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DIY Tag With Acetate Window

August 6, 2019

Good morning, crafters! Today, we’re sharing these beautiful pages created by DT member, Charlene van der Vorst.

Using dies from the Planner Essentials line, along with a few other from ECD, she shows us how we can easily create pages with beautiful watercolors and a see-through acetate window!

We are in love with this little owl too! Did you know that Charlene designed it? In the last Planner Essentials release, Charlene designed two stamp sets: Moments of Life and Pure Spring, where this cute owl is from. We can’t wait to show you what she’s working on next! (Soon!!)

Charlene hosted a live video tutorial on her Facebook page, showing us the step-by-step of how she created this beautiful tag. (Note: this tutorial is in Dutch, but she does a fabulous job showing every step!)

Let us know what you think of this technique below!

Happy Crafting!

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A Walk In The Garden: The English Rose

August 5, 2019

Good morning everyone!

Here is the beginning of August already –– is it warm enough for you? Thank goodness there are Gulf breezes here in Florida!

Today I am featuring the English Rose. My aunt had an entire garden of Peace Roses I would see just about every day when I’d walk to her home to visit her as a child… and, play Canasta. So, I tried to “go back“ and create her roses. I made a small bud to go along with the main Rose. 

Baby’s breath, Berry branch with leaves, and ribbon with some gold threads were used to fill in my project. 

It is a 6” X 6” inch card with decorative paper as a layer for the background. Suzanne Cannon’s “ Bliss“ was used to describe these lovely flowers. I tried to keep it simple – to showcase the rose! Of course, there is a ladybug!

If you would like to purchase any of the products I’ve used, just click on them below and you will be directed to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to complete your order. 

Enjoy, and keep gardening!

See you next month,

Kathy Sabarese, ECD Design Team

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Plant Your Pumpkins Now!!!

July 25, 2019

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you a friendly game that one of Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page members, Joseph Nguyen and I have been playing. We will be chatting and creating, and somehow it turns into a personal best challenge. So we’ve started creating crafting challenges, and this last challenge was to use pumpkins in our creation. This is my contribution –– “challenge accepted!” (its all in fun 😊)

I thought that I would share how I created my answer to his challenge with you. Enjoy!

I first started with the pumpkin die from Susan’s Garden. What a beautiful fall vessel to put flowers in. I used distress oxide inks to color the pumpkin. I used a fine brush to brush and blend the three colors onto the pumpkin.

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I choose flowers that have fall blooms, I used Forsythia, Helenium and Wheat.

I’ll show how I created the wheat using distress oxide ink and the fabulous soft finish card stock. I love this paper! (Not much shaping required to create the wheat.)

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After I made the Wheat, I die cut the Forsythia branch twice, giving me 4 branches total, but I only make three and use the extra flower petals to fill in. I colored using these Copic colors. I love how easy these are to make and adds some radiant color to any paper bouquet that you are making.

The focus of this bouquet was the Helenium. I took some detailed photos of this process because the colors that are used are pictured so that you get some nice blending.

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These are the leaves of the Helenium
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These are the centers for the Helenium

I’ll share a tip with you: Color the cardstock with your marker BEFORE you die cut these and you wont have to color them individually! Saves a lot of time.

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The assembly of the Helenium

I die cut two of these and cut the “legs” with Els’ scissors, dip them into the glue then the gold pollen before assembly. Simply offset the two layers and glue together with the Kids Choice Glue.

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This really was a fun and beautiful way to wish for cooler weather to come in the Fall.

I hope you enjoy paper gardening as much as I do.

You will find all the products I used below. I hope you enjoy this post and feel free to join in anytime with our challenges on Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page on Facebook.

Joyce Schmidt

Happy Crafting!

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Using Items From Your Craft Stash To Create A Beautiful Gift!

July 16, 2019

Good morning everyone!

Today I thought it would be fun to do something a bit differently than making a card…

I’ve had this small metal chair I found at Michael’s in my “stash“ for some time and decided to decorate it with flowers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. It is a birthday gift for a very dear friend.

