Elizabeth Craft Designs August Designer Challenge – Asian Theme

August 31, 2014

Hello everyone!

We are already at the end of August, time for another challenge post. This month we asked our designers to create projects with an Asian theme. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Craft Designs Asian dies and Peel-offs – they make such elegant cards! Love the dies (shown below): Ginger Jar, Asian Vase, Kimono, Lotus Flower and Koi. We also have a wide variety of Asian Peel-offs in Black, Gold and Silver. They include Koi Fish and Flower, Lotus Flower, Kimono (a sheet that also includes fans), Asian Signs, and many more. Check them all out at our web site at www.ecraftdesigns.com

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Before we show you all of our design team’s creations, we want to tell you about our prize giveaway – AN ASIAN THEME PRIZE PACKAGE VALUED AT $50 (US).
Enter for a chance to win! Leave a comment on TODAY’s blog post and tell us what theme or Elizabeth Craft Designs product you would like to see featured in a future design challenge. (See more details at the end of this post.) Now let’s get to all the wonderful projects our design team created.

First project is from Frances Byrne who created this stunning stand up card using the Best Wishes Stand Up Helper die and two Asian vases from the Asian vases Peel-off sheet. She colored the vases perfectly to match with the patterned paper she used for her card base. For more info, visit Frances’ blog.


Lanterns are very Asian and that is why I love our next card created by Rita Edwards. Rita used the Asian signs Peel-offs in gold and the Thinking of You die. Rita made a collection of Asian cards that you can find on her blog so make sure to stop by.


Debra Hensley used the Koi Fish & Flowers Peel-offs in gold in combination with a cute Asian image. Love the added red Glitter Dots Peel-offs for the center of the flower and the eyes of the fish. The coloring is stunning as well and a perfect match with the background paper.

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Kelly Booth used the Ring Accordion die for her Asian theme card in combination with the Koi Fish & Flowers Peel-offs in gold. The colors of the fish are beautiful and I love how it looks like they are swimming in the water. For more info and instructions, make sure to visit Kelly’s blog.


The Waterlilies Peel-offs on Candy Spiegel’s card are an eye catcher! They really pop out with the ocean blue background. Candy colored on top of the Silk Microfine Glitter. The Koi Fish is cut from Black Velvet Adhesive adhered on Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.


Next card is from Raquel Mason who used the Lotus Flower and Thinking of You Stand Up Helper dies, border Peel-offs and Shimmer Sheetz. I love the combination of colors and the added gold Peel-off border. See more at Raquel’s blog.

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Helen Cryer also used the Ring Accordion die and the Waterlilies Peel-offs for her Asian theme card. She colored each of the three Waterlilies to match the Ring panel and Shimmer Sheetz inner circle.. Love how she embossed the panels and used the extra bamboo pieces for added detail.


Raquel Mason made a second card using one of my favorite Peel-offs, the Lotus Flower. This is such a beautiful and elegant Peel-off and fits with almost every card or background. Love how Raquel kept this card clean and simple with a narrow gold Peel-off border.

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Karen Aicken made three projects. Here are the first two. On the left is a beautiful Stand Up Helper card featuring the Asian Vase Peel-off in gold and on the right, a fun bookmark featuring the Kimono Peel-off in silver. Love the colors of the Asian Vase and the Shimmer Sheetz embossed panels on both sided of the stand up portion. For more info, make sure to visit Karen’s blog.

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Another beautiful card featuring the Lotus Flower Peel-off. This card was created by Debra Hensley who also used the Ginger Jar die, Shimmer Sheetz, border Peel-offs and the Flower Mosaic embossing folder. Love the colors on this elegant card and the embossed side edges. For more info, make sure to visit Debra’s blog.

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Kelly Booth also used the Flower Mosaic folder for a beautiful embossed background. The flowers are from the Koi Fish and Flowers Peel-off sheet and look beautiful. Kelly used the Lorna Label Pop Up die for the inside of her card which you can find a picture of on her blog.


The second card Kelly created is this fun Hello Friend Stand Up Helper card. Kelly used our Bamboo embossing folder to create a beautiful painted background. The Asian Vase Peel-off is colored to perfectly match the rest of the card.


Rita Edwards used the Kimono die to create this beautiful two-tone card. The layout is just perfect and the dragonflies add a nice detail. Rita used the Thank You Stand Up Helper die to create a unique flat band at the bottom of the card.


Mary Prasad also used the Kimono die for her card. She picked the perfect patterned paper for this Asian theme and the added flowers from Bunch of Flowers 1 look beautiful. Make sure to visit Mary’s blog for more wonderful creations.


