Friday, May 31, 2013

Full of Grace

Hello Everyone
It has been quite some time since I last posted so it is lovely to be here today and to be able to share one of the cards that I was thrilled to see published in Stampington & co's Take Ten publication (Spring edition).
The card features one of the stamps from the beautiful Olivia and Friends plate. 
The fragment beneath the main image is one of the stamps from the Cartolina Postale set stamped onto prepared watercolour paper.
Another time I will share some more of the cards featured alongside this one.
Thank you for visiting.

Lovely Ophelia with Kraft Background

Hi Smithies,
Today, let's take a look at the Lovely Ophelia.  I used the Medium Ophelia and placed her on a background of Kraft CS and decorative papers.

Ophelia is stamped with black dye ink on smooth white CS and cut with a die.  For more pics and supplies, head over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.

Hope you are having a super day!
Karen McAlpine

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lovely Lady in Rust

Hi Smithies!
I wanted to share this romantic card with you.  I used one of the ladies from the Belinda and Friends Full Sheet.    I stamped in a dark rusty colored ink (Siena Archival) and used lots of rust colored DP's.

I added a touch of yellow for a soft contrast.  See the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Audrey in the Spotlight

Hi Smithies,
Lovely Audrey Hepburn is in the spotlight today.  I stamped Audrey on glossy white CS and colored the background with blue distress ink.  And add lots of yellow papers and embellishments.

For more info, check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a lovely day!
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mother's Little Darling

Hi Smithies,
Mother's Day is this Sunday in the US.    I made this Mother's Day card for a friend.  I used one of the little darlings from the "Thank Heaven for Little Girls #1" full sheet. 

I added a pretty paper and Stickles to complete this card.  See the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  I hope you are having a great day with lots of sunshine!
Karen McAlpine

Monday, May 06, 2013

A little birdie told's your Birthday!

I created this card using a fun, retro, photostamped image of two ladies at a hair salon from the Those Were the Days 1950's stamp set by The Stampsmith.  I made this card for my friend, who's celebrating her birthday today.   I'm happy to say, this was before our time...but cute, nonetheless.  Happy Birthday, Ang!  :)

I don't normally decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to use more of this fun paper and the coordinating journalling cards, so added a little more inside the card.

Here's the rest of the stamp set...funny, eh?

Thanks for stoppin' by!  :)

TSC42: Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Who's Crazy?

First, I'd like to send out a warm welcome to Paula Tidman (aka Ephemera) as she was selected as a Stampsmith Challenge Guest Designer for the months of June, July and August.  Paula does beautiful work and I look forward to seeing what new creativity she brings to us.  Congratulations, Paula!  :)

We have a fun "Tic Tac Toe' challenge for you this month over at The Stampsmith Challenge blog.  I opted to use a picture frame to incorporate the metal into my project, but you're welcome to do a card or whatever strikes your fancy.

Here's the Tic Tac Toe board...simple choose a straight vertical, horizontal or diagonal row and work with those three elements.  I chose Metal-Manly-Distressed for my project. A metal frame stand, manly image and design and a distressed crackle finish on frame.  In case you can't read the quote, it reads:

A question that 
sometimes drives 
me hazy: am I or 
are the others crazy?
~ Albert Einstein

Remember each project that contains at least one stamped image by The Stampsmith will qualify for the random draw for a gift certificate to The Stampsmith Store valued at $21.00.  I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge since they'll all be so different. 

Happy creating!  :)

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Ophelia in the Pink

Hi Smithies!
Time for a new Stampsmith Challenge!!  The theme is Tic Tac Toe!!  Lots of scope in that theme!   Here are the elements.

I picked Pink, Pattern Paper, and Ribbon to make my Design Team Card.  I also used the lovely Ophelia stamp.

For more pics and info, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a great weekend!
Karen McAlpine