Friday, December 24, 2010

Priscilla's Stamping 411 Clean and Simple

When I received the Stamping 411 email with the CAS card by Robin Merriman I was just blown away with the elegance of the card but also the simplicity of the technique.  Since there were just a couple more Christmas cards that I needed to make I went right into my very messy craft room and made two CAS cards a Christmas card and a birthday card using Robin's technique.  Both cards use gold embosssing and gold smooch on the base card and Very Vanilla Card stock.  All supplies are SU except for the red berries which are made with red stickles.  I should have used SU red glitter since the stickles takes forever to dry and naturally I smudged some of the berries.

Check out the 411 CAS technique at
and Robin's blog at
Christmas card using Always artichoke ink and Very Vanilla card stock.
Birthday card using Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock with the Very Vanilla card stock. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday Stamping Club Christmas Party and Project

Our Thursday Stamp Club Christmas Party was actually a Christmas Tea.  After we made our little snowman card and our Luminere project we sat down and had a leisurely tea somewhat like I remember enjoying at the Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia with little smoked salmon, egg salad and ham and cheese tea sandwiches.  Of course we started with the Empress Hotel Champagne cocktail.  Then we finished with Christmas cookies and mulled cider.   It was a nicechange of pace to be able to just sit back and visit with everyone.   Here we are the Thursday Stamp Club. 

                 Our Christmas project is a Luminere with a LED flickering tea light inside to light it.  The box is made with the SU Fancy Favor Die.  We made the flower the French Foliage small leaf with a center of the seven SU Basic Pearls.  The velum insert is stamped with snowflake and then glittered with Dazzling Diamond glitter.  And then a beautiful Real Red Satin ribbon just finishes it off.

The flickering tea light shows up nicely through the vellum.  

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sandi MacIver inspired Clocks

A while back Sandi Mac Iver posted pictures of her "Alice in Wonderland" clocks and our talented new SU Demonstrator Claire cased them and made 5 of her own clocks.  Claire bought me my own clock kit and this is what I came up with for my clock.  As you can tell I definitely cased Sandi's idea.  Here is the url to Sandi's SplitCoast post:

I think my clock needs a little more bling but I can't think of what to add? Any suggestions would be welcome.

These are the five clocks that Claire made.  Aren't they just adorable.  The green clock is her New Hampshire clock and is decorated with pine cones and twigs - just perfect.

We used the SU Sense of Time set to make the clock faces.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Snowman Christmas Card

Here is the gorgeous birthday card that Barbara made for Harold's birthday.  I was blown away by the innovative design that she came up with for this card                       

Now I needed another card for the Thursday club so naturally I decided to case Barbara's card.
This is the card that we did not get a chance to do at our Thursday stamp club but never fear we will make this card next week.   My snowman card even uses the same ribbon as Barbara's card - Marina Mist satin.

The snowman card uses the little snowman from the jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set, the large scallop square from the scallop square Duo Bigz die cut in Marina Mist, a layer of Baha Breeze.
The snowman is stamped with Versa Mark ink and then embossed with silver embossing powder and colored with Stamp Write markers. Then of course a little sponging with Marina Mist. Can you see the spot of Pumpkin Pie for his carrot nose?

The left side is a piece of Baha Breeze embossed with the new Northern Flurry embossing folder.
 The inside is a  layer of Candy Cane Christmas DSP and a snowflake with a "diamond" jewel. 

I must say this little snowman is adorable.  Hope you all like the cards that Barbara and I made.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday Stamping Club November Meeting

Here are some of the Thursday Stampers working around my dining room table. We made four cards this thursday that are posted below.  Two of our members were not able to be with us but not to worry they both either made or received their Novermber cards.  We had a lot of fun and everyone seemed to like the cards we made.  The cards that we made this month were all cased from 3 beautiful cards that I saw on line.
From left to right  - Gloria, Claire, Priscilla, Jeanne and Carol.  Suzanne and Terry were not able to come this thursday.  Next month we will meet on two Thurdays - December 2nd and December 9th.

