Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pirate Box Pop-Up Card

Hi Everyone!

Marika here with another video, today it is a box pop-up card!

I've been wanting to create one of these cards, and I was cleaning up on my craft table and found a stencil laying around and the idea came together.

To see how the card came together, watch the video below.

Box: 8 1/2" x 1 1/4 strip Latte Cardstock Score every 2"
Layering Panels: 1 1/8 x 1 7/8" (4 of them)
Box inner pieces 1/4 x 2 1/2" Score at 1/4" on both sides (3 of them)
Fastening tabs: 2x1" Score at 1/2" (2 of them)
The cardbase is a standard A2 one, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"

Using this technique you can make many different box pop-up cards, maybe using my favorite stamp set with all the monsters!

Stencil: Beach Party Kit
Stamp set: Clear All Hands On Deck

Friday, February 23, 2018

Rainbow Wishes from Afar

Hi there!
Samantha here today, and I have a happy little Hello card for you today!


That big polka dotted background is my favorite, and I just LOVE the cute, little rainbow pop of cololr the greeting brings!

Let's make this card together!

- place the stencil over your cardstock and spray your mist! I used an ooooooold spray mist from Studio Calico called Lunch Tray
- set aside to dry

- once it's dry, ink up your large greeting in a variety of rainbow colors, and stamp! I used Distress Oxide Inks, and then clear heat embossed over it.

- I added the smaller greeting to the card by heat embossing it in black, onto vellum, then adhering
- a few Pretty Pink Posh Sequins finished it off!

The only real dimension this card has is the sequins, which could easily be left off! So it's perfect for sending in the mail, worry-free!

Oh, that background is the incredible new Huge Polka Dots stencil, and I love it!! The stamping is all from the Just Saying stamp set - which I feel like I use all the time! Ha!


The Create a Smile Friends & Family Facebook group has challenges!! Check out all of the rules and themes here! Hope to see you play along! :)



Thursday, February 22, 2018

von Herzen / from the heart

Hello crafty people, Nicole here.

I love the flower stamp sets Christine (ownder and designer of Create A Smile) makes and I got inspired by a coloring video Birka did. 

  1. stamp the big flower with a black sticky ink and heat emboss it with a clear embossing powder
  2. create a mask for the big flower, use a watercolor friendly paper
  3. mask of the big flower and stamp the small flower and the leaves using black ink and clear embossing powder again
  4. color your immage, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I blended the colors and then I colored over the soft blend without adding water.
  5. stamp your sentiment
  6. to finish it of, I added some Clear Flower Sequins

I love to use clear embossing powder on my stamped images when I use watercolor or water based markers to keep the colors from running.

In Bloom / riesiges Danke / Clear Flower Sequins

We have some super fun challenges going on! Check out the FB Group "Create A Smile - Friends and Family" or this blog! :-D

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day, 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stencil Experiments Part 1

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have two cards to show you both featuring beautiful stencils by Create a Smile.

Over the years I collected different kinds of embossing and glimmer paste. With all the fabulous stencils Create a Smile is offering I thought it was a good idea to make a comparison.

For the first card shown above I used a translucent embossing paste. I mixed it with ink from ink pads. For this example I've chosen pale ink colors and went with a rainbow order. This way you get a subtle and shine through effect.

Here is my second card:

Here I used a glimmer paste by Nuvo and brighter colours. As you can see the background is much brighter. The glitter is very noticable and shines in various colours.

When you have backgrounds like these your card don't need much more. So all Idid was stamping, colouring and fussy cutting some critters and heat emboss a sentiment.

Next week I have two more cards with similar but different backgrounds to show you. Hope you will come back.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cutie Pawstie

Hi everyone and welcome back to our crafty space.
Raluca here with a new card showcasing the super cute "Bear Mail" stamp set.


I'm in love with this cute stamp set, so after my last play with it (when I transformed one of the sweet bears into a Panda bear) I decided to color the other bear as a Polar bear and create a clean and simple card.

* First I stamped, colored and fussy cut the image for my card. For coloring I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
* Next I die cut a white panel with the largest stitched rectangle die and stamped the Cloudy Day stamp using a teal ink pad/
* I mounted the panel on a light blue card base using craft foam.
* Then I white embossed a sentiment from the set on a black strip of cardstock and mounted it on the card.
* Next I mounted the image using foam tape, I glued a few clear sequins and my card was done!

Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles

Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin MIX

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,

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bearcause, I can't be with you today........

It's Anja, again with another card for you today featuring the lovely Bearmail stamps.


I wanted to make an interactive card using the new posted edge circles. That little postbear was the perfect image for my card.

I started by diecutting the three biggest circles from the dieset out of copic friendly cardstock.
I stamped the image on all three of the circles and colored them. Placed the circles on top of eachother and adhered them with a bard so you can turn them like a puzzle.
I diecut another circle from some white cardstock and folded the upperpart to adhere it to the circles so I could make a card out of it.

Cool cuts (dies)

If you like challenges as much as I do make sure you visit the blog and Facebook because we have some great challenges.
We love to see what you come up with with our supplies.

Have a great week;
Hugs Anja