Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings

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

Good morning! Welcome to another day of Frosty Festivities! If you are worried you might have missed any posts then check out THIS PAGE where I’ve been adding links to them all!

To kick off today’s projects I’ve got an easy gift you can make…

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

These earrings were inspired by some paperclip earrings by Evie S, which you can see RIGHT HERE. I’ve just jazzed them up by putting some beads and gems on to turn them into Christmas trees!

Here’s how to put them together…

Step 1: Unfold two paperclips by turning out the corners, like this:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Add a drop of hot glue or epoxy glue on the join:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Tie on some green embroidery thread (the rest of the step-by-step photos just show one earring, but you need to do 2 okay?!):

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Hold the short end of the string against the paperclip, and start wrapping the long end of string around and around, hiding the short end of the string as you go:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Keep going until the metal of the paperclip is all covered:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Tie on another piece of string:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: And start wrapping it around the paperclip to cover the middle too. If you want it to go right to the bottom of the triangle you’ll need to use some glue on the two bottom corners. Also, if you run out of thread at any point, just tie on some more with a reef knot and keep going:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Keep going until you’re happy with how it looks, I went round quite a few times so it looks quite padded. Tie a knot where you finish wrapping, then thread the loose end of string through a darning needle:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

And push the needle through the earring, cutting the thread off at the top once you’ve brought it through, so the loose end is hidden inside the earring:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Add some clear-drying glue (I used glossy accents) at the top and bottom of the earring, so the threads wont slip off the triangle:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Dot some more clear-drying glue all over the tree:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Add some beads and gems to the glue dots. When the glue is dry add some earring hooks to the top of the trees:

Christmas Tree Paperclip Earrings at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear them to Christmas parties or give them as a gift to make someone’s day!

I was having so much fun wrapping string that I decided to make a wool wrapped pendant too. I used the plain circle wreath from the Wreaths and Baubles Wood Veneers Set, and wrapped white wool round it, finishing off with Tiny Stars wood veneers and silver star sequins:

Wool Wrapped Wreath Pendant at Jennifer Grace Creates

This will work well for New Years eve parties too!

Be Inspired:

Wrap wool or thread around an embellishment

Add baubles to a tree or stars to a wreath

Use paperclips on your next project

Would you wear these? I love festive jewellery!

See you again in an hour for the last Guest Post of the weekend!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Cards Inspired By Movies

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

For the final post of the day I’ve got another trio of cards to show you, these ones were all inspired by the movies…

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

During Frosty Festivities 2012 I created a Winter Card Inspired By A Picture Book, so it seemed like a good idea to make some inspired by Christmas movies too!

Here’s the movies I chose as my inspiration:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I know ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ isn’t technically a Christmas movie, but it counts as one in our household! These are some of my favourite movies to curl up under a blanket and watch during December. I’ve recently been reading ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ to my daughter, and this is the first year she’s going to be allowed to watch that movie – I can’t wait to share it with her. She was suitable awed by the book when Lucy first discovers Narnia!

To help me design each card I chose a particular scene or image which immediately jumps to mind when I think about that movie.

For ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ I thought about the Thanksgiving Day parade:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to have a big shaped balloon like the floats, and to anchor the balloon to the ground I decided to have it held by a snowman. So I painted a snowman (from the Wonderland Winter Wood Veneer Set) with white acrylic paint:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I tied a bit of bakers twine around his hand, and tied the other end to a reindeer from the Fancy Pants Oh Deer ephemera:

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Finishing off the card with a few stickers and gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

From ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ one of my favourite scenes is when Beaker gives his red scarf to Scrooge:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I stuck two bits of red wide wired ribbon to the back of a piece of paper:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

Brought them round to the front of paper and folded one bit over the under and up above the other bit:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then tucked that top bit down the back so both bits were pointing down:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

The wired ribbon held it’s shape quite well, but I secured the ribbon with some glue dots behind it too:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I finished off the card with a ‘wrap up warm’ phrase and some gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

For ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ my favourite bit is when Lucy first sees the lamp post in the forest:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I used my Cricut Explore to cut out a wintry scene and phrase (Images are ‘Village Lamp Post’ #M3C7EF, ‘Trees’ #M3D53D, and ‘Winter Wishes’ #M41A29′). I hid parts of the designs that I didn’t want by clicking on the eye symbol:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

After cutting them out I didn’t need to add much except a few gems:

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wonder if my recipients will realise these cards were inspired by movies?

