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Using Items From Your Craft Stash To Create A Beautiful Gift!

July 16, 2019

Good morning everyone!

Today I thought it would be fun to do something a bit differently than making a card…

I’ve had this small metal chair I found at Michael’s in my “stash“ for some time and decided to decorate it with flowers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. It is a birthday gift for a very dear friend.

I used Lilies, Iris, Frosted Fern, Berry branch with leaves and Crocus. Kid’s craft glue did the trick of holding everything on the chair. Did you find the lady bug?

What do you think? The flowers can go beautifully on many different items. If you would like to purchase any of the products I’ve used, just click on them below and you will be directed to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to complete your order. 

See what you can find….and keep gardening! 

Hugs,

Kathy Sabarese, ECD Design Team

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Wedding Asters

June 24, 2019

Good morning everyone! Angela Whelton here to show you a simple wedding card using the Garden Notes Aster (1219) and Suzanne Cannon’s “Forever” (1233).

The aster is a lovely little flower that blooms in the prettiest pinks and purples. It always brings me back to my earliest memories of picking big bouquets of wildflowers with my mother. It, along with oxeye daisies and feverfew as well as tansy and yarrow, always make me smile.

The aster has long been considered a talisman of love and a symbol of patience. To my young cousin and her husband to be, getting married this summer, I send my best wishes for a lifetime of both.

Here’s how the card came together:

Prepare card base. Cut a 12×6 inch piece of white Softfinish cardstock and fold in half to create a 6-inch square card. Layer a 5.5-inch piece of patterned paper followed by another 4.75-inch square of Softfinish cardstock.

Cut one Forever piece from white cardstock to be used as a stencil. Using Distress Oxide ink and you favourite tool, lightly stencil the word Forever over the white card base. Set aside

Cut out and colour all pieces for the asters.

Shape using the Garden Notes toolset and mat. To shape, place a flower piece on your molding pad and softly pull the ends of each petal into the center using the loop tool. (Always start from the end of the petal and move inward when using the loop tool.)

Back a 2×4 inch piece of the same patterned paper used in the base as well as a 2×4 inch piece of Softfinish cardstock with pieces of double-sided adhesive. Cut the word Forever from each.

Adhere the patterned piece to the solid piece. Assemble the card according to the photo.

And there it is: a pretty card all set to be given to the Bride and Groom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

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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

Susan's Garden Club

A Floral House-Warming Gift

June 4, 2019

Good Morning! Kathy here.

This project is a bit larger than most of mine, and was done as a new house-warming gift. It’s 9”x9” and I put it in a shadow box frame with glass so the flowers would be protected. 

I used these dies: Maidenhair fern, variegated ivy, Lavender, Berry branch (which became pussy willows), Jasmine, Dahlia, dinner plate Dahlia 2, Wind in the Mist, Black-eyed Susan, Gerbera daisy, galvanized  Bucket (I found a wooden button which fit the handle, and added depth), and the Chrysanthemum. The saying is from the stamp set ‘Little Words Mean A Lot.’

Whew….almost an entire garden in this one card!

The first thing I did was create a layout-for placement of the flowers.

The, I adhered the flowers with Kids Choice Glue on top of Modascrap Wood Effects paper.

Lastly, I placed the arrangement in a shadow box!

These are some of the ‘older’ flowers, but so much fun to make. You can make them any color you’d like for your project. Give them a try! You just might/will become an addict!

Susan always has tutorial videos on ‘The Garden Spot’ for sculpting and coloring. Go there and learn how easy it is!

Kathy Sabarese

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Happily Ever After –– 12 Projects You’ll Want To Recreate This Wedding Season

June 3, 2019

Wedding season is here! Showering the happy couple with love and support is easy with handmade gift. With the help of our Design Team, we’ve gathered 12 projects you’ll want to create for the big day!

For tutorials, click the Design Team member’s name or picture. *Not applicable on all*

Wedding Cards

Tanja Kabel
Yogi Grunwald
Samantha Klaebe
Katelyn Grosart
Karen Ostergard
Joyce Schmidt
Diane Prince

Gifts & Memory Keeping

ECD Staff
Kelly Booth
Laura Gilhuly

For The Big Day

EK Gorman
Suzanne Cannon

We hope you enjoyed these fun ideas! There are so many possibilities for handmade projects –– what will you create?

