Friday, July 22, 2016

You're the Best


Good Morning.  Today it is my turn to create a card for my design team blog post at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Ladybugs always make me smile so I chose to use Joset Designs Ladybug die set.  You can go over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK to see complete details, including products used.  

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wishing You Oceans of Joy


Today is a  beautiful day and would perfect for a sailboat ride.  Today I used the Joset Design Boat, Lighthouse and Rainbow Sky die sets to create this card.

Using the wave die from the Boat die set, three sets of waves were die cut.  Using a white opaque pen, white caps were created on each wave.  The there sets of waves were attached to another piece of blue card stock that was cut slightly uneven for the far edge of the ocean.  The waves were attached to a piece of light blue card stock.  A piece of brown card stock, was cut with scissors, to resemble a shore line and glued to the bottom of the card.

All the pieces for the sailboat were die cut using Joset's Boat die set.  To decorate the sails,  one of the Bead Strings 2 dies was used to create blue strips.  The boat was tucked down in the bottom row of waves.

Joset Design Lighthouse was die cut using two shades of tan card stock.  It was glued to the left edge of the card, leaving part of it off. Scissors were used to trim along the edge.  

The clouds and sun were die cut using dies from Joset's Rainbow Sky die set.  To finish the card, one of the sentiments in the Joset Designs Ahoy Sentiments clear rubber stamps was stamped on the bottom of the card.

The following products used on this card can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Boat
Lighthouse
Rainbow Sky
Ahoy Sentiments
Bead Strings 2



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Glittered Lace Technique


I am having a lot of fun learning new things!  There are so many techniques to learn about on the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube videos. Today I watched the Technique Friday with Els - Silk Microfine Glitter Lace YouTube Video for inspiration to create this card.  Here is the LINK. This is a very easy technique that turns out so beautiful.  

This card is so gorgeous in real life.  The photo does not pick up the beautiful sparkle in the glitters.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Black Soft Finish Cardstock for the base and completed the lace technique just like Els shows in her video, starting with the Black Silk Microfine Glitter over the lace.  I changed the second color for my card -- Els used Silver Silk Microfine Glitter and I used Turquoise Microfine Glitter. The color combination is gorgeous!  



I die cut the A Way With Words Congratulations, using the black card stock.  I then glittered a piece of  turquoise card stock with the Turquoise glitter and attached the sentiment to it.  Around the edges of this frame, I added the Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet Black Line Stickers.  

To compliment the leaves in the lace, I used the Els van de Burgt Studio Leafy Branch to go around the sentiment. To create glittered leaves, Clear Double Sided Adhesive was attached to the card stock and the die placed on the adhesive side to die cut.  The leaves were covered with the Turquoise glitter.

The edges of the black card stock were lined with the Velvet Line Stickers.  To complete the card, Black Velvet Corner Stickers were added.  The black velvet stickers helped to create a very elegant glittered lace card!

The following products used can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Soft Finish Cardstock - Black
626 Turquoise Silk Microfine Glitter
601 Black Silk Microfine Glitter
A Way With Words - Congratulations
Velvet Black Line Stickers
Velvet Black Corner Stickers
Leafy Branch
Clear Double Sided Adhesive


Monday, July 18, 2016

Every Good & Perfect Gift


Good Morning.  It is time to show you another beautiful stamp from Quietfire Creations.  This is the card I designed for my design team blog post.  Isn't this a gorgeous stamp designed by Suzanne Cannon!  You can read all the details about this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog at this LINK.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Pop Up Card


Good Morning.  I love to watch all the helpful YouTube videos showing how to use the different products available from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Today I watched one of Karen Burniston's YouTube Videos called Pop It Ups Hot Air Balloon.  Here is the LINK to this YouTube Video. I followed along with Karen, creating this pop up as she gives very clear instructions.  

Karen completed her Hot Air Balloon Pop Up for a very cute Baby Card.  I did not have all the products to make the same card, but it was very easy to create my own design.  

I am sure one of my grandchildren will love receiving this Pop Up Hot Air Balloon Birthday card.  On the front of the card I added another Hot Air Balloon with Celebrate for the sentiment.

I used Dotted Scallop Ovals to frame the two sentiments from Karen's What's Up and Farm Greetings Clear Stamps sets.

