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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheetz

Hello my friends,

I had an amazing time at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta Ga. Made lots of friends and consumed so many wonderful tips and techniques.

This months Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge blog is to create a card using one of out "Friday Technique with Els"  your tube tutorials. I have chosen an older video that I watched that really inspired me to take a clean and simple card design and add a couple extra touched that really amped up the card. Watch this video for even more details:

For participating in this months challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs will be giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " "What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". ”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
Here is my take on a card using the sanding technique that Els shares in the above you tube video. This was super simple to do and I just love how a tiny bit of the peel off stickers really jazzed it up!

To recreate this card simply run a piece of Shimmer Sheetz through your die cut machine inside a embossing folder. Then taking a sanding block, simply sand the top of the Shimmer Sheetz until you desired look is achieved. This can be done on either side (Embossed or De bossed sides)

Next cut a red card base and a white mat and attach all together. Half a doily was used with a horizontal stripe of card stock. Added to the stripe is a simple glitter line sticker. Did you know Elizabeth Craft Designs carried a large array of stickers? These stickers really can add that little extra touch which makes your card sparkle!

Lastly, I used the Labels and Circle die set which has been reduced to $4.95!!!! Grab it while it is available! The sentiment was used from the Dreams Sentiment Set.

Here is a close up to show you the added texture using the Shimmer Sheetz along with the Peel Off Stickers. Very simple to add a little something extra special to your cards.

I hope you have enjoyed todays challenge. Make sure to head on over to the ECD Challenge blog for your chance to WIN!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Celebrate You Scallop Shaped Card

Hi Friends,
I am here with you to share my newest Elizabeth Craft Designs' project. Today I have played with lots of our dies along with stickers and glitter all from Elizabeth Crafts. I had tons of fun!

Follow these easy steps below to create this lovely scallop shaped card.

Step 1: To create the glittered roses you first add a piece of double sided adhesive to a piece of Soft Finish Card Stock.


Step 2: Peel off the background from your black sticker sheet, this makes it easier to use. Next you will peel off the Elizabeth Craft Designs backing to reveal the sticky side. Set aside.

Step 3: Using the backing as a transfer sheet just remove the black outline sticker and lay it on the transfer sheet sticky side up.

Step 4: Lay your piece of card stock sticky side down on top of the black sticker. This will transfer the sticker to the sticky side of your white paper.

Step 5: Add Microfine Glitter to the entire piece, polish by rubbing all the glitter into the paper. See below.


Step 6: Using your alcohol markers simply color directly onto the glittered piece inside the black lines. The sample was done in Copic markers in the following colors ~

R22, R24, R29
YG 13, YG17
B01, B02
E23, E25, E27


Step 7: After coloring use the 2nd. smallest oval die from the Fitted Ovals set to carefully cut out the colored roses.

Step8: Use the 3rd smallest Dotted Scallop Oval to cut a blue piece of card stock.

Step 9: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock to cut the background piece.

Step 10: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock 4 3/4" x 12" and score in half. Using the largest Dotted Scallop Oval die cut the folded card with a slight amount of the fold being uncut. See below. This forms scalloped shaped card base.


Step 11: Die cut the largest die in the Entwined Ovals set in red card stock

Step 12: Die cut the word dies 4 times each and glue together. This will give the card a little added dimension.

Step 13: The large black oval will be glued to the Card base lining up the scallops.

Step 14: Glue the red Entwined Ovals piece onto the black. Add a few of the Black/Silver Glitter Dots to the Entwined Ovals piece for a little added interest.

Step 15: Glue the blue Dotted Scallop Oval to the center of the card then using foam tape add the glitter roses to that.

Step 16. Attach the "Celebrate" and "You" pieces to complete the card.
This last photo shows how the raised flowers and extra thick lettering gives this beautiful card more dimension.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supply List:

Glitter Dots - Black/Silver
Roses in Oval black sticker
Fitted Ovals
Dotted Scalloped Ovals
Entwined Ovals
Thinking of you Die
Celebrate Die
Soft Finish Card Stock
Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies:
Red Card Stock
Blue Card Stock
Glue Pen

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I really enjoyed creating it for all of you! To see more blog posts from the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Design Team simply head on over to the company blog.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

LDRS ~ Smile

Hi Friendly Peeps,

I'm here with you today to share a bright and cheerful card that is surely able to make you smile. Early in June I attended a crop when 2 friends of mine shared their Tim Holtz crayons with the group. It was my first time using them and it was such fun. I created 2 backgrounds that day. The first one is used in this card and the second is to follow in my next LDRS Creative post later this month.

