Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Melissa Vining with a Happy Scatter Process Video!

It’s time for the last (but certainly not the least) of my Guest Designers that I recruited to show off some of my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop items. I had a few delays in sending the last parcel out, but Melissa Vining was very patient and now she’s here to share what she created! Read on to see her two layouts, plus a process video for one of them!

‘This Was The Day’ layout by Melissa Vining:

This Was The Day layout by Melissa Vining using Happy Scatter Etsy Shop Items

Isn’t it stunning? It’s so full of life and dimension!

Here’s a process video she made for this layout (she shares a closer look at some of the supplies too):

 I am in love with the torn-paper background inside the circle, I am definitely going to be trying that out myself!

Here’s a few detail photos…

Here you can see one of the cork stickers from the My Zone Mixed Embellishment Kit – these cork stickers are flat enough to layer up easily:

Happy Scatter My Zone Mixed Embellishment Cork Sticker

The wood veneer below is from the same set, it looks so cool coloured with mint Gelatos:

Happy Scatter My Zone Mixed Embellishment Wood Veneer

The ‘This Was The Day’ card from the Happy Scatter Look At This 3×4 Die Cut Cards set works great as a title in the middle of the page:

Happy Scatter Look At This 3x4 Diecut Card

Melissa couldn’t resist making another layout with the supplies I’d sent to her…

‘Look At This’ layout by Melissa Vining:

Look At This layout by Melissa Vining using Happy Scatter Etsy Shop Items

This is the most adorable layout. And I’m sorry Melissa, but I did think ‘look at those cheeks’ before I even read what the page was about! She is amazingly cute!

Melissa put the new flair to fantastic use. Here are some detail photos…

Happy Scatter So I Said Everyday Flair Badge

The So I Said Flair Set and the flowers from the Fresh New World Wood Veneer Set are a nice contrast in shiny & rough textures:

Happy Scatter So I Said Everyday Flair Badge

The ‘look at this’ die-cut card is bright and bold with this pink backing:

Happy Scatter Look At This 3x4 Diecut Card

What do you think? Aren’t these just beautiful and full of lovely details to look at? I think she did an amazing job! Thank you Melissa!

Here’s a reminder of where to find Melissa and more of her wonderful layouts…

Melissa Vining:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Melissa Vining

Blog: http://yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.uk/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0W-mT33Thho-f2O3WHGCTA

Instagram: https://instagram.com/melissajanev/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/melissajanev/

Don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know what you like best about Melissa’s layouts!

I hope you have a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Today it’s time for the next Guest Designer to share a project using items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop!

I’m going to let the fabulous McCall Clifford talk you through the project…

Happy Scatter!

I can’t think of a better name to describe this fun project full of lots of cute products!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I received my package of goodies and was so impressed how cute all the packaging is and the unique variety of product.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Since I’m not much of a scrap-booker myself I thought it’d be a great idea to create a fun bright statement piece to hang.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I painted an 8×8 piece of wood black, a wood veneer sun yellow, and pink wood flowers a vibrant pink.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I screwed in an eyelet for hanging on the center top.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Now for some more fun…

Glitter!

Tassels!

More glitter!

A little pop of ribbon!

Beads!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Ta-da!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Definitely a perfect piece to bring a pop of color to any room.

It makes me wish it was summer already!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Happy Crafting!

Thanks McCall! Isn’t her home decor piece so fun and colourful? I adore the rainbow tassels along the base.

Here’s a reminder of where to find McCall and her other equally amazing projects…

McCall Clifford:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer McCall Clifford

Blog: http://www.whatcha-mccall-it.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mcca11/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/whatcha.mccall.it/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whatcha-McCall-it/340040596107376

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhatchaMcCallitShop

Please leave a comment below to let McCall know she did a great job (you agree with me, right?!) and then go check out the links above! McCall also has another project using some Happy Scatter items on her blog right HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping be, have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – Terhi Koskinen with a Happy Scatter layout & Process Video

As I promised when I revealed the Guest Designers on Tuesday, I’m back today with the first Guest Designer’s project with items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop. Read on to see what she created and to see a process video!

