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Lilac Tag Card

March 14, 2016

Card Front

Made by Mary Prasad for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Mary here today with a Lilac tag card. I love the effect Brusho crystals have when they are hit with water. I decided to use them to color cardstock for my lilacs. The variation in colors looks so pretty. For the large tag card base, instead of using the decorator die to cut through the top, I used the negative pieces to create a leafy look.

Making the Card

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A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Uncategorized


January 16, 2016

Happy Saturday!!!

It’s Wanda Hentges here today and I’m very excited to share this card using one of the brand new A Way With Word dies, Faith, along with other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies I love!!!


To create this card —

1. Cut green cardstock to 9″ x 8 1/2″ and fold to make a top-fold card base 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

2. Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Die cut both ends using Tags & More 9 – Sparkle, cutting the curved edge first and then the decorative overlay.  Ink edges with Antique Linen using a Blending Tool.  Put Antique Linen ink on the Craft Sheet, pick up color with a water brush or wet paintbrush, flick over die cut piece to create speckles, and dry with heat tool.  Attach panel to folded card.

3. Put Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto front of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut Faith.  Remove liner from adhesive and coat with Chocolate (brown) Silk Microfine Glitter, polish well and put excess glitter back in container.  Glue Faith to card.


4. Die cut 2 Leafy Branches from Soft Finish Cardstock, spray with Shabby Shutters, dry, add shape to some of the leaves with stylus and molding mat and partially glue to card leaving some leaves to pop up from the card.


5. Stack 3 pieces of old music paper.  Die cut both flowers from Victorian Flower Set 1 twice for a total of 6 flowers of each size.  Stack all 12 flowers, larger flowers first and then smaller flowers on top, offsetting the petals as you stack.  Poke a hole in the center of the flowers and add a small brad.  Beginning with the top flower crumple all the petals to the center.  Continue through each of the flowers until all petals are pulled up and crumpled together.  Pull the petals back out so you have a full flower.  Brush Vintage Photo ink over the flower using a Blending Tool.  Spray flower just a little with Sunflower Sparkle to give a light gold shimmer (or spray heavily if you’d like more glitz).  Glue flower to card and button into center of flower. (Tip: Remove shank from button so the back will be flat.)






Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies —

Other Supplies —

  • Cardstock, Dark Green
  • Distress Ink – Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
  • Distress Spray Stain – Shabby Shutters (Ranger)
  • Perfect Pearls Mist – Sunflower Sparkle (Ranger)
  • Water Brush or Paintbrush
  • Discarded Hymnal for Music Paper
  • Craft Sheet
  • Heat Tool
  • Brad
  • Button
  • Gel Medium – Matte (Golden) for Glue
  • Mini Blending Tool (Ranger)

Thank you for following along and I hope you are inspired to create something!!!  I really love this card!!  The gorgeous calligraphy of the A Way With Words dies can’t be beat and I love making flowers such as the one on this card.  These flowers can be made with most any paper – copy paper, lightweight scrapbook paper, etc.  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.





Els van de Burgt Studio

It’s Always Calendar Time

December 28, 2015


By Judi Kauffman

The theme for the December 2015 Designers’ Challenge is an item that is near and dear to my heart: Calendars! I love having calendars all around the house. At any given time there are at least five or six in various spots. So why is it so difficult for me to remember what day it is? Oh well…

As soon as we got the Challenge theme I knew I wanted to put some of the new Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Through the Lens’ 6×6 papers into my project. And I knew right away that I wanted to design a calendar to hang on the bulletin board next to my computer desk, the one I look at many times a day. I picked the Metal Series pack.

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If you want to make a simpler version of this calendar all you need to do is tape two square sheets together, reinforce the top and bottom with contrasting strips to add stability, top with a calendar, punch a hole at the top for hanging. Done!

I took things a lot further as you’ll see in the instructions. Pattern-on-pattern and lots of embellishments is my idea of heaven…

Tip: Take your time. Arrange, rotate, and rearrange the papers till you get a combination you want. Be very INTENTIONAL in your choices, how you position the papers, and what you do for embellishments.


