Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Woodland Leaves

 Autumn leaves are so colorful.  This card was created using Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves dies.  The quote is Susan's new All Things of Nature rubber stamp.  It was die cut using one of the dies from the Lorna Label PopUp die set.

 On August 10th, I posted this wreath I created with Susan's Wood Leaves dies.  I had several people ask me to show how I colored the leaves.  Below is a tutorial to show how easy it is to color the leaves.

I usually die cut leaves using white card stock but have also used Kraft card stock.  As you know, Autumn leaves can be a variety of colors including yellow, orange, brown, rust, green, red.  Before sponging on color, you need to use draw in the veins on each leaf.  I used Susan's Leaf  Tool to draw in veins and shaped them with the medium stylus.

l.  Above I have die cut one each of the leaves from Susan's Garden Wood Leaves and started sponging on Fossilized Amber ink.  Sometimes I use several shades of yellow. 

 2.  Rusty Hinge Distress Ink was sponged on next.

 3.  Add Barn Door Red Distress Ink.

 4.  A Little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink was sponged on.

5. Most leaves will still have some green in them so I sponged on a little Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 

6.  After I sponge color all over the leaves, I like to lightly mist them with water to blend the colors then I to go back and sponge brown around the edges to outline the leaf.

7.  To add a little texture, I  splattered on black ink.  To really bring out the color, each leaf was rubbed with VersaMark Ink, and clear embossed.  By doing this, it really brings out the detail on each leaf.  Don't Susan's Woodland Leaves create very realistic leaves!

I hope this tutorial helps you create your beautiful Autumn Leaves.

These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Carolina Window with Red Poinsettia

 I love Christmas and creating beautiful Christmas cards with Susan Tierney Cockburn's dies.  For this card I used a piece of textured dark gold card stock to die cut Susan's Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters.  I placed the open portion over a piece of glittered card stock and colored it with markers to resemble light.  The die cut window was glued back in the opening.  I added a piece of black card stock behind the shutters (to help them stand out) and attached them with dimensional tape.  

I die cut Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia using red card stock and created the bracts (center) using green, yellow and red Viva Paper Pens.  Five pine cones were created using dies from Susan's Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone dies, and I added pieces of the Whitepine Boughs under the pine cones.  The Elizabeth Craft Berry Branch was used to create the branches with the red berries, which were created with the Vivia Red Pearl Pen.

At the top of the card I added Whitepine Boughs and three small poinsettias, which were die cut using one of the dies from the CountryScapes Backyard 4 die set.  I used Elizabeth Craft Peel Off Stickers for the top corners and the sentiment.  A gold cord bow was placed under the poinsettia to tie in with the gold stickers.

These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

353 Christmas Sentiment Peel Off Stickers

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Elegant Poinsettia Card


Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia's help you create beautiful Christmas cards!  I have shown you these poinsettias in red and non-traditional purple; today I want to show you how pretty they are in white, to create elegant cards.  I lightly sponged Susan's light green Pan Pastels at the base of the petals before assembling.  The leaves were sponged green with a hint of red.  Behind the poinsettias, I added a few pieces of Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.  The gold berries were created with the ECD Berry Branch.  I die cut the branch using shiny gold card stock then glued on gold beads.  This helped to tie in with the beautiful shiny gold Quietfire Season's Greeting sentiment.  

This is a 6"x6" card.  There is a slightly smaller piece of card stock that was attached with dimensional tape.  Another 5" square was cut for the Poinsettia arrangement and also attached with dimensional tape.  Elizabeth Craft gold border and corner stickers were used to frame this pretty arrangement.

Els announced on Facebook that Susan's new dies will start shipping soon.  I hope you are following Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook to see all the beautiful cards that are being posted and to see the many specials offered.

Be sure to check out all the new products at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Today I created a card using Susan's CountryScapes Backyard 1 dies to create three pots of Geraniums. The fence was created with the ECD Bricks die.  I pieced them together to create a low brick wall.  The cat is a die cut from Susan's CountryScapes Critters 1 set.  The grass is a new Susan's Garden Cloud Grass die.  You can use this die as a stencil or use it to actually die cut grass as I did for this card.  

The ECD new Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangle dies were used to frame the A Way With Words Sentiment.  The butterflies were die cut from the Garden Notes Bugs & Butterflies set.

These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs

1094 Cloud Grass (coming soon)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Masculine Christmas Tag

 Today I designed a Christmas tag that I think will look great on a masculine Christmas gift.  (I know the tag looks crooked in the picture but I chose the photo that shows the details on the tag best -- the tag is not crooked.)  I used the new ECD Tags & More 9 Sparkle dies for the tag.  I used some of the die cut circles from this tag to create an embossed background (glued the die cut dots to tag).  At the top of the tag I added some of the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone die cuts.  The sentiment is one of The Way With Words sentiments by Quietfire.

 I used Susan's CountryScapes Critters 3 dies for the Deer, and a branch from the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set.  You can see the deer die cut on the left, and the branch I used for antlers for the deer is the one on the bottom right.  I thought it would be fun to create a buck since I could use one of the branches for his rack.  Just another way to great creative with the CountryScape dies!!!!

The tree was created using 4 die cut layers of the CountryScape Woods 1 die.  Along the bottom I cut card stock to create "grounding" for both the tree and the deer.

