n*Studio | Return to the Light

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The n*Studio Creative Squad can’t wait for the days to get longer again. This month’s theme is Return to the Light and today it’s my turn on the n*Studio blog!

Here’s a sneak peek at my project in progress:

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Return to the Light // DIY Votive Candle Holder

Check out what I created, including the step-by-step tutorial over on Nathalie’s blog.

And whilst you are over there, you might also want to check out the Creative JumpStart page, if you haven’t yet. Only 12 more days until we start with this one-of-a-kind creative online event!

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this card inspired by a couple of pretty stained glass windows!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Creating this card was a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle, so if you like to puzzle, then you’ll love creating this card!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Here are the steps to create it:

 

1. Back one piece of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Use it to die-cut two outlines with the Pebbles die.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

2. Cut a rectangle of 4 x 5.25 inch Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock. Adhere the Pebbles outlines to the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

I ‘found’ two hearts in the die-cut. I made sure those two hearts would take centre stage and then I filled the rest of the card with random parts of the Pebbles outline.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

3. Back several different colours of Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I chose green, blue, yellow, silver and two shades of red for my card.

This project is perfect for using up Shimmer Sheetz scraps!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Die-cut the Shimmer Sheetz with the Pebbles die. You need to use the Metal Adaptor Plate or a Precision Base Plate to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

4. Piece the ‘stained glass’ together. Start by filling the ‘hearts’ with red shades and then fill the rest of the Pebbles outlines alternating colours.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

5. Ink the edges of the Pebbles outlines and the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink. This makes the black even deeper, hides any visible white edges and it makes the Shimmer Sheetz stand out more.

After inking, carefully wipe any excess ink off the Shimmer Sheetz with a soft cloth.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

6. Take the 3.75 x 5 inch Fitted Rectangle and die-cut the stained glass card into a neat and tidy rectangle.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

7. Die-cut the slightly bigger 4 x 5,25 inch Stitched Rectangle out of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock and ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Adhere the stained glass card on top of the Stitched Rectangle card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and then adhere them to a 4.12 x 5.5 inch folded note card, also cut from a sheet of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pebbles Stained Glass Hearts Card

I love how this card turned out. The supershiny Shimmer Sheetz really looks stunning against the black velvet texture of the cardstock.

What figures can you find in the Pebbles die? My husband told me he could see a cat!

Happy crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Fitted Rectangles
Stitched Rectangles
Pebbles
Shimmer Sheetz
Soft Finish Cardstock, Rich Black
Cuttlebug and Big Shot Metal Adaptor Plate
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 3mm
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm

Other:
Black Soot Distress Ink (Ranger)
Ink blending tool
Craft mat

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Happy Easter Eggs Card

Hi there! I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this clean and simple Easter Eggs card!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

Have you heard? The new coloured Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock has arrived and… it’s so, so beautiful!!!

I had to create something with it right away, otherwise I might hoard it and I’ll end up only petting it every once in a while.

There are so many things I love about this cardstock, but to name just one: it has one coloured and one white side. This means you can do fun things with it, like using the coloured side to cast colourful shadows on a white card!

Steps to create this card:

1 | Precut a 4 x 6 inch double card from a sheet of 12 x 12 inch coloured Soft Finish Cardstock and a single card slightly smaller than 4 x 6 inches from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

2 | Select 5 different colours of Soft Finish Cardstock. Use the smallest egg from the Easter Eggs set to die-cut 5 different coloured eggs, placing the tiny heart from the Hot Air Balloons set inside the egg die.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

3 | Take the white single card and hand letter your sentiment onto it with a black fineliner. Or you can use letter dies, alphabet stamps or a sentiment stamp and black ink!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

4 | Add foam tape or foam dots to the coloured side of the Soft Finish Cardstock eggs. I recommend using a foam tape that’s at least 1/8 inch thick.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

5 | Remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the eggs above the sentiment on the white card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

6 | Machine stitch a border around the white card. Secure any loose threads with tape to the back of the card.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

7 | Adhere the white card to the front of the coloured double card using strips of Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

You can adapt this idea and use it on gift tags, scrapbook pages and cards for any occasion. Just change the dies and the sentiment and you’re good to go!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Easter Eggs Card

I can’t wait to see what you create with the new coloured Soft Finish Cardstock!

