Welcome! It’s been awhile since I have participated in the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. My how I have missed you all! It’s nice to be back in the saddle again!
So, in case you didn’t know… I am Joanne Cantrell… a demonstrator from a very tiny town in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the United States.
Our theme for this month is Love. I love love, don’t you! I love my husband and I love my children… most of the time! LOL But, even more so… I love the new January-June 2020 Mini Catalog. And even more than that… I love FREE stuff from Stampin’ Up and it’s Sale-aBration time! Okay… maybe I do love my husband more. The kids… eh! Just kidding. I love them to pieces and would be lost without them! I’d be rich.. but I’d be lost!
Anywho…. back to the FREE stuff!
The first time I went through the Sale-a-Bration brochure, I zeroed in on one stamp set. It was cute and it made me giggle. And now… Stampin’Up went above and beyond and will be offering a coordinating die set to go with this FREE stamp set. So, really… It’s like buying a bundle for really cheap! Add some cardstock, ink, and ribbon and you will easily reach the $50 threshold for you FREE Sale-a-Bration item.
I can’t believe this is the first time I am inking it up. Are you ready to see what I so excited about?
It’s the Little Lady Bug set!
Now, the only way to get your hands on this set is to host a $300 workshop. Then it’s yours for FREE. Nothing else to do. Stampin’ Up will give it to you for FREE. Doesn’t that just make you love these lady bugs even more.
Of course, I did more than just simply decorate the outside of a pizza box!
I thought this set is perfect for kids to stamp and color to create their own Valentine’s for their school chums. So, let’s open up and see what’s in the box…
Wow, look at that! It’s full of little 3×3 cards and envelopes.
Suppose you probably would like to take a gander at all of them… and I right? Well, here goes…
That’s all I’ve got for you today! Go see what the others have created for you… Go on… it’s okay… Hop along!
Welcome to our first Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop of the 20’s. And, what better way to ring in a new year and a new decade than with a new catalog (with a new name)!
This month’s blog hop is all about the new stuff that graces the pages of the new January-June 2020 Mini Catalog. This is the new name for what we used to call the Occasions catalog.
So, I thought I would play around a little with one of the more masculine bundles in the Mini Catalog. It’s called By the Dock.
Here is what I made for you… I hope it inspires you!
This first card is just paper and ink. I used Basic Gray for the base and added a layer of Smoky Slate. I used Basic Gray ink on Whisper White paper for the images. Pretty quick and simple yet very beautiful. Proof that great cards don’t have to be intricate!
For this card, I used Night of Navy as the base, added a Crumb Cake layer that I embossed using the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder. I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out a Merry Merlot layer and the Very Vanilla layer. I stamped the images on the Vanilla layer with Early Espresso ink. Finally, I used the larger circle from the Stitched Labels dies to cut the sentiment layer out of Very Vanilla. I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink and wove some of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine though the holes.
This card did not have much stamping on it other than the sentiment. For the base, I used Early Espresso. Then I created a layer with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. I used the Oar dies from the Dockside dies to cut out 8 oars from Crumb Cake cardstock. Don’t you just love the wood grain that is embossed as they are cut. I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
Now, are you asking yourself, “How hard was it to line up those fiddly little oars?” Well, actually, it was pretty easy!
I used a piece of well-loved grid paper to line them up on the lines. Then, I had to figure out how to get these perfectly lined up oars onto the Very Vanilla layer without losing the spacing…
Then I thought… WASHI TAPE! I always keep old, retired tape laying around just for instance like these. I pulled out a length of tape out, gently stuck it to the row of oar, being sure to press down so they would stay stuck. Then, I used the tape to lift up the oars and flip them over. I applied a bit of Tombow Multi-purpose glue to the backs and flipped them over and positioned on the card. After pressing them down so they adhere to the layer, I carefully pulled off the tape. Since I never ripped the tape from the roll, I just wound it back up to be used again later.
And, here is my final card for you using this bundle.
