Happy Birthday for MMM #217

Welcome back to the bi-weekly Make My Monday #217. Our host for this challenge, Billie A., chose Happy Birthday as the theme for this challenge. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team. Birthday cards are always fun, and we’d love to see your creations in our gallery!

Here’s my birthday shaker card:

I used the Bright and Beautiful bundle and coordinating DSP (designer series paper) for my card. I knew I wanted to use the different size balloons in white for the background but needed to add something more. That’s when I thought about using the iridescent shaker circles for a shaker card. Fun!


  • The Berry Burst base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Bright and Beautiful DSP piece measures 4-1/4 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock for the background of the shaker card measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • I used white cardstock to crop a variety of balloon sizes and the sentiment banner.
  • A scrap piece of Berry Burst formed the bottom piece of the birthday sentiment.
  • The DSP for the envelope flap measures 6 by 2-1/2 inches. I picked a coordinating piece DSP to punch a 1-inch circle for the envelope seal. I ran it through the XYRON create-a-sticker to finish the seal.

Assembly Process:

  • Using a deckled rectangle die, crop the center of the DSP to create the frame.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Berry Burst ink.
  • Stamp the inside sentiment with the same ink.
  • To create the dual color banners on the inside, I stamped it first in Berry Burst. Without re-inking, I stamped the second banner.
  • After cropping the sentiment banner using white and then Berry Burst cardstock, adhere the piece together using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Add a piece of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon to the sentiment banner.
  • Use the balloon dies to crop a variety of sizes of balloons from white cardstock.
  • Dry-fit the balloons to create the background. Once you find a pleasing arrangement, adhere the balloons using multipurpose liquid glue.

Creating the Shaker:

  • The clear medium envelopes make creating a faux shaker card much easier than the previous ways to make shaker cards. Here’s a picture of these envelopes.
  • HINT: The most important thing to remember when using these clear envelopes for a faux shaker card is that the flap seal needs to be on the back of the shaker card.
  • Put the white cardstock background in the clear envelope, Make sure that you get the cardstock into the corner and bottom of the envelope.
  • Fold over the side of the clear envelope on the back of the background cardstock and adhere using tear-&-tape. There’s. no need to take off the top layer because you will use adhesive foam strips to adhere the shaker to the base.
  • Add the iridescent shaker circles in the envelope, making sure to keep as many as possible between the background cardstock and the front of the clear envelope.
  • Seal the envelope flap. I use more tear & tape.
  • Adhere the front of the shaker to the DSP frame using tear & tape.
  • Add foam adhesive strips to the back of the shaker and adhere to the base of the card.
  • HINT: Be careful when using the foam strips. Once they are down on the base, they are down for good.

Finishing Up:

  • I didn’t want to add any more bulk to the card, so I just adhered the left and bottom of the sentiment banner to the DSP using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Adhere the white cardstock to the inside of the card using multipurpose glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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MMM #206 Goes to Space!

Welcome to the 206th edition of the biweekly Make My Monday challenge. Our host, Mary V., chose Space Travel as the theme. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team. I really struggled with this one, but everyone else seems to have nailed it! We can’t wait to see what you create, so please remember to upload your projects to the gallery.

Here’s my faux shaker Space Travel card:

I said it’s a faux shaker card because it’s the much easier version. To create this card, you need to use the Stampin’ UP! medium envelopes, item # 102619, pictured below:

These envelopes measure 5-3/4 by 4-3/8 inches, but will fold and burnish easily to match the size of your inside DSP (designer series paper). Connie Stewart posted a quick Tuesday Tip video showing how to create the faux shaker card. You can see that here.

HINT: For the insides of the shaker card, I added some sequins to some Kosher Salt and a little bit of glitter. Yes, you read that correctly: Kosher Salt. It’s fabulous for shaker cards and I’ve used it for years in my shakers.


  • The Blackberry Bliss base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Trim a piece of DSP to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches for the inside.
  • You need a coordinating piece of DSP for the frame. I started with a piece that’s 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches and cropped it using the deckled rectangle dies to create a frame.
  • I added a 1/2 by 4 inch of DSP to the bottom of the 4 by 5-1/4 inch white cardstock for the inside of the card.
  • Trim another piece of DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Punch 1-inch circle using a coordinating piece of DSP for the envelope seal and run it through your XYRON create-a-sticker machine.
  • That’s it for the measurements.


  • Put the DSP into the clear envelope. Make sure you have the adhesive tab facing the back.
  • The most important thing is to make sure that you have the bottom corner of the DSP firmly in place in the corner of the clear envelope.
  • After I folded and burnished the clear envelope to fit my DSP, I used tear & tape to keep the side fold in place.
  • Add your shaker pieces to the inside of the envelope.
  • The shaker part adds bulk, so I didn’t want to use dimensionals to adhere the frame in place. Therefore, I used tear & tape to adhere it to the envelope.
  • Using VersaMark ink, stamp your sentiment on Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Cover it with silver embossing powder and heat set it.
  • Crop your sentiment making sure your ends line up with the outside frame of your card.
  • Add 1 dimensional under the sentiment banner so it doesn’t get bent down in the mail.
  • Add the white cardstock with the DSP trim to the inside of the card.
  • That’s it. With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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