Welcome to summer Mini Card Camp ~ Day 1!

Hi friends!

There is something super exciting on my blog today!
It's the first day of summer mini card camp!
Right about now, my son would be in the mountains 
at a 2 week Boy Scout rafting/camping trip
and our church would have hosted Vacation Bible School (VBS).

This gave me an idea!
 Create a 4 day mini card camp,
gather up some 'camp counselors' and teach a class a day!
Each day, myself and 3 friends will bring you a tutorial taught by us
with an original card design, materials you most likely have at home,
and enthusiasm to create a simple project during this stay-at-home time.
The classes are FREE, relatively quick and easy to create and
 we invite you to craft along with us each day 
this week, Monday-Thursday, June 22-25.

Today's lesson:  C.A.M.P. ~ Bold Color, No Color!

For each of the letters in CAMP, 
use each letter to build your card including a stamp with an A!

Materials needed
  • cardstock, both colored and white (images)
  • circle die
  • any stamp that starts with the letter 'A' (dies optional, you can fussy cut!)
  • paper cutter
  • stamping tool or acrylic block
  • ink
  • adhesive
  • optional:  Signo white pen and vellum

Let's get right to it!

We - as cardmakers - LOVE TO COLOR, amiright?!

The idea behind this look is not only to do something out of the ordinary
but using a bold background filled with a lot of color 
gives contrast to the images left uncolored.
The idea for this card came to me when my 2nd daughter, my son and I
were at a night viewing of the planets through a telescope at a local event.
The sky, a brilliant shade of blue with a huge super moon,
left a white glow on all of us on the ground.
It was quite something!

C = cardstock, circle die, clouds
A = animal stamps
M = midnight, My Favorite Things stamps, mounting foam adhesive
P = paper trimmer

To create my card, I started with a base layer of Neenah Solar White cardstock
and did a quick distress oxide blend to create a night sky.
You can also use any paper for this ~ grab a quick piece of DSP!
Once that was dry, I did the same for the moon with slightly darker shades
and dotted the moon with the white gel pen for star-lights.
For the shape, I used a medium size spellbinders circle die.
Using a larger die, I cut 3 half pie shapes with green cardstock
and layered them to resemble hills.
Finally, using a cloud die, I cut the cloud shapes with the vellum (white cardstock works great, too!) and adhered those to the top.

Finally, I stamped/die cut the animals, tent and camp sign using black ink,
white cardstock and my Gemini Jr.
I used 2 different stamp sets from My Favorite Things to create a camp scene,
Warn and Fuzzy Friends and Forest Friends.
Layering them on the card was simply which way the critters were facing
and the inside sentiment reads:
May the FOREST be with you!

We invite you to craft along with us and allot yourself an hour or 2
 to gather supplies and make your own version of this camp card:
Bold Color, No Color!
It's a fun and wonderful way to make a few new cards this week 
and there are NO BUGS at this camp :)

 I can't wait to see what you create!
Each day, we will post our class cards are 7 am
and you can craft along with us and use our tutorials as your guide!

The line up of camp classes and instructors this week are:

Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly (me!) @ Sandcastlestamper
Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay
Thursday/June25 ~ Barb @ inkingintoretirement

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ...


  1. What a fun card! Have a great week Kelly! Hugs, Valerie

  2. What a fun thing to do, Kelly, and I love the look of your Bold Color, No Color technique!! These fun critters camping under your summer night sky, look awesome!!

  3. Oh my goodness, Kelly - your card is adorable!!! I love the concept, too, of lots of color while leaving the images uncolored. You've started camp off beautifully and I can't wait to work on a card with your instructions!

    Thanks for the adventures!

  4. This is such a fun card! Love the non-colored critters against the vivid background.

  5. What a fun card--I love it. Great Colors. I cannot wait to get to camp with you and make my card! Thanks for inviting me to be a counselor too!

  6. Wow, what a lovely card, and thank you very much for this lesson, it's a great idea ! Hugs, Enny

  7. Fun card and great idea for the camp.

  8. What a cute and fun idea for card camp this summer! Thanks for the inspiration and your card is a real cutie too!

  9. Great fun idea and card the uncoloured images look great against the coloured background
    Carol x

  10. Kelly, your card is adorable and your idea is fantastic!! You have started us off great! Such fun...!

  11. How stinkin' cute is this card, cute images and I love the background and vellum clouds..fabulous card.


  12. Awesome card with a fun idea.xxx

  13. Hi Kelly! What a super cute creative idea! I love all the elements! The background looks amazing! Sorry I haven't been around - still bust unpacking the new place along with remodeling... Maybe whenever I can get my craft room up I can try this idea - HUGS!


  14. Looking forward to these classes Kelly - I won't be able to even look at doing anything until Friday, but that should kick start me with four cards with the four 'classes'.
    Loving your white objects against the bold background!
    Stay safe

  15. This is very cute! I love the camping theme. I know I am missing making my camp cards this year since there is no camp!

  16. A fabulous fun card Kelly, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x x