Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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 challengeteam@createasmilestamps.com 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.


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

We LOVE to see what you create! Join us on Instagram using #createasmilestamps :-)

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

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,