This card started with a Crumb Cake base. I added a Night of Navy layer and a Whisper White layer. Before I adhered the white layer to the navy layer, I stamped the images on it along with the sentiment. First, I used Mossy Meadow and a sponge for the bushes. I loved the way the sponge left the texture. It was just perfect. For the sky, I sponged Balmy Blue ink… the sponge left cloud-like texture there. Then, I used Pool Party to sponge the water. For some reason, by sponge didn’t leave the texture in the water which was just great, because I didn’t really want it there. Maybe it was because that sponge had been used a lot more.
I stamped an additional dock image, along with a boat, a couple birds and a frog, onto a small piece of Whisper White. I used several different blends to color them before I cut them out using the Dockside dies. The dock was done with Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Crumb Cake, Light Basic Gray, and Bronze. For the boat, I used Light and Dark Crumb Cake and Bronze. The frog is Dark Daffodil Delight and Light Old Olive. I used a little Dark Daffodil on the bird’s beak. Then, to make these blend in, I used the Pool Party sponge to add color around the die cut images. This took car of that white border that would have stuck out like a sore thumb on the sponged background.
Well, I hope that you were inspired by what you have seen on my blog today. Hop along to see what the others have created just for you!
Well, hello there and welcome to the October 2019 installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop!
The weather has gotten a wee bit cooler around here, so we are talkin’ fall today!
What could better to use for fall than Harvest Hellos bundle?
This bundle from the 2019 Holiday catalog includes both the Harvest Hellos Cling Stamp Set and the Apple Builder Punch.
Actually, truth be told why I am using this set… It travels well! I have had a very busy last few weeks, so I decide to escape to Florida for the Fall Break 4-day weekend this weekend. Since I hadn’t had time to create my cards yet for this, I needed something that could be used to make projects with a big impact, yet would take up a little bit of room!
So, I can now say this is not only the perfect set for teacher gifts and fall decor, but to stamp-on-the-go!
I know… Let’s set the cards already, huh!
Well, here they are…
The Harvest Hellos stamp set makes both apples and pumpkins that can be punched out with the Apple Builder Punch or stamped and colored.
For the apple card, I used Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla cardstock. For ink, I used Cherry Cobbler for the apple, Early Espresso for the stem and sentiment, and Garden Green for the leaf.
I colored the apple in the both the Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Blends and added a little Dark Pumpkin Pie for extra depth in the top corner. I forgot green Blends, or I would have colored the leaf too! Or, I could have used green paper and cut it out using the punch… 🤦
A little of the Garden Green Double Stitched Ribbon adds a perfect finishing touch.
Here is a more Fall-ish card… I used Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for this card as well as the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper. The ink used was Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze, and Pear Pizzazz.
To creat the 3-D pumpkin, I stamped the pumpkin image in Cajun Craze ink on Cajun Craze cardstock. The I punched them out using the apple punch. I punch out 7 or 8 for make it look full. I used the Tombow Liquid Multi-purpose glue to attach them together after I scored them with the NEW paper trimmer!
I punched the stem from Early Espresso cardstock using the apple builder punch. The leaf and Vine are Pear Pizzazz on Pear Pizzazz and fussy cut. I used the Tombow glue to attach to the pumpkin and then used it to attach the pumpkin to the sentiment piece.
Well, that’s all I have for y’all today! Hop along to see what everyone did to celebrate fall…
Hello and welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop! I am so excited that you stopped by to visit me!
This month we are doing something special and not showing you any cards whatsoever. How exciting is that!?! Did you even know you could do other things with SU! products besides making cards? I know, it’s hard to imagine. I can’t wait to hop through and see what all these great ladies have put together for y’all today!
But, first things first… These sampler pages came from the pocket letter trend that I shared a while back. But, since SU! doesn’t sell the pockets, I converted the idea into an album using the Memories & More 12″ x 12″ black polka dot album and the 12″ x 12″ variety pack of page pages.
Let’s open it up and see what is on the inside.
