Hello everyone, Sanna here with my first April step-by-step card project post. They say that April showers bring May flowers. Well, I took an early start with a bright and flowery card set. I again used both the positive and negative pieces from the die cut images for creating my cards. I´ve used the Crystal Flower Set 1 and the Crystal Flower Overlay Set 2 on my cards and there is even a little bit of the Through the Lens – Wood Series patterned cardstock on my second card.
Laughing FlowerMarch 26, 2016
Spring Time Tea LightFebruary 26, 2016
Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here to share a fun project with you. With spring fast approaching I decided to use some of those lovely pastel colors of the season. I love these colors although I don’t seem to use them often. This night light features soft spring colors as well as the warm glow from a trio of battery-operated tea lights.
Here’s how I did it!
Quotes & Flowers Composition BookJune 21, 2015
By Judi Kauffman
Thank you for inviting me back as today’s guest designer. My project is an inexpensive, quick and easy embellished composition book I’ve dubbed “Quotes & Flowers.” I think it’s the perfect place for jotting down favorite quotes, as well as for notes and quick sketches. This is a decorative book meant to be kept on a table or desk rather than tucked into a tote bag.
It’s so easy to customize! Because the background layers are neutral black and tan with a tad of white, the flowers – made with black outline peel-offs and Shimmer Sheetz – could be purple or yellow or orange or whatever you prefer. And if you’re not into flowers, simply substitute butterflies or dragonflies, ladybugs or leaves (or a combination).
If you happen to want a more durable book, seal the cover with a couple of coats of acrylic medium and then add the flowers. Back the flowers with double-sided adhesive sheet so they are flat instead of dimensional.
- Cover all but a quarter-inch of the spine of the composition book with patterned washi tape. Add a strip of border peel-off along the tape.
- Glue black textured paper to the front cover, leaving a quarter-inch of the black and white pattern on the composition book showing. Optional: Repeat for the back cover.
- Die cut bricks background from tan cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut the bricks in half lengthwise. Position one half on the upper left side of the cover, the other half centered on the right side. (Refer to project photo above.)
- Add quote blocks, angled as shown. Optional: Use photos, recycled card fronts, or other paper ephemera instead of quote blocks.
- Place five black outline Crystal Flowers peel-offs, 3 small and 2 large, onto Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Cut around the flowers staying close to the outline.
- Embellish each flower with LOTS of Glitter Dots peel-offs in Red/Gold and Pink/Silver. Bend petals upward for dimension.
- Arrange the flowers on the cover using Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to hold them in place.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
2579 Crystal Flowers peel-offs in Black
7018 Glitter Dots in Red/Gold and Pink/Silver
1241 Borders Leaves peel-offs in Black
0226 Shimmer Sheetz in Red Iridescent
Graphic 45 – Kraft Reflections Collection 12” x 12” #4500474 “Quote…Unquote”
Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs
Heavyweight black textured paper
Patterned washi tape (Little B)
Die cutting machine, cutting plates
Sharp point scissors
Welcome to our March Designers’ Challenge. This month’s theme is Flower Power. With the start of spring, we thought the theme would be just perfect. Flowers make us all happy and there are so many varieties and such a wide array of beautiful colors. We hope these eight projects will make you happy, too, and inspire you to create some flowers at your craft table. Don’t forget to check out our Flower Power PRIZE GIVEAWAY! (Details are at the end of this blog post.)
Raquel Mason created a flower Stand Up Helper card using one of the Stand Up Helper dies from Stand Up Helpers Set 1. She decorated the card using the Daisy, the Small Butterfly and the Ladybug. For the tag she used the basic tag shape die from Tags & More 7 – Vine. Love this cute card by Raquel. Visit her blog HERE for more info and instructions.
Another stunning project to decorate your home! Angela Beavers created a beautiful wall hanger using Tags & More 8 – Lattice, Victorian Flower Set 1, Hardware 1 Hinges, and Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s stamp called “Let us be grateful.” The tiny flowers are from the Garden Notes – Hydrangea; they give the tag even more detail. Love how the different dies are used. Find instructions on Angela’s blog HERE.
