Ice Cream Cone

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today. Summer is in full swing in South Florida and there’s no better treat than ice cream on a hot day! Let me show you how I made this fun card.

ECD Ice Cream

1.  Cut brown cardstock at 5.5″ x 8.5″ and score at 4.25″ for an A2 sized base card.

2.  Cut pink cardstock at 4″ x 5.25″ and adhere to base. Cut pattern paper at 3.75″ x 5″, ink with brown ink and adhere on top of pink cardstock.

3.  Die cut the following pieces shown below by first adhering a sheet of Transparent Double-Sided Tape to white & tan cardstock:

  • From the Ice Cream Cone die, cut 3 scoops, 2 dripping scoops, 2 cherries and 4 drips from white cardstock.
  • From the Ice Cream Cone die, cut 2 cones from tan cardstock.
  • From the Alphabet 1 die, cut the letters “SCOOPS” from white cardstock. Cover with desired colors of Silk Microfine Glitter.
  • From the Tags & More 1 – Lace die, cut a 4.75″ tag from white cardstock. Place lace decorative die on both top and bottom and die cut. Ink with pink ink then adhere on top of pattern paper.

ECD Ice Cream pieces

4.  Assemble ice cream using photos for placement. Use foam adhesive to adhere cherry on top. Use extra pieces of ice cream to decorate an envelope.

5.  Cut Happy Birthday peel-off apart, place “Happy” on the top left of card and “Birthday” on the top right part of card at an angle. Place Glitter Dots in desired areas.

ECD Ice Cream envelope

ECD Ice Cream open

6.  For the inside of the card: cut pattern paper at 4″ x 5.25″, ink with brown ink then adhere to inside card base.

7.  Cut pink cardstock at 1″ x 4.25″ and adhere to bottom of pattern paper. Apply the outer edges of Glitter Border Lines on pink cardstock.

8.  Print computer-generated sentiment onto white cardstock and die cut using a Lorna Label decorator die and ink with pink ink. Adhere “SCOOPS” between the sentiment. Adhere Lorna Label to top portion of card.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.

Happy Crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1031 Ice Cream Cone – COMING SOON!

951 Tags & More 1 – Lace

967 Alphabet 1 – Caps

915 Lorna Label PopUp

607 Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter

614 True Red Silk Microfine Glitter

616 Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter

632 Green Silk Microfine Glitter

300 Happy Birthday Peel-Off

7010 Glitter Borders

7018 Glitter Dots

Transparent Double-Sided Tape


Cardstock: brown, tan, pink & pattern paper

Brown envelope

Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Foam adhesive


I love you Owl

Hello everyone,

It’s Joset here and today I would like to show you a card that I made using some new dies and Peel-Offs from our latest release. The dies that I used will be available at the end of this month and the Peel-Offs will be available the first week of May. I fell in love with the new Owl Peel-Off which is also available in a die. I colored on top of the Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. If you’re new to this technique, make sure to check out the YouTube video by Els. There is a link to the video in step 5 below. Let’s get started!

Owl Joset

1. Cut pink cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score and fold in half.

2. Die cut one Accordion Oval page from pink pattern paper. Cut out center oval and trim long side tab. Then trim each side of the page slightly. Adhere to card front.

3. Optional: Add Transparent/Silver Glitter Border along the outside.

4. Add Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to a piece of white cardstock, large enough to fit your Owl Peel-Off plus the little heart.

5. Transfer peel-offs to the adhesive following the steps shown in this video by Els. Once you have applied Silk Microfine Glitter, color peel-offs using alcohol markers.

Owl 2 Joset

6. Fussy cut peel-offs using Fine Pointed Scissors.

7. Die cut 4 flowers and centers using Bunch of Flowers 3 from Pink and Light Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Make sure to use your Metal Adaptor Plate for cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Tip: for the flower centers, apply Shimmer Sheetz to Double-Sided Adhesive first before die cutting.

8. Die cut 3 Flourishes using Flourishes and Branches from Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Tip: apply Shimmer Sheetz to Double-Sided Adhesive first before die cutting.

9. Cut a small piece of white cardstock for sentiment. Apply I Love You Peel-Off.

10. Assemble your card as shown in the picture at the beginning. Adhere flowers, flourishes, Owl and heart Peel-Off. Use foam adhesive for sentiment and heart.

I hope you will enjoy creating your own I love you Owl card. See you next time!



Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

772 Accordion Oval Card

1029 Bunch of Flowers 3 (Coming Soon)

1034 Flourishes and Branches (Coming Soon)

2596 Lots of Owls Peel-Off in Black (Coming Soon)

Shimmer Sheetz (Colors used: Pink, Light Pink and Green Iridescent)

343 Assorted Words Peel-Off in Black

7010 Transparent/Silver Glitter Borders

503 Transparent Double-Sided Tape

639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

802 Fine Pointed Scissors

Other – 

Pink & white cardstock

Pink pattern paper – BoBunny Double Dot

Copic Markers (or other alcohol base markers)

Alcohol Blender Pen

Foam adhesive




Pop it Ups Wednesday with Summer – Gatefold Double Pop-up Card

Hello crafty friends, it’s Summer Hills-Painter here.

Today I want to share with you a fun technique, a gatefold double pop up card. I continue to be impressed by all of the things that you can do with Pop It Ups dies since you are not limited by your card size and design. Let me show you how I made my card.

Tutorial finished card open watermarked


1. Cut and score your card bases as well as your layering pieces and accessories. You will need to cut a piece of ivory cardstock at 10” x 7” and score at 2.5 and 7.5”. You will also need to cut a piece of pink cardstock at 9 ¾” x 6 ¾” and score at 2 3/8” and 7 3/8”. I also cut two panels of patterned paper at 2 ¼” x 6 ¾” for the front of the card. Additional paper panels were cut at 3 5/8” x 5 5/8” and at 3 7/8” x 5 7/8” to layer together for the belly band. Cut a strips of paper at 10 x2 7/8 and one at 10” x 2 ¾”.  Cut an ivory panel with the Lorna Label and an ivory panel with the Lucy Label Pop Up die.  Cut leaves from the Rose die and fussy cut a few roses from the patterned paper.

April Tutorial 1

2. Place Lucy Label die on the 2 3/8” score line of the pink paper and run through your die cutting machine. Repeat the process with the 7 3/8” score line. Train your Pop Up to pop up.

April Tutorial 2

3. Adhere your pink cardstock to the middle inside of the ivory cardstock.

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4. Adhere the left and panels together avoiding you pop up area. Repeat the process with the right side of the panels.

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5. Adhere your labels and decorator piece inside the card.

April Tutorial 5

6. Adhere the two 2 ¼” x 6 ¾” panels to the front of the card.

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7. Adhere the 3 5/8” x 5 5/8” panel to the 3 7/8” x 5 7/8” panel. Also adhere the two 10” strips together and score at 2 ½”.

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8. Attach the panel to the  2 ½” scored side of the 10” strip.  Wrap the other side of the strip around the card and attach the panel making a band around the card. This will keep the card from popping open prematurely.

April Tutorial 9

Your card is now complete and is a 5 x 7 size card when folded up.

Tutorial finished card closed watermarked


Happy Crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies –

779 Lucy Label Pop Up

915 Lorna Label Pop Up

799 Rose

506 Double Sided Tape 6mm

Other Supplies –

Recollections Ivory 110lb Cardstock

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea  double sided cardstock

Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen

Versafine Ink in Sepia



Dogwood Shadowbox


This is Selma Stevenson with a very pretty dogwood flower shadowbox card created with Susan’s Garden – Dogwood dies. Dogwood flowers are either white or pink. I love the delicate pink flowers so that is what I have created for this shadowbox card.


 The finished shadowbox is 6″ x 6″. With the pretty lacy top, the height is 7-1/2″. On the side, I created an accordion fold so it will push down flat. The instructions are below.


1. Creating the flowers: die cut all the petals using white cardstock. Use the Leaf Tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Set to draw vertical lines on each petal. Then use the medium-sized ball stylus to shape each petal on the backside as shown in the photo above.


2.  To create the color of my flowers, I used the photo above to try and duplicate the delicate pink on the petals.


3.  Above is a photo of the dogwoods I created.


4. To achieve this coloring, use Rouge PanPastel (light pink) across most of the petal leaving the top and base of the petal white. Next, rub in Magenta PanPastel in the center, blending it well over the light pink PanPastel.  As a rule, I generally color my petals before shaping, but for this flower, I found it was easier to get the color in the middle by bending the shaped petal over my finger and apply the PanPastel with Fantastix Coloring Tool Brush Point.


