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Alcohol Ink Cards

February 26, 2021

Karen here today. I’ve seen quite a number of people playing with alcohol inks lately, so I decided to pull mine out. I’d forgotten how fun they are and how versatile the backgrounds are to use. Today’s post features two backgrounds I created and four cards using different designer product lines here at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

First thing I did was to create these two gorgeous backgrounds by dropping various colors of alcohol ink on a couple sheets of Yupo paper. I then moved it around with a straw and droppered on some rubbing alcohol.

I cut two strips of the blue background for this card that is matted on a card base and card front made from 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I created an adorable Sea Turtle (designed by Joset) to put on the card and added some dark blue cardstock, washi tape and blue half pearls. The turtle is colored with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, and Vintage Photo with Mermaid Lagoon bubbles. The sentiment is from the Splish Splash Sentiment stamps.

With the other piece of the blue background I added it crooked to this Christmas card. The beautiful girl image is designed by Charlene & Ilse and is from the Oh the Joy of Christmas stamps (as is the sentiment). I colored the girl with Copic markers

  • Clothes: B12, B14, B16, C1, C3
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
  • Lips: E4, E93
  • Hair: E21, E23, E25
  • Eyes: YG03, YG17

I again added some blue cardstock as well as some diamond dots and some lace.

Next, I used a Fitted Circle die cut of the purple ink background to create this card with the Florals 4 set designed by Anita. How pretty are these flowers with just a smidge of Wilted Violet Distress Ink in the centers!?! The leaves are colored with Peeled Paint and the Blooming Branches leaves (that I cut in many pieces for “filler”) is colored with Mowed Lawn. The centers of the flowers are some stamen I got on Amazon. The card base is again 90 lb White Soft finish cardstock, topped with a Fitted Rounded Rectangle die cut matted on purple cardstock.

Last but not least, I created this card using the Celebrate stamps from Sue Smith. I heat embossed the sentiment using ranger gold embossing powder and added a couple hearts (also from the Celebrate Set) that I colored with green and purple markers. The card front is cut with a Stitched Indented Rectangle die.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Colored Cardstock, Alcohol Inks, Embossing Powder, Black and Versamark Inks, Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Diamond Dots and Half Pearls, Stamens, Lace

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Fantasy Flowers Joset Designs Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Thank You Gift Box

February 22, 2021

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

To create my gift box, I’ve used dies from the Paper Flower Collection, Els van de Burgt Studio as well as stamps and dies from Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my gift box at home.

Step One. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Worn Wood Paper Pack. Die cut the Pizza Box from the Pizza Box die out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the pizza box using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. From the Pizza Box Die, die cut the scalloped square out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the square using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Pizza Box Die, die cut the stitched square out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Distress the edges of the square. Ink the edges of the square using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Choose another piece of patterned paper from the Worn Wood Paper Pack. From the Pizza Box Die, die cut the 2 1/2″ circle out of the patterned paper. Die cut the stitched circle out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Distress the edges of both circles. Ink the edges of the circles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 3″. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the Thank You sentiment from the Build Your Own Sentiment 1 Stamp Set and stamp on the right hand side of the fishtail. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Florals 7 die, die cut the extra large, large, medium and small flowers out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Milled Lavender Distress Ink over the entire surface of the flowers.

Step Seven. From the Florals 7 die, die cut the large leaf and medium leaf twice out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of all the leaves.

Step Eight. Assemble your box.

Step Nine. Adhere the stitched square to the scalloped square. Foam square the scalloped square to the top of the box.

Step Ten. Adhere the stitched circle to the patterned paper circle. Foam square the patterned paper circle to the middle of the stitched square.

Step Elven. Adhere the Thank You banner to the middle of the circles.

Step Twelve. Shape your leaves and flowers. Adhere the flowers together.

Step Thirteen. Adhere a medium and large leaf to the top left portion of the circles. Adhere a medium and large leaf to the bottom left side of the circles.

Step Fourteen. Adhere the flower over top of the leaves. Add a centre to your flower if you desire.

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


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Milled Lavender and Forest Moss
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Potting Soil Archival Ink
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock
Art Journal Collection Cardmaking Fantasy Flowers Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials

Happy Valentine

February 8, 2021

Today’s group post is all about our loved ones. With Valentine’s day only just around the corner we thought we would give you some Valentine’s card inspiration. Our Design Team members created some fabulous projects using a variation of products. For more information about each project, make sure to visit their blogs by clicking on the name.