Happy crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Easter Eggs
Hot Air Balloons
Soft Finish Cardstock – White
Soft Finish Cardstock – Bluebelle
Soft Finish Cardstock – Spring Green
Soft Finish Cardstock – Sunflower
Soft Finish Cardstock – Bright Orange
Soft Finish Cardstock – Rosebud
Soft Finish Cardstock – Perfect Pink
Soft Finish Cardstock – Lavender
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 6mm

Other:
Foam tape (minimum thickness 1/8 inch)
Sewing thread
Black fineliner (UniPin 0.3 mm)

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Colourful Fitted Circles

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

I’m over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, sharing this new colourful, vibrant project!

I don’t believe in new years resolutions, but I do choose a word for each year. Just to start the new year with intention. It’s a new chapter after all!

I have thought long and hard about how I want this chapter to feel and I came up with: bright, active, upbeat, happy, buzzing… vibrant. So that’s the word I chose!

I always like to create something that I can look at to remind me of my word throughout the year. I usually create a canvas or a scrapbook page, but this time I decided to add something vibrant and shiny to a shadow box frame!

The idea for it came from these scraps that I had left after die-cutting rainbows with the new Rainbow Sky die set:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

I also happen to be studying the life and works of Sonia Delaunay for the Love Art Happy Life E-course that started January 1st! The shadow box frame is heavily inspired by her Electric Prisms. I love her art and it fits my word so well!

But before I started die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz, I experimented with coloured paper first. It’s a good thing I did, because I found out that a combination of layering and inlaying the pieces worked best for me.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Here are the steps to create the layered, checkered circles:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

1 | Choose the paper/colours you want to use and then the sizes of Fitted Circles you want to layer. I looked at Sonia Delaunay’s work for colour inspiration.

2 | Cut squares of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the size of the Fitted Circles you have decided to layer.

3 | Cut the paper in squares to adhere onto each quarter of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive squares. The paper squares in the photo are huge: you really don’t need that much excess paper!

4 | Position your Fitted Circles dies on top of the paper. The point where all four colours of paper meet, needs to be in the exact middle of the Fitted Circle.
Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

5 | Die-cut the circles.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

6 | Adhere the checkered circles one on top of the other.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

7 | Optional: add leftover Rainbow Sky pieces!

I used the same steps to create the Shimmer Sheetz shadow box frame. I found that I did not need to use the Metal Adaptor Plate this time, but most times I do use a Metal Adaptor Plate for the best results when die-cutting Shimmer Sheetz.

Here’s a look at the result of my experiments:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Colourful Fitted Circles

Happy, vibrant crafting!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1075 Alphabet 2 Lower Case
1117 Fitted Circles (coming soon)
1151 Rainbow Sky (coming soon)
Shimmer Sheetz
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape or Sheet

Other:
Extra deep frame (mine came from local discount store Action and is 6.3″)
Coloured cardstock
Craft foam (black)
Label writer (Dymo)

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Awesome Happy Fun Glitter Lace Technique

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

I don’t know about you, but I always feel the need to mix in some non-seasonal crafting during these last weeks of the year.

This scrapbook page that I’m sharing on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, features Els’s awesome Silk Microfine Glitter and lace technique, that you can apply to both seasonal and non-seasonal projects!

Don’t know what technique I’m talking about? Watch Els demonstrate it in this video on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

Here are the written steps to the lace technique:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page
1 | Take a scrap of cardstock, slightly larger than you think you’ll need for your die-cuts. Adhere some Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to one side of the scrap.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

2 | Remove the backing and cover the sticky with one or more pieces of fine lace. The technique works best with finer types of lace.

