Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Snapshot of Springtime in Paris

Tonight is your last night to get your submission in for the current challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge.  This month we're challenging you to create something using Spring Flowers and Colours.  Simply upload your artwork to the blog linky and you'll be entered into a draw for a free sheet of stamps by The Stampsmith! (a $21.00 value)  All projects using at least one image by The Stampsmith will be eligible. 

For my card, I used several stamps from the Paris sheet.  I love this sheet with so many great images.  Bottom left you'll see the Eiffel Tower, top middle you'll see Notre Dame, next to it, a Paris postmark and middle right you'll see a Paris map.

I hope you decide to join in on the fun.  I look forward to seeing all your creations!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Paris in the Spring "Time"

Hi Smithies!
Although it does not feel much like Spring here in Michigan, I wanted to share a fun and cheerful Spring card with you today.  I used the Eiffel Tower from the Paris Full Sheet. 

I added two layers of UTTE on top of the image.  Check out my blog, Dreaming and Creating, for more pics and instructions.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Victorian Easter Egg

I had fun making Easter Eggs with my girls the other day. We used the plastic eggs that you break open and fill with smaller chocolate eggs or Easter goodies.  We brushed them with Decoupage (sealer-glue-finish) and covered them with small pieces of tissue paper, reapplying more Decoupage, as needed.   I used my heat tool to make sure the egg was completely dry and then we each decorated them.

I chose to make a Victorian looking egg, using the sweet little angel girl, called Butterfly Kiss by The Stampsmith as the main focal image for my egg.  I stamped her onto to Copic paper and then crinkled the paper all up so that it would more easily form to the egg.   I stamped text onto tissue paper and then decoupaged it on.  I distressed the entire egg with Tea Dye Distress ink.  I free-handed the pearl flourish along the side, then applied a strip of pretty lace around the entire egg and bronze embellishments at the top and the bottom, finishing with a little polka dot bow at the top.  I used the small Butterfly Kiss stamp, but it also comes in a large version, as well.

Lace around the egg.
 Embellishment and bow on top of the egg.

 Embellishment on the bottom of the egg.

I hope you decide to play in the fun this month with us over at The Stampsmith Challenge blog.  This month, we're challenging you to use Spring Colors and Flowers.  To be eligible, use at least one Stampsmith stamp in your creation for a chance to win a free sheet of stamps (of your choice) by The Stampsmith, valued at $21.00!  I look forward to seeing all your Spring creations!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Friday, March 22, 2013


Hello Everyone
It has been a few weeks since my last post Sleep Sweet Miranda, the lavender sachet using the beautiful Miranda.  For some months now I have very much enjoyed using the various Shakespeare stamps available from The Stampsmith, enjoying their versatility which is far beyond creating for people who are fans of Shakespeare.
The card I am sharing today, I am thrilled to say, was published in the Spring issue of Stampintgon & co's Take Ten, published alongside another four cards all featuring Shakespeare characters as the focal on each card.  Portia from Cleopatra and Friends. is featured on the first card.
Portia quickly became a firm favourite of mine alongside Ophelia who I also never tire of creating with. The other stamp used was from Cartolina Postale which I have mentioned before is an easily overlooked stamp plate but which is so useful.  Stamped onto prepared watercolour paper the stamp and torn into a panel.  Hand stained tag, lace and seam binding create a unified colour on this collage style card which was embellished with fragments of this and that.
Thank you for visiting this post, have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Let's Dance the Night Away!

Hi Smithies!
Let's get crazy and dance the light fantastic with Fred and Ginger.   I used one of the stamps from the "Let's Dance" full sheet on this uplifting card. 

The image is stamped on Glossy White CS with black dye ink.  I added lots of layers to complete this fun loving card.  The sentiment if from the "Say it Like it Is" full sheet.  For more pics and info, head over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope your day is filled with fun and stamping, of course!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, March 08, 2013

Spring Colors and a Loving Couple

Hi Smithies!
The March Stampsmith Challenge is underway!  The theme for the month is to use Spring colors and flowers.  I went with super bright CS and papers for my Design team project.
The stamp is from the Flappers #3 full sheet.  I added some white paper flowers with rhinestone centers and a white ribbon.

There is an extra to way to win on the Challenge blog this month!!  Leave a comment with a challenge theme idea for a chance to win a mystery gift!  How fun is that!!  Take the challenge and show us your Spring projects!!  Hope you have a great weekend!
See my blog, Dreaming and Creating for the full post.
Karen McAlpine

Friday, March 01, 2013

Is It Spring Yet????

The Design Team is looking for signs of Spring in this month's Stampsmith Challenge!!
Plus, this month, there's a bonus draw!
We hope you'll enter for your chance to win!
Stamps by Stampsmith:
Thank Heaven For Little Girls #2