Monday, December 31, 2007

Exciting things happening...

Come check out the new and exciting things we are doing in 2008!!!!

**The Paper Design Team will be showcasing TWO awesome sponsors: Cosmo Cricket and Papertrey Ink stamps
**A QUEEN of the Month will be announced....send her a RAK and YOU could be next month's queen!
**An all new MEGA challenge.....rack up those points for a prize!
**Pieces of Me year long challenge....take some time to scrap about yourself and join us in this challenge. You can do one or all of the monthly challenges in this area!
**A month long CARD challenge....make a Valentine card a week using Sandy's sketch and you could win a prize!


Keep visiting to find out more about a CYBER crop we'll be having mid-month!!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Inspire Me! Thursday

Ah...I haven't been spending much time in the the ole' scraproom, but I still find inspiration everywhere! Today, I stumbled upon the "featured layout" on 2peas and said, "WOW!, I want to do that!"

Here is the link. Be sure to link it back to The Shaker Box Gallery when you are done!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24, 2007


Merry Christmas to all! There is no Monday-Greetings from the Heart Sketch today, I'm urging all of you to give a heartfelt greeting in person to someone you care about today!

Check back later this week for an exciting announcement about something coming in January!!

I am sending Merry Christmas greetings to all who read this blog and to all my Shaker Box family. Wishing for each and every one a safe, healthy, happy holiday season! Let us enjoy tomorrow but also remember the real reason behind this holiday, the birth of Christ our Lord!


Friday, December 21, 2007

November and December Shaker Box Kits

Just a couple of thing I made using the Nov. and Dec. Kits. First one is from the Nov. Kit using paper, chipboard alphabet and tiles.

The frame used paper, rub-ons and ribbon from the Dec. Kit. Both of these kits are more than worth the price with tons of paper, embellishments, stamps, alcohol inks and ribbon. Go take a look and order yours before they are gone. Give yourself a Christmas gift!

November Kit Projects

I have enjoyed working with the Paper Trunk papers and other goodies in the November kit. Here are a few of the projects I have created with the kit so far.

A mini clipboard that can be hung from the wall or free standing. Sticker is not included with the kit.

A quick and easy cover for a plan notebook.

A coordinating holiday gift set that I like to make for teacher gifts. I made two identical sets for my son's preschool teachers. Paint, flowers and stamps are not included with the kit.

And I still have a lot of paper left over for layouts and other projects. If you have purchased the kit stop by our gallery and share your creations. We would love to see how you used the kit.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Inspire Me! Thursday

Strips of paper, I have tons of them sticking out of my scrap bin and I rarely use them. Most of them are too skinny to stamp on, so they get ignored...but I CAN'T throw them out!

Let's see what interesting ways you all can use your strips of cardstock and paper!

HERE is an example from Carrie, using them as a mat!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Anticipation of Christmas

Less than a week to go!

For this week's Do-it Digi Challenge, scan, photograph or digitally create a Christmas list or letter to Santa. You could also use a letter from Santa or a picture with Santa. Capture a child's anticipation of Santa's arrival.

Credits can be found in the gallery at The Shaker Box. Be sure to share your layout there!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Greetings from the Heart - 12/17/07

A little early for this weeks sketch, but DH & I have a busy day tomorrow, finishing up last minute shopping, haircuts, etc. Scraplifted this sketch from, loved it so you can use up some small scraps and maybe an odd color card you have laying around (which is exactly what I did). It also covers Linda's SOS #43.

Hope all are finished with putting up decorations, shopping and can sit back and enjoy a couple of days relaxing before the big day. Finally got our tree up last week and put out a few decorations, not as many as usual but wasn't up to it this year, maybe next.

Wish all of you a great Monday, be healthy, happy and safe!

Drop on over by TSB and check out all the beautiful posts in our Gallery!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday Stash Challenge......

Linda has posted another great stash challenge over in the challenge forums again. This one should be fun - mix it up using a little bit of everything - something new - something not so new and as she would phrase it - something "older than dirt". See what you come up with and don't forget to share with us and link your creation for us to see!

