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You Are Invited to Christmas Crafting

October 24, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in with a brand new card With Halloween almost here and over, it means it is time to start looking forward the most fun crafting season of all, Christmas. So today I thought I would whip up a quick little card inviting you and others to the holiday season! And one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is with the A Way With Words line of dies and stamps.

Step One: Using some yupo paper and alcohol ink, create a holiday themed background. I used Watermelon and Bottle Ranger Alcohol Ink and Mined Alloy Alcohol ink. Let dry.

Step Two: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Die cut the A Way With Words Flourished Deer die from the center of the cardstock.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the negative space die cut 4.25×5.5 inch cardstock over the yupo paper.

Step Four: Place the Flourished Deer die cut back into the negative space. Using Kids Choice Glue, add the negative die cuts back into the blank spaces of the deer.

Step Five: Let Glue Dry.

Step Six: Die cut both the A Way With Words You’re Invited die and the Flourished Holly dies. Blend ink over the two die cuts. I used both Festive Berries and Pine Needle Distress Oxides. Adhere the Holly die cuts with Kids Choice Glue.

Step Seven: Adhere the yupo paper to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Flourished Holly die cut to the card frame.

Step Eight: Adhere with Kids Choice Glue the You’re Invited die cut.

Step Nine: Add Pearl Rose Craft Drops to the card. Let dry.

I hope you are just as excited as I am about the up coming holiday crafting season. There are so many exciting new holiday things coming so make sure you stay tuned for all the new holiday releases! Until then, happy crafting.


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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 Art Journal Collection Fantasy Flowers Joset Designs Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Halloween

October 12, 2020

With Halloween only just around the corner we thought a Halloween theme would be perfect for today’s blog post. Our design team members created some amazing spooky projects that sure will blow your mind. We have a lot to show you this time so let’s get started.

First project is from EK Gorman who created this fantastic Halloween display using the animal critters by Joset Designs and decorated each of them in their fabulous halloween costume. How fun would this be to re-create and play dress up with the critters. For the costumes she used a combination of the critter accesory dies. Make sure to check out EK’s blog for all the details.

Sandy Diller created this adroable Trick or Treat card using the Knight’s Armour and Princess dies. Love how Sandy dressed up ths princess and the cute accesories. For the semtiment she used the Spooky Sentiments with the matching die from the Labels 1 set.

Marjolijn van Elsberg has been working away on a Halloween day by day and here is her final page she created. For the page itself she used the largest page die from Planner Essentials 7 and decorated the page with a combination of different sets from the planner collection. She also used the beautiful Budding Florals from Ilse and Charlene.

Tanja Kabel created this very cute Boo card using the Princess die and dressed her up like a witch using the Halloween Accessories. What an adorable little witch. She decorated the background using the Spiderweb die. Make sure to check out Tanja’s blog for instructions.

Joseph Nguyen created this stunning decor wall hanger using a combination of dies from the Fantasy Flowers collection. To color the flowers he used different colors of Silk Microfine Glitter. Make sure to head over to Joseph’s Facebook page for ideas and tutorials.

Tina Guigui created this spooky Halloween card using the Scarecrow die in combination with the Castle Folding Card die that can we used on a flat card as well. Love the colored background and the matching colors from the scarecrow hat and t-shirt.

Anita Izendoorn created this collection of cards using the Cat die set in combination with the Pumpkin and Halloween Accessories set. Love the coloring and the pretty purple backgrounds. Anita created more beautiful Halloween cards that you can check out on her blog.

From cards with many accessories we move to this Bootifull card created by Suzanne Canon showing simple yet elegant. For the sentiment she used the Beautiful die from the “Beautiful and Amazing” set and combined this with the Fitted Ovals and Dog die sets to create the ghost. What a fabulous idea.

Karen Ostergard created a black cat perfect for Halloween using the Cat die set. For the Sentiment she used the Spooky Sentiments with the matching die from Labels 1. Karen picked the perfect Halloween paper for her background. What a great card.

Annette Green created this adorbale scarecrow card using the Scarecrow die in combination with dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. She added some branches using the Berry Branch and some little leaves from the Pumpkins set. Love the papers she picked to make this card. Annette created some easy step-by-step instructions on her blog.

Katelyn Grosart created this adorable treat box for Halloween using the Pizza Box die set. She decorated the box with the Spiderweb and the Pumpkin dies and added a sentiment from the Spooky Sentiments set. Love this idea. Make sure to check out Katelyn’s blog for instructions.

