Border punch

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I'd been looking forward to a creative weekend and what better start to it than visiting your local craft shop? I stocked up on a few essentials although I'm always tempted to buy more... but having less means you find new ways of using what's in your stash.

I don't spend much on dies as they are expensive. If you have a craft knife, ruler, border punch and a good paper trimmer that doesn't cut wonky lines, you can easily copy the design which I'm sharing here today. Honestly, I'd be lost without my craft knife. It was one my first buys when I started with scrapbooking. Before I got my first Cutterpede, I used to trim papers for my layouts with a craft knife and ruler. Once you get the hang of it, you might find it easier to use for cutting out shapes than fine tip scissors.

This card is for my niece's 6th birthday in May. I started by using a border punch on two square pieces of white cardstock. Next, I cut a window with my paper trimmer/kraft knife into the smaller square and filled it with sequins to make a shaker. If you use sequins, 2mm thick foam tape will do. For micro/seed beads, use thicker foam tape. Mount both lace squares onto foam pads, add punched balloons and some cute buttons.

No doubt she will give it a good shake!

After my iris folding feature in Papercraft Essentials, I'm now back to iris folding and will next post a simple and very cute design.

Hope you like my shaker idea!

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