Friday, August 18, 2017


Hey, we're still in party-mode!

Here we are with a wonderful event (one of my favorites!)

Our release VIDEO-Hop!

We have some AMAZING designers rocking the new stamps and a giveaway - I am SURE you will love it!

Meet the following designers along the hop
Laura Bassen   (VIDEO)
Marika Gewalli   (VIDEO)
Justine Hovey   (VIDEO)
Kelly Latevola  (VIDEO)
Jess Gerstner   (VIDEO)
Birka Reinitz   (VIDEO)

I feel honored and happy, freaking excited,.... you name it... that the super sweet, funny, talented Laura Bassen is starting our hop this time.

Here's a little peek of what she's show you:
Create a Smile-In Bloom

Eeeeeek! Those colors! AH-MAZE-BALLS!

You you better check out her Video instantly and hop along. ENJOY!

And now for the giveaway... 

I have one little task for you:
• watch the videos 
• leave a comment and name the new sets that you found along the hop
• tell us about your favorite stamping technique 

You can win a 25€ gift card to our store - YAY!
• you have until Sunday, August 20th 8pm CET to enter. The winner will be picked Sunday night!


We still have a challenge going on over at instagram


you could get this mini set for FREE with an order over 60€ placed August 18th - August 20th!

Thanks for joining us - we can't wait to read about your fav techniques!

Comeback Party #4 - the release is here, so is Francine!

Good mooorning!

First of all:

We're so super excited the day has finally come - the new release is now available in the store! Hooray!
Many of you have been waiting and orders are already rolling in. the stamps seem to be flying off the shelves - you're the best!

Check out the full release in our store 

Sooo, of course we have some more inspiration by the DT for you:

Marina used a fantastic combo of In Bloom and Where your heart is / Wo Dein Herz ist to create this sweet card that calls for a camping trip! I really love her floral background!

Anja also used Where your heart is / Wo Dein Herz ist and combined it with Cart full of treasures / Wagen voller Schätze. The koala meeting the mouse is just way too cute!

Nicole has two more floral cards for us, both have a soft and light feeling !
On her first card she osed flowers from In Bloom  for a lovely watercolor-card with some lose color-bleeding - what a fantastic effect!

On her second card she used the flowers from Cart full of treasures / Wagen voller Schätze  in such a unique way! Instead of adding it to the cart she created a frame with our Magical frame to make the flowers pop. So clever!

And now I would like to welcome a former video team member back as a guest.
Please say hello to one of my favorite crafters on the entire planet:

Francine is not only a crazy talented colorista, but she has the ability to keep things simple while adding details and never being boring. She has a super unique style and always thinks outside the box (You'll see what I am talking about in a minute...)
You just HAVE TO check out her blog and swoon about all her projects: 

So let's see what Francine has for us:


Hi everyone! Francine here! I’m thrilled to join the Create A Smile comeback celebration! 

For this event, I created two cards using stamps from the newest release! On both cards, I went for a clean and simple design to make the images pop. Here is what I came up with: 

For the first project, I used the Licht ins Dunkel / Light up the dark and the Licht an! / Lights on! sets. I started by coloring the mole and the lantern (of course, in rainbow colors… I couldn’t resist) and cut out the image with scissors. I added a layer of Wink of Stella clear glitter to the lantern for more shimmer but unfortunately, you can’t see it on the picture. It’s beautiful! Next, I created a teal background using the ink smooshing technique. I chose Peacock Feather and Cracked Pistachio Distress inks that I applied directly from the pads to a sheet of acetate, sprayed the sheet with water and pressed the ink (side down) onto cardstock. Once it was dry, I stamped the sentiment to the "smooshed" background and I adhered the mole with foam pads for more dimension. To finish off my card, I added some Create A Smile enamel dots (I LOVE them because they are not too big).

For the second card, I also used the Licht an! / Lights on!  as well as the Licht ins Dunkel / Light up the dark stamp sets. I colored the lantern and cut the image with scissors. I added googly eyes and drew a mouth to create a character. I stamped the sentiment in black ink and cut a speech bubble around. Next, I spritzed the background in black to make the yellowish-orange lantern stand out from the "dark". It matches perfectly with the sentiment. I adhered the lantern and the sentiment to the card front with foam pads and added twine for more interest. I decorated the card with some Create A Smile enamel dots. 

I hope you enjoyed these projects! Thanks to Christine for letting me join the party and welcome back!  



W.O.W.Z.E.R.S! See what I mean? Not only is her coloring outstanding as always but her designs.... woah! Addong googly eyes to the lantern - she cracks me up! and that black mist! Black mist without making it look sad? Can I please have some of those skills? For my birthday? Thank you!

