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A Simple Shaker Card

I used to make shaker cards ALL.THE.TIME.  It’s been FOREVER since I’ve made one, so today was the day!  I was inspired by challenge GDP174 from the Global Design Project for this week.

This image immediately brought a shaker to mind, Ionly had to figure out what stamp set to use.  Since I just made a card with Butterfly Gala Bundle, I had supplies out on my desk for that bundle so I went with it!

I have been dying to give the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits a try, so that became the base of my design.  I chose to do a flat shaker to keep it easier.  The card is simply a Granny Apple Green card base with a layer of the same color card stock and a designer paper as the top layer.  I would have used designer paper by itself, but with a shaker you want a sturdier cover.  The paper comes from the gorgeous FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.

I cut the center of the shaker frame with a stitched rectangle, then created a frame to go over top with two dies cut at the same time.

As you can see, you just set them evenly on the Big Shot to cut out a perfect frame.

The shaker portion is just Iridescent Sequins inside a small bag.  I taped the bag to the back of the front layer of card before attaching it to the card base.  Use Tear & Tape adhesive for a firm hold.  More info about how to make shaker cards of all styles can be found HERE.

For the final touches, I added a strip of Pineapple Punch card stock with the sentiment.  I added a small butterfly that was stamped with Memento Black Ink and colored with Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  I originally thought I would use both the large and small butterflies that I stamped and punched out, but the small by itself was all the card needed.  Over all, I am super pleased with how today’s shaker card turned out!

A big thanks to the Global Design Project team for the inspiration!!

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A Nice Cuppa

Ready for another sneak peek??  Today I have a card for you featuring A NICE CUPPA and the coordinating designer paper HAVE A CUPPA.

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What a fun stamp set!  It also has a set of matching thinlits that you can purchase with the stamps in a bundle and save 15%, love it!!

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I added a little tea bag to the cup with a little baker’s twine and a dimensional, a sweet little extra touch!

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My inspiration for today’s card came from the sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.  I kept to just a few colors that I pulled from the designer paper.  You will love this new HAVE A CUPPA designer paper stack, it’s full of lovely designs!

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I hope today’s sneak peek card has you inspired!  You can find more inspiration for this week’s sketch challenge at Try Stampin’, I hope you’ll join us!

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Holly Jolly Greetings

I’ve gone clean and simple today with a card featuring the HOLLY JOLLY GREETINGS BUNDLE.

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Sometimes simple is just the way to go!

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For inspiration, I used the color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary.

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They have a two week color challenge that I just couldn’t resist!  I am really into using unusual colors for Christmas and Basic Black is one of my favorites to use.

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Even though the card is simple it still has sparkle and shine!  I heat embossed the snowflake for some shine.  Then I added in a gold glimmer paper die cut for some sparkle.  I also added in a few random gold sequins because as you know I believe sequins make everything look better!  And that’s it!  An easy peasy but still happy and sparkly Christmas card!

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Cozy Christmas in Black and White

I’ve gone with a bit of a different color scheme for today’s Christmas card…..it’s all in black and white.

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It all started with the WINTER WONDERLAND VELLUM STACK.  Some of the designs are black so I thought why not do an entire card with black and white.  COZY CHRISTMAS has a lovely little scene that works perfectly with the vellum that has the pine trees.

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I added a layer of the BLACK GLIMMER PAPER from Halloween, it fit well with the sketch challenge I used for inspiration.

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It’s the sketch from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.   Now you can see how the black glimmer paper fit in so well!

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I added in a couple of the larger silver sequins from the Cottage Greetings card kit and a white embossed sentiment to finish off the card.  And as always the envelope is stamped to coordinate.

I hope you’ll join the challenge with me.  You have two weeks to add a card to the line up.  Just visit Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday for all the details plus more great samples from the Design Team.

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May Your Season Sparkle

Christmas cards can be extra easy when you have gorgeous designer paper to give you a hand.  Today’s Santa card has minimal stamping but lots of sparkle.

