Monday, November 21, 2011

Toni's Birthday

It's Toni's birthday and I have the gift but no paper or card.  Naturally I go to my craft room and find a piece of tissue paper wrapped around the dish I just bought at Home Goods.  I iron the tissue paper and stamp it all over with the flower from the Raining Flower stamp set and wrap my gift.  Added a piece of Old Olive striped ribbon and a paper flower I just figured out how to make.  What fun!  Then I made a card using the same stamp set.  Pretty neat if I do say so myself.  I think Toni liked the card and wrapping paper anyway.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday 411 sketch Challenge #225

Noice that the Christmas tree is 3-D but if you want to insert the card into an envelope all you have to do is flatten the tree.  Don't worry it will pop right back up with just a brief "fluffing' of the branches.  The Christmas tree on this card is cased from Mary Fish's 3-D Christmas tree made with the Petite Pennant Builder punch. 
Mary has made a great video demonstrating this technique and you can view it at .  The Lace Ribbon Border punch was used makes the two embellishments at the top and bottom of the card instead of plain card stock and DSP.  I added some gold Stampin'UP! gold glitter for the star.  I wasn't sure if I liked this card until it was finished but the sparkle of the gold glitter and the Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon tie everything together.

Friday, September 9, 2011

You're Invited! Stamp Out Breast Cancer Oct. 1st

You are cordially invited to the SECOND Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event. This is a very special event in that, ALL supplies are donated by demonstrators and friends. This means that EVERYTHING that we collect for the fundraiser goes straight to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Charity. 

This year's event will be held in Dracut MA, at the GORGEOUS Harmony Hall. It is a historical building that was actually moved up Lakeview Avenue. Then, it had a major restoration. It sits beautifully preserved at 1660 Lakeview Avenue in Dracut.
There are two ways to Participate. Register under "event registration" and come and join us to make these 5 projects for your $25 donation. Register ONLINE and save $5.
 If you cannot make it for any reason, you can make a donation to "directions only" and for your $20 donation, you will receive the instructions to recreate these gorgeous projects.

To do either, click here

Here are more details about this very special event.

All supplies for the projects you will be making, have been donated. Therefore, 100% of your donation is going to Making Strides. We will also be selling raffle tickets for items to be raffled off during the day. There will be lots of stamping loot and maybe even gift cards raffled off (we are still working to get more raffles). All raffle proceeds will also be donated to the Making Strides. Last year; our first year, we raised over $2,000!!! We were so excited! Enjoy munchies and be inspired Display Boards with lots of great project ideas.
  • Donate an item for our Raffle and receive an extra entry for the grand prize! There are two Grand Prizes for the raffle this year. A Big Shot and a basket with supplies to recreate the projects shown including the two stamp sets as well as many other fun things.
  • Interested in some great card ideas? Participate in our Stampin Up Only Card Swap. Design one card using Stampin Up supplies and make 10-20 copies of that card and bring them along that day. You can swap your card design with others at the event for copies of their card design! You may also bring more than one design and swap multiple designs. You will go home with lots of great card ideas in hand!! Full cards only please. These cards should reflect your best work. Clean lines and straight layers. If you would like to label your card with your name, please do that on a post it note inside. We would all like to be able to use the cards after.
  • Donate one of your swap cards to the swap basket and it will be donated to the cancer center at Lowell general hospital. You could win a prize for your generosity. And last but not least - Don't forget to wear Pink!! The fashion police will be on patrol and handing out surprises!! We hope to see you on October 1st!
Your Stamp Out Breast Cancer Team,
Barbara Kupfrian
Christine Miscia Crutcher
Diane Giarrusso
Jeanne Nielsen
Joanne Cardone
Judy McCullough
Kathy Doucette
Lisa Fuller
Marilyn SanClemente
Priscilla Grunes
Regina Maginnis
Selene Kempton
Tami White

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stamping Party Friday, September 9th

Come to a Stamping Party,
Make some cards, have some snacks and just catch up! 
Friday, Sept. 9th at 1 PM.
At Barbara's house!
Priscilla designed this card and it is one we will be making.  It uses the brand new stamp set - Beautiful Season. 
You will get a chance to try some other new stamp sets and new colors.  We are still creating the selection - but not all will be Christmas. 
Cost of event - $20
Please register with either Barbara or Priscilla by Sept. 1st - so we can prepare. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Priscilla's 411 Card challenge

