Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Giveaway Winners from Frosty Festivities 2014!

It’s time to announce the Giveaway Winners from last weekend’s Frosty Festivities 2014 event. The Challenge Linky (with two prizes up for grabs) is still open – until Monday the 17th of November at 8pm GMT, so make sure you join in there!

Frosty Festivities 2014 Free Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

Big congratulations to the winners…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Wear Crafts! the winner was Janis in ID

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft! the winner was Karen Ladd

An Old Stash Giveaway the winner was Laura

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Happy Scatter! the winner was Kae

Thanks so much to all who entered! If you see your name above then please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘giveaway winner’ in the subject line.

The winner of the ‘Guess The Project’ contest on the Jennifer Grace Creates Events Chat Facebook page has been announced over there too, it was Leslie Smith!

Don’t forget to enter The Challenge. I’ve had fun looking round at all the entries so far, and pinning those that I could pin to the Frosty Festivities 2014 Pinterest Board – check it out if you need more inspiration!

Thanks again to the sponsors Wear Crafts and Feed Your Craft, and to everyone who attended the event! There will be another event sometime next year!

Jennifer x

(Details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random.org screen shot selecting the winner, are available as word docs if requested)

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

Cricut Explore

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore

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

For this project I’m sharing a small treat box I made with the Cricut Explore:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is so darn cute. It’s about 2.5″ tall, a perfect size to fill with some sweet treats!

Here’s how to make one…

Step 1: Load up the Cricut Design Space and create a new project. Insert the image ‘Christmas Tree Box’ #M2E593, and drag a corner toggle to make it approx 11.5″ lengthways:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Insert the image ‘Christmas Tree’ #M2E583, and change it to red. Insert the image ‘Present’ #M3097B:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Hide the tag on the present, and change the colours of the box and ribbon to the colours you like:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Click ‘flatten’ in the layers panel, to change the present to a shape that will print-then-cut:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Shape the Christmas Tree and Present to the sizes you want, then click ‘go’. Don’t forget to put a score tool into the machine to make it easier to fold the lines of the box:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions to print your present, and then cut out the shapes in the right order. Once cut, fold and glue together the box shape:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut two 20″ pieces of florist ribbon / balloon string, and staple them onto the middle of the Christmas tree shape:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Attach it to the top of the box, curl the ribbons, add a button on top to hide the staple, and add the present and a wood star for more decoration:

Christmas Tree Treat Box using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Fill it with treats to gift to someone this Christmas! I might make a bunch of these for our dining table on Christmas day, so everyone gets a little extra gift!

Be Inspired:

Make or alter a gift box

Use florist ribbon / ballon string to make some curls

Use a printable element on your next project

What sweet treats would you want to find in this box? I love the Haribo Little Men, so that would be my best surprise!

I’ll see you again soon for the last post of the event!

Jennifer x

Giveaways / Winners

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Happy Scatter! {NOW CLOSED}

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

For the last giveaway of the event it’s time to feature my shop, Happy Scatter. You knew this was coming, right?!

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I’m giving away a £15 Etsy Giftcard. {NOW CLOSED} This can be used on any shop that supports Etsy giftcards, you don’t have to spend it in mine if you don’t want to! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post…

Because Happy Scatter is my shop, I decided not to show three items I like, because I designed it all so I like all of it!

Instead I have another layout to show you, with lots of Happy Scatter items on it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil to make a piece of patterned paper, by sticking the stencil to white card with removable spray-adhesive, and sponging red paint through it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I backed the Makes Me Merry 3×4 Card with a green cut-apart card from a Webster’s Pages sheet:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also made a journal card by cutting out a rectangle of grid paper, rounding the corners, inking the edges with gold ink, and sticking on two The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes with foam dots:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I put it all together with some Wreaths & Baubles and Wonderland Winter wood veneers scattered around the page, with some paper roses and gems too:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And some more of The Jolliest Time ephemera:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it all adds up to a jolly page!

Now for the giveaway, To win a

£15 Gift Card for Etsy

Head over to my Etsy shop Happy Scatter, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment and tell me what item you like best. Or, you could tell me what else you’d like to see in the shop, I’m currently working on some new items for the start of 2015!

The giveaway closes at 8pm GMT on Monday the 10th of November 2014. {NOW CLOSED} The winner will be announced on Thursday the 13th of November. It is open internationally!

Good luck! I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Tags With Tassels

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

Here’s a quick make for you this hour… some tags with tassels:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

The tassels on here means these tags stand out without needing much more embellishment!

