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Making A Tote With The Leaf Pocket

March 2, 2019

Do you make more cards than you can send out? I certainly do –– especially now that I am trying to make more than one card at time when I try a new layout or product.

I normally make a little box or just tie a ribbon around a few as a gift but I’ve discovered that the Leaf Pocket die is PERFECT to make a small tote! The front side is a bit bigger than 4.5″ x 6″ so it can perfectly fit as many A2 cards as you want – just change the thickness of the side base. This will make more sense in the instructions below.

These 4 pieces will make up the foundation of your tote
  1. Start with 2 strips of white card stock 2″ x 10 5/8″ and diecutting 2 leaf pockets. Score the two strips at 4 1/2″.
These are the sides of the tote.

2. Fold along the score lines of the leaf pockets and the strips of paper. The shorter piece of the strips of paper are glue together as above.

Glue the pieces together to finish the tote.

3. Add glue to the flaps of the leaf pocket and adhere them to the inside of the pieces from the previous step. I found it helpful to lay the pocket flat and secure the bottom flap first. By keeping the leaf pocket flat, the sides of the tote will be flushed to the front of the tote.

Tote before embellishments and additional layers.

4. Now you can embellish the tote as is, but I decided here that I wanted a liner against the leaf side to strengthen the tote and to better see the die cut. In hindsight, it would be have been easier to add a liner first before gluing all the pieces together. However, the process is the same before or after.

These are the liners before adding them to the tote.
This is a second tote I made and this is adding the lining before gluing the pockets on.

5. To add the liner, cut two sheets of cardstock 4.5″ x 6″. I penciled in where I needed to cut out a half circle out. As it happens, the circle die in the Love Live tag is the perfect size for this step. You can also use a punch or any other circle die you have.

Much studier with the liner.

6. I nestled two circle dies together to make an open circle as a handle for the tote. Die cut 4 of these and glue them on the inside and outside of the tote for a finished look.

All embellished!

7. I used the Love, Life Tag as a simple embellishment for this bag. The A Way With Words “for you” was die cut 3 times and glued together. You can be done here, or add something to the other side like I did. I had just received the bougainvillea die so I was itching to use it!

Love this color combo!

8. The bougainvillea was made with pink and green cardstock. I touched the center of the tiny flowers with an yellow-orange Zig markers before adhering them the the stamens. I couldn’t help but add a butterfly to the side where the tag wrapped around in the same pink cardstock.

Side view of tote

Thank you for indulging in a long blog post! I hope you are inspired to think outside the box with the dies you have. I’m off to make some more of these totes!

Diana Nguyen

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:

Other products used:

Zig markers

A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Soft Finish Cardstock

Be Not Afraid

February 27, 2019

Hello!!! It’s Wanda here today, sharing an idea of how to use any of the “spray” dies in the A Way With Words collection. I’ve used the Butterfly Spray (from the Butterfly & Stars Spray set) for my project today. This idea has been roaming about my mind for a couple of weeks and I needed to give it a try. I’m really pleased with the result!!!

To begin I cut a piece of 110# Soft Finish Cardstock to a 6″ square. I then added really light pencil lines from corner to corner and across and down at the halfway points. This gives you 8 lines or 8 spaces to use as a guide for die cutting.

Next I used a Stitched Circle die to cut a circle from the middle of my paper. This makes it easier to place the dies for cutting.

Place the die, putting the part of the die you want to cut on top of the paper and the part of the die you don’t want to cut through the hole and under the paper. Use a piece of removable tape to hold the die in place.

Run this through your die cutting machine, going only far enough to cut the design on the front of the paper and then go in the reverse direction to get your paper out of the machine. The first time I cut, I ran my piece all the way through the machine but it left marks where the die was behind the paper.

Continue placing and cutting the spray. Here I’m just using the larger end of the spray to cut on every other line. You could choose to line your die up in the open areas between the lines for a slightly different look.

After finishing the first 4 cuts, I then did the in-between lines using the smaller end of the spray.

And here is my piece with all the butterflies cut. Yes, that center looks ugly but we will be covering it up.

I erased all the pencil lines and then sponged ink around the edges.

I layered my Butterfly piece over another square cut to 6 1/8″. For this square I used a piece of Kraft Metallic card from the Jewels pack (Tim Holtz Idea-ology).

