Susan's Garden Designer Challenge

Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge – September

September 12, 2017
Hi everyone!

The Susan’s Garden Design Team are back today with another fun Designer Challenge to share with you.

This month the challenge is …. Home Decor – create a project which could be used as a Home Decor item which includes any products from Susan’s Garden.

Susan’s Garden has many die sets which would work wonderfully to create home decor items, and as you will see by our Design Teams projects there are a lot of ideas you can use to decorate your homes or even give as gifts.

For our Challenge today we are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What Home Decor items do you like to create to use in your home?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now let’s take a look at the wonderful creations our talented Design Team have created for the Challenge this month. For more information about the cards, click on the designer’s name under each card to be taken to the designer’s blog post and will open up in a new window.

Selma Stevenson starts us off this month with this beautiful frame she created to help decorate the house for autumn/fall. To decorate her frame Selma has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes Sunflower 2; Woodland Leaves; Garden Patch – 7/8 inch & Mini Leaves; CountryScapes – Build a Scarecrow; CountryScrapes Country Critters 1. Selma also used the Pumpkins die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs; A Way with Words – Amazing Beautiful and 4 Seasons die sets. White and Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock, PanPastels and Prills were also used to create this frame.

Christine Pooler has created this beautiful lantern to decorate her house this fall. To create this project Christine has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes – Sunflower 2; Woodland Leaves and Garden Notes – Grapevine Wreath. Christine used White Soft Finish Cardstock and PanPastels for her flowers and leaves.

Piyanki Biswas has created a beautiful card for our challenge today. To create her card Piyanki has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes Anemone and Garden Notes Ivy Vine. Piyanki used Soft Finish Cardstock when creating her card.

Angela Whelton has created a beautifully decorated notice board for our challenge. Angela has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes – Sunflower 2; Garden Notes – Aster; Garden Notes – Zinnia and Garden Notes – Queen Anne’s Lace to decorate her notice board.

Pavitra Chanchal has created a stunning photo frame. Pavitra has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes – Lily 2; Garden Notes – Dahlia; Stitched Rectangles; Stage it Stencils – Paisley to decorate her piece.

Shalini Pahwa has created this stunning ornamental fan for your project for today’s challenge. Shalini has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes – Alstroemeria; Garden Notes – Dahlia (leaves); Garden Notes – Ivy Vine, as well as the Entwined Circles die set.

For our final project today we have Anita Kejriwal who has decorated a frame for her home decor piece. Anita has used Susan’s Garden Garden Notes – Dahlia; Garden Notes – Rose 3 and A Way with Stencils – Dotty to  decorate her frame.

Thank you for visiting our blog today. We hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations our Design Team created this month and that it has inspired you to create your own Home Decor items. Don’t forget to visit our designers’ blogs by clicking on their names to find out more about each project.

If you would like a chance to win our giveaway, be sure to leave your comment on TODAY’S blog post. We will select three lucky winners in a random drawing and the winners  will be announced here on our blog on Friday, September 15th.

Happy Creating!


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  • Sandy Weakley September 16, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I’ve made Wreaths…shells, balloons and plastic cultery (of course not all these together…lol)

    Love the scarecrow die…too cute!!

  • Liz Crabbe September 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I love making beautiful things for my house. I have altered tiles and canvases.

  • pearline alex September 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    i would like to have an altered birdhouse for my garden……

  • Mary Slutz September 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Any seasonal decor

  • Kirsty Vittetoe September 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    What a fabulous post filled with lots of fun!!!! I like to make holiday wreath for the front door, especially falls!

  • Dorothy Mutafopulos September 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I love to collect acorns and glitter them put them in a glass jar . I and some twin and make leaves out of paper with paper acorns that I and some glitter on too! I also take fake candles put on small plate put my paper flowers around them.

  • Dyna-Kaye Curtis September 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Beautiful designs. I like making frames for my pictures.

  • Sharon Walsh September 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

    all you items are great its hard to pick one

  • Karen Herrera September 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I like making picture frames for home decor, but i too love to make cards. Beautiful projects you have shared with us today. Lots of inspiration for sure!

