Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe!

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

We’re just over half-way through the month, and therefore half-way through Frosty Festivities 2015, so today I thought I’d share something to help you do some Speedy Christmas Crafting by using a recipe!

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made two Christmas cards and one winter-themed PL (pocket scrapbooking) card in about 45 minutes – very quick for me! Having a recipe makes it so much easier to pull out supplies – by limiting my choice I don’t spend ages dithering over what to use or rummaging through my stash, like I normally do in case I can find something more ‘perfect’!

If you’d like to set yourself this as a challenge you could use the recipe I picked, or you could make one up of your own – just pick a handful of types of item and write them down so you stick to them! Here’s my recipe:

Twine
Buttons
Paper Scraps
Ephemera
Word Stamps

You could apply this recipe to all kind of projects! You can also add plain card and card blanks, and ink pads, adhesive, etc (plus photos and journaling if you are scrapbooking) – all those crafty basics. Just try not to add any extra embellishments or fiddly techniques which would take up your time!

Here’s the items I pulled together to choose from:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was mostly old stash from the last few years, except I included some new My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street Ephemera because I like them so much!

First I chose a couple of card blanks, and cut a paper scrap down to 3×4″ for my PL card. Then I added more paper scraps on top of these:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next was the twine, twirled into a twisty shape and stuck on with Glossy Accents on the cards, and wrapped around the PL card and attached with staples:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I played around with the ephemera until I found a few I liked, and stuck them on, either adhered flat or using foam dots to make them stand out:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then they were finished off with the stamped words – all stamped with grey ink onto white card to keep it quick and easy – plus a few buttons:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ready to give to family and friends or use on a PL layout or scrapbook page!

Be Inspired:

Use my recipe or create your own to make your next project

Use mostly old stash with just one newer item that you love

Use three different stamp sets or wooden stamps

What would you use this recipe to make?

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 be back tomorrow with another project for Frosty Festivities 2015!

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

Scrapbook Layouts

Get Close To The Detail – Them Buttons Layout

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

I’m good at taking pictures of people and places, but I need to remember more often to zoom in close to the detail too! I really want to capture these things to look back on in years to come.

For this layout I’ve focused on my daughter’s hands doing up her shirt buttons, something she still struggles with but is so proud of herself on the days she manages it:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I really like the ‘don’t be pushed by your problems, be lead by your dreams’ Ralph Waldo Emmerson quote from a piece of Webster’s Pages Dream In Color paper. It’s such a positive suggestion to turn your worries around and work towards goals instead!

When I started this page I’d originally planned to put the photos on a grid paper background with a coral-pink cardstock border:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

But I decided it looking boring! I think I was drawn to the grid paper because it’s such an everyday photo with not much colour in it. But who says everyday photos should be on plain paper?

Once I switched it to this special piece of Crate Paper Craft Market Gold Glitter Accent Paper it looked much more fun and positive, plus the chevrons pointing down act like arrows and create a focal point down the middle of the page:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I wrote my journaling on a thin strip of grid paper, and adhered it to a ‘shelf’ I cut from wood patterned paper. Then I flipped it over and added two layers of foam tape just along the bottom of the shelf:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

I stuck the ‘shelf’ along the bottom of the layout, then tucked buttons all the way along it! I also used a button in my title for the ‘o’:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

The dark brown of the ‘shelf’ was a bit dominating, so I made sure to use brown at the top of the page too, with bronze alphas and a button for the word ‘buttons’ and the word ‘them’ has brown letters. I also punched a couple of tiny stars from the wood paper and added them to the page with pop-dots:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

The ‘shelf’ was a fun way to use up some of my button stash:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

Do you spot the pink triangle enamel shape on top of the left-hand photo? It’s pointing as an arrow towards my daughter’s hands. I also used a geotag as another ‘arrow’ on the quote piece:

Get Close To The Detail - Them Buttons Layout

Everything helps to keep your eye moving around the page!

Be Inspired:

Use a ‘special’ piece of paper for an everyday photo or card

Make a shelf and put buttons along it

Use a triangle or a geotag as an arrow

What do you think of the swap to the special paper – are you a glitter paper lover or not?

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Focus On Excess Supplies – Sticker Surplus!

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

Good morning! I hope you’re ready for a day of crafty inspiration!

To start the day off let’s focus on excess supplies. Think of something you’ve got too much of – paper, chipboard, punches, brads… whatever needs a dent made in it. Then go all out on your next project and use as much as possible! I chose to focus on stickers, and I used them to make this layout:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The only piece of patterned paper is the bit the journaling is written on, everything else is stickers!

