It’s time for Christmas Cards




I recently purchased a bunch of new things from Elizabeth Craft Designs. One of those new buys was a set called “919 Candle”.  Pictured below, you can see, there are dies for the candle, the drip, the 2pt. flame, the poinsettia, leaf, flower center, berries and pine sprig!  I know!  There is a lot of little dies that you will use for all kinds of projects


For my project, I cut the candle base out of white  “Soft finish cardstock” that I had applied ECD double sided adhesive to.  I laid the die onto the cardstock with the cutting side down on the adhesive side.  Most cutting machines will cut all the way through both cardstock and adhesive.  Next, I removed the adhesive and applied ECD “Silk Microfine Glitter” in Warm Diamond.  The drip part I cut from the same white cardstock but without adhesive or glitter.   All of the other parts were cut with the same white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers.  I cut 6 flowers  4 leave sets, and then cut the berry and flower center piece 3 times (so I would have enough for mistakes or loss) and 6 pine sprigs.


I created the silver metallic mat by embossing a silver piece of cardstock from Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection with Elizabeth Craft Designs “Sprig” embossing folder. I then cut out a circle with ECD “Stitched Circles”.  I ended up cutting another layer circle with a larger die from ECD “Dotted Scalloped” out of the same Tim Holtz cardstock.  It’s a long story that I won’t tell but the first circle didn’t work with the “Entwined” circles that I wanted to use.




The “Celebrate” sentiment I cut 3 times.  Once in each of the silver, white and ECD True Green. I cut  2 of the largest of the “Entwined Circles” dies.  I cut one circle in white from the “Stitched Circles” die set and one in “True Green” cardstock from the “Dotted Scalloped Circles” die set.

I colored both layers on each of the 3 Poinsettia with Copic YG00.  I colored the berries and the little circle middle for the flowers and circles in the “Entwined Circles” with the same color and added a ECD transparent “Glitter Dot”.  I added “3D Crystal Lacquer” to the berries.  The Pine sprigs were colored with Copic G28 and the leaves with Copic G21, 24, 28.

Once all the components were cut, colored and assembled I layered them to my card base that measures (folded) 6″ x 6″.

Thanks so much for taking a look


Party On! Birthday pop-up Card



The above is the front of a birthday card I made for my sister Susie!  The front monkey is supposed to be me calling Susie!


The inspiration for this card came from a memory of one of my own birthdays.  Susie and I had planned to meet for drinks and dinner at a restaurant that was a popular networking place to meet people on Friday nights.  It had this huge deck that allowed people to have drinks outside before dinner.  My sister was already at the restaurant when I pulled into a parking space right in front of this deck. There were a lot of people standing on that deck with my sister.  As I pulled into that parking place, a police car pulled in behind me and on a loud speaker said for me to get out of the car.  They then put into the back seat of the police car and took me to jail.  I apparently had an outstanding traffic violation that an arrest warrant had been issued.  Fortunately for me, I had enough cash to clear the ticket on me and so they drove me back to the party.  I was gone for an hour but they were all still there and so the party went on!   So let’s make the card.

Step 1:  I cut a piece of white Soft finish cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs that measured 6″ x  11″ and scored at 5.5″ along the 11″ side.  I then masked off one side of my card and using Panpastel Ultra Marine Blue and Colorless blender, I created the blue side for the sky.  I then reversed the mask and using Panpastel Raw Umber and Colorless Blender, I created the sand side.

Step 2:  Using the 1107 “Jinks” die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs, I cut out all the pieces for two monkeys using one with lighter brown then the other.  Susie is a blond and I am brunette.  I cut the Palm Tree, small shell, rope, tall and short grass and All the banners from ECD White Soft Finish cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  I cut the Barrel from ECD “Through the Lens” paper from the “Wood” collection.


The above are the products I used.  The Ice chest and beverages are a Silhouette file.  Once I had assembled all the decorator pieces then I “auditioned” where they would go inside the card.

Step 3:  Using the “Barrel Pop up” die set I used the pop up piece in the set twice so that the Barrel and the Ice Chest would both pop out.



