Some years ago when I first began stamping, I was privileged to attend a local stamp camp. It was held at a church lodge. It began Friday afternoon and continued through Saturday evening. We brought drinks and snacks to share. Dinner, breakfast and lunch were prepared by the church ladies and the food was some of the finest home cooking to be found. Our work area was set up on the first floor of the lodge. There were bunks in the lower level so that we could sleep if we were inclined to do so. Most of us just stamped on late into the night with some die hards actually staying up all night.
We all brought tons of things to work on and all our stamps and tools to share. It was so much fun to see what everyone was working on and to get wonderful ideas for new projects. Being a new stamper I was thrilled to learn new techniques and be exposed to such creativity.
There was a card swap and I remember how thrilled I was to receive my collection of cards from the swap. They are still such treasures to me, I have yet to part with any of them.
Some of the cards were just as creative on the inside as they were on the outside.
This was where I first learned of Stamps by Judith and her adorable little characters. Dorky Bird remains one of my favorites.
The variety was amazing and I have used several of these cards for inspiration for my own creations.
Sadly, this stamp camp is no longer being held. I am thankful that I was able to attend on three separate occasions. I am always on the lookout for other similar opportunities. There is nothing that will spark or reignite creativity quite like getting away from the regular world and being immersed in a creative retreat.
Swaps are a great to share too and don’t necessarily require a camp or a retreat. There are some that are done by mail. It’s just like Christmas when the package arrives.