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Merry Christmas Poinsettia Shadow Box Heirloom

December 19, 2020

Hi there Artlets!  It’s Suzanne here today with a fun little project!  We’re going to make a Christmas decoration from a shadow box filled with poinsettias! You’ll be able to keep it for years or give to someone who will treasure it!

Follow along and you’ll know how to make your own family heirloom.

Choose a deep (shadow box) frame. This one is small, just a 4×6”.  I wish I’d had a slightly bigger one which would have let more light into the flowers inside.  Keep that in mind when you choose your own frame!

I decided to mount the flowers on a piece of cork just to provide some interest between the flowers, but you could simply use red cardstock.  Cut it into the shape of the back panel of the frame. 

Draw a line on the backing you just made that will show you the edges of the frame which forms the support for the glass.  It will be smaller than the backing – at least it was with this frame.

Die cut the large poinsettia pieces from the Christmas Accents die set. You’ll just need the top two “petals”, not the green ones.  I cut enough for twelve poinsettias, but ended up needing fifteen, so make sure you have enough cardstock!

Blend Distress Ink on the edges of the poinsettia and then use a ball stylus to add dimension to the petals. 

Assemble the flowers.

Begin adding the flowers to your background.  I put the glass support in place just to give me extra guidance. Continue adding flowers till the background is filled.

Now assemble your frame following the frame instructions.  You will likely have to coax some of the poinsettia leaves inside the frame interior so they aren’t pinched when you put the back on the frame.

Die cut Merry Christmas 4 from Soft Finish Cardstock.  Apply adhesive (I like Glue Dots for this step) and adhere to the glass front on the frame.

Sweet decoration and a perfect gift!

Merry Christmas and Happy Creating!
Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Red cardstock
Gold cardstock
Shadow box frame
Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Ink Blending tool
Glue Dots

Cardmaking Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter

Mini-workshop Christmas Cards

December 16, 2020

And then Christmas is  really coming and….. You really still need to send some Christmas cards. I always try to make a different card for everyone, personal, with a joke, beautiful, classic or with a light. But every year I’m short of cards. How nice it is if you can still make nice homemade cards in a bit of pace. Like this one, for example.

Still nice and pretty quick made.

I made 6 in a short time, and I’ll show you how I did it.

So a mini-workshop.

These are the products I used.

Step 1: Cut 6 pieces of white soft finish cardstock measuring 9.5 x 13.8 cm.

Step 2: Sprinkle some color burst on each. A tiny bit is more than enough.

Step 3: Spray some water on it and let it dry or dry it with the heat tool.

You can also create a background with the Watercolor palette from E.C.D.

Step 4: Give the edges a tan. I used distress ink crackling campfire. Stick it on a blank card of 10.5 x 14.8 cm or fold half a A4 sheet double. Give that a touch of color too.

Step 5: Cut a reindeer head from white soft finish cardstock and color it with distress ink (Crackling campfire or color of choice). Then sprinkle some Glaze embossing powder over top.

Step 6: Die cut Merry Christmas from white cardstock backed with clear double sided adhesive tape. Die cut on the side where the tape is so you get a slice on the right side. Carefully remove the backing of the tape and sprinkle silk microfine glitter over the words. I used Forest green. Polish your glitter with your finger and brush of any access.

Step 7: Adhere the reindeer head and the words on the front using glue and your card is done.

Good luck with your last Christmas cards this year!

I wish you a beautiful Christmas time and all the best for 2021.

With love,

Marjolijn.

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

A Way With Words

Building a Christmas Scene

December 12, 2020

The mantel is my favorite place to decorate for Christmas. It’s in the family room and where we spend most of our time and I like to go all out on it. So I was very excited to get the Hang the Stockings set – there are so many pieces in this die set and at such a good price! To really deck out the scene, I added a lot of details using the new release from Suzanne Cannon as well as some older sets.

The fireplace die set is very large so I started with a 5″x7″ card base. I found some textured beige paper to be my wall so I trimmed that down to 4.75″ x 6.75″. My fireplace is white so it was two die cuts straight from card stock to make the detailed fireplace. For my stockings, I found some Christmas patterned paper. To make that yellow glow behind the fire, I used Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber on a very dark gray cardstock.

