Crafting Forever Framed Sampler

Hello stampers! Framed samplers are so much fun to make and to display, but this Crafting Forever one is ideal for your craft room if you are lucky enough to have one. You could also make it as a gift for your favourite crafty person. I made it specifically as a thank you for all my club members. They make a commitment to meet five times a year to make cards with me and place orders and I think that deserves a reward. Lasting friendships are made through my clubs and that is the very best part for me too. I always tell “my people” that attending classes is the best thing that they can do for their hobby because it ensures that they use the things they buy. When you go to classes you are inspired to create. You learn new things and that motivates you to put your knowledge into practice and to share what you love with others. Homemade gifts never go out of style. Shall we take a look at this beauty?


8" by 10" sampler using Crafting Forever


This sampler measures 8″ by 10″. I might tweak it a little bit yet and I always encourage my class attendees to feel free to make it their own by adding or changing the embellishments or anything else they with to change. I think I will add a little bling to the top left square. You could also choose to colour in the cafe image on the bottom left rectangle. Everything was stamped on whisper white and matted with basic black. I used an assortment of Blends to colour my images. There is a LOT of fussy cutting. The only truly fussy one was the clay pot with the brushes. The wine glasses were stamped on shimmery white cardstock which makes them look more like glass. They are a different shade of white so they pop off the white background subtly. I bought the frame at Michael’s, it is part of their everyday value collection, so it was only $12 in Canada.



This is what it looks like out of the frame.


I thought  I would show you what it looks like outside of the frame so that you can properly place your elements on the 8″ by 10″ white insert. Would you like some measurements?

wine and scissors rectangles: 5 1/2″ by 2″ (white) 5 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ (black) each

spools:  2 5/8″ by 2″ (white) 2 7/8″ by 2 1/4″ (black)

Crafting and pens: 2 1/2″ by 2 1/4″ (white) each, 2 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ (black) each

get creative- 2 1/4″ by 4 5/8″ (white) 2 1/2″ by 4 7/8″ (black)


You can adapt this to your favourite colour scheme. For a complete list of products that I used, just scroll down.  I was inspired by Chris Galbraith, you can find her sampler here.


I used an aqua painter to make a swoosh of smoky slate under the clay pot of brushes. SInce I was using regular whisper white cardstock I had to just make a quick swoosh. You do not want to add a lot of water to this paper or it will disintegrate. It might have been a better choice to just stick with Blends. You can see from the picture that some of the elements are popped up to add visual interest. I used the little background dots from Timeless Textures to add some interest to the scissors rectangle. I first stamped them in smoky slate (second generation stamping which is the new way of saying “stamped off”) I also used second generation stamping in daffodil delight and berry burst. I wanted to add some berry burst to the stamped images to tie in the berry burst metallic edged ribbon. This gorgeous ribbon is retiring, so get it before it’s gone!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy stamping!


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Fall Sampler: Showcase your Stamping Art!

Hello stampers. I finally started and finished the fall sampler that I promised you I would make. This is the third in a seasonal series of framed art. It is so refreshing to make something that will last longer than a card. This is perfect for your own home or as a gift to someone. I am really pleased with how it turned out, especially since it is totally a “Jackie original”.

It was great to play and it will be interesting to see how many different stamp sets and framelits I ended up using. I did use some retired product, the pumpkins are from last year’s paper and the orange glimmer paper is also from last year, but I know I have enough on hand for a good sized class. The fall sampler is made on a sheet of  regular crumb cake cardstock. The mats are cajun craze and the images are stamped on very vanilla. I bought the frame at Michael’s and I use the same frame for each sampler.


Fall Sampler


Fall sampler unframed 8 1/2 by 11.


The Details


A few details. The word Fall was cut using the large letter framelits out of our Wood Textures paper. The milk can is from Country Life. I sponged over it with our bright copper shimmer paint and then when it was dry I accented it with soft suede blends. The tree in the middle is from Winter Woods and the one at the top is from Rooted in Nature. The owl is from Still NIght and the wagon with the pumpkins is from Pleasant Pheasants as is the saying. The house on the top block is from Farmhouse Christmas and the “Happy” is from the Merry Christmas to All bundle.


Fall Sampler closeup featuring sentiment from Pleasant Pheasants


Here are some more close-ups so that you can see the details in this sampler.


Happy Fall combination of framelits: Large Letters and Farmhouse Christmas


I just sponged some pumpkin pie, crushed curry and cherry cobbler on the tree from Farmhouse Christmas and on one of the trees from Winter Woods I sponged some bright copper shimmer paint. I wanted the illusion of fall colour without lots of leaf cutouts. The trees from Winter Woods are stamped in the background with crumb cake stamped off. Stamping off, also known as generational stamping is when you first stamp your image on scrap paper and then stamp again on your project so that you get a lighter image.


Still Night is where you find this magnificent owl


I can’t believe I was doubting whether to get this owl!!! He is the star of my fall sampler. I just love this set so much and I discovered that the branch stamp and the branch framelit don’t match. What I mean is that the framelit doesn’t cut out the stamped image. That is actually awesome. It means you have two different branches!! I coloured the owl with my trusty Blends.


