Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Peek-a-Boo Shaker Card

Shakers Gonna Shake

PrintAnd Friday is here! Time to celebrate the onset of another glorious weekend. Hope you’ve got some plans to shake up some fun!

Speaking of shaking… we’ve got one more amazing shaker tutorial video, one more adorable shaker card (seriously, just wait ’til you see!), and one more awesome shaker-tastic prize!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a peek-a-boo shaker card. If you ask me, this technique will take your shaker card obsession to new heights!

Creating a Peek-a-Boo Shaker Card

My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford is back again today with tips and tricks of the trade for making your very own peek-a-boo shaker card. Click HERE or simply watch below!

Wasn’t that tip for “deadening” the adhesive awesome? Baby powder — it’s not just for babies anymore!

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namicsI love how Kimberly chose various sizes of sequins and beads that look like water and bubbles to further her fishbowl theme. Little details like that can make your card even more cohesive and special.

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namics

Don’t forget to make the inside cute, too! Kimberly’s video has great ideas about how to make it work with your peek-a-boo shaker.

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namics

What do you say? Hasn’t this week been a blast? A HUGE round of applause for Kimberly, Stephanie, and the members of the My Favorite Things Design Team and the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Team for their creative ideas. We are indebted to them!

Before you head off into an awesome weekend, take a look at this amazing prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Blueprints 23, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Our MFT designers love to make shaker cards! Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks by visiting their blogs.

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Shaker Card with a Word Die

Shakers Gonna Shake

PrintDay four of our shaker card tutorial week is here! Just wait until you see what is in store for today…

You’d think that we would run out of ideas after three days of shaker cards and instructional videos, but the fact of the matter is, we’re in this for the long haul. We’ve got more great inspiration coming to you today and tomorrow including more great prizes. And you just can’t beat that!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a shaker card with a word dies. If you’re anything like me, you have a collection of word dies that you go to again and again. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to use those dies in a brand new way.

Creating a Shaker Card with a Word Die

My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck took some time to create this super informative video giving lots of great tips and ideas for creating a shaker card with word dies. Click HERE or simply watch below!

If you’re wondering how Stephanie was able to space the three thank words that appear on the card, you can see that she used a T-square to get just the right placement. Oh, math. You can be so helpful!

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As Stephanie said in the video, it’s important to be generous with your sequins and seed beads. When the card stands up, gravity will shake those beads and sequins down. {hey, science!}

Triple Thanks Shaker Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the DC Thankful Thoughts stamp set and Thank You and Blueprints 15 Die-namics

Many thanks to Stephanie for taking the time to make two such great videos for us this week! You can see the one she did on Tuesday about creating a flat shaker card HERE.

Triple Thanks Shaker Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the DC Thankful Thoughts stamp set and Thank You and Blueprints 15 Die-namics

Which word die will you use? This technique would make a super fun birthday card!

All week we’ve been giving away prizes, and today is no different! Take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Happy Hellos, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Want more ideas of how to use word dies to create shaker cards? Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks  by visiting the blogs of the MFT designers below!

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Shaker Card with a Frame Die

Shakers Gonna Shake

PrintHappy Shakin’ Hump Day from My Favorite Things!

It’s time for another fantastic day of shaker card inspiration. We hope you’ve been enjoying these tips and tricks for fantastic interactive cards. We love sharing insider secrets to make your creative time more fun!

One of the things I’ve learned in life is that to do anything right, you have to have the right tools. While some things might work fine, it’s finding the perfect tool that makes things work smoothly AND take up less time. And THAT is always a good thing.

In today’s lesson, My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford will give you the low-down on some of the most important things to have on hand to make shaker card construction quick and relatively effortless.

How to Create a Shaker Card with a Frame

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating shaker cards with a frame. While this seems basic, Kimberly will explain some fun ways to ramp up the frame shaker fun in her video. Click HERE or simply watch below!

OK. So mind officially blown about die-cutting the foam adhesive! Just goes to show that having the right tools is important to getting the job done!

Pretty Birthday Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Pierced Oval and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Beautiful Bows Die-namics.

You could always back the shaker with a color or stamp a subtle pattern instead of just plain white. The possibilities are mind boggling!

