Friday, December 30, 2011

She Ponders The Passing Of Time

As 2011 is rapidly drawing to a close, this evening I am sharing my final DT project for 2011 for The Stampsmith.
Beautiful Ophelia (medium size version) is the focal of this card. She is one of The Stampsmith's most recognisable stamps and I don't know of anyone who doesn't like this image. Ophelia is a stamp I reach for time and time again and have to say that so far, I've not come across a stamping surface which is a challenge for it.
Some more information on this card is available at my Blog, Adorn.
I've had another wonderful year as part of The Stampsmith DT where it is privilege to work with stamps that I truly adore and also to be part of such an amazingly talented DT.
With this being my final post for 2011 I would like to wish you all the very best for the coming New Year, may it be kind to you.
Warmest Wishes

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Hi All,
Here is another quick card I made today with some of Estelle's yummy holiday images.  The one I choose was from the Christmas Greetings Art Rubber Stamps really loved all of the holiday images that I have and will continue to work them into projects over the next week or so.  If you want to see the list of products that I used to create this card, please feel free to drop by my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.
Thanks for peeking in!


Dear Santa...

Hello All,
Here is a quick post on a card that I started weeks ago but was only able to sit and finish yesterday.  This is one of my favorite SS images.  I LOVE this Santa image.  He reminds me of spending Christmas's with my Grandmother.  Her decorations were dated but I loved to say they were vintage.  This Santa makes me miss her a bit but in a good way.
I hope everyone is taking a few minutes during this very busy time to reminisce.  This is a happy/sad time for me as it is for many.  I have lovely memories of my nan and this card was done in her memory (minus the silly sentiment I  If you are looking for the products that I made, please drop by my blog for more details, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.
Thanks for peeking in!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wonderful Time of the Year!!!!!

Happy Holidays to you all!
I am doing this quickly when I should be getting ready for Christmas, seeing that it is tomorrow.  I used Holly Christmas Art Rubber Stamp for this card. For more information on what I used to complete this card, drop by my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.  I had so many ideas for holiday cards this season with my SS stamps but I ran out of time. They may be 'post holiday' cards as they are all started.
I wish all of you (that celebrate it) a safe and wonderful holiday season!
~Hugs, Mel~

Christmas Wishes

Wishing You A Merry Christmas. Lynne x
(The stamp used is Little Angel, the large size.)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Country Christmas Card

Hello Smithies!
Just a quick post with one more Christmas card.  I used an image from the Country Landscape full sheet.

Very festive horse!  I would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday!!
Pop over to my blog for more pics.
Karen McAlpine

A Very Stylish Christmas

Here we are, Christmas Eve and I am sharing the first of two posts today.
Isn't this Flapper( from Flapper # 1 ) so stylish.
She was stamped in the usual manner (Archival onto glossy cardstock) but colour then added with watercolour paints.
Stylish details of a fabulous fabric flower, large pearl embellishment and extravagant bow.
Hope you are having a lovely start to Christmas Eve.

Hear The Angels Sing

I can hardly believe it is the Eve of Christmas Eve and I am rapidly running out of time to share Christmas cards with you.
A wee post to share a card made with the ever beautiful two angels from Thank Heaven for Little Girls #2. A card such as this is a quick make as the stamping is minimal. Embellish with ribbon, a beaded dangle and pearl to elevate the card into something more special.
Are you all frantically running around trying to achieve the last of your preparations or is everything in hand, 100% organised?!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Tags That Sparkle!

Happy Holidays! It's crunch time! The December challenge is great fun! Get out your glitter, bling and sparkly stuff! I wanted to get these 2 tags posted before the big day.
This tag was for a friend and co-worker. If you look real close, you can see I added their names to the postcard Anita is holding! The tag was sprayed with Sheer Shimmer Mist, but the camera didn't pick it up.
I made this tag for another friend and co-worker. The name of this stamp is Maude. The background paper has glitter swirls and leaves on it. I used chalks to tint both girls. Both stamps are available at The Stampsmith Shop. Still time to enter. You have until January 8th. Full details over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog.

