Happy Anniversary tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone and happy Tuesday!! Yes, I have another Tag Tuesday project share prepared for today :). And no, I am probably not going to be able to make them for every Tuesday, but I try to post at least one or two a month. Here is a anniversary tag I made:

This one is again one of the projects that travel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth from show to show. I´ve used a stencil, a heart and a word die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs product line on this tag. And some Silk Microfine Glitter to spark the heart up a little bit. Other than that there is some white gel pen „faux stitching“ along the edges, a Happy Anniversary sticker sentiment, some white texture paste and wood veneer as well as ribbons from my stash. Tag are great for using up ribbons – from which I own  a few big boxes, so I can make plenty of tags, before I run out of ribbons…

I hope your week has started smoothly, have a great day!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Lace Heart
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Feathers Stencil
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
White gel pen
Wood veneer
Ribbons
3D foam
Patterned Paper
Rhinestones
Glossy Accents
Texture paste
White tag

Teen boy birthday card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi everyone, today is again my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team. I decided to share with you a teen boy birthday card idea. My son recently celebrated his birthday and this is the card I made for him. This card is fairly easy to make and by changing the colors you can easily create a card for a teen girl using the same idea too.

Here is how I created the card: 


Step 1: The materials you need are a card base, a piece of Soft Finish cardstock for die cutting, Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet, Words die cut dies, spray inks and another piece of cardstock to work as a background piece for the card.


Step 2: First you will need to cut a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock into a right size (slightly smaller than your card base). Then place that piece into spraying box and add both red and blue spray ink (or whatever color you prefer!) to the cardstock piece and dry with a heat gun. Next adhere the long strip of Soft Finish Cardstock onto the Clear Double Sided Adhesive strip. Then place the piece into your die cutting machine and cut words. Use the whole piece, whatever is left over, can be used on further projects.


Step 3: Then remove the die cut words from the adhesive back cardstock and adhere in random order onto the misted piece. Cut along the edges with scissors to remove any overlapping pieces. Adhere to the cardbase.


Step 4: Next cut a Stitched Circle from a white Soft Finish Cardstock piece and add some foam stickers into the middle. I added the number 14, since it´s was his 14th birthday. Use 3D-foam to adhere the circle onto the card base to give it even more dimension.



Step 5: Finally take a piece of adhesive back black foam and die cut the word Birthday from it. This way you can create your own DIY foam sentiments, words and alphas. Adhere the word underneath the circle. The card is done.

Here is one more card, created using the exactly same idea. I just changed the background colors a little bit and used a Fishtail Banner for the sentiment instead of a circle. I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and got inspired to use word die cut dies for creating fun card backgrounds.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Desings
Stitched Circles
Thinking of you
Party
Thanks
Smile
Celebrate
Happy Birthday
Stitched Fishtail Banners
White Soft Finish Cardstock
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Other:
Card base
Spray inks by Tattered Angels
Foam alpha stickers
Adhesive back foam sheet
3D foam pads

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

Butterfly tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies!!!  Time for „Tag Tuesday„. That just came to my mind when preparing this post, but would be kinda fun to try and post a tag every Tuesday, wouldn´t it? However, I am afraid I will not be able to make one EVERY Tuesday, so these „Tag Tuesday“ posts will be somewhat random in the beginning. But it is a start :).

This tag is one of my projects that is travelling around with Elizabeth Craft Designs booth atm. I made a few cards and tags for shows and this is one of those. There is plenty of things on this tag I really like: Silk Microfine Glitter, Moda Scrap line die cut dies and spray inks by Tattered Angels. I love this combination – happy spray ink colours mixed together with shiny glitter and combined with lovely die cut butterflies. There is lots and lots of spring feel to this tag. Happy spring everyone!!!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Dancing Butterflies
Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Pearls & gems
Black pen
Ribbons

Hugs card

Hello there, everyone!!! Today I´m stopping by to share another quick and easy to make card with you! This time I´ve combined some Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut dies and stamps with a STAMPlorations stencil. This is how my card turned out:

This one was again quite easy to make. I first doodled the raindrops thru a ARTplorations raindrop stencil with a white gel pen onto the light green paper. Then I die cut the Chevron Background from a pink patterned paper and adhere it on top of the stenciled paper. A stamped clear stamp sentiment, so pearls, paper flowers and a die cut, misted rose finish it all off.

Have a wonderful day!!
Stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Spray inks – Tattered Angels
Chevron Background – Elizabeth Craft Designs
General Sentiments clear stamp set – Elizabeth Craft Designs
ARTplorations raindrop stencil
Signo uni-ball white gel pen
Patterned paper – Basic Grey

Hugs – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies! I am just popping in today to share a quick card with you. This one is made with one of my fave background die cut dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love this heart pattern!

