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Assembling the Holiday House Box | Technique Friday

August 2, 2019

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

Today, Els is showing us how to assemble the new Holiday House Box. This is perfect for decorative box for gifts, battery-operated candles, your tree and more!

Watch the tutorial, download the project sheet, and shop the supplies –– all on the Technique Friday Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!

Happy Crafting!

Planner Essentials Stamping

Creating Spring Tags For Gift-Giving

March 25, 2019

Hi everyone!

It’s Sara here today. I have a new project for you to celebrate Spring. These tags are made from a recycled paper and die cut with Planner Essential 2 –– they are perfect for all of your Spring giving!

These are the steps to make them:

  • Distress the tags a little bit (as you like it –– this is not necessary)
  • Stamp the flowers from Color My Flowers stamp set with Antique Linen Distress Ink and watercolor them (I’ve used a no-line technique but you can do as you prefer)
  • Once you have all colored, die cut them all and add a drop of Nuvo Crystal Drop in the center
  • Stamp your sentiment from the Spring Sentiments stamp set
  • Die cut the leaves from a piece of vellum using the Leafy Branch 3 die
  • Add all your pieces with glue and mounting tape to create dimension and interest
  • Finish your tags with a piece of rope or ribbon

Hope you like it!


Pocket Gift Card Holder

November 12, 2015

Hello, it’s Angela and I want to share with you a great way to use your Els van de Burgt Studio Tags & More dies for the holiday gift-giving season! I was inspired to create this from a blog post that I saw which used packaged tags. So, by using a few basic craft supplies, you can easily create your own tags and make them into gift card pockets! Let’s get started!


 To create the tag:

  • Die cut the tag from black card stock and the finished size is 7” x 4 1/4”.
  • Die cut the overlay die with patterned paper and glue to the black tag and trim as needed.

To create the pocket:

  • Cut black cardstock to 6 1/4” x 4”.
  • Score at 1/2” and 1” on one long side and both short sides.
  • Fold on all score lines and cut as shown in photo.
  • Tape edges with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  • Cut the designer paper for the pocket front at 4 1/8” x 2 7/8”.
  • Cut 2 designer papers at 3/8” x 2 7/8” for the sides of the box and one at 3/8” x 4 1/8” for the box bottom.
  • Set aside while we decorate the tag.

FTo decorate the tag:

  • Cut designer paper at 4 3/4” x 4” and round the bottom two corners, glue to tag front.
  • Cut designer paper to 3/4” x 4” and round the top two corners, glue to tag front.
  • Punch a hole and set an eyelet at the top of the tag and tie a red ribbon.
  • Remove the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape from the pocket, creating the “box” and attach to the tag front.
  • Here is a side view of the tag

To create the gift card cello bag:

  • A cello bag is used for the gift card and to hold the wrapped chocolates.
  • Mini Hershey bars were wrapped in designer paper and added with the gift card.
  • Tie the cello with baker’s twine.

Decorating the tag back:

  • Cut design paper to 4 1/4” x 2 7/8”, glue to tag.
  • Die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from Shimmer Sheetz backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (using the Metal Adaptor Plate) and add to tag back

Add your cello bag with gift card and candies into the pocket and you are done! This is a quick and easy project to make your holiday shopping a breeze! I hope you give this project a try and  the same technique is perfect for other occasions too such as birthday and Father’s Day!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle

1056 Quietfire Merry Christmas

0213 Shimmer Sheetz green metallic

506 ECD Transparent 6 mm double sided tape

803 Metal Adaptor Plate


Other Products:

Black cardstock

Authentique ‘Tidings’ Collection designer papers

Red polka dot ribbon

Brown baker’s twine

Cello bag

3 Hershey chocolates

Black eyelet

Big Shot


Crop-a – dile



Els van de Burgt Studio

Elizabeth Craft Designs October Designers’ Challenge – Holiday Gifts & Tags

October 30, 2015

The holidays are just around the corner so we gathered up some fun gift ideas for you to create. For the October Designers’ Challenge we asked the team to use Shimmer Sheetz and at least one die and one embossing folder. They also had to create a coordinating gift tag.

Let’s see what they came up with!

The first project is from Jackeline Rojas who created a beautiful and inventive wreath using the Card Stand/Easel die in an unexpected way! She decorated the wreath using small cuts from the Berry Branch, the sprig from the Candle set and Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel-Offs. She also used the Merry Christmas cut from Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. For her gift tag she used the Tags & More – Daisy, our new Soft Finish Cardstock, the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder and the Hedgehog Daisy clear stamp from the Hedgehog Daisy All Seasons set. Would you like to create your own wreath using the Card Stand/Easel? Visit Jackeline’s blog HERE for instructions.


