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Shaker Cards

Shaker cards are fun cards with movement.  Usually there is some sort of confetti sandwiched between a window of clear acetate and a base layer of card stock.  When you shake the card, the confetti moves.

In all three of these examples, and image was stamped on the base of the card stock.  A second piece of card stock was cut to create a frame and the acetate was fastened to the underside of the frame.  To create space for the confetti to move, foam tape was used to attach the frame to the base.  So that the confetti does not escape, the foam tape must be used completely around the frame.  And don’t forget to add the confetti before pressing the frame down on the base!

DSCF4676 by Marian

I usually just post photos of my creations, but this particular card was quite spectacular.  I had received it in a swap and the artist had actually found tiny candy pig sprinkles that she used as the confetti.  It was just perfect to go with the image and a great example of looking at ordinary things in different ways.  Until I received this, I would have never thought to look in amongst the cake decorating materials.


For this card, I found some tiny clear seed beads that reminded me of bubbles.  They coordinate quite nicely with the little gold fish.  Rather than just using a rectangular frame, I used my Nestibilities dies to create a round scalloped frame.


In this example, I used small beads for the confetti.  The possibilities are endless.  Sequinned confetti can be found in any number of stores with the party supplies, but don’t limit yourself to the traditional.  Be on the lookout for other tiny materials that will move freely inside the raised frames.  These really are fantastic cards that will bring a smile to anybody receiving one.


Narwhals, Narwhals, Swimming in the Ocean


A few years ago, everyone was playing The Narwhal Song.  It was one of those songs that would just get stuck in your head.

Listen if you dare.

You’re welcome!

One of my daughter’s college friends delighted in torturing me with it any chance he got. So when I found this ridiculously sequined embellishment in the clearance aisle, I knew it would make the perfect birthday card for him.  I changed the wording of the song for the inside of the card, “Singing Happy Birthday because you are so awesome!”

Then I happened to run across Shark Bites fruit snacks in the grocery and I knew I had to take it a step further.

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011 (2)

I scanned the front and back of the box and then got busy with photo editing software.



I masked over the “Shark” portion of the title.

Narwhal  Word Only

Then I used Print Shop Pro to create the new “Narwhal” title matching it as best I could to the existing curve and remaining logo.



The final step was to print out the new pictures and attach them to the front and back of the original box.  It wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough.  Both my card and gift were a definite hit and brought lot of laughs.

Somebody’s Graduating

We are at 12 days and counting!  My son will be graduating high school on May 28, 2016.


Not terribly excited about the rather bland announcements we could purchase through the school, I opted to make our own announcements.

If they look somewhat familiar to you, I will refer you to a previous posting:

I originally created this trifold design for my daughter’s college graduation.  I still had the computer files so it didn’t take a lot of work to convert them for my son.

I hope he is as pleased with these today as he was with his sister’s 3 years ago!


A few years ago, before the adult coloring book craze hit, I purchased this beautiful stamp at Stampaway.


It certainly is timely!

Not only am I able to color in style, when I am finished, I can turn my creations into beautiful cards.  The combinations of color choices make for a different look each time with endless possiblities of unique designs.


My sample cards were created with embossing powder and Twinkling H2Os.  Alcohol markers, watercolor markers and colored pencils offer other options.

I like to stamp up a number of images and have them available to color while watching television, waiting on hold on telephone calls, or other down times.


Photo Cards

What do you do with a bunch of extra photos?


Turn them into beautiful note cards!

I ran across these photos that were left over from a project my daughter had completed months before.  She is a naturalist and really has a talent for capturing amazing photos of nature and wildlife.

Actually, my photo does not do justice to how spectacular these photographs are.  I had forgotten to take a photo of my finished project before I gave them to her so this was taken after the fact with my aging cell phone.  The colors are just brilliant and I was so pleased with the results.

It really was just a matter of minutes to slap these cards together.  I had some precut card bases so it was just a matter of trimming and matting the photos.  I chose mats that would accent but not detract from the photos.

This quick little project has opened my eyes to repurposing extra photographs.  Old postcards, vacation scenery, and family photos would all make wonderful personalized cards for notes or for special occasions.

Easily Amused

A few years ago I was introduced to A Muse Studios.  Since that time I have had the opportunity to try out a number of their products and make some fun cards.










A Muse stamps come in cling mount sets in handy DVD-style cases for easy storage.  They also have a complete line of inks, papers, tools and embellishments.  Their complete current catalog can be downloaded at


A New Idea for the Never Ending Card

I’ve posted about this type of card before — May 1, 2010 and March 27, 2012. As you might guess, this is one of my favorite cards to make. If you’ve never seen one before, you are in for a treat. The card folds over and over on itself to give you four different views.

This time around, rather than using stamped images, I used photographs. This made for a fantastic card for our Mom’s birthday.





The base of the card is 4 pieces of 4 inch by 8 inch card stock.  It is actually a quite easy design to assemble.  I’ve included the instructions for the card base below.

Never Ending Card Instructions

Coordinated papers, mats, and embellishments complete the look.  I’ve made up a number of these to have on hand just waiting for photos.

8-1/2 inch by 8-1/2 inch envelopes for these cards can be ordered at

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