Ellen Hutson LLC Pin Sights Challenge - January 2017

Hello fellow crafters!

I took my inspiration from the colors and the general theme of making 2017 happy.  I chose some shimmery blue and a stylized wave pattern cardstock as my two layers.  I really love creating interactive cards and decided to make this one a shaker card with little “windows”.  It did take a few tries before I got this to look just like I envisioned, so suffice it to say, I learned a lot with this card :)

I started by running the Essentials By Ellen Stitches Cover Plate die over the shimmery blue cardstock, leaving some extra room on all sides.  Next I prepared to add the window cutouts by preparing a grid from some thin washi tape to make sure everything lined up correctly.

I then used the 1.5” Die-namics Stitched Square to cut out the window flaps.  The picture shows how I lined up the top cutting plate to avoid cutting the full square out. 

Next I cut 4 white squares with the 1” Die-namics Stitched Square to place over the window flaps.  I stamped each of the numbers with Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  Next I prepared the area that would hold the beads for the shaker portion.  I used my Cricut machine to cut fun foam to the right size so that the beads would stay separate in each of the little windows.  I then glued acetate over the back of the “windows” and glued on the fun foam piece before filling with beads and gluing on the patterned paper to close up the shaker windows.

For the “sentiment” I heat embossed several single words from the Honeybee sentiment builder set on clear 30# vellum, attached with pop dots and to cover those, embellished with enamel dots on top of each corner to coordinate with the cardstock colors.

I am so glad to be part of this fun challenge – to see more details about it, please click on the link below.

Cheers and Happy 2017 to all,



  1. Such a fun and clever card! Love your design and take on the inspiration pictures. Thanks so much for sharing everything and for playing along with Essentials by Ellen January Pin-Sights Challenge, hugs, Karin Ã…kesdotter www.instagram.com/peppermintpatty42/

  2. Thanks Karin - I so appreciate your feedback and kind comment!


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