Here’s the fabulous ‘Love This’ scrapbook layout by Terhi Koskinen:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Here’s what Terhi wanted to say about her page:

I decided to focus on the ‘Going In Circles’ stencil, but once I got my inspiration going I noticed I used all the things I got in my Guest Designer goody pack. The ‘Scattered Triangles‘ stencil is so very versatile, I’m sure it will be the one I’m using over and over again in the future. The same goes for the wood shapes and especially for the cork stickers, those are so thin and nice way to add interest to a scrapbook page! 
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I’m so glad I got a chance to guest here, the Happy Scatter products made me so Happy! Thank you Jennifer!
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The lovely Terhi also filmed a process video to show you how she put the page together, I especially loved watching how she used the stencils. You can watch below or see it on YouTube HERE.
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Ooh she makes me want to pull out my stencils and messy media and get playing!Here’s some close ups of her page. I like how she cut one of the Everyday Printed Cork Stickers in half to tuck them into her layers, and the stars from the Simply Life Wood Veneers set look gorgeous coloured with turquoise mist:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

The cork sticker below is also from the same set, but Terhi altered it by drawing a border and adding a ‘best ever’ circle, to cover up the ‘365’ number printed on the star – showing how you can make them work for you on your project:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

Loose threads, pretty paper layers, and flecks of mist all compliment the stenciling:

GUEST POST - Terhi Koskinen with a 'Love This' Happy Scatter layout

What do you think? Does Terhi’s page make you want to pull out your arty supplies?!

Here’s a reminder of where to find all Terhi’s other fantastic projects…

Terhi Koskinen:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Terhi Koskinen

You can find my creations from my My Blog, tutorials from my Youtube Channel, and lots of “behind the scenes” pics from my Instagram. I’m also on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thank you so much Terhi, you did a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what the other Guest Designers create over the next couple of months!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Introducing The Guest Designers!

Hello everyone! Today I’m so excited to introduce the Guest Designers I chose from the Happy Scatter Guest Designers Call I held a while back. These girls will each take a turn over the next three months, with one project each to show off some Happy Scatter goodies.

Today I just want to share a photo and a bio of each Guest Designer, so you can get to know them and pop by their blogs to see why I picked them out of the 25 applicants I received from all over the world!

Happy Scatter Guest Designers

First up, a girl I knew from the Scrap 365 Sketch DT, where her work always inspired me to go and play with my supplies…

Terhi Koskinen

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Terhi Koskinen

Hello Happy Scatter fans!

I’m Terhi Koskinen, passionate scrapbooker and paper crafter from Finland. My creations are filled layers, straight lines, and techniques I want to try out. I can’t wait create something beautiful with Happy Scatter products, feeling excited and very grateful! You can find my creations from my My Blog, tutorials from my Youtube Channel, and lots of “behind the scenes” pics from my Instagram. I’m also on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Thank you Jennifer for the opportunity!

After checking out this next girl’s blog and social media I decided she seems like tons of fun! I want to go craft with her…

McCall Clifford

Happy Scatter Guest Designer McCall Clifford

Hi I’m McCall. I am 23 years old. I am a wife to a Mortician and a mom to 2 pups. I am working towards my art major in visual arts and minor in art therapy. I love to create, blog, take pictures, do really anything artistic and crafty. Arts are my outlet from the world. You can find me at My Blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and my own Etsy Shop. I’m excited for this opportunity to share my creations with you here! 

Last but not least, this girl makes me want to scrapbook like her. She seems to always manage the balance of embellishments and space perfectly…

Melissa Vining

Happy Scatter Guest Designer Melissa Vining

Hello,  I’m Melissa and I’m from Queenstown, New Zealand (home of Bungy Jumping). 

I’m married with 3 children (aged 8, 5 and nearly 1), and currently I’m a stay at home mum who works part time from home. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 6 years now, and started when my first child was 18 months old as I wanted to make a baby album for him. In 2012 I discovered the online world of scrapbooking and have never looked back. I’m predominantly a traditional scrapbooker, and I try to be creative everyday, even if it’s just 10 minutes. My favourite product is definitely the patterned paper, closely followed by ephemera and journalling cards! My style is clean and fresh with extra details, and I love to try new trends. I currently design for Lets Get Sketchy challenge blog, and Artfull Crafts, a New Zealand scrapbooking store. I’m so excited to be working with the Happy Scatter products. They are original and fun, and really suit my style. You can find me on My Blog, on My YouTube Channel, or Instagram.

What an amazing bunch of creative minds eh? I can’t wait to see all of their projects. I was so lucky with my choice of applicants, they were all amazing, so thank you to everyone who applied, you made my choice very difficult!

You won’t have to wait long to see one of these crafters in action – Terhi will be back on Thursday this week (the 26th of February) to share her creation with you all. Don’t forget to check back then!

In the meantime you can always stop by the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop or Facebook Page to see what’s going on!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Christmas Cards

Hello all,

Today I have a guest post to share with you. Riikka Kovasin is here to share some Christmas Cards – with a video for you to see how she put them together!

I had sent Riikka some Happy Scatter goodies for my Frosty Festivities 2014 event, but unfortunately the parcel never reached her, it’s lost somewhere out in the world! So I sent her another parcel and she’s made some very pretty cards with the items:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Let me hand over to Riikka to tell you more about them…

Rikka Kovasin:

It’s Riikka here with a guest post! I’m so happy that I got the chance to guest and play with the Happy Scatter items!

