Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rose in Accordion Oval Card

 Do you enjoy creating fun shaped cards?  Today I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Oval Card die set along with the Garden Notes - Rose 2 dies to create this fun card.  I used black card stock to die cut the main card shape.  The red frame was created using the Oval Flourish Frame Edge dies.  I watched Susan's video on steps to create this small rose and bud.  I love this Rose 2 die set because it includes the dies to create the small rose, stem/leaves and the rose bud. 

 This is a picture of the Accordion Oval Card open.  For the background piece on the oval, I used the smaller oval shape in the die set then embossed it in the ECD Damask embossing folder.  It was glued to the center of the larger oval.  As you can see, on the front panel I added the rose I created, then added a small red heart which is also a die in the Accordion Oval Card die set. On one of the rose leaves I created a ladybug using Viva Paper Pens.

On the right (or inside) oval, I used ECD stickers (listed below).  For the card to look really complete, I die cut four of the red frames so all four panels are decorated.  These accordion cards do lay flat when closed as you can see in the top picture.  

The products used can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

998 - Garden Notes - Rose 2
772 - Accordion Oval Card
777 - Oval Flourish Frame Edges
KB104 - Damask Embossing Folder
2577 - Gold Happy Birthday Stickers
1283 - Red/Gold Elegant Swirls Glitter Stickers

Monday, March 23, 2015

Playing with Glitter

Who doesn't love glitter!   I love working with new products.  This morning I had so much fun learning how to color the Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk, Cool Diamond, Microfine Glitter.  I watched the video (LINK) where Els shows us how to use the Diamond Glitter with the Peel off Stickers and color the design with Copic markers. Els gives us very detailed, easy to follow instructions.   I am so hooked, I think I could color glitter designs all day.  The results are so beautiful every time.

Here is a picture of the daisies that I chose to color.  I love that you can color just a small portion of the design and blend it out with the Copic Blender Pen for a very dimensional look.  You will enjoy watching Els video and learning all the steps for completing this fun project.

I really love the Peel Off Stick daisy glitter design and wondered if I could use the glitter on Susan's dimensional flowers.  I decided to use the Garden Notes - Sunflower dies to create a similar daisy as in the Peel Off Sticker design. You know, I always like a challenge!

I used the Elizabeth  Craft Clear Double Sided Adhesive on a piece of white card stock to die cut the Sunflower.  In this picture I was not sure if I would need extra petals so I die cut two of the large flat sunflower die and several of the petals.  I ended up not needing the extra petals.

 I used a shallow box and followed Els instructions on how to use the glitter on the coffee filter.  My die cut pieces were all glittered.  I used Copic markers to color the petals just like I did on the glittered Peel Off  Stickers. I only used two of the large sunflower die cuts.   I wanted to try and duplicate the flowers on the Peel Off Stickers, so I used the stem die from the Garden Notes - Tulip set.  It was backed with the same adhesive and also colored with Copic Markers. Susan's new Flower Tool Set was used to shape the petals and leaves.  When shaping, the glitter did not come off on the molding pad.

The oval dies I used are from the ECD Accordion Oval Card.  This was a very fun project and I hope you will give it a try.  I think the Peel Off Sticker Glittered Daisies were be beautiful on a card and the Glittered dimensional flower could go on top of a gift box. 

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Roses in my Garden

I love roses and had so much fun creating these little flowers using the Garden Patch - Mini Rose dies.  These roses are very small so it was fun creating a lot of them to climb up the Elizabeth Craft Design Trellis.  The rose petals were die cut using pink card stock.  I created some of them in full bloom and some are just rose buds.  

The Bamboo Trellis was created using a sheet of Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to a piece of white card stock.  To make the Trellis to stand out from the white embossed background, I added ECD Silk Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter to it. You pour the glitter over the sticky sheet and rub it in to make it very shiny.   To make the Trellis sturdier, I die cut another one, using white card stock, and glued the glittered Trellis over it. 

The embossed background was created with the ECD Spring Leaves embossing folder.  This is a 6"x6" card so I embossed the left half of the card stock, then embossed the right half, to get full coverage.  The design matched up perfect. 

At the top of the card I used the ECD Paris Edges die.  It was die cut on a piece of 6x6 inch card stock then the embossed piece was glued below the die cut design.  In the Paris Edges dies, there is a long die that I created the pink trim with, under the die cut piece.  I used the negative of that die cut at the top, and the positive piece at the bottom of the card. 

The Trellis was attached with dimensional tape in the center of the card.  The roses were attached with Glue Dots and pieces of the ECD die cut Berry Branch were tucked (glued) around the flowers.  This branch goes well with the Embossing Folder and looks pretty for a filler behind the flowers.  In the center of the Trellis, I added the sentiment, which are ECD stickers.  