You might have already seen our next project, Judi Kauffman’s No-Sew Flower Power Wristlet. It was posted on Saturday, March 28 on our blog. We just love the bit, bold Shimmer Sheetz flowers. It is a fun and easy project and requires only a very few ingredients. To see what these ingredients are, visit Judi’s blog post for instructions and supply list HERE.
Candy Spiegel created this bright colorful Get Well Soon card using the solid Victorian Flowers from Victorian Flower Set 1, Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2 and Bunch of Flowers Set 1. She created stencils using the solid dies for the dark pink flowers in the background. For the light pink flowers she used Shimmer Sheetz and Velvet Adhesive Sheets. See more HERE.
Last projects for today’s challenge is this beautiful Stand Up Helper card created by Els van de Burgt featuring the Crystal Flower dies, the Hardware 1 – Hinges and the Stand Up Helper 3 – Hinges. She used a fun technique with scraps from a Glitter Peel-off sheet and Silk Microfine Glitter to create the flowers. For instructions, visit our blog post from yesterday HERE.
FLOWER POWER PRIZE GIVEAWAY:
For today’s challenge we like to give away 3 Flower Power die sets to 3 lucky winners.
Prize set includes the following dies:
– 964 Victorian Flower Set 1
– 965 Victorian Flower Overlay Set 1 or 966 Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2 (Winner can choose)
– 796 Big Triple Leaf
What to do?
Leave a comment on our blog and let us know what is your favorite garden flower. We will select the 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, April 3, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
Flower Power Stand Up Helper CardMarch 30, 2015
It’s Els here with a Flower Power Stand Up Helper Card. For this card I used a fun technique to use up all your scraps from your Glitter Peel-off sheet and turn this into a beautiful glittery piece of cardstock. I used this cardstock to die cut the flowers on my stand up card. I love how sparkly they are!
For this technique you will need:
– One Glitter Peel-off sheet with an intricate pattern (I used the Glitter Flowers Peel-offs in Gold/Silver for my instructions below but for my Stand Up Helper card I used a sheet of the Silver/Gold. Tip: Glitter Dots and Glitter Stars will also work well)
– A piece of cardstock 4″ x 9 1/8″.
– A piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Tape Sheet 4″ x 9 1/8″.
– Silk Microfine Glitter – Color of choice (I used the 606 Antique Gold in my demo and the 602 – Pewter for my stand up card).
– A coffee filter (or something else to collect your glitter in) and a brush.
1. Apply double sided adhesive to white cardstock.
2. Peel off release sheet, then peel off negative part of your peel-off sheet. Apply the negative part to your piece of cardstock with the exposed adhesive.
3. Apply Silk Microfine Glitter. Brush of excess glitter and polish glitter with your fingers.
The result, a beautiful piece of glittery cardstock that you can use for die cutting (see photo below) or for a beautiful background on a card.
Did you know that you can color you peel-offs with alcohol marker? The tiny flowers are great to decorate any kind of project.