Karen Aicken used the Asian Vase Peel-off in gold for this elegant card. Love the butterfly perched on top of the vase and the flower border Peel-off that accents the bottom of the card, acting as a table or shelf for the vase. Make sure to check out Karen’s blog for more projects.


Last project for today is from Jackie Smith who made this stunning card using the Karen Burniston Spiral Circle Pull Card and the Kimono Peel-off in black. So many beautiful details on this card. Make sure to visit Jackie’s blog to see the inside of the card.


We hope you enjoyed this Asian theme challenge today. We will be back on September 30th with our next challenge!

If you would like a chance to win our $50 Asian theme prize package, be sure to leave your comment on TODAY’S blog post. We will select one lucky winner in a random drawing and his or her name will be announced here on our blog on Saturday, September 6th.

Good luck and have a great week!


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  • aking42 October 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What color is the kimono on the cards Mary Prasad made? They are all lovely!

  • Debbie Hartley Cooper September 7, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I would like to see some ideas for children.

  • Susan B. September 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Wow! How beautiful. I love all the dies that I have seen. To pick one is tough, but Christmas is coming and any card ideas would be great. I have the butterfly pivot card that I am always looking for new ideas. I also use the peel and stick with glitter. Just right for that sparkle that I am looking for. I love the quality of the Elizabeth Crafts dies. Keep the ideas flowing.

  • Diane H September 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Would love a Halloween challenge…with all the various dies…..I love Halloween!!

  • Maryann E September 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Wonderful cards from the design team great inspiration, how about a Christmas challenge using all the beautiful dies.

  • vivink September 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

    WOW!!! These cards are STUNNING!!! I would love to see cards incorporating the ladybugs, bees, or dragonfly.

  • Sherralyn Klein September 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I would love to see ways to use the garden bench and also holiday ideas.

  • Vicki Scott September 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I love these Asian dies! All your team made such beautiful cards!

  • Christine Kosmak September 1, 2014 at 6:12 am

    If it hasn’t been done already, combining embossing folders and the pivot/accordion card making dies, etc using peel offs. Too many ideas are coming into my brain. These are all gorgeous cards I hope I can do as well. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!!!

  • Christina Doré September 1, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Beautiful cards and projects for this months theme. Such wonderful inspiration.
    Using embossing folders in a creative way would make for an interesting theme in the future perhaps?

  • Julie August 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    All of the cards are beautiful, very inspiring. Please Christmas challenge, it will be here before we know it. Thank you got all inspiration.

  • Virginia Bond August 31, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I am using all Karen Burniston’s dies to make my Christmas Cards. I’m having so much fun with them and they are turning out so Great. I like them all so much they are all my favorites. I have used many of the challenge and blog post cards for inspiration and ideas. I have also used the ideas from the videos on youtube in making my cards. I usually only make one kind of card for Christmas so I can make many at once. When I got all my Karen B dies I knew I couldn’t just make one . So far I have made 3 each of 5 different cards for a total of 15. By the time Christmas is here I am sure I will have many more variations! Thanks so much for the hours of fun your products have given me :))

  • Mary Moisan August 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I would LOVE to see a Halloween/Fall theme. Great cards ladies! Thanks for all the ideas and for the chance to win some goodies 🙂

  • Sally-Ann August 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Each ECD blog just gives more and more inspiration which is Magolicious! Today’s examples are a case in point! I really like that you show us how to make cards – whilst I like scrapbooking, cards are my thing, so keep up the great work.

    I have a couple of themes that I’d love for the design team to create:
    – Fruits of the Sea
    – A Park Bench in spring
    – An Australian Christmas (a bit of bias here!)
    – A baby’s Christening (Boy and Girl)
    – As many ways as you can identify for using the Berry Branch (758)
    – These are a few of my favourite things …
    – Something for our Fellahs!

    Thanks so much for asking us for theme ideas and again many thanks to all those at ECD and the Design Team for their great work – its truly awesome!

  • Barb Quigg August 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I love all of the cards — almost too intimidating but great inspiration. Can’t wait to try one on my own.

  • Reine Makiya August 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Wonderful ideas. I love the Asian theme. My mom is on Maui and always gets compliments on the Asian type cards I send her. I may have to restock. I see shipping is free for Labor Day. Yeah!

  • judy martinez August 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    very beautiful cards! I would like some masculine card ideas please.

