Your Craft & Soul Events

Stay Refreshed! The Wrap-Up Post

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Wow, it’s the end of the weekend. Do you feel refreshed? I hope so!

If you want to check you haven’t missed anything, check out the REFRESH YOUR CRAFT page which has a list of links to all of the posts this weekend, including separate lists for the Giveaways {NOW CLOSED} and Challenges! After all you wouldn’t want to miss a chance to win one of these prizes:

Refresh Your Craft and Soul Prizes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Lots of lovely goodies there!

Have you enjoyed the event? I’ve loved reading all your comments, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing what you think!

If you have enjoyed the event, I’d be really grateful if you can pin or share the projects you like. And make sure you are signed up to my ‘News’ emails (aweber form in sidebar) and then you’ll be the first to hear about the next event (I’ll probably be back with Frosty Festivities again in November!). News emails are rarely sent out – normally only when I have a giveaway or an event approaching, so you won’t be bombarded with mail!

If you have any questions or suggestions about how these events are run, then don’t hesitate to contact me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk!

Before I leave you completely I’ve one last card to share… I was trying to make a beach-themed male birthday card:

Beach Hut Card by Jennifer Grace

I think I almost pulled it off, but I wish I’d used a less twiddly stamp for the sentiment. I don’t like making male cards, they are so much harder!

The star-type shape on the background is a chipboard piece that I heat embossed and tipped gold glitter onto while I was heating the powder, I’m going to be doing that again experimenting with other colours!

Be Inspired:

Make a male beach-themed project

Refresh a chipboard shape with heat embossing

Use a dark base with refreshing colours on top

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE! {NOW CLOSED}

That’s it! The giveaway winners will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you’ve won!

Stay refreshed,

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Breezy Washing Line Card

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Something that makes me feel refreshed is when the warmer weather arrives, and it’s time to hang clothes out on the washing line to dry. It’s kind of peaceful watching them swaying in the breeze, and it makes clothes smell so good!

I took that spirit and put it onto a card:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Don’t you think it’s nice and breezy?!

Here’s how to put it together…

Step 1: Choose a card blank and cut two piece of paper to layer on top, but don’t stick the top one on yet:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Stipple (don’t brush) some white Gesso or acrylic paint in the centre of the top sheet of paper to lighten it:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: While that is drying, cut some clothes from scraps of paper. I cut mine freehand but you could draw the shape on the back of the paper first:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Step 4: Once the Gesso is dry, wrap some twine at the top of that piece of patterned paper, sticking it with double-sided tape at the back:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Use some little craft pegs to attach your clothes to the washing line. I also put a blob of Glossy Accents behind each peg, and a foam dot or two behind each item of clothing:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Stick the patterned paper onto your card blank, and decorate the rest of the card:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Here’s another card using the same technique, but with flags / bunting instead of clothes:

Breezy Washing Line Card by Jennifer Grace

Be Inspired:

Stipple some Gesso or paint at the back of your next project

Add some twine to hang things from

Cut shapes from scraps of paper

Do you love drying your clothes on the line? I hate it in winter when there’s clothes drying all over the house, or I have to run the tumble drier!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Blow Painting Splatter Cards

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s another set of cards for you inspiration, this time using blow painting as the background!

Blow Painting Splatter Cards:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I love how these look lively thanks to the watery splatters!

Simply tip a puddle of mist (you can also use watery paint or ink) onto some white cardstock:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

And use a straw to blow it around, turning the cardstock as you go so it spreads out in different directions:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I did one with gold mist and one with green:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

Leave it to dry and then assemble your cards! I used sentiments from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, because they were transparent so you still could see the refreshing effect of the splatters:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I also used a could of frame stickers because you could see through the middle of those too!

Be Inspired:

Try out some blow painting on your next project

Use transparent items or frames so you can see the background

Use some ephemera as a card sentiment

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll be back again shortly!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Washi and Words Bright and Fresh Cards

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

This hour I’ve got some bright and fresh cards to share with you:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

I decided to keep things simple for this set of cards, which are to send to people who need their day brightening!

To keep it clean and simple I used just Washi + Words.

Here’s how it went…

1. I picked three card blanks:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

2. I cut three pieces of white cardstock to fit the card blanks:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

3. I stuck washi all over them:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

It was that easy! The card on the left was the simplest, I just stuck the washi in lines straight across. The card bottom right was a little more fiddly, but only really the first bit which I put across the diagonal line from top left to bottom right. After that it was easy to follow with the other washi strips. For the card on the top right I cut the washi into banner flags…

You fold the washi in half, making sure you fold it so the sticky bit is on the outside:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

Then snip from the outer corner into the middle:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

Or from the middle at a diagonal angle towards the outer edge:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

Depending on which shape you want the flag to be!

Then all I had to do was stick the cardstock onto the card blanks, and choose a few words to stick on top:

Washi and Words Cards by Jennifer Grace

Hey presto!