To ground the Trellis, I added grass,  die cut using the CountryScapes - Background 1 dies.  I die cut the watering can from that same die set using brushed silver card stock.  The little squirrel is die cut from the CountryScapes - Country Critters 1 die set.  

The butterflies were die cut using the tiny butterfly from the ECD Butterfly Pivot Card.  I used two of the die cuts for each butterfly.  The bottom one was colored a darker yellow.  To finish the card, I added corners die cut from the ECD Tags & More 7 - Vine die set.  They were also glittered like the Trellis. 

 Susan's flowers always look so realistic; it doesn't matter if you are using the large flower dies or these mini dies.   Aren't they beautiful!

You can purchase the following products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1001 - Garden Patch - 1 1/2 inch & Mini Roses
808 - Susan's  new  All Metal Tool Kit
809 - Susan's Mini Molding Pad
988 - CountryScapes - Backyard 1
989 - CountryScapes - Country Critters 1
758 -  Berry Branch
727 - Bamboo Trellis
767 - Butterfly Pivot Card
979 - Paris Edges
118 - Spring Leaves
960 - Tags & More 7 - Vine
503 - Clear Double Sided Adhesive
642 - Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
324 - Text Stickers

Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter Bunny and Baskets

Today is my turn to share a project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.  I have created Spring flowers for an Easter centerpiece.  I used three different flower dies from Susan's new dies to decorate this cute bunny from Pier I Imports and around the rim of the little basket of eggs.  It is so fun to create all these new smaller flowers.  Isn't that little basket of daffodils cute; they look so real!

Around the Bunny's neck is a necklace of Susan's Garden Notes - Lily.

This basket is filled with Daffodils created with the Garden Patch - Daffodils.

And to decorate the basket of eggs I created Daisies from the Garden Patch - Daisy dies.  There are a variety of sizes to choose from.

I hope you enjoy seeing my new Easter Centerpiece. I hope I gave you inspiration to create something special for your Easter projects.

To read the entire post, go over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.

Have a Great Day.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Garden Notes Peony

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers.   The new Susan's Garden Notes - Peony dies are just the perfect size for cards.  Today I created a 6"x6" card with layers of design paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 6x6 pad.  I watched Susan's Peony video at this LINK and followed her instructions for completing the flower. As Susan states on the video, there are several different types of peony.  I created one that does not have the yellow stamen.  I die cut  white petals and used two shades of pink markers to color the them.  A darker pink was used for the center petals and the bud.  

The sentiment I used is one of Susan's new stamps; it is the" Let Us Be Grateful" stamp.  It was stamped using green ink then cut around with scissors.  A backing was cut and attached with dimensional tape.  The Elizabeth Craft Designs "Small Butterfly" was die cut using purple card stock.  A narrow piece of lace was added under the middle strip of design paper.  I used the Zutter Distrezz-it-All tool to distress the edges of the design paper.  Pearls were added to complete the card.

 Here is a close up of the flower.

All the Elizabeth Craft Design products used are listed below:

996 - Garden Notes - Peony
RS005 - Let Us Be Grateful stamp
713 - Small Butterfly
808 - Susan's 4pc All Metal Tool Set
809 - Mini Molding Pad

Friday, March 13, 2015

Beautiful Bluebonnet

I am so excited to show you this gorgeous flower created with Susan's, Garden Notes - Blue Bonnet/Lupine dies.  It is so realistic.  You can follow Susan's step-by-step instructions  on her video at this LINK.  

I followed Susan's instructions and colored the petals with the three colors of Copic Markers, B29, B34, and B41.  My coloring (blending) is not always great so I used Pan Pastels over the inked petals for better blending.  I used Violet  470.5 at the base of each petal.  Next I used Titanium White 100.5 to rub over all the coloring which seemed to blend all the coloring together.  I used a pointed Fantastix coloring Tool Brush Point tool to add the color and used my finger to rub it in. White was also added to the very base of each petal but it was not rubbed in. Once the flower was assembled, I went back and added Ultramarine Blue Shade 520.3 to add additional dark shading at the base of some of the petals.  If I wanted the top edge of the petals a little lighter, I used the white Pan Pastel.  I love how the final color turned out by coloring the petals with the Copic markers then adding shading with the Pan Pastels.   Susan's new flower tools were used for shaping the petals. I used a moss green card stock for the leaves.  I used the leaf tool as shown on the video for shaping the leaves, then shaded them with  Chrom. Ox Green Tint 660.8  Pan Pastel.

