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Hello everyone! Anya here today and I am happy to share some holiday shaker cards with you! Winter themed shaker cards are my favorite to make, because the filling in the shaker window reminds me of a snow. 

For the first card I used one of the 3x4 elements for a background inside the window and decorated the card with stickers adding them with pop dots to keep the decorative elements even with the shaker window. A few white dots made with Nuvo Drops always look great on acetate and also reminds me of snow floating in the air.

For the background picture inside the window of the second card, I created a scenery with stickers using adorable houses. I decorated the top of the shaker window with ornament stickers and added more stickers and some bits and pieces at the bottom, alternating height and colors. 

Always love to cover the back of the card with patterned paper. Adding a few little stickers to the background panel makes it even more fun and extra special. I really enjoyed creating these shaker cards and can't wait to make more!

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Good morning everyone! Anya here today sharing two projects I created using one of my favorite collections this year – Simple Vintage Country Christmas!

With these projects today I wanted to share one of my favorite tips I go back to when creating. It's not a special technique or an unusual way of using products, but it's more about time saving! Do you ever feel like sometimes it takes more time to clean the table then to create a project? Sometimes I do! I like starting a new project with a clean table, it takes a lot of time to clean between each of them. Well, my tip for today: create a card or two while you have your supplies all over the table after creating a layout. For such cards I use the same color scheme and sometimes even scraplift a part of the  design. I found that once my mind is set to something specific, it's so much faster and easier to create another little project with the same supplies.

I loved the soft blue and green shades in this line and used them to record a Christmas Tree shopping tradition. I knew I would want to use that green polka dot paper for the card later, so I cut out about a 9” square from the middle of that 12x12” patterned paper.

I decided to keep the card pretty simple, basically repeating the background design from the layout. For the focal point of the card I used one of the 3x4” elements and decorated it with a few popped up die cut pieces.

Hope you'll give this tip a try next time you sit down to create. When you are creating a layout, it's always great to get a bonus project done!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya here today to share another set of fall cards. Oh, how I enjoy creating this time of year, when the air is fresh and crisp, and home is a little cleaner and quieter. I used the Fall Farmhouse collection and accessories that come with it to make these cards.

Every single time I saw a 2x2” elements paper by Simple Stories, I wanted to create a grid card, but just now I finally did. I cut the squares a bit smaller, about 2.75” and used six pieces per card. To make sure they look straight I used a ruler while adhering them. Also, I stitched every other square with sewing machine and decorated them with a few die cut pieces that were added with pop dots. It's such an easy and fun way to make a card.

I really enjoyed die cut pieces in this line. It was literally playing with them when I was making next two cards. I spread all of the bits and pieces over the table and started moving things around until something looked and felt right. It was like finding those perfect puzzle pieces that look right together.

Do you ever cover the back panel of your cards with a piece of patterned paper? I used to leave them white, but after adding that final touch once – I never skipped this step again. Cards look so much more complete with back panel covered!

Often I like to finish my cards with splatters of white dots, but since I am a bit perfectionist when it comes to paper crafting, I prefer to control where my “splatters” land, therefore I use Nuvo Drops to add white dots exactly where I want them to.

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