For my flower power card I first created my Stand Up Helper card from black cardstock. I used one of the Stand Up Helper dies from Stand Up Helpers 3 – Hinges. After I die cut 2 black hinges using the matching die from Hardware 1 – Hinges. I cut a piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz for the bottom part of the card and embossed this piece with our Bouquet Embossing Folder. I lightly sanded the embossed side to bring hop the silver core of the Shimmer Sheetz. The gold/black background behind the flowers is also Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz that I lightly dapped with Black StazOn Ink. For the leaves I used our Big Tripple Leaf die cut using Basic Black Shimmer Sheetz. I adhered my 2 black hardware hinges on top of my 2 stand up hinges (half of each hinges) and the other half to the bottom part of my Stand Up Helper card. To finish of my card I added some Black/Silver Glitter Border Peel-offs and some Black/Silver Glitter Dots. For more information on how to create a Stand Up Helper card, watch my YouTube video HERE.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try this fun technique at home.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
7048 Glitter Flowers Peel-offs (color of choice) or any Glitter Peel-off sheet with an intricate pattern (For example 7018 Glitter Dots or 7078 Glitter Stars)
502 Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Tape Sheet
Silk Microfine Glitter (color of choice)
963 Stand Up Helpers 3 – Hinges
962 Hardware 1 – Hinges
924 Crystal Flower Set 1
796 Big Triple Leaf
Shimmer Sheetz (color of choice)
E121 Bouquet Embossing Folder
7010 Glitter Border Peel-off (color of choice)
7018 Glitter Dots (color of choice)
Black StazOn Ink Pad
Coffee filter and brush
No-Sew Flower Power WristletMarch 28, 2015
By Judi Kauffman
Judi Kauffman is back, this time with a fun No-Sew Wristlet using Shimmer Sheetz, dies, and embossing folders. She created this project for our Flower Power Designer Challenge which will be posted on our blog on March 31, but we’re giving you the instructions a couple of days early.
Thank you for inviting me, Joset. I love the Flower Power Challenge theme! Reminds me of the 1970s when flowers were everywhere – on bell-sleeve tunics, throw pillows, in our hair. This no-sew project is as easy as pie and it requires very few ingredients:
*Die cut, embossed and sanded Shimmer Sheetz flowers.
*Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive (used only as an adhesive this time around).
*A pre-made environmentally friendly felt wristlet made from 100% post consumer recycled fibers.
- Die cut three large and three small Crystal Flowers. As shown: Large flowers are Light Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz, small flowers are Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz. Die cut three of the smallest size 5-petal flowers from the Bunch of Flowers 1 set. As shown: Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. (**Remember, you MUST use a Metal Adaptor plate for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz – the plate goes inside your machine’s standard cutting sandwich, followed by the Shimmer Sheetz, then the die with the cutting side facing DOWN toward the metal plate.)
- De-boss the large Crystal Flowers with any all-over pattern embossing folder; de-boss the small Crystal Flowers with a second embossing folder. See supply list for the two I chose. When de-bossing, the background will be prominent and the pattern shapes will be below the surface. (You have the option of embossing with raised patterns instead.) Use a sanding block to lightly sand all six Crystal Flowers. Do not sand the small Ruby Gemstone flowers.
- Using Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive in Pearl as an adhesive, adhere the three large flowers, evenly spaced a half-inch below zipper, with a single petal facing toward the top of the wristlet. (Tip: 5-petal flowers look like a star; you want the star to be standing upright.)
- Gently bend the petals upward on the remaining six flowers to add dimension. Center and adhere the smaller Crystal Flowers so the petals are offset, the single petal (or top of the star) will be facing the bottom of the wristlet for this layer. Finally, adhere the small Ruby Gemstone flowers in the same direction as the large Crystal Flowers in the first layer. Refer to photo.
- Allow the adhesive to dry before using the wristlet, per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Care: Wristlet can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth. Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive and Shimmer Sheetz are both waterproof.
Change to any color combination you prefer. Wristlets also come in gray felt; Shimmer Sheetz comes in many colors!
Pick different flower dies; add more layers to the flowers or if using smaller flowers add more flowers to the row. Or place the flowers in a cluster or at random instead of in a row.
Incorporate die cut Shimmer Sheetz leaves, purchased velvet leaves, feathers, gems, or other embellishments.
Instead of a speedy no-sew project, have fun securing the flowers with beads and embroidery.
