Jul 10, 2016

It must be snowing somewhere . . .

Hello Die Cut Lovers!!
Darlene with you today and I have a card to share that was created after a question from a team mate.  One of my team mates mentioned doing 'Christmas in July' cards.  I thought it was a great idea and decided to give it a whirl myself!

Now mind you ... when it's upper 80s outside, I'm really not in the mood for holiday cards  ... BUT ... with the A/C on and I'm in the basement ... the temperature feels like it could be snowing in here!  LOL  So why not!

 I don't make many 'shaker' style cards but am always impressed with them when I see the amazing creations other crafters come up with so that was the direction I decided to go with today's card.  AND, it's a great use for that packaging so many of my dies come in ... I keep them all and when I get a free minute I cut the edges off so I have a flat panel to use for various other projects.

Here are a few steps I took in making my shaker card:

First I decided on what scene I wanted to create and chose the Memory Box 'Cascade Evergreen Frame and Memory Box Everygreen Trio (no longer in stock) but the Memory Box Mountain Evergreen would work well also.

As you can see, I cut a panel in white and another in green. Next I wanted to create a 'backdrop' for my evergreen forest so I cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of white card stock and simply sponged just the top half to represent the sky using Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress ink and a large sponge dauber.
After cutting the green trees from the border ... I staggered them on top of the white tree panel to give the illusion of snow on the branches.  Next I started 'creating my forest'. 

To create my SHAKER, I decided to hand cut strips of dimensional tape to help create my 'window'.  After laying a strip on all four sides, I removed the protective strips from all but the top strip.  Next I adhered my 'window panel' ... poured in some Martha Stewart 'snow' ... pulled the top protective strip off and VOILA!!

Now for the finishing touches!

By positioning the Impression Obsession 'Icicle Edger' across the top and one of the deer from the Frantic Stamper 'Reindeer Duo' Set, down on the bottom, the dimension of my winter scene really came together ... what do you think?
I couple more dies for the inside sentiment and the first holiday card of the 2016 season is complete!  I chose the other reindeer in the Frantic Stamper 'Reindeer Duo' Set, and the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Merry Christmas with Tree' Sentiment die.

Sorry for the long post ... thanks for sticking with me!!

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Till next time . . .


  1. I love it, almost looks like an ice storm came through with your shaker bits, so pretty, great job on creating your little forest, love the icicle border with it too :) your inside looks great enough to be on the front!!

  2. Oooh I need to go put some socks on brrrrrr..... lol LOVE your style of Shaker Card. This is fantastic! The wintery scene is fabulous and I love all of your snowy goodness. It is the only way I enjoy snow--on a card! Awesome!

  3. Oh my heavens, Darlene this is fabulous!! ....just curious, am I on your Christmas card list? ;0) Seriously though, this is so darling I wouldn't want to give it away.

  4. I am at a complete loss for words Darlene! Your card is just fantastic, such a beautiful scene you have created. I love how you have offset the green and white trees, gives a great effect. Top tip re the packaging too!

  5. I love those Impression Obsession trees.....so glad the Dies R Us store carries Impression Obsession dies. Your shaker is incredible. Makes me want to get my winter dies out, but need to make some Halloween cards first, maybe.

  6. This is a beautiful card! I have been impressed with the team's inspiration cards here! Well done!

  7. Wow Darlene, love your card. All that work you put into it really shows. Great shaker card.

  8. Fantastic. great use of dies and all the extras. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Now here we go to the mountains and see some wildlife. Stunning winter scene.


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