Giftwrapping

Tags With Tassels

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a quick make for you this hour… some tags with tassels:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

The tassels on here means these tags stand out without needing much more embellishment!

Here’s how to make a tassel:

Step 1: Find a strong board, twice as tall as how tall you want your tassel to be. I used a piece of cladding we had lying around from our kitchen re-do. Wind some twine / wool / thread around the board until you think the tassel will be thick enough (it will be twice as thick once it’s folded over):

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use another piece of the same twine to tie a knot around the middle:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pull the twine off the board, and turn the knot so it’s on the inside of the tassel:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Thread a needle with more of the same twine, or with a complimentary colour cotton thread – I used a different thread so it’s easier for you to see:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Wrap the thread around the top of the tassel 10 times or so. Use the needle to stitch over and under the hoop of thread you’ve just created, to secure it:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Tuck the loose end of thread among the other loose ends of the tassel, and cut them all the the same length:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made a couple more tassels, one with gold crochet thread, one with green embroidery thread:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I chose a few cut-apart journal cards and punched holes in the top left corner:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used more of the same tassel threads to tie the tassels to the punched holes. I left these strings long to help me attach them to gifts. I also added a few gems to each tag:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, a quick special tag for a present this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Make a tassel to go on your next project

Use cut-apart cards to make some tags

Use bakers twine, embroidery thread, or crochet thread (or wool) to tie around something

Have you ever made a tassel before? I hadn’t and I think I might be hooked now!

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In Picmonkey

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links for PicMonkey. This means if you click on the link and end up paying for their ‘Royale’ membership, then I will receive a percentage of your purchase, but it won’t cost you any more. You don’t need to sign up for ‘Royale’ though – you can use it for free, ‘Royale’ just gives you more choices!

Now I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to turn your photos frosty:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how this photo started out:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can tell that it was a cold day, because my mum and my kids are all bundled up in coats and hats. But I wanted it to feel much more magical and wintry, the photo just didn’t feel special enough to use it on a winter scrapbook page – until I turned it frosty! Here’s how…

Step 1: Open up PicMonkey in your browser, choose ‘edit’ and locate the photo you want to use. Then click on the bottom icon in the left hand panel, at the moment the icon is a pumpkin but this will change depending on the season. When you click it lots of seasonal options will appear:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Choose the ‘Winterland’ option, which will bring up lots of cold weather related choices. Click to apply a ‘Chill’ effect, and adjust it how you want, I dragged the fade to 42%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Next choose ‘Winterscapes’. These will appear at the bottom of your photo – I picked the one with little trees on hills:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Choose ‘Frost’, which makes the edges of your photo go white, and adjust it as you wish. I changed the size to 40%, and the intensity to 65%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Now cover up any unsightly objects in your photo – I wanted the traffic light to disappear! I changed the seasonal option to ‘Santaland’, and picked an ornament overlay. You can drag the corner toggles to change the size, and you can change the colour in the overlay panel:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Add extra detail to your overlay if you wish – I added a snowflake from the ‘Winterland’ – ‘Flakery’ overlays:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add some detail to the top corners with the ‘Garniture’ option. You can right-click on the overlay to bring up more options, I used that to ‘duplicate overlay’ so I could have one the same colour in the other top corner:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add text. I chose the ‘Great Vibes’ font from the ‘Santaland’ – ‘Santa Script’ panel, and used it to write ‘It’s Cold Outside’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Check if you want to add anything else. I went to the normal overlays panel by clicking on the butterfly icon in the left-hand menu. Then I added a couple of ‘Spirographs’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Save your photo!

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it’s suitably wintry now, don’t you?

Be Inspired:

Cover up something you don’t like with an ornament

Add a winterscape to a border

Put a phrase on top of a photo

Do you use PicMonkey? I use it all the time, but mostly for my blog photo collages. It’s fun to play with it more as an artistic tool sometimes!

Back shortly with the final giveaway of the event!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a sewing project to keep you warm this winter…

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling Post about cutting up a jumper-dress, from FF2012? And then my Woolly Winter Wreath Post from FF2013, using up the same material?

I wanted to see if I could get another project out of the material I had left:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to put the scarf together…

Step 1: Cut a piece of stretch-woollen fabric to approx 19 x 24″. Mine has a curve in it because I followed the dress shape – I cut either side of the existing seams so I didn’t have to worry about the material unravelling:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have existing seam like this you’ll need to finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch, or a fray-stop glue.

