Sunday, October 29, 2017

Picotee Amaryllis

Poinsettia flowers are very popular at Christmas time but the beautiful Amaryllis is also a favorite flower of many people during the holidays.

Today I have created a card with Picotee Amaryllis.  

Susan's Garden Notes Amaryllis die set was used to die cut three flowers.  The center of the petals were colored using PanPastels.  The edge of the white petals was colored using a red marker.  The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone die set to die cut 6 pine boughs to be placed behind the floral arrangement.

Use Susan's new Glass Hurricane & Candle die set to create the vase for the flower arrangement.  The Glass Hurricane die was placed over a piece  of the ModaScrap Wood Effect card stock.  Only the top portion of the Hurricane die cut was used for the vase.  Use a craft knife to cut an opening around the top edge, to add flowers inside the vase.

Use the Els van de Burgt Dotted Scallop Oval die set to die cut an oval and cut it in half to create a table top for the vase.   

Use Els Beaded Circle Frame die set to die cut the largest circle, using white Soft Finish Card stock.

Use a piece of the new ModaScrap Xmas Vintage Card stock for the front of the 6-inch card.

Attach the Beaded Circle to the card front as shown and the partial Dotted Scallop Oval at the bottom.  Attach the Vase at the bottom of the card -- add adhesive only around the edges of the vase so you can add the flowers and leaves down in the opening.  

Arrange the bouquet by attaching the Whitepine Boughs down first then the flowers and then tuck in the flower leaves.  

There are many different colors of Amaryllis.   What is your favorite color?

You can shop for products from Elizabeth Craft Designs at the links provided below.

Thank you for visiting me today.  Have fun creating your beautiful Amaryllis.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hang the Christmas Stockings

Do you hang Christmas Stockings over the fireplace?  Elizabeth Craft Designs has gorgeous dies to create this fun fireplace scene with the stocking hanging off the mantel.

This is a six-inch square card.  On the front is a piece of design paper that resembles wallpaper.  

Hang the Christmas Stockings

 Die cut the two fireplace pieces, using a light tan card stock, and attach the overlay over the background.   If you use Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back of the card stock, it makes it easy to attach the two pieces together.  Cut a piece of light gray card stock to go behind the fireplace opening.  Sponge black ink in the center to resemble soot that has collected on the fireplace wall.  Attach to the back of the fireplace die cut.  

Die cut the hearth that goes at the bottom of the fireplace, using a piece of Through The Lens Stone cardstock.  Cut a piece of Double Sided Mounting tape behind this piece for dimension. 
Die cut the three Pieces that create the flames in the fireplace, using a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top.  Pull off the adhesive and use Silk Microfine Glitter to create a sparkly flame.  I used Safforn, True Red, Solar Gold, and Orange Glitters.  Use the spoon to pour just a little across the flames creating a two toned appearance on each die cut flame.  Be sure to rub in the glitter with your fingers to bring out the shine.  Attach the three flames together using double sided mounting tape.

Using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet sheets, die cut the pieces for the stockings.  Assemble each stocking.  

Use the Festive Glow die set to die cut 12 greenery pieces to go over the mantel.

Use the Bow die from the Balloons die set to die cut a bow out of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.

Use the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set to die cut the cat.  Color the cat as desired.

Use the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set to stamp JOY.  Color with markers and cut around the sentiment with scissors. 

Assemble the pieces on the card front as shown.  Add Red Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers to the garland.  

It was fun creating this realistic fireplace scene.

Below at the links to shop at Elizabeth Craft Designs for all the products I used.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Let's Have Some Fun

Christmas is not far away.  Have you started creating your Christmas cards? I have a card designed using the Reindeer & Birds Clear Stamp Set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Create a card measuring 6 inches high x 6 1/2 inches wide.

Use a piece of design paper from the 12x12 Let It Snow design paper pad.  Cut a 6 1/4 x 5 3/4 inch piece and attach to the front of the card.

Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches  and score around the edges using a scoring board.  Attach to the front of the bottom of the design paper leaving a small border (approx 1/4 inch) of the design paper showing at the bottom.

TIP:  Before the next step I would like to how you a time saving tip when you need card stock that has Clear Doubled Sided Adhesive on one side.   Prepare in advance.  Use the 6-inch wide (152mm) Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll and a sheet of 6 x 11 inch piece of white card stock .  Cover one side of the card stock with the adhesive - pull out a length of the adhesive and lay down the card stock aligning the sides.  You can prepare a lot of these pieces and store them in a drawer for future use.  You can die cut images with the adhesive on the back for quick and easy placement, or die cut with the adhesive side up to apply glitter, etc.

Use the Reindeer & Birds stamp set and stamp and color the pieces shown.  Use the matching die set to die cut the pieces.    Arrange die cut pieces as shown, being sure to leave room to stamp the sentiment.

Use black VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiment from the Winter Sentiments clear stamp set.

Use the A Way With Words - Merry Christmas 2 die set to die cut Christmas.  Use a piece of black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.  Attach Christmas centered at the top of the card.

For an extra little embellishment, stamp, color and die cut the star from the Snowman & Gifts clear stamp set.  Attach at the end of the Christmas die cut.

Below are the links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Love In A Mist

It is always exciting when we have new products from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create beautiful cards.  Susan's Garden has six new Garden Notes die sets in the new release.  One of the new flower die sets is 'Love In A Mist' which I have used for my card today.To create a background for these pretty flowers, three ovals were die cut.

Use the Fitted Oval die set and die cut an oval using Watercolor paper.  Use Ranger Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet to create a colored background.

Use Dotted Scallop Ovals die set and White Soft Finish Cardstock to die cut an oval slightly larger.

Use the Dotted Scallop Ovals die set  and Whisper Blue Soft Finish Cardstock to die cut another oval slightly larger than the white oval.  Layer the three ovals together.

To prepare cardstock to create the flowers, use a piece of watercolor paper and lightly sponge on Distress Oxide Faded Jeans Ink.

 Use the Garden Notes Love In A Mist Die set and die cut three flowers.  Sponge additional Faded Jeans Oxide Ink at the base of all the petals.  Shape the flowers with Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assemble the flowers.  To make it easier to shape the flowers, mist the back of the petals with water prior to shaping.

Attach the flowers to the lower left side of the Ovals, using dimensional tape.

Use the Dancing Butterfly die set and die cut one butterfly.  Attach the butterfly using a small piece of dimensional tape.  Add Rhinestones on the body.

Use Susan's Little Words That Mean A Lot clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment  using black VersaMark Ink. Clear emboss the sentiment.

 Use the Stitched Fishtail Banners die set to die cut the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment close to the fishtail end of the banner.  Cut the banner so it fits under the flowers and the fishtails fit at the lower right side of the card.

As a finishing touch, you can add a few clear flat backed beads around the arrangement.

Below are the links to all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas Cheer

Today the Elizabeth Craft Designs team was challenged to create a Christmas Themed card. To see all the cards created by the design team go to this LINK.

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  the question on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Post at this LINK.

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

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 20, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Good Luck!


 I chose to create a cute shaker card using the Snowman & Gifts, and Reindeer & Birds clear stamp sets, and the die cut trees from the Reindeer die set.  Here is how the shaker card was created.

Start with a 6-inch card.

Use the Dotted Square and Fitted Square die sets to die cut seven narrow frames.  Die cut the Stitched frames them tape the Fitted frame inside leaving an even border all the way around and run through the die cutting machine again.

Die cut five large tree trunks using the Reindeer die set.   Cut 2 snow banks using the same die set.

Next you need to attach the tree trucks individually on one of the die cut square frames, attaching them so they are alternated when all the frames are attached together.

The picture above shows how you should have arranged the trees on the frames.

