Good morning, crafters! Today, we’re sharing these beautiful pages created by DT member, Charlene van der Vorst.
Using dies from the Planner Essentials line, along with a few other from ECD, she shows us how we can easily create pages with beautiful watercolors and a see-through acetate window!
We are in love with this little owl too! Did you know that Charlene designed it? In the last Planner Essentials release, Charlene designed two stamp sets: Moments of Life and Pure Spring, where this cute owl is from. We can’t wait to show you what she’s working on next! (Soon!!)
Charlene hosted a live video tutorial on her Facebook page, showing us the step-by-step of how she created this beautiful tag. (Note: this tutorial is in Dutch, but she does a fabulous job showing every step!)
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!
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.
It’s already August, crafters! We can’t believe it! (… there are only 146 days until Christmas… 😱)
Our Design Team has been working hard all year, creating projects just for you! You can find many of them right here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, but they also post tons of inspiration on their own blogs and social media.
You may have missed some of those, so we’re sharing 16 of our favorite projects of 2019 so far!
This Is My Life: Planner Layout
Created by Esther Glas
We love seeing Esther’s –– the designer of the Planner Essentials line –– planner pages because she always incorporates beautiful photographs with them! This is a simple layout used to document a special day. See more of her work on her Facebook page here.
A Place Under The Sun
Created by Anita Izendoorn
Anita just recently posted this project and it blew us away! Using the Holiday House Box Die Set, she created this to look like an Amsterdam Canal House! See her supply list here on her blog.
Just Dropping You A Lion
Created by Tina Guigui Dornbaum
This is such an adorable card that features the Lion die set from our Safari Release back in January. Tina’s coloring is fabulous! See how she created this card here on her blog.
Created by Suzanne Cannon
Suzanne is the fabulous designer behind the A Way With Words collection on ECraftDesigns.com, which are the designs you’re seeing in this project. We love her coloring and the simplicity, yet stunningly romantic feel these dies add to this card! See how she created this on her blog.
Created by Charlene van der Vorst
Charlene is not only and ECD Design Team Member, but she’s also a Designer! She designs stamps in the Planner Essentials line and we love seeing her create with them! See more of her work on her Facebook page.
Creating A Tiny Bouquet
Created by Luciana Telesca
Luciana is an amazing paper gardener! She’s always coming up with new ways to showcase her stunning flowers. See how she created this tiny bouquet here.
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Created by Tanja Kabel
Tanja is always so clever in her cardmaking, and this one is no exception! This new Reindeer Die Set is adorable, but it’s the details that make this card stand out! See how she made it here on her blog.
Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout
Created by Femke Kokke
We could watch Femke create a Planner Layout all day! Her techniques are simple, but make a major impact in her projects. See the video tutorial for this project on YouTube here.
Bringing Peace With Flowers
Created by Joyce Schmidt
Joyce is another one of our very talented paper gardeners. She recently created this card for her neighbor –– we’re sure this helped bring some peace to them. See more of her work here on her Facebook page.
A Camping Hippo
Created by EK Gorman
EK Gorman had fun with this one! She used both distress oxide inks and alcohol markers on this little Hippo and accessories –– beautiful work! Watch her video tutorial here.
Created by Laura Gilhuly
Laura always wows us with her layouts! Like this one: she incorporates many products from our different designers, and creates beautiful layers for a 3D effect! See Laura’s tutorial for this layout here on her blog.
Happy Mother’s Day Card
Created by Katelyn Grosart
This card is absolutely fabulous! We are in love with the colors and beautiful patterns Katelyn chose for this project. Any mother would be thrilled to receive this! See her tutorial here on her blog.
Planner Essentials Denim Pocket
Created by Martine Rijnbeek
Martine is always so inventive, and this project is no different! This was a unique way to make a pocket out of denim. Watch her tutorial on YouTube here.
