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Friday, February 17, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Card Featuring Our NEW Dies!

Hi There,

Today I am bringing you a card created using Elizabeth Craft Designs' new die release. We had a huge release in January and these dies are amazing to work with. I am featuring two of the newest ones here today.

This card is made exclusively with Elizabeth Craft Designs' dies. The base card is cut using the Stitched Rectangles by Els Van De Burgt Studios. The white piece is cut from ECD's Soft Finish Cardstock using the new Diamond Background Die by Joset Designs. die, and the focal is the new Dandelion Fluff Die by ModaScraps. 

The first thing I did was cut a card base and backing piece for the background die out of dark blue card stock. I attached the dark blue piece to the back of the diamond background stamp so that the inked Dandelion Fluff die would show up nicely. I have used distress inks to ink up the Dandelion Fluff Die.

I cut a piece of patterned paper and added it to the card base before adding the diamond background die using foam tape to add dimension to the card. 

I also cut some foam tape to fit along a few areas of the Dandelion Fluff die so it too would pop up on the card front.

The sentiment was fussy cut from the same paper pad that the background came from. 

The final card is quite striking.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs All Season Tree

Hi Friends,

I'm here today to share a really playful card made from Elizabeth Craft Designs Products. This card was a labor of love but it was such a joy to make. I love creating scenes and this All Seasons Tree die set from designer Karen Burniston is perfect for making scenes for every season.


Step 1: Using your Stitched Rectangle die set (second largest die) cut yourself a pierced layer of Soft Finish White Card Stock.

Step 2: Use Susan's Garden PanPastels to lightly color the background in blues and greens to create this simple background. Spray with a fixative to prevent smearing.

Step 3: Die cut 1 tree base along with lots of leaves from the All Seasons Tree die set. The set comes with multiple leaves to choose from. The Oak leaf is used in this sample.

Step 4: Adhere the solid tree onto your colored background

Step 5. Using Susan's Garden tool kit and a leaf pad add a crease to each of your leaves. This adds dimension to your leaves

Step 6: Dip the stem end of the leaves into liquid glue before applying them onto the tree. It helps to use a tool to hold just the tip of the leaf down for a count of 10 seconds to allow for the glue to begin drying.

Step 7:  Die cut the CountryScapes Garden Edges - Hyacinth, green for the stem piece and multiple pinks and purples for the flower petals.

Step 8: Turn the green leaf strip over and using the smallest ball end of the stylus and press he backs of each of the flower sections to give them a little curve.

Step 8: When punching the small petals out of the die use the small ball end to push the tiny petals out with the molding pad underneath. This gives them a little cup shape as well, and more dimension when gluing them down.

Step 9: Assemble your card using a A2 card base (4.25x5.5) and a piece of designer paper to match your card front.

Supply List:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Soft finish White Card Stock

Susan's Garden PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 2

Susan's Garden 4pcs. All Metal Tool Set in Luxury Case

Leaf Pad 4x6 (5 pack)

Karen Burniston's All Season Tree Die set

CountryScapes Garden Edge - Hyacinth

Misc. Other Supplies

A fixative spray for setting the PanPastels

Coordinating Card Stock and Coordinating Patterned paper

Monday, February 13, 2017

LDRS Creative Saturated Canary Crafty Cat

Hello My Friends,

Today I am bringing you a sweet card featuring a Saturated Canary stamp by LDRS Creative called "Crafty Cat"

This was such a fun stamp to color and one all Copic colorists should own!!!

Look at this Purrrrr fect kitty helping with the coloring... Such a sweetie!

LDRS Creative Supply List:

Crafty Cat Rubber Stamp

Fancy Squares & Little Things Die Set

Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set

Majestic Frame Die Set 

Copic Markers

  Close up of my Copic Coloring...

I hope you all have a blessed day. Melanie

Friday, February 10, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Tea Time Stamps & Dies

Hello Friends,

I am here today to share a card I made with a really fun stamp and die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs' brand new stamp line by Krista Schneider. These adorable sets have such a whimsical feel to them and are perfect for coloring with any medium. The matching dies are so precise and make just wonderful projects.

Step 1: From your first color cardstock cut a 6"x 12" rectangle, score and fold in half to form a 6" card base.

Step 2: Choose your favorite designer paper and cut a piece for the background choosing the border size of your choice (shown: Very narrow.)

Step 3: Cut a contrasting solid color piece 5" x 5" and cut with the Fitted Frames 4 die. I used green in the project, but in the photos below I used pink as an example. To ensure that all of the details got cleanly cut, I used the Big Shot machine with a Precision Base Plate and ran it through twice. Alternatively, use a Metal Adaptor Plate from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Online Store inside your machine's usual cutting plate sandwich.

The Elizabeth Craft Designs Tweezers are perfect for poking out any little pieces that stay in the die and inside the cut pieces. punching out the little pieces from the die. Below are the 9 pieces that this one die cuts - 8 frames and a heart.

Look at all those beautiful pieces....So many choices all from one die - pure magic!

