Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December ECD Challenger: Glitter and Shimmer

Created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT

My husband and I recently returned from a 6 week vacation in New Zealand and Australia. A while back, we were invited to stay with a friend in Brisbane, Australia; we finally took him up on it! Since it is so far to travel, we decided to stay a while (and also see NZ!). This is the thank you card I made for him. This month's challenge is Glitter and Shimmer - the card was created using Silk Microfine Glitter and Shimmer Sheetz.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of red cardstock to 7.25" x 5.5", fold in half and die cut with 916 Spiral Circle Pull Card as directed on the back of the package (you will not use the spiral). Cut a piece of red cardstock with the small label die from 915 Lorna Label PopUp.

2. Die cut black Shimmer Sheetz using 917 Clock and Gears: circle, clock hands, large gear. Cut 3 or 4 copies (depending on your cardstock and how thick you would like the stacks) of clock hands and large gear from black cardstock. Glue the cardstock pieces together in stacks to make thick versions; add the Shimmer Sheetz die cuts to the top.

3. Die cut 4 or 5 copies of the small gear from light blue cardstock; glue together. Die cut 3 or 4 copies of Thank You words from light blue cardstock; glue together.

4. Adhere one side of Double Sided Adhesive to white paper. Die cut the clock face and Thank You. Peel off the other side and coat with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; polish with your finger by carefully rubbing the glitter. Color glittered Thank You in light blue (I used Copic B01); glue to top of light blue cardstock stacks. Color the clock face in red (I used Copic R29).

5. Glue the black Shimmer Sheetz circle to the front of the card as shown. Adhere the red clock face to the circle as shown. Punch a hole in the center of the circle. Use a brad to secure the clock hands as shown.


6. Cut pattern paper shown to fit on the front and inside of the card: cut rectangles first leaving a small amount around the edges. Adhere the inside piece and cut slots from the back using a craft knife. To create the circle cut out in the front piece, temporarily adhere it in place and trace the partial circle from the back. Fussy cut following the line, leaving the same amount you left for the edges.

7. Tie two pieces of twine around the bottom edge of the front paper in a double bow as shown. Adhere to front of card. Adhere a piece of the Film Strip Ribbon under the bow as shown. Fussy cut a camera icon, coat with Glossy Accents. Once dry, adhere to center of bow as shown.

8. Print sentiment on cardstock; die cut with circle die from Clock and Gears. Be sure to leave room for gear. Adhere as shown (this will cover the back of the brad).

9. Adhere the Thank You to the small red label (step 1) and use dimensional tape to adhere to card as shown. Adhere the black gear and blue gear where shown.


Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: red, light blue, black, white
  • Paper: white
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic)
  • Glittered Brad, Recollections (Michaels)
  • Perfect Vacation 6x6 Paper Pad by American Crafts
  • Film Strip Ribbon, Idea-ology
  • Twine
  • Glossy Accents
  • Dimensional Tape

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Faux Embossed Snowflake Card


Created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT

This is a fairly easy card to make yet looks elegant and clean. The subtle sparkle in the sentiment is prefect for a frosty snowflake theme.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch blue cardstock in half so you have two pieces of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch sheets. Fold one in half for a card base.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

3. From white cardstock, die cut using the two smallest dies from the Snowflakes set. Arrange them on the white cardstock (step 2). See photo. Glue them down, cutting off any that hang over the edges.

4. Cut five copies of Merry Christmas from white cardstock. Cut one copy from blue cardstock. Glue the white copies together, lining them up carefully, to form thick words.

5. Add some removable adhesive to a sheet of scrap paper. Stick the blue words to it. Tap embossing ink over the words. Coat with holographic embossing powder and heat. (If there are jagged edges, hold with tweezers and heat again.) Glue to top of white stacks.

6. Cut a strip of vellum 2 x 7 inches. Wrap it around the white snowflake background as shown. Adhere on the back side.

7. As shown: adhere the words , adhere white ribbon below it. Tie a bow and adhere.


Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Blue, White
  • Vellum (with Holographic Dots Optional)
  • Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder (Or Clear Glitter Embossing Powder)
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • White Ribbon, Thin
  • Removable Adhesive

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Spiral Circle Pull Snowflake Christmas Card


Created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT.

I’ve been itching to try the Spiral Circle Pull Card from Karen Burniston and thought this would be the perfect card for it. I wanted the snow to come alive when the card was opened so I used clear recycled packaging for the spiral as the base for my snowflakes.

Making the Card

1. As per the instructions on the Spiral Circle Pull Card, cut a piece of blue cardstock 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. Fold in half; die cut along fold placing die closer to the top (see image). Fold as instructed.

