Noel Pines

2017-11-10 Noel Pines 1

Welcome to my blog all you crafty friends – thanks for stopping by today.

It is time again for another challenge for Susan’s Garden Design Team and this month the challenge is to use red, green and gold in our design so I have chosen to do a Christmas card.    My card today is based on what I use for holiday decor around my house and I am a lover of rustic and primitive.  This wooden crate filled with pine boughs and red berry branches is what you would find adorning my deck.

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For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 
To enter simply answer the question on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post.
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, December 13th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Here is how card was created.

Card Base:

Cut Forest Green Soft Finish Cardstock 7″ X 11″ score at 5-1/2″ fold on score line.  Ink all edges using Pine Needles Distress Ink.

Cut red cardstock 6-3/4″ X 5-1/4″ ink edges with Distress Ink color will be whatever red matches your red cardstock.  Attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Cut Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz 5″ X 6-1/2″ (Note:  a little trick to save on your Shimmer Sheetz cut center out of it using a rectangle die or your cutter if you don’t have a rectangle die  just make sure that you cut it a little smaller than the white piece of cardstock).  Attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 6″ X 4-1/2″ adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Using Susan’s new Garden Notes Wooden Fruit Crate die cut 1 from brown cardstock and 1 from wood grain patterned paper that has Clear Double Adhesive on the back. (Els Through the Lens – Wood Series used here)  Adhere the wood grain crate to brown crate.  Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive on only the outer edges of crate attach crate to card front in lower left corner.

From brown cardstock cut 3-4 berry branches using Els van de Burgt Berry Branch die.  Add red berries to branches using either a red Nuvo Crystal Drops or Red Pearl Pen which is what was used here.  I did berries on both sides like Susan does as it make them look so real.  Set these aside to dry.

Next cut your pine boughs using Susan’s Garden Notes White Pine Boughs and Pinecone set and green cardstock.  I cut a bunch of them as I wanted the box full and if any are left you have them for another project.  Shade a bit with distress ink then pinch up on needles to give some dimension.  Fill your crate with your pine boughs using Kids Choice Glue to attach (I would be careful using too much glue as you need to tuck your berry branches in among the boughs).  Once your berry branches are dry add them to crate again using Kids Choice Glue.  You will want to cut some of them apart to tuck in smaller areas.  Add bow which was made from 1/8″ gold ribbon.

Using Suzanne Cannons – A Way With Words – Noel cut 1 from Metallic Gold Shimmer Sheetz using metal adapter plate (this is when you can use piece that was cut from center of your mat) and 1 from black cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere the black Noel to gold Noel offsetting ever so slightly.  Adhere to card front using Kids Choice Glue.

Using white drying glue add to areas that you want to look like a lite snow has fallen then sprinkle Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over glue tap off excess and let dry.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial today and it has inspired you to go create.

Be sure to go to Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to enter for a chance to win a prize.

Below are all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used to make this card and they are all linked to the website so just click on them.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!


Other Supplies

Red, brown , black and green cardstock

Red Pearl Pen

White Drying Glue

1/8″ Gold Ribbon

Hearts & Tulips


Hello my crafty friends!  Today I am posting a card I made using one of eight of Susan’s new dies that have just been released.  Today I chose to use the Tulip 2 of this new group since we are all wishing for Spring about now.  Along with this new die  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Shimmer Sheetz and Els van de Burgt Studio Heart Background die.  The picture does not show how pretty the Shimmer Sheetz looks it is really hard to take photos of it to do it justice.

Although I am using this card as a sympathy card it certainly could be used for a valentine or birthday card by changing the sentiment and put a whole heart on it.

Here is how this card was created.

Start with white card base 4-1/4″ X 5-1/2″

  1.  Die cut Raspberry Shimmer Metal Sheetz with Heart Background die making sure to use metal adapter plate to insure complete cutting.  This cut out will measure 4″ X 5-1/4″.  Cut White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz 4″ X 5-1/4″ (it fits exactly behind heart background).  Using Kids Choice Glue attach heart background to white iridescent piece. ( I placed something heavy on top to hold it down until dry).
  2.   Cut 3 tulips using White Soft Finish 85# Cardstock (1 of 4 petal and 1 of 2 petal pieces for each tulip) .  Color 2 of them with pink PanPastels Kit 1 shade base and edge with Magenta PanPastel Kit 1.  Shade 1 with Bright Yellow Green PanPastel Kit 1 at the base of all petals.  Lay petals on molding mat right side up using large loop tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit shape petals by pulling loop tool down each petal from tip to center pushing down quite hard to make petals curl up.  Use medium ball tool push down in the center of both pieces cupping up.  Using Kids Choice Glue offset the 2 pieces and glue together.  Take the sun shaped piece cut from green cardstock place down on molding mat push down in center with med ball tool.  glue into center of petals.  Cut stamen from yellow cardstock roll up dip tips into glue then into black pollen.  Glue into center of tulip.
  3. Cut stems and leaves from green cardstock (I cut everything twice for each tulip).  Using green ink  (Crushed Olive Distress Ink used here) add shading to all leaves and 3 stems.  Lay face down on leaf pad  take leaf tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit put stem lines in 3 stems and all leaves. Turn leaves over adding vein lines on each side of stem line.   Gently fold back on stem line add Bright Yellow Green PanPastels.  Pinch leaves together hold face down on molding mat rub end with medium ball tool to curve back.  Take stem that has stem line in it glue on top of plain stem do this for 3 tulips.  Kids Choice Glue was used to glue stems together.
  4. Cut heart from White Soft Finish Cardstock using one of Els van de Burgt Studio’s new heart dies middle size would work best  ( At the time I did not have the heart dies so I took a chipboard heart from my stash traced around it and cut it out).  Cut heart with an Exacto knife with zig zag pattern.  Take right piece emboss using embossing folder of your choice  (Elizabeth Craft Designs Heart Strings Embossing folder used here).  Ink all edges on both pieces using a coordinating ink (Spun Sugar Distress Ink used here)
  5. Using pop dots attach heart to card front leave slight space between pieces of heart.
  6.   Add sentiment to left section of heart.  I used Peel Off Stickers for sentiment but you could also stamp it on which you would do before you attach heart to card.
  7. Add tulips to right of heart using Kids Choice Glue.  Add leaves and small bow.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Susan’s Garden Notes – Tulip 2

Els van de Burgt – Heart Background

Embossing Folder – Heart Strings

Shimmer Sheetz – Raspberry Metallic

Shimmer Sheetz – White Iridescent

White Soft Finish Cardstock 85#

Susan’s PanPastels Kit 1

Peel Off Stickers – Thinking of You

Kids Choice Glue

Molding Pad

Susan’s Garden 4 pc Tool Kit

Leaf Pad

Other Supplies:

Green Cardstock

Distress Inks – Crushed Olive & Spun Sugar


I do hope that my tutorial today has been helpful and has inspired you to make your own card.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their great products.

Until next time…………

Happy Crafting!