Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Have Yours-Elf a Merry Little Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Paper Pros challenge for December. This month our challenge is hosted by Me! The theme this month is .... Let's Twist Again (like we did last summer). Which means we could use either of Karen Burniston's "twist" die sets ... the Snowman Twist Circle Pop-up or the Twist Panel Pop-up die sets to create our card.

As you can see I went with the Twist Circle Panel Pop-up die set to create my card for our challenge today. 

To decorate my card I used the Santa's Elves stamp set from MFT Stamps.  

I die cut the four panels from white cardstock using the rectangle die included in the die set. I then stamped each panel using MFT Stamps Snowfall Background stamp with VersaMark ink and embossed using white embossing powder. I then covered the snowflakes using two different pink Distress Oxide inks and spritzed with water using a distress sprayer.

I added a snowbank to the bottom of each of the panels using the border die from the Nature Edges die set using glitter to give the look of snow.

Along the top edge I added a cloud edge also from the Nature Edges die set and added the ornaments from the stamp set along the cloud edge.

I added the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas to the bottom panel of the card.

On the front of the card I created a scene using the remainder elf from the stamp set, the tree and presents, which I layered onto circles.

I added a sentiment from another stamp set to finish off the card.

Here is a look at  the inside of the card when the card is starting to close, you can see how the centre panel twists to the side as it is closing.

Here is my card when it is folded. Mine is a little thicker than it needs to be as I keep insisting on using foam tape to add the images to the twist panel part of the card which makes it a little thick. I am not worried about the thickness as I can hand deliver it when I want to give it away, but if you want it thinner, just don't use as much foam tape as I do.

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


Stamps:  Santa's Elves; Snowfall Background - MFT Stamps; Elf'd - Essesntials by Ellen; Jolly Sentiments - Kaisercraft
Paper: White; Green; Red; Dark Red; Dark Green; DP - DCWV
Dies: Twist Panel Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Stitched Circles; Dotted Scallop Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Retro Merry Christmas - Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Other: Black Ink; VersaMark Ink; White Embossing Powder; Clear Embossing Powder; Warm Lipstick Distress Oxide; Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide; Clear Double Sided Adhesive; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops; Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops; White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Cracker Box

Hi Crafty Friends,

A few weeks ago while browsing in an online store, I discovered that Tonic Studios had a Christmas Cracker Treat Box die set,  so that you could make Christmas Crackers. I have been making my own Christmas Crackers since before my kids were born which is over 40 years ago, so I was very interested in this set, it has so many different decorator dies included in the set that it will keep me busy with Christmas crackers for quite a few years to come 😀.

Once I received the die I decided to browse to see what ideas were around using this set and came across a YouTube video Tonic did a few months back, showing how to create what they call a 'luxury" box using one of the main dies included in the set. You can find the video here (tip if you try to watch this video it stops half way through the directions on how to make the box as they were having recording problems ... check the first comment on that page which will take you to the second half of the instructions). 

I don't know about you, but I always love when you can find another use other than what it was intended for a product that we buy.

To make this box you also need an hexagonal die set, I thought for a while I might need to order the Tonic Studios version, but after checking my stash I found that the MFT Stamps set I have had for years worked perfectly.

I decorated the sides of the box using the star decorative overlays included in the die set.

This photo shows the box with the lid removed from the top of the box so you can see inside (nothing in it as yet). I created the lid by layering two hexagonal die cut pieces and then adhered a couple of beads to the centre for the handle. I discovered I had the perfect color beads in my stash to match the colors of the box.

To finish off the box I tied a piece of black sheer ribbon around the middle.

I am looking forward to creating my Christmas Crackers using this die set soon which I will share later.

Dies: Dimensions Treat Box Christmas Cracker Die Set - Tonic Studios; Hexagon Stax - MFT Stamps
Paper: Pink; Black
Other: Beads; Black Sheer Ribbon; Adhesive

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coffee and Friends

Hi Crafty Friends,
Today I am playing along in the  Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 8th December to Friday 15th December.

