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Let’s Go Camping!


Welcome back to the May Arts blog!  We’re so excited to be partnering with October Afternoon to bring you some exciting new products and projects that we hope will help spark your creativity.

Some of our family’s happiest (and silliest) memories center around the camping trips we took when our sons were young.  They both loved them so much that they now camp with their families.

When I saw October Afternoon’s Campfire product line, I was instantly transported back to those fun times.  We did our camping in a tent since our boys were in scouting and had to “rough it”.  It was great until it rained…a lot!  I remember leaving everything at the campsite and driving home to sleep (we were close) then going back the next day to wring everything out.



 Isn’t this image just adorable?  I popped both the Wild Card panel and the Tin Pin on foam tape.



  • Card size – 5.5” x 4.25”
  • Ink – Papertrey Ink Chai (sponging)


Have you ever wondered what the animals were doing while you sleeping all cozy in your tent? 


Well, they go fishing, of course!




  • Card size – 5.5” x 4.25” 
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pond Life (fish)
  • *Here’s a tip for removing the backing from stickers when you want to use them for another purpose.  Just rub them with a craft sponge until the tackiness is gone. 



No camping trip would be complete without S’mores.  I thought this little treat would be perfect for a camping themed birthday party favor.

Hmmmm…somebody’s been altering the signs!


Here’s your supply list for this cute treat bag:

  • Paper – 2 pieces of cardstock: 4” x 12 and 2” to 2.5” x 12”



1.        Score 4” piece of cardstock as shown.




2.        Assemble box.




3.        Attach 3.75” of double sided tape to each end of both pieces of ribbon.



4.        Measure about ½” from the end of the box.  Beginning at the middle of the base of box, attach one end of ribbon, loop it around then attach the other end.  Repeat on the other side.



5.        The trim piece will cover your ribbon ends and strengthen the box base.  I decided to make mine 2” wide; however you can make yours up to 2.5”, if desired.  The scoring measurements will remain the same for any size.  Note that the 10.5” score has increased to 10.75”.



Apply double sided tape in the same positions as in step 1.   Assemble and insert your box.   You may add a piece of double sided tape to the trim piece base to make sure it stays secure.


6.        Assemble and insert your S’mores kit.  Tie with Satin Leaves.



Now go ahead and feed some bears compliments of May Arts and October Afternoon.  They’ll love you for it!


Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

  1. Ruth

    Clever and cool design! Warms your heart w/fond memories. Ahhhh! SMORES!

  2. Peggy Cain

    the smores’ box is my all time favorite!!!!!

  3. DeniseB

    Fun pop-up card! Great projects!

  4. Rebecca Ednie

    This is one of my favorite October Afternoon posts so far! Absolutely amazing! I love the pop-up card. Another easy way (maybe easier) to de-stick a sticker is to apply baby powder or cornstarch to the back. Won’t ever stick again! If you want to add adhesive to part of the sticker like foam dimensionals, add them before applying the powder but leave the backings on.

  5. {vicki}

    I wish I had some smores right now!

  6. josie walrath

    Wow what cute s’more bag!. Like the cards too.

  7. Sue from Oregon

    You always amaze me with your creations Charlene!

  8. Cynthia B.

    These are some of my favorite projects you’ve posted so far for May Arts + Oct. Afternoon week! Love all the burlap string in the “C is for” card, the pop-up card is adorable, and I adore the s’more treat bag!
    Wonderful projects – thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Sue D

    Very cute camping projects–esp the animals fishing!

  10. indy

    All of these are amazing projects. Made me feel like going camping!

  11. Susan (rainy)

    Darling cards, wonderful projects.. FABULOUS post. So creative! (Love the partial crossed out word! lol)

  12. b.poteraj

    Oh my gosh!!!! I love the s’mores box. I’m going camping soon—I need to make this!

  13. Sharon Gullikson

    The pop up card is incredible!!!!

  14. natasha G.P.

    Those are both so cute I almost can’t stand it! This is my favorite OA line of allllll time.

  15. Kelly massman

    Those are so cute–they have to be the paper is adorable! I am especially fond of the fox!

  16. Angie

    These are AWESOME!!!!

  17. Mumsie

    Wow, I love the cards and s’more bag. The ribbon used make my mouth water.

  18. erin t

    Wow, this is an awesome project.

  19. Donna

    I am in love with these projects! So adorable!

  20. Mandie Wade

    Oh my gosh! These are sooooo cute!!! Love that paper line <3

  21. Sarah

    Cute, cute projects using some great products. That velvet corduroy…..oohhhhh, ahhhhh….love it!

  22. Lindy

    WOW…..awesome projects!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Natalie

    That pop up card is so clever… I totally have to make one!!

  24. Mary Beth

    So cute! My guys love to camp and these projects are perfect to celebrate their fun times!

  25. Stacey

    All these projects are amazing! I am especially in love with the pop up card. I have been wanting to try making something like that and I think I have my inspiration now!

  26. regina easter

    is this not the cutest project ever….omg omg omg….hugs

  27. jennifer reynard

    Oh my, love those “camping” cards.
    The little “tote/Bag” is so adorable. Incredibly good instructions! Thanks! Jennifer

  28. Holly Tolman

    I love that treat box, so darling.

  29. Sav O'G

    OH MY! These projects are over the TOP! LOVE that 3D card and that bag is super cute:) THANKS for the chance to win!!! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  30. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    wow, those cards are adorable and that bag will fit with what I need to make.

  31. Becci Manies

    That S’MORES BAG is SOOOO darling!!!!

  32. Karen K

    Super cute projects with the camping theme. The ribbon and twine goes perfectly with these.

  33. Lisa P

    I love this camping line! super cute smores treat bag.

  34. Jasmine Ford

    Such cute projects!! I love this paper from OA!

  35. Laura

    Wow — what adorable and super creative projects!


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