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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

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Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint!

Today I’m sharing how to renew your embellishments with spray paint!

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Tell me I’m not the only one who has lots of embellishments purchased years ago, and still hanging round in my craft stash?! I need to spring clean my supplies a little, and I decided that instead of giving them all away I’d see which ones I could update to suit my current style.

These were the embellishments I started with, that needed a new lease of life:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of these I wanted to change because the colours weren’t right for me (I rarely use purple), some were because the design was too intricate for me (yes I’m talking about you Mrs doily heart and Madame fake black lace), and a couple were just because I had a few items the same colour, and I knew I’d never use them all with the same hue (eg the cork heart and the white owl).

So I pulled out my spray paint (Plati-Kote Metallic Gold and Matt Super Flat White). I divided the embellies into which colours I wanted them to be, put them at each end of an old messy mount-board, took it into the garden, and followed the instructions for spraying (make sure you do this in an outdoor space, protecting the surrounding area and maybe wearing a mask too – this stuff isn’t good to inhale or to spray all over your precious garden flowers):

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

I left this to dry for a couple of hours then sprayed another layer. At this point the gold was done:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

 But the white was still a bit translucent:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

So after drying for a couple of hours I gave the white items another coat. Now they were ready:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

The cork items look quite cool as you can still see the cork texture, but my favourite items are the owl and the gold 3D flower:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

This renewed pile of embellishments is so much more inspiring to me:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Would you be more likely to use these in their old state or their new state? What colour would you change your embellishments to?

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a project that I’ve used some of these on!

Bye for now

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials Linky Party!

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CHA Winter 2014 Products Picks!

Hello, happy Monday!

I know it’s been a while now since the CHA show in January, but I have been busy since then moving house, so I hadn’t had time to pull together my product picks. I always like to share what I’m excited about, so I can remember what I want when the items start arriving in the UK, and to let you know in case you’ve missed something I think is ah-mazing!

I’m going to start with collections that I like as a whole, then I’ll move on to individual items that caught my eye. This is a long post, sorry!

(Click on the collection name, or the product photos, for a link to the manufacturer’s blog.)

Whole Collections:

Pink Paislee

Hello Sunshine:

Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

This collection makes me smile every time I look at it! The colours are perfect, especially the multicoloured raindrops! I like how there’s a little bit of chalkboard style but it definitely doesn’t dominate. I also love the phrases like ‘Be The Rainbow’!

And these Puffy Stickers are so cute:

Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers

My Mind’s Eye

Record It! Just Splendid:

MME Record It - Just Splendid

I like lots of the MME releases, especially the Record It! ones, but Just Splendid stands out to me as something fresh, crisp and playful. I think I’ll love the patterns in the pad for all kinds of projects.

Plus the Woodgrain Enamel Dots are CALLING ME!!!

MME Woodgrain Dots

Glitz Design

77:

Glitz Design 77

Glitz grabbed my attention again with this groovy collection! I just love the original colour combination, and again the phrases really grabbed me, like ‘oh baby it’s a wild world’. It’s a bit eclectic but so cool.

I’m especially in love with this sheet of paper, of which I’ll probably buy one to use and one to hoard for evermore:

Glitz Design 77

Jillibean Soup

Spicy Social Soup:

Jillibean Soup Spicy Social Soup

This collection is just so clever! It gets inspiration from all the social media we use, but the collection will be totally useful for people who don’t use FB and Twitter (etc) too! The colours are gorgeously bright and bold. I like both sides of all the patterned papers (especially the ‘2 Parts Tweet’ sheet), which doesn’t happen often for me!

I can’t wait to get my hands on these stamps from the line, I like all of them and can definitely see the ‘#epic’, ‘#lovethis’ and ‘#happyday’ stamps being my go-to stamps for a while!

Jillibean Soup Spicy Social Soup

Chickaniddy Crafts

Date Night:

Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night

Chickaniddy Crafts is a new brand on the block for this CHA, though the owner Heidi Sonboul is an industry professional. She released two collections, and this one is my favourite. Date Night is really dreamy and sweet, and I like the variety of bits and pieces to catch your eye.

The Enamel Hearts will be scattered on my layouts and cards as soon as I can get hold of them!

Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night

 

Teresa Collins

Daily Stories:

Teresa Collins Daily Stories

 

This collection is quite pretty as a whole – I like the ‘real-life’ images I’ve seen more that the product images though, as the colours seem a bit too neon here but softer in reality! There’s a couple of papers which I’m aching to play with (Circles and Ombre Circles).

The embellishments are all lovely too, including these wood shapes which have a great mixture:

 

 

Teresa Collins Daily Stories

Individual Items:

Studio Calico

Essentials:

There’s lots to like in the Essentials range, but my favourite are the Geotags, especially the Woodgrain and Gold ones:

Studio Calico Essentials Geotags

Crate Paper

Styleboard:

Styleboard is similar to Maggie Holmes’ other collections, but as I skipped her last collection I think it’s okay for me to buy some of this one! I really really want the sequins:

Crate Paper Styleboard Sequins

And the Corkboard Speciality Paper should be fun to experiment with:

Crate Paper Styleboard Cork Paper

Heidi Swapp

Dreamy:

This collection really is dreamy with soft colours and sweet details. I like lots of it but my favourite bit is these 3D glitter bows:

Heidi Swapp Dreamy Glitter Bows

Chic Tags

Let’s Go:

 This line is bold and fun, and the best bit is the Gold Vellum Map Paper which made me squeal a bit when I saw it:

CHIC TAGS Let's Go Gold Vellum Map Paper

Cloud 9:

This collection is so summery it makes me long for sunny days! These wood veneer ‘Sequins’ are the coolest bit though:

CHIC TAGS Cloud 9 Wood Veneer Sequins

Jillibean Soup

Stamps and Stencils

I’m using stamps more and more on my pages and cards lately, and I love these stamp and stencil sets that Jillibean Soup are coming out with! Especially this Birthday set as I need more birthday sentiments and I love the ‘Party’ bunting:

Jillibean Soup Birthday Stamps and Stencils

Wood Sprinkles

Oh be still my heart – these wood sprinkles look stunning! You know how much I’m drawn to the bling! When I saw the product images of these I just didn’t get it, but when I saw this CHA wreath I was super excited by the sparkle and shine!

Jillibean Soup Wood Sprinkles

 Mini Placemats:

Yes, Jillibean Soup have lots I love right now! These Mini Placemats are brilliant, especially if you’d love to own a silhouette and don’t (like me!). I like this set the most, it’s perfect for cards or layout accents (or pocket style scrapping!):

Jillibean Soup Mini Placemat

Websters Pages

Our Travels:

The Our Travels collection is lovely, but it’s these globes which made my jaw drop! I want them. I don’t know how I will use them as they may be a bit bulky but I want them anyway!

Webster's Pages Our Travels Globes

Also worth mentioning…

I won’t include any more photos as I think this post is getting a bit long! But here’s a few more things I think are worth looking at if you have the time:

American Crafts Thickers Binder (This link take you to May Flaum’s blog where she mentioned it, I can’t find it elsewhere at the moment).

The Elle’s Studio Everyday Moments and Love You More collections are both really usable and pretty, check out the wood veneers too!

Jillibean Soup’s Beanboard Alphas (Chipboard alphas you can staple, stamp, stitch etc).

Crate Paper Boys Rule I like this collection for boys because it can work for a variety of ages, including a lot of grown up boys!

Shimelle Laine’s Collection with American Crafts. I don’t know much about this yet, but it’s designed by Shimelle so it should be fabulous!

Okay, I’m sure there’s more but that will do for now, don’t you think?! What have you got your eye on from the new releases?

UK peeps, some of this is already in at SJ Crafts, including the Teresa Collins Daily Stories Collection. And there will be some other bits arriving too – check out the ‘Coming Soon’ Page!

I hope you have a great week,

Jennifer x

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Better Late Than Never – PaperHaus Hop Winner!!

Hello All,

I am so sorry that I had forgotten to post the winner of the PaperHaus Winter Issue 2013 Blog Hop Giveaway. I don’t have a good excuse, Christmas simply took over my life, and this got left behind!

Here’s a reminder of the prize:

PaperHaus Winter Frolic Prize by Jennifer Grace

And the winner (drawn at random.org) was…

Shari Czerwinski

Shari please email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘GIVEAWAY WINNER’ in the subject line, telling me your mailing address so I can send the prize out to you!

