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Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge – June

June 6, 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s the Die Cut Design Team’s turn to share their cards for this month’s Die Cut Design Team Designer Challenge.

Our Challenge this month is ….. Anything but a Card – for our challenge this month let’s create a project that is anything but a card. Think along the lines of a home décor item; journaling; tags etc.

For our Challenge today we are giving away ….. two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9, here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now let’s take a look at the wonderful creations our talented Design Team have created for the Challenge this month. For more information about the projects, click on the designer’s name under each project to be taken to the designer’s blog post that will open up in a new window.

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A Way With Words

Birthday Butterfly Headband

March 5, 2016

Hi there! It’s Suzanne dropping in today to share a fun project with you!


In January, I was at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) doing Make n’ Takes  in the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to showcase the newly-released A Way With Words Live, Love and Laugh dies. I had an extra Live cut from Shimmer Sheetz. Because it was already backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive I used it to embellish my headband! But the word was hard to see in that version because it was flat against the band so I devised a new approach and today I’m taking things to the next level: A dimensional headband with a bow, a butterfly, and a different die cut.

The word is now “Birthday” and it stands up like part of a tiara or crown. I used clear acetate to hold the butterfly aloft, making it look like she’s fluttering above the headband, just about to land! I think this project would be adorable for a little girl to wear to her party, don’t you?  It’s simple, only takes a few minutes to assemble and is so bright and happy.

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Cherry Blossom Time

February 24, 2015


 Hello! This is Selma Stevenson. This is my first post as a member of the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team. I just returned from a trip to Southern California where all the Cherry Blossom trees were in bloom. This inspired me to create this home decor piece. I have decorated a 10 inch square mirrored frame with a beautiful branch of Susan’s Cherry Blossoms at the top. Along the bottom I have included three white flowers using Susan’s Garden – Anemone dies.

Cherry-Blossom-diesThis is a photo of the Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom die.


1.  Use a couple of stencils and texture paste to create a background on the frame. Work on the flowers while this dries. Feel free to leave the frame plain or decorate it with pattern paper.

2.  Die cut the cherry blossoms using a very light pink cardstock. In the above photo of the dies, there are two sets of dies to create flowers. The flower has only two die cut pieces to form the flower (one piece has 3 petals and the other has 2 petals). These flowers are so quick and easy to create. Die cut the 3 piece petal in a darker pink to create the cherry blossom buds. Shape/cup the petals, add glue over most of the topside, then pinch the petals to form a bud.


3.  Once the flowers are created, work on creating a realistic tree branch as shown below.


4. For each completed branch, die cut two branches using kraft cardstock. Ink the branches with several colors of Distress Ink then spray them with a light mist of water to spread the ink and loosen the fibers of the cardstock. Shape both branches, using a ball stylus (just press down in the center of all the branches to give them shape). In the photo above, the top branch has been inked but has not been shaped; the bottom branch is well-shaped.


5.  Let the branches dry thoroughly (either air dry or use a heat gun) then glue the two branches together. This creates a sturdy branch which will hold its shape well. Once they are glued together,  ink a darker brown ink over the branch to give more definition to the ridges. It helps make the branch look very realistic.


6.  Once the branches are ready, you can start attaching the cherry blossoms and buds to them. Two branches are pictured above but three were used for the frame.

In the center of the frame is a mirror. It was not possible for me to get a picture without my reflection so I  cut a piece of card stock to cover most of the mirror. The sentiment I used is the Susan’s Garden “Sunshine and Love” sentiment stamp. I will be removing the pink card stock and have the sentiment attached directly to the mirror when I use it for a piece of home decor.

Along the bottom of the frame, adhere several different pieces of lace. The flowers on the white lace were created using Susan’s Garden – Anemone dies. The pretty lavender butterfly was die cut using the Small Butterfly dies.

I love creating home decor pieces with my Susan’s Garden dies. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and have fun creating your branch of cherry blossoms.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1006 Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom

1005 Susan’s Garden – Anemone

RS001 Sunshine and Love stamp

713 Small Butterfly

808 Susan’s Tool Set – coming soon!


Wood frame from IKEA

Ranger Texture Paste

TCW Brick and Birdcage Stencils

KaiserCraft Pearls

Viva Red and Black Paper Pens

Cardstock: light & dark pink, kraft

Distress Inks:  Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs and Aged Mahogany

Ivy Hollow ScrapFusion Glue


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