Friday, April 21, 2017

Love & Happiness Wall Hanging

I'm up on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today sharing my beautiful Love & Happiness Wall Hanging. I've created this beautiful wall hanging as a fabulous addition to your home decor. 




You'll want to make sure your way over to Elizabeth Crafts Designs Blog to read all about how I created my Love & Happiness Wall Hanging, so that you can recreate it at home. 


- Katelyn



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A True Lady Gift Box

Today I'm excited to share with you my A True Lady Gift Box that's up on the Graphic 45 blog which features a variety of Staples and Portrait of a Lady collection. My gift box is perfect to put that special gift in to give to that special woman in your life for either Mother's Day or a Birthday. You'll want to make sure to head over to Graphic 45's blog to check out the rest of the photos of my project as well as check out Magda's fabulous project.


Our challenge this month with Graphic 45 was to upcycle something that you may throw out. Upcycling has become a big trend now and it allows you to transform an old piece you may throw out into something beautiful. I hope you enjoy all the photos and are inspired to choose a piece to upcycle at home.

Here's how my gift box started.


Tip: If your box is tight when closing and opening it, adhere washi tape in the corners to help prevent ruining the corners of the patterned paper.


Tip: Add claw feet to the bottom of the box to give it some extra character.


These are just a few of the photos from my A True Lady Gift Box. To see more pictures of my upcycled box, you'll want to head over to Graphic 45's blog.

Supplies Used:

Portrait of a Lady 12x12 papers: Isabella, Josephine, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Victoria and Blanche
- Portrait of a Lady Journaling Chipboard and Cardstock Stickers
- Staples: Ornate Metal Label Holder, Washi Tape and Antique Brass Claw Feet

Other Supplies Used:


- Ranger Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool/Foam
- Trim: White Flower Lace
- Liquid Glue
- Sookwang Tape
- Foam Squares and Glue Dots
- Paper Trimmer, Scissors and Edge Distressor

- Katelyn









Monday, April 17, 2017

Any Occasion Tags

I'm up on the Creative Scrapbooker Blog today as a guest blogger sharing my Any Occasion Tags featuring Fab Scraps, Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, Southern Ridge Trading Company and Ranger Ink products. 


You'll want to make sure to head over to the Creative Scrapbooker Blog to read all about how I created my Any Occasion tags, so that you can recreate it at home.

- Katelyn




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Any Occasion Gatefold Card

Happy Easter! With it being a long weekend, I was able to play a bit in my craftroom. With Mother's Day right around the corner as well as a few birthdays in the month of May, I thought I would give the Gatefold - Elegant Rose die from Elizabeth Craft Designs a try. I have to say, this is one is one of my new favourite dies as the final project looks fantastic and doesn't take a long time to create. So, today I have an Any Occasion Gatefold card as well as a tutorial below for you so that you can recreate my beautiful Any Occasion Gatefold Card at home. 


To start, cut a piece of Super Stock cardstock that measures 5 1/2" x 5 5/8". Using an edge distressor, distress the edges of the cardstock. With the edges distress, use a blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of the cardstock.


Cut a piece of navy blue patterned paper that measures 5 1/2" x 5 5/8".  Using an edge distressor, distress the edges of the navy blue patterned paper. With the edges distress, use a blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of the navy blue patterned paper.


Using the Stitched Square dies, die cut the 4 1/4" stitched square out of cream patterned paper and the 4 3/4" stitched square out of pink/white polka dot patterned paper. Using an edge distressor, distress the edges of both stitched squares. With the edges distress, use a blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of both stitched squares.


With the paper cut for the inside and base of your card, now it's time to start the die cutting.

To start, place the Gatefold - Elegant Rose die 1/4" from the left hand side of your patterned paper and run it through your die cutting machine. Take the Gatefold - Elegant Rose again a place it this time 1/4" from the right hand side of your patterned paper and run it through your die cutting. Note: You'll want to make sure that part of your shim involves a metal plate, that way the die's detail gets completely cut out.