I will be having another (bigger) giveaway in a couple of weeks, so make sure you sign up to news emails (aweber form in sidebar) if you don’t want to miss out!

I hope everyone had happy holidays! See you soon!

Jennifer x

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Lots of parcels making me happy!

Hello everyone, how are you all?

I’m okay, though we’ve been looking for a new house for a while and not found anything yet, which is making me a bit frustrated. We rent this house (I don’t suppose we’ll ever be able to afford a house!), and we want to continue renting in the same town. We badly want a garden, our current house has only got a small patio courtyard:

garden blog

We’ve outgrown it!

Unfortunately properties don’t come up for rent that often in our town, so we have to sit tight and wait… which would be okay except I keep saying ‘oh, we’ll do that after we move’, which means we’re waiting for a lot of other stuff to happen too – for example our freezer broke last December, but as we can only fit a small one in here, we decided to wait to move before we replaced it. I’m really missing the convenience of frozen peas!

Anyway, I know that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, we are all in good health and grateful for the wonderful lives we have. I just thought you’d like to know what’s going on with me!

In the meantime, I’ve been getting greatly cheered up by some wonderful gifts and prizes I’ve been receiving. I won’t feel too guilty about showing them off on here, as it won’t be long now until my Frosty Festivities event in November – I’ll be paying the luck forward by giving you all the chance to win some prizes!

Here’s the parcels that have been making me happy:

1. I won this during CHA reveal time, when I was chatting on Two Peas in a Bucket, and the lovely Lexi Bridges posted a challenge for people to upload photos of their desks. She drew a couple of winners and put together a prize of stash each for them, here’s what I received:

Lexi Bridges Prize

Lots of awesome-ness! I especially love the MME buttons, the Dear Lizzy Die Cuts, and the Chic Tags. Thanks Lexi!

2. This was a prize from the lovely Annie at Arty Farty Annie, sponsored by Scrapbook Fantasies. The giveaway was HERE, and was celebrating Annie’s new craft space!

Ribbons

What a gloriously colourful mix of ribbons! I have used lots of these on cards already!

3. This prize I was happy to win during CHA reveals, on the Jillibean Soup Blog. It’s one of their new collections, Cold Avocado Soup:

Jillibean Soup

I already showed you a card I made using this on my PaperHaus Magazine Fall Blog Hop Post, but I wanted to show you how generous and exciting the prize was! I super-duper love those stamps and the ‘Pure Olive Oil’ paper on the bottom right!

4. This was a surprise gift that turned up in the post, and it made me feel quite emotional. It was from Margot from the Sevilo Blog. Margot was a member of my Projects that WOW! class, and she’d won a prize during the class, so she had my address from the back of the parcel I’d sent to her. I didn’t expect a gift in return, but she sent me a lovely necklace and buttons made from her home country’s New Zealand Paua Shell:

From Margot

Margot also sent a lovely Thank-You note saying how much she enjoyed the class, it was great to hear about someone liking it so much! (If anyone reading this took my class and didn’t complete the survey yet, you can still fill that out HERE – I’ll be very grateful!) Thank you Margot, I’ve been wearing the necklace lots already… I’m saving the buttons for something!

5. I won this prize during the Pebbles Basics Blog Hop, and it was delivered so fast:

Pebbles Inc

I admit when I opened this I jumped up and down with excitement to see the candy dots – everything in the prize is gorgeous but the candy dots are so me!

6. Finally, this was a gift from my amazing In-Laws. My husband’s parents go to the US every few years for a holiday, and they always bring us back lovely presents. This time I sent them with a few suggestions of crafting gifts they could get from Michaels, and they were super generous… look at this lot:

Heidi Swapp and Simple Stories

Pretty pretty pretty! I keep stroking the stencils. I do love my In-Laws!

So there’s been a huge amount of lovely things to stop me worrying about moving house. Now I need to order a large load of photos so that I can get scrapping!

Have you won anything lately?

Jennifer x

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Projects that WOW! Class Details and Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the ‘Projects that WOW!’ blog hop! The hop includes some details about my upcoming online class (my first ever and I’m super excited), and there’s a giveaway {NOW CLOSED} for 3 class places! You can enter the giveaway even if you’ve already bought a class place (or if you buy one now) – because if you win a place the course cost will be refunded to you!

