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

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

Our theme this month is all about the just released SALE-A-BRATION mini catalog. Everything in this catalog is FREE. For every $50 or $100 you order, you can get an item FREE! How awesome is that!

I am not sure if you noticed it, but this spring, Stampin’ Up! is all about the butterflies. I just love it. I think they did a really great job with that. I am seeing them everywhere, so I think it’s perfect that Stampin Up! is on trend, as always.

But…

This post is not about the butterflies. It’s about a secret hidden gem that you may overlook.

I am talking about the Part of My Story stamp set on page 14 in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. You can get it for FREE with any $50 order. Isn’t that just great.

This set is all about words. There are no graphics… just sentiments. I love the combination of the serif and script fonts. The sentiments are perfect for the Thinking of You type cards that we all make.

So, without further ado…

My inspiration for this card came from a card that Mary Fish created with pink buffalo check. I think it would be a perfect valentine card for the man in your life. Sure, it channels your inner lumber-jack… but that’s what makes it look so neat. Very clean, very simple…

I used a Crumb Cake base with a 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ Basic Black layer. Then, I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp (147797/147794) in Memento Ink on a 5-1/4″ x 4″ Cherry Cobbler layer. I wrapped a little Linen Thread around it and tied it with a one of the True Gentleman buttons. I used a couple dies from the Layered Oval and the Stitched Shapes for the sentiment which was heat embossed with Black on Cherry Cobbler.


Brian King inspired this card. He did one with the Sheltering Tree and this sentiment from the Part of my Story set. I continued with the black and red theme and decided to go a bit more masculine here as well… though it is also very feminine. It’s that odd… but it would be a great card for anyone. I put four hearts on the tree because there is a gang of four of us that pal around. We go out once a month for a girls’ night. It is important to remember in the busyness of life that you need to take time to relax and laugh and have fun. So, this card is for them!

I used a Basic Black card base. I thought that the wood DSP didn’t look right glued right to the base, so I added a layer. These cards are all about that 1/8″ border it seems. That’s what almost all my layers are on these cards! The tree was stamped in Memento ink and the hearts were punched from the Cookie Cutter punch. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red. The black enamel dots are from the Best Route Enamel Shapes. A little Black Baker’s Twine bow… and there ya go!


And, for this last card… I was inspired by our very own Stamper’s Dozen Hopper – Sharon Burkert. I saw a card she made using this color scheme that cut that beautiful DSP the same way. So, I thought the sentiment was perfect. When we post cards to our blogs or to Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc., we never know who we will inspire. I am overwhelmed sometimes by the mere fact that some of you folks liked my projects enough to CASE them. Thank you! I am honored!

Now a little more about this card. The thing that stands out the most are those Real Red butterflies… see, I told you the butterflies were popular! I punched just the baby one from the Butterfly Duet punch (148523) in the new Occasions Catalog. I used my Bone Folder to curl the wings a bit. That beautiful paper comes from the Sale-a-Bration catalog as well. So, you can get it FREE with a $50 order as well. It’s called Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (149622) and is on page 9. I added a little Black Sequin Trim and a few ovals…

Well, that’s all I have for you today. Here is the list the continue hopping thru!

Stamper’s Dozen December 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stampin’ In My Flops
  2. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  3. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  4. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  5. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. BJ Peters – StampinBJ
  10. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  11. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  12. Judy Garza – Creativity Released

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Hopping with Kylie and Gang

Welcome to this month’s blog hop! I hope you are finding great, inspirational projects as you stop by each of our pages.  

First things first…  You are currently parked at my blog – Keep It Simple, Stampers.  I am Joanne Cantrell from a little tiny town at the very bottom of Illinois, smack dab in the middle of the United States.  I aim to keep my projects simple, but often get carried away because Stampin’ Up! offers such great embellishments!

This group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators has gathered together to learn a thing or two from Kylie Bertucci and her gang of merry stamping buddies.  It is a place where we can grow and learn to be the best demonstrators we can be for YOU, our beloved customers.

For me, 2019 is going to be a year of simplicity. If you have followed my blog for long, you have learned that I am a really busy person. I work a couple jobs plus volunteer for everything in addition to having a family and trying to carve out time to stamp. So, this year I am focusing on what is really important.