After the basic setting, I looked through the other dies I had to see what could work around the fireplace. For the green swag, I die cut the pine bough from the Create A Wreath from green card stock and used different green Copic markers for a variety in hues. The poinsettias were created with the smallest two flower dies from Christmas Accents.

The twin trees and presents are from the Flourished Christmas Minis 2 and Flourished Christmas Minis 3. I trimmed all the flourishes off the trees and used just the lid of the presents for smaller gifts. There’s even a stack of 3 presents because when it’s a great gift, I buy multiples! Lol! I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping at all.

I hope you like my warm little Christmas scene and have inspired you to see your dies in other ways!

Elizabeth Craft Design Products Used:

Other products used:

Foil paper

Patterned paper

Red, Green, White and Black cardstock

Distress Oxide Inks

Copic markers

Christmas Cards – So Many Options!

December 7, 2020

Karen here today sharing some FuN Christmas cards. I recently purchased this beautiful pack of blue and purple holiday paper and decided to challenge myself to create using *almost* every designer here at Elizabeth Craft Designs. The products are all so lovely, and I wanted to play with many of the styles.

This first card features a FuN font stamp from Sue Smith Creative Designs. This one is from the Snow Stamps, but there are many beautiful options. I added a snowflake from A Way with Words, Flourished Christmas Mini Dies and covered it with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive (before cutting) and added some Silver Silk Microfine Glitter. I used a Stitched Rounded Rectangle to cut the stamp out.

How pretty is that AMAZING new Washi tape from Ilse and Charlene (Artzy Scenery Washi Tape)!!? In this card, I diecut the ends of those rectangles using the Junk Journal Extras Dies. I also used the Florals 4 dies designed by Anita, the Joyful Wishes Sentiments Stamps, the Stitched Circles Dies and White Craft Drops.

Oh, how I do love a glitter covered Santa Claus (die set designed by Joset)! This one is covered with Speckled Indigo and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (applied with the 101mm Double Sided Adhesive). His face is colored with E000, E00, R21 Copics and his feet and hands are colored with W7 Copic. The sentiment is again from the Joyful Wishes set.

That glitter is gorgeous! And serendipity, it matches my nail polish!

I just love the beautiful font dies from Suzanne Cannon in the A Way with Words collection. This one is Merry Christmas, Small Die. It is die cut with a Stitched Rounded Square Die. The card also uses the Fitted Fishtails dies.

And FINALLY, I used the adorable snowman from Planner Essentials 34 – Christmas Figures, designed by Esther Glas. He is so sweet and comes with the fun sleigh rides ticket (and many other dies). I also used the Stitched Circles dies on this card.

Well, I may have gone a bit overboard…but I just love all of these collections of dies. They are just so versatile and fun!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Craft Companion Patterned Paper, Diamond Dots, half pearls, black ink, Copic markers, Distress Inks, Ribbon, Lace, Twine

Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Christmas present packaging set

December 6, 2020

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna here today with my last project for this year. Today I’d like to share a little set with you, consisting of a Christmas gitft tag, a Christmas card and a tiny Christmas box.

I’ll share the steps for the box as well as the tag, the card is done in the same way as the tag.

First take a piece of patterend paper in your choice of pattern and colours and die cut it using the Pizza Box die.

Now take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and back it with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Then die cut the circles, the flower pattern and the scalloped square piece with your die cutting machine.

Next adhere the scalloped square piece onto the box. After that ink the flower piece in two tones (I used Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and Festive Berries here) to create more interest to the pattern. Then take the negative pieces and ink them blue (I used Distress Ink Salty Ocean for these parts).

Now adhere the flower pattern and the negative (blue inked) pieces in place. Then finish this step of the box by building it together.

Next add the same blue ink onto the bigger circle using an ink blending tool. Then take the smaller circle piece and add a stamped sentiment to it (I used Build Your Own Sentiment 1) and ink the edges red. Now layer the circles on top of each other and add Craft Drops around the inner circle for additional decor.