5. Next, the four shaped petals (as shown above) were glued to the calyx (base) die cut piece. Once the petals have dried on the calyx, you can use the tweezers to add additional shaping.


6. To create the stamen, use the Fine Pointed Scissors (as shown above) to cut between each stamen projection to make them thin. The stamen is rolled and glued closed and placed in the center of the flower using the self-closing tweezers in Susan’s Tool Set. Once the stamen is firmly attached in the center of the flower, add Viva Light Moss Green Paper Pen to the tips of each stamen. Put a very tiny dot on both the front and back of each projection.


7. To create a shadowbox card that folds down flat, start with a piece of 18″ x 12″ white cardstock and cut it down to 18″ x 6″. To create accordion sides, score it at 4-1/2″,  5″,  5-1/2″, 11-1/2″, 12″ and 12-1/2″.


8. The picture above shows how the accordion sides are folded. To create the accordion folds, with top side up, create a valley fold on the center score line and a mountain fold on the two outside lines. Do the same thing on the other score lines. Crease the folds well with a brayer or bone folder.


9.  Use Susan’s Garden Patch – 1-1/2-inch grid die for the window.


10. The die was taped to the front of the card in between the score lines and die cut.


11. The grid die cut a perfect opening for the shadowbox. I did not use the little squares but did use the die cut frame for the inside of the box.


12.  Before attaching the Shimmer Sheetz to the inside of the card, the panels on the back of the shadowbox were adhered with Transparent Double-Sided Tape. To get the back panel folded exactly right, a piece of 6″ x 6″ inch cardstock (shown above) was placed in the back scored lines and then the back panels were adhered, creating a perfectly square box.


13.  This photo above shows how the back pieces overlap. A 6″ x 6″ inch piece of cardstock is glued to the back of the card to finish the backside.


14.  For a pretty background for the dogwoods, use Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz and emboss using the Heart Strings Embossing Folder. The white die cut grid is glued over the Shimmer Sheetz (it is not glued together in this photo). Next, the shadowbox is pressed down in a flat position and the grid is glued in so it perfectly fit inside the die cut opening.


15.  To complete the shadowbox, use Purple/Silver Glitter Ribbon Branches peel-offs on each side of the opening then attach additional dogwoods. Across the top of the box, add two Paris Edges die cuts. Glue one to the inside of the front and the other is cut shorter and glued to the top side of the frame. A piece of glitter paper from the edge of the glitter peel-off is used at the top of the opening and along the bottom. I used some of the scraps from both the Paris Edge die cut and from the border peel-offs.

Shadowbox cards are very easy to create.  I hope you enjoyed this project!


Elizabeth Craft Designs: 
1009 Susan’s Garden Dogwood
808 Susan’s Garden Tool Set
809 Mini Molding Pad
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
1001 Susan’s Garden Patch – 1 1/2-inch grid & Mini Roses die
E112 Heart Strings Embossing Folder
SS0104 Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
506 Transparent Double Sided Tape
7045 Purple/Silver Glitter Ribbon Branches border peel-offs
979 Paris Edges

17″x 6″ card stock for shadowbox
White, purple (or any color) cardstock
340.88 Rouge – PanPastel (light pink)
430.5 Magenta – PanPastel
Fantastix Coloring Tool Brush Point
Viva Light Moss Green Paper Pen
Bone folder/brayer


Dragonfly Ladies Dressed in Spring Pastels



By Judi Kauffman

Thanks for inviting me back as today’s guest designer. Spring is officially here, bringing the cherry blossoms to my hometown, Washington, DC, and giving me the color combination for my projects.


Though they grow throughout the city, including my neighborhood, the most famous cherry trees, given to the United States by the Japanese many years ago, surround a serene pool called the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. Hence, the water-inspired blues and greens in the printed papers I chose. And there are hundreds of sunny yellow daffodils nearby, a legacy of Lady Bird Johnson, so I used yellow and yellow/orange markers along with the pastels to zip things up a bit. And what luck! I found a piece of printed ephemera with daffodils to use for one of my cards, and some ribbon with tiny pink blossoms to use for both of them.


1. Place Dragonfly Ladies Peel-offs (Shown: Silver) onto smooth white cardstock and color inside the lines, using alcohol-based markers in a palette of soft, pastel colors. Options: Choose Gold Peel-offs instead of Silver. Use the color-on-glitter technique if you want more sparkle.

