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October 2015

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Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Spiral Circle Pull Card Treat Holder

October 21, 2015

Good morning friends:

It’s Karen Aicken today with a card I made for a challenge, where we were to make cards with treats. Since Karen Burniston’s Spiral Circle Pull Card is one of my favourite dies, I figured out a way to include three mini chocolate bars inside a SCPC for Halloween!  Below is the card in the closed position:


and here it is opened up:


Here is how I made it:

1. Cut green card stock to 7-1/2 x 5-1/2″. Cut patterned paper to 7-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and adhere securely to green card stock. Score both layers at 3-5/8 and 4″.

Put SCPC on the left 3-5/8″ score line but keep the end of the cutting pad away from the notches. You want to die cut everything but the notches:


Put SCPC on right, 4″ score line and cut the notches only:


2. Using the Clock & Gears die, cut large circle from green card stock and adhere inside SCPC covering the patterned paper on the left circle.

Cut clock and  3 small gears  from black card stock

Cut patterned paper 1-1/2 x 3″ and cover Mini Chocolate Bars adhering the paper at the back with 6mm (1/4″) ECD Clear Double Sided Tape.   Tip: Use patterned paper not card stock.


3. Cut a 7 x 2-1/2″ piece of orange card stock, and die cut the clock hands from one end. Adhere the remaining orange card stock to 64 mm (2-1/2″) ECD Clear Double Sided Tape.

Die cut the letters to spell T I M E and T R E A T S, and cut the number 4 from the orange adhesive backed card stock. Colour the 4 with a black marker. Alternatively, cut the 4 from ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive-backed black cardstock.


Die cut Spiral Circle Pull Card accessory circle from off-white card stock. Lightly stencil numbers from black clock with light grey ink and ink edges. Adhere letters and number, and adhere to inside over green circle.


4. Stack black clock face, 1 small gear, large clock hand, small clock hand and secure with purple mini-brad. Adjust time to your liking. Adhere to front of SCPC on outer edges only using liquid glue.

Cut green circle using the SCPC accessory circle die. Adhere green circle on the right side as shown so it doesn’t show when the card is closed. (touching 4″ score line)

Adhere wrapped candy along the 4″ score line.

Adhere the remaining 2 gears to the SCPC notches as shown, using liquid glue.


Close up and your card is ready for giving. Note: The gear-decorated tabs (notches) are more for decoration than to securely hold the card closed.


I used a clear bag as an envelope, as it will be hand delivered. Alternatively, you could create a Belly Band using a strip of card stock or patterned paper 9-1/4 x 1″ wrapping it around your closed card and securing at the back with a piece of ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

I had so much fun making this Treat Pull Card – I hope you will give it a try as well!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Spiral Circle Pull Card, Pop it Ups – Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Clock and Gears, Pop it Ups – Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm, 2-1/2″ & 1/4″

Alpha 1 – Caps, Elizabeth Craft Designs

Numbers & More – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Fine Point Tweezers – Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies:

Off-white card stock

Patterned paper 

Green card stock

Black card stock

Orange Card stock

Purple Mini Brad

3 pieces wrapped chocolate

Liquid Glue



Chrysanthemum Box

October 19, 2015



Hello, this is Selma Stevenson from Susan’s Garden Design Team. You know I am always excited to show you beautiful projects using Susan’s dies.  Today I have an autumn theme recycled project to show you.


This is an old wood cigar box which I thought would be perfect to make beautiful with Susan’s Garden Notes Chrysanthemums and Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves. You can pick up cigar boxes, for very little money, at most any cigar store. These boxes make great gift boxes for birthdays or the holidays.

Here is how I transformed this box into a gorgeous box anyone would love to receive.

1. First cover the cigar logo. I created a square to cover the center of the top of the box (I wanted to keep as much of the wood showing as possible, so I only covered the logo). It was matted with a piece of black card stock, then a smaller rust mat. I used a piece of textured off-white card stock for the next layer; this layer was sponged around the edges with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks. Next a frame of wine card stock was cut and attached over the outside edge of the off-white layer using dimensional tape under it, to give it some dimension. On top of the wine frame, I added one of the ECD Peel-Off Stickers. Once all these layers were attached to each other, the frame was attached using to the cigar box using Double Sided Tape.

