Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Exploring Brush Lettering – and some Free Christmas Printables!

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

Today I want to show you some experimenting I’ve been doing with brush lettering, plus I have some free Christmas printables for you!

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve been wanting to have a proper go at brush lettering for a while. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen THIS PHOTO which I took a couple of months ago, trying to be a beta tester for a Molly Jacques Workshop on calligraphy and lettering. I wasn’t lucky enough to get chosen – no wonder as there was stiff competition! But that didn’t curb my interest. I have been devouring You Tube videos on brush lettering, like THIS ONE by Amy Tangerine, and THIS ONE by Kristina Werner, and I’ve been dreaming about taking THIS CLASS with Jen Schow, which I’m sure I will once I have more time!

In the meantime I searched around for some recommendations on pens / brushes for beginners to use, and that were not too expensive! I ended up buying Tombow Fudenosuke Pens in Hard and Soft, a Tombow Art Brush Pen in Sea Green, a Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen, and a KUM Memory Point Paintbrush in Size 1:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

My first trial was to write my blog name with each pen / brush. First I wrote it with my everyday non-joined up handwriting, then I attempted a more brush script style underneath:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I know from watching the videos mentioned above that one of the things to remember is to press down on the down-strokes, and lift up for a lighter line on the up-strokes, so I did that as best as I could. I’m sure that’s something I’ll get better at with lots more practice!

My next idea was to create a phrase, with a mix of writing styles – some of it being bold and straight, some being twirly and script-like. I wrote ‘Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle’ several times, each time improving my technique slightly – thinking about how close together the words were, and how to accentuate the two different writing styles:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was fun to see how much my writing changed just by doing the same phrase several times!

Next I used the thin paintbrush to paint a merry poster which says ‘May your days be merry and bright, full of good cheer and all that is right’:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was pretty happy with it as a first attempt, though I did realise afterwards that the large ampersand was in the wrong place – I should have practiced the layout on a spare piece of paper first. After I took the above photo I ended up going back and adding a smaller ampersand between the words merry and bright – I’m pretending the large one is decorative only!

I tried out a couple more phrases on the spare pieces of card which I had:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

For all of these I was just writing on cheap white card which I buy from Poundland – I think you get 30 sheets for £1 and it’s pretty good quality.

That’s all the experimenting I’ve done so far, but I can’t wait to practice a bit more and hone my style.

I scanned in all the items I ended up with, so that you can use them as printables if you wish (personal use / gifts for friends only please!). Click HERE to download the PDF poster (you will be prompted to download, it doesn’t happen automatically).

May Your Days Be Merry Free Christmas Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And the smaller phrases are below – I played around with re-colouring a couple of them in Photoshop, which is another thing I need to practice more! Click HERE to download the PDF for these!

A6 Christmas Phrase Cards Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

The white-on-red ‘tinsel in a tangle’ is my favourite!

Be Inspired:

Do some hand-lettering on your next project

Print out one of the free printables and use them on a scrapbook layout or card

Mix up some letter stickers in different styles to create a long title or message

Do you like the printables? What would you use them for?

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

Scrapbook Layouts

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout + Free Printable

It’s June! Hooray, summer is on it’s way in the UK – At least I hope we get some summer weather here… it doesn’t always happen!

To celebrate the start of the summer months I’ve got a summer watercolour wreath layout for you today (plus a free printable for the wreath if you aren’t a painter):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

She’s a ‘Weed Sprite’ instead of a flower fairy! My daughter doesn’t discriminate on which flowers she thinks are pretty. She particularly likes dandelions because of how they change into ‘wish flowers’ – I just found a time lapse video of the change HERE which I’m going to have to show her!

This layout is inspired by several things. First I enjoyed making my Focus Canvas HERE and when I was making it I thought a messy circle would be a great place to have a title inside for a layout… then K did just that in her ‘Cosy’ layout on THIS POST, and Claire at Creative Makings also used a messy circle to house a sentiment on a card – both inspired by my canvas. I also liked making the wreath tag on my ‘Art In Miniature’ post HERE, as I thought the wreath looked nice and summery and reminded me of flower crowns like THIS ONE which I’ve been dying to try out. So I had all these many things in my mind when I decided to make a summer watercolour wreath layout!

When I first began the page I picked a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock, and painted circles on it:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which did look kind of pretty, but I realised it was too spread out to look like a wreath, and it filled up too much of the page, as I wanted the title to be inside the wreath but the journaling and other embellishments to be outside it.

