Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Virginia's View Challenge and My Shaker Card Attempt

I know the rage in card making right now is shaker cards but I want to start off by saying that these are my LEAST favorite cards to make. I browse online and see all these lovely creations, with fabulous frames and sparkly sequins that make me drool. "I can make that!" I think to myself. However, when I actually attempt to create one, I get adhesive on the acetate or my glitter falls out of my card at a slow, but sure, rate from the tiny hole that I missed with the adhesive, even though I cannot find that hole. I cannot tell you how many completed shaker cards I have thrown out that have literally taken HOURS to make, no matter what tried and true technique of someones I try.

I bit the bullet this weekend and tried to make yet another shaker card, just for Virginia's View February challenge. Yes, it is a Valentine, and no, it was NOT an epic fail. I think the reason it wasn't is because I kept it small. No covering an entire front of a card but big enough to be a main element. Here is what I came up with:

I will be honest, I did a lot of things on this card that made me uncomfortable. I used three different patterned papers, as well as used a border die at an angle and a banner that sticks up-no way!! That is not me. You know what? It was kind of fun. To have my shaker not leak was just icing on the cake.

To start with, this card is a bit bigger then an A2 card. I just figured if I was going to go all out, I might as well try a larger canvas too. The first thing I did on the white background is to round the corners. Then I die cut some patterned paper scraps into rectangles and adhered them at an angle.

Next, I adhered a xoxo border from Simon Says Stamp and then adhered the shaker box I created over them. I topped the shaker box with a red glitter die cut note.

I stamped a few pink hearts randomly over the card. I die cut, stamped and embossed the sentiment banner and adhered it under my shaker box. I didn't even make sure it was straight!

The last step was to adhere some die cut gold hearts. Simple and easy and so not my style. However, I had fun. Who could ask for more? Maybe next time I will even attempt to go a little bigger on the shaker!

I am entering this card in Virginia's View Shaker Challenge. Thank you Virginia for actually kicking me in the pants showing me I CAN make a shaker card if I really want to!!

I appreciate you stopping by. Have a fabulous day!!



Unknown said...

Hi Nora! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier today. I saw your comment regarding tutorials on using a Silhouette Cameo... I'm planning on doing more of these, so be sure to stop back... and I do know of a FANTASTIC site that has great tutorials on using your Silhouette:
Hope this helps! And thanks again for stopping by. Your shaker card is very cute! Lots of movement with the skewed papers, and the patterns are delicious!
Hugs, Nina-Marie :)

Taunya Butler said...

Nora - I am SO PLEASED for you and PROUD of you!! I, too, am terrified of failing at shaker cards - so maybe I will just follow your beautiful example and go for it and while I am at it I will add a few things that I never do too!! What an inspiration to me you are and this card made both my eyes and my heart happy!! Love the pattern papers - love what is inside your shaker and I just think the whole thing is complete and total AWESOME-SAUCE!!!! Please have an awesome day knowing I am in awe of you!!! Happy Day!!!

Anonymous said...

I would say EPIC WIN!!! Your card is gorgeous!!!! I love how you have lots going on, but no single element overpowers that others. Just FAB!

Happy Dance said...

Shoot me your email Nora. I have a shaker card idea that might work well for you! : ) Bev

Virginia L. said...

Well done, Nora!! If you didn't mention that this is your first shaker card, I actually thought you are PRO!! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “Shaker Cards” Challenge! Hope to see your lovely work soon again! You really went BIG!!

Anonymous said...

Super cute, Nora! I like how you used the different patterned papers. I know what you mean about being out of your comfort zone though. My shaker leaked too!

Cindy Beach said...

I think your shaker card is fabulous! The elements work together beautifully!
My problem with shaker cards is the sequins sticking to the foam tape and then not shaking at all. But I still love making them!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Favorite Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your shaker card! Great patterned paper choices and the content in the shaker. I just can't pull away from your blog. I must add you to my google friend connect. You are an amazing designer. I am just simply blown away at all your lovely creations! Have a great week!