GARDEN NOTES - Chrysanthemum (1087) 6 piece set

2. Using the Chrysanthemum die, die cut chrysanthemums using different colors of card stock. There are a total of 13 flowers on this box top. I used wine colored card stock, bright yellow card stock and the rest were die cut using white card stock and were shaded with Susan’s PanPastels.



3. The above 2 pictures show the pieces used for each chrysanthemum. For complete instruction on how to create Susan’s Garden Note Chrysanthemum, you can watch Susan’s YouTube Video at this LINK.  Susan has 15 new videos on Susan’s Garden Club playlist on YouTube that will be very helpful in creating your projects with her dies.


SUSAN'S GARDEN - Woodland Leaves (1092) 6 piece set

4. Using Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves, die cut a lot of leaves using some white card stock and some Kraft card stock. The different card stock gives a variety of shades.


5. All the leaves were first shaped, using Susan’s Flower Tool Kit.   Working on a Teflon Craft Mat, all the leaves were colored using a variety of colors from Susan’s PanPastels; yellows, greens, orange, rust, bright red and dark red. The PanPastels blend beautifully creating such beautiful fall colors. Use a sponge to add the colors which makes it easy to quickly color. There will be PanPastel dust on your craft mat, so don’t forget to pick this dust up with the sponge and blend it over some of the leaves. If you check the links below, you will be able to purchase two of the PanPastels in a Bundle at a great savings.


6. Looking at the picture above, first layer a lot of the Woodland Leaves down the left side and across the bottom of the top of the box.

7. Attach the Chrysanthemums with dimensional glue dots.

8. Add as many Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves as you like for fillers;  they were die cut using white card stock then sponged with green PanPastel then a little rust around the edges, then  shaped with Susan’s Flower Tool Kit.

9. There are also branches from Susan’s CountryScapes Wood 1 die set that were die cut using dark brown card stock, then glued under the leaves.

10. There is one Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch tucked in that was colored with the wine (dark red) PanPastel.


The inside of the box is shown in the photo above. Lay a piece of designer paper inside the bottom, but do not glue it in place in case at some point you want to see the beautiful wood grain again. But do glue a piece of designer paper to the inside of the lid to cover the cigar-related printing. Add Elizabeth Craft Designs Border Peel-Offs around the edges of the designer paper to frame it, as well as one of Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves.

A box decorated with Susan’s Garden dies would be a beautiful gift in itself, or you could add a little surprise inside too. Do you have something you could recycle and make beautiful?


Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

1087 Garden Notes Chrysanthemum

1092 Susan’s Garden Woodland Leaves

992 CountryScapes Wood 1

Susan’s Tool Kit

30115 Susan’s Garden PanPastel Kit 1

30116 Susan’s Garden PanPastel Kit 2

30117 Susan’s Garden PaPastel Kit 3

OR you can purchase PanPastel Bundle 30115/30116 on SALE

730 Curvy Leaves

758 Berry Branch

507 10mm Transparent Double Sided Tape

1060 Border and Corner Peel-Off Stickers

1034 Corner and Border Peel-Off Stickers

Other Supplies – 

Cigar Box

Teflon Craft Mat


Glue Dots

Variety of colored card stock

Design Paper


Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink

Dimensional Tape

Recipe for 2-Sided Mixed Media Tags

October 18, 2015


By Judi Kauffman

My favorite recipes have very few ingredients; for example, graham cracker brownies (crushed grahams, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips). The same is true for craft projects, so when I decided to write a recipe for 2-sided mixed media tags I kept it simple: Two dies (952 Tags & More 2 – Deco, 711 Ladybugs), two surfaces (cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz), plus assorted leftovers, or what I like to call “table scraps” (the bits and pieces that accumulate at the side of my work table).


