Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Garden-themed Mini Album Tutorial using Planner Dies

I hope this finds you doing well. If you're looking for some feminine inspiration today and a quick and easy mini album tutorial, you've come to the right place. Today I'm sharing my garden-themed mini album made with Planner Essentials dies. As you'll see in the video, the planner dies are so versatile you can create more than just planner pages. This little album comes together so quickly and easily you'll want to make a bunch with all sorts of different themes.

Here's a peek at some of the pages, but be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog (or my YouTube channel) to watch the video tutorial. I've linked to all the products I've used to make them easy for you to find. I encourage you to use papers in your stash (that's what I did!) and don't worry if yours looks different than mine. I'm quite sure you'll like how it turns out no matter what you use. I just did a big Spring cleaning and re-discovered so many pretty papers I had forgotten about.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

How to Assemble the Iris Shutter

Have you seen the oh-so-impressive Iris Shutter die in action? This complex looking die is simpler than you think once you've seen the assembly steps broken down into easy-to-follow directions which is what I have for you today in the video below. In the video, I share some different samples I've created with this die, then I make a card to show you how it all comes together. Follow along and let me know what you think! Thanks for popping in today. Enjoy your Easter weekend.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sliders, Spinners and Pull Tabs!

Back again today with a quick share of some fun Easter/Spring cards I've been creating this week. Elizabeth Craft Designs has some fun interactive dies that take your projects to the next level, like the Pull Tabs set and the Sliders & Spinners set. I've given links to all the products used for all of these below.

Just check out this sweet skunk card. That little guy is actually the Squirrel die! Just change up a few things and it's super easy. I've used the Pull Tabs die for this one. 

When you push the tab back in, he hides behind the flower pot, which is also a new die. As I showed in my previous post, you can make this into a terracotta pot or a metal bucket, or whatever you like! The flowers are also new dies. Here I've used a combination of Florals 14 and 16. 

Next up is this jumping bunny Easter card. Again, using the Pull Tabs die, I created this so the bunny jumps up out of the Easter basket. The basket is a new die which includes the eggs, tiny flowers, the bow and the "Peeps" and the cute character is the new Bunny die.

The flowers on this card are the new Florals 17 and the leaves are Leaves 1. When creating these pull-tab cards, you just have to remember to pop up certain elements so your sliding character doesn't get caught on anything in front of it. 

Next up is this long card which measures 8" x 4" and features the Slimline Sliders and Spinners set. I shortened mine a little to work with my elements, and allows for the swan momma to make her way to her ducklings in the pond. 

The other dies I've used here are the Duck, Once Upon A Time Accessories and the Slimline Adventure Edges. For the sentiment, I used the new Smell the Flowers stamp set stamped onto the banner from the new Book Box die, which you will see more of here soon. For all of the cards, I used Graphic 45's Cottage Life paper collection. It's perfect for Springtime cards and projects.

Below are all the links to the products I've used today. 
Please note, as an affiliate I receive a tiny little commission on the sale of an item 
you purchase when you use my links. Thank you in advance. Everything you see here is available now!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Summer Planner Pages with new dies!

Hello everyone. Welcome back. I'm playing with new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs again and today I've created a few Summer spreads showcasing the Flower Pot/Bucket die in particular. I've got a "Craft With Me" style video taking you through my steps and design process, if you care to check it out. I've linked to all the products I've used, below, and also show them all in the video.

This die is so versatile! As I show in the video, you can make it into a terracotta pot or in this case, a rusty bucket. I used the Strawberries die set to fill up the bucket. Perfect embellishment for my photos of Suki trying strawberries for the first time.

Also in the video I share different design tips for adding journaling spaces and room for more photos. These pages came together so quickly and I'm super happy with the results. I hope you take a moment to watch the process video, and if you haven't yet, please consider subscribing to my channel. I've got many new videos in the works I don't want you to miss!

Monday, March 14, 2022

Assembly of the Slider Pockets

Sometimes we purchase dies with interactive elements (which is cool!) with lots of pieces (not always cool) and therefore we're timid about using them. I tend to shy away from those that require me to "think" and try to figure them out, but I really wanted to try the Slider Pocket die set and see if once I got the hang of it, would I like it? The answer is YES!

Today I'm featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a few Summer pages plus a video on how to assemble the Slider Pocket die, shown above. I share some tips about the assembly like how to reinforce the pull tab and also how to make it work on the right side as opposed to the left. If you watch the video, pay close attention to a note I insert into the screen at one point, because it encourages you to add adhesive where I forgot to before putting the page together.

Here's a peek at the rest of the pages. You can find all the products I've used in the links below and don't forget to hop over to the ECD blog here to watch the video.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Exclusive Let It Bee Album Class

I can't seem to get enough of Graphic 45's new Let It Bee collection, can you? I've been invited to teach an exclusive online class for this fun mini album I've created. This is a whole different album than the little one I made a few months back. If you follow me on social media, you can find a speedy video walk-through of this one I posted recently. It's full of tags, journaling cards, flaps, tuck spots, envelopes, ephemera assortment and of course the pretty paper.

