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Sneak Peek: Flourished Deer!

October 19, 2019

I’m thrilled to introduce you to some of the brand new dies coming VERY soon to Elizabeth Craft Designs! 

Meet the Flourished Deer – large enough to be a feature design on a card and yet leave room for lots of other embellishments if you wish.  The Flourished Deer comes with a collar, a bell, an eye and a Rudolph nose should you wish to use it!  It’s so versatile!

The flourished snowflake is part of a new set of Flourished Christmas Minis which are perfect on their own and also fit beautifully inside the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament.  They’re great for combining with stamps, too.  (We have a new set of those as well!)

This is how you make this card….

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A Way With Words Cardmaking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Sneak Peek With Falalalala

October 12, 2019

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It’s my favorite time of the year and I love making Christmas cards. Here’s one I made this week with a sneak peek of new dies from A Way With Words that will be available later this month.

How do you decorate your halls for Christmas?

I don’t know about you but in the years of cardmaking under my belt, I never once thought to alter designer paper. I used it as is or hoarded it. I will sponge the edges sometimes but it depends on the paper – the glossy ones don’t take to sponging very well. But I had a bit of an epiphany making this card.

The white die cut shows up better on the darker paper.

I knew I wanted to use this beautiful wood grain paper from Through the Lens paper stack but the white die cut got kind of lost in it. Normally, I would add a black drop shadow to it to help but then I decided to use a couple of Copic Markers in the tan/beige hue to darken it up just a bit while retaining all the lovely woodgrain. I simply colored the entire sheet with the markers. Aaah – now the (coming soon) Falalala die cut show up so much better.

I used 2 rectangle dies to trim down the paper – nesting the smaller die inside and then adding a black 1/16th inch matting to it. I popped that back in with the larger (now open) wood frame onto an A2 base card layer.

As you can see, I still went with a black die cut of Falalalala to add a drop shadow. The new Flourished Holly dies conveniently come in layers so I was able to do a Forest Green silk microfine glitter on the outline, Soft Green on the leaves, and Bright Cranberry for the berries.

I also added a white embossed “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” on black card stock in the upper left corner. Having all the words in white tied the card together nicely. Now tell me you didn’t look at that card and automatically sang the lyrics to yourself. 🙂 Thanks for looking and have fun making those Christmas cards!

Diana

The lyrics in white just pop!

Elizabeth Craft Design products used:

  • Falalala die set – Coming soon!
  • Flourished Holly die set – Coming soon!
  • Let Your Heart Be Light Collection stamp set – Coming soon!

Other products:

Foam tape

Copic Markers

Black card stock

A Way With Words Cardmaking Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

BOO!

October 6, 2019

It’s that ‘Magical’ season-Halloween!
This is one of my favorite seasons! Besides all the colors of fall, children trick-or-treating, witches, skeletons, and getting out all my Halloween decorations, it really is a FUN season. Hopefully the weather has become crisp and the smell of fallen leaves abounds. 

This is a 6 “X 6” card. I found a magical “skull“ moon to use as a background behind the “stitched“ rectangles. See the children on their way to get “goodies“?

I also found “skull“ paper to use for the pottery pitcher, to which I coated with diamond glaze.

Chrysanthemums come in all the perfect colors for Halloween. Ivy vines (these colored to be sweet potato vines, as Susan showed in one of her tutorials) and the Berry branch with Nuvo Crystal Drops– sweet lilac- is behind the ivy.

I thought some fine cord would be interesting here in there, so I added some ‘loops’, along with a spider! The word Magic is one of Suzanne Cannon’s. All the other dies are Susan Tierny Cockburn’s Garden Notes.

Always the wonderful ladybug!

if you are interested in any of the dies, or products I’ve used, they are all listed below. Just click on the ones you would like and you will be directed to ECD to complete your order.

I hope the season is magical for all of you! Happy Haunting!
See you next month!

Kathy Sabarese 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Design Team

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

Love You To The Moon & Back Tag

October 5, 2019

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, I’m excited to be sharing with you my Love you to the Moon & Back Tag which features a variety of dies and stamps from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from the Planner Essentials and Els van de Burgt Studio.

See my step-by-step below –– I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Step One. Die cut the large tag from the Planner Essentials – 2 die out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two. Place the Butterflies & Stars stencil on the tag and using a blending tool with foam, blend Fossilized Amber Distress Ink through the stencil. Move the stencil as desired around the tag and blend ink through it.

Step Three. Die cut the Ornament from the Love, Joy & Peace Ornament out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the top portion of the ornament off.

Step Four. Die cut a 2 1/4″ Stitched Circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply a sticky note a 1/8″ in on the left hand side of the stitched circle. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Moon & Back sentiment from the Soar Collection stamp set and stamp in the middle of the circle. Make sure that the majority of the moon gets stamped onto the sticky note.

Step Five. Die cut the Star spray from the Butterflies & Stars Sprays out of a piece of Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock. You’ll need seven stars from the spray.