The above shows how I auditioned for where the pop outs should go but also made me realize I needed the Palm Tree to be higher then the fold. So it wouldn’t look like it was floating in the sky,  I used ECD’s “Outdoor Edges” to cut a piece of cardstock to match the sand on the bottom.

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I love ECD’s “Banners” die set because you can use them 3 different ways, just the large side, just the small side, or as I did, sm. folded over lg..  The picture below shows how I colored them and then folded over a piece of black and white bakers twine.  I cut the letters from ECD “Lower case Alphabet” die set.  I put a piece of white cardstock on ECD “Double sided adhesive” and cut with the die.  It cuts the whole alphabet at once.  I like to color the letters I’m going to use while they’re still all together.  Then I remove them one at a time as I place them on the matching banner.


Step 4:  The Silhouette file “Ice chest with beverages” cuts all the pieces of this file at the same time once you have sized it etc. for your project.  For example, I could have cut the bottles with green paper, the outside of the chest with red etc. but I chose to cut all the pieces out of white cardstock.  Yes, I did color each of those bottles with Copics and the caps with a silver metallic pen.  I colored a very light blue for the ice in the bucket.  It has slots cut in it that you put the bottles in.  It makes the finished piece 3D.

Step 5:  The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from the ECD Nested “Scalloped Pierced” rectangles set.

Step 6: The bottom (sand) half of the card was decorated with a cute little die set from Impression Obsession.


The dark brown rocks by a couple of grass pcs. are the negatives from the darker Jinks Monkey’s ears.  The little shell is a designer pc. from the “Rocky the Crab” ECD die set (pic. above).  The rope is from ECD “Ropes” die set.

The Front of the card:

  When I make a pop up card I cut two pieces of cardstock.  One piece for the front and another for the back.  I have found that when you try to put one fold inside of another it never works out well.  By cutting two separate pieces you avoid that problem.  I used ECD Buttercream Soft finish Cardstock for the front and back adding 1/4″ on sides and front edges more than your inside card.  I used the same “Scalloped and Pierced rectangles” die set that I colored just inside the scalloped edge with a Copic Marker E71.  The banana background was made by cutting a rectangle smaller to fit over the other and embossed with ECD’s “Bananas” embossing folder by Karen Burniston.  I then colored just the bananas with Copic Y08.  I added another sand border just as inside the card and placed the darker Jinks with a bow (because I’m the girly girl sister).  The cell phone and Selfie button are from The Eyelet Outlet.  I love this company.  They make so many adorable brads.  You almost can’t think of a shape they haven’t turned into a brad.  The sentiment on the front is stamped with a little stamp from Karen Burniston’s stamp set called “Cheeky Monkey”.

Thanks so much for taking a look.

Flower Pot Pop Up




The die set that I used to make this birthday card for my beautiful daughter Elizabeth Rose is one of Karen Burniston’s latest releases for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Below is a picture of the set.


This is such a fun die set.  It can be used for so many occasions.  The pot itself and the mechanism you install inside can be filled with all kinds of shapes and themed dies.  Since  we’re a couple of weeks away from Halloween, here’s two samples I pulled from Pinterest

I chose this really cute new designer paper by “American Crafts Adult Coloring Collection “Roses”.  It’s 12 x 12 double side paper.  I love it because you get to color it any color you want.  This paper was the inspiration for the project.  This daughter works at the same place I do and when she pops into the beauty salon to spend her breaks with me, she is truly the bright spot in my day.  So I chose to color only one “Rose” to symbolize that.


The flowers were cut  with two polka dot cardstocks from Core’dinations patterned pack by Darice “Neutrals” except the smallest flower (centers) were made by stamping white cardstock first with a little flower stamp and then cut out with the die.


The sentiment inside was computer generated and cut out using another of Karen Burniston’s new release sets called “Labels and Circles”


This set is a new treat I bought myself and I already know I’m going to use it a lot!  Each nested shape is either “stitched or pierced”.  The pot, red stripe edge and sentiment label was cut from some red cardstock (stash).

