Chalk Studio Cards – Timeless Chalkboard!

Hello! My second post using the My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio embellishments has just gone live at the SJ Crafts blog. It features these three cards, which show how timeless chalkboard can be – one for Halloween, one for Christmas, and one for Valentine’s Day…

Admit One to Spooky Town card by Jennifer Grace

Be Good card by Jennifer Grace

True Love 4 EVA card by Jennifer Grace

For more details about each card and tips on using chalkboard embellishments, make sure you see THIS POST at SJ Crafts!

Have you used chalkboard items on any projects lately? Leave a link so I can come and see!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Chalk Studio Layouts – Mixing It Up!


I was excited to recieve some My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio goodies for my recent DT parcel from SJ Crafts. My first post using these products just went live on the SJ Crafts Blog, so go check it out! Today I’m sharing these layouts…

Muddy Puddles:

Muddy Puddles layout by Jennifer Grace

For the above layout I mixed Chalk Studio with some other MME products, from the Cut & Paste – Charm and Find Your Wing’s And Fly – Sky’s the Limit collections. I especially love how the chalkboard Decorative Frames help my small photos stand out on the big page!

So Content:

So Content layout by Jennifer Grace

For my second layout I mixed it up even more, using the Chalk Studio items with collections from other manufacturers, including Basic Grey’s Mint Julep, Glitz Designs Wild & Free, and Crate Paper’s The Pier!

If you want to find out more about how I put these layout together, and see some detail photos, then check out my post at SJ Crafts right HERE! I’ll be back with some Chalk Studio cards later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge to go Up, Up, Up!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

It’s time for another challenge! This time I challenge you to make a project that goes up, up, up!

This can be interpreted lots of ways, and I’ll give you some ideas for it at the end of the post. But first I want to show you the prize you could win, and then a layout for some inspiration!

If you enter this challenge you might win this prize:

Lucky Charm Challenge Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Lucky Charm 6×6 Pad and Stamp Set!

Here’s my layout that goes up, up, up…

Hello Darling Mountain Climber:

Hello Darling Mountain Climber layout by Jennifer Grace

Can you see how it goes UP? One way is in the photo and story – my son learning to crawl up some steps to get to the top of a slide. Another way is that the patterns are denser and darker at the bottom, and lighter at the top, so you eye travels up to the top, like on the sunrise layout this morning.

But the fun way it goes up is something you can’t really see in the above picture… the strips at the bottom of the page are raised up like steps! Here they are viewed from above:


I just added them with foam pop-dots and tape, building each strip up an extra level:


It’s a fun detail on the layout that helps enhance the climbing theme!


Now it’s your turn! Here’s some ways to interpret the challenge, pick one of these or interpret it your own way:

Be Inspired

Use a photo/story with an ‘up’ theme eg. hot air balloons, planes, clouds, climbing, mountains, growing taller, feeling more up-beat

Use the word ‘up’ somewhere on your page

Build up lots of layers or steps

Use an ombre or dense-to-light effect going up the page / project

Point some chevrons or arrows upwards on your project

To enter this challenge: Make something that goes up, up, up! Then blog about it or upload it to an online gallery – a link back to here is appreciated if possible. 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 project must be newly made (as long as it was made after 4pm Friday 10th May you can enter it).

The challenge will close next Sunday 19th May at 10.59pm BST (NOW SLIGHTLY EXTENDED TO 05.59am BST on Monday 20th May). It is open internationally.

Finally, don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE.

I’ll be back again in one hour! x

Scrapbook Layouts

A Sweet Day-Dream (MME Layout)

Do you know that My Mind’s Eye and Gossamer Blue are holding a contest for a guest designer?
The details are HERE.
I made this layout to enter into the contest:
I wanted to create a cool but dreamy feel to match my little boy’s far-off look – so I added lots of shiny droplets, tone-on-tone stars, and some clouds. Two of the clouds came from a doily sticker that I cut in half, and the larger cloud is a chipboard piece that I added White Liquid Pearls to:
The stitching at the top of the page has one little kiss stitched on top:
And I used a woodgrain stamp from the ‘Miss Caroline – Dolled Up’ collection to add an extra texture to the left of the journaling, I think it echoes the pattern on the ground in the photo, and it keeps the layout boyish, balancing out the other delicate details:
The journaling reads:
You are usually charging about and getting into mischief, so I was glad to capture this rare moment of you sitting still, on the end of a playpark slide, staring into space.
I wish you could tell me what your day-dream was about – I hope it was sweet and lovely. I’m sure you’ll have many more day-dreams to come, but I don’t mind you running around and being boy-ish in the meantime!
I hope I’ve managed to make a page that captures the sweet, still moment. We don’t get many of them round here!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with some Counterfeit Kit layouts,

Jennifer x

Supplies: My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell ‘Playful – Lively’ and ‘Smile – Bouquet’ Papers, ‘Smile’  and ‘Playful’ Stickers, and Tangerine ‘Together’ Enamel Dots, Lost & Found 3 Oliver sticker Accessory Sheet, Lost & Found 2 Breeze ‘Everywhere’ Label Stickers, All is Bright Decorative Tape, and Fine & Dandy ‘True Blue’ Chipboard. Glitz Design Teeny Alphas ‘Cashmere Dame – Tiffany Blue’, Hero Arts Clear Gemstones, Heidi Swapp ‘Gold Lame’ Color Shine Spritz, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Craft Tonic Mini Star Punch, Slice Design Cutter and Basic Design Card (to cut the word ‘dream’ from cardstock), American Crafts Roller Date Stamp, Black Journaling Pen, Dark Yellow Thread, Grey Ink Pad.

