Friday, April 27, 2012

April 2012 BLOG HOP!!!

Whether this is your 1st 2nd or ??? stop on The Sampler's Blog Hop, WELCOME and we hope you're having fun hopping through our April inspirations! As promised, there are prizes at every stop, so be sure to leave some love at each stop!

Now, on to the fun here! We have a couple ways to win some BIG prizes! I have TWO FULL KITS to giveaway to TWO LUCKY PEOPLE! how can YOU win you ask? well, let me tell you...

ONE: become a follower of The Sampler's blog! Super simple! Click the button to the right and you will not only be entered to win prizes from this blog hop, but also future giveaways we plan to do for our followers!

TWO: follow the hop through each design team member's blog (leave them some comment love for even more prizes!) and head back here! Once done with the hop, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite part of the hop was!

Ready to hop? Your next stop is at design team member holly's blog! GO! GO! GO!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Sampler Card & Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the new home of The Sampler!  We have a new card and sketch challenge to introduce, but first we need to announce our March Sketch Winner:  Jill of Just Jill.  Check out her adorable layout:

Now for this month's card and sketch challenge.  First up a fabulous new sketch by Holly:

And now take a look at what the Design Team made using April's kit from The Sampler:



Up next is our card sketch:

Via PageMaps

And here are our creations:



You have until May 19th at 11:59 PM to play along.  Enter as many times as you like.  We will be picking a layout and card winner.  The winner will receive a "sampling" from The Sampler.  Link up below via Mr. Linky.


fun with brads!

hi everyone!  Shaunna here, with a quick tutorial to get you ready for the blog hop tomorrow!  ;)

i am not sure if i came up with this idea on my own, or if i saw it somewhere once and remembered it, but as soon as i knew brads were involved in this month's Sampler kit, i knew that this would be the perfect tutorial for this month :)

isn't that fun?!  it would make such a cute addition to any page or card :)

DISCLAIMER:  i am sorry for (1) - my terrible pictures, since it was nighttime i didn't really have much to work with; (2) - my dirty, disgusting craft mat, which i have had for 20,000 years and LOVE.

on to the tutorial!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:  patterned paper, 5 brads of your choice, twine, star shape (optional)

1.  first, i found a chipboard star about the size and shape i wanted to use for my project.  you can also draw your own if you want :)  i made little marks on the cardstock i was using for the holes i would need to punch.

2.  (ugh this is a gross picture!)  punch holes where you marked (i just use a needle!), and put your brads into the holes.  i didn't fasten them down really tight so they would have a little leeway to allow the twine to wrap around and underneath.

3.  i took out one of the brads and threaded the twine up from underneath the cardstock, so i could hide the ends later.  then i wrapped the twine.... diagonally, i guess.... between the brads.  it is the same as drawing a quick star of this same style - top to bottom right, to left side, to right side, to bottom left, and back to top!  then pull the twine back through the original hole and replace the brad.

5. DONE!  of course at this point, you could cut out the star (like i did) to use as a fun embellishment, or you could do this directly onto the paper or page you are working on.

here is my finished shape!  it's all ready to be placed onto the project i have to share with you tomorrow during the blog hop :)  can't wait - we're going to have so much fun, and there are some REALLY GREAT PRIZES up for grabs at every stop!!!

there will be a new Sampler kit coming out soon, so keep your eyes on the Scrapbooking Supplies R Us site for that, and continue to visit this blog as we fill it up and make it our new home :)

hope y'all have a fantastic Thursday - see you tomorrow at the 'Hop!!!

peace, love and stickers - 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

All about Nana

My mom and my children have an amazing relationship.  They only see each other two or three times a year, but it doesn't matter, they are still as close as ever.  I used Holly's great sketch and the awesome April kit to create a layout about their relationship.  Here is the sketch:

And this is my layout:

Don't forget we have a contest every month to win some goodies.  All you have to do is create a layout based on Holly's great sketch, or create a card based on our card sketch. Here is the card sketch for April:

We have had a month of blog switching, and you will be rewarded by a great blog hop starting on Friday...don't forget to check it out!

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cruising with the Sampler

Hi everyone, Nancy here today to share with you another project using the April kit from The Sampler.  I am glad you have found us here in our new home on Blogger.  

Last summer my family traveled to Alaska via the Disney Wonder.  We had a great time (of course) and the scenery was beautiful.  Looking out from our veranda...oh goodness.  I couldn't resist taking these photos as we pulled into the Port of Ketchikan.
I really love how versatile the April kit from the Sampler is, so far I have shared a book of me page, one of my niece and daughter in the back yard, and this one of our day in Ketchikan!  What a variety!  And I am not done yet.   The many textures and neutral colors open a range of possibilities.

Well, be sure and come back to see what the other Sampler designers have in store, and don't forget that Friday we will be hosting a blog hop where there are many prizes all along the way.

Until next time.....


Monday, April 23, 2012


 Just a quick hello to welcome you to The Sampler's new home! We've been brainstorming and experimenting with ways to bring our friends and subscribers the most inspiration to accompany our amazing kits and it all starts here with a new blog!

Check back often for amazing posts from our design team, challenges and blog hops!  Our first hop will be starting THIS FRIDAY!

See you soon!