Saturday, March 28, 2015

Guest Designer Sarah Gray Part 1

Hi everyone, it's Christine!

First of all - I have to say a HUGE sorry! I've been missing post and messing up a little.
I had two theatre shows with kids and teenagers last week (I was responsible for that whole project and we had rehearsals for 5 months, so it was pretty exciting - and so so time consuming at the end!) However, this was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it - I just couldn't make up the time to post because I went to work as soon as I woke up and came back late, falling asleep kind of instantly ;)
After that project was finished I got sick. Dam-dam..... Life happens.

So that's why I also have to say a super big sorry to Sarah Gray who was meant to be our MARCH Guest Designer. (Uhm... where has march gone?) 
So please welcome her with an enormous applause - she deserves it!


Hello, Sarah here from Funky Fossil Designs
 I am so excited to be a Guest Designer over at Create A Smile.  I have been a huge fan of Christine's fun designs since the beginning and I have built up quite a collection!  I am looking forward to the arrival of my March release stamps and in the meantime I have made a few cards featuring a little cutie from the Monster Party set. 
I made 'before' and 'after' cards.  Here is the before version:

I just love this sweet furball and decided to stamp and mask him lots of times to create a pyramid in a cheerleader style! 

 I coloured the little monsters in with my Chameleon Pens.  I stamped the flag that comes with the set at the top and cut out the pennant part for a bit of extra dimension.  The central panel is popped up and there are two strips of washi tape at each side.

Now, are you ready for the after card?

As I was stamping up my cheerleader formation I started thinking about the little furballs collapsing in to a heap and made a second version where they are all topsy turvey.  

The same technique applied – cutting out lots of furballs with sticky notes (several at a time) and masking them to build up the picture.  This time I twisted them around so they were at all sorts of angles depending on how they have fallen.  I finished this simple card with a lovely sentiment from the Botanical Love set.  Have you seen the beautiful flowers on that set?  Another of my favourites.

My tip would be not to forget the little guys – just one small stamp from a set can become the focal point of your card through repeat stamping and masking.

I hope you like my colourful and cute monster cards – they made me smile 
Sarah x



  1. Love the two "takes" on the same basic card design. My fave is the topsy-turvy one. I hope we get to see more of Sarah's designs.
    Congrats to Christine on her show! Glad it was a success.

  2. So cute! Love these little guys.

  3. Utterly adorable and fun are your cards, Sarah! Love how you had them toppled over!

  4. Two really FUN cards! I love the clever way Sarah played with this one monster stamp...Genius, actually! Beautiful color combo, too!

  5. Yay Sarah! What absolute little cuties and love the design idea for both cards. And all those lovely pastel colours make them such happy cards too!