Since I had to have this card made quickly I chose to make the front of the folded card simple.


If you are inspired to buy the “Flower Pot pop up” die set and want to start making your own creations with this very versatile set I recommend strongly that you watch this assembly video before you begin your project.  It’s by the designer Karen Burniston who simplifies every step for you.  Video link:

Thank you so much for taking a look at my project.  Please leave a comment as I read them all.  If you have a question I would be happy to answer it.

Other supplies used but not pictured or mentioned above:

White Soft Finish Cardstock – Elizabeth Craft Designs

“Happy Birthday” front card sentiment – Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way Words

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm roll

Copic Markers: YG11, 13, 17  R24, 27, 29

“Little flower stamp” referenced for the center of flowers:  “Occasions” clear stamp set by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.



Thinking of you


It’s been a while since I could find the time to craft, never mind write about it.  I’ll be working full time at the beauty salon for another 6 weeks until my bus. partner gets back from healing a broken leg.

I have received some new craft toys from Elizabeth Craft Designs recently while at the same time needing to be able to make a quick card for one of the salon customers.  Below are 3 of my new toys:


The “Bees” die set comes with two options for wings.  I just chose to use just the one with the wings open as in flight.  The set that is called “Bead Strings 1” is one set of several that Elizabeth Craft Designs makes that are what I would call decoration dies.  They add texture and interest and can be used many ways.  As in the picture of the product each string can also be glammed up with jewels.

I just love this “Daisy” die.  I didn’t get it for a long time because I had a daisy die that has the more realistic look because the petals all move freely.  I didn’t see the need for two and I wanted too many other new toys.  But after seeing other peoples projects with this die set I thought I’d break down and get it.  Now, that I have it, I could kick myself for waiting so long.  I love this set not only because of how beautiful it is but it’s also so quick to make!

I die cut all the elements from those three sets from white “Soft finish cardstock” from ECD and then colored them with Copic Markers with the exception of the beads string borders that were cut from the reverse side of the designer paper.

The last new toy is one I also waited to get but now have it.  It’s really going to be fun to make matching “Card Easels” for my cards.  Here below is a picture of this die.


The designer paper I used for the stand as well as the background mat is from a paper stack by KC and Company and is double sided.

The other two mats were cut with Spellbinders “A2 Matting Basics”

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll come back soon.

“Frozen” Pop UP

Frozen front

Frozen inside

One of my customers at the beauty shop I work at requested a pop up card with the movie “Frozen” as the theme.  I knew I would have to use both dies and my Silhouette to accomplish this.  By now, I guess you’ve figured out that Elizabeth Craft Designs is my favorite company for most of my wafer thin dies.  But they, don’t have “Frozen” dies as anything “Frozen” is proprietary.  I saw this file that is actually a one piece silhouette of each of the Princesses.  The file is actually called “Scandinavian Princesses”.  I cut them with white Soft Finish Cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Next, I lightly penciled in where I felt the hair, dresses, and facial features would be and then colored them with Copic markers.  I think they made great “Elsa” and “Anna” figures.

“Olaf” is also a Silhouette file apply named “Snowman”. I had to trim him up a bit to more closely look like “Olaf”.  His teeth and the sticks on his head are just the negative pieces from some of the die cuts.  Tip: Don’t throw away the left over negative pieces until you finish your project.  You never know until you’re done if some of that “trash” could be useful.

As always, I begin with Elizabeth Craft Designs “Lots of Pops” die set pictured below:

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I love this die set because it gives you the structure to build out your little scenes.  You actually have four levels counting the back to create a scene.  Below is a side view of the levels or pops.

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I cut the snowflakes and trees from Elizabeth Craft Designs:  All Seasons Tree,  5 Part Pine Tree, and Snowflakes.

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The 5 part pine tree and snowflake die sets are two different products.  I just have them both in the same binder sleeve.  Below is a picture of all the elements cut out and glittered.

