Saturday, November 17, 2018

We're celebrating a Winter Bash!

Hello crafty friends!

Welcome to our first Create A Smile Winter Bash!

We know that this is the "craftiest" time of the year - everyone is creating Christmas cards, gift tags, gift boxes, ...  and we realized it will be fun to celebrate this with lot of inspiration from ah-mah-zing designers and amazing prizes. Woohoo!

All the fun is happening on Instagram - starting today!
If you check out our Instagram account you can hop from artist to artist to check out all the crafty winter goodness. <3

What about the Prizes?
Well, MANY of the fabulous stampers taking part are giving away stamp sets to lucky random winners. In case you got lost along the way, here's a list of all the designers who designed something especially to inspire YOU (well ... and to have fun creati, of course ;) )

We from Create A Smile are giving away a 
WinterBash SuperPrize!

We put together a huge pack of products (value over 150€!) to give to ONE lucky participant playing 

You want to be that lucky person?!

All you have to do:

  • Create a winter-themed project using Create A Smile products (or freebies from their blog!)
  • Post on your IG using #CASwinterbash tagging @createasmilestamps
  • You have until November 21st to play along.
  • The winner will be announced on Instagram on November 22nd.
  • Sharing our Winter Bash graphic is not a requirement, but we appreciate it a lot! :)

Now check out all the inspiration put together for you and start creating - we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! Chris here with today´s post, with a little fun winter card.  Have you  already seen the  new Release stamps?  - this is one of the new ones.

A good friend of mine is always very stressed during the Christmas season. I know it´s a very busy time but I think this year she needs a special "Relax-card" and this cute snowman is supposed to remind her (and maybe me too) in a funny way to relax more.

  • first I stamped the images and colored with Alkoholmakers and cut out
  • I don´t have Alkoholinks so for the Background I took my Alcoholmarkers and paint some lines on Photopaper and dropped some splatters high percentage alcohol (from the pharmacy) on the paper  - and wait what happens (the result is always a surprise)
  • glued the dried Background on a card base  
  • did die cut a rectangle window out of a panel  and embossed with an embossing folder  
  • glued a acetate piece behind the window - stamped the sentiments with "Staz on" on the acetate
  • filled the window with fake snow 
  • glued down the panel with some 3d Foam Tape
  • then arranged all images on the card 

If you want to see another shaker card, check out the last post from Raluca - she has created such a delightful card.

The super cute snowmen stamps is from the new Novembre release  and available on friday 16th.

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafty time.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NEW RELEASE and a new freebie!

Hello crafty friends!

This is an exciting week for us!
We're releasing a bunch of fabulous new stamps in our shop on Friday morning, 10am CET. (we can't show all of them, yet ;) 

You will get cute images, classic Christmas Foliage, Capital letters to go with our "lettering Alphas" and uplifting messages :) 
As always. All stamps will be available in English and German.

We're super active on Instragram - we LOVE to connevt with you. Many of you said you'd like to see more behind the scene-videos and peeks on how stamps are designed.
So I created a new freebie for you, fillmed the process and will now share in our IG stories - make sure to check out our account  :)

Here's the brand new freebie - print it out, color it up and play along in one of our challenges (here or on our facebook group  :)

Have a great day, get crafty and treat yourself with some color :)


Saturday, November 10, 2018


Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Today I have a male birthday card for you (attention: no cute critters involved).

Lately I needed a last minute male birthday card for a colleague. So no chance to use any cute critters on this card. Luckily some of the Create a Smile stamp sets are perfect for this occasion.

  • stamp, heat emboss, color and fuzzy cut the vinyl record
  • stamp and color the bottle from the message in a bottle (in this case I tried to color it like a beer bottle)
  • create a background using one of the super cool stencils and distress oxide inks
  • for a little more interest sprinkle some water and black ink on the finished background
  • glue everything together with foam tape to add some dimension

If you want to be super quick look for precolored images from past coloring challenges.  I for example store these images in the bag of the stamp set.


... if you want to share your creations with us on Instagram don't forget to use #createasmilestamps. We love to see what you create!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Winners from Create your own background challenge

Hello everyone!

We had so many amazing entries for our Create your own background and we are so happy that so many of you like this challenge !

We picked our two winners and let's start with the winner of 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store : Kuni Congratulations! You are the winner !
And she created this beautiful card using Flauschige Weihnachten stamp set Big stars Polka stencil

Make sure to send and email to to claim your prize!

Our featured artist this week is Anja

Love this awesome card that she created using Big stars polka stencil Geheime Zutat stamp set

Congrats Anja ! You can add your badge to your blog! Is so well deserved !

Thank you everyone for entering our challenge! Make sure to check our current challenge which is Giving thanks for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile stamp store and  to be our next guest designer !

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Simple Christmas Cards

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Last week I showed some simple Christmas cards on Instagram using the versatile die from the Frosty Fun Kit. Today I continue the series of easy to make Christmas cards but this time I use stamps.

Usually I create Christmas cards all year round. I love to make Christmas cards and this way I don’t get stressed at the end of the year. Last year I challenged myself to make two Christmas cards a month. Unfortunately I didn’t pull this through this year. That’s the reason why I am thinking about ideas for simple cards that don’t take too much time to make.

I arranged the snowflakes in my stamping tool and stamped them three times using Versamark, one time on regular white card stock and twice on watercolour card stock. I embossed the images in white, silver and platinum. Then I die cut scalloped rectangle from the pieces.
On the regular card stock I added some ink blending using Distress Oxide Inks.
For the watercolour paper with the platinum embossing I smooshed ink pads on my craft mat, sprayed it with water and dipped the paper in it. I repeated the process and dried the paper in between.

For the piece with the silver embossed snowflakes I added some ink blending again. I filled the paper with Distress Oxides again and sprayed it then heavily with water to blend the colours.

On all three panels I added the same sentiment by embossing it and some metallic twine.
All that was then left to do was to adhere the panels to some cardbases.

The next release is just around the corner! The DT will be showing sneak peeks starting next Monday.


We dare you to create a smile : Giving thanks !

Hello everyone!

It's time for a new challenge here on Create a smile blog and the theme is ''Giving Thanks''
And don't forget a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store is waiting for you 

Let's see what our guest designers created to bring you some inspiration

Lisa made this adorable card using Bärmail stamp set

Stephanie created two gorgeous cards using Time to say thanks stamp set and In bloom stamp set Loops of love stamp set

Thank you so much for creating this amazing cards Lisa and Stephanie and for being our guest designers ! Make sure to check their projects and leave them some love!

Now let's see some inspiration from our design team

Alexandra made this lovely card using Pure poppies stamp set Cool cuts Double stitched rectangles

Ashlee created this adorable card using Served up stamp set Diagonal grid stencil

Ellenor made this beautiful card using Cool cuts Postage Edge Circle dies , Dress me up stamp set

Giada created this gorgeous card using Pure poppies stamp set Cool cuts Tiny Sentiments

Ksenija made this card using Pure poppies stamp set 

Laura made this interactive card using Cool cuts Tiny Sentiments Glowing Seaside stamp set Gull Gang stamp set

Victoriya created this adorable card using Gull gang stamp set

Hope you get inspired to play along with our challenge ! Now is your turn to be creative!
Please make sure to check the rules before entering the challenge! Have fun