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Queen Anne’s Lace and Roses

February 1, 2016

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Christine here from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team posting a card featuring Susan’s new Garden Notes Queen Anne’s Lace die along with Rose 2 from her first release of dies. Susan has so many fantastic dies.  I also used a couple of Els’s newly released dies, too: Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Ovals and Stitched Ovals.  It is funny how it seems that everything is “coming up roses” in the posts lately.

Here is how I made the card. I like to make all my components first before any assembling.  The card base is 5″ X 7″.

  1. Starting with the Queen Anne’s Lace die, cut 2 each of the flower bases for each flower (I did 3 flowers) from medium green cardstock.  Also cut several leaves and the stamen from the same cardstock.  From White Soft Finish Cardstock (85#) cut the florets about 8 times.  Using white PanPastels shade your leaves and flower bases to give them a muted look.  Put vein lines in the center of the leaves and pinch them up with fingers to give them dimension.  Attach 3 florets to each cross area on the flower bases using a clear drying glue.

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Valentine-Themed Birdhouse

January 25, 2016

Hello, I am thrilled to be part of the Susan’s Garden Club Design Team for Elizabeth Craft Designs! My name is Annette Green and this is my first post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, and I’m sharing a Valentine-themed birdhouse today. I have a fondness for birdhouses as home decor pieces in my home. I love to change the decor in my foyer according to season, and most of my decor pieces are birdhouses. Since I hadn’t made a Valentine-themed one yet, I decided it was time. And with Susan’s Garden die Rose 1 and Garden Notes die Rose 2, it was such a pleasant project to create.

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Friends Floral Frame

January 18, 2016

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Good Morning.  This is Selma Stevenson today with a picture frame I decorated with the five new Susan’s Garden Club Garden Notes (low-relief) flowers; Cosmos, Daffodil, Queen Anne’s Lace, Southern Magnolia and Zinnia.  I also used Susan’s new Garden Notes Square Grapevine Wreath, and one of her new Seeds of Thoughts Rubber Stamps.  A couple of other new dies include the new Stitched Squares and Fitted Squares from the Els van de Burgt Studio collection.

Below are pictures of the five new flower die sets Susan has added to her Susan’s Garden Club collection.  There will be videos very soon on YouTube showing how to create each one.

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Uncategorized

Faith

January 16, 2016

Happy Saturday!!!

It’s Wanda Hentges here today and I’m very excited to share this card using one of the brand new A Way With Word dies, Faith, along with other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies I love!!!

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To create this card —

1. Cut green cardstock to 9″ x 8 1/2″ and fold to make a top-fold card base 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

2. Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Die cut both ends using Tags & More 9 – Sparkle, cutting the curved edge first and then the decorative overlay.  Ink edges with Antique Linen using a Blending Tool.  Put Antique Linen ink on the Craft Sheet, pick up color with a water brush or wet paintbrush, flick over die cut piece to create speckles, and dry with heat tool.  Attach panel to folded card.

3. Put Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto front of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut Faith.  Remove liner from adhesive and coat with Chocolate (brown) Silk Microfine Glitter, polish well and put excess glitter back in container.  Glue Faith to card.

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4. Die cut 2 Leafy Branches from Soft Finish Cardstock, spray with Shabby Shutters, dry, add shape to some of the leaves with stylus and molding mat and partially glue to card leaving some leaves to pop up from the card.

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5. Stack 3 pieces of old music paper.  Die cut both flowers from Victorian Flower Set 1 twice for a total of 6 flowers of each size.  Stack all 12 flowers, larger flowers first and then smaller flowers on top, offsetting the petals as you stack.  Poke a hole in the center of the flowers and add a small brad.  Beginning with the top flower crumple all the petals to the center.  Continue through each of the flowers until all petals are pulled up and crumpled together.  Pull the petals back out so you have a full flower.  Brush Vintage Photo ink over the flower using a Blending Tool.  Spray flower just a little with Sunflower Sparkle to give a light gold shimmer (or spray heavily if you’d like more glitz).  Glue flower to card and button into center of flower. (Tip: Remove shank from button so the back will be flat.)