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I believe the best way to get a perfectly glittered piece is to first apply your card stock to Clear Double sided adhesive then die cut your image with the die placed on the adhesive side.  I use Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear double sided adhesive.  It comes in a multitude of sizes. These dies will cut through both the adhesive backing and the cardstock. Next, peel off the adhesive backing and sprinkle your glitter over the adhesive side of you piece and shake off the excess glitter.  Here is a great video showing this technique:

The sentiment inside I created using first my computer to create the sentiment.  This one is a quote from the movie “Frozen”.  I printed it out and then cut it out using a nested oval set by Spellbinders.  Next, I cut out a frame for the sentiment using Elizabeth Craft Designs  “1112-Fitted Frames 4-Curvy Ovals”.

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I colored one of the frames with a Copic marker.  I added ECD glitter dots to the larger oval frame.  I added a large glittered snowflake.

The front of the card was created using ECD “Outdoor Edges” and cut from glittered cardstock purchased at Joanne Fabrics and Crafts.

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I used the ECD “A way with words” “Happy Birthday” and the same glitter technique in the video above.  The sentiment was created in my computer.  I also added a few more of the small snowflakes that come with the “All Seasons Tree”.  The designer paper that is light blue with glitter dots of snow is from Joanne Fabric and Crafts.

So happy you stopped by for a look and hope you will try making some Pop Up scenes of your own.  You might want to take a look at my blog entry called “A Zoo Pop Up for my Grand Nephew”.  This entry has  step by step instructions on how to create these scenes using the “Lots of Pops” die set.




New Products – New Challenge!

Hello Ladies

This is my entry to Freshly Made Sketches challenge #246


The above is the sketch we were given for this week’s challenge!

I had just received some new “toys” from Elizabeth Craft Designs and like all of us paper crafters, I couldn’t wait to use them!  One of my new die sets is “909 Hoppy the Frog“.

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He is one of the adorable character dies designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I also just received “711 – Lady Bugs” from the same company and designed by Els  (the owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs).

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I needed a “Tag” to put the frog and lady bugs on. So I chose a set I had just bought from The Scrapbook Outlet by Gina Marie Designs.

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An idea was beginning to form.  The challenge for me was to create something that would fit onto an oval that would be placed on top of the banner or tag.  I had already cut and assembled the “frog” and the “lady bugs” using a product from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Velvet Adhesive”.  I had just bought the sample pack that has one of each of the 10 colors that this product comes in.  See picture below:

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I wanted to try this product because Els had featured it in her “Friday Technique” video. Here is the link to this video:

I used one with open wings and two with the closed wings.  You can actually open the closed wings slightly like I did.  They were cut from the “red velvet” in the above pack.  The silhouette layer was cut from black generic cardstock.

 I cut the silhouette die (the outline) of the frog and the “eyes” piece in white cardstock.  I cut the “over-lay” piece out of the darker green in the velvet sampler pack. I layed the detailed “over-lay” over the white silhouette piece to determine where to add a stripe of Pink Copic marker color R83 so that his mouth would be pink.  Then I used the Black Copic #100 to color all the rest of the white cardstock silhouette. One of the features I love about the frog die is that the eyes are a separate piece.  You can decide where you want the frog to be “looking” by where you position the dies. As you can see in the picture of the die package “Hoppy” looks as though he is looking straight ahead.  But, on my card, he definitely looks like he is looking at the “Lady bugs”. I also took a white gel pen and sort of narrowed the “iris” part of his eyes.  I was trying to give him a more sinister look, like he’s about to stick out his tongue and grab one of those lady bugs for a meal!

I cut the “Banner” from the largest die in the above “Gina Marie” set.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs “Soft Finish Cardstock”.  It comes in a ton of colors.  They also have 4 different sampler packs of this cardstock.  I bought all 4 so I would have samples to refer to when I wanted to buy a pack of 10 of a single color.  I have to admit I was slow to try this cardstock because it seemed a little pricey for solid colored cardstock.  I was used to buying packs of colored paper from Michaels or Joanne Fabric & Crafts.  I just couldn’t see that my projects would be better with the more expensive paper.  Well, I was wrong.  First of all, it’s 100lb. cardstock.  This makes it a sturdier cardstock.  A sturdy cardstock can be very important with interactive cards like pop ups, step, explosion boxes, pivot boxes and so  on.  When you spend the time making one of these cards you assume the recipient will probably display it for awhile and be opened and closed numerous times!  If your interactive mechanisms tear or break, the card is no longer magic.  It’s trash!

