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Altered Savings Bank

March 10, 2016

Hello there, Sanna here again with my first March project. I have recently discovered how much fun it can be creating your own home décor objects. I like to make practical things with a purpose besides looking good, hence, a savings bank made from a box as an altered object. I can use it to hold money I’m saving and it is a pretty accent for a mantel, shelf or table.

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Decorated Box With Susan’s Garden Patch

June 25, 2015

Hi, it’s Angela and today I want to share a decorated box that I created with Elizabeth Craft Designs products. Lately I’ve been inspired by softer color palettes and springtime. I decided to use one of Susan’s Garden Patch die and the new flower dies to create a quilt. The box is a perfect place to keep your dies or cards that you’ve created.

Angela 1

The Box:

*Cut about 15 1/4″ strips of assorted patterns of pattern paper. Attach ECD double-sided adhesive to a piece of 5″ x 4″ thin white paper. Start placing the 1/4″ strips to the adhesive in a herringbone pattern.

*Using the Garden Patch die, cut out a green cardstock grid and also cut out the paper you created the herringbone on and keep the 6 squares, discard the frame.

*Attach the green grid to a double mat of patterned papers and glue the six squares into the openings. Apply some coffee ink around the edges using a sponge.

*Attach the grid to a piece of patterned paper and a green mat and attach to the box top.

Angela 2

Decorating the Quilt:

*Cut one leafy branch from green cardstock to decorate the two opposite corners of the box.

*Cut 3 sets of flowers from the Bunch of Flowers die. Distress and wrinkle the flowers. Apply ink to the edges and nest the three sizes together. Place a brad to hold them together. Glue two flowers to the lower left corner.

Angela 3

*Glue one flower to the upper right corner and place two pins under the flower.

*Cut the word “QUILT” using the Alphabet 1-Caps die from patterned paper and glue to the bottom right corner of the box.

*Decorate the sides and the inside the box as desired.

Angela 4

I hope you will try this faux quilt technique with your Garden Patch dies! The results are beautiful!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Graphic 45 Book box
Gilded Lily 8 x 8 pad Graphic 45
Green and white cardstock
Coffee Ink
3 Brads
2 Pins


February 22, 2015



Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here today with a card using a couple of the new Susan’s Garden range of dies recently released by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I was super excited when I saw that Susan was releasing the Garden Patch dies as these can be used in so many ways. You can use the grid and the square together or just the grids or the squares on their own.

Here is how I created my card:

1. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and score at 5 1/2″ to create a top folding card. Sponge around the edges using a light brown ink.

2. Cut a piece of brown cardstock and orange cardstock large enough to fit the large grid from the Garden Patch – 1 1/2 inch & Mini Petals die. Place Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to the back of each piece of cardstock and die cut.

Cut another piece of brown cardstock 3 3/8″ x 5″. Layer the brown grid onto the brown cardstock. Attach to the folded cream cardstock using foam tape.

3. Using dark brown ink, stamp the Sunshine & Love Rubber Stamp on each of the orange squares. (Note: I used a stamp positioner for mine to help center the sentiment on the square but you could also eyeball it if you prefer. You will need to stamp a second time below the first stamping to fill the square).

  • Sponge the edges of each square using light brown ink. Attach the squares into the brown grid.

4. Die cut 2 each of the Garden Notes – Sunflower using yellow cardstock for the flower; green cardstock for the leaves and brown cardstock for the center (florets/seed pods) of the sunflower.

  • If you are new to assembling the flowers, check out the details on Susan’s video here. Otherwise, feel free to continue below.
  • Use orange chalk to color the center yellow portion of the sunflower and green chalk to color the leaves. Use a balling tool and molding mat to shape the flowers and petals. Glue both large flowers on top of each other offsetting one a little and the smaller single petals around the top center about  1/4″ from the center.
  • Place brown florets/seed pods onto molding mat and use stylus to cup each floret/seed pod and glue these to the center of the sunflower.
  • Use the balling tool to shape the leaves and use the sharp leaf tool to create veins in the leaves.
  • Attach the flower to the card as shown above.

5. Add Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to the back of the green cardstock. Use the Alphabet 1 – Caps die to die cut the letters HELLO from the green cardstock. Attach letters to form the word HELLO downward on the right side of the card.



The Inside of the Card:

6. Ink the edges of the inside of the card using light brown ink.

7. Cut brown cardstock and orange cardstock large enough to fit the large grid from the Garden Patch – 1 1/2″ & Mini Petals die. Place Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to the back of each piece of cardstock and die cut. (Tip: You only need to use half of the grid and squares). Trim off any extra lines of text so that the top edge is flush.

