Susan’s Design Team Challenge for December


Hi there! So this month the Susan’s Design Team at Elizabeth Craft Designs was challenged to create a card using green, red and white with either gold or silver. I decided to keep the holiday theme going, so here is a Christmas card using Susan’s carnations as the focal point and lots of my favourite greenery to give it a finishing touch. Add a gold Noel and there you have it.

Be sure to head over to the Elizabeth Craft Blog for your chance to win a $20 gift card!  All you need to do is answer the question: “What Susan’s Garden products would you like to find under your Christmas tree this year?” for your chance to win. Here’s the link…Good Luck!




So here’s how the card came together:

  1. Cut a piece of 100lb, white Soft Finish cardstock to 10×7 inches score and fold to create a 5×7 inch  top fold card.
  2. Using the largest of the stitched rectangle dies, cut a piece of gold paper. Using clear double sided adhesive, center and attach to the front of the card.
  3. Cut Suzanne Cannon’s Noel from a piece of the same gold paper that has been backed with clear Double Sided Adhesive. Set aside
  4. Using the second largest of the stitched rectangles, cut a piece of white, 85lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere to the center of the card front.
  5. Cut the Berry Branches die once or twice and colour with Copic markers. Add the berries using Pearl White Perfect Pearls. Set aside to dry.
  6. Use the Wooden Wreath die to cut a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock. Colour with Copic Markers. Shape using Susan’s tools and leaf mat to give dimension. Using Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere to the center of the card front leaving the branch tips loose.
  7. Using the White pine Branches and Pine Cone set, Cut 2 each of the branches and colour with Copics. Shape and adhere to the wreath. See the photo for placement.
  8. Cut each piece of the the Ivy leaf die twice. Colour and shape. Adhere to the card front using Kids Choice glue.
  9. Make the carnations by cutting, for each flower, the large petal pieces twice and one each of the other pieces. For the solid red flower colour with a red Copic marker. For the red flower with the darker edge use the same red and then touch the edges with a darker red. For the white flower touch the edges with the red marker. Shape using Susan’s tools and the molding mat. Assemble directly onto the card front using Kid’s Choice Glue.IMG_1989
  10. Tuck in and glue pieces of the Berry Branch as shown in the photo.
  11. Adhere the Noel according to the photo.IMG_1997

So glad you stopped by. Don’t forget to head over to the Elizabeth Craft Blog for a chance to win.








White and Silver Christmas card and gift tags


So… if you are anything like me you’ve left making cards just a little too long and now you need to hurry.  Today I have for you a quick and easy card for Christmas using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and a Stamp from Hero Arts. As well, using the left over cut-outs, I’ve created some bonus tags for my gift giving! All the supplies will be listed at the end of the post. Lets get started.

Start off by making a 5.5 x 4.25 inch card base from white cardstock. I used my favourite Elizabeth Craft Soft Finish cardstock in 100lb weight. Set this aside.

Then I used the middle sized rectangle from Elizabeth Craft – Stitched Rectangles  and the tree from the Reindeer set from Elizabeth Craft. I cut them at the same time from 85lb Soft Finish cardstock.


Once this piece is cut I lined the back with silver mirror card. Then from the same Reindeer die set I cut the reindeer from Silver glitter paper which I backed with Elizabeth Craft Clear Double Sided adhesive.



I peel the backing from the reindeer and adhered it to the tree panel. See the photo for placement.

I added a greeting  from Hero Arts to the card front and attached the tree panel using foam tape.


Now all you need to do is repeat till you have all the cards you need!

Of course now you’ll have a whole lot of lovely tree cut outs. I used them to create tags for my gifts.

I used the Elizabeth Craft Tags and More 2 – Deco tag die set. I cut a 3.25×5 inch piece of Soft Finish cardstock from which to cut my tag. For the green tag I used a Carta Bella embossing folder. I used Picket Fence Distress ink to ink the embossed side of the folder before running it through the Big Shot. I then added 2 trees, one adhered flat against the tag and one adhered using 3d foam tape for dimension. For the white tag, I used the same embossing folder as is. Again adding the 2 trees. I added the tag details from the die set and voila! Add ribbon and you’re done!


Supplies Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

  • Stitched Rectangles – 1120
  • Reindeer – 1408
  • Tags and More- Deco – 952
  • White Soft Finish Cardstock 85lb and 100lb
  • Clea Double Sided Adhesive

Hero Arts:

Poly Clear Stamps – CL-543

Tim Holtz:

Distress Ink – Picket Fence


  • Silver glitter paper
  • Silver mirror cardstock
  • Green Cardstock
  • Ribbon



Poinsettia Window


I love Christmas cards! I love receiving them and making them gives me a chance to sit and think about the people for whom I’m making them. I can add a private wish or take the time to smile at a memory. I love the colours and textures of the season. So here’s the first one for this year! I used the Poinsettia and Square Window and Flower Box dies from Susan Tierny-Cockburn at Elizabeth Craft Designs as my starting point and went from there.

