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Sweet Valentine Hippos

This Served Up stamp set is one of my favorites from Create a Smile Stamps and I used it to create this sweet Valentine’s Day card!

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The Create a Smile products I used are:

I began my card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into a standard or size 9A envelope.

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For my background, I first used the circle stencil on a stitched panel inking with worn lipstick and spun sugar and added the heart pattern and stripe papers near the bottom.

I then die cut a stitched heart from pink velvet paper, a smaller white stitched heart and three little grey hearts.

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Next, I stamped the hippos and sweets, colored with copic markers and cut out using my scan n’ cut.  I also heat embossed the valentine’s day in silver on the stitched banner.  For the large “sweet” I used the Cherry Uppercase dies and cut out from grey cardstock.

To put it all together, I added a few accents with a white pen and adhered with foam tape for some dimension.

I hope you love creating Valentine’s Day cards as much as I do and this gives you some inspiration for you!



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Let’s Get Cozy

The new Wonderful Winter Kit from Create a Smile Stamps blends perfectly with their previous releases!  For this winter scene, I mixed some new with the old!

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All the Create a Smile products I used:

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For the background, I taped the knit stencil over a piece of white thick cardstock and inked with salty ocean & tumbled glass oxide inks.  After removing the stencil and letting the ink dry, I stamped the loves on either side near the top.

I then die cut the two different banners and stamped with the sentiments found in the Sweater WeatherFavorite Cookie stamp sets.

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Next, I stamped the squirrel and mug, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I love how thick the lines are on Create a Smile stamps because it allowed me to cut the kite out on the squirrel and use him for a different scene!

To put the card together, I glued the top sentiment down and used the alphabet stickers to spell love in pink.  On the bottom, I used foam tape for the banner, squirrel and mug and added a few colored trees and house from the hillside dies.  I put a few domes around to tie in the scenes.

If you haven’t seen everything in this amazing Winter Kit or need inspiration, you can find it all here!

Thank you!


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Blue Christmas

It is preview time for the December kit release at Create a Smile Stamps which will be available for you on December 27th!  I used the new stamp set, Puzzled, that is in the amazing kit, you can visit Create a Smile IG to see everything that is in the kit!

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All the Create a Smile products I used in the card are:

I began my slimline card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits wonderfully into a standard or size 9A envelopes.

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For the background, I first die cut the stitched panel and then inked it with chipped sapphire, faded jeans & stormy sky.  Using the snow stencil, I added some silver paste over it and set aside to dry.

I then die cut the Christmas trees from vellum and thick white cardstock and inked the with hickory smoke and added a little sparkle with the wink of stella.

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Next, I stamped the cuties from the Puzzled stamp set (available 12/27), colored with copic markers, fussy cut out and added some snow glitter to the snowman.

To finish the card, I added some snowflakes from white glitter paper and using a white pen, I made some more falling snow.

Keep checking with us at Create a Smile IG for inspiration using the new December kit!



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Holiday Bearmail

I always enjoy using my stamps in different ways and Create a Smile Stamps sets are perfect for that use!  One of my favorite sets from them is the Bearmail stamp set and I wanted to use it for a Christmas card to send to family.

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I used a few Create a Smile products for my card:

My card base measures 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 and is the perfect size for a standard or size 9A envelope.

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For the background, I first heat embossed the large snowflakes and happy holidays in white and inked over them with evergreen bough & iced spuce.  With a white pen, I filled in the snow using the snow stencil.

I then die cut two snow hills and stamped the sentiment in the corner of one.  I adhered them to the bottom of the card with pop dots.

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Next, I stamped the images from the BearmailFavorite Cookie stamp sets, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I glued some down and pop dotted the rest to add dimension to the card.

To finish, I simply added some white pearls in varying sized among the snowflakes.

We would love to see your creations using Create a Smile Stamps and if you need some more motivation, their is a current challenge going on and you can enter to win!

Thank you for visiting with me today!


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Falling Marshmallows

I have completely been smitten with this new Mouse Au Chocolat stamp set from the new release at Create a Smile Stamps!  I just had to create another sweet card with the set!

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I used these new release Create a Smile products:

I created the base of my card measuring 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 which fits nicely into the standard or 9A envelopes.

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For the background, I heat embossed the sentiment in white, taping off above it to create a table, and inked with aged mahogany.  I then removed the tape and inked the top half with tumbled glass.

I die cut snowflakes from pink shimmer paper and glued them to the card base, trimming off the edges.

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Next, I stamped the images, the mug on pattern paper, colored with copic markers and fussy cut them out.

I pop dotted some for dimension and glued some down to give it a little depth.

I love how this tall card is perfect for the falling marshmallows!

Thank you!


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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!

Thank you for stopping by!


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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!

Thank you!