2. Adhere a sheet of Double Sided Adhesive to white cardstock.

3. Cut around the bottom scene from Christmas Ornaments Sceneries Peel-Off sticker sheet. Cut white cardstock (step 2) about the same size. Peel off backing; stick Christmas scene to it. Cover with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter  Polish with finger; brush off excess. Cut around, trimming off ornament top so you will be left with only a circle. Stick to card front circle as shown using dimensional adhesive.


4. Cut a couple tree lines from white cardstock (step 2) using Outdoor Edges  Also cut a strip 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide and about 5 inches long. Peel off backing on all. Cover with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with finger; brush off excess. Adhere tree line to bottom of card as shown. Note: you may have to cut off a tree and/or trim snow to get two strips to line up in the right places.

5. Stamp sentiment on glittered strip (step 4) with black solvent ink. Trim down if necessary. Cut banner ends as shown. Adhere white ribbon around card edge as shown. Stick banner over ribbon using dimensional adhesive as shown.

6. Adhere a sheet of double sided adhesive to vellum. Cut 9 snowflakes (from All Seasons Tree set). Peel off backing on each. Cover with Cool Diamonds Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with finger. Add a Glitter Dot to the center of each.

7. I die cut one of the snowflakes from an extra background sheet when making my Soft Gel Snowflakes Christmas card. If you don’t have an extra, just cut a Snowflake from blue cardstock, add gel or glossy accents, then sprinkle lightly with a very small amount of glitter. Let dry completely. Add Glitter Dots and glittered velum snowflake as shown. Adhere to top left corner of card with dimensional adhesive.


8. Cut spiral from clear plastic packaging using Metal Adaptor Plate (if the plastic is too thick, it may not cut through – it should be about the thickness of a transparency). Adhere ends with strong adhesive to inside of card as shown. Cover ends with snowflakes. Add other snowflakes to spiral as desired (see image).

9. Add Glitter Dots all over card as shown (including very small ones randomly over snow dots on the Christmas scene Peel-Off). Note: I made sure none from the inside would show when the card was closed so it would be more of a surprise.


Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Blue, White
  • Clear Recycled Packaging (Thin)
  • Vellum
  • Solvent Based Ink, Black (e.g. StazOn)
  • Technique Tuesday Clear Stamps Be Jolly (Sentiment)
  • White Ribbon, Thin
  • Dimensional Adhesive

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November ECD Challenge: Gift Luminaries



Created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT.

This month’s challenge is to make a gift (not a card). I decided to make some luminaries, which may be given with flameless (battery operated) candles for a “glowing” addition to the holidays.


Making the Luminaries

1. Measure the front of the lunch bags. For the front panel, cut a piece of black cardstock 1/2 inch smaller in width but the same height as each bag. Note: lunch bags are not necessarily all the same size, even in the same package. Optional: cut two sets for each bag, one for the front and one for the back.

2. Die cut Snowflakes down one panel as shown to form windows (repeat for a back panel if desired). Be sure to leave at least half an inch clearance on each side and bottom. Keep the small inside pieces if you want to add those details to the snowflakes. Repeat with base ornament dies (Ornament Set 2 and Ornament Set 3 used here) on another panel.

3. Hold a piece of white tissue paper up to one of the snowflake windows and roughly trace around it in pencil, leaving enough of an edge for glue. Cut. On the back of the panel, add a little glue around the window and adhere tissue. Repeat for all the other windows. If any overlap other windows, simply trim. Optional: you may use colored tissue paper as I did with the ornaments, but note the colors may not show up in the dark.

4. Glue the small pieces to the front of the snowflakes. For the ornaments, die cut detail pieces from black cardstock. Adhere to the front of the base ornaments as shown.

5. Cut out the front of the bag where the panel will go leaving just over half an inch (alternatively you may line up the panel on the front of the bag and mark inside the windows where the edges are). You will not need the top so you may cut from the top in a U shape down the bag. This is to allow the light to shine through the windows from the inside of the bag. Add Double Sided Adhesive Tape along edges and bottom of panel. With the bag closed, adhere panel to front edges of bag. Repeat on back if desired.

6. Add a flameless (battery operated) candle to the inside of the bag and enjoy! (Hints below.)


Hints: 1) For a cleaner look, instead of lunch bags, you could use black paper sacks as sold in craft stores. 2) I haven’t tried this but instead of tissue paper behind the ornaments, you may want to experiment with recycled plastic packaging colored with alcohol ink.

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

  • Lunch Bags
  • Cardstock: Black
  • Tissue Paper
  • Liquid Adhesive/Glue
  • Flameless Candles


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Soft Gel Snowflakes Christmas Card


Created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT.

For this card, I made my own stencil so I could use Glossy Soft Gel and glitter for a background that’s both shiny and sparkly.

Making the Card

1. Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of white cardstock in half to create two pieces 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fold one in half for a card base. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of blue cardstock in quarters (i.e. four 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch pieces). This will be your snowflake background base.


