Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Welcome Little One

Good day crafty friends! Keeway here, and I am sharing some inspiration for a sweet baby card.

A lot of my friends have been getting married and some even starting to have kids now, and it was time I start stocking up some baby cards! These little narwhals in the Underwater set was perfect to inspire me to create this clean and simple card.

To recreate this card, start by stamping the narwhals in the center top third of your card panel. And mask off the area you want to add blended ink to. Also use masking fluid to mask off your critters.

Next, run off the masking fluid and masks and color in the narwhals with zig clean color brush markers. Use your waterbrush to create wavey lines in the blended area with water. Soak up water with a clean, dry napkin.

For interest, I trimmed the sides down so that I can show a thin strip of pattern paper underneath the card. I also added some die cut lines to the bottom half of the card.

Thanks for dropping by,

Monday, May 30, 2016


Hi there it's Anja again with another card for you today.

For today I would like to focuse on coloring vellum with ink.


I love using vellum for my sentiments or just to highlight some images but you can also color your vellum with ink or even with copics. For this card I used some distress inks I saw this technique over at Yainea. It is so much fun to do and sure gives a nice effect on your project.

I used a topfolded white cardbase and the stencil from the beachparty kit with some versamark ink and clear embossingpowder. I diecut the banner out of vellum and smooched several distress ink colors to get a nice ombre effect. Stamped the little seacreatures and colored them with copics. Cut them leaving a little white outline and adhered them to the banner. I diecut the word thanks and made sure that octopussy held this word. To finish off the card I placed some sequins and rounded the corners of the card.


Underwater love;


Sending Sunshine and beach party

Cool cuts (dies);

Stacked pierced banners  and Thanks twice;

When you color the vellum make sure you tape it on your surface or use a tweezer to keep it down otherwise you'll see fingerprints.
You can adhere your vellum with doublesides tape at the bottom and top so you can still slide some images underneath it.
Try to use clear embossingpowder for a subtle background.

We love seeing your projects either on your blogs, instagram, our facebookgroup or at the linky here. And make sure you come back on wednesday because we have something extra for you.........

Have a great week;


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Some Ink Blending Time...

Hi Everyone! Did you order the new kit? If you have not, what are you waiting for? Head over to the store because there's a limited amount of kits available.

I've been trying to organise and reorganise my crafty stuff ever since my belongings have arrived Germany but it's been annoyed and stayed a mess. However, I've finally opened my box with my Distress Inks in it so I thought I'd do some ink blending today!

I started off by die cutting a circle with a regular thin typing paper. You can use post it or masking paper. If you use a regular paper like I do, it's best to have a temporary adhesive with you. It helps! 

I'm sure many of you already have the experience to do some ink blending. Let me know if you don't and I'm happy to make a tutorial for the next few weeks. I started with a larger part first using Chipped Saphire.

Next, cover the rest of the card and ink blend the circle portion. 

I recommend to start with a darker colour first so that you don't get the lighter part dirty. 

In my Beach Party Kit pouch, I kept my left over die cuts to use for this projects. I always keep bits of die-cuts in a pouch for future use. Don't waste the effort and paper ;) 

All Create A Smile products : 
Beach Party Kit (used the Dies, patterned paper, sequins) 

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Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Day of Birth

Hi friends! Angel here to share a card that I made today. I recently moved from Georgia to Florida and the last few weeks have been crazy. My craft room still has a few boxes here and there but hopefully I will have it all unpacked soon! 

I wanted to challenge myself to make a card without using any stamps or ink. I wanted to focus on patterned paper and I think I did a pretty good job with it! 

I cut a piece of white card stock to make a 5x5 square card. I used patterned paper from the latest Beach Party Kit  to create strips to fit on the card. I absolutely love all of these bright colors and the designs on everyone one of them! I added the adorable pink and yellow stickers also from the kit to create the focal point of the card. I added two wood veneers from another kit called Sending Sunshine and then added 2 enamel dots to the middle. 

Don't be afraid to challenge yourself with something that is out of your norm. It's fun to create with just paper and stickers. It gives it an old school feel to back when all we had was paper and stickers. 

Hope you enjoyed the card today. I'll see you next week. Thanks for stopping by!


On the Lookout for You Card

Samantha with you today, and I'm sharing a cute little card, created (mostly!!) from the Beach Party kit!


I just can't resist that adorable rhino! That's the bottom line here, folks! Ha! I am in LOOOOOVE with this cute little guy, and I had to make a card with him! Ha! Have you ever felt that way about a stamp?

