Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Let The Stickers Be The Stars – Clean And Simple Christmas Cards

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

I’ve got quite a quick post for you today, about these ‘Let The Stickers Be The Stars’ Clean and Simple Christmas Cards:

Let The Stickers Be The Stars - Clean And Simple Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided to use up some Christmas stickers by planning my cards around them and letting them be the stars of the show!

First I found a pile of Christmas stickers, plus some enamel and metallic dots, some 6×6 patterned paper and scraps, and 3 card blanks:

Let The Stickers Be The Stars - Clean And Simple Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose a few of the stickers in different colour tones, and pick a couple of sheets of paper each to match. The left-hand stickers were bright red & green, the middle stickers were pale blue and red, and the right-hand stickers were a more dull, vintage style red and green:

Let The Stickers Be The Stars - Clean And Simple Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I layered the two patterned papers for each card on top of each other, with a rectangle of white card on top too. All the edges were inked with a gold ink pad. The white rectangle was a slightly different size on each card, depending on how much I wanted the patterns below to be showing:

Let The Stickers Be The Stars - Clean And Simple Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then all I had to do was arrange my stickers in a pleasing manner! I even used stickers for the sentiments. A couple of the sentiments were stuck on with foam dots to stop it all looking too flat:

Let The Stickers Be The Stars - Clean And Simple Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also added glitter tape to the left-hand card to give the reindeer something to stand on!

Be Inspired:

Make a project where you plan it around a sticker or two

Create a set of 3 clean and simple Christmas cards or tags

Add dots and stars close to an icon for a sprinkling of magic

Which card is your favourite?

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 see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, DIY Gifts, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel and a Festive Card

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

Hello! Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the SVG Files Shop, you can enter to win 10 SVG files HERE {NOW CLOSED}! Today I’m back to show you a couple of things I’ve made with files from the store – a tea towel and a Christmas card.

First up is the DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used THIS Christmas Holidays file to cut some red iron-on-vinyl using my Cricut Explore, and ironed it on to a plain white tea towel. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the process…

When I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space there was a plain white background around the image. This would be useful if I wanted to flatten and print the image, but I wanted to cut it, so I had to click the eye icon next to the white background on the layers panel – I’ve added a red arrow to the image below so you can see which one:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white background was gone there were still lots of different layers on the SVG, but I wanted it to all cut as one. So I clicked on the image, then clicked the ‘attach’ option from the top menu of the layers panel (again I’ve added a red arrow so you can see where to click):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

This leaves the image looking like this, and you are ready to click ‘go’ – and make sure you click the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ option if you are cutting from iron-on vinyl:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut my image at just under 11.5″ wide. I’m not sure I’d want to cut this image any smaller than this, as some of the pieces were TINY, even when cutting it so large. I had to weed it very carefully and some of the little bits wouldn’t come out at all (like the details on the snowflakes):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed it on to the tea towel (putting a piece of greaseproof paper on top of course):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what it looked like after ironing. The ornaments look like they are floating in space because the dots between them and the twirls above were too small to come out at all:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I just cut a couple of slivers of iron-on vinyl from the left over scraps, and used these to ‘hang’ the ornaments:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks super stylish and was worth the effort! If you are gifting it to someone make sure you tell them it can be machine washed but on a low heat setting (I was at 40 degrees) and to only iron on the reverse!

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I used THIS Happy Holiday SVG file to make a Christmas Card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again the pieces were tiny, but I had cut the image quite small – 5.25″ tall. I was quite impressed that the Explore managed to cut it without ripping it to shreds, though I did manage to break a couple of bits off the wreath while I was taking it off the mat:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck them on the card by turning the pieces upside down on a piece of scrap paper, and running my Herma repositionable tape runner over the top, before adhering them to the card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

The card really didn’t need much else, apart from matting it onto some pretty patterned paper and adding a few tiny gems on top:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

A very delicate card for someone special!

Be Inspired:

Use iron-on-vinyl, fabric paint, or fabric ink-pads and stamps to decorate a tea towel

Make a monotone project eg. just red and white

Put a wreath around the edge of a project with a sentiment in the center

Do you think all these fiddly details make the projects look extra special?

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 again tomorrow with another Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe!

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

We’re just over half-way through the month, and therefore half-way through Frosty Festivities 2015, so today I thought I’d share something to help you do some Speedy Christmas Crafting by using a recipe!

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made two Christmas cards and one winter-themed PL (pocket scrapbooking) card in about 45 minutes – very quick for me! Having a recipe makes it so much easier to pull out supplies – by limiting my choice I don’t spend ages dithering over what to use or rummaging through my stash, like I normally do in case I can find something more ‘perfect’!

If you’d like to set yourself this as a challenge you could use the recipe I picked, or you could make one up of your own – just pick a handful of types of item and write them down so you stick to them! Here’s my recipe:

Twine
Buttons
Paper Scraps
Ephemera
Word Stamps

You could apply this recipe to all kind of projects! You can also add plain card and card blanks, and ink pads, adhesive, etc (plus photos and journaling if you are scrapbooking) – all those crafty basics. Just try not to add any extra embellishments or fiddly techniques which would take up your time!

Here’s the items I pulled together to choose from:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was mostly old stash from the last few years, except I included some new My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street Ephemera because I like them so much!

First I chose a couple of card blanks, and cut a paper scrap down to 3×4″ for my PL card. Then I added more paper scraps on top of these:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next was the twine, twirled into a twisty shape and stuck on with Glossy Accents on the cards, and wrapped around the PL card and attached with staples:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I played around with the ephemera until I found a few I liked, and stuck them on, either adhered flat or using foam dots to make them stand out:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then they were finished off with the stamped words – all stamped with grey ink onto white card to keep it quick and easy – plus a few buttons:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ready to give to family and friends or use on a PL layout or scrapbook page!

Be Inspired:

Use my recipe or create your own to make your next project

Use mostly old stash with just one newer item that you love

Use three different stamp sets or wooden stamps

What would you use this recipe to make?

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 with another project for Frosty Festivities 2015!

Jennifer x