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Tag Gift Card Holder with Slot

November 6, 2014

Hi, Karen Aicken here. Today I would like to share a Tag Gift Card Holder. The Design Team has been making all kinds of things with these Tags & More die sets, and I wanted to show you how to use the little tab die that comes with the Tags & More 2  – Deco to create a slot to insert your gift card.


1.  Cut your patterned paper to 3-1/4 x 12″.

2.  Score in the center at the 6″ mark to create a 3-1/4 x 6″ tag card with the fold at the bottom.

3.  Keeping the edges even, cut through both layers at the top (open ends) using the tag base die.

4.  Unfold the card, and cut the decorative insert in the top layer only. This will be the front of your Tag Gift Card Holder

5.  Take the tab die and place it in the center of the top layer, 2-1/4″ from the top edge. Run it through your die cutting machine.


6.  Now move the tab horizontally to the left – about 1/4″ from the left edge, making sure the top and bottom edges line up with the cut you just made.


7.  Repeat with the other side.


8.  Insert your gift card into the slot and decide how much of it you would like to stick out of the slot at the front.


9.  Working from the inside, add liquid glue below the gift card, up each side and around the top edges. Carefully remove the gift card, fold your Tag Gift Card Holder together with the wrong sides together and press until the glue sets. Note: I like to use liquid glue rather than double sided tape for this type of project, as sometimes the gift card can slide down and attach itself to the tape.


This is what your Tag Gift Card Holder should look like, once the glue is dry.  I added the gift card back in for this photo.


10.  Cut a piece of double sided tape sheet and a piece of white cardstock to 3-1/4 x 2″.  Peel off the liner from one side of the adhesive tape sheet and adhere it to the white cardstock.

11.  Peel off the remaining liner and pour on Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Tap off the excess and return to the jar, then polish the glitter with your fingers. This really brings up the shine!

12.  Cut a second decorative tag insert from this piece, staying close to the top and left edge of your glittered paper. Save all the little pieces as these are what we will be using.

13.  Adhere each of the glittered cutouts into the opening on the top layer of your Tag Gift Card Holder.


14.  Using the accessories that come with the Tags & More 2 – Deco set, cut two corners and one reinforcement from your glittered cardstock.


15.  Adhere them to your tag and add Glitter Dots as shown.

16.  Take the Gold Border Peel-Offs and carefully outline your slot. Press down well.


17.  Tie red seam binding around the Tag Gift Card Holder below the slot.

18.  Thread a 10″ piece of red seam binding through the hole at the top of the tag, fold so the two tails are the same length, and tie it with gold baker’s twine as shown in the project photo. Option: Instead of a purely decorative element at the top, make a loop with the red seam binding so the tag can hang as an ornament or can be used on a gift bag or box.

19.  Add a large gold Merry Christmas Peel-Off below the bow.



Because we used a folded piece of patterned paper, the Tag Gift Card Holder is nicely finished on the back as well.


Now that you know how to add a slot to a Gift Card Holder, you can add slots for other reasons as well. I immediately think of a Spinner Card. In fact, that is what I will have for you the next time I post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog!


Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

638 Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape

7018 Glitter Dots in Red

1167 Borders Assorted Peel-Offs in Gold

2576 Merry Christmas Large Peel-Offs in Gold

Others – 

Patterned paper – DCWV

Seam binding – Stampin’ Up!

Gold Bakers Twine – Impress

Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Crystal Flower Hello Card

October 16, 2014

Hello – Karen Aicken here with an A2 size floral card to share. The great thing about a simple design like this is how easy it is to change. Use Christmas patterned papers and colours for the flower and switch to a different greeting (Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings). Change the patterned papers, colour palette and sentiment to use this layout for other holidays and occasions year round.


1. Cut your white card base to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ to create a standard A2 size card. Place your
cut card base in the landscape position and score down the center at the 4-1/4″ mark.

2.  Cut your patterned paper to 3″ high and 4-1/2″ wide and adhere along the bottom edge of the card. There will be a little overhang on each side edge, and you can trim this away with scissors or a craft knife. I prefer to cut my paper a little larger and trim it down after adhering it to the base than cutting it exactly to size and trying to get all three edges to line up.

3.  Using the solid Crystal Flower Set 1, cut one of each size from a lightly patterned paper.

4.  Take a piece of Double Sided Adhesive cut to 3-1/4 x 5-1/4″, peel off the backing paper from one side and adhere to a piece of white cardstock the same size.

