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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 Joset Designs

Congratulations!

July 11, 2020

Hi! How many hobbies do you have? And have you ever combined your hobbies? I love the cards with the machine stitching, cross- stitching, watercoloring… It’s a surprising amount of things you can pull into your cards. Today I am doing a very easy one – adding origami paper to my card. My son got these and gave me the “less cool” ones and I thought they were perfect to use with the Asian Accessories die set.

I die cut the lantern out of 4 sheets of origami at a time – which is a great time saver since the paper is thinner than regular card stock. The paper is so very pretty and also has a nice, almost velvety texture that adds to the card.

To start the card, I trimmed a sheet of white card stock to 5 5/16″ x 4 1/8″ and sponged the top a soft blue. Using an awl, I poked two small holes at the top and strung a gold wire through it. ( I lost the packaging but I think it is 24 gauge or thinner.) I found this to be a lot easier to control than twine and love the shine to it. I popped up 3 lanterns with foam tape on them. The strings that attach the lantern to the wire was cut from black card stock that had the double sided adhesive on the back. Carefully put one side in front of the wire and the other on the back.

The final addition is a the die cut of Congratulations covered with Silver Sands Microfine Silk glitter with a black drop shadow. I’m looking forward to when I could use this motif for a party invitation!

-Diana

ECD products used:

Congratulations die

Asian accessories die set

Silver Sands microfine glitter

Double sided adhesive tape

Other products used:

Patterned Origami paper

Black and white card stock

Blue ink

24 gauge craft wire

foam tape

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

Shoot For The Moon Card

July 4, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Shoot For The Moon Card.

To create my Shoot For The Moon Card, I’ve used a variety of dies and stamps from Suzanne Cannon as well as Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Die cut a 4″ Stitched Rectangle out of kraft cardstock.

Step Two. Die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Three. Die cut a 2 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. From the Soar Collection stamp set, you’ll need the shoot for the moon quote. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp in the middle of the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle.

Step Four. Die cut the Flourish Frame from the Flourish Frame die out of a piece of black cardstock.

Step Five. Die cut the Stars Spray from the Butterflies & Stars Spray die out of Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock. Choose a total of nine stars.

Step Six. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Seven. Foam square the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle to the middle of the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Eight. Place the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle in the middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Adhere three stars in the top right corner underneath the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Adhere two stars in the bottom left corner underneath the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Adhere the remaining four stars as desired on the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Foam square the 2 1/2″ stitched rectangle to the middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle.

Step Nine. 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 Shoot For The Moon Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock and Black Cardstock
A Way With Words

Trying New Things

June 29, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! One of the most fun things for me to do in crafting is to try out new techniques. I love cruising You-Tube to find out new things to try. In today’s post, I’m trying stamping with a stencil using water on distress oxide inks.

My first card using the super fun new stamps from Sue. This one from the For You Stamps. I stamped it in black ink and then moved it just slightly and stamped it again with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. It is die cut with a Stitched Circles Die. I adhered the circle to a piece of blue cardstock and fussy cut the border. Then I die cut a Mandala Die using 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock and 101mm Double Sided Adhesive and stuck that to the background and added a few White Craft Drops.

For that fun background, I applied Distress Oxide ink (Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Candied Apple) on 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I think spritzed lightly the Dot Dot Dot… template with water and laid it over the rainbow of ink and pressed it in with a paper towl. After heat drying, I got the last image to the right. It’s so pretty! I then die cut it using the Fitted Indented Rectangles Dies.

I decided to try it again with lighter colors. Here I used Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistaschio and Speckled Egg. I love the look of this softer version too. The background is cut with a Fitted Rounded Rectangle. I love that stamp from the Pieces of Life 4 – Retro Stamps. (Hint: lots of good sentiments in that set!) I die cut it with the Stitched Circles die and added a Blooming Branches die cut that I’d colored up with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. To this card, I also added a smidge of lace and some Silver Craft Drops.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Distress Oxides, Black Ink, Lace, and blue cardstock

A Way With Words

Make a Wish

June 27, 2020

Hey Friends!  It’s EK Gorman back to share one of my favorite things in this world to do when making cards.  I just love to make a card that looks elegant and lovely, but in fact has an underlined teasing tone to it.  One of my favorite stamps to create this type of card is A Way With Words Happy Birthday Collection stamp set.  It has just the right amount of elegance and teasing to create the perfect birthday card for that friend who might be getting old.

IMG_0263Step One:  Pull out a piece of Yupo paper and splatter on some alcohol ink to create a background.

IMG_0264Step Two:  Die cut the yupo paper with the A Way with Words Big Balloon die set.

IMG_0265Step Three:  Using a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  Blend a collection of coordinating ink onto the cardstock to create a soft background.

IMG_0266Step Four:  Adhere the balloon onto the cardstock using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

IMG_0267Step Five:  Die cut and adhere the bow to the balloon from the Big Balloon die set.  I used Kids Choice Glue to adhere the bow.

