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

Happy Valentine – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies. So Christmas – and that holiday related paper projects – is somewhat done and dusted for a while again and it is time to start thinking about the next holidays, crafty wise, that is. Thus, how about Valentines? It is actually not that far away anymore, so better get those pinkish papers and heart designs out and start crafting, right? I did :).

And I created these two cards:

Here is what I did:
1. Take the Heart background die cut die and two pieces of colored Soft Finish Cardstock of your choice (I chose to use the thones Misty Mauve and Pink Peach). Cover the cardstock with clear Double Sided Adhesive and place the die cut die over the paper. Run thru your di cutting machine and repeat with the second piece.
2. First remove the loose parts of the hearts from both background pieces and leave them for later. Next adhere the heart background onto a card base. Then adhere the loose heart background pieces onto their places, just always use the „fillings“ from the other card. That way you get a more interesting image.  Repeat until all pieces are filled and adhered on their places. I left a few empty and added some glitter glue to those areas for additional interest.
3. Now die cut the word Valentine from the Love Sentiments set out of the same cardstock tones you used for the background or from Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Add glitter to the adhesive piece (I used Pink Peony Silk Microfine Glitter here).
4. Use the Stitched Fishtail Banners to cut ivory cardstock into right size. Adhere the die cut word onto the banners.
5. Finally, decorate the cards with wooden hearts, stickers, glitter, pearls or flowers. Or whatever you feel works the best.

The Die Cut Design Team girls all did their take on this months theme „From The Heart“. Just follow this link to see what they have been upto. There are some amazing creations waiting for you at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. And you can find all these die cut dies over at the „coming soon“ section, if you´d like to take a better look on this LOVEly release!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Soft Finish Cardstock – Pink Peach
Soft Fiinish Cardstock – Misty Mauve
Silk Microfine Glitter – Peony Pink
Clear Double Sided Adhesive – Roll
Heart Background
Stitched Fishtail Banners
Love Sentiments

Other:
Wooden and cork hearts
Stickers
Resin flower brad
Tattered Angels Silk Glimmer Mist