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Hello new blog!

Welcome to Jennifer Grace Creates! If you don’t know, I used to blog at Jennifer’s Jumbles, but I have made the switch to WordPress and this is my first post here!

As March has been a slightly hectic month, this blog is not quite as ‘polished’ as I’d hoped, but I’ve decided it’s good to go! What do you think?

If there’s anything that’s hard to read, or any links not working, etc, please let me know!

Of course I couldn’t open a new blog without a giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below, and you could be in with a chance to win this lot of goodies:

New Blog Giveaway!

Lovely, pretty stuff! The prize includes 9 sheets of Crate Paper Maggie Holmes paper, plus the tags cut-outs sheet, some designer die-cuts, and the mini-words sticker sheet from the same collection. There’s also some Glitz Cashmere Dame teeny-alphas, a roll of Glitz Hello Friend Washi Tape, some Hero Arts Clear Gemstones, a 12″ strip of American Crafts Gold Glitter Tape, and some Studio Calico Wood Veneer Cameras and Chevrons (half a pack of each). It also includes a pot of pink Stickles which I forgot to include in the photograph!

Read on to find out how to win it… but first of all I want to say a bit about me and the new blog in case you’re new here, or trying to find your way around!

My name is Jennifer Grace, and I’m a papercrafting mum-of-two, from Dorset, UK. You can read more about me here, or see my crafting resume here. My blog focuses on scrapbooking, but also features cardmaking and other crafts, plus a little bit of me, when the mood strikes!

There’s a few ways to follow me in my sidebar, including Bloglovin, Feedly, and emails. You can choose to sign up to emails just for ‘news’ which will tell you about giveaways, classes and events at Jennifer Grace Creates, or you can sign up to receive emails each time a post goes live. Or both, or neither! If you sign up to receive the news emails then you’ll also receive a ‘Project Photos – How To’ PDF about how I photograph and edit pictures of my work – I’m not a professional photographer but hopefully I can offer you a few hints and tips! If you completed one of my surveys that I had at my old blog, and said then that you’d like news emails from me, then you should already have an email from me in your inbox – you just need to confirm your subscription.

As Google Reader (and probably Google Friend Connect) will be closing this summer, I chose not to add that as a way to follow here. But if you’re still using that at the moment, or you use a different reader, you should be able to copy my blog address into your reader to follow me. If it doesn’t work at first, you can try adding /feed/ after the blog address.

I have listened to those who completed my survey about what they’d like to see at this blog (the winner of that survey has been contacted and they have replied – sorry if you didn’t win but maybe you’ll win this one!). Hopefully there’s enough here to please everyone. I will certainly be continuing posts in the same format as I did at Jennifer’s Jumbles, with maybe a few more real life stories creeping back in as requested by some!

I will also be continuing with my bi-annual blog events, the next one is scheduled for 10th-12th May 2013, so mark your calendars and make sure you check back here then!

There will be more new and exciting things happening here as time goes on… but for now I’ll leave you with details on how to enter the giveaway for the Maggie Holmes Prize Pack pictured above…

You can enter via the Rafflecopter Widget below. The easiest option is to just to leave a comment on this post, telling me what you think of the new blog! But please make sure if you choose this option you do also click on the Rafflecopter button to say you’ve left a comment – I will choose the winner via Rafflocopter, so don’t do that you won’t be entered. There’s lots of other ways to get more entries too, including following this blog, and sharing news about this giveaway via twitter, facebook, pinterest, etc.

The giveaway is open internationally, and will close on Monday 8th April at 12.00am GMT (so enter by next Sunday night!).