Double the number of flowers and decorate both sides of the wristlet. Allow the adhesive to dry on the first side before working on the other side.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
E119 Swirly Curves embossing folder
E106 Dancing Leaves embossing folder
SS0104 Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS0105 Light Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS0219 Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz
803 Metal Adaptor Plate (**MUST have for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz)
Other – Feltables 100-50388 Simple Wristlet in Fuchsia (The New Image Group); Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint & Adhesive in Pearl (Jacquard Products)
Embossed Crystal Flower Cutout CardFebruary 21, 2015
it’s Debra Hensley today. I love flowers of every kind and I especially love sending cards with a flower for the focal point. Elizabeth Craft Designs has a wonderful variety of flower dies perfect for any occasion. I created an easy and elegant card with a little twist on die cutting that I think you will enjoy.
Here’s how I made this card:
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half to create a standard A2 size card base. Cut a piece of pattern paper to 5 1/4″ x 4″. Cut a piece of gray white core cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″. Cut a strip of pattern paper to 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and white cardstock to 1″ x 2 3/4″
2. With the Curvy Leaves Embossing Folder, emboss the gray white core cardstock. Sand the surface to bring out the white core and highlight the embossed design.
3. Die cut the small Crystal Flower from the embossed piece, centered about 1 ” from the top. The negative space will be the focal point – save the flower to use on another project. Die cut the small Crystal Flower center from pattern paper. Die cut the largest flower from Bunch of Flowers 1.
4. Cut a “v” into the right end of the pattern strip and adhere the Thinking of You Peel-Off.
5. Assemble the card: Adhere the pattern paper to the card base. Adhere the embossed piece on foam adhesive to the pattern paper. Add the center to the small flower, curve the petals upward. Add foam adhesive to the center of the small flower and adhere in the middle of the Crystal Flower cutout.
6. Add the black Straight Border Peel-Off strips to the right and left edge of the embossed piece, the right edge of the banner strip, and to the small flower.
7. Adhere the pattern strip to the white strip. Curve with your finger and adhere, on the left side only, of the card front to complete. This design will work perfectly with a variety of sentiments.
Here’s another photo of the completed card below.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve been inspired to think outside the box with your flower dies and create beautiful cards for any occasion.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
E105 Curvy Leaves Embossing Folder
728 Bunch of Flowers 1
924 Crystal Flower Set 1
1004 Straight Borders Peel-offs in Black
343 Assorted Words Peel-offs in Black
White Core Cardstock- DCWV
Pattern Paper- Authentique
Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Red, White OR BlueNovember 12, 2014
Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the November 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 monochromatic cards using three possible color schemes – all red, all white or all blue. The designers were given the option to mix in some neutrals if needed.
Several of the designers elected to do more than one of the colors and many of them did all three color schemes, so you are in for a treat when you scroll down to their amazing creations.
For my project I wanted to teach a fun technique for doubling the Pivot Card dies. This is a technique that will work with any of the Pivot Card designs and to prove the point, I did three cards (all three color schemes) with three different Pivot Card dies and a video tutorial for each card! (Go me!!!)
For my all-white card I chose to use the Evergreen Pivot Card. Here are some photos of the finished card:
One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that I took a white Sharpie paint pen to the silver bows and the glitter dots to add more white accenting on the card.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
- Evergreen Pivot Card die set by Karen Burniston
- Merry Christmas die
- Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots
- Double Sided Adhesive
- Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Other Supplies: 7gypsies patterned paper, Duck shelf liner, white acrylic paint, Bazzill Salt Dotted Swiss cardstock, Sharpie white paint pen, corrugated paper, ribbon
Next up, my all-blue card, featuring a Katie Label Double Pivot Card
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
- Katie Label Pivot Card die set by Karen Burniston
- Clouds Embossing Folder by Karen Burniston
- Poppy the Owl die set by Karen Burniston
- All Seasons Tree die set by Karen Burniston
- Oval Clouds Frame Edges by Karen Burniston
- Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots
- Double Sided Adhesive
- Funky Cakes Peel-off Stickers
Other Supplies: Powdered Blue Shimmer Cardstock – TPC Studio, Grasscloth (stash item), “What’s the word?” stamp – Texana Designs, “Just Popping Up” stamp – Rubbernecker, black ink
And last for me, my all-red card, featuring a Heart Double Pivot Card
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
- Heart Pivot Card die set by Karen Burniston
- Ring Frame Edges1 die set by Karen Burniston
- Double Sided Adhesive
Other Supplies: “Merriment” Paper Stash – Advantus, Metal heart charms (stash item), Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock, red brads, baker’s twine
Ready to feel incredibly inspired by the Designer Challenge Team and Guest Designer? Make sure you click on the name of the designer to head to her blog post for each card. You’ll find additional photos, supply lists and additional instructions on the individual blog posts.