As you can see from the photos above and the ones that follow, both sides of my tag are symmetrical with something large, centered to anchor the composition. There are also small elements to move the eye and relieve the formality. (Symmetry can be quite stiff unless diagonals are introduced.)



All of the Tags & More die sets in the series have a mix of decorator pieces as well as a basic shape, so you can choose a different one if Deco is not your style.

  1. For a 2-sided tag, start with two pieces of cardstock (or one each of scrapbook paper and solid color cardstock). Sandwich with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet in between and die cut the basic tag in whatever length you want. As shown, the tag is 3.25” x 6”. Then die cut the decorative overlay at the top of the tag.


  1. Back the Shimmer Sheetz or patterned paper you’ve selected for corners and reinforcements with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to cutting. Die cut 2 matching reinforcements for the top of the tag (front and back), and two pairs of decorative corners (a pair for each side). Reminder: The Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video if you have not tried this technique. Tip: Choose lightly sanded or alcohol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz for the reinforcements and corners. It adds extra sparkle and durability.
  1. Die cut a ladybug from metallic red and standard black cardstock. Alternatively, die cut a butterfly, dragonfly, flower, or whatever suits your tag.
  1. Add the reinforcements and decorative corners to both sides of the tag. Optional: Distress the cardstock corners and solid color side of the tag with black ink before adding corners and reinforcements.
  1. Arrange and adhere the collage elements on one side of the tag. Combine the ladybug with a mix of torn stamped or pre-printed paper, a canceled postage stamp, purchased stickers, Shimmer Sheetz scraps. Use the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to “frame” the collage with small silver staples, used as linear elements.
  1. Arrange and adhere the collage elements on the other side of the tag.
  1. Optional: Display the tag on a Card Stand/Easel so it can be turned over to show both sides. (Optional easel made with 1071 Card Stand/Easel die from Els van de Burgt Studio.)

Design Detour: Things to Notice

*Per Step 5, there are two staples set vertically at each side; there are two staples set horizontally as well, one just below the ladybug and one about an inch above the postage stamp. It is this orientation of the staples that turns them into a frame instead of turning up as randomly-added embellishments.

*Save a lot of canceled postage stamps. They are wonderful little works of art. This one, from Norway, echoed both the colors (red and black) and the shapes (circles) in the ladybug. This repetition of color and shapes is intentional, not accidental, and why it is so much fun to find bits and pieces to combine in a collage!

*I arranged the diagonal elements so that your eye will move around instead of getting stuck in the middle of the collage. There is a diagonal pull between the bright red ladybug and the purchased Happy Birthday sticker on the front side of the tag, and how your attention is pulled from the white on the birds in the drawing to the white dimensional embellishments (butterfly and bird) on the back side.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco or other Tags & More set

711 Ladybugs

1071 Card Stand/Easel (optional)

Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Other – Collage elements including canceled stamp, stamped paper, pre-printed sticker, scrapbook paper, small drawing, dimensional flat-backed butterfly and bird; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (idea-ology); 3/8” grosgrain ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon); Black dye ink pad; Sanding block (Optional: To sand the hole reinforcements); Alcohol inks (Optional: To alter Shimmer Sheetz for reinforcements and decorative corners)

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Watercolor Flowers for a Friend

October 16, 2015

Hello, this is Diana here from the Quietfire Design design team! Today I want to share a card using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers and one of the A Way With Words dies to make a beautifully layered card.  I loved stickers, and as a kid, I would save them and not use them unless I had the extra sheets.  Gee, I think I still do that with papers and embellishments!  But these Peel-Off stickers are way cooler than the ones I had as a kid and I’ve got an exciting new way to use them today.Friends_Diana_Nguyen1. Place Peel-Off sticker on soft finish cardstock.

2. Paint with watercolors and let dry.

3. The white outlines are made in two steps. First, trim cardstock from around colored-in image, staying close to the outside of the peel-off.Friends_detail_Diana_Nguyen4. Next, carefully remove the peel-off sticker off the cardstock. Tip: Use tweezers to lift one edge of the peel-off and if it doesn’t easily peel up, use a liquid sticker remover product (like UnDu) to help pull the peel-off from the cardstock.

