Your Craft & Soul Events

A Giveaway! Sponsored By The Little Stamp Store! {NOW CLOSED}

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

Here’s another giveaway for you {NOW CLOSED}! This one is sponsored by the beautiful Little Stamp Store who sell hand-carved rubber stamps that are gorgeously unique!

The Little Stamp Store Etsy Shop with Hand Carved Rubber Stamps

The Little Stamp Store is giving away a really amazing stamp set that I really really want for myself, so make sure you keep reading to find out how to win it…

I do love a really good stamp and I can never have too many in my opinion! I love how the stamps in the Little Stamp Store have examples of a way to use them in their images, and there’s a mix of them stamped on cards, tags, and fabric (eg little linen gift bags). It shows just how useful and versatile stamps can be!

Here are a few stamps from the store which go really well with the ‘Focus’ theme:

1. The Geometric Triangle Set – This new set would be great for making patterns, I love how it’s shown here stamped at the edge of a gift box. It makes it look so bold and trendy:

A Geometric Triangles Stamp Set at The Little Stamp Store

2. The Camera Stamp – This camera looks so cool! I can see this ending up stamped on lots of layouts and cards – the perfect accent icon:

The Camera Hand Carved Stamp at The Little Stamp Store Etsy Shop

3. The Arrow Stamp – I love this stamp for is simplicity. It’s exactly what I would reach for over and over again – because it’s not fussy it wouldn’t matter if you use it all the time on your scrapbook pages and other projects. I want to stamp it on all my envelopes when I address them:

The Arrow Hand Carved Rubber Stamp at The Little Stamp Store Etsy Shop

Aren’t they all amazing? I’m saving up to buy them all! I love thinking of Fran (the shop owner) carefully carving them all by hand in her new ‘shedio’ studio! It makes it extra special to use something that’s been made by hand.

Now for the giveaway. One lucky commenter will win:

Win A Personalised Arrows Stamp from The Little Stamp Store Etsy Shop

A Personalised Arrows Stamp! How stunning is this? The winner can tell Fran what initials to include on their stamp, so it will be unique to you!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to the Little Stamp Store 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 ‘focus’ related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by the Little Stamp Store’s other online links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LittleStampStore

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/fransherbourne/

It’s not compulsory to check these out but obviously Fran would love it if you said hello!

The giveaway closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 8pm!

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

Your Craft & Soul Events

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Unwrap Colour! {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for another giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! This one is sponsored by the amazing Unwrap Colour, an Etsy shop that sells washi tape, bakers twine, stickers, and more!

Unwrap Colour Washi Tapes, Twine, Stickers and More!

Rose, the owner of the shop, has donated a brilliant prize, so keep reading to find out what it is and how to win it…

I can’t be the only one with a bit of a washi tape obsession. Stumbling across the Unwrap Colour shop was rather exciting! I have purchased a couple of rolls already but there are so many more in the shop that I’d like to get my hands on. There are lots of gorgeous colours and patterns. And there are a few other cool items in the shop too!

Here’s a few things from Unwrap Colour which go well with the ‘Focus’ theme:

1. Black & White Arrow Washi Tape – I love the monochromatic contrast of this tape, it’s so bold. Any project with this on would really catch your eye:

Black & White Arrow Washi Tape at the Unwrap Colour Etsy Store

2. 25 Blank Kraft Hang Tags – These are described as pennant shapes, but I think these also look like arrows to me! Either way it can be a great way to focus your crafting by restricting it to a small space like a tag, and this kraft surface looks like it will be fun to decorate:

25 Blank Kraft Hang Tags at the Unwrap Colour Etsy Shop

3. Gold Metallic Triangle Stickers – When you point triangles at things it really helps to focus your attention in that direction! These gold metallic stickers are a quick and shiny way to add focus to a project:

Gold Metallic Triangle Stickers at the Unwrap Colour Etsy Store

Aren’t these all awesome?! There’s plenty more in the shop too – currently 375 items to choose from!

Now for the giveaway:

Win This 8 Piece Washi Tape Set from the Unwrap Colour Etsy Store! Giveaway closes Sunday 24th May 2015 at 10pm BST

One lucky commenter will win this 8 Piece Camera Themed Washi Tape Set! It’s got nice bold colours and one roll with cameras along it!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to the Unwrap Colour 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 ‘focus’ related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by Unwrap Colour’s other online links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnwrapColour

Instagram: instagram.com/unwrapcolour/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/UnwrapColour/

It’s not compulsory to visit any of these, but obviously Rose would love it if you stopped by one or two. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize!

The giveaway closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 2pm!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

A Giveaway! Sponsored By The Cut Shoppe! {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for the first sponsored giveaway of the event! {NOW CLOSED} This one is sponsored by the super-cool The Cut Shoppe, an etsy shop selling digital cut files & printables with lots of personality!

