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Apple or Pear?

Apple or Pear? 0

Hello! Amy S here today! Are you loving the Fruit Basket Shaker Kit as much as we are?! I have a pear (ha! couldn't resist!) of cards to share today, one featuring the adorable apple and the other a pair of pears.

Awesome to the Core

The Fruit Basket Shaker Kit packs a whole lotta awesome into one kit. Picking a favorite shaker is tough, but I've gotta say the apple is somewhere near the top for me! Those darling little multi-colored fimo apples are over-the-top cute!

Awesome to the Core

I used an ink blending tool to add just a touch of golden yellow ink to the white card stock behind the shaker, then filled with the little apple toppings and finished off with the apple frame, leaf, and stem die-cuts. Super easy and so eye-catching!

Awesome to the Core

For my sentiment, I stamped in black onto a white card stock rectangle, notched the bottom edge, added a light touch of yellow ink blending, then accented with epoxy dots and green twine from the kit.

Queen & Co Fruit Basket Shaker Kit 
kraft, green, white card stock
black ink
pierced round top layer die


The Perfect Pear

Next up are the super charming pears. The die that makes the strawberry doubles as a pear when turned upside down.

The Perfect Pear

I did a lot of ink blending on this card -- the pear backgrounds, pear frames, and the stitched rectangle background panel.

The Perfect Pear

I love the pop of the dark gray card stock and white embossed sentiment.

Queen & Co Fruit Basket Shaker Kit 
white card stock
aqua, green, and Versamark inks + white embossing powder
stitched rectangle die



So glad you stopped by!



We Fruit!

We Fruit! 0

Megan Hoeppner here today!
For as long as I’ve been old enough to drive to and from my favorite town in Colorado from my home in Utah, I’ve loved stopping at the roadside fruit stands. Some of the world’s best fruit happens to be on this trek—Green River watermelons, Palisade peaches, Olathe sweetcorn… it’s all so good! 
Now that I have kids, these, ahem, pitstops are all the sweeter. It’s such a treat watching them pick out and devour the fresh finds. Naturally, it meant a layout was in order. Especially when I saw this stinkin’ cute Fruit Stand Specialty Shaker Kit. 
For starters, I was super inspired by Amy Sheffer’s GORGEOUS card and the color work she did on her watermelon. 
I immediately knew I wanted to color me some fruit. lol So I set to cutting from watercolor paper. 
I then worked on my harvest. First, the watermelon. Inspired by Amy, I watercolor painted it. I didn’t make the rind a shaker, so I painted the paper beneath it as well. 
For the pear, I decided to dress up the foam shaker outline with the twine included in the kit. I ran out of twin just shy of completing the wrapping, so I finished off with some solid green. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I do. It’s whimsical, almost like it has some shading. 
We bought some delicious plums on this last trip, so I painted the apple die purple and grew myself a plum. I also assembled a shaker orange with a patterned paper outer edge and a watercolored base layer. 
Finally, in this fruit line-up is the strawberry. I made it in a basic fashion, using patterned paper. I did add a few epoxy dots to give some glisten. 
Some of my fruit are shakers, others are not, but all are 3D, and I adore the texture and depth they add across the center of my page! 
Something we all devoured on this latest trip were the apricots. (And the plumcots. Have you heard of these? They’re a plum/apricot hybrid, and they’re yum! But I digress.) The apricot has kind of a heart shape to it, so I worked it into my title, using the strawberry die and light orange watercolor paint, framed with some die-cut orange paper. 
A little stamping filled in the open space by my cute girls—they really are the perfect pair! <3
Finally, I rounded this paper fruit stand off with a bitt fruit border across the top and bottom of the page. Yeah, it took several micro dots of glue, but it was totally worth it (because I was too lazy to fetch my liquid glue). 
I’m so taken with these shaker toppings. Since making my two layouts, I’ve already made a card for my sweetheart and have a second card for a friend under way. I’ll put what I get done on my blog in case you want to take a peek. I guess my layout says it best—I {heart} fruit! 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Ink, Watercolor Paint, Water Brush: Close to My Heart; Pen: Sharpie; Sewing Machine: Brother; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Vintage twine 
Perfect Vintage 'Pear!'

Perfect Vintage 'Pear!' 0

It's Mary Ann Jenkins here today with a layout to share using the new Fruit Basket Shaker kit, it's filled with the cutest little fimo fruit pieces and wonderful fruit dies too! This time, my layout started with an old family photo and a stamp! The photo is of my husband's grandparents (my kids great grandparents) back in 1943. The "Together We Make The Perfect Pear" stamp was the perfect sentiment to use with the old black and white.

I layered 4 pieces of patterned paper from the Mat Stack on to my cardstock, of course I had to use the pear design!

Next, I made a pear shaker box using the strawberry die and foam piece, turning it upside down to create the look of a pear. I also cut one more pear, and added the black "seed" gems to the center.  


I love the look of the foam shakers, they add just enough dimension to my layout, but aren't bulky once the layout goes in the album.

I printed my journaling, and finished it off with the stamp and a little machine stitching.

We still have more Fruit Basket fun to share with you, so make sure you stop back by tomorrow!

Supplies Used: Fruit Basket Shaker Kit

Mary Ann Jenkins



Pretty in Pink!

