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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.

1017-blown away

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.

1017-blown away side

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.

1017-blown away close up

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!

1003-thanks mandalas

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.

1003-thanks mandalas side

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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You Give Me Goosebumps!

Do you love sweet stories?  Well, do I have a fantastic real life one for you today!

Christine, the owner of Create a Smile Stamps works at a youth center in Germany where kids and teenagers can spend their free time with friends and activities.  One girl, Thalia, whom Christine has known now for 7 years, sat down with her to draw.  At the time she was only 15 and Christine knew she had to turn her drawings into stamps.  Sooo she bought these images for the “Scarylicious” stamp set in the new release this Friday, September 27!  It was the first time Thalia had made her own money and she was super proud!  What an amazing story!


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

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

0923-goosebumps side

I created the background first by stamping the circles from the Geometrics stamp set (available 9/27) and heat embossed them in black.  Then I inked using black soot, hickory smoke, dusty concord, seedless preserves & milled lavender and then splattered with black, raspberry & gold shimmer sprays with a damp paint brush.

0923-goosebumps close up

While that was drying, I stamped the sentiment from the Scarylicious stamp set (available 9/27) on a stitched banner and heat embossed in gold.  Next, I stamped the image from Scarylicious stamp set (available 9/27), colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted him in the center of the gold frame which I layered on other frames to create a thick one.

To finish the card, I added some domes in gold and clear along with some black nuvo drops.

The September release for Create a Smile is this Friday, September 27, so keep your eyes out on IG & FB as the Design Team shares sneak peeks with you!

In the meantime, you can join the current mood board challenge for your chance to win!

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You Rock!

I am completely smitten with this Floral Decorations stamp set from Create a Smile!  All of the accents go so perfectly together and I pretty much used all of them for the top of my card!

0828-you rock

The amazing Create a Smile products I used to create this are:

I started my slim line card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into the size 9A envelopes!

0828-you rock side

I created the floral border by stamping a row of floral decorations in memento black ink and a few individual pieces and colored with copic markers.  I then fussy cut around the edge and cut out the individual pieces.

I laid this out on the card front to gauge were to stamp the extra floral decorations and heat embossed them in black.  Next, I inked lightly around them with shabby shutters & bundled sage and pop dotted the border and individual pieces on top.

0828-you rock close up

I then stamped the rock & birds coloring with copics and the large You and then fussy cut around them all.

For the banner, I heat embossed the sentiment in white and adhered under the pop dotted you.  Just love the punny sentiment with elegant images!

For my final touches I added dots with black nuvo drops.

I just love the unique stamp sets that are in the Create a Smile shop and you can enter their two challenges for a chance to win yours!  You can enter our monthly Facebook challenge or the bi-weekly challenge!

I hope you are inspired to try some floral layering!

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Easy Breezy!

I love combining stamp sets and Create a Smile has tons that go together!  I did a unique combination of ice cream & bees for this one!

0821-IG repeated ice cream

The awesome Create a Smile products I used for this card are:

I create my slim line card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 base, this leaves you with a leftover piece to use on the front.  The 9A size envelopes are perfect for this size and can be found at your local craft store or online!

0821-IG repeated ice cream close up


I created the background by masking and repeatedly stamping the ice cream & cones, coloring them with copics.

I knew I wanted to add the adorable bee with the cherry in his hands so I stamped, colored him and fussy cut him out next.

I then die cut the stitched scalloped banners from black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiments in white.

0821-IG repeated ice cream side

Before adhering the banners, I lined them up and stamped the sprinkles and colored them with the wink of stella for a bit of sparkle.

To finish it off I added some nuvo jewel drops in yellow, blue & pink to go with the ice cream colors.

Now that the kids are going back to school you can stop doing all the housework and be crafty!  We would love to see all of your amazing creations on the Create a Smile Friends & Family FB page!

There is always a couple challenges to enter as well, the monthly August emboss resist challenge on FB or the bi-weekly challenge for your chances to win!

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Let’s Celebrate You

I hope you have been enjoying the Create a Smile Stamps July release and the amazing DT creations this month!  I am bringing you yet another slim line using the versatile Floating Wishes stamp set!

CAS July release floating wishes

This is a little different for me because their are no cute critters in sight, but I loved the result and had fun creating something new!

I started my slim line card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and trimmed a piece a little smaller to fit on the front.  I then die cut lots of stitched square frames from thick white cardstock and layered together to make three raised frames.  I then trimmed watercolor paper a bit larger than the frames, stamping the edges with the cluster of circles and heat embossed with white.  I inked each square with a different color oxide inks: top-picked raspberry, worn lipstick, & spun sugar, middle-ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin, & dried marigold, bottom-seedless preserves, dusty concord, & milled lavender.

CAS July release floating wishes super close up

Before adhering them to the card, I lined them up and stamped the little circle clusters from the Floating Wishes stamp set in coordinating colors.

I stamped the balloons with varying oxide inks that matched the squares, fussy cut them out and added twine.

CAS July release floating wishes close up

To finish the card, I die cut the you to the bottom frame and added white sequins for a bit of sparkle.

If you haven’t seen the full July release you can see it here.  You can also check out the amazing creations by the Create a Smile DT!

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Sweet Pet Sympathy Card

Sharing another slim line with you today featuring the new Paw-Prints stamp set!  I am so happy for this stamp set for pet sympathy!  Unfortunately, I have had a few friends lose their pets in the past year and needed to make pet sympathy cards for them.  I had to print off sentiments to go along with the stamp sets I already have, but this set has some great sayings and a group of different pets in one!

CAS July release pet sympathy

I began my slim line card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and trimmed a piece a little smaller to fit on the front.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from the paw-prints stamp set in black.  Next, I lightly inked with tumbled glass oxide ink using a long cloud stencil I cut using my cameo silhouette.

CAS July release pet sympathy close up

I die cut the stitched scallop inking with the tumbled glass and fading it near the center.  Next, I die cut a few of the stitched rectangle frames and layered to make a thick white frame.  I love that the dies work so well together!

I stamped the rainbow from the paw-prints stamp set, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted it with and extra cloud from the same stamp set.

CAS July release pet sympathy close up 2

I stamped a few more clouds and the kitty from the paw-prints stamp set, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted these under the sentiment.

CAS July release pet sympathy side

Just to add a little sparkle, and some hope, I added some glitter hearts cut from my cameo silhouette along with blue nuvo drops.

I am thankful for this new stamp set for pet sympathy cards and you can get yours now.

You can continue to see inspiration from the Create a Smile DT on Facebook & Instagram!

Thank you!