2. To create your stencil, use the other half of the white card stock; lightly draw lines 1 3/4 inches apart across the short part of the sheet (3 or 4 rows should suffice). Cut with the two smallest Snowflakes Dies in an alternating pattern across the sheet using the lines as guides (keep the snowflakes). Spray back of sheet with Easy Tack or other removable adhesive as per manufacturers instructions. This helps the small edges to stick down when applying the gel medium. (I also sprayed a Matte Finish coating on the front; not sure if this is necessary.)

3. Using removable tape, tape the very edges (1/8 inch max) of one of the blue pieces of cardstock to a craft sheet or large scarp paper. Line up the stencil over the blue cardstock as desired and gently press down all edges. Use a palette knife to apply gel medium evenly over the stenciled snowflakes.

4. While still wet, lightly sprinkle Silk Microfine Glitter over the snowflake areas. I used a combination of Silver and Cool Diamond  For a subtle look, use very little. Carefully peel off stencil. Let dry naturally.

5. Erase lines on white snowflake die cuts. Glue 4 or 5 matching layers together to form thick snowflakes (cut more if necessary); make two of each snowflake.


6. Die cut 6 Merry Christmas words from black cardstock; line up and glue 5 copies of each together to form thick stacks. On scrap paper, run some temporary adhesive across it and stick the last copy of words to it. Tap an embossing ink pad over the words to completely cover them. Add silver embossing powder and heat as usual. Repeat for a thicker coat. Peel the words off. If the edges are sharp or jagged, hold with tweezers and re-heat to get the embossing powder to dome nicely. Adhere to top of stacks.

7. Die cut two white banners (from 915 Lorna Label PopUp set).

8. Once the gel has dried completely on the blue cardstock snowflakes, cut 1/8 inch off each side (final size 4 x 5 1/4 inches).


9. Adhere Merry Christmas, one word per banner (see image for lining up near ends). Temporarily place them on blue background as shown; mark edge with pencil and trim to fit. Adhere with dimensional tape as shown.

10. Adhere snowflakes to background as shown, trimming excess. Use dimensional tape to adhere to white card base.

Once dry, I was able to use the stencil again on the other sheets of blue cardstock.

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: White, Blue, Black
  • Easy Tack or Other Removable Adhesive (Spray Recommended)
  • Golden Soft Gel (Gloss)
  • Palette Knife
  • Removable Tape (Painter’s Tape, Washi Tape, Post-It Tape)
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Heat Tool
  • Dimensional Tape


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lorna Label Pop Up Snowman Card

I love how the Snowman in Frame Peel-Off perfectly coordinates with the Snowman Die  For this card I used the Peel-Off on the front of the card then a pop up Snowman inside, all beautifully glittered with Warm Diamonds Silk Microfine Glitter.


Created for the ECD Design Team


Making the Card

1. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock in half lengthwise. Fold one piece in half for a top folding card base.

2. Cut red cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 3 1/4 x 3 3/8. Cut grid paper 3 7/8 x 5 1/8. Cut white cardstock 3 1/8 x 3 1/4. Adhere the grid paper and white cardstock to their corresponding red mats.

3. Cut light blue cardstock using the main die from Katie Label Accordion  Reverse the paper, line up, and cut again to remove the tabs, etc. Cut red cardstock with label die (next size down). Adhere to center of light blue cardstock.

4. Cut around Snowman in Frame Peel-Off  separating it from the sheet. Cut off the same amount of Double Sided Adhesive. Peel off backing paper and stick to white cardstock. Peel off other side's backing paper and stick the silver outline Snowman Peel-Off to it. Cover with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger. Color with alcohol markers. Fussy cut around design. Stick to center of red/light blue mat using dimensional tape.

5. Cut a strip of red cardstock 1 x 4 inches wide. Cut a strip of Snowman Paper 1 x 4 inches; adhere to red cardstock so a small amount shows at top. Adhere to red/grid mat as shown. Add washi tape as shown, wrapping around back. Cover seam with silver ribbon as shown. Adhere to card front.

6. Cut 4 snowflakes from white cardstock. Adhere snowman/mats and snowflakes as shown; note that two were adhered with dimensional tape. Make a bow with silver ribbon and adhere where shown.


7. Cut Snowman Paper 4 x 10 3/4 inches. Fold in half. Cut Lorna Label PopUp in center as per instructions. Cut Lorna Label from white cardstock with same die - trim around label. Cut light blue cardstock with separate label die (next size down). Adhere light blue to center of white. Add "Merry Christmas" where shown. Adhere to Snowman Paper pop up label. Adhere this to the card base by lining up the fold and sticking down one side then the other.