IMG_0268Step Six:  Using a permanent black ink and a stamping platform, stamp the sentiment onto the balloon from the Happy Birthday Collection stamp set.

IMG_0329Step Seven:  Adhere the card front to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Trim any bit of the balloon that hangs off the card frame.

IMG_0330I hope my birthday card makes you smile.  Let us know in the comments below if you enjoy making cards that make people laugh.  Until then, happy crafting.


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

A Way With Words Cardmaking Planner Essentials

Happy Father’s Day

June 14, 2020

With Father’s day just around the corner, we thought today would be a great time to showcase some wonderful projects for dad. What better way to celebrate this special day with a handmade card, planner page or scrapbook layout. We hope these creations will inspire you to get started on your Father’s day project.

First project is from one of our new designers Joseph Nguyen who greated this adorbale dad card using the Honey Bear die set in combination with the fishing rod from the Camping Accessories and the hat from the Safari Accessories. For the word “dad” Joseph used dies from the Planner Essentials 23 – Retro Alphabet Trio. Love the sparkles on this card from the Silk Microfine Glitter. To see more of Joseph’s creations, make sure to check out his Facebook page HERE.

Next project is from Joyce Schmidt who is also one of our new designers. Joyce made this stunning card using the Vintage Gentleman die set in combination with the Postage Stamp Squares. To color she used some beautiful embossing powders and Distress Inks. For more informtion on how to create this card, make sure to check out this video.

Katelyn Gosart made this beautiful layered happy father’s day card using the reindeer die from the Planner Essentials 13 – Xmas Winter Insert in combination with the Planner Patterns and the Entwined Circles. For the base of her card she used the Stitched Squares and Stitched Circles. Love seeing Christmas dies being used all year round. For more information, make sure to check out Katelyn’s blog HERE.

Let’s have a drink. A great card for Father’s day created by EK Gorman. Love the ink background standing off with the cocktail and the masculine colors. For the cocktail EK used the Summer Drink die set and for the sentiment the Words 3 – Happy Holidays and Beach Sentiments. For more info on how to create this card, check out EK’s blog HERE.

Next card is from Karen Ostergard who also used the fishing rod from the Camping Accessories, this time in combination with the Hippo/Rhino die set. Love the paper that Karen picked for the background that almost looks like water. For the sentiment she used the Build Your Own Sentiment 1. A great card for Father’s day. Find out more on Karen’s blog HERE.

Next project is created by Marjolijn van Elsberg. She created this beautiful tag with a picture of her husband, the father of their daughter Sarah. What a beautiful gift for this special day. Marjolijn did a lot of work on the Gelli plate and used alcohol inks to get this beautiful vintage look. She also used a few dies from the Planner Essentials line to decorate the tag. Find out more on Marjolijn’s blog HERE.

Laura Gilhuly created this beautiful scrapbook page for Father’s day using a combination of dies and stamps from the Planner Essentials Collection as well as the Kaleidoscope Background and the Make Your Mark Stencil. Laura also used the beautiful Watercolor Palette. I love the many details on this page and the colors she picked. For more information on how to re-create this page, make sure to check out Laura’s blog HERE.

Samantha Klaebe created two beautiful masculine birthday cards using the Geometric background die in combination with the Watercolor Palette and the Your Day stamps designed by Sue Smith. A great card that can be used for many occasions depending on the sentiment used. I love the bright colors she picked. For more information, make sure to check out Samantha’s blog HERE.

Tanja Kabel created this beautiful card that is easy to re-create and can be used for many different occasions like retirement, happy holidays, birthdays and more. For this card she used the Palm Trees die set in combination with the Build Your Own Sentiments 1. I love the cloud backgound she created. Make sure to check out Tanja’s blog HERE for more inspiration.

One last card featuring the Camping Accessories and the Honey Bear die sets. I love the clean look of this card created by Tina Guigui. For the sentiment she used the Build Your Own Sentiments 1. A popular stamp set that creates lots of fun sentiments. The little bees are included in the Honey Bear set and the pond in the Bridge & Lotus set. For more info, check out Tina’s blog HERE.

Suzanne Canon created this simple yet elegant card for dad using a combination of dies from her A Way With Words Collection. For the sentiment she combined the Mr from the “Mr and Mrs” set and de perfect from the “You are perfect” set. Love how versatile these dies are. For the background she used the Stitched Rectangles and the Flourished Frame. Find more info HERE.

Last project for today is this masculine card created by Annette Green who used the car from the Planner Essentials 16 – Christmas Tree page. Another great example that Christmas dies can be used all year round by leaving out little details or adding some. Annette picked some beautiful paper for her background to match the truck. For more info, make sure to check out Annette’s blog HERE.

A Way With Words Cardmaking

Walk in Peace and Kindness

June 13, 2020

Today I am sharing a very clean and simple card – some days we just need that kind of thinking – or more likely for me, all that I am capable of at the moment. Lol!

