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Floral Love

April 24, 2021

Hey Everyone! It’s EK, and today I am bringing your a little project featuring two different stamp sets from Susanne Cannon’s A Way with Words collection. One of my hands down favorite dies from this collection is the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament. Despite being a holiday die set, that ornament is so very versatile. I thought I would play around with it today and make a very spring card!

Step One: Die cut the ornament from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set from some craft glitter paper.

Step Two: Rub some purple ink onto a slick surface, spray with water, and smooch with Watercolor Paper. I used Distress Oxides in Milled Lavenders and Seedless Preserves. Dry the paper.

Step Three: Die cut twice the flowers and floral outline from the Wreath & Elements die set. Try to place the outline dies on the darker parts, and the flower base on the lightest.

Step Four: Repeat step two, but rub green inks instead. I used Distress Oxide Pine Needles and Bundled Sage.

Step Five: Due cut the floral stems two times from the green smooched watercolor paper.

Step Six: Repeat step two once more to create the base of the card. I used Distress Oxides in Dusty Concord and Stormy Sky, and managed to get two prints from it. Adhere one of the prints onto an A2 card frame.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the ornament onto the background. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Eight: Adhere three of the flowers into the ornament letting them over lap.

Step Nine: From the bonus background print, die cut a sentiment from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set. I used the word love.

Step Ten: Adhere the sentiment and final flower onto the card frame.

Step Eleven: Add a few drops of Craft Drops in White around the sentiment. Let dry.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a soft pastel floral spring card using my holiday Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set. Let us know in the comments below if you use your holiday die sets in the off season. Until then, happy crafting.


Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team

This is Love

April 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Ilse and Charlene’s Lady and Gentleman stamp set to create a card, colored only in neutral browns. I just love how an all brown tone project looks, appearing very rustic, and yet somehow really colorful.

Step One: Using both watercolor paper and waterproof ink, stamp both the Lady and Gentleman stamp set and the First Sights of Spring stamp set images onto your paper. My paper is cut larger than my card frame, so I know the edges will still need to be trimmed before turning this into a card.

Step Two: Color the people in the image and different brown tones. I used watercolor pencils, but any watercolor medium would work. Here I have colored in the people like I would if I was using colored pencils.

Step Three: Using clear water, activate the watercolor pencils. Let dry.

Step Four: Finish coloring the rest of the image using your watercolor medium of choice.

Step Five: Again activate the pencil using clean water. Let dry again.

Step Six: Fill in the empty space using one of the Pattern Stencil Pack stencils. I picked the circles stencils and blended Tea Dye Distress Oxide through the stencil.

Step Seven: Trim the watercolor paper to fit an A2 card frame and adhere it to the frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Add craft drops to the project to add more visual interest. I used Metallic Gold Craft Drops to keep the neutral color palette.

Step Eight: Add a sentiment to the project from the Retro Label Sayings stamp set stamped in Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.

What do you think of a project colored in only one color tone? Do you ever only ever use one value when creating a project? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Just the Way You Are

April 8, 2021

Hey everyone! It’s EK and today I am popping in to share a little card I made using Joset’s Elephant and Hats die set. I thought it might be fun today to see if I could push the elephant into a slightly more whimsical position, and let him join in on the unicorn craze!

Step One: Using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut both the Unicorn hat from the Hats die set and all the Elephant die set pieces including the legs a second time.

Step Two: Using alcohol markers, color the die cut pieces. I used copics.

Step Three: Using a liquid adhesive, assemble the elephant, tucking the second set of arms under his chin. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: On an A2 card frame, blend some blue ink. I used Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. Splatter the card frame with some liquid shimmer.

Step Five: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the elephant to the card frame. Using liquid adhesive, adhere the water spray.

Step Six: Using the Safari Sayings stamp set, add a sentiment using dark blue ink.

Step Seven: Finally, adhere the copic colored hearts to the card, letting three of them surround the water spray, and one accenting the sentiment.

I just love how the Elephant turned out. I know he was intended to be on all fours, but I love the look of him standing with the extra set of legs.

Let us know in the comments below which of Joset’s animal die cuts is your favorite. Until then, happy crafting!

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A Way With Words Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Airbrushed Die Cuts

March 27, 2021

Hey everyone! It’s EK, and lately I’ve been trying to see how far you can push pretty die cuts. Today, I have pulled the Once Upon A Time die and airbrushed it with my copics, seeing if they technique can still keep the dreamy fairy tale look.

Step One: Die cut the Once Upon A Time die out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Using temporary tack tape, place the the die cut onto a trimmed 4.25×5.5 inch piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Using the copic air brush system, spray different shades of violet and lavender over the die cut sentiment.

Continue spraying the cardstock until the entire piece is covered.

