Pop it Ups Wednesday with Kelly – A Colorful Hanging Charm Pull Tab Card with a Sparkly Butterfly!

Hi,

Kelly Booth here with a fun card using the new Paisley ‘Stage it Stencil’ and the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set by Karen Burniston. I watched Karen teach a similar card at CHA and was so inspired by her.

This is the card I created for today!

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A Cheery Strawberry Thank You!

Hi, It’s Kelly Booth here today with a cheerful way to send a thank you.

We all need thank you cards, especially this time of year, and this is a fun one using some *new* Elizabeth Craft Designs dies created by Joset van de Burgt and one of my favorite Accordion die sets; the Fancy Label, by Karen Burniston.

Here is the card in the closed position:

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And here is the card opened up!

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The back of the card:

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Start by gathering the dies you will need for this project: (1149 Strawberries), (771) Accordion Fancy Label , (907) Fancy Seasons Frame Edges, and (1096) Flourish Gift Frame (for the thanks)

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You’ll also need some other Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

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  1. Using a small piece of Soft Finish Cardstock about 2″ by 4″ place a piece of Double-Sided Adhesive on the smooth side. Peel up the liner on the adhesive, cover with Chocolate Silk Microfune Glitter and polish the glitter really well into the adhesive. Place Double-Sided Adhesive on the back of the glittered piece and cut the chocolate strawberry dips. Cover them with Glossy Accents to make them appear wet and shiny like real chocolate and set aside to dry.
  2. Cut three pieces of Soft Finish Cardstock 4.25″ by 8.5″ and place double sided adhesive on the smooth side of each piece. Cut (16) polka dot Frame edges, (2) of the larger decorator labels, (2) labels using the Accordion die itself (snip the connection points and tabs to leave just the labels themselves), and (2) strawberry overlays. Emboss the 2 large labels with the Lots of Dots embossing folder.
  3. Place Double-Sided Adhesive onto a scrap of red and cut the “thanks” from the Flourish Gift Frame set.DSC_3591

4. Die Cut the following pieces without adhesive on the back.

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5. Color the strawberry leaves, detail strawberries, stems, and solid strawberries with markers.  (I used Copics and then textured a little with a rag and some Blending fluid.

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6. Adhere the Frame Edges around the two front pages leaving even spacing on both sides of the frame. Adhere the embossed labels to the center of each page. Snip off the long side tab on the right page. Decorate the right page with the red “thanks” referring to the photos for placement. Use a pop dot or foam tape under the small white label. Assemble the small strawberry and attach it to the raised white label as shown.

7. Place the colored strawberry leaves on the first page using liquid adhesive. Assemble the large strawberry and adhere in the position shown using foam tape adhesive.

8. Attach the two pages to each other using tape on the long side tab on the outer frame of the first page. Turn the album over and add the remaining 8 Frame Edges to the back of the album, which will disguise the tab that was used to connect the pages.

9. Using liquid adhesive on the two small tabs, join the two inner panels together. Train the card to fold correctly as shown in the photos. Remove the liner from the white labels and place them onto the back of the card matching up the Fancy Label shape. (This helps make the card sturdier and also helps support the tabs underneath.

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Your card is now finished!  I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

(1149) Strawberries

(1096 Flourish gift Frame

(771) Accordion Fancy Label

(907) Fancy Seasons Frame Edges

(E114) Lots of Dots Embossing Folder

(607) Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter

(510) Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Tape 101mm

(506) Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6mm

(PSF102) Soft Finish Card Stock 8″5″ by 11″

Other Supplies:

Red Cardstock

Liquid Adhesive

Die Cutting Machine

Ranger Glossy Accents

Copic Markers & Blending Fluid, plus a rag

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Frances Byrne – Happy Moo Year!

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Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here with today’s Pop it Ups Wednesday tutorial. Christmas is just a couple of days away which means that we will soon be farewelling 2015 and welcoming the new year 2016. So today I am sharing a New Years card using Brownie the Cow and the Tags Pivot Card die set.

