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Summers are packed full of fun times, and so many opportunities for fun crafts! We hope your enjoying some fun in the sun, and some summer crafting too! 🙂
With the help of the Elizabeth Craft Design Team, we’ve put together 15 projects that are full of summer fun!
Joset van de Burgt
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Good morning everyone!
Here is the beginning of August already –– is it warm enough for you? Thank goodness there are Gulf breezes here in Florida!
Today I am featuring the English Rose. My aunt had an entire garden of Peace Roses I would see just about every day when I’d walk to her home to visit her as a child… and, play Canasta. So, I tried to “go back“ and create her roses. I made a small bud to go along with the main Rose.
Baby’s breath, Berry branch with leaves, and ribbon with some gold threads were used to fill in my project.
It is a 6” X 6” inch card with decorative paper as a layer for the background. Suzanne Cannon’s “ Bliss“ was used to describe these lovely flowers. I tried to keep it simple – to showcase the rose! Of course, there is a ladybug!
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Enjoy, and keep gardening!
See you next month,
Kathy Sabarese, ECD Design Team
Hey Friends! It is EK here and I thought I would share the masculine birthday card I created with you today.
I find masculine cards really difficult to create a lot of the times, let alone masculine birthday cards. However I have found that the A Way With Words line from Suzanne Cannon really does am a great job leaning toward my masculine card making needs.
Step One: Die cut some 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock with the Butterflies & Stars Sprays die twice with the star die. This will allow you to create your own stencil with the star cut outs.
Step Two: Using the homemade stencil, add some Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide onto a piece of 6×6 trimmed piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step Three: Die cut the inked paper with the A Way With Words Big Balloon die set.
Step Four: Ink the edges of the balloon with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
Step Five: Trim a piece of Cafe au Cait Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches and score and fold the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame. Spray the front of the card with some brown metallic ink so there are some splotches of reflective ink.
Step Six: Die cut a piece of Thinking About Grand Canyon paper with the Stitched Indented Square die set. Adhere the die cut onto the card frame using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the die cut balloon on top of the die cut square.
Step Seven: Die cut the bow from the Big Balloon die set out of the left over stenciled cardstock. Adhere to the balloon.
Step Eight: Die cut the sentiment from the A Way With Words Happy Birthday 3 die set out of both a piece of Thinking About Grand Canyon printed paper and some White Soft Finish Cardstock. Layer the printed paper over the white cardstock, letting a bit of the white show on the upper left side of the word. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the sentiment to the card frame.
I really love how this card can be used for any gender at any age. It is a simple message, but exactly the one you want to convey.
Hello, all! Judi here. I thought it would be fun to make some pins that can be worn again and again for special events like birthdays and anniversaries, taking the place of a corsage that only lasts for a day or two –– and, in the case of the star with ribbon, can be made in masculine colors.
I chose ‘Make a Wish’ and ‘Special Day’ word dies from the A Way With Words collection to ensure that the pins can be used for a wide variety of celebrations! For example: The Special Day pin might be worn by someone spending their first day in a new home or by a mom- to-be at her baby shower; and the Make a Wish pin could be worn by the guest of honor at a graduation party!
1. Combine a double layer of die cut Shimmer Sheetz Stitched Circles with gathered lace. Secure the lace to the Stitched Circle with a slightly smaller Fitted Circle die cut from Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Use two V-cut ribbon tails to accent the double layer Stitched Star. Both pins are backed with synthetic suede for durability (and in the case of the circle, to hide and further secure the gathered portion of the lace). Optional: Lightly sand the circle prior to adding words.
2. Die cut words from Shimmer Sheetz. For the circle, back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to cutting. Make a Wish will be adhered with small snippets of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs because the words extend past the star and can’t be adhesive-backed. Optional: Alter the star and Make A Wish with alcohol inks prior to die cutting.
3. Finish the back with a slightly smaller die cut circle or star cut from synthetic suede backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to die cutting. Hide the flat part of the pin-back finding with a small die cut synthetic suede circle, notched at the sides to ensure that the pin-back can easily open and close.
- Use other dies to cut the simple shapes like Stitched or Scalloped Edge ovals or circles.
- Incorporate event-specific greetings like Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.
- Go over-the-top with gems, dangling charms, dimensional flowers or other embellishments.
I hope you enjoyed this project, and inspired you to recreate your own pins!
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs, Non-stick scissors (to cut Tabs), Wide lace, Sheer dotted ribbon with metallic edge, Needle and thread (to gather lace), Synthetic suede, Pin-back findings
Optional: Sanding block, Alcohol inks and applicator tool, Gems, charms, more embellishments
Hello crafters! The Garden Notes flowers are a perfect decoration for creating cards or frames for a friend. This is Luciana today and I designed a card with a Garden Notes – Cosmos die set .
