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Tulips in spring

May 7, 2014

Good morning friends!

It’s me, Rita here today and I’m truly enjoying our spring here in sunny California. Honestly, I absolutely love spring! Nature comes alive again, trees are blooming, flowers are coming out and I get to see my garden of gorgeous violets, daffodils and tulips every year.  Since tulips are really my all time favorite flowers, I decided to create a tulip card.

1. Place tulip peel-offs on Neenah cardstock.

2. Color each tulip using your favorite markers or pencils. I used Copic Markers. For my dark pink tulips I used RV63, RV66 and RV 69, for the yellow tulips Y04, Y06, Y08 and E15, and for the leaves YG11, YG61, YG63, YG67 and G99.

3. Fussy cut around each flower.


4. The Peel-Off stickers created an embossed look.


5. Die cut little butterflies and a set of bows from the Yellow and Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Please remember to use the metal adaptor plate when die cutting.


6. Cut out two small strips from the same shimmer sheetz and take a quick look at our curious little cat.


7. Cut a 6″ x 12″ card base, score at 6″ and fold in half.

8. Place all the elements on your work station and test out how you like them together. Once you have a good layout, take a photo that will help you assemble the entire card.


9. Assemble your card by adhering some tulips directly to the card base and some using foam squares for a more dimensional effect.

Thank you so much for taking a look at my card today and I hope this spring weather is kind to you too!

Hugs, Rita

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:
SKU 0491 Tulips Peel-Off Stickers
SS 0104 Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0108 Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
798 Four Bows die set
713 Small Butterfly die set
803 Metal Adaptor Plate
802 Fine Pointed Scissors

Other supplies used:
Neenah white cardstock
American Crafts white cardstock
Copic Markers
Foam squares



Pop it Ups

Jackie’s dolls accordion card

May 4, 2014

Hello everyone! It’s Joset here and today I would like to show you a card I created using one of our new Peel-offs, Jackie’s Dolls in Circle. You might have seen the Jackie’s Dolls in Oval Peel-offs that match perfect with the Accordion Oval Card. The Jackie’s Dolls in Circle match perfectly with the Accordion Circle Card and that’s why I chose to use this die to create my accordion card. Since I didn’t know which sticker on the sheet I liked the best, I decided to use them all and create a 4 panel accordion card. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and pictures!


To create the card:

1. Put double-sided adhesive sheet onto white cardstock.

2. Remove the release sheet and place it upside down on your workspace (shiny side up).
Leave the cardstock with the exposed adhesive on the table.

3. Take your Peel-off Sticker and place it upside down on the release sheet (sticky side up).
On the picture below you can see the white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on the top and the release sheet with my Peel-Off Stickers below.


4. Take your white cardstock and place it with the adhesive side facing down onto the release sheet with the Peel-off on it. The Peel-off will lift from the release sheet and stick to the adhesive on the cardstock.

5. Turn the cardstock so that the release sheet is now on top. Take off the release sheet and make sure not to touch the adhesive.

6. Cover the adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter in Cool Diamond. Polish with your finger and use a brush to brush of the excess glitter. TIP: Pour your glitter into a coffee filter and then use your finger to cover the adhesive. Once ready you can easily pour your glitter back into the jar using your non-static coffee filter.

7. Color your glittered peel-offs with Copic Markers or any alcohol-based pens. Use a Copic Blender pen for shading or use solid colors if you prefer. If you are using a blender pen, add a little bit a ink on the edge of the Peel-Off Sticker. Use your blender pen to color in the rest of area you are coloring (see picture below). Make sure to clean your tip of your blender pen before starting another color.

Picture Joset
8. Carefully cut around each circle.

9. For your accordion card, die cut 2 accordion pages out of light purple cardstock and 2 pages out of turquoise cardstock (you can cut off the long side tab of the last page and the smaller tab on the inside). Die cut 4 accordion frames out of patterned paper. To create a frame, die cut a page and cut out the circle on the inside. Trim each side of the frame a few inches.