I have used Copic Markers to color in the All Dressed Up Prosecco Time Stamp. I really had fun designing with all these bright colors. For the dies I chose to use the Dew Drop Border Die along the bottom as well as the Smile Word Die  These word dies are really fun. Click HERE to see them all.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Using Some Scraps!

Hi Friends,

I have been working on organizing my craft room and keep running across these extra pieces from a previous project that I used Fitted Frames 2 Lace Squares. So rather than sitting them a side yet again I decided to use them along with this "coloring" post for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

My card is quite simple using 3 of the pieces left from the die set along with a tea pot from the "Tea Time Clear Stamps" I have colored the tea pot with my Copic markers purposely to coordinate with the scraps left over from the dies. As you can see below I still have pieces left. Pretty cool that we can get about 3 projects done with one die set.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Fitted Frames 2 Lace Squares

Tea Time Clear Stamps

Other items used:

Copic Markers V01, V04, YG93, YG95, E00, E11

Ivory Card Stock along with scraps in Purple & Green

Purple Trim from my stash

One last look at the close up of my coloring...

Happy Coloring my friends! Melanie

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LDRS Creative Inspired to Grow

Hi Friends,

Today I have a unique card idea. I have used the TLC Inspired Line for the stamped part of my card. These stamps are created for bible journaling but can also be used in both card making and in scrapbooks.

After coloring the stamp I played around with this design idea and came up with a mixture of LDRS products that all went together well.

LDRS Creative Products Used:

1. TLC Inspired Crafting "Inspired Edge Grow" stamps

2. Peaceful Dove Edge Die

3. Allifair Build a Card Die Set (for fence, clouds, and dragonfly)

My absolute favorite thing about LDRS Creative Products is that they are so versatile. For example; with a little trimming I was able to turn the Peaceful Dove Edge die to create the growing tree in my project and the fence etc from the Allifair set worked perfectly with this as well.

Have an awesome day my friends, Until next time... Keep Crafting! Melanie 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Monthly Color Challenge

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Today we have a really fun Challenge over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' challenge blog. Our Challenge this month is to create a set of 3 Clean and Simple (CAS) cards using 3 stamps from the same stamp set. A lot of the team rarely does CAS designs so it was so much fun designing for this challenge.

As you can see I have used some really fun coordinating papers which are BRAND NEW over at Elizabeth Craft Designs. They matched this stamp set perfectly. Couldn't you totally see this set of cards being perfect for a Tea Party?

Now lets look at the cards individually...

Each of these cards are featuring the brand new paper stack called "Cucina With Love". These papers are available in both 6x6" and 12x12" which makes them perfect for both card makers as well as scrapbookers!!!

I have used Copic markers to color in the stamped images and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. To focus on each stamped image I popped the images up with foam tape then used the "Dotted Scallop Squares" and the coordinating squares die set to frame each image. I will link all of these supplies down below.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies: 


Thank you for stopping by today. Want to make a set of cards just like mine? Make sure to check out all the supplies above by clicking the above links. If you have any questions feel free to message me.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Ribbon 1 Dies with Oxide Inks

Hi Friends,

I am back today to share a fun card made from the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Ribbons 1 die set by Els van de Burgt Studio. I decided to get out my Distress Oxide Inks and play with the pieces created from die cutting the Ribbons 1 dies from the card front.

Steps by Step Instructions:

1. Cut a card base to 5.5" x 8" and score in half.

2. Cut a piece of yellow card stock to 5.5" x 4" and attach to card front

3. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5.5" x 4"

4. Using the first ribbons die place it about .75" up from the bottom of the watercolor paper and die cut a ribbon. This will create 3 pieces. (card front, ribbon, and strip below the ribbon)
Repeat this process with two more ribbon dies until you have 7 pieces total. (3 will be ribbons and 4 will be the pieces of watercolor paper between the ribbons.)