Die cut a blue piece of card stock using the largest die used for die cutting the frame.  All the white frames will be glued over this piece.  Use 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to attach two of the frames that have a tree attached.  Attach one of the snowbanks, then attach two more frames with a tree, the other snow bank, then the last frame with a tree attach. 

Use the Snowman & Gifts stamp set and stamp the snowman.  Color with markers and die cut using the matching die set.  

Use the Reindeer & Birds clear stamp set and stamp the reindeeer.  Color with markers and die cut using the matching die set.

Attach the Snowman and Reindeer on top of the frames 

Pour in glitter or sequins inside the tree frame to create a shaker card.

Using the largest die used to cut the frames, die cut a piece of acetate and attach with 3mm clear double sided adhesive over the top of the frames.  

 Attach the last two  frames (that do not have trees attached) to build up the frame.

Attach the shaker square at the top of the card, using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Use the Holiday Cheer clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment using black VersaFine Ink.  Clear emboss the stamped sentiment.

The products from Elizabeth Craft Designs are linked below.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

White Poinsettias and how to Create Bracts

The Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz circle really makes the white elements on this card pop.

Use one of the Fitted Circle dies to die cut the Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz circle.  Use one of the Dotted Scallop dies, one size larger, to die cut a white circle.  Attach the red circle with dimensional tape, to the white circle.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  Cut a piece of off white card stock 5 1/2 square and score around the edges using a scoreboard.  Attach to the front of the card.

Attach the die cut circles in the center of the card front.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia die set to create 3 white poinsettias.  Shade the base of the petals with light green PanPastel.  Shape the petals with Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  

To create the bracts (center of poinsettia), I used Nuvo Crystal Dots.  Working on a small piece of non-stick craft mat, add lime green Nuvo dots.  Let the drops dry approximately 15 minutes then go back and add a small yellow Nuvo dot in the center of each green dot.  Let dry throughly then remove from mat and glue them individually in the center of each poinsettia.

Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone die set to die cut eight white boughs.  

Arrange the pine boughs and poinsettia on the lower left side of the card.  

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut one deer out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Use the Snowflake die in this same set to die cut a few snowflakes.

Attach the deer to the red Shimmer Sheetz using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Attach the snow flakes around the reindeer.  

All the Elizabeth Craft Designs products are linked below.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Susan's Garden Notes Die Sets

It is always fun when Susan has a new Susan's Garden Notes die set release.  There are eight new sets, that I have linked below in my supply list, now available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  

Today I have a Christmas card to show you that I created with the new Garden Notes Glass Hurricane & Candle die set.  

The Glass Hurricane was die cut using a piece of acetate.  The candle from the same die set was die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Around the edge of the top of the candle, I added glue to resemble melting wax and sprinkled on Cool Diamond Glitter.  The candle was attached to the card and the acetate was attached with Clear Double Sided Adhesive in inconspicuous places.

Susan's  Garden Notes Poinsettia was used to create the poinsettias.  The flowers were shaped with the Flower Tool Kit.

The Whitepine Boughs and Pinecone die set was used to die cut the green boughs and to die cut the pieces to create four pinecones.  

The new ECD Berry Branch die set was used to die cut the branch using Dark Chocolate Soft Finish Cardstock.  Red berries were added using Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The branch was cut apart and attached under the arrangement.

To finish the card, two gold Corner Peel Off Stickers were added on the top corners.

Be sure to check the links below to see all the new die sets in the Garden Notes release.

Links to all the products used are below.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Susan's Garden Design Team Challenge - Fairy

A fun challenge this month for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan's Garden design team is to design a card using one of her Fairy die sets.  Here is the LINK to go to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog so you can see all the cards created by the Design Team.

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:   If you had your own fairy, what would be 3 products on your crafting wishlist?

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

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 13, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Good Luck!


Start with a six inch card.  Cut another six inch square for the front panel out of White Soft Finish Cardstock.  

