Monday, February 11, 2008

Packed Camps and Upcoming Auctions

Wow! Amazing! Fantastic! The turnout for this month's stamp camp was awesome. What an excellent compliment to have stampers enjoy it so much they are bringing friends who then bring friends. While it was a little packed on Friday night, it seemed to flow better than I had anticipated. I will try to set out a few more chairs for March, although my friend Kathleen is insisting that I expand my set up into the garage and have tables and chairs out there as well! We'll see about that, it's still a little chilly, and if you know me at all you know that the garage is our constant 'project', but someday it may actually be clean enough to expand out there.

I have added the Friday afternoon stamp camp which is open to those who are child-free during that time, although immobile infants are welcome. This month we had 6 stampers during that time and it was a very relaxed event that was a lot of fun. I hope it continues to be a popular time choice. I also am willing to offer a Saturday morning stamp camp if anyone is interested. I have posted a poll on the next evite, so please be sure to let me know if that is a time that may work for you!

As always, I really enjoy the feedback I get from those of you who are attending stamp camps regularly. Knowing what you enjoy and what could use work helps me to adjust if possible to make stamp camp consistently enjoyable. I may not be able to please everybody all the time but I will sure give it my best shot! I will be done with school at the beginning of March and after that things should get a little easier for me and I can start to really look at Stamp Camp and figure out what I want from it and how I can improve.

A few of you have asked about having private stamp camps in your home. At this point I am not offering that due to time constraints, but I am thinking about it and I may be willing to start that this spring. Keep an eye on the blog and I will keep you posted to the progress of that idea.
In the meantime, I am donating a Stamp Camp to the PSCNS Auction at the end of the month. It's a private stamp camp for 10 in my home. The host and I will choose a date and they will invite 10 friends to attend, each stamper will make 5 cards with coordinating envelopes, and will enjoy refreshments provided by April. The host will be able to pick and choose what kind of cards they would like to make at their camp and it should be a very fun evening. If you would like to attend the PSCNS auction, it will be held on February 29th at the preschool, tickets are $10 and include dinner catered by the Vault. Let me know and I can put you in contact with someone for more details!

**Update - I also am donating the same for the Firgrove Elementary auction, so look for one there too!

Thank you again to all of my stampers, it's so much fun to get to know you and be able to share this love of stamping with you!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Memory Can

I love that I am able to share the creativity of others via the web. It allows me to take my own creativity to a level that I may not have reached without learning tricks and techniques from other stampers. Another great Splitcoast Stampers idea is a memory can, which makes a very unique and wonderful shower gift. I made this one for my cousin Felicia who is due with a girl in April. For anyone out there who is a parent, we know how unexpectedly hectic life can get after baby, so these cans are a great way to keep track of those milestones or anecdotes without having to dig out the baby book every time. Just jotting it on a scrap of paper and tossing it in the can, keeps those memories safe until you have a chance to write them in the book. I wish I had these when my kids were little!
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Valentine Teacher Gifts

The Target $1 spot is a great place to find little containers and odds and ends to doll up with stamps, scrapbook paper, and ribbon, like these adorable red and pink mailboxes! My best stamping resource - Splitcoast Stampers - always provides great ideas for cards and projects, in their member gallery, and once these started popping up I knew it was time to take a trip to the Target. I picked up a few and just used some paper from the Spring Stack and some extra ribbon and scrap paper leftover from stamp camp to decorate them. They came out pretty cute, and once I fill them with a few goodies, they will make great gifts for the kid's teachers for Valentine's day.
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