Designer Challenge

Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge – December

December 19, 2017
Hi everyone!

It’s time for another Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge with the Die Cut and Coloring Design Teams.

This month the challenge is …. Backgrounds – Whether you use large background dies, smaller dies or stamps, backgrounds can add so much interest to your card or home decor items. Include dies or stamps in your background for our challenge this month to create either a card or home decor item.

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 Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use to create a background on something you were creating?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, December 22nd, 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.


Birgit Norton starts us off this month using the Abstract Background die to create the background of her card. To decorate her card Birgit has used the Stitched Hearts; Stitched Fishtail Banners; Buttons and the Valentines Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

Karen Nofziger has created a canvas for her challenge project. To create this piece Karen has used the Circle Background; Pair of Leaves 1; Fitted Circles; Entwined Circles; Bugs & Butterflies Clear Stamps with coordinating dies; Plant, Grow and Bloom Sentiments Clear Stamps and General Sentiments Clear Stamps. Karen has also used ModaScrap Fly & Scrap Patterned Paper Pack; White Soft Finish Cardstock as well as Sea Glass & Faded Denim Silk Microfine Glitter on her project.

Melanie Smith is next sharing a cute birthday card. To create her card Melanie has used the Kaleidoscope Background; Stitched Rectangles; Small Cupcake and Sentiments 1 – Celebration Clear Stamps with coordinating dies. Melanie also used Soft Finish Cardstock in White; Perfect Purple; Perfect Pink; Cafe au Lait and Pale Peach as well as ModaScrap Color of Puppies Girl & Thinking About Polinesia Patterned Paper Packs.

Frances Byrne has used the negative pieces from the Geometric Background die to create her card for today’s challenge. To decorate her card Frances has also used Beautiful Baubles; Stitched Fishtail Banners and A Way With Words – Christmas Collection Clear Stamp set. Frances used White Soft Finish Cardstock to create her card.

Elena Anderson has created this adorable  snowman card. To create her card Elena has used Snowman and Gifts Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies, Stitched Hearts and Stitched Rectangles.

Kelly Booth has created two cards for our challenge this month. For her first card Kelly has created a colorful Christmas card using the Kaleidoscope Background, A Way with Words – Merry Christmas, White Soft Finish Cardstock and Silk Microfine Glitter in True Red; Peridot and Royal Blue.

For her second card Kelly has used the Abstract Background; Garden Notes Poinsettia die; Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set; Prills and White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Sandy Diller has created a banner to celebrate the New Year … 2018! To create her project Sandy has used Stitched Stars along with Bluebell & Brushed Pewter Silk Microfine Glitter and Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.

Selma Stevenson has created a sparkling golden Christmas card for our challenge. Selma used the Kaleidoscope Background; Christmas Tree; White Soft Finish Cardstock and Silk Microfine Glitter in Light Gold, Champagne Gold and Cool Diamond.

Tina Guigui Dornbaum has created a colorful background. To create her card Tina used the Kaleidoscope Background; Stitched Fishtail Banners and Sentiments 1- Celebration Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies. White Soft Finish Cardstock was used for this card.

Katelyn Grosart created a framed art piece for her challenge today, which will make a great gift for Christmas. To create her project Katelyn used the Abstract Background; Valentine Edges; Dragonfly; Stitched Fishtail Banners; Bunch of Flowers 3; Leafy Branch and A Way with Words – Soar die sets. Katelyn also used White Soft Finish Cardstock and Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers on this piece.

Sanna Lippert had so much fun creating backgrounds for this challenge that she didn’t stop at just one card … but four!!! For her first card Sanna used the Ornate Snowflakes die set with Silk Microfine Glitter in Teal Blue and Dark Mint. The sentiment is from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

For Sanna’s second card today, she has created a colorful background. For this card Sanna used the Kaleidoscope Background with Silverado Silk Microfine Glitter. To decorate her card Sanna has used the Flower Power Clear Stamp set with coordinating die. The sentiment is from the Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp set.

