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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
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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

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Happy Day!

August 17, 2019

I’ve been seeing a lot of my friends post pictures of their first kid getting their driving permit or actually driving off to school. I’m sure they are as thrilled as this puppy, ears flying back as he takes to the road with his fishing rod. I’m still safe for another year…

Big moments deserve big cards.

To make this card:

I found that with the jeep die and the word dies, a 5″x7″ card base works a lot easier than my usual A2 base. I used a dark gray stock as my base – the same as my bit of road showing on the bottom. In fact, that bit is from trimming down my 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of card stock after folding in half to make my card base. Use your scraps as soon as possible! Lol!

How happy is this puppy?!

Die cut all the pieces you need: My jeep uses black, white, and blue cardstock. The “happy” is the same blue as the jeep and the “Day” is also cut from the scrap in step 1. I used a Molotov Chrome maker for my grill and headlights but you can use silver card stock if you don’t have that. The fishing rod is out of white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The dog is cut out of Soft Finish card stock and sponged with Distress Oxide Tea Dye ink. I put the jeep together first and added some shine by drawing in with a white gel pen.

Little details like the shine on a card or even the road can really anchor your pieces together.

Create your background by lightly sponging clouds and adding some greenery with the bushes from Adventure Edges. Adhere the strip for the road. My background piece was 4.5″ x 6.5″. I matted it with a 1/16″ border with a light grey cardstock.

Adhere all the pieces as you see on the card. I found it easier to stick the puppy behind the steering wheel of the jeep, then the fishing rod, and then the entire thing onto the card.

As you can see, I chose “happy Day” as my sentiment but in hindsight, or maybe foresight, I should do a “Good Luck” card for the teenager testing or the mom letting go. Heehee!

Other Products used:

White, light gray, dark gray, black, blue, and mottled green cardstock

White gel pen

Molotov chrome pen

Distress Oxide Inks

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Technique Friday | Sparkling Snowflake Card

August 16, 2019

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

Today, Els is showing us how to create this beautiful Sparkling Snowflake Card using some dies from Joset’s latest release.

Watch the tutorial, download the project sheet, and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!
Happy Crafting!

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Home – Working With Planner Essentials 18

August 15, 2019

Good morning, crafters! Today, we’re sharing a quick video from Esther Glas, designer of the Planner Essentials collection.

In her recent Facebook Live video, Esther gives us a closer look at how to use the Planner Essentials 18 die set.

Esther is so creative with her designs and we love seeing what she –– and everyone –– creates with them! Join the ECD Planner Group to see more Planner inspiration, and share your own projects!

Happy Crafting!

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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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15 Projects Full Of Summer Fun!

August 12, 2019

Beach days, sun rays and pool part–ays!

Summers are packed full of fun times, and so many opportunities for fun crafts! We hope your enjoying some fun in the sun, and some summer crafting too! 🙂

With the help of the Elizabeth Craft Design Team, we’ve put together 15 projects that are full of summer fun!

Tanja Kabel

Laura Gilhuly

Samantha Klaebe

Martine Rijnbeek

Yogi Grunwald

Els van de Burgt

Katelyn Grosart

Charlene van der Vorst

Suzanne Cannon

EK Gorman

Joset van de Burgt

Karen Ostergard

Diana Hua

From all of us at Elizabeth Craft Designs… Happy Summer! See all products used in these projects below!

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Fun “Cute Food” Clear Stamp Card Ideas

August 11, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today for my August guest blog post. Today I’d like to share some fun “cute food” clear stamp card ideas with you. I love these stamps in combination with the fun sentiments, because you can create cards for practically every occasion!!

But first let me share the steps with you:

Step 1: I started by stamping the images very randomly with black waterproof stamp ink onto white Soft Finish Cardstock and then coloring them with Highly Pigmented Watercolour Pencils and blending the colours with a water tank brush.

Step 2: Next I fussy cut all the tiny images with my tiny Tim Holtz precision scissors. This takes a while, so if you would like to save time, I suggest you buy the matching “Cute Food” die cut die set for the stamps. That will save you lots of time! I didn’t have one, so I used my scissors. This is more time consuming, but also works.

Step 3: After fussy cutting I took a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and inked it with green and blue Distress Ink using the blending technique. Next I die cut the inked paper into two background pieces using the Circle and the Diamond Background dies.

Step 4: I then adhered the background pieces onto blue and purple Soft Finish Cardstock using a wide glue pen. You can also use the Clear Double Sided Adhesive instead of a glue pen, but you have to adhere it onto the paper before die cutting it! I also stamped the sentiments with embossing ink onto black cardstock several times and heat embossed them with white embossing powder to use them as sentiments on the finished cards. I fussy cut the embossed sentiments into banner, but you can also use the Stitched Fishtail Banner die for this purpose.

Step 5: For my third card I used the negative pieces of the Circle Background die to create a circle pattern on white card base. The donuts work really well together with the negative residue pieces and create a fun card.

For more shine and texture I decorated the donuts with some Crystal Glaze.

Step 6: Depending on which card I was working on, I either added some shading onto the background with Distress Inks, decorated the colored images with googly eyes or added glazed details onto them.