You will find so much inspiration when you start watching the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube Videos  found at this LINK.

The following products used can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Hot Air Balloon with Pop Up
Clouds Embossing Folder
What's Up Clear Stamp Set
Farm Greetings Clear Stamp Set
Dotted Scallop Ovals
Bead Strings 2 (used for border around card)
Glittered Dots Stickers


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Working with Velvet Adhesive Sheets


I always look forward to seeing what new technique Els is going to show us each Friday.  This week she shows us how to use the Velvet Adhesive Sheets.  Here is the  LINK to Els van de Burgt Studio Technique Friday with Els - Velvet Adhesive Ladybugs YouTube video.

I am ashamed to admit that I have had the sample package of Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet Adhesive Sheets for probably over a year, and have never used them.  I did not realize how easy they are to die cut and what beautiful items you can create with them.  I have to say that after watching this video, I am hooked!  I love these  velvet adhesive sheets.  Thank you Els for the inspiration to use this fun product.


After watching Els  video on how to create Velvet Adhesive Ladybugs, I had to give it a try.  One thing I changed from the way Els created them, is I used dimensional glue dots under the Ladybug wings instead of clear silicone.  I did not have a tube of silicone and wanted to create the dimensional look, and the glue dots worked!  I'll explain what I did.   In the picture above you can see the glue dots.  I did cut off a glue dot, leaving a piece of the paper, they are attached to, long enough so it would cover the glue dot.  I used scissors to cut the glue dot down the center -- having the paper on top helps make it easy to cut the glue dot.  I place one half of the glue dot on one side of the wing (with the straight edge toward the straight edge of the wing) then the other half on the other wind.  I attached a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive, just like Els did in the video, and attached the wings to the black velvet body.  I love the feel of the ladybug!

Els showed how you can use the red velvet for the Joset Designs Strawberry too.  I found another die I could use the velvet sheets for.  I used black and yellow Velvet Adhesive Sheets to die cut the Joset Designs Bee.  So cute!

Els also has a YouTube Video showing the 21 new Silk Microfine Glitters that will be available soon. Here is the LINK to this video. I have a new favorite color -- it is #647 - Light Brown.  I used it on the wings of the Butterfly.  I love this color!!!!!

After creating my three "bugs", I designed a card to show them off.  I used Susan's Seeds of Thought - All Things of Nature rubber stamp for the sentiment.  It was framed using Els van de Burgt Studio Stitched Rectangles, and Dotted Scallop Rectangles die sets.

The die sets used to create the flowers on the card include Susan's Garden Notes Bluebonnet Lupine, Susan's Garden Geranium, and Garden Patch 1-inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum die sets.  The Leafy Branch die was used for the leaves. 

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These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Believe


As many of you know, I like to start making my Christmas cards early so I am not in a rush when the holidays arrive.

How cute is this card!!!!    I love to watch all the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube videos for ideas and complete instructions for using their products.  When I saw Karen Burniston's video for this cute Fireplace card, I had to give it a try.  Here is the LINK to Karen's YouTube Pop it Ups - Lots of Pops Fireplace Scene video.  Karen shows how to use the Lots of Pops die to animate this fireplace complete with Santa's boots dangling in the opening.  The boots and stockings are easy to create using Karen's Props 6 Cowboy Boots die set.  It looks like it might be complicated, but Karen's instructions are so easy to follow, giving all the details needed.  I'm sure you will have fun creating this delightful PopUp card.

I love how Karen created this fireplace.  You cut little strips of red card stock and layer them on gray card stock that is covered with a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive, then add Pewter Silk Microfine Glitter for the grout.  I was so impressed with how realistic it looks! This technique was used for both the fireplace and the chimney on the front of the card.

I basically created my card the same as Karen, but used my own design paper and added my own touches for the fireplace. Inside the fireplace, I have used Susan's CountryScapes Woods 2 die set.  I have added a piece of design paper to create a wood plank floor on my card.  I love Karen's idea on creating the hearth in front of the fireplace. For the sentiment, I die cut the A Way With Words - Believe using black card stock.



This shows the whole inside of the card.  Don't you love those Santa boots dangling in the fireplace!


