Monday, April 24, 2017

Welcome.......

Hi it's Anja again with another card for you today.

 
 





I made this card for Christine since she has moved and I would like to wish her all the best in her new home and office.




I started with a topfolded white cardbase and stamped the "grass" by masking of the hair from the monster from the Big time set.
Sponged some distress ink along the bottom and colored the grass with copics.
I stamped the brick wall and colored it.
Stamped the little critters as though they are watching over the wall.
Colored them and stamped the little clouds.
Masked the clouds and sponged the sky.
Finally stamped the sentiment and rounded the corners.






Stamps;

Poppin 'over, Big Time and Uplifting.








Make sure you watch the blog and social media for some news about create a smile and please share what you create we love to see it.

Have a great week,
Anja

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wie geht's? * clean & simple 3/4

Hi there, Nicole here.

I'm back with my third clean and simple card for my April series.





I got asked many a time how I make my clean and simple cards. To be honest, I do not have a recipe. It's just the way I love making cards, it's kind of "natural" for me. But I found some guidelines/instructions for you that might help :-)



If you want to make "clean and simple" cards, try to stick to (some) of these points.
  • one focal point
  • a lot of open space
  • only one (or two) layers
  • no or minimal embellishements
  • minimal color palette
  • simple, uncluttered and easy to recreate
If you want to improve your clean and simple cardmaking, try playing along CAS challenges. You'll find many inspiring ideas and get to practice at the same time.




  1. stamp the flower with an ombre look (I used a MISTI stamping tool and added yellow first and orange last) using dye inks
  2. color the flower with Distress Inks and a blending tool (I did not mask it off)
  3. add splatters of white paint 
  4. stamp the greeting


nur mal Hallo sagen / botanical love


Create A Smile is moving and they are taking a break. The shop will be closeduntil May 7th.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon :-)
Nicole



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hello and hugs

Hi crafty friends and welcome back to our crafty space. Raluca here with a new card using a few awesome stamp sets.



I looked through my small collection of embossing powders and saw that I have only 2 colored ones, one pink and one green. I loved he green one and I wanted to use it on kraft cardstock, so I searched for a solid stamp and I decided to go with the Clustered Leaves. 



On a kraft cardstock die cut with the largest stitched rectangle I stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in green the stamp in the center of the panel. With the help of Misti I stamped once the leaves and then I rotated the panel and stamped again. Following the same steps I stamped the leaves from the "Time to say thanks" set in the corners. For more interest I added a few white splatters on the panel.
Then, on a cream piece of cardstock I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed it in green and adhered it in the center. I mounted the kraft panel on a cream card base and my card was done.



How do you feel about colored embossing powders and how many do you have in your stash? I think that I should add some more to mine, too :)



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Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,



Friday, April 14, 2017

Hippety Hoppety Happy Easter

Hi there!
Samantha here and with Easter right around the corner, I couldn't resist making a sweet card for this occasion!



     

Well, Easter is in two days, and I have a Godson who would just ADORE this a card for this day!


Such a fun card to make! The best part was coloring the critters!

- stamp and color your images (I used Bristol Mixed Media Vellum Surface paper and colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!)
- once dry, fussy cut and add white accents with a gel pen, where desired


- on a scrap piece of plastic packaging, loosely draw a circle with your watercolor marker and spritz with water
- flip it over and smoosh it onto your card front; repeat that multiple times to create a layered look allowing the colors to blend and spread!
- heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock and add foam tape
- attach all images to your card!


Not into getting messy for your backgrounds? This card could be put onto cardstock, and it would be just as adorable!! Imagine a little floral background? Perfect for the Easter theme!


Oh goodness, I really am in LOVE with these chubby, little, egg-shaped critters! Ha! Everything is from the Eggstraordinary Egghunt stamp set! 

    

Were you aware that Create a Smile Stamps sells their own acrylic blocks, in addition to all of the awesome alpha stickers, washi, flair, sequins, stencils, dies, stamps and MORE?! They're incredible, and they have grid lines which make them perfect for lining up sentiments!

~Samantha


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hallo * clean & simple 2/4

Hi there, Nicole here.

I'm back with a second clean and simple card for my April series.




I got asked many a time how I make my clean and simple cards. To be honest, I do not have a recipe. It's just the way I love making cards, it's kind of "natural" for me. But I found some guidelines/instructions for you that might help :-)



If you want to make "clean and simple" cards, try to stick to (some) of these points.
  • one focal point
  • a lot of open space
  • only one (or two) layers
  • no or minimal embellishements
  • minimal color palette
  • simple, uncluttered and easy to recreate

If you want to improve your clean and simple cardmaking, try playing along Clean & Simple challenges. You'll find many inspiring ideas and get to practice at the same time.



  1. stamp your immage on watercolor paper with some Distress Ink
  2. take a waterbrush and color the immage using the color from the edge
  3. fussy cut the immage
  4. use the ink smooshing technique to create the background
  5. stamp the greeting and assemble the card
  6. I used a white colored pencil to fill in the sentiment


Glowing Seaside / nur mal Hallo sagen


Create A Smile is moving and they are taking a break. The shop will be closeduntil May 7th.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon :-)




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Greetings

Hey stampers, Anni here.
Today I have some gift boxes to show featuring the set Kroküsse/Crokisses.





Last weekend I met some crafty friends that I wanted to give a little gift. So I made these small gift boxes and put some sweets in them.





I stamped the crocuses with Versamark a few times on watercolor paper and embossed them in white. I colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and fussy cut them.



For the box I used a die and cut them from patterned paper. I finished up the boxes by adding a sentiment, also embossed in white on a stripe of matching cardstock.







Create a Smile is moving and the shop is closed at the moment.