Monday, May 16, 2022

Fun Summer Sampler Project You Can Make

I love Home Decor pieces, especially Samplers. I enjoyed designing this Summer Sampler for my customers who are participating in our Year of Samplers classes.

It's a blast to be able to dive into my stamp/die/punch collection to find just the right pieces needed for this sampler. 

I thought about the following things that happen in the summer: blowing pinwheels in the wind, visits to Grandma's house, baseball games (youth or professional), licking dripping popsicles, outdoor barbecues, sunny weather for the most part, visiting the beach and celebrating 4th of July.  My list of ideas was actually longer, but these images had the best scale of size to work together in this piece.  

Do some of these squares resonate with you?

Here's three of the ladies who took the class - (L to R) - Mary Ann, Barbara and Beth. They kept saying "This is so cute!" as they were creating their samplers. They will be putting their sampler into a shadow box frame that has already held the Valentines and Spring samplers we have made together.


The "Craftermath" when the class was finished.  Lots of Stamps, Ink and Paper!


The Current & Retired Products used were:

Each Basic White cardstock block was 2-3/4" and the Summer one was 2-3/4" x 6-1/4".

Bermuda Bay cardstock was the main color throughout. Those blocks were 3" square and 3" x 6-1/2".

Provided a variety of 12" x 12" "Summery" Designer Series Paper sheets that the ladies could select from to mount their finished blocks on.

SUMMER block - Sophisticated Serifs stamp set, Waterfront stamp set, Balmy Blue ink put on with a blending brush, Bermuda Bay ink, Pool Party ink, Gray Granite ink, Crushed Curry ink, Soft Suede ink, Old Olive ink, Melon Mambo ink, Memento ink and April 2018 Paper Pumpkin stamps " Seagulls".

Patriotic block - Kite Delight stamp set, Star dies, Red- White-Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Real Red ink, Pacific Point ink, and non SU shiny star embellishment attached with glue dot.

Hello Sunshine block - Sharing Sunshine stamp set, June 2020 Paper Pumpkin stamps - "Hello", Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper, Cloud Punch, Daffodil Delight ink, Melon Mambo ink, and Glossy Dots embellishments.

Barbecue block - Apron of Love, Apron Builder Dies, Wrapped in Text embossing folder, Memento Ink, Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper, Black and Silver Foil, and Basic White cardstock. 

Popsicle block - Sweet Ice Cream stamp set (dots), April 2021 Paper Pumpkin stamp set (popsicle), Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight ink, and Bronze Stampin' Blends pen.

Baseball block - hand ruled "Base" with Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, sponge dauber with Crumb Cake ink for base edges, Baked Brown Sugar ink for bat from May 2021 Paper Pumpkin stamp set, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Very Vanilla cardstock, 1/2" Circle punch, Bermuda Bay cardstock and Hat Builder Die.

Going to Grandma's block - Grandma's House stamp set, Memento ink, Driving By stamp set, scrap of Basic White cardstock for car, Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends, Tahitian Tide Stampin' Blends, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends, Real Red Stampin' Blends, SU500 Stampin' Blends, and Basic Black Stampin' Blends.

Pinwheels - 2" square of Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay Designer Series Papers (your choice of patterns), Glue Dots, Candy Dot on top, and non SU drinking straws in coordinating colors. Hint- I used a glue dot with each blade of the pinwheel to secure it.

Watermelon accents - April 21 Paper Pumpkin stamp set, Memento ink, Real Red Stampin' Blends, Just Jade Stampin' Blends, and mounted with dimensionals.

Other Tools Used - Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Cut and Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick tool, Stampin' Seal, dimensionals, glue dots, and liquid glue.

(Forgive me if I've forgotten anything on the list above. As you can see there was a lot to keep track of.)

If you want to make something similar for your home, you have the basic ingredients used listed above. Feel free to be creative and substitute other summer favorites of yours. If there is anything unclear please ask a question in the comment box below.

June 21 is Summer Solstice so be sure to hang up your Summer Sampler on that day!


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