Puppy Love

Puppy love… a dog in your life brings great joy. This is a card from a fur baby.

The adorable dog face with its moving ears, along with the front sentiment die and large paw print die-cut are all from Lynda Kanase’s i-crafter Puppy Face Wiper Inset set.

Watch the assembly video before putting together. The video recommends decorating the front and back of the card before adding items to the inside.

I masked off a banner on the front of the card using low tack paper tape. Next, I did a light spritz of a brown sparkle spray to create a sand like texture. Remove the tape and glue die-cut sentiment strip in place.

I used a left-over strip of decorative paper and two 1/8-inch tall strips of cream cardstock to finish the front of the card.

The card back uses another decorative paper scrap and a die-cut paw print that has its paw pads inked. I found that by attaching the tiny paws pads to a piece of low tack tape, I could easily ink the pieces with a sponge dauber.

I found that the puppy face dies have stencils within them that I used to ink with a white gel pen make highlights.

I added the “love you” inside the card using a Karen Burniston word set.

As with all my cards that are sent in an envelope, I have decorated the back flap with an embossing folder and a paw die-cut. Both the embossing and die-cut were inked with a dark brown ink. The card fits into an A6 envelope.

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Materials Used:



  • & Papercraft, issue 204 – Pawfect Pals designed by Adam Prescott
  • Brown Craft and Cream Cardstock
  • Blue, Pink and Black Cardstock Scraps
  • A6 Card and Envelope – Ivory

Inks & Pigments

  • Nuvo Sparkle Spray – Coca Powder
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Sakura – Gelly Roll 08 – Gel Pen – White


Santa Stop Here

Fur babies can enjoy the winter holidays as much as their human parents. This little pup doesn’t want Santa to forget her. She’s got her Santa hat and lights on her house as well as a sign asking Santa to stop.

The card front uses the dog from the Dog House Tiny House Add-Ons cut three times to make her stand out from the busy background paper. Dog bones from this set were also added to hint at what is to come on the inside.

To create the dog house, cut out and assemble a red Tiny House. (See assembly video.) I used the same red lightweight cardstock for the side panels from the add-ons. I choose not to ink the dies to print the siding lines, but rather to emboss them and then, using a white ink cube, to add a powdery dusting of snow.

For the colorful lights, use the lights from the Holiday House die set. (I used shimmer paper and colored them with fine-tipped markers.) The wreath is also from the Holiday House. Pup is added to the front of the dog house with a thick foam dot.

The snowy look on the roof was created by painting a thick coating of glitter gloss and using Effect Snow around the edges. To hold up the “Santa Stop Here” sign, a grassy strip from the Mushroom Tiny House Add-Ons set was cut, Effect Snowed, and glued to the card base and dog house. The sign is made from three of the school signs from the Church and School Tiny House Add-Ons set.

White octagons from the Bam Box Pop-Up die set are placed in opposing corners like snowballs for personal messages. Snowflake borders cut from shimmer paper using the Long Nature Edges 2 set.

Card backs are just as important as fronts. This one is decorated with left over strips.

The back flap of the envelope hints at what’s to come with the Santa capped pup.

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Materials Used:



  • Echo Park Paper Co. – 12 x 12 Double-Sided Cardstock – A Perfect Christmas by Lori Whitlock – Christmas Collage – APC135008
  • Red Light-Weight Cardstock – 8.5 x 11
  • Colored Cardstock Scraps
  • White A7 Envelope

Pens & Inks

  • Blue, Red, Yellow and Blue Fine-Tipped Markers
  • Gelly Roll 08 Pen – White
  • Pigma Micron 05 – Archival Ink .045mm – Dark Brown
  • American Crafts – Metallic Markers – Silver


A Riley & Simon Birthday Flip-Book Pop-up

It’s Stamp-tember at Simon Says Stamp and today it’s Riley & Co’s turn to team up with them.

Moose Riley and pup Simon have decided to do an old-style, silent video using signs to give some birthday greetings which pop-up when you pull the tab.  They wanted to show off all their dress-up accessories in the stamp set, so each image has different accessories – from balloons to glasses, ties and hats.

My card base is a top fold mini slimline card, I cut in two pieces (3×6 inches and 3×6 ¼ inches) scored and folded the longer piece into a tab to be glued over the other piece.

To make the scenes change, I’ve use Karen Burniston’s Waterfall Card die set which makes it very easy to create a flip-book style card without having to do a lot of math. (Watch the assembly video before assembling.)

