The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop: Last Call for Sale-a-Bration


You are currently visiting 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.

Today’s theme for the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop is Last Call!  And I might add, this is the perfect time to looking at the Sale-a-Bration items before they are gone!

So, with two weeks left in the Sale-a-Bration season, there are tons of FREE Products to choose from.  Click on any of the blow graphics to download the brochure…

Yes.. that is THREE different groups of products you can get for FREE with each $50 or $100 you order.

Today, I chose to use the Party Pandas from the first Sale-a-Bration brochure.  As soon as I saw these guys, I just knew I had to have that set.

Look how fun they are!  I created the bamboo-esque background using Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek’s  photo tutorial.  It started with a piece of Crumb Cake and the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder…  a little ink and water later… I had a great background!  Not bad for my first attempt!

I added a few Lemon Lime Twist leaves and some Linen Thread for the Pandas to hide behind since they are very shy creatures!

But… I will be honest with you.  When we first got the Sale-a-Bration brochure in November at OnStage in Salt Lake City…  Which – rabbit trail…  this is one of the best perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator… you get to go to these fun gatherings twice a year where you get to sneak-peek all of the new stuff coming out!  And, you get to order some of it and start playing right away!  But, I digress…  Where was I?

Oh yeah… when I first say these little guys hanging out in the SAB brochure, I leaned over to my dear friend (and upline) Carol Payne and said, “I need to recreate my Hen House card with these pandas!”  And long story short… I finally was able to find the time to do it.

So, in case you need to revisit the Hen House Card…  Check it out here

The Hen House

That was my second attempt at a triple peek-a-boo card.  And, I have to say, if it is not a technique you do very often, there is a steep learning curve.  I always have to get out the directions and go step by step (the instructions are in a pdf in the Hen House post!)  Anyway… here is what I created…

I use totally inspired by the color schemes and cards I saw on Pinterest featuring this set.  I love the Lemon Lime Twist with the black and white pandas!  Don’t you?

Here is a glimpse at the inside… and while I am being honest, I kinda gave up because I could not get the white layer to lay right, so I didn’t include it.  When I showed my daughter, the first thing she said was “where are people supposed to write?”  I think you can write in the circles or on a post-it.. or figure out the white.  Like I said – this is not an easy card to manipulate.

Part of the reason why it took me so long to work out was that I had a failed attempt in December.  I got a picture in my head of these pandas hidden in a bamboo forest.  But, then I lost my leaf punch – by lost I mean misplaced!  So, I used some leaves that I had punched out already but were a color that totally didn’t work.  This proves that even us “experts” get it wrong!  I can’t believe I am even going to show this to you!

Well, that is all I have for you today.  I really think that trying the triple peek-a-boo card is worth the risk… Go ahead and give it a go and let me know how it turns out!  And, if you are able to change it up a little, let me know how!  I am always looking for more inspiration with this!

Hop along now!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop: Sale-a-Brate Take 2

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell.  This is one hop that I look forward to each month because the projects are always over-the-top wonderful!  I am sure this month will be as well.

Our assignment for this month is to show off the great products available in the second release Sale-a-Bration brochure.   You can download a copy of this brochure by clicking on it below.

So, I chose to showcase the Blossoming Basket Bundle (147505)!  This bundle is available for FREE with $100 qualifying order.  It includes the Blossoming Basket stamp set in wood or clear-mount PLUS the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

For my projects, I was inspired by so many different cards out there on Pinterest.  Using these two products in combination are great!  But, I opted to use them separately.

Well, this was really just an excuse to use that gorgeous metallic trimmed Berry Burst Ribbon.  I used a Blender Pen to color in the basket using Crumb Cake and Early Espresso, the flowers using Berry Burst and Crushed Curry, and the leaves are Old Olive.

But, I didn’t stop there…  That sparkley ribbon needed a friend… and what better friend to have than Wink of Stella!!!

Stella always come through for that special touch.

The next card was inspired by Erica Cerwin.  While I am not sure if she was the first to do this, but I can confidently say that she will not be the last!

Yes folks, I created a cherry pie out of that cute little basket weave folder!  What do you think?  Good enough to eat, I think!  After all, today is Pi Day (3.14) and what better way to celebrate than with a card!

Here are a couple tips for creating your own pie…

  • Cut the circle using the Stitched Shapes circle BEFORE embossing.
  • Rub your folder with Early Espresso ink to highlight the weaving.
  • Don’t forget to include a fluted crust by using a scalloped Layering Circle die.
  • Flick Early Espresso around the edges of both the circle and the scalloped circle (and the piece) to create more dimension.
  • Drawing lines on the back made it easier for my OCD-ness to create the piece of pie.