Step 2: Fold the material in half along the long centre line, with the right-sides facing each other. Pin together so the seams meet along the top, and sew them together:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Turn it the right way out again. Pin the short ends together and sew a zig-zag stitch along them to stop the material fraying. This gave my scarf a ruffled edge:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

It looked quite pretty, so if my material had been long enough I could have left it like that. Unfortunately it was only 9 x 23″, which doesn’t make a very long scarf:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: To elongate your scarf, cut four 12 x 12″ squares of material, two each of contrasting colours:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew a zig-zag stitch all around the outside borders of these, to stop it fraying (or use a fray-stop glue):

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the floral squares 6″ down on the geometric squares, so the floral bit is at the back of the geometric bit:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a loose running stitch along the top edge of the geometric material, and gather it, so the top edge of this is the same length as the end of the woollen scarf piece:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew the geometric pieces to both ends of the woollen piece. Then your scarf is finished:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear it on winter days!

Be Inspired:

Use contrasting patterns next to each other (eg geometric and floral)

Ruffle something up

Make a project longer, eg create a double-page layout or make a card taller with an add-on piece

Do you have a selection of long scarves to keep you warm in the winter?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards (+Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED})

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

I always like to do an ‘old stash’ giveaway as part of my blog events. Most of the stash in this giveaway {NOW CLOSED} is from Christmas 2013 so it’s not too old!

Would you like to win this ‘kit’ of old stash?

Old Stash Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s lots of bits and pieces here, including some 6×12″ papers, 3×4 cards, ephemera, stickers, chipboards, a tree wood veneer, a sheet of wood-effect alpha stickers, a washi sampler on a craft stick, and some white buttons. Plenty for a couple of layouts or some cards!

If you want to enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post! If you want to leave a comment but don’t want to be entered, just mention that in the comment!

And here’s some inspiration for how to use up some older stash on some cards…

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

All these were made with items from my left over 2013 Christmas stash.

First I chose a few large stickers I thought would be good:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I chose a few paper scraps to go with them:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I picked out a couple of chipboards and ephemera too:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

To jazz-up the stickers I rubbed some clear ink around the edges of the stickers, tipped on glitter gold embossing powder, and heated it up:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I added some Waco Pearl Pen dots to some of the ephemera or chipboard:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

The papers were stuck on some 6×6 kraft card blanks, white plain white card used as a ‘filler’ where the scraps weren’t big enough:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I stuck the main pieces I’d chosen on top, plus a bit of gold glitter tape on the red card:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were all finished off with a few gems of course:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m glad to have use up some old stash!

Be Inspired:

Heat emboss the edge of stickers, or paper, die-cuts, etc

Use up some old Christmas stash

Choose plain white card as a ‘filler’ when your scrap aren’t big enough

Remember to leave a comment to enter the old stash giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

What item do you wish you could find more of in your stash?

I’ll see you again at 3pm!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

White Winter Scene Box Frame

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

I pinned a Magical Christmas Scene at The Salt Tree blog a while ago, and have been dying to try and make something similar. Since I had lots of fun putting together by Weird and Wonderful Box Frame a couple of months ago, I decided to fill a frame with a snowy scene:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

It makes me wish for a white Christmas! Here’s how I put it together…

I started with a ‘Ribba’ frame from Ikea:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

There was one item I knew I definitely wanted to use, a reindeer ornament I picked up at poundland. But the antlers stuck out so much that it didn’t really fit into the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I snapped the antlers off:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then used a hot glue gun to re-attach them:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now it was much flatter and would fit in the frame!

I gathered up an assortment of other items I might want to use:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And sprayed them with white spray paint. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I gave them 3 light coats with the spray paint until I was happy with the coverage:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I pulled the glass out of the frame and stuck a piece of patterned paper to the glass using double-sided tape. Then I used a background stamp (Paper Smooches) to add some hexagons to the paper:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used some embossing paste through the Stars Of Wonder stencil on the top right of the paper, and sprinkled some fine silver glitter on top:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I left it to dry for about 20 minutes before peeling off the stencil (the paste was still wet but you shouldn’t leave paste on the stencil too long), and then left it to dry for a few hours. Then I was able to put the glass & paper back into the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I then checked which items I wanted to use and how I would arrange them:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added silver trim to a couple of things. As the little boy had his hand up I thought he might as well be taking his giant reindeer for a walk, so I gave him a lead, and I put string around the dice to look like presents. The strings were all secured with hot glue at the back of the objects:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used hot glue to adhere the items to the base of the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then to cover up the unsightly hot glue lumps, I liberally brushed on some embossing paste, sprinkled again with silver glitter:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

With a few white buttons added to the background, my frame was finished!

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Fill a frame with a snowy scene

Tie trim around some boxes or flat squares to make fake presents

Find an old object and paint it white

What objects would you put in your snowy scene?

I’ll see you again at 2pm for another giveaway!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Gingerbread House Candied Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s another layout for you – a suitably candied-looking page about a gingerbread house:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

This photo is of my sister and little miss with a gingerbread house we put together – it was a shop bought kit which we had lots of fun decorating. And sneaking the occasional sweet to eat of course!