  • Bonita Brock September 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I like to create wreaths for the different holidays. All of your creations above are beautiful.

  • Anna Kalbarczyk September 13, 2017 at 5:14 am

    all are beautiful, but those lanterns really are just amazing. Love them

  • Erin McKenzie-Christensen September 13, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I love all of the home decor items on this post. I have decorated a few photo frames but my favorite thing to make are cards especially ones that are a scene or pop up cards

  • Becca Yahrling September 13, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Gorgeous projects by everyone! How can you pick a favorite?!

  • Kathy Ferguson September 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I love creating holiday themed shadow boxes to display on my mantel. I loved the grapevine wreath that Susan did a video on and plan to recreate it for fall and Thanksgiving. I will display it in a shadow box frame that I purchase from Michaels . Halloween scenes are also great to make. Loved all the design team creations. My favorite was the lanterns using the grapevine wreath and flowers .

  • Mary Nielson September 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Love the lanterns decorated and also the “notice” board (forgot about doing something like that)…..
    Thanks for the shares

  • Madelyn September 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Just moved into a new house and will be making some multi-media pieces to fill in the big walls.

  • stampnk September 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t make many home decor projects but from the look of these I probably should try! The lanterns are really pretty and those flowers are all beautiful!

  • Vinita Jain September 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Each one design is so creative, Hats off to your designer creativity, so inspirational!
    I love to decorate my home with my own handcrafted things. Would love to make some Diwali Decor like Bandanwars, Wall decor pieces and photo frames for gifting on Diwali!

  • Anita Braddock September 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Beautiful projects love all the colors in each one tje dies are Awesome thanks for the chance to win

  • Amy Hazlett September 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I like to make table runners for the different seasons.

  • Deb Kaste September 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I like making wreaths and party decor. Also love adding flowers to gift items also. Susan’s Garden collection has unlimited possibilities!

  • Karen G. September 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    As always , all the DT pieces are beautiful and inspirational! I have always made real and silk flower arrangements and ceramic flowers for home decor. I was thrilled to find Susan’s entire Garden! I had been making cards for a while when I first found the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. I have since made framed floral pieces from the dies mixing paper quilling in with her flowers. The flower combinations from Angela and Anita are so lovely !

  • Bevky Benson September 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I like to make holiday decorations for my door!

  • Fay Marie Gardner September 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I like to make candle rings to be used for special events.

  • Deborah McAnany September 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I like doing up picture frames. But i now want to try something else along the lines of a board for posting notes, appointments etc.

  • Kathy Schweinfurth September 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I make a lot of cards, but home decor seems to elude me! Mason jars are the most I decorate 🙂

  • Kathy Schweinfurth September 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I may create a lot of cards, but home decor eludes me! So, easy is better – mason jars are probably the one thing I use the most.

  • Amy Cooley September 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I like to create party decor. I really had fun when I make a cute paper straw wreath!

  • Cornelia (fun stamping) September 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I like to make floral arrangements – preferably with flowers I grow in my garden

  • Rhea September 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for all the great ideas for home decor. It is so nice to have ways to use the dies for more than just cards and scrapbooking (though of course those are fun to make too)

  • Jan Butler September 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Great Décor items. Hard to believe the flowers aren’t real.

  • Kathy September 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I like to make framed wall decor including decorating canvas that I cover with fabric and embellish. My favorite of all the designs is the beautiful framed BeUtiful Autumn creation by Selma Stevenson. I think I’ll try something similar myself.

  • Talitha Wright September 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love to create floral arrangements and decorations for my mantel. The DT is so creative. Thanks for all the ideas.

  • nancy dempsey September 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I like to make pillows and paper collage that I frame to decorate my home.
    All of the projects are beautiful!

  • Amy wazwaz September 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I like to make inspirational sayings that are decorated.

