Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012


Seasons Wishes from Lynne
Peace is from The Stampsmith's Christmas Greetings plate. 

Marilyn Monroe Christmas Swap Card

Hi Smithies!
I am down to the last two Christmas cards for the year.  I will share the other one tomorrow.  This is the card I made for The Stampsmith Design Team Christmas Card swap.  I used one of the images from the Marilyn Monroe full sheet.   I also made this card in reds here.

See my full post on Dreaming and Creating.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!!

Karen McAlpine

Friday, December 21, 2012

Vintage Stampsmith Ornaments

  The big day is almost here! For the current challenge, I decided to try tree ornaments! Loved how these turned out! These were given as gifts, so after Christmas I am going to make more for myslelf and gifts for next year.
  For more photos of them individually and the backs, and details, come for a visit over at Scraps From a Broad. Still time to join in the Handmade Holidays Challenge!
  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Coffee Gal Christmas Cheer

Hi Smithies,
Have a cup of cheer with Coffee Gal!  This is one of my favorite stamps and  I used her to make this fun Holiday card.

Doesn't this just warm your heart?  Hope it brings you a bit of cheer.
See the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Joyeux Noel

Hello Everyone
Recently I shared glass ornaments where I used the word joy from the Christmas Greetings Plate. Well, as there is such an abundance of words and sentiments I continued to make more glass ornaments to send as Christmas gifts to friends. This time I used the sentiment Joyeux Noel
The December challenge, A Handmade Holiday is now well underway so we would love to see your art entered at the challenge site (see link on sidebar).  There is a prize of $21 to spend at The Stampsmith on-line store so well worth entering.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hi Smithies!
Hope everyone is getting their Christmas cards done.  I have a great card today that goes together quickly and would be perfect for making in multiples.  I have used the stamped called "Banjo Singers" from The Stampsmith.   I paired this great photo stamp with a pretty DP and it went together in a snap.

For more info, photos, and to say Hi, pop over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Enjoy making your holiday cards!
Karen McAlpine

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Holiday Framed Picture

Hi Smithies!
The December Challenge is up and running.  The theme this month is --Handmade Holiday.  I decided to make a piece of home decor for my DT project.   I used one of the stamps from the Thank Heaven For Little Girls #1 full sheet.

Size: 8 x 10 inches

Check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Handful Of Joy

Hello Everyone
For the December challenge, A Handmade Holiday my DT samples are some Christmas glass ornaments.  I have been making a variety of glass ornaments this year and found the Christmas Greetings stamp plate to be  a useful source for words/sentiments.
You have until the end of this month to share your Handmade Holiday art with us.  Details can be found at TSC (see sidebar).
Between now and the 25th of December I hope to share with you, some more of the glass ornaments I have been making for friends using more words from the Christmas Greetings stamp plate.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Santa, I Can Explain Sassy Holiday Card

Hi Smithies,
Oh dear, looks like Marilyn has some explaining to do!  Check out my sassy Holiday card made with the Marilyn Monroe full sheet.

Now, isn't she sassy!??  This makes a super cute card and I will send it  to a dear friend.
The image is stamped on glossy white CS with black dye ink.  Check out my full post on Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, November 30, 2012

White On White Tag

  Last day to play in the November challenge, Monochromatic White over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog! This is a tag I made for Julie, my fellow Stampsmith Design Team crafter. We had a Holiday Swap. I like making tags for Christmas, as they can be used as ornaments too.
  This lovely stamp is called Holly Christmas and is available at The Stampsmith Shop for only $6.00!
Have a wonderful weekend, and hope you are getting your crafty gifts, cards done!
  To see what's on the back of the tag, pop over to Scraps From A Broad

Winter Wishes,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Time For Giving

As I am in the middle of Christmas preparations including gift making I have also found myself finding ways of presenting those gifts.
Using the Christmas Greetings stamp plate I selected a sentiment to stamp directly onto this calico bag.

The bag was then dressed up with lace, pearl beads and a shabby bow.
What is tucked inside? I will share with you in another post the handmade gift that is inside which is now on its way to an art friend.
You do still have time to enter the November Challenge, White on White.  We welcome all manner of art but please include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry. All rules and prize details available at TSC, see sidebar for link.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

White Winter Wishes

  Squeezing this post in before The Stampsmith Monochromatic White Challenge is over. There is still time!
  One of my favourite stamps from the Thank Heaven For Little Girls #1 stamp sheet. Loved making this with all the embossing and die cuts. Couldn't leave it just white. Had to add a touch of vintage!
  Hope you will join us over at The Stampsmith Challenge! You could win some rubber! More photos on my blog, Scraps From A Broad.
  Have a great week!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Glamorous Christmas Card with "Bling"

Hi Smithies,
Think you need traditional Christmas stamps to make a nice Christmas card??!!  Well, think again.  The Stampsmith's photo stamps are great for Christmas cards.  The photo images give such a warm old timey feel to Christmas cards.  I went a bit glam with my Christmas card and used the single stamp "Bling".  Not a Christmas stamp in sight.  LOL

The sentiment and trees are stickers that I had in my stash.  I will be showing you  Christmas ideas using your Stampsmith Stamps over the next few weeks.  Pop by and say hi ---on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, November 23, 2012

Teal Christmas Wishes

I'm sharing a Christmas card with you today using the beautiful Holly Christmas photostamp by The Stampsmith.  I opted to use teal, a non-traditional Christmas colour, even using it on my poinsettias, just for fun.

