Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dumbo Inspired Card!

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a card inspired by the movie Dumbo!



Full disclosure, Dumbo is not my favorite Disney movie. I have nostalgic feelings for it because I watched it as a kid, but it's not the best (in my opinion!! lol!), but I do think Dumbo is ADORABLE and the message is still great: embrace you, and soar! 

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!
- then I used Distress Oxide Inks to ink blend a little sky in the background! I used Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers!
- then I used some white embossing paste and the new Clouds Pattern stencil to add the texture to the background!

- I stamped part of the sentiment with the block-y letters directly onto the card front

- the 'soar' and Dumbo and the feather were popped up with foam tape! 

Fun fact! I originally stamped the 'soar' part of the sentiment directly on the card...but I spelled it wrong!! ha!! doh! So, then I stamped it on the black cardstock, heat embossed, fussy cut it out and then popped it up! It was the perfect cover up! 

I used the adorable elephant from First Day of School, the feather from Quill & Ink, the clouds are the new Cloud Pattern Stencil, and the sentiment was created with Clear Letters and Lettering Alphas! Oh, and that little hat is from Cool Buddies! ha!


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!



Saturday, March 21, 2020

Spring Tulips

Hello!  It's Candice back with you this Saturday sharing my mom's Mother's Day card with you!

I have been trying my hand at water coloring lately and wanted to make a special Mother's Day card for my very special Mom!

First, I inked a scalloped frame with mowed lawn and twisted citron using the rule of thirds.  I inked more along the bottom at an angle and lighter coming in from the top leaving a little bit of white between the two.

I then splattered with some green and gold water colors and set it aside to dry.

Next, I heat embossed the tulips and butterfly from the Tender Tulips stamp set in white to make it easier for water coloring.

I chose some purples and golds from my water color palettes and relaxed with some painting.  Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out.  One awesome thing about Create a Smile stamps is they have very thick lines for easy cutting!

For the sentiment, I first heat embossed the "mean the world to me" onto a stitched banner and inked with wilted violet.

Then I die cut the layered you, the bottom one in white and the top one in gold foil.  I used foam tape to add dimension over the banner.

To finish the card, I added some gold sequins and a few white nuvo drops!

A great tip for water color beginners, use heat embossing to help control the water until you get more used to the technique.  I also find that wetting the area you are working on before adding the color allows the water to do the work for you!

Tender Tulips stamps                All About You stamps             Useful Banners cool cuts

You Twice cool cuts

Don't forget to enter into the Create a Smile Challenge for your chance to win free products, including the new release!

Thank you for visiting and have a fantastic weekend!


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

So far away!

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here! Today I have some ink blending and splotches for you.

At the moment we need to practice social distancing and I miss to meet my friends and colleagues in person. So I try to keep in concact by sending more cards as ususal. At least as long mailservice is still avaiable.

  • first I did some inkblendig with the new splotches stencil
  • I choose colors to create a galaxy like background
  • and splattert some white color onto the splotch
  • I colored the little astronaut with alkohol markers and 
  • adhered him with foam adhesive onto the panel


Please keep in mind that Create a Smile is still open!! They are still out there packing and sending orders once a day. And they know you need some stamps to survive the time staying at home!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

We dare you to create a smile - Mood board

Hello everyone

We know that are now uncertain times and that anxiety and stress can have a big impact on our life, but we hope that by playing around with challenge and being creative will help us get thru this easier.
Stay safe and healthy .

Here is our mood board inspiration for this challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

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 

Here is what our guest designer created to bring some inspiration to you

Marina made this adorable card using Served up! stamp set Clear letters stamp set Cool cuts Birthday Stencil Twinkle

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

Now is our challenge design team turn to show you all the different cards they made to inspire you to play along with our challenge

Alexandra made this card using Easter Tweetings stamp set Cool cuts Double stitched rectanglesSmall sentiments stamp set

Anja made this beautiful card using Frohe Ostern stamp set Stencil Clouds, Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Alphabet Stickers White

MBFAIRYSKY created this beautiful card using Pure poppies stamp set Stencil Triangles 

Debby made this wonderful tags using Superpowers stamp set Mouse au chocolat stamp set

Ella made this beautiful mix media project using Magnolia stamp set 

Fabiola made this lovely card using one of our Cool cuts Cherry UppercaseStencil Huge polka dots

Linda made this adorable card using All hands on deck stamp set 

Martina made this beautiful card using one of our Cool cuts Scalloped Rectangles Cool cuts Cherry UppercaseHappy Easter stamp set,

Melanie made this wonderful card using Kleine Sprüche stamp set , Cool cuts Doppeltes Hallo

Melissa made this fantastic card using Eggstraordinary egghunt stamp set Easter eggs stamp set Chipboard Heart circles

Nathalie made this gorgeous card using Stencil Triangles Cool cuts Stitched Circle FramesSpitzenmäßig 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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Winners from sketch challenge

Hello everyone !

Finally is time to share with you the winners from our latest sketch challenge and we wanna say that you rocked this challenge! 

So many amazing entries again , which didn't made it easy for us to pick only two 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 Mel with this fantastic card using Stencil Splotch Tinte &Feder stamp set Endlich Schulkind stamp set

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

Our featured artist from the sketch challenge is Lisa with this gorgeous card using Unfrogettable 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!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

[VIDEO] Colorblocking-Card

Hi everybody,

I'm a liiittlebit late today becouse I had a little problem finding my mojo...

But nevertheless I got a final card.. wohooo. And here it is....

Here you can watch the Video on English

And here in german