Sweet Queen Bee

This fun easel card was inspired by Sharon-Elaine Jones’s floral wreaths and spinner cards on Craftworld.com, Sandy Diller’s recent crosshatch label and tag book card and a challenge to myself to make an interactive card with Karen Burniston’s fancy shaped labels that didn’t involve them being used as flat labels.

This spinning honeycomb with bees in a floral wreath easel card, uses the label dies in three different ways. The largest dis where used to create the wreath and its white inner frame. The smallest die was cut four times, each folded in half and glue together around a string. The second smallest die was used to cut the raised “Queen BEE” label that acts as the easel stop.

Using Karen Burniston’s Flutter Charms die set cut enough pieces for two bees and four honeycombs. Cut two of the largest label crosshatch die in pink. From Karen’s tag book die set cut two of the tags and one of the rectangle spine piece in pink.  

Cut from black the words “Queen” from Karen’s Word Set 5 and “sweet” from Word Set 6. Cut “Queen” a second time from orange and “sweet” from white. Ink the white “Sweet into a dark pink with Distress Ink. Glue the pair of words to create shadows or highlights by off-setting the words slightly.

Cut eight of the daisy flowers and four of the smaller butter cup flowers. Cut four pairs of the bee wings in green for leaves. Glue two of the daisy flowers one on top of the other alternating the petals. Repeat with remaining daisy flowers to end with four flowers.  Add flower centers using contrasting colors of Nuvo drops. Keep the flowers on a flat surface for at least 12 hours until they are hardened. (I was glad I had made a few extra as I accidentally flatten one of the orange daisy centers before it had hardened.)

Trim off the excess honeycomb to leave a 6 petal flower-like honeycomb that will fit inside the small yellow labels.

Glue honeycomb flowers to yellow labels.

Fold labels in half.

Glue two labels together on one folded half. Repeat with other two labels.

Glue piece of twine in the middle of the joined label halves.

Glue the other half of label to sandwich the twine in the middle. Let dry. Glue the egg shapes to the back of the bee bodies. Trim the charm circle off antenna.  Glue vellum wings to the bee body. (See assembly video.)

Position one of the large pink labels on the front of a tag. Using a pencil trace the outline of the tag onto the back of the label.

With removable tape, attach the tag to label.

On the front of the label, tape the third largest die to center of label.  Die cut through both label and tag. Using the first cut label as a guide to cut the second label’s center out.

I had to photoshop this picture to let you know to cut the entire label out and not partial as I did for my original picture.)

Fold the tag book so that the cut-out is fold in half. put glue only below the fold on the tag book piece. Glue the large label with pencil markings to the wreath to the front tag.

Glue the two tags together with the rectangle spine piece. (You can review the tag book assembly video for tips in assembling the book.)

Spread glue on the inside of pink wreath that is glued to card base. Stretch the twine centering the honeycomb with the bees glued to it. Using small pieces of permanent tape, adhere the twine in place making sure the twine is moderately taunt. Place the top pink wreath in place and press together make a tight seal to the two layers of wreath especially around the twine.

(Tip: Glue the bees on opposite sections of the honeycomb labels to have balanced weight. I made the mistake of gluing them both on the same side and it spins a bit lopsided.)

For the easel stop, cut two of the second smallest label dies once in pink and once in black. Die cut the word “BEE” from Word Set 5 in the pink label. Glue the black label to back.

I used half of the label that I cut from the large label, fold in half and half again to use as the spacer under the Bee label. (You could also use foam tape or foam dots.)

The card folds flat to fit into an A2 size envelope which I stamped the back flap with a bee in flight from Apple Blossom in black ink.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

  • Apple Blossom – Bee Happy stamp set from Die-Cutting Essentials magazine issue 89

Inks & Pigments

  • Ranger – Jim Holtz Distress Ink – Saltwater Taffy
  • Memento Fade -Resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Papers

  • Heavy weight pink cardstock from my stash
  • Yellow, orange, green and black cardstock scraps
  • White-gold shimmer paper scrap
  • Clear vellum

Miscellaneous

You’re the G.O.A.T.

While being told that you’re the G.O.A.T. may sound bad, it really means You’re the Greatest Of All Time. In my family of sports players, being told you’re the G.O.A.T. after a game is common, so letting Dad know he’s the G.O.A.T. is a fun thing. This card could be used for birthdays or Father’s Day.

