Shaker Box Tutorial & WOYWW

Happy Wednesday folks! A week or two ago a blog reader asked me to do a tutorial on making a shaker card. The shaker tag I had made was roughly slapped together (it looked fine from the outside though and that was all I cared about) but I wanted a more elegant method if I was going to show someone else how to make one…I know “Lindsay” and “elegant” are not commonly associated but I came up with a rather elegant method of making a shaker:


All the stamps are from About Art Accents, they carry the best Oriental themed stamps, use the coupon Lindsay10% to save on your order! This fun shaker card only takes 10 minutes to make and it is easy. Also I share several stamping tips in the video:

Here is a close up of the window:


You can use confetti, glitter, beads, buttons or small punched shapes in the window, be creative!

 Oh and before I forget, today is Wednesday (as in What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday) so here is a pic of my desk after I made my card:


In case you are wondering I promptly cleaned it up after taking the photo! No, really! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shake it!

Here is a fun technique to try: Shaker boxes! Yup, I’m kicking it old school today. If you have been scrapbooking for more than a few years you probably remember these were really hot about 7 years ago. I decided to whip one up yesterday for a birthday tag:


I used another shipping tag (so glad I bought them in bulk!) and stamped a monster in the middle, then cut a circle in a scrap of patterned cardstock. I flipped the scrap over and taped a scrap of transparency over it. Then I made a frame around the “window” with foam tape (I had to cut it lengthwise to make it skinny enough) and I filled the frame with seed beads and glitter flakes. Don’t remove the foam tape backing until after you put the shakables in or they will get stuck to the tape! Then I removed the tape backing and placed my stamped tag face down on top and pressed well to secure.

Other ideas for shaker boxes: Beach scrapbook pages (fill with sand and sea glass),  Easter and Halloween pages (fill with candy colored beads or stamped candy) Patriotic cards and pages (will with foil confetti stars-don’t send them to OWH if they have glitter though!) You can even make a fairy wand with a sparkly shaker star on the end. Use your imagination and til next time happy crafting!

Shake Shake Shake…

This was the card that almost wasn’t! Ever have one of those days where you question your ability to own, let alone operate, a glue gun…well I did. This was a sticky, beady shimmery mess before it was all done. I’m so glad I didn’t chuck this card when I thought it was past the point of no return.

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008
Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008
Shaker box detail
Shaker box detail

I used my homemade shimmer spray on the flowers and bracket and I stamped and embossed the Celtic knot frame and frame and sentiment. I glued a scrap of transparency to the embossed frame. To make the shaker trace your frame on a scrap of cardstock and cut a 1/4″ boarder around and make snips in to the line ever 1/4 inch and fold up making a cup to hold your beads. Fold the tips of the snipped tabs in and apply tacky glue all the way around and place the frame on top. Wrap ribbon around if desired.

I think this would be nice for a wedding or St. Patrick’s Day. Til Next tome happy crafting!