I absolutely love shaker cards, so when I saw the new Diemond Dies Bucket Mini Album Die my head just about exploded with the possibilities of making this into a shaker card. I had recently also picked up some CC Designs stamps in a crafty friend’s destash and I thought the super cute “Sunglasses Emma,” holding a beach bucket would be a perfect match!

20150726_092955I made a hinge shaped card using the die with bright yellow card stock. I also cut some polka dot “sand” hills and a white handle by running the die through again with different papers to layer on top. It required a little hand cutting as well to get the hills and the areas where the handle “attaches” to the pail, but the die made the pieces fit together easily.  Then I made a shaker pocket with my Becky Higgins Project Life fuse tool, using the left over bucket inside die cut piece as a kind of template to get the shaping correct.  For some added fun, I put tiny sea shells from a broken necklace, little glittered shovels from the Diemond Dies Sand Pail and Shovel Die Set, and pink and purple sequins into the pocket.  The dimension of the sea shells actually helps plump up the pocket and allows the other shaker pieces to move around better.

I Copic colored (colors listed below) and paper pieced Emma with scraps from my scrap box.
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13 and R20 (for blush)
Hair: Y21, YR24, Y35, E25 and E29
Pail: Flowers YR04 and Shading C1
Shading on paper pieced swimsuit and beach towel: W1 and W3
20150726_092739To add a little more shine and dimension, I also used a clear Wink of Stella on the pail, Glossy Accents and a white Gelly Roll pen on the sunglasses, and the top of an extra die cut shovel to make it look like Emma had a shovel in her pail that matched the shovels in the shaker.

To fill in the scene, I die cut a couple of starfish from the Diemond Dies Starfish Die Set and colored the edges and added dots using Copic Y35. To give the starfish a little personality, I also stamped little faces on them using the faces from the Lawn Fawn “Love You S’more” stamp set.

Lastly, I stamped out the sentiment, “every day is fun with you” using the same Lawn Fawn stamp set, but used some tape masking to break up the phrase the way I needed to in order to fit the words into the small, medium and large Fiskars cloud punches. To soften the edges of the clouds, I also inked the edges with a pale blue chalk ink. For the inside of the card, I used a “Happy Birthday!” sentiment from the Inky Antics Birthday Elephant stamp set and threw in an extra die cut shovel and pail for some extra sparkle. 🙂

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The following is a video share of this project:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
MarkerPOP Summertime Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Die Cuts Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Sparkle and Shine Challenge
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge
Card Mania Anything Goes Challenge (winner of honorable mention)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! WOOF