I have acquired a few new coffee themed stamps since the last blog hop so I decided I needed to play with them.

While I was at a Craft Show last month, I found this fun Art Impressions coffee stamp set which I thought would be perfect for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so I decided to get it. Of course it will be perfect for lots of other occasions too.

I love creating pop up cards so I decided to use this image for a pop up card. I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set for the pop up base of my card. The image fits perfectly over the cupcake part of the pop up.

I used the Katherine Label Pop-up die set for the sentiment on the lower section of the card.

For the sentiments I used Honey Bee Stamps Perfect Blend Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies.

For the front of the card I used the Gift Card Label from Karen Burniston so I could add a sentiment etc.

The sentiment is again from Honey Bee Stamps including the one on the coffee cup.

The coffee cup was created using a die from Whimsy Stamps which I have had in my stash for some time now.


Stamps: Latte Love - Art Impressions; Perfect Blend - Honey Bee Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Yellow; Green; Merry & Bright Tinsel Paper - We R Memory Keepers
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up; Katherine Label Pop-up; Gift Card Label - Karen Burniston; Perfect Blend - Honey Bee Stamps; Coffee Cup - Whimsy Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Brown Ink; Buttermilk Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Wishes Coming Your Way

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Anja is the challenge hostess for December and today she is issuing the final challenge for 2017 as we are all taking a break so we can spend time with our families. We will be back next year with lots more fun challenges to play along with!

For our challenge this week we are creating a card using your favorite "Crazy" sketch from our 2017 sketches.

For my card today I decided to use the October sketch C4C408 to create another Christmas Card. I have flipped the sketch onto it's side but otherwise the sketch is the same.

The rectangle layers are from Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up die set and I decorated the card using Uchi's Design Santa's Reindeer Stamp set.

For the inside of my card I have again used Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up die set. A few weeks ago Karen Aicken shared a card she made where instead of using the large tag shape included in the die set for the front of the card, she placed it into the inside of a card that is 6 inches x 4 1/2 inches. I loved the idea so much I decided to try it too and I love it!!!!!


Here is one last photo of my card, this time laying down so you can see the tag pop up portion of the card.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Santa's Reindeer - Uchi's Design
Paper: White; Red; Green; Trim the Tree Paper Pack - SU
Dies: Tag Book Pop-up - Karen Burniston; Pine Needle Border - Memory Box
Other: Black Ink; Autumn Red, Woodland Green & Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bird with Presents Z Fold Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Z Fold Card I created using Elizabeth Craft Designs products.

The cute bird with presents images is from the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies, which I layered onto a square. I used one of the corners from the Corners 1 die set to the square.

After adding the square to the Z Fold Card I added some Bottle Green Nuvo Drops in a diagonal line on the centre panel.

Here is a look at my card when you pull it open. On the inside panel I added a Merry Christmas sentiment and a couple more birds this time from the Reindeer & Birds Clear Stamp Set with coordinating dies.

  • To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch piece of cardstock.
  • Score at 1 1/4 inches and 4 1/4 inches. The 1 1/4 inch score line is a mountain fold.
  • On the front of the card layer a piece of designer paper 5 1/4 inches x 3 inches.
  • On the inside right edge add a piece of designer paper 5 1/4 inches x 1 1/4inches.

Stamps: Snowman & Gifts; Reindeer & Birds - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Cream; Burgundy; Green; It's Christmas Time Paper Pack - ModaScrap
Dies: Snowman & Gifts; Reindeer & Birds; Corners 1; Merry Christmas - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Joy to the World

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being a brand new month it is time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Maryann Einam.

Who doesn't love singing Christmas Carols at this time of year. For our challenge this week, take you inspiration from any Christmas Carol.

There are a few Christmas this card would work with including "Joy to the World"; "Silent Night" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" come to mind looking at the card. I will go with the sentiment at the top left side of the card .... "Joy to the World"

A few months ago I purchased a couple of the 3D Embossing Folders from Crafter's Companion, I have used two of them already the third a Christmas one has been sitting on my desk in a place I almost forgot about it until I spied it the other day, so grabbed it out so I could make something with it.  I just love the detail in these embossing folders.