Here’s what my sticker stash looked like when I tipped it out onto the table. This is most of my stickers, but I probably have a few more hidden away:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because I knew I was going to go sticker crazy I chose a clean white background. I also stuck my title down first, and prepared my journaling (but didn’t stick it down yet) because I know that one of my biggest problems is forgetting to leave space for those two things:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now I was able to let loose with the stickers without worrying about losing space for those things!

Next I added some background stickers – these were the stickers that were simpler shapes – and larger, or like patterned paper, or muted in colour:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I added the medium-sized stickers which had more interesting shapes. Some were stuck flat to the page, and some are on pop-dots. I stuck the photo down at this stage too:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stuck the journaling down, and it was time for the accent stickers – the smaller ones to fill up the gaps and to make sure the colours were repeated around the page:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

All I did after that was sprinkle on some gold mist drops, and some gems and enamel dots!

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journaling reads:

The Perfect Kiss? The kids may have been watching, the clouds might have been threatening rain, but a kiss from you, standing by the sea, is just perfect! Moments like this are what family holidays are all about… together time. xxx

It was good to use up some of the ‘lovey-dovey’ stickers on this page, I don’t often scrapbook about me and my husband so these have been in my stash for too long:

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I enjoyed using a couple of big stickers to accentuate the photo too – the globe because we were on holiday and the sandcastle because this was the only day we got to play on the beach (it was a rainy holiday):

Focus On Excess Supplies - Sticker Surplus Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m definitely going to try this out with another box of excess supplies. What would you use?

Be Inspired:

Gather a supply which you have too much of and use lots on your next project

Stick your title onto your layout before anything else

Turn some feathers and a circle into a rosette

Get crafting! Add all your projects to the Challenge Linky. I’ll see you again at 11am,

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants!

I’m always looking for different ways to use my crafting stash, so I came up with this technique to turn scrapbook stickers into pendants…

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what you’ll need…

Scrapbook stickers (the thicker, glossier kind work best), craft mat (or other surface protector), chipboard, scissors, jewellery chain and jump rings, jewellery snips and pliers (not pictured), paintbrush, white acrylic / craft paint, Mod-Podge (or similar glue), hole punch, you may also need some fine sandpaper (not pictured).

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Check whether your stickers have space for a punched hole. If they don’t you need to paint a small area on a chipboard sheet to extend the sticker, then stick the sticker on top once it’s dry. The deer sticker didn’t have enough space for a hole so I painted a white patch on the chipboard then stuck the sticker on so the patch was between his antlers. If your sticker has space for a hole (like my globe and acorn do) then you can stick them straight on the chipboard:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: I also left the white negative bits of sticker inside the deer’s antlers as it would have been impossible to cut the chipboard out of the small triangular holes!

Step 2: Cut around the stickers. You may end up with some rough edges in the hard-to-reach places:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Smooth out rough edges with some fine sandpaper. They don’t need to be perfect – the Mod-Podge stage later will make them look even better:

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Step 4: Flip them over onto a craft mat, and paint the edges and backs of the pendants. I tipped paint out of my dauber pot and used a paintbrush:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you don’t get any paint on the stickers on the front – if you do and you notice it quickly you can wipe it off with a baby wipe!

Step 5: Once the paint is dry you can use Mod-Podge to seal the edges – so much went onto the fronts that I painted a layer of Mod-Podge on the front too:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Leave them to dry on an old cooling rack so they don’t get stuck to your tabletop:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Once the Mod-Podge is dry you just need to add the jump rings and chains (plus clasps if the chain isn’t long enough to slide over your head). I added extra jump rings on the deer and globe so they sat better, the acorn just needed one. I used different chain lengths too – 34″ for the globe, 29″ for the deer, 24″ for the acorn:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

Jump rings are very easy to pull apart with pliers and then squeeze back together again – it took less than 2 minutes to chain them all up!

Your pendants are ready to wear:

Turn Scrapbook Stickers Into Pendants at Jennifer Grace Creates

(Little Miss took this pic, I’m training her up to be my photographer!)

It’s a great way to use those ‘special’ stickers so they aren’t stuck in a box any more!

Have you got any other fun ways to use up the stickers in your stash?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Get Crafting

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint!

Today I’m sharing how to renew your embellishments with spray paint!

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Tell me I’m not the only one who has lots of embellishments purchased years ago, and still hanging round in my craft stash?! I need to spring clean my supplies a little, and I decided that instead of giving them all away I’d see which ones I could update to suit my current style.

