Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Furry christmas

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Today I have this cute and cozy christmas card for you.




Creating your own background is something I really like a lot. This time I wanted to create a cozy plaid background.  


  • take the wide stripes stencils and apply diagonal stripes in a light color to your panel
  • then turn the stencil and apply slightly darker stripes in the other direction
  • draw some mini zickzack lines with a black fineliner and some gold lines with a golden fineliner




You can use this tutorial also for turning your stamped letters in plaid letters.



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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Christmas Florals

 Hello!  It's Candice with you today sharing an elegant Christmas card!

I just adore the large selection of florals that are in the Create a Smile shop and that I could use them for a unique and pretty Christmas card!

I began with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and die cut a stitched slimline panel from red cardstock.

I then die cut two set of the postage circles to line up where I was going to place my florals.

I heat embossed the first sets, making sure to leave space in between, in gold from Floral Decorations and Solid Florals stamp sets.

Next, I heat embossed another group of florals in red on vellum and fussy cut them out.  I used glue dots to hold them down at the tips and let the rest pop up a little.

I die cut two more smaller postage circles and stamped the sentiments from the Small Christmas Sentiments stamps.

To put the card together, I glued the larger circle down and then added the smaller one with foam tape into the center of each floral group.

I finished with a simple splatter of green sequins and nuvo drops with a few white nuvos!

Adding a few white accents with a pen can draw the eye in where you want the attention to go on your card as I did with the heat embossed floral images.

You can always enter in the current bi-weekly challenge for your chance to win!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Winners from Mood board challenge

Hello everyone !

As time goes by way too fast , so let's see who are the winners from the latest mood board challenge . Thank you everyone who played along there were so many amazing entries again 

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 Farida with this wonderful card  using Pulliwetter stamp set

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

Our featured artist from the mood board challenge is Claudia with this gorgeous card using Einatmen , Ausatmen stamp set

Congrats !! You can take the badge and display it on your blog is so well deserved ! if you would like to guest design for our next challenge please send an email to so i can let you know the details.

 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!


Mixing Stamp Sets and Using a Card Sketch!

Hello and welcome! Laurie with you today to share a fun card made by using several stamp sets. This is a great way to get more from your supplies! 

I wanted to go through my stash and find some stamps that I hadn't used in awhile. First one I picked was the Dress Me Up Set. I went with the sweater because I also tried to keep this a fall themed card. 

Sometimes I struggle with coming up with fun, new ideas for my cards. So when I get into a bit of a rut, I search Pinterest for some ideas! Here's where I got the inspiration for this card:

As you can see, my card doesn't really look like any of these. But I took different elements from each layout and created my own!

I started by cutting a 4.24X4.25 inch card base. The pink, Distress Oxide Panel I actually had in my "to use" bucket. I cut that down using a stitched square die. I dressed the bear in a sweater and coloured everything with Copic markers.

I used a white panel cut with one of the Scalloped Rectangles Dies. I used the Floral Decoration Stamp Set to add a bit of interest then using some left over blue ink on a blender brush, I added a bit of a blue hue.
I foam mounted the bear onto the white panel then added more foam to the back of that piece. I love dimension on my cards!!

The "hey there" sentiment comes from an older set called Friends In The Woods. This set was released and is fantastic!

Before adhering the bear to the card, I added a little border (also, from my die cut stash!). This divided the card up nicely!

Visiting Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, blogs or challenge blogs is a fantastic way to get inspired! 
Remember to shop your stash and use what you may have forgotten about!
Also, if you have a die cut bin, have a dig through it! You may just find something that will work perfectly on your project!

There is inspiration everywhere! Don't get discouraged when your mojo seems lost. 

Thanks for joining me today! See you soon!


We dare you to create a smile : October Sketch

Hello everyone

 we cannot wait to share with you all the inspiration from our guest designers and design team . Also we are happy to see all your creations inspired by the current challenge ! This sketch is a fun one and we are sure you will rock 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 

Kat is guest designing for our challenge today and she created this gorgeous card using Floral decorations stamp set , 

Johanna is one of our guest designer for today's challenge and made this gorgeous card showcasing the sketch and using  Einatmen, Ausatmen stamp set  Cool cuts Geburtstag

Thank you so much for creating such beautiful cards and for guest designing for our challenge!

Let's see how our team was inspired by the new challenge

Alexandra made this card using Bear mail stamp set  , Wonderful winter Kit

MBFAIRYSKY created this beautiful card using Cool buddies stamp set

Debby made this gorgeous card using  Best bugs stamp set 

Ella  made this lovely card using Stempelfreunde stamp set

Linda made this adorable card using Gull gang stamp set, Cling Waves(retired)

Martina made this adorable card using Easy breezy stamp set , Stencil Bubble circle

Hope you are inspired to play along with us! Please make sure to check the rules before entering your photos to the challenge 

Thank you for stopping by! Until next time!


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