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You Are Invited to Christmas Crafting

October 24, 2020

Hey Friends! It’s EK and I am popping in with a brand new card With Halloween almost here and over, it means it is time to start looking forward the most fun crafting season of all, Christmas. So today I thought I would whip up a quick little card inviting you and others to the holiday season! And one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is with the A Way With Words line of dies and stamps.

Step One: Using some yupo paper and alcohol ink, create a holiday themed background. I used Watermelon and Bottle Ranger Alcohol Ink and Mined Alloy Alcohol ink. Let dry.

Step Two: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Die cut the A Way With Words Flourished Deer die from the center of the cardstock.

Step Three: Using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the negative space die cut 4.25×5.5 inch cardstock over the yupo paper.

Step Four: Place the Flourished Deer die cut back into the negative space. Using Kids Choice Glue, add the negative die cuts back into the blank spaces of the deer.

Step Five: Let Glue Dry.

Step Six: Die cut both the A Way With Words You’re Invited die and the Flourished Holly dies. Blend ink over the two die cuts. I used both Festive Berries and Pine Needle Distress Oxides. Adhere the Holly die cuts with Kids Choice Glue.

Step Seven: Adhere the yupo paper to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the Flourished Holly die cut to the card frame.

Step Eight: Adhere with Kids Choice Glue the You’re Invited die cut.

Step Nine: Add Pearl Rose Craft Drops to the card. Let dry.

I hope you are just as excited as I am about the up coming holiday crafting season. There are so many exciting new holiday things coming so make sure you stay tuned for all the new holiday releases! Until then, happy crafting.


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Metallic toned cards

October 8, 2020

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna here again today with my October guest team member post. I am a big fan of white cardstock, because you can do so much with it. So this time I wanted to show you a simple idea how you can create different toned metallic shaded cards really easy with just a few steps.

Here is how this cards are done:

Step 1: Take the “Heart” background die and one or two “A Way With Words” word dies out. Take a sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock and apply a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet onto the backside. Leave the foil on.
Step 2: Place the paper and the die cut dies into your die cutting machine and build a sandwich according to the instrucktions of your particular machine. Die cut 3 (or more) background pieces and as many sentiments as you have backgrounds.
Step 3: Now remove all negative elements from your white cardstock pieces.

Step 4: Place the die cut pieces on a kraft mat and apply a metallic paste with a blending brush in circular motion onto your die cut pieces. I used a pearl, a silver and a gold tone on the 3 cards I created and for the sentiments I tried to match each patterned paper tone, so I used bronze, pink and blue on those.
Step 5: Now adhere the tinted background pieces onto a patterned paper of your choice and adhere the sentiment on top. Decorate for example with half pearls, dimentional pearls or rhinestones. Finally, adhere to a card base.

This simple idea can be used with various background dies to add a little different look to your cards. The nice surface texture of the Soft Finish Cardstock also shows thru after tinting the paper which adds a really nice look to the cards.

I´ve again recorded a video to give you a better idea of the steps – hope you like it!

I hope you could inspire you to play more with your dies and white Soft Finish Cardstock. There are so many possibilities to add some color to it, this is just one of them.

I´ll be back with another card idea again next month! See you then.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix Big Shot A4
Kaisercraft half pearls
Blending brush
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

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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Summer Cheers

August 15, 2020
Cheers Mug

Hi there, Artlets!  I hope your summer is going well.  I have a fun project today that is so simple, you’ll be decorating everything that doesn’t stand still!  It’s as simple as cutting a small piece of craft vinyl and applying it to a glass or cup or mason jar mug. Decorate a whole bunch of mugs for the family summer BBQ!  We can all use a bit of bright fun this summer….

If you’re unfamiliar with craft vinyl, it is self-adhesive super thin plastic.  You can often get it in sampler packages of different colours and sometimes single small sheets if you’re just trying it for the first time.  Look for a vinyl that is permanent if you want it to stay on forever, or choose a temporary vinyl if you want to peel it off and have a different theme on your mugs next week! It comes in lots of colours.