Use the 2nd largest Fitted Oval die to die cut an opening on the left side of the six inch square.  Sponge green ink around the outside edges.  Attach this square to the front of the card using dimensional tape.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Fairy - Tiger Lily die set to die cut the Fairy.  To create a stable Fairy that you can add dimensional tape under, die cut the body of the Fairy 4 times, using 100 lb card stock.  Glue the four Fairies together.   Color the Fairy and the Tiger Lily skirt.  I used Susan's PanPastels to sponge on color.  A red fine line marker was used to add the dots and lines on each petal of her skirt.   I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to give her hair, and dress sparkle.

Die cut the Wings of the Fairy using White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz.   Use Silver Shimmer Sheetz to die cut the container (shown in her left hand).  Attach the wings to the Fairy's back using dimensional tape.   

Use the Garden Notes Coreopsis die set to die cut enough pieces to create seven flowers.  Use Susan's Flower Tool Kit to shape and assemble the flowers.  For information on how to create this flower, you can watch Susan's Garden - Coreopsis YouTube Video at this LINK.

Use the Pair of Leaves 1 die set to die cut three leaf branches. Use Susan's Flower Tool Kit to shape each leaf.   

Arrange the Leaves and Coreopsis on the lower left corner of the card.  

Attach the Fairy on the right side of the die cut Oval, as shown.  Leave room to add heart sequins below her hand.  You can add dots of glue and  sprinkle on glitter or use Peel Off Glitter Dots.

Attach the container under the left hand of the Fairy onto the card.  Again add sequins or whatever you used you falling from her right hand, under the container, as shown.

Use Susan's Little Words That Mean A Lot stamp sent and stamp the sentiment.  I used VersaFine Ink and clear embossed the sentiment.  Die cut the sentiment using a die from the Dotted Scalloped Oval die set.  Sponge around the edges of the Oval with Yellow ink.  Attach more sequins around the sentiment.  Attach this oval above the flowers, as shown.

For a final touch, use a fine tip marker and add a few black dots around the lower edges of the  flowers.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Chrysanthemum Covered Box

This is a project I designed back in 2015 and was asked to re-post it.  It is one of my very favorite projects.  I love creating beautiful flowers with Susan's Garden Notes flower die sets.

This is an old wood cigar box which I thought would be perfect to make beautiful with Susan's Garden Notes Chrysanthemums and Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves.  You can pick up cigar boxes, for very little money, at most any cigar store.  These boxes make great gift boxes for birthdays or the holidays.

Here is how I transformed this box into a gorgeous box anyone would love to receive. First cover the cigar logo which is usually on the top of the box.   I created a square to cover the center of the top of the box.  (I wanted to keep as much of the wood showing as possible, so I only covered the logo.)  It was matted with a piece of black card stock, then a smaller rust mat.  I used a piece of textured off-white card stock for the next layer; this layer was sponged around the edges with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks.  Next a frame of burgundy card stock was cut and attached over the outside edge of the off-white layer using dimensional tape under it, to give it some dimension.  On top of the burgundy frame, I added one of the ECD peel off line stickers.  Once all these layers were attached to each other, the frame was attached, with 10mm Double Sided Tape, to the cigar box.

 Using the Chrysanthemum die, die cut chrysanthemums using different colors of card stock. There are a total of 13 flowers on this box top.  I used burgundy colored card stock, bright yellow card stock and the rest were die cut using white card stock and were shaded with Susan's PanPastels.

For complete instruction on how to create Susan's Garden Note Chrysanthemum, you can watch Susan's YouTube Video at this LINK.  Susan has 15 new videos on Susan's Garden Club playlist on YouTube that will be very helpful in creating your projects with her dies.

 Using Susan's  Garden Woodland Leaves,  die cut a lot of leaves using some white card stock and some Kraft card stock.  The different card stock gives a variety of shades.

