Monday, March 18, 2019

Surprise! Just For You

Hi, everyone! It's Cassie here, and I'm back to share another Create A Smile card! March is a big birthday month in my family, so I've been trying to stock up on birthday cards. The sooner I start the better, and the simpler the card the faster I can make them!

I started the card by ink blending an A2 size card panel with a couple green Distress Oxide Inks. I used Twisted Citron and a color I mixed myself using the reinkers and a custom ink pad. I also splattered some ink over the entire card panel! 

Then I stamped out these adorable images from the Cart Full of Treasures stamp set. I added the packages and balloon images to the wagon for this birthday card, but there are a lot of different types of cards you could make depending on what you put in the wagon! 

Once that was colored I fussy cut it out and attached it to the card panel with foam tape. I finished the card by stamping a sentiment from the Poppin' Over stamp set. I thought this sentiment was perfect because of the little koala peeking out of the present! 

Don't forget to let your Distress Oxide Ink blending dry completely before stamping your sentiment! It could make the sentiment not look as crisp if the paper is still wet.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the card. Have a great day, and I'll see you again soon with another one!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Magical Sky

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

The moment that I saw this cute stamp set I just fell in love with it and couldn't wait to play with the adorable birds.

* First I die cut a panel from one of my watercolor backgrounds using the largest scalloped rectangle dies and then I die cut a panel from white cardstock using the same die.

* The white panel I die cut it again twice using a cloud die and mounted them on the upper part and on the bottom on the watercolor panel.

* I prepared a light grey card base and I adhered the panel on it.

* On a white panel I stamped the images for my card 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 magical sky scene.

* To add more interest to my card I white embossed the sentiment on a purple banner and mounted it on my project.

* I glued a few clear iridescent jewels and my card was done.

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Have a lovely weekend!
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Little Scene-card

Hello! Happy Wednesday! Chris here with you today with a little scene card featuring the lion stamp set "Fur real" / "Königlich"

For a long time I wanted to try such a scene card, but I don´t like masking so much and so I decided to do it in a bit different way.

  • first I printed a "frame-template" with my printer on copic-friendly paper (you can make your own squares or you will find a lot of free templates on the Internet
  • stamped the critters on the template without masking (maybe you don´t have to, but for me it was the easiest way to imagine how it will turn out and to know where I had to color the Background)
  • colored the gras with Alcohol-Markers and the heaven I blended with Distress oxides (for this I only  masked up the squares) 
  • stamped all images again on Watercolor-Paper and colored them Distress-Inks
  • cut out  the critters and arranged them on the template
  • at the side the critters where came together I did cut them to fit together (like a puzzle) - because I wanted to glue them down very flat
  • cut out some tiny clouds and glued them on the card - stamped the sentiment over the clouds.
  • glued down the template with 3d pads on a card base.

First I made a "Dummy" before I stamped
 on Copic-friendly paper 


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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Pure Poppies Watercolor Card

Hello and welcome 
to another cardmaking inspiration. Have you seen the latest posts by the Design Team? There are so many wonderful ideas and projects on this blog!

It's actually a sad occasion that made me create this card. A neighbor of us died and her family had poppies on the obituary. I wanted to make a card for them in the same style and these "pure poppies" stamps were just perfect.

  • stamp the flowers with a black pigment ink, cover them with clear embossing powder and heat set that
  • color your images with a water based medium (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens). I colored the flowers very loosely and spritzed them afterwards with a Mini Mister. This made the colors (orange, red and deep red) mix well.
  • I dried my color using a heating tool. This creates these "watercolor edges". 
  • I added some green Zig marker at the bottom and blended it out with a water brush
  • for the sky, I used Distress Ink and a blending tool but you could totally do this with watercolors as well.
  • after everything was dry, I added white paint splatters for a finishing touch
  • I did not forget my sentiment, I just wanted to leave the card as it is

  • sometimes, projects look messy first, but when they're dry or finished, they look much better
  • you can use watercolors, water colormarkers or Distress Inks for coloring your images like this
  • sometimes, cards do not need sentiments OR you just add them, when you know what kind of card you need. This could be a thank you card, a birthday card or so... 

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Thanks a lot for stopping by!
Have a happy day,

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Winners from sketch challenge!

Hello everyone!

It's time for us to pick the winners from the Sketch challenge , and we had so many beautiful entries that was pretty hard for us to pick only two cards.

But without further due , the winner of a 25€ gift card to Create a smile store is

Candice  and she created this outstanding card using Fur real stamp set and Fine ferns stamp set

Many congrats Candice ! Please send an email to to claim your prize.

Our featured artist is

Thordis  with this super cute card using Big time stamp set

Congrats! You can display the badge on your blog ! Is so well deserved!

Thank you everyone who entered the Sketch challenge . There is another challenge going on now on the blog so make sure to check it out !

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Good Morning!

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a colorful coffee card for you!

The sentiment is from the new sentiment set called Bei Merlins Bart and means Good Morning. When I saw it I knew it would go perfectly with the coffee pot.

I die cut a stitched rectangle from watercolour cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white on it. After that I added a lot of water to it. Then I sprinkled on some pigment powder colours on.
While the background dried I stamped the coffee pot and coloured it with alcohol marker.
I fussy cut the image and added some glossy accents to the heart.

  • At first my background was very bright andtoo dominant for the image. So I kept adding water to make it more pale.
  • With the background becoming paler the sentiment was difficult to read. I added some grey shadows to make it stand out more.

The new challenge started today. The challenge is to stamp a background.