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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

A Way With Words ModaScrap Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

Happily Ever After –– 12 Projects You’ll Want To Recreate This Wedding Season

June 3, 2019

Wedding season is here! Showering the happy couple with love and support is easy with handmade gift. With the help of our Design Team, we’ve gathered 12 projects you’ll want to create for the big day!

For tutorials, click the Design Team member’s name or picture. *Not applicable on all*

Wedding Cards

Tanja Kabel
Yogi Grunwald
Samantha Klaebe
Katelyn Grosart
Karen Ostergard
Joyce Schmidt
Diane Prince

Gifts & Memory Keeping

ECD Staff
Kelly Booth
Laura Gilhuly

For The Big Day

EK Gorman
Suzanne Cannon

We hope you enjoyed these fun ideas! There are so many possibilities for handmade projects –– what will you create?

Be sure to check out the products used below, and join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Group to share your wedding season projects!

Happy Crafting!

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Challenge Accepted…And Answered! #MakeFlowersMasculine

May 26, 2019

I was chatting with Joseph Nguyen from JN Unique Designs on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page the other night and he said “it would be nice if we could make flowers masculine”.

Well Joseph, Challenge accepted!!!

Hope you all enjoy how I created this card. Check out the #MakeFlowersMasculine Challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page going until June 14, 2019 –– you could win a special gift from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I was inspired by this paper I got at my local craft store. It reminded me of artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe. I got my color pallets from this paper.

First I die cut 2 of each flower so I could have “extras” for fullness.

I used the Copic markers above and colored each piece.

I already had the milk can prepared in my stash-it pays to have things already made.

Next I shaped them on my shaping mat and cutting the yellow center pegs in half so I could get a good base for my pollen.

I assembled the flowers by offsetting the three layers. I dipped the yellow pieces in pollen and put green pollen in center for a darker effect.

Since this card is for my Dad for Father’s Day, I stamped it with the sentiment “Happy Father’s Day”.

I achieved the green background behind punch by cutting same punch in half.

This gave me a “matte” behind my sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed my creation. Flowers are NOT just for Moms!

Thank you for visiting and stop by soon for other creations from us.

Happy Crafting!

Joyce Schmidt

Products used:

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Sending You Blooming Fuchsias

May 20, 2019

Hi there! It’s Tanja here. The flowers are in full bloom and so I wanted to show you the step-by-step for this blooming fuchsias!

Here is the tutorial:

Step 1: Die Cut and Color the Flower Pieces

  • Die cut the flower pieces with the help of the Susan’s Garden Fuchsia die set from white Soft Finish Cardstock
  • Color the pieces with Alcohol Markers and add shading with Pan Pastels

Step 2: Create the Background

  • Die cut a Stitched Rectangle from watercolor paper
  • Add color with Paper Artsy Infusions Violetta and water from your Mister Bottle

Step 4: Sentiment Stamping and Assembly

  • Stamp the sentiment from the Spring Sentiments set with two colors of ink for an ombre look
  • Shape and assemble the flowers; afterwards adhere them to the background panel
  • Mat the panel onto a piece of pink cardstock cut using a slightly larger die from the Stitched Rectangles set
  • Adhere all the layers to a card base

Step 5: Final Embellishment

  • Add a little ladybug from the Ladybugs die set covered with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew to one of the leaves

Have a colorful day.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Other
Alcohol Marker
Pan Pastel
Paper Artsy Infusion Violetta
Mister Bottle
Altenew Crisp Ink (Razzleberry, Midnight Violet)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew

Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Susan's Garden Club

Collect Beautiful Moments

May 14, 2019

Hello crafters! It is Luciana here, with a floral card ready to collect a picture, a poem or just a message for your dearest ones.

Here’s the step-by-step:

Step 1. Base
Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12×8, and fold in half to make a 6×8 card.
From an other sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 6×8, cut out an oval frame using the second bigger metal die from the set Garden Notes – Frame It/ Stitched Ovals.

Step 2. Sentiment
Cut out a circle from the White Soft Finish Cardstock, using the second smaller metal die from the set Dashing Circles.
Stamp on it the sentiment “Collect Beautiful Moments” from the set of stamps Remember.
Add it on the low right corner of the frame.

Step 3. Leaves
Cut out from the White Soft Finish Cardstock, the following leaves:
Garden Notes – Hosta Leaves
Garden Notes – Eucalyptus Frosty Fern
Garden Notes – Clematis (only the leaves)
Garden Notes – French Pumpkin (only the leaves)

Color them as showed below.
Add the veins using the leaf tool and the leaf pad.
With the ball tool and the molding pad add more curving details.
Adhere the leaves around the oval of the frame, as shown in the pictures below.

