Victorian Flower


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Hi everyone,

It’s Frances here. Have you seen all the new Tags & More Dies available from Elizabeth Craft Designs? There are now 8 different Tags & More die sets covering 3 different widths,
2 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 inches and 4 1/4 inches. So whatever your needs are, we have the Tags & More set for you! For today’s project I am using the Tags & More 6 – Daisy with the new Victorian Flower die sets.

Here is how I created my card:

1. Cut a piece of designer paper 5 1/8 inches x 3 7/8 inches and layer this onto a piece of green card that is 5 3/8 inches x 4 1/16 inches. Layers these to a folded orange card which is 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches.

2. From the Tags & More 6 – Daisy die set, die cut 4 of the corner pieces from the orange card. Layer these to the green card and trim around them with scissors. Adhere the corners to each corner of the card.

3. Position the main tag die from the Tags & More 6 –  Daisy onto a piece of green card which is 2 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Run through your die cutting machine. Now position decorative overlay over the tag so the hole in the overlay lines up with the hole in the tag and also lines up with the tag shape of the card. Run this through your die cutting machine.

Use your trimmer to trim down both sides of the card so the edge is level with the part of the tag which was cut by the die. Use the Spring Leaves Embossing Folder to emboss tag.

Die cut another tag from the orange card without adding the decorative layer and adhere this under the green tag. Trim tag so it measures approx 4 5/8 inches. Thread some orange hemp cord through the hole of the tag and adhere to the card as per photo.

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4. Use the flower dies from the Victorian Flower Set 1 to die cut a large and small flower from Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Make sure to use the metal adaptor plate when die cutting Shimmer Sheetz.

Cut a piece of white card big enough to fit both flowers from the Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2 and cover the front of the card with a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet. You can find some tips on how to cut these intricate flowers in a You Tube video by Els van de Burgt. Click HERE to watch the video.

Remove the protective backing from the tape and cover the flower with Orange Silk Microfine Glitter. Remove excess glitter and polish the glittered flowers with your finger.

Layer the glittered flowers to the Shimmer Sheetz flower and then layer these together.

Die cut the large circle included in the die set and cover this with Gold Glitter Dots. Assemble Flower.

5. Cut a piece of card big enough to fit the Flourish with Flowers and apply a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet to the front. Die cut, remove protective backing and cover with Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter. Remove excess glitter from flower and polish with finger.

6. Adhere Flourish with Flower to card as per photo and then add the assembled flower.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs
Tags & More 6 – Daisy (959)
Victorian Flower Set 1 (964)
Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2 (966)

Flourish with Flowers (797)
Orange Silk Microfine Glitter (613)
Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter (631)

Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS  0109)
Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet (502)
Spring Leaves Embossing Folder (E118)
Gold/Silver Glitter Dots (SKU 7018)
Metal Adaptor Plate (803)
 
Other
White Card
Green Card
Orange Card
Kalahari Dreams Designer Paper – Wild Rose Studio
Foam Tape

 

Hydrangea Oval Accordion Card

Hello everyone, It’s Els van de Burgt here, excited to share this Hydrangea Oval Accordion Card with you today. For this card I included something of Karen’s Pop It Ups line, something of Susan’s Garden line and of course something of my own line, the Hydrangea Peel-offs. 
I used Karen’s Accordion Oval Card because it’s the perfect fit for the Hydrangea and for Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Seeds of Thought stamp – “Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”

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Here is how I created my card:

1. Die cut 2 accordion pages from green cardstock and 2 from blue dot pattern paper.
Place your two green pages in front of you with all tabs facing to the right. Adhere pages together using double sided adhesive on the long side tab of the left page. Trim long side tab and small tab around oval of the right page.

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2. Trim the long side tab from the two blue dot accordion pages and cut out center oval.
Trim any other tabs from the two accordion pages so you’re left with just two frames.
Ink edges with green. Adhere frames to the inside of the accordion card. Adhere edges of oval with green as well and adhere them to the inside of the card on top of the green ovals.

3. Adhere a piece of transparent double sided adhesive to white cardstock large enough to fit Hydrangea Peel-off. Transfer peel-off onto the adhesive using a technique I’m demonstrating in one of my videos “Silk Microfine Glitter – Coloring with Alcohol Markers”. Once your peel-off is transferred, cover your peel-off with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish and Brush off excess glitter. Color flowers with Copic markers or any alcohol marker. In the picture below you can see that I start with coloring the flowers with the aqua color and add darker blue to the center. Then I used my lighter aqua again to blend the two colors.

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4. Carefully cut around Hydrangea. I like to use my fine pointed scissors. Adhere Hydrangea on oval of left accordion page as shown.

5. Stamp sentiment on watercolor paper using black Dye Ink. Using the largest oval accessory die, cut out sentiment. Add stitches using the stitches accessory die from the same set.
The reason why I’m adding the stitches, is when I’m decorating my oval with the Glitter Dots,
I can line then up nicely on the stitches.

