Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3 looks with 1 design

I love how a simple design can be changed so easily with a change in materials, or in this case, a change in topper. I decided to (finally) use up some sparkly white cardstock scraps rescued from Christmas crackers (from several years ago) and was inspired to turn it into a sparkly snowflake border using the Memory Box "Frostyville" border die. It took quite a bit of fussing to get the card to cut properly since it was both thick and rough but the result is very pretty. I added a rectangle of black card and a backdrop of shiny silver striped paper for a really elegant look but the overall effect was too plain. I decided to use a variety of toppers that were sitting in the drawer already coloured/assembled.

The first 2 cards use Bugaboo kids all dressed up for the holiday. Aren't they adorable? They are coloured with Copic markers and placed over chipboard sentiments. I think the result is quite fun.
For the next card I used a Forever Friends 3D decoupage image that came free in a magazine. I don't often use this sort of freebie but I like how it turned the card into something more fun & child-appropriate.
The final card stayed elegant with the addition of a layered white die cut snowflake (Spellbinders). The 2 layers are held together with a white enamel snowflake brad that has been in my stash for just short of forever (i.e. over 5 years!).
I think the first set of cards are my favourite, probably because I love the Bugaboo kids so very much but I wish I could have made a few more of the last design too. How about you?



  1. All really lovely cards and as you say, so different. For me, the clear winners are the Bugaboo ones - not just cause they are for our challenge but because the bold colours really work on the black/white/silver backing. The colours just spring at you and make your cards delightful. Thank you so much for joining us as we thank our sponsors over at an OBAG, Jx

  2. A lovely collection of cards Shelly. Lovely to see a FF little bear on one of them :o) Thanks for joining the Forever Friends 'Christmas Card' Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge. Merry Christmas, Hugs Diane x

  3. All are so lovely. That Memory Box die is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Unstampabelles.

  4. Great use of the die and I love the recycling aspect too. Your cards are very cute. Thanks for joining in the fun at Unstampabelles this month - hope to see you back!

  5. Oooo they are gorgeous! I love how you have recycles the paper :0) And how cute does the Forever Friend bear look on his card :0)

    Thanks for play along with us at Forever Friends Challenge Blog and good luck :0)

    Love Clairebears x

  6. They all look great, I love the bugaboo kids too, so of course they would be my favorite too, but the one with the single snowflake is great too. Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly this week.

  7. They're all so cute...thanks for playing along with us at DCD! Lee-Ann :)

  8. Such cute and adorable cards!!! Love your upcycling!!! Thanks for playing along this week at CCC!

  9. Great card - nice design. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week.

  10. The black/white/silver colour scheme is very classy. I can see why you like those stamps so much, such cute images. Thanks for playing at Unstampabelle.

  11. I really like this collection of monochromatic cards. great ideas, beautifully finished. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Unstampabelles this month.

  12. Fabulous cards - adorable images and I love the die cuts.
    Thanks for playing along at AOBG this time.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    Debs xx

  13. love all your cards!! thanks for playing along with us over at CCC.


  14. Wonderful christmas cards. Really lovely collection. Thanks for sharing with us at Forever Friends and good luck.

  15. These cards are really lovely in all their different versions, love that border punch <3
    Thank you for playing along with us in this challenge at Use It Tuesday!

  16. Wow! Those are great. I love that border. Thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday, especially at this busy time of year.

  17. Fabulous!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge & Oldie but a Goodie!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  18. Great job on all of your beautiful cards!!! Well done!!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Clear It Out challenges.
    Happy Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~