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Autumn Pairings

September 19, 2020

Happy autumn, artlets! Last month I created a series of projects using “Summer” from the 4 Seasons die set: Summer in Our Hearts.  This month, I will share some projects using “Autumn” from the same 4 Seasons die set and combine it with other dies from the A Way With Words Collection.

Let’s have a closer look….

The first card (above) combines Autumn and “Bliss”.  Of course this card could use any of the season dies and you could just change the colour of the Alcohol Inks to get the effect you want.  This card front was made by spreading Alcohol Blending Solution on Yupo paper and droppering in Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Terra Cotta and Butterscotch Alcohol inks.  You never know what you’re going to get!  I die cut Autumn and Bliss from extra inked pieces and backed both words with light green and pale orange cardstocks to lift them off the page a bit.  There is a little peak of a flourish along the side, cut from the Flourished Heart in Calligraphic Elements 2.  This card measures 5 x 7”.

My next card is a photo card using a picture I took on a hike in 2016 on a perfect day in the Canadian Rockies.  The larches were brilliant yellowy orange.  I didn’t want to cover up any of the photo, so it became a larger card than expected at 6 x 9.5”.  I just chose coordinating colours of card stock to die cut the words and to mount the photo.  So simple!  This is going up on our mantle till the next amazing photo.  “Amazing” is from the Amazing Beautiful die set.  Of course, I could have used Beautiful instead of Amazing and it would have worked perfectly.  It’s another super useful set from the A Way With Words Collection.

For this Autumn Fun card, I let the patterned paper do the heavy lifting for me.  This paper is really busy!  I used the Flourished Oval Frame in the center of the card and added Autumn and Fun (from the Fun Play die set).  I blended some Distress inks on the words which always creates a nice effect. To help the words stand out from that busy background, I cut the Flourished Oval Frame from vellum and used the inside on this card front.  It worked perfectly! This card measures 5 x 7”.

My final combination today is Autumn + Garden (from My Garden Flowers die set) for a planner page. I see an all-season photo planner in my future! I’ve again used the Flourished Oval Frame and overlaid it with the words and some paper flowers I purchased.  I went for a muted look here, but you could do the same layout with bright autumn colours. 

So here are some other combinations you might not have thought of. Some of them you’ve seen already in the previous season blog post:

Remember Autumn
Autumn Memories
Unforgettable Autumn
Autumn Joy
Autumn Love
Autumn Blessings
Autumn Prayers
Autumn Smiles (perfect for a scrapbook page!)
Autumn Flowers
Autumn Moments
Autumn Snow – hopefully not….but then again….(from the Let it Snow die set!)
Special Autumn
Perfect Autumn
Autumn Hugs & Kisses
Hello Autumn
Bold Autumn
Autumn Magic

Please tag me with your combinations when you make them!  I’d love to see your artwork!

Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Others:

Coordinating Cardstock
Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution
Vellum
photo
Patterned paper

Art Journal Collection Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

No.7 Planner Pocket

September 10, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my No.7 Planner Pocket.

To create my No.7 Planner Pocket, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection and the Art Journal Specials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my planner pocket at home.

Step One. Choose a piece of patterned paper and die cut the Pocket die from the Planner Essentials 22 – Planner Pocket 3 – Top Loading twice. On the pocket that will be the front, place the rectangle die from the same die set and place it in the middle of the front pocket. Ink the edges of both pieces using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Cut a piece of vellum that measures 3 1/2″ x 6″.

Step Three. Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 3 7/8″ x 8″.

Step Four. From a piece of coordinating patterned paper, die cut the tattered tag topper from the Planner Essentials 22 – Planner Pocket 3 – Top Loading Die. Ink the edges of the topper using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. From the same die, die cut the reinforcement strips out of black cardstock.

Step Six. Die cut the arrow strip out of black cardstock from the same die used in the previous step.

Step Seven. Choose another piece of coordinating patterned paper. Die cut the small note piece from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces out of the patterned paper. From the same die, die cut the stitched rectangle out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of both pieces using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Choose a third piece of coordinating patterned paper and die cut the stitched banner from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Topper die. Ink the edges of the banner using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Nine. Choose two of the flower stems from the Flower Power die and die cut them out of kraft cardstock.

