Die cut candle Christmas card

Hello everybody! Like I already told you, this year I am taking an „early start“ to creating Christmas cards and what better way to make some than to grab the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas themed dies and create with those!

Here is what I did:

I started by taking a piece of old book paper and inking the edges with Iced Spruce Disterss Oxide ink. I love the tone of this ink!

Next I die cut the base of the candle from Misty Mauve Soft Finish Cardstock, then took a piece of Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the second candle layer from that one. The branches are die cut with the same die, but I used a relatively old green paper from my own stash.

This kind of projects are perfect for sneaking in papers that I´d probably otherwise not anymore. But here this green paper works really well. I then die cut the bow from Thru The Lens – Wood paper. It was one with some dark red wood pattern on it and I found that it worked really well together with the branches. So you see the papers you use for Xmas cards do not necessarily have to be from a Christmas themed pack, if you don´t happen to have any. You can as well make other papers work too :)!

I covered the back of the papers with Clear Double Sided Adhesive before die cutting, this way it´s very easy to adhere the pieces on their places and there is no mess with a paper glue. I am normally a paper glue user, so that being said, I am slowly noticing the practicality of other adhesives here too :). For this type of projects, with tiny, detailed pieces it is really great to have the option of using double sided adhesive sheets you can die cut with the paper!

After I had all pieces die cut, I simply needed to adhere them to their places, build the bow and layer the branches and the flames etc. on top of each other/next to each other. See how I also used the negative swirl pieces from the candle between the branches? I didn´t want to throw them away so I figured they´d make for a nice decorational detail in between the green twigs.

Finally I added some rose gold Stickles and red Liquid Pearls here and there for additional detail and dimention. I even added a stamped sentiment (with black ink) inside the card using the Joset Designs Winter Sentiments clear stamp set. So when you flip the card open it says: „It´s the most wonderful time of the year“ inside it.

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas card idea and get inspired to try this die cut die for your Christmas card projects.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Boo card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, today is my turn again to share a card tutorial with you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with you. This time I am keeping to the Spookalicious theme as Halloween is not far away anymore! If you are looking for a simple and easy to do card idea for Halloween, this might be to your liking.

I´ve also done a start-to-finish video for you to watch. For more details see Elizabeth Craft Designs blog :)! I hope you enjoy this idea!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Silk Microfine Glitter cards

Hello lovelies, there are still two more cards, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs product that I haven´t shared with you yet. The first one is done using the same technique as on the lace background card (see video on how-to here), I´ve just instead of using lace, used a ModaScrap die cut die release sheet as a mask for the leaf pattern.

I´ve used two tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on the above card to create the background pattern. Then I´ve just added some ribbons, gems and flowers for decoration and finished the card off with a die cut banner and a stamped sentiment.

The second card I done pretty much the same way as were these cards, except, instead of using white cardstock and coloring it with inks, I´ve used patterned paper. The butterlies are die cut separetely and I´ve then added a layer of Silk Microfine Glitter on them, before I adhered them onto the card. Again a die cut banner with a stamped sentiment finishes this card off.

Now there has been a lovely new release at Elizabeth Craft Designs again, so there will be new cards coming up very soon :). Can´t wait to share!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Gift giving – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies, it is again time to share the monthly Die Cut Design Team challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This month´s theme is „Gift Giving„. My lavendar has been growing very nicely in the garden this year, so I gathered quite an amount and dried them to use later.
My boys always bring me all kinds of „junk“ and say: „Mum, I saved this for you as I think you might want to use it for something“. Mostly I do. These little bottles are from the „saved junk“  section too. So I combined the two things – the lavendar from my garden and the bottles. They make perfect little gifts, when repurposed and altered a little bit. Here is what I did:

I had washed the bottles in the dishwasher, then adhered a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock onto a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive and die cut the Leaf Pocket piece from it. Next I measured how high the piece had to be to cover the open area and fussy cut the piece into a right size. One Leaf Pocket die cut piece is enough to decorate two small bottles.

I then adhered the leaf pattern onto the bottles. Next I added some clear double sided adhesive tape onto the top and bottom parts of the leaf pattern and then covered the adhesive with a grey twine. That way both bottom and the top look finished and pleasing to the eye.