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I hope you’ll enjoy having a look around and continuing to visit me at Jennifer Grace Creates! x

Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

March Counterfeit Kit Projects

My March Counterfeit Kit has been languishing in it’s box all month long. Not because I didn’t like it – in fact I love it for it’s bright happy colours, and my handmade embellishments! But March has been busy with illness and birthdays, and I had other crafty projects to make for deadlines, so my poor kit was feeling neglected.
Not anymore though! Over the last couple of days I’ve made a layout and a couple of cards, and I’m working on some more. So though it’s taken me a while to get to it, I know I’m going to get a lot of use from it eventually!
Here’s the layout – Moments:
I chose soft colours for this page about my Dad walking me down the aisle on my wedding day. I like the coral colour in the patterned papers – it’s not quite so girly as pink but still has a romantic feel.
I used the Pink Paislee ‘moments’ word for my title, though I still haven’t completely decided whether to put another word before this so it says ‘nervous moments’ or ‘sweet moments’ or something like that – what do you think? I couldn’t choose what other word to use as their were so many emotions going through me at the time!
There’s a cluster of embellies below my journaling – I used the key to symbolise that my future was becoming ‘unlocked’, my fimo feather was the perfect colour, and I love the heart button which is pale but pearly. I stuck these all on with glossy accents:
I’m happy with the dreamy feel to the page!
Here are the cards I’ve finished so far…
Believe You’re Awesome:
A pretty card to cheer up a friend. I heat embossed a chipboard butterfly with white embossing powder – thanks Sarah for lending it to me! And I added some little pink gems to the wings, so it looks nice and sparkly.
For You: 
I just had to use this cute owl on something! This card would make me smile so much if it came through my door – I just adore cute owl designs. Plus the yellow is so cheerful. I can’t wait to send it out to someone!
Can you see the little heart stamp? It’s from the Maya Road ‘You Are’ Stamp set in my kit – I used it on my layout too. I am going to be using this heart all over the place – it stamps so clearly and is a sweet finishing touch!
Have you been making any projects that make you feel happy lately? x
Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Glitz Design & Gossamer Blue Contest – a Layout and a Card

Seeing as I’ve been telling you how much I’m loving Glitz Design, first in my CHA product picks post, and then with this Mother’s Day card, and this ‘Go’ layout, among others, then you probably aren’t surprised that I’m entering the Glitz Design and Gossamer Blue ‘Guest Designer’ Contest!

I’ve made two entries, a layout and a card. The layout is bright and summery – I feel like I need to scrap photos like this at the moment to remind me that the weather will heat up at some point (it will, won’t it?!). I’ve used mainly the Color Me Happy collection as it’s so cheerful…

Live for Adventure:
For the photo panel I cut a rectangle through the ‘Woodgrain’ paper, to turn it into a frame. The whole woodgrain sheet is adhered with 3D foam tape to enhance the frame effect. I built the background using a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock, which is then collaged with scraps of paper from the Color Me Happy 6×6 pad (and one from Uncharted Waters). I like how they disappear beneath the frame:
At the base of the photo panel I border punched some stars using an American Crafts Knock Out Border Punch. I left the cardstock to show beneath them so they stood out more.
I sprinkled some white mist drops around the title, and heat embossed the ‘Chevrons’ Roller Doodle pointing towards it, so it didn’t get lost with all the bright colours above it. I also added the ‘follow your dreams’ giant rhinestone as a subtitle, I adore the multi-coloured letters in it:
It makes me feel warmer and brighter just looking at this page!
Here’s the card I made as a second entry, a birthday card for my Dad. He loves the seaside, so the Uncharted Waters collection was perfect to send him some wishes…
Birthday Wishes:
Here’s how to make the card:
1. Roll Glitz’s ‘Woodgrain’ Roller Doodle in parallel lines over a 5½” square of dark kraft, using a dark brown ink pad. Then trim this kraft square down to 4¾” square, to cut off the imperfect edges.
2. Trim some yellow, chalkboard effect, and blue diamond patterned papers from the Uncharted Waters 6×6 pad down to 4¼” wide. My blue piece is 1″ tall, the chalkboard piece is just over ¼” tall, and the yellow piece just over 3⅜” tall. Adhere all these to the centre of your stamped kraft square.
3. Machine stitch around the edge of these coloured papers, using off-white thread. Adhere the kraft square to a cream 5×5″ card blank.
4. Add an anchor from the Uncharted Waters ‘What-Nots’ using 3D foam dots. Stick a giant rhinestone to the top of the anchor. Add the recipients name in the top right corner of the card using mini-alphas (Cashmere Dame) and dot four blue rhinestones around the anchor.
5. Heat emboss your sentiment onto cream cardstock, I used brown ink and clear embossing powder. Ink the edges of the sentiment’s rectangle, and adhere on top of your anchor.
Then give to someone sea-worthy! 
Have my projects made you feel summery or sea-sidey today? Are you desperate for warmer weather like me?
Wish me luck in the contest!
Scrapbook Layouts

