A Brit in Alaska

Welcome to my blog! I'm switching over from my old blog http://abitofthisabitofthat.spaces.live.com/ where you can view 'art from my past' and past musings! :) O this new blog, I will be posting hopefully daily with things I am doing and what I have crafted. I am a avid crafter, even owning my own online store as I can only create so much for family, friends and swaps...I need to sell the surplus! :) If you would like to visit my store, please go to http://paperartplus.etsy.com/ .

About Me

Anchorage, Alaska, United States
I live in a beautiful State, Alaska! I love Jesus and attend ChangePoint Church. Both my hubby and I are retired now and are enjoying the stress-free life with ease and joy! I'm from England and moved here with my then GI hubby in 1987! I love to make things and besides the swaps I do with friends, and the pressies for family and friends, I sell the surplus at my online store at PaperArtPlus.etsy.com to provide funds for 'Craft With Love'. Blog at http://craftwithlovecp.blogspot.com/ (currently under re-construction!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fall Card

I've just finished this card for a card swap on one of the groups I am on, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ARTHavenCreations_Friendships/. As you can see, the theme is 'Fall'. I had a shaker box outline printed on some cardstock that I have had for ages! So I decided to 'use it up'...a phrase my hubby doesn't like...but it's now become a joke at home about using things up...so I guess he has got used to it after 30 years! :D Anyway, the cardstock the shaker box was printed on was plain white, so before cutting it out, I
used the direct to paper method of coloring it with chalk inks. Then after cutting it out, I did the same to the back of the box flaps as they would show through the window. Once the ink was dry enough to handle, I used red line tape to tape in the plastic window (recycled from plastic packaging!). I then added the leaf confetti, and glued the back flaps together to complete the shaker box. I decided the box needed more ink, and used a contrast chalk ink on the edges. The small piece I had cut from the middle of the box for the window was also edged in this contrast ink and then I glued it to the top right hand side of the card, and using red line tape again, I taped the shaker box onto the card front. I then added a real skeleton leaf as an accent and used my Cricut to cut out the words for the card which I glued onto the small square at the top. Hope you like it! :)


  1. What a great fall shaker card! Diann

  2. What a beautifull fall card!!!

  3. Shirley I love the vibrant colors...job well done

  4. Girl you've been busy indeed and having lots of fun!!! I love your creations...the shaker box card is AWESOME.....love the way your dtp technique turned out!!!! Beautiful!!

  5. Awesome shaker card, Shirley!