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Trick Or Treat –– 15 Spooky Halloween Projects To Make This Year!

September 15, 2019

Halloween is among us, and we’ve got some spoooooky projects for you today. With the help of our Design Team and friends, we’ve put together 15 Halloween projects to make this year (and some Halloween tricks too!).

Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Tanja Kabel

Why do vampires need mouthwash? Because they have bat breath.

Sandy Diller

What do you call a dancing ghost? Polka-haunt-us 

Samantha Klaebe

What do you call wood when it’s scared? Petrified!

Anne Swinkles

What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? Booberry pie

Katelyn Grosart

What did Dracula serve at his Halloween party? Ghoulaide

EK Gorman

How do you fix a broken Jack-O-Lantern? With a pumpkin patch!

Karen Ostergard

Why didn’t the skeleton like the Halloween candy? He didn’t have the stomach for it!

Laura Gilhuly

What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? I scream!

ECD Team

Why do mummies have no friends? Because they’re too wrapped up in themselves!


We recently came out with some fun Halloween die and stamp sets –– did you see them? Check out the supplies used in these cards below, and be sure to visit ecraftdesigns.com to see our full collections!

Spooky crafting!

Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

DIY Mini Journal

September 8, 2019

As always, Esther Glas (designer for the Planner Essentials line) blows us away with another amazing project idea –– DIY Mini Journals!

The Planner Essential line is perfect as a monthly agenda, mini scrapbook, junk journal, and more –– but, did you ever think to use the line in another creative ways?

For this mini journal, Esther used the large ticket die from the Planner Essentials 11 die set (1655) for the pages. Then, she binded it! You could, of course, choose any method of book-binding you’d like.

We love it when people think outside the box when using our products! Isn’t this mini journal cool? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

You Make Me Smile

September 5, 2019

So the kids are back in school, the weather is cooling down, and I am getting to reconnect with some mom friends at drop off and pick up. It is such a lovely time of year and I wanted to make a little card for a friend just to say thank you. She always makes smile with her upbeat attitude and positive outlook so I thought a card featuring a handmade paper rose would be perfect to let her know what I think of her friendship.

Step One: Die cut the Garden Notes English Rose die out of some 110lb White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using copic markers color the rose petals. I used Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, and YR15.

Step Three: Shape the petals using the four piece all metal tool set and molding pad.

Step Four: Assembled the petals using some liquid adhesive. I used Kids Choice Glue.

I just love how the finished rose looks. It looks almost real.

Step Five: Color the leaf die cuts. I used G81, G85 and G46.

Step Six: Shape the leaves using the four piece metal tool set and the leaf molding pad.

Step Seven: Die cut the water can from the Garden Notes Garden Water Can die set using some 110lb White Soft Finish cardstock.

Step Eight: Color the watering can. I used some Bronze and Fire Ruby Wax. Adhere the spout to the can.

Step Nine: Trim a piece of Relax in the Garden printed paper to 4.25×5.5 inches and adhere to an A2 Card frame.

Step Ten: Adhere the can to the card frame using some 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the rose and the leaves to the card frame using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eleven: Die cut the sentiment from the Words 2- Thinking of You die set out of some Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere to the card frame.

Step Twelve: Stamp the rest of the sentiment onto some more Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock using the Build Your Sentiment 1 stamp set. I stamped the sentiment ‘You’ and ‘Make Me’ in both black and white ink. Adhere the cardstock to the card frame. Add some white dots using a gel pen around the edges of the cardstock.

There is something that makes me so happy about this card. The yellow rose just makes it seem so friendly.

Because of the dimension and texture to this card, I will not place it in an envelope, but instead inside a little gift bag with some chocolate.

What kid of crafting supplies do you use to let your friends know you are grateful for their kindness? Let us know in the comments below how you help celebrate your friendships. Until then, happy crafting.


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Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Elizabeth Craft Designs General Inspiration from the Design Team Krista Schneider Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Flowers Galore: Creating Simple Invites!

September 4, 2019

It’s Karen here today. My parents have a milestone anniversary coming up. 6o years is the Diamond anniversary, so I turned a square on its side to create a diamond-shaped card!

We are throwing them a dinner party, and I wanted to create a few printed invitations for special guests. I used a few of the flower stamps to create the invitations. On the back of the card is where I put the details about the event printed from my computer.

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Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Soft Finish Cardstock

Halloween Coloring

August 29, 2019

One of the things I keep talking about with the new extra large (6×8 inches) stamp set line from designer Charlene Van Der Vorst is that these images were meant to be colored. I mean they were seriously designed with coloring in mind. So you can image my joy when I saw that the new stamp set Halloween Party was not only a large stamp set meant to be colored, but a large stamp set that was meant to be colored and Halloween themed!!!

Today I decided to share a little pictorial tutorial on how I colored these images in with my copics for anyone who is feeling intimidated by the coloring process of such awesome stamps!

Step One: Stamp the bat cat image onto some White Soft Finish Cardstock using copic friendly ink. Create a mask for the image and add it over the stamped image. I use post it tape.

Step Two: Stamp the other images with copic friendly ink over the mask.

Step Three: Peel off the mask.

