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Pop it Ups Rainbow and Balloon Card

July 19, 2016

Card Inside Front

Mary here with a Pop it Ups rainbow balloon card. Since the inside of this card is so colorful and has the pop up surprise, I wanted the front to be fairly simple. I chose a a small dot pattern in two colors for decoration. The inside is bursting with a full rainbow of color (literally!). The sentiment works perfectly, especially with the added color to each of the letters. Continue Reading

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Boat on a Glittering Sea Greeting Card

July 15, 2016

Boat Card Front

Mary here today with a fairly simple yet fun card. This little boat is so adorable, I just had to make it with dimensional sails on an ocean scene. I used Transparent Glitter Dots stickers to give the water and portholes some sparkle. Since they are transparent, they take on whatever color is behind them. Continue Reading

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Hydrangea Birthday Card

June 13, 2016

Card Front

Mary here to share a card with a lot of dimension. The hydrangea flowers are on dome shaped platforms to pop them up; the shaped petals make them look more realistic. I coated the sentiment with puff paint, then mounted it on a popped up label. I added texture to the paper using clear embossing powder. I also added subtle designs to the label with glitter embossing powder through a Stage It Stencil. Note: the flowers on the card may not exactly match those found in nature.

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Grunge Look Coneflower Card

May 9, 2016

Card Front

Hello crafters! Mary here today to show you how to make this cool grunge look card. I used some of the Through the Lens cardstock, as a base for the flowers as well as the card background. I love working with this cardstock! It gives a unique look to everything. I used Distress Inks to add a bit more color then grunged it all up with white acrylic paint. Note: the flower colors/textures on this card are not naturally found in nature.

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Window on an Embossed Wall Card

April 11, 2016

Front of CardMade by Mary Prasad for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here today with a fun window card. I was so excited when I received the new Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters die set by Susan Tierney-Cockburn; I just love windows for cards! I’ve been waiting to use it for a special design – I didn’t want to just do the standard Christmas window with wreath (although they do look great) or a window with curtains. I finally decided on a monochromatic white design, using recycled plastic packaging for the panes of glass. I also love how the embossed wall creates a wonderful textured background.

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Lilac Tag Card

March 14, 2016

Card Front

Made by Mary Prasad for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here today with a Lilac tag card. I love the effect Brusho crystals have when they are hit with water. I decided to use them to color cardstock for my lilacs. The variation in colors looks so pretty. For the large tag card base, instead of using the decorator die to cut through the top, I used the negative pieces to create a leafy look.

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Elegant Golden Roses Birthday Card

February 8, 2016

Card FrontMade by Mary Prasad for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Hello crafters! Mary here with an elegant gold and white birthday card featuring beautiful roses and a wreath made with dies from Susan’s Garden Club by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. This card could easily be made into one for a wedding or anniversary just by changing the sentiment. The new Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath Round is the perfect decorative piece for cards and other projects.

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CountryScapes Yorkie Arbor Birthday Card

January 11, 2016

Card Front
Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here with a card I made for my husband’s birthday. We used to have two beautiful Yorkshire Terriers – mother and daughter. My husband and I adored them. I modeled this one after the mother, our very first dog together. She looked very much like this. They have since passed (they were both very old for Yorkies; the mother lived to be almost 16), but we fondly think of them often. There is a photo of them on Awash with Color.

Making the Card

1. Cut light blue cardstock 7×10 inches; fold in half for a 5×7 inch card base.

2. Die cut clouds (CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass) leaving most space above the die – you will use the top as a stencil to create clouds. Sponge white ink or chalk under stencil to create a cloud line then flip it and create the other side of the clouds. Add some at the top as well.

3. Die cut arbor and 2 picket fences (CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence). Ink randomly with Antique Linen Distress Ink using blending tool. Add lines and shading with colored pencil as shown (Prismacolor Ginger Root). Adhere to card.

4. Die cut two sets of tulips and petals (CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip) from white cardstock. Color with alcohol markers (see supply list for colors). Shape by running leaf tool (pointy end) down leaves and ball stylus on insides of tulip petals. Glue separate petals to flower edge petals at bottom so that they are slightly lower to give them a 3D look. Adhere to card as shown – double offset the rows.

Flowers Closeup

5. Die cut Yorkshire Terrier (Critters 5) from white cardstock; color as shown (base colors in alcohol markers, details with Prismacolor pencils). Optional: add small amount of Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to eyes, nose, and mouth using pointy end of die pick or toothpick. Once dry, rub large ball stylus behind dog body and head to give it dimension. Adhere where shown using dimensional tape or silicone glue.

6. Die cut lots of ivy leaves (CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Clematis, Ivy) from dark green cardstock. Shape each leaf by drawing lines down middle and toward points (veins) using leaf tool point. Adhere to arbor as shown.

7. Die cut four copies of Happy Birthday from light blue cardstock and one copy from white cardstock. Glue the blue copies to each other to form a thick stack then adhere the white on top. Adhere where shown.

8. Optional: Add Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher as shown (upper right corner and below sentiment).


