Friday, May 28, 2021

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The other day, a friend quoted one of my favorite books - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - on Facebook and I decided it was time for a reread. The first time I read it, my dad had taken a summer job at Wright State, and I went there instead of home for a summer off from college. He'd go to work and I'd lay on the couch and nap and read. Ohio was so fun and different for me. We used to eat at this hamburger place he loved called Rax. I have no clue if that's still a thing, but it was basically a build your own burger place, and even in Ohio in the 80s, there was this delicious guacamole as one of the toppings and that's what we always got. 

Eating out was generally a million times better back then. It was before restaurants started using cheap fillers instead of real food, and this place was great in those days.

Now, I listen to so many podcasts that I've sort of let my audiobooks go, but I forgot to cancel my Audible renewal, so I think I'll get that book and the other one I read that summer and LOVED - The Master and Margarita.

I dove deep into the UFO pile this weekend and found a beautiful Brusho background I had made for an older class, and decided its watery goodness would be perfect for my no-line watercolor whale. I stamped him on watercolor paper in Fadeout ink, and then painted him with Daniel Smith - Moonglow and Ultramarine Blue. I used a Copic Multiliner to draw his eye back in when I was done.

The little fish die in this bundle is so cute! I decided to mount it on black cardstock so they looked like little shadows. The sentiment is from the new Stamp Club combo - I cut the layering piece in clear glitter paper - their glitter cardstock is really nice, no-shed paper - Nicole enabled me to try it and I love it.

True confession time - I am terrible at shaker cards. I make a mess, I don't cut my tape right, so if you look at the edges of my cards, it looks like a serial killer made them - it's awful. That's why unless there's a pre-made shaker of some kind, you'll not see them on my blog because I just can't be proud of them most of the time. 

And then what walks into my life? THESE PRE-MADE SHAKER POUCHES. All you do is put them face down, fill them, put a card front (they make different sizes), peel the tape liner off and stick it on the back of the cardstock. No psychotically uneven foam tape, no sequins all over the floor - bim, bam boom. 

I love them. So today - in a very rare sighting on my blog - I present to you - A SHAKER CARD. 

Into the easy pouch, I poured Black Russian and Moonshine sequins (PS everything is 20% off there through Tuesday with code MEMORIAL20), popped a black card front in there, closed the pouch and squealed a bit. I used the cloud, lightning dies (glitter paper for the lightning) and sentiment from the stamp club set and just used double sided tape to attach those to the shaker. This is such a cute combo this month. 

Here are all the supplies I used today. Come back for more weekend sales + a giveaway!
Tonic Studios - Shaker Creator -...
Stamp Club - A Whaley Great Set -...
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Stamp Club: Shoot for the Stars
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Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
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Moonshine Sequin Mix – Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Black Russian Sequin Mix – Picket...
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Brusho Crystal Colours - Set of 12...
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors -...
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Copic Multiliner SP Pen - Set of 10
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Glitter Craft Card - Sugar Crystal -...
[ TNC ]
Understand Blue MINI Slimline Folded...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Slimline Folded...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
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Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Double Thick Crystal Clear Foam Tape...
[ THR ]

Oh - and before I leave you with giveaways and have a much needed holiday weekend - there's another sale - free stamp set with every order and buy one get one clear tape half off! That's the tape I used to make my light up lighthouse card - if you're using EZ Lights, it amplifies the light a LOT on your cards. She said you can mix and match sizes of tape as well - no code needed. 

So today - there is a hop for this stamp club release - and if you leave comments, you have a chance to win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Shoot For the Stars Bundle! (I'd spend the $50 on glitter paper - just sayin'.) To enter, comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on June 2, 2021/ 7:59am GST on June 3, 2021 Winner will be announced on June 4th, 2021 on IG and FB so make sure you're following all Tonic accounts!


Maria Willis

Sandi MacIver

Daniel West

Jen Kray

Lydia Fiedler

Marie Heiderscheit


Ilda Dias

Michelle Short

Jessica Frost-Ballas

I hope you have a great holiday weekend and get crafty! Loveyameanitbye.

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  1. Gorgeous cards, I've just got shaker pockets too so can't wait to have shaker cards

  2. Fun card designs! I'll be ordering some shaker pouches!

  3. Striking and so dramatic, beautiful!

  4. Your whale card is too pretty! Our grandkids call my husband Whale instead of Grandpa (because he does an AWESOME whale in the pool, breeching, etc.). So this is close to my heart :)

  5. Lydia, What great cards. I REALLY love that background you made for the 1st one with the little fish & whale. Just wonderful!

  6. I love the new shaker pockets! Your card is so cool!

  7. Beautiful love the new shaker pockets mine arrived yesterday

  8. This hop is full of great ideas and projects! Both are spectacular but whales are so cool...

  9. I love the shaker! Gorgeous cards and backgrounds!

  10. I love both your cards but that one with the tiny fish swimming around the whale is out of this world!!

  11. Congrats on the shaker card! It turned out great. I love the whale card and the set. It's a must have for us ocean lovers.

  12. We are our own worst critic.
    The recipient isn't going to
    insect the card - just be thrilled
    that you took the time to make a
    fun card for them. Love the
    idea of the fillable shakers.
    thanks for sharing

  13. The colors on your whale card are so rich and vibrant! I'd love to win a Shoot for the Moon set; i missed it the first time it was issued.

  14. Well that is just too darn easy!! I must have them! Your cards are gorgeous!

  15. So, this might be a duplicate comment and if it is, just delete it. I'm having a terrible time with commenting these past two days. things keep disappearing on me! Love both cards but the one with the the ginormous whale and the teeny littles swimming around him makes me smile!

  16. Love your cards! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Wonderful cards! It's neat to see all of the different night skies and galaxy backgrounds in this hop. So fun!

  18. Gorgeous background for that cute whale. I agree that these frameless shakers are so much easier than using foam tape, glad you were able to share this one!

  19. Fabulous cards! I am loving the gorgeous colors you used on your ocean scene, and that gorgeous whale image! Great job on the shaker card... gotta get some of those pouches!

  20. What fun cards! I just love the cool shaker card you made! :)


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