Basically the card consists of the die cut paper piece, matted onto a piece of patterned paper. Then a stamped sentiment from a Joset Designs clear stamp set and some paper flowers and liquid pearls for decoration. Fast, fun and easy!

Hope your day runs as smoothly as this card was easy to create!!!
Have a lovely day,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Patterned paper
Paper flowers
Liquid pearls
Heart Background
General Sentiments Clear Stamp Set

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

Misted background die cut cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, today I´d like to share a set of easy to make misted background, die cut cards with you. They are also up over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. I really like to use color when crafting and spray inks are so much fun. Therefore I wanted to share this simple and easy card making idea with you!

This is how I created the cards:
1. Take a cardboard box (to protect your working area!) and place a piece of white carstock into the box. Very randomly spray areas of the white cardstock with purple and then green spray ink (you can naturally choose any other color combination too). Dry with a heat tool.
2. Take the dry misted cardstock piece and place three die cut dies onto it and run thru your die cutting machine.
3. Remove the die cut parts – save them, as you can use them on another card – and use the background. Adhere onto a white card base.
4. Take another piece of white cardstock and die cut a sentiment/word at least three times. Adhere the die cut words on top of each other and then onto the card.
5. Apply Glossy Accents on top of the word and carefully sprinkle Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the wet areas. You can simply dab off the loose glitter later, since it will only stick to areas where the wet Glossy Accents is. Let dry properly.
6. Finally take some white texture spray ink and splatter around the card for a fun detail. Let dry.


By changing the color combination or adding letter stickers instead of die cut words, you can easily change/vary the look of the card.

We still have the leftover die cut Leaf Branches to use. Here is an example how you could use those leftover pieces:

Basically, using similar ideas, but replacing the background with a dry embossed white background piece and misting the die cut word you can create a nice card with the leftover pieces and nothing goes to waste. Here is a little start-to-finish video to give you a better idea of the single steps. Hope you like it!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Leafy Branch 4
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Thanks
Celebrate
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Embossing folders
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
White Soft Finish Cardstock

Other: 
Purple, green, blue and red spray ink by Tattered Angels
White texture spray by Imagine Crafts
Glossy Accents by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Word stickers by Tim Holtz

Hugs – Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Challenge

Hello lovelies! It´s beginning of February which always means that it is time to reveal this months Elizabeth Craft Designs inspirational designer die cut challenge. This months theme is „In Stitches„. Now there are quite a few „stitched“ die cut dies available at the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. I chose to use the new Stitched Fishtail die cut die set as my starting point for my cards. Yes, I could not just make one, I had to make two. Once I get going I hardly ever stop at one card 🙂 … btw, please do read until the very end to make sure you join in on the GIVE AWAY at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog 🙂 !!! Good luck!

Here is what I did:

And this is how I created the cards:

First I took two different sizes of Stitched Fishtail die cut dies and cut one white cardstock piece (smaller one) and a patterned paper one. The patterned paper builds the backgroud of the card. Next I cut a stitched heart and the sentiment „hugs“ from the same papers.

Next I started stamping the „xoxox“ pattern (from the General Sentiments stamp set) with embossing ink onto the white background. After that I added a layer of white embossing powder and heat set that. Finally I applied a layer of Shimmers Water Color Paint „Red/Purple“ onto the white background and let that dry.

After that I just wrapped a ribbon around the smaller fishtail piece and attached the heart with a 3D foam piece onto it´s place and adhered the sentiment onto the card. I added some half pearls for decoration.

For the second card I also first die cut various sizes of white cardstock with the Stitched Fishtail die cut set, two stitched hearts and one „hugs“ word. Next I colored the pieces with Shimmers Water Color paints (greens, blues and red) and blue Chalkboard spray ink. After the pieces were dry I added some white ink splatters onto the hearts and then adhered all pieces onto a white glossy card base.

I again used half pearls for additional decoration on the card. Both cards are very easy to make. If you don´t happen to own fancy spray ink tones, you can also take regular watercolor paints and play with those and then die cut the pieces. There are plenty of possibilities.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away sets of the stitched dies (a pack of 5 separate dies that includes: Stitched Hearts, Fishtails, Squares, Rectangles and Circles) to 3 people. To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge blog post and tell us „What designer challenge would you like to see in the future?”. We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, February 10 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

And now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what how my design team colleagues interpreted this months theme. Hope you get inspired!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Fishtails
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Stitched Hearts
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – General Sentiments Clear Stamp Set
Tattered Angels – Shimmers Water Color Paint – Red, Red/Purple, Blue, Blue/Green
Tattered Angels – Chalkboard Glimmer Mist Teal High Heel
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Card bases, white cardstock
Sassafras patterned paper
VersaMark ink
Ranger – White embossing powder
Ribbon, half pearls
3D foam pads