In challenging myself to use Karen Burniston’s Little Labels Pop-up in a vertical position, I saw the labels as shelves for trophies. Some of my inspiration comes from Sam Calcott of Mixed Up Crafts when she makes her tower cards.

I started with a 7 x 8 inches rectangle of dark blue heavy cardstock.  The side panels are made up of two panels per side. Because of my limited amount of the dark blue cardstock, I cut two panels of 3.5 x 8 inches and two more panels 4 x 8 inches. (I recommend cutting four panels of 4 x8 inches rather than having to use washi tape to attach the front panels.) Score the 4 x 8 panels at 3.5 inches to make a long tab.

Cut decorative panels ¼ inches smaller thane the base panels. Glue side panels to large base. Adhere decorative panels to card base inside panels.

If you haven’t already die-cut your inside decorative labels and trophies do so now. (I find some of the best, thick foiled silvers and golds are on personal care and food packaging such as cookie/biscuit packets.)

Also, cut and assemble all letters need for the inside sentiment. (I sort mine in a tiny bag, so I don’t lose any letters.) Die cut two of the Little Labels Pop-ups. Space out the placement of the pop-up labels and sentiment. (While I adhered my sentiment after I installed the pop-up labels, it might be easier to add the letters first and then the pop-ups.)

To adhere the letters, line them up on a grid background and place removable tape over them. (I used Post-it Note yellow tape.) I trimmed the tape down to make it easy to line up the bottom edge with the pencil line I drew on the card. I added glue to the back of one word’s letters and then placed them onto the card, pressed down to adhere and then peeling off the tape.

I watched Karen Burniston’s assembly video before I glued in my pop-up labels. (I find reviewing the videos help me before I make a mistake using my special papers.) You need at least 3.5 inches of width to close one pop-up labels panel, unless you stager the panels, you will need at least 7 inches width to close the card.  Add decorations to pop-up labels.

If you cut all the side panels at 4 x 8 inches, then fold the ½ inch tab and glue panel to other side panels. If you end up needing to tape your front panels, use the widest washi tape you have. Mine was 2 inches wide.

I used Karen Burniston’s Mini Alphabet for the inside sentiment and her original alphabet for the larger outside letters as well as parts taken from two other sentiment dies – “You’re Sweet” and “Enjoy the Ride.” I saved the tiny circles and scraps from the arms and lid of the trophies to decorate the front of the card. The goat is also a Karen Burniston die.

The belly band or belt that holds the card closed is made from scrapes and leftover pieces from other projects. This is intended as a presentation card to be hand delivered as it is too big for most standard size envelopes.

Label on back is a place to add a personal message.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Heavy weight dark blue and pale blue cardstock
  • Patterned papers from my stash
  • Silver and gold packaging
  • Holographic silver and gold scraps
  • Black and white cardstock scraps
  • White gold shimmer cardstock

Miscellaneous

Thank You For Being So Sweet

Queen & Co. make some delightful shaker card kits and this Candy Land one is no exception. The thing that I love about the company’s kits are the pre-cut foam shaker frames that simplify the effort needed to make a shaker card. The extra foam left over from the frames is ideal for popping some of the candies cut from the paper pad as additional decorations.

The dies have uses beyond shaker cards with some basic shapes of circles and ovals.

I filled the shaker with elements I collected over the years, and are not included in the kit.

To hint at the envelope’s contents, I stamped in a variety of colors the candy stamps from the set with the sentiment “goody, goody gumdrops!” on the back flap and more colorful candy on the front left edge of the envelope.

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Materials Used:

Dies & Dies

  • Queen & Co. – Candy Land Kit

Inks

  • Memento – fade-resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Hero Arts – Hero Hues Reactive – Creamsicle, Blue Hawaii, Pool Party and Key Lime Fizz
  • Hero Arts – Dye Inks – Rose Hues -Cotton Candy, Pale Tomato and Bubble Gum

Papers

  • Queen & Co. –double-sided papers -6”x 6” Mat Stack – Candy Land
  • A2 floral card base and white envelope from American Crafts Boxed Cards – The Pier

Shaker Elements

  • Kat Scrappiness – Rainbow Dot Sprinkles
  • Buttons Galore & More – Sprinkletz – Pink It UP
  • Stamp Anniething Adornments – Jelly Dots – Blue and Red

Miscellaneous

You’re the Best!

Recently I received a Divinity Designs Mystery Bag for $29.95 and received three die sets, one stencil, one rubber stamp set and one embossing folder retailing for over $70 total. I decided to challenge myself to see what I could make with them. I add the Divinity Designs Thank You clear stamp set with matching Thank You die to my one brand challenge.

