Thursday, May 31, 2012

goodbye May kit! :'(


Shaunna here today - stopping by to share the last few cards i've made with the May kit - sad to see it go but can't wait to get into the June kit - it's the perfect way to get the summer started!!!

i meant to come by and share a post about my challenge card last Thursday - but with it being last day of school, hubby flying in from a business trip, after-school party for my son, kids, dinner, awards ceremony and then throwing myself into bed - let's just say if you have kids you know what i mean and you're glad your kids are out for a few months too.

this card was made for a friend who has a 21st birthday coming up and i saw it as the perfect opportunity - and the perfect kit - for the occasion!  i love how it turned out, and it uses all the best parts of the kit (+ a teeny, tiny little piece of Love, Elsie ribbon out of my stash... i bought like quadruplicates of all her stuff, so it still manages to find it's way into my projects!)  i can't wait to give it to her - i know she'll be really excited.  it was my first adventure in flocking as well, and i can't say how pleased i am with how the flocking and the DIY Thickers worked together.  DIY THICKERS PEOPLE!!!  they're genius.  they should have done it years ago.

i'm really excited about this second card.  i don't know why, i just feel like it's way outside of my box and i'm pretty proud of it.  completely my own design, i didn't even look at anything before i sat down, i just started grabbing chunks of patterned paper that were left over from other cuts and threw it together really quick.  a few more additions from my own stash - the Prima flowers, the twine, pearls and lace.  oh and the sticker strip.  yeah i couldn't help myself on that one, it just kind of worked out that way because all that stuff was on my desk from my EPIC mini album in progress project.  but it's still pretty super cute and you can see how with just a few scraps out of your stash and your kit how you can really do something pretty awesome :)

anyhoo....  come back tomorrow and check out the June kit!  you're gonna want to grab one before they're gone because they're pretty fantastic :)

have a lovely day!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I have one more layout

using the amazing May kit.  I whipped this up yesterday, and it turned out to be one of my favorites that I created using the kit.  That's what I love about The Sampler kits, they make creating super easy.

When we went home to Texas this past March, I was thrilled that we were going right during bluebonnet season.  This is one of my favorite pictures we got and I wanted it to be the focus of the layout.  I used some bits and pieces from the kit, and was done in a flash!  

Want to see a sneak from my first June layout?  This kit is just amazing, and you will love it, I promise!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Gift Bag

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a little gift bag I made using the May kit from the Sampler.  I had a simple, white gift bag that was just begging to be embellished and I knew exactly what I was going to do.

I cut individual hexagons from the "Be Amazing" paper and added a cute little topper from the American Crafts glitter paper.  The small banner came from the tear strip of the "Be Amazing" paper and really completed the look. So quick and easy, and it really dressed up the bag.
I used my Bind-it-All to punch holes in the top of my bag so that I could thread some of the trim I had left from the April kit to tie it closed.
There is still lots of time to play along with our monthly card and sketch challenges, so be sure to check them out here.



Friday, May 25, 2012


Is it me your looking for?"

I didn't think so, but just couldn't help myself from typing it. It's what came to mind after putting the title on my card I have to share with you today.

I used the May kit to create a quick card for those times when I just want to tell a friend I am thinking of them:

I cut the frame with my Silhouette Cameo and then trimmed the transparency to fit inside.
I am determined to use up every ounce of the May kit, so next week I will show you what you can do with the bits and pieces you may have left over.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Stencil Fun

I was so thrilled to see the stencil that was included in the May kit.  I couldn't wait to get started trying some different ways to use it.  First, I tried paint.

I used a Jenni Bowlin paint dauber, and when it was dried, I used a brown pen to trace the letters to give them a bit more definition. Here's a closeup.

On the next layout, I used my favorite technique, Prima's chalk ink fluid edger. 

Here's a closeup.  Using the inks with the stencil was super easy, and I love the image it created.

This last example was super fun.  I used my mists and the stencil as a whole to create a background image.  I just trimmed it up and it was perfect!

And here's a closeup:

Do you have your May kit yet?  You should head to Scrapbooking Supplies R Us and pick yours up.  Also, did you SEE the sneak of the June kit??  FUN!

Don't forget to check out our monthly challenges, which can be found here.  You could win some great scrapping supplies.  Definitely play along.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Graduation Advice

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a little mini album I made using my April kit and my Zutter Bind-it-All.  One of my son's best friends is graduating next month so I made this little mini album for him.  It is full of advice that is most often attributed to Bill Gates.  (I found the list here)

I love the neutral colors in this kit and the mix of alphabets in the kit made for great title work.
 Oh, and the gorgeous fabric tape.....
 and brads....
 I used lots of fussy cutting to embellish my pages.
Don't forget, yesterday we posted the new sketch and card challenges.  You don't want to miss your chance to win some fabulous prizes.  Be sure and check it out.  

And, before I go....How about another sneak at the June kits...

