Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flowers and Wishes

I would like to share my final DT piece for the month of February, a card which has the beautiful Serena #2 as the focal. As I mentioned on my personal Blog, Adorn both Serena and Serena #2 are suitable for cards where you are not looking for a vintage style. Although perfect for vintage artwork they can also have a contemporary air to them and as a friend said on my Blog, a Bohemian appearance.
To create a dreamy look I kept to a soft colour palette and included a dried hydrangea blossom with its colour faded and diffused the Wish ticket.
The team hope that you will join us tomorrow over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog when a new theme will be announced for March and of course there will also be the winner's name for February and the Top 3 artwork on show.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday Evening Tea in Spring Colors

Hey Smithies!
Hope you are having a great day!  I am thinking Spring today even though we have had some snow this morning.   I am in such a Spring color mood and have two cards to share with you made with the Sunday Evening Tea full sheet.    This is a sweet set that contains lots of fun sentiments and an assortment of silhouette stamps.   Here are my cards.

And, this second, is a much smaller card perfect for a gift card.  

Click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating,  for more info on how I made the cards.  Or, just to say,"Hi".     See you soon!
Karen McAlpine  

Monday, February 20, 2012

To You, I Give My Heart

This was my first DT sample for TSC, Love and Lace theme. This is a beautiful theme to work with especially if you are like myself who cannot resist the lure of lace and old style romance.
I used the stunning bride from Portrait of a Lady plate.
If you are looking to take part in a challenge then the Love and Lace theme is still open over at TSC Blog. Details for entering your artwork are available at the Blog as are details of the Prize Draw. We would love to see your Love and Lace artwork featuring The Stampsmith stamps.
If you would like to view more of this wall hanging then please visit my Blog, Adorn

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kiss Me You Fool!

I promised you another Valentine card, so here you are! Nothing says romance like this famous on screen couple! Both the main image and the sentiment used on my card come from the Kiss Me You Fool stamp set by The Stampsmith.

I've added a doily to the top left corner and embossed it in ivory. To embellish the card, I added some chocolate pearls and lace add a elegant touch. I distressed the main image, with some tea dye distress ink and although it has a bit of a green look to it in the picture, I assure you they aren't green! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hey, Handsome!

Romance is in the air and I've been on a Valentine card making frenzy over the past few days. I think I've paired the fabulous, Marilyn Flying Dress image with a very fitting sentiment. The "Hey, Handsome!" comes from the Show Biz Quotes stamp sheet by The Stampsmith.

Here's a close up of the lovely, Marilyn and the "Hey, Handsome!" sentiment.

Stay tuned, I have more Valentine cards to show you soon!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pin-Up Valentine

I have a sexy Valentine's card to share with you tonight. This photostamp comes from the Pin-Ups stamp sheet by The Stampsmith. This is such a fun image and I love the silhouette shadow effect.

Here's the entire sheet of stamps.
I'll have more Valentine cards to share with you soon! Stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Kitty Valentine - TSC#27 Love & Lace

  Too cute for words! This adorable kitty cat is a photostamp on the Cats Sheet available at The Stampsmith Online Shop. I stamped the image on Glossy Paper with Color Box Archival Dye Ink, "Mudslide" to give it a vintage look.
  The February challenge, Love & Lace is still going on over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. All the details are there on how to participate. Hope to see your artwork!
  More details and the inside of this card/tag over at
Scraps From A Broad

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Love Notes Part 3

Hello Crafty Smithies!
today is Part 3 of the Love Notes posts.   I used an image from the Love Notes Valentines Full sheet.  The images were stamped with Archival ink on glossy white CS.  I used less traditional colors for the cards.  

Lots of scope with this image.  I just kept stamping and stamping.  This set of cards will be sent to friends.  See the inside of the last card on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Have a lovely day!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Love Notes Part 2

Hello Smithies,
Today I have another of the Valentine's Day cards that I made using the Love Notes Valentine Full sheet to share with you.  This is the second card in this series.