5.  Die cut one large and one small crystal flower overlay from the piece you just prepared, with the white cardstock facing the cut edges of the die. Because these dies are very intricate
I use my metal adaptor plate to get a clean cut. Note – save your scraps for step 17.

6. Peel off backing and carefully apply each crystal flower overlay onto the coordinating solid crystal flowers.

7.  Add foam tape to the centre front of the largest flower and adhere the smaller flower on top.

8.  Using the smallest circle die from the Crystal Flower set, cut circle from black cardstock and adhere to the center of the smallest flower. Spread with glue and sprinkle with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.

9.  Apply peel-off border at the top edge of your patterned paper, trimming to fit. Add black Glitter Dots as shown.

10.  Add foam tape to the back side of your crystal flower embellishment and attach to the card front as shown.


11.  Die cut Hello from a scrap of black cardstock.

12.  Trim a rectangle of patterned paper approximately 2-3/4″ long by 1″ wide and trim the ends into a fish tail banner.

13.  Apply the Hello word in the center and add Glitter Dots as shown. Adhere to the card, below the flower using foam tape.


14.  If you would like to decorate the inside of your card, this is how I did mine. Cut a panel of patterned paper 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhere inside card.

15.  Cut a white panel 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″ and adhere over the patterned paper panel leaving an even border on each edge.

16.  Cut a solid small butterfly from a scrap of patterned paper.

17.  Using one of the scraps from step 5, die cut the butterfly body with the ADHESIVE BACKING facing the die (which is the opposite to how we cut the crystal flower overlays). Peel off the backing and dip the butterfly body into your Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter jar. Tap off the excess and polish with your finger. Adhere to the butterfly and attach the finished butterfly inside the card as shown using foam tape.


I hope you enjoy using this layout. It is simple but perfect if you are looking to make multiple cards.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

924 Crystal Flower Set 1

923 Crystal Flower Overlay Set 2

787 Hello die

1278 Lace Fan 2 Peel-Off Border in Black

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

7018 Glitter Dots in Black

713 Small Butterfly

503 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet 6″ x 6″

803 Metal Adaptor Plate


Other Supplies:

White card stock

Scrap of black card stock

Patterned paper (Stampin’ Up!)

Foam Tape

Halloween Spider Card

October 2, 2014

Good morning! Karen Aicken here with today’s blog post. I wanted to share a Halloween card using some of the wonderful new products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


When I made this card, most of my studio had been packed away for our move. Only basic supplies were left out and a few sheets of Halloween themed paper. It shows that you don’t need a ton of supplies to make a great card, when your supply kit includes versatile dies and themed Peel-offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


1.  Cut black cardstock 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and score in the center to form a standard A2 card
(4-1/4 x 5-1/2).

2.   Cut a panel of black cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ and emboss with the Spring Leaves embossing folder.

3.  Adhere the embossed panel to the card front and outline with a sparkly gel pen.

4.  Cut a piece of sparkly bat paper 3-1/4″ wide and 5″ long. Using one of the NEW Tags and More dies, cut the top edge. Center the leafy decorative overlay die at the top of the die cut tag and run the paper through your cutting machine again, which will give you this lovely leaf shaped aperture in your tag.

5.  Add one of the corner dies to the lower left corner of the sparkly bat tag and run it through your machine. Repeat with the other corner and the same die.

6.  Since I was adding the tag to a card, I wanted to back the openings with contrasting paper. Cut purple cardstock 3-1/4″ wide, 2″ long and cut with the same curved Tags & More die you used for the main tag. Attach behind the sparkly bat tag lining up the top and side edges and outline each leaf with a silver metallic marker if desired.

7.  Cut two pieces of purple cardstock scraps slightly larger than the corner cut-outs and adhere one behind each corner. Outline corners with silver metallic marker if desired.


8.  Add the Halloween Spider Peel-off to a piece of purple cardstock and fussy cut.

9.  Add colour with gel pens.

10.  Cut a piece of Double Sided Adhesive and white cardstock 2″ x 1-1/2″. Peel the backing paper off one side of the Double Sided Adhesive and attach the white cardstock. Peel off the remaining liner and turn it so the side that was touching the sticky adhesive is face up.
Remove the candy corn peel-off from the sheet and lay it on the liner, sticky side up. Now lay the sticky side of your cardstock backed adhesive over the peel-off and liner and pull away the liner.  Your peel-off should now be attached to the double sided adhesive!

11.  Pour Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the sticky adhesive, tap off the excess onto a sheet of scrap paper or coffee filter (for returning to the container) and rub the glittered peel-off with your finger to polish the glitter and bring up the sparkle.

