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To a Special Mom

May 9, 2020

I remember when I was little, I had this pin with this fuschia pink enamel on it – not sure what it was except the colors stood out to me and that my mom liked it. I never thought of it as a color my mom would like (not sure what my child-brain thought a mom-appropriate color was supposed to be) but for whatever reason, this stood out to me. So I am making a card with that color in mind – with a some simple flowers thrown in because what’s a mother’s day card without flowers?

I love combining different fonts to make emphasize certain words

The white card base is 5.5″ x 6.5″ and I covered the edges of the front of the card with washi tape. I laid the washi tape right against the edge to save me some measuring and sponged the top blue and bottom green with a very light hand. I wanted a very soft look.

I love peeling off the masking tape to reveal that clean line between white and sponged edges.

Next, die cut all the letters and the word Special out of a fuschia pink card stock. I wanted the word Special to stand out and the large script lettering from A Way With Words Special Delivery was perfect. The Alphabet Retro Trio comes in 3 sizes so I used the medium one for the “To A” and the largest for “MOM.” This is a great companion set for any of the A Way With Words dies – opens up so many possibilities and combinations.

I also die cut the flowers from Bunch of Flowers die set from the same pink and a lighter shade – I did not want too much pink so I added a couple of purple flowers. To add interest to the flowers, I drew white stitched lines along the edge with a Signo white gel pen. The center is a silver flat rhinestone. The leaves from the Curvy Leaves dies set were colored with 2 different shades of Copic green markers.

I adhered all to the card base as shown above. I liked it but something was missing. I decided to add a stitched border around the masked area to add to the frame and pull in the stitching from the flowers.

Now I’m done.

A very small touch but I think it really finished the card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom, aunts, grandmothers, and maternal figures out there. You are more important and special than words can say.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

(Note: The leaves and flower sets that were used for this card are no longer available. I suggested 2 other die sets that will work beautiful as well.)

Other:

Glue

Other products used:

White, pink, light pink, purple, and lavender card stock

Green pen and white Signo gel pen

Copic markers

Silver rhinestone

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

Thank You Tag

May 2, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Thank You Tag.

To create my Thank You Tag, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon as well as a die from the Planner Essentials Collection. 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 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tags & Topper die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the butterflies from the Butterflies & Stars Spray out of a piece of scrap cardstock. Place the now created stencil on the tag as desired. Place VersaMark Ink through the stencil. Sprinkle Armenian Pink Modern Gilding Powder over the stenciled image. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Two. Die cut two wreaths from the Wreath & Elements die out of Watercolour paper. Using the Watercolours from the Watercolor Palette, colour one wreath using the Deep Green colour and a waterbrush. Colour the other wreath in using the Sap Green colour and a waterbrush.

Step Three. Die cut the Thank You from the Thank You 2 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply VersaMark Ink to the entire surface of the sentiment. Sprinkle Celtic Mint Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the sentiment. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Four. Die cut five plain flowers from the Wreath & Elements die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut five cut out flowers from the Wreath & Elements die out of Watercolour paper. Using the Watercolours from the Watercolor Palette, colour three of the cut out flowers using the Rose colour and a waterbrush. Colour the remaining two cut out flowers using the Pink colour and a waterbrush. Adhere all five cut out flowers to all of the five plain flowers.

Step Five. Adhere the two wreaths together, making sure that the leaves on each leaf slightly overlap one another. Use foam squares on the top and bottom of the wreaths to adhere the wreaths to the middle of the tag.

Step Six. In the top left side of the wreath, adhere a rose colour and a pink colour flower as desired. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the Thank You sentiment to the middle of the wreaths. Adhere the remaining three flowers to the bottom right side of the wreath.

Step Seven. With all the elements on the tag, cut the tag down to 5 1/2″. Tie a twine bow through the top of the tag. To finish the tag, add three Craft Drops in White at the bottom left of the tag. Add another two dots to the bottom right side of the tag and then another two dots to the top right side of the tag.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Quietfire Design: Modern Gilding Powder – Celtic Mint and Armenian Pink
  • Imagine Crafts: VersaMark Ink
  • Misc: Twine
A Way With Words Cardmaking Soft Finish Cardstock

Shoot for the Moon

April 25, 2020

IMG_9880Hey everyone!  It’s EK, and I am popping into to share a one layered card to inspire someone right now.  I don’t know about you, but morale is a little low in my house, so I thought maybe I should make some cards to help inspire my kiddos to do their best work.  I just love how the Soar Collection stamp set by Suzanne Cannon is filled with inspirational quotes perfect to inspire anyone.

