Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Big Hello!

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today a happy hello card, with a big greeting!


I thought it would be a sweet idea to have part of the sentiment being 'blown' out of the elephant's trunk like water!

Let's make this card together!

- I started by using a dry brush and spreading on some black gesso on the background of my card
- then I stamped and colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
- once it was dry, I fussy cut out the images

- I heat embossed the 'hello' part of the phrase with white powder onto vellum, and then fussy cut out along the words
- I popped up the elephant, banner and big hello with foam tape
- then I finished the card off with some star sequins!

At first, I was going to use the banner sentiment, with the world being balanced on the elephant's nose! But then I thought it would be cute to have the elephant trumpeting out the "hello" through his nose! Either way would look cute, though! 

I used the world image from To the Moon, the elephant from First Day of School and the big hello is from Lettering Alphas!


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!


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Winners from July Mood board challenge

Hello everyone !

We were so happy to all your amazing creations inspired by the July Mood board. 
Let's see who is the winner from July Mood board challenge ! 

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!

Sandra   you are the winner! She created this adorable card using  Zuckerschute stamp set 

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

Our featured artist is Nina  and she created this lovely card using Lieblings-alles stamp set Our freebie

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

Thank you everyone for playing along with our mood board challenge ! Make sure to check the current challenge and we hope you play along 

Until next time have a lovely day


We dare you to create a smile: July Sketch

Hello everyone

another sketch challenge is starting today , and we cannot wait to share with you all the inspiration form our guest designers and design team . Also we are happy to see all your creations inspired by the current challenge !

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 

Johanna is one of our guest designer for today's challenge and made this gorgeous card showcasing the sketch and using Bis zum Mond stamp set 

Lisa  is also a guest designer for our challenge and here is the beautiful card that she created using Zuckerschnute stamp set

Thank you so much for guest designing for our challenge . Make sure to check Johanna and Lisa 's social media to see more of their gorgeous creations .

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

Alexandra made this card using Best bugs stamp set Together stamp set Cool cuts Stitched circle frames , Cool cuts Stitched Rectangle frames Cool cuts Pocket tag , Stencil Basic circles

MBFAIRYSKY created this beautiful card using In bloom stamp set Stencil Basic circles

Ella  made this sweet card using Voll Verpeilt stamp set

Fabiola made this lovely card using one of our Cool cuts Postage Edge Circles Cool cuts Cherry Lowercase

Linda made this gorgeous card using Magnolia stamp setStencil Bubble circle

Martina made this adorable card using one of our Friends &couple stamp set Cool cuts Cherry UppercaseCool cuts Postage Edge Circles , Cool cuts Pocket tag

Melanie made this wonderful card using Wundervoll stamp set Enamel stickers Pretty cool

Melissa made this awesome card using Sweater weather stamp set Cool cuts Stitched Circle Frames

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

Saturday, July 18, 2020

A Basket of Flowers

Hi!  Candice with you this beautiful day bringing you some sunshine with this bicycle overflowing with flowers!

I love this bicycle so much with all the accessories that fit into the basket that I wanted to have it overflowing with the flowers.  It works so perfect for the slimline size card!

-I first began with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base that is just the right size for your standard size envelopes.

-For the background, I inked the base of the card with antique linen and a piece of Bristol Smooth trimmed a little smaller that the front in milled lavender, starting darker at the bottom and getting lighter near the top.

-I then inked the circle bubbles with dusty concord, seedless preserves and victorian velvet.

-Next, I stamped the bicycle and many multiples of the flowers, colored them with Zig clean color markers, and fussy cut them out.

-I added them to the card front with foam tape or glue to give the flowers some dimension as they flowed down.

-To finish, I simply stamped the sentiment and added some purple domes and black nuvo drops!

I am still learning to use watercolor markers and I just love the vibrancy I can get from them!  Try different mediums and see how much you will love the results!

Ting-a-ling stamps                    Bubble Circle stencil

You can always join in the bi-weekly challenges for your chance to win!  We love to see your creations!

Thank you for visiting with me today!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You're SEW Sweet!

Happy Wednesday and welcome back! It's Laurie with you today sharing a card made using a couple of the latest stamp sets to hit the shop!

The idea for this card jumped out at me while looking at the button shaped flower from the Sewing Stamp Set. I thought "let's make an actual flower from this stamp"! 

I stamped out my little scene using the Sewing Stamp Set along with the new Solid Florals Stamp Set. These two sets work perfectly together especially for this idea! I used an ink specifically for no-line colouring but any light ink will work...if you're using pencils.

I chose a selection of pencils and started to colour. I will admit that as I started on the button flowers, I was less than impressed with my skills. But I persevered!

As you can see, I really have no real details here. But that's okay! You'll see how I fixed that! I wanted to add some colour to the background so I cut masks for the buttons and placed them overtop.

The bottom didn't require masks as I was blending green anyway.  I took a light blue ink and a blending brush and added a "sky".

I trimmed all around this panel. In the end, it measures about 3 X 4.25 inches. Now, for the sentiment.  I went through my stash to find a suitable sentiment. In the end, I created my own which is one of my favourite things to do especially when you have an amazing alphabet die set! In this case, I used the Cherry Lowercase Cool Cuts.

I cut the word "sew", then selectively stamped "you're and sweet" from the A Little Treat Stamp Set. You can also now see all the stitching details I added with a white gel pen. Maybe a little overboard but it sure jazzed things up! I cut 3 sets of letters for added dimension then glued them to the panel.

Before placing the panel onto a white card base, I took the same images and stamped with a light grey ink. This gives the look of a subtle patterned paper. Again, another fave technique!

I foam mounted the panel and called this card finished. I did play around with sequins and such, but in the end decided against it.

Solid image stamps, especially smaller ones are so great for techniques. From making your own patterned paper to no-line colouring to watercolour stamping. Play around and you'll discover so many possibilities!

A Little Treat
Solid Florals

Don't forget about your smaller stamp sets! They are always full of amazing designs either to fill up some space or create entire focal images!

Thanks so much for stopping in! See you soon!