Go ~ Glitz Layout

This is one of the layouts I made during the Crafty Blogger’s retreat. It uses some of my most favourite products at the moment (I’m loving Glitz Design!), including lots of Uncharted Waters, and the fun Roller Doodle Anchor stamp which I had tons of fun with, to make my background:
The cardstock is American Crafts ‘Robin’s Egg’. I heat embossed the stamp in gold, and also stamped with dark grey and tone-on-tone turquoise inks. I let it stamp a little wobbly and allowed it to fade in places, so it has the effect of gently lapping waves.
I also used the straw of a Mister Huey’s ‘Calico White’ Mist bottle to streak some lines around the edges of the layout, and splattered some ‘Gold Lame’ Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist all over the background for some ‘sand’!
I used a title sticker to continue the ‘Go’ title – the sticker says ‘your journey has moulded you for the greater good’ (I covered up the rest of the sentiment):
The card I used to journal on is from the Whatnots. My journaling reads: ‘The beach is the best! Stones and shells to try and eat, buckets of water to throw at Mummy, sand to rub into your hair! Fun!’
The journal card beneath this, from Uncharted Waters ‘Bits and Pieces’ has some glitter added thanks to Lizzie lending me her Turquoise Stickles (I have to get a pot of this for myself), it looks so shimmery, especially layered on top of a strip of American Crafts Gold Glitter Tape. I love how these remind me of the shine on the water and sand that day:
I also borrowed a Martha Stewart ‘Punch all over the page – Pinking Circle’ Punch from Louise to make the perfect sunny spot for a Glitz Giant Rhinestone:
I love being at a retreat and being able to borrow things off people for the perfect finishing touches to a project! Of course, it did just make me want to buy them all for myself too!
Have you made any of your own backgrounds or added lots of shimmer to anything lately? Leave a link if so, and I can take a look!
I’m also entering this layout in the February Layout Love Linky at Purple Mail Box, a sharing linky for scrapbookers! x
Scrapbook Layouts

Lucky Charm Layouts & Giveaway Winners

Hello all. Sorry I’ve been absent for a week, we’ve all been a bit ill here. Nothing serious, but enough to make me feel a bit grumpy and run down. It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday so any spare energy was put into preparations for that instead of blogging. She had a fabulous day and got lots of lovely presents, so she’s happy!
In the meantime, some projects I made for the SJ Crafts blog were posted HERE yesterday. Sarah sent me a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad and Stamp Set to play with, and I have enjoyed using them so much! Here’s the two layouts I made:
Love on Paper:
The feathers are cut from the 6×6 pad using my Cricut Mini and the ‘Southwest’ Cartridge, I thought they looked like writing quills so they worked well on a page about me and my husband signing the marriage register, and it gave some of my favourite papers from the pad a great place to shine!
I enhanced the romantic theme with gold heat embossed hearts on the background, and some envelopes and a jar fussy cut from other papers in the pad. The ‘come fly away with me’ sentiment on the hot air balloon stamp is just so dreamy, I had to use it on here too!
Disney Family:
I wanted a more bold and straight look for this layout, to contrast with all the details on our costumes in the photo. I love that this pad has gorgeous graphic papers as well as romantic ones – just look at these stripes, anchors, triangles and chevrons – it’s so trendy!
I stamped and heat embossed the chevron stamp several times on the left to point at the photo, and I added this ‘you make my heart sing’ cut-out from the pad, as my family make me so happy! The heart gems on here are by Papermania, and there’s some enamel dots (My Mind’s Eye My Girl), and some clear gemstones (Hero Arts) – which I’ve used as raindrops from the cloud. I’ve used this technique before (here), but I thought it was okay to do it again as I loved it and the layouts will go in different albums!
If you want to see some close-up details of the layouts, then go HERE to the SJ Crafts blog to take a peek! I made a couple of cards with the collection too which will appear over there soon!
Giveaway Winners: 
Before I go, I have a couple of Giveaway Winners to announce… these are both re-draws because the original winners never contacted me.
The first is a new winner from the PaperHaus Spring Fling Blog Hop Giveaway
Congratulations dogmatix, please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk with your mailing address and I shall send the roller doodle and bits to you!
The next is a winner from a rather old giveaway… sorry it’s taken me so long to re-draw this… it’s from my Frosty Festivities event back in November! There’s a new winner for the SJ Crafts Sponsored Giveaway:
Congratulations Becky, please let me know your mailing address (at same email as above) and we shall get the Echo Park ‘Photo Freedom’ kit on it’s way to you!
Have you been feeling lucky lately? I hope so!
Scrapbook Layouts

