Kids Crafts

Easter Egg Bunting – Kids Craft

We’ve just had a nice relaxing weekend. On Saturday I went out for lunch with a friend, then me, hubby, and the kids went to Dorchester Library to pick up some books – we’re lucky that we can take books out from there, but still return them to our local library as they are all part of Dorset County Council. It was fun as they had lots of different books to our library. We also went and spent the kid’s World Book Day vouchers at Waterstones.

Here’s my kids dressed up for World Book Day, as Hermione and Harry Potter, and them sharing a book at Dorchester Library (ignore Little Miss’s messy hair!):

World Book Day and Dorchester Library

On Sunday we just chilled out at home all day for Mother’s Day which was lovely. I was served a bagel, strawberries, and a cup of tea in bed for my breakfast and we played some board games (Rummikub and Picture Yahtzee), then in the afternoon we did some homework, and worked on our next Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge, which is to design an Easter Egg.

I decided we could make some Easter Egg bunting to hang up, so I cut 6 eggs from white card using my Cricut Explore and put all our Staedtler drawing materials out on the dining table – we have crayons, felt pens, colouring pencils, highlighter pens, fineliner pens, and metallic gold and silver pens:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I just let the kids loose!

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

They used some of each of the drawing materials, but Cheeky Boy’s favourite items were by far the gold and silver pens. He finds them really easy to use, and though he smudged them a bit here and there it didn’t seem to bother him, and I managed to clean it off his hands and the table okay! Little Miss favoured the felt tip pens.

I love how each egg turned out differently. I didn’t give them and guidance except to say they could do patterns or pictures or a bit of each. I just wanted them to have fun and they sure did – so much that I had to go and cut another egg out each as they didn’t want to stop!

I tied the eggs all together with curling ribbon once the kids were finished:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

On the back of each egg we wrote ideas for what the flavours of the eggs would be. The ones I like the sound of most are the ‘Night Time Egg’ which tastes like the moon, a ‘Robot Zorg Egg’ which tastes fizzy and spiky, a ‘Minty Air’ egg, and an ‘Every Flavour Egg’ – which is the one with the girl’s face on – apparently the ‘every flavour’ only works for that one if a girl eats it, you can also get one with a boy’s face on if you’re a boy.

It was a lovely way to spend an hour or so, just watching their process and seeing their ideas, and they were very proud of the finished item:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m tempted to make some mini Easter Egg bunting to add to a scrapbook page, what do you think?

I hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing day today!

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers

It’s time for me to brighten up your day with a colourful layout, with stacked stickers of all different hues layered up…

Hello Friends:

http://jennifergracecreates.com/hello-friends-layout-with-stacked-stickers/

Nice and vibrant, isn’t it? This photo was taken in spring a couple of years ago, and I must say I’m looking forward to the weather warming up so that we can start adventuring again.

As you can probably tell I had a lot of fun layering up my stickers on this page. I just counted, and there’s about 50 stickers on here, plus enamel dots and chipboard stickers too!

To start with I knew I wanted to use this colourful piece of Webster’s Pages paper for my photo:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I pulled a bunch of stickers from my stash which matched the colours / theme of the page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all cut out from their backing sheets so that I could play around with the placement of them on the page before sticking them down. The only ones which I couldn’t cut out were the glittery circles on the right, as they are snug together.

I piled up the stickers, shuffling and changing until I was happy with the look of the page – I couldn’t try out the glittery gold circles so I just kept them to one side to remind me to use them in a minute:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stuck them all down! This did take a little while, as I had to carefully shuffle down the top layers, stick down a sticker on the bottom layer, then shuffle them back up to check they were in the right place. I kept referring back to my earlier photo to check their placement too, so it’s a good idea to take a digital photo if you can!

