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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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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Other cards using stamps and papers from Anna Griffin include:

Crafty Friends

Crafty Friends are fun to have and making special cards for such friends is both challenging and rewarding. This slimline mini-sliders card was made for an animal lover who appreciates interactive cards.

Instead of using my split slider template for this 9 inches x 4 inches card, I hand drew the five mini sliders and cut using a craft knife and metal ruler. (I miss cut and ended up having to reinforce the narrow bars between the sliders with additional patterned cardstock bars.) The coated Dress My Craft patterned cardstock was my last sheet of this vintage leafy print, so I had to make the slider panel work. Assembly is very similar to the assembly of the split slider template.

The foliage and floral dies used to decorate are a mishmash of dies from my collection. The elephant is one that I had assembled when I made another elephant card.

The foiled sentiment strip is one I had made during batch foiling session a while back. I used a die from a different Glimmer plate set to die cut the decorative scalloped edges.

Scraps of holographic ribbon were added between sliders to add some subtle sparkle to the card.

Inside the card I added a vellum strip to hid some tears around the half circle cut for a finger grip on the pull panel. A personal note will be added inside.

I glued 1-inch circles on the two points where the card recipient needs to place their fingers to hold and pull the slider panel up. A CRX instruction sheet is enclosed with the card to explain how to use the card.

Stamped on the back flap of a #10 business sized envelope in blue ink is a small elephant from Bus Cubbies stamp set sitting under the sentiment “Hello Friend” from Hello Friend stamp set.

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If you enjoyed this card, check-out my original Split-Slider Slimline Series:

Day 1 – Split Sea Slider

Day 2 – Cloud Dreams

Day 3 – Triple Hearts

Day 4 – A Valentine for A Baseball Fan

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks/Polish

Foiling

Papers

Miscellaneous

© Sue Small-Kreider 2021

Ship-In-A-Bottle II

This card can be for a birthday or another special day for a nautical person.

Ship -in-the-Bottle:  Using the Tutti Designs Ship in A Bottle die, cut four times from light blue, brown, white, and oatmeal. Only cut the whole die from blue. The other colors cut the sections needed from scraps. Using distress inks, color the various die-cut sections of the bottle and paper piece as needed. Glue bottle outline to a piece of acetate on the front side. Cut out the bottle shape. Glue rope to outside of bottle neck.

Background:  Die cut the rope background from oatmeal cardstock making such al the chads are removed from the image. Glue to a dark piece of wood grained cardstock cut to 4 inches x 5 ¼ inches.

Assembly of Card:  Position sentiment strip, ship and then the bottle on to rope background. Glue ship down followed by bottle. Adhere sentiment strip with foam squares. Attached front panel to bard base with foam squares.

Sentiments:  The foiled sentiment strip was one I had made during a batch foiling session using up scraps. It was die-cut into a ribbon. The inside stamp sentiment is from a favorite nautical stamp set by Sara Davies.

As is my style, I stamped the back of the envelope with the lighthouse image from the Sara Davies stamp set to hint as to what is inside.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Ink

Papers

Foiling Plates

Miscellaneous

A Tea-riffic Card

A lovely crafting friend gifted me the February 2021 Papercraft Society Box 17 by Olga Direktarenko from which I drew inspiration and supplies. Other inspiration for this card came from @Loomanic’s post on Craftword.com for the cabinet legs and from Hero Arts use of peek-a-boo doors in their September 2019 kit of the month.

Olga Direktarenko is known for designing dies and stamps under her Paper Discovery brand that allow you to create scenes from rooms to dioramas. Her love of tea, books and old furniture were her inspiration for this kit.

All the pieces for the cabinet were die cut from some heavy brown, wood grained cardstock which then was covered with ink to age it. The doors were then taped on using clear tape on the back side of the cabinet. A second large cabinet piece was cut without cutting any of the doors from white cardstock and glued to the back of the wood grained piece. With the doors taped open with removable tape, the sentiments from behind the doors were stamped in brown ink.

In order to achieve the 3-D look of the cabinet shelves having depth, the cabinet is raised on foam squares while the backs of the three shelves are adhered to the blue patterned paper with double sided tape. The legs were added after the cabinet was adhered to the card front. Tiny pewter colored stick-on pearls from the Papercraft Society kit were added as decorative knobs for the cabinet doors.

The dishes were die cut first and then stamped using a stamping platform and removeable taped doubled up on itself to hold the tiny dishes in place to be stamped. The dishes were then shaped using a ball tipped shaping tool (often used to shape flower petals) on the foam back of the stamping platform. Foam squares were used to adhere the dishes to the cupboard shelves.