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6. Ink edges with green using a round blending tool with foam applicator. Make circular motion when adding the ink.

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7. Add Glitter Dots around sentiment using the stitches for placement.

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8. Adhere sentiment on oval of right accordion page as shown.

I love how this card turned out. Combining Karen’s and Susan’s designs with my own is so much fun. Have you seen the new Peel-offs yet that match the Accordion Star, Accordion Rectangle and Rectangle Pull Card? You can find all 3 new designs plus the new dies at our website www.ecraftdesigns.com.

Happy Crafting,

Els

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs -

772 Accordion Oval Card

2546 Hydrangea Peel-offs in Black

RS008 Seeds of Thought stamp “Take time to do what makes your soul happy”

503 Transparant Double Sided Tape Sheets

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

7018 Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots

WP903 Watercolor Paper

Other – 

Green cardstock – Bazzill

Patterned Paper – Graphic 45

Black Dye Ink – Memento

Distress Ink color Peeled Paint – Tim Holtz

Ink Blending Tool

 

 

Foxy Birthday Lattice Tag Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

Debra here today. January marks the beginning of a busy birthday season for my family. That means I need more birthday cards! The new Tags & More 8 – Lattice is a perfect base to build a fun card featuring a colorful Dutch the Fox, a few accessories and some sparkly birthday Balloon Peel-Offs.

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This card works for either boys or girls and is easy to make. The Tags & More 8 – Lattice does all the work for you!

Here’s how I made this card:

1. Fold a  51/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of white card base in half to form a standard A2 size card base. Cut a piece of pattern paper to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Die cut the top of the folded card base and the pattern paper with the Tags & More 8 – Lattice basic tag shape die. Die cut the top of the pattern paper with the decorative overlay die from the same set. Save the negative squares from the cut. Die cut Dutch the fox, hat and mustache. Using the curvy line die from Outdoor edges, die cut a  2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of pattern paper in the middle.

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2. Cover a piece of white cardstock with ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive sheet. Peel off liner and set aside. Add balloons peel-offs, sticky side up on the release sheet. Place adhesive covered cardstock over release sheet to transfer peel-offs. Remove liner and cover peel-offs and adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your finger to set the glitter and bring up the shine.

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3. Color balloons with alcohol markers. I used Copic (colors YG05, V17, B93, Y06). Trim colored balloons closely. Using a black marker, color the white cut edges for a more finished look.

4. Assemble card. Adhere green tag with decorative top to card front. Place a few squares from the overlay die cut back into the top for interest. Add wavy cut pattern paper to bottom of card front. Assemble Dutch, leaving his right legs unadhered. Add mustache and hat to Dutch. Tie a piece of black twine to Dutch’s right leg to attach to the balloon peel-offs. Here’s a close up:

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5. Add Dutch and balloons to card front using foam adhesive. Attach twine from Dutch’s foot to bottom of balloons. Loop yellow ribbon through tag hole of front of card only.

6. Adhere 2nd half of wavy cut pattern paper and a single colored balloon to inside of the card. Add large Happy Birthday Peel-off in black to complete the card.

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I love the way this card turned out and plan to make several of them to add to my birthday stash. With the Tags & More 8 – Lattice die doing all the detail work, its quick easy and fun! Thanks for stopping by today!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies used:
961 Tags & More 8 – Lattice
914 Outdoor Edges
946 Dutch the Fox
2552 Balloons Peel-Offs in Black
2577 Happy Birthday Large Peel-Offs in Black
Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Adhesive
640 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies:
Pattern Paper
Cardstock- Bazzill
Foam Adhesive

 

 

 

Peony and Hydrangea Thank You Card

Peony_Hydrangea FrontCreated by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Making the Card

1. Cut blue cardstock 5.5 x 8.5 inches; fold in half to form an A2 sized card base. Cut pink cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches.

2. Die cut black cardstock, Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and Raspberry Metallic Shimmer Sheetz using the Garden Patch 1 1/2-inch & Mini Petals main die. Die cut Thank You sentiment from Raspberry Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (use Metal Adaptor Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz). Die cut 2 more copies of Thank You from pink cardstock. Glue the Thank You words in a stack to form thick words, with the Shimmer Sheetz on top.

3. Adhere the black frame to the pink cardstock (step 1), centered at the top (long side) as shown.

4. Emboss square pieces of Raspberry Metallic Shimmer Sheetz using Bouquet folder, emboss blue pieces using Dancing Leaves folder. Tap/rub StazOn Black ink across the tops to enhance the design. Adhere into black frame using Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Tape, alternating designs. Add blue ribbon around the bottom of the pink cardstock with squares as shown. Adhere pink cardstock to front of card base. Adhere stacked Thank You to card over ribbon as shown.