12.  Color with markers and fussy cut.

13.  Add foam tape to the back of your sparkly candy corn and adhere it over the candy corn on the spider peel-off.


14.  Cut a reinforcement from the same Tags and More die set using purple card stock, punch or poke a hole in the center and attach over the tag hole with a sparkly brad.


15.  Decorate the inside as desired. I cut a piece of the sparkly bat paper (4 x 5-1/4) and attached it inside the card.

16.  The black cardstock was cut to 3-1/4 x 4-1/2″ and I used the same corner die from the Tags and More 3 die set as I did on the front tag, to cut an opening in the top left and bottom right corners of this black panel.

17.  Back the opening with scraps of purple cardstock as we did on the front, and outline with
a silver metallic marker if desired.

18.  Doodle a line connecting the cut-away corners as shown, and hand letter the words with gel pen. Alternatively, you could stamp a greeting and emboss with a light coloured embossing powder.

19.  Adhere to the sparkly bat paper with a strong adhesive and your sweet, spooky card is ready to mail!


There you have it – a fun Spider Halloween Card! There are SO many options with these new Tags and More dies, but I wanted to show that they work wonderfully on an A2 card as well.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

E118 Spring Leaves Embossing Folder

953 Tags & More 3 – Leaves

2585 Halloween In Frame Peel-Offs in black

639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

503 Double Sided Adhesive


Other Supplies:

Black, White and Purple cardstock

Patterned Paper – Recollections

Gel Pens

Silver Metallic Marker – Sharpie

Sparkly Gel Pen – Sakura (Stardust)

Black Sparkly Brad – Stampin’ Up!

Foam Tape




Pop it Ups

Wine Bottle Tag

September 18, 2014

Good morning, Karen Aicken here! For today’s post I’m sharing a project I love to make for little gifts – Wine Bottle Tags or Hangers. They dress up a bottle of wine on your dinner table and can be personalized when you are bringing a bottle of wine or cider as a hostess gift.


1.  Cut heavy-weight cardstock 3-1/4″ wide and 8″ long. I used black cardstock that had been painted with metallic acrylic paint.

2.  Score a line at 2-3/4″ across one of the short ends. This will be the part that fits over the wine bottle, and the top of your wine bottle tag.

3.  Leading with the top edge, slip the whole strip OVER the Lorna Label centre, and UNDER the top edge. You only want to cut the very top edge. Run it through your cutting machine just til the top edge cuts, then back it out.



4.  Repeat with the bottom edge.

5.  Trim away the excess cardstock and you have the base of your wine bottle tag.


6.  Using the scalloped circle die from the Ring Accordion die set, center it between the top edge and your score line and both the sides. Run it through your machine and set aside the little scalloped circle for another project.


7.  Using the Crystal Flowers, die cut one large flower and one small circle from black cardstock.

8.  Carefully adhere the largest flower from the Crystal Flowers Peel-off sheet to the die cut.
Tip: the Peel-off doesn’t fit exactly. If the center is a little skewed that’s fine – you will be covering this up.

9.  Adhere one of the solid gold Peel-off flowers to black cardstock and fussy cut leaving a narrow border.

10.  Use foam tape in the center, and adhere this smaller flower to the center of the large one.

11.  Add a gold Peel-off circle to the black cardstock circle and adhere this over the center of the solid flower with foam tape. Set your finished flower aside.

12.  Cut a 1″ wide strip of black cardstock 1″ longer than the word Peel-off you have chosen for your wine bottle hanger. This will give you 1/2″ on either side of your word. (Note: the strip in the photos is wider than 1″ to make it easier to see the technique.)


13.  I have a tip to aid you in adding these larger word Peel-offs to your projects so they are straight and do not stretch! Trim the word you want to use away from the rest of the sheet.

14.  Turn it face down and carefully fold the backing paper back, about 1/3 of the way up.


15.  Line up the bottom of your letters onto your black cardstock strip. When you are happy with the placement, press the bottom of your letters down, then gently peel up and away the rest of the backing sheet. Press down the top of your letters and you should have it placed perfectly!



16.  Now that your word Peel-off is attached, use scissors to cut ‘fish tails’ from each end. Trim the top and/or bottom of your strip as desired. You could trim your strip first, but I find I have better luck trimming after I attach the words.

17.  Adhere this strip to the wine bottle tag base with foam tape as shown.

18.  Adhere the layered flower with foam tape as shown.

19.  Use some of the circles and rings from the Peel-off sheet to decorate the rest of your tag.

20.  Hang on a bottle of wine, gourmet olive oil, or apple cider and it’s ready to go!



I’ve also made different wine bottle tags packaged in cello bags and given them as hostess gifts. Everyone seemed to love them and enjoyed using them on their own gifts and tables. I hope you liked my project and will try your hand at making some wine bottle tags, maybe getting a head start on some holiday gifts!


Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

924 Crystal Flower Set 1 die

2579 Crystal Flowers Peel-offs in Gold

2578 Congratulations Peel-offs in Gold

915 Lorna Label Pop Up (to cut the top and bottom edges)

904 Ring Accordion (Scalloped Circle – to cut the hole)


Other supplies:

Black metallic painted card stock – my stash

Black cardstock

Foam tape


Grandparents’ Day Cards

September 4, 2014

Karen Aicken here, with today’s post. Every September I send my parents and my in-laws a Grandparents’ Day card. This year I used these lovely Big Hearts Peel-Offs to create my cards.

I love using hearts – they are good for so much more than anniversaries and Valentine’s Day.
What could be better to show our love for grandparents than by using glittered and colored hearts? This year, Grandparents’ Day falls on Sunday, September 7th.

1. Below you can see the patterned paper I decided to use. The three Big Hearts Peel-Offs have been attached to double sided adhesive and glittered with Silk Microfine Glitter. Els’s YouTube video shows all of the steps and you can view the tutorial by clicking HERE.

Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

2.  Choose colors that match the patterned paper, color the bottom two large hearts from the
Peel-off sheet with Copic or other alcohol-based markers. Set aside the remaining heart for another time. It’s already glittered and ready to color!  
(You could also use Tombow Dual Brush markers, but a lot more drying time is needed.)

3.  Fussy cut the bottom two hearts.

Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

4.  Option: With the hearts sitting on a piece of scrap paper, slowly and carefully go around the edge with a black permanent marker to hide any white edges.

5.  Using a pencil, trace the heart twice onto a sheet of fun foam. Cut out the two hearts about 1/8″ inside the penciled line. Add strips of double sided adhesive to one side of the foam hearts.

6. Adhere a foam heart to the back of each colored Peel-Off Heart. Tip: Use craft foam on larger items for extra dimension instead of foam tape or dots. It’s lightweight, acid-free and offers good support over the whole area so the shape doesn’t buckle.

Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

Below are the two finished cards.

Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

7. For each card, cut a blue panel 4-3/4” x 6-3/4″ and adhere to 5”×7″ card blanks. Cut a patterned paper panel 4-1/2” x 6-1/2″ and adhere to blue panel.

8.  For each card, cut a blue panel 4” x 6″ and adhere to the patterned paper. Cut a white panel
3-3/4 x 5-3/4″ and adhere to the smaller blue panel.

9.  Add adhesive to the two foam-backed Hearts and adhere to the white panels.

10. With a black fine point pen, add hand lettering as shown. Add color with Copic markers in the same palette as the glittered Heart and patterned paper. Option: Use rubber stamps instead of hand lettering.

11. Option: Add Glitter Dots Peel-offs as shown. Decorate the inside of the cards as desired.

Card_ECD_GrandparentsDay_005 Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

Here is the second card, with a close-up of the glittered heart. Note that I used both Pink and Orange Glitter Dots on both hearts.


Grandparent's Day Card_Karen Aicken

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made these pretty cards, and that you are inspired to use some
Big Hearts Peel-offs for your next project!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

2553 Big Hearts Peel-Offs in Black

7018 Glitter Dots Peel-Offs in Pink and Orange

502 Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter


Other Supplies:

White card stock

Blue card stock

Patterned paper – BasicGrey

Fun foam – craft store

Millennium Fine Point Pen in Black – Zig

Copic Markers








Pop it Ups

Pretty Purse Birthday Cards

August 21, 2014

Karen Aicken here, and I have two birthday cards to share today. I started out with the purse Peel-Off, adhering it to 90# water color paper and coloring the image with Tombow Dual Brush Markers and a wet paintbrush. But I kept looking at the negative image and wanting to use it too. So I used a Transfer Sheet and adhered the negative pieces to a Shimmer Sheetz and fussy cut it out. (Els has a video HERE showing the transfer technique).


I really liked the Shimmer Sheetz purse, so decided to use it for my first card.

1.  Cut your patterned paper 4-1/4″ wide and 12″ long.  Score in the center giving you a 4-1/4 x 6″ folded card. This is your inner card.