Be sure to check out the products used below, and join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Group to share your wedding season projects!

Happy Crafting!

Susan's Garden Club

Challenge Accepted…And Answered! #MakeFlowersMasculine

May 26, 2019

I was chatting with Joseph Nguyen from JN Unique Designs on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page the other night and he said “it would be nice if we could make flowers masculine”.

Well Joseph, Challenge accepted!!!

Hope you all enjoy how I created this card. Check out the #MakeFlowersMasculine Challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page going until June 14, 2019 –– you could win a special gift from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I was inspired by this paper I got at my local craft store. It reminded me of artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe. I got my color pallets from this paper.

First I die cut 2 of each flower so I could have “extras” for fullness.

I used the Copic markers above and colored each piece.

I already had the milk can prepared in my stash-it pays to have things already made.

Next I shaped them on my shaping mat and cutting the yellow center pegs in half so I could get a good base for my pollen.

I assembled the flowers by offsetting the three layers. I dipped the yellow pieces in pollen and put green pollen in center for a darker effect.

Since this card is for my Dad for Father’s Day, I stamped it with the sentiment “Happy Father’s Day”.

I achieved the green background behind punch by cutting same punch in half.

This gave me a “matte” behind my sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed my creation. Flowers are NOT just for Moms!

Thank you for visiting and stop by soon for other creations from us.

Happy Crafting!

Joyce Schmidt

Products used:

Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Susan's Garden Club

Collect Beautiful Moments

May 14, 2019

Hello crafters! It is Luciana here, with a floral card ready to collect a picture, a poem or just a message for your dearest ones.

Here’s the step-by-step:

Step 1. Base
Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12×8, and fold in half to make a 6×8 card.
From an other sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 6×8, cut out an oval frame using the second bigger metal die from the set Garden Notes – Frame It/ Stitched Ovals.

Step 2. Sentiment
Cut out a circle from the White Soft Finish Cardstock, using the second smaller metal die from the set Dashing Circles.
Stamp on it the sentiment “Collect Beautiful Moments” from the set of stamps Remember.
Add it on the low right corner of the frame.

Step 3. Leaves
Cut out from the White Soft Finish Cardstock, the following leaves:
Garden Notes – Hosta Leaves
Garden Notes – Eucalyptus Frosty Fern
Garden Notes – Clematis (only the leaves)
Garden Notes – French Pumpkin (only the leaves)

Color them as showed below.
Add the veins using the leaf tool and the leaf pad.
With the ball tool and the molding pad add more curving details.
Adhere the leaves around the oval of the frame, as shown in the pictures below.

Step 4 . Prairie Rose
Cut a set of Garden Notes – Prairie Rose (except the stem) from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color all the pieces.
Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals. With the ball tool, add the curling to the paper.
Use the ball tool and the tweezers to wrap the pistil pieces.
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the Pollen on the end points of the pistil.
Overlap all the layers of the petals and the pistil.
Adhere the flowers in the hight left corner of the oval frame.

Step 5. Crocus
Cut 3 sets of Garden Notes – Crocus (except the stem) from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color all the pieces.
Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals.
Wrap the pistils pieces with the tweezers
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the Pollen on the end points of the pistils.
Overlap all the layers of the petals and the pistils.
Adhere the flowers in the low right corner of the oval frame.

Step 6: Assemblage
Adhere under the oval an element that you would emphasize (it could be a picture, a message, or a poem). Then adhere it on the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for stopping by.
Luciana

other:
nuvo drops black;
watercolors
distress ink pad


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11 Gifts For Mom On Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2019

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s out there!

Today gives us such a wonderful opportunity to honor the women in our lives who raised us, praised us and made us who we are. They certainly have been a huge and important part of our lives!

Along with our Design Team, we put together 11 projects for mom on Mother’s Day –– enjoy!

Kathy Sabarese

To honor my mother, this background with the windmill pays tribute to her PA ‘Dutch’ heritage, and she loved tulips! I’ve put the tulips in Susan’s Garden Watering Can, which has a Mandala geometric pattern of ‘dots’ which are done by Tibetan Buddhists called ‘Dkyil-khor.’ This literally means ‘ that which encircles a centre.’ My dear friend, fellow stamper and tole painter, Barb Pelak, was kind enough to do a pattern on the Watering Can for me! I colored my tulips to match her colors in the pattern.
Happy Mother’s Day mom.  Miss you lots!

