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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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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Pop it Ups Susan's Garden Club

Lilac Tag Card

March 14, 2016

Card Front

Made by Mary Prasad for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here today with a Lilac tag card. I love the effect Brusho crystals have when they are hit with water. I decided to use them to color cardstock for my lilacs. The variation in colors looks so pretty. For the large tag card base, instead of using the decorator die to cut through the top, I used the negative pieces to create a leafy look.

Making the Card

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Uncategorized


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!!!


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.


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.


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.)






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.





Els van de Burgt Studio

It’s Always Calendar Time

December 28, 2015


By Judi Kauffman

The theme for the December 2015 Designers’ Challenge is an item that is near and dear to my heart: Calendars! I love having calendars all around the house. At any given time there are at least five or six in various spots. So why is it so difficult for me to remember what day it is? Oh well…

As soon as we got the Challenge theme I knew I wanted to put some of the new Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Through the Lens’ 6×6 papers into my project. And I knew right away that I wanted to design a calendar to hang on the bulletin board next to my computer desk, the one I look at many times a day. I picked the Metal Series pack.

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If you want to make a simpler version of this calendar all you need to do is tape two square sheets together, reinforce the top and bottom with contrasting strips to add stability, top with a calendar, punch a hole at the top for hanging. Done!

I took things a lot further as you’ll see in the instructions. Pattern-on-pattern and lots of embellishments is my idea of heaven…

Tip: Take your time. Arrange, rotate, and rearrange the papers till you get a combination you want. Be very INTENTIONAL in your choices, how you position the papers, and what you do for embellishments.


*Instead of a calendar with all of the months shown at once, use a calendar pad with one month showing at a time.

*Go for a jumbo calendar and use four squares instead of two with a finished size of 12” x 12” instead of 6” wide x 12.5” long.

*Create smaller calendars using Tags & More die sets for shaped backgrounds.


  1. Choose 4 or more ‘Through the Lens’ papers that coordinate and please your eye. Choose 2 papers to leave whole; one for the top half of the calendar, the other for the bottom half. If you want to duplicate my project precisely as shown, choose the two pieces from the Metal Series pack that star in my project – one with a dark band that looks like a rusty old iron chain made of bent nails, one with a bent rusty metal piece with curves and twists. Both of these elements are oriented so they are strong horizontal bands. (With papers in hand it will be easy to match what I did.)


  1. Cut a 4” x 6” piece from another paper and back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Cut the rectangle into three strips: one 1” x 6” strip and two 1.5” x 6” strips.
  1. Use the 1” x 6” strip on the back to join the two 6” x 6” squares. This strip becomes a decorative element on the back of the finished calendar.
  1. Score and fold the 1.5” x 6” strips lengthwise. Use them as a binding to reinforce the top and bottom of the calendar (like binding on a quilt or blanket). Overlap ONLY .25” of the main squares so very little of the pattern is covered.
  1. Mat a 3.5” x 4.5” calendar with a double border made from two more of the Metal Series papers.


  1. Place the joined papers on a cutting mat and use a craft knife to carefully fussy-cut some of the curved areas at the bottom of the dark metal section (midway down the top paper) so the matted calendar can be tucked beneath it as shown in the photos above and below. Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the calendar in place.


7. Back three .5” x 6” pieces of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz and one 2.5” x 1.75” piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Also cut another 2.5” x 1.75” piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (not backed with Adhesive).

8. Die cut three Ribbon strips from Fire Opal Gemstone – two with narrow rectangular holes, one with oval holes. Keep the little pieces that fall out of the negative spaces in the die on a piece of waxed paper or a non-stick craft sheet. See photo above: You will be using the longer narrow pieces to create faux staples in step 9.) There are 5 dies in the Ribbons 1 set, only 2 used for this project. A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. (Reminder: *Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique, the cutting side of the die must face the metal plate with the Shimmer Sheetz facing UP in between the die and plate.)


Calendar-F9. Lightly sand the adhesive-backed Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz to tone down the shine. Die cut one clipboard-style hanger piece from this Shimmer Sheetz and a second one from the Gold piece that does not have adhesive. Attach the Gold pieces (back to back) at the top of the calendar, centered, as shown in the photo below – adhesive-backed piece on the front. (The clipboard hanger piece is from the Tags & More 8/Lattice die set. If you have other Tags & More die sets, die cut a .25” hole and substitute a different decorative reinforcement to surround the hole at the top of the calendar).


