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A Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar (and a winner announced)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

This morning I posted a giveaway from The Paperdashery, a UK online store selling washi tape, twine, and more – you can see that and enter to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in their Christmas category HERE {NOW CLOSED}. At the end of this post I’m also announcing the winner of the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway‘!

Now I’m sharing a project I made with some twine and washi tape that I purchased from them – a twine-wrapped gift jar:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

I went for a non-traditional colour scheme for this project, seeing as there’s been a lot of blue, white, and red so far in the Frosty Festivities 2015 event! You can see I’ve filled my gift jar with nail polishes, but it could be used for all kinds of things, like sweets, mini biscuits, small toys, golf balls and tees… anything small that you want to gift in a unique way!

Here’s how to twine-wrap your own jars…

Step 1: Thoroughly clean an old jar with hot soapy water. You might need to use white spirit or similar to remove any really sticky areas – if you do wash your jar again afterwards. If you are planning to put anything edible in your jar you need to sterilise it too – you can see a video from Jamie Oliver on how to do that HERE. Basically clean it until it’s free of any residue or dirt:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use Mod Podge to paint a thick ring of glue near the base of your jar. If you don’t have Mod Podge a strong tacky glue will work, or you could just dot a bit of hot glue where you are going to start the wrapping, and keep adding more dots as you go up the jar. Here’s my Mod Podge line:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Start wrapping your twine around the jar (I used the Bakers Twine in Metallic Gold), pulling it tight as you go:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Every 4 – 5 times around you should push the top layer down with your finger, to make sure there aren’t big gaps in between the rows:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When you get as high as you want to wrap, put a bigger blob of glue and push the end of twine into it:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Push that end down so there’s no gap between it and the top row of twine. Then clean any glue which is outside the areas of your twine, using a baby-wipe (or damp paper towel) and a dry paper towel to dry it until it’s nice and shiny:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: To make a tag just wrap a bit of washi tape (I used Maste Washi Tape Geometric) around the base of a tag, and stamp a sentiment and any other details you want at the top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: You could outline some details to help them stand out – I also added a pink gem:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: To decorate your jar lid just stick a few rows of washi tape onto a piece of white card:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Then punch out a circle or other shape, big enough to stick onto the jar lid and cover up any writing on top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Fill your jar, pop the lid on, and tie the tag on using more twine:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Gift it to someone you love this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Wrap twine around a large part of a project

Put washi tape on white card then punch a shape from it

Stamp an image then outline it with black pen

What would you put in your gift jar?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

Do you want to know who won the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway’? It was… Nancy Bradford! Nancy please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk with your mailing details so I can post out your prize. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped to spread the news about the event!

I’ll be back again tomorrow morning at 8am GMT, see you then!

Jennifer x

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A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

It’s time for another sponsored giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

This one is sponsored by the awesome online shop The Paperdashery

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

The Paperdashery is a relatively new shop, started by Gude from the Hodge Podge Craft blog – I was reading her blog when I discovered the shop! The Paperdashery is full of pretty twine, washi tape, wrapping paper, gift cards, and more! There’s even a handy ‘Christmas’ category which you can search HERE.

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

I immediately bought some twine and washi tapes when I discovered the shop, and I will be back later today to show you a project using them!

For now here’s a few of my favourite items in the shop which go with the Frosty Festivities theme…

1. Blue Bunny Winter Wrapping Paper – this paper is so beautiful. I want to buy one sheet to use as wrapping paper for a bunny-loving friend’s Christmas gift, and one sheet to use as background paper for a layout, or maybe to fussy-cut the bunnies as embellishments:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

2. Gold Sparkle Twine – This new twine looks so fabulous, perfect for wrapping presents, adding tags, or putting the finishing touch on layout or card:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

3. Maste Christmas Washi Tape, Knit Pattern – What can I say? This tape is perfect for conjuring up the atmosphere of winter days – going out for walks wrapped up in bobble hats and mittens:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

Do they get you in the mood for winter or Christmas?!