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies —

Other Supplies —

  • Cardstock, Dark Green
  • Distress Ink – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
  • Distress Spray Stain – Shabby Shutters (Ranger)
  • Perfect Pearls Mist – Sunflower Sparkle (Ranger)
  • Water Brush or Paintbrush
  • Discarded Hymnal for Music Paper
  • Craft Sheet
  • Heat Tool
  • Brad
  • Button
  • Gel Medium – Matte (Golden) for Glue
  • Mini Blending Tool (Ranger)

Thank you for following along and I hope you are inspired to create something!!!  I really love this card!!  The gorgeous calligraphy of the A Way With Words dies can’t be beat and I love making flowers such as the one on this card.  These flowers can be made with most any paper – copy paper, lightweight scrapbook paper, etc.  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

~Wanda

 

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CountryScapes Yorkie Arbor Birthday Card

January 11, 2016

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Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here with a card I made for my husband’s birthday. We used to have two beautiful Yorkshire Terriers – mother and daughter. My husband and I adored them. I modeled this one after the mother, our very first dog together. She looked very much like this. They have since passed (they were both very old for Yorkies; the mother lived to be almost 16), but we fondly think of them often. There is a photo of them on Awash with Color.

Making the Card

1. Cut light blue cardstock 7×10 inches; fold in half for a 5×7 inch card base.

2. Die cut clouds (CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass) leaving most space above the die – you will use the top as a stencil to create clouds. Sponge white ink or chalk under stencil to create a cloud line then flip it and create the other side of the clouds. Add some at the top as well.

3. Die cut arbor and 2 picket fences (CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence). Ink randomly with Antique Linen Distress Ink using blending tool. Add lines and shading with colored pencil as shown (Prismacolor Ginger Root). Adhere to card.

4. Die cut two sets of tulips and petals (CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip) from white cardstock. Color with alcohol markers (see supply list for colors). Shape by running leaf tool (pointy end) down leaves and ball stylus on insides of tulip petals. Glue separate petals to flower edge petals at bottom so that they are slightly lower to give them a 3D look. Adhere to card as shown – double offset the rows.

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5. Die cut Yorkshire Terrier (Critters 5) from white cardstock; color as shown (base colors in alcohol markers, details with Prismacolor pencils). Optional: add small amount of Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to eyes, nose, and mouth using pointy end of die pick or toothpick. Once dry, rub large ball stylus behind dog body and head to give it dimension. Adhere where shown using dimensional tape or silicone glue.

6. Die cut lots of ivy leaves (CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Clematis, Ivy) from dark green cardstock. Shape each leaf by drawing lines down middle and toward points (veins) using leaf tool point. Adhere to arbor as shown.

7. Die cut four copies of Happy Birthday from light blue cardstock and one copy from white cardstock. Glue the blue copies to each other to form a thick stack then adhere the white on top. Adhere where shown.

8. Optional: Add Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher as shown (upper right corner and below sentiment).

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Light Blue, White, Dark Green
  • White Ink or Chalk
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen
  • irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Tuxedo Black, Shimmer
  • Prismacolor Pencils: Arbor – Ginger Root 1084, Yorkie – Yellow Ochre 942, Raw Umber 941, Cool Gray 50% 1063, 70% 1065, 90% 1067, Warm Gray Dark 961
  • Alcohol Markers – Copic: Yorkie – E30, C02, Stems/Grass, G94, G99, Flowers – V06, V 09, Y04, Y08, R27, R08, RV52, RV06, RV09, YR65, YR68, Y02, YR82, R17, R27, RV04, V04
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Setting up at CHA…Behind the Scenes

January 9, 2016

Today is the first day of the trade show at CHA, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Lots of hard work, catching up and having fun has gone into setting up our booth over the past couple of days. The booth is up,  it’s looking great and the trade show doors are open, but let’s take a moment to have a peek at what we’ve all been up to over the past couple of days…

Suzanne is always smiling! Even when she's working hard to get the booth together.

Suzanne Cannon is always smiling! Even when she’s working against the clock to get her new products on display at the booth.

 

Els and Karen

Karen Burniston and Els van de Burgt took a quick break to post a picture of themselves hanging out on our red carpet to Facebook.

 

Karen and member of the Pop it Ups design team, Kelly Booth, squeeze in a quick picture as they set up Karen's samples.

Karen and member of the Pop it Ups design team, Kelly Booth, squeeze in a quick picture as they set up Karen’s samples.

 

Susan set up

Susan Tierney-Cockburn carefully hangs a ‘NEW’ sticker on Backyard 5 – Wash Day (1127).

