Monday, April 12, 2021

New Farm Collection - card and tutorial

Howdy ya'll! Are you ready for some farming fun? Elizabeth Craft Designs has released a new Farm Collection of super cute dies and a stamp set to go along with it. The ECD design team has created some great samples using these fun new dies designed by Joset, so make sure you hop over to the blog and check it out. I'm sharing my 5" x 7" card here today with a little step-by-step on how I created it. Here we go!

I began by cutting ALL the pieces you see here from 90 lb Soft Finish White Cardstock. (Dies are listed below) I colored the pieces with a mix of alcohol markers and Oxide inks as desired. Where color is solid like the sunflower, that's when I used the markers. And where you see blending, that's with the Oxides. In some cases, I used both together. It's really up to you and I encourage you to play around with what you have.

Next I cut a card base from dark brown cardstock. My decorative papers are from an older line from Authentique called "Frontier." I used my pinked scissors to cut the gingham paper to resemble fabric.

I layered up all my papers first, stitched through everything on the sewing machine using dark brown thread, then adhered the unit to my card front.

Here's a close-up of the stitching. I love that extra touch on my cards.

Now it's time to build our cute scene. Even though I have the farmer die (and he's SO cute!) I decided it would be hilarious if a chicken were driving the tractor instead.

And since I knew my stamped phrase was going to be "Just Chicken In", I added more chickens. This tall sized card is perfect for my rooster to be perched on top of the tractor. I scattered a few eggs around the bottom with hopes the tractor won't run them over.

Onto ivory cardstock, I stamped my sentiments with black and then red inks. The brown frame comes from the Sidekick Essentials 14 set "Bonjour Fold-Out". Then I adhered my sunflower coming out of the top.

Everything is nice and flat and easy to mail.

For the inside, I cut more decorative papers from the collection and did a bit more stitching.

Here's a little close-up of that.

After adhering the main background papers inside my card, I added more of the die-cut pieces.

I created a second sunflower and added it to the milk jug, then stamped the chicken silhouette.

Here's another look at the finished card front.

And the inside panels. This was SO much fun to create. It's really hard to stop once you get started. I hope you enjoyed the card and give it a try yourself. Links to the products I've used are below. Simply click on the images and it'll take you directly there. 

Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Nature Notebook Planner Pages continued...

Happy Easter everyone! It's a beautiful day here in Greenville, SC and with that I would love to share the latest couple of pages I've created in my Nature Notebook Planner. I've featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today and have included another "Craft With Me" style video tutorial, so I hope you get a chance to check it out. Here's the link and you'll also find links to all the products I used there as well. Enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Craft With Me on a Southern Caribbean Cruise in 2022!

Ahoy, my creative friends, I have exciting news to share! I've been invited back by Crafter's Therapy Cruises to teach aboard an 8-night Southern Caribbean cruise in August of 2022. Hopefully by then this whole Covid business will be a thing of the past and we'll be back to normal, wonderful fun.

I will be teaching three exciting paper crafting classes on the sea days which will most certainly include Graphic 45 products as well as Elizabeth Craft Designs. This will be my one big teaching gig for 2022. No retreat that year, so this is it! The number of crafters will be limited to 32, so don't miss out. I'd love to have you join me. And trust me, Crafter's Therapy Cruises are the BEST.

Here are all the details so far...

August 13 - 21, 2022

Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

out of Port Canaveral, Florida (right near the famous Cocoa Beach)


Oranjestad, Aruba

Willemstad, Curacao

LaRomana, Dominican Republic

Coco Cay, Bahamas

All other details regarding pricing and registration can be found on the Crafter's Therapy Cruises website.

Also, check out this great video as they share a full walk-through of the renovated and 

updated Mariner of the Seas...

Let's cruise together and have a crafty fun time!! 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Nautical-themed Mini Traveler's Notebook

Have you seen Graphic 45's new "Catch of the Day" collection? As usual, they did an amazing job making yet another fabulous collection. I love it so much, I've created this mini traveler's notebook using the 8 x 8 paper pad, the Patterns and Solids and the journaling cards, plus items from Elizabeth Craft Designs like the "Jeans" mini TN, the Lighthouse die, and the Ocean Edges die. I added some stamping on the inside too. I'll link all products at the end of this post.

Here's a super speedy look at the whole thing. I purposely made it fast because there are SO many pages and also because I've listed this project as a video tutorial in my Etsy shop. No paper directions to download or print, just me teaching you as we create it in a new video format. Once you purchase the tutorial, you'll receive a PDF page with a private link to the video. I've had some great feedback on this method and I'll definitely be making more this way.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to assemble the signatures, create different page styles like side-loading vellum window pages and top-loading tag pockets, along with clever embellishment ideas using the Catch of the Day collection, stamps, and various ribbon trims. The full supply list is in the Etsy description but here are some main links below.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Springtime Flower Making Projects

I'm back again with some more paper flower projects. These will be perfect for Springtime. In my video you'll learn how to use Elizabeth Craft Designs dies to create a cheerful card, a gorgeous wreath, and a sweet little welcome sign. I've listed all the products I've used below, so click on any link down there to navigate straight to the ECD shop to get your own.

This 10" wreath looks great on our front door.

And this little sign hangs on my craft room door.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video below. These projects were such a joy to create.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Planner Page Basics with "Craft With Me" Video

It's time for some brand new planner pages for my 2021 Scrapbook Planner. I call it that because I have an actual Day Planner you may have seen before, plus a Nature Notebook planner in the works. I've had a lot of requests to do a "Craft With Me" for beginners (or anyone really) so they can see my process while making my planner pages, to learn more about what papers to use, and tips on how to use the dies. So I've created just that and am sharing it today on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. I hope you take a moment to hop over there and check it out.

I'm not sure if you've noticed or not, but I have really beefed up my YouTube content these past couple months, so if you haven't visited my channel lately, I encourage you to do so. There's so much there to offer! Project ideas and inspiration, tutorials, craft room organization, DIY home decor, and more. I've updated my home page and created Playlists so it's super easy to navigate. You can find me HERE.

Thanks for popping in today! Have a good Wednesday!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

How to Make Beautiful Paper Flowers!

It's all about making flowers today. Lovely, beautiful paper flowers, leaves, and even strawberries. I'm sharing a nice, in-depth video that teaches you all the basics and tips for successful paper flower making. I hope you have a moment to sit and enjoy. Thanks in advance for watching.