Step Four: Color the bat cat in. I used C5, C7, and C9 for the cat’s body, W5, W7, and W9 for his wings, and V00, and V01 for his nose and ears.

Step Five: Using a copic friendly pen, add some lines under the pumpkins to mimic the Jack-o-lantern.

Step Six: Color the first two pumpkins in a bold orange color. I used YR61, YR16, and YR68.

Step Seven: Color the second two colors a faded orange. I used YR20, YR24, and YR27.

Step Eight: Color the pumpkin stems with a muted green. I used G43 and G46.

Step Nine: Color the ground using a warm grey. I used W5, W7, and W9. I also colored in the Jack-o-Lanterns teeth with W3 and W5.

Step Ten: Color the background. I used YG13, YG17, YG67, and G99. I also added dots of sparkle gel pen and white gel pen to the background.

Step Eleven: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, add the colored cardstock to a piece of 6×12 inch Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock, folded and scored to make a 6×6 card frame.

I hope this series of photos help simplify the coloring process. I am in love with this stamp set and totally have big plans for it beyond just the Halloween card making season and other plans of playing with different coloring mediums with this set.

What coloring mediums would you use to color the Halloween Party Stamp Set? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman


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Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team ModaScrap Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Lunch Box Notes

August 28, 2019

Every year at the beginning of the school year, I like to whip up a ton of Lunch Box notes for the kids to stick into their lunches. These are small one sided note cards that I can write a quick positive note on the back.

The key to this notes are to make something pretty, but that can be whipped up quickly. And now that my daughters are older, they need to be a little more mature. So I love how the Romantic Bouquet and Lace Card dies allow me to make these special little notes so easily.

Step One: Trim up four pieces of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 2.75×4.25 inches.

Step Two: Die cut two of the pieces of paper with the Romantic Bouquet and two with the Lace Card. Yes the paper is smaller than the dies, but it works.

Step Three: Spray one of each die cuts with some spray ink. I chose purple for my youngest daughter.

Step Four: Repeat step three with the other two die cuts and a different color. I used orange for my oldest daughter.

Step Five: Trim up four pieces of Soft Finish Cardstock to coordinate with the sprayed ink to 2.75×4.25 inches. I used Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock and Rust Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere the sprayed die cuts onto the colored cardstock using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Six: Cover a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock with a piece Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Die cut your sentiment from the prepared cardstock. I used the die sets Words 2- Thinking of You and Words 4- Remember so I could use the words ‘forever’ and ‘good luck’.

Step Seven: Cover the die cut sentiments in one color of Silk Microfine Glitter. I used Royal Blue Silk Microfine Glitter for one set.

And Copper Silk Microfine Glitter for the other.

Step Eight: Adhere the the sentiments to the note card using some Kids Choice Glue.

Step Nine: Add a strip of 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the edges of the note card. Make sure to press the tape firmly to the project.

Step Ten: Add coordinating MicroFine Glitter to the 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I love how these little note cards came out and can’t wait to use them in my daughter’s lunch boxes. These were super easy to make and yet I think the glitter makes it perfect for my not so little girls.

Thanks for peeking in today. Let us know in the comments below what you do for your kids or grandkids at back to school season. Until then, happy crafting.

EK Gorman


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Elizabeth Craft Designs General Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs ModaScrap Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

Parrots In The Wild

August 21, 2019

Diane here with a joyful birthday card!

What is the most funny and wild creatures to wish someone dear an happy birthday? Why not Joset’s parrots in a bunch of lilies? This card feel so much like summer, you’ll want a cold drink to go with it! I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Step1: The card base:

  • Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
  • Using a round sponge, ink up the background with some blue and forest moss ink. Also use a make-up applicator to soften the ink with white Pan Pastel.
  • Cut out 4 times the strip from the die “Happy Frame” (#1499) and cut them length wise to mesure 6″.
  • Build the frame up and adhere on the card base.

Step 2: A trio of leaves:

  • In a green cardstock, die cut 3 times each leaf in the die set “Trio Of Leaves” (#1464).
  • Shade the leaves with forest moss ink and some light yellow Pan Pastel.
  • Shape each branch to give them dimension using tools from Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.

Step 3: The Parrots

  • Using the die set “Parrot” (1665), die cut all the dies twice in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • With Distress Ink and sponge applicator, color all the pieces like show in the picture below.
  • Assemble both parrots with Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick. You can also watch this helpful video on YouTube where Els show you how to assemble the parrot.
  • Adhere googling eyes with the same glue.

Step 4: The Lilies

  • Using the die set “Garden Notes – Lily 2” (#1370), die cut all the flower parts to make 4 flowers.
  • With some lilac and violet ink, shade the petals of the flower.
  • Using some yellow ink,, shade the pistils.
  • Let dry all the parts before shaping.
  • Shape the petals using Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
  • Roll up the base of the pistil and glue with Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick. To see the best there is make those flowers, watch that video where Susan Tierney Cockburn show all the steps to achieve a gorgeous result.

Step 5: Adhere it all together !

  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue the leaves around the frame, on the card base.
  • Using some foam adhesive on the back of the parrots, glue them.
  • Also with the Kids Choice Glue, glue down the flowers.