IMG_9854Step One:  Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Trim a circle out of a piece of masking tape and adhere it to the cardstock.

IMG_9855Step Two:  Blend some water reactive inks onto the Soft Finish Cardstock to create a night sky.  I used Distress Oxides in Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, and Hickory Smoke.

IMG_9856Step Three:  Using a black water reactive ink, blend ink around the edges of the cardstock to ground the image.  I used Distress Oxide Black Soot.

IMG_9857Step Four:  Using both clean water and an iridescent spray, splatter the cardstock to create stars.

IMG_9858Step Five:  Peel off the mask to expose the moon.  Add some pale blue ink to the revealed area.  I used Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass.

IMG_9859Step Six:  Tape the A Way With Words Flourished Frame stencil from Suzanne Cannon over the inked cardstock.

IMG_9861Step Seven:  Blend white pigment ink through the Flourished Frame stencil to create a frame around the card.

IMG_9862Step Eight:  Stamp a sentiment onto the card frame from the A Way with Words Soar Collection stamp set.  To be honest, any of the sentiments on the card would be perfect for this card, but I went with the Shoot for the moon sentiment.

IMG_9881I really love how with just a stencil, a stamp set and some ink you can create a really inspiring card.  All of Suzanne Cannon’s sentiment stamp sets are perfect to create on layered inked cards.  If you don’t have any, check out her full line.  Let us know what your favorite A Way with Words sentiment is in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Silk Microfine Glitter

Miss you card with Alcohol inks and Silk Microfine Glitter

April 11, 2020

Hi, there!  The good thing about having to clean out your craft room and then putting it all back in is that you are reminded of all the craft supplies that have been neglected.  I pulled out some alcohol inks today to make a clean and simple cards with the perfect word dies for times such as these.  Who wouldn’t be cheered by such a vibrant card?

So vibrant!

I started with some alcohol inks – Flamingo, Wild Plum, a touch of Purple Twilight and some Gold Mixative.  I just did a strip of it across the Yupo paper instead of covering the whole thing.  I tend to make a mess when I do that so going for a more controlled look here.

I trimmed it down to fit an A2 black card base and added a Miss You die cut in white across the bottom third of the card.  I pulled out the gold touches by adding a butterfly covered in Sand Dunes Microfine Glitter and added some clear beads from my stash.  I don’t remember who made them but you can get a similar effect using Crystal Effects.

Touches of the gold mixative

Such a quick and easy card – and so easy to change up using whatever alcohol inks suits your fancy. 

Thank you for looking and stay safe and healthy!

Diana

ECD Products used:

Other products used:

Tim Holtz alcohol inks

Yupo Paper

Water beads

Black card stock

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

Spring Magic Wall Hanging

April 4, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here! Spring is here and I’m so glad that it has finally arrived. The days are starting to get longer and with the longer days, comes new home decor pieces for my home. For todays project, I’ve created this Spring Magic Wall Hanging.

To create my wall hanging, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio. Read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my wall hanging.

Step One. Die cut the 5 3/4″ Stitched Rectangle out of a thin piece of chipboard or cardboard. Die cut the 5 3/4″ Stitched Rectangle out of a piece of book page. Distress the edges of both rectangles. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose three pieces of coordinating spring paper. From one of the patterned papers, die cut a 5 1/4″ Stitched Rectangle. From the second patterned paper, die cut a 4 3/4″ Stitched Rectangle. From the third patterned paper, die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Rectangle. Distress the edges of all three rectangles. Ink the edges of all three rectangles using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

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

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

Step Five. From the Butterfly Flourish die, die cut the small butterfly twice and the medium butterfly once out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Choose a fourth patterned paper that goes with the previous patterned papers and die cut two small butterflies and one medium butterfly out of the paper.

Step Six. Choose a fifth patterned paper that coordinates with the previous used papers. Die cut the Magic word out of the fifth patterned paper as well as one of the previously used patterned paper.

Step Seven. Choose two of the previously used patterned papers. Die cut the Spring word out of one of the patterned papers and then again out of the second patterned paper.

Step Eight. Adhere the 5 3/4″ book page rectangle to the 5 3/4″ chipboard or cardboard rectangle. Adhere the 5 1/4″ rectangle to the 5 3/4″ rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 5 1/4″ rectangle. Adhere the 4 1/4″ rectangle to the 4 3/4″ rectangle. Foam square the 4 3/4″ rectangle to the 5 1/4″ rectangle.

