Love it or Hate it? the Saga of a Shaker Box

OK, heads up! This post is going to be long; I am not writing this later, I already know it. I’ve been trying to write shorter posts lately but this will have to be an exception.

PTI released a new Template, a set of Shaker boxes. Great, I love shaker boxes and unfortunately don’t have any real ones so paper versions are perfect! I wanted to combine a few challenges as well so I started with yellow paper to go with a baby theme. The template pieces printed beautifully and I was ready to cut them out. If you have ever tried to attach a straight piece of paper to a round/oval one, you know the round one needs a ton of tabs cut beyond the desired shape to fold down and glue to the straight piece.

duck shaker box top
So this was part of the lovin’ of this project. Don’t care about my idea? then skip this paragraph, just know that I came up with a clever idea to save time! I realized the last thing I wanted to do was to cut all those tabs from the template (I always trace templates even if they are supposedly printable directly to the CS or DP.) and then trace them and cut them from the cardstock. And they aren’t hard to cut freehand if you have guidelines.So,  I cut around the outer parts of the tabs on the piece, called a tabbed oval, not down around each one, then I cut double slits, very close together along the score line in a few places and I removed the sliver of paper. Next, I printed up a second set of ovals, from these I cut off the tabs, cutting on the score line.  After that, first, I traced the untabbed oval on the CS, second, I over laid the tabbed one, sighting the pencil lines through the slits and traced around it. So what I ended up with is two concentric pencil line ovals, now all I have to do it cut little v’s out of the paper, from the outer oval to the inner oval which creates tabs. I know, this  may not make sense but if you buy this template it might matter to you! If you want, I could take pictures of the pieces to show you.

duck shaker box front So here is the hatin’ part. I put the whole bottom together using the oval lid as the oval bottom. Not only didn’t the sides line up but even if I had chosen to leave it and cut a new oval lid, the lid wouldn’t fit! So I sat there for a few minutes wishing a bottle of Undu would miraculously appear in my hands and finally tried peeling it apart; yes this was crazy having used red line tape but strangely it sort of worked but the pieces ended up a bit mangled. Then I put it all back together, CORRECTLY.

duck shaker box side

Now I was back to liking the project at least. It looks really cute from the outside, the little blue brads I chose look cute on the yellow CS. Now all I have to do is put in the liner, seems easy right? Nope, for some reason, probably the amount of ‘distressing’ the parts of the box received before assembly, the liner wants to bulge in places and crease in others, seriously?? I finally had to cut the liner twice to make it fit and this was after it was red line taped in (not so forgiving on thin DP) so no, the edges do NOT overlap and the error is NOT hidden! I did look really nice from the outside though so I was back to loving it. It is amazing how closely it resembles a real Shaker box!

duck shaker box inside

But now I decorated it. Oh no. {{SIGH}} Do you have any idea how hard it is to get paper on straight when working with an oval? And I HAD to chose a graphic sketch to work with! I figured because it was a circle sketch it might work well. And it would have helped if I’d had a straight line as a reference. On top of that, I find it a bit boring, maybe because I am so used to popping up, Nestabilities, border punches, paper piecing and Copic colouring; none of which I used here. The good news is that I can still enter it in a Laurie’s challenge #2, CDBC2 on Clearly Delightful to use a duck on your project to get a gorgeous fluffy-looking baby duck digi image she designed but I know I won’t win! I encourage you to enter too! The sketch was for Mojo 123 and Stamp Simply Challenge #125 to make a baby project.

Thanks to anyone who made it this far!

Enjoy (maybe), Rebecca

Ink: Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Paper: barely banana, white CS-SU!, DP-Dollarama
Accessories: buttons and twine-PTI, yellow trim-stash, SU! markers


Plum Heart Easel Card

Oh man, I have to start this post by apologizing for not posting Thursday and Friday after I promised to post everyday this week! Sorry, but I am going to make up for it today!

plum heart easel card

I made this card for FOUR challenges. Clear Dollar Stamps has a blog, Clearly iStamp, and the challenge was to glam up your card. So I added glitter to my heart and rhinestones to the top corner. Sharon’s challenge #126 on her No Time to Stamp blog was to use green and purple, very springy colours. Of course here in Southern Ontario, we still have cold and snow and as we really haven’t had a BIG storm yet, I expect one, probably several still, any time really! Last year, the worst weather was in late March and early April after a very warm February. Anyhoo, the third challenge was the sketch on the new OCC sketch blog. The last was Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays challenge to make an easel card. No problem, I love this this last challenge can be applied to almost every card.

plum heart easel card open

This card is going to my son’s teacher. I let her know early in the year that because of our religion, he cannot participate in most popular holidays including Valentine’s Day. She not only remembered but added a note to the bottom of the Valentines’s Day class list.“Jameson doesn’t celebrate for religious reasons. But he would appreciate a friendship card.” Isn’t that so sweet? And even better, most of his classmates made special Happy Friendship Day cards for him with candy taped on just like a Valentine. It made me so happy, I almost cried. It is so unusual for anyone to go out of their way to make up for holidays we don’t participate in.

Because of the angle, it is a bit hard to see but there is an eyelet at each end of the heart punched panel and a silk-ribbon threaded button on either side of the Thank You oval. The dove is placed right above a similar bird stamped as part of the background. It kind of looks like the ivory bird is creating a shadow on the card!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: perfect plum, eggplant, sage-SU!
Paper: DP and all CS-SU!
Accessories: MS heart border and dove punch, oval punch, buttons, eyelets-SU!, silk ribbon-May Arts, purple sheer ribbon-stash, rhinestones-Zva, Art Institute Glitter-Watercolour


I AM NOT READY FOR FALL!! Adirondack Beach Card

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I apologize for shouting but I hate winter. I never liked it but with lupus, winter is not just a pain but painful. All I see lately are fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed cards! Even though I don’t celebrate the latter three, I am not ready for even fall cards! Fall isn’t really that bad but it means winter is coming; here in Southern Ontario, we get about 4 weeks of fall before it gets yucky and cold (like our whole month of July!! GRRRR) So I decided to go with a late summer beach card! I would still go to the beach on a nice day, just not in the water! I will defy the calendar as long as I can!!

adiron beach 01

This card is a CASE of one by Julie Koerber. I used her layout mostly and she also used twine, a shell charm and an Adirondack chair image. Sorry, I can’t link you because I don’t know her blog and can’t remember which website I saved it off of. The image was coloured with SU! markers; the ‘sand’ was sponged with Distress inks and stamped with a sand image that went with the chair. I continued the sponging up the sides and across the top of the image panel. The other panels are all either sponged or DTP inked. In case it matters to you, this is an oversized card at 5×6”. The beach chair and grass are cut out and mounted on foam dots.

adiron beach

I am trying to add a touch more bling/shimmer/glitter to my cards so although you can’t see it, the sand has Perfect Pearls swept over it. The cloud was shimmeringly coloured in also; I scribbled with a SU! marker in bordering blue on a CD (as a palette), I added a tiny drop of liquid pearls and a spritz of water from a Mini Mister, mixed and painted the cloud. The ink I used for the sentiment blurred a bit in the water but oh well!! This card also, barely, qualifies for Sharon Johnson’s No Time to Stamp Challenge #103, ssnotime103 to Overstamp your Sentiment (on your image). Feel free to click to enlarge the photo to read the sentiment.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Distress weathered wood, peeled paint, vintage photo, antique linen, frayed burlap, Memento brown
Paper: Basic Grey-Granola, Bella Bella French Flea Market, Vanilla and kraft-SU!
Accessories: twine-Hemptique, charm-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, EK Success punch.


Flopsey Gardening Challenge Card

Isn’t Flopsey cute? Now I’m not sure if Flopsey is a girl or boy but he/she is a girl here, note the pretty pink hat! This card is for the SCS colour challenge, CC230, to use Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Blush, White and Celery. Such pretty colours I HAD to play! I don’t bother with colour challenges if I hate one or more of the colours. To me, that isn’t a challenge, that is just not fun 😦 Why play if it isn’t fun? It is also for Sharon Johnson’s No Time to Stamp #99, ssnotime99, using the word ‘friends’ on your card. And the OCC challenge, Harvest.
 gardener flopsey cc

I enjoyed colouring this image with my Copics; it is really very easy to colour. I hope you like the rows of plants in behind. Yes, I realize that the carrots are huge and the other plants are seedlings. Perhaps she cleared out early maturing spring plants to allow summer plants to grow in their place. OK, OK, I know, I am too literal! Seems to be a problem for me with any art, TV, movies, paintings, I am just too practical to enjoy things that aren’t accurate. As a nurse you should see me when I watch medical shows! Scary (“They wouldn’t really do that you know,” my hubby, a paramedic, just sighs patiently!! Boy, that was a tangent! Anyhoo…

gardener flopsey cc copics

A couple details-the celery is in the patterned paper even though it isn’t easy to see. The flower is coloured with an R32 Copic marker. If you look carefully, the descending portion of the ‘F’ in Friends is cut out with an X-Acto knife and lifted up over the edge of the main panel. The sentiment really says ‘friends’ but I thought it worked better for the card as ‘friend’ so I covered the ‘s’ with the flower. If I had two characters in the main image, ‘friends’ would be more appropriate.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Gardener Flopsey-MFT, Friends sentiment-UK
Ink: Color Box chalk-brown, Memento-brown, coral, Versamark
Paper: cocoa, coral, blush-SU!, white-Taylored Expressions, Basic Grey-LilyKate 
Accessories: flower-Scrapbook Sally, brad-CTMH, Copics, Ranger espresso EP, white liquid appliqué, watercolour glitter-Art Institute, brown grosgrain


