Stamp Camp & Black Magic…

July 29, 2010 | 5 comments

Last weekend was our Team Stamp Camp organised by my wonderful upline, Marelle Taylor. This was my first time attending a stamp camp and now I know why others can’t stop talking about them and why they attend at least 1 a year. Marelle organised the whole weekend wonderfully with some help from fellow team mates.

So what did the weekend consist of.

We had demonstrations, shoebox swaps, challenges, lots of laughs, great food, wonderful company all with no cooking or cleaning….. You couldn’t ask for more.  We also had a Gift Fairy which I honestly thought was Marelle but I’m not too sure now after her post about the camp. I wonder who it was.

These are what I received from the Gift Fairy.

This was sitting on my table after lunch or maybe it was after dinner on Saturday.

Isn’t it fantastic. The Gift Fairy even found water bottles with black lids to fit the whole ‘Black & White’ theme for Stampin’ Up!.

I was eager to eat that Freddo but I was good and it’s still there as I’ve only taken the photo today. Maybe I’ll eat it tonight……

On Sunday morning this was on my desk complete with an opening to remove the lollies without damaging the work of art.

Thank you Gift Fairy. I sure wish you’d own up to it so I could thank you properly.   I’m sure I’ll find out sooner or later……lol

I was one of the demonstrators who did a demonstration at the camp and mine was on a technique. The technique that was decided upon, after discussing ideas with Marelle, was the Black Magic technique. I’d been meaning to try this out for ages but never got around to it. Once I’d committed to demonstrating I had no excuses as I needed to come up with something.

Here is the card I demonstrated on the day.

I really enjoyed making this card as my sample and ended up making a set of 3 card using the same colour combination with different layouts.

I haven’t been a big fan of Pacific Point but I think it looks fabulous with Black & White……

Black Magic will be one of the techniques I’ll be teaching at my Technique Class next month on 18th August. Check my class schedule in the left sidebar for more information.

Stamp set: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pacific Point Patterns DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Stazon Black
Accessories: Circle Scissor Plus, Eyelet Border, Scallop Oval, Large Oval & Horizontal Slot punches, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Watercolour Pencils, snail adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I mentioned earlier that we had Shoebox swaps. Marelle had received quite a few new stamp sets from the upcoming Idea Book & Catalogue released on 1st September at Convention back in May and had given these to some of her team to create Shoebox swaps with. Of course the stamps were only on loan……hahaha. They came up with some fabulous creations which we were all able to make over the weekend. Unfortunately we can’t show these to you all just yet. If some of the sets make it into our pre-order then I can share those in August otherwise you will have to wait until September.

Along with making the 10 shoebox swap cards I also made another 9 cards. Some have already been given to people but those that I have left I will be sharing with you over the next week or so. I had limited supplies with me and even though Marelle had heaps of stuff there for us to use if needed I tried to stick to what I took as much as possible.

Till next time…..


  1. Sandra

    Hi Nikki,
    Sounds like you all had a great time at stamp camp. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it next year. I was telling my boss about it and she wants to come too so I’m sure it won’t be a problem getting the time off 🙂

  2. Trish Coote

    You sure had a good, busy time, Nikki. I love the Upsy Daisy cards, Olivia is very into “In the Night Garden” series of books and loves her little Upsy Daisy Dolly

  3. Sally

    I love your black magic cards – the colours are wonderful together.

    You camp sounds great.


  4. Val West

    The cards are stunning, glad to hear you had a good time at camp, and what we have all been raving about.

  5. Linda

    Beautiful cards Nicole


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