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Marsha Valk

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Strawberries Collage

June 14, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a fun collage idea!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Strawberries CollageThe strawberries in my garden are not quite ready to harvest yet, but these strawberry die cuts are just as sweet!

I started this project with a card in mind, but my collage turned out so pretty that I just couldn’t bear to cut it up. I decided to put it in a frame and now I have a happy Summer decor piece instead!

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Delftware Inspired Cards

April 26, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today, sharing some cards that were inspired by Delft Blue tiles!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Delftware Inspired Cards

My mom and I visited the Dutch city Delft recently. And when you visit Delft, you can’t escape Delftware. It’s everywhere! So when I got home, I thought it would be fun to see if I could create a couple of Delftware style cards.

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Happy Easter Eggs Card

March 22, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today, sharing a clean and simple Easter Eggs card!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Egg Card featuring ECD Soft Finish Cardstock

Have you heard? The new coloured Soft Finish Cardstock has arrived and… it’s so, so beautiful!!!

I had to create something with it right away, otherwise I might hoard it and I’ll end up only petting it every once in a while.

There are so many things I love about this cardstock, but to name just one: it has one coloured side and one white side. This means you can do fun things with it, like using the coloured side to cast colourful shadows on a white card!

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Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

March 8, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a fun Easter craft that you can easily do with kids!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamped Easter Egg Napkins

Easter brunch is a tradition in my family and we tend to have the same festive foods on the table each year. I usually buy a bunch of spring-coloured paper napkins to put on the table, but this year I thought it would be fun to decorate cotton napkins with fabric paint.

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One Day Through the Lens

February 9, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha back again with another scrapbook page featuring one of the new Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Through the Lens’ patterned cardstock packs, the Stone Series!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Through the Lens - Scrapbook Page

When I was scrolling through my photos to see which ones I wanted to scrapbook, I came across these 5 photos and a screenshot that were taken on a day I met up with a friend in Amsterdam to visit a museum.

We didn’t take any selfies, there were no people in any of the photos, two photos were exchanged via What’s App and really did not have anything to do with the visit to Amsterdam and still: all together they tell the story of a random day in Amsterdam!

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Through the Lens Scrapbook Page

January 26, 2016

Hi! It’s Marsha here today, sharing a scrapbook page I created with the new Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Through the Lens’ patterned paper!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Through the Lens Scrapbook Page

You’ve probably read that Els has shot all the images for these papers herself and some of these were even photographed in the Dutch city that I live in!

My page is about a different city though: Brussels in Belgium. On a beautiful sunny Saturday in September I took a train there to meet up with one of my online friends and she showed me the sights!

Steps to create this page:
1. Create a photo collage.

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Colourful Fitted Circles

January 12, 2016

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today, back again with another colourful project!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions, but I do choose a word for each year. Just to start the new year with intention. It’s a new chapter after all!

I have thought long and hard about how I want this chapter to feel and I came up with: bright, active, upbeat, happy, buzzing… vibrant. So that’s the word I chose!

I always like to create something that I can look at to remind me of my word throughout the year. I usually create a canvas or a scrapbook page, but as I still had one more of those shadow box frames left from my last project, I decided to create something vibrant and shiny to put into it.

The idea for it came from these scraps that I had left after die-cutting rainbows with the new Rainbow Sky die set:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

I also happen to be studying the life and works of Sonia Delaunay for an online class and the shadow box frame is heavily inspired by her Electric Prisms. I love her art and it fits my word so well!

But before I started die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz, I experimented with coloured paper first. It’s a good thing I did, because I found out that a combination of layering and inlaying the pieces worked best for me.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Here are the steps to create the layered, checkered circles:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

1. Choose the paper/colours you want to use and then the sizes of Fitted Circles you want to layer. I looked at artist Sonia Delaunay’s work for colour inspiration.

2. Cut squares of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the size of the Fitted Circles you have decided to layer.

3. Cut the paper in squares to adhere onto each quarter of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive squares. The paper squares in the photo are huge: you really don’t need that much excess paper!

4. Position your Fitted Circles dies on top of the paper. The point where all four colours of paper meet, needs to be in the exact middle of the Fitted Circle.
Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

5. Die-cut the circles.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

6. Adhere the checkered circles one on top of the other.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

7. Optional: add leftover Rainbow Sky pieces!

I used the same steps to create the Shimmer Sheetz shadow box frame. I found that I did not need to use the Metal Adaptor Plate this time, but most times I do use a Metal Adaptor Plate for the best results when die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz.

Here’s a look at the result of my experiments:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Happy, vibrant crafting!

Marsha

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1075 Alphabet 2 Lower Case
1117 Fitted Circles (coming soon)
1151 Rainbow Sky (coming soon)
Shimmer Sheetz
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Sheet

Other:
Extra deep frame (mine came from a local discount store and is 6.3″)
Coloured cardstock
Craft foam (black)
Label writer (Dymo)