And, my final tip:

To create the juice cherry filling, I colored each square with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker then dropped a tiny drop of the Fine-Tip Glue into each square.  Since the ink is water-based and the glue is wet, the glue grabs the color a bit and, when the glue dries… it is shiny!!!  I have heard tale of people that use reinkers to color their glue… that is another option but one I haven’t done yet.

So, that’s what I have for you today!

Oh wait… before you go…  One more little surprise.  Stampin’ Up has added a few more things to end out Sale-a-Bration with a BANG!!!  They are adding the items below to the Sale-a-Bration starting MARCH 15th (that’s tomorrow!) Click on the graphic below to download the flyer!

Ok – that’s it… Thanks for stopping by… now hop along to Kelly Acheson

or if you are traveling the other direction today…  hop over to Debbie Naylor.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Techniques Class

So, this week, was our second T-T-T class for the year.  It happens generally on the first Tuesday of each month.  for those that missed it, this month’s technique was RESIST EMBOSSING.

I love this technique.  Basically, you emboss an image, then you color over it.  This causes the color of the embossing powder (or the color of the cardstock if you used Clear embossing powder) to show through the ink.  It is a really fun technique.  I will hopefully be able to explain it fairly well!  If not, just google it and there are a million and one tutorials.

So.. the first card we did was fairly simple.

I cased this card from Donna Kish but changed it up a little.  I used CLEAR embossing powder on Whisper White paper.  Then, I used a sponge to color over the entire layer.  I did the flowers a bit darker…  Just wipe with a Kleenex or paper towel to remove any ink from the embossing… and there you go!  This card uses Calypso Coral.

I will tell you what I think the hardest thing about this technique is not stamping over images you have already stamped.  I had to get my face right down into the card.. it was such a sight, I’m sure!

Tip:  Use an Embossing Buddy when doing this technique.  You may not think you need it, but with the little splatters I have on all my cards, I should have.  Live and learn…

Another tip… when you are heating the clear embossing powder, you may have to turn it in the light so you can tell when the powder has done it’s thing.  If you under-heat the powder, it will rub off when you touch it much less rub a sponge over it!

We stepped up the technique a bit on the next card.

This card was cased from Staccie Donaldson.    We used GOLD embossing powder then sponge daubers to color in the images.  The great thing about this card is that it doesn’t have to be perfect coloring in the lines.  (And please ignore the bad sentiment embossing… that goes back to that Embossing Buddy tip!)

Colors used on this card were Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  And that beautiful Gold Metallic Edge ribbon will be sticking around in the new catalog!!!  Woohoo!!!  (Just a hint of stuff that you know about early if you are a demonstrator!  Interested… just email me… we can talk!)

In this close up, you can see the benefit of EMBOSS RESIST-ing.  It really looks like you laid down the color, then you embossed over it.  Of course, we know the truth!

And, the last card may be my favorite!  It used a technique that I have never used before but watch out.. it will be showing up a bunch!

I cased the idea from Melanie Muenchinger.  This card uses WHITE embossing powder and the sponge daubers.  But, it also includes the whitewash technique which I had never done before!

And, this is the one card I used the embossing buddy on after I had a lot of white powder all over it.  Thankfully there are two sides to the cardstock!  No one will ever know what is on the back!  And, I have may or may not have used my sweatshirt sleeve to wipe the powder off the messed up side!  I’ll never tell!

So, whitewashing…  Here’s how I did it.  I squeezed a little bit of the white craft ink refill onto a clear block.  Then I used my aqua painter to pick it up and color in the image.  A couple of tips here…  have a paper towel handy to keep the aqua painter from getting too wet.  There is a fine line between too much water and not enough.  You will figure it out once you practice.  Use your heat tool on the low setting to help dry the white ink.  But, then let it set for a couple seconds so the embossing hardens back up.

After I did the whitewashing, I used the sponge daubers to color in the stems and petals.  I didn’t put anymore ink on the Old Olive one after I used it on the last card because it still had plenty of ink in it.  I used Blushing Bride on the petals and Daffodil Delight in the center.

Someone asked me why whitewash before putting on the ink?

If you look closely at the stem, you can see where I did not stay in the lines.  Not a worry on this card.  But, you can barely see the color.  Can you imagine how much daubing it would take if you did not apply that lighter color under it.  By doing the whitewashing, you give just a hint of color.  It makes it look softer… almost lacey.  Of course, you could just used the Blends or Stampin’ Write Markers… but your end effect would be totally different.

Well, that is all I have to show you today.  Next month’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques will be REFLECTION!  Come out and join us in person on April 10th or check here after that day to see what we did!

Until then… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Happy Birthday!

It’s Paper Pumpkin’s 5th Birthday.  Where on earth did all those years go???

