Saturday, September 14, 2019

Winter Wishes

Hi there, Nicole here, with a cozy little christmassy card for you.

I'm slowly thinking about making christmas cards but at the same time I'm not really in the mood for santa and christmas trees. So what I do is, I use unusual colors and stamps that can be used for christmas but also for other occasions, like... they don't scream christmas to me.

For this card, a stamping tool like the MISTI comes in super handy. I used the stamp with the graphic design that looks like knitting and stamped it repeatedly, three times to be exact. The pattern has some blank spaces and an additional small stamp to fill them. So I took a small acrylic block and stamped the little shape in some of the gaps with another color.

Next, I stamped the bird with water resistant ink and colored it with Faber Castel Watercolor Markers. I cut him out and adhered him to my panel using foam tape. I filled the other gaps of the knitted pattern with white sequins and stamped my sentiment with a crisp black ink. To finish up my card, I added some glitter on the star using Wink of Stella.

This is a clean and simple card that you can use for fall, winter or christmas. It has a cozy feel to it and a little sparkle too because of the star.

If you are like me and want to start early with your christmas card making but you're not into santa and christmas trees yet, go through your stash and look for other stamps and dies that can be used for christmas cards and use them with a non traditional color combo.

Aus meinem Nest (also available in English "From my Nest")

Mix & Match Patterns

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

You Always Amaze Me!

Hi, Candice with you today.  I hope you have all settled back into the school routine, I know it has been really quiet in my home lately!

Today I am sharing a card that could brighten anyone's day!

I created this special card for a new, and AMAZING crafty friend, oneallgirlstudio, who wanted to send each other some love.  If you haven't tried reaching out to crafty friends, try it and lets send some love to each other!

I started my slimline card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base.
-I first created the background using the diamond stencil with fired brick, riped persimmon, carved pumpkin, dried marigold & scattered straw oxide inks.
-I made the frames by die cutting multiples and layering to give depth.

-Next, I stamped the cacti, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out. 
-For the small sentiment, I heat embossed in white on a stitched banner.  I then stamped the large you in black and cut out.

This was my first time using two completely different colors with my copic markers on the tips of the cacti.  I love the results and will be brave and try it on other images again!  Give it a try and share with us your results on Create a Smile IG!

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

Thank you for visiting!


Saturday, September 7, 2019

No-line-Coloring (VIDEO)

Hi everbody,

first of all: I'm not a coloring-pro, and even more, no no-line-coloring-pro ;-) But nevertheless I made a Video with exactly that theme.. hihi....

You can see noline-coloring these days nearly everywhere. So I though maybe seeing how another person (me) is doing this and shares some thoughts about it, wich may help those who wants to jump into that kind of coloring :-)

Here you can watch the Video in english:

Hier ist das Video in Deutsch:

When you are from Germany, or maybe you are in the near? Visit us on the Stempel-Mekka-Fair in Hagen :-) next Weekend. Wohoooo!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Winners from Mood board challenge

Hello everyone !

Hope you are excited to see who are the winners from our latest challenge Mood board challenge . Your cards were so gorgeous and we are so happy that you enjoy the mood boards 

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!
Without further due our winner is Alexandra with this gorgeous card: Look how adorable is that scene she combined  

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

Our featured artist from this challenge is Zubaida with this awesome card . Love her coloring and the use of one of our freebies 

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

Thank you to everyone who played along with our challenge! Until next time have a great day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a very sweet card for you!

I was looking through my Create a Smile stamps was searching for sets I haven't used as much as the others. And I found the super cute mole! But I wanted to combine it with other sets to give a new theme. The ice cream from Zuckerschnute/ A Little Treat was a perfect fit.

  • I started by stamping the two images with a little bit of lazy masking: I didn't cut out the whole image but torn a little bit of Post it! note to nearly the right size.
  • Then I coloured the mole and the ice cream with alcohol markers and fussy cut them.
  • For the background I used the second to largest of the stitched rectangles.
  • For the sentiment I die cut one of the Useful Banners from pink cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

  • My card needed a little bit more pink so I added a pink panel under the stitched rectangle. 
  • I added a little bit of ink blending to create the ground! This way my mole had something to stand on.

The new challenge started today. The challenge is a fun sketch.