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My Product Picks – Summer Releases 2015!

Have you been watching all the scrapbook companies release their latest products over the last couple of months? I was too busy to keep an eye on it, especially as they all spread their releases out now that there’s no big summer CHA show.

However, I did sit down a couple of weeks ago to use the links from Scrapbook Update HERE, and Scrappy Jedi HERE, as well as scrolling back on manufacturer blogs, so that I could see all the new goodies!

My Product Picks Summer 2015 at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s my product picks of all the latest things I’d like to buy when they hit the shops. The titles and the photos are linked to the full reveals. I’m going to start with the everyday-themed items then move on to the Christmas collections & stamps…

Non-Christmas

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane:

 Pink Paislee Cedar Lane

Autumn is my favourite season, though we don’t get as many golden colours here in Dorset as we used to in Essex where I grew up. But that’s okay as I can console myself with this collection – full of fall hues and heart-warming phrases.

I especially like the ephemera, with the leafy wreath and the ‘snuggle up’ golden words:

Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Ephemera

American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

I have become a big fan of Amy Tangerine and Her YouTube videos lately. This colourful collection is perfectly her style – colourful, quirky, fun!

I am drooling over the wood slices and the wooden stamp set. I don’t know how much I’d use the pineapple stamps but I want them anyway:

Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers

Crate Paper Wonder:

 Crate Paper Wonder

This is such a cute childhood collection. It’s filled with whimsical characters and pretty icons. I really like the puffy stickers which features houses and the little animal faces.

But the item I want most of all is the wood veneer framework in the shape of a house:

Crate Paper Wonder Frame

I can totally imagine me filling this with pretty things!

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media – Wood:

There’s a few different wood plank shapes on the reveal, but the one I really want is this star. It would be great for any time of year:

Jillibean Soup Mix The Media Wood Star

Christmas

My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street:

 My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street

This collection is just so gorgeous. I want to wrap my house up in it at Christmas time! I love the mix of teal, red and gold, and the swirly writing, and all the decorated antlers.

The glittery puffy stickers are the bit I love the most. This product photo below doesn’t do them justice, see THIS PHOTO that MME posted on Instagram where you can see a snippet of how sparkly they are. I must have them:

My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street Stickers

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes:

 Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes

The character in this winter collection are just so full of personality! It’s the most unique Christmas collection I came across – I feel like it’s something I’ve never seen before and it would make my projects feel super special.

I really love the stamp set and the puffy stickers:

Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes Puffy Stickers

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season:

 Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

This collection is pretty! The soft minty blue is stunning!

These stars look so shiny. And they’d look good on projects all year round:

Cocoa Vanilla Tis The Season

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps:

These two stamp sets from Lawn Fawn have totally stolen my heart. You can expect to see some projects using them during Frosty Festivities 2015. Isn’t the snowglobe totally perfect?!:

Lawn Fawn Christmas Stamps

Hero Arts – Kelly Purkey Stamps:

I also really like these smaller (3×4″) stamp sets, designed by Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts. The ‘joy’ brush-writing sentiment is gorgeous and I love the patterns on the trees. These sets would be good for layouts as well as cards & tags:

Hero Arts Kelly Purkey Stamps

I want to stamp some little trees, cut them out, then tie them around a candle jar!

So those are the items I’d like to buy. I won’t be able to afford them all but I’m sure some of them will slide into my online baskets! Especially the Christmas stuff – I can’t run Frosty Festivities without them, can I?!

What have you spotted recently that you’d like to get your hands on? Anything from my list?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts April Challenge – A Mood Board For Ideas!

Hello everyone! I don’t know what season you are experiencing wherever you are in the world, but here spring is in full swing, with flowers blooming and warmer days making me look forward to the summer!

So this Mood Board I created for the SJ Crafts April Challenge feels especially inspiring to me, though I’m sure you can get ideas from it not matter what weather you’re having…

April Challenge Mood Board:

SJ Crafts April Challenge Mood Board

You can take ideas from this however you choose, for example:

Use the colours – Yellow, Green, Peach, White, Cork/Kraft
Use the quote ‘Look How They Grow’
Make a page about flowers or plants
Use some of the elements, eg. feathers and stars on your page
Use the composition somehow (eg. two lines along the base of your project)
Or anything else you get from the mood board!
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For my sample layout I mainly chose to use the colours of lime green and yellow, with some cork elements (including some American Crafts DIY Shop Cork Alphas and Arrows), but I swapped out the peach for a bolder orange because I wanted to use some Amy Tangerine Plus One items!
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Treasure Hunt:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I love this combination of colours, it makes me feel happy and lively just to look at them!

The background paper with the circles on is actually from Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection, it’s called ‘Race Track’ – I bought two sheets of this paper because I loved the front and back! I sprinkled some drops of gold mist on this side to break up the circles a bit.

