Saturdays Stamp Camp Projects

Hi All,

As promised yesterday,  here’s the projects from Saturday’s Stamp Camp that was hosted in my Living Room (and thank heavens we didn’t use glitter :D).  I’m so impressed with my Stampin’ Up partners (Hi Linda, Hi Cheryl) and their creativity.  Some of the card ideas started out life as CASE’s from various sources but ended up pretty different from their origins.  I wish I had scans of all the swaps we looked at while brainstorming so you could see the bits and pieces that got pulled from here and there and put altogether for a new creation.  Two projects are pretty much direct lifts from some super talented and blogging demo stampers but they still ended up with individual differences – especially since the projects you’re viewing are the ones yours truly made and I had a hard time following through on the directions for various reasons ( uh huh – talking too much being the main one as I’m sure you all are thinking :D)

As you will see quite a few of our cards this weekend made use of punches and Big Shot dies so went together pretty quickly and would  work for any group you might want to put together including kids.

Note:  Finally I got the scanner to work and found all the info to post with the cards then WordPress started deleting everything I wrote when I asked to save as I went along!  Hmmm….I may love these projects but apparently WP is of another opinion!   Sorry it took so long to get this post up.  And did you know that cat’s (at least mine anyway) like purple?  One of the projects used Elegant Eggplant for one of its colors and that card seems to be attracting the cats attention in a big way – actually not all of it was supposed to be EE but your’s truly didn’t follow the directions just exactly right – ha ha ha – so maybe that’s what the cat’s are trying to tell me!


For a close up view you can click on the pictures to get a larger version.


First Project of the day was our Pumpkin Box/Basket perfect for holiday decorating and would even make a wonderful Place Card with treats inside it if you added a tag with the names attached.  Cheryl was very patient with us as we all needed a little coaching on the proper method of cutting and recutting the Top Note die with the multiple passes required through the Big Shot.  Luckily she had marked the die with a line we could use but there was still a wee bit of eyeballing necessary and some handholding for at least one nervous Nellie (me :D).  Once done the first time though I can see this is much easier than it seemed at first!    This  project was created by BJ Peters who  is graciously sharing her instructions for all her seasonal boxes with SU Demos on the Stampin’ Up demo website (yet another perk of joining SU!).  You can check out BJ’s blog here.   You can see from the side view that Cheryl also created a small box to her preferred dimensions.  A small paper bag could also be used or even the scalloped bag from the SU Bigz die could be used.   The tendril was also Cheryl’s addition to the design and made by cutting a spiral from a round punch piece.  If you want sponging to add color to the tendril I recommend you sponge the round punch piece first instead of the later tendril itself.   Really you don’t want to know how I came by the knowledge or how many times I cut that lovely tendril!!


 Pumpkin box 001  Pumpkin Box side view 001


Next up made use of our wonderful Lattice die (also featured in this post) and a series of punches.  As a spinner and weaver with a thing for sheep I have to say I loved Linda’s idea.  Now if only I had followed her directions.  Turns out the ribbon was supposed to be tied onto the lattice and then attached!  So if it’s positioning looks a little lame now you know why.  My fault not Linda’s design.  We also had a choice of pink grosgrain or the black gingham and now that I look at this one I’m thinking I should have gone with the pink as that ribbon was a bit wider and would balance the pink in the rest of the design.  Hmmm….I know next time I’ll make two!


Lattice Sheep Card 001

Little Lamb – Punched Card – Linda

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Punches: Scallop Circle, Five Petal Flower, Trio Flower, Word Window, Modern Label

Stampin’ UP! Lattice BIGZ Die, White gel pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pretty In Pink ¼” grosgrain ribbon or Black Gingham ribbon.

Hints: Cut Basic Black Five Petal Flower in half to make head (three petals) and feet (two petals)

Use the diamonds from the Lattice to decorate the front of the card.

Tie the ribbon onto the lattice before gluing onto the front of the card.

Use the white gel pen to make the eyes.