And, of course what is really important at this moment is being able to produce a beautiful card quick and easy. We all need a go to design and/or set that we can use when we have 5-10 minutes to produce a card worthy of the need. A card that no one can tell it only took you a minute or two to produce.

Well, in the 2019 Occasions Catalog, I have found my newest go-to stamp set. It’s found on page 36 and it called Humming Along (#148758). What is great about it is that it have big bold line art that stands by itself or lends itself to all the latest techniques as well as the classics.

Here are two simple cards that I did with it today. (And by today, I mean I went up to the craft room at 7:03 this morning and was done with both by 7:15am. LOL)

This card is classic black and white. No embellishments. No nothing. The only thing I did was create your standard 5-1/4″ x 4″ layer and pop it up with Dimensionals. Yet, the card is beautiful. It needs nothing else.

#simplestamping

But, just to step it up a tiny little notch, I added a bit of color…

Still no embellishments. Just stamping with a little coloring using the Water Color Pencils. I did use a blender pen just to blend the pencil strokes. But other than that… nothing! I did try to put a ribbon on it, but it just didn’t look right. It is stunning all by itself.

This amazing Humming Along stamp set also has coordinating dies. Who doesn’t love that! So watch for things coming soon that feature those.

For now, just keep hopping along to see what the others have to offer you this month!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Happy New Year!

Just a quick last minute post to say Happy New Year to all of you. I want to thank you for your support over the last your. Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to… for leaving a comment… for asking me questions about a layout or technique… but most of all, just for being you.

I am looking forward to 2019. There will be a lot of small changes and a few big changes coming over the next few months. I can’t wait to share them all with you. In the meantime, I will share this close up of the card with you…

Black and gold is the perfect color combination to kick off your New Year Eve celebrations and this card is no exception.

I used the Softly Falling embossing folder to add a bubbly texture to the card base.

Then, I cut the stemware from Very Vanilla cardstock. To emboss the “champagne”, I just pressed the VersaMark pad directly to the triangle piece and used gold embossing powder. I think the fact that it isn’t a perfectly smooth emboss makes it look a little more real.

I cut the “happy” from the Merry Christmas Thinlits using Gold Foil. ** These are retiring and today is your last day to snatch them up if you haven’t already!!! **

The “New Year” sentiment was created using the Make a Difference stamp set. This is the perfect Alphabet set and should be on your Must-Have list. I used the Merry Christmas Thinlits to cut it out as well. I made it smaller by running it through the Big Shot a second time.

And, finally… the gold bubbles at the top of the glass were made using the regular plain ol’ Rhinestone Jewels. I used the Dark Daffodil Delight Blends to color them. With all the colors in the Blends Stampin’ Up! offers, you can make just about any color of coordinating rhinestones that you need!

So… That’s it from me for 2018! Enjoy your night and I will see you next year!!!

Until next time… keep it Simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – New Catalog Sneak Peek

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from a tiny little town in Southern Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States. I hope you enjoy my cards.

Our theme this month is New Catalog Sneak Peek.  That means that everything you see as you hop around will be made highlighting products that can be found in the very spectacular new 2019 Occasions Catalog!

This is the card I made for you today…

I know – it’s not fancy. But, there is just something about it that makes it pop. I absolutely love a blue and yellow color scheme. (Please ignore that Dog hair that seems to have gotten trapped between some layers… that’s just life with a big furry dog!!!)

So, for this card I used Daffodil Delight for my yellow card base and layer and the ribbon.

That pretty Balmy Blue gingham paper is a new Designer Series Paper called Gingham Gala. In fact, this paper is so awesome, they built a whole product suite around it, which can be found on pages 34-35 in the 2019 Occasions catalog.

Now, let’s talk about that humming bird. Can you see the limitless possibilities with the bird. All the different techniques you can use to give him life? But, I am sure you will agree… He is just a beautiful in Basic Black on Whisper White. If you found the Gingham Gala set in the catalog, just turn the page to find this set called Humming Along. You will also notice it comes with a beautiful hibiscus flower… and wait for it… wait for it… it has coordinating framelits! WOOHOO!!!!