Pretty Birthday Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Pierced Oval and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Beautiful Bows Die-namics.

So basically those STAX Die-namics are about to rock your shaker card making world!

I bet you’re interested in winning a prize, huh? Take a look at this glorious array of goodies we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Blueprints 16, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
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  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Our shaker card extravaganza isn’t the only excitement we have going on this week. Today and tomorrow, SAVE 50% on five fun products – a fantastic opportunity to add some new goodies to your stash at an incredible price!

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Craving more ideas for making shaker cards? Our MFT designers have additional tips and tricks on their blogs. Click on through for more!

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Shake it up, baby, now!

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Flat Shaker Card

Shakers Gonna Shake

PrintHappy Tuesday, Creative Friends! What’s shakin’? Looks like our shaker card week is going to be a popular one!

Even though you’ve likely completed your years of education, the desire to learn more probably hasn’t dwindled for you. Perhaps this is why instructional videos on YouTube and online classes are so popular, especially among crafters.

Enter this Shakers Gonna Shake promotional week from My Favorite Things. It’s one thing to show cute shaker cards for you to ooooh and aaaahhhh over, but showing you HOW is of even greater value, don’t you think?

The videos you’ll see this week are just the tiniest portion of inspiration and education that you can find on our YouTube channel here. Established in early 2010, we’ve amassed a wealth of videos filled with tips and tricks and terrific tutorials and tantalizing uses of our products. Make to sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and start digging through the hundreds of videos already posted. And by subscribing, you’ll never miss a new upload!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a flat shaker card. If you want to send a flat and mailable card, you don’t have to forego shaker card fun. Let’s see what it’s all about!

How-to Create a Flat Shaker Card

My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck sat down and created a fantastic tutorial for creating a flat shaker card. Take a few minutes to see how she did it by watching the video below.

See? It’s not so hard! It’s all in what you choose to put inside when it comes to flat shaker cards.

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Once you have the shaker constructed, you can finish the card design in any way you’d like!

Quick Recovery Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Tweet On You stamp set from Miss Tiina and Sun, Moon, & Stars and Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics.

As Stephanie said, vellum softens the elements on the inside of the shaker card. By using acetate, you’ll be able to see them more clearly.

Quick Recovery Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Tweet On You stamp set and Sun, Moon, & Stars and Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics

Fun, right? I wouldn’t blame you for skipping out of work early or insisting on a longer naptime today. *wink*

Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks for creating flat shaker cards by visiting the blogs of our talented My Favorite Things Designers!

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I bet this week will make you shake, rattle, and roll!

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Creative Construction: Sweet Scallops

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We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to either assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches or design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

Did you know you can find ALL of our printable Blueprints sketches in one spot? Our Printable Resources section over there in the sidebar is packed with handy reference materials including Blueprints. Dainty rows of scallops add such a soft, feminine touch to your cards. Whether you use them to create a decorative border, or layered among other panels and elements, that delicate bit of gently curved shaping will add beautiful interest to your projects. This month’s challenge focuses on Blueprints 4, Blueprints 6Blueprints 8, Blueprints 9, Blueprints 14, and Blueprints 22 – all collections that feature scalloped elements.

Friend handmade card from Torico featuring Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamp set and Die-namics.

Don't know what I'd do without you handmade card from Teri Anderson.

If you’re inspired to explore Blueprints more, NOW is the time to take the leap. Today only, save 15% on all Blueprints with code BP15 – stock up!

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Keep on clicking to see how our Design Team interpreted this month’s challenge.

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – The Basics of Shaker Card Construction

Shakers Gonna Shake

PrintNow that you have that song stuck in your head… ;)

Chances are that if you’ve perused Pinterest or browsed through crafty blogs as of late, you’ve seen your fair share of adorable shaker cards. From sequins and beads to stamped images and glitter to confetti and smaller die cuts — we’re adding elements of fun to our cards for a more interactive experience for the recipient. And let’s face it. We love making them, too!

If you’ve been meaning to give shaker cards a try but you didn’t know where to start, have we got an exciting week ahead for you! For the next five days we’ll be focusing on the art of shaker cards.

