Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vintage Santa

I made this little wall hanging tonight as a gift for my Father-in-Law. For the main Santa image, I used a photostamp from the Christmas Cards Sheet 1 by The Stampsmith. In keeping with the vintage look, I used some vintage patterned paper and some added flourishes.

Here's a close up of Santa.
I hope this finds everyone having a wonderful Christmas holiday and all the best to you all for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Festive Greeting

Wishing visitors to The Stampsmith Blog a "Merry Christmas". Lynne x

(Stamp used is Holly, a single unmounted)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper Pieced Audrey Card

Hello Smithies!
Hope you all have your Christmas cards finished. I am officially finished and ended up making about 70 cards. As you can image, I am ready to make something other than Christmas cards. And with that in mind, I have a Lavender Audrey card for you today.

The stamp is from the Audrey Hepburn Full Sheet. I paper pieced the coat and added lost of metallic papers and accents. Here is a close up.

For more info and supply list click over to my blog. Hope you are having a great day. It is snowy and very cold here in Michigan today.

Karen Mc

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Queen

In the lead up to Christmas I have made several glass Christmas Tree ornaments, making them as gifts. I knew I wanted to use The Stampsmith's stamps to make such ornaments but wanted to look beyond my usual choices such as "Holly", "Little Angel", etc. As I looked through my stamps it dawned on me that Ophelia could become a Snow Queen.
Details on how I made it and detail photographs can be seen at my Blog, Adorn.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Ophelia Charm

I have a card to show you today showcasing the beautiful, Ophelia. I saw this key chain yesterday at the Dollar store and I knew straight away that I wanted to pull it apart and add an Ophelia image from The Stampsmith to the inside and use it as a charm on a card. It fit perfectly! Ya gotta love the Dollar store, eh? :)

Here's a close up of the charm.

Just a reminder that we have another challenge for you all over on The Stampsmith Challenge blog. The current theme is 'The Holiday Season.' Please pop on over to check out some eye candy from the rest of the Design Team along with some gorgeous challenge submissions! This one is open to any stamps, and the winner will win a gift certificate to The Stampsmith Store to build your collection! We also might just have another treat up our sleeve...

Happy Holidays! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gift Wrapped

This particular Flapper is from Flappers#1. Stamping with Crimson Red instead of Black or Sepia ink, brings a sense of festivity and glamour to the image. Other details on my Blog, Adorn.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Winter Morning

This outsize tag uses "Holly". It is such a lovely stamp to work with and as I have mentioned in previous posts, this stamps beautifully whether in black, sepia or red ink. I have no doubt that "Holly" will crop up again in future posts.
Supplies and other details are on my Blog, Adorn.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rockin' Lucy Christmas

Hi Everyone,
I finally got some down time to get some cards made. I have been working on Christmas cards. I made 4 cards that are very similar. I used the same stamp from the Lucy Full Sheet available in the Stampsmith Shop, but I changed the colors and DP on each one. This batch of cards will go in the box to send out. Okay, so here they are:

Don't you think they look like they are singing "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree"?? I think they are.

There is more info on my blog and a few more detail photos. Click here to check it out. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Karen Mc

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's all make believe...

I had some fun tonight playing with this fun image of Marilyn. Ya gotta love her, eh? :) I found the quote online and printed it off to fit inside this 'Fancy Frame.'

Here's a close up of the lovely Marilyn.

Here's a close up of one of her quotes.

Just a reminder that we have a new challenge up over at The Stampsmith Challenge. The current challenge is to make a card or project with 'Gratitude' in mind. I hope you decide to join us in the fun for a chance to build on your Stampsmith collection with a $15.00 gift certificate to the The Stampsmith Shop!