10. Adhere the 4 pages together using strong adhesive on the long side tabs. Adhere  the frames. Use the circles to decorate the back of the card.

11. Using 2 of the decorator dies from the Accordion Circle Card set, die cut a smaller circle out of light purple cardstock and a scalloped circle out of white cardstock. 

12. Die cut Happy Birthday out of white cardstock with double-sided adhesive and glitter with Amethyst Silk Microfine Glitter.

13. Adhere light purple circle, scalloped circle and Happy Birthday to page 3. Adhere colored
peel-offs to pages 1, 2 and 4.

14. After you’re done decorating, fold pages accordion style.  Attach the 4 circles on the inside of each page together using strong adhesive on the small side tabs.

I hope you feel inspired to make this card yourself!





Elizabeth Craft Designs Products
769 Accordion Circle Card
738 Happy Birthday Large
2571 Jackie’s Dolls in Circle Peel-Off Stickers black
502 Double Sided Adhesive
641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
621 Amethyst Silk Microfine Glitter
802 Fine pointed scissors

Other Products
Light purple cardstock
Turquoise cardstock
White cardstock
Patterned paper: BoBunny Enchanted Garden Collection
Copic Markers: YG25, BG13, V09, BV11, RV19, RV04
Colorless Blender 0

Pop it Ups

Magnolia Accordion Card with Flowers

April 23, 2014

Card Front

Designed by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT.

I’ve wanted to make an accordion card for a while now. This is my first one. Although it looks complicated to make, it really isn’t. I used Copic alcohol markers to color the stamped images but you may color the images in any number of ways.

Accordion Card

Making the Card

1. Cut three copies of the accordion oval in alternating blue colors dark/light/dark, plus one using embossed dark gray paper. I wanted the cover to look sort of dark and stormy. Cut the tabs off of the dark gray copy and adhere to the cover (i.e. back side of the first accordion).

2. Adhere the three accordion pieces together as shown in the instructions, but do not stick the tabs together yet – you want to decorate while the card is flat.

3. Stamp the Tilda images with Memento Tuxedo Black on alcohol marker friendly paper.
Color the images using alcohol markers, blending from light to dark then back for a smooth transition between shades. (There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show how to color using alcohol markers.)

4. Carefully cut around the images. The bee antennae are too delicate to cut around so cut them off and used black wire in a V shape, ends curled, and adhered to the back of the bee’s head. (Hint: use a dark gray marker to outline the stamped images after they have been cut out – this helps to hide the white edge.)

Tilda Close Up

5. Die cut the flower layers and leaves then make the flowers as described in my design team challenge card for March.

6. Die cut frame edges for 2 light blue frames, and 1 dark blue frame. Adhere the frame edges as shown.

7. Die cut the small butterfly. Use dark blue paper for the butterfly silhouette. For the overlay,
add Double Sided Adhesive to cream cardstock and polish with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter before die cutting.

8. Die cut three small flowers (All Seasons Tree) from the glittered cream card stock (above).
Add a blue rhinestone to the center of each.

9. Die cut 2 light blue loopy flowers and 2 dark blue loopy flowers (Butterfly Accessory Dies). Create two flowers: offset and adhere the light flower layer on top of the dark flower. Add a rhinestone to the center of each. Adhere the three small flowers as shown, as well as one of the loopy flowers (on the next panel, adjacent to the small flowers).

10. Die cut two large clouds and one small cloud from White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz using the dies from the All Seasons Tree.

11. Hand cut a puddle from Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Adhere the puddle and clouds as shown. Adhere the stamped images using dimensional tape (hint: color the sides of the tape with
a black alcohol marker and let it dry before adding it to the back of the stamped images).

