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

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

I Can’t Wait To Give You Christmas Hugs Card

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

Today I’m sharing this Christmas Hugs Card, featuring 2 snow-people who can’t wait to break free from their snow globes and give each other some Christmas cuddles:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

This was partly inspired by the new John Lewis Christmas advert, where a little girl tries to send a gift to a lonely man that lives on the moon. I still haven’t decided how much I like the advert, but I think the sentiment is sweet – that even if you won’t see someone soon it’s good to know you are thinking of them in the run up to Christmas. So I came up with the idea to have 2 characters that couldn’t quite reach each other for a hug, but you obviously hope they will soon!

Here’s how I put the card together…

Step 1: Use the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set to stamp a snow globe onto some snowy looking paper (I used Lawn Fawn ‘Let’s Bokeh In The Snow’ 6×6 pad):

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 2: Fussy-cut around the snow globe, cut it in half, and ink the edges with more black ink:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 3: Stamp the snow-people and the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting from the same stamp set onto white card, and fussy-cut them out. Then colour in the hats, scarves, and noses of the snow people, and cut the ‘Merry Christmas’ between the words, inking around the edges of the sentiment too:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 4: Print out the sentiment ‘I can’t wait to give you Christmas hugs’ or find a similar sentiment in your stamp stash. I used the ‘Amatic’ font for mine:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 5: Layer some more papers onto a card blank, stick your snow-people and sentiment onto the snow globes, and place them on top of the papers without sticking the snow globes or the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment down yet – you just need to check where they will be going. Then you can stamp some tiny little hearts (I used one from the Lawn Fawn ‘Flirty Frames’ stamp set) as though they are floating up from the snow-people:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 6: Once the hearts are stamped you can stick on the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment and the snow globes, using foam tape or dots to give the card more dimension. Then add a few gems or metallic pearls if you want to:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

The card is finished and ready to send to someone you love but don’t get to see very often!

Be Inspired:

Stamp a large image then cut it in half to use one or both halves on a project

Make a project inspired by a Christmas TV Advert from now or in the past

Use the words ‘Christmas Hugs’ on a card, layout, or other project

What do you think , do you like the card, or do you feel too sad that the snow-people can’t reach each other?! I think I will stamp them on the inside of the card too, all snuggled up this time!

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 morning at 8am GMT with the next Frosty Festivities project.

Jennifer x

 

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore)

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

Today I’m sharing this Christmas ornament circular card, made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love shaped cards, I should really make them more often! It’s a nice change from my usual square or A6 card size. This one could even turn into an ornament – I’ll send a bit of string or twine in with the card and suggest the recipient hangs it up!

It was easy to make this using my Cricut Explore machine, but if you don’t have an electronic cutter you could achieve the same effect by drawing around something circular and following the steps for making the folded card backing, before decorating the front.

Here’s how I created mine in the Cricut Design Space…

Step 1: Insert an ornament image – mine is #M3E043. Resize it to however big you want it to be – I wanted to be able to cut some pieces from a 6×6 patterned paper pad (My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street), so I made my ornament 5.8″ tall:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Click on the layers panel to ‘duplicate’ the image. Then right-click on the second image, and ‘ungroup’ the image, so you can separate the layers:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Delete all but the bottom layer, and ‘duplicate’ it again. Move the first ornament out of your way by dragging it to the bottom of the screen, and place the two bottom layers side-by-side. Drag a box over them to select them both, then click on the ‘align’ option from the top menu, and align them ‘center vertically’:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move them so they overlap, making sure you don’t move them up or down, only towards each other:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Drag a box over to select them both again, and click the ‘weld’ option in the layers panel so that they join together:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you have a scoring tool for your Cricut Explore, insert an image of a ‘score line’ (it’s a free image) and put it along the fold between the two ornament bases:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have a score tool for your machine you can always do this step later with an ordinary scoring tool, or lollipop stick like I sometimes use!

Step 7: Click ‘go’ and cut your shapes out from your desired papers. Note that you still need the back circle for the patterned ornament, because the folded card base has one edge of circle disappearing at the fold:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick together your patterned ornament. I used my Herma repositionable tape runner:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the patterned ornament onto the card base, and fold it. At this point I tried to stand my card up, and quickly remembered that circles roll, when my card rolled straight over! To solve this I cut a tiny sliver off the base of the card, cutting through all the layers. It gives it an almost unnoticeable straight edge, which will help it stand up:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add any other decorations that you want to. I added some light green pearls around the edge:

Christmas Ornament Circular Card (made with the Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it’s time to send this card I will need to put a liner in it too, as the inside of the card is currently red. I guess I could write with white or metallic pen inside but I’ll probably add a liner. I didn’t think about that until I was looking at it at the end though!

