Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cards with Stencils

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Today I have three cards for you that I made using stencils.

Create a Smile has such a big variety of beautiful stencils. I wanted to use a few of them.

  • Card making using stencils is fast. No coloring or fussy cutting involved, so they are easy to make and take no time at all.
  • Chosing the same colour scheme for all three cards makes it even faster.
  • For these bold backgrounds you need bold sentiments as well. Die cut words are perfect for that.
  • Add some sequins for the finishing touch.

Create a Smile has a DT Call going on for the Challenge DT. Join the fun.


We dare you to create : Thank you edition

Hello everyone!

It's time for a new challenge on the blog , and now the theme is '' Thank you ''

Also as the 6 months term for our current Challenge Design Team is almost over there is a new Challenge DT call on the blog so make sure to check it out :) 

Now let's see some inspiration from our Guest Designer which is Anja which created this lovely card using Dress me up stamp set Big Hearts Polka stencil Cool cuts Doppeltes Danke

Thank you so much Anja for creating this adorable card for our challenge and for being our guest designer .

Now let's see what our design team created

Alexandra created this set of cards using Cling Mandala stamp and Cool Cuts Thanks Twice

Christine created this adorable card using Cool cuts Stacked Pierced Ovals Es ist serviert stamp set Stencil Blossom

Farida created this beautiful card using Dekorierte Grüße stamp set  , Stencil Petals

Galina created this amazing card using Decorated Wishes - mixed add-on stamp set Underwaterlove stamp set

Kaja created this beautiful card using Sharp one stamp set Mini thanks stamp set

Laura created this beautiful card using Decorated Wishes stamp set Decorated wishes -mixed add-on

Nicky created this adorable card using All hands on deck stamp set Stencil Focal point

Hope you were inspired to play along with our challenge , please take a moment to read the rules before link your project

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Feel Better!

Hey everyone and welcome back to our creative space! Raluca here with a brand new card showcasing the adorable "Doctor's Helpers" stamp set, along with the All about you set from Create a Smile Stamps store.

I love using the bigger words from the sentiment sets and I wanted to create a cute one using again the YOU word.

* I die cut a white panel using the largest stitched rectangle from the Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles.
* I ink blended a corner on the panel with a light blue ink and stamped some of the smaller stamps from the Doctor's Helpers set using the same ink pad.
* Next I stamped the You word from the All about you set and the cute mouse from the Doctor's Helpers set, I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them with a sharp pair of scissors.

* I glued the You word and mounted the mouse on the panel.
* On a black strip of cardstock I white embossed the second part of the sentiment from the Bad Day set and mounted it on the card.
* I glued a few clear sequins and my card was done.

Clear All about you

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, if you want to share your creations with Create A Smile fans or if you want to participate in our monthly challenge join us on our Facebook group Create A Smile - Friends & Family :).

Have a lovely Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Challenge Design Team Call

Hello you lovely crafters!

Can you believe our current Challenge Design Team term is nearly over? We've had the most amazing artist join us - and they created projects that just left us speechless and inspired you to play along in out challenges - yay!

As this 6-month term is nearly over, it's time for a

new Design team call!

Term: July 2018 - December 2018
This call is open worldwide

Design Team Requirements

We might be looking for you, if you…
• enjoy and own Create A Smile products.
• love creating and will make 2 fun projects each month for given challenge-themes.
• take great photos of your projects.
• are able to provide your project photos on time.
• like to comment on challenge entries, support fellow crafters
• share your Create A Smile creation on social media (esp. Instagram)
• are a teamplayer :)
• have an active Instagram account (having a Facebook account to communicate with the team is a plus!)

We offer:
• Free Create A Smile products!
• Exposure: Your name and work will be featured on the Create A Smile Blog and on social media
• Links to your Blog/Social Media
• Support and a fun, creative team!

If you want to apply please send an email to including:

• subject line: Challenge team application
• Your name
• Send us photos of 3-4 of your creations - we want to see your style! Using Create a Smile products is a plus!
• Links to your social media: i.g. Blog, instagram account, Youtube channel,…
• Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what makes you special? We want to get to know you a bit!

Call is open until May 31st.
Every applicant will be noticed by email shortly after.

We can't wait to find out about you and your fabulous artwork!

Have a great day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

You are wonderful (string art) ...........

Hello, it's Anja again with another card and a technique for you.

The last couple of days I came across this technique "String Art" on several places at the internet. And ofcourse I had to give it a try. It is really very nice and you will get great a great outcome. So I created a card with it.

First I rinsed some twine in a refill of an inkpad but you can use maybe alcohol inks or any other kind of ink.

I used two pieces of cardstock and layered them in an old phonebook or you can use a journal of some kind. Between those layers of cardstock I rolled up the twine.

Next you close the book and press it down with one hand with the other hand you pull the twine out of the paper layer.

And watch here the lovely result you got.

I cut one paper down to a cardsize and sponged a background with a stencil.
Cut out the word you four times and layered it and sponged the bottom with some ink.
White heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip of paper and adhered it to a topfolded white cardbase. To finish of the card I placed some waterdroplets.
Don't forget to join in the fun over at the facebookgroup or here at the blog with our challenges. We love to see what you create.
Have a great week;
Hugs Anja


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.