The Cut Shoppe Digital Cut Files & Printables

Ashley, the owner & designer at The Cut Shoppe, is giving away a fantastic prize, so keep reading to find out how to enter!

I have been wanting some files from The Cut Shoppe since it opened last year, and I’m glad this event has given me the push to buy some and start using them! They are really easy to cut and make a great impact on your projects.

Here’s some of the items in the shop, which I think are cool, and they go really well with the ‘Focus’ theme…

1. The Stay Focused Cut File – I love the lens shutter with ‘smile’ in the center – it’s great when you see a simple shape like a circle used in a different way, and the ‘focus on today’ tag is just perfect:

The Stay Focused Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

2. The You’ve Been Framed Cut File – Well this would be a great way to focus your crafting – by thinking how to fill all these frames… some for photos, some for journaling, some for embellishments, some for white space… oh the possibilities:

The You've Been Framed Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

3. The Target Practice Cut File – These arrows are so useable, I really like the one at the bottom right, which I can imagine me colouring in with nice bright colours:

The Target Practice Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

Lots of fun stuff isn’t there?! There are a couple of other files I love for the Focus event, and which I’ll be sharing projects with this weekend – you’ve already seen me use the ‘Doodle Dandy’ and ‘Say Cheese’ files (on the card HERE), and I’ll be using the ‘Get Your Grid On’ background later this weekend too!

One lucky commenter will win:

The Cut Shoppe Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Event!

$20 USD to spend at The Cut Shoppe! How amazing is that? There’s currently 266 items in the store, so you’ve got plenty to choose from!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to The Cut Shop Etsy Store, 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 ‘focus’ related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by The Cut Shoppe’s other online links:

The Blog: www.thecutshoppe.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecutshoppedigitalcuts

Twitter: twitter.com/thecutshoppe

Instagram: instagram.com/thecutshoppe

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/thecutshoppe

It’s not compulsory to visit any of these, but obviously Ashley would love it if you stopped by one or two. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize!

The giveaway closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 10pm for the last post of the night.

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

Framing A Sentiment – A Cut Shoppe Card

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

Earlier tonight I showed you a layout using chipboard frames to journal a story. Now I’m sharing a card with a die-cut frame for a sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Fun huh? By using a polaroid-style frame to structure my card design I was able to put this together really quickly. Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Load up some frames and arrows into your die-cutting software (or use a manual die-cutter & dies, cut by hand, or use shop bought ones, if that’s what you have!). I used some files from The Cut Shoppe, they are called Doodle Dandy and Say Cheese, and I loaded them up into the Cricut Design Space to use with my Explore machine:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 2: Hide the images you don’t want (I left a couple of frame choices as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use yet), and resize & recolour as you wish. I sized the frames to be 4″ tall, and the tallest arrow is 4.28″ high:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 3: Cut them out – I used the Cardstock+1 setting – cutting the frames from turquoise cardstock, and the arrows from an orange-woodgrain thick patterned paper:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 4: Cut a piece of white paper for your background (watercolour or art paper works best if you have it – there won’t be as much buckling on the paper then). Mark tiny lines with a pencil to show where your frame will sit – though you’ll end up moving it slightly to cover up these lines as the pencil can’t be erased if you’ve painted over it:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 5: Splodge some clean water at the two bottom corners and the top right corner of where your frame will sit. I hope you can just about see this:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 6: While the water is still wet, randomly dab on some turquoise blue watercolour paint. Remember it will lighten as it dries, so make it darker than you want it to be:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 7: While the blue is still wet add some yellow watercolour paint around it. Where the colours meet it will turn slightly green, but try not to overlap them too much or you’ll lose the different colours and just end up with green entirely:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 8: Leave the blue and yellow to dry completely, then flick some orange watercolour paint across it. Make sure you protect your surrounding workspace – I may have flicked some orange paint onto another project nearby (oops!):

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 9: Check how your card is looking. At this point I decided my card was looking way too blue:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

So I cut the frame again from some gold mirror card which looked much better (I’ll keep the blue frame to use on something else one day).

Step 10: Stick the layers down (making sure you move the frame slightly to cover up the pencil marks) and stamp your sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 11: Finish the card off with another arrow, plus a few wood veneers and gems:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

In case you are wondering, I adhered all the die-cuts to the card using my Herma repositionable dots tape runner. I was able to rub off any dots that stuck out from the edges of the die-cut designs that way!

Be Inspired:

Use a frame for a sentiment on a card

Base a project design around one large embellishment

Add some paint – both ‘splodged’ and flicked

I love the way the watercolour paint kind of ‘frames’ the frame too!

You may have spotted that The Cut Shoppe is a giveaway sponsor for this event… keep a lookout for a great prize from them coming up next!

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

Your Craft & Soul Events

Enjoy The Little Things In Life – Photo Overlay & Binder

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

For this hour I decided to concentrate on appreciating the little things in life. This was one of the aims when I made ‘Focus’ my word for the year (original layout HERE), so this quote was a perfect one to keep reminding me what’s really important in life.