5. Mat with 1/16” border of dark side of purple cardstock.

6. Mat with 1/8” border of lighter purple side of cardstock.

7. Die-cut Friends out of white card stock and dark purple cardstock.

8. Slightly offset the two dies for a shadow effect and glue together.

9. Wrap a 1-1/4” strip of vellum around painted centerpiece.

Friends_detail2_Diana_Nguyen10. Glue word dies onto vellum.

11. Adhere centerpiece onto A2 white card base.

I hope you enjoy what I did and get a chance to try using the Peel-Off stickers in a different way.  I love it when there is more than one way to use our crafting supplies.  Have a great day!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Flowers in Frame 3 (sku 2542)

Soft Finish Cardstock

A Way With Words Friends die (1052)



Koi Watercolor Travel set


Bazzill Wild Pansy cardstock

Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue


Sleeping Hedgehog Shaker Card

October 15, 2015


Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here. Today I am sharing a Shaker Card I created using the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles die and one of the sweet Daisy Hedgehog images from Elizabeth Craft Designs newest Designer Bianca Petroschi.

Here is how I created the card:


  1. Cut a piece of white card so it is 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches. Score along the the 8 1/2 inch side at 4 1/4 inches and fold card in half.
  • Cover the front of the card with floral designer paper which is 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
  • Cut a coordinating piece of designer paper which is 4 1/4 inches square. Adhere and centre this panel to the front of the card.

2. Cut a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock (100b) and also a piece of designer paper that matches the paper on the front of the card they are 2 1/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches.

  • Using black ink stamp the Sleeping Hedgehog from the Hedgehog Daisy All Seasons stamp set onto both pieces.
  • Color the image on the white card using the medium of choice ( I used Copic Markers)
  • From the designer paper image cut out the blanket and paper piece this over the image on the white card.

3. Cut a piece of pink card stock so it is 6 inches x 12 inches. Adhere Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the card.

  • Cut the card  into pieces that measure 3 inches x 12 inches.
  • Using the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles die cut six frames (Note: As we don’t need the outer frames from the die, we have cut down our card to the size needed and then placed the card so it is positioned on the centre of the die).
  • Carefully remove the curvy frame (Fourth frame from centre) and also the heart strings from the centre and set aside.


4. Cut a piece of acetate 2 1/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches. Remove the protective backing from one of the frames and adhere the acetate so it is under the frame. Set this piece aside.

  • Layer the remaining frames on top of each other. (Note: These frames are not symmetrical, so ensure that you have the curves matching prior to removing the protective backing from the back of each frame and layering up).
  • Adhere the stamped Sleeping Hedgehog image to the bottom of the layered frames.


5.  Adhere the stacked layered image to the centre of your card.

  • Add tiny beads or sequins to the inner portion of the stacked frames on the card.
  • Adhere the frame with acetate over the stacked frames so that the beads can not get out.

6. Adhere the heart strings we set aside earlier after die cutting the frames so that the ‘string’ that joins each heart is along the edge of the coordinating designer paper panel we attached in step 1. (See photo above for placement).

  • Add a Pink/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Sticker to the centre of each heart.


7. The inside of the card:

  • Take one of the frames which are left over when you cut all the frames for the shaker part of the card (the third frame from the centre) and attach this to the centre of the inside of the card.
  • Using scraps of pink card that have Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape adhered to the back, die cut two more of the heart strings from the centre of the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles die. Attach these to the card as per photo above. Add Pink/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the centre of each heart.

8.  Roughly trim around the sentiment Thinking of You from the Thinking of You Large Peel Off Stickers. Peel off any excess black peel-off sticker that may be around your image until you just have the sentiment as per photo above.

