Thursday, December 2, 2010


It is my turn as the Stamp Tramp that does the Thursday Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials at Skipping Stones Design blog.  I decided on a very quick and simple tutorial today using CD envelopes that you buy in bulk.  I made CD envelope shaker cards.  This time of year everyone is busy and short on time, and anything "quick" is helpful.  I have always thought shaker cards were fun, but can be alot of work, layering, messy and time consuming.  This technique is much easier, and quicker.  I am all about quick!  Lets get started!
You will need a CD envelope..(they are 5x5 inches square), stamps and inks of choice, and a piece of CS cut just under 5 x 5 inches to fit inside the envelope.  In this card of course I chose a SSD of my favorites.."Sassy Snowmen".
I stamped the insert the way I wanted it, and also the outside of the envelope.  The possibilities at this stage are endless...that is why this technique appeals to me so much.  I stickled the parameter of the CD acetate window with stardust stickles, and let it dry.  Meanwhile I stamped the  insert, sort of eyeballing where the wording should go.
I stamped the snowgirl, cut her out and then started to assemble the card.  I adhered the snowgirl and any embellishments first.  Then I inserted the stamped CS into the envelope, and before sealing it added an amount of glitter that seemed to look good.  I then adhered it to a piece of yellow CS measuring  5 1/4 in square.
Easy huh?  Like I mentioned earlier the possibilities are endless, and today I could not stop at one shaker card..soooo here is another quick idea..using another SSD set "Funny Coffee vol 1".  This set has been very popular and is back in stock!
This time I used coffee beans as the shaker item.  I used DP instead of stamping the background image and just stamped the cup and sentiment...I stamped the cup twice.  Once on white CS, and once on kraft, cutting out and paper piecing the wrap around the Starbucks does!  I used two spellbinders die cuts to make the frame around the acetate.....
like this.  Works pretty cool.  I really like my Spellbinder die cuts.  I have ALOT of them so far, and that brings me to the "TIP" part of my post.  I found a way to store my spellbinders that works beautifully for me, and may for someone else thought I would share.  I had two old frames in the closet that had no use and were on their way to the garbage.  Being the green girl I am, I started thinking mmmmm.......
I wanted the die cuts where I could see them...not in some binder, so I used the frame.  I left the glass in and bought sticky backed magnetic sheets at Hobby Lobby.  I adhered the the sticky side of the sheets right to the glass.  The frame became a showcase for my Spellbinders.  They stick right on to the magnetic sheets and are easy to see and remove.  I did use both frames, but have them hung in a small hall and couldn't get far enough away to get both in my picture. works for me, and may for you!

Hope you enjoyed my quick little tutorial and trick today!  Have a wonderful day...Friday is almost here!  Thanks so very much for stopping by today, and  don't hesitate to leave a comment, or an idea you want to share...I so enjoy hearing from you!


  1. woooo hooooo...such a wonderful post....LOVE the tut...never even though of using a CD sleeve...I'm loving both of your cards...especially the coffee one....and your storage idea rocks!!!!!

  2. Love the cards and llllooooooooooovvvve the storage idea for the spellbinders! You rock!

  3. Tammie, these are so cute and you make it look so simple! I love it. I don't have very many spellbinders die yet but definitely going to keep that tip in mind!

  4. Awesome tutorial for the shaker cards! I love the storage idea too, great post Tammie!

  5. omg! Way to cute. I made one too from your inspiration. I love this idea. My husband has a whole box of the sleeves, I may have to sneak some & put them in my stamping stash.