So how do you sign up? Go to the Alliance of Independent Retailers Facebook Page for the list of retailers from which you can purchase a kit. Then show up on the private Facebook Group for the class, April 14th at 7 p.m. EST. (You'll be sent an invite once you purchase a kit.) The class will take a few hours, and will also be saved if you can't sit through the whole thing. It's your choice if you want to follow along and assemble with me, or just watch and assemble later. Either way, it'll be a fun time because we can interact in the Facebook Live. 

I hope you join me and share in the fun! Let me know if you have any questions after visiting the A.I.R. Facebook page. 

Monday, February 14, 2022

Valentine Van and a Love Story

Hello again everyone. It's Valentine's Day, so here's wishing you lots of love today and all year long. I've created a very special Valentine for my guy, Paul, this year. It's special because it's part of our love story when we were first dating (read on). I've used the new Retro Bus special kit (by Elizabeth Craft Designs) to make the VW-style van to make this 6" x 6" easel card. (this die is currently out of stock, but coming back soon.)

For the papers, I've pulled a variety of things from my stash, but mostly from Reminiscence The Book 3. The key here was to match the color of the VW van Paul use to own. 

I've added vellum to the windows and used silver metallic cardstock for the chrome pieces. The black swirls in the background are from the Stamen Flowers die and the stitched hearts are from Close To My Heart.

The little van on the inside is popped up with foam tape to serve as a stopper for my easel.

Various stamps are from Close To My Heart. I am determined to use things I already own as much as possible this year, so these stamps are now rather old.

Now for the Love Story...

Paul and I met in 1986 and after our first date I went home and told my mother that this was the man I was going to marry. We both knew this was it, Paul and I. We dated for three months, then he went on a work assignment in California for several months. We wrote letters, called, and he flew me out there to stay for a week in Santa Barbara. When he returned, we continued to date and enjoy all the wonderfulness of a new, happy relationship for about a year. 

It was at that time I decided I would go back to finish college in Tampa. He was in Cocoa Beach. 
We did the whole long-distance relationship thing for a year. It was going well. 

But then Paul decided he needed to sell everything he owned, bought a VW van, and hit the road.
I suppose you could say he needed to "find himself." He purchased a blue one with the white pop-up top. He had a little sink and counter in there, and a bed. It was pretty cool, I had to admit. He packed all of his belongings in there and off he went.

He told me it didn't mean things were over between us. 
It was just something he had to do. 
I was heartbroken. 

He traveled across country, stopping to see friends along the way, to see his family, and finally to settle in Wichita, Kansas with the hope of starting a business. He flew me out there for a visit. It was great, but I returned to Florida and he stayed in Kansas. 

We continued to write letters because it was getting more difficult to talk on the phone, we missed each other so much. Finally when things didn't look like they were happening with his business plan, he moved on and traveled to California where he eventually took a job for about a year. 

About that time, Paul finally came to his senses and decided what he needed was me. He returned to Florida and we were engaged shortly after and then married a year later. 
We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this May. 

Daytona Beach, 1988. 
(Yep, that's me in the high-cut bathing suit. Thank goodness the photo is blurry.)

Friday, January 21, 2022

Beautiful Blooms Watercolor Cards

Hate to fussy cut? I've got just the thing for you. Today I'm sharing some pretty cards I made yesterday while playing with the Beautiful Blooms stamps and coordinating dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I've got a short video sharing the process if you want to check it out below. As you'll see in the video, these are all on sale until Jan. 26th including the watercolor pallet. I'll put a link to those I've used at the bottom of this post, but just know there are a total of 17 of these fantastic sets! Just visit their website to see them all. Here's a look at the cards I made in the video. Thanks for popping in today!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Let It Bee Mini Album Tutorial

Hello again my creative friends. Have you seen the lovely new Let It Bee collection coming out from Graphic 45? While it's not quite available yet, it will be soon, so I've created some samples to get you excited for this fabulous release. After posting on social media, I got so many requests for a tutorial for the mini album that I made a quick video tutorial for you which you can find below.

But first, I've created this slimline card and embellished with the Graphic 45 matte pearl gems. 

I had only the 12 x 12 papers to work with for all the samples, so I used some dies as well. Here I've used Graphic 45's Folder and Sentiment Dies set for the Happy Birthday and the heart on the inside of the slimline card.

Next I created this simple tag using one of Graphic 45's regular black tags, their Regular Tag and Gears Die, and more of the matte pearl gems. Fussy cutting those sunflowers is so relaxing and adds so much to the background of this tag.

Finally is this little mini album made with Graphic 45's Black ATC Tag and Pocket Album, metal handles, and their Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies.

The papers are incredibly beautiful, don't you agree?