  •  Cut a piece of Transfer Sheet large enough to fit over the sentiment. Remove the protective backing and place the tacky side of the Transfer Sheet onto the word “Thinking”. Burnish with a bone folder or your fingers and carefully lift the Transfer Sheet checking to ensure that all of the pieces lift at once. You can see Els’ video using this technique HERE.
  •  Now move the Transfer Sheet with sentiment attached to it over to the card. When it is in the right spot, place it down onto the card and rub the front of the Transfer Sheet to release the pieces onto the card. Carefully lift the Transfer Sheet to check and make sure all of the sentiment pieces are now on the card. (Don’t remove the Transfer sheet until all pieces are in place). Repeat this process to place the words “of You” underneath the word “Thinking”.

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


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1063 Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles
CS007 Hedgehog Daisy All Seasons
2580 Thinking of You Large Peel Off Stickers Black
7018 Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers Pink/Silver
600 Transfer Sheet 
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 Pack
509 Transparent Double Sided Tape 152mm
Cardstock: White; Pink
Designer Paper: Kaisercraft Secret Garden 6 1/2″ Paper Pad
Black Ink
Pop it Ups Videos

Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Characters in Costume

October 14, 2015

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the October 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 Characters in Costume and the goal is to transform the Characters in some way – perhaps it’s by dressing them in a costume, or perhaps it’s a complete repurposing of the die cut shapes. I think you’ll agree that the team was very creative this month and have provided 20 inspirational ideas.

For my card and video I decided on a Christmas theme and thought William the Goat would make an excellent elf. I used the Ring Accordion and a technique for adding the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages.


Here is the video tutorial for this project.

When the Ring Accordion is folded up it becomes a circle with a diameter just under 5″, which means it fits nicely in an A7 (5×7) envelope for mailing.


Any of the Characters can be “elfified” by using the same techniques as shown in the video with William. The Agatha Flourish provides excellent elf shoes. I also added a scrap of leftover glitter line to William’s hat.


Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Groove Tool – ArtC
  • Fineline Bottle 20 gauge filled with Lineco pH-neutral adhesive
  • Green ink, Copic Marker #R89
  • My Mind’s Eye “Sleigh Bells Ring” 6×6 Paper
  • Core’dinations Whitewash cardstock
  • Texture Paste, Glossy Accents – Ranger
  • Green, Red, White cardstock
  • Jingle Bell brad – The Paper Studio


Let’s see what the Designer Challenge Team came up with for this month’s Characters in Costume challenge.

Kelly Booth made a Tent Card from the Oval Accordion, following the great instructions by Frances Byrne, and decorating with the Oval Dots Frame Edges. She added the Outdoor Edges grass and the All Seasons Tree and then transformed Poppy the Owl into a ghost. What a cute Owl-o-ween card!


Frances Byrne created a whole new Character by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Rocky the Crab. Meet her cute jellyfish on this fabulous Rectangle Pull Card.


Summer Hills-Painter transformed Honey the Bear into Santa for this sweet Ring Accordion. I love her color scheme of blues and whites and then the pop of Ho Ho Ho Honey! She used the Props 5 set for the Santa parts.

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Raquel Mason made a clever transformation by adding a label from the Lucy Label set to create turkey feathers. Dutch the Fox becomes Dutch the Turkey! She used Poppy the Owl’s foot for a waddle.


Donna Wright made this fun frosty Adirondack Chair card with Chilly the Penguin transformed into a snowman. Then she went to work using a lot of the decorator pieces from Pop it Ups sets to create her scene. This is a lovely feature of Pop it Ups dies – that the decorator pieces are included, and very interchangeable.

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Fran Sabad used the new Gift Card Accordion and companion Flourish Gift Frame for a fun 3-page accordion featuring Poppy the Owl as a graduate. She chose colors from their local high school and says her next job is finding a gift card to match the color scheme! (The gift card will slide easily into the slots on her center page).


Sandy Diller made this fabulous Etch A Sketch tent card and filled it with Cocoa, William and Chilly dressed like famous toys. She shows photos of each costume and how she made them with Props and decorator dies, so definitely click her name to go check it out.

