Thursday, August 22, 2019

Summer Sampler

Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm sharing my Summer Sampler.  This project gives more love to some stamps and dies which have retired, but you could easily make substitutions.  The color combo pulls it all together!

Like I said, this color combo pulls everything together and screams Summer!  I've used Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Lovely Lipstick.  The sampler is built on 3 layers of cardstock - Whisper White, 9" square; Night of Navy, 8-1/2" square; and Pool Party, 8" square.  Each individual section is framed in Night of Navy.

Here's a closer look at each section in the sampler -

Night of Navy 4-3/4" x 2-1/4"; Whisper White 4-1/2" x 2".  The sun was sponged on first using a sticky note mask with a 1-1/8" circle punched out.  Sponge on Daffodil Delight and darken it at the top with Lovely Lipstick.  Remove mask, cover the sun with the punched out circle & lightly sponge more Daffodil Delight around the outside.  Lightly sponge Pool Party above the sun.  Stamp the mountains, water & sky using stamps from Waterfront.  The balloons are from Lift Me Up (retired), stamped in Lovely Lipstick & Granny Apple Green.

Night of Navy 2-1/4" square; Whisper White 2" square.  Everything in this section is stamped and die-cut from Beautiful Bouquet & the matching framelits.  The tag is tied on with a piece of linen thread.

Night of Navy 2-1/4" square; Pool Party 2" square.  I lightly sponged a bit of Daffodil Delight inside the jar then stamped the fireflies in Memento Black.  They are colored with light & dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends with brushed with Wink of Stella on their tails.  The jar lid was inked with Versamark & embossed in gold.  Stamp set is Jar of Love (retired).

Night of Navy 4-3/4" x 2-1/4", Whisper White 4-1/2" x 2".  I created a mask for the clouds with a sticky note & sponged around the mask with Pool Party, moving the mask 3 times to create 3 clouds.  The water is stamped using a Waterfront stamp in Pool Party and brushed with Wink of Stella for shimmer.  The sailboats are from Lilypad Lake, colored with Stampin' Blends.

Night of Navy 7-1/4" x 2-1/4".  Whisper White 7" x 2".  To create the background I sponged on clouds as with the sailboat section above.  For the letters I used a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and using a sponge brayer, rolled some Mango Melody ink along the bottom edge.  Then I used the Large Letters Framelits (retired) to cut them & mounted each on a second letter cut from Night of Navy to create a shadow.  Five more fireflies (Jar of Love) are scattered throughout.

As I've used multiple retired products on this sampler, I'm submitting it to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, which is all about giving your old stamps some love!  Jar of Love and the Large Letters Framelits are from 2016 and Lift Me Up is a 2017 stamp set.

The frame is a 9" x 9" Belmont Shadow Box frame purchased from Michael's Crafts.  Everything else that is still available through Stampin' Up is listed below:

Product List

This sampler is the third of a set of Four Seasons.  See the Spring Sampler HERE and the Fall Sampler HERE.


  1. That is one gorgeous sampler! Love your mix of colours. The way you've spaced it out is fantastic as it the way you've used colour to make the images work well with each other. I'm going to look out for your other seasons! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber Challenges.

    1. Thank you Jan! I appreciate all of your kind comments.

  2. Wow! Beautiful sampler, I love it! You must have put a lot of effort and time to put this together. Thanks for joining Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  3. This is such a beautiful project and congratulations on a very well-deserved win! Way to go! : )

  4. I'm so pleased to have my sampler chosen as a winner for #RRCB117 and looking forward to being a guest designer!