Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Evergreen Pivot Card

Do you like to create cards with an element of surprise?  Today I created a pivot card using Karen Burniston's Evergreen Pivot Card.  And of course, being on Susan's Design Team, I used Susan's dies to decorate it.  I love the dimension the Pivot Card gave to die cuts from Susan's die collection.

Instead of using the tree dies that come with this pivot card set, I used Susan's CountryScapes Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen die.  I layered three of the tree die cuts on each of the pivot evergreens.  You will see in the bottom picture, there are two more evergreens that pivot on the inside of the card.  Another CountryScapes Evergreen was die cut and added to the bottom right of the front.  Once the tree was glued down, I trimmed off some of the branches that hung over the edge of the card.    Several snow banks were cut out and placed at the bottom of the front of the card.

I love the deer in Susan's CountryScapes Critters 3 die set.  I colored the deer using Distress Inks.  The antlers are two branches from the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set.  To ground the deer, I used one of the snow pieces from the CountryScapes Backyard 4 Snow Decor die set.   

For the sentiment, I used the Quietfire, A Way With Words,  Merry Christmas die.  I attached a piece of white card stock to a piece of Elizabeth Craft Transparent Double Sided Adhesive and die cut with the tape facing the die.  The liner was pulled off and Elizabeth Craft Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter was sprinkled on.  Once the die cut piece is covered with the glitter, you need to burnish it with your fingers to rub the glitter in and make it shine. 

In the above picture, you can see how the evergreen pivots out. 

 This is a picture of the inside of the card.  You can see the three evergreens that pivot.  To get Susan's CountryScapes evergreen to fit, I cut the bottom potion off to fit the space.  A few of the side branches needed to be trimmed too.

The cute snowman is Susan's CountryScapes Build A Snowman.  Isn't he cute!  The sentiment I used is a Quietfire  stamp (not available from Elizabeth Craft Designs). 

The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1093 CountryScapes Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings 
1013 CountryScapes Critters 3
992 CountryScapes Woods 1
1079 CountryScapes Backyard 4 Snow Decor
1081 CountryScapes Build A Snowman
 1056 A Way With Words "Merry Christmas
 509 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive
912 Evergreen Pivot Card 
638 Solar Gold Microfine Glitter 
377  Happy Holidays Peel Off Stickers

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Chrysanthemums


The colorful Fall flowers are out in full bloom.  Today I designed a card using Susan's beautiful Garden Notes Chrysanthemums.  Behind the Chrysanthemums are Flourishes from the Flourishes & Branches die set.  The Friend sentiment is one of the new Quietfire, A Way With Words, die.  The corners were die cut using the Tags & More 1 Lace dies.  A few pearls were added to complete the card.  Below is a tutorial on how I created the card.


This is the inside of the finished card.  I used Susan's Brighten The Lives of Others rubber stamp on the inside of the card.

GN Chrysanthemum


To create the Garden Notes Chrysanthemums, die cut the petals out of card stock using any of your favorite Fall colors.  You can see how easy it will be to assemble the flowers, because there are three sizes of petals (all connected) and then on the top left, you can see the die cut that you just roll, with the self-closing tweezers, to get the tight center of the flower.  You can use as many layers as you want, depending on how full you want your flower.  You can also shape the flowers so the petals bend down, or shape them so it is a more closed flower.


To create the card, start with a 12 x 6 inch piece of card stock.  Score the card at 6 inches.  With a pencil, lightly mark the front panel, down from the top,  at 3 inches on each side.  These mark are to help you align the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die.

These are the dies you use to create the die cut three inches down on the front panel.

 A 5 7/8-inch square of design paper was attached to the lower half of the card.

At this point, if you lift up the Sparkle Die cut, you will be able to see through the die cut.


To make the card look nice when fully opened, you need to die cut both a piece of the design paper you want to back the opening of the Sparkle Tag design, plus another piece of card stock the same size as the card.  This is easy to die cut -- just place the ends of this die along the edge of the card stock, tape it down and run it through your die cutting machine.  You can use the Elizabeth Craft Double Sided Adhesive between the design paper and card stock, or glue the two piece together.


To die cut the additional die cut design, use a piece of 6x6 inch card stock.  Place the card stock inside the card and close the front of the card.  Place the Paris Edges die so it will show below the Sparkle die cut.  Tape it down.  Remove the card stock and die cut it.


Attach the yellow Paris Edges die cut piece on the lower half of the card over the design paper, at the score line (over the design paper).

The above picture shows you what the card will look like when fully opened.


