Shaker Ornament Tutorial

Shaker Ornament
Hi friends, sharing a Christmas themed Shaker Ornament with a leaping deer on Chrismtas themed pattern paper and glittery handmade poinsettias.
Shaker ornaments are such fabulous little pieces of home decor and would look lovely anywhere in your home and I think the would make cute handmade gifts too.Shakers are so much fun but time consuming to make and sometimes a bit tricky...sharing an easy way to make shakers which will save you time and help you churn up a dozen to gift or sell.
Acetate- I used OHP[Overhead projector transparency sheets]. You can recycle bits of transparent packaging too
Glue - Good quality Glue which is not too runny and doesn't take ages to dry.
Shaker elements- beads, sequins, glitter balls, paper bits anything small and lightweight!
Foam- Use the thickest craft foam you can get your hands on.
Shapes - Base and Frame- I used dies...You can hand-cut also

Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Use a circle/other shaped die to cut a sturdy base for your shaker ornament. I layered pattern paper on thick card-stock and an additional layer of foam to form the base. Cut the same sized circle from acetate also.
The Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax dies and the Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame dies give perfectly fitting base and frames. Many a times shape dies from the same company dont complement each other so I was pretty thrilled with this one! [ I later bought the dienamics single stitch circle frame and sadly it does not coordinate with the radial stax so what I mean to say is if different sets of nesting dies coordinate...it's luck!]

Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
 Cut frames from craft foam. If you have thick craft foam you can quickly and easily build up the shaker using just 2 or 3 layers.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
 Dont use the glue gun but use thick good quality glue to stick the foam layers. [ used Aleene's fast grab tacky glue].Hot glue can leave strings and create uneven bumpy areas unless you are super precise and careful!
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Tip : Allow time for the shaker well to dry nicely before you add the shaker elements as otherwise you will get sequins , beads and what not sticking to the glue on the sides.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Once you have added your shaker elements, you can stick the acetate circle directly on the top foam frame and then add another foam /paper frame on top. 
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Tip: If your shaker looks a bit uneven...put the whole shaker under a heavy book or box for some time and allow time for the glue to dry.
Use the left over bits of inner foam to help stick the pearl strings/ tassels etc...Her you can happily use the hot glue gun.

I hope you liked this simple Tutorial .
Don't forget to churn up a Christmas project for Maureen's Rudolph Days Challenge  which runs from 25th to the end of this month.

Supplies : Dies :  Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax , Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Memory Box Leaping Deer,Marianne Design Poinsettia LR0435.


Floral Card and Tag Set

Handmade Floral Card
 Hi friends...I am back to my usual style of crafting...floral cards with layers and lot of embellishments...even attempting the CAS style was challenging for me!! Though I confess this card did start out with the intention of making a CAS one!
I wanted to use the gorgeous Graphic 45 floral image  and created a stenciled textured and ink smooshed background for it.
Handmade Rose
Used the MFT weave stencil with texture paste and one dried ,smooshed it over distress ink sprayed on my craft mat.The rose was made using Spellbinders Rose creations dies using this Tutorial : Easy Rose Tutorial 
Handmade Magnolia
And I had to add my favorite Magnolia too!
Supplies used to make the Card: Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways ,Spellbinders  Curved Matting Basics, Spellbinders Rose Creations  , Spellbinders Magnolia,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip,Memory Box Pippi Butterfly  . 
Stencil : My Favourite Things Weave Stencil
Papers : Graphic 45
I made a matching tag featuring beautiful Graphic 45 papers and my favorite handmade Magnolia.
Graphic 45 Tag
Supplies used to make the Tag : Dies : Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags , Spellbinders Magnolia,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip,Cheery Lynn  Flourish 13,Magnolia Doohickeys Vintage Box Lacing Coffee
Embossing Folder :Spellbinders Need a Rope 3 D Embossing Folder 
Papers : Graphic 45
 Here are some of the projects I made during the Winnie and Walter  World Card Making Day Challenges. It's cloudy here in Bangalore  so please forgive the dark picture of my craft table all tidied up for the "craftie"
Craft Room Craftie