2. Color outside the lines, all the way around the Ladies, using a coordinating pastel color. Cut around the Ladies, leaving a narrow border of the added color. This “halo” of color makes it so easy to cut around what would otherwise be very complicated shapes!


3. Emboss Shimmer Sheetz with the Lots of Dots folder, and lightly sand the de-bossed side. (Dots will be below the surface, not a raised texture.) Cut a wavy rectangle that will cover most of the top rectangle on the card front, as shown in Light Pink Iridescent, or for only a small portion of the card front, as shown in White Iridescent.

4. Assemble each card on a 5 x 7 Kraft brown card base, folded at the left side. Use the layouts shown in the photo, or arrange the elements as you prefer. Use foam squares for dimension under the ladies and between the layers of patterned paper. Use double-sided adhesive tape to hold the flat layers. (The larger rectangle measures 4.5 x 6.75, the smaller one measures 4.25 x 6.) Optional: Lightly distress the edges of the smaller rectangle on the card front with Espresso Ink.

5. Tip: The ribbon band with flat bow acts as a ground line so the Dragonfly Ladies appear to be standing. The band wraps to the back on the smaller patterned paper rectangle (the one that is popped on foam squares).


6. Add the small rectangular piece of paper ephemera, positioned at an angle beneath the Dragonfly Lady’s wing before popping the Lady in place. Accent the card fronts with Glitter Dots in some of the de-bossed dots. Add a trio of small Glitter Flowers (optional).


Elizabeth Craft Designs –
2556 Dragonfly Ladies Peel-offs 2 in Black
7018 Glitter Dots in Pink and Transparent
7048 Glitter Flowers in Transparent
SS0105 Shimmer Sheetz in Light Pink Iridescent
SS0102 Shimmer Sheetz in White Iridescent
E114 Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
Double Sided Adhesive Tape (any narrow width)

Other –
12 x 12 Studio Collection and 6 x 6 Watercolored Memories Collection Papers, and Watercolored Memories Ephemera Sheet – Ken Oliver Crafts
Floral pattern ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cardstock
80# White (WorldWin Papers)
Foam squares; 5 x 7 Kraft brown cards with envelopes
ProMarkers in assorted pastel colors – Letraset
Cuttlebug or other machine compatible with embossing folders
Optional: Dye ink in Espresso and ink applicator tool or sponge dauber


Owl Always be Your Friend

Hi Friends,

It’s Debra today. I’m so excited about the NEW Elizabeth Craft Designs spring release!! I’m in love with every one of the new dies but this adorable little Owl captured my heart first thing. I knew I had to make a card with him. Isn’t he cute!!?

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Here’s how I made this card:

1. Fold a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of white cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card base. Ink the center with brown ink.

2. With the Bark Embossing Folder, emboss a piece of dark brown cardstock. Die cut an oval about 1 inch from the bottom, centered, with the largest decorator oval from the Accordion Oval Card die.

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3. Die cut the remaining pieces: 2 branches in dark brown, 2 branches in green for the leaves, 3 Leafy Branches in green, 1 Owl base in tan, 1 Owl overlay in brown, 1 Owl overlay in pattern paper, feet and beak in yellow, eyes in white, 1 heart in pattern paper – all as shown below.

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4. Assemble the Owl using the pattern paper as accents. The Owl die is so versatile because of all the interchangeable parts. The possibilities for cuteness are endless!

Here is a close-up below:

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5. Assemble the rest of the card:

  • Adhere embossed piece on dimensional foam adhesive to card front.
  • Add Gold Border from Borders & Corners Peel-Off to outer edges.
  • Clip off leaves from green branches and add to brown branches then adhere to card front at bottom of oval.
  • Add Owl on foam adhesive.
  • Add Leafy Branches to top left corner.
  • Stamp sentiment on white circle.
  • Add pattern heart (from the Accordion Oval Card die) and adhere to card front to complete.

Note – with the leftover pieces from the Owl die cuts, you can create another adorable Owl to use on a different project.

The Owl and Leafy Branch dies will be available for purchase at the end of April.