Here is how you can party-up your mugs!

Instructions:

Wash your jar or mug so it’s nice and clean.  Dry it well.

Die cut Cheers from vinyl.  You are basically making a “sticker”!  

Remove the release paper carefully from the back of the design.  The design will more flexible as soon as the backing has been removed, so decide where you want the “sticker” in advance.  Simply lay the design down without stretching the design, then rub it down well.  Don’t forget to do the same with the “s”!

A handy helper that will make the transfer to glass a little safer and avoid stretching is to use transfer tape, or simply a piece of Removable Tape. 

Before you remove the release paper, apply the Removable Tape across the front of the “sticker”. 

Remove the release paper, then simply apply your “sticker” where you want it and carefully peel off the Removable Tape.  Burnish your “sticker” well on the glass. Do the same with the “s”.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Now invite some people over for some cold summer cheer! Ice cubes. You’ll need lots of ice cubes.

Happy creating, Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Others:

Mason Jar Mug (I got mine at the dollar store) or other plain drinking cup or mug
Craft vinyl
Scotch Removable Tape

A Way With Words ModaScrap

Cheery Hello Balloon!

July 18, 2020

It’s a good time to say Hello to someone special!  It’s Suzanne here today and I’m sharing this fun technique that I’m in love with.  It seems to be called the Eclipse technique and I like it because it’s a bit subtle, but it’s a great way to help the delicate Away With Words diecuts stand out from a busy patterned paper! If you’re familiar with the technique, this is a double-decker version! Join me!

Instructions:

Cut a panel from patterned paper measuring 5-1/8” x 6”. Cut a panel from black cardstock measuring slightly larger: 5.5” x 6.25” (not shown here).

Die cut the Big Balloon from the patterned paper panel as shown and also  die cut the Big Balloon from fun foam.

Die cut Hello from the middle of the patterned paper Big Balloon diecut on a jaunty angle.  Make sure you keep all the inside counterspaces of all the letters!  Die cut Hello from a new piece of fun foam (NOT from the Big Balloon fun foam diecut!).  You don’t need the fun foam counterspaces.

Center and adhere the patterned paper panel to the black panel.

Adhere the black fun foam Balloon into the cut out patterned paper panel. Glue the patterned paper Balloon on top of the fun foam Balloon.

Adhere the black fun foam Hello into the cut out Hello on the Balloon. 

Add the patterned paper counterspaces where they came from. Tweezers are super helpful!

Then glue the patterned paper Hello on top of its fun foam version. It’s super cool that the patterned paper all lines up perfectly! Love it!

Form a 6” wide by 7” high side-fold card base from coordinating paper.

Adhere the eclipse panel on your card base. Tie a little bow of coordinating thread or ribbon and adhere it to the Balloon.

Very cool card! Aren’t they fun! Enjoy making more of these! Try changing the colour of the fun foam and see what happens.
Happy creating! Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Glue
Black Fun Foam
Black Cardstock
Thread

A Way With Words Joset Designs

Congratulations!

July 11, 2020

Hi! How many hobbies do you have? And have you ever combined your hobbies? I love the cards with the machine stitching, cross- stitching, watercoloring… It’s a surprising amount of things you can pull into your cards. Today I am doing a very easy one – adding origami paper to my card. My son got these and gave me the “less cool” ones and I thought they were perfect to use with the Asian Accessories die set.

I die cut the lantern out of 4 sheets of origami at a time – which is a great time saver since the paper is thinner than regular card stock. The paper is so very pretty and also has a nice, almost velvety texture that adds to the card.

