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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2020

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s out there! To celebrate this special day, each Design Team member created a project for mom for Mother’s day.

We hope that you will enjoy these beautiful creations. Don’t forget to click on the name of each designer to visit their blog and find out more about their project.

EK Gorman – A beautiful card created by EK Gorman that will bring a smile to your mother’s face. She used the Watercolor Palette for coloring her images. A bright and colorful card!

Annette Green – A fabulous Z fold card created by Annetter Green who used the Planner Essentials 25 die set to decorate her card. Love how the planner dies can be used for so many different projects.

Katelyn GrosartKatelyn created this lovely decorated box for chocolates for Mother’s day. She used the Gable Box die to create the box and a combination of flower dies to decorate. Love the patterned papers she used as well.

Suzanne CannonSuzanne Cannon used a combination of dies from her “A Way With Words” collection to make this beauitful card. Love the 3D elements on the card and the combination of colors used. Make sure to check out Suzanne’s blog for more inspiration.

Tanja KabelTanja Kabel used the beautiful First Sights of Spring stamp and colored using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Palette set. Love the background and the stitched detail from the Stitched Rectangle die.

Sandy Diller – Who doesn’t love this special box created by Sandy Diller? Sandy used Rainbow Bark paper to cover the box and decorated the box using the beautiful Butterfly Aperture die. For added details Sandy used a few small dots of the Transparent and Silver Craft Drops.

Karen OstergardKaren Ostergard created this colorful planner page for Mother’s day using a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials collection. Karen also used the Spring Fling and Make a Wish Stamps to decorate her page. Find out more on Karen’s blog.

Marjolijn van Elsberg – Another beautiful planner page this time created by Marjolijn. She used a combination of dies from the Planner Essentials collection as well as some stamps from our Art Journal collection. Love the brightness of this page. Marjolijn created a second page that you can view on her blog so make sure to check it out!

Diana Hua – Last but not least is this beautiful recycled keepsake box for mom using a combination of dies from the “A Way With Words” collection. Love how Diana cut the rose wreath in half to decorate both ends of the box. A perfect present for Mother’s day.

A Way With Words Paper Flowers

To a Special Mom

May 9, 2020

I remember when I was little, I had this pin with this fuschia pink enamel on it – not sure what it was except the colors stood out to me and that my mom liked it. I never thought of it as a color my mom would like (not sure what my child-brain thought a mom-appropriate color was supposed to be) but for whatever reason, this stood out to me. So I am making a card with that color in mind – with a some simple flowers thrown in because what’s a mother’s day card without flowers?

I love combining different fonts to make emphasize certain words

The white card base is 5.5″ x 6.5″ and I covered the edges of the front of the card with washi tape. I laid the washi tape right against the edge to save me some measuring and sponged the top blue and bottom green with a very light hand. I wanted a very soft look.

I love peeling off the masking tape to reveal that clean line between white and sponged edges.

Next, die cut all the letters and the word Special out of a fuschia pink card stock. I wanted the word Special to stand out and the large script lettering from A Way With Words Special Delivery was perfect. The Alphabet Retro Trio comes in 3 sizes so I used the medium one for the “To A” and the largest for “MOM.” This is a great companion set for any of the A Way With Words dies – opens up so many possibilities and combinations.

I also die cut the flowers from Bunch of Flowers die set from the same pink and a lighter shade – I did not want too much pink so I added a couple of purple flowers. To add interest to the flowers, I drew white stitched lines along the edge with a Signo white gel pen. The center is a silver flat rhinestone. The leaves from the Curvy Leaves dies set were colored with 2 different shades of Copic green markers.

I adhered all to the card base as shown above. I liked it but something was missing. I decided to add a stitched border around the masked area to add to the frame and pull in the stitching from the flowers.

Now I’m done.

A very small touch but I think it really finished the card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom, aunts, grandmothers, and maternal figures out there. You are more important and special than words can say.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

(Note: The leaves and flower sets that were used for this card are no longer available. I suggested 2 other die sets that will work beautiful as well.)



