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Believe in Yourself

August 18, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Mixed Media Flower Card:

Step 1: Die-Cutting and Stamping

  • die cut one of the Stitched Rectangles from smooth white cardtsock
  • stamp the blossoms from the First Sights of Spring set with Lawn Fawn River Rock Ink

Step 2: Coloring

  • color the image and the background with Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers
  • ink up the edges of the panel with Distress Ink Black Soot and a Mini Ink Blending Tool

Step 3: Adding Texture and a Sentiment

  • ink up the dictionary style stamp from the Background Stamps 3 set with Versafine Clair Morning Mist and partially stamp it all around the background
  • add splatters with watered-down black acrylic paint
  • adhere a pre-made sentiment strip with clear double-sided adhesive

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other
Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers
Lawn Fawn River Rock
Versfaine Clair Morning Mist
Distress Ink Black Soot
black acrylic paint
Mini Ink Blending Tool

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Beware!!!!

August 12, 2020

Anyone who knows me a little, knows that I love Halloween. I like dress-up parties, theme parties and everything that has to do with witches. In a past life I must have been a witch once, lol.

This year I will make an October day by day so that I can count down to the 31st…..HALLOWEEN!

Today I show you page 1 of my Halloween Day By Day.

I work in the sidekick planner, which is a really nice format for this special month.

This time I made a planner pocket top loading, just like in the big planner. I made this myself with a little imagination. On my blog I showed earlier how to make this pocket. See it HERE.

The pocket insert will be my first page of my Halloween DBD. I decorated the pocket with a few cute stamps and dies. I stamped the cute witch and the bats (halloween party) on soft finish cardstock and colored it with the watercolor palette.

With the Note pieces Planner Essentials set I made the tag to put in the pocket. I finished it with the tab from the planner filmstrip set.

I also made the frame for a photo that you can add later. The lantern die is included in the Art journal set of streetlights. 

The page is finished with reinforcers from the Planner Essentials set 11. I made the date with filmstrip numbers.

I made this nice pendants, which might be more to come later, by stamping the stamps from the Halloween party set on shrink foil. They are colored in with pencil. I carefully cut them out, gave them a hole and let them shrink with the heat tool. 

Here and there I added an accent with a white gellyroll pen and they got a layer of glossy accents.

This is the page I wanted to show you this time. Hope you enjoy it and hope you love Halloween as much as I do!

Have fun,

Marjolijn.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

A Way With Words Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

Miss You

August 9, 2020

The theme for today’s post is all about the things we’ve missed during the summer months. We asked our designers to create miss you cards or cards that they would like to send to their loved ones. Or perhaps a beautiful scrapbook or planner page with their special summer memories. 

First project is created by Tanja Kabel who made this colorful miss you card using the Bubbles die set in combination with the Morning Letters stamp set. She used White Soft Finish Cardstock for the Stitched Rectangle background and die cuts and colored the inside of the bubbles with Watercolors. What a beautiful look! For more info on how to re-create this card, visit Tanja’s blog HERE

Next card is created by Katelyn Grosart who used the beautiful Floral Insert die set from the Traveler’s Notebook collection in combination with the Bloom stencil from the Art Journal collection. Love the dimension of the flowers. She also used the Stitched Indented Rectangles and the Watercolor Palette. For more details, visit Katelyn’s blog HERE.

In the same color scheme as Katelyn’s card is this next card created by Karen Ostercard. Love the artsy look of this card. Karen used the Earthy Girls stamp set in combination with the Beaded Circle Frames die set. For the background she used the Patterns 1 Stamps and the quote is from the Pieces of Life 3 – Quotes. Find more details HERE

For Joseph Nguyen the question of what do you miss is “love” the world everywhere is hurting and love is needed again. A beautiful card with lots of sparkle and cuteness. Who doesn’t want to receive this very thoughtful card? I think we all do and love is needed everywhere. Josepf used the Fox die set in combination with some beautiful Silk Microfine Glitter. 