I used Lilies, Iris, Frosted Fern, Berry branch with leaves and Crocus. Kid’s craft glue did the trick of holding everything on the chair. Did you find the lady bug?

What do you think? The flowers can go beautifully on many different items. If you would like to purchase any of the products I’ve used, just click on them below and you will be directed to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to complete your order. 

See what you can find….and keep gardening! 

Hugs,

Kathy Sabarese, ECD Design Team

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Clematis Birthday Card

July 15, 2019

Hi folks, Angela here for this morning’s post!

This is a card created for my sister’s birthday. Its inspiration is from a small flower arrangement that I saw at a local florist that I thought I’d try to re-create on my card for her. The flowers are different, the original had carnations, but I liked the size and shape of the Clematis better. The container they used was a small mercury glass jar. I chose to use the Tin Milk Can and trim it closer to the shape of the jar they used. Silver gilding flakes and metallic paste gave me just what I was looking for, for the finish.

Here’s how it came together:

Cut and colour the Hathorne branch and berries using Copic markers and Nuvo Crystal drops. Set aside to dry.

Create a 6X6 card base from 110lb Soft Finish cardstock.

Cut a 5.75X5.75 piece of co-ordinating cardstock, adhere to front of card base.

Back a piece of 90lb cardstock with double sided adhesive. Cut, using the geometric shape from the Planner Patterns die set. Adhere to card base slightly off centre. Set aside.

Cover both front and back of a piece of cardstock with clear double-sided adhesive. Cut using the Tin Milk Can die. Carefully cut off the top of the milk can to create a vase shape. Peel off protective sheet from the front side. Use silver gilding flakes to cover can. Rub with metallic silver paste to create shadow. Adhere to card front keeping the middle raised with 3d tape.

Cut all flower, wheat, and leaf pieces, from 90lb cardstock.

Colour and shape the wheat sheaths. Place them in the can.

Colour and shape the Hosta leaves

Colour and shape the Baby’s breath.

Colour the center of the Clematis. Leave the petals white. Shape using Susan’s tools and molding mat.

Using Kid’s Choice Glue to adhere all to the card front as in the photo.

Be sure to remember that just about anything can be used as inspiration for your cardmaking.

Angela

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It’s A Boy!

July 9, 2019

Hi! Diane here with a new card for you! We have been blessed with our 8th grandchild on his way! How happy we are to get ready to celebrate his birth in October. This card could have easily been an “It’s a girl” card too!

Here are the steps to create this card.

STEP 1: 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.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
  • Cut a 5″ square out of a purple cardstock.
  • Die cut the larger size of circles in the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) die set, using a pattern paper of your choice, in yellow and purple tones.
  • Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set again, die cut the third smaller size of circle in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base, than the purple cardstock on top of the yellow one, than the scallop circles (patterned and white) using some Clear Double Sided Tape.

STEP 2: The Elephant

  • Using the Elephant (#1663) die set , die cut all the part of the elephant into some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Using some sponge applicator and some Distress Oxide, color the different parts of the elephant (for the inside of the ears, I used the color “Wilted Violet”, for the rest I used “Shaded Lilac”.
  • To give dimension to the elephant, with the Large Ball Stylus tool from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set on the Molding Pad, rub the back of all the parts of the elephant.
  • With some foam adhesive and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the elephant on the white Dotted Scallop Circles.

STEP 3: The Pansies

  • To make this flower, you can watch Susan Tierney Cockburn in this video.
  • Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut all the petals 5 times from the die set Garden Notes – Pansy 2 (#1488)
  • Using some ink markers, color the back and the front of all petals.
  • On the Molding Pad, with the Loop Tool and the Reverse Tweezers (from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set), shape each one of the petals.
  • From the Pansies die set, cut 4 times each leaf out of green cardstock.
  • Color the stem with Yellow Pan Pastel, shade the edges with some Forest moos Distress Ink.
  • Draw veins and shape the leaves using the Leaf Pad, the Molding Pad and the tools from Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.

