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Coloring Design Team Designer Challenge – January

January 24, 2017

Hi everyone,

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we are excited to be bringing back the Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenges. Two weeks ago we had our first challenge for the Die Cut Design Team and this time round it is the Coloring Design Team’s turn to play!

Starting in February our challenges will be held on the first Tuesday of the month for the Die Cut Design Team and the third Tuesday of the month for the Coloring Design Team.

For our January Coloring Designer Challenge the challenge is … Cute Critters. The design team are to include one or more critters on their cards or projects.

The new Stamps by Krista line of stamps by Designer Krista Schneider has 11 stamp sets that include a critter of some type that the Design Team can use for the challenge.

Let’s take a look at what our Coloring Design Team created ….

First up today Kelly Booth has created this colorful card, duplicating the colors of the rainbow on the monkey’s shirt. For her card Kelly used White Soft Finish Cardstock that she decorated using Jungle Cuties Stamp set with coordinating dies, Dream Sentiments Clear Stamps, and the new Smile sentiment die.

Love the rainbow of colors on the leaves on the card created by Elena Anderson. Elena has also used the monkey from the Jungle Cuties Stamp set and the coordinating dies. Elena is ‘Wishing You a Colorful Day’ using the sentiment from the General sentiment Stamp set. Elena has also used Soft Finish Cardstock to create her card.

Anita Kejriwal has created this fun scene using the Jungle Cuties Stamp set and coordinating dies. You can see how Anita stamped some of the leaves on White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut them using the coordinating dies and then used the same die to cut more from green card. Such a fun way to use the dies. The cute rabbit, mushroom and flowers along the bottom of the card are from the Woodland Pals Stamp set. To create the grassy hills Anita used the Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Ovals. The ‘Hello’ sentiment used here is from the General Sentiments Stamp set.

Karen Nofziger has created this ‘tweet’ birthday (or Bird-day) card using the Bird-day Party Stamp set and coordinating dies. Karen also used the Stitched Circles die set and Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles to decorate her card.

Creating scenes is so much easier when you have coordinating dies to die cut your images as shown on this adorable card created by Selma Stevenson.  For her card Selma used the Woodland Pals Stamp set with coordinating dies. To help complete her scene Selma also used the Susan’s Garden Earth & Sky Stencil and the Rainbow Sky die set.


Frances Byrne created a fun baby boy card using the Zoo Babies and Jungle Cuties Stamp sets with coordinating dies. After die cutting the images, Frances added them to an accordion card she made using the Gift Card Accordion and Oval Landscape Accordion die sets. Frances also used the new A Way With Words Baby Love die set and the word “Boy” from the Baby Clear Stamp Set.

Tina Guigui Dornbaum has created a fun scene on her card using the Birch Forest Stamp set with coordinating dies and Soft Finish Cardstock. Tina also used the Fitted Rectangles and Dotted Scallop Rectangles to create the frame on her card. The sentiment is from the General Sentiments stamp set.

Our final card for our challenge this month has been created by Melanie Smith. Melanie used the Woodland Pals stamp set. She added clouds to her card using the Oval Clouds Frame Edges die set. For the layers of the card Melanie die cut cardstock and designer papers using various sizes of rectangles from the Stitched Rectangles die set. To finish off her card, she added the Smile sentiment to the top left corner.

Thank you for visiting our blog today. We hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations our Coloring Design Team created this month and that they have inspired you to create your own “critter” projects. Don’t forget to visit our designers’ blogs by clicking on their names to find out more about each project.

Happy Crafting!

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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Karen B. – Winter Gift Card Accordion

November 2, 2016

Hello crafters! In a few weeks it will finally be sweater weather here in south Texas and although we don’t get any real snow, it’s fun to create snowy scenes in cards. It’s also fun, and practical, to create interactive cards that double as gift-card holders. The Gift Card Accordion was designed to do exactly that.wintergiftcardaccordion

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A Rectangle Pull Card with a little Sparkle and a Cup of Joe!