5.  Put the ribbons aside and use Distress Oxide inks and water to create the inked effect. See Friday with Els post using Distress Oxide inks for more details on this technique.

6. Beginning from the bottom begin gluing pieces in place starting with first Oxide piece followed by the first ribbon etc. The pieces nest very closely together so there is really only one direction they can be put together.

7. When you get to the last piece it will hang over the top of the car. Simply cut the excess off.

8. Lastly cut 3 of the "celebrate" die and glue them together. This adds extra interest and texture to your card. Glue in place.

Elizabeth Craft Products Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Water Color Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Spray bottle

Thank you for stopping by today... Happy Crafting! Melanie

LDRS Creative Magnolia Splendor

Hi Friends,

Welcome back. I am super glad you choose to visit with me today. I am sharing a really sweet card today using some amazing products by LDRS Creative.

The paper and stamps are part of our TLC Inspired Crafting collection. I choose both the stamp set named "Magnolia Splendor" as well as the paper from the same collection called "Soft Blush"
Make sure to stop by the LDRScreative.com store to see all of the TLC Inspired Crafting coordinating collections.

Along with the above mentioned products from LDRScreative I also utilized the Dotty Doily Die Set by Polkadoodles. This breathtaking die set allowed me to create a beautiful doily that I was able to stamp and color on. I arranged all of the magnolia stamps from the Magnolia Splendor set and stamped them in the center of the doily. Then I colored them and added a little stickles to them to make them sparkle. Also from the Dotty Doily Die Set I also used the smaller dies to create these beautiful flowers. I have to say that was my favorite part. I inked their edges and added glitter to give them such texture. The sentiment I used was also part of the Magnolia Splendor set. It is a great set to have in your collection.

Above are some close ups of the hand shaped flowers using the small dies in the Dotty Doily Die Set. It is for sure a "Must Have" die set for sure!

Thank you for stopping by today and for viewing my work. If you have enjoyed yourself I would be honored if you would follow me by email. This way you never miss another post. Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Die Challenge ~ Anything BUT a Card"

Hiya Friends,

Who wants to play in a challenge where they can win FREE product??? Make sure to read below to see all the details!!11

Today I am bringing you a really fun tag I created using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Tags & More 1 ~ Lace Die and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I changed up the design though and tried the oxides on watercolor paper as it is thicker and I thought it being a tag that it would hold up better. I was quite happy by the outcome.


For today's challenge over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge Blog they are giving away .... two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog


Here is an angled look at my tag. The watercolor paper really held up well and gives it a great textured feeling.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies Used:
Tags & More 1 ~ Lace
Small Butterfly
Leafy Branch 4
Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies Used:
Water Color Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Stampin' Up! Card Stock in Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso.
Heat Gun

Thank you for stopping by today. Make sure to click on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge blog to enter this amazing give away.  I hope you have a crafty day. Melanie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Power Background

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a fun colored background using Elizabeth Craft Designs' stamps along with Copic markers. This was so much fun to stamp & color! I used the Clear Flower Power Stamp Set by Krista Schneider.

 Step by Step directions:

1. For card base cut a piece of black card stock to 8.5 x4.25"

2. Cut Silver Foil paper to 4 1/8"x 5 3/8"

3. For the white paper which will be colored. first begin stamping the flower power stamped image in a collage fashion to where the edges of each flower just barely touch each other. Stamp until you have a section of paper a little larger than your card base. Then trim the paper to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8 "

4. Color flowers using Copic Markers

5. Stamp each flower center with the flower center stamp from the same stamp set using Versa Mark. Heat emboss each center with silver embossing powder.

6. By cutting a small portion of the Stitched Fish Tail Banners you can easily shorten the banner while keeping all the stitching. See below.

7: Cut the "Thanks" word die with silver foil paper to coordinate with the embossed flower centers as well as the background layer.

8: Finally attach your banner and sentiment to finish the card.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies:

Flower Power Clear Stamp Set

Stitched Fish Tail Banners

"Thanks" die

Clear Double Sided Adhesive 5"x12"

Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies Used:

Black Card Stock

Silver Foil Card Stocl

Copic Xpress It Paper

Copic Markers (RV02, RV04, RV06, B91, B95, B97)

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

LDRS Creative Splendid Azure Featuring Little Critter Stamp & Die Sets!

