(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)
Oooh, it’s time for the first guest post of the event, and to kick it off is the lovely Louise from Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons. I asked Louise to guest because I love it when she makes sets of cards, there’s always great little details that make me break out my supplies straight away. And she hasn’t disappointed today… I’ll hand over to her so you can see her lovely projects for yourself…
It’s truly an honour to be here today as a guest on Jennifer’s blog. When Jennifer asked me if I’d like to take part in her Frosty Festivities weekend I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Especially as this meant using her uniquely designed Christmas items from her lovely shop Happy Scatter.
Christmas is a busy time for us all, don’t you agree? Present thinking, buying and wrapping. Food and drink shopping, menu planning. House cleaning (it’s got to be done) and decorating. There isn’t always time to create intricate Christmas cards is there? Especially when we write so many. At least I do, it’s the one time of year when I like to remember everyone.
With this in mind, I wanted to show you how Jennifer’s items can be used to make, what I would consider, straightforward Christmas cards. Still allowing you the handmade element but freeing up your time to make those mince pies you thought you wouldn’t have time to make.
The first set uses the Stars of Wonder Stencil with a white ink pad and a finger dabber to apply the ink through the stencil. What I like about these stencils is that you can use them as they are… or take elements from them. Which is what I’ve done here. For the snowman card I used the dots and stars and for the Christmas Tree card I picked out only the stars to use through the stencil. All elements on both these cards are from The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes pack.
To finish, I added a Christmas sentiment stamp and ran the edges of the kraft card through my sewing machine:
I do love the added texture stitching creates, how about you? Do you machine stitch on your projects?
For extra depth three dimensional tape has been used to adhere both the snowman and Christmas Tree to the cards.
In keeping with the stitched edges I added some cotton behind the Christmas Tree for extra depth.
Both cards are kinda cute, don’t you think?
As I’m partial to a Christmas Tree this next sets used 3×4 Christmas Tree Die card from the Makes Me Merry Winter/Christmas set:
What I like about these little die card sets is that you get both the positive and negative element in the pack. As I am partial to a Christmas Tree I took both the die cut card and the negative tree to make two more Christmas cards.
Layered cards are my favourite kind. I get a feeling of satisfaction when I use up my scraps. These two cards use scraps of patterned paper from a Teresa Collins range. I layered up scraps underneath the 3×4 die card and held them together with a stapler:
Dimensial tape was used again to give a little depth to the cards.
The ‘I love Tinsel’ die cut is also from the The Jolliest Time pack. When I made the second card I wanted to use a circle element again and decided to make a circle using red cotton. I hope you can see from the following photo that I looped together a circle and held it in place by tying it in four places:
The cotton circle was added to the card with a dab of Glossy Accents:
They make a nice couple of cards with trees, hearts, and circles:
I hope you have been inspired to start your Christmas card making and if not, I am sure Jennifer has many more projects that will inspire you during this Frosty Festivities weekend!
Thank you Jennifer for allowing me to sample and play with your shop products!
More about Louise…
I live in the middle of the country with my husband and three boys. I’ve has been crafting for around 15 years – when I get a few minutes spare from family life and work you’ll find me cutting and sticking. Unless it’s a Sunday – then I spend the best part of the day watching, cheering, and shouting on the sidelines between three rugby pitches! I’ve enjoyed being on the Design Teams for SJ Crafts and Fantastic Ribbons.
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Thank you Louise for your fabulous projects and detailed post!
Use a stencil but just pick out parts of it, not the whole design
Stitch a border round your project – using straight and zig-zag stitch
Tie a circle of cotton, holding it in place with four knots
Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!
See you again at 12pm!