Stampin’ Up is celebrating Paper Pumpkin’s 5th birthday by giving YOU the gifts!!!

The March 2018 kit will include a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box! This kit will be gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time customer favorite!

You don’t want to miss out on this great kit…  Sign up and become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber by March 10th and the birthday celebration kit will be on it’s way soon!


What is Paper Pumpkin?

Watch the video below to see some of the great projects that are delivered ready-to-be-made to your mailbox each month.

Paper Pumpkin is  a great gift idea for those hard-to-buy-for crafters on your list.  You can buy 1-, 3-, 6, or 12-month gift subscriptions here.

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Taking Inspiration

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell  from middle of the United States. I hope you enjoy my Take Inspiration project I made just for you.

Yes, this month’s projects have all been inspired by our beautiful Ink & Inspiration logo.  Some may be inspired by the colors, others by the geometric patterns, the watecoloring, or the black-on-pastel look.  As for me, I think I was inspired by all of the above!

Simplicity at it’s finest right there! And, full disclosure…  I whipped it out in under ten minutes.  It really is that simple of a card.  But, WOW!!!  People would think you took hours on it.

First, I trimmed a piece of watercolor paper to 5-1/4″ x 4″.  I found a lovely open flower in the Cake Soiree stamp set and used VersaMark and set white embossing powder to create the white patterns.

Then, using an Aquapainter, I covered the paper with water and applied bits of color from the ink pad covers.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, and Emerald Envy. And presto… I have the background.

The foreground was even easier!  All I did was cut the sentiment out of Basic Black Cardstock. And added a Flirty Flamingo Enamel Shape for interest.

Add a little Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, and a black card base and you have a truly simple card inspired by our IIBH logo!

What do you think?

I hope the projects you’ve seen today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects. You don’t want to miss any!”

#IIBH if you’re into hashtags.

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



Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne


Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Sweet Soiree


Everything Sweet for you today… Actually, Everything Sweet Soiree!  LOL

That’s right… everything on today’s hope will be featuring products from the Sweet Soiree product suite found in the 2018 Occasions Catalog!

So, you will notice if you have read this far that there are not projects posted here.  I will tell you.. I am the Queen of Procrastination.  And, unfortately, this time, it has been the death of me…  I had planned to get the projects done the afternoon that this blog hop went live… but there was an emergency and I was called into work so that last minute evaporated.

The good new is that I will be posting projects this evening (2/15/18) to fit with this theme.  I am really sorry to disappoint all you hoppers!  But please, hop back to visit me again!

Keep a hopping little bunnies… on to Kelly Acheson’s site

Or back to Debbie Naylor’s site

RemARKably Created Blog Tour – Mix & Match

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.

Our theme for this month is Mix & Match! That means each blog you visit during this hop will feature one or more projects that will combine items from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

So, my project features the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper (144180) from the Annual Catalog with Tutti-Frutti 6″ X 6″ Designer Series Paper (145606) and Yay You Stamp Set (145946) from the Occasions Catalog.

Don’t you just love that black and white with the pop of pink?  A simple but elegant card perfect for just about anyone in your life.

Of course, I cannot take credit for the design.  I CASE’d it from Sandra Mastello and added my own touch to it.

I did a little more mixing and matching for the embellishments…  A little bit of Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259) from the Annual Catalog and a tiny clothes pin from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit (145578) found in the Occasions Catalog.

Pardon the bad stamping job… Happens to the best of us… Or me! 🙂 .  If you look really close, you can see that I added the faintest hint of Pink Pirouette leaves on the tag.

Well, that’s it from me for today!  Happy Hopping!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne




Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Love Me Tender

So, apparently, I had posted a draft to the world wide web at 3am this morning.  While I had all the best intentions in the world, sometime life gets in the way!

But, what I was doing had to do with love in a different way.  I haven’t had much time in the past two weeks to get up in my craft room because we have been a host family to two great girls from South Korea… Jin and Jenny!  You see, love comes in so many different forms… I am able to show my love for Christ and fellow man by being a part of this program.  I am thankful to have the opportunities to introduce these students from Seoul to the rural American lifestyle.  

This is our third time hosting students from South Korea, and the second from Deadong High School.  These girls were so fun to spend time with!

They cooked us a tradition meal of Ramen and Korean Pancakes… which they had never made before so it made it even more fun!!!

Last night, instead of creating the cards I needed to for this blog hop… I spent the day baking and cooking for over 120 people to say farewell to our new friends.

Baked Penne, Salad and bread were enjoyed by the crowd…

And then we had cake and Dippin’ Dots!

So… while I enjoyed having them here… I promise to be back on track for the next blog hop!!!

Until then… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

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!

Request a Catalog

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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