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Parrots In The Wild

August 21, 2019

Diane here with a joyful birthday card!

What is the most funny and wild creatures to wish someone dear an happy birthday? Why not Joset’s parrots in a bunch of lilies? This card feel so much like summer, you’ll want a cold drink to go with it! I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Step1: The card base:

  • Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
  • Using a round sponge, ink up the background with some blue and forest moss ink. Also use a make-up applicator to soften the ink with white Pan Pastel.
  • Cut out 4 times the strip from the die “Happy Frame” (#1499) and cut them length wise to mesure 6″.
  • Build the frame up and adhere on the card base.

Step 2: A trio of leaves:

  • In a green cardstock, die cut 3 times each leaf in the die set “Trio Of Leaves” (#1464).
  • Shade the leaves with forest moss ink and some light yellow Pan Pastel.
  • Shape each branch to give them dimension using tools from Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.

Step 3: The Parrots

  • Using the die set “Parrot” (1665), die cut all the dies twice in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • With Distress Ink and sponge applicator, color all the pieces like show in the picture below.
  • Assemble both parrots with Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick. You can also watch this helpful video on YouTube where Els show you how to assemble the parrot.
  • Adhere googling eyes with the same glue.

Step 4: The Lilies

  • Using the die set “Garden Notes – Lily 2” (#1370), die cut all the flower parts to make 4 flowers.
  • With some lilac and violet ink, shade the petals of the flower.
  • Using some yellow ink,, shade the pistils.
  • Let dry all the parts before shaping.
  • Shape the petals using Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
  • Roll up the base of the pistil and glue with Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick. To see the best there is make those flowers, watch that video where Susan Tierney Cockburn show all the steps to achieve a gorgeous result.

Step 5: Adhere it all together !

  • Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue the leaves around the frame, on the card base.
  • Using some foam adhesive on the back of the parrots, glue them.
  • Also with the Kids Choice Glue, glue down the flowers.

Here’s a closer look at the final card.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Diane Prince

Other product used on this card:

  • Distress Ink and Oxide
  • Green Bazzill Cardstock
Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

A Closer Look At Our New Release!

July 22, 2019

Have you seen our new release yet? We released a brand new collection from Joset van de Burgt and IT. IS. ADORABLE!

Over the last week, our Design Team has been sharing a lot of projects they’ve made with the new collection. You may have missed some of them, so we thought we’d share them here, along with some others we’ve been keeping to ourselves 😊

1. Tina Guigui Dornbaum

2. Tanja Kabel

3. Anita Izendoorn

4. EK Gorman

5. Joset van de Burgt

6. Sandy Diller

And, some we’ve been hiding…

With a release like this, how can you possibly choose your favorite?

Join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Group to see project ideas, and share your own!

Pop it Ups

New Year’s Spiral Tag Card

December 12, 2014

Nancy Walker is back as today’s Guest Designer. She surprised us with a festive New Year’s Spiral Tag Card. Her favorite character, Chilly the Penguin was invited to the celebration and she used an interesting array of other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, too.

New Year’s Spiral Tag Card by Nancy Walker

Thank you Joset for having me back as a guest designer today. This card combines several die sets and yes, I did bring Chilly out to let him celebrate New Year’s Eve! His natural coloring makes him a shoe-in for the tuxedo and black tie party especially when Karen Burniston’s Props Dies are enlisted.

I used Tags & More 3 – Leaves to create a building that houses the big clock from the Clock and Gears set. I chose to use the spiral mechanism and the balloon from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to animate midnight on New Year’s Eve. I hope you will enjoy today’s tutorial!

Instructions for the outside:

1. Cut light gray cardstock 8 ½” x 6 ½”. Stamp randomly with a brick or stone stamp inside and out to give a little texture to the building.

2. Score at 3 ¼” to make a card measuring 8 ½” x 3 ¼.

3. Align the round tag shape from the tag die set on top of the folded card. Allow the edge of the die to hang off the folded side. Run folded card through your machine to die cut the top section of the card, cutting both front and back of the card at the same time.

4. Cut a piece of gold cardstock 3 ¼” x 2″. Die cut round top using the same tag shape die used in step 3. Once die cut, place tag overlay die on cardstock and run through your die cutting machine again to create leaves design. Adhere tag top to top of card front and place die cut leaves and tag hole back into the die cut areas.

5. Cut the clock from light gray and remove the numbers. Cut a circle from gold cardstock for the clock backing and adhere both the clock and its backing together, placing adhesive only in areas with no openings. Add clock hands showing a couple of minutes past 12:00 and adhere so they will not move. Add a brad in the center of the clock, connecting the hands to the clock face. Adhere clock to top of card in the circle niche created in step 4.

