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Pretty Pink Cosmos

April 23, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Angela here today with a card for a young woman who is achieving wonderful things these days. With a background created with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst powders and a die from 1168-Bead Strings 1, I’ve put together  the perfect place for Susan’s 1637-Garden Notes Cosmos. One of those lovely summer flowers that comes in lots of pretty colours.

Here’s how it came together:

1- Using the Color Burst powders and water on water colour paper, create a background in the colours of your choice.

2- Cut a 5.5 X 5.5 inch square of 90lb Soft Finish cardstock. Using the thicker curved die cut across the cardstock at about 4 inches from the bottom at a slightly downward angle. Save the larger bottom piece and the ribbon. Attach them to the created background using Double sided tape.

3- Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock, 5.75 X 5.75 inches, and use it to mat the background piece.

4-Fasten all of this to a 6X6 inch card base made from 110lb Soft Finish cardstock.

5-Cut flower pieces and leaves for 5 Cosmos. Colour using Copic markers. Use yellow pollen to finish centers as shown in Susan’s Garden Club Face book video.

6-Shape and create the flowers, using the 4 piece tool kit and Kid’s Choice glue.

7-Adhere to card front as shown in photo.

8-Stamp sentiment onto banner and fasten with foam adhesive and there you have it!

Thanks so much for stopping by ,

Angela

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Love You To The Moon

April 22, 2019

Hi there! It’s Suzanne here today with a card full of love.

There are many ways you could make this card, just by changing the coordinating paper.  This design was created for a younger person, but I challenge you to make one for someone in your life by changing up the colours and patterns –– I’d love to see them! Go ahead and share them on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Page!

Here is how you can make this card:

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Just Happy

April 18, 2019

Hello crafters! The Garden Notes flowers are a perfect decoration for creating cards or frames for a friend. This is Luciana today and I designed a card with a Garden Notes – Cosmos die set .

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1: Card base

Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12 X 6 , folded in half to make a 6 X 6 card. Using some Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, to adhere on the card a square 5 3/4 inches of watercolored White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 2: Forsythia

Cut out two sets of the Garden Notes – Forsythia dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. You will need two layers of only one of the two branches of the set.
Color all the pieces as showed below.
Use the smallest ball tool and the molding pad to add a curly on the inner part of the branches, and on each petal of the flower.
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of the branch and all the flowers on it.

Step 3: Cosmos

Cut out six sets of the Garden Notes – Cosmos dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock (except the stem).
Color all the pieces as shown below.

Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals.
Add a ripple on the paper, using the ball tool.
Wrap the pistils with the tweezers
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of petals and the pieces of the pistils.

Step 4: Leaves

Add the vein to the leaves, using the leaf tool and the leaf pad. And then with the ball tool and the molding pad add more curving details. Use all the several leaves from different Garden Notes Sets.

Step 5: Sentiments

Die cut the word “just” from the Die set – Words 2 – Thinking of You, and the word “happy” from the set A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 3, both in a White Soft Cardstock, and then color them with a brown color.

Use the Garden Notes – Frame It/ Stitched Circles set in the White Soft Cardstock, to create a frame for a your picture.

Step 6: Assemblage

Arrange and adhere the flowers and leaves as shown below.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for stopping by.
Luciana

Supplies:

Other brands:
nuvo drops black;
sequins;
distress ink pads.

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LOTS of Luck

April 14, 2019

Judi here! Graduation time is coming soon and I thought it would be fun to have a stack of Good Luck cards ready to send. I made them with my ‘By-the-Batch’ method –– one morning of cutting and layering and all ten cards were done. Suzanne Cannon’s Good Luck die is a perfect size for a card front!

Good Luck cards are useful year-round, just right for friends starting a job or moving to a new home, picking themselves up after a divorce, entering retirement, opening a business, entering retirement, and more…

Here’s how to whip up an easy batch of Good Luck cards:

  1. Choose cardstock and patterned papers in coordinating colors to go with the ten 4” x 5” pieces in a Shimmer Sheetz Iridescent Sampler Pack. (Or choose the Gemstone Sampler Pack.)
  2. Using the smallest die in the Stitched Ovals die set, cut a cardstock oval to layer onto each piece of Shimmer Sheetz.
  3. Die cut Good Luck ten times, coordinating colors with ovals and Shimmer Sheetz.
  4. Emboss and lightly sand each piece of Shimmer Sheetz. Wipe with damp paper towel.
  5. Using the photos as a reference, layer and adhere pieces onto ten patterned top-fold card bases measuring 4.25” high by 5.25” wide (.25” narrower than a standard A2 size). Use three pieces of narrow Washi tape to secure the Good Luck die cuts! Optional: Back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhersive Sheet before die cutting Good Luck; skip the Washi tape.