I remembered to include some circles as I was sticking the other stickers down, just dotting a few here and there, and using one big one for the title (which I changed from ‘hello girl’ to ‘hello friends’):

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I went through my stash again to find some chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, and enamel dots, which all helped to add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat page. I also stamped a couple of butterflies to the left of the photo, as the page was looking a bit heavy on the right without them:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Having the title circled by a sticker stops it getting lost on the busy page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s just a couple of lines of journaling at the bottom of the layout, because the stickers had lots of phrases on to add to the story:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think the page does these 2 smiley girls justice, what do you think?!

Do you have a surplus of stickers in your stash? Try layering them up like this to use lots up at once! If you need further inspiration for using up stickers see THIS LAYOUT for another page full of stickers, or maybe you might want to follow THIS TUTORIAL for turning scrapbook stickers into pendants!

I hope you’re having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

New Happy Scatter Items At Last!

Hello! It’s been a long time since I uploaded some new items to my Etsy shop, Happy Scatter. The last time was May 2015! I can’t believe it’s been so long, but with starting a part time job in June plus all the volunteer work I do, I guess it’s not that surprising that my designing took a back seat for a while. I had started designing the new items ages ago but never got round to finishing them off and actually making them!

For the last month-or-so I’ve been joining in with Etsy Resolution, a bootcamp for Etsy shop owners. It’s been super inspiring and helped me to improve lots of areas of the shop like understanding SEO. It definitely helped give me a kick to get more items listed!

Here’s the new bits and pieces you can now find in the shop:

New Happy Scatter Products Release Feb 2016

Fun huh? There’s 2 die cut cards sets (the ‘See The World’ travel set and the ‘Home’ set), 3 new stencils (the ‘Ahoy There’ anchors stencil, the ‘Wood Slice’ stencil, and the ‘Edgy Chevron Arrows’ stencil), and 3 new flair buttons sets (the ‘Time To Go’ travel flair, the ‘The Sea Is Calling Me’ flair, and the ‘Just Lovely’ flair).

My favourite new item is the anchors stencil. We do live by the beach so nautical items are always good here, plus I’ve always wanted to get an anchor tattoo. I’m just not brave enough. Adding these to my projects will keep me happy in the meantime:

Ahoy There Anchors Stencil Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

The flair are all quite cute too though. I know I’m biased because I designed them! In my opinion the best one is the little shelf with cacti on. Which one do you like best?

New Flair Feb 2016 Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

I’ll be blogging some projects with these, as soon as I can squeeze in a bit of time for crafting!

One thing I should mention is that I have put the prices up on some of my items, due to an increase in manufacturing costs, and me not being very savvy about how much time things would really take to make when I started the shop. I’ve learnt that even if I’m using an electronic die cutter to cut things it still takes a lot of time to set the machine up, clean the sticky residue off stencils, package things up, on top of time spent designing things in the first place, etc, etc. I do actually want to earn a little bit of money for my time, which I’m sure you can all understand!

However I have also changed the price of postage so it will cost you LESS – it’s now a new low flat rate, so you can buy as many items from my shop as you like and the postage won’t increase per item like it used to.

I hope that all makes sense. Any questions let me know.

Thank you so much for continuing to support me and my shop – if you can’t afford to buy anything right now then a pin, tweet, re-gram or FB share of these new items would make me smile just as much!

I hope you are having a great week. It’s half term here so I’m trying to keep my little monkeys occupied during the day. They know how to keep me busy!

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

Valentine’s Day Fimo Hearts Teacher Gifts

For the latest Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge we were asked to make some Fimo Hearts for Valentine’s Day, using a Fimo mould. The kids were not so keen on making hearts (can’t we make more spaceships?!), until I suggested we make them to give to their teachers for Valentine’s. They LOVED this idea as they are still at the age where they love their teachers and want to give them nice gifts!

Here’s the hearts we made:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

The 6 large ones are teacher gifts, so we added ribbon to those to make them into decorations. The others are spares for the kids to play with (though they gave the tiny yellow one to me).

Want to know how to make your own?

