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Summery Pages in my Nature Planner

September 2, 2021
Hello, it’s Annette Green today with some bright and cheery Summery plages in my Nature Planner. You may recall my Facebook Live I did for Elizabeth Craft Designs back in July where I showed how to create watercolored backgrounds using dies as stencils. If you missed it, you can view it here on the ECD YouTube channel. Today’s post includes a new video where I add photos to those pages and share some ideas and techniques.

My Nature Planner is a Sidekick size, so I’ve used mostly Sidekick dies as I mention in the video. The complete list is below with links to all products I’ve used.

Using the watercolors (yes, they’re back in stock!) allow you to customize your die-cut pieces and backgrounds perfectly to coordinate with your photos. I’ve used the Soft Finish White Cardstock for all of mine, which watercolors work very nicely on.

The Florals 13 die-set was perfect for these tropical, summery flowers on my pages as well. I love mixing and matching all the ECD dies into my projects.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video and follow along as I make up these pages. Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Beautiful Blooms- Forever

August 26, 2021

Hi Friends! It’s EK, and today I am back with a hand colored card featuring the one of the new Beautiful Blooms stamp sets from Sonia and Diane. I am just loving this stunning design with it’s loose sketchy lines and realistic look.

Step One: Using an alcohol marker friendly ink, stamp the large bird and sentiment onto a trimmed piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Color the image with an alcohol marker. I used copics. Around the edges of the cardstock, blend a dark blue water soluble ink. I used Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire. Splatter the edges with clean water to create droplets.

Step Three: Die cut the image with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Four: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the focal image onto a piece of dark blue cardstock. Adhere both of these pieces to an A2 card frame.

Step Five: Add a couple of dollops of Craft Drops in Clear Transparent around the sentiment.

If you love to color, you have to check out this new line from ECD. The Beautiful Blooms line is a colorist’s dream with large images that are just meant to be colored. How would you color this bird? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Discover Beauty

August 24, 2021

Hi there,

it’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this monochromatic watercolor greeting card.

Step 1: Stamping

  • stamp the largest flower from the Kindness set with Distress Ink Shaded Lilac onto a rectangular piece cut from watercolor paper

Step 2: Coloring

  • mix the colors Mauve and Prussian Blue from the Watercolor Palette to create a beautiful purple
  • apply a light wash into the background
  • color the flower with your watercolor mixture

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  • add purple and white splatters
  • rub on the sentiment
  • add a strip of purple cardstock and patterned paper to the left side of the panel before adhering it to a cardbase

I hope you got inspired.

Hugs,

Supplies:

ECD
Kindness Stamp Set
watercolor paper
Watercolor Palette

Other:
Distress Ink Shaded Lilac
patterned paper
rub-ons

A Way With Words Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Let Your Heart Guide You

August 12, 2021

Hey Everyone! It’s EK and today I am playing around with a stamp set from the Way with Words collection by Suzanne Cannon. These stamp sets have such great sentiments that make such a great focal images. Make sure you go check out the full collection before they are gone.

Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Hand stamp two of the heart images from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set in repeating patterns in colored ink. I used Kitsch Flamingo and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.

Step Two: Die cut the background with one of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set.

Step Three: Die cut two different sized banner pieces from the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Line the fishtails die cuts up with the background piece and in a stamping platform, line up the heart stamps over a background stamp. Remove the background cardstock and stamp the image onto the fishtails in black ink.

Step Four: Adhere the background to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Line up the fishtail banners and adhere them to the card frame.

Step Five: Stamp a sentiment from the Love & Hearts Collection stamp set onto some 90b Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut the sentiment with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle and outline the die cut with colored ink. I used Kitsch Flamingo. Adhere to the card using three dimensional tape.

Step Six: Add some Craft Drops in Transparent Crystal to the sentiment banner. Let Dry.

What do you think of sentiment focal projects? What are your favorite ECD sentiments to use? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Sidekick Essentials

Creating Cascading Photo Flaps in your Planner

August 1, 2021

Hello again everyone, Annette Green here today with some planner pages featuring some of the brand new dies and stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I’ve created a “Craft With Me” video at the end of this post showing how I designed my pages and an idea for making room for more photos. My theme for this spread was all about a sculpture exhibit here in Greenville, SC.