February 19, 2016


It’s Kelly Booth here with a sparkly fun coffee card using new dies and a stencil from Karen Burniston!  I’m a big fan of coffee and am loving all the possibilities of the new Cup Pop Stand and the Stage it Stencils. I just can’t put them down….

Here is how the card looks when it’s closed and ready to be mailed:

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And here it is when opened up:


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Els van de Burgt Studio Pop it Ups

Western Theme Masculine Card

February 5, 2016

Hello!  Summer Hills-Painter here today with a card project to make for the guys.  Masculine cards can be so challenging to make sometimes. In the new CHA collections, Karen Burniston released a Paisley Stage it Stencil and Els van de Burgt introduced the Ropes 1 die set. I just knew these two would make the perfect addition to Karen’s already-released Props 6 and Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps set.

Here is how to make the card:


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Merry Christmas Gift Card Accordion

December 12, 2015

Hello crafty friends, it’s Summer Hills-Painter here.

Today I want to share a Christmas card with non-traditional colors using the new Gift Card Accordion die. Let me show you how I made my card.

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Cut two 4.25″ x 5.5″ pieces of Soft Finish Cardstock and back with Double-Sided Adhesive. Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ strip of coordinating cardstock and place Double-Sided Adhesive on the front of the piece.Image 2

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Cut two Gift Card Accordion pages from heavy cardstock and one page from patterned paper. Cut two Flourish Gift Frames from the adhesive-backed soft finish cardstock, making sure to roll the die through the machine diagonally for best pressure. From one of the interior rectangles left after cutting the frames, die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment. Die cut various snowflakes from the coordinating cardstock, making sure to place the die on the adhesive side of the piece. Die cut one medium rectangle from the coordinating cardstock with the Flourish Gift Frame die set.


Dec3Trim the center from the patterned paper page. Using distress ink and a blending tool, ink the Flourish Gift Frame and the sentiment. (tip: it is easier to ink delicate dies such as words by leaving them in the negative surroundings)Dec4

Remove the adhesive liner from the snowflakes and top with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter. Polish the glitter into the adhesive with your fingers.

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For a deeper color, color with a matching alcohol marker.


Adhere the two Flourish Gift Frames to the front and back of one cardstock page. Adhere the patterned cardstock to the second page.


Adhere the two card pages together using the side tabs. Trim off the tabs from the right page. Adhere the layering rectangle and words to the left page.


Using the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, stamp the sentiment to view when the gift card is removed, to the right panel while the card is flat. Adhere the glittered snowflakes to the card.

Attach the two inner rectangles to each other using the tab on the Merry Christmas page.

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Slide a gift card under the tabs. The card will fit in an A2 envelope for mailing.



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Happy Crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies –

1095 Gift Card Accordion

1096 Flourish Gift Frame

1039 Merry Christmas Pop Up

916 Spiral Circle Pull Card

781 All Seasons Tree

PSF101 Soft Finish Cardstock 80lb

CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamp Set

506 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6mm

641 Cool Diamond –Silk Microfine Glitter

7018 Glitter Dots –Transparent/ Silver

Other Supplies –

Recollections White 110lb Cardstock

Bo Bunny Altitude Collection

Ranger Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves and Cracked Pistachio

Copic Marker RV99

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Deck the Halls Chilly Gift Card Accordion

November 14, 2015

Hi!  It’s Fran Sabad and I’m excited to share with you a cute idea using Karen Burniston’s Gift Card Accordion with Chilly the Penguin.