Happy Holidays Everyone! Get Inky!
Debbie ^..^
Scraps From A Broad

Monday, December 19, 2011

The City Sparkles At Christmas

The Stampsmith Challenge for December is well underway. We are asking for Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine on your artwork.
Once again I am using the Christmas Card Sheet #1 for my second (and third) DT sample. I have to say that if you are looking for stamps that are that little bit different then you cannot go wrong with this set.
I made this card for my sister and BIL. My sister isn't a vintage/nostalgic type so this Eiffel Tower stamp was perfect.For more details on this card you will find them at my Blog,
Using the same stamp I created an outsize tag.
By threading ivory organza through the holes at the top of the tag this can be displayed hanging from a Christmas tree, a mantle or even from a gift bag.
If you are entering artwork please remember to include at least one Stampsmith stamp. All other details are available at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog where you can also view the DT samples and entries to date.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Look Who's Here!

Hey All,
Here is another card that I made in this past month.  One of my husband's co-workers had a baby (Yes, another one) and I made this card up for him.  The image is from Estelle's plate of stamps called, Darling Boys Art Rubber Stamps. To see the products that I used to create this card, jump over to my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.

Thanks for peeking in!
Hi All, Sorry it has been so long since I have posted but saying life has been busy in an understatement! With Christmas quickly approaching I have been trying to get ready for that, prepare for a few craft fairs that I participated in locally, and my most recent undertaking, helping my friend, Kim Blanchette out with the relocation/opening of her paper crafting studio, The Cutting Garden.  I have also, in between this been trying to keep myself healthy and my MS in check, which is no small feat!!! I have been crafting and snapping pictures of my projects with hopes to have some spare time to post these items. This card if for the Stmapsmith Challenge Blog.  The challenge for this month which is Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle!
For details on how I complted this card, please drop by my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.
Thanks for peeking in!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Country Landscape Winter Scene with Glitter

Hello Smithies!
Today I would like to share a glittery winter card with you.  I used one of the images from the Country Landscape Full Sheet.  The Amish scene is stamped with black dye ink on glossy white CS.

I used some pretty decorative papers, a piece of burlap, and lots of glitter glue.  There is more info on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  I wish you a great day filled with lots of crafting!  LOL
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Meet Me For Christmas In Paris

For the month of December, at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog we are asking you to Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine!
I would like to share my first project for the challenge, a card with the Eiffel Tower image from Christmas Card Sheet #1 as the focal.
This card certainly shimmers as I used winter white glitter card then layered the image which is edged with vintage glass glitter. To create more shimmer I stamped the image onto pearlescent cardstock.

We would love to see your Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine artwork. Please remember to include at least one of The Stampsmith stamps on your artwork. It is worthwhile entering as there is a random prize every month.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Season's Greetings!

  Hope everyone is getting done what needs to be done! I am behind this year, but not stressing! (trying very hard not to!) Here is another card for the Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine Challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. This lovely lass with the waves (my mum had waves just like this when she was a young girl!), is from the Flappers #3 sheet at The Stampsmith Store.
  You have until January 8th. Lots of time to jump in! You could win some rubber!

Did You Know?
  Did you know over at The Stampsmith Shop, Estelle has a page on Photostamping Tips? Go have look!

More closeups over at Scraps From A Broad

Get Inky!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine Christmas Wall Art

LinkIt's challenge time again over at The Stampsmith Challenge blog and for my DT sample, I decided to go with a Christmas frame to showcase the Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine theme. Both the photostamps I've used are from the Christmas Cards Sheet 1 stamp plate. The sentiment border is made up of several stamps from the Christmas Greetings Sheet both by The Stampsmith. My frame measures 10" x 17" and the photo openings measure 3.5" x 5.5".

Here's a closeup of the left side panel of Santa with his sack of toys postcard.

I created this decorative piece using patterned paper pieces and used a punch to do the snowflake centrepiece.

Here's a closeup of the right side panel of a sprig of holly postcard.

I hope you decide to play along in the fun with us! I look forward to seeing how your project shimmers, sparkles and shines!

Thanks for stoppin by! :)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine Challenge DT card

Hello Fellow Smithies!
Hope you are having a great day!  I wanted to share my Design Team card for the current Stampsmith Challenge: Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine.    The challenge runs through Jan 9 to give you plenty of time.  We know how busy everyone is right now.  LOL  Me included.....oh boy!!  I have not even started my Gift shopping.  For my card I used the single Christmas image: Grace Christmas.  Grace has been one of my favorites this season.

There is more info on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  See you soon with some more winter cards.
Karen McAlpine

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine. Christmas Is Coming!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! This little angel (well, she's a sweet little girl and I added wings to her!), is from the Isn't She Lovely? sheet at The Stampsmith Online Store. The papers I used are Christmas, just not traditional colours. I used chalks to tint her.

