Rainbow Threads

“Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time,” is the sentiment of this friendship card made with a new Lou Collins Text{ures} die and stamps along with some vintage stamps and heart die.

The Fabric Edging Die Set has a die that cuts a course woven strip of hessian or burlap which I used as the base for weaving embroidery floss in bright rainbow colors for the flaps of this asymmetrical-gatefold slimline card. Once the weaving was completed, I covered the back of the weaving with white cardstock cut ½ inch longer than the woven panel to use as a tab to glue to the 8 ½ inches x 4 inches rectangular card base.

For the lacy heart, two hearts were cut using the lace heart die by Moda Scrap of Elizabeth Craft Designs. Each heart is folded in half and the lacy side covered in Persian Red Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

The solid part of the folded heart is glued to the inside of the flaps lining up the tips of the heart halves to make a whole heart when card is closed.

Before gluing the flaps to the card base, I stamped, and heat embossed the two sentiments in black detail embossing powder.

On the front of the card are three stamped and watercolored buttons from the Fun Stampers Journey Button Bliss set.

The envelope back is stamped with another sentiment from the same stamp set in a dark blue ink.

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Supplies used:

Long Distance Tea

Love to have a cup of tea with your friend, but COVID-19 measures making you have to do it long distance? Here is a card to let your friend know you are thinking of them.

This card uses Paper Discovery products from the Teacup Fairies collection and the Papercraft Society box 17 which also has a tea theme.

The front is made using the cut and embossing folder with white card stock that I spritzed with water for a good impression. I used a blue watercolor marker to color the embossed areas.

The card base is a 7 x 5 inches folded which had the front edges and center colored with the blue marker as well.

I cut the small circle area a second time from pink card stock to get the pink used inside the card onto the front. Embossed piece was raised up with foam tape. The pink circle was glued to base and teapot raised on foam tape. Using the medium doily die and a circle die the same diameter as the pink circle, cut a scalloped frame from lightweight paper. Glue frame to embossed layer.

The teacup inside is made in two pieces – the cup and the saucer. I stamped the pieces before I assembled.  The saucer is cut into two parts to make for a smoother fold of the card. (The multiple layers of paper on this card means that the fold cannot be covered up.) To assemble, glue cup side tab to form cup and slide in handle. Glue handle tabs inside. Slide cup bottom tabs into saucer slots and glue to underside. Glue cup inside piece tab to underside of saucer. Glue patterned papers and doily to inside of card keeping center fold uncovered. Fold cup and saucer flat ad glue one side of saucer along card fold. Then glue other side.

Add rectangle “calling cards” and die cut spoon to decorate inside. Glue another piece of pattered paper to back of card to have even weight to front and back of card.

The back flap of envelope is stamped with teas set from the Papercraft Society box in China blue ink.

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Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Ink

Papers

Miscellaneous

Swing Gate Fold

Hi it’s Sue here from the Dies R Us Design Team with another interactive swing gatefold card.

I based this card off of a swing card I made in last week’s blog post. You can get the specific instructions on how to make the bench swing by clicking here.

After cutting a 3 inch square opening on a 5 inches x 6 inches piece of heavy white cardstock, ink blend a soft blue sky all over.

Using two pieces of heavy white cardstock 3 inches x 3 1/2 inches, cover with tiny flowered washi tape (you could use patterned paper instead). Next die cut the gate and fence pieces to fit a 3 inch on each side. Before gluing the fence pieces down, use some of the leafy vine from a birdhoue die set to grow up around the fence.

Once the fence and gate pieces are glued to the 3 x 31/2 pieces score and glue the ¼ inch tabs to the back of the 5 x 6 inch base. Cover the back of the base card with washi tape/patterned paper.

Next glue the swing posts and roof over the cut-out 3 inch square blue inked side. To decorate the posts, glue on more of the leafy vines. Make the bench swing as described in last weeks blog. Attach with tape the threaded chains to the back side of the roof, making sure the bench is hanging even. With the swing in place, glue the second post and roof piece over the 3 inch cut square, matching up the post and roof edges. Glue on dark blue roof pieces to front and back of card.

Back of card

Decorate the scene with trees, birds, squirrels and grass. The swing pillows are cut using the pillow dies from a sofa die set.

You can write a message inside the gates or on the back of the card.

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

SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Dies

Inks

Miscellaneous

Other Supplies:

  • Flowered washi tape
  • White embroidery floss
  • Striped and colored paper scraps
  • Black fine tip pen

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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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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