Saturday, October 12, 2019

winter wishes * adding texture to your images

Hi there, Nicole here.

I have this cute little card for you sharing how I added some texture to my stamped images.

I'm not going to talk you through the whole card making process because I want to focus on the texture I've added. I simply stamped my images with a light brown dye ink and colored them in the no-line coloring style using alcohol markers, just like I am used to. I could have stopped there but I wanted to add a fun twist.

To add some texture to the sweater and the wood, I used colored pencils. I made sure their tips were really sharp. For the sweater I added tiny V shaped lines to create the knitted pattern. I tried to stay light at the top and got darker where my shading (from coloring with the alcohol markers) was. 
For the wood, I drew some wonky lines and loops. You can take a closer look on the photo below. It's really quite simple to do. But if you feel insecure to draw on your colored images, I recommend you first practice on a scrap piece of paper or start by drawing the lines super light and get darker as you go. And another cool thing is, you can carefully erase colored pencils on top of the alcohol markers with a regular eraser if you make a mistake. I used Swisscolor by Caran d'Ache colored pencils but you just try this technique with the colors you have, it might work perfectly fine.

To finish up my card, I added some snowflakes with a stencil and Distress Inks and stamped my greeting in black. I also added a bit of white gel pen to the string of lights.

Use colored pencils to add shadows or texture to your images.

Thanks a lot for stopping by!
Have a happy day,

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Clumsy Santa

Hello!  It's Candice with you today sharing a Christmas card with you in hopes of helping you get a jump start on those Christmas cards that we all need to be making soon!

When I look at this stamp set, I see a scene of santa falling into the chimney. Don't you love when you can look at a stamp set and see what you want to create?! 

I created the background first by heat embossing over the falling snow stencil in white and then inking with chipped sapphire, faded jeans & blueprint sketch.  I then die cut the stitched roof and adhered under the sky.

Next, I stamped the images from the santa clumsy stamp set, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.

To put it all together, I pop dotted them along the roof in the sequence of santa falling into the chimney. 
I then stamped all the sentiments; one along the bottom, one on the stitched banner and the last in the speech bubble.  I added a couple of pearl domes to finish it off.

The size of your card can make all the difference.  The slimline card was the perfect size for me to show santa being clumsy and still have room for the cute elf to react!

There is always a challenge for you join, you can check out the current one here!

Santa Clumsy stamp set

Winter Day stencil

Useful Banners cool cuts

Speech Bubbles cool cuts

Monday, October 7, 2019

Mandala hello....!!

Embossed Mandalas

Hi everyone...

It's Ashlee here with you today, have you seen the super awesome new release in the CAS store?! I couldn't resist playing with the new Mesmerizing Mandalas for my latest card...

As soon as I seen the Mandalas I knew they would be absolutely perfect for using with Embossing powder so my idea grew from that...

- Using some teal cardstock I cut a rectangle piece and then inked half way up using some Catherine Pooler ink in the shade Aquatini 
- Once the ink was dry I rubbed over the inked piece of card with an anti static powder tool and stamped the mandalas I wanted to use with WOW! embossing ink
- I then heat embossed with Metallic gold sparkle embossing powder
- After the mandalas were all heat set I fussy cut them out
- using the english hello out of the mesmerizing mandalas set I stamped it around the edges of the largest mandala where it fits just perfectly
- Added the mandalas to the card base with some foam tape for dimension
- Finished it off with some sequins 

- Always make sure the ink is dry on the cardstock before doing your embossing otherwise your embossing powder will stick all over the place

Mesmerizing Mandalas

Image result for create a smile mandalas

There is a fabulous Create a smile challenge every fortnight over on the blog with a wonderful prize of a voucher to the CAS store for the lucky winner. There is also lots of inspiration over on the CAS instagram page too from Christine and the DT girls to get you inspired with you creations!!

Happy crafting everyone.... 
Hugs Ashlee. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

I cought something...

Hello hello :-)

Normaly when I'm on this Blog, I'm showing you a new Video... but I was ill at home the last 2 weeks and the most of the time I was sleeping... so sorry, but I have no Video for you today. But I tried to make a card for you :-)

I wanted to use these supercute bacterias. But I don't wanted to use them in this Bottle. So for letting them stand alone there were not enough of them, I wanted more :-)

I wanted to masked them. I started with the one in the middle and on the side, than I put the mask on, and I stamped in the spance between.

The Problem with masking things like that is, that it becomes too regular, and looks like a pattern.
The one thing you can do against it, is not masking next to next. Start in the middle and on the side, so you will have some in the front and some in the back. That makes it more natural. And at the end the top Bacteria always looked the same. So I masked it again an stamped in the middle on top, but turned the stamp a little bit. So it becomes nice unregular :-)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Winners from Mood board challenge

Hello everyone !

You will probably think that i'm always saying ''we had a hard time to pick the winners '' but that's the truth :) You guys rocked this mood board challenge !

Wow! All those stunning entries , just brilliant!
Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge ! Nothing makes us more happy that to see you enjoy playing along with our challenge 

Also wanted to let you know that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store and to be guest designer for our next challenge!
Without further due our winner is Friederike with this adorable and cute card that she created using Pulliwetter stamp set 

Congrats!!  please send an email to to claim your prize ! Is so well deserved !

Our featured artist from this challenge is Joke with this darling card using  Doctor's Helpers stamp set

You can take the badge and display it on your blog is so well deserved !

Make sure to play along with our next challenge for a chance to be our next guest designer ! 
Until next time have a great day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Best Bugs

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have some tags for you!

Often when I am invited to a birthday party I like to give something special with the actual gift, something handmade. Gift Tags are perfect for that and easy to make.

  • Create a Smile has two different sizes of tag dies - so you get the perfect size for what you need.
  • When you stamp and heat emboss a background stamp in white and add then ink blending you can create your own patterned paper that matches your project perfectly.
  • When you make tags always make two or three as long as you have the supplies out.

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