Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Some News!

I’m excited to announce I’m now a member of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Design Team! Yay!
I love this challenge blog, as it always gets me to look through my stash and mix things up. For those of you who don’t know about the blog – each month a kit is chosen for inspiration and you’re challenged to make your own kit from items your already own – to use up that stash! There’s lots of ideas, mini-challenges, and tutorials on the blog to help you out throughout the month!
I’ll be back on the 1st of January with my first proper CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog) DT post – as part of the blog hop to reveal all the DT’s January kits. But for today I thought I’d show you the projects I created for my DT application! We had to make a kit based on this Wood Floor Kit by , and though we only had to make one project with it, I couldn’t stop once I’d started and I made two layouts and a card:
6 Months Old:

Love & Lollies:

You Are So Amazing:
All featuring some nice bright yellows and oranges, and some scattered gems and pearls! 
I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on for January… so I’ll see you again soon! Make sure you check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog to see the other DT members announced today too! x

Cardmaking

Merry Christmas!

Hello all. Sorry my blog has been very quiet during December. We’ve had a variety of illnesses here, nothing serious, but enough to keep me busy when the kids were ill, or feeling rotten when I’d caught it off them!

I’ve also been busy with a few deadlines that I’ll tell you about when I’m able to! With all that, plus sending out Christmas cards and buying / wrapping presents, I feel quite exhausted. But now we’re well, and all prepared, and I’m looking forward to a lovely Christmas Day tomorrow.

For this quick post I thought I’d show you a few Christmas cards that I hadn’t had a chance to blog about. There were many more, some that I made in a rush just before visiting people (!), but these are my favourites…

Deck the Halls:

A card using Crate Paper Sleigh Ride, my Slice Design Cutter and the Fa La La card, and some wood veneer snowflakes.

Merry Christmas:

Using Pink Paislee City Sidewalks, some flicks of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Spritz, and a Craft Tonic Star Punch.

Merry Christmas For You:

I’ve used up the rest of my My Mind’s Eye All is Bright 6×6 Paper Pad now, which makes me feel sad as I loved it so much! There’s also Rhinestones, Stickers, and Decorative Tape from the collection on here, plus a bit of silver string.

‘Tis The Season:

More All is Bright on this one. I followed a tutorial by Meghann Andrew to make a Washi Tape feather, and I added some gold tinsel-like trim at the bottom. I need to source more of this trim as I love how it shines!

Now I’m off to arrange the presents under the tree, and then get some sleep before the children wake up nice and early!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers. I hope that all of you, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, are having a lovely few days to finish off 2012 in style. I’ll be back again before the end of the year to share some news!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Joy Layout ~ for an Elle’s Studio Sketch

I had fun today, playing with an Elle’s Studio Sketch, and using a photo from 4 years ago…
Joy:
Supplies: Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go ‘Why Thank You’ Paper, Crate Paper Sleigh Ride 6×6 Paper, Pink Paislee City Sidewalks 8×8 Paper (for the stars). Elle’s Studio Tags from the ‘Here & Now’ kit, The Sweet Life collection, and ‘Turquoise Pennants’; and their ‘Note Tab’ Stamp. Studio Calico Hey Day Alphas, ‘Cherry’ Baker’s Twine, Heidi Swapp ‘Gold Lame’ Color Spritz, Craft Tonic Star Punch.
The layout was inspired by the Elle’s Studio Sketch Thursday for this week:
I changed mine about a bit, but I think you can still see the sketch in my layout! I moved the twine down and twirled it around in loops, because the photo on my page was taken after our presents were unwrapped, so I wanted to look a bit unravelled.
I kept the title in the right place though! Behind the title, and on various other areas of the page there are splashes of gold mist – Valerie Cousins had used distress ink to the same effect on This Layout the sketch is based on. To do mine I splodged a puddle of gold mist onto several spots of the page, and then blew through a straw to make them spread out. You can see the shine better in these close up shots – the mist is Heidi Swapp’s ‘Gold Lame’ Color Spritz – I love how luminous it is:
The journaling reads:

‘We were at Granny’s for your first New Year’s Eve. We opened Christmas Presents and played lots of games, and you sat giggling and smiling at us all. It was lovely to see the joy in you!’
I like the ‘Family Love’ tag from The Sweet Life Note Tags set, it’s subtle but perfect:
I added the ‘These Are The Days’ and ‘Love That Smile’ tags to the ends of my twine, a bit like they were the presents that had been unwrapped:

And of course I finished the page off with my usual scattering of gems, plus a few scattered stars, punched with a Craft Tonic punch that I bought the other day, and am now using on everything Christmassy!
Have you ever tried blowing the mist across your page? My daughter saw me trying it out and of course she had a go with watercolour paints on spare paper. She didn’t have quite enough puff, but she liked the patterns it made!
Have you been crafting this weekend? x

Scrapbook Layouts

Just Chilling

Here’s my cheeky boy, looking all chilled out, watching TV in his sister’s chair, and melting my heart with his cuteness:

Supplies: American Crafts White Cardstock, Studio Calico Classic Calico 2 ‘Numerical’ Paper, Crate Paper Sleigh Ride 6×6 Pad, Pink Paislee Portfolio Alphas, Simple Stories Sn@P Alphas, Stamps from Pink Paislee, American Crafts, and Banana Frog, Mister Huey ‘Clay’ Mist, Gems from Papermania and Hero Arts, 3D Foam Dots, Black Ink Pad, Sewing Machine and White Thread.

