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.


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

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