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Hippos, Monkeys and Florals

May 6, 2022

Karen here today. I love mixing the different collections from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Somehow, the very different styles of the designers all fits together. Today, I mixed up a couple of Joset’s characters with a floral from Anita. I love the result in these multi-purpose cards (that I plan to use for Momma’s Day!).

I used the Florals 18 on both of my cards cut with 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. On this card, I colored the flower with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide with some Rustic Wilderness for the stem. The hippo is cut from a light grey cardstock and I added just a touch of Hickory Smoke to the edges with a wee bit of Kitsch Flamingo for the cheeks. The inner part of the ears and the eyes are colored with Copic markers. I loved that fun inky looking paper so much that I just had to make a second card.

And so I just had to make a monkey. He is cut with brown and kraft cardstock with just a wee touch of Kitsch Flamingo for the cheeks. I colored this flower with Wilted Violet. I added a twine bow just to add a bit of texture.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Plain and patterned cardstock, gems, twine, inks

Joset Designs

I Love you just the way you are

March 24, 2021

Hi everyone, here is Lisanne again. It’s my turn to give you some inspiration. This time I will use different dies from the Safari Collection of Joset. I really love this collection, with all the animals and fun accessories.

So lets start with the beginning. I made a background with clouds and Distress Ink. The Adventure Edges 1 and 2 are great to use for building up the card. So I made mountains which I coloured with Distress Ink Stormy Sky and Peeled Paint. I also die cut some grass that I coloured with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I glued only the bottom and the sides so I can put something between the layers.

Between the layers grass and mountains I put the tree. I also coloured this tree with Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss). You can make the tree with or without green so there are possibilities in your making.

Now it’s time to build up the animals. In this Safari Collection there are 4 animals, the Zebra, the Giraffe, the Monkey and the Lion (you can also make a tiger of this one). So it was hard to choose haha. This time I made the Zebra and the Monkey. Ofcourse the Lion and Giraffe will be used another time.

The animals are also coloured with Distress Ink. Oh and I forgot to say that I’m using Soft Finish Cardstock for this whole project. It’s such a great paper, smooth on one side and a little structure on the other. You can choose which side is the best for your project. When I work with Distress Ink I always color on the structured side.

So back to the project. When I’m making animals like the Zebra and Monkey I back my cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape before die-cutting for the parts that need to be glued otherwise. So in this case the stripes, eyes and feet from the Zebra. I also give the Zebra a hat from the Safari accessories, doesn’t he look cute?

Than the monkey who is hanging at the vine in the corner. I really like to build this animals. You can give them every colour you want. The monkey is coloured with Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Black Soot en Fossilized Amber. The monkey is hanging at the vine, but you can also make him sit.

In de left corner I put the text ‘I love you just the way you are’ that I stamped on the Soft Finish Cardstock. The edges are coloured with Forest Moss and Black Soot. I coloured the whole card also with Black Soot and put some black Cardstock behind. So my Safari card is done.

I hope this card gives you some ideas to play with this great collection. For me it was a lot of fun playing with it. Thank you for reading this blogpost! Have a wonderful day and hopefully see you soon!


Elizabeth Craft Design supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, Fossilized Amber, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky,

Cardmaking Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

Fun with Slimline Cards

February 17, 2021

Karen here. Today, I’m loving the slimline cards that I’m seeing all over the place and decided to create a couple for today’s post using two of my favorite designs by Joset – the Monkey and the Parrot.

First up, I created a horizontal slimline card with this adorable monkey.

To create this card, I cut a 7×8.5″ piece of Kraft cardstock and scored it in the middle to create a horizontal slimline base. I added brown cardstock cut at 3.25×8.25″ layered with the plaid cardstock cut at 3×8″. The sentiment is from the Safari Sayings Sentiments and is embossed with copper embossing powder.

On that adorable monkey, I colored him with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo and dabbed him with a VERY slightly damp paper towel to add some furry-like texture to him. He is placed on top of a Dotted Scallop Circle and a Stitched Circle die.

And don’t you just LOVE this Parrot die! The tri-fold card base was created with 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock cut at 8×8.5″. It’s scored at one end at 2″ and at the other end at 3″. I colored that sweet parrot with Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold Distress Ink. I colored his beak and feet with a Copic YR14. The parrot is mounted on a Fitted Rounded Square. Again, I used the Safari Sayings Sentiment.

Love this card opened up like a tall tent. How FuN!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other Supplies

Kraft cardstock, distress inks, half pearls, patterned and plain cardstock

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs

Thinking Of You Card

May 4, 2020

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Today’s card is inspired with our current situation globally. With the lockdown we are all thinking of the day we can visit our family and friends. Below are the steps to create your own Thinking Of You Card.

Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 7” x 8 1/2”, score at 3 1/2” and fold in half for a vertical side fold card. (Slimline)

Step 2 – Trim Green Cardstock to 3 1/2” x 8 1/2” and adhere to card front using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 3 – Trim Rusty Weathered Patterned Paper to 3 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Diecut Frame It Stitched Circles 3 times. Start in the middle and then diecut top then bottom for 3 windows. If you don’t have Frame It Stitched Circles you can use Stitched Circles.

Step 4 – Diecut Blooming Branches using Green Cardstock 4 times. Randomly trim and place along with windows from the background created from Step 3. Adhere tips to the backside of the background using Kids Choice Glue. Adhere to whole panel to the card front using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 5 – Diecut Monkey 3 times using Earth Tone colours (browns and taupe). Assemble and adhere to card using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 6 – Stamp Build Your Own Sentiment using Versamark. Sprinkle White Embossing Powder and remove the excess. Heat set it with a heat tool. Trim and adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 7 – Diecut Words 2 – Thinking Of You (You die) using White Soft Finish Cardstock 3 times. Glue each layer and adhere to card just under the sentiment using Kids Choice Glue.

This card can be used for several occasions by changing the sentiment, background papers and colours. Below is a link to all the products used. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Products Used:

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Miss you Monkey

April 30, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this controlled shaker card with Joset’s adorable little monkey as the focal image.

Step 1: Die Cutting, Coloring and Assembly of the Focal Animal

  • cut out all the elements needed from the Monkey die set from white Soft Finish Cardstock
  • color the elements with Alcohol Markers and add extra shading with Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Ground Espresso) and a Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • add highlights with a white gel pen

Step 2: Create the Background

  • create a background on Yupo paper using Alcohol Inks (Moss, Everglades)
  • stamp some leaves from the Garden Flowers set onto that background with brown ink and heat-emboss them with clear embossing powder

Step 3: Create the Frame

  • cut out a frame from kraft cardstock using two dies from the Stitched Rectangles set
  • cut out the cloud and the grass borders using dies from the Adventure Edges set
  • add color with Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean) and a Blending Brush

Step 4: Finishing the Shaker and Adding the Sentiment

  • thread some clear and green seed beads onto a green string
  • assemble the whole mechanism using double-sided foam adhesive
  • create the sentiment using the Sentiments 1 Celebrations stamp set and its matching dies

I hope you got inspired.

Stay creative.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

white Soft Finish Cardstock
Stitched Rectangles
Adventure Edges
Garden Flowers
Sentiments 1 Celebrations and matching dies

Others –
Alcohol Markers
Distress Ink (Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint)
kraft cardstock
Alcohol Ink (Moss, Everglades)
Lawn Fawn Crunchy Leaf
clear embossing powder
white gel pen

Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

A Rainbow Of Critters

August 13, 2019

Hey everyone. It’s EK and today I am sharing (for me) a huge project. It is one that I have been kicking around the idea of for sometime, thinking that a rainbow of critters would be absolutely darling…but I just have been missing some of what I needed to really make it work. However with the latest release of critter dies from Joset, I have finally been able to create a rainbow of critters!

For each critter, I would die cut out the pieces to that critter, and then using my copic markers, would color the pieces. Finally, using Kids Choice Glue, I would assemble the pieces. For the red fox, I used the new Fox die set, I used a combination of R14, R17, R46, and R89 for the dark fur and R000, R02 and R14 for the lighter parts.

For the Monkey die set, I pulled out some YR02, YR07 and YR27 for the dark parts and YR000, YR00, and YR02 for the light parts.

The yellow lion was created using the Lion/Tiger die set and Y32, Y35 and Y38 for mid-tones of yellow. The mane, hair and tail were created using Y23, Y26, and Y28 while the pale yellow parts were created with Y000, Y00, and Y02.

The green parrot was created using the new Parrot die set, plus YG05, G16 and G19 for the dark parts and YG11, YG13 and YG17.

My little blue bird was created using the new Winer Bird die set and B12, B14, B16, B18 for the dark parts, and B000, B00 and B02 for the light parts.

I used BV0000, BV00, and BV01 for the dark parts of the indigo Elephant and RV91 and RV95 for the pale parts.

Finally, I for the violet Hippo, I used the Hippo die set plus V12, V15, and V17.

To turn my rainbow of critters into an actual card, I pulled out a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock trimmed to 5.5 x 12 inches. I then scored the paper at 1 and 3/4 inches, 3 and 7/8 inches, 8 and 1/8 inches and 10 and 1/4 inches so the card could fold up and be a traditional A2 card size.

