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!)

  • Lisa H

    What a stunning card! I love all the layers and details. I love using veneer on everything tbh!

    November 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm
  • I like that idea but I don’t have any wood veneer. I may try something substituting.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm
  • What a lovely card!

    November 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  • sarah

    I love wood embellishments buy you already knew that! Lovely card! Going to set up a pin board tonight! Xx

    November 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  • I LOVE this wood veneer!! I seriously want to get started.
    So fun!!

    November 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm
  • I love how you’ve glittered the wood….a lovely card.

    November 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  • Alison

    Love all the layers…..not to mention that reindeer!
    Alison xx

    November 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  • Dawn Cheshire

    Love the inspiration, I really struggle with cards so will use this to help me!

    November 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  • Amanda

    I love the wood veneer Christmas tree!

    November 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  • I love those wood veneers. I have some somewhere and this weekend I am going to use 1!!!!

    November 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your card!!1 Now to put my ‘inspired’ head on!! LOL

    November 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm
  • I love the gold and the wood veneers, and all your layers of paper on the card. If I get a moment over the weekend I will try and hide away and join in 🙂 (or get up very early tomorrow morning!)

    November 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  • Oh.. This sounds fun. I hope I can get in some crafty time this weekend and join in the fun. Still in the process of unpacking boxes from a recent move. I think I have some wood veneer somewhere. I love wood veneer on projects.

    November 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    You are going to keep my busy! And anti social (kids…go bother dad right now!). Off to feed the family one last time…they had better learn to fend for themselves this weekend!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm
  • Laura G.Turcotte

    What a great card–thanks for the tut!! Would love these veneers!–so cool!

    November 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm
  • Cassandra Duchaine

    Love the layers & glittery reindeer!

    November 9, 2013 at 3:07 am
  • Those reindeers are adorable! Thx for yet another prize opportunity :~)

    November 9, 2013 at 3:30 am
  • I love those glittery reindeer!

    November 9, 2013 at 9:38 am
  • Oh how I love those veneers, great cards 🙂

    November 9, 2013 at 10:18 am
  • I really really love those Elle’s studio wood veneers and would love to get them but I don’t think they are sold in the UK are they?? Love the card a great idea and reminder to make a special card for my parents!

    November 9, 2013 at 11:20 am
  • Brenda W

    Loving wood veneers at the moment – I’ve just bought some ‘Craft for Christmas’ wood veneer snowflakes and reindeer and think I might have a go at DIY glittering them!

    November 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • Super gorgeous card! I love that the names of the recipients are on the card.

    November 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    Love your card.

    November 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  • Cool idea, will check on the wood veneers I have on hand. Will have to check out Elle’s studio too these are just to cute top pass up

    November 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm
  • Janis in ID

    Love all the wonderful layers on your card!! Thanks for the inspiration.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  • wow so gorgeous! i just love wood veneers!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • ps: i noticed the inlinkz thing closes in 2 days, but it says that the challenges are open until the 17th… just thought I’d check on this!

    November 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • Your card looks yummy.I’ve made several Christmas cards already but will endeavour to do one just for this challenge.

    November 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • Margie

    Fun challenge-an easy one, I think!

    November 10, 2013 at 1:20 am
  • Kelly B

    This is lovely! I love the wood veneers. Haven’t had a chance to use them yet.

    November 10, 2013 at 5:06 am
  • pretty card Jennifer – I love contrasting textures too. Great idea to have the Pinterest board 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm
  • Dawn

    I love Elle’s studio new veneers. Thanks for the inspiration.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    Those veneers are gorgeous and I’ve been eyeing them for a while. Love how you added sparkle to them!

    November 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  • Frances

    Lovely, lovely card…especially like the white dots and glitter reindeer.

    November 11, 2013 at 6:41 am
  • I love the paper collection you used to make your card……..and now I need some glittery reindeer’s..gorgeous x

    November 11, 2013 at 9:01 am
  • LOVE Elle’s Studio stuff.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

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