This card was cased from a card I saw on line - I used different stamp sets, different technique, different ribbon and a different butterfly but definitely the same idea.  This is a link to the card that I cased so check out the beautiful original.  The stamp set I used is "Just Believe" and "For all You Do."  My version of the butterfly is one of the butterflies from the  "Beautiful Wings" Embosslit die that was made using a piece of card stock stamped with the solid stamp in the "For all You Do" stamp set.

This is another card that is cased from a card I saw in a video on the SU Demonstrator web site by paige Batten.  Check out her web site at  The difference between my version and the original card is the sentiment stamp.  I love this card and it was a lot of fun to make. By the way no designer paper was involved in the making of this card.  The background piece was stamped using the Printed petal Stamp set.
This last card is a clean and simple design by Robin Merriman from the 411 Clean and Simple stamping section.  At our Thursday session some made it into a Thanksgiving card, some a birthday card and some just a thinking of you card.  I love Robin Merriman's idea for this versitle fall card.  One thing I had people do that were a little hesitant to do the free hand edge was to just put a dot at each corner and then connect the dots free hand. 
The free hand edge in this picture looks green but it is really Soft Suede.
You can check out Robin Merriman's ideas for clean and simple cards at

So stampers I suggest that you check out all the ideas available on line to help you wto make your own beautiful creations.   Stamping is great fun!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Stamp a Stack

Here I am at Barbara's lovely home setting up for my two Santa cards.  For some reason we did not take any pictures of the event but trust me everyone seemed to have a lot of fun making their 12 Christmas cards.

This is one of the Santa cards that we made.  There is lots and lots of glitter on this Santa and he really sparkles. Santa's cheeks are colored with blushing bride and his face with blush blossosm.   Then he was cut out and his beard, hat, pompom and mustache are covered with Sparkling diamond glitter.

The diamond jewel in the center of the ornament just sparkles hanging from the Christmas tree made with the Tree stamp from the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set.  The colors are Cherry cobbler and Always Artichoke.  I wish I could have taken a picture that made the diamond have just a little more sparkle.  (Notice that I am in to sparkle for  Christmas.)  The card stock is Natural White which is just perfect for this card.

This is an attempt at a clean and simple card.  It is made from one sheet and allowed many variations.  Holly was stamped at the top, berries added.  Then Playful Pieces hostess set was used for the ornaments.  The border is freehand.   It was fun to see the creativity of stampers - with holly sprigs in the corners and different color ornaments. 

Then we tried a little whimsey with the perky penguin.  He is made from the owl punch (with ears trimmed off).  Extra eyeball punches created the thought process leading up to his greeting.   He needed a snowy perch - so torn paper and chunky glitter made a nice winter look.  If you look closely you can see the versamark snowflakes in the background. 

We had a great time and ended up with 12 beautiful cards.  If we did that once a week - we would be all set for the holidays really early!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Priscilla's 411 Challenge 176

My SU order was delivered last week so for this weeks challenge I wanted to try out my new Hostess stamp set "Peaceful Season"  and my new "Deck the Halls" Designer Series Paper. So this is the card I made.  The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock and of course I used my favorite Cherry Cobbler seam binding.  The Holly braches are cut out and two are adhered with Stampin Dimensionals.  All in all I think it came out quite nicely.  Hope you like it.