Step 1: Start with some Fimo, a Staedtler Fimo Clay Mould, some talcum powder, and a brush:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Sprinkle your mould with talcum powder:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then use the brush to dust it around and into the creases of the patterns, tapping any excess off:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

You should barely be able to see the talcum powder:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Knead the Fimo a bit to soften it then roll it into a ball:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Press the ball into the mould, making sure you are pushing it down enough to fill the dips of the patterns:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once you’ve pressed all your Fimo in it should look a bit like this:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Turn the mould upside down and use your thumbs to press the Fimo out of the mould, the mould is quite bendy so it’s easy to do:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ta-da!

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you re-dust the mould with talcum powder if you are using the same heart again. We had to re-do the rose one almost straight away, as I managed to put my elbow on the one we’d just made. Doh!

Some hearts may need a bit of excess Fimo cut off if there was a bit too much for the mould:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can experiment too. We thought the plain heart shapes looked a bit boring compared to the patterned ones, so we twisted 2 sausages of Fimo colours together, then pressed them into the moulds for a marbled effect:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the ones we marbled:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss also got creative with the back of some of them, making a pattern with the point of the plastic knife:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: When you’ve finished making hearts use a wooden kebab stick or similar to make a hole through the hearts which you want to hang up. You will need to wiggle the stick around a bit to stretch the hole so it’s big enough to fit ribbon through. And don’t forget to pick the heart up and make sure the hole is big at the back too, not just at the front:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Arrange on a baking tray covered in tin foil, and bake according to instructions – for the Kids Fimo we were using this was 30 minutes at 110 degrees C:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Once they are baked and cooled you can add a ribbon – you may need to use the kebab stick to help poke the ribbon through – and tie a knot to hang them up:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids can’t wait to give them to their teachers (Cheek Boy has turned into Spiderman!):

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

I especially like the patterned hearts, they’d make nice Christmas decorations too I think:

Valentine's Day Fimo Hearts at Jennifer Grace Creates

They’d look even nicer with a bit of gloss varnish on, as some of them look a bit talcum-powdery! But I didn’t have any gloss varnish, so never mind.

Do you ever use moulds for any of your creations? I want some small ones to make some embellishments for my scrapbook pages!

Have a great day – it’s a rather stormy one here with Storm Imogen rattling the windows. We’re staying snug inside.

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Bye for now, Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Mermaid Pattern Bowl DIY

I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. You know, just for a few days, to swim with the whales and discover the depths of the sea. We just watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid again last night and I was signing along merrily. My kids told me to ssssh. I ignored them.

This mermaid pattern bowl won’t magically turn me into a mermaid, but it makes me happy to look at it while I eat my cereals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Begin with a plain white bowl and Edding’s Porcelain Brush Pens:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: I ended up doing this step wrong and having to start it again. You’ll see a couple of reasons why!

Draw a pattern of fish-scales by drawing connected semi-circles around the base of the bowl:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

See how the filled-in semi-circle on the left doesn’t look as smooth as the one on the right? You need to use broad sweeping strokes when colouring in with these pens, as they don’t bleed together too well if you try a more scribbled approach like I’d used on the left.

Don’t try to correct it by drawing over it again either – if the ink had already started to dry then you’ll just make scratches in it:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

It’s best to wipe off the offending section with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry piece of cloth (I used kitchen paper for both) before starting again:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

However it still wasn’t quite right, as when I went to do the next layer I realised the semi-circles would have to be huge in order to connect with the first layer in a mermaid-scales pattern. Too big – it looked more like flower petals:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So I wiped it all off and drew the first layer again with smaller semi-circles:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Now draw and fill in the next layer with a new colour. The semi-circles should be offset with the first layer, so that the dips of the 2nd layer meet with the middles of the semi-circles on the first layer:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Repeat 3 more times with new colours each time, for three more layers:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

Step 5: Your mermaid scales are done but it needs a little ‘something’ to make it look finished:

Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

So draw a scalloped line around the top edge with a contrasting colour, to give it a ‘frill’ and make it look more mermaid-like!

Bake according to instructions and your bowl is finished and ready to use:

 Mermaid Pattern Bowl at jennifergracecreates.com

The perfect gift for someone who wants to be a mermaid.