8. Stick one side of Double Sided Adhesive to white cardstock, enough for the snowman and accessories. Die cut the snowman and accessories, except face/buttons. Peel off backing from each piece and cover with Warm Diamond glitter; polish. Color with alcohol markers. Adhere pieces together as shown. Cut face/buttons from black cardstock. Add Wink of Stella. Glue to snowman as shown. Adhere snowman and his broom where shown.

9. Adhere white/red mat where shown. Add small silver bow. Add glittered snowflakes where shown. Put a small amount of powder behind them where they stick up over the card (e.g. baby powder or flour) to remove stickiness.


Supplies

ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White, Red, Light Blue, Black
  • My Mind's Eye: "Snowman Paper" WW1056, Noel Banner AB1006 (Grid Paper)
  • Silver Ribbon
  • Recollections Washi Tape, White with Silver Swirles
  • Wink of Stella Brush Pen, Clear
  • Dimensional Adhesive

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Tag Card in 3D: October ECD Challenge


Created for ECD Design Team

Here's my last Halloween project for the year (so sad). Since this month's challenge is to use the tag dies, I decided to use one as the basis for a fold up card with a Stand Up Helper as the flap closure. The flap really holds the card closed well, considering the surprise waiting to pop out when opened!


Making the Card

1. Cut a sheet of black cardstock in half lengthwise (two 4 1/4 x 11 inch pieces). Find the star paper in My Mind's Eye (MME) Mischievous 6x6 Paper Pad. Cut a piece 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inches. Temporarily adhere (e.g. removable tape) to top of black cardstock, lining it up.

2. Die cut with Tag 2 at the very top. Trim off excess on sides to form a long tag.

3. Use the leaves from Stand Up Helpers Set 2, cut about 1/4 inch below hole (where the fold will start). Gently fold up along line. Remove star paper. Fold black cardstock in half. Measure from top to just above fold and cut off excess on star paper. Temporarily adhere star paper back in place.

4. Use Lots of Pops as per instructions, centered along the inside fold. Remove star paper and cut off only its center pop up platforms (leave sides). Permanently adhere star paper to card base.

5. Measure from top of card to the leaves Stand Up Helper fold. Close flap and measure down the same amount then add 1/16 inch to give it some wiggle room. Mark in pencil and cut off the excess so you can put the flap easily under the Stand Up Helper to close up the tag card.

6. Carefully pop out the three middle platforms (you will not use the side pop ups). Cut a piece of black cardstock, big enough to cover the platforms from the reverse side - fold and adhere to back of card.

7. Cut a piece of light blue MME Mischievous paper to cover the back of the tag card. I didn't bother covering the shaped top; I just cut a rectangle. Adhere to back. Cut a small rectangle of the same light blue to add a little to the card front (see photo); adhere. Cut a piece of October grid paper MME Mischievous a little smaller than the front as shown. (Save extra for inside card.) Ink edges slightly with Black Soot Distress Ink using a foam blending tool; adhere.

8. Die cut: All Seasons Tree from black cardstock, Stand Up Helpers leaves from black cardstock, circle (Spiral Circle Pull Card) from yellow background paper MME Mischievous, Pumpkin base from orange houndstooth paper MME Mischievous, Pumpkin outline from black cardstock.

9. Glue black Pumpkin outline to orange houndstooth base and adhere to front of the card as shown.

10. Adhere the circle "moon" as shown; trim excess with scissors.

11. Adhere part of the All Seasons Tree so that one of the branches goes across the top of the leaves Stand Up Helper fold. Trim excess. Line up the black leaves with the Stand Up Helper - trim excess and glue the leaves in place to cover the star paper on the stand up. You want it to look like leaves from the tree are hanging down in front of the moon.


12. Peel off backing on Double Sided Adhesive and stick to white cardstock. Peel off backing on other side and adhere the following Halloween Peel-Off stickers (leave space between): witch, small ghost, large ghost, pumpkin. Cover the witch with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter (since the witch is in front of the moon, I wanted her to be a little darker). Cover the rest with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; polish with finger. Color with alcohol markers as desired. Fussy cut around each (the Fine Pointed Scissors work well). Note: I cut off the small ghost hands and some of the witch to make it easier. Line with black marker around edges to hide any white cardstock that may show.

13. Using dimensional tape, adhere witch to moon as shown. Glue pumpkin and ghosts to platforms as shown.


14. Cut the saved October grid paper so it fits on bottom inside of card as shown; adhere. Stamp sentiment on light blue paper; cut around. Adhere to center of October grid paper using dimensional tape.

15. Apply Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to a non porous surface such as a craft sheet. Mist with water and run a length of seam binding ribbon through it. Set aside to dry. Cut a length of Halloween colored twine. If it is too bright, use Antique Linen Distress Ink to tone it down, similar to how you dyed the seam binding; dry. Tie a bow as shown with the twine. Tie the seam binding around the bow as shown.

