Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year to Our Stampers……………

Now that the Christmas rush is leaving us a little time to think – we are signing up folks for our January classes. If you want to see what we are up to with card designs lately – look at our blog.
Here is what we have planned for January:
Tuesday – January 5th – afternoon class. – Try Out the New Stamps Day!
We will be making a series of cards – you choose the message. Some will be interchangeable and you don't need to attach the message until you are ready to send. It is the first day to order from the new Mini Ocassions catalog and we have preordered some of the product which we will be using. We ordered these catalogs to be sent to each of you who have stamped with us before – so you can get a look before you come. You should receive these in the mail.
Monday – January 11th – is our original group meeting – and that class is full.
Thursday – January 14th – afternoon class
We will focus on a technique that will be fun for you to learn. Again – we will make a series of cards.
Wednesday– January 20th – afternoon class – Hearts and Flowers
This is a good day to include some Valentine themed cards. We will be using some of the new materials again in this class.
The classes are scheduled at Barbara Kupfrian’s home (35 Wilson Road) and run from 1 – 3:30 PM. Each session will be completely different cards and the cost is $20 per session. We will supply all the materials – you only need to bring your adhesive. Please call or email us to register

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Priscilla's 411 Challenge 131

This is a preview of some new items that will be available next month.  The new scallop trim border punch, Pretty in pink satin ribbon and the Vintage Vogue stamp set.The new clear stamp sets make it so easy to place the stamped image on the card stock.   I think everyone will love them.

Barbara's 411 Challenge

Here is an entry for this week's challenge.  I'm done with Christmas and ready to move on.  I used the Big Shot to emboss a double layer of Old Olive and Crushed Curry with the Elegant Bouquet folder.  Then clear embossed over Handsome Hunter writing.  I sponged over butterfly cutouts with Apricot Appeal and Crushed Curry.  Flowers are from For All You Do sponged with Apricot Appeal.  Centers are Crystal Effects and White Shimmer Paint.  I love the new butterflies - Beautiful Wings.  The whole card puts us in the mood for the next season.  Happy New Year to all of you. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Busy week making new cards

I needed some cards this week and had fun making these cards. Also, I made and sent out all our Christmas cards. Busy week but I also took some time to play with some new stamp sets. Let me know if you would like more information to make any of the cards shown.

This first card I made for my niece's graduation from graduate school this month.  Congratulations to Debbie for a job well done.

The idea for this card came from a cute card we received.  I pulled the wire "hangers" out of that card and used them to make this one for a friend. Must remember the wire "hanger" idea for next year.

Now the idea for this card was a 411 color challenge.   Challenge colors were Certainly celery, Barely bannana, Really rust and Chocolate chip. 

This is a clean and simple card using my new Very Vintage roller with Elegant Eggplan ink.  I like the way it turned out.

Now this last card uses the new "Vintage Vogue" stamp set, the Very Vintage roller stamp, and the new edge punch.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Open House Wednesday December 15th from 3 to 6 PM.

Dear Stamping Friends,

You are all invited to our Open House on Tuesday, December 15th - at Barbara Kupfrian's home (35 Wilson Road, Bedford). Come any time between 3 and 6 PM.

We may have met you at New England Nurseries - or at the Bedford Arts Open Studio Tour.

 If you are new to stamping - we would love to show you what it is all about. It will also be the first opportunity to sign up for our January events.

 We will have our hand stamped cards and some supplies for sale including some retired stamp sets at greatly reduced prices.

If you already love stamping - you can check out the newest catalog and things that will be available after the holidays.

At our open house we will have supplies for you to make a some gift tags and last minute things. And of course we will have Wassail and goodies ready. 

We would love to see you so please stop by.

                                   Barbara Kupfrian and Priscilla Grunes

Bedford Thursday Stamper's Holiday luncheon and stamping party

Here we all are pointing to the Ho Ho Ho decoration on the fireplace that was decorated by my two grandson's Ben and Zach. 

Here are Grandson's Ben and Zach with their decorated "H" of HO HO HO

Look at the fabulous box that Barbara decorated with the new Stampin'Up! holiday stencils.  Barbara included in the box a new Stampin'Up! apron for me.  Now we both have one and will look very official in our Stampin'Up! aprons.

After lunch we made a post it note holder shown below.

Isn't this just too cute?

Monday, December 7, 2009

This weeks 411 Challenge card sketch 128

Last week Barbara was picked as a 411 challenge winner.  So now what to do for my very first challenge submission?  I decided to finally use my Stampin'Up! stuff that I have been hoarding -  Cottage Wall designer series paper, rhinestone brads, and my unused 3 flower punch.  Then one of my favorite stamp sets "Flower Fancy" seemed to really work with the Cottage Wall paper.   Well, I put them together and this is the card I came up with.  To make the small punched flower stand out, I just cut apart the lighter colored flower to surround the darker flower.  Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

411 Challenge Card

Happy Birthday to Priscilla's husband Harold!  This card was created using the 411 Saturday sketch of the week.  We love following what our friends do with the same layout each week.  Check it out.  This card uses Old Olive and Bermuda Bay, some glitter and crystal effects.  Love adding the extra touches.  This is our first submission and varies a bit from the sketch.  Find it at

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stamping 411 sketch challenge 126

This is our very first attempt to post a card we created for the Stamping 411 challenge. We have created 2 cards and would like your input as to which design we submit for the challenge. The sketch itself had a lot of elements to it and includes a circle. I think this is the first ever sketch I have ever used that included a circle. Because of all the design elements in the sketch I decided to limit the color scheme and to use texture and ribbon to add interest. The green card also uses gold embossing and the red card has a lovely brad. All material is Stampin'Up!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lots of Stamping Interest at New England Nurseries Holiday Open House

Barbara and Priscilla had a Demonstration booth at New England Nurseries Holiday Open House on Saturday November 21st. Folks tried their hand at stamping and showed lots of interest and enthusiasm. Here is a collage of our stamping booth. Everybody had a fun time.
(click on image to enlarge photo)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Newcomer's Class on Dec. 1st from 1- 3:30 PM

We would love to make cards with you. Sign up for our class on Tuesday, Dec. 1st from 1 - 3:30 PM and try out stamping. For $15 you will go home with 8 of your own terrific cards. Call us to register.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Successful Stamping Party

We had a fun event getting a head start on Christmas by creating Christmas Cards.....

Photo Shoot for our First Blog Site

Here we are getting ready for a photo shoot for our first stamping blog. We are at Barbara's home where her whole house has been taken over by stamping paraphernalia.