Designer Challenge

Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge – August

August 15, 2017
Hi everyone!

The Die Cut and Coloring Design Teams are back today with another fun Designer Challenge to share with you.

This time around our challenge is Gift Giving – There are many times throughout the year when we need to give a gift to someone …. Birthdays, Christmas, Teacher Thank You’s etc. Create something for today’s challenge that could be given as a gift, either completely handmade, or something purchased and then decorated to give it that special touch.

If you haven’t heard, Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released new products from Krista Schneider; Elizabeth Craft Designs and new licensed designer Becky Seddon. You can find all these on the Elizabeth Craft Designs online store. The ModaScrap stamps/dies two of our design team have used will also be available soon.

For our Challenge today we are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18th, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now let’s take a look at the wonderful creations our talented Design Team have created for the Challenge this month. For more information about the cards, click on the designer’s name under each card to be taken to the designer’s blog post and will open up in a new window.

Selma Stevenson starts us off this month with a covered/decorated cigar box which she has turned into a beautiful box for someone. For her box she has used the ModaScrap Leaf Pocket, ModaScrap Dancing Butterflies, Garden Notes – Dahlia, CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence, Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Ovals and Stitched Ovals. Selma used White, Perfect Purple and Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock as well as ModaScrap Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack.

Sandy Diller has created photo frames which are always popular to give to family, especially grandparents. Sandy has used the Fitted Ovals, Fitted Rectangles and Fitted Squares die sets with Soft Finish Cardstock to create her photo frames. To decorate the frames she has used Entwined Hearts and Entwined Ovals, Happy Birthday and Love Sentiments, Corners 1 and the Card Stand/Easel die.

Karen Nofziger created a set of beautiful coasters to use for her gift giving challenge project this month. To create her coasters Karen used the Krista Schneider Blooms & Leaves Clear Stamp set and the Blossom Time Clear Stamp set.

Frances Byrne created a calendar using many of the new die and stamp sets that were released this week for her gift giving challenge project. For the months January to March, Frances used the Balloons; Banners; Banner Sentiment Clear Stamps; Love Sentiments; Dotted Scallop Hearts from Elizabeth Craft Designs; ModaScrap Lace Heart and the Krista Schneider Give a Hoot Clear Stamp Set & coordinating dies.

For her April to June pages of her calendar Frances uses Cake die set; Fishtail Borders from Elizabeth Craft Designs; Susan’s Garden CountryScapes English Cottage 2 and CountryScapes Land & Sea die sets as well as Becky Seddon’s Snowflakes die set.

As Frances lives in Australia, winter is in the months of June to August so she continues to use some of the new Becky Seddon die sets including Reindeer; Hanging The Christmas Stockings. Frances also used Krista Schneider’s Dreamers Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies; Blossom Time Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies; Blooms & Leaves die set with coordinating dies.

The final three months pages from Frances’ Calendar. Here she uses Ghosts; Halloween Scenery and Fitted Circles die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs; Krista Schneider Sun & Surf Clear Stamps with coordinating dies and Beautiful Baubles from Becky Seddon. For a complete list of supplies used on Frances’ calendar and larger photos of each month, visit her blog.

Elena Anderson has created a fun gift set of cards that fits in its own little pouch with several sentiments which can be added to the cards depending on the occasion. To create her project Elena used the ModaScrap Color of Puppies Boy Clear Stamps (coming soon); ModaScrap Color of Puppies Boy 6 x 6 Paper Pack; ModaScrap Thinking About Rio de Janeiro Paper Pack; Soft Finish Cardstock; Stitched Hearts; Stitched Circles; Banners and Banner Sentiment Clear Stamps.

Melanie Smith has also created a set of gift cards that fit into a handmade bag. For her project Melanie has used papers from the ModaScrap Color of Puppies Girl Paper PackDotted Scallop Squares and White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Suzanne Cannon created a lovely frame art piece for the challenge. To create this piece Suzanne has  used A Way with Words – Always; Garden Notes – Lavender and White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Katelyn Grosart has created a beautifully decorated box to give as her gift for the challenge. Katelyn has used Stitched Squares; Bunch of Flowers 3; Bunch of Flowers 4; ModaScrap Dragonfly; ModaScrap Dancing Butterlies; ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners; ModaScrap Leafy Branch 4 die sets. She has also used White Soft Finish Cardstock; ModaScrap Thinking About Polinesia; Butterfly Dream Paper Packs as well as a birthday sentiment from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

Sanna Lippert has decorated a pair of bottles with a matching card for her gift. To create her gifts, Sanna has used  ModaScrap Leaf Pocket and the Bunch of Flowers 4 die sets. Sanna has also used White Soft Finish Cardstock and a sentiment from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

Tina Guigui Dornbaum has also decorate a bottle which she has turned into a vase. For her gift Tina has used  the ModaScrap Lace Pocket; Beaded Oval Frames (for the heart) Pewter Silk Microfine Glitter and White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Anita Kejriwal has created a beautiful pot pourri box with a matching card, this would make a beautiful smelling gift for any occasion. To create her gift Anita has used ModaScrap Gatefold Elegant Roses, Krista Schneider Blossom Time Clear Stamp set, White Soft Finish Cardstock and ModaScrap Butterfly Dream Paper Pack.

