A week ago today, I had the absolute pleasure of winging my way to my neighbor island of Maui to join my sister Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Cheryl Hamilton, for a weekend of crafting. More about last Saturday’s activities in a later post. Today I’m going to focus on what the two of us did on Sunday. We shared the Blackberry Beauty Suite of products from the current Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog and each created a sampler to show them off.
The Blackberry Beauty Suite
This suite, which can be bought as an entire suite by the way, consists of all the products in this picture. Neither one of us used all of the products in the suite in our sampler. But between the two of us, we used every one. For my sampler, I used the Blackberry Beauty Specialty Paper set; the Gold Shimmer Vellum; the Blackberry Beauty Ephemera Pack; and the Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.
I also made liberal use of Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Foil Sheets. When I get into something like this, there’s no such thing as too much gold! Finally, for the background for all those fun little sample sections, I used a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Blackberry Bliss Cardstock from the Regals 12″ x 12″ Cardstock pack.
Choosing a Theme – or Two!
Besides choosing what products I’m going to feature in a sampler (and Cheryl had already done that before we even started!), I like my samplers to have a theme. After studying the products from the Blackberry Beauty Suite, I certainly wanted to have a few birds flitting around on the sampler. And you’ll find them on three of the squares.
Then I needed to choose some sentiments to include. While I think the sentiments in the stamp set in the suite are lovely, I wanted something a bit more uplifting. As I searched through Cheryl’s stamp collection (impressive!) I found some sentiments that included “friend” and would fit with the size of the samples I planned to create. So there are two themes carrying through this sampler – birds and friendship. They definitely go together (birds of a feather…?)
A Quick Look At Some of the Samples
It’s probably obvious how I made most of the squares and rectangles in this sampler. But I’d like to share a tidbit or two about how I made some that were the most fun.
For this rectangular shape, I added a 6″ x 2-3/4″ layer of the Gold Shimmer Vellum onto a 6-1/4″ x 3″ rectangle of one of the sheets from the paper set. To create the “stripes” on the vellum, I scored it at every half inch across. Here’s a hint for adhering Vellum to another layer, and it’s especially for you Paper Pumpkin kit fans. The little dots that come as an adhesive in Paper Pumpkin kits are just thin enough that they hardly show at all. If you look really closely you’ll see them. But I do think you have to be looking for them. Otherwise, just add adhesive in an area that will be covered by something else.
This was the square with which I had the most fun. I’d already been spending an hour and a half or so trying to figure out my theme and how I’d carry it out. So I needed some relaxation time. What’s more relaxing than weaving?! You just have to remember over-under-over-under and so forth. I was definitely relaxed when I finished this. To make the basket weave, I cut two 3″ squares of gold foil and then cut each square into 1/4″ pieces. There were some pieces left when I finished. But having that happen was more relaxing than doing the math to figure out exactly what size the original pieces should be!
This square was also relaxing. I knew that I wanted to use this particular die-cut label piece from the Ephemera Pack on this square. But I didn’t really want to cover the birds. So I used my trusty Paper Snips and cut around a wing of the black bird and the head of the brown bird and slipped the label right in.
A Challenge for You!
I am so ready to make another sampler! My challenge to you is to tell me what you’d like me to use to make my next sampler. It’s as easy as that. I’m hoping that I’ll get quite a few suggestions from my readers. Then I’ll pick one and go for it. To suggest a suite – or even a particular set of products – just comment here or send me an e-mail. I’m traveling later in September into October (pandemic rules allowing, of course). So it may be early November before I get it done. So look for it here around November 12th!
Check Out Cheryl’s Sampler!
Cheryl’s the one who had the idea to create samplers out of this suite. I saw some of her work in progress. I can hardly wait to the see her final creation! Here’s a link to her post about her sampler. I can hardly wait to see it!
Have a great time stamping as the month of August 2021 comes to a close! And send me those sampler challenges!