  • Dana Bennett September 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I love candles and adding peel-offs to them
    or the glass I put them in.
    Anything ECD is well worth the effort!!
    Thx to all for showing us their projects!
    ❤️🎉

  • Laura P. September 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite home decor items to create are holiday decorations! Anything from framed scenes to wall hangings or banners. I also love to make table decorations for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • shartl September 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve made bulletin boards for my two girl’s rooms and always like making decorations for displays and events. I really love that decorated frame and the card. I’ve never used flower dies but these are so realistic and beautiful!

  • Maureen Butler September 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I love making floral arrangements. I have a beautiful one on may kitchen table and one on my dinning room table. I have also given several small ones away to people who were ill.

  • Lauri Bacalzo September 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Love all the inspirational home decor.
    I enjoy using my watercolors and stamps to make shadow boxes and I change the theme with the seasons.
    I have just started working with multi media so I am going to make some decorative boxes…wish me luck 🙂

  • Deb J. September 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I love to change my fireplace cover for the different seasons. I have a fireplace that when not in use I cover with a screen. I decorate the screen according to the seasons

  • Anneke Schep September 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Very inspirational, great examples.
    I like to make clowns, skating mice and little bears in a special technique so they can stand by themselves. They stand in a glass cabinet. I have made lots of decorations for the garden when I still lived in Holland from chicken wire and moss, that kind of stuff. But my main thing is working with paper and most of my time I spend on making cards.

  • karenladd September 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I like to create party decorations that can also be used later on, as home decor pieces. I’ve made decorations for my granddaughter’s parties and rooms, and love making holiday and party banners. Most of my crafting is card making, but I like using my supplies for just about anything

  • Caroline Steinmetz September 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I love the picture frame.
    I have made many door wreaths with paper flowers.
    I like to decorate cards with the roses.

  • Jean Chaney September 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I’m very much a colorist, so I color and display my art work and some of the special cards that I have made.

  • Janet Gundrum September 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I have two favorites: a wreath for my front door entryway, 1 for every season and holiday, AND I create a different table centerpiece every year for my holiday dinner with family and friends.

  • Patricia Sakrismo September 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Flower arrangements either silk or real from the garden. Beautiful fall décor! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Wendy Weber September 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful projects!! I just started with making flowers, and hope to become good enough to add them to wreaths which I make for every season!

  • Lynn September 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I think the candles decorated with beautiful hand made flowers (the battery kind). Also the frames with hand made flowers around the frame are beautiful. A vase of handmade flowers.

  • Marsha Wyman September 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Love the decorations. I only decorate for the Christmas season, Love the lantern as that could be used for all seasons’

  • Hurdis Leslie September 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Garlands and banners for all different events

  • Tracy Steinbach September 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    To be honest I really don’t make anything for my house. I do mess around with flowers & greens to add my shelf and such. But they are sliks that I’ve bought. I did stamp on matting that I use in picture frames but I did those when I first started stamping and I look at them now and I need to get rid of them and do something else because I am embarrassed of how ugly they are. LOL

  • Henriëtte September 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    What a gorgeous decorations, thanks designers for the time and effort. I love the homedecorations Frame from Selma and the one from Anita, those are both frames that I would make for my home. I like the idea to make a homedecoration for every season.

  • Karen L. September 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Wonderful ideas from the design team. I love to do shabby picture frames, but after seeing the lantern idea I am inspired to decorate a Tim Holtz clock. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Linda Hoffman September 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful projects, the flowers look so realistic!

  • Crystal September 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Beautiful creations! I’ve been making cards and like many others, I like to display them. I like to add my personal touches to pictures frames also.

  • Pooja September 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Hi I would like to make something like shalini projects I am in love with this beautiful creation all the DT work is inspirational

  • Pooja sharma September 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Wow what a stunning inspirational projects by the DT members,I would like to make something like @shalini has made I am totally in love with her project

  • Shelly Jackson September 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I love incorporating my paper crafting into mixed media decor.

  • Christine Smith September 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Wonderful home decor projects! I am a novice at home decor – I have made a canvas before but you have given me more ideas, thank you! xxx

  • Beverly Parkison September 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I have’been learning to ‘grow ‘ Susan’s garden but have only used them on cards. I think I Will be branching out.

  • Pamela wickstrom September 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Photo frames and Christmas ornaments.