For her third card Sanna has used the Geometric Background along with Dark Mint Silk Microfine Glitter. To decorate her card Sanna has used the Flower Power Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies and a sentiment from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

For her final card for our challenge today, Sanna has again used the Kaleidoscope Background keeping both the positive and negative pieces of the die intact. To decorate her card Sanna has used the Sentiments 2 – Just Because Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies and the heart from the Buttons die set. Sanna used White Soft Finish Cardstock when creating all her cards today.

Suzanne Cannon is thinking about snow for her card this week. Suzanne has used the A Way with Words – Brrrrrr and A Way with Words – Let it Snow die sets to create her card. Suzanne also used White Soft Finish Cardstock on her card.

Anita Kejriwal has also created two cards for our challenge today. Anita has used the “happy” from the Sentiments 1 – Celebrations Clear Stamp set to create her background. To decorate her card Anita used the Valentine Edges; Stitched Circles and the Sentiments 1 – Celebrations Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies.

For her second card for the challenge Anita used the “celebrate” sentiment from the Sentiments 1 – Celebrate Clear Stamp set to create her background. Anita has again used  the Valentine Edges; Stitched Circles and the Sentiments 1 – Celebrations Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies to decorate her card.

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 inspired you to use stamps and dies to create backgrounds in anything you create. 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, December 22nd.

Happy Creating!



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  • Sandy CA December 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Beautiful backgrounds! Thanks for such great inspiration.

  • Robiw December 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Love these background samples! I would use the abstract background and the circles the most — they are so versatile!

  • Keeva December 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Very nice cards.

  • Rosemary T. December 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I am hard pressed to pick one over the other. Each card is outstanding but I do like the versatility of the abstract die.

  • Patricia December 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Beautiful cards, all! I love using my background dies!

  • Sherry Norte December 20, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Really neat cards! I like the geometric die the best
    and the cards though they are all really nice.

  • sherry Norte December 20, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Really neat cards! I like the geometric die the best.

  • Dawn Skene December 20, 2017 at 3:35 am

    I love the Abstract Background. Great inspiration from all the designers!

  • Carmen December 20, 2017 at 1:53 am

    I will use the Geometric Background I like this one the best.

  • Sandi Chieze December 20, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Such great card ideas. I really love the Kaleidoscope background and all the different ways the designers used it. So Awesome! Thank you for showing the great talent you have on your team

  • Margery C December 20, 2017 at 1:29 am

    I like the Abstract background and would use it to make a Valentines card.

  • Vivian C. December 20, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Great background ideas! It is always interesting how changing the color changes the look. I also need to look at my non-background dies for ideas to use as backgrounds. ECD has lots of great backgrounds. A favorite of mine is the Chevron Background. It will soon be time to be pulling out the Heart Background.

  • Linda Buyck December 20, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Beautiful cards and lots of ideas.I would use the abstract die.

  • Kathy Ferguson December 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I love the Kaleidoscope Background and all of the designers used it so differently. If I didn’t have that one I would use the snowflake dies to create a background. They are so lovely this time of year.

  • Fay Marie Gardner December 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I really like all of these backgrounds. I would like to try the Kaleidoscope background. It reminds me of a favorite quilt pattern!

  • Fay Marie Gardner December 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I really liked all of the cards. I would use the Kaleidoscope background. It reminds me of a favorite quilt pattern!

  • Laura December 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I would use the abstract die, I like the quilted look.

  • Becca Yahrling December 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Fabulous card ideas!! Of the ECD dies/stamps that I already own,
    I would use ‘Lovebirds’ as a BG, using two cuts of which one to be
    cut into pieces to add to the first cut. I would do a tone on tone and
    maybe some sparkle. Then just add a sentiment!

  • Amy Cooley December 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    The Geometric Die would make a beautiful background.

  • Neva Cole December 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I would go with the Geometric die and some of the amazing techniques showcased here. Lovely!

  • Sukie December 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    So many inspiring creations! Each one is so unique and creative! I would love to try the Kaleidoscope Background die to create some fun backgrounds! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • karenladd December 19, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    These are all so beautiful but I am leaning toward the Abstract background. It reminds me of a quilt pattern and I especially love the framed piece by Katelyn. Using multiple colors and blending them give such a gorgeous hand-dyed look!

  • Sue December 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    All of them. I love, love, love all of your products.