Step Ten. Adhere the two Spring words together so that the back word becomes a shadow for the top spring word. Adhere the two Magic words together so that the back word becomes a shadow for the top magic word. Adhere the Flourished Oval Frame to the middle of the 4 1/4″ rectangle. Adhere the Spring and Magic word as desired in the oval.

Step Eleven. Fold the wings up on the patterned medium butterfly, apply adhesive to the middle of the butterfly and adhere to the white soft finish cardstock medium butterfly. Fold the wings up on both small white soft finish cardstock butterflies, apply adhesive to the middle of the two butterflies and adhere to the patterned paper small butterflies. Adhere one of the small butterflies to the top right corner of the 4 1/4″ rectangle. Adhere the medium butterfly to the bottom left side of the flourished oval. Adhere the other small butterfly slightly above the medium butterfly.

Step Twelve. To finish the wall hanging, punch two holes at the top of the wall hanging. Tie white twine through the holes to create the hanger part of the wall hanging.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Spring Magic Wall Hanging.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Hickory Smoke
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Spring Patterned Paper, Book Page, Thin Chipboard or Cardboard and White Twine
A Way With Words Cardmaking Soft Finish Cardstock

Once Upon A Time

March 21, 2020

It is an awfully strange times at the moment.  And I am sure someday soon (hopefully sooner rather later) we are all going to say “Once Upon a Time there was this virus…” and all of us crafters spent a lot of time playing with our collection of crafting supplies. It seemed only fitting to pull out Suzanne’s A way with Words Once Upon a Time die and start the story.

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Step One:  Trim a piece of colored Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×12 inches and score and fold to make a 6×6 card frame.  I used Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock.  Die cut the A Way With Words Once Upon a Time die into the card frame.

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Step Two:  Trim a piece of contrasting Soft Finish Cardstock to slightly smaller than 6×6 inches.  I used Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock.

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Step Three:  Adhere the contrasting cardstock inside the card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

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Step Four:  Blend some ink around the edges of the card frame.  I used Crushed Olive Distress Oxide.  I also splashed some shimmer spray onto the card to add some more visual interest.

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Step Five:  Blend the same ink onto the die cut sentiment.

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Step Six:  Using some Kids Choice Glue adhere the sentiment back into the card frame.

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Step Seven:  Die cut three candles from the A Way With Words Flourished Candle die set out of some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  I full die cut our one of the candle dies, but only cut out the top portion for the other two.

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Step Eight:  Blend some ink onto the die cut candle bases.  I used Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide.

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Step Nine:  Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the top die cut piece to the candle bases.

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Step Ten:  Adhere the fully die cut image to the card frame using some Kids Choice Glue.

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Step Eleven:  Add some Peel-off silver border stickers to the edges of the card.  I used the Corners and Borders Straight stickers.

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Step Twelve:  Adhere the other two die cut candles onto the card frame.  I adhered them on an angle and trimmed off the bits that hung off the card frame.  I added some color the flame using some water activated sparkle ink.

Step Thirteen:  Blend some ink onto a scrap of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  Die cut some butterflies from the A Way With Words Butterflies and Stars Spray.

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Step Fourteen:  Adhere the butterflies onto the card frame.

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Before we know, this card will be a perfect way to tell the story of how you sheltered during this world wide shut down.  What are you doing during these strange times and what craft supplies are you playing with?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, Happy crafting.

EK Gorman

A Way With Words Cardmaking Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

Personalized Kid’s Birthday Card

March 14, 2020

Diana here! I made this card for a special little 5 year old boy at his birthday. His favorite color is blue and he and his siblings have been asking for a puppy so I thought I would help out! Lol!

Kids love it when their name is on there!

I started with a 5″x7″ white card base. From there, I started with a vivid blue background sized 4.5″ x 6.5″. I found a lighter blue card stock and cut out the Big Balloon with it – sponging the edges with blue ink just a bit to make the balloon not so flat.

I covered a sheet with Silver Sands Silk Microfine Glitter and from that, cut the Happy Birthday 3. I initially planned for it to go on the balloon by itself but it didn’t stand out as I had hoped so I added a black layer on top. I love the peak of silver behind it. I also added Daniel’s name using the Retro Alphabet Trio set using the smallest of the alphabet dies.

I couldn’t help but add the puppy to the front and used twine to give the impression he was holding the balloon with his mouth. The little G is stands for Daniel’s last name –– major hinting there.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Other supplies:

Light blue and blue cardstock

Twine

Distress Inks

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

Happy Birthday Card

March 7, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here! It’s hard to believe that March is already here and Spring is only 12 days away. With Spring on my mind, I created this very spring-like Happy Birthday Card.

