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Always Blossom

July 22, 2022

Hi crafty friends…Michelle here sharing a fun mixed media card! For this I used the a super fun and whimsical Flower Blossom Die from the Art Journal Collection. This die really is quite versatile. Not only is it a fun flower blossom, but I can definitely picture it as a glittery snowflake too! Let’s save that second one for another day.

Step #1 – To begin I added some opaque texture paste to a piece of mixed media cardstock using the Waves Stencil. I didn’t apply an even layer, as I did not want a full coverage over my cardfront. I immediately took both the palette knife and stencil and cleaned them off while the paste was still wet.

Step #2 – Next I sprinkled on some Uncharted Mariner Distress Glaze while the paste was still wet and then used my heat embossing tool to dry both the paste and glaze. I set that aside for a few minutes more to ensure it was fully dry.

Step #3 – I then added 3 different colours of pigment powders….a yellow and 2 blues. I think I added a bit more than I needed, but oh well lol. Next to activate it I added some water, first with a paintbrush and then finished it with a few light spritzes using a spray bottle.

I used a papertowel to dab any areas I felt had a bit too much water or powder. I love how vibrant the colours are. They do soften a bit as they dry, but they are truly gorgeous and they have a beautiful metallic sheen to them.

Step #4 – Next I cut 2 of the Flower Blossoms, first from white and then a mustard yellow colour. These layer up beautifully and you don’t lose any of the gorgeous detail when you do. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere them together but only added the glue in the center of the them, so as to try and have a bit of dimension.

Step #5 – For the sentiment I used the word Blossom from the stamp set of the same name….Blossom. I thought this was perfect for it. I diecut it 3 times to help to make it pop with the coordinating die. I trimmed my stencilled cardstock down to 3.75″x5″. The paper did get a bit warped as I used heat on it and also as it is not a true watercolour paper and the water added helped to contribute to it as well. To help to flatten it out, I ran it through my laminator a few times, as the heat and pressure from it will help to flatten it.

Step #6 – To finish it off, I added some flecks of white and black gouache concentrating on the stencilled part with the pigment powder as best I could. I then ran around the edges with black marker, to add a bit of definition and added it all to an A2 card base. I added the layered blossoms to the right hand side and trimmed off any excess overhang on the side of the card and then added my sentiment to the middle of the blossom.

I really love how fun this is and the flower blossom is really fun too! Like I said above I can totally see this as a gorgeous snowflake too! I love versatile products like that and how your creativity is only limited by your imagination!

I hope you have enjoyed my card today and that it helps to inspire you! I wish you all the most wonderful day and until next time,

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Stamping

Whimsically Kind

June 24, 2022

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a card using the Fun Flourishes Stamp Set from the Art Journal Collection. I absolutely love how cute and whimsical these flowers are and the accompanying images in this stamp set are so fun!

Step 1: I added several different pigment powders to a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed with water. I allowed that to dry mostly on its own and then hit it with a heat tool in the end in the finished product.

Step 2 & 3: Once it was all dry, I stamped out the flower image several times and then fussy cut them all out. These flowers aren’t too involved, so for someone like myself that is not a fan of handcutting, these were relatively easy.

Once dry, the colour of the pigments did fade a bit, so I went back in and added a bit more colour to add that vibrancy back to them.

Step 4: For the background I stamped one of the wreath images in black ink towards the right side of the cardstock, as that is where I wanted to concentrate having my images. I feel like off center is a bit more pleasing to the eye than right in the center. Then I added a few lines of the bubbles coming from the top and bottom of the wreath. I did mask off parts of it using post it notes, as I wanted it to appear as if it was coming out the circle, but not overlapping it. Be sure to remove the post its before you stamp your image or you will have the ink from the mask on your cardstock.