2.  Use one of the Agatha Edge dies to cut the decorative edge on the top and bottom of your inner card.

3.  Attach the border Peel-Off to pieces of Shimmer Sheetz, fussy cut and attach to the inner card.

4.  Cut the Lucy Label Pop Up in the centre, lining the alignment nubs up with the center score line.


5.  Cut a piece of patterned paper 4-1/2″ x 12″ and score it in the center giving you a 4-1/2 x 6″ folded card. This is your outer, or backing card.

6.  Because my patterned paper was not double sided, I cut two scrap pieces 3″ high and 4″ wide, adhering them on either side of the score line. That way you can see the pattern through the Lucy Label Pop-Ups when the card is viewed at an angle.


Here are some closer looks at the negative Purse Peel-Off on the Shimmer Sheetz – I love how it catches the light!



7.  Cut a small butterfly silhouette and body from a scrap of black card stock, and the butterfly overlay from the same Shimmer Sheetz as used on the purse. Adhere together in the center only so the wings can lift.

8.  Adhere the inner card to the outer/backing card and then the Shimmer Sheetz embellishments as shown.

9.  Arrange a few Glitter Dots below the butterfly to help give the illusion that the butterfly is flying up and at an angle.



10.  Cut an oval from white card stock using a decorator die from the Accordion Oval Card. Stamp or hand letter words and adhere oval to the inside the card.


In the photo below you can see how the patterned paper we added in step 6 shows through the pop up openings. Without these pieces, you would see only white. That is fine too, but for this card I wanted to see the pattern so the look was seamless.


As you have seen from the steps above, I complete the inside of my Pop it Up cards first and then decorate the front. The steps below are for the front of the first Purse Peel-off card. TIP: For a fast and easy project you could make a flat side-fold card using only the card front!

11.  Cut a 5 x 3-1/2″ rectangle from black card stock.

12.  Cut a slightly smaller rectangle from white card stock.

13.  Cut a  4-3/4 x 3-1/4″ rectangle from patterned paper, and adhere the three panels together. Run the layered panel through your preferred machine with the Hearts Entwined embossing folder. Adhere this embossed panel to your card front as shown.

14.  Using the Happy Birthday die, cut it five times from black card stock and once from the same Shimmer Sheetz. Adhere the black layers together, one on top of the other to create a nice thick word stack. Adhere the Shimmer Sheetz words on top and adhere to the embossed panel.


15.  Cut the butterfly silhouette and body from the same Shimmer Sheetz and the overlay from black card stock. Adhere together at the center as before so the wings can lift.


16.  Add one of the flower Peel-Offs and a negative flower to the Shimmer Sheetz, fussy cut and adhere as shown.

17. Adhere a Ribbon Flower Peel-Off border across the bottom edge as shown. Color around the flowers with a marker, and add tiny Glitter Dots to the center of each flower.

Here is the finished card.


This was the card we gave my Mom on her birthday earlier this month and she loved it.

For my second card, I used the coloured Peel-Off!


1.  Cut Kraft card stock 4-1/4 x 11″ and score at 5-1/2″ to create a standard A2 sized top fold card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2″).

2.  Cut a patterned card stock panel 4 x 5-1/2, then use one of the Agatha Edges to shape the bottom edge. Adhere to front of card and outline with a fine point black marker.

3.  Adhere the Purse Peel-Off, 3 flowers and a bow to 90# watercolor paper.

4.  Scribble with Tombow Dual Brush Markers (a water based artist marker) on a plastic palette, then use a wet paintbrush to pick up the colour and paint. Watercolor the Peel-Offs.

5.  Fussy cut and adhere the purse to the card with foam tape as shown.

6.  Adhere the flowers and bow to the purse as shown.


7.  Cut a patterned paper panel 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhere inside card.

8.  Cut a white panel 3-3/4 x 5″ and attach to the patterned one.

9.  Snip the Peel-Off border to fit the white panel and adhere one piece at the top and one at the bottom.

10.  Stamp your greeting inside and your card is finished!



Thanks for stopping by … I hope I’ve encouraged you to try using the negative images on your Peel-Off sheets and Shimmer Sheetz.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

For Pink Pop it Up card:

600 Transfer Sheet

SS 0104 Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

779 Lucy Label (Pop it Ups)

782 Agatha Edges (Pop it Ups)

1262 Ribbon Flowers Peel-Offs

713 Small Butterfly die

E113 Hearts Entwined Embossing Folder

7018 Glitter Dots 

738 Happy Birthday (lg)

772 Accordion Oval Card (Oval)


For Kraft Purse Card:

2526 Cute Bags Peel-Offs

WP903 Watercolor Paper

782 Agatha Edges

1278 Lace Fan Peel-Offs

803 Metal Adapter plate – for cutting the Shimmer Sheetz with dies


Other Supplies used:

For Pink Pop it Ups Card:

Patterned paper – Crate Paper

Tombow Dual Brush Markers


For Kraft Purse Card:

Kraft card stock

Blue pearlized patterned paper – Chatterbox

Tombow Dual Brush Markers

Blending Palette and Water Brush

Word stamp – My Favorite Things

Masculine Gate-Fold Card

August 7, 2014

Good morning! It’s Karen Aicken here and I have a masculine birthday card to share today. Gate-Fold cards have been around for a long time, but it’s also been a long time since I’ve made one!