Merry Christmas!

Hello all. Sorry my blog has been very quiet during December. We’ve had a variety of illnesses here, nothing serious, but enough to keep me busy when the kids were ill, or feeling rotten when I’d caught it off them!

I’ve also been busy with a few deadlines that I’ll tell you about when I’m able to! With all that, plus sending out Christmas cards and buying / wrapping presents, I feel quite exhausted. But now we’re well, and all prepared, and I’m looking forward to a lovely Christmas Day tomorrow.

For this quick post I thought I’d show you a few Christmas cards that I hadn’t had a chance to blog about. There were many more, some that I made in a rush just before visiting people (!), but these are my favourites…

Deck the Halls:

A card using Crate Paper Sleigh Ride, my Slice Design Cutter and the Fa La La card, and some wood veneer snowflakes.

Merry Christmas:

Using Pink Paislee City Sidewalks, some flicks of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Spritz, and a Craft Tonic Star Punch.

Merry Christmas For You:

I’ve used up the rest of my My Mind’s Eye All is Bright 6×6 Paper Pad now, which makes me feel sad as I loved it so much! There’s also Rhinestones, Stickers, and Decorative Tape from the collection on here, plus a bit of silver string.

‘Tis The Season:

More All is Bright on this one. I followed a tutorial by Meghann Andrew to make a Washi Tape feather, and I added some gold tinsel-like trim at the bottom. I need to source more of this trim as I love how it shines!

Now I’m off to arrange the presents under the tree, and then get some sleep before the children wake up nice and early!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers. I hope that all of you, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, are having a lovely few days to finish off 2012 in style. I’ll be back again before the end of the year to share some news!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Using Circles on Christmas Cards

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

When I’m making Christmas cards, or any other batches of cards, I prefer to make each one differently, purely because I get really bored doing the same thing over and over again! The only trouble is that it can take a lot longer, because I have to do so much thinking before the next card. Usually I’ll make some cards that are similar, for friends – these cards might just have a different colour or sentiment but the sketch and supplies will be the same.

For close friends and family I’ll take the time to think. But to make it a little easier I’ll choose a theme for myself to follow. For this trio of cards the theme was circles:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was easy to find a selection of circles in my Christmas stash. There’s something about circles that fits so well with Christmas – it’s the shape of wreaths, and baubles, and snowballs. I’ve followed a different technique on each card to place the circles, and they’re techniques that you could come back to again and again.

Technique 1: Scatter them:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

To regular readers it’s no surprise that I like the scattered circles look, I usually achieve it with gems on my layouts and cards. Here I’ve used ephemera and chipboard pieces, of varying sizes. Using a variety of sizes really helps to achieve the scattered look, if the pieces were all the same size your eyes would be trying to find the pattern and make them match.

It also helps to place some alike colours near each other, and some separate – if you separated all the like colours then it would look too deliberate, putting some close together makes it seem more accidentally scattered:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Technique 2: Line them up:

 Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Putting circles in a line is satisfying somehow. It is both linear and curvy, so it appeals to the part of me that likes things ordered, but also the part of me that likes to rebel!

The theme of lined-up circles is repeated on both the background papers too, which unifies the card all together. And then it was a little too ‘lined-up’ for me, so I had to rebel further with a random misting of dots at the top of the card:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Technique 3: Cluster them:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

You don’t have to cluster circles in the middle of a card or project, it would look equally good at a corner or edge of something. And you don’t have to cluster as many circles together either – a cluster of 3 or four looks great too.

To cluster some circles you need to place them as close together as possible, to make a feature of it. My centre circle is actually overlapping the brad and buttons circles, which helps to draw the eye in, as it’s like something is secret and hidden, so you eye looks a little closer. Again I’ve used a variety of sizes to stop things looking too organised or linear:

Using Circles On Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Chose the techniques of scattering, lining-up, or clustering to place some shapes on your next project

Make a series of something eg. cards or tags, keeping a ‘design theme’ in mind (not an occasion theme), but making each item in the series a bit different

Try placing some elements together, in a line or scattered, but varying the size of them

Don’t forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!

See you again in 60 minutes!

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Snow Buddy Winter Layout

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

My husband hates snow. Really, really, hates it. (He doesn’t like sand much either, but don’t get me started…) So I’m very lucky that my friend Rosie lives down the road, as she loves snow just as much as I do!

Snow Buddy:

Snow Buddy Layout using My Mind's Eye All Is Bright at Jennifer Grace Creates

 Supplies are mainly My Mind’s Eye All Is Bright.

The journaling reads:

I’m lucky that Rosie lives just down the road, as she’s the perfect snow buddy. When I wake up and see a white world I can don my woolly hat, and go throw snowballs at her window to say good morning! She gets just as excited as me to crunch through the drifts and make snow angels – then have a cup of hot chocolate to warm up afterwards.

I added drops of white mist, rhinestones, brads, and buttons, to represent snowflakes, and the lace at the top was to mimic the softness of Rosie’s hat:

Snow Buddy Layout using My Mind's Eye All Is Bright at Jennifer Grace Creates

And the layers of 6×6 papers echo the pale snow-dusted bricks of the bridge she’s standing on:

Snow Buddy Layout using My Mind's Eye All Is Bright at Jennifer Grace Creates

The holes had been die-cut for a previous project, but they looked a bit like snowflakes on top of the bridge when I placed the paper like this!

Be Inspired:

Use mist (or paint) drops to look like snow

Take a piece of paper with negative holes in it, and place it on top of another piece of paper almost the same colour

Add some lace to a project

Don’t forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!

Do you like going out in the snow? Do you go alone or do you have a snow buddy?

See you again at 1pm!