5. Using Hydrangea and Peony dies, die cut stems and leaves from green cardstock, Peony petals from light pink cardstock (cut about 3 copies of the single petal sets), Hydrangea flowers from cream cardstock (2 sets of flowers), and Peony center (stamen) from yellow cardstock (cut 2 copies).

Process Making Peony

6. Lightly ink all edges of cream flowers with Salty Ocean Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Watercolor petals of Peony with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink: get each petal wet with a brush and water, add a small amount of color most of the way up the petal, then intensify the color at the base. Watercolor the leaves using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink: darker green in shaded areas (base of leaves), let dry then use a small brush to add veins. Add green shadows to the stems as well, along one side.

7. Shape the leaves and petals: rub the middle of the Hydrangea flowers with a small round stylus. Run a stylus around the back edge of each Peony Petal (including the ones that form the base), flip and rub with a large stylus or end of a die pick from the base about half way towards the tips – choose about 6 petals to shape the opposite way to go around the center and on the Peony bud (one very small and one small for bud), i.e. these will curve inwards while the others will curve outwards.

8. Cut the yellow stamen stalks (filaments) down the middles maybe 2/3rds of the way down. Add glue along the bottom edge of one, roll tightly along the bottom edge. Add glue to the other and roll it around the first. Spread the filaments out a bit with your finger.

9. Add a small dot (e.g. with toothpick) of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls to the centers of each of the Hydrangea flowers. With a large stylus or end of die pick, rub the back of the round Hydrangea base (top of stem) to form a cup. Add something to the cup to give it support from behind – I used a large enamel dot but you could fill it with Glossy Accents, Silicone Glue, or even dimensional tape (cut in circle). Glue the flowers to the outside. You may have to adhere a few on opposite sides then let them dry before adding more so they won’t shift on you.

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10. For the Peony bud, find the base (one with embossed lines), glue the small sized then the very small sized petals you reserved, as shown in photo. For the main Peony, rub the petal base in the center to give it a bit of a cupped shape (e.g. with the end of a die pick). Glue the stamen to the center. Glue the petals reserved for the center around the stamen then fill in the other petals.

11. Assemble and adhere stems, leaves, and flowers as shown. Don’t be afraid to trim a stem and/or move leaves to create the look you want. I cut an extra leaf for the Hydrangea (bottom) and glued it on top of its matching leaf, along the bottom edge, to make it pop out. Make a double bow with twine and adhere where stems meet.

Supplies

ECD Supplies

Other

  • Cardstock: Blue, Pink, Light Pink, Black, Green, Cream, Yellow
  • StazOn Ink: Black
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry
  • Liquid Pearls: Baby Blue
  • Blue Ribbon
  • Blue/Brown Twine

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Triple Categories

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the January Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the challenge was to incorporate dies from three (or more) categories in the Pop it Ups collection. Categories are: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, and Accessory Dies.

For my project I took requests while attending the CHA show last week. Several people asked me to make a video for how to construct a stacked star accordion album like the one I made to showcase the Designer Challenge team. I also had some requests to explain the technique for making the Characters into sketch cartoons like on my Garden Bench/Poppy Card. I combined both those techniques to make a Happy Birthday Sketched Stacked Star Accordion card. (Say that five times fast!) My three categories are: Accordions & Frame Edges (Star, Star Fancy, Fancy, Fancy Seasons), Embossing Folders (Clouds) and Characters & Props (Rocky, Whiskers, Chilly, Honey, Buster, Hoppy, Dutch, Poppy, Props 1-4)

I used every Character and every Prop Set so you’d have a “go-by” for each Character’s sketch marks (not that I’m an expert – I just hash away with a pen until I like it) This would be a great project to simplify with fewer pages, fewer Characters and/or mix in some photographs, greetings, other dies, etc. This technique requires only heavy white cardstock, adhesive and a good black gel pen plus whatever dies you want to layer, trace and hash mark.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Other Products

  • Bazzill Card Shoppe “Marshmallow” white cardstock, Zebra Sarasa 0.7 black gel pen, Fineline 20 gauge glue bottle filled with Lineco pH neutral Adhesive, Black baker’s twine

 

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Let’s see how the Designer Challenge Team and invited guest Sandy Diller interpreted the three-or-more categories challenge. Get ready for twenty inspiring ideas.

