Hand crafted, Tutorial

On My Desk – Snow Globes

I love the Ellen Hutson, LLC Shaker Globe die by Julie. When it released last year I made so many of these adorable shaker window tags. This season I am creating a more realistic shaker globe ornament. This creation actually goes together much easier and is super cute!

Stop by my Instagram to see this shaker in action.

You will need to cut two of the dies with the holes and the tag topper from heavy weight card stock. And two shaker pouches; I like the treat pouches for extra dimension. A small scrap strip of clear plastic sheeting or you can use a strip of white paper.

Stamp and color the penguin. If you have a die cut, then cut the image plus one blank. If you fussy cut like I did simply trace the cut image face down. Draw a simple silhouette to create the ‘back’ of the penguin. Sandwich the clear plastic strip between the layers, leaving a strip to be sandwiched between the shaker layers.

I adhered the circle pouches to the shaker globe to the outside of the frames using MonoMulti liquid glue and added my little penguin in using a scrap of plastic sheeting to the back side. I found putting the embellishments in the larger treat size pouch easier. Then glue the back to the front and lay flat to dry. Simple, easy and amazing.

To make the base partially cut the die with the hole from brown cardstock, aligning the straight edge of the paper just above the bottom of the circle.

TIPS used Multi Medium Matte for adhearing the two sides together because it dries smooth, whereas the Tombow glue remains tacky and the embellishments stick to the glue.

  • Supplies
  • Shaker Globe by Julie dies, Ellen Hutson LLC
  • Solar White Heavyweight 110lb Neenah Cardstock
  • Brown cardstock
  • Snow Flurries Mix, EBE Embellishments, Ellen Hutson LLC
  • 2” Circle Shaker Pouch, My Favorite Things
  • 2” Circle Shaker Treat Pouches, My Favorite Things
  • Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Multi Medium Matte, Ranger
  • Crystal Clear Plastic Sheets, Ellen Hutson LLC (scrap piece)
  • Holiday Penguins stamp set, My Favorite Things
Challenges, Hand crafted, Handmade cards, Tutorial

On My Desk – With A Shadow Box Card

Here is my finished card.

I am so excited for a new creative ShadowBox by Brandi from Ellen Hutson, LLC. I loved watching all the designers creating unique and fun cards, and gift boxes. Reference videos for my creations – Carissa Wiley and Emily Leiphart on the Ellen Hutson YouTube channel.

I am so excited that I have invited some friends around to make and take. Ever thankful for Covid vaccinations! The teacher in me needed step samples, and written instructions because we all learn differently. My hope is that this helps you enjoy creating. Tag me on instagram or leave me a comment if you found any of this helpful.

1 – A2 Card Base choice of colors 4.25 x 5.5
1 – Shadow Box Panel die cut white or cream
1 – book mark pocket – window die cut or 3.73 x 5.5 optional
1 – book mark cut to fit (2 x 4.5 or 2.5 x 5) optional
Decorations as desired


  1. Fold card base and decorate the front panel.
  2. Keeping the double fold on the right side of the panel, this is the front of the panel. Decorate the front of the Shadow Box Panel.
  3. Fold score lines on Shadow Box panel.
  4. On the front of the panel adhere the score tape to the two outer most flaps, left and right.
  5. Adhere the shadow box panel:
    1. Starting with the left single flap remove the backer and line the panel up with the interior crease of the A2 Card Base, close the card pressing the tape. Keep checking that the top and bottom edges line up evenly.
    2. Lay card on its face, allow the shadow box panel to lay on card front, fold flaps double flap towards the center, remove backer and fold the back (right side) card base over onto the panel pressing the tape.
  6. Insert your book mark pocket: Adhere score tape to three sides of the pocket. Slide the pocket behind the shadow box and press firmly.

Ideas for bookmark pull: hole punch in the book mark and use twine or ribbon tie, fold a ribbon or narrow piece of paper around your gift card length wise, or use the small die to create a topper as in Carissa’s video

Thank you for stopping by My Desk. I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Essentials by Ellen Shadow Box by Brandi die set
2 x Pieces Card 4.25 x 5.5, suggest 80lbs or better
Optional pocket: window die cut or 3.73 x 5.5
Score tape
Die cutting platform
Ellen Hutson Bone Folder
Adhesive – 1/8 or 1/4inch Score Tape or Tape Runner
Stamps for decorating:
Essentials by Ellen All About You by Julie
Essentials by Ellen Pressing Thoughts by Brandi
Memento Ink
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy


On My Desk – Hello Again

Taking some time to get back to My Desk, My Kitchen has been very busy and I have been posting business blogs, but here I am inspired by the amazing Michele Ferguson.

Michelle is now designing for The Flower Challenge and well who doesn’t have a plethora of flower stamps!

Here is my entry for challenge #54 Color Shades of Purple.

The whole panel is colored in Copic purples. The light purple flowers didn’t pop agains the white background, and I wanted to add the contrast. So I pulled out my BV08 marker to create that beautiful purple base.