Here is the step-by-step tutorial:
Step 1: Card base
Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12 X 6 , folded in half to make a 6 X 6 card. Using some Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, to adhere on the card a square 5 3/4 inches of watercolored White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step 2: Forsythia
Cut out two sets of the Garden Notes – Forsythia dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. You will need two layers of only one of the two branches of the set.
Color all the pieces as showed below.
Use the smallest ball tool and the molding pad to add a curly on the inner part of the branches, and on each petal of the flower.
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of the branch and all the flowers on it.
Step 3: Cosmos
Cut out six sets of the Garden Notes – Cosmos dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock (except the stem).
Color all the pieces as shown below.
Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals.
Add a ripple on the paper, using the ball tool.
Wrap the pistils with the tweezers
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of petals and the pieces of the pistils.
Step 4: Leaves
Add the vein to the leaves, using the leaf tool and the leaf pad. And then with the ball tool and the molding pad add more curving details. Use all the several leaves from different Garden Notes Sets.
Step 5: Sentiments
Die cut the word “just” from the Die set – Words 2 – Thinking of You, and the word “happy” from the set A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 3, both in a White Soft Cardstock, and then color them with a brown color.
Use the Garden Notes – Frame It/ Stitched Circles set in the White Soft Cardstock, to create a frame for a your picture.
Step 6: Assemblage
Arrange and adhere the flowers and leaves as shown below.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for stopping by.
nuvo drops black;
distress ink pads.
Happy Technique Friday, crafters!
This week, we’re welcoming Spring with this Blooming Spring Tree Card. Els turns the Safari Tree into this beautiful blooming tree!
Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Technique Friday Project Page!
Let us know if you’ve tried this project!
Happy Technique Friday!
Happy Technique Friday!
This week, Els shows how she created these adorable planner pages using products from our newest planner release! 📒
Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Project Page!
Let us know if you’ve tried this project!
Happy Technique Friday!
Hello, Joyce Schmidt here! Today, I’m using Susan’s Gardens New Spring 2019 Release to create a beautiful card for you.
I was watching Susan’s Garden Club live last Wednesday, she was creating the new Calendula and mentioned that not only was it beautiful, but its edible! In fact, it can be steeped in tea!
This inspired me to create a gatefold card depicting a Calendula cup of tea in a lovely cracked aged china Victorian tea-cup.
1. Die cut:
- Two of the Garden Notes Victorian tea-cup & saucer and adhered them together with ECD double sided adhesive
- Three each of the flower pieces from soft finish cardstock
- Four of the flower centers from brown cardstock Frames
- One of the 2nd and 3rd largest frames in the Frame It Stitched Rectangles to surround your patterned paper out of pink
2. The tea cup and saucer:
(I used used a beautiful petal pink chalk ink and sponged it on.) Then, attach the saucer to the teacup using a foam dot.
The colored tea-cup is then covered with VersaMark ink and covered it with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). Melt with the heat tool melting until a thick glaze. Repeat this process three times, allow to cool-to-touch in between each application. After the last application, you should have a thick shiny glaze over the entire piece. Put it in the FREEZER… yes freezer… for about 5 minutes. When you take it out it will be very stiff. Begin gently bending it until you hear and see it snap. This process creates a cracked ceramic look on your project!
After it has cooled, adhere it to the assembled card with foam dots and you are ready to fill it with your freshly made Calendula flowers😘
3. Creating the flower:
These flowers are as easy to create as they are beautiful and delicate. The color I chose for the flowers in this project was inspired by a Strawberry Pink Calendula I found on Google images. I colored the flowers using Copic color R20 and R81.
Using the small scissors to cut each of the little legs in half just short of the center. Then, using the smallest ball stylus, “cup” the centers on the molding mat. Then dip each leg into glue then into brown pollen.
To shape the petals, use the small loop tool the gently pull toward the center curling the ends of each petal on the molding mat. Repeat this for all flower pieces.
Use the small end of the ball stylus tool to round out the center of each one.
Next, use tweezers to crease the petals to a natural shape.
Using the Beacon kids choice glue I adhered the centers of the flowers together, slightly offset from the one before, int he order of biggest to smallest. Place the centers into flower. Done!
4. The leaves:
I colored the leaves with Copic color G94. Shape the leaves on the molding pad, using the leaf tool, then highlight the the venation with the PanPastels Bright Yellow Green.
Arrange in your tea cup as you’d like and add foliage. (I used the Garden notes pinecone pine boughs and filled in the space.)
I hope you like this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can find a list of the products I used below.
Now I’m off to try Calendula Tea!!!
- Patterned paper of your choice
- A paper doiley
- Ink color of choice
- Copic Markers R20, R81, G94