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Create a Smile Challenge-Circles

create a smile challenge circles

Create a Smile Challenge-Circles


Create a Smile stamps is having a new and fun challenge using the theme Circles!  I knew exactly what I wanted to use for my circles, the ever adorable and popular Gull Gang stamp set!

create a smile challenge-circles

It ended up taking off from there on adding more circles with the bubbles from the Easy Breezy stamp set and then adding even more circles with the quote bubbles with the sentiments from the Small Sentiments stamp set!

I started my slim line card by trimming thick white cardstock to 8 1/2 x 3 1/2, the perfect size for an 9A envelope!  Next, I trimmed some watercolor paper a little smaller than the card front, stamped the bubbles with versamark and heat embossed with white and then die cut into waves.  I then inked each section with chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch, and stormy sky to give movement to the waves.

create a smile challenge-circles side

I stamped the sea gulls and wood, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I then pop dotted a few and glued the others to give depth to the card.  Next, I cut the quote bubbles using my cameo silhouette, but Create a Smile has a set of speech bubble dies that work perfect for the small sentiments I used.  I pop dotted both the speech bubbles and stamped the larger sentiment on a stitched banner, trimmed the end and pop dotted in the middle.

create a smile challenge-circles up close

For my embellishments, I added some small clear nuvo drops to the wood next to each sea gull and a few on the banner next to the sentiment.

I am joining the Create a Smile challenge early so check out if you would like to join for your chance to win!

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Create a Smile Challenge-Crafty Friends

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Create a Smile Challenge-Crafty Friends

The current Create a Smile Challenge is to create about our crafty friends.  I know the most I get from the crafty friends I have on made on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest has been inspiration.  That is what I was thinking of when I created this card, the inspiration and ideas from all of you!

Create a smile challenge crafty friends

This is a simple CAS card using three of Create a Smile stamps:

To create this card, I stamped thick white cardstock with the polka dot background and die cut it twice, once with the outside frame and once with the window frame.

Create a smile challenge crafty friends close up

I stamped the tulip, butterfly, and the bunny, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I then trimmed some watercolor paper to fit behind the window and inked with wild honey and rusty hinge oxide inks to get the bright orange hue.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with versafine black ink below the window frame.

To put it all together, I glue dotted the stem of the flower down, pop dotted the inked orange behind and then pop dotted the whole piece to the center of the card base.  Then I pop dotted the bunny and butterfly to the card.  For my embellishments, I added some white dots to the flower and butterfly using a white pen and added a few purple sequins.

You still have some time to join the Create a Smile challenge for your chance to win!

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Guest Designer for Create a Smile Monochromatic Challenge!

I am sooo excited to be guest designing with Create a Smile stamps for their current challenge!  The theme this challenge is monochromatic and I would love to see your take on this!

If you have yet to see this fantastic stamp company, Create a Smile, you are in for a treat!  They are a German based company and their adorable stamp sets come in German and English!  And to top it off they have bi-weekly challenges that you can enter using their stamps sets or use their freebie digital stamps and enter!

Create a smile guest DT monochromatic challenge

I went very brave and tried something I wasn’t sure if I would like and went monochromatic in brown!  Brown of all colors, or should I say, lack of color!  I chose to use these ever adorable pirate koalas from the All Hands on Deck stamp set, which is also available in German.

The monochromatic brown is perfect for a pirate treasure background which I created using watercolor paper that I inked in antique linen, tea dye, brushed corduroy, & gathered twigs.  I added some sun rays using a stencil and gathered twigs and then die cut out.

create a smile guest DT monochromatic challenge up close

I then stamped the koalas in memento black ink, colored with copic brown markers, and fussy cut out.  Next, I stamped the coins & sentiment onto the torn paper and colored the coins with a gold pen.  I glued the poles down and then pop dotted those adorable pirate koalas & flag  along the left border.

For my finishing touches, I added some brown sequins, gold stars, and some white dots I created using a white pen.

This was a simple card but I feel it has some WOW factor with the monochromatic brown!  I hope you enjoy it and will try something new as well with a monochromatic color and enter it into the challenge!  Please take some time to see Create a Smile products, they really are some of my favorites in their different designs for their stamp sets, stencils, and dies!

Have a fabulous day!