Easy Diwali Card and Decoration

Diwali Card
 Diwali is a colorful fun festival ! My daughter made this rainbow colored festive card using glitter foam . The background was made using rainbow colors of Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  over the TCW Mini Solace stencil and smooshing Gansai Tambo Starry Gold over it.
This card is a variation of another Diwali Card shared earlier  using the same stencil and rainbow color

Here is the matching Diwali Decoration made using the negative from the diecut Diya used to make the card.
Diwali Decoration
Supplies used : Dies :  DCAM Diwali Die ,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax,Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame ,Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways

Quick and Easy Diwali Card

Diwali Card
Sharing an easy Diwali card made by stenciling rainbow colors of Distress Inks  through the TCW Mini Solace stencil and die cutting it using an MFT Circle die. Added a glitter foam Diya on it. Layered it atop a background made by smooshing Gansai Tambi Starry gold onto white card stock.
Supplies used : Dies :  DCAM Diwali Die ,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax

Handmade Diwali Card

Handmade Diwali Card
Sharing a Diwali Card made in rainbow colors! Made the background by stenciling texture paste through TCW Mini Solace stencil and once dried brushed Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  in rainbow colors. Got the ink smooshed shimmery effect by smooshing Gansai Tambi Starry Gold on to it.
This card is a variation of this Diwali Card shared earlier- made the background using Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  and smooshing with water and Gansai Tambi Starry Gold

: Dies :  DCAM Diwali die, Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways

Diwali Card and Decoration

Diwali Card
This week we will be celebrating our festival of lights called Diwali. Here is a colorful card my daughter and I made!
The background was created by heat embossing the Hero Arts musical background stamp in gold and used the Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  to squiggle rainbow colors on it and smooshed water and Gansai Tambi starry colors on it!
Handmade Diwali Decoration
Here is a matching Diwali Decoration my daughter made
Diwali Decoration

Supplies : Dies :DCAM Diwali Die ,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax,Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame


Metal Bookmarks Tutorial

Metal Bookmarks
Hi friends if you are like me there will be at least some paper scraps you just cant bring yourself to throw! I just cant throw any pretty paper with images of butterflies and flowers and especially if it's paper like Graphic 45....all bits get hoarded!
Using up scraps is a challenge especially the tiny bits. In this post I am sharing how you can use tiny teeny bits to create useful handmade metal bookmarks.
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial  
Materials Required
Glass Cabochons + matching Metal Bookmarks
Pretty Paper
Adhesive : an adhesive which dries clear and is super strong and wont yellow over time.
Cut out the image using a paper punch[ I am using an EK success 3/4th inch punch here]. Put the image upside down so that you can see exactly where you are cutting from the underside of the punch.
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Alternately place the glass cabochon/disc on the image and trace the outline of the disc using a pencil and cut it out. You don't have to be super accurate as the convex shape of the cabochon will hide minor jagged edges.

Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Apply a tiny bit of adhesive on the flat surface of the glass disc : I use glossy accent and find it is the best for this  as only a tiny bit is required, it doesnt alter the color of the image, stick very well and fast and dries absolutely clear.
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Smear the glue evenly [ I use my finger for this!]
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Stick your image so that the image side is on the glue.
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
It dries almost instantly and you can use these cute glass discs on their own or go ahead and make bookmarks!
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Apply glue on the metal bookmark
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Spread evenly making sure you have glue on the inner rim too.
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
Stick the Cabochon and you are done...So easy and so beautiful !!!
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
 Here is another Graphic 45 butterfly .
Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 

Metal Bookmarks Tutorial 
These metal bookmarks are so easy to make and will make awesome gifts .If you add a matching handmade card it will be just the perfect handmade gift set!
Handmade Rose Card
This Card features a handmade rose made using Spellbinders Rose creations dies using this Tutorial : Easy Rose Tutorial 
Handmade Rose Card
I used Ranger texture paste and a beautiful stencil to make the background
Stenciled background 
This card is a variation of this Rose Card shared earlier.
Handmade Rose Card
Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders Rose Creations  , Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways , Nellie Snellen Hearts, Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip
Stencils: Scrapberry's Petals Pattern Stencil
WCMD 2017 Background Building/Pattern Making Challenge with Mayuri - built the background using stencils and texturing media.
WCMD 2017 Variations Challenge with Shay

