Snowy Hourglass

I loved playing with my grandmother’s small egg timer filled with white sand as a child and when I saw The Greetery’s Hourglass dies, I knew I wanted to make several.

To begin, I watched the how to video for the hourglass to get ideas on how to use the die sets. I decided on the cut-out version and cut out 11 hourglass frames from white cardstock. Then I cut out a out a whole hourglass insert using the larger die from the insert set. By mistake I cut the tent fold hourglass from the smaller inset die, but I made it work as I assembled the card. (To cut the tent fold hourglass, fold your cardstock in half and place the top edge just over the fold, so that it won’t cut into the cardstock when cut.) Cut one piece of acetate using the largest insert die.

Next, I adhered sheets of matte gold adhesive foil onto the front and back of a piece of white cardstock before cutting the frame of the hourglass from it. The last items I cut where the Christmas Time in the Country trees, cabin, smoke, snowflakes, stars, and snowbanks from colored scraps of cardstock. Using watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the cabin before assembling it with a scrap of yellow foil paper to go behind the windows. I popped the cabin up on another square cardstock scrap to give it dimension in the hourglass. The trees were cut from brown paper.

The ink blending of the large hourglass insert was done with a large ink blending brush which I also used to ink up the insert 10 insert frames that I had glued together and the eleventh frame that would be the frame to go over the acetate. Once the large insert piece was dry, I glued down the scene pieces weaving the smoke around the tree branches. Next, I sprayed the scene with white ink spray to create the snow fall. (The ink goes on thick, but it becomes translucent as it dries, so let it dry before going to the next set.)

Before assembling the card, stamp and heat emboss the inside sentiment on the tent fold hourglass piece. I used a Catherine Pooler stamp that was the correct size to fit in the smaller hourglass shape. (My stamping was not as solid as I had hoped, so once it was heat embossed, I had to go back and fill in the missing places with a gold gel pen.)

To assemble the hourglass, first glue the large, inked hourglass to the tent fold hourglass. Next, glue the stacked hourglass frames onto the large, inked hourglass. Add any extra snowflakes and stars die cut along with snowflake sequins and stars to the inside of the hourglass with a dash of fine glitter. Adhere the acetate to the top of the stacked frame and then the eleventh inked frame over the acetate. Glue the gold frame over the top of the hourglass. Shake to distribute the glitter to all parts of the hourglass scene. 

Because of the thickness of the card, I will make a small box to deliver it in from faux leather cardstock.

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Dies

Stamps

Inks & Embossing Powder

  • VersaMark – Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Cosmic Shimmer – Detail Embossing Powder – Bright Gold
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink – Salty Ocean
  • Avery Elle White Ink Spray
  • Nuvo Highly Pigmented Watercolor Pencils – Cardinal Red and Imperial Jade

Papers

  • Heavy weight 8 ½ inches x 11 inches white cardstock
  • Colored cardstock scraps
  • Xcut – Xtras Adhesive Foil Sheets A5 – Gold – XCU 174419
  • A2 envelope

Shaker Elements

  • Prima Glitter – White
  • Button Galore & More – Sparkletz – Snowflake Sequins
  • Silver Star Sequins

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An Autumn Day in the Park

Sometimes spending a holiday alone in a place far from home means that one must adapt and make new traditions, friends and feasts.

This penta-fold aperture card opens out to form a park scene complete with a water fountain and squirrels sharing acorns. Karen Burniston dies are used for all but the 4 inch square apertures.

Card base: Cut four pieces of heavy weight cardstock 6 inches x 6 ¼ inches and one piece 6 inches by 3 inches. Score and fold all the 6 ¼ inches sides at ¼ inch to form tabs.

Adhere decorative papers to the front and back of two of the tabbed squares. (I used double-sided tape at the outer edges of paper.) Center a 4-inch square die over the patterned paper and secure with removable tape. (Remember if you are using different papers for the inside and outside of your card to test that you have the papers on the correct sides of your tabbed card base panels before you cut the apertures.) 

