Sunday, October 29, 2017

NC Demos October Blog Hop - A Thank-Fall Sampler

Welcome to the October edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Thank-Fall.  My project this month is all about Fall, but I have been thinking a lot this past week as I worked on it about all the things and people for which I am thankful.  It has been a crazy year with a LOT of change and challenges.  Some have been fantastic and others have been very difficult.  So, as 2017 comes to a close and we start preparing for Thanksgiving I am reflecting on how grateful I am for my family, our home and my wonderful friends.  I am also thankful for the chance to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  It has given me the opportunity to share what I love (stamping, crafting and being creative) but it has also let me meet some amazing people, whom I would never have met otherwise.  These people have become dear friends and inspire me everyday.  I am also thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by my blog and let me share with you!   Life is good and I am so grateful!

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff!  Let's get on with sharing my Fall Sampler!

Samplers are not difficult, but they do require a good amount of prep and take somewhere between three to four hours to complete.  The nice thing is that you don't have to decide on one stamp set, accessory or DSP to use.  You just want to pick a theme or season and use all your favorites!

My best advice is to cut all your layers, then die cut or punch anything that doesn't need to be stamped first, like the flower and leaves in block 6.  Finally, get out all the stamp sets, ink pads and other tools you plan to use.  For this particular sampler DON"T FORGET to get out your Piercing Mat.  With the exception of Timeless Textures these stamp sets are Photopolymer and your stamped images will be much better if you use it.

Here are the measurements for the various layers and how I attached them:

  • 12 x 12 Chocolate Chip (you could also use Early Espresso)
  • 11 x 11 Crumb Cake - the edge of this layer is stamped with Crumb Cake and the Timeless Textures stamp set and attached to the Chocolate Chip Layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 Pumpkin Pie - This layer is stamped with the leaves from Gourd Goodness in Cajun Craze and attached to the Crumb Cake layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • 9 Old Olive 3 x 3 blocks  - These are all attached to the Pumpkin Pie layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • 9 blocks that are 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in various colors - These are all attached to the Old Olives squares with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Now for a few quick tips about how I created my blocks.  First, I embossed ALL four of the Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock blocks 1, 4, 7 and 8 that spell out FALL using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF.  DON"T spritz the cardstock, but DO run it through the Big Shot twice.  Then I stamped using my various flowers, acorns, leaves and gourds.  All the foil copper letters are attached with those Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. (Love them!)  The flowers from Painted Harvest in block one were stamped first with Pumpkin Pie, then Cajun Craze and finally with Chocolate Chip.  The large leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was created using the Rock & Roll technique using Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant.

I made block 2 with the Seasonal Layers Framelits, the Color Theory DSP, and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The Cherry Cobbler leaf is attached with a Glue Dot.  The Metallic Copper Thread is attached to the DSP with a little Fast Fuse.

Block  3  made with the Basket of Wishes stamp set was the quickest and easiest of all!  I stamped the basket in Chocolate Chip and then the gourds with Cajun Craze.  I colored in the leaves and stems with the Always Artichoke and Old Olive Markers.  I die cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and embellished it a bit with pearls.  Some of my customers added a little sponging with Crumb Cake and I think I am going to do this, too.

The Jute Twine behind the greeting on block 5 is attached the Very Vanilla oval with Tear & Tape.  Then the oval is attached to the DSP and Chocolate Chip cardstock with a couple of pieces of Foam Adhesive.  I also had to add a little of the Copper Trim.  I just love the texture it adds to any project!

I created the flower for block  6 by stamping the bottom layer of the flower in Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped it three times turning it a bit each time for a more solid look.  The top layer is Cherry Cobbler and the center is Elegant Eggplant.  I punched my flower out using the Starburst Punch, but if you enjoy fussy cutting like my friends Carol and Lisa, please feel free to do so.  =-)  I stamped the leaves on the Wood Texture DSP using Always Artichoke and then also used the same ink to stamp leaves on scraps of Old Olive cardstock before punching them out and attaching them with those fabulous Mini Dimensionals!

And last, but not least, the pumpkins in block  9 were actually where this project started and where a little booboo from a previous project.  I was making a Faux Linen piece for a hostess club project and stamped my pumpkins and then sponged Crumb Cake over the top.   Oooops.  I loved the way it turned out and with the burlap ribbon and staples it's the perfect final square.

I am sure I have forgotten something I should tell you about creating this sampler, so if you have a question please post in the comments below or feel free to email me.  I would love to help you.

Now, you have to pop on over and see what Laurie has created this month.  I know you will love it!

Thank you again for letting me share my Fall Sampler with you.  

Happy Stamping!

October Blog Hoppers
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Sue Stapp -
Frances Wagner -
Product List
Big Shot
Jute Twine
Glue Dots


Wow, Tracie. Your project is fantastic. I love every square. Your directions are so easy to follow. Thanks for that! Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Jo Anne Hewins on October 30, 2017 at 07:59 AM #

Tracie, this is gorgeous. Lots of work but I really love it. I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Frances on November 01, 2017 at 10:16 PM #

Thank you ladies. I think you would both love making samplers and will look forward to seeing what you create!

Posted by Tracie Evans Langley on November 02, 2017 at 05:13 AM #

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