  1. Add three pieces of Gold Foil Chevron Washi Tape measuring 1.25” – 1.5”, randomly cut, to the top and bottom bands and one piece on each side of the calendar. To create the faux staples, add lots of the little rectangular pieces of adhesive-backed Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz (that were set aside in step 7) between the pieces of Washi Tape along the top and bottom bands, and around the outside of the matted calendar. The tape and faux staples appear to be holding the project together but they’re purely decorative! (Keep the little oval leftover pieces for another project.)



I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and get busy making your own calendars with ‘faux staples’ and Shimmer Sheetz Ribbons! Don’t forget to check the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog on the 31st for more December Designers’ Challenge calendar theme projects.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

TTL001 Through the Lens – Metal Series 6×6 Paper Pack (Coming soon)

SS0218 Fire Opal Shimmer Sheetz

961 Tags & More 8 – Lattice

1122 Ribbons 1 (Coming soon)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (.5” wide or wider), or Sheets


Other –

Foil Chevron Washi Tape (BoBunny)

Craft knife and self-healing cutting mat (for fussy-cutting)

Paper trimmer (or metal ruler and self-healing cutting mat)


Pop it Ups

Stage it Stencils – Mixed Media Tag

December 19, 2015

Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here – I’ve been working on some tags for CHA and thought it would be fun to share one with you today.  Making tags is fun and easy, rather like making just the inside of a card.  No need to worry about the thickness because it doesn’t close.  The holiday season will soon be over for another year so let’s think about what’s coming next; Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air-

sweetie tag





  • Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 100# Soft Finish cardstock cut one piece that is 3.25″ X 8.5″.
  • Cut decorative top using Tags & More 1, Lace.

  • Cut tag to measure 6.25″ in length.

  • The hearts are from several different die sets, all listed below.  Cut hearts from white cardstock that has Double Sided Adhesive added to the back.  Die cut with the adhesive side up. Make at least 4 of each size, so you’ll have plenty for the project. Plus, if there are leftover hearts, they can always be used for a future project.

  • From the Katie Label Pivot Card -cut 2 of the smallest labels, one from soft finish cardstock and another from the adhesive-on-white cardstock.

  •  Barrel Basket die – cut the main basket from textured paper, the handle and bands from a darker color and the grip from another lighter color.

Working on a non stick mat or piece of scrap paper add molding paste to tag as  follows.


  • Using the *NEW* Stage it Stencil – Medallion  – place stencil over tag and line up edges  using temporary tape to hold in place.
  • Using molding paste (aka modeling paste or embossing paste) spread over stencil,  spreading like peanut butter.  Smooth paste over stencil until tag is covered.

  • Remove stencil lifting straight up and clean stencil immediately.

The tag may buckle but will flatten as it dries.

  • Allow paste to air dry.  Do not use heat gun for drying – it will cause the paste to puff up

  • Peel protective sheet from hearts to expose adhesive and dip in ECD Microfine Glitter, Warm Diamond.
  • Polish Glitter with fingers.
  • With blending tool – add color.

  • When molding paste is dry – spray tag with stain.
  • Dab excess stain with dry paper towel. This will make color even and take stain off the molding paste making the pattern pop.
  • Allow to dry completely.


  • Stain one label with same stain as tag – dry.
  • Stamp with “hello” from Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamp Set (coming soon) and the “sweetie” from Just A Note Clear Stamp Set (coming soon).
  • Remove protective sheet from adhesive on second label and attach to stamp label.
  • Edge label with color.
  • Poke hole in lower left corner of label and hang heart using jump ring,  string or twine.
  • Assemble basket and glue in corner.
  • Arrange and glue hearts.
  • Glue label on tag.
  • Add ribbon.

sweetie tag

My mixed media tags using Pop it Ups products with the Tags & More dies will be on display in the Elizabeth Craft Designs CHA booth #775 January 9-12, 2016. Stay tuned to the Facebook pages (check the right sidebar for links) to see photos and videos from the show.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this tag:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Decorator Heart dies from these sets:

Other Supplies:

  • Brown & corrugated papers for basket
  • Molding paste (also called modeling or embossing or texture paste) plus a palette knife (or credit card)
  • Spray stain
  • Ribbon
  • Coordinating inks