Next up, the project from Angela Beavers, who decorated her sleigh door hanger using the Poinsettia and the Merry Christmas dies. The solid poinsettia was cut from cardstock covered with double sided adhesive and then covered with Red Silk Microfine Glitter. For the Merry Christmas she used Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Who doesn’t want to receive this beautiful decorated door hanger! Find more info on Angela’s blog HERE.

Project Angela

Frances Byrne created a terrific pen holder using Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz embossed with our Sea Glass Embossing Folder, the Alphabet 1 Caps die and the Owl Peel-Offs. She colored the owls on top of the Silk Microfine Glitter. You can find out more about this technique in Els’s You Tube Video “Silk Microfine Glitter – Coloring with Alcohol Markers“. Frances created a perfect matching tag using the Merry Christmas and the Tags & More Daisy dies. See more HERE.


Marsha Valk decorated a picture frame using little squares of White Iridescent and Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. Displayed inside the frame is a piece of watercolor paper embossed with the Mini Mosaic Embossing Folder, topped with small squares of Shimmer Sheetz with hearts die cut out of each one in the quartet. She used the hearts from the squares to decorate her tag and made extra hearts to create a heart garland. If you know someone who loves things that sparkle and shimmer, then this is the perfect gift. (And wouldn’t that heart garland look great at a bridal shower or Valentine’s Day party!) Find instructions on Marsha’s blog HERE.



Judi Kauffman used alcohol ink-altered Australian Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz to decorate a beautiful hinged-top jewelry box with the look of tree bark. She also made two small round jewelry boxes and lots of Shimmer Sheetz jewelry. The jewelry pieces were cut using Jewelry Set 1 Sea Glass and Jewelry Set 2 Droplets. For the matching tag she used small scraps of Shimmer Sheetz embossed with the same Bark Embossing Folder. If you missed Judi’s ‘Sneak Peek’ blog post from yesterday, click HERE.



See you at our next Designer Challenge on November 30th!

The Elizabeth Craft Designs Team




Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry, Jewelry Boxes, & Gift Tag

October 29, 2015

Tomorrow is our challenge day on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog but we thought we would offer a sneak peek at one project today. It was created by our talented guest designer, Judi Kauffman.


By Judi Kauffman

My project for the October Designer Challenge couldn’t be easier: Find a plain box. If it’s pretty as is (like the hinged silver box that once held Ethel M candy), decorate the lid with embossed, ink-altered, and sanded Shimmer Sheetz. Tuck some Shimmer Sheetz jewelry inside. Or paint a simple papier mâché box before decorating and filling it.

Make a matching gift tag with a cardstock rectangle and some Shimmer Sheetz scraps and you’re done!

(Don’t miss out on the Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry tutorials, which I have linked after the supply list.)




  1. Back Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Shown: Australian Opal Gemstone. Option: Use two or more colors instead of just one. The lid of the silver box measures 11.5” x 8.25”, requiring two 5” x 12” pieces of Shimmer Sheetz and two 5” x 12” sheets of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. (Leftovers can be used for gift tags.) The papier mâché boxes are 2.5” and 3”; smaller pieces of Shimmer Sheetz are needed.
  1. Paint the papier mâché boxes in color(s) of choice. I chose Dazzling Metallics in Shimmering Silver to coordinate with the colors in the coating of the Australian Opal Shimmer Sheetz.
  1. Emboss the Shimmer Sheetz with your favorite folder or folders. Alter with alcohol inks (before or after embossing); lightly sand



  1. Cut into pieces to put onto the box. Tip: Use a craft knife, straight edge, and cutting mat rather than a paper trimmer. It is easier to accurately cut Shimmer Sheetz this way – paper trimmers can often slip. Use a mix of 1” and 2” strips and rectangles in assorted sizes. The placement will be determined by the size of the box you have selected. Another tip: Cut paper strips and rectangles first to test the layout and placement. Arrange and rearrange as needed before cutting the Shimmer Sheetz. For round lids, trace a circle template onto lightweight paper and use it as a cutting pattern.


  1. To complete the boxes: Add linear peel-offs between the Shimmer Sheetz pieces and around the edges or sides of the lid of the jewelry box. If you like more contrast use black instead of silver (shown) or gold (not shown). Skip this step if you like the look of the lid with just the Shimmer Sheetz pieces.


