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Rainbow Wildflowers

While I wait for the new release since mail from overseas these days is FOREVER (can you tell I am a patient person?!), I am still playing with these beautiful wildflowers!

I used these fabulous Create a Smile products for my card:

I began my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which is just perfect for your standard size envelopes.

The idea for my card comes from a new style of modern block coloring that Yana Smakula has recently been showing in her beautiful cards! I definitely needed to give it a try and love the results!

For the frame, I stamped multiples of two of the leave sets from the Wildflower stamp set, colored just one leave on each in rainbow colors and fussy cut out. To get the best block look, you want to go dark, medium and light in your marker choices and let them dry in between applying so they don’t blend.

Next, I die cut the BEE-DAY twice, once from copic friendly cardstock and the other from black cardstock. I colored the letters in rainbow, of course!, and outlined them in the black to help them pop!

I then stamped the hugs and colored up the bee using the block technique and love how he came out!

To put it all together, I created my center first and then adding the wildflowers to the edges with foam tape and trimmed the tips off.

This is such a different style of card for me and I enjoyed making something unique and fun! I will definitely be doing this block coloring again!

Thank you,

Candice

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Big Party!

This adorable new walrus from Create a Smile goes so well with their previous stamp sets! I used them to create this masculine card with cool colors.

I used these Create a Smile products to make my scene:

I began my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base that fits perfectly into your standard size envelopes.

For the background I wanted to create a foggy and cloudy sky. I achieved this by inking a piece of Bristol Smooth with weathered wood & stormy sky and then adhering vellum over it. I then made the ocean by die cutting my waves and inking with broken china & speckled egg.

Next, I stamped all the images from the sets listed above, colored them with copic markers and used my scan n’ cut to cut them out. I accented them with a white gel pen for some added contrast. I adhered them to the card using glue and foam tape to give dimension.

I finished by stamping the sentiments from the Big Surprise & Small Sentiments sets in versafine black ink with a few clear domes. I did have to set the card aside for a couple of days to let the ink completely dry on the vellum.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Candice

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Birthday Treats!

I love getting inspiration from other crafters and this birthday card is inspired by the talented Samantha Mann and her gorgeous bright rainbow colors!

I used a few of my favorites from Create a Smile:

For the background, I first die cut the scalloped frame and taped the circle stencil over the frame inking with hickory smoke in ombre. I also trimmed a piece of cardstock to fit behind the frame and inked in hickory smoke in the same ombre to ground the frame.

Next, I stamped all the treats, colored them in rainbow order with copic markers and used my scan n’ cut to cut them out.

I then die cut 4 of the birthday die from thick black cardstock and layered together for dimension. The speech bubbles were die cut and stamped with the sentiments in versafine black.

To put the card together, I laid everything out in the way I wanted it on my card front and then stamped the best wishes along the bottom of the frame in versafine black. I then added foam tape behind the top of the suckers and popsicles and glued the bottoms to the card. This gives a nice dimension and allows me to glue my birthday over the images. I added the candies either with glue or foam tape and added the speech bubbles with foam tape.

To add a bit of sparkle, I accented the images with stickles. Something I haven’t pulled out in a while!

Thank you so much for visiting!

Candice

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Just for You!

I love the word stamps from Create a Smile and while I wait (impatiently!) for the new ones from the recent release, I’ll just create with the ones I have!

I used a few Create a Smile products:

I began with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base that is just the right size for your standard size envelopes.

For the background, I first inked a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with wilted violet, milled lavender, stormy sky & tumbled glass. I then created my slimline overlay using my cameo silhouette and cut out with thick white cardstock. I glued this over my inked background and adhered to the card front.

Next, I heat embossed the flowers and leaves in white on watercolor paper and colored them with watercolors. I then fussy cut them out and adhered to the card with glue and foam tape to give some dimension.

I then heat embossed the sending hugs in platinum directly onto the panel and then heat embossed the just for you on vellum. I then cut around the words and adhered strips of foam tape just behind the letters to pop it off the card front.

To finish, I added a variety of sequins and domes for some sparkle!

Thank you!

Candice

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Cross an Ocean for You!

I love the time of summer card making, how about you?!  It gives you lots of time to create underwater scenes, like this one using the Underwaterlove from Create a Smile stamps!

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For the card base, I created a measurement of 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 which is the perfect size to fit into your standard size envelopes.

I created a one layer background by heat embossing the ocean waves in white near the top of a piece of Bistrol Smooth.  I then made a mask for the top and bottom to add the ink in separate colors.  I inked the sky with milled lavender, spun sugar & squeezed lemonade.

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For the ocean, I first heat embossed the bubbles in white where I wanted the stamps to go and then inked seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, salty ocean, peacock feathers & tumbled glass.  With the mask still on the top, I splatter some water with a damp paint brush and dabbed it off with a paper towel and then used the damp paint brush to splattered some purple and white shimmer spray.

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Next, I stamped the submarine, narwhals and fish, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut them out.  I accented them with a white gel pen and adhered with foam tape.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine black ink on the top and added a few clear nuvo drops around the images.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Candice

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Rainbow Happiness!

Lately Christine, the owner of Create a Smile stamps, has been sharing some beautiful techniques with rainbows and she inspired me to create a rainbow card of my own!

