Friday, August 18, 2017


Hey, we're still in party-mode!

Here we are with a wonderful event (one of my favorites!)

Our release VIDEO-Hop!

We have some AMAZING designers rocking the new stamps and a giveaway - I am SURE you will love it!

Meet the following designers along the hop
Laura Bassen   (VIDEO)
Marika Gewalli   (VIDEO)
Justine Hovey   (VIDEO)
Kelly Latevola  (VIDEO)
Jess Gerstner   (VIDEO)
Birka Reinitz   (VIDEO)

I feel honored and happy, freaking excited,.... you name it... that the super sweet, funny, talented Laura Bassen is starting our hop this time.

Here's a little peek of what she's show you:
Create a Smile-In Bloom

Eeeeeek! Those colors! AH-MAZE-BALLS!

You you better check out her Video instantly and hop along. ENJOY!

And now for the giveaway... 

I have one little task for you:
• watch the videos 
• leave a comment and name the new sets that you found along the hop
• tell us about your favorite stamping technique 

You can win a 25€ gift card to our store - YAY!
• you have until Sunday, August 20th 8pm CET to enter. The winner will be picked Sunday night!


We still have a challenge going on over at instagram


you could get this mini set for FREE with an order over 60€ placed August 18th - August 20th!

Thanks for joining us - we can't wait to read about your fav techniques!


  1. Fun and inspiring video hop. I saw all, but Fruit Salad, new sets on the hop (In Bloom, Lights On!, Light up the Dark, Where Your Heart is & Cart Full of Treasures)...Kelly pretty much covered all. :) My favourite technique is masking. Hopefully, my comment will post. ;)

  2. Cute Release and Happy Birthday, Im pretty sure I saw all the new stamp sets, In Bloom, Cart full of Treasures, Where your heart is, Light up the Dark, Lights On, Wagon,

  3. Glad you are back!! I saw "In Bloom", "Cart Full of Treasures", "This Must Be Love", "Happy Days", "Where your heart is", "Light Up the Dark", "Lights On". I think I love Copic coloring and masking to create scenes the best. I'm not a master like Kelly Latevola... but someday!

  4. Love the video series, so much easier to see how all these fabolous cards were created. I fell in love with the "Bloom" stamps & since I've just invested in the distress oxide inks can't wait to try Laura sample of her card. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  5. Really enjoyed watching the videos which show all the great techniques for these cards. I fell in love with the "Bloom" stamps. Since I have recently invested in the distress oxide inks can't wait to try Laura card inspiration. Thanks to all for the wonderful designs & tips

  6. Welcome back and Happy Birthday, Christine! Great video's ... so enjoyed each one ... saw In Bloom, Cart Full of Treasures, Where Your Heart Is, Light Up The Dark, Lights On. I love emboss resist ... such magic seeing the images appear! Anita :)

  7. Happy Birthday Christine and Welcome Back to your much-missed Create a Smile!! I LOVE a video hop, they're such fun. I've already seen Laura's stunning card (those flowers literally came to life when inked up!!) and can't wait to see what everyone else has. Have a wonderful Birthday Weekend! ~HUGS~

  8. I love watching Laura's videos, her techniques and commentary are wonderful..I love the stamp set Cart full of Treasures.

  9. The sets I saw were In Bloom, This Must Be Love (old set), Happy Days, Where Your Heart Is, Cart full of Treasurers, Light Up the Dark, and Light's On. The videos we great,love seeing the different ideas from so many wonderful card makers! It's hard for me to decide on my favorite technique it would be between masking I just love it and blending with distress oxide mainly because it's new and works wonderfully! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Happy, Happy Birthday, Christine...and Welcome Back!!! Such a great hop...I really enjoyed visiting everyone's videos!
    My fave stamping technique is stenciling (it's a subtle way to add dimension to a card) and along the hop I saw: In Bloom, Cart Full of Treasures, Light Up The Dark, Where Your Heart Is and Lights On. A really great release! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  11. Wow...I really enjoyed all the video's on the hop. The cards were all different and with wonderfull results. Laura started with the in bloom set, that Marike, Kelly and Justine used too. Jessica, Kelly and Birka used the set I like the most...the Laterns from Lights on. And Kelly used the 2 other sets tooo, because she could not decide ;o) and these where your love is and Light up the dark.
    Thank you for this great hop with lots of inspiration.

  12. Awesome release. In Bloom, cart full of treasures, lights on, where your heart is, light up the dark. I like how Jess used tissue paper for her lanterns but ink blending is always fascinating.

  13. This was a great hop. Learned so much from the videos about making these wonderful cards. So many new stamp sets. . .In Bloom, Cart Full of Treasures, Where Your Heart Is, Light Up the Dar, Lights On. . .and This Must Be Love. . .even if one isn't "new", they are all new to me! I think my favorite technique are the backgrounds created with oxide inks and spattered with water, especially the lanterns glowing in the dark. Thanks for sharing these videos and your new release of stamps--they are great!