The other thing I noticed about this cardstock is one side of it is very subtly textured.  You can feel it but it isn’t highly visible.  I don’t know if this slight texture is what makes your die cuts better or not, but they are better! They look thicker, feel puffier and seem to have more dimension.  They emboss like no other!  I love the way your images seem so much crisper when you stamp on this paper.  It also is fabulous to color on with whatever mediums you use.

The last feature which seemed like a “what ever!” feature to me is NOW one of my favorite things about this cardstock!  It’s only colored on one side!  What? I know!  Well, here’s what I love about this feature.  If you use this cardstock as the base for your card, the inside of your folded card is white!  Yay!  Soooooo, you can first put it through your printer to print a sentiment you created or stamp on the white inside.  I love that!  There are so many other reasons that this is a great feature.  It creates more opportunities to decorate pivots, pull-cards and the like.  I recommend trying out one of the sampler packs.  You’ll be glad you did.  Your welcome.  Commercial over.

I also cut out of white cardstock 4 of the little “Lily pad”die that comes with “Hoppy”.  I colored them with Copics RV00 and G21. Using the tools in Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Susan’s Garden Tool Kit I added some dimension.  Then I glued two together offsetting the two pieces.

I cut a circle from a nested set by Sizzix using the 3rd smallest.

I cut one (3rd to the smallest) of the “Beaded Circle Frame” set, out of white cardstock and colored it with Copic BG000 which is an exact match to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock – “Soft Sky”.  I used that cardstock for the light blue layer behind the tag.  The piece measures 5″ x 6.5″ and was adhered to the white cardstock base.  The base was made by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Then it was trimmed to 5.5″ x 7″ finished card.

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I created the sentiment on my computer and printed it out on white cardstock.  I then cut the sentiment out using the long rectangle die at the bottom of this Spellbinders” set called “Matting Basics”.

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Once all my elements were created, all I had to do was to assemble them as pictured in the finished project.  The last step was to attach a piece of knotted ribbon to the top of the banner to make it look like more like a “tag”.

Here’s a picture of the inside.

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I created the sentiment on my computer and printed on colored copy paper from Walmart “pastels”.  I cut it out with a die set from QuickKutz using the largest die.  See below:

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I love reading your comments and will reply to any questions you may have.  I also want to say that the products I recommend or review are my honest experience and recommendations.  I am not compensated in any way by any of the manufacturers of these products.






A Cascading Tag Card

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This is how the card looks folded.  The front of the card.

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This is the card inside when you open it up!

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This 3rd picture shows how the card looks from the top.

I wish I could take credit for this technique but it was created by the fabulous Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.   Here is a link to her video of how to create this fun and surprising card:

I urge you to watch this video because she shows you every step in creating this card that can accommodate endless themes.  It looks complicated but is really not hard at all and soooo fun to make.  As soon as I saw this I knew I wanted to try and make one.  I had just purchased her set of charm dies “Steampunk Charms” I cut one of each of these charms out of Elizabeth Craft Designs “Soft Finish cardstock” in white and colored them with PanPastels. I later cut another of the small gear piece making 2 of these.

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When I saw her video I realized that there were opportunities with this technique to have these charms dangling when you open the card.  So that’s what determined the theme that my card would have.  Next I had to choose the cardstock.  I love the series of cardstock that Els Van de Burgt created for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It’s called “Through The Lens“.  There are 3 sets in the series: Wood, Metal and Stone.  She took the photos herself and then had them made into cardstock!  WHAT? I love people who see beauty in old discarded things.  Here are the pictures of the two pieces in the “Metal” set that I chose.