Glue the aperture side panels to the 6-inch sides of the back panel whose tab is glued to the floor panel. The floor panel’s tab is glued to the 6-inch side of the 6 inch x 3inch piece. Adhere decorative paper onto all panels on the card base.

Trees: Cut four tree trunks using Tree Pop-Up die set.  Cut four leaves dies. Glue trunks to leaves. Use a fence piece to position each tree trunk on the sides of the apertures, gluing the overlapping leaves together in the aperture opening. Repeat all steps for other aperture panel.

Fence: Cut ten fence panels from the Iron Fence Pop-Up die set. (I cut twelve fence piece incase I made a mistake in cutting, which I did.) Trim five fence panels at the sixth post from the left. Trim the remaining fence panels at the sixth post from the right. Trim off sixth post tip and scrolls at the right of post on left panel as shown in photo. Glue right panel over left panel. Take one elongated fence panel and adhere to the back panel. Glue fences over aperture panels front and back matching up fence tips. 

Bench: Stamp with woodgrain stamp onto brown kraft card stock and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Die cut one whole bench using the Garden Bench Pop-Up die set. Cut the seat section again with the woodgrain going with the seat planks. Save two of the scrolling out-cuts from the bench back to glue onto the front of bench arms. Glue seat onto bench matching up planks. Follow package directions to attach the bench to the back and floor panels.

Fountain: Cut one of each of the two pieces of tree trunk from Tiny Trees Pop-Up die set of blue card stock. Cut tree base from gray card stock.  Cut two sets of rocks from Tent Pop Up die set.

Assemble tree as per package directions. Trim the tips of branches off

Trim two colors of mylar foil into 1/8 inch wide strips. (I used the Spellbinders Quick Trimmer) Glue two color strips to each side of the trimmed tree trunk.

Cut a circle of blue foil and glue to fold made by the floor panel and the 6×3 inch panel. Cover edges with gray rocks. Attach the tiny tree foundation per directions on package.

Squirrels: Cut two squirrels and the tummy fur from two different colors. Cut two acorns from a light brown and two acorn tops from a dark brown. Assemble squirrels and acorns per package directions.  Cut one of the long pop-up platforms from the bench pop-up die set. Attach to bench per directions on package. Glue squirrel to platform.

Sentiments: “autumn colors”, “happy autumn” , “Happy Thanksgiving” and “Thinking of you” are sentiments from two of Karen Burniston Word die sets – Greetings and Autumn Word Set.

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Other Bench Cards

VALENTINE SWING

A SWINGING ANNIVERSARY

SWING GATE FOLD

The Secret Garden

Dies:

Stamps & Heat Embossing

  • VersaMark – Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Stampin’ Pad – Rubber Stamp – Hardwood
  • Recollections – Detail Embossing Powder – Snow

Papers

  • Heavy weight white card stock
  • The Paper Studio – traditions Floral paisley – 112094
  • Authentique – Pioneer Plaid – THA005
  • Brown kraft cardstock
  • Colored cardstock and specialty paper scraps from my stash

Additional Supplies:

Figgy Pudding In A Jar

The warm fruity smell of spices and icing sugar as it cools means that Christmas is in the air.

These dimensional cards are made from a Queen & Co. Holiday Jar kit which include the patterned paper, sentiment stamps, dies, foam jar shakers and pre-cut acetate. Colored cardstock scraps and heavy white cardstock card bases and envelopes were the only things besides red ink, glue, baker’s twine and tiny candy canes that were not in the kit.

The tiny tag says “Mrs. Claus’ Gingerbread Bakery, Cookie, Pies, Figgy Pudding” and is one of the tag stamps in the set. both the outside sentiment “Sweet Christmas Wishes and the inside sentiment of “Have yourself A merry little Christmas” are also included in the kit.

For the jar lids I used Hunkydory mirri card from the oxidized metals collection. The jar handle is cut from shiny black cardstock and the white stitched jar frame white linen textured cardstock both from a DCWV “The Spooky Time Cardstock Matstack.”