Bundle Of Joy Challenge Card

Another Challenge card for the JustRite Stamps 2 Sketches 3 You challenge. I started this card AGES ago when I first got these stamps. I got as far as the card base and the image with the scalloped layer underneath, then I got stuck. I tried a bunch of things and just couldn’t get it to work. I’m surprised I even remembered to go back to it! This sketch worked perfectly to finish this card. And how cool that it was a JustRite image with this being a JustRite sponsored sketch! I guess this one also qualifies for Sharon Johnson’s No Time to Stamp #98 because punched lace was included in the possibilities for the challenge.

bundle of joy1

I think I may have lightened the photo just a bit too much, sorry. My photography class starts Monday, expect much better photos really soon! This is the first time I have used the MS scalloped scallop punch. I think it looks like a curtain pulled back, especially if you only have two scallops. I wonder if it is possible to punch around a circle, that would look TOTALLY cool. (I am such an 80’s kid!)

Enjoy, Rebecca

JustRite Stamps
Ink: Adirondack black, pretty in pink-SU!
Paper: pink pirouette, white, pink pirouette DSP-SU!, MME blue dots, Green DP-Honey Pie Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Copics, pink gingham ribbon and flowers-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, MS scallop and floral lace punch


Triple Challenge Hanging Treat Holder

This card is for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC26 – make a monochromatic card, OK, so this isn’t a card but close enough right? It also qualifies for the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You sponsored by JustRite Stamps. I doubt I’ll win but I have to try considering the prize is $100 worth of JustRite goodies! I have been dying to get some more fonts to make my own verses and phrases. This also qualifies for Sharon Johnson’s No Time to Stamp challenge #98 Lovely Lace.

I got the idea for this treat holder from Splitcoast Stampers. Click HERE for the directions. hanging treat holder1Now this holder isn’t very deep, only 1/2” so consider that when making it. Any thin/flat treat or candy bar will fit like Skor, Crispy Crunch, deluxe chocolate bars like mine and of course, good ‘ole Hershey! Other treats like old-fashioned candy sticks or those sugar powder filled sticks, are they Pixie Sticks? You could even pack it with fruit leather/roll ups for a healthier alternative. I can even see it as packaging for a small gift like a tie, gift card (tucked into tissue paper for security). Or how about tea/cup o’ soup packet/Kleenex pack for a sick friend? This can hang on either a door knob or a wine/juice bottle. It wouldn’t be very hard to alter to increase the depth, then you could add more/larger stuff.

It was SUPER easy to make, even easier than other templates I’ve used that I’ve described as easy. hanging treat holder2Score, cut, assemble; took about 5 minutes to make! Of course it took way longer to decorate! I considered decorating the hole part of the holder but I realized that it wouldn’t show with the size of my chocolate bar. The paper is Bazzil printed paper, I had to add a ‘liner’ of the patterned cardstock so that the area around the hole would have the same pattern as the rest of the holder.


hanging treat holder3 front angle

Enjoy, Rebecca

JustRite Stamps
Ink: Color Box chalk
Paper: dots and medium brown CS-Bazzil, vanilla, chocolate CS-SU!
Accessories: Latte pearls-Kaisercraft, Copic E33, Stampendous glitter (on the sugar in the image), Paper lace-K&Co., vanilla grosgrain-stash, velvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps, Foam dots-Jody Morrow


Love-ly Bling Rose Card

I haven’t done a triple challenge card in a while! This one is for SCS Sketch Challenge SC213. Then I did the Stamp Simply No Time To Stamp weekly challenge SSNOTIME72 to make a love card. The last challenge was Creating With Chrissy Belli Challenge – Make a Cake CBC52. This was a really unique challenge; Chrissy gave us a lovely bling rose
list of cake ingredients and we were to choose 5. Then she listed each ingredient and either a technique or embellishment that corresponded. I choose flour, sugar, vanilla, eggs and chocolate. These corresponded to brads, designer paper, ribbon, scalloped punch/Nestabilities and buttons. I had a blast working these in.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Basic Grey Gypsy pad, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, white CS-SU!
Stamps: Wild Rose, Love-retired set
Ink: pretty in pink, pink pirouette, chocolate chip
Accessories: old olive, certainly celery markers, foam dots – SU!Basic Grey buttons and brad, tag die Quickutz, Nestabilities Label 1, Cuttlebug embossing folder, bling-Zva Creative
Techniques: two-step stamping, embossing, masking