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Elizabeth Craft Designs General ModaScrap Shimmer Sheetz

Dancing Dragonflies

June 19, 2017

 

 

In nature, dragonflies seem to be in constant motion with light reflecting off their wings and their splendid colors on full display. I thought it would be fun to capture this feeling using Shimmer Sheetz and the new ModaScrap Dragonfly die set – dragonflies dancing along a length of fine metallic braid, each one perched on the flat side of a half-inch marble accent (half marbles, sold by the bag and found in the floral décor aisle).

I chose Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz, but there are many other colors that look like dragonflies, especially Gemstone and Iridescent. My favorites are on the supply list.

The weight of the marble accents keeps the strand straight when it’s hanging. They reflect the light and refract the colors while the dragonflies dance and spin when there is movement in the air.

Integral to the success of the project is Tombow Xtreme Tabs (they used to be called Power Tabs). They are ideal for glass and other non-porous surfaces like Shimmer Sheetz, and they hold up to 6.5 ounces, nearly half a pound – more than four times the weight of my project!

Good news: Shimmer Sheetz, Xtreme Tabs and Kreinik Metallic Braid are all waterproof so you can display Dancing Dragonflies outdoors or hang them on an indoor plant that will be watered.

Safety first: This project is decorative only, NOT A TOY OR A MOBILE FOR A BABY’S ROOM! Be sure to keep it away from infants, small children and pets!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General ModaScrap Shimmer Sheetz

Romantic Corner Cone

June 4, 2017
Romantic Corner Cone By Judi Kauffman

By Judi Kauffman

The new ModaScrap Romantic Corner 2-die set is so elegant and there are so many ways to use it!

I designed a cone that’s just right for a mini teddy bear, two or three wrapped bonbons, a piece of jewelry, some dried flowers, or a bouquet made with Susan’s Garden flower dies. The back is flat so it can hang against a wall or sit atop a plate at a bridal shower or anniversary party.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General ModaScrap Shimmer Sheetz

Pocket Cards with Shimmer Sheetz Lining

May 21, 2017
Pocket Cards with Shimmer Sheetz Lining By Judi Kauffman

by Judi Kauffman

I love making pocket cards. They’re easy, but impressive, the kind of card that announces ‘you’re worth the effort’! This time I designed a trio, working in an assembly-line fashion – all die cutting first, then all assembly. Using the same color palette throughout made it easy to coordinate all of the elements: bright yellow cardstock for the lacy portion of the pocket, a mix of red, burgundy, teal, and orange cardstock for the rest of the layers and some of the die cuts, Shimmer Sheetz for everything else.

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A Way With Words

Remember: Shimmer Sheetz-covered Jumbo Clothespin

May 13, 2017
Remember: Shimmer Sheetz-Covered Jumbo Clothespin

By Judi Kauffman

I’m revisiting one of my favorite projects: Shimmer Sheetz-covered Jumbo Clothespins. (shown: 6” tall) They stand upright and the clip at the top is endlessly useful. This time the clothespins are featuring the word ‘remember’ cut with one of Suzanne Cannon’s wonderful A Way With Words dies. 

What will you want to remember? How will you decorate and enjoy a decorated jumbo clothespin? 

Clothespins make great place cards at a party, a favor that can go home with each guest. (With the word ‘remember’ these are ideal for a retirement or farewell party!) They’re terrific teacher gifts, and serve well all around the house.

Near the door, the clothespin can hold tickets to a play or a to-do list that can’t be left behind. Or it can welcome a guest with a special greeting card.

On a desk or mantel, it can be used to display a memorable photo like the one of my dad and me. Or put it on the kitchen table where it can hold a secret message for that special someone – two mini playing cards: The 2 of hearts, symbolic of the relationship, and a second card with a love note hidden from view! Continue Reading

Joset Designs Peel-Off Stickers

Mittens and Hats for Year-Round Fun

May 7, 2017

Mittens and Hats for Year-Round Fun
By Judi Kauffman

I’ve put away my winter coat and boots, but not my Winter Hat and Winter Mittens die sets! Looking at shapes in new ways, thinking outside of the box, is lots of fun and I hope you’ll join me. They’re not just mittens, they’re birds and people and who knows what else. They’re not just hats, they’re cats and dogs and any number of other things.

