Tags that Shake

There are a lot of instructions on how to make shaker boxes, or pieces for cards or tags, out there, so this is just another one to give you some ideas to try.

Here are the two tags that I made:

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Okay, these aren’t the greatest pictures, but the light has just been strange today (both sun and indoor).

Now, I saw some instructions that said to use adhesive craft foam for them.  I didn’t have any adhesive foam, but I did have some craft foam.  So, I used that for the tree.

To start, I cut 2 pieces of card stock and 1 of the foam in the large (2nd size down of the dies) tree size. (Sizzix Christmas Trees)  I cut the smallest tree size out of the center of one of the card stock trees and the foam.  I also cut the size in between out of plastic/acetate.  (I just save the plastic that seems pretty sturdy from boxes, box fronts, die holders, etc.)

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I saved the two cut out small trees for cards.  Now, like I said, I didn’t have adhesive foam, so I just used some craft glue.  First, I put a bit of glue around the edges of the hole on the back of the front piece and adhered the acetate on it, fairly centered.  Then, I adhered the foam piece to the bottom tree (one without the hole).  I put some confetti (this was actually saved from a card, or something that had a pouch as part of it, from years ago.  I have used this confetti for several projects and have quite a bit left.  Definitely recycle stuff you might use!)  in the center of the foam.

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Then, I smeared some glue around the foam piece and layered the top piece on that, lining up the edges.  For this one, I used a hole punch near the top and ran some ribbon through as a tie.

Now, for my second tag, I did it a little differently.  For this one, I did hearts (Sizzix heart dies).  I cut two of the scalloped hearts out of a dark pink (cranberry) card stock, the smooth edge heart that was almost the same size is what I used for the acetate, and a smaller smooth edge heart for the hole.  Instead of using foam on this one (I only had green foam), I used some foam mounting tape.  The glue was used to adhere the acetate to the back of the front piece.

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On this one, I cut little pieces of the foam mounting tape and outlined the hole as best I could, with no spaces large enough for the confetti to fall out.  It took longer and didn’t wind up as smooth as using the foam.  However, it did work.  The worst part of this tag was, after I put the little heart confetti in the middle, I took off the liner from the foam mounting adhesive.  Definitely not the way to go, as the confetti kept popping out and getting stuck on the adhesive.  Might have worked better to put that in after all the liner was off.  Oh well, live and learn.  I used some of the glue to attach the ribbon on the back piece of this one, moving it so it wouldn’t show.  Then I pressed that back piece on top of the front piece.  Because of the adhesive, you have to line this one up before you actually lay it down and press it together.  (The ability of the glue to slide for a few seconds helped on the first one.)

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Here are the two finished tags.  It really wasn’t too difficult, will make some really fun tags for presents and let me play with paper.  I suggest using a pretty heavy duty card stock for these, to hold it all together well.  The foam was easier, but layer the top card stock and the foam together when cutting the centers out.

I haven’t decorated these, yet, but I probably will add some little ornaments around the edges of the tree one.  You can also decorate the inside with a scene, but I like just being able to see the confetti moving around.  Also, if you get any glue on the acetate where it will show, use an alcohol wipe to clean it up easily.

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Wiggle Cards

I’ve heard them called shaker cards, but when I think of shaker cards, I think of the ones with the boxes that you shake.  So, for me, these are Wiggle Cards.  Well, one of them is a gift tag.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

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Part of each is popped up on a spring, so it wiggles when the card moves, or they are touched.  Now, you can use “Action Wobbles”, but for these, I made my own spring.

Here’s how:

Shake 1 Shake 2

I took some 26 gauge wire, which I found in the jewelry department at Michael’s, wrapped it around a pen a few times.  For the larger piece here on the tag, I used the cap to wrap around, but for the smaller pieces, like the fish, I used the smaller end.  The more times you wrap around, the taller your spring will be.  Try to get the ends pretty flat, so more will be adhered.

Shake 5

I used some Beacons 3-in-1 glue and adhered the spring to the piece first, let that dry, then adhered to the main part (tag or card).  Let that dry and I had some fun action cards.

I’ve heard other people say that they tried 22 and 24 gauge wire, but those didn’t work nearly as well as the 26 gauge wire.

They do press down and pop back up, but I haven’t tried holding them pressed down for a long period of time, so not sure how they would work after that.  Personally, I’m hand delivering the ones I made, but you could make a pillow box envelope mailer for them.  It costs a bit more, but they are so fun, it’s probably worth it.