Step 4: The Myosotis

  • For this flower, you can watch how Susan Tierney Cockburn makes it in this video.
  • Using the Garden Notes – Myosotis (#1517) die set, die cut one plate of fowers out of some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Color the tips of each flowers with some pale blue ink marker, leaving the centers white.
  • Out of some yellow cardstock, die cut one plate of little centers.
  • Using the tools in the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set shape the blue tipped flowers on the Molding Pad.
  • Using an eraser and a toothpick, cup up the little yellow centers. Very lightly, dot the yellow centers with a black fine marker.

Step 5: The Sentiment

  • Die cut the words “It’s” and “Happy” from the die set Words 1 – Celabration (#1465) and the words “Brrrrr” and Joy” from the die set Words 5 – Winter Wishes (#1576), all in yellow cardstock.
  • From the word “Happy”, cut apart the letter “a”.
  • From the “brrrrr”, keep only the “b”.
  • From the “joy”. Keep only the “oy”.
  • Assemble the letters and glue together to write “It’s a boy”.
  • Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the banner shown below from the set Banners (#1390).
  • Finalized the card by gluing down the flowers using some Kids Choice Glue, the banner and the sentiment.

Here’s a closer look at the finish card.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Diane Prince

Products used on this card:

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Other products used on this card:

Bazzill purple, yellow and green cardstock

Distress Oxide

Copic Marker

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Cosmos Birthday Card

July 7, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Today I have a super easy card to share with you using the Garden Notes Cosmos die set. I just love this set because the Cosmos flowers come in a wide range of colors. The splashes of color on your card is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Below are the steps to create your own Cosmos card.

Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half for a vertical side fold card. (A2 size)

Step 2 – Diecut Dotted Scallop Rectangles using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Attach Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets on both sides of Fun Foam, remove the release sheets and adhere to card.

Step 3 – Add any watercolor markers onto an acrylic block. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush colors Persian Blue and Light Green. Spray with water and place it on top of watercolor paper. Hold it in place for a few seconds and you have an instant watercolor background. Trim to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″. Adhere it to Black Cardstock trimmed to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ using 3mm Clear Double Sided Tape. Adhere the panel to the card front.

Step 4 – Diecut Cosmos using White Soft Finish Cardstock and color in using any color medium of your choice. I used Tri-Blend Markers Bright Pink and Orange. Assemble and shape the flowers using the Susan’s Garden 4pcs All Metal Tool Set. Optional – add Pollen Yellow to the center of the flowers. Adhere to card using Kid’s Choice Glue.

Step 5 – Stamp Banner Sentiments onto Black Cardstock using Versamark. Sprinkle White Embossing Powder and remove the excess. Heat set it using a heat tool.

Step 6 – Diecut Stitched Fishtail Banners using the sentiment created from Step 5. Adhere to card using foam tape.

This card can be used for many occasions by changing the colors, sentiment and background. Below is a link to all the products used.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Tina

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Wedding Asters

June 24, 2019

Good morning everyone! Angela Whelton here to show you a simple wedding card using the Garden Notes Aster (1219) and Suzanne Cannon’s “Forever” (1233).

The aster is a lovely little flower that blooms in the prettiest pinks and purples. It always brings me back to my earliest memories of picking big bouquets of wildflowers with my mother. It, along with oxeye daisies and feverfew as well as tansy and yarrow, always make me smile.

The aster has long been considered a talisman of love and a symbol of patience. To my young cousin and her husband to be, getting married this summer, I send my best wishes for a lifetime of both.

Here’s how the card came together:

Prepare card base. Cut a 12×6 inch piece of white Softfinish cardstock and fold in half to create a 6-inch square card. Layer a 5.5-inch piece of patterned paper followed by another 4.75-inch square of Softfinish cardstock.

Cut one Forever piece from white cardstock to be used as a stencil. Using Distress Oxide ink and you favourite tool, lightly stencil the word Forever over the white card base. Set aside

Cut out and colour all pieces for the asters.

Shape using the Garden Notes toolset and mat. To shape, place a flower piece on your molding pad and softly pull the ends of each petal into the center using the loop tool. (Always start from the end of the petal and move inward when using the loop tool.)

Back a 2×4 inch piece of the same patterned paper used in the base as well as a 2×4 inch piece of Softfinish cardstock with pieces of double-sided adhesive. Cut the word Forever from each.