Step Ten. Next you’ll need the Pieces of Life 2 – Numbers & Labels stamp set. From the stamp set, you need the No. and 7. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the two stamps and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Fussy cut the 7 out. Cut the No. word into a strip. Ink the edges of the No. and 7 using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eleven. Adhere the vellum to the back side of the die cut hole in the front pocket.

Step Twelve. Adhere the stitched rectangle to the middle of the note piece. Staple the arrow piece to the middle of the stitched rectangle piece. Foam square the stitched banner 1/2″ from the bottom and all the way to the right hand side of the note piece. Adhere the No. and 7 as desired on the banner. Staple the note piece to the bottom right hand side of the note pocket as desired.

Step Thirteen. Staple the two flower stems as desired in the middle of the vellum piece in the pocket.

Step Fourteen. Adhere the front pocket to back pocket on the tabs and sides. Make sure that the top of the pocket isn’t adhere together.

Step Fifteen. Adhere the reinforcement strips over top of the holes on the now formed pocket.

Step Sixteen. Adhere the torn tab topper to the top of the black cardstock piece.

Step Seventeen. Slide the black cardstock piece with topper at the top of the pocket.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my No.7 Planner Pocket at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Wild Whisper Designs: Strength of the Season Paper Pack
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Vellum and Mini Stapler
Planner Essentials

Greenville Planner – old friends and new

September 3, 2020

Hello again, Annette Green here today with more pages from my Greenville Planner. We’ve been here in Greenville several months now and starting to have our first Florida visitors and are making new friends too, so that’s what my planner pages are all about this month.

I began on the back side of the page (left) where I used Planner Pocket 4 to create a top loading pocket page. I used the “Reminiscence” paper collection throughout and Planner Pocket 2 to create the diagonal pocket and Planner Essentials 8 for the narrow page. What A Day was cut from Sidekick Essentials 5 and Today’s Notes was stamped from the Sidekick 1 stamp set. All edges were inked with brown ink for a vintage effect.

Next, I stamped several mushrooms from the “Autumn Surprise” stamp set using permanent black ink, colored them with markers and cut them out. Again, I inked the outer edges with brown ink.

After journaling my notes, I began adhering elements onto the lower pocket then adhered a double photo mat to the top of the page. To finish off this page, I added the hole reinforcers from Planner Essentials 7.

I sized my photo accordingly and adhered it in place, then inserted some keepsakes into the pocket. Items such as the State Park Guest Pass and the map of the hiking trail are great pieces of memorabilia to help remember the details of this fun day with our friends.

Next I prepared some pieces for the next few pages. I’ve used the photo frame from Planner Essentials 3 and the narrow tag and “clip” from Sidekick Essentials 5. (The paper on the right is the cut-away portion from the top-loading pocket page.)

For my narrow page, I simply adhered the photo frame to the center, slightly hanging off the right side and stamped the sentiment using the Pieces of Life 3 Quotes set. The Maple Street Biscuit Company piece is cut from a coffee sleeve after having a delicious breakfast with our friends before our hike. It’s always great to use these little freebies as embellishments.

Onto the back side of the narrow page, I added a black mat and my photo, then stamped the journaling block from the My Life set, Smile from the Months set, Little Moments Big Memories from the Family set, and finally the Notes circle from the Circle Labels set.

I cut my right hand page from green card stock using Planner Essentials 3 then began assembling my pieces. After sizing my photos, cutting some matts and adhering them down, I finished off this page with a stamped label from the Retro Labels set and “friends” cut from Planner Essentials 7. The mushrooms add a whimsical and colorful accent to my pages.