I stamped the quote (from the Where Flowers Bloom Clear Stamp Set) onto the textured side of 90# Soft Finish Cardstock using a stamp platform –– this allows me to stamp it multiple times to get a good image on the texture and to make it nice and dark. I die cut this with the Stitched Circle die that is one size larger than the die I used for the center.

Cut another circle with the next size larger Stitched Circle. Sponge ink around the edges of both circles. I used the same color as my Butterfly piece.

Layer both circles using Foam Tape and attach the stacked circles to the project with Foam Tape.

I then attached my complete piece to another square of 110# Soft Finish White, cut to 6 1/4″ square. This was just to make the whole piece a bit firmer.

You could choose to make this a large card for someone or even put it in a frame for a home decor piece (use one of the Happy Frame sets and size your project accordingly).

I hope you like this project and, if you have any of the Spray dies, you are inspired to try something like this!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Supplies:

A Way With Words Planner Essentials Shimmer Sheetz

Sending A Little Luck To A Friend

February 20, 2019

Hi crafters! Judi here with a simple tutorial for you today.

This card will soon be on its way to a friend who is midway through four rounds of chemotherapy, but it would also be perfect for someone starting a new job, about to enter college, or buying a new house.

Experienced cardmakers – look at the photo and proceed! Beginners, please follow the instructions below.

1. Die cut ‘Good Luck’ from dark green Velvet Adhesive sheet.

2. Die cut the Planner Essentials 5 frame from Shimmer Sheetz in color of choice, backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive prior to cutting. (Reminder: A metal adaptor plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s video tutorial here if you are new to this technique.

3. Emboss outer frame and inner panel with two different embossing folders in coordinating patterns. I used two folders with leaves, but you can use any of your choice!

4. Arrange the elements on the front of an A2 top-fold patterned paper card as shown. Remove the release sheet from the back of the Shimmer Sheetz and Velvet Adhesive to adhere. Add quarter-inch brads to the holes at the top left and right.

5. Use spray adhesive to secure the dried 4-leaf clover. Alternatively, sew down the stem with fine metallic braid or embroidery thread to hold the clover in place. (If you don’t have a real clover, trace around a 3-leaf clover, add the fourth leaf, and hand-cut your own from the Velvet Adhesive sheet.)

TIP: Because a real clover is quite fragile, mail the card inside out to protect it.

OPTION: Instead of securing the embellished frame panel to a card front, back it with cardstock and turn it into a hanging sign! Knot cord or twine through the holes at the top corners.

I hope my project inspired you to send a little luck to someone special!

Judi Kauffman

Supplies:

Other:

Adhesive Velvet in dark green

2 embossing folders of choice

Sanding block

Patterned cardstock

2 quarter-inch brads

4-leaf clover

Spray adhesive OR needle and thread (to secure clover)

A Way With Words Joset Designs Technique Friday

Technique Friday – Spring Chick Gable Box

February 15, 2019

Happy Technique Friday! This week, Els van de Burgt shows us how to create this Spring Gable Box featuring the Little Chick from Joset’s new collection!

Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!

Happy Technique Friday!

A Way With Words

Cherish Is A Powerful Word

February 10, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne today with a Valentine dilemma: I asked myself “Red or pink, red or pink….?”   I went with pink since I seem to be on a pink roll right now!

Cherish is such a powerful word. You can cherish a person, you can cherish an object or a moment and you can cherish a dream. Today we’re making a Valentine for someone we cherish.

Here is how you can make this card….

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Share Your Garden Bliss

February 3, 2019

Diana here today! One of my favorite things about my garden is remembering where each plant came from. I always buy some annuals every year but the perennials hold a special place in my heart. I remember which one came from my mom’s garden, my sister’s, and even co-workers from over a decade ago. My hydrangeas and azalea actually come from our first home as well as some others.

Long intro but my card is inspired by the idea of sharing your garden. Wouldn’t it be thoughtful to have a few pots of small plants from your garden, some seeds, and a card to a neighbor or friend?


To make this card, I started with watercolor paper and white card stock.