Other products used:

White, pink, light pink, purple, and lavender card stock

Green pen and white Signo gel pen

Copic markers

Silver rhinestone

A Way With Words Designer Challenge Inspiration from the Design Team Joset Designs Krista Schneider Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Stamping

11 Gifts For Mom On Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2019

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mother’s out there!

Today gives us such a wonderful opportunity to honor the women in our lives who raised us, praised us and made us who we are. They certainly have been a huge and important part of our lives!

Along with our Design Team, we put together 11 projects for mom on Mother’s Day –– enjoy!

Kathy Sabarese

To honor my mother, this background with the windmill pays tribute to her PA ‘Dutch’ heritage, and she loved tulips! I’ve put the tulips in Susan’s Garden Watering Can, which has a Mandala geometric pattern of ‘dots’ which are done by Tibetan Buddhists called ‘Dkyil-khor.’ This literally means ‘ that which encircles a centre.’ My dear friend, fellow stamper and tole painter, Barb Pelak, was kind enough to do a pattern on the Watering Can for me! I colored my tulips to match her colors in the pattern.
Happy Mother’s Day mom.  Miss you lots!

Tanja Kabel

Diana Nguyen

EK Gorman

See EK’s video tutorial for this project here!

Joset van de Burgt

Joyce Schmidt

Laura Gilhuly

Karen Ostergard

I made my mom a mini album from bar coasters. 

Els van de Burgt

Suzanne Cannon

Susan Tierney-Cockburn

We hope you have a wonderful day, celebrating or being celebrated.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Krista Schneider Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Mother’s Day Fashion

May 9, 2019

Hey everyone! It is EK here and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is May 12th, just in case you missed the memo)! I thought I would whip up a super simple mother’s day card for all the fashionable mothers out there.

My mother is the woman who has most influenced my fashion choices through life and I thought this card would be a super fun way to stay thank you to her this for teaching me how to be a lady.

To create this fun mother’s day card, I pulled out Krista Schneider’s Fashions 2 stamp set and a collection of Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step One: Trim a piece of 12×12 White Soft Finish Cardstock to 6×6 inches. In copic friendly black ink, stamp out the images from the Fashions 2 stamp set.

Step Two: Color in the images with a collection of alcohol markers. I used copics. For the green I used YG61, YG63, and YG67.

Step Three: For the red areas I used R32, R35, R37, and R39.

Step Four: The white/beige sections were colored with E40, E41, and E43.

Step Five: The few blue areas were colored with B91, B93, and B95.

Step Six: Give each image a glow tracing the outside of each colored area using the white/beige markers. I used E40, E41, and E43.

Step Seven: Die cut the colored images with the largest Stitched Squares die.

Step Eight: Trim a piece of Dusty Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock to 12×6 and score it and fold the cardstock to create a 6×6 inch card frame.

Step Nine: Die cut a piece of Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock with the largest Stitched Squares die set.

Step Ten: Adhere the green die cut crooked to the card frame with some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Adhere the stamped and colored cardstock over the green crooked as well.

Step Eleven: Place a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back of Dusky Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock. From the Words 3 Holidays, die cut the sentiment so that the adhesive is onto the back of the die cut words.

Step Twelve: Stick the words onto the finished card.

For all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day. For all you daughters out there, remember to thank you moms for the lessons they taught you. And to my mother, thank you for teaching me to always dress like a lady.

EK Gorman


Ladies Hats for Mom & Me

May 23, 2016

Hi everyone, it’s Annette Green here today with some sweet little hats I’ve created using Susan’s Garden Notes dies,  ribbon, and plain hats. I made these for my Mom and me this past Mother’s Day. We were invited to a ladies tea/luncheon and were encouraged to wear hats. Neither my mom nor I had a pretty hat (just baseball caps and visors in my closet) so I decided to make our own custom ones. I’d love to share how easy they were to make.