For this one I decided to make an Easel Card as it has been a while since I have made one.

After embossing the Silent Night Embossing Folder onto Navy cardstock, I applied Silver Rub Ons all over the raised images. Along the bottom border I added some Midnight Blue Nuvo Drops.

On the base of the card I added a couple of flourishes and sentiment which are all Hot Foil Stamps and I used Silver Mirror Foil on them all. I also added a sentiment to the top left hand corner of my card which is another Hot Foil Stamp.

Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Hot Foil Stamps: Peace on Earth - Couture Creations/Anna Griffin; Joy to the World - Ultimate Crafts; Flourished Corner - Couture Creations/Lincraft
Paper: Navy; Silver
Other: Silent Night 3D Embossing Folder - Crafters Companion; Metallic Rub Ons; Nuvo Midnight Blue Gloss Crystal Drops; Silver Mirror Foil; Foam Tape

Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team Call 2018

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Design Team Call
6-month term (January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018)
We are excited to announce that Elizabeth Craft Designs is looking for talented and creative bloggers to join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team. Do you enjoy crafting with Elizabeth Craft Designs’ products and love to inspire people through your blog and social media? If so, we would love to hear from you! 
Before entering, we would like to fill you in on what’s happening here at Elizabeth Craft Designs. In 2018 we will continue to expand our product line with fun new designs by all of our licensed designers. We are also expending our reach with the opening of a European location!
Benefits of being on our Designs Team:
  • You will receive any Elizabeth Craft Designs products needed to create your content
  •  Earn income through pay-per-sales affiliate programs (Share-a-Sale & LinkDeli)
  • Have your name, bio and blog link on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog (over 11k
  • unique readers/month)
  • Gain worldwide social media exposure (over 100k Facebook fans)
  •  Be part of an awesome creative community with a private design team Facebook
  • group
  • Your projects will be displayed at craft trade and retail shows all over the world
We are looking for designers who are:
  • Enthusiastic bloggers who love to work with Elizabeth Craft Designs products
  • Willing to incorporate a broad range of styles and projects, from card
  • making, scrapbooking, and home décor to mixed media, jewelry, and beyond
  • Creative, professional and punctual
  • Passionate about sharing their creative passion though social media
  • Have good photography skills and able to write clear, concise step by step tutorials
  • Willing to commit to creating 4 projects/month for 6 months starting January
  • 1, 2018
  • Willing to join our monthly Designer Challenge
How to apply:
Please send an e-mail with the subject line “Your name – Design Team Call” to info@ecraftdesigns.com containing the following information:
  • Your name and contact information
  • Specify which product range/Elizabeth Craft Designs designer you are most interested in
  • A link to your blog and/or YouTube channel, as well as links for your Facebook,
  • Instagram, Pinterest and other social media that may apply
  • A short bio telling us about yourself, your crafting style, and why you would like to
  • work on our Design Team
  • Current and past design team commitments
  • 4 project images that best reflect your style, preferably using Elizabeth Craft
  • Designs’ products (please attach as JPEG files)
  • Any other information you believe will be relevant (teaching background,
  • experience as a demonstrator, and such)
December 18, 2017
Selected designers will be contacted personally by December 23, 2017.
Please contact us at info@ecraftdesigns.com with any additional questions!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 2017 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our December Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.

Check out Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday (US Time) when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus Karen will have an amazing video tutorial to share with us all.

This month the theme for our challenge is ...."TREES, PLEASE!" - incorporate a tree (any tree) for a card with a winter/holiday theme.

As Christmas is only a few weeks away I decided to use the Christmas Tree Pop-up die set to create my card. 

The red and white side panels were created using a Simon Says Stamp background stamp which I stamped in red. I used gold gilding flakes for the thin strip of card, the gold ornaments on the tree and the gold layer on the sentiment panel.