A beautiful card created by Annette Green using a combination of the Fantasy Flower dies and the Mandala from the Art Journal Collection. Love the combination.
Katelyn Grosart also used some dies from the Fantasy Flower collection to create this beautiful heart shaped card. To create the base she used the Scalloped and Stitched Hearts.
Sandy Diller created this lovely Valentine’s card using a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. Love the truck full off hearts!
Lisanne used the Parrot die to create this super cute card for Valentine. For the base of the card she used the Stitched Ovals and she added a rose from the Peek-A-Boo Love set.
Some adorable embellishments created by Marjolijn van Elsberg using a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials line. She also created a lovely card with a wobbly snowman.
A beautiful card created by EK Gorman using the Organic Triangle Background die. She cut out one circle in the middle to make space for the sentiment. Love the colors.
Karan Gerber created this beautiful heart shaped card using the Florals 2 and the Planner Essential 25 – Double Heart sets. Love the flowers and beautiful pastel colors.
Tina Guigui created this adorable card using the Honey Bear die set and the Heart Background die. She also used the Fitted Hearts to create this bigger heart in the background.
A beautiful card created by Tanja Kabel using the Puzzle Heart and Peek-A-Boo Love sets. For the Background she used Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the Crandberry Silk Microfine Glitter.
This final card is created by Karen Ostergard who used the adorable Dog die set. Love how she colored the dog. For the sentiment she used the Furrever Friends Sentiments set.

Fantasy Flowers Paper Flowers

Celebrate Card

January 29, 2021

It is Karan here to share a project with you and today I am sharing a card i designed using the new Volume II Floral die collection

The card measures 6.5 in. x 7 in. its final measurement, cut papers to fit that size

These dies are amazing to work with, cut like butter and using the Soft Petal cardstock to cut color and mold these flowers make it super easy to create any flower from the collection

To start off with we will need to cut three sets of each die from the soft petal cardstock and then being to color.  For the flowers, color the outside side of the flowers using Red Geranium Archival Ink adding Leaf Green in the middle. 

I cut some smaller flowers from Florals 7 and left them white adding a small pale yellow stamen to the center.

for the Leaves, i used Leaf Green Archival Ink and colored them leaving a bit of white for highlight

The square in the center of the card, i placed a square of adhesive ( 5×5 ) and covered it with cool Diamond Glitter making sure i burnished after shaking off the excess glitter. After matting this on white cardstock i colored some seam binding and wrapped it around the card. 

I inserted some stamens in the smaller flowers coloring them with Leaf green

I created two roses from and two smaller flowers to add more dimension to my card.
I cut out a stitched fishtail on white cardstock using the second to smallest die and then stamped a sentiment using black archival ink.. 
and here is my final project

Materials Used:

Fantasy Flowers Paper Flowers Scrapbooking

Memories – New flower dies!

January 19, 2021

Good morning!
I just adore these new flower dies – they are full and fabulous and very versatile!
I decided to create a beach layout of our boys when they were younger as I am longing for some warmer weather!

To create this layout:
Step 1 – Take your favorite ECD paper – I used a sheet from the Worn Wood paper pack – and cover both sides with clear gesso and heat set or allow to dry
Step 2 – Use texture paste and your favorite ECD stencil along the right side of your layout – I used a stencil from the Summer Journal Special
Step 3 – Die cut, ink and assemble 17 flowers – I used the new flower dies that will be available soon! They are so awesome!

Step 4 – die cut, ink and assemble as many branches/stems/leaves as you wish

Step 5 – stamp the title – I used the pieces of life stamp

Step 6 – Add seed beads and art stones and assemble as shown!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

1841 – Florals 5 (coming soon)

1842 – Florals 6 (coming soon)

1843 – Florals 7 (coming soon)

1844 – Florals 8 (coming soon)

1845 – Florals 9 (coming soon)

1846 – Leaves & Branches (coming soon)

Art Journal Collection Fantasy Flowers Joset Designs Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials Stamping Sue Smith Creative Designs


January 11, 2021

Welcome to today’s group post where we will show you some fantastic scrapbook pages. It’s our first group post for this year and we thought a scrapbook challenge was a fun idea. A new year, new ideas and a new page in our scrapbook. Check out all these amazing projects and make sure to visit the designers blogs for more info and pictures by clicking on their names.