On my belated hen-party I was allowed to give out stickers to my hens for ‘good work’ eg. if they said something funny or re-filled my wine etc. One of my friend’s said I looked like a mermaid when I was swimming so I gave her a few extra stickers!

Have you ever wanted to be a magical creature or to have super powers? I hope most people have crazy dreams like that!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board

Here’s the first layout I’ve made in 2016! I needed a bit of inspiration to get be back to scrapping, so I turned to the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board. The colours were beautiful and I managed to pull lots of bits and pieces from my stash that would suit it!

Here’s the layout I ended up with – Life Is Good, Smile:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

This is another one for My 30th Birthday party album, the photo is from the morning of the party when we were all waking up from a night of camping, and trying to ignore the drizzly weather!

Here’s the mood board from Jot:

Jot Magazine January 2016 Modd Board Challenge

To start with I planned out that my background paper would be the piece with doilies on, I chose some 6×6 papers and scraps to layer with, and I knew I wanted to use some burlap paper on here as there were the little burlap bags on the moodboard:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I thought about making the burlap into a little bag or pocket for journaling, but it was really thick and I couldn’t work out how to do it and make it look nice. Then I remembered that I had one Crate Paper wooden embroidery hoop shape left, so I decided to use the burlap inside the ‘frame’. I drew around the outside edge of the hoop on the back of the burlap paper:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I cut the circle out just inside the drawn line, then drew on a heart shape, before back-stitching along it with cream twine and a darning needle:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just added glue around the back of the wood veneer hoop and pressed it onto the burlap circle to join them together:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Initially I stuck to the more muted tones of the colour scheme when choosing embellishments for the rest of the layout:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

But I decided it needed something to make it ‘pop’ especially as my coat in the photo is quite a bright blue. So I added some brighter blue items around the edges too:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Then I just had to finish off with my journaling and some enamel dots and gems!

My journaling reads:

We may have woken up to a drizzly grey day for our party, but that wouldn’t stop us from smiling!

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

I especially like this ‘happy camper’ sticker which I found as it’s so perfect for the page:

Smile Layout for the Jot Magazine January 2016 Mood Board Challenge

Do you think I did the mood board justice? I could probably have done with a bit more newsprint or florals, but I didn’t have any newsprint in my stash and I figured the doilies were okay instead of florals!

The mood board challenge is open for another week-or-so if you want to enter!

I hope you are having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

Sea Creature And Spaceship Toys – With Fimo Form & Play!

Staedtler kindly sent us some more bits and pieces to play with as part of our Try-It-Tribe challenges. This time we were challenged to make our own toys with the Fimo Form & Play sets!

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here are the sets they sent us – Pirate, Seaworld, and Space (I opened up the Seaworld pack so you can see what’s inside):

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys With Fimo Form & Play Sets at Jennifer Grace Creates

The sets each come with 4 blocks of Fimo Kids modeling clay (enough to make one each of the models) plus a plastic tool, and instructions on how to build the models. The packaging opens up to reveal a ‘scene’ – like a backdrop the kids can use when playing with their toys later. Cheeky Boy was quite excited when he saw the space picture – I let him watch a Star Wars movie (episode 4) for the first time a few days ago!

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss chose to make the sea creatures, and Cheeky Boy unsurprisingly chose to make the space ships. We’ve kept the pirate set for a rainy day!

As the Pirate instructions are now the only ones I can find, here’s a page from inside so you can see how the instructions are displayed:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

As you can see the instructions have no text, so even young kids who can’t read will be able to try and follow the pictures. It shows you how much of the Fimo block you need to use, what shapes to mould, and where to put them on the model that you are making. By the end of it Cheeky Boy (age 4 and a half) was really getting the hang of following the instructions. He could easily cut off the right amount of the right colour:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

He often needed help making it into a ball or sausage shape, but then he could do the next bit of cutting and shaping. He did all the final shaping and adding to the models. He especially liked making the windows – they were not very round but he loved cutting the Fimo into little blobs, counting them to make sure he had the right number, and pressing them on:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss (age 7 and 3 quarters) did everything herself, though I did show her how to make a couple of shapes (eg. the turtle shell) then I squished it up again so she could make it. She took a lot longer to make all her models, as she was doing it a lot more carefully and trying to make them perfect. Just look at the concentration on her face:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

We had a very fun time making the toys – they stayed enthusiastic the whole time we were making them.