I know I can't wait for mine.




I know we're in the full swing of May still and i am LOVING the May kit, but I can't help but get excited about upcoming kits including June's kit!!! EEP! so how about a little sneak peak to hold us over? well, of course!

anywho, must get back to crafting! these kits are just too yummy to put down! interested in a little more of our May kit? Check back for more inspiration from our design team or check out the whole kit in our store front!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

May Card & Sketch Challenge

Hi guys!  Time for the latest challenge from The Sampler Kit Club!  Before I get to that, I need to announce the winners of our card and sketch challenge for April.  Thanks to everyone who entered and played along!

Our card sketch winner is - Heather Landry!  Congrats Heather, your card if fabulous.

And our layout sketch winner is - Irit Shalom.  Check out Irit's adorable LO and picture!

Both of our winners will receive a Sampler Prize Pack!

Now it's time to unveil our May Challenge.  This month the Design Team is showing off The Sampler's latest kit - Two Scoops.  This kit is a crafter's dream!  With flocking powder, DIY Thicker's, stencils, this kit has it all!

First up is our Layout Sketch Challenge.  Here is Holly's elegant sketch and the Design Team's creations:

Aren't these layouts darling?  Just love seeing what people make when they use the same supplies and sketch.   So unique!  

Next up is May's Card Challenge.  Instead of doing a card sketch this month we are issuing a challenge:

Create a card and use NUMBERS in the design.

Here are the Design Team's cards using the Two Scoops kit:

Here are the details for our card and layout challenge.  You have until June 19th at 11:59 PM eastern 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.  International participants are welcome to join in the fun.  Link up below via Mr. Linky or leave your direct link in comments.  


Friday, May 18, 2012

It's a Two Scoop Layout...

I'm loving the May kit!
The colors are just enough summer and still a bit spring to make my photos pop and help me get my stories told.

Today I have a layout titled "Beautiful Abuela".
My husbands grandparents took their two boys and left Cuba with only the clothes they had on. They left everything behind in search of a new life with more opportunities. Abuela is the bravest woman I know and I'm so blessed to have her in my life. She rarely smiles in photos, but my husband captured this one at my nephew's first birthday party, and I just love it!

Here's a look:

I hope this weekend brings you some time to scrap those you love and some relaxation as well.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Two (more) Scoops!

hi all!  Shaunna here :)

swinging by to share a cute card i made with the May kit, to thank my stepdaughter for the wonderful Mother's Day surprise that she gave me - a pretty cross necklace inside a VERY pretty Asian-inspired fabric box, and a really sweet card.  she's big into sending Thank You cards so i thought it would be nice for her to get one, too!

it's very simple, but i think she will really appreciate it :)

also, an update on the mini that i am working on from last week's tutorial:

that's all i have so far!  i've been using pieces from every Sampler kit since the beginning of the year to make this book extra-special - it's really crazy how there have been pieces and parts from each kit that complement the May kit so well!  i think i'm going to fill this with photos of my cousins and i and give it to my grandma :)  i know she'll love it!

that's about it for me for today!!  don't forget we're wrapping up last month's challenges (on the 19th!) and getting ready for our next round of challenges on the 20th, so come back then (and every day!) for more inspiration and ideas from The Sampler Girls!  hope everyone's enjoying pre-summer so far!!!

peace, love and stickers -
shaunnaRooskie :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Sunbursts are all the rage right now, and when I saw all the gorgeous colors in the May kit, I knew I had to try a sunburst layout myself.  I printed my picture in black and white, so it'd stand out and I love how it turned out.

And here's a closeup of the tag.  I used the stencil with my Prima Chalk Fluid Edger ink, which was my favorite way to use the stencil.  It gives such a clean image.  Of course, some flocking on the thickers, the Heidi Swapp flag and an Echo Park brad to top it off.  LOVE!

Happy, happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dye It

Hi everyone, Nancy here today to share with you a layout I made with the gorgeous Two Scoops kit from the Sampler.  The colors in this month's kit are so full of spring.  I couldn't resist scrapping these photos of my son dying Easter Eggs.  
The Hambly transparency added the perfect bit of color and texture to my eggs and kite.  I used a bit of twine left over from last month's kit in my button and for my kite string.  

A sketch by my good friend Heather helped with the design, but with all the beautiful goodies in the kit (gorgeous brads, wood buttons, beautiful papers) not much help was needed.
Thanks for stopping by the Sampler today.  Don't forget there is still time to enter the April sketch and card challenges, and be on the lookout for the May challenge later this week.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Hi guys!  Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms out there.  I have a special layout to share tonight that is near and dear to my heart.  I made this LO with the April Sampler Kit.  You can check out the latest kit, Two Scoops at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us.

Here's my LO:

This is my precious Mamaw and Papaw.  I had just arrived home from the hospital after being born and they were visiting.

