Thursday, June 28, 2012

Military Themed Retirement Cards

Hi Smithies,
Today I have three Military Themed Retirement cards.  The cards could easily be changed up for Fourth of July....  just change out the sentiment.  I used images from the U.S.A. Patriotic Full Sheet.  Lots of Patriotic fun in this set!  I used the Eagle emblem and Uncle Sam images on my cards.

For more info on how I made the cards, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.
Have a great crafty day!
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I would like to share another card that I was thrilled to see in the pages of Stampington & co's Catch-Up Issue.
This card is a quick make with a cute stamp from Thank Heaven For Little Girls #2 taking centre stage. I also made use of a word from the Say It With Flair plate, such a useful plate to own.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Hello Everyone
This post is to share a card that I was thrilled to see was published in Stampington & co's Catch-Up 2012.
The focal image is a beautiful flapper from Flapper # 1.  If you are someone who adores the style of this era then you definitely need to have a look at Estelle's Flapper stamp sheets as she has three different plates of stamps available and of course not only that, she also has a few single stamps depicting Flappers.
Did you know that The Stampsmith Challenge is underway? For June the challenge set by the team is Humorous Birthdays. Visit TSC Blog to read details for entering your artwork and view the samples made by The Stampsmith DT.

Humorous Birthday Card for the Stampsmith Challenge

Hi Smithies!
I wanted to share my Design Team Card for the June Stampsmith Challenge.  The theme is humorous birthday and there is still plenty of time to get your project made.  There is a full sheet of rubber up for gabs to one random winner!!   I used the "Beauty Shop" stamp from the Those Were the Days full sheet.

The gossiping ladies are stamped with black dye ink on glossy white CS.  For more details and to stop by and say Hi, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a super fun day!
Karen McAlpine

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wedding Bells are Ringing.....

Good Morning crafters, here is my second post of the day.  This is a second post for The StampSmith.  I completed this wedding or anniversary card the other day after receiving my new stamps from Estelle.  I completed this project using Estelle's Art Rubber Stamp Plate called, Wedding Bells

If you are interested in how I completed this project, drop over to my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner and take a peek.

Lordy Lordy, Look who's 40.....

Good Morning crafters, I have several posts today for you. The first one is a DT project for The StampSmith. I created this card with a friend in mind who turned 40. This image is from the plate of Art Rubber Stamps called, Those Were The Days 1950s Art Rubber Stamps

If you are interested on how I completed this project, drop over to my blog, Sunflower Mel's Crafting Corner
Thanks for Peeking in!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Jane Austen card with The Stampsmith

Hi Smithies!
Have you checked out the Floral Alphabet set?  I am finding all kinds of possibilities for this set.  I thought the Letter "A" reminded me of Jane Austen.  I also used the Botanic Full Sheet for the background.  The large flower was stamped with soft colors and the "A" stamped with black dye ink.  I made three versions.

For more details or just to say "Hi", click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a great weekend!!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Don't Box Her In

Hello Everyone
Ophelia is possibly the most recognisable of all The Stampsmith stamps, coming in different forms, click the link to see just how many variations there are on this stunning stamp. I selected the large, facing right version to adorn a plain box.
In a former life this box was a  presentation style box for a necklace/pendant, it was ripe for altering.
As well as Ophelia I also used a stamp from the Cartolina Postale set. This is a wonderful set of stamps not only to use to create faux vintage style postcards but to add background details, etc on artwork. Here I used one of the stamps to stamp directly onto the edges of the box and then layering with beautiful lace.
There are  details on how I decorated the box at my blog, Adorn. 
Did you know that the new Stampsmith Challenge is underway? We are asking that for the month of June you create Humorous Birthday artwork to share with us. As always at the end of the month one winner will be randomly selected with the prize of $21 to spend at The Stampsmith store on stamps of your own choice.
Happy Stamping.