Monday, September 5, 2016

Team Swap

I had my Great Minds Ink Alike team over this summer for a fun stamping get together.  One of our activities was a card swap.  Everyone made a full-size card to swap and we all went home with a set of great all occasion cards.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Christmas

Here's one of the three cards we made tonight using the Thoughtful Branches set. It is available in August, while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dino Shaker Card

I wanted to find something new for my stamping friends so I scoured the Internet to find this fantastic idea from Kirsteen Gill.  Use the tree punch to make dinosaur bones!! What?!?  It wasn't the easiest if you were doing a whole lot, but wow does it make a cute card!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Silica Gel Bead Shaker Cards

One of my favorite ideas from my demo last week was to dye silica gel bead with reinker.  I'm talking about those little packets that come in shoe boxes, purses etc., that if you're like me, you usually pitch.  I put out the call on Facebook, and my friends were great at rounding them up for me.  Who knew?  There a big packets in electronics.  That will make a lot of shaker cards!

I found this idea on Pinterest from Carrie Rhodes.  It's so simple but does require a little planning ahead.  I liked to dye my beads and let them dry overnight.  

Open several packets into a container.  I used empty embellishment boxes.  I may not save my silica packets, but I have saved a ton of those because I knew they'd come in handy some day!  Squirt 3 or 4 drops of reinker into the container, put the lid on and shake. Open up and give then just one spritz of water and then spread them on a paper towel to dry.  Voila! Shaker beads of any color.  

I figured I'd would send some people home with a sample so I made this Sweet card for my swap.  

For this submarine card, I mixed a few colors of beads for a slightly different effect.

The fun thing about these beads is that they take up dye differently.  So you'll have a different look and size even with the same color.  I'm looking forward to doing more of these!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Candy and Glitter Shaker Cards Too

This snowman is sparkling in a pile of Stampin' Up glitter.

I walked the bulk candy aisle to find the smallest candy I could.  I layered two pieces of the foam strips to make this window high enough to accommodate these Sixlets.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Paper works great as a shaker too!  I snipped coordinating pieces of card stock with my fringe scissors for these easy little shakers.

The confetti punch has me really planning ahead for graduation!

I mixed a few paper hearts with sequins for this little one.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Shaker Cards Anyone?

The fun of these shaker cards was thinking of all the different things I could fill them with.  For my demo, no two are the same material!

This one was a popular one.  Sand from a friend's vacation!

Pasta stars from the third grocery store I tried!  I was looking for alphabet noodles, but I think these worked great.

The Stampin' Up sequins make a great shaker too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pretty Kitty and Bella Spinner Cards

Once I knew I was demonstrating, I went through the catalog to find stamp sets that would lend themselves to shaker or spinner cards.  Then I put the call out to my friends.  Thanks to Gloria, Angie, Rae Anne, and Mary Ellen I was able to make a few more cards!

I imagined Pretty Kitty as a spinner card with this ball of yarn. 

On Bella, I shortened the track so she didn't swing as much, and I used two penny "sandwiches" to allow her to swing back and forth but not spin.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Even More Spinner Cards

Here are the last of my spinner cards for now.  

I did an extra strip of paper across the underside of the circle on each side for this fun snowflake card.  They did go all the way around, but there's always some movement!  

And by making a Z fold, I was able to make this one a little different.

For this onesie card, I popped the onsie up with two pieces of the foam tape so the little heart rolls out from under the onsie!  It's not as flashy, but it's one of my favorites!

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Butterfly and Penguin Spinners

This butterfly card is a little bit different from the others because the center circle is flat.  On other spinner cards, I raise the center section and the penny sandwich has a track to follow. It's amazing how well this penny sandwich stays on with out a track.

These penguins won't spin because they each have their own penny sandwich and I glue dotted their hands together.  

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