The image is stamped with Archival ink (Ranger) and I used tulle and pearls for accents.   Head over to my , blog, Dreaming and Creating, for more info and pics.  Have a super sweet day.
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

You're Just Jealous

Hi All,
Here is another DT project for StampSmith.  To check out all the wonderful projects completed by our talented design team, drop by our blog, and show us some love.  I made this card last night with an upcoming card swap that I am participating in.  I used Maxine Art Rubber Stamp.  I really enjoyed making this project and using Estelle's wonderful images.  Be sure to check out Estelle's site and all of the great images,  If you are looking for details on how I created this card, please drop by my blog,
Thanks for peeking in!

Glam It Up, Valentine!!!

Hi all,
I hope everyone is having a great week and are surviving the winter.  Let's hope that it comes to an end quickly!!! I created this DT project with a specific friend in mind.  I really hope she likes it!!!! The image that I used was from Estelle's Marilyn Art Rubber Stamp Sheet #2.  For more details on these yummy Marilyn images, drop Estelle a line,  Also, drop by her site to peek at all of the wonderful stamps that Estelle has for sale,  I had a lot of fun creating this card.  If you are looking for details on how this project was created, please drop by my blog, for more details.

Thanks for peeking in!

Loves Private Moment (TSC Love & Lace)

The Love and Lace challenge is underway at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog, such a perfect theme from our hostess Debbie for the month of February.
Today I am sharing a card with a stamp from the Won't You Be My Honey plate. This stamp is certainly oozing romance.
Estelle has generously gifted this stamp as part of the 1st prize in my Blog's Giveaway where I am celebrating 2 years of Blogging. If you would like the chance to win this stamp (and other goodies) then click this link.
Already we have entries for this challenge theme but please keep them coming as the team always love to see what you are creating with The Stampsmith stamps. All rules are available at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog and please remember that your artwork must include at least one Stampsmith stamp.
If you want to see detail photographs for the Love's Private Moment card then please visit my Blog, Adorn.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Gone With the Wind...with Love & Lace!

  Gone With the Wind is my all time fav movie and book! If you are interested in this stamp you can email Estelle
  There is still lots of time to join in this month's Stampsmith Challenge, Love & Lace. More details on the challenge blog. You can win some rubber!
  So get out your Stampsmith stamps and make a little love & lace! More up close photos and details on my blog; Scraps From A Broad

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

More Love Notes

Hi Smithies!
I have more Valentine's Day cards to share.  I made a total of four cards using this image.  Today's card  was stamped with Archival ink from Ranger on glossy white cardstock.  The love/heart image is from the Love Notes Valentine full sheet. 

I added some tulle held in place with brads.  Pop over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating for more info and pics.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, February 03, 2012

TSC27: Love and Lace Challenge

I had a lot of fun creating this piece for TSC27: Love and Lace over at The Stampsmith Challenge. I used The Little Conductor stamp by The Stampsmith for my main focal image and added lots of lace from both embossed stamps and real lace.

Here's a close up The Little Conductor. Isn't he just too cute for anything?
This month's challenge is being sponsored by The Cutting Garden. It's one of our local crafty stores and happens to be owned by a great friend of mine. The store has just relocated to a new location and it's fabulous! In celebration of sponsoring the challenge, I'll be teaching a card class at The Cutting Card this month along with three others on the design team! That's right four of us will be there to join in on the fun on Feb. 11th and show you how to make four beautiful cards! Check out their calendar for more information and pics of all the cards we'll be doing that day. If you're from the Metro Halifax area, I hope to see you there! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Love and Lace Challenge Design Team Card

Hello Smithies!
Today, I would like to share my Design Team card for the new Stampsmith Challenge-Love and Lace.  I used an image from Flappers 3.  The image was stamped with black dye ink on glossy CS.

If you are a Technique Junkie fan, the February Newsletter has more ideas for using Stampsmith Photo Stamps.
And, if you would like more info on my Love and Lace card, pop over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.    I hope you have been inspired to create a Love and Lace card!  Don't for get to enter the Challenge.    Have a great day!!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

TSC #27: Love and Lace

  It's my turn to host a Stampsmith Challenge! My first time! February being the month of love and all that mushy stuff, the challenge is Love and Lace.
  This image is called "The Kiss" and is available at The Stampsmith Shop. I used Ancient Page Chocolate ink on cream Copic paper. I tinted the image with Pebbles chalks.
  Get out your Stampsmith stamps and join in! More details and big news over at the The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. For closeups, come visit my blog, Scraps From A Broad

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