Monday, March 4, 2019

Starry Congrats Shaker Card Set

Hi, Friends.......

I'm here to share a set of fun Congrats cards. I think they would be good masculine graduation cards. 

As you might already know, I typically do a lot of layering on my cards. I never like to waste all the covered up "middles" of the lower layers, so I often cut out a smaller shape from the centers to use later. The hole gets concealed by upper layers and the card is lighter and less bulky for mailing, too.

Recently, due to some careless oversight on my part, a few "congrats" die cuts got in contact with some of these holey backgrounds and I realized that they looked great in the holes!! One thing led to another......and the chilling specter of making shaker cards reared its ugly head! Eeek!!! I hardly ever make shakers. A bad childhood experience (or at least one in the not-too-distant cardmaking past) convinced me that this kind of card is NOT for me!! But.....never one to avoid making the same crafting mistake twice, I plunged in and made a whole set of them. Insane, right? Yep. lol....

I am loving stars lately and thought this would be a great way to use a bunch of my gold star confetti. I layered up some star die cuts, too, from the scraps of my congrats die cuts, etc. 

Lucky thing that I somewhat centered these tag cut outs when I made them some months ago.  Honestly, though, it was all completely inadvertent!

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Congrats Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (black background panel, tag)
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set (stars)
Winnie & Walter - Big Balloon Cutaways die set (bow)
DCWV glitter cardstock scraps
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock and scraps
Acetate sheet from stash
Gold star confetti from stash

Hope you liked my starry cards. Thank you for your encouraging comments!!! Stay safe and warm if you are in a cold I am here in Idaho. Brrrrr......


Thank you for the honor of entering this set of cards in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - Layering Die Cuts Challenge
2. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - Card Set Challenge
3. Winnie & Walter 5th Birthday Bash - 5 Challenge (I used 5 colors: black, medium gray, light gray, gold, and white)
4. Unstampabelles Challenge #87 - Time for Men
5. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #347 - Use Snippets
6. Crafter's Castle Challenge #15 - Anything Goes w/ opt. Use Glitter
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
8. Word-Art Wednesday Week #376-377 - AG
9. DL.ART March Linky Challenge - AG


  1. Oh my gosh Janis..I LOVE these!! I share a shaker-card phobia so am especially impressed with you bold step into shaker-land. The best part is that these shakers were born from frugal crafting and serendipity. I read through your supply list to see who made that tiny bow die and was surprised to see that it's part of a balloon die set..great detail for this festive card.

  2. These are gorgeous, Janis. I haven't made a shaker card for ages, thanks for the inspiration. xx

  3. Fabulous design, so striking!! Love those shaker cards and yes, just perfect for graduation !!

  4. These are fabulous--love all the stars.

  5. Brilliant. I do the cutting out too, for the same reasons, plus to use the pieces on other projects. Shakers can be tricky. Good job.

  6. These are amazing cards Janis and you are right, they would be perfect for guys. I don't have any W & W dies or stamps but have admired them for a long time. You did a fantastic job on your cards!

  7. Beautiful work, Janis - the sparkly gold with the black and white are perfect colors for these special shaker cards! I'd say you've broken the back of that former bad experience making them, and you'll make more in the future! Thank you for sharing this design with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  8. Fantastic fun shaker cards, the congrats do fit the aperture shape perfectly - don't you love it how just looking at how craft items sometimes fall on our desks (or floor) gives us another idea. Emma

  9. Oh wow Janis! These are utterly FABULOUS! Wonderful and so dramatic, and they shake too! Bit like me when I totter around right now :) I'm so very sorry I missed your Birthday this time around - I spotted it in my 'Birthday' book on Monday. Needless to say this past almost four weeks has been a bit of a blur - but, I know it will clear up which is such a positive thought.


    Di xx

  10. Fab shakers. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

  11. Phobia cured now! A great set of cards. Thanks for your fabulous entry in our March challenge at Unstampbelles!

  12. Yes, I love your starry cards! Great idea! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Blessings, Jeanie
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafter's Castle

  13. Wow those are the most fabulously perfect graduation cards...masculine OR feminie!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle


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