Hello, crafty friends! I am excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for Day 2 of the All The Joy Release Blog Hop! 


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Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop – woohoo! Leave me a comment for your chance to win. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, November 8th.


When you’re finished hopping, and you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the All The Joy Gallery on the Simon Says Stamp blog. There are galleries for each release, and we encourage you to share your creations there, as well!

For today’s cards, I used the new Very Merry Cover Die.  I made two shaker cards, which you can see in my latest video. You can view the video below or head over to YouTube.



Note: all supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.

For my first card, I pretty much just used the Very Merry Cover die itself to make the shaker card. This cover die is so much fun and gives so many design options and combinations. The only other elements on the card are the shaker bits. I built this shaker the traditional way – using foam tape. If you watched the video, I do want to clarify one thing that I forgot to mention. To build up my shaker, I used two different thicknesses of foam tape. The Big Momma foam tape from Simon Says Stamp is thinner than the Altenew foam tape. I could have doubled up the Altenew, but I really didn’t need that thick of a shaker wall/well. I do often combine different foam tapes to get the thickness that I want. 

For my second card, I used the ornament from the Very Merry Cover die for my shaker element. Instead of using foam tape, I built up the thickness by cutting 4 layers of ornaments in white card stock before adding my top silver layer. I also made my own shaker “bits” – watch the video to find out how I did that with glitter and alcohol ink!

I used the new Not Quite a Dot cling stamp for my background on this card. I love how the stars (not quite dots) mimic the shape of the stars from the Very Merry Cover! 

Are you ready to hop along and see inspiration from all of the other designers?

I had a lot of fun creating my cards for today, and I hope they put a smile on your face. If you want to see the other cards that I have made with the All the Joy Release, you can click here to view my blog post from yesterday. And, you can see my other YouTube video! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Be sure to hop along and leave some love for all of the talented designers sharing inspiration today! 

Wishing you all a crafty day,



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  1. I do like a good shaker card! (as do my recipients.) Thank you for showing us two different ways to create this.

  2. This is an interesting die set. I like the colors that you used and the video including how to color the glitter. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love the Retro look ~ so cool!! It reminds me of The Jetsons!! (Old TV show, and now I’m dating myself! LOL)

  4. I’m so happy to see the shaker card! That was my first thought when I saw the cover die in the release set!! It looks great!

  5. I love the 2-for-1 idea for these cards. No holiday is completed without a shaker card. Thank you so much for your inspiration 💕

  6. The merry cover die is my favorite of the release! It brings me back to my childhood! Thank you for sharing!

  7. This die is so cool! I passed it by looking at the new release but seeing it used in this hop, it’s now on my must have list ☺️ love how you incorporated this as a shaker! 👍🎄🎅

  8. I loved both of these cards AND your video. You are so enjoyable to watch. Thanks for the glitter ‘recipe’ too.

  9. Shaker Card – YEAH! These are fantastic. And of course I like anything with the word “Merry” in it:).

  10. Both of your cards turned out great. The colors are just stunning. This is one of my favorite dies from the release.

  11. Your color palette is perfect for this retro die. I love that you made shakers from this die. I really like the blue card and the blending on the edges. The background stamp is cool too. It seems to me the lettering stands out better on this card as well.

  12. Your cards are so fun and festive! The white pen highlights really make the letters pop! And, I love the way you made your own glitter!

  13. I really love the ombré colouring on the lettering and the retro feel to these designs is so funky and cool. The shaker version is so fun too! Two quite different cards, yet they coordinate beautifully. Such fun creations xoxo

  14. Both cards are so cool! I really love the way you used the not quite a dot background – it works perfectly!

  15. Oh, my goodness! These are so adorable! I love shaker cards and yours are delightful! The Not Quite a Dot stamped background is a great detail. Perfect pair of cards sure to put the receiver into the festive mood!

  16. These great retro inspired cards are very eye-catching! Changing it up to a shaker is perfect and always a winner with me!! Super fun!! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  17. Love it all! The size, bold letters, the chosen colors. It’s great, plus it’s my favorite, a shaker 🙂

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