12. Add small drops of rain with silver Liquid Pearls around Tilda in Spring Rain image.
Set aside to dry.

13. Die cut the oval from the Accordion Oval Card set in light blue. Adhere to the center of the last panel.

14. Using a printer, print a sentiment with your favorite font so it will fit inside the oval you just cut, with some room to spare. Use the stitched die from the Accordion Oval Card set to trace around the sentiment and hand cut. Add Waterfall Stickles to the outside edge. Add three rhinestones and one of the loopy flowers above and below the sentiment as shown. Adhere.

15. Adhere the leaves, flowers, butterfly, metal embellishment, and half pearls as shown.
Use strong adhesive to glue the tabs as per the instructions for the Accordion Oval Card.

Card Front Standing


Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

  • Bazzill Basics Pearl Papers (2 shades of blue), Cream and White Cardstock
  • Dark Gray Embossed Pearl Paper (or use ECD embossing folders)
  • Magnolia Rubber Stamps: Tilda in Spring Rain, Tilda with Bee
  • Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
  • Copic or Other Alcohol Markers, Alcohol Marker Friendly Paper
  • Distress Crackle Paint, Rock Candy
  • Liquid Pearls, Silver
  • Stickles, Waterfall
  • Half Pearls, Rhinestones, Metal Embellishment, Dimensional Tape
Pop it Ups

Tea for Two

April 14, 2014

ECD Tea by Candy Spiegel

Welcome back … I’m Candy Spiegel and I want to share my latest project for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This feminine card began with the Accordion Oval Card die set.

1. Die cut three patterned paper frames and attach them in a row. Cut off the hinge tab from the right side of the last panel.


2. The oval shapes in this card are not linked together (the way the die is most often used). Cut off the little tab that connects them. (Notice the one has already been cut off on the right oval, but is still attached on the center oval.)

3. Cut two ovals with the largest oval in the die set. Stamp with tea sayings and ink the edges with Distress Ink. Adhere to the first and third ovals.


4. For the center oval, die cut a patterned paper oval, ink the edges and attach to center panel.

5. Glitter, color, and cut out the Coffee & Tea Peel-Off Stickers. Use a sheet of coordinating patterned paper as inspiration for the color palette). Use a blending pen for shading. Copic colors used:


6. Adhere teapot and cups with dimensional foam adhesive.

7. Fussy cut bird, flower, and butterfly images; ink the edges and adhere to card with dimensional foam adhesive. Images fold when they cross from one panel to the next. This allows the card to freely open and close.

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8. Embellish with ribbon and paper flowers. Use Glitter Dots Peel-offs for the centers of the flowers.

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Here’s a close-up of the middle panel.

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A detail to notice: On the third panel, I included a metal spoon.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs

772 Accordion Oval Card die

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

502 Double-Sided Adhesive

2531 Coffee & Tea Peel-Off Stickers

7018 Glitter Dots Peel-Off Stickers

Other – Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection papers, Stampin’ Up! stamps, Tsukineko StazOn ink, Ranger Distress Ink & Applicator, Dimensional foam adhesive, Paper flowers, Ribbon, Decorative mini teaspoon

Visit my blog for additional projects using products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Pop it Ups Videos

Elegant Eggs for Easter

April 4, 2014

ECD Easter by Candy Spiegel 10Hi! It’s Candy with an elegant Easter card.

From the first time I saw Elizabeth Craft Designs in my local scrapbook store I was drawn to the Easter eggs. However, since Easter had just passed, I passed on them and opted for flowers and butterflies instead. Then, when Easter rolled back around the following year, I could no longer find them. I have dreamed of coloring those eggs for almost three years, so naturally, when I made the design team, the first thing I ordered were all of the Easter Egg Peel-Offs! And, I have been waiting for Easter to get close enough, to finally make a card using those eggs.

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First, I applied Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the Peel-Offs using double-sided adhesive.
I selected my colors based on the paper I planned to use from Authentique. I then colored the eggs using my Copic Sketch Makers. Watch Els showing you how to color on top of the Silk Microfine Glitter HERE. I used the 
following colors:

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I decided to use some of the little parts on the sticker sheet as well, so I colored the bows and grass and cut them out. Then I turned my attention to the card itself.

