Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Just for you

Hey everybody! Chris back with you today with some inspiration for a Christmas Card. For this card I "mixed-up" some stampsets.

In the last few days, I saw some mistletoe decorated front doors so I tried to use this inspiration for a Christmas card.

  • it´s very simple to do
  • the front door is a cut file (Silhouette Design Store) and I cut it out with my Plotter 
  • stamped all images and colored them with Distress inks and Alkoholmarkers 
  • for the gift package with the sentiment I stamped a part over a "Post-it" and then extended it manually 
  • for more contrast I glued down a colored Panel which I blended  out with some Ink Pads
  • then arranged all images on the card and glued down with 3D-Pads

For this door I used my Plotter, but I think you can create your own door without a Plotter.
And with some masking-techniques it´s possible to "strech" some images for your need.


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


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Glowing Christmas Wishes

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Today I have a glowing christmas card for you.

Lately I saw this card by Dawn Woleslagle where she did spotlight ink blending on colored cardstock and I really wanted to try out this technique.

  • take a light colored cardstock and blend on some distress inks
  • start blending from the corners/ edges using the lightest color first and switch to a darker color in the next step 
  • don't forget to leave an uncolored space in the middle of the panel for the glowing effect
  • first stamp the branches in a dark color around the edges in the upper part of the panel
  • after the ink is completely dry stamp the branches and the sentiment with versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder
  • stamp, heat emboss and fuzzy cut the christmas ornaments
  • instead of coloring with watercolor or markers you can do some ink blending on the ornaments
  • glue everything together with foam tape to add some dimension
  • draw the string of the ornaments with white gel pen

For a more sparkly look you can also sprinkle some glittery embossing powder over the branches without using any ink and heat set it from the backside of the paper.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Winners from Happy mail challenge!

Hello everyone!

It's time again to pick our winners , thank you to everyone who entered the challenge! We had some very beautiful projects and our absolute favourite ones were

Sililovespaper  created this super cute card using Locker- Flocking

Congratulations! You are the winner of 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store please send an email to to claim your prize!

Our featured artist from this challenge

Mirella with this fabulous card using Cling Mandala stamp and Bear mail stamp set

Congrats! You can display the badge on your blog is so well deserved!

There is a new challenge going on so make sure to check it out and play along for a chance to win a 25€ gift card to Create a smile store!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy Birthday

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Woohoo, no Christmas card today, what a surprise! For a change I have a birthday card for you.

When I saw this video by genius Jennifer McGuire I knew I had to try this technique called Distress Ink Monoprint. I did a lot of samples not each turned out pretty but I liked this one.

  • I created the background following Jennifer McGuire's video. When the background was dry, I die cut a circle from it. I layered it with a die cut circle with a post edge.
  • Then I stamped the super cute guinea pig from the set Furry & Bright / Flauschige Weihnachten. You can use the guinea pig all year round although it is a Christmas set.
  • I coloured the image with Copic markers and added in some fur details with coloured pencils.
  • When I put the circle on my card, it looked a little bit boring. I decided to add some splatters using the same Distress Oxide inks I used before for the background (absolutely inspired by Kerstin).
  • The last thing I had to do was to stamp a sentiment and that finsihed up my card.

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We dare you to create a smile : Winter time

Hello everyone

Is time for a new challenge and our theme this time is Winter time and is just perfect for this period of the year :)
Also don't forget that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store and the change to be guest designer for our next challenge !

As always we have our guest designers sharing their take on the challenge and can't wait for you to see what they came up with!

Annett created this awesome card using Easy-breezy stamp set

Anja made this beautiful shaker cards using Cool cuts Negative snowflake ,
Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles

Ishani created this fabulous card using Cart full of treasures stamp set

Thank you so much to our guest designer for the inspiration! Make sure to check them out on social media and leave some love to this talented ladies!

Our design team also made some fantastic projects and here they are

Alexandra created this card using Cool cuts Negative SnowflakeCool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Vinyl Christmas greetings stamp set

Ashlee created this stunning card using Dress me up stamp set

Ellenor made this super cute card using Dress me up stamp set

Giada created this wonderful card using Dress me up stamp set

Ksenija made this cute card using Bear mail stamp set

Laura made this outstanding card using Gull gang stamp set

Sindhu created this adorable card using Cool buddies stamp set

Victoriya made this awesome card using All hands on deck stamp set

Now is your turn to be creative and to ink your stamps! Make sure to read the rules before entering and most important have fun!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

VIDEO Stretch the dies for making Tags

Hi everybody :-)

Its the first December, that means we are into the christmas-season.... wohooo...  and maybe you need some tags for all the presents you will give to your loved ones?

The idea is, not only to use the tag-dies. You also can use other dies for tags, and I wanted to show you how I created the backgrounds.

Here you can watch the video in english...

And here in german

Make sure that you have an eye on our instagram-storys ;-) Christine is sharing more Videos out of the office ;-)