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Miss You

July 16, 2018

 

Hello Welcome! Samantha here sharing a card I created using two of my favourite Elizabeth Craft Designs dies. One of the things I love about dies is how easy and simple they are to work with. I had originally planned to colour the leaves in, but after colouring one in with Copic Markers I realised that it would take quite a decent amount of time and that I could achieve an equally striking and bright look by using some scrap left over pieces of cardstock that I have in my stash. Continue Reading

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Planner Books

June 30, 2018

 by Judi Kauffman

Planning a wedding or other big event? Need to keep track of invitations sent and RSVPs received, the menu and other aspects of the special event? Give some inexpensive composition books a facelift and you can do it in style!

To customize the books for use as a journal instead of a planner, incorporate the word ‘Courage’ or ‘Memories’ or ‘Faith’ or ‘Make a Wish’ instead. And ‘Special Day’ remains a good choice for journals as well as planner books. Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection has so many wonderful options.

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Welcome Board

June 16, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

If you’re a fan of chalkboards, this project is for you! Choose a board that hangs on the wall or go for one that’s easel-backed and can stand on its own. Decorate a rectangle with a sentiment and some embellishments to put at an angle at the upper left corner and you’re done…

I chose to make a chalkboard that welcomes guests and reminds them of the day’s activities, as well as answering the most-asked question (“What’s your wifi password?”), but there are many ways to change and customize the project: Instead of hearts, add stars or butterflies or flowers.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Flower Power

April 1, 2018

Judi Kauffman

For today’s tutorial I’m skipping the April showers and heading straight to the May flowers. Shimmer Sheetz flowers, that is… Though I’ve planted them on bright and happy cards, these blooms are waterproof so you could pop them onto a potted plant, string them as a garland to hang at an outdoor party, or with a few minor tweaks use them to decorate napkin rings, tennis shoes or flip flops, hair bows and all sorts of accessories and other projects!

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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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Calendar Makeover

March 4, 2017

Calendar Makeover by Judi Kauffman

My friends love knowing that I will turn their old calendars into something brand new! It’s a January ritual that extends throughout the year. Here it is March and I’m still having fun slicing and dicing the pages…

I cut some of the pages and fold them into envelopes. I cut other pages into small pieces for layering onto card fronts and gift tags! If the paper is heavy enough, I’ll even die cut some sentiments.

When I’m done, I give some of the cards and envelope to the friends who donated the calendars! I get to have the fun of repurposing would have otherwise gone into the recycling bin, they get to enjoy the calendar again in its second incarnation.

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Pop It Ups Wednesday With Raquel – Whiskers Gift Card

January 25, 2017

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today to share a gift card holder featuring Whiskers the Cat.  Now that Christmas is over, there’s no need to put the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die set away. As you will see with this card, it’s put to good use year round.  Instead of using the sleigh that comes with the set, I have used Whiskers the Cat instead.  Let’s jump right in and get started with the tutorial!

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Shimmer Sheetz Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

Christmas Thank You

December 3, 2016

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Happy Saturday to you!!!  Wanda here 🙂  It’s just 3 weeks until Christmas and I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by.   In the hustle and bustle of life we don’t always have time or take time to send out thank yous.  If I do make some, they are often something quick.  Sometimes I want to send a special thank you and I think this card would qualify for that!!   Continue Reading

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Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards

August 28, 2016

Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards
By Judi Kauffman

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The minute I saw the newly-released ‘Sweater’ die set from the Joset Designs collection I envisioned it in school colors as a letter sweater or with the graduation year in large numbers. I pictured a fancy sweater for holiday parties with lots of bling. And I knew I wanted to keep going with topiary tree cards like the Gingerbread Man Topiary Tree Cards posted here on the blog on August 14, 2016.

The die set also includes a reindeer and snowflake for winter and holiday sweaters, as well as the charming coat hanger die. It’s so versatile! Just imagine cardstock ski sweaters with stamped patterns across the front or sweaters cut from soft, fuzzy felt. And how about making some for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, as gift tags for friends who knit, with ‘#1’ on the front to celebrate someone’s achievements? There are so many possibilities…

The three cards above show my first three ideas. Instead of giving detailed instructions, please use the images and my design strategies and tips to create your own customized Shimmer Sheetz Sweater Cards for any occasion.

DESIGN STRATEGIES & TIPS

*If you’re new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz, review Els van de Burgt’s video TUTORIAL. A metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with a Precision Base Plate is required for this technique. Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Shimmer Sheetz before die cutting or use pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the sweater on the card front.

*The alphabet stickers I chose for ‘YOU’VE GOT BLING’ didn’t include an apostrophe so I made one with a single petal cut from the largest Glitter Flower peel-off used on the sleeves  and yoke of the sweater. The sweater is Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. I mixed Glitter Dots, Glitter Flowers, and adhesive-backed gems for the ‘bling’. 

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*To anchor the Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz hanger onto the card front, pierce 2 holes and use a needle to pull metallic braid through the holes; tie a small bow. Notice the tiny Glitter Dots along the raglan sleeve seam line. They’re the smallest size on the sheet of peel-offs.sweater C

*Tone down the sparkle on the Emerald Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz topiary tree sweater by lightly sanding BEFORE adding the leaves die cut from Light Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet as shown below. This card measures over 9″ and is sized for a #10 business envelope. (I did not sand the other two sweaters because I liked them shiny and sparkly. They are A2 size.) Refer back to the project instructions on August 14, 2016 for a complete how-to for Topiary Tree Cards.

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*The contrasting numbers, neckline piece, cuffs at the sleeves and bottom of the school sweater are die cut from Blue Velvet Adhesive Sheet, providing a soft matte contrast to the sparkly Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz sweater.

*Your cards can be any size, as long as the sweater fits.

*Add some embellishments, printed stickers, layers of patterned papers and/or solid color cardstock, and your fun and easy card will be ready to mail!

*The supply list below covers materials used for all three cards.

SUPPLIES

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Shimmer Sheetz in colors of choice

  (Shown: Peridot Gemstone, Silver Metallic, Purple and Yellow Iridescent)

Joset Designs ‘ Winter Sweater’ die set

Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Leafy Branch’ die

Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Numbers & More 2’ die set

Susan’s Garden Club ‘Garden Notes – Potted’ die

Velvet Adhesive Sheets in Blue and Light Green

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and Tape

Glitter Dots peel-offs in Pink/Silver

Glitter Flowers peel-offs in Pink/Silver

Through the Lens Metal series 6 x 6 cardstock (background layer, school sweater card)

Other –

Solid color cardstock in assorted colors

Fine ribbon and cord for ‘Bling’ and ‘Topiary Tree’ cards

Needle to pierce cardstock and to pull cord through cardstock for ‘Bling’ card

Coffee stir stick for topiary tree card

Faceted adhesive-backed gems in Purple, 3 sizes for ‘Bling’ card

Lightweight cork sheet for flower pot

Assorted printed stickers, alphabet stickers, and plaid paper from Graphic 45

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