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For the base of the card I die cut four accordion pages using the Accordion Oval Card die and attached these together using double sided adhesive on the long side tabs.
Karen has a great You Tube showing you how to assemble an Accordion card using the Pop it Ups Accordion dies.

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Next, I added a smaller oval, which comes with the Accordion Oval Card die, to the inside of each of the ovals I planned to add eggs. I also cut out the bunny, using the oval die from the paper I was working with. I used dimensional foam squares to attach each of the eggs and the grass.

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Next, I decided to decorate each page with the Oval Flourish Frame Edges. This adds more elegance, like what you might expect from a Faberge egg, and brings more focus onto the eggs.

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I added tiny rhinestones and pearls on one egg and Silver Glitters Dots on the other. I love the dimension and sparkle this added. Once that was done, I folded the card, attached the tiny tabs and adhered the bows to the card.

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For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Easter” onto a piece of Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz using StazOn ink. Once this was dry, I trimmed the piece and then used a corner rounder on the corners.

As a final touch, I added a bit of Diamond Stickles to the bunny paper to help balance the sparkles.

I love how it turned out and I finally got to color the eggs!

Supplies Used:

Eastereggs Peel-Off Stickers

Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets

Accordion Oval Card

Oval Flourish Frame Edges

Glitter Dots Peel-Offs

Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

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Owl Stand Up Card

March 28, 2014


Hi everyone,

It’s Frances here and it is my turn to post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today.

Those of you who know me know I love owls, so I was super excited when I discovered that Elizabeth Craft Designs had Owl Circle Peel-Off Stickers … yay! So I thought I would use one of the owls from the set to create my card to share with you all today. This is actually a “stand up card” using the Elizabeth Craft Design Stand Up Helper die set.


Here is how I created my card:

1. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive paper 3 inches  x 4inches. Remove the protective liner from one side of adhesive and set aside on your desk. Adhere the paper to a piece of card the stamp size. Use the largest circle accessory die from the Oval Accordion card die set to cut a circle from this card, cutting the circle to one side so you still have some scrap adhesive left.


2. From the Owl Circle Peel-Off Sticker remove the bottom owl circle; the coordinating eyes and three leaves. Place these sticky side up onto the liner from the double sided adhesive paper that we set aside earlier. Carefully position the circle we cut over the owl circle. Use the left over approx. 1 inch x 3 inch piece of adhesive card to adhere the eyes and leaves.


3. Apply Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to all peel-off pieces and rub in. You can see a video Els created using this technique here. Color images as desired, I colored my owl using pinks and reds so it would work with the colors of my designer papers. Use foam tape to adhere the second set of eyes over the eyes of the owl in the circle.

4. Use the Circle Accordion Card page die to die cut a circle from red card. Layer the glittered owl image onto the red circle and set aside.

5. Cut a piece of red card for the base of the card which is 4 3/4inches x 9 1/2. Use score board to score card along the 9 1/2 inch side at 2 3/8 inches and 4 3/4 inches. Fold card in half so it measures 4 3/4 inches square.

6. Cut a piece of designer paper 4 1/2 inches square and adhere this to the front of folded card card you created in step 5. Now you can fold along the 2 3/8 inch score line also created in step 5.

7. Cut a piece of designer paper 4 1/2 inches for the inside of the card. I also cut a piece of red card the same size and layered both pieces together so the base of my card didn’t have a hole in it and because I was using designer paper it strengthens the paper, but this is optional.

8. Position the leaf from the Stand Up Helper die set approx. in the centre of the designer paper we cut in step 7 and run this through a die cutting machine. I wanted my leaf stand up helper to look more like a leaf and the other leaves on my card so I also cut a small piece of double side adhesive paper. placed this onto some white card and then die cut the leaf stand up die from the adhesive paper and then applied the glitter as I did in step 3 and colored my leaf to match the other leaves on my card. I then took a black outline pen to draw and outline around the edge of the leave and the center of the leaves and then adhered this over the red leaf I cut on the designer paper.