Next card is created by Suzanne Canon using the beautiful A Way With Words Miss you die in combination with the Flourishes Frames. The frame die set is so versatile and can be used for many themes and occasions. Find more beautiful creations on Suzanne’s blog HERE

EK Gorman created these 2 adorable cards using new dies and stamps from the Storybook collection. For the backgrounds she used the Floral Burst Background die and added a cute little frog on one of the card and a fairy on the other. Both dies included in the collection. The sentiment are from the new Once Upon a Time and Prince & Frog stamp sets. Find more details HERE

More beautiful background dies included in the Storybook collection. Tina Guigui used the Organic Triangle background die for her card in combination with an entwined heart from the Entwined Hearts die set. Absolutely love the rainbow color scheme of this card. For more info on how to re-create this card, visit Tina’s blog HERE

Marjolijn van Elsberg missed her best friend over the summer and therefore she created this beautiful page for in her planner. She used the Planner Essentials 20 – Half Heart Page set in combination with dies from the Planner Essentials 24 – Photo Frame Pages. Love how she decorated the heart using sentiments from the Family stamp set (CS120). To see more of Marjolijn’s pages, visit her Blog HERE

Annette Green created this adorable miss you card using the new Frog die set in combination with the Leaf Pattern Background. Love the combination of these 2. The small flowers are from the Once Upon a Time Accessories set. What an exciting little frog. This will sure but a smile on the recipient face. For more info make sure to check out Annette’s blog HERE.

Sandy Diller had the exact same ideas for her card using the cute little Frog die in combination with the Leaf Pattern Background. Love the Silk Microfine Glitter background she created. There are 2 different shaped legs included in the Frog set so you could either make a jumping frog like Annette did or a sitting frog like Sandy’s. Just adorable! Find more details HERE

Last but not least is this beautiful elegant card created Diana Hua who made this card for her son who was away all summer. What a thoughtful idea. Diana used the Balloons die set in combination with the A Way With Words Welcome die. Love the colors of the balloons. This card can easily be turned into a birthday card by simply changing the sentiment to the beautiful A Way With Words Happy Birthday die. For more info, make sur to check out Diana’s blog HERE

Art Journal Collection Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Imagine Wall Hanging

August 4, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Imagine Wall Hanging.

To create my Imagine Wall Hanging, I’ve used a variety of dies, stamps and stencils from Charlene and Ilse’s Art Journal Specials Collection as well as dies from Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my wall hanging at home.

Step One. Die cut a 4 3/4″ Stitched Indented Square out of Black Cardstock. Distress the edges of the square.

Step Two. Die cut a 4 1/4″ Stitched Indented Square out of a piece of book page. Place the Storytelling stencil in the middle of the square. Using a palette knife and Texture Paste Opaque Matte through the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the stenciled area to dry. Once the square is dry, distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the square using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut the Bubbles out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the bubbles. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder over the entire surface. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Four. Die cut the right Ornate Gateway die out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the gateway using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. From the Streetlights die, die cut the street lamp out of black cardstock.

Step Six. Die cut one of the blooming branches from the Blooming Branches die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the other bloom out of a piece of book page.

Step Seven. Choose two of the leaves from the Spring Fling Stamp Set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to both stamps and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the leaves in using the Watercolour Palette and a waterbrush. Once the images have dried, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the leaves using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Next, you’ll need the cotton stamp from the First Sights of Spring Stamp Set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the cotton in using the Watercolour Palette and a waterbrush. Once the image has dried, fussy cut it out. Ink the edges of the cotton using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. From the Morning Letters Stamp Set, you’ll need the letters to spell out Imagine. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to each of the letters and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish cardstock to spell the word imagine. Fussy cut the word out. Ink the edges of the word using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Ten. Adhere the 4 1/4″ stitched indented square to the 4 3/4″ stitched indented square.

Step Eleven. Adhere the bubbles to the middle of the 4 1/4″ stitched indented square. Foam square the ornate gate to the middle of the bubbles. Adhere the street lamp to the middle of the ornate gate.

Step Twelve. Adhere the first blooming branch overtop and to the left of the street lamp. Adhere the other blooming branch overtop and to the right of the street lamp. Adhere one of the stamped branches slightly overtop of the left blooming branch. Adhere the other stamped branch slightly overtop of the right blooming branch.

Step Thirteen. Foam square the cotton image to the middle of the branches making sure that you can see part of the street lamp. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the imagine word to the right side of the cotton.

Step Fourteen. Punch two holes at the top of the 4 3/4″ stitched indented square. Tie a piece of twine through the two holes to create the hanging part for your wall hanging.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink, Emboss It Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Book Page and Twine
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Silk Microfine Glitter

Happy Place

August 2, 2020

Does that ever happen to you? You start something and suddenly it becomes something completely different than you planned? 

Well, to me this happens on a regular basis. 

I started a page about week 2 of July but it became a page of my Happy Place. Well, actually a summary of week 2 because I spent all my free time in my Happy Place😉

I’m working on a big project and I can’t and won’t show anything about it until it’s complete. That’s the reason why there are no pictures added to this page yet.

