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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


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


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.


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.




  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.


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.


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


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.


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.)


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



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,

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


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!








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
Patterned Paper
Foam Tape
Glue Dots

All White Wedding Card

October 22, 2014

Card Front

Created by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for ECD Design Team

Fall is the time for Halloween and getting ready for Christmas (it’s never too early to get a start on Christmas cards!), but it’s also high season for weddings. Being a photographer, I’m keenly aware of this. A friend and fellow gamer just got married; this is the card I made for the newlyweds.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of white cardstock in half so you have two pieces 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Fold one in half for a card base.

2. Cut the leftover piece of white cardstock in half and use one to cut a piece 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; emboss with Spring Leaves. Adhere to center of card front using dimensional tape. Use the other half to create the tag using Tag 1 main (basic shape) die plus the decorative overlay die. Trim to 4 1/2 inches.

3. From another piece of white cardstock, die cut one large and one small Crystal Flower Overlay and one small Crystal Flower (solid). Adhere the large overlay to the tag as shown (flat). Curl the petals of the others upward and adhere as shown (offset from each other).

4. Adhere Double Sided Adhesive to white cardstock. Die cut one small Crystal Flower center circle and the word Congratulations (trim along score line, leaving narrow band below lettering). Peel off backing and coat adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; polish with finger. Glue circle to center of flower. Glue Congratulations near bottom of tag as shown. Adhere ribbon over bottom of Congratulations as shown, wrapping it around the back of the tag.

5. Using dimensional tape, adhere tag to front of card at a slight angle as shown.

Card Front Closeup


ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock, White
  • Dimensional Tape
  • 1/8″ White Satin Ribbon

Congratulations, Lovebirds

September 25, 2014
Hi there crafty friends! It’s Debra here today to share a quick and elegant Congratulations card for the newlywed lovebirds in your life.  Do you find, as I do, that you are always in short supply of a beautiful wedding card for that special bride and groom? It’s easy to pick one up at the store but it’s just not the same as making one with all the love and affection you feel for the happy couple. Finding the time to make something special can be a challenge. That’s why today’s card is so easy you can make several to tuck away in your stash. Tip: If you know the bride and groom’s wedding colors you can change the card to match their special day.

ECD Sept 24 blogpost birds front 1a P1060955

Here are the instructions:

1. Cut a piece of light blue cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score and fold in half to form a standard A2 size card base. Cut another piece to 3 3/4 x 5 and emboss with the Curly Leaves Embossing Folder. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.

2. Adhere the embossed blue piece to the white piece. Adhere to the card base on foam adhesive for added dimension.

3. Adhere a piece of double sided adhesive sheet to a 3″ square of white cardstock. Remove release sheet and place one Crystal Flower Peel-off on top, sticky side up. Place cardstock with adhesive side down onto the release sheet. Remove release sheet and cover adhesive and Peel-off with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your fingers. Brush off the excess glitter; return it to the jar for other projects. Cut out flower.

4.Adhere another piece of double sided adhesive to white cardstock 3 x 2 1/4. Peel off release sheet and cover adhesive with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your fingers. Brush off the excess glitter; return it to the jar for other projects. Die cut two Bird silhouettes from this glittered piece of cardstock.

5. Cut two Bird overlays from darker blue cardstock.

ECD Sept 24 blogpot dies 1a P1060947

6. Die cut 3 white and 2 darker blue leaf sets with the Curly Leaves die.

ECD Sept 24 Blogpost leaves 1a P1060949

7. Assemble card as shown. Place Congratulations Peel-off to top of embossed card front about 1/2 inch from the top.

8. Adhere the bird overlays to the glittered bodies. Add a Blue/Silver Glitter Dot Peel-off to the eye of each bird. Adhere birds as shown. Overlap two circles from the Silver Crystal Flower Peel-off between the two birds’ beaks to represent wedding rings.

ECD Sept 24 blogpost birds cu 1a P1060962

9. Adhere blue and white Curly Leaves die cuts to the bottom left corner of the card front. Adhere Crystal Flower using foam tape for dimension. Add one small silver dot from the Crystal Flower Peel-off sheet to the center of the Crystal Flower and your card is complete.

Here is another angle that shows how gorgeous the embossing is.

ECD Sept 24 blogpost emboss 1a P1060963

Thanks for stopping by today!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Products used:

E105 Curvy Leaves Embossing Folder
730 Curly Leaves Die
709 Birds Die
2579 Crystal Flowers Peel-offs in Silver
2578 Congratulations Large Peel-offs in Silver
641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Double Sided Adhesive

Other Supplies used:
Cardstock- Bazzill
Foam Adhesive



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