Because the sculptures were so impressive, I wanted to showcase the photos as large as I could. The solution was to use the new Planner Essentials 42 “3 x 4 Cards” die set with some added hinge attachments. I share how I achieved this in the video in detail.

Numbering the photos using the new Planner Essentials “Stitched Alphabet” die set helped to identify each sculpture to correlate to the journaling of the details.

I’ve also used Planner Essentials 40 “Number Page” die set for the grid accent on this page, as well as the actual page on the right. Mixing the use of Reminiscence The Book 1 and Rainbow of Happiness paper pad, there were many great options for color coordination and texture.

I love how the new “All the Details” stamp set worked out nicely for labeling and journaling each sculpture. The numbers you see stamped in green are from “Pieces of Life 1 Numbers & More” stamp set which fit perfectly in the boxes.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video below to see more details on the cascading photo flaps. All products used are listed below:

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

White Washed Crafting

July 24, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a little bit of a festive card using a Christmas die from designer Suzanne Cannon that really could be used year round. However, I am also using one of my favorite crafting techniques leaving the project all white for a touch of crisp elegance. I just love how ECD’s Soft Finish Cardstock makes this technique so flawless.

Step One: Die cut two frames from 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set for the large frame, and two of the Stitched Indented Square dies for the smaller frame.

Step Two: Using more 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut a third frame and the sentiment from the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament die set.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the large rectangle frame to an A2 card frame.

Step Four: Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the square frame to the card on a diagonal. Trim off excess.

Step Five: Using a liquid adhesive such as Kid Choice Glue, adhere both the ornament frame and the sentiment to the center of the card.

Step Six: Adhere a few white and iridescent sequins to the card frame for more visual interest.

Step Seven: Finish off the project with a few dollops of both Transparent Crystal and White Craft Drops.

I hope you enjoyed this super simply yet elegant project.

Do you ever create in just one color? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Craft Drops Inspiration from the Design Team

Kinda Silly, Kinda Awesome

July 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in today with a fun card I created using my distress oxide sprays and designers Ilse and Charlene‘s line of crafting supplies. This project is super easy and incredibly quick to create, but the bold colors make it still exciting and unique.

Step One: On a piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a layer of Distress Oxide Spray and let dry. Then splatter more ink in different colors onto the paper and let dry. I used Carved Pumpkin, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg.

Step Two: Spread a thick molding paste through the Mandala stencil onto the background image and let dry.

Step Three: On a second piece of Watercolor Paper, spray a second collection of colors and let dry. I used Iced Spruce and Shabby Shutters. Using the Budding Florals die set, die cut the leaves die two times.

Step Four: On a third piece of trimmed Watercolor Paper, spray a third collection of inks. I used Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg. Let dry. Die cut the floral die from the Budding Florals die set.

Step Five: Trim the background slightly, and using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere it to an A2 card frame.

Step Six: Using trimmed three dimensional tape, adhere the Budding Floral leaves to the background.

Step Seven: Using a liquid adhesive, such as the Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Budding Florals floral onto the card frame onto of the leaves.

Step Eight: On the left over floral background ink, stamp the sentiment from the Words & Layers stamp set. Trim the sentiment and add to the card frame using a three dimensional tape.

Step Nine: For more visual interest, add Craft Drops on the background of the project. I used Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, and Pearl Olive.

I hope you find this project just as fun as I do. Let us know in the comments below what color combinations would you use to create a card like this. Until then, happy crafting.


Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking

Garden-themed Mason Jar Junk Journal

July 14, 2021
Hello again everyone, Annette Green here to share my Garden-themed Mason Jar Junk Journal using the new Mason Jar Snow Globe special. The pages are a beautiful mix of papers, ephemera, sewing, fabric, vellum and kraft. I’ve created a Process Video (below) to share how it all came together along with some tips too, so I hope you have a moment to check it out.

