Sunshine Shaker

I can’t believe there are only two more weeks of August left! As usual, summer has flown by and, as usual, I’m just about ready for some cooler fall weather.However, I have certainly enjoyed the summer of 2016, making lots of extra trips to the beach this year and enjoying what’s left of what was a pretty great tan.

Sunset shaker card

Today I’m sharing a card project that came out of some experimenting I did as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Just for kicks, I did some ink blending on a cardstock panel and added some water splatters – which showed up pretty well because I used cardstock and not watercolor paper, but I ended up with a bit of warping, too. You win some, you lose some. The panel looked like a summer sunset to me, so I ran with it.

Sunshine shaker card

I cut the panel down and stamped the Hello sentiment from the SSS Flip Flop Season stamp set. I used a sheet protector and my fuse tool to turn the panel into a shaker card – adding lots of seed beads and sequins inside. I also stamped some flip flops on a piece of scrap from the ink blended panel and mounted those on the outside of the shaker.

Sunset shaker card

I hope everyone enjoys these last few weeks of summer!

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Fuse Tool Fun

Hello Birthday Girl 2

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start cranking out some birthday cards to get a good jump on them this year. I always kick myself when I don’t have one on hand to send out when someone’s birthday creeps up on me. It’s all part of my resolution to be more organized in 2016.

fuse tool

I also picked up a W R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool in November and finally put it to use a week or so ago. It’s great for creating quick shaker cards that aren’t so bulky. I also plan to use it for some photo album projects in the future. Essentially, you fuse two layers of plastic together using the heat of the tool and one of the nibs. I used a plastic stamp pocket for this – I just cut it to size and fused three sides together using the ruler as a guide. I tucked in a piece of patterned paper and added some sequins to the front before sealing up the fourth side.


Hello Birthday Girl 1

The patterned paper and the sequins used for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I also added a few seed beads to the shaker pocket. The “Hello” sentiment is the SSS Painted Hello die. I cut it out several times on black card stock and stacked them up on top of each other to give it a chipboard feel. The “Birthday Girl” sentiment comes from a Wplus9 stamp set called Hand Lettered Hello (which I use all the time…). I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink on a piece of white cardstock and glued everything onto the shaker window with some glossy accents glue – because that stuff is strong!

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 1

I followed the same principles for the second card – sequins and patterned paper from a past SSS Monthly Card Kit, a few seed beads, SSS and Wplus9 sentiment combo. For this card, though, I mounted the window onto a piece of gray and white patterned paper before mounting it onto  an A2-sized card base.

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 2

I’ll certainly be making more of these!



You Lift Me Up // Another Vellum Shaker Card

SC You Lift Me UpPhew, it’s been a while since my last post. It’s also been a while since I’ve made a card. I’m having serious withdrawals. Right now, about 99% of my time (outside of work) is taken up with prepping our new house. We’ve removed all kinds of wallpaper, and have added a layer of drywall to all of the to-be-painted rooms, and now we’re in the sanding and painting phase. Things are coming along. Slowly but surely. Otherwise, I’ve had no time to be creative and it’s making me a bit sad. Soon, I hope.

You Lift Me Up CardTo cure the longing, at least temporarily, I’m sharing a card I made several months ago using the Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit, some vellum, embossing powder, a Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, a sewing machine.  I’m a little obsessed with using a sewing machine and thread to make shaker cards. I love how the vellum creates a soft look and allows you to make a shaker card with a lot less bulk (so it’s easier to send through the mail). I left little tails of thread hanging off of each side of the card because it somehow reminded me of hot balloons, or balloons in general, and added a little more whimsy.

Happy Wednesday!


Sending Prayers & Love // A Sympathy Card

Sending Prayers & LoveWell, my husband and I bought a house! And just a few days after closing on our house, my husband’s mother passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, we have a lot going on at the moment, and I”m not sure I”m ready to blog about much of it yet, but I do plan to share some info on our house projects soon!

