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Eeek! Pumpkin Shaker

Hi Hi!

Something non-Christmas for you today! Back last year I was honoured to be asked to design a class for Crop In The Country again for their 12x12x12 retreat. In ‘normal’ years, there would be a lovely bunch of ladies attending the retreat and another lovely bunch of ladies received a “crop in a box”, but of course in 2020 everyone had a box. Now the idea of the 12x12x12 retreat is that there are 12 teachers doing 12×12 layouts. 12 lovely layouts. Fabulous. BUT – we’re scrappy gluttons aren’t we, and if we can stretch our stash then we will, and each teacher managed to get 2-5 layouts out of their kits! That’s a lot of layout potential in one box! This is the first of mine.

Eeek Pumpkin wm1 - Eeek! Pumpkin Shaker

Apologies for the glare – dontcha just love trying to photograph anything with a shiney surface!?

So when we were choosing supplies for our classes, I realised the new Autumn / Halloween collections would be out in time and would be perfectly themed for when the boxes were delivered at the end of September. I fell in love with the flowers in the Pebbles Spoooky collection so took that as my inspiration. I literally eeeked out (see what I did there) every single bit of this gorgeous paper, first as a border, and then fussy cutting most of the rest.

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I wanted to create a big pumpkin shaker for dramatic effect and I love the way it turned out. Yes, it was a pain to run the foam tape around the fairly thin edge but I think it was worth it. I filled the shaker with an eclectic mix of strand beads, glitter, sequins and flakes in golds, oranges, yellows and greens for texture and interest.

After placing the shaker and the photo and sprinkling the fussy cut flowers around, I added the spell book die cut, which I covered with the October banner, and also added the Eeek title (which people could substitute). We grew pumpkins for the first time last year and although we put them in too late, the plants grew across the garden like triffids! Each day they seemed to have grown another 4 inches overnight! And they were small but absolutely delicious.

Eeek Pumpkin wm2 - Eeek! Pumpkin Shaker

This was the layout I planned when I designed my kit, but.. well, I wasn’t very well when all this was going on and by the time the kit arrived from the US I had totally forgotten what was supposed to go where. I ended up with more left over than I thought so I managed to squeeze out another couple of layouts. I’ll be sharing those later in the week.

Stay safe and keep smiling x

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