So I started again with a piece of smooth white A4 card. I used a bowl to paint my first circle around:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I took the bowl off and painted some messier circles. I painted a couple more green lines first, then blue, then yellow, then green leaves – allowing the paint to dry between each layer so that I could overlap them without the paint colours blending into each other:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a couple more layers to the leaves so that you couldn’t see the lines below through them too much:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I was ready to cut it out and use it on my page (but I scanned it in first so I could turn it into a printable for you – keep reading for that!). Here it is cut out and stuck to my background – I stuck the circle part of the wreath down flat with tape, but popped the leaves up with foam dots for extra dimension:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just embellished to my heart’s content!

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I dug through my stash for a selection of flowers and pretty things in a variety of textures, and tried them all out around the wreath before sticking them all on – mostly using my hot glue gun:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the journaling I asked my daughter why she likes weeds as well as flowers, and wrote down what she said – ‘Each weed is special to me. A dandelion turns into a wish flower’:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you like this look but you aren’t a painter? I created a download for the wreath, which you can get HERE (it will prompt you to download). Printed at A4 this will print a little smaller than my wreath, but you are welcome to crop the image and resize if you are able to. You could even make it a lot smaller and use it on a card or PL pocket. Personal use only please (not for items you might sell):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you print it on card if you want to pop up the leaves for some dimension!

What do you think of my summer wreath? Is it summer where you live? If not you could always add different colours of flowers to make it a spring or winter wreath… maybe not autumn though, that would need some brown and orange leaves!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I thought it would be fun to turn my Focus Your Craft & Soul event icon into pendant…

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the shrink plastic camera pendant tutorial in case you’d like to make your own…

Step 1: Download this camera icon A4 sheet by clicking HERE:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also just download it to use as a printable – cutting out the cameras to use on a scrapbook layout or card, etc – if you want to!

Step 2: Print it out, and gather some shrink plastic, a black Sharpie, and some Promarker or other permanent marker pens:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Trace the outlines of the 4″ tall icon onto the shrink plastic using a black Sharpie pen:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Colour in on THE BACK of the shrink plastic, making sure not to overlap your colours – if you overlap them they will bleed into each other. That’s also why you colour on the back, otherwise you’d make the outline bleed. Colour from the centre outwards. I used a Black Promarker and a Promarker blending pen in the centre, and the Promarker colours Cool Aqua, Cyan, Pumpkin, and Yellow in the other areas.

When the pen is dry cut the camera out and punch holes at each side at the top (where you will attach the jump rings and chain later):

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I couldn’t get the cyan-blue area to blend completely, but I decided to embrace the watercolour effect it created! I think you can get frosted shrink plastic which might allow colours to blend better.

Step 5: Line a baking tray with foil and put your camera on top. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: When your oven reaches temperature, place the baking tray inside and shut the door, then watch through the door as the plastic curls and shrinks. After a minute or two it will have finished shrinking – you can tell when it’s finished as it will be lying flat instead of looking like this:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Pull it out of the oven and press it for 30 seconds with something flat and heat proof, just to make sure it’s totally flat:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what the camera looked like before and after shrinking:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: I don’t know how necessary this step is, but I coated mine with some glossy varnish to make it shine a little more:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Use 4 jump rings, two 11″ pieces of chain, a clasp, and some jewellery pliers, to put your necklace together:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then wear it as a statement necklace:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because it’s transparent any pattern on your clothing will show through, so make sure it’s complimentary!

Be Inspired:

Use some shrink plastic to make an item of jewellery or an embellishment

Download the camera PNG and use it as a printable

Use a transparent piece on top of something stripey

Would you wear this pendant? I totally want to make earrings to match it now!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame)

Today I’m sharing a cute home decor project. This DIY embroidery hoop has colours and a photo that are perfect for spring and Easter, but you could adapt them to suit any time of year!

Read on for details on how to put one together, and for a free printable pattern for the frame…

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was inspired to make this by one of the classes at Big Picture Classes (see my review of their new website HERE) – there’s a class called Made With Love by Meghan Hoeppner which is about making beautiful gifts. One of the lessons is to fill embroidery hoops. Mine didn’t turn out anything like Meghan’s but that’s where my inspiration sprang from!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: First print off this free pattern HERE (you’ll be prompted to download), which will give you a template for the embroidered frame. You are welcome to use this for personal AND professional use, just please credit me where you can:

Frame Embroidery Pattern Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Print the pattern off (onto transfer paper if you’re using that), and find an embroidery hoop (mine is an 8″ hoop) and a piece of linen or other fabric to embroider onto:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Use your preferred method to transfer the pattern to your material (HERE are a few ways to transfer the design). I taped my pattern, and then my fabric, onto a window to trace it:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can use a sharp pencil to draw the design onto the linen:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Undo your embroidery hoop, put your material with the design on inside, and close it up again to pull the material taut. Find some embroidery threads to use with your design:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Find something relaxing to listen to or watch while you embroider!

