Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Window of Flowers

Hey all! I actually thought of making another round of Shaker Cards but I got distracted with another plan. But I hope you'll still enjoy this card as much as I do.

So, I've started by making a little die-cut with the tag/banner shaped die with another piece of watercolour paper. I used this die-cut paper to make a little "window" for my flowers.

I've stamped the same flowers multiple times and heat embossed them in White. Everytime I stamp, I hover back the die-cut piece to see which space is still empty.

I then use my prima watercolours to colour in the flowers. For the sentiment, I used the Alphabet sticker but because I ran out of the black ones, I just used a light colour and use a black marker to colour the alphabets and then gloss it with Glossy Accent. 

Prima Watercolours

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Magical Coffee

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a card for all you coffee lovers!


I really LOVE the look of a big scripty title paired with a more block-like font! So combining these two stamp sets was a no brainer!

Here's a little secret, I don't like coffee myself, but SO MANY of my friends do! So let's make this for your favorite coffee-loving friend!
- stamp and color that little caffeinated image (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and watercolored onto some Bristol Smooth Vellum Mixed Media paper)
- heat emboss part of the sentiment in white onto a strip of black cardstock

- stamp and fussy cut around the scripty word
- using white embossing paste and a stencil, create the background
- fussy cut out the coffee image and pop up with foam tape

You can totally customize the coffee cup image with different colors to change up the feel of the card!! I went with a Starbucks inspired cup, myself!

I used the Hexagon Web Stencil to add the white on white, subtle texture to the background! For the 'magical' part of the sentiment, I used the Friends Like You stamp set! Then used Coffee First for the large word and image! 


Create a Smile Stamps Owner and Illustrator Christine also started a movement called Smilespotting! It's a fun way to spread kindness and happiness to your community! Read all about it here!



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Creative Friends are the best!

Hi crafty friends and welcome back to our crafty space. Raluca here with a new card using quite a few of the amazing Create a Smile stamps :)

As I previously said in another post, I love to watch Laura Bassen's videos and I recently saw one with gorgeous, colorful flowers on a blue navy cardstock and I fell in love with it. So I decided to try to make one using different flower sets from Create a Smile.

First, I die cut a blue navy panel using the largest stitched rectangle die and I stamped the sentiment in the center using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder.
Next, I stamped in VersaMark and white heat embossed all the flowers and leaves on different colored cardstocks. This part was different than Laura Bassen's one cause she used solid stamps, so I tried to adapt mine using outline stamps.
After I stamped and embossed the images I started fussy cut them with my scissors.
Next, to give them the ombre look I added some Distress Inks using the ink blending technique.
Then, after I arranged the elements on my card and I was happy with the placement, I glued some of them directly on the panel and I mounted a few using foam tape for a little dimension.
Next, I cut off all the extra that was outside of my panel and I mounted it on a white card base.
I added a few clear droplets and my card was done.

Don't be afraid to try and make cards that you see online and you love. If you don't have the exact products just use what you have and make it work ;) 
And the most important thing, don't forget to GIVE CREDIT to the crafter who made the card that inspired you.

Double Stitched Rectangles

Time To say thanks

Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets 4mm

Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets 6mm

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Have a lovely Tuesday!
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer time........

And here is another card from me today. I hope you all have some great summery weather. Well if not maybe this card will help.


I wanted to use the different "sea monsters" for my card today.

You start with a topfolded white cardbase and diecut a panel out of another piece of white cardstock using the rectangle dies.
In the background you stamp the seashell clingstamp with a light color.
Stamp the different images three times on some copic friendly paper and color them. Fuzzy cut them and place them onto the card. White heat emboss the sentiment onto some black cardstock and adhere it to the card.
To finish of the card the shrimps get some clear wink of stella glitter and the yell fish gets google eyes.



Underwater love and sending Sunshine kit.

Cling stamps;

 Sophisticated shells.

 Cool cuts (dies);

Double Stitched rectangle die;


Please share your creations with us we love to see what you come up with.

Have a great week; Anja

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Shaker Car

Hey guys! I've never been really good at making Shaker Cards but once in a while I like to give it a whirl. So today, I'm sharing you a bright and colourful shaker card.

Firstly, I've die-cut the border first and then, colour it in yellow and pink. I've painted a very light wash of colour and when it's dry, I added more and more layer of the colours. This gives you various dimension of the yellow and pink without using different shades.

Stamped out the leaves on the card base and painted them in various shades of green. Pour out silver sequins and stick on the yellow-pink border and there you go :D 

Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Prima Watercolours

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Let's Celebrate!

Hi there!
Samantha here today, and guess what? It's my birthday! So you know I had to make a celebration card!! Ha! 


Well...birthdays!!! And that cute cute cute little monster! I couldn't let another day go past when he wasn't used on a card! Ha!

There's nothing fancy with this card, but it sure does make me happy!
Let's make it!

- stamp and color that little guy (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and watercolored onto some Bristol Smooth Vellum Mixed Media paper)
- I also stamped a simple balloon from the cling stamp set and colored that as well.
- once dry, fussy cut and add foam tape

- on the background of your card front, stamp the background image in black ink
- heat emboss the sentiment in white, onto black cardstock
- finish with sequins

That monster is SO cute, and totally steals the show on this card! That's why I didn't go crazy with color in the background!

I really let that adorable little monster from Monster Party shine on this card! The background was stamped in black ink with the Cling Balloons In the Sky stamp set! Love it! And that sentiment is from the Mini Birthday stamp set! 


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

((VIDEO)) Stencil Techniques with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello crafty friends! It's Jess and today I have a card and a video with a coffee themed card using the Lots of Mugs stencil, the Coffee First Stamp Set and the Friends Like You Stamp Set.

Coffee Themed Card by Jess Gerstner with Distress Oxide Inks and Create a Smile Stamps

Someone asked me if you could cut word stamps with the ScanNCut digital cutting machine and I thought that these stamps from Create a Smile would be a perfect test case. Turns out you can cut out these beautiful script greetings very easily and add great impact to a card.

Coffee Themed Card by Jess Gerstner with Distress Oxide Inks and Create a Smile Stamps

I stamped my words and coffee mug and cut them out with my digital cutting machine. To create the stencil background, I covered my Bristol smooth cardstock with Distress Oxide ink and then 'stamped' it by spritzing it with water and laying in on the card. You can get more details in the video:

If you don't have a digital cutter you can always fussy cut around your images. Also remember to be creative with your stencils. You can do so much more than put ink through them.

Coffee Themed Card by Jess Gerstner with Distress Oxide Inks and Create a Smile Stamps

The Create a Smile shop has a great sale on Christmas items still!