Step 5: Cut cardstock to 3.75″x5″. Next add some flecks of colour using the same colours as I did for the flowers to keep the look cohesive. The one on the right is the image pictured just above and the stamped images are much more crisp. The one on the left was one I did when I was just kind of doing trial and error to see if I liked it all together. And tbh, although I do like the crispness of the second one better, I went a wee bit overboard with the flecks of colour…oops.

Step 6: To finish the card I added a strip of patterned paper to the side and heat embossed in white on black cardstock the word Kindness from the Kindness Stamp Set and used the co-ordinating die set to cut it out. Arrange the 3 flowers around one side of the wreath and add the sentiment. Pop it all up on a white A2 cardbase using some clear double sided adhesive to a piece of craft foam and add a few black iridescent pearls.

Step 7: I did also add a very thin black border around it, to add that last little bit of definition. I decided it in the end that I wanted/it needed it (and when it was all done and put together), so I went around the edge of it with a black sharpie. I had all of my fingers and toes crossed that I didn’t make a mistake and get any on the finished and trimmed cardstock.

I really love how fun this turned out! All of the mages from this stamp go so well together and there are so many possibilities! And how fun are these cute little polka dotted flowers! Thank you so very much for stopping by today! I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day,

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Sea you soon

June 6, 2022

Hi All! Lisanne Here. So the weather will be a little bit better every day so I thought it is time for an ocean themed card. Just a great season to make a lot of fun cards. Today I will use the sea collection from Joset which is great for these type of cards.

First I used a stencil from the Earth Patterns to make a background on the stitched hexagon. I did this with the Elements ink, Mermaid. After that I used the same colour to make the background light blue.

After that I made all the elements for this card. I made the Lighthouse(1754) and the stones from the sea weed(1752) dies. I colored this with different inks like Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Elements Ink. All these colors look perfect with each other.

As you can see I adhered the Lighthouse on the left. I put the stones in front with some coins in between. I thought it was a fun idea but also the yellow color lift up the card.

I used a sentiment from the Splish Splash sentiment ‘sea you soon’ and stamped this on the background with some black ink.

Lastly I adhered two seagulls with an orange beak. Love these small seagulls at the card, not in real haha.

And here is the whole card. I hope you enjoy creating this card as much as I did. Thank you so much for following along. Sea you soon!

Lisanne Geerdink

Elizabeth Craft Design Supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Elements Ink: Blue Lagoon, Mermaid, Graphite, Russet Orange
  • Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Barn Door and Brushed Corduroy
  • Versafine Clair Ink: Nocturne
  • Wink of Stella Clear
Art Journal Collection Cardmaking

Mixed Media Art Journal Card

May 28, 2022

Hi friends…Michelle here with a card that is full of amazing texture that uses some fabulous products from the Art Journal Collection. I just love getting my fingers a bit messy sometimes!

To begin I took a piece of mixed media paper and applied a layer of Distress Crackle paste. I didn’t apply it completely even as I wanted some of the areas to be a bit thicker, as the thicker the paste is applied, the bigger the cracks you will get. This was then set that aside to dry. Once it started to crackle, I helped it along by hitting it with my heat embossing tool to speed up the process abit.

Once the texture was dry, I used 3 of the foliage dies from the Solstice Pocket Die Set and Flower Bouquet and cut them out. I added some pigment powders to them in shades of green and pink and then spritzed with water. I love how the colours sink into the the cracks from the texture paste. I had a small area that the paste came off of one of the leaves, but it just added a bit more texture to it.

Next I took a piece of watercolour paper cut to 4.25″x5.5″ and started to add a random light wash of watercolour 24 Pan Watercolour Pan concentrating on the right side of the paper. I applied this in layers, starting very light and then going in a bit deeper, to bring layers and some depth to it.

When the first 2 layers of watercolour was dry, I used the Make Your Mark Stencil and added added some glass paste over the hexagon section to the watercoloured area. This paste dries clear and has little microbeads in it. So not only does it add the usual texture as it is a paste, but it also adds that extra layer from the microbeads. This was then set aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Prosperity Stamp set, cut it out with the coordinating die and cut it out 2 more times, without stamping it. This will help to add some dimension to the sentiment and also a bit of stability too.