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay tuned for more inspiration featuring our new spring release dies – our team is amazing!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1032 Owl – available at the end of April
1033 Leafy Branch- available at the end of April
1061 Borders & Corners-Gold
772 Accordion Oval Card
E120 Bark Embossing Folder

Cardstock- Bazzill
Pattern Paper
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Inking tool
Foam Adhesive

By the Beach


Hi! It’s Candy Spiegel. Today, I am showing you an interesting way to display some of your favorite beach memories. Although, by using a different paper collection, you could use it to frame any vacation, birthday or event photos. On this project, I stuck to just a few die sets but still created a fabulous project.

1. Cut 2 pieces of teal cardstock and 2 pieces of polka dot paper 4-1/4″ x 6-3/4″. Cut another piece of teal cardstock, this time 4-1/4″ x 8-5/8″ and a piece of striped paper the same size. Place the tag top die from Tags & More 8 – Lattice at the top of one of the pieces and run it through your die cutting machine to create the tag shape. Repeat this process for all other pieces.

2. Use the decorative overlay die from Tags & More 8 – Lattice to die cut the Lattice pattern at the top of the tags, only on the 3 patterned tags (the 2 polka dot tags and the striped tag). Adhere the patterned tags to the teal tags. Ink the edges.

3. Tie ribbon to the top of each tag.


4. Cut out designs from paper, ink edges and adhere as shown. Use Tags & More 8 – Lattice die to cut two strips from teal cardstock and adhere near the bottom of the tag as shown above. Tie twine around the bottom.


5. Cut out “Beach” design from paper. Ink and adhere sides and bottom only to create a pocket. Tuck postcards and photos inside. Use corner die from Tags & More 8 – Lattice to cut corners from pattern paper and adhere.


6. Staple fishnet to top of tag. Add punch-out circle and tag. Add twine to tag.

7. Cut out hinges from Bronze Shimmer Sheetz using the Metal Adaptor Plate. Score and adhere with brads to tags to connect them together.


8. Use brads to secure On the Boardwalk and tuck photos behind it. Add tag from punch-outs and tie twine onto it.

9. Cut corners in teal cardstock from Tags & More 8 – Lattice and adhere.




Elizabeth Craft Designs

 961 Tags & More 8 — Lattice

962 Hardware 1 — Hinges

SS0125 Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Transparent Double-Sided Tape

Other Supplies

Teal cardstock (Stampin’ Up)

Pattern paper and punch outs (Graphic 45)

Ribbon (Stampin’ Up)



Brads (Tim Holtz)

Tiny Attacher Stapler (Tim Holtz)

Boys Will Be Boys

Hi, this is Angela Beavers and today I would like to share two fun and fabulous scrapbook pages made with Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies. My friend, Nicole, created the pages which were inspired by her three little boys. Let me share with you how she created them.


1. Nicole used 12 x 12 design paper as a base for displaying the six pockets. She die cut six Tags & More 8 – Lattice from different design papers. After folding each one down about 3/4 of an inch, she accented the holes with different cardstock colors and shapes. She then used Transparent Double-Sided Tape on three sides to attach them to the 12 x 12 paper.


2. Her next step was to die cut tags from 6 different cardstock colors and embellish each one with hole accents and twine. She then decorated each tag with photos. On one tag, she used the alpha letters to spell “bubble fun” and die cut circles from Shimmer Sheetz to create the bubbles.


3. The second page is a collage of seven different tag styles. Nicole used an assortment of tag dies and design papers to create the tags hanging from the clothes line.


4. She attached the jute with brads and hardware hinges at the top of the page.


5. After decorating each tag with hole accents, stickers & photos, she attached them to the jute with pear pins. The tags are held in place with foam dots.


This is a fun and easy projects which can be used for many occasions and page styles. I hope you give this project a try!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

961 Tags & More 8 – Lattice

958 Tags & More 5  – Sunburst

959 Tags & More 6 – Daisy

962 Hardware 1 – Hinges

967 Alpha 1 – Caps

SS0102 Shimmer Sheetz White Iridescent

Transparent Double-Sided Tape


Jack & Jill Boy by Echo Park cardstock-orange, navy, red, light blue

twine in assorted colors


pear pins

adhesive foam dots

Hope you create something great!


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Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Accordions with DC Team and Friends

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the April 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 I invited each of the ten team members to invite one of their blogger friends to join the challenge. The ten guests each picked out an Accordion Album die and it was up to each pair if they wanted to coordinate their projects or do something completely different. You’re in for some amazing inspiration and are sure to find new blogs to bookmark as you peruse the work of the talented team and guest designers.

