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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Underwater Shaker...

There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting May 5th:  "ATG/ optional Twist: "Shaker Card."  You have the month of May to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!

 Not sure why - but my brain went into a state of panic over this challenge... I definitely put in more hours thinking about it, looking up techniques on the net and talking to fellow makers than the actual construction took.  I guess the moral of the story is for me to put more thinking in during construction - there was a major oops... I hope you can learn from my mistake!  If you just want the mistakes... skip the "Process" and scroll down to the RED Heading.
So, here is my process:
  • Create an A2 base card: [Cut 8.5 x 11" CS to 5.5 x 8.5", score and fold to an A2 size of 4.25 x 5.5"]
  • From remaining CS cut a 4 x 5.25" layer to fit on top
  • Two layers of "Fun Foam" [Dollar Store]  cut to 3.75 x 5" with both sides of each having Double Sticky Tape [Roll from Elizabeth Craft Designs]  
  • Used a 2.5" circle die ["Stitched Circle Stackables by Lawn Fawn] to cut a hole in the top layer, taking into consideration where my design elements will fit.
  • Determined exactly where my foam will fit and penciled in a circle thru the hole in the top layer.  Die cut a 2.5" hole in each of the 2 foam layers so that they match the hole in the top layer.
  • Removed the release paper from one side each of the two foam pieces and attached them to each other - making a thicker spacer.
  • I decorated using the following: Dies "Oceana Corner" and "Delicate Sea Fan" - both from Memory Box.  Rubber stamps and matching Dies for the porthole frame & the fish scene [colored with Prismacolor Pencils] from "Coral Reef Collage" by Heartfelt Creations.
  • Assembly: Placing the top layer where I wanted it over the base card, I was able to simply place the fish scene thru the window & stick it down in exactly the right spot.
  • Next Acetate was taped down on the back side of the Top Layer.
OK - here is where I went wrong. 
  • I intended to stick the foam layers around the Fish Scene on the Base Card.  I wanted a wall to surround the Fish Scene to hold all of my beads for the Shaker.  I stuck the foam on the bottom of the top layer instead - Dam_!  
  • I did use an Embossing Buddy to apply powder to the inside of the well of foam... this was to prevent beads from sticking to the inside walls.  But, now I have powder all over the acetate window.  Dam_!
  • Now used a Swiffer pad to wipe it clean so as not to scratch it.
  • Next, it is time to add the beads, 7 blue-green iridescent sequins & 3 tiny fish.  Have you ever tried to pile round beads in the center of a flat piece of paper??!  Dam_!
  • I carefully place the Top Layer with the foam on it down over the beads - success! 
  • I took it to show to hubby and grinning, he eagerly shook it vigorously!
  • I looked at it and found all 7 of the sequins are missing as are about half the beads and 2.5 fish.  Looking carefully I see the beads all stuck to the sides of the foam, no sequins to be seen.  Dam_!   Did the Swiffer remove the powder from the adhesive too?  Or not enough powder used?
Next time the foam will go on the base, baby powder will be sprinkled liberally, and more beads will be used.  Heavy sigh... I photographed it anyway!

Create wildly and color with abandon!  

Crafty Creations - #389 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #428 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Crafting with Friends #3 – ATG
Sweet Stampin' – ATG or Spaced Out
Crafting From the Heart - #240 ATG Always
Get Creative Challenges – #80 – ATG – no twist


  1. Ginny I really like the use of die cuts on this shaker which gives it added dimension.x

  2. Fabulous cute shaker underwater scenes..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Ginny, this is cool and clever! Hugs Jackie x

  4. Wow! I am impressed, Ginny. Not only by the finished card, which is fantastic, but also by the amount of time and effort you put into it. I confess to only ever doing one shaker card and that was a cheat because the main element was already a prepared shaker one. You might have had goofs, but if you hadn't of said anything, I'd never have guessed. And what a pleasure reading you again, too!

  5. You ended up with a brilliant shaker card love the prthole and all the underwater dies--your post really made me laugh because I have done a shaker card before BUT I made all the mistakes you listed above every single one of them!!!Somehow I find it hard to get my head round the logistics of these cards!
    Carol x

  6. Ginny , a wonderful card, made all the more wonderful for the errors ! Thank you for sharing xx

  7. Fabulous project, Ginny! Your description of things that went wrong sound like every project I have ever constructed. At some point along the way there is an oops! From where I sit, all I see is perfection!

  8. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    TTCRD DT {My Blog}

  9. Card looks great to me! Very creative and unique! Thanks for linking to PPCC blog this week! Becca ~DT

  10. Great card - quite the opposite of spaced out with being under the sea - thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.

  11. Wow neat shaker card! Thanks for joining us at Get Creative Challenges! Angie-Owner

  12. Oh I love the theme for your shaker card Ginny!! Fantastic!!


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