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Oh Christmas Tree - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Oh Christmas Tree - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

Why not make a great big Christmas tree to hang the beautiful Shakers from??  I documented my tree from last year and brought the shakers to life on a scrapbooking page!

I started by creating my tree from a cut file.  You could totally hand cut a tree of your own and apply it to the side of the page like I did here.  

I then created my ornaments.  I made two into shakers.  I HAD to use the fun snowman head Fimos for the orange ornament.  I lined toppings across the pink with a touch of glue.  

I did attach the ornaments, then with a needle and thread, I added my twine for the garland.  

Finishing off my layout with a plethora of stamped images from the beautiful stamp set.  

I hope you have been inspired to bring our Shaker Kits to the page.  They are so universal and can be used for so many different crafting ideas.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado
Supplies Used: Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

A Rainbow Christmas - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

A Rainbow Christmas - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

Last year, I decided to put our ornaments on the tree in a rainbow fashion. The Merry & Bright Shaker Ornament Kit was the perfect excuse to scrap this colorful tale—the bright colors and festive motives complement our holiday decor perfectly!
If there’s one element of holiday decor that puts me in a festive mood, it’s the lights. I love the way they warm up our house and add that extra sparkle. So you can imagine my delight when I saw the light die in this kit. I let it be the starting point of my design.
TIP: Don’t know where to start on a design? Let a product in your stash be your guide. It can be an excellent springboard that helps your page fall into place if you’re feeling stuck.
The idea for the light placement was inspired by this adorable sheet in the kit. Isn’t it a happy one?
Following the sweet look of the curvy light cord, I doodled a cord of my own along the top of my page. 
I then followed along my line with my sewing machine to add some texture. 
To create the lights’ glow, I turned to my Faber Castell pastels. To create the soft look, I lightly colored with them in a circular motion and then blended with the included blending stick. 
TIP: You could create a similar light glow using a sponge and dye ink or even watercolor paint. 
Time to make those lights shine with various toppings! 
For a few bulbs, I opted to leave the clear coating off the top, which meant using sticky-backed toppings that stay in place even without a clear sheet on top. I went with Petite Posies and Epoxy Dots.
For the most part, I stick with the toppings that come in this enchanting kit, including this sweeties. Hey, who says peppermints can’t reflect in a light’s shine? ;) 
I put a few of the inner bulb pieces to work in the lower portion of my page, just to give the bottom border a little extra oomph. 
Keeping with the light theme, I fussy cut some lights from my favorite sheet of paper and used them to border my larger pic. 

One more light, dangling from a decorative paper clip, you know, just for kicks and giggles. 
To create a flow across the diagonal length of my page, I intentionally placed the teal color in the lower left corner, the mid section, and in the upper right corner. I did this with patterned paper, some gems, and a little spray ink. 
TIP: Use a common color to create a flow throughout your design. 
Here’s a confession: I sometimes struggle with title design. I feel like I’m using the same letter stickers time and time again. For this page, I took things down a notch with a stamped title. It’s smaller than your standard title, but it still works well being the only text on the page (besides my handwritten notes). 
TIP: Don’t be afraid to take title size down. Even small stamps will work if they remain the most prominent text element on the page. 
Of course, a few words are in order. I try to add at least a little bit of journaling to every page. 
This one has me tickled pink… and red, and orange, and blue, and green, and… well you get the idea. ;) It’s fun to wander away from the usual red/green combo for Christmas and try something new. Let’s be honest, I could go with all rainbow layouts all the time, no matter the season or reason. LOL Having a rainbow Christmas tree was just a convenient excuse to get my color on. Whether you decide to mix things up this holiday season or stick with tradition, I hope you and yours have a joyous season. 
Megan Hoeppner http://www.meganhoeppner.com 

All supplies from the Merry & Bright Shaker Ornament Kit unless otherwise noted. https://www.queenandcompany.com/collections/whats-new 
CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics; PENS: Tombow; PASTELS: Faber Castell; INK: Hero Arts; SPRAY INK: Heidi Swapp; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; SEWING MACHINE: Brother
Bringing Ornaments to a Layout - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Bringing Ornaments to a Layout - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 1

Hello friends!

It's Mary Ann Jenkins here today with a layout to get you in the holiday spirit, and show you how cute the new Merry & Bright Ornament Kit is!

This kit is perfect for your scrapbooking layouts, cards and would be darling to use on gift tags too!


