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Pretty Pink Cosmos

April 23, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Angela here today with a card for a young woman who is achieving wonderful things these days. With a background created with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst powders and a die from 1168-Bead Strings 1, I’ve put together  the perfect place for Susan’s 1637-Garden Notes Cosmos. One of those lovely summer flowers that comes in lots of pretty colours.

Here’s how it came together:

1- Using the Color Burst powders and water on water colour paper, create a background in the colours of your choice.

2- Cut a 5.5 X 5.5 inch square of 90lb Soft Finish cardstock. Using the thicker curved die cut across the cardstock at about 4 inches from the bottom at a slightly downward angle. Save the larger bottom piece and the ribbon. Attach them to the created background using Double sided tape.

3- Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock, 5.75 X 5.75 inches, and use it to mat the background piece.

4-Fasten all of this to a 6X6 inch card base made from 110lb Soft Finish cardstock.

5-Cut flower pieces and leaves for 5 Cosmos. Colour using Copic markers. Use yellow pollen to finish centers as shown in Susan’s Garden Club Face book video.

6-Shape and create the flowers, using the 4 piece tool kit and Kid’s Choice glue.

7-Adhere to card front as shown in photo.

8-Stamp sentiment onto banner and fasten with foam adhesive and there you have it!

Thanks so much for stopping by ,

Angela

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Just Happy

April 18, 2019

Hello crafters! The Garden Notes flowers are a perfect decoration for creating cards or frames for a friend. This is Luciana today and I designed a card with a Garden Notes – Cosmos die set .

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:

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. Using some Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, to adhere on the card a square 5 3/4 inches of watercolored White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 2: Forsythia

Cut out two sets of the Garden Notes – Forsythia dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. You will need two layers of only one of the two branches of the set.
Color all the pieces as showed below.
Use the smallest ball tool and the molding pad to add a curly on the inner part of the branches, and on each petal of the flower.
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of the branch and all the flowers on it.

Step 3: Cosmos

Cut out six sets of the Garden Notes – Cosmos dies, from the White Soft Finish Cardstock (except the stem).
Color all the pieces as shown below.

Use the loop tool and the molding pad to add a texture on all the petals.
Add a ripple on the paper, using the ball tool.
Wrap the pistils with the tweezers
Use the Kids choice glue to adhere the two layers of petals and the pieces of the pistils.

Step 4: Leaves

Add the vein to the leaves, using the leaf tool and the leaf pad. And then with the ball tool and the molding pad add more curving details. Use all the several leaves from different Garden Notes Sets.

Step 5: Sentiments

Die cut the word “just” from the Die set – Words 2 – Thinking of You, and the word “happy” from the set A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 3, both in a White Soft Cardstock, and then color them with a brown color.

Use the Garden Notes – Frame It/ Stitched Circles set in the White Soft Cardstock, to create a frame for a your picture.

Step 6: Assemblage

Arrange and adhere the flowers and leaves as shown below.

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

Supplies:

Other brands:
nuvo drops black;
sequins;
distress ink pads.

Joset Designs Susan's Garden Club

Beautiful Prairie Roses As A Thank You

April 9, 2019

Hi! Diane here with a “Thank You” card made with Prairie Roses and the Heart Grapevine Wreath.

There’s so many wonderful persons in my life that I want to thank –– let me start with our wonderful designer who creates the most incredible flowers for us to enjoy, Susan Tierney Cockburn. I’m in love with the Prairie Roses and I hope you will too after seeing how easy they are to make.

Step 1: Card base

  • For this card, you will need a 12 X 6 piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs , folded in half, to make a 6 X 6 card.
  • You will need a 5 3/4 inches square cut out of some purple cardstock, a 5 1/2 square cut out of yellow cardstock and a 5 1/4 square cut out of a pattern purple cardstock.
  • Using some Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere each layer on top of the other.

Step 2: Heart Grapevine Wreath

  • Using the #1648 Garden Notes – Heart Grapevine Wreath, die cut the wreath twice in brown 80 lbs cardstock.
  • Using the tweezers in the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set, shape the wreaths to give them dimension.
  • With the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the wreaths onto the card base, the first one on the wrong side and the second one on the right side.

