Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Christmas Shaker Card

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Are you the type that starts Christmas projects in July? Then I have a fun card for you!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! It’s the last Monday in July, so I wanted to share another Christmas project ūüôā I couldn’t resist making another shaker card – with the goodies inside the ornament, no less!

This adorable die is from Top Dog Dies, and lucky for you, they’re having a Christmas in July sale! Use code CIJ2015 through July 28th and save 10% off all Christmas and Winter items! I used the Top Dog Dies Ornament &¬†Tags #1 Die Set, but there are tons of goodies you must check out!

I tend to shy away from making too intricate of cards during the holidays, especially when I’m making lots as in Christmas cards, so I wanted to make a¬†really fast and easy project! The die set has several layers and I was able to whizz-bang through the cuts in no time. I think this card took about 10 -15 minutes to make. And who wouldn’t love to receive a fun shaker card during the holidays?!

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The additional pieces are stunning, like this intricate layering piece. So gorgeous!

1. Cut the accent pieces from gold paper.

2. Cut a white piece of cardstock into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle to fit inside a standard A2 card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).

3. Cut the ornament form the rectangle piece, being sure to leave a border all around the edges.

4. Cut a piece of foam slightly smaller than the rectangle, then cut a hole slightly bigger than the ornament size so the foam would not show through the hole.

5. Glued piece of acetate to back of rectangle card stock.

6. Glued ornament details (intricate center strip and ornament clasp) onto front of rectangle card stock.

7. Glued foam piece to back of rectangle card stock piece, being sure none of the foam showed through.

8. Added holiday color piece of paper onto front of card to show through the acetate/ornament.

9. Filled center area of shaker card with sequins and beads.

10. Securely / firmly glued rectangle piece onto card base. Voila! Shaker card!

Hope you’re inspired to make a shaker card of your own! I actually just shared a Palm Tree shaker card I made on my YouTube channel. It’s using the same idea as the Christmas ornament shaker card, except using the Palm Tree Dies, also from Top Dog Dies! If the written instructions didn’t make sense up above, hopefully this visual will help! And if you don’t have foam sheets, you can always use foam tape to create your own spacing for the shaker, just make sure you have a nice even layer!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2I hope you enjoyed that and are ready to continue the Make It Monday circle! Be sure to hop on over to see what Karen at Photos Kept Alive is up to these days. I’ll give you a hint: it includes an upcoming trip and camera choices… definitely has me curious! We all struggle with that question on so many occasions…my camera phone or my big camera. Hop on over to see what Karen has to say!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Love all that sparkles and shines? Me too! And apparently SimonSimon Says Stamp Wednesday¬†Challenge is¬†feeling the vibe too as the theme this week is¬†Sparkle and Shine¬†‚Äď I love when that happens! Check out the inspiration over there too!

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Make It Monday // Christmas in July Flash Sale!

Surprise your kids (& yourself) with an unforgettable, organized Christmas season!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! It might be summer, you might be wearing shorts, or even be at the beach, but there’s no better time to start thinking of Christmas!

Yes, I realize how bananas that sounds…start thinking of Christmas in July?! But be honest, do you ever get to half the stuff you want to create during the holidays?! Probably not. If you’re anything like me, actually getting your Christmas cards created, addressed and mailed is about as good as it gets some years! But getting ahead and starting some of those projects now could get you that much closer to your ideal handcrafted Christmas season!

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My family has enjoyed three years of an incredible Advent tradition with a twist on the traditional Advent Calendar.¬†Our daily surprise is not a daily candy, nor a trinket… it’s a family experience! I created this downloadable printable kit last year so more families could share in the magic of family time during Advent!

The kit includes loads¬†of suggested sweet activities to experience and build some wonderful Christmas memories and traditions! Everything¬†from wearing new Christmas jammies to having a dance party with Christmas music, from making paper snowflakes to calling relatives to sing Christmas carols, from hot cocoa and french toast for dinner to buying a gift for a charity toy drive… there are over 50 activities to pick from to customize our¬†most amazing and memorable Advent season!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, printable, download, easy, Etsy, activity, experience, family, DIYGetting a jump start on planning out the daily activities would not only save you time, but give you a peek into the traditions and experiences your kids will remember and cherish!

But I’m not the only one with Christmas on the brain! I’ve teamed up with¬†14 other amazing designers to bring you¬†an amazing flash sale: but the¬†Christmas in July Bundle is only available for a few more hours – the sale ends at 9pm PST TODAY! The bundle is only $29.99 and includes:

  • Printable Christmas cards and pocket-style elements
  • Advent calendars with suggested activities to use at home and give as gifts
  • Mixed media art journaling techniques and Christmas project ideas
  • Digital templates and tutorials for creating easy digital Christmas pages and photo books
  • Quick and easy gift-giving ideas and tutorials

In total, there are 15 eBooks and eCourses for you to have  your most creative and stress-free Christmas Рalmost $300 worth of content, bundled for only $29.99 during this quick flash sale.

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Learn more about our Christmas in July Bundle by clicking over here.  This truly is a wonderful way to get ahead on the holidays and have the most amazing Christmas ever!

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And it is Monday after all, so the Make It Monday blog circle is always a great place to find inspiration! Head on over to my sweet, creative and crafty friend Alison at Day Designs to get some help dealing with Christmas supply overwhelm! Alison takes a unique approach that we can all benefit from!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Don’t forget — the¬†Christmas in July Bundle¬†disappears at 9pm PST tonight¬†– grab yours now before this amazing deal is GONE for good!