Friday, March 23, 2018

Hi there!
Samantha here today, and I was feeling Easter festive this time! 


Eeeeee! I LOVE those little guys!!!! They're SOOOOO CUTE!! I only send Easter cards out to close family/friends, do you send Easter cards?

Let's make this card together!

- stamp and color your images! I colored my image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
- once dry, fussy cut out!
- on a separate piece of cardstock, choose your favorite colors in paint! I used Distress Ink Paint Dabbers! It was so easy to swipe on the color! But you could do the same thing with paint and a brush!

- the sentiments were combined and heat embossed in black
- and the two critters on the side were popped up with foam tape

Adding the color swipes to the background of the card was SO EASY! I just chose some of my favorite colors and swiped them along the cardstock! You could easily use that technique to add color and fun to your backgrounds in a flash!

Those cheeky little egg-critters are from Eggstarordinary Egg Hunt! And they are MY FAVORITE! Ha! I use them ALL THE TIME! My favorite is using them for birthday cards!


There are so many fun challenges going on - check out the Create a Smile Friends and Family Facebook group for all of the details and fun!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

clean & simple ideas 3/10 * smiling sentiments

Hello crafty people, Nicole here.

This is part three of my clean & simple cardmaking series about "how to spice up clean & simple cards".

I love making series and I asked what you would like to see on this blog in our Facebook group "Create A Smile Friends & Family". Many of you were interested in tips on "how to spice up clean and simple cards". So here we are :-)

Clean and simple cards are super fun but because there is so much white (or blank) space on them, you don't want them to be boring, right?! I try to add an eye-catching element to my cards to keep them interesting. I picked ten of my favorite ways to spice up clean & simple cards.

What's a clean & simple card? 
I made a mini series on that too. You can find part one here -> clean & simple 1/4

My third tip is SMILING SENTIMENTS. This means, let your sentiments shine, smile and be the star of the show. No critters or scenes are a fun way to keep your card clean and simple but interesting and fun. It's also a good way for masculine cards.

You can do so many things with your sentiments. Here are some older cards I made, using fun sentiments as a focal point.


 for the card on the top

  • us a more or less solid stamp and rainbow (dye) inks to stamp your background. To make the white sentiment pop, the stamped colors have to be close together.
  • die cut the word several times from white card stock and glue them together. I used Stick It to make this step a bit easier.
  • stamp the small sentiment on some black card stock and heat emboss it with white embossing powder. Cut it down to a thin strip of paper.
  • arrange your card and voila, you're done :-)

It's that simple ;-)

alles über dich - all about you / doppeltes hallo - hello twice / hocus focus

Create A Smile has awesome sentiment stamps and dies! Check out the "sentiments" section in the shop ;-)

Did you know, Create A Smile sells alphabet stickers in almost every color? You can create your own sentiments and personalized cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day :-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

You can do Magic!

Hey everyone and welcome back to our creative space! Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing two of the new awesome stamp sets: Superpowers and Swooshes!


The rainbow from the Swooshes stamp set works perfectly with the adorable unicorn from the Superpowers set and I really wanted to create a colorful card.

* First I die cut a white panel using the largest stitched rectangle die. 
* Using some masking tape I covered the panel leaving free only a larger strip portion, perfect for some ink blending.
* I chose a few Memento Dew Drops and ink blended the free portion of the panel, creating a night sky. 
* I added a few white splatters over the blended portion for more effect.
* Next I stamped the images, colored them and fussy cut them. I also die cut a cloud to complete the design.
* I mounted all the images on the card and stamped a sentiment from the Magic Flowers set on a white banner.
* I glued a few clear sequins and adhered the panel to a white card base and my happy and colorful project was done.

If you love Instagram like I do, you can follow Create A Smile using the name @createasmilestamps and if you have any questions about card making, techniques or products, if you want to share your creations with Create A Smile fans or if you want to participate in our monthly challenge join us on our Facebook group Create A Smile - Friends & Family :).

Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ghost stamping....

Hi there I hope you are thrilled by the new release from last Friday and maybe ordered some of the goodies already. Here is some more inspiration for you.


I wanted to try the ghost stamping technique with alcohol inks and archival ink. And the new stamps are perfect for this technique don't you think so?

I went with a horizontal cardbase and diecut a panel out of yupo paper specially for alcolhol inks. Used three colors of alcohol ink to spread over my paper and a paintbrush and a straw to let the alcohol ink run over the paper. Once I was satisfied I let the paper dry and stamped the image using archival ink and immediately wiped the ink of with a cloth. Stamped the little fairy and colored it with copics and cut it. Stamped the sentiment on some black cardstock and white heat embossed it.
finished the card of with some glitter drops from nuvo.


Superpower and swooshes.

Cool cuts (dies);

Double stitched rectangles.

Make sure you visit the shop and the blog for much more inspiration and please join in the fun in our challenges you might get your hands on some of the great supplies.

Have a great week;

Hugs Anja

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Playing with New March Releases!

YAY! New releases!!! I'm here to share with you 2 stamps sets from the new release. However, do check this blog everyday because I'm sure you'll see more inspiration from the other design team members. Head over to the Create A Smile store to check out the entire release! You won't regret it :D

And I hope you'll stay tune because I will be sharing my cards using these release next Sunday as well!

For my first card, I'm using the delicately designed Easter Eggs stamp set

This stamp sets was just screaming at me to use white embossing powder. I tried to keep the watercolouring on the light side to match the delicate designs of the eggs. 

Next is the Swooshes stamp set. This set is such a unique set. I've never used anything like that and I can't wait to experiment with it. 

Rainbow was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this set. I've pick two stamps from the same to create this alternating pattern. To give a bit of dimension, I've filled it some of the circles with Ranger White Enamel Accents.

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Mail Call : Christine is looking to decorate her office with your beautiful Create A Smile cards creation. Send your cards to Merremstr. 21, 47053 Duisburg, Germany.

Thanks for stopping by,