9. Cut a thin strip of double sided adhesive paper, approx. 3/4 inch x 7 1/4 inches. Remove the liner from adhesive, set aside the liner and adhere the adhesive to a strip of white card. Remove an 18 inch strip of the ribbon strips from the Ribbon Swirls Peel-Off Stickers and place this sticky side up on the liner we removed previously. Apply Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to strip and rub into adhesive as previously done on other pieces. Cut the ribbon piece into two pieces one at approx. 4 3/4 inches. Color the 4 3/4 inch piece of ribbon blue and the other red. Adhere the blue piece to the edge of the designer paper we cut in step 8. Adhere this panel to the inside of your card.


10. Cut the red piece of ribbon sticker we created in step 9 in half and adhere each piece just below the bottom of the centre fold on the front of my card. (You could use a whole piece if you prefer but as most will be hidden by the owl you only need to add this to each side)

11. Apply foam squares to the lower half of the owl circle and adhere that to the center of the front of the card. The top part of the owl will poke up over the fold when the card is place behind the leaf stand up helper.


12. Use the “Happy Birthday” die and die cut this from black card about 5 times. Use glue build the layers up so you have a thick piece. Adhere the “Happy Birthday” so it is centered between the stand up helper and the blue ribbon strip on the inside of card.

13. Finally adhere the leaves we created in step 1 to either side of the “Happy Birthday”


Here is my card closed ready to be placed in an envelope and mailed.


Elizabeth Craft Designs

Owl Circle Peel-Off Stickers

Ribbon Swirls Peel-Off Stickers

Stand Up Helpers Die

Circle Accordion Card Die – Karen Burniston

Happy Birthday Die (783)

Warm Diamond – Silk Microfine Glitter

Double Sided Adhesive


White Card

Red Card

Fresh Prints Designer Paper – Stampin’ Up

Foam Tape

Copic Markers


Up Up And Away

March 27, 2014


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Hi Everyone! It’s Debra here from Texas. Spring is in the air and I wanted to create a card that celebrated the beautiful weather we are beginning to see here at home. One of my favorite techniques to use with Elizabeth Craft Designs products is coloring with Copics over the Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. It’s the first technique I learned and one that I love to teach.  To create this card I started with a free digital image of the hot air balloons that I found on the internet. I downloaded it and printed it out on regular white cardstock in the size I wanted for my card. In this case, even though I am coloring with Copic markers, the printer  ink and paper don’t have to be Copic friendly because they will be completely covered with the glitter before being colored with the Copics.

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Once you have chosen your image the instructions are as follows:

Cut a piece of double sided adhesive the same size as the image you want to color. Peel off one side of the release sheet. Place the image face up on your work surface and lay the sticky side of the tape down over the image. Smooth it well before flipping it over. Peel off the remaining release sheet. Carefully holding the edges of the image, completely cover with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, brush off and then polish with your finger to bring up the shine and set the glitter into the adhesive. At this point you are ready to color. Note: if you look closely at the picture you can see fingerprints in the right side of the glitter image. Because I was planning to cut it out, I wasn’t too careful to avoid touching the tape. This is a perfect example of what it looks like if you do, so be careful handling images you don’t plan to cut out!

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To color your image with Copic Markers remember that the glitter is a non porous surface so the ink will sit on top and not soak in. As a result it takes very little ink to cover the glitter. For this image, I layed down a small amount of color and spread it out with my Colorless Blender. You have to be careful not to linger you marker tip on the glitter as the alcohol could dissolve the adhesive if it sits to long so I work quickly in short strokes. Since I don’t have outline stickers to keep the color from running outside the lines, I was careful to color up to the edge but  not cross over. You can use your colorless blender to remove small mistakes. Color the ink with the blender pen and then quickly dab it with a paper towel. That usually does the trick for me. Once you are satisfied with the image cut it out. I went back and colored the cut outer edges of the image with the same color of each part of the image to take away the white edges of the cardstock. It makes it look more finished and hides any uneven trimming.

