Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Design Team Member - Karen

Hello Fellow Crafters and Stampsmith stamp lovers,
I am so happy to be joining everyone here on the Stampsmith Blog as a new Design Team Member. So, a big Thank You to Estelle and Kim for inviting to become part of the team. I suppose you would like to know a little bit about me. Well, let's see....I have been crafting since I was four. I still have the bean bag frog that I made in vacation bible school. LOL. As a child I loved decoupage, paper toll, embroidery, and candle making. I began sewing as a pre-teen and teen. I carried on with the sewing and also took up quilting. I still am an avid sewer. I began making cards about ten years ago. I started out making them on the computer and was so pleased to see how happy people were to receive a card made just for them. About 3 years ago I really kicked it up and began making cards "by hand". My dear friend moved out of the state and I used cards as a therapeutic way to cope with missing her. She got a card about every couple of days which helped her through a tough time too. And, it just snowballed from there. Now, it's "any excuse to make a card". I make a lot of charity cards too for our Military and children.

On the personal side, I have been married to my Sweetheart, Don for 25 years. Yes, that's not a typo...25 years. He is very supportive of my creative side as he is himself very creative. He is a fabulous musician and song writer. Let's see what else can I tell you? Oh, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. I am an accounting geek. People find it hard to reconcile the fact that I am an accounting geek and at the same time a creative type. But, it does happen. So, I do my accounting thing part time.I live in Michigan and have for most of my life. Oh, and I love to work in my garden. Okay, enough about me, let's see some cards!
I made this batch of cards for the ladies on the Stampsmith Group RAK (random acts of kindness) List. They are already in the mail for birthdays. I used the Ballerina image and a bunch of different papers. The first card uses lavender cs and purple dp.

The next three cards are made with browns and green.

The dp below is from Stampin' Up:

The background paper on this card is a leopard print shopping bag that I pickup somewhere.

That's about it for me today. I am off to a family Birthday party. I look forward to sharing with you as a new Design Team Member. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

Karen McAlpine

4 comments:

stampdiva said...

One of my favourite stamps. Love your selection of cards. Lynne M

Carol Q said...

lovely choice of stamp. such pretty cards.

Julie Mutch said...

Hi Karen, welcome to the group from the other newbie! :)

I love the ballerina image that you used, she's delightful and your cards are beautiful.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my cards, I'm really looking forward to having fun creating with you all! :)

Julie

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