1.  Cut your patterned card stock 5-1/2″ tall and 8-1/2″ wide, as you would for a standard A2 card.

2. With the 8-1/2″ side at the bottom of the scoring board, score a vertical line at 2-1/8″ from each side. Note: The ScorePal has markings on it to make a Gate-Fold card! The two sides fold forward, meeting at the center front to create an A2 sized card.

3.  Cut decorative panel from patterned card stock (3-1/4 x 4-1/2) and ink edges with brown.

4.  Cut white card stock (2-3/4 x 4″) and lightly stipple with blue ink and ink edges with brown.

5.  Die cut the sprig from Kraft card stock and lightly ink edges.

6.  Cut two pinecone base from Kraft card stock and two overlays from brown. Adhere the overlays to the bases and set aside.

7.  Add the white panel to the decorative panel, then arrange/adhere the sprig and one pinecone as shown. Lay this now finished decorative panel on the front of your Gate-Fold card, centering it as shown. Make light pencil marks on the back to show where to add the adhesive. You only want to adhere it to one front panel. It looks like it’s attached to both sides, but then the card wouldn’t open.

8. Thread a button with Bakers Twine and attach to the panel with Glossy Accents.

9.  For the inside, cut a decorative panel  (4 x 5-1/4″) and ink the edges. Attach inside, centering it between the two folds  and the top & bottom edge.

10. Cut a white card stock panel measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Using the Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper die cut the words across the top edge. Trim the panel at both ends of the bar beneath the words. Stipple panel lightly with blue, ink edges with brown, and add fine line details to the letters with a fine nib black marker.


11.  Stamp greeting on this white panel and adhere the 2nd pinecone as shown.


Here is another peek, with the card in the closed position …


Gate-Fold cards are quick and easy to make, and give your standard  A2 cards just a little something extra for the recipient. I hope you will get out some Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and make one yourself!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies Used:

766 Pinecone
765 Sprig With Berries
937 Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper

Other supplies used:

Patterned paper – Recollections
White and Kraft card stock –
Button – Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine
Birthday stamp – My Favorite Things
Black fine Sharpie
Glossy Accents (to adhere button)

Thanks for stopping by today. 


‘Hello’ Stand Up Card

July 17, 2014

Hi – Karen Aicken here. For today’s post I wanted to share a different style of Stand-Up card using the new Hello Stand Up Helper die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I saw a similar card somewhere on the web and I wanted to make one right away. As you can see in the picture below, the card looks like a normal A2 sized card but the middle part with the jar adhered is where the card  stands up.
This is a quick card to make – Let’s get started!



1.  Cut a piece of card stock or patterned paper to 8.5 x 5.5″. Score in the centre at 4.25″ to give you a 5.5″ wide x 4.25″ tall top fold card.

2.  You are going to cut two vertical strips down the front of your card, one on each side.  Start at the fold and cut down to the bottom edge. Each strip is  1.25″ wide.  When you are finished your top fold card will have a 1.25 x 4.25″ strip, a 3 x 4.25″ strip and a 1.25 x 4.25″ strip … everything still joined at the fold but not at the bottom edge.


3.  Glue the two side strips down to the card, making sure the edges are even and leaving the 3 x 4.25″ wide” strip untouched.

4.  Now, score the 3 x 4.25″ strip in half horizontally at about 2″ from the bottom edge. (2-1/8 is exactly half, but I hate measuring 1/8″ so tend to go with the 2″ mark instead).


5.  Working on the inside of your card, decide on where you want your Stand Up Helper to be inside your card and place your die. I have been putting mine about 1″ up from the bottom edge.  It’s a good idea to hold it in place with a post-it note or piece of washi tape. Run it through your die cutting machine, where it will cut away the top edge but only score the bottom edge. (Brilliant!!)

6.  Decorate as desired. The decorative panels attached to each side strip measure 1″ x 4″. I also cut some flowers and leaves for the sides, adding foam tape and enamel dots.