Helen Cryer created a very clever, colorful and beautiful hybrid card that features two Accordion pages with a Pivot Card in the middle. Categories: Accordions & Frame Edges (Rectangle, Katie Stars), Characters & Props (Whiskers the Cat, Buster the Dog), Pivot Cards (Tags), Edges (Outdoor), and General Pop-ups (Happy Birthday)

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Summer Hills-Painter made this bright and fun Rectangle Pull Card using the Categories of Pull Cards (rectangle, balloons), Accordions (barn star) and General Pop-ups (banner). She created fun action inside the die through the use of a double spinner. (The spinner die comes included with the Rectangle Pull Card)SummerRPC1

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Caz Counsell has another great example of the Rectangle Pull Card using the Categories of Pull Cards (rectangle), Accordions (star), Pivot Cards (tag) and Characters/Props (Buster, paw print and bone). She styled Buster with the positive pieces from the Detail Layer for an alternate look. The spinner die spins the star up into the card when opened.

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Fran Sabad has mixed the Circle and Star Accordions together for a wonderful Grandfather Father’s Day card. I just love the color scheme! Categories: Accordions & Frame Edges (Star, Circle & Star Fancy Frame Edges)

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Kelly Booth made this stunning 3-page Rectangle Accordion featuring the All Seasons Tree and Eiffel Tower. She used Glitter Dots on the tower decks – what a great idea! Categories: Accordions & Frame Edges (Rectangle), Pop Stands (Eiffel Tower), Accessories (All Seasons Tree), Pivot Cards (Heart)

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Frances Byrne made this sensational park scene using the Adirondack Chair placed in the park instead of the beach. Whiskers the Cat is styling in a pair of shades. Categories: General Pop-ups (Adirondack Chair), Characters & Props (Whiskers the Cat, Props 4), Accessories (Palm Tree & Pail), and Accordions (speech bubble)

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Helen Cryer created a “helencredible” card for the challenge. This one is a Katie Label Pivot Card and it’s gorgeous! Categories: Pivot Cards (Katie Label), Pop Stands (Eiffel Tower), Edges (Paris), Accordions (hello)

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Shelly Hickox has made another amazing Shellypiece for this month’s challenge. She combined the Rectangle Pull Card with the Clock & Gears and Tags Pivot Card tags. The way the gears on her three spinners miss each other to open and close is very impressive. You can see this card in action on Shelly’s blog in a little video. Categories: Pull Cards (Rectangle), Pivot Cards (Tags), Accessories (Clock & Gears)

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Raquel Mason created this absolutely fabulous Tags Pivot Card with a fun “Calling Dr. Love!” theme. There are so many wonderful details in how she styled Dutch the Fox. Categories: Pivot Cards (Tags), Accordions (speech bubble, heart frame), and Characters & Props (Dutch, Props1).

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Donna Wright used the new Bathtub Pop Stand die to make the perfect pea green boat to animate The Owl and The Pussycat. She has so many amazing (and accurate!) details in this piece. Categories: Pop Stands (bathtub), Edges (Beach, Outdoor), Characters & Props (Poppy the Owl, Whiskers the Cat, honey), Accessories (Palm Tree & Pail), Accordions (Katie Label)

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Caz Counsell was so inspired by Donna’s bathtub-into-boat transformation that she made another version, this time using the Bathtub on the Lots of Pops die for a traditional pop-up (versus a standing pop-up like with the Pop Stands). Categories: Pop Stands (Bathtub), General Pop-ups (Lots of Pops), Characters & Props (Rocky the Crab), Edges (Beach), and Accessories (All Seasons Tree clouds)

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Karen Aicken made this adorable House Pivot Card, styled as a dog house for Buster the Dog. Categories: Pivot Cards (house), Characters & Props (Buster, bone), Accessories (Palm Tree & Pail, Holiday House), Edges (Outdoor Edges) and Accordions (speech bubble & hello)

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Sandy Diller was extremely clever in what she did for this fabulous hybrid card. She used the Rectangle Pull Card but then cut the Tags Pivot Card into it! And then if it wasn’t awesome enough she added two spinners inside the card for more action. A video on her blog post shows the card opening and closing. Make sure you click over to see it. Categories: Pull Cards (Rectangle), Pivot Cards (Tags), Accessories (Butterflies)

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Kelly Booth made this wonderful mixed accordion for her grandson, who loves superheroes. The first page is from the Circle Accordion and the second page is from the Star Accordion. These two accordions mix together just perfectly. Categories: Accordions & Frame Edges (Star, Circle, Star Fancy Frame Edges), Edges (Beach)

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Summer Hills-Painter made this funny (or should I say punny) card using the Spiral Circle Pull Card die. What a great idea to create a little “scene” on the front circle. Categories: Pull Cards (Spiral Circle plus the spinner from Rectangle), Accessories (Palm Tree & Pail), Characters & Props (Rocky, lips, bow), Edges (Beach), Pivot Cards (tags)

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Fran Sabad made a gorgeous wintry Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Paris Edges and ECD snowflake dies. So lovely! Categories: Pull Cards (Spiral Circle), Edges (Paris)

