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Winter Bliss Scrapbook Page

January 16, 2021

Whether you love snow or not, you can’t but love its magical properties!  Hi Artlets, it’s Suzanne here today with a scrapbook page layout celebrating winter snow.  We don’t get a lot of snow on Vancouver Island at sea level, so sometimes we go to the mountains looking for it!  This page was an early winter day at Forbidden Plateau and it was so fun!  Now if we had this every day, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be so charming, but this day was totally awesome!

Here is how you can assemble this layout and add your own photos.  Let’s get started.

Instructions:

Choose 2 photos for your project.  That’s fun!  Trim them to fit inside the frames.  You can see that I just had the rectangular lake photo loosely placed inside the frame and the people photo was cut to fit perfectly inside the ornament.

Die cut Winter from the 4 Seasons die set, Bliss, Let it Snow, Flourished Frame, the ornament from Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament, the pine boughs from Create a Wreath all from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Die cut the snowflakes from Brrrrr and Merry Christmas 4 from masking paper, a post-it or removable labels.

Choose Distress Ink colours that complement the photos.  Since mine were almost black and white because of snow and trees, I went with pretty dark colours and then added hints of other colours to pick up the jacket and toque.

Adhere the snowflakes randomly on the base cardstock and begin blending colours, right over the snowflakes.  You probably don’t want to do this under where the photos will be!  Every once in a while, move the snowflakes and blend over the original masked area and continue blending.  If you can spritz your blending and get little dots to appear they will also make the background interesting.  By moving the snowflake diecuts and blending over the masked area you’ll create the illusion of depth.

Once you’ve blended the colours to your satisfaction, begin adding the diecuts and photos.  Refer to the sample photos for placement.  The Flourished Frame and photo are adhered to the background with 3D Foam Squares and the ornament is adhere with two layers of the foam adhesive.  Everything else is adhered with Glue Dots.

Now you have an awesome memory of a fabulous day!

Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Personal photos
Glue Dots – Micro
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Distress Oxide Ink in Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Speckled Egg, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, Chipped Sapphire
Ink blending tools
Masking paper or Post-it Note or removable label
White 12×12 cardstock

A Way With Words

Paper Hugs

January 9, 2021

Have you sent more cards in 2020 than in previous years? I definitely have – and I think it is something that should continue. So I am making some generic cards to be sent anytime – I thought the Paper Hugs sentiment is perfect just to send out for any reason.

This is a fairly straight-forward card and easy to mass produce. I started with a white card base and inked it up with some Distress Oxides. I used analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) to make blending easier. Splatter with water and then soak up with a clean paper towel. I used a die cut out in the white corner with a die from the Butterfly Insert .

The Butterfly Insert comes with some funky letters that I thought contrasted nicely with the elegant calligraphy of the A Way with Words Hugs lettering. Both the butterfly front wing and the shadow to the word Hugs was cut out of pale blue foil.

Because I get bored easily, I do like to make variations when I mass produce a card. So here is another one with different colors and using the word “free” instead of “paper”.

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you had a crafty start to the New Year!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

Kid Glue

Other products used:

Distress Oxide Inks

White card stock

A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Let Your Dreams Soar Card

January 2, 2021

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Let Your Dreams Soar Card.

To create my Let Your Dreams Soar Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon and Jost Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose two pieces of patterned paper out of the Worn Wood Paper Pack. From the first patterned paper, die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Indented Square. From the second patterned paper, die cut a 4 1/2″ Fitted Indented Square. Distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the squares using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the 4 1/4″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the square using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Place the 3 1/4″ Stitched Circle on a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Nest a 2 3/4″ Stitched Circle inside of the 3 1/4″ Stitched Circle and die cut the circles.

Step Four. From the Create a Wreath die, die cut the bow out of a piece of coral paper.

Step Five. From the Create a Wreath die, die cut one of the branches eighteen times out of piece of green paper.

