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You Are Family –– Furry Version!

July 20, 2019

The “You Are Family” die combination has so much potential for creating cards or scrapbook pages or features in our photo albums! It’s Suzanne here today with the fur-kid version of You Are Family.

Our pets are such a large and important part of our families! This version might even be a good sympathy card….. Here is how you can make it.

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A Way With Words Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Summer Means Camping And S’mores!

July 13, 2019

I’m actually not big on camping overnight –– it has always poured buckets –– but I love everything else, especially the campfire. So my card today showcases a little fire on a starry night. As you can see, you don’t need much to make a great focal point.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?
  1. Make a standing card base by folding a 4.25″ x 11 in half.
  2. Die cut a white circle approximately 3.25″ in diameter. Also cut out the fire, logs, sticks, and marshmallows from the Camping Accessories in white card stock.
  3. Die cut the A Way With Words Summer in blue card stock.
  4. To make the starry night, I sponged Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch around most of the circle, leaving the center and bottom for the yellow and brown inks. I went back and sponged Chipped Sapphire around the edges to make the sky very dark. Splatter some white or silver paint for the stars and set aside to dry.
  5. To give the Summer die cut also a nighttime feel, I used Chipped Sapphire on the top half of the die cut also. In this way, the word will perfectly match the focal piece.
This is what my background looked like before I splattered with silver pearl Finetec paint.

6. I used my Copics to color the logs, marshmallows, twigs and fire. To insert the stick through the marshmallow, use an Xacto knife to cut a tiny slit into the top of the marshmallow.

7. Arrange and glue all the die cuts as shown in the card.

Everything glued down
All done!

I hope you’ve been inspired to take part of a set and focus on your favorite pieces to make a card. I love this one as it’s perfect for a masculine card and the focal point can easily be changed to anything else in the Camping accessories set.

Diana

Other products used:

Distress Inks and Copics

A Way With Words Joset Designs ModaScrap

Baby Puppy Love!

June 29, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne here today with a fun baby card for you! 

Oh, my.  There is nothing like a puppy! Puppy eyes are guaranteed to melt any heart.  (But really it’s a little plan on their part to get what they want –– and it works!) You can’t get mad at this wee fellow when he knocks the frame askew!

Here’s Joset’s sweet Dog die set combined with some A Way With Words classics! It’s a celebration of Mark’s, Joset’s brother, new puppy who is to die for (the puppy that is 🙂 …)!

Here is how you can make this card for a new baby puppy dog!

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A Way With Words Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Technique Friday Videos

Technique Friday | Puppy Planner Pages

June 28, 2019

Happy Technique Friday!

Today, Els is showing off her new fur-grandbaby, James, on these adorable puppy planner pages!

Watch the tutorial, download the project sheet, and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!
Happy Technique Friday!

A Way With Words Shimmer Sheetz

Create Your Own Pin-Ups!

June 26, 2019

Hello, all! Judi here. I thought it would be fun to make some pins that can be worn again and again for special events like birthdays and anniversaries, taking the place of a corsage that only lasts for a day or two –– and, in the case of the star with ribbon, can be made in masculine colors. 

I chose ‘Make a Wish’ and ‘Special Day’ word dies from the A Way With Words collection to ensure that the pins can be used for a wide variety of celebrations! For example: The Special Day pin might be worn by someone spending their first day in a new home or by a mom- to-be at her baby shower; and the Make a Wish pin could be worn by the guest of honor at a graduation party!

1. Combine a double layer of die cut Shimmer Sheetz Stitched Circles with gathered lace. Secure the lace to the Stitched Circle with a slightly smaller Fitted Circle die cut from Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Use two V-cut ribbon tails to accent the double layer Stitched Star. Both pins are backed with synthetic suede for durability (and in the case of the circle, to hide and further secure the gathered portion of the lace). Optional: Lightly sand the circle prior to adding words.

2. Die cut words from Shimmer Sheetz. For the circle, back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to cutting. Make a Wish will be adhered with small snippets of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs because the words extend past the star and can’t be adhesive-backed. Optional: Alter the star and Make A Wish with alcohol inks prior to die cutting.

3. Finish the back with a slightly smaller die cut circle or star cut from synthetic suede backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to die cutting. Hide the flat part of the pin-back finding with a small die cut synthetic suede circle, notched at the sides to ensure that the pin-back can easily open and close.  

More ideas:

  • Use other dies to cut the simple shapes like Stitched or Scalloped Edge ovals or circles.
  • Incorporate event-specific greetings like Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.
  • Go over-the-top with gems, dangling charms, dimensional flowers or other embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed this project, and inspired you to recreate your own pins!

Judi Kauffman

Other –

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs, Non-stick scissors (to cut Tabs), Wide lace, Sheer dotted ribbon with metallic edge, Needle and thread (to gather lace), Synthetic suede, Pin-back findings

Optional:  Sanding block, Alcohol inks and applicator tool, Gems, charms, more embellishments

A Way With Words Susan's Garden Club

Wedding Asters

June 24, 2019

Good morning everyone! Angela Whelton here to show you a simple wedding card using the Garden Notes Aster (1219) and Suzanne Cannon’s “Forever” (1233).