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For my card, I used these awesome Create a Smile products:

I began the card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base that is just the right size for your standard envelopes.

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For the background, I worked in sections with my Cloud stencil on Bistrol Smooth using candied apple, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch & wilted violet oxide inks for the rainbow palette.

I set that aside to dry before stamping and worked on coloring the rainbows.  I stamped the rainbow and clouds, colored with copic markers and fussy cut them out.

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Next, I stamped the large Don’t Worry in black versafine ink and heat embossed the be happy in white on a trimmed black banner.

To put the card together, I used foam tape on the banner and rainbows and glued the smaller clouds to the card front.  For a bit of shine, I added some dome pearls in the colors of the rainbow on some clouds.

I hope you are inspired by rainbow card and take some time to see the short videos Christine puts together on the Create a Smile IG page!

Thank you!

Candice

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Treat Yourself!

Okay ,okay, I know I have shocked everyone by creating a regular sized card! Sometimes I even need a change! I loved this size to fit my stencil and sentiment on using the awesome Create a Smile stamps!

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I used these Create a Smile products for my card:

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For the background, I first die cut the scalloped frame from Bristol Smooth cardstock, inked the top half with milled lavender and taped the circle stencil over the frame.  I used my small blender brush and filled in different circles with seedless preserves and dusty concord and then went over the whole stencil with milled lavender using my large blender brush.  This picked up some of the darker colors on my stencil and made the larger circles just a shade darker with awesome results!

I wanted a bit more color behind the frame and trimmed some more Bristol Smooth a little larger than the frame and inked the top half with the 3 ink colors; seedless preserves, dusty concord and milled lavender.

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Next, I stamped the hippo and treats, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I then die cut the TREAT and lined up with the hippo, gluing the letters down and using foam tape on the images.

To finish the card, I heat embossed the sentiments in white on trimmed black banners and used foam tape to pop them up.  For a few embellishments, I went with some pink clear domes, white domes and sequins to keep the circle form flowing.

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Candice

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You’re Awesome, Fur Real!

Some of my favorite stamp combos are the jungle ferns with cute wild animals, like these sets from Create a Smile stamps!

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I combined these Create a Smile stamps products to make my card:

I began my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits just right in your standard size envelopes.

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For the background, I first taped down the Diamonds stencil and inked with rusty hinge, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber and scattered straw.  I did have to do half and then realign and finish the bottom.

To create the frames, I die cut two frames and centers from Bristol Smooth cardstock and inked the center pieces with peeled paint, crushed olive and shabby shutters.  I then die cut four more frames from thick white cardstock and layered to make a dimensional frame.

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Next, I stamped the lions, birds, rock and leaves, colored them with copic markers and used my scan n’ cut to quickly cut them out.  Before adhering them to the center pieces, I stamped the silhouetted ferns and then layered the leaves gluing some and using foam tape for others and then trimmed the tips off with scissors.  I put them into the center of the white frames and used foam tape to add the lion and birds.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in versafine black and added an orange sequin with orange nuvo drops.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today!

Candice

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Pirate Pile Up!

These Koala Pirates from Create a Smile Stamps are some of my favorites to color up and create fun cards with!

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I combined a few Create a Smile stamp sets to make this scene:

I began with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which just the right size for your standard envelopes.

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For the background, I first heat embossed the clouds in white three times to cover the card front and inked lightly with victorian velvet & tumbled glass.  I then taped the cloud stencil over the inked embossed clouds and lightly covered with shimmer mousse.

While I let that dry, I stamped the pirate koalas, parrot, fish, & gull, colored them with copic markers and used my scan n’ cut to cut them out.  I do love the thick lines of Create a Smile stamps, they are sooo forgiving on coloring and they cut beautifully in the scan n cut!

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Next, I created the the ocean by heat embossing in white the waves, twice, once on vellum and again on bristol smooth.  I then fussy cut them out and added the heat embossed sentiment along the bottom and inked over with peacock feathers, broken china & tumbled glass.

I put it all together by adhering the waves and images with foam tape for dimension and finished with a few clear domes.

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Candice

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You are Wheely Wonderful!

I have another card for you today using the Create a Smile stamps new March release!  It has such a variety of sweetness to sassiness!  After you see about my card, you really need to go see all of it for yourself!

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I used these fabulous Create a Smile products for my card:

I began my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which is just right for your standard size envelopes!

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For the background, I first heat embossed the clouds using the new Cloud Pattern stencil and then lightly inked the sun ray in squeezed lemonade with the new slices stencil.  Unfortunately, I think my sun ray is so light you can barely see it behind the bike!  I inked the rest of the sky lightly with tumbled glass and shaded lilac.

I then die cut the hill, inked with cracked pistachio and twisted citron and stamped the sentiment from the new Ting-a-ling stamp set.

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Next, I stamped the images from the new Ting-a-ling  and the flowers from the Best Bugs stamp sets.  I just love how she matched the flowers from each set, they go perfectly together!  I colored them all with copic markers and fussy cut out, adhering them with foam tape to the card.

To finish, I die cut the stitched banner and stamped the other sentiment from the Ting-a-ling stamp set and added a few matching colors of nuvo drops.

Thank you for visiting and hope you take the time to see the amazing new release HERE!

Candice