Thursday, August 22, 2019

Winners from sketch challenge

Hello everyone !

Time to see the winners from our latest sketch . As usual there were so many fabulous entries and it was pretty hard for us to decide 

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 Sandie with this adorable card that she created using our Freebie stamp set 

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

Our featured artist from this challenge is Leonie with this wonderful card using  Floral decorations stamp set

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

Thank you to everyone who played along with our challenge! There is a new challenge on the blog and the theme is Mood board so make sure to check it out and play along !

Have a great day

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Make a wish

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!
Today I have a very special monochrome birthday card for you.

I wanted to try negative painting with watercolors for soooo long and now I finally did it. The basic idea ist to paint a darker background around the lighter objects.

  • stamp  your images in a light colored ink onto water color paper
  • mask the first layer of your stamped images and stamp some more in the background
  • create as many layers as you want but at least 3 layers
  • start with a very light wash of your watercolor all over the panel and set aside to dry
  • color the images in the first row in a very light shade and let dry
  • lay down a second layer of a darker shade of watercolor around the images in the first row and over the images in the background
  • set aside to dry
  • for the next layer start over again with coloring the images of the second row
  • paint a darker shade of watercolor around the images in the first and the second row and over the images in the third row
  • set aside to dry
  • start over again for the next layer
  • decorate your panel with some white and gold splatters
  • stamp your sentiment on vellum and heat emboss

... or lessons learned. Here are some things you should do better than me. ;-)

  1. Plan your layers well! I got quite confused about what to color and what to leave unpainted during the process.
  2. Use a recognizeable darker color for each layer! The second and the third layer in my project are too similar.
  3. Paint fast! Otherwise your paint dries too quickly and your background becomes blotchy.



Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

We dare you to create a smile : Mood board

Hello everyone!

It's again time for a new challenge and look at this gorgeous summery colors that our mood board has. We can't wait to see all the beautiful projects you will create inspired by this mood board

Also don't forget that by 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 guest designer for our next challenge 

Let's see what our guest designers have created inspired by the new theme 

Kuni created this sweet and adorable card using Möwen Gang stamp set

Marina made this lovely card using Clematis stamp set

Thank you so much for being guest designer in our challenge and creating such beautiful projects. Please make sure to check their social media and leave them some love

The design team also created some gorgeous projects inspired by the new mood board  . Here they are

Ildi created this stunning card using Lovely critters stamp set

Viola made this adorable card using Cling Cloudy day stamp Möwen Gang stamp set

Hope you got inspired and now is your time to be creative!
Please before entering your project make sure to check the rules which are listed below

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bearmail Thanks!

A big hello to all our crafty friends!

It's Candice here and I have a sweet thank you card for you today!

Have you ever wanted to really say thank you to someone?!  I did and thought using a lot of thanks dies would do it!

To fit all my thanks onto my card, I created an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 slim line card base.
-Trim another piece to fit on the front with three sides a little smaller.
-For the background, ink with broken china, shabby shutters, scattered straw & spiced marmalade.
-Splatter with water, white & brown paint.

-Die cut multiple thanks from thick white cardstock, adhere to the side and trim the excess off.
-Stamp the envelopes on pattern paper.
-Stamp the adorable bear, bird & mailbox, color with light copic markers, and fussy cut out.

I always create my splatter backgrounds first so they have time to dry while I color my images.  It also helps me to decide what colors to use on my images to have them match!

There is a fun new embossed resist challenge on FB and you can join to have a chance to win!

Be inspired to try a new technique and I can't wait to see your creation!

Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hello, how are you?

Hi there, Nicole here with a rainbow card that says "Hello, how are you?"

When I started making cards, I had just a few stencils and did not know what to do with them but now, many years later, I just love playing with them. So I wanted to make a card using this Huge Polka Dots Stencil.

I also got inspired by a YouTube video by Cathy Zielske

  • put some masking tape on your panel 

  • lay your stencil on top and stick it to your working surface with some washi tape

  • start ink blending with a light hand

  • remove the stencil and the masking tape

  • stamp a large greeting over the gap between the two ink blended parts

  • decorate the card with small stamps and twine 

  • gridlines on your work surface are super helpful to put on the masking tape straight
  • some of the colors would turn into a muddy brown when mixing them, so that's where the masking tape does a wonderful job by keeping them apart.  

Nur mal Hallo sagenHuge Polka Dots Stencil / Bear Mail (auch in Deutsch: Bärmail)

We love to see what you create, so make sure you tag us on Instagram using #createasmilestamps or share your cards on our FB Group called "Create A Smile - Friends and Family".

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a colorful day,