As a finishing touch to the front of the card, a stamped and fussy cut “You’re TEA-rrific” sentiment was attached to the top with foam squares. The inside of the card is stamped in China blue “But first tea” with a tea set.

Stamped on the back flap of the envelope in China blue ink is the same tea set stamped inside the card.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks

Papers

Miscellaneous

Small Things

Being grateful for the small things of everyday life is sometimes all we can be. This card is for those times when we need to take in the beauty of a sunrise, a field of wheat, or a stary night sky.

The striped background is made from washi tape Van Gough painting extracts while the sentiment is die-cut using a Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson from her Circle Sayings collection called Grateful from yellow cardstock painted with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

Using card stock in two shades of yellow for the card base and backing mat, the sentiment (cut twice and glued together) is glued onto the washi tape background while the background and bright yellow mat are adhered with thin foam squares.

A hint of what is to be found inside the envelope – “Find beauty in the small things” from the Alte New Whimsical Flowers & Quotes set – is stamped on the back flap in brown ink.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Pigments/Inks

Papers/Washi Tape

Miscellaneous

Cloud Dreams

During these COVID 19 times when we all are having to be more isolated, it is relaxing to dream of traveling once again. Here is a card that depicts that dream.

This card is the second of a series to use my Ully Cat Designs’ Split-Slider Slimline template.

Split-Slider: Print split-slider template (download under Materials Used) onto light blue lightweight cardstock and then cut out the top panel and slider arm around the outer red cutting lines. (Note: The printed side of the cardstock will be the back of the panel and when assembled will not be seen.) Using a craft knife and a metal ruler, cut the top panel’s eight mini-easels on the red lines. Next, using a scoring tool, score the green and blue fold lines – green being valley folds and blue mountain folds.

Because the top panel is adhered on three sides to the card base and needs to be raised the thickness of the lightweight cardstock slider arm, place two layers of double-sided tape on the long sides and bottom of the panel making sure not to cover the red lines of the easels. A single layer of double-sided tape should be placed on each of the narrow tabs of the eight mini-easels. (If you are using tape that is wider than the tabs, trim off excess.)

To adhere the slider arm to the mini -easel tabs, first, using low-tack tape, tape the front side of the easels shut. (This will ensure that the easels are adhered to the slider arm in the shut/flat position.) Position the slider arm over the back of the panel, making sure there is at least an 1/8 inch/3 mm gap between the tape along the panel edges and the slider arm. Hold the slider arm in place and remove the backing tape on the lowest easel and adhere to the slider panel. Repeat removing tape backing and adhering each easel. Once slider arm is attached to easels, turn over and remove low-tack tape. Test the slider. You may have to help fold the easels into the fully opened position the first time to train them. Once satisfied with the slider/easels’ movement, remove panel backing tape paper and adhere to card base. (Hint: If parts of the mechanism is catching, place some clear tape over the edge that is catching such as I did with the circle on the pull-tab pictured below.)

Decorating the Easels: I have had these hot air balloon charms from Blue Fern Studios for awhile. To make the dirigible dangle, I’ve used some sturdy plastic strips cut from packaging as the posts to string the charm on monofilament fishing line. The smaller charms are on foam tape glued to the plastic strips. Clouds were embossed in dies using the embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine, then die-cut, inked with Distress Ink and then painted with Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen. Make sure you don’t glue anything that will impede the easels from moving.

Two white 1-inch circles were cut using a paper punch and glued to the circle pull-tab – on front and back side of the slider arm. A hole was punched to thread a piece of shimmery ribbon through as a pull.

More of the ribbon was used to decorate the front of the card. I was careful not to get glue inside any of the slider easels or their slider tracks.

The “enjoy the journey” sentiment charm is attached with foam squares.

Envelope: The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a Sara Davies Nautical Collection sentiment “Adventure awaits” to hint at the enclosed card is about.

I enclose a slip of paper with instructions on how to open the card. (See split slider CRX sheet download below.)

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Split-Slider Slimline Template Series:

Day 1 – Split Sea Slider

Day 2 – Cloud Dreams

Day 3 – Triple Hearts

Day 4 – A Valentine for A Baseball Fan

Materials Used:

Please note that this template is copyrighted, and Ully Cat Designs must be cited if you publish a card made using it.

