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Holiday Trees

I just love the variety in the Create a Smiles November release!  I feel I can make such different style cards using the same products, like this fun holiday one!

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I used new and some older sets from Create a Smile:

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For the background, I heat embossed the Happy Holidays in white and inked lightly over it with shaded lilac.

I die cut a few of the Christmas trees & ornaments, layering the stitched tree frame for a dimensional piece, and inked part of the trees with cracked pistachio.  I layered them on the card, gluing some down and pop dotting the others.

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To finish the card, I die cut multiples of the stitched frame and topped with the gold glitter.  Next, I stamped the mice, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.

I then stamped the sentiment on the banner and inked it with the shaded lilac.

I love using dies as a main focus for a quick Christmas card with a big wow factor!

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Winter Wishes

If you haven’t had the chance to see the biggest ever new release from Create a Smile Stamps, it is available for you starting today!  It is full of winter and Christmas themes galore!

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I used a lot of the new release products for this card:

I began my card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which will fit into your standard size envelopes or size 9A envelopes.

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For the background, I inked the snowflakes with spun sugar on cream cardstock and then lightly inked over the whole piece again with spun sugar.  I then filled in the dots on the end with black nuvo drops.

Next, I die cut the snowflake from silver foil paper and pop dotted over the center of the stenciled snowflake and trimmed off the end.

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I then die cut the Dec 25 from the new Cherry alphabet and numbers dies, once from the silver foil paper and once from black foil paper and inset them onto the card.  I am so in love with this new alphabet set, it gives you three different styles to use! WOW!

To finish it off, I added the adorable mice colored with copics to the sides of the card along with the sentiment on the stitched banner.  I added a few clear domes as my accents.

I cannot tell you how cute this huge new release is, you have to go check it out yourself!

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Christmas Madness!

Are you getting ready for the Christmas madness that will be coming so soon?!

This not so ready Santa is a sneak peek from the new release at Create a Smile Stamps with some other goodies available Friday, November 8th!

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I used lots of the new release from Create a Smile Stamps (and a few older ones!):

The links will work for the new release on 11/08!

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I began my background by first heat embossing the presents in white using the Pretty Presents stencil (available 11/08) and inking with festive berries, worn lipstick & spun sugar.

I then layered the new Christmas x3 cool cuts (available 11/08) in white and green cardstock and added the vellum postage circle over the center one.  I stamped the two sentiments, the top one from the Small Christmas Sentiments stamp set and the bottom one from the No Presents stamp set (both available 11/08).  I wrapped them in the stitched frames cut from the green.

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Next, I stamped the Santa from the new No Presents stamp set (available 11/08) and the present from the Santa Clumsy stamp set, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut out.

For my little embellishments, I added some cute peppermint sequins.

Keep checking out the sneak peeks for Create a Smile November release on Instagram from the amazing Design Team!

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Merry-Go-Round Christmas

I am still playing with non traditional Christmas colors and am loving this teal and red combo against the white!

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I began the slimline by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which is perfect for the size 9A envelopes.

The Create a Smile products I used are:

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For the background, I first inked with peacock feathers & tumbled glass oxide inks and then used pearlescent mousse over the dot stencil.

While I let that dry, I stamped the ferris wheel of snowmen, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.

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To put it all together, I heat embossed the sentiment in silver along the top.  I added a layer of trimmed scalloped rectangles in white and pop dotted the ferris wheel between the two.

For my simple embellishments, I went wit some red pearls to really bring out more of the red.

I really would love to see you try some non traditional colors on your Christmas cards, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Blown Away

I have fallen completely in love with this new sweater weather stamp set by Create a Smile Stamps!  The critters are just too adorable and for this card I went with softer tones.

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The awesome Create a Smile products I used:

I created a 5 x 6 1/2 card base to fit my design evenly on and by going a little smaller I can fit it easily into the size A7 envelopes.

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I first created the background by inking with evergreen bough, abandoned coral & dried marigold over the polka dot stencil.  I then die cut the piece to create the scalloped border and adhered to the center of the card.

Next, I die cut the three stitched frames setting them aside with the inside and then cut multiples of white scraps to layer the frames for depth.

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On the inside of each frame, I heat embossed the sentiment & wind in white and inked them with the coordinating color to the polka dots.

I then stamped the cuties, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I added a few white accents using a white gel pen.

I love that this set can be used with soft and bright colors to make such different style cards!  Easily becoming one of my favorite stamp sets!

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Thanks Mandalas

Today I stepped out of my comfort zone in crafting and tried something new and do I ever love the end result!  The best advice I got from the Create a Smile’s DT about creating with flowers and shapes were to heat emboss and use vellum.  I chose both for this elegant card!

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I used some of the new September release along with some older products:

I started my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes.

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For the background, I first heat embossed the mandalas in white and inked with aged mahogany, victorian velvet & tattered rose leaving a little white in the center for the sentiments.

I adhered the background in the corner for a different angle on the card base.

1003-thanks mandalas close up

Next, I heat embossed the floral decorations in gold on vellum and trimmed around them and added them loosely with glue dots.

I then die cut the banner, heat embossed the sentiment in gold and trimmed off the end.  Above the banner I added the die cut thanks from gold foil layered on white cardstock.

For the final touches I added different sized pearls.

I may have to try some more of these style cards, I loved the results and I loved that this card came together in less than 2 hours!  That is a fast card for me!

You can visit the Create a Smile’s store to see the whole new September release.

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Sweater Weather

The new September release from Create a Smile is now available for you and I have to say this is one of my all time favorite stamps sets, sweater weather!

Just look how cute the squirrels are in their sweaters flying kites!

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I used some stamps sets from Create a Smile Stamps:

I started my card by making an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes.

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For my background, I heat embossed the clouds in white and inked over them with mustard seed and squeezed lemonade oxide inks.  I then die cut the grass from brown velvet paper and kraft cardstock, heat embossing the sentiment from sweater weather stamp set in white.

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Next, I stamped the squirrels and trees, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I layered them with pop dots along the fall scene.  Don’t you just love the squirrel flying away!  He’s my favorite!

For my finishing touches, I added some acorns & leaves, sequins, and white nuvo drops for some shine.

If you haven’t seen all the variety in this new September release, take some time to go see, you will love them!

Thank you!