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Create a Smile Sketch Challenge

create a smile sketch challenge

Create a Smile sketch challenge

When I saw this sketch challenge I instantly knew what I wanted to create, and the bonus was, it was with my new stamps I got from Create a Smile last month!  I saw the three circles and they had to be the rocks in the Fur Real stamp set and I had to add the cuties on top of those rocks!

Create a smile challenge-sketch

I love how this card came out!  I started by inking water color paper with dried marigold and spiced marmalade using a sunray stencil.  I then die cut a stitched hill, heat embossed the ever so cute sentiment in black, and then inked with shabby shutters and bundled sage.  Next, I splattered with water and white paint and set aside to dry.

I then had some fun experimenting with the fronds from the Fine Ferns stamp set stamping the solid ferns with shabby shutters and bundled sage.  I then fussy cut them out to make two borders.  Next, I stamped the outlined fronds with barely beige and tried some no line coloring with copic markers.  They came out fabulous, they have a watercolor look!

Create a smile challenge-sketch up close

I stamped the cuties on the rocks with a little masking, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut them out.  To put the card all together, I layered with lots of pop dots.  I then finished it with a few gold sequins to give a little shine!

I’m getting my card in under the wire here for the challenge, but you can always check out their challenges and they have just release their adorable March release!

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Create a Smile Challenge -Celebration

I love, did I say I LOVE, Create a Smile stamps and got lots for Christmas, so I had to dive right into their current challenge, Celebration, using these cute koalas from the cart full of treasure stamps set.

create a smile challenge-celebration

I wanted to use all the stamps, but alas, I could only use most of them and settled on doing a double slider card.

Create a smile challenge-celebration pulled out

The products I used to create this double slider card are:

Create a smile challenge-celebration close up

This card did take some time, but after the holidays of making quick Christmas cards, I wanted to sit and take time on a fun creation!  I started with 110 lb white cardstock as my base and die cut polka dot paper with the scalloped die.  I followed the instructions to create the double slider, you can find them here.  I had stamped the cuties and colored with copic markers and then fussy cut out.  I added the grass in green glitter and the hooray is in pink foil.

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Create A Smile Challenge-Winter Time

Create a Smiles current challenge is a winter time theme and I was sooo happy to finally use these cuties!  I mean, really, who doesn’t love snowmen on a ferris wheel?!  This is also doubling as my bestie’s Christmas card this year, she saw this stamp set and really oohhhed and aawwed over it!

create a smile challenge-winter time card 2

To begin my card I had to decide on my colors and I knew I wanted to use deep blues and I paired it with dark pinks and purples.  I trimmed thick white cardstock and stamped with a falling snow stamp and heat embossed with white.  I added some blueprint sketch oxide ink to the top and adhered to the card base.

create a smile challenge-winter time card 3

Next, I stamped the ferris wheel and snowflake from the A Friendly Turn stamp set, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I added some glitter to the snowmen and glossy accents to the hearts and snowflake for a bit of shine.

create a smile challenge-winter time card 1

I then die cut the stitched hill and stamped the adorable sentiment with the glittery friend above it.  I adhered this to the bottom of the card with pop dots.  For the embellishments, I pop dotted the colored snowflake and added clear drops around the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to join in the challenge you have a few more days!  You can enter here.


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Create a Smile Challenge-Create Your Own Background

If you haven’t seen the absolutely adorable stamp sets from Create A Smile take time to check out their cuties!  You will love them!  They even have digital freebies that you can use to enter into their bi-weekly challenges which is what I used today to create this card.

Create a smile challenge create your own background

The current challenge is to create your own background and I did that using the freebie sentiment of Happy New Year which I repeated and printed out along with the celebration drink.  I printed them out on x-press it paper so I could color the repeated YEAR with copic markers: B60, B63, B66, & B69.  Love these colors, they are just the perfect bluish purple shade!

After coloring, I then die cut it using a stitched rectangle and pop dotted on a trimmed piece of silver glitter paper.  I have to add glitter and shine where ever I can and New Years always has to have sparkle!  Yeah!  Next, I colored the celebration drink with the blue copics and added dark pinks with RV63, RV66, & RV69 on the passion fruit.  I added a bit of cool greys with C0 & C1 to the ice cubes and lots of wink of stella for the liquid.

I fussy cut out the drink and glued it onto a smaller stitched rectangle vellum and adhered to the center of the card.  For the final embellishments, I wanted to add a bit more of the dark pink and used some enamel accents to give a little pop.

Now it’s your turn to enter the current Create a Smile challenge!