Supplies

ECD Supplies


Other Supplies

  • Cardstock: Black, White
  • MME Mischievous 6x6 Paper Pad
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge
  • Foam Blending Tool
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copics)
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Twine: Halloween Colors
  • Seam Binding Ribbon: White of Off-White

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All White Wedding Card


Created for ECD Design Team

Fall is the time for Halloween and getting ready for Christmas (although it seems it's never too early to get a start on Christmas cards!), but it's also high season for weddings. I'm certainly well aware of this being a photographer! A friend and fellow gamer just got married; this is the card I made for the new couple.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of white cardstock in half so you have two pieces 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Fold one in half for a card base.

2. Cut the left-over piece of white cardstock in half and use one to cut a piece 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches; emboss with Spring Leaves  Adhere to center of card front using dimensional tape. Use the other half to create the tag using Tag 1 main die plus the decorator die. Trim to 4 1/2 inches.

3. From another piece of white cardstock, die cut one large and one small Crystal Flower Overlay and one small Crystal Flower (solid). Adhere the large overlay to the tag as shown. Curl the petals of the others and adhere as shown (offset from each other).

4. Adhere some Double Sided Adhesive to white cardstock. Die cut Congratulations and a small Crystal Flower center circle. Peel off backing and coat with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter  polish with finger. Glue circle to center of flower. Glue Congratulations near bottom of tag as shown. Adhere ribbon over bottom of Congratulations as shown, wrapping it around the back of the tag.

5. Using dimensional tape, adhere tag to front of card at a slight angle as shown.


Supplies

ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock, White
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Think White Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two Tag Cards, Halloween and Christmas

Created for the ECD design team.

There are so many possibilities for the new tag dies - I couldn't wait to try them. I made two cards at the same time using a couple different tag die sets - one with a Halloween theme and one with a Christmas theme. They are a tad smaller than an A2 sized card.

Making the Cards

1. Fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock in half lengthwise. Cut in half, giving you two cards measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches with the fold on the long side.

2. Line up and center the main Tag 1 die at the top of one of the folded cards (front) such that the edge of the folded card is inside the left edge of the die, i.e. you do not want to cut the fold, instead you want to line up the die next to the fold on that side. Run it through the die cutting machine. Do the same with the main Tag 3 die on the other card. Using a paper trimmer, continue the tag cut down the outside of both cards.

3. Using the decorator dies with each set, open the cards and cut the top front of each, lining up the holes.

4. For the Halloween card, cut around spider from Halloween In Frame Peel-Off and use it to roughly measure off the same amount of Double Sided Adhesive. Peel off the backing paper and stick to white cardstock. Peel off the other side and stick the spider Peel-Off to it. Coat with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger. Color with alcohol markers. Fussy cut around design and use a black marker around the outside to cover any cardstock around the edges.

5. Cut the candy corn paper using the Katie Label Accordion main die. Line up and cut again in the opposite direction to remove tabs, etc. so you have only the label part as shown. Using the label die (one size down), cut black cardstock. Adhere candy corn label to center of card front as shown. Adhere black cardstock label to the center of candy corn label. Using dimensional tape, adhere the spider to the center of the black cardstock.


6. Cut a piece of candy corn paper using the main Tag 1 die; trim edges. Using Agatha Edge with the bracket point, center and trim as desired to line the inside top of the card - adhere offset little from top; use the small hole die to recut the hole. Cut a round reinforcement from black cardstock; adhere around inside hole over candy corn paper (this also hides the offset hole).


7. (Optional) If the Halloween twine is too white, dye it with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Tap Antique Linen onto a nonporous surface such as a craft sheet. Mist with water. Roll Halloween twine in it. Let dry. Ditto with Christmas twine (I used less ink and more water for a subtle tint).

8. Tap Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink onto a nonporous surface such as a craft sheet. Mist with water. Saturate a length of seam binding ribbon in it. Clean craft sheet. Do the same with Bundled Sage and another length of seam binding ribbon. Let dry.

9. For the Christmas card, cut the solid stocking from red chevron paper and black cardstock. Cut the stocking top (Stocking Overlay), heel, and toe from green paper (back of red chevron). Cut green paper 3 1/16 x 3 1/2 inches. Cut stocking paper 2 13/16 x 3 1/4. Adhere green and stocking papers to card front as shown.

10. For each card, tie twine in a bow on the card front as shown. Tie dyed seam binding through the back hole as shown. Stick the "Boo!" embellishment on card as shown; ditto for glittered snowflake.