Hope you are all enjoying the holidays with the parties and baking and creating...............and of course the might want to come check out the store over at the Shaker Box - we should be getting a picture of the December Kit up soon and you don't want to miss it! Its YUMMY!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Inspire Me! Thursday

This weeks inspiration is stencils. They were once really "hip" in the scrapbooking world and I have a bunch of them leftover!!

I have altered this one with my dd's initials with a girly flower pp and Bazzill flower. And, I even broke out the good ole' deco scissors!

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Have fun with this and link it back to The Shaker Box gallery!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Gifts of Christmas

Wow! Only 13 more days until Christmas! That means we only have 12 more days to prepare right?! I hope to get my Christmas cards in the mail tomorrow and get started on my wrapping.

It's time for the weekly Do-it Digi Challenge at The Shaker Box. This week we are sharing digital gift ideas. For teachers this year my family is using the Fresh Potpourri idea that was featured in the December/January 2008 issue of Digital Scrapbooking magazine (it is on page 54).

Check out the gallery at The Shaker Box for credits.

You will find other great gift ideas in the forums at The Shaker Box so come on over! We will soon be announcing new members to our Creative Team! It's an exciting time to be at The Shaker Box!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday, 12/10/07

Here's the Monday Greeting from the Heart sketch, need to finish up those last minute cards this is a quick and easy one! I have been receiving some beautiful cards from the Christmas Card Swap and even got one using one of my sketches. Thanks to all!

Finally got out tree up and decorated, hunting our wreath hanger (why is it not with the other decorations?) so need to get in the mood to wrap presents, looks a little bare under the tree. Need to get DGS's gift, at 19 and living on his own with his girl we finally decided what would work.

Hope all have a great week, be safe, healthy and happy!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

O Tannenbaum!

O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!!!

Clean the area
Have a cup of good cheer
Relish the moment
Invite a friend
Separate the lights
Tinsel the baughs
Make merry the day
Ask for something simple in your stocking
Stand under the mistletoe

Tell someone you love them
Reflect on the true meaning
Echo the sweet sounding hymn of praise
Elfishly wrap the gifts

Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday's challenge

Today's SOS challenge is to use your punches, trying to use the other shapes you may have other than circles and squares, and alphabet stamps. Here is my example.

Post your take on the challenge in the gallery. We would love to see your work.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

December Digital Sponsor

This month, we are pleased to announce DeDe Smith for the Shaker Box's Digital Creative Team! If you haven't seen her stuff before, be sure to check them out. She's known for her specialty - the Tearz. The Tearz have the look of handmade tear bears (as well as other animals in her zoo collection).

Keep a look out for the latest creations of our CT, using DeDe's kits:
We'll be uploading more layouts throughout the month.

Inspire Me Thursday- Let's Recycle!!

I love getting something for nothing, and I feel like I (almost) did with these cards! I used Christmas cards from last year, that we received, and made new Christmas cards. Visit the challenge forum, try it out and link your creations back to the gallery!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Pop Art and a Digital Freebie

Wednesday's Do-it Digi Challenge is up at The Shaker Box.

This week we are trying our hand at Pop Art. Pop on over to The Shaker Box for a couple of examples and a link to one of the many tutorials out there. We can't wait to see what works of art you create (be sure to post your creations in the gallery)!

There is also a digital freebie Christmas kit on my blog today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

LATE - Monday Greetings from the Heart

SORRY! Completely forgot to post this yesterday! Great way to use up a few small scraps of paper, a tag and scrap of ribbon or eyelet!

Only 3 weeks left until the Jolly Old Elf makes his appearance, hope you all are more prepared than I am. Haven't even put up the tree yet, guess I better get in the spirit of things. Maybe some homemade fudge and Christmas music would do the trick. Anyhow, hope all have a great week, be safe and happy!

Dive into the Paper Trunk in November!

Our November kit is full of gorgeous Paper Trunk papers and matching Bazzill cardstock. Check them out HERE. You can also see a complete list of all of the goodies that come with the kit! Hurry...get yours before they are gone!
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

gearing up for christmas...

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and getting into the Holiday spirit - decorating - making christmas cards and taking lots of pictures. The SOS stash challenge for this week is to make a christmas layout with the traditional red and greens!! I know its fun using all of the new PP and colors schemes that our out for christmas - but use up that old paper and make something fun - also use those Christmas stamps that have been collecting dust since last year. Come over and join in the fun!!