This is this weeks challenge sketch - check out the 411 site at and see what the talented operators and others are doing with this sketch.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Priscilla's 411 Challenge Card

This weeks sketch was quite a challenge and I had to think hard how to do the four pieces in the background since my Christmas Stampin'UP! order arrives tomorrow with all my Christmas Designer Series Paper.  So it seems I had the same idea as Barbara to use the Petals a Plenty embossing folder to create my paper.  I embossed a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder.  Then I "smooched" (I'm sure smooch can be used as a verb too) it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to get some shimmer but I also hit each raised petal with some "Champagne Mist" shimmer paint to get even more shimmer.  Unfortunately this does not show too well in the picture but believe me in real life it glows!  The stamp set is the new Bells and Boughs stamp set with the flower center made sparkely with fine Galaxy Champagne glitter.   The Cherry Cobbler ribbon just finishes off the card.  The markers used to color the center are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Old Olive.  I like the way the card turned out.  I would never have thought of this idea if I hadn't been trying to do the 411 challenge.  Thanks to the 411 operators who come up with all these challenge ideas.

This is the sketch for todays cards.  Check out the Stamping 411 blog to see how other interpreted this sketch and be sure and check out Barbara's card.

Barbara's 411 Challenge 175

Here is another challenge from Stamping 411.  
 I'm having fun with the Cardinal from A Cardinal Christmas.
This card uses the two sizes of the scallop punch.  The large one to frame the cardinal and the small one - with hole punched in the middle so the greeting pops through the wreath.  I'm just having fun experimenting.  That's what I love about 411 - an inspiration.   We are busy getting ready for our Stamp a Stack Party on Friday so trying out all sorts of Christmas ideas. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Evening in Paris Party

Barbara and Priscilla celebrated their return from France with a gala Evening in Paris event.  Here are the lovely ladies who celebrated with us.  Front from left to right kneeling are Priscilla and Barbara, in back from left to right - Bobbi Ennis, Susan Wingfield, Jeanne Reidy, Gayle McKay, Terry Theophile, Claire Higson, Toni Wood and Gloria Moll.

We made a traditional French drink, Kir cocktails to serve with our French Baguette, Brie and Blue cheese.  Ohh La La this is so French!

These are the four French cards we made. 

Jeanne, Gayle, Susan and Terry display their creations.  I think they liked what the results of their efforts. 

Toni and Gloria chat about their Eiffel Tower card making.

Claire is going over her Wish List.

Bobbi seems to be enjoying her new card making hobby.
Toni and Gayle are planning their Wish List too!

 "Thanks for coming and Au Revoir!" 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Evening in Paris

An Evening in Paris!

Wednesday - October 20th
6:30 - 9:00PM

Barbara Kupfrian's House
35 Wilson Road

The cost is $15

We will have some wine and cheese
We will make some cards
We may have some prizes

We have a partial list of people coming
- but if you have not confirmed with us this    week - please let us know so that we will be sure to have your card kit prepared (also so we have enough wine and cheese for everyone). 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday Club Stampers Season Opener

All members  of our Thursday stampers club came to make cards this week for our first meeting of the fall.  Starting from the right front we have Terry, Claire, Gloria, Suzanne, Priscilla (me), Carol and Jeanne. Everyone made three pretty complicated cards - see the one right in front of Terry with the two little owls.  I showed them a trick I saw on the net on how to pick up the little pieces of the new owl punch with a toothpick and some Tombow glue.  This trick makes it quite easy to place those sneaky Little pieces right where you want them.  

This is another card we made Thursday.  We used the Seeds of Happiness stamp set and the new embossing folder "Elegant Lines".  The flower is stamped with black Stazon on watercolor paper and then water colored with markers and blender pens.  Then the flower is cut out and stamping dimensionals are used to adhere the flower to the card.  The greeting is stamped and punched out with the large oval punch and we used the gold elastic cord from last years holiday mini to tie the sentiment piece to the Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon.  I think white embroidery thread would look very nice too for the tie for this card.  I must remember to buy some.  
We had a fun afternoon and I think everyone liked their cards.  They all did a great job making them.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Evening In Paris October 20th