3 | Choose two different colours of Silk Microfine Glitter. Take two contrasting colours for the best results: a dark and a light tone or for instance two colours on opposite sides of the colour-wheel.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

4 | Cover the lace with the darkest of the two glitters. Tap off the excess glitter and burnish the remaining glitter into the sticky adhesive sheet.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

The Silk Microfine Glitter will change its sheen while burnishing, so you’ll be able to tell which parts are done and which parts still need further burnishing.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

5 | Remove the lace and repeat the process with the second colour of glitter.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

6 | Die-cut the glittered cardstock with any die 0f choice. I chose the Jewelry Set 1-Sea Glass die set because it’s still one of my all time favourites!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

7 | Add the lace/glitter-embellishments to your scrapbook page or any other project that could benefit from some subtle sparkle!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Glitter Lace Technique // scrapbook page

The base for this page was originally a 12 x 12 patterned scrapbook paper that I monoprinted on using a Gelli Plate, acrylic paints, stamps and stencils!

Happy glittering!

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
508 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64 mm
619 Fuchsia Silk Microfine Glitter
629 Soft Teal Silk Microfine Glitter
954 Jewelry Set 1-Sea Glass

Other:
Lace
Cardstock
Patterned paper (Studio Calico – Picture This)
Gelli Plate
Acrylic paint
Stencils en masks (Carabelle Studio, The Crafters Workshop, Stencil Girl)
Stamps (Stampendous N*Studio – Marks)
Brayer
White pen or marker
Floss (Karen Foster Scrapper’s Floss Spool Carnation)
Wood veneer words (Freckled Fawn – Word Wood Chips)

Elizabeth Craft Designs | Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Do you ever go to a store determined to find something cute and then come back empty-handed because every time you saw something there, you heard this voice in your head saying: ‘I can make that!’ Or: ‘I would totally buy that, if only it would come in another colour’… ?!

Well, it happened to me this week: I went to the garden centre to look at what’s new in Christmas decor and I found a wooden Christmas tree frame with fairy lights that I liked. Except the colours were not to my taste and then I thought: I wonder if I can customize it… Or… maybe I can just make something similar using my dies and Shimmer Sheetz.

Turns out it’s an easy peasy Christmas decor project to make!

Here’s how I created it:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

1 | Get a piece of 3/8 inch square dowel and cut it into three parts to create a triangle shape. Glue the dowel pieces together with wood glue or a strong craft adhesive.

I’m not a wood worker and nor is my husband, but I just told him what I had in mind and he made something up. I don’t think he even measured it! The bottom dowel ended up 6.7 inches and the upright dowels are about 9.45 inches long.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

2 | Paint the tree frame to match your holiday decor!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

3 | Add a wooden building block or something similar to give the tree a trunk.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

4 | Choose three or four colours of Shimmer Sheetz and use Ornament Set 4 to die-cut 5 or 6 ornament shapes.

Remember that you need a Metal Adaptor Plate to be able to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz with intricate dies like the ornament shapes!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

5 | Add Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a scrap of Shimmer Sheetz before you die-cut the little ornament hanger. Remove the protective sheet and stick it on the ornament.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

6 | Wrap a small string of fairy lights around the Christmas tree frame.

I found these micro-LED lights at the garden centre. I didn’t use anything to fix them to the frame, I was able to just bend the wire around the frame and it stayed put on its own.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

7 | Use jump rings to hang the Shimmer Sheetz ornaments on the wire.

I like to use two pliers to bend the jump rings open (like you see in the photo above) and I close the ring (on the wire, with the Shimmer Sheetz ornament attached) by bending it in the exact opposite direction before closing it.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

8 | Find your Christmas tree frame a place in your home and turn on the lights!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Tree Frame with Fairy Lights and Shimmer Sheetz Ornaments

Have a wonderful day!

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
1065 Ornament Set 4
508 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64 mm
Shimmer Sheetz
803 Cuttlebug and Big Shot Metal Adaptor Plate

Other:
3/8 inch Square dowel
Wooden building block
Micro LED fairy lights
Wood glue
Paint
Jump rings