  • Adhere the brown grid to the bottom of the card ensuring that it is centered.
  • Stamp the Sunshine and Love sentiment onto the orange squares as completed in step 3.
  • Ink the edges of the orange squares using light brown ink.
  • Adhere the orange squares to the brown grid on the bottom of the card.
  • Trim off any overhang so the edges of the card are even.

8. Stamp Sunshine and Love sentiment to the top section of the inside of the card using black ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1001 Garden Patch – 1 1/2 inch & Mini Petals

999 Garden Notes – Sunflower

967 Alphabet 1 – Caps

RS001 Sunshine and Love Rubber Stamp

509 Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive 152 mm

808 Susan’s Tool Set – balling tool, stylus, etc. COMING SOON

809 Mini Molding Pad


Cardstock: brown, orange, yellow, green, cream

Ink: light brown, dark brown, black

Chalk: orange, green

Foam tape





PURRfect Valentine

February 7, 2015

Hello Crafty Friends!

Debra here today to help you get a jump start on your Valentine cards for those special people in your life. Valentine’s Day is just a week away and the Rectangle Pull Card makes a quick and easy base to build a PURRfect card with glittery details that’s sure to bring  a smile to your Valentine.

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Here’s how I made this card:

1. Cut a piece of cat-themed double sided cardstock to 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Fold in half then unfold and die cut with the Rectangle Pull Card die, lining up the tabs in the center fold. Fold on the score lines to create the card base.

2. Die cut the additional pieces – Whiskers the Cat, fish bones, mice, MEOW letters and one white and one patterned decorator rectangle. Die cut a large and small heart from the Heart Pivot Card from red cardstock with transparent double-sided adhesive adhered to it. Die cut the collar, lips and bow from the same red cardstock. Glitter with True Red Microfine Glitter. Die cut the whiskers and shadow layer from white cardstock covered with transparent double-sided adhesive and then glitter with Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter. Die cut two Spinners from both the red and white cardstock. (The Spinner die makes the hearts pop up).

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3. Print the sentiment on white cardstock and die cut with the rectangle decorator die. Ink edges of card base, both rectangle decorator pieces and the detail layer of Whiskers the Cat with brown ink.

4. Assemble Whiskers. Add inked detail layer to glittered shadow layer. Add eyes, nose, glittered whiskers, bow and collar with a red glitter dot in the center of Whisker’s collar tag. Adhere to decorator rectangle on front on foam adhesive. Add fish bones, mice and red glitter border peel-offs. Here is a close up for placement:

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5. Adhere the letters to spell MEOW down the left side flap. Add red glitter border peel-offs on right and left side edges.

6. Adhere sentiment rectangle to inside flap. Add mice and glittered lips.

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7. Add Spinner toward the top of the fold.  Add glittered hearts to the Spinner. Cut one fishbone in half and trim off ribs. Place on glittered hearts to simulate an arrow going through both hearts. Adhere smaller glittered heart to inside of card with an additional fishbone to complete.

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I hope this card will inspire you to use the new dies listed below and create a PURRfect Valetine for that someone special in your life!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
967 Alphabet 1- Caps
974 Rectangle Pull Card
983 Whiskers the Cat
982 Props 4 Set
775 Heart Pivot Card
911 Props 1
7010 Glitter Borders Assorted Colors- Red/Gold
7018  Glitter Dots Assorted Colors- Red/Gold
Transparent Double Sided Adhesive
607 Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter
614 True Red Silk Microfine Glitter

Pattern Paper- Canvas Corp, Graphic 45
Cardstock- Bazzill
Foam Adhesive
Vintage Photo Distress Ink


When Dutch Came to Visit

February 6, 2015

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel6Hi, it’s Candy! This card was inspired by photos that Els, the owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, posts on her Facebook page. She lives in Colorado where she enjoys spectacular wildlife from the comfort of her home. One of her frequent visitors is a little fox, who has been known to peek in her glass doors. So, I thought it would be fun to create an interactive card where Dutch the Fox can surprise the recipient. Here’s how:

1. Cut black cardstock 4.25″ x 11″. Score and fold at 5.5″ to make the card base.

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel52. Cut orange cardstock 4″ x 5.25″. Emboss the orange cardstock using the Fleur de Lis Embossing Folder. Lightly ink the edges and embossed part of the cardstock and adhere to card base.

3. Die cut the letters to spell “Surprise” from Alphabet 1 – Caps die and adhere to the top right side of the card.

4. Cut the wood-grain patterned paper, black cardstock and patterned paper for the inside of the door 2.5″ x 4.5″ and ink the edges except for the black cardstock. Die cut each piece with the Tags & More 5 – Sunburst die. (Use the die that creates the outline of the door at the top).