To create this card, get your favrorite coloring mediums and have some fun!
- stamp and color your image (I used copics here)
- fussy cut out and set to the side
- on a wave die cut piece of vellum, use Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers) and an ink blender to add some color to the back side of the vellum through the stencil included in the kit!

- add some sandy colored Distress Ink to a small cie cut circle for the beach (I used Vintage Photo) and sprinkle with water drops
- attach all to the card and stamp your sentiment 
- attach sequins and place a tiny peeking of patterned paper behind the card front

This could easily be a one layer card if you needed a flatter version! Just a little masking and the waves, sand and rhino would be perfect! 

I used the AWESOME Beach Party Kit and the sentiment is from Underwater Love! A match made in heaven!


Did you get your hands on one of the Beach Party kits released last week? There are still some available, so be sure to grab yours before they're gone forever!!

Thanks again for hanging out with me today!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Create A Smile: Guest Designer Jeanin Jügler #2

Hello everyone, I am back with my second project as a guest designer for Create A Smile.

I love creating shaker cards and since I just got my Beach Party Kit I wanted to create a shaker card with the adorable rhino. I also got some CarbOthello pastel pencils which I've never used before. So for this card I finally tried them and I think they are fantastic.

  • I stamped the rhino and some accessories on Kraft card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • To color in the image, I started off with the lightest color and then laid down the darker shades. Coming back with the lighter color I tried to blend both colors together
  • To create the sand I also applied the pigments using a dot technique, trying to mimic the grains of sand
  • Then I cut out a frame from the same Kraft card stock
  • Before I adhered a piece of acetate behind the frame, I took my previously colored beach scene that I cut out and adhered it to the frame
  • For the shaker part of the card I used a piece of mix media card stock, applied Salty Ocean Distress ink and spritzed it with water
  • To assemble my card, I used a few layers of foam tape behind my frame to give the shaker material enough room to move around (I used a mix of blue and violet sequins)
  • I adhered the complete shaker window to a top-folded white notecard
  • For a final touch I also wanted to include a sentiment and found the perfect one in the "Viele Grüße" stamp set
  • I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink on black card stock and embossed it with white embossing powder
  • I die cut the sentiment using a banner die and adhered it to the right top corner with a bit of foam tape

Thank you very much for stopping by and I really hope you enjoyed this card.

How to Create a Ripple Effect

Hi Crafters,
Justine here with another video tutorial on how to create a ripple effect with just some masking paper and scissors. It's probably the easiest thing to hand make, it just takes a bit of time. I love the simplicity of the card and knowing that although it looks simple, it was a labour of love.

When I first looked at this stamp set and the angle of the leaf, I thought of a leaf falling so I wanted to create that look. I thought the best way to bring out that effect would be if the leaf were to fall into water.
Here is a video tutorial on how I created this look with just some masking paper or scissors.

If you don't have masking paper, you can use:
  • Post it notes
  • Computer paper with some removable adhesive to keep it in place
  • Computer paper and hold it still with your hand

I used the Time to Say Thanks stamp from Create a Smile and for the full supply list, head over to my blog.

Don't forget to join us at Create a Smile Friends and Family group over on Facebook for more inspiration from the CAS community!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Aloha Again!

Aloha friends! Keeway here. Did you know that the palm tree die cut in the Beach Party Kit is designed so that you can use it as both a palm tree and a flower? That's got to be the coolest die I've ever seen! And not to mention, there's so many ways to use the die that today I'm going to share with you another idea of how you can use it.

My inspiration spawned from the versatility of the palm tree die cut in the kit. I wanted to use it without the borders in the die cut, so that I can bend and play with the shape of my palm tree as how I see fit to build by beachy card.

I started by die cutting the palm tree out twice from white card stock, and colored it in with copic markers. I tossed out the outline parts, so that I can build my tree without any directional restriction. Now I could have one straight and one bending to the side when I piece the trees back together like legos.

Last but not least, I added coconuts to my palm tree by using a 3/8" circle punch. I copic colored them and added details with a white gel pen.

I blended some warm colors (pink and orange) onto my card base with the waves stencil in the kit to create some soft pattern interest. I also die cut an inverted scallop oval frame to bring my entire scene together. I adhered all the parts directly onto the card base.

Keep your die cut pieces together with some post-it tape to hold everything in place while you color. It will make coloring a lot easier, and when you're done, you can simply remove the post it tape and toss the outline parts away.

Create-A-Smile Products:

There's only a few beach party kits left, and the stamps, dies, and stencil is exclusive to this limited kit. Once it's sold out, it's gone and never coming back!

Thanks for dropping by,