For the gift tag I combined the Pizza Box die cut set with the Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces.

First die cut the pieces shown in the gallery above. I used white cardstock and the same patterned paper that I used for the box as I wanted to create a fun matching set. After die cutting, repeat the inking, stamping and assembling process like on the box before.

For a fun additional detail I added a stamped sentiment (I used the Winter Sentiments stamp set here) on top of the layered circles for both the card and tag. It just adds a little additional detail to them.

For the card I used the same Pizza Box die cut set and additionally die cut the patterned paper for the background using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set. The other steps are exactly the same like on the tag and the box before.

And by using only three colours it’s easy to keep the set harmonious. This gift set is perfect to carry a bracelet or small jewellery of some kind. If you change the color combination, you can easily do a completely different looking set using the exact same steps. Imagine using black and white and a hint of gold. Since the patterned paper I used is from my older stash, I added a few alternative paper suggestions to the product list below that I think would work nicely with red, white and blue color combination.

I hope that I inspired you with my little Christmas gift set today. This set could also easily be put into mail for those loved ones who we cannot see this year. I wish you all a lovely holiday time even though the situation we are all living in at the moment, is different then usual.

Wishing you all the best for this holiday season and lots of health!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix – Big Shot A4
Ranger Inc. – Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Victorian Velvet and Festive Berries)
Ink blending tool
Acrylic block for stamping
Ribbon

Home Decor

Cute little box with slider

December 1, 2020

The fact that all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products can be used for several things is no longer news but so much fun!!!

This time I made a box and I dressed it with the beautiful paper from the Reminiscence block.

On top of the box I adhered the slider from the Planner Essentials 31 set. I also added some decoration.

Then when you pull the tab, the snow man comes up.

Under the slider is space to write a personal message.

On the tab that you pull out I added a quote. I die cut the letters using Retro Alphabet Trio set (Planner Essentials 23).

And look in the box of course an appropriate surprise. 

I closed the box with an edge of design paper and a tekst was stamped on it. 

That’s going to be a surprise!!!

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, what a treat.

This way you can make a nice extra gift for under the Christmas tree or in the advent calendar. 

Nice, isn’t it?

I hope I inspired you, 

See you next time!

Marjolijn. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Cardmaking Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Merry Christmas

November 29, 2020

Hello & Welcome to my post today! Samantha here and today I wanted to share this Christmas card using the Elegant Christmas Tree die. This is one of my favourite Christmas themed dies, and while I love paper piecing I often find it overwhelming with intricate dies like this. Colouring is a perfect way to get a similar effect – it’s also much more quicker and less messy!

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Using alcohol ink friendly cardstock die cut both parts of the Elegant Christmas tree die. Place the detailed Christmas tree onto the Christmas tree base. Use a pencil to trace the details on to the Christmas tree base.

Step 2: Select your Copic markers (RV00/RV02/RV04/RV06/RV09) to colour each individual detail traced onto the Christmas tree. Use as eraser to rub out the pencil lines.

Step 3: Continue to colour until all the details are coloured in.

TIP: No need to colour within the lines – it is best to colour slightly out side of each lines.

Step 4: Adhere the die cut detailed Christmas tree onto the coloured in Christmas tree base. Next adhere the Christmas tree onto a pink card base (Card Measurement: 10.5cm x 14.5cm).

Step 5: (Optional) Add machine stitched details.

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 (Silver). 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 stars from the Elegant Christmas Tree die.

Adhere the larger star to the top of the tree and embellish the tree with the rest of the smaller stars.

Step 6: Die cut a circle using pattern paper, stamp the sentiment – trim to create a half circle. Adhere the sentiment onto the card base.

Step 7: Embellish card with a twine bow and sequins. Adhere the card front to an A6 card base.

A fun, bright Christmas card without the mess! Hope this inspires you to try it out yourself.-

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other:

Pink Card

Pattern paper/Specialty Silver Card

Copic Friendly card

Copic Markers

Sequins

Twine

Die-Cutting Machine

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam tape

Scissors/Paper Trimmer

Black Dye Ink

Liquid Adhesive – Glue Pen

Pencil/Eraser

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