This picture shows what the back of the card will look like when fully opened.
Susan's new Garden Note Flowers are medium size and perfect to create tags, small or large cards.

The following products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1087 Garden Notes Chrysanthemum
RS014 Brighten the Lives of Others
Susan's Garden Tools
1034 Flourishes & Branches
1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle
979 Paris Edges
1052 A Way With Words Friends
951 Tags & More 1 - Lace
508 Transparent Double Sided Tape

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Merry Christmas

 I am trying to complete all my holiday cards early, so today I worked on another Christmas card.  The flower was created with Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia.

 GARDEN NOTES - Poinsettia (1090) 6 piece set

 You can see the dies above, which are so easy to assemble for gorgeous  poinsettias.  Below the poinsettia, I placed a few Garden Notes Whitepine Bough and the ECD Berry Branch, to give it a real holiday feeling.  I used Viva Red Pearl Pen for the berries.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is one of the new beautiful A Way With Words Quietfire dies.  It was die cut using glitter card stock. 

 Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles (1063)

 The frame around the sentiment is the new Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles by Els, pictured above. Look at all the frames you die cut with this one die!  I used the two largest frames in this set , which were also die cut using silver glitter card stock.   Around the edges I added Elizabeth Craft Peel Off Stickers for the small scalloped frame and the snowflakes. Another piece of glitter card stock is the back layer.

These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1090 Garden Notes Poinsettia
1091 Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cones
758 Berry Branch
1063 Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles
1056 Quietfire Merry Christmas
8522 Christmas Corners Peel Off Stickers
8530 Snowflakes Small Peel Off Stickers

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Christmas Cardinal

Good Morning.  Today I have worked with two new products from Elizabeth Craft Designs, along with some of my favorite Susan's Garden Notes dies

The cardinal is a new Petroschi Designs by Bianca stamp.  Isn't it beautiful.  Elizabeth Craft has two new Soft Finish Cardstocks; one is 85lb and the other is 100lb. One side is a soft texture and the other side is a smooth surface.  It is beautiful cardstock.  I stamped the cardinal on a piece of the 85lb soft finish on the texture side, then colored the image with Copic Markers.  The color blended so beautifully.  For the bells, I stamped the image on shinny gold card stock and cut out the bells and glued them over the main image.  I know it doesn't show in this photo, but it turned out very pretty.

I had a problem deciding which way I wanted to complete this card.  I had a piece of plaid ribbon I used for guidance in coloring the ribbon in the stamped image.  I created a bow with it then couldn't decide where I liked it best on the card, so I took a picture of the card with the plaid bow in the two areas I was trying to decide on.  I think I like the bow on the bottom.  Where do you think I should permanently place the bow? 

The red poinsettia was created using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia.  Below it I have placed some of the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough and a few Garden Notes Holiday Holly. To tie in with the gold bells, I added a bow made with gold cording.   At the bottom of the card, I die cut one of the Ribbons & Jewels Borders.  The small poinsettias were created with the flower die in the CountryScapes Backyard 4 die set.

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

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pink and White Poinsettias


Good Morning.   Today I created a Christmas card using Susan's beautiful Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia dies for my Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan's Garden Design Team Post.   

Would you like to create this card? Be sure to check out this offer:

This is a 6"x6" card with three white layers attached on top.  Score around the edges of all three layers for a finished look.  I used the Lots of Dots embossing folder to create dimension on the smallest layer.
To assemble the front of the card, glue the middle layer to the largest layer, then attach the bottom layer to the main card with dimensional tape.  Attach the smallest (embossed) layer on top with dimensional tape.


Die cut enough poinsettia petals to create three poinsettias.  Draw definition on each petal -- use the Leaf tool from Susan's Tool Kit to draw in the lines.    To create the pink and white flowers, use Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a Fantastix to add ink along the center of each petal.  Place a few drops of the Distress Ink on the Teflon Work Sheet and next to it spray some water.  Wet the Fantastix with water, then dip in the concentrated ink.  Dab the ink up the center of each petal.  The ink will run a little to give it a natural look. Allow the petals to dry, then shape them with the medium stylus from Susan's Tool Kit.  Assemble the flowers with as many petals as you like.  For the center of the flowers, I used the green and yellow Viva Paper Pen to create the little circles, then glued them in the center of the flower, once they were dry.  Die cut the poinsettia leaves, then shape.  I like to die cut my leaves using white card stock then color them.  I colored them green, then added a tinge of red.