The new set is SO much fun to create with. I’ve incorporated several stamp sets and a few additional dies in making this journal as well.

As I explain in the video, I’ve used both of the Reminiscence Books, with a few additional papers from Graphic 45. The big bee stamp is one I’ve had for years from Stampotique.

This is a nice thick album of about 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) before adding your photos or keepsakes.

The covers are made with a thick chipboard base and the rings I used are larger than the ones which come with the special. All the pages are cut from the Mason Jar die.

Some pages are cut from fabric like the one on the right (above). I’ve stitched around the edges on my sewing machine using a natural brown thread. Vellum seed packets slide under the band to hold seeds or keepsakes inside. I explain how I do all of this in the video.

Each page is unique in its style and texture. I’ve created a pocket for tags on this left page, and stamped the little girl for the right page.

To dress up some of the blank pages, I added various Journaling Cards from different Graphic 45 collections.

Watercolor paper sprayed with various Distress Sprays made the pine tress come to life on this page. I thoroughly enjoyed making this one-of-a-kind album and I hope you enjoy watching my process. All products I’ve used are listed below.

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Koala Sentiment Background

July 8, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and today I am creating a card featuring not only Joset’s sweet Koala die set but most of the sentiment stamps from the Bear Hugs stamp set. There are so many wonderful sentiments on this stamp set it is difficult to pick just one, so instead I created a background using them all.

Step One: In a stamping platform line up in a pattern the sentiments from the Bear Hugs sentiment stamp set into a block. Using a light blue ink, stamp the pattern onto some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Slide the cardstock over and stamp the pattern again onto a clean section of paper.

Step Three: Slide the cardstock down, letting it hang out of the stamping platform, and stamp the pattern.

Step Four: Repeat step two and three until the whole piece of paper is inked.

Step Five: Die cut the cardstock using the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

Step Six: Using the same ink you stamped with, blend it around the edges of an A2 card frame.

Step Seven: Adhere the die cut sentiment cardstock to the card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Eight: Using 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the piece of the Koala die set.

Step Nine: Color the die cut piece with alcohol markers. I used my copics.

Step Ten: Using a liquid adhesive, assemble the Koala die set.

Step Eleven: Adhere the the Koala to the card frame, centering him onto of all the sentiments.

I hope you find my project as absolutely cute as I do. It was really fun to make, and I can’t wait to create a new one with a different sentiment stamp set.

Which stamp set would yo use to create your own sentiment background? Let us know in the comments. Until then, happy crafting.


Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Uncategorized

In ‘Your Likeness’ Bookmarks

June 28, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am creating a few bookmarks for my kids using Ilse and Charlene stamps. During summer months, the deal between my kids and myself is if they read daily, I will leave them alone. They are holding up their end of the bargain, but it seems they are constantly stealing my notes and reminders to stick inside their novels. So today I thought it would be fun if I created a some bookmarks in their likeness for them to use instead.

Step One: Die cut four bookmark bases using the Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Stamp from the Ilse and Charlene stamp collection in alcohol friend ink images in the likeness of the people in your life. I used Lady & Gentleman, Funky Chicks, and Pure Spring stamp sets for my family.

Step Three: Color in the images. I used copic markers.

Step Four: Add a sentiment to each of the book marks. I used one from the Moments of Life stamp set.

Step Five: Using a background stamp from the Moments of Life stamp set, add texture to the bookmark.

Step Six: Repeat step five using a different background stamp from the Moments of Life stamp set..

Step Seven: Blend ink through the Pattern Stencil Pack stencils onto the bookmarks. I coordinated color with each shirt. For my middle child I used the wacky lines stencil and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxides.

For my youngest, I used the circle stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides.

For my son I used the dash grids and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide.

Finally, for the bookmark I created for myself I used the rose buds stencil and Pine Needles Distress Oxides.

Step Eight: To finish the bookmarks, add coordinating thin satin ribbon.

I hope you think these book marks are as much fun as I do. Make sure you check out the whole Ilse and Charlene’s stamp line to see which images best showcase your family.

Which image would you use to create a likeness for those you love? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.


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