Birgit Norton has created a gift tag and star pillow box which can be used for a small gift. To create her project Birgit has used Tags & More 1 – Lace; Bunch of Flowers 4; Dotted Scallop Circles; ModaScrap Star Pillow Box; ModaScrap Leafy Branch 6; ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff; General Sentiments Clear Stamps and Antique Silver Silk Microfine Glitter.

Kelly Booth has created some  fun Halloween Pillow Boxes ready for some Halloween trick or treating. To create these Kelly used the new Krista Schneider’s Halloween Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies, Pillow Box with Handle and Adventure Edges.


Thank you for visiting our blog today. We hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations our Design Team created this month and that it has reminded you of the wonderful resource we have on our Elizabeth Craft Designs Youtube channel. Don’t forget to visit our designers’ blogs by clicking on their names to find out more about each project.

If you would like a chance to win our giveaway, be sure to leave your comment on TODAY’S blog post. We will select three lucky winners in a random drawing and the winners  will be announced here on our blog on Friday, August 18th.

Happy Creating!

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  • Faye douglas August 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I’ve made and given away boxes and bags and pillow boxes filled with lollies , soaps, choccies and lots of little items and all are lovingly decorated with ribbons, flowers and delicate little embellishments.

  • Lauri Bacalxo August 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Love the beautiful ideas and designs.
    I have made Glass painted DVD mobiles,painted and embossed candles,
    I just did tree branches in a large frame for a friend.

  • Denise Bryant August 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I remember working really hard on the padded, fabric photo albums that were so popular many years ago! It was getting close to Christmas and my cat bit my hand when she got scared that I had taken her to the vet for her shots. My hand ended up getting infected and was very swollen, but I still finished up my projects! Not the fondest memory… ha!

  • joan moser August 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What wonderful gift ideas! My best gift was for my son’s 16th birthday. He loved dirtbike riding as early as he could walk and talk. Over the years i saved many pictures and alot of memorabilla, using all these, i made a large heavy scrapbook containing all those plus alot of altered art. He enjoyed opening the gift as did many of his friends as they were pictured in it also. My son is now 22 and he and his friends still enjoy looking through the book!

  • Brian Poteraj August 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I give away boxes or bags of cookies at Christmas. I have to start in the summer to get them done because they are so detailed. I like to see the projects on your blog because they are really great, but doable.

  • Sharon Gullikson August 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    My comment wouldn’t go through so I’m leaving it again. I especially love the calendars! I like to give away goodie boxes for holidays. I decorate them differently.

  • Sharon Gullikson August 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I especially love the calendars! But I have learned from each of the designers’ projects. I like to give away goodie boxes for holidays…

  • Ann Marie Greenspan August 16, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I love the projects made by your DT, especially Frances’s calendars. All of the projects are so colorful and would be cherished by any recipient. I’ve made scrapbooks for all 14 of my nieces and nephews and all of my 6 siblings. I think it’s nice to have printed photos of the kids growing up displayed in the scrapbooks so they can hold on to them and share with their families when they have kids.

  • Sharon Rizzo August 16, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I love all the new designs and ideas. Over the years I have made cards, latch hook rugs, wreaths, hand stitched pictures and pillows, faux stained glass pictures, ceramics and about every other craft that there is!I love making items and giving them to friends and family. My walls and theirs are all covered with things I have made! ? I really enjoy making things with your items and the ideas are great!

  • Virginnia Herring August 16, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Beautiful gifts created by the design team! I have made many handmade gifts for family & friends over the years including patchwork quilts, jars of jam & marmalade, cakes, & dolls to list a few. I am in my first few months of paper crafting but it has become my latest obsession! I am learning so much from the design team at Elizabeth Crafts and am always excited to see what they come up with each week. A special Hi to Francis Byrne as I am also from down under.

  • Virginnia Herring August 16, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Beautiful gifts created by the design team! I have made many handmade gifts for family & friends over the years including patchwork quilts, jars of jam & marmalade, cakes, & dolls to list a few. I am in my first few months of paper crafting but it has become my latest obsession! I am learning so much from the design team at Elizabeth Crafts and am always excited to see what they come up with each week. A special Hi ?to Francis Byrne as I am also from down under?

  • Karthikha Uday August 16, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Wow! So many beautiful creations! Lovely inspirations team!
    I’ve created more of handmade cards as gifts to my family, friends and relatives on their birthdays and anniversaries. Apart from cards, I’ve also made a few pillow boxes to hold small accessories/chocolates. desktop calendar + easel card with drawers, butterfly chandelier, explosion boxes, quilled earrings, quilled and decoupaged earrings, quilled hairclips, mini albums and a few origami creations 🙂 I love seeing the joy in the receiver’s eyes on being gifted something handmade! It adds a special touch and great satisfaction 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win 🙂 Would really love to!