Step Six. Adhere the ornament to the stitched circle. Foam square the stitched circle to the right hand side of the tag.

Step Seven. Adhere the three of the stars around the Moon & Back sentiment. Adhere the other four stars as desired on the tag.

Step Eight. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine to the top of the tag.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Love you to the Moon & Back Tag.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Misc: Twine
A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Soft Finish Cardstock

A Way With Words Birthday Gift Box

September 28, 2019

Hi Friends! It is EK, and I am so excited to share this small gift box I created. I have a teenager now, and I have been looking for a fun way to give his friend’s birthday cash in a more creative way than just a simple card. I thought the A Way With Words Gable Box by Suzanne Cannon was the perfect way to give a little birthday cash.

Step One: Die cut some Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock with the Gable Box die.

Step Two: Pre-fold all the edges of the gable box. This make a big difference later when you are assembling the box.

Step Three: Using some copic friendly black ink, stamp out the long candle image twice and the sentiment from the A Way With Words Happy Birthday Collection stamp set.

Step Four: Using alcohol makers, color an ombre effect across the whole box. I used YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, E19, E18 (lightest to darkest) copic markers.

Step Five: Color in the candles with an alcohol maker. I used E07 for the base and Y02 for the flame.

Step Six: Using a white gel pen, add some details to the stamped images. Using some Kids Choice Glue, paint a little glue onto the flames and add some Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.

Step Seven: Using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add some adhesive to both the tab and the bottom of the box. Assemble the box.

I just love how this little box came out. I think it is perfect for a fall birthday.

Thanks for peeking in today. Let us know your favorite way to gift cash outside of a traditional birthday card in the comments below.

EK Gorman


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

Born With Greatness Card

September 21, 2019

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, I’m excited to be sharing with you my Born with Greatness Card which features a variety of dies and stamps from Suzanne Cannon!

See my step-by-step below –– I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Step One. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the frame and sprinkle Dragon Berry Modern Gilding powder overtop. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the frame using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the Flourish Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Three. From the Butterfly Flourish die, die cut two medium butterflies and one small butterfly out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink over the entire surface of one of the medium butterflies. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over the entire surface of the other medium and small butterflies.

Step four. Choose two pieces of patterned paper from the Relax in Garden Paper Pack from ModaScrap. Die cut the 3 1/2″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of one of the patterned papers. Distress the edges. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rectangle out of the other patterned paper. Distress the edges. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the backside of one of the pattern papers, die cut the 2 1/2″ Stitched Oval out of the paper. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the “Born with Greatness” stamp from the Soar Collection stamp set and stamp onto the middle of the oval. Distress the edges. Ink the edges of the oval using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Adhere the flourished frame to the 4″ stitched rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/2″ stitched indented rectangle to the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the flourished oval frame to the stitched oval. Foam square the stitched oval to the middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched indented rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the medium blue butterfly to the top right corner of the flourished oval. Adhere the medium pink and small blue butterfly to the bottom left corner of the flourished oval.

Step Ten. To finish your card, cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Born with Greatness Card.

Katelyn

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo and Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Quietfire Designs/Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Modern Gilding Powders – Dragon Berry
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Emboss It Dabber
A Way With Words Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

All That Glitters!

September 19, 2019

Hi friends, it’s Sandy Diller back with you today to share a fun and easy way to add some glam to your holiday season!

This project is perfect for gift giving or an easy kids activity. Let’s get started making these festive ornaments.

To make these ornaments I started with the clear glass bulbs that can be found in any of the big box stores. If you don’t find them now, it won’t be long before they show up. They come in many shapes and sizes and I have used a variety here. The tops pull right out for filling with your choice of décor.

As shown below – I have used the Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage to coat the inside of the bulb.

You can use as much as you like to coat the inside because what you don’t use will be returned to the bottle for future use. I like to fill mine about half way – cover the opening with my finger and – then move the liquid around until the inside is completely coated. Try not to shake it because that causes bubbles. Return unused liquid to the jar. If you should get a bubble, turn the ornament upside down and the bubbles will slide out. You may have to give it a little shake or tap.

Once the inside of the bulb is coated with the Decoupage Finish – and while still wet – the Silk Microfine Glitter should be added. Once again, no need to be frugal with the glitter as the unused portion will be returned to the jar for another use. Cover the opening and this time you can feel free to shake it until the entire inside is coated with glitter. Return remaining glitter to the jar. Depending on where you live, you may want to leave the lid off the glitter jar and allow some time for the glitter to dry out. I live in Arizona so it doesn’t take long. If you live in a humid climate you may want to set the open jar aside over night.

Using the Flourished Christmas Minis, cut two designs from silver paper and glue to the outside of the ornament. When the inside is completely dry, replace cap and tie a bow on top.

Tip: First add Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper before cutting the design. This way you will have a nice clean sticker to add to the ornament.

The process is exactly the same for all the ornaments, decorate as desired.

For this one, Iced Teal Silk Microfine Glitter and the new Snowflake die from Joset Designs was used.