Thanks for stoppin by! :)

You've Got A Friend

The Girlfriends (single umounted) and Friendship Quote by Anais Nin work so well together. A detail photograph of the quote and materials are on my Blog, Adorn.
Girlfriends is a versatile stamp; it could be used on a birthday card to a sister, a Bride To Be could use it for cards to her Bridesmaids, etc.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Bag and Card

Hi Everyone,
Karen here today. I have a Thanksgiving project for you today. It is a gooodie bag and card. The main image is a Paris scene from Stampsmith's Paris Full Sheet.

The card sits in a vellum pocket on the bag. The bag is a purchased gift bag that I decorated with paper and ribbon. Here is the card by itself.

I stamped the Paris image with a Kaleidacolor ink pad and heat embossed it with UTEE. The image was then sliced into 3 equal pieces and layered. Here is a shot of the inside.

There are more details on my blog. This bag will be filled with baked goods and given to my neighbor, Del for a Thanksgiving treat. Hope you all have a great day!

Karen McAlpine

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A wedding

A friend of mine is getting married in a couple of weeks.  This image was perfect for a romantic card.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Lest We Forget

As a proud Canadian, who comes from a long line of military serving family members and who's also married into the military, I pondered long and hard over this remembrance montage. I used the leaves photostamp from The Mountains plate found under Landscapes created by The Stampsmith. My card depicts Canadian soldiers, the famous poppy and the sentiment, Lest We Forget under it.

The most important element in my card, which isn't meant to fade into the background, is a snapshot of a few of the names of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who died in France and whose remains were never found. The towering, 10-storey, white limestone Vimy Memorial Monument is located at Vimy Ridge, near Arras, France. The striking memorial features a 30-tonne limestone figure carved from a single block, a hooded figure representing Canada herself, gazing down on a single tomb overlooking the Douai plain.

With Remembrance Day coming this November 11th, I hope you will take the time that day, and every day, to remember our fallen soldiers and those who currently serve to protect our country, and the freedoms that we are so fortunate to have.

With Remembrance,


Another Christmas project, this time a paper cone. The focal image for the cone is "Holly", which is available as a single unmounted. I also made a little tag, stamping "Joy" which is on the Say It With Flair A4 plate.
At my Blog, Adorn, this cone is a Giveaway (I will fill it with little bits 'n' pieces).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Butterfly Kiss Altered Cigar Box

I have a fun altered cigar box project to share with you tonight. It showcases a precious image from The Stampsmith, called Butterfly Kiss.

An angle shot to show you the dimension of the butterfly and flower.

Here's an angle to show you the shape of the cigar box.

For a list of supplies, please see my blog.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Woman of Strength

Maude is one of those stamps that is instantly recognisable as belonging to The Stampsmith. She is available as a single unmounted or one of the images from At The Theatre A4 plate.
The card I made is not for any particular occassion but this stamp would also make a beautiful card for a Bride to be.
Details on how I made this card and supplies are on my Blog Adorn.
The Stampsmith Challenge #2 is underway. The theme is "Black, White And One Other Colour". If you are new to this Challente Blog then click the link to read the challenge dates, etc. Also, there is a prize draw!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Trip to Paris

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to take you on a Autumn virtual trip to Paris. I have two cards for you using stamps from the Paris Full Sheet available in The Stampsmith Shop. I have been experimenting with combining The Stampsmith's scenic stamps and a Kaleidacolor ink pad.

I used the same image and different ink pads on the cards. I also decided to see what this image would look like with a couple coats of UTEE. I have all the instructions on my blog if you would like more info. Here is the second card. On this card I crackled the UTEE for a more distressed look.

This color Kaleidacolor ink pad has a more Autumnal feel. So, I kept the papers in that color range. All the sentiments are from the Paris Full Sheet too. Thanks for taking a look. Hope you have enjoyed your Autumn Virtual Paris trip! Have a great day.

Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Billie Sings

Hello Crafty Friends and Stampsmithies,
Today I have a musical collage card for you. I have all the details on my blog. I used a fabulous image....Billie Holiday single image stamp available at The Stampsmith Shop. I used lots of different DP's, tearing and distressing.