Projects that WOW! Online class at Jennifer Grace Creates

The project sneaks on the class graphic above are just a few of my projects that you’ll see during the class. There’s many, many more from me (75 in total), plus there’s 15 guest layouts from a variety of fabulous scrapbookers from around the world – so you can see how other people have interpreted the prompts. Today’s blog hop will introduce you to those guest artists and show you sneaks of their projects!

Want to know more?!

Projects that WOW!’ is about making your projects stand out from the crowd. What makes you pause and look closer at a scrapbook page when you are flicking through your own albums, or looking at other people’s layouts in magazines? Which cards jump out at you from Pinterest or from envelopes when you open them? What details of paper-crafted home décor or jewellery make you stop and say ‘wow!’? It’s time to learn some of these techniques or styles and put them to use!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED} for a class place (3 up for grabs) you just need to comment anywhere along the ‘Projects that WOW!’ blog hop by 11.59pm BST Thursday 6th June. EACH COMMENT on EACH BLOG in the hop counts as an EXTRA ENTRY into the draw. The winners will be announced at Jennifer Grace Creates on Friday 7th June. If you’ve already purchased a class place and then you win, the class price will be refunded to you. So don’t wait to sign up! Buy a place right now!

(This will take you to paypal – but if you don’t have a paypal account you just need to click on the ‘pay with a credit or debit card’ link at the bottom.)

Click here to buy a class place:

You’ll receive a thank you email within 48hours of your purchase. If you’d rather I send emails to a different address other than the one you pay with, then tell me that email address in the ‘add special instructions to the seller’ box.

This online class will consist of 15 PDF prompts (lessons) and at least 3 videos, and it will run as a ‘live’ class from Monday the 10th to Friday 28th June 2013. All the class material will still be available to participants after the end of class, so don’t worry if you can’t manage it while it’s live. Class participants will receive an email with a prompt attached every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for three weeks.

The class will feature lots of scrapbook layouts, but also some cards, jewellery and home décor crafts (all involving scrapbook paper/supplies). There’s a forum, and a gallery for class participants to upload to, and there will be some prizes up for grabs for those who join in while it’s live!

Each prompt will have a theme of a particular style or technique, which can be used to make crafty projects that grab your attention. You may have seen these styles before but not been able to define them, or you’ll be learning new ways to use them! There will be two layouts, two cards, and another item (eg jewellery / home decor, etc) by me on each prompt, as well as a layout by a guest contributor. Some will have step-by-step tutorials, some will be super inspiring!

If you have any questions about the class please email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk. If you are new here and you want to know more about me, then check out the menu bar below my header – there’s pages About Me, my Crafting Resume, my Blog Events, and my Tutorials. I’m currently on the design teams for SJ Crafts and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, plus I contribute regularly to the PaperHaus Magazine. You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram!

Now I’ll send you onwards – the first stop in the hop is with the lovely Sarah Webb at Scropping. Here’s the master list in case you get lost:

Jennifer Grace – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Sarah Webb  http://scropping.blogspot.co.uk/

Elena Stefanidou http://home2love.blogspot.co.uk/

Stacey Young http://staceyeyoung.blogspot.co.uk/

Riikka Kovasin http://paperiliitin.blogspot.co.uk/

Peg Hewitt  http://www.pegsplaytime.blogspot.com.au/

Ashley Calder http://ashleycalder.blogspot.co.uk/

Stacey Michaud http://staceymichaud.blogspot.co.uk/

Brit Sviggum http://britshverdag.blogspot.co.uk/

Sasha Farina http://www.sashafarina.com/

Jill Cornell http://jillcornell.blogspot.co.uk/

Diane Payne http://dianepayne.typepad.com/

Anna-Karin Evaldsson http://layersofink.blogspot.co.uk/

Natalie Elphinstone http://onescrappydoctor.blogspot.co.uk/

Jennifer Chapin http://jenchapin.blogspot.co.uk/

Angie Gutshall http://mylittleblessings123.blogspot.co.uk/

Jennifer Grace – http://jennifergracecreates.com/

Have fun hopping and I’ll see you soon! ‘Welcome to class’ emails are going out later today for those who’ve signed up, so we can start chatting on the forum before class starts!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a class place. You can just comment to say whether you are excited about the class – or you can answer this question: How do you define your scrapbooking style?

