Saturday, October 27, 2018

Christmas Monster

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I am sharing a simple, but bold, Christmas card!



I am in the Christmas card making mood!! Anyone else with me? Ha!
And these critters from Beast Feast are absolutely my FAVORITE Christmas monsters ever! 

Let's make this card together!

- 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 Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to create the pretty ink blended background!

- then, I used a stencil and some white embossing paste to add the snowflakes! so pretty!
- the sentiment was heat embossing in white onto  strip of black cardstock and then popped up for dimension!

After the embossing paste is added with the stencil, remove the stencil and sprinkle on some sparkling clear embossing paste! Once the paste is dry, heat set the embossing powder and it will add some sparkle and shine to the snowflakes that won't flick off!

The cute little images are from Beast Feast, but the stencil in the background is Wave of Snowflakes! So pretty!


There is ALWAYS a fun challenge going on in the Create a Smile Stamp Facebook group page! It's fun and filled with prizes! I love seeing all of the incredible, unique and amazing inspiration!



Winners from It's fall challenge


Thank you everyone who entered our ''It 's fall'' challenge , we had many gorgeous entries and sure was not easy to pick just one winner and one featured artist .

Without further due our winner of 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store is Eva with this fabulous card that she created using Unfrogettable stamp set

Many congratulations Eva! please send an email to to claim your prize!

Our featured artist from this challenge is 

Colien using the Gull gang stamp set to create this fun and adorable card

Congrats Colien you can take the badge and share it on your blog , it's well deserved !

There is another challenge going on so make sure to check it out for a chance to win a 25€ gift card to Create a smile store and for a chance to guest design for our next challenge ! 

Thank you for stopping by today ! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We dare you to create a smile - Create your own background

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for a brand new challenge on the blog and we thought that will be awesome to challenge you to create your own background ! Sometimes we are intimidated of creating our backgrounds but  it's fun and helps us to go out of our comfort zone and try new things !

And don't forget there is a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store waiting for you :)

As usual we have our guest designers that were so kind to share some of their creativity with us! Let's see what they created 

Raga made this stunning card using some of our freebies ! Wow this looks Spooktacular! 

And Christiane create this outstanding card using Tollpatschige Weihnacht and Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles

Thank you so much to our guest designers for creating such fabulous projects ! Make sure to check them out and leave them some love!

Now let's see what our design team created

Alexandra made this autumn scene where she combined Bear mail stamp set  and Scene builders stamp set  , Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles

Ashlee created this adorable and fun card using Cling stamp Ocean waves  Gull gang stamp set

Ellenor created this amazing card using Stencil :Diamonds  Cool cuts Stacked Pierced Banners  Superpowers stamp set

Giada made this cute and adorable card using Served up stamp set

Ksenija made this fabulous card using Radio Rock stamp set

Laura made this adorable card using Bear mail stamp set Doctor's helpers stamp set  Cool cuts Stacked Pierced Banners

Sindhu made this beautiful card using Gull gang stamp set

Victoriya made this adorable card using Bear mail stamp set

Now is your turn to be creative! Make sure to read the rules before you enter your project!
Have fun

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Furry & Bright

Hi everyone and welcome back to our creative space! 
Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing two of the new adorable stamp sets from Create a Smile Stamps shop.


I have some fake snow in my stash and I just wanted to use it with the new and super cute stamps. And it worked perfectly with the adorable critters.

* I die cut a white panel using the largest stitched rectangle and I die cut a circle window using one of the postage edge circles.
* I glued an acetate piece behind it, creating the shaker's window.
* On the back I filled the shaker with snow and clear and iridescent sequins and closed the shaker with an ink blended panel.

* Under the window I stamped a sentiment from the "Furry and Bright" stamp set and I mounted the panel on a light blue card base.
* On a white panel I stamped the adorable cat from the same stamp set, the cute little mouse from the "Joy to the world" set and the fun tree from the "Scene Builders" set (a must have in your stash if you love creating cute scenes).
* I colored the images using Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them using a sharp pair of scissors.
* I mounted all the images on the card, glued a few clear sequins and my cute Christmas card was done.

If you love Instagram like I do, you can follow Create A Smile using the name @createasmilestamps and if you have any questions about card making, techniques or products, if you want to share your creations with Create A Smile fans or if you want to participate in our monthly challenge join us on our Facebook group Create A Smile - Friends & Family :).

Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, October 18, 2018

pastel fall card * time lapse video

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

Today I have a pastel fall card for you and a time lapse video of my cardmaking process.

I love fall and it's typical fall colors but I also love pastel colors. That's how the idea of making a pastel fall card came up. I also struggle including green in my cards. If it's not grass or leaves, I have a hard time finding colors that go along well and/or I like, so I challenged myself to use green as a focal color.

  • stamp, color and fussy cut your frog and some leaves
  • mask off the sky and ink blend the ground. I used a light brown Distess Ink
  • mask off your ground and ink blend the sky. I did not spread my blue color evenly because I wanted to create the illusion of soft clouds.
  • die cut your panel with a scalloped rectangle die
  • stamp the greeting
  • adhere the frog and the leaves with glue and/or foam tape (I used both)
  • (optional) draw some lines and tiny dotts with a black pen to make it look like wind

In the video you can see some of my creative process. I thought about using a stencil and tried out a background stamp, I search for a nice color combo for my background, I go through my stash of sentimens and I try several positions for the little leaves as well. 

  • I used three leaves because odd numbers are pleasing to the eye
  • Ink blending a sky does not always have to be one flawless blue panel. Sometimes, a more "messy" or uneven ink blending adds some interest to the sky.
  • adding small hand drawn details can spice up your clean and simple card. Practice on a scrap piece of paper or use a pencil first (if you're scared to ruin your card by drawing on it).


We're on Instagram @createasmilestamps and we LOVE to see what you create!! Share your cards, paper creations or hauls using the hashtag #createasmilestamps 😀😀😀

Check out DT member Kerstin's last card. It's very similar to mine (we did not plan this 😉) but still different. The colors are more vibrant and she picked die cut leaves and painted a soft watercolor background.

We would love to see you're fall cards using Create A Smile stamps and dies! Play along our fun challenge! One lucky winner will get a gift card to the store!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day,