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.