Supplies

ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Black, White
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copics)
  • American Crafts Haunted 6x6 Pad (Candy Corn Pattern)
  • Recollections Halloween Embellishments ("Boo!")
  • Halloween Colored Twine
  • Distress Ink Antique Linen, Spiced Marmelade, Bundled Sage
  • Authentique 6x6 Pad, Joyous Tradition JTC600 (Stocking Pattern, Red Chevron/Green Page)
  • Christmas Colored Twine
  • Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Dimensional Tape

Monday, October 6, 2014

ECD and Ruby Rock-it Blog Hop Hello Card



Hello Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs Fans! We are very happy to be partnering together this month to bring you this fun blog hop!

Each of our companies is offering an exciting prize! Here's all the details on how you will be eligible to win!

Start at the beginning of our blog hop here. Simply follow the order listed below, making sure you stop and leave some love in the comments section for each designer! Please be sure to include your email in the comments section, so we will be able to contact you should you win!

For additional chances to win:

"Like" Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment, letting us know you came from our blog hop.

Comments will close Friday, October 10th at 11:59pm PST, and we will announce our winners the following week! Be sure to come back next week to see if you have won!

Ruby Rock-It
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Karen Aicken
Erin Yamabe
Kelly Booth
June Goh
Frances Byrne
Beckie Dreyer
Rita Edwards
Pattie Beltran
Debra Hensley
Candice Elliott
Raquel Mason
Jenifer Cowles
Mary Prasad    <- You are here!
Jacqueline Smith
Kaka Costa
Candy Spiegel

Ruby Rock-It is offering our beautiful Essence Empire Bebe collection to one lucky winner!


And the Elizabeth Craft Designs prize is a package full of fun Peel-Offs from their new collection, Stand Up Helpers Set 2 and a pack of Watercolor paper.


My Card


My first thought was to make a rain/umbrella themed card using the new Rainy Day dies and Ruby Rock-it rain drop paper and Droplets (I did end up using a couple droplets - love them!), then I saw the cute 3D owls, bird, and feather background paper! I ended up with a cheerful Hello greeting card instead. I hope you like it!

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to create a card base. Cut black cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere black cardstock to white card base. Cut Feather Background 3 3/4 x 5 inches; adhere to black cardstock.

2. Adhere one side of Double Sided Adhesive to white cardstock. From Rainy Day Peel Offs, select the sun and two grass sections; adhere to other side of Double Sided Adhesive. Rough cut around each. Coat with Cool Diamonds Silk Microfine Glitter; polish each with your finger by rubbing it across the adhesive. Fussy cut around each then use a black marker to go around the edges.

3. Cut six copies of Hello Die from black cardstock. Glue each layer on top of the other to create a thick stack. Add Glossy Accents to top layer. Set aside to dry. Cut a rectangle from white cardstock 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. Adhere Hello and blue Droplets as shown.

4. Adhere Owls to top right of card as shown.

5. Cut grass from white cardstock using Outdoor Edges. Adhere along bottom of card lining up with bottom edge of Feather Paper.

6. Using dimensional tape, adhere glittered grass, glittered sun, Hello label, and Bird as shown.


Supplies

ECD Supplies
Ruby Rock-it Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Black Marker
  • Glossy Accents

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Katie Label Accordion Halloween Card Featuring Tilda - ECD September Challenge


Created for ECD Design Team

This month's challenge is Fall and Halloween. I had colored this image of Tilda a while ago. She fit perfectly in the Katie Label shape for this card. The candy corn paper went really well with the beautiful ECD Peel-Off stickers. The surprise on this card is that the pumpkin Peel-Off is removable and may be placed elsewhere, e.g. on a votive holder. Guess what's behind it! (See further down the post.)


Making the Card

1. Cut three copies of the Katie Label Accordion main die from purple cardstock (flap to right). Also cut one from the green patterned paper for the front of the card (flip the paper so you are cutting from the back side of the paper), as well as one from the "I Want Candy" patterned paper (do not flip paper; cut from patterned side). Trim both sheets of patterned paper 1/8 inch all around. Adhere the green patterned paper to the back of one of the purple sheets, lining it up carefully. Temporarily adhere the "I Want Candy" patterned paper to the other side.

2. Note: except when decorating the front of the card, keep the flaps to the right. Cut one copy of the Katie Label Accordion from clear plastic packaging. With scissors, rough cut a small amount all around the label part following the contour; discard the rest. See last image below: stick spider and web Peel-Off as shown (cut small spider from web first - you will use it in step 7).

3. Using the largest label die, cut a window centered on the accordion page with the patterned paper. Remove the temporarily adhered paper then sandwich and glue the clear plastic packaging under it before adhering it permanently.

4. Adhere the "I Want Candy" label to the front of one of the blank purple accordion pages as shown. This will become the last page. Cut off flap; it will not be used (see Katie Label Accordion instructions).