I wanted the page to look iced and candied just like the house itself – here’s what I did…

I started with a Webster’s Pages All That Glitters ‘Shimmer’ piece of paper:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut a piece of wood patterned paper to make a mantlepiece – inspired by my Christmas Cards On The Mantlepiece from FF2013. Then I stamped some icicles onto white card:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

I fussy cut the icicles , leaving a border at the top of them so I could adhere them to the back of the mantlepiece. Then I adhered the mantlepiece to the patterned paper using foam tape to give it some dimension:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a ‘gingerbread house’ card from the Webster’s Pages Gingerbread Village collection, and a gingerbread house sticker from the Pebbles Home For Christmas collection, to the top of the mantlepiece. I also painted crystal Stickles onto the icicles:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

I gathered an assortment of beads that matched the colours of my layout:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

And started sticking them as a border around my photo. I used glossy accents for this, with a blob for each larger bead along the top and the bottom edge of my photo:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

And a line of glossy accents for the seed beads down the left and right hand edges of my photo:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

The beads look just like sweets stuck on a gingerbread house:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

I of course added a few gems for good measure too:

Gingerbread House Candied Layout by Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think, is it sweet enough looking?

Be Inspired:

Create some icicles by stamping or cutting out triangles of white card

Use lots of beads for a border

Use a phrase card as the title for a layout or a sentiment for a card

Do you ever make a gingerbread house?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

GUEST POST – Julie Kirk with a Fun Festive Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

It’s time for the last guest post of the event, and it’s another fantastic project! We’re joined now by the amazing Julie Kirk of Notes On Paper. I have long loved Julie’s quirky style and humorous blog posts, she makes me chuckle on a regular basis, and inspires me to pull together an eclectic mix of papercraft supplies too – so visiting her blog is win-win! She’s sharing a fun festive layout today, putting some of my Happy Scatter items to good use, so I’ll hand over to Julie…

Julie Kirk:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

I decided to put my festive themed ‘Happy Scatter’ stencil, wood veneers and die-cuts to use on a scrapbook page documenting a relatively recent festive tradition for me: that of ‘Fake Christmas’. Fake Christmas is a now annual [so far] event where my friends and I meet up in that odd, dazed, unstructured time that exists between Christmas Day and New Year where we get to relive the best bits of ‘real’ Christmas [i.e. the gifts!] all over again. And the typed out tale, with all its quirks and etiquettes, makes up the main feature of the page:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

So, that’s how the story goes … but let me tell you how I built a page around it.

I started by making my own backing design which involved Christmassifying [I don’t care if my spellchecker doesn’t believe that’s a word … I know you know what I mean] a plain sheet of 12×12 kraft cardstock by sponging white chalk ink through the Stars Of Wonder 6×6″ stencil:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Here’s the subtle, almost watermark, end result:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

While the large chunk of journaling is actually the my main feature of my page I did add two small photos from which I also took inspiration for my colour palette selecting patterned papers to compliment the warm reds and cooler blues. And I used two of those papers to add colour behind the apertures in the reindeer card from Makes Me Merry Winter / Christmas Die Cut Cards set:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once I had the key elements in place – photo/ story/ patterned papers – I began to embellish … by embellishing the embellishments! I dressed up several of the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Shapes with gilding flakes:

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Well, if you can’t go overboard and add a touch of gold and silver bling at Christmas – albeit a fake Christmas – then when can you?

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

Once gilded I thought carefully about where to place the veneers on the page as I didn’t want a cluttered feel, with too many clumped together in one spot, but neither did I want what my friend refers to as ‘the sneeze effect’; where everything get scattered right across the page willy nilly! So finally I opted for something near enough a classic triangle layout which helped to create a flow and a path for the eye to move around the finished design, hopping between blingy wooden veneers along the way!

Fake Christmas Layout by Julie Kirk

And that’s that! A scrapbook page featuring my photos, a story from my friends, and Jennifer’s embellishments; all of which worked together to create a fun, festive and very real document of a ‘fake’ Christmas!

More About Julie:

I’m a blogger, freelance magazine contributor and collector, curator and seller of vintage paper packs and slightly eccentric creative supplies via an Etsy shop. Throughout all those things I am motivated to either inspire others … or to make them laugh. Preferably both [as long as they’re not holding craft scissors when I make them laugh. That could be disastrous …]

I share a house, and a life, in the North East of England with a small mound of ephemera, an overflowing wardrobe, a stripy workroom and a man who doesn’t mind any of it.

Find me at:
Blog: http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withjuliekirk
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JulieKirk

Julie Kirk from Notes On Paper

Thank you Julie for your fun and sparkly layout, I can’t wait to try and gild some wood veneers!

Be Inspired:

Make your wood veneers extra sparkly with gilding flakes or glitter

Stencil all over the background of a layout or project

Add patterned papers behind a die-cut or punched aperture

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments!

See you again in one hour,

Jennifer x