After this I filled the bottles with small, dried lavendar flowers and took a bottle cap/top to close them. I reused the caps from old wine bottles. Finally I added some „Bunch of Flowers 4“ pieces that I die cut from Soft Finish Cardstock to the bottles as an additional decorational piece. I used the metal tool set to mold the flowers and placed them on top of each other to create a more dimentional look. A little half pearl creates the center of the flower. Finally I took the leftover, negative piece, of the flowers and created a card around it.
The card is very tiny, but it works perfectly with the small bottle size. I layered the negative flower die cut piece on top of a piece of moss bluegreen burlap. That matches the lavendar color perfectly! For decoration I used the same half pearls as on the flower centers and added some faux stitching along the edges and finished the card off with a stamped sentiment. That´s it!

This present is already on it´s way to it´s new owner :). I hope she likes it and enjoys the lavendar scent when she removes the caps.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are 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 „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.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You are so sweet tag

Hello lovelies, it´s again time for „Tag Tuesday“! Today I´ve got a special tag to share with you. This is one of the tags that I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along to various shows. I´ve again used quite a few ModaScrap die cut dies on this one and some lovely Silk Microfine Glitter too (see full material list at the end of this post).

I personally like this tag alot. I love that leaf pattern on the background and even though I am not that much a fan of orange, the colors here really are to my liking.

Wishing you a creative day,
xxx, Sanna

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Technique Friday with Els challenge

Hello lovelies, it is again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team´s monthly challenge. This time we were challenged to use a Technique Friday with Els video as our starting point. I chose to make a Patchwork Card with embossing folders and Shimmer Sheets. Here is what I did:

Here are the steps shortly, for a full tutorial, see THIS VIDEO over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel.

First I took pink, light blue and red Shimmer Sheets and cut those into a width of approximately 1 inch. Next I placed them inside the Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folders and ran them thru a die cutting machine.

After that I took a Postage Stamp Rectangle die cut die and a piece of blue toned patterned paper from my stash and die cut the paper into a rigth size. Next I cut another piece (white cardstock) into a slightly smaller size than the postage stamp piece.

Then I fussy cut the embossed and sanded (sanding block) pieces into appr. 1 inch each and adhered them onto the white cardstock piece that I had covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Then I just flipped the piece over to cut the residue off along the edges of the white cardstock.

After that I die cut two Lacy Poppies from white Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered the postage stamp piece and the patchwork piece together with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I added a velvet ribbon and a brad as decoration and finally stamped a sentiment with Joset Designs General Sentiments onto the right down corner with black stamp ink.

I really enjoyed creating this card after Els´ idea!! And I like the delicate shine the Shimmer Sheets add to the background. It looks really nice, yet it is so very easy to make!!!

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are 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 „What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series“. 3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing & the winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what videos inspired my design team colleagues and what kind of cards they created!! And for more inspiration, don´t forget to visit the ECD YouTube channel too.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Hugs tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there! And again I´d like to share another Tag Tuesday post with your shortly today. This is yet another tag I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along from one show to another. I had so much fun creating these tags!!!

For this one, I´ve die cut the word hugs from a piece of felt. I love how it turned out. The felt is relatively thin, so the metal die actually did a great job cutting it. I also cut some Fitted Fishtails for the background and layered them on top of each other. I used patterned papers (older paperstock 🙂 ) from my stash for this purpose. There is a paper flower and a felt flower banner on the tag – also something from my older stash combined with the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs product. The leaf is die cut from a Clear Double Sided Adhesive and then covered with Silk Microfine Glitter. Some faux stitching and a ribbon to finish the tag off. That´s pretty much it!

I just love making tags – they are great for destashing older goodies and trying out new ideas. And you can always attach them to gifts for friends and loved ones.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Leafy Branch 3
Elizabeth Craft Desings – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Fitted Fishtails
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Patterned Paper
Ribbon
Paper flower
Felt
Felt flower ribbon

Smile – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s again time for another Die Cut Design Team Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. Every month the Die Cut Desing Team members are challenged to with a different task and this months theme is „Glittery Backgrounds„.

