January Stamp Camp recap

Hi All,

Got busy, got sidetracked and was off my feet for a while and the promised January Stamp Camp info and pics got left off the blog.  Sorry guys my bad.  So here it is in all its paper glory.  Click on the pictures to see a close up.

Linda’s Build a Bear Card

We had a lot of fun with various versions of this one as well.  Some put hearts or other fun shapes into the bears paw some chose other color combinations not to mention the whole gender option (boy/ girl choices) denoted by the clothing.  Like most bears its a tad tricky telling girls from boys when they’re the same size 😀 !  Don’t you love the way it looks like this little girl is wearing lipstick?!


Build-a-Bear Card:

Stamp sets: Seal of Pawthenticity, Beary Nice Wishes, Beary Best Friends, Beary Best Times, Bear Tracks wheel

Card stock: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Ballet blue, Creamy Caramel,  Close to  Cocoa, Basic Black, Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Ink: Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Regal Rose, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Marker

Accessories: Sizzix Top Note Die, Bigz Bear, Bigz Beary Essentials, Stampin’ UP! Perfect Polka dots Impressions Folder, Linen thread, BIG Shot, 1” Circle Punch, Stamp-a Round handle and ink cartridge.


  1. Fold Very Vanilla CS in half.
  2. Cut two bears, one in Close to Cocoa and one in Creamy Caramel. You can cut both of them with the Sizzix die and the BIG Shot at the same time.
  3. Exchange the muzzle pieces that are cut, using the Close to Cocoa muzzle on the Creamy Caramel Bear and the Creamy Caramel muzzle piece on the Close to Cocoa bear.
  4. Punch out a 1” circle of Basic Black to attach behind the Bear’s face for the eyes and the nose.
  5. Choose the DSP sheet that you want for the clothes of the bears. Remember, if you want the reverse pattern, make sure it fits the bear before gluing down. (otherwise you may need to reverse the bear orientation.)
  6. We are making one card but decorating two bears.
  7. Depending upon the gender of the bear you want to make, choose a pink or a blue piece of CS to cut the Top Note for placement behind the bear.
  8. If you wish you make also run the Top Note through the BIG Shot and the Polka Dot Impressions folder for added texture to your card.
  9. Choose the sentiments desired for the inside of the card and stamp using Ballet Blue or Regal Rose.

10. Be sure to stamp the back of the card with the Seal of Pawthenticty and the “created by” stamp.

11.  Decorate the envelope flap with the Bear Tracks wheel.

Here is my list of supplies needed for Stamp Camp and my Build-a-Bear card.
We will be making two bears but only one card and envelope.
Stamp Sets: Seal of Pawthenticity, Beary Nice Wishes, Beary Best Fridns, Beary Best Times, Bear Tracks Wheel
Ink: Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Regal Rose and marker, Basic Black marker
Accessories: Top Note Die, Bigz Bear, Bigz Beary Essentials, Polka Dots Impressions Folder, 1″ Circle punch, Stamp-a-handle and Ballet Blue small ink cartridge and Pretty in Pink or Regal Rose ink cartridge.


Jean’s Side Step Card

We didn’t actually offer the black option (messy when the embossing powders get mixed don’t you know) but thought you might like to see it all the same.

Oh the versions we created and even more that we forgot to photograph.  Turned out that the most popular version was one with Rhinestones…our ladies surely love their bling…I think we managed to use up every Pink Rhinestone Cheryl, Linda and I owned for this event! :D.  Each persons card turned out a unique artful 3D creation as they chose from a variety of different die cut/punch cut leaves, flowers, brads, buttons, shimmer paint and various other embellishments all put together as individually visualized.  One of the cool things about this type of card is the scope for embellishment (or not).  One stamper even opted for the hearts from other projects instead of the butterflies!   If we’d had a smaller group we could have taken a group portrait of all the beautiful side step cards (okay the other cards were pretty great too but of course I’m slightly prejudiced in favor of this one).   Though time consuming everyone was game to give this new type of card a try.  I was very proud of how the ladies jumped in and figured out the folds the brand new punches, clear mount stamps and all the other new product we threw at them.  This card alone used 8 new Occasions products!

We also used this card as the Clear Mount ginuea pig.  Turned out that using the clear mount version made stamping that floral border much, much easier.

Should probably add that we improvised a hinge for the underside of the card to keep it upright and unflat.  The weight of the embellishments had a tendency to make it sink flat without it.

