Monday, July 20, 2020


Hello again, my friends!  It's day 3 of Bugaboo's Christmas in July week-long event, and today is Anything But a Card day:

I decided to make an ornament, and a shaker one to boot!

I thought it would be so cute to have this adorable Ava Ornament image actually ON an ornament for the Anything But a Card challenge.  And then after I printed out the image and started to color, a thought struck me...what if I made the ornament on the image a tiny little shaker?  😲  I LOVED the idea, so I started brainstorming how to accomplish it without too much of a headache.  LOL  So, I merged the image back into the Silhouette software, and decided that the best way to do this would be to separate Ava from the ornament.  I copied and pasted the original, then separated Ava from the ornament.  I created a circle that would fit inside the ornament, but still leave a bit of the ornament visible, as it would have been too thin otherwise.  I used the same sized offset for both Ava and the ornament, then printed them off and cut them with my Cameo.  In hindsight, I probably could have made an inner offset inside the ornament portion of the image, so I wouldn't have had to separate them.  Oh well, I think it still turned out OK!

I used Spellbinders 2012 Heirloom Ornaments (largest size) to die cut the ornament body, and I cut it from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6 paper pad, and a piece of green card stock.  I glued them back-to-back for stability.  I used a scrap of gold foil card stock to serve as the ornament topper.  As I was laying things out to see how I liked them, I thought the ornament was looking pretty plain.  I decided  that using Versamark and gold glitter embossing powder around the edges was just the thing to spruce it up a bit.  The image is colored with alcohol markers, with white gel pen accents, Star Dust Stickles on the white parts of her dress and hat, and gold gel pen for the ornament topper.  For the shaker bits, I rounded up some red, gold and green (this sounds like an 80's song lyric!) sequins, and my brand-spanking new Peppermint Stick WOW! Sparkles glitter (💗).    Oh yes, and a few iridescent sequins too.  I am always afraid to over fill shakers, but I think I could have used a bit more in this one.  I cut my Scotch foam tape very thinly, and removed the backing so I could go around the opening nicely.  I did this in a double layer.  I placed a small die cut circle on the foam tape, and then played with my shaker!  Doh, I forgot to say that I did go around the inside of the foam tape with some anti static powder and a cotton swab to try to prevent the shaker bits from sticking.  I placed my little shaker on the front of the ornament, and I was done!  I guess I probably still need to punch a hole in the top and add a piece of ribbon for hanging.  I'll get around to it!  LOL


The Paper Girls #204:  Christmas in July (1/3)
C.R.A.F.T #564:  Christmas/Humorous
Die Cut Divas:  Christmas in July (3/4)
Cutie Pie #149:  Delightful Digi Stamps (3/3)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
CHNC #499:  ATG Christmas
Love to Craft #48:  ATG (4/5)
Mix It Up #39:  ATG (4/5)
Digi Doodle Studios #29:  Christmas in July (3/3)
Paper Funday #19:  ATG (3/4)
Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (5/5)
ABC Christmas: N for NO Fuss, O for Over the Top (I think this one might be an O)
My Time to Craft #436:  Christmas in July 
Christmas Craft Creations:  Christmas Characters (3/3)
Thanks for stopping by my blog today...Don't forget to head on over to the Catch the Bug blog for today's DT inspiration (you will not be sorry you did!).  Until tomorrow my friends,

Take Care and God Bless!



  1. I love your ornament. It's so sweet. I wish I could grasp how to do these kinds of things o. My scan n cut, I know it's possible but I have yet to figure it out. You amaze me.

  2. So cute. I love the ornament shape and shaker part. The Bugaboo image is sweet. Thanks for sharing over at Word Art Wednesday.

  3. What a wonderful ornament shaker-and that image is darling! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  4. Great shaker card and thanks for sharing with us at craft

  5. Getting caught up on email so pls forgive my tardiness! Love how this came out and glad it wasn't too much of a headache! Lol!!! You best get your cards linked up soon 😉

  6. Hello to our lovely friend Marie!
    This is so sweet, and the "Delightful Digi" makes it perfect for our theme!

    Thank you for joining in with the Cuties xx

  7. Wow this is just such a fabulously designed and cool shaker project. Lovely work. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Annette DT

  8. Fun idea which has made a super ornament!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  9. Very clever and this would make a great addition to the Tree this holiday season! Thanks for inspiring us at The Paper Funday Challenges! Donna, DT

  10. Lovely card. Thank you for joining Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas card challenge, 12 months of Christmas cards, A Bit More Time to Craft extra and Jan's Digis. Hope to see you again next time.

  11. Love the ornament shape! Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Studio Christmas in July! -DT Meghan Kennihan

  12. Thank you for joining us at challenge Lemon Shortbread
    DT Maria

  13. Marie, such a unique shaker card! Thank you for sharing your festive creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge where anything goes. Love the unusual shape and the coloring. HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  14. Marie - what an adorable card! Great job! Thanks so much for joining us at Jan's Digistamps Challenge! Hope you are a winner!

  15. OH WOW this is such a beautiful project! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Mix It Up!
    Mix It Up
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  16. This is brilliant!
    Thanks for playing along with us this month. Regina DT-Member of Paper Funday Challenge

  17. Good golly, Marie, that is such a clever ornament! I had to Pin it to my Christmas board! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Love To Craft! XOXO, Aimeslee DT

  18. Such a super cute Christmas card, lovely colours and a great shape. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
    Dorte x

  19. This is fabulous! Really cute shaped shaker. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  20. Great card, thanks for sharing with the Cutie Pies, good luck. Shona xx

  21. Super cute Christmas ornament! Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Craft Creations.



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