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Isn’t this colorful and fun!  I just love the Home for Christmas designer paper.  Cutting out pieces of the designs to use in place of stamps adds a whole new dimension to card making.

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Santa and the tree along with a plethora of gifts were all fussy cut to embellish the top of the card.  But what really makes this card sparkle is the gorgeous red glimmer paper bow.  It makes the card look like one of Santa’s gifts!  Let me show you where the inspiration came from….

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There’s a great sketch this week at Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.  The bow is where I started building my card.  Red glimmer paper and Santa are a great match!

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This card was so much fun to create, I highly recommend cutting up your designer paper for beautiful cards!  To learn more about this week’s challenge stop by Try Stampin’ for all the details plus more fabulous cards with this week’s sketch.

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Cozy Christmas

I have a really fun shaker for you today!  I made a cozy little snow globe with Cozy Christmas.

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Bet you didn’t expect these colors for a Christmas shaker card!  I know it’s a little unusual, but I think it works.  Guess where I got this color combo?? Yep, it’s from Create with Connie and Mary!

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I love being able to use black glimmer paper for something other than Halloween, so that’s how this card got started!  I pulled out my glimmer paper and the Winter Wonderland Vellum.  The black stripes look amazing with the black glimmer.

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I kept the center of the card neutral with Smokey Slate which makes the bold red glimmer sentiment really pop.

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I couldn’t resist adding in a few silver sequins, I figured the card could handle just a little more bling!  Lots of glimmer today for this fun shaker with non-traditional colors.  I didn’t have Cozy Christmas on my radar at first, but I am so glad I bought it!  That’s it for me today, see you Saturday for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!

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Golden Grateful

There are two beautiful sets of vellum in the catalog, one of which is WINTER WONDERLAND.  It has black, gold and silver tones and is perfect for Christmas and winter cards.  But, I wanted to make a fall card with this lovely vellum and it worked beautifully!

Golden GratefulIsn’t this really rich looking!  Gold is a perfect match with the Soft Suede card base.

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Did you notice that there’s no stamping!!  This card is all about the Big Shot so it came together easily.

The inspiration for this card came from the sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.

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I love the simplicity of the design, so many options for your cards!!

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Once my card base was embossed, all I had to do was add a couple layers of vellum plus gold glimmer paper. With all the gold,  I needed a bolder greeting that would stand out.  “Grateful” die cut in Early Espresso did the job quite well.  It was bold enough to stand out, but it still was cohesive.

This would be a lovely card in Christmas colors, you could make a bunch to mail out quite easily.  Check back tomorrow for the last of the October My Paper Pumpkin cards that I made.  Sorry I didn’t get to share them last week as planned, life kinda took over!  See you tomorrow!

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A Blackberry Bliss Wonderland

I have fallen in love with WONDERLAND in the Holiday Catalog.  You can do so many GORGEOUS cards with this stamp set!

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See what I mean!  And even better is the fact that this card was pretty simple to make!  It actually has a couple of techniques that come together for the WOW factor.

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It all started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock if you can believe that!  I brayered on Blackberry Bliss ink with it being darker at the bottom and lighter at the top.  Once I was happy with how the ink looked, I stamped the trees with Black Archival ink.

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I added in some of the beautiful WINTER WONDERLAND DESIGNER VELLUM and a couple of banners.  The Silver Foil banner has “Silent Night” embossed in silver for a lovely effect.  Before I forget, let me show you where the inspiration for this card came from.

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I used the sketch challenge from Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday.  Now the vellum and banners will make more sense!

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Looking at the whole card again, you can see that I added more silver embossing to continue the sentiment in the lower right corner.  And as always there are sequins on this card, but you aren’t surprised!

So this card may look super difficult, but it’s really not!  If you are interested in seeing how I did this, let me know and maybe I’ll put together a quick video.

To find out more about this sketch challenge, visit Try Stampin’ -or not- on Tuesday where you’ll see more beautiful card samples from the Design Team.

Come back tomorrow for more samples from the October My Paper Pumpkin kit, I have 2 beautiful cards to share!

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