I have a couple of tips for you:

Tip 1: Always wash your hands after moulding a dark colour, or when you start work on the next colour it will get ‘dirty’ (as Cheeky Boy said). Here’s when he’d moved from black to red without washing his hands and ended up with a marbled effect:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s not enough spare Fimo to replace a large part like this, so we just had to stick with it being discoloured. Most of it got covered up by windows anyway.

Tip 2: If you have any parts which might droop in the oven you can scrunch up balls of tin foil to hold them up while they are baking. Then they will stay in position once the Fimo is cooked and hard:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

One final thing to say is that a couple of bits have broken off our toys while we’ve been playing with them – the tip of a spaceship and one of the crabs legs. To avoid this you could smooth the different colours of Fimo together more where they join before cooking. I’ve just glued them back on and they seem to be okay for now!

This spaceship and the crab are my favourites:

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am looking forward to when we make the pirates – and I’ve seen there’s a dino set so I want to get that too!

Do you think you or your kids would like to have a go at these?

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a fun-filled day!

Jennifer x

Sea Creature & Spaceship Toys Using Fimo Form & Play at Jennifer Grace Creates

Industry News & Reviews

CHA 2016 Product Picks!

Hello!

I feel it’s time to ease myself back into blogging after taking a long winter break! Did you all have a great Christmas and New Year? Ours was lovely though very busy. Things are just about getting back to routine now – it’s no less busy, but it’s more structured!

Today I’m going to share my product picks from the latest CHA Mega Show releases. In case you don’t know, the CHA Mega Show is when the Craft & Hobby Association USA have a big trade event with hundreds of craft manufacturers displaying their new lines, so that stores and kit clubs etc can choose what to order. The manufacturers tend to also share their new items on their blogs and social media in the run up to and during the show.

There is, as usual, lots that I want to buy. I won’t be able to get it all. But here are my CHA 2016 Product Picks…

Pink Paislee – C’est La Vie & Fancy Free

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie and Fancy Free

Pink Paislee have blown me away with their new lines! Fancy Free is designed by the lovely Paige Evans whose style I’ve always admired so it’s no surprise I like her collection too.

My favourite item from the C’est La Vie collection is without a doubt these mirror stickers – so shiny:

Pink Paislee C'est La Vie Mirror Stickers

And whilst I love everything in the Fancy Free collection (the colours are so perfect) my must have item from it is this string-art template:

Pink Paislee Fancy Free String Art Template

Which will be great to design a page background but also some wall art, don’t you think?!

My Mind’s Eye By The Sea & On Trend 2:

My Mind's Eye By The Sea & On Trend 2

I usually do like a good sea-themed collection, thanks to us living near some beautiful beaches. By The Sea has some great animal icons including a narwhal. So fun! I’m loving the chipboard elements:

My Mind's Eye By The Sea Chipboard Elements

On Trend 2 is another beautiful collection from designer Jen Allyson. It includes golf foil touches, with flamingos and cacti! I think the item I want the most is this sheet of paper to cut apart (called ‘Little Things’):

My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 Little Things Foiled Paper

Heidi Swapp Minc Mediums:

Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist

I purchased the Minc last year (some of your will remember my unboxing video and layout process video using the machine) but I haven’t used it too often. The main reason is that while I love Heidi’s style I really wanted to be able to foil my own designs, which I thought I’d be able to do because we have a laser printer here. However my own printed designs never come out that well – I don’t think out printer is ‘juicy’ enough, and there’s no way to adjust the ink output. So I had the Minc toner ink pen on my xmas wishlist, but I didn’t get it and now it’s sold out everywhere.