Once the Gatefold pieces have been cut, trace each gatefold piece onto a piece of turquoise patterned paper. Cut the traced pieces out. Ink the edges of the cut out gatefold pieces using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die, die cut the 1 1/2" dotted scallop circle out of cream patterned paper and the 2" dotted scallop circle out of pink patterned paper. Ink the edges of the dotted scallop circles use a blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


From the Curvy Leaves die, die cut one - three leaves leaf out of Super Stock cardstock. Using a blending tool and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink over the entire leaf. Shape the leaves using the leaf tool and leaf pad.


Using the Bunch of Flowers 3, die cut the flowers three times using pink patterned paper, navy blue patterned paper and turquoise/white dot patterned paper. Ink the edges of the small pink, medium turquoise and large navy blue flowers using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 


Start by adhering the small pink flower to the medium turquoise flower. Adhere the medium turquoise flower to the large navy flower. To finish off the center of the flower, add a white pearl. Adhere the three - leaves leaf to the right hand side of the flower.


With the flowers still out, adhere the small turquoise flower to the medium navy blue flower. Adhere the medium navy blue flower to the large pink flower. To finish the center of the flower, add a white pearl. 


Adhere the 5 1/2" x 5 5/8" piece of navy blue patterned paper to the 5 1/2" x 5 5/8" super stock cardstock piece.


Adhere the cream stitched square to the white/pink dot patterned paper. Adhere the white/pink dot patterned paper to the middle of the navy blue patterned paper.


Adhere the two turquoise pieces in behind the two die cut gatefold - elegant roses pieces. With the turquoise pieces adhered, fold along the fold line on the sides of the gatefold - elegant roses pieces.  Ink the edges of the gatefold pieces using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Apply adhesive on the inside of the flap of the gatefold piece and adhere the flap of the panel to the left hand side of the card base, making sure that the folded edge sits on the back side of the cardbase. Apply adhesive on the inside of the flap of the gatefold piece and adhere the flap of the panel to the right hand side of the card base, making sure that the folded edge sits on the back side of the cardbase.


Adhere the small cream dotted scallop circle to the medium pink dotted scallop circle. Apply adhesive to the right hand side of the medium pink dotted scallop circle and adhere half of the circle to the right hand side of the gatefold.


Adhere the flower with the leaf to the middle of the cream dotted scallop circle.


To finish the inside of the card, adhere the other flower in the bottom right hand corner of the cream stitched square.


Here are some photos of my finished Any Occasion Gatefold Card.




Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I've inspired you to re-create my Any Occasion Gatefold Card at home.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:


Other Products Used:

- Graphic 45: Cafe Parisian - 12x12 Patterns/Solids, Upper Crust and Creme de la Creme
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Blending Tool/Foam
- Creative Scrapbooker/Cathie Allan: Super Stock
- Melissa Frances: Pearls

- Katelyn

























Saturday, April 15, 2017

Portrait of a Lady Sneak Peek


I hope that you're having a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends. I just wanted to quickly share with you a sneak peek of a new project that will be on Graphic 45's blog. You'll want to mark your calendars for Wednesday, April. 19th. I hope that you'll take the time to stop by the Graphic 45 blog and check out all the photos of my project as well as check out Magda's beautiful project. I will be sharing some photos and other details about this project on my blog on Wednesday.

- Katelyn


Friday, April 14, 2017

Family Wall Hanging

I'm on the Southern Ridge Trading blog today sharing with you some beautiful everyday home decor. With home decor on my mind lately,  I created this beautiful Family Wall Hanging piece that's sure to inspire you to want to recreate it at home.


Make sure to head over to the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog so that you can learn all about how I transformed the chipboard pieces for my Family Wall Hanging.

