Thursday, December 08, 2011

Stamp Camp Was A Huge Success!!

Now that Stamp Camp is over, it is a let down not to have to be working on Stamp Camp stuff every free minute.  It was a HUGE success!! Everyone was very pleased with everything.

So here is a picture of the three forces behind the whole endeavor -

Deby Scott is on the far left.  She's our pastor's wife and a great stamper!  Roxanne (Roxy) Stevens is in the middle.  She is a fabulous card maker.  That's me - Kathy Gerace - on the right.

I'm not supposed to call us the "instigators" or the "co-conspirators", but that's about what we are!!

As each attendee entered the church, they saw these bags sitting on a bench and the floor.  Each person received a decorated gift bag containing the card kits for each of the 15 cards they would be making and a packet of envelopes with a candy cane attached.
Here is a close up of a couple of the bags.

Each bag had a winter design wheeled across near the bottom.  Then the bag was Spritzed.
Name tags were stamped and cut out with a Deckled Rectangle Nestie.  There is a tiny candle in the lower right corner of the tag that was colored with a cream shimmer paint, red, yellow and green Copics.  Kim, another stamping lady, did all the names in her beautiful calligraphy.

As everyone entered the area where we were set up, they saw the tables all decorated with pine garlands, ornaments (one for each person), cups of M&M's and Hershey Kisses and small candy canes.

I think everyone had a fabulous time.  There were many there who had done a little bit of cardmaking and others who had done none.  Everyone helped everyone else. 
When special techniques were required, the three of us (D, R, & K) did one on one instructions.  There was a huge variety of techniques to be tried.
Here are random pictures from around the room.
And - yes we did have a gentleman attend with his wife.  They shared the load and worked together.
There were printed instruction sheets and a sample for each card. The tables were set up so people opposite each other were working on the same card.
As people needed to use the heating tool for the heat embossing, each of us went to the heat embossing station to assist them.
At the Cuttlebug stations the folks needed help deciding which embossing folder was the correct one for their card.  After the first trip to emboss with the Cuttlebug, most of them didn't need any  help.

Here is a very happy Justina showing off one of
her completed cards.

Of course we had to have a break for lunch!  Our church is blessed to have a group of ladies and gents who do baking and cooking for special functions like our Stamp Camp and for refreshments after church every Sunday.

They put on a lunch fit for a queen for us.  There were turkey salad sandwiches, macaroni salad, fruit kabobs, chips, punch and a dessert too pretty to eat - a chocolate boat filled with cream, topped with whipped cream and a candy cane.
The little desserts don't show up very well - only the tops of them.
All in all we had a very successful stamp camp and were very pleased how well everything came together.

Thank you for staying with me for such a long, long post.  I have lots more pictures, but these really show best what we were doing.  It was so much fun!  Most of the ladies asked if we would be doing this again next year.  Of course we are!!!!!



Anonymous said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful time. What a great camp
Hugs Julie P

Sharon Caudle said...

Looks like a great time was had by all, Kathy! Great pics and it looks like your hard work paid off! Glad you had a great time!
hugs, Sharon