  1. Use cardstock rectangles and Shimmer Sheetz scraps to create gift tags. Punch or die cut a hole at the top of the tag. Add metallic cord or ribbon. Option (as shown): Die cut a decorative reinforcement and small decorative circles to accent the tags. Reminder – The Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz for this step.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Shimmer Sheetz 5” x 12” in color(s) of choice (shown – SS 0225 Australian Opal Gemstone)

Embossing folder(s) of choice (shown – E120 Bark)

Border peel-offs in color(s) of choice (shown – 1016 Lines in Silver)

501 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets (5” x 12”)

803 Metal Adaptor Plate (needed only if cutting decorative reinforcement for tag)

Other –

Dazzling Metallics in Shimmering Silver DecoArt

Box with flat hinged lid or small papier mâché box


Sanding block

Alcohol inks and ink applicator tool

Cardstock (for gift tag)

Fine gold and silver cord

Links to Shimmer Sheetz Jewelry Tutorials:




Just for Him

June 11, 2015

Hi! It’s Angela and today I wanted to share a project created using the brand new Maritime peel-offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love projects with nautical themes and the new peel-offs and the BoBunny Boardwalk paper inspired this project. The two paired together perfectly to create this fun and easy masculine chipboard book.

Instructions for the cover:

*Place a Maritime peel-off ship onto the patterned paper. Color and shade the sail and the boat.
*Die cut the ship with the Garden Patch die. When removing the 16 pieces from the die, place them in the correct sequence.
*Cut out the Garden Patch die again in black cardstock.
*Create the covers and spine of the book and cover with patterned paper.
* Glue the black Garden Patch frame onto the front of the book and glue the 16 boat pieces in the correct order into the grid frame.
*Add black peel-off corners and decorative lines.
*Ink and distress a wooden anchor and glue to the book front.
*Stamp the sentiment onto cream cardstock and mat onto black cardstock and glue onto the front cover.
Instructions for the inside pocket:
*Decorate the pocket and background paper with the Maritime peel-offs using positive and negative peel-offs.
*Cut a tag from the Tags & More – Deco die.
*Cut an overlay from the die and glue to the tag front.
*Add ribbon and place in the pocket
Mini Legal Pad:
*Decorate the top of the pad with patterned paper.
*Add Maritime peel-offs.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

600 Transfer sheet

Other Supplies:

BoBunny Boardwalk paper
Black, kraft and cream cardstock
Nautical stamp
Wooden anchor
Orange and brown crepe ribbon

This project would make a perfect Father’s Day gift or for a summer birthday! I hope you try using the peel-offs in your next project. They are a fun and easy embellishment and come in so many fantastic themes!


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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day 3 – Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork Card Box

November 9, 2014

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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork Card Box

By Els van de Burgt

HH-Els Box-A

How about this combination for Handmade Holidays gift giving: Decks of vintage playing cards nestled in a handsome box with Shimmer Sheetz Patchwork on the top! The divided box would also make a nice present for someone who collects Artist Trading Cards, or with the addition of some adhesive backed Velvet Sheets on the interior, it’s just right for jewelry.

To make the box exactly as I did use bronze acrylic paint, Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz, three small allover pattern nature-theme embossing folders plus alcohol inks in pumpkin, light brown, and gold. Switch to a different palette and other embossing folders to suit the décor and taste of the person who will receive the box. (Shimmer Sheetz comes in a wide variety of colors, as do alcohol inks.)

HH-Els Box-C


1. Basecoat the box with bronze acrylic paint. When dry, add a second coat of paint. Allow to dry.

2. Cut a 5” x 12” piece of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz into three 4” x 5” pieces.

3. Emboss each of the pieces with a different embossing folder. As shown, all three folders have leafy patterns. Tip: Substitute any trio you want!

4. Alter the three embossed rectangles by lightly sanding and adding alcohol inks. One side of the pattern will have raised designs; the other side will have de-bossed designs. Alter some of each. Tip: Use a damp paper towel to wipe Shimmer Sheetz after sanding.

5. Cut each of the three 4” x 5” pieces into TWO 2” x 5” strips. Cut each 2” x 5” strip into FOUR pieces: TWO 2” x 1.5” pieces, TWO 2” x 1” pieces.

6. Trace the size of the lid of the box onto paper. Arrange pieces as shown or as you prefer, filling the space. Tip: Keep leftover pieces for other projects.

HH-Els Box-B

7. Cut a rectangular piece of Transparent Adhesive Sheet to cover the top (flat) portion of the lid of the box. Expose the adhesive and, working one piece at a time, move the Shimmer Sheetz patchwork pieces onto the adhesive.

HH-Els Box-D


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

SS0218 Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone (or color of choice)

502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

E122 Ginkgo Embossing Folder*

E118 Spring Leaves Embossing Folder*

E119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder* (*or 3 folders of choice)

Walnut Hollow – Basswood Card Box 1704OP

Other – Bronze acrylic paint, 1” flat paint brush; Alcohol inks in pumpkin/orange, light brown, gold; Ink applicator tool; sanding block

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!



Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

Charity Wings

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington

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