 

Design team member, Mary Prasad, gifted Joset with a gorgeous pair of earrings which Mary made from Shimmer Sheetz and an embossing folder. Joset was getting compliments about them all day!

Design team member, Mary Prasad, gifted Joset van de Burgt with a gorgeous pair of earrings which Mary made from Shimmer Sheetz and an embossing folder. Joset was getting compliments about them all day!

 

Suzanne gets a little help from Joep van de Burgt, who is luckily tall enough to reach the top of Suzanne's booth!

Suzanne gets a little help from Joep van de Burgt, who is luckily tall enough to reach the top of Suzanne’s booth!

 

Joset and Els getting their demo tables ready for today's Make N' Takes. busy, busy, busy!

Joset and Els getting their demo tables ready for today’s Make N’ Takes. busy, busy, busy!

 

We needed an entire wall to proudly show off our 36 new beautiful colors of cardstock! Plus the new Through the Lens patterned paper series.

We needed an entire wall to proudly show off our 36 new beautiful colors of cardstock! Plus the new Through the Lens patterned paper series.

 

Admiring the booth from afar, don't mind if we do! :-)

Admiring the booth from afar, don’t mind if we do! 🙂

 

We are so proud of our stunning new catalogs, even if we do say so ourselves!

We are so proud of our stunning new catalogs, even if we do say so ourselves!

 

Is it time for coffee yet?

Is it time for coffee yet?

 

Els and the reps from the Collins Group caught up earlier at our booth.

Els and the reps from the Collins Group caught up earlier at our booth.

 

Els's parents feature not only on the sample on the right, but on the front of our new catalog! Here they are on their wedding day, how cute! And Els's first grand daughter, Annika features in the sample on the left. Adorable!

Els’s parents feature not only on the sample on the right, but on the front of our new catalog! Here they are on their wedding day, how cute! And Els’s first grand daughter, Annika features in the sample on the left. Adorable!

 

We're in Pop it Ups heaven! Just look at all those fabulous samples on Karen's demo table!

We’re in Pop it Ups heaven! Just look at all those fabulous samples on Karen’s demo table!

 

Bianca Petroschi's wall at our booth is filled with fantastic sample cards. Everyone just loves Daisy the Hedgehog!

Bianca Petroschi’s wall at our booth is filled with fantastic sample cards. Everyone just loves Daisy the Hedgehog!

 

Karen's samples are a mix of old and new. So much to see, so many great ideas!

Karen’s samples are a mix of old and new. So much to see, so many great ideas!

 

Susan's flowers are so realistic and beautifully blooming, that we nearly thought we could smell them as we passed!

Susan’s flowers are so realistic and beautifully blooming, that we nearly thought we could smell them as we passed!

 

Suzanne finds many lovely ways to say 'thank you'.

Suzanne finds many lovely ways to say ‘thank you’.

 

Joset's samples are so cute and fun, we could look at them all day :-)

Joset’s samples are so cute and fun, we could look at them all day 🙂

 

We hope that you enjoyed having a little peek at what the Elizabeth Craft Designs team has been up to over the past few days. Setting up the booth is done and dusted, and our completed booth looks beautiful! We promise to keep you updated on what’s going on behind the scenes all weekend – stay tuned on our Facebook page.

 

Happy Crafting!

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It’s a Party!

January 2, 2016

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Hello Crafty Friends! Kathy Jo here and I am very excited to share a project using one of the soon-to-be-released Elizabeth Craft Designs dies from the A Way With Words Collection, designed by Suzanne Cannon: It’s a Party. What a great die set! It could be used for the front of a party invite, the front of a birthday card, on a birthday scrapbook page or on party favors (to name just a few of the many possibilities!). The project today will be a Happy Birthday card for a friend of mine who loves pink.

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Instructions:

  1. Create a white tent fold card base 5.5” W x 4.25” H.
  2. Die cut It’s a Party from white card stock.  
  3. Die cut Flourish Gift Frame from pink card stock.
  4. Create pink bubble background:
    • Apply pink Distress inks in various locations on white card stock. Dry with heat tool or air dry.
    • Use circle template and Picket Fence stain randomly on pink background. Dry with heat tool or air dry.
  5. Die cut bubble background using Flourish Gift Frame die.
  6. Adhere die cuts to card. Use foam tape behind bubble background.