The aster is a lovely little flower that blooms in the prettiest pinks and purples. It always brings me back to my earliest memories of picking big bouquets of wildflowers with my mother. It, along with oxeye daisies and feverfew as well as tansy and yarrow, always make me smile.

The aster has long been considered a talisman of love and a symbol of patience. To my young cousin and her husband to be, getting married this summer, I send my best wishes for a lifetime of both.

Here’s how the card came together:

Prepare card base. Cut a 12×6 inch piece of white Softfinish cardstock and fold in half to create a 6-inch square card. Layer a 5.5-inch piece of patterned paper followed by another 4.75-inch square of Softfinish cardstock.

Cut one Forever piece from white cardstock to be used as a stencil. Using Distress Oxide ink and you favourite tool, lightly stencil the word Forever over the white card base. Set aside

Cut out and colour all pieces for the asters.

Shape using the Garden Notes toolset and mat. To shape, place a flower piece on your molding pad and softly pull the ends of each petal into the center using the loop tool. (Always start from the end of the petal and move inward when using the loop tool.)

Back a 2×4 inch piece of the same patterned paper used in the base as well as a 2×4 inch piece of Softfinish cardstock with pieces of double-sided adhesive. Cut the word Forever from each.

Adhere the patterned piece to the solid piece. Assemble the card according to the photo.

And there it is: a pretty card all set to be given to the Bride and Groom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

A Way With Words Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Technique Friday Videos

Technique Friday | Sparkly Summer Beach Card –– AND 15% Off Glitter!

June 21, 2019

Happy Technique Friday… and happy first day of summer! ☀️

This week, Els is showing us how to create this beautiful summer card using our silk microfine glitter! 

Watch the video tutorial, download the project sheet, and shop the supplies –– all the Technique Friday Project Page.


Now through June 27…

TAKE 15% OFF ALL GLITTER!

Use the discount code SHIMMER at checkout.


Let us know if you’ve tried this project!
Happy Technique Friday!

A Way With Words Joset Designs

Let Your Dreams Soar

June 9, 2019

Hi everyone, Diana here. I am loving these new Adventure Animals dies by Joset –– they are so cute! They come together very easily –– Joset has some great videos on how to put them together and I think the best part about them is that you can arrange them in different ways. I decided to make my elephant “float” in the air. I found the perfect quote to go with it in Suzanne Cannon’s Soar Collection.

Tall and Skinny is the way to go with this design

In order to have all my elements fit, I went with a tall and skinny design that would fit inside a business envelope.

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock to 3.5″ x 8.25″.
  2. I die cut out the elephant and 4 of the right legs since I was doing a side view of the elephant out of white soft cardstock.
  3. I also cut out the balloons and grass from Balloons and Tree die set.
  4. Distress Oxides were used to color all the different pieces. Hickory Smoke and Tattered Rose for the elephant; Frayed Burlap and Bundled Sage for the grass; Candied Apple and Salty Ocean for the balloons.
  5. To make the background, I used the clouds from the Rainbow Sky die set to make a cloud mask. Die cut several clouds and adhere to a strip to make a quick cloud border. Scoot the mask back and forth so the clouds don’t look the same on every layer.
Easy cloud background

6. Stamp “Let your dreams soar” along the top edge first. I then went down the left and right side. The strip of grass is a great “fudge factor” so that you don’t have to worry about ending at just the right place.

The script lettering frames the image really well.

7. Tie a piece of gray twine to the balloons and loop the other end around the elephants trunk. I adhere the balloons first and then stretch the elephant down until the twine was straight. Pop up the heart and the elephant on foam tape to give the card a bit more dimension.

8. I added a 1/16″ matting to the piece before adhering it to the card base.

So cute!

I hope this inspires you to think outside of the usual A2 size card base. I’m not super fond of making my own envelopes but we all usually have some business envelopes lying around. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used:

Blue cardstock, twine, Distress Oxide inks, foam tape

A Way With Words ModaScrap Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

Happily Ever After –– 12 Projects You’ll Want To Recreate This Wedding Season

June 3, 2019

Wedding season is here! Showering the happy couple with love and support is easy with handmade gift. With the help of our Design Team, we’ve gathered 12 projects you’ll want to create for the big day!

For tutorials, click the Design Team member’s name or picture. *Not applicable on all*

Wedding Cards

Tanja Kabel
Yogi Grunwald
Samantha Klaebe
Katelyn Grosart
Karen Ostergard
Joyce Schmidt
Diane Prince

Gifts & Memory Keeping

ECD Staff
Kelly Booth
Laura Gilhuly

For The Big Day

EK Gorman
Suzanne Cannon

We hope you enjoyed these fun ideas! There are so many possibilities for handmade projects –– what will you create?

Be sure to check out the products used below, and join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Group to share your wedding season projects!

Happy Crafting!

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