Red, White & Blue

Something that is going to be really fun this year is making shaker cards.  You know the ones that have a window and behind it there are sequins, or punched shapes that move around.  Stampin’ Up! finally added Foam Adhesive Strips to our product line and they are PERFECT for shaker cards.

Here is one that I made in Red, White and Blue – just in time for the 4th of July holiday coming up here in the USA.


Dapper Denim, Real Red, Whisper White and a pinch of glittery silver make this a fun card.

I used the new Confetti Celebrations stamp set and the Sprinkles punch.  I punched sprinkles out of the Denim, the Red and Silver Glimmer paper.  I also used the new Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  It’s a fun shaker card for any patriotic or July celebration.

I’m going to cut out a silver 50 to add for a 50th birthday card that I need this month.

Let’s Celebrate!


Owl Be Yours

Quick, Quick don’t miss out on this stamp set – Gift Givers.  It is in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday mini catalog and today is the last day to order from it.  This turned out to be my favorite stamp set from the mini catalog.  And here is one more card for you – a Valentine’s Day card…..

This card idea was from the Birmingham Regional that I got to attend in the fall.  And it is a fun Shaker Card!  this one has hearts in the shaker –

These are the tiny hearts from the two step owl punch.  To create the shaker frame I used the foam circles in the Holiday Mini – good news they are on the carry-over list and will still be available!  I know they are circles and my shape was a heart but I just snipped, bent and pieced circles into a heart shape.  Here is the inside –

Yes it is time to think about Valentine’s Day now that New Years has passed.  So this was the first idea and I’ll have more for you – some great new products in the Occasions Mini Catalog that are perfect for Valentine’s Day – that starts tomorrow.

I better tell you what else from the Holiday Mini will still be available –

Glimmer Paper in Red and Silver

Holiday Stocking Die

Peek-a-boo Frames Die

Stocking Accents Die

1×8 cello bags (yeah!)

Spice Cake Designer Fabric

1″ Square Punch

Dazzling Details

Love Blossoms Wheel

Shaker Frames

Pewter Embossing Powder

Snowburst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


And a few things are in the next mini catalog so you’ll still be able to get those too –

Simply Scored tool, markers and stylus

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – Holidays

Kraft Gift Box


The stocking builder punch is NOT coming back so if you want it, and didn’t get it, you better do it tonight.

That’s it for now!

Kaleidoscope Card Tutorial

As promised here is my tutorial for the Kaleidoscope card.  The pictures weren’t sticking in the positions that I wanted so I have added captions on them in case they get in a wacky order when they display on your computer.  You can click on the pictures to see a larger version.   At the end is a pdf file which you should be able to download and it might be easier to follow than the actual post on the computer.


This is my Kaleidoscope card made with the Circle Circus stamp set featured in the July 2009 Royal Blog Tour

Basic Supply List:

  • Card stock – Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
  • Window Sheets – Medium
  • Ribbon – Old Olive wide Grosgrain
  • Punches: 1-3/4” Circle, Word Window
  • Classic Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Ballet Blue, Basic Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • Stampin’ Write Markers – Pumpkin Pie, Ballet Blue
  • Bead Duos – Blue, Orange
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade
  • Jumbo Brad
  • Circle Circus stamp set including the extra rubber after mounting your stamps
  • Family Phrases stamp set
  • Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Mat
  • Adhesive – Snail, Crystal Effects and Stampin’ Dimensionals

Card Instructions

Steps to complete the shaker box:

  1. Stamp the image in VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock, cover with black embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Color image with Stampin’ Write Markers.
  2. Use the left over rubber from the die-cut stamp set.  And cut away the outline of one that fits over your image.  Trim away the corners.  I use my Craft & Rubber scissors.
  3. Remove the backing from the rubber and adhere over your image.  Then peel up the rubber leaving only the gray foam attached to your stamped image.
  4. Add some of the large beads from the Bead Duos to the center of the foam, covering about 1/3 of the image.  I used Orange and Blue Bead Duos.
  5. Cover the foam with a piece of clear Window Sheet.  Trim everything as needed.
  6. To cover the front I cut a circle out of Pumpkin Pie using the Circle Scissor Plus – cut it at 2-3/4”.  Punch a hole in the center with the 1-3/4” circle punch.
  7. Cut a circle out of Ballet Blue using the Circle Scissor Plus – cut it at 2-1/2”.  Punch a hole in the center with the 1-3/4” circle punch.  I stamped on this piece with Ballet Blue ink using the dotted circle image.
  8. Layer the Ballet Blue circle on top of the Pumpkin Pie circle and then attach that to the top of the shaker box over the window sheet covering up the gray foam.
Shaker Box - Step 1

Shaker Box - Step 1

Shaker Box - Step 3

Shaker Box - Step 3

Shaker Box - Step 2

Shaker Box - Step 2

Shaker Box - Step 7 & 8

Shaker Box - Step 6- 8

Shaker Box - Step 4

Shaker Box - Step 4

Shaker Card - Step 5

Shaker Card - Step 5

Steps to complete the spinner:

  1. Create the base of the card.  Mine is Old Olive card stock cut at 4-1/4” x 11” and scored at 5-1/2”.  Fold this in half.
  2. Add the front layers to the card.  I have a Pumpkin Pie layer that is 5” x 3-3/4” and a Ballet Blue layer that is 4-3/4” x 3-1/2”.  The Ballet Blue layer is stamped with the dotted circle image in Pumpkin Pie ink.
  3. To the back of the shaker box add a 5/8” Jumbo Brad.  I used a small dab of Crystal Effects so that it would not come off.

    Spinner - Step 3

    Spinner - Step 3

  4. Position the shaker box on the front of the card so that it is near the edge where you can add the punch out to create the notch for spinning it.  Punch a hole for the brad.  And then punch your notch through the layers.
  5. Cut a 3” circle using the Circle Scissor Plus.  I used Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Punch a hole in the center.  Place this on the inside of the card.  Feed the brad on the back of the shaker box through the front of the card and through this circle on the inside of the card.  Flatten out the brad on the inside and then use a piece of plain tape to hold the brad in place on the circle.  If you don’t do this then the card stock will turn around the brad rather than turning the brad which turns the shaker box.  I hope that makes sense.
    Spinner - Step 4

    Spinner - Step 4

    Spinner - Step 5

    Spinner - Step 5

    Sprinner - Step 5

    Spinner - Step 5

(Excuse the mess in the Step 5 picture, if you don’t pull your tape up multiple time your card stock won’t look like this  – 🙂

Steps to complete the card:

  1. In order to make the inside look nice and cover the workings of the spinner I cut another piece of Old Olive card stock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” and punched a notch in it to match.   Adhere this to the inside front of the card making sure your adhesive doesn’t interfere with the circle.
  2. Also punch a notch out of the back of the card.  And I stamped a greeting on the inside.
  3. On the front of the card I tied a piece of Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon around the left side of the card.  Stamped ‘happy birthday’ on Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the Word Window punched.  I pulled the edges across my Pumpkin Pie ink pad and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the front of the card.
Complete Card - Step 1

Complete Card - Step 1


Click Here to download a pdf file.

Have fun!