Here is the card in the closed position:

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And here it is opened up:

PIU GHC 02 open


  1. Use the Gift Card Accordion Die cut to cut the following pieces:
    1. (2) full pages from sturdy red cardstock
    2. (2) pieces from patterned paper, using the paper over the inner rectangle only. Trim to just the rectangles and glue the patterned paper rectangles over the red cardstock pages, taking care to line up the tuck slots on Page 2 perfectly to be able to add a gift card later.
  2. Use the companion Flourish Gift Frame die set to die cut 3 white Flourish Frames. Adhere the frames to the pages, including one for the front of the album when closed.
  3. Assemble the Gift Card Accordion according to the package directions or by watching Karen’s assembly video here: Gift Card Accordion
  4. Die cut Chilly the Penguin using white, black and orange cardstock and assemble him.  Make slits between his body and arms.  Using gold thread, wrap Chilly as shown.EDC Nov 14 detail 2EDC Nov 14 detail
  5. Die cut the string of Christmas lights from the Holiday House die set four times (1 set each in red, blue, green and yellow) and trim into individual bulbs. For the bulbs that are adhered to Chilly, simply glue them over the thread. For any bulbs that are hanging off of Chilly, sandwich the thread between two bulbs adhered back-to-backPIU GCH 02 side
  6. Die cut the largest decorator tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card set and sponge green ink through the die to create the swirl pattern, Adhere the tree to the page with a pop dot and add a glitter star.
  7. Stamp “Santa Says” in green and “Shop!” in red using the Merry & Bright clear stamps. Die cut the circle and add to the page.
  8. Die cut 4 presents and bows using the Evergreen Pivot Card set – one each in yellow, red, green and blue. Assemble the presents and adhere them to Page 2, being careful not to cover the tuck slots that will hold the gift card.

PIU GCH 02 detail

Add your gift card and make someone smile!  Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock in red, white, blue, green, yellow and orange
  • Glittered star embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Acrylic block, red and green ink
  • Coordinating patterned paper
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Pop it Ups Winter Wonderland Tunnel Card

November 7, 2015

shelly hickox pop it ups tunnel cardHappy Saturday, everyone! It’s Shelly Hickox here today, and I’m going to show you how, with a few snips and a lot of glitter, you can turn Karen Burniston’s new Gift Card Accordion die into a beautiful winter diorama card.

shelly hickox pop it ups winter tunnel cardHow gorgeous are those layers of trees and snow?! The beauty of this card is that it’s three dimensional, but folds completely flat for mailing. The recipient will be amazed at how complex it looks, but it’s actually incredibly simple. Let’s get started!

IMG_49061. Begin by cutting a piece of 100 lb Soft Finish cardstock in half lengthwise, creating two 4.25″ x 11″ panels. Fold each panel in half. Place the folded panel on the Gift Card Accordion die, making sure you drop the folded edge below the cutting line on the die, so that the fold stays intact (you may want to tape it to hold it in place). Run the die and paper through your machine to cut. Repeat for other card. Cut out the center panels and cut off the tabs. Next, cut notches into the outer frame of one panel, and into the inner edges of the other, as shown.

IMG_49082. Use a sponge or inking tool to lightly color the panels on both sides.

IMG_49363. To give the card a bit more shimmer, stamp the two small snowflake dies from Karen Burniston’s Merry & Bright stamp set onto the card using embossing ink. Cover with sticky embossing powder and heat. Immediately cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Let cool and tap off excess. Assemble the card. For a more detailed tutorial, see my original post.

IMG_49324. Cover a sheet of white cardstock with double sided adhesive and die cut seven trees, being sure to cut with the release paper side up. Remove the release paper from the trees and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Polish the glitter with your finger to completely adhere and bring out the sparkle.

IMG_49425. To create the snowbanks, cover another piece of cardstock with double sided adhesive and cut several pieces using the wavy die from the Outdoor Edges set. Cut to fit the area of the card you’re decorating. Remove the backing paper and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Tip – for an easy way to adhere the panels, cover the outer edges with a bit of release paper before you apply glitter. Remove the release paper and stick onto your card.

IMG_49456. To make the stickers usable for the card, adhere them to cardstock and then trim carefully with detail scissors.

shelly hickox accordion tunnel cardTo complete the card, add the glittered tress and snow as desired and adhere the deer as shown. I also cut a few snowflakes from the excess adhesive-covered paper (never throw away those scraps!) using the snowflake die from the All Seasons Tree set and added them randomly to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my wintry card tutorial! I love the sparkling snow and glittery deer, and how gorgeous is that embossed frame?! I can think of so many different ways you could use this idea. I would be thrilled if you’re inspired to try one of your own. If you do, we’d love to have you share it on the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family page on Facebook. People have been sharing some amazing cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful, creative weekend!