Adhere the patterned piece to the solid piece. Assemble the card according to the photo.

And there it is: a pretty card all set to be given to the Bride and Groom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

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Congrats To You!

June 10, 2019

Hello, Diane here with all the steps to make this beautiful, congratulatory card.

Many of our very talented youths will be finishing school this month, and for some it has been really challenging. I want to salute the courage and perseverance of those youths with a card showcasing some purple orchids. In the language of flowers, the purple orchid means “Admiration” and “Respect”, and that is exactly how I feel about them for this great achievement.

Step 1: Background

  • 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.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
  • Cut a 5″ square out of a tone on tone light green cardstock. Die cut two different size of circles into that square, using the Fitted Circles (#1117) die set. Put some double side tape on the back of this layer.
  • Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base with some Double Sided Tape. Adhere the green layer on top of the yellow cardstock.
  • With the Kids Choice Glue, put some Spanish Moss at the bottom of each circle.

Step 2: Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

  • Using the Garden Notes – Phalaenopsis (#1593), die cut 3 times everything in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • In green cardstock, die cut the stems and buds, and the leaves, also 3 times each.

Step 3: Coloring and shaping the flowers

  • Color the petals using some ink markers in purple tones and dotted them with a darker fine tip marker. Finish the petals with a touch of Magenta PanPastel (Color No. 430.5) from the Kit 1.
  • Color the little centers with a yellow ink marker, leaving some white spots here and there. Dot them slightly with the dark purple fine tip marker.
  • Shape the petals on the molding pad, with the loop tool.
  • Cut some small tails on each sides of the apron of the centers with the Fine Pointed Scissors and shape them on the molding pad but
  • For more details on how to shape those wonderful flowers, watch Susan Tierney Cockburn video here.
  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue one flower on the top circle and two on the bottom circle.

Step 4: coloring and shaping the stems, buds and leaves.

  • On the white stems ends, color the buds with the same purple ink markers than the petals. Color the stem parts with a green marker as close as possible to the color of the green cardstock.
  • Cut the colored parts and glue on the green stems using Kids Choice Glue.
  • The leaves are press against a clear embossing pad and sprinkled with clear embossing powder, than heat gunned. On the molding pas and with the loop tool, the leaves are shaped for dimensions.
  • Glue the stems and buds underneath the flowers in the circles.

Step 5 : Adding the sentiment

  • Using the “Congrats to you” sentiment from the “Words 1 – Celebration” die set, die cut 3 times each word on the same yellow cardstock as in the background, lined with some Double Sided Adhesive.
  • Adhere each layer on top of the other.
  • Adhere on to the right corner of the card.

Here’s a closer look at the finish card:

And one more look!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for visiting! And congrats, grads!

Diane Prince

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Yellow and Green Bazzill Cardstock

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Marabu Gineliner Colour Graphix

Spanish Moss

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A Floral House-Warming Gift

June 4, 2019

Good Morning! Kathy here.

This project is a bit larger than most of mine, and was done as a new house-warming gift. It’s 9”x9” and I put it in a shadow box frame with glass so the flowers would be protected. 

I used these dies: Maidenhair fern, variegated ivy, Lavender, Berry branch (which became pussy willows), Jasmine, Dahlia, dinner plate Dahlia 2, Wind in the Mist, Black-eyed Susan, Gerbera daisy, galvanized  Bucket (I found a wooden button which fit the handle, and added depth), and the Chrysanthemum. The saying is from the stamp set ‘Little Words Mean A Lot.’

Whew….almost an entire garden in this one card!

The first thing I did was create a layout-for placement of the flowers.

The, I adhered the flowers with Kids Choice Glue on top of Modascrap Wood Effects paper.

Lastly, I placed the arrangement in a shadow box!

These are some of the ‘older’ flowers, but so much fun to make. You can make them any color you’d like for your project. Give them a try! You just might/will become an addict!

Susan always has tutorial videos on ‘The Garden Spot’ for sculpting and coloring. Go there and learn how easy it is!

Kathy Sabarese

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