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Kelly Booth combined the spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card with the Adirondack Chair to make an angled pop-up platform for Rocky the Crab. This is an easy way to add a different look to the General Pop-ups. Her waves are cut from the glittered lace technique. Categories: General Pop-ups (Adirondack Chair), Characters & Props (Rocky the Crab), Accordions (speech bubble), Accessories (Palm Tree & Pail), Edges (Beach)

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Frances Byrne found the perfect paper to use with Rocky the Crab. By using the spinner inside the Rectangle Pull Card she creates the illusion that Rocky is suspended in the water. A second spinner animates the greeting. Categories: Pull Cards (Rectangle), Characters & Props (Rocky the Crab, Props 2), Edges (Beach), Accordions (speech bubble from Katie), Embossing Folders (Clouds)

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Raquel Mason made this chic chien card featuring a French Buster the Dog, Paris Edges and a shortened Eiffel “bone” Tower. Categories: General Pop-ups (Garden Bench), Pop Stands (Eiffel Tower), Characters & Props (Buster, Props1, Props4), Edges (Paris), Pivot Cards (Tags)

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Karen Aicken created another fun Rectangle Pull Card with Rocky the Crab and created her own ice cream cone using the party hat Prop with the All Seasons Tree cloud as the ice cream. Smart! Categories: Pull Cards (rectangle), Characters & Props (Rocky, cone), Accessories (cloud), Edges (beach) and General Pop-ups (happy birthday)

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Well I’m inspired – how about you? These new dies are available now online and in independent craft stores around the world and thanks to the team you can see how well the new dies will integrate with your previous purchases. With Pop it Ups each new die is meant to enhance your collection and bring new possibilities. (Or should I say “pop-abilities”?)

Join us next month when the team is taking on the Artsy/Cutesy Challenge. They may choose to make a card that leans very “artsy fartsy” or very “cutesy wootsie”. Many team members are creating two cards to be able to try both styles. The compilation post and a new video from me will be posted here on the ECD blog on Wednesday February 11, 2015.

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CountryScapes Country Critters 1 Gift Tags

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By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Our frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman is back with a batch of easy, fun tags featuring some of our brand new dies: Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s CountryScapes Country Critters 1 and Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Jewelry Dies 3 Dog Tags, Alphabet 1 Caps and Numbers & More 1!

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Thanks for inviting me back, Joset. I love all of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s dies, but the CountryScapes series, especially the Country Critters 1 set, is a special favorite. The ten little birds and animals are realistic and absolutely irresistible. Measuring in at a mere 1/2” – 2”, they were designed to be combined with other CountryScapes series dies to create scenes (split rail fence, wagon wheel, and all the rest…), but I thought they were just the right size for making gift tags.

Seven of the tags have a single monogram for the recipient’s first name; the others include more lettering. The largest size Dog Tag die has plenty of space for a word or two.

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I chose pencils and a fine nib pen to color the Critters, but feel free to pick a different medium – PanPastels, watercolors, markers – or use a combination.

Instructions:

1. Cut Country Critters 1 from smooth white cardstock or watercolor paper.

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2. Color the Critters with a realistic palette. Thanks to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s attention to detail, the dies have de-bossed lines to help you see where wings, faces, and legs are positioned. Tip: View photo images online to give you ideas for color combinations. (Example: You’ll find photos of bunnies in white, black and white, gray, tan, brown and white, dark brown, caramel brown, black – lots of options!) Because the Critters are so small it only takes a few seconds to color each one!

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3. Cut Dog Tags from gray cardstock in the medium and largest sizes of the three in the die set; distress the edges with sepia ink.

4. Cut letters, numbers and/or symbols from Velvet Adhesive Sheet in Black.

5. Complete the tags with a monogram, word or words, and a Critter or two as shown. Use foam tape for dimension beneath the Critters.

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6. Add cord, twine, or narrow ribbon. Write names, date, and a message on the back of the tag.

More Options:

*Add extra details, like whiskers, eyes, or feathers, using a fine nib Pigma Micron 005 Pen in Black.

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*Instead of using foam tape to add dimension to the Critters, back the cardstock with double sided adhesive sheet before die cutting and make flat tags.

*Instead of Dog Tags, use Tags & More 4, 5, or 6 (ECD #957, #958 and #959) for the tag base. These tags are larger so there is more space for spelling out words, dates, greetings.

*Hand-letter the tags instead of die cutting letters, numbers and symbols.

*Use a series of tags as a “banner” across a card front or as party table décor, one letter per tag to spell out a name or date.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

989 CountryScapes Country Critters 1

956 Jewelry Dies 3 Dog Tags

967 Alphabet 1 Caps

968 Numbers & More 1

406 Velvet Adhesive Sheets in Black

Other –

Pigma Micron 005 in Black (Sakura of America)

PrismaColor pencils or coloring medium of choice

Cardstock in White and Gray

Sepia ink

Craft sponge

Foam tape

Necklace & Earrings set using Jewelry Dies 1 & 2

Hello my crafty friends, it’s Raquel Mason here today. I like to coordinate my necklace with my earrings so  I was very eager to try out the new jewelry dies. You can create a matching set in so many different colors as there are so many different colors of Shimmer Sheetz to choose from. I had an idea in mind and got right to work.