I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More 6 - Daisy dies for the tag.  It is easy to create many different looking tags with this tag die set.  On the overlay I used the decorative top die at the top of the tag then the long die with holes, which created punched holes under that design.  On the bottom of the tag, I used that same die to die cut holes in a narrow piece of the same card stock that is used for the lining. There is dimensional tape between the die cut tag and lining.   The sentiment is from the ECD Text Stickers.  On the background behind the flower, I white embossed small dots using a background stamp.  To finish the card, I added a ladybug created with red and black Viva Paper Pens, and a bow.  

This Bluebonnet flower tag is going to be so pretty on a birthday gift.

The products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are listed below:

397 - Text Stickers Happy Birthday

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Easel Card with Coneflowers

Today I had fun creating Susan's Garden new Coneflowers for a Birthday Easel card.  

 This is a picture I found on the Internet with a variety of Coneflowers.  I chose to create the pink one in the foreground with the orange stamen.

Susan's Garden - Coneflower dies were used to create the flowers.  I used pink card stock for the petals and used a bright pink marker (which doesn't show up well in my photo) to create the lines on the petals. 

 The stamen, from Susan's dies, was die cut using orange card stock.  Each stamen point was cut in half to make them very thin.  I used a brown marker to color most of the stamen; coloring to leave the tips orange.  Next I added tiny dots of glue to all the points and dipped the stamen in Susan's Orange Pollen.  My stamens don't look exactly the same, but I think they turned out pretty realistic.

 This is a 6"x6" Easel Card.  I used a piece of design paper from an old design paper pad for the background.  The Coneflowers were attached to the ECD, Tags & More 6 - Daisy tag.  The tag was attached with dimensional glue dots.  On the front of the tag I added an embossed piece of white card stock; I used the ECD Swirly Curves Embossing Folder.  

On the bottom of the easel card I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller, then used the ECD, Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper die to cut the stand up sentiment to hold up the easel portion of the card when it is open.  A black strip of card stock was glued to the bottom of the top panel to help the sentiment show up well.  That Happy Birthday sentiment will lay flat when you close the card.  Additional black strips and a strip of the design paper were added to that bottom panel that the sentiment is die cut. A pearl flourish was added to complete the card.
The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Anemone Happy Birthday Card

 Anemone are such pretty little flowers.  I created this 6"x6" card using Susan's Garden - Anemone dies.  For the background frame,  I die cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch 7/8-inch grid using purple design paper.  It was framed with the ECD  Fancy Frame Edges.  The frame was die cut using black card stock and backed with purple design paper. The white back piece was embossed with the ECD, Lots of Dots Embossing Folder.  I used the 7/8-inch grid die to die cut a piece of design paper and used four of the squares in the center of the frame. 

I love to try different things with my flower dies.  I found this picture of Anemone flowers on the Internet and wanted to create my flowers similar to them.  I used Susan's instructions for assembling her flower but created different stamens. 

To create the stamens, I used a large flat backed pearl for the center part.  Glue was spread over the pearl and black Flower Soft pressed in to give a "fuzzy" look.  I die cut two purple stamens from the Susan's Garden - Anemone die set for each flower.  Each stamen leg was cut in half to make it thin, then Susan's Black Pollen was glued to the tips of each.  First the "fuzzy" center was glued in the center of the flower and I let it dry so it was secure.  While that was drying, I glued two of Susan's stamens together so there were no large spaces between them.  Glue was added to the inside edge and the bottom edge and attached around the center piece.  I pushed the bottom edge up very close to the center making sure it stayed attached. I used ECD stickers for the sentiment.

Do you like to try different things with your flower dies?

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

397 Starform Text Stickers (Happy Birthday)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Daisy and Butterfly Tag

 Who doesn't love daisies and butterflies!  Today I created a pretty tag using the Elizabeth Craft Design Tags & More 1 - Lace dies.  To decorate the tag, I used the ECD Swirly Curves Embossing Folder for a background on the solid portion of the white die cut tag piece; for a different look, I used the debossed side.  Double sided dimensional tape was used to attach the white tag to the lower yellow die cut tag.

The cute little daisies were created using the Garden Patch - 1-inch Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum dies.  There are six small flower dies in this package which can also be used to create cute little chrysanthemums, but I die cut all the little flowers using white card stock to have different size daisies.  A grouping of daisies were glued under the die cut at the top of the tag.

I used "The Butterfly Is Proof" sentiment stamp for the center of the card.  It was stamped on white card stock then the words cut apart.  Each piece was sponged with Mustard Seed Distress Ink, then the sentiment glued to the background.  I used the Mustard Seed Distress Ink to sponge around the edges of the tag too.  

Under the sentiment, I glued on three more daisies and the ECD Small Butterfly. At the top of the tag I used some matching yellow and white twine through the hole. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs has many beautiful tag dies that are so fun to decorate.  You can make them any length you want and the new small flower dies by Susan are just perfect for tags and cards.

Here is a list of products from Elizabeth Craft Designs used:


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