The page is about a ‘treasure hunt’ walk my daughter and I went for last year – she designed the map and said we had to look for jewels!  The journaling reads:

‘I took you for an adventure one hot day, we left little brother with Rosie so we could explore properly. You drew a map for us and said we were looking for jewels and a castle. 

We hid from pretend dragons, collected jewels that were really pebbles, and the bridge by the quay was a castle. The alcoves were the king and queen’s thrones! I {heart} adventures with you!’

I also took inspration from the mood board by sticking a couple of elements (cut from the Plus One 6×6 Pad) down with washi tape, and by using star embellishments, particularly some gold and woodgrain stars from the Studio Calico Essentials range:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

I added a couple of feathers like those on the mood board, though I coloured a white feather with Heidi Swapp’s Coral Color Shine Spritz first, then stitched them onto the layout:

Treasure Hunt layout by Jennifer Grace

Finally some Plus One Puffy Stickers and Accent Stickers, plus some Studio Calico Woodgrain and Gold Enamel Dots, are sprinkled around the page for my usual touch of scattering!

What do you think about the way I used the mood board? What inspiration can you take from it? Check out the Challenge Post at SJ Crafts to see what ideas the other Design Team members found on the mood board and the samples they made! Plus you can enter your own project to have a chance to win a small spring prize!

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge – To Embrace The Busy

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

The festive season is a hectic time for everyone, right? I know it’s a whirlwind of shopping, preparations, parties, and family celebrations around here. I say we should embrace the busy – in our lives and on our projects!

You could join in with this challenge by making a busy card with lots of details, using busy patterned papers on your next project, making lists to stop you feeling overwhelmed with the busy life, or, like me, you could use a busy photo on a layout! Or if you have another inspiration from this prompt, go with it!

The winner of this challenge will win this prize:

Challenge to Embrace the Busy Prize

An American Crafts Kringle & Co 6×6 Pad and Die Cut Shapes!

I’ve used lots of these same die cut shapes on this layout, which features a busy photo…

Family Time:

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

I don’t often like to scrapbook photos which are busy, especially when it’s hard to see people’s faces. But some photos like that are too special to ignore – I love this picture of my family sitting at my mum’s dining table for a Christmas meal a few years ago. That moment can never be re-captured, as my granny sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and our kids are growing up. It’s a time that’s been captured and deserves to be scrapbooked!

Here’s a tip for a different way to plan out a layout. I’ve often done this without really thinking about it, then someone at a crop commented they’d never seen anyone do this before. If I’ve got some embellishments in mind, or a tricky photo to work with, I plan out the page with no patterned paper. I’l just lay the photos and embellies on my table top, or here I’ve photographed it on white mountboard:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

I find it helps to work this way sometimes, because otherwise I get distracted by the patterns on the paper – I start to worry more about the paper instead of what I’m trying to say with my photo and embellishments. Once I’ve got them in an arrangement I like, I then take a pictures for reference, and try it out on different paper background until I find the one I like:

Family Time - Layout Tip by Jennifer Grace

Then I just have to get it stuck down and add more bits as I choose! To really ’embrace the busy’ I piled the embellishments all up close to the photo. Rather than overwhelming it, I think the busy arrangement enhances the photo, as it gives a feeling of a bustling, cosy Christmas. The muted-brown embellishments blend in to the background paper a little too, which stops it getting too hectic!

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

Did you see I used some full stops from an alpha sticker pack (Maggie Homes Gold Daiquiri) as baubles on the tree, and in the flower centre?

Family Time layout by Jennifer Grace

A fun way to add an extra bit of sparkle!

Be Inspired:

Use full stops or other punctuation stickers as embellishments

Cluster your details around a central image

Choose the papers last when creating your next project

To enter this challenge: Make something that embraces the busy, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 17th November at 10.59pm GMT. It is open internationally.

Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)


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Cardmaking

Lucky Charm was lucky for me!

Hello! Today I want to tell you about some luck I had which made me happy…

Back at the start of May I wrote this post, about all the National Scrapbooking Day activities taking place online. One of the links I mentioned was for Scrapbook.com, which was a site I hadn’t heard of until then, but they had lots and lots of challenges going on that day, so I joined in a couple of them. One of the challenges was a ‘Snail Mail’ challenge to make a set of 6 cards which all had the same theme, so I made this set of love cards using mainly a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 12×12 Paper Pad:

Lucky Charm Cards by Jennifer Grace

This one is my favourite from the set – I gave it to my husband for our anniversary on the 17th of May:

Love You More card by Jennifer Grace

And it turns out that Lucky Charm was very Lucky for me, because I won a prize – there were 100 prizes worth over $178 each for the challenge winners, and I got one of them!