I just returned from the Collins Rep Group Spring Retailer Training Event in Boston where I launched a mini Farm Collection that will be shipping to stores at the end of April. I thought they would be perfect for my Accordion. I used the new Barn, Hay There, Brownie the Cow and Farm Greetings Clear Stamps.


Here is the video tutorial:

When the album is closed you can see Brownie peeking through the upper window. Slide open the barn doors and you see a haystack.


One of the techniques in the video shows how to create a debossed frame for an Accordion Album using Frame Edges. For my project I used the Katie Flourish Frame Edges.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Bazzill Cardstocks – Butter Mints Card Shoppe, Kraft, black, white, gold, green
  • Echo Park Patterned Paper – Jack & Jill Cute as a Button (woodgrain) and Pink/Brown
  • Brown ink and blending tool
  • Twine, colored pencils

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Time to send you on a journey to 20 blogs to see amazing inspiration from the Designer Challenge team and 10 distinguished guests. In all cases you can click on the designer’s name to travel to their blog post for more information about techniques and supplies used. Have fun!

Helen Cryer is the queen of patterned paper and her creation for this month’s challenge is no exception. Check out these bright fun colors and the clever way she adapted Honey the Bear into a sock monkey! I love this project!


Rita Edwards is Helen’s guest. “I was so pleased that Rita agreed to be my guest for this challenge! We ‘met’ each other when we were both on the Elizabeth Craft Design DT, and I love all her work – she colours exquisitely, and the details on her cards are just beautiful!” writes Helen. I agree! Check out this Rectangle Accordion by Rita:Rita_Rectangle

 Shelly Hickox can create one heck of a tunnel card using a technique with the Accordion albums. She has a link to her tutorial for this effect on her blog post. This month she incorporated the new Barn die into her scene. Love it!


Lisa Hoel is Shelly’s guest this month. Lisa also converted the Rectangle Accordion into a tunnel card, but vertical for her “under the sea” creation. So clever! Writes Shelly; “When we were asked to invite a blogging friend to join in the Accordion die challenge, I knew immediately that I would choose Lisa Hoel. I’ve been a longtime admirer of Lisa’s and love the way she uses Karen’s dies. Her unique vision is a breath of fresh air – I knew she’d wow us and she definitely has!”


I must say that when I saw Caz Counsell‘s creation for this month’s challenge I squealed with delight. Caz modified Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear so they would be sleeping! What a clever idea and such a sweet card. She used the Circle Accordion.


Caz invited her friend Suzy Q to join the challenge and Suzy made this WOW! mixed Oval/Rectangle accordion. Says Caz; “This for me was a “No  Brainer”.  I chose my friend Suzie Q who I work with at Crafts U Love. Suzie makes lovely cards but unfortunately has suffered from lack of time and lack of mojo, I hoped in that choosing Suzie she might find her mojo and believe me she has!!” I agree!


Fran Sabad styled Brownie the Cow so sweetly for this 3-page Rectangle Accordion also featuring the new Farm Greetings Clear Stamps. The yellow and brown color scheme is fabulous!


Vicki O’Dell is Fran’s guest this month. Says Fran; “I met Vicki online and she is one of the most creative and upbeat people I know!  She is all about DIY and gets involved in almost every craft out there!” Vicki chose the Circle Accordion and created a clever 3-page card with two connected pages and a third free-flowing. I love the serene feel.


Donna Wright made an adorable baby album using the Star Accordion and matching Star Buddies peel-off stickers. She also incorporated the Star Fancy Frame Edges on her second page. What a sweet project!


Sandy Diller is Donna’s guest and they both used the Star Accordion. Donna describes Sandy as “wonderfully talented” and I couldn’t agree more! Sandy not only flipped the pages to give the star a different look, but attached a clear spiral shooting through the album to suspend her floating stars. This is brilliant!


Frances Byrne shows off the new Cheepers the Chicken and Farm Greetings Clear Stamps on this fun 3-page Rectangle Accordion with Katie Star Frame Edges. I just love the colors and styling of this congratulatory album.


Maryann Einam joined the challenge as Frances’ guest. Maryann makes the coolest cards and this time used the Rectangle Accordion for a 4-page homage to shoes. Great sentiments, colors and imagery! Frances writes, “I chose my friend Maryann to be my guest for this month’s challenge as I know how much she loves Karen’s dies. We get together each month and enable each other when we go shopping out our favourite craft store.”