Supply List:

Other Supplies:

  • Blue Ink
  • Sticky Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Caz – Whiskers Winterland Fantasy

November 4, 2015

Hi friends, It’s Caz and I am here today with a fun hybrid card using the Garden Bench Pop it Ups die and the Gift Card Accordion Die.

It’s fun to play around with the dies and use them in a different way than their original design.  Today’s card is just such an experiment.

First up here is the main card opened.  You can see Whiskers the Cat is getting ready for Christmas, possibly waiting to meet a friend to exchange gifts?  Any one of the Character dies would look great on this card.  Or why not add a bunch?

Main Picture


Here is how I made it 🙂

1. To get started I took  piece of blue card and cut the Accordion Gift card twice.  To make it stiffer I also cut 2 in white and backed them so the white is on the outside and blue is on the inside. The die makes the pretty decorative score lines in the frame and also cuts notches to hold a standard size gift card.

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2. For the center panel start with a piece of patterned paper cut to 14.5cm x 20cm (5.75″ x 8″) and folded in half.  Place the Garden Bench die onto the center fold and cut.

3. Also die cut a Garden Bench from brown card and use scissors to isolate just the bench so you get a piece as shown.  Use a brown ink pad to colour the bench.

Step 3

4.Using sticky notes, mask off the bench so only the detail part is showing and use a sponge and white ink to colour the detail white.

Step 4

Once the ink has dried, adhere the brown/white bench onto one that was cut into the patterned paper. Fold the bench according to the package instructions. You may also watch one of Karen’s videos here: (slide to 7:27) Garden Bench Assembly


5. Use the tabs on the Accordion panels to adhere them on either side of the card with Garden Bench.  Here you can see how it looks both on the front and back.

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6.  Cut two hills from the Outdoor Edges in white and stick onto the Accordion pages.

7. Cut the Flourish Gift frame twice from silver glitter paper and stick to the outside of the frame. (Note: roll the Flourish Gift Frame through your die cutting machine diagonally to get the best pressure for intricate dies)

step 6

9. Cut and Emboss 6 trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card die set.  Cut 2 extra of the larger tree to make the tree that is behind the bench.  Cut as shown.  Edge trees with green ink.

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To make the large tree behind the bench I had to cut 2 trees and assemble and cut as per picture below. The notch will allow the tree to slide around the back arm of the bench and glue to the back of the card.

Step 7b

9. Cut Whiskers the Cat from cardstock and colour as desired.  I have used my pencils to create a calico cat with lots of colours. I also die cut the Santa hat from the Props 5 die set and added it to Whiskers.

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11. Add a rectangle from the Flourish Gift Frame and cover the front of the Accordion and add Merry Christmas with Blue cardstock.

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12. Add gift card of your choice to other page on Gift Card Accordion.



Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Other Items Used : Silver Glitter card, Blue & White card, Patterned Paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this style card and I look forward to seeing your take on it over at the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook group where I have seen lots of you sharing your amazing creations!

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Caz xx

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A Christmas Card using the brand new Gift Card Accordion

October 24, 2015

Hi it’s Kelly Booth Here,

Have you seen the new Gift Card Accordion die by Karen Burniston Pop it Ups that was launched yesterday? It is definitely one of my favorites and I know it will get used often!  I thought it was the perfect die to use with one of the recent Petroschi Designs by Bianca stamps, named Cardinal. They are gorgeous stamps and so fun to color.

The Card in the Closed Position:

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Opened up:

Watermarked Photo 4 (2015-09-28-1113)

And a close up:

Watermarked Photo 3 (2015-09-28-1112)

Here is a diagram of the dies I used; the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame (coming soon) and the Merry Christmas Pop-up (available now).


I also have a diagram of the cuts I made from the various papers. If I say backed with DSA it means to apply ECD Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the cardstock prior to die cutting.