  1. Make a white frame by nesting two rectangle dies. I like to use watercolor paper for the frame because it is stiffer.
  2. The inside of the frame is aslo a die cut from water color paper using the larger of the two dies above. I used blue and green water colors to color the opposite corners of the background.
  3. Make a rainbow wash on watercolor paper to cut out the butterfly spray as well as the Garden and Bliss word dies. The tiny flowers for the center of the Shasta Daisy is also cut out from it also so make sure it is a large enough sheet/scrap.
  4. The Shasta Daisy is cut from white card stock.
  5. Pop up the frame on the green and blue watercolor paper.
  6. Adhere to a white tent card base.
  7. Adhere all the die cuts as show in the picture below.

I can’t wait for spring to come – my garden is so dead right now but I look forward to splitting and sharing my perennials.

Diana Nguyen

ECD Dies used:

Other Products used:

  • Koi watercolors

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15 Valentine’s Day Projects You Can Make Today!

February 2, 2019

Valentine’s Day is coming and we’re here to give you some quick ideas for cards, gifts and decor! So, along with our Design Team, we’ve gathered 15 Valentine’s Day projects you can create today!

Samantha Klaebe created this LOVEly Valentine’s Day Card using hearts from the Love Struck die set and Joset’s new Tree die set!

Valentine’s Day is only 12 days away it’s time to start thinking about creating some Valentine’s Day decor! Katelyn Grosart created this cute Happy Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging, perfect to add to any spot in your home.

Hanging garland is a simple way to decorate for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday!

What’s Valentine’s Day without roses? You can create bouquets of paper flowers, or just one single flower, for your loved one!

Give someone you love some sweet treats in these adorable gift box! Tanja Kabel (above) and Wanda Hentges (below) shows us that the Gable Box can be used for any occasion.

Want to set out a few decorations for Valentine’s Day? The ECD Team made this simple watercolored heart and framed it for an easy decor piece!

… Or recreate this beautiful love bird scene made by EK Gorman!

Create this framed piece for the happy couple, or make it for yourself and hang it in your home!

This adorable (and simple) card, created by Diana Nguyen, is perfect for anyone on Valentine’s Day!

Did you know that our dies can cut felt? This felt-stuffed heart is such a cute idea for any holiday!

Sara Torzullo made this adorable ‘I love you’ card with a peek-a-boo heart!

This card, created by Karen Ostergard, is a perfect way to tell someone you FLAMINGO together –– such a fun Valentine’s Day card!

Suzanne Cannon shows us that even simple Valentine’s Day cards can still be elegant!

And lastly, a card for those who like to doodle. Here’s a cute idea for 3D balloons using the Fitted Hearts die set!


Are you going to recreate any of these projects?
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A Way With Words

New A Way With Words!

January 30, 2019

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne here today! I’m thrilled to be sharing my new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs with you! 

Like the rest of my designs, these dies can work alone or combine seamlessly with dozens of other A Way With Word dies.  Today I’m sharing a little sampling of creative projects by the designers to get you started with the new collection.  Please click on the designer’s name to go to their blog post where you may read all the details of their project!

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A Way With Words ModaScrap Soft Finish Cardstock

Bliss

January 23, 2019

Hello!!! Wanda here! I am thrilled to be back sharing on the ECD blog. I was part of Suzanne’s team back in 2016 and needed to step away from it because of life stuff but now I’m back.

I have a really simple card today using one of the brand new A Way With Word dies, Bliss. Isn’t the calligraphy for this word just beautiful!!!

Let’s get started —

1. Create an Alcohol Ink background on a 5″ x 7″ piece of White Yupo Paper by dripping and/or using felt on a block to apply your alcohol inks (Ranger Ink). You could make this in any color combination that you wanted. I’ve used the colors Amethyst, Flamingo, and Patina. The thicker lines of ink stay sticky for a bit after the rest of the ink is dry. At this point, I used a foil sheet to add metallic accents. With your foil, color/design side up, use your finger to press the foil sheet onto your background in the sticky areas. As you pull the sheet back up it leaves behind bits of foil.

2. Cut white cardstock for the main layer of the card. Cut a block from the alcohol background to go across the white cardstock. Die cut the ModaScrap Lacy Poppies from the rest of the background. Attach flowers and block to the white cardstock as shown.

3. Die cut Bliss from both white cardstock and silver mirror cardstock. Glue the words together offsetting them to see the silver and glue them to the card.

4. Layer the main panel to a coral colored panel and then to the folded white card.

I hope you like this card. It is such an simple card and so pretty. It would be easy to make several and spread some sunshine through the mail.

Hugs, Wanda

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