Step Three: Carefully pull up the die cut piece and rub the temporary tack away. Save the die cut, because you could make an additional project with it.

Step Four: To add additional flair to the card, pull out the Flourished Frame stencil and arrange it on the cardstock, using tape to block where you do not want the ink to go. Spray a dark grey ink into the stencil.

Step Five: Add a final bit of flair, add a few Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

I love the almost graffiti look of this card, and truly feel it still it has that dreamy story book feel to it. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.



Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Watercolor Spring

March 25, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Joset’s die cut building scene Once Upon A Time die set and some watercolors. I have over the years successfully created with copic markers and die cut built pieces. I have played around with colored pencils, distress inks, and distress oxides with success. Well, today I am breaking out my watercolor palette and seeing if I can be successful once again.

Step One: Die cut the Once Upon A Time die set out of Watercolor paper.

Step Two: Using ECD’s Watercolor Palette, watercolor the die cut pieces.

Step Three: Using liquid adhesive, build the die cut pieces into their images. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Using a piece of watercolor paper, create a watercolor background scene that is simple but shows both sky and grass. Let dry. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape adhere the background to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: Adhere the mushroom and clouds to the background.

Step Six: Layer the rest of the die cut pieces into the scene.

Step Seven: Add a sentiment from the Once Upon A Time sentiment stamp set in pale blue ink.

Step Eight: To add more texture to the project, add Transparent Craft Drops onto the butterfly, reeds and flower center.

Step Nine: The card needed even more texture to ground everything, so using watercolor pencils, flick in grass blades in two shades of green.

Step Ten: Activate the grass with a watercolor brush to blend out the flicks.

What do you think? Was this experiment with die cut buildables and watercolor successful?

Would you be will to try this technique? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Inspiration from the Design Team Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

The Good Life – Seed Packet Mini Album

March 22, 2021

Hello Friends and welcome! It is Karan here to share a project I designed using the new Sidekick Release. For those who know how much I love albums, I also love to create mini albums too. 

This one is designed using the Seed Packet Die from Sidekick Essentials 16. 

To begin with I cut the seed pack out five times using paper from 49 and Market. I cut vellum to go on the inside of the packet for the window. I cut out extras thinking I might make the album larger but ended up going with 5 packets instead of 8.

Then I assembled them.

I then cut the side panel from the same sidekick set and created the pages and continued to decorate them. I love tags and cut out a tag for each page just as an added layer and photo mat for some of my photos. This tag was cut from Planner Essentials 2, which I also cut to go inside each opening of the Seed Packet page. I am going to share images from this little mini and then add the dies I used below. Hope you enjoy this mini project.

And then details for the cover:

I cut doubles for the large floral and the medium size floral for the cover, two sets of leaves and then I used the skeleton leaf from the Sidekick Essential 16 set. Ii love how the florals shape so beautifully.

I hope that I inspired you to create a mini album using this Seed Pocket Set. It makes a perfect little mini album. 

Until Next time

Happy Scrapping!


Sidekick Essentials 11; Sidekick Essentials 16; 

 Other Products:

 Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Crushed Olive Distress Ink

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Hip, Hop, Hello

March 11, 2021

Hi Friends, it’s EK. I don’t know about you, but with spring on the horizon, I am just craving outside and nature. I thought I would dive right into the season with the super cute Frog die set and some copic coloring.

Step One: Die cut the Frog die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the pieces with alcohol markers. I used copic marker G21, G82, G24, and YG67.

Step Two: Color the Frog accent pieces. I used Y00 and Y11 for the eyes, W5 and W7 for the ‘black’ bits, and R22 and R24 for the tongue.

Step Three: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the Frog pieces. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Four: Die cut and color the pond pieces and lily pad from the Frog dies set. I used BG70, BG72, BG75 and BG79 for the pond and G24, G28, and G29 for the lily pad.

Step Five: Blend ink onto a trimmed piece of cardstock into an ombre design. I used Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans Distress.

Step Six: Die cut a frame from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I used both the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set and Fitted Indented Rectangle die set.

Step Seven: Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the frame onto the ombre background. Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the background onto an A2 card frame.

Step Eight: Using both liquid adhesive and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the pond, lily pad and frog onto the card.

Step Nine: Add a sentiment from the Prince & Frog Sentiment stamp set to the card frame in blue ink. I used Fade Jeans Distress Oxide.

Step Ten: Add frog prints from the Prince & Frog Sentiment stamp set to the corners of the frame.

I hope you are as excited about spring as I am. Let me know in the comments below which of the ECD dies reminds you of spring the most. Until then, happy crafting.