Sibling Joy ~ and disagreements!

Apparently I’m super inspired by challenges right now. And who could fail to be inspired by the Gossamer Blue and Elle’s Studio challenge HERE! There’s so many gorgeous layouts with scraplifting potential to choose from, and a very nice looking prize to tempt me to enter!
Here’s my layout for the challenge:
Sibling Joy:
I scraplifted ‘Beach Love’ by Christa Paustenbaugh. I love how she’d stitched through part of her title, and I like the punched border with tags tucked into it, so I couldn’t resist lifting these details from her!
 My tags tucked behind the punched border are all different shapes and sizes. The star flag is a stamp from the Be Merry Christmas stamp set, and the bottom pink banner is actually a bit of tidbits packaging cut to shape!
My tags are also special because if you give them a tug, a journaling card slides out from beneath the punched borders…
Do you remember a little while ago, when I said I ought to document the fights my kids have, as well as the special moments? This journaling does just that, listing some of their most recurring disagreements of the moment!
I hope in years to come it will be fun to look back at the silly arguments they had!
At least the playpark usually keeps them happy – in this photo my daughter was helping cheeky boy down the slide – she’s very sweet to him really, and I know they love each other a whole lot.
The ‘love you’ and ‘way to go’ tags are from the ‘Everyday Greetings’ printable sheet, which I had forgotten I had, and now will be sneaking onto all kinds of projects!
Have you scraplifted anyone lately? It’s a great way to get some inspiration for a few details here and there! x
Scrapbook Layouts

Bomb Diggity ~ Mama Elephant Sketch Layout

Have you heard of Mama Elephant stamps? I’ve been drooling over them for a little while, and they are high on my list of things to buy – especially the Modern Borders and the So Breezy sets from their last release.
At the moment they are running a sketch challenge, right HERE. They kindly provided some fun free digital stamps, so that anyone who hadn’t had a chance to buy their stamps could join in too – isn’t that lovely of them?
I hope they don’t think I’m breaking out of the box too much, as most of the challenge entries are cards… but I just had to print the digi stamp out to use on this layout!
You’re the Bomb Diggity: 
Both the ‘you’re the bomb diggity’ and the ‘celebrate love everyday’ banners are from the free digi stamp set. Unfortunately my colour ink is running out so the pink one printed a little stripy, but I decided to embrace it as the page was quirky anyway!
Here’s the sketch for the challenge (it closes on 14th March, so there’s still a little time if you want to enter):
I flipped the sketch, and the ‘sentiment’ became my title. I followed the sketch by framing my white cardstock with grey, overlapping two banners, and adding a little lacy detail beneath them:
I just love how the title is a bit tongue-in-cheek silly – it suits the photo, no?! I’m on the right in the photo, in case you were wondering if that really was me, thanks to the crazy face! My sister is in the middle, and my sister-in-law is on the left – I should say ‘sorry girls’ to be posting this out there for the world to see!
 The journaling reads:
‘Who would guess we were at an elegant dinner dance in fancy dresses?! I had such a fun evening having a few drinks with my sister and sister-in-law, dancing the night away, giggling, and being silly! We know we’re cool…’
I don’t like too much white space, so I did a little splattering and scattered some Studio Calico Tiny Stars, as well as heat embossing a Lucky Charm stamp with black glittery powder, to give the background lots of interest.
I’m super happy with how the layout reflects the vibe of the evening – a bit glam and girly, but also tons of fun! Hand’s up anyone else who’s pulled silly faces with their girlies for the most flattering photo ever?!
Ha ha! Have a great day, x