You Are Awesome
Created by Samantha Kaminski
This project is awesome! Samantha added a fun surprise with this card, creating a little door with the Dog House die set! See the supply list and more pictures of this adorable this birthday card here.
Created by Karen Ostergard
Karen recently created this for a challenge and we are loving the different textures! Adding the glitter on the snowflake gives it an elegant pop! See her supply list and challenge outlines here on her blog.
A Floral House-Warming Gift
Created by Kathy Sabarese
Kathy creates stunning paper floral projects, including this one! She is amazing shaping perfect flowers and bringing them all together in a project –– they’re all so beautiful together! See how she made this here.
It was so hard picking out our favorite projects, as our Designers and Design Team Members are all fabulous crafters and are always blowing us away with their talent! Be sure to join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page on Facebook to see more from the Design Team!
We hope you enjoyed these projects as much as we do –– which one is your favorite?
I wanted to share with you a friendly game that one of Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page members, Joseph Nguyen and I have been playing. We will be chatting and creating, and somehow it turns into a personal best challenge. So we’ve started creating crafting challenges, and this last challenge was to use pumpkins in our creation. This is my contribution –– “challenge accepted!” (its all in fun 😊)
I thought that I would share how I created my answer to his challenge with you. Enjoy!
I first started with the pumpkin die from Susan’s Garden. What a beautiful fall vessel to put flowers in. I used distress oxide inks to color the pumpkin. I used a fine brush to brush and blend the three colors onto the pumpkin.
I choose flowers that have fall blooms, I used Forsythia, Helenium and Wheat.
I’ll show how I created the wheat using distress oxide ink and the fabulous soft finish card stock. I love this paper! (Not much shaping required to create the wheat.)
After I made the Wheat, I die cut the Forsythia branch twice, giving me 4 branches total, but I only make three and use the extra flower petals to fill in. I colored using these Copic colors. I love how easy these are to make and adds some radiant color to any paper bouquet that you are making.
The focus of this bouquet was the Helenium. I took some detailed photos of this process because the colors that are used are pictured so that you get some nice blending.
I’ll share a tip with you: Color the cardstock with your marker BEFORE you die cut these and you wont have to color them individually! Saves a lot of time.
I die cut two of these and cut the “legs” with Els’ scissors, dip them into the glue then the gold pollen before assembly. Simply offset the two layers and glue together with the Kids Choice Glue.
This really was a fun and beautiful way to wish for cooler weather to come in the Fall.
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.
This is a card created for my sister’s birthday. Its inspiration is from a small flower arrangement that I saw at a local florist that I thought I’d try to re-create on my card for her. The flowers are different, the original had carnations, but I liked the size and shape of the Clematis better. The container they used was a small mercury glass jar. I chose to use the Tin Milk Can and trim it closer to the shape of the jar they used. Silver gilding flakes and metallic paste gave me just what I was looking for, for the finish.
Here’s how it came together:
Cut and colour the Hathorne branch and berries using Copic markers and Nuvo Crystal drops. Set aside to dry.
Create a 6X6 card base from 110lb Soft Finish cardstock.
Cut a 5.75X5.75 piece of co-ordinating cardstock, adhere to front of card base.
Back a piece of 90lb cardstock with double sided adhesive. Cut, using the geometric shape from the Planner Patterns die set. Adhere to card base slightly off centre. Set aside.
Cover both front and back of a piece of cardstock with clear double-sided adhesive. Cut using the Tin Milk Can die. Carefully cut off the top of the milk can to create a vase shape. Peel off protective sheet from the front side. Use silver gilding flakes to cover can. Rub with metallic silver paste to create shadow. Adhere to card front keeping the middle raised with 3d tape.
Cut all flower, wheat, and leaf pieces, from 90lb cardstock.
Colour and shape the wheat sheaths. Place them in the can.
Colour and shape the Hosta leaves
Colour and shape the Baby’s breath.
Colour the center of the Clematis. Leave the petals white. Shape using Susan’s tools and molding mat.
