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15 Projects Full Of Summer Fun!

August 12, 2019

Beach days, sun rays and pool part–ays!

Summers are packed full of fun times, and so many opportunities for fun crafts! We hope your enjoying some fun in the sun, and some summer crafting too! 🙂

With the help of the Elizabeth Craft Design Team, we’ve put together 15 projects that are full of summer fun!

Tanja Kabel

Laura Gilhuly

Samantha Klaebe

Martine Rijnbeek

Yogi Grunwald

Els van de Burgt

Katelyn Grosart

Charlene van der Vorst

Suzanne Cannon

EK Gorman

Joset van de Burgt

Karen Ostergard

Diana Hua

From all of us at Elizabeth Craft Designs… Happy Summer! See all products used in these projects below!

A Way With Words Cardmaking

Summer Joy Photo Card

August 10, 2019

Happy summer!  It’s Suzanne here today with a great way to capture a special summer moment or holiday! The hard part will be choosing just the right photo. Look at these two enjoying a fabulous moment in the sun…. sandy toes and mermaid hair!  Capture this now before they grow up!

Here is how you can create this sweet card!

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A Way With Words Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Summer Means Camping And S’mores!

July 13, 2019

I’m actually not big on camping overnight –– it has always poured buckets –– but I love everything else, especially the campfire. So my card today showcases a little fire on a starry night. As you can see, you don’t need much to make a great focal point.

What’s your favorite thing about summer?
  1. Make a standing card base by folding a 4.25″ x 11 in half.
  2. Die cut a white circle approximately 3.25″ in diameter. Also cut out the fire, logs, sticks, and marshmallows from the Camping Accessories in white card stock.
  3. Die cut the A Way With Words Summer in blue card stock.
  4. To make the starry night, I sponged Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch around most of the circle, leaving the center and bottom for the yellow and brown inks. I went back and sponged Chipped Sapphire around the edges to make the sky very dark. Splatter some white or silver paint for the stars and set aside to dry.
  5. To give the Summer die cut also a nighttime feel, I used Chipped Sapphire on the top half of the die cut also. In this way, the word will perfectly match the focal piece.
This is what my background looked like before I splattered with silver pearl Finetec paint.

6. I used my Copics to color the logs, marshmallows, twigs and fire. To insert the stick through the marshmallow, use an Xacto knife to cut a tiny slit into the top of the marshmallow.

7. Arrange and glue all the die cuts as shown in the card.

Everything glued down
All done!

I hope you’ve been inspired to take part of a set and focus on your favorite pieces to make a card. I love this one as it’s perfect for a masculine card and the focal point can easily be changed to anything else in the Camping accessories set.


Other products used:

Distress Inks and Copics

A Way With Words Soft Finish Cardstock

Hello Summer

June 3, 2017


Hello! It’s Suzanne here today with a fun summer card that will cheer anyone who receives it! Here on the westcoast of Canada it feels like we went straight from winter to summer as we are enjoying an amazing run of warm weather.  I have the beach on my mind.  And that’s how this card came about! (oh, wait, maybe that was the trip to Hawaii…..)

Here is how you can make it!

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A Way With Words Joset Designs Shimmer Sheetz

Shimmer Sheetz Summer Seashells

July 17, 2016

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Shimmer Sheetz Summer Seashells

By Judi Kauffman

Hello, everyone. I’m glad to be back as today’s guest designer.

If it weren’t for seashells and how the sun looks over water at dawn and dusk, I’d probably never set foot on a beach! There. I’ve said it. I don’t venture onto the sand unless it’s my preferred time of day or a season other than summer. During the hours that others are baking themselves and cavorting in the water I’m happily indoors, listening to a book on tape and making cards. Continue Reading

A Way With Words Elizabeth Craft Designs General Peel-Off Stickers Shimmer Sheetz

Summer Hydrangeas

July 3, 2016

Summer Hydrangeas

By Judi Kauffman Summer Hydrangeas A

Happy July, everyone. I’m back with a card that celebrates one of my favorite plants – the hydrangea bush. We planted our own two decades ago. It has survived Washington heat waves, summers with too much rain or two little and my not-so-expert annual pruning. The soil seems to be just right, enough of whatever minerals turn the flowers blue/purple with a tinge of pink, colors that are surprisingly easy to capture with markers or colored pencils.

Here’s to hydrangeas – on cards and in the garden!


  1. Put the black outline peel-offs onto white cardstock. Color with markers or pencils of choice. I used Winsor & Newton ProMarkers  in Lilac, Orchid, Amethyst, Pastel Blue, and Baby Pink for the florets; Sunflower for center of each floret; Green, Forest Green, and a tiny touch of Marine blended into the leaves.
  1. Fussy-cut around all three hydrangea heads as well as the individual leaves and 23 small florets. Set pieces aside.
  1. Prepare a 6.25” x 5.25” True Green Soft Finish Cardstock top-fold card base. Add two pieces of patterned paper to the card front leaving a quarter-inch border on all sides and overlapping the pieces toward the center (torn edge of one piece remaining visible).

