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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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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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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

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You are Wonderful!

Create a Smile Stamps is hitting it out of the park again with their stencils in the March release that is available for you today!  I made my Grandmother her Mother’s Day card using the new Spring Garden stencil and some other new goodies!

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All the new release products I used are:

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

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For the background, I first die cut a stitched panel and then inked twice with the stencil using chipped sapphire, faded jeans, seedless preserves, dusty concord & milled lavender, making sure to fade lightly where the stencil touched.

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Next, I stamped the wonderful and fussy cut around.  I then stamped the you are on a banner cut from kraft cardstock.

To finish the card, I added a variety of chipboard flowers, cutting some for the size I wanted, and added a lot of sequins and domes.

You really need to see the full new March release, it has such a great variety of styles you will love!

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Candice

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Dreaming of Toilet Paper!

I believe we are all having toilet paper prancing around in our heads and wishing it was Christmas to ask Santa for more!  Create a Smile Stamps new March release will be available this Friday, March 27 and has some perfectly funny sets to add humor to a bad situation!

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I used some of the new release to create my fun card:

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

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For the background, I first die cut a stitched panel and inked the first top ray with festive berries, abandoned coral & tattered rose.  I then cleaned the stencil and flipped it and repeated the inking on the bottom.

Next, I stamped three toilet paper rolls, fussy cut them out, and added some nuvo glitter.  Who doesn’t want their toilet paper with some sparkle?!

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I then die cut layers of the Christmas making the top one from white glitter paper.  For the banners, I first inked them with festive berries, stamped the sentiments, and trimmed to fit on the card.

To finish I added a few nuvo drops on the circles in the rays.

I really hope this just brings a smile to your face and remember that these links will take you to the new release on Friday, March 27th!  In the meantime, keep checking us out on IG for some more sneak peeks from the amazing DT!

Thank You!

Candice

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Happy Egghunt!

The new release at Create a Smile Stamps is still inspiring me!  I used a few to create this sweet Easter card!

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I used these Create a Smile products for my card:

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

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For the background, I first die cut the scalloped frame using the partial die cutting method and then taped the edges of and inked with tumbled glass.  While the edges were taped, I laid the splotch stencil down and inked with broken china, near the center and again in the top right corner.

I then stamped the sentiment and added two rows of grass that I had lightly inked with bundled sage and shabby shutters.

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Next, I stamped the bunnies, smaller Easter eggslarger Easter eggs and flowers, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I layered them with foam tape to add dimension in the grass.

I decided to leave off embellishments to allow the splatter background to be the focus.

I hope you are getting into the Spring mojo now too and you can check out all the gorgeous Spring stamps at Create a Smile!

Thank you!

Candice

 

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You are Wonderful

The new release at Create a Smile Stamps is available now and is flying off the shelves!  I used some of the new stamps and stencils to create this sweet thank you card!

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The Create a Smile products I used are:

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

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For the background, I first inked half circles with the new Bubble Circle stencil directly onto the card front using mowed lawn & twisted citron oxide inks.  I then trimmed some white thick cardstock for the bottom and top and then repeatedly stamped the You are Wonderful using my Misti for easy alignment.

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Next, I stamped the gorgeous Spring flowers. colored them with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I then die cut the thanks, the top layer out of green cardstock and then three from white scraps and layered.

To keep with the clean look of my card, I added a few green domes which give the effect of water droplets.

My copic colors for the flowers are:  YG25, YG03, YG01, YG0000 (stems) B63, B60 & 0 (flowers)

Thank you so much for visiting and you should swing on over and see the full new release at Create a Smile, it has some unique and beautiful stamps and stencils!

Candice

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From My Nest

I love these winter birds from the from my nest stamp set by Create a Smile and I was inspired by a card design by Nicole Frauvoegeli!  They are a larger size which makes them fun to color in all their winter gear!

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I used these Create a Smile products for my card:

I began my card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which is the perfect size to fit into standard envelopes.

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I first trimmed some kraft cardstock to fit onto the front of my card.  I then die cut three postage edge circles and inked one with the knit stencil using antique linen.

Next, I stamped the birds & leaves, colored with copic markers and cut out using my scan n’ cut.

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To finish the card, I die cut two stitched frames , one from blue cardstock and a few from white cardstock and layered the stitched frames.  I heat embossed the sentiment  in white and glued into the frame.

For embellisments, I added the leaves and nuvo drops in white, yellow, green and purple.

I hope you are inspired by another crafter as I was by the talented Nicole Frauvoegeli!

Thank you!

Candice

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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!

Thanks!

Candice