DIY Gifts

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox Gift

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

I’m a pretty positive person most days, but I think we all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, a reminder that we can try new things and go for our dreams. So I’ve made this little gift to give to a friend to remind her that Yes, She Can!

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

To make a match box like this you need to…

Step 1: Buy a matchbox, mine is approx 2″ x 1.5″:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Cut and score a piece of patterned paper to wrap around the outer sleeve of the matchbox (my paper is from the Glitz 77 6×6 pad):

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

I stuck mine onto the matchbox with a gluestick.

Step 3: Paint the edges of the inner compartment with gesso or acrylic paint:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Once the inside is dry you can decorate it, I used a phrase cut from the same Glitz pad, and a 77 giant rhinestone, plus some orange seed beads which I stuck in with glossy accents:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Add some alpha stickers to the front of your box and you’re done:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

You could add more dimension to the outside of the box, but I wanted to keep mine flat so it can be tucked into a pocket or handbag!

If you love the idea of this but don’t fancy making your own then check out this Etsy shop: Kim’s Little Monsters as her’s are super cute!

Be Inspired:

Alter a box with a refreshing phrase to gift to someone

Pile some seed beads along the edge of a project

Make something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

Do you need a little pick-me-up like this sometimes?

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 in an hour!

Jennifer x


Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card

Hello. I’m back again with another Glitz Design Challenge entry – I wasn’t going to enter more this month, but then last week’s theme was glitter! Regular readers will know I couldn’t possibly resist such a theme!

I made a card this time to change it up a bit, and because I have totally run out of Birthday cards so I need to stock up…

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

I used the new 77 collection again (like I did on my New Haircuts Layout), choosing some of the bolder coloured papers from the 6×6 pad for this card. I really liked the orange colour in the geometric pattern, so I found a similar glitter  (American Crafts ‘Carrot’ Fine Glitter).

I used a small old paintbrush to rub some PVA glue (you could also use Mod Podge) along the edges of a 77 giant rhinestone, and the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment which I’d stamped onto white card. Then I placed them both on an old cookie cooling rack, with a piece of paper below it, and threw on a ton of glitter:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

Then I left them to dry over night before shaking off the excess glitter (you can’t see much glitter on the piece of paper above because I had to move it to photograph it).

These were nice and sparkly, but I also added dots of Crystal Stickles around the edge of the ‘Oh Baby It’s A Wild World’ card – you can just about see them in the photos but they give a nice subtle glisten in real life. I also stitched some twinkly gold embroidery thread down the centre of the geometric pattern on the left, and added a few shiny sequins:

Glitter & Glitz Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

What do you think, just enough glitter?

I hope you have a sparkly weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Three Ways with Roller Doodles

Hiya, are you having a good week? I have been, especially when I saw This Challenge on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, it made me feel quite proud!

 Today I have a layout to share which I’ve made for the Glitz Design Monthly Project Challenge, this week’s theme has been Roller Doodles. As I had just bought some of the gorgeous 77 collection, and as I am a big fan of their roller doodles, I had to join in with this one! I’ve used the roller doodles three different ways on my page…

New Haircuts:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

This photo is from summer last year, when my sister gave me and my kiddies new haircuts! The photo was taken on my phone as the sun was going down, so it was a bit blurry, but I added some effects to it using the Rhonna Designs App which makes it fun!

My first way of using a roller doodle was stamping it with mist instead of ink. I spritzed some Seafoam Color Shine onto a plate, then rolled the Feathers Roller Doodle through it and onto my page – it gives a more watercolour-like effect:

with mist 1 with mist 2

It lightens as it dries too. You can see a bit of what it’s like when dry below, where you can also see the peacock pattern piece I cut from the 77 6×6 pad and edged with gold glitter, and some 77 stickers which read ‘I can see clearly now’ – which I thought was fitting because our hair wasn’t in our eyes any longer:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

 The next way I used a roller doodle was inking up the owl stamp so the owls were individual colours, it’s not as fiddly as you might think:


And the multi-coloured owls do look cute all lined up:

Detail 1

My final way to use a roller doodle this time was to create a border type strip with the woodgrain roller doodle. I just used clear ink and gold embossing powder to stamp it onto cream card:


And then I trimmed it down so there was no cream card showing around the edges of the embossing, before adding it to my page:

New Haircuts by Jennifer Grace

I do love to Roller Doodle!

This page is making me dream of summer, I can’t wait for those long days in the sunshine.

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Lovin’ Life (Another Layout for a Glitz Challenge!)