Linking the Metal Bookmarks  to
WCMD 2017 Anything But a Card Challenge with Kelly
Linking both to
Word Art Wednesday 


Alcohol Ink Mosaic

Alcohol Ink Mosaic
 Hi friends sharing a card which looks really simply but took a bit of time and effort to make!! Made the background using the MFT weave stencil and texture paste. Used the Ink smooshing technique with 3 different colors of alcohol ink on metallic card-stock and die cut the heart and cheers using Winnie and Walter dies
Layered Die cuts
I love the look of the mosaic patterns alcohol ink gives ! Layered the cheers on white card stock and kraft paper staggering the layers to give a 3 D shadow effect.
This card is a variation of the House Card shared earlier...I used the same design of a focal element with the cheers underneath it and layered atop the Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways die cut.

Supplies used to make the Alcohol Ink Card : Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways , Winnie and Walter Flawless Heart Cutaway Die.Stencil: MFT weave stencil

After making the card I had a bit of my Alcohol ink mosaic background so I cut it with the Winnie and Walter Flawless Heart Cutaway Die and layered it atop Spellbinders Lacey hearts die-cuts. The gorgeous butterfly was a present from my blogger friend Priyanka Mathur.
Hanging Heart Decoration

House Card

Stenciled House Card
         Hi friends sharing a card featuring a 3 D house which has tiny doors and windows and embossed walls and roof! It is one fiddly  house to put together but looks gorgeous after all the work!
I created a green mosaic background for the house using Carabelle Studio Vitrail Stencil and mowed lawn Distress Ink, die cut it with a Spellbinders Scallop square die and used it to form the backdrop frame for the house.
Ink Smooshing
To create the "Cheers" I rubbed Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on my craft mat,spritzed water on it and gently smooshed my cheers die cut on to it....Love the effect I got! Layered it atop another cheers die-cut from brown glitter foam to make it pop!
Supplies Used to make the card: Dies :  Winnie and Walter Cheers Cutaway , Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways ,Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares, Dee's Distinctively Small Winter Cottage
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug squares ,Sizzix Diamonds
Stencil :Carabelle Studio Vitrail Stencil

Turtle Bookmark
 I had some leftover pieces of the green mosaic stenciled pattern and it was so lovely I didn't feel like throwing it away ! I used it to make a Turtle Corner Book Mark using Peachy Keene Stamps to make the cute turtle face.
Turtle Bookmarks

Shaker Ornament and Card Set

Humming Birds Hanging Ornament
Hi friends Thank you for continuing to drop in despite my posting frequently! I am on a card making spree but it was so fun to make this decorative hanging ornament .
Shaker Ornament
 I made a stenciled background for my stamped hummingbirds and added blue and green glitter balls and sequins as shaker elements. I confess this one actually started off as a simple tag but turned out to become a cute home decor project by the time I finished!
Shaker Hanging Decoration
Supplies used to make the Decorative Shaker Ornament :Dies : Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax. Stencil : Carabelle Studio Geometrie 1 Stamp and Die Set : Stampendous Hummingbird
Stenciled House Card
I made this simple stenciled card featuring a felt house as a variation of the Humming Bird Card shared earlier.

Wish you all a fabulous day!
Supplies used to make the House Card : Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways , Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame. Stencil : Carabelle Studio Geometrie 1 


Hummingbird Card and Mini Book Set

Stenciled Card
Hi friends sharing a simple card featuring a heat embossed hummingbird water- colored with  Zig Brush Pens on a stenciled background .
Here is how I made the background : Used texture paste on Carabelle Studio Geometrie 1 stencil and then sprayed different colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and gently smooshed the inks to blend them before lifting the stencil.
Love the speckling and the mix of colors I got on the stenciled background !
Stencil Art
Made a simple mini book to match the card.
Mini Book
Here is the Tutorial I used : Mini Book Tutorial 
Supplies Used to make the Card : Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways, Hello word die from Ultimate crafts Jadene Celebration Spray . Stamp and Die Set : Stampendous Hummingbirds . Stencil :  Carabelle Studio Geometrie 1 
Supplies used to make the Mini Book : Die : Nellie Snellen Hearts,Stamp and Die Set : Stampendous Hummingbirds 
Linking the Card to
Linking the Mini Book to
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