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The balloons needed a little bling but I didn’t have anything in the right color. I turned to my favorite trusty embellishment, Transparent Glitter Dots. The gold and the silver can be easily colored with Copic markers to customize them perfectly for your project. I colored mine and added them to the large balloon. I added  the negative strips I had left on one sheet of red Glitter Borders to the smaller balloon. They are great for detail work because they can be re-positioned easily to adjust if you need to.

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Here is a little close up of the details. To finish the card I used Studio Calico Storytime paper on the base, inked with Broken China distress ink on the edges.  I cut out clouds using white Velvet Adhesive Sheets and the clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. I love the texture of the velvet in contrast to the glitter.  The sentiment was printed on my computer and also cut with the cloud die. The balloons are on pop dots.

If you haven’t tried coloring on the Silk Microfine Glitter with Copics before I hope this inspires you to give it a try. It’s so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies used:
All Season Tree Die
Glitter dots- Transparent Silver
Glitter Borders- Red
Double Sided Adhesive
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies:
Copic Markers: Y08, YR15, R46, E57, Yg13, BG32, BG49, 0
Broken China Distress Inks
Studio  Calico Storytime Paper


Pop it Ups

A simple birthday card using some fun techniques

March 21, 2014


It’s Kelly Booth here with a fun simple birthday card using some supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


I was playing with some Shimmer Sheetz and the new Lots of Dots embossing folder. I used a piece of Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz that I first embossed. I then sanded the dots and decided to color the dots with my Copics. I then used the Accordion Oval Card die and cut an oval from the piece for the backdrop for my glittery balloon Peel-Offs. The Shimmer Sheetz and the colored dots are so fun! And I just love the balloon Peel-Offs covered with the Silk Microfine Glitter and colored.

Here is the inside of the card using the Lucy Label Pop Up die By Karen Burniston:


I love the Silk Microfine Glitter so much and wanted to stamp a fun owl and make him all sparkly!  So I stamped my owl on my regular paper and then put the adhesive sheet on top, peeled off the top sheet and covered it with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and then colored him with my Copics before cutting the image out.  I was pleased with the results. Oh and I had to had a little glossy accents to his eyes….they are both sparkly and glossy! I also used the Lots of Dots embossing folder for the inside and added some balloon Peel-Offs that I had covered with the glitter and colored with Copics.

Here are a few close ups:




I love The Elizabeth Craft Designs glitters and dies and Peel-Offs so much… I hope you have enjoyed this simple card with a few fun techniques!  Have a great day!

Supplies used:

Other supplies:

  • Card Stock – Papertrey Ink,
  • Owl Stamp – Cornish Heritage Farms “Owen The Owl”
  • Sentiment Stamp – Hero Arts E5511,
  • Ranger Glossy Accents,
  • Copic Markers,
  • Simon Says Stamp Black Dye Ink,
  • Curly Ribbon Spools – Unknown.


Roses, Beads, and Butterfly Card

March 19, 2014

Roses, Beads, and Butterfly Card

Designed by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT

Creating the Card

The last card I posted was a bit involved so I thought I would simplify for my second post! Start by cutting a card base 6″x12″ from the Core’dinations Black Magic card stock. Fold it in half (I use a bone folder/burnishing bone to make a nice crease). Hint: if you aren’t a perfect folder, short the back side a tiny amount when you fold the card. Use sandpaper to sand some of the black coating off of the front of the card around the edges (I left the back side all black). Do NOT do this on your craft sheet if you are using one.