Here is how I created my card:

  1. Using a piece of 12 inch square designer paper score at 6 inches. Fold designer paper in half.
  • Open the designer paper up again and this time fold in the opposite direction so the pattern we want to be seen when the card is complete is on the inside.
  • Take the piece of  Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6 inches x 12 inches and cover one side of the paper. Remove protection backing and refold the paper so that you now have the designer paper pattern on both sides sides.
  • Trim designer paper down so it measures 8 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches.

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2.  Score along the 8 1/2 inch side of the card at 4 1/4 inches. Place the centre nubs of the main pivot die from the Tags Pivot Card so it is centred on the score line and run through die cutting machine.

  • Take a scrap of black card stock and place the main pivot card die onto this card and run through die cutting machine.
  • Trim out just the Tag portion from the black card and adhere this over the tags on the designer paper piece.

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3. Using the Brownie the Cow Character die set die cut the following:

  • (1) Solid Cow Body from black card
  • (1) Detail Cow Body from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
  • (1) Set of Cow Horns from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
  • (1) Set of Eyes from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
  • (1) Set of Hooves from black card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
  • (1) Cow Face from pink card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)

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  • Using a black marker create cow spots randomly over the white detail cow’s body.
  • Assemble Brownie the Cow. You can view Karen Burniston’s video on how to assemble Brownie the Cow here.

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4. Using three of the tag die from the Tags Pivot Card die set die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock.

  • Attach the Cow to the largest tag using foam tape and then adhere this tag to the largest pivot tag on the card again using foam tape.
  • Using the Numbers & More die set die cut the numbers “2 0 1 6” from black card that has Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back. Attach the numbers to the two smaller tags referring to photo above for placement.
  • Using the “and Happy New Year” sentiment from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamp set. Mask all of the sentiment except for the word Happy using masking tape or post it notes. Ink Up the word Happy using black ink and stamp towards the bottom of the middle  tag.
  • Now mask the sentiment so just the word Year! can be stamped and stamp this onto the other tag.
  • Add the word “moo” above the word year on the last tag by using the Black Alphabet 1 Lower Key Peel Off Stickers.
  • Attach the remaining tags to the tag pivot portion of the right side of the card.
  • Thread black ribbon through the holes of each of the tags and tie off using white hemp cord.

5. Decorate the inside of the card by die cutting the decorative ribbon from the Ribbon & Jewels die set from both black card and white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting) Note: You will have to die cut a total of 4 of each color to complete the card.

  • Adhere the white decorative ribbon to the lower portion of the card and then apply the black so it is offset from the white ribbon so  both colors can be seen.
  • Add Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the circle portion of the die cut.
  • Using the Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles die set, die cut the largest photo corner from black card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting). Adhere the photo corners to the top left and right corners of the inside of the card.

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6. Using black card that has Double Sided Adhesive Tape adhered on the back, die cut the letters “W H A T S M O O”  from the Alphabet 1 Caps die set. Also die cut the symbol @ from the Numbers & More die set.

  • Referring to the photo above attach the letters onto the card. Create the apostrophe by cutting  part of @ symbol and by adding a inner circle from either the number 6 or number 9 from the Numbers & More die set.
  • Decorate the lower portion of the card by adding the decorative ribbon from the Ribbons & Jewels die set as we did in step 5 on the inside of the card.

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7. Add the remaining decorative ribbon from the Ribbons & Jewels die set along the bottom of the back of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
973 Tags Pivot Card
1022 Brownie the Cow
967 Alphabet 1 -Caps
968 Numbers & More 1 
1061 Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles
1070 Ribbons & Jewels
CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamp Set
1281 Alphabet 1 Lower Key Black Peel Off Stickers
7018 Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 pack
509 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 152mm
508 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm
 
  
Other:
Cardstock:  black, pink
Designer Paper: Pink Paislee Rainbow Bright Designer Paper
Black Ribbon
White Hemp Cord
Ink: Black
Foam Tape

Stage it Stencils – Mixed Media Tag

Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here – I’ve been working on some tags for CHA and thought it would be fun to share one with you today.  Making tags is fun and easy, rather like making just the inside of a card.  No need to worry about the thickness because it doesn’t close.  The holiday season will soon be over for another year so let’s think about what’s coming next; Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air-

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Instructions:

 

  • Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 100# Soft Finish cardstock cut one piece that is 3.25″ X 8.5″.
  • Cut decorative top using Tags & More 1, Lace.

