Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Create A Smile Release Countdown

Hello everybody, it's that time again!

Create A Smile will release 3 new sets on Friday:

I am super proud and excited about this release, because I love the sets a lot (and couldn't stop crafting and playing with them when they arrived.)

I'm sharing two cards on the Create A Smile Blog today:

1) Wobbling Octopu

When Ithought about all the arms I was sure this little guy would make me laugh wobbling. So I knew this would have to be a wobbler card. I don't make them very often, but I love them a lot :)

  • Use a stencil and blend cracked pistacchio and pine needle ink for the background
  • keep the stencil in place to add versamark and clear emboss the colored areas
  • stamp, color and fuzzy cute the octopus ( I used my Pixscan mat for fuzzycutting because it drove me mad on this image ;) ), also stamp and fuzzy cut the sentiment
  • cut the action wobbler until it can be hidden behind the octopus' bidy and assamble the card. 
  • Add some enamel stickers for more interest


2) Narwhal Baby Card

I've had this splatter-stencil for quite a while and never used it (it was cut with my Silhouette), so I decided to add some water-splashes to the Narwhals. I wanted to keep the card simple and have the focus on my images, but adding some color and make the card fun and bright seemed right.

  • Use a stencil and blend evergreen bough and stromy sky ink for some "water" in the background. 
  • stamp, color and fuzzy cut the narwhals (I used warm grey by Delta Markers - they are even warmer than the W-Series by Copic)
  • stamps the sentiment on light blu cardstock and fuzzy cut
  • assemble the card and add some washi and enamel stickers to finish off the card (The washi made a HUGE difference regarding the balance of the card!)

Hope you love the sets (and the cards!


  1. What a fun collection. The cards look great.

  2. Cute cards, Christine! Love those water splats! So glad you shared these with us at ATCAS!

  3. What great stamps - so unique! Love the octopus one..caught my eye straight away!

  4. Ackkkkkkkkk Okay, I LZOVE the coffee set, but NARHWALS??!!!!! LOVE them, LOVE what you did, LOVE the designs, WANT THEM.. (bigtime!)

  5. Wonderful cards Christine! Both very cute but I really like how you created the splatters on the second card. Thanks for sharing with us over at Addicted to CAS! :-)

  6. I've this release! I'm always inspired by your work!!

  7. Two totally adorable cards Christine. Love your new release! Thanks for playing along at ATCAS.

  8. Your cards are awsome. I love the octopus!
    Thanks for joining us at challenge up you life

  9. Adorable baby card :) hanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.

  10. Super cute cards Christine. Love the darling image and the fantastic coloring. The sponged backgrounds look great on both cards. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

  11. Christine, two amazing cards...and what great stamp designs! I love the narhwals and the stenciling! Thanks for joining in the fun at CASology!

  12. WOW the background for your octopus is so original and stunning! Thanks for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

  13. Hey Christine, I love both of your cards. The colors you used for both of them are amazing. I showed your card to my 8 year old and she immediately said mom those "Narwhal's" are so cute. I was blown away, I didn't know that is what they were called. LOL!! Nicely done! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CASology.

  14. Christine, both of your cards are brilliant! I love the way you grounded the images with those awesome stencils. You have such amazing style and talent! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  15. Gorgeous cards! I love, love, love your underwater octopus scene you've created - it's totally amazing. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

  16. love your work - your color combinations are just wonderful!

    Can you tell me who makes the stencil you used with the octopus card?

    1. Hi Sandra,

      It's a cutting file from the Silhouette Store:

  17. Was für klasse Karten! Und die Technik mit den selbst gemachten Schablonen kommt super rüber.
    Schön, dass du bei Challenge up your life dabei bist!
    Liebe Grüße

  18. Just got back from the North Sea and your cards make me feel like I'm up there again! Wonderful maritime feel. Fabulous use of the inspiration colors for your octopus card. Glad you joined the fun at The Card Concept.


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