The Graphic 45 6×6 paper pad has this lovely kraft colored music sheet pictured. If you do not have it, just stamp music on a piece of kraft 6×6 card stock (to tone it down, you can stamp off on another sheet before stamping on the card stock without re-inking – this is second generation stamping). Tear a slight amount of paper around all the edges (tear towards you, with the good side facing you to get more effect). Using the ink blending tool, apply Antique Linen Distress Ink around the edges and also the back side of the paper where you plan to curl it, if desired. Using your fingers, curl the paper where  you inked on the back (it’s easier do this at the corners but you could also do it in the middle with some fiddling). Adhere this to the card base front. I made my card so it would open from the bottom; I oriented the card stock accordingly.

Adhere one side of the double-sided adhesive to cream or white card stock, keeping the backing sheet. Die cut the fancy butterfly (top layer) and rose bases from this. Die cut the delicate top layers of the roses from black card stock. Die cut two stems from green card stock. Die cut the small backing butterfly from the Core’dinations Black Magic card stock and sand it. Die cut the doily from Kraft Glassine. Crumple the Kraft Glassine doily until you get the look you desire (this puts white creases in it but also helps knock out the small pieces – although you may still have to pop out a few pieces by hand; I use a die pick for this). Place the delicate top layers of the roses face down onto the backing sheet you originally pulled off the double-sided adhesive (the side that was originally on the sticky part). Remove the top sheets from the rose base die cuts, exposing the other side of the adhesive. Carefully line up the bases with their matching tops and stick them down. Pull off the top sheet of the butterfly to expose the adhesive. Add glitter to exposed adhesive on the butterfly and roses. Polish it with your finger to get it really stuck down. Use a soft brush to knock off any excess glitter.

Using the listed Copic markers, blend from dark to light towards the tips of each of the petals on the flowers and from the center of the butterfly out towards the edges of the wings. I left the tips of the wings without color to match the seam binding ribbon. Apply Wink of Stella (optional) to the stems. Once dry, paint on a layer of Distress Crackle Paint and set it aside to dry. Once it is dry, use a die pick, edge of burnishing bone, or other tip to draw lines down the centers of each leaf from the back sides. This will both shape the leaves and make a white mark on the fronts of the leaves from the Crackle Paint. You may also do this with the stems, although I prefer to do the stems before applying the Crackle Paint so they will not get the white lines down them.

Roses, Beads, and Butterfly Card

Tear a piece of Core’dinations Black Magic card stock for under the roses, then emboss it and sand off the top layer to reveal the pattern. Adhere this, the doily, and the roses to the card as shown. Adhere the center of the fancy butterfly wings to the smaller base using glue. Gently bend the wings up on either side and adhere it to the card as shown.

To create the ribbon, I cut a little more than needed to wrap around the card. I ran some adhesive down the seam binding and stuck it to my craft sheet. Since I did not want beads inside the card, I placed the card about the middle of the ribbon and eye-balled about where to start adding beads, leaving extra wire on the ends to adhere just inside the card, under the ribbon. I started winding the green wire around the ribbon, adding beads here and there, lifting up sections of ribbon as necessary. Having parts of the ribbon stuck down made it easier to handle. I used my fingers to bend loops on either sides of the beads to keep them in place on the front of the ribbon. It may take some fiddling to get the look you desire. Once you have the beads worked out, gently lift the ribbon and stick it to the front of the card. You may want to do one side at a time (lifting the middle to slide the card under it). Be sure to wrap the ends of the wire around the edges of the card before putting the ribbon across the inside, covering up the ends of the wire to help keep them in place. You can cover the ends where the ribbon meets if you like, e.g. with a butterfly.

I love the sparkle of the glitter, Wink of Stella plus Crackle Paint, and beads! It really gives life to this card.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other Supplies

  • Core’dinations Black Magic Collection Card Stock (Card Base and Embossed)
  • Graphic 45 6×6 Kraft Reflections Collection
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Pink Lady Bug Accordion Birthday Card

March 16, 2014


Hi everyone, Frances Byrne here.

