Wednesday, September 15, 2021

We dare you to create a smile : September sketch

Hello everybody,
it´s wednesday again and that means time to start the new challenge (open until 27.09.2021) with this great versatile sketch.

By playing along you will get the chance to win a 25,-€ gift card for the Create a smile shop .

Our two guest designers made adorable cards fitting the current mood board, let´s have a closer look.

Lisa, our last time winner, made this fabulous cute DINlang (maybe christmas?) gift card using Pack mich aus and the new released Dein handgemachter Adventkalender.

And our featured artist Melissa used Cool buddies to create this pretty winter scenery for her christmas card...

Thank you both for your gorgeous work, please be sure to check out their profiles and leave them some love...

But the designteam came up with wonderful card ideas too - so let´s move on...

Candice made this beautiful floating-in-the-sparkling-sea koala card using All hands on deck

Jeanne did an amazing job placing nearly everything you can dream of when your´re reading a book onto one card... because "Reading is an adventure of the head". Correspondingly she used varios stamp set : Ähnlich programmiertBooksNanuFrohe Ostern, an older Set "Sturm meistern" and the Cherry lowercase and Postage edge circles dies.

Joke made this fantastic rainbow mushroom card where fall greetings are much happier than you could imagine... She used Unfrogettable and the beautiful new mushrooms stamp set.

For her genius cuckoo clock card Kerstin turned the sketch upside down and used Aus meinem NestConesFestive Foliage and Sei kein Frosch.

Maaike made this cute clean and simple looking card and placed litte piggy in the moving sea, using the Pig out set. Doesn´t those teared up cardstockstripes look just gorgeous as waves??? 

Nina wrapped the cheerful yeti in a big cozy scarf to send "warm wishes" using UnglaublichWinterliche Grüße and Double stitched rectangles on her great winter card.

Tinne made this awesome flower meadow card using Good day. Aren´t those little bees just the cutest addition?

And last but not least Vicki made this marvelous autumn card using Sweater weatherGood dayClouds stencil and Double stitched rectangles.

Wow! As always such stunning inspiration... don´t you think?
If you now want to participate you have time until 27.09.2021 but please make sure to follow the challenge rules below.
Have an awesome day everybody ... and get crafty whenever you´re able to...

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Winner from September mood board challenge

 Hello everybody!

Time to announce our winners - and to thank everyone who participate in the September mood board challenge.

Just in case you didn´t already know :
By playing along our challenges you´ll get the chance to win a 25,-€ gift certificate for the Create a smile Shop and be guest designer for the upcoming challenge (if you want to).

This time the winner of the 25,-€ gift certificate is ... drummroll and congrats to : Jenny´s Wunschkarten with her wonderful bunch of sweets card using Zuckerschnute and doing looooots of gorgeous masking...

Please send me an email to to claim your prize - it´s so well deserved. 

And our featured artist of the September mood board challenge is Bunteule 
Her beautiful and bright autumn card shows us the variety of fall colors using Mushrooms and the Funghi stencil.

Again : congrats you both!
You can take the badge and display it on your blogs, if you want to...

And we would love to invite you both to be guest designers for our next challenge - please send an email to and I will tell you all the details.

Be sure to check out our blog regularly... the inspiration over here never stops ... and you won´t miss the new challenges of course!

Have a great day ... and 
get crafty whenever you get the chance to...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Cute Baby Card!

 Hello and welcome back! It's Laurie with you today to share a cute and simple baby card.

I never have baby cards on hand, do you? I always just make as needed. A coworker of mine recently had a baby girl, so I went through my CAS stash and came up with this!

To get the colour scheme for this card, I went through my patterned paper and decided on this pink and yellow plaid. This happened to be a scrap strip and was the perfect size! I chose one of the Stitched Circle Frames and cut it from white cardstock. After deciding on placement, I took the same circle die and cut the patterned paper. This way everything would line up seamlessly.

For the main image, I used two of the images from the new Mushrooms Stamp Set (one of my fave sets, EVER)! I matched them up with the pink and yellow paper.

To colour, I used coloured pencil and blended with odourless mineral spirits (Gamsol). I haven't used this method in ages! It's so easy!!

I foam mounted the mushrooms in the centre of the circle and added a few hearts that were cut with the DIN Lang Postage Cool Cuts.

Now, this is where I got kind of stumped. The sentiment. I didn't think about the sentiment! After trying many things, I decided to use the Lemon Alphas to spell the word "baby". I thought it would look cute placed around the circle.

To finish off, I added a bit of sparkle to the "baby" and the tiny hearts.

I never have a clear plan on what I want to create when I sit down at my desk. But I find that going through my stash of patterned paper gives a good start! Even if you don't use it on your project, it can give you a colour palette and style ideas (floral, geometric, stripes)!

Don't forget about some of your supplies!! I had so much fun using my pencils and Gamsol that it made me want to use them more! 

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon!


Monday, September 6, 2021

Let's get fruity....!!

 Hey everyone...

It's Ashlee here today... 

I always have so much fun when it comes to playing around with stencils and for this card the awesome pineapple part of the CAS fruit stencil set was calling my name....

I couldn't wait to play around with this one and reveal the beautiful pineapples once I had layered them with the different ink colours!!

I sneaky peeked this card on my socials the last week while it was in the works on my crafty desk, if you would like to check that post out you can see it HERE

Basically the only thing that got me started for this card was the pineapple stencil... 
I just started inking up some pineapples and went from there, I ended up with many pineapples hehe!!

- Start with a white watercolour cardstock base cut from the postage cool cuts die 
- Place the pineapple part of the fruit stencil onto the cardstock and start inking
- Spread them all over the card base at different angles
- Once finished stencilling get some black ink and mix with a spritz of water on a stamp block before splattering with a paint brush over the whole card base
- Add the sentiment twice with black ink
- Finish off by adding some sequins and an orange matt of cardstock

I feel that I get a better, smoother blend with my inks by using watercolour cardstock....

Get out those stencils and have fun, nothing like getting a little inky and removing that stencil to reveal the beauty!! Happy crafting everyone....

Hugs Ashlee.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Last Days of Summer

Hi stampers, Anni here!

I know, I know! It's the first day of September but I can't let go summer yet.

Recently I started to colour a few images at once. I love to dive into the colouring. So I had the mouse in my stash and that was my starting point.

  • As my mouse was already coloured I chose the colours for the background from that colour scheme. 
  • I added a very light layer of the colours by ink blending. Then I used a stencil and added more of the same colours.
  • The card seemed a little bit empty. So I went through my stash and looked for some beach accessoires. It always adds more intrest when you add some smaller images to your scene.

Create a Smile had an amazing release last Friday. Have you seen all the awesome new products? Hop over and treat yourself!


We dare you to create a smile : September mood board

Hello eyerbody,
today we´re back with another moodboard challenge ... and aren´t those colors adorable???

If you want to play along (this challenge is open until 13.09.2021) you will get the chance to win a 25,-€ gift card for the Create a smile shop .

Fitting the current mood board our last time winner Martina / crea_tivna made adorable cards (yes plural!) and so we can show you three of her wonderful creations... one even more beautiful than the other. For all her cards she used Good day but created different looks.

Thank you for your gorgeous work, please be sure to check out her profile and leave her some love...

And now after this great start let´s have a closer look what the designteam came up with...

Candice made this gorgeous clean and simple, but very radiant flowercard using Pure poppies and Stitched rectangle frames.

Jeanne made again an adorable layout of her "favorite flower" using Geometrics and Einatmen, ausatmen for the background, as well as Lieblings-allesStitched circle framesCherry upper- and lowercase.

Joke made this funny and happy frog card using Unfrogettableshit happensclear letters and Stitched circle frames.

Kerstin made this awesome color harmonious flower-llama-card using Llama macchiatoNur mal hallo sagen and simply wonderful.

Maaike made this lovely bright flowery card using simply wonderful and wildflowers.

Nina made this very colorful jellyfish card (not sure if its an underwater- or maybe a sky-scene) using glowing seasideJuhu and Double stitched DIN lang.

Tinne made this absolutely adorable koala pirate scene using all hands on deck and all about you.

Vicki made this wonderful fresh flower card using mallow blossomstitched square framesleafy and confetti hearts stencil.

Again, such gorgeous inspiration... don´t you think?
If you now want to participate yourself you have time until 13.09.2021 but please make sure to follow the challenge rules below.
Have an awesome day everybody ... and get crafty whenever you´re able to...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter