Friday, March 30, 2018

Up, Up and Away!

Hi there!
Samantha back with you today, and I am just in LOVE with this little flying mouse!


He is sooooo cute!!!! I want a whole slew of these little mice! Ha! I could not resist coloring him up for a save the day type card!

Let's make this card together!

- stamp and color your image! I colored my image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
- once they're dry, fussy cut out! I also added details to the images with my white gel pen.

- on the card front, I did some ink blending with Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks!

- then I splattered some ink and water over the background...BECAUSE I CAN'T STOP MYSELF!
- once the background was dry, I stamped the clouds in the same inks and LOVE how that looks! 
- the sentiment was heat embossed onto a banner of black cardstock!

If you want the clouds to stand out more in your background, try heat embossing them in white, or don't flick on color and water once the background is ink blended!

I used that irresistible new Superpowers stamp set and combined it with the older Cling Cloudy Day stamp! LOOOOOVE - it's a perfect mix of old and new!


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

clean & simple ideas 4/7 * lovely layouts

Hello crafty people, Nicole here.

This is part four of my clean & simple cardmaking series about "how to spice up clean & simple cards".

Clean and simple cards are super fun but because there is so much white (or blank) space on them, you don't want them to be boring, right?! I made a little series about my favorite ways to keep clean and simple cards interesting :-)

My forth tip is LOVELY LAYOUTS. As the title says, I'm focusing on the layouts. How you arrange your critters and sentiments can make your cards more interesting.

Of course there are endless possibilities for layouts. Here are just some of my "go to" layouts I feel comfortable with and that work for me.
  1. The first one (hello sentiment) is very similar to the "circle" but a bit of a looser take on it. 
  2. For the second (flowers), I call it "in the corner", you pick one corner and use about a third of the card to build your focal point. 
  3. The third one uses the "rule of thirds". I created about 2/3 ocean and 1/3 of sky. This works really well for me. 
  4. And the last one (with the heart) is kind of a mix of no.1 and no.2.  It's a circle that moved to the side. 
Just try to find out what layouts you see on clean and simple cards you like and use them for your personal creations :-)

 for the card on the top
  • create a background with a stencil, Distress Inks and sponge daubers
  • move your stencil and change colors to create some depth
  • die cut a circle window from a white piece of cardstock
  • color your critter (I used alcohol markers and added dots where the shadows are)
  • stamp your sentiment and fussycut it
  • arrange your card by using foam tape for the white panel, the frog and the sentiment
  • add some sequins for a finishing touch
I found that the card needed a tiny pop of color, so I added a purple flower behind the frog.

For this card, I combined three fun ways to spice up clean and simple cards. You can check out my blog posts on "creative coloring" and "beautiful backgrounds" to find out more :-)

Unfrogettable * sei kein Frosch / für alle Fälle / stencil: curved lines

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Have a happy day :-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We dare you to create a smile - Emboss resist edition

Hello everyone!

Time do flies isn't it? and here it is already a new challenge started today and that is

Can't wait to see what you create for this theme , we have lots of amazing inspiration to share with you so let's start with our guest designers :

Biggi created this gorgeous card using Fruit salad stamp set and Botanical love stamp set

Thank you so much to our guest designers for creating such amazing cards .

Now let's see what our design team created

Alberto created this wonderful card using our Crokisses stamp set

Alexandra created this card using Easter eggs stamp set and Cool cuts - You twice

Christine created this stunning card using Solid Hexagons cling stamp Alle Mann an Bord stamp set  and  Cool cuts - Doppeltes Hallo

Farida created this beautiful card using Mandala cling stamp and Flaschenpost stamp set

Galina created this wonderful card using Crokisses stamp set  and Cool cuts Birthday Triple

Kaja created this beautiful card using Heart Rays stencil and In bloom stamp set

Laura created this gorgeous card using Mandala cling stamp  Superpowers stamp set and Friends like you stamp set

Nicky created this fabulous slider card using Cloudy Day cling stamp  Welcome Baby stamp set  and Cart full of treasures stamp set

Also from Create a smile DT Marina joined us and created this amazing card using Heart rays stencil  Cool cuts you twice  and All about you stamp set

Hope you got inspired , now is your turned to be creative!

Please make sure to check out the rules, don't forget you must use a Create a smile product as focus point to be qualified on winning a 25€ gift certificate .

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day! 

Spring time challenge winners

Hello everyone!

Is time to pick our winners from Spring time challenge!

The winner of a 25€ gift certificate is Andrea  that has created this outstanding card

Congratulations Andrea send a mail to to claim your prize , and feel free to share the winner badge on your blog .

And as always we have a featured artist and this week is Mirella with this sweet card

Congrats Mirella feel free to add the badge on your blog , so well deserved

Thank you everyone that played along with our Spring Time challenge and if you didn't won this time , make sure to check our next challenge that will be live at 1pm CET so make sure to check it out 

Have a great day

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Something to help!

Hi everyone and welcome back to our crafty space. Raluca here with a new card showcasing the adorable "Doctor's Helpers" stamp set.

I had a lot of fun last time when I played with this set and I created a card with the cute beaver (you can find that card here), so I decided to create another card with one of the cuties from the set and this time I chose the adorable foxes.

* First I stamped the images on some white cardstock, colored them using Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them.
* Next I die cut a pink pattern paper panel with the largest stitched rectangle and mounted it to a white card base, slightly larger than the panel, using craft foam.
* I die cut a white panel with the largest stitched rectangle and then I die cut it again using a scalloped corner die.
* I mounted it on the card and next I adhered the images and a sentiment to the card.
To finish my card I glued a few clear sequins and I added Wink of Stella on the foxes.

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Have a lovely Tuesday!
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