  I chose a gold antiqued paper from DCWV called “The Old World Stack” for the base of the card (the pc. in the video that is 3″ x 12″ with the corners rounded with a corner rounder punch from Marvy Uchida.  You can find it on Amazon.

I cut the Adirondack Chair twice out of the brown/gold cardstock  in the left photo above. If you watch the video you’ll see that the two cuts actually make 4 chairs or two sets of chairs connected to each other. (all of these steps will probably only make sense after you watch the video)  I cut the 6 tags out of the turquoise cardstock in the same photo. Below are pictures of the two die sets I used for this step.

The one on the left is called “975 Adirondack Chair Pop Up”  The one on the right is “973 Tags Pivot Card”.  From the chair set you’ll use the chair “pop up piece” to cut the chairs from.  In the Tags Pivot card set there is a die of a tag  that is the largest of the decorator die tags. This is the piece that you cut your 6 tags from. Also in the same die set there is  a hole protector die. I cut 12 hole protectors and put one on the front and one on the back of the hole in each of the  6 tags.  Tip:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs “Clear double sided Adhesive” that I attached to the cardstock first before cutting out the hole protectors.  It makes installing them over the holes on the tags “easier” and “faster”, my two favorite words!

The larger two “gears” decorator pieces used to decorate my tags as well as the clock on the front of the card is from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Clock and Gears”.  Below is a picture of that die set.

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The last step was I decided to add more stuff! So I got out what is turning out to be two sets that I use on sooo many cards.  These two decorator sets are also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I love them because you can use them with all kinds of paper or cut them with white cardstock and color them.  The one below is called “1125 – Ropes 1”.  I used the one right in the middle out of black cardstock and cut 2 pieces.

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The next set is called “1123 – Jewels 1”.   I used the one that’s sort of gold in the picture and looks like circles and beads.  I cut 2 pieces with that die out of remnants of the turquoise “Through the Lens” paper referenced above.

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The sentiments for both the front of the card and the end tag on the inside was created with my computer, printed on white cardstock and cut with the next small tag die in the above pictured “Tags Pivot Card”. I distressed them a bit with black dye ink, added gears and a section of the turquoise “Jewel” strips.  The paper I used for the front of my card and the two sections Karen shows that I added to the center of the opened card is from a printable pattern from the Silhouette Store.  I chose this because I needed something that went with my color scheme and theme but was paper not cardstock.  I also added a black ribbon tied on two of the tags.

I really hope you will watch Karen’s video and see the two cards she made using this technique she invented.  They are so cute and both of her themes are  totally different then mine.  But…’ll have to watch the video to see what they are:



July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day! c4c344

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OK, so the challenge this week was to create a card to cheer up “Lonely People”.  I just received a package of three die sets I ordered that Elizabeth Craft Designs makes.  Of course whenever a crafter gets new toys we want to use them. Right?  The three new dies are pictured below.

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The truth is I forgot July 11th is Cheer up the Lonely!  I just remembered the “Cheer Up” part.  When I put this card together I was thinking of a friend that I met on Elizabeth Craft Designs “Family Facebook Page”.  She has a granddaughter named Olivia who has a medical issue that is serious.  I thought that Olivia might get a kick out of seeing a card on the internet that was made especially for her from someone she’s never met.  I’m quite sure that little Olivia is surrounded by people that love and adore her and is not “Lonely”. I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone to think my intentions for this card was hoping for special consideration in the C4C Challenge.  In fact, because this card is not intended for someone lonely probably disqualifies my entry and that is fine with me.  It’s just as the card was being constructed little Olivia just popped into my head!

So this is how I made it. I first used the “Fancy Label Accordian” die and cut it out 3 times for a 3 page accordion card.  Here is a link to the Designer Karen Burniston’s video showing how to assemble this card: I chose a pretty double sided cardstock from Simple Stories pictured below where one side is large stripes and the other side is polka dot.  I like to use a double sided paper or cardstock for these accordion dies because then the back is as pretty as the front.