*Instead of a calendar with all of the months shown at once, use a calendar pad with one month showing at a time.

*Go for a jumbo calendar and use four squares instead of two with a finished size of 12” x 12” instead of 6” wide x 12.5” long.

*Create smaller calendars using Tags & More die sets for shaped backgrounds.


  1. Choose 4 or more ‘Through the Lens’ papers that coordinate and please your eye. Choose 2 papers to leave whole; one for the top half of the calendar, the other for the bottom half. If you want to duplicate my project precisely as shown, choose the two pieces from the Metal Series pack that star in my project – one with a dark band that looks like a rusty old iron chain made of bent nails, one with a bent rusty metal piece with curves and twists. Both of these elements are oriented so they are strong horizontal bands. (With papers in hand it will be easy to match what I did.)


  1. Cut a 4” x 6” piece from another paper and back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Cut the rectangle into three strips: one 1” x 6” strip and two 1.5” x 6” strips.
  1. Use the 1” x 6” strip on the back to join the two 6” x 6” squares. This strip becomes a decorative element on the back of the finished calendar.
  1. Score and fold the 1.5” x 6” strips lengthwise. Use them as a binding to reinforce the top and bottom of the calendar (like binding on a quilt or blanket). Overlap ONLY .25” of the main squares so very little of the pattern is covered.
  1. Mat a 3.5” x 4.5” calendar with a double border made from two more of the Metal Series papers.


  1. Place the joined papers on a cutting mat and use a craft knife to carefully fussy-cut some of the curved areas at the bottom of the dark metal section (midway down the top paper) so the matted calendar can be tucked beneath it as shown in the photos above and below. Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the calendar in place.


7. Back three .5” x 6” pieces of Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz and one 2.5” x 1.75” piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Also cut another 2.5” x 1.75” piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (not backed with Adhesive).

8. Die cut three Ribbon strips from Fire Opal Gemstone – two with narrow rectangular holes, one with oval holes. Keep the little pieces that fall out of the negative spaces in the die on a piece of waxed paper or a non-stick craft sheet. See photo above: You will be using the longer narrow pieces to create faux staples in step 9.) There are 5 dies in the Ribbons 1 set, only 2 used for this project. A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. (Reminder: *Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique, the cutting side of the die must face the metal plate with the Shimmer Sheetz facing UP in between the die and plate.)


Calendar-F9. Lightly sand the adhesive-backed Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz to tone down the shine. Die cut one clipboard-style hanger piece from this Shimmer Sheetz and a second one from the Gold piece that does not have adhesive. Attach the Gold pieces (back to back) at the top of the calendar, centered, as shown in the photo below – adhesive-backed piece on the front. (The clipboard hanger piece is from the Tags & More 8/Lattice die set. If you have other Tags & More die sets, die cut a .25” hole and substitute a different decorative reinforcement to surround the hole at the top of the calendar).


  1. Add three pieces of Gold Foil Chevron Washi Tape measuring 1.25” – 1.5”, randomly cut, to the top and bottom bands and one piece on each side of the calendar. To create the faux staples, add lots of the little rectangular pieces of adhesive-backed Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz (that were set aside in step 7) between the pieces of Washi Tape along the top and bottom bands, and around the outside of the matted calendar. The tape and faux staples appear to be holding the project together but they’re purely decorative! (Keep the little oval leftover pieces for another project.)



I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and get busy making your own calendars with ‘faux staples’ and Shimmer Sheetz Ribbons! Don’t forget to check the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog on the 31st for more December Designers’ Challenge calendar theme projects.


Elizabeth Craft Designs –

TTL001 Through the Lens – Metal Series 6×6 Paper Pack (Coming soon)

SS0218 Fire Opal Shimmer Sheetz

961 Tags & More 8 – Lattice

1122 Ribbons 1 (Coming soon)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (.5” wide or wider), or Sheets


Other –

Foil Chevron Washi Tape (BoBunny)

Craft knife and self-healing cutting mat (for fussy-cutting)

Paper trimmer (or metal ruler and self-healing cutting mat)


Pop it Ups

Stage it Stencils – Mixed Media Tag

December 19, 2015

Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here – I’ve been working on some tags for CHA and thought it would be fun to share one with you today.  Making tags is fun and easy, rather like making just the inside of a card.  No need to worry about the thickness because it doesn’t close.  The holiday season will soon be over for another year so let’s think about what’s coming next; Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air-

sweetie tag





  • Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 100# Soft Finish cardstock cut one piece that is 3.25″ X 8.5″.
  • Cut decorative top using Tags & More 1, Lace.

  • Cut tag to measure 6.25″ in length.

  • The hearts are from several different die sets, all listed below.  Cut hearts from white cardstock that has Double Sided Adhesive added to the back.  Die cut with the adhesive side up. Make at least 4 of each size, so you’ll have plenty for the project. Plus, if there are leftover hearts, they can always be used for a future project.

  • From the Katie Label Pivot Card -cut 2 of the smallest labels, one from soft finish cardstock and another from the adhesive-on-white cardstock.

  •  Barrel Basket die – cut the main basket from textured paper, the handle and bands from a darker color and the grip from another lighter color.

Working on a non stick mat or piece of scrap paper add molding paste to tag as  follows.


  • Using the *NEW* Stage it Stencil – Medallion  – place stencil over tag and line up edges  using temporary tape to hold in place.
  • Using molding paste (aka modeling paste or embossing paste) spread over stencil,  spreading like peanut butter.  Smooth paste over stencil until tag is covered.

  • Remove stencil lifting straight up and clean stencil immediately.

The tag may buckle but will flatten as it dries.

  • Allow paste to air dry.  Do not use heat gun for drying – it will cause the paste to puff up

  • Peel protective sheet from hearts to expose adhesive and dip in ECD Microfine Glitter, Warm Diamond.
  • Polish Glitter with fingers.
  • With blending tool – add color.

  • When molding paste is dry – spray tag with stain.
  • Dab excess stain with dry paper towel. This will make color even and take stain off the molding paste making the pattern pop.
  • Allow to dry completely.


  • Stain one label with same stain as tag – dry.
  • Stamp with “hello” from Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamp Set (coming soon) and the “sweetie” from Just A Note Clear Stamp Set (coming soon).
  • Remove protective sheet from adhesive on second label and attach to stamp label.
  • Edge label with color.
  • Poke hole in lower left corner of label and hang heart using jump ring,  string or twine.
  • Assemble basket and glue in corner.
  • Arrange and glue hearts.
  • Glue label on tag.
  • Add ribbon.

sweetie tag

My mixed media tags using Pop it Ups products with the Tags & More dies will be on display in the Elizabeth Craft Designs CHA booth #775 January 9-12, 2016. Stay tuned to the Facebook pages (check the right sidebar for links) to see photos and videos from the show.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this tag:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Decorator Heart dies from these sets:

Other Supplies:

  • Brown & corrugated papers for basket
  • Molding paste (also called modeling or embossing or texture paste) plus a palette knife (or credit card)
  • Spray stain
  • Ribbon
  • Coordinating inks







Els van de Burgt Studio

Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

December 8, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha here again with a minimal but stylish idea to decorate your seasonal gifts.

Busy season has kicked in and I’m on the look-out for easy to do handmade projects that take minimal effort.

I was looking at a magazine and saw these beautiful gift tags with fresh greenery attached to them. I loved the idea, it’s easy to do, but you can’t really prepare this in advance, as the fresh leaves and berries won’t keep until the holidays. Unless… you make them out of paper!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

The individual steps for these tags hardly take any time, so I think this is an excellent project you can do one step at a time, whenever you have a spare moment!

Here are the steps to create the tags:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

1. Die-cut as many leaves and berry branches as you think you’ll need out of watercolour paper.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

2. Colour the leaves and branches with watercolours. Leave the watercoloured die-cuts to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for paint to dry? Replace the watercolours with a colouring medium that is instantly dry, like alcohol markers, brush tip pens, or coloured pencils!

3. Die-cut as many tags as you think you’ll need out of your favourite cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

4. Add Glossy Accents and/or Puffy Paint to the berries. Leave to dry completely.

Don’t have time to wait for the accents to dry? Replace them with Glitter Dots or self-adhesive crystals. Or… just skip this step!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

5. Adhere the branches and leaves to the tags with small strips of washi tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

6. Add some twine to the tags and use the tags to decorate your gifts or your home!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Festive Leaves and Berry Branch Gift Tags

Happy crafting!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1074 Leaf & Berry Branches
1033 Leafy Branch
958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst
758 Berry Branch
703 Triple Leaf Set

Watercolours (Winsor and Newton)
Bakers twine
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Puffy Paint White (Tulip)

Christmas Gift Tags

December 3, 2015


Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here. It’s December and my Christmas Tree has been put up and decorated and it is time to start thinking about wrapping the presents to put under the tree, so when my Grandchildren come over they get all excited! Of course wrapping presents means I need some gift tags so I know who the present is for. Today I am sharing 5 gift tags I created using the Christmas Ornaments 2 Peel-Off Stickers and the Tags and More 1 – Lace die set.

I made made 5 gift tags as I wanted to use all the pieces from the Peel-Off Sticker sheet, but of course if you only want to make one that is easy enough to do.


Here’s how I created my gift tags:


  1.  Cut five pieces of red cardstock so they measure 3 1/4 inches x  5 1/2inches.
  • Using the tag edge from the Tags & More 1 – Lace die set place this as close as you can to one of the 3 1/4 inch edges of the card and run through die cutting machine.


  • Place the  decorative die from the Tags & More 1 – Lace die set onto the card so it lines up with the curve and hole created from the tag edge die and run through die cutting machine. Set aside.


2.  Creating  the Peel-Off Sticker images:

a.  Before reading the instructions below, you can see a video Els created using this technique here.

b.  Place a sheet of Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive onto cardstock that is big enough for your peel-offs and remove the release sheet.

c.  Be careful not to touch the adhesive or it will leave fingerprints in the glitter.

d.  From the Christmas Ornaments 2 Peel-Offs, place the ornaments, holly leaves and bows  onto the release sheet (sticky side up).

e. Place the cardstock that has Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive, sticky side down, on top of the peel-offs (In other words, place sticky onto sticky.)

f.  Use release sheet in handling the cardstock until you cover the adhesive with glitter so you don’t leave fingerprints on the exposed adhesive.

g.  Cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, polish glitter with your finger and brush off the excess.

h.  Color your images as desired using alcohol-based markers on the glitter.

i.  Cut around all peel-off pieces.

j. Color white edges with a black permanent marker to give a more finished look.

k. Attach the ornaments to the top portion of the tags and then decorate the ornaments using either the holly pieces or bows (refer to photo at top of post)

* Coloring Tips for alcohol-based markers and glitter: Remember that when using alcohol-based markers, such as Copics, work quickly and don’t let the tip of the marker linger on the glittered surface. Too much alcohol ink can dissolve the adhesive and remove the glitter. It takes very little ink to color the surface of the glittered image so work with a light touch. To get the blended look, lay a line of color down along one edge of the section you want to color and then use your Blender pen to pull the color across the rest of the image. You may have to lay more color down to get deeper shading after you blend it out.