I didn’t really believe the prize could be that huge until it arrived. I didn’t open it for weeks as I wanted to save it to open on my birthday, but my husband checked it to make sure it had arrived okay, and he pulled out a couple of little bits to give me to give me a taster of the goodies inside. Then I was a very good girl and didn’t peek at the rest until my birthday on the 24th of June. This is one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever opened:

Scrapbook.com NSD Prize

How chock-full of goodies is that?! You can bet I was jumping up and down for joy. It took me a while to get round to photographing it and integrating it into my stash to use, but I’ve opened most of the packets now. I was super excited about the Smash book and bits as I’ve wanted one since they were released, now I just have to decided whether to use it to record our summer, or whether to save it for my LSNED album this year!

Thanks very much to Scrapbook.com, not just for the prize but for the fun challenges and chat on NSD too!

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Keep Moving Onwards and Upwards!

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

Aw, it’s time for the last post of the weekend! I hope you’ll all keep moving Onwards and Upwards after the posts have finished!

I am truly grateful to all of you for joining me for the weekend, and for all of the lovely things you say! It makes all the hard work worthwhile to know you are inspired by my event!

You Make Me Happy card by Jennifer Grace

 

YOU do make me happy! So do hot-air balloons!!

Thanks to everyone who has entered the challenges so far. I’ve been adding projects to the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest board, and I’ll keep adding more!

Here’s the links to all the challenges so you can get to them easily. Remember these don’t close until Sunday the 19th of May at 10.59pm (NOW SLIGHTLY EXTENDED TO 05.59am BST on Monday 20th May), so you have a week to enter!

Challenges:

Challenge to be Inspired

Onwards Recipe Challenge

Challenge to go Up, Up, Up!

Challenge to Be as Free as a Bird

Have you enjoyed the weekend? Do you want me to hold another one in 6 months-or-so?

I do run these weekends because I love them, but they also do take up a lot of my time and money. So if you are able to support Jennifer Grace Creates by signing up to the Projects that WOW class (special offer ends tomorrow Monday 13th May at 10.59pm), or by clicking the new ‘Support Jennifer Grace Creates’ button at the bottom of my sidebar (you can give as little as £1), then I’ll be very grateful! Any money received will go directly into website developments and event prize-funds.

There’s no obligation for this at all, I won’t be offended if you don’t give me any money! I know not everyone can afford it. I’m just happy you are here! And I hope you aren’t offended that I’m mentioning it.  Thank you so much to the people who’ve already signed up for the class in June, I can’t wait to share it with you!

The next event weekend will probably be Frosty Festivities again in November. Same theme as last time (winter and Christmas) but all new projects!

Another thing I’ve been considering is offering an option for you to buy a Frosty Festivities Kit before the start of class, so that you can use the same products as me while the weekend is in progress. Would anyone be interested in that? I won’t go any further with it if no-one’s interested! Saying you might be interested will not obligate you into buying it at the time – I’m just trying to gauge if it’s a good idea. If you are interested, what price kit would you prefer (remembering that a smaller price will mean less supplies). A £15 kit? A £25 kit? Let me know so I can try and work it out!

Phew, sorry about all those questions!

Please let me know at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk if there’s anything you want to talk about. I always like hearing from you! I hope to keep providing lovely inspiration for you for years to come!

Giveaway winners will be announced sometime on Thursday the 16th of May, so check back to see if you’ve won! Bye for now! Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Challenge – To Be Inspired!

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

Regular event participants here will have seen this coming… it’s time for the Challenge to be Inspired!

There’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend (including a card further on in this post, layouts and more to come later), and while you’re reading I hope you’ll be thinking how to put the ideas into your own projects! To encourage you to dive straight in, this challenge comes with a tempting prize for one participant:

Challenge Prize - Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber

Some Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber items

Including 2 Sheets of Paper, a Sheet of Bite Sized Bits, and the Pea Pod Parts!

So, while you’re reading any posts from this weekend (by me or by others), make sure you pin or bookmark them, then get creating! When you’ve finished your project, you can come back here and add it to the Linky tool at the bottom of this post.

There will be a ‘Be Inspired’ section at the end of most of the posts this weekend, to suggest ideas you can lift to make your own crafts. Your projects don’t have to look anything like the original, as long as you’ve gained inspiration from something, somehow!

And here’s a card to add to the inspiration:

You are Amazing card by Jennifer Grace

I used lots of things to give the recipient of the card some ‘direction’ in their life! The triangles, arrows, and chevrons all add power to the card, making you look all around because they point in different directions, but the main ones are pointing at the sentiment so you know where your focus should be. The ombre effect on the green ledger paper helps enhance the uplifting sentiment, hopefully whoever receives the card will feel energised thanks to it!