Using Kid’s Choice Glue to adhere all to the card front as in the photo.
Be sure to remember that just about anything can be used as
inspiration for your cardmaking.
Hi! Diane here with a new card for you! We have been blessed with our 8th grandchild on his way! How happy we are to get ready to celebrate his birth in October. This card could have easily been an “It’s a girl” card too!
Here are the steps to create this card.
STEP 1: The card base
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 purple cardstock.
Die cut the larger size of circles in the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) die set, using a pattern paper of your choice, in yellow and purple tones.
Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set again, die cut the third smaller size of circle in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base, than the purple cardstock on top of the yellow one, than the scallop circles (patterned and white) using some Clear Double Sided Tape.
STEP 2: The Elephant
Using the Elephant (#1663) die set , die cut all the part of the elephant into some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Using some sponge applicator and some Distress Oxide, color the different parts of the elephant (for the inside of the ears, I used the color “Wilted Violet”, for the rest I used “Shaded Lilac”.
To give dimension to the elephant, with the Large Ball Stylus tool from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set on the Molding Pad, rub the back of all the parts of the elephant.
With some foam adhesive and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the elephant on the whiteDotted Scallop Circles.
STEP 3: The Pansies
To make this flower, you can watch Susan Tierney Cockburn in this video.
Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut all the petals 5 times from the die set Garden Notes – Pansy 2 (#1488)
Using some ink markers, color the back and the front of all petals.
On the Molding Pad, with the Loop Tool and the Reverse Tweezers (from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set), shape each one of the petals.
From the Pansies die set, cut 4 times each leaf out of green cardstock.
Color the stem with Yellow Pan Pastel, shade the edges with some Forest moos Distress Ink.
Draw veins and shape the leaves using the Leaf Pad, the Molding Pad and the tools from Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
Step 4: The Myosotis
For this flower, you can watch how Susan Tierney Cockburn makes it in this video.
Using the Garden Notes – Myosotis (#1517) die set, die cut one plate of fowers out of some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Color the tips of each flowers with some pale blue ink marker, leaving the centers white.
Out of some yellow cardstock, die cut one plate of little centers.
Using the tools in the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set shape the blue tipped flowers on the Molding Pad.
Using an eraser and a toothpick, cup up the little yellow centers. Very lightly, dot the yellow centers with a black fine marker.
Step 5: The Sentiment
Die cut the words “It’s” and “Happy” from the die set Words 1 – Celabration (#1465) and the words “Brrrrr” and Joy” from the die set Words 5 – Winter Wishes(#1576), all in yellow cardstock.
From the word “Happy”, cut apart the letter “a”.
From the “brrrrr”, keep only the “b”.
From the “joy”. Keep only the “oy”.
Assemble the letters and glue together to write “It’s a boy”.
Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the banner shown below from the set Banners (#1390).
Finalized the card by gluing down the flowers using some Kids Choice Glue, the banner and the sentiment.
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
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!
When I first started playing with this stamp set, I had plans to arrange the leave and flowers more traditionally. Instead I went with what I love –– pattern play –– looking for fun ways to arrange and layout patterns onto my card front.
Step 1: Using pattern paper and card stock, stamp and die cut the flowers and leaves from Color My Flowers set.
Step 2: Position the flowers and leaves on to your card front measuring: 10.5cm x 15.5cm
Step 3: (Optional) Before adhering the flower add machine stitched details to the leaves on your card front.
Step 4: Adhere the flowers using foam tape.
Step 5: Use watermark ink to stamp the sentiment three times on to black cardstock, apply white embossing powder, then heat set.
Step 6: Trim the sentiments and adhere to your card front.
Step 7: Embellish with a twine bow and sequins. Adhere card front to an A6 card base.
Thank you for stopping by! For me this is a quick and easy way to create with stamps and their co-ordinating cut out dies. All you need is pattern paper, cardstock, and a fun layout…