I love catching moments like this, as I know they’re the ones I’m going to love looking back at in years to come. Plus I adore stripy clothes on my kiddies, so this babygrow is one of my favourites!
I added the heart detail surrounded by gems and pearls, to show how the moment captured my heart. I placed it up where his eyes are looking towards so he’s not looking up at an empty space, and the arrows are stamped around the edge to bring the attention back down to his face:
The papers are stitched on with a zig-zag stitch to soften the edges, and I stamped some bunting to write my journaling on top of:
Finally I kept the title sweet and relaxed like the photo:
Have you captured any chilled out moments on your layouts lately? It makes me feel at peace just looking at this page, which is something I need right now, to calm me down in between the frantic preparations for Christmas. I’ve still got so many cards to write and presents to buy!
Finally – I’m still waiting to hear from NikkiD to claim her Frosty Festivities prizes. If anyone knows a way to contact her please can you let her know? If I haven’t heard from her by next Thursday (13th December) then I shall re-draw the prize!
Bye for now, x
Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Frosty Festivities PDF, and the Challenge Winners!

Hello! This took me a little longer to put together than I expected, but The Frosty Festivities PDF is now available!
Just click HERE!
You should then be able to view, download, or print the PDF, it’s 40 pages packed with festive prettiness! PLEASE NOTE when you first click through it might take a little time to open on your screen, because the file is large. So if the SkyDrive screen looks blank to start with just leave it open for a minute and the PDF should appear!
 You can keep lots of the projects from the Frosty Festivities weekend, both mine and some of the Blog Hop posts, readily accessible for when you next need some inspiration!
Just please only keep this for personal use – and if anyone else wants a copy ask them to come to this blog post to download it themselves!
This is the first time I’ve made something like this, so I’d be grateful for any feedback, especially whether you think this is useful (I don’t want to spend hours on a PDF again if it’s no use to anyone!). Let me know in the comments below or by email at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk. Thanks!
And now, to announce the winners of the Frosty Festivities Challenges!
A Challenge to Be Inspired Winner = Jackie Edwards
Congratulations winners! 
 (details of entrants to each challenge, and the random number generator to select the winners, are available as a word doc if requested)
Please contact me by email (address above), with ‘challenge winner’ in the subject line. Tell me your mailing address so I get get your prize on it’s way to you!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered, I loved looking at all your projects! I hope you’ll be back for the next event in May or June 2013.
Finally, I have a shameless request for votes! I’ve entered my ‘Advent Wishes Jar’ into a Christmas Craft Competition. If you are on Pinterest, and you thought the project was good, could you please click HERE and ‘like’ the project on the competition board? Who ever gets the most ‘likes’ wins an Amazon gift card so I’d love to win! And there’s still a bit of time to enter something of your own if you want to!
Well, that concludes the Frosty Festivities posts (for this year at least!). Jennifer’s Jumbles can now resume regular programming. I hope you are all feeling nice and festive now! x
Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

More Winners – and thanks to all who entered!

It’s time to announce some more Frosty Festivities winners! 
But first I want to say thank you to everyone who entered – I’m sorry you can’t all win. I wish I could come up with a prize for each of you, as I’m so grateful to you for visiting my event and leaving such fabulous comments!
Supplies mainly Pink Paislee City Sidewalks
Don’t get too disappointed if you’re not a winner – remember the Challenges are still open until Sunday (you can see links to them all on the Finale Post here). You can also look forward to the next event, I’m planning it for sometime in May/June 2013! 
If you’d like to be added to my email list, to be contacted about future giveaways, events, or classes at Jennifer’s Jumbles, then leave me your email as a comment, or send it to me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk. Your email address will not be passed on to anyone else, and it will only be used for above information – I won’t start filling up your inbox with random updates! (If you’ve already left your email address on the survey then I’ve got it – thanks!).
I’ll stop babbling now, as I know what you really want to know is – who won? Here’s the answers:
Congratulations!
Winners need to email me with their mailing addres – please put ‘giveaway winner’ in the subject line. I shall get your prize sent to you as soon as possible!
Thanks again to everyone who joined in – and remember to enter the challenges!
x

 (details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random number generator to select the winner, are available as word docs if requested)
Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Thank You to Sponsors – And Winners of Sponsored Giveaways!

This post announces the winners of the Sponsored Giveaways from my Frosty Festivities weekend. But before I tell you the winners, I want to say a big, huge, THANK YOU to the sponsors!
Supplies mainly Crate Paper Acorn Avenue

The weekend wouldn’t have been the same without the generous prizes from SJ Crafts, talktothesun, and Scrap and Create!
I’m incredibly grateful to these wonderful shops for offering prizes! 
Whether you are a winner or not it would be lovely if you can show support to these shops by visiting them next time you want to top up your crafting supplies. Remember that Jayne is offering 3 bonus flair buttons to anyone that orders from Scrap and Create between now and 15th of December, quoting ‘Jennifer’s Jumbles’, and don’t forget to keep an eye on SJ Crafts and talktothesun’s Facebook pages for updates or special offers!
Without further delay, here are the winners of the Sponsored Giveaways:
Congratulations Winners!
Please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk (you could also click the envelope icon in my right sidebar to send me an email) – put ‘giveaway winner’ in the subject line. From Nikki D I need your mailing address, from Marilize and Louise I need to know if you have an Etsy username. These details will then be passed on to the shop owners, so they can sort out delivery of your prize to you!
I shall be back in about an hour to announce the winners of the Grand Giveaway, the Blog Hop Prize, and the kit of Old Christmas/Winter Stash! 
In the meantime don’t forget that the challenges are still open (the Finale post has a link to them all), and, if you haven’t had a chance to fill out my survey yet, I’d be so grateful if you can do that here. (Thanks to everyone who’s already filled the survey out!)
x

(details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random number generator to select the winner, are available as word docs if requested)