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Happy New Year!!!

Hi guys!!  I hope everyone is having a fabulous Labor Day weekend.  I just finished a 2 day craft fair and I. am. wiped.  Those craft fairs are exhausting!!  On top of the fair exhausting me, it was also the hottest weekend we’ve ever had here in Fort Bragg.  It was perfect for an outdoor craft fair!!  But extremely hot.  I won’t complain too much, because I know it’s a heck of a lot cooler here than it is in many places, but my hubby took a picture on our back deck, in the shade at 3:30 in the afternoon and it says it was 100 degrees.  100 degrees!!!  The hottest temp I could find was 96 degrees back in October, 1965.  Us coasties aren’t used to temps like that.  Our average high in the summer months is 65 degrees.

Anyway, let me get to my project for this week at Always Fun Challenges.  The theme is a shaker card!  I sure do love making shaker cards.  In fact, my project 2 weeks ago was a shaker card and it’s one of my all time favorite cards that I’ve made so far.  You can check it out by clicking here.  I love it so much, I almost didn’t want to sell it this weekend!!

I chose to do a Happy New Year shaker.  No, I’m not that organized and prepared.  I wish I were.  I wish I could say that I’ve already started on my Christmas cards, but the sad fact is, I’ll probably put it off too long and end up not sending any out again this year.  I actually made this one for a customer from my Etsy shop and it just so happened to be this week!!  Two birds, one stone…  I’m soooo bummed that I forgot to turn on my video camera while making these though.  So unfortunately, I don’t have a video to share with you this week.

IMG_1169-copy The sad part is, I made ten of them!!!  But I made them in sections so it wasn’t until I had all the shaker part completed, that I realized I hadn’t filmed any of it.  Darn.

I made some with a black glittery background and some with a gold glittery background.


The black background was my favorite.  I’ll include a list of the products I used, but unfortunately I don’t think the letter die is available anymore.  It’s called High Rise Alphabet Lower Case by MFT.  I can’t find the ribbon I used anywhere online either.  The brand is Offray and it looks like this:

Offray Ribbon Pic

Oh!!  Before I forget, I’m SO EXCITED for Simon Says Stamp’s Stamptember!!!  It’s THE best month long celebration around.  I look forward to this spectacular event all year.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should.  It’s Simon’s biggest release month of the year!!  They always have awesome new products to release during this event and I love it!! Also happening right now is The 30 Day Coloring Challenge created by Kathy Racoosin from All you gotta do is color a little something each day (or as often as you can) and share it on social media with the hashtag thedailymarker30day. It’s also all month long. I hope you guys find time to participate. I’m going to get through this crazy weekend first and then I’ll join in.

Thanks guys for stopping by!!  See you next week ~


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