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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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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!

0928-sweater weather

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.

0928-sweater weather side

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.

0928-sweater weather close up

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!

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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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A Very Pink Snow Day!

I have really been enjoying trying non traditional colors for seasons and holidays lately and I will most likely continue that trend since I am loving the results!

I also created this for an awesome crafty friend, Saedi, who spent tons of time talking with me about dropping my son off at college and was a great listener when I needed it!


I used some adorable snowmen stamp sets from Create a Smile:

I started my slimline with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and used the leftover piece for the front.  You can use size 9A envelopes which can easily be purchased at your local craft store or online.

0907-snowmen side

I created the sky background by heat embossing the ferris wheel of snowmen in white and blended with wilted violet, picked raspberry & spun sugar.  I then created a mask to cover the ferris wheel and with the snow stencil I created the falling snow with pearlescent mousse.

While I let that dry, I die cut the snowhills and lightly added some pumice stone to the tops.  Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in black.

0907-snowmen close up

I stamped all the adorable snowmen, colored with copics to match the sky, fussy cut out and then added some white pen accents.

To finish up the card, I layered the snowhills and pop dotted up the snowmen.  For my embellishments, I added some snowflakes and sequins that had the same coloring.

I love the results of these colors!  I hope you are inspired to try a non traditional color palette on your next card!  The easiest way is to pick 2-3 colors and use it throughout the card.

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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!

Thank you!