So of course I am excited to see there’s some reactive mist, paint, and art screen ink which are all coming out soon!

You can see the mist in the photo above, you can click HERE to see a photo by Amy Tangerine of a tag she’s made with the paint, or you can click HERE to see a video by Scrapbook.com showing all the new Minc supplies.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Simple Stories – Robin’s Egg Binder & Basics Woodgrain Paper Pack:

Simple Stories Robin's Egg Binder & 12 x 12 Basics Paper Pack

The colour of that binder is amazing, I have to have it! I don’t know what I’m going to use it for yet but I will be buying it for sure! And I can never have enough woodgrain and ledger papers, as they work great for photographing projects as well as actually using on projects. Every time I use one on a project I feel a bit sad that I’m not going to be able to use it as a photography background anymore!

Crate Paper Bloom Mini Tassels and Bow Stamps:

Crate Paper Mini Tassels and Bloom Stamps

The Bloom collection designed by Maggie Holmes is cute but I probably won’t buy all of it as I can’t afford to buy everything I want! I do, however, think I’ll get the mini tassels and the bow stamps if I can manage to. They are just plain adorable.

Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley Pea Pod Parts:

Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley Pea Pod Parts

Something else that’s adorable is this Mushroom Medley collection by Jillibean Soup. I like the papers but they aren’t calling to me as much as the Pea Pod Parts shown above – I think it’s brilliant that there’s so many little pieces which I can scatter about on my projects! I also want the stamps!

Queen & Co Donuts:

Queen & Co Donuts

I felt like I needed to finish with something sparkly, and these ‘Donuts’ from Queen & Co look sparkly and fun. There’s something irresistible about them!

That’s my product picks for the season! Has anything caught your eye?

CHA 2016 Product Picks at Jennifer Grace Creates

I hope you are having a great week. I’ll be back again soon, I promise!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giveaways / Winners

The Winners From Frosty Festivities 2015!

Hello! Sorry this post is a day late, but when I said I’d post the winners yesterday I didn’t realise what a hectic week this would be. They are all ready to announce now though!

The Winners From Frosty Festivities 2015 at Jennifer Grace Creates

Before I announce them all I just want to say another big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the event. I am still reading through all the wonderful comments but I promise you I will read every single one, they are making me smile so much!

It was also FANTASTIC to see the projects entered into the ‘Challenge To Be Inspired’. Almost all the entries were pinned to my ‘Inspired by Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board HERE if you want to take a quick look at what everyone was up to! There were just a few I couldn’t pin from Flickr for some reason – possibly a privacy setting.

I also want to say another thank you to sponsors, but I’ll tell you who won the prizes first, as I know you are waiting to find out!

The Winners Are…

The Grand Giveaway: Shelley (Who Said ‘What a fantastic giveaway. Your projects are great – a lovely showcase of the prize package goodies’)

Giveaway From Lettera Etc: Margot Mac G

Giveaway From The Paperdashery: Jacky S

Giveaway From Little Dorrit: Julene Matthews

The Blog Hop Giveaway: Fay

Giveaway From Feed Your Craft: K

Giveaway From SVG Files Shop: Leslie Smith

My Wish List Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Diana Fernandez

The Challenge To Be Inspired Random Winner: Karen Ladd

The Challenge To Be Inspired MY CHOICE Winner: Lizzy Hill

Lizzy joined in lots during the event but it was this card, with teeny tiny mason jars, which totally stole my heart. What a unique spin on my Twine Wrapped Gift Jar post:

Mason Jar card by Lizzy Hill

Congrats to all the winners! Please email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk with ‘Winner’ in the subject line. Just send me your email address for now and then I’ll let you know if I need your mailing address, or if I’m passing your details on to an Etsy owner for them to contact you directly!

I am so sorry that I couldn’t send prizes to everyone. I wish I could. There will be more giveaways coming at some point next year, though I haven’t decided if I’m going to run another event again. I’m still thinking about it. Life is a little chaotic lately and I don’t have as much time to prepare for them!