  • Lynn Fletcher August 31, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Love all the wonderful cards the ECD Design team did. This prize pack has so much potential, for who ever wins it!

  • Cheryl Newby August 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Love the cards. I first found ECD when they put out their first dies. I have been making Asian cards for many years so I fell in love with the dies. I relies I had been using the stickers for a long time too. So my first choice would have been Asian for a challenge but I also love vases and collect them. So I would like to see a challenge using vases with or without flowers. And thank you again for the beautiful cards

  • Frances August 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Wow .. look at all that wonderful Asian Inspiration from the DT … amazing creations ladies. Love seeing all the other challenge suggestions from everyone too.

  • L Tucker August 31, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I especially enjoy seeing the clever ideas for backgrounds and borders on cards. I would like to see theme ideas for smaller cards…such as small note cards, gift tags, and table place cards.

  • Vicki Poole August 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    My favorite season is fall. I know you have some lovely leaves in your peel off stickers. How about a fall theme?

  • Sue Brailey August 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Such gorgeous work by the design team! just amazing!! I would love to see a fall and Christmas challenge. I can use the inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful samples and for the chance to win these great dies!

  • Melanie Tong August 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    These are all so beautiful! I think I am ready for some scary and cute Halloween cards!

  • heather Wood August 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    All Beautiful as soon as I get time to do some more card making i will be makining some

  • Jen K August 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I love these ideas, as I love this post – I look forward to checking the posts/challenges every day. Thank you for the inspiration and ideas! I would love to see more ideas or postings, both inside and outside of the box, featuring the stand-up helpers. Thank you!!

    • Judi Kauffman August 31, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Be sure to look at Studio Els in Scrapbooking.com Magazine (a free monthly online publication) for a whole article devoted to Stand Up Helpers projects.

  • Ruth August 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Cards are beautiful. How about a color-themed challenge?

  • Jean Heming August 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    These are sooo beautiful!!!

  • Candy Spiegel August 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    These are so pretty … great job ladies!

  • Tina Murphy August 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This collection is awesomely inspiring. I too would love a beach/ocean/fish challenge.

  • Dorothy G August 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    What dynamite cards!! I love anything Asian inspired but these go way beyond what I have ever done. I need Halloween inspiration cards.. Again thanks to all who made these cards.

  • Noela August 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love Asian designs – I am glad you did this post. These cards are just beautiful. I love the lotus flowers and I had colored some and was not sure what to do with them. Now I have some great ideas. Thank you!

  • Karen lashiwagi August 31, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I am so excited because I have several of the Asuan dies!! Now you all have given me great ideas and inspiration!!!
    I would love to see baby cards. Many of my friends are becoming new grandmas!!!

  • Liz Wiseman August 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    My first post
    I just love anything with an oriental theme. The cards are a real inspiration. I’ve always dreamt of going to Japan but now disabled and unable to travel.

  • clickityklak August 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful Asian Cards, which I love ! I am with CindyH2014….would love some peel off, dies of oriental trees etc. ! Thanks so much for this post ! ! !

  • Karen Fortunato August 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    They are all so individually unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I would love to see a challenge using the bench die in all four seasons. Possibly including a palm tree?? Now there’s a challenge for you! Lol. Karen F.

  • Pat Runnells August 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Amazing cards! Love them all! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  • Sabrina Radican August 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oh wow and oh my goodness….. Your cards are simply breathtakingly beautiful!!!!

  • Wendy August 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Your artistry in these Asian cards is breathtaking. They are by far my favourite cards to make and now I have some new inspiration. I cannot thank you enough.

  • Adele Badoyen August 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love, love, love your Asian theme. The cards are so beautiful! I am totally excited to make these cards. How about a sports theme since we have children and grandchildren in sports. Thank you for wonderful themes and gorgeous cards!!!

  • Anna Rodgers August 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    The Asian cards are beautiful, anything you want more of? Everthing!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sue S August 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Autumn theme with shimmer sheetz

  • cindyh2014 August 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I love this theme and cards. How about a Trees theme. I love landscapes and trees.

  • janey August 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    These are so beautiful. Feeling inspired!

  • Annie August 31, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Love the Asian style card! I would like to see more ideas of the pivot cards using the heart and butterfly dies. I brought the dies but never seen to make cards that looks as nice as everyone else using those dies. Thx.

  • Diane Smith August 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Christmas theme would be great to get us ready for the holidays. thanks

  • Patti Blankenship August 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Absolutely beautiful cards. I’m inspired to create today. I would like to see a challenge on the bench die and also wedding inspired cards. Thank you so much.