Kelly Booth made this crisp Ring Accordion featuring Shimmer Sheetz, embossed accent panels and glittered frame edges.
Karen Aicken used the Spiral Circle Pull Card die plus the Outdoor Edges to make a rich red card and then embellished with a Honey the Bear Character, also cut from red. Adorable!
Fran Sabad chose the perfect combination of red patterns, stamps and the Lorna Label Pop it ups die for this fun Happy Christmas card. An all-red card calls for the man in red!
Frances Byrne chose gold ornament peel-off stickers to accent her all-red card and the results are very rich and elegant. She used the Katie Label Pivot Card and ECD Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dies.
Donna Wright used the Lorna Label pop-up die for the structure of her card and then turned the decorator dies from the Ring Accordion to make the fun ornaments. The combination of different red tones and patterns is so festive!
Caz Counsell made this card for Remembrance Sunday, coloring a single red poppy in the stamp. The Lorna Label pop-up die is perfect for any occasion since it is completely generic.
Caz Counsell shows off Honey the Bear styled as a glittery polar bear for her all-white card. She cleverly pressed the “Happy” die from the Happy Birthday pop-up into the cardstock using a silicone mat underneath so it would only emboss, not cut. How clever!
Frances Byrne has combined textures perfectly on this all-white Spiral Circle Pull Card with glittery snowflakes. So elegant and beautiful!
Fran Sabad used the Evergreen Pivot Card with the tripling technique for this beautiful all-white card. I love her combination of different embossed patterns for texture.
Helen Cryer has many amazing skills and crafting in all white is clearly one of them. This wonderland of white layers is amazing. She used the Evergreen Pivot Card, but also the Clouds Embossing Folder, Holiday House and Outdoor Edges.
Karen Aicken also used the Evergreen Pivot Card but chose to use an embossing folder on the trees instead of the built-in embossed texture. Her striking glitter dot snowflakes and patches of glitter make for a sparkly elegant scene.
Kelly Booth combined the Clouds Embossing Folder with the Oval Clouds Frame Edges on this wintry Oval Accordion card. Her use of white Shimmer Sheetz is fun, as they catch the light in interesting ways. Poppy the Owl, Evergreen Pivot Card and Outdoor Edges completed the scenery.
Raquel Mason did something very cool with the Holiday House die for her all-white card . . . she remodeled and enlarged it! Who doesn’t need a bigger house for the holidays? The die used for her pop-up is the Lucy Label and she also embellished with the Agatha Edges.
Shelly Hickox made this stunning 3-page Circle Accordion with Square w/Circle Frame Edges and then suspended little 3D Evergreens in the outer panels. Wow!
Summer Hills-Painter made this vision of shimmery loveliness using the Happy Birthday Pop it Ups die and the Trendy Tiles 2 Embossing folder.
Fran Sabad made this wintry vision of a Birthday card combining the Garden Bench, a snowy All Seasons Tree, and the script Happy Birthday dies arranged along a curved edge. So pretty!
Caz Counsell used her clever idea for pressing dies into the cardstock instead of cutting them to make a flower border for the left side of her card. This Katie Label Pivot Card is perfect in its simplicity.
Frances Byrne is the master of mixed accordions. Here she has combined two Circle Accordion pages with a Fancy Accordion page and used the dots Frame Edges for each respective page. I love how she swaps the light/dark colors when she does this. She also used the Crystal Flowers dies – gorgeous!