This display the back side of the Wrapped in Plaid sampler and the front of the toilet sampler. You will notice the front side focuses on the items from the suite from the holiday catalog, and the back side shows how well the paper coordinates with the products in the annual catalog.
Well, in this instance, it shows the Annual catalog suite on both sides…
The front side shows the more colorful side of the Follow Your Art Designer Series paper along with the other items from that suite.
While the back side, shows the pastel color scheme of the reverse side of the paper. Isn’t it beautiful.
Here is the Let It Snow Suite. Don’t you just love those snowmen? And that paper… 😍.
Look at that pocket in the bottom left. It is simply sentiments stamped on paper. Nothing added! The paper speaks for itself!
At this point, I will speak on the importance of details. If you are working on births sides of the Designer Series Paper, you will want to make sure that it is in the proper direction BEFORE you adhere the stuff to it!
See Exhibit A… In the bottom right corner. 😱. Oh no! Oh well, ’tis but a teachable moment! Learn from my mistakes people! Learn! 😂
Here is the front side of the Wrapped in Plaid suite. Don’t you just love that paper?
And, the back side! Look at how well that can be incorporated into designs with non-holiday sentiments and dies!
And the last page I will show you features that beautiful red and green Toilet Tidings.
Here is the back side. It was a little more challenging because of the color scheme. But, if you keep in monochromatic or add in blues and blacks and browns, it can change the vibe all together
Well, that’s all I have for you. If you have any questions this Suite Sampler Album, please let me know!
Hop along now and see what the others have created to inspire you!
Hello and welcome to the August 2019 installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop! This month you are in for a special treat. It’s all about the Holiday Catalog!
I’m not sure where you live, but here in the middle of the United States, we are in the middle of a heat wave. The outside temperatures feel like they are over 100 degrees, and it’s definitely not a dry heat. Here in Southern Illinois, we call it “the air you can wear!” So, what better time of year to start thinking about the Holidays?
Can’t you just picture those leaves falling off the trees and swirling in the cool breeze? What about the icicles hanging from the edge of the roof? Snow banks and hot cocoa… it will all be here before you know it and you don’t want to be left unprepared!
Or in this case… CHRISTMOOSE is coming!!!
Meet Marty Moose. I really don’t know if he already has a name.. but he does now. This is the first set in the new 2019 Holiday Catalog that I knew I must have! It’s not as strange as you may think.
Well, maybe it is. You see,. I have a sister that is an avid moose collector. She has tons of Meese… that’s the official plural of moose, right!?! It all started when we lived in Maine in the early 80’s. Since then, anytime I find moose stuff, I just have to get it for her… so, guess what was in my pre-order?!?
Yup, it’s the Merry Moose Bundle (found on page 27). It comes with the Merry Moose stamp set and a Moose Punch! I am so excited about that punch!
So, let’s take a closer look at that card above…
I used a Real Red card base. Ran a piece of Crumb Card cardstock through the Big Shot with the Corrugated Embossing folder. The oval is Shaded Spruce with the moose background image stamped in Shaded Spruce. The Moose is Early Espresso stamped on Crumb Cake Cardstock and punched out with the punch. The hat and scarf are Real Red ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and fussy cut. The ornament is Shaded Spruce on Very Vanilla and fussy cut. And, the sentiment is in Real Red on Very Vanilla and cut out using the smallest Stitched Shaped oval die.
But, since it’s not quite Christmas yet, I decided to see how Marty fit on a birthday card!
He looks right at home walking though the woods on this masculine birthday card. It’s Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow. I stamped the Woodland embossing folder with the larger tree from stamp set before I ran the Very Vanilla piece through it. This makes it look like those pine trees are behind the birch trees. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays in the Annual Catalog.
Here’s my close up on it…
I just really love this moose and see me using a lot of him in the future. This set is perfect to pair with others in the catalog which I will be doing so, so be sure to check back!
But for now, be sure to hop on through the rest of the Stamper’s Dozen to see what fun things they have created using the new Holiday Catalog items!
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…