To create my card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon! To compliment the products from Suzanne Cannon, I’ve also used dies from Els van de Burgt Studio and Joset Designs. Read below as I have a tutorial for you on how to recreate my card.

Step One. Die cut a 4″ and a 3″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose two spring themed patterned papers. From the first paper, die cut 4 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. From the second paper, die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle. Ink the edges of the papers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From a third piece of coordinating pattern paper, die cut the Flourished Frame out of it. Ink the edges of the frame using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Die cut the Happy Birthday 3 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the entire surface of the words.

Step Five. From the Trio of Leaves, choose two leaves. Die cut the two leaves out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Shabby Shutters Distress Ink over the entire surface of the leaves.

Step Six. Die cut the same two leaves out of another piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of the leaves.

Step Seven. Choose two of the Large Flowers from the Large Flower set. Choose two more coordinating patterned papers. Die cut the one large flower twice out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut the same large flower twice out of the other patterned paper. Die cut the second large flower twice out of the patterned paper you just used. Ink the edges of the flowers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Choose two small flowers from the Small Flower Set. You’ll also need two of the patterned papers you’ve already used. Die cut one of the flowers twice out of patterned paper. Die cut the other flower out of the other patterned paper. Ink the edges of the flowers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. Die cut the centers from the Small Flowers out of one of the patterned papers. Ink the edges of the centers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

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

Step Eleven. Adhere the flourished frame to the 3 1/2″ rectangle. Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment to the 3″ rectangle as desired.

Step Twelve. Adhere the flowers as desired. Each flower will need two large flowers, one small flower and a center.

Step Thirteen. Trim one of the light green and one of the dark green leaves as desired for the bottom right corner of the card front. Adhere the two trimmed leaves together. Adhere the leaves in the bottom right hand corner of the card front. Adhere one large flower over top of the leaves.

Step Fourteen. Trim the remaining leaves as desired for the top left corner of the card front. Adhere the two trimmed leaves together. Adhere the leaves in the top left hand corner of the card front. Adhere the two large flower over top of the leaves.

Step Fifteen. Cut a card base out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 3/4″ x 9″, score at 4 1/2″. Adhere the card front to the card base.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Happy Birthday Card.

Katelyn

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Other:

  • Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss and Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Graphic 45: Botanical Tea – Just Because, Herbal Infusion, Fauna and Spring Dust
A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Peel-Off Stickers Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Glitter Garden

February 22, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am playing around with both some positive and negative die cutting and a whole host of silk microfine glitter. With spring just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to play around with a garden theme. And I find the Suzanne Cannon line is perfect when you want to play around with die cutting on several layers.

Step One: Prep a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock with a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Die cut the flowers from the A Way with Words Wreath & Elements.

Step Two: Peel the paper from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and add Silk Microfine Glitter to the die cuts.

I used Leaf Green Silk Microfine Glitter for the steams, Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter for the back of the roses, and Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter for the rose outline.

Step Three: Adhere the flower together using Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut the sentiment using the My Garden Flowers die set and the prepared 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Five: Peel half of the adhesive paper off the words. Add Copper Rose Silk Microfine Glitter to the peel half of the die cuts.

Step Six: Peel the second half of the adhesive paper off the words and add Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter to the words.

Step Seven: Trim a piece of Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Blend different green inks onto the trimmed cardstock. I used Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Bundle Sage and Iced Spruce.

Step Eight: Die cut out butterflies from the green blended cardstock using the Butterflies & Stars Sprays. Save the die cut butterflies.

Step Nine: Using Kids Choice Glue adhere the roses and sentiment to the green blended cardstock.

Step Ten: Add a metallic trim to the edges of the cardstock using the Borders & Corners Peel Off Stickers. Glue the left over die cut butterflies to the card frame, letting the light butterflies rest in the dark areas and vice versa.

Step Eleven: Trim a piece of Dusky Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 inches. Score and fold the cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card frame. Add a piece of trimmed Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet to the top corner of the card frame. Add two strips of 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the other side.

Step Twelve: Peel the adhesive paper and adhere the green blended cardstock. Add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the open die cut areas.

Step Thirteen: Add Transparent Crystal Craft Drops to the die cut butterflies to add dimension and sparkle to the added butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed my glitter garden as much as I do.

What are you looking forward most too in spring? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Spring Crafting!

EK Gorman

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