Here Real Red Silk Microfine Glitter was used and another Snowflake from the same set as above. The Snowflake was cut apart so it would lie flat.

Here is an example of one of the beautiful colors found in the Earth Microfine Glitter Pallette. This one is further decorated with the Berry Branch die and Nuvo Drops for the berries. The branch was cut apart for a perfect fit.

I’m really fond of this one because of it’s unusual shape. After adding the Royal Teal Silk Microfine Glitter it became the perfect night sky. Some adorable little houses were added using the Village Edges die and the star is from the center of the snowflake used on the red ornament. The final touch is a stamped banner.

I have enjoyed sharing these ornaments with you and I do hope you will give it a try. I have linked all the products I used below for your shopping convenience.

Until next time – stay crafty,

S@ndy

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One Stamp, Three Backgrounds

September 14, 2019

Hello! Diana here today, sharing how I made 3 different backgrounds to go with one stamp. I do this when I can’t decide what would be a good background, or when I just want to make more than one card when I’ve already got the stamp inked up.

My first card uses the die cuts as a mask for a soft background.

For my first card, I stamped and used a circle die to cut out my stamped quote in the A Bit of Fragrance clear stamp set by Suzanne Cannon. I knew I wanted to frame it with some greenery but it looked a little bare. So I used the same die cuts and just used it as a mask to make a muted background.

Using the fern as a mask with distress inks.
Completed sponged background

For my second card, I made a wreath using the Pair of Leaves die. This would work with any leaf die set. I first used Color Bursts to make some fall colored paper. After I die cut the leaves out, I used Copic markers to add more color to the die cuts. I love the organic dots and swirls from the Color Bursts; coloring with Copics give the color control I wanted and still keep the details.

The left side are the die cuts before the Copic coloring and the right side is after they are colored.

I then arranged the leaves in a wreath shape on a 4.75 x 4.75 white card base. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I glued them down.

My second card

I used a black 5″x5″ card base and a brown ribbon to finish the card for a modern look.

For my last and final card, I used a watercolor sheet I was practicing on painting leaves. I made sure there was enough to fill a 4″ x 5.25″ base layer.

My feeble attempt at watercoloring leaves

I’ve found a trick to making watercoloring attempts look better. After die-cutting the layer out, I splattered with some paint and sponged the edges. You won’t believe how much a bit of colored splatter will add to your practice sheets. You can also strategically place your stamped layer over the worst of the practice. Lol!

Sponged and splattered.

To finish my card, I popped up the stamped layer and added a couple of ribbons near the bottom half.

My last card using the same stamp.

Thank you for reading this long post but I hope it gave you some ideas on how to make different backgrounds to suit your needs!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used: olive green and black card stock

Distress Inks, Copics, Ribbons, Nuvo Drops

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs ModaScrap Paper Flowers Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Mother Nature Is Amazing!

September 12, 2019

Fall is such a wonderful season! The colors are so gorgeous, it inspired me to make this simple card for someone really amazing… just as beautiful as Mother Nature!

Step 1: Card background

  • Cut 12 X 6 inches yellow cardstock and fold in half (to make a 6 X 6 inches card).
  • Cut a 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 inches square out of gold cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 White Soft Finish cardstock 110 Lb.

Step 2: Stencil leaves

  • On the white square piece, using the stencil S024-Leaf Snowflake, apply different colors of Distress Oxide on the right side of the square.
  • Using a fine brown marker, draw some vein lines on each leaf.

Step 3: The leaves

  • Using the Leafy Branch 2 – #1315 die set, die cut 3 times in a copper cardstock.
  • With the same die, die cut one time on a White Soft Finish cardstock double with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet.
  • Remove the release sheet and cover with some Orange Silk Microfine Glitters – #413. Polish well to remove excess glitters.
  • Using the Pair Of Leaves 1 – #1314 die set, die cut each leaf in a gold cardstock.
  • With the same dies, die cut each leaves one time on a White Soft Finish cardstock double with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet.
  • Remove the release sheet and cover one leaf with some Orange Silk Microfine Glitters – #413, and the other one with some Light Gold Microfine Glitters – #644. Polish well to remove excess glitters on both leaves.

Step 4 : Water Can

  • Out of White Soft Finish cardstock 110 Lb, die cut the water can, using the die set from Susan’s Garden collection, Garden Notes -Garden Water Can – #1647.
  • Emboss the water can with some patina embossing powder.

Step 5: The sentiment

  • Using the die set “Words 2 – Thinking of You” #1466, die cut the words “you’re” and “amazing” out of some gold cardstock.

The final touch!

  • Using some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere the gold cardstock on the card base, and adhere the white cardstock on the gold cardstock.
  • Adhere the water can with some foam adhesive, and arrange the leaves using Kids Choice Glue to fix them in the right places.
  • Glue the sentiment on the bottom of the water can.

Here’s an other look at the finish card:

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Diane Prince

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Other products used on this card:

Copper and gold cardstock

Brown fine point marker

Distress Oxide

Baked Texture Patina – Seth Apter

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