Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Baby Cards

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have two baby cards for you!

The set Sweets & Treats is actually a Christmas sets but there are a lot of images you can use all year round. Especially the bear is much too cute to use him just on Christmas cards. So I thought of occassions to make a card with the bear and I thought it's the perfect image for a boby card.

I started by creating the background. I die cut two rectangles from white cardstock and added some ink blending. Then I used the same inks and stamped some clouds. I also stamped clouds with white pigment ink - I love this subtle effect. To finish the background I spritz some water on it to get these bleeched effects.

While the backgrounds dried I stamped, coloured with Copics and fussy cut the bears.

All that was left to do then was to stamp the sentiment and assemble the card. For a finishing touch I added some stars to the pink card and some Nuvo drops to the turquoise one.

We have two challenges to play along: One on the blog (see on the sidebar) and one in our Facebook group. Can't wait to see your creations.


Winners from Floral challenge


Thank you everyone for playing along with our Floral challenge , we had so many beautiful cards and we really enjoyed seeing all your creations.

Now is time to pick our winners

The winner of 25€ gift certificate to Create a smile store is Karen with this amazing card using In bloom stamp set

Congrats Karen send us a mail to to claim your prize , and feel free to add the badge on your blog .

Our featured artist is Sindhu who create this wonderful card using Crokisses stamp set

Congrats Sindhu ! Your card was very beautiful , you can share the badge on your blog , so well deserved .

A new challenge already started today , so make sure to check it out and would love if you play along .

Have a great day! 

We dare you to create a smile: Favourite Create a smile stamp set

Hello everyone!

The time sure flies and here is again time for a new challenge . And as you saw in the title we dare you to pick your favourite Create a smile stamp set and share with us a card using it.

And let's see what our guest designers made this week

Stephanie created this gorgeous card using Magic flowers stamp set

And Katrin created this adorable interactive card using Post fĂŒr dich stamp set

Stephanie and Katrin thank you so much for guest designing and inspiring us , your cards are so beautiful .

Now let's see what our Design team created

Alberto created this amazing card using When you are not around stamp set

Alexandra created this card using All hands on deck stamp set Sophisticated shells cling stamp Cool cuts postage edge circles

Farida created this beautiful album using SuperkrĂ€fte stamp set Lettering alphas stamp set

Galina created this cute card using All hands on Deck stamp set

Kaja created this lovely card using Bear mail stamp set

Laura created this adorable card also using Bear mail stamp set and she also made a video for this card

Nicky created this fabulous card using A friendly turn stamp set

Hope you got inspired and play along with our challenge . Here below are the rules to enter the challenge please take some moments to read them

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mom, my Superhero!

Hi everyone and welcome back to our creative space! Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing three awesome stamp sets: Lettering Alphas, Superpowers and Lucent Landscapes.

I know for a fact that moms are superheroes and I loved the fact that using the new Lettering Alphas set I could write the mom word. And this idea for a card came to my mind.

 * I cut a panel from white cardstock and mounted it onto a grey card base slightly bigger than the panel.
* I die cut a smaller panel and ink blended some clouds on it.
* I stamped, colored and cut the super cute mouse from the Superpowers set and mounted it on the panel.
* I stamped the mom word in pink using the Lettering Alphas set and on the bottom of the baroque panel I stamped the landscape from Lucent Landscapes set using a grey ink pad.

* Next I white embossed the rest of the sentiment on a yellow strip of cardstock and mounted it onto the panel.
* Then I mounted the baroque panel on the card using craft foam.
*I glued a few clear droplets and my card was done.

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Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spotlight stamping...

Hi there it's Anja again with another technique for your cards.


I wanted to give the spotlight stamping technique a try. You can use this technique in several ways here I used the diecutting and only coloring the diecutted pieces.
And since there is another challenge going on with flowers I thought I use those lovely flowers.

I started with the diecutting of a white panel using the stitched stacked rectangle dies. And stamped and masked several flowers and leaves.
Then I diecut three different circles out of the panel and started coloring only these circles.
I took a black cardbase and diecut another white panel and adhered it to the cardbase.
For some extra interest I used a piece of patterned paper just slighty bigger then the flowerpanel. Combined everything together and placed a small strip with the white heat embossed sentiment onto the card. Diecut 4 times the word YOU out of black cardstock and adhered it. SOme iridescent waterdroplets and some glitter onto the YOU word finished the card.


Fun Flowers and All about you.

Cool cuts (dies)

Double stitched rectangles and You twice.

We love to see what you create and be inspired by you so please join your work.

Have a great week;

Hugs Anja

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Release - Stencils Part 2

Hiiii!!! How many of you like using stencils? I do! But I don't experiment with it enough. Last week, I've attempted using Distress Inks but today, I will put them to rest and go for something, everyone will have, for sure!  

 Today, I'm using the Blossom Stencil! Here over to the store if you want to get it! 

If you guessed that I've used a black pen/marker for this, you're right! I've used my black Faber Castell marker pen to trace the stencil. Why did I choose to use this instead of say, black distress ink or anything similar? It's true that it would have been faster and even easier but I find that using a black pen or a marker with fine nib, gives you a starker black. And also,  I just wanted to give it a try :) So why not? 

Taking advantage of the stark black stencil, I choose to add bright pinks and purple to the card with sequins and die-cut. I really like this colour combination and it's one I have not done before. I'm looking forward to try more colour combinations that I have not used.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 20, 2018

You Mean the World to Me Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a bright, happy card for someone you love and appreciate!


When I saw the sentiment 'you mean the world to me, I just had to make a heartshaped world to go with it!

Let's make this card together!

- I used a heart die cut that was on my desk, and free hand sketched some 'countries' to resemble the world! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! It was so fun! And the best part is, it didn't have to be perfect! You eye automatically recognizes it as the 'world'! 
- set aside to dry
- heat emboss the big 'you' in black, onto vellum and then fussy cut out
- heat emboss the remaining part of the sentiment in white onto a black strip of cardstock

- on the card front, use white embossing paste and the stencil to create the background

- clean the stencil and dry it
- once the stencil and the paste are dry, put the stencil back on the card front, directly over where you had just added the paste
- add color with gelatos and Distress Crayons! yay for rainbows! yay for the pop of color!
- adhere your card together and pop up the banner part of the sentiment with foam tape

I could have left the embossing paste white and the card would have had a more classic, modern look. And you know I do LOVE some white embossing paste on white cardstock - the texture is awesome! But this time, I just had to add a rainbow! Lol!

I used the amazingly versatile All About You stamp set and paired it with the super fun Focal Point Stencil


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