TIP: Use the same By-the-Batch strategy to make birthday, anniversary, get well, or sympathy cards. Vary embossing folders to suit the occasion(s).

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Judi Kauffman

Other:

  • Cardstock in assorted solid colors
  • Patterned cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Assorted embossing folders (Shown: circle and dot patterns)
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A Note For You

April 8, 2019

Diana here! Today I’m sharing a blank note card that can be sent for any occasion or no occasion at all –– which is always a pleasant surprise. I combined several different word dies from Suzanne’s A Way With Words collection. It’s always a fun challenge for me to see how many ways I can combine what she has lettered.

1. I started with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheet of cardstock completely sponged in Distress Oxide ink. I was going to use it as a background but then decided to die cut butterflies out of it instead.

Blueprint Sketch, Evergreen Bough, Twisted Citron & Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks

2. I die cut 3 of the butterflies from the Butterfly Flourish set making sure that the cut butterfly’s colors would be symmetrical. It doesn’t have to be but I was feeling that it needed to be. 🙂

3. On a white card base, I used the same inks to create a splatter. Squish the ink pad onto an acrylic block and a wet brush to pick up the ink color and tap on a finger to add droplets.

Repeat this process for the colors used on the butterflies.

4. Die cut “a,” “Notes,” and “for you” from the various dies. I trimmed off the “s” on “Notes” by following the curve of the “e” and sanding down the edges to make it look smooth.

5. Adhere all the die cuts on the splattered card base. The card looked a bit unfinished so I used the Copic Multiliner Pen to draw a frame around the card. I didn’t bother making it perfectly straight (because we all know how that would turn out!) but I think a freehand box works well with the ink splatters.

Hope you like it! What other word combos can you think of from the A Way With Words collection?

Thanks!

Diana Nguyen

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Other products:

Distress Oxide Inks, Copic Multiliner

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15 Hoppy Easter Projects You Can Make Today!

April 1, 2019

Easter will be here before you know it –– are you ready? If not, don’t worry –– we’ve got you covered! Our amazing design team has put together a list of 15 projects that are sure to make your Easter a HOPPY one!

Samantha Klaebe

Your Easter can be a colorful one with cards like Samantha’s! These are so fun!

Suzanne Cannon

The elegance of Suzanne’s design is perfect for anyone on Easter Sunday.

Suzanne Cannon

Tanja Kabel

This adorable ornament is adorable hanging on any Easter gift! You can cut felt, among other fabrics, with our die sets!

T

Joset van de Burgt

Joset’s newest collection is perfect for Easter. The Little Chick and Easter Egg die sets give you a lot of options!

Laura Gilhuly

Creating an Easter scrapbook layout is easy when Laura is here to help! Loving the colors!

Laura Gilhuly

Diana Nguyen

Diana perfectly combines dies from Suzanne Cannon as well as Susan’s Garden to create this beautiful card. Blessings!

Diana Nguyen

Sara Torzullo

Love stamping? This beautiful Easter card, made by Sara, is simple to put together!

Katelyn Grosart

Choosing colors that pop is key! Katelyn wows us with this colorful card!

Katelyn Grosart

EK Gorman

How about a card in the shape of an egg? This project is so simple, but makes a big statement!

EK Gorman

Joyce Schmidt

The flowers are blooming for Easter! Combining your favorite blooms with our Easter characters is a perfect fit!


We hope you gain some inspiration from these projects! Let us know which one you loved in the the comments below!

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Framed Welcome with Cymbidium Orchids

March 30, 2019

I love orchids and I always have a several in the house. My husband has made it a point to give me one every Mother’s Day because he loves how long the blooms last. Phalaenopsis are the most common and easiest to get to re-bloom, but my favorite is the Cymbidium and I have never gotten that to re-bloom… until now! Haha –– I can make them any color I like, at any time, with dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

  1. I started with a 5×7 black shadow box frame. I wanted my orchid to really pop, so I also started with a black 5×7 base.
  2. Die cut 5 ‘Welcome’ out of white card stock and adhered them together. Because the orchid is so dimensional, a stacked word die cut works much better for the overall look.
The slight white edges of the orchid makes it really pop against the black background.

