Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Design Team Challenge - Halloween Card


The design team for Elizabeth Craft Designs was challenged to create a Halloween Themed card this month.  The team has created a variety of great Halloween cards for you and you can view them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.

As with all the Elizabeth Craft Design challenges, you are given a chance to win a prize.  Here are the details:

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For our Challenge today 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 blog post and answer this question: "What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?" 

Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Good Luck!

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Now for the details on how I created by Halloween card:

Start with a 6-inch card.  

Use the orange polka dot design paper from the new ModaScrap Rio De Janeiro paper pack to create the background.  Use a Scoreboard to score around the edges, for a finished appearance.

Use the Ghosts die set and die cut the two ghosts.  For the overlay, use a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached.  You will be adding glitter to the adhesive.  Once die cut, add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to each of the ghost overlays.  Attached the glittered ghosts to the black backing.

Die cut the Garden Notes Carolina Window, using black card stock.  Adhere a piece of Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz to the back of the window.  Attach the window in the upper center of the card.  

Die cut the Witch using the Haunted House Die set, using black card stock.  Die cut the Cat using White Soft Finish Cardstock and sponge with black ink.  The reason I didn't die cut the cat using black card stock, is that he didn't show up very well being a deep black.  When sponged with black ink, the cat is a gray/black color and shows up very well.

Use the Iron Fence die set and die cut two fences, using black card stock.  Fit the fence pieces across the bottom of the card.

Use the Adventure Edges die set to die cut two grass pieces, using black card stock.  

Use the Pumpkin die set to die cut two white pumpkins.  Sponge on yellow and orange ink.  Add the stems and black Halloween faces.  Attach the pumpkins on the low right side in front of the fence. Add dimensional tape behind the round pumpkin.   Attach the grass across the bottom of the card.  Attach the cat to the left side.

Use the Spooky Sentiments stamp set to stamp Happy Halloween.  Die cut with the die from the Labels 1 die set. Sponge orange and black ink around the edges of the Label.   Attach the sign below the window, with dimensional tape,  as shown.

Attach the two ghosts with dimensional tape over the window.   Glue the witch in the upper left corner to complete this cute Halloween card. 

This card is sure to make someone smile.

The links to the Elizabeth Craft Products used, are linked below. 




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Autumn Window


Fall is a beautiful season.  I designed a card combining Susan's Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box and Carolina Window and Shutters die sets.  It was fun creating a new type window using both these die sets.


Here is how the card was created:
  1.  Create a 6-inch square card.
  2. Use a sheet of the Through The Lens -Wood cardstock to cover the front of the card.
  3. Sponge around the edge of the card front using black ink.
  4. Use brown cardstock and die cut the window frames using the window dies in both the Square Window and Carolina Window die sets.
  5. Cover a piece of white cardstock large enough to fit behind both window frames.  Cover it with a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Cut this cardstock to create a backing for both windows.
  6. Use a piece of gold/bronze foil to cover the adhesive covered cardstock. Attach the die cut window frames over the foil.
  7. Attach the Carolina Window Frame, centered, over the Square Window as shown in the above picture.
  8. Attach the window on the right side of the card.
  9. Use Susan's Chrysanthemum die set and assemble two burgundy flowers.
  10. Use Susan's Dahlia die set and die cut enough petals yellow petals for one flower.  Sponge the tips of the petals with orange ink.
  11. Use the ModaScrape Leafy Branch 4 die set and die cut three rust branches.  Use the Leaf Tool and pad to draw a vein down the center of each leaf.
  12. Add Prills to add berries to the Leafy Branches.  (It is time consuming but I picked out the dark red Prills in one of the Secret Garden jars.  You an use yellow or orange Prills instead.)
  13. Use the ModaScrap Pair of Leaves 1 die set and die cut three sets of leaves using Olive Twist cardstock.  Draw a vein down the center of each leaf using the Leaf Tool.  Use the dark red PanPastel to sponge a little color to the edges of the leaves.
  14. Use Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves die set to die cut two Oak Leaves.   Draw veins on leaves using the Leaf Tool.  Color the leaves using PanPastels.  Push the leaves down onto VersaMark Ink and clear emboss.
  15. Arrange flowers and leaves as shown in picture.
There are many different Garden Notes flower die sets you can use to embellish your window.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products are linked below.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Susan's Garden Challenge - Home Decor


What a fun challenge Susan's Garden Design Team has this month.  We have been challenged to use Susan's products to create a Home Decor piece.  It is the perfect time to create a frame to celebrate the Fall Season!

