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.