'Enjoy The Little Things' Quote as Photo Overlay in PicMonkey and Decorating A Binder

The quote reads:

‘Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things’

It’s by Robert Brault (you can read about him and how this quote is often wrongly attributed to someone else HERE).

I took a photo where my kids looked cute but the background was a bit messy and uninspiring, and I turned it into something so much prettier! The ‘before’ is on the left, and the ‘after’ is on the right:

Before and After adding overlays in PicMonkey

And then I printed the photo out (just onto copy paper using my laser printer) and used it to decorate a binder:

Enjoy The Little Things Binder at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you’d like to see my process, including editing out the background of the photo and adding the overlays in PicMonkey, and how I decorated the binder, then watch this video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

The binder is where I keep my blog planner. Now when I’m stressing out over blog issues I can shut the binder and remind myself to go and spend some quality time with the children.

Are you good at focusing on the little things in life? Had you heard of this quote before, or do you know of another that I might like?

Be Inspired:

Find a ‘focus’ related quote and use it on your next project

Make a photo border with washi tape, glitter tape, or ribbon (or all three!)

Add some text & picture overlays to a photo, digitally or physically

Bye for now, I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts, Your Craft & Soul Events

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

I hope you’ve already found some inspiration from the event so far, and you are about to find a lot more… it’s time for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop!

I didn’t have time to arrange one of these during the last event and I really missed it. It’s so fun to pop round a few of my online friend’s blogs and see how they’ve been inspired by the theme. I’m going to share a project of my own with you, then I shall send you on to 12 other blogs! If you go the whole way around the hop and leave a comment on each one you will be entered to win this prize:

WRMK Insta Album Shine Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

A WRMK Insta Album Kit (Shine) which includes a 4×4″ album, 20 photo sleeves, journaling cards, and three self-inking stamps!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST {NOW CLOSED}. The winner will be announced on my blog, along with all the other winners, on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back then to see if you’ve won.

Here’s my project for the hop… I decided to FOCUS on the story…

The Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wanted to focus on the story because the photo isn’t the best quality. It was taken on my smart phone, it’s quite blurry and grainy and the lighting isn’t great – I’ve taken a close up so you can see the detail a bit better:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Despite the poor photo quality I really wanted to scrapbook the picture, because it’s such a great moment captured – of my little sister surrounded by her nieces and nephews… because she was playing a Minions app game on her phone, and it drew them all in like moths to a flame! This was also taken just before my sister was going travelling and we weren’t sure how long she was going to be away for, so it was great for her to have some quality time with all the kids.

To help me focus on the story I planned out my journaling first of all. This is soooo rare for me – I usually forget about adding a title and journaling until a page is almost finished, then I have to squeeze it all in! I chose some frames to use for the journaling and also picked out a background page which looked a bit wall-like, so the photo and frames were arranged like a gallery:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I backed the frames with paper from a Simples Stories Sn@P 6×6 pad, just by drawing around the frames onto the paper before cutting it out, then adhering it to the back of the frames using a repositionable tape runner (being able to reposition it meant that I could tweak the paper to make sure the lines were straight in the frames):

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wrote the journaling in the large frames, and added the date to one of the smaller ones. I left the other small frame empty so that I could overlap some embellishments on it. I stuck these and the photo all down, with a bit of ribbon added too – to underline the frames a bit:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Note that I also stuck the photo flat onto the page, rather than popping it up with foam tape, because I wanted the story frames to be the things that ‘stood out’.

I focused on the story even more by adding extra journaling at the bottom of the photo. This was jounaling that didn’t continue the story, but rather gave a different look at the situation. The journaling in the frames talks about what was actually happening in the picture, where as the ‘Auntie Katy = Fun’ at the side of the photo is what I imagine the kids are all thinking, and the bit below the photo (about how sometimes technology can be a thing to bring us together and bridge generations) is my inner dialogue about what the photo makes me think about:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I made sure this extra journaling didn’t detract too much attention from the main story by adding all the main embellies around the story frames, including an arrow pointing at the date:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I also made sure to include some bright yellow embellishments, especially some enamel dots, as a nod to the bright colour of Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

The story certainly stands out on this page for me, what do you think?

Be Inspired:

Use frames to hold your journaling

Pick an accent colour to match your subject matter rather than colours in your photo

Make a gallery-wall – on your actual wall or on a layout, card, etc

If you’ve only just discovered my blog via one of the other blogs in the hop then hello! It’s nice to meet you. I’m Jennifer Grace and I’m the host of the hop – it’s part of a weekend long event I’m holding, full of tutorials, giveaways, and more, so make sure you check out the start and the grand giveaway HERE.

Now it’s time to send you on to the next blog in the hop… the wonderful Sheena at Scraps And Scribbles!

If you get lost at anytime during the hop then here’s the full list to help you out:

 

Remember to comment on them all for a chance to win the WRMK album! {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x