Be Inspired:

Make a shaped Christmas card – circular, star-shaped, triangular etc

Make an ornament from a 6×6 paper pad

Use an ornament embellishment on your next scrapbook layout or project

If you received this card would you like a piece of string to come with it so you could hang it up? I’m thinking a colourful piece of twine to match the colours of the card!

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 for the next Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Challenge – To Be Inspired! {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 the Challenge To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

The Challenge To Be Inspired Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul event at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is where you can come to link up any projects you make, or activities you do, which are inspired by this Frosty Festivities 2015 event!

You can use the ‘Be Inspired’ section at the bottom of each project post to give you ideas, but you don’t have to – if you inspired in a different way then that’s fine too – scraplift a layout, take a colour scheme that I’ve used, copy a technique, just try to emulate my style on something… really the possibilities are endless for how you can be inspired, just go and play with your crafty supplies! You can also use inspiration from the blog hop after that takes place on Sunday the 15th of November!

To tempt you to ‘Be Inspired’ and join in, here’s one of the prizes up for grabs…

Frosty Festivites 2015 Challenge To Be Inspired Prize

It includes a Heidi Swapp Favourite Things 6 x 8″ Chipboard Album, plus some wide ribbons, a selection of 6 x 6″ papers, and some other festive crafting bits and pieces!

The above prize will be sent to one person drawn at random from all the entries.

I’m also going to give a £15 Etsy Gift Card to someone that catches my eye with a really exciting project or with the enthusiasm of their participation!

There's a £15 Etsy Gift Card for one 'Be Inspired' challenge participant too!

The gift card (email code) the winner receives can be spent in any Etsy shop which accepts gift cards.

To enter the challenge {NOW CLOSED}:

Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning Frosty Festivites 2015 in your description (a backlink to the post that inspired you is appreciated but not required), and then come back here to add it! Make sure you add the URL of the actual project, not just a general gallery or blog link. You can add more than one project to a blog post and then add it to the linky several times to give you extra entries into the draw. You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too. If it’s not obvious where you used inspiration from my event on your project then make sure you describe it somewhere in your image description or blog post!

I will be pinning all the entries to the ‘Inspired By Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, Big Picture Classes, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on there I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

To give you another piece of inspiration today I created this card, with colourful Christmas trees creating a frame:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

My rainbow coloured Christmas card from last year’s Frosty Festivites (you can see that HERE) was one of my favourites, so I used that as a starting point. I really enjoyed stamping all these little trees to make a bright and cheerful frame!

The tree in the middle is gold embossed so it’s lovely and shiny:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

The colourful trees stamped around as a frame are not perfectly spaced. You could measure your stamp and space it out carefully but I just went with the wing-it-and-hope-it-works approach, by stamping one colour at a time wherever I felt like stamping on the card:

Peace On Earth Colourful Trees Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

It meant some trees are squished together and some have bigger gaps between them, but it doesn’t notice too much on the finished card, as your eyes are more drawn to the gold feature tree and the sentiment in the center.

The little tree I used is from the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set, and the large tree and the sentiment in the center are from the Hero Arts Clearly Kelly ‘Noel’ stamp set.

Be Inspired:

Stamp a frame around the edge of a piece of card

Add a gold element in or near the center of a project

Make a line of rainbow coloured Christmas trees

Remember you can use these ideas for your project, but you don’t have to – you can also link up anything inspired by any Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I can’t wait to see all your projects!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post 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 morning (8am GMT) with the next blog post.

Jennifer x


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Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Ten Christmas Card Ideas!

Just in case you are impatiently waiting for Frosty Festivities 2015 to begin tomorrow (all the details and a giveaway for that can be found HERE), I thought I’d share Ten Christmas Card Ideas I’ve posted here in the past!

10 Christmas Cards Ideas at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you want to kick-start your crafting here are the links to these cards – many of them have more cards on the posts too as they were linked with a theme or idea!

Rainbow Coloured Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace Creates

A Rainbow Coloured Christmas Card

Season's Greetings Gift Card with Pocket by Jennifer Grace

A Christmas Card with a Store Gift Card Pocket

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards

A Winter Card Inspired By A Picture Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Winter Card Inspired By A Picture Book

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Using Circles On Christmas Cards

Dear Daughter Merry Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

Christmas Cards With Vintage Images

Pile It Up Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Christmas Cards With Piled-Up Embellishments

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies at Jennifer Grace Creates

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Movies

May Your Days Be Merry card by Jennifer Grace

A Christmas Card With A Paper Bow (with a tutorial for the paper bow)

I hope that gives you some ideas, but remember you can come back tomorrow (the 1st of November) for the start of Frosty Festivities 2015 and lots more inspiration!

(If you want some Christmas Home Decor inspiration in the meantime I did a round-up post for that last year HERE).

Bye for now,

Jennifer x