The DOstamperSTARS Demonstrator Group is hosting a Flowering Fields Sampler Swap. (Sort of like saying She Sells Seashells by the Seashore, right?) Anyway, when designing my swap, I made several sampler squares before I decided on which one I wanted to make multiples of to send to the other swap participants. Because I’m on the road, I won’t get my swaps until I return home in April, but, I wanted a sampler to hang in my camper, so I made a few more squares and created a Flowering Fields Sampler to decorated my Mobile Roost.
You might ask, What is a Sampler Swap? A Sampler is a wall decor piece made up of small squares. Usually 2″ or 2 1/4″ squares. A swap is just what it sounds like, two or more people trade sampler squares. For an 8″ frame 9 squares is standard so its best to have 9 or more people participate in a sampler swap. It takes 12 squares to make a 12″ x 12″ Sampler using the same 2″ or 2 1/4″ squares. To make the squares all coordinate, (we don’t want clashing colors!) groups will often choose a designer paper as the basis of the Sampler Swap. The really neat thing about Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is that there is a list of coordinating colors for the paper pack both in the catalog and on the cardboard protector sheet on the back of the paper pack. This makes it really easy to coordinate colors for the Sampler Swap. Even if someone doesn’t have the chosen designer paper, they can use the coordinating cardstock to create and share squares.
Sound like something you would enjoy doing? Reach out to friends and create your own Sampler Swap or look for a Facebook Group doing a swap.
Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper Colors
- Poppy Parade
- Petal Pink
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pear Pizzazz
- Pool Party
- Highland Heather
- Calypso Coral
- Evening Evergreen
- Fresh Freesia
- Mango Melody
- Pool Party
- Rich Razzleberry
- Soft Succulent
- So Saffron
This square uses a Rich Razzleberry base and a So Saffron die cut Windmill.
This square features a Calypso Coral base with a row of die cut tulips and a die cut bicycle from the Windmill Dies collection. With a multicolored piece of the Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a single Loose Flower Flourishes embellishment in the basket.
What could say spring more than baby animals? This cute little chick is from the Easter Friends stamp set and is colored with Stampin’ Blend Markers and then fussy cut (yes, scissors were used). He is on a piece of orange colored Flowering Fields DSP with a Mango Melody base. The ribbon is the Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon.
Block 4 switches over to a light blue theme, with a Coastal Cabana base and butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance stamp and die bundle. The butterfly is colored with the Soft Pastels and Wink of Stella. Learn more about using the Soft Pastels in my video tutorial.
Did you know that the gorgeous Nature’s Harvest stamp set and dies carried over from the winter mini catalog? This block has a Mango Melody base and a piece of the Flowering Fields DSP in Mango Melody colors. The flowers from the Nature’s Harvest stamp set are colored with Stampin’ Blends. A piece of black and white baker’s twine from the Pet’s Combo was added with a glue dot.
This block has a Coastal Cabana base and a Flowering Fields DSP pattern in soft blues and pinks. I’ve stamped the top dragonfly onto a piece of the Vellum Layering Designs. the Vellum has a map on it which gives the dragonfly wings some cool lines. Behind the dragonfly is a piece of the blue foil from the Waves of the Ocean Collection, also punched with the Dragonfly Punch. Only the body of the vellum dragonfly is adhered so that his wings are loose.
This girl on the swing is part of a larger image from the Expressions of Friendship Hostess set. I’ve colored her with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut the image. The base is Rich Razzleberry with 3 strips of varying widths and patterns from the Flowering Fields DSP. Does this remind you of some fun childhood days?
Block 8 is a bit more humorous than the rest. The little gumball machine from the Gumball Greetings stamp set is colored with various colors of Stampin’ Blends and die cut with the coordinating Gumball Dies. It rests on a piece of the Flowering Fields DSP with a Rich Razzleberry base.
Block 9 has a tree stamped and die cut from the Tulip Fields stamp set and matching Windmill Dies. The base is Calypso Coral covered with another design from the Vellum Layering Designs paper. The Pale Papaya ribbon is knotted at the edge.
The blocks were adhered to another design of the Flowering Fields DSP. The lines made it pretty easy to adhere the squares evenly. This is good for me, as I always have trouble getting things straight, lol. I added a few rhinestones and a brass butterfly to the sampler once it was put together. I hope you are inspired by this project to create one of your own!
I’ve started on another sampler for the other set of cabinets in my camper. This one is ocean themed in honor of the beautiful beaches around me here in Fort Myers, Florida.
I hope that you have a wonderful day. Think of three things that you are grateful for today, then be sure to say something nice to someone else to brighten their day.