You will need a piece of red cardstock 5 1/2″ by 11″ , olive cardstock 5 1/2″ by 11″, light blue 8 1/2″ by 11″, white cardstock 4 1/4″ by 5″ 1/2″ and a small scrap of red for the “a gift for you”.


  1. Color the cardinal with markers of your choice. I used Copics on mine.
  2. Do all the die cutting as shown/described above.
  3. Put small piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape onto the tabs of the red accordion. Facing the tabs to the right, join the two and snip off the tabs of the second panel. (Hint: watch Karen’s video tutorial for Gift Card Accordion assembly)
  4. Place the two olive pieces that have the gift card slots onto the two pages of the album, making sure to line up the notches perfectly on the second page so a gift card can be added later. Place the solid olive panel onto the first page of the Accordion, covering up the slots and making a layered olive backdrop.
  5. Place the colored Cardinal piece onto the first page and then the “a gift for you” greeting, making sure to place it toward the left so it does not cover up too much of the cardinal.
  6. Remove adhesive backing from 2 of the frames and place them onto the outer frames, lining up with the outside edges for perfect placement. Fold the card into a valley fold.
  7. Put a small piece of double sided tap onto the inner tab of the cardinal page and bring the gift card page over to the tab to connect in the usual fashion. Train the inner rectangles to fold as a mountain fold.
  8. Add the final Flourish Frame to the front of the album.
  9. Using a liquid adhesive put a little bit on the very bottom of the Merry Christmas and adhere to the top right side of the accordion.  Add a gift card to page 2. Your card is now complete  🙂

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today!

Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. Don’t forget to take a peek at Karen’s five brand new dies.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

 Gift Card Accordion

Flourish Gift Frame

Merry Christmas Pop Up (1039)

Cardinal (RS021)

Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 pack (PSF102)

Transparent Double Sided Tape – 101mm (510)

Other Supplies:

Cardstock, Red, Olive, White and Light Blue

Black Dye Ink

Copic Markers

Die Cutting Machine

Liquid adhesive

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Western Anniversary Card

September 19, 2015

Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today.  I’d like to show you how to make an easy masculine anniversary card with a colorful background.  Let’s get started!

PIUW Western Anniversary 1 PIUW Western Anniversary 2

  1.  Cut vanilla card stock base at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4.
  2. Cut Soft Finish card stock at 3 1/8 x 4 3/8.
  3. Cut white card stock and Transparent Double Sided Adhesive at 3 1/4 x 4 1/2.  Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the white card stock, remove release sheet and cover with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter, brush off excess and polish with your finger.  Here’s a video where Els shows how to apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  4. Die cut the following pieces shown in the photo below:
  • Flourish Gift Frame – dark brown
  • Happy Anniversary – dark brown
  • (2) boots from Props 6 – dark brown (use a white gel pen for stitches if desired)
  • (2) small stars from Props 6 – small scrap of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive already applied then cover with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter
  • Western Edges – horses & barbed wire light brown (sponge horses with brown ink if desired)
  • Gift Card Accordion – stitched label – white (not shown)

PIUW Western Anniversary pieces 3

5.  Stamp sentiment from Homegrown Greetings using dark brown ink onto the stitched label cut in step 4

PIUW Western Anniversary pieces 4

6.  Swipe desired colors of ink directly to the Soft Finish Card Stock, use a sponge to blend colors slightly so they overlap.  Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray directly onto your hand then flick the water onto the cardstock.  Let dry or use a heat tool.

7.  Assemble all layers together using the photos for placement.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.

Happy Crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1095 Gift Card Accordion – coming soon

1096 Flourish Gift Frame – coming soon

1098 Props 6 – Western – coming soon

1047 Western Edges

CS002 -Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps

970 Happy Anniversary

PSF102 Soft Finish Card Stock

603 Silk Microfine Glitter – Silver

Other Supplies:

Early Espresso, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White card stock – Stampin’ Up!

Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Marina Mist, Night of Navy Classic Ink, Early Espresso – Stampin’ Up!

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