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You R a Gem

December 20, 2015


By Judi Kauffman

It’s Judi Kauffman, back as guest designer on the blog. Today, it’s all about the ‘bling’ – a pair of cards to tell a friend ‘You R a Gem!’

I created this duo to help introduce Els van de Burgt Studio Chains 1 and Stitched Circles dies. It’s a peek at two of the sets that will debut at CHA, the annual trade show in Anaheim, January 2016.

They’re sized for a #10 business envelope; long, narrow cards, one with a left-side fold, one with a top-fold. This shape provides lots of space for chains, bracelets, and charms or a big, glitzy pendant!

Only 3 easy steps – Cut, Arrange, Embellish:

  1. Cut. Back Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and die cut the Chains 1 strips needed for each card and a Stitched Circle (smallest in the set) for each pendant card. Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video HERE if you are new to this technique.
  1. Arrange. To make the pendant card: Position the two chains and circle on a vertical side-fold card base measuring 4.25” x 9.25”. To make the necklace and bracelets card: Position the chains as shown, on the diagonal, on a piece of cardstock measuring 9” x 3.5”. Crop chains at the edges as needed. Add the rectangle to a 4.25” x 9.25” horizontal top-fold card base made from contrasting cardstock.


  1. Embellish. Add assorted flat-backed gems to the pendant, bracelets and necklace. If gems are not adhesive-backed, use tiny pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure them. Complete the cards by spelling out the words ‘You R a Gem’ in fine scale curly, curvy purchased alphabet stickers. Other options: Die cut or hand-letter the sentiment.




Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Stitched Circles (1116)

Chains 1 (1126)

Shimmer Sheetz in Gold Metallic (SS 0212)

Metal Adaptor Plate (803)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet or Tape


Adhesive-backed gems, assorted

Solid color cardstock to coordinate with gems

Half-inch glittered alphabet stickers to coordinate with cardstock

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  • Reply Bibi, Rubber Dance Stamps December 27, 2015 at 12:12 am

    The Chain dies and Shimmer Sheetz is a combo made in heaven! Love how they turned out.

  • Reply judi kauffman December 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Retailers are pre-ordering now, Scramblinrosie. These dies are part of the new release that will debut at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in California in early January and will be available via the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ website store soon as well.

  • Reply scramblinrosie December 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, how beautiful!!! That set and a LOT of the others are on my list to buy as soon as they are released!! WHEN will they be released!!

  • Reply judi kauffman December 20, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks, Wanda. As soon as I saw the new Chains die set my brain said “SHIMMER SHEETZ”! (Can a person’s brain think in all capital letters?) I love the sparkle…

  • Reply judi kauffman December 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    That pendant could actually be worn if it got a jump ring and a real chain (and a stronger adhesive to hold the gems than what is needed for a card front). Shimmer Sheetz is very durable.

  • Reply wandahentges December 20, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    These are wonderful!!!! The chains look great cut from shimmer sheetz!!

  • Reply Darla December 20, 2015 at 11:07 am

    WOWZA… those are wonderful. I love the *necklace* and can see it as a locket or box cover…

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