3. Susan has a great video on how to make these orchids, so I won’t go through the process here. To make the buds on the top though, I used the 3 petal die and curled each of the petal. Cut them apart and stack them as seen to make a bud. The top bud uses the 2 petal die cut the same way.

Final piece before placing it inside the shadow box frame.

4. After adhering all flower stem and ‘Welcome’ onto the black card stock as shown above, I added some moss to the bottom as most orchid plants will come with a bit of moss on the pot to retain moisture.

There’s quite a glare when taking pictures with a glass frame but it looks very polished in a shadow box!

I loved how quickly this came together but looks so “put together”. Having it framed inside a shadow box also keeps it safe from dust and will fit on a little nook in the entry way perfectly.

Thanks for stoping by!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used:

Moss

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14 Projects For The First Day Of Spring

March 20, 2019

Happy Spring! Even though it may not look or feel like Spring just yet in some parts… *ahem* Colorado… today, does in fact, mark the end of winter.

With the help of our amazingly creative design team, we’ve put together 14 projects with a little flower power that are sure to help you welcome Spring with open arms!

1.

Tanja Kabel. This simple card is so adorable and is sure to bring happiness to it’s recipient! Click here to see Tanja’s tutorial!

2.

Luciana Telesca is a paper flower ARTIST! This is perfect to hang in any craft room! Check out more of her work here.

3.

We told you Luciana was an artist! Every project is done with such care. See more here.

4.

Glitter and Cosmos will make any project POP for Spring!

5.

Talk about planner inspiration! Charlene Van Der Vorst takes creative journaling to another level. See more from Charlene here.

6.

Diana Nguyen joins us on the blog today to share her lovely card, using some beautiful A Way With Words die sets!

7.

Samantha Klaebe shows us how to put a smile on anyone’s face with this bright card! See her tutorial here.

8.

EK Gorman gives us an out-of-the-box idea for her project –– and what a beauty it is! Watch her video tutorial for this project here!

9.

Laura Gilhuly created this fun scrapbook layout to showcase her family’s adventure! Love the patterned flowers!

10.

These colors scream SPRING to us, what about you? Karen Ostergard has definitely embraced Spring with this colorful card!

11.

Using extra craft supplies is the best, right? With this extra embroidery hoop, we created this cute Spring wreath with the new Ranunculus die set.

12.

Yogi Grunwald joins us today, sharing this beautiful Spring Easel Flower Vase Card!

13.

Suzanne Cannon wows us again with this beautiful project! Using dies from her collection, this delicate design is perfect for any Spring project!!

14.

There are a few bookworms here at the office and, therefore, never enough bookmarks! The Love, Life Tag is perfect for making a bright, Spring one!

We’d love to see your projects! Use the hashtag #ECraftDesigns to show off your flower power projects.


We hope you found some inspiration among these projects! We can’t wait to see your Spring projects!

Happy Crafting!

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Recreate This Bright Card For Someone Sweet!

March 17, 2019

Hello! It’s Wanda today, sharing a bright, fun card that is perfect to give someone who has brightened your day in some way.

Check out my tutorial below for this sweet card below:

On a piece of 5″ x 7″ white Yupo paper, I worked up my background using Alcohol Ink (Ranger) and canned air. Put a drop of ink on your Yupo….

… and then use the canned air to move the ink. For this piece I was trying to blow straight down in the center of each drop of ink. Tip: If the ink doesn’t move how you want, just add another drop and blow again.

I continued this step until I was happy with my piece.

Then, I die cut Sweet (A Way With Words, Sweet Smiles Set) from adhesive-backed craft foam, placing the die on the adhesive side.

I cut a piece of hard plastic packaging, large enough to adhere the word to. Then I removed the adhesive liner from the foam and stuck the word to the plastic.

My initial plan was to use Alcohol Lift Ink and my “foam stamp” to lift and then stamp the word Sweet on my card; however, my Alcohol Lift Ink is hiding from me.