A beautiful page created by Laura using a combination of dies from the paper flower collection. More dies and stencils were used to create this page as well as paper from the Mystical Winter Collection.
So excited to have Karan join our first challenge. She created this beautiful page using dies from the paper flower collection as well as Planner Essentials 22 and 30. She also used the Ornate Gateway card and Stitched Fishtails dies.
A fun and colorful card created by Sanna. She used a combination of stamps designed by Sue Smith as well as stamps from the Planner Essentials collection. Love the bold colors. Sanna added some die cuts in the background.
Love this lay-out created by Karen. She used some beautiful papers from the Worn Wood and Mystical Winter paper collection. To create the flowers she used the Florals 4. She also used the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails and the Planner Essentials 23 to create the words.
This page by Lisanne makes us smile. She used the adorable Jack Frost die who is dancing on the Elegant Ornament. Love the sparkle shaker behind Jack and the added leaves and stencils in de background. For the paper she used the Mystical Winter paper pack.
Tanja created this beautiful page of her cat Mogli using paper from the Rusty Weather paper pack. She decorated her page with the paper clip and leaves die from the Snowy Windows set. She also added some flower in the background using the Spring Fling stamp set.
Love this lay-out created by Katelyn. She used a combination of paper from the Rusty Weathered paper and Worn Wood paper pack. To decorate she used the beautiful Ginko and Berry Branch dies and for de word she used the AWWW Special Moments.
A beautiful elegant page created by EK using the Mandala die and stamp and the Elegant Ornament die. Love the rusly paper for the background and the Copper Silk Microfine Glitter used for some added detail.
Annette created these beautiful scrapbook pages for in her Nature Notebook. She used a combination of dies from the Sidekick and Planner Essentials line. The papers that she picked are so beautiful and match her pictures so well. Can’t wait to see the next pages for this book.
Joseph created a front page for his new Planner and wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Love all the die cuts he used to decorate. The gold, black and white match perfect together. This is going to be a beautiful planner.
Last but not least are these two beautiful scrapbook pages created by Marjolijn to fit in her planner. Love the lay-out and de combination of papers she used. The added hearts are so bright and pop. These pages are sure made with love.
A Way With Words Fantasy Flowers Scrapbooking


November 25, 2020

Good morning!
The holiday season is upon us and I am excited!
To share my Christmas spirit I created a Christmas layout of my husband and our oldest boy.

To create this layout:
Step 1 – Cover your paper with clear gesso (allow to dry or heat set) then use your favorite ECD stencil ( I used the dot dot dot stencil)and texture paste on the left hand side of the paper – I used a paper from the worn wood paper pack
Step 2 – using the splatter technique splatter your coordinating colors on the paper over your stenciled image
using your scissors cut three small indents on your paper then distress all your edges
Step 3 – using coordinating colorants color the lace and allow to dry. Using your double sided tape adhere the lace to the indents that you cut earlier.
Step 4 – color a large circular frame and a title with white gesso and allow to dry. Once dry use Snowflake paste on both pieces and allow to dry

Step 5 – die cut 11 poinsettias and 5 of just the smallest, some leaves and 3 large and 3 small pine cones from the Christmas Accents die set. Ink the edges of all pieces and assemble. Once assembled add snowflake paste to each piece and allow to dry.

Step 6 – die cut as many stems & branches from the Create a Wreath as you want, ink the edges, add the pearl rose craft drops to the berry part of the branches and add snowflake paste and allow to dry

Step 7 – Mat your photo and assemble as shown
Step 8 – add some seed beads, gems or art stones

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Fantasy Flowers

Christmas is on its way

November 9, 2020

Hello everyone, my name is Joyce Schmidt design team member for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I was putting away the black, orange and purple of the Halloween season and was playing around with the Fantasy Florals in preparation for Christmas.  I found this Grapevine wreath in my stash and decided it needed Poinsettias made from the Floral #2 (1774).

First, I wanted the wreath to look snowy. I painted a mixture of glue and acrylic paint onto the wreath so I could stick the chunky shimmery glitter. After painting it I sprinkled the glitter, I let it sit to dry. 

I die cut all four of the shapes from the Floral #2 from red cardstock, and one set of each from green cardstock. Since poinsettias are not really a flower, rather a bunch of leaves, I only used the flower die not the leaves from this set. I used the larger of the 4 dies to act as my leaves.

I shaped the flowers on my foam mat with the back of my Elizabeth Craft Designs tweezers. Just for added dimension I distressed the edges of the petals. 

After layering  the flowers together slightly off set using my Kid’s Choice glue, I inserted gold stamens in the middle.  Using hot glue, I placed the flowers onto the wreath. At this point it looked a little bare. 

I got out my Trio of Leaves die (1464) and die cut some of these in green cardstock. I was the perfect touch to “fill in the holes”. 

I hope you will try this project. It is very easy and can be adapted to use with any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs florals, for any season.

Feel free to watch our process video on this project HERE.

Thank you and I hope you have a great week. 

Joyce Schmidt

Elizabeth Craft Designs products:

A Way With Words Art Journal Collection Fantasy Flowers Joset Designs Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Halloween

October 12, 2020

With Halloween only just around the corner we thought a Halloween theme would be perfect for today’s blog post. Our design team members created some amazing spooky projects that sure will blow your mind. We have a lot to show you this time so let’s get started.

