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A Simple Wedding Card

October 14, 2019

Hello everyone! Diane here to propose to you a different, but simple, wedding card. I love weddings in the fall, don’t you? Here are the steps to make this card.

Step 1: Background

  • Cut 12 X 6 inches White Soft Finish cardstock (110 Lb) and fold in half (to make a 6 X 6 inches card).
  • Cut a 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 inches square out of dark green cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches square out of light green cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches square out of gold cardstock.
  • Adhere each layers on top of the other using some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 2: Flower background

  • Die cut out of White Soft Finish cardstock the background for the flower using the fifth size from the middle of the Dotted Scallop Circles #1172 die set.
  • Ink up a working surface or glass mat with yellow Distress Ink, spritz with water and gently pick up the color with the white background. Let dry a couple of minutes or use a air gun to speed up the process.
  • Ink up the working surface again but this time with green Distress Ink, and repeat the previous step.
  • Adhere the scallop background onto the card background.

Step 3: The Shasta Daisy

  • Using the Garden Notes Shasta Daisy # 1521, die cut the petal for one flower out of White Soft Finish cardstock .
  • Die cut the small centers plate once out of yellow cardstock.
  • Shape the leaves and the petals using the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set.
  • Adhere the flower on the scallop background using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 4: The sentiment

  • Out of White Soft Finish cardstock, die cut a label using the Planner Lables – Planner Essentials dies #1658 die set.
  • Die cut the word “Congrats” in gold cardstock, using the Words 1 – Celebration #1465 die set.
  • With the Kids Choice Glue, adhere the word on the label.
  • With foam adhesive squares, adhere the sentiment on the card.

Step 5 : This is love…

  • Out of both green cardstock , die cut the word “LOVE” in the Planner Essentials 3 #105 die set.
  • Glue both “Love” on top of the other, off setting them a little bit.
  • With Kids Choice Glue, glue the flower on the scallop circle, slightly on the left and glue the word “Love” slightly on the right of the flower.

Here’s a look at the final card!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for stopping by!

Diane

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Other products used:

  • Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio and Mustard seeds)
  • Bazzil light green and dark green cardstock
  • Gold cardstock
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BOO!

October 6, 2019

It’s that ‘Magical’ season-Halloween!
This is one of my favorite seasons! Besides all the colors of fall, children trick-or-treating, witches, skeletons, and getting out all my Halloween decorations, it really is a FUN season. Hopefully the weather has become crisp and the smell of fallen leaves abounds. 

This is a 6 “X 6” card. I found a magical “skull“ moon to use as a background behind the “stitched“ rectangles. See the children on their way to get “goodies“?

I also found “skull“ paper to use for the pottery pitcher, to which I coated with diamond glaze.

Chrysanthemums come in all the perfect colors for Halloween. Ivy vines (these colored to be sweet potato vines, as Susan showed in one of her tutorials) and the Berry branch with Nuvo Crystal Drops– sweet lilac- is behind the ivy.

I thought some fine cord would be interesting here in there, so I added some ‘loops’, along with a spider! The word Magic is one of Suzanne Cannon’s. All the other dies are Susan Tierny Cockburn’s Garden Notes.

Always the wonderful ladybug!

if you are interested in any of the dies, or products I’ve used, they are all listed below. Just click on the ones you would like and you will be directed to ECD to complete your order.

I hope the season is magical for all of you! Happy Haunting!
See you next month!

Kathy Sabarese 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Design Team

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Hello September!

September 10, 2019

Autumn is here, but the weather sure isn’t cooperating! There should be oranges, purples, browns, trees showing their beautiful Fall colors, but so far Florida hasn’t had any crisp days.. yet!

Today’s project is a 6 “x 6 “ card. For the background I used some white texture paste and added just a bit of re-inker to make the soft green. Then spread it over a stencil I have, which adds some dimension. 

The flowers: Back-eyed Susan’s, Love In The Mist and Coneflower went into the Galvanized Bucket (Modascrap Wood Effects Paper) I found a great wooden button at Hobby Lobby for the handle.

For fillers, I used the Frosty Fern, Wheat Sheath and Autumn Leaves.(I brushed a coat of Diamond Glaze on top of the leaves for some shine)
The words are from the “Little Words That Mean A Lot” Stamp Set, and are very apropos here in Florida. We’ve been having rainy days for months! And, of course..there she is…the Lady Bug!

The products I’ve used are listed below. If you’re interested in any, just click on the pictures and you will be directed to the Elizabeth Craft Designs page to complete your order. 

I hope you enjoy this season and are inspired to keep ‘gardening’ year round!

See you next month!

Kathy Sabarese
Elizabeth Craft Designs Team

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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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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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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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