A new challenge is underway over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. You have until January 8th. If you use at least one Stampsmith rubber stamp, you are eligible for the random draw for a sheet of rubber! You can't win if you don't play!

For details and closeups, come for a visit at Scraps From A Broad

Get Inky!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Always Here For You

Here's a little step back in time for you with these two sweet little kids. The photostamp is from the Darling Boys plate and the sentiment, 'I will always be here for you' is from the Say It Like It Is stamp plate and are both by The Stampsmith.

I'm sorry, I know this is a horrible picture of this card being all blurry...but, I had to use my scanner since my camera is dead and I can't for the life of find my charging cable. I'll have to go on an all out hunt for it tomorrow! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CAS Christmas card with Grace

Hi Smithies!
More Christmas inspiration for you today.  I went uber CAS (clean and simple) with this card.  I used the stamp called "Grace Christmas".  This is a really versatile Christmas stamp. This was such  a fun card to make.  So, I just couldn't resist making a couple.  And, keep your eye out for more cards from me using this image.

For more pictures and materials, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  How are your Christmas card making efforts progressing?  I think I am done.  I have finished 66 cards.   I may make more if I realize that I forgotten someone.  But, for now, I am done.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Something just for Me!

Hi All,
I just wanted to post this card that I made this afternoon.  I am home alone, and SHOULD be doing my house work but I sat down to make a card just for me.  I have been so busy lately, craft fair stuff, design team stuff, and other obligations that this afternoon while hubby is out doing errands (that he wanted me to do with him but I declined) I made something just for me.  If you are interested in how I made this card, please feel free to drop by my blog,

Thanks for peeking in!

Whispers of Paris

Today I am sharing my final sample for the latest Ribbon & Lace theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. All details are available at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog along with details of the Blog Hop. Plenty of prizes to be won this month!
As with my previous card, posted last week, I am returning to the Portrait of a Lady plate. This particular plate comprises 6 stunning images of vintage females. More photographs and details for this card are available on my personal Blog, Adorn.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What are Little Girls made of?

Hi There,
Sorry it has been so long, my computer crashed and I haven't been able to upload any pictures.  Here is the second of these cards for my friend's gender reveal party that she is throwing for her daughter.
I used a stamp from the stamp plate from  I thought that it was a perfect match for what she was looking for.
If you are looking for future details on how this card was made, please feel free to drop by my blog for details,
Happy Stamping!

What are Little Boys are Made of?

Hi All,
I have had some computer issues and until this morning, I was unable to access my blog or upload any pictures. I am hoping it is fixed, fingers crossed!
Here is a design team project.  I made this card for a friend who is having a gender reveal party for her daughter this weekend.
I used the Darling Little Boys Art Rubber Stamp plate from StampSmith.  It fit perfectly for her theme.
For future details, please feel free to drop by my blog:
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Juliet in Watercolor

 Hi Smithies!
I have the lovely Juliet in Watercolor for you today.  I colored by placing ink from markers on an acrylic block and then picking up the ink with a wet paint brush.  I love the soft color that results.  I also added some Victorian Velvet Distress ink.

For more pics and info click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Oh, and have a great day.
Karen McAlpine

Friday, November 18, 2011

She's Got The Look

   Isn't she something? This sassy lady is called The Look and she is available at The Stampsmith Store in unmounted rubber or wood mounted. I used rose chalk on her cheeks, and added some red glitter to her lips. There is some black tulle under the sentiment. Love that stuff! The gorgeous black velvet ribbon is from my stash of unknown origin! Silver bling for her necklace. The sentiment is from Michael's $1.50 bin.
   This is another card I made for the Ribbons & Lace Challenge that's still going on over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog, along with the 1st Anniversary Blog Hop! You still have time to join in on both! There is free rubber to be won! You can't win if you don't play!
Did you know... Estelle the proprietor of The Stampsmith Online Store has a section on photostamping tips? What paper should I use? What ink is best? All the info you need to know is right HERE

Get Inky!
Scraps From A Broad

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's a Tea Party

I have a French inspired card to share with you today using the Paris plate from The Stampsmith. In case you don't read French, the sign reads, "French Countryside Chocolates and Teas.'

I made this card for my youngest daughter who loves everything French. This image reminds me of her hosting little tea parties for me. We used to have so many, perhaps some day we'll actually venture over to Paris for some real tea and to do some sightseeing of all the wonderful pictures throughout France that she has in her room. Some day...

