Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp is almost here

Were you wondering if the Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp was really going to happen?  Did my creative juices start flowing to come up with some cool ideas?  Well, the answer is yes and yes.  The projects are 99.9% complete.  I’m waiting for my red Stickles holly berries to dry to finish my last box and we will be ready. 

The Sounding Joy“The Sounding Joy” is one of the projects we will be completing at our Dec 2 & 3rd Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp.  The color combination of red, white and brushed silver with pewter embossing  is absolutely stunning.  However, I must admit there will be a slight change from the picture.  When I reached for the red satin ribbon this evening, I discovered it was red grosgrain and the red satin is empty.  We will improvise! 

We will each be accessorizing a Stampin Up Kraft gift box as one of our projects.  I have completed 3 samples, but you can create yours however you wish.  We will use 5 pieces of decorator paper – your choice.  I added a top accessory – some simple and some not so simple.  The red and white gift box below needed a third color so I chose to work chocolate chip into my design.  As you can see, the top is just a die with several punches and a red rhinestone brad.  The sides are embellished with the 3-way snowflake punch in Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Very Vanilla.  A tiny rhinestone adds a bit of bling to the center of each snowflake.  Red and White box 2Red and White box 3

 

 

  

 

 

 

This next gift box I titled my Christmas Box.  Although you can’t tell, I sprayed the designer paper with home brew to add sparkle.  This was where I discovered there was no more red satin!  You can see the red satin ribbon on the top and red grosgrain on the front panel  I embellished this box with a lolly (aka medallion) made from the opposite side of the paper used to cover the box.  I have stamped some little holly leaves from the “Pines and Poinsettias: stamp set, and used Stickles to brighten the holly berries.  When they are dry, I will cut them out and use them to accessorize the sides and back of my Christmas Box.Christmas box 2Christmas box 1

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These gift boxes are perfect for candy, several cookies, or other small gift or home made treat.  The box measures 3 1/2” X 3 1/2” X 2 1/2”.  This last sample is my snowflake box.  I created a 3” lolly using the same paper I covered the box with and using a red corduroy button in the center.  I embellished the sides with snowflakes in Garden Green, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip.  Tiny rhinestones are in the center of each snowflake  Striped box 2Striped box 1

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what else will we be doing at the Christmas Celebrations Stamp Camp?  The remaining 3 projects will be posted tomorrow.  We will be making a cherry cobbler and white card featuring the “Pines and Poinsettias” stamp set.  This is a simple card but quite stunning in its simplicity.  We will also be doing a fun card in Old Olive, Real Red and Early Espresso featuring your choice of a reindeer with a sparkly nose or a snowman with a sparkly hat .  Our final project is a telescoping card with a lolly on the front.  Andrea, a Saturday stamper, recently brought a telescoping card she had made at a craft fair,  If you have never made a lolly (aka medallion) before, this is a great time to learn.  Judy, a Friday stamper, demonstrated lolly-making several months ago, but I don’t remember who was in attendance at the time.  Basically, you take a strip of 12” paper and score the long side every 1/4”.  This is where a scoring board comes in handy although you can use the scoring tool on your paper cutter.  I’ve tried scoring every 1/4” going down the length of the paper; I’ve also tried scoring every 1/2”, then flipping the paper and scoring every 1/2” but starting at 1/4”, 3/4”, 1 1/4”, 1 3/4”, etc.  The latter actually goes faster for me.  I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it goes quickly and is really a lot of fun, especially when you see the finished result.  You can also create a lolly from a large circle by scoring around the circle, but I haven’t tackled that method yet. 

Hope to see you on Friday Dec 2nd, 3 PM – 9 PM, or Saturday Dec 3rd, 9 AM – 4 PM.  If you have a time crunch and need to come earlier on Friday, let me know as we should be able to accommodate you.  The cost for December will be $11.00.  As always, all you need to bring is YOU!  We will have all the card stock and supplies you will need.  You may want to check out the Online Extravaganza with some items at 60% off at http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx .  Remember to check the blog tomorrow night (probably late) for the remaining 3 Christmas Celebrations projects.  Give me a call or drop me an E-mail if you have any questions!                      Rosemary – 630-759-3089   paperrose01@aol.com

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