Friday, September 17, 2010

Stampsmith Celebration!

Hi Everyone,
I am celebrating today! What is she celebrating you ask? I have been asked to join the Stampsmith Design Team. Hooray!! I will be designing cards and having fun with the ladies over at the Stampsmith Blog. And you have to check out the fabulous art stamps at The Stampsmith online store . I have used them in several of my previous postings, so scroll down and look for the Audrey and Coffee Gal cards. If you like movie stars, you will love their stamps too. Check them out. They have some new vintage Christmas sets that are to die for.

Okay, so my cards for today were made for the Stampsmith Yahoo Group's RAK's (random acts of kindness). I used the Ballerina stamp (another of Chris' Mother's stamps (thanks Elaine). I made a series of four cards with the same image and used different colors and papers. All the Ballerinas are stamped with black dye ink (Memento). The first uses lavender cs (Stampin' Up) and purple dp (Provo). I distressed all the layers with white and pink pigment inks (Color Box). I distressed the image with Vintage Photo (Ranger) and black inks. And added some purple brads.

The next three cards are all done in browns and a little green. I heavily distressed the edges of the Ballerina image with Vintage Photo for the pieces I used with the brown papers. Dp is from K & Company.

Dp is from Stampin' Up and I added a sheer brown ribbon.

This card uses a leopard print shopping bag I got from somewhere and thought would be cool to save. I did a lot of things that were framed and liked to use unusual papers for the dust cover on the back. But, I used this one for my card. I added mustard brads.

All the cards have a birthday sentiment on the inside and will be sent out. Since they are all being mailed, they are all standard A2 size. I enjoyed making some smaller cards for a change. I seemed to have been making lots of very large cards. So, don't forget to come and see me over at the Stampsmith Blog. They will be introducing me today or tomorrow.

Challenges for the Ballerinas:
ABC - Challenges: D is for Distressing
Belli Challenge: B for Brads (old mustard brads)
Alphabet Challenge: U for unused Stash- Leopard print bag, Dk brown CS
Res- Q - Challenge: Music inspiration piece, Inspiration #1
Stamping Vacation: Home Sweet Home - Retro Style
Stamping Vacation: NO NO Challenge - no sparkle- the brown cards have no sparkle.

Guess that's all for me today. I have to run some errands and stop at the craft store. The weather is lovely and cool here. It is such a relief after that horrible hot summer. Now, you make me happy by having a great day. And, make someone else happy by sharing a smile.


  1. gorgeous creations, love that stamp so photogenic!!!

  2. This is one of that most gorgeous I have ever seen. fabulous! We're looking for talented papercrafters like you to join us by entering exciting challenges at Papercraft Star. All the challenges are posted way in advance to give everyone a chance to get their project ready. The public and participants can vote for their favorite projects (that win People's Choice Awards) and we also feature fantastic give-aways from our sponsors. We hope you'll come over and join us today at We're right in the middle of a $25.00 gift certificate give away just for becoming a follower!

  3. wow karen, these are little works of art! just gorgeous!

  4. Congratulations, Karen!! And these cards are, of course, beautiful

  5. Beautiful creations! The image you used is so elegant!

  6. OMG Karen these are truly wonderful what a gorgeous image and those different colours just perfect for the No No challenge.
    Lorraine x

  7. beautiful! I can see how you were inspired by the music! Thanks for playing RESQ challenge this week!

  8. Great vintage card. Thanks for participating in the Creative Belli Challenge.

  9. Gorgeous card - love the image & colours. Thanks for joining the Alphabet Challenge x

  10. stunning love the ballerina thank you for joining us on abc this challenge
    Vicky x

  11. lots of beautiful creations - thanks for joining in the alphabet challenge x

  12. Totally gorgeous!! What a fab image!! Thanks for joining the No! No! challenge! :)


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