Dies

Stamps

Inks

Papers

Miscellaneous

© 2021 Sue Small-Kreider/Ully Cat Designs

Split Seas Slider

Life gets rough and choppy sometimes and life isn’t always smooth sailing. Sometimes our friends need to be encouraged to take a chance and try something new. This interactive card is for those times.

This card is the first of a series to use my Ully Cat Designs’ Split-Slider Slimline template.

Split-Slider: Print split-slider template (download under Materials Used) onto bright blue lightweight cardstock and then cut out the top panel and slider arm around the outer red cutting lines. (Note: The printed side of the cardstock will be the back of the panel and when assembled will not be seen.) Using a craft knife and a metal ruler, cut the top panel’s eight mini-easels on the red lines. Next, using a scoring tool, score the green and blue fold lines – green being valley folds and blue mountain folds.

Because the top panel is adhered on three sides to the card base and needs to be raised the thickness of the lightweight cardstock slider arm, place two layers of double-sided tape on the long sides and bottom of the panel making sure not to cover the red lines of the easels. A single layer of double-sided tape should be placed on each of the narrow tabs of the eight mini-easels. (If you are using tape that is wider than the tabs, trim off excess.)

To adhere the slider arm to the mini -easel tabs, first, using low-tack tape, tape the front side of the easels shut. (This will ensure that the easels are adhered to the slider arm in the shut/flat position.) Position the slider arm over the back of the panel, making sure there is at least an 1/8 inch/3 mm gap between the tape along the panel edges and the slider arm. Hold the slider arm in place and remove the backing tape on the lowest easel and adhere to the slider panel. Repeat removing tape backing and adhering each easel. Once slider arm is attached to easels, turn over and remove low-tack tape. Test the slider. You may have to help fold the easels into the fully opened position the first time to train them. Once satisfied with the slider/easels’ movement, remove panel backing tape paper and adhere to card base.

Decorating the Easels: For my die-cut lighthouse and boats, I used Distress Oxides and Inks to color the lighthouse and boat flags, a black gel pen for windows and a silver gel pen to color the anchor. The lightkeeper’s house is cut from a pattern paper and colored with pencil for the grey stone. The blue and white layered sea waves are cut freehand as is the rocky land masses for the three easels around the lighthouse. Make sure you don’t glue anything that will impede the easels from moving. (Note the 2nd & 4th waves on my card have been trimmed to allow the easel in front to operate.)

The gold heat embossed compass on the pull-tab of the slider arm, was stamped on a separate peace of cardstock, embossed and them fussy cut. The compass adds sturdiness to the pull-tab. (Depending on the thickness of your cardstock, you may want to add another circle on the bottom of the pull-tab as well.)

The “SEAS the Day” sentiment is attached with foam squares between two easels and is not adhered to any moving parts.

Inside Decorations: You can decorate as you would normally inside the card. Because of the dark card base, I used paper that looks like an old ship’s log, to stamp the inside sentiments “Enjoy life’s journal” and “We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sails.”

The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a Sara Davies Nautical Collection sentiment “Adventure awaits” to hint at the enclosed card is about.

I enclose a slip of paper with instructions on how to open the card. (See split slider CRX sheet download below.)

Thank you for reading this blog post. Please like and leave comments 😊

Split-Slider Slimline Template Series:

Day 1 – Split Sea Slider

Day 2 – Cloud Dreams

Day 3 – Triple Hearts

Day 4 – A Valentine for A Baseball Fan

Materials Used:

Please note that this template is copyrighted, and Ully Cat Designs must be cited if you publish a card made using it.

Dies

Stamps

Inks/Embossing Powders

Papers

Miscellaneous

© 2021 Sue Small-Kreider/Ully Cat Designs

Lilies of the Valley

According to the Language of Flowers, a small book that Amazon Drygoods reprinted from its Victorian original, lilies of the valley mean a “return of happiness.” And so to, does this card promise happiness from it envelope through to its inside message.

Based on a panel die from Tutti Designs, that was die-cut twice (one white cardstock and one green paper), this card comes together with its sentiments. The front “With love” is a foiled strip on scrap cardstock. (Sometimes when my mojo is lacking, I make a batch of foiled sentiments to have on hand.)

Inside the sentiment is heat embossed onto vellum. The longer sentiment is:

“Let us be grateful

to people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom.”

Only liquid glue was used in the assembly of the card.

The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a Card Making Magic sentiment “OPEN immediately to release happiness!” to hint at what the enclosed card is about

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks/Embossing Powders

Papers

Miscellaneous