Saturday, July 31, 2010

Christmas in July

We have a team meeting tomorrow and the theme is fall or holiday.  I decided that it is never too early to start thinking about Christmas.  So - I went that route. I was inspired by a card created by Cherie Franklin on Stampin Connection. 

First I sponged the background in Marina Mist with some accents in Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake with a little Soft Suede. 

I just love the new stamp set - Plant Hope.  I used markers in Old Olive and Always Artichoke - with trunks of Early Espresso and Soft Suede.  Stamp once - then stamp off in the background. 
After completing the forest I stamped a little white to soften the look and create swirls of snow. 
You probably can't see it - but there is some Smooch Spritz and then some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make it all sparkle.  It is a soft, peaceful look to go with the sentiment from the hostess set. 

Granted - I would not want to make 100 of these - but it was fun making a few.
Barbara Kupfrian

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stamping On Priscilla's Porch - Tennis Stampers PLUS

The original stamping group that Laura Kupfrian Cole started about 2 1/2 years ago got together Tuesday to do some stamping.  We had so much fun but we missed our members who were not able to be there - Heather and Gayle.   Barbara came late to visit and catch up with everyone.
Here are Claire, Toni and Judy showing off their new In Color ribbon.  How smart for 5 people to share 3 yards each of all 5 In color ribbon. 
 Each is working on their project.  Three of us are making Tote's with a set of cards and Toni is creating two beautiful cards with the Awash with Flowers stamp set.   At the end of this post is one set I had made to experiment with the tote concept.   Drats - I forgot to take a picture of everyone's completed project.  They all turned out nicely.

 I had so much fun stamping with my buddies - I think we should do this again.

Barbara came late just to visit.  Here she is inspecting Judy's project.  Claire and Toni are busy with theirs.

Harold, my photographer husband had us all pose for a more formal portrait - "for the blog."

 The tote is based or cased on Leslie Miller’s tutorial at http://leslierich.blogs.splitcoastst...te-n-tutorial/

and found the idea for using the Awash with Flowers stamp set at - http://papercookies.blogs.splitcoast...e-of-case-ing/
Another site to check out with this stamp set is
This is a card that I did for one of the 411 challenges. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Priscilla and Harold's Wedding Anniversary

View of Boston's Back Bay from our window table at The Top of the Hub Restaurant

Thursday Harold and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with good friends - Carolyn and Bob with a delightful evening drinking delicious wine and then dinner at Boston's Top of the Hub. All the time enjoying a perfect Boston view from our front window table. Earlier that evening Carolyn and Bob presented us with a beautiful gift basket with a bottle of Prosecco wine, a pair of wine goblets, and the loveliest Parisian cocktail napkins. When I saw the napkin I knew the thank you card I had to make. It is a card I had admired on Splitcoast done with popping pastels by Diana Gibbs. So I cased Diana's lovely card.
This is the Parisian Cocktail napkin. I think I will try another card with this color scheme later

I used Elegant Eggplant for the card base and ribbon and added some pink to the hydrangeas. The Stamp Set is Because I Care.

This is my take on a Parisian Thank You card

Monday, July 19, 2010

Barbara's 411 Challenge #160

I'm having fun playing with stamp sets from the Summer Mini.  Sweet Scoops is a favorite - as everyone loves Ice Cream.  This one is Peach Parfait and Chocolate Chip.  The sprinkles are embossed and shiny - although it doesn't show.  There just had to be a cherry on top. 

The card is Old Olive.  I got carried away with the smooch spritz in log cabin - but gives it a chocolate sparkle.  So Saffron is the waffle and ribbon color.

Here's another very simple card using the set.  I'm using it for summer birthdays. 

Priscilla's 411 Challenge # 160

Another fun sketch from the Operators over at Stamping 411.  Since I just ordered a number of new stamp sets I felt that I really should use a stamp sets that I have never taken out of the case.  So I got out my Awash With flowers to use for the first time for this challenge.  I love this stamp set and Barbara has designed many beautiful cards with this set. Well so here is my interpretation of this sketch.  The main flower just had to be done in Daffodil Delight and the scalloped trim element also with the pretty Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon and bow.  The secondary flowers and border pieces are in Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive leaves.  The main card is Old Olive too with a Pear Pizzazz polka dot embossed layer.  Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz go wonderfully together.   I wasn't sure after I made this card but this morning I like it a lot.
This is this weeks sketch.  Check out the Stamping 411 site at to see what the talented Operators and Challenge Submitters have created using this sketch. 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Priscilla's 411 Challenge #158

I had more fun with this weeks 411 challenge than with any of the other challenges and believe me all the challenges have been lots of fun. This challenge card was inspired by a card I saw demonstrated on the Demonstrators web site.  Since I am going to France in September and I liked the card so much I bought the stamp set demonstrated - Artistic Etchings and the Newsprint DSP.  I CASED part of that card to make the focal point of this challenge card.  I added the Eiffel tower to make it a little different.  I put my Cutter Kit to use for the first time this week to really scruff up the card stock and also tore up the Newsprint Designer Series Paper (DSP) to help get a vintage look.  Some More Mustard sponging and then a few "age spots" with the color spritzer tool to add to the vintage look.  Even the Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon is sponged with More Mustard ink to make it look old.    Notice the "jewel" in the crown.  It does shows up a lot more in real life.  To make this "jewel" you use glue on a gold brad then dip the brad in Dazzling Diamond glitter and Voila! you have a dazzling jewel for your crown.  Check out the 411 site at to see what the talented operators have done with this sketch.  Also, I see that three of the operators have used the same stamp set as I did here but  this is the card I wanted to make.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Open House July 15th 1 Hillcrest Road, Bedford

Exciting news- the new 2010-2011 catalogs have arrived and we would love to have you come to our Open House on Thursday, July 15th between 10 and 4 to check them out.  Come sip some punch, browse the new catalog, and make a card to take home using a new color.  Stampin'UP! has introduced some great new colors and all sorts of new color kits and even a new "getting started color" kit that is great if you do not already own an assortment of stamp pads.   See below for more details about the Getting Started kit.

This card uses one of the new hostess stamp sets "Because I Care" and a new color "Marina Mist".  Come join us and you can make this card to take home.  We will have different salutations so if you like, you can easily turn this into a birthday card or thank you card. This card was inspired by a Sandi MacIver post but different colors, different ribbon and a different punch were used for it.
There will even be some prizes! 
Please let us know if you can come sometime on the 15th.  Priscilla Grunes  781-275-0020 or Barbara Kupfrian  781-275-6351.

The New Getting Started Color kit "  includes 11 Classic ink Stamping spots in the following colors.  This kit is a wonderful way to have an assortment of inks to start stamping. 
The Set includes 11 Stampin’ Up! colors: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Basic Black.  These stamping spots colors all have coordinating card stock, ribbon, and other accessories.