Hello! I’m back with another layout for the Glitz Design February Monthly Challenge. They’ve been asking us to join in with their weekly themes this month for a chance to win a Black & White prize pack – all the details can be found HERE. Hurry – there’s only a few days left to enter!

This weeks theme is ‘Die Cut Machines’. As I’ve been trying to use my Cricut Mini more often, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get it out again! Here’s my page for this theme…

Lovin’ Life:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

You may have noticed on this layout, and on my previous Glitz challenge entry this month (the Dora Delights Layout HERE), I’ve used cardstock for my background, which isn’t something I do very often. That’s because I’ve totally run out of 12×12 sheets of Glitz paper – I use them too quick! I am dying for the new collections to reach UK stores!

However, using a sheet of dark kraft cardstock for half the page meant I had a good place to die-cut a title, and layering a yellow ombre-effect sheet of paper from the Wild & Free 6×6 Pad behind it was a fresh contrast. The ‘Lovin Life’ phrase is from the ‘When I Was A Kid’ Cricut Digital Cartridge:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

After I’d die-cut my title I browsed through for other images I liked. I love the sunshine (from ‘The First Few Years’ Cricut Digital Cartridge) which is cut from another sheet of Wild & Free paper; it was fun to put a giant rhinestone (also from Wild & Free) in the centre of it! I also adhered the sunshine to the page just in the middle of the sun, so the rays can lift off the cardstock. This helps to show off the gold mist drops I added to the cardstock as I didn’t like it being too plain:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

The red-stripe heart and the light-blue cloud (stuck on with 3D Foam Dots for more dimension), and the woodgrain flag beneath the journaling, are all cut with the Cricut Mini from various Glitz paper scraps.

Then I finished off the page with lots of Glitz stickers – mostly from Hello December which shows they don’t have to be used on Christmas projects! And of course there’s my usual scattering of gems plus some Waco Pearl Marker dots:

Lovin Life Layout by Jennifer Grace

The journaling (on a journaling card from the Uncharted Waters collection) reads:

This tree swing made from a broken camping chair was perfect for you to lay back in! You were giggling so much as we pushed you back and forth. So much fun!

I love how happy and carefree my son looks in these photos! Hopefully the layout has captured that spirit.

Have you joined in the Glitz challenge? How about any other challenges lately? Whatever you are up to I hope it’s happy and carefree!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Dora Delights (A Layout for a Glitz Design Challenge)

Hello everyone! Today I have a layout to share, which I’ve created to enter the Glitz Design challenge this week (to use Pink + Gold/Silver + Neutrals).

I always love how Glitz have a weekly theme for the projects they share, so it’s fun to join in with it too! The link list for the month is right HERE, where you can add your projects! Here’s mine…

Dora Delights:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

This super-pink photo seemed the perfect one to use for this challenge. My daughter was going through a phase where she adored Dora The Explorer, so she got lots of Dora presents for her 3rd birthday, and loved them all!

I used bits from a variety of Glitz collections, including papers from Uncharted Waters, Color Me Happy, and Wild & Free, roller doodles from Raven, washi tape from Hello Friend, and Embellishments from Finnley!

I jazzed-up the edges of my white cardstock using the ‘Triangles’ and ‘Owls’ roller doodles, by stamping them with pink ink and heat embossing with American Crafts Zing ‘Metallic Gold’ and ‘Grapefruit’ powders. I also used gold glitter on an chipboard arrow to make it nice and sparkly:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

The owls aren’t particularly significant for the photo, but I like how wide-eyed and innocent they look, to match how young she was:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

I tried to drawn on the ‘On This Day’ sticker with a white gel pen, but it wouldn’t dry, so I wiped it off with a baby wipe and used stickers instead:

Dora Delights layout by Jennifer Grace

I had fun adding other embellies like the sparkly bow from Freckled Fawn and the Wood Veneer from Studio Calico too!

What do you think, will you take up the Glitz Design Challenge? Have fun if you do!

See you again soon, Jennifer x


Six Cards for December – Scraplifting Myself!

Hello, how is December going for you? Have you sent out all your Christmas cards yet? I haven’t!

SJ Crafts ‘Six on the 6th’ post reminded me to hurry up and write and address my cards. This is the last month to link up to the blog series, then someone will win a pizza box full of stash! If you want to join in then the rules have been relaxed a little this month – you can link up even if you only have a card or two to share, or maybe a set of handmade tags!