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Caz Counsell made this fun Superbunny card using Lucky the Rabbit and the Gift Card Accordion. She used it for a card/gift for her son’s friend and I’m sure it was a hit!

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Frances Byrne made a second card for the challenge featuring Poppy the Owl wearing a pumpkin costume. She used the Tags Pivot Card and the grass from the Outdoor Edges turned sideways as borders. (Brilliant!)


Karen Aicken transformed Hoppy the Frog into a vampire for this fun Halloween Gift Card Accordion. I love the orange flies and how she colored everything with Pan Pastels.


Caz Counsell was inspired by one of her favorite rubber stamps to convert Whiskers the Cat into a flying bumblebee. She used the wings and antennae from the Butterfly Pivot Card and drew on the jumper with colored pens. She also used the Rectangle Pull Card very cleverly for a shaped top-fold card.

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Shelly Hickox was very transformative with Whiskers the Cat – converting her into a witch doll perfect for Halloween decor. Shelly got clever with Props 2 and a decorative oval die to make the hat.

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Sandy Diller was inspired by a friend to create Javelinas from Virgil the Pig. I just love the southwestern scene she created with the Western and Outdoor Edges, plus the branches of the All Seasons Tree. She also used the new Cocoa Western clear stamps. SD_hello gorgeous 1

Kelly Booth made this adorable tent card featuring Poppy the Owl all dressed for a luau. She used the Beach Edges to set the scene and framed the card with the new Flourish Gift Frame.KB_Watermarked Photo (2015-09-29-1541)

Karen Aicken made three cards for this month’s challenge including this fabulous Lucy Label pop-up card featuring Dutch the Fox as a chef. I love how she created the chef’s hat using the pail and cloud die. So clever!


Fran Sabad made a whole Halloween hay ride with four fun costumed Characters. She used the Lots of Pops die to animate her cart, and various Props dies to costume the Characters. Amazing!


Helen Cryer cracked me up with this fun Wonder Chick card. She dressed Cheepers the Chicken as the famous superhero, using clever touches like glitter dot earrings and cloud hair. Then she animated her wonder chick on the Lorna Label. Love it!


Raquel Mason made this adorable pop-up sleigh card featuring Jolly the Mouse dressed as Santa. She used the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps for the “Santa Says Shop!” greeting and I love those red pearls in the centers of the snowflakes.


Summer Hills-Painter felt Lucky in love and made this adorable Lucky the Rabbit turned Cupid card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the spiral cut from clear to animate all the little arrows (from the Rectangle Pull Card). I’d say this is a bullseye!

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Kelly Booth had fun dressing Cheepers the Chicken as a cowgirl. She used the new Props 6 and put Cheepers on an action wobbler so she jiggles and dances when the card is open. The Lorna Label provides the pop-up structure.

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And finally, something really important;

Karen Aicken found great meaning and purpose with this month’s challenge as a chance to transform Cocoa the Horse into a Purple Zebra, the symbol for Pulmonary Hypertension. Her granddaughter, Olivia, is living with advanced Pulmonary Hypertension and Karen explains a lot about the condition, the warning signs, and links to PH associations in four different countries. If you click to Karen’s post you’ll have the opportunity to win the four dies she used on this special card for Olivia. Elizabeth Craft Designs is providing the prize to raise more awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension.


There are seventeen Character dies and the team managed to use thirteen in their creations this month. That’s a lot of Character Costume inspiration! Ready to give some of these transformations a try? For THIS WEEK ONLY Elizabeth Craft Designs has discounted all Character and Props dies. Shop the sale here: October 12-16, 2015 Characters & Props Sale

Join me and the team next month on November 18, 2015 for the next Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. Next month the team is going to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to make new creations based on the videos. It should be a fun challenge with the added bonus of video instructions already available for the techniques.

Happy Crafting!

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Colouring on a Rainy Day Tag

October 13, 2015

Hi! It’s Marsha here!

Are you into the colouring for adults craze? Here in the Netherlands it’s THE thing right now and there are colouring books for adults available everywhere!

