Saturday, August 28, 2021

You Did It!

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I am sharing a happy congratulations card!


As soon as I saw that new stencil I just knew I wanted to combine with that stamp set! Perfect for congratulating your kid in school, or a teacher in your life!

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 in Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Salvaged Patina to add a little bit of ink blending
- then I placed the stencil on top and used the same colors, but with more pressure to add the letters though.

- then I used the stencil again, moved it to a different place on the stencil, and used white embossing paste to add some texture!
- next, I heat embossed part of the sentiment in white onto a strip of black cardstock

-finally, I finished off the card by heat embossing in black onto vellum, the large scripty 'woohoo'!

I added foam tape to the mouse and black strip of cardstock for some dimension. But if you're worried about that for mailing, you don't need to add foam tape!

For the background, I used the new ABC Stencil! The adorable images are from the First Day of School stamp set! and the sentiment uses the Woohoo stamp 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!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Let's get cozy!

Hello crafty friends, it's Kerstin here!

Summer is almost over and it's time to get cozy. For me that means grabbing a book and snuggle up on the sofa. Just like the turtle on todays card. 




Sometimes my coloring looks a bit boring. Adding some kind of texture can help to solve the problem. 



  • after laying down the first layers of color add tiny dots in the same colors as before
  • always start with the lightest color
  • on the turtle shell I added organic shapes instead of dots



Available August 27th!



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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

We dare you to create a smile : August sketch

Hello eyerbody,
today we have a wonderful new sketch for you to start another challenge round ... 

If you want to play along (this challenge is open until 30.08.2021) you will get the chance to win a 25,-€ gift card for the Create a smile shop.

Fitting the current mood board our two guest designers made adorable cards, let´s have a closer look.

Annett, our last time winner, made this wonderful textured and warm colored chicken card using Verrücktes HuhnEinatmen, Ausatmen and Knitted stencil.

And last time featured artist Fatima made this awesome card with a little christmas touch using NanuBerliner Schnauze and Scalloped rectangles

Thank you both for your gorgeous work! Please everyone, be sure to check out their profiles and leave them some love...

And now? Are you curios about the ideas the designteam came up with? Here they are...

Candice made such a wonderful and cozy sloth card using More than naps and Medium stripes stencil, who doesn´t want to party with him?

Jeanne made this amazing and funny christmas card, using Keine Geschenke and last years adventcalender sets "Oh Du fröhliche", "Alt" and "Home sweet home" (which will be released during the rest of the year) as well as cool cuts Weihnachten *3 , Lovely tags MStacked pierced ovals.

Joke made this wonderful clean and simple looking, but oh so noble card using Growing gardenLettering alphas and Cherry lowercase with such a fine shiny look. 

Kerstin made this awesome fruity lemon-treats book using Kaum zu sehenSweets and treatsHeute wird gut and Juicy stencil ... so it´s sour and sweet at the same time.

Maaike made such a gorgeous bright and colorful summer shaker-card, using Pig outPopsicles stencil and DIN lang borders.

Nina made this pretty rainbow card using Verrücktes HuhnClouds stencil and Speech bubbles to let the chicken count the eggs ... or maybe years?!

Tinne made this very lovely winter scene card using Puzzled and Tiny sentiments, so that you directly wanna play with this cute little penguin in the snow, right?

Vicki made this adorable flowery spring-themed card using Best bugsScene builders, cool cuts Cherry uppercase and Double stitched rectangles

Again the designteam made such gorgeous inspiration for you...
If you now want to participate yourself you have time until 30.08.2021 but please make sure to follow the challenge rules below.
Have an awesome day everybody ... and get crafty whenever you´re able to...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Winners from August mood board challenge

 Hello everybody!

Time to announce our winners - and to thank everyone who participate in the August mood board challenge.

Just in case you didn´t already know :
By playing along our challenges you´ll get the chance to win a 25,-€ gift certificate for the Create a smile Shop and be guest designer for the upcoming challenge (if you want to).

Winner of the 25,-€ gift certificate this time is ... drummroll and congrats to : Martina / crea_tivna with her awesome colorful typewriter card, using Schreib mal wieder and Splotch stencil.

Please send me an email to to claim your prize - it´s so well deserved. 

And our featured artist of the August mood board challenge is Martina / with her beautiful three dimensional ocean card, using Gull gang and Scene builders.

Again : congrats to both of you!
You can take the badge and display it on your blogs, if you want to...

And we would love to invite you both to be guest designers for our next challenge - please send an email to and I will tell you all the details.

Be sure to check out our blog regularly... the inspiration over here never stops ... and you won´t miss the new challenges of course!

Have a great day ... and 
get crafty whenever you get the chance to...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Using Leftovers and Pre-Coloured Pieces!

 Good Morning and welcome back! It's Laurie with you today to share a card I made using bits and bobs I had lying around on my desk. Do you ever have scrap die cuts or images that you've coloured for other projects just lying around? These are the things I decided to use for my card today!

The idea behind this project was simple. Use what I had lying around and clean up my workspace a little!

I started by doing some simple ink blending onto a small panel of white cardstock that measures approximately 3X5 inches. A little green on the bottom, blue on top. The circle with the "hello" die cut from it came from a previous project where I used to positive hello. I actually thought ahead and saved those bits. Full disclosure: I did have to die cut the hello once more for the inner bits of the "e", "l" and "o". 

The flowers I had coloured for another project but ended up not using them. I made sure to tuck those away in the stamp set packaging.

I added the sentiment circle along with the florals with foam adhesive onto the ink blended panel. I made the card base by adding 1/2" to the size of the focal panel. So the card is really not any standard size. It's about 3.5 X 5.5.

If you find your "left overs" stash is growing, have a look through and see what you can use to create something! Honestly, I often do this when my crafty mojo is on vacation. It takes a bit of the pressure off!

We all have that bits stash, right? Don't forget to use it or it may get out of control! Often it's a great source of inspiration!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!


Saturday, August 7, 2021

5 easy Flowercards with Watercolor (Video)

 Hi everybody :-)

I have a new Video for you. This time I give you a quick impression of doing five easy watercolor-flower-cards :-)

So, here is my video, only in german, but I hope you will enjoy it, even if you can't speak german soooo well ;-)

Only a few days left to order the aaaawesome advents-calendar. You can have an english and a german variant :-)