 Die cut Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.  I like to use the Elizabeth Craft Fine Pointed Scissors to cut between each "needle" of the pine bough to make them thinner, but this isn't necessary.

Die cut the Quietfire "Believe" sentiment out of silver glitter card stock.  It doesn't show very well, but I also die cut the ECD Circles out of silver glitter card stock and it is under the poinsettias.

To finish the card, ECD Peel off Lines and Corner Stickers were added.

Don't you think the pink and white poinsettias, along with the silver, create a beautiful card!

The following supplies can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Limited Edition, Buy It All Offer to create this card. 

Below are links to the individual products.

1090 Garden Notes Poinsettia
1091 Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone
Susan's Tools
114 Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
1049 QuietFire Believe
1028 Circles
802 Elizabeth Craft Fine Pointed Scissors
1034 Corners and Borders Peel Off Stickers

Other Supplies:
Score Board
Dimensional Tape
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Teflon Work Mat
Green and Yellow Viva Paper Pens
Silver Glitter Card Stock

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Best Things in Life Aren't Things


Today I have something new to show you.  Elizabeth Craft Designs is proud to now have a new line of stamps called Petroschi Designs by Bianca.  Here is the LINK to all Bianca's stamps.

The first stamp I chose to work with is the Bluebird.  Isn't this a beautiful stamp.  I stamped the image on 2 pieces of white card stock.  Both were colored with Distress Inks.  The body of the Bluebird was cut out with scissors and attached over the other stamped image.  This gave it a little dimension.  The stamped panel was attached over the design paper with dimensional tape.

Two branches of Susan's Garden Notes Lilac were made and attached along the side of the stamped image.  Susan's The Best Things In Life stamp was used below the bird.  To complete the card ECD Peel Off Stickers were added.

Here are the links to the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Best Friends

 I have been busy working on more Christmas cards so I am not rushed during the holidays.  Today I created another card using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone dies.

The background was embossed with the ECD Sprig embossing folder.  I made one white poinsettia and 5 pine cones.  The Garden Notes Whitepine Bough and a few die cut Berry Branches were attached under the poinsettia.  

For the sentiment I die cut both the Quietfire Best Wishes and Friends and used only the Best from the Best Wishes set along with the Friends die cut.

I have had some questions about videos for this new release.  I want to let you know that Susan is filming and her new videos will soon be on YouTube.

Thank you for visiting today.

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

CountryScapes Snow People

 I am having so much fun creating my Christmas cards with Susan's CountryScapes dies.  Today I decided to create a Step Card to create a different type card.  I used the instructions to create a basic step card but created the card larger, and with a few more score lines.  It was just a test, but I like how it turned out.  

 Here is a side view of the Step Card

 For the center background for the snow people, I used the new ECD Sparkle tag die set.  Dark Blue polka dot design paper was die cut with both the tag shape and the snowflake design dies.  For a white backing, I just die cut the basic tag shape, then glued the two pieces together - this added strength to the and created a white background for the die cut snowflakes.  At the bottom of the tag, I added two pieces of white card stock to resemble snowbanks.  The tag was attached to the center of the step card.  The Sparkle Tag die set also includes corner dies that I used on the bottom edge to tie in with the top of the tag. 

One CountryScapes Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen was die cut and glued in the center of the tag. Now for the part that is so much fun!!  I die cut the CountryScapes Build A Snowman twice, using glitter card stock.  The snowman die can be used for either a snowman or a snowlady, so I created one of each.  It is fun to decorate because you can decide how to dress them and which way you want them to face.  It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but the lady has a purple scarf and earmuffs with a purple band and white over the ears. 

Did you notice the little blue bird sitting in the Evergreen?  It was die cut from the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set.  To hold the Step Card in place when standing, I cut a base card that fits on the bottom (flat side) and used the Snowflake from ECD Stand Up Helpers Set 2 die set near the front to hold the card in place. This panel was glued to the bottom.  In front of the Stand Up Helpers, I added the ECD Season's Greetings die cut.  To fill in the white section on each side of the tag, I created dimensional snowflakes by die cutting the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card and from the All Seasons Tree.  The smaller snowflake was attached with dimensional tape over the larger one, and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter added.  
  I hope I have given you inspiration to start on your Holiday cards.