Supplies I used 

  • WPlus9 Design Studio – Kind Soul 2017 Stamp set
  • Memento Gray Flannel Ink
  • Copics, BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01, G14, G16, V22, V25, V28 and BV08
  • Neenah 80lb cardstock

On My Desk – Final CAS(E) This Sketch – #405

On My Desk CAS(E) This Sketch #405 I came to this party quite recently, participating has taught me so much, not least of which is don’t wait! Jump right in.

My take on this sketch is quite a literal interpretation
vertical line on left and three tags.

I have used dies from three companies: Stampin’ Up – Many Hearts Dies, Ellen Hutson – Two-In-One Box Dies and Impression Obsession – Die 174-W.

This card was created using off cuts of card stock which I keep organised in Michael’s Photo Box. I keep this box within arms reach of my desk, and pull it in and out frequently, So I have reinforced the sides with clear packing tape.

Thank you for stopping by My Desk, I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Challenges, Handmade cards

On My Desk – CAS(E) This Sketch #404

Sketch #404

I was so excited to find there was a CAS(E) Sketch #404! When I read last weeks blog I understood that was the final sketch. Any way I will try to play as many sketches as I can until the end.

In interpreting this sketch I wanted to include the symmetry and center banner. I looked through my flower stash and chose this Technique Tuesday, Fresh Peonies. I colored the peonies using Copics RV00, RV02, RV06 and R83 plus G12, G14. I added shading around the flowers with C0 and G000. The shading adds a little depth to this one layer card. The sentiment is black heat embossed on a vellum strip, placed diagonally between the flower clusters. I folded the ends of the strip behind the panel and taped them in place.

I trimmed the panel to 4.0 x 5.25, added foam to lift and mounted that on to a black panel, and then on to a standard 4.25 x 5.50 card front.

I love Peonies and it was lovely to have some flowers On My Desk.

Thank you for stopping by My Desk, I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Challenges, Hand crafted, Hand made cards

On My Desk – CAS(E) This Sketch

Today I am playing CAS(E) This Sketch #402

I have chosen to use pattern paper and a long sentiment strip to create my CAS(E). Can you believe this is only my SECOND card using my Christmas Pattern Paper this year?!

Thank you for stopping by My Desk and I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Supplies I used: 

  • Honey Bee Holiday Traditions 6×6 pad
  • Essentials By Ellen Love and Light by Heather
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp pad
  • WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing powder

On My Desk – It’s Tag Season – Sleigh Ride

This Tag was inspired by Day 4 of Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge and the song is “Sleigh Ride” chosen by Lisa Spangler. I loved how Lisa took the die cut sleigh and made it her own.

I thought and thought about this song for days. I have used the Essentials by Ellen, Santa’s List Sleigh too much, so I needed another idea. I kept coming back to those Sleigh Bells jingling, ring ting tingling.

I sewed nine, 6mm silver bells onto to a red ribbon roughly 1 inch apart. Then to hide the thread I placed a small glue dot on the back of ribbon just behind the bell and pressed two bells together creating a double row, with one bell single at the end. Next time I will measure more accurately as this bell strand was just a bit too long.

I cut two tags, one from oyster grey and one from vellum. I ran the vellum through a snowflake embossing folder to give me that “snow is falling” vibe. I threaded the jingle bells through the hole and adhered it to the back of the tag. Topped the whole thing off with a red bow.

Thank you for stopping by My Desk, I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Supplies I used:

  • Essentials by Ellen Tag Trio by Christine
  • Darcie Silver Jingle Bells, 6mm
  • Stampin’Up! Winter Snow Embossing folder
  • Red ribbon and glue dots from my stash.

On My Desk – It’s Tag Season – “White Christmas”

This tag was inspired by Day 5 of Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge and the song “White Christmas” was chosen by Jessica Frost-Ballas. She had a beautiful subtle toned snow scene on vellum.

I chose to go more sparkling snow! Lots of glitter paper snowflakes falling on a blue glitter paper sky background.

Super easy card as it 100% die cut and I used a mix of glue and foam dots to pop snow up at differing heights.

Thank you for stopping by My Desk, I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Supplies I used: 

  • Essentials by Ellen Tag Trio by Christine
  • Essentials by Ellen Pop-Up Mittens by Julie (retired)
  • Various glitter paper

On My Desk – It’s Tag Season – “A Marshmallow World”

This tag was inspired by Day 7 of Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge. The song was chosen by the talented Heather Meeson is “A Marshmallow World”. She had a lovely snowman looking through or into a window. I had never heard this song before, but ‘marshmallows’ kept me coming back to my s’mores stamps!

So here is my shaker globe filled with snarky marshmallows having a snowball fight!

I cut each part and lightly ink blended the sky. Using the shaker pouch I lined up the marshmallow trios and popped the rear trio up with a single layer of foam tape and the front trio with a double layer of foam. I adhered three ‘snowballs’ to the background and left the rest free to shake. I assembled the parts using multi-mat medium and added a brown base cut with the snow globe die.

Thank you for stopping by My Desk, I hope you have something fun On Your Desk today!

Supplies I used:

  • Essentials by Ellen Shaker Globe by Julie die
  • Neat and Tangled S’more Fun stamp and die set
  • 5mm white Pom poms