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His & Hers Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes

January 12, 2019

I thought it would be fun to make ‘His & Hers’ treat boxes for Valentine’s Day, but as soon as I came up with the title for the tutorial, I had to chide myself and ask this question: Why do some colors get defined as masculine and others as feminine? And why is Valentine’s Day usually pink, red and white?

Color is not assigned the same way in all cultures (the Indian weddings I’ve attended prove that the groom doesn’t have to be the guy in a black tuxedo!) and it’s certainly not the same for all species (Mr. Peacock and Sir Rooster look more like what we in Western cultures think of as red-carpet-ready than their partners, Ms. Peahen and Mrs. Chicken, don’t you think?).

I leave it to you to decide whether one of these boxes looks like it’s for the men and boys in your life and the other for the women and girls. 

Meanwhile, I’m going to make lots of boxes from ModaScrap Wood Effect and Rainbow Bark cardstock, label all of them with the word LOVE (in red, the color we have assigned to romance, love and Valentine’s Day) and fill them with goodies: a piece of candy, a golf ball and tee, a lure for my friend who loves to go fishing (who happens to be a lady over 80), and a pair of earrings for a friend whose birthday falls close to Valentine’s Day.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Die cut a treat box from Wood Effect or Rainbow Bark cardstock and the word Love from red cardstock. Optional: After die cutting, alter the cardstock with inks, embossing folders, stamps, cut or torn collage.

2. Assemble the box using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the bottom pieces and side flap. Fill the box and close the top. 

3. Adhere the word Love at an upward angle as shown using small dabs of Beacon Kids Choice Glue. To help you position the word, notice that the rounded loop flourishes on the lettering in the die cut word extend past the left, right and top edges of the front side of the box, but the tails of the flourishes below the ‘L’ and the ‘o’ touch the left side and bottom edge. Option: If you don’t like the word extending as shown, fold the loop flourishes as needed and secure to sides and top of the box.

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Masculine Birthday Card

January 10, 2019

Hi all, Angela here with a guest blog.

Today’s card is a birthday card for a dear friend. I’ve always found making a man’s birthday card much more difficult that making one for a woman. This is especially so when I’d like to use flower dies. So this month’s project is one that I hope he’ll like; I know that I enjoyed putting it together. Susan’s “Garden Notes – Feverfew” combined with Suzanne Cannon’s “A Way With Words – Happy Birthday” are the dies I used to create this card.

Here’s how it comes together:

1 -Cut a card base 6 ½ X 9 ½ inches folded in half from 100lb Soft Finish card stock.

2 -Cut a pretty piece of paper 5 ½ X 3 ¾ inches as well as a coordinating piece of paper 5 5/8 X 3 7/8 and also a piece of matching metallic paper 6 X 4 ¼ inches. Layer them and adhere with double sided adhesive.

3 – Cut 2 copies of the Happy Birthday die from coordinating papers that have been backed with Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere to the layered card front

4 –Using the Garden Notes Feverfew die, cut the pieces for seven flowers.

5 –Colour leaves and centers using Copic markers.

6 –Shape leaves, petals, and centers using Susan’s toolkit, leaf mat, and molding pad

7 –Adhere flowers to card front using Kid’s Choice glue.

8 –Using a toothpick, dab glue onto the centers and sprinkle with yellow pollen. Allow to dry and blow off excess.

And there you have it!

Hope you get to try this one.

Angela

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A Way With Words ModaScrap Planner Essentials

Planning for a Baby!

January 5, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne here today. No, I’m not the one planning for a baby, but I know people who are!  And the great thing about these planner pages is they can become part of an ongoing baby journal!

The new Elizabeth Craft Designs Planners are a great way to expand the use of dies you already have in your stash and allow you to create something completely new.

I love the blues and browns of the Moda Scrap My Little Boy papers and used it for a base for creating this baby shower planner spread. Here is how you can make your planner spread, too!

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A Way With Words Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

Holiday Inking

December 21, 2018

Hey Friends, it is EK here and I thought I’d share just a bit of holiday inking with you today using some A Way With Words holiday dies.  Recently I introduced my eight-year-old crafter to Distress Inks, and realized that I have not been taking advantage of all the cool things you can do with them, especially when it comes to stenciling.  Then I wondered how well the A Way With Words sentiment dies would hold up as stencils and I was off to the races.

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A Way With Words Shimmer Sheetz

Divide & Conquer

December 15, 2018

 by Judi Kauffman

I’m having so much fun figuring out what to do with my new Elizabeth Craft Designs planner. I thought that dividers would be a good place to start and Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection dies were ideal for spelling out what each section of the planner will be about. Like a true Virgo, I want my planner to be organized and practical – and dare I say it, tidy – so I made my dividers from durable Shimmer Sheetz and added equally durable hole reinforcements die cut from synthetic suede. And yet I want to allow for flexibility so the words I chose for each divider are ones with multiple possible interpretations. This gives me leeway to change what I put in each section. Read on for the instructions and my design strategies…

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A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General

Christmas Stamp Collection: Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 8, 2018

Hello Crafty Friends!

Are you still working on your holiday cards?  I have a card today that is easy to make and has beautiful results.  The card features stamps from the lovely Christmas Collection stamp set by Suzanne Cannon.  The set contains so many sweet and timeless stamps that can be used this year and in years to come.  Let’s dive into the instructions!

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A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio ModaScrap Soft Finish Cardstock

Rejoice Christmas Card

December 6, 2018

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Rejoice Christmas Card. The inspiration came from A Way With Words dies – Flourished Candle and Rejoice. With those elements figured out, I added more with dies from Els van de Burgt Studio and ModaScrap to finish it off. I hope that you enjoy my tutorial!

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A Way With Words Joset Designs

A Penguin Christmas Tree

December 1, 2018

Hi, it’s Diana with the penguins *again.* I just think they are so adorable and this particular die set just won’t go back in the packaging. It’s a good thing that dies don’t get worn out! For my card today I stacked the penguins to form a Christmas tree while holding onto the words “Merry Christmas.”  How cute are they? Read on to see how I created this card:

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