Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quak! Quak!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Last weekend we had such a fun gathering of German (and one Austrian) stampers in a former monastery. I can't tell you how much I laughed and learned and how much fun it was. I didn't get a lot of sleep but my heart is full! There are so many talented, kind and generous people among the stampers that makes the hobby so much more fun.
And of course there were goodies involved. Today I want to show you the gift boxes I made for the men.

I wanted to make something you could use after unwrapping the little gift. So I turned the decoration of the bag into a bookmark with a small magnet.

  • These bookmarks are easy to make: Just cut a stripe of paper, score it and fold it in half. Put one magnet on one side under the image and one on the other side. This way the bookmark can't get lost.
  • I think the record looks best when you heat emboss it. It doesn't have to be a realistic colour (here I chose turquoise).
  • To make the gift boy a little bit more intresting I used white pigment ink through a stencil on the kraft cardstock - I love the effect.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Caught a Bug?

Hi there!
Samantha here with you again, and this time I'm sharing a get well card!


Unfortunately, my husband was 'Mann Sick' this past week, which is different than regular sick...because he's a man (and our last name is Mann), and a total baby! lol! 

Let's make this card together!

- stamp and color your images (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
- once the image was dry, I added some sparkles with Stickles to add a little more fun to the rainbow germs! 
- fussy cut out and set aside

- on a piece of white cardstock, use white embossing paste and a stencil to create the background

- on the cardbase, stamp the smaller images from the sets in black ink! love those little tissues and pills and band aids! they really add to the get well feel of the card, I think!

I am a huge super fan of white embossing paste over a white cardstock background! But it's sometimes hard to photograph well! One thing I do sometimes, it to take a thin grey marker and trace one edge of the stencil! It's adds a subtle shadow and instantly the background pops!

Most of this card was created using the Message in a Bottle stamp set! But some of the small images on the side of the card are from When You're Not Around set! I also used the Focal Point Stencil


Have you had your eye on the amazing Mandala Cling stamp? Good news!! It's back in stock!! Grab it while you can! :)



Thursday, May 17, 2018

clean & simple ideas 7/7 * darling details

Hello crafty people, Nicole here.

This is part seven of my clean & simple cardmaking series about "how to spice up clean & simple cards"I originally planned 10 posts, but this will be the last one for now. 

For todays card I went for a graphic rainbow look. The sentiment says "hello, how are you?".

Clean and simple cards are super fun but because there is so much white (or blank) space on them, you don't want them to be boring, right?! I made a little series about my favorite ways to keep clean and simple cards interesting :-)

My last tip is DARLING DETAILS. We all have tons of tiny stamps that we just don't use that much. But they are so cute and you can make awesome cards with them.

Just go through your stash and pick those little stamps and see what you can do with them.

Here are some cards I made in the past... All of them are quite simple but the small stamps just gave them a little extra.


 for the card on the top
  • draw some lines with a ruler and a pencil
  • stamp the little stamps in lines, start with the bigger stamps and the lightest ink colors
  • I used dye inks
  • errase the pencil lines
  • glue some thin paper stripes between the stamped lines
  • stamp your greeting
  • add some sequins

Stamp sets: Going Graphic, Just Saying Hello / Nur mal Hallo sagen

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Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thinking of You!

Hey everyone and welcome back to our creative space! Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing quite a few of the amazing products that you can find in the Create a Smile store.

I had some images colored in my stash and I looked through them and this idea for my card just popped in my mind.

 * I die cut a white panel using the largest stitched rectangle die and run it through my Big shot using a silicone mat and the Heart Rays stencil. 
* I mounted it on a card base slightly bigger than the panel using craft foam.
* Next I mounted the flowers and the YOU word in the center of the card using foam tape.

* To finish the saying for the card I white embossed a sentiment from the All about you set on a black strip of cardstock.
* I mounted the strip with the sentiment on the card, glued a few gold sequins and my card was done.

I must confess that I love how it turned out! The colors go so well together and the design is iso pretty! 
I hope you'll give this look a try!

Clear All about you

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Have a lovely Tuesday!
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

May New Releases - Cactus

Hiiii!! If you didn't know, a bunch of NEW releases are here! Head to the store and check them out. It's a great release this time. So today, I just wanted to keep it simple and just focus on these adorable stamps :)

As you might know, I'm a fan of doing one layer cards and when new stamp set comes, I know I just had to do this. If you've not done one-layer cards yet, you have to start by stamping out your images all on the thin piece of paper first.

Cut out those images to protect them while you stamp another image over it. This is to make it look like they are sitting on top of each other without adding bulk. 

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Mail Call : Christine is looking to decorate her office with your beautiful Create A Smile cards creation. Send your cards to Merremstr. 21, 47053 Duisburg, Germany.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

((VIDEO)) Copic Coloring Tips and a Clean and Simple Card

Hello crafty friends! It's Jess and today I have a clean and simple card with some Copic coloring tips featuring the the Unfrogettable stamp set.

I wanted to create a clean and simple rainbow card since that is one of my favorite cards to make. I decided to find a set where the critter could be part of the rainbow and there was an accessory that would also work in many color. Unfrogettable was perfect because I could make a green frog surrounded by colorful mushrooms.

I picked out some rainbow Copics and then began coloring images from the set. I was able to cut them out with my Scan and Cut but I added the Magical Frame die to highlight the main image. I also added a of dimensional tape behind some images to make a more interesting scene. You can get more details in the video:

Adding a frame around the focal image of a card can make it really pop and add interest to a clean and simple card.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

A Funky Feathered Rainbow Hello

Hi there!
Samantha here sharing a happy, rainbow card, to brighten someone's day!


I just can't avoid rainbows, guys. That's all there is to it! Ha ha! 

Let's make this card together!

- I love that this stamp set has solid images of the same shape - it totally made this card easy!
- stamp in rainbow Distress Inks with the solid image

- once all of the images are stamped, spritz with lots of water
- set aside to dry

- heat emboss part of the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock and add foam tape

- once the watercolor is dry, stamp over the images in black Versafine Jet Black ink and heat emboss in clear 
- heat emboss the rest of the sentiment in black ink
- flick on some black splatters with a thin paintbrush

You could also make a clean and simple version of this card by keeping the watercolor relegated to inside the feathers, only! It would still be bright and happy, but a cleaner look!

I love these stamps on this card! The feathers are from Funky Feathers, and the sentiment is a combination of Lettering Alphas and Just Saying.


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