  • Ina August 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    These are the most gorgeous cards in asian art that I have ever seen.I love oriental! Thankyou all for the wonderful eye candy! I would like to to see a fun challenge on Halloween or a lovely Fall challenge.It is just green here all the time and I miss the fall colors and Halloween colors…just not the same.

  • Alicia Richardson August 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Love all of the Asian themed projects. I would like to see a challenge on wedding themes.

  • NancyS (momsnack) August 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I”ve been making Asian theme cards for years, but these would make it so much simpler!

  • Mary Schmidt August 31, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I need more Christmas theme cards to get some ideas.

  • Suzan VonEssen August 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

    These are beautiful… must have that koi fish die!

  • Colleen Macdonald August 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful and inspiring cards. So looking forward to some crafting time so l can play.

  • Karen Aicken August 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Wonderful post – so fun seeing all the Design Teams project all together like this.

  • Teresa August 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Awesome cards. How about a holiday theme. That way you could do Fall, Halloween, Christmas etc. etc. Lots of variety. Thanks for sharing.

  • Maria August 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Would love to see more Christmas samples, maybe even incorporating an asian theme. Love all the cards and the inspiration.

  • Alice leonard August 31, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I so love to do Aaian cards, so colorful, and graceful. These are just stunning.

  • heifer21 August 31, 2014 at 9:46 am

    These are so beautiful. Love the Asian theme. Some day I will see Japan. This is one challenge I would like to try.

    • heifer21 August 31, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I would like to see a pumpkin challenge.

  • Eileen L. August 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful cards ladies every single one of them. I would like to see a challenge with the Bench die.

  • Angela Styles August 31, 2014 at 9:40 am

    It would be great t see an Autumn/Fall theme now you have the wheelbarrow, pumkin, tree and leave dies etc

  • Edwards Design August 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Such stunning and gorgeous creations, ladies! So well done! And I love seeing all the new challenge ideas! Oh yes, Christmas will be here before we know it.

  • Debra Hensley August 31, 2014 at 9:35 am

    What amazing cards Ladies! They are all true inspirations! Great Job to all!

  • Jeanie Garrity August 31, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Really pretty cards–love the Asian theme. I need that kimono die!! Not to mention the chrysantemum!! 😉

  • Kirsten Sykes August 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful cards! I would like to see beach/ aquatic theme.

  • kellyboothKelly Booth August 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Awesome Creations Ladies….WOW So much Inspiration all in one place!!

  • Barb Thompson August 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Beautiful Asian Designs! Love them. Makes me want to create something Asian!

  • Camilla Narayan August 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

    The creativity is amazing!
    I would love to see a fall/winter challenge.

  • mary August 31, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I would like to see more cards that uses stamping I think all of your cards are lovely

    • mary September 1, 2014 at 6:02 am

      a christmas stamp design using a pop up die

  • Jody B August 31, 2014 at 8:57 am

    These are all awesome cards as always. I am ready for some winter and Christmas themes please.

  • Dee Ann Matthews August 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Amazing variety of beautiful and diverse use of Asian produts. How about some Halloween inspiration for the next challenge?

  • mom August 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Love all the variations with the dies.

  • Kim Kemmsies August 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I would like to see a challenge based on an all ‘ Seasons Theme’.
    Beautiful designs.

  • Patti L August 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Lovely cards all. Fall with fall colors

  • Mary Prasad August 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    The cards are beautiful ladies! I love the delicate lines of the dies and Peel-Offs.

  • Sharon Welch August 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Absolutely love them.

  • Raquel Mason August 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Awesome projects from the entire team – great job ladies!

  • Mary Dawn August 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

    beautiful projects, i love the koi so so much

  • Barbara woodard August 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I would like to see a winter challenge

  • Helen BT August 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Gorgeous cards! I’d love to see a Christmas theme next to give me inspiration (and time) to make cards,

  • Bev MD August 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

    So classy!!

  • Ev August 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Stunning and creative cards everyone. How did you know I had oriental elements sitting in my cart? I would like to see more techniques and use of shimmer sheets as design elements. I’m also interested in using different card dies in combination, such as Pop-ups with Accordions etc. Thanks for the inspirations.

  • Sharon Beattie August 31, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I would like to see a challenge for using the heart pivot card.

    • Karen Aicken August 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Oooh – I agree! I LOVE the Heart Pivot and use it quite a bit.

  • Susan Hislop August 31, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I would like to see a tropical theme done.

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