Side Step Card directions & supplies:



Rich Razzleberry – 2 x 1 3/4 , Scrap for modern label punch, 2 x 2 1/2″ embosslit die piece

Kraft – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2,  hinge 1/2″x 4 1/2″

Pretty in Pink (PIP) – 2 3/4 x 2 3/4″ ,  1 1/4″ x 9″,  scrap paper for flowers

Very Vanilla – 2″ x 2 1/2″ embosslit die piece, Scrap piece for text and Modern label punch

Always Artichoke – 2 1/2 x 2 3/4″ piece for Little Leaves Sizzlit die

Razzleberry Lemonade DSP – 2 1/2 x 2″ for Die cut bottom Butterfly

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel

Accessories: Corduroy or other Buttons, brads (plain or rhinestone), linen thread, Little Leaves sizzlit die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Big Shot, Two step Bird Punch (for branch). Modern Label Punch, Piercing tool/mat pack (now available separately (for brad placement), sponge daubers, Champagne Shimmer Paint.


Cut Card Base : 8 1/2 x 5 1/2

Score half way as for standard card

Then with card facing you the long ways measure over from the side 3 inches and slit cut between 1 1/4″ and 6 1/4″ using your trimmer.  you will then have two halves (sort of ) one a 3 ” side and one a 2 1/2″ side.

On the 2 1/2″ side you will score across the 2 1/2 inches at:

1 1/4″ (matches the beginning of the slit cut), 2 1/4″, 3 1/4″ and then match the other end of the slit at 6 1/4″.

Once scores and first step of wheel are complete you will fold valley and mountain to match sample picture.

To begin assembly:

Use the Vintage Jumbo wheel sideways across the Kraft base using the Rich Razzleberry ink cartridge (created using an uninked jumbo cartridge and Rich Razzleberry reinker).  Do both sides.

Fold base into valley and mountain folds.   To create the hinge take the small kraft strip and score 1/2″ from each end and at the middle.  Fold into W shape and attach to underside of the card (on the taller 3″ wide section).

Die cut the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP using the Big Shot and Beautiful Butterflies die. Set aside.  Take the large very vanilla embossed butterfly and sponge or daub with PIP or Rich Razzleberry ink.  Layer over the DSP butterfly and adhere.  Tie the linen thread around the center body leaving tails to act as antennae.

Take Pretty in Pink strip and Punch using Scallop Trim Border Punch down one side. Cut a 5 1/2″ section to layer across the bottom of card.  Stamp the flourish border stamp from Vintage Vogue stamp set on the left hand edge.  The Clear Mount Stamp will allow you to get your placement straight and level.  Cut a smaller piece of trim to 2 1/2″ or less and stamp with same flourish border stamp centering the image.  Set aside.

Take the large PIP Square and use the Scallop Trim Corner Punch in each corner.  Note use the punch upside down and don’t force the paper into the corners.  Eyeball the spacing around the scallop trim for best results.

Using the Rich Razzleberry square stamp the F image from Vintage Vogue in Versamark in the center.  Then emboss with white embossing powder. 

Stamp large and small flower images on PIP Scrap paper with Rich Razzleberry ink.  Trim with scissors or snips.  To give the flowers added dimension curl with the bone folder and your fingers.  Pierce centers of flowers with piercing tool and Mat.  Select buttons or brad and attach to flowers.   To deepen color you may want to use sponge dauber and pretty in pink ink across the flowers (optional).

If desired use sponge dauber and Rich Razzleberry ink around edges of PIP butterflies, flowers or other pieces as desired.

Stamp both text stamps from Vintage Vogue on scrap of Very Vanilla and punch out with the Modern Label Punch.   Using Rich Razzleberry scrap punch a plain Modern Label punch piece and cut in half.  Adhere the RR to the back of the Very Vanilla text stamped piece with RR ends sticking out about a 1/4″ on each end.

Once all pieces are punched, embossed or stamped use a sponge dauber and the Champagne Shimmer paint to daub around edges of all paper pieces (except leaves) as desired.  Keeping the paint along the edges adds a more subtle sparkle once dry.

Begin assembly as shown on samples. Adhering pieces of leaves or stems behind large butterfly or flowers.  Attach smaller embossed butterflies as desired. to highlight the full piece.


Cheryl’s Heart Basket

Using the Sizzix Petal Card die these baskets have been seen across the internet for the last couple of years.  Dressed up or dressed down they are a lot of fun and hold lots of treasures…including….chocolate of course!