First project is from EK Gorman who created this fantastic Halloween display using the animal critters by Joset Designs and decorated each of them in their fabulous halloween costume. How fun would this be to re-create and play dress up with the critters. For the costumes she used a combination of the critter accesory dies. Make sure to check out EK’s blog for all the details.

Sandy Diller created this adroable Trick or Treat card using the Knight’s Armour and Princess dies. Love how Sandy dressed up ths princess and the cute accesories. For the semtiment she used the Spooky Sentiments with the matching die from the Labels 1 set.

Marjolijn van Elsberg has been working away on a Halloween day by day and here is her final page she created. For the page itself she used the largest page die from Planner Essentials 7 and decorated the page with a combination of different sets from the planner collection. She also used the beautiful Budding Florals from Ilse and Charlene.

Tanja Kabel created this very cute Boo card using the Princess die and dressed her up like a witch using the Halloween Accessories. What an adorable little witch. She decorated the background using the Spiderweb die. Make sure to check out Tanja’s blog for instructions.

Joseph Nguyen created this stunning decor wall hanger using a combination of dies from the Fantasy Flowers collection. To color the flowers he used different colors of Silk Microfine Glitter. Make sure to head over to Joseph’s Facebook page for ideas and tutorials.

Tina Guigui created this spooky Halloween card using the Scarecrow die in combination with the Castle Folding Card die that can we used on a flat card as well. Love the colored background and the matching colors from the scarecrow hat and t-shirt.

Anita Izendoorn created this collection of cards using the Cat die set in combination with the Pumpkin and Halloween Accessories set. Love the coloring and the pretty purple backgrounds. Anita created more beautiful Halloween cards that you can check out on her blog.

From cards with many accessories we move to this Bootifull card created by Suzanne Canon showing simple yet elegant. For the sentiment she used the Beautiful die from the “Beautiful and Amazing” set and combined this with the Fitted Ovals and Dog die sets to create the ghost. What a fabulous idea.

Karen Ostergard created a black cat perfect for Halloween using the Cat die set. For the Sentiment she used the Spooky Sentiments with the matching die from Labels 1. Karen picked the perfect Halloween paper for her background. What a great card.

Annette Green created this adorbale scarecrow card using the Scarecrow die in combination with dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. She added some branches using the Berry Branch and some little leaves from the Pumpkins set. Love the papers she picked to make this card. Annette created some easy step-by-step instructions on her blog.

Katelyn Grosart created this adorable treat box for Halloween using the Pizza Box die set. She decorated the box with the Spiderweb and the Pumpkin dies and added a sentiment from the Spooky Sentiments set. Love this idea. Make sure to check out Katelyn’s blog for instructions.

Sanna Lippert crated this beautiful Halloween card using the Trick-or-treat die in combination with the Pumpkins. Love the bright colors of this card. She added some details to the background using the Make your mark stencil. You can find step-by-step instructions on Sanna’s blog.

Last card for today is this beautiful bright colored card from Samantha Klaebe. She used the Pumpkin die in combination with the Leaf Pattern Background die. For the sentiment she used the Spooky Sentiments set. Love the added stitched details.

Fantasy Flowers Paper Flowers Scrapbooking

Live, Love, Laugh

September 23, 2020

Good morning!
Laura with you today to share my newest layout created for Elizabeth Craft Designs!
I LOVE making flowers and the new dies from ECD are AWESOME and were perfect for creating this wedding layout for my beautiful niece’s upcoming wedding!

To Create this layout:
Step 1 – cover your background paper with clear gesso (I used Craft O’clock Celebrate today collection)
Step 2 – using your favorite ECD stencil and texture paste approximately 3″ (9.5cm) from the left side and allow to dry (I used the Dot Dot Dot stencil)
Step 3 – using the watercolor palette and coordinating colors to your background paper highlight the stenciled image and allow to dry
Step 4 – adhere the trimming off of your patterned paper, or cut a piece at 1/2″ (approx. 1cm) x 12 (30cm) on the stenciled image

Step 5 – using coordinating soft finish cardstock die cut one Elegant Ornament and adhere as shown (I used pewter soft finish cardstock)
Step 6 – from coordinating patterned paper create 3 4×6 photo mats and adhere as shown using cardboard and 3D adhesive to add dimension
Step 7 – diecut using coordinating soft finish cardstock one set of Ornate Gateway and adhere as shown

Step 8 – Using your favorite ECD flower and leaves dies, die cut, ink and assemble 15 flowers and 15 leaves and adhere as shown (I used florals 1, florals 2, florals 3, florals 4, and stamen flowers with dove, pewter and white soft finish cardstock)
Step 9 – add art stones and seed beads

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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