Have you tried the new Thinlit Card Dies yet? I can see lots of possibilities with them - especially since I watched Patty Bennett's video on how to get a little extra writing room on the inside. You can see her video here. Be sure to check out her blog as well. She has lots of great samples.
This is what the card thinlit looks like:
Start with a piece of card stock that measures 8-1/2x5-1/2. Place the card stock under the thinlit as you normally would to cut it. However, place the "extra" card stock through the thinlit so that it is laying on top of the right-hand side of the thinlit. It worked a little better for me when I cut my card stock just shy of 5-1/2 inches.
This is what the card looks like partially open:
Here's everything I used:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Naturals Ivory Card Stock
Scrap for Center
Afternoon Picnic DSP
2-3/4x2-3/4 Purple Circle (#5 Circle)*
2-1/2x2-1/2 Crushed Curry Circle (#4 Circle)*3/8x5-1/2 Diagonal Pattern
*I used the Circles Collection Framelits. The #1 circle would be the smallest and then go up from there.
Coastal Cabana Stamp Pad
Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480)
Circles Collection Framelits
1-3/8" Circle Punch
Thanks for stopping by!