Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Sweet Birthday Treat Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a sweet little birthday cad, with just the CUTEST little critter!



Honestly, that elephant is the cutest image and *always* one of my favorites! I think it makes ANY card just adorable! ha - instant adorable-ness!

Let's make this card together!

- I started by stamping and coloring the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! Once everything was dry, I fussy cut them out!
- I used Black Soot, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks to create the ink blended background, which I die cut with some stitched rectangle dies!
- then I used the twinkle stencil with white embossing paste to create the starry night scene!

- I popped up the phrase banner and elephant and candy image with foamy tape, and everything else was glued down directly to the background!
- I finished off the card with some glitter on the party hat and little heart in the cloud! 

I kind of used the lollipop image as a balloon *and* a candy image! It helps the sentiment to make sense, and it also is a fun pop of color! I love it!

I used the Twinkle Stencil for the background! The images are from the Paw Prints, First Day of School, and A Little Treat! I also used the Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles Die Set!


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!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Winners from sketch challenge

Hello everyone !

We are so happy that so many of you liked our first sketch challenge from this year . Your projects are so inspiring and we cannot wait to share with you who are our winners 

Also wanted to let you know that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store and to be guest designer for our next challenge!

The winner of a 25€ gift card is Daniela with this wonderful card using Cling Bubbles stampMini Geburtstag stamp set Cool cuts Geburtsags Triple

Congrats  please send an email to to claim your prize ! Is so well deserved !

Our featured artist from the sketch challenge is Kuni with this gorgeous card using Easy breezy stamp set

Congrats !! You can take the badge and display it on your blog is so well deserved !

Thank you everyone for playing along with our challenge! Make sure to check the blog for the new challenge and I hope you are inspired to play along with us. 
Until next time have a great day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

We dare you to create a smile : Mood Board

Hello everyone

The time to play with our sketch challenge went by so fast and here we are ready to share with you the next challenge theme which is a mood board. We really hope you enjoy this colors and graphics and we cannot wait to see what inspires you from this mood board.

Also don't forget that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ gift card to Create a smile store and the chance to be guest designer for our next challenge 

We also wanted to share some inspiration from our guest designers

Sandie made this wonderful card using Sweater weather stamp set

Thank you so much for guest designing for our challenge . Please check Sandie's social media to see all her amazing creations and leave some love

Let's see how our team was inspired by the new mood board

Alexandra made this card using Little lemur stamp set Floating wishes stamp set Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles

Anja made this beautiful card using Floral Decorations stamp set Keine Sorge stamp set Cool cuts Cherry Uppercase Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Cool Cuts Stitched Circle Frames Stencil Clouds Enamel stickers

MBFAIRYSKY created this gorgeous card using Tender Tulips stamp set

Ella made this cute card using Hauptrolle stamp set

Fabiola made this lovely card using one of our freebies

Linda made this awesome card using Light up the dark stamp set Lights on! stamp set

Martina made this beautiful card using one of our freebie

Melanie made this wonderful card using Floral decorations stamp set Mini Birthday stamp set Stencil Small Polka Dots Cool cuts Birthday Triple

Melissa made this fantastic card using Tender tulips stamp set All about you stamp set Chipboard You

Nathalie made this amazing card using Crokisses stamp set Tender tulips stamp set

Hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge . Please make sure to check the challenge rules below before you enter you card!

Thank you for stopping by today ! Until next time have a lovely day 


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Saturday, January 18, 2020

It Can't Rain All the Time

Welcome!  Candice with you today sharing a card to uplift any friend!

I was scrolling through Pinterest pinning color inspirations and came across this color palette and thought they would look amazing with the cactus set, Sharp One!

-For the background, I first heat embossed the don't worry in white and then inked over the diamonds stencil with pumice stone.

-Next, I stamped all the images from the sharp one stamp set, colored with copic markers and cut out using my scan n' cut.

-Copic colors I used:  blues-BG75, BG72, BG70  pinks-RV95, RV93, RV91  purples-V28, V25, V22, V20  greys-W4, W2, W0

-To finish the card, I die cut the banner from black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white and added a sequin and some purple nuvo drops.

I tried a variety of color combos on the cacti with really cool results using the combo of copics listed above.  This allows you to create a flow on your card using a smaller amount of colors.

Sharp One stamps                        Don't Worry stamps                   Diamonds stencil

Useful Banners cool cuts

You have time to enter the current challenge and I would love to see your favorite color combos!  Remember to add #createasmilestamps to your creations!

Thank you and have a fabulous day!


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Clean and Simple Koala Card

Hello there, Nicole here.

After all the christmas card making I really enjoy diggin' through my non-christmassy stash and picking out favorites like the fun koala pirates set called All Hands On Deck. I went for my all time favorite cardmaking style: clean & simple.

I was simply in the mood for a cute critter on a clean and simple card. I enjoy creating a pop of color on a mostly white space with a cute image as the focal point and some little extras that make the card interesting.

  • stamp the critter on alcohol marker friendly paper with your go-to ink for alcohol markers. Mine all time favorite ink is Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • color cour image and cut it out. 
  • chose where your focal point should be and start stamping the background. I used different shades of green to make the background look more dimensional. 
  • give your critter a place to stand on. It doesn't need much. A few dots are enough to make it look like he's standing on sand or rocks.
  • add your little pirate with foam tape
  • stamp your greeting in crisp black ink (I used Versafine Onyx Black)
  • add a little something with Glossy Accents on the nose or some white gel pen details

Think around the corner. I needed small dots and found some in my flowers collection. But I was looking for super small ones as well and ended up with dots from an alphabet set. It's so fun to use stamps in unexpected ways.

Stamping a leaf with a light green ink looks nice. But you can easily add more interest to the leaf if you add a darker shade of ink to parts of your stamp using a small sponge dauber. If you take a closer look at my card, you can see some kind of gradient or ombré look on the leaves.

Thanks a lot for stopping by!
Have a happy day,

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hugs, Hugs & More Hugs!

Welcome crafty friends! Candice with you today sharing a card full of hugs!

I love the new Cherry Alphabet & Numbers cool cuts and wanted to use them to create a word background.  Sometimes it's fun to create a card around a word, sentiment or background instead of the stamps!  Try it the next time you need some inspiration.

For the background, I first die cut many HUGS using the Cherry Uppercase cool cuts from the striped pattern paper found in the new Wonderful Winter Kit.  I also die cut one large HUGS from black cardstock using my cameo to fill in behind my stamp.  I drew light pencil marks to line them up easier and just erased after.  I backed it in black along with some washi tape.

Next, I stamped the penguin (also in the kit), mice & mug, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.  The straw is from your favorite ice cream stamp set and stamped on the pattern paper.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white for an extra pop and a place for the mug to sit on.

Cherry Uppercase cool cuts             Wonderful Winter Kit            Mouse Au Chocolat stamps

There is a new challenge starting today and you can see all about it here for your chance to win!

Thank you so much for stopping by!