If you’re joining me from Annie at ArtyFartyAnnie then you will already know that today (in fact, the whole weekend) is dedicated to Frosty Festivities, but if you aren’t familiar with festivities of the frosty variety, then let me tell you what we have in store for you this weekend. Frosty Festivities is an annual weekend event, organised by the lovely Jennifer Grace. Over the course of the weekend Jennifer’s blog, Jennifer Grace Creates, will be home to seasonal craft projects, articles and lots of sponsored giveaways!
There’s also a seasonally inspired blog-hop (which includes this post from me!) full of craft projects, tutorials and giveaways. If you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at Jennifer Graces Creates (to let Jennifer know you've been all the way around) then you'll be in with a chance to win an amazing prize of Simple Stories 'December Documented' and Elle’s Studio 'Noel' goodies, worth over £28! I’ll make sure that you know where to head to next, as soon as I’ve shown off my own little craft project!
These little 'mini-cards' are my favourite way to make a little something from the mess that's sat on my desk after a scrapbooking session. It's much more fun than tidying away all of those random little leftover strips of paper, stickers and die-cuts - and it's an excellent way to stretch your stash!
My favourite size for mini-card bases is 3x3. It's cute and dinky, but it's also makes it easy to find leftover pieces of cardstock large enough to turn into a card base. Alternatively, pull out a new sheet of cardstock and make eight 3x3 bases all at once. It's my favourite for such well rounded reasons! :)
Usually, I'll start by finding a few co-ordinating pieces of patterned paper, cutting them down into strips approximately 1cm wide. Then, using a simple old glue stick, I'll add them to the front of my mini-cards. I don't worry about lining them up with the edges of the card, as long as they look 'level-ish' then I'm happy enough. It all adds to the charm!
When the glue has dried, I'll run each card through my sewing machine to add a little bit of extra texture. I like the simple look of a straight stitch, but more decorative stitches do look awesome, so experiment a little.
Once the stitching is done, it's onto the fun bit - decoration. I like to find all of the little random, leftover stickers, die-cuts and bits of bling that are left on my desk - the ones that would be such a chore to put away - and stick them on my cards. And honestly, I try not to think about it too much. There's not a lot of space to fill, so keeping it simple seems to work!
I've finished off this little set of cards by stamping a simple, holiday sentiment from Dear Lizzy's 'Wonderland Collection' on the inside but, most of the time, I'll be making these little cards at the end of a scrapbooking session and I won't necessarily have an occasion in mind for using them. There's no need to add sentiments until you need to send a little card - just leave them blank and add a sentiment when you're ready!
So, before I send you onto the next blog in the Frosty Festivities blog-hop, I just want to mention that I’m sponsoring a giveaway as part of the festivities – where you could win a £12.50 ($20.00) voucher to spend in my little etsy shop, Obstinate Pursuit. You’ll be able to use the voucher on anything in store. And, for this weekend only, I’m also offering a 15% discount on everything in store – just use the voucher code FROSTY15. Now, head on over to Dapfnie Designs for more Frosty Festivities fun!