  • geri S. December 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I love background dies! Yours are terrific and I have a hard time picking just one – I probably would use the Kaleidoscope the most since it’s so versatile for any occasion card. Thanks or all the great ideas!f

  • Kathleen Adams December 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I love all the background dies but I would also like to try stamping all over with the “Plant, grow, bloom” or “Valentines” stamp. I’ve been thinking also about an entire background of Penguins!

  • Henriëtte December 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Love all the gorgeous cards the designers made, thank’s for all this inspiration.
    Most of the time I use a stencil or stamp to create a background but I love most the Kaleidoscope Background Die.

  • Patricia Ceccacci December 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Love Love Love the bright colors. I am a bright person and like my cards to shine. What a wonderful job done with all the colors and cards.

  • Eileen R December 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Love all the inspiration here! The one I would choose that I don’t own yet is the Abstract Background Die…Wow!

  • Sophia Marx December 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I have the geometric background and I like it alot. I use the microfine glitter, but I’m still learning how to deal with it. I love my penguins stamp , Virgil the pig, and the same style dog die! The Butterfly is Proof stamp and dies is georgious, and I loved making a card with the Bathtub pop stand. Oh and the Garden Notes Fairy is adorable, too. They’re all my favorites. I can’t pick!!

  • Antoinette Blogg December 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    All of cards are so creative and adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • NANCY MCNIFF December 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks so much for all the great ideas. I really enjoy using the circles die as a background and then incorporating the cut out circles in the design as well.

  • Sue Brewis December 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I love BRRR…way with words background. So festive for a winter day. Thanks for sharing…so hard to pick just one!

  • Dorothy Knapp December 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Such beautiful ideas for background use and creative imagination. I use the circle background much of the time. Thanks so much.

  • Bryana Ortiz December 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    These background
    cards are so stunning!
    So many ideas!! I
    would love to be able
    to afford ALL. your
    productss! Everything
    you make is so amazing.
    Thx for giving people
    a chance to win!!
    Happy Holidays to all!!

  • Dana Bennett December 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! I’m glad we don’t have
    to chose one or something
    because they are all stunning!!
    Thx for being such a super
    Craft Company!! I’m always
    playing catch-up on buying
    everything you make!!
    Happy Holidays to all!!
    Dana from Quebec

  • Pat A. Osbourn December 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I am inspired by your card designs. I am going to try an abstract design die cut on double stick paper and covering it with fine glitter. I love glitz and glitter.

  • Karola Walter December 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    These cards are such a visual treat! I especially like the Abstract Background die and would like to use it for a white on white card.

  • Kathy W. December 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    The idea of using negative space as Frances did is very intriguing. I’m going to give it a try and see what I come up with. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Jan K December 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I love the Abstract background die. It’s so versatile!

  • Kathy Mackowick December 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I like using your Geometric background die with Susan’s Garden flowers . They just compliment each other so nicely. I think your circle background die would also be fun to try with things, but do not have that as of yet. LOL

  • Karen Hale December 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I like using word stamps such as the Celebrate stamp for backgrounds. Can be used for several different occasions, then popping the die cut greeting on top. All the designers’ cards are gorgeous and the circle background die is one of my favorites.

  • Anna Marie December 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I would use the berry branch as a stencil or white on white in the background.

  • Cindy Plourde December 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Happy Holidays! They are all lovely cards, and it is difficult to choose just one background. I think I would like to try the Abstract Background. Thank you for all the ideas!

  • Anneke Schep December 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful cards, what a great inspiration this challenge offers! I think I have the entwined circles, so I definitely going to try it.
    Other dies I want to use are the geometric background, the abstract background and the circle background.
    I also like the idea using stamped words as background. Have to have a few stamps now!!
    I am not sure anymore which die I have with the circles…
    Oh boy I have to go to my craft room and try some of the ideas I’ve seen.

  • Tracy Steinbach December 19, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Any of the word stamps would be great for a background. The hat from the fashion set or the bugs would be very fun to use. Almost anything could be used when you start looking at the stamps and dies in a different way. All the cards posted today really opens your eyes up to it. And they are all so nice! Thanks for the chance to win a GC. Merry Christmas!

