Sunday, September 09, 2007

tea shaker card

The theme of my weekend stamping has been quick and scrappy. Maybe I need a break to revive my deep creative mojo...!

Here's a quickie using the mini tea set stamp from My Heart Stamps for You. I've had fun making shaker cards lately - maybe I'll make another batch for upcoming birthdays. There's a great shaker card tutorial by Beate on Splitcoast - they're really not as scary and hard as you might think if you've never made one. I won't reinvent the wheel with a tutorial here - Beate's instructions and pictures are super easy to follow. I punched the smaller square first, then centered it in my scalloped square punch to make the window. I stamped the tea set and punched it out before coloring (HINT: when you stamp the image for inside the window, use the window to line it up so you'll be sure to see the focal elements when your window is complete. (Did I just use the word 'window' 3 times in one sentence?)

The tea set is colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS and the Prismacolor colorless blender pencil. For those teeny weeny areas you can't get a paper stump in, the blender pencil is great! The shaker filler is tiny hole-less glass beads - coming out of the hoard (maybe a little too many?) :) Paper by Basic Grey, faux stitching (I like making it look uneven, like an old sewing machine with the tension all wrong), cell phone decorations, local fabric ribbon. That's it!

Part of my frustration the other day has resurfaced...see my venting blog if you're curious what's going on. GAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

One more thing - check out all these sale links! You still have some time to shop - until Monday midnight (alas, shopping is one of my downfalls when I'm gives me happy mail to look forward to...and I did order a few little stamps from at 25% off...fie on that Paypal makes it just too easy...


  1. These shaker cards are so neat! I've never made any, even though they do look easy - guess I'm going to have to at least try. Probably end up making a dozen! Ha! Well, I can see why you're stressed - just read your "venting blog"! It's times like this when we just need to lean back & let God take care of it - perhaps He'll convict their hearts & you won't have to do anything. (I've asked Him for you) Just keep breathing... & trusting, etc, etc. (I know...easier said than done!)

  2. Your card is beautiful! I love the mix of patterns and colors...just yummy!

  3. It is so funny that I found your blog and you had a shaker card! I just made one yesterday using one of the Cuttlekids dies. I had never made one before! This card is really awesome!