Bye for now, Jennifer x

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My June Counterfeit Kit – Blog Hop Reveal!

It’s time for the reveal of the June Counterfeit Kits! Hop along with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Design Team, as we show you what kits we’ve pulled together from our stash! If you’re hopping along you should have reached me via the fabulous Jemma at Just JimJams, and I shall send you onwards at the end of my post!

This month we had a choice of kits to counterfeit from the May Scraptastic Club Kits, and I chose ‘Destination Unknown’ which you can see HERE. This is my version:

June Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

I loved the bright, happy colours, and the happy-go-lucky feel, of the Destination Unknown Kit, so I tried to replicate that!

I started with some bold papers and a selection of journal cards / tags (which I blue-tacked onto a sheet of white cardstock to keep them all together).

Papers and Journal Cards:

June Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

Papers are from DCWV Taj Mahal, Dovecraft Fantasy, Crate Paper Portrait, Bazzill Basics Papers Avalon, Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee, Webster’s Pages Western Romance, DCWV glitter papers,   Cosmo Cricket Upcycle and Odds & Ends, Doodlebug Designs, Papermania, Pebbles Walnut Grove, and K & Co Margot.

The journaling cards are mainly from Echo Park and Elle’s Studio (various collections), plus a couple of other odd cards.

The Embellishments, Alphas, and Stamps:

June Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

These include: Pink ‘Salutations’ Thickers, Amy Tangerine ‘Muse’ Thickers, Prima Fairy Belle Alphas, Crate Paper Acorn Avenue Mini Alphas, Pink Paislee Portfolio Stamps, Handmade Speech Bubbles and Flags (more on these below), Papermania gems, pink and yellow feathers, pink sequins, stripy paperclips, blue & white twine, and a selection of ribbons (I realised my ribbon box was overflowing so here’s a good chance to use some up!).

Here’s the handmade embellishments – they aren’t too complicated this month so I’m putting the details on this post rather than a separate post:

Handmade Embellishments by Jennifer Grace

The Handmade Flags…

Take 5 cocktail sticks and glue a seed bead to the top of each one (I used glossy accents to glue them on), and choose a selection of paper scraps (I used papers from the 6×6 Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper pad):

Flags Step 1

Cut the papers into rectangles, fold in half, and cut notches in the ends if you want to (photo shows them unfolded):

Flags Step 2

Fold the papers around the cocktail sticks and glue together – done!

Handmade Flags by Jennifer Grace

The Handmade Speech Bubbles:

When making these I was counterfeiting the Studio Calico Snippets Speech Bubbles in the Scraptastic Club Destinations Unknown Add-On…

Cut a selection of speech bubbles (I used my Slice Desin Cutter and Back to School Design Card), from a variety of paper and cardstock:

Speech Bubbles Step 1

Decorate them!

From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what I did: 1. Stamped the word ‘Hello’ with Studio G Mini Alpha Stamps, 2. Added a strip of Freckled Fawn Washi Tape, 3 & 4. Left Blank, 5. Stamped a hand from an American Crafts ‘Thanks’ Stamp Set and doodled a black border, 6. Punched two stars from book paper and doodled around them with gold pen, 7. Used yellow mist with the Studio Calico Burst Mask and added an enamel dot, 8. Stamped some cogs with a Papermania stamp, 9. Stamped some Ampersands with a Studio G stamp (stamping several times after inking so some were faded):

Handmade Speech Bubbles by Jennifer Grace

I can’t wait to add these to my projects!

Your next stop along the hop is the lovely Lisa at Recklinghausen Musings, I can wait to see her kit! Go check it out!

Guest Designer: Sherri http://sherrithompson.blogspot.com/
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Hopefully I’ll be making lots of lovely things with my kit this month, and there will be another blog hop on the 12th with our sponsor this month, Little Blue Button Stamps, so you can look forward to that!
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Bye for now, x
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Onwards and Upwards Challenge Winners!

Hello! It’s time to announce the challenge winners from my Onwards and Upwards weekend!

I was hoping to have finished the PDF by now to show that off too, but it’s taking me a while… mainly because I’ve been having too much fun making new stuff instead! But I shall keep at it I promise!