I cut several elements for this card in vellum. The balloons were cut from a strip of adhesive backed colored vellum that I folded and stuck to itself and then die cut the balloons. With blending alcohol markers I used the stencils within the dies to stencil the embossed designs onto the balloons. (I learn something when the ink on the heart balloon ran under the die, so I sprayed rubbing alcohol onto the vellum and it cleared the ink leaving an interesting faded ink look.) Baker’s twine was tied to the ends of the balloons and a dot of glue was used on the back side to secure the twine to the vellum.

For the beverage cup and domed lid, I cut them from clear vellum and inked the edges with a silver marker. From a white shimmer cardstock scrap, I cut the cup again and the whipped cream topping. The cup section I colored with a soft orange marker. The straw was cut from a piece of white cardstock I had drawn diagonal red stripes on with a red marker. The orange slice was cut from a bright orange scrap and outlined with a bright orange marker. To adhere the vellum cup I used a fine tipped glue bottle to line the edge of the cup before gluing to the orange cup that I had already glued the straw and orange slice to knowing that glue on vellum will be seen. The whipped cream topping was glued on top of the straw. For the vellum lid, the glue was applied to the lip that covers the cup.  The assembled cold orange drink was adhered to the pistachio inked rectangle with one layer of thin foam squares.

The white embossed fish background used the embossing folder from the mystery bag. My hope was to convey a night at a beach side carnival to say thanks. To add to the theme, I die-cut three Thank Yous from black shiny cardstock, and yellow and neon green cardstock scraps and staggered them to create the look of a neon sign.

To complete the card front I stamped, and heat embossed in black the sentiment “YOU’RE THE BEST” onto a white scrap of cardstock. I then ink blended the embossed piece with a large brush the pistachio Distress Ink. I trimmed the scrap down to a rectangle and cut a triangle from each end to make the banner.

The assembly of the card involved gluing the white and pistachio pieces to the A7 sized card base and then adhering the cup and balloons with foam squares. The cup had one layer of foam while the balloons had two layers. The three strands of the balloons’ baker’s twine was gathered and tied into a knot and glued in place on the card base. The sentiments were glued on last. Three glow-in-the-dark stars where added as bling.

To hint at the envelope’s contents, I stamped “JUST WANTED TO SAY” (from the Divinity Designs’ Thank You stamp set) in Memento’s London Fog gray ink to the back flap. I also stamped the Divinity Designs logo in the same ink on the back of the card and added my initials and year of creation.

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Materials Used:

Dies & Embossing Folders

Stamps

Inks & Embossing Powders

Papers

  • White, yellow, orange and neon green card stock scraps
  • Clear vellum scraps
  • Xcut – Xtras Adhesive Vellum Sheets – purple, pink yellow
  • AC Cardstock – Kraft Cardstock – 5×7 in A7 card and envelope

Miscellaneous

Sunny, Flowery Thanks

Bright yellow and orange flowers stitched around a golden “THANKS” makes for a sunny thank you.

I stitched the flowery THANKS die from Spellbinders again when I needed a special thank you card. This time picking warm colors. 

The larger flower petals and leaves were outline or chain stitched before filling in the centers of them using three strands of floss. The black flower centers are French knots. While I knotted the floss ends when starting, I finished the flowers on the back side by adding dots of glue to seal the thread ends and add dimension to the stitched frame.

After gluing the gold letters cut on the front of the stitched piece, I added foam squares with glue to back side of the stitched piece behind the letters and attached to the front of the card base. The card base is an 8 x 8 inches sheet of heavy orange card stock folded in half.

This card was for someone leaving one position to start a new job, so the flap of the envelop is stamped in a gold ink stating “start of something new.”

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Like this stitched card? Here are other stitched cards:

·  Flowery Thanks

·  Stitched Flowers for a Spring Birthday

·  Stitched Flowers for a Summer Birthday

·  Stitched Valentine

·  Shine Bright

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Heavy yellow cardstock
  • Scrap matte gold cardstock
  • 8 x8 inch heavy weight orange cardstock

Stamps and Inks

  • Scrapbook.com -Wordfetti Oh So Happy Clear Stamps
  • Stampin’ Up – Classic Stampin’ Pad – Crumb Cake

Miscellaneous

  • Yellows, oranges and black embroidery floss
  • Large eyed needle
  • Foam squares

Elephants Say Thank You

A friend sent me wonderful rubber stamp set of marching elephants. This is my thank you card using the vintage stamps.

