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:





  • 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


Vintage Christmas

What fun to be a child with a new toy or two to play with on Christmas morning. This card takes its inspiration from a BoBunny paper pad and matching die-cut pieces as well as a recent release of Karen Burniston’s Flip Frame Pop-up die set.

I found the Flip Frame Pop-Up easy to assemble, but strongly suggest practicing with scrap paper the gluing placement of the mechanism and frame before gluing with your good paper. (Here is the assembly video.)

I cut the flip frame from dark green mirror card and used some scrap green pattern pieces to hide the white side of the mechanism so that the mechanism strip blends into the background.

The cream-colored doily is for writing a personal message, but it does give the feel that the open card is a tabletop with a picture frame of a loved one.

The front is decorated with pictures cut from the paper pad and the little boy is a die-cut from the BoBunny set that is adhered with foam squares. A ribbon was the final dimensional element to tie the little girl to the boy and the opened gift box.

The card base is made entirely from two papers from the BoBunny paper pad. The inside sentiment and snowflake are from the coordinating die cuts set.

As is my style, I stamped the envelope flap with an older Kaisercraft stamp sentiment to set the mood for the card.

Hope this card makes you remember your childhood Christmases.




  • Kaisercraft – Clear Stamps – Sentiments -Traditional – CS313




© Sue Small-Kreider 2020

The Best is Yet to Come

“You’re not getting older, you’re getting better” was the inspiration for this anniversary card for a “better” couple. I used one of my favorite Spellbinder’s die set – Sunday Drive along with one of it’s add-on sets  – Sunday Sunset Drive.

To create the rainbow oval I hot foiled the Spellbinder’s Essential Glimmer Ovals and then the sentiment above from a Spellbinders Glimmer of the Month sentiment set. (Spellbinders has great clubs of the month that get you the newest dies/glimmer plates before they are released to the general public and/or get sold out, plus discounts on other products like the Journey Platinum and Sapphire Mini die cutting machines that I use. The Mini I got for 75% off.)

The heart and star are some die cuts that have been in my stash for years most like cut from punches and junk mail.

To assemble the car and passengers I looked at the pictures on the packaging, but you could watch an assembly video too. The License plate was cut from white glitter paper. The taillights are Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Shocking Pink and silver matte cardstock. I used Watercolor pencils on the passengers’ skin and hair. I added the yellow ribbon scarf to create the illusion of motion following the direction of the woman’s hair. (I was also thinking of an old Audrey Hepburn movie of her in a small sports car with a scarf blowing in the wind.)

Because I don’t own matching glimmer plate or stamp that would compliment the typeface of the front sentiment, I used die cut letters from gold mirror card and another of the license plates from the Sunday Sunset Drive set.

As is my style I stamped the back of the envelope with a hint of what is inside using an older BoBunny hearts stamp in red.

This card feels like one a husband might give to his wife as they near retirement.

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!








© Sue Small-Kreider 2020