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For our Challenge today 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 blog post and answer this question: What Home Decor items do you like to create to use in your home?

Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Here is how the project was created:

The frame used was purchased from Ikea.  It is ten inches square and has a small mirror indented down in the center.

To decorate the little square, use a piece of watercolor paper and add Distress Oxide Inks to create the colorful background.  Splatter on black ink for the dots.  Cut the paper to fit inside the small square.  Add Black Peel Off Sticker Corners to each corner for a finished appearance.


Use Susan's Build a Scarecrow die set and create the scarecrow.  Use the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set and die cut the black crow.  Use a white opaque marker to add a white dot for the eye.  Attach the crow to the arm of the scarecrow.  Attach the square over the mirror, using strips of Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die set and create five sunflowers.  Shape the flowers and leaves using the Flower Tool Kit.  Add a little Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to some of the flower petals for a little sparkle.  After completing the flowers, you can add Prills over the die cut centers of each flower for a little additional dimension.


Use the Pumpkin die set and create three pumpkins.  I used two tall pumpkins and one short pumpkin.  Once you have the pumpkins and leaves colored, pat them down on a VersaMark Pad and clear emboss them for a shiny finish.

Use Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves die set and Garden Patch Mini Leaves die set to create leaves.  Shape the leaves using the Leaf Tool from Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  The leaves were colored using PanPastels.  Small black dots were added to some of the leaves.      All the leaves were patted onto a VersaMark Pad and clear embossed.

Use the A Way With Words - Amazing, Beautiful - and 4 Seasons die sets to die cut Beautiful Autumn.  Die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock and sponge on PanPastel Fall colors.  If you die cut the sentiments with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back of the cardstock, it makes it very easy to attach the words to the frame.

Arrange all the die cuts as shown.  Creating your own home decor is very fun and you will be proud to hear - "Wow, You Made That!".   What fun ideas do you have for a  fun Autumn decorated frame?

The Elizabeth Craft Designs products used are linked below.





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fall Pumpkin Scene



Don't you love all the creative ways you can use your die sets to create fun scenes.   Very soon we will be seeing lots of pumpkins so I decided to create a scene you might see out in the country.  I have used White Soft Finish Cardstock to die cut all the pieces for this card, and used ink pads and a sponge dauber to color each piece.    I  added a black cat to the card in the picture below.    Here is how the card was created.

Monday, August 28, 2017

There is Beauty in Simplicity


Good Morning.   A new release is now available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.   I used the new Blossom Time Clear Stamp Set and matching dies to design this card.  Here is how it was created.

  1. Start with a 6x6 inch card.  Use the ModaScrap Grand Canyon design paper to cut a piece of brown polka dot design paper for the front of the card.
  2. Use the Stitched Fishtails die set and die cut the largest Fishtail, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Sponge yellow ink on the center of the Fishtail that will show behind the die cut flowers.
  3. Use Susan's Little Words That Mean A Lot stamp set to stamp the sentiment at the top of the Fishtail.
  4. Use the Blossom Time Clear Stamp Set to stamp and die cut three flowers, three berry branches and six leaves.  Color the designs using markers.
  5. Arrange the flowers on the Fishtail, and attach with dimensional tape.  Glue the berry branches and leaves behind the flowers.
  6. Use a fine point markers to add small black dots around the design.
There are many flower arrangements you can create using the new flower stamps sets and matching dies.

Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs linked below.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Winter


 I am excited to show you how to create a scene using the new Becky Seddon Reindeer die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Here is how the card was created.

  1.  Start with a 6x6 inch card.  Cut a piece of watercolor paper 6 inches square to create the background.


2.  Use the two tree dies in the Reindeer die set to die cut a stencil into a piece of white card stock.  Use the stencil and a very light tan ink to sponge the shape of the tree trunk onto the watercolor paper.

3.  Die cut two large birch tree trunks and one small tree trunk.  Color them using a light gray ink and color the design in the trunks using a fine point black marker.

4.  Die cut four evergreen trees and sponge on green ink.  Color the trunk with a brown marker.

5.  Die cut the deer and sponge on brown ink.  Use an opaque white pen to add the spots to the deer.  Use a black fine point marker to color in eye and hooves.