Plan B – I used Archival Ink in a light color to remove color from my alcohol ink background. I stamped Sweet with the Archival Ink, blotted where I stamped with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and then rubbed/buffed the area to bring out the lift. I repeated this all the way down my paper.

I decided to trim 1/8″ off the right side and top of my paper so that I could attach this to a 5″ x 7″ folded card base. These strips can be used on other projects, or on the inside of the card to give it a little extra pizzazz.

I added an edge around my panel using Gold Paint and Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Working one edge of the panel at a time so the paint wouldn’t start to dry, I sponged on the paint and then added the glitter. The glitter sticks perfectly to the wet paint. Once the paint is dry you can remove the excess glitter.

You Are (A Way With Words, You Are Perfect Set) and Sweet were die cut from both white and yellow cardstock. They were layered together, white on the bottom and yellow on the top, offsetting each just a little bit.

Attach Clear Double Sided Adhesive to White Soft Finish Cardstock. Die Cut the detailed butterfly (A Way With Words, Butterfly Flourish Set), placing the die against the adhesive side.

Remove the adhesive from the die cut and add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the butterfly. Remove excess glitter and burnish with your fingertip.

Add fiber to the left side of the background panel, and then adhere panel to folded card. Attach die cuts as shown. The butterfly was glued on by just the body area so the wings can pop up, adding an extra 3D element.

Glitter Dot Stickers (Silver/Gold) were added to the butterfly body as well.

I hope you like today’s card!!!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Hugs, Wanda

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Calendula Tea, Anyone?

March 13, 2019

Hello, Joyce Schmidt here! Today, I’m using Susan’s Gardens New Spring 2019 Release to create a beautiful card for you.

I was watching Susan’s Garden Club live last Wednesday, she was creating the new Calendula and mentioned that not only was it beautiful, but its edible! In fact, it can be steeped in tea!

This inspired me to create a gatefold card depicting a Calendula cup of tea in a lovely cracked aged china Victorian tea-cup.

1. Die cut:

  • Two of the Garden Notes Victorian tea-cup & saucer and adhered them together with ECD double sided adhesive
  • Three each of the flower pieces from soft finish cardstock
  • Four of the flower centers from brown cardstock Frames
  • One of the 2nd and 3rd largest frames in the Frame It Stitched Rectangles to surround your patterned paper out of pink

2. The tea cup and saucer:

(I used used a beautiful petal pink chalk ink and sponged it on.) Then, attach the saucer to the teacup using a foam dot.

The colored tea-cup is then covered with VersaMark ink and covered it with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). Melt with the heat tool melting until a thick glaze. Repeat this process three times, allow to cool-to-touch in between each application. After the last application, you should have a thick shiny glaze over the entire piece. Put it in the FREEZER… yes freezer… for about 5 minutes. When you take it out it will be very stiff. Begin gently bending it until you hear and see it snap. This process creates a cracked ceramic look on your project!

After it has cooled, adhere it to the assembled card with foam dots and you are ready to fill it with your freshly made Calendula flowers😘

3. Creating the flower:

These flowers are as easy to create as they are beautiful and delicate. The color I chose for the flowers in this project was inspired by a Strawberry Pink Calendula I found on Google images. I colored the flowers using Copic color R20 and R81.

Using the small scissors to cut each of the little legs in half just short of the center. Then, using the smallest ball stylus, “cup” the centers on the molding mat. Then dip each leg into glue then into brown pollen.

To shape the petals, use the small loop tool the gently pull toward the center curling the ends of each petal on the molding mat. Repeat this for all flower pieces.

Use the small end of the ball stylus tool to round out the center of each one.

Next, use tweezers to crease the petals to a natural shape.

Using the Beacon kids choice glue I adhered the centers of the flowers together, slightly offset from the one before, int he order of biggest to smallest. Place the centers into flower. Done!

4. The leaves:

I colored the leaves with Copic color G94. Shape the leaves on the molding pad, using the leaf tool, then highlight the the venation with the PanPastels Bright Yellow Green.

Arrange in your tea cup as you’d like and add foliage. (I used the Garden notes pinecone pine boughs and filled in the space.)


I hope you like this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can find a list of the products I used below.

Now I’m off to try Calendula Tea!!!

Happy Crafting!

Joyce

Other:

  • Patterned paper of your choice
  • A paper doiley
  • UTEE
  • Ink color of choice
  • Copic Markers R20, R81, G94
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