Of course, I didn’t forget about those three little pearls in the corner. They are the So Saffron pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls found in the current Annual Catalog.

Well, I hope the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting (your name). 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 fine bloggers… Now hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Occasions Sneak Peek

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

Our theme this month is all about the soon-to-be-released 2019 Occasions Catalog.  Each time Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog, I think to myself, “They really have outdone themselves again!”  This time is no different!  I think you will agree with me when you get to see it!

So, I was sitting at OnStage (our bi-annual Stampin’ Up! convention-type gathering!) flipping through the catalog.  I was loving everything.  Then… I saw it… the new  Garage Gears Thinlits Dies (148521) just hiding out on the bottom of page 43.

I am not sure why, but my first thought was Steampunk… because who wouldn’t?  Right!?!  So, my cogs started turning…

 AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images 

If you aren’t familiar with what Steampunk is, it is “is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.” Or at least it is according to Wikipedia!  To me it is just cool.  I do knot know why I am attracted to the look of it…  

So, here is what I have for you this month…

I always see the steampunk colors being dark and muted mixed with creams.  This led me to use a color combination of Basic Black, Early Espresso, and Cajun Crazy.

To give the gears a more vintage look, I used the “Tarnish Foil” technique.  This is one of my favorite techniques.  It’s all about laying different metallic embossing powders.  For this look, I started with copper foil and layered on copper, gold and silver powders.  Then, I ran the dies through the Big Shot.  It helped pick up that definition in the gears.

So, since I had some left over gears, I decided to do a little gift tag too…  ya know, because I could!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Now, go and see what the others have for you… It’s okay.  Hop along!

Stamper’s Dozen December 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamping In My Flops
  2. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  11. BJ Peters – Stampin’ BJ
  12. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather “Bee” Stampin’

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s blog hop!.  I hope you are finding great, inspirational projects as you stop by each of our pages.  

First things first…  You are currently parked at my blog – Keep It Simple, Stampers.  I am Joanne Cantrell from a little tiny town at the very bottom of Illinois, smack dab in the middle of the United States.  I aim to keep my projects simple, but often get carried away because Stampin’ Up! offers such great embellishments!

The group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators has gathered together to learn a thing or two from Kylie Bertucci and her gang of merry stamping buddies.  It is a place where we can grow and learn to be the best demonstrators we can be for YOU, our beloved customers.

For this month, I wanted to give you a sneak peak at what I think is going to be one of my favorite products from the new 2019 Occasions Catalog.  There are so many great things, but once I show you what I did, you will just have to order one for yourself!

The product I am talking about is the DOT TO DOT TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER (148533).  This is a beautiful folder that adds that little touch of summin-summin that a card sometimes needs.  Because, hey… that’s what embossing folders do, right!?!  

So, if you look on pages 24-25 in the 2019 Occasions catalog, you will see how this DOT TO DOT folder goes perfect with the HAPPINESS BLOOMS product suite.  In fact, the dots from it have a matching image in the coordinating stamp set, BLOOM BY BLOOM (148820).

But that is not what I saw the minute I laid my eyes on this stamp set.  I saw… get this.. snake skin!  I know, right!?!  What on earth is wrong with me!?!  LOL

But, once you see the projects I made with this and tell you how easy it was, you will no longer need paper towels and ink to create faux snake skin… nor will you have to wash your hair three times to get the ink off your hands! (You know I am talking truth here!)

Well, I guess I have hyped this enough…here is the first card I made with this.

I love a good purple and gold combination.  You really can’t go wrong with Blackberry Bliss and Gold Foil, can you.  I added a bit of bling with the Gold Sequin Trim.  The sentiment is from the new BUTTERFLY GALA (148580)stamp set.

But, I bet you are eager to learn how easy that faux snake skin actually was.  Well…  Here you go.

The Supplies:  The Dot to Dot Folder, cardstock, , VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder, and a Heat Tool.  Short list, huh!  