Along the bottom edge of the card I used the snow edge from the Nature Edges die set, covering them with glitter. I added the penguin from the Winter Animals die set, and a tree from the Winter Charms die set to the lower left hand side of my card.

On the lower right hand side I added the sleigh from the Sleigh Pop-up die set which is covered in red and gold glitter.

 I used the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Word Set 2 - Holiday Greetings die set which has been layered onto the label from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set.

For the front of the card I used the striped background again. 

Along the bottom edge I added another snow edge which is covered in glitter.

I added another sleigh this time with the penguin inside the sleigh rather than beside it.

The sentiment is another from the Word Set 2 - Holiday Sentiments again layered using the label from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set. This time around I cut off the top edge level with the top of the card.

Here you can see my card as it is closing, the Christmas tree folds towards the front and cannot be seen when the card is closed.

Don't forget to visit Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month.



Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp - Simon Says Stamp
Cardstock - White; Black; Red; Green; Orange
Radiant Gold Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Foam Tape
White Gel Pen

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Celebrate Snowman

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. The countdown is on .... Christmas is only about 20 days away! So today I am sharing a card which could be used as a Christmas card. Although at this time of year it is hot where I live snowmen are always fun for a Christmas card.

Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 -
  • Using two of the patterned papers from the ModaScrap White Christmas Patterned Paper pack, die cut both pieces using the second largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set.
  • Cut the polka dot  paper down so it measures 1 1/2 inches.
  • Using the scallop edge from the Valentine Edges die set, die cut a border using Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere this edge to the back of the top of the polka dot patterned paper so the scallops are the only thing showing.
  • Adhere this panel to the bottom of the other rectangle panel.
Step 2 -
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock. 
  • Layer the panel created in step 1 to this layer.
  • Cut a piece of burgundy cardstock so it measures 8 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Score and fold along the long side at 4 1/4 inches to create a top folding card that measures 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches.
  • Adhere the layers created above to the front of the fold card.
Step 3 -
  • Stamp the word "Celebrate" from the A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink.
  • Using a circle from the Stitched Circles die set die cut sentiment.
  • Layer onto a burgundy circle that has been die cut using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set.
  • Adhere the sentiment circle to the lower right hand corner of card.
Step 4 - 
  • Using the Stitched Circles die set, die cut two circles from White Soft Finish Cardstock. One of the circles should have Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the front.
  • Sponge the circle without the adhesive with blue ink to create a sky background.
  • Cut the circle that has the Clear Double Sided Adhesive using the snow border from the Adventure Edges die set. Remove the protective backing from the adhesive and cover the adhesive with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Return any excess glitter to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive using your finger.
  • Adhere the snow layer to the bottom of your circle.
Step 5 - 
  • Using the snowman with scarf from the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamp set, stamp the snowman onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink. 
  • Color image as desired.
  • Die cut image using coordinating dies.
  • Adhere snowman to the circle panel using foam tape. 
  • Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set, die cut a circle from burgundy cardstock. Layer the snowman circle onto the burgundy circle.
  • Adhere the circle to the upper left hand side of the card so that this circle overlaps the smaller circle slightly. Refer to photo above for placement.
  • Apply white Nuvo drops to the sky area of the snowman circle and randomly around the sentiment.

Step 6 Inside of Card -
  • Using the Fitted Rectangles die set, die cut the second largest rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Cut the polka dot patterned paper that was left over from the front of the card to 1 1/4 inches.
  • Using the scallop edge from the Valentine Edges die set, die cut a border using Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere this edge to the back of the top of the polka dot patterned paper so the scallops are the only thing showing.
  • Adhere this panel to the bottom of the white rectangle.
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock. 
  • Layer the white rectangle to the olive rectangle and adhere to inside of card.
Step 7 - 
  • Stamp the sentiment "Christmas greetings" from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set to the centre of the white panel using black ink.
  • Stamp the large snowflake and bird with heart onto a scrap of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color and die cut using coordinating dies.
  • Adhere to inside of card referring to photo above.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Cardstock - Burgundy
Inks - Black; Blue
White Nuvo Drops
Foam Tape