I needed to make a birthday card for my Grand Niece who is turning one at the end of the month and the theme of her party is pink lady bugs. So when I saw the Lady Bug Peel-Off Stickers I knew I needed to use these to create her card.

As I wanted to replicate the dots of a lady bug it wasn’t hard to decide to create an Accordion card using Karen Burniston’s  Oval Accordion Card die.

Here is how I created my card:


1. Cut a piece of white card big enough to fit one large Lady Bug and two small Lady Bugs. Apply a piece of double sided adhesive to one side of the card.  Lay the liner that you just removed from the adhesive sheet on your table and remove one large and two small lady bugs from the Lady Bug Peel-Off Sticker sheet and place on the liner sheet sticky side up. Lay the adhesive side of the white card down onto the stickers and rub the back of the card so that the stickers transfer from the liner to the white card. Apply Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over each Lady Bug and polish the glitter into each of the Lady Bugs. Remove excess glitter and use Copic markers to color over the glitter. You can see this technique in more detail in Els’ video which you can find here.


2. Using the Oval Accordion Card die, die cut three pages from black card. On the third page, run this back through your die cutting machine using the embossing sandwich for your die cutter so that the embossed stitching on the die is embossed onto the page. Without removing the die take a white chalk marker and color each stitch line.


3. Adhere double sided adhesive sheet to pink card. Using the Oval Dots Frame Edges die, die cut six long and six short frames. Apply frames to both sides of one of the black pages and the other set of frames to the remaining black page.

4. Apply adhesive to the tabs and join the three pages so that the two pages with the pink frames are on either side of the stitched black page. Trim off the large tab from the third page.

5.  Use the Oval Accordion card die again to die cut the oval only from the “accordion page” die from pink card. Trim off the tabs etc and adhere over the black oval of the center page.

6. Use the largest oval accessory die from the Oval Accordion Card set to cut out three white ovals. On the third oval use the stitching die from this set to create a stitched border.

7. Use black ink to stamp “Look Who’s 1” to the white stitched oval and attach to the center page using foam tape.

8. Take some Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz and the Curvy Leaves die and cut out four sets of leaves. You will need to use metal adaptor plate to help cut the leaves out cleanly.


9. Arrange the leaves onto your white ovals so you are happy with the arrangement and attach to the ovals using foam tape. Attach the large Lady Bug to one of the ovals  and one of the smaller Lady Bugs to the other oval as per photo.


10. Adhere the last small Lady Bug to the top right hand corner of the centre accordion page using foam tape. Use two of the left over Shimmer Sheetz leaves and attach these either side of the Lady Bug.


11. Die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment five times from black card and once from pink card. Use adhesive to layer all the black sentiments into one thick sentiment, then adhere the pink sentiment to the top of this. Adhere the “Happy” to the left hand page and the “Birthday” to the right hand page.

12. Attach the white ovals to the center panels of the left and right pages of the accordion.

13. Apply tape to the small tabs of the first two ovals. Remove the tape from the tab of the first oval and join the first oval to the centre oval. The fold of the card should be a valley fold while the two ovals will form a mountain fold. Remove the tape from the tab of the center tab and bringing the ovals behind the oval pages join the last two ovals together. The second fold on the card should be a mountain fold and the fold of the ovals a valley fold. Trim off the excess small tab from the last oval.



Elizabeth Craft Designs

Oval Accordion Card Die by Karen Burniston

Oval Dots Frame Edges by Karen Burniston

Curvy Leaves Die (730)

Happy Birthday Die (783)

Lady Bugs Peel-Off Stickers (sku2341)

Warm Diamond – Silk Microfine Glitter

Double Sided Adhesive

Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz


White Card

Pink Card

Black Card

Black Ink

White Chalk Marker – Stampin’ Up

Copic Markers: R81; R83; T5

The Stamps of Life “Numbers4Trains” clear stamp set

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