The Method:  Run the cardstock through the Big Shot (oh yeah, you need one of those too – but that should go with understand with the folder!).  Use the ink pad to apply the ink all over the textured cardstock.  It is not necessary to get into all the grooves – in fact, it is best if you don’t.  Cover the ink with the embossing powder and shake off any extra.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool.  Let cool.  Repeat the heat embossing.  You will notice that where you do not get the embossing, it gives a variation in the color making it look really cool!  After you let it cool, crumple up the cardstock and smooth it back out.  Do this until you think it looks good.

Yes, it is really that simple!

So, when I did this, I did a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock.  Since I didn’t want to waste any of this cool paper, I made more cards…  And of these also include sneak peaks of new 2019 Occasions products as well as some 2019 Sale-a-Bration stuff too!

This simple Thank you card gets it sentiment from the new Humming Along (148758 – pg. 36) stamp set and the little flowers are Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (18561 – pg. 35).

The sentiment on this card comes from a Sale-a-Bration set that I just love. It’s called Part of My Story (149719).  I used my paper cutter to cut out the little frame.  It’s a simple technique that adds a lot of interest.

And, this lovely purple card uses a couple new things…  The sentiment is from Incredible Like You (148708 – pg. 21).  The butterflies were punched using the new Butterfly Duet Punch (148523 – pg. 35).  And that gorgeous Designer Series Paper is called Botanical Butterfly (149622) and is in the Sale-a-Bration flyer.

Let’s see that a little closer too!  I used a bit of the Gold Metallic thread for the antennae for the butterflies.

Well, that is really it from me for this blog hop.  I hope you were inspired by what you see here and can’t waituntil you can purchase that DOT TO DOT folder for your own!

Here are the links to the other bloggers – get to hopping!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Christmas Time AGAIN!

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from a tiny little town in Southern Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States. I hope you enjoy my cards.

Our theme this month Christmas!  I just love Christmas.  But, I cannot get into Christmas until after Thanksgiving.  Which, for those of you who are from elsewhere… Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever!  We gather with family and friends and eat more yummy food than our pants can handle while we thank God for all the blessings He has given us.  But, since today is Thanksgiving, I guess I can get into Christmas now!

Here are the cards I prepared for your viewing pleasure and your creative inspiration…

Simple, easy and elegant… Those are my type of cards!  Well, I guess they should be, I created these! 😂 Let’s take a look at them up close!

Merry Merlot, Very Vanilla and copper bring this card together nicely.  Don’t you agree?  Simple sentiments from the His Light set makes a bold statement!  This may be one of my favorite cards I have ever done!

I just love the shimmer if the metallic!

And the other card…

Here I used the same basic color scheme but swapped the copper out for gold.  After all, this set is called Illuminated Christmas, and Illuminated books have gold leafing on them, so I thought it was appropriate!

This stainglass look is so easy to achieve.  Really, it is.  I stamped the images on vellum using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold powder.  Then, I flipped it over and used Stampin’ Write Markers to color.  When I flipped it back over, I had stained glass!

Just a note…  You may notice that there is a little streaking in the green wiseman’s robe.  I tried to hide the glue there.  Don’t do that. Not sure what I was thinking because it’s really the only place you can see it.  A little tiny drop of the Fine Tip Glue in each corner of the vellum works just fine and you can’t see it at all!

Well, I hope you the projects you’ve seen here on my blog today have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from the USA. 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 fine bloggers… Now hop along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

 

Stamper’s Dozen – Color Challenge

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

Our theme this month is a color challenge. We had to incorporate Merry Merlot, Powder Pink, and Silver foil into our projects. These types of challenges really stress me out.  But, I think I did it!

Here are the two cards I came up with..

I will start by showing you the one on the right.

Here I used the Merry Merlot as the base and set that Powder Pink right up against is.  I love the contrast between the two.  I used the new Tin Tile embossing folder to give a little interest to the Silver foil.  The flowers are from Petal Palette stamp set and stamped in Merry Merlot. 

I used a Blender Pen with Powder Pink ink to color the flowers and Pear Pizzazz to color the leaves.  I love how is gives a faux water color look.  Then, I topped it off with the Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon to help pull it all together.  I added one my of favorite sentiments in Merry Merlot.  It is found in the All Things Thanks stamp set. I know it’s a bit early, but wouldn’t this make a great Mother’s Day card!

