Shakin’ It Up

Any sort of interactive element on a card makes it that much more fun. Shaker elements are easy, so for this card, I made the whole background a shaker.

To make the shaker, I took a piece of medium weight paper, added some color using a brayer. I then took some of the plastic packaging stamp sets and most everything else come in and cut it down to a bit bigger than my piece. I used an anti static tool on both pieces, then put score tape on the back of my colored piece. Wrapped it fairly tightly across, then did one of the small sides. I did trim a bit at the corners, so the wrap wouldn’t stick out. Added a bit of the corn starch from my tool in the pocket and then started adding sequins, seed beads, some chunky glitter, etc. sealed that last end on the back and had my panel. I used more score tape to make sure it was sealed tightly and some going across to put it on the base card.

Stamped and colored my images and sentiment strip and used liquid adhesive to attach to the front. A couple could have been attached to the colored panel before making it into a shaker, but I wanted all of mine on the outside.

This was made for the MFT Camp Create Day 1 challenge. My nephew will be getting it for his birthday. I did stamp “Happy Birthday” inside.

It didn’t take too long and was a lot of fun to make. I know my nephew will enjoy it.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Shaking Up Some Fun

When I was checking my email today, I saw that the new A Blog Named Hero challenge was anything goes. Also saw a couple of videos on different ways of doing shaker cards (I’ve tried more than those). And, a friend recommended the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge as a great place for challenges. Their challenge, which ends today is to use hearts in some way. So . . . I had some fun.

Had some fun, as well as some frustration. I LOVE the color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts. However, they have these tiny little stamps for details that are next to impossible to line up properly because they are so stinkin’ small. The beak and eye detail stamp kept moving on me and never did quite line up properly.

I used their Color Layering Peacock, as well as their Color Layering Koi sets. The sentiment is from the Koi set. I also used some Distress inks to blend the background and do the peacock. The shaker uses a shimmer sheet and lots of shaker elements from who knows where. There are several heart pieces in the shaker elements. You can actually see some of the orange ones in this picture.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful week.

Shaker Valentine

I wanted to make a fun Valentine for my husband. Granted, he normally gets a few throughout the day. The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to make a shaker card, so I went with that, as I enjoy making shaker cards.

This was quite a fun one to make, as it has a huge shaker. I decided to put the sentiment on the inside as I didn’t want to cover up much of the shaker window.

There’s not a whole lot of room to write on this one as the base is black, but it’s still a fun card.

Products Used:

  • Black and White card stock
  • Circle Die
  • Rectangle Die
  • Tulle
  • Chunky Glitter
  • White & Silver paint pens
  • Altenew To the Moon set
  • Foam tape
  • Liquid Glue

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Try something new and just have fun doing it, no matter how it turns out.

Rainbow Shaker

I tried a rainbow in a different way and added, instead of a pot of gold, a gold shaker with a rainbow inside.  I was having fun.  The rainbow is for the MFT Summer School Day 2 challengeand the shaker is for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge.

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It does look better in real life, but it was fun.  Even though I had all my pieces laid out and the went completely around my rectangle, when it came to gluing them in, I got off.  Oh well, it left room for my sentiment.  Just a hint: stamping before putting your shaker on top (or anything large) works much better.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me!

Shakin’ Pocket

Okay, I did this card for 3 different challenges.

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The front follows the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge and uses their Cafe All Day Die-Namics, as well as a labels die from Spellbinders.  I also wanted to use it for the Mod Squad Challenge, so I used sticker borders for the sticker portion of the challenge.  The sequins are 4 different brown colors to imitate coffee.

Now, for the WeCraftCards challenge, it had to be a pocket card, so here’s the inside:

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Used more sticker borders on the inside, too.  Definitely had fun with this one.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.


Camp Create Day 3

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 3 was Spectacular Shakers:


For this one, I knew I wanted to use an alcohol ink background for the inside of the shaker, and I knew I wanted to do a tree.  What I wound up with was not at all what I had been imagining, but that’s how I create.