In the meantime, do you want to know who won these challenge prizes?:

challenge prizes

The randomly chosen winners are:

The Challenge to Be  Inspired winner = Furrypig for the bunting card on This Post

The Recipe Challenge winner = Julene for the layout on This Post

The Challenge to go Up, Up, Up winner = Rinda for the ‘wake up’ mini-collage on This Post

The Free as a Bird Challenge winner = Julie H for the layout on This Post

Thanks so much to all who entered! If you see your name above then please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘challenge winner’ in the subject line. Julie H – I also need to know what you’d like in your custom-made counterfeit kit! (We can discuss that via email!)

I really, really wish I could give out prizes to everyone. I absolutely loved seeing all the projects inspired by the weekend. All the challenge entries have been pinned to the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest Board for others to see too!

I hope you’ll all be joining me again for Frosty Festivities in November. I’m not sure of the exact date yet but I’ll keep you posted! Make sure you’ve signed up to the Jennifer Grace Creates News emails (tool in sidebar) if you don’t want to miss out on any news and events here in the future! Bye for now, x

(Details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random.org screen shot selecting the winner, are available as word docs if requested)

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Learning WordPress

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

It’s been a month and a half since I changed from my old Jennifer’s Jumbles blog, to this new Jennifer Grace Creates blog, making the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I want to share some of the progress I’ve made with you, in case you’ve ever considered this switch, and to show you I’ve been working hard! Equally, if you’ve worked hard on a blog development of your own (whether blogger or wordpress), or you’ve learnt something else technological lately, then please tell us about it in the comments!

My wordpress blog is self hosted (WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com) at SiteGround. So far I’ve had no problems on that side of things, there were lots of tutorials on how to set it up, and I have a useful husband to help with it too! Plus their cutomer service is good – after I’d set up the account I got a phonecall from them asking if everything was okay or if I needed any help (Aweber, my email service, did this too!)!

siteground

The next thing was to set a theme for the blog, and I chose Suffusion, because it seemed very customisable, and again there were lots of explanations on how to do things, and a help forum. One day I’d like to get a blog design done specifically how I want it, but for now this one is working very well and I can change things with just a few clicks. Here’s how it looks inside my dashboard, where you make the first choice, your colour scheme. Mine is Minima.

suffusion

One of the things I’ve learnt a lot about since I switched is HTML. Just little things, but it was confusing at first. For example, all my imported posts (I used Blogger Importer to copy them all across) had all the paragraph breaks removed, as wordpress stores this info differently. So I went back through a bunch of my recent Blogger posts adding this code: 

wherever I wanted a paragraph break! I don’t have to do that for new posts thank goodness.

I also have to use code in the sidebars. For blogger sidebars you can click to add an image to your sidebar, but for wordpress.org you have to input the html in a text widget. I have to host the image somewhere else (I use Photobucket) and put the link in the code. For example, the code for my avatar picture looks like this:

<center> <img src=”http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab280/Jennifergrace_photos/DSC05646JG3_zps066b411c.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”225″ height=”225″ /><center/>

After widgets I started investigating Plugins. I like ‘Fonts For Web’ which I use to change the size, colour and font of my text, as there aren’t many options for doing that in WordPress. It comes up with a lot of fonts, and I especially like the typewriter ones. I know these don’t all shown up on everyone’s computers, but I’m hoping when I choose a strange font, they can still read it, just in basic font rather than fancy? No-one has complained yet anyway!

can you read this line? Does it look unusual?

fonts

Other plugins I’m trying out are SpamFree WordPress (which seemed to be working okay until this weekend, perhaps I broke it with the sheer volume of comments?), Shareaholic (the social ‘sharing is caring’ buttons at the bottom – I like these but I’m not sure if anyone is using them?!), and LoginRadius (for commenting via your facebook, twitter, etc accounts – this doesn’t seem to be working that well, but I’m going to give it a bit longer to see what I can do with it). Each of these has to be installed and tweaked a bit, which can go on for hours…

There’s still so much I want to learn. I want to get the comments fixed, I want to add a gallery page of my layouts and cards, and I want to make a blog button for myself. I will get there, bit by bit!

Be Inspired:

Use some typewriter font or a typewriter embellishment on your next project

If you’ve got a blog, go and tweak something you’ve been meaning to fix!

Scrapbook about how the internet has affected your life

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again in a little bit! x