  • karenladd August 16, 2017 at 1:03 am

    These gift ideas are really fun! I make a lot of hand crafted gifts, especially at Christmas. I’ve made post-it holders, journals, sets of cards, note pads, gift bags and boxes filled with candy or cocoa, and things like handmade soaps or fabric projects. Anything made of paper, especially, is something I’ll try

  • Erin McKenzie-Christensen August 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

    In the past i have made many people hand made cards I have also made crocheted items such as soft toys scarves a rug ive done dress making and made people jumpers with cross stitch or applique on them ive made pillow cases with an appliqued picture ive made a hand made sheep for my aunty who loves sheep! Ive done other things too bags of different kinds I am currentlycrocheting a rug for my friends baby. I made a scrapbook for my grandma ive made beaded things like jewellery bracelets necklaces and earrings i even made crocheted earrings once they were music notes and violin/violas
    i absolutely love hand making things and i love recieving hand made things too

  • Carla Hundley August 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Fabulous creations on the
    blog. I have made tote bags,
    coasters, checker games,
    hand/feet warmers for
    Carla from Utah

  • Kathy August 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I made cards for all the holidays for my mother who complained that she never received any mail that wasn’t bills or junk anymore. I started this tradition after my father died and continued it until the day my mother died. In fact I gave her the last birthday card she received at age 89. She passed away two days later. Much to my surprise, she saved every card I made for the past five years. Its was fun looking back through Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St, Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Birthdays July 4th etc. I brought them home with me so I could enjoy some of her comments written on the cards like I liked this one the best, or this is my favorite so far.

  • Cynthia Johnson August 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Great inspiration! I did card sets last Christmas with handmade boxes to match. Everyone loved them! I used to make candy and cookies but that got too expensive.

  • Billie Najimian August 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    My friend’s Mom recently passed away and I made her a beautiful card including her Mom’s Photo. She displayed it at the Calling hours

  • Norma Lammel August 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I love making all kinds of cards but recently I received an unique wedding invitation so I was able to take it apart and recycle into the wedding card for them!!

  • Grace August 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    As a Nanny I like to emplement crafting as part of my daily activities with the kids I take care of. Most of the things we make are magnet gift tags made from cereal boxes decorated with design papers with fun messages. I also dry and save the flowers that the Mom gets for the kids to use as part of their projects on a card, box or little sachet bags to give it to the Mom again as either valentine, Mother’s Day or any random surprise or special day. They love it.

  • Christine Kosmak August 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    What a gorgeous lot of gifts I spy! Thanks for sharing these inspirations! I haven’t made much for a while due to health problems etc, but I have made cross stitch designs including bookmarks/cards/pictures for a few people, which I hope to get back into as well as cardmaking. I also have some mdf/wood birdhouses drawers and wall decorations that I want to get around to putting together and decorating! I just wish that I had the energy to get all of it done!

  • Kathleen Adams August 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    These are so adorable and the new products are simply amazing. So many must haves! I made Christmas shadow boxes for my daughters last yr.

  • Grace August 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love all the designs but I’m not very familiar with all the supplies used so I wish there were a direct link to the store for each product used.

  • Michel Espey August 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I have created scrapbooks for birthdays and baby gifts, knitted baby blankets, wooden pallet projects with photos and vinyl, coffee mugs with vinyl phrases, wooden cutting boards with vinyl phrases, counted cross stitch projects, t-shirts with htv vinyl, large flower pot tables and bird baths, and others too numerous to remember. I love giving handmade gifts.

  • Linda Buyck August 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    These projects are beautiful. I’ve mostly made decorated albums ( just add photos ), package of handmade cards, gift bags and boxes as gift items.

  • Brenda Stainton August 15, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I have made a set of 4 handmade cards in a handmade box to hold them. I also crochet plarn (plastic yarn) to make bags and mats for grocery shopping or taking to the beach

  • Anneke Schep August 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Most I make for others: cards (addiction #1). Second on the list: socks ( addiction #2).
    I have made so many other things but cards and socks the most.

  • Erica Fields August 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I love to bake so I make sugar cookies and then make my own handmade tags and handmade cards to go with it!! ?

  • Tona August 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    What fabulous projects!

  • Martha Aschenbrenner August 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I created a photo flip frame using beautiful paper, die cuts and embellishments to accent the pictures.

  • Martha Aschenbrenner August 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I created a photo flip frame using die cuts and beautiful paper to accent the photos.

  • Vee August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve gifted: cards, folios, journals & scrapbooks.
    And as fun as it was creating my gifts it was even better to give it away, & cheer up someone you care about!
    Thanks for sharing all your lovely ideas.
    Smooches Vee

  • Cheri Furr August 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve created altered picture frames, covered and decorated magnetic cardboard coasters with mini-calendars on them, decorated jumbo paper clips, altered clipboards and composition books, clear 4×6 standing acrylic frames with a stamped and decorated image slid in the frame holding a Post-it note pad on the outside, decorated clear paint buckets, covered Hershey’s chocolate nuggets in an altered tin box, gift card holders, magnets made of small tiles and dominoes, name pictures using alphabet letters on top of altered tags, Christmas ornaments, pencil holders, and a host of other things for gifts over the years!