Francine you ROCK and I am so glad you came back as our guest. Big hugs and kisses to you!

If YOU agree that francine did an amazing job - let her know and leave her some love!

Thanks for celebrating with us!

We still have a challenge going on over at instagram


you could get this mini set for FREE with an order over 60€ placed August 18th - August 20th!

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to treat yourself!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comeback Party #3 (+Guest Designer and Freebie!)

Good morning crafty friends,

what a great week so far. We've had so much inspiration and your comments about the cards and stamps really make us happy (keem 'em coming ;) )

It's time for #3 of our fabulous release party!

For those of you who have not heard yet, all info can be found here

Here's a short roundup of everything going on this week

1. Instagram-Challenge
You can win a 10€ gift card EACH day this week!

2. Giveaways
There will be a fantastic giveaway on this blog on friday

3. Freebies:
There will be a new digital freebie later today and you can get free products with each order placed between August 18th and August 20th that hit a particular amount. For example this exclusive mini stamp set:

We are releasing some cute and fun sets this month.
They will be available in the stire on Friday, August 18th (my birthday) at 10am CET /4am EST

We are happy and honored to welcome Vanessa Amann back as our Guest designer today - please give her a warm welcome!


Hello everyone,

Vanessa here on the Create a Smile Stamps Blog to show you a light up card using some stamps from the new release and the Chibitronics Starter Kit. 

When I first saw the lampion Sets I knew I had to use it for a card that lights up. Long time ago I saw Jessica creating a card with a slider switch and I wanted to recreate it. This was the perfect opinion. 

- Stamp the mole with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Copic friendly paper and color him in. I used E42, E44, E82 and E84 and  for the glasses I used B000 and the glas frame R39. Then fuzzy cut the image. 
- Stamp all the lampion images on your panel in the way you want it to look like later. Then cut the lampions out and ink the panel and the grassy border in using distress inks (chipped saphire, mowed lawn, twisted citron) and distress oxides inks (wilted violet, faded jeans, broken china). At the end just spritz with some glitter spritz over the panel, so it would have a nice shine. 
- Emboss the lampions on vellum and the sentiment in the card panel. And glue the lampions behind the cut part from the card panel. 
- you have to create the circuit on the card base. It is a little bit hard to explain written but in the video it is explained in German and linked to the video from Jessica, who explained in English. 
- to finish the card put everything together and give it a little finishing touch using sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 


Creating LED cards can be tricky sometimes especially when the circuits are a bit complicated. It is helpful the create a sketch before making the card. 

I hope you found that tutorial helpful and you enjoyed this card. I wish you all a great Create a Smile welcome back event and hope to see you again soon.



I think this card is so much fun and I love that each lantern can be lit up seperately! Thank you so much Vanessa for sharing your art with us!

Make sure to visit Vanessa's blog to find more inspiration and amazing projects!

The DT also has some more fabulous inspiration for you, let's check that out:

This card by Raluca using Cart full of treasures/Wagen voller Schätze is a true stunner - look at that layout and at the colors she used. I think this card is true perfection!

Nicole made two cards using the In Bloom stamp set, both cards are pretty simple, but perfectly balanced and eye-catching.


I especially love the way she added a black/white image to a colorful background. And did you notice that she used the challenge-moosboard as inspiration! It's simply wonderful!
(You have 3 more chances to win a 10€ gift card if you play along!)

What a super cute scene by Raluca! She used where your heart is /Wo dein Herz ist and used all the images on one card - fabulous! She managed to have a bright red trailer without overloading the card....!

She also made another card with the cute mole from Light up the dark/ Licht ins Dunkel. I think that strip of a nightsky makes this layout special!

 I  also made two cards for you. The first one uses the new FREEBIE "Lemonade" that is up on our freebie-page now - we can't wait to see what you create with it. Please share with us! <3
The background was made with Fruit Salad - the mini set that comes FREE with orders over 60€ placed between August 18th and August 20th ;)

this is the freebie:

I also used Fruit Salad for my second card and used the mood board as an inspiration:

I have one last card for you.... This was made by Tanja (@tanja.kabel)  and she was the second winner of our moodboard challenge over at Instagram.... :)

Remember, this is the moodboard for the challenge:
and this was Tanja's card that we just LOVE:

She used Crokisses/Kroküsse and Friends like you for her card and used the color scheme from the moodboard. We thought that this card was really pretty and extremely well executed! Well done, Tanja!

Tanja won a 10€ gift card and if you want to win one as well - go ahead and play along in the challenge on instagram, don't forget to follow the rules (posted below the moodboard-picture on IG).

Thanks for checking back - I am pretty sure you found some great inspiration on the DT's cards - if you did - please let them know!

Have a wonderful sunny day