Hiya Friends,

Today I am excited to bring you one of my cards that was featured on the Home Shopping Network earlier this month. I am using numerous LDRScreative products and I absolutely love this TLC Splendid Azure 6x6" paper which is perfect for masculine cards. Just think Father's Day is right around the corner.

The fun shape of my card was created using the Allifair Build a Card Die Set. This die set allowed me to create the shape and coordinating layers along with the clouds and even the little dragonfly. I see myself using this die sets many times in the future. I have also used the FanTABulous Die Set which allowed me to shape the white piece that the adorable character is on. Even though this is a "Tab/Tag" die set, you can see that it can be used in many ways. I used the Outdoor Play Critter Stamp & Die set along with the Go Wild Critter Stamp & Die set to create the rest of the scene. These critters are contagious, you will want to play with them again and again!!

Make sure to take some time to click on over the the LDRS Creative Website to pick up your favorite items! Happy crafting! Melanie

Friday, May 26, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Bird-day Card featuring Oxide Inks.

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I hope this post finds you well. If you have been following my most recent posts you will see I have been having so much fun with Oxide inks by Tim Holtz. Today's little Birdy card features a Oxide inked background along with Elizabeth Craft Designs' Bird-day Party Clear Stamps and coordinating Bird-day Party dies. 

The background was created by simply rubbing the ink pads themselves across the paper. I heat set each color before adding the next. I also splattered the top portion with water just to give the speckled sky. I colored the stamps using Copic markers in the following colors:

BG 32, BG34, R83, R85, R89, B23, B24, YR12, & YR14

I also used two additional dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs. The Dotted Scallop Squares and the "Thanks" die

Thank you for following my work. If your in fear of missing a post simply add your email into the "follow by email" space on the side bar. Thank you for all your support. Melanie

Friday, May 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs "You're So Sweet"

Hello Friends,

I am back today with more experimenting with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. These are so much fun. I decided to try and blended background with this card. Mixing this technique with Elizabeth Craft Designs' Circles Background die resulted in such a beautiful look. The two go together perfectly.

Look how yummy the ink colors blend together. You get a seamless transition from one color to another. I have used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Worn Lipstick.Don't these make you think of sherbet colors? That is why I used the "You're so sweet" sentiment from the "General Sentiments" clear stamp set.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies:

Circles Background Die by Els van de Burgt Studio

Stitched Fishtail Banner by ModaScrap

General Sentiments  

Thank you for stopping by today. For more product details simply visit Elizabeth Craft Designs' online Store. 

Until next time, Melanie 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

NEW Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dies by ModaScrap

Welcome Back,

Hi Friends, today I would like to share a beautiful new die by ModaScrap. This die is just stunning and so dainty. I wanted to set this die popped up on a vibrant background so you could easily see the intricate details.

Isn't this die AMAZING???? I get mesmerized just looking at it.
This card is A2 size (4.25 X 11, scored in half)

To create the background I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Fern. I simply added ink from the ink pad directly onto a non stick surface. Next spray with water to activate the oxide properties, and pick up some ink/water with a paint brush and splatter onto the card front. Dry with a heat gun between colors.

To "show off" the Moda Scrap Floral 1 die , I popped it up with Dimensionals.

Doesn't this beautiful die create such a beautiful Focal Point?

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supply list:

ModaScrap Flower Lace 1

White Soft Finish Card Stock

Other Supplies:

Calypso Coral Card Stock

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks

Paint Brush



Thank you for stopping by today. Make sure to check out all the wonderful products over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs' web site.  


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Color Challenge ~ Slider Cards!

Hi Friends,

It is time for a FUN Elizabeth Craft Designs' Color Challenge over on our Challenge blog. Enter for a chance to win a really nice prize from ECD. 

I have a super fun project to share with you today. This is the first slider/spinner style card I've made and let me tell you it is really fun. To see how t make a Slider/Spinner card check out the Friday Technique Video with Els video HERE.

For the background of this card I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistashio, Broken China, and Wilted Violet. Don't they make a yummy combination? See the Friday Technique with Els video on using Oxide Inks. I do have to warn you though.... playing with these oxide inks is ADDICTIVE!