I’ve added two small mini-pop-up cubes behind each image. You can use any of the small pop-up tabs from other sets such as the Frame Pull-Pop-up. (I cut mine from a thin strip of matching paper about ¼ x 1 ¼ inches, folded into five sections of ¼ inch long. Glue fifth section as a tab to make cube.)

I’ve added a zig-zag border to one of the pages to help hid the small bit of moose antler that sticks out on the left side.

Leftover dress-up accessories were used to decorate the envelope flap hinting at what’s inside.

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Staying Out of The Doghouse

Pets are great companions and always eager to greet us when we come home. This card is for a pet to their owner who is recuperating from an illness.

For this card, I’ve used two die sets from the August 2022 release by Karen Burniston Fireplace Pop-Up and Word Set 15 – Just Because. The fireplace is the lower half of the doghouse with half a crosshatch square for the roof.  (I highly recommend watching the assembly video for the fireplace before starting the card.)

The fireplace mechanism is also used to make the doghouse pop-up. You need to adhere it first before assembling the doghouse. You will need a 5×7 inch card base.

To make the doghouse, I cut the medium crosshatched square diagonally to have a triangle. You should glue the triangle onto the fireplace base so that the height of the house is 4.5 inches high. (I had to trim off the tip of the house to fit into the card when assembled onto the mechanism.)

I cut strips of the blue cardstock to become siding on the house. Start gluing strips on at the bottom and overlap them to cover the house, trimming the siding on the triangle to fit the slatted roof eaves.

Use the cut out from the fireplace to make a sign for the doghouse. Using a brown ink, rubbing ink on a sponge from the bottom to top to weather the house.

To create the eaves, use the medium crosshatch square with the next size down square to cut a square frame. Then snip at opposite corners to from two crosshatch eves that cane be glued together and then glued over the eaves and siding on the house.

Glue the house to the mechanism matching up the opening.  Decorate with grass, clouds, sun from various nature decorative die sets by Karen Burniston. The puppy and dog dish with bone are from her Cat and Dog set. (See assembly video for the dog.) They are made to pop-up away from the house using the small pop-up mechanism from the fireplace set. (You could also angle them using KB’s Mini Pops Pop-Up die set.)

The sentiments are from two die sets – Word Set 15 – Just Because and Word Set 10 – Thinking of You.

For the front of the card, I used a rectangle of plaid paper cut a half-inch smaller than the card dimension and used a fine tipped black marker and metal ruler to draw two lines around the paper to frame it. White stich marks were added to the plaid paper with a white gel pen.

The sentiment is another of Karen Burniston’s die sets called Home Sweet Home. The grass and dog were left over from the inside of the card and the hearts are from the “Os” in the front sentiment.

The envelope flap is stamped with a Lawn Fawn stamp with dogs and other critters to hint at what’s to come inside.

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Materials Used:



  • Colored cardstock and patterned paper scraps
  • American Crafts – 5 x7 Kraft card & A7 envelope

Pens, Crayons, Inks & Coatings

  • Sharpie – Permanent Marker – Ultra Fine Point – Black
  • Sakura – Gelly Roll Pen– 08 -White
  • Memento – Fade-Resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz -Distress Ink – Vintage Photo


  • Lawn Fawn – Simply Celebrate Critters


Getting MORE From YOUR Dies

Just an heads up that in a few weeks I am doing a series on different ways you can use Karen Burniston’s new Fireplace Die set that you can see in this Sneak Peek photo of all the new dies that will be available September 5, 2022.

On September 12 will be a spooky room scene card using the fireplace as intended.

On September 13 will be a doghouse scene using the fireplace front and mechanism.

On September 14 will be a fun train tunnel scene card using the fireplace mechanism.

I hope you will follow me as I explore some of the creative and interactive things you can make with Karen Burniston Pop-Up dies.

Waiting on You Know Who!

The anticipation of the holiday season, the longing to see family and friends, the desire for relaxation and time off from the work world, and all the other anticipated joys and adventures of the holidays are what this card is about.

Colorado Craft company’s clear stamps and coordinating dies of Anita Jeram’s delightful drawings and hand lettering make it a joy to make a holiday card using a permanent black ink and watercolor pencils. Thin foam squares and festive background paper complete the front of the card.

My Favorite Things has a cute, layered stamp set and coordinating die which I used inside the card for the famous red suited elf.