I hand pleated a piece of tulle. I added double sided ribbon and pearls for the embellishments. The image is stamped with dye ink on glossy white CS. I just love this image. I can hear Billie's heartfelt vocal coming right off the paper.

Have a great day and talk to you soon.

Karen McAlpine

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Faces of Angels

My mind is obviously preoccupied with Christmas as my last post used the single um "Holly" and on this post it is another festive image, this time the angels stamp from Thank Heaven For Little Girls #2 .
Details on how I made this altered canvas are available at my Blog, Adorn. I am also giving this canvas away in my first Giveaway, again, details on my Blog.

Remember there is still time to join in the fun at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog, there is a prize to be won! The deadline is 15th of October and the theme is "Dressing Up". Click the badge on the sidebar to take you to the challenge Blog and for more details.

Serena and Twosomes

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends celebrating out there! :)

Today, I have a card to share with you of the stunning, Serena. I've always thought Serena looks like she's thinking of when I saw this new stamp from Twosomes - Say What? - I knew I wanted to pair them together for a funny card! :)

Just a reminder that you have until this Thursday, Oct. 14th to submit your entries to our first Stampsmith Challenge for a chance to win some new rubber! The theme is "All Dressed Up." The winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 15th along with samples for our next challenge! Please come on over and play along in the fun!

If you're interested in seeing the supplies I used in this card, please check out my blog.


Friday, October 08, 2010

Sweet Chocolate Shop

Happy Friday!
Today I have a card for you that I made with an image of a Chocolate Shop from The Stampsmith's Paris Full Sheet. This was a fairly quick and easy card and would be a great for making multiples.

The image is stamped with black ink on glossy white CS, torn, and distressed. I have complete instructions and a materials list on My Blog. There are also a few detail photos that will give you a closer look. Well, I guess that is it for me today. I hope everyone of you have a super special day!

Karen McAlpine

Monday, October 04, 2010

A Parisian Anniversary

In celebration of my 15th wedding anniversary this week, I'm sharing a card that I made for my hubby, using the Paris plate from Stampsmith. Unfortunately, I'm not actually visiting Paris, I'll just have to live through The Stampsmith for now! lol :)

Here's a close up of the Eiffel Tower photostamp.
A close up of the Je t'aime sentiment, also from the Paris plate.
To see a full list of supplies used, please see my blog.


Sunday, October 03, 2010

Last days of summer...

Well I know Lynne's done a Christmas theme in the previous post but I'm still hanging on to summer although not much chance of the that with the day we've had here.  These stamps are from one of the recently released Stampsmith landscape plates.

Saturday, October 02, 2010


If you are looking for Christmas stamps then you will find several at The Stampsmith, whether A4 plates or single ums. "Holly", which I used on this card is a single um. For this card I stamped the image with Crimson Archival ink but she is equally beautiful stamped in sepia, black or even green.

At my Blog, Adorn there are details on how I made this card and also another "Holly" card.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paris Lady Card and A Little Lace

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday. I was in a lacey and bead mood today. So, I made this card using the Stampsmith stamp, Paris Eiffel Dress. I added a little Eiffel tower too. There is plenty of lace. And, lots of beads.

Here are a few close up shots.

And, here you can see all the beads. For a more detail materials list, click over to my blog.

Well, that's it for me today. Don't forget October 1st is the first Stampsmith Challenge!!

Karen McAlpine

Monday, September 27, 2010

Audrey Treasure Box

I had a lot of fun this weekend finishing this altered treasure box, featuring the exquisite, Audrey.  She's my all time favourite image, so I decided to add her to this special little altered project that has now found a new home on my bedroom dresser.  Here's a few more images of my project to share with you.

A close up of Audrey.

A front view to show you the dimension of the paper flower that I made.

An angle view for another perspective.

You can see a list of all the supplies that I used by visiting my blog