6. Stamp and fussy cut “Party This Way” with the arrow pointing to the inside of the card.

7. Cut Chilly’s outline from black. Using the hat from Pops 1, cut one hat from black and one from gold. Trim away the brim on the gold hat to create gold hatband. Adhere to black hat, then adhere hat to the black Chilly outline. Square off his toes so he is seen from the back like he is reading the sign.

8. Cut corners from gold using the corner die from Tag & More 3 – Leaves.


Instructions for the inside:

1. Cut spiral mechanism from grey cardstock using Spiral Circle Pull card and adhere as shown. Cut and adhere balloons from scrap vellum, using bow and string from Props 2.

2. Cut Chilly and assemble as shown on front of die packaging. Add party hat and blower from Props 2 (with a little piece of feather added to the end), and one of the balloons like he is holding it. Add rhinestones to bow tie and front of his “shirt”. Adhere Chilly to the bottom left of the card. Cut two more corners from gold and adhere to the bottom of the inside of the card. See close up of Chilly.


3. Using Elizabeth Craft Design’s Transparent Adhesive Tape on the back of the gold cardstock, cut “Happy New Year”. Adhere to right side of card on the lower “wall”.

4. Add Glitter Borders in gold and silver and Glitter Dots in black and silver to resemble confetti and streamers coming down in celebration of the New Year.

5. Add balloons, party hats, and blowers with feathers on the ends to the spiral mechanism so they will all pop up when the card is opened. See close up below.


6. For complete instructions on mounting the spiral mechanism, watch Karen Burniston’s video tutorial HERE.

7. Glue a dot from the gold cardstock into the back side of the hole in the top of the card on the left side. Add a glitter dot to this, too. Add ribbons to the top of the tag card in the remaining hole on the right side of the card.

I hope you will enjoy making your own New Year’s Spiral Tag Card.

Good news! For today’s blog post I’m hosting a giveaway – a Fancy Label Accordion Card die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. What to do? Visit my blog HERE and leave a comment. I will randomly select one lucky winner who will receive my blog candy.

Enjoy crafting with Elizabeth Craft Designs!



Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

953 Tags & More 3 – Leaves
911 Props 1
949 Props 2
943 Happy New Year
917 Clock and Gears
916 Spiral Circle Pull Card
908 Chilly the Penguin
7018 Black Glitter Dots
7010 Silver/Gold Glitter Borders
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Adhesive Tape

Other Supplies:

Light gray cardstock
Sahara Sand ink – Stampin’ Up!
Stamps from Club Scrap and Stampin’ Up!
Scraps of vellum or other translucent paper
Brad, Feathers, Ribbons, Rhinestones

Pop it Ups

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Make it Manly

October 15, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the October Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the challenge was to make cards suitable for the men and boys in our lives.

Normally you would also see a new card and video from me, but then this happened…

Thankfully it all worked out and we arrived home in the early hours of this morning. Gonzalo was only a tropical storm when he passed over the island, but later strengthened into a hurricane. There were straggling black clouds hurrying to catch up the next morning, but otherwise the skies turned bright and sunny and the airport reopened.

St Kitts Sunrise

My card and video is delayed, but luckily my amazing team of ten designers, plus a guest designer, are providing fabulous inspiration this month for your masculine cards. For each card you can click on the designer’s name to visit her blog post, where you will find additional photos, supply lists and (in some cases) instructions for the cards.


Many of the designers this month chose to use the Spiral Circle Pull Card die for their masculine cards.

Summer Hills-Painter made this hilarious “Shake your Booty!” card that is wonderfully interactive. I love that you can see his disco hand in both positions. Plus, his booty really shakes!



I’m happy to welcome back Sandy Diller as a guest designer for the challenge this month. Sandy combined the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the Clock & Gears die set. Notice her clever use of all the knock-out numbers peppered all over the card and the flying gears effect created by using the spiral. What a perfect sentiment to use for this card!

Sandy_Vintage Card1 Sandy_vintage card 3

Frances Byrne also used the same two dies – Spiral Circle Pull Card and Clock & Gears, but the results look completely different. Frances also found the perfect patterned paper to go with her “Make Every Moment Count” card. Notice the word “Time” is visible in the closed position. Clever!



This next card is extremely clever and fun. Donna Wright reproduced a Westminster clock for her masculine card. She shaped the outer portions of the clock with the Outdoor Edges and embellished with the Agatha Edges. Her signature tiny clothespins are used as clock weights.

