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Divide & Conquer

December 15, 2018

 by Judi Kauffman

I’m having so much fun figuring out what to do with my new Elizabeth Craft Designs planner. I thought that dividers would be a good place to start and Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection dies were ideal for spelling out what each section of the planner will be about. Like a true Virgo, I want my planner to be organized and practical – and dare I say it, tidy – so I made my dividers from durable Shimmer Sheetz and added equally durable hole reinforcements die cut from synthetic suede. And yet I want to allow for flexibility so the words I chose for each divider are ones with multiple possible interpretations. This gives me leeway to change what I put in each section. Read on for the instructions and my design strategies…

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Clean And Simple Christmas Cards

December 9, 2018

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here and it´s time for my December guest blog post tutorial. It has been snowing a little here in Austria the past few days which inspired me to create a set of clean and simple Christmas cards using Shimmer Sheetz, the Ornate Snowflakes die set and Holiday Cheer clear stamp set.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Ten-Minute Christmas Cards with Removable Ornaments

December 2, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

I always seem to need just a few more Christmas cards (sound familiar?), so I’ve devised a strategy for making some that are simple and fast, but don’t look that way! Today’s tutorial is a trio that uses a non-traditional palette. I have lots of friends with taste as quirky as mine… I’m calling it a ten-minute card, but it probably won’t take that long.

I timed myself: Die cut two circles (2 minutes or less!), emboss and sand the smaller circle (2 minutes or less), add scrapbook paper to card front (1 minute at most), layer and complete the ornament (about 2 minutes), attach ornament to card front (30 seconds or less). This leaves a couple of minutes to unwrap and savor a peppermint patty while admiring your creation!

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Ten Gift Ideas

November 4, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Need some easy, fast gift ideas? Feel like getting ahead with stocking stuffers, presents for friends and family? My recommendation: Enjoy a lazy browse through the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog archive and you’ll find MANY Shimmer Sheetz embellished boxes, tissue boxes, journals, notepads, and trays, plus cards, ornaments, jewelry, and more. Each tutorial includes a supply list and instructions!

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Rejoice Ornament

October 20, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

I enjoy making flat ornaments to mail as an alternative to greeting cards. They can go straight to the tree or hang in a window or on a doorknob. And now that it’s become something of a tradition for me, friends have come to expect them!

Suzanne Cannon’s new A Way With Words release includes a fabulous flourished candle die set that has separate pieces for a dimensional flame and dripping wax. The candle can stand alone on an ornament, but I thought the word ‘Rejoice’ added a nice bit of extra sparkle. And the lettering provides visual balance when tucked just beneath the candle – The letter ‘R’ almost touching the flourishes, but not quite.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Strips, Squares & Dots

October 7, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

I somehow saved several scrap Shimmer Sheetz strips (say that five times fast, I dare you!), one of them lightly sanded Gold Metallic (1” x 12”) and the other embossed and alcohol-inked Ruby Gemstone (1” x 8”). I decided to turn these leftovers into focal elements for some mixed media card fronts.

My design strategies: Go for contrast. Play with shiny strips and squares against more muted cardstock backgrounds. Repeat the dot patterns of the embossing folders (used for the background and for the alcohol-inked Shimmer Sheetz strip) with round, similarly-sized embellishments. Mix the embellishments so that some sparkle and some are more muted.

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Make A Wish

September 22, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Blow out the candles and Make A Wish! This is the perfect card for birthday celebrations.

The Make A Wish die set includes the sentiment – all three words cut in one piece, plus separate stars to sprinkle on the card front or use on other projects. The background is embossed, sanded and woven Shimmer Sheetz, but if you’re in a hurry use embossed background with a simple tone-on-tone pattern instead.

If you like quirky color combinations stick with purple and green as shown or change it to suit your taste and that of the recipient! Just make sure there’s plenty of contrast between the words and stars (one color as shown or use two, your choice) and the background.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Tissue Time

September 2, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Guests often comment about my tissue boxes – I have decorated one with Shimmer Sheetz for almost every room in the house, and over the years I’ve made many for gifts. If you’re working ahead for the holidays, it’s a project I can highly recommend. They’re easy to customize and personalize, fast and simple to make.

I’ve posted tutorials in the past with other versions. These two are meant to evoke summer travels with beach and a steamer trunk as inspiration.

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Book of the Month Club 2 – Do-It-Yourself Story Books

August 25, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

When the office supply store had composition books for only fifty cents as a back-to-school doorbuster deal, I bought thirty to give to a friend who teaches in a school that serves children from low-income families. As part of her curriculum, she has the students make up stories I thought that the words ‘Once Upon A Time’ (Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words die) would be the perfect fit!

GETTING STARTED –

If working with a group or class, decorate a couple of books to give students an idea of how to start, but then encourage them to customize their book as they choose. They will each need a rectangle to cover the printing on the front cover. Older children can cut their own. It’s a good idea to have the die cut words ready ahead of time with a few extras in case someone tears theirs. (I am donating die cuts, patterned papers, stickers, gems, glue, embossed and lightly sanded pieces of Shimmer Sheetz, and washi tape, along with the composition books.)

ANOTHER OPTION –

Turn it into a family affair. Make books so you and the kids can “interview” aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, siblings and each other, and can pretend that pets can talk. Write down their stories. Paste in photos and drawings! Write questions on the top line of each page and be sure to add the date of the interview and the name of the person giving the answers, along with the name of the person asking them… For example, “What were your favorite games as a child?” “When did you know you wanted to be a ______________?” (teacher, fireman, dancer, farmer, doctor…) “What were your favorite movies, who were your favorite singers, when you were my age?” Instead of taking notes, videotape the interview and write in the books later!

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