Recently Els did a Friday tutorial (Sparkling Zen cards)on using the glitter on the bamboo dies. It inspired me to go through my set of stamps to see what saying would go with it. Normally, I find the stamp first and then choose the embellishments. I found this lovely sentiment from A Bit of Fragrance Collection by Suzanne Cannon. I think it is just a wonderful reminder during these crazy times.

After creating my glittered bamboo, I set them aside to do the background. I chose a stitched edge rectangle and sponged the edges a soft blue and green as pictures. After arranging (but not adhering the bamboo) to the card, I carefully stamped the sentiment in the open space. I then glued the bamboo stalks on and the entire thing to a white card base. Very easy but the glitter makes it a fancy card to me.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Elizabeth Craft Products used:

Other products used:

White card stock

Green and blue distress ink

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

Good Luck Card

June 6, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Good Luck Card.

To create my Good Luck Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from Suzanne Cannon as well as Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose a piece of patterned paper. Die cut a 4″ Stitched Rectangle out of the patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Using a blending tool with foam, ink the edges of the rectangle with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Step Two. Choose a piece of coordinating patterned paper. Die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Rectangle out of the coordinating patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Using a blending tool with foam, ink the edges of the rectangle with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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

Step Four. Choose a piece of coordinating patterned paper. Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of the coordinating patterned paper. Using a blending tool with foam, ink the edges of the frame with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Step Five. From the same piece of patterned paper that you’ve die cut the 3 1/2″ rectangle out of, die cut a 2 1/2″ Stitched Oval out of the patterned paper. Distress the edges of the oval. Using a blending tool with foam, ink the edges of the oval with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Step Six. Die cut the Good Luck sentiment out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Seven. Apply Emboss It Ink to a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Sprinkle Dilly Dilly Lavender Modern Gilding Powder on to the cardstock. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Apply Emboss It Ink to another piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Sprinkle Armenian Pink Modern Gilding Powder on to the cardstock. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Die cut the Butterflies Spray from the Butterflies & Stars Spray out of the Dilly Dilly Lavender cardstock. Die cut the Butterflies Spray out of the Armenian Pink cardstock. You’ll need a total of nine lavender butterflies and ten pink butterflies.

Step Eight. Adhere the Flourished Frame to the 4″ stitched rectangle. Adhere the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle to the 4″ stitched rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the flourished oval frame to the stitched oval. Foam square the stitched oval to the middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched rectangle. Adhere the Good Luck sentiment to the middle of the flourished oval frame.

Step Ten. Adhere the purple and pink butterflies as desired around the Good Luck sentiment and flourished oval frame.

Step Eleven. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″. 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 Good Luck Card.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Quietfire Design: Modern Gilding Powder – Dilly Dilly Lavender and Armenian Pink
  • Graphic 45: Fairie Dust Collection – Daisy Chain, Tiny Toadstools and Moonlit Blooms
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
A Way With Words Craft Drops Stamping

Be Brave, Be Yourself

May 23, 2020

IMG_0073Hey Friends!  It’s EK, and today I am make some unique graduation cards for a very unique time.  Right now nothing feels or looks normal, so crafting a few high school graduation cards in the traditional way seemed inappropriate.  So I thought, it might be fun to create a unique look for these graduates who are learning to grow up too fast.  I found that designer Suzanne’s A Way With Words Be Brave Bold Yourself die set was perfect for the look for which I was aiming.

IMG_0058Step One:  Blend some water soluble ink over Watercolor Paper trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  I used Distress Oxides in Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, and Frayed Burlap in an ombre corner to corner blend.

IMG_0059Step Two:  Spray the Watercolor Paper with watercolor spray.  I used Distress Oxide in Tattered Rose.

IMG_0060Step Three:  Let the ink spray dry.  I just love how this turned out and find the look a little romantic.

IMG_0061Step Four:  Die cut the inked paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

IMG_0062Step Five:  Die cut the graduation sentiment from the inked paper with the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set.  I choose to use the sentiment ‘Be Brave, Be Yourself’.  The really cool thing about die cutting the way I have, is that you can make two separate cards from this one die cut. You can use the negative inked paper and the die cut works to create two unique cards.

IMG_0063Step Six:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the inked cardstock to a piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.

IMG_0064Step Seven:  Set the die cut sentiment back into the open spaces, and adhere the negative die cut pieces back into the open places using some Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0065Step Eight:  Adhere the the lavender cardstock to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  To finish the first card, add a few drop of Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

IMG_0070Here is the finished look of the first card using the negative pieces of the die cut from the Be Brave Bold Yourself  die set.

IMG_0066Step Nine:  To create the second card, die cut a second trimmed piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.  Adhere the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set die cut piece onto the cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0067Step Ten:  Add some heart stamping from Susanne’s A Way With Words Love & Hearts Collection stamp set using some pale purple ink.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet.

IMG_0068Step Eleven:  Adhere the cardstock to an A2 card frame for the finished look.

IMG_0072I just adore how these two cards came out and think they will be a fun card for these special 2020 graduates.  Are you creating cards for graduates this year?  Are you creating a traditional looking card or are you creating a unique one to symbolize the uniqueness of these times?  Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

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