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14 Projects For The First Day Of Spring

March 20, 2019

Happy Spring! Even though it may not look or feel like Spring just yet in some parts… *ahem* Colorado… today, does in fact, mark the end of winter.

With the help of our amazingly creative design team, we’ve put together 14 projects with a little flower power that are sure to help you welcome Spring with open arms!

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Tanja Kabel. This simple card is so adorable and is sure to bring happiness to it’s recipient! Click here to see Tanja’s tutorial!

2.

Luciana Telesca is a paper flower ARTIST! This is perfect to hang in any craft room! Check out more of her work here.

3.

We told you Luciana was an artist! Every project is done with such care. See more here.

4.

Glitter and Cosmos will make any project POP for Spring!

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Talk about planner inspiration! Charlene Van Der Vorst takes creative journaling to another level. See more from Charlene here.

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Diana Nguyen joins us on the blog today to share her lovely card, using some beautiful A Way With Words die sets!

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Samantha Klaebe shows us how to put a smile on anyone’s face with this bright card! See her tutorial here.

8.

EK Gorman gives us an out-of-the-box idea for her project –– and what a beauty it is! Watch her video tutorial for this project here!

9.

Laura Gilhuly created this fun scrapbook layout to showcase her family’s adventure! Love the patterned flowers!

10.

These colors scream SPRING to us, what about you? Karen Ostergard has definitely embraced Spring with this colorful card!

11.

Using extra craft supplies is the best, right? With this extra embroidery hoop, we created this cute Spring wreath with the new Ranunculus die set.

12.

Yogi Grunwald joins us today, sharing this beautiful Spring Easel Flower Vase Card!

13.

Suzanne Cannon wows us again with this beautiful project! Using dies from her collection, this delicate design is perfect for any Spring project!!

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There are a few bookworms here at the office and, therefore, never enough bookmarks! The Love, Life Tag is perfect for making a bright, Spring one!

We’d love to see your projects! Use the hashtag #ECraftDesigns to show off your flower power projects.


We hope you found some inspiration among these projects! We can’t wait to see your Spring projects!

Happy Crafting!

A Way With Words Susan's Garden Club

Calendula Tea, Anyone?

March 13, 2019

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!!!

Happy Crafting!

Joyce

Other:

  • Patterned paper of your choice
  • A paper doiley
  • UTEE
  • Ink color of choice
  • Copic Markers R20, R81, G94
Announcements Elizabeth Craft Designs General Susan's Garden Club

#BeGordeous Challenge

February 25, 2019

Have you joined the Susan’s Garden Club #BeGordeous Challenge yet?

Here are the details:

1. Create a project with the French Pumpkin
2. Upload your project to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family page, Instagram, and/or Twitter with the hashtag #BeGourdeous
3. We will pick 5 winners! Winners will receive one die from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s upcoming collection!

Challenge ends March 6.

We hope you’ll join!

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