inspiration using ink (and paper and stamps, too!). I really hope you are able to find something that spurs you on!
You may have gathered from the title of my blog that this month’s theme is “NEW ANNUAL CATALOG SNEAK PEEK!” I am sure that you have seen a few things here and there form other demonstrators. Once we get our hands on anything new, we are eager to share it with you. And, the products from this catalog are no different.
One of the set that I am really excited about in this new catalog is Daisy Lane. It’s like a sister set to the Delightful Daisy set that came out last year. It even has a new coordinating punch – the Medium Daisy Punch. I can’t wait to get that.
So, this Daisy Lane set offers a daisy with a little more detail as well as images from the side and a stem. There are also a couple new sentiments in a beautiful font.
I took a cue from Julie DiMatteo. She created a very simple card using this set. I just changed the colors a bit…
Here is my version…
I used the one of the new 2019-2021 In Colors – Purple Posey. It’s a perfect light purple. The ink is Gorgeous Grape for the flower, stem, and sentiments. I used the sponge dauber to apply Daffodil Delight ink to the center of the flower.
To give a little more bulk to the flower, I stamped and punched three layers. I used Tombow Multi-purpose glue to attach them all together. Then I used a Dimensional to lift of the card.
Sorry, I don’t have a close up for you. But here is the inside.
I did CASE the inside from someone but for the life of me I can’t remember who. And, don’t forget to Gussy up your envelope too. No naked envelopes allowed!
Well, that’s it for me today. Hop along now and see what the others have in store for you!
Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!
This is the happiest saddest month of the Stampin’ Up! year.
It’s just about time for a new catalog to come out which make me happy! The new products are so great!
Yet, in order to make room for all the great new products, we have to say goodbye to some of our old favorites. So… this is the last chance you have to get them. That makes me sad.
For this hop, I have decided to feature a couple products for one last hoorah!
Picture Perfect Photopolymer Stamp Set
2017-2019 In Color Designer Series Paper
Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, ink, and Ruffled Ribbon
Here is a photo of what I hope to inspire you with today! If you joined my Live and Inkin’ Facebook Live last week, or watched the replay, you saw me create these cards.
I used a ONE SHEET WONDER template for these cards. It was originally created by Kathy Roney who has inspired several others with it. A one sheet wonder is a great technique to easily create multiple cards in a relatively short amount of time. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any Designer Series Paper (aka DSP). #loveitchopit
Here is the template. You will notice that I have converted everything to metric as well. Hopefully with will make it easier for y’all that are outside the US.
This template makes 6 cards. I have color coded the template as well as the sketches to help match things up. If you are anything like me, you will pay more attention to the colors then to the dimensions given. 😉
These are all the basic sketches that I used for this set of cards. Most are what Kathy created, a few are what others used.
Now, let’s take a look at each card and it’s sketches up close…
Card #1: I wrapped the ribbon around the layer like a present and tied it in a bow.
Card #2: I wrapped a length of ribbon around the card front and adhered it where it would be hidden by the DSP layer using glue dots. Then, I tied a bow around the layer but did not slide it into position over the other ribbon until AFTER it was attached to the card front using Dimensionals.
Card #3: Yes, I put the layers on the wrong side… Maybe it was in on purpose to show the flexibility of the sketch. Maybe it was really to cover up an inky mistake . You’ll never know (but if you guessed the latter, you are probably not wrong! Lol)
To wrap ribbon around a card front in this direction, VERY CAREFULLY use your (open) Snips to cut a small slice along the fold of the opened card front. The slit should be positioned where you want the ribbon to lay and just long enough to slip the ribbon through. You may need to use your piercing tool or your snips to help carefully push the ribbon through.
Card #4: Nothing too fancy here. Just attached a simple bow to the DSP layer with a glue dot!
Card #5: Notice the ribbon is not wrapped around anything. I tied a bow with one very long tail. Next, I strategically placed the Dimensionals on the back of the DSP. Then I held the long tail against the DSP layer as I attached it. I used a glue dot to attach the knot of the bow to the card front and one at the edge of the card front to hold the long tail in place.