Donna_Clock1 Donna_Clock2


The brand-new Happy Birthday Pop-up die is now available and the designers have provided some wonderful ideas for it.

Shelly Hickox is the queen of faux finishes and this card is no exception. She creates leather and metal and rivets and faux eyelets and she explains it all! Definitely check out her blog post to see more of this Shellypiece.

shelly hickox pop it ups aviation birthday card

The first time I met Raquel Mason it was at a store in Florida where I was teaching classes. She brought some of her cards to show me and I was blown away. Check out this clever creation using Shimmer Sheetz as a mirror to reflect the Happy Birthday in the mirror. Raquel also lengthened the poles from the Lots of Pops die by stopping the cutting pad short of the end of the die and cutting the bottoms with scissors. Fabulous!


Karen Aicken also used the Happy Birthday pop-up die, but added pen outlining around the words for definition. What a great tip! You’ll want to click over to Karen’s blog post to see the front of this card, which is also very masculine!


Karen Aicken made another card for the challenge and chose to do a card for a younger boy. This one is a Lorna Label pop-up card using the doubling technique. She used some of the brand new Puppies Peel-off Stickers and added the birthday hat from the Props 2 die set. What a great idea! She also used the script word dies from the Happy Birthday set to create the greeting.


What could be more masculine than cowboys? Helen Cryer made this great Lorna Label pop-up card with the perfect combination of papers. Love the denim on the pop-up!


Kelly Booth also chose to make a little boy’s card and used both of the brand new Character dies – Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. She also used the new birthday-themed Props2. The front of her card features the Outdoor Edges combined to make a great dirt and grass ground. Honey the Bear holds the present from the Evergreen Pivot Card.


The inside of Kelly’s card is just as bright and fun as the outside. Dutch is sitting on the Lorna Label Pop-up die and Kelly used the decorator dies from the new Happy Birthday pop-up to create the greeting.


Another great card for a man or boy is this sensational Dr. Who-inspired card by Raquel Mason. She was very clever using pieces of the Holiday House to create the Tardis. She also used the gears from the Clock & Gears die set.

Raquel_Doctor Who Tardis

The interior of Raquel’s card uses the Lots of Pops to animate a Dalek, created from the new Tags & More die set plus more gears and the speech bubble from the Lorna Label set. Such a fabulous creation!

Raquel_Doctor Who Dalek


Kelly Booth made a fun Katie Label Pivot Card for her husband as an anniversary card. I love how Kelly combined the decorator hearts from several Pop it Ups dies on this card. Pivot Cards are the quickest of the interactive card dies and since the same decoration pivots from the front of the card to the interior of the card, crafters often choose Pivot Card dies when they want double-duty decoration.


Fran Sabad used the same Katie Label Pivot Card die as Kelly, but she used a folding technique to double the height of the label so she would have more real estate for decorating. She added circle decorations in a nautical theme – very masculine!


Speaking of Katie Labels – did you know that the same shape (the Katie Label) is offered as a Pivot Card die (see the two examples above) but also as an Accordion Die (see the three samples below)? The die sets have different mechanisms (pivot cards are not the same as accordions) but because the shapes are the same, the decorator dies from both sets can be mixed together. They do not duplicate.

Frances Byrne made this brilliant 3-page Katie Label Accordion as a Father’s Day card. What a perfect stamp for page 2! She also used the Katie Stars Frame Edges on the second page. Love this!


I never met a pun that I didn’t like, so this next card by Fran Sabad is right up my alley. She made a 2-page Katie Label Accordion using the Katie Holly Frame Edges, a giant ‘stache’d Nutcracker, and a greeting to fit. Notice the fun detailing on the Nutcracker’s hat!


Caz Counsell also used the Katie Label Accordion for this hilarious birthday card featuring the Katie Stars Frame Edges as well. Caz chose the perfect masculine colors for this card.

Caz_mens card insde

I know that I’m inspired by all these great ideas, how about you? Now I know what you’re thinking – men and boys are not always appreciative of handmade cards. Ah, but interactive cards appeal to their mechanical sides and they will be quite impressed with your crafty abilities when you present a Pop it Ups card!

My final teaching trip of the year is coming up next week. I’ll be heading to North and South Carolina and here is a video preview of the cards I’ll be teaching. Head over to my blog post for links to the stores.

I’ll be back next month on November 12th with the RED, WHITE OR BLUE challenge. No, we’re not making patriotic cards – we’re making single-color cards! This is the all-white, all-red or all-blue challenge and the designers may choose which color to use. It should be a really fun challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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