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Mother’s Day Set

April 28, 2016

Hello everyone, it’s Sanna here today sharing a Mother´s Day card and present box set with you. For this set I used the Through the Lens – Metal paper series papers with the Fitted Circles, the Stitched Rectangles and  the Bunch of Flowers 4 die cut dies. This is how I created both the card and the packaging.

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Pop it Ups

Mother’s Day Card with Clematis and Ivy

April 25, 2016

Hello friends, it’s Annette Green today of the Susan’s Garden Club Design Team with a 6″ x 6″ pop-up card especially designed for my Mom this Mother’s Day. You can change up the stamped sentiments so this card can be for anyone on any occasion. My Mom seems to love and cherish the handmade cards I give her. She has a box full! She studies each and every detail and really seems to enjoy receiving them, and because of that I always love to make her really special ones.

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2014

Hi, It’s Jackie Smith here and I’m back with another card to show you. Knowing how much my mom loves to get flowers for Mother’s Day, I decided to do a spring meadow card using various Peel-Offs and lots of Elizabeth Craft Designs dies. I even improvised using Glitter Icicles Peel-Offs for grass which I colored using Copic Markers.


1. Create card base using flower patterned paper. Cut to 6″x 12″, score at 6″ and fold in half.
For the inside, cut light brown paper to 5 3/4″ x 11″ and score at 5 1/2″. Place Lots of Pops die on score line and cut out using die cut machine. Adhere brown paper to the inside of the card.IMG_0946-1

2. Cut purple paper to 5 1/2″x 5 1/2″ and purple flower paper to 5″x 5″. Adhere to card front using double-sided adhesive.

3. For the inside, cut 2 pieces of green dotted paper 3 3/4″x 5 1/4″ and 2 pieces of green flower paper 3 1/2″x 5″. Layer and adhere to top and bottom.

4. Color Glitter Icicles Peel-Offs using Copic Markers (G29 and YG99). Adhere them as shown.IMG_0943-1

5. Die cut various flowers using Yellow Iridescent, Orange Iridescent, Pink Iridescent and Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Die cut flower stems (included in Daisy die) using Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Adhere as shown. Die cut flower centers out of Pink and Yellow Velvet Adhesive Sheets.IMG_0949-2

6. Place 3 butterflies and 3 lotus flowers peel-offs onto watercolor paper. Colour with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Use a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush to add some sparkles to the butterflies and flowers. Adhere butterflies to card. I adhered the butterflies to long stick pins first so it would look like they are flying off into the meadow. IMG_0948-1

7. Die cut tag out of purple paper. Stamp sentiment for card front with black Crafter’s ink and emboss using JudiKins Embossing Powder “Rustique Weathered Iron”. Using the same black Crafter’s ink, stamp sentiment for the inside of the card and emboss using Adirondack Embossing Powder “Eggplant”. Die cut label using one of the decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot Card. IMG_0947-1

Supply List:

Elizabeth Craft Designs
778 Lots of Pops
702 Flower Set 2
763 Tags
768 Katie Label Pivot Card
795 Big Flower Set 1
901 Daisy
2342 Butterfly Small Black Peel-Offs
2515 Lotus Flowers Black Peel-Offs
7064 Glitter Icicles Peel-Offs
411 Velvet Adhesive Sampler Pack
WP903 Watercolor Paper
SS 0108 Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0104 Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 1090 Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0106 Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0107 Green Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
502 Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
804 – Metal Adaptor Plate

Cardstock and patterned papers: Kioshi Basic Grey, Crumb Cake- Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: FM0209-D Mother’s Place – Verses Rubber Stamps, Happy Mother’s Day – Stampin’ Up!
Copic Markers: G29, YG99
Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 366,351,335,371, 093,243,158,823,813,725,679,623,N15,N00
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
Black Crafter’s Ink
JudiKins Embossing Powder “Rustique Weathered Iron”
Adirondack Embossing Powder “Eggplant”

Pop it Ups Videos

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Mamas & Babies

April 17, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the April 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 theme is Mother’s Day and/or Baby cards. You’ll find eighteen inspiring projects below from the DC team.902 - House Pivot Card - KB

A few weeks ago we attended the Collins Rep Group Spring Training event in Boston. We decided to release a new die as part of that show. The House Pivot Card Die (#902) is shipping this week to stores who ordered it at the show. Starting next week the orders will go out to stores who didn’t attend the show but ordered the die.