This is the front of the card.  Again I used Karen's ideas for the chimney and Santa hat, but decided to use a piece of Els van de Burgt Through The Lens Wood Series Design Paper to create shingles for the roof of the house.  I used a marker to draw in shingle lines on the design paper.  The Elizabeth Craft Alphabet 2 Lower Case Letter die set was used for the ho, ho ho.  

This is the first PopUp Fireplace card I have created, but I had so much fun creating it, I plan to make more.  

To create this fun card, be sure to watch Karen's YouTube video, for complete instructions.

The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Bark Embossing Folder (for mantel)


Monday, July 11, 2016

Pretty Carnations

 A bouquet of carnations is so pretty. I have created a very feminine birthday card using Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Garden Notes Carnation die set.  I am always amazed at the design work of Susan in creating such realistic flower dies.  Aren’t these carnations gorgeous!  Here is how I created this card.
Garden Notes Carnation

1.  Use Garden Notes Carnation die set and light pink tissue paper to die cut petals for the flowers.  The number of petals you die cut will depend on how full you want your carnations.  When using tissue paper, you can fold it so you have 8 or 10 pieces of tissue in a stack to die cut all at one time.  Use the Loop Tool in Susan’s Flower Tool Kit to shape all the petals.  Glue the layers together creating the fullness you want.  Using 4 layers of the smallest petals, I created a couple of carnation buds.
2.  Using the same die set, die cut the stems and leaves from White Soft Finish Cardstock. Sponge Bundled Sage Distress Ink onto the die cut pieces, adding depth and detail.
3.  Attach a piece of design paper of your choice to the front of a 6×6 card.
4.  Use the Dotted Scallop Rectangle die set to die cut the largest rectangle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.
5.  Use the Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangle die set to die cut frames and use the largest frame in this set. (Set aside the rest of the frames for other projects.)
6.  Use the second largest dotted die from the Stitched Rectangles die cut a rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Emboss this rectangle with theSwirly Curves Embossing Folder.
7.  Use black ink to stamp Happy Birthday from Joset Designs’ General Sentiments clear stamp set onto a piece of white card stock.  Die cut around the sentiment using the smallest Dotted Scallop Ovals die.  Before removing the piece from the die, sponge on Spun Sugar Distress Ink around the edges.  Color in the letters using the Spun Sugar Marker.  Add three small half-pearls under the sentiment.
8.  Die cut four white cardstock corners using the Corners 1 die set.
9.  Assemble the card as shown, adding a bow above the sentiment and half-pearls to accent the outer corners and the top two corners of the embossed Stitched Rectangle.
 You will find the full list of supplies used for this card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.
Thanks for stopping by today.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hello Summer


Good Morning.  Today I have a bright, sunny card for my Quietfire Creations Design Team post.  Please go over to the Quietfire Creations blog at this LINK to read all about this card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Thinking of You



Good Morning.  One of my favorite flowers is the Dogwood.  Today I thought it would be fun to add flowers to Susan's Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath with her pretty Dogwood flowers.

Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath Round


I die cut two round Garden Notes Grapevine Wreaths out of dark green card stock, then used a dark brown marker to go over the branches.  To me, this gave the branches a realistic color.  I was not careful to make sure all the green was covered with the brown ink.  The two wreaths were glued together alternating branches to make it fuller.

Susan's Garden - Dogwood

This is the Dogwood die set.  I die cut twelve dogwoods using white card stock.  Spun Sugar Distress Ink was sponged lightly on the ends of the petals, then each petal shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  Once the flowers were completed, a dot of glue was added to the center of each flower and the brown Prills from Susan's Secret Garden Prills set were added to the glue.  The leaves were die cut using white card stock and colored with a Copic G21 green marker.  They were also shaped with the tools from the Tool Kit.

Four Leafy Branches were die cut and the leaves shaped.  They were cut in half and attached around the Grapevine Wreath.  The Dogwoods were attached around the wreath, using glue dots.  

CountryScapes Wisteria Vine


Once the dogwoods were attached to the wreath with their little leaves, I felt like I needed a little extra color so I used the CountryScapes Wisteria Vine die set and die cut several shades of little purple flowers.  They were shaped then added to the Leavy Branch.  These little purple flowers added just the extra little filler I thought it needed.