I made this card in an evening starting with an A2 card base (4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches) in white. I trimmed a 6×6 background paper down to 4 x 5 ¼ inches and saved the scraps to decorate the back of the card. Using the leftover white cardstock from the card base, I stamped all the images and sentiments and then colored the images. Next, I die cut the images and fussy cut the sentiments. The front of the card decorations are adhered with thin foam squares while the inside stamped pieces are glued in place.

The back of the card was stamped in white with a snarky sentiment of “Yep I made this . (Don’t throw it out.)” from Technique Tuesday. (If I had had more time and forethought, I would have heat embossed all the sentiments on this card.)

To set the experience for the card recipient, I always decorate the envelope back. This time the flap was stamped with a sentiment from another Anita Jeram’s stamp sets Make A Wish and sparkles from a vintage Disney stamp set.

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  • Colorado Craft Company – clear stamps & dies – AJ527 – On The Lookout by Anita Jeram
  • Colorado Craft Company – clear stamps & dies – AJ481 – Make A Wish Mini by Anita Jeram
  • My Favorite Things – clear stamps & dies – CS-600 Sweet Christmas
  • Disney -Mickey Mouse & Friends – clear stamps – DUS0171 Mickey A6 Stamp
  • Technique Tuesday – Clear Stamps – Made with Love

Inks & Waterolors

  • Memento – Fade-Resistant Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black
  • Stampin’ Up – Classic Stampin’ Pad -Pear Pizzazz and Real Red
  • Simon Says Stamp – Premium Pigment Ink – White
  • Nuvo – Highly Pigmented Watercolour Pencils – Pastel Highlights, Brilliantly Vibrant and Elementary Midtones


  • Heavy white cardstock – 1 sheet 8 ½ x 11 inches
  • Catherine Pooler – Winter Pick-N-Mix  6×6 Patterned Paper
  • A2 white envelope

Additional Supplies:

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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Christmas Nativity Pageant Pop-up Cards

Children’s Christmas pageants that re-enact the birth of the Christ child are the theme of these quickly made decoupaged pop-up cards.

In less than two hours I was able to make these cute cards using Craft Consortium’s Nativity collection designed by Hetz Cuppleditch. Using the 10 sheets of the pre-cut decoupaged scenes which are labeled with the layer number for each piece it is super simple to glue up these scenes matching pieces to the layer below. (You could use foam pads, but if you plan to mail these cards in the USA, you will pay extra postage because of the thickness.)

The box-like stage is created by using the Hunkydory Final Shadow Box die set using the largest of the rectangular window dies to cut from the double-sided paper also from the Craft Consortium Nativity collection. The back of the stage is cut from scrap packaging with the “Joy to the World” die cut from a purple scrap envelope (or sentiments from old Christmas cards).

An old Kaisercraft sentiment stamp set was used to stamp the back flaps of the envelopes for these cards to foretell what is inside.

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See the more Christmas cards for 2020 including the series of “A Week of Christmas Houses”

Day 1 – From Our House to Your House

Day 2 – Santa is Coming

Day 3 – A Baby is Coming

Day 4 –Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Day 5 – Red Four-Square

Day 6 – Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Day 7 – House Luminary

2019 – 12 Days of Christmas Trees





  • Kaisercraft – Clear Stamps – Sentiments -Traditional – CS313

Ink/Nuvo Drops


© Sue Small-Kreider 2020

Go Dogs Go


Go Dogs Go, the classic P.D. Eastman book that so many American children in the 1960s and 70s learned to read with, was the inspiration for this card using Lia Griffith’s 2017 Party Time stamp set for Fiskars.

I had stamped, water colored and fussy cut the cars and dogs and set them aside until I figured out how to use them.  I had thought about making an interactive card with them, but in playing with layouts for a slider type card, I decided I liked the flat glued down look on the brilliant blue cardstock better.


Cut two pieces of blue cardstock 9 inches x 4 inches (230 mm x100 mm) and a third piece 9 ½ inches x 4 inches (240 mmx 100 mm). Using a scoring board, I scored the longest piece down both short sides at ¼ inch (5 mm) from edge to form the flaps to glue to the other two pieces.


Once the card was glued together, I laid out the position of the cars and pendants. I used the banner and sentiment from the stamp set for the “Go dogs Go” banner and then using a stamping platform, stamped my favorite Happy Birthday stamp on the last panel.