My pages are complete! I hope you’ve enjoyed the process. Below I’ve listed all the products used. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

A Way With Words Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Summer in our Hearts

August 29, 2020
This page uses the flourish from the Flourished Frame set and Joy from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament

Hey artlets!  It’s Suzanne here today. Even though the days are getting shorter, summer isn’t over yet. When it’s gone, it stays in our hearts as we recall its wonderful moments. I wanted to make a card using Summer from the 4 Season’s die set and wanted to combine it with another A Way With Words die….  It was then I realize there were so many choices!!

I’d like to share a few I’ve assembled.  These can be cards or titles for scrapbook pages, or dividers and pages for your planners/journals. Let’s have a look!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Hello Card

August 20, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Hello Card.

To create my Hello Card, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Sidekick Essentials Collection and Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose two or three pieces of patterned paper that all coordinate together. From one of the patterned papers, die cut a 4″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of the patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut a 3 3/4″ Fitted Indented Rectangle out of a second piece of patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Either use a third piece of patterned paper or flip over the patterned paper you just used and die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Indented Rectangle. 1/2″ from the bottom on the right hand side, tear the paper a bit into the middle. 1/2″ from the left at the top left hand side, tear the paper down a bit. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the Sidekick Essentials 8 die, die cut the large stitched rectangle out of a piece of vellum.

Step Five. Die cut a 3/4″ Diagonal Stitched Fishtail out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Cut the fishtail down to 2 3/4″. Distress the edges of the fishtail. Ink the edges of the fishtail using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Sidekick Essentials 7 die, die cut the leaf bunch and two single leaves out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Seven. From the Words 2 – Thinking of You die, die cut the Hello word out of black cardstock.

Step Eight. Adhere the 3 1/2″ stitched indented rectangle to the 3 3/4″ fitted indented rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the vellum stitched rectangle in the middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched indented rectangle. Adhere the leaf bunch to the bottom middle of the 3 1/2″ stitched indented rectangle. The leaf bunch will sit overtop of the vellum piece. Adhere the other two single leaves as desired around the leaf bunch.

Step Ten. Staple the fishtail 3/8″ from the bottom and all the way to the left hand side of the 3 3/4″ fitted indented rectangle. Adhere the Hello word to the middle of the fishtail.

Step Eleven. Foam square the 3 3/4″ fitted indented rectangle to the middle of the 4″ stitched indented rectangle.

Step Twelve. Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 8″, score at 4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Graphic 45: Nature Sketchbook Patterned Paper Collection
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock and Vellum
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 Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

Joy Gift Tag

August 1, 2020

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

To create my Joy Gift Tag, I’ve used a variety of dies and stamps from Suzanne Cannon as well as Els van de Burgt Studio. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my gift tag at home.

Step One. From the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Toppers die, die cut the small tag out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two. Choose a couple of the snowflakes from the Christmas Collection stamp set. Apply Emboss It Ink to the snowflakes and stamp randomly on the tag, reapply ink as needed, you’ll need a total of fourteen snowflakes. Sprinkle Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder over the stamped images. 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 a 2 1/2″ Stitched Circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the circle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. From the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament, die cut the ornament out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the ornament. Sprinkle Kells Gold Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the ornament. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Five. From the Love Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament, die cut the joy word out of White Soft Finish Cardstock and black cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the white Joy word. Sprinkle Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the word. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Six. Die cut the Snowflake from the Flourished Christmas Minis 2 out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the snowflake. Sprinkle Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder over the entire surface of the snowflake. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Step Seven. Adhere the ornament to the stitched circle. Foam square the stitched circle 1/4″ from the right and 1 1/8″ from the bottom of the tag.

Step Eight. Adhere the snowflake to the middle of the ornament. Adhere the Joy embossed word slightly to the right overtop of the black cardstock Joy word, this will create a shadow in behind the embossed Joy word. Use foam squares to adhere the Joy word to the bottom right corner of the tag.

Step Nine. Tie a bow at the top of the tag with a piece of black twine. To finish off the tag, use White Craft Drops to add dots to the snowflake as desired.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Quietfire Design: Kells Gold Modern Gilding Powder and Forever Platinum Modern Gilding Powder
  • Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Black Cardstock and Black Twine
Cardmaking Joset Designs Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Purr-fect Day!