 Next up:

 This is a kind of basic pocket card with belly band to hold the pocket together.   I thought the insert card would be a great place for a photo or invitation or just a note to a friend.   If I’d been thinking I would have put the deer on the inside so as to have used every stamp in the set.  Oh well I have to admit the tree and Thumper are my fav’s from this set.  You’ll also notice that those of us at my end of the table never ended up using the Chocolate Chip ink for owl and Thumper that Linda recommended.  Still looks cute I think all done up in purple.  The purple rick rack ribbon that we used is a new ribbon from the Ribbon Originals Orchard set (if you are a demo it’s available in the Bulk buy section – one more reason to join my team – wink, wink) and this picture really doesn’t do it justice (or any of the purple colors for that matter)  the color is rich and vibrant and the ribbon quite soft and easily cut. 

I’d also like to add that Forest Friends is one of Stampin’ Up’s many Under $20 stamp sets.  In this case way under at $14.95.  And will be featured on an upcoming Tightwad Tuesday or Frugal Friday post in the near future.  Originally it debuted in 2009’s Occasions mini and its popularity and price saw it carried over to our current 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.  Pocket Silhouettes also used on this card is also another Under $20 set with lots of possibilities.  If however you only have the Forest Friends set you could thriftily use the upper umbrella of the tree for the card corners and still have a lovely card.  The original swap card this was CASE’d from used the Owl Together Now set and a different set of colors and papers, ribbon etc.  The overall design though was much the same.

Forest Friends Label Punch Card 001


Forest Friends - Pocket Silhouettes envelope 001Forest Friends Pocket card insert 001Forest Friends Envelope 001

Front of envelope, insert, back of envelope


Forest Friends – Punched Card – Linda

Stamp Sets:  Forest Friends, Best Wishes & More, Pocket Silhouettes

Card Stock: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive (4”x 5”), Naturals Ivory (4” x 7 ½”) folded in half

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Punches: Round Tab, 1 3/8” Circle, 1 ¼” Circle, Scallop Circle

Orchard Bulk rick rack ribbon,Mini glue Dots, SNAIL

Hints: Scallop Circle and Round Tab are in Elegant Eggplant and leaves are stamped with Elegant Eggplant. Old Olive is card insert, Belly Band (3/4” wide) and 1 3/8” Circle

Stamp Rabbit and Owl from Forest Friends using Chocolate Chip. Stamp Tree behind owl in Old Olive.



This Acorn card is a heavily altered CASE of a card from Deb Kemp  that you can see here.  This acorn idea appears to be original with Deb though I’ve seen it popping up all over so either great minds think alike or Deb’s blog is on everyone’s lists.  Either way its a smashing idea!   Using our new Ornament punch and the Scallop Edge Punch you can create as many acorns as the squirrels in your family could want.   I chose to use the Cornelli lace wheel as my background since it added a bit of the hurry scurry feel of a squirrel looking all over for nuts for his winter storehouse.  Others in the group used the Texture wheel which gave it a bit of a different slightly less vintage feel (my opinion only) and yes you’ll notice some overlapping use of the wheel so the images aren’t as clean as in the catalog – thought you should know that was a deliberate effect since after all squirrels tend to retrace and cross over their tracks right? And my imaginary squirrel was going “nuts” looking for more of these giant nuts – no idea how he’ll get them to fit in his tree but….:D).  

Also the card opens from the right hand side so I guess you could say its sort of a tent card on its side.  One of these days I’ll get all the terminology right.  Most of the other stampers used the Happy Thanksgiving or other more Holiday oriented text stamp.  I decided I wanted a more generic Fall card that would lend itself to inside sentiments like….My Favorite Nut or From one Nut to another… many possibilities when it’s left a bit generic.


Acorns with Punches 001


Acorn Punch card – Linda

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Cornelli Lace Jumbo Wheel or Texture Jumbo Wheel

Card Stock: Very Vanilla (4 ¼” x 11”), Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa DSP

Ink: More Mustard Jumbo Cartridge, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede

Accessories: Punches: Ornament, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Wide Oval, Scallop Edge, Photo Corner

Sponges, Jumbo handle, SNAIL, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Sizzix BIG Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Hints: Punch three Really Rust Ornaments and sponge with Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip ink

Wheel the background wheel onto card front. Punch out three wide ovals from the Close to Cocoa DSP.

