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In the Mood for Fall!

In the Mood for Fall! 1

Hey Everyone!
Greta Hammond here with you today showing a couple of cards I made using the very versatile Shaped Shaker Tags. Even though it was almost 90 degrees here, I was in the mood for fall! 
My first card, makes you think of a fall day in the country. I created the sunflower by die cutting the petals using the leaf die from the Fruit Shaker kit and a punched circle center. Adding chocolate peals to the center brings it to life!
The rectangle shaker tag cut from kraft paper is layered on the background made of ivory cardstock and pink gingham and embellished with a stamped sentiment and twine to finish it off.
 
This second card is an ode to my elementary school craft projects. :) Who hasn't made one of these fun turkey crafts?!
I realized that the circle tag die cut and shaker was the perfect size for this guy's body. I filled the shaker with pearl toppings and added a larger punched circle for his head. 
Hand cut feathers and legs in this fall color combo finish him off. Some twine and a printed sentiment complete this whimsical Thanksgiving card.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Greta
 
Flower Background with Fruit!

Flower Background with Fruit! 0

Hey everyone!
Nicole Nowosad here today to share a different sort of twist on a scrapbook page using the Fruit Basket kit! I love stretching my supplies to create something outside what it was intended for, as so with the Fruit Basket kit dies, I did just that to create this fun and whimsical page.


I chose the strawberry shaped die as my inspiration for this page. I initially thought it looked like a fun heart shape, but as I looked a little further, it looked more like a flower petal to me. So, I decided to create a fun (and easy!) background for my scrapbook page using the Fruit Basket paper pad and die set.


It was really simple and easy to go - everything in the kit is all pulled together for you so there is not a lot of fussing around either! I love the cute sentiments in the clear stamps in the Fruit Basket kit and added some of those sentiments to finish off my page.


Sit back and see how the whole project came together!

I hope you are inspired to try something new with the dies in your Queen and Company kits!

Nicole!
Fruit Slices!

Fruit Slices! 0

Hey everyone!
Greta back with you today with another set of cards made from the super cute Fruit Basket Kit. My kids have gone back to school but I am still trying to squeeze a little summer sweetness out of each day! 
 
I love how the pinks and reds from the paper pad go so well together so I designed my card around a red strawberry cut out.
 
I cut the strawberry so that the lines in the paper ran diagonal. I wanted to subtly draw the eye from the top left down through the strawberry to the stamped sentiment. Make those paper patterns work for you! Just a fun little trick.
For my second card, I played up the citrus-y theme by using the citrus pattern paper and then adding in cardstock to highlight those colors.
 
I kept the lemon slices as the focal point by using just the die cut on the whole slice and then adding shaker box on the half slice. Ink the edges of both pieces helps to bring things to life!
 
Hope you are able to "slice" out a bit more summer too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Greta Hammond
Pick a bushel or a bundle!

Pick a bushel or a bundle! 0

Hello there,
Kim here, with some more Fruit Basket Shaker Kit fun!
 
Today I have a whole bunch of cards to share that were created using the same Fruit Basket Shaker Kit ...yep, the same kit. I will show you just how versatile these clever kits from Queen & Company are, to create a variety of card styles, whatever your flavor :)  🍓 🍉 🍊 🍎 🍏 🍋 🍐
 



​You are probably thinking, lemons?? ​There isn't a lemon die in the kit! 
But wait...! Grab the strawberry...now turn it bottom side up...taa-daa, you have 'Le Lemon' 🍋

Cut some lemon shapes from ​yellow cardstock, ink the edges for dimension, add a few highlights...dress them with leaves & stalks & you have yourself a couple of zesty lemons. Now obviously the bottoms of the lemons will in essence, appear 'cut off', the way to overcome this is to cover them. I used a sentiment tab raised on foam adhesive & an adorable lemon slice filled with teeny lemon fimo pieces to do this. Don't you love how the twinkle drops make it good enough to eat!
 




Can I make a suggestion? Mix your fruit shapes for a fresh approach like I did with this card.​ 
By varying the heights of the elements, not only do get fabulous visual interest, but it also allows you to overlap bits, enabling more fruit to be included on one card. Ok, you are probably asking "Where do the small strawberries come from?". HA! I have a sneaky #crafthack to show you. I covered this process during this process video for Queen & Co but it is simple really. After die-cutting, take the inside strawberry piece...using a pair of sharp scissors, evenly trim away the outside of the ​shape; the more you trim, the smaller the strawberry. I did the same for the stalks, resizing them to fit the berries. I used this technique for both strawberries on this card; there is something so fresh about a cluster of fat, pink strawberries 🍓 to make anyone smile.  Do you see the shiny dots on the orange 🍊 slice? I did that by covering the pattern with dimension glaze, another easy way to add a little something special​ to your card without cluttering the design. ​
 
 
Now for something a little different. Can you see the 'leaves' on this card :D 
I used the leaf die to cut a variety of dotted & striped leaves, which I machine stitched to the mixed media background creating a cool, artsy vibe. The addition of lemon fimo pieces & pink rivets add texture & a flash of color. Now for the citrus accents 🍊 ​using the full orange slice I made x2 versions. I filled the flat slice with a variety of citrus colored cardstock segments​ & a 3D version cut from the pretty pink patterned paper from the 6x6 fruit basket paper pad, filled with a mixture of citrus fimo for some brights pops of color. So there you have it, same kit, very different results. 
 
