Cards by Louise of Boys, Bugs, and Beautiful Buttons

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…


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.

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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

  • Jackie Edwards

    I need to make a start on some Christmas cards and these look like they could be beginning of a whole batch!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super ideas!! Love the use of positive and negative!!

    November 8, 2014 at 11:08 am
  • I love your little card sets… Love the layering, and yes to give depth…. it does and its fabulous! Gosh that glitter paper looks wonderful as does the stencilling!
    Oooh and I’ve just made an order at Happy Scrapping!! Love some things there!!

    November 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
  • Lovely cards, Louise, love all the texture and depth!

    November 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • LesleyG

    Lovely cards Louise – great guest spot!

    November 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm
  • A gorgeous selection of cards.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm
  • Really like the stencilling & sewing done on the cards.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  • Lovely cards! I especially liked the stacked patterned papers on the tree cards!

    November 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  • Thank you so much Jennifer. It was a pleasure to use your gorgeous items to make these cards x

    November 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm
  • fab cards Louise loving the stencil idea but really love the circle of thread and will definitely be giving that a go

    November 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  • Great cards and I love the idea of the circle of cotton 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm
  • Fabulous!!!! I want to use ALL these ideas!!!!! EEEEEK! Love the layered look and the use of a thread circle! Thank you for sharing with us!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm
  • karenladd

    Love the way you used the negative and positive die cuts for the christmas tree cards! The patterned paper layers make for a fun and easy design!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:46 am
  • Sooo cute! Love the snowman and the thread wreath!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:55 am
  • I love the use of stitching especially the combination of different types of stitch.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • louise those card are just super super cute!! need to make some now! 🙂

    November 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm
  • Sarah

    Oh Wow!! Louise has done it again with a super set of cards!! So many ideas here i will need to try!!

    November 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  • Sue D

    Very cute cards. I don’t usually stitch on my cards because my sewing machine is hidden under undone sewing projects.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  • I’m not often making cards, but these were so doable yet really lush.
    (Mostly due to the cute products of yours, Jennifer!)

    November 10, 2014 at 12:46 am
  • Julene

    Thanks Louise for your inspiration. I’ve made 3 tags ,one with a loop of cotton.

    November 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

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