And, Card #6: I ran SNAIL along the back of the too layer and pressed the ribbon on it. I then used Dimensions to pop it up from the card front. As far as placing the diamonds in the right spot… I place the middle one first, even if I don’t adhere it. You will probably want that one in the center!
Just a few more tips and tricks that I used…
First of all, “dry fit” everything. I am a form believer of this! Cut your pieces then lay everything out as it will go on the card BEFORE you stamp anything… and more importantly, before you use any adhesive. I actually printed the graphic of all the sketches on an 11″ x 17″ piece of paper so I could lay them out on it.
Feel free to add more… Feel free to add less. The great thing about this template and my sketches are they are completely customizable. Make these your own – then share in the comments so we can all see your creativity!
Well, that’s all I have for you today! Go on and check it the rest of the Stampers Dozen Blogs!
I am so excited! This month I have the privilege of taking part in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop Highlights. Each month, Kylie gathers a bunch of blogs from around the world all focused on the same theme. The hoppers (like you) can then vote for your favorites and the top 10 then participate in a blog hop.
A sneak peek at my card…
And, here is my shameless plug… please vote for me. 🙂
This month’s theme for the Blog Hop is ENCOURGEMENT.
Everyone needs a little love everyone now and again. Sending a handmade card is a great expression of love!
But… is it just me, or is it sometimes hard to come up with something to show that special man in your life just how much he amazes you?
Well, my poor husband has had to put up with me which I am sure is not an easy thing to do! In my eyes, that makes him pretty much the most amazing man in the whole world! I should know.. I have had to live with me for my whole life! LOL I’m sure he has spent the last 22 years shrugging his shoulders and rolling his eyes. Luckily he loves me enough to let me be me. So, I thought I should at least make him a card… right!?! It’s the least I could do. I make cards constantly. Surely I can make him one for a change!
So, here is the official view of the card.
Plain and simple. That is what he is all about!
For this card, I went with a very masculine, outdoorsy theme. I used Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Cardstock to create the layers. I used the largest two dies from the Stitched Rectangle dies for those layers. Then, for the sentiment layer, I used the largest of the smallest.
When you receive the dies, they come all nice and neat on the backing paper. They are in two groups… a group of larger dies and a group of smaller dies – longer thinner rectangles. That’s where that sentiment was cut from. Oh… I did stamp it before I cut it.
The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. This is the new Lovely as a Tree, which is unfortunately retiring at the end of the month when the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog comes out. I stamped it in Early Espresso ink.
Let’s see that close up…
I used the leave dies from the Nature’s Roots Dies to create the leaves. I attached them with glue dots. Then I used a glue dot to attach the little silver leaf from the Leaves Trinkets. And, to finish off the look, I tied a bow using the Crumb Cake Twine from the Nature’s Twine pack.
Oh… did you notice that little stitching around bottom layer – on the card base. I just used a journaling pen to create that. It’s not as perfect as the die… but it provided that little extra touch – as does that leaf up in the corner. 🙂
Well, here is the list of the supplies that I used on this card…
Well, hello there! You have landed at my little corner of the interwebs. I am Joanne Cantrell and I hail from an itty bitty town in the middle of the United States.
You are hopping along through this month’s installment of the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. We are a small group of avid Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from around the world. You may have gathered that our theme for the month is GRATITUDE!
I am always grateful. The fact that I get to wake up, eat breakfast with my daughter who I love… Go to work at a job that I love with people that I love… Come home to see my wonderfully patient husband who I love… And maybe talk to my sons who I love… Then, I get to go up to my craft room and create inspiring projects for you hoppers that I love!
Without love, you really can’t understand what gratitude is. And, there is even more to be thankful for… The new 2019-2021 In Colors!!!
Can I get an woot-woot!?!
So, what better way to show my gratitude to Stampin’ Up! then to show you a great project I created using two of the new colors…
What… I know, right!!! Are these not simply the best?
This card uses the new Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray… And a little Very Vanilla just for fun!