The envelope flaps are stamped with the same Stampin’ Up Real Red ink as the cards and the sentiment “Thinking of you at Christmas” sets the tone for the card.

I also made one other design from this kit using a fir tree theme complete with a pine scent air freshener tucked inside the card.

PLEASE NOTE: Queen & Co. makes these kits in small batches and when they sell out they may not bring the items back. I usually purchase a kit and several of the refill foam sets when a new kit comes out.

HELLO Sunshine Flip

Everyone needs sunshine and the feeling that someone is thinking of them. This flippy flappy card uses dies by Lawn Fawn for the pop-up mechanism as well as the sunshine motifs.

When I began this card, I made a prototype card first to figure out how the mechanism worked.  I watched an assembly video and still got it wrong by putting assembling from the front instead of the back. (See photo below.) The pop-up ended up working, but the flap was too long. (I recommend watching the assembly video several times or assemble the mechanism going step by step with video.)

For my actual card I changed up some of the design to make the sunshine really pop. Adding some ink to the background die cut helps emphasize the sun rays . The sun frame is cut from yellow, and the back sun outline is cut from orange with its center circle taped into the hole in the inked background.

The “Hello Sunshine” sentiment is cut twice from a darker orange cardstock to add some dimension. A fine tipped glue bottle makes gluing the fine lines of the letters easy.

The pop-up sun face is adhered to a strip cut from some clear plastic packaging.

To give the card recipient a hint at what is inside the envelope, I stamped the back of the envelope with a background sun burst pattern stamp from Hero Arts using a brown ink onto an orange envelope.

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Stamps

Inks

  • Ranger – Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber
  • Memento – Fade-resistant Dye Ink – Rich Cocoa

Papers

  • Cardstock in various shades of yellow and orange
  • Heavy weight white cardstock
  • Orange A2 invitation envelope – Staples -Brights

Additional Supplies:

Snow Days

What North American children hasn’t hoped for a school closing day due to a snowstorm.  This is a card celebrating a snowy day in lighthearted pastels. Karen Burniston dies are used for the card.

To make this A2 size card, cut a rectangle 4 ¼ x 11 inches of pink heavy cardstock and fold in in the middle to make a 4 ½ inches tall by 5 ½ inches wide card base.  Cut four decorative paper panels at 4 x 5 ¼ inches. Adhere these panels to front, back and insides of the card base.

It is easiest to die cut all the pieces you will need to make both the inside and outside snowmen at the same time so that they are similar in colors and papers used. Also cut three circles or other label shapes on which to mount your sentiments. (For the personalized message circle, I added a smaller white circle.) Think about using contrasting colors for your words and their backgrounds. (I used blue to make the mostly white with snowflake paper I used for the words standout.)

After watching the assembly video on the inside snowman assemble as directed. Once the snowman is adhered to the card base, you can begin to decorate the card. (I used a sled die-cut from Memory Box to add to the snow time activities.) Remember to balance out the position of decorations from one side of the card to the other. There are two different snowflakes in the two snowmen die sets by Karen Burniston. They make wonderful filler decorations for the card.

Because I could not make up my mind on which stamp to use on the back of the envelope, I stamped two envelopes with hints as to the card’s theme. The word cloud is from Stampendous while the snowman is from Art Impressions.

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Stamps & Ink

  • Stampin’ Up Classic Stampin’ Pad – Dapper Denim
  • Stampendous – Winter Stags stamp set from Creative Stamping issue 90, Dec 2020
  • Art Impressions – Unmounted Rubber Stamp – Scrapbook.com exclusive Snowman – 5084

Papers

  • American Crafts – 348953
  • Pink card base – Bazzill -Pink Icing – PS1 – 102
  • Glitter paper – white from my stash
  • Colored cardstock from my stash
  • A2 Envelope

Additional Supplies Used:

Fineline 20 Gauge Applicator & Bottle

Summer Is In The Air

Hello, it’s Sue of the Dies R Us Design Team and today we are making a summer pop-up card for a vegetable gardener using Karen Burniston dies.

