This is what I used to make the shaker part... Spellbinders Hexagon dies to make a frame, but not in white..... I used gray, and a sentiment created in MS Word...... (remember the sentiment!)...
When I had it all cut out, I colored the hearts on the letters NUTS in red, ink distressed the frame edges, and added the dimensional tape, I of course had to lay it flat to fill with the shaker elements before attaching the clear acetate and frame top. This is what it looked like lying flat:
I wasn't sure I had filled it enough with Pretty Pink Posh's silver heart sequins, their clear and silver cupped sequins, and the red and clear seed beads plus tiny silver beads from my stash, but I went with it...... I wanted it to look nice when the card was standing up, when everything would fall to the bottom, so I glued a few of the elements in place. Then I stood it up!!
Well it turns out I had PLENTY.... even MORE THAN ENOUGH....
Here's the Don't Laugh! part of this post.....
My "I'm still nuts about you" sentiment turned into:
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Yep, that's right!.... "I'm Still NUTS"!!!.... I had wanted it to be the perfect shaker card for my wonderful husband of more than 30 years!... I almost cried before my sense of humor returned. It was too late anyway to turn back, as everything was glued to card front, and I was NOT starting over. So he ended up with a flawed shaker card, but that's OK, because he has a flawed wife!
As you can see, the "nuts" are the masculine equivalent of 'nuts & bolts'. I made them by first punching holes along a strip of cardstock, spaced apart enough to punch a hexagon around them (Stampin' Up punch). I inked distressed them all with black, as I had the center shaker nut, and popped up a couple for dimension.
Next is the inside.... I made it to match the front of course, but I used a stamp & die set from Papertrey Ink called One Big Happy... 'happy' is die cut and 'anniversary' is stamped.
I put another 'nut' on the envelope. For some reason the envelope looks like it was bent in 1/2 at some point, but I assure you that it was not... it was flat!
I also shook the contents up on an angle for this pic, but no matter which way I got them to go, I could NOT uncover the entire sentiment all at the same time...
Lesson learned... don't fill shaker so full, LOL!!
Thanks for stopping.... and more thanks to those of you who didn't laugh :)