Since it is spring, I tried to make a soft toned card. Here is my take:

And here is how I created this card:
I took a light yellow card base and some pearlescent white cardstock and die cut the Dancing Butterflies from the white cardstock. I also adhered a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the card base and left just a tiny strip of the cardstock on both sizes free of the adhesive.

Then I placed the die cut butteflies onto the adhesive surface. I attachted the butterflies with the adhesive surface using the protective cover sheet of the adhesive. This way there are no fingerprints on the adhesive and everything stays on place. If I would touch the adhesive surface with my fingers, the glitter would not stick to those areas that well. So make sure you are careful not to touch it during this step.
Next I took a coffee filter and placed it under my card. I then poured some Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive and carfully brushed away the residue. The glitter that is in the coffee filter can be re-used. Just carefully pour it back to the jar from the filter. If you get glitter onto your fingers and working surface, use a Swiffer dust cloth to remove it. Polish the glitter with your finger by moving into one direction and gently pressing your finger against the glittered surface. This will result a fabulous shiny background!
Here is a close-up of the finished, polished background to give you an idea on how much difference it makes to polish the surface. And don´t be scared about getting your fingers dirty. Hardly any glitter comes off during this step if you have wiped the residue off with the brush. (There is a video on how to do this over here, if you are interested to see the step-by-step and how it´s done).

Next I die cut a Small Butterfly from the same paper. Again adding a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the base part. Next I removed the loose pieces from the upper part of the butterfly and adhered the pieces together. There is also a Dancing Butterfly piece that I die cut from golden vellum on this photo. However I chose not use use that on my finished card. Instead I used a white one.  After adhering the upper and lower part of the Small Butterfly together, I added a layer of Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. I repeated the same steps here as I did with the background earlier.
Finally I wanted to add a dimensional word/sentiment to my card, so I took some adhesive foam and die cut the word Smile from it. Even though the foam is relatively thick,the die cut cut all the way thru. This way you can also create your own foam alphabets ;-).. !

Now all I needed to do was to decorate the card and it was done. I added two strips of adhesive patterened paper and a pink tulle ribbon to the card, then layered the butterflies and added some half pearls into the middle to match the tulle ribbon.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card:

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see the projects my Die Cut Design Team colleagues have created for this challenge!! There are so many great ways to use this fabulous glitter on your projects. I love this glitter!! Come back in a few days and I might be sharing one or two other glitter projects here on my blog :).

Hope you get inspired to try out this great product!!
Let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Dancing Butterflies
Small Butterfly
Smile
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3 mm
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
Brushes

Other:
Big Shot
Yellow card base
Half pearls
Pearlescent white cardstock
Tulle ribbon
Adhesive paper
Adhesive foam

Die cut scrapbook layout – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. My passion for paper crafting originally started with scrapbooking, then I discovered other areas of paper crafting and got distracted. Well, I actually broadened my spectrum, to be more precise.

I wanted to go back to creating a layout for a change, so today´s project is combining die cutting and scrapbooking. The basic die cutting forms (rectangles, squares, ovals and circles for example) can be used in so many different ways. On my layout I chose to make them the center of attention. The layout itself is very simple in style. I left quite a lot of white space on my layout and chose to die cut retro styled scrapbooking papers to match my late 1970´s color photo. Building this layout was a little bit like building a puzzle. Here is what I did:

Step 1: I first chose the photo, then picked papers I found suitable for the photo.
Step 2: Next I picked smaller sizes of the rectangle, square and fishtail die cut dies and arranged the die cut pieces next to the photo onto the white cardstock. This way I could pick suitable sizes and decide how I wanted the die cut paper pieces to be arranged on the finished page. Remember to take a picture when you have arranged all die cut dies onto the page, otherwise you will forget the order.

Step 3: Pick different patterned paper sheets and die cut the papers. I tried to use different designs next to each other for a more interesting, playful look.
Step 4: Adhere the background patterned paper and the white cardstock together with double sided adhesive and then start adhering the die cut squares and rectangles onto their predefined places. Adhere the photo and take a relatively large sticker where you can write the journaling in the end.