6.  Use the landscape die and die cut three snow banks, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Glue the three pieces together to form the snowy ground.  Turn the middle piece backwards to give a different snowbank in the middle.    Only glue around the outside edges because you need to tuck the trees down between the snow banks.

7.  Die cut a lot of snowflakes.

8.  Use the Joset Designs Winter Sentiment stamp set to stamp 'Winter" on a scrap piece of white card stock.  Cut around the word with scissors.

9.  Assemble all the die cut pieces to create the scene.  Start by gluing the snowbank down at the bottom.  Next tuck the trees between the snowbanks and attach to the background.  Use a piece of dimensional tape behind the evergreen tree on the lower left side, for dimension.  Attach the reindeer using dimensional tape.  Glue on the snowflakes to create a snowy scene.  Attach the sentiment along with three snowflakes on the lower edge of the card.

In addition to celebrating winter, this scene can be used for several other occasions. Simply change the sentiment to make it a Christmas, Season's Greetings, or New Year's card.

Elizabeth Craft Products:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Design Team Challenge - Gift Box


The Elizabeth Craft Designs design team has a fun challenge this month.  We are challenged to create a gift giving project.    I love to decorate boxes and give them away with either a small gift or maybe a set of greeting cards inside.  Today I have a small wood cigar box that I decorated.  You can see all the projects the team designed at this LINK.

Before I explain how I decorated this box, I want to tell you how to enter for a chance to win a prize from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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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 and tell us "What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?


Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Here are instructions on how I decorated this box:

1.  Use ModaScrap Polinesia lavender polka dot design paper to cover the sides of the box.  I used scrapes of white card stock to cut templates to exactly fit each side before cutting the design paper.  Use  6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive strips to attach to the sides of the box.  Cover all four sides.
2.  Use a piece of Dusky Lavender card stock to cover the top of the lid of the box.
3.  Use the CountryScapes  Nantucket Arbor and Picket Fence die set to die cut enough fence pieces to fit around the box.  Glue pieces to sides of box as shown.
4.  Use the Leaf Pocket die set to die cut one white leafy pocket.  Use  3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive strips around outside edges of die cut and attach to lower portion of lid.  Attach this pocket with the half circle on the end toward the top of the box.  (It will be covered up with the die cut ovals.


 
5.  Use the Dotted Scallop Ovals and Fitted Ovals to die cut the lavender frame for the butterfly.  Use double sided mounting tape behind both ovals for dimension.  Attach the ovals centered at the top of the Leaf Pocket die cut.
6.  Use the Dancing Butterfly die set and die cut the butterfly using Soft Finish White Cardstock.  Attach it to the center of the die cut Oval Frame.  Add lavender rhinestones to the body and below the butterfly.
7.  Use Susan's Garden Notes Dahlia die set and create one lavender dahlia.  Attach it to the lower left edge of the lid.
8.  Add round lavender rhinestones across the top edge of the lid.  


9.  Measure the inside of the box, cut templates, then cut lavender pieces to line the inside of the box.

Covering any box and decorating with pretty die cuts always makes a treasured gift.

Links to the products used are below.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Window with Flower Box


Good Morning.  Today I have designed a card using Susan's new Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box die set.  Here is how the card was created:

  1.  This is a 6 inch square card.  Cover the front of the card with a piece of the Through The Lens-Wood card stock.
  2. Use White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the Garden Notes Square Window and Flower Box.
  3. Use the Romantic Corner die set and die cut the largest corner using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Attach the corner so it looks like a lacy curtain at the top of the window, trimming off the pointed corner.  Glue to the window frame.
  4. Cut and glue a piece of Buttercream Soft Finish Cardstock to fit behind the window.
  5.  Attach the Window Box to the bottom of the window.
  6. Use the CountryScapes Garden Edges Hyacinth die set for the flowers in the flower box.  Die cut the stems using Forest Green Soft Finish card stock and Perfect Purple Soft Finish Cardstock for the flowers.  Attach the Hyacinths along the top of the flower box.
  7. Use the Garden Notes Ivy Vine to die cut four vines.  Attach the ivy along the front of the Flower Box.
  8. Use the CountryScapes Wisteria Vine die set and create the Wisteria Vine to go over the top of the window.  Use Perfect Purple, Lavender and Dusty Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock to die cut the purple flowers.  Using three shades of purple gives the flowers more dimension.  When gluing the flowers to the branch, be sure to mix up the shades of purple on each flower.
What creative idea do you have for this fun new Garden Notes Square Window and Flower Box?

