Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shaker card and Valentines giveaway

Hi everyone!  Today's card was VERY different for me.  I stepped way outside my box and I am still not sure how I like it, but after 2 days of futzing here it is.  I did some water coloring using water color pencils and Gelatos AND built a mini scene within a shaker card.  Water color and scene building? Who me? Yep!  
You should have seen my attempts to water color backgrounds -yeah it was pretty bad. So rather than coloring the entire background, I settled on die cutting water color paper into grass and cloud shapes and water colored those.  This was a more "clean" approach to water coloring and suited my style (and talent level) better.
My card features one of the Die D-Lite dies called Delightful Tree, which I die cut in green, cut the birds in blue, birdhouse in brown and added some hot pink gems for a pop of color.

Thanks to the suggestions of my lovely readers after my last shaker card, I made this shaker card differently and it was easier!  I bought some adhesive backed foam at Michaels and die cut and trimmed it to fit almost the size of my card front.  TIP: when die cutting foam, don't use the regular sandwich with the Grand Calibur, instead use the cutting plate and the pink embossing plate.  Using the regular sandwich compressed the foam to 1/2 the thickness!
I adhered the foam to my card base, "built" the scene inside and filled it with my sequins and beads.  I strategically glued some sequins and leaving the rest loose to shake around.  Next I adhered the acetate paper behind my frame and glued everything down.  Lastly I adhered my tree on top of the window.
Here is a pic of my window before the tree.  You can see which sequins I glued down, the others are behind the grass.
****Giveaway info****
I have put together an assortment of Valentines themed goodies to give away to one lucky person.  In the package:
-brand new set of Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Hearts dies
-variety of pink Prima and assorted flowers
-heart and misc embellishments
-variety of sequins
-assortment of gorgeous pink and Valentine themed ribbons
-gently used Love themed stamp sets from Flourishes and JustRite Stampers
-gently used patterned paper from Gina K Designs
To enter in my giveaway, leave me a comment on this post and I will chose 1 winner on Saturday, February 14th -Valentine's Day!!  You don't have to be a follower of my blog, but if you are leave me two comments to be entered twice!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!  Here's a close up picture of the Delightful Tree.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies: S2-107 Delightful Tree, S2-152 Flower Field (for the grass) Shapeabilities®; SCD-009 Sunny Days (for the clouds); S4-408 Rounded Squares Nestabilities®  

Stamps: Spellbinders Celebra'tions, My Friend stamp set 
Other Supplies: White, green, brown and blue cardstock; My Mind's Eye, Wood Necessities 6x6 pattern paper; Cartwright's sequins, white and moonshine sequins; Gelatos in gold, green and blue; water color pencil in blue  
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares     
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
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66 comments:

  1. For stepping outside your comfort zone, you did a fabulous scene! Love it and in a shaker too...LOVE! ♥

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  2. thanks for sharing the tips on the shaker sandwich cutting and great ideal on adhering some of the sequ...

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  3. Following your blog is a wonderful part of my day!

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  4. I love the tips you have for a shaker card. I have never made one, but will give it a try. I will need to give the foam a try based on your help.

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  5. Stepping out of the box for you turned out SUPER cute! Great card and I love your style!

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  6. Thanks for the tips about adhesive foam for shaker cards and the correct sandwich to use. I'll be more interested in making shaker cards now.

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  7. I'm a blog subscriber, too. I love the ideas that you share.

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  8. I think your card turned out fantastic! I have that tree die too and you've shown me another way to use it. Thank you for sharing your pretty card & for the chance at the wonderful prize!

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  9. I have so enjoyed following your blog for a few years now. You are in my top favorites!!

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  10. I think you did a great job on this shaker card for being outside your norm. Thanks for the tip on the adhesive form. Sounds like that would make it much easier to make the shaker.

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  11. Wow! I love your shaker card! It turned out wonderful. I'm gonna have to try building a scene, I love shaker cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh what a very pretty shaker card. Thank you for the tips as I still have yet to make one! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome prize! :-)

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  13. I follow your blog. I enjoy getting emails letting me know about your blog updates. Thank you for the inspiration you've given me!

