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

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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

A Birthday with Swirls

I really like using this Karen Burniston Swirls pattern plate die with background papers that I made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

A thin cursive “Happy Birthday” in black doesn’t overpower the swirls.

The swirls die-cut is 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches. So I cut rectangles of orange (4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches), blue (4 ½ inches x5 ¾ inches) and yellow (4 ¾ inches x 6 ¼ inches) to back and mat the swirls. Glue was used to adhere all pieces of this card together.

To add additional interest to the card, I covered the orange, blue and yellow paper with Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss.

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SUPPLIES:

Dies

Papers

Color Pigments

Miscellaneous

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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Miscellaneous

One in a Melon

When you are caught eating a melon at a farm stand you know you are one in a melon!

This cute little card is made from an Art Impressions Tryfolds by Bonnie Krebs. The set has six stamps and two dies that cut the apertures or windows in the farm stand and fruit stand.

I stamped the images on white cardstock with a permanent black ink that won’t run when wet and colored with watercolor pencils. Next I fussy cut the images.

The card base is made from two pieces blue gingham cardstock (5 ½ inches x 4 ¼ inches) and a piece of green gingham cardstock cut 6 inches x 4 ¼ inches. The green piece was scored and fold at ¼ inch on each end to form two tabs to glue the two blue pieces to form the tri-fold card.

I positioned my stamped, colored and cut out images following the layout on the packaging to determine the positioning of the front image. I traced the inside of the opening onto the card front and used the accompanying die to die cut the hole. Next, I glued the image in place on the front. I did the same for the middle image on the second flap, positioning the image so it shows through the aperture cut in the first image and then die-cutting the aperture. The final image was positioned, traced and then glue in place on the central panel.

The “Happy Birthday” is die-cut from green cardstock and glued in place.

Stamped on the back flap of an A2 slim envelope from Taylored Expressions is the sentiment from the stamp set “You’re one in a Melon!” green ink.

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If you enjoyed this tri-fold card, check out some of my other trifolds:

Shabby Chic Trifold Card

Festive Foliage and Hearts – Trifold card

Santa Vintage Trifold

Sleepytime Dreams

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks/Watercolors

Papers

Miscellaneous

Happy Easter!

This card is my second go at using the Spellbinders Spring Collection add-on dies for the Sunday Drive die set that makes a detailed classic convertible car. On this card I went with an Easter Bunny theme complete with colored eggs.

I used a tulip embossing folder from a recent issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine for the background. It took me a number of tries to find the best sandwich pieces to make this embossing folder work. (I ended up using the Glimmer plate, shim and platform to get the right pressure for the embossing folder.) This green background panel was adhered to the white card base using foam tape after it was decorated.

The car goes together as usual except I left off the folded roof layer as you wouldn’t be able to see the baby bunnies.  The adult bunnies have separate arms, heads and body so their poses have lots of possibilities and could be used separately away from the car.  I also added a floral swag with carrots and eggs as well as flowers to the back of the car. For the license plate, I used a white scrap behind the green “Easter” to make it pop and coated Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the plate and the “HAPPY” pendant. The taillights have Nuvo Glow Drops Neon in Shocking Pink for that bit of glow.

A circle the same size as the embossed circle has been inked using a make-up brush and Distress Oxides. It is glued to the green panel.

Once the car was assembled, and a yellow organza ribbon wrapped and taped to the back of the green panel, I used a plastic spring affixed to the back of the car to raise and allow movement for the car.

The “Just for you” sentiment is also from the same Simply Cards and Papercraft free gift set. It is heat embossed and fussy cut. I adhered it with foam squares.

Inside the card, the sentiment is from Riley and Company’s Funnybones series and reads “Everybunny needs somebunny sometimes.” It is stamped on some scrap Hunkydory Christmas insert paper.

The envelope is stamped on the front lower corner and on the back flap with bunnies from the Craft Consortium’s English Garden collection.

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Other Sunday Drive cards:

Sunday Drive Celebration

A Snowy Sunday Drive with Santa

Santa Bauble

Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Being Spooky

Driving into a Spooky Sunset

The Best is Yet to Come

Hoppy Spring!

Happy Easter!

MATERIALS USED:

Dies/Embossing Folder

Stamps/Inks/Embossing Powders

Papers

Miscellaneous

© 2021 Sue Small-Kreider/Ully Cat Designs

Shabby Chic Trifold Card

How do you dress up an old stamp set? Add it to some distressed vintage-style floral papers and stamps and heat emboss the sentiment.

My creative mojo has been missing and to jump start it I tried stamping an older Art Impressions tri-fold stamp and die set and coloring it using watercolor pencils. Next, I fussy cut out the three images and went searching through my stash for some fun paper to make the card base from.

Because I had some mini slim envelopes in my stash, I made a 3 ¼ inch x 6-inch tri fold card from two pieces of heavy Dress My Craft cardstock that is printed only on one side. I cut one 3 ¼ inches x 12 inches piece of rose patterned card stock and a 3 ¼ inches x 6 ¼ inch piece of green leaves patterned card stock. The long rose piece I folded in half and the smaller leave piece I scored and fold ¼ inch in from one of the smaller sides. The ¼ inch tab was glued to the back of the fold rose piece to form a tri-fold card.

Because the inside of the card was plain white, I added pink vellum stripes to hide my seams inside and them covered the inside front and back panels with floral patterned paper from my stash which I believe was from Stampin’ Up.

I positioned my stamped, colored and cut out floral images following the layout on the packaging to determine the positioning of the front image. I traced the inside of the opening onto the card front and used the accompanying die to die cut the hole. Next, I glued the image in place on the front. I did the same for the middle image on the second flap, positioning the image so it shows through the aperture cut in the first image and then die-cutting the aperture. The final image was positioned, traced and then glue in place on the central panel.

Decorative patterned borders were stamped using several stamps from LeCrea Designs Lacy long stamp set. The “Happy Birthday” was gold heat embossed using a stamp from an older Apple Blossom stamp set.

Stamped on the back flap of a mini slim envelope from Taylored Expressions is the clover chain stamped in the same “Always Artichoke” green ink as the inside of the card.

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If you enjoyed this tri-fold card, check out some of my other trifolds:

One In A Melon

Festive Foliage and Hearts – Trifold card

Santa Vintage Trifold

Sleepytime Dreams

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks/Embossing Powder/Watercolors

Papers

Miscellaneous