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


Sunday, September 26, 2010

From The Archives

I hope everyone is having a very relaxing weekend!  While updating my blog today, I spent some time yesterday looking back through my archives.  It's fun to see how paper crafting supplies and styles have changed over time!  I pulled a few of my favorite Stampsmith cards together into this little slideshow....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Audrey with Tulle Flower

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are having a great weekend. I have an Audrey Hepburn card for you today. I have added a handmade embellishment to the card. It is a flower made from tulle. I have all the step by step instructions over on my blog. And, if you stop over there today and tomorrow (Sept 25 & 26), you can enter it to win one of four $10 gift certificates to The Stampsmith Store. So, here is my Audrey card.

Audrey is stamped on glossy white cs with black die ink. The image is layered with dp. The sentiment is stamped on green vellum with Stazon. I added a wide ribbon and the tulle flower. Well, I guess this is rather a short post. Don't forget to pop over to my blog and enter to win and learn how to make the embelly. Have a great day.

Karen McAlpine

Monday, September 20, 2010

Paris Romance

Love is in the air...allow me to take you away on a little Paris Romance.

You can check out my blog for all supplies used.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hi from Julie

Thanks so much for the introduction, Kim. I'm was so excited to be asked to part of such a great Design Team and really look forward to creating and sharing with you all.  The card that I've created above uses a photostamp from the Cats plate.

Here's a little bit about myself. I'm a 36 year old, married, Mom of 2 beautiful little girls. I've been stamping since 2004 and I love it! I enjoy cardmaking and I'll alter pretty much anything that doesn't move! I have a love for rubber stamps and pretty's definitely an addiction...but, a good one, though!

Here's a tri-shutter card for you, as well, of the lovely, Audrey. You can check out my blog, as well, to see all the supplies that I used for both cards. :)

Here's a close up of Audrey.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back soon to share another creation with you all.


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

Friday, September 17, 2010

We are excited to introduce 2 new Design Team members!

Hi everyone,

Estelle and I are happy to announce that we have 2 new Design Team members!  Please help us in welcoming Karen McAlpine and Julie Mutch! If you click on their names, you will be taken to their blogs.

We are also happy that Lynne Moncrieff, Carol Quance, and Karen Fisher will be staying on with us for another 6 months!

Please check back, as the new DT members will be posting a couple of their pieces and an introduction.

Have a wonderful evening,



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Butterfly Kiss

I make a return visit to Butterfly Kiss, a stamp I used at the beginning of my term as a DT member for The Stampsmith. Butterfly Kiss comes in various sizes, this is the large size and it is that, a very generous size stamp. It is a lovely image to use shimmer paints, painting her wings and the flowers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bring out the star in you!

Here's a lovely picture of Marilyn for you.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

She's A Little Angel

Like the majority of stampers I make Christmas cards. Looking to make some vintage inspired cards I turned to The Stampsmith who sell quite a few Christmas stamps. For this card I used Little Angel, this is the large version. I only tinted her dress and the bow in her hair and for her wings I used Sakura Stardust pen and edged the image with DekoIce Crystal, both of which creates subtle sparkle. Although I used her for a Christmas card, this Angel could be used at any time of the year.