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  14. Oh what a very pretty shaker card. Thank you for the tips as I still have yet to make one! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome prize! :-)

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  15. Very pretty card. To avoid losing your filler behind the grass, maybe next time you could glue it down except just the tips. Unless you wanted it to disappear as a surprise. Hmmm...

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  16. Thanks for the great card idea and the hint about how to cut the foam so it doesn't flatten. I love Shaker cards.

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  17. I am also a blog follower so here is my second entry.

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  18. I have been a blog follower for a while now, so this is my second entry comment. I love your style and want to thank you for this opportunity to win this generous prize.

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  19. Oh Michelle I adore your shaker card, its so darn cute. Ive been ill for a while and didnt get to try mine but glad to see you did. I also am squimish about watercoloring, afraid of all that water Lol, but I love your idea of coloring the die cuts which is right up my alley. I just love the whole scene, so cute. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  20. michelle this is stunning. i was skimmimg my FB on vacation and saw this card and had to stop and visit. how could it possibly be out of your comfort zone, it is beautiful. i think you found another comfort zone!!!

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  21. Ok, my second chance to win since Im a follower. Im giddy over this card, its so darn cute. I love little scenes I guess because Ive always been fascinated by miniatures of everything Lol. Thanks for another chance to win.

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  22. I am a follower for some time.

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  23. Wow, this IS different for you, and I love it! Love the tree on top of the acetate, and I can't believe you could handle all those teensy tiny birds!

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  24. The tree is so pretty.
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  25. I follow you with email.
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  26. Hi Michelle, love this very cute card, must have taken a while to make with all the very fiddly pieces.

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  27. Hi Michelle, back again! I haven't made a shaker card yet but you have given me the push I need with your lovely cards.

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  28. I'm a follower too :) So glad I am so I don't miss any of your awesome posts!

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  29. What a darling scene you created. What a good idea to create the background within the shaker element. Well done.

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  30. I am already a follower via GFC and e-mail.

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  31. I love doing shaker cards! My grandchildren love them too! Thank you for showing us this way of doing them. Can't wait to try it! Appreciate all your great cards!

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  32. Your card is really adorable, I love it. I am not good at water colouring either but would love to be better so I keep trying. I'd say you have done a pretty darn good job! TFS!

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  33. Thank you for the chance to win. I don't have heart dies so its an awesome prize, especially with the other goodies!

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  34. Love your card. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  35. Super duper cute shaker card!! I love the scenery you created and how clean the card looks. You are so generous with your vday giveaway! Thank you for the chance. :) I'm working diligently on my vday treats for the office. I should be able to complete them by Friday. Yay!! :)

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  36. I'm a follower and also get email updates.

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  37. Love your watercolored die cuts and the shaker card turned out so nicely, Michelle!

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  38. I have been a blog follower for a long time!

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  39. I think your shaker card turned out great!! Love the clouds!!

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  40. My water coloring skills are not so hot either, doesn't seem like it should be. Love the shaker card. I'll have to look for the adhesive backed foam.

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  41. Love, love, love the scene you created! Awesome shaker card.

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  42. I am a long-time E-mail subscriber to your blog.

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  43. Wonderful card - always get that from you, Michelle. I 'specially love the tree. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  44. Love the card! Thanks for sharing how you make a shaker card! :)

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  45. Hi Michelle, What a lovely card! I think you did a great job on your water coloring and your scene is so cute. I have the delightful tree die and some watercolor paper so I may give this a try. I have never done a shaker card before. Thanks for the helpful hints and the inspiration!

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  46. I am one of your many blog followers! I love your card style!

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  47. Love your fun shaker card! That tree is a great die! In fact, I have it too! Thanks for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Love Valentine's Day and creating special cards!

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  48. am a follower love your blog your shaker card was awesome and thankyou for the tutorial on it

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  49. Love your shaker card thanks for the tip on the adhesive sheet it looks so much easier . I've been a follower of your blog for a long time and love seeing what you make .

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  50. I'm been a follower of your blog through GFC and Feedblitz

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  51. Awesome shaker card! Thanks fo the chance to win!

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