I sponged on black soot distress ink to highlight the embossed pieces.  I think it adds elegance to the project and I finished off the poinsettias with a little pearl embellie for the flower centers.
Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

White Christmas

Hello Everyone
My DT sample for the November challenge is this hanging gift pouch.
I used the Christmas Greetings Stamp Plate which is packed full of words and sentiments.  I will be sharing a few projects using this stamp plate between now and the 25th of December.
The November challenge White on White is well underway but if you would like to come along and join us you still have plenty of time. As always, click on the sidebar to take you to TSC Blog to read how to enter your artwork and the prize available.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hark the Sweetest Angels Sing

HI Smithies,
I have a sweet Christmas card to share today.  The card is made with a stamp from the Thank Heaven for Little Girls full sheet.  This image is just super nice for Vintage Christmas Cards.  Check out my card.

I stamped the photo stamp with black dye ink on glossy white CS.  Doesn't this make a great Christmas card?!   I just love this and will be using it for several more Christmas cards that I will send out.   For more info, click over to my Blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Butterflies and The Kiss

For my card, I used a stunningly romantic stamp by The Stampsmith.  This photostamp is sold as a single and is called The Kiss.   I love using this stamp for special cards, this moment between the couple gives you a glimpse of their special day that I think so many can relate to.

For more details, feel free to check out my blog.

Thanks for stopppin' by! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

White on white...and a bit of vintage!

Good morning! This is my white on white card. This was hard for me as I don't usually do a white card or even a white card base, but once I got my embossing folders out and Distress Ink Vintage Photo, I really started loving it!

This sweet image is from the Thank Heaven for Little Girls #1:

Hope to see your white on white creation on The Stampsmith Challenge Blog! There is rubber to be won! You must use at least one Stampsmith stamp to be eligible.

Get Inky!

More photos of my card here: Scraps From A Broad

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful For You

Hi Smithies,
I thought I would share the Thanksgiving card I made for my husband.  I used the sweet Bride/Groom image  from the full sheet "Thank Heaven For Little Girls #1".  The image is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento dye ink on Glossy white CS.

For more photos and details, head on over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great weekend with lots of time to get out those Stampsmith stamps and stamp away.  Don't forget to make a White on White card for the Stampsmith's current Challenge!!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Her Gentle Beauty

For my DT sample this week I would like to share the second card that I was thrilled to see in the pages of Stampington & co's Take Ten which has Serena #2 as the focal.
Our November challenge is underway with the theme of White on White. Full details available at TSC Blog (link on sidebar). We hope you will join in with the fun.

Monday, November 05, 2012

White Challenge Project

Good evening crafters, I just wanted to post a challenge project for The Stampsmith Challenge blog. This months challenge is White on White. My mojo has been none existent these last few weeks so I am forcing myself to come up with a little tag for this months project.

Here is a peek at what I created:

     I used my Butterfly Kiss Large Art Rubber Stamp for the image. I stamped it with Black Versa Fine ink on Simply Smooth Bazzil card stock. For more details on my project, drop over to my Blog http://melscraftyspace.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/white-on-white-stampsmith-challenge/

Thanks for peeking in!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

White on White Christmas Dreams

Hi Smithies,
The November Challenge is up and running.  This month, we are challenging you to make a project that is White on White with at least one Stampsmith stamp.  For my Design Team card, I used the Christmas Angels stamp...which is totally adorable!    I, of course, used all white papers, cardstock, and ribbon.  Here are my sweet little angels.

For more info and pics, check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating here.  Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Monochromatic Whites Challenge

It's challenge time again over at The Stampsmith Challenge and this time around we're challenging you to create something with 'Monochromatic Whites' in mind.  For my card, I used this sweet little girl from the Thank Heaven for Little Girls #1 stamp sheet by The Stampsmith.

For the background, I brewed a pot of tea and used it to dye a coffee filter.  After I soaked it, I crumpled it up as best I could to give it an aged look and then used my heat tool to dry it out.  I then paired it with some pretty lace, a doily and a Prima flower to finish it off.

I hope you decide to play along in the fun for a chance to win a free stamp sheet from The Stampsmith!  I look forward to seeing all your creations!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Masquerade

I used the gorgeous masquerade stamp from the Halloween stamp set from The Stampsmith.

The beautiful flowers around the image are flowers from a wedding that I attended this past summer that I dried.  They used them in the bride's bouquet, but these were ones that the little flower girl threw to the ground as she walked up the aisle.  I thought they were absolutely stunning so I pocketed a few!  lol  :)

I used some scraps for the woven background to create the basket weave pattern.  Not traditional Halloween colours, but hey, who says I have to be traditional?

Just a note that there's still a couple of days left to enter the 'With Gratitude' card challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge.  You have a chance at winning an entire sheet of stamps from The Stampsmith just for entering!   I hope you decide to play along in the fun! 