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Products Used:

Feathered Friends Clear Stamp Set by Krista Schneider

Feathered Friends Dies

Sliders & Spinners Die Set By Joset Designs

Smile die by Els van de Burgt Studio

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Friday, May 12, 2017

LDRS Creative Daisy Daisy Stamp & Die Set

Hello Everyone,

I have a new Little Darlings Rubber Stamp project for you today. This is featuring the Polkadoodles Stamp & Cut Daisy Daisy Set. This stamp and die set also has coordinating paper. This makes projects so fun and easy, perfect for any level crafter!

I colored this beauty using Copic markers in the following colors:

R30, R32, Y32, YR12, YR14, G20, G21, & G24

Here is a closer look at my coloring.

Little Darling Rubber Stamp Supplies:

Polkadoodles Daisy Daisy Stamp & Cut

Polkadoodles Daisy Daisy 6x6" Paper Pack

TLC Inspired Cherished Sentiments

Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I encourage you to "Follow by Email" so you don't miss a project. Happy Creating! Melanie

Friday, May 5, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Reach for the Stars

Hello friends,

Welcome back! Today I am sharing a card I made for Elizabeth Craft Designs. This is the very first time using water color markers so be gentle with me :-) My hubby adores bumble bees since he is a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fan so when he saw this a big smile came over his face. I hope it brings you a bit of happiness as well.

Everyone needs a little motivation at times and I think this "Reach for the Stars" card will being that for the recipient.

Above is a close up of the coloring. This will be a learning curve for me as I have never used water colors before. I think it turned out decent for my very first try.

Directions for this card:

Step 1:
Cut a A2 size card base from yellow card stock. (4.25" x 11" scored and folded in half)

Step 2:
From a floral piece of paper cut a card front measuring 4.25" x 5.5" and adhere to the card front.

Step 3:
Cut and yellow layer of card stock at 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" and attach to card base using foam tape.,Next  cut and emboss a white layer (5" x 3 3/4") with the "Bees" embossing folder. Attach to yellow layer.

Step 4:
Stamp the "Honey Bear", bear and tree branch stamps onto water color paper and color using watercolor markers, or medium of your choice.

Step 5:
Stamp "Reach for the Stars" Sentiment from the "Dream Sentiment Clear Stamp Set" and create a square shaped sentiment using a yellow scalloped square for added interest.

Step 6:
Adhere both of the colored images as well as the sentiment to the card front using foam tape.

Sit back and enjoy your card... it is sure to make anyone smile!

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies:
Bee's Embossing Folder
Honey Bear Clear Stamp Set
Honey Bear Die Set
Dreams Sentiment Clear Stamp Set

Other Supplies:
Yellow and White card stock
Coordinating floral paper
Square and Scallop Punches
Foam Tape
Water Color Paper
Kuretake Clean Color Brush Watercolor Brush Pens

Thank you for stopping by today... Check back often for more inspiration. Melanie

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Challenge... Being Negative

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a super fun challenge over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge Blog. The team is calling it "Being Negative" The challenge this week is using your dies focusing on the negative space that the dies leave behind. Check out the PRIZE you could win just by participating!!!

The ECD backgrounds are so much fun to play with. Click HERE to see a recent card I made using the Circle Background....

For today's card I am using the negative space of the Entwined Oval Dies set by Els van de Burgt Studios.

So as you can see I have used the stars and flowers from the Entwined Ovals Set and die cut out random areas from the front panel of 3"x4" note card. I then placed a striped paper to the back of the card front to show the paper coming through the negative space left behind from the dies. At this point in the card designing I loved the feel of the clean and simple look but just wanted to add a little bit of interest so I added Elizabeth Craft Designs'  Glitter Dots and Lines to jazz it up a little.  As I saw the card come together I decided to take it even a little further and I made a gift pocket that fits 3 note cards and envelopes. I used Moda Scrap's Lace Pocket Die. I simply cut two pockets then folding on the score lines. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs' 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive for a strong bond. This is a quick and easy way to complete this set worthy of gift giving! See below for more detail on the ECD items I have used.





 Thank you for stopping by today. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Happy Creating! Melanie