Here's an up close of my journaling.  Sums up how much this picture means to me!  Mamaw was a wonderful Grandma and such a big influence in my life.  So thankful for all the lessons she taught me over the years.  She may be gone, but I can preserve and cherish all my memories of her thru scrapbooking.

Happy Mother's Day to all!  And if you have lost an important Grandma, Aunt, Mom, or Sister...always remember they are with you in memory.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Boys in Blue Layout...

Happy Friday!
Amy here to share a layout using the May Sampler Kit!
American Crafts has some fabulous new DIY Thickers that allow you to add glitter, etc, and they are included in your I thought why not just add some sparkly embossing powder? I did try heating them up and the foam letters don't hold up, but I do love the matte powder and the glitter on the letters. So..don't heat up the letters, but do dump some embossing powder on for a fun matte or glitter look.

Here's a look:

I really wanted my focus to be on my photos, but could not pass up using the Bodacious Blue Wow! powder on those BLUE letters! 
I will reshoot my layout this weekend, but I've been battling a horrible sinus infection this week, so I thank you in advance for your understanding :) 
Supplies Used: The Sampler Kit Club May Kit,  Wow! Embossing Powder
Sketch by Kristine Davidson, Creative Scrappers

I hope you have a marvelous Friday.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two Scoops Simple Mini Tutorial

hi there!  shaunna here :)  today i'd like to share a quick little mini album i've worked on for the past few days.  i took step by step photos so you can make your own, if you'd like :)  the idea is not something i came up with on my own, but rather compiled from various DIY mini albums i've seen all over the internet.  i hope you enjoy it!

before we get started, you will need the following supplies:

* a piece of chipboard/light cardboard the height you want your book to be (mine is 4"), and at least width + 1" to be able to make a spine piece.
* a piece of transparency the size you want your cover (the size of your book).  alternatively you could replace this with chipboard or any other material of your choosing.
* patterned paper, 8.5"x4" or (cover+cover+spine) size, as many sheets as you'd like.  i only used four sheets so that i could include more chunky embellishments in my book.
* additional patterned paper for covering chipboard and spine binding.
* good adhesive
* scorer, optional, but handy for this project

first off, you need to cut down your chipboard and transparency to make the covers and spine of your book.  my book is 4x4", so i cut a 4x4" piece of chipboard and transparency, and a 4"x.5" piece for the spine.

next, cut a piece of "additional" patterned paper to wrap around your back cover & spine.  in my case, my paper was 4.5" tall and about 4.75" wide.  i left a 1/4" margin around the outsides so i can wrap the paper around the cover, and i also left a wee bit (about 1/16") extra on the width to help the crease at the spine.

i scored this piece 1/4" from the top, bottom, and one side, and 1/2"+ a tad from the opposite side, to make it easier to wrap around the chipboard.  i cut out the squares formed by the score intersections to make a nice clean wrap.

(NOTE: in this picture i have only creased 3 of the 4 sides, because i cut my paper 1/4" too short, but if you want the clean, completely wrapped look, make sure to include that extra 1/4" on the side opposite the spine! oops!!)

and here is the back cover and spine, completed.  i used double sided tape to adhere, because i'm cheap.  i lined up the edge of the paper with the edge of the spine, and adhered the back cover along the edge of the crease at the spine.  i wrapped the overlap pieces around and since i cut 1/4" too short the side of the cover also lines up with the paper.  i fixed it a little by cutting a 4x4" piece of the AC POW! Glitter paper to cover:

next i cut a piece of patterned paper, 4" tall by 1.5" wide for the spine binding.  i scored it tall-ways at 1/2" increments, and adhered it overlapping the back cover to the crease, then the spine, and finally added my transparency, aligning it with the opposite crease to form the entire cover.  i also ended up adding a 4x1.5" piece to the inside to cover the ugly gaps in the binding.

now for the pages!  take the patterned paper you selected for the pages, cut to size - mine is 8.5"x4" - but you could make it any length by adding the width of both covers + the width of the spine.  score these sheets on the side you want facing inwards at 4" and 4.5" to make a space for the spine.  

add adhesive and layer onto the spine in the desired order.  as i said, i only used four sheets for a total of 16 pages from cover to cover.

and you're finished!  it took me about 20 minutes total to put this together and i think it will make a great Mother's Day gift for someone :)

at this point, feel free to go wild and embellish this little baby however you want!  last night i pulled out supplies from every Sampler kit since January that i still have left and started going to town on this one... i am not ready to share pictures yet, but will update this post when i do.

i hope this is helpful to you, if you have never seen anything like this somewhere else already!  don't forget this month's FANTASTIC AWESOME kit is available at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us along with the latest and greatest of everything right now!  you definitely don't want to miss this kit!!!

stay tuned for more inspiration and this month's challenges - and don't forget you still have time to get your entries in for this month's card and sketch challenges!!  thanks for stopping by today, have a beautiful weekend :)

peace, love and stickers -

shaunnaRooskie :D