Step 3: Prairie Roses

  • Using the die set #1643 – Garden Notes Prairie Roses, die cut every pieces of the flower 5 times in White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs.
  • Susan Tierney Cockburn has a complete video where she explains and demonstrate every steps to make the prairie rose. You can watch it here.
  • Color the flowers petals using ink markers, here were used some different shades of purple and light pink.
  • Using the loop tool in the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set , shape the petals and with the small ball stylus, cup up the petals.
  • Color the centers with a very light shade of green ink marker.
  • Cut off the filament of all the center pieces in half using the Fine Pointed Scissors.
  • Dip all center parts into the Kids Choice Glue and than in the Yellow Pollen.
  • With the small ball stylus, cup up the wheel shape parts.
  • Using the tweezers from the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set roll up the center pieces.
  • Die cut 8 to 10 leaves out of green 80 lbs cardstock.
  • Using the leaf tool from the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set, draw a vein in the middle of each leaf, fold on the vein and apply some Yellow Pan Pastel with a make-up applicator.
  • With the right side up, draw some more vein on each side of the main vein.
  • With a darker shade of green and a dauber, shade the edges of each leaves.
  • Using the medium ball stylus, shape the edges on the back of each leave, holding it on the Molding Pad with the tweezers.

Step 4: Baby’s Breath

  • Out of dark green cardstock, die cut one branch.
  • Out of White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs, die cut a plate of the little centers.
  • Using the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the little centers on to the branches after cupping them with a toothpick on an eraser or on a carving block.

Step 5: Sentiments

  • Using the die set # 1466 Words 2 – Thinking of You, die cut the word Thanks out of yellow cardstock.

Final step:

  • Using the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the Baby’s Breath on the wreath.
  • Glue the flowers starting with the three petals parts first and off setting the two petals parts. Glue the little wheel pieces (2) next and finish up with the center piece, on each petals set.
  • Glue the leaves around the flowers.
  • Finally, glue the word “Thanks” in the heart.

Here’s a closer look at the finished flowers.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and until next time, happy paper gardening !

Diane

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Other Products used on this card:

Copic Ink Markers

Distress ink

Brown, yellow, purple and Green Bazzill cardstock

Purple pattern paper

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How To Create This Prairie Rose Tag

April 3, 2019

Hi there! It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Mixed Media Prairie Rose Tag using one of the new Susan’s Garden die sets!

Step 1: Die cut the flower and the tag

  • Die cut all the parts for the Prairie Rose from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • Die cut the tag from black cardstock, using one of the dies from the ModaScrap Love, Life Tag die set

Step 2: Coloring and Shaping the Flower

  • Color the pieces with Alcohol Markers
  • Shape the different parts with the help of the Susan’s Garden All Metal Tool Kit

Step 3: Create the Mixed Media Tag

  • Add color to the black tag using Distress Paint (I used Iced Spruce and Picket Fence)
  • Stamp the letters from the Patterns 2 stamp set with Versafine Clair Morning Mist and heat-emboss this texture with clear embossing powder

Step 4: Final Embellishments

  • Add a sentiment sticker (I used one from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker set)
  • Thread some grey and white twine through the hole of the tag

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Other:
Alcohol Marker
Distress Paint (Iced Spruce, Picket Fence)
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
Clear Embossing Powder
Small Talk Sticker Set
twine



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Framed Welcome with Cymbidium Orchids

March 30, 2019

I love orchids and I always have a several in the house. My husband has made it a point to give me one every Mother’s Day because he loves how long the blooms last. Phalaenopsis are the most common and easiest to get to re-bloom, but my favorite is the Cymbidium and I have never gotten that to re-bloom… until now! Haha –– I can make them any color I like, at any time, with dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

  1. I started with a 5×7 black shadow box frame. I wanted my orchid to really pop, so I also started with a black 5×7 base.
  2. Die cut 5 ‘Welcome’ out of white card stock and adhered them together. Because the orchid is so dimensional, a stacked word die cut works much better for the overall look.
The slight white edges of the orchid makes it really pop against the black background.

3. Susan has a great video on how to make these orchids, so I won’t go through the process here. To make the buds on the top though, I used the 3 petal die and curled each of the petal. Cut them apart and stack them as seen to make a bud. The top bud uses the 2 petal die cut the same way.