Be Inspired:

Make a project with just washi and words

Do something on the diagonal

Send a bright and colourful card to someone

Would these refresh your spirits if they came through your door?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 8pm!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

A Wash Of Watercolours Refreshing Card

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Once upon a time I used to paint pictures, in acrylic and watercolour, before scrapbooking took over my crafting life! Luckily I can still use the paints on my papercrafting projects. There’s something magical about mixing paint and water, ‘washing’ it over a piece of paper, and seeing it come to life…

A Wash of Watercolours Card:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

There are all kinds of different arty inks and paints you could use to make a background like this, but I just used my trusty watercolours – this palette is small enough that it tucks into my bureau so it’s always on hand:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used blue, green, and yellow to paint stripes across my white cardstock (American Crafts textured cardstock), making sure the paint was wet enough for the colours to mix into each other:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Because it was normal cardstock, not watercolour paper, it dried very warped:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

But leaving it overnight pressed between some heavy books fixed that problem:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I stamped the sentiment (from the Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado collection) using black ink, and then also added a kite (Pink Paislee Prairie Hill) using clear ink and Aqua American Crafts embossing powder. Then I pulled out these Prima Resist Canvas Stickers (Hello Pastel), which had been sitting unloved in my stash:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used the watercolours again to paint a few shapes:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Then I added them to my card with a few gems:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I’m going to save this for when I think someone needs a breath of fresh air mailed to them!

Be Inspired:

Use watercolours, inks, or mists to create a watercolour wash background

Paint some embellishments

Make a project with a light and airy feel to it

Do you ever make backgrounds with a wash of paint like this? Does it seem magical to you too?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

See you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

A Challenge – To Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

It’s time for the Challenge to Be Inspired! {NOW CLOSED}

There’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend, with layouts, cards, kids crafts, home decor, and more! At the bottom of each post there is a ‘be inspired’ section with suggestions of what you can take from that post to apply to your own crafting.

This challenge is where you can link up ANYTHING you make or do that’s inspired by this event, and to tempt you to enter there’s also a prize to win:

Challenge Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

The We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Circle Tool with the ‘Love’ and ‘Banners’ piercers!

While you are reading my posts, or posts along the blog hop, make sure you are pinning or bookmarking them – then get creating! When you’ve finished make sure you come come back here and add it to the linky tool at the bottom of this post. All entries will also be added to the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Pinterest Board.

Here’s a card to add to the inspiration (but remember your challenge entry doesn’t have to be anything to do with this card in particular)…

Enjoy Every Moment:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

Here’s a bit about how I put the card together…

1. I started with a 6×6 card blank, my favourite size card to make, and cut my most used base – two squares of patterned paper at 5½” and 5¼” (normally I just eyeball this rather than measuring it). It’s refreshing to stick to what you know best:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

 

These papers are from the My Mind’s Eye Just Splendid 6×6 Pad.

2. I cut a corner from some Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Paper, and chose a couple of sentiments (a Glitz 77 Sticker and a Hello Sunshine Chipboard Sticker). Then I tipped out the Hello Sunshine Ephemera, to try a few out. First I tried a rainbow:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

And then a bouquet of red/pink flowers:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

But I decided they both were too bold – they dominated the sentiments, but I wanted the sentiments to be the main thing to stand out.

So I chose this yellow flower and orange heart:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

3. Then I just had to ink the paper edges in gold, stick it all together, and add some extra details – like another Glitz 77 sticker, some MME Just Splendid Wood Dots, a few sequins, and some Waco Pearl Pen White Dots:

Enjoy Every Moment card by Jennifer Grace

Now I can send it so someone who needs a refreshing card to cheer them up!

Be Inspired:

Mount two sheets of square patterned paper at the back of your project

Choose two sentiments instead of one

Use your favourite techniques to keep things simple

To enter this challenge {NOW CLOSED}: 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 the 15th of June at 10.59pm BST. It is open internationally.

I’ll be back again in an hour with a blog hop! Jennifer x

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}


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Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Summery Colour Combinations and Rainy Layouts!

Hello all,

Today I’m here to tell you about a couple of posts over at the SJ Crafts Blog!

First up, it’s time for the June Challenge, and this time it’s a Colour Palette:

June Challenge Colour Challenge at SJ Crafts

The colours you must use are: 
Hot Pink * Tangerine * Cream * Gold *
The “Cream” can be a neutral of your choice!! So you could use Beige, Grey, White etc.

Ooh, it’s so summery it makes me want to go lay on a baking hot beach somewhere!

I used the colours to make a birthday card…

Here Comes The Sun:

Here Comes The Sun card by Jennifer Grace

I’m trying to encourage the weather to warm up a bit! I used the Amy Tangerine’s Plus One 6×6 Pad and a Die-Cut Tag (stitched with gold embroidery thread), plus some Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, some Studio Calico Essentials Gold Stars, and some sequins.

Make sure you check out the other DT members projects, and enter the challenge to try and win a prize, right HERE!

I also had a couple of layouts go live on the SJ Crafts blog today, and these are all about using raindrops on your pages… the post is called Rain Rain, Stay and Play! Now, this doesn’t mean I want it to keep raining for real, as you can see from my card I really want some sunshine right now. But I’m quite happy for raindrop themed products to stick around for a while, as they are so fun to scatter around, and you don’t just have to use them on rainy pages…

Our Rainbow:

Our Rainbow layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

Though of course you can use it for rainy pages if you want to…

Puddles Without Wellies:

Puddles Without Wellies layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

I used the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection in abundance on these pages, including lots of the Ephemera Pack, which I’m totally in love with, as it has so many pretty bits and pieces! The Puffy Stickers are super cute too!

You can see lots more photos of these layouts at the SJ Crafts blog right HERE, with more information about how I put them together too!

Thank you for reading my weather-filled post! Is it sunny or rainy where you are? Do you prefer products with sunshine or raindrops?

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

P.S. Don’t forget my free Refresh Your Craft & Soul event is fast approaching!

Disclosure: I am on the SJ Crafts Design Team, so I was sent the Hello Sunshine Products to use for the two layouts in this post, and I receive a discount off other items purchased in the store.