Saturday, February 27, 2021

You're the Sweetest Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I am sharing a happy, and sweet thank you card!


As I was flipping through my stamps, I came across these adorable images on the A Little Treat stamp set and knew I had to make a card with those big grins on the popsicles! lol!

Let's make this card together!

- first, I stamped colored all the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then once they were all dry, I fussy cut them out!
- I used Distress Oxide Inks to ink blend the background! the colors I used were Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose
- then I used the stencil and some clear embossing paste (which I mixed with some sequin stars to add some texture!!)

- I die cut out the letters from black cardstock and then very delicately glued them on the background! lol!
- next, I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment in white onto a black strip and added it to the card! 
- I die cut out the panel with the scalloped rectangle, too!

- I also stamped some images in black on the base of the card for a little contrast!

I love that texture inside the scattered hearts of clear embossing paste! I mixed some star sequins into the clear embossing paste on my kraft mat, and then spread it through the stencil!

The "merry" letters were die cut out with the Cherry Lowercase Cool Cuts and sweetest popsicles ever are from the A Little Treat stamp set! The background features the pretty Scattered Hearts stencil! I also used the Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles to die cut out the panel!


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, February 20, 2021

Without You

 Hi all you fabulous Create a Smile crafters!  It's Candice with you today to share a not so favorite card I created and share a little secret about Designer's!

Sooo, I came very close to not sharing this card.  I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to create and well it didn't come out as good as I hoped.  I decided to share it and share that even designer's have new techniques and ideas not come out the way we want!  You are not alone in this!  Designer's just usually don't share the cards that don't work the way they want!

I will share how I made this and I would love to see if you could take this design and create something different with it and share in the Create a Smile FB page!  

-For the background, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to fit my 5 x 6 1/2 card base and stamped the open eucalyptus from the Breathe In, Breathe Out stamp set in greys and purple.

-I then cut it with the larger stitched rectangle frame die and on the outer piece I stamped certain sections with the solid eucalyptus from the You Can Do It! stamp set in purples.

-I die cut the two layered stitched frames with the top layers in grey and then cut one more time with the smaller with thick white cardstock.

-Next, I heat embossed the "without you" in silver and stamped the smaller sentiment underneath in purple.

-To finish, I simply added some sequins and clear domes!

Breathe In, Breathe Out stamps

You Can Do It! stamps

Without You stamps

Stitched Rectangle Frames dies

Please share your take on my card on the Create a Smile FB page to give me some much need inspiration and I can take it and try my hand at a new card in this design from your inspiration!

Thank you for letting me share!


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Winners from February sketch challenge

  Hello everyone !

Wow we had so many fabulous entries to our sketch challenge in February and we are so happy that so many of you loved this sketch.
Thank you everyone for playing along with our challenge . Now let's see 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 Marieke with this awesome card using All hands on deck stamp set 

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

Our featured artist from the mood board challenge is Johanna  with this beautiful card using Cool cuts Stitched Rectangle frames , Cool cuts Pocket tag

Congrats !! You can take the badge and display it on your blog is so well deserved ! if you would like to guest design for our next challenge please send an email to so i can let you know the details.

 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, February 17, 2021

Riding by to say hi

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

The snow is slowly melting around here and I'm ready for spring. That's why I had to work with the best bugs stamp set.




I love to combine stamp sets that weren't made to mix with each other. And I find it super cute when a bug rides a bike.



  • choose stamp sets that don't fit at first sight, for example a seagull and a sofa or - like here - a bug and a bike
  • stamp the bug first and mask the lower part of its bud with some masking paper
  • then stamp the bike and some flowers separately
  • color and fussy cut the image
  • add some soft clouds to the background with a stencil
  • adhere the image with foam adhesive to the panel
  • for the sentiment I used some leftover paper in the same color as the bugs back




We love to see your creations. Please use the hashtag #createasmilestamps when you are sharing your projects on instagram.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

We dare you to create a smile : February Mood board

 Hello everyone 

Are you ready for the new challenge ? This time we have a fantastic mood board for you to get inspired. We can't wait to see all your beautiful creations .

Also don't forget that by playing along with our challenge you get the chance to win a 25€ to Create a smile store

 Our guest designers created such beautiful cards so let's check them out!

Lia made this wonderful card using  Kirschzeit stamp set

Thank you for guest designing for our challenge! Make sure to check their social media and leave them some love . 
Our design team also created such stunning cards to bring more inspiration your way :

Claudia  created this adorable card using Cool cuts Pocket tag , A little treat stamp set

Joke  created this gorgeous card using A little treat stamp set   , Cool cuts Cherry lowercase

Maaike  made this wonderful card using Magnolia stamp set  , Cool cuts Birthday triple

 Tinne created this wonderful card using Cool cuts Thanks twice , Very Cherry stamp set

Vicki made this very cute card using Eggstaordinary egghunt stamp set , Cool cuts Double Stitched Rectangles Gull gang stamp set , Stencil Bubble circle  , Glowing seaside stamp setCool cuts Cherry Uppercase

Before you enter our challenge please make sure to check the rules below 

Thank you for stopping by ! Have a great day 


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Click here to enter

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Monochrom stenceling (VIDEO)

Hello and happy Saturday :-)

Today I have a new video for you, three cards in a monochrome style, all made with stencils and on each card these sentiments and thier matching shadow-die :-) Some kind of retro-look on all cards, isn't it?

So, here you can watch my video

There is a special cooperation between Create a smile and Sommerabend. There is one week left to order you own Adress-Stamp with a personal lettering from Christine, the wood-mounted stamp comes from Sommerabend.  All Infomations you can find on Instagram.