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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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Other products used:

Yellow and Green Bazzill Cardstock

Copic Ink Markers

Marabu Gineliner Colour Graphix

Spanish Moss

A Way With Words ModaScrap Soft Finish Cardstock

You Shine Graduation Card

June 2, 2019

Hi there! It’s Suzanne here today with a bright shiny card for you to create!

Graduation is a wonderful time in your life! It’s a new beginning; it’s a celebration of a great accomplishment. You never forget it. Help the grad celebrate with a bright shiny card! Make sure they know how brilliant they are!

I wanted to make a card that would be great for a guy or a girl. I chose blues, but choosing hot colours for a summer graduation would be stunning! Substitute the polka dots for floral if you want. Gorgeous!

Here is how you can make this card:

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A Way With Words

Baby Shower Set

November 3, 2018

Babies – ah, I love them!  And I love celebrating the arrival of a new bundle of hope, possibility and dreams.  Now that I am out of the baby stage myself, I would actually have time to put together a cute little shower for a mom-to-be.  There are so many designs you could make for a baby shower with the A Way With Words die sets.  I went with the onesies because I just love those – especially since I love squeezing those baby thunder thighs!  This set showcases an example of a card for the mom-to-be, the invitations and then also a little gift box.  Read on how you can quickly put together a set yourself.

 

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Susan's Garden Club

Congratulations Card – Love in a Mist

October 25, 2017

 

Hello Friends, Piyanki here with  a new project using some brand new Susan’s Garden dies. The collection is fun , creative and as always immensely intricate to give your flowers the perfect shape and natural look. For today’s post I have chosen the Garden Notes –  “Love in a Mist” (Nigella Damascena) die set. First the name fascinated me and then when I researched a little about the flower, it blooms in the color blue. For a long time I have not created any flower in blue so went for it at once.

Love in a Mist is a common name for “Nigella”. The ferny , fennel like foliage makes it look all the more interesting. With the die set you have the perfect dies for the foliage which will add the natural look once you assemble the flowers. I chose to create my flowers blue for my card, however you can find these flowers in a variety of different colors.

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Susan's Garden Club Susan's Garden Designer Challenge

Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge – August

August 8, 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our August Susan’s Garden Design Team Designer Challenge. We had such a fantastic response to our first Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge last month, we are so glad that you all enjoyed it.

Susan Tierney-Cockburn not only designs beautiful flower dies for us to create with,  she also designs a line of CountryScapes dies that can stand alone or be combined to create beautiful scenes.

Our challenge this month is Home is where the Heart is – Use any of the Susan’s Garden House related dies to create your card/project.

For our Challenge today we are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: “Which dies from Susan’s collection make you think of your home?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, August 11th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now let’s take a look at the wonderful creations our talented Design Team have created for the Challenge this month. For more information about the cards, click on the designer’s name under each card to be taken to the designer’s blog post and will open up in a new window.

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Susan's Garden Club

Congratulations!

March 29, 2017

Hi Friends! Piyanki here today welcoming spring with my handmade bouquet. I am from India. Here, the city of Srinagar hosts the World’s Largest Tulip Garden in Asia. Tourists from all across the globe flock to this garden in the month of April. It is open for 21 days. I found a photo on Google to show you. If you ever visit India at that time of year it is a must-see!

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A Way With Words

More Fun Times with Fitted Frames

October 2, 2015

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By Judi Kauffman

My last Guest Designer project for the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog (Fun Times with Fitted Frames, September 6, 2015) used three of the same die sets as this time – Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Rectangles, Leaf & Berry Branches, and Congratulations.

I thought it would be fun to keep going with the same dies to show how endlessly versatile they are!

I added two dies, a butterfly and the words With Sympathy. And I changed the palette from country-influenced folk art colors to muted shades of blue-purple, amethyst, and navy.

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Butterflies have long symbolized the fragility and brevity of life so I chose them for the sympathy card. But butterflies are also a symbol of lightness and happiness, equally appropriate for sending good wishes to a newly-married couple or graduate so I positioned a pair on the Congratulations card as well.

Customize your cards!

*Change the sentiment, the color combination, the size and shape.

*Create a flat card instead of one with a fold and send along a Card Stand/Easel.

*Instead of butterflies, embellish with realistic flowers using dies from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Susan Garden Collection.

*Instead of realistic flowers, embellish with bold graphic flowers, berry branches or simple leaves using dies by Els.

*Mix in purchased embellishments.

