Sunday, 28 August 2016


(Di, great minds certainly do think alike!)
Hooray, it's the Sunday of a bank holiday weekend here in England (sorry, Scotland). I managed a lie in til 8 this morning before my neck insisted I get up and move, however I reserve the right to have an afternoon nap later.
Another card that was inspired by the stamped, coloured and fussy cut, Clearly Besotted, Trouble in a Tutu images that I did earlier this week. Love that name, apparently it was inspired by the owners daughter! I bought the Hooray die in the clearance (along with um, others) at Clearly Besotted recently - the die is no longer available sadly, unless of course you win it at Snippets Playground this week!
I used my fuse tool again to make a shaker card and filled it with 1mm flat backed gems. They are obviously sparkly on one side and are silver coloured on the back so they work well in the shaker. The die doesn't cut an outside edge, so I used a circle die to create the frame. I do love the fuse tool in that you can make flat shaker cards, the deepest part of the card is probably the 1mm foam tape that the hippos are stuck on with. 
I used a scalloped 5x5 card base and initally I was going to add the shaker frame directly onto it but I decided to add a mat of silver mirri and then a square of white in top before adding the shaker and those cute hippos. I couldn't resist adding some clear wink of Stella to their tutus and a few larger gems to finish.
Right, off to order some pen refills ( I had an assessment from Access to Work a few years ago, for those that don't know they are a government agency that supports disabled people to get and remain in employment by assessing for and in some cases funding equipment or other solutions that will enable the person to work. I feel like a total fraud having them involved as my problems are so minor compared to others. However, my case they part funded a special chair, writing slope, voice dictation software and training to use it and a wheeled bag. They will also consider paying for taxis for me if I become unable to drive, which is essential for my job. One of the simplest things they recommended was an ergonomic pen with gel ink. I ended up buying the pen myself, but work reimburse me for the refills. I ran out this week and had to resort to a normal biro. It's amazing how much more pressure you need to write with a biro rather than a gel pen and obviously the grip isn't as easy. I'm normally in pain by the end of writing a paragraph using my good pen and typically I had really complex things going on this week which ended up with 3 or 4 sides of A4 reports!) and then hubby and I are off to a garden centre for a mooch about. Hope you all have a great day x


  1. Hi Cara, a gorgeous card love the shaker centre, never thought of adding mini flat back gems. Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend... have a great week... Megan

  2. The cutest and adorable shaker card. Must look into the fuse tool and do so love those tut stamps x Enjoy the bank holiday weekend x

  3. That is so cute Cara! I love it :)

    Susan x

    PS - enjoy your bank holiday *huffs*

  4. Hi Cara
    I adore this card. The shaker element is fab and the hippos made me smile.
    Hope your neck feels better soon.
    Ang x

  5. Super shaker card, Cara. I love the silver die cut and the little hippos are really cute. xx

  6. Fabulous shaker card and love the cute little elephants.

    Kath x

  7. These little dancing hippos really made my day - they are SO CUTE!!!

  8. Wow Cara! Great minds indeed. Such a shame it's been discontinued. Love your card, the hippos are so cute and using flat backed gems such a great idea. Do I need fuse tool? Hmmmm. 😏


    Di xx

  9. Hi Cara,
    brilliant card, andsuch a very lovely design.
    Those Hippos are so cute and sweet.
    We must be all on the same wave length at the mo as I have done a shaker card on Friday for the Butterfly Challenge which I haven't shown yet.
    So sorry to hear you having lot of health probs yet again.
    Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. I hope you had a good mooch in the garden centre?
    Who would have thought a pen at work could make such a difference? I hope you manage to get sorted with more help to make things easier for you.

    I love this card, your fuse machine sounds very interesting, I think I might have to google it. Not that I need anymore crafty things, I've had a new sewing machine this week!
    Love your wee hippos and the shaker element of this card, so very cute.

    Take care of yourself. Work as normal for me today but I do think I get paid a wee bit more as the company recognises the bank holiday even though up here only banks seem to get it.

    Hugs Erika. x

  11. I love your shaker card and what a great idea to use flat back gem. I have so many from years back and seldom use them. The fuse tool really sounds good. I must google it.

    I was surprised to read how much easier a gel pen was for you to use. and I do hope you get all the help you need to make things easier for you. Hugs, Barbxx

  12. Fantastic shaker card, ohh my I love those hippos.


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