  • Evelyn Jackman December 19, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I will use Abstract background, circle background, kaleidoscope background and geometric background. I will also love to use the sentiment stamps 1 and 2. They are so amazing!!!

  • Hayley Goodwin December 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

    These cards are beautiful, I would love to make them.

  • D.Ann C December 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    From luscious colors to fab dimension these backgrounds are a treat to the eyes!

  • Rhea December 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Great ideas for using background dies and stamps. Thanks for always inspiring us.

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone. Hope you have some time to do what you love over the holidays — most likely crafting. 🙂

  • Kathy b December 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I would use Kaleidoscope. I love the mandala look of that die. Thanks for all the lovely samples!

  • Adriana Pezzullo-Sanchez December 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

    So many great choices. I like the circle background. It can be used with cupcakes, flowers, balloons, butterflies and so much more.

  • Vicki Etheridge December 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I often use the Lace Corner and the Lace Pocket dies for backgrounds. I love the elegance and simplicity. I also use the Lace Corner die for cards that I’m using to send a check or money. I place the corner at the top right and one on the bottom left to ‘hold’ the check/cash secure. It’s such a simple, yet elegant card design. I just love the die.

  • Sue LD December 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Fabulous cards. I would use the Geometric die for a background.

  • Rhea December 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Great ideas for using background dies and stamps. Thanks for always inspiring us.

  • Anna Angus December 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Merry Christmas. What Elizabeth die or stamps set would I use for the background? HMmmmmm now that is easy. I would adapt any die or stamp to suit the occasion as all of them can be used in one way or another. Be ita flower or leaves or sentiment stamps, stamped in clusters or scattered. Large die or small dies cu or modified to fit the card.
    Annamieke from Kawerau

  • Patricia Sakrismo December 19, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Love the Abstract or Geometric background dies. So many great ideas! Where do we start??? Thanks for all of the great inspiration & a chance to win!

  • Carla Hundley December 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

    These are all so fabulous
    and I’m loving the Abstract
    Background die.
    Carla from Utah

  • Pauletta Smith December 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Kaleidoscope is my favorite background. You can do so much with it to make it look different everytime!

  • Brian Poteraj December 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    The Abstract, Geometric, and Kaleidoscope dies would be my pick for backgrounds. They could be inked up to look pretty cool.

  • Natasha Frisch December 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I like to use natural things for my backgrounds, like flowers, bugs, and trees. I would like to try geometrics for backgrounds, but need follow what others have done since it’s not my usual.

    • Natasha Frisch December 19, 2017 at 10:31 am

      P.S. the ones I would probably use from Elizabeth Craft Designs would be: Leafy branch, Bugs and Butterflies, and Pair of leaves. Stamps look great as backgrounds, but I’ve also been following your blog and like how your ladies use die cuts for backgrounds, too. I would like to try them.

  • Bonnie Isabelle December 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

    It is a toss up between kaleidoscope and abstract. I have been doing a lot of stained glass and mosaic designs and either of those would work

  • Delcia Kaleta December 19, 2017 at 10:23 am

    all very intersting designs,,colors really give it different light

  • KarenTK December 19, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I would use all of the backgrounds…favorite would be Abstract Background Die with Various Foliage Dies, Love In The Mist Die, Butterfly Dies, Sentiment Dies, /round and Oval Entwined Dies, Round and Oval “Lacy” Dies, Moda Lacy Dies to create my pieces of 3-D works of art. One main background die altering color mediums, cardstock, glitter, double sided adhesive tapes/sheets, shimmer sheetz….Skies The Limit In What One Can Create….WooHoo! Love ECD Design Dies. Great Job ECD Sesign Team and Staff! Looking forward to what’s to come in 2018! Well Done ECD! So Blessed to have found ECD…one of my favorites! <3

  • Sharon Gullikson December 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I tend to use stamps as my backgrounds. I would like to use Spring Blooms, Ladybug Quartet, and Bugs and Butterflies. I guess I am thinking of spring already 🙂

  • Bonnie Isabelle December 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

    It would be a toss up between the kaleidoscope and anstract die for me. I have been doing a lot of mosaic and stained glass looks and those would definitely fit the bill

  • Gail December 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I use the mitten dies. First I die cut out the mittens in different color Cardstock then I die cut the mittens in a random design on white Cardstock.