For this page I used Esther’s patterned design paper, Reminiscence, I love it!!!

The left page is made of Soft Finish Cardstock and colored with Oxide Inks gathered twigs, faded jeans and iced spruce. I also added some ink on the patterned paper page so the two would match nicely together.

Between the pages I made a pocket, I’m in love with that die set! On the pocket I adhered the ECD logo and a piece of the banner that sat around the sidekick beach planner. It came with a very sweet note, real happy mail!!

I kept the note and the nice sticker in the pocket. 

For the pages I used various Sidekick and Planner Essentials and Art Journal stamps and dies.

I also used Silk Microfine Glitter to color some of my die cuts. I first cut the images out of cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Tape and then sprinkled it with the glitter. This Silk Microfine Glitter, yellow & turquoise really doesn’t give off, I find that a very nice side effect. 

I’ve had a lot of fun creating this page again and hopefully I’ve inspired you a little bit.

See you next time! 😉

Marjolijn.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

We are unstoppable

July 21, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this flower card step by step:

Step 1: Stamping the focal image

  • stamp some flowers and leaves from the beautiful Spring Fling set with Versafine Clair Nocturne onto a piece of watercolor paper

Step 2: Stamping the Sentiment

  • stamp the first and second part of the sentiment from the Words & Layers set with that same black ink

Step 3: Coloring

  • color the image with colors from the Watercolor Set

Step 4: Splatters and more Stamping

  • add some splatters with dark grey watercolor
  • stamp some patterns around the borders from the Background Stamps 1 Set

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Other
Versafine Clair Nocturne

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Oh Happy Day

July 13, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! When I sat down to craft today, I decided I just wanted to craft something FuN and positive. There’s so much craziness in the world, and crafting gives me my sanity breaks. I’m sure it’s the same for many of you.

I started off with two Stitched Rectangle Die cuts (2nd largest size) of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. On the left, I used Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans and the Dot Dot Dot stencil. On the right, I used Distress Oxide in Speckled Egg and the Make Your Mark Stencil.

Love those fun stencils. I also mixed up a bit of Wilted Violet with some water and splashed it with a paint brush here and there.

I took another two pieces of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock and inked one up with more Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg and Wilted Violet. On this one, I stamped from the Garden Flowers and First Sights of Spring stamps and fussy cut out the flowers. On the second piece, I inked it up with Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce and die cut the Blooming Branches dies. Finally, I stamped two sentiments on pieces that were left over using the Pieces of Life 4 – Retro stamps. I die cut them with a small circle I found in the Planner Labels set.

I had a bit of this fun lacy paper in my stash, so I also die cut this piece using the Planner Patterns dies. I cut it in half so I’d have enough for two cards. Each half is tucked behind a piece of the Reminiscence paper that I cut a few strips of for each card.

Finally, I assembled it all and added a few diamond dots and then added it to a card base. I love how my arty cards turned out and am grateful for you stopping by to take a look!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other Supplies:

Lacy White Paper, Distress Oxides, Diamond dots

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Happy Greenville Residents Planner Pages

July 8, 2020
Hello again everyone, it’s Annette Green here today to share some recent pages in my Greenville planner. We’ve been living here in Greenville, South Carolina a few weeks now, and it’s been great fun documenting our journey. I’ll show you how I created these pages using the new Reminiscence cardstock collection (a true favorite of mine) along with some other “found” materials.
With just a few sheets from the Reminiscence collection, a brochure of Greenville, a few paper bags from one of our favorite little stops along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, my photos and of course the fabulous Planner Essentials and Sidekick Essentials dies, I created my pages quickly and easily.
I started with my base page using the Planner Essentials 2 die and the collaged green page from the Reminiscence cardstock. I folded the smaller paper bag to my desired size, then reinforced the back with a piece from the larger paper bag. I added different reinforcements to the holes of each, then die-cut the tabs shown on the right.
After attaching the tabs to both sides of the bag, I stitched around the perimeter with black thread in my sewing machine. This is a great way to add a bit of outline and interest to a page. If you don’t sew, you can always hand-draw some stitching. I fussy-cut the other pieces shown from the collection, stitching on some of them. Finally, I fussy-cut a sunflower and added it to my paper bag.
Next I started laying my photo frames and other elements around the pages to get an idea of placement and balance. The frames shown here are from the new Sidekick Essentials 1 & 8.
Once I’m happy with placement, I print my photos and start adhering elements down. At this point, I can see where I need something more – like another fussy-cut sunflower in the lower right corner, for example.
Sometimes there’s not a lot of room left for journaling…
A great solution for this is to journal right in your photo editing software like I’ve done here with my caption for this bike photo.
I needed to add one more page to hold this great brochure/map of Greenville (I loved the fun illustration on the cover, and the colors coordinate with my theme nicely) so I created a see-through pocket using the Planner Essentials 22 Pocket 4 die (top loading) and lined it with a piece of vellum. For some smaller photos, I die-cut three frames from Planner Essentials 4.
Pocket-style dies provide more room for additional photos, journaling and memorabilia.
My pages are complete and ready to add to my Greenville Planner!
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my latest Greenville planner pages. There’s more to come next month as I continue on my journey. Below is the list and links to the products I’ve used today, in addition to the Reminiscence cardstock collection.
Art Journal Collection Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Dream Tag