I’m mostly a scrapbooker but the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ Cards that I found in the envelope inspired me to do some Holiday cards. As I also had some lovely stencils in the envelope (Stars Of Wonder and Deck The Halls Paperchains), I went mixed media with the background. I wanted the background have the colours as the 3×4″ white cards spoke to me as such. I used acrylic paints and Pan Pastels to make the backgrounds and then layered the 3×4″ cards on top. To finish the cards I used Happy Scatter Wood Veneers and Die-Cut Shapes:

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

If you want to see how the cards were made, please see the video tutorial!

These cards can be done in no time and the same basic idea can be translated to fit different seasons. Just get the Makes Me Merry 3×4″ cards and start playing with paints and inks!

Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin Happy Scatter Christmas Cards by Riikka Kovasin

Thank you for having me Jennifer! Wishing you all happy Holiday season!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

 

Thank you Riikka for putting the Happy Scatter items to good use, I love the stained-glass window style effect these cards have!

Do you ever use mixed-media techniques to make Christmas Cards? Add a link in the comments if you have any to show us.

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Frosty Finale 2014 – The Wrap Up Post!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

We’ve reached the end of a very busy weekend! Have you enjoyed the event?

Sorry things were running a little late today, hopefully it wasn’t too annoying. I had some things to finish off and didn’t get them done in time. We got there eventually though!

I’m going to list the important links, but first I want to say a big thank you to the giveaway sponsors:

FF2014 Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to Wear Crafts and Feed Your Craft for donating prizes, it makes the event so much more fun when there’s giveaways, don’t you think?!

Don’g forget to enter their giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} here:

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Wear Crafts

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft

and the other two giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} donated by me:

The Old Stash Christmas Kit Giveaway

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Happy Scatter

These giveaways all close tomorrow, on Monday the 10th of November at 8pm, so hurry to enter!

Now for another thank you, to my fabulous Guest Posters:

FF2014 Guests

Thank you so much to Louise, Riikka, and Julie for making some beautiful projects to inspire us!

Their posts are here:

Louise with Time Saving Cards

Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

Julie Kirk witha Fun Festive Layout

Remember to join in with the challenge linky, to be in with a chance to win one of two stash-filled prizes!

The Frosty Festivities 2014 Challenge Linky

The Challenge is open until Monday the 17th of November, {STILL OPEN} so you have over a week to enter!

If you want to check if you missed any other posts, you can see a list of the HERE.

Finally a big thank you to YOU! I wouldn’t be here without you coming to read my posts, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave comments and pin/share my posts. And joining in with your own projects of course! It makes me smile so much to know I’ve inspired you!

I’ll probably be doing another event in 6 months time or-so. I haven’t got that figured out yet so I’ll let you know! If you have any questions about anything, you can always email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk.

I’ve got one last item to share with you, a free printable for a Christmas activities Paper Fortune Teller / Cootie Catcher:

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

Download the printable A4 version HERE, or the Letter version HERE (it will prompt you to download). If you need instructions for how to fold it see HERE at The Toy Maker.

You can use it to choose a Christmas activity this festive season!

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it!

If you’ve enjoyed the event, please support me in any way you can. This could be you following my news emails (aweber form in sidebar), following on bloglovin or your chosen reader, by telling other people about the event, or by pinning or sharing the projects you like. If you can’t do any of these I totally understand – no harm in asking, right?!

I wish you all a merry, craft-filled holiday season!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Julie Kirk with a Fun Festive Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

It’s time for the last guest post of the event, and it’s another fantastic project! We’re joined now by the amazing Julie Kirk of Notes On Paper. I have long loved Julie’s quirky style and humorous blog posts, she makes me chuckle on a regular basis, and inspires me to pull together an eclectic mix of papercraft supplies too – so visiting her blog is win-win! She’s sharing a fun festive layout today, putting some of my Happy Scatter items to good use, so I’ll hand over to Julie…

Julie Kirk:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

I decided to put my festive themed ‘Happy Scatter’ stencil, wood veneers and die-cuts to use on a scrapbook page documenting a relatively recent festive tradition for me: that of ‘Fake Christmas’. Fake Christmas is a now annual [so far] event where my friends and I meet up in that odd, dazed, unstructured time that exists between Christmas Day and New Year where we get to relive the best bits of ‘real’ Christmas [i.e. the gifts!] all over again. And the typed out tale, with all its quirks and etiquettes, makes up the main feature of the page:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

So, that’s how the story goes … but let me tell you how I built a page around it.

