Take Life by the Horns

We decided to change things up for this post.  Rather than our usual card tutorial, we took an 8×8 card idea and made it into a DIY home décor item. It’d also be great in a dorm or office!  The theme of this piece is dedicated to Ms. Elizabeth John (a.k.a. Love from Lizi) who has truly taken life by the horns and started a successful business on her own.

To start with, we took white card stock and cut it into an 8×8 piece to form the base.  We then cut a piece of fun foam into an 8×8 square and layered it on top of a Crafters’ Companion construction cardstock base to give the piece some depth.  The final step of this first stage of the project was to cut a piece of the pretty and unique stag pattern paper from the Love from Lizi February kit into an 8×8 square.  The picture below shows us adhering the paper the fun foam:

Next we used a corner die to cut purple glitter paper from the Love from Lizi February kit into two corner pieces.  We then adhered them to two diagonally opposing corners as shown below.


We continued by adding gold peel off sticker letters from the Love from Lizi December kit to form the words “Take Life by the Horns”. We highlighted the letters using a black fine tip Sharpie and bracketed the word “Life” with two horns that were hand cut from scraps of purple glitter paper.  Next we added Antique Rose Nuvo drops from the January Love from Lizi kit in the cut outs of each corner piece and then Pale Gold, Pink Champaign, Antique Rose, Rosewater, and Golden Sunset Nuvo drops throughout the flower centers of the paper. Just have fun adding little dots – pink and gold colors help make everything pop with color and a dimension.

We added 3 butterflies that were made by fussy cutting paper from the February Lizi kit and then layering them up to add dimension. (We did 2-3 layers per butterfly but 1 is just fine, too!) We gave them a finishing touch by adding gemstones in the center from the November 2016 kit – the last bling survivors from that kit!

Finally, we punched two holes at the top of the piece and used our Crop-a-dile to inset two metal grommets.  We finished by cutting to length some ribbon from the February Lizi kit to use to hang the piece.

To get future Love from Lizi kits or to buy individual elements to make projects similar to the one above, please visit the Love from Lizi store by clicking the link below:


Lastly, Lizi is sponsoring a blog hop of which this blog is a part – #LFLMarBlogHop .  She is giving away a free kit or 20 British pounds to spend in her store.  To enter for a chance to win please leave a comment on this blog and all other participating blogs on the list below.

Love From Lizi – https://lovefromliziblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/lfl-spring-blog-hop/


Crafty not Shifty – https://craftynotshifty.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/spring-has-sprung-love-from-lizi-blog-hop-giveaway


Caren With A C – http://carenwithac.com/2017/03/01/love-from-lizi-march-blog-hop/


Handmade By Renuka – http://handmadebyrenuka.blogspot.com/2017/03/3d-frame-card-tribute-to-all-3-love.html


The Little Craft Cave – http://thelittlecraftcave.blogspot.com/2017/03/spring-has-sprung-love-from-lizi-march.html


Ricaura Creations – https://ricauracreations.wordpress.com/


Crazy Paper Chick – https://crazypaperchick.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/love-from-lizi-march-blog-hop-spring-themed/

We strongly encourage you to visit all the blogs because you will find some great projects by some very talented Designers & Guest Designers there.  Stay crafty my friends!




65 thoughts on “Take Life by the Horns

  1. What great wall art, and a great take charge saying. I love this idea, that paper is the reason i bought the kit from love from lizi. Very inspirational!!!


  2. What a great idea for using that stag paper, it certainly says ‘spring’, I have not used mine yet because I don’t like to cut it you have now given me an idea, thanks for the inspiration.
    Di Brown


  3. What a great way to save the paper! The embellishments definitely made this card more beautiful. Lizi has chosen her papers well.


  4. Absolutely LOVE this as I am taking life by the horns. I am currently fighting cancer and crafts are so therapeutic for me. I have fallen in love with Love from Lizzy! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing and this amazing opportunity to win! Big hugs!


  5. I adore this decor project!!! I especially love the sentiment & the purple corner die cuts! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely creation!!!


  6. This was one of my favorite papers to use from the February card kit. You did a beautiful job, just love it.


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