The first ting I did was to cut petals enough for 5 flowers. This means two of each shape per flower. Keeping in mind that the petals are in fat leaves, one needs to be coloured geen and the rest red. I used Copic markers G  and R29.


I used the leaf tool and leaf molding mat to draw the main vein on the wrong side of the leaf, then highlighted that vein with PanPastels Yellow Green.  Then I drew the remaining veins on the right side then used the tweezers and medium ball to shape the leaves.


Using Kids Choice Glue I assembled all the flowers.


The centers of the Poinsettia or bracts are shaped using the small ball stylus on a stamp carving block (or a white eraser). They are then glued into the centers of the poinsettias


I set all these aside to dry and started on my card base.

I folded an 12×6 inch piece of white cardstock to make a 6x6inch card front. Using a 5.5×5.5 piece of Elizabeth Craft Design Through the Lens paper, I covered the card front.

I cut the Square Window and Flower Box  from white 85lb Soft Finish cardstock from Elizabeth Craft and coloured using Copic markers. I cut a piece of green cardstock to fit behind the window frame and then cut the Gatefold-Elegant Roses die from Elizabeth Craft ModaScrap cutting the pieces in half to create the curtains.

Using double sided adhesive I layered the background, “curtains”,window frame and flower box and adhered these to the card front.

Using the White Pine Branches and Pine Cone die I cut the branches three times and coloured them using Copic markers.

I then glued the branches onto the card front using Kids Choice Glue and did the same with the Poinsettias.


This was a fun card to make. the Poinsettia is one of my favourite dies.

Hope you give it a try!


Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

  • Garden Notes Small Poinsettia – 1226
  • Square Window and Flower Box – 1372
  • Garden Notes White Pine Pinecone & Bough – 1091
  • Gatefold – Elegant Roses – 1309
  • 85lb Soft Finish white cardstock
  • 100lb Soft Finish  white cardstock
  • Elizabeth Craft Through the Lens Paper – Wood
  • Susan’s 4-piece tool set
  • Molding pad
  • Leaf Pad
  • Kid’s Choice Glue
  • PanPastels – Set 1

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Copic Markers





Susan’s Garden Design Team Challenge for November


Hi everyone!

Can’t believe the November Challenge is here already. This month the challenge is to use the dies From Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s new releases. Keep reading to see how I put together this card using the Dahlia 2, Black-Eyed Susan, Ladder Fern and Glass Hurricane and Candle dies. A supplies list is at the end.

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 leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post ( and tell us What products from Susan’s new release are at the top of your wish list?”
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, November 17th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
 So here we go!
1.Create a  6×6 inch card base using 100lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Add a 5.75×5.75 inch panel of coloured cardstock. Set aside.
2. Cut the candle from a piece of 85lb Soft Finish Cardstock covered in Double Sided Adhesive. Remove the backing sheet and cover in Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with finger tips. Set Aside.
3. Cut the Hurricane lantern from clear acrylic (I used Silhouette printable clear sticker paper).
4. Position Candle (don’t forget the flame) and Hurricane lamp onto card front and adhere.
5. Cut the ladder Fern dies 3x. Colour using Copic markers and shape them using the leaf shaping tool and a rubber block. Adhere to card front using Kid’s Choice Glue.
6. Cut pieces for the Dahlia: 3 each of the three larger petal pieces, 2 each of the next two petal pieces and 1 of the center stamen piece. Cut 3 sets of leaves and three stem pieces.
Colour using Copic markers.
7. Shape the petals and leaves using Susan’s 4-piece tool kit along with the leaf molding pad and shaping pad.

8. Assemble the flower and position onto card front using Kids Choice Glue.

9. Cut pieces for 3 Black-Eyed Susan’s: 1 piece each per flower. Colour using Copic Markers and shape using tool kit and molding pads.

10. Adhere to card front using Kid’s Choice GlueIMG_1809

11. Cut Suzanne Cannon’s Hugs die. Colour to coordinate with card and adhere to card front.

12. Finish using corner pieces from Corners 1IMG_1818

This one was fun to make!

Remember to check into the Elizabeth Craft Blog for you chance to win a Gift Card!

