Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Shake Things Up”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 21 of us are showcasing “Shake Things Up” projects.

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Catherine Nowak so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Katy Taylor’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This month we’re all talking about how to incorporate Close To My Heart’s new Shaker Windows and coordinating products into your artwork. If you are wondering what on earth a Shaker Window is, well it’s a shape (usually a circle) with a window, and items – usually sequins, inside the window, that make you want to shake it! Shaker Windows are commonly found in cards, but can also be incorporated into other paper crafting projects, such as scrapbooking layouts.

For this hop, I’ve chosen to use a shaker window in a Christmas layout. This layout will also be the one that my customers and friends will be creating at our regular monthly paper crafting workshop! I started with this sketch, from Susan Stringfellow over at SketchSavvy.blogspot.com:

Since this is a Christmas layout, I wanted it to have lots of sparkle and shine!

Which can be hard to see from a distance, so I have some closer shots for you as well.

Tis the Season Left Page

Tis the Season Left Page

Tis the Season Right Page

Tis the Season Right Page

See the white glitter paper circle with stars, on the right page? That is actually the leftover from cutting the stars for the shaker window! And the tag that is sort of above it, is a tag for hidden journaling. The snowflake is blinged up” with a brushing of clear shimmer pen.

Shaker Window

This is a close up of the Shaker Window! As you can see, I used red glitter paper for the background and gold foil paper for the top, stitched ring. You can also see the white, glittery stars inside that were cut out from the Thin Cuts. Another consultant had suggested gluing a few of the sequins right to the background paper so they aren’t all at the bottom. I did that, and then when I shook it, more got stuck there!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what  Katy Taylor has to share with you and happy crafting!

Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon
  • Z3237 White Glitter Paper
  • Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
  • Z3365 Gold Foil Paper
  • Z4309 Thin Cuts – Shaker Window & Confetti
  • Z4235 Loose Gold Sequins
  • Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate
  • Z4227 ‘Tis the Season Buttons
  • Z4226 ‘Tis the Season Snowflakes
  • X7239B ‘Tis the Season Paper Pack
  • Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
  • X7239D ‘Tis the Season Coordinating card stock
  • Z2831 Charcoal card stock
  • Z2850 Fern card stock
  • Z2835 New England Ivy card stock
  • X5992 Candy Apple card stock
  • D1801 ‘Tis the Season – Scrapbooking stamp set
  • Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
  • Cricut – Season to Sparkle


  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Michelle Johns
  6. Michelle Loncar
  7. Marciava Warrell
  8. Darlys Recker
  9. Kimberly Bower
  10. Catherine Nowak
  11. Valerie Kapsha
  12. Katy Taylor
  13. Shirley Ross
  14. Maz Wood
  15. Carol Loftus
  16. Annemarie Julian
  17. Carrie Simonds
  18. Vandra Stenton
  19. Lauren Moore 
  20. Tamara Sandwisch
  21. Jayma Malme
Until next time
at Sure Scraps a Lot


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