To finish it off I used the torn edge from the Journal Edges 2 on the left side. I also added a bit more watercolour over the stencilled area to define it more and add even more layers of depth to it and then finished it with some paint flecks using a black gouache.

It was added to a black top folding A2 cardbase using a black craft foam. I layered the 3 floral/greenery diecuts and added adhered parts of it using a liquid adhesive and left some of them without adhesive, to add more dimension to it. I added the sentiment using small foam squares that I cut into thirds to try and hide behind the small areas and then added a few black pearls to complete it.

I absolutely love how this came together! The foliage dies are just perfect….and exactly what I’ve been searching for for awhile now. And how fab is the torn edge die! It gives that perfect torn edge look to it and we all know how hard it is to get a nice looking torn edge! The Art Journal Collection can be used for much more than just for art journals. Many of the elements as you can see above, work brilliantly for cards as well and I am sure they would be just as perfect for scrapbook pages.

I hope that this helps to inspire you to step out of that crafty box and use products for more then just 1 way.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day!

Supplies Used:

Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Summer Journal Special Videos

How to Assemble the Slider Pocket page

March 13, 2022
Hello again, Annette Green here today with some more planner pages, including a fun, interactive page using the Slider Pockets die set, Planner Essentials 31. I’m still catching up on my 2021 planner from last Summer with these bright and sunny colors and photos. I’ve included a “Craft With Me” style video below to share how to assemble the Slider Pocket page, in case you’ve not tried it yet. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easier than you think!

Prior to the Slider Pocket page, I created this spread in my full-size planner, where I used parts from the Summer Special Insert like the palm tree and some of the leaves, and the word Summer, and the new Photo Pocket Pages for the two photos on the right.
The photo pocket pages are one of my new favorites for keeping things simple while adding additional photos to your layouts. So what’s under those interactive flaps on the right page? Watch the video to find out, as I share how to engineer this die, how to add photos, and some tips about altering the pull tab in the middle. Thanks for popping in today. Have a lovely day!
Art Journal Collection

Happy Holidays

December 14, 2021

Hi there.

It’s Tanja here and I would like to show you how to create this sweet Christmas Card.

Step 1: Die-Cutting

  • die cut the houses, the bow and the hearts from the Winter Home Pocket die set

Step 2: Creating the Background

  • create the background using watered-down Distress Ink (Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough)
  • add splatters with Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter
  • stamp the sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments Set with Versafine Clair Morning Mist

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  • wrap a thread of twine round the panel before asdhering it to a cardbase
  • add Stickles Crystal to the hearts and highlights to the houses with a white gel pen

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Watercolor Paper
Distress Ink (Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough)
Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
twine
white gel pen
Stickles Crystal

Art Journal Collection Joset Designs Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Uncategorized

To…. From…

December 12, 2021

Hii all! It’s is Lisanne here today with a new blogpost. It is almost Christmas so let’s give some cards to lovely people around you.

For this post I want to share an explosion card. This card is made with a punchboard from We R Memory Keepers and decorate with ECD stuff. It will be a great gift for my 2 cousins.

First I start with making the envelope. I used a piece of the beautiful Worn Wood Paper. At the front I stamped ‘To:…… From:…. This is a stamp who is in the Classic Christmas kit.

In the right corner I made a snowflake with some Nuvo Glimmer Paste and the mask from de AJS Winter stencils.

I add some trees from Planner Essentials 13 for the snowflake. Just coloured with some Distress Ink and adhere it.

On the backside is a stamp from the Classic Christmas Kit to and a banner with ‘hold here’. And then…….

Open the envelope. So you can hold and pull.

As you can see you can see things like a punchboard in combination with dies, paper and masks from ECD. I realy like it. Hopefully you enjoyed it to.

Thankyou so much for watching! See you soon!

Kind regards Lisanne Geerdink.

