Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red and White Poinsettias

I was out shopping yesterday and noticed they already have real poinsettias in the stores.  I love to decorate with a variety of poinsettias. This is a 6"x6" card.  A piece of green gingham design paper was used for the background.

 I created white poinsettias and one red poinsettia using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia dies.  Below the flowers I added Garden Notes Whitepine Bough and Elizabeth Craft Leaf & Berry Branch.  For the Berries on the Branch, I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Red Dot  Peel-off Stickers.
The beautiful sentiment is one of the A Way With Words die cuts.  It was die cut four times, using Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back, then layered.  I love how stacking the die cut gives it a lot of dimension.  To finish the card, Red Line Peel-Off Stickers were attached around the edge of the design paper background to frame it.

 Below are links to the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly

Before I tell you about my card, I want to tell you that no matter how many times I set the print with the margins on the left side, it always posts with the words centered. The margins look fine until I actually post my blog.  I have no idea why this started happening.  Has anyone else had this problem or know how I can fix it????? 

Today I have a card designed using the Quietfire Creations "Deck The Halls" rubber stamp.  Susan's Garden Notes Holiday Holly & Berries were perfect to decorate above this pretty  stamped sentimentA few pine boughs were die cut using the  Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone dies and placed under the hollyFor additional holiday cheer, I used Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia dies to create pretty poinsettias.   

Along the bottom edge of the card, I added three rows of Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Line Stickers.  Line Stickers were also placed above and below the stamped sentiment.  In the upper right corner, I added an Elizabeth Craft Designs Gold Corner Peel-Off Sticker.   A red silk bow was added above the die cut holly to complete the card.

Below are links to the products used:


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Decorated "Book" Box

 I am still having fun decorating boxes for Christmas gifts. It doesn't always take a lot of work to dress up something to make it special.   I purchased a "book" box from the Craft Store and added dimensional flowers and a sparkly greeting, and love the dressed up box.

To give the box dimension,  I used Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone dies to decorate the upper corner of this box.  A couple of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch were die cut using Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheets and were added under the flowers.

The beautiful Quietfire Creations "A Way With Words" Merry Christmas was die cut using gold glitter card stock.  I used Gold Glitter Card Stock so it would show up well against the background.   It was glued to the box front. 

 This is a side view of the box.

 On the inside of the box, I added another die cut Garden Notes Poinsettia.
This was a quick and easy project.  Just by adding Susan's die cut poinsettia and the Quietfire Greeting, it has really dressed up this box.

Below are links at Elizabeth Craft Designs for the products used:

1090 Garden Notes Poinsettia
1091 Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone
758 Berry Branch 
SS0212 - Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz
1056 - A Way With Words - Merry Christmas

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In All Things of Nature

Today I was going through my collection of Susan's Garden "Seeds Of Thought" Rubber Stamps and thought this stamp was perfect to combine with Bianca's Robin 2 - Flower Branch stamp. The stamped image was framed with one of the frames from the Fitted Frames 3 - Curvy Rectangles set.  

The bird was stamped on 85 lb Soft White Cardstock.  This bird is called a Red-capped Robin which is native to Australia.  I think it is so pretty! The stamped image was colored with a combination of Copic Markers and Susan's PanPastels. The image was die cut using a circle die then an Elizabeth Craft Designs Line Peel-Off Sticker was attached around the edge.  The same line sticker was used around the green frame and the outside of the card.  Black Corner Peel-Off stickers were added at the top of the card.  There were black dots left (the negative portion) of the corner stickers.  I used them in the circle openings of the green frame.

Both Susan's Seeds Of Thought frame and the bird were attached with dimensional tape.  Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut Leafy Branch was added below the bird. 

This card will be perfect for anyone with the love of nature!

The links below to products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Joyful Snowman

Winter is here!  We woke up to snow today.  I decided to work on another snowman card created with Susan's Garden Country Scapes dies.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  I used a piece of light blue design paper with white polka dots for the background.  

The snowman was created with Garden Notes Build A Snowman dies.  The little blue bird was die cut from the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set.  To create the background scene, I used one of the CountryScapes - Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen tree.  The fence was built with two die cuts from the CountryScapes New England Stonewall & Gate die set.  The snow below the tree, fence and snowman were die cut from the CountryScapes Backyard 4 - Snow Decor die set.  The little die cut rabbit is from the CountryScapes - Critters 1 die set.

The "joy"  sentiment is from Quietfire Creations.  It was framed with one of the die cut frames from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares.  To decorate the frame I used the evergreen branches and small poinsettia from the CountryScapes - Backyard 4 die set.  To finish the card, I used one of the small snowflake stamps from Bianca's Hedgehog Daisy Christmas stamp set.  The snow flakes were stamped with VersaMark Ink and white embossed.