All the leaves were first shaped, using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.   Working on a Teflon Craft Mat, all the leaves were colored using a variety of colors from Susan's PanPastels; yellows, greens, orange, rust, bright red and dark red.  The PanPastels blend beautifully creating such beautiful fall colors.  Use a sponge to add the colors which makes it easy to quickly color.  There will be PanPastel dust on your craft mat, so don't forget to pick this dust up with the sponge and blend it over some of the leaves.  

Layer Woodland Leaves down the left side and across the bottom of the top of the box.  Attach the Chrysanthemums with dimensional glue dots.  Add as many Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves as you like for fillers;  they were die cut using white card stock then sponged with green PanPastel then a little rust around the edges, then  shaped with Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  There are also branches from Susan's CountryScapes Wood 1 die set that were die cut using dark brown card stock, then glued under the leaves.  There is one Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch tucked in that was colored with the wine (dark red) PanPastel.

A box decorated with Susan's Garden dies would be a beautiful gift in itself, or you could add a little surprise inside too.  Do you have something you could recycle and make beautiful?

Below are the Links to products I used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Halloween Treat Box

Halloween is not far away.  I am sure you have a few goblins you like to give a special treat to.  

I created a very cute little box for a special treat using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Pillow Box with Handle die.  

The box was die cut using black card stock.  On the front of the box, an opening was die cut using the smallest Dotted Scallop Oval die.  

Cut a piece of acetate that will fit behind the die cut opening and attach it with 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  

Use the Halloween Clear Stamp Set and stamp the images shown.  Color with markers.  Die cut the pieces using the matching die set.

Attach the sentiment just above the scored line of the handle.  Attach the spiders just below the same scored line.  This makes it look like the spiders are handing from the sentiment.  

Attach the two die cuts at the bottom of the box, slightly over the acetate covered window.

Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive around the handle and attach both handles together.  

Create a bow and attach at the top of the box.

Fill the box with candy.   

I'm sure the recipient will love this little box as much as the treat inside.

Links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products are linked below.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thinking of You

Winter is just around the corner.  I love the new Winter die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Here is a card that could be used for any occasion.  Here is how the card was created:

1.  Start with a 6-inch card.  
2.  Use a piece of light blue card stock, cut 5 1/2 inches square, to create the mountain scene. Using Susan's Mountain & Split Rail Stencil to add the mountain.  Tape stencil to the left side of the card stock and press VersaMark through stencil.  Move stencil over to the left and add one more mountain to create a mountain range.  White emboss.  
3.  Use Susan's CountryScapes Mountains die set and die cut two landscapes, using Soft Finish White Cardstock.  Layer as shown.
4.  Use the Adventure Edges die set and die cut the cloud border, which will be added at the bottom of the card.  
5.  Use the Reindeer die set and die cut one deer.  Sponge on Distress inks to color.  Use a fine tip marker to color in nose, eye, and hoofs.
6. There are trees in the Reindeer die set, but I chose to use the beautiful tree in the  Christmas Tree Die Set. Die cut on the backing for this tree and sponge on green ink leaving the bottom of each tree section white.  Assemble the tree by adding dimensional tape under each layer.
7.  To assemble the card, start by layering the CountryScapes Mountains over the embossed mountains.  
8.  Add the die cut snow that was die cut from the Adventures Edges.  
9.  Use the Kids Glue and dilute it a little with water, and add glue to the mountain tops, snow banks, and the edges of the tree branches.  Sprinkle on Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Once the glue is dry, rub the glitter with your fingers to bring on the sparkle.
10.  Add the tree to the left of the Reindeer.  
11.  Die cut a lot of snowflakes using the die in the Reindeer die set.  Add glue, and Cool Diamond Glitter to the snowflakes.  Add snowflakes around the scene.
12.  Any sentiment can be added to this winter scene, but I chose to use a sentiment from the General Sentiments clear stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have fun creating your Winter cards.

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