Shake It, Shake It!!

I’ve had a lot of sticky fun preparing my projects for this weeks’ challenge over at Sentimental Sundays!!  We are sponsored by The Cutting Cafe for this challenge and our theme (if you haven’t guessed already!) is Shaker Cards!!

I have two cards to share with you today – here’s the first one:

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I used the butterfly topper cut file for this card.  Although I have made shakers before, I had a quick peek at the handy tutorial video that is available on The Cutting Cafe website and found out it is loads easier (and cheaper) to use foam sheet to raise the panel, rather than double sided foam tape which gets stuck to everything!

I couldn’t bring myself to leave off the cut out butterflies, so I folded them in half to add dimension, and stuck them to the vellum with a little Glossy Accents.  I also like the way I hid the shaker area of the cards a little by doing this!

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on a scrap of fuchsia card, popped it up on 3D pads and added a silver brad.

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My second card is one for my (tiny) Christmas card pile!  Using the star shaker topper this time, I cut the star from Kraft card and added a little vellum for the panel, instead of acetate, giving a frosted look to the panel.  Inside, I used up some left over sequins and seed beads in shades of gold and yellow.  As the shaker panel is 3D by design, I simply stuck the panel to a slightly larger gold glittercard star and popped it on the card, leaving a couple of points hanging over the edge of the cardbase.

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The sentiment was printed directly onto a scrap of Kraft card (I love the way this font looks hand stamped!), and a star punched out of the banner.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love a shaker card!!  Take a little time to make one this week, and come over to Sentimental Sundays to share it with us!

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Pop Up Star Card

I don’t know about you, but I find it really difficult to focus on making a card I really don’t like the design of…  That’s what happened to me this week.  I have been making a batch of personalised Christmas cards for a friend, based around cards I have made previously, however I just couldn’t bring myself to re-create this card – I wasn’t entirely happy with the way it turned out the first time; I had an idea in my head and I just couldn’t make it work.  Luckily, my friend was happy to leave me to it….as long as the final card was in West Ham football club colours (sky blue and burgundy).

I was stuck for inspiration – I’ve been so busy recently that I just came to a screeching halt.  Then I saw this card at and I thought I’d see if I could come up with something similar.


Here’s my card:half cut stars full

I used my Silhouette to create the partially cut star shapes in the sky blue card, then placed some burgundy card behind and added some 3D pads behind the shapes too, to pop them open.

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The sentiment was printed directly onto the white cardstock, using the NeoRetroDraw font.

And, the best bit of all, it only took 20 minutes from start to finish!  By far the quickest Christmas card I’ve made this season 🙂

Thanks for reading x