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The card is pretty in pink!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Other Products:

  • Ranger Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry
  • Ranger Stain in Picket Fence
  • Circle stencil
  • Double face foam tape
  • Pink card stock
  • White card stock
  • Heat tool

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you are able to take a sneak peek at the Coming Soon section at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store! Awesome new products…I know that my Elizabeth Craft Designs new release wish list is loooong!


Big Crafty Hugs,

Kathy Jo

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CountryScapes Wishing Well

January 2, 2016

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Good Morning.  This is Selma Stevenson with my first 2016 design team post for Susan’s Garden Club.   I am very excited to show you some of the new products that will be in Susan’s new release later this month.  You can be so creative using Susan’s CountryScapes dies.  They all work together to create beautiful,  dimensional scenes.

This is how I created this beautiful 6×6″ card using CountryScapes dies:

  1.  Create an outdoor background on white card stock, using Susan’s CountryScapes Cloud & Grass die cuts.  The cloud stencil was used to sponge on clouds, using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, on the upper three-fourths of the card.  On the bottom portion of the card, use the grass stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, for the back ground grass behind the fence.
  2. Die cut the CountryScapes Wishing Well and assemble.  To create a dimensional  wood shake shingle roof, die cut the roof four times.  Using only the shingle part of the die cut, cut the rows across on the three extra roofs, cutting off rows so you have three separate rows.  Cut between each shingle (vertical) and curl the edges up slightly – there are good embossed lines on this die cut to make it easy to see where to cut.  Starting with the die cut with three rows of shingles, glue to the large die cut roof.  Next, glue down the row with two rows of shingles, then on top, glue down the row with just one row of shingles.  They now appear very layered.
  3. Die cut the Picket Fence twice.  Cut one die cut in half so you can use half on each side of the Wishing Well.
  4. Die Cut the CountryScapes Flora Twice.  Cut bottom stem off one and glue the two together.  Die cut the flowers and leaves and attach to the branch.
  5. Die cut the Garden Edges Hyacinth and glue on flower petals.
  6. Die cut the Garden Edges Daffodil. ( I attached two die cuts only adding glue to the stems/leaves and slightly lowered the one on top to make the flowers dimensional.)
  7. Weave the Garden Edges Hyacinth together with the Garden Edges Daffodil so you are alternating the flowers, for a mixed flower border.
  8. Die cut and assemble the CountryScapes Azalea.
  9. Die cut and color the birds from the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set.
  10. Die cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Outdoor Edges grass.
  11. Die cut and color the Ducks from the CountryScapes Critters 5 die set.

Assemble as shown on the card.

Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Susan’s Garden Club –

1135 – CountryScapes Wishing Well

1134 – CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence

1132 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Hyacinth

1131 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Daffodil

1130 – CountryScapes Flora

1129 – CountryScapes Critters 5

1012 – CountryScapes Critters 2

1094 – Clouds & Grass

914 – Outdoor Edges

 

 

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Christmas Wreath

December 11, 2015

Hello everyone,

It’s me, Petroschi Bianca.

For today I have prepared a wreath to decorate your door and welcome your guests with the warmth of the winter holidays. Because the poinsettias are made of paper, please hang it indoors or on a door that is well protected from rain and snow.

20151127_095411To create this wreath you need a base of twigs, True Red Silk Microfine Glitter, Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz, a Metal Adaptor Plate, the other supplies on the list, and these 3 steel cutting dies from Susan’s Garden Club:

Garden Notes – Poinsettia

Garden Notes – Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone

Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

1. First die cut the poinsettias. Draw the veins on the red silhouette shapes with a Gold Gelly Roll Metallic pen. Use a Green liner pen or Green Metallic or Glitter pen to draw the veins on the green silhouette shapes. For added realism and dimension, shape them using the  Susan’s Garden Tool set. Note: The die automatically  embosses the vein lines, the pens are used to give them extra pop and contrast.PicMonkey Collage

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2. Next, die cut holly leaves and tint the edges using a Fingertip Sponge Dauber and Pine Needles (green) Distress Ink.

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3. Using the Metal Adaptor Plate (required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz) cut some Gold Shimmer Sheetz Whitepine Boughs. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video if you are new to this technique.

4. Cover the Styrofoam stars with Clear Double Sided adhesive Tape, sprinkle with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter and polish the glitter with a fingertip to bring out the sparkle.

