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Mixed Media Christmas Card

November 15, 2022

Hello, my crafty friends. Marla here, sharing a mixed media Christmas card. Over the past few months, I have shared several cards using the Beautiful Blooms “Peace” stamp and die set. I can’t get enough of this beautiful cardinal. Don’t you love stamps that you can use over and over and never tire of them? This card is packed with a lot of layers, so let’s jump right in.

1. Stamp and die cut the cardinal from the ECD Beautiful Blooms “Peace” stamp set onto watercolor cardstock. 2. Color with Distress Watercolor pencils in “Candied Apple and Barn Door”.

3. Sprinkle “Evergreen Emerald and Mountain Meadow Green” Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Magical” powders onto watercolor cardstock. Spritz with water to move the powder and dry.

4. Splatter the panel with more water to add a water droplet pattern. Die cut four pieces of holly using the die from ECD “Winter Greens”.

5. Cut another piece of watercolor cardstock to 8.25 x 3.25 inches. Spritz the cardstock with water and add “Rudolph’s Nose Red” Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Magical” powder. Spritzed again with water and heat set.

6. Use a text stamp and black waterproof ink and stamp onto the background. Then add gold watercolor paint around the edges of the panel and splatter more gold paint onto the background.

7. Add texture with “Grit Paste” and a stencil from ECD “Happy Pattern”. Sprinkle “Candied Apple” Embossing Glaze over top of the “Grit Paste.” Once the paste has dried heat set the Embossing Glaze.

8. Adhere the panel to black cardstock cut an 1/8″ larger than the 8.25 x 3.25 mixed media background and add to a cardbase.

9. Arrange the holly and the cardinal in two corners. Die cut and color red berries using the ECD “Florals 12” die and add clear “Morning Dew” Nuvo drops for dimension and shine.

10. Build two small flowers with the ECD “Florals 14” die and glitter cardstock. Add a small black enamel dot to the center. Add the flowers to the holly.

11. Finish the card with a large die cut sentiment of your choice.

Thank you for joining me today. I have linked all of the ECD products I have used on my card today for easy shopping.


Tis the Season

October 15, 2022

Hello, Marla here with another Christmas card featuring ECD Beautiful Blooms “Noel” stamps and dies. I love the greenery in this stamp set and chose the large mistletoe as the focal point for this card. Instead of the traditional hanging mistletoe, I took a different approach and used it in my potted plant. Let’s get started.

I began by stamping and coloring my mistletoe and pine branches using Copic markers. Next I added “Diamond” stickles to the pine branches and Nuvo “Morning Dew” clear drops to the berries on the mistletoe and then set it aside to dry.

Next, on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white cardstock I used the “Merry Christmas” sentiment and red ink to repeat stamp the sentiment. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to an A2 red card base. Then I cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of red polka dot patterned paper and adhered it horizontally to the center of the layered card panel.

Moving on to the container I die cut the “Flower Pot/Bucket” from silver metallic cardstock and added “Black Soot” Distress Ink to give it a weathered look. I wrapped a thin ribbon around the center of the pot and added a bow and small tag. After inserting the mistletoe and pine branches, I added foam tape to the back and adhered it to my card panel.

To finish the card, I cut a piece of white cardstock using the “Leave the Doily” die. I cut it in half and adhered each half to the right and left sides of the potted plant. For more sparkle I added dots of red Stickles .

That completes my card for today. I have linked the products below for quick and easy shopping. Until next time…… Marla


Adding a Subtle Sparkle to Your Image

September 7, 2022

Hello, Marla here with a quick Christmas card. Christmas creeps up on me every year, so I am bound and determined to get a good jump on my cards this year. I kept my card very subtle today with cool toned watercolors. I started off in one direction but changed my mind on the design midway through. Do you ever do that? Let’s jump into the card.