This was such a fun little album to create. And so easy! I hope you take a moment to watch the video tutorial where I give you all the measures and some tips to making this. You'll want to make a BUNCH! Thanks in advance for watching. Have a great day!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Get Your Retreat Registration Link Here!

Today's the day! 

You are free to register for our Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat now. 

Here is the official link

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Fun in Florida Planner Pages

Hello again. Just a quick post here to tell you I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today sharing some fun planner pages from my weekend trip to Florida last Spring. Like many of you, I'm trying my best to catch up on my personal scrapbooking from last year before we get too far into THIS year.

For more photos, descriptions, close-ups and details on these pages, hop on over to the ECD blog to check it all out. You'll also find all the links to every product I've used when you get there.

(Note: as an affiliate with ECD, I get a small commission on the sale of any item you purchase from my links. Thank you in advance.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Retreat Registration Tips


It's almost here! Our Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat registration is this Saturday, January 15th, and we want to make sure you are ready and get registered without any trouble. So here are some helpful tips...

1. Please read the post prior to this one. It's filled with all the details you need. I've updated a few points since the initial post, so make sure you take another quick look.

2. Be ready on your computer (or device) to register at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Check this handy Time Zone Converter if you aren't sure what time this is in your area.  

**NOTE: Any registrations that come in before the 10:00 time stamp will not be accepted even if the website lets you register, so please wait until the proper time.**

3. On Saturday, a few minutes before 10:00, I will post the link to register here on my blog and on all my social media platforms as will Els and Terri. Then it'll be time to complete your registration! You will be paying the full amount using a credit card. If you prefer to pay a different way, there will be other options like Apple Pay and Google Pay, to name a few, or you can message Terri if you need to pay by other means. Her contact information will be on the registration page.

4. After you've registered successfully, you will receive an e-mail confirmation at which time we will add you to our private Facebook Group where you can introduce yourself to all the other guests, ask questions, share stories, etc. 

5. Those of you requesting roommates, each of you needs to do your own registrations independently, so be sure to try and register around the same time to ensure you both get in. We don't want one person registering at 10:00 a.m. and the roommate trying to register at 8:00 p.m. We don't know how fast this will fill up, so let's be safe rather than sorry.

We hope you can join us! Good luck this Saturday!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat 2022

After lots of planning, research and number-crunching, we are officially ready to announce all the details for the Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat 2022! 


Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time

We will have an official sign-up website posted on registration day, and will provide the link to that site on our blogs, social media, and everywhere else we can. Check back that day. We are accepting 60 crafters on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DETAILS Join us in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado for an extended weekend of crafting fun, featuring instructors Els van de Burgt with Elizabeth Craft Designs and designer Annette Green. 


A creative get-away with four professional classes taught by Els and Annette. Projects will feature products from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Graphic 45 among a few others. This extended weekend will be filled with creative fun, fantastic food, free-time for relaxing or catching up on projects all in the beautiful setting of the Rocky Mountains. We will have a bonus “paint and sip” acrylic class one evening with our guest mixed-media artist, Terri Ayers, some Gelli-Plate fun with Terri and Els, and a card making station for charity. There will also be prizes throughout the weekend and one super Grand Prize at the end of the event. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone!


Friday, May 27, 2022 6 pm through Tuesday, May 31 2022, 10 am (MST)


Estes Park, Colorado

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Retreat Center

COST - Covers your accommodations, four classes, and all meals and class kits. (Guests are responsible for their own transportation to the event.)  We suggest Estes Park shuttle service with a round trip cost of $115.

Shared room with one other guest $ 925 (per guest)

Single room (very limited number of these) $1225 per guest

Room choice will be assigned to you, and availability will be on a first-come first-serve basis, and limited to 60 crafters. During registration, you can specify the name of your requested roommate (if you have one). If you don’t, we will assign roommates later.

All reservations are subject to a $250 cancellation fee. In the event you have to cancel, and we can fill your vacated spot, you will be reimbursed the total minus the $250 cancellation fee. If we can’t fill your spot, you will receive your class kits and receive no refund. (No worries, it’s likely we CAN fill your spot, unless you cancel very close to the event date.)

If you are registered for a Shared Room and your roommate cancels, we will do our best to help you fill that spot. You may have another friend register with us to replace them, or if we have a waiting list, we will work from that to help you.

SCHEDULE (More detailed schedule to come) 

Friday evening, Meet & Greet , delicious buffet, jam-packed goody bag, and some “get to know you” fun

Saturday: Morning class with Els, afternoon free time, and evening Paint and Sip with Terri

Sunday: Morning class with Annette and afternoon class with Els

Monday: Morning class with Annette and bonus Gelli-Plate fun with Terri and Els in the evening

Tuesday: breakfast then check out

Throughout the weekend, we will have a card making station to make cards for charity.

NOTE: At this time, all guests will be required to wear a face mask while inside the buildings at the retreat center. We strongly urge that our guests be vaccinated as well.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I'll be sure to answer right away. Thanks!