*Take a more minimalist approach and stick with monochromatic or single-color tone-on-tone like the two cards shown below.

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Instructions:

  1. Follow the basic general instructions from September 6 to create the cards. All cardstock elements are die cut from cardstock backed with double sided adhesive sheet. Both cards are A2 size.
  1. For the sympathy card, cut the words With Sympathy a second time from Blue Velvet Adhesive Sheet. Position the Velvet words slightly offset over the cardstock words to add dimension. (The cardstock words act as a pale shadow.)
  1. Die cut 3 Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz butterflies for With Sympathy card, 2 butterflies for Congratulations card.
  1. Emboss butterflies in the Swirly Curves embossing folder. Lightly sand to reveal the silver color core of the Shimmer Sheetz. Gently bend butterfly wings upward.
  1. Secure the butterflies to the card front using a tiny sliver of a Tombow Power Adhesive Tab on the back of the body section, allowing the wings to remain dimensional and free of adhesive. (Use non-stick scissors to cut the Power Tab strips.) The wings will flatten when the card is in an envelope, but will pop right back up when it is removed! *Reminder: You must use a metal adaptor plate or Sizzix Precision Base Plate for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz, with the cutting side of the die facing the metal and the Shimmer Sheetz in between. The rest of the cutting plate “sandwich” is the same as usual for your machine.

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TIP: Make extra butterflies to use on gift tags, barrettes, and other projects. Shimmer Sheetz is garment-quality Mylar (colorfast and waterproof) so you could sew or glue butterflies onto T-shirts, scarves, and other items. If using glue, Beacon GemTac is highly recommended. Use florist’s wire when attaching Shimmer Sheetz butterflies (or other shapes) to plants or flower arrangements.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1062 Fitted Frames 2 Curvy Rectangles

1074 Leaf & Berry Branches

1051 Congratulations

1060 With Sympathy

1073 Butterfly 1

SS0216 Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

E119 Swirly Curves embossing folder

407 Blue Velvet Adhesive Sheets

Clear double-sided adhesive sheets in size of choice

Other –

Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs

Non-stick scissors (for cutting Power Tabs)

Blue-purple cardstock (or color of choice)

A2 envelopes

A Way With Words

Say It with Flowers Congratulations Card

September 24, 2015

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By Judi Kauffman

A dear friend called this morning with big news: She was heading home from the bank where she had just made the final payment on her mortgage! The timing could not have been more perfect. I had just put the finishing touches on the Say It with Flowers Congratulations Card and now have a recipient for it.

There are so many times when a congratulatory card is appropriate: Graduations and other major milestones come to mind, but other accomplishments like surviving a root canal or learning to spackle a wall or make strudel deserve celebrating, too.

Instead of the usual step-by-step instructions I’m going to outline my design strategies, offer a bunch of options, and trust that each of you can make your own version, inspired by the photos and ideas.

So that I could end up with a 5” x 7” card that looks like almost the entire front is covered with embossed Shimmer Sheetz I employed one of my favorite tricks – creating an optical illusion so that something looks bigger than it is. I started with a piece of Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz measuring only 4” x 5” (a third of a 5” x 12” sheet, or one piece from a Sampler Pack) and after it was alcohol ink-altered, embossed, and lightly sanded I cut it into two pieces (3” tall x 4” wide, 2” tall x 4” wide). The band with the word Congratulations does not cover any Shimmer Sheetz, it just looks like it does.

There is no rule that says you always have to COVER a background layer, it’s not cheating to create an illusion.

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The Curvy Leaves embossing folder provides a perfect background for small flowers. With the leaves pointing upward the flowers appear to be growing from the stems. Use any Bunch of Flowers dies you want, or pick some of the smaller dies from Flower Sets.

Each flower has two layers. Tiny pieces cut from Power Tabs hold the layers together and hold the flowers to the card front. The bottom flower is flat against the card front but the petals on the second one, the top layer, are bent upward for dimension. (Use nonstick scissors to cut the Power Tabs.)

Instead of my usual go-to Glitter Dots for the flower centers I used Lure Eyes for a bit of added dimension. This is another illusion. We don’t see it as an “eye” when it’s in the middle of a flower we only perceive the Lure Eyes as shiny round shapes.

I used tiny slivers of Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to add dimension beneath the word Congratulations. (Use nonstick scissors to cut the Power Tabs.)