Design Detour:

Be selective and intentional when deciding which parts of the patterned paper you’re using. I began with 12 x 12 sheets from BoBunny called Soiree ‘Tranquil’ (left side of card front) and Beautiful Dreamer ‘Reverie’ (right side). Note that I chose the part of the Reverie sheet that includes what appear to be overlapping photos and a note with the words ‘Don’t Forget’ held by a paperclip. And I picked part of the Tranquil sheet that includes text at the left corner and polka dots toward the right.

  1. Back pieces of Purple Iridescent and Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz and True Green Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Die cut a 5” long Dotted Scallop Oval and a pair of Bead Strings 2 pieces (straight strips) from Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Die cut the word Summer twice – once from Yellow Shimmer Sheetz and once from True Green Soft Finish Cardstock.

*Reminder: You MUST use a metal adaptor plate or the Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate when die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. The cutting side of the die must face the metal plate with Shimmer Sheetz in between, and these go inside your machine’s usual cutting ‘sandwich’. Review Els van de Burgt’s video tutorial if you are new to this technique.

  1. Assemble the card front in this order:


Bead Strings 2 (one strip across the top and one across the bottom)

The word Summer (yellow offset over green to provide a drop shadow)

Hydrangea heads and leaves (trim at the top edge)

Small individual florets (pop each one on a tiny piece of foam tape)

  1. Another option: Instead of outline peel-offs, make beautiful realistic dimensional hydrangeas using the Susan’s Garden Hydrangea die set by Susan Tierney-Cockburn!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Hydrangea peel-offs in Black

Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Dotted Scallop Ovals’ die set

A Way With Words collection ‘4 Seasons’ die set (‘Summer’)

Shimmer Sheetz in Purple and Yellow Iridescent

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Soft Finish Cardstock in True Green

Metal Adaptor Plate


Other –

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers (colors listed in step 1)

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cardstock 90lb in White (WorldWin Papers)

Die cutting machine (Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate)

BoBunny 12 x 12 Beautiful Dreamer ‘Reverie’ and Soiree ‘Tranquil’


Joset Designs

Just Bee-cause

June 26, 2016


It’s Jacky here. For my project today I have created a Stand Up Card using the new Dotted Scallop Circles and Ovals and Bead Strings 2 dies from Els Van de Burgt Studio. I have also used the Strawberries die set and clear stamps from Joset Designs.

Here’s how I created my card:

Step 1: Cut a piece of Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock measuring 5″ x 11″. Score at 3″ and 5-1/2″. Fold along score lines. Lightly score at 8-1/4″ but do not fold.

Step 2: Cut a piece of Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock of 2 ½” x 5″. Adhere the piece to the bottom of the card base.

Step 3: Using one of the Bead Strings 2 cut 3 bead strips in Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive prior to cutting.

Step 4: Die cut one Dotted Scallop Circle from White Soft Finish cardstock using the smallest Dotted Scallop Circle in the set. Use black ink to stamp ‘Just Bee-cause” onto the circle.

Step 5: Die cut one Stitched Oval from White Soft Finish Cardstock using the third largest die in the set.

Step 6: Die cut one Dotted Scallop Oval from Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock using the second largest die in the set.

Step 7: To create the Strawberries: Die cut one large solid strawberry and one small solid strawberry from Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut one large and one small strawberry stamen and one large and one small strawberry overlay from White Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive prior to cutting. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply the ink, color overlays with Barn Door; color stamens with Mowed Lawn Ink. (Clean the tool between colors.) When ink is dry, assemble strawberries and adhere to card front as shown.

Step 8: To create the leaves: Die cut two strawberry leaves from White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the leaves with Mowed Lawn Ink applied with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. For best results, work on top of a non-stick craft mat (or the leftover backing of an adhesive sheet) and start making circular motions with the inked tool while it is on the mat, working toward the edge of the cardstock and then onto the shape (edge to center so the darkest ink is at the outer areas). Tip: Use light hand pressure. You can always add more ink as needed.


Step 9: To create the bees: Die cut two bee bodies from black and yellow Velvet Adhesive Sheets. Die cut wings from White Soft Finish Cardstock. The bee with the open wings will go on the bottom Celadon Green Color piece to create the Stand-up Helper card. Refer to the photo.

Step 10: Assemble card – Adhere the white Stitched Oval to the Green Dotted Scallop Oval.  Adhere the strawberries,  leaves and one bee to the white oval. Adhere the main Oval panel to the lower half of the front of the card. Use 3D tape to add dimension to the small strawberry.  Add Bead Strings accents. Add the second bee as explained in step 9.

I hope you enjoy this project and have a wonderful Sunday!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:

710- Bees

1173- Dotted Scallop Ovals

1172- Dotted Scallop Circle

1113- Stiched Ovals

1149- Strawberries

1169- Bead Strings 2

CS015- Clear Stamps- Bee Sentiments.