  • Glennis F December 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I love the cards with the abstract background, there are so many variations that it can be used for.
    Have a happy and healthy Christmas

  • Karen R December 19, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I like using the sentiment as a background. I forget to do that and it looks nice on the examples shown. I’ll try it next week during break!

  • Denise Bryant December 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I love these pretty background ideas! The Geometric Background is my choice for a die cut background, and I’d love to use the Birch Forest Clear set of stamps for a birch tree background!

  • Sally Taylor December 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Love them all but the kaleidoscope really appeals

  • Tammy Nickel December 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I would love to use the Sweet Vintage rose as a light background (or in the corners) and then a great sentiment on the bottom right corner with a ribbon underneath it. I just love that stamp set…it looks realistic 🙂

  • Shirley Anglin December 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These backgrounds are outstanding. I like all of them but my favorite would be Kelly’s 2nd one with the Abstract Background and Garden notes Poinsettia.

  • Joanne Travis December 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

    So many beautiful samples to be inspired by! The Geometric and Kaleidoscope backgrounds are really cool.

  • Betty Glona December 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love your card ideas and have enjoyed using your dies and embossing folders. I really liked the abstract background with Garden notes/poinsettia and the Snowman Gifts.

  • Luanna Carpenter December 19, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I would use the Kaleidoscope background or the Abstract background. The DT samples were fabulous. I love the inspiration I get from their creativity.

  • Sandy Morgan December 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

    So many great ideas! I think using the sentiment stamps as a background on the diagonal is something I would lik to try.

  • Dorothy Mutafopulos December 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

    The background on these cards are so fabulous!!! Each card is unique and shows how versatile the dies can be whether it’s cutting it out or using it embossed. Love it!

  • Dilice Bayley December 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I love the abstract backgrounds

  • Jacqueline Garno December 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

    The cards are wonderful. I think I would like using the Entwined ovals #1253 for a background or focal point. You can do
    so many embellishments with it as the base. Thanks, J.

  • Denise Thomas December 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Awesome cards as usual! I really love the kaleidoscope and geometric background! It would be fun to make mosaics or stained glass window cards!

  • RaVonna Johnson December 19, 2017 at 9:35 am

    All of the cards are beautiful but if I could pick only one background to create a card I would pick the abstract background die. Thanks for all the beautiful products, I love everything I purchase from Elizabeth Crafts.

  • Marge Burns December 19, 2017 at 9:32 am

    If I had them I would use the Geometric and Abstract dies for backgrounds, but adore the Kaleidoscope one too. Absolutely lovely cards, all of them.

  • Arlene McClung December 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I really like the Kaleidoscope Background. The dies are all fantastic.

  • Valinda December 19, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Love all the examples – great work! I think the abstract background would be a great versatile piece. It can be used in so many ways and I love the look!

  • Lagene December 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely AWESOME cards ladies! I would use the Geometric Background if I had it!

  • Erin Mckenzie-christensen December 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Abtract and kaleidoscope background dies also the circle heart background dies too

  • Debbie DeCamp December 19, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I like your Kaleidoscope background die. I think I would use it with the stiched circle die with a snowman from I think it was the Christmas and gift stamp set. I like a stamp that I can color with copies in the circle then distress edges prior to attaching it to the background. Thanks, Debbie DeCamp

  • Nadine Bontatibus December 19, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I would take the Ornate Snowflake dies I just purchased and use them to emboss my background and watercolor them.

  • leslie cernocky December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Nice cards. I really like how the sentiment 1 stamps worked as a background.

  • Beverly Sizemore December 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

    So much wonderful inspiration today! I would love to work with the Kaleidoscope die….I could lots of creative fun with it making backgrounds. Happy holidays!

  • Susan Green December 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I love all these beautiful cards. It is so hard to pick just one die or stamp background, but I will have to say I would love to work with the Kaleidoscope die.

  • SUSAN ARMSTRONG December 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

    All the creativity in your people continue to amaze and inspire me. Thank you.

  • Virginia Fuller December 19, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Love all the card ideas.. I am really loving the Kaleidoscope Background so that would be my choice i just love the look of the mosaic and that is what it reminds me of

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