In the center of the wreath, I used the smallest Stitched Oval die to die cut a pinkish color oval, then used the smallest Dotted Scallop Oval die set to cut a lavender oval.  The sentiment I used is from Joset Designs General Sentiment Clear Stamps set.  In the upper corners, I die cut two corners using the Corners 1 die set.  To finish the card, a pink silk bow and a few pearls were added.

I love this pretty wreath!

The products below can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Thursday, June 30, 2016

No Winter Lasts Forever


Good Morning. I am so happy warm weather has finally arrived.  We have had a lot of cool, rainy days! Yards are now in full bloom with so many beautiful flowers. 

The large flower on this card was created using Susan's Garden Notes Lily die set.  I used Viva 3D-Stempel-Farbe paint to sponge color on the petals.  I blended Gold, Copper and Lava Red paints, using the lightest color on the ends of each petal.  The little flowers were created with the Chrysanthemum dies from Susan's Garden Patch 1 inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum dies.  

The small leaves were die cut using the Els van de Burgt Studio Leafy Branch die.  Susan's Flower Tool Kit was used to shape each leaf. The butterflies and dragonfly were die cut using Susan's Garden Notes Bugs & Butterflies die set.  I used the Viva paint to color the dragonfly. 

I love all the different frame dies that are in the Els van de Burgt Studio collection!  For the white frame I created today, I used the Dotted Scallop Rectangles and Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles die sets.  It is so fun to be creative and see how many different looks you can achieve by using dies from the different frame sets, because they all coordinate together.  I first die cut the Dotted Scallop Rectangle, then used Susan's Pan Pastels to sponge on light blue, leaving the scallops white.  Then the two Fitted Frames were glued on. The sentiment is one of Susan's Seeds of Thoughts Rubber Stamps.  It was stamped using VersaFine Black Ink. 

This is a 6x6 inch card.  I used a piece of the Through The Lens: Stone Series  cardstock for the background.  The white frame was attached using dimensional tape, then all other die cuts were attached with glue dots.  To finish the card, four white pearls were added to the frame. 

The products below can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Cake PopUp


Today I wanted to design a "Fun" card for a birthday.  What better way than to use one of Karen Burniston's PopUp card die sets.  I used her Cake Pop Up die set on the inside of the card.  

On the front of the card,  I used Karen's Props 7 die set for the cute little basket of flowers; there are a few Leafy Branch leaves behind the flowers. For the gingham background, I used Karen's  Pull Card Edges die set.   Since this is a big  birthday wish for a special person, the large die cut A Way With Words - happy birthday was perfect for the front.   Els van de Burgt Corners 1 die set was used to die cut the two corners at the bottom of the card.



Cake Pop Up

On the inside of the card, I watched Karen's Cake Popup YouTube Video for construction.  You can watch the video at this LINK.  My card was designed basically the same using design paper I had in my stash.



This shows the inside of the card when opened.  I know you will have fun creating this cute PopUp card.  Karen's instructions on the video are VERY easy to follow.  You can decorate the card anyway you want.  I hope you will give it a try!

You can purchase these products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Earth Laughs in Flowers


Good Morning.  Today I have a card I designed for my Design Team Post at Quietfire Creations, using another new, beautiful, rubber stamp that is now available.  Please visit the Quietfire Creations Blog at this LINK for more information.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Summertime


Good Morning.  This is the card I designed for my design team post at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I love summertime and all the beautiful flowers. Since this is the first day of Summer,  I have a yard scene created using Susan's  CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence dies with flowers along the fence.  The pink flowers were created with Susan's new Garden Edges Rose Hedge dies.


The tall purple flowers were created using the flower dies from Susan's new CountryScapes Wisteria Vine.  Branches (shown in middle of this photo) were die cut using the Els van de Burgt Flourishes & Branches die set.  For the leaves, one Leafy Branch was die cut.  The leaves were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit before each leaf was cut off the stems. The little purple flowers were shaped with the small ball stylus from Susan's Tool Kit, then glued on the top portion of the branches.  I have used two shades of purple card stock for the flowers to give the flower texture.  The flowers were glued half way down each branch, then single leaves  added to the stem.  