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Below are pictures of the back of the card:

The picture below is of the front of the card when it is folded to go into an envelope.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs has a lot of adorable character dies designed by Karen Burniston.  I only have 4 of them so far, but have plans to collect a few more.  These character dies can be cut with colored cardstock that’s appropriate for each of the body parts, but I decided to cut them out of all white cardstock.  I then colored the parts with Copic markers.  Here’s a link to a video where Karen demonstrates constructing “Poppy” the owl:

I then created in Word on my computer the sentiment for the middle page and the two speech bubbles for “Poppy” and “Chilly”.  I cut out the sentiment for the middle page with the largest decorator die that’s included in the “Fancy Label Accordian” die set.  I used the same die to cut a label layer for the characters but reversed the side of the paper.  I’m not real pleased with that choice because that layer blends in too much.  But, you live and learn and regret, right? LOL

I then die cut the speech bubbles using  the green die in the set pictured below.

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I ended up tucking the tail part of the speech bubble under both characters wings so the bubbles wouldn’t interfere with the open/close mechanism. The little hearts were cut with the little heart die in the “Poppy” set by positioning on one of the papers wide peach stripes. And that’s pretty much it!  Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave a comment.  I love the feedback!

Supplies used not pictured above:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Clear Double Sided adhesive

Copic Markers: E37,39, #100 YR02,04



Birthday card for a Sweetie!

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Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #244

So I decided to enter another Challenge.  This challenge group stresses clean not over fussy design.  Here’s the sketch we were given this week below.

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I knew I wanted to use my Elizabeth Craft Designs “Wavy Fitted Ovals”  I just love this die set.  It’s unique because you cut all the ovals at one time.  When this set came out I didn’t get it.  I was used to choosing the size of die I needed from a set of nested dies and I thought “Well, so even though you only need one, you have to cut them all?”  I thought that would waste a lot of cardstock or designer paper.  But when I saw their design team using them on projects, I loved the way they looked.  I saw a video by Els (the designer/owner of the company) using them.  She cut them out of white cardstock and then colored them with either markers, PanPastels or any other thing you like to color with.  I suddenly had one of those “WHAT?” moments.  Seems obvious now, but I was used to using my dies with colored cardstock or designer papers.  This concept never occurred to me.  Below is what they look like.

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You get a total of five dies in the set including the smallest which is a stitched oval.  I ended up loving this concept so much that I now have them in Squares and Rectangles too!  I used them all but the largest for this card alternating Copic Y8 and just the white cardstock they were all cut from.

Next I used another Elizabeth Craft Design die set called “Strawberries”.  This set was designed by Els daughter Joset.  Below is a picture of that die set!

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I also cut all the pieces of this set in white cardstock and colored them with ink and daubers.  As you can see in the photo, there are two dies that you can use to make the strawberries look like they’ve been dipped in chocolate.  My favorite way to eat them but decided not to use those dies for this project.  The little white blossom was created with a die that comes in the “Cupcake” die set from the same company.  The tag with “Sweetie” was first created with “word  sweetie” on my computer and then cutting it out with a little die from a set from Spellbinder’s called “Back to Basics Tags”.  Picture below.

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The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs cut from white cardstock backed with “Double Sided Adhesive” from the same company.  The base card measures 5″ x 7″ and was created with this cute apple green polka dotted cardstock.  The cardstock is an 8.5 x 11″ cardstock.  So I scored it at 5.5″ on the long side and trimmed it to the finished size.  I used the landscape orientation which worked well with the design.  And that’s it.  Very easy and took about an hour from start to finish!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will come back for more inspiration.

Products used not mentioned above:

Elizabeth Craft Designs “Soft Finish Cardstock” white.

Recollections “Primary Pin Dot” cardstock green.




Rocky at the Boardwalk

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Hi Everybody!  I’m Kathleen Adams and I have the honor of being today’s “guest designer” for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I was inspired by my granddaughters love for the boardwalk at Santa Cruz, CA.  She never seems to tire of wanting to spend the day there.  Here’s how I made this card.

Step 1:  From the “Through the Lens” Wood pack you’ll need two pieces of the cardstock on the right and one of the left, pictured below.

