Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Stampsmith Celebrates Halloween!

Hi everyone!
Halloween is almost here!  Be sure to link your Stampsmith Halloween creation to The Stampsmith Challenge Blog before tomorrow night for your chance to win a free sheet of Stampsmith stamps!
Image: from Darling Boys Sheet by The Stampsmith
Sentiment: Computer Generated

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Heart the USA

Hi All,
Here is a cute card made for the design team.  Estelle sent me this little kitty for me to do a project up with. I was a bit stumped as I am from Canada and this is a very American stamp with the Uncle Sam hat. This stamp is from the USA Patriotic Art Rubber Stamp Plate.
If you are looking for further details on how this was made, feel free to stop by my blog,

Thanks for peeking in!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Audrey's ready to party

I have an Audrey card to share with you tonight. I stamped off Audrey and cut her out and also cut out the adjacent flower from another area of the same patterned paper, to give the card a bit more dimension. Lots of distress ink and bling and ta-da, Audrey's ready to party!

Have you had a chance to check out the new website for The Stampsmith yet? If you haven't, pop on over for a boo. It's easy to navigate, tips and tricks and there's lots of sample artwork from the rest of the Design Team, too. If you have any questions about the stamp I used, or any other stamps, please feel free to give Estelle a shout, she's always happy to help!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Gorgeous Cleopatra Birthday Card

Hello Smithies!
Today I have fun Birthday card using Cleopatra from the Cleopatra and Friends Shakespeare Heroines Full Sheet.  I stamped on smooth white CS with black dye ink.  I watercolored the image with markers.

For more details, materials, and close up photo click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Have a lovely weekend.
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Her Constant Companion

The beautiful focal image on this card is from the It's A Dog's Life plate. You do not have to be a dog lover to enjoy the beauty of this plate but if you happen to be like me someone who has always loved dogs then you will adore this sheet of images.
One of the stamps from the Wizard of Oz plate was so perfect for this image of the woman with her faithful companion.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hi All,
If there is any dog lovers in your life, then this is a great plate of stamps to use on creations for them.  In this post I used a stamp for the plate called, Puppy Dog Art Rubber Stamps. It is a wonderful plate of stamps of different puppy dogs. I showed my husband this card that I made and stated in a very serious voice that I am NOT an dog lover. It struck me as funny, as he tas laying there reading with my two cats cuddled up with him. For a more detailed description of  this card, please visit my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner.
I hope you all like this card.
Thanks for peeking in!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Music To Her Ears

If you know of anyone who studies music, plays an instrument or purely has a passion for music then this particular stamp from Flappers #3 is such a perfect stamp to create a card.
It is an elegant and what I would class as a mature stamp so I married it up with this dramatic paper from Paris Nights paper pad adding touches of sheet music.
Detail photographs are displayed over at my Blog, Adorn.
A little reminder that we would like to see your Hallowe'en artwork for the latest TSC. Just click the link on the sidebar for The Stampsmith Challenge and you will find all the information you require to enter your art.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Uncle Sam wants you!

Yes, you're reading this card correctly...I'm advertising for the U.S. Army...and yes, I'm a Canadian Navy wife! Kinda funny, eh? Anyway, I had fun gathering stuff for this card to create a DT sample for The Stampsmith. This Uncle Sam photostamp is part of the U.S.A. Patriotic stamp sheet. Definitely some fun stamps! :)

Here's the full sheet of stamps for you to see.

I borrowed the fun sprockets Nesties diecuts from my friend, Janice. Thanks, Janice! The (relish) camouflage background, soldier silhouette, U.S. Army medallion and star clip art are all free digi images that I printed off.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Winner of the Stampsmith Contest!

Wow, I didn't realize that I would mess everyone up so bad with this. My apologies. SO, I took into account comments left on the Designer's Blogs, emails to me, and comments left on this blog, and drew a winner out of all of them!

The winner is.........Laurie Quick!

Laurie, if you could please email me with your choice of 1 Stampsmith plate, and 1 Stampsmith single UM, and your address, I will forward the information on to Estelle, so she can get your prize out to you.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to play in the contest. We will do something fun again in a while!

Have a great evening,
Kim :)

Celebration at The Stampsmith!

Hello to everyone,

Thank you so much for stopping by. We are having a bit of a contest here at The Stampsmith Designers Blog in celebration of the new Stampsmith website!

How to play:
To join in on the fun, check out each designer's piece of art, and then go to The Stampsmith website, and find the stamp(s) used.  Come back and leave a comment on each individual piece that includes the name of the stamp(s) used. If you can't find the name of an individual stamp, just give us the name of the sheet it is on.

How to win:
You must leave a correct guesses on each individual post to be entered into the draw for 1 full sheet of rubber and 1 single UM. Wow, that is an awesome prize Estelle, the owner of The Stampsmith, is generously offering!