This is a challenge in the Baby It’s Cold Out Crop at We Craft Cards.  Go check it out.  Play along with this, and so many other fun challenges, too.  It’s free to join and a fun place to be inspired, as well as encouraged.

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Minion Gift Card Holder

The Minions are everywhere.  So, I figured I’d figure out a way to make a Minion gift card holder.

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  • Blue card stock (Gina K Powder Blue)
  • Yellow card stock (Gina K Wild Dandelion)
  • Shimmer sheets: silver, white, gold
  • Black ribbon: 1/2″ and tiny (1/8″?)
  • Spellbinders: Labels 1, Standard Circles Small
  • Black Enamel Accent
  • Memento Blue Danube ink
  • Yellow Brad
  • Pop dot
  • Black pen
  • Scotch removable tape
  • 1/4″ Score Tape
  • Glue pen (Zig)
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Beacons 3-in-1 Craft Glue
  • Scissors

You will need pretty heavy duty card stock for this.  To start, I cut a piece of the blue card stock to 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″.  I also cut a 4-1/4″ by 2-1/2″ piece of the blue card stock for the overalls.  The yellow card stock is cut to 4-1/4″ by 3-1/2″.  I used the smallest Spellbinders’ Label 1 die and cut out a pocket, trimming one side flat.  You can use whatever you have that you think looks like a pocket.  On the overall piece of blue, I flipped it over to the back, measured down 1/4″ and drew a line lightly across.  I also measured in 1/4″ and 1/2″ on each side above that line.  Remember, the 4-1/4″ side is your horizontal, which is the direction you want your line.  After all the lines were drawn, I used some small scissors to cut off the two outside corners, and the section in the middle.  I also used the blue ink to go around the edges of the pocket piece and the overall piece to make it stand out a bit.

My Minion is pretty close to “Carl”, so I only used 1 goggle.  To make the goggle and eye, I cut a piece of silver shimmer sheet into a 1-1/2″ circle, with a 1″ circle out of the center.  I cut a 1-1/4″ circle out of the white shimmer sheet, and used the smallest Spellbinders’ Standard Circles Small die to cut the iris out of gold.

Minion Gift Card 1

Now, for the hair and the goggle strap, I used black ribbon that I had.  The wider black was wide enough to go across the yellow piece and wrap a bit onto the back.  The “hair” is approximately 2″ long.

Minion Gift Card 2

The hardest part was trying to figure out how to round the top of the head.  I used Scotch removable tape to hold the yellow piece on top of the blue back piece (4-1/4 by 5-1/2), with the 4-1/4″ being the horizontal as this will be a tall piece.  Then, I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to round the top, though you could use a plate or cup and lightly draw a line and cut with scissors, too.

I used a glue pen on the back of my silver ring, adhered the white circle on that, flipped the piece over (after the glue was dried), put a dot of glue in the center of the white and adhered the gold.  Then, I used the black enamel accent to make a small roundish spot in the center of the eye.  After that was dry, I used a pencil to add some light lines around it, like you see in an eye.

The glue pen was also used to go around the sides and bottom of my pocket piece and attach that to the overalls.  I left the top open, so something could actually be tucked into the pocket, if desired.

On the back of the wider ribbon, I used the tape runner, then adhered that at the point where the rounding stopped on the sides.  Wrap the ends around the back and press tightly.  Next, I put a drop of the Beacon’s 3-in-1 craft glue on a piece of scrap paper (the one I work on when inking and adhering), laid the ends of the “hair” in that and pressed them on randomly.  I put a couple of the pieces on the back to give it some depth.  Added a small half smile I’ve seen on some of the Minions with a black pen.

Now that the goggle eye was completely dry, I put a pop dot in the center of the “strap” and put the goggle eye on top.

After the yellow piece was complete, I laid that on top of the blue back piece, lined everything up, poked a hole in approximately 1/4″ from the left side and 1/4″ up from the bottom of the yellow piece.  The brad was then put through and opened on the back.  Next, I used the Score Tape around the edges of the bottom of the blue back piece.

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After I rubbed the score tape down REALLY well, I pulled off the liner, lined up the bottom and edges of the overall piece, and pressed that down really well.  You can see a small spot on the bottom edge of the yellow face piece that lifted up when I pulled off the removable tape, so I just rubbed that lightly to get it to fall off.