 A trip to Paris is something one just dreams about but now Barbara and I are actually going.  We will see the Eiffel Tower in person, sail down the Seine and drink French wine - maybe even see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.  I wish you were all going with us on this fabulous trip.
But since that is not possible how would you like to spend an evening in Paris with Barbara and me on October 20th?  We can regale our Parisian experiences for you - serve you some wine and cheese (hope we can get French wine and cheese here) and make French themed cards.  This will be fun night and I hope you can join us.
This is one card I have been experimenting with to see if it would work. This is a thank you card but could be a birthday card or thinking of you card just as well but most of all this is a fun card to make.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Priscilla's 411 Challenge #165

For this weeks fun 411 Challenge I wanted to use a stamp set and colors that I have not used very much.  Since I do not have a large circle die for my big shot I thought that the new Printed Petals set would sort of emulate the circle component of this sketch.  First I wanted to use all the new "In Colors" for this card but after several attempts at incorporating Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait I decided that all those colors together was too much for this card.  So my base is Whisper White with a layer of Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz - stamped with Versa Mark.  The focal point is Blushing Bride (don't you just love the names for these colors) stamped with Concord Crush.  Of course I added the Concord Crush ribbon.  The focal point and flowers are raised with Stamping Dimensionals.  For the flowers I added a little bling with the new Basic Rhinestone Jewels.  The flowers were "curled" slightly with a bone folder.  This card has texture and dimension that adds a lot of interest.  I think the card came out quite nicely even if there were a couple of false starts.  Don't you think someone would like to receive this birthday card?

This is the sketch for my card.  Check out what the talented Operators and other folks did with it at the 411 web site;

Then make your card.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday's Stamp Camp with a Male card theme

What a fun filled afternoon we had at our Stamp Camp Wednesday.   
Half of the crew stamped in Barbara's dining room - (from left to right) Gayle, Carol, Priscilla, Judy, and Toni.  We created cards with sailboats and lighthouses using the new stamp set "Uncharted Territories" at this table. Of course red, white and blue dominated.  The lighthouse is done on natural white card stock and a Night of Navy layer that was run through the Big shot with the Texturz plate "Perfect Detail".  Then a very nautical Red ribbon was added.  The sail boat card is whisper white, Not Quite Navy, and Real Red card stock.  The Not Quite Navy layer is embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  When the nautical cards were done the ladies swapped places with those on the sunporch to make their next  four cards.

Here on the sunporch, Jeanne, Bobbi, Dawn, Barbara, and Suzanne took on a different theme.  We all know beer drinking guys and made cards for them.  We ran aluminum foil through Big Shot to create the background.  Then we stamped and punched out the beer steins.  The foam has added sparkle with the chunky glitter. 

Then switching themes again - we made a forest card using the new Plant Hope stamp set.  We sponged the background (using masking for the moon) and then stamped off the trees.  It is all mounted on a new favorite color - Marina Mist. 

Gloria got there in time to make the nautical cards. We were glad to see her!

These are the four cards created at the male themed stamp camp.  Everyone went home with 8 cards - two of each design.  Now they are ready for the men in their lives. 

One group got creative with the beer steins. Judy started it - and then Carol jumped in.  Look below to see her card. 

This is a very creative group of stamping ladies who seemed to be having a fun filled afternoon stamping at our Male themed stamp camp. Hope those of you who were not able to come to this event can join us next time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

1st Birthday and 50th Anniversary cards by Priscilla

This is the card I made for my youngest niece Jillian's 1st birthday.  I used Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink - perfect for a beautiful baby girl.  Then of course some glitter on the number 1 and a giraffe from my retired (alas) favorite set "Wild about You".  This card turned out looking pretty cute if I do say so myself.

Now the next event was a 50th Anniversary party for my dear friends Bruce and June.  I used the Owl punch from the new catalog.  Isn't the little dress with glittered belt adorable?  The buttons on his vest are the little eyes from the punch.  I had so much fun making this card with my friend Toni's Owl punch that I ordered one for myself too.  There is so much you can do with this little owl.  I sort of cased this card from one I saw on SU Connnection but I am not sure whose card it was but I thank them for the inspiration.