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sepia Dreams Part I

Hello Everyone
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
For my DT sample I would like to share one of the cards that was featured as a Spotlights in the Autumn issue of Take Ten.
The card I am sharing today has Serena #1 as the focal, a stamp I never tire of using.
I was aiming for a dreamy appearance on this card.
We are down to the final days for the October Stampsmith Challenge, the theme being With Gratitude so if you wish to enter then please do not delay in doing so. All details can be found at TSC Blog (see sidebar).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jack-O-Lantern Spooky Halloween Card

Hi Smithies,
Today, I have a spooky card made with the Halloween Full Sheet---the spooky Jack-o-lanterns.  I stamped on velum with Stazon ink.  The velum was attached with brads.  The card is long and narrow.

For more pics and info check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Quilt Show Sign

Hi Smithies,
The Fall air is crisp and clean here in Michigan.  The Fall nip in the air has inspired me to create a Fall themed card.  My project is made with Country Landscapes Full sheet.  The images of this set got me thinking about a Fall quilt show in the country.

Check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating for more info.  Hope you are having a great day.
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Moon Dancers

It's almost that time spooky time of year again and that being said I have another Halloween card to share with you.   I used these fun little moon dancers from the Halloween plate by The Stampsmith.  

I'm almost done another Halloween card, using another fun image from the same stamp set.   I'll post it soon, so stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin by! :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Author of Her Life

Hello Everyone
Today I would like to share a DT sample where I made use of a beautiful stamp from the Belinda and Friends plate.
I stamped the image directly onto some script paper which gives a slightly more muted appearance to the image compared to if it were stamped onto glossy cardstock.

An old book cover was used as the base of this hanging layering up vintage book text, dyed lace and trims and anything else that was to hand.
We are now past the half-way mark for the October Stampsmith Challenge With Gratitude. We welcome your entries to this challenge whether you make a card, tag or altered art, anything goes but please remember to include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry.

Lovely Rita!

  Good morning! Friday is finally here! I love the old movies and the glamourous movie stars of days gone by!
  I made this for a card swap for the Stampsmith Yahoo Group. Rita is now living with Margaret in Kingston Ontario.
  Hope you can get your Stampsmith stamps out and join us for the October challenge, "With Gratitude". You could win some fabulous stamps!
  Have a creative weekend!

Scraps From A Broad

Monday, October 08, 2012

Halloween Kitty

I have a bit of Halloween fun to share with you tonight.  I used the kitty perched on a tree branch from the Halloween plate by The Stampsmith.   I'll have a few more Halloween cards to share with you throughout the month, so stay tuned.   :)

Here's a close up of the spooky kitty image and my spider web made out of hemp twine that I pulled all part to make it look fibrous.  

I also made the spider using my Martha Stewart Double Loops punch.   I punched it out once to make the body and four legs, then, I punched it out two more times and cut off a leg from each side and glued them to the back to create my little spider.   Some tiny green gems for eyes and he was complete.  You can check out my blog for the more info.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, October 07, 2012

She Holds A Secret

Our latest challenge at TSC is With Gratitude. For my DT sample I created a wall hanging using stamps from:-
Won't You Be My Honey
She is holding a secret, if you want to know what it is then you are welcome to visit my Blog, Adorn. 
We hope you will join us this month at TSC. At the end of the month there is a random winner selected who wins $21 to spend on stamps of their choice at The Stampsmith store.

With Gratitude Challenge Lovely Flapper

Hi Smithies,
The October Stampsmith -With Gratitude - Challenge is up and running.  For my Design Team project, I used a stamp from the Flappers #3 full sheet.

Let's see what you can come up!  One random winner will receive a $21 gift Certificate to The Stampsmith store.  Click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating, to say hi and see the inside of the card.  Hope you are having a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, October 05, 2012

TSC35: With Gratitude

Our theme for this month over at The Stampsmith Challenge is 'With Gratitude'. To play along, create any sort of thank you card, using at least one stamp from The Stampsmith to be entered into the draw for a chance to win a gift certificate, valued at $21.00 from The Stampsmith Store!

For my project, I used sweet little, Shirley, holding a bucket full of flowers.

I hope you decide to play along in the fun!  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Belinda's Friend for Stampsmith Card Swap

Hi Smithies,
All of us Smithies have been having a great time over on the Yahoo group participating in some swaps.  The most recent is a card swap.  My card went to fellow Design Team Mate Julie.  I am pretty sure she has received her card by now.  If not, Julie, look away now!!!  I used one of the four images that come on the Belinda and Friends Full Sheet.  I stamped the image with archival ink on glossy white CS.  I used some Ranger Distress Crackle Paint on some of the elements.

For more pics and info, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  I hope you are having a great day and find some time to be creative.
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Family Tea Party

Hi Smithies!
I would like to share my Family Tea party card with you today.  The stamp is called "Family Tea" from The Stampsmith.  I stamped the image on glossy white CS with black dye ink.    I mounted the layered image on a pretty piece of DP.

I was thinking that this could be a Christmas card with the appropriate sentiment on the inside.  What do you think?  For more info click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Or just come by to say hi.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine