Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Let's Try Something New!!

Hello and welcome!! It's Laurie with you today to share something a little different. I've recently dived in to the world of art journaling and thought I'd use some fabulous CAS products to create a page!

What's great about art journaling is that as a cardmaker you likely have everything you need to get started! There are products on the market specifically made for art journaling but I wanted to show you that you can start with what you have!

I don't even own a proper art journal. I use inexpensive note books that I found on Amazon. These ones were made to fit into a travellers note book. You can even use an old book that you have lying around!

I started by ripping pages out of an old book and gluing then down with Matte Medium Gel. I put a layer of glue on the page, place the paper and apply a thin coat over top. This will seal everything nicely!

After apply a thin layer of Gesso (primer for paper), I scribbled some colour using Derwent Inktense blocks. Please use whatever colouring medium you have!!!  I sprend the colour around using a very wet brush.

You can still the paper peeking through and that's exactly what you want!  Now, it's time to add some stamping! I chose stamp sets that were more graphic for this. This will add more texture and interest to the background!

I used the Hocus Focus which unfortunately is discontinued. But check out the Bujo Basics or Loops of Love sets..they would be perfect here! I also used the Basic Circles Stencil along with a black watercolour pencil to trace some circles around the page. NOTE: for your stamping, you want to use a waterproof ink if you're adding more medium over top. I used Ranger Archival Ink.

After adding a bit of water to the traced circle to blur the lines, I added a little gesso into each circle to lighten them up. A bit of watered down, white acrylic paint would work here as well.

To add even more texture, I used the Blossom Stencil along with white embossing paste to 3 out of the 4 corners of the page.

This is quite subtle but adds a lot of texture and visual interest.  Now, onto the focal point. To brighten this page up, I coloured up a couple images from the Pure Poppies Set in a vibrant pink/purple colour. 

The sentiment was made using the Clear Letters Set and the Cherry Lowercase Alpha Dies. A good alphabet stamp set and die set is a must in any craft stash! 

I glued the flowers down first using regular white glue, then added the sentiments around them.

Because it's hard to stop adding details, I used a white gel pen on almost everything and added a few hearts here and there! I also used the Mix & Match Patterns Set to add a border!

And that's the finished layout!!!

It's always fun to try something new! It's also easy to get caught up and want to purchase "all the new things"! But take a look in your stash before purchasing anything, you likely already have products that will work just fine!
Art journaling is messy. And that's part of the fun but a silicone craft mat will be your best friend!
If you don't have and alpha stamp or die set, that would be the one thing I recommend! The sets I used here are perfect for this application. They are the perfect size!!
Last but not least...have fun! What I've learned about art journaling is that it's not supposed to be perfect! It's about experiementing and adding layer upon layer of paints and papers and pastes!!

I did purchase the Gesso and Matte Medium especially for this craft. Everything else I had on hand. Shop your stash!!

There is always a fun challenge going on the blog which you can find HERE!! Also, please use the hashtag #createasmilestamps when sharing your creations on social media. We love to see what you create!

Winners from out latest sketch challenge

Hello everyone !

We were so happy to all your amazing creations inspired by the latest Sketch. Sorry for posting the winners so delayed. Our wonderful challenge coordinator Ale is on a well deserved vacation, so everything is a little different behind the scenes ;)

So, let's take a look at the results! Who won this 25€ gift card to the store?
Drumrolls, please!

KlimbimElli you are the winner! She created this adorable card using "Dicke Freunde".

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

Our featured artist is Johanna and she created this lovely card using Maus au chocolat, Junger Hüpfer and the Bubble Circle stencil :)

Congrats !! You can take the badge and display it on your blog is so well deserved! (Also send an email to if you'd like to be a guest designer for an upcoming challenge :) )

Thank you everyone for playing along with our sketch challenge ! Make sure to check the current challenge and we hope you play along 

Until next time have a lovely day


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Big Hugs

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I have a card with a BIG surprise for you today!

