Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More Shake Tags

I love how the same basic design of a project can turn out completely different just be changing the colours and embellishments.

These pretty shaker tag were create with the same basic supplies as my birthday tag form yesterday's post. I simple chose different colours, embellishments and one of the other Four Frame stamps.

This one uses the filigree frame. Which made me think of my grandmother. So I turned it into a bit of an antique design, choosing lace, flowers and soft cream/brown hues.

The little flowers were stamped in black ink and then I sponged them with a little brown and dark red. I shape the petals a little and twisted 2 into smaller buds. Each has a rhinestone centre that was coloured with alcohol markers.
The ruler/yard stick at the bottom was a scrap of a self adhesive border.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections - ivory, rest is old Bazzill
Ink: Colorbox Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan, Memento - Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso - SU
Stamps: Four Frames - SU, Petite Petals - SU
Punches: Deco Frame - SU, Petite Petals - SU
Die: Two Tags - SU
Misc.: foam tape, acetate, rhinestones (1 for each flower center), 5/8" taupe lace ribbon, clear micro beads, yard stick border - K & Company -  Julianne


The little bird frame inspired autumn.  I coloured the bird with alcohol markers to resemble a robin. Going with the fall theme I coloured the flowers yellow and brown. I kept the front of the tag rather simple and now wonder if maybe stamping it with a darker red or brown using a background stamp such as a wood texture would maybe enhance the autumn feeling a little.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso & Mossy Meadow - SU
Markers: SU Blendabilities - Daffodile Delight, Old Olive, Skintone, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Four Frames - SU, Petite Petals - SU
Punches: Deco Frame - SU, Petite Petals - SU
Die: Two Tags - SU
Misc.: foam tape, acetate, Always Asparagus seam binding, clear micro beads,

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Birthday Shaker Tag

This past week has been a busy one for me. Most of the week I attended a work related training seminar and therefore had very little time (nor energy) to create anything.

Yesterday I felt rather uninspired but thank goodness today I had some time and the creative juices started flowing. My inspiration came from my last card, the one with the cute little micro bead shaker.

This time I made several shaker tags. I love how fast & easy these come together when using a stamp set and matching punch (or die).

I decided to use the deco label punch and Four Frames stamp set to create four different looks with the same shaker technique.


Here is a closer look at the Birthday tag.


I die cut the tag from light blue cardstock, then punched the deco label from the bottom (as high as the punch will reach) making sure to center it. Next I sponged the edges of the tag in blue.

I then stamped the frame and sentiment on a scrap piece (approx. 2" x 3") of white cardstock.
I cut foam tape into strips and attached it around the stamped image to create my shaker frame.


I cut a 2" x 3" piece of clear acetate and using my trusty Mono Multi liquid glue adhered it to the back of my blue tag. I then filled my shaker base with some micro beads, removed the adhesive from the back of the foam frame and carefully placed my blue tag on top, ensuring the opening is centered over the stamped image, pressing a little around the opening edges to make sure the foam tape adhered.

I then used several foam dots (and some scrap) the same thickness as my foam tape on the back of the tag and adhered a white layer slightly bigger than the blue tag.


I hand trimmed the white cardstock to approx. 1/8" width all around. That's it. The shaker tag is done and ready to be decorated.

I chose to add a few punch art balloons and a white organza bow. The punch art is not my design, you can find the instructions for the basic small oval balloon here. I did mix it up by making a larger oval and a heart balloon in addition to the 2 small balloons.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections - white, all others Bazzill
Ink: Marina mist, Daffodil Delight - SU
Stamps: Four Frames - SU, Vintage Labels - SU
Punch: Deco Label - SU, Small oval - SU, Small wide oval - SU, Owl Builder - SU, Medium Heart - Emagination
Die: Two Tags - SU
Misc.: foam tape, acetate, white gel pen, mini rhinestones, 5/8" white organza ribbon, clear micro beads

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Simple Shaker Card

I remember shakers being all the rage about 15 years ago. I made them filled with metallic confetti, seed beads, punch outs, shrinky dink creations ... you name it I tried it.
Then they got old and I put away my confetti and such to never give them a second thought again.

Well recently I've been seeing more and more shakers on cards so I thought I'd incorporate them into mine once again.

