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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
Looking like Christmas - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Looking like Christmas - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .
Which means it’s the perfect time to buy Queen & Co.’s new Merry & Bright Ornament Kit!  It’s great for making holiday cards, layouts, tags, and of course – ornaments! I made some standalone ornaments using the acetate covers on both sides of the foam shapes.  This fabulous kit just happens to come with extra acetate covers so you can make your own ornaments and still have enough acetate pieces left over for the other foam pieces.
I used the stamp set from the kit to add some little sentiment banners to a couple of the ornaments.  
The little toppings that come with this kit are just too darn cute.  There are tiny candy canes, gingerbread men, snowmen, and more!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stacy Cohen
Be Merry with Pink! - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Be Merry with Pink! - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

Greta Hammond here with you today.
I've got a couple Christmas cards made easy by this super fun Merry and Bright Ornaments Kit.
For my first card, I made the background to "hold" the ornaments by arranging two of the round ornament die cuts onto a piece of white cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine. 
I cut the same ornaments using teal and hot pink papers. I then placed the colored ornaments into the negative spaces of the white background and backed the ornaments with patterned paper before adhering to the card.
A stamped "joy sentiment and stretchy string finishes off the card.
For my second card, I used the light pink paper as the backdrop in this more modern Christmas color scheme. 

I then layered a smaller piece of white cardstock with a scalloped edge to showcase the card sentiment and ornament shaker cut from teal paper.

A couple strips of patterned paper at the top of the card, helps to anchor the stamped image sentiment.
A couple of quick and easy options to tackling those Christmas cards.
Thanks for stopping by!
Be Bright - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Be Bright - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

Hi Everyone! 
Susan here today with a couple of cards I whipped up with the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit.  LOVE LOVE LOVE how festive and bright and pretty this kit is, so I went with an alternative holiday color scheme of pink & teal when I created my cards.
For my "Oh What Fun" Card, I used the one of the ornament dies to create a foam die-shaped embellishment to be the focus of the front of the card.  No shaker box - just highlighting how pretty the dies cut, and how great they look with contrasting stripe print paper (from the kit!) paired with them underneath the die.  Instead of using the tiny pink pearls in a shaker -- I stuck 3 at a time onto mini glue dots as accents around the card.
For my "Merry & Bright" Card, I layered embossed Christmas light die cuts (one on foam cut with the die also!) to compliment the Christmas light patterned paper used on the top part of the card.
I love how easy these cards came together with the kit, and how fun they will be to send out to friends!


Merry & Bright Ornament Kit, Bubbles-Clear, Cardstock, Embossing powder/ink
Deck the Cards - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit

Deck the Cards - Merry & Bright Shaker Kit 0

Hi there crafty friends!

Michele Boyer here today sharing two cards I created with Queen & Company’s new Merry & Bright Ornament Shaker Kit.  The kit includes SIX ornament dies with an assortment of seven ornament tops, tiny toppings of snowmen, candy canes, green and red peppermints, gingerbread, several assortments of pearls (my personal favorite), an adorable holiday paper pad and holiday sentiment stamp set!  SO much fun!
On my first card, I used two of the ornament dies, simply die-cutting the shapes from white card stock. I adore the detail of snowflakes in the round ornament. They’re so small and delicate! Inside, I placed an assortment of pastel pearls.
To add a bit of interest around the ornaments, I adhered the negative die-cut circles from the top of the ornament and ornament top dies.  I think they make a perfect little accent! The ornaments were tied at the top with blue stretchy string. To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink then white/heat embossed.
Next I created a clean and simple card using one ornament die with an assortment of patterned papers and silver foil card stock for the tops. I filled the shaker ornament with bright pearls and tied/hung the ornaments with silver cord.
As on my first card, I used the negative space from the ornament and ornament top dies to create small faux metal accents. I especially like the look of the dots cut from foil card stock.
My cards were so much fun to create! I think the recipients will enjoy them as well!  Thanks so much for visiting today!