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Suzanne Cannon

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Ribbon Streamers Congratulations Card

October 17, 2020

Hey Artlets! It’s Suzanne here today!  Do you have a collection of gorgeous ribbons that are languishing away in a drawer, un-used but still loved?  That would be me!  So I decided I should think of some uses for them that didn’t involve bow-making.  (Like flower arranging, I’m hopeless at bow-making.)

Well what about 3D streamers? Here is what we can do!

First thing is to decide what ribbon you want to use.  You only need a small amount – 6” will do fine.  Depending on the length of your sentiment, you will want to choose between 5 and 7 ribbons.  Choose different colours and textures.  They should be double-sided ribbon as you will see both sides of the ribbon.

Now choose some cardstock.  It might be easiest to go with plain cardstock, but I had this patterned paper from the Fly & Scrap Collection that I thought would be fun and cheery.

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty….!

Form an 8.5 x 3.75” tent-fold card base from cardstock or patterned paper. (It’s a slimeline card!)

Cut a panel 7.5 x 3” panel from coordinating cardstock.

Cut 7 pieces of ribbon measuring 5” each.  Lay the ribbon out like streamers on your panel in the order you prefer, giving them a single or double twist over the face of the panel.

Use Removable Tape to temporarily position the ribbons on the back. This way you can change your mind about their angle or number of twists.  When you’re happy with their position, use Clear Double Sided Adhesive to permanently adhere the ribbon to the panel.

Die cut Congratulations three times from three coordinating cardstocks. Adhere them together behind the C, the u and the n where it joins with the s at the end of the word. Use small pieces of rolled Clear Double Sided Adhesive or rolled Glue Dots. They don’t have to be a perfect stack, so a little colour peaking out makes it interesting.  I used the white diecut on the top so there was lots of contrast with the ribbon and cardstock.

Center Congratulations on the panel and adhere to the ribbons where they contact the back of the diecut so it “floats” on the ribbon.

Adhere the ribbon panel to the card base with foam adhesive.  And voila!  A card that is bright and a little bit different.

I’d love to see what you make using this technique!  Make sure you tag me on the Elizabeth Craft Design Family Facebook page so I don’t miss it!

Happy Creating! Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Others:

Ribbon
Coordinating cardstocks
Glue Dots
Foam Adhesive
Removable Tape

A Way With Words Planner Essentials

Autumn Pairings

September 19, 2020

Happy autumn, artlets! Last month I created a series of projects using “Summer” from the 4 Seasons die set: Summer in Our Hearts.  This month, I will share some projects using “Autumn” from the same 4 Seasons die set and combine it with other dies from the A Way With Words Collection.

Let’s have a closer look….

The first card (above) combines Autumn and “Bliss”.  Of course this card could use any of the season dies and you could just change the colour of the Alcohol Inks to get the effect you want.  This card front was made by spreading Alcohol Blending Solution on Yupo paper and droppering in Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Terra Cotta and Butterscotch Alcohol inks.  You never know what you’re going to get!  I die cut Autumn and Bliss from extra inked pieces and backed both words with light green and pale orange cardstocks to lift them off the page a bit.  There is a little peak of a flourish along the side, cut from the Flourished Heart in Calligraphic Elements 2.  This card measures 5 x 7”.

My next card is a photo card using a picture I took on a hike in 2016 on a perfect day in the Canadian Rockies.  The larches were brilliant yellowy orange.  I didn’t want to cover up any of the photo, so it became a larger card than expected at 6 x 9.5”.  I just chose coordinating colours of card stock to die cut the words and to mount the photo.  So simple!  This is going up on our mantle till the next amazing photo.  “Amazing” is from the Amazing Beautiful die set.  Of course, I could have used Beautiful instead of Amazing and it would have worked perfectly.  It’s another super useful set from the A Way With Words Collection.

For this Autumn Fun card, I let the patterned paper do the heavy lifting for me.  This paper is really busy!  I used the Flourished Oval Frame in the center of the card and added Autumn and Fun (from the Fun Play die set).  I blended some Distress inks on the words which always creates a nice effect. To help the words stand out from that busy background, I cut the Flourished Oval Frame from vellum and used the inside on this card front.  It worked perfectly! This card measures 5 x 7”.

My final combination today is Autumn + Garden (from My Garden Flowers die set) for a planner page. I see an all-season photo planner in my future! I’ve again used the Flourished Oval Frame and overlaid it with the words and some paper flowers I purchased.  I went for a muted look here, but you could do the same layout with bright autumn colours. 

So here are some other combinations you might not have thought of. Some of them you’ve seen already in the previous season blog post:

Remember Autumn
Autumn Memories
Unforgettable Autumn
Autumn Joy
Autumn Love
Autumn Blessings
Autumn Prayers
Autumn Smiles (perfect for a scrapbook page!)
Autumn Flowers
Autumn Moments
Autumn Snow – hopefully not….but then again….(from the Let it Snow die set!)
Special Autumn
Perfect Autumn
Autumn Hugs & Kisses
Hello Autumn
Bold Autumn
Autumn Magic

Please tag me with your combinations when you make them!  I’d love to see your artwork!

Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Others:

Coordinating Cardstock
Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution
Vellum
photo
Patterned paper

A Way With Words Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Summer in our Hearts

August 29, 2020
This page uses the flourish from the Flourished Frame set and Joy from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament

Hey artlets!  It’s Suzanne here today. Even though the days are getting shorter, summer isn’t over yet. When it’s gone, it stays in our hearts as we recall its wonderful moments. I wanted to make a card using Summer from the 4 Season’s die set and wanted to combine it with another A Way With Words die….  It was then I realize there were so many choices!!