I started by making my own backing design which involved Christmassifying [I don’t care if my spellchecker doesn’t believe that’s a word … I know you know what I mean] a plain sheet of 12×12 kraft cardstock by sponging white chalk ink through the Stars Of Wonder 6×6″ stencil:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Here’s the subtle, almost watermark, end result:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

While the large chunk of journaling is actually the my main feature of my page I did add two small photos from which I also took inspiration for my colour palette selecting patterned papers to compliment the warm reds and cooler blues. And I used two of those papers to add colour behind the apertures in the reindeer card from Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas Die Cut Cards set:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once I had the key elements in place – photo/ story/ patterned papers – I began to embellish … by embellishing the embellishments! I dressed up several of the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Shapes with gilding flakes:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Well, if you can’t go overboard and add a touch of gold and silver bling at Christmas – albeit a fake Christmas – then when can you?

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once gilded I thought carefully about where to place the veneers on the page as I didn’t want a cluttered feel, with too many clumped together in one spot, but neither did I want what my friend refers to as ‘the sneeze effect’; where everything get scattered right across the page willy nilly! So finally I opted for something near enough a classic triangle layout which helped to create a flow and a path for the eye to move around the finished design, hopping between blingy wooden veneers along the way!

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

And that’s that! A scrapbook page featuring my photos, a story from my friends, and Jennifer’s embellishments; all of which worked together to create a fun, festive and very real document of a ‘fake’ Christmas!

More About Julie:

I’m a blogger, freelance magazine contributor and collector, curator and seller of vintage paper packs and slightly eccentric creative supplies via an Etsy shop. Throughout all those things I am motivated to either inspire others … or to make them laugh. Preferably both [as long as they’re not holding craft scissors when I make them laugh. That could be disastrous …]

I share a house, and a life, in the North East of England with a small mound of ephemera, an overflowing wardrobe, a stripy workroom and a man who doesn’t mind any of it.

Find me at:
Blog: http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withjuliekirk
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JulieKirk

Julie Kirk from Notes On Paper

Thank you Julie for your fun and sparkly layout, I can’t wait to try and gild some wood veneers!

Be Inspired:

Make your wood veneers extra sparkly with gilding flakes or glitter

Stencil all over the background of a layout or project

Add patterned papers behind a die-cut or punched aperture

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!

See you again in one hour,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s another brilliant guest post to give you even more inspiration! This time we have the wonderful Riikka from Paperiliitin. I have long admired Riikka’s mixed-media style, she makes creating beautiful layered projects look so achievable. I always want to get out some gel medium and paint after visiting her blog or watching her YouTube videos! Unfortunately the Happy Scatter items I sent seem to have got lost in the post, but Riikka didn’t let that phase her. She has created another masterpiece today, and she even made a video for you to see how it’s done…

Riikka:

Hello there and welcome to my Frosty Festivities guest post! I’m so honored to be involved in this event! Thank you Jennifer for asking me to participate!

I wanted to do something a bit different so I chose to go mixed media and 3 D. I mostly do scrapbooking layouts but recently the mixed media pieces have become more and more prominent in my crafting. But don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy making a page, too!

Here’s my snowy mixed-media trees:

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Using various different mediums and styrofoam cones I created two trees. You can use the same techniques and ideas to make a snowy canvas, too. And the best part in these is that you can use any object as long it has a lovely shape! These trees hold broken jewellery, bottle caps, found objects and sewing supplies to name a few.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

While writing this the snow still hasn’t reached Helsinki, where I live, but I hope that the scenery will soon be as white as these trees! I always love how white snow turns everything so soft and luminous. It makes a huge difference here in the gloomy north where dusk arrives at the afternoon.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

If you wish to create something similar, I created a tutorial video for you showing how I made the trees. If you make something inspired by this post, I would love to see your art! Please leave a link here or then send me exploring your blog by mailing me the link!

 

Thank you for watching, I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day and a white Christmas!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

Thank you Riikka for your stunning trees and your detailed video!

Be Inspired:

Make a mixed-media project with items like broken jewellery and found objects

Cover a project with a layer of gesso on top

Decorate a foam tree shape

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!

See you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Louise with Time-Saving Christmas Cards

(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 ButtonsI 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…

Louise:

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.

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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.

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

To finish, I added a Christmas sentiment stamp and ran the edges of the kraft card through my sewing machine:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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?

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

The cotton circle was added to the card with a dab of Glossy Accents:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

They make a nice couple of cards with trees, hearts, and circles:

Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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.

Find me at: 

Blog: http://scrapbook-me.blogspot.co.uk/

Instagram:   http://instagram.com/louise172

Louise from Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

Thank you Louise for your fabulous projects and detailed post!

Be Inspired:

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!

Jennifer x