However, when you fold it up, the top layer is actually about half an inch shorter than it should be.

So I trimmed up two pieces of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock to 5.5 x 1 inch. Using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the fold and adhered the black panels.

To add some visual interested in the background by adding some Distress Inks blended through the Snowstorm & Mounds stencil. I used Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Perseveres and Victorian Velvet.

I adhered the critters to the card, using both 3mm and 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Kids Choice Glue. Where I needed to, I scored the critters so the card can fold.

Make sure where you score the critters you apply extra adhesive so the cardstock does not pop up when you open the card.

Adhere the red fox and violet hippo to the front flaps of the card. Make sure not to have any adhesive on this tail that overlap the opening.

I created two belly bands to hold my card closed out of two pieces of Rich Black Cardstock trimmed to 10 x 1 inch. I scored and folded the black strips to create belly bands that were 4 3/8 wide.

I die cut the words ‘friends’ from the Words 4-Remember die set from some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered it to one of the belly bands.

Inside the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Little Words That Mean A Lot stamp set. I thought this sentiment worked perfectly since rainbows come after the rain, and these critter of friends would brighten anyone’s day.

Here is the finished card, closed with the belly bands.

And here is the card opened. It is so big that it is actually hard to photograph the card fully extended.

I however, love how this came out.

Thanks for peaking in on my rainbow of critter project today. Let me know in the comments below which critter you thought turned out the best in their color scheme. Until then, Happy Crafting.

EK Gorman

Joset Designs

Floating Monkey Card

May 8, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Tina here. Today I have a super fun card to share using the Monkey and Party Accessories dies from Joset Designs. I don’t normally make card sizes other than A2 or 6×6 but for this one I wanted lots of balloons to give the illusion of a floating monkey. The finished card measures 7 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ folded. Below you will find the easy steps to create your own floating monkey card.

Step 1 – Trim White Soft Finish 110lbs Cardstock to 7 1/4″ x 7 1/2″, score at 3 3/4″ and fold in half for a vertical side fold card.

Step 2 – Trim Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock to 3 1/4″ x 6 3/4″. Adhere to card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 3 – Trim White Soft Finish to 3″ x 6 1/2″. Stamp Safari Sayings Sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. (I used washi tape to cover Go Bananas before inking the stamp. Be sure to remove the washi tape before stamping). Adhere to card with 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 4 – Using Life Changing Brushes apply Distress Oxide Inks on White Soft Finish Cardstock. (I used Scattered Straw and Walnut Stain).
Diecut Monkey using the correct colored cardstock for each piece. Assemble the Monkey using Fine Tweezers and Kids Choice Glue. Be sure to use a black fine tip marker to draw the mouth (just follow the embossed area).

Step 5 – Using Life Changing Brushes apply Distress Oxide Inks on scrap pieces of White Soft Finish Cardstock using various colors. Diecut Party Accessories (Balloon and String 8 times). Assemble the string behind the balloon using Kids Choice Glue. I layered all the balloons so it was one piece. Intertwine the string around the tail of the monkey. Adhere to card using Kids Choice Glue.

The Floating Monkey Card makes a fun birthday card that will anyone smile who receives it. Below is a link to all the products used. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Other Products Used:

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Distress Oxide Inks

Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs

How To Make These Cute Birthday Tag Critters

March 12, 2019

Hey Friends. It’s EK Gorman here today sharing some tags I created using the some of the new critter dies sets.

One of my favorite things about the new critter dies from Joset is that they are so incredibly versatile. What was originally designed for some safari fun, can easily be turned into a bit of everyday birthday day labels. Today, I am taking a few of the new critter dies and turning them into the perfect tags to hang from birthday presents for both the old and young.

Step One: Die cut the piece from the Zebra die set and some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step Two: Color the zebra strip die cuts with some alcohol markers. I used N8 copics.

Step Three: Color the hair, tail and hooves with alcohol markers. I used N6, N8, and 100.

Step Four: Color the body, head, legs and ears with alcohol markers. I used N0, N2, and N4.

Step Five: Color the nose and ears with alcohol markers. I used R00, R20, and R22.

Step Six: Assemble the body of the Zebra using Kids Choice Glue.

Step Seven: Using Kids Choice glue, add the zebra stripes to the body. Tweezers help in the placing of these small parts. I used the ones from the 4pc all Metal tool set.

Step Eight: Repeat Steps one through seven, but using the Monkey die set and the Little Chick die set. The Monkey parts were colored with E21, E23, E25, E27 and E29. The Little Chick was colored with Y00, Y02, Y06 and Y08 plus YR15 and YR16.