July 26, 2020

Hello and welcome! Samantha here with this purr-fect card featuring Elizabeth Craft Designs Cat die along with a few other fun items that work so well with this slim line card.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Use washi tape to secure a slim line white card front (Card Measurement: 10cm x 21cm) to the craft mat. Next, position the stencil over the white card (leaving 1/3 white space on the top). Secure the stencil down with washi tape.

Step 2: Use a blending tool to blend in a generous amount of light pink ink over the stencil, through to the white card.

Step 3: Reposition the stencil, secure and repeat ink blending until the whole card front is full.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using dark pink ink. Repeat again using light grey ink. Over lap the ink blending where possible.

Step 5: Use grey and light pink card to die cut the Cat image.

Step 6: Assemble and adhere the cat to the top right corner of the card front.

Step 7: Use pink card to die cut the Planner Labels tag die. Resize the tag by die-cutting the bottom section only.

Stamp the sentiment. Adhere to the card front as shown in main image.

Step 8: Adhere Clear Double Sided adhesive to white cardstock. Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (Fuchsia). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. Use this glitter card to die cut the small heart from the Planner Labels die.

Step 9: Continue to die cut the small heart section of the Planner Label die – use light pink and grey card.

Step 10: Embellish the card front with the hearts. Die cut the fish skeleton using white card. Adhere these to the card front. Embellish with sequins and a twine bow.

Hope you like todays card inspiration! Slim Cards are very in at the moment – simply by moving the stencil around you can create any sized card you wish!

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Supplies Used:

Other:

Pink/White/Grey Card stock

Sequins

Twine

Die-Cutting Machine

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam tape

Scissors/Paper Trimmer

Pink/Grey/Black Dye Ink

Blending Tool

Googly Eyes

Liquid Adhesive – Glue Pen

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

How to Create a Inspire Pocket for your Planner

July 23, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you How to Create a Inspire Pocket for your Planner.

To create my Inspire Pocket, I’ve used a variety of dies and stamps from the Planner Essentials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my pocket at home.

Step One. From the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers, die cut the pocket twice out of kraft cardstock. Place the pockets in front of you, making sure that on one pocket the angle faces right and on the other pocket the angle faces left. From the Background Stamps 1, you’ll need the chicken wire stamp. Apply Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to the stamp and stamp randomly over the entire surface of both pockets. Fold the edges and then ink the edges of both pockets using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Add adhesive to the flaps on each pocket and adhere the two pockets together.

Step Three. Mark three holes on your pocket. One hole will be 1″ from the top and 1/4″ from the left of the pocket. The second hole will be 1 3/4″ from the top and 1/4″ from the left of the pocket. The third hole will be 1 1/8″ from the bottom and 1/4″ from the left of the pocket. Using a 1/4″ hole punch, punch the three holes you just marked.

Step Four. Choose a reinforcement from the Reinforcement Variety Pack. Die cut the reinforcements out of a piece of black cardstock. You’ll need a total of six reinforcements.

Step Five. From the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 4 – Tag & Toppers die, die cut the stitched banner out of White Soft Finish Cardstock, the inspire word out of kraft cardstock and the tab out of whatever colour you want. I went with a yellow/orange colour cardstock. Ink the edges of the banner and tab using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Planner Label die, die cut the 1 3/8″ square label out of black cardstock.

Step Seven. Adhere three of the reinforcements over the three holes at the front of your pocket.

Step Eight. Flip the pocket over and adhere the other three reinforcements over top of the holes on the pocket.

Step Nine. Adhere the tab to the top of the 1 3/8″ square. Foam square the 1 3/8″ square 3/4″ from the right and 1/2″ from the bottom of the pocket.

Step Ten. Adhere the stitched banner to the middle of the 1 3/8″ square. Adhere the inspire word to the middle of the stitched banner.

Step Eleven. Slide in whatever you want in your pocket, I put in a note piece that I made a while back. For some extra reinforcement, I add mini staples to the top left, bottom left, top right and bottom right of the pocket.

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

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Yellow/Orange Cardstock and Mini Stapler
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

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