Step 4 . Prairie Rose
Cut a set of Garden Notes – Prairie Rose (except the stem) from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color all the pieces.
Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals. With the ball tool, add the curling to the paper.
Use the ball tool and the tweezers to wrap the pistil pieces.
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the Pollen on the end points of the pistil.
Overlap all the layers of the petals and the pistil.
Adhere the flowers in the hight left corner of the oval frame.

Step 5. Crocus
Cut 3 sets of Garden Notes – Crocus (except the stem) from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color all the pieces.
Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals.
Wrap the pistils pieces with the tweezers
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the Pollen on the end points of the pistils.
Overlap all the layers of the petals and the pistils.
Adhere the flowers in the low right corner of the oval frame.

Step 6: Assemblage
Adhere under the oval an element that you would emphasize (it could be a picture, a message, or a poem). Then adhere it on the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for stopping by.
Luciana

other:
nuvo drops black;
watercolors
distress ink pad


Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

For The Party Animal

May 13, 2019

Hello & Welcome! Samantha here. Today’s card is one of those cards that once you’ve put it all together, you love it so much you’d rather frame it then give it away! Well that’s how I feel about it anyways…

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Use both the Frame It – Stitched Rectangle and Frame It – Stitched Square die as shown below to create a ‘photo’ frame die cut.

Step 2: Stamp the Sentiment.

Step 3: Using shades of green cardstock and pattern paper die cut several leaves from Tropical Florals and Trio of Leaves.

Step 4: Arrange the leaves on a card front measuring 12.5cm x 17.5cm. When you are happy with the placement of the leaves adhere them down. Use foam tape to adhere the ‘photo’ frame die cut.

(Optional) Add machine stitched details

Step 5: Die cut the zebra and Giraffe die – assemble these as shown, tucking them behind the ‘photo’ frame die cut.

Step 6: Adhere Double Sided Adhesive to white card stock and die cut the hat and glasses from the Party Accessories die set.

Step 6: Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (in Royal Blue and Fruscia). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. Complete assembling the party accessories.

Step 7: Adhere the Party Accessories to the die cut animals. Adhere card front to a 5″ x 7″ card base. Embellish with googly eyes, sequins and a twine bow.

I love how this card came together – I think I’m going to have to buy a frame for it! The safari animals are that cute, I don’t think I could part with the card. Do you have projects that you end up just keeping for yourself?

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Supplies Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Zebra

Giraffe

Party Accessories

Garden Notes: Stitched Rectangles

Garden Notes: Stitched Squares

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Trio of Leaves

Tropical Florals

Silk Microfine Glitter – Royal Blue/Fruscia

Other:

Cardstock

Pattern Paper

Specialty Paper – Wood Paper/Corrugated Card

Twine

Sequins

Black Ink

Stamping Tool

Sewing Machine

Cuttlebug

Googly Eyes

A Way With Words Designer Challenge Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Krista Schneider Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Stamping Susan's Garden Club

11 Gifts For Mom On Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2019

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s out there!

Today gives us such a wonderful opportunity to honor the women in our lives who raised us, praised us and made us who we are. They certainly have been a huge and important part of our lives!

Along with our Design Team, we put together 11 projects for mom on Mother’s Day –– enjoy!

Kathy Sabarese

To honor my mother, this background with the windmill pays tribute to her PA ‘Dutch’ heritage, and she loved tulips! I’ve put the tulips in Susan’s Garden Watering Can, which has a Mandala geometric pattern of ‘dots’ which are done by Tibetan Buddhists called ‘Dkyil-khor.’ This literally means ‘ that which encircles a centre.’ My dear friend, fellow stamper and tole painter, Barb Pelak, was kind enough to do a pattern on the Watering Can for me! I colored my tulips to match her colors in the pattern.
Happy Mother’s Day mom.  Miss you lots!

Tanja Kabel

Diana Nguyen

EK Gorman

See EK’s video tutorial for this project here!

Joset van de Burgt

Joyce Schmidt

Laura Gilhuly

Karen Ostergard

I made my mom a mini album from bar coasters. 

Els van de Burgt

Suzanne Cannon

Susan Tierney-Cockburn


We hope you have a wonderful day, celebrating or being celebrated.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Beautiful hydrangeas, “Water Vessels”

May 7, 2019

Hello, this is Diane here with a card for you!

Flooding season has officially arrived here and this year it’s been awful, even more than usual. Reading on the hydrangea, I learned that the name is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’, which is in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. With this post, I wish to extend my compassion to everyone who feels heartaches having to deal with an infuriated Mother Nature and I’m offering them those mini water vessels.

Here are the steps to make this card:

Step 1: Card base

  • Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12 X 6, folded in half to make a 6 X 6 card.
  • With a purple patterned paper, cute a square piece 5 1/2 X 5 1/2.
  • Die cut a circle with the the largest die of the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) dies set, in a purple cardstock.
  • Die cut a second circle with the the second largest die of the Stitched Circles (#1116) dies set, in a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • Using the same purple cardstock as for the first circle, die cut the Flower Lace 2 (#1383).
  • With some Double Sided Adhesive Tape and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere all the layers on top of each other, like shown in the next picture.
  • And here’s the final card base:

Step 2 Hydrangea

For a very detailed and wonderful video from Susan Tierney Cockburn on how to create those forgeous flowers, I invite you to watch the video on the link here.