When I was sorting through my cards to choose who would which I realised I was a little short – I needed 6 more cards! So to speed this up I ‘scraplifted’ myself, choosing 6 of my favourite styles to emulate. Here are the new cards…

Season’s Greetings:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This one was based on my ‘Pile It Up’ Cards, with lots of embellies stacked in the middle of the card.

Merry Christmas (Hearts):

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card is loosely based on the ‘Merry Merry Christmas Son’ card on my Cards with Vintage Images blog post. I got the inspiration from it to use glitter tape near the base, and to use a mix of flat stickers, pearl pen dots, and gems. I used red hearts on this one because it’s for my husband. I normally put ‘husband’ on the front of his cards, but I decided I might keep this one for decoration next Christmas, so I added the hearts instead!

Merry Everything:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card is based on one I had published in the PaperHaus Winter Issue (on page 98). On that card I’d used a big icon from the Glitz Hello December collection as the focal point for the card, so I did that again here, and also used papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad piled up as the background, and overlapped a Giant Rhinestone onto a shape with a sentiment on. But instead of ribbon along the bottom I used some washi tape for the ‘road’!

Be Merry:

 Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This one uses the Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection and Studio Calico Tiny Stars again just like the cards it was scraplifted from HERE.

Merry Christmas (Mantelpiece):

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

This card was based on my Christmas Cards – One The Mantelpiece, except this time I wanted to use a bigger sentiment, which meant there was less space for things on the mantelpiece. I ‘hung’ the stocking and the decoration down from the mantelpiece instead!

Merry Merry Christmas:

Christmas Card by Jennifer Grace

I ended up making two of these, so now I have a spare card in case I’ve forgotten anyone! These two are based on my Clean and Simple Christmas Cards, though I changed the colours up a bit to use red and aqua with gold, which I think looks great!

So there we go, if you need a quick idea for another Christmas card, or for a scrapbook page or maybe a page in a December mini-book, then try looking back at something you’ve finished recently to see what ideas you can take from it!

I hope you’re having a happy December, Jennifer x

P.S. SJ Crafts is having a Design Team Call (UK residents only), check it out HERE if you’re interested! Sarah is a lovely lady to work for, I’m having so much fun on the team!

Scrapbook Layouts

Time To Selfie, Sister (Sketchbook 365 Entry)

Hello, how is everyone? Apparently I’m still not in the mood for Christmas scrapbooking – today I’ve got a layout with a photo from the joint birthday party I shared with my sister in June 2012. I was drawn to the bright colours in the picture!

Time To Selfie, Sister:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

In case anyone doesn’t know, a ‘selfie’ is a photo taken by yourself, at arms length (not using a timer/tripod). My sister is amazing at taking these so we always take one (or several) when we’re together!

This layout is an entry into the Sketchbook 365 Sketch Challenge. I was following this sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen:

Sketch based on a layout by Birgit Koopsen

As my photo was landscape I rotated the sketch to have the bulk of embellishments and details below the photo.

I used lots of Glitz Design items on this page, because after I finished off my Baby Girl Mini Book, I sorted out the box which I store Glitz in, and came across lots of things I’d forgotten about, like the ‘Choose Happiness’ paper from Uncharted Waters, the ‘Hello’ Sticker from Sunshine In My Soul, and the ‘Make it Happen’ phrase from Color Me Happy (which I decorated with an umbrella wood veneer from Freckled Fawn, some Tiny Stars Wood Veneers by Studio Calico, a Finnley Giant Rhinestone by Glitz, and some Waco Pearl Pen dots):

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

The big pieces of patterned paper in the background (Finnley Floral and Bows) were the biggest pieces of Glitz that I had left, but they didn’t quite meet up where I’d cut bits out of them. So I covered up a gap using the ‘Love This’ phrase from Color Me Happy:

Time To Selfie, Sister layout by Jennifer Grace

I also added a cluster of hearts above the ‘Hello’ sticker, using a Wild & Free Giant Rhinestone with a pattern of hearts, a Freckled Fawn Wood Veneer, and a Papermania red heart gem, to echo the heart in the sketch!

Ah, this page is so happy and summery! I’m not in total denial about the time of year though, I have been pouring through recipe books and planning some food to bake, and Santa knocked on our door last night, so I know Christmas is truly on the way! Are you crafting for the festive season right now?

The Sketch Challenge is open until the 13th of December, and they have a huge prize for one entrant, so check it out. They also announced a Design Team call for the sketch team today, which is HERE if you might be interested!

Jennifer x