Links to all the products are shown below.





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Design Team Challenge - Country Cottage

The theme for Susan's Garden Design Team Challenge this month is "Home is Where the Heart Is."  We were to create a scene using one of her new CountryScapes English Cottage die sets, or any 'House' related die sets to create our project.  This was a fun challenge using a variety of Susan's CountryScapes die sets.  You can view all the cards created by the design team on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.


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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 and tell us “Which dies from Susan’s collection make you think of your home?”

Elizabeth Craft Designs will select the lucky winners in a random drawing. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, August 11  on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Here is how my card was created.

1.  Use a 6x6 inch card.  Cut a piece of white card stock 5 1/2 inches square to create this scene.
2.  On the top half of the 5 1/2 inch white card stock, use Susan's Earth & Sky Stencil to sponge on clouds.  Use blue ink to sponge around the stencil, moving the stencil around.
3.  Use another piece of white card stock and Susan's CountryScapes Mountains die and use two of the dies to die cut a landscape.  Cut the trees off the top edge and glue the two pieces together.  Attach the landscape about the third of the way down from the top of the blue cloudy sky piece.
4.  Use the CountryScapes English Cottage 1 die set and die cut all the pieces. Sponge color of choice on each piece.  Use a pencil to draw in bricks on chimney.  Glue all the pieces together.
5.  Die cut the CountryScapes Woods 1 tree.  Use the Leafy Branch die set and die cut green leaves.   Attach the leaves to the branches. The same leaves are used to glue behind the roof of the house.
6.  Use the Garden Edges Rose Hedge die set and use one of the rose bushes for the bush with the pink flowers.  Use the CountryScapes Clematis, Ivy die set to die cut tiny pink flowers for this bush.  Shape the little flowers using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.
7.  Use the CountryScapes Country Flora 1 die set to die cut two of the tall grass.  These will be used for stems for the blue and purple flowers.  The CountryScapes Clematis die set was also used to die cut the flowers for these bushes.
8.  Use the CountryScapes New England Stonewall and Gate die set to die cut three gates.  Cut off thee cross bars so it resembles a fence rather than a gate.  Sponge on brown ink.
9.  Use the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set to die cut the squirrel.  Sponge on color.
10.  Attach all the die cut pieces to the card as shown in the picture, first attaching the house, the tree, the fence, the flower bushes then the squirrel.

What ideas do you have to create a scene with Susan's CountryScapes English Cottage die set?

Links to the products used are linked below.




Monday, July 24, 2017

Baby Card


Good Morning.  Today I designed a cute baby card using the Krista Schneider Zoo Babies Clear Stamp Set and the matching dies.  Here is how the card was created.
  1.  Create a six inch square card and add the design paper from the new ModaScrap Color of Puppies Boy design paper pad to the front.
  2. Use  silver Borders and Corners Peel Off Stickers to add a border around the outside edges of the design paper.
  3. Use the Zoo Babies Clear Stamp Set and stamp the design used on this card using VersaFine Black Ink.  Color the images with markers of your choice.  Die cut with the matching die.
  4. Use the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set and die cut one small rectangle, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  5. Use the Stitched Rectangle die set and die cut the rectangle that is slightly larger, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  6. Use the Tags & More 6 - Daisy die set and die cut one small tag.  You only need the top portion of this tag because only the top portion will be used to go behind the balloon on the stamped image.
  7. Glue the stamped image on the small Dotted Scallop Rectangle, with the balloon above the top edge.  Attach this rectangle to the slightly larger Stitched Rectangle, using dimensional tape.  Add two silver Peel Off Corners to the top corners of the Dotted Scalloped Rectangle.
  8. Glue the tag, with only the die cut design showing, to the back of the Rectangle, as shown.  Attach this on lower portion of the card.
  9. Use the A Way With Words Baby Love die set and die cut Baby using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Attach at an angle on the upper left corner.
The Zoo Babies stamps are so cute for creating baby cards.

The products from Elizabeth Craft Designs are linked below.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Technique Friday Challenge Card

Today the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team is challenged to creating a card shown on the Technique Friday with Els YouTube Videos.  All the projects completed by the design team for this challenge can be found on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.