I receive a lot of requests asking about the card stock I use for my flowers and other die cuts.  I purchase the above pictured card stock from WalMart and use it for probably 90% of my die cuts.  It shapes very well, especially for flowers/leaves. I like to color most of my die cuts with either Susan's Pan Pastels or Distress Inks, so that is why I use white card stock. The cost is less than $6.

The following items can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1091 Whitepine Bough & Pinecone (coming soon)

Friday, August 21, 2015


It is sunflower season.  We just saw a huge field of sunflowers not far from us.  That inspired me to work with Susan's Garden Notes Sunflower dies.  I used a piece of Graphic 45 "French Country" Design Paper for the background.   Susan's new "Keep Your Face to the Sunshine" stamp was stamped on white card stock and cut out with scissors, then backed with a piece of green card stock.  Tea Dye Distress Ink was sponged on it to help it blend well with the background.

The following products of Elizabeth Craft Designs were used:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yellow Rose Congratulations

Yellow Roses are so pretty.  Today I have designed a card using Susan's Garden Rose 1 dies.  There are two yellow rose buds, that are hard to see in the photo, located above the rose, that were also made with this die set. 

To frame the rose, I used the new Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The background was embossed with the ECD Hearts Entwined embossing folder. The flourishes used under the rose were die cut using the Flourishes & Branches dies. The sentiment was die cut using the new Quietfire Congratulations die. To finish the card black Corner Peel Off Stickers were added.

The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1064 Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares (coming soon)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Build a Snowman with CountryScape dies

Very soon, Susan Tierney Cockburn will have 10 new CountryScapes die sets available from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  

This fun scene was started by creating the CountryScapes Build a Snowman, then I started building a scene using other CountryScape die cuts.

Here is a close up picture of the snowman I created.  Everything you need to create your snowman is in this die set.  It even has earmuffs which I did not use.  On the hat I used some of the small holly from Susan's Garden Notes Holiday Holly and Berries set.

When using Susan's CountryScape dies, you can create something simple or combine any of the die cuts from the CountryScape series.  Just have fun being creative!

The dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs used for this card include:

1081 CountryScapes Build a Snowman (to be released soon)
1088 Garden Notes Holiday Holly & Berries (to be released soon)
1079 CountryScapes Backyard 4 Snow Decor (to be released soon)
1094 CountryScapes Clouds & Grass (to be released soon)


Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Eve

The post I am sharing with you today is my Susan's Design Team project for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I am so excited to show you the beautiful Christmas Tree you can create with Susan's new CountryScapes - Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings dies that will be released soon.  This is a 6 inch by 6 inch card.

This is the tree die used.  This tree die set also comes with the dies to trim the tree and dies for the gift boxes.

To create this "full" branched evergreen, die cut 4 trees.  I like to die cut using white card stock so I can sponge on the exact color I want.

 If using white card stock, use a marker to color the tree trunk, and sponge on green ink over all of it.  This is a delicate die, so it is best to pounce on the color so you don't tear off the branches.

  I only colored the trunk of one tree because you will be layering the others on the back of it.

Cut the trunks off the three trees that will be layered behind the top tree.  Add dimensional tape to the trunk of the tree that will be on top and two others.

Add one of the trees, without a trunk, over another tree, moving it down to alternate the branches.  Press down well on the trunk to attach it well.  Add the third tree over the first two, again lowering the tree slightly, alternating branches.

Add the tree with the trunk on top, slightly lower, alternating branches, and you will have a nice full tree.

Tree when all four layers are attached.


Have fun decorating your tree with the trims provided in this set.   The star at the top of the tree was die cut from the Happy Birthday PopUp set.

Die cut the presents using different pieces of design paper and place below the tree
The Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters die was used to die cut the window.  It was die cut using white card stock and lightly sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink, around the edges.   I used a piece of design paper from my stash to cut out the Santa and attached it behind the window, attaching the window with dimensional tape over the Santa.

Add  Sentiment Stickers and Corners to complete card.

Have fun decorating your Christmas Tree.

Supplies used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1093 - CountryScapes - Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (to be released soon)
1086 - Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters (to be released soon)
947 - Happy Birthday PopUp
1018 - Corner Peel Off Stickers
356 - Merry Christmas Peel Off Stickers

Other Products
White Card Stock
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Copic E99 Marker
Design Paper of choice
Dimensional Tape
Gold Shiny card stock
Silver Shiny card stock
Red Glitter Card Stock

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pretty Pansies

I always smile when I see pansies.  They are such dainty flowers and come in a large variety of colors.  These pansies were created with Susan's Garden Notes Pansy dies that will be out soon in a new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  There are three die cuts to create this flower, which make these pansies super easy to create. Don't you think they look real!

The tag die I used is the ECD Tags and More Lattice 8. The base tag was die cut using vanilla card stock.  The design paper was die cut then die cut a second time with the lattice design.  Green card stock was glued behind the openings of the lattice.  A strip of the same green card stock was cut and glued to the bottom of the design paper.  I wanted a small corner so die cut the edge of the top portion of the lattice die, then glued the small die cut triangles just above the green strip. I thought this gave it a nice finishing touch.

The vase die used is the Asian Vase.  The backing was die cut using the same green card stock and the design part of the vase was die cut using vanilla card stock.  A little Tea Dye Distress Ink was sponged on the vase.

At the bottom of the tag I used Susan's new Happiness Comes from Within stamp.  Green twine was added to the top of the tag.

Susan's new release will be out soon.  The other products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are linked below:


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