September 11, 2014

Create A Smile Blog Hop

Hey everyone, 

This is my second post for today. This is my CASE Study challenge post.

Welcome to Create A Smile Blog Hop.

Create A Smile are a new stamps company in town – their first stamps were released in July 2014. The stamps are made of high quality photo-polymer and produced in Germany. They will for sure make you smile!

Create A Smile is releasing three sets TOMORROW! Here are the new set.


You can find their store at, the stamps will be available for purchase at 8am CET (2am EST). 

To celebrate the new release, a few of us designers are participating in this blog hop showcasing the new stamp sets. You should have arrived here from Kelly Latevola‘s blog. But if this is your first stop don’t worry, I will give you the list of designers participating in this blog hop towards the end of the post.
Here are my projects using the new stamp set. This first stamp set I have used to make my card is called Whimsical Wheels. I love this set because of the cute transport images in this set. Not to mention the sentiments that go with it. The cute transport images are great for colouring in. Oh! you will find that my images and sentiments are larger than everybody else. That is because I am using digital images of the stamp set. So I have altered the size of the images before I printed them out an coloured them.
Speedy recovery vertical
I have used the ambulance image from the set which I printed, coloured and cut it out. I also printed the sentiment and trimmed it down. One the card front, I sponged Black Soot distress ink so very slightly at the bottom of the card. I then glued a thin strip of gold foil cardstock. I mounted the ambulance using foam adhesive.
Speedy recovery closeup
For the sentiment, I added Kelly Purkey red chevron washi tape and then added some bunched up thread before adhering the sentiment using foam adhesive. I then added some cute tiny heart wood veneer. I simply love how the card turned out. Eyes focuses on the ambulance and then diagonally drawn to the sentiment. Simple and focused.
Now to my second project, I have used the second new stamp set called Penguin Party. as the name suggest, the set has some adorable penguins in this set which is again great for colouring. On my card below, I have used digital image, so my images are altered in size and therefore larger in size.
Happy Birthday card2
I printed the penguin inside the gift box image coloured it, then diecut using Speech Bubble Insert die from Simon Says Stamp. This die has the solid die and then also cuts  the frame speech bubble as well. i have die cut the frame speech bubble using a scrap watercolour paper coloured washed with Black Soot distress ink. this gives nice texture. I have printed the sentiment speech bubble from the Penguin Party stamp set and cut it out.

On the card front, I have sponged some Mustard Seed distress ink on the top of the card front and Black Soot on the bottom of the card front. I then trimmed a pink pattern paper which I mounted on the card front using foam adhesives. Then layered the speech bubbles at various angles and diemensions using foam adhesives as well. I have used enamel dots to accent the colours of the image. Here is the close up.

Happy Birthday closeup
Hope you are inspired by my projects. These sets are so adorable and must have sets. Now hop to the gorgeous Christine Drogt‘s blog. Christine is the owner of Create A Smile. Here is the list of all the designers participating in the blog hop.

Gayatri Murali (this is me!)
No blog hop is complete without a prize, right?  You can win a 12,50€ gift-certificate for the store – all you need to do is hop along and leave comments on all the fantastic and inspiring stops (one comment per person, per blog please!). We’ll pick random winner from all the comments – so the more blogs you visit (and leave a comment on) – the more chances you have to be a winner!

You have until Saturday September 12th, 8am CET (that’s 2am EST). The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile Blog on Sunday (September 13th)
Have fun hopping and don’t forget to leave a comment 😉
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  1. Your cards are sooooooooo great.))
    It is so unbelievable what you made out of this stampsets.

  2. Love the cards! Bold and clean. Great use of the stamps 😀

  3. love all the pretty details – such cute cards

  4. Very sweet cards, love the clean colours you have used.

  5. Wow, Gayatri, you rocked this! I love the simple ambulance card with that strip of gold – perfect for everyone who's sick.
    And all those beautiful layers on the penuin card are adorable – I always have a hard time combining layers and patterns. Thank you so much for being part of our hop!

    Btw: I got an email from a German reader who told me that our choice of guests is “sensational” and she found the most amazing blogs through that hop. Just wanted to let you all know 😉

  6. Your cards are lovely =) especially the clean one with the ambulance rocks!

  7. I adore the ambulance, love how you brought in another bit of red with the washi tape.

  8. adorable cards Gayatri. Lovely colouring.

  9. Amazing cards, and that little penguin is SO adorable 🙂

  10. again the sweet “penguin-in-the-box-surprise”-stamp. 🙂 I love it!

  11. And again you did it you rocked these stamps. So glad you joined us for our bloghop.

  12. super cuteness!

  13. Wow, double eye candi! Love the CAS design of your first card, it's just perfect for this cutie of an ambulance. Your second card just says PARTY!!! Love it.

  14. I LOVE these. I love how you made them oversized. So adorable and absolutely perfect!!!!

  15. These cards are SO adorable!! I love your design style and your use of these cute images! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love the penguin card.

  17. Both cards are just perfect – nothing more to say…

  18. Bautiful cards! I love the crispness of the first one with the twine peeking and the fun, cheerful colors of the second – well done! Each are delightful! TFS! ♥

  19. really nice job with lots of fun details!

  20. Such cute cards! I love the oversized images and the layering on the penguin card!

  21. Your cards are fabulous, Gayatri! My favorite is the first one with the ambulance, the washi tape and the wood veneer hearts! Love it!

  22. Great cards. I feel like a broken record, but I can't get over just how cute those penguins are!

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