  • Elizabeth September 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I love anything using florals. I love making wreaths for both outdoor and in. I love to give table setting an old world feel by using some of my family heirlooms. I will set a table with a runner, then add a family tea set, add some flowers, paper, silk or a mix.

  • Penelope September 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I love to make seasonal or special event banners for the community room in the Senior Residence where I live.

  • Kelseyleigh R September 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love to create holiday-themed decor and handlettered wall art. 🙂

  • Kelseyleigh R September 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love to create holiday-themed decor and handlettered wall art. 🙂

  • Diane Simpkins September 12, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I like to do several different crafts, I like to make gourd bowls to decorate my home with, and I make gourd jewelry, I love to stamp and make cards to send to people and other things too.

  • Susan Green September 12, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I love to make cards, and I use them to stand around in different places around the house to decorate for the different occasions or seasons.

  • Denise Bryant September 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Beautiful projects! I love the fall, so a pretty fall wreath for my front door is what I’d love to work on next!

  • Donna Sorrell September 12, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love to design!

  • Kathy Krug September 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I love all the projects. Fabulous inspiration from the design team.

  • Kathy Krug September 12, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I love all the Home decorator projects. Such fun ideas.

  • Sarah MIller September 12, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I like to use the Luminara candles in lanterns and add fall ribbon bands and fall leaves. I do the same for every season!

  • Carla Hundley September 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful decor items.
    I just bought some little
    lights to put inside a
    bottle with some of
    my husband’s wood
    carvings to sit on our
    coffee table. Will look
    lovely!
    Carla from Utah

  • Nadine Wallen September 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love to create cards and waterless flower type creations to decorate around my home

  • Victoria Milam September 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I definitely love floral shadow boxes for wall groupings!

  • Sheri Conklin September 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I like to make a
    floral sampler for each season. I have just purchased the dahlia dies.

  • Dr Sonia S V September 12, 2017 at 10:23 am

    WOW such pretty projects. I love to use paper crafts such as photo frames , shadowboxes and birdhouses to decorate my home!

  • Laura Holt September 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Wall pieces and bookmarks and magnets are the extent of home décor that I’ve created- there are great ideas here, though!

  • Renee Drew September 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I love to use baskets to decorate, and flowers, especially in seasonal colors, make everything look great!

  • Jan Castle September 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Because I have a one bedroom apartment with wonderful windows and not much wall space to decorate, I like to display cards I have made. I can change them out frequently and still have a bit of ‘home decor’ that is different. Works for me!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

  • Maryann Sullivan September 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love so many it’s hard to choose, I love anything that brightens up a room and makes it feel warm and cozy. Flowers always do that!

  • Shirley Avalos September 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Wow! Love all the projects. I would use Susan’s Garden dies to make decorations for Thanksgiving. I am hosting my family this year. Would love to try the lantern first. Thanks Spellbinders for the inspiration.

  • Barbara Happe September 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I love to make mixed media projects that are frameable. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Brenda Pattersob September 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love Fall! It’s my favorite season. I tend to go overboard decorating since I
    Love the colors of fall. My favorite
    Thing is to decorate with wreaths.

    Brenda Patterson

  • Hermelinda Wirth September 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

    My favorite home decor has got to be shadow box displays. I’ve made quite a few for friends that they have them displayed in their homes.

  • Kimberly McField September 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Wow, these are all beautiful! I love the realistic look of the flowers. I make a variety of home items to display, including 3D cards and jewelry/pins, but my favorite are wreaths. For one wreath, I made metal leaves out of aluminum cans (after cutting, flattening, and hand-embossing them) and colored them with alcohol inks in fall colors. I hang it up every year, and people are always surprised to find out the metal leaves are re-purposed aluminum cans!

  • Marsha Wyman September 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    All the decor is wonderful. Love the lantern as it is something that could be re-decorated for the seasons. I don’t decorate much during the year other then Christmas time. This lantern with Christmas flowers would be nice.

