Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Design Team Color Challenge

It is time for the April Elizabeth Craft Designs, Design Team Color Challenge. This month our challenge is to design a card plus to complete the inside.  You can see all the cards created by the Design Team on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.

For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a "$20 gift card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website” to 3 winners. 

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post (LINK above) and tell us "What is your favorite or most used sentiment when creating a card?

Three lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing.  The winners will be announced on Friday, April 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


For my card I chose the Krista Schneider Bird-day Party stamps for the theme. I also used Krista's Honey Bear stamp set.

This is a 6-inch square card. Use a 5 1/2 inch square piece of card stock for the front of the card.  Use Susan's Earth & Sky Stencil to sponge on clouds and grass, as shown in the picture above.  

 I created a Slider Card using the Joset Designs Slider and Spinners die set.  For instructions on how to create a Slider/Spinner card, you can watch the Els van de Burgt Technique Friday with Els Spinner Card Video at this LINK.  For the Slider, use the Scalloped Heart Die set to die cut the heart.  Use the sentiment from the Bird-day Party stamp set and stamp it inside the heart using black ink.  Assemble the slider as shown on the video.

Use the Bird-day Party stamp set to stamp the birds, gifts and balloons.  Color with either markers or watercolors.  Die cut the pieces using the matching dies.

Use the Honey Bear stamp set to stamp three trees.  Color and cut out with the matching dies.  (Note:  The tree i created is the branch that has the bee hive attached.  Die cut the branches and carefully cut off the bee hive, to create trees.) 

Attach all the Bird-day Party and Honey Bear tree die cut pieces to the card as shown.

Use Susan's CountryScapes Cloud & Sky die set to die cut grass for the bottom of the card.

Use the Els van de Burgt Corners 1 die set to die cut two blue corners and attach to the top of the card.

To complete the inside of the card, I used the A Way With Words Happy Birthday die set.  It was die cut using blue card stock.  One of the birds from the Bird-day Party was attached on the lower right corner.  

Links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products are below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


The Robins and other birds are out!   They say once we see Robins, that it is the first sign of Spring.  
It was fun creating a scene with a variety of Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets.  This is the card I designed for my Elizabeth Craft Designs, design team die cutting  blog post.

This is a 6-inch card.  A white piece of card stock was cut 5 1/2 square for the front.  Susan's Earth Sky Stencil was used to sponge on clouds and grass, then the edges were scored to create a finished edge.

The Joset Designs Birdhouse die set was used to die cut the birdhouse.  For the house, I glued three pieces of white card stock together then die cut the birdhouse three times.  The three stacks of houses were glued together for a dimensional house.  One more white house was die cut and colored with Oxide Distress Ink.  A white gel pen was used to draw the white strips on the house.  The trim pieces were glued to the house.  The stand was die cut three times and glued together then added behind the bird house.  

Use the Love Birds die set to die cut the birds on the branches.  Color with markers.  Add a black Prill to the eye of each bird.  

Die cut three fences using the CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence die set.  Use a white gel pen to draw a wood grain design on the fence.  Attach the fence across the bottom of the card as shown.  

Use the CounryScapes Garden Edges Tulip die set to die cut the tulip edge.  I die cut the leaves using green card stock, then die cut the tulips using bright pink card stock and glued them over the green die cut.  The Tulip Edge was glued at the base of the fence.

Attach the Birdhouse with the base of the stand along the bottom of the card, as shown.  Attach the Lovebirds die cut as shown at the bottom of the birdhouse.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Dogwood die set to create two dogwood branch.  You can watch Susan's Garden Notes Dogwood YouTube Video at this LINK for instructions on how to assemble the dogwood branch.  I created two dogwood branches and used a small branch at the bottom of the larger branch that was attached to the card.  Save the large branch cut off for another project.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Bugs & Butterflies die set to die cut five of the smallest butterflies and arrange around the birdhouse and dogwood branch.

  Links to the products used for this card are listed below.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Live in the Moment

Don't you love the look of the die cut sentiments in combination with a stamped sentiment!  This is Selma today and have combined two A Way With Words die sets along with the Live in the Moment stamp.
Live in the Moment - Mounted

This is the stamp used on the doily background.  

happy birthday 2 - Metal Cutting Dies

Special Moments - Metal Cutting Dies

I used the 'happy' from the happy birthday die set and the 'Moments' from the Special Moments die set.  These were die cut using lavender card stock.

To create this feminine card, I created flowers using Susan's Garden Notes Rose 1 dies.  The small flowers are die cut from the CountryScapes Clematis-Ivy Die set.  The doily was die cut using the Gatefold Roses die.  To cut an opening for the Gatefold Roses die cut, I used the Fishtails Border die set.   The doily was tucked down in the opening created in the Fishtail Border opening.   The sentiment was stamped using black VersaFine ink and cut around with scissors and glued to the center of the doily.  The butterfly was die cut using the Dancing Butterfly die set.  All these dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Spring has finally arrived and soon the air will be filled with the wonderful fragrance of lilacs. We can create realistic lilacs for our cards and other projects using Susan's Garden Notes Lilac die set.  Using the A Way With Words 4-Seasons die set we can complete a perfect Spring card.  Here is how this card was created.

Start with a 6 inch square card base in dark lilac or other color of choice.  Die cut a white cardstock panel 5 1/2 inches square to fit on front of the card.

Use the 3rd largest die from the Stitched Circles die set to die cut a round opening in the center of the 5 1/2 inch square.

 Use the 2nd and 3rd largest dies in the Stitched Circles die set to create the narrow frame that goes around the die cut circle in the 5 1/2 inch square.  To make the frame: Tape the two dies down on a piece of white cardstock, centering the smaller die inside the larger die.  Run through the die cutting machine.  Glue this narrow frame over the die opening in the 5 1/2 inch square.

Use the Fleur de Lis Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of light green cardstock that is slightly larger than the opening within the circle frame. Attach to the back of the opening. Now attach the completed 5 1/2 inch square to the front of the card base.

Garden Notes - Lilac

Use Susan's Garden Notes Lilac die set to create two lilac branches.  The more little flowers you add to the branches, the fuller the flower will be.  Watch Susan's Garden Notes Lilac YouTube Video at this LINK if you haven't made the lilacs before. Use lavender cardstock for the flowers and white cardstock for leaves and branches. Color the leaves and branches with Susan's Garden PanPastels.   Adhere the two Lilac branches as shown in the project photo. Add a sheer ribbon bow with double loops where the stems join for the look of a lilac bouquet.

4 Seasons - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Use the A Way With Words 4-Seasons die set to die cut Spring 6 times out of black card stock.  Glue the die cuts one on top of the other for a dimensional sentiment.  Adhere to the card front toward the bottom right, overlapping the circle frame.
Because of the dimensional nature of this card, extra postage may be required. Square envelopes require extra postage as well.

Links to the products are listed below.


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