5. Stamp Tilda with Pumpkin onto watercolor paper using a waterproof black ink. Watercolor with Distress Inks as desired. Note: I used a waterproof black pen to draw the dirt near her feet before painting. Using the Katie Label main die, cut out image. Flip the die and cut again - making sure to line up the already cut parts. Use removable tape to keep it in place while cutting. This cleanly removes the page tabs.

6. Using light colored Distress Inks, stamp webs, eyes, and "eek" as desired around edges of Tilda. Using ink blending tool, add Mowed Lawn Distress Ink along edges as shown. Add Clear Wink of Stella to pumpkin. Adhere to last blank Katie Label Accordion page. This will become the middle page.

7. Cut decorative corner elements from purple cardstock and green patterned paper. Adhere green ones opposite each other on the Tilda page (top right, bottom left). Add the small spider hanging from the top right green corner. Adhere one of the purple corners to the top left of the green patterned paper page (this will become the front of the card). The other corner will not be used.

8. Cut 2 large, 4 medium, and 2 small five petaled flowers (Bunch of Flowers 1) from black cardstock. Cut the 2 medium and 2 small of the Triple Leaf from light green cardstock. Using the foam blending tool, add Mowed Lawn to the leaves, followed by Black Soot as shown (don't cover the centers completely, let the black fade to the center). Cover flowers and leaves with Wink of Stella. Shape as desired. Cover with Distress Crackle Paint. Let dry. Adhere flower layers together as shown (large with medium, medium with small), offsetting each layer. Add a gem to center of each.


9. Adhere one medium triple leaf and one large flower to top right of card front as shown. Adhere another on the opposite side in mirror position. Adhere one small triple leaf and one medium flower to the bottom right corner of Tilda page. Adhere last leaf and flower to the top right of the candy corn label page.

10. Create a repositionable sticker (see my earlier blog post on how to make one) with the pumpkin Peel-Off. Stick to the front of the window on the candy corn patterned paper side (you will actually see this from the front when it is closed).

11. Stick one side of double sided adhesive to white card stock. Peel the backing paper from the other side and stick the three candy corn Peel-Offs to it (not too close together - you will need to cut around them). Add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the top and polish with your finger. Color with alcohol markers to match the candy corn on the patterned paper. Cut around each, then run a black marker along the edges to hide any white. Use dimensional tape to stick one on the bottom right of the card front and the other two to the top half of the "I Want Candy" label as shown.

12. Cut ovals from black and white cardstock. Stamp Happy Halloween on white one; ink edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink using ink blending tool. Adhere black oval below candy corn as shown. Use dimensional tape to adhere white stamped oval, offsetting it upwards a little from the black.

13. Using a strong adhesive, stick the accordion pages together as shown in the instructions. Tie twine around last page as shown. Optional: add spider web washi tape around left side of middle page (covering the seam down the back and continuing around).

14. Add dimensional tape behind large spider Halloween Peel-Off; fill in the holes with black marker. Add black gems to body. Stick to bottom left of the card front.


Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Purple, Black, Lt. Green, White
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Waterproof Black Ink
  • Distress Inks
  • Magnolia Stamp, Tilda with Pumpkin
  • Ink Blending Tool, Foam
  • Web, Eek, Eye Stamps (or Halloween Themed Stamps)
  • Happy Halloween Stamp
  • Tim Coffee, I Want Candy Halloween Paper by K&Company
  • Clear Plastic Packaging (or Transparency)
  • Distress Crackle Paint
  • Washi Tape, Spider Webs (Optional)
  • Twine, Purple/Black

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spooky Witch Card


Created for the ECD Design Team

I love Halloween! It's such a fun theme for making cards too. Here's my first of the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Making the Card

1. Adhere white paper to the back of a Double Sided Adhesive sheet, enough to cover the Peel-Off sticker of the witch. Adhere the witch to the other sticky side. Coat with Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger. Color with alcohol markers (Copics used here). To tone down the silver to better match the background, plus give texture to the cat, I used a warm toned black alcohol marker (careful not to get any in your colored areas).


2. If you don't have a pre-made card base, cut a sheet of black cardstock to 6 1/2 x 10 inches; fold in half. Cut a piece of the matching purple patterned cardstock from the 12x12 Midnight Magic pack (optional, cut a piece of purple cardstock) to 6 1/8 x 4 3/4. Apply adhesive, line it up with the top of the card, center, and stick down.

3. Cut the shown piece of patterned cardstock (with spider, skull, and raven) to 5 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches. Adhere spider web washi tape as shown, wrapping the ends around the back. Cut a thin piece of Shimmer Sheetz to 5 7/8 inches. Adhere below the washi tape. Apply adhesive to the back, line up with the top of the card, center, and stick.

4. Using the main die from the Katie Label Accordion set, cut the purple cardstock. Cut the middle "label" piece from the frame; turn it over, line it up, secure it with removable tape and cut again. This takes off the extra bits from the accordion. Adhere the glittered witch to the center using dimensional tape.