Today, (perhaps ironically), I want to share this card. It’s a sympathy card that I made for a friend a few months ago using the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, some vellum and my trusty sewing machine! I stamped and heat embossed the sending sentiment on a piece of vellum that I had cut to fit over he 4.24″ X 5″ card base. I then stamped envelopes in various colors on the card base, die cut some hearts (I used washi tape on card stock in colors that coordinated with the inks I used), and assembled the shaker by sewing the vellum panel onto the card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts Sympathy CardIt’s always hard to lose a loved one. I hope this bright and cheery card helped to ease some of my friend’s pain.

Stamps: Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)

Inks: Wplus9 Dye Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods (the tiny heart die)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Vellum

Other: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, 3m foam tape, Scotch washi tape, sewing machine


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A Birthday Shaker Card & An Envelope to Match

A few weeks ago, a cute little girl I know turned 1. It’s amazing how time flies.

Birthday Shaker Card & Envelope

To go along with Sadie’s gift, I made a cute shaker card (in the hopes that she’d have fun shaking it), and a watercolored envelope to match.

Cupcake Birthday Shaker Card

For the card, I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then used a stitched circle die to cut the shaker window. I stamped a cute little cupcake on another panel, to sit right in the window.  To fill the shaker, I used an assortment of sequins, seed beads and die-cut stars. I then added the “HOORAY!” sentiment on a strip of slate cardstock that I cut to fit across the bottom of the window. The sentiment is heat embossed and the strip is popped off of the window using some foam tape.

Hooray Birthday CardBefore adding the shaker panel to the card base, I decided to put some of pink vellum polka dot paper on the card base to give it a little more interest.

Watercolor Envelope

For the envelope, I used some Canson watercolor paper and my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. I found a scripty font that I liked (check out my post about free calligraphy fonts here), and replicated it on the envelope front using a versa mark pen. Then I added some gold embossing powder over the versa mark ink and heat embossed it. Then, I added a water color wash over the top (the heat embossing resists the watercolor). After the first watercolor wash dried, I added another wash, just to give it a little more depth and interest.

Sadie's Gift Bag

I had so much fun putting this gift bag together. Pink, pink and more pink!



Shake, Shake, Shake! // Two Vellum Shaker Cards

These two cards are my very first shaker cards! Essentially, they are made with a panel full of sequins that move around when you shake the card. I’ve noticed that many shaker cards are made with an acetate or clear panel on the front, so you can see right through to the sequins, but since I didn’t have any acetate on hand, I decided to use vellum and I love the translucent, soft effect it gives. Sparkle and Shine Shaker CardI love how colorful this first card turned out. I used the Small Stitched Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to create the window panel and to cut the vellum to the correct size. I then stamped and heat embossed the Sparkle and Shine sentiment with Liquid Platinum embossing powder (both of which came in my December Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kit). To put the shaker panel together, I added two layers of double sided foam tape all around the window and dropped a multitude of gem-colored sequins (i may have gone a little overboard here) onto the back panel of the card. I also glued some sequins directly to the back panel of the window, just so they’d always stay put when all the other sequins fall to the bottom of the card. I then adhered the window down to the back pannel. The sequins I used are a combination of Moonshine Sequins from Simon Says Stamp and an assortment of gem tone sequins I got from Michaels, –  can’t remember the brand :(  After the shaker panel was put together, I mounted it onto a piece of patterned paper, and then onto a 4.25″ x 5″ card base.

Snow Much Thanks Shaker CardThis second card is a bit more…subtle? it was pretty difficult to photograph because I used white embossing powder on the vellum this time (and because I really need to get my lighting situation figured out). The process of putting the card together was pretty much the same, although I used the stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp for this one, and made the window a bit more interesting by inlaying a small window of purple patterned paper inside the larger window.

Vellum Shaker CardI also stamped some stars and asterisks on the back panel of the window, behind the vellum, with white ink covered with Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls. The stamps, white ink pad, Perfect Pearls and patterned paper all came from the January SSS card kit (I love those things). For the “shakers” I used moonshine sequins and used a little more restraint this time :)

SSS January Card Kit Shaker CardI also stamped a few stars and an asterisk on the inside of the card, and embellished them with some perfect pearls –  just to add a little somethin’ somethin.’