Thursday, February 23, 2017

from the heart

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

I was in the mood for one of my favorite stamps from Create A Smile :-) That turtle is just so cute, right?!

My cute turtle needed a happy fresh ocean. So I went for watercolors and that pretty "sophisticated shells" stamp. 

  • paint some watercolor on watercolor paper, I did several layers
  • let it dry
  • stamp the backgroundstamp over it with a sticky clear ink and add white embossing powder
  • stamp the turtle on watercolor paper as well by using a clear sticky ink and white embossing powder and color it with watercolors
  • stamp the greeting and assemble your card
  • decorate your card with clear drops that look like water and some glitter :-)

There's more than one way to add a water drop look on your cards. 
  1. You can glue on some "clear droplets" by Pretty Pink Posh.
  2. Use "Nuvo Crystal Drops - Mornig Dew" to add clear dimensional drops
  3. Take your "Glossy Accents - Clear" and add little dots. You will not get much dimension but the water drop look still works
I even added some glitter glue along the shell shapes to make my water sparkle.

Dekorierte Wünsche/Decorated Wishes / Lovely Critters / Sophisticated Shells / Double Stitched Rectangles

There's still time to play along the current challenge! :-)

Have a happy and colorful day!
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sending Sunshine

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Today's card is featuring the Sending Sunshine kit - the very first kit by Create a Smile.

I am so ready for summer, aren't you? I needed a little bit of summer feeling in my life - even if it is just on a card!

  • The banners on this card are perfect for using up your scraps - be honest, we all have them in our stash!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Creative friends

Hi everyone! Raluca here with a fresh and spring card using the "Magic Flowers" stamp set.

I love coloring so I look through my stash to see which flowers I haven't colored yet and I saw this beautiful flower. On that moment I decided to make a card with it.

I stamped the images using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and I colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils. Then I fussy cut them. On a white panel die cut with the largest stitched rectangle I used the "Diamonds" stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I added some white splatters for a bigger effect. On a strip of black card stock I stamped and heat embossed in white the sentiment from the "Friends like you" stamp set. I assembled everything and I added a few clear sequins and my card was done.

I hope you got inspired and that you'll add this beautiful set to your stash. There are so many gorgeous flowers in it.

Magic Flowers

If you love Instagram like I do, you can follow Create A Smile using the name @createasmilestamps and if you have any questions about card making, techniques or products or if you want to share your creations with Create A Smile fans join us on our Facebook group Create A Smile - Friends & Family :).

Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, February 20, 2017

Just because .......

Hi there it's Anja again on this Monday with another card for you.

I wanted to use the feather stamps in a different way and use watercolor paper and offset stamping.
To bring the card together I used for my embellishments the same colors as the stamping.

I cut a scrap piece of watercolor paper at an angle and stamped the feathers randomly onto the paper.
I colored the solid stamp images with distress ink and spritzed some water onto the stamp before stamping onto the paper.
Set the paper aside to let it dry.
The cardbase is embossed with a dotted embossingfolder.
I diecut several fishtails out of vellum and colored paper.
White heat embossed the sentiment onto the vellum.
After drying I adhered the paper onto some purple cardstock and adhered it to my cardbase with some foamtape.
I adhered the fishtails to the card and finished of with some enamel stickers.


Funky feathers and  Decorated wishes- mixed add on.

Cool cuts ( dies)

Stacked pierced banners

Enamel stickers;

Sending Sunshine

Make sure you use the same colors for your embellishments on your card as you did for your stamping or coloring this makes the card more in harmony.
You can stamp solid images a bit offset to give the stamped image more interest.

There is still time to join in the fun in our monthly challenge, see you!!!!!!

Have a great week;

Hugs Anja

Sunday, February 19, 2017

No Stamping Today

Hey crafters! Today, I'm using my previous card as an inspiration for today's card. Last month, I shared this card  where I used dies to create a background. For the card that you see below, I've used the same technique but instead of die-cutting for the entire panel, I've only did half. 

As usual, I've used my Prima watercolour to create a vibrate pink background. It's just a random wash of colour. Then, I took a cardstock and started my die-cutting. I've also added tiny dots of pink stickles all and die-cut sentiments. 

It was really that simple :) I'm actually looking forward to explore this technique further and hopefully I can share with you more ideas. 

Pocket Tag - Die Cut
Kleine Worte - Die Cut
Prima Watercolours

Follow Create A Smile on Facebook keep yourself updates on all the happenings and if you're an Instagram addict like I am, you can follow Create A Smile using this name : @createasmilestamps ! :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, February 17, 2017

I'm Here for Yo

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a card with the CUTEST little koala ever!


Do you guys ever create a background for a card, then think: "nope this won't work" or "this didn't turn out the way I wanted it" ? Yeah, so that's how this card came about! I save ALLLL of my 'failed' backgrounds. So when I was starting to make a card, I saw this background, and knew instantly what to make! So FUN!

I really LOVE this card, so let's make it, shall we?
- stamp and color your image (I used Copic Markers, just to give my Zig's a break! Lol!)
- fussy cut out the image and set aside
- heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock

- to create the background, I did some Distress Ink blending in Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers
- splatter some water and let dry
- splatter some white acrylic paint let dry
- using the stencil, apply some transluscent embossing paste and let dry
- with a Craft Knife, cut along one of the waves and insert the stamped image
SO FUN, right?

I colored this image with copics, but you could easily paper piece this image if coloring isn't your thing! It's so easy to cut out and that koala is just plain cute, no matter what! Ha! 

For this card, I used the Bad Day stamp set for the sentiment, the All Hands on Deck for that CUTE pirate, and the Curved Lines stencil for the 'waves'! LOOOOOVE! 


Do you like to use stencils on your projects? I LOOOOOVE stencils! Create a Smile stamps has SO MANY amazing, and unique stencils! Be sure to check them out