And a bonus:
Also in celebration of the new website, Estelle is offering 10% off all purchases at her new store, from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. To get 10% off, simply put TENOFF at the checkout in the discount box. Also new to The Stampsmith, Estelle now takes PayPal!! Woohoo....have fun shopping everyone!

I also wanted to thank all the awesome designers for making such beautiful projects with Estelle's gorgeous stamps!! You girls are the best!

Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention, the winner will be announced on Sunday morning!

Good luck everyone,

Saturday, October 08, 2011

New launch and a contest...

Hi Everyone,

We're celebrating the launch of the new website for The Stampsmith. So, it's contest time! Guess what stamp/stamp sheet I've used on my card in this post, leave a comment and play along for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on Oct. 9th.

To celebrate the grand opening, Estelle, the owner of The Stampsmith, has kindly offered to give everyone a 10% discount starting Saturday morning (Oct. 8th) and ending Sunday evening Oct. 9th). The discount code is TENOFF, so just put that in at checkout. Happy shopping!

Hope you decide to play along in the fun!


Celebrating The Stampsmith Grand Opening

Hi everyone....
Here is my little creation in celebration of the Grand Opening of the new Stampsmith on-line store and the weekend sale!  Visit the new Stampsmith store to find the name of the stamp I have used in my creation.  Leave a comment on this post naming the stamp for your chance to win!  The winner will be announced Sunday, October 9th!
Good luck!!

The Scholar - Stampsmith Celebration

The Stampsmith competition is underway and it would be wonderful to have as many of you as possible participate in the fun to help Estelle celebrate the launch of the new The Stampsmith on-line store.
Normally I would list the stamps I used in my artwork but no, there will be no clues and no help from me! All I will reveal is that I used three different stamps on my card. More details of this card are on my Blog, Adorn.
A little reminder that from Saturday 8th October until Sunday evening Estelle is offering a 10% discount. All you need do is use the discount code TENOFF at checkout.
Have fun and Good Luck!

Stampsmith Celebration With a Sale and Prizes

Hi Smithies!
For the New Store Launch Celebration Sale and Contest, I have made a 10" square piece of wall art.  I used two different stamps in my project.    The base of the project is an artist's canvas that I painted with acrylic paints.    The center piece was stamped and glued to the canvas.  

For  more detailed instructions, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Good Luck with the contest!!
Karen McAlpine

Celebration Contest

Hi there,

I have used 1 Stampsmith stamp on my card, can you find it and name it? Go to The Stampsmith website to find the stamp, and come back here and leave a comment guessing which stamp it is.

Good luck everyone,

A Day At My Favorite Place! Celebration Contest

Hello everyone,
This is my first official blog post for the Stampsmith Design team! I am terribly nervous about it and excited at the same time.  This post is in conjunction with the celebration over Estelle's new site.  It is wonderful and you should all take the time to drop over and check it out!
As part of her celebration, Estelle is offering a 10% discount on an order beginning Saturday October 8, 2011 and ending Sunday October 9, 2011.  The discount code is TENOFF and you add that during check out.
I really enjoy the beach and it made me a little sad to create with this as it has turned terribly cold here in Nova Scotia and I think that my beach days for the year are done.
Thanks for peeking in!

Friday, October 07, 2011

All Dolled Up - Stampsmith Celebration

All dolled up for the newly designed Stampsmith Store!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! It's turkey time! We're having ours with family on Sunday, so I'll have Monday to sleep and maybe get a little inky!

Very exciting news about the redesign of Estelle's online store, The Stampsmith. Awesome site, very user friendly! To celebrate, Estelle is offering a 10% discount starting Saturday morning, October 8th and ending Sunday evening, October 9th. The discount code is TENOFF, when you're ready to checkout. I've used one Stampsmith stamp in my card. Can you find the stamp I used in the storeLeave a comment on this post naming the stamp or sheet name for your chance to win 1 full sheet of stamps and 1 single stamp! Who doesn't like rubber? The winner will be announced Sunday, October 9th. You can't win if you don't play!

Hi All,
Happy World Card Making Day everyone!!
(It should be noted that this was created last Saturday)

Today brings a new Stampsmith Challenge theme of Halloween! Starting today (October 1, 2011), you will now have an entire month to join The Stampsmith Challenge by creating a project featuring at least one Stampsmith stamp! One random winner will select their favorite full sheet of Stampsmith rubber valued at $21 at the end of every month!

Congratulations to Estelle on her new Stampsmith On-Line Store - there's so much new to see - an interactive catalog with online ordering, tips and tricks, a beautiful gallery and much more!!

Again, I would like to say how honored I am to be given this opportunity to be part of this talented team.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful creative week!
Thanks for peeking in!