This is one of the early samples with retired DSP but I have to admit that the bird in the moonlight caught my heart!    Lovely friend that Cheryl is she let me keep him!

Stamps– Whimsical Words (FREE from Sale-a-bration)

Card Stock (CS) – Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), Whisper White(WW), Very Vanilla(VV), Real Red(RR), Pretty in Pink(PIP)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip (CC), Real Red, Pretty in Pink Classic Ink pads

Punches:  Scallop Oval, Wide Oval, Full Heart, Small Heart, Cropadile(CAD)

Other:  Sizzix Petal Die, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit

Extras:  assorted ribbons, silver eyelets

Die cut both pieces of DSP with Petal Die using Crease pad.

Fold in 2 petals on both pieces, (this creates the heart shape).

Fold 5”x 1 ¾” strip of CS in half, place Sticky Strip (in 2 pieces) on both long edges. Place CS strip on folded petal side, lining up crease with point of heart. Repeat for other side.

Attach wider ribbon to sides of heart.  Punch 2 hearts from DSP scraps and attach over ends of ribbon.

Stamp ‘follow your heart’ on CS scrap with CC ink, punch with Scallop Oval, then stamp flower over saying with PIP ink stamped off once (to make it very light)

Punch Wide Oval from coordinating CS and layer under saying.

Punch hole for eyelet with CAD, set silver eyelet, thread CC Taffeta ribbon through, tie and trim ends.  Attach to basket with Dimensionals.

Run embosslit through Big Shot using WW or VV CS, attach to other side of basket.

Stamp small heart with RR ink and punch.  Layer over edge of heart.  


Cheryl’s Happy Moments Birthday card

The official sample:

And a few alternates

I love the simplicity and style of Cheryl’s design and the way it highlights the gorgeous new paper (Sweet Pea from Occasions).  While this looks like a very neat CAS card it had one messy/dirty/fun mystery component/technique.    Do you want to guess?  Answer this question…does Stampin’ Up! sell Taken with Teal taffeta ribbon?   Nope, nada, never….gotta make your own.   So we did!  That’s where the messy part comes in.   There are any number of ways to die a ribbon but to save time we went for the quick and dirty method of running a marker directly over the ribbon.  Needless to say we set up a separate station for this with lots of signs reminding people to wash their hands!  Future note to self….die the ribbon a more traditional way and add a drop of vinegar to the final water/reinker bath  then use heat gun to dry!  Way less messy and the vinegar & heat will set the ink somewhat better.

Happy Moments Birthday Card Supplies and Directions

Stamps:  Happy Moments (FREE from Sale-a-bration), various birthday sentiments from other sets for interior

Card Stock:  Whisper White(WW) 11”x 4 ¼”, 2”x 3 ¾”,

                     Taken With Teal(TWT) 4 ½”x 2 ¼”,

                      Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4”x 3”

Ink:  Taken With Teal, Pumpkin Pie(PP), So Saffron(SS), Rose Red(RR), Old Olive(OO) Classic Ink pads and markers

Punches:  Scallop Border, 1/16” circle

Extras: Taffeta ribbon, blender pens and Aqua Painters

PLEASE READ!  For this project, if you want to have Teal ribbon to match your project, you can dye the White taffeta with a marker.  Be careful as the ink may get smeared on your white CS. 

See samples.  If you want to die your ribbon, do it now so it can dry.

Wash hands!!!

Fold 4 ¼” x 11” piece of WW.  Attach piece of DSP to card front.

Punch hole.  Wipe ribbon with paper towel to remove extra ink.  Thread ribbon through, tie and trim.  Check fingers for stray ink. 

Stamp images mounted on Clear block with Black Stazon ink.  Using Blender pens, color flowers.

Punch part of oval from DSP scrap.  Using a CS strip and Dotto, insert punched piece into punch and trim to resemble vase.  Attach over flower stems.

Punch end of TWT CS with Scallop Border punch.

Layer flower piece on to TWT CS.

Using 2 dimensionals attach flower piece to card front.

Stamp cake image in SS and/or sentiment with TWT inside card if desired.

Stamp cake image with SS ink on envelope if desired.


That’s the full set of projects from a very fun and full day.  Luckily we had lots of Harry & David chocolate and lots of really terrific food from our potluck to keep us energized and going.  Not to mention the company of fellow creative stampers!

Check back later to see pics & notes from our January 30th Valentine Stamp a Stack!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


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