  • Cut tag to measure 6.25″ in length.

  • The hearts are from several different die sets, all listed below.  Cut hearts from white cardstock that has Double Sided Adhesive added to the back.  Die cut with the adhesive side up. Make at least 4 of each size, so you’ll have plenty for the project. Plus, if there are leftover hearts, they can always be used for a future project.

  • From the Katie Label Pivot Card -cut 2 of the smallest labels, one from soft finish cardstock and another from the adhesive-on-white cardstock.

  •  Barrel Basket die – cut the main basket from textured paper, the handle and bands from a darker color and the grip from another lighter color.

Working on a non stick mat or piece of scrap paper add molding paste to tag as  follows.

 

  • Using the *NEW* Stage it Stencil – Medallion  – place stencil over tag and line up edges  using temporary tape to hold in place.
  • Using molding paste (aka modeling paste or embossing paste) spread over stencil,  spreading like peanut butter.  Smooth paste over stencil until tag is covered.

  • Remove stencil lifting straight up and clean stencil immediately.

The tag may buckle but will flatten as it dries.

  • Allow paste to air dry.  Do not use heat gun for drying – it will cause the paste to puff up

  • Peel protective sheet from hearts to expose adhesive and dip in ECD Microfine Glitter, Warm Diamond.
  • Polish Glitter with fingers.
  • With blending tool – add color.

  • When molding paste is dry – spray tag with stain.
  • Dab excess stain with dry paper towel. This will make color even and take stain off the molding paste making the pattern pop.
  • Allow to dry completely.

 

  • Stain one label with same stain as tag – dry.
  • Stamp with “hello” from Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamp Set (coming soon) and the “sweetie” from Just A Note Clear Stamp Set (coming soon).
  • Remove protective sheet from adhesive on second label and attach to stamp label.
  • Edge label with color.
  • Poke hole in lower left corner of label and hang heart using jump ring,  string or twine.
  • Assemble basket and glue in corner.
  • Arrange and glue hearts.
  • Glue label on tag.
  • Add ribbon.

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My mixed media tags using Pop it Ups products with the Tags & More dies will be on display in the Elizabeth Craft Designs CHA booth #775 January 9-12, 2016. Stay tuned to the Facebook pages (check the right sidebar for links) to see photos and videos from the show.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this tag:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Decorator Heart dies from these sets:

Other Supplies:

  • Brown & corrugated papers for basket
  • Molding paste (also called modeling or embossing or texture paste) plus a palette knife (or credit card)
  • Spray stain
  • Ribbon
  • Coordinating inks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Home for the Holidays

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the December 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 theme is to interpret the phrase Home for the Holidays. The team will definitely put you in the holiday spirit with their beautiful creations, celebrating the warmth of home and those special memories we create with the people we love.

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For my card and video I wanted to celebrate Santa’s arrival by creating a pop-up fireplace with dangling boots. The Props 6 cowboy boot dies work just perfectly (with slight modifications) to make Santa’s boots and also to make stockings for the front of the hearth. The fireplace itself is made using the Lots of Pops die, plus an added hand-scored insert strip to line the fireplace and hold the boots. Learn all the steps to making your own fireplace card by watching this video tutorial:

Because the fireplace is bulky and will want to spring the card open, I chose to create a magnetic fold-over flap at the bottom to keep the card closed. I used the Props 5 Santa hat sticking out of the chimney top for the front of the card plus a strip of “Merry Christmas” washi tape across the flap.

