Summer Sampler Sweetness!

Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 118!!!!

Hello friends! Welcome back to the Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won’t want to miss the amazing prettiness that I know you will find at all the stops along the way!

My favorite projects to share in classes right now are seasonal samplers.  Today we did a Summer Sampler and I could not love it more!  It is so much fun creating little vignettes that make a big, beautiful home decor piece for the season.  The new stamp sets in the new catalog and these gorgeous bright colors combine to for bright, summery fun 🙂

I created a tutorial for this project that is available here for $15 if you would like to make your own summer sampler!

Here is the finished project in its frame.  It is hard to get a good photo without reflections off the glass but you can see how pretty it is ready for display.

Summer Sampler Stampin' Up

No frame in this pic:

Summer Sampler Stampin' Up

Busy stampers creating their masterpieces…and enjoying their Starbucks of course!!

Summer Sampler Stampin' Up

Creative Tips:

  1. Pick colors for the season that work well together.  Then mix and match your selected colors among the blocks.  Every color is not in each block except Whisper White.  This helps you create a cohesive piece that pops!  Sometimes I base my color palette on a DSP, then your palette is already set and you know the colors will work together.  Thank you Stampin’ Up!  You make it so easy to create a gorgeous project!
  2. This project is all about dimension!  You want to use a shadow box style frame that has some distance between the glass and your finished project.  Then go crazy with dimensionals to bring your vignettes to life!  So much fun 🙂
  3. Have you tried the Big Shot Embossing Mats yet????  I used it today to use the big die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits to create an embossed background instead of a die cut.  This is life changing!!  It means all of my dies now have an opportunity for double duty and lots of fun impressions are just waiting to be made!  I LOVE this and you NEED it in your creative arsenal!  Make sure you keep the packaging, it has all the instructions for various sandwiches for different effects.

Make sure you go “back” if you missed Bree’s wonderful creation or you can loop on around by hitting the “next” button to get to Dani’s gorgeous work and the rest of the hop!  Links to all of our fabulous hoppers are listed below 🙂

  1. Amy O’Neill
  2. Breelin Renwick
  3. Cathy Casey – you are here!
  4. Dani Dziama
  5. Elizabeth Price
  6. Julie Warnick
  7. Kaitlyn Zumbach
  8. Melissa Stout
  9. Wendy Weixler

Lighted Holiday Village Decor Class

I made a gorgeous Holiday Decor item over Thanksgiving!  I was inspired by the amazing Kathryn Simpson’s project she has shared.  I think this may be one of my most favorite projects!!!  It is so cute and can be displayed all winter long 🙂

It features the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies and goes into a shadow box with tiny little lights.  It is really hard to take pictures of in the frame but I tried below!

I am offering this as a local class and as a class to go.  See all the details below.

Hometown Greetings Stampin' Up

Hometown Greetings Stampin' Up

Local Class Options:

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00 PM or Monday, December 4, 2017, 6:30 PM – Cost $35

Includes the completed project with frame.

Starbucks inside King Soopers, 3570 Hartsel Drive, Colorado Springs

If you want to come, just let me know and I will add you to the list!

To Go Class:

If these dates don’t work for you or you are out of the area and want to make this gorgeous project, just email me at and I will mail you the project to complete at home.  Cost $35 plus $4 shipping.