Friday, September 28, 2018

Winners from Shaped cards challenge

Hello everyone!

Thank you everyone who entered our Shaped cards challenge! So happy that so many of you liked this theme and entered! Was pretty hard which should be the winner! All cards were amazing , but sadly we can only give away one gift card !

The winner of 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store is Raga from PerkyHobby creating this very cute and adorable card

Many congratulations Raga ! Please send an email to to claim your prize and feel free to share the winner badge on your blog !

Our featured artist from this challenge is Christiane creating this stunning card!

Congratulations !! Feel free to take the featured artist badge and display it on your blog! Is so well deserved!

There is a new challenge going on the blog know so make sure to have a look and play along for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store , and also for a chance to guest design for our next challenge!

Have a great day!

Interactive Shadow Box Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I have a cute and fun interactive card to share!



I'm sure we've all seen the video by Jennifer McGuire for the Shadow Box style cards...I just had to try one!! Well, when I was flipping through my stamps and saw the little koala pirate with his telescope thing, I thought it would be the PERFECT image! Since when you open the card, it's a circle cut you're looking through the lens! :)

Let's make this card together!

- I'm really only going to focus on the backgrounds and images, since the directions for actually put the card together couldn't be explained any better than Jennifer McGuire herself!
- stamp and color your images (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers)
- once dry, fussy cut out
- for the background on the outside, I used Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks and the packaging technique to create the wave ocean!

- I added the waves with the stencil and some white embossing paste, then added more of the Distress Oxide Ink watered down!
- I used a craft knife to cut a slit in the background to add my little floating pirate!
- for the inside I used the same colors, but ink blended them over another stencil that I used with embossing paste (the ground was created by making a hill shape and ink blending Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber!)

- LOVE that pirate on top and the gold at the bottom! Super fun!
- so that's it!
I highly encourage you to check out Jennifer McGuire's video if you want to make a card like this!

Here's a little video of it in action from me:

I suggest making a practice version of the card, so you have all of the kinks worked out before you go to put together your finished product...ask me how I know! Ha!

Those koalas guys...they have my heart!!! They're from the All Hands On Deck stamp set! The sentiment is from Gull Gang (a close second on my favorite!!)!
The stencil on the inside of my card is Focal Point, and the stencil used on the outside is Curved Lines.


There is ALWAYS a fun challenge going on in the Create a Smile Stamp Facebook group page! It's fun and filled with prizes!



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Surprise, Surprise

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today's card is featuring a cute bunny pulled out of the hat.

This card was inspired by Francine Vuillieme and her wonderful rainbow focal points. I thought this cute little bunny was the perfect image to highlight.

  • I started by stamping and heat embossing the Stars ' n Scribles background in white on a piece of white cardstock.
  • I added some ink blending in a very small area in pink, yellow, turquoise and blue . By overlapping these colours I created the shades in between. I also spritzed some droplets of water on it and dabbed it away to create theses bleached spots.
  • I stamped and coloured the image using Copics.
  • Then I matted the rectangle with a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to a cardbase of light grey cardstock.

  • By adding highlights and details with a white and a black gel pen you can step up your colouring.
  • If you look closely you can find a sneak peek for the October release on my card.

At the moment you get a super cute mini stamp set with every order over 30 €.


We dare you to Create a smile : Saying hello

Hello everyone!

Can't believe how fast time flies! Today starts a new challenge on the blog an the theme is Saying hello 

This prize is waiting for you:

Pip is our guest designer for this challenge and can't wait to share with you what she created to bring some inspiration for the challenge:

Look how fun and colourful this card is! Love it! Thank you Pip for guest designing for our challenge!
Would you like to see more inspiration? Here is what our design team created :

Ashlee made this gorgeous card using Bear mail stamp set

Ellenor made this super cute card using Dress me up stamp set

Giada created this beautiful card using Crokisses stamp set

Ksenija made this wonderful card using Cool cuts Hello twice and Blossom stencil

Laura made this adorable card using Unfrogettable stamp set

Sindhu created this gorgeous card using  Sharp one stamp set and Cool cuts Hello twice

Victoriya made this cute card using Superpowers stamp set   

Hope you are inspired to play along with our challenge , you will have the chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store ! Now is your turn to create ! Please make sure to check the rules before you enter the challenge!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wishing you sunshine

Hi there! Happy Sunday everyone. Chris here with a special  frog card to share with you. 

 I wanted to try this "water-reflection-technique" for a long time, and today the time has come.

  • first I stamped the images on Bristol Paper
  • for the second frog (in the water) I used the "mirror stamping technique" -  for this technique you must stamp the image first on a "mirror stamping tool" or an acetate/vellum and then transfer on paper -  the mirror stamping don´t have to be perfect because it´s  just a "reflection"
  • then masked only the upper frog
  • the Background blended with Distress Oxides Inks (squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass, broken china) and a raindrop stencil 
  • colored the images (with Watercolor Pens) 
  • cut out a circle for the upper panel, draw some stiched lines with a pen and glued down  the panel with 3d Foam tape.

The frog in the water don´t have to be stamped perfect - because it´s just a reflection. Mirror stamping gives you a lot of options - not only with water reflections. Maybe you give it a try. I definitely will try it again.


 ... this special and awesome seagull will be free with every purchase of 30 Euro or more. 
(as long as supplies last)

Thank you so much for stopping by. Wishing you  all: SUNSHINE ... 


Friday, September 21, 2018

We Go Together Like...

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a cute, basically clean and simple card! The real fun is in the sentiment! Ha!


I am a super fan of oversized coffee drinks with cute critters!! And I don't even know why...since I don't like coffee myself! Ha! Anyway, once I saw that cute mouse, I knew he had to hold the coffee, and then I created the sentiment, and the rest was magic! :)

Let's make this card together!

- stamp and color your images (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
- once dry, fussy cut out and set aside
- heat emboss the sentiment pieces! (part of the sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock, and part was heat embossed in black on vellum!)

- fussy cut out around the large scripty word
- on the background, ink blend in Distress Inks in an ombre style (I used Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide inks)
- attach the sentiment strips and cute images to your card with foam tape

Oh my gosh...I didn't realize it until JUST now...but I had intended to use white embossing paste and the Diagonal Grid Stencil to add some texture...whoops!! Ha!!!

That sentiment was created by combining the All About You stamp set and Coffee First! that cute little mouse is from the First Day of School stamp set!


The Create a Smile Stamps shop is back open after a short break! And now you can get a FREE mini stamp set with the purchase of $30 or more! It's SOOOOO cute! But it's only for a limited time, so hurry up and grab yours!