To start the card, I trimmed a sheet of white card stock to 5 5/16″ x 4 1/8″ and sponged the top a soft blue. Using an awl, I poked two small holes at the top and strung a gold wire through it. ( I lost the packaging but I think it is 24 gauge or thinner.) I found this to be a lot easier to control than twine and love the shine to it. I popped up 3 lanterns with foam tape on them. The strings that attach the lantern to the wire was cut from black card stock that had the double sided adhesive on the back. Carefully put one side in front of the wire and the other on the back.

The final addition is a the die cut of Congratulations covered with Silver Sands Microfine Silk glitter with a black drop shadow. I’m looking forward to when I could use this motif for a party invitation!

-Diana

ECD products used:

Congratulations die

Asian accessories die set

Silver Sands microfine glitter

Double sided adhesive tape

Other products used:

Patterned Origami paper

Black and white card stock

Blue ink

24 gauge craft wire

foam tape

A Way With Words

Trying New Things

June 29, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! One of the most fun things for me to do in crafting is to try out new techniques. I love cruising You-Tube to find out new things to try. In today’s post, I’m trying stamping with a stencil using water on distress oxide inks.

My first card using the super fun new stamps from Sue. This one from the For You Stamps. I stamped it in black ink and then moved it just slightly and stamped it again with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. It is die cut with a Stitched Circles Die. I adhered the circle to a piece of blue cardstock and fussy cut the border. Then I die cut a Mandala Die using 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock and 101mm Double Sided Adhesive and stuck that to the background and added a few White Craft Drops.

For that fun background, I applied Distress Oxide ink (Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Candied Apple) on 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I think spritzed lightly the Dot Dot Dot… template with water and laid it over the rainbow of ink and pressed it in with a paper towl. After heat drying, I got the last image to the right. It’s so pretty! I then die cut it using the Fitted Indented Rectangles Dies.

I decided to try it again with lighter colors. Here I used Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistaschio and Speckled Egg. I love the look of this softer version too. The background is cut with a Fitted Rounded Rectangle. I love that stamp from the Pieces of Life 4 – Retro Stamps. (Hint: lots of good sentiments in that set!) I die cut it with the Stitched Circles die and added a Blooming Branches die cut that I’d colored up with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. To this card, I also added a smidge of lace and some Silver Craft Drops.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Distress Oxides, Black Ink, Lace, and blue cardstock

A Way With Words Cardmaking

Walk in Peace and Kindness

June 13, 2020

Today I am sharing a very clean and simple card – some days we just need that kind of thinking – or more likely for me, all that I am capable of at the moment. Lol!

Recently Els did a Friday tutorial (Sparkling Zen cards)on using the glitter on the bamboo dies. It inspired me to go through my set of stamps to see what saying would go with it. Normally, I find the stamp first and then choose the embellishments. I found this lovely sentiment from A Bit of Fragrance Collection by Suzanne Cannon. I think it is just a wonderful reminder during these crazy times.

After creating my glittered bamboo, I set them aside to do the background. I chose a stitched edge rectangle and sponged the edges a soft blue and green as pictures. After arranging (but not adhering the bamboo) to the card, I carefully stamped the sentiment in the open space. I then glued the bamboo stalks on and the entire thing to a white card base. Very easy but the glitter makes it a fancy card to me.

Thank you so much for looking!

Diana

Elizabeth Craft Products used:

Other products used:

White card stock

Green and blue distress ink

A Way With Words Craft Drops Stamping

Be Brave, Be Yourself

May 23, 2020

IMG_0073Hey Friends!  It’s EK, and today I am make some unique graduation cards for a very unique time.  Right now nothing feels or looks normal, so crafting a few high school graduation cards in the traditional way seemed inappropriate.  So I thought, it might be fun to create a unique look for these graduates who are learning to grow up too fast.  I found that designer Suzanne’s A Way With Words Be Brave Bold Yourself die set was perfect for the look for which I was aiming.

IMG_0058Step One:  Blend some water soluble ink over Watercolor Paper trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.  I used Distress Oxides in Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, and Frayed Burlap in an ombre corner to corner blend.