I was puzzling over what to fill it with though. I tried sequins (which seems to be the go-to-filler these days), but found it was getting stuck to the foam tape edges and didn't look very nice.
I have to note here that I currently only have 1/16" foam tape and for a proper shaker needed to layer it. This is not the best idea. As hard as I tried there were sticky edges in the layers.
Of course I had the same results with the metallic confetti (and I still have a ton of this in various themes (wedding, fall, baby....).

I must have pulled apart my card 3 or more times to change out the content and wasn't happy with any of it.  I then decided to look through my abundant stash of embellishments. And what do you know, I came across a large jar of those tiny clear micro beads (no holes). I've had these for more than 12 years, gathering dust. I used to stamp images and then cover it with the beads for a unique glass effect. But the results were rather heavy, so I haven't used them in forever.

I decided to use a small scoop of these, and guess what, I love how this turned out and I love how the beads roll inside the shaker. I doubt I am the first to use them for this purposes but to me it is a new and versatile solutions for these old micro beads. And to top it off, they are clear so the image I stamped inside the shaker can still be seen no matter where the beads are. Win, win if you ask me. You can bet I will be making more shakers filled with these beads.

So without any further ado here is the card I made.



I kept it somewhat simple so the focus is on my shaker, which contains the greeting.
Now although the shaker is shaped, my "box" is a simple square behind the cut out.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Bazzill colours
Stamps: You're Lovely - SU, Kinda Eclectic - SU
Die: Deco sables Framelits - SU
Punches: banner punch - SU, 1 1/4" square - SU (for large banner tails)
Embossing folder: Cloudy Day - SU
Alcohol markers: Copic: Y21, Y23, YR02, Blendabilities by SU- Skintone and Old Olive
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky, Tangelo Twist, So Safron, Old Olive - SU
Misc.: Acetate, Foam mounting tape, clear micro beads

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Friday, August 14, 2015

CAS Best Thoughts

Here is one more card created with SU's Best Thoughts stamp set. This time I decided to go the CAS (clean-and-simple) route. I always find it amazing how versatile one image can be.
Just looking at the three cards I made with this set, a simple change in style can makes this image look so very different.

I kept my background very simple - white, but textured by use of embossing folder.
I coloured my flowers with lighter colours, which seem to give the card a spring like feeling.
I also speckled my mat by flicking my marker pens above the paper.


I couldn't quite resist adding a few little pearls that I coloured using Copics to match the colour of the flowers and a very sheer organza bow. The flower image was die cut and adhered with a little bit of foam tape (very shallow, only about 1/16" thick).

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Best Thoughts - SU
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Alcohol markers: Copic -R11, R22, R24, YG03, YG25, W1, W3, W5, Blendabilities by SU - Lightest of Olive Green
Misc.: foam tape, little self adhesive pearls (Recollections), 5/8" peach organza ribbon

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Best Thoughts with a touch of Goth

This is my second card using the Best Thoughts SU stamp set.
I decided to colour the image with markers and let my daughter's passion for the Goth style inspire my colour choices.


This image was stamped in black ink on white cardstock and then coloured using alcohol markers. I also added a light shadow to the right of the image.
My shading isn't perfect yet, but it's slowly getting there.

I die cut the image, stamped the butterfly on a scrap piece and then fussy cut it.
I embosser a piece of red cardstock, then die cut into a banner. The black background was also embossed. Both embossed pieces were inked with white pearlescent ink to enhance the raised design.

The sentiment was stamped and die cut, I trimmed the bottom of the design as I found it too large for my card.
The flower image was attached with foam mounting tape (1/8" thick) and the butterfly with a 1/4" foam square.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Best Thoughts - SU, Morning Meadow - SU
Embossing folders: Fancy Fan - SU, Heart Entwined - Elizabeth Craft
Dies: Banners Framelits - SU, Deco Labels Framelits - SU, Apothecary Accents - SU
Ink: Tuxedo Black - Memento, |Cherry Cobbler  SU, Pealescent white - Club Scrap
Markers: Love Green, Cherry Cobbler - SU Blendabilites, Dark Red (R89), Warm Gray (W1, W3, W5), Maize (Y35), Cool Gray (C7),Light Orange (YR02) - Copic
Misc.: Foam mounting tape

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