I die cut the three ornaments, and filled them with pretty toppings from the kit. I especially like the fun little candy pieces! 


Next I tied the bakers twine to each ornament, strung it up the page, and adhered it on the back of my cardstock. I also tied on a small little twine bow at the top of each ornament. As an addition to my journaling, I used two of the stamps that are included in the kit to write To: Santa and From: Gracie. Such a sweet little addition that personalizes the layout.

Thanks for stopping by the Queen and Company blog today, we love to inspire!


Mary Ann

Supplies Used:

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit   

Shaker Overload! - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit

Shaker Overload! - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit 0

Using the adorable 'Halloween Hoopla' kit Queen & Company created this year, especially for your halloween crafting needs, I made this page. I hope you love it as much as I do.
When I opened this kit...I was blown away by the intricate detailing of the fimo bits & the super cute shaker shapes, so decided to design a page that would include one of each of the shapes. To do this without the page looking extra busy, I used a grid design and by matting the entire page onto turquoise cardstock, I was able to dilute the orange/ purple/ green color palette. 
Positioned on a 3" yellow square, the witches hat looks magical, filled with teeny stars & beads.
The plump pumpkin, on a purple tag shape, is cute enough to eat, filled with spooky mini pumpkins & sparkly orange beads. The twisted paper vine really makes it look 3D. 
My 'not-so-spooky' ghost is part of the cut file set I created for this page (see below) OR you can grab the Creepy Creatures shaker & die set. In the kit you'll find a ghost, bat & spider...perfect for that extra creep factor LOL. 
My geeky bat really makes me smile! I think is it the oversized wobbly eyes that make him so enduring. You can also grab him from the cut file set linked below. Positioned on a yellow circle...it looks as though he is flying with the moon behind him. A few scattered web fimo pieces finish off the night sky perfectly. 
Candy corn...yes please!! Aren't the tiny mini corns just the BEST EVER! 
Next, our resident green monster, made from the foam middle of the pumpkin. All I did was add a big wobble eye, horns & a quirky bow tie for a little pizzazz. Come-on a monster has to look his best at all times haha!
The last square holds the cauldron of 'boiling trouble'. Filled with eye balls, dracula's, webs & a little mystery...it really creates a stir (sorry for the cheesy pun LOL) on the bottom of the page. 
To finish the layout, I took a variety of stamps from the set provided, & after stamping, cut them into talk bubble shapes. By scattering them around the page, not do they add great color balance with the pops of white but also double as 'journaling'. 
Once again  Q & Co have knocked it out of the park!
Wishing you success with your spooky crafting friends...I hope this has inspired you to grab one or both of those cute kits.
Remember to download your complimentary cut file set for personal use >>>HERE<<<
Enjoy your day further!
Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit

Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit 0

Hi everyone,
Nicole here today to share a fun Halloween project using this month’s Halloween Hooplah kit! I just love a kit all pulled together for me to create a quick and simple project and the Halloween Hooplah kit made this project come together quite easily!
I started by using some patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad in the kit to add behind a diecut spiderweb background that I cut on my digital die cutting machine. I love the fun and vibrant pops of color from the b-side patterns in the paper pad.
I loved the adorable cauldron shaker set in the kit, and I knew I wanted to incorporate one onto my design. I added some lime green ink to the area where I wanted to add the cauldron and then added the shaker shape below it, adding in some of the fun bead and star shakers in the Halloween kit! I was able to even add a few of the green Iridescent bubbles in the kit above my cauldron to add to the spooky design!
I couldn’t finish off the page without using one of the fun sentiments in the Halloween Hooplah kit either – there are so many adorable sentiments to choose from, but I kept mine pretty simple!
The Boo Crew - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit

The Boo Crew - Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit 0

Good morning!

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with a silly Halloween layout for you using the Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit.  The colors in this Shaker Kit are perfect for the center photo!  

I started with my base papers of purple and white.  Then surrounded the purple with thin slivers of green to get a 12x12 layout.

I then added my photos and my shakers.  I knew I 'had' to use the witches hat and of course the cauldron.  I chose toppings that would match my photos and be fun.  

For the title, I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues for the title and used segments of the pumpkin insides to create smaller "O's" for BOO.

There are so many possibilities with this kit.  Our card team has created spectacular projects and so has our layout team.  Head to the Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit to grab yours.  

Mary-Ann M.

Products used:

Halloween Hoopla Shaker Kit
Orange Washi Tape
Green Sparkle String