Step Six. Die cut the small flower from the Christmas Accents die five times out of a piece of coral patterned paper.

Step Seven. From the Christmas Accents die, die cut the centers five times out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Eight. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the Let your dreams soar sentiment from the Soar Collection Stamp Set and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut around the sentiment. Ink the edges of the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. Adhere the 4 1/2″ square to the 4 3/4″ square. Foam square the 4 1/4″ square to the 4 1/2″ square.

Step Ten. Adhere the branches around the circle as desired.

Step Eleven. Adhere the bow to the top of the wreath.

Step Twelve. Shape the flowers and adhere two centers into each flower. Adhere the five flowers as desired around the wreath.

Step Thirteen. Foam square the wreath to the middle of the 4 1/4″ square.

Step Fourteen. Adhere the sentiment to the middle of the wreath.

Step Fifteen. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 3/4″ x 9 1/2″, score at 4 3/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Let Your Dreams Soar Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Potting Soil Archival Ink
  • Graphic 45: Woodland Friends – 12×12 Patterns & Solids
A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops

Holiday Thank you Cards

December 26, 2020

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the need for a few more holiday thank you cards is done. Today I have whipped up four holiday thank notes for family members who thought of us this year.

Step One: Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Palette, lay down a layer of color onto some watercolor paper. Each color spot has two or three different colors to create the spot.

Step Two: Die cut the color spots using both A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis and Flourished Christmas Minis 2.

Step Three: Using 90lb Soft Finished Cardstock, die cut A Way With Words Family four times.

Step Four: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches to create four backgrounds of the cards. Blend Distress Oxides around the edges using the darkest on the outside and going lighter to the the middle. I used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.

Step Five: Repeat four each of the four backgrounds.

Step Six: Spray and splatter the cardstock with a silver shimmer spray.

Step Seven: Die cut the four background pieces with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Eight: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the background to an A2 card frame.

Step Nine: Using a stamping platform, add the sentiments to the four card frames. I used both the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set.

Step Ten: Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere both the Family die cut and Minis to the four card frames.

Step Eleven: Add little heart flourishes from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set to the four cards.

Step Twelve: Add Metallic Silver Craft drops to the four cards.

I love how each of these cards came out, looking a lot like winter with just a touch of the lingering holidays.

Do you Send Holiday thank you cards? What do you put as the focus image on them? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Craft Drops Home Decor Silk Microfine Glitter

Merry Christmas Wishes

December 20, 2020
Hello and Happy Holidays, it’s Sandy Diller here with a fun project that lights up to add some cheer. I used the Create A Wreath die set to add a festive feel to this canvas. I got this preprinted canvas at my favorite big box craft store and I’ve had it in my stash for quite some time – it measures 8″ square and is 2″ wide.
The first thing I did was to add some gold embossing powder to the edges. I did this by placing VersaMark ink around the edges in a random pattern. I then added gold embossing power to the ink, knocked off the excess and then heat set the power with a heat gun.

I cut a circle using two dies from the fitted circles to make a pattern. I knew I could never make a perfect circle without a guide. I glued the guide to the center of the canvas and then began making some small holes for the lights to poke through. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Lights and there are 20 lights on the string that is battery operated.

The next step was to cut all the branches and leaves. I cut 18 of each from the set. On the branches I added some craft drops that I made previously. I love using the craft dots but hate waiting for them to dry. I save the release paper from my ECD Double Sided Adhesive and then use it to make my drops ahead of time. Once the drops are dry they come right off the paper and then can be glued onto the project. By doing it this way, everything is where you want it with no boo boos.

I poked the lights into the holes and then used a small amount of hot glue to hold them in place. I first tried tape but it didn’t stick to the canvas. It’s not pretty but it gets the job done.

I layered the leaves on the guide, placed a Merry Christmas in the center that was first cut from fun foam to give it dimension and then added a Merry Christmas that was cut from hand made glitter paper – created using the Silk Microfine Glitter and double sided adhesive. I finished it off with a festive bow.