Inks: Black, Green, Red
Acrylic block for stamp
Die Cutting Machine
Foam Tape

A Way With Words

“Summer” mini-album

June 25, 2016

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood

Happy first week of Summer to my Northern Hemisphere crafty friends! Summer is easily my favorite season and it always seems that the time flies by. This year I decided to create a little mini album to capture some of the happy summer memories.  The album is the first album I have created and it was so much fun…I know I will make more! Perhaps some of my family and friends will see a mini album in their future.  (big smile!)

The mini album was not designed by me (I found the instructions on Pinterest) so I will provide a link to the album instruction at the end of this post. However, I can share photos of my take on the album…and I have many to share…so let’s start!

The front of the album with Suzanne Cannon’s lovely Summer die and bright and cheerful Graphic 45 papers:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood 1

The back of the album has Celebrate (because I think every summer day is a celebration of season):

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood 2

The mini album is accordion style…so neat!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood 3

The album contains panels for photos or journaling.

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Following the cheerful theme I used the “happy” die on the front inside panel:

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“Remember” definitely had to be used on this wee album…

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…as did “Memories” (so pretty!!)

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The heart is elegant and happy (had to be added!)…

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…and “Dream” (one of my favorite dies!) will be used with a photo of my sweet puppy sleeping…

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood 9

Here are the outside panels…

Elizabeth Craft Designs Suzanne Cannon Summer Graphic 45 mini album summer Mother Goose Kathy Jo Wood 10

…and the inside panels…

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Oh – I so look forward to adding all my photos, journaling and embellishments to this cheerful album! (Can you tell I enjoyed making it?)

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products:

Other products used:

  • Graphic 45 Mother Goose papers
  • Card stock in black and ivory
  • Black sheer polka dot ribbon
  • Wet glue
  • Embellishments of your choice

As promised, here is the link to the album instructions:


Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the album.

Big hugs,

Kathy Jo




Fun in the Sun

June 19, 2015

ECD Sun Candy Spiegel5Hi, it’s Candy Spiegel here for my last post (with the exception of the Designer’s Challenge at month end) for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have loved working with this company and I will definitely miss it.

I decided to create a bit of summer fun in this adorable stand-up card. Here’s how …

ECD Sun Candy Spiegel

1. Cut white cardstock and Transparent Double Sided Tape to 4″ x 5-3/8″. Adhere the cardstock to one side of the adhesive. Pull off the release sheet and place it upside down in front of you. Place peel off stickers sticky side up on the release sheet as shown above. Pick up the cardstock with the adhesive attached and place it sticky side down on top of the stickers. Turn over. Remove the release sheet again and coat the entire surface with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Shake off the excess and polish.

2. Do this again with a smaller piece of cardstock and Transparent Double Sided Tape for the flowers inside the glasses.

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3. Color with alcohol markers.

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4. Use the Outdoor Edges die to cut a wave pattern at the top and bottom of the glittered cardstock as shown. Add dashes around the edges with a black marker. Cut yellow cardstock 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Cut stripe paper 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Adhere stripe paper to cardstock and glittered cardstock to striped paper.

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5. Fussy cut small flowers. Adhere on flip flops with dimensional foam adhesive. Add Turquoise Glitter Dots to ball, glasses, flowers and the corners as shown below.

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6. Cut yellow cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″. Place Stand Up Helper on the 2-3/4″ line and run through die-cutting machine. Color the Stand Up Helper orange. Fold the card on the 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″ score lines. Place adhesive between the 8-1/4″ score line and the end of the cardstock and adhere cardstock with peel off stickers on it. Tuck it in the “sun” Stand Up Helper.

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7. Cut pattern paper 4-1/8″ x 2-1/2″ and adhere to bottom of the card. Apply Transparent Double Sided Tape to the back of Orange Shimmer Sheetz and another piece to the back of black cardstock. Cut out the letters Fun in the Sun from both the cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz. Adhere the black letters to the card base. Then, adhere the Shimmer Sheetz letters slightly to the right to create a shadow effect.

8. Cut around the leftover pieces of the sun on the sheet of peel offs. Pull off the outside of the sticker and throw away. Cut a piece of Transfer Sheet slightly larger than the sun. Peel off the sheet and place it on top of the sticker. Rub with your finger or a bone folder and carefully lift off. Place on the paper and rub again. Put the Transfer Sheet back on the release sheet and save to use again.

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Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Elizabeth Crafts Designs Design Team!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

503 Transparent Double Sided Tape

639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

2595 Summer Peel Offs

914 Outdoor Edges

930 Stand Up Helpers 2

7018 Turquoise/Silver Glitter Dots

SS0109 Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

967 Alphabet 1 — Caps

600 Transfer Sheet


Cardstock in white, black and yellow (Stampin’ Up)

Alcohol Markers (Copic)

Patterned Paper (Echo Park)

Dimensional Foam Adhesive

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