Kelly Booth made this superhero birthday card using the Star Accordion. Kelly has the greatest way with color and this Star Accordion project is no exception! She used the Star Fancy Frame Edges to make it a bright fun explosion of stars. It’s super!


Alice Wertz is Kelly’s guest. Writes Kelly, “I love the way Alice’s coloring brings things to life and she has been a friend of mine for many years.” Alice colored some adorable pups to use on her Star Accordion. She used the striped frame edges from the Star Fancy set. Absolutely fabulous!


Raquel Mason made this wonderful mixed Accordion to show off the new farm collection. She used all three new Characters and the Farm Greetings Clear stamps, plus Props1 and Props2. Love these party animals!


Debra Hensley was invited to the challenge by Raquel. “I like Debra’s work because she has a great eye for the little details.  There’s always something extra or interesting on her cards,” says Raquel. Debra made this wonderful Star Accordion featuring the Star Buddies Peel-off stickers and the Palm Tree & Pail die. The glitter is so sparkly and I love the balloons!


Alicia, Raquel’s 12-year-old neighbor, also participated in the challenge as Raquel’s guest. She did a great job with the Star Accordion making this birthday album. Says Raquel, “I enjoy crafting with Alicia because she’s so eager to learn and loves glitter just as much as I do!”


Summer Hills-Painter made this hilarious anniversary card featuring a “Hogs and Kisses” theme with Virgil the Pig (And Virgilina!) on the Fancy Accordion album. The color scheme is perfect! Summer’s guest had something come up and was unable to participate.


Karen Aicken made an absolutely brilliant 4-page beachy Rectangle Accordion featuring Buster the Dog and the beach dies. She made the beer bottles using the Props2 Party Blower die. Brilliant!


Jackie Smith was Karen’s guest for the challenge. “I always looked forward to Jackie’s posts on the ECD Blog, as she has amazing way with texture and layers on her cards.” says Karen. Jackie made this amazing 4-page Rectangle Accordion with a Paris theme. All the layers are so intriguing! Love it.Jackie_Rectangle

Hopefully you’ve found plenty of inspiration this month and found some new designers to follow as well.

Join us May 13, 2015 for the next Designer Challenge, which is titled BARNS! BARNS! BARNS! The team will be using the new Barn die in a variety of clever ways.

Happy crafting!


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Monoprinting with Die-cuts

Hi there! It’s Marsha here again! Today I have not one, not two, but three cards to share with you!

You must have gathered by now that I love all things inky and painty and one of my favourite tools to use is the Gelli Plate. I can mono print for hours on end, it’s that much fun!

I even created a video so you can watch my process and to show you how you can use die-cut stencils and masks with the Gelli Plate.

But first let me show you the cards I made. Each card features a quarter of one of my mono prints:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Cards

Here’s how I created them:

1. Use your dies to create a couple of stencils out of plain white cardstock. Featured here are the Bunch of Flowers 1 and the Flower Set 2. Cut out some extra flowers too.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Printing with Die-cuts

2. Create a couple of mono prints. I couldn’t tell you how I did mine if I tried, but you can watch the video to get a pretty good idea:

A couple of tips:

  • Start with just two or three colours.
  • Make sure each print is dry before you print on the same paper again.
  • Keep a sheet of paper next to the Gelli Plate to roll off any excess wet paint that’s left on your brayer.

Other than that: just have fun!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gelli Plate Prints

3. Cut a print into quarters and use each quarter as a background for your card. Adhere each background on a pre-cut card.

4. Use the gelli printed flower masks to embellish the card. You can embellish the card even further with peel-off stickers, pens and markers, machine stitches or a couple of die-cuts.

I hope you try using your dies to create stencils and masks for mono printing! You can pull prints in any colour you want, so you’ll always have just the right colours for your cards, scrapbook pages and other projects!

Have a wonderful day!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:
702 Flower Set 2
728 Bunch of Flowers
742 Koi
1167 Borders Assorted Peel-Offs in Black
2565 Dragonfly Ladies in Circle Peel-Offs in Black

Gelli Plate
Acryllic paints (Royal Talens – Amsterdam)
Cardstock (white, A4 size)
Spray bottle of water
Pre-cut cards
Pens and Markers
Sewing thread