We’ve teamed up with the experts (our My Favorite Things Design Team and the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Team,) and by the end of the week, we hope that you’ll have gained the confidence that you need to make your very own shaker cards.

Our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on the following lessons: shaker card basics, creating flat shaker cards, creating shaker cards with a frame, creating a shaker card with a word dies, and creating a peek-a-boo shaker card. And to sweeten the deal, there will be some fabulous prizes to be won each day to help you make your own fabulous shaker cards! So buckle up and settle in for awesome ideas you can implement today.

The Basics of Shaker Card Construction

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a few minutes with My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford as she walks you through some of the fundamentals of shaker card creation!

Whoa! Wasn’t that informative? Kimberly’s extra little tips and tricks should allow you to have a blast creating your first shaker card or help you in creating your next one.

Here’s her final card:

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

You can see that she added microbeads, two sizes of sequins, and die cut numbers to her shaker.

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

The dimension and sparkle make this card perfect for a sweet little five-year-old girl.

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

Inspired? Already heading to the craft room to create a fun and interactive shaker card?

Hold on a minute! Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Stitched Square Frames, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.
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Our MFT designers love to make shaker cards! Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks  by visiting their blogs.

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Product Spotlight: Modern Blooms

Before we begin our spotlight, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Julie’s blog: D.Ann

from Kimberly’s blog: Geri

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our April Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics. This combo offers so many opportunities for layering color in an endless variety of colors and styles. Let’s take a trip through the team’s work with this set and you’ll soon see what I mean.

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Modern Blooms stamp set and Die-namics.

Barbara and Jodi went with bright + bold die-cut layers. There are similar color choices and placements thanks to the inclusion of a circular element on both cards but the overall look of each is unique and beautiful.

How Sweet of You handmade card from Barbara Anders.

You're like a Sister to Me handmade card from Jodi Collins.

Kimberly and Julie created flat cards in different color schemes. Both feature the True Friends stamp set though – love those sentiments!

You're a True Friend handmade card from Kimberly Crawford.

You're like a Sister to Me handmade card from Julie Dinn.

Keisha chose a tone-on-tone application for a clean and modern look.

Happy Birthday handmade card from Keisha Campbell.

Karin stamped and die cut felt for her dimensional card that uses the Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics for the lush flower.

You're a True Friend handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter.

Kimberly created an elegant pattern by layering different inks. She started with a Pink Lemonade Card Stock base and stamped blooms first in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, layering Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink on top, and finishing with another Black Licorice Hybrid layer. The result is spectacular!

You Make Everything Better handmade card from Kimberly Crawford.

Did you grab the Modern Blooms stamp set? We really want to see what you do with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can admire and praise your outstanding work!

A Fond Farewell to Friends

As time passes, team members come and go but the friendships forged through daily chitchat and mutual respect for creativity, ingenuity, and support remain strong.

Today, we bid adieu to five lovely members of our design team. Please join us in wishing Amy, Cindy, Melody, Michele, and Sharon the best of luck in their future endeavors.

It’s never easy to say goodbye so let’s just say “see you around.”  Thank you so much for being a part of the team.

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Our entire 2015 Design Team will be announced later this month. We look forward to sharing so many more products and ideas with you in the coming months and our team plays such a crucial role in that effort. As always, thanks for stopping by – it means a lot to all of us!

It’s Time to Shop for the NEW April Products

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, and stencils. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

You Understand Me handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring the True Friends stamp set and Rolled Blooming Rose Die-namics.

All of our April release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win one of 2, $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product Launch celebration!

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade gnome card from Jody Morrow featuring the Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set and Die-namics.

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past week. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their April Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, April 9 for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on April 10. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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It’s Reveal Day – Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm to 10:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamp sets, Die-namics, and stencils we’ve been showing off over the past week will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

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One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

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Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our April release, for sale TONIGHT at 10 PM EST, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the product name.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our April Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Five lucky stampers will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Kara – Comment #393

Countdown Day Four Winner: Michelle W – Comment #68

Countdown Day Three Winner: Carisa – Comment #411

Countdown Day Two Winner: Dianne  – Comment #137

Countdown Day One Winner: Donna Farmer – Comment #207

Congratulations to all the winners!