Wednesday, August 15, 2018

We dare you to create a smile : Masculine cards edition

Hello everyone!

It's time for us to have another challenge here on Create a smile blog and the theme is : Masculine cards.
Most of us always struggle with creating masculine cards and what a better way to challenge yourself to think creative and use your cutesy stamps to create masculine cards .

Let's see what our guest designers have created inspired by our current challenge

Anja created this fabulous galaxy shaker card using Bis zum Mond stamp set 

Thank you so much ladies for being our guest designers and for inspiring us with such amazing cards.

Now let's see what our challenge team created

Alexandra made this beautiful card using To the moon stamp set 

Ashlee created this amazing card using Gull Gang stamp set and Stencil : Concentric circles

Christine made this awesome card using Vinyl Greetings stamp set

Ellenor created this adorable card using Stencil : Hexagon web and Gull gang stamp set

Giada made this beautiful cards using Message in a bottle stamp set and Stacked pierced ovals cool dies

Ksenjia created this fun card using Gull gang stamp set

Laura  created this stunning card using Bear Mail stamp set

Sindhu created this super cute card using Dress me up stamp set and Stencil : Triangle

Victoriya created adorable  card using All hands on deck stamp set

Hope you got inspired and play along with our challenge for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store 
Before you enter our challenge please take a few moments to read the rules which are listed below !

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Friends are the Best Superheros Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I have this superhero themed card to share about friendship!


I saw that CUTE CUTE CUTE mouse (my absolute FAVORITE critter image from Create a Smile Stamps, by the way!) and thought how fun it would be to make a bunch of them cheering on the flying one! Ha!

Here's how I made this layout!

- first I stamped and colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
- once dry, fussy cut out and set aside
- next, ink blend the sky ( I used Distress Inks in Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon) and the grass (Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn)

- then, I flicked on some water, and ink color to the backgrounds
- I heat embossed the swoosh of stars from the flying mouse and then adhered everything to the card
- lastly, I added the sentiment strip to the bottom of the scene!

I LOVE how well Create a Smile stamps all work together! So combining the phrases from the Friends Like You stamp set together with the super hero image is just too fun!

I used the First Day of School stamp set, Superpowers, and the super fun Swooshes stamp set! The title was created with Friends Like You stamp set!


Have you joined our Facebook Group Community? The Create a Smile Friends and Family group is such a fun group complete with challenges and daily inspiration! 



Thursday, August 9, 2018

First day of school

Hi there! Chris here with a new inspiration card, featuring the cute stampset for schoolkids.

Time flies so fast and the summer holidays are over soon - for some at least.  If you have children, the first day of school comes at some point and it is an exciting day for most kids. Therefore, I find a greeting card with the school cone very suitable.

  • first I stamped the images and colored with DistressInks
  • for the background I blended with Distress OxidesInks 
  • after the background dried - I stamped the images (pencils, bruhes ...) with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder,
  • I made the "design paper" myself: white paper some red and blue lines - that´s all
  • then I cut out the pieces with a "rectangle-die" and stamped the letters with VersafineInk
  • all pieces arranged and glued together with some 3d Foam tape

Maybe you try to make your own design paper - a few lines in different colors or circles are often enough.


.... all stamps are also available in English

Wish you all a happy craftytime!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Cactus Sunday

Hi Everyone! Sorry for posting this a little late. This is just what happens when I forgot to charge my camera battery. Anyhoo, I felt like doing a little relaxing and watercolouring. So, I brought out the Sharp One stamp set, stamped a whole bunch of cactus and succulents and watercolour them while watching some TV :)

I've stamped all the images on a thin piece of paper first so that I use it as a mask when I want to stamp another image. This will allow me to do an overlapping of stamping without have the stamp lines interfering. 

I've decided to use the images as some kind of border around the die-cut sentiment. I have not done this look in a while and I quite like it and want to use it with other stamp set. 

Sharp One Stamp Set
Thanks Twice

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

[VIDEO] Happy First Day At School with Color-Pencils

Hi everybody :-)

The end of summer is on the way, that means, a lot of kids are going back to school or will have their first day at school.
For that day I made this card.. and a video ;-)

Since several years I'm totally in color-pencils. They where lain in the drawer for such a long time, but now I found out (ok, Anni told me..) the right paper and suddenly I'm in love! I can not stop coloring with colorpencils! So I hope this is a goog idea for my newest video... and i hope you'll like it ;-)

Here you can watch my Video in english

Und hier in Deutsch ;-)

That little sugar-cone you can decorate additional. With stars (like I did), or dots, hearts, letters.. what you want!

Are you on instagram? Hashtag or add us (@createasmilestamps) so that we see all you creations with our produkts :-) 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Flowers and Geometric Lines Card

Hi there!
Samantha back again, and today I have a whimsical, floral card to share! 


I was inspired but this BEAUTY of a card! I just LOVE the colors and knew I could transfer them into a card with flowers! 

Let's make this card together!

- first stamp and color the images (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
- once dry, fussy cut and set aside
- then, use the 'rock and roll' technique to add color to your chevron stamps, and stamp along the top right and bottom left of the card front

- splatter on some watered down ink color and white acrylic paint
- attach your images - some of mine are popped up with foam tape
- heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock
- finish the card off with some clear sequins

I was going for fun, whimsical colors with card! I love the teals and mints for the chevron images, because they reminded me of leaves, in an abstract way! Ha! But you could easily add leaves instead, or change up the colors for a more sophisticated or realistic look! 

The sentiment on this card is from the All About You stamp set. Those scrumptious chevron images are from  the Hocus Focus stamp set, and the flowers are from the oldie but goodie, Magic Flowers stamp set. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh!


Did you know there are many many stamps and other products marked down...some up to 50% off? YES!! Head over to the Create a Smile Stamps shop here and check everything out