Monday, January 16, 2017


Hi there it's Anja again on this Monday.
I hope you are doing well all together and are ready to get inspired.


Maybe you have noticed we have a new challenge for the month January and it's all about CUTE.
Well I don't know about you but i think most of the stamps from create a smile are cute, aren't they?
There are already some great cards made with this new theme and maybe you have already tried one so for today I wanted to make a cute card too.

I first sponged the background using the stencil and some distress ink.
Then I stamped the images onto copic friendly paper using the masking technique and building up my image.
Colored the whole image and fuzzy cut it.
Diecut two circles one out of some vellum and one out of white paper. I randomly stamped the zzzzzz at the white circle.
I adhered the whole onto the cardbase and diecut some glasses out of white cardstock.
To finish of the card I placed some waterdroplets rounde the corners and used letterstickers for the sentiment.


Comfy, served up, doctor's helpers, big time.

Alphabeth stickers;

Cool cuts (dies)

Magical frame;

We love to see what you come up with for this challenge so join in the fun, please!!!!!!

Have a great week,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Making Background by Die-Cutting

Today, I've brought out my watercolour set again but I've managed to refrain from going rainbow. This was inspired by the dies. I wanted to use them but I was stuck at how. I've used many stamps to create backgrounds before so I thought, today, I'll use the dies to make my background with the help of simple watercolour effect. 

Start off by randomly colouring the entire card base with various shades of green like in the photo below. 

At first I painted it with plenty of water but when it dries, it was too light. I painted another layer with lesser water so that the colour would stand out more. But some water is good as the two shades would blend into each other. 

Take another card panel and just die-cut. It's really simple but i think it's quite effective effect :)

Pocket Tag Set - Cool Cuts
Birthday - Cool Cuts

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Friday, January 13, 2017

For Everything You Do

Hi there!
Samantha here with you again, and I'm delighted to share my card with you today! :)


I was really looking for a way to create a subtle background with lots of pop!! The floral image was a no brainer! It's so tropical and FUN!

This card was pure FUN! So let's make it together:

- first, stamp and color your images. I stamped my images onto some Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface paper, then colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
- once dry, fussy cut out and set aside.

- heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock.
- stamp the vine/leaves image randomly in a light ink onto the cardfront.
- arrange your images and pop up the sentiment strip.
- finish off with some sequins!

Imagine the possibilities!! I'm thinking pops of RAINBOW people!! LOOOOOVE that idea! Ha! You could easily make a whole set of cards in various colors/occasions! It would be a perfect gift! :)

I had a blast! And I used the floral and leaf images from the Botanical Love stamp set! The sentiment is from the Time to Say Thanks set, and the background leaf image is the Clustered Leaves Cling stamp!


Did you know that you can get WAY more than just stamps and dies at the Create a Smile Stamps store? Oh yeah! There's paperwashiflairsequins and more!!!! 



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

((VIDEO)) Valentine Card Set with Lovely Critters

Hello crafty friends! It's Jess and today I have a set of cards and a video with Lovely Critters and the Solid Hexagon Background stamp.

For today's cards I wanted to make some valentines for a card drive so I decided to create a simple design that could be reproduced easily. I was able to make 8 cards by repeating the process in two different color schemes

For today's card I started with the Solid Hexagons. I wanted to to create a subtle background paper for my critters. So I stamped with an ink that closely matched my cardstock. In the video I show you a couple different ways to stamp a background stamp and hope you find one that works for you and your collection of supplies.

I watercolored my critters with Gansai Tambi watercolors which are super vibrant and really helped my critters pop. For a full tutorial check out the video.

Even if it's not very traditional I love the way a black background makes bright colors pop off a card so I gave each of my scenes a simple black border.

Please feel free to share in the comments which card you liked best from this little set. 

Creating a tone on tone background makes it easier to stamp the sentiment directly onto your card.

You still have plenty of time to enter the Create a Smile challenge this month. The theme is Cute! You could win a 15€ gift card!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stamped Gift Boxes with Terhi Koskinen

Hello everyone!

Terhi here today continuing my experiments as a papercrafter, more than a scrapbooker. Today I decided to make giving and sharing even more beautiful, by altering these little gift boxes with gorgeous stamps. Take a look!

Pinterest, as all internet, is a great place to get inspired. There are millions of tutorials of how to fold a gift box, and as folding isn't my personal passion, we'll skip that part and I'm using ready made ones. But, to alter them, I chose the happiest and pretties stamps and sentiments!
The idea is partly inspired by Christmas, but the idea goes to any gift wrapping, just choose stamps to coordinate with your occasion.

As long as you are in stamping mood, take some coordinating paper and cut some gift tags in the same time. It makes your gift even more perfect and pretty. 
I went even one step further by decorating some of my gift with a flair buttons that can be purchased from Create A Smile store. The receiver will get a nice and pretty gift, and a memory too. The flair button can be used later as a fridge magnet or any other little decoration.

Tutorial is available here (link):


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Have a happy week!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Treasure Full of Wishes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope everyone is having a good start of the year. But if you're not, don't worry, it's only January ;) And I hope my bright colourful card can make you smile and also, give you some ideas. 

New year = new batch of Birthday cards to be made so here comes my first one. 

I'm using the Treasure Chest die using a watercolour paper so that's it's easier for me to paint. I did this first because it'll make it easier to me to figure out where I want my rainbow to start. 

As you can see from the card, it's a really simple card with loads of details. 

The rainbow was colour is many stages. I like to colour it lightly first, wait for it to dry and add another layer of colour. I find that this gives some depth to the colour. 

Next was those splatters of white dots. It's not a secret, it's just plain white paint :D 

And of course, the star of the show has got to be the sequins. They are my inspiration for this card. I want to make it look like the sequins and rainbow are coming out of the treasure box. 

Treasure Chest - Cool Cuts
Birthday - Cool Cuts

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Just Wanted to Say Hello!

Hi there!
Samantha here sharing my first Create a Smile Stamps post of the new year! Hooray! 

I had to start this year off with a rainbow, that's all there is to it! Ha!

This card was pure FUN! So let's make it together:

- grab your stencil and use your Distress Stains to dab color directly onto the stencil
- spritz with water and place your white piece of cardstock directly on top of the stencil and lightly pat it. Then pick it up and set it aside to dry

- while your cardstock is drying, heat emboss your sentiment (I heat embossed part of it directly onto the card front in black, and then the rest of the sentiment was heat embossed in white onto a thin strip of black cardstock
- trim your cardstock into your desired shape and adhere.
- lastly, I flicked some black India Ink in the top left corner of the card! 

You can easily make multiples of this card by 'stamping' with the stencil onto more than 1 card front! Just like with traditional stamping, there can be 2nd and 3rd generations of stencil stamping! So fun!  

I used the one of kind, and very versatile Just Saying Hello stamp set along with the Big Hearts Polka Stencil


Did you know that you can get WAY more than just stamps and dies at the Create a Smile Stamps store? Oh yeah! There's paperwashiflairsequins and more!!!!