 
​How about a little pear this time? 🍐
 
Gotta love the versatility of the strawberry die! Turn it around, add the leaf & stalk from the apple & you have a sweet juicy pear. Aren't the itsy bitsy pear fimo pieces the CUTEST ever?! I love how Queen & Co cleverly covered all bases with the coordinating stamp set by including punny sentiments for all the fruit varieties. It makes the possibilities for this kit endless. 
 


Ok, so how about another 'out of the box' card? 
 
For this one I experimented with the die, using it for something other than a die LOL. I used it as a template. Drawing around the shape with a watercolor pencil, adding shading & water resulted in this SUPER cool 'watercolor' orange slice 🍊 . Easey-peasy! Mixed with a half slice & a flat yellow full slice, placed on a bright pink watercolor card base & decorated with punchy black circles, zingy lemon fimo 🍋 & stitching, the resulting card is funky & suitable for your your trendiest friend. 
 
TRY THIS: Bundle sewing thread under an accent for added interest & color pop. 
 

 
"An apple a day"...makes you smile...but how about two?  🍎 🍏

For a more 'traditional card' I mixed x4 patterns from the 6x6 paper pad included in the kit, this made the perfect canvas for my sweet apple cluster. Here I mixed x2 foam piece techniques you are going to love! The green apple was made using the smaller foam piece covered in an inked apple slice, placed inside a green 'apple frame' for a reversed effect. Don't the x4 black twinkle drops make the apple look so realistic? The red apple was made in the traditional way, using x2 different red cardstock colors & filled with the most adorable miniature apple fimo bits. I raised it on 'extra' foam left overs for a fab dimension, this allowed me to cluster the apples, making them fit easily on the 4.25"x5.5" card base. Punched flowers, leaves & stalks are all that was needed to finish off these cuties.

Wow! talk about a lot of info haha!...I really hope you have enjoyed these ideas? Talking about ideas...if you have this fruity kit or are thinking about buying this kit, be sure to post your creations on the Queen & Co FB page, or hashtag #queenandcompany on Instagram, so we can appreciate your lovely creations <3

Have an awesome day further.
Hugs
~ Kim
Lemonade Stand!

Lemonade Stand! 0

Hello everyone! 
Stacy Cohen with ya today,  here’s another layout I created using the adorable Fruit Basket Shaker Kit
 
 
The lemon dies and coordinating shaker were perfect for use on this layout featuring a photo of my daughter’s lemonade stand.  I added a little glitter glue to the lemon wedges for some eye-catching pizzazz.
 
 
I’ve said this before about other Queen & Co paper, but the paper pad included with this kit might be one of my all-time favorites.  Such fun, bright colors!  I cut these papers into 6” long strips and placed them horizontally on my page in a column.  I used 3D adhesive to adhere every other strip to give the page lots of dimension.  
 
 
Supplies: Fruit Basket Shaker Kit (paper, die, shaker, toppings, epoxy dots,), Petite Posies, Glitter Flowers.
 
Remember, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! 😊
Stacy
Fruit Salad!

Fruit Salad! 1

Good Morning!

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with you today.  How fun has this Fruit Basket Shaker Kit been all month? I have to tell you that it has been really fun for me.  I couldn't help but create a layout with this crazy Godson of mine and his cooky antics.  

I started my layout with a FREE cut file Wreath from Paper Issues.  
This started my base for layering my fruit.

Here is a close up of the wreath.  I did bring in some random die cuts and punches to use to help embellish the wreath a bit more than the cut file.  The cut file was the perfect starting point to get a round circle.  I also hung the appropriate fruit from the vines that coordinated with the blossom Pom Poms.

I found it a little easier to create the wreath effect with loose fruit.  So I assembled them individually and then layered them and moved them around until I like the positions.

Adding vines and leaves within the fruit helped with the empty spaces and tied the wreath in to the bottom as well.

There is nothing like a good fruit salad, and that is what I provided you with today.  Don't forget, Queen & Company also sells extra shaker refills in the store.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Products used: 
Fruit Basket Shaker Kit, Pom Poms: Orange, Red, Green and Yellow, Toppings: Pops, Diamonds and Bubbles.  Random leaf and vine punches, cardstock.