Sanna Lippert crated this beautiful Halloween card using the Trick-or-treat die in combination with the Pumpkins. Love the bright colors of this card. She added some details to the background using the Make your mark stencil. You can find step-by-step instructions on Sanna’s blog.

Last card for today is this beautiful bright colored card from Samantha Klaebe. She used the Pumpkin die in combination with the Leaf Pattern Background die. For the sentiment she used the Spooky Sentiments set. Love the added stitched details.

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Always and Forever

October 10, 2020

How many COVID weddings have you attended in 2020? If there was ever a time to make a special wedding card, this is the year! I know many brides who have had to change their wedding plans to something smaller and even online. I had a great time making this card to suit someone in particular – a bit rustic, a touch of blush with some elegant lettering.

I started with some paper from the Through the Lens-Wood which I think is discontinued but the new Worn Wood collection is just beautiful and would work also. I lightly sponged the edges of this Florals 1 dies with a light pink ink and the leaves from Florals 2 with different shades of green Distress Oxide Inks. The paper is muted with a sheet of vellum (glued on the corners which will be where the flowers go so that the glue markings will be hidden) so that the words will pop a little more.

I like to have all my pieces cut and colored so they are ready to go. I’ve also learned that having extras is faster going back and preparing them.

I glued all my pieces as shown above, adding some trimmed off berry branches. As you can see, I used some white craft drops for the berries. The center of the flowers I used some light yellow chunky glitter. I did not like the end results much so I went back and added a ring of glue around the yellow glitter to add a green chunky glitter. I love it now!

The flowers frame a simple white sentiment made from different word dies – I do love mixing up these dies to form my own sentiment.

Before I popped it onto my 5 x 7 card base, I did add a bit of olive green matting to my wood piece.

I love how dimensional this card is and that all the colors are a bit muted.

Thank you so much for looking!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

Other products used:

White and Olive Green cardstock

Distress Oxide Inks

Chunky glitter

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Metallic toned cards

October 8, 2020

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna here again today with my October guest team member post. I am a big fan of white cardstock, because you can do so much with it. So this time I wanted to show you a simple idea how you can create different toned metallic shaded cards really easy with just a few steps.

Here is how this cards are done:

Step 1: Take the “Heart” background die and one or two “A Way With Words” word dies out. Take a sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock and apply a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet onto the backside. Leave the foil on.
Step 2: Place the paper and the die cut dies into your die cutting machine and build a sandwich according to the instrucktions of your particular machine. Die cut 3 (or more) background pieces and as many sentiments as you have backgrounds.
Step 3: Now remove all negative elements from your white cardstock pieces.

Step 4: Place the die cut pieces on a kraft mat and apply a metallic paste with a blending brush in circular motion onto your die cut pieces. I used a pearl, a silver and a gold tone on the 3 cards I created and for the sentiments I tried to match each patterned paper tone, so I used bronze, pink and blue on those.
Step 5: Now adhere the tinted background pieces onto a patterned paper of your choice and adhere the sentiment on top. Decorate for example with half pearls, dimentional pearls or rhinestones. Finally, adhere to a card base.

This simple idea can be used with various background dies to add a little different look to your cards. The nice surface texture of the Soft Finish Cardstock also shows thru after tinting the paper which adds a really nice look to the cards.

I´ve again recorded a video to give you a better idea of the steps – hope you like it!

I hope you could inspire you to play more with your dies and white Soft Finish Cardstock. There are so many possibilities to add some color to it, this is just one of them.

I´ll be back with another card idea again next month! See you then.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix Big Shot A4
Kaisercraft half pearls
Blending brush
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Home for the Holidays Card

October 3, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Home for the Holidays Card.

To create my Home for the Holidays Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon and Joset 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 Christmas patterned paper. From the first patterned paper, die cut a 4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle. From the second patterned paper, die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the Flourished Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Three. From the Love, Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die, die cut the Christmas Ornament out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the ornament. Sprinkle Copper Scroll Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the ornament. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Four. Die cut a 2 1/4″ Stitched Circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. From the Let Your Heart Be Light Stamp Set, you’ll need the Home for the Holidays stamp. Apply Emboss It Ink to the stamp and stamp in the middle of the stitched circle. Sprinkle Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder over the stamped sentiment and tap off the excess powder. Emboss with a heat tool.

Step Five. Die cut all the pieces from the Flourished Holly Die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the entire surface of the flourished piece. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Fired Brick Distress Ink over the entire surface of the berry piece. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of all of the holly leaves.