Have you wondered how you can combine the colouring with your love for die-cutting and cardmaking? Well, I have… And here’s what I came up with:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

And here are the steps to create the tag:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

1. Die-cut about 20 umbrella tops out of white cardstock or watercolour paper. I needed a total of 17 umbrella tops to complete the tag, but it’s good to have a few to choose from.

Be mindful of the paper you are using. It needs to be suitable for the markers or pens you will be using later on. I coloured with Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens and I used them in combo with the 270 gr Soft Finish Cardstock.

It worked well for me, but if you know you love to layer with fairly wet waterbased markers the 4 x 9″ watercolour paper could be a better choice for you.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

2. Colour your umbrella tops. Wait until the ink on the umbrella tops is dry before you doodle on them with a permanent fine tip pen.

You can also doodle on the blank umbrellas first and then colour them in. Test if your pen is really waterproof before you go this route. I know from experience that you can’t trust a pen not to bleed when you go over the lines with wet media, even if it says ‘waterproof’ on the pen!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

3. Watercolour a moody background for the tag. I used the Koi Brush Pens to watercolour with and I did it on a big sheet of Soft Finish Cardtock so I could cut it to size later on.

To watercolour with the Brush Pens, you scribble some of the ink onto a saucer or a plastic lid and then you pick the ink up with a wet watercolour brush.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

Let the watercoloured cardstock air dry to prevent from buckling.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

4. Cut the watercoloured cardstock to 4,5 x 8,5 “. Die-cut it with the Tags & More 9 Sparkle Set.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

5. Add some ‘rain’ to the tag with a light grey pen or marker.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

6. Adhere the umbrella tops to the tag with Transparent Double Sided Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

7. Finish the tag with a handwritten sentiment or quote and add any additional details you wish.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Rainy Day Tag

Happy colouring!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:
928 Rainy Day
1034 Flourishes & Branches
1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ X 11″ 270gr /100Lb 10 pack
505 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3 mm

Waterbased markers/pens (Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens)
Black permanent fine liner (Sakura Pigma Micron)

Els van de Burgt Studio

Fall Leaves Nature Tag Card

October 12, 2015

Fall Tag Card

Created by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Happy Fall! This is Mary with a colorful Fall card. The leaves are so fun to make! Google “Fall leaves” for many beautiful examples you can use as models for your leaves.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of bright yellow-orange cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches (half of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet). Fold in half. Optional: add a piece of leaf paper to the inside flap (you could also stamp leaves and color them). With the card closed, place main die at opening (across from fold) and cut. Trim both sides. Open card; on front side of card, line up leaves decorator die with hole and die cut.

2. Die cut a set of Woodland Leaves from white cardstock. Color using PanPastels. Draw veins with colored pencils. Use a fixative before shaping (this is optional but will prevent some of the color from coming off onto the pad). Shape each leaf using Metal Tool Set and molding pad. Add more color if necessary.

Tag Close Up

3. Stamp quote All Things of Nature in black ink on light yellow cardstock. Using label decorator die from Katie Label Pivot Card, center and die cut quote. Use Distress Inks and ink blending tool to decorate edges of label. (Optionally you could use PanPastels; be sure to use fixative.)

4. Adhere leaves, label (dimensional tape), sequins, and buttons as shown.

5. Dye seam binding ribbon with Distress Inks. Tie ribbon through back tag hole and twine through front tag hole as shown.

Card Closed


ECD Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock: Bright Yellow-Orange, White, Light Yellow
  • Fixative
  • Black Ink
  • Distress Ink: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Ink Blending Tool
  • Colored Pencils (e.g. Prismacolor)
  • Buttons
  • Sequins
  • Twine
  • Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Dimensional Tape
Els van de Burgt Studio

Happy Bee Tag Card

October 11, 2015

Hello everyone.

It’s Jackeline here.Today I am bringing you a project with some of my favorite dies from the Els van de Burgt Studio collection.