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1.  Cut two pieces of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz at 4.5 x 5.

2.  Cut a piece of Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet at 4.5 x 5. Remove the release sheet and adhere to one of the Shimmer Sheetz. Remove the second release sheet and lay the other Shimmer Sheetz on top of the adhesive. You will now have two Shimmer Sheetz adhered together.

3.  Emboss the Shimmer Sheetz using Butterflies Embossing Folder.

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4.  Drop several drops of rubbing alcohol and various alcohol inks onto a felt applicator tool and pounce over Shimmer Sheetz. Let this dry.

5.  Use a sanding block to sand over the embossed areas to reveal the silver core.

6.  Sponge Teal Blue and Jet Black StazOn in several areas or as desired.

7. Use Jewelry Dies 1 & 2 to cut desired shapes for your necklace and earrings (Note: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for cutting the shapes). Place the following inside your machine’s cutting plate sandwich – Metal plate, then altered Shimmer Sheetz, then the die with the cutting side facing down. TIP: If you want the pattern to match on the earrings, instead of allowing it to be random as shown, carefully position the dies so they cut pairs of identical pieces.

8. Use a 1/8″ hole punch to punch holes into all of the die cut pieces before attaching jump rings. Use jewelry pliers to open and close the rings. Refer to the photo for ideas about placement.

Options:
Use a 1/16″ punch for smaller holes.
Instead of silver tone, choose copper, brass, or gold color necklace chain, jump rings, and earring wires.

9. Complete the earrings. Depending on the style of earring findings you choose, you may need a jump ring. The style shown requires only Shimmer Sheetz shapes with a hole punched at the top so the shapes dangle from the wire. Be sure to squeeze the wire just above the shapes so they can’t slip off.

I hope enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.

Happy Crafting,

Raquel

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies – 

954 Jewelry 1 – Sea Glass

955 Jewelry 2 – Droplets

SS 0218 Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz

KB101 Butterflies Embossing Folder

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other supplies – 

1/8″ or 1/16″ hole punch

17″ open link (chain) necklace with clasp (or other preferred length)

Jump rings in metal to match necklace (one per “dangle” on necklace)

Earring wires in metal to match necklace and jump rings

2 pairs of pliers

Slate, Currant & Meadow Alcohol Ink

Teal Blue & Jet Black StazOn

Rubbing alcohol

New January 2015 Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Available NOW!

All of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs products that made their debut at the Craft and Hobby Association Winter show in Anaheim are available now at www.ecraftdesigns.com. Or check with your local independent retailer to see if they stock what you want.

Before we start the show, we have exciting news to share. On January 1, Susan Tierney-Cockburn joined Elizabeth Craft Designs as our second licensed designer. You may already know Susan from her beautiful flowers. With her love for gardening she knows exactly how to design dies that turn paper into stunning realistic flowers. Susan’s Garden includes:

22 die sets (5 CountryScapes, 8 Garden Notes, 4 Garden Patch and 5 Susan’s Garden), Gardening Tools 4-piece all metal tool set in a case, and 9 Susan’s Seeds of Thought red rubber cling-mount stamps.

Karen Burniston continues to innovate and amaze, with 17 new die sets she calls the ABCs – Artsy, Beachy and Cutesie. They include:

3 new Characters (Buster the Dog, Whisker the Cat and Rocky the Crab)
2 awesome Props sets
2 Accordion die sets (Accordion Star and Accordion Rectangle)
2 new Frame Edges (Star Fancy Frame Edges and Katie Flourish Frame Edges)
A Tag Pivot Card and a Rectangle Pull Card
An Adirondack Chair Pop Up
2 brand new interactive dies called Pop Stands (an Eiffel Tower and a claw foot Bathtub)
2 new Edge die sets (Paris Edges and Beach Edges)
and one new Accessory die set (Palm Tree and Pail)

Designed by Els van de Burgt, the ECD Collection (Elizabeth Craft Designs line) includes 17 new die sets:
5 new Tags & More sets – 2 large, 3 small (Extending the already popular series)
3 Jewelry die sets – Sea Glass, Droplets, Dog Tags (You won’t want to miss these!)
A Hardware die set
A Hardware Stand Up Helper set
Word dies (It’s a Boy/Girl, Happy Anniversary)
More of Els’s signature flowers and overlays (2 sets)
An all-cap alphabet
A set of numbers and symbols

Also: 3 new Peel-off sticker sheets designed to fit Karen Burniston’s dies. Available in black, gold and silver. 