Step Six. On a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, apply Emboss It Ink to it. Sprinkle Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the cardstock. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Die cut the stars from the Peace on Earth die out of the embossed paper. You’ll need only three stars.

Step Seven. Adhere the flourished frame to the 4″ rectangle. Adhere the 3 1/2″ rectangle to the 4″ rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the Christmas ornament to the Home for the Holidays stitched circle. Foam square the ornament to the middle of the 3 1/2″ rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the Flourished Holly together. Foam square the flourished holly to the top of the Christmas Ornament.

Step Ten. Adhere the stars around the Christmas ornament as desired.

Step Eleven. To finish the card, cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4″ x 10 1/2″, score at 5 1/4″. 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 Home for the Holidays Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick & Forest Moss
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Copper Scroll Modern Gilding Powder, Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder & Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder
  • Misc: Christmas Patterned Paper
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Perfect

September 26, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I am popping in today to create a little card for a teenage lady who needs a little reminder of how awesome she is. I often find that crafting for that delicate age of 14-18 is really difficult. However, I think the flourishes and elegance of the A Way With Words collection is perfect for connecting with young women of this age demographic.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Place the A Way With Stencils Flourished Frame on a diagonal and blend dark blue ink. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxides.

Step Two: Die cut the large butterfly from the A Way With Words Butterfly Flourish. Apply a temporary adhesive to the back of the die to cut to create a mask, and blend into over the die cut. I used Dusty Concord in Distress Oxide.

Step Three: Peel off the Butterfly Flourish die cut mask.

Step Four: Blend more blue ink around the edges of the cardstock. I used Stormy Sky Distress Oxide. Spray the whole image with shimmer spray. Let dry.

Step Five: Blend ink over a piece of scrap 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I used Chipped Sapphire and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. Die cut the A Way With Words You Are Perfect die set.

Step Six: Adhere the You Are Perfect die cut to the background using Kids Choice Glue. Using a white gel pen, add highlights to the side of the adhered die cut.

Step Seven: Adhere the background to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Add a few crafts drops using the Metallic Silver Craft Drops.

I just love how this super simple card turned out. There is just the right amount of girly, and the perfect amount of support for the young lady who will be receiving it.

Let us know in the comments below what kind of ECD supplies you use when crafting for 14-18 year old young women? Until then, happy crafting.

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

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Gate-fold Birthday Card

September 12, 2020

Hello! Diana here with a monochromatic birthday card for a dear friend of mine. She is such an elegant older lady that I wanted to convey that same elegance in the card – so I broke out some shimmery ribbon and pearls.

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This card ended up being a square 5 3/4″ by 5 3/4″. On the page to buy the Gatefold – Elegant Roses die is a great YouTube tutorial oh how to create the gatefold. I used a lavendar cardstock for the gatefold and some one- sided designer paper for the inside of the card. I folded the 5.5″ x 11″ paper in half so that the inside of the card is white. I added a row of pearls to the top and bottom of the folded inside.

Now the inside flips open to showcase the message inside.

To decorate the inside, I used the Butterflies Spray stencil (you can also make your own by die cutting the Butterflies Spray from cardstock and using the negative) and sponged a light smattering of butterflies in purple ink. I also stamped the sentiment “Have an awesome day” and balloons from the Happy Birthday collection. From a slightly darker purple paper, I die cut Happy Birthday as well as the butterfly from the Butterfly Flourish die set.

I used Copic markers and a white jelly pen to color and add details to the stamp and die cut.

The butterfly above the ribbon is also adorned with the same pearls as the row under the gatefold.

Thank you so much for looking!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

Other products used:

Lavender, purple and designer paper

Want2Scrap adhesive pearls

Copic markers

White gel pen

A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Miss You Card

September 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Miss You Card.

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

Step One. Die cut the 4″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the 3 1/2″ Stitched Rounded Rectangle die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the Flourished Frame out of book page.

Step Three. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the frame using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Miss You die out of Watercolor Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Worn Lipstick Distress Ink lightly over the entire surface of the word.

Step Five. Choose two of the flowers from the Floral Insert die and die cut the two flowers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a waterbrush and the Watercolor Palette, colour the flowers.

Step Six. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle. Foam square the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle to the middle of the 4″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Seven. Adhere the two flowers to the left hand side of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle as desired. Adhere the flourished oval frame 1/2″ from the bottom and 3/8″ from the right of the 3 1/2″ stitched rounded rectangle.

Step Eight. Adhere the Miss You word as desired overtop of the flourished oval frame.

Step Nine. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 8″, score at 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 Miss You Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain & Worn Lipstick
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock and Book Page
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