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When the card is opened the fireplace pops up and Santa’s boots dangle in the fireplace. Other decorations include a candle made from the lower portion of the Lots of Pops pole plus a flame, greenery and berries from the Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die set. Santa’s boots and the stockings are made by snipping away the toe of the cowboy boot (and the heel for the stockings) and then creating a cuff with one of the banners in the Lots of Pops die. The two stars that come included with the Props 6 set layer nicely in Shimmer Sheetz to create the star garland. Rudy the Reindeer’s wreath is glued to the wall behind the candle with a Shimmer Sheetz mirror inlaid inside the wreath to reflect the candle. No Santa card would be complete with the word “Believe” and the Quietfire calligraphy die was the perfect choice.

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Here is a side view of the card showing how the boots are hanging inside the fireplace. It’s a very easy technique and the video shows how to do it. I also created a very simple box platform from cardstock for behind the candle. As I say in the video, the decorations for the fireplace are completely up to you. Dig around in your stash and see what you have. Could you make a plate of cookies? A glass of milk? How about ornaments, greenery and lights atop the mantel? Personalize the card by writing names on the stockings.

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The finished card measures 5.5″ wide by just under 5″ tall and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. Extra postage will be required because of its thickness.

Ready to make your own Santa’s arrival card? Here’s what you’ll need:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Gray, white, black, brown, metallic brown, green & 3 similar red cardstock colors
  • Basic Grey patterned papers
  • Gold thread
  • Scoring Board
  • Fineline bottle filled with Lineco pH neutral adhesive (or similar fine glue pen/bottle)
  • Washi tapes
  • Black Soot Distress Ink and Blending Tool
  • Strong magnets (Basic Grey or K&J Magnetics)
  • Crop-a-dile or 3/16″ hole punch

Let’s see how the talented Designer Challenge Team welcomes us home for the holidays. If you’re new to a Designer Challenge post, each designer’s name is a direct link to their blog post for this challenge. Clicking their names will open a new window, so click as you go to open up the windows and see more information, photos, instructions, supply lists, etc. for all your favorite cards.

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Frances Byrne created this cozy holiday home using the Adirondack Chair Pop Up plus a host of other decorator dies from various sets. The Holiday House and Outdoor Edges combine for a festive card front and the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps create the greeting. I love how she made the calendar!

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Fran Sabad went to the country for this amazing Home for the Holidays creation. She assembled several Characters for the card front, including Brownie the Cow, Cheepers the Chicken, Jolly the Mouse, Snowball the Sheep and William the Goat. The background is the Outdoor Edges and she also used presents from the Sleigh die and the Props 5 Santa outfit.

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Open the card and the garland (made from Rudy the Reindeer’s wreath) carries inside where Cocoa the Horse uses it to decorate the barn. I mean brilliant! Fabulous card!FS2_PIU-Christmas-open

Caz Counsell interpreted the theme a little differently for her project. She wanted to use Pop it Ups to decorate her own Home for the Holidays. Perfect! It’s a great project, too, with Gift Card Accordion pages (embellished with Flourish Gift Frames) strung together with Rudy the Reindeer, Fancy and Katie Labels. Love it!

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Karen Aicken really set a wintry scene with this soft pretty card combining the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die with the Holiday House die. By using a pop stand in the center, Karen was able to animate the house just like the trees. I want to visit this house for sure!

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Sandy Diller says “Merry Christmas, Ma’am!” with this mighty fine western holiday landscape. She created a floating floor inside the card to allow for the Holiday House, Christmas Tree and Fence dies to be animated in different locations. I love the siding on the Holiday House with the barn front door. Perfection!

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Raquel Mason will make you go Awwww! with this adorable mouse house. She used the Barn Pop Stand, also with a floating floor so she could animate items throughout the card. Jolly the Mouse wears the Santa Props 5 and the Holiday House die’s door and string of lights work perfectly to give Jolly’s home a festive feel!

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Summer Hills-Painter made a mansion from the Holiday House on this festive card featuring the Flourish Gift Frame for the front of the card and the Merry Christmas pop up inside. I love the doubled window, traditional colors and crisp, classy feel of this card.

