Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tweet! Tweet!

 Hi everyone and welcome back to our creative space! 
Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing one of the new and super adorable stamp sets from Create a Smile Stamps shop.


The moment that I saw these cute birds I just couldn't wait to color them and create a card with an adorable bird family.

* First I die cut a panel from white cardstock using one of the scalloped rectangle dies and ink blended some clouds using a very light shade of blue.
* I prepared a pink card base and I mounted the panel on it using craft foam.

* On a white panel I stamped the images for my scene and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.
* After the coloring was done, I fussy cut the images and mounted it on my card, creating an adorable sky scene.
* To add more interest to my card I die cut and adhered a few clouds under the birds, giving them support. 
* I stamped the sentiment, glued a few clear sequins and my card was done. 

Super easy and I had so much fun playing with these cuties!

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Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

bear mail in the snow

Hi there, is it snowing where you live?

We did have a bit of snow and loved it but now it's all gone.

I have a crafty friend that has a lot of snow around her house at the moment and her postman is often a little late. That inspired me to make this card for her.

  • use two stencils and two different grey Distress Inks to create your background
  • take a piece of white paper and tear it to get that snowy ground, glue it to the background
  • stamp, color and fussy cut the bear on his bike
  • die cut the word happy and its shadow from white and pink card stock and glue them togeter
  • stamp the little hello to some grey cardstock and cover it with white embossing powder. Heat set this and cut it to size.
  • add the bear and the sentiment to your background and you're done :-)

Bear mail - Bärmail / Wave of Snowflakes / Small Sentiments / Happy / Frosty Fun Kit

Layering Stencils can create totally new looks. 

Using only one color combined with neutrals like white and gray makes that color the star of your project.

I did not have a matching pink card stock, so I colored some paper with the alcohol markers I used to color in my bike.

The JANUARY RELEASE is online! Check out all ne new goodies! ;-)

And if you're up for a challenge, hop over to the blog and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day,

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!