5. Tie a ribbon and bells at the top of the wreath. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the poinsettias, glittered stars, holly leaves, and ‘berries’ made from red beads. Refer to the project photo to see where to place everything.

Here are links to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s video tutorials:

I wish you all Happy Holidays!

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Garden Notes – Poinsettia (1090)

Garden Notes – Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone (1091)

Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries (1088)

Gold Metallic – 3 Pack (SS 0212)

True Red – Silk Microfine Glitter

Susan’s Garden Club CountryScapes Tools Buy It All

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (wide enough to cover Styrofoam stars)

Other –

Wreath made of twigs (purchased or make one!)

1/8″ or 1/4″ (narrow) red ribbon

7/8″ or 1″ (wider) holiday-patterned ribbon

Gold jingle bells

Red beads

Styrofoam stars

Fingertip Sponge Dauber

Pine Needles Distress Ink

Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic pen in Gold

Liner pen in Green

Hot glue gun and glue stick

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Elizabeth Craft Designs January 2016 Sneak Peek

December 10, 2015

We’re bursting with excitement! Elizabeth Craft Designs’ 5 talented designers have created new dies,  stamps, stencils, embossing folders, and papers for you to enjoy!

The Sneak Peek begins today and continues in the coming weeks, here on the blog as well as via Facebook. The official product launch takes place in January at the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show in Anaheim, California. Many stores are already pre-ordering with us, so you won’t have too long to wait. And if you can’t find what you want at your local retailer, our online store will be fully stocked. Keep an eye on our blog on Tuesday, December 15th for some extra exciting information!

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Els van de Burgt Studio

Els has expanded her endlessly versatile Fitted Frames series with ovals and circles, circles shown above.  And there’s more: She has also designed a series of three 6×6 paper packs called Through the Lens, based on her own photography! Wood. Metal. Stone. It’s all about close-ups, and textures that have caught her eye. Each pack holds 48 sheets, 16 designs (3 sheets per design), for cards, for scrapbooks, for any kind of project.  She has also created must-have ribbon, chain, rope and jewelry dies, along with some amazing decorative corners that you’ll be seeing in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to stay tuned on our blog and Facebook page…

 

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups

Two new collections with so much to love! Karen Burniston isn’t monkeying around. Or maybe she is…We just know that the High Jinks Collection with its clear stamps, Jinks the Monkey (one of the two new Characters), the Bananas embossing folder and the rest of the collection is sure to please. You’ll have to wait just a bit to meet Coffee & Cake, the second collection, but not too long – it’s all coming soon, we promise. Meanwhile, HERE is a link to a YouTube video for the High Jinks card.

 

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Joset Designs 

Just like the words you see on the cards above, Joset Designs’ new dies by Joset van de Burgt are yummy and sweet; happy, fun dies that celebrate life’s occasions, both big and small. Who doesn’t love strawberries, especially when they are chocolate-coated? And her banner dies will make everybody’s short list, for sure. Be on the lookout for hot air balloons, rainbow, sun and clouds, kites, cupcakes and more!

 

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Susan’s Garden Club

Susan Tierney-Cockburn (‘Co-burn’) continues to amaze, with her garden growing more and more each season. How come there are no weeds? Oh well… We can create paper flowers with her new Garden Notes dies like the low-relief daffodil shown above in a Stitched Oval and make wreaths that never wilt and are perfect for any season! There are three wreath shapes in her new release: Oval, Square, and Circle. The oval is above, the others are equally wonderful. Susan’s adding a brand new Garden Edges collection, the CountryScapes series is expanding, and there are new Seeds of Thought red rubber stamps as well. You’ll see these and more as the Sneak Peek continues.

 

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A Way With Words

Let’s All Celebrate! You asked for more and Suzanne Cannon has met the challenge. Her new release comes directly from her pen and ink hand-lettering, calligraphy that is magically transformed into elegant, amazing cutting dies. In addition to Celebrate, you’ll find Calligraphic Elements (an exclamation point, shown in the card above, plus flourishes), Thank You (in English, German, and French), It’s a Party, Live, Love, Laugh…and…and…we don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we can say with full certitude that there is a lot to love. As always, the dies are big enough to star on card fronts, and perfect for mixing and matching with dies from all of the other designers’ collections. A detail to note: The colorful strings on Suzanne’s balloons.

 

We hope you are excited for us to reveal the full details very, very soon. You might want to keep an eye on this section of our website too…

 

Happy Crafting!