Cardmaking

A Transparent Birthday Card (using some recycled items!)

My hubby’s birthday is coming up on Monday, and I found a couple of challenges to help me with inspiration for his card!

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

The first challenge I’m linking up to is the Make The Day Special Stamp Store January challenge to Recycle. You have to use at least one item that they have in the store, and use something you would be throwing away / recycling as part of your project (or as part of the technique when making it).

Make The Day Special Stamp Store January Challenge

The second challenge is the Mixed Media Card Challenge #7 to use the word ‘New’ either as a word on your card or by using a new technique, etc, with the optional extra to use tissue.

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Here’s how to make this card…

Step 1: Find some plastic / a transparency for the clear parts of the card. I found the plastic front off a box headed for the recycling. It was packaging from a doll my daughter received at Christmas:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

I cut a clear rectangle out of it, but then I realised I wanted the back of the card to be transparent too, so I found another box, this time from a car seat cover:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

You should end up with two pieces of transparent plastic, each measuring 5 x 5.5″:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and use a pencil to mark a large rectangle on the inside of each side, measuring 4⅝ x 3⅝”- you are leaving enough space around the edges to stick the plastic to:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Cut these two large rectangles out with a craft knife, and erase the pencil marks inside your card:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Use StazOn Black Ink to stamp your sentiment onto the top right corner of one of the clear plastic pieces. I used a sentiment from the Avery Elle Cake & Candles set:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Stick this inside your card, on the rectangle which will be the front of your card, using double-sided sticky tape. Stick the other plain piece of plastic to the back rectangle of the card.

Step 5: Find some stubby bits of candle that are too short to use on a cake. Mine are just under 1″ tall:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 6: Stick these to the front of your card, using hot glue underneath the candles, and some double-sided sticky tape over the front of the candles. Also find a piece of silver card, mine’s from a packet of Christmas-crackers:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 7: Cut the silver piece down to a rectangle measuring 2⅛ x 1⅜”, round the top corners, and stick some glitter tape across the middle. Stick a piece of patterned paper (measuring 1⅛ x 6″) at the bottom of the front of your card. Adhere the silver rectangle on top of the candles on the front of your card, using the double-sided tape that’s already on the candles, plus some 3D foam pop-dots at the bottom of the cake – you’ll need to layer up the pop-dots a few deep depending on how thick your candles are:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 8: The back of the candles might look a little messy from the hot glue:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 9: So you could use some glossy accents and glitter on the other side of the plastic to cover it up:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 10: Use washi tape to hide the double-sided tape at the edges of the transparencies:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 11: Stick a plain piece of card at the bottom of the inner-back of your card, so you have a place to write on. You could also stamp a few swirls at the top of the plastic, and some little stars on the piece of plain card (my stars are from the Joy To The World Stamp Set):

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 12: Find a piece of yellow tissue paper, or colour a white piece of tissue paper with yellow ink:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 13: Scrunch up little bits of the tissue paper as flames, and use a tiny dab of hot glue at the top of each candle wick to stick them on:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 14: Finish off the card with a few more stamped stars on the front corners, and add a few star stickers and gems:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Give it to someone to make their birthday special! This card is pretty thick because of the candles, so it’s best for hand deliveries or cards going into a parcel!

How I met the Make The Day Special Stamp Store ‘Recycling’ Challenge: Using plastic packaging, silver card packaging, stubby candles, and a scrap of tissue paper.

How I met the Mixed Media Card ‘New’ Challenge: I’ve never made a transparent card before, and I’ve never used candles on a card! I also used the optional extra – tissue.

Make sure you check out the challenges to see more inspiration!

Have you ever made a transparent card before? Do you ever use recycled items on your projects?

