Friday, January 12, 2018

Joyeux Noel Shaker


Hi, Friends.......

First off, let me tell you that making this card nearly put me in the grave. Shakers and I do not get along. And, add to snow textural medium was NOT WHITE!!! When I put it on the white card base, it looked a three-year-old had spread outdated vanilla frosting from a tub all over it. ARRRGH!!  (The medium was quite you think that had anything to do with it?  Naaaw...surely not!  Ha.)

Well, I am pleased to tell you that after much (and I do mean MUCH!!) scraping, repositioning, trimming off of uneven edges (not to mention weeping and gnashing of teeth!), I managed to make a decent-looking card. I am as astonished as you are!!

I actually intended to make a card with the tree diecut first, instead of the negative.  But I got so excited with the prospect of making a shaker..that I did this one first.  (I'll never make that mistake again!!  LOL)  Can you see the little birdies in the tree?  These are from my new Memory Box - Resting Birds die set.  LOVE!!!  Can you also see the rainbow refraction from the light on the acetate surface?  Oh, bummer.  I hoped it wasn't too noticeable.  Ugh.  :(

I tried to disguise the remnants of the snow medium (after scraping off as much as I could) with white glitter. Although you can still see that it is not white (that's my new color name for this...."not white"!), it isn't too bad. Not like it was. Trust me on this!

I should have put more shaker mix inside. When the card is standing upright, it all falls down into the trunk of the tree. But I never know the right amount to add!!  And after it is all attached, what do you do????  Below is a shot of it lying flat. For some unknown reason, the silver embossing and shaker mix has morphed into gold.  (I always say I am an alchemist at heart, but even I didn't realize I had thiiiiiis much talent!!  Weird.)

Supplies used include:
Poppystamps - Grand Pine Tree die
Memory Box - Resting Birds die set
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock
DecoArt - Snow-Tex Textural Medium
American Crafts - WOW! Super-fine Glitter - White
Acetate sheet from stash
Loctite - Spray Adhesive (to attach acetate sheet to die-cut card front)
Memory Box - Resting Birds die set
Zig - Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen (to add shimmer to birdies)
Tombow Multi Mono Glue (to attach birdies to acetate)
Scotch - Mounting Tape
Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Confetti 6mm
My Mind's Eye - All is Bright stamp set (sadly discontinued)
Versamark Ink
Ranger - Embossing Powder - silver
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Ten years off my life (looking at the length of this list, I can see why!!  EEK.)
Thank you for visiting my blog today to take a look at my shaker card. I actually have an idea forming in my brain (such as it is!) that might make shakers easier for me to can only hope!!! Thank you for your kind comments!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #367 - AG Christmas w/ opt something old or upcycled
2. Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge #316-317
3. Love to Scrap LTSCB #105 - Anything Goes
4. Artistic Stamper Challenge #1 - Anything Goes (must stamp)
5. Tuesday Throwdown #374 - Layer It Up!
6. ABC Christmas Challenge - A-Antlers or B-Birds
7. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
8. Dare2BArtzy January Challenge - Winter Wonderland
9. Poppy Stamps PSC40 - Snow Day
10. Memory Box Challenge #32 - Snow and Winter
11. Crop Stop January Linky Party #36 - Anything Goes use a product from company CS sells (I used Tombow adhesive, Core'dinations cardstock, Scotch Mounting Tape, Memory Box dies, Poppystamp dies, MFT Dies, and Tsukineko - Versafine ink)
12. Cupcake Inspirations CIC 437



  1. What an awesome card!! I love the way you turned your negative space into a shaker and also love all the shimmer and glimmer! So pretty!! Thanks for linking this lovely card up to Cropstop!

  2. Super shaker card, Janis. I know what you mean about the shaker bits going down to the bottom, fine when the card is being shaken, not so good when trying to take a photo. I love all the sparkle and shine. xx

  3. its so very nice shaker card!

  4. Super cute winter shaker card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Cupcake Inspiration Challenges!

  5. Two lovely winter scenes. Thank you for joining in the challenge at CHNC.

  6. I feel ya pain Janis!!!!.. I get like that when things are not going as planned... but all's well that ends well.. and the end result is beautiful . Great idea. Thank you so much for joining in the artistic stamper challenge. X

  7. So beautiful. Love the details and cute die cut. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown Blog. Happy Crafting!

  8. lovely card ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  9. Wow--this turned out fabulous. worth all the time and effort. I think I have some old snow medium in my stash too.

  10. Well Janis, for al your struggles with it, your card came out beautifully....YOU PULLED IT OFF!!!YAY!!!Well done!

  11. Oh my goodness what a result. Even I wouldn't attempt a shaker tree. The result is lovely and the shimmer effect just perfect. Hugs Mrs A.

  12. Great shaker card, Janis!!! Thanks for participating in Poppystamps Snow Day Challenge!

  13. I think this is just beautiful! And unique. I love shakers, they're my favorite! I have a tip for you on making them: I glue random bits of my shaker elements onto the base so that when the card is upright, they stay put. :-)

  14. What a beautiful card! The tree is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations!

  15. Beautiful shaker card Janis, love how you used a tree! great idea.
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps Challenge blog.
    Pam x

  16. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

  17. I think your card looks awesome! Sometimes they can really be so frustrating! Glad you stuck with it. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

  18. Such a gorgeous, glitzy Christmas card. We are grateful that you joined our Challenge here at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the inspiration that comes from God's Word in Romans 1:17 which says, "For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Have a blessed week.

    JO ANN

  19. Gorgeous shaker card. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  20. This tree die is in my top 10 from Poppy! WOW! Never thought to make it a shaker! This is stunning! I love all the sparkle and shine and you even added little birds! Absolutely dreamy!

  21. Fabulous card and I love the little birds too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,
    hugs Samantha :0)


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