Now for the giveaway…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

One winner will receive a £10 GBP voucher code to spend in the Christmas category of The Paperdashery, with free delivery of the items you choose too!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to The Paperdashery Shop, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment, telling me about an item or two that caught your eye (it doesn’t need to be Christmas or Winter related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by The Paperdashery’s blog and social media pages. It’s not compulsory to visit these to enter the prize, but obviously Gude would love it if you stopped by. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize! Here’s the links:

Blog: https://www.thepaperdashery.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePaperdashery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepaperdashery

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thepaperdashery/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thepaperdashery/

The giveaway closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 4pm to share a project I made with washi tape and twine from The Paperdashery!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Ornament – Including Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Good morning! Today I have this Christmas Elf Cute Felt Ornament to share with you:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m loving this little elf! He’s made with the leftover felt from my Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop last year. I’ve had the scraps sitting in my stash since then and I wanted to think of a way to use them up!

If you want to make one I’ve made a template for you to download. Just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make it…

Step 1: Print off your template and gather some scraps. Please note that your template will be slightly different to mine – I made some adjustments as I was sewing the elf, and I couldn’t go back to photograph the start again as I’d already used up my felt scraps! The changes I made were to have only 2 arms, and to cut them from grey felt instead of blue (the blue felt blended in too well with the body), I also got rid of the smaller scallop border as the larger one was fiddly enough as it was:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut out the template pieces and draw around them on the felt with a pencil or haberdasher’s chalk, before cutting them all out:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Using a small, neat running stitch, sew the hats and ears onto the heads, making sure they will line up when you put the two heads back-to-back. Embroider on some eyes and a mouth (using backstitch for the mouth and satin stitch for the eyes). If you don’t want to do a satin stitch you can use brads for the eyes like I did on the felt Santa last year. You can also add some embroidery / beads to the front of the hat if you want to:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Sew the scalloped borders onto the bases of the bodies, then sew the hands and then the arms onto the front body piece. Sew the heads onto the bodies too (again making sure they will line up when the two pieces of elf are placed wrong-sides together):

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Start sewing the two halves together using a blanket stitch all around the outside, except for the bottom edge under the scallop borders. When you get to the hat make sure you use a chopstick or similar tool to push a bit of stuffing into the swirly bit before you close the hat up completely – you wont be able to push it into that part from the base of the elf, because of the angle:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Once the rest of the elf has been closed around the edges, fill it with stuffing. You can try tucking some into the ears but that’s a bit fiddly and not really necessary as they look okay un-stuffed:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Close the base of the elf with more blanket stitching, and then use a darning needle to thread some baker’s twine under a couple of blanket stitches at the top of the elf, so you can use it to hang your ornament:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then your elf is all ready to gift to someone or hang on your tree this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Use a colour palette of white, grey, blue, and peach or soft pink

Make or use an elf ornament or embellishment

Add tiny beads to the middle of a snowflake or star

I still have some grey, peach, and white scraps of felt left, any ideas what I can use those for?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to bookmark, pin, or share this post, if you enjoyed it!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT for the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost Embellishment

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Good day to you! Today I’m sharing this ‘Christmas Chaos’ layout with a DIY North Pole signpost embellishment:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I got the idea to do the signpost because of the background paper I’d chosen (Shimelle Christmas Magic ‘Deliver’ paper) being a map. And I really wanted it to say ‘Noth Pole’ on one of the signs, but then I realised that it would drive me crazy, because according to the map paper the ‘North Pole’ sign would have to point straight upwards! So I decided to go with the words ‘Our House’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Chaos’, and ‘This Way’:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m going to try and make another one of these as a decoration, with ‘North Pole’ being one of the signs this time!