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To customize the card:

*Change the color combination

*Skip the alcohol inks, simply emboss and lightly sand the Shimmer Sheetz

*Use more flowers or fewer, larger or smaller ones

*Go for Glitter Dots Peel-offs (7018) instead of Lure Eyes for flower centers

*Mix in more patterned papers or use only solid color cardstock

*Add a die cut leaf or two next to each flower

*Distress the edges of the cardstock with ink

*Substitute a stamped sentiment for the die cut

*For a word that is flat against the card front instead of dimensional back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet before die cutting

*Instead of a side fold card base make it a flat card to display on a die cut Card Stand/Easel

*Switch to a different sentiment and adjust the dimensions of the card as needed

*Instead of a sentiment add a small calendar pad, a printout of a favorite poem, a photo or handwritten message block and adjust the dimensions of the card as needed

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Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

1051 Quietfire Congratulations die

E105 Curvy Leaves embossing folder

728 Bunch of Flowers 1 die set and/or Flower Set dies of choice

(any 2 or more small flower dies)

SS0217 Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz (or color of choice)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (width of choice)

Other –

Solid color cardstock in colors of choice (Shown: Peach, Wine Red, Metallic Green)

Patterned paper of choice (Shown: BoBunny Enchanted Harvest)

Alcohol inks in colors of choice (Shown: Yellow, Raisin, Magenta)

Sanding block

5mm Lure Eyes in Gray (from Stanislaus Imports, lasioux.com)

Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs (Optional, to add dimension beneath sentiment)

Nonstick scissors (If using Power Tabs)

A Way With Words

A Way With Words Clean and Simple Cards

July 19, 2015

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Hi there! It’s Suzanne Cannon here today with a closer look at the new word dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs which will be in stores soon.

I’m so honored to be part of the Elizabeth Craft Designs family and look forward to sharing all sorts of ways to make the die cuts from A Way With Words Collection come alive. It’s so exciting to see artwork originally done with broad-edged pen and ink on my drafting table, transformed to die cut words ready to share on cards and multi-media projects!

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Here are just a few ideas to help you create clean and simple cards with lots of impact. You just know these cards are going to stand out!

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Congratulations uses a bright band of color to make the sentiment pop.

  1. Form a 5 x 6.5” tent-folded card base from watercolor paper.
  2. Die cut Congratulations from watercolor paper.
  3. Open the card. Use a broad brush to spread a band of water measuring approximately 1.5” across the middle of the card front.
  4. To add color to this card I used Brusho powders and dropped them into the wet surface allowing them to blend across the band. Any highly colored media that blends well can be used such as watercolors or inks. Allow to dry.
  5. Adhere Congratulations over the band of color.

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Friends features a small gold drop shadow to coordinate with the sweet birdies.

  1. Form a 5 x 7” tent-folded card base using a deeply colored cardstock. This sample uses Core’dinations Aquamarine.
  2. Die cut Friends from Core’dinations Atoll Aqua and another from gold cardstock. Adhere the gold Friends behind the colored Friends slightly offset so it is just peeking out from behind the colored cardstock.
  3. Die cut the two birds from gold.
  4. Adhere the birds and Friends to the card front as shown on sample. I love dimension, so I’ll roll bits of tape or glue dots to attach the elements to my card base. You can also use foam tape, but you have to cut the pieces very small! Use your Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors and Fine Pointed Tweezers to make and handle those little bits!

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With Sympathy is assembled in muted colors with multiple layers of simple rectangles of cardstock. Don’t worry if the ascenders and descenders of the letters extend past the edges of the panel they’re attached to. It makes your creation more dimensional and interesting!

  1. Form a 5 x 7” tent-folded card base using patterned paper. (For this sample I used Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses Collection cardstock)
  2. Die cut With Sympathy from the lightest colored cardstock.
  3. Cut coordinating panels measuring 6 ½ x 4 ½ ”, 5 ¼ x 3 ¼ ” and 5” x 3”.
  4. Attach smallest panel to next panel with double-sided tape. Attach this panel to the next larger panel with foam tape. Attach this panel to the card base with foam tape.
  5. Attach die cut words to top panel with small pieces of foam tape with the help of Fine Pointed Scissor and Fine Pointed Tweezers.

This is just the very tip of the iceberg! The possibilities with these three simple cards are endless. By simply changing the colors and papers you can customize your card for that special person receiving it. Thanks for joining us and happy creating!

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Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 
1051 Congratulations
1052 Friends
709 Birds
1060 With Sympathy
506 Transparent Double Sided Tape – 6mm
801 Fine Pointed Tweezers
802 Fine Pointed Scissors

Other – 
Watercolor Paper
Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Foam Tape
Glue Dots

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