Stars, Flower Vases 1 and Pull Card Flowers

Here are some of our new products.
For the complete release visit www.ecraftdesigns.com

Jewelry dies Create beautiful jewelry using Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz, Embossing Folders, Double Sided Adhesive, and Peel-Offs. Alter with Alcohol Inks or StazOn and use a sanding block to add to the fun. Make sure to use our #803 Metal Adaptor Plate to die cut the Shimmer Sheetz. The jewelry is elegant and VERY lightweight. Watch Els’ You Tube video demoing the New Jewelry dies.

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Tags & MoreEls has expanded the popular Tags & More collection with two new sizes: 2.25 wide and 4.25 wide (inches). The length of the tags is up to you, make them as long as you want. Use the tag overlay die to create a beautiful decorative tag top. The larger tags are great to create booklets, pocket tags, and tag cards. Watch for the YouTube video coming soon! Lots of projects have been posted on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page and there will be many tutorials on the blog as well.

Tags & More small

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Hardware 1 – Hinges & Stand Up Helpers 3 – Hinges Decorate your cards, connect tags, embellish the corners of boxes and more with these fun new Hardware 1 Hinges or create a Stand Up Helper card. Tip: The endlessly versatile Hinges are a nice touch on masculine cards.

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Victorian FlowersA beautiful new flower in the ECD collection. Each die set includes a small and a large flower plus two flower centers. Mix and match the solid flowers with the overlays, add Silk Microfine Glitter, have fun!

Victorian Flowers

Character Dies – The new Character dies designed by Karen Burniston are cuter than cute! Everyone asked for a cat and dog so here they are. Meet Whiskers and Buster. She also created Rocky the Crab. All three look great with the new Adirondack Chair Pop Up, Beach Edges, and Palm Tree and Pail.

Characters

Props SetsSome fun accessories for Whiskers and Buster are included in Props 4. Or take any of the characters to the beach with Props 3.

Props

Accordion Dies – Karen added 2 new Accordion dies to her collection, the Accordion Star and Accordion Rectangle.

Accordion

Frame Edges – Decorate your Accordion card with either of the 2 new Frame Edges. The Star Fancy Frame Edges match with the Accordion Star and previously released Accordion Fancy Label. The Katie Flourish Frame Edges will match the Accordion Rectangle and previously released Katie Label Accordion.

Frame Edges

Pop Stands and EdgesCheck out Karen’s new interactive Pop Stand dies – the Eiffel Tower and the Bathtub Pop Stand. Karen demonstrated the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand at the CHA show last week. Click here to see the video.

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CountryScapesA beautiful collection of CountryScapes by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. Small in size, but big in impact, these dies tell a story on each card, tag, or wall art/shadow box you make.

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Garden Notes7 gorgeous Garden Notes die sets designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. Make low relief, detailed realistic flowers for card fronts and more. See all of them at www.ecraftdesigns.com.

Garden notes 1

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Garden PatchGarden Patch dies come in four sizes: 1 1/2-inch and 1 3/8-inch as shown below, 1-inch and 7/8-inch not shown. As an extra bonus each set comes with a collection of mini dies (leaves or flowers).

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Susan’s Garden Shown below are 3 of Susan’s five beautiful new Garden dies for making fully dimensional flowers. Head over to www.ecraftdesigns.com to see the others (Anemone and the Cherry Blossom).

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Seeds of Thought – Red rubber cling-mount stamps. Susan’s stamp collection includes 9 meaningful sayings culled from her garden journal. See more at www.ecraftdesigns.com.

Stamps

Gardening ToolsDon’t forget your tools! Shape and detail stunning flowers with this professional quality 4 piece all metal tool set. The case is included.

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Find out even more about Susan’s beautiful new collection in this You Tube video.

Peel-offs – Last but not least, here are our three new Peel-offs designs. They are perfect for cards, removable clings, and more. In addition, Stars match the new Accordion Star die and Pull Card Flowers and Flower Vases match the new Accordion Rectangle die from Karen Burniston!

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Head over to www.ecraftdesigns.com to see more of our new collection and check out the other items you may want to have on hand. We hope you are just as excited about all the new products as we are! Stay tuned for some great samples here at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

Glitter and Lace Birthday

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Hi everyone,

It’s Frances here today with my first ECD blog post for the new year! Now that I don’t need to worry about making Christmas cards for a while, I figured it was time to build up my birthday card stash.

Today I am sharing a fun technique I used to do years ago which I was reminded about recently by Els. This technique uses Silk Microfine Glitter and lace. When looking for lace to use for this technique, don’t just look for the thinner laces which you might find with ribbons. Lace curtaining for example is great for this technique as well! I once found lace curtaining which had an owl on it and if you know me … that is important haha!

