Easter Shaker Basket

Hi readers!  Happy Saturday to you! I’m always so excited to see what the genius Debby Hughes comes up with each month for our collaborative creative uses posts! Debby is really speaking to me with this creation, and I imagine I’m not alone on that!  It’s so tempting to look forward to Easter which also means SPRING! Read on for the details!


Hi Debby here :D I’m going a little shaker card mad at the moment! Love all the interactivity, sparkly beads and just pure fun! Looking at the new Hop To It release there are a couple of dies intended for shaker cards – the Kite and the Umbrella. The latter die is not just great for Umbrellas but also makes a nifty basket for spring flowers :D


To start I loosely watercolored a panel for the background with Gansai Tambi paints. While that dried I stamped the flowers in Versamark on more watercolor card and white heat embossed. By adding a generous layer of water on each petal before dotting in the paint at the base of the petal, the water blends the paint out allowing beautiful graduated color. While the flowers dried I cut the Umbrella Shaker die from the background to create the negative space and again from more watercolor card to create the white basket. A piece of acetate and some foam adhesive created the well behind the basket to fill with delicious beads and sequins.


Once the flowers were dry I trimmed them out and gave them a dose of Wink Of Stella and Star Dust Stickles and then piled them into the basket keeping them in place with foam adhesive. Finally I cut the Easter die from white card and adhered overlapping the flowers :D

You should’ve heard the noise when I was making this card ….. shake …. shake …. shake! I couldn’t resist giving it a test run!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Debby for being our guest!


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  1. There is no other word for this card – gorgeous! I really feel the change in seasons when I look at this card! Of course, love the creative use of existing products :)

  2. Wow this basket is awesome. Can’t wait to see it on my desktop in the hopes of creating something similar. Way to go inspiring everyone.

  3. Love, love, love,love, love this! So creative and fun. Shakers and watercolor are my very favorites and this card has it all. Bowing down to you and your creativeness…..

  4. Very pretty card. How clever of you to turn the umbrella upside down to make the flower holder. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. I have just discovered how fun shaker cards are to make. this definitely takes it up a few notches.

  6. This is such a gorgeous card and would look great in different colours and is so versatile for different occassions like birthdays etc!! What an awesome way to use a die other than for it’s original purpose too!! So creative and thinking outside the box!! Fantastic!!

  7. This is truly an amazing card. It so looks like the “umbrella-bowl” is actually bowed out from the rest of the card. I was a little confused if the flowers were individual stamps with individual dies to match, or if you cut each and every one out by hand? Great work.

  8. Your card I a amazing!! I had just received my shipment from Simon’s, so I just had to make this card for myself. So Beautiful!!!

  9. That is just the neatest card!!! Love the idea of turning the umbrella upside down to make the basket! The watercoloring is the best, oh I just love the card!!!

  10. wow, wow, wow! I knew this was Debby’s work even before I read a word… awesome card! Just gorgeous!

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