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For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners. 



To enter  simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " "What is your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". 

Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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When I need a beautiful quick and easy card, I always think about some of the beautiful techniques Els has shown us on her Technique Friday YouTube Videos.  One of my favorite techniques is the Sparkly Flower Lace Card.  These cards are so beautiful and can be used for just about any occasion.

Here is how the card was created:
  1.  Create a folded card out of Dark Fuchsia Soft Finish Cardstock measuring 5 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches.  The Soft Finish Cardstock is colored on one side and white on the other, which makes it nice for adding your sentiment to the inside of the card.
  2. Die cut the Flower Lace 2 out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.  
  3. Cut a piece of white cardstock  4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches.  Cover it with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  
  4. Peel the release sheet off the  adhesive and attach the Flower Lace 2 die cut, being careful not to touch the adhesive with your fingers.  Use the release sheet to press the die cut down firmly.
  5. Get out your glitter tray so you can add glitter to the adhesive.  Els uses a lid with a Swifter in the bottom.  Also needed is a coffee filter and brush.  These items are shown in Els YouTube Video.
  6. Put the release sheet down on one corner so you can hold it. Holding card over the coffee filter, pour  Diva Silk Microfine Glitter over the card front to cover all the adhesive.  Remove the release sheet and finish adding glitter.  Brush excess glitter off into coffee filter.  Pour loose glitter back into glitter jar.  Polish the glitter, for a shiny finish, with your finger.  Rub the glitter in circles until the whole thing is sparkly.
  7. Add the glittered piece onto a slightly larger white card stock, using strips of 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  8. Use the Thinking of You die set and die cut the sentiment using White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  9. Add the panel to the front of the card.
  10. Before starting, you can watch the YouTube, Technique Friday with Els - Sparkly Flower Lace Card at this LINK.
Be sure to go over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and leave a comment stating what your favorite Technique Friday with Els YouTube Video is your favorite so you will be eligible to enter the drawing for the $20 Gift Card.  Good Luck.

Products used are linked below.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Pocket Card



Good Morning.  Today I will show you how to create a pretty Lace Pocket card that will hold either a gift card or money.  This pocket was embellished with a small branch of  Susan's Garden Dogwoods.  Here is how the pocket was created for the front of the card.

This lace pocket will fit on the front of a 6-inch square card.

Die cut the ModaScrap Lace Pocket from White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Cut a 6 inch square of Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock. This piece will fit behind the Lace Pocket when the tabs are folded under.



Die cut the larger Romantic Corner from white cardstock.  This will just be a template and you can use it on another project.

 Place the Rosebud SFC square behind the die cut pocket, being sure it is even with the score lines along the tabs. Fold the tabs to the back to make sure it's a perfect fit.

Using low tack removable tape, tape the white die cut Romantic Corner onto the square, oriented as shown. (Tape only the top part). This paper template is going to indicate the precise position needed for die cutting, as explained in the next steps, so take care that it is centered as shown in the photo above step 3.
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 Remove the Rosebud cardstock with the Romantic Corner attached.


 Lift the taped Corner up from the bottom and place the Lace Corner die on the card stock under the die cut to match it exactly.  Tape the edges so it doesn't move.


Remove the Lace Pocket die cut piece and replace the paper template with the Romantic Corner cutting die, face down as shown above.


 Remove the Rosebud SFC die cut from the die and poke out all of the little pieces. (Tip: Save swirls or other bits for upcoming projects.)


Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit behind the Rosebud piece.  Attach with 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the edges.  Add the die cut Romantic corner back into the die cut opening.

To complete the lace panel with pocket, place the Rosebud cardstock inside the Romantic Corner and tape the tags to the back.

 Put Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the edges on the back of this panel and attach to the front of a white top- or side-fold card base.

 Use the Susan's Garden Dogwood die set to create a small branch of flowers.  Using tiny dabs of Kids Choice Glue, the same glue used to assemble the flowers, adhere the flowers and branch ONLY to the white lace to ensure that the pocket doesn't get stuck to the Rosebud SFD portion of the card front!

Die cut Happy Birthday from White Soft Finish Cardstock that is backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to die cutting. Center the words at the top of the card front.

This is the card I designed for my granddaughter's birthday.  I tucked money down in the pocket.  There is room inside the card for adding a message and the date.




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