I will admit, the above card was one of those ones that I was not happy with I created it.  It felt like I was just stretching to make the colors work for the challenge.  So, I created the one below and loved it instantly.  But, as with most of the cards I create and don’t like, I look at it again a couple days later and absolutely loved it.  I encourage you… when you make a project that you don’t really like – and I know we have all created those… take a step back from it.  Set it aside for a few hours or a couple days even.  Then, when you re visit it, two things will happen… you will see what it is missing or you will fall in love with it. 

Here’s the other card.

Again, I used Merry Merlot as the base.  For the large layer, I embossed Merry Merlot using the Softly Falling embossing folder and “flicked” the edge using a piece of a Stampin’ Sponge with Merry Merlot ink.  IT gives a little bit of interest to the outline of that layer – so it doesn’t get lost in the card base.  I used the same technique on the large circle cut from the Stitched Shapes framelits set. 

The Silver Foil dragonfly just pops against it, don’t you think!  A strip on Powder Pink layered over a strip of Silver Foil helps make the sentiment pop.  That Happy Birthday is from the Balloon Celebration stamp set and is stamped in Merry Merlot.  And, of course, I had to add a little bling with the Rhinestones!

I hope you have enjoyed my offerings for you today.  Now, it’s time to say goodbye so you can keep on hopping…

Stamper’s Dozen November 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamping In My Flops
  2. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  4. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  5. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  6. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  7. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  8. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  9. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  10. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather “Bee” Stampin’
  11. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

Hopping with Kylie

Welcome to the first of this group’s blog hops.  I hope you are finding great, inspirational projects as you stop by each of our pages.  

First things first…  You are currently parked at my blog – Keep It Simple, Stampers.  I am Joanne Cantrell from a little tiny town at the very bottom of Illinois, smack dab in the middle of the United States.  I aim to keep my projects simple, but often get carried away because Stampin’ Up! offers such great embellishments!

The group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators has gathered together to learn a thing or two from Kylie Bertucci and her gang of merry stamping buddies.  It is a place where we can grow and learn to be the best demonstrators we can be for YOU, our beloved customers.

Here is my project that I created for you today.

Yes, it’s a gorgeous purple winter holiday card.    Who said Christmas has to always be red and green?  And who said all cards sent in the winter has to be a Christmas card?  And, who said that this sentiment couldn’t be used as a congratulations card as well?  It’s time to think out of the box, people!  

A little about the card.  I used Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp set is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog – Feather & Frost (147771).  I love the bold sentiments and the line art graphics.  Perfect for coloring or not.  I used the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends – dark & light – to color the bird and the berries.  I used the Light Old Olive Blends for the leaves.

That’s it from me this time around…  Keep hopping along!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne 

Snowflake Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome to the Snowflake Showcase Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

The blog hop is all about the newest offering coming from Stampin’ Up… The Snowflake Showcase Suite!  

Here is Shannon West to introduce you to this fabulous suite.

Is that not a great suite.  I had a lot of fun playing with it and can’t wait to get it into you hands so you can do the same!

While, I absolutely love the snowflakes, I decided to show you that this really is a year-round suite.  

I think Basic Black and Powder Pink is such a classic combination, don’t you?

I used the small flower stamp and VersaMark ink to stamp the background.  Then, I used the VersaMark to stamp the medallion and sentiment and black emossing powder to give texture to the card. I think the Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon is the perfect touch to give this card the polished posh look.

Here is the other non-snowflake Snowflake Suite card for you.

For this card, I used a the Buffalo Check background stamp in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and added lines using Old Olive and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used the Layered Leaves embossing folder on the Old Olive strip.  The foliage is cut from Old Olive and Early Espresso using the coordinating dies. The flowers were stamped in Crushed Curry and cut using the dies.  I just love the delicate layers.  I added a Gold Faceted Gems to the center.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and puched using a circle punch.  A little Linen Thread bow and you’ve got a cute little card!

That’s all I have to show you today. 

Now, hop along to the next blogger in line!

Until next time.. keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne