Tuesday, December 6, 2016
What is Christmas without a little Mistletoe? This card was designed using Susan's Garden Notes Mistletoe die set.
The Mistletoe and the bow were die cut using Soft Finish White Cardstock and colored using Susan's Pan Pastels. The mistletoe was shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit. The extra die cut mistletoe leaves were attached with Kids Choice Glue. A white opaque pen was used to add white dots to the bow.
The white die cut berries were added to the Mistletoe and Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher added on each berry to make them dimensional. Once the berries were dry, a small black marker was used to add the black dot on the end of the berries.
To frame the Mistletoe, Els van de Burgt Studio Stitched Ovals and Dotted Scallop Oval dies were used. The frames were attached together with dimensional tape. The Mistletoe and Ribbon were attached to the Oval frames. Attach framed mistletoe to card front.
To complete the card, Gold Christmas Peel Off Stickers were added.
To complete this project you can purchase the following supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Monday, December 5, 2016
Time for some Winter Fun! I created a fun card using Joset Designs Skates die set. Here is how the card was created.
Start with a 6×6 inch card. Using a slightly smaller white piece of White Soft Finish Card Stock, tape the Els van de Burgt Studio Bricks die on the left side of the card stock. Run it through the die cutting machine but do not die cut the very bottom. You want this piece to stay attached at the bottom. Use a piece of of the Through The Lens Stone Design Paper to back the cut out bricks. I am always trying to find new ways to use combine different dies and felt this created an interesting background!
Use Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges and Beach Edges die sets to create two different snowbanks at the bottom of the card. Use a piece of white card stock that has the Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to the top so you can add Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter to the snow banks. Attach the two die cut pieces together at different levels.
Die cut the Joset Design Skates using Soft Finish White Cardstock; use black card stock for the bottom of the skate, and silver cardstock for the blades. Glue the pieces together, then lace the skates using a thin silver cord. Attach the skates as shown, using dimensional tape, or glue dots.
Use the Els van de Burgt Studio Holiday Garlands 2 die set to die cut the pretty white snowflake border along the bottom. Add Glitter Peel Off Sticker Dots to decorate the snowflake.
Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone die set to die cut four of the large pine branches. Use white card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top so you can add Silver Silk Microfine Glitterto two pine branches and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the other two. Attach these branches to the upper left corner and add a silver cord bow.
To finish the card, die cut small die cut snowflakes and add a Glitter Peel Off Dot to the center of each one. Add a few of the smallest Glitter Dots between the snowflakes.
This card will mail easily in a 6×6 envelope.
You can create this card with the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Monday, November 28, 2016
Poinsettia flowers always create such beautiful Christmas cards. This is the card I designed for my Susan's Garden Club Design Team Blog Post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. I designed this card with flowers using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Garden Notes Small Poinsettia dies.
Here is how the card was created.
This is a 6x6 inch card with a piece of the Els van de Burgt Studio Through the Lens - Wood Series card stock attached to the front.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Small Poinsettia die sets, and white Vellum, to die cut enough petals to create three poinsettia. For these flowers there are two large poinsettia petal layers and two small poinsettia layers. When you combine the petals from the two different die sets, you don't necessarily need to use the small individual petals. It is all a matter of preference on how you want to build your poinsettia. One of the reasons I like having both of the poinsettia die sets, is that you can use the large petals, from the larger poinsettia, for the green petals under the smaller poinsettia.
To shape the petals, use Susan's Flower Tool Kit. Use the leaf tool to draw veins down each petal. You do not need to press real hard on the vellum to see the veins.
To make the flowers "elegant," use a glue pen and add glue around the cut edge of each petal. Dip the petal in Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Work with one petal at a time. Set the petals aside to dry. Once they are dry, be sure to rub the glitter to bring out the beautiful shine. Assemble the flowers, then add Susan's Prills to the center.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone dies to die cut 10 to 12 pine boughs, using white card stock. Use Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die set to die cut four pine boughs. Using both sets gives you a variety of texture in the arrangement.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters die set to die cut a window out of light tan card stock (a color that will match the wood grain in the background design paper). Back the window with a piece of Shimmer Sheetz. You can use either the Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz or use the yellow portion of the Light Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz.
Use the Els van de Burgt Studio Entwined Oval die set to die cut the largest Entwined Oval. Use a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to the top. Peel off the liner and add Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter to it. Be sure to polish well with your fingers.
Use the Dotted Scallop Oval that is slightly larger than the Entwined Oval (this is the largest Oval) to die cut an ivory cardstock oval. Attach the Entwined Oval to the Ivory Oval and center the window, placing close to the top, inside the ovals. Attach this to the center of the card front.
Arrange the Whitepine Boughs along the bottom of the ovals. Next add the poinsettia, using dimensional glue dots. Add the smaller pine bough below the poinsettia. For a little extra embellishment, I added a few flat backed gold beads.
Use the Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frames 1 - Lace Rectangles die set to die cut two corners. Use white card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top then add Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Attach to the upper corners.
The Vellum poinsettia create a very elegant flower, that combine so well with the Champagne Gold Glitter and Shimmer Sheetz backed window.
To complete this card, you can purchase the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Sunday, November 27, 2016
When I first saw this stamp, I imagined creating a card with it that included butterflies. In my stash, I had a piece of design paper with butterflies, and of course flowers, to complete this card.
The verse was stamped onto a piece of white card stock, then die cut with a Dotted Scallop Oval die. Before removing it from the die, light pink ink was sponged around the edges.
To create a dimensional butterfly, the butterfly die from the Els van de Burgt Studio die set Small Butterfly was used. A piece of tan dotted design paper was used for the bottom layer to match one of the butterflies in the design paper.
The flowers in the design paper were duplicated by using Susan's Garden Notes Rose 1 die set. The smaller rose petals from this die set were used. To complete the card, one pink corner was die cut and added to the upper left side.
The beautiful stamp used can be purchased from
Products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Dotted Scallop Oval
Garden Notes Rose 1
Dotted Scallop Oval
Garden Notes Rose 1
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I have something a little different today. I had a request for a Christmas card with an "antique" look. This is what I designed.
Three layers of card stock were attached to the front of this 6x6 inch card. The edges of the two top layers were distressed. Using a stamp from the Joset Designs Winter Sentiments stamp set, light snowflakes were stamped on the top beige card stock and the edges sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
The Els van de Burgt Studio Holly Flourish was die cut, out of Kraft card stock, shaped with Susan's Flower Tool Kit, then Viva Inka Gold Metallic added. Red berries were added with a red embellisher.
Using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Garden Notes Small Poinsettia die sets, two flowers were created out of Kraft Card stock. (Real poinsettia do not come in this color.) They were shaped with Susan's Flower Tool Kit then also edged with the Inka Gold.
Using Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone die set, a few ivory pines were die cut and three pine cones made.
The A Way With Words Merry Christmas 2 die set was used for the sentiment. It was die cut twice using a thin cardboard. The two pieces were glued together for dimension.
The Flowers were attached as shown adding a thin gold cording under the lower edge of the large poinsettia.
I hope this card has the feel of an "antique look"!
You can create this card with the following supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Friday, November 18, 2016
A lot of us have already received the first snowfall. I don't like to drive in the snow, but the countryside is always so beautiful when covered with snow.
Today I wanted to use the Els van de Burgt Studio Snowflake dies to create a wintery scene, along with the A Way With Words Let It Snow die set.
When going through Susan's CountryScapes Critter die sets, I thought this polar bear would be the most likely critter to really love the snow.
To create a frame, I used the Els van de Burgt Studio largest Stitched Square die set and die cut a white square. I wanted to cut a "window" in the top portion of this square, so I used the third largest Stitched Rectangle die set to die cut it. I used a rectangle die so that there would be a solid space at the bottom to add the sentiment. Using the same Stitched Rectangle die, a light blue rectangle was die cut. It was embossed with a dot embossing folder. To put some glitter around the blue rectangle, I used the 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the outside edge. Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter was added to the tape. By die cutting the rectangle in the white Stitched Square Frame, I could attached the Stitched Rectangle inside the open area to achieve a flat background.
Using the CountryScapes Critters 4 die set, the bear was die cut using a light ivory colored cardstock. I wanted him to be a slightly different color than the snowflakes. Using a fine line marker, the nose, mouth, eye, and toe nails were drawn in. Using a sharp lead pencil, fine lines were drawn into the scored areas of the die cut to help them show up.
Using white card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on one side, the snowflakes were die cut and glittered with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.
The A Way With Words - Let It Snow was die cut using a piece of white card stock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to the top. Light Brass Silk Microfine Glitter was added.
This is a 6x6 inch card. A light blue piece of cardstock was cut slightly smaller than the front of the card, beveled around the edges using a Score Board, then attached to the front of the card. The white Stitched Square frame was attached then the embossed small blue Stitched Rectangle glued inside the white rectangle opening.
The bear was attached at the bottom of the blue rectangle then all the snowflakes added. Clear Glitter Peel Off Sticker Dots were added to the snowflakes. The sentiment was attached to the bottom of the card.
To complete the inside of the card, two glittered snowflakes were added. Instead of getting all stressed out during the holiday, I always like to take time to delight in the little joys of the Season. Quietfire Creations had the perfect stamp to relay this message.
You can create this card with the following products:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
We had our first snowfall yesterday and it inspired me to create this Christmas card.
I used the Quietfire Creations Christmas Waves a Magic Wand rubber stamp. Isn't that a beautiful verse for a Christmas card!
To create a dimensional scene, Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Oval and Fitted Oval frame die sets were used to die cut an opening in pieces of 6x6 inch card stock. At the bottom of the Fitted Frame Oval, two snow banks were added. They were die cut using Karen Burniston's Outdoor Edges die. A Gold Line Peel Off Sticker was used to line the die cut edge of the Fitted Oval Frame.
A piece of vellum was die cut to fit behind the die cut Fitted Oval. Three Susan's CountryScapes Woods 4 trees were die cut and glued to the front of the vellum. This piece was attached to the back of the Fitted Oval frame. On the card base, three more CountryScapes Woods 4 trees were attached so they would appear further back in the forest. The vellum was to represent fog between the trees. The snow added to the trees was created by using DecoArt Snow-Tex paste.
Using Susan's CountryScapes Critters 6 die set, the deer was die cut and color sponged on. Pine boughs were die cut using Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone die set and a small red poinsettia made using Garden Notes Small Poinsettia die set.
The Oval layers were attached to the front of the card with dimensional tape between layers. The Quietfire verse was stamped, then fussy cut around the words and attached to the lower right corner. The deer was attached on the outside of the ovals using dimensional tape.
Gold Peel Off Line Stickers were added around the outside frame, then the Pine boughs and Poinsettia added.
You can complete this card with the following products:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Today I am taking a little break from creating Christmas cards and have a country scene using the Horse from Susan's CountryScapes Critters 6 die set.
This is a 6x6 inch card. I used a piece of the Soft Finish White Cardstock and sponged on the background: blue at the top, lavender under the blue and green across the bottom. Before sponging, I attached a round circle with temporary tape on the card, and sponged around it, to create a sun. A punch was used for this circle. The mask was pulled off and the cardstock with the punched hole was placed over the circle and was sponged with two different colors of yellow ink, to color the sun.
Using Susan's Evergreen Groove Stencil, a few pine trees were sponged on the right side. Using Susan's CountryScapes Woods 1 and Backyard 3 die sets, two trees were die cut and colored with markers.
The CountryScapes Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence die set was used to die cut three fences to fit across the card.
The Horse was die cut using CountryScapes Critters 6 die set and colored by sponging on Distress Inks. A marker was used to draw on the mane and down the tail.
The dark tree was attached to the background. Next the three fence die cuts were arranged to go across the card. The light colored tree was placed on the left side of the card and overhanging branches trimmed off.
Using Susan's CountryScapes Cloud/Grass die set, three grass borders were die cut. I used white card stock and sponged on two shades of green ink. Using the Elizabeth Fine Pointed Scissors, each blade of grass was cut to create thinner blades. The three layers were attached at the bottom of the card.
The horse was then attached. After the card was finished, I wished I had used Susan's Earth & Sky Stencil to add clouds, but it was to late to do that at this point. In order to add clouds, I used the Joset Designs Rainbow Sky die set and die cut the two clouds to add to the upper right side of the card.
You can complete this card with the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
I love creating my own Christmas cards using Susan's Garden dies. For this card I used her Garden Notes Garden Birds 1, Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone, and Garden Notes Small Poinsettia die sets. Also used were the Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frames, and Holly Flourish.
This is a 6x6 inch card. Using the largest and third largest Fitted Frames dies, 2 white (open) frames were die cut. Using the second largest die in this set, two vellum ovals were die cut. One of the vellum ovals was embossed with a dotted embossing folder.
A piece of red card stock was attached to the front of a white card front. The third largest Fitted Frame die was used to die cut an oval in the front of the card.
One of the vellum ovals was glued to the back of each open die cut ovlas. On the front of the oval without the embossed dots, small die cut snowflakes were glued on. The oval frame with the embossed dots was glued over the one with the snowflakes. The vellum oval was glued over the oval opening in the card front. By having the snowflakes in between the vellum sheets and then attached over the opening in the card, it helped the snowflakes show up.
A lot of Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs were die cut and arranged at the bottom of the oval. A few more pine boughs were die cut to use at the top of the card.
The Cardinal from the Garden Notes Garden Birds 1 die set was die cut using white card stock. It was colored with markers. Attach the bird in the center of the pine boughs.
Using the Garden Notes Small Poinsettia die set, create one small red poinsettia. Fill the center of it with Susan's Prills,
Create two pinecones using Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone die set.
Die cut to Holly Flourishes. Shape the holly leaves using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.
Arrange Holly Flourish, a few pine boughs, small poinsettia, and pine cones at the top of the oval frame.
Using Gold Christmas Peel Off Stickers for the sentiment in the center of the oval. Use the gold Peel Off Sticker branches along the side of the frame. Add small Gold Peel Off Sticker Corners to the top corners.
To complete the card, I used White Texture Paste for the snow and a few red glitter balls from the craft store.
To complete this project, you can purchase the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Saturday, November 12, 2016
I live in a small town just outside Spokane. When we go to Spokane, we almost always see a flock of turkeys. I tried to recreate such a scene using Susan's CountryScape Critters 6, CountryScape Critters 2, CountryScape Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence, CountryScape Cloud/Grass, and CountryScapes Woods 1 die sets. Also used was Karen Burniston's Outdoor Edges die set.
This is a 6x6 inch card. A slightly smaller piece of white card stock was used for the background. The top portion of it was sponged with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.
Using the CountryScapes Cloud die, four cloud edges were die cut so they could be layered at different angles to form a cloudy sky. Using Outdoor Edges, two landscapes were die cut using tan card stock. They were layered below the clouds.
Using the Woods 1 die set, 4 trees were die cut and colored. Three of the trees were attached over the tan landscape. One of the trees was cut apart to become a bush in front of one of the fence posts. Using the leaf die in the Woods 1 die set, a lot of little leaves were die cut.
The Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence was die cut twice to fit across the card. The fence had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back so it could be attached over the trees. One side of the fence had to be trimmed off to fit the card front.
Using the CountryScapes Critters 6 die set, three turkeys were die cut and colored with markers. Using the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set, two of each of the birds were die cut and color sponged on.
Using the CountryScapes Cloud/Grass die set, a trip of grass was die cut, using tan card stock.
The tree top, that was cut down, was attached next to the center fence post. A few of the tiny leaves were attached to the branches. All the other little leaves were attached across the bottom of the card, to resemble fallen leaves on the ground.
The tree turkeys were attached at the bottom of the card. The six little birds were attached in the trees and on the fence rail.
It is so fun to use your imagination to create a country scene using Susan's CountryScapes dies.
You can create this card with the products below from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Friday, November 11, 2016
I have designed a card using Susan Tierney-Cockburn's CountryScapes die sets. I don't think any of us are quite ready for snow, but it I'm sure it won't be long. Here is how I created this card.
- This is a 6 x 6 inch card. Cover the front with a slightly smaller piece of light gray card stock.
- Die cut one Fox using Susan's CountryScapes Critters 2 die set. Color using markers.
- Use the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set to die cut two trees. Just use the main tree die - not the extra branches
- Use the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set to die cut two Cardinals. Color them with markers.
- Use the CountryScapes Country Fence die to die cut two fences. Use one fence to cut off the vertical fence posts. Glue these over the fence rails. This gives a little dimension to the fence. Color using brown and black markers. When drawing in the black lines on the fence, make them vertical on the posts and horizontal on the rails (the same lengthwise direction as the grain in the logs).
- Use the CountryScapes Backyard 1 die set to die cut the Wagon Wheel. Color with markers.
- Use the A Way With Words - 4 Seasons die set to die cut the "Winter" sentiment out of white card stock.
- Use Karen Burniston's Outdoor Edges die set to cut 4 snow banks, and die cut one edge that has the pine trees.
- To assemble the card, start by attaching the Winter sentiment to the upper left side of the card.
- Attach the snow banks so they are alternating as shown. Start with the tree edge and work your way down. When attaching these pieces, only add glue to the sides and bottom leaving the top open so you can tuck in the other die cut pieces.
- Cut the die cut fence into two pieces, making the piece that will attach to the right side of the card just a little longer than the second piece that will attach to the left side. Attach the fence behind the second snow bank from the bottom.
- Cut the bottom off one of the trees and attach it so it appears to be a bare bush along the side of the fence on the left side. Attach the tall tree in front of the fence on the right side.
- Attach the Wagon Wheel on the left side so it appears to be leaning again the fence post.
- Attach the Fox at the bottom of the card right on top of the edge of the snow. Lightly draw in little foot prints that go across the bottom of the card to show his tracks.
- Add the Cardinals. Place one on the right fence post and one in the tall tree.
- Add falling snowflakes to the scene with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher or any glittery-glue or sparkly pen.
The following products are from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Do you have a hard time thinking of how to create masculine cards. Today I have used the A Way With Words - Noel die, Susan's CountryScapes Critters 6, CountryScapes Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence, Els van de Burgt Studio 5 Part Pine, Entwined Ovals and Fitted Ovals to design this masculine card.
I used a piece of the Dark Chocolate Soft Finish Cardstock for my card base. The card stock is 12x12, cut in half and scored down the middle of a 6x12 piece to create a 6x6 inch card. The card stock is colored on one side and white on the other, which makes it nice for having a light background on the inside to include a greeting. All the Elizabeth Craft Design Soft Finish Cardstock is two sided. If you haven't used this beautiful card stock yet, I am sure you will love it!
The largest Entwined Oval was die cut using Dark Chocolate Card stock and the beige background was die cut using the same size Fitted Oval die. This Oval was embossed using the Sprig Embossing Folder. When die cutting the Entwined Oval, a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive was added to the back of the cardstock. This makes it very easy to attach it to the background piece. The A Way With Words Noel was die cut using Gold Metallic Cardstock.
Today I decided to experiment with something. I used a bright green metallic card stock to die cut the 5 Part Pine. A piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive was attached over the metallic side then the tree was die cut. The covering on the adhesive was pulled off and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter was added to all the pieces. This gave the tree a very pretty sparkle. It is fun to see different effects when covered with the Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.
Using the CountryScapes Critters 6 die set, the deer was die cut using gold metallic card stock. No coloring was needed, but I did punch two small black circles for the eyes. The CountryScapes Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence was die cut using white card stock and color sponged on. I used a pencil to add the highlights to the fence rails.
Using Susan's CountryScapes Grass/Cloud die set, the grass was die cut. Small lengths were cut off to go around the bottom of the fence posts. I doubled (layered) two small pieces for each post.
Karen Burniston's Outdoor Edges dies set was used to die cut a small "snow" border for the bottom of the card. The Els van de Burgt Studio Corners 1 die set was used to die cut two gold metallic corners.
This was a quick and easy masculine card to create and will mail nicely in a regular 6x6 inch envelope.
To create this card, you can purchase the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
A Way With Words - Noel
CountryScapes Critters 6
CountryScapes Kentucky 3-Rail Horse Fence
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Soft Finish Cardstock
Sprig Embossing Folder