First I picked some paper that went with the alcohol ink panel I chose, then I found a tree die.  Cut the tree out of the paper, mounted the alcohol ink panel behind where it would be, created my shaker area with foam tape, added sequins that went with the colors in the background, stamped a sentiment on the paper and then had problems.  I used some silver pigment ink to stamp with, as I wanted it to shine.  Unfortunately, you couldn’t really see the sentiment.  So, went over it with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Following the lines of the sentiment wasn’t easy (it was also late at night and I don’t do late well).  Anyway, this is what I wound up with:

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Even though the sentiment is a bit wonky, I absolutely love the shaker part of it.  The sentiment stamp is from the Seasonal Sentiments set and is really pretty when done correctly.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Shake It

I knew what I wanted to do for the MFT Sketch challenge this week, pretty much when I saw it.  Had the whole thing planned out in my head, but that isn’t quite what I wound up making.  After I saw their color challenge, figured I could incorporate both into my shaker card.

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I knew there would be a slight edge around my card front, so took the time to ink each side in a different color (each one of the challenge colors.  The inside of the shaker is Pineapple Yellow (it’s more difficult to see in the picture than in real life).  I also used the yellow, orange, red, and bright blue as the colors of the sequins in my shakers.  It may not be exact, but I definitely had fun with this one, both with colors and the sketch.  The shaker part just makes it fun!

I actually used my Silhouette to cut the “bubbles” and their rings, though I could have used any of my circle cutters.  I cut the front panel, then “offset” it to get the “rings”.  I cut three of the rings in white, one in Blu Raspberry, and one in Pineapple.  I kept the inside of the Pineapple to make the bottoms of the shakers, too.  Used liquid adhesive to put them all together.  For the front of my shaker, I used some organza.  I like it as it allows the sequins to move around, without falling out.  The stamp set I used is the BB Adorable Elephants from MFT.  The ink for the sentiment is MFT Blu Raspberry.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today!

Shake It Up Baby!

I’m hosting the challenges at for this week.  For the Monday challenge, I want everyone to make a shaker card.

You saw my first example, yesterday (the maze).  Here are two more shaker examples.

On the pear card, I used a Queen and Company kit to make it.  Granted, the card for the pieces of the pear were not part of the kit, but the beads, the foam piece, the sentiment stamp, the twine, and the background paper were.

The hippo card used an MFT stamp set called Happy Hippos, some tulle, a few assorted sequins and lots of score tape.  Used two colors of card, too.  To make the window, I layered the top piece over the base card, used a die and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  That cut all the way through the top piece and 98% of the way through the top of the base card.  Granted, I ran it through open, so it wouldn’t mess up the bottom of the base card.  Spent a lot of time coloring birds, then gluing them back to back.  The birds are blue on one side and yellow on the other.  Stamped a bit on the inside, so it shows through the window, as well.  This doesn’t leave much room to write inside, where it won’t show through, but I didn’t stamp the back, so I can write there, too.  It does make a fun card.

So, go check out the challenge, and join in, if you want.  If you don’t want to join there, please post a shaker card you’ve made in the comments.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Huge thanks to all of the soldiers serving all over the world to protect me, my family, and every other person here, and our freedom.  Your service means more than words can ever say.  My appreciation goes to your families, as well.  They go through so much so you can serve, so they are serving our country, too.  Thank you.

My Kind of Retirement

Okay, so I showed you some retirement cards last week.  But, I hadn’t been able to get the one I wanted to do completed.  Worked on it this week and finally got it working correctly.

5-26-18 Retirement Maze

It’s not perfect and though this was the best picture I got of it, it isn’t a fabulous picture.  Wound up layering 8 layers of card with the maze and the frame.  Then added the acetate cover and a cover panel.  It is one very thick card.  So thick, I had to make a custom envelope for it.  However, the little balls move around, this time.  The card is done in Arizona Diamondback colors, as that is the retiree’s favorite team.  And the white ball is the one he’s supposed to get to the finish.  The rest are there as distractions.  I wound up having to use glue on each layer of the maze, and the end of a paintbrush to move it into place.  Needless to say, by the time I got 8 layers done, there was a bit of glue that had gotten onto the base.  So, wound up using my anti-static pad (cornstarch pouch) all over it to make sure no sticky was left, after it dried.

The inside was totally personalized, so didn’t show that.

This was the idea that occurred to me a few months ago.  It was more difficult to put together than anticipated and didn’t turn out quite how I had it pictured, but I think the retiree will enjoy it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go enjoy the rest of your day.

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.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!