Be Inspired:

Choose a Christmas movie and make a project inspired by it

Make a snowy winter scene with cut out shapes

Use ephemera shapes as big balloons

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

That’s it for this evening, I will see you again tomorrow morning at 10am GMT!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Hand Painted Owl Bauble

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

We have quite a collection of baubles (tree ornaments) in this household, and I’ll admit it’s my fault. I can’t resist a pretty bauble! We’re going to need two trees soon if we want to display them all! So I might have to gift this one to my sister-in-law, if I can bear to part with it…

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

She likes owls almost as much as I do, so at least I’d know it was going to a good home!

Want to paint a bauble too? It’s not too complicated, but here’s some step-by-step photos if you want a little guidance…

Step 1: Buy a bauble! An opaque one works best if you want to see your design clearly. This one has a slight iridescent effect which gives an extra layer of shine:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Draw a sketch or find a picture of what you’d like to paint on your bauble:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the silhouette of your owl and branch using white acrylic paint:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint the owl a light brown colour:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Paint a darker brown on the wings and add shading around the ears and face, then paint an even darker brown on the branch:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Paint a red hat and scarf on:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add large white eyes, white fluff on the edges of the hat and scarf, and white highlights on the ears and wings:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add small black pupils, and a yellow beak and feet:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, now you can hang it on your tree for Christmas! If you are giving it as a gift you could also paint on a name or the year, to give it extra personalisation!

Be Inspired:

Add a hat and scarf to a character on a card, layout, or other project

Alter a shop-bought bauble / ornament

Paint a swirly branch

Would you paint an owl on your bauble or would you paint something else? A deer, a snowman, a gingerbread house?

I’ll see you again in one hour for the last post of the day!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

GUEST POST – Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

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

Here’s another brilliant guest post to give you even more inspiration! This time we have the wonderful Riikka from Paperiliitin. I have long admired Riikka’s mixed-media style, she makes creating beautiful layered projects look so achievable. I always want to get out some gel medium and paint after visiting her blog or watching her YouTube videos! Unfortunately the Happy Scatter items I sent seem to have got lost in the post, but Riikka didn’t let that phase her. She has created another masterpiece today, and she even made a video for you to see how it’s done…

Riikka:

Hello there and welcome to my Frosty Festivities guest post! I’m so honored to be involved in this event! Thank you Jennifer for asking me to participate!

I wanted to do something a bit different so I chose to go mixed media and 3 D. I mostly do scrapbooking layouts but recently the mixed media pieces have become more and more prominent in my crafting. But don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy making a page, too!

Here’s my snowy mixed-media trees:

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Using various different mediums and styrofoam cones I created two trees. You can use the same techniques and ideas to make a snowy canvas, too. And the best part in these is that you can use any object as long it has a lovely shape! These trees hold broken jewellery, bottle caps, found objects and sewing supplies to name a few.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

While writing this the snow still hasn’t reached Helsinki, where I live, but I hope that the scenery will soon be as white as these trees! I always love how white snow turns everything so soft and luminous. It makes a huge difference here in the gloomy north where dusk arrives at the afternoon.

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

Snowy Mixed-Media Trees by Riikka Kovasin

If you wish to create something similar, I created a tutorial video for you showing how I made the trees. If you make something inspired by this post, I would love to see your art! Please leave a link here or then send me exploring your blog by mailing me the link!