Bye for now, 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

Home Decor Craft Projects

White By The Beach Photo Frame

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

Why is it that white goes so well with beach themes? For me white makes me think of sea spray and wide open spaces, so maybe that’s it. Either way, when I bought a plain white tall frame I knew I wanted to fill it with beach photos:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how the frame looked when I bought it:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

I filled it with photos from beach days:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Added a few rubs ons (Tim Holtz ‘Life Quotes’):

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Then I made a few starfish, by forming three balls of white Fimo modelling clay:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Then pinching and pulling until I had five ‘arms’:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Slowly shaping them to make thinner starfish arms:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

Then I used a kebab stick to make little indents in the surface:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

I baked them in the oven (according to the instructions on my clay). After baking I gave them a coat of Crystal Stickles:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

And added them to my frame with a sparkly bead and a couple of pearly beads for each star – I glued them all on with Glossy Accents:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

That was it! I didn’t want to clutter it up too much, as that would have overshadowed the photos:

White By The Beach Photo Frame by Jennifer Grace

These are some of my favourite photos ever so it’s great to have them on display!

Be Inspired:

Frame a photo (or more) and alter the frame just a little

Make something from modelling clay, or find another material to make a starfish

Use rub-ons on something other than paper

What collection of photos would you put in this frame?

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 very soon!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

From Old Stash To New Pocket Cards + A Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

One of the ways I’ve been trying to cleanse is by sorting out my craft space (more on that tomorrow). While sorting through it all I realised there were some thing I just keep rummaging through and never using, because they didn’t quite work for me. Time to jazz things up a bit! I pulled out some Journal Cards / Pocket Scrapbooking Cards which I didn’t think I’d use as they were:

From Old Stash To New Pocket Cards by Jennifer Grace

A couple of them were just too boring – I never found them inspiring enough to actually pull out and use. A couple of others had writing on which I didn’t like (eg. the ‘Mending 10 Yards’ bit).

Next I gathered some stickers and gems:

From Old Stash To New Pocket Cards by Jennifer Grace

And decorated to my heart’s content:

From Old Stash To New Pocket Cards by Jennifer Grace

Now they look much more fun and ready to use on a scrapbook page or card!

Want to make some of you own? Why not enter this GIVEAWAY:

Old Stash Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates Closes Monay 9th June at 10.59pm BST

I always think another good way to cleanse my supplies is to give some away! Included in this prize is a selection of 6×6 papers, journaling / pocket scrapbooking cards, stickers, chipboards, ribbons, and buttons!

All you have to do to enter this giveaway {NOW CLOSED}  is tell me in the comments whether you’ve got any items of stash that need a revamp! The giveaway closes at 10.59pm on Monday the 9th of June 2014. It is open internationally! The winner will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you won!

Be Inspired:

Jazz up some old supplies with a few stickers, gems, or other embellies

Clear out some old stash and give it away

Make a set of journal cards / pocket scrapbook cards

How often do you cleanse your supplies? I probably go through mine once a year… normally when I’m gearing up for an online event like this!

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 very soon,

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Oh The Wonder layout – Take A Fresh Look

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

This layout is about looking at the world through a child’s eyes, but you don’t have to be near a child to sit back and refresh your perspective!

Oh The Wonder:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

It always amazes me how my kids can find a simple thing like a dandelion to be wonder-filled!

I wanted a basic DIY embellishment to accentuate the page, something fuss free and cute. I found THIS TUTORIAL at Le Frufru, and made a little denim flag from a scrap of material and a kebab stick (that I cut shorter using a wire cutter):

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I adhered it to the page using my hot glue gun:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I’ve used lots of the Elle’s Studio Everyday Moments collection on this page, I especially love the ‘Good Stuff’ tag from the Bits & Pieces which I added over the photo:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

I like using ledger or graph paper as a background so I can write my journaling straight on their simply and easily:

Oh The Wonder layout by Jennifer Grace

We don’t even need to go on a walk to see the wonder in the world. Since we moved to a house with a garden the kids are constantly calling my to look at bugs and leaves!

Be Inspired:

Make a simple DIY embellishment by putting two items together

Scrapbook / Art Journal about seeing things though another perspective

Cut a tag so you can tuck it over the edge of a photo or piece of paper

Do you ever try stopping and looking at things from a new perspective? Now I need to try looking from some other points-of-view.

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 4pm!

Jennifer x