Rooted in Nature and Farmhouse Christmas on this fall sampler


I thought it would be nice to have just a wee bit of the house showing on this rectangle. Originally I had a red truck in there too but it was too busy looking. The magnificent tree is from Rooted in Nature and I also stamped it in crumb cake in the background. The little dots in the background are also from this set. The house is coloured in old olive an crumb cake Blends. Here is the finished project all framed up! Deep breath. I am so happy it is finished and I am also quite pleased with how it looks. If you would like to make this fall sampler yourself, the class date is Thursday October 11 at 10am or 7pm. Cost is $25 but does not include the frame. All you need to bring is your adhesive.


Lots of stamp sets and framelits represented in this fall sampler! All products Stampin'Up!





base:  8 1/2 by 11 crumb cake

small panels: cajun craze: 2″ by 2 7/8″ very vanilla: 1 7/8″ by 2 3/4″

medium panels: cajun craze: 2″ by 5 3/8″, very vanilla 1 7/8″ by 5 1/4″

large middle panel:  cajun craze 2″ by 8 1/2″, very vanilla:  1 7/8″ by 8 3/8


Ordering in Canada


As always, if you liked this project and you do not currently have a demonstrator, it would make me so very happy if you chose to order from me. If you click on any of the supplies below, it will take you straight to my store.Please do use the current host code. It is H6JA44TT. If your order is over $120 you should really consider getting the starter kit. By the time you add taxes and shipping to your order you will be at a price higher than the cost of a starter kit which is only $135. You get to choose $165 worth of products and you get a pile of catalogs to hand out to your friends and neighbours. Who knows where that could take you? Share the love and don’t look back. If you choose that option, just click on this link.


I hope you have a fantastic day. Fall weather is here and I am loving it!!



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Christmas Sampler Framed Art

Hello stampers! Framed art samplers are like scrapbooking for the wall. It’s like card making taken to a different level. I love creating seasonal samplers that can be interchanged in the same frame. Let’s be real. If we kept making beautiful samplers and adding them to the walls we would soon run out of wall space and our homes would look like a scrapbooking store! This year I wanted to make a sampler using the beautiful Year of Cheer suite, but I also wanted to combine it with the stunning Santa’s Sleigh framelits. This is what I came up with.


Santa's Sleigh and Season of Cheer make for great art and great gift giving.


As you can see this would also make a great gift for someone on your list. It really doesn’t take much time to make because the smaller squares are so simple; the patterned paper is so beautiful it stands up all by itself! The mats for the small squares are made of champagne foil paper and they are 2 1/4 inches square. The inside squares are 2″ square pieces of Year of Cheer specialty paper. One of the squares is made of copper foil paper embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Here is a close-up:


Gold glimmer paper and dazzling diamonds glitter paper make for beautiful trees.

To coordinate with the Year of Cheer paper, which is very rich and metallic, I used gold glimmer paper, dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and copper foil paper for the trees and for the deer and sleigh. I added early espresso behind the deer and one of the trees to add both depth and contrast. I also thought that the little red bow on the gold embossed wreath added just the right pop of colour. All these dies come from the Santa’s Sleigh set. I found that laying the foil sheets upside down helped for cutting them out so they would delaminate. It also made the sleigh and deer face in the right direction for what I needed. That is what is so nice about using either foil sheets or glimmer paper. If you turn them around you can have your image facing in two different directions.


The sampler fits into a 12x12 frame with an 8x8" matted opening.


This frame is 12×12″ with a matted 8×8″ opening. I found them last year at Wal-Mart and I am guessing that at this time of year they will once again have a great selection of frames. The whole thing is “built” on an 8″ square of early espresso cardstock. The biggest square is 4 3/4″ square of whisper white and 4 1/2″ square of champagne foil paper. The foil paper was first embossed with the Winter Wonder embossing folder. If you were planning on giving this away as a gift you could pair it with this beautiful card:


Washi tape combined with Swirly Snowflakes thinlet dies makes for a stunning card.


I used champagne foil paper with the Swirly Snowflake thinlets dies together with the Year of Cheer washi tape to make a stunning Christmas card. The sentiment is embossed with copper and I used the ever popular and useful Stitched Framelits to cut it out. The last thing I want to share is a cute little idea for using your left over Year of Cheer specialty paper. This paper is so beautiful that it makes any small gift extra special. I used it to wrap these Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I found a case of these at Costco with a dozen packages of three in a box.



I simply wrapped a 3″ by 5″ piece of paper around the chocolates and then tied a piece of metallic edge ribbon around it.


Class to Go Offer


As you might know, my house is up for sale and when Rachel is done school in June I will most likely be moving away from Chatham. I hope to continue teaching classes in person but I also realize that more of my income will depend on online sales. With that in mind I am starting to offer “classes to go”. The Christmas art sampler will be $25 including shipping to anywhere in Canada. Frame not included. Payment can be made through PayPal or etransfer. I haven’t added an online shopping feature for this yet, but if you comment below or message me we will get the job done!

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