Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Cruise Ship Shaker Card

My husband and I went on our first cruise ever this past June and had a wonderful time cruising from Venice to Athens on Viking's Empires of the Mediterranean cruise. We went with 9 other members of my extended family, and the cruise was a gift from my parents for our 30th wedding anniversary later this year. I've been wanting to make a special card for my parents as a thank you (what a generous anniversary gift!), and inspiration finally struck as I was digging in one of my many crafting boxes the other day! I came across this shaker card kit and thought the chevrons could look like waves as a background for a cruise ship. I found a picture of the Viking Star (the ship we were on) and printed three copies of it on glossy photo paper. You can't really tell in the photo, but I d├ęcoupaged the ship into 3 layers using foam tape. I sorted through my sequins and beads to find yellow and blue ones for the sunshine and the ocean and added some ink to the background and the card front to emphasize those colors. Then I made a terrible pun that my parents will appreciate (they both love puns and have subjected me to more than my fair share of bad puns over the years, so I don't feel the least bit bad about using this one!). My daughter who is in the Navy wouldn't approve since a cruise liner is a ship rather than a boat, but "Merci ship-coup" just doesn't work here!­čść

For the cruise, my dad had matching t-shirts made for all 11 of us that had our names on the front and a graphic of the Acropolis on the back with the words "Alig Expedition" at the top, so I included that saying on the card. My maiden name was Alig in case you are wondering what that word means. It's a bit unusual. 

What a blessing to have had that time with my husband, my parents, my dad's brother and sister, and several cousins! We are all spread out geographically and generally only get together all at once for funerals, so this was an amazing opportunity to catch up and enjoy an adventure together. 

Here we are all together in our t-shirts at a honey farm in Olympia, Greece:

Here's what the back of the shirts look like: 

Challenges I'm entering: 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG

Color Throwdown: Mustard, navy blue, turquoise Shimmer and Shine (I used sparkly sequins)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG (3/4)

Festive Friday Challenge ( Christmas or ATG

Outlawz Challenges: Site-wide drawing

Twisted Thursday Challenge ( ATG with option of sunburst background (3/3)

Songs and Rhymes challenge ( My inspiration from the poem is the line: Summer days are here at last (I was looking forward to June for so long in anticipation of this cruise!)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2 weekly)

Through The Craft Room Door ( ATG (1/4 bi-weekly)

{Cupcake Inspirations}: Hobbies (Mine is travel--I wish I could do it more often!)

Double Trouble Paper Crafting ( Relaxation Celebration (There's nothing more relaxing than a cruise! I loved having my stateroom cleaned twice a day and having all my meals prepared for me! Plus Viking has a high tea at 4 pm every day on the ship that was AMAZING!)

Crafter's Cafe ( Relaxation Day (I had 10 days of relaxation on my cruise!)

InspirationStation ( I was inspired by the water the kids are jumping into and included water for my cruise ship to sail on

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** ( ATG (2/3) Mixed Media (I used sequins, beads, glossy photo paper, foam strips, acetate, and cardstock)

613 Avenue Create ( ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: ATG (1/3)

The Corrosive Challenge Blog!! ( ATG (1/3)

We Love to Create mixed media Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles ( AT creative/mixed media goes

Gem of A Craft Challenge ( ATG (2/3)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG or add roses (1/3) 

Crafty Calendar Challenge: ATG (2/3)

digidesignchallengeblog ( ATG

Taylormadecards4u: ATG with option of Transportation 

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (1/3)

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Summer + A Sentiment (3/5)

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge ( Back to School or ATG (1/5)

2 Sisters on the blog: Text as focus


  1. A fabulous shaker card design, thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week.

  2. A super shaker card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  3. What a clever design, Carrie! Love that it's a shaker card. Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble Challenge #118.

  4. What a great shaker card, and a great story to go with it, Carrie! I love cruising, too... as a matter of fact I have a fall cruise coming up,,, the first one in 4 years! It was so clever of you to make the card a shaker card with different colors representing the sun and the sea!!! Thank you for sharing both your family and your talent with us at Double Trouble for our "relaxation" challenge!!! -Donna

    1. Donna, I think cruising may be addictive! My husband and I just booked another one for next March:) Have a lovely time on your cruise this fall!

  5. Great card to reflect your cruise, we were cruising in June as well, but not Katakolon this time, but Olympia is wonderful isn't it and always so hot.

    Many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  6. What a wonderful trip and awesome memories! The pic of the family is just wonderful and something you'll treasure for years to come. Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing your fun and clever card with us at The Inspiration Station!
    Donna xx

  7. What a cute card to celebrate that fun event! I love how the shaker pieces are behind that chevron cover plate! What a fun memory for you with your cherished ones. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness with us at Double Trouble! :)

  8. Fabulous card. Thank you for sharing at Allsorts. Gorgeous holiday!

  9. This is such an awesome idea for a card!
    Very happy to see this in our mailbox at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  10. Great idea, love it. Thanks for joining Festive Fridays challenge.

  11. Wonderful Shaker! Thanks for hanging out on our front porch at 613 Avenue Create !
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
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  12. What a fun shaker card design--and an amazing way to mark a special anniversary, too! Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!

  13. What a great shaker card and there is nothing like a cruise to relax between ports... love the sentiment along with the cruise ship. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and Crafter's Cafe.

  14. What a cute shaker card!! Such a fun design and subject for a card!! Thank you for playing with us this week at CIC551.

    DT Member
    Cupcake Inspiration Challenge

  15. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love your shaker card! Thanks so much for entering our Sunday Sone & Rhyme Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.
    Cara, The Sunday Song & Rhyme Challenge Design Team
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  16. Very nice card.
    Thans for sharing it.
    Nicolette DT 2Sistersontheblog

  17. Fabulous shaker card and a wonderful anniversary gift, I bet you had loads of fun……thanks so much for joining us on the Polkadoodles Wk 34 Digi Choosday challenge….

    Love and crafty hugs from

    Wendy (DT)

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, what a blessing and what a very thoughtful gift! Your card is brilliant, I personally love the phunny sentiment as I'm sure your parents did. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card with us over at CRAFT Challenge!

  19. Great shaker card.. Thanks for joining in our 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  20. Great shaker card and what a lovely travel adventure you shared! Thanks for playing with us over at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

    C.I.C DT

  21. OH WOW ... what a fun & FABULOUS design! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Inspiration Station!