Have a Joyous Holiday Season,

Sandy

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

A Way With Words Home Decor Soft Finish Cardstock

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Shadow Box Heirloom

December 19, 2020

Hi there Artlets!  It’s Suzanne here today with a fun little project!  We’re going to make a Christmas decoration from a shadow box filled with poinsettias! You’ll be able to keep it for years or give to someone who will treasure it!

Follow along and you’ll know how to make your own family heirloom.

Choose a deep (shadow box) frame. This one is small, just a 4×6”.  I wish I’d had a slightly bigger one which would have let more light into the flowers inside.  Keep that in mind when you choose your own frame!

I decided to mount the flowers on a piece of cork just to provide some interest between the flowers, but you could simply use red cardstock.  Cut it into the shape of the back panel of the frame. 

Draw a line on the backing you just made that will show you the edges of the frame which forms the support for the glass.  It will be smaller than the backing – at least it was with this frame.

Die cut the large poinsettia pieces from the Christmas Accents die set. You’ll just need the top two “petals”, not the green ones.  I cut enough for twelve poinsettias, but ended up needing fifteen, so make sure you have enough cardstock!

Blend Distress Ink on the edges of the poinsettia and then use a ball stylus to add dimension to the petals. 

Assemble the flowers.

Begin adding the flowers to your background.  I put the glass support in place just to give me extra guidance. Continue adding flowers till the background is filled.

Now assemble your frame following the frame instructions.  You will likely have to coax some of the poinsettia leaves inside the frame interior so they aren’t pinched when you put the back on the frame.

Die cut Merry Christmas 4 from Soft Finish Cardstock.  Apply adhesive (I like Glue Dots for this step) and adhere to the glass front on the frame.

Sweet decoration and a perfect gift!

Merry Christmas and Happy Creating!
Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Red cardstock
Gold cardstock
Shadow box frame
Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Ink Blending tool
Glue Dots

A Way With Words

Building a Christmas Scene

December 12, 2020

The mantel is my favorite place to decorate for Christmas. It’s in the family room and where we spend most of our time and I like to go all out on it. So I was very excited to get the Hang the Stockings set – there are so many pieces in this die set and at such a good price! To really deck out the scene, I added a lot of details using the new release from Suzanne Cannon as well as some older sets.

The fireplace die set is very large so I started with a 5″x7″ card base. I found some textured beige paper to be my wall so I trimmed that down to 4.75″ x 6.75″. My fireplace is white so it was two die cuts straight from card stock to make the detailed fireplace. For my stockings, I found some Christmas patterned paper. To make that yellow glow behind the fire, I used Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber on a very dark gray cardstock.

After the basic setting, I looked through the other dies I had to see what could work around the fireplace. For the green swag, I die cut the pine bough from the Create A Wreath from green card stock and used different green Copic markers for a variety in hues. The poinsettias were created with the smallest two flower dies from Christmas Accents.

The twin trees and presents are from the Flourished Christmas Minis 2 and Flourished Christmas Minis 3. I trimmed all the flourishes off the trees and used just the lid of the presents for smaller gifts. There’s even a stack of 3 presents because when it’s a great gift, I buy multiples! Lol! I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping at all.

I hope you like my warm little Christmas scene and have inspired you to see your dies in other ways!

Elizabeth Craft Design Products Used:

Other products used:

Foil paper

Patterned paper

Red, Green, White and Black cardstock

Distress Oxide Inks

Copic markers

A Way With Words Joset Designs

Rejoice Christmas Shaker Card

December 8, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this festive Christmas Shaker Card.

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • cut out the necessary elements using the Snow Globe die set and the Rejoice word die

Step 2: Adding Color

  • add color to the different elements with Alcohol Markers and Distress Oxide Ink
  • add highlights with a white gel pen

Step 3: Assemble the Card

  • assemble the shaker element and fill it with some snowflakes
  • adhere the sentiment and the holly berries on top of the acetate

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

ECD
Snow Globe (available soon at Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Rejoice

Other
white, green, red and kraft cardstock
acetate
Distress Oxide Ink (Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs)
Alcohol Marker
white gel pen

A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Merry Christmas Gift Tag

December 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Merry Christmas Gift Tag.

