Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Fun with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning!
A few years ago we went to Florida and we spent some time at the beautiful Florida Aquarium.  The boys were young and had a great time!

I wanted the layout to reflect the bright and fun and happy day we had so I chose to use Graphic 45's World Fair papers!

A great way to add a lot of visual interest without a lot of embellishments  is to layer papers and die cuts!

In the corner  I used two sizes of the stitched circles and the vintage balloon race from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I also added a layered circle at the bottom

to draw your eye to the photos I added two stitched rectangles die cuts - also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and two layered circles

To add a bit more interest I created a border of circles using the smallest stitched circle from the die

 To finish the layout I added some chipboard circles from Creative Embellishments inked with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans ink.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Summer Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs & Designer Challenge!

Good morning!
I love when we get new dies from ECD!!!

I used an older photo of Cody taken while he was looking through stones for shells while at Erieau Beach

 I used the wonderful new Palm Trees die and the Blackboard Alphabet dies.  I die cut the top of the trees twice for each tree then using my stylus tool I shaped them to add some dimension

and check out these super cute Tropical Florals die!

Now for the Designer Question and your chance to win:
Hop over to the ECD blog post and answer this question

What Elizabeth Craft Designs die or stamp set would you use the Blackboard Alphabet or Blackboard Numbers die sets. 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Good morning!
Every Christmas I send out homemade Christmas cards - each one is different so it usually takes me a while to get them done!
I now have two more done for this year's card list.


Card Number 1: Step 1 - Create a 5 1/4 square card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
 Step 2 - Using two of the dies from the Stitched Squares die set, cut a 5 1/4 square and a 4 3/4 square from coordinating patterned papers. 
Step 3 - Using the Poinsettia die set, cut 2 of the solid large poinsettia, one lacy overlay, and one small solid, all from coordinating papers. Use the stylus from the Susan's Garden All Metal Tool set to shape the petals. Assemble the flower, layered as shown. Add a bead or gem in the center. 
Step 4 - Add five loops of gold flower to the back of the flower. 
Step 5 - Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere 2 pieces of sparkly gold ribbon to the smaller square, crossing the strips toward the upper left as shown in the photo above, so it resembles a gift box. 
Step 6 - Adhere the smaller square to the larger square. Center on card base. 
Step 7 - Adhere the poinsettia to the top left side of card. 
Step 8 - Die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from gold and white patterned cardstock and adhere to the lower right side of card. 
Tip/Optional: Back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to die cutting for ease and speed when attaching the words to the project. (I do not normally take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!) 


My next card uses the same poinsettia die! Changing the colors and papers totally changes the look.


Card Number 2: 
Step 1 - Create a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
Step 2 - Using the Stitched Rectangles and Garden Notes - Frame It/Stitched Ovals die sets, cut a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 and a 4 x 5 1/4 rectangle, and 4 1/2, 4 and 3 1/2 ovals out of coordinating papers. Adhere the smaller rectangle onto the larger rectangle, then the three ovals onto the smaller rectangle, centered as shown. Adhere the layered card front to the card base. 
Step 3 - Using the Poinsettia die set, cut two lacy overlays from coordinating papers. Also cut one large and one small solid poinsettia from glossy red cardstock. Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet (or wide Tape) to the front of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut a solid poinsettia and the Merry Christmas sentiment. 
Step 4 - Remove the cover sheet from the adhesive on the larger solid poinsettia and sentiment, cover the exposed adhesive with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter - taking care not to touch the adhesive while coating it. Polish the glitter into the adhesive using your fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. 
Step 5 - Assemble the poinsettia, layering the pieces as shown in the photo below. Shape the petals to add dimension. Add the flower and sentiment to the card front to complete the project. (As I said when showing the first card, I do not usually take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows, but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!) 

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