Elizabeth Craft Supplies used:

1428-Garden Notes-Glass Hurricane and Candle

1414-Garden Notes-Black-Eyed Susan

1417-Garden Notes-Dahlia 2

1304-Sending hugs and Kisses

1124-Corners 1

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

4 Piece Tool Kit

Leaf molding Pad

Molding Pad

85lb Soft Finish Cardstock

100lb Soft Finish Cardstock

Other Supplies:


Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper





Susan’s Design Team Challenge for September-Home Decor


My watermark


Hi everyone! This month’s Susan’s Design Team challenge is to create a Home Decor project using Susan’s dies. Such a great challenge! I chose to create a little memo board, that will be a gift for someone special.


For our Challenge today Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog post and answer this question: What Home Decor items do you like to create to use in your home?

The link is here:

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.




Here’s how I did it!

The project started with a 12″X12″ piece of cork board available at most craft shops. Measure 4″ sections along each edge and attach white gross-grain ribbon using straight pins. Attach the ribbon in a crosswise pattern. Use thumbtacks to hold the intersections. This makes holding notes easier. A simple frame holds it all.


Create the flowers using Susan’s Tierney-Cockburn’s Zinnia, Aster, Queen Anne’s Lace and Sunflower dies. There are videos for each of these on Susan’s YouTube channel. You can find them here:

Place the  blooms according to the image and use Kid’s Choice Glue too fasten.


My watermark

Hope you like!

Be sure to head to the Elizabeth Craft Design Blog to see other challenge  projects and to tell us what you like to make for your home for a chance to win!



Home Is Where The Heart Is

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 leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us “Which dies from Susan’s collection make you think of your home?”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, August 11  on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

One of the things I love the most about the drive to our family cottage Down East in June are the Lupines. They are so bright and vibrant; they just make me happy!


They grow along the sides of roads and in ditches everywhere.

So, for the Susan’s Design Team’s August Challenge “Home is where the Heart is“, I had to give them a try with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Garden Notes – Blue Bonnets/Lupine die as well as the English Cottage 2.

Lupine colours range from pale pink to deep purple and even to a deep almost burgundy red. Mine were coloured with Copic markers on Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock (85lb-230g). To make the flowers you can follow Susan’s YouTube video.


As a setting for my Lupines, I created the English Cottage 2 with the same cardstock using Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Inks. I cut two of the roof sections and coloured the bottom one darker. When gluing them together I offset them just slightly to create a shadow effect for depth.


The background was created using CountryScapes –  Mountains and the largest of the Scalloped Circles. I cut two of the circles. One was coloured a pale blue using Susan’s PanPastel set. The second circle I cut with the Mountains die and coloured with PanPastels. Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive I attached the two together.


Once the pieces were all made I assembled them using Kids Choice Glue and mounted everything on coloured cardstock (6X12 folded in half).

The finished card certainly remind me of a place that has my heart. I hope you have a place just like it!

Don’t forget to go to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to pick your favourite design for a chance to win the gift card!

July 11th – Susan’s Garden Designer Challenge

Susan Tierney-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic and to scale as those flowers we find in nature. For our first challenge let’s celebrate with flowers! Create a card/project anything you want as long as it included one or more Susan’s Garden flowers.
For my card I’ve chosen to use Susan’s Day Lily  as well as the Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer. The beautiful yellow lilies are of Elizabeth Craft Soft Finish Cardstock (85lb) and coloured with Copic markers. They were shaped using Susan’s All Metal 4 piece tool set, the shaping pad and leaf pad. I added Elizabeth Craft Leafy Branch  for added greenery. The background paper is from ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose Collection. Elizabeth Craft Designs Fitted Frames 1 – Lace Rectangles are used for the pretty border. The cup and saucer were shaded with Phthalo Blue Tint from Susan’s PanPastel Kit #2
For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a Susan’s Garden Prize Pack which includes: Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box, Sunflower 2 and an All Metal Tool Kit to 3 winners. 
To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us “What  is your favorite flower from the Garden Notes collection?
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, July 14 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
The products I used:

Happy Graduation!

Peonies always remind me of the end of the school year. We have two lovely plants; a pink one, that my dad gave me when my husband and I bought our first home 30 years ago and another, white, from a neighbour years later. As the school year would come to a close it was always a race to see if the peonies would bloom in time for our children to take a bouquet to their teachers. The great big beautiful blooms are always so pretty.

This year as the end of June approaches, my youngest niece graduates from High School. To celebrate this very special occasion I’ve created a card using the Garden Notes Peony ( 996 ) die from Susan Tierney-Cockburn at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Using Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock I created a card base measuring 5X7 inches (10X7 scored and folded). The folded paper at the bottom is created by first cutting on the diagonal from the bottom left to the top right a 4″X12″ piece of patterned paper. Then scoring at 2,3 5,6 8,9 and 11inches. Fold on the score lines to create an accordion and adhere to card front.

Finish edge with coordinating paper and trim. Create flowers according to Susan’s video.

You can create the flowers directly onto the card front. I finished it with the 724-Best Wishes die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.