July 7, 2020

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

To create my Dream Tag, I’ve used a variety of dies, stamps and stencils from Charlene and Ilse’s Art Journal Specials Collection as well as a couple of dies 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 small tag from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Toppers die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the Dot Dot Dot… stencil on top of the tag. Using a palette knife with Texture Paste Opaque Matte put the paste through the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow time for the texture paste to dry.

Step Two. Sprinkle Magenta Nuance in Hot Pink, Turquoise and Ocean on the tag. Spritz the powder with water. Allow time to dry. Once the tag has dried, apply Emboss It Ink to one of the background stamps from the Words & Layers stamp set and stamp on the left hand side of the tag. Sprinkle Magical Mysteries – Kiss of The Fairy Embossing Powder over the stamped image. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Die cut the small tag topper from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Toppers die out of a piece of book page. Ink the edges of the topper using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Choose one of the reinforcements out of the Reinforcement Variety Pack. Die cut one reinforcement out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the reinforcement using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Die cut the Street lamp from the Streetlights die out of black cardstock.

Step Six. Die cut both Blooming Branches from the Blooming Branches die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Seven. Die cut the single bud from the Budding Florals die out of kraft cardstock. Trim the stem of the bud to your desired length.

Step Eight. From the Morning Letters stamp set, you’ll need the letters to spell the word dream. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the letters and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut around the word. Ink the edges of the word using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. Cut a piece of cheesecloth.

Step Ten. Adhere the book page tag topper to the top of the tag. Adhere the reinforcement over top of the circle at the top of the tag.

Step Eleven. Adhere the cheesecloth piece to the left hand side of the tag as desired. Adhere the street lamp 3/8″ from the left of the tag. Adhere the two blooming branches as desired around the street lamp.

Step Twelve. Foam square the single bud 1/8″ from the left of the tag. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the Dream word 3/8″ from the bottom and all the way to the right hand side of the tag.

Step Thirteen. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine through the top of the tag.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink, Emboss It Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Magical Mysteries – Kiss of the Fairy Embossing Powder
  • Magenta Nuance: Hot Pink, Turquoise and Ocean
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Book Page, Cheesecloth and Twine
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Sidekick Mini Album

July 1, 2020

When I got the super cool stuff for the Sidekick planner and saw that incredibly cool envelope I immediately thought….That’s a lot of fun to make a mini album. So I did but it wasn’t easy. In the end I am very satisfied and now it’s standing in my craftroom.

I made 5 envelopes, but before I glued them together, I tied them first. Like you tie a book. I found a tutorial on You-tube.

I made a cover with craft-board and added a ribbon in between so you can close the book with a bow.

The pendant is made with shrink-plastic and a stamp.

In each envelope there is a card with a picture on it. The cards are made with the note pieces set and Planner Essentials 4

The paper that I used is for a laser printer and therefore nice and firm. I’ve decorated it with acrylic paint and the Gelli plate, my latest addiction.

Blue had just been given a new collar here. Unfortunately he didn’t enjoy it for long, a week later he died suddenly. 

And I’ve only ventured into the Selfies recently. I hate pictures of myself. Whose kids would have that anyway? hihi

For the closure I used eyelets, which was a bit fiddling with the Crop-a-dile but it worked.

This is what the bound book looks like before I glued it into the cover.

These are the dies I’ve worked with.

I thought it was a great project to work on and you can see that you can do a lot more with all those nice dies from the Sidekick Essentials line.

On the back of the book I attached flower lace.

For the Sentiment I used Sidekick Essentials 4.

I hope you are just as excited as I am about the new Sidekick Essentials dies. They are so versatile. And hopefully I’ve inspired you a little bit again. 

See you next time!

Marjolijn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

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