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Kelly Booth wanted to welcome friends and family home for the holidays with a festive front door. She created it on the Rectangle Pull Card and cleverly combined decorator Katie labels and ovals for the trim and used the slot die from the upcoming Oval Pull Card for the door handle. The new Pull Card Edges allow for shadowed paper placement and Kelly used Rudy the Reindeer for door decor. I also love how she stacked up several cuts on the Merry Christmas to make a faux-chipboard greeting.

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Fran Sabad created a mousey wonderland! Jolly and his neighbor meet to go a’caroling outside their picture perfect brick houses. The structure is the House Pivot Card with the tripling technique and Fran also added many accessory dies to set the scene. Fa la la la fun!

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Helen Cryer is the queen of pop-up gingerbread house cards and this card certainly shows why! She used the Holiday House die, expanded into a gingerbread mansion, on pop stand dies to make a standing pop-up scene. Absolutely gorgeous! Helen is taking a break from the team to focus on a very exciting new adventure – she’s a new Fire Fighter! How cool is that?! We will miss her on the team, but hopefully we can convince her to do some guest spots with us in 2016. Congratulations, Helen!

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Shelly Hickox made this beautiful woodland inviting scene, complete with Holiday House turned log cabin, shrink plastic Rudy antlers (adorable!) and Evergreen Pivot trees turned into stamps, textured with real foliage! See a video of this card opening and closing on her blog plus read all her tips for making this card.

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Caz Counsell created a very fun card front featuring Jolly the Mouse, contentedly sleeping in his cozy nest. Caz joked that perhaps Jolly had indulged a bit at the holiday party, or perhaps he is dreaming of sugarplums. I love how Caz created the frame using the Circle Accordion and then ringed it with the Els van de Burgt Studio Leaves & Berry Branches for the perfect little nest.

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Karen Aicken made this wonderful tri-panel card featuring the Evergreen Pivot Card. She added the extra flap to the right side of the card that opens up to reveal the Holiday House, a prancing reindeer from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, and a sweet greeting. Such a clever card design and so elegantly pretty.

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Frances Byrne made a ton of clever adaptations in this fun gingerbread house standing card. By turning the Rectangle Pull Card sideways it becomes a cool standing card. Frances created a gingerbread man by combining pieces of two Character dies. So many great ideas in this card!

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Kelly Booth made this sweet card using the Holiday House to decorate the front of the card and the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die inside. I just love the crisp colors and textured styling to everything. Check out her blog to see a flat card made with the Holiday House die as well.

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Sandy Diller made this cute little decor piece using two brand new dies shipping in January. She used a new Character die, Baker the Beaver, and the fun Props 8 set, which included the Chef’s hat, heart, spatula, slice of cake and fork. Awww. Bakers gotta bake!

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It’s hard to believe that another wonderful year with Elizabeth Craft Designs is almost over. The company has grown by leaps and bounds this year and in just a few short weeks we’ll be at CHA (January 9-12, 2016) debuting many great new collections that you can preview right now in the Coming Soon section of the website.

Join us for our first Designer Challenge in the New Year on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 where we have a wide open theme called NEW! We’ll be showing you all sorts of great ideas using brand new products released at CHA. Pop it Ups Designer Challenges are moving to my blog in 2016. January will be the standard format, but look for a new style of challenges starting in February.  (More on that later!)

Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy Crafting,

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Rudy the Reindeer Christmas Scene Card

Card front standingMade for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Hello, Mary here – I wanted to make a winter scene for Rudy with some traditional holiday elements: Snow, poinsettias, garlands, holly and berries. Susan’s CountryScapes dies easily create the perfect backdrop for holiday scenes.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half for a card base. Cut blue snowflake-patterned paper 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack). Adhere to card base.

2. Cut white cardstock into two strips about 1 1/2 x 5 inches. Use Outdoor Edges hills die to create snow hills. Adhere to bottom of card as shown – use dimensional tape for the bottom hills to pop them up.

3. Watch this video for cutting the cardstock and assembling one of Karen Burniston’s Characters. You will make Rudy the Reindeer in a similar manner.