I had such a great time creating these Cute Food cards. After you are done with coloring and die cutting/fussy cutting them, the rest is fast and easy!! Here are my finished cards:

I hope you enjoyed my August tutorial and get inspired to play with the Cute Food stamp and die set yourself!! I´ll be sharing my next guest design team project in November – see you then!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
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Other:
Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron – Ranger Inc.
Ink Blending tool
Archival Ink Jet Black stamp ink – Ranger Inc.
VersaMark watermark stamp pad – Tsukineko
Nuvo Highly Pigmented Watercolour Pencils – Tonic Studios
Nuvo Crystal Glaze – Tonis Studios
Water tank brush
Nuvo Glue Pen – Tonic Studios
White Embossing Powder – Ranger Inc.
Acrylic block for stamping
Tim Holtz presicion scissors
Googly eyes
Big Shot – Sizzix


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Love Summer –– Photo Folder

August 3, 2019

Happy August! It’s Suzanne here today sharing a bright and vibrant project with you. It’s summer and a time to celebrate some great moments! Why not send a photo to someone you spent time with this summer as a sweet (or cheeky…Cheeky works) memory? Here is a folder (a big card, really!) just waiting for the perfect photo!

Let’s make it!

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16 Of Our Favorite Projects This Year

August 1, 2019

It’s already August, crafters! We can’t believe it! (… there are only 146 days until Christmas… 😱)

Our Design Team has been working hard all year, creating projects just for you! You can find many of them right here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, but they also post tons of inspiration on their own blogs and social media.

You may have missed some of those, so we’re sharing 16 of our favorite projects of 2019 so far!

This Is My Life: Planner Layout

Created by Esther Glas

We love seeing Esther’s –– the designer of the Planner Essentials line –– planner pages because she always incorporates beautiful photographs with them! This is a simple layout used to document a special day. See more of her work on her Facebook page here.

A Place Under The Sun

Created by Anita Izendoorn

Anita just recently posted this project and it blew us away! Using the Holiday House Box Die Set, she created this to look like an Amsterdam Canal House! See her supply list here on her blog.

Just Dropping You A Lion

Created by Tina Guigui Dornbaum

This is such an adorable card that features the Lion die set from our Safari Release back in January. Tina’s coloring is fabulous! See how she created this card here on her blog.

Welcome Spring

Created by Suzanne Cannon

Suzanne is the fabulous designer behind the A Way With Words collection on ECraftDesigns.com, which are the designs you’re seeing in this project. We love her coloring and the simplicity, yet stunningly romantic feel these dies add to this card! See how she created this on her blog.

Watercolored Tags

Created by Charlene van der Vorst

Charlene is not only and ECD Design Team Member, but she’s also a Designer! She designs stamps in the Planner Essentials line and we love seeing her create with them! See more of her work on her Facebook page.

Creating A Tiny Bouquet

Created by Luciana Telesca

Luciana is an amazing paper gardener! She’s always coming up with new ways to showcase her stunning flowers. See how she created this tiny bouquet here.

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

Created by Tanja Kabel

Tanja is always so clever in her cardmaking, and this one is no exception! This new Reindeer Die Set is adorable, but it’s the details that make this card stand out! See how she made it here on her blog.

 Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Created by Femke Kokke

We could watch Femke create a Planner Layout all day! Her techniques are simple, but make a major impact in her projects. See the video tutorial for this project on YouTube here.

Bringing Peace With Flowers

Created by Joyce Schmidt

Joyce is another one of our very talented paper gardeners. She recently created this card for her neighbor –– we’re sure this helped bring some peace to them. See more of her work here on her Facebook page.

A Camping Hippo

Created by EK Gorman

EK Gorman had fun with this one! She used both distress oxide inks and alcohol markers on this little Hippo and accessories –– beautiful work! Watch her video tutorial here.

Summer Fun

Created by Laura Gilhuly

Laura always wows us with her layouts! Like this one: she incorporates many products from our different designers, and creates beautiful layers for a 3D effect! See Laura’s tutorial for this layout here on her blog.

Happy Mother’s Day Card

Created by Katelyn Grosart

This card is absolutely fabulous! We are in love with the colors and beautiful patterns Katelyn chose for this project. Any mother would be thrilled to receive this! See her tutorial here on her blog.

Planner Essentials Denim Pocket

Created by Martine Rijnbeek

Martine is always so inventive, and this project is no different! This was a unique way to make a pocket out of denim. Watch her tutorial on YouTube here.

You Are Awesome

Created by Samantha Kaminski

This project is awesome! Samantha added a fun surprise with this card, creating a little door with the Dog House die set! See the supply list and more pictures of this adorable this birthday card here.

Glittered Snowflake

Created by Karen Ostergard

Karen recently created this for a challenge and we are loving the different textures! Adding the glitter on the snowflake gives it an elegant pop! See her supply list and challenge outlines here on her blog.

A Floral House-Warming Gift

Created by Kathy Sabarese

Kathy creates stunning paper floral projects, including this one! She is amazing shaping perfect flowers and bringing them all together in a project –– they’re all so beautiful together! See how she made this here.


It was so hard picking out our favorite projects, as our Designers and Design Team Members are all fabulous crafters and are always blowing us away with their talent! Be sure to join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page on Facebook to see more from the Design Team!

We hope you enjoyed these projects as much as we do –– which one is your favorite?

Happy Crafting!

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