5. Die cut the wood-grain patterned paper a second time using the sunburst decorative overlay die at the top. Adhere the wood-grain paper to the black cardstock. Die cut the black corners from the Tags & More 5 – Sunburst die set and adhere to the bottom corners as shown. Stack the small circles that were cut out when die cutting the tags in order to create the door knob.


6. Cut a pair of Hinges from black cardstock. Adhere one end to the backside of the green patterned paper. Lay the door on top and wrap the hinges around and adhere to the front side of the door. Adhere the back of the green patterned paper to the card front.

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel77. Die cut Dutch the Fox from orange, black and white cardstock. Assemble and place inside the door on top of the green patterned paper.


There you have it! Thank you for stopping by to check out our furry friend!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst

E109 Fleur de Lis Embossing Folder

962 Hardware 1 – Hinges

967 Alphabet 1 – Caps

946 Dutch the Fox


Cardstock in white, black, orange

Patterned paper: KaiserCraft

Distress Ink



Pop it Ups

Pop It Ups Wednesday with Frances – Purrr-fect Birthday

February 4, 2015


Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here today with my first Pop It Ups Wednesday blog post.  For my card today I decided to use the new Rectangle Pull Card to create a Gatefold Rectangle Pull Card with a birthday theme.


Here is how I created my card:


1. Cut a piece of card or designer paper at 12 inches x 6 inches. Score along the 12 inch side at 4 1/2 inches and 7 1/2 inches.


2. Draw a light pencil line 1 inch in from the top and bottom edge of the card (you will be erasing this line after die cutting.


3. Line the main die from the Rectangle Pull Card so that the centre nubs of the die are positioned on the 4 1/2 inch score line and the outside edges of the rectangle are lined up with the pencil line. (Note: This is important).


4. Position the top cutting plate so that it lines up just past the centre line of the die, this enables you to die cut the rectangle portion of the die without die cutting the closure notch of the die. Run through die cutting machine.


5. Remove the die from your card and place the die on the opposite end of the card so that the centre nubs of the die line up with the 7 1/2 inch score line and again making sure that the rectangle portion of the die are lined up within the pencil line. Position the top cutting plate as we did in step 4 so we do not die cut the closure notch.


6. Fold the two centre score lines as a valley fold and the score lines that were created when we die cut the Rectangle Pull Card are a mountain fold. Erase all pencil lines from your card.


7. Using white card die cut two rectangles using the large rectangle die from the Rectangle Pull Card. Use foam tape to layer these rectangle panels to the outer rectangle of the card as per photo above.

8. Using colors of your choice, die cut all the pieces for Whiskers the Cat and assemble as per photo. (Note: for easier layering of all the die cut pieces adhere Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of all the card that you will be using to die cut all your layering pieces). You will need to die cut and assemble two cats.

9. From the Props 2 – Party die set die cut the pieces for the party hat and blower and add these to each of the cats. (adhere ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of your card before die cutting). Use foam tape to layer the cats to the white rectangle panels of the card.

10. Using orange card die cut two of the postage frames and from white card two of the small rectangles from the Rectangle Pull Card set. Layer the white rectangle pieces under the postage frame.

11. Using the Alphabet 1 – Caps &  the Numbers & More die sets, die cut “H”, “B”, “2” & “U” from blue card which has ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape added to the back of it. Add the “H” and “B” to one of the postage panels and the “2” and “U” to the other and use foam tape to position these to the side panels of the front of the card as per the photo above.


12. Cut a piece of orange card what is just under 3 inches x 6 inches and a piece of white card that is 2 3/4 inches x 5 3/4 inches. Adhere the white to the orange card and then adhere this to the centre of the inside of the card.

13. Adhere ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a strip of orange card and blue card and die cut the Alphabet 1 – Caps twice from each color.  Adhere the letters to the white panel to create your greeting. (To get my greeting even I drew a pencil line 1 inch from the top and bottom and then 1 1/4 inches from the bottom line up until I had my 4 lines. For the hyphens I just cut a piece long enough from one of the unused letters from the die cut alphabet).  Die cut a mouse from the Whiskers the Cat set and add to the bottom of the centre panel.

14. Die cut 4 party balloons from the Props 2 – Party die set using the reverse side of the remaining designer paper and the  4 squiggles in Kraft Card from the Rectangle Pull Card die set. Add the squiggle to the balloons and add them to the back of the rectangle panel using foam tape.



Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.



Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rectangle Pull Card (974)
Whiskers the Cat (983)
Props 2 – Party (966)
Alphabet 1 – Caps (967)
Numbers & More 1 (968)
Transparent Double Sided Tape – 64 mm (508)
White Card
Orange Card
Blue Card
Green Card
Grey Card
Black Card
Kraft Card
Pink Card
Jillibean Soup – 2 Parts Tweet Designer Paper
Foam Tape
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