ECD Supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Versafine Clair Ink: Nocturne and Morning Mist
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
  • We R Memory Keepers Punchboard Explosion Card
  • Paper Distresser
  • Distress Ink: Pine Needles, Ground Espresso, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Black Soot
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

Fall is here

October 26, 2021

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Art Journal Page.

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • die cut the Decorative Insert from patterned paper from the Wanderlust paper pack and two of the Mystical Mushrooms from watercolor paper

Step 2: Creating the Background

  • stamp some weeds from the Kindness set with Versamark and heat-emboss them with Ranger Aqua Tinsel embossing powder
  • stamp the sentiment with the help of the Morning Letters set, Versamark and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder

Step 3: Adding Color

  • color the mushrooms using the watercolor palette and Finetec Mica Watercolors Inca Gold
  • adhere them to the page with a strip of corrugated cardboard

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other
Versamark
Ranger Aqua Tinsel and Liquid Platinum embossing powder
corrugated cardboard

Art Journal Collection Joset Designs Planner Essentials

Halloween decoration

October 20, 2021

The new Elizabeth Craft Designs release from both Esther and Joset are so much fun that they invite for more than just planner pages or cards. I made this “scarry house” into a list to give it a cozy place in the house during the Halloween period.

So I started working with all kinds of dies, ink, embossing powders, gilding wax, glossy accents and embossing plates. I walked around with very dirty fingers for 2 days but the result is there.

Look at that scarecrow. It would even scare me!

And the hayloft, I wouldn’t like to spend the night there either.

The hay wagon is full of pumpkins but has also been left like this, it will not be the farmer in the hayloft????

Even the farm, by day he looks so friendly but by night, brrrrr

There she goes, the witch, on her broomstick and accompanied by bats.

Everything in a nice frame that I first embossed with a very old embossing stencil.

This is the background made with Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock and all kinds of inks, sprays and water. I personally think it turned out to be a very nice project. I love doing this so much, playing with everything I have and then more and more ideas and things come up. Secretly I can go on with this project for hours but my art teacher once said that you have to stop on time. It may not be a drawing but I took that advice to heart, enough is enough.

I hope you also get a bit inspired and see what else is possible with all these beautiful dies and stamps from Joset and Ester’s collections.

It’s a bit early yet but wishing you all a nice Halloween!

With love Marjolijn.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

December Day by Day

September 16, 2021

Yeah I know I’m a little early on but oh it’s so much fun too!

It should be a little more spread out over the year but Christmas and Halloween are my favorite parts to create for.

This page is for my DDBD (December Day By Day)

The wish lists are there, and for me there is only 1 thing on the list.

I want……a white christmas. Snow!!!!

I made this page with the Planner Essentials 22 Top loading. He’s so much fun, one of my favorite die sets.

The paper I used is from Charlene and Ilse’s collection Mystical Winter.

And this super cute Santa, is from Joset’s collection. Wonderful to combine everything together.

The party just keeps getting bigger.

Here are the wish lists. The stamp is from my own collection, the text stamp is from E.C.D. CS157. So cute!!!

In the top loader I glued a package of a stamp set and used it as a shaker. There’s mica in it.

I made the text with the Planner Essentials 23 Retro alphabet trio.

The date is stamped in the background. For this I used the Long & Tall numbers with December stamped with the CS116 months. Unfortunately I no longer see it in the shop.

The page is finished with the snow stars from reinforcement pack 2 that have been edited with Silk Microfine Glitter Cool diamond.

This page makes me happy and I hope you do too.

Are you a little inspired again?!

Browse through the stuff you already have, there are so many fun things you can create…..let’s get started.

Thank you for your visit

With love, Marjolijn. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Planner Essentials 22 Top loading

Mystical Winter paper

Santa Claus

Planner Essentials 23 Retro Alphabet

CS157 a way with words

Long&Tall numbers

CS116 Months

reinforcement pack 2

silk microfine glitter cool diamond

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