3. Creating the Glittered Panel at Bottom of Tags:


  • Cut a piece of white card which is approx 3 1/2 inches x 6 inches. (TIP: I always cut my card slightly bigger than I need so I can trim down when the card is covered with glitter so any blemishes around the edges of the card can be removed.
  •  Lay a length of 10 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape diagonally onto the white card as per first photo above. Next lay a length of 3 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape next to the 10 mm piece so it is butted up close. Add an additional length of 3 mm Double Sided Tape next to the first piece. Then lay a piece of 6 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape next to the 3 mm piece. Continue placing the tape onto the card until it is completely covered. Trim excess tape off around the edges of the card. (TIP: You may want to remove some of the excess tape from the edges while you are laying out the tape to make it easier to lift off your work surface when finished cover completely with tape)
  •  Randomly remove the protective backing from the covered card and then every third piece of tape after that, being careful not to touch the adhesive you are uncovering. When you have removed the backing from the tape for the first color, cover the adhesive with Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter. Brush off any excess glitter from the card, and polish the glitter on the card before continuing to the next step. (TIP: For Silk Microfine Glitter projects, Elizabeth Craft Designs recommends that you work with the lightest colors first, then the darker ones. This is not a rigid rule but usually produces the crispest and most accurate results. (Remember, if any of the glitter colors get mixed together during the process of polishing one color and then another, keep a separate jar for the random mixture and use it for interesting and unexpected textures.)
  •  Remove the protective backing from every third piece of tape next to the Soft Green pieces and this time cover with Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter. Repeat steps as per above.
  •  Remove the remaining protective backing from the tape on the card and cover with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.
  • Use black line peel-off stickers from the Borders Assortment Peel-Off sheet to embellish the glittered card. (TIP: Look at your glittered piece and if you have areas that may not have been glittered select these areas to cover with the peel-off lines.
  •  Cut this piece into 1 inch x 3 1/2 inch pieces.

4.  Using the Merry Christmas Stand Up Helper die, die cut this from dark green card so you have about 1/2 edge at the bottom, below the word.

  • Attach the sentiment to the back of the striped glittered piece created in step 3.
  • Attach strip to the bottom edge of tag so that the letter “S” from Christmas is lined up to the right hand side of the card.
  • Trim off any excess glittered strip from sides of tag.

5.   Add ribbon to top centre hole of tag (Note: the Tags and More 1 – Lace die set comes with various reinforcement decorative dies if you wish to add one to your tags.)



Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.


Elizabeth Craft Designs
Tags & More 1 – Lace (951)
Merry Christmas Stand Up Helper Word Die (939)
Christmas Ornaments 2 Peel Off Stickers (2536)
Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers (7018)
Borders Assort Peel-Off Stickers (1167)
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (639)
True Red Silk Microfine Glitter (614)
Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter (631)
Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter (633)
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet (502)
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3mm (505)
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 6mm (506)
Clear Double Sided AdhesiveTape – 10mm (507)
 White Card
Red Card
Dark Green Card
Foam Tape
Green Ribbon
A Way With Words Els van de Burgt Studio Pop it Ups Uncategorized

Christmas Gift Bags

November 20, 2015

Hello there,

It’s me, Petroschi Bianca.

I really like to create gift packaging. It is one of my favorite things in crafting. I can spend hours doing this without getting tired or bored. Because it’s the season when everyone prepares gifts for their loved ones, I want to share one of my ideas with you: Christmas gift bags made with Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More dies (you can use any of the sets) and some additional goodies.

The gift bags are easy and quick to make and will certainly impress the recipients! I’ve created a diagram so you can see what to do. It fits perfectly on a sheet of A4 paper. You can use any kind of paper up to 200 GSM.

Keep in mind that you can create these bags using different sizes of paper and various Tags & More dies. You can customize and personalize to suit your taste and the occasion, too.


Petroschi Bianca (2)


  1. Bend a headboard on the short end of the paper backed with the same size Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (Use 6mm or 10mm tape)
  2. Fold the paper in half, so you overlay the other end over the double sided taped headboard, as shown in image no.1.

Petroschi Bianca (3)

3. Secure the die with low-tack temporary tape in the top middle of that folded piece of paper (if you need,use a ruler to measure the side distances to be equal), and run it thru your die cut machine (shown in image no.2). Trim excess side flaps with scissors.

4. Score 2 parallel vertical lines along the bag sides to mark the ends of the die (image no. 3).

5. Score a horizontal line at 3 cm from the margin at the base of the bag, as shown in the diagram and image no. 3.

6. From this line go up 2 more cm along the sides of the flattened bag and mark a point on each side. Match this point with the other point formed by the intersection of first 2 lines and score a diagonal line.

7. Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, fold and secure the bottom of the bag as shown in images no. 4, 5, and 6.

8. Now it’s time to embellish the bat with die cuts,Shimmer Sheetz,Silk Microfine Glitter,peel-offs or whatever you’d like. I used a lots of Susan’s Garden Club, Els van de Burgt Studio, Karen Burniston Pop it UpsSuzanne Cannon- A Way with Words dies as well as feathers, cord and other irresistible materials.You can also use Petroschi Designs by Bianca stamps.

You can create these packages in different colors, themes and styles. Here are two more! One is made with a Kraft brown background and Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s charming deer, the other combines one of my stamps as well as the ‘Believe’ die from Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection.

Petroschi Bianca (4)

Petroschi Bianca (5)

…and one more with one of my favourite stamp: Titmouse (RS024).

PicMonkey Collage

Have fun playing,and don’t forget to put all of your love in your creations!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

All Tags

Tags & More 9 Sparkle (1077)

Tags (763)

Tags & More 3 – Leaves (953)

Tags & More 7 – Vine (960)

GARDEN NOTES – Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone (1091)

GARDEN NOTES – Poinsettia (1090)

GARDEN NOTES – Holiday Holly & Berries (1088)

COUNTRY SCAPES – Critters 4 (1082)

COUNTRY SCAPES – Build a Snowman (1081)

CountryScapes – Critters 3 (1013)

Spiral Circle Pull Card (916)

Flourishes & Branches (1034)

Ribbons & Jewels (1070)

Shimmer Sheetz

Silk Microfine Glitter

Peel-Off stickers

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Titmouse (RS024) Size 2.5″ X 3″

Quietfire “Believe” (1049)

Other Supplies:

Pearl finish paper

Recycled paper




Cord in gold, silver, and fawn

Flat-backed faceted gems (Rhinestones)

mini bells

Pop it Ups

Snowman Christmas

November 19, 2015



Hi everyone,

It’s Frances Byrne here. Just over a month to go until Christmas, so it is time to think about Christmas cards and also presents for family and friends. Sometimes we purchase a gift card so the recipients can buy what they really want after Christmas and we want to present it in a special way. Today’s project uses the new Sleigh Gift Card Pop Up Card die set.  Instead of the sleigh I have substituted Bianca Petroschi’s cute Daisy Hedgehog with Snowman. I have also used the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die set to create the card base.


Here is how I created the card:


  1. Cut a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock so it measures 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches.
  • Using the tag edge from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle die set place this as close as you can to one edge of the card and run through die cutting machine.
  • Fold the tag edge down to the straight edge at the bottom of the card and score in half.


  • Open up the white card, place the pop up die from the Sleigh Gift Card Pop Up Card die set so that the centre nubs of the die are lined up with the centre fold of the card. Run through die cutting machine.

2. Using the cloud die from the Country Scapes Cloud & Grass die set, die cut the cloud die from a piece of scrap cardstock.

  • Use the cloud shaped cardstock as a stencil and sponge Turquoise PanPastel over the top part of the white card.
  • Sponge around the edge of the bottom portion of the card.

3. Using the Hedgehog with Snowman stamp from the Hedgehog Daisy All Seasons Clear stamp set, stamp image onto Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink.

  • Cut out image and color using Copic markers.
  • Attach the image to the pop up panel of the card.

4. Cut a piece of green card that measures 4 1/4 inches x 1 3/4 inches.

  • Place the snowflake decorative die from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle die set onto the card and run through die cutting machine.
  • Adhere panel to the bottom edge of card.
  • Cut a thin strip of red card and attach this at the top of the green panel.


5. Adhere a piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock.

  • Die cut the two smaller snowflakes from the Snowflakes die set. (Note: Place die so that the protective edge of the adhesive sheet is facing the die.) You will need a total of 5 of one snowflake and 4 of the other.
  • Remove the protective backing from each snowflake and cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish glitter with finger.
  • Attach a Transparent/Gold Glitter Dot Peel Offs Sticker to the centre of each snowflake.
  • Attach 6 of the snowflakes to the inside of the card as per photo above.

6. Using black ink, stamp “Merry Christmas” and “from Our Family to Yours” to the open space on the base of the card.



7. Outside of Card:


  • Cut a piece of red card so it measures 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches.
  • Using the tag edge from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle die set place this as close as you can to one edge of the card and run through die cutting machine.
  • Place the snowflake decorative die from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle die set onto the card so it lines up with the curve created from the tag edge die and run through die cutting machine.
  • Fold the tag edge down to the straight edge at the bottom of the card and score in half.


  • Take a scrap of green cardstock which is 4 1/4 inches x approx 2 1/2 inches.
  •  Using the tag edge from the Tags & More 9 – Sparkle die set place this as close as you can to one edge of the card and run through die cutting machine.
  • Adhere the green card behind the snowflakes on the red card so the green shows through the snowflakes on the red card.

8. Adhere the inside pop up card to the red card ensuring to line up edges. (Note: ensure that you do not place any adhesive near the gift card area. Tip: I normally add an old gift card into the gift card area prior to adhering to the the front card so that I know where the adhesive needs to be placed.)

9. Adhere a piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to the back of a piece of green card stock that is large enough to die cut the Quietfire “Merry Christmas”.

  • Adhere sentiment to front of card referring to photo above for placement.
  • Attach the remaining snowflakes to card referring to photo above for placement.


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1077 Tags & More 9 – Sparkle
1042 Pop It Ups Sleigh Gift Card Holder
1094 Country Scapes Clouds & Grass
757 Snowflakes
1056 Quietfire “Merry Christmas”
CS007 Hedgehog Daisy All Seasons Clear Stamp Set
CS003 Merry & Bright Clear  Stamp Set
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 100lb
30116 Susan’s Garden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 2
640 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter 
7018 Transparent/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers
510 Transparent Double Sided Tape 101mm 
Cardstock: Red; Green
Black Ink
Foam Tape
Els van de Burgt Studio

Memories In A Frame

November 8, 2015

Hello, this is Jackeline from the ECD Design Team. I am always excited to show you beautiful projects using dies from the Els van de Burgt Studio collection. For this week I created a photo frame.


Let’s get started:

  1. Cut 3 pieces of 7” x 4 1/4” cardstock: 2 pieces in brown and 1 in pink.
  2. Die cut the shorter end of each piece using the main tag shape die from Tags & More 7 –Vine.
  3. Use one of the oval decorative dies from the Accordion Oval Card set to cut an oval opening in the pink cardstock tag. Refer to project photo for placement.
  4. Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the two brown pieces to each other for added stability.
  5. Adhere the pink tag to the brown double-layer tag and die cut again with the same oval, taking care when lining up the die so it is precisely within the opening on the pink tag. (You will be cutting only the brown cardstock layers.)
  6. Lightly ink the edges of the tag using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
  7. Using your paper trimmer, cut a piece of pattern paper to 5.25″ x 4.25″. (Shown: Pink and brown polka dot pattern.) Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive tap (1/8″ width/3mm) to 1 of the longer sides and 1 of the short sides.
  8. Place this piece on the back of the frame with the open side at the top to form a pocket for the photo.
  9. Die cut a brown cardstock easel using the Card Stand/Easel die.
  10. Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive to attach one half of the easel to the back of the frame as shown in the photo, leaving the other half folded forward to hold the frame at an angle. NOTE: This is a different way to use the Card Stand/Easel. It is most often used as a true easel with the card or tag on it for temporary display. If you prefer this option, do not attach the easel to the back of the project.


To Decorate the frame:                 

11. Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut two flower clusters with the Flower Cluster 2 die.

12. Ink the flower clusters with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

13. Place the flower clusters onto the frame at the bottom left and upper right as shown in the project photo. Trim at the edges as needed. Embellish flower centers with flat-backed pearls as shown, or with gems or Glitter Dots peel-offs. Add a sheer brown ribbon bow to match the brown cardstock.