Final piece before placing it inside the shadow box frame.

4. After adhering all flower stem and ‘Welcome’ onto the black card stock as shown above, I added some moss to the bottom as most orchid plants will come with a bit of moss on the pot to retain moisture.

There’s quite a glare when taking pictures with a glass frame but it looks very polished in a shadow box!

I loved how quickly this came together but looks so “put together”. Having it framed inside a shadow box also keeps it safe from dust and will fit on a little nook in the entry way perfectly.

Thanks for stoping by!

Diana Nguyen

Other products used:

Moss

Inspiration from the Design Team Susan's Garden Club

How To Create A Tiny Bouquet

March 28, 2019

Hello crafters! Luciana is here today, showing you how to create a little paper bouquet that could be a perfect piece of decor for your home! You could even collect several tiny bouquets in a single vase and have a blossoming centerpiece –– perfect for Spring!

Here is the tutorial:

Step 1. Die cut from White Soft Finish Cardstock 1 set of Garden Notes – English Rose (except the stems and 2 times the leaves).

Step 2. Color them as shown below, adding a more deep color around the external edges of the petals

Step 3. Shape all the pieces for the corollas.
Use the loop tool and the mold pad to add some details to all the petal, making lines from the outside to the inside. Turn the pieces on the back side, and then use the ball tool and the mold pad on the upper part of the petals, creating a ripple on the paper.

Step 4. Prepare the rose.
Overlap the two pieces with the 3 petals, then start to add all the petals, from the larger to the smaller one. Wrap the last petal, the triangular one,
to create a sort of central bud. When the rose is ready and the glue very dry, put the flower on a florist stem wire.

Step 5. Prepare the leaves.
Add the vein to the leaves, using the leaf tool and the leaf pad. Then glue them on a florist stem wire. Glue also some green polystyrene balls on the stem wire, with a different length .

Step 6. Create the bouquet. Put together all the pieces and wrap the floral tape around the stems.

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

Luciana

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
florist stem wire
floral tape
distress ink colors

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Flame Lily Looking Over A Garden Fence

March 23, 2019

Good Morning, 

Kathy, from the ECD Team, with a project using two more dies from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s new release: the Flame Lily and the Garden Fence.

This is a 6”x6” card with a cloud background. The fence is made with paper from the Wood Effects package. 

Flame Lilies are absolutely beautiful. If you Google them, you will be astounded with the many different varieties! It seems their stamens come out from ‘under’ the flower, instead of the center. 

I’ve added some Fever Few flowers, variegated Ivy and some grass. And, do you see the ladybug??  Kid’s Choice Glue is great for putting everything together.

Be sure to check out Susan’s video tutorials of her new release on the Susan’s Garden Club Facebook Page.

All the products I’ve used are listed below. To purchase any of them, click on the picture(s) and you’ll be directed to Elizabeth Craft Designs where you can complete your order.

Enjoy, and see you soon!

Kathy 

A Way With Words Designer Challenge Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter Stamping Susan's Garden Club

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!

1.

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!

5.

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

6.

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

7.

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!!

14.

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
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Lupines And The Garden Watering Can

March 7, 2019

Good morning all!! Kathy here, with two of the wonderful new dies just released in Susan Tierney Cockburn’s newest collection –– Lupines and the Garden Watering Can!

Lupines come in so many beautiful colors, it was fun to pick these three! You could also make Texas Blue Bonnets with this die if you’d like!

The Lupines are very easy to make, and aren’t they such pretty and happy flowers? Makes you realize Spring IS right around the corner!

I’ve used several colors to give character to the Watering Can, and added Ladder Fern, Baby’s Breath, and Ivy as fillers; all on an embossed piece of decorator paper. The Watering Can is sitting on paper from the Wood Effects paper.  And, of course, all of these flowers were put together with the Kid’s Choice Glue.

Again, don’t forget to add the ladybug to one of the leaves!

Keep checking Susan’s Garden Club for her Live tutorials of her new release!

Hope you enjoy making these lovely new flowers as much as I have!

See you soon!

Kathy Sabarese 

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