Thursday, October 18, 2018

pastel fall card * time lapse video

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

Today I have a pastel fall card for you and a time lapse video of my cardmaking process.

I love fall and it's typical fall colors but I also love pastel colors. That's how the idea of making a pastel fall card came up. I also struggle including green in my cards. If it's not grass or leaves, I have a hard time finding colors that go along well and/or I like, so I challenged myself to use green as a focal color.

  • stamp, color and fussy cut your frog and some leaves
  • mask off the sky and ink blend the ground. I used a light brown Distess Ink
  • mask off your ground and ink blend the sky. I did not spread my blue color evenly because I wanted to create the illusion of soft clouds.
  • die cut your panel with a scalloped rectangle die
  • stamp the greeting
  • adhere the frog and the leaves with glue and/or foam tape (I used both)
  • (optional) draw some lines and tiny dotts with a black pen to make it look like wind

In the video you can see some of my creative process. I thought about using a stencil and tried out a background stamp, I search for a nice color combo for my background, I go through my stash of sentimens and I try several positions for the little leaves as well. 

  • I used three leaves because odd numbers are pleasing to the eye
  • Ink blending a sky does not always have to be one flawless blue panel. Sometimes, a more "messy" or uneven ink blending adds some interest to the sky.
  • adding small hand drawn details can spice up your clean and simple card. Practice on a scrap piece of paper or use a pencil first (if you're scared to ruin your card by drawing on it).


We're on Instagram @createasmilestamps and we LOVE to see what you create!! Share your cards, paper creations or hauls using the hashtag #createasmilestamps 😀😀😀

Check out DT member Kerstin's last card. It's very similar to mine (we did not plan this 😉) but still different. The colors are more vibrant and she picked die cut leaves and painted a soft watercolor background.

We would love to see you're fall cards using Create A Smile stamps and dies! Play along our fun challenge! One lucky winner will get a gift card to the store!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hello and a hug

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Today I have a cute fall card for you featuring one of my favorite stamp sets.

We had a long and warm summer and I really enjoyed it. But now it's time for the another wonderful season: fall! A good reason to start creating fall cards.

  • stamp and color your favorite critter and fuzzy cut, if you love to
  • create a background in a loose watercolor style and if you're like me add some sprinkles
  • die cut some leaves from the cool cuts pocket tag set and color them as well
  • glue the leaves on the ground and in the air (like falling leaves)
  • add a sentiment and be careful not to ruin it 

If you messed up part of the sentiment (like I did) you can stamp or heat emboss on some vellum, cut it out and glue it over the ruined sentiment.

Clear Cool Buddies     Clear Nur mal hallo sagen     Cool Cuts Pocket Tag

... if you want to share your creations with us on Instagram don't forget to use #createasmilestamps

Friday, October 12, 2018

Winners from Saying Hello challenge!

Hello everyone!

It's time to pick the winners from our latest challenge Saying hello ! Without no further due the winner of 25€ gift card to Create a smile store is

Lisa And she created this fantastic card using our Unfrogettable stamp set 

Many congrats Lisa make sure to send an email to to claim your prize!

Now our featured artist from this challenge is

 Creative by Steffka with this absolutely stunning card that she made using our Time to say thank stamp set

Congrats Steffka !You can take the badge and display it on your blog! It's so well deserved !

Thank you everyone who entered our Saying hello challenge ! There is another challenge going on so make sure to check it out for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Hello everyone! Chris  here with a little fun christmas card.  The naughty cute cat just "stole" the dog´s bag. 

When I hold a set in my hands, I love to use the accessories in different ways, as in this case the dogs bag with the cat.

  • first I stamped the images on water color paper and colored  (Distress Inks)
  • cut out all images and also cut out the bag with the dogs paws
  • arranged at the cat in different ways 
  • Background: blended with Distress oxides (tumbled glass, faded jeans)  - after it dryed I used the snowflake stencil with some mousse (in my case metallic gliding polish) 
  • stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder
  • then arranged all images on the card and  glued down with 3d Foam tape.

Just have a look at your Stampsets in your stash  - maybe you have some sets  which match together very well.


The cute stampset "Furry & Bright" / "Flauschige Weihnachten" is from the new Octobre release and available from friday 12th.

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


We dare you to create a smile: It's fall

Hello everyone!

A new challenge starts here on Create a smile blog and the theme is ''It's fall''. As outside starts to get colder and the leaves change their colors we thought that was the perfect time for our challenge! 

And this prize is waiting for you 

Let's see what our guest designer created inspired by the theme 

Deepti created this fabulous card using Lovely critters stamp set  . Thank you so much Deepti for guest designing for our challenge and for creating this stunning card

Now let's see what our design team created:

Alexandra made this lovely card using Cool buddies stamp set and Scene builders stamp set and Alphabet sticker : Milk Chocolate

Ashlee made this Beautiful card using Dress me up stamp set

Ellenor created this adorable card using Scene builders stamp set  and Hexagon web stencil

Giada created this wonderful card using Scene builders stamp set and Crystal letters upper stamp set

Ksenija made this lovely card using our Bear mail stamp set 

Laura created this awesome card using Gull gang stamp set and Unfrogettable stamp set

Sindhu made this gorgeous card using Unfrogettable stamp set

Victoriya made this wonderful card using Unfrogettable stamp set

Hope you got inspired by all the fabulous creations that our design team and our guest designer made ! Now is your turn to be creative and by entering our challenge you got the chance to win a 25€ gift card to Create a smile stamp store ! Make sure you read the rules before entering your project! And most important ''Have fun"