Here’s how I made the signpost…

Step 1: Find three craft sticks (I call them lolly sticks!) which are as flat as possible:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two of the craft sticks to be the sign parts, and sand off any rough edges where you cut them. I just used scissors to cut mine but if your craft sticks are thicker you might need something tougher. Also make sure you think about what words you want to add to the signs, and therefore how long each piece needs to be – I made sure the one which would say ‘Christmas’ was longer:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the sticks white. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint, which is similar to acrylic paint, and I only painted the front and sides, not the back as it would be stuck on a layout. I’d have to paint the back for a decoration. It only took one coat of paint:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint some red diagonal stripes onto the tall ‘post’ stick, to give it a candy-cane effect. Ink the edges of the sign pieces with black ink (I used chalk ink) to give them some definition:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Stamp or write your words onto the signs. I used an old mini-alpha stamp set and Stayz-On ink. Then glue the signs to the front of the post using hot glue or another strong adhesive:

DIY North Pole Signpost made with Craft Sticks at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then you can add it to a layout, card, or other festive project! I used Glossy Accents to stick mine to my background paper.

The bottom of my post looks like it disappears, but that’s because it’s under a flap where I placed another photo, of my sister reading a new book to my daughter:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I used a mix of other embellishments to finish off the page, including some Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes puffy stickers, some My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street ephemera and enamel dots, and some cork-effect alpha stickers for the title:

Christmas Chaos Layout with DIY North Pole Signpost at Jennifer Grace

I love the chaos of Christmas morning!

Be Inspired:

Make a North Pole Signpost as an embellishment or decoration

Use red and white candy-cane stripes somewhere on your next project

Make a flap for a hidden photo, journaling, or message

What do you think of my North Pole Signpost? What words would you have on the signs?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities blog post!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I’m sharing this Christmas ornament circular card, made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love shaped cards, I should really make them more often! It’s a nice change from my usual square or A6 card size. This one could even turn into an ornament – I’ll send a bit of string or twine in with the card and suggest the recipient hangs it up!

It was easy to make this using my Cricut Explore machine, but if you don’t have an electronic cutter you could achieve the same effect by drawing around something circular and following the steps for making the folded card backing, before decorating the front.

Here’s how I created mine in the Cricut Design Space…

Step 1: Insert an ornament image – mine is #M3E043. Resize it to however big you want it to be – I wanted to be able to cut some pieces from a 6×6 patterned paper pad (My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street), so I made my ornament 5.8″ tall:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Click on the layers panel to ‘duplicate’ the image. Then right-click on the second image, and ‘ungroup’ the image, so you can separate the layers:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Delete all but the bottom layer, and ‘duplicate’ it again. Move the first ornament out of your way by dragging it to the bottom of the screen, and place the two bottom layers side-by-side. Drag a box over them to select them both, then click on the ‘align’ option from the top menu, and align them ‘center vertically’:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move them so they overlap, making sure you don’t move them up or down, only towards each other:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over to select them both again, and click the ‘weld’ option in the layers panel so that they join together:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you have a scoring tool for your Cricut Explore, insert an image of a ‘score line’ (it’s a free image) and put it along the fold between the two ornament bases:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have a score tool for your machine you can always do this step later with an ordinary scoring tool, or lollipop stick like I sometimes use!

Step 7: Click ‘go’ and cut your shapes out from your desired papers. Note that you still need the back circle for the patterned ornament, because the folded card base has one edge of circle disappearing at the fold:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick together your patterned ornament. I used my Herma repositionable tape runner:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the patterned ornament onto the card base, and fold it. At this point I tried to stand my card up, and quickly remembered that circles roll, when my card rolled straight over! To solve this I cut a tiny sliver off the base of the card, cutting through all the layers. It gives it an almost unnoticeable straight edge, which will help it stand up:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add any other decorations that you want to. I added some light green pearls around the edge:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it’s time to send this card I will need to put a liner in it too, as the inside of the card is currently red. I guess I could write with white or metallic pen inside but I’ll probably add a liner. I didn’t think about that until I was looking at it at the end though!