Here is how I created my card:

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1. Cut a piece of white card which has Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet adhered to the front of it so it measures 5 inches x 3 3/4 inches. I have selected a piece of floral lace curtaining and you will also need two contrasting colors of Silk Microfine Glitter. NOTE: in the photo above I show two different colored pink glitters, but the lighter pink wasn’t enough contrast for the look I wanted so I used Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter in its place. 

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2. Remove the protective backing from the adhesive paper which is adhered to your card and place the lace curtaining over the adhesive. Use a bone folder to smooth out the lace so it is attached to your card well. Make sure that there are no bumps so your glitter won’t go where you don’t want it.

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3. Cover lace with Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish glitter with your finger and brush of excess. Return glitter back in the jar. Carefully remove the lace from your card, making sure you don’t touch the white areas on the card.

4. With the lace removed, add Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Tip: Only apply enough of the glitter to cover the card. You don’t want to put any excess glitter back in the jar as it might get contaminated with the dark glitter.

5. Layer glittered background onto a piece of white card which is 5 1/4 inches x 4 inches and then onto a folded pink card that is 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches when folded.

6. From white card, die cut a medium sized tag from the Tags die set.

7. Adhere a piece of ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm to the back of a piece of pink card and use the Happy Birthday (783) die to die cut the sentiment. Attach sentiment to tag as shown in photo.

8. Use the Small Dragonfly die to die cut a solid dragonfly body from White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Die cut dragonfly overlay from Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and adhere to body. Adhere dragonfly over the hole on the tag. NOTE: if you apply ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the Shimmer Sheetz before die cutting, this makes it easier to assemble pieces.

9 Use double sided foam tape to attach tag to the lower right hand side of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs
Tags (763)
Happy Birthday (783)
Small Dragonfly (712)
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (639)
Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter (616)
Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0212)
White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS  0102)
Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet (502)
Transparent Double Sided Tape 64mm (508)
 
Other
White Card
Pink Card
Lace Curtaining
Foam Tape

Love is in the Air

Hello Crafty Friends!

Debra Hensley here today to say Happy 2015!! Its a new year and we have a brand New Release to share with you with full of amazing and versatile dies you are going to love! I’ll be using a few in my post today.

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so its never too early to start thinking of a special card for that special someone in your  life. The new Alphabet 1 – Caps was calling me to make a card with X’s and O’s on it. The new Victorian Flower Set 1 is the perfect embellishment.

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Here’s how I made this card:

1. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Kraft colored cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card base. Ink edges with brown ink. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card front. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″.

2. Die cut 2 X’s and O’s in black from Alphabet 1 – Caps die. Die cut Love from black cardstock. Die cut various size hearts, some in black cardstock, a few in red and white cardstock with Transparent Double Sided Tape applied to it. Remove the release sheet of the tape on the red die cut hearts and glitter them with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter. Glitter the white hearts with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Die cut 2 smaller flowers from Victorian Flower Set 1 in Kraft and one small flower center in black.

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3. Emboss the 3 3/4″ x 5″ Kraft piece with Heart Strings Embossing Folder and then ink with brown ink, making sure to ink over the embossed pattern to bring it out. Die cut 2 smaller flowers from Victorian Flower Set 1. Stamp with a script stamp in black ink and ink edges with brown ink. Add Black/Silver Glitter Border to the edges and adhere to the card front.

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4. Create the flower embellishment by stacking the 2 flowers with a piece of foam adhesive in between. To add dimension, take something rounded like a pencil, pen or in this case the end of a paint brush, and curve the top flower’s petals up. Using the rounded tool give you the curve with out making a crease in the middle for a softer more natural look. Adhere the black center and a small red glittered heart to complete.

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5. To assemble the card, add a 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip of pattern paper to the front. Ink edges with brown ink. Add X’s and O’s to pattern paper.  Add the Love die cut to a  2/3″ x 3″ strip of white with a “v” cut out of one end and adhere at the end of the pattern paper. Add flower where they meet. Add hearts and Black/Silver Glitter Dots to complete front. Here’s another view for placement:

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6. Decorate the inside as well with a black and red heart and 2 strips of Black/Silver Glitter Border for a finishing touch.

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I hope you enjoyed making this card with  me today and get to try out the new Alphabet Set 1- Caps and the new Victorian Flower Set 1 dies soon. They are so versatile and fun – the possibilities are endless!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products used:

967 Alphabet Set 1 – Caps
964 Victorian Flower Set 1
E112 Heart Strings Embossing Folder
916 Spiral Circle Pull Card (medium heart)
751 Love
726 Balloons (large and tiny hearts)
7010 Glitter Borders Assorted Colors – Black/Silver
7018 Glitter Dots Assorted Colors – Black/Silver

Other Products used:

Cardstock and Pattern Paper- Bazzill
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Script Stamp
Foam Adhesive