Have you checked out the current Blog Hop that we're having over on The Stampsmith Challenge blog in celebration of our one year anniversary of the challenge blog. If you haven't yet, pop on over and leave a comment and then visit each of the Design Team members and leave a comment on each of our blogs for a chance to win some new rubber from The Stampsmith.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

She Was All Lady

As we are fast approaching the half way mark for the November Challenge theme (link on sidebar) of Ribbons and Lace I thought I would share with you another project, this time a card. This stunning lady is from Portrait of a Lady plate. This is a generous size stamp (as are the majority of The Stampsmith stamps) and as I wanted to add lots to this card I choose a larger card base, allowing me plenty of space for the addition of lace, trims and a fabric flower with pearls hanging beneath it.
A stamp I always have to hand is the linked postal cancellations from the Paris plate, here used to create an embellishment with a pearl pin and shabby seam binding tied into a bow.
More details are on my Blog, Adorn.
We would love to see your Ribbon and Lace artwork. As always there is a random Prize Draw so it is worth your while entering this challenge. For the month of November only there is a Blog Hop, again all details are on the challenge blog.
Good Luck.
Lynne x

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Regal Kitty Cards

Hi Smithies!
I have two "just for fun" cards for you today.  I have used the image called Princess.  I made this card for my Mom.  And, then I made a second card because this image is just too fun.  LOL  Here is the image.

The image was stamped on glossy white CS with black dye ink.  This is the one I made for my Mom.

And this is card #2.  I used different paper and ribbon.

Find more info (or just pop by to say "Hi")  on my Blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Remember When...

Oh, dear sweet, Shirley. Doesn't she bring a smile to your face and take you to a happy place? The sentiment, Remember When... comes from the Say It Like It Is stamp plate. The Shirley photostamp and the sentiment are both from The Stampsmith.

Have you had a chance to play along in our current blog hop with the rest of The Stampsmith Design Team in celebration of our one year anniversary of The Stampsmith Challenge blog? So, what are you waiting for? Pop on over and join in on the fun and leave the other DT gals some love. There could be new rubbah in your future! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thoughts of Ribbons & Lace

   Hope everyone is having a creative week! This is another card I made for The Stampsmith Ribbons & Lace Challenge that Lynne is hosting. Hope you join the challenge this month. I'm hooked on these photo stamps, for sure!
   Serena is the name of this beautiful single stamp and is available at The Stampsmith Online Store. She comes in a second pose, so go check her out!
  Are you Blog Hopping? Are you celebrating the 1st Anniversary of The Stampsmith Challenge site? You can win some beautiful awesome rubber! Who doesn't like to win rubber! You can't win if you don't play! This is where it starts. Right HERE!

Get inky!
Debbie  ^..^
Stop by my blog Scraps From A Broad for details.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A Faithful Friend

At The Stampsmith Challenge site the fun is underway. To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the challenge site there is a Blog Hop with prizes to be won. As well as the Blog Hop there is a new challenge theme. I am honoured to be the host, selecting the theme of Ribbons and Lace. Please visit the challenge site for details of entering the challenge and the Blog Hop.
The item I created is an altered notebook with the focal stamp fromIt's A Dog's LifeThis altered notebook has been made with a friend in mind so I selected the stamp Friendship from Say It With Flair to create an embellishment.
More details can be found at my Blog, Adorn. Although I opted for a feminine style this theme works well with a masculine theme.
Please remember that to enter TSC your artwork must include at least one of The Stampsmith stamps.
Good Luck.
Lynne x

TSC 24: Ribbons and Lace/Designer Team Challenge Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
Here is my blog hop entry for our Challenge Blog celebration. The Theme is Ribbons and Lace and when I think of that, I really do think about Marilyn Munroe. She was the best iconic symbol of femininity that I can think of. This stamp is from.....for details on the project, please drop by my blog:

Thanks for peeking in!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

In Sympathy

I have a sympathy card to share with you today. I used the Botanica plate and the 'In Sympathy' sentiment is from the Say it Like it Is stamp plate, these are both by The Stampsmith.

I cropped my flowers, so here's a view of the entire Botanica plate so you can see all the gorgeous flowers in full.
Have you checked out the blog hop anniversary celebration yet over on The Stampsmith Challenge site? Come join us in some fun for a chance to win some new rubbah from The Stampsmith!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)