Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giftwrapping

Embroidered Christmas Tags

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

Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the Little Dorrit & Co Etsy Shop who sell beautiful PDF embroidery patterns – you can see that giveaway HERE {NOW CLOSED}. Today I’m back to show you how I used The Gingerbread Man PDF pattern which I purchased from them! I decided to stitch just some of the details onto a couple of Embroidered Christmas Tags…

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all ready fo an extra special present, or to be stuck on a card or scrapbook page!

To make some tags of your own…

Step 1: Print off an embroidery template and cut out the pieces you want to use, making sure they fit on your tags:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: If the tag is light or thin enough, then you can tape the pattern to a window, and trace the design onto the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

If the tag is light or thin enough then just tape the pattern on top of the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pierce holes along the lines of a traced image:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or if the image is stuck on top of the tag just pierce the holes along the lines, going through the paper and the tag at the same time:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can draw pencil lines to connect the holes if you need to make it clearer where the stitching should go – I drew lines along the tinsel of the trees so I didn’t get confused between that and the baubles:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use embroidery thread to sew back-stitches and french knots along the designs (I used 2 strands of embroidery thread on all):

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: The backs of the tags will look a little messy:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

So if the people might see the back of the tags (if you are not sticking them flat onto a project) then cover the messy backs with patterned paper:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish the tags off with some bling if you want to, I used liquid pearls to make some snowy dots:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Anyone who receives these will know you spent some time making them a special tag!

Be Inspired:

Use an embroidery pattern or printable icon to add stitching to a project

Find or make a gingerbread man embellishment to craft with

Create some snow with liquid pearls, sequins, gems, or enamel dots

Do you think you’d stick these tags on a present or keep them for a special scrapbook layout?

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 tomorrow at 2pm GMT for the frosty festivities 2015 blog hop!

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Confined To A Small Space – Art In Miniature

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Here’s another way to focus your crafting – by making some art in miniature!

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

These three tags were inspired by pins of artwork on Pinterest. The one on the left is inspired by THIS PIECE, the middle one is inspired by THIS ART, and the one on the right is inspired by THIS CANVAS.

I printed off the inspiration pieces so I could refer to them while I was working:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I collected 3 tags – the middle one is a purchased tag, and I used it as a template to cut two more tags from white art paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I started the wreath tag by stamping the leaves and berries from this Avery Elle ‘Joy To The World’ stamp set:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some flowers from an old MME stamp set. I included a purple one because there was some purple on the inspiration piece (I would never normally use purple) and I’m so glad I did as it gave it extra depth:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I finished the tag off with a Gossamer Blue sentiment and some gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the silhouette tag I watered down four colours of acrylic paint:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And painted them in an arch pattern, with the lightest at the bottom going to the darkest at the top. I didn’t let it dry between colours as I wanted them to blend a bit:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used some more stamps to add a hot air balloon, tightrope girl, and a border, as silhouettes on top of the sky:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I finished it off with a few star gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the boat & sunset tag I began with colouring pencils (Derwent Coloursoft), drawing the sea, a yellow sky, and an orange sun:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I swiped across it all with clean water:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was dry I added a stamped boat which I coloured in with Promarkers, a sentiment, and some swirly waves cut from patterned paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m very pleased with my three works of art, and I can’t wait to add them to a project or present:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or I might just hang them on my wall!

Be Inspired:

Make something in miniature – eg. a work of art, or a small card, or a mini book

Stamp a pretty wreath with words inside

Paint or colour a sunset background

Which tag do you like the best? Do you ever look at works of art for inspiration?

I’ll see you again in an hour,

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping, Your Craft & Soul Events

Tags That Attract Attention!

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

These tags use lots of ‘focus’ icons to really attract your attention!

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

They could be used on gift wrap (probably best with the ‘open here’ one!), or they could be added to a card front or layout.

Here’s how to make them:

Step 1: Pull out 3 tags. I used one purchased tag (the one in the middle) and I cut two more from scraps of 12×12 paper:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Add the first layer of decoration. There’s a few techniques you can choose from here – the tag on the left has rub-on arrows, the middle one has stamped frames (Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames), and the right-hand tag has a splattering of Heidi Swapp Mint Color Shine:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: For the middle tag you can add some stickers to the center of the frames, and stamp another frame and a sentiment onto off-white paper. For the right-hand tag stamp a camera onto the same off-white paper (I used the Shimelle True Stories Camera Stamp – beware I found it impossible to get a good impression with this stamp, definitely one for a distressed look only. Or perhaps I have a faulty stamp):

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Stick these onto the tags using foam pop-dots:

 Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Add some more embellishments – a sentiment using alpha stickers onto the left-hand tag, and then some more stickers and gems where you feel they are needed (I restrained myself as much as possible):

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish the tags off with some ribbon tied through the holes at the top:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now stick them on something to make it pretty!

Be Inspired:

Use some black arrows on a light surface

‘Frame’ some stickers

Splatter some mist or paint behind a camera icon

Which of these tags do you like the best?

I’ll see you again at 5pm!

Jennifer x