Here he is finished:

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Now, my son-in-law is a HUGE Minion fan, so this is for him.  The gift card will be a blue one from a store he likes, not the one I happened to have as an example.  This really was pretty simple to make and definitely fun.  I’m sure it will be enjoyed, too.

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Spinning Mouse Fun

Okay, this card was a lot of work, but I had a lot of fun figuring it out and putting it together.  For this one, I used one of the new (to me) Art Impression Spinning Stamp Sets and matching Die.

To start, I cut a piece of 12×12 card stock (it was WAY too thin for this type of card) to 5-1/2″ by 12″.  And, cut 2 4″ by 5-1/4″ pieces of patterned paper.  I also used some spare pieces of white card to stamp the mouse pieces on.

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Next, I scored my card at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″.  The short piece is the inside of my front.  I adhered the patterned paper to the front of the card (center area) and the shorter piece, inside of front.  Make sure you only adhere where it will be ON the card stock, as part of it will hang over.  Then, I folded that over and tried to cut my circle through all 4 layers.  NOT easy, but finally accomplished it.

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I had also colored my mouse pieces and cut those out with the dies.  Then, I used some Score Tape to the top and bottom of the front piece, as well as above and below my opening.  I then attached my twine to that and folded the inside of the front over.  I did have to put more adhesive on the left edge to get it to hold down (remember, it doesn’t go all the way to the edge as my patterned paper is smaller.

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After that, I put one mouse piece down below the twine and adhered more Score Tape to it over the twine.  I then matched up the other side of the mouse and pressed it together.  Then, I put some patterned paper inside and put on my balloons made out of paint chips, both inside and out.  I put some of the balloons over the edge of the opening and matched up the ones inside.  Be careful you don’t put anything that will interfere with the spinning of the image.

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The last thing I did was the stamping, though it would have been easier had I done that before putting the twine in.  Here’s the inside.  I love the mouse that twirls around.

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It was so much fun to use this new set I bought while out with my daughter a couple of weeks ago.  This was her favorite of the spinner sets.  Go check out the Art Impressions challenge using these to see more of their sets and all the fun cards.

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Gettin Jiggy With It

Okay, that was all that came to mind as I was putting this card together.  This is so much fun.  I used the Art Impressions Shakers My Feet Set 4680 to make this.

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This is less than 1/2 of an 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of card stock.  I stamped on green, as I thought the green and purple would be fun together.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the way the purple looks on top of the green, but, it works.

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After I colored the stamped images – you get the monster with the trick-or-treat bucket and the feet by themselves – I cut them out.  I got one of the Wobbles in the set, along with the die for the feet.  The monster I cut out by hand, as I wanted to get rid of the bucket and mount it on a black card.

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I used Sakura Moonglow pens to write on the black card.  I am betting my niece is going to love this!

This AI Shakers set was so much fun to play with, too.  Go check out the Art Impressions Shaker Challenge to see some more fun shaker cards.

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Christians Beware!

We are losing people from the Body of Christ quite frequently.  If anyone asks them why, a frequent answer is, “Christians are worse than everyone else in the world!”  If you are a Christian, you’re probably going, “Huh?”  We are not being Christlike.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as in fact you are doing.”  That last phrase rarely applies, these days.

You know those people that seem to have it all together and you say hello to, but don’t take the time to get to know?  They may have it all together, or, their lives may be falling apart.  Maybe they are just introverts that are absolutely desperate for friends, but aren’t great at talking, or sharing, or even know how to be a friend, because they’ve never really had one.

That guy that you used to always see busily working in the church behind the scenes.  Maybe he used to laugh at your jokes, or try and kid with you.  You liked him, but never really got to know him.  Maybe he stopped laughing along so much, but you never asked why.  All of a sudden, he’s resigned from his position and he’s gone from the church.  Did you reach out to him to find out where he is, how he’s doing, what you can do for him?  He’s not the easiest guy to get to know, but he is definitely worth it.  Only, depression hit him really hard.  He prayed for help, but not one Christian took the time to notice that he wasn’t doing okay.  If God really loved him, surely God would have nudged one of “His” people to talk to him.  God’s people were just too busy taking care of all of our own things, our own problems, our own busy-ness that we didn’t pay attention.  Now that guy figures God just isn’t there.  Even after he told one or two strong Christians he’s really depressed, no one stepped out to really spend some time and talk to him, encourage him, or just be there for him.

That couple that slips in just as, or just after service starts and slips out just as fast at the end?  Have you taken the time to go find out their names?  Have you found out where they are from, how they met, what they do for a living?  Have you invited them over for dinner?  Have you even gone and sat with them?