  • Cheri Furr August 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve created coasters, altered picture frames, covered and decorated magnetic cardboard coasters with mini-calendars on them, decorated jumbo paper clips, altered clipboards and composition books, clear 4×6 standing acrylic frames with a stamped and decorated image slid in the frame holding a Post-it note pad on the outside, decorated clear paint buckets, covered Hershey’s chocolate nuggets in an altered tin box,gift card holders, magnets made of small tiles and dominoes, name pictures with alphabet letters on top of altered tags, Christmas ornaments, pencil holders, and a host of other things for gifts over the years!Too many to name!

  • Tracy August 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Love them all! I have made many things over the years, from wedding albums to crackers, to trouble dolls. I love crafting!

  • Myrna Green August 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the great gift ideas. I’ve made covers for address books, calendars, card organizers, pop-up cards. Each project
    is challenging and fun.

  • Sandy August 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I am relatively new to card making, and I have given a few handmade cards as gifts. My main craft is crocheting, and I make multiple things for our prayer shawl ministry: prayer shawls, lap robes, baby blankets and crocheted toys. I also make gifts for the ladies in my church for Mother’s Day: crocheted bookmarks, pins, bracelets, coasters, plastic canvas magnets and ModPodged magnets.

  • Beverly Parkison August 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    A while back my mother was in the hospital for 3 mos. The day she got to go home I gave all of the floor nurses and aids candy gift boxes. The kitchen staff also. Always fun to give.

  • Lynn L August 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Fabulous gift ideas from very talented designers!
    I have made decorated boxes, paper totes for cards, treat containers, as well as post it note holders, ornaments, small brag books, and decorated pocket calendar covers.
    Lynn L

  • Liza Glassco August 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I made a lamp for my son that was essentially a time capsule of his youth and a reminder of everything he used to treasure. I filled the base of the lamp with the items he forgot to take out of his pockets before I did the laundry when he was little. I kept them for years. Things ranging from GameBoy game cartridges, to dollar bills, to pogs, rubber bands, rocks, pencils, coins, marbles, a rubber hot dog, you name it, it was probably in there. My son cherished that gift

  • Norma Bartlett August 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I have made several different seasonal wreaths for friends & family, I have also made hand painted wooden clocks, lots of card sets, wedding scrapbooks & numerous other items

  • Ingrid Broekman August 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Loving all the new products you’ve added (Becky Seddon’s Snowflakes are calling out to me). Over the years I’ve often used old boxes, repurposing them with decorative materials and accents. My very first (in the mid 70’s) was an empty liquor bottle box which I covered in red construction paper, and decorated with antlers, a face and a little shiny red ball for a nose, to look like a Christmas Reindeer. Funny how those memories stick with you.

  • Marsha D August 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Boxed sets of cards. Painted Christmas tree balls. Afghans. Baby blankets. Hats and scarves. Most of the Christmas gifts I give are homemade so these are just a few of the things I have made.

  • Erica August 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I work with a lot of mediums, from Ostrich and Emu eggs, to wood and paper. I am currently working on an Emu egg with beads. I also do cards, just sold my first dozen to a lady on the coast whom I’ve never met. God is good, he gave us all a gift of art.

  • Karen M August 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I have been crafting for the past 60 yrs. I am a quilter so many of the gifts have been quilts. I most recently made a Tim Holtz configuration tray for my sister filled with memories.

  • Cindy Wilson August 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I have made gift sets of hand made cards and the boxes to hold them in. I have also done little gift holders plus mixed media canvases. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Ronda Parker August 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’m a card maker who gives 80-90% away.

  • Ann Marie Feitt August 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I do a lot of crafting, made many greeting cards, jewelry and art work . Would love to win August giveaway. Thanks

  • Ann Marie Feitt August 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I love crafting, I made many greeting cards, jewelry and art. Would love to win for August! Thank you

  • Jennifer Young August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Great giveaway!

    I have tried so many things as gifts. Im an avid crafter and sewer.

    My latest creations is getting ready for Christmas with cookie boxes. I love to bake and love making people smile with a homemade goodie. I love embelishing with different die cuts, sparkles, tags or whatever else sparks my fancy at the time!

  • geri S. August 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love all your beautiful ideas! I have given, stationary sets in different colors for the different people so I could refill them with the same color scheme. I have also given bookmarks, Christmas boxes, ornaments, framed art, counted cross stitch, and so much more that I can’t remember without looking it up. This all started when family ornaments got broken in a cross-country move, so every year I try to come up with something different.

  • Pat Leon August 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    For Mother’s Day one year I made stationary boxes for all of the mother’s in our immediate family, embellishments & art based on the month of their birth. In each box I designed greeting cards for all occasions. I have also created paintings for gifts, jewelry boxes and always do handmade cards for all occasions including Christmas.

  • Donna Peercy August 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    As a long-time card designer/maker, it’s been sad to see members of my family and lots of friends no longer around for whom to make cards. So I make dozens of cards and donate them to different recipients, i.e., Ronald MacDonald House. Also found “Cards for a Cause” on Now I can still enjoy making cards and helping worthy causes!