As I mentioned I kept this card pretty simple. I stamped my image from the Beautiful Blooms “Noel” stamp set onto watercolor cardstock with clear embossing ink. I used the same ink to stamp my sentiment and then add Brutus Monroe’s “Silver Sparkle” embossing powder and heat set. The secret ingredient in this embossing powder is the addition of glitter. The addition of glitter really steps up the end result and adds a wow factor that is difficult to photograph.

I used several types of watercolors to color the image. I began with my metallic Finetec watercolors. As you can see, as it dried it was pretty light in color. To add depth, I used my Karin markers and added more intense greens and teals to the leaves for deeper tones. The background needed color, so I added a beautiful blue from my ECD watercolors around the image. Even with the addition of the blue watercolor, the panel was still looking plain and needed more sparkle. I covered up the image and added water splatters to the background. Before the water could dry, I added more of the sparkle embossing powder over the water splatters and heat set. Did you know that you could emboss with water?

Here’s where my card took a turn. The single layered panel was still a little plain, so I used my Tim Holtz “Deckle Edge” trimmer to cut down my panel. I added “Weathered Wood” Distress Oxide ink around the edges to draw your eye in towards the image. I had cut off the sentiment and needed to add a new one. I pulled a smaller sentiment from my crafty stash and heat embossed it using fine silver embossing powder. Next, I added a navy blue 1/4″ mat behind the watercolored panel. I felt the addition of the navy mat helped the watercolored panel pop a little more. To complete my card, I adhered the layered panels to a red A2 card base.

As I mentioned, the sparkle was hard to capture in a photo, so I am sharing this video so you can see the impact the glitter in the embossing powder has on the card.

Thank you so much for joining me. I have added a link to the Beautiful Blooms “Noel” stamp below for easy shopping. Until next time… Marla

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Squirrelly about Camping!

March 30, 2022

Hi all, Happy Thursday!! Well how exciting is this my second blog post in one week!!! I am super happy to share with you my squirrelly camping pages. This squirrel die set is my new addiction I can not get enough of these squirrels. They are super fun and easy to make, so lets get started.

Step 1: Cut your main pages with your designer paper using Planner Essentials #4, next I cut out two strips of designer paper measuring 3″ x 8 1/4″ and inked the edges with brown ink. Then I adhered the paper strips to the left hand side on the left planner page and right side on the right planner page. Then cut two mats from coordinating designer paper with the round mat die from Planner Essentials 22 and adhere them to the center of your pages as per the picture above.

Step 2: Out of dark and light brown card stock cut out your two squirrels from Joset’s collection #1930 and ink the edges with brown ink. I added a little pink to the cheeks and highlighted with a white gel pen. After your cheek’s are dry I assembled my squirrels as per the picture above. With the Tent Die #1669 cut out your latten from red and yellow cardstock, ink with brown ink and assemble.

Step 3: Out of designer paper cut one tent – cut your poles from dark brown cardstock ink and assemble. Using Forest Accessories Die #1688 cut out your mushrooms with red, white and a light tan colored cardstock. Next I cut out the logs, stump and stick from woodgrain paper to create a cool texture. The bushes are cut from light and dark green cardstock, cut one marshmallow from white cardstock and ink with a bit of grey around the edges. My final step is to ink all the edges and assemble as per the picture above.

Step 4: Assemble and adhere your left planner page as per the picture above, the squirrel is pop dotted using some foam dots or tape.

Step 5: Assemble and adhere your right planner page as per the picture above, the squirrel is pop dotted using some foam dots or tape.

Step 6: Once you have assembled both your pages, I cut the word PHOTOS from Planner Essentials 31 and the clip from Sidekicks Essentials 5 all cut from dark brown cardstock.

Step 7: Attach your choice of reinforcement rings.

Last step is to add your favorite pictures and attach your clip and PHOTOS word.

**Optional** I always love to add a little white paint by speckling.

I hope your enjoyed todays blog post! Have a wonderful crafty day. >Katie<

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs

Masculine Valentine

January 14, 2021

Hey everyone, it’s EK and today I am starting my quest to finish my vantines for those that I love. So one of the things I think the most difficult is crafting something for teenage boys. I can create for my husband with ease, and my daughters in a snap of the finger…but my teenage son, well that is a whole different story. Today I thought I would tackle a valentine for my son using Joset’s Peek-A-Boo Love Set dies to help me.