These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1081 CountryScapes Build A Snowman
1093 CountryScapes Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings 
 1012 CountryScapes Critters 2
1077 Tags & More 9 Sparkle
930 Stand Up Helpers Set 2 
945 Season's Greetings
781 All Seasons Tree
916 Spiral Circle Pull  Card
642 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter 


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Poinsettias with Candle

Today I designed another Christmas card using Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  

This is a 6"x6" card.  I used the ECD Pop It Ups - Chicken Wire die for the background.  I left the die cut in the piece of card stock and backed it with a piece of glitter card stock I created by adding Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter to a piece of ECD Double Sided Adhesive.  It was attached behind the die cut with 6mm Double Sided Adhesive.  The Candle was die cut using white card stock.  The drip part and the flames were die cut using white card stock attached to double sided adhesive so I could add Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  The three candle flame die cuts were then colored with Copic markers and glued together.  

Three Susan's Garden Poinsettias were made, then attached over Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.  Four Pinecones created with Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pine Cone dies were added.  

At the top of the card, I used another piece of the 6mm Double Sided Adhesive to create a border.  Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter was added to the tape.  The ECD Merry Christmas die was used for the Sentiment.  It was also cut out with the Double Sided Adhesive and True Red Silk Microfine Glitter added. 

Have a nice weekend!
These products can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Thursday, September 10, 2015

CountryScapes Autumn Card


Today I have created this card for a Susan's Garden Design Team post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

Have you tried creating your very own scenes using Susan's CountryScape dies? They are so fun to work with! I love designing a variety of scenes and creating totally different cards using Susan's dies. Here is how I created this card.
  1.  The actual scene was created on a 4" square.  The overall card size is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".    A piece of gunny sack ribbon was attached to card stock with Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  2. Die Cut two corn stocks from the CountryScapes Flora 4 die set, and tie a string around the center.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs' scissors to cut between the points on the corn stocks, to make them frilly.
  3. Die Cut one each the tree branches from the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set.  I sponged on Aged Mahogany Ink to make them stand out against the light background.
  4. Die Cut two small and one larger jack-o-lanterns from the CountryScapes Build A Scarecrow die set.  Color, then add a piece of black card stock on the back to help show off their cute faces.
  5. The bales of hay were die cut from the CountryScapes Build A Scarecrow die set.
  6. The squirrel and the black crow were die cut from the CountryScapes Country Critters 1 die set.
  7. The small falling leaves were die cut using the leaf die in the CountryScapes Woods 3 die set.
  8. The larger leaves on the bottom corners were die cut using the die from the Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves die set.
  9. To Complete the front of the card, I added Elizabeth Craft Designs' Peel Off Stickers.

10.  On the inside of the card I used Susan's 'Take Time' rubber stamp.  The leaf is from the Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves die set.  To finish off the corners, I added Gold Peel Off Stickers.


This style of card is called Tabbed Pop Out Swing Card.  You can find a tutorial on how to assemble it at this LINK.

Products used:
1083 CountryScapes Flora 4
989 CountryScapes Critters 1
1080 CountryScapes Build A Scarecrow
992 CountryScapes Woods 1
1085 CountryScapes Woods 3
1092 Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves
RS008 Take Time Rubber Stamp
Elizabeth Craft Designs' Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape
802 Fine Pointed Scissors
1061 Border/Corner Peel Off Stickers
1018 Corner Peel Off Stickers
1016 Lines Peel Off Stickers
Other Products:
Orange Card Stock
Yellow Card Stock
Gunny Sack Ribbon

Monday, September 7, 2015

With Sympathy

Today I have a pretty Sympathy card designed with Susan's Garden Rose 1 dies and the elegant Quietfire, A Way With Words, Sympathy die.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  Two pieces of design paper were used for the background.  A gold Line Peel Off Sticker was attached between the two layers.

The flowers in the Susan's Garden Collection are larger than the flowers in the Garden Notes Collection.  I only needed one of the large roses to design this card. It is hard to see, but on the right side of the rose I added a rose bud. Behind the card I added a small amount of tulle then attached baby's breath created with the ECD Berry Branch and the little flower die from Susan's CountryScapes Backyard 2 die set. 

You can purchase the products I used from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  

There is a big sale at Elizabeth Craft Designs this weekend.  Sale ends 1:30am MDT Tuesday September 8th. Here is the LINK to the Facebook Announcement.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Susan's New Release Now Shipping

I want to let you know that Elizabeth Craft Designs is now shipping all of Susan's new dies.  You can see all of Susan's products at this LINK.  Els, owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, has also added many new videos on YouTube.  Here is the LINK to the video showing projects competed with Susan's new dies.

Just a quick card today to show you how adding Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Whitepine Bough & Pinecones can dress up a piece of designer paper. 


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:


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