Step 4: Counting inward from the largest to the smallest, you will use the second and fourth largest for this card. Save the rest for other projects. Cut 2 background squares in the same color card stock as the card base (3.75" x 3.75" and 4.5" x 4.5".)

Step 5: Using black permanent ink on white card stock, stamp the teapot, stack of teacups and 'you're so sweet' sentiment from the Tea Time Clear Stamp Set. Color with markers or pencils of choice. Die cut teapot and teacups with coordinating Tea Time Die Set. Border the sentiment with patterned paper. Border the inner edges of the green die cut frames on each square with black peel-off stickers. Adhere the teapot to the smaller square, orienting the square so it has a point centered at the top like a diamond. Adhere the teacups to the larger frame with the square oriented like a picture frame.

Step 6: Arrange the squares and the sentiment as shown, leaving space across the bottom and at the bottom left for lace, ribbon, silk or paper flowers, and die cut leaves (I used ModaScrap Leafy Branch 3 and Pair of Leaves 2) as shown or any other embellishments you want.

Here is a close-up of the project showing the coloring as well as the detail of the design.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Tea Time Stamp Set

Tea Time Dies

Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares

ModaScrap Pair Of Leaves 2

ModaScrap Leafy Branch 3

Peel-Off Lines in Black


Copic Markers

6" x 6" Papers by Authentique

Thank you for stopping by today.... I hope you have a wonderful day filled with crafty moments.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Dies

Hello Friends,

Welcome back! Today I am excited to share with you Elizabeth Craft Designs Die challenge with a focus on stitched dies. We are having a huge giveaway so make sure to head over there for your chance to WIN some Elizabeth Craft Stitched Dies... 


Below is my card featuring Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched dies. 

Believe it or not this card was inspired by the designer paper. I fell in love with this floral and the rich colors. So I matched up other papers and I began playing....

As soon as I decided to use the Teacup Die Set I just began cutting all the pieces out from each of the colors of paper. A little DIE overload here but boy was it fun playing with all those pieces.

This is like playing with paper dolls!!!

Now lets make the card...

Step 1: Cut your card base which measures 10" x 7" folded which will create a 5x7" card. 

Step 2: Cut your Designer Patterned 4.75x6.75"

Step 3: From the Stitched Rectangles Die Set Cut your two solid pieces of paper (Blue & White)

Step 4: Stamp your sentiment from the Elizabeth Craft Designs'
General Sentiments Stamp Set and use the Stitched Fishtail Die set to cut the sentiment out of. 

Step 5: Assemble your card to your liking mixing up all the different pieces to create contrast.

Here is a close up of the different pieces I decided to use. I have also added a few of Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter Dots in Silver/Gold.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Els van de Burgt Studio Stitched Rectangle Die Set
ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners
Joset Designs General Sentiments Stamp Set
Glitter Dots Silver/Gold
Soft Finish White Card Stock 

Other Supplies: 

Bazzill Peacock Card Stock
DCWV Fiesta Forever 12x12 Paper Stack

Thank you for all your support and for stopping by today.



Magnolia-Licious Challenge Anything Goes

Hi Lovelies,

Today I have a Magnolia card featuring Italian Speedy Tilda from the 2015 Little Italy Collection. Magnolia-Licious Challenge Blog kicks off a 2 week challenge today (Anything goes with optional flowers)

I purposely did not use a sentiment on this card because I want my husband to get this for Valentine's and to read the hidden message that the designer paper says "I Just Love You Forever & Always"

Above is a close up of my coloring. I have used Copic Markers as my medium. I have also used a Doohickey heart border die to frame my colored stamp along with a Memory Box die called "Drifting Flower Heart"

Head on over to the Magnolia-Licious Online Store to see a large selection of stamps and dies. Also don't forget to check out the challenge blog to participate in our current 2 week challenge. I can't wait to see what you have created!!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Ovals Card

Hi There,

I have something really fun to share with you today from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This is my very first accordion style card using Karen Burniston's Pop It Up Oval Accordion Die set.

I decided to go with an accordion card as soon as I saw this really fun stamp set called "Row Houses". I also used the coordinating Row House Dies which are also available.

I think the Oval Clouds Frame Edges really works well with this stamp set as well. If you saw my post last Tuesday you will see that I used the cut away cloud scraps in that "Critters" scene

Designers Tip: When working with the accordion dies your framed pieces and your center pieces (in this case ovals) off set eachother. If you look closely at the first photo you can see that the background piece first has a valley fold and then a mountain fold. Where as the "oval sections" go from mountain to valley to mountain. Once you realize this then building them and designing with them is a lot of fun.

Here is a close up of one section of the accordion. I was really happy at the way all of this went together. 

I currently have more "Accordion" dies sets on my shopping list for my next order. If you would like to order any of these products head on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs online store. I promise you, you will not be disappointed... these dies and stamps are top quality. 

As always thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to design outside the box. Happy Crafting!

Melanie Smith