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! :)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Ribbons and Lace Challenge

It's time for a little voyage to Paris...well, in my dreams anyway! lol :) I created this card for the current challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge. This month, the theme is "Ribbons and Lace" and we're celebrating The Stampsmith Challenge's one year anniversary with a fun blog hop. For my project, I used the Eiffel Detail stamp, along with the postmark, map and Bon Voyage sentiment stamps from the Paris sheet, all by The Stampsmith.

This is my full, framed project. My youngest daughter is absolutely crazy over anything and everything to do with Paris, especially the Eiffel Tower, so this project is for her.
Here's a close up of the ribbon and lace in keeping with the theme.
Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Hello Kitty! Ribbons & Lace November Challenge

    Love cats! When I saw this stamp, I had to have it! This is my card for the Ribbons & Lace November Challenge that Lynne is hosting. The image was stamped on Copic paper and stamped with Ancient Page Coal Black ink. I then cut her out and inked edges with a little Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

  I love using chalks on these photo stamps. For her face and arms I used light brown and then some light peach. Added a smidgen of pink on her cheeks, blue on her dress and some light brown in her hair. 

  This beautiful rubber stamp is part of a set of 9 stamps called "Isn't' She Lovely?". Have a look at the other stamps in this set at The Stampsmith Online Store.

   Don't forget to go over to The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. Not only is there a brand new challenge, there's a 1st year Anniversary Blog Hop in progress! There's rubber to be won! So go check out all the details.

Get inky!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Ribbon and Lace November Challenge Christmas Card

Hi Smithies!!
I wanted to share my Ribbons and Lace November Challenge and Blog Hop project with you today.  By the way, the Blog Hop is currently going on and you will have an opportunity to leave comments and link up your own project until the end of the month.  The Hop starts at the Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  There are prizes too.   For my Design team project, I used the image Christmas Angels.

What charmingly sweet image.  Here is my Christmas Angels Card.    The image is stamped on Glossy White CS with black dye ink.

For more pictures and instructions, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a super day!
Karen McAlpine