Monday, 9 July 2012

July Stamp Camp

Well after a whole weekend of birthday celebrations and a bit of a sabbatical with both of my blogs for a well-earned rest; it was time to get back to some serious crafting on Sunday: Stamp Camp!

I was joined by some lovely ladies eager to get crafting on the projects I had planned. We used the Sweet Cake stamp along with the wonderful Jellybean Brads which they all took home, plus we teamed these with the wonderful Sweet Shop designer series papers.

Before I started planning the class I thought this would be a difficult stamp to use (I love a challenge!) and that it wouldn't offer too much in the way of variety. It turns out that combined with the DSP we used and use of the In Colour 2011-2013 colour suite; we managed to create some really beautiful cards. The photos don't do the cards justice at all, but they have a gorgeous sweet shop, fairground feel about them which I just love:



First up we made a really simple card to get warmed up! We actually embossed the red cherry with Cherry scented embossing powders, before adding the silver Mini Brads to finish the card off:


Next up we went for another simple card using the Sweet Shop papers and using ribbon and the Jellybean Brads for embellishment, another simple (but effective) card to get those creative juices flowing:


Then we made a card with a bit of sparkle!

This card (you can't see it too well from the picture) has Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds as the icing on top of the cupcake, we stuck this on really easily with a 2-way Glue Pen. Basically, if you want a permanent bond you apply the glitter when the glue is blue; if you only want a temporary fix you apply your glitter (or whatever it is you're sticking) when the glue has changed from blue to clear - so easy!

Next up was this "Be my Valentine" card - proof that Valentine's Day Cards don't always have to be red with hearts! I used some Perfect Plum cardstock and ink with this one, which worked perfectly. Some of the girls changed the sentiment in the card to "Happy Birthday" - in fact by this point they had really warmed up to Stamping and had started making their own versions and little changes to the cards we made, which was really good to see that their creativity was now flowing:



Lastly we  made a slightly bigger card and used the Big Shot to cut some shapes to mount the stamp on. We used some Whisper White cardstock with the Top Note die and also used the Framelits dies (that match the Apothecary Art stamp set) to cut a backing shape out of Soft Suede cardstock. I used a bit of Chantilly to give the card a bit of a flourish, this one is my favourite - what do you think???



We also managed to squeeze in one last, completely different project to show the girls what other types of cards could be made with Stampin' Up! products. I opted for a dark, blue "Night of Navy" coloured cardstock and teamed it with some Marina Mist to create a card that is very close to one in the latest Idea Book & Catalogue. It was made using the Creative Elements stamp set which I really love as it features not only a butterfly, but also a stamp saying "Create" - which I just can't resist!
I used the First Edition DSP for this card and stamped over the top of it in Early Espresso, which has to be one of my favourite colours.


I would like to extend a BIG "thank you" to the girls that came along and made it such a fun afternoon. I had lots of fun and learnt lots myself; I am now so excited about the next one and am planning it as we speak!

If you would like to know more about my crafting classes and courses; or would like to know more about Stampin' Up! products then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, Lauren, at the_crafty_hippy@yahoo.co.uk - if you leave a telephone number I can always call you back at a time that suits you, or I can answer any enquiries you have via email. I'd be pleased to help!







2 comments:

  1. Streakybacon252 aka Julie aka new Stampin Up convert18 July 2012 at 21:58

    Hey. Thanks for organising Stamp Camp the other Sunday, I had a fantastic time and who would have thought I could make such great cards. It'll remain our little secret that Stampin' Up take all the hard work out of it by coordinating all of their paper, ink colours, ribbons and brads, and filling their catalogue/ ideas book with ideas to either just copy or adapt with your own little finishing touches.

    The designs are all fresh and modern, which makes a welcome change from a lot of the homemade card supplies that you can buy. I've already given three of the cards that I made, to friends with a birthday, an anniversary, and one just as a thinking of you card. I got two squeals, and the third hasn't been opened yet. They're so cute, without being twee.

    Thanks for taking the time to cut out all the templates for the projects before we arrived, as that preparation would have taken us noobs a while, and we were able to make more during the time we had as a result. It was a great help to have examples of the finished products there, and for you to be on hand to help whenever we needed it, which to be fair, wasn't too often as the products are all so easy to use.

    I highly recommend anyone give either Stamp Camp or one of your other card making evenings a go. I came away with a bagful of goodies and my newly made cards, and a tummy full of lunch and CAKE. I had a great day. Well worth the money, I shall certainly be at the next stamp camp.

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  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback; I worked very hard to make sure the day went as smoothly as possible, and that it was value for money ~ and more importantly - FUN!!

    I really enjoyed myself and you were all a pleasure to craft with - you ladies really made the day.

    I'm looking forward to the next Stamp Camp and am working on it already.

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