I just need to finish by saying one last thank you to the giveaway sponsors – please don’t forget to spend money in these shops next time you want some new stash, it’s a great way to say thank you and encourages them to sponsor more events (not just mine but giveaways in general!) in the future…

Lettera Etc.

The Paperdashery

Little Dorrit & Co.

Feed Your Craft

SVG Files Shop

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for your participation!

Jennifer x

(P.S. details of the entrants in each giveaway, and screenshots of random.org selecting the winner, are available as documents if requested)

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Home Decor Craft Projects

Concertina Christmas Trees and the Frosty Festivities 2015 Wrap-Up Post!

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

Well, it’s the last day of November, which means it’s also the last day of my Frosty Festivities 2015 event. Have you enjoyed it?! I have a few things to mention and then I have one last project to inspire you with!

There’s a list of all the Frosty Festivities 2015 posts on THIS PAGE of my blog. Make sure you check to see if there’s any posts you missed, especially all the giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED}! Look at all the fabulous prizes you could win:

Frosty Festivities 2015 Prizes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Al the giveaways and the challenge to be inspired stay open until 10pm GMT on next Sunday the 6th of December {ALL NOW CLOSED}. Winners will be announced on Thursday the 10th of December so make sure you check back to see if you’ve won.

If you have enjoyed the event, I’d be really grateful if you can pin or share the projects you like. Whilst I do enjoy making all the projects, running the events, and reading your comments, it’s visitor numbers that convince me to run it again and convince sponsors to add a prize. So the more visitors the better!

Talking about sponsors, make sure you shop at Lettera Etc, The Paperdashery, Little Dorrit & Co, Feed Your Craft, and SVG Files Shop, when you can, to thank them for being fabulous sponsors!

If you have any questions or suggestions about how these events are run, then don’t hesitate to contact me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk!

Now for one last project, these Concertina Christmas Trees:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor using My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street at Jennifer Grace Creates

These were a fun way to use a bit more of my favourite Christmas collection (Christmas On Market Street by My Mind’s Eye)!

I started with a pile of items from the collection, plus some plastic cups, a score board, a hole punch, a hot glue gun, some sand, and some bamboo sticks:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

However I did end up swapping the bamboo sticks for chopsticks, as the bamboo sticks were too thick, and swapping the hole punch for a big bite hole puncher, as the normal hole punch couldn’t reach far enough:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you want to make some of your own…

Step 1: Cut 2 triangles from patterned paper. One of mine is 11″ tall, and the other is 7.5″ tall:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Score the trees horizontally at regular intervals – my score lines are about 3/4″ apart:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Concertina the trees by folding back and forth along the lines:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Draw a line down the center vertically on the back of your triangles. Then punch holes on each panel, along the line:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Make the holes a little larger by gently pushing the chopstick through, from the front of your triangle to the back, to widen them:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Push the trees onto the chopsticks:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use hot glue to add some embellishments – I added a gold snowflake and a gold garland to the tops of the trees, and sentiments in the middle:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add any other embellishments – I added a few enamel dots to each tree:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Decorate the plastic cups by hot glueing on some glitter ribbon at the top, and another die-cut card embellishment at the front:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Fill the plastic cups with coloured sand (I had to add some coloured stones too as I didn’t have enough sand), then stick your trees in and put them on display:

Concertina Christmas Trees Home Decor using My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you display them somewhere that they won’t get knocked over and spill sand everywhere!

These concertina trees would also look good made in miniature and added to cards and scrapbook layouts! You don’t even have to punch holes and add a stick if you’re going to be sticking them down flat.

Be Inspired:

Make some concertina Christmas trees

At glitter tape around the rim or edge of something

Use a wooden stick on a project or page

Remember to let me know what you thought about the event. Which was your favourite project?

Thanks so much for stopping by! I have enjoyed reading every single comment! Bye for now,

Jennifer x