Step Nine: Die cut balloons, party hats and fun party accessories from the Party Accessories die set. Color them with alcohol markers. I used RV00, RV02, RV04 and RV06 for the pink accessories, R05, R24, R29 and R89 for the red accessories, Y21, Y26 and Y28 for the gold crown, B12, B16 and B18 for the blue balloon, and N4, N6, and N8 for the black mustache. Adhere the accessories to the critters with Kids Choice Glue.

Step Ten: Trim a piece of Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock, True Blue Soft Finish Cardstock and Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. Then die cut the top of the tag from the Tags & More Lattice die set. Trim off any excess paper.

Step Eleven: Add the lattice die cut effect to both the top and the bottom of the tags using the Tags & More Lattice dies.

Step Twelve: Add tag reinforcements from the tag die set to the top of the tags. I mixed and matched paper colors to add a bit of whimsy to the card.

Step Thirteen: Adhere the critters and party accessories to the tags. Stamp a sentiment onto each tag using the Safari Sayings sentiment stamp set. Finally, add some colorful ribbon to the top of each tag. I also added some glossy accents to the top of all they party accessories so that the accessories were shinny.

Thank you for peeking in today to my project today. I hope you think they are as much fun as I do. Make sure to share how you are playing with the collection of new critter dies over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page.

Until then, happy crafting!

EK Gorman

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs ModaScrap Soft Finish Cardstock

How To Create A Cute Gift Tag

March 3, 2019

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you how to create a cute gift tag that’s perfect to add to any gift or gift bag!

To create this gift tag, I’ve used the brand new dies from Joset Designs as well as dies from Els van de Burgt Studio and ModaScrap. I hope that you enjoy my tutorial!

Step 1. Cut a piece of White Cardstock to 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″. From the Tags 9 & More – Sparkle die, place the round tag topper with hole cut out at the top of the cardstock tag. Run through die cutting machine. From a scrap piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the reinforcement circle. Adhere the reinforcement circle overtop of the hole on the tag. Sprinkle Jade Magenta Nuance over the left hand side of the tag. Spritz with water. Ink the edges of the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam. Set tag aside to dry.

Step 2. From the Party Accessories die, die cut the balloon elements and one of the party hat elements out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Lucky Clover Distress Ink over the entire surface of the balloon and solid hat. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink over the entire surface of the balloon string and top of the party hat. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink over the entire surface of the dotted party hat.

Step 3. From the Monkey die, die cut all of the elements out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Ground Expresso Distress Ink over the entire surface of the monkey head, tail, body, arms and legs. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Tea Dye Distress Ink over the entire surface of the monkey ears, face, hands and feet. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Black Soot Distress Ink over the entire surface of the eyes. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink over the entire surface of the banana.

Step 4. Die cut the 1 1/8″ Stitched Fishtail Banner out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut the banner down to 3″. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the birthday sentiment from the Safari Sayings and stamp onto the banner. Ink the edges of the banner using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step 5. Adhere the monkey together. Add the mouth in by drawing it in with a black pen.

Step 6. Adhere the banana underneath the monkey’s right hand. Adhere the ballon together and then adhere it to the left hand. Adhere the party hat together and adhere it on an angle on the monkey’s head.

Step 7. Foam square the birthday sentiment 1/2″ from the bottom of the tag. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the monkey to the left of the birthday sentiment.

Step 8. To finish off the gift tag, tie some twine through the top of the hole on the tag.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my cute gift tag.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:


  • Magenta Nuance: Jade
  • Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, Carved Pumpkin, Tea Dye, Ground Espresso, Black Soot and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Mister
  • Twine
  • Black Pen
Joset Designs

DIY Safari Animal Gift Box

February 17, 2019

Hi friends, it’s Sandy Diller with you today and I have a fun project to share.

First of all, I must tell you that this is not my original idea –– I saw it on Mixed Up Crafts with Samantha. She made her box from scratch and decorated it with a fairy. I decided to up-cycle a box from my stash and am so pleased with the way it turned out!

Here are a few photos of the box that any child (or adult) would enjoy receiving. Below, I have also provided a complete step by step video of the project as well as the links to all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products I used.


These cute jungle animals are perfect to decorate the top of the box.
When the box is opened, the adorable Monkey pops up. He is attached to a piece of acetate that folds down as the box closes.
The Safari Sayings Stamp Set is perfect for gift giving.

Watch the video tutorial below!

This is a fun and easy way to give a gift that is sure to be a hit! Hope you will give it a try.

See you soon,

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