Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Frosty Festivites 2013 Challenge Winners!

Hello, I’m back to wrap up Frosty Festivities by announcing the winners of the Challenges!

Here’s a reminder of the prizes that were on offer:

Frosty Challenge Prizes

And the winners are:

A Challenge to Be Inspired – Winner is Becky

A Challenge to Embrace the Busy – Winner is Scrappy Jacky

A Challenge to Add a Little Frosting – Winner is Furrypig

A Challenge to Use Red & Blue – Winner is Katherine

All winners were chosen by Random.org. Thanks so much to everyone who took part, it was fantastic to see all the different projects! They’ve been pinned to my Frosty Festivities 2013 Pinterest board.

If you see your name above please email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘Challenge Winner’ in the subject line, telling me your full name and mailing address, so I can send your prize to you.

Wishing everyone a festive and happy holiday season!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge – To Use Red and Blue

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Sorry things are running a little late here, I’m having a few difficulties finishing the posts off, but I’ll catch up as much as possible!

It’s time for the last prize challenge for the weekend (still more inspiration posts and another giveaway to come!), this time it’s to use red and blue as the dominant colours on your project! Red and blue are the perfect combination of Christmas (red) and Winter (blue), so using them together will make a wonderfully festive and frosty project!

The winner of this challenge will receive this prize:

Prize for Challenge To Use Red and Blue

Some Studio Calico Wonderland items, including 3 sheets of paper, the alpha sticker sheet, and an ephemera pack!

Here’s a layout for a bit of inspiration…

Christmas Nails:

Christmas Nails layout by Jennifer Grace

My supplies are mainly from the My Mind’s Eye All Is Bright collection.

I love starting new traditions with my children, as well as carrying on old ones that I’ve done since I was small. This one is definitely new – a mummy and daughter nail painting session that I know will become a yearly fixture!

I love to use ledger background paper when I have a bit more journaling to write, and this one was perfect because the lines were red and blue:

Christmas Nails layout by Jennifer Grace

But at the bottom of the paper there was a lot of detail – I covered some up on the right hand side with the large doily, and then I made the left hand corner work by clustering lots of embellishments around it to make it a focal point for the page:

Christmas Nails layout by Jennifer Grace

The ‘tradition’ word is a sticker, and the ’tis the season’ part is stamped – I like it that you can’t easily tell which parts were on the paper already and which ones I’ve added on!

Be Inspired:

Cluster embellishments around a detail on your patterned paper

Use ledger paper and write extra journaling

Embrace a red and blue colour combination

Have you started any new Christmas traditions lately?

To enter this challenge: Make something that uses red and blue as the main colours, and blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

See you again ASAP! Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge – To Add a Little Frosting

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

I’m sure you know I love a little sparkle. Maybe a lot of sparkle. Everywhere! I’m hoping a little glitter-love is rubbing off on you all, and eventually the whole world will shimmer like a Christmas star! If you’re not convinced yet then maybe this challenge will convince you to have a go?

I’m counting frosting as anything shimmery, shiny, or sparkly. Go forth and make those projects twinkle!

The winner of this challenge will receive this prize:

Challenge to Add Frosting Prize

Two Packs of Kars gems, two lengths of trim, and a pack of blue & green sequins.

To encourage you to get started, here’s a layout which has been suitably frosted, including using some of the same gems and trims which I bought for myself…

Wonderland:

Wonderland Layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this little lane near our house, which looks like a wonderland when it’s covered in snow! It’s the first place I go when I wake up to a world of white.

If you look closely you’ll see that I super-shimmered this layout by edging some of the papers with glitter. The 11″ grey piece (Basic Grey 25th & Pine ‘Mistletoe Junction’) has silver glitter all around the edge, and there’s a piece of light blue patterned paper (Crate Paper Sleigh Ride) behind the photo which has white glitter around the edges:

Wonderland Layout by Jennifer Grace

I stitched some silver trim along the top of this ‘let it snow’ card, and then layered up more snowflakes on top of it:

Wonderland Layout by Jennifer Grace

With the usual gems scattered around!

Be Inspired:

Layer a chipboard shape onto another chipboard shape

Add trim to a journal card

Scrapbook about a local place you go to in the winter (or your garden covered with snow)

To enter this challenge: Make a project with a little (or a lot) of frosting, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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A Challenge – To Embrace The Busy

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

The festive season is a hectic time for everyone, right? I know it’s a whirlwind of shopping, preparations, parties, and family celebrations around here. I say we should embrace the busy – in our lives and on our projects!

You could join in with this challenge by making a busy card with lots of details, using busy patterned papers on your next project, making lists to stop you feeling overwhelmed with the busy life, or, like me, you could use a busy photo on a layout! Or if you have another inspiration from this prompt, go with it!

The winner of this challenge will win this prize:

Challenge to Embrace the Busy Prize

An American Crafts Kringle & Co 6×6 Pad and Die Cut Shapes!