Using the Scallop Edge, scallop one edge of the oval. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink on all edges. These make the acorn caps.

Using the BIG Shot and the Sizzlits Little Leaves, cut one set of leave in Garden Green. Cut apart for the “stems” of the acorns.

Two Chocolate Photo Corners are placed in the top corners of the card and the Scallop Oval is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


 And last up our final project (notice how Cheryl’s trickiest projects bracketed our day – the pumpkin one with lots of Top Note tricks when we were fresh and this punch and dauber intensive set for after we refueled with chocolate dipped strawberries, artichoke/spinach dip and other wonderful delights.

This cute and vintage feeling box/bag project is pretty much a direct case from Stamp with Heather.  You can see her post here.  Cheryl very cleverly figured out the instructions from Heather’s video but since Heather is selling the class instructions it’s only fair I not post any but the ingredients we used.   While Heather and Cheryl used the name Quilted Snowman for this project I got stuck on the name Snowman and Red Bird so I have CASE’d the name while leaving the project the same.  For the sake of time and the number of projects going Cheryl chose not to include the piercing that Heather used and that probably has something to do with the name Quilted.  That and the piecing or layering of the punch pieces makes this look a bit like an applique quilt.  The other difference is that none of us had the buttons Heather used in our stash so Cheryl decided to use the Buttons #5 Sizzlit die and added some daubed ink for an outline of color to tie them in to the card.  I loved this substitution since it made for a thrifty alternative when it came to creating the companion cards to fill the bag/box piece.   We chose to use small seed bags leftover from Linda’s previous business to create this bag/box but you could easily create a basic box for a sturdier version.  The bag easily accommodates more than half a dozen cards and while the back of the box was left plain for this project I’ve already got a few ideas for using the button die pieces for a fun backing along with a handmade with love stamp and my initials or signature.  So many possibilities as a gift or decorative item.


Snowman and redbird bag 002

Snowman Red Bird Bag/Box

side view - Snowman & redbird bag 001

side view of bag/box

Snowman redbird paired card 001

Snowman Red Bird Companion card


Quilted Snowman Bag and Card ( otherwise known as Snowman and Red Bird – hee, hee)

Card Stock– Ruby Red 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” and scraps, More Mustard 4” x 4”, 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”, 4” x 8” and scraps, Night of Navy 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” and scraps, Bordering Blue 3” x 3”, scraps of Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie scraps

Ink– More Mustard, Ruby Red, Night of Navy

Punches– 1 ¾” Circle, 1 3/8” Circle, ½” Circle, Wide Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, Star, Modern Label

Other– Button die, Big Shot, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip marker, mini glue dots, glue stick, paper sack, dotto, sponge daubers


And that’s the set!  Hope you enjoyed viewing these projects as much as I enjoyed stamping, punching and die cutting them on Saturday.  Now I’m ready to dive back into the studio and create duplicates for lucky recipients.   And maybe tomorrow I’ll get the furniture moved back into position so possible home buyers won’t wonder what’s up with the weird arrangement.  Pretty cool I could fit 3 tables of stampers in the one room with space left over!   The other cool thing about hosting this event.  Linda and Cheryl let me keep the left over chocolates!!   Now I just have to explain to Wicket cat that chocolate is bad for kitties….doesn’t stop her from trying to lick them though when my back is turned!

Hugs and Blessings my friends from Southern Oregon where the weather just can’t decide if it’s Autumn (cooler) or a wee bit of Summer still hanging on (almost 100 degrees Saturday!).

– Jean


3 Responses

  1. All of your projects are just so darn cute, Jean! I really want to make that snowman/penguin one. I will one of these days! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for posting the projects with instructions from the last Stamp Camp. I was not able to attend and have been wondering what I missed. Now I know!

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