  • Susan Engelmann September 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I just discovered Elizabeth Crafts at a Scrapbook Expo in Ca. this year. Must say I am in love with many of their products and so happy to try some NEW things. As for decorating in my home I love country and farm related things, especially to be able to incorporate actual heirlooms from family members.

  • Luanna Carpenter September 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    My favorite home décor items to make are picture frames, but I also like coaster sets and Christmas ornaments. I think the ideas shown are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration. P.S. I am crazy about Elizabeth Craft glitter dots. They really give some shine without bulk on the greeting cards I make.

  • Marjorie Estey September 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I really like to decorate frames. I’d like to try the lantern – very nice. All the projects were lovely.

  • Cindy Thompson September 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I like to create lanterns and picture frames for DYI Home Decor Projects for my home I also like to create floral arrangements.

  • Jan Weston September 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I am a scrapbooker and card maker. When making décor for my home I like to do photo frames.

  • Jodie R September 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Picture frames are my favorite thing!! I love to make them and give them as special gifts. Decorating them gives me a chance to revisit my relationship for the person I am creating it for and finding that special picture is priceless.

  • Cindy Thompson September 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I like to create lanterns and picture frames for DYI Home Decor Projects for my home. I also like to create floral arrangements.

  • Patti September 12, 2017 at 9:34 am

    My sister recently moved into a new home. She asked if I would make her several 3D panels, using Susan’s Garden Notes flowers, that she could frame and hang. So far, I’ve made two 5 x 7 panels (Dahlia’s and Rose 2). I am currently working on a Hydrangea panel. All of Susan’s Garden Notes are beautiful!

  • Debbie Neuman September 12, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I love to create things with wood and flowers for my home décor. Especially if you can find an aged or unique piece of wood. I also love to make wreaths with beautiful flowers and foliage.

  • Adie Fane-Hervey September 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

    My handmade decor centres around Christmas time. I make table top Parchment Christmas trees, wine glass lampshades, Christmas crackers and Christmas light shades

  • Tosha September 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Lovely projects. Right now I’m making rugs but my favorite home décor is table décor . These flowers would make beautiful additions to any floral arrangement.

  • Liz H September 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Lovely pieces of home decor. I do mostly table center pieces, to reflect the season/holiday.

  • Cathey Moller September 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love to make layouts that go in a frame, quilts and wreaths. I make more cards and scrapbooks ! Thanks

  • Connie Sue Larson September 12, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I make paper flowers and put in a vase for my dining room table. I change them up throughout the year for different occasions. Have some decorator rocks in the base.

  • Coye Davis September 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Candles and tall candlesticks add so much class. You can decorate them so easily with flowers, leaves and fruits.

  • Jacqueline September 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I love decorating for the Christmas season, my favorite time of the year.

  • Alison C September 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I like to create special occasion banners for my home. I also like to do subway art for the entrance way. I used to change it out monthly. Now that my children are in university, I haven’t done that very often.
    Thanks for the chance to win awesome blog candy!

  • Audrey Pomerantz September 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I love to decorate my front door and above my fireplace. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I do decorate for all of the fall holidays.

  • Berina September 12, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful projects!! I would love to create a lantern – I even have bought one of the similar lanterns from Ikea!

  • Norma Bartlett September 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I love making wreaths of all kinds.

  • Beverly Parkison September 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

    They are all beautiful and I wish I could have all of Susan’s dies.

  • leslie cernocky September 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

    The projects came out nice. A luminary would also be a nice touch too to attempt with some of these flowers and leaves.

  • Marge burns September 12, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I would love to use many different ones but don’t have any

  • Virginnia Herring September 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I love to create many things for use as home decor, patch work quilts, cut flower arrangements, paintings and 3D pictures like Susan’s Garden ones. My daughter makes macrame wall hangings and I am hoping once my flowers from Susan’s Garden collection are perfected that she will use my paper flowers rather than silk ones to decorate her handmade wall hangings.

  • Sue LD September 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful examples of home decor. I haven’t made too much home decor but I do like to decorate my doors.

  • Saira September 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Awesome DT creations! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    I love creating and decorating jewelry boxes and vases, as part of home decor 🙂