5. Using the shown "label" die from the Katie Label Pivot Card set, cut one from the black cardstock and one from the purple cardstock. Stamp and silver emboss the "Spooky" sentiment near the bottom right of the purple label as shown. (Optional) Outline with black marker to make it stand out more. Add the spider brad embellishment as shown.

6. Cut the three sizes of five petaled flowers (728 Bunch of Flowers 1) from black cardstock. Cut the mid-sized triple leaf from light green cardstock. Using the foam blending tool, add Mowed Lawn to the leaves, followed by Black Soot as shown (don't cover the centers completely, let the black fade to the center). Cover flowers and leaves with Wink of Stella. Shape as desired. Cover with Distress Crackle Paint. Let dry. Adhere flower layers together as shown, offsetting each layer. Add a gem to the center.


7. Adhere the witch as shown using dimensional tape. Adhere black label where shown. Adhere the "spooky" label using dimensional tape just offset from the black label.

8. Adhere the leaves and flower as shown. Add gem embellishments as shown.

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs


Other Supplies

  • Black, Light Green Cardstock
  • (Optional) Pre-made Card Base, e.g. Recollections from Michaels
  • Midnight Magic 6x6 (Main Patterned Image) and 12x12 (Purple) Paper Packs (Recollections)
  • Midnight Magic and Haunted Embellishments (Recollections)
  • Washi Tape, Webs (Recollections)
  • Alcohol Markers (Copics)
  • "Spooky" Stamp, Technique Tuesday: Halloween Circles
  • VersaMark or Other Embossing Ink
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Wink of Stella, Clear
  • Distress Crackle Paint, Rock Candy
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Black Soot
  • Foam Blending Tool, Foam
  • Dimensional Tape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nautical Hello Card


Created for ECD Design Team

The new Peel-Offs include nautical themed designs. I decided to step a little outside my box and create something different, at least for me anyway since it’s not a theme I frequent.

Making the Card

1. From the Nautical paper pack: cut a piece of the red cardstock 10x7 inches. Fold in half to create a card base. Cut a piece of the cream cardstock to 9 1/2 x 7 inches; fold in half. Using the Lorna Label Pop Up main die, center and die cut along the fold.

2. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of blue/cream striped cardstock 6 1/2 x 2 inches; adhere to bottom of cream cardstock. From the Basic Black Shimmer Sheetz, cut a thin strip 6 1/2 inches; adhere over the seam as shown.

3. Stamp the compass rose on graph paper from the Far and Away paper pad using Black Soot Distress Ink. Tear it out in a square. Using the blending tool, add Antique Linen Distress Ink around the edges. Crumple.


4. Using the main die from the Lorna Label Pop Up, die cut the label from red cardstock and trim down to just the label. Find the US map in the Far and Away paper pad. Using the banner die, cut flags of varying lengths as desired. Arrange and adhere to the red label as shown; trim from the back with scissors following the label contour. Adhere a piece of cheesecloth from behind as shown.


5. Adhere Peel-Offs (see supplies list below) shown on card to watercolor paper and paint with watercolors. Fussy cut around each - cut the “rope” off the lifesaver. Using your fingers, gently shape by rounding the edges down for all but the lifesaver.


6. Braid a length of blue/white twine to about 9 or 10 inches. Use half to tie a nautical knot. Die cut a banner from the Lorna Label Pop Up set from the cream cardstock; set a red eyelet at each end of the banner and thread ends of twine as shown, adhering and trimming ends behind the banner.

7. Arrange and adhere pieces to front of card as shown, using dimensional tape for the label, shells and banner.


8. From blue cardstock, die cut the label from Lorna Label Pop Up and emboss with stitching; sand lightly to show stitches. Adhere to center of pop up.

9. Cut 6 copies of the Hello word from black cardstock. Glue each layer on top of the other to create a thick stack. Add Glossy Accents to the top layer. Set aside to dry. Cut talk bubble from cream cardstock. Adhere Hello to talk bubble.

10. Using the other half of the braided twine, glue behind the handles of the lifesaver.

11. Color some of the transparent Glitter Dots in matching blue with alcohol marker (optional). Adhere to pop up as shown.

12. Adhere pop up to inside of card. Adhere everything to pop up as shown using dimensional tape.



Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies
  • Watercolors
  • Nautical Paper Pad (Craft Smith)
  • Black Cardstock
  • Glossy Accents
  • Twine, Blue/White
  • Red Eyelets
  • Cheesecloth
  • Far and Away Teresa Collins 6x6, Map Paper
  • Stamp, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Air Travel CMS 102, Compass Rose
  • Blending Tool
  • Distress Ink: Black Soot, Antique Linen
  • Blue Alcohol Marker