 

Thank you for watching, I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day and a white Christmas!

More about Riikka:

I’m a mixed media style crafter from Finland. Scrapbooking layouts are my biggest passion, but I also love to create canvases, cards and recently I’ve grown an interest on ATCs. Please visit me on my blog or other social media sites! It would be a pleasure to hear from you!

You can find me at:
blog Paperiliitin (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.com)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Paperiliitin)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/paperiliitin)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/Paperiliitin)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PaperiliitinRiikka)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/paperiliitin/)

Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin

Thank you Riikka for your stunning trees and your detailed video!

Be Inspired:

Make a mixed-media project with items like broken jewellery and found objects

Cover a project with a layer of gesso on top

Decorate a foam tree shape

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

See you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Tags With A Jolly Jumble Of Items!

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

Now I’ve got three tags to show you, all piled up with a jolly jumble of embellishments…

Tags With A Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

I figure tags are the one thing I can pile up as high as I want to – they don’t need to fit into an envelope or a page protector. If they are going on top of a gift it doesn’t matter how bulky they are! So I used this as an excuse to use up lots of bits and pieces from my stash, and I added lots of arty layers to the background too for even more dimension!

Here’s how to put them together…

Step 1: Take 3 manilla tags:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Spray mist onto each tag at the top, angling it slightly so the mist spreads down the tag a bit:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used Heidi Swapp Mist in Mint and Coral, and Mister Huey Clay Mist:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Once the mist has dried, use a background stamp and complimentary colours to stamp some pattern on each tag. I used a prima stamp, and blue, gold, and pink inks:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Once the mist has dried use a removable spray adhesive on the back of some stencils, and stick them on top of the tags:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Scrape white embossing paste across the stencils using a palette knife or old credit card:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Leave the embossing paste to dry for about 20 minutes before peeling the stencils off carefully – the paste won’t be completely dry yet but you need to peel the stencils off to clean them. Then leave the tags for the paste to dry completely. You can try to speed it up with a heat gun but it will make the paste bubble, so I didn’t:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Gather an assortment of jolly items:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Choose a large feature item for each tag and stick it on, and tie ribbon or trim at the top of each tag:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Use a hot glue gun to adhere the rest of your embellishments – just keep going until you think they look done:

Tags With a Jolly Jumble Of Items at Jennifer Grace Creates

Set them aside until you have an extra special gift to add them to!

Be Inspired:

Make a project with an assortment of piled-up embellishments

Layer mist, stamps, and stencilling on a background

Create a trio of different coloured tags

Do you make tags for gifts at Christmas?

Make sure you come back in an hour for the next guest post, it also features a mix of embellishments, but on a very different project!

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt Using the Cricut Explore

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

This time I’m sharing a gift that could be for the man in your life. I find it hard to think of handmade gift for my husband, but he likes a good Christmas tee shirt, so I think he’ll like this one:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wouldn’t mind wearing this myself… we might be fighting over this tee shirt eventually!

Here’s how to make it:

Step 1: Open up the Cricut Design Space software and click the ‘Create New Project’ button. From the left hand menu select ‘Set Canvas’ and find the ‘Classic T-Shirts’ option, then click ‘Done’. Now you can check the settings to make sure you have the right size tee shirt, I chose a short sleeve medium tee shirt for men:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Go to ‘Insert Images’ and search for the ‘Deer Head’ #M35136, and add it to your canvas. Resize it to how big you want it to be, mine is 5.51 x 7.53″:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: In the layers panel, click on the eye icon next to the bottom light brown layer, so it gets hidden. This means it won’t cut. I relied on the white of the tee shirt as my base layer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Change the colour of the dark brown deer head piece to match the vinyl you want to use, by clicking on the icon of it in the layers panel:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Insert an image of a string with lights on #M32C31 (‘Lights’):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Change the colour of the lights if you wish, then insert a bauble image #M449C5 (‘Ornament’):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use the eye icons to hide all the stripes and other layers of the bauble, so you have a plain shape:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Recolour the bauble if you wish, duplicate it, and re-size the two baubles so they fit on your string:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Click ‘Add Text’ and choose your font (I used ‘Country Life’), and type in your phrase:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: When you’ve got it sized how you want, click the ‘Go’ button at the top of the screen. In the mat preview make sure you click ‘Mirror Image (for iron-on)’ for each layer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Feed your vinyl into the machine following the on screen instructions. When the vinyl is cut you can barely see the shapes:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Use a weeding tool or pointy object to weed the spare parts of the designs, leaving only the shape you want on the sticking backing (I took the deer nose off too as I didn’t want it):