To make this card:

1. Cut a piece of triangle patterned paper (from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 Pad) down to 3” x 5½“. Ink the edges with a grey ink pad, and adhere to an A6 (4” x 5¾“) kraft card blank.

2. Stick 2 lengths of American Crafts Aqua Glitter tape vertically on the triangle paper, leaving approx ” of triangle paper showing at the left and right edges.

3. Cut a green ombre ledger piece of paper (also from Lucky Charm) down to 2¾” x 5½“. Ink the edges with black ink. Machine stitch a border around it using white thread.

4. Heat emboss the ‘You are Amazing’ sentiment onto the ombre paper, using black ink and clear embossing powder. Adhere this paper to the front of the card using 3D foam tape.

5. Paint 5 Studio Calico Wood Veneer Chevrons with white acrylic paint, and then a coat of Crystal Stickles. Glue them to the card (I use Glossy Accents), so they are pointing up at the sentiment. Finish the card by cutting some Aqua Glitter Tape triangles, and adding them to look like photo corners!

You are Amazing card by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

– Create direction on a project with lots of arrows or triangles

– Use a bold black sentiment or title on some lighter colours

– Paint and/or glitter an embellishment to change its appearance

Your project for this challenge does not have to be inspired by this card, it can be inspired by ANY post from this weekend. It doesn’t even have to be inspired by one of my posts – if you want to lift something from one of the blog hop participant’s posts that’s fine too.

If you’re worrying because there’s been no scrapbook layouts shown here so far, don’t panic, there’s one of mine coming up in an hour as part of the blog hop!

Need any more inspiration? Check out the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest Board I created HERE. At the moment it’s filled with things I was using for inspiration for the event, but over this weekend I’m going to be adding my projects, the blog hop projects, and challenge submissions to it!

To enter this challenge: Make something inspired by this weekend, then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery, with a link back to the project that inspired you. Then come here and add your project to the Linky Tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can combine it with other challenges (either mine or other online challenges).

The challenge will close next Sunday 19th May at 10.59pm BST (NOW SLIGHTLY EXTENDED TO 05.59am BST on Monday 20th May). It is open internationally.

Finally, 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.

I’ll be back again soon with a blog hop! x


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Scrapbook Layouts

Lucky Charm Layouts & Giveaway Winners

Hello all. Sorry I’ve been absent for a week, we’ve all been a bit ill here. Nothing serious, but enough to make me feel a bit grumpy and run down. It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday so any spare energy was put into preparations for that instead of blogging. She had a fabulous day and got lots of lovely presents, so she’s happy!
In the meantime, some projects I made for the SJ Crafts blog were posted HERE yesterday. Sarah sent me a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad and Stamp Set to play with, and I have enjoyed using them so much! Here’s the two layouts I made:
Love on Paper:
The feathers are cut from the 6×6 pad using my Cricut Mini and the ‘Southwest’ Cartridge, I thought they looked like writing quills so they worked well on a page about me and my husband signing the marriage register, and it gave some of my favourite papers from the pad a great place to shine!
I enhanced the romantic theme with gold heat embossed hearts on the background, and some envelopes and a jar fussy cut from other papers in the pad. The ‘come fly away with me’ sentiment on the hot air balloon stamp is just so dreamy, I had to use it on here too!
Disney Family:
I wanted a more bold and straight look for this layout, to contrast with all the details on our costumes in the photo. I love that this pad has gorgeous graphic papers as well as romantic ones – just look at these stripes, anchors, triangles and chevrons – it’s so trendy!
I stamped and heat embossed the chevron stamp several times on the left to point at the photo, and I added this ‘you make my heart sing’ cut-out from the pad, as my family make me so happy! The heart gems on here are by Papermania, and there’s some enamel dots (My Mind’s Eye My Girl), and some clear gemstones (Hero Arts) – which I’ve used as raindrops from the cloud. I’ve used this technique before (here), but I thought it was okay to do it again as I loved it and the layouts will go in different albums!
If you want to see some close-up details of the layouts, then go HERE to the SJ Crafts blog to take a peek! I made a couple of cards with the collection too which will appear over there soon!
Giveaway Winners: 
Before I go, I have a couple of Giveaway Winners to announce… these are both re-draws because the original winners never contacted me.
The first is a new winner from the PaperHaus Spring Fling Blog Hop Giveaway
Congratulations dogmatix, please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk with your mailing address and I shall send the roller doodle and bits to you!
The next is a winner from a rather old giveaway… sorry it’s taken me so long to re-draw this… it’s from my Frosty Festivities event back in November! There’s a new winner for the SJ Crafts Sponsored Giveaway:
Congratulations Becky, please let me know your mailing address (at same email as above) and we shall get the Echo Park ‘Photo Freedom’ kit on it’s way to you!
Have you been feeling lucky lately? I hope so!
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