I stitched all my lines with a simple backstitch, as that’s about the extent of my embroidering ability, but if you can do anything fancier, go for it! One thing to note is that you need quite small stitches on the hearts, so that when you go around the curves they look smooth:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish off the back of the embroidery hoop. If you are giving it as a gift, selling it, or just really want it to last forever, then THIS is an excellent way to finish the hoop off. But I hadn’t left myself a big enough margin of material to do this, and as I’m keeping it myself I just went for the trimming-off-the-excess-material method.

This isn’t advised as it makes it impossible to take out the material and wash it, or just re-stretch it if it starts to go saggy, and if the material starts to fray it may fray round to the edge of the hoop. I tried to at least fend off this last problem by sealing the edges of the material with a little PVA glue:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Create some words to stick onto your design -you could use alpha stickers or die-cut words. I used my Cricut Explore to create the words ‘just wandering’, using the Chalkboard Fonts – Condensed font for ‘just’, and the Songbird font for ‘wandering’ (for this word I also moved the letters closer together and then welded them):

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When they were cut from pink and teal papers they were so small and delicate:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I used my Xyron 150 to cover the backs with adhesive:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick these, and your photo, onto your hoop design (I used double-sided tape all over the back of my photo to adhere it). I placed all the items gently onto the front, then flipped the hoop over to press down from the back to make sure they were nicely stuck:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Add any finishing touches. I decided it needed one little extra at the top left, to balance out where the word ‘wandering’ is longer at the bottom right. So I added a flower-shaped brad from my stash:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, you’ve made something pretty!

Have you ever tried embroidery? I feel like I want to try lots more now… I might start adding to some clothes belonging to Little Miss!

I’m including this post in the Creative Mondays Blog Hop Linky Party.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, 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.

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tatertots & Jello Palooza and Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Parties.

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Frosty Finale 2014 – The Wrap Up Post!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

We’ve reached the end of a very busy weekend! Have you enjoyed the event?

Sorry things were running a little late today, hopefully it wasn’t too annoying. I had some things to finish off and didn’t get them done in time. We got there eventually though!

I’m going to list the important links, but first I want to say a big thank you to the giveaway sponsors:

FF2014 Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to Wear Crafts and Feed Your Craft for donating prizes, it makes the event so much more fun when there’s giveaways, don’t you think?!

Don’g forget to enter their giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} here:

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Wear Crafts

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft

and the other two giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} donated by me:

The Old Stash Christmas Kit Giveaway

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Happy Scatter

These giveaways all close tomorrow, on Monday the 10th of November at 8pm, so hurry to enter!

Now for another thank you, to my fabulous Guest Posters:

FF2014 Guests

Thank you so much to Louise, Riikka, and Julie for making some beautiful projects to inspire us!

Their posts are here:

Louise with Time Saving Cards

Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

Julie Kirk witha Fun Festive Layout

Remember to join in with the challenge linky, to be in with a chance to win one of two stash-filled prizes!

The Frosty Festivities 2014 Challenge Linky

The Challenge is open until Monday the 17th of November, {STILL OPEN} so you have over a week to enter!

If you want to check if you missed any other posts, you can see a list of the HERE.

Finally a big thank you to YOU! I wouldn’t be here without you coming to read my posts, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave comments and pin/share my posts. And joining in with your own projects of course! It makes me smile so much to know I’ve inspired you!

I’ll probably be doing another event in 6 months time or-so. I haven’t got that figured out yet so I’ll let you know! If you have any questions about anything, you can always email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk.

I’ve got one last item to share with you, a free printable for a Christmas activities Paper Fortune Teller / Cootie Catcher:

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

Download the printable A4 version HERE, or the Letter version HERE (it will prompt you to download). If you need instructions for how to fold it see HERE at The Toy Maker.

You can use it to choose a Christmas activity this festive season!

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it!

If you’ve enjoyed the event, please support me in any way you can. This could be you following my news emails (aweber form in sidebar), following on bloglovin or your chosen reader, by telling other people about the event, or by pinning or sharing the projects you like. If you can’t do any of these I totally understand – no harm in asking, right?!

