Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Card....

Can you believe 2013 is just around the corner?
The December kit has just the right elements to create some fabulous New Year's cards.
I used the Polaroid frame backed with some patterned paper and the kraft doily to create a center for the card. I then added a button to the center of the flower and placed the 2013 on the bottom and voila! I have the perfect card for a friend or neighbor.
Hope you have some wonderful plans to ring in the new year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


When I looked at the December 2012 Good Tidings kit, my first thought was that it would be great for Christmas photos. I scrapped an 8 x 8 layout for my grandmother using a mix of the traditional and nontraditional colors in the kit. It features a photo of my daughter gazing at our tree after we finished decorating it.

After I finished that page, I kept gravitating toward the beautiful floral print paper in the kit. I hated that I couldn't seem to get it to work with any of my Christmas photos. Eventually I decided that I loved the paper enough to choose a photo based on the paper! 

I ended up using a photo of my Mom with all of her granddaughters at a local park. It worked so well with the colors in the floral paper that it made me happy! I added some washi tape, a sticker, and a few more embellishments. I ended up with a layout that looks nothing like a Christmas page. 

If you were hesitating to buy the kit because of the Christmas theme, don't hold out any longer. The versatility of the Good Tidings To You kit is remarkable!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

November 2012 Challenge Winners

As your official challenge coordinator, I got the honor of choosing the November 2012 challenge winners! I used to pull names and the winners are...

Thank goodness for the random number generator because I would've never been able to choose. Everyone did an amazing job and we really appreciate your participation. Winners, please send your shipping information to holly{AT}scrapbookingsuppliesrus{DOT}com!

Don't forget to check out the December challenges. There's still plenty of time to participate to win a sampling of goodies from The Sampler.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

For those of you celebrating today the Sampler wishes you all a very Merry Christmas.


Holly, Nancy, Heather, Amy, Shaunna and Amy.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 2012 Challenges

Hello Sampler fans! I know you're all waiting to see the fabulous December challenges and examples. Right?

This is the December card sketch. I hope it inspires you to make something pretty! Make sure you link your cards at the end of this post to be entered into the challenge.

The design team came up with some fantastic examples using the December kit called Good Tidings To You.

Card By: Heather Landry

Next, we have the awesome December 2012 layout sketch created by Holly! To participate, use the sketch as inspiration to create your own page.

Our design team did an amazing job creating example layouts for this sketch as well. They are all rockin' that Good Tidings kit!

Layout By: Nancy Keslin

Layout By: Heather Landry

Layout By: Amy Coose

Here are the details for our card and layout challenge. You have through January 19th to play along.  Enter as many times as you like. Use up some of that stash. (Your supplies do not have to be from a kit but we L.O.V.E. seeing those creations too!)  We will be picking a layout AND card winner.  The winners will receive a "sampling" from The Sampler.  International participants are welcome to join in the fun. (Just give a smidgen extra time to ship.)  Link up below via Mr. Linky. (It's super easy! Just copy and paste a direct link to your photo image or blog post and we will be able to find your entries.) Don't forget to become a follower for more inspiration and news about all of the good stuff going on at The Sampler.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Deck the Halls

The December kit is so perfect for those Holiday layouts, and it made it so easy to scrapbook our tree this year.  All I added was some gold glitter paper from my stash, and the rest is from the kit.

If you haven't grabbed your kit yet, head over to SBSRU and pick yours up!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Round ~Round

Hi everyone, Nancy here today to share with you a layout I made!  Last week I told you about the newest kit from the Sampler, Good Tidings and how I loved that it was not so "holiday" that I could only use it for one thing.  Today I wanted to share with you a layout I made with the kit using more of the "holiday" elements.

Gorgeous Studio Calico wooden snowflakes, gorgeous sugary thickers, and the most gorgeous glittery ribbon trim highlight these photos of the holiday train that runs under our Christmas Tree.
 I did add a bit of ball trim as well as the bakers twine from my stash to finish this project.

Be sure to grab your kit today in the Scrapbooking Supplies r Us store and check out the sketch and card challenges over on the Sampler blog, there are only a few days left to play!



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Thursday, December 13, 2012

All is Calm, All is Bright...