Pretty in Pink! 0

Hi there, Amy S here today with some pretty-in-pink Fruit Basket Shaker Kit cards! So sweet!
Sweet As Can Be
For my first card, I created a pink grapefruit shaker using the fruit slice foam shaker, coordinating die, and grapefruit toppings, all from the amazing Fruit Basket Shaker Kit. I just adore the sweet pink and yellow colors here!
Sweet As Can Be
I went with a simple upside-down tag layout and a splattered kraft background. 
Tip: The darling fimo grapefruit toppings make great accents. Use them in the same way you would use sequins or enamel dots.
kraft, white, green, and yellow card stock
Reverse Confetti tag, scalloped edge, and curvy banner dies
Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles die
black ink and white paint
You Are So Sweet
For my next card, I kept with the pink fruit theme, this time creating a trio of strawberries.
You Are So Sweet
The fuschia polka dot strawberries help the center strawberry shaker element really stand out. The shaker is filled with a mixture of strawberry fimo toppings from the kit and light pink Pastel Diamonds Toppings. A simple tag tied onto the strawberry with red and white twine is the perfect way to display the sentiment.
kraft, white, and light pink card stock
black ink
stitched rectangle die
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Fruit Shakers from Summer to Fall!

Fruit Shakers from Summer to Fall! 0

Hi Queen and Co fans! 
Rebecca here with two new shaker cards made with the fabulous, fruity, Fruit Basket Shaker Kit. The fruit basket kit is perfect for making bright colored, summery cards.
The fresh, fun colors of the Mat Stack coordinate perfectly with the Toppings included in the kit. Combine these with bright colored cardstock and a few of the bright embellishments from the kit and you have a bright, happy card perfect for the summer.
But, you can continue to use the Fruit Basket kit into the fall too! The apple shaker is perfect for a teacher thank you!
Combine some of the red patterned papers from the Mat Stack with kraft or brown or other more muted colors to create an autumnal color palette. For a teacher card, you can cut a rectangular piece of black cardstock and make it look like a blackboard by stamping and heat embossing a white sentiment. Use antistatic powder before stamping in embossing ink and then do not wipe the powder away so that it looks like chalk dust!
Another tip for these shakers is to use the Twinkle Drops that are included as seeds. For the lemon, I placed the crystal Twinkle Drops on top of the acetate because when I cut a lemon the seeds are often sitting on top of the fruit. But for the apple, I placed the Black Twinkle Drops inside the shaker since they are technically within the core of the apple. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed finding different ways to use all the elements of this fun kit! 
Thanks for stopping by! I highly recommend checking it out!
:) Rebecca
Making Umbrellas our of Fruit!

Making Umbrellas our of Fruit! 0

Megan Hoeppner here.... When it comes to fruit, I consider myself a fruit loop. I love the stuff, including this sweeter-than-sweet Fruit Basket Specialty Shaker Kit. So I admittedly surprised myself when I used the fruit dies for something other than fruit. I couldn’t resist. As soon as I set eyes on the citrus die, I thought “umbrella.” 
With beach photos to scrap, I knew this kit was just the ticket. For the larger umbrella, I die cut and positioned three fruit wedge outlines together to form the basic umbrella frame.
I then adhered the inner part of the wedges using foam adhesive for some added pop. A little pen outlining and distressing done with my fingernail gave the umbrella a bit more character, while a strip of paper and an epoxy dot worked to complete this shady scene. 
For the smaller umbrella, I adhered one of the foam pieces to the yellow paper in the 6 x 6 pad to create the base layer.
For the outer frame, I die cut a fruit slice from pink paper and trimmed away the fruit segments. 
Before adhering the top layer and clear shaker piece, I die cut another fruit slice from orange and used two of the triangles to give my umbrella a bit more character. 
Time for fruit shaker bits, because… well… because any project is more fun with a little shake, rattle and roll! Especially when the shaker contents are these DANG CUTE fruit pieces! With the pieces all in place, I sealed it all in using a plastic shaker top and my trimmed pink top layer. Oh, and a little lemon added a charming finishing touch to this bitty ‘brella! 
What beach scene is complete without a little fruit-garnished drink. I doodled the glasses and used watercolor paint to make these refreshers. The bitty fruit in this Queen kit was the perfect finishing touch! 
For the palm tree, I used the stem and leaf dies in the kit. I cut several leaves from the green paper in the pad and then trimmed fringe to give the leaves more of a palm feel. 
I added some paint and pen sketching inside the hollow “stems” making up the tree’s trunk. Wanting to give the tree a bit more texture, epoxy dots came to the rescue. We’ll just say these little green goodies are coconuts that have yet to ripen. ;) 
My final finishing touches include some watercolor streaks across the top for a sky effect and a watercolored title on a shipping tag, along with a few small letter stickers. 
I don’t know about you, but this page makes me wish we were back at the beach, fruity drink in hand, soaking up what’s left of our summer sun. I hope you final few weeks of summer are happy ones. Speaking of happy, if you’re looking for something happy to do this fall, I’d love for you to join me at Queen for a Day Tulsa. I’m thrilled to be teaching a class and hosting a make-and-take at this fun-filled paper party on Saturday, Sept. 9. Hope to see you there! <3 
Megan Hoeppner
Supplies Used
All supplies from the Fruit Basket Specialty Shaker Kit except those noted below:
Cardstock: American Crafts; Watercolor Paint, Water Brush: Close to My Heart; Letter Stickers; Webster’s Pages; Shipping Tag: Office Max; Sewing Machine: Brother; Pen: Sakura; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L