The dog was die cut from Susan's CountryScapes Critters 3 die set.  The color was sponged on.  Four yellow butterflies were die cut using the smallest butterfly in the Garden Notes Bugs & Butterflies die set.  Two clouds from Joset Design Rainbow Sky die set were attached on the right side.  The A Way With Words "Summer" die cut was added to the left side.

You can check out my post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and will find links to all the products used.  


Thanks for visiting my blog.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

God Gave Us Memory



It won't be long until we start collecting the dies and stamps we need to use for our Holiday cards.  I love working with the stamps and dies designed by Suzanne Cannon from Quietfire Creations.


4 Seasons, Set of 4 - Metal Cutting Dies

This is a picture of the new A Way With Words - 4 Seasons die set.  I used the Winter die from this set, for this card; it was die cut using black card stock.
God Gave Us Memory - Mounted
This is the Quietfire Design "God Gave Us Memory" rubber stamp.  The sentiment was stamped, using black VersaVine ink, on the upper right corner of a piece of design paper.

The flower was created using Susan's Garden Notes Rose 1 die set.  Under the Rose, I added pieces of a gunny sack type ribbon and shredded the ends.  On top of the ribbon, Pine Boughs were added; these were die cut using Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone die set.  Both die sets are available from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To create a Winter type card, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle was added to the Pine Boughs.  Glue was dropped around the spackle, the rose leaves and on some of the rose petals, then Ranger Distress Stickles - Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter was sprinkled on. 

This card will be perfect for someone with a Winter birthday!



Garden Notes Rose 1
Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone 
Craft & You Design - Rose Garden (design paper)


Friday, June 17, 2016

Have A Splashing Day


Joset really puts us in the mood to visit the beach this summer.  I love working with all her new beach themed die sets  She now also has new Clear Stamps to add fun sentiments.

Turtle

This card was created using the Joset Designs Turtle die set.  It is fun to play in the water with a partner, so I created two turtles playing together.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  I used the new Beaded Circle Frames die set for the circle in the background.  The corners were die cut using the Corners 1 die set.

To make it realistic, I used Joset's Seaweed die set to die cut the Coral, Seaweed, and Sand.  They were all die cut using Soft Finish Cardstock and color sponged on.  I added small dots, with a marker, to the Coral to make it realistic looking.

Watching all this fun is the crab, die cut from Joset's Shells Large die set.  He was attached using dimensional glue dots, observing from behind the Seaweed.  

To finish the card, I used Joset Designs new Ahoy Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

I think I want to go to the beach and have some fun too!

Supplies used can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


  

Monday, June 13, 2016

You're So Sweet


This is the time of year when we see a lot of pansies.  Today I have designed a card using Susan's Garden Notes Pansy dies with her new Garden Notes Bouquet Stems & Branches dies.  The Pansies were die cut using a Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock.  A wine colored marker was used to draw the lines from the center of each petal, except the two petals that are at the top.  Susan's PanPastels were used to add hot pink color to the center of each petal then Susan's White PanPastel was brushed around the outside edge of each petal, to lighten the tips.  I love using PanPastels because they are opaque and cover well.  If you don't like the color where you have added it, you can easily use an eraser to remove any unwanted color.  Adding the PanPastel really added "texture" to each petal. 

Prills - Bloomy Day
Once the flowers were created, I added a few Yellow Prills from Susan's new Bloomy Day Prills collection.  These Pansies look so realistic! 

I wanted to create a 5"x7" card, so I used Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Rectangle and Stitched Rectangles dies to create a delicate frame.  The center Stitched Rectangle was embossed using the Swirly Curves Embossing Folder.   All die cut frames were attached using dimensional tape between layers.   Along the edges of the card, one of Els new Bead Strings 2 dies was used for the outside border along the green gingham design paper.   

Garden Notes Bouquet Stems & Branches

To create the Pansy bouquet, the stems were die cut using the new Garden Notes Bouquet Stems & Branches die set.  The bow, to hold the Bouquet together, was die cut from the Garden Notes Lavender die set.  

The stems were attached, at an angle, to the embossed frame, at the lower right hand corner, then the Pansies attached, using glue dots.  The leaves were glued behind the flowers. 

To finish the card, the (perfect) sentiment from Joset Designs General Sentiments Clear Stamp set, was stamped on white cardstock, using VersaFine Black Ink. I used scissors to cut closely around the stamped image.  It was glued to the frame.

The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:



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