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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



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
Orange you Happy?

Orange you Happy? 0

It's Mary Ann Jenkins here today with a new layout using the adorable Fruit Basket Shaker kit. This is such a cute kit, I love everything that is included, especially the fimo shaker "filling" pieces There are juicy little watermelons, some of your favorite citrus fruits and even tiny bright red strawberries, it's a whole fruit salad!!

For my layout, I decided to document the quaint little fruit stand in our town. We stop there about once a week for oranges and is such a part of our routine, it's something I'll always want to remember.

To get started, I printed my journaling using my computer and then sprinkled and splattered some watercolors  (nothing fancy, I borrowed them from my 8 year old) on to my cardstock. Once the paint was dry, I added my 2 photos. Next I made the sweet little orange wedge shaker using the beautiful paper from the paper pad, and filled it with the tiny orange slices. I tucked in a small cluster of green bakers twine right on top of the leaves to add a bit more texture. The bakers twine is included in the kit too, for this I just separated the green strands from the white strands.

I also die cut the large orange slice, and tucked it just under the edges of my photos. I stamped the sentiment with a matching ink and layered it right on top

To finish my layout, I glued some of the tiny orange fimo slices here and there , I just love the little orange bits!!

Mary Ann
upplies used: Fruit basket Shaker Kit

Turn Lemons into Pinwheels!

Turn Lemons into Pinwheels! 1

Happy Summer everyone!   
Stacy Cohen with you today, I hope you’re all enjoying some lovely weather and relaxing days. 
The new Fruit Basket Shaker Kit is just too stinkin’ cute! It’s great not only for cards, but also for fun summer layouts.  The dies can be used to make eye-catching page accents and backgrounds.   Here’s a layout I made using the lemon slice die to create colorful little pinwheels as the backdrop for my photos.
I die-cut the lemon slice shapes from the colorful paper pad in the kit.  I layered them in a cascade on my page and interchanged the paper “slices” to mix it all up. 
Tip:  Don’t throw away the foam inserts from the shaker shapes you use.  Save them to cut up for use as 3D foam pop-ups for page and card elements.  That’s what I did with the photos here.
Supplies: Fruit Basket Shaker Kit (paper, die, epoxy dots, twine), Pinwheel
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An Apple a Day!

An Apple a Day! 0


Mary-Ann Maldonado here with you today to share a layout I created with the new Fruit Basket Shaker Kit.  It is super darling and you can do so many things with it, as you have probably have already seen!  The Design team is really doing a fantastic job, showcasing different techniques.  

I started my layout with apple picking pictures, the apple die, the apple Fimo's, and twine.  I added my photos and the stamped sentiment before playing around with apple placement.  To stamp without one of the words, all you do is color the stamp (minus the word) with a color pen, huff on the stamp to warm it, and stamp.  

I started with creating my 3-D apples.  I cut several layers of the apple innards, folded them in half and backed the outer edges with apples to created a 3-D look. (See photo below.)   I cut my title and started working on the shaker apple quarters at the bottom. 

The empty space at the bottom needed more apples.  I used the quarter orange to create sections of apples.  I removed the tip red line and the small lines that created the orange segments.  This created a clean apple wedge.

Then the top felt empty!  Ha.  That is where the twine came into play and the small segment pieces from the die.  I created my whimsical banner.  Added a few enamels for color and detail, and that was it!  

I hope you have been inspired to bring your fun Queen kits off of the and onto the page.

Supplies used: Fruit Basket Shaker Kit

Mary-Ann Maldonado