September 30, 2017


Welcome to my very first real shaker card! It is a mashup of a Stampin' Up! kit and a Paper Pumpkin kit, plus a few of my own extras:

Some time ago, I had purchased a cute kit (now retired) that Stampin' Up! had for sale. It was called "Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit". Maybe some of you remember it. I mostly fell in love with the standing clipboard that came in the kit. Each of the 13 pieces that you could make with the kit was meant to be displayed so cutely upon this clipboard. 

While I liked some of the 13 projects, I LOVED the clipboard. Simply adorable. Really.

Well, I put together a handful of the projects and dutifully displayed them on the cute clipboard. The kit continued to sit there without the remaining projects being finished. 

There are some awesome supplies contained within this kit, and since the undone projects didn't thrill me all that much, I decided to harvest various of the pieces from projects I didn't think I'd ever put together, at least, as the kit instructed.

I stole the sunray piece and the kraft cardstock from the project shown in the photo below.

I also took possession of the components to make the shaker balloon in the middle of the project pictured below. In the little inset photo, you can see how the creator is adding the bluish balloon piece over the white shaker base. Since that was the wrong blue to go with the sun ray I was planning to use, I decided to just leave it white. 

What a mistake! Boy, was that ugly! I let it sit for a few days while I tried to figure out how to salvage this poor shaker balloon.

Finally I settled on a somewhat out-of-the-box solution.

I punched out many many 1/8" circles from matching cardstock and adhered them to the plain white frame all willy-nilly.

Weren't the dots covering the utilitarian white balloon frame a cheery solution? 
And I love how it looks.

Since I was making a shaker balloon card, it needed a sentiment to match the mood. Flipping through sentiments from past Paper Pumpkin kits, I opted for the "Celebrate" that I have used many times in other projects. I stamped it on a leftover banner from another Paper Pumpkin kit.

Thanks to Stampin' Dimensionals, 
this card has lots of depth and dimensional interest.

The sequins that adorn the sunrays had been filched from the mix that I used inside the balloon. To bring in a little more of the color from the sequin mix, I matched the card base and the ink on the sentiment with Calypso Coral.

The string on the balloon was actually three pieces of the Baker's Twine that I braided to give it just a bit more weight than the Baker's Twine alone.

So, what do you think of this mashup of Stampin' Up! kit, Paper Pumpkin kit and stash stuff?



  1. How pretty! I love it! What do you do with all these creations you make? Do you give them to friends and relatives or do you sell them? Thank you Linda for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  2. What a cute balloon card! I love it. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  3. Oh, thats lovely. I've not made a shaker card in ages but I love them. I'm inspired to bring them back into my card repertoire!

  4. Hi Linda. Two Chicks and a Mom chose your clever card as a Feature this week at Party in Your PJs 178--hope you join us again!

  5. You make the most amazing cards, love the raised effect and the beads you have used.
    Thank you for sharing on OMHG Wednesday Party this week.
    Come see us again soon
    Have a great week!