Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Inspiration

It's quickly approaching my favorite time of the year and with cooler weather on it's way, Lynn has challenged us with an 'Autumn' creation for the current Stampsmith Challenge. I used the sunflower from the Botanica stamp sheet from The Stampsmith as shown below. I stamped the sunflower and coloured it in with my Copics, then I carefully cut out all the petals with a good set of scissors. I call it my scissor-therapy time. Funny how I find it so relaxing to use cut out intricate designs. :)

Botanica Stamp Sheet
You've still got a few days, so come'on and play along with us and join in on the fun! Upload your creation using at least one stamp from The Stampsmith to the The Stampsmith Challenge blog for a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate for The Stampsmith Shop from the lovely, Estelle! I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)
Hi Everyone,

It's been a long time since I have had anything to share on The Stampsmith Blog. It feels so good to be creating again. I just received this both stamps used on this card, and couldn't wait to get the stamps inky. Shirley just brings back memories from when I was a kid, and watching tv with my Grandparents. 

The sentiment can be found on this plate - Say It Like Is Is. You can contact Estelle about the other if you wish, her email is in the sidebar.

I am so excited and happy for Estelle, the owner of The Stampsmith! Her new website is just beautiful, you should really stop by and have a look HERE! Not only are her gorgeous stamps easy to find and view, there are such beautiful cards in the gallery.

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

She's A Star

Audrey always exudes timeless elegance. Using the single unmounted image of Audrey I worked with the classic colour scheme of black and white with a hit of pink. Stamping onto pearlescent paper adds a touch of glamour. Pearls were added to create a necklace and of course jet for an ear-ring!
Two cinema tickets were threaded through a florist's pin.
To make this into a hanging a string of faux pearls was attached with black ribbon.
I would like to share a second project, this time a card.

This time Audrey is stamped directly onto pattern paper. I selected this paper as it has subtle print of cameras. On the hanging I used Style from Say It With Flair plate and again I reached for this plate to select Bring Out The Star In You. Can you see that I used this stamp to also create a pattern around the edge of the card, this is when stamps come into their own, selecting a part of an image to form a pattern. A camera embellishment and polka dot ribbon tie in with the theme.
Once again I dressed Audrey up, this time she has left her pearls at home in favour for gemstones!
Lynne x

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lulu Loves Chocolate...

I have a fun pop art style card to share with you today using the Lulu stamp from The Stampsmith. Lulu is sold as a single stamp, which includes the thought bubbles and is quite large at about 4" x 5.5".

I cut her out and added the sentiment, 'Who needs a man When you can have chocolate' from the Say It Like It Is stamp sheet.

My project is 8" x 8". I made it a bit larger than I normally do, just because the main focal image was quite large and I wanted room to embellish with lots of bling. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with hubby might get offended if I put it up in my house, although I think the sentiment is super funny! :) I do love chocolate, but not sure if I like it more than him. On a funny note, my kids have always told us they like us more than a chocolate donut! That's quite a compliment, eh? lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Celebrating the New Store Site with Halloween Fun

Hi Smithies!!
Well, if you have not heard yet, I will tell you!  Estelle of the Stampsmith has launched the New Stampsmith Store Web site.  To help her celebrate, I am posting this frightfully fun Black Cat Card.  All the stamps are from the Halloween Full sheet.

And here is the fun card I made.

For complete a close up, instructions, and materials list click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  

Congrats, Estelle, on the launch of the super cool new store site!!!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Stampsmith Inspiration

Hi Everyone,
Karen here!  To celebrate the upcoming grand opening of The Stampsmith's new Web site, I am posting some projects to get the creative spirit going!   The first project uses stamps from the Paris Full Sheet.

The second project uses several stamps from the Audrey Hepburn Sheet.

Audrey Again!

And here, I have used stamps from the Those were the Days Full Sheet.

How about a little Christmas fun with Lucy?  The image is from the Lucy Full Sheet.  

And, we can't forget one of my favorite images, Coffee Gal!

That should give you lots of ideas.  As you can see, these images work well for all types of cards...Holidays included.  Hope you have a great day!!

Celebrating Autumn

Here is a project created for The Stampsmith Challenge this week featuring a them of Autumn Delights! We'd love you to join in the fun - drop on by!
Thank you for visiting!
Val :)
Image from the My Honey Sheet

Monday, September 19, 2011

When She Smiles You Feel Loved

This week I have selected a stamp from the Thank Heaven For Little Girls #2. This is a generous sized stamp, as are the majority of The Stampsmith stamps but I wanted to add some stamped elements so I used stamps from Paris and Say It With Flair plates. A couple of detail photographs are on my personal blog, Adorn.
Have a wonderful week.
Lynne x

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Kiss

I made this card for my hubby. We'll be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary soon, and I figured this image would be perfect. The image I used is called "The Kiss' and it's sold as a single by The Stampsmith. The sentiment, I Love You,' is also from The Stampsmith from the 'Say it Like it is' stamp plate.

Here's a closeup of the lovely couple.
Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

She Dreamt With Her Eyes Open

I have so many favourites when it comes to The Stampsmith stamps with Maude always included in my Top 10.

This hanging was created as a DT sample for a recent challenge theme of Faux Technique over at The Stampsmith Challenge site. Each month we have two new themes, the latest theme is Autumn which I have the honour of hosting. If you have not joined in the fun before let me tell you that everyone is welcome.
On the 1st of each month the challenge is open to any stamp company so don't let it be an excuse that you cannot participate because you don't own any of The Stampsmith stamps. For the challenge on the 15th of each month we stipulate that at least one of The Stampsmith stamps must appear on your artwork. For each challenge theme there is a random winner selected to win $10 voucher for The Stampsmith store.
To link up your artwork it must be to the challenge site and not this blog. All details are available at the challenge site. Good Luck! Lynne x

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Design Team Members and Eye Candy

Hi there,

Please help me in welcoming 2 new designers to The Stampsmith!  Debbie Reid and Melanie Bennett will be joining us, you can find links to their blogs in the sidebar. Please leave them some love!

We are also posting  more of the Design Team's GORGEOUS art work. Come back in a couple days, we will have new cards posted again very soon!

Wow, how was that for eye candy? Be sure to stop by soon to see more of the lovely work from the Design Team!

Thank you for stopping by,