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6 Last Minute Holiday Projects

December 18, 2019

The holiday season is here –- are you ready for it?

Sometimes, it helps to see a few ideas to spark some crafting inspiration. Today, with the help of some DT members and friends, we’ve pulled together 6 quick, last minute projects that you can make for the holiday! Enjoy!

Karen Ostergard

Suzanne Cannon

Anita Izendoorn

Katelyn Grosart

Tina Guigui Dornbaum

Diana Nguyen

We hope your holiday season is filled with lots of joy and craftiness!

Happy Crafting!

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‘Tis The Season

December 17, 2019

Hello! Samantha here, welcome! When December 1st rolled by, I was already in Christmas mode! In fact, I’ve been looking forward to Christmas for awhile and couldn’t wait to put up our Christmas tree… Here is my Christmas card inspiration for today.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Cut pink card stock to fit an A6 card base. (Measurements: 114mm x 162mm)

Step 2: Die cut the Adventures Edges wave die using pattern paper and cardstock to create a fun colourful snowy background. Adhere to pink card base – trim.

Optional: Add machine stitched details.

Step 3: Stamp and die cut the stars.

Step 4: Stamp the image, colour with your preferred medium. Die-cut the image out.

Step 5: Adhere Clear Double Sided adhesive to pink cardstock. Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (Silver). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle.

Step 6: Die cut the stars.

Step 7: Assemble card. Adhere the images and a stamped out sentiment to card front. Embellish with sequins and a twine bow. Adhere card front to an A6 card base.

As I had stamped the other images from Christmas Kid’s stamp set I created a second card. This time I created a starry background using the stars in the stamp set. It reminds me of one of my favourite Christmas song lyrics: “Children playing, having fun” – Shakin’ Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone.

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Other:

Cardstock – pink/blue

Pattern Paper

Sequins

Twine

Sewing Machine

Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Black Ink

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam dots

Chameleon Pens: PK4/PK5/BL3/Y03/GR2/RD3

Copics: E0/E01

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Videos

Simple And Easy-To-Make Christmas Card Set

December 16, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here today with my last guest design team blog post of the year. Are you ready for a few more Christmas cards? I have created plenty this year, but I still ran out of them, so I needed a few simple, fast and easy ideas to create a few more. So for these cards I decided to use mainly just the die cut dies and colored cardstock. So if you are looking for fast-to-make cards, this might be exactly what you are looking for. 

Here is how I created the cards: 

  • Die cut Soft Finish Cardstock with die cut dies of your choice. 
  • Arrange onto card bases and adhere.
  • Stamp the sentiment. 
  • Decorate with liquid or glitter pearls. Done! 

For the above card I also used a small piece of patterned paper, because it reminded me of snowfall. But you could also use colored cardstock (blue) instead and adhere the die cut snowflakes on place. 

I’ve also recorded a start-to-finish video of the steps for you to watch! I hope you enjoy watching it and give this idea a try! 

This is my last guest blog post of the year and it has been such a joy creating with and for Elizabeth Craft Designs the past year. I hope you have enjoyed my bi-monthly projects and got inspired to create a card or two! 

Wishing you all a lovely holiday season and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies

Other: 

Sizzix Big Shot A4
Hero Arts Chalkboard ink, black
Glue pen
Nuvo Vintage and Glitter Drops
Misti stamping tool

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Panda Just For You

December 14, 2019

Diana here! My youngest son loves all things panda. He could say the name of his panda lovey before he could say his own name. Inevitably, he will get something panda related for his birthday and Christmas. Being a prepared momma, I made this card for him to use as a thank you card once Christmas is over.

Els has a great video on how to put the panda together so I won’t go through it here. The only thing I added was to sponge some pink on the paws and cheeks.

Can you see the Symbol background is on a sheet of Press and Seal?

I started with a white background and then sponged some yellow and green on the bottom. This softens the background and makes the background not so stark because I knew I wanted to add the Symbol background to it. In the picture above, you can see that the negative of the Symbol background is all aligned because before I took it off the cutting mat, I pressed a sheet of Press and Seal on it. Then I could just add glue and place it directly onto the background. So easy and quick!