Happy Friday!
I cannot believe that Christmas is just right around the corner!
I feel like the days are just racing past me at record speeds.
It rained yesterday and was nasty cloudy today so I had to take an indoor photo of my card unfortunately. This card was a fun one to make.
I cut the background paper to fit, misted my kraft doily with a bit of white and then glued the bow, circle punched deer and the washi tape and stickers to the card base.
Those fun dots are just the right touch to end it with!
If you need a quick card I hope I've provided a bit of inspiration today!
Happy Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fuzzy Snowflake Tutorial!

hi everybody!  Shaunna here, stopping in to share a quick tutorial with you on how to make a snowflake out of pipe cleaners.  maybe it's been done, but i thought it was too easy to pass up trying - and i ended up with a great embellishment for a page i just created using this month's kit :)

all you need are 3-4 pipe cleaners (depending on the size of your snowflake!  bigger flakes will use more pipe cleaners!)  the snowflake i made for this example works out to about 3" when complete.

i started out by cutting two of the pipe cleaners into four 3" lengths, and then cut six 1" pieces from the remaining pipe cleaners.  (in the photo, it only shows three 1" pieces, this is because i did this tutorial at 2AM and my brain wasn't functioning on all cylinders!)

i took two of the 3" pieces and twisted them together, across once and then back, to form a "T", like this:

next, i formed the arms upward (starting to look like a snowflake!):

i added another 3" piece right underneath the first in the same way, and formed the arms:

finally, i twisted the 1" pieces around the ends of each "arm" and formed them into "V's" as well, to make a simple snowflake shape:

before adding it to my page, i added a pearly white button and a piece of snowflake confetti i had in my stash to give it a little extra something.  i used a pop dot on the confetti to give it more visual interest and dimension.

then i created this page using our December kit, with the snowflake in mind :)

i added one of the Studio Calico dots to the center of the snowflake to finish it off and tie it in with the rest of the page. 

i used this sketch from PageMaps (March 2012) to complete my project:


i hope that you liked this tutorial, and that it inspires you to create some snowflakes of your own!  please share in the comments if you do - i would love to see how you use this in your work :)

thanks for coming by today!!

shaunnaRooskie :D

Gift Tags

When I first got my gorgeous December kit, I couldn't wait to dive in and start creating.  I used the kit to make some gift tags.  I had planned on actually using them, but I strung them up to take a picture and liked how it looked so much, I decided to use it as a decoration instead.  Here's what I came up with.

Here are some closeups of each tag.

I have to say, I thought the November kit was my favorite kit ever, but this kit is quickly approaching my number one spot.  I love the mix of Christmas papers, and non-themed products.  Its' a perfect kit!!  If you haven't yet, head on over to SSBRU and pick up your kit, I promise you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Good Tidings

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a project using the December kit, Good Tidings, from the Sampler.  I love that this kit has just a bit of holiday in it, but not so much that it is only appropriate to holiday photos.

Although these photos were taken while cutting down our tree, the idea of little Santas or snowmen, really wouldn't work.   I promise there are a few of those holiday items to  play with as well as a gorgeous holiday palette.  And of course I threw in a few sequins and buttons from previous kits.  hee hee
For now though, two of my little lovelies.

Don't forget about the sketch and card challenges.  There is still plenty of time to play.  I know with the holidays you may find it hard to make time to play...but give them a go.



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kit Rewind: November

Happy Happy Friday!
I spend last weekend crafting away and I just couldn't bear not using up the majority of my November kit, so I have some projects to share today using the November Kit.

First up:
a birthday card! I used the Silhouette to cut the pattern and then added the cake to the center.

Go. See. Do. layout.
I cut the circles on the Silhouette and filled in random circles with patterned paper and stickers.
Next some cards:

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and fit in some creative time.
It's been hard for me to fit in but it was so nice to sit and scrap last weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Love you!

Well, I don't have the amazing December kit in my hands yet, but I can't wait to get creating with it!  In the meantime, I have one last layout from the November kit with you.  I just loved that kit, and really enjoyed using it.

A little background on the title, my daughter was doodling the word "love" on our dry erase board one day, and I thought, hmmmm, I'd like to cut that out as my title on my Cameo.  I love how it came out!

Here's a closeup.

I didn't want to put this kit away, but I can't wait to get my hands on the new December kit!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you my final project made with the November kit, Home Sweet Home.  While I still have quite a bit of goodies to play with, the December kit, Good Tidings is just calling out to me.  hee hee

Don't forget to check out this month's sketch and card challenges for your chance at some fabulous prizes.



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