SAM Creative Challenge #2 – Miriam Thomas

SAM Creative Challenge #2

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Again- I have the pleasure of awarding the prize for the SAM Creative Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog 

Take part in this challenge and you will be in the running to receive a roll of real red polka dot ribbon and playground designer buttons from the Summer Mini.  Entering is easy!  For full details on the Challenge please go to

You will have until Friday 29th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 31st January


SAM embellishment 



Theme: Summer Fun. What does Summer mean to you? What is a typical Summer activity for you? Pull out those fun summery photos and scrap a layout that screams summer. Be sure to use lots of bold bright colours! 

Well- when I set this challenge I had grand plans of scrappin’ lots of photos of the kids during the summer school holidays.  Time slipped away and I didn’t get a chance to get some current photos printed before the deadline for posting this challenge.  I went to plan B and I went digging through the boxes of photos I already have printed and figured that I was certain to find some summer photos in my stash.  It was fun to reminisce as I was digging through the photos and I ended up deciding on a photo of my oldest son.    He turns 8 towards the middle of this year but in this photo he was about 1 and a half (about the same age as my youngest son now)  Interestingly the last scrapbook page I completed for the Stampamemory site was my daughter at the same age (Note to self- You should really scrap a photo of the CURRENT one-and-a -half-year-old before HE turns 8!)

Anyway- here is the layout of my little darling enjoying the summer sunshine!  I must admit that I am more of a Winter person but I do love the long lazy summer days when the kids can spend hours playing outside. 

As per the challenge requirements I used lots of bold bright colours! The background piece for this layout is a sheet of REAL RED cardstock.  I have picked out sheets of brightly coloured paper from three different designer series paper packs.  The Summer sun flowery paper and real red flowery paper are both from the PINK FLAMINGO DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK (Just as a sidenote- this pack is available at the discounted price of $12.71 -normally $16.95 until the 24th of January)

The old olive patterned paper (with the leaves) is from the PETAL PARTY Simply Scrappin Kit and the remaining sheet of patterned paper come from the URBAN GARDEN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK.

My title was created using the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET SET.  This alphabet stamp set is a recent addition to my stamp set collection that I purchased for the amazing price of ONLY $38.98 (before demonstrator discount) Up until only a few days ago- this stamp set was available at a 50% discount as part of the Inventory Clearance sale.  Unfortuantely SU have sold out of the square cut sets so it is no longer available at the discounted price as part of the sale.  So you’re probably wondering why I am telling you this when the discount no longer applies.  I guess I just wanted to let you know that it is worthwhile getting in quick before these sorts of items sell out.    There are other items on the list- Click on image below for the list and let me know if there is anything you would like to order!

Anyway the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET is still available but the price has returned to $77.95.  I still think it is excellent value at this price as there is SO much you can do with the set.  You can use it for your titles on your scrapbook layouts and also for your own wording on cards.   For my layout I stamped the outline letters in white craft ink onto the patterned paper.  I then sprinkled on white embossing power and used my heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  I then cut out each letter using my paper snips.  The embossed area forms a nice edge on each letter but still allows the patterned paper to show through.   Here is a close up of the title


You will notice in the bottom right hand corner I used a white jumbo grommet from the Summer Mini. (page 17) You don’t need any special tools to fix these in place.  You simply push the prongs into your patterned paper and fold the prongs back.  I placed a “Build a Brad” in the centre of the grommet.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these “Build a brads”- I love how you can punch out a circle of patterned paper to match the rest of your layout or card!   

Anyway- be sure to check out the other inspirational ideas at and make some time to create a layout for the challenge!

10 thoughts on “SAM Creative Challenge #2”

  1. Yvonne says:

    This layout is fantastic! I love how you’ve added the flowers to the stems of the upsy daisy DSP and the title looks great. I love the brad too.

  2. Tina G says:

    Fantastic choice of colours on your layout. You’ve done a great job.

  3. Claire Daly says:

    Oh my goodness Miriam, that is just amazing as always! Love the bright colours and the awesome way you used those red flowers. What a precious page.

  4. Ros Davidson says:

    So bright. WOW! Love how you have mixed DSP packs.

  5. Elise says:

    Love it! So fresh & bright. Love the grommet/brad embellishment too.

  6. Di Gill says:

    Miriam, Love it, love it, love it! I especially love how you have put the Pink Flamingo flowers over the Urban Garden foliage. Gorgeous layout!

  7. Lynda says:

    How happy and bright is this page Miriam?? Too cute. I love the ‘sunshine’ outline. Really makes the page pop!! Beautiful page…just stunning.

  8. Sue Madex says:

    Just gorgeous Miriam. Love the flowers with the red base. Cheers, Sue

  9. Haylie Dowson says:

    Miriam – what a fantastic Layout, the colours, the photo everything is wonderful!
    Your an inspiration – keep up the great work!
    P.S – love seeing the flowers used really well on a boys layout!

  10. Another page I love, you are very talented. TFS. Erica xx

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