I had some handmade artisan papers that complimented the elephants and I used the paper as a background for the card front and then fussy cut the flowers and leaves from the leftover sections to create the card back and inside accents.

The elephants were stamped on grey cardstock with black ink and colored with markers. Nuvo Vintage Drops were added for accents to the floral coverings of the elephants.

Five fancy border frames were die-cut from marigold cardstock and glued together to provide dimension to the card and lift the large elephant off the face of the card.

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Materials Used:

Dies

  • Recollections – Fancy borders cutting dies

Stamping

  • Crafter’s Companion – A Taste of India by Sheena Douglass – Rubber Stamp set – Marching Elephants
  • Memento Fade-Resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Crayola blending markers

Foiling

Papers

  • Bazzill 8.5×11 inches cardstock – Tiara
  • Park Lane – 12 x12 inch Premium Handmade Artisan Paper
  • Scrap blue and marigold cardstock
  • Xcut – Xtras Adhesive Vellum Sheets – Blue
  • A7 white card base and envelope

Miscellaneous

Art Deco Foiling and Stenciling

Coordinating sets make crafting easy. PinkFresh’s Art Deco hot foiling plate and coordinating three stencils set make it easy to create a variety of backgrounds for card fronts. I was influenced by Jennifer McGuire’s video on using a similar PinkFresh foiling plate and stencils.

I hot foiled three backgrounds making two foiled lines and one solid foil using the foil leftover. (I accidentally foiled my solid hot foiling plate with the second solid foil piece. Make sure the foil has the backing side next to the paper, not the foiling plate!)

Using the three stencils I did two versions of coloring in the shapes on the foil lines backgrounds. On one background I took the stencil with mostly triangles and used the Citrine ink for the smaller triangles and the Sunbeam ink for the larger shapes. The nenext stencil I used the Poppy Red ink for all the shapes and left the remaining shapes white.  For the second colored background, I used a different colored ink for each of the three stencils. Because the Citrine and Sunbeam inks are only one shade different, I feel like the background with the white shapes is more interesting.

For the two “Thanks” cards, I glued the backgrounds directly to the card bases. Next, I cut four of the circle Thanks from white scrap cardstock and glued three of the die-cuts together. The single layer thanks, I glued to the colored background, while the foiled background received the layered die-cut.

The “Hello” card uses a black foiled sentiment from a Spellbinder’s frames and sentiment set. The sentiment and the inked background are adhered with foam squares. To add more interest, I glued tiny gold flatback gemstones from my stash. (I think they may have been in an advent calendar from Craftstash or Crafter’s Companion.) (A sticky tip tool is great for adding small elements like these gemstones to your projects.)

Because I used A7 sized card bases (5 x 7 inches), I needed to trim the bases down for the 5 ¼ x 4 inches foiled backgrounds.

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Materials Used:

Foiling

Stencils

Inks

  • Simon Says Stamp – Pawsitively Saturated Ink – Citrine and Sunbeam
  • Nuvo – Hybrid Ink Pad – Poppy Red

Dies

Papers

  • White cardstock
  • A7 white card base and envelope

Miscellaneous

Flowery Thanks

Iris, cosmos and cornflowers stitched around a golden “THANKS” makes for a simple, but heartfelt thank you.

I used another stitched flower die from Spellbinders, this time the Small Die of the Month for April 2021. The die comes with separate letters to die cut the word “THANKS” as well as the larger background die cut with stitching holes.  Using very heavy pale blue cardstock, I die-cut the large piece to be stitched. I had a piece of junk mail that had large sections of matte gold and I die-cut the letters from that.

The larger flower petals and leaves were outline or chain stitched before filling in the centers of them using three strands of floss. The yellow stamens are French knots. While I knotted the floss ends when starting, I finished the flowers on the back side by adding dots of glue to seal the thread ends and add dimension to the stitched frame.

After gluing the gold letters on the front of the stitched piece, I added foam squares with glue to back side of the stitched piece behind the letters and attached to the front of the card base. The card base is an 8 x8 inches sheet of heavy white card stock folded in half using a scoring board.

If you enjoyed this stitched card, there are two more stitched card posts this week as well as pervious stitched cards:

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Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Scrap heavy blue and matte gold cardstock
  • 8 x8 inch heavy weight white cardstock

Miscellaneous

  • Blues, purples and green embroidery floss
  • Large eyed needle
  • Foam squares
  • Scoring board and tool

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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