Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You're SEW Sweet!

Happy Wednesday and welcome back! It's Laurie with you today sharing a card made using a couple of the latest stamp sets to hit the shop!

The idea for this card jumped out at me while looking at the button shaped flower from the Sewing Stamp Set. I thought "let's make an actual flower from this stamp"! 

I stamped out my little scene using the Sewing Stamp Set along with the new Solid Florals Stamp Set. These two sets work perfectly together especially for this idea! I used an ink specifically for no-line colouring but any light ink will work...if you're using pencils.

I chose a selection of pencils and started to colour. I will admit that as I started on the button flowers, I was less than impressed with my skills. But I persevered!

As you can see, I really have no real details here. But that's okay! You'll see how I fixed that! I wanted to add some colour to the background so I cut masks for the buttons and placed them overtop.

The bottom didn't require masks as I was blending green anyway.  I took a light blue ink and a blending brush and added a "sky".

I trimmed all around this panel. In the end, it measures about 3 X 4.25 inches. Now, for the sentiment.  I went through my stash to find a suitable sentiment. In the end, I created my own which is one of my favourite things to do especially when you have an amazing alphabet die set! In this case, I used the Cherry Lowercase Cool Cuts.

I cut the word "sew", then selectively stamped "you're and sweet" from the A Little Treat Stamp Set. You can also now see all the stitching details I added with a white gel pen. Maybe a little overboard but it sure jazzed things up! I cut 3 sets of letters for added dimension then glued them to the panel.

Before placing the panel onto a white card base, I took the same images and stamped with a light grey ink. This gives the look of a subtle patterned paper. Again, another fave technique!

I foam mounted the panel and called this card finished. I did play around with sequins and such, but in the end decided against it.

Solid image stamps, especially smaller ones are so great for techniques. From making your own patterned paper to no-line colouring to watercolour stamping. Play around and you'll discover so many possibilities!

A Little Treat
Solid Florals

Don't forget about your smaller stamp sets! They are always full of amazing designs either to fill up some space or create entire focal images!

Thanks so much for stopping in! See you soon!


We dare you to create a smile: July Mood board

Hello everyone

we are excited to share with you the July mood board that we are pretty sure you will love as much as we do . The color are just perfect for summer and we cannot wait to see what you create inspired by the mood board .

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 challenge design team is coming along to inspire you to play along with our challenge and here is what they created

Alexandra made this card using Sending Sunshine stamp set ,  Favorite everything stamp set Cool cuts Stitched Rectangle framesStencil Under the sea

Anja made this beautiful card using Stencil Bubble circle ,  Dress me up stamp set Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Ahoi ! stamp set Say what ? stamp setCool cuts Speech bubbles

MBFAIRYSKY created this gorgeous card using Fine ferns stamp set ,  Small sentiments stamp set

Ella made this beautiful card using Bärmail stamp set Stencil Basic Ovals Nur für dich stamp setFloral decorations stamp set

Fabiola made this lovely card using one of our Say what ? stamp set Dress me up stamp set Eggstraordinary Egghunt stamp set

Linda made this adorable card using A friendly turn stamp set 

Martina made this cute and darling card using one of our Served up stamp set Cool cuts Double stitched Rectangles

Melanie made this gorgeous card using Zuckerschnute stamp set Cool cuts Useful banners  ,Cool cuts Stitched Circle framesEnamel stickers Sending sunshine

Melissa made this lovely card using Pure poppies stamp set Mini birthday stamp setStencil Bubble circleChipboards Hearts

Nathalie made this adorable card using Cool cuts Stitched square frames Fruit salad stamp set Stencil Medium Stripes Cool cuts happy , Cool cuts birthday

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Winners from June sketch challenge

Hello everyone !

Is always so nice to see all the ideas you came up for the challenges . We love every take on the challenge that you make and we are every time a bit more   inspired by your creativity . Sadly we can only pick two winners , and every time is hard to decide which to choose . 

Also wanted to let you know that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store and to be guest designer for our next challenge!

The winner of a 25€ gift card is Johanna  with this beautiful card using Cart full of treasures stamp set Ahoi stamp set

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

Our featured artist from the sketch challenge is Mugdha  with this adorable card using Superpowers stamp set 

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

 Make sure to check the blog for the new challenge and I hope you are inspired to play along with us. 
Until next time have a great day!


Monday, July 6, 2020



Hey everyone...

It's Ashlee here with you today and I have a brand new card to share featuring a brand new stamp set "Ahoy" along with some other previously released CAS products!!

I thought this super cute new image from the Ahoy set totally needed to be floating in the waves so this was my starting point and the rest all went from there...

- I first stamped the waves using with Memento tuxedo black ink on a white card base
- Using Copic markers I coloured in the Ahoy image and fussy cut it out 
- Using the smallest circle from the stitched circle frames I die cut the middle out of the image
- Added the image to the waves using foam tape for dimension
- Using a CAS chipboard I covered in glue and then covered in WOW Sparkles for a super glittery finish
- With the Cherry uppercase I die cut it twice from blue and red cardstock and added the sentiment AHOY to the bottom of the card with liquid glue

Use a liquid glue to cover chipboard and easily cover with any glitters for a super fun effect

To hop on over to the CAS store and check out the latest releases... 
There is always so many awesome products to create with and expand your crafty stash!! 
Christine is giving these SUPER adorable mini stamp freebies to collect with every order, they are so fun and how cool to have little collectable stamps!!

Happy crafting everyone!!
Hugs Ashlee. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Mini-Cards with mini-stamps (VIDEO)

Hi everybody :-)

some of you might have already seen... create a smile is sending out new goodies to every order :-) This is such a lovely idea. Now you can catch some of our normal and already known stamp-images in a tiny version. BUT you CAN'T buy them and you CAN'T choose ;-) its still a goodie ;-)

But because they are sooo cute I made my todays video by using these tiny stamps. And for tiny stamps I thought, I will do tiny cards ;-)

Ok, on these pics they look normal sized... but in the Video you can see the difference ;-)

Here is a little Video (but only in german)

If you need more inspiration, follow us on Instagram. Christine, the owner of create a smile, is posting a loooot of little IGTV-Videos with genius little crafty tipps :-)