This weeks 411 challenge was indeed a "challenge" for me. 
However, the sketch gave me the opportunity to use the Top Note die -I never seem to use this great die - so I struggled to come up with this interpretation.  And what fun I had making this card.  Lots of my new stuff was used.  My new letterpress plate works beautifully to create the background piece for this card. 
The stamp sets are the very versatile Fabulous Florets and Teeny Weeney wishes - the ribbon is the pretty new Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon.  Old Olive and Calypso Coral ink and Very Vanilla and Old Olive card stock.  Yikes I just noticed that I forgot to snip out one of the petals on the left flower.  I promise that will be done before I mail this card.  Oh yes and the Lattice embossing folder was used for the Top Note background.  A few spritzes of Vanilla Smooch and the card is done.  Wish you could see the shimmer in the picture as it gives a lovely look to the card.

Here is this weeks 411 challenge - check out the 411 site to see how the Operators and others interpreted this sketch.
Happy Stamping

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Our Open house on the 12th was a great success and it was so much fun to get together with so many of our stamping friends.   These are the two make and take cards that were made on the porch.  I hope you liked them.  The stamp set is Happiness Shared and the colors are Pear Pizzaz and Concord Crush.  The image is simply colored with SU markers and of course the sentiment is from my favorite (and oldest) stamp set - Sincere Salutations.

Our next project will be the French Foliage box set class on August 9th and for you Thursday club ladies don't forget that next month the club session is on Wednesday August 3rd. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Open House July 12th

Stamping in Bedford Open House
Tuesday July 12th
1 Hillcrest Road
1-5 PM

Please join us at our Open House to check out the brand new Stampin’UP! Catalog and see the 5 new In Colors for 2012. Have a glass of ice tea, make a card and browse though the great bargains we will have for you.  There will be some retired stamp sets for sale at greatly reduced prices. This will be a fun afternoon.  If you have any questions or need directions call Priscilla at 781-275-0020.

Also we will have some card kits prepared for you that include the stamp set, all supplies, and sample cards. These kits are great if you are pressed for time and inspiration. All supplies included except for adhesive and ink. After you have used all the supplies in your card kit you still have the stamp set to create many more. 

Barbara Kupfrian and Priscilla Grunes
Independent Stampin Up Demonstrators
Below are three sample card from one of the card kits - the “ Flower for All Seasons” card kit which Includes supplies for 15 cards (including these 3 samples).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Priscilla's 411 Number 208 Card

This Weeks 411 challenge sketch  looked like such a fun sketch that I decided to play along this week.  So what to do - I wanted to use something from the new catalog - Wisteria Wonder card stock and ink; somethings from the old catalog but still current - Flower Fancy Stamp set, Concord Crush and En Francais stamp; and something retiring - Concord Crush Ribbon.   A little bling for the flower centers and Voila! The card is done.  I did not add a sentiment because there is so much going on with the embossed layer and the two color ribbon.  The sentiment will be on the inside of this card.
Go over to the 411 site at and check out what the talented 411 Operators have done with this sketch. 

411 Challenge Sketch 208

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Priscilla's 411 sketch entry

This card started out with several requirements: First to use the 411 sketch, second tto use Rose Red DSP, and last to use Rose Red Seam Binding.  The stamp set is Because I Care and the ink is Rose Red and Pear Pizzaz.  Notice the little pearl and punched out flower in place of the button.  A few punched out flowers are added to the main blossom.  All products are Stampin'UP! Now will this work for the Thursday Club ladies next week? I think I might change the sentiment and use a bolder one.  Go on over to the Stamping 411 web site and check out what the operators did with this sketch.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday Stamping Club May Meeting Cards

 This months meeting focused on water coloring with markers.   We used the Aqua painters and the SU water color paper to do the focal piece.  As promised  here is the recipe for our cards.