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

All your weeded shapes should look like this:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Check the placement of the deer head on the tee shirt:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 14: Move the tee shirt to an ironing board, cover the design with greaseproof paper, and iron it on a medium setting, moving over the design a few times. Lift a corner carefully, and see if the vinyl is stuck to the tee shirt, if it’s not then iron it for a bit longer:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: After the deer head your should iron on the black string, then the gold lights, then the baubles, and finish off with the text:

Oh Deer Vinyl Tee Shirt using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Your tee shirt is done! Gift it to someone this Christmas! You could also use the design on tea-towels, bags, cushions… what ever you fancy!

Be Inspired:

Use a deer on your next project, and tangle some lights or baubles in its antlers

Use a big bold character on your next project

Use a play-on-words phrase

Do you know anyone who’d like a tee shirt like this?

I’ll see you again at 5pm!

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Snap Show & Tell Linky Party!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards

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

Now I’ve got a set of cards to share with you… these three all started with a sentiment!

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

When you’re next delving into your scrapbooking supplies to make some festive cards, choose the sentiments first, and they will help you choose the papers and embellishments to match!

Here’s how my cards came together…

Step 1: I pulled three different types of sentiments from my stash – a few sheets of stickers (Simple Stories DIY Christmas), a few ephemera greetings (Fancy Pants Oh Deer), and a stamp set (Echo Park Designer Stamps ‘Christmas Sentiments’):

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: I grabbed three card blanks, and checked which sentiments would fit nicely on each one, thinking about which sentiment from each ‘type’ I was drawn to, eg the ‘Be Merry’ ephemera piece was calling to me:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: I pulled off the sentiments which I wanted to use, and planned where they were going to go on my cards. Word of warning – I powdered the back of the ‘Happy Holidays’ sticker so I could move it around, but don’t do that – it made it way too fiddly to stick down! You could just cut around the sticker, leaving it one the backing, if you want to work out where to place it:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: I chose some 6×6 papers from a couple of Christmas pads (Pink Paislee Merry & Bright, and Fancy Pants Oh Deer). To help decide which papers to use, I looked at the colours of the sentiment for the two cards on the left, and for the stamp I thought about the font, decided it looked elegant, and found gold and lacy papers to match that feel:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: I cut the 6×6 papers to size, and cut some white paper to mat the sentiments onto. I also stamped the ‘Season’s Greetings’ sentiment and gold heat-embossed it, and inked all the edges of all the papers with a gold ink pad:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: I stuck the papers and sentiments onto the card blanks before even thinking about embellishments. Then I went through my stash to see what matched… The ‘Be Merry’ card was easy as I mostly used more ephemera from the same pack, for the elegant card I simply looked for gold items, and the ‘Happy Holidays’ card has a traditional feel with red and green, inspired by the flowery paper:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

They came together pretty fast but all have a different feel. I will certainly be using this technique again!

Be Inspired:

Start your next project by choosing the sentiment (or title) first

Make 3 items – one elegant, one traditional, one bold

Stick the papers down before you think about embellishments

Thanks for stopping by, check back in an hour for the next piece of inspiration!

Jennifer x