  • Liz H August 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I have been doing Thank You card sets in packs of 10 to 20. It amazes me how many young women don’t think about TY cards, until after have received mine as a gift for a graduation, baby or bridal shower. Love the new Beach/Summer stamp & die set, as well as the Fashion sets.

  • Jennifer Shears August 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I give new babies a fleece blanket embroidered with their birth stats or a picture a week scrapbook. I make scrapbooks for any occassion. I give small treats in homemade treat packages to the staff at the school I work at.

  • Deb Kaste August 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Love the new dies and projects, especially Kelly Booth’s pillow boxes!

  • Paula Brown August 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    My favorite creation was an explosion box card for my niece’s graduation, the top was shaped like a mortar board and it had four layers inside. All the layers were colored or painted with various encouraging sayings, the inner most layer were pictures of her at different ages and cute comments. The center was a gift card holder. She loved it!

  • Paula Brown August 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    One of my favorite creations was an explosion card for my niece’s graduation the top looked like a graduation cap. Inside had four layers, all painted, some with inspirational sayings, some fun thoughts, the inner most layer had pictures of her at different stages she was younger. At the center was a gift card holder. She was thrilled with it.

  • Michelle Banta August 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Some of the homemade gifts I have done are Crayola Teacher’s Wreaths, notecards, Teacher appreciation cards for students, handmade cards, notepad holders, cookie jars. So much fun to give a handmade treat!

  • Marilyn C. Lojek August 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Love the ideas – thanks for sharing.

    I have made covered cigar boxes, a collage shadow box gift for a 50th Wedding Anniversary, a memory shadow box and numerous canvas creations for special moments.

  • Betty Freano August 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Made some beautiful calendars for family and friends. Love using your glitter on everything Made a couple boxes to put trinkets in for my granddaughters. No picture because I gave them all away already. Note to self, take pictures.

  • Tosha August 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I’m not much on store bought so most of my gift giving is hand crafted. The past few gifts given have been quilts. I love to recycle things, the last recycled gift was a Christmas ornament made from a glass ball and wedding invitation. Super projects team.

  • Femme August 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    My sister and I made gift card sets over the years. It gives us a chance to visit and do something that we both love. I have also made scrapbooks in addition to knitting gifts.

  • Retha Kelley August 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Love, love, love your designs.

  • Margaret Watson August 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Such wonderful creations from your great designers. I too have made CD calendars like Frances ( she taught me). I enjoy making pocket diaries ( from scratch) and using my stamps and dies to decorate. My sisters look for these each year.

  • Sheila Bacon August 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Some homemade crafty and gift items that I’ve made over the years: pottery pieces ranging from mugs to mirror frames, macrame wall hangings and plant pot holders, sewn journals (coptic stitched)/books from scratch, easel calendars, cards, handmade box containing thank you cards, wooden sign decorated with stenciled/stamps designs, altered books, boxes, jewelry pieces made from polymer clay and/or shrink plastic, and scrapbooks are some of what I’ve made over the years.

  • ionabunny August 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi, gorgeous inspiration from the DT. I love making card sets to give away with a folder or pizza box to contain them. I also like recycling small boxes to make gift boxes. I’ve also made coasters and I love making altered clocks from ones I buy at Ikea. Hugz

  • Debra Clark August 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I have made party favors and albums , decorations . book marks. I also give homemade cookies and cakes. It is so much fun to give and get homemade items.

  • Ann Flynn August 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful projects as always!
    I have made many gifts over the years from quilts, to food baskets and recipes, calendars with my daughter dressed up for each of the seasons, etc. I think the one that was most appreciated which I found out years later was a gift wrap station that could be hung in a closet and with it a set of blank cards to give for various occasions. I was told the recipient was so happy to have had it on hand at a time when she really needed a quick card to give to a friend. Thank you so much for your inspiration and generosity!

  • Fay Marie Gardner August 15, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I have made gifts of the pillow box with handles to give away as favors at a Christmas party. I put chapstick, hand cleaner spray, spot remover wipes, etc. in them. They were a hit!

  • Nancy Collins August 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I’ve made gift sets of assorted handmade greeting cards, as well as small baked quick breads. Lots of good ideas from your designers!

  • Lisa Robinson August 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch as gifts but now I just stitch for myself. In paper-crafting, I make a LOT of cards and then have made a few wreaths with leaves or flowers. I’m still learning new techniques so I love your blog.

  • April Williams August 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Oh, wow! I have been crafting almost all my life! I have made wreaths, baskets, done crewel work, made boxes with handmade cards in them, done sketches, made place mats, all of which have been gifts to others. The past 20 years I have concentrated mostly on paper crafts and just love using all the wonderful paper products, stamps, dies and die cutting machines out there. I also love the techniques that go with paper crafting. The design team did a great job showcasing all the great products!

  • Bekki White August 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Cards cards and more cards

  • p August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    i made baby shower favors using tiny mason jars filled with blue jelly beans – attached with cute ribbon were tiny handmade cards with info inside…

  • Sue Townsend August 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I’ve always enjoyed making homemade crafts as gifts. The most appreciated was a quilt that I made for my grandson. Nothing fancy or intricate, but it got a lot of use. I’ve made everything from crochet shoulder wraps to microwave potato bags to my Mom’s cranberry relish. This year (shhhh….don’t tell), my husband made bird houses for everyone! If I have time, I’ll make bowl cozies. Love the new release!