For my project I decided to use the new House Pivot Card die for a Mother’s Day card. In addition to the House Pivot Card die (which comes with the pivot card die plus 7 accessory dies) I also mixed in decorator pieces from three other Pop it Ups dies; the All Seasons Tree, Fancy Accordion and the grass from the Garden Bench.

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to use this die as I create the following Mother’s Day card. If you watch till the end you’ll also see additional House card samples.

For my card I kept the front pretty simple, with just a couple of clouds, an extra chimney and some grass.


The card’s interior features the All Seasons Tree (the “cloud” dies that come with the tree can be used for clouds or for foliage), the grass from the Garden Bench die, and the Fancy Labels from the Fancy Accordion die. I computer-generated the greeting in the style of the inspiration item (a mug) that I purchased for Mom.


In this next photo you can see a close-up of the details on the house. The brick emboss is created by the House decorator die by rolling it back through a die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich. (Watch the video to see this done) The little window frames have built-in window boxes which will also look like awnings if they are turned to the top. (Wouldn’t this die make a cute little bakery?) The extra fence picket can also be used as a birthday candle.


Some of the footage that ended up on the cutting room floor showed a couple of variations for using the House Pivot Card die, where you can make a double house pivot card or a double fence pivot card. However, I know that Raquel Mason has some examples of this technique coming up soon on this blog, so stay tuned for that!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Other Supplies – Bazzill cardstocks, My Mind’s Eye “Lost and Found Market Street” Papers, pop dots, fine line glue, Copic E47 marker (back of white pickets for distressed bleed-thru look), computer-generated greeting

DC Team

Time to see how the Designer Challenge team interpreted the Mamas & Babies challenge. I will share one photo of each project, but know that the designers have full blog posts on their blogs (linked with their names) for these projects, including supply lists, instructions and additional photos. I encourage lots of clicking to fully experience the beauty.

Let’s start with MAMAS!

Fran Sabad has created the mother of all Mother’s day cards! This three-page Circle Accordion album, with matching Frame Edges, knocks my socks off! Such a pretty and spectacular card. As I would say . . . Frantastic!


Frances Byrne also created a stunning Mother’s Day Accordion album by mixing two Circle Accordion pages with one Fancy Accordion page. She explains how to do it on her blog and the results are amazing. Love the use of the coordinating Frame Edges dies for each page and the beautifully glittered and colored Roses Peel-off Stickers.


Summer Hills-Painter just had her third little boy, so I was expecting to see a Baby card from her, but she went with gorgeous Mother’s Day cards instead. Both of her creations feature bold striking colors that work so well together. First up is her Oval Accordion card featuring the Oval Flourish Frame Edges. The Roses in Oval Peel-off Sticker has been glittered and colored to match the red/white/black color scheme. Love this!


Now let’s look at what Helen Cryer created with the same Oval Accordion die. This is the beauty of die cutting, where YOU choose your colors, textures and theme. This is also a Mother’s Day card, but with more of a homespun country feel. I love Helen’s choices of embellishments for her Mum.


With no prior consultation the designers managed to make cards with all three Accordion Album shapes and all four Pivot Card shapes (my House card is the fourth Pivot Card). Let’s check out the designer creations using the other three Pivot Card shapes, the Katie Label, Butterfly and Heart.

First up, Shelly Hickox with a drop dead gorgeous Mother’s Day card using the Katie Label Pivot Card. She’s added some decorator dies from the Butterfly Accessory die and the Agatha Edges. On the front of her card (click over to see!) she’s done a brilliant whitewash technique with the Damask Embossing Folder. You can also see this card in action on Shelly’s blog courtesy of a short Vine video.


