Sunday 17 November 2013

Frosty Festivities Card Inspiration

As I have previously mentioned there was a shopping trolley full of tinsel fueled inspiration over at Jennifer Grace Creates Frosty Festivities last weekend.  Today I have taken that inspiration and finally got round to making some Christmas Cards.

Each month over at SJ Crafts Blog there has been '6 cards on the 6th' and each month I mean to get on with creating cards as they are always left to the last minute each year.  So combining the inspiration from Jennifers Frosty Festivities and the encouragement from SJ and her design team here are my cards....

These are inspired by 'add a little frosting' and feature die cut glittered trees (a freebie die from a recent papercrafting magazine) and small gemstones.

Here are all 6 and you can probably just make out the back ones which had the same shape used for the red and green paper layers using my Spellbinders nesting dies.  

Unfortunately I somehow got one die stuck in the Cuttlebug and this is how it ended up.....

(not sure what I did???!!!) a little sad that I can't make anything with that die again!

I then went for some 'red and blue' inspiration and made these 3 cards

and then another 3...

So I am really chuffed to have 12 Christmas Cards  (I am entereing SJ's 6 cards on the 6th twice!!)and 2 single LO's and " DLO's all inspired by Jennifer thank you xxx

Frosty Festivities Scrapping Inspiration

I was ill last weekend and feeling sorry for myself, not leaving the comfort of the sofa and/or my bed.  There was one thing that brightened my Saturday and Sunday at home and that was reading about Frosty Festivities over at Jennifer Grace Creates. Full of fabulous ideas and packed with inspiration I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the ideas.
Although all the giveaways have now ended there are a few challenges that close this evening and you know me always up for a challenge and there are 4 over at Jennifer's blog and I have taken inspiration from each of them to come up with some new scrapbook layouts.

The first challenge was to 'be inspired' well that was easy as there was so much to be inspired by!  I took last weeks UKS challenge and summoned the energy to make a page from a sketch, with some faux stitching and die cuts/punched or fussy cut paper.  I took my ideas from Jennifer's suggestions to use 3 different paper collections, use pop dots, use lime green, use tiny stars and wrap twine round something.  I had thought she talked about scraplifting yourself somewhere but may have imagined that as I did use a similar photo (shown here on my blog)  for inspiration too as wasn't up to thinking about my page!

A challenge to 'embrace the busy' made me think of some photographs taken at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, they were taken through the glass of a cabinet packed full of numerous props used in the films.  The ones I have, show lots of the items for sale at 'Weasley's Wizard Wheezes' the twins fantastic fun shop on Diagon Alley.  I also took some pictures of the sweets sold at Honeydukes. These became a double page....

'Add a little frosting' would not naturally be up my street as I don't really like sparkly or glittery things.  This weeks challenge on UKS was the Marmite Challenge you could choose to use things you loved or hated so I went for hating the sparkling and glittery blue paper (difficult to see in the photo but the large blue sheet is very glittered), but loved the photographs of the ice sculpture from the Yule Ball and I love using punches.  I added extra frosting by punching sparkling snowflakes and inking the edges of the photo-mat and journalling block (tucked under the photos with white glittery snowflakes on the edge!) in silver.

The final challenge was to 'use red and blue' and this time I decided against using more Harry Potter photos and instead created 'the story of a Snowfall' telling the tale of my excitement when the snow arrived at 10.30 pm one night!  So I got to do more snowflake punching!

So I was busy at my crop yesterday making these fab pages inspired by the fantastic Frosty Festivities by Jennifer Grace Creates.  I am looking forward to going back and re reading so many of the creative ideas and getting more inspiration.  A huge thank you to Jennifer for a really wonderful event xxx

ps excuse the dreadful photos but it has been a very damp, dark and dull day here today!