  • Rebecca Cortez August 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I love the Fall, and all the holidays, it gives us the opportunity to create lots of fun things to give away. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, thank you’s, , cpokie exchanges and just because the leaves are falling, and the weather is changing. Your sight is exciting and full of FUN ideas! Yay!

  • Linda August 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’ve been crafting since the age of 10 and I’m now 65! Remember, back in those days we had to “teach ourselves” or buy a “how to” book on one type of crafting – such as macrame, cake decorating, card-making, bead work, cross stitch and later counted cross stitch, crochet of afghans, baby sets using the #10 cotton embroidery thread and crocheted toys for every baby that I knew born into the world! lol Now we are so fortunate to have the internet and Elizabeth Craft Design for encouraging and teaching us the “tricks of the trade” along the way! My favorite paper-crafting creations are lovely die cuts make into Christmas decorations and lovely die boxes decorated with embellishments and 3-D art with a special gift inside. What a joy to see all the other creations out there. Thank you, Elizabeth Craft Design for the most unique and lovely die cuts!

    • Tonya Kennedy August 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I enjoy using Elizabeth Craft Designs in my projects that I create. I have enjoyed designing so many beautiful things over the years for family and friends. I usually design cards, explosion boxes, altered frames, flip books and cake pop arrangements as gifts for my family. I love to create and give my love ones a piece of my heart.

  • Karen Hale August 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’ve made decorated gift bags for gift giving to friends/family, also a shadow box frame for my girlfriend’s retirement.
    Love all the ideas.

  • Kathi August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    So many wonderful new products and fabulous projects.

    I’ve created decorated calendars, coupon books, boxes, and notebooks that I’ve given as gifts.

    Thanks for the chance to win a shopping spree!

  • Kathi August 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

    So many wonderful new products and fabulous projects.

    I’ve created decorated calendars, coupon books, boxes, and notebooks that I’ve given as gifts.

    Thanks for the chance to win a shopping spree!

  • Betty Aldridge August 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I love creating greeting cards with a matching box. That also seems to be just a great gift for Amy occasion. I’ve made quite a few of them and that are always a hit!

  • RobiW August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    My favorite handmade gifts are decorated boxes with coordinating sets of handmade cards and envelopes. I also like to make treat boxes and fill them with goodies.

  • Tricia Shirata August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love handmade gifts! They are so fun to give and receive. Makes you feel loved when you get them and you can really feel the love when you get them! I enjoy making cookies and packaging in decorated bags with either a personalized tag or card. I love making shaker tags and cards using stamps and dies! Also love making my own glitter paper with the clear glitter and double sided tape! Card stacks are also one of my favorite handmade gifts.

  • Joni August 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I like making homemade paper crafted gifts like decorating pressed board letters and mixed media projects. I also am in to using my paper craft supplies for journaling. When I do make cards, I make interactive ones like pop-up and sliders and shaker cards.

  • Amy Cooley August 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I gift lots of homemade baked goods. I like to attach a cute tag or create a goodie bag/box.

  • Kristine Flanigan August 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I like to make personalized cards that include elements of the receiver and their personality! It would make my day to win! Thank you for the opportunity

  • Joni Seith August 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I like making homemade paper crafted gifts like decorating pressed board letters and mixed media projects. I also am in to using my paper craft supplies for journaling. When I do make cards, I make interactive ones like pop-up and sliders and shaker cards.

  • Janet Saunders August 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I have made hand made cards, birthday, thank you any occasion with envelopes and tied them with a ribbon. They are always appreciated.

  • Michelle Wolfe August 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I love to make homemade greeting cards and calendars. I also scrapbook. I love some of the new designs, so fun and clever

  • Janice mitchell August 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

    There is nothing like a handmade gift that says it comes from the heart. It’s always so special to receive a handmade card of gift. Many of my family and friends tell me they keep every card I send them.

  • Kirsten Leavell August 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I made a bouquet of 75 paper flowers. All the flowers were hand made using multi layered flower punches. The bouquet consisted of three different shades of pinks and I used enamels and wax to seal the flowers one by one before attaching wire stems to create the bouquet! This was for my Grandma’s 75th birthday! She later on moved to an assisted living home at age 84 (almost 10 years later) and she used the same flowers as a “paper garden” throughout her little room. Some of the flowers adorned picture frames, were attached to mirrors and curtain rods. It was amazing. Sadly she passed away in 2015 and now a few flower buds adorn my favorite picture of her here in my craftroom!

  • Vicki August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Besides cards, I also love to craft with old wine bottles – painted for the holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas). I also like to use old picture frames and such to create new home decor. I love how you’ve used several of the ECD Moda Scrap dies with bottles and other things to make useful items and decorations! Great inspiration.

  • Barbara Godden August 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and enjoy watching Els you tube videos. Over the years I make cards for all occasions but my favourite is Holiday cards. I also like making interactive ones as well as note pad holders, teabag holders, all types of candy holders. Thanks for this opportunity to win.