Measure and cut off amounts of cardstock in each color for the appropriate parts: black – reindeer base and hooves, dark brown – reindeer face/body, white -reindeer eyes and fence snow (CountryScapes Backyard 4 – Snow Décor), kraft – Country Fence 1, cream – reindeer antlers and flower pot (CountryScapes – Backyard 1), red – reindeer nose, green – poinsettia leaves (2 sets) and garlands. Add these to double sided adhesive. (I used the large roll.) Die cut. Assemble Rudy the Reindeer.

4. Die cut poinsettia flowers from red cardstock (8 total, cut 4 times). Shape petals by rubbing small stylus down each and rubbing in the middle to form a slight cup shape. Die cut holly leaves (Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries) from green cardstock, 3 sets (15 total). Draw a line down the middle of each with the pointed leaf tool.

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5. Make a wreath from the holly leaves around the reindeer’s neck by gluing each in place at one end. To add berries, use a toothpick to apply Rouge Liquid Pearls but do not add more than one in each place at a time, letting them dry in between, otherwise they will merge together.

6. Adhere each of the 5-petal poinsettia layers to a 6-petal poinsettia layer, offsetting them. Add Liquid Pearls Avocado and Buttercup to centers with toothpick, a few dots (not touching) at a time, letting them dry in between applications.

7. Adhere fence, snow on fence, garlands, and Rudy as shown (optional: add dimensional tape behind Rudy’s head and the flower pot to pop them up). Adhere pot, poinsettias, and leaves as shown.

8. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in green ink where shown. Adhere snowflake embellishments where shown.

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: White, Black, Dark Brown, Kraft, Cream, Green, Red
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack (CP-002-00817)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Optional: Clear Wink of Stella
  • Liquid Pearls: Buttercup, Avocdo, Rouge
  • Ink: Olympia Green (VersaFine)
  • Embellishments: Snowflakes

Merry Christmas Gift Card Accordion

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

Today I want to share a Christmas card with non-traditional colors using the new Gift Card Accordion die. Let me show you how I made my card.

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Instructions:

Cut two 4.25″ x 5.5″ pieces of Soft Finish Cardstock and back with Double-Sided Adhesive. Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ strip of coordinating cardstock and place Double-Sided Adhesive on the front of the piece.Image 2

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Cut two Gift Card Accordion pages from heavy cardstock and one page from patterned paper. Cut two Flourish Gift Frames from the adhesive-backed soft finish cardstock, making sure to roll the die through the machine diagonally for best pressure. From one of the interior rectangles left after cutting the frames, die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment. Die cut various snowflakes from the coordinating cardstock, making sure to place the die on the adhesive side of the piece. Die cut one medium rectangle from the coordinating cardstock with the Flourish Gift Frame die set.

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Remove the adhesive liner from the snowflakes and top with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter. Polish the glitter into the adhesive with your fingers.

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For a deeper color, color with a matching alcohol marker.

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Adhere the two Flourish Gift Frames to the front and back of one cardstock page. Adhere the patterned cardstock to the second page.

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Adhere the two card pages together using the side tabs. Trim off the tabs from the right page. Adhere the layering rectangle and words to the left page.

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Using the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, stamp the sentiment to view when the gift card is removed, to the right panel while the card is flat. Adhere the glittered snowflakes to the card.

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Attach the two inner rectangles to each other using the tab on the Merry Christmas page.

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Slide a gift card under the tabs. The card will fit in an A2 envelope for mailing.

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Happy Crafting,

Summer

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies –

1095 Gift Card Accordion

1096 Flourish Gift Frame

1039 Merry Christmas Pop Up

916 Spiral Circle Pull Card

781 All Seasons Tree

PSF101 Soft Finish Cardstock 80lb

CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamp Set

506 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6mm

641 Cool Diamond –Silk Microfine Glitter

7018 Glitter Dots –Transparent/ Silver

Other Supplies –

Recollections White 110lb Cardstock

Bo Bunny Altitude Collection

Ranger Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves and Cracked Pistachio

Copic Marker RV99

Elizabeth Craft Designs January 2016 Sneak Peek

We’re bursting with excitement! Elizabeth Craft Designs’ 5 talented designers have created new dies,  stamps, stencils, embossing folders, and papers for you to enjoy!