This first card uses the On the Grow Stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog stamped with STAZON black.  Then we water colored with Wild Wasabi for the grass and leaves;  Marina Mist and Bashful Blue for the jar and shadow; Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirquette for the flowers.  Then we added the tiny pearls from the SU Jewels.  This tiny pearl just makes the flowers pop.  The card is made with Baja Breeze DSP from the Subtle collection and Baja Breeze and Natural white card stock.  A little bow in the Baja Breeze Seam binding is added.  We embossed the lower half of the Natural White front to coordinate with the polka dot DSP  The Thursday Stampers all did a great job water coloring and made beautiful cards.

 We used the same water color techniques to do this second card with the butterfly and flower stamps from the Nature's Walk stamp set.  This card uses the Wild Wasabi DSP and card stock and ink; and Baja Breeze card stock and ink.   The butterfly details are colored with a little So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and outlined with Not Quite Navy.  A little Marina Mist was added for depth to the flowers too.  Every piece is sponged to add depth.

 This last card is a little different and uses the Bright Collection colors.  Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo with the ribbon and buttons from the SAB catalog.  Recognize the card?  It is a case from the SAB catalog but different stamps.  This is the perfect card for a young person or friend.  Fun card to make.  Stamps used are the Happy Birthday stamp from the Something to Celebrate set, the top stamp in Daffodil Delight is from the Painted Petal set and the little heart is from the Build a Cupcake set.   All products used are from Stampin'UP!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thursday Stamp club April Meeting

These are the three cards that we created in this months club meeting.  We focused on using DSP to make
cards more interesting.  We used Peach Parfait ink and card stock and the In Color DSP .  The green leaf part is Pear Pizzazz.  The Very Vanilla CS is embossed with the new embossing folder from the Summer Mini and then spritzed with Vanilla shimmer Smooch.  I just love these names.  The two flowers are also spritzed.   I wish the lovely pear like look of this card was more visible in the picture. The inside is shown on the right.
The next card uses the Good Friends Stamp set and the sentiment from the Watercolor Trio set.
 and the CS is Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla with the So Saffron DSP from the Subtle collection. Stampin Dimensionals were used on the focal point and the sentiment to make them pop. Inside shown on the right.

 This nautical ;themed card on the left is a hybrid that I created using My Digital Studio to make the DSP, the flag, and the anchor.  The focal point is the Sail Away stamp set in the new summer mini.  The card shown on the left is the one we made Thursday using Marina Mist CS and the DSP in Marina Mist also from the Subtle collection.

Inside for both cards.  All  material is Stampin'UP.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

C is for Cat

I made this card for my daughter who is cat sitting while we are visiting Florida.  I cased this card from one I saw on split coast by Heidi Baks at

Heidi's card uses Lovely as a tree stamp set with snow - but I am in Florida and did not bring that set.  The card has palm trees and a nice tropical feel. This card is stamped with Plant Hope and C is for Cat stamp sets - of course Sincere Salutations is the sentiment.  The sun is sponged with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard.  The background is sponged before stamping with blue and green ink.  The palm trees are stamped in Old Olive and Early Espresso.  The cat is Early Express with a Real Red colar and diamond jewel. Card stock is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Botanical Garden DSP.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Barbara's 411 Color Challenge

We needed a quick get well card for a  friend in Florida who developed pneumonia.  When I saw the color challenge this week - I thought it was perfect for a Florida guy.  I used a crumb cake base, chocolate chip and wild wasabi accents and the new DSP in the subtles collection -  certainly celery.  Love the new seam bindings that come in so many colors now.  They are so easy to use.  We hope Charlie will soon be back from the hospital and sitting under his palm trees.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine Card for my three Grandsons

Finally today I finished three valentines for my three grandsons.  This is another card using the clear stamp block to stamp the Crumb Cake square.  I used the cupcake punch and stamp set from the new mini catalog. The colors used are Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, and Cherry Cobbler stamped on Whisper White card stock. The cupcake is adhered to the stamped Crumb Cake square with stampin dimensionals. The Blushing Bride icing does not show up too well in this picture but it does look nice in real life. A little embossing on the icing looks great too. I think this looks like a masculine Valentine's Day Card.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Birthday card for a 9 year old boy!

