A Basket of Flowers For Mom

Mothers deserve special cards. A basket full of roses using Anna Griffin’s new Basket Pop-Up kit and a few tea service pieces from an older Anna Griffin Favorite Tea Embellishments made the perfect card for this special mom.

The envelope was stamped with stamps from Anna Griffin’s Treasury of Stamps and Dies using Stampin’ Up Always Artichoke ink.

Other cards using stamps and papers from Anna Griffin include:

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A Sweet Spring Card

Hi, I’m Sue SK of Ully Cat’s World and a new member of the Dies R Us Design Team.

 This sweet spring card is a z-fold card that when flat fits in an A2 (4 3/8 in x 5 ¾ in) envelope.

It uses two dies – TuttiDesigns Easter Gate and PoppystampsHello Poe Script.

1.  Cut three gates from white cardstock, saving the waste pieces from between the fence pickets to use as fence rail extensions. (See bottom left gate).

2.  Trim arch and left flowers from gate/fence and save off-cuts from second die-cut.  

3.  Trim off areas of gate to make into fence. (Compare right fence to left gate.)

4.  Repeat steps 2 & 3 with third die-cut.

5.  Glue a fence section to each side of gate. Use the waste pieces as fence rail extensions and flowers to glue the pieces together.

 6.  Fold right side of fence as shown. 

7.  Color the flowers, vine and grass using fine tip markers.

8.  Taking one of the waste birds, trim off excess paper from feet and tail. Cut a wing from scrap and glue onto bird. Color bird.

9.  Glue bird’s eye back into gate piece and glue colored bird over bird on gate. Use fine tip pen to add dot to eye. Glue third scrap bird onto back of bird on gate.

10.  Glue the two waste arch/vine pieces to the back of gate arch. (Red outline) Add fence rails as needed to support where fence pieces were added to gate piece.

11.  Cut a blue piece of cardstock 10 inches x 4 inches. Score at 3 ¼ inches and 5 5/8 inches.

12.  Color the background to add grass using a green marker and clouds using white watercolor crayon.

13.  Die-cut two of the “Hello” sentiment in light and dark colors. Glue light on top of dark, off setting to create a shadow.

14.  Glue left side of fence to left side of card, matching bottom edges and left corner.

15.  Glue right small folded flower/fence section and fold card base onto glued section.

16.  Glue sentiment onto from of card.

Don’t forget to decorate your envelope and get more use out of your dies by using the off-cuts as stencils. 


17. 
Using the waste piece from under the arch and gate, tape closed the bird’s feet and tail. Stencil using ink and sponge dauber.


18. 
With a fine tip pen add details to the bird.

Hope this card brings a smile to your face and provides some inspiration to your crafting.

Click here to see more cards I’ve made with fences.

SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Tutti Designs - Dies - Easter Gate

Tutti Designs – Dies – Easter Gate

Poppystamps - Dies - Hello Poe Script

 Hello Sentiments

Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue - 125mL

CosmicShimmer – Specialist Acrylic Glue – 125ml

Sizzix - Big Shot PLUS Machine Only - White and Gray + 10 BONUS DIES

Sizzix – Big Shot PLUS die cutting Machine

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CHALLENGE BLOG

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FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

Vested Tags

Cards for men can be fun to make when they use a small die set by Leane Creatief which includes a suit jacket, a vest, shirt collar, two ties and a BBQ apron as well as a tag box. The box makes up to a little over 4 ½ inches tall by 1 ¾ inches wide and 3/8 inches deep. Perfect for tucking a note, tickets to a sporting event, or folded money.

(I purchased this die from Dies R Us when they had one of their special European dies sales, but it sold out quickly. You can get some lovely dies from around the world in these sales, but you must act quickly when you see one you like.)

For the card background I used two Poppystamps border dies to create a layered set of circles using oatmeal cookie and a dark brown scrap of cardstock for the layers under the plaid paper. Oatmeal cookie was used to cut the tags out of and a cream piece of Recollections cardstock was used to make a mini slimline card base (5 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches).

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment was cut once from a light color and once from a dark brown scrap and glued together a bit off set to give depth. A third layer was cut and glued to the back not be seen, but to raise the words up.

The vest was cut from a plaid paper. The buttons and pockets were stenciled on through the die. The tag is attached using foam squares.

A mustache was stamped using an older Sizzix stamp set in a dark brown on the back of the envelope.

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Supplies:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Inks

Miscellaneous

You Can Never Say Thank You Enough

Hi, I’m Sue SK of Ully Cat’s World and a new member of the Dies R Us Design Team.

My mother told me that you can never say thank you enough, so this card is to say thank you to Dies R Us for inviting me to be part of their team.

I really like using this Karen Burniston Swirls pattern plate die with background papers that I made with color pigments like Brusho Inks or Cosmic Shimmer – Pixie Powders.

Picking a dark background makes the swirls stand out. The swirls die-cut is 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches, so I cut a black piece of card 4 ½ inches x 5 ¾ inches to glue the swirls onto using CosmicShimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue.

Next, I cut the Karen Burniston “Thank You” three times – one in white, one from a blue and white background paper and one from the orange background paper. I off-set the words and glued them together to create a sentiment with depth and shadow. (An alternative Thank You die to the one I use is Altenew – Dies – Simply Thank You.)

After adhering the sentiment on top of the swirls, I used foam squares to adhere the panel to a 4 ¾ inches x 6 ½ inches black panel glued to the white card base.

Hope this provides some inspiration for your crafting.

SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Karen Burniston - Dies - Pattern Plate - Swirls

KarenBurniston – Die – Pattern Plate – Swirls – 1124

Altenew - Dies - Simply Thank You

Altenew – Dies – Simply Thank You

Brusho Inks - 8 New Color Set

Brusho Inks

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder - Rich Gold

Cosmic Shimmer – Pixie Powders

Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue - 125mL

CosmicShimmer – Specialist Acrylic Glue – 125ml

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Sizzix – Big Shot PLUS die cutting Machine

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STORE

CHALLENGE BLOG

FACEBOOK

INSPIRATION BLOG

FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

A Spring Basket of Flowers

Special aunts deserve special cards. A basket full of spring flowers using Anna Griffin’s new Basket Pop-Up kit and a few flowers from an older Anna Griffin Pretty Paintings kit made the perfect card for this special aunt.

The envelope was stamped with stamps from Anna Griffin’s Treasury of Stamps and Dies using Stampin’ Up Soft Suede ink.

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A Quick Thank You

Needing a unique and handcrafted Thank You card, I came up with this pop-in window card using double-sided patterned paper from Paper Heaven, the frame dies from the newest Die-cutting Essentials issue 75, and some word dies from Hunkydory’s Moonstone brand.

When the card is closed it look like a flat card, but when it opens, the window back mechanism opens and moves the window panel ¼ inch back from the card opening.

Because of the dark inside of the card, I cut two white labels from old envelope scraps in my stash to be able to write a message on them.

Need more ideas for Thank You cards?  Here is more inspiration:

Supplies:

Dies

Stamps

  • Inkadinkado – Clear Stamps – Modern Flower Flourish – 60-30380

Papers

Inks

  • Stampin’ Up – Blueberry Bushel

Miscellaneous

When Pigs Fly

In honor of all newly minted sixty-year-olds, this card is in tribute to you (whether you want to believe it or not.)

Flying Pig:  Bonnie Krebs has designed this delightful flying pig as one of Art Impressions Flutters cards. The set comes with dies to cut out the pig and the two wings as well as punching holes in the pull strip and cutting the slot for the pull arm. This pig and wings were stamped in permanent black ink and colored with watercolor pencils. The instructions on the packaging are good, but watching a video or two helps with the exact assembly using the tiny brads that are included in the stamp and die set and either twine or thread. The pull arm is a piece of heavy cardstock that is ¾ inch wide and at least 6 inches long. (You can trim the arm shorter once the card is assembled.)

Card base:  The foiled pink plaid card base is one from a boxed set of 50 cards and envelopes size A2. Once the pig was assembled onto its pull arm, a slot was cut using the slot die and the half circle finger hole was cut through the front and back of the card base. (I recommend laying-out and pencil marking where the inside insert papers will be and cutting the half circles on them, before you do the final assembly of the flying pig pull arm onto the card base.) The pig is adhered to the card front using tiny foam squares, once the pull arm is through the slot in the card base.

Front decorations – 60 and Pull Here:  The 60 was cut from a foiled chocolate box using dies designed to be birthday cake candles. The flame and stand were trimmed off the 6 and 0. Once the pull arm has been installed to the card base, trim it off to fit inside the card base and round the corners with a corner punch. Stamp or write “Pull” with a directional arrow. (The stamp used here was from Concord & 9th)

Inside:  With the flying pig mechanism installed, adhere the inside papers using double-side tape making sure to leave a gap for the pull arm to move through freely. Add the die-cut birthday sentiment using glue.

Envelope:  I stamped the back of the envelope with birthday cake stamp to set the stage for this milestone birthday card.

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Supplies

Dies/Stamps

Ink

Paper

Miscellaneous

Thanks To A Colleague

An order came for a card for co-workers to sign for their office manager who was leaving to take a new job at a library.  A slimline card that would fit into a #10 business envelope was the size requested.

Decorative printed papers from the insides of “security” envelopes that bills came in was the theme for the outside of the card with the word “THANKS.” Three different envelope papers were used to mat and die-cut the word. Each mat layer was adhered with double-sided tape. A piece of double-sided adhesive sheet was attached to the back of the paper used for the letters before they were die-cut.

Inside the card was the small, heat embossed sentiment “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”

Stamped on the back of the envelope is the phrase “The next chapter” to hint at what is to come as the colleague leaves to go work at a library. Knowing that the colleague liked books and coffee, they also were stamped on the envelope.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Ink

Papers

  • Heavy white cardstock 8 ¾ inches x 8 inches from my stash
  • Three printed insides of envelopes from my stash
  • Cream #10 business envelope from my stash

Miscellaneous

A Tiger Thank You

What kind of a thank you card do you make for someone who has sent an amazing gift and loves tigers? You make them a four-panel card that can act as a candle shade or screen.

Tonic Studios Tropical Rainforest silhouette die set was a perfect match for the card that cats as something more than a card. I had seen on Pinterest a lantern made from some of the Tonic Studios other forest silhouette dies sets and knew from my experience of making a house luminary Christmas card, that this die set would be easy to make a four-panel card/candle shade.

I cut four vellum panels and then using three shades of green cardstock and a sheet of brown, I cut the silhouette frames using the lightest shades for the front panels and the darkest as the panels at the back. I cut the panel with the tiger and toucan bird from white scrap cardstock and colored with markers. Next, I fussy cut them and glued in place on their panel. I also cut and colored a butterfly from white cardstock scrap.

The vellum panels were laid out in a row and taped together using clear removable tape on the back side of the vellum. Next the silhouette panels were glued on to the vellum.

As a finishing touch, I die cut the words “Thank You” to glue to card. Next, I pieced together from words in the same Moonstone word die set the name of the recipient. The card fits into a mini slim envelope.

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If you enjoyed this Luminary card, check out some of my other luminaria:

The First Sign of Spring – Crocus Tealight

Victorian Trim House Luminaria

Holiday House Luminaria

House Luminary

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

Inks

Miscellaneous