Below are links to the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Poinsettia Decorated Pillow Box


Today I am sharing my design team post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs BlogI have another idea using Susan's Garden Notes holiday dies.  It is the time of year when we are starting to think of gift ideas.  Receiving a gift in a beautiful package is always exciting.  Today I will show you how I decorated this small gift box.

 Use a template to create a Pillow Box out of cardstock.    There are many patterns on the Internet for Pillow boxes, or you can use the Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board, which I used.  This is a 7-inch long Pillow Box.  To attach the sides to create the box, use ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

For decoration, cut a band that will fit around the middle of the box.  The band on this box is 2 1/2 inches wide.   Add Viva Inka-Gold around the sides of the band.  Attach the end with ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia die, cut enough petals to make two poinsettias.  Shape the Poinsettias using Susan's Tool Kit.  I die cut the petals using 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock and colored them with a Copic RV11 marker.    The bracts of the poinsettia were created using Viva Yellow and Green Paper Pens.

Die cut six poinsettia leaves.  I used 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock and sponged leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  Inka Gold was rubbed around the edges.

Die cut 8 to 10 Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.  Glue the pine boughs to the top of the box, then add the poinsettias with dimensional glue dots.  If you haven't glued the green leaves to the underside of the poinsettia, glue them over the Whitepine Boughs so they show well around the poinsettias.

Create a bow using gold cord and tuck it under the edge of the poinsettias; this will tie in the gold on both ends of the box.  Use Elizabeth Craft Christmas Peel Off Stickers for the Sentiment.

A beautifully decorated pillow box is perfect for any small gift, including money.   What do you think - maybe this beautiful gift box will be treasured as much, if not more, than the gift inside!!!

The following supplies can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1090 Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia
1091 Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone
Susan's Flower Tool Kit
PSF101 -85-lb Soft Finish Cardstock
507 Clear Doubled Sided Adhesive
Christmas Peel Off Stickers

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Season's Greetings

I love the bird stamps by Bianca Petroschi that are available from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This is a Titmouse on a branch of winter berries, which is perfect for a Christmas card.

 Titmouse (RS024) Size 2.5" X 3"

The bird was stamped using gray ink on Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock and colored with a mixture of watercolor pencils and Copic markers.  A detailed fine point black marker was used to go in and add detail.  The stamped image was cut out.    For dimension, I added Faber Castell Whipped Spackle to the snow, which is in the stamped image, then sprinkled it with diamond glitter.  The berries were also glittered.

Before attaching the bird to the card, I scored around the edges of the front of the card,  then sponged on Tea Dye Distress Ink behind where the bird would be placed.  A few of Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs were added behind the bird, then it was attached with dimensional glue dots.

The beautiful sentiment is one of the Quietfire "A Way With Words" sentiments.  It was die cut using glitter card stock.  To complete the card, a strip of Elizabeth Craft Line Peel Off Stickers was attached at the bottom and two corner Peel Off Stickers added at the top.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Poinsettia with Holly

I love to decorate with Holly at Christmas time.    Today I designed a card useing Susan's Garden Notes Holiday Holly & Berries dies, along with her Garden Notes Poinsettia and Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone dies.

Susan has a video at this LINK to show you how to make her Holly die cuts very realistic.  I have made many holly leaves using Susan's technique, and love the look.    I decided to create the holly a little different today; I used white glossy card stock, shaped the leaves with Susan's Flower Tool Kit, then colored them with a green marker, leaving the edges white.  Next I sponged on a very light tan ink over the white edges.  I love the way Susan shows us to make dimensional berries.  When these Holiday Holly & Berries are completed, they look so real!

Two red poinsettia were created with Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia dies.  Below the arrangement, I added a few of Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.

The beautiful sentiment is one of the Quietfire, A Way With Words" die cut sentiments.  The sentiment was die cut using ECD 100 lb Soft Finish Cardstock, that was attached to Elizabeth Craft Clear Double Sided Tape.  The adhesive covering was pulled off and sprinkled with ECD True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.  

Under the sentiment, I added the ECD Holly Border.  For the berries, I used Susan's instructions to create dimensional berries.  Elizabeth Craft Designs Line and  Corner Peel-off Stickers were used to complete the card.

Links to the products from Elizabeth Craft Designs below:


Friday, November 13, 2015

Let It Snow

Today I have another snowman card.  I do not like to "exactly" copy someone else's work, but I love to draw inspiration from them.  On Els van de Burgt Studio, on Facebook,  Els shows how to create a cute snowman card using her Snowman Peel Off Stickers.  Here is the LINK so you can see how she adds Silk Microfine Glitter to these cute snowmen.  I bet you will be inspired to create this card too!