Here’s a closer look at the final card.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Diane Prince

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Other product used on this card:

  • Distress Ink and Oxide
  • Green Bazzill Cardstock
A Way With Words Inspiration from the Design Team ModaScrap Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock

Oma & Me

August 19, 2019

Good morning! I was honored to be asked by Els to create a layout of her granddaughter and her. I will admit, I was slightly nervous to create something for someone else but the photo she provided was so wonderful that it helped design the layout.

To create this layout you will need 2 full sheets of paper (I used ModaScrap Wood Effect paper (the top one) and ModaScap Relax in the Garden. I also used lots of bits and pieces and 1/2 sheets of the relaxing the garden papers. You will also need an edge distresser, brown ink, a few pearls for inside your flowers and of course your wonderful ECD dies.

Step 1 – Trim your top sheet to 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 then using a pair of sharp scissors trim a bit of the top sheet in little bit so the bottom sheet will show more then using your distressing tool shred the edges a bit on both papers

Step 3 – Using the smallest shape in the fitted hexagons die set, cut 23 – 25 hexagons. Ink then distress the edges.

Step 4 – Using the Planner Essentials 8 cut one of the large tag and the title and ink and die and ink and distress

Step 5 – Using the stitched circles die cut the second largest circle the ink and distress the edges

Step 6 – Using planner essentials 11 cut one of the tags and 4 of the strips then ink and distress the edges

Step 7 – Cut the top layer of the butterfly flourish and ink the edges

Step 8 – Using the backside of one of the relaxing in garden papers or a piece of off white cardstock die cut 2 leafy branches, then trim them in half so you will now have 4 pieces and ink the edges

Step 9 – Using your left over pieces of paper and your favorite flower dies die cut your flowers – I used, bunch of flowers 3, large flower set, and small flower set. I cut three of each flower and layered each one but you can also just die cut one and leave your flowers flat.

Step 10 – Assemble and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by
~Laura

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Rainbow Of Critters

August 13, 2019

Hey everyone. It’s EK and today I am sharing (for me) a huge project. It is one that I have been kicking around the idea of for sometime, thinking that a rainbow of critters would be absolutely darling…but I just have been missing some of what I needed to really make it work. However with the latest release of critter dies from Joset, I have finally been able to create a rainbow of critters!

For each critter, I would die cut out the pieces to that critter, and then using my copic markers, would color the pieces. Finally, using Kids Choice Glue, I would assemble the pieces. For the red fox, I used the new Fox die set, I used a combination of R14, R17, R46, and R89 for the dark fur and R000, R02 and R14 for the lighter parts.

For the Monkey die set, I pulled out some YR02, YR07 and YR27 for the dark parts and YR000, YR00, and YR02 for the light parts.

The yellow lion was created using the Lion/Tiger die set and Y32, Y35 and Y38 for mid-tones of yellow. The mane, hair and tail were created using Y23, Y26, and Y28 while the pale yellow parts were created with Y000, Y00, and Y02.

The green parrot was created using the new Parrot die set, plus YG05, G16 and G19 for the dark parts and YG11, YG13 and YG17.

My little blue bird was created using the new Winer Bird die set and B12, B14, B16, B18 for the dark parts, and B000, B00 and B02 for the light parts.

I used BV0000, BV00, and BV01 for the dark parts of the indigo Elephant and RV91 and RV95 for the pale parts.

Finally, I for the violet Hippo, I used the Hippo die set plus V12, V15, and V17.

To turn my rainbow of critters into an actual card, I pulled out a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 5.5 x 12 inches. I then scored the paper at 1 and 3/4 inches, 3 and 7/8 inches, 8 and 1/8 inches and 10 and 1/4 inches so the card could fold up and be a traditional A2 card size.

However, when you fold it up, the top layer is actually about half an inch shorter than it should be.

So I trimmed up two pieces of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5 x 1 inch. Using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the fold and adhered the black panels.

To add some visual interested in the background by adding some Distress Inks blended through the Snowstorm & Mounds stencil. I used Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Perseveres and Victorian Velvet.

I adhered the critters to the card, using both 3mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue. Where I needed to, I scored the critters so the card can fold.

Make sure where you score the critters you apply extra adhesive so the cardstock does not pop up when you open the card.

Adhere the red fox and violet hippo to the front flaps of the card. Make sure not to have any adhesive on this tail that overlap the opening.

I created two belly bands to hold my card closed out of two pieces of Rich Black Cardstock trimmed to 10 x 1 inch. I scored and folded the black strips to create belly bands that were 4 3/8 wide.

I die cut the words ‘friends’ from the Words 4-Remember die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered it to one of the belly bands.

Inside the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Little Words That Mean A Lot stamp set. I thought this sentiment worked perfectly since rainbows come after the rain, and these critter of friends would brighten anyone’s day.

Here is the finished card, closed with the belly bands.

And here is the card opened. It is so big that it is actually hard to photograph the card fully extended.

I however, love how this came out.

Thanks for peaking in on my rainbow of critter project today. Let me know in the comments below which critter you thought turned out the best in their color scheme. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman


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