I’d like to share a few I’ve assembled.  These can be cards or titles for scrapbook pages, or dividers and pages for your planners/journals. Let’s have a look!

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Summer Cheers

August 15, 2020
Cheers Mug

Hi there, Artlets!  I hope your summer is going well.  I have a fun project today that is so simple, you’ll be decorating everything that doesn’t stand still!  It’s as simple as cutting a small piece of craft vinyl and applying it to a glass or cup or mason jar mug. Decorate a whole bunch of mugs for the family summer BBQ!  We can all use a bit of bright fun this summer….

If you’re unfamiliar with craft vinyl, it is self-adhesive super thin plastic.  You can often get it in sampler packages of different colours and sometimes single small sheets if you’re just trying it for the first time.  Look for a vinyl that is permanent if you want it to stay on forever, or choose a temporary vinyl if you want to peel it off and have a different theme on your mugs next week! It comes in lots of colours.

Here is how you can party-up your mugs!

Instructions:

Wash your jar or mug so it’s nice and clean.  Dry it well.

Die cut Cheers from vinyl.  You are basically making a “sticker”!  

Remove the release paper carefully from the back of the design.  The design will more flexible as soon as the backing has been removed, so decide where you want the “sticker” in advance.  Simply lay the design down without stretching the design, then rub it down well.  Don’t forget to do the same with the “s”!

A handy helper that will make the transfer to glass a little safer and avoid stretching is to use transfer tape, or simply a piece of Removable Tape. 

Before you remove the release paper, apply the Removable Tape across the front of the “sticker”. 

Remove the release paper, then simply apply your “sticker” where you want it and carefully peel off the Removable Tape.  Burnish your “sticker” well on the glass. Do the same with the “s”.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Now invite some people over for some cold summer cheer! Ice cubes. You’ll need lots of ice cubes.

Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Others:

Mason Jar Mug (I got mine at the dollar store) or other plain drinking cup or mug
Craft vinyl
Scotch Removable Tape

A Way With Words ModaScrap

Cheery Hello Balloon!

July 18, 2020

It’s a good time to say Hello to someone special!  It’s Suzanne here today and I’m sharing this fun technique that I’m in love with.  It seems to be called the Eclipse technique and I like it because it’s a bit subtle, but it’s a great way to help the delicate Away With Words diecuts stand out from a busy patterned paper! If you’re familiar with the technique, this is a double-decker version! Join me!

Instructions:

Cut a panel from patterned paper measuring 5-1/8” x 6”. Cut a panel from black cardstock measuring slightly larger: 5.5” x 6.25” (not shown here).

Die cut the Big Balloon from the patterned paper panel as shown and also  die cut the Big Balloon from fun foam.

Die cut Hello from the middle of the patterned paper Big Balloon diecut on a jaunty angle.  Make sure you keep all the inside counterspaces of all the letters!  Die cut Hello from a new piece of fun foam (NOT from the Big Balloon fun foam diecut!).  You don’t need the fun foam counterspaces.

Center and adhere the patterned paper panel to the black panel.

Adhere the black fun foam Balloon into the cut out patterned paper panel. Glue the patterned paper Balloon on top of the fun foam Balloon.

Adhere the black fun foam Hello into the cut out Hello on the Balloon. 

Add the patterned paper counterspaces where they came from. Tweezers are super helpful!

Then glue the patterned paper Hello on top of its fun foam version. It’s super cool that the patterned paper all lines up perfectly! Love it!

Form a 6” wide by 7” high side-fold card base from coordinating paper.

Adhere the eclipse panel on your card base. Tie a little bow of coordinating thread or ribbon and adhere it to the Balloon.

Very cool card! Aren’t they fun! Enjoy making more of these! Try changing the colour of the fun foam and see what happens.
Happy creating! Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Glue
Black Fun Foam
Black Cardstock
Thread

A Way With Words Stamping

Love You To The Moon

June 20, 2020

I think now more than ever we need to reach out to those we love.  Not for any special reason, just to share love.  I thought this might be a fun way to do it! We get to make a beautiful bright moon inside the ornament, create a stencil so we have a sweet spray of stars and we get to stamp a super special message.

Here’s how you can do it, too…..

Instructions:

Form a 5 x 7” tent fold card base from navy cardstock.

Cut a 4 x 6” panel from navy cardstock.  Die cut the Star Spray from scrap cardstock and use as a stencil.  Lightly stencil the stars across the panel with Distress Oxide Brushed Corduroy.

Die cut the flourished ornament and the flourished moon from white cardstock which has had Double Sided Adhesive adhered to the front side.

Remove the release paper and one at a time thermal emboss the flourished ornament with Forever Platinum and then the flourished moon with Brushed Silver. So nice and bright!

Stamp the sentiment (Awwww!) on white cardstock with Night Sky ink and die cut with the smallest Fitted Rectangle.  Die cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle from navy cardstock and adhere them together. 

Mount the gilded ornament and moon as shown on the stenciled panel (the flourishes can hang over the edge of the panel!).  Mount the sentiment panel on the panel with 3D adhesive squares overlapping the ornament.

Mount the stenciled panel on the card base with 3D adhesive squares.

Send to someone you love!

Be kind, be calm, stay safe.  You are loved!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Love Joy Peace Ornament

Others:

Navy Cardstock
White Cardstock
Modern Gilding Powders: Burnished Silver, Forever Platinum
Distress Brushed Corduroy
VersaMagic Night Sky
Glue Dots
3D Foam Squares

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