This is a picture of Els card.  It is so cute I was excited to create one similar. To create this card, you need the Elizabeth Craft Snowman in Frame  Peel Off Stickers.  Below I will show you how I created my snowman card.


I wanted a black frame around each of the four snowmen.  I used Susan's Garden Patch 1 1/2 Inch Garden Patch frame.  I die cut the frame using white card stock with Elizabeth Craft Clear Double Sided Tape on the the top.  This die cuts the squares I needed to attach the snowman stickers. Be sure you have the die facing down on the Adhesive.  Once die cut, you need to pull off the adhesive covering on each square, so the adhesive side is up, so you can add the glitter.

Two black frames were die cut.  These had the Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to the back.  In this picture the frame is laying over the adhesive, just so you know to use the adhesive -- but you want to die cut the frame with the die facing the black card stock.  The two frames will be attached to each other for height - this is easy to do when using the double-sided adhesive on the back. When ready, the  bottom frame will be attached to the card.

In this picture, you can see the that the snowmen have been attached to the white card stock die cut squares.  If you watch Els video, you will see how to add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter on everything except the face of the snowman. Then she shows you how to add White Silk Microfine Glitter to the face.  You will be coloring everthing except the white face of the snowman.

I have my snowmen ready to color with Copic Markers and here I show the snowman squares inside the Garden Patch frame.  The frame has six squares so I used the Elizabeth Craft Scissors to snip off the bottom row.

 Cut off the bottom section and now you have the four squares to frame the snowmen.  If you have doubled the frame, the snowmen squares fit down inside each square.  You might need to trim a small portion off around the sticker frame of the snowman.

I used several layers of white card stock on the front of this card.  The layer right under the snowman frame was embossed with the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder.  To make the dots shine, I rubbed the VersaMark Pad over the dots then brushed on Interference Blue Pearl Ex Pigment, then lightly sprayed with hair spray to seal it.  The Quietfire Creations "Let It Snow" stamp was used below the frames.  I scored lines around the edge of this piece and three lines at the bottom.  There is another, slightly larger piece of card stock behind the embossed piece.  The outside edges were scored then using a Tim Holtz Ruler, punched holes next to the scoring.  All layers were attached with dimensional tape.

For the large black frame, I used Els Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares.  On each corner of the black frame, I added a silver Peel-off Snowflake stickers.

You will find a lot more inspiration on YouTube using Elizabeth Craft Designs products at this LINK.

Below are links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

2784 Snowman Peel Off Stickers
1001 Garden Patch - 1 1/2 inch & Mini Roses
1064 Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares
510 Clear Double Sided Adhesive
E114 Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
8530 Snowflake Peel Off  Stickers
812 Elizabeth Craft Scissors
642 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
604 White Silk Microfine Glitter

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CountryScapes Snowman

 Most of you know that I love to create cards with snowman.  It is so fun to create different scenes with Susan's CountryScapes dies and of course I wanted to use her Build A Snowman dies to create this scene.  I love using the CountryScapes dies because you can create "dimensional" cards that do not need extra postage. 

This is a 6"x6" card.  I started with a piece of blue design paper for the background.

Outdoor scenes need clouds in the sky, so I used Susan's Garden Cloud die to create the subtle clouds on this card.  I used the "negative" template part of the die cut and white ink.  The template was held down and the white ink rubbed in circles - this does not create real bold clouds, but was perfect for a winter day sky.  The clouds do show up a little more on the real card.

Susan's Build A Snowman dies were used to die cut all the pieces using 100 lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  The scarf was die cut using a piece of design paper.  Copic markers were used to color the die cut pieces.  The CountryScapes Country Fence was die cut using white card stock and colored with Distress Inks. Only a portion of the fence was used.  The snow mounds on the fence were die cut using the CountryScapes Backyard 4 Snow Decor dies.  On the fence I added an evergreen bough and a poinsettia, also from the CountryScapes Backyard 4 set.  

The tree was die cut using the CountryScapes Woods 1 die.  It was sponged with Distress Inks and added in front of the fence, using dimensional tape.  The rabbits, squirrel, and red cardinal were die cut using dies from the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set.  

In order to create a snowy scene, I needed to add snow to the tree, so I used Tulip white Puffy dimensional paint.  Just small amounts were added then I used the heat gun to make the "snow" puff up.  Some of the Puffy paint was also added under the animals and snowman.  The greeting was die cut using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greeting die.

Below are links to the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1094 Susan's Garden Cloud Grass
1081 CountryScapes Build A Snowman
PSF102 100lb Soft Finish Cardstock
990 CountryScapes Country Fence
1079 CountryScapes Backyard 4
992 CountryScapes Wood 1
989 CountryScapes Critters 1
945 Season's Greetings


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