Saturday, May 7, 2016

You Deserve a Treat

Hello, Crafty Friends!! I've a new toy to play with!! I've been dying to try this tool for a while. I've seen it on TV, on youtube, and every other social media outlet out there. I'm a sucker for cool new toys! And though, it not brand new it is still cool none the less! Yup, I got bit by the Fuse bug!! And I love it!!

I thought I 'd take this puppy for a spin and make one of my favorite things to make... shaker cards. When you first start using a new tool it's always good to do a test run and get familiar with it.
And, what better way to test out than to make something I am very familiar and comfortable with... shaker cards!!

I think I can make a shaker card blindfolded! So today's project I'm making a shake, shake, shaker!!

Supplies Used
Becky Higgins- Project Life Fuse Tool
Pocket Sleeve or Baseball Card Holder
Teresa Collins Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Die-Namics LLD Cool Cup Dies (My Favorite Things)
LLD Stay Cool Stamps (My Favorite Things)
Die-Namics Fishtail Flag Stax (My Favorite Things)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
3" Sticker Maker (Xyron)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
Classy Copper Stack(DCWV)
White Cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
Heavy Duty Vellum
 Sequins (Assorted)
3D Dots (EK Success)
Pink Raffia
PITT Artist Pen (Faber-Castell) - *Optional*
Blue Painter's Tape - *Optional*

 I started by cutting out a piece 4"x5.5" piece of cardstock . I used this patterned paper from DCWV's Classy Copper Stack.

Then, using my blue painter's tape and the cup die from MFT's Cool Cup set, I cut a window from the middle of the my cardstock. It looked a little plain so I die cut it again, this time using a stitched die from my Pick and Main Stitched Rectangles set. I felt it really finished the edges.

I also cut out the whipped cream topping form plain white cardstock and the dome lid from heavy duty vellum. Then ran both pieces through my Xyron sticker maker and attached it to the top of my window cut-out.
 For the shaker part of my card, I pre-heated my Fuse tool. While that was heating up, I took a plastic pocket sleeve and cut out one of the pockets.

When my Fuse was heated, I sealed one of the open ends of my pocket. I left the top portion open so I could fill it. I added a variety of brown, gold, and star sequins.

I also die-cut two paper straws using the die included with the MFT Cool Cup set. I inserted one straw into the pocket with the sequins. I left the end hanging out of the pocket.Then I fused my opening closed, sealing the sequins and straw into place. sealing the plastic over the straw insured that the straw wouldn't shift.

With the other straw, I cut off a 1/2" piece and tucked it behind my whipped cream and dome, to give the appearance of it coming out of the top of the cup.

To keep my sequins free and loose, and to prevent them from being "squished" I added 3D foam adhesive to the back of the card front.

For my sentiment I used the matching stamp set to the Cool Cup dies, called Stay Cool. I thought this phrase was super "sweet"! LOL Pun, totally intended...  I know I'm a dork!

I stamped it in VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto plain white cardstock. Then, I used a Fishtail Flag die to cut out a little banner. I didn't have a double ended fishtail so I made my own by cutting it twice, flipping the the fishtail to the other end the second time.

The letters/ sentiments in this set have a distressed look to them... I wanted my letters to be dark and bold. So, I took my PITT Artist Pen and colored in the letters.

I remeber seeing little blocks of words and decorative panels in my paper stack... I cut out one of the tiny ones into a little flag and added it to the top of my straw.

For a final touch, I added pink raffia, tied a bow, and topped it with a button.

And here is my finished shaker!!

I think this is a great start to my "Fuse-ing" adventures!! Now, I gotta see what else I can fuse!! LOL

I will also be entering this card in My Favorite Things' Sketch Challenge #279!!
To find out how you can join in on MFT's challenge and upload your own project, click here!

Hope you all enjoyed this project!
Until next time...



  1. love my fuse tool too! Happy fusing, Mitsy!

  2. Oh this is so fabulous, I thinking I need a fuse tool now.

  3. The fuse tool is on my wish list!! This is Super cool!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M