The Sneak Peek begins today and continues in the coming weeks, here on the blog as well as via Facebook. The official product launch takes place in January at the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show in Anaheim, California. Many stores are already pre-ordering with us, so you won’t have too long to wait. And if you can’t find what you want at your local retailer, our online store will be fully stocked. Keep an eye on our blog on Tuesday, December 15th for some extra exciting information!

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Els van de Burgt Studio

Els has expanded her endlessly versatile Fitted Frames series with ovals and circles, circles shown above.  And there’s more: She has also designed a series of three 6×6 paper packs called Through the Lens, based on her own photography! Wood. Metal. Stone. It’s all about close-ups, and textures that have caught her eye. Each pack holds 48 sheets, 16 designs (3 sheets per design), for cards, for scrapbooks, for any kind of project.  She has also created must-have ribbon, chain, rope and jewelry dies, along with some amazing decorative corners that you’ll be seeing in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to stay tuned on our blog and Facebook page…

 

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups

Two new collections with so much to love! Karen Burniston isn’t monkeying around. Or maybe she is…We just know that the High Jinks Collection with its clear stamps, Jinks the Monkey (one of the two new Characters), the Bananas embossing folder and the rest of the collection is sure to please. You’ll have to wait just a bit to meet Coffee & Cake, the second collection, but not too long – it’s all coming soon, we promise. Meanwhile, HERE is a link to a YouTube video for the High Jinks card.

 

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Joset Designs 

Just like the words you see on the cards above, Joset Designs’ new dies by Joset van de Burgt are yummy and sweet; happy, fun dies that celebrate life’s occasions, both big and small. Who doesn’t love strawberries, especially when they are chocolate-coated? And her banner dies will make everybody’s short list, for sure. Be on the lookout for hot air balloons, rainbow, sun and clouds, kites, cupcakes and more!

 

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Susan’s Garden Club

Susan Tierney-Cockburn (‘Co-burn’) continues to amaze, with her garden growing more and more each season. How come there are no weeds? Oh well… We can create paper flowers with her new Garden Notes dies like the low-relief daffodil shown above in a Stitched Oval and make wreaths that never wilt and are perfect for any season! There are three wreath shapes in her new release: Oval, Square, and Circle. The oval is above, the others are equally wonderful. Susan’s adding a brand new Garden Edges collection, the CountryScapes series is expanding, and there are new Seeds of Thought red rubber stamps as well. You’ll see these and more as the Sneak Peek continues.

 

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A Way With Words

Let’s All Celebrate! You asked for more and Suzanne Cannon has met the challenge. Her new release comes directly from her pen and ink hand-lettering, calligraphy that is magically transformed into elegant, amazing cutting dies. In addition to Celebrate, you’ll find Calligraphic Elements (an exclamation point, shown in the card above, plus flourishes), Thank You (in English, German, and French), It’s a Party, Live, Love, Laugh…and…and…we don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we can say with full certitude that there is a lot to love. As always, the dies are big enough to star on card fronts, and perfect for mixing and matching with dies from all of the other designers’ collections. A detail to note: The colorful strings on Suzanne’s balloons.

 

We hope you are excited for us to reveal the full details very, very soon. You might want to keep an eye on this section of our website too…

 

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Pull Card with Extra Flap

Hello friends

Karen Aicken here with a masculine birthday card. It’s a Spiral Circle Pull Card with an extra flap, which gives you more room to write a message or add a larger greeting. Here is the card in the closed position:

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Here is the card part way open;

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And finally, opened all the way;

 

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Here is how to make the card:

1. Cut your patterned paper 12 x 5-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4 and 8-1/2″. Line up the Spiral Circle Pull Card’s alignment nubs on the 4-1/4″ score line (pattern side up), centring the circle and stopping the cutting pad before the notches. You do not want to cut the notches for this card. Fold the right flap to the inside (patterned sides together). Fold the left flap to the inside on the 4-1/4″ score line, (patterned sides together) then fold the smaller section back to the left (pattern side out).  This is your base card which is now ready for layers and embellishing.