I wish you all a merry, craft-filled holiday season!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

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Refresh Your Craft & Soul Event Announcement and Giveaway! Plus Free Cut File & Printable Sheet!

It’s time to share details about my next, completely free, blog event!

Mark your calendars for June the 6th-8th, and read on for more details (plus the chance to win a 7 Dots Studio Illumination Collection Kit)…

Refresh Your Craft & Soul Online Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

The theme for the event is loosely based on my word for the year ‘Cleanse’. However, ‘Refresh Your Craft & Soul’ will expand to include a variety of ideas, including water themes (rain, sea, rivers, drinks, watercolour paints, water activities), fresh air and outdoors, trying new things, simplifying clutter, clean and simple projects, being healthy, letting go of worries, etc!

The event will follow the same format as my previous Blog Events, with posts from 4pm – 10pm Friday, and 10am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday (times all BST). There will be lots of crafts, tutorials, challenges, tips, a blog hop, and of course some lovely giveaways!

The giveaways will close on Monday the 9th of June at 10.59pm BST, but the challenges will have prizes too, and those will stay open for entries until the following Sunday (15th June) so there’s time to play along with those even if you’re not about for the actual event. Below is a glimpse at the many many prizes which will be up for grabs:

Prizes for the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ll be using a lot of these products for my projects too, so if you want to pull together some things from your stash or order anything in then you should look for:

refreshing blue colours

uplifting orange hues

crisp whites

positive phrases

raindrops / clouds / umbrellas

anchors / sea symbols

flowers

things that inspire you!

To add to your items you can also snag the below FREE printable sheet and cut file / digi stamp:

Free Printables for the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

Grab this printable sheet at A4 size HERE or at Letter Paper Size HERE

Free Cut File or Digi Stamp for the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

The SVG for this ‘Refresh’ word is HERE or the PNG with Transparent Background is HERE

This is what they look like printed / cut:

Free Printables for the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you want even more bits and pieces you can check out my Etsy Shop Happy Scatter, which I’ll be adding more items to over the next week!

Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

Of course NONE of the above stuff is necessary for you to come along and be inspired, I aim to give you lots of ideas no matter what products you have!

Who would like the chance to win something now? How about this 7 Dots Studio Illumination Collection Kit?! It’s full of uplifting phrases and has papers with a chalkboard-effect on one side and refreshing pastel colours on the other side!

Giveaway of 7 Dots Studio Illumination Collection Kit

Enter using the rafflecopter widget below. One of the options is to leave a blog post comment telling me what makes you feel refreshed – please note you need to leave a comment AND click on the rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done so!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway closes on Monday the 2nd of June at 12.00am GMT, and will be announced a day or two later here on this blog. It is open internationally.

Of course you can always comment and share news of the event without entering the giveaway if you would like to!

Also come join the Jennifer Grace Creates Events Chat Facebook Group for sneaks and a ‘guess the projects’ contest in the run up to the event!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read all this, I hope you are excited about the event, I will look forward to seeing you then!

Jennifer x

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Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Festive Subway Art Tutorial & Download

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

Here’s another bit of Christmas décor to brighten up my home this holiday season…

Festive Subway Art:

Festive Subway Art by Jennifer Grace

You can download the jpeg for this RIGHT HERE if you’d like to use it!

If you’d like to make your own, using the festive words you like, then here’s how I made mine…

Step 1: Open a blank white photo in PicMonkey, and resize it to 1240 x 1754 px (the resize option is on the menu on the left):

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Step 2: Choose the ‘Tt’ option from the far left menu, which takes you to the font menu. Click on a font style you like, then click the ‘Add Text’ button, and type a word.You can change the colour on the text edit box:

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Step 3: Keep filling up with words, using different fonts, colours, and sizes. You can make sure you use the same colours as a previous word by using the 6 digit colour code in the text edit box (I’ve put a red oval round it in the photo below), just double click on it to type in the code you need:

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Step 4: Once you’ve done all your words, you can use shapes to fill any small gaps, I used yellow stars. The shape option on the far left menu is a butterfly, this will take you to the shape menu. You can change the colour like you did with the text:

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Step 5: When you are happy with it, print it off at A4 and put it in a frame:

Festive Subway Art by Jennifer Grace

Or you can always print it smaller to use in a mini-album, project life, or on a card!

Be Inspired:

Use a variety of different fonts for a page title or sentiment

Fill in some gaps with stars

Use PicMonkey to edit or create something

(I’m not affiliated with PicMonkey, I just love it!)

Have you ever made Subway art before?

 See you in an hour! 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!)