The paper stack I used had a sheet of printed jars, so I fussy cut one out to use on this card, cutting the lid off of a 2nd one to pop up over the first with foam tape.

7.  Cut the small dragonfly, with the wings and overlay image from patterned paper and the body from white card stock. Adhere together and pop up on the panels with foam tape onto the jar.  Adhere the jar to the centre card panel, making sure to keep the adhesive below that 2″ fold line. This is the same as for regular Stand-Up cards too.


8.  To make the HELLO stand out a little more, I cut it again from pink card stock and trimmed off the bottom edge. Then I adhered it right on top of the one that cut through the inside of the card.

9.  Decorate the inside as desired. I added some die cut leaves and a flower & enamel dot, as well as a stamped image below the HELLO. You can cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit above the Word Stand Up Helper; the height will depend on where you cut your Stand Up Helper, and the width is 2.75″.


I am loving Stand-Up (or Easel) cards these days. I love that they fold flat for mailing and can fit in a standard envelope. Then the card stands up for display!


This was actually the second card I made, the first one was quick and simple and you can see it today on my BLOG.  For my Elizabeth Craft Designs post though, I wanted to show how fun this card is to embellish.

I hope you will make some Stand Up Cards of your own! With the variety of Stand-Up Helpers now available here at ECD, there is truly something for any occasion.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

712 Small Dragonfly

730 Curvy Leaves

728 Bunch of Flowers (1)

938 Hello Stand Up Helper


Other Supplies Used:

Enamel Dots

Dotted stamp – Impress

Wink of Stella Glitter pen

Foam tape

Patterned Paper – American Crafts (Dear Lizzy)


Flower Cutie Card

July 3, 2014

Hello friends – Karen Aicken here with a shimmery card that’s perfect for several different occasions.

I’ve been making cards for almost 25 years, and sometimes I just need a break from the standard A2 size (4-1/4 x 5-1/2″).  This is a larger card – 5 x 6.5″, that I purchase in packages at a craft store with a coupon. The package comes with envelopes as well, which is always a concern when you are using a card that isn’t a standard size.

Flower Cutie Hello Card _ 1

1.  Trim Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz to 4-1/2 x 6″.  Save the 1/2″ strip for decorating inside the card.

2.  Emboss with (my favourite) embossing folder, Swirly Curves. You will have to do this in two parts, just be sure to line up your top cutting plate where the first embossing starts so you’re not flatten what you already embossed. The random swirls in the pattern hide any overlaps or gaps pretty well.

3.  Cut black card stock to 4-3/4 x 6-1/4 . Center and adhere the embossed Shimmer Sheetz panel to this using strips of double-sided adhesive.

4.  Cut a piece of ribbon 6-1/2″ long, wrapping it around the bottom of the panel about one inch up from the bottom edge. Tape the ends at the back. Cut another piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow on the right side of the ribbon. How long this piece is, depends on the ribbon you use and how you tie your bow. Trim ends.

5.  Adhere double-sided adhesive to a piece of white card stock that is big enough to fit the Flower Cutie Peel-Off, the collar and two additional Lady Bugs.

6.  Peel off the remaining liner from the double-sided adhesive and transfers the Peel-Offs onto the adhesive as shown in Els’ video HERE. Continue with the steps in the video, pouring on the Silk Microfine Glitter, brushing off the excess and polishing the glitter with your fingers. Then color with your choice of markers – I used Copics for this card.  Fussy cut all the pieces.

Flower Cutie Hello Card _ 2

7.  Die cut the HELLO from a piece of Black Velvet Adhesive Sheets and adhere to the card as shown.

8.  Arrange your colored Peel-Offs onto your card base as shown, using foam tape for height in places.

Flower Cutie Hello Card _ 3

9.  Cut a 4 x 6 panel of white card stock and mat on a slightly larger panel of black card stock. Adhere inside card along with the strip of blue Shimmer Sheetz from Step 1.

I left the inside of my card blank for now, but you can write a note inside when you send it. Alternatively, you could use one of the Elizabeth Craft Designs word dies to add a “Happy Birthday”, or ‘Thinking of You” etc.