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Dog Named Boo

Happy Halloween....WOOF!
   I'm in the Halloween spirit! How about you? This little guy is already for his treats, and I'm sure he can do a lot of tricks!
   This pup and the word, "WOOF!" is from the Puppies sheet at the newly designed, user friendly, Stampsmith Store. They also carry a Halloween sheet of images and words, but you can turn any stamp into anything you want or need!
  Don't forget to visit the Stampsmith Challenge where the October challenge is Halloween. To be eligible for the prize at the end of October, you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp. So get crackin'! You can't win if you don't play!


Timeless Elegance

This stunning image is from Flappers #1. She exudes timeless elegance.
I painted the image with watercolours so that her dress and flowers would co-ordinate with the colours of the hanging.
To add vintage charm I used vintage lace and a vintage button was stitched to the large fabric bloom. For sparkle a faux diamante buckle was threaded through some picot edged ribbon.
A gentle reminder that the Hallowe'en challenge is underway over at TSC Blog ( link on the sidebar). The DT always enjoy viewing the artwork that is entered so why not show us your interpretation of Hallowe'en. All rules are on the challenge blog but I will add this note, you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp in your artwork. It is worthwhile entering as there is a random prize draw which is excellent.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Puppy taking time to smell the flowers

I have an adorable little puppy to share with you today from the Puppies stamp sheet from The Stampsmith. I can see giving this card with the inside saying, "How can you be mad at this cute face?" lol :) Or, you could use the saying, "Take time to smell the flowers" or simply "Thinking of You." The possibilities are endless or based on your interpretation. That's what I love about seeing everyone's artwork. There are so many takes on one image, from whimsical to elegant depending on your embellishments and choice of colours.

Here's a close up of the puppy. How cute is he, taking time to smell the flowers? :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Halloween Dress-Up Fun

OK, I have a funny take on my Halloween card for our latest challenge over on The Stampsmith Challenge. I'm not big into making scary Halloween cards, but you can always use other stamps for the theme and turn them in a Halloween card, by pretending they're in costume and by adding a funny saying.

In my card, I chose to work with a photstamp of Marilyn, dressed up as a 'Naughty Baker'. Isn't this fun? :) Now, why don't you come and play along with us? Show us your creations, using at least one image from The Stampsmith and upload it to the challenge linky.

*Just an update, we've made a change to The Stampsmith Challenge and it'll be now be only a monthly challenge announced on the first of each month. This way it gives you the entire month to create something and get a pic of it to us. It needs to include at least one stamp from The Stampsmith. There will be one lucky winner drawn at the end of every month for a full sheet of Stampsmith rubber - a $21 value!

If you don't have any Stampsmith stamps of your own, but would like to play along, you can always contact Estelle to order a single or two. Single stamps are only $6 and Estelle has exceptionally fast service and very reasonable shipping rates. That way, you can play along for a chance to win more!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Halloween Challenge Scariness

Hi Smithies!
Happy World Card Making Day!  It is also the first day of the new STAMPSMITH CHALLENGE.  The theme is HALLOWEEN.  Click over to the Stampsmith Challenge site and link up your Halloween projects.  You have all month to get your project ready.   Here are my Design Team projects using the scary guy from the Halloween Set.

For complete instructions, head over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  I have lots of World Card Making Day projects posted.  Hope you have a super weekend!
Karen McAlpine

Halloween Bling! TSC23

Happy Halloween Dahling!
Hey! Look at me! Very excited to be a part of a fabulous DT for an awesome rubber stamp company, The Stampsmith! Thank you Kim for the invite, and to Estelle a wonderful creative lady!

Karen has asked us to get into the Halloween spirit, so The Stampsmith Challenge for the month of October is "Halloween". To be eligible for a gift card to The Stampsmith Store, art projects must have a least one Stampsmith stamp. Bling is available at the newly designed Stampsmith Store for only $6.00!

What a temptress she is! Vampire, perhaps? Or witch?

The Stampsmith Store does have an awesome  Halloween rubber stamp sheet.  You should check it out. Thanks for stopping by and get started on that Halloween project and join in! You can't win if you don't play! Challenges are the 1st of every month. Get inky!


Her Menacing Way (TSC#23)

There is a new challenge theme over at TSC with our lovely host Karen selecting Hallowe'en as the theme. Hallowe'en is slightly outwith my comfort zone but that is the fun with challenges. For my DT sample I used the witch from the Wizard of Oz plate.
She was stamped with Archival Coffee, Sepia and a touch of plate to add depth to her cloak. More details available on my Blog, Adorn.
We would love to see your interpretation of Hallowe'en. All details for participating are on the challenge site (see sidebar for link). There are a couple of changes to the rules:-
. you now have the entire month to join The Stampsmith Challenge with a new challenge theme being set on the 1st of each month.
. your artwork must feature at least one Stampsmith stamp.
So whether you like the dark side of Hallowe'en or Too Cute to Spook we want to see your Spooktacular artwork.
Happy Hallowe'en!
Lynne x