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Butterfly Joy

April 14, 2018

Judi Kauffman

I’m here today for Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words Design Team with a tutorial that combines some of my favorite things: Suzanne’s dies, hanging ornaments, butterflies, and Shimmer Sheetz! (I can never have too much sparkle or too many butterflies…) And I mixed in dies from the Dashing Squares and Dashing Circles sets and corners from ModaScrap’s Victorian Gentleman set to show how well all collections from Elizabeth Craft Designs work together.

I picked a rich, deep, subtle color palette, but Shimmer Sheetz offers many other options for switching the combination to suit your taste and the occasion! Go with bright hues or soft pastels or stay totally tone-on-tone by using only ONE color.

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Collect Moments with Flowers and Distress Oxide Background

April 7, 2018

Spring is so close I can almost feel it!  And with spring comes the cherry blossoms.  I live in Northern Virginia, quite close to DC where we have the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but I admit that I have not been there in a while.  I would love to go except I don’t like crowds and my little boys just aren’t that excited to go see flowers in bloom.  Fortunately, there are plenty of cherry blossoms in the suburbs here but one of these days… This momma is going to get a picture of the family under the cherry blossoms again.  I love pictures and that is how I collect moments in our family life. Christmas ornaments from where we go is another way.  How do you collect the special moments in your life?  So as you can see, the cherry blossoms inspire my card today.  Please read on to see how I made it!

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A Way With Words ModaScrap

“Our birthdays are feathers…”

March 31, 2018

Hello Crafty Friends.

Recently a very good friend of mine celebrated her birthday and I wanted to create a card that was bright, beautiful and inspiring.  The quote “Our birthdays are feathers…” in Suzanne Cannon’s Happy Birthday Collection stamp set was perfect for the card front!

Instructions:

  1. Create a top-fold card base from black cardstock.
  2. Die cut patterned paper using the Stitched Rectangles die that closely fits the card base while leaving a narrow border.
  3. Die cut corners from blue patterned paper.
  4. Stamp quote onto white cardstock using black ink.  Stamp balloons using colors to coordinate with patterned paper.  Die cut using Stitched Rectangles die.
  5. Cut black cardstock to mat stamped quote.  Mount onto patterned paper.
  6. Mount corners onto mat stack using liquid adhesive, folding and gluing the tabs to the back of the patterned paper. (Alternatively, trim off the tabs.) Mount to card front.
  7. Create triple bow using coordinating ribbon and mount to card front using liquid adhesive or instead of wet glue use small snippets of a Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tab.

The card came together rather quickly and the results were bold and beautiful.  My friend loved it!

Thank you for stopping by.  I do hope you enjoyed the birthday card!

Have a happy, crafty day,

Kathy Jo

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


 

Other:

Graphic 45 patterned papers (Artisan Style)

Black and white card stock

Coordinating ribbon

Ink: Black plus coordinating ink(s) for balloons

 

 

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‘Tis the Season: Spring and Summer Cards

March 17, 2018

by Judi Kauffman

It wasn’t love at first sight, but the 4 Seasons die set ended up becoming a favorite! (Suzanne and Els, you two were right, it’s so versatile!) I’ve used it on calendars and in planners and journals, and it has appeared on many, many cards. Today’s tutorial adds seven more to the count. They’re all super easy, and as I always say: Easy isn’t cheating!

I’ve chosen the Spring and Summer dies to help usher in the next two seasons, but these projects could easily be customized for Fall and Winter later in the year. Just change the papers and embossing folders to leaves, snowflakes, and other wintry themes.

Beginners: I’ve added some tips especially for you. Keep scrolling – you’ll find them after the instructions!

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A Way With Words ModaScrap

Clean and Simple Butterfly Birthday Card

March 10, 2018

Hello!  I’m back with my favorite component on cards – butterflies!  I just think they are the prettiest and most wonderful creatures, and so easy to play with on cards.  They can be any shape, design, colors… so versatile.  I must say though that my favorite butterflies for papercrafting are the more delicate die cuts.  Read on to see how I created this simple but elegant card.

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Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers

March 3, 2018

Hello Crafty Friends!

Isn’t March a wonderful time of year?  The worst of winter months are behind us and thoughts are turning to spring.  My crocus will soon pop their heads through the winter garden beds and cheery flowers of purple or white with yellow pollen will color the gardens.  The images of those happy flowers inspired the flower card I am sharing today.  The focal point of the card front is the lovely calligraphic stamp designed by Suzanne Cannon.

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