Helen Cryer made this vision of loveliness using the Butterfly Pivot Card and the Butterfly Accessory dies. She really captured the movement with her layers of butterflies. So pretty!
Karen Aicken created one of my favorite all-time KA cards with this blue winter scene. She used the doubling technique with the Lorna Label die and then filled in with wintry All Seasons Tree and a blue-silver Dutch the Fox.
Kelly Booth used the Evergreen Pivot Card for her all-blue card and used Shimmer Sheetz for the decorator pieces. She mentions in her blog post that this design is easily reproducible for multiples. It’s very striking!
Raquel Mason crafted the perfect card for when you’re feeling “blue” and missing someone. She placed her blue Honey the Bear on the Garden Bench die and embellished with clouds from the All Seasons Tree.
Sandy Diller is guest designing again this month and made this super fun all-blue double Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the gears from the Clock and Gears die and Hoppy the Frog, complete with gear eyes! Check out her blog post for a tutorial.
So there you have it – plenty of inspiration for making monochromatic magic! Join us next month when the Designers are taking on the Pop it Ups for Every Month challenge. You will see at least one idea for every month of the year. All of their creations, plus a new card and video from me will be posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Crystal Flower Pull CardAugust 23, 2014
Hello everyone! Helen here today, with a Spiral Circle Pull Card tutorial for you. I was browsing through my patterned paper pads, and a turquoise and gold paper caught my eye. This paper was the inspiration for my card. Someone asked me a while ago where I get the inspiration for my cards, and I’d have to say it usually does comes from patterned papers –
the colors and style of pattern always seem to create a ‘theme’ for the rest of the card.
Directions for making the card:
1. Cut a piece of pale turquoise cardstock 5.5” x 8”. Fold it in half, and open again.
2. Use the Spiral Circle Pull Card die to create the additional folds and half-circle cut. For more info on how to use this die, watch Karen Burniston’s video tutorial HERE.
3. Cut two strips of patterned paper, each 5.5” x 1.5”, and adhere them to the outer edges of the card.
4. Cut a piece of pale turquoise cardstock 5.5” x 2.5”, and emboss using Trendy Tiles 1 Embossing Folder. Adhere to the right-hand side of the card, next to the patterned paper.
5. Cut a large and small flower from turquoise glitter cardstock using Crystal Flower Set 1.
Cut a large and small flower from gold cardstock using Crystal Flower Overlay Set 1.
6. Cut a circle from contrasting patterned paper using the circle die from Clocks and Gears, and another smaller circle using the circle die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card set.
7. Cut another circle using the circle die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card set from gold cardstock. Die cut Thank You in de center of the circle using the Thank You Stand Up Helper. Trim away the top half of the circle, so you are left with a piece as shown at the bottom of the picture below.
8. Glue the center of the Crystal Flower Overlays onto the turquoise glitter flowers of the corresponding size. Adhere both flowers together (small flower on top of the large flower). Add a brad in the center of the smallest flower. See close up picture below.
9. Adhere the larger contrasting patterned paper circle to the front of the floating circle, and glue the layered flower on top.
10. Inside the card, adhere the smaller patterned paper circle, with the ‘Thank You’ half circle on top.
11. Cut four Big Triple Leaves from gold cardstock. Adhere two to the card front, and two inside, as shown below.
12. Glue a sheer ribbon bow to the leaf stems on the card front.
13. Finally, add some Lace Fan 1 Gold Peel-Off Stickers down the sides of the patterned paper strips, and below the ‘Thank You’.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:
Trendy Tiles 1 Embossing Folder (KB102)
Lace Fan 1 Peel-Off Stickers (sku1279)
Crystal Flower Overlay Set 1 (922)
Thank You Stand Up Helper (941)
Pale turquoise cardstock
Turquoise glitter cardstock
Basic Grey’s ‘Market Spice’ 6×6 paper pad
Adhesives: Tape runner, wet glue, glue pen