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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

Planner Essentials Susan's Garden Club

Clematis Birthday Card

July 15, 2019

Hi folks, Angela here for this morning’s post!

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.

Angela

Supply List:

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It’s A Boy!

July 9, 2019

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 white Dotted 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.

Here’s a closer look at the finish card.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Diane Prince

Products used on this card:

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Other products used on this card:

Bazzill purple, yellow and green cardstock

Distress Oxide

Copic Marker

A Way With Words Susan's Garden Club

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

Joset Designs Susan's Garden Club

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

A Way With Words ModaScrap Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

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:

Susan's Garden Club

Sending You Blooming Fuchsias

May 20, 2019

Hi there! It’s Tanja here. The flowers are in full bloom and so I wanted to show you the step-by-step for this blooming fuchsias!

Here is the tutorial:

Step 1: Die Cut and Color the Flower Pieces

  • Die cut the flower pieces with the help of the Susan’s Garden Fuchsia die set from white Soft Finish Cardstock
  • Color the pieces with Alcohol Markers and add shading with Pan Pastels

Step 2: Create the Background

  • Die cut a Stitched Rectangle from watercolor paper
  • Add color with Paper Artsy Infusions Violetta and water from your Mister Bottle

Step 4: Sentiment Stamping and Assembly

  • Stamp the sentiment from the Spring Sentiments set with two colors of ink for an ombre look
  • Shape and assemble the flowers; afterwards adhere them to the background panel
  • Mat the panel onto a piece of pink cardstock cut using a slightly larger die from the Stitched Rectangles set
  • Adhere all the layers to a card base

Step 5: Final Embellishment

  • Add a little ladybug from the Ladybugs die set covered with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew to one of the leaves

Have a colorful day.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Other
Alcohol Marker
Pan Pastel
Paper Artsy Infusion Violetta
Mister Bottle
Altenew Crisp Ink (Razzleberry, Midnight Violet)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew

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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