I hadn't used the super cute set Big Surprise (the german version is called Fette Überraschung) yet. So I was yearning to ink it up.

  • I started by stamping the images I wanted to use. 
  • As I coloured with pencils I didn't had to think about what type of black ink I needed to use.
  • I fussy cut the images.
  • To create a background for my little scene I cut down a piece of printing paper in form of a hill. 
  • I used one part to mask off the sky and the other piece for the beach.
  • I stamped the Big from the sentiment in white on blue cardstock and fussy cut it as well.
  • The Hugs I stamped directly on my panel.
  • Then I assembled my card.

Sorry to our English speaking friends - the advent calendar will only be available in a German version!
Vergesst nicht, den Adventskalender vorzubestellen. Dafür habt Ihr noch bis zum 09.08.20 Zeit.


We dare you to create a smile: August Moodboard

Hello everyone

It is time for another mood board challenge here on Create a smile blog and i am sure you will all love this beautiful mood board.  We cannot wait to see all the beautiful creations you make inspired by  this challenge

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 

Our guest designers for today's challenge are:

Sandra completely rocked the summer vibes with our retired set "Aloha Spirit" in combination with fette Überraschung. Such a sweet card, and her doodled frame is the perfect detail!

Nina crated a card that reminds me of a garden scene. She added texture and dimension with some of our chipboards (Sonnenschein, Leaves). She colored them with markers - this is so cool!
She also used the sun from Scene builders, a sentiment from Liebling-alles and the Cloud-Pattern stencil.

Thank you so much for guest designing for our challenge . Please check Sandra and Nina 's social media to see all their amazing creations and leave some love

Now is our challenge design team turn to show you all the different cards they made to inspire you to play along with our challenge

Alexandra made this card using Cool cuts Birthday , Fine Ferns stamp setSmall sentiments stamp set , Aloha stamp set (retired)

Anja made this beautiful card using  Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Ahoi stamp setFette Überraschung stamp set

MBFAIRYSKY created this happy pink card. She used Wildflowers and Happy Days.

Ella made this beautiful card using Fine ferns stamp set , Aus der Ferne stamp set

Fabiola made this summery surfer card using Cool Buddies and Dress me Up. She also used the Bubble Circle stencil her clouds for some subtile detail.

Nathalie made this gorgeous pirate card using Alle Mann an BordStencil: Ferns 

Hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge . Please make sure to check the challenge rules below before you enter you card!

Thank you for stopping by today ! Until next time have a lovely day 

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Miniature slimline....!!


Hey everyone...

It's Ashlee here with you today and one of the latest card making craze thats going around is slimline cards. They are so much fun to make as you can create some super fun scenes on them being that they have that bit extra room but it got me thinking I wonder if I could create a miniature slimline card using the awesome stitched rectangle cool cut dies....

So I got my dies out and made this little miniature slimline card and featured some of the super cute little freebie image collectable stamps that Christine is popping in with everyones orders!!

I just adore these super cute little freebie collectable stamps and they are perfect for creating tiny little scenes which worked well with my idea of a mini slimline card!!

- Die cut two different sizes of the stitched rectangle cool cuts from white cardstock
- Use Wild Honey distress oxide ink to colour the largest one
- leave the outside frame of the smaller one white and ink the inside rectangle cut using squeezed lemonade and using the stencil add some polkas with Wild Honey distress oxide ink
- Die cut a mix of the stitched circle cool cuts from white cardstock, leave the frames white and ink the insides with the same distress oxide ink colours
- Stick all the base elements down, colour up images and fussy cut them out
- Add a touch of sequins and a sentiment on a die cut useful banner 

Use fine sharp scissors for cutting out tiny images, makes it easier for you to cut nice edges around them...

Have fun.... that's all there is too it!!

Happy crafting everyone!!
Hugs Ashlee.