We experimented with a technique in our watercolor class with things "outside the box" and of course I thought of doing a card using this technique.  This is the card I came up with for our grandson's birthday.  The stamp set is Make a Monster and the inks used are Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Garden Green with just a touch of Real Red.   Add some google eyes and some spritz and buttons and the card is done.  Card stock is Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, and Tempting Turquoise and most important - Watercolor paper.  It did take me three days though to get the little monsters just right -  but one of the last things I stamped was the eyes on the blue monster.  You can see that one of the eyes is not quite in the right place.    Any way, who knows what a monster is suppose to look like so that's the way I left him.  I had a ball making this card but it is definitely one of a kind.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Baha Breeze Build a Blossom card

This card is a take on the Tri-fold technique but I made this a 7 by 5 inch card and scored at 2 1/2 and turned the card around and scored at 2 1/2 on other side to make my 5 by 7 card.  Then I cut a center piece in Natural white and two layers of baha breeze embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing  folder for the two sides. The blossom was stamped with Marina Mist ink on Baha Breeze card stock with the leave made by stamping Old Olive ink on Pear Pizzazz card stock - the same for the center piece.  Added a little Dazzling Diamond glitter on the flower, some sponging around the edges of the card, a beautiful Marina Mist satin Ribbon, a sentiment, and the card is finished.  The center piece is attached to the side with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I like the way this card turned out.

The Build a Blossom Stamp set and punch are so easy to work with and you can turn out beautiful flowers in just a few minutes. I hope you will try making this fun card.  The larger size makes this a spectacular card for a special some one's birthday.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stamping Party

Stamping Party on January 7th.    The weather cooperated so that we could get together at Barbara's house with 9 other stampers.  We were ready to play with some of the new stamps and punches and move on from the holidays. 
Here the two Bobbi's are busy creating cards for birthdays!

We love the marina mist and pear pizzazz.  An interesting fold makes this card unique.  Of course some sparkly diamonds on the butterfly always helps.  Color the flower stamp with markers before stamping.  There is so much you can do with the Friends Never Fade stamp set. 

The Build a Blossom and Blossom Petals Punch are rapidly becoming favorites with this group.  How easy is it to create a beautiful card with this. 

Simply stamp the petals, punch out and highlight with a bit of sponging.  Same for the leaves.  Then easy assembly.  A small circle on the back of the flower makes it easier to assemble.  Mount on dry embossed paper and you are all set.  Don't you love that Big Shot !!!  So easy to dress up a card.  Even our "bow challenged" people were happy with this method of adding ribbon. 

Getting ready for Valentines day.  Create your own DSP - using Elements of Style flourish stamped multiple times on the long strip.  Enhance with some sponging and you've got it made.  The  Filled with Love heart stamp fits the heart punch perfectly.  (Can you tell I would rather punch than cut out).  That heart is backed with The Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslits from the Big Shot.  The sentiment is embossed with the white embossing powder so that it will stand out. 

And so we continued to play.  Stamp sets and punches that match are fantastic.  Check out the Create a Cupcake from the new Occassions Mini Catalog.  We also had fun with the new 2 1/2 inch circle punch.  We ran those through the Crimper.  (Even my 4 year old loves to use that tool) We also decided that you don't have to make a bow to use ribbon - just punch a hole and pull the ribbon through.  We are getting into easy. 

This finishes off the inside of the card.  Hope you will get a chance to try some of these ideas. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thursday Stamping Group

Here are the members of the group that have not left the cold weather here in Bedford for sunny Florida.  That is Carol in the background and Suzanne, Sue, and Terry are at the table with me making the build a blossom card.

Sue is our newest Thursday Stamper - She did a great job with her cards.

This is one of the cards we made.  We used the new Build a Blossom stamp set and punch.  So easy to create a beautiful card with this set.  The colors we used are Daffidol Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  Don't you just love the names of Stampin'UP!  colors?

We also made a set of Birthday cards using an idea I saw on the net to use the Size D clear block as a stamp.  What a clever idea someone came up with to use a block as a stampl  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, and Early Expresso.   I really like this set of cards and I wish I knew the name of the person who came up with this idea so that I could thank them.