Monday, 12 October 2015

shake shake shake

Shakers make for fun cards
and I'm hoping the Birthday Girl enjoys hers.

 Here is a close-up to show the dimension and how the colours of the sequins match the patterned paper perfectly.  There is a sheet of foam between the patterned paper & the mauve mat and another sheet between the mauve mat & the dark purple base ... I wanted to have lots of room for plenty of sequins and a lot of shaking.  I adhered some of the sequins and the tiny "negative" bits from the middle of the sequins in the window so that it wasn't empty when standing upright.  My Silhouette Pick-Me-Up Tool came in very handy for picking up and placing them all.
The balloons are a combination from three different sets (details below).  I couldn't resist adding a smiley face to a heart balloon and adhered it to a dark purple one so that you could see it clearly.
There are six balloons as the birthday girl is turning six real soon.
I tied holographic thread to each balloon then knotted them together, securing the knot in a brad which I put through the decorative strip.  One balloon was adhered directly to the card, the others were a combination of single or double layered foam dots.  Can you see how I curled the ends of the balloon strings?  I confess, it took me longer to get these balloons sorted than it did to make the rest of the card but it was worth every minute of the delicate fiddling about.

I layered three dark purple sentiments under the mauve top layer for extra POP.

I just had to share another photo, the sequins sparkle and, as they're almost holographic, the purple, pink and aqua shades change as they move.

  1. Fundamentals (Ruby Rock-It) A5 Stepper Card Base - yes, I trimmed off the front stepper part - I love making tall top-folding cards, these are a great size (8 1/4" tall) and so sturdy.
  2. American Crafts textured cardstock
  3. Kaisercraft - Fairy Tales 12x12" Paper Pad
  4. Winnie & Walter - In A Word - Happy Cutaway
  5. Sizzix Framelits Regal Card Stand-Ups die set by Stephanie Barnard - "birthday" word die
  6. Paper Smooches - Pinked Circles Dies
  7. Paper Smooches - Big Balloon Dies
  8. Paper Smooches - Balloon Dies
  9. Lil' Inker Designs - Balloon Dies
  10. Maria George sequins - Princess Mix
  11. Foam sheets
  12. Holographic thread

          I have entered my card in the following challenges:          

Here is the sketch that Gayatri created for this WCMD challenge, I flipped it for my card.
As there was so much action happening in the shaker area, I thought that the big two line sentiment was enough together to balance it and keep with the design of the sketch.
Gayatri_Sketch for WCMD

The challenge is to create and share a never before published card using what you have on hand AND to link at least three or more products used to the store.
This chunky card will be mailed with Charley's birthday present.

PURPLE is the colour of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes. 
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet. 

And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.  And yet, it's something that is rarely talked about in very public ways. It's something that's hidden and hushed.

With the help of Becca Cruger (our Blog Hop Hostess), crafters from all over the world are banding together to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and say STOP!

There are a lot more details to be found on Becca's Blog "Damsel of Distressed"
YOU can help say STOP, create a purple card, share it on Becca's Blog and have the chance to win from one of the generous The Hop To Stop sponsors.

PLEASE take the time to join The Hop To Stop and visit some of the blogs linked there.
So many wonderful cards, so many tragic stories, so many brave souls, so many messages of hope!!!



  1. That is such a cute the smiling heart :)
    Thank you so much for stopping by at my blog and leaving a wonderful comment :)

    1. Thank You Lavina :)
      FYI - the eyes and smile are a separate die in the balloons set, so you can add them to anything, anywhere ... always adding a touch of FUN!!!
      It was a pleasure to visit your blog, I was inspired and look forward to visiting again!!!

  2. This is utterly adorable! I love the curled strings on the balloons - isn't it funny how the tiniest details take up the most time but are SO worth it? :D

  3. What a fun way to use a shaker card! Love all the sparkle and shine--it really looks like a festive birthday. Thanks for sharing in the Hop to Stop!

  4. ohhh! I love this as a shaker, and the balloons are too darn cute!

  5. Well now I just have good ol' T-swift stuck in my head. :) Thanks! haha. This card is adorable! So cheerful - I just love it! Thank you for continuing to support the Hop to Stop!

  6. so cute,love these shaker cards and all the glitter involved!

  7. I love shaker cards! This is so super cute and fun! I love all the balloons, especially the smiley faced heart! Beautiful purple card for the Hop to Stop! Thank you for caring about this issue and for supporting the hop!

  8. What a fun card! I love the sequins you have used. they add such sparkle to your card!

  9. Love this! Love all the colorful sequins and love that smiley face balloon...


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