Be Inspired:

Make a shaped Christmas card – circular, star-shaped, triangular etc

Make an ornament from a 6×6 paper pad

Use an ornament embellishment on your next scrapbook layout or project

If you received this card would you like a piece of string to come with it so you could hang it up? I’m thinking a colourful piece of twine to match the colours of the card!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

This morning you saw the first sponsored giveaway, with a prize of some beautiful digital overlays from the Lettera Etc Etsy shop. If you missed it you can enter the giveaway HERE {NOW CLOSED}. Now I’m back to show you how to use digital overlays to make pretty festive projects, including a video tutorial for the digital editing!

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I purchased the Christmas Word Art Volume 2 set:

Christmas Wordart Volume 2 by Lettera Etc

Aren’t they lovely?!

I recorded a video to show how I used these. I mostly used PicMonkey to edit them, as it’s a free online tool that most should be able to access (I would normally edit in Adobe Illustrator but I’m aware not many of my readers will have that), and I also used Microsoft Word for one to show that they can be used there too. Here’s the video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

 

And here are the photos which are shown at the end of the video on case you want another look…

The items all printed out using my laser printer:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I foiled the black ‘Joy To The World’ page using my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine and gold foil:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I used one of the items as a tag, and I’m keeping the ‘ho ho ho’ as an embellishment to use on a layout, along with the photo which I printed using my Canon Selphy:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

I put this ‘Joy To The World’ phrase in a black frame for a quick home-decor piece:

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

And I made a few simple cards using the images with overlays – adding sequins to the ‘sparkle’ card, and gems to the card with my son on (which I’m totally going to send to his teacher for Christmas!):

How To Use Digital Overlays To Make Pretty Festive Projects by Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Have I inspired you to get some digital overlays to use on a project?

Be Inspired:

Use a digital overlay, stamp etc on your next project – either a digital project or a hybrid one (where you’ve printed something)

Create a flat simple card with just a sheet of patterned paper or a couple of stamps (maybe add some gems though!)

Use gold foil or something reflective and shiny

Do you use digital items much in your crafting? Let me know in the comments below!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with the next project – at 2pm GMT as I’m giving myself the morning off!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc. {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

It’s time for the first sponsored giveaway {NOW CLOSED} of the event!

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc

Lettera Etc. is an Etsy shop selling beautiful word art and design elements that you can use on top of photos, or on your blog, or to print out, or make other projects with. Angela, the creator and owner of the store, has an amazing angel policy which you can see under her shop policies HERE, detailing all the many different and exciting ways you are allowed to use the images!

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc!

I fell in love with Angela’s designs, her writing is so pretty and the extra little touches like glittery wreaths really caught my attention.

Here’s a few of Angela’s items which go well with the Frosty Festivities theme:

1. Christmas Overlays (Wordart Volume 2) – I love how there’s a bold ‘Falalala’ in this set, as well as the gorgeous twirly writing on the other phrases, plus the gold and silver rosehip wreaths are just lovely:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc.

2. Christmas Overlays (Wordart Volume 1) – These quotes are equally dreamy, my favourite is the ‘Believe in the magic of Christmas’ with the falling stars / snowflakes – it would be perfect just printed out and put in a frame:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc.

3. Christmas Gift Tags (Bumper Volume 1) – I love how this set comes with a gift tag template, for you to be able to easily print these off and add an extra sparkle to your season:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc.

Aren’t they all stunning?

If you aren’t sure how you’d use them don’t worry, I will be back later today with a tutorial for how I’ve used one of the sets. You can use them in Picmonkey if you don’t have photoshop! Pop back at 4pm GMT to see what I made!

Now for the giveaway…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Lettera Etc.

One lucky winner will receive all three of the above files – a Christmas bundle to help you make your photos and projects truly festive!

P.S. Yes I couldn’t resist using the rosehip wreath for the prize image. It’s going to end up everywhere I’m sure!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to the Lettera Etc. Etsy Shop, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment, telling me about an item or two that caught your eye (it doesn’t need to be Christmas or Winter related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by Lettera Etc’s Facebook Page to say hi! It’s not compulsory to visit the Facebook Page, but obviously Angela would love it if you stopped by. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize!

The giveaway closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 4pm!

Jennifer x