Step One: Die cut the door flap from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set onto an A2 card frame so the flap opens on the right.

Step Two: Using ink, blend the edges of the card frame. I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide.

Step Three: Using yupo paper and alcohol inks, create a background. I went with blue tones trying to avoid the stereotypical valentine colors and create a more masculine feel.

Step Four: Trim the yupo paper, and add some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper and adhere it inside the card frame.

Step Five: Add both 10mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the top inside boarder of the card frame and seal the card shut.

Step Six: Using two different inks, stamp a sentiment onto the flap from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used Brick Red Distress Oxide for the ‘XOXO’ and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide for the ‘Hugs & Kisses’.

Step Seven: Die cut accessories from the Peek-A-Boo Love Set die set out of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and color them. I used copics.

Step Eight: Using liquid adhesive adhere the key to the front of the flap. I used Kids Choice Glue.

Step Nine: Adhere the other accessory pieces inside the card.

Step Ten: Stamp a sentiment inside the card from the Bear Hugs stamp set. I used StazOn ink over the alcohol ink.

Step Eleven: Finally spray the face of the card with a shimmer spray to give it a little flair.

I’m not certain this is quite masculine enough to keep my kid from rolling his eyes, but he will think the flap is pretty cool. He likes when my cards function in a none traditional way.

Do you make your family valentines? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Miss You.

April 23, 2020

Welcome to my April post! Samantha here and today I’m sharing a card using a crafty item I generally don’t use as much as I wish I could! STENCILS! … Hope you enjoy today’s card tutorial.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Using Soft Finish Card Stock (Silver Grey) cut a card front measuring: 10.5cm x 14.5cm

Step 2: Position the stencil over the card front and secure with tape.

Step 3: Use a blending tool to blend ink onto the stencil through to the card front. Apply a generous amount.

Step 4: Use a new blending tool to blend a second ink colour onto the stencil. Apply a generous amount.

Step 5: Use a new blending tool to blend the final ink colour onto the stencil. Apply a generous amount.

Step 6: Adhere card front to an A6 card base.

Step 7: Take a piece of black cardstock and die cut the Labels 1 die. Using embossing ink stamp the sentiment – from General Sentiments clear stamp set then apply a generous amount of white embossing powder. Heat to set the embossing powder.

Step 8: Trim the sentiment and adhere using foam tape to the side of your card front.

Step 9: Embellish the card with clear sequins and a twine bow.

I’m loving this colour combination and love love love the new Elizabeth Craft Design stencils. I can’t wait to play with them all and try out some fun colour combinations!

Happy Crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Design supplies:


Black Card stock



Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Embossing Ink/White Embossing Powder/Heat tool

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam tape

Washi Tape

Scissors/Paper Trimmer

Distress Oxide Ink

Blending Tool

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

You are Mermaizing

March 31, 2020

Hello – Samantha here. Welcome! Today I am sharing a fun shaker card using a few of Joset’s latest stamps and dies. Seriously – this card is NOT as difficult as it looks but its does require a lot of paper!

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Using cardstock (in different shades of blue) die cut three waves using the Ocean Edges dies. Adhere these (shown below) to a light blue card front measuring 10.5cm x 14.5cm.

Next, Die cut one more of the waves using blue card and then die cut the ocean floor using the Sea Weed die and two shades of yellow card stock.

Step 2: (Optional) Using organza/netted material, trim the top and sides to match the die cut waves and card front edges. Using a sewing machine stitch three sides of the material to the card front, insert a handful of sequins between the material and the card front, sew up the opening.

TIP: If you don’t have a sewing machine to stitch the edges, cut the organza material slightly larger and fold each edge around the card, adhering the material to the back of the card front.

Step 3: Adhere the die cut wave and yellow floor to the card front, overlapping the shaker feature.

