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The World needs who you were made to be

September 22, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you a Mixed Media Art Journal Project. But first I would like to introduce you to some of the different pages you can create with the help of the dies from the Summer Journal Special.

Possibility 1:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left, cut off one of the flaps and stitch it together
  • I use this to store my cut outs from the Summer Journal Special

Possibility 2:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left and the pocket on the bottom right
  • cut off the flap on the left
  • you end up with one normal page on the left and a pocket on the right

Possibility 3:

  • cut out the double page with the die on the left
  • cut off the flaps
  • add the half pocket cut out with the die n the top left
  • you can use this to store your stencils from the Summer Journal Special or a tag

In the following step by step tutorial I am going to create a mixed media tag and decorate the half pocket:

Step 1: Die Cutting

  • since I already showed you how to create the half pocket, I only need to die cut the tag from watercolor paper with the help of the die from the Butterfly Pocket Insert die set

Step 2: Adding Texture

  • adhere some torn tissue paper to the tag with multi medium
  • apply Grit Paste through one of the stencils from the Summer Journal Special and let this dry or heat-it with your heat tool for even more texture

Step 3: Adding Color

  • add color by smooshing the tag into watered-down Distress Paint (Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  • ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
  • dye four strands of torn seam binding with Distress Stains Peacock Feathers and thread them through the hole of the tag
  • cut out one of the poppies from the Floral Insert die set from grey cardstock
  • add a pre-cut sentiment

Step 5: Decorating the Pocket

  • apply Distress Ink Hickory Smoke through one of the stencils from the Summer Journal Special
  • stamp one of the definitions from the Journal Words set with Versafine Clair Nocturne
  • stamp some single words from that same set and with that same ink – use up to fifth generation stamping to let it fade out

I hope you got inspired.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
tissue paper
multi medium
grit paste
Distress Paint (Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)
Distress Stains Peacock Feathers
Seam Binding
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke
Versafine Clair Nocturne

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

See Possibility Everywhere

September 15, 2020

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you the step-by-step tutorial for this Art Journal Page.

Step 1: Creating the Background

  • use Alcohol Inks (Aqua, Turquoise) and an Alcohol Ink Alloy (Foundry) to create a background on Yupo
  • cut out your favorite spot with one of the Stitched Rectangles
  • adhere it to an Art Journal Page cut with the help of the page die from the Floral Insert die set from a piece of patterned paper

Step 2: Coloring and Setting the Scene

  • stamp the turtle from the Water Creatures set with Versafine Clair Morning Mist and heat-emboss it with clear embossing powder
  • cut it out
  • color the turtle using the Watercolor Palette
  • dye a piece of cheesecloth with Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Peacock Feathers)
  • cut out a piece of fabric and prepare a string of silver thread

Step 3: Assembly

  • adhere all the different elements on top of each other using hot glue
  • use clear double-sided adhesive to attach a pre-cut sentiment

I hope you got inspired.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
Alcohol Ink (Aqua, Turquoise)
Alcohol Ink Alloy (Foundry)
patterned paper
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
clear embossing powder
Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain)
silver thread
hot glue gun
pre-cut sentiment

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

Birthday Girl

September 1, 2020

Hello E.C.D. lovers, It’s September already!

My dear friend’s birthday is coming up and that should be celebrated. 

It’s still hard in this time with the Covid virus holding on but with the two of us we should be able to celebrate. 

I didn’t make a card for her, but a really nice home deco.

I’m not showing that yet, but I’m going to show you the packaging around it. 

A bald bag like that is nothing, so there had to be something nice about it.

With the envelope from the side kick planner essentials I made a one of a kind tag.

On top of the envelope I taped one of the lovely girls from the ART collection. She’s colored with the watercolor palette from E.C.D. 

The tag is made with the birthday sentiments set. There is also a die set that matches the stamps, Labels 1.

The piece of fabric is blank but I gave it a layer of Distress Ink.

The “happy birthday” comes from my own collection, which got a layer of alcohol ink.

The tag on this site is also from the birthday sentiments set.

Everything is stamped with black ink and then edited with Distress Ink.

The charm also got a little alcohol ink.         

In the envelope I put a little card and……of course a mini banner that I made with Planner essentials set 23 and 27.

I colored the banners, made of  soft finish cardstock, with different colors of Distress Ink and than stamped the little banners with black versafine and stamp set CS147.

Everything got a little black accents that I made with the stamp sets CS146 & CS147

I tied this to the bag with a big ribbon. No more fuss because that’s IN the bag!!

A successful packaging I think. It shows that the planner dies can be used for so many purposes and not just for your planner.

I hope I’ve been able to give you a little bit of inspiration again. 

See you next time 😉


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

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.



Elizabeth Craft Designs

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

Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Miss You

August 13, 2020

IMG_0804Hey Friends!  It’s EK, popping in today to share a new card making project using Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and dies.  I have seen so many amazing projects using these products in both planners and art journals, and was wondering if I could create something easily awesome on an A2 card.  With the combination of ECD’s Watercolor Palette, I think i came up with something pretty sweet!

IMG_0782Step One:  One a piece of Watercolor Paper, watercolor an ombre of blue from the Watercolor Palette.  Let dry.

IMG_0783Step Two:  On another piece of Watercolor Paper, stamp using watercolor safe ink several images from the Spring Fling stamp set.

IMG_0784Step Three:  Using the Watercolor Palette and a very loose hand, watercolor the stamped images.

IMG_0785Step Four:  Fussy cut out the images.

IMG_0786Step Five:  Using the Bubbles die, die cut the ombre watercolor paper.

IMG_0787Step Six:  Adhere both the positive and negative Bubbles die cut onto an A2 card frame using a liquid adhesive.  I used Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0788Step Seven: Adhere the fussy cut Spring Fling floral images onto the card frame.

IMG_0789Step Eight:  Die cut the sentiment from the ombre watercolor paper using the Words 2 -Thinking of You die set.  I die cut each word three times so that the sentiment would have dimension.  Adhere the words on top of each other.

IMG_0790Step Nine:  Adhere the sentiment onto the card frame.

IMG_0805I Just love how the Bubbles die creates such a unique and interesting background with very little effort.  If you haven’t check out the full line of Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and die make sure you pop over.  It isn’t just for planners or art journals.  It is perfect for all your crafting projects!

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials


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,


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 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! 😉


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.



Versafine Clair Nocturne

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