If you are thinking that the Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set is just for the fall, you are so wrong. As I learned from Yami Mohr, the color combinations are limitless. I saw Yami had a blue and pink combo, so I thought, “Why not?”.
What do you think? Are you grateful that I showed you this? I am grateful the I found Yami’s wonderful card to CASE. And I would be so very grateful if you wanted to CASE it as well. 🙂
Let’s take that up close look…
See that little stitching effect? I used the Stitched Rectangle dies that are being carried over into the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. If you would like your very own copy of it… Just drop me an email and I will get one off in the mail to you as soon as they arrive!
And, we can’t forget the inside…
Don’t look at it too closely or you will see that I messed up the flower in the corner. But, in my defense… I am sure you also haven’t used this set in months. So I forgot how to create the look. Haha! It is just the two-step stamping… But I thought it was so much harder! I have no idea what I was thinking! 😂
Well, I guess now I will give my tips to make that little stitching.
Well, first you need to cut a Very Vanilla and Seaside Spray layer. They are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then you need to measure. I measured up from the bottom and made a tiny little mark with a pencil of the edge.
Next, I slipped the layer into the largest rectangle die like shown below…
See how the die is lined up on this marks… But, you have to be very careful with you cut it. You only have to cut the one part. So you have to put it on the die cut machine the right way …
You only have to roll that one part in then right back out. If you roll the whole platform through, you will emboss the other end of the cardstock. And, no… I didn’t learn from experience! Lol. I realized that as I was rolling it though and stopped just in time! Heeheehee!
Of course, you don’t need to use the dies at all, you can just cut it at an angle and get the second effect!
Well, that’s all I’ve got for y’all today! Hope you have been inspired by what you have seen so far in your hop… I nsure there are a great many more inspiring projects to follow!
Hello and welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop! I am so excited you are here!
You are currently stopped at Joanne Cantrell. I hail from a tiny town in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the United States.
So, our theme for this month is a color challenge. Ugh! I am not good at these… but that won’t stop me from trying! The colors we are being challenged to use are Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green and Grapefruit Grove. Perfect colors for spring! They just give you happy feels! Can you not feel the sun just radiating off of them?
So, lets see what I was able to come up with using these colors…
Here is the first one…
The black background layer really makes the colors pop! After I adhered the strips to the layer, I stamped the starburst image from Birthday Backgrounds stamp set using Versark ink. This made it easy to get the desired effect without having to clean the stamp between ink colors!
The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set. I tied it all up with a little of the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.
And, here is a sneak peek of the inside!
The next card…
Everyone loves a bouquet of balloon for their birthday. The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners.
I used the Balloon Bouquet punch and punched out a few balloons. For that special touch, I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to add the reflection.
The strings were unraveled Grapefruit Grove threads from the Nature’s Twine pack. If you untwist it, you get three strands. If you untwist each of those, you get three more… :).
I had a couple extra balloons to put in the inside.
And, there’s this one…
I just love the Bubble Over bundle. Which knew this set would be perfect for this color challenge! Well obviously I did!!!
I cut the bottles from vellum and sponged the color on the backs.
And then I added a bunch more bubbles to the inside!!!
Oh… wait… Here is one more!
Yes siree… That is the Jar of Love stamp set and the Every Jars dies! Thank you for asking!
A note on the water… I used Balmy Blue and the water image stamp. I stamped on the back of the vellum. But, then I didn’t think it was dark enough. I decided to also stamp the water directly on to the card base. I think it helps give the illusion that the stems are in water, don’t you!?!
Don’t forget the inside… It’s basic, but enough to offset the special note you will write inside!
So, surprisingly enough, this color scheme was actually really easy to work it. I had fun with this and I hope it’s inspiring!
I guess it’s time to go see what the other ladies have done with these colors…
You may have noticed that there aren’t quite a dozen of us this time around. We all live very busy lives that include births, deaths, injuries, jobs, new Stampin’ Up! Catalogs, etc. Please keep us all in your prayers as we adjust to whatever life changes come our way. We hope to bring you all fabulous projects for the years to come!