  • Kathy Krug August 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

    What wonderful gift ideas. thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Luanna Carpenter August 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I’m inspired by all of the ideas for homemade gifts. Over the years I’ve made scrapbooks, travel and prayer journals, greeting card sets, easel calendars, Christmas ornaments, book marks, and treat boxes for classroom parties.

  • Bev August 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I need some motivation to get started again – new products might be just what I need

  • Mary Jane Steinhagen August 15, 2017 at 10:06 am

    The gift that I give is handmade cards.

  • Tandara Smith August 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Love all the wonderful projects. So many great ideas for this year. I have made mini albums, crocheted baby blankets, made baby outfits and misc sundry items.

  • D.K. Weaver August 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I have crafted since I was 10. I come from a family of crafters, so it wasn’t a big jump. Over the past few years I have woven baby blankets, yoga mats and dishtowels as gifts. I have knitted sweaters, shawls and socks every year for family and friends. This year I retired and began making cards and card sets. My latest gift was a set of prayer cards for my brother-in-law to give away in his sales travels. I was raised that a hand made gift is a way to give a personal part of yourself to someone you love. Members of my family would consider themselves slighted if Christmas did not include hand made items from each other. I sometimes feel that particular sentiment is getting lost in our electronic age.

  • Nadine Wallen August 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I love all Elizabeth craft dies! I have made 3-D frames. I have made personalized baby announcements and personalized baby cards that are suitable for framing . I make many seasonal cards .

  • Lee August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I have made many gift giving projects and among my favorites (or more importantly the recipients favorites) are themed wall hangings for babies/ toddlers room; coordinated card & stationary gift sets; gift wrap and tag sets; or personalized pages from a special event in an album with room for additions. I really enjoy giving hand made gifts, which I think are so much more personal than something purchased rom a store.

  • Natasha Titova August 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I mainly make cards. But on occasion, I make a nice dimensional scrapbook page for display in a 12×12 frame. Those projects take a lot of time, but are so fun to see displayed!

  • Candyce August 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I have made a stationery box with an assortment of cards, decorated candy boxes, a folder calendar with pockets on each month’s page and an assortment of cards in each pocket. Love the new line. Time to make Christmas cards.

  • Patti Zawadski August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love making gifts for people with my paper crafting. I LOVED to color with my copic’s and I very often
    make 3-D frames for what I’ve colored.

    Thank You for the opportunity to win a GC.

  • Kim McField August 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love these ideas, especially the coasters! Earlier this year, I made fancy bookmarks (complete with metal charms and tassels) for guest gifts at a baby shower. My only concern was whether the guests still read anything non-electronic, but I figured that the bookmarks could even be used for recipe books or magazines. Everyone loved them! In the past, I’ve also made ornaments as Christmas gifts, which were well received.

  • Sandra Fulmer August 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I’ve given sets of handmade cards as gifts. Also I’ve made photo albums as gifts as well as knitting and crocheting items.

  • Karen August 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’ve made Stationary box gift sets. It contains 6 handmade cards, 6 envelopes, a pocket for stamps, and a small notebook for notes. Makes for a best gift.

  • Karen August 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’ve made Stationary box gift sets. It contains 6 handmade cards, 6 envelopes, a pocket for stamps, and a small notebook for notes. Makes for a best gift.

  • Patti Zawadski August 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I love making 3-D frames for the many Copic colorings I do. I love your dies and ideas.
    Thank You for the opportunity to win a GC.

  • Karen Herrera August 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

    What I’ve loved making recently to give away to people have been the stationary box gift set! I love making these and think they make for such cute and affordable gifts to give away for any occasion.

  • Susan Nathon August 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Place cards for dinner parties. It’s fun to decorate to the theme of the hostess and it enhances the table!

  • Jasmin Gantt August 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I love giving handmade/crafty gifts like photo frames, mini-albums, cards, tree ornaments, card’s, hair accessories, etc. They are fun to make plus I believe they are appreciated so much more than store-bought.

  • Marie Daniels August 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I have made macramae hanging baskets, needle point Christmas card ornaments, Thank You and Nite card sets, Christmas and Birthday cards.

  • arah August 15, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I have made many sets of monogrammed note cards with coordinated box as gifts. Also, personalized, custom cards (my favorite)
    I make custom flannel quilts for gifts (so warm and snuggly) esp for new babies.

  • Madelyn August 15, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Lots of scrapbooks and scrapbook type calendars.

  • carol gleisberg August 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I make all my cards for different occasions. I also make memory rocks for friends who have lost a pet.

  • Marie Daniels August 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I have created needle pointe tote bags, cross stitched pictures, Christmas ornaments made from Christmas cards, macramae hanging baskets, handmade Note card and Thank You sets, Christmas and Birthday cards.

  • carol a smith August 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    wow…..I was crafting when it wasn’t considered something to do ! I have always loved looking at objects and turning them into something else . My most fun right now is cards…

  • carol gleisberg August 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I enjoy making all my own cards, for all different occasions. I also make memory rocks when someone losses a pet.

