Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Loving Couple with The Stampsmith

Hi Smithies,
I have a card today the uses one of the images from "Shall We Dance" full sheet.  I stamped on glossy white CS with black dye ink.

The hearts are made by stamping on of the images from the "Love Notes" Full sheet.  I stamped with Vintage  Sepia and cut out.  More info on my blog too.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kitty Was Known To Say "It's A Dog's Life"

This week I have two cards I'd like to share with you.
The first card has The Kitty, a single unmounted stamp, as the focal of the card.A vintage theme and colours run through both the cards.
I also used words from the Say It With Flair plate, an indispensable plate as there are just so many words and sentiments to select. I stamped Friendship to form a hanging tag.
The second card has a stamp from the A4 plate It's A Dog's Life. This is a gorgeous plate of stamps not only with Flappers and their dogs but also the most adorable stamp of a puppy with kittens.
Detail photographs are available on my Blog, Adorn.
Lynne x

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mini 'Friends' Album

I got together with my local crafty friends this weekend and we each made one of these mini albums. I decided to make mine into a 'Friends' album and for the tags to hold pictures of the friends who are dear to me. The pages are 6" x 6." I used patterned paper sandwiched over box board. The pages were bound with ribbon after punching the holes using a Cinch machine.

For the 'Friends' image on the front page, I used a photostamp by The Stampsmith, called Banjo Singers. It can be purchased as a single. Don't they look like they're having fun?

This shows you all the pages of the album; back and front page on the top row, 2nd and 3rd pages on the next row, 4th and 5th pages on the following row and 6th and 7th pages on the last row.
Here's a close up of the 2nd page, I'll be adding add a photo to the frame below and some journalling around the frame.

Here's the 3rd page with space for another photo.

Here's the 4th page with space for another photo.

Here's the 5th page. The pocket holds a tag for another photo and lots of room to journal in the background.

Here's the 6th page. Again, the pocket holds a tag for another photo and lots of room to journal in the background.

Here's the 6th page. Again, the pocket holds a tag for another photo and more room to journal in the background.

This is the back page of the album.

I hope you've enjoyed my album, I know I had a blast making it with my friends and I look forward to filling it with stories and photos.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Lovely Ophelia

I'd like to share the lovely Ophelia, with you today. She can be purchased as a single in both a tiny and large size from The Stampsmith. I used the tiny size in my project today. She also comes in an in-between size as part of the Shakespeare Heroines - Ophelia and Friends plate. I've given the dimensions below of the three different sizes:
1.25" wide x 1.75" high

2.25" wide x 3.5" high

3.75" wide x 4/5" high

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lovely Lady in Blues

Hi Smithies!
I have another of the Lovely Ladies from the Flappers #3 sheet for you today.  I thought this image seemed like a high school graduation photo.  So, I used some papers that  have a school feel: the blue graph paper.  The image is stamped with black dye ink on glossy white CS.

There is more info and photos on my blog Dreaming and Creating.  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend...with lots of stamping time.
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Delicate Nature of Being a Woman

Ophelia, instantly recognisable as one of The Stampsmith stamps and a favourite amongst many stampers. A classic stamp that is so versatile.
For this week's DT artwork I have once again used Stampbord as my base. So often with photo real stamps we always turn to glossy cardstock to stamp onto but with projects such as this I want to show that it is always worthwhile experimenting and having some fun stamping onto different surfaces.
I used a 1" square piece of Stampbord to create a Stampbord and lace brooch. If you own the smallest sized Ophelia available then of course more of the image will fit onto the Stampbord square.
Some more details are on my Blog, Adorn.
Lynne x

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

By the Sea Shore: Memories

Hi Smithies,
Today, I have a Lovely Bathing Beauty for you.  This is one of the lovely ladies from the Flappers #3 full sheet.  I wanted to create a card that looked more like a scrapbook page.  My idea was a memory of a pleasant day at the beach.   I used CS  in soft blues and browns.

I have more info and a few more photos (a close up and a peek at the inside) on my blog here.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

He Wished To Be Admired And Loved

For my post last week "Amidst The Flowers of Summer" I used an old favourite, Serena to create a hanging from Stampbord and lace. This week I decided to work with a stamp that until now I haven't used on a DT piece of art to create another hanging. The couple stamp is from Isn't She Lovely plate. My favourite choice for ink is Sepia but to enhance the look of the rosy glow of love I gently sponged Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet onto the glossy card after stamping the couple.
Selecting the word L'amour from the Paris plate I stamped this all over the base. Although the word isn't legible it does create a lovely pattern on the base, pattern paper could easily be substituted.
Little hangings such as this always make a lovely alternative to a greetings card.
Lynne x

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Amidst The Flower of Summer

Serena is such a favourite image and an image that most people associate with The Stampsmith, alongside Ophelia. I've used this stamp many times and I never get bored using it. This week, when planning my DT work I was looking for a surface other than glossy cardstock to stamp onto. Amongst my supplies I unearthed some Stampbord.
The image is clearly defined, even her wisps of hair and the smallest of flowers. A Stampbord scratch tool was also used and details are on the post at my Blog Adorn. Wanting to soften the appearance of the sharp edges of the Stampbord I added lace and a hanging was created with copper wire.
The next time you use your stamps from The Stampsmith, why not reach for an alternative surface to glossy cardstock, some interesting results may be achieved.
Lynne x