Add some grass with some quick upstrokes of Copic markers

I almost did not add grass to the background but when I did my layout with the panda and bamboo, it looked as if the panda was floating. Adding the grass anchored him a bit. And the good news is that it does not have to be perfect as most of it will be covered by the panda.

All done!

I die cut the bamboo and the A Way With Words “for you” out of green cardstock and added shading by coloring with a darker shade of green Copic. I’ve found this keeps my die cuts some dimension.

This little guy is so cute!

Thanks for looking and hope it gives you ideas on how to personalize your thank you cards!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used

Distress Inks

Copic Markers

Black and green cardstock

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

December 12, 2019

Hi everyone, it’s Tina here. Today I am sharing a super fun card using the Winter Bears Stamp set, Adventure Edges and Joyful Wishes Sentiment Stamp set. Below are the steps to create your own 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)

Step 2 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. Apply Distress Oxide Ink starting from the bottom using Tumbled Glass, then working into Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. Create a snowfall effect using white acrylic paint on a paintbrush by tapping the brush. Let dry.

Step 3 – Diecut Adventure Edges 2 (the hill die) 2 times. Adhere bottom layer to card front using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Stamp Joyful Wishes sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink to the top layer. Adhere to card using Foam Tape.

Step 4 – Stamp Winter Bears images using Gina K Amalgam Ink on White Soft Finish Cardstock. Colour the images using colour medium of your choice. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers. Diecut images with the matching dies. Adhere using Kids Choice Glue to some images and Foam Tape to the remaining images.

Step 5 – Optional – For added interest and sparkle randomly adhere Jewels using Kids Choice Glue.

The Winter Bears Stamp set is still one of my favorite stamp set for my holiday cards. You can mix and match using other Krista Schneider sets to create many different holiday scene cards or just change the colours. Below you will find the link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Tina

Products Used:

Cardmaking Joset Designs Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

It’s That Time Again!

December 10, 2019

Hello everyone, Diane here to present you one of my Christmas cards. Christmas cards are my favorite to make and I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial.

Step 1: Card base

  • Cut 12 X 6 inches white cardstock 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 gold cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 blue cardstock.
  • Adhere each layer on top of the other with some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape .

Step 2: Background

  • Using the Planner Essentials Dies #1610 – Planner Patterns die set, die cut the middle pattern (boxes shapes) in some gold cardstock and once in red cardstock. Keep all the little parts in the pattern.
  • Put some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back of every other row of the gold die cut. Remove all the pieces not covered with the tape (see picture below).
  • Remove the tape and adhere on the card base.
  • Leaving the first row empty, adhere some red pieces with some Kids Choice Glue on the next row. Repeat for the next two rows (see picture below).

Step 3 : Reindeer

  • Using the #1681 Reindeer die set, die cut all the parts of the reindeer in colored cardstock.
  • Also using this die set, die cut all the parts of the wreath in different colors of cardstock.
  • Put together the reindeer and the wreath with some Kids Choice Glue as shown in the picture below.
  • Put some accent glitters on the lights of the wreath.
  • Put some googling eyes on the reindeer.
  • Adhere the reindeer on the right side of the card with some foam adhesive tape.

Step 4: Christmas gifts

  • Using the die set #1568 – Santa’s Sleigh, die cut 2 medium size gifts and one small gift using some green, red and yellow cardstock.
  • Die cut the bows for each gift, alternating the colors.
  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, assemble the gifts.
  • Glue the gifts on the left side of the card.

Step 5: Sentiments

  • Die cut the words ”happy” and ”holidays” out of the #1567 Words 5 – Winter Wishes die set into some red cardstock.
  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the words on the top of the card.

Here you go, the card is finish! Thank you for your visit and I hope you have tons of fun making you own Christmas card!

Diane

Other products used:
  • Gold mirror cardstock;
  • Red, green, yellow, blue cardstock (Bazzill was used on this card);
  • Nuvo – Glitter Drops – White Blizzard.
Cardmaking Craft Drops Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

‘Tis The Season

December 9, 2019

… to ‘Deck the Halls’!

Are you in the Christmas Spirit, and getting out all your favorite decorations?  Tree up? (I hope it twinkles and sparkles)!

This is a 6” x 6” card with white embossed card stock as the background and dark green as the backing. I’ve used pine needles and two ornaments from ECD’s ‘Beautiful Baubles’ to begin the festivities. 