  • DENISE BRIGGS August 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’ve made homemade cards, money holder cards, candy boxes, purses, and note pad covers.

  • Christy mallard August 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I make scrapbook memory pages for folks whose pets crossed the rainbow bridge! I worked as a veterinary tech for years- and these were always much appreciated!

  • Gail loyola August 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Thank you and gift cards are my most used cards. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Marilyn Martin August 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I’ve made handmade hard and gift tag sets, ornaments, crocheted blankets, knitted slippers, homemade jalapeño jelly and many other baked goodies.

  • Tracy Steinbach August 15, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I have made cute little candy thing to give the kids their Christmas money. I made a cute picture using stencils & die cuts which turned out pretty neat. That and make a ton of cards

  • Barb MacAskill August 15, 2017 at 9:16 am

    So many amazing creations! Some of the handmade gifts I have made over the years are: mini albums, keepsake boxes, decorated napkins, towels, clothing, shoes, tote bags and animal toys. Home decor pieces, wall hangings, canvases, paint by numbers, quilts, onesies, bins, personalized books, altered art pieces and furniture from scratch with hand painted decorative images! These are a few of the gifts I have made over the years and I have loved every minute spent working on them all!

  • Sharon Gullikson August 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I have been crafting for many, many years! I love to give crafty gifts, and have given boxed goodies, home decor, sticky note pads decorated with stamping and die cuts, and many other things.

  • Jean Heming August 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What awesome projects, loved that first box with the gate around it, simply stunning !!! The calendar was gorgeous!!! Great team work from all!!!

  • Marjorie August 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Over the years I’ve done so many different things. I love making cards and doing boxes and bags. At one point I decorated small baskets with lids – that was a favorite. I also did a lot of cross stitching. I enjoy having people tell me years later that they still have the item I created for them.

  • Laraine Randall August 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I make Christmas ornaments every year. I make post it holders, calendars & card sets to give for gifts, along with the ornaments.

  • Alicia O'Bryant August 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    wonderful inspiration ladies! I make a lot of crafty gifts, of course…one will be on my blog on Wednesday. My niece is coming to stay with my son while I am away for a long weekend. I made her a gorgeous shadow box to hang in her new room this fall. I have also made ALL of my nieces and nephew altered letters for their rooms. All of those are also on my blog but are spread out over the years. I often make my mother scrapbook albums and mini’s of her grandchildren, she received the latest back on Mother’s Day.

  • Leanne Brock August 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    When my kids were younger I used to make accordion albums to send to relatives that lived in other states. I also enjoy making handmade cards and gift bags/boxes as well. Thank you for all the wonderful projects to look at they are always so inspiring. I especially enjoyed the calendar pages and the Halloween treat boxes.

  • Janet Lange August 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Over the years I have created scrapbook albums for my grandchildren. I always create special, personalized birthday and other holiday cards for them as well. I have created boxes and bags out of paper and embellished them with due cuts and stamps. I love paper crafting and always have a project in progress.

  • Theresa August 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Well, besides MANY lovely cards featuring ECD products, the gift I had the most fun giving is a Graphic 45 music box – one to each of my daughters (and one to mom!) modeled after the ones Susan T-C has featured on her blog. I loved picking the music and flowers that were special to each girl, and had meaning to each of us. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  • Julie Brinckmeyer August 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I love Elizabeth Craft Designs! I love to scrapbook, make greeting cards, mixed media, some bottle art, Christmas ornaments and many other things I can get my hands on.

  • Beverly Sizemore August 15, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Long time crafty gift giver here. Over the years I have given counted cross stitch ornaments, pictures and pillows. In crocheting, I have given throws and pillows. Recently it is stamped ornaments and postcard sets. Love the new releases!

  • Sue LD August 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Lovely creations.
    I have made stamped coasters, notepads and dominoes for keychains for gift ideas.

  • Becca Yahrling August 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I’ve made so many things over the years! I always make ornaments for my nieces & nephews for Christmas every year. There are nine, so I’ve made A LOT of ornaments! I’ve made shadow boxes, cross stitch & bead art, note card sets. It’s always so fun to give a hand made gift to someone.

  • Leslie Turner August 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Love all your samples! Fantastic! I’ve created quite a few calendars, coaster sets, framed art and boxed card sets as gifts over the years! Recipients love handmade! 🙂

  • Sonia Peterson August 15, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I just loved the white picture frame that Suzanne Canon used to create a gift. That would be my favourite but all of the others were great.

  • Jennifer August 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I love all the cards everyone has made. I’m just getting into learning how to make cards. Halloween ones look fun for kids. I make homemade items made from soap & Essential oil looking to add card making to my gifts.

  • Debra Nigohosian August 15, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Love all the ideas! Thank you!!!

  • Janet Gundrum August 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    It was fun meeting you and your husband at the Edison, NJ Expo. Love my new cutting dies!

  • Joan Frantzen August 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Great new products! I particularly love the Halloween-themed ones.

    • Penny Whitlock August 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      The DT projects are all so inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing! I have made and gave away too many items to mention but they include cards, tags, mini albums and cookies, pies, and cakes ?

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