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Cut both of the red ones in half with the vertical wood planks half measuring at 6″ x 3 1/8″ which leaves the red horizontal planks side 6″ x 2 7/8″.

Step 2:  Die cut all the pieces in the Rocky the Crab #985.  I used black scrap (silhouette die), scrap red (detailed die) and scrap white for the eyes.  Assemble with craft glue or adhere your cardstock to ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive before you die cut.

Step 3:  Die cut all the decoration dies:  Shells Small #1147, tiny shell that comes with Rocky, and Ropes #1125 with Dove Gray Soft Finish Card Stock.

Step 4:  Color all the decoration pieces using PanPastels. See colors below in photo. Spray all colored pieces with inexpensive hair spray to set the PanPastel. Then, with craft glue, assemble all your shells and starfish  (make 2 starfish).

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Step 5: Die cut the frame from ECD Hanging Charm Pull Tab #1104 twice.  Once from one of the red half “Wood” cardstock and the other with Café au Lait Soft Finish Cardstock.  Die cut the “T” shaped die piece with the other red half.  Die cut the other “slider die pc.” in the set (pic. below) out of one of the vertical wood sides of the paper.

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Step 6:  Assemble the slider pieces using 6mm ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I urge you to watch the tutorial by Karen Burniston for this step because it’s difficult to put into words, that make sense, where to put the adhesive. Karen’s video    The below photo shows where the adhesive should be placed.  Again, I would watch the video to know why this is important and to understand how you attach the two pieces (photo below) together.

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Step 7:  From the other piece of the brown only side of this cardstock die cut a rectangle hole using the little rectangle die from the ECD Rectangle Pull Card.  Make sure before this step that the rectangle hole you cut is going to be covered when the slider mechanism is in the down position so that the sentiment is not revealed until you pull the frame tab.

Step 8:  Create two sentiments on your computer in word.  I printed out “Happy Summer” in pale yellow scrap cardstock and “It’s Boardwalk Time” on scrap white cardstock (ink the edges with brown ink).  Die cut the “Happy Summer” with the little circle from the ECD Oval Pull Card die set.  Die cut from the same paper the pointy circle that is the other part of the “Sun” from the same die set. Attach the sentiment circle to the pointy circle to complete the “Sun”.

Step 9:  With ECD 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive adhere the “brown wood” half cardstock (with the rectangle hole) to the right side of the still intact cardstock that has the blue peeling paint (which I thought looked like the edge of the ocean).  With craft glue or ECD Clear sided Adhesive attach your “Boardwalk”  sentiment into the rectangle hole.  Now adhere your completed slider mechanism on top of the other brown only (right side) matching up the wood grain.  With craft glue, glue the two frames together for strength.  Glue one of the starfish to Rocky’s claw as pictured.  Now attach rocky to the frame (as shown).  Attach your completed frame and Rocky to the slider mechanism being careful not to have it interfere with the “valley” fold when the tab is pulled. (you can see this fold in the above completed picture)

Step 10:  Cut a 6.5″ x 6.5″ piece out of Dove Gray Soft Finish Cardstock.  With 10mm ECD Double Sided Adhesive attach the completed step 9 piece to this Dove Gray piece.  Glue the ropes to the left edge and glue the all the shells and “sun sentiment” as shown.

I hope you like this fun card and will try one of your own. The “Hanging Charm Pull Tab” die set is adorable with the charms dangling inside of the frame and I wanted to show you that you can create all kinds of themes with this versatile die set.  How about a cupcake glued to the frame for a birthday card!  It may seem complicated, but I promise, if you watch Karen’s video you’ll agree it’s not complicated at all.   Thanks for taking a look, Kathleen Adams

Supplies Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies sets: Hanging Charm Pull Card 1104, Rocky the Crab 985, Shells Small 1147, Oval Pull Card (sun elements), Ropes 1 1125

Elizabeth Craft Designs 6mm and 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock:  Dove Gray and Café au Lait

Elizabeth Craft Designs Through the Lens cardstock “Wood”