A Way With Words Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Butterfly Flourish

February 27, 2021

Hey Friends, it’s EK. There is nothing I love more when die cutting when I can make two cards with one cut. I adore when you can use both the positive and negative of the die cut to create two coordinating and yet seperate cards. I think they make great little gifts. Today I am creating two cards using Suzanne’s Butterfly Flourish die set.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Blend ink onto the cardstock. I used Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose Distress Inks.

Step Two: Die cut the cardstock using the large and small butterfly from the Butterfly Flourish die set. Save all the die cut pieces.

Step Three: Die cut the cardstock again using the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set. Save the boarder die cut.

Step Four: Using 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the negative die cut to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: Place the large positive butterfly die cut back into the frame. Using liquid adhesive, glue the excess die cut pieces back into the empty spaces. I used Kid’s Choice Glue.

Step Six: Carefully lift the positive die cut out of the adhered sections.

Step Seven: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the extra piece of die cut from the frame onto the edges of a second A2 card frame. Using liquid adhesive, adhere the butterflies. Spray both cards with a clear shimmer craft spray. I used Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost.

Step Eight: On both card frames stamp a sentiment from Suzanne’s Soar Collection stamp set in a coordinating ink color. I used Dusty Concord Distress Oxide.

Step Nine: Add White Craft Drops to both cards. Let Dry.

Here is the finished card using the positive butterfly die cut and the negative frame die cut.

Here is the card using the negative butterfly die cut and the positive frame die cut.

Let me know in the comments below which of the two cards is your favorite. Until then, happy crafting.


Inspiration from the Design Team Paper Flowers Soft Finish Cardstock

Winter Wonderland

February 19, 2021

Hello friends and welcome! It is Karan here. Today I am sharing a layout with you. Hubby has been up north tending to our build and sent me a couple photos. I really wanted to scrapbook them so I came up with this.

I began by giving the main paper a trim down to 11.75 x 11.75 and I white washed it with paper paste mixed with a bit of gesso.

I die cut the fitted rectangles in the largest side and then cut three frames from this chipboard to give the frame extra strength. I then added gesso to the frame, added dabs of Allegro Indiano paint and dabbed that with Paper Texture paste. The result is amazing!

I die cut 8 large florals from florals 7, and 8 medium using the Soft Finish Cardstock and colored with Speckled Egg distress ink in the middle. I also colored the foam bud to match.

Sfter shaping and adding the stamens, I added snow paste to the flowers.

The leaves I got a great texture on them by adding a bit more shaping to the tips of the leaves. I colored these with Vintage Photo and Speckled Egg distress ink. I love how they turned out.

I really wanted to frame the photo of our driveway up north so I set the flowers in corners of the frame.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration today. I would love to see your take on your winter photos. 

Happy Scrapping!

Karan

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Other products used: Snow Paste; Dusty Attic Chipboard; Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Cardmaking Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Zen Leaves

February 11, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s Ek and I am back with a duo of cards playing around with the Leaf Pattern Background die. I have been really enjoying background die lately, and wanting to see how much you can push what you can do with them. Today, I am sharing how you can use your background die cuts as stencils to create unique looks.

Step One: Using 110lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the Leaf Pattern Background die. You want the heaviest cardstock you can die cut for the technique I am using today.

Step Two: Lay the die cut over an A2 card frame and then press Nuvo Mousse (or any heavy opaque paste) through the openings of the die cut piece. I also made certain to fill the edges of the card frame.

Step Three: Use a combination of colors to fill the whole card frame. Let set up for just a couple of minutes.

Step Four: Before the mousse (or paste) fully cures, carefully peel the die cut stencil up from the card frame. If you are careful enough, you will now have both the positive and negative image. Adhere the die cut image to a separate A2 card frame.

Step Five: On a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock blend a combination of green inks. I used Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide. Die cut the cardstock with the Bamboo die set. Set aside.

Step Six: On a second piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, blend shades of blue and black ink. I used Stormy Weather, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks. Die cut the blended cardstock with the Symbol Background die. Die cut a second Symbol Background die out of white cardstock.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the inked Symbol Background to the die cut Leaf Background. Adhere one of the Bamboo die cuts over that.

Step Eight: Adhere the white Symbol Background over the stenciled card frame. Adhere the other Bamboo die cut.

Step Nine: Using scrapes from the inked cardstock, stamp sentiment from the Zen Sentiments stamp set. Trim the sentiment strip to fit the cards.

Step Ten: Adhere the first sentiment with three dimensional tape. Accent it with Pearl Olive Craft Drops.

Step Eleven: Adhere the second sentiment with three dimensional tape and accent it with Metallic Silver Craft Drops.

Here is the first card using the Leaf Pattern Background as a stencil.

Here is the card using the Leaf Pattern Background with all the paste on it.\

Let us know in the comments below, which of the two is your favorite. Until then, happy crafting.


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