Step 5: Adhere Clear Double Sided adhesive to light pink cardstock. Remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer and apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (Diva). Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle.

Step 6: Using card stock and the microsilk glitter card, die cut the pieces of the mermaid. Using blending card, die cut the face, body and arms.

Step 7: Colour in the mermaids face, body and arms using Copic Markers E00, E000, E01 and R20.

Step 7: Assemble the mermaid. Adhere the pieces together.

Step 8: Stamp the sentiment on yellow card, trim,then adhere it to the card front.

Step 9: Die cut the seaweed and stars. Adhere these to the card front.

Step 10: Embellish the card with a twine bow and some sequins. Adhere card front to an A6 side folding card base.

This card would be great with or without the shaker feature. Personally, I love the fun element of shaking the sequins around. I hope you try it at home!

Happy Crafting!


Supplies used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Sea Weed Die

Mermaid Die

Ocean Edges

Splish Splash Sentiments

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Silk Microfine Glitter – Diva

Other –

Organza/Netted Material

Blue Card stock

Pink Card stock

Green Card stock

Yellow Card stock

Specialty Card stock


Sewing Machine

Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Black Ink

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam dots

Scissors/Paper trimmer


Copic Markers/Blending Card

A Way With Words Cardmaking Charlene Stamps Home Decor Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

8 Thanksgiving Projects You’ll Be Thankful For

October 20, 2019

Who else is excited for the upcoming holiday season? Sure, there’s the stress of cooking, and gift-giving… but that also means that there are more opportunities to craft! (And we couldn’t be more excited!)

With the help of our amazing Design Team, we’ve put together a list of Thanksgiving projects you’ll definitely want to make this year. Take a look below, and be sure to tell us in the comments which one you’ll be making!

EK Gorman

What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for all my family and friends that I get to share Thanksgiving with this year.

Karen Ostergard

What I’m thankful for: my family

These pages are all ready to go for my Thanksgiving pictures!

Tanja Kabel

What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for the love and support of my family.

Katelyn Grosart

What I’m thankful for: I’m thankful for having a supportive Fiance who supports through everything, even if my ideas and choices are a bit crazy.

Suzanne Cannon

What I’m thankful for: I’m thankful for all the little things in life that are sometimes overlooked.

Laura Gilhuly

What I’m thankful for: The aspect of my life that I am most thankful for is my family.

We are a really close family and we help each other through good and bad.  We had a rough year with Jon’s health and every day I am thankful for him to be here and our boys that showed their loving and caring and strong demeanor that helped us both. I am thankful for the laughter we share, the lessons we have learned, the moments we have and the life we have built together.

Diana Nguyen

What I’m thankful for:  I am thankful to be part of such a wonderful team of crafters!

Sandy Diller

What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for family and friends.

If you would like to see how this was made, please come back to the ECD Blog on Thursday October 24 for a complete tutorial and more photos!

Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

Elizabeth Craft Designs General

Happy Birthday, Els!

March 15, 2019

We’re sending out a very special ‘Happy Birthday’ to Els, our fearless leader and favorite crafter!

Els inspires a lot of crafters around the world, and brings so many people together with her passion for creativity. More importantly, she’s a truly kind person and a joy to be around!

Check out some of our favorite moments last year with Els, and be sure to wish her happy birthday below!

Don’t forget to join the #HappyBirthdayEls contest –– you could win a $50 gift card to!

Here are the details:

  •  Create a birthday project
  • Upload it to Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Family Page with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayEls

We hope you’ll join us by wishing Els a very Happy Birthday –– hope you have a wonderful day, Els!


Your team

Els van de Burgt Studio Krista Schneider Shimmer Sheetz Soft Finish Cardstock

Clean And Simple Christmas Cards

December 9, 2018

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here and it´s time for my December guest blog post tutorial. It has been snowing a little here in Austria the past few days which inspired me to create a set of clean and simple Christmas cards using Shimmer Sheetz, the Ornate Snowflakes die set and Holiday Cheer clear stamp set.

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