Tanja Kabel

Diana Nguyen

EK Gorman

See EK’s video tutorial for this project here!

Joset van de Burgt

Joyce Schmidt

Laura Gilhuly

Karen Ostergard

I made my mom a mini album from bar coasters. 

Els van de Burgt

Suzanne Cannon

Susan Tierney-Cockburn


We hope you have a wonderful day, celebrating or being celebrated.

Happy Mother’s Day!

ModaScrap Susan's Garden Club

Beautiful hydrangeas, “Water Vessels”

May 7, 2019

Hello, this is Diane here with a card for you!

Flooding season has officially arrived here and this year it’s been awful, even more than usual. Reading on the hydrangea, I learned that the name is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’, which is in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. With this post, I wish to extend my compassion to everyone who feels heartaches having to deal with an infuriated Mother Nature and I’m offering them those mini water vessels.

Here are the steps to make this card:

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.
  • With a purple patterned paper, cute a square piece 5 1/2 X 5 1/2.
  • Die cut a circle with the the largest die of the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) dies set, in a purple cardstock.
  • Die cut a second circle with the the second largest die of the Stitched Circles (#1116) dies set, in a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • Using the same purple cardstock as for the first circle, die cut the Flower Lace 2 (#1383).
  • With some Double Sided Adhesive Tape and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere all the layers on top of each other, like shown in the next picture.
  • And here’s the final card base:

Step 2 Hydrangea

For a very detailed and wonderful video from Susan Tierney Cockburn on how to create those forgeous flowers, I invite you to watch the video on the link here.

  • Using the die set Garden Notes Hydrangea 2 (#1293), die cut 6 times the center that will be use for the base of each of the three flowers, in a green cardstock.
  • With the medium size ball stylus (from the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set), on the Molding Pad, create a dome with each of the 6 pieces.
  • Glue the bases two by two, using a toothpick and some Kids Choice Glue, to get 3 final center pieces.
  • Cut the stem off, we do not use them for this card.
  • Ink up some White Soft Finish Cardstock using some Oxide Ink, (here I used some Dusty Concord), dabbing very lightly the dauber on both side of the cardstock.
  • Die cut the 4 times the plate of little flowers on the inked cardstock.
  • Shape the little flowers on a Molding Pad. with the smallest ball stylus, wrong side up, on each of the 4 tips of the flowers.
  • Turn the flowers on the right side and cup up with the same stylus.
  • Glue the green domes on the card base and had the little flowers to cover the domes.
  • With a make-up applicator, had some shading in the heart of some flowers, with the Bright Yellow Green Shades Pan Pastel.
  • Add a very small touch of glue here and there in some centers of the flowers and sprinkle some small green prills.
  • Using some green cardstock, die cut the leaves 5 or 6 times each.
  • On the Leaf Pad, with the leaf tool, draw some vein on the wrong side.
  • Bent the leaves and add some Bright Yellow Green Pan Pastel on the vein with a make-up applicator.
  • Add some shading with a dark green ink on the edges of each leaf.
  • On the Molding Pad, give some dimension to the leaves by rubbing them on the tip with the medium ball stylus.
  • Glue them on the project.

And here’s a closer look at the final project:

I really hope you like this tutorial, thanks for visiting!

Diane Prince

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Other Products used on this card:

Bazzill Avocado Green Cardstock, Bazzill Nelly Cardstock, Distress Oxide – Dusty Concord and Forest Moss

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Love With Calla Lilies

May 1, 2019

Good morning!

Kathy here from the Elizabeth Craft Design Team, showcasing Susan’s Calla Lily, from her latest release. 

What a beautiful flower, coming in so many different colors. Besides the white one, I’ve colored the two others to look like a Flame and a Garnet Glow Lily. 

The background was done on photo paper with Brusho powders, and a thin layer of green card stock. 

The Lilies are arranged in the Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher (1294). I found paper already embossed. Moss was added, and the ‘Love’ die from Suzanne Cannon (1165). Of course, the wonderful ladybug!

Susan just did a second tutorial on this background and the Lily –– you can see it here.

If you would like to purchase any of the products I’ve used, just click on them below and you will be directed to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to complete your order. 

Try this lovely flower! It would be a great addition to your flower garden. 

See you soon,

Kathy Sabarese 

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