To create my Merry Christmas Gift Tag, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon and the Planner Essential Collections. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my tag at home.

Step One. Die cut the large tag from the Planner Essentials – 2 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two. From the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament, die cut the ornament out of Silver Foil Paper.

Step Three. Die cut the Merry Christmas – Small out of Copper Foil Paper.

Step Four. Choose one of the greenery branches from the Create a Wreath Die. Die cut the greenery branch four times out of dark green cardstock. Choose one of the berry branches from the same die and die cut it twice out of red cardstock.

Step Five. From the Christmas Accents die cut the small leaves three times out of dark green cardstock. Die cut the medium flower three times out of red cardstock. Die cut the small flower three times out of red cardstock. Die cut the flower centres three times out of Dark Golden Rod Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Six. Adhere the Christmas Ornament to the middle of the tag, making sure the flourish is on the left hand side of the tag.

Step Seven. Adhere two of the greenery branches and one of the red berry branches to the top left side of the ornament as desired. Adhere the remaining two greenery branches and one of the red berry branches to the bottom left side of the ornament as desired.

Step Eight. Shape the leaves and flowers. Adhere a leaf, medium flower, small flower and two centres together. Repeat the previous step for the remaining two flowers. Use foam squares to adhere the three flowers overtop of where the branches meet as desired.

Step Nine. Adhere the Merry Christmas sentiment to the right hand side of the flowers as desired. To finish the tag, create a bow at the top of the tag with a piece of twine.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Merry Christmas Gift Tag.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Misc: Copper Foil Paper, Silver Foil Paper, Dark Green Cardstock, Red Cardstock and Twine
A Way With Words Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Silk Microfine Glitter

A Flourished Christmas

November 28, 2020

Hi Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in with a trio of cards featuring A Way with Words Flourished Christmas Minis 2. These three cards were all using the same techniques but ended up with different looks due to the different A Way With Words sentiments I picked.

Step One: Using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, blend water soluble ink over the paper. I used Distress Oxides. Splatter wet ink over the cardstock. Add a spray of Shimmer Spray.

Step Two: Repeat step one with two other pieces of cardstock. I used the new trio of Distress Oxides, Rustic Wilderness, Crackling Campfire, and Speckled Egg to create these looks.

Step Three: Die cut the A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis 2 out of Clear Double Side Adhesive Sheets. (I have recently mastered Clear Double Sided Adhesive die cut and adhere without applying the sheet to a piece of cardstock prior!)

Step Four: Peel off the brown side of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and adhere it to your project. Then Peel off the slick top paper.

Step Five: Adhere a substance to the Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I used Nuvo Gilding Flakes.

Step Six: Using a stiff brush, rub off the excess substance.

Step Seven: Repeat steps five-six with the other cardstocks.

Step Eight: Die cut your cardstock and adhere the pieces to A2 card frames using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I used both Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Nine: Using more Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets, die cut A Way With Words sentiments. I used A Way With Words Peace on Earth, Merry Christmas, and Cheers.

Step Ten: Peel and stick the sentiments to the card frames.

Step Eleven: Add Silk Microfine Glitter to the sentiments. I used Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter for the sentiment and Cook Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter for the star.

I used Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter for the flourish card.

I used Imperial Garnet Silk Microfine Glitter for the sentiment on tree card, Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter for the ornaments, and Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter for the star.

Step Twelve: Finally, add Craft Drops to the cards. I used Pearl Rose on the orange card.

I used both Metallic Gold and White for the Speckled Egg card.

I used Metallic Gold and Pearl Olive Craft Drops on the green card.

Thank you for checking out my trio of Christmas cards today. Let us know your favorite one in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting!



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