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Friday 20 November 2020

Pairs Trios and Sets Tutorial

 Hi everybody! As promised I'm back with a tutorial showing how I made my shaker decorations, for our latest challenge, Pairs Trios and Sets. Lets get started....

I started off with these domed frames I bought from a craft show bargain bin several years ago. There were 5 in the pack and I've lost count of the number of times I've picked them up, looked at the, waited for inspiration to strike  and then put them away for another day. Luckily for me, this time inspiration was not far away! 
I used some lovely papers by Tim Holtz, from last year's Christmas release. Firstly, I cut out an oval shape, just a little bigger than the outer frame. I adhered this to the surface, and used a craft knife to cut away the centre. I then used a sanding block to remove the paper from around the outside edge.......
Sanding the inside edge of the oval was a little more tricky, to do this, I wrapped a piece of sand paper around a pencil. This made it much more easy to remove the surplus paper. Once this was done, I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around both the inside and outside edges of the frame. I then followed the same procedure for the other two frames, using different but similar papers from the pack.
 I covered the centre of the base of each frame, with an oval piece of paper, slightly larger than the open frame. I also drew around the inside of the frame to help with the placement of the elements that go inside the dome. 
I cut several pieces of foliage, using these Tim Holtz dies and some Craft Core paper. I dotted a little white paint on the surface to suggest snow.
I added a little colour to the Paper Dolls using my Distress Markers, as well as dimensional tape to the backs. It was then time to assemble the elements.....
I firstly adhered the background foliage die cuts and then the slightly raised Paper Dolls. Next I secured the acrylic dome using strong clear glue. I left about 1 1/2 inches unglued at the top so that I could add the 'snow'. Once the glue was dry, I gently lifted the open part and spooned in the glitter.....
 I used three different types of glitter, Diamond Dust which is slightly heavier and more like glass glitter, I also used some very fine holographic glitter, as well as a sprinkling of tiny glitter stars. 
I then secured the opening at the top of the dome with a little more clear glue, and attached the outer frame. The finishing touches, were to add an arrangement of die cut foliage with some tiny pine cones, and a little die cut paper bow. 

This was a most enjoyable project to make. I have one more dome left which I think I will use to make another shaker decoration, and this time, I shall use pictures of my own dearly departed ancestors. 
I have enjoyed seeing the wonderful projects you have uploaded for our Pairs Trios and Sets Challenge. If you haven't had chance to join in yet, don't worry as you have until 18:00hrs on December 3rd. Plenty of time ! x 


  1. Enhorabuena un trabajo precioso, muchas gracias por compartir y servir de inspiración. Un abrazo.

  2. How wonderful that those domes finally have their day in the sun! I love your gingham frames and the adorable little scenes inside. Thanks so much for a lovely post sharing how you made them.
    Alison x

  3. What a unique and creative project. Thank you for the inspiration and step by steps x.

  4. Absolutely love your trio of domes shaker decorations, Toni and throughly enjoyed reading how they came together. Terrific tutorial Thanks so much for sharing.

    Take care and stay safe
    Amanda x

  5. Beautiful Toni and very inspiring, I love the shaker element and the little pinecones you used as embellishments. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Superb projects and great tutorial Toni xx What a treasure your next one will be with your ancestors photographs within xx
    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

  7. Oh I love this Toni - it looks like one of those vintage bubble glass photos - so pretty with the plaid and text papers and the paperdoll scene inside the shaker! xx

  8. Wow, these are amazing! I so enjoyed finding out how they all came together and I love the beautiful snowy winter scenes that you created - perfect 😀. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Jo x