Saturday, January 12, 2019

Don't Worry!

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Today I have a clean and simple card for you without any coloring.

I wanted to try out the stamped background technique Birka used in her latest video and that's what I came up with.

  • stamp the large sentiment with at least two different shades of your favorite color to create a little ombré effect
  • stamp the sentiment on some sticky note paper and cut it out 
  • mask off your sentiment and start stamping around your sentiment
  • the more you stamp at the edge of your mask the better the result will be
  • finish your card with some colored sprinkles 

For this ombré effects it´s best to use distress oxide or other pigment inks. And a stamping tool will also help a lot.

    in bloom stampset   keine Sorge Stempelset   dont worry stampset  Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles

Do you already know our Create a Smile Family and Friends Facebook Group? Over there you have the chance to connect with others and share your creations with us. We love to see what you create!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Birthday Surprise

Hello everyone! Chris here with you today and I hope you had a great start to 2019 - Today, I have a Birthdaycard to share with you, with the brand new Bird-Stamps.

I wanted to create a group/scene card for a while. The sweet little birds are great for that - it takes a litte time but I think it´s worth to give it a try.

  • for a card like this I prefer to create a "Dummy"  before I stamp it for my card 
  • (look at "Tipps & Tricks)
  • Things that are in the foreground are first stamped then masked - step by step - for masking you can use Post-it notes or masking paper.
  • This card I colored  the images with Distress Inks and for details used some Colorpencils and a white Pen.
  • cut out 2/3 of the "group" 
  • Background: Distress oxides (seedless preserves, spiced marmalade and fossilized amber).  
  • used the brand new Word-Dies "birthday", one in black/grey (to create a litte shadow) and one in white
  • glued down the "group" and arranged the sentiment and a little black label - that´s it :) 

A small "Dummy" on cheap paper is often helpful, like this one 

The super cute Birds "From my nest"  - "Aus meinem Nest" are stamps from the new Januar release  and available on friday 11th.

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


We dare you to create a smile : Use kraft and announcing the new DT challenge team

Hello everyone!

We are ready to start the new year with lot of inspiration , new challenges and of course a new team. Please wish a warm welcome to our new DT challenge team:

Wow! Such talented ladies, I'm sure you will love their creations so don't forget to go and check them on social media and leave them some love!

And since we already introduce this lovely ladies let's see what is our next challenge :

We thought that using kraft will be a good way to transition from all the winter cards to the Valentine's / spring cards ? what do you think ?

Let's see what our amazing team created , and also don't forget that playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift card to Create a smile store and the chance to be our next guest designers

Alexandra made this card using the upcoming Stamping friends stamp set that will available Friday 11th January 

Anita created this super cute and fun card using Easy - breezy stamp set

Ashlea made this awesome card using This must be love stamp set

Cassie made this wonderful card using some of our freebies

Elisa made this adorable card using Poppin' over stamp set Boxes stencil and Crystal letters Upper stamp set

Ildiko made this fantastic card using Superpowers stamp set and Scene builders stamp set

Laurie created this amazing card using Cool buddies stamp set Cool cuts Magical frame

Mirella made this lovely card using Cling Mandala stamp Bear mail stamp set

Hope you like all the inspiration, now is your turned to create! Make sure to check the rules for the challenge (which can be found below) and most important : Have fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

[VIDEO] Stamped Backgrounds

Hi everybody and a happy new year :-)

I'm starting this year with a new video from me and I hope you'll like it. Its about background-stamping and its also a huge sneak to our new release coming Friday :-)

Sometimes, when I have no idea for a real science or a background, I just use stamps for creating my own background.

Here you can watch my video in english

Hier in Deutsch

Remember.. our new release is coming Friday. We are super excited and we share on Facebook, Instagram and here a lot of little sneaks and beautiful cards. Make sure you are following Create a smile and all of our Designteam-Girls :-)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winners from Celebration challenge

Hello everyone and Happy New Year

I hope you had a good start into the new year and that you got the change to be creative . It's time for us to announce the new winners from the celebration challenge and without further due

The winner is Candice and she created this adorable card using Cart full of treasures stamp set 

Congratulations Candice! Please send and email to to claim your prize

Our featured artist is 
Angela and she created this super cute card using one of our freebies

Congrats Angela ! You can take the badge and display it on your blog! So well deserved

Thank you anyone who entered our challenges in the last year! Was such a fun experience and we enjoyed seeing all your creations!
We are starting the next challenge on 9th January and we have some awesome challenge coming to you this year so I hope you come and check , play again with our challenge!

Have a lovely day!