Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mother's Day Tea Party

I'm a little late in posting this Mother's Day card, but I haven't been able to get together with my Mum yet as my Dad has been ill with The Shingles and not really up for company. So, I'm going to post this card anyway, hoping that she doesn't see it until I get it to her in the near future.

I used the Paris stamp sheet by The Stampsmith.  I love this set and thought this image of the tea party would be fitting since I remember having tea parties quite often with my Mum when I was a young girl.  :)

This is a bit of an angle view to show you the glitter detail a bit more clearly in the patterned paper.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Think of Me, Always

The Stampsmith Challenge is well underway with May's theme of a Sketch Challenge.  Click the link to take you to TSC where you can see the sketch that we ask you be inspired by and also all the DT samples.
I selected a stamp from the beautiful Think of Me plate.
Altering stretched canvases is a favourite base of mine to work on. I decided to turn the sketch on its side as a landscape layout was more suited to what I had in mind.
The stamped image was gently painted before layering onto various pieces of lace to tie in with the colours around her.
This photograph shows Think of Me which is also from the stamp late, here I stamped it onto a torn piece of vintage napkin.
Other details are on my Blog, Adorn. 
We look forward to seeing your Sketch Challenge entries. It is certainly worthwhile entering as a random prize draw takes place at the end of the month with the winner selecting $21 worth of stamps of their choice from The Stampsmith on-line store.
Good Luck.
Lynne x

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sketch Challenge Mother's Day Card

Hi Smithies!
The monthly challenge is under way and this time the challenge is too make a card using Val's sketch.  Here is what I came up with.

Today is Mother's Day here in the States.  So, naturally, I made this a Mother's Day card.  I used one of the images from the "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" full sheet.  Join in the challenge for a chance to win some rubber and be featured as a Top Pick!!  See the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a great weekend.
Karen McAlpine

Friday, May 11, 2012

From This Day Forward

Hello Everyone
I was thrilled to be asked if I would contribute a piece of art for a column at the amazing Unruly Paper Arts, an on-line magazine.
I had recently received Wedding Bells plate, which could not be more perfect for May's theme of Wedding Wonders at UPA. This is a beautiful set of stamps for all wedding related projects, anniversary cards, etc.
Here is a little peek of what I created but you will need to click the Unruly Paper Arts link to see the full project. Helene, the columnist at UPA also asked some questions about my use of lace which you can also read at UPA.
The Stampsmith Challenge is now underway. We would love to see your interpretation of the Sketch Challenge. It is worthwhile entering as the prize is $21 to spend at The Stampsmith store on stamps of your own choice.

Monday, May 07, 2012


Good Morning Folks, I just wanted to pop over here and do a quick post on a card I created for the Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  I used the Audrey Hepburn Rubber Stamp Sheet as my inspiration.  I love her.  She was so classy and elegant.  If you are interested in how I completed this project, hop on over to my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Space for all the details.

Thanks for peeking in!

Sunday Tea Party

Hi Smithies!
I am having so much fun with the Sunday Evening Tea Full Sheet.  Here is another card I made with this set.  I added the dry embossing and colored the embossing with Distress Inks.

 Do you take lemon in your tea?  I do!  For more info, check out my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a super happy day!
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Tea Dance

Hi Smithies.
I have a cute card to share with you today that I call "Tea Dance"  I used one of the images from the "Sunday Evening Tea" full sheet.

I stamped on lavender CS and added some dry embossing.  The dry embossing is accented with Distress inks.  For more info check out my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope your day is super special!
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Many Faces of Babies Board Book

I have a fun project...but a long share with you tonight. I made this little board book for one of my colleagues, she's a sweetheart and is expecting her first baby. I'm so happy for her and I thought I'd make this funny little book to showcase some of the funny faces babies make. :)

As you can see from all the pictures below, I used the entire Ooh Baby Stamp Sheet by The Stampsmith to create this cute little book.  I don't think I've ever created anything using every stamp in set, but this was a super fun project to make.  I used cereal boxes for the pages and die cut pattered paper to cover the cereal box board.   I adhered the patterned paper with a glue stick and distressed the page edges, the photostamp images and the sentiments using tea dye ink. I looked at all the images and came up with the sentiments myself.  The sentiments I chose are my interpretations of the baby expression alongside.  To finish it off, I went for a visit to my friend, Janice's and she graciously let me borrow her Bind-it-all.   Ya gotta love that little machine!  Thanks, so much, Janice!

Ooh Baby Stamp Sheet

8.5" x 11" page of sentiments to print off (.pdf format)

Holy cow that was a long post!   Lots of images to upload!  I hope you enjoyed the many faces of babies...after all laughter is the best medicine!

Thanks for stoppin' by!  :)