  14. The new release stamps that I saw were: In Bloom, Cart Full of Treasures, Where Your Heart Is, Light Up the Dark, and Lights On. My favorite technique is ink blending backgrounds. All the videos along the hop were full of lovely cards and so much inspiration!

  15. Hi Christine ~ Now that I've seen all the amazing videos I had to come back and tell you how AWESOME & AMAZING your video hop team's creations were. The In Bloom stamp set has totally won my heart with their dimensional look. Laura Bassen R-O-C-K-E-D these flowers with my favorite Distress Ink over heat embossed images. Those colors and her coloring are always incredible. Thanks for a wonderful release, welcome back and happy birthday! ~HUGS~

  16. I totally enjoyed the entire hop and ALL of the videos, just fantastic! I saw: In Bloom (which I ♥♥♥), Cart Full of Treasures, Where Your Heart Is, Light Up the Dark and Lights On. I have a lot of fav. techniques but I really like masking at the moment. Thanks for the awesome video hop and the chance to win.
    Happy Birthday Christine!

  17. Beautiful card Laura, I love the stamp sets! Can't wait to see more.

  18. Happy birthday! I enjoyed all the videos! The sets I saw were In Bloom, Lights On!, Light up the Dark, Where Your Heart is & Cart Full of Treasures. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I forgot to say that my favorite technique is ink blending.

  20. A very Happy Birthday to you! am in love with allt he sts, if Im honest. In bloom with all the potential for sweet florals and Light up the dark with its adorable mole, Cart full of treasures is adorable, and Where Your Heart Is, the camper looks just liek the camper we are longing for!

    But my favorite, if I have to pick only one is Lights On! I can see so so many cards made up for it with the words of encouragement.

    I can't pick just one favorite, but I think Jess's tissue paper lanterns made for a clean and simple, yet stunning card!

  21. Wow - lots of inspiration and lovely new designs; thanks to the team for all the wonderful videos! I discovered:
    In bloom stamp set
    Cart full of treasures
    Where your heart is
    Lights on!
    and Light up the dark
    so to say: the whole bunch of the new stamp sets :)
    My favourite stamp technique - up to now - was multicolor stamping with the stamping tool; I love the bright color mix always looking different. But I was also impressed by the translucent look of the tissue technique of Jess - I have to try this :)
    Last but not least: happy birthday, Christine! :)

  22. I love all the cards but the card Kelly made is just awesome!!! The new sets on the hop I saw: In Bloom, Lights On!, Light up the Dark, Where Your Heart is and Cart Full of Treasures.
    My favourite technique is masking to create the scenes.
    Congratulations for the new gorgeous stamp sets!

  23. A bit of a late happy birthday wish, and congratulations for being back! I am really excited about your new release, everything looks so beautiful! I also enjoyed watching the videos on the hop, so much beautiful inspiration! The stamp sets I saw featured in the various projects and videos are Cart full of Treasures, This must be love, In Bloom, Happy Days, Light up the dark, Lights on,Where your hearth is. My favorite stamping technique is masking: I don't personally use it a whole lot, but I am always amazed at what people make with this technique! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Welcome back and Happy Birthday! The new stamp sets are very cute. The ones I saw were In Bloom, Lights On, Light up the Dark, Where Your Heart is and Cart Full of Treasures. I loved Laura Bassen's beautiful In Bloom card and the scene card by Kelly Latevola that used almost all of the stamps. I'm new to Createasmile so it was nice to see the old stamp sets used as well.

    At the moment, my favourite stamping technique is creating a scene with masking.


  25. For. Me its a hard decision between In Bloom and Lights On. My favoutire technique at the moment is with my Zig real brush markers but I am keen to get sme distress oxide ink to play with

  26. Happy (belated) birthday and welcome back! I had fun watching the videos showcasing the wonderful new stamp sets. I saw the following new stamp sets make an appearance: In bloom, Cart full of treasures, Where your heart is, Lights on, Light up the dark and Licht an. My favourite technique is probably embossing resist.

  27. Birthday wishes Christine! Love watching laura with the new "in bloom" set. Fav technique is ombre stamping with my mistie!

  28. Favorite technique is the emboss stamping with distress sponging. I like the blooms set because you can do so much with it. Welcome back.

  29. Welcome back and Happy belated Birthday!!! In Bloom, Cart Full of Treasures, This Must Be Love, Happy Days, Where Your Hearth Is, Light Up The Dark, Lights On.
    My favoutire technique at the moment is stenciling.
    Great hop and release!

  30. Love to see this kind of creativity and hard work. Thank you for sharing this and love to see more from your side.