Monday, May 27, 2013

Shaker Card Lawnscaping DT Entry

Hey There! 

I'm just stopping in for a quick post tonight since the clock is tick-tick-ticking!  Lawnscaping is having a design team challenge and I just had to participate!  Lawn Fawn is one of my very favorite stamp companies and the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog was one of the main reasons I started this blog last October.  I think I've participated in just about every challenge since I started blogging and to become a member of their DT would be uh-mazing!!  The DT is full of talented ladies, and it would be double uh-mazing to be a part of the team :) 

I've been trying to think of a card to make since the DT challenge announcement, but have hardly had a chance to think of anything other than moving.  All of our stuff is *hopefully* safely on it's way to Hawaii and today has been the first day I've been able to breath a little.  We're staying with family for about a week before our flight leaves next week.  BUT, I made sure to pack the essentials in my suitcase:

So let me stop babbling and share my card before I miss that midnight deadline! 

I made a fun underwater themed shaker card!  I used Critters in the Sea for the main part of this card as well as the banner from Home Sweet Home, Quinn's ABC dies, and Sally's ABC's.  I started by making an underwater background with distress paints.  I just bought a few, so I'm still figuring out how to use them, but creating this background was super easy albeit a little messy ;)  I then adhered my pieces together and that was it!  I was going to do a photo tutorial on shaker cards with this, but I'm a little pressed for time-- but I promise to share one soon if anyone's interested.  I will add 2 helpful tips, however: 

1. Shaker cards are best as one layer cards (i.e. a background and images on one piece of cardstock).  Otherwise, the glitter gets stuck on the images and can look a bit messy.  Since mine wasn't a one layer card, I made the following sandwich from front to back: acetate, fussy-cut images, a second piece of acetate, the foam circle with glitter on the inside, and then the back panel.  This ensured that my fish and turtle were sandwiched between 2 layers of acetate and had no contact with the glitter.  

2. Use a tape-runner type adhesive.  Liquid glue is great for a lot of things, but totally makes a sticky mess with this.  Once the acetate gets glue on it, it smears and becomes sticky.  The glitter ends up having difficulty moving freely and makes for a messy looking card.  Trust me- This is version 3 of the card!  

Here's a photo of all the glitter (I used blues and greens from a Martha Steward glitter pack): 

And one last one: 

Thanks so much for visiting today!!  Good luck to everyone for the DT spot! 



  1. This is beautiful and best of luck...maybe on the next call I'll be more courageous!

  2. That is so cute, Lizzy!! I really like the distressed background that you created and your sentiment pun! Shaker cards are so much fun to play with! :)

  3. Oh Lizzy, this is so fun!
    Totally love it!! Great color combo also!!!!
    Good luck next week: have a safe flight!! :)

  4. This card seriously rocked my socks off the moment I saw it. Sooooo cool! Absolutely love it. Just wow.

  5. This is such a sweet project! Looove it!

  6. This is a wonderful card, Lizzy!!! What a fantastic scene!!! Have a perfect day!!!

  7. I love your Under The Sea card. What did you use for the sand on the ocean floor?


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