  • Using the die set Garden Notes Hydrangea 2 (#1293), die cut 6 times the center that will be use for the base of each of the three flowers, in a green cardstock.
  • With the medium size ball stylus (from the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set), on the Molding Pad, create a dome with each of the 6 pieces.
  • Glue the bases two by two, using a toothpick and some Kids Choice Glue, to get 3 final center pieces.
  • Cut the stem off, we do not use them for this card.
  • Ink up some White Soft Finish Cardstock using some Oxide Ink, (here I used some Dusty Concord), dabbing very lightly the dauber on both side of the cardstock.
  • Die cut the 4 times the plate of little flowers on the inked cardstock.
  • Shape the little flowers on a Molding Pad. with the smallest ball stylus, wrong side up, on each of the 4 tips of the flowers.
  • Turn the flowers on the right side and cup up with the same stylus.
  • Glue the green domes on the card base and had the little flowers to cover the domes.
  • With a make-up applicator, had some shading in the heart of some flowers, with the Bright Yellow Green Shades Pan Pastel.
  • Add a very small touch of glue here and there in some centers of the flowers and sprinkle some small green prills.
  • Using some green cardstock, die cut the leaves 5 or 6 times each.
  • On the Leaf Pad, with the leaf tool, draw some vein on the wrong side.
  • Bent the leaves and add some Bright Yellow Green Pan Pastel on the vein with a make-up applicator.
  • Add some shading with a dark green ink on the edges of each leaf.
  • On the Molding Pad, give some dimension to the leaves by rubbing them on the tip with the medium ball stylus.
  • Glue them on the project.

And here’s a closer look at the final project:

I really hope you like this tutorial, thanks for visiting!

Diane Prince

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Other Products used on this card:

Bazzill Avocado Green Cardstock, Bazzill Nelly Cardstock, Distress Oxide – Dusty Concord and Forest Moss

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Love With Calla Lilies

May 1, 2019

Good morning!

Kathy here from the Elizabeth Craft Design Team, showcasing Susan’s Calla Lily, from her latest release. 

What a beautiful flower, coming in so many different colors. Besides the white one, I’ve colored the two others to look like a Flame and a Garnet Glow Lily. 

The background was done on photo paper with Brusho powders, and a thin layer of green card stock. 

The Lilies are arranged in the Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher (1294). I found paper already embossed. Moss was added, and the ‘Love’ die from Suzanne Cannon (1165). Of course, the wonderful ladybug!

Susan just did a second tutorial on this background and the Lily –– you can see it here.

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. 

Try this lovely flower! It would be a great addition to your flower garden. 

See you soon,

Kathy Sabarese 

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Time Flies Photo Frame

April 30, 2019

Hello friends, it’s Sandy! Each year when hubby and I celebrate our anniversary, I create a mixed media project to commemorate the occasion. This year we will be celebrating number 55 so I have made a special photo frame, Time Flies.

I am showing it with no photo because that will be added later. There is a video at the end of the post – I hope you enjoy the process.

I began with the Timely Pocket Watch from Wendy Vecchi, I’ve had this in my stash for a long time so I’m not sure if they are still available.
I used the two main parts in the package and covered them with gesso. If you are not familiar with gesso, it is a primer that can be applied to nearly any surface to neutralize the color.
To get the desired color on the watch, I used Prima Metallique Wax, White Gold. This wax is really intended to be used to highlight details on a mixed media project but it worked great for this. After the wax dried, it was buffed with a soft cloth. In order to make the watch look old and a bit tarnished, I dry brushed on some black paint and then buffed it.
A small piece of corrugated paper was added to the top of the watch to make it look like the watch stem where you would wind it. It was then covered with the same wax.
There are three of different flowers and ferns used to decorate the pocket watch. I will link to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s videos below so you can see how they are made. The Helenium, Ladder Fern and Baby’s Breath were used here.
The first thing to go on were the Heleniums.
Next all the rest of the flowers and ferns were added. Sometimes you just need to play with all the pieces to see how they look best and that is what I did here.
Using the same corrugated paper, I cut out the Butterfly Aperture and then cut it down the center.
The wings went on to the back section of the pocket watch.
Using the largest circle in the Fitted Circles die set, a white circle was cut out and placed on the inside of the frame. Since I still need to add a photo, the frame was only glued near the top. This way I can add my photo and then glue the rest together along with a piece of acetate to protect the photo.
For the final step, I added a piece of decorative paper to make the frame look complete.

I enjoyed making this and sharing it with you,
See you again soon,
Sandy

Here is Susan’s video on the Helenium:

Watch my process video here:

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