All you need to do is die cut the mittens and hats from white cardstock (the solid shapes, not the overlays), turn them upside down and sideways and see what you see! Get the kids in on the act, too. They’ll discover all sorts of things that adults might never envision.

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Els van de Burgt Studio ModaScrap Peel-Off Stickers Shimmer Sheetz

Embossed Shimmer Sheetz Easter Eggs

April 9, 2017

Embossed Shimmer Sheetz Easter Eggs
by Judi Kauffman

Each year I make sparkly embossed Shimmer Sheetz Easter Eggs for my friends. It’s always a mix of hanging ornaments and cards, sometimes a two-fer card with a removable ornament on the front. I enjoy choosing the embossing folders and have a great time adding embellishments like Glitter Dots peel-offs.

This time I incorporated some of the new ModaScrap dies. I trimmed away portions of the Dandelion Fluff to create the feel of grass or nests as well as to make an egg stand! Dancing Butterflies and portions of the Lace Pocket made their way into some of the cards, too.

I usually try to limit my cards to only one or two dies but I went all-out this time, incorporating Stitched and Postage Stamp Rectangles as well as the aforementioned. The eggs are hand cut. I wanted chubby, bottom-heavy 3.5” eggs, larger than the Elizabeth Craft Designs egg die, so I drew my own pattern. (It’s a very simple shape – you won’t have any trouble drawing an egg, I promise!)

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A Way With Words ModaScrap

Smiles Required – Mixed Media Card

March 26, 2017

Smiles Required – Mixed Media Card

by Judi Kauffman

When it comes to mixed media, everything is fair game. Among the tools and supplies I pulled together for today’s card are the ModaScrap Poppies die set, A Way With Words ‘Play’ die, A Way With Stencils ‘Dotty’, Prills in two of my favorite colors, half of a mailing label that originally said ‘SIGNATURE REQUIRED’, a library card from the days before computers, a small metal folder tab, an office supply store label maker, strips of Kraft brown cardstock that were next to the paper trimmer, and a scrap of sequin waste encrusted with paint.

The project began with the strips of cardstock and the library card. Though you may not have precisely the same bits and pieces, as long as you keep in mind the letter ‘H’ or a ladder you’ll be able to make your own version!

I’m going to include what I call ‘Design Strategies’ along with the instructions. This is the ‘why’ part of design; the instructions are the ‘how’ part. Beginners: I hope this is especially useful to you!

(Experienced cardmakers – scroll through the photos and head straight to the supply list.)

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A Way With Words ModaScrap Shimmer Sheetz

Shimmer Sheetz-Lined Elegant Roses Gatefold – Merci!

March 12, 2017

Shimmer Sheetz-Lined Elegant Roses Gatefold – Merci!

By Judi Kauffman

This project was inspired by a jacket I saw on one of the singers at the Grammy awards show in February. It was kimono-like with elaborate embroidery and exaggerated sleeves that moved and sparkled.

I lined both sides of my Elegant Roses Gatefold card with lightly sanded Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz to give the look of the sleeves and used soft sheer organza ribbon to echo the flowing quality of the rest of the garment.

The removable card reveals its secrets when the ‘jacket’ is untied: Leafy branches on the outside, another branch and a sentiment on the inside. I chose ‘Merci’ this time, but will switch to other sentiments and color combinations for sending birthday and anniversary wishes!

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A Way With Words ModaScrap Shimmer Sheetz Susan's Garden Club

More Love

February 26, 2017

More Love
by Judi Kauffman

Though Valentine’s Day is in the rear view mirror, I kept going with cards that use the ‘love’ die from the Baby Love set. I’m getting ahead for weddings and anniversaries. And I needed a special box for a pair of earrings I’m giving to a friend.

I’m nowhere close to done with that ‘love’ die. I’ve yet to use it with the word ‘Baby’! And I’m still happily choosing patterned papers and cutting leaves and flowers to make more of the Pitcher Cards…

Instead of specific instructions for each project, I’m going to provide some tips, design strategies, and a supply list so you can duplicate the cards as shown.

I hope you’ll use the ideas as a jumping-off point for cards with a similar feel in a totally different color palette or a different size. After all, no two people have the same stash of patterned papers, not everyone likes mixing together as many patterns as I do.

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