The chair die just fits in a 3 ½ inch x 6-inch mini slimline card. I started by cutting a 3 ½ inch by 11-inch piece of lightweight white card stock and folded it in half.

Next, I cut piece of patterned background paper slightly larger than 3 ½ inch by 5 ½ inch and marked with a pencil where the chair arms connect with the card back on the patterned paper and cut slits so that the printed paper could be slid into place behind the chair. Using the same technique, I cut a piece of green grassy card stock 3 ½ inch by 6-inch for the ground, cutting slots for the chair feet. Glue both decorative papers to card base.

Cut chair, arms and seat from woodgrain paper. (I made my own woodgrain paper using a woodgrain stamp that I heat embossed with watermark ink and clear embossing powder.)

Fold woodgrain chair folds as shown on packaging. Glue wood grain chair to patterned paper chair matching up the seat, back, arms and leg pieces. Train the chair to pop-up by opening and closing card a few times.

Decorate card with the Garden Charm set cutting off the charm loops. To make the basket of corn and tomatoes, use the basket from the Picnic Elements set and the fruit from the Tree Fruit set. (I had corn and red apples already cut from a Rubberneck Stamps dies set which I use turning the apples sideways to look like tomatoes.)

On the card back I cut a patterned piece of green card stock 3 ½ inch by 6-inch and glued to the card base. For the card front I cut a 3 ½ inch by 7 ½ inch piece of green printed paper and glued it onto the card base folding over onto the back of the bard. I added a small decorative topper to finish the back of the card. For the front of the card I used some of the garden charms to hint at what is inside.

The Karen Burniston “Hello sunshine, hello summer” sentiments were cut twice and glued together using a fine-tipped glue bottle for the tiny lines. This adds some depth to the words.

Hope this fun card has put a smile on your face and provided some inspiration for your crafting. 😊

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Spring Is In The Air

Hello, it’s Sue of the Dies R Us Design Team and today we are making a spring time pop-up card for a gardener using Karen Burniston dies.

Cut the two printed papers to 4 15/16 inches x 7 inches. Position them inside the card base so that there is a gap between the papers where the fold can be seen. Using removable tape, tape them together and place the chair die with the nibs over the fold.

Run taped papers with die through die-cutting machine. Cut chair, arms and seat from woodgrain paper. (I aged the chair with white ink pad rubbed over the grain.)

Glue printed papers inside card base, adding matching scraps of papers to cover the brown spaces let where chair is cut away. Fold woodgrain chair folds as shown on packaging. Glue wood grain chair to patterned paper chair matching up the seat, back, arms and leg pieces. Train the chair to pop-up by opening and closing card a few times.

Decorate card with the garden charm set cutting off the charm loops. (I dirtied-up the tools and gloves with brown ink.) The pink flowers are made with the flowers from the Tiny Trees Pop-Up set.

Fold up all the petals on the flowers and then glue a smaller flower on top of a larger flower. Add a yellow Nuvo Drop center to flower. Let dry overnight before gluing on to card.

The front of the card is made with scrap rectangles of green patterned paper with another watering can cut on the back side of the mirror cardstock and rounded with my fingers so that it pours from the left. The sentiment is a also a Karen Burniston die.

Hope this fun card has put a smile on your face and provided some inspiration for your crafting. 😊

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Have A Seat Mini Series

For the next four days I have a mini chair series focusing on a pop-up chair die by Karen Burniston.

Today’s chair uses the Adirondack Chair Pop-Up with a slip cover to make it into a big overstuffed chair, perfect for cats to nap in!  You can access this post and the ones in this week’s seasonal chair posts below as they become live posts.

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The Secret Garden

Greetings it’s Sue here from the Dies R Us design team with a quad-fold, garden pop-up card.

This card was inspired by some of the Tutti Designs garden dies. The card specifically uses Garden Trellis, Garden Fountain and Garden Bench Set.

I created a quad fold card base by taking two 10 x 7 inch heavy card bases and cut one into a 5 ½ x 7 inch piece and a 4 1/5 x 7 inch piece. The larger piece is scored and folded at ½ inch along long side to form a tab to glue behind the other card base that in scored and folded in the middle. This creates a tri-fold card. Cut rectangular apertures from each side large enough to fit the fountain and trellis dies. Apertures should match up when folded closed.