I cut 2 pine branches, then a third, which was cut into several pieces to make the boughs dimensional. Star Dust glitter glue was added to resemble snow. The Berry Branch was added using Pearl Rose Craft Drops for the berries. 
The ornaments are 2 different pieces of glittery card stock, and I decided double bows made the ornaments ’perky’!

‘Joy’ and ‘Peace’ were added as my wishes to you. 

This saying from Thomas Wolfe is a favorite of mine, so I wanted to include it: “always leave a little room in your Holidays for miracles”

All my best wishes for a very Happy and Healthy New Year! See you in 2020!

Kathy Sabarese
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Design Team

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Seasons Greetings Card

December 5, 2019

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Seasons Greetings Card.

I love creating with Krista Schneider’s stamps as there are fabulous designs and are the perfect images to add to any project you’re working on. You’ll want to read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my card at home!

Step One. Choose a piece of Christmas patterned paper. Die cut a 4 3/4″ Stitched Indented Square out of the paper. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Indented Square out of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Three. Die cut a 3 3/4″ Stitched Indented Square out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to some of the circles from the Circle Background and stamp randomly onto the square. Reapply ink as needed to the stamp. Sprinkle Golden Rod Molten Dimensions Embossing Powder overtop of the circles. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the square using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the Words 5 – Winter Wishes die, die cut the Seasons Greetings sentiment out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of the sentiment.

Step Five. Next, you’ll need the Poinsettia Stamp Set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the poinsettia stamp and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the berry sprig stamp and stamp onto the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Reapply ink two more times to the berry sprig stamp and stamp on the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the holly branch stamp and stamp onto the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Reapply ink to the holly branch stamp and stamp on the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the pine branch stamp and stamp onto the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Reapply ink two more times to the pine branch stamp and stamp on the same piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.Colour the images in using a waterbrush and Tombow Markers 847, 249, 177, 026 and 969. Die cut the images out using the coordinating Poinsettia Dies. Ink the edges of the images using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Adhere the emboss square to the black soft finish cardstock square. Foam square the black soft finish square to the patterned paper square.

Step Seven. Adhere the holly branches, pine branches and berry sprigs as desired in behind the poinsettia. Foam square the poinsettia to the middle of the embossed square.

Step Eight. Adhere the Seasons Greetings sentiment to the right side of the poinsettia. To finish the card, cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 3/4″ x 9 1/2″, score at 4 3/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Seasons Greetings Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot and Forest Moss
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Molten Dimensions – Golden Rod Embossing Powder
  • Tombow Markers: 847, 249, 177, 026 and 969
  • Carta Bella: Christmas Market – Buffalo Plaid
  • Misc: Waterbrush
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Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

December 4, 2019

Hey Friends! It’s EK Gorman, and I am sneaking in with a project just a little different than normal today. When I started card making, I viewed my cards as a little piece of art. Now years later, I haven’t really stopped thinking of my homemade cards as art, but today’s project takes that idea to a whole new level. When I saw the new Bridge & Lotus dies set from Joset, I immediately new I had to channel my inner Monet and create my own version of his Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge.

Step One: Die cut some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with the Bridge & Lotus die set.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color in the die cuts. I used copics and tried to channel colors from the original Monet piece.

Step Three: To create the background, trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5×5.5 inches. Then using alcohol markers fill the cardstock with color. I used copics and used geometrical diagonal lines.

Step Four: Drip colorless blend onto the colored cardstock.

**On a personal note, I just love how much color you can to Soft Finish Cardstock with your alcohol markers. This is not true of all cardstock, but I really love how Soft Finish Cardstock holds up to copic coloring.

Step Five: Using Kids Choice Glue and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cuts to the background.

Step Six: Using the new Zen Sentiments stamp set, add a sentiment to your project. I double stamped my sentiment with some olive green ink.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock to 6x12inches, and score and fold it to create a 6×6 inch card. Adhere the background cardstock to card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

I think I really got close to capturing the soft beauty of Monet’s work on this card.

I cannot wait to use this new die set again, and see what other pieces of art I can create on my homemade cards. Let me know in the comments below, what artist you see when you look at the Bridge & Lotus die set. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK

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