Step 5: Grab some white cardstock and die cut various Leafy Brances with your die cutting machine. Adhere the pieces onto the squares for additional detail. Leave some squares empty and fill some. That way the background will look more interesting to the eye.

Step 6: Add wood veneer pieces or other embellishments for additional decoration and use sticker letter to write the title of the page. That is basically all there is to this page. Depending on the colors and forms you choose, the result can look very different. I hope you give this idea a try!

Here is also a star-to-finish video for you to watch the various steps and to give you a better idea on how this layout came together:

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Happy scrapping,
Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Stitched Fishtail Banners
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Leafy Branch 3
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
White Cardstock
Dotted Scallop Squares
Dotted Scallop Rectangles
Stitched Rectangles
Stitched Squares

Other:
Stickers
Alpha Stickers
Black pen
Wood veneer
Patterned Paper

It´s in the Box! – Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge

Hello lovelies!!! Every month the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team joins in for a fun challenge. The themes vary from month to month. The idea is that the complete die cut design team create a project around the given theme. This months theme is „It´s in the Box“. Needless to say, we used the lovely box die cut dies on our project this month :).

Here is what I did:

I used the Lantern and the Bonbon box die cut dies to create my take(s) for the challenge. I noticed that I hardly ever can stick to only one project, but need to make a few more while I am at it (not to mention the additional two I created and are not shown here :-).

The Bonbon box is easy to use, as it creates a full box once die cut. You just need to bend the flaps into right position. No adhering needed, thus very easy to do. Perfect for quick and easy projects or if you need to make plenty at once!!! The lantern die cut die on the other hand consists of a half box. So you will need to die cut two similar pieces and then adhere those together to be able to built the actual box. On the above picture you can see how these pieces look like when die cut and where to add (in my opinion the adhesive I added is enough) the Clear Double Sided Adhesive strips. There might be other opinions on how to built these boxes together, but I found this way is the easiest for me personally.

On the above picture you can see that I´ve removed the protective sheet from the adhesive strips and first adhered the bottom flaps together and then adhered both box halves into each other. I found that the easiest way for me. If you are planning on adding a vellum (like I did – I used a blue vellum) behind the lantern „window“ areas, you will need to do that right after die cutting the pieces. It´s simply the easiest way to do it. You can also try to adhere them when the box is built together, but will probably notice that it is a little bit harder that way. I am not saying, it will not work, but you will need much more patience that way :-). Why am I telling this? Well, let´s just say I learned the hard way :-). Here are the finished boxed:

The lantern with blue vellum pieces covering the openings and some twine, wooden pearls and a vintage tag as decoration.

Here is the Bonbon box. I decorated it with vintage shipping tickets, twine and some die cut Leafy Branch 2 pieces.

I really like the look the Stone paper series creates in combination with the box dies.

I also made a little tag to go with the boxes. I think these will work perfect for a boy´s/man´s birthday or Father´s Day or any other „masculine occation“.

I used the Through the Lens Stone paper Series on my projects. The die cut dies and the papers are the perfect size (I am using a Big Shot for die cutting) and work really well together. And since there are several pieces of the same paper pattern in the set, you can also create the lantern box with these papers.

And now for something fun!!! Elizabeth Craft Designs have another designer challenge giveaway prepared for you. They are giving away „a box die of choice“ to 3 winners. The winners will get to select which box they would like to receive from the following dies: Star Pillow Box, Triangle Treat Box, Lantern Box, Bonbon Box or Pillow Box with Handle.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Which is your favorite box from the January 2017 collection?”
They will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, March 10 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

There are always so many inspirational projects up over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog! I highly recommend you take a look at them. It is funny, how different each an every project is, even though we all use basically the same product category. Just shows, how many possibilities there are to use box die cut dies!!! Hope you get inspired by this month´s ideas!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Through the Lens – Stone paper series
Bonbon box
Lantern box
Leafy Branch 2
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6 mm
Stickles – Rose Gold
7gypsies – Ordre Du Jour paper collection
Twine – My Mind´s Eye
Ephemera from old stash
Blue vellum