The frame is ready, now it is time to pick your favorite picture.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and remember that there is more than one way to use our dies.

Happy Crafting!!!



Elizabeth Craft Designs
1071 Card Stand/Easel
1069 Flower Cluster 2
960 Tags & More 7 – Vine
772 Accordion Oval Card
PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ X 11″
502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet – 8.5″ x 11″ – 5 pack
505 Transparent Double Sided Tape – 3mm
801 Fine Pointed Tweezers
802 Fine Pointed Scissors

Brown and pink cardstock
Polka dot pattern paper
Sheer ribbon in brown
Flat-backed pearls or gems
Gem glue (unless pearls or gems are adhesive-backed)
Photo to fit inside oval opening
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, ink applicator tool (Ranger)


A Way With Words

Brackets and Watercolours Thanks Card

October 23, 2015

Hi!  It’s Suzanne Cannon here from Quietfire Design with a project using a fun technique that works with almost all A Way With Words dies and Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More dies.

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By die cutting one of the Tags & More decorative inserts on either side of the card you can create brackets that hug and frame the word.  (Each Tags & More die set has several of these decorative overlays.)


1. Form an 8” x 5.5” tent-fold card base from red cardstock.

2.  Cut a 6.75” x 4” panel from watercolour paper.  Die cut a small maple leaf and Thanks from another piece of  watercolour paper. Use a ball stylus to score veins into leaf

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3. Use a wet-in-wet technique to randomly colour the watercolour paper panel, die cut leaf and Thanks with Distress Ink Re-inkers.  Allow to dry.  Curl the leaf with your fingers.

Watercolour_Thanks_4_sig (003)4. Mat the watercolour panel with black cardstock leaving a narrow border.

Watercolour_Thanks_5_sig (003) 5. Cut a 6.5 x 4” (approximate) panel from black cardstock. To create first bracket opening, tape leaves insert die to the left end cardstock with removable tape and die cut. Follow steps 6 – 9 to create the side of the bracket.

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6. Use a soapstone pencil to lightly draw a straight line across the black panel. (Don’t press into the cardstock, the line is temporary and will be removed in step 8.)

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7. Position Thanks  to determine the space you will need to leave for your word.

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8. Using the soapstone pencil mark, align the leaves insert die on the right side of the word.  Use removable tape to hold in place and die cut. It should be the mirror image of the leaves cut in step 5. Use a clean soft rag to wipe off the soapstone pencil mark. Watercolour_Thanks_9_sig (003) 9. If needed, trim the black cardstock panel so that the distance from the leaves and the ends of the rectangle is the same at both sides. Mat the black rectangle on the watercolour panel with foam tape. The final size of the die cut panel is 6.25 x 3.5”.

10. Use the fine pointed scissors and tweezers to cut slivers of foam tape and adhere Thanks between the brackets. Adhere the maple leaf with foam tape, positioning it as shown in the photo so it extends upward at the end of the swirl on the letter ‘k’.

11. Adhere assembled panels to card base with foam tape.

Elizabeth Craft Designs has many Tags & More sets with wonderful decorative inserts that will work really well for this technique.  Here is one using Believe and one of the inserts from Tags & More 9 Sparkle (1077).


Enjoy mixing and matching your A Way With Words dies and any of those versatile Tags & More insert (decorative overlay) dies that make such great brackets!
Happy Creating!




Quietfire Design “Thanks” (1058)

Tags & More 3 – Leaves (953)

Susan’s Garden – Woodland Leaves (1092) 6 piece set

4″ X 9″ Watercolor Paper – 10 pack (WP903)

Susan’s Garden 4pcs. All metal Tool Set in Luxury Case (sku 808)

Fine Pointed Tweezers by Elizabeth Craft Designs, Inc. (801)

Fine Pointed Scissors by Elizabeth Craft Designs, Inc. (802)

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

Other supplies:

T-Square ruler
Soapstone pencil
Foam tape in clear and black
Core’dinations cardstock in black and red
Ranger Distress Inks; Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold

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