Here is how I created the card:

  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2” x  7”. Score the card along the 8 1/2” side at 4 1/4” and fold.
  • Line up the main tag die from the Tags & More 7 – Vine at the top of the card front and die cut.
  • Cut a piece of your favorite pattern paper 4 1/4” x 5 3/8”. In this case I used a yellow pattern paper to match with the bees.
  • Adhere the yellow piece 1/4″ from the bottom using Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  • Die cut one Accordion Oval panel from black cardstock. Remove the border and the small side tab, leaving just the oval piece.
  • Die cut one oval with stitches from water color paper using the largest decorative oval die and the oval with stitches die from the Accordion Oval Card set.
  • Back stitched oval with black oval. Adhere to card front on top of the yellow patterned paper piece.
  • Die cut bees bodies (5) from black and yellow velvet adhesive sheets. Die cut wings from White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz.

It’s time to do the final details:

  • Apply “Happy Birthday” peel-off to the top corner of the yellow piece.
  • I used the decorator die from the Katie Label Accordion to die cut two corners from black velvet adhesive sheets. Adhere them in the black top portion of the tag card.
  • Adhere a black peel-off border at the top of the yellow pattern paper.
  • To finish off this beautiful card I added one of my special touches, a gorgeous black and white ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.



Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
960 Tags& More 7 – Vine
772 Accordion Oval Card
903 Katie Label Accordion
710 Bees
2577 Black Happy Birthday Peel-off
1167 Black Border Peel-off
411 Velvet Adhesive Sampler Pack
SS 0102 White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
505 Transparent Double Sided Tape 3mm
WP903 Water Color Paper


Black cardstock

Yellow patterned paper

Balck and white ribbon

Pop it Ups

RIP Buster

October 10, 2015

Hi crafters, It’s Caz here and this Saturday I would like to share with you a fun Halloween card that I made.  I love Halloween and I would love to be over in the USA for Halloween as it’s not as widely celebrated in the UK and finding decorated houses over here is like finding witches’ teeth!

I am not sure why but when I decided to do a Halloween card I wanted to make one of the Karen Burniston Characters into a skeleton.  I chose Buster the Dog to be the skeleton and made up a silly poem to put on the front of the card.

Swallowed a Wellington!

Swallowed a Wellington!?

You know dogs and how they like to chew shoes?  Well it seems Buster was not content with swallowing shoes, he went for a Wellington Boot!  Or Wellies for short over here 🙂  I needed something to rhyme with Skeleton and there aren’t many!

I generated the poem with a computer and for added interest changed the colours of the writing and use a pair of scissors to distress the edges.  The BOO was made using the Alphabet Caps die, with Double-Sided Adhesive on the cardstock before die cutting, and then covered with Leaf Green Silk Microfine Glitter. I made the border decoration with the Ribbon & Jewels die and some Black peel off glitter dots.  I thought they looks a bit like eyes!

Now for the inside of the card…..


For the inside I found some patterned papers in my stash and cut the Lots of Pops die into the fold, sliding the die to the right to leave room for my gravestone on the left. The gravestone was made using a Katie Label die and I animated this onto an angled pop out platform made using the Spinner die from the Rectangle Pull card. The paper I used had the perfect Halloween tree and I copied that using the All Seasons Tree.  I added some googlie eyes for a spooky addition.  Even the grass from the Outdoor Edges got eyes too!

I die cut the shadow of Buster with Black card and lopped off his ears (sorry Buster!)  Then I used a white pencil to draw on the bones of Ol’ Buster the Skeleton. Buster is attached to the front of the Lots of Pops platform, along with more black grass. The All Seasons Tree is attached to one of the skinny side platforms. The other side platform was not needed for my card so I left it in the collapsed position. I love that feature of the Lots of Pops die – that many of the platforms are independent so you can choose to pop out just certain platforms for your scene.

Lots of inking, stamping and accent papers and my card was complete.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my card this Saturday and are looking forward to Halloween however you spend it.  I’ll be taking my boys out, visiting only houses that decorate and leaving those that do not want to partake alone.

Until the next time!

Caz  x

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

Patterned paper, googlie eyes, stamps, inks, white pencil

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