Flower Cutie Hello Card _ 4

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you will take a chance to play with these sweet Peel-Offs too!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

SS 0103 Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

E119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder

2567 Flower Cuties 2 Peel-Off Sticker in Gold

639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

501 Double Sided Adhesive

787 Hello die

406 Velvet Adhesive Sheets in Black


Other Supplies:

White Card Stock, Black card stock

Copic Markers

Foam tape

Blue/green sheer ribbon


Pop it Ups Videos

Triple Pivot Card

June 19, 2014

Hi – it’s Karen Aicken here, and I have a Triple Pivot card to share today. This is the technique Karen Burniston shared on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog for the May Designer Challenge.
Click HERE to watch the video. I love that Karen showed us how to get even more mileage out of our dies. I have SO many ideas for the House Pivot die set. It’s useful for much more than just ‘Welcome Home’, or ‘Congratulations on Your New Home’. Our son is the proud owner of a new puppy and I wanted to make them a card to celebrate the occasion. It was the perfect opportunity to try a Triple Pivot card!

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

1.  Cut white card stock to 11 x 4-1/4″ and score down the center for a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″ (A2) side fold card. Leave the card folded.

2.  Line up the center of the House portion Pivot with the fold, placing it wherever you want to along the fold. I left more space at the bottom. Make sure the fence and half the house are on your folded card, and the other half of the house is not going to cut anything. Now run this through your preferred die cutting machine.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

3.  You will have a house in the center with a fence on either side. This was the first time I tried this technique, and I noticed that the very tip of the house and the very bottom didn’t cut all the way through, but with two quick scissor snips the house was free. Carefully fold the fence pivots and the house – it will help if you watch Karen Burniston’s video before you start. It would take me that long to describe how I do it!

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

4.  Next, open the card flat and add your background to the inside. You could stamp clouds and ground, or do as I did with a hand-made stencil, dye ink and a blending sponge. Make sure you add the background over the house portion as well. I didn’t do this at first, and had to go back in and do it further along.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

5.  Cut two more fence sections, from white card stock. While the card is opened flat, attach the fences you just cut to the card base lining up the edges. They should fit perfectly! Refold the card to be sure everything lines up.

6.  As per the video, attach a strip of Washi tape down the center of the card. Note – I am not a fan of Washi tape. I didn’t think I even had any, but when I looked I saw that indeed I did have a roll and it had paw prints on it. Serendipity!

7.  Die cut the brick house from patterned paper, then run it back through your machine using your preferred embossing sandwich. This will emboss the bricks onto the house. Alternatively, you could stencil them on leaving the die in place after cutting the house. Trim a little off each side at an angle as shown. Ink all edges and bricks to make them ‘pop’.

8.  Die cut the roof gables from pink card stock and ink the edges. Adhere to the dog house.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

9.  Die cut an oval from pink card stock and ink the edges.  I used the oval that comes with the Pop it Ups Katie Label Pivot set. Glue this to the dog house trimming off the bottom edge.

10.  Score the dog house down the center and add foam tape to the back, along both sides only.
Set aside.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

11. Cut 3 sets of flowers from the same pink card stock, and layer them together with glue. Lightly curl the leaves and add marker to the top bloom. I added black centers by using the leftover bits from a black Peel-Off border.  Set aside.

12. Cut Congratulations from the same pink card stock and lightly ink the bottom edge with brown. Set aside.

13.  Cut two pieces of double sided patterned paper that matches your project. They should be sized at 4-1/4″ high and 2-3/4″ wide. As shown in the video, apply your adhesive only to the area that will be covered by the paper, and adhere your patterned paper.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

14.  Stamp images on white card stock using the ink that will work for your coloring medium. Because I was using Copic Markers, I stamped mine with Momento Tuxedo Black. Color, fussy cut and set aside.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

15.  Now you have all your pieces ready to adhere to your card! Start with the dog house, attaching it as shown. Add the other pieces as shown or as desired. I used varying heights of foam tape for added dimension, as well as a glue pen to attach some directly to the card.

16.  Stamp words on the top left.

17. Add a portion of a fancy lace Peel-Off across the top left corner and color with Tombow markers. Use a light hand, so they don’t bleed through to the front of the card.


I have used this House Pivot quite a bit since it was released, and I’m so happy to have a new look for it. Remember you can also cut it so you have two houses and a fence in the center, rather than the two fences with a house in the center. So many possibilities – I hope you will give the Triple Pivot technique a try!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

902 House Pivot die set

784 Congratulations  die

928 Bunch of Flowers dies

7018 Glitter Dots

1278 Lace Fan Border Peel-Off


Other Supplies:

Big Shot & cutting pads

Silicone embossing mat

dye inks and blending sponges

Stamps – The Alley Way Stamps (The Gang)


Foam tape

Pink card stock – a Bazzill scrap from my stash

White card stock

White Bazzill – a scrap from my stash

Patterned Paper – American Crafts

Washi Tape – unknown

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