2. Cut a second patterned paper as follows: one 3-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and one 4 x 5-1/4″. Adhere the larger panel to the inside centre of the card, and the smaller panel to the front of the right side flap (when it’s folded in).

3. Cut a white panel 3-3/4 x 5″ and centre it over the larger patterned paper centre panel from Step 2.

4. Using the decorator dies that come with the SCPC, cut a circle from the second patterned paper and adhere it to the front circle. Draw or computer print a number 4, fussy cut and add colour with markers if desired. Add to front circle with foam tape. Cut a few elements from the first patterned paper and adhere around card with foam tape. (Alternatively, you could use the Numbers & More die set.)

5. Using the Clock and Gears set, cut two large black gears, one small black gear and one large gear from the second patterned paper. Pierce a hole in the two large black gears and adhere a red mini brad through each. Add a red mini brad to the small gear. Layer one black gear with one patterned paper gear on the inside panel, and the others as shown or as desired.

 

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6. Using adhesive backed red card stock, cut two red stars from the Happy Birthday Pop-Up and the letters to spell your name of choice. Adhere to card. Using adhesive backed black card stock, die cut the Happy and Birthday from the Happy Birthday Pop-Up and adhere to the inside panel as shown.

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Note – If you want more room to write a message or note, add a second white panel to the inside right flap.

This type of extra flap works for many different occasions, and all the Pull Cards! It’s an easy way to change up the look of your cards in addition to giving you extra room for decorating. Try adding a spinner to that inner fold – or add the spiral to that extra inner flap!

Have fun with this technique.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card

917 – Clock & Gears,

947 – Happy Birthday Pop-Up,

967 – Alphabet 1 Caps 

509 – Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 152mm (6″) width

Patterned paper – Pink Paislee

White, Black and Red card stocks

Red mini-brads

Font – KG Happy

Geometric Merry & Bright Stamped Card

Happy Saturday! It’s Karen Burniston here today with a stamped card front using the Merry & Bright clear stamps, plus a handy assist from a flourish die included in the Merry Christmas Pop Up die set.

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Recently I saw a couple of cards on Pinterest featuring stamps combined to create geometric designs. I made a mental note to try my tree stamp to make a star shape. Unfortunately, I did not pin those geometric stamped cards that sparked this idea, so it took a little detective work, but I believe the credit for the original idea should go to Betsy Veldman.

My card is a very simple design. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cut a 5.5″ square of white cardstock and mark guidelines with a pencil at the horizontal and vertical centers of the panel (measure to 2.75″). Also mark guidelines on the diagonal. Stamp the tree in green over the vertical and horizontal pencil lines, placing the star at the edge of the cardstock and making sure the pencil line is in the center of the trunk when stamping.
  2. Add double-sided adhesive tape to the back of a piece of red cardstock large enough to die cut four flourishes. Cut each flourish in half before adding to the card. Use the diagonal lines to help align the flourishes so they meet at the line and follow the edges of the stamped trees. MBStep1
  3. Stamp a prancing reindeer in dark brown ink on a scrap of white cardstock and cut into a circle. (Note, I used the small circle die from the Ring Accordion set, but this step can also be done by tracing something round and cutting the circle by hand. The glitter dots will cover any uneven edges) Stamp three snowflakes in red ink along the diagonal lines starting with the largest snowflake near the flourishes, then medium, then small.MBStep2
  4. Adhere the reindeer circle to the center of the piece and add glitter dots around the circle. Stamp medium snowflakes in red ink just outside the reindeer circle in the corners where the trees meet. Add glitter dots to the centers of all snowflakes and stars.
  5. Mount the finished panel onto a 6″ x 6″ top fold red card and line the edges of the panel with Glitter Lines.

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Stamp or write a message inside the card, or take it to the next level and add the Merry Christmas pop-up inside the card!

Ready to give this card a go? Here’s what you’ll need:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • White & Red Cardstock
  • Green, Red and Brown inks, plus acrylic blocks