Now is a good time to use Distress Oxide inks and a blending brush to color the inside of the trifold card a sky blue.

Spritz lightly the 4 ½ x 7 inch piece of card base with water to make it more pliable and use a cobblestone embossing folder to create the textured “floor” of this card. Score and fold ½ inch along short side of piece. Paint or decorated the textured area before gluing tab to center back of tri-fold card.

Cut two fountains from white card stock and ink both sides of each piece using Distress Oxide inks and a blending brush. (Adding the beads is optional.) Using a needle and thread, string seed beads and then adhere with glue to fountain. Glue beaded fountain to front of card aperture, glue second fountain to inside of front aperture matching up with front fountain and hiding the threads of the beading. (My aperture was bigger than the fountain and trellis, so I used thin stirps of clear plastic that I cut form packaging to act as extensions for the bases and tops of the fountain and trellis so that I could glue them to the card base.)

Cut two trellises from white card stock and two from green paper. Cut out the ivy from the green pieces and glue to the white trellis pieces. (An alterative is to color the ivy with green markers on the white trellis.) Adhere one trellis to the second aperture on the card base and then glue the second trellis to the back of aperture matching up lattice work.

Cut a tree and leaves from the Karen Burniston Tree Pop-Up die set. Cut a number of strips of grass from green paper and glue in layers to the inside of card. Position the tree behind the bench on the center panel. (I had to cut a second trunk to make the tree taller.)  Glue down the tree then layers of grass. Decorate with birds cut from Karen Burniston’s Tiny Trees Pop-Up die set.

Cut two of the benches out of heavy brown card stock. Save the four strips that are waste from the die cutting of bench. Cut the top of bench back off one piece as shown. Snip the arm rest from the back of the same piece and trim off extra angled piece. Fold the cut back down to form seat of bench.

Fold down the cut arms. Take the wider of the saved four strips and fold in a rectangle that is 1/ 2 x 3/8 inches and glue ends together. Glue the bench seat to the whole bench piece which becomes the bench’s back. Glue the rectangles between the front curved bench legs and the back curved bench legs. Take one of the thin strips and cut in half. Fold each half into an “L” shape. Glue the “L”s under the fold arm rests and adhere “L” strip to the bench back.

Train the bench to fold up, before gluing on to card base. To glue the bench into the card. Add glue first to rectangle bottom strips and position the onto the card “floor” near the fold. Glue bench back on to center panel of card. Move the bench while glue is still wet for best positioning.

To add some activity to the card, I stamped and colored a Funky Fossil dog stamp I had with Distress Oxide – Rusty Hinge with a water brush. The ball was colored with markers and attached to the dog with a strip of clear plastic cut from some packaging. The dog was then attached to the cobblestone flap by cutting a strip of cardstock and folding into an “L” shape and gluing to back of dog and onto cobblestones.

I covered the fronts of the aperture panels and the back center panel with green patterned paper before adding sentiments.

Sentiments are foiled Spellbinders sentiments I had in my stash and a Riley & Co. sentiment that is stamped on white card stock scrap in green ink, fussy cut and adhered to the back of cobblestone panel.

Hope this fun card has provided some inspiration for your crafting. 😊

SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Other Supplies:

  • White and brown cardstock
  • Green paper
  • Patterned papers from Park Lane Paperie – Strawberry Patch
  • Clear plastic strips cut from packaging
  • Darice cobblestone embossing folder
  • Crayola Signature Brush & Detail Dual-ended Markers
  • Ranger – Distress Oxide – Mowed Lawn, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Clear glass seed beads
  • Funky Fossil Designs – Clear stamps – More Furry Friends
  • Foiled sentiment strips from Spellbinders Glimmer System foils and plates
  • Riley & Company -inspirations – Find joy in the ordinary – INS-111
  • Stampin’Up Classic ink pad – Pear Pizzazz

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