- Katelyn

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Glitter Background - Die Cut Team Challenge

Today we're kicking off a new design team challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  For April it's all about glittery backgrounds, so all of the design team members on the die cut team were challenged to create a glittery background featuring Silk Microfine Glitter. With the challenge in mind, I created a masculine Happy Birthday card featuring a few of the Silk Microfine Glitter and dies from Moda Scrap, Joset Designs and Els van de Burgt Studio. You'll want to read below as I have a tutorial for you so that you can re-create my Happy Birthday Card at home as well as at the end of the post we are giving away a fabulous prize from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


To start, you'll need to cut two pieces of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". You'll also need to cut two pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive that also measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". With your pieces cut, start by peeling off the back of one of the double sided adhesive pieces and adhere it to one of the white soft finish cardstock pieces. With the adhesive on one of the pieces of white finish cardstock, peel off the top paper of the adhesive and adhere the second piece of white soft finish cardstock overtop of the adhesive piece. Take the back off the last adhesive piece and adhere to the white soft finish cardstock. Make sure the top paper piece on the adhesive sheet remains on top of the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Thanks Jessie Hurley for sharing this technique with me.


Using the Diamond Background die, die cut the background on the cardstock and adhesive sandwich. Once the sandwich has been run through, peel off the tape on the adhesive on all the straight lines, leaving the diamonds still taped. 


Sprinkle Chocolate Silk Microfine glitter over the now exposed adhesive parts on your background. Tap off the excess powder and then burnish the glitter with your finger. To get rid of the excess glitter clinging to the diamond areas, use a swiffer duster to pick up the excess glitter.


With the chocolate glitter now on your background. It's time to remove the diamond shaped tape pieces. Sprinkle White Silk Microfine glitter over the now exposed adhesive parts on your background. Tap off the excess powder and then burnish the glitter with your finger. 


With the glittery background now finished, use the Pair of Leaves 2 die to die cut both leaves out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool and foam, blend Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink over the wider leaf.


Using the Pair of Leaves 1 die, die cut the smaller leaf out of Soft White Finish Cardstock.


Using the Stitched Circle die, die cut the 2 1/2" stitched circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. With the circle cut out, apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the Happy Birthday Sentiment. Stamp the sentiment onto the middle of the circle. Using the Stitched Circle die, die cut the 3" stitched circle out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool and foam, blend Ground Espresso Distress Ink over the entire surface of the 3" stitched circle. With the circles finished, distress the edges of the circles and then ink the edges of the circles using Ground Espresso Distress Ink.


Using the Arrow die, die cut which ever arrow you'd like out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Once the arrow has been cut out, cut the arrow down to 2 3/4". With the arrow cut down, using a blending tool and foam, blend Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the arrow.


Using the Feathers die, die cut the small and medium feathers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool and foam, blend Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks over top of both feathers. With the ink on the feathers, lightly spritz the feathers with water. Dry the water with a heat tool. Using a blending tool and foam, lightly blend Ground Espresso Distress Ink over each feather. 


Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiment circle to the Ground Espresso circle. Foam square the circles to the middle of the card front.


Adhere the arrow underneath the Happy Birthday Sentiment.


On the right hand side of the circles, adhere the leaves and feathers in a bunch as desired. To finish off the bottom of the feathers, add a small twine bow. Once your feathers have been adhered, push the sides of the feathers together to give a bit of extra dimension. 


Cut a piece of Soft White Finish Cardstock that measures 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2". Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.


Here are a few close up photos of my finish Happy Birthday card.




Thanks for joining me today! Make sure to head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to check out the rest of the team's wonderful creations. I hope that I've inspired you to re-create my Happy Birthday card at home.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs have another designer challenge giveaway for you. We are giving away "3 x 1/2 oz containers of Silk Microfine Glitter in the colours of your choice"  to 3 winners. 

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What is your favorite technique using Silk Microfine Glitter”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 7 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:


Other Products Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Feathers - Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides Ink & Ground Espresso Distress Ink, Arrow - Vintage Photo Distress Oxides Ink, Leaf - Vintage Photo Distress Oxides Ink & 3" Stitched Circle - Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Blending Tool & Foam
- Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink: Potting Soil Archival Ink
- Twine

- Katelyn