Raquel Mason used the Heart Pivot Card die perfectly for this sweet Mother’s Day card featuring a suspended chain of hearts and the included key die. She has a ton of clever techniques in this card and you’ll definitely want to click over to her blog post to read them all. Fabulous!


Summer Hills-Painter made a second Mother’s Day card, this time with the Butterfly Pivot Card die. She also used the Agatha Edges and the Katie Label decorator dies for her greeting. The colors again are non-traditional, but work so well together. The edging effect is very striking.


Kelly Booth made this sweet Mother’s Day card for her daughter. The Lots of Pops die is perfect for creating layered pop-up scenes like this one, featuring glittered and colored Peel-off stickers. The die set includes the pole and a few banners as well.


Donna Wright went with bright bold colors for this Mother’s Day card, using the Lucy Label pop-up die and Agatha Edges, and embellishing the front of the Lucy Label with the Katie Label decorator dies. (In real life Katie and Lucy are only marginally good at playing nicely together, but in die form they blend spectacularly) I love her use of other ECD dies to create the vase of flowers.


Karen Aicken made this adorable birthday card for the challenge. How does it fit the theme? Her daughter was born on Mother’s Day! Karen has used the Lots of Pops die and the Agatha Edges flourish along with some adorable stamped, glittered and colored bird stamps to celebrate the occasion.


Gretchen Schmidt made a lovely Mother’s Day card using an embossing folder and decorator dies from several Pop it Ups dies, but not for a pop-up card. What a perfect illustration of the possibilities (not just pop-a-bilities) with the Pop it Ups collection. This uses the Butterfly Embossing Folder, Butterfly Pivot Card and Fancy Accordion dies.


Next up: BABIES!

Kelly Booth knows a thing or two about color, that’s for sure! Check out the ombre mottled coloring on the onesie, created with an ink/water splash technique. So perfect! She’s used the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die to create her little scene, but also embellished with decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot die.


Helen Cryer created an explosion of celebration with her Lots of Pops new baby boy card. The pole and banners come included with the Lots of Pops die and she’s used the clouds from the All Seasons Tree in the background. I particularly like her choice to use big bold letters and have them hang off the edges. What a great celebratory feel!


Once again the designers (with no consultation) represented all three Accordion Album shapes into their baby cards. Karen Aicken has this stunner using the Fancy Accordion Album for a 3-page baby boy card for her new grandson Zachary. What amazing details! The Fancy Frame Edges are also used on this card.


I like to refer to the cards made by Frances Byrne as “downunderful” (because she’s Australian and her cards are wonderful – you dig?) and this Oval Accordion baby card is no exception! She incorporated the Oval Dots Frame Edges on the album and super cute perfectly colored stamped images. Downunderful!


Fran Sabad created this soft and lovely baby card using the Circle Accordion die with the Square w/Circle Frame Edges. All of the Accordion Albums will work with any number of pages. I am super impressed with Fran’s attention to detail on the Frame Edges for the striped page – she made the pattern line up!


Caroline “Caz” Counsell was recently featured in the Daily Mail for her awesome craft shed (crafty palace). You’ll definitely want to click to Caz’s blog to see photos of our resident celebrity! For her DC card she used the Trendy Tiles 1 Embossing folder on the edge of a sparkly Heart Pivot Card celebrating baby. Click to her blog to see the inside.


Donna Wright used the Katie Label Pivot Card for this adorable baby girl card with the Agatha Edges. Check out that cute clothespin holding up the onesie! I really like that Donna illustrates that card size is completely up to the crafter – here she’s used a short long card.


Thank you to the amazing team for posting incredible creations every month. Join us on May 21, 2014, for the next Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme will be “FLY” and the designers may interpret the theme any way they choose. This will make for some fun cards, I’m sure!

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