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Light Blue, White, Dark Green
  • White Ink or Chalk
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen
  • irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Tuxedo Black, Shimmer
  • Prismacolor Pencils: Arbor – Ginger Root 1084, Yorkie – Yellow Ochre 942, Raw Umber 941, Cool Gray 50% 1063, 70% 1065, 90% 1067, Warm Gray Dark 961
  • Alcohol Markers – Copic: Yorkie – E30, C02, Stems/Grass, G94, G99, Flowers – V06, V 09, Y04, Y08, R27, R08, RV52, RV06, RV09, YR65, YR68, Y02, YR82, R17, R27, RV04, V04
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Rudy the Reindeer Christmas Scene Card

December 14, 2015

Card front standingMade for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Hello, Mary here – I wanted to make a winter scene for Rudy with some traditional holiday elements: Snow, poinsettias, garlands, holly and berries. Susan’s CountryScapes dies easily create the perfect backdrop for holiday scenes.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half for a card base. Cut blue snowflake-patterned paper 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack). Adhere to card base.

2. Cut white cardstock into two strips about 1 1/2 x 5 inches. Use Outdoor Edges hills die to create snow hills. Adhere to bottom of card as shown – use dimensional tape for the bottom hills to pop them up.

3. Watch this video for cutting the cardstock and assembling one of Karen Burniston’s Characters. You will make Rudy the Reindeer in a similar manner.

Measure and cut off amounts of cardstock in each color for the appropriate parts: black – reindeer base and hooves, dark brown – reindeer face/body, white -reindeer eyes and fence snow (CountryScapes Backyard 4 – Snow Décor), kraft – Country Fence 1, cream – reindeer antlers and flower pot (CountryScapes – Backyard 1), red – reindeer nose, green – poinsettia leaves (2 sets) and garlands. Add these to double sided adhesive. (I used the large roll.) Die cut. Assemble Rudy the Reindeer.

4. Die cut poinsettia flowers from red cardstock (8 total, cut 4 times). Shape petals by rubbing small stylus down each and rubbing in the middle to form a slight cup shape. Die cut holly leaves (Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries) from green cardstock, 3 sets (15 total). Draw a line down the middle of each with the pointed leaf tool.

Card Angled

5. Make a wreath from the holly leaves around the reindeer’s neck by gluing each in place at one end. To add berries, use a toothpick to apply Rouge Liquid Pearls but do not add more than one in each place at a time, letting them dry in between, otherwise they will merge together.

6. Adhere each of the 5-petal poinsettia layers to a 6-petal poinsettia layer, offsetting them. Add Liquid Pearls Avocado and Buttercup to centers with toothpick, a few dots (not touching) at a time, letting them dry in between applications.

7. Adhere fence, snow on fence, garlands, and Rudy as shown (optional: add dimensional tape behind Rudy’s head and the flower pot to pop them up). Adhere pot, poinsettias, and leaves as shown.

8. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in green ink where shown. Adhere snowflake embellishments where shown.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: White, Black, Dark Brown, Kraft, Cream, Green, Red
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV The Christmas & Winter 180 Stack (CP-002-00817)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Optional: Clear Wink of Stella
  • Liquid Pearls: Buttercup, Avocdo, Rouge
  • Ink: Olympia Green (VersaFine)
  • Embellishments: Snowflakes

Christmas Tree with Garlands Card

November 9, 2015

Tree Card Front

Mary here with a card made with the Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings dies. This realistic looking tree can be made as full as you like by layering branches. Silk Microfine Glitter adds incredible sparkle to the garlands, which look even more beautiful in person. I used a chalkboard technique for the sentiment – check it out!

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of kraft colored cardstock to 7 x 10 inches. Fold in half to form a 5 x 7 card base. Cut pattern paper with presents at bottom to 3 3/4 x 6 inches. Cut red cardstock 4 x 6 1/4 inches for mat. Adhere pattern paper to red mat. Cut striped pattern paper 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches. Cut black cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches for mat. Adhere striped pattern paper to black mat. Adhere both to card base as shown.

2. Die cut tree twice from green cardstock and once from brown (you may need metal adaptor plate if the cardstock is thick). Cut branches off brown tree – you will only use the trunk part. Adhere trunk to one green tree. With other green tree, cut off each branch, making a little circular-like end where the branch meets the trunk (see photo). Add cut branches to tree, gluing ends at tree trunk. Adhere tree to matted gift pattern paper where shown, leaving branches mostly free (unglued) for a 3D look.

Tree Assembly

3. Die cut two sets of presents from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock. Color with alcohol markers. Let each layer dry before applying another. Use colorless blender to highlight areas and another coat of same color to darken shaded areas. The gifts are so small you really don’t need to do any fancy coloring. Adhere to card where shown using dimensional tape on four. I used a double layer on two of the four to pop them up a bit more.

4. Stick one side of double sided adhesive to a piece cream cardstock. Die cut 8 garlands. Peel off backing, dip in Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, and polish with finger. Color with alcohol markers. Glue to tree as shown.

5. Cut black cardstock 1 1/8 x 2 1/4 inches. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in white ink (don’t worry if it doesn’t stamp very bright – you actually don’t want it to). Add white colored pencil in some areas to give it a chalkboard look. Optional: use a craft knife to gently scrape some areas lighter as desired. Cut green cardstock 1 1/4 x 2 5/16 inches. Adhere black to green, lining up left edge.

Card Close Up

6. Die cut small holly leaves and small berries. Draw line down middle of 3 leaves using pointed tool. On back of each berry, rub small round stylus to form a little cup. Glue above sentiment as shown. Adhere to top left of card using dimensional tape. Add enamel dots as shown.

Card Flat


ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Kraft, Brown, Green, Cream
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock
  • Pattern Paper: Recollections – City Sidewalks 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Alcohol Markers – Copic colors used: FYG2, RV09, RV55, R29, and G19
  • Ink: White
  • Colored Pencil: White
  • Enamel Dots
  • Craft Knife (Optional)
  • Dimensional Tape
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