You know that lady that smiles and says hello and occasionally asks how you’re doing?  Have you noticed that no one sits with her?  Maybe she looks like she’s involved in a lot of things and knows a lot of people, do you know that she’s the loneliest person in the world?  Maybe she doesn’t smile as much as she used to.  Did you take the time to ask her what’s wrong and be there for her?

That person that just looks different, not what you think a “christian” should look like, they may be the strongest Christian you’ll ever meet.  Just because life didn’t go according to plan, or someone didn’t meet God until after some living on their own, doesn’t mean they aren’t who God means them to be, where God means them to be.  And, they still need to be surrounded by other Christians, no matter how strong, or weak, their relationship with God is.

Those people that rarely have a prayer request, but on rare occasions will give one, that is a desperate request.  They ask you to pray for their child, because they are afraid their child is going to get caught up in something life altering and/or deadly.  They ask for you to pray for their health because it’s gotten so bad they are pretty sure they are going to die at any time.  They don’t want to and probably won’t give you details.  You don’t need to know the details, but you do need to get to know the person.  You need to pray for them, even when they aren’t around and don’t know that you’re praying.  You DON’T need to share their request with someone else, but you can ask others to remember them in their prayers.  Maybe you and some of your friends can take them to lunch or out for coffee and just include them.

The “church” is the body of Christ.  God has gifted each of us very differently.  We need to use those gifts to build up the rest of the body.  When a fingernail falls off, there is a reason.  When a toe goes completely numb, something is wrong.  Yes, we are all busy with our own lives and each of us has our own multitude of problems, but, Christ told us to be here for one another.  How can we share the love of Christ, when we don’t KNOW the people that are around us and don’t take the time to try?  Figure out how to use your gifts to benefit the body.  Then do it!

Oh yeah, those people that encourage others.  If they are the ones that encourage, who encourages them?  You don’t have to be an encourager to encourage someone.

I hope, if you are a Christian, you’ve been convicted to get to know those people around you in church.  Maybe a big hug isn’t what they need.  Don’t just say, “Hi, how are you doing?” and not take the time to listen and ask them about what they told you in a few days, or next week.  Really take the time to get to know the people around you.  You encourage them and build them up by being a friend who has gotten to know them, listens to them and that they can turn to and confide in.  That’s a lot easier for some people than it is for others.  Let’s get our faces out of FB, Twitter, every other social media outlet and our phones and build up the body of Christ.  We need to hold fast to one another.

Did you think of someone you haven’t seen at church in a while?  Maybe someone that you see at church, but looks like one of those people?  Call them!  Take the time to get to know them!  BE A FRIEND!  Will it be easy?  No.  Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.  Besides, this was what God told you to do.  Don’t believe me, read your Bible.  Check out the old and new testaments.

Shutter Card x2

Actually, it is a double shutter card.

Fold Challenge Finished

To make this fun card, I started with a double sided 12×12 sheet of paper.  This was heavy-weight paper, but not quite card weight.

Pick which direction you want your paper to go and cut 1″ off the top, then cut 5-1/2″ down further.


Set the 1 x 12″ piece to the side.  On the two 5-1/2″ pieces, score at 4″ 6″ 8″ and 10″.  If it matters which side is up, flip the 2nd piece before scoring.  (You’ll see why later in the instructions.)  Now, parallel to the long side, you want to cut at 1-3/4″ and 3-3/4″ between the 4″ and 10″ score lines.  (Yes, one of my cut lines went too far.  It still worked, as I covered the extended cut with another piece of patterned paper.)


Adhere the 4″ x 5-1/2″ sections on top of one another.  Fold mountain and valley until you get it looking similar to this.  You can see the 1″ piece on the table behind the card.  It is not attached.


Before adding your patterned paper pieces, determine which side of the paper you want showing.


Decorate as desired.  The easiest way to do the belly band, which holds the card closed, is to fold your card, lay the center of the belly band across the center and fold at the sides.  You will probably have a piece to trim off.  Adhere one end on top of the other and slide off.  You can decorate your belly band, as well.


After this was complete, it seemed a bit bare, so I added some embellishments.

Fold Challenge Finished

This really is pretty easy, once you fold and refold the strips to get them set up correctly.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go check out the challenge on WeCraftCards.com that is this fold.  You have a week to participate and be entered in a random drawing for a prize.  It’s free to join the side and it is a lot of fun.  I hope to see you there.