Here’s how to make a tassel:

Step 1: Find a strong board, twice as tall as how tall you want your tassel to be. I used a piece of cladding we had lying around from our kitchen re-do. Wind some twine / wool / thread around the board until you think the tassel will be thick enough (it will be twice as thick once it’s folded over):

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use another piece of the same twine to tie a knot around the middle:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pull the twine off the board, and turn the knot so it’s on the inside of the tassel:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Thread a needle with more of the same twine, or with a complimentary colour cotton thread – I used a different thread so it’s easier for you to see:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Wrap the thread around the top of the tassel 10 times or so. Use the needle to stitch over and under the hoop of thread you’ve just created, to secure it:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Tuck the loose end of thread among the other loose ends of the tassel, and cut them all the the same length:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made a couple more tassels, one with gold crochet thread, one with green embroidery thread:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I chose a few cut-apart journal cards and punched holes in the top left corner:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used more of the same tassel threads to tie the tassels to the punched holes. I left these strings long to help me attach them to gifts. I also added a few gems to each tag:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, a quick special tag for a present this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Make a tassel to go on your next project

Use cut-apart cards to make some tags

Use bakers twine, embroidery thread, or crochet thread (or wool) to tie around something

Have you ever made a tassel before? I hadn’t and I think I might be hooked now!

See you again soon,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In Picmonkey

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

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links for PicMonkey. This means if you click on the link and end up paying for their ‘Royale’ membership, then I will receive a percentage of your purchase, but it won’t cost you any more. You don’t need to sign up for ‘Royale’ though – you can use it for free, ‘Royale’ just gives you more choices!

Now I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to turn your photos frosty:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how this photo started out:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can tell that it was a cold day, because my mum and my kids are all bundled up in coats and hats. But I wanted it to feel much more magical and wintry, the photo just didn’t feel special enough to use it on a winter scrapbook page – until I turned it frosty! Here’s how…

Step 1: Open up PicMonkey in your browser, choose ‘edit’ and locate the photo you want to use. Then click on the bottom icon in the left hand panel, at the moment the icon is a pumpkin but this will change depending on the season. When you click it lots of seasonal options will appear:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Choose the ‘Winterland’ option, which will bring up lots of cold weather related choices. Click to apply a ‘Chill’ effect, and adjust it how you want, I dragged the fade to 42%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Next choose ‘Winterscapes’. These will appear at the bottom of your photo – I picked the one with little trees on hills:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Choose ‘Frost’, which makes the edges of your photo go white, and adjust it as you wish. I changed the size to 40%, and the intensity to 65%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Now cover up any unsightly objects in your photo – I wanted the traffic light to disappear! I changed the seasonal option to ‘Santaland’, and picked an ornament overlay. You can drag the corner toggles to change the size, and you can change the colour in the overlay panel:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Add extra detail to your overlay if you wish – I added a snowflake from the ‘Winterland’ – ‘Flakery’ overlays:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add some detail to the top corners with the ‘Garniture’ option. You can right-click on the overlay to bring up more options, I used that to ‘duplicate overlay’ so I could have one the same colour in the other top corner:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add text. I chose the ‘Great Vibes’ font from the ‘Santaland’ – ‘Santa Script’ panel, and used it to write ‘It’s Cold Outside’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Check if you want to add anything else. I went to the normal overlays panel by clicking on the butterfly icon in the left-hand menu. Then I added a couple of ‘Spirographs’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Save your photo!

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it’s suitably wintry now, don’t you?

Be Inspired:

Cover up something you don’t like with an ornament

Add a winterscape to a border

Put a phrase on top of a photo

Do you use PicMonkey? I use it all the time, but mostly for my blog photo collages. It’s fun to play with it more as an artistic tool sometimes!

Back shortly with the final giveaway of the event!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial

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

Here’s a sewing project to keep you warm this winter…

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling Post about cutting up a jumper-dress, from FF2012? And then my Woolly Winter Wreath Post from FF2013, using up the same material?

I wanted to see if I could get another project out of the material I had left:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to put the scarf together…

Step 1: Cut a piece of stretch-woollen fabric to approx 19 x 24″. Mine has a curve in it because I followed the dress shape – I cut either side of the existing seams so I didn’t have to worry about the material unravelling:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have existing seam like this you’ll need to finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch, or a fray-stop glue.

Step 2: Fold the material in half along the long centre line, with the right-sides facing each other. Pin together so the seams meet along the top, and sew them together:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Turn it the right way out again. Pin the short ends together and sew a zig-zag stitch along them to stop the material fraying. This gave my scarf a ruffled edge:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

It looked quite pretty, so if my material had been long enough I could have left it like that. Unfortunately it was only 9 x 23″, which doesn’t make a very long scarf:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: To elongate your scarf, cut four 12 x 12″ squares of material, two each of contrasting colours:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew a zig-zag stitch all around the outside borders of these, to stop it fraying (or use a fray-stop glue):

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the floral squares 6″ down on the geometric squares, so the floral bit is at the back of the geometric bit:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a loose running stitch along the top edge of the geometric material, and gather it, so the top edge of this is the same length as the end of the woollen scarf piece:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew the geometric pieces to both ends of the woollen piece. Then your scarf is finished:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear it on winter days!

Be Inspired:

Use contrasting patterns next to each other (eg geometric and floral)

Ruffle something up

Make a project longer, eg create a double-page layout or make a card taller with an add-on piece

Do you have a selection of long scarves to keep you warm in the winter?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x