IMG_0059Step Two:  Spray the Watercolor Paper with watercolor spray.  I used Distress Oxide in Tattered Rose.

IMG_0060Step Three:  Let the ink spray dry.  I just love how this turned out and find the look a little romantic.

IMG_0061Step Four:  Die cut the inked paper with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.

IMG_0062Step Five:  Die cut the graduation sentiment from the inked paper with the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set.  I choose to use the sentiment ‘Be Brave, Be Yourself’.  The really cool thing about die cutting the way I have, is that you can make two separate cards from this one die cut. You can use the negative inked paper and the die cut works to create two unique cards.

IMG_0063Step Six:  Using 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the inked cardstock to a piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5 inches.

IMG_0064Step Seven:  Set the die cut sentiment back into the open spaces, and adhere the negative die cut pieces back into the open places using some Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0065Step Eight:  Adhere the the lavender cardstock to an A2 card frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  To finish the first card, add a few drop of Transparent Crystal Craft Drops.

IMG_0070Here is the finished look of the first card using the negative pieces of the die cut from the Be Brave Bold Yourself  die set.

IMG_0066Step Nine:  To create the second card, die cut a second trimmed piece of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock with the Stitched Indented Rectangle die set.  Adhere the Be Brave Bold Yourself die set die cut piece onto the cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.

IMG_0067Step Ten:  Add some heart stamping from Susanne’s A Way With Words Love & Hearts Collection stamp set using some pale purple ink.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet.

IMG_0068Step Eleven:  Adhere the cardstock to an A2 card frame for the finished look.

IMG_0072I just adore how these two cards came out and think they will be a fun card for these special 2020 graduates.  Are you creating cards for graduates this year?  Are you creating a traditional looking card or are you creating a unique one to symbolize the uniqueness of these times?  Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

A Way With Words Paper Flowers

To a Special Mom

May 9, 2020

I remember when I was little, I had this pin with this fuschia pink enamel on it – not sure what it was except the colors stood out to me and that my mom liked it. I never thought of it as a color my mom would like (not sure what my child-brain thought a mom-appropriate color was supposed to be) but for whatever reason, this stood out to me. So I am making a card with that color in mind – with a some simple flowers thrown in because what’s a mother’s day card without flowers?

I love combining different fonts to make emphasize certain words

The white card base is 5.5″ x 6.5″ and I covered the edges of the front of the card with washi tape. I laid the washi tape right against the edge to save me some measuring and sponged the top blue and bottom green with a very light hand. I wanted a very soft look.

I love peeling off the masking tape to reveal that clean line between white and sponged edges.

Next, die cut all the letters and the word Special out of a fuschia pink card stock. I wanted the word Special to stand out and the large script lettering from A Way With Words Special Delivery was perfect. The Alphabet Retro Trio comes in 3 sizes so I used the medium one for the “To A” and the largest for “MOM.” This is a great companion set for any of the A Way With Words dies – opens up so many possibilities and combinations.

I also die cut the flowers from Bunch of Flowers die set from the same pink and a lighter shade – I did not want too much pink so I added a couple of purple flowers. To add interest to the flowers, I drew white stitched lines along the edge with a Signo white gel pen. The center is a silver flat rhinestone. The leaves from the Curvy Leaves dies set were colored with 2 different shades of Copic green markers.

I adhered all to the card base as shown above. I liked it but something was missing. I decided to add a stitched border around the masked area to add to the frame and pull in the stitching from the flowers.

Now I’m done.

A very small touch but I think it really finished the card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom, aunts, grandmothers, and maternal figures out there. You are more important and special than words can say.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

(Note: The leaves and flower sets that were used for this card are no longer available. I suggested 2 other die sets that will work beautiful as well.)

Other:

Glue

Other products used:

White, pink, light pink, purple, and lavender card stock

Green pen and white Signo gel pen

Copic markers

Silver rhinestone

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