The Alley Way Stamps – Lightning Bug Shaker Card

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Welcome! Today is a very exciting day here on the z² blog because it’s my first official post for the Alley Way Stamps. In case you missed the announcement a few weeks ago, I’ve joined the Alley Way Stamps YouTube Design team.

Earlier this week it was Canada Day and since today is the 4th of July, I thought a fun lightning bug shaker would be a fun celebration card for this time of year. For my card, I used the Bugging Out mini stamp set and coordinating electronic cut files. You can watch the video tutorial I created on YouTube by clicking here, or below–


This card has everything (except the kitchen sink!) on it. Because the shaker was such a large and sparkly focal point, I felt like the rest of the card needed a little balance.

This card has plenty of razzle dazzle and is the perfect for any celebration at this time of year.

That’s it for me today. Make sure to visit the Alley Way Stamps Blog to see what the other girls are creating.


Thanks so much for dropping by! Until next time,



TGIF #2 – Flat Vellum Shaker Dream Catcher Card

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Welcome! Last week I started what I hope to be a weekly feature on my YouTube Channel: TGIF. Each week, I’ll just let the camera roll as I create, colour, and plan.

This week, I was inspired by the free cut file for Silhouette Studio. Each week the Silhouette Design Store releases a free cut file download. Some weeks they even give away bonus files (like for World Scrapbooking Day).

I wanted to share some more inspiration for flat shaker cards to make sure to watch along as I create a flat dream catcher shaker.



Thanks so much for dropping by! I’ll be back again on Wednesday with a brand new Colour Me! challenge post. Until then,



Colour Me #70 – Flat Vellum Shaker Card

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Welcome! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today. Today is Wednesday, so that means a new Colour Me! challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using only pink and neautrals.

CMCC70When I created my card, I made a mistake and thought the challenge called for baby pink, so that’s what I used…close enough to Crisp Cantaloupe…right?

A few weeks ago, I saw Jennifer McGuire create a flat shaker card. I couldn’t wait to try the technique. Even though you all know I love a shaker, they tend to be pretty bulky. I created my card in a more low-tech way than Jennifer did, but I think I achieved a similar result. The card was a breeze to create and took maybe 10 real life minutes to complete. Make sure to watch my very quick video to see how I made it–



This card could very easily be reproduced for a boy, or to be more gender neutral. I love the softness that the vellum adds, and those little feet at just the perfect touch of whimsy.

The Colour Me design team have outdone themselves this week with their inspiration cards. Make sure to visit their blogs to see how everyone created their cards–


Thanks so much for dropping by this week! Until next time,