Here's a picture from Papertrey Ink so you can see how cute this kit is! The little bottles with cork for all of the sprinkles are probably my favorite part :-) Let's talk about making the cards. I will say my first attempt was probably a bit disastrous because I didn't really follow directions. After messing up, I watched Betsy's video and then attempted the second card which went much better. Some funny things that happened during the making of the first card--cutting the wrong size rectangle for the back, gluing the transparent sheet down and then realizing I forgot to add the sprinkles, tearing it apart and adding the sprinkles and then sealing it back up to find there's an eye lash in there as well--OMG, I laughed so hard and just left it there!
Betsy Veldman really knocked it out of the park with this Shakers and Sprinkles kit! I am almost embarrassed to own it because having it in my hands basically means I am a complete nut job who stayed online for hours while Papertrey Ink's website crashed repeatedly as thousands of crazed crafters tried ordering this kit! I joked with my friend Kim that the weak would die off and that we would prevail and luckily, we did. I got a set and then kept trying to get her one as well since she wasn't having any luck getting through. Because of the effort entailed in getting this kit, I vowed that I would put it to use immediately so that it didn't sit and just take up space. My first impression when I opened the kit was that it was money well-spent. I just love everything about it! The linen papers are beautiful and all of the little details in packaging the tiny sprinkles is just adorable.
For the 2nd card, I had a little more experience but I made some bad changes. I used black ink to stamp the sentiment in the background which I didn't like as much as the Olive on the first card. I also used way too much 'sprinkle' stuff on the inside of the card. I added chunky glitter which really just stuck to the transparency so I don't know that I would do that again. A little really does go a long way! My neighbor is turning 12 today and so I really thought this would be a great card for her and I know that all of my little criticisms of it won't even be noticed by her :-) My daughter came home from school and just gasped when she saw it--she thought it was so much fun! I think I will be making a bunch of these to keep on hand for kids' birthdays.
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