I’ve used lots of these same die cut shapes on this layout, which features a busy photo…

Family Time:

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

I don’t often like to scrapbook photos which are busy, especially when it’s hard to see people’s faces. But some photos like that are too special to ignore – I love this picture of my family sitting at my mum’s dining table for a Christmas meal a few years ago. That moment can never be re-captured, as my granny sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and our kids are growing up. It’s a time that’s been captured and deserves to be scrapbooked!

Here’s a tip for a different way to plan out a layout. I’ve often done this without really thinking about it, then someone at a crop commented they’d never seen anyone do this before. If I’ve got some embellishments in mind, or a tricky photo to work with, I plan out the page with no patterned paper. I’l just lay the photos and embellies on my table top, or here I’ve photographed it on white mountboard:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

I find it helps to work this way sometimes, because otherwise I get distracted by the patterns on the paper – I start to worry more about the paper instead of what I’m trying to say with my photo and embellishments. Once I’ve got them in an arrangement I like, I then take a pictures for reference, and try it out on different paper background until I find the one I like:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

Then I just have to get it stuck down and add more bits as I choose! To really ’embrace the busy’ I piled the embellishments all up close to the photo. Rather than overwhelming it, I think the busy arrangement enhances the photo, as it gives a feeling of a bustling, cosy Christmas. The muted-brown embellishments blend in to the background paper a little too, which stops it getting too hectic!

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

Did you see I used some full stops from an alpha sticker pack (Maggie Homes Gold Daiquiri) as baubles on the tree, and in the flower centre?

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

A fun way to add an extra bit of sparkle!

Be Inspired:

Use full stops or other punctuation stickers as embellishments

Cluster your details around a central image

Choose the papers last when creating your next project

To enter this challenge: Make something that embraces the busy, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Challenge – To Be Inspired!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

It’s time for the Challenge to be Inspired!

There’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend (including a card further on in this post, with layouts and more to come later), and while you’re reading you can be thinking how to put the ideas into your own projects! To encourage you to dive straight in, this challenge comes with a tempting prize for one participant:

Be Inspired Challenge Prize

Gorgeous wood veneers!

Including 2 Packs of the limited edition Elle’s Studio Wood Veneers, and four Glittery Reindeer (I think I got these at Hobbycraft)!

So, while you’re reading any posts from this weekend (by me or by others), make sure you pin or bookmark them, then get creating! When you’ve finished your project, you can come back here and add it to the linky tool at the bottom of this post.

There will be a ‘Be Inspired’ section at the end of all the project posts this weekend, with ideas you can lift to make your own crafts. Your projects don’t have to look anything like the original, as long as you’ve gained inspiration from something, somehow!

And here’s a card to add to the inspiration:

Happy Holidays Mum and Dad card by Jennifer Grace

When I get stuck trying to finish off a card or layout I often turn to wood veneers – I love the rough texture against the smooth papers and shiny gems, or if you glitter them up they give extra -sparkly dimension!

To make this card:

1. Fold an A4 piece of red card in half to make an A5 card blank. Add on a holly patterned paper that leaves a ¼” of red card showing all around it. Repeat with a sheet of paper with a red and white pattern, leaving ¼” of the holly patterned paper showing all around.

2. Now add a piece of green patterned paper that leaves a ¼” of red and white paper showing at the top and sides, but 1¼” at the bottom.

3. Adhere some white scalloped ribbon and gold sparkly ribbon at the bottom of the green piece of patterned paper (I used hot glue). Dot a row of white pearls above this (I used a Waco white pearl pen).

4. Place a journal card above the white dots, and use letter stickers to spell out the recipients name (stick some on with pop-dots if they’re stiff enough). Frame the journal spot with a glittery wood veneer, a couple of holly stickers, and a couple of gems.

5. Finish off the card with a sentiment sticker at the top, stuck on with 3D foam pop-dots, and add a wood snowflake, another gem, and a few more pearl dots below it.

Send it to someone special this Holiday Season!

Happy Holidays Mum and Dad Card by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

– Use something with a rough texture near smooth or shiny items

– Add a row of snowy dots along a border

– Use pop-dots for letter stickers for a card recipient’s name, or a page title

Your project for this challenge does not have to be inspired by this card, it can be inspired by ANY post from this weekend. It doesn’t even have to be inspired by one of my posts – if you want to lift something from one of the blog hop participant’s posts that’s fine too.

If you’re worrying because there’s been no scrapbook layouts shown here so far, don’t panic, there’s one coming up in an hour as part of the blog hop!

Need any more inspiration? Check out the Frosty Festivities 2013 Pinterest Board I created HERE. At the moment it’s filled with things I was using for inspiration for the event, but over this weekend I’m going to be adding my projects, the blog hop projects, and challenge submissions to it!

To enter this challenge: Make something inspired by this weekend, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery, with a link back to the project that inspired you. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

I’ll be back again in an hour with a blog hop! x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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