These were the embellishments I started with, that needed a new lease of life:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of these I wanted to change because the colours weren’t right for me (I rarely use purple), some were because the design was too intricate for me (yes I’m talking about you Mrs doily heart and Madame fake black lace), and a couple were just because I had a few items the same colour, and I knew I’d never use them all with the same hue (eg the cork heart and the white owl).

So I pulled out my spray paint (Plati-Kote Metallic Gold and Matt Super Flat White). I divided the embellies into which colours I wanted them to be, put them at each end of an old messy mount-board, took it into the garden, and followed the instructions for spraying (make sure you do this in an outdoor space, protecting the surrounding area and maybe wearing a mask too – this stuff isn’t good to inhale or to spray all over your precious garden flowers):

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

I left this to dry for a couple of hours then sprayed another layer. At this point the gold was done:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

 But the white was still a bit translucent:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

So after drying for a couple of hours I gave the white items another coat. Now they were ready:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

The cork items look quite cool as you can still see the cork texture, but my favourite items are the owl and the gold 3D flower:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

This renewed pile of embellishments is so much more inspiring to me:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Would you be more likely to use these in their old state or their new state? What colour would you change your embellishments to?

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a project that I’ve used some of these on!

Bye for now

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials Linky Party!

Scrapbook Layouts

Stamped Embellishments (including stamping on linen and wood)

Today I want to share a page with lots of stamped embellishments, including one where I stamped on linen, and one where I stamped on wood!

This layout was inspired by a couple of things – one was some new Avery Elle Ink Pads which I recently purchased, so I wanted to do lots of stamping, and one was the new Big Picture Classes website – I was inspired by a small element of Natalie Elphinstone’s ‘Creating With Kids’ class where her kids stamped some embellishments for cards, but I figured it would work for layouts too! (NB: I’ll be writing up a review of the Big Picture Classes new website some time next week.)

Here’s the page I ended up with…

I am calm with you:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

These are the supplies I started with – I picked out a photo and chose some stamps I might want to use with it, and got out all my large ink pads (new Avery Elle ones and some old American Crafts ones), and my Promarkers, including a Blender Promarker pen which I’d also just bought and wanted to try out:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I picked out my background 12×12 paper, and lots of smaller patterned papers and cardstock scraps that I might want to use:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

First I stamped a journaling spot using a Roald Dahl book stamp, and the Avery Elle Aquamarine Ink Pad:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I wanted to try and make a domed embellishment, a bit like a flair badge. I had seen THIS TUTORIAL on You Tube about making your own enamel dots, and I decided to try it on a larger scale!

First I stamped a ‘This is true happiness’ Elle’s Studio stamp using the Avery Elle Conch Shell Ink Pad, onto a woodgrain patterned paper scrap:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I cut it out and flipped it over, placed it on a piercing mat, and rubbed the back with a rounded end of a pen, starting in the middle and working my way out in a circular motion (like in the You Tube video above):

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how it looked when I finished rubbing:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I then coated the shape with glossy accents, using a pin to push it out to the edges of the circle, and to pop any large bubbles that formed:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how it looked when it was dry (I used foam dots in the middle of the circle to stick it to the layout when I was ready to do so):

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I wanted to try stamping on another material, so I used the Avery Elle Sapphire and Fizz Ink Pads to stamp a Pink Paislee Kite onto a scrap of linen:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed some interfacing onto the back to stop it fraying, then cut both kites out. I cut two triangle pieces and some bows out of the orange kite and layered them on top of the blue kite, using my Herma dots tape runner to stick them together:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now I wanted to try out my Promarker Blender pen, so I stamped a Jillibean Soup stamp using Memento ink (so it wouldn’t bleed when I used the Promarkers). I’d performed some ‘stamp surgery’ on this stamp before, as it used to say ‘thumbs up’ in the rectangular hole, but I cut the words out with a craft knife so that the space was blank for me to write dates, etc:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I coloured some of the stamp using the Blender pen and a Shale pen around the edges (colouring with the blender pen first, then the shale pen, then the blender again). The yellowed parts of the stamp were coloured with a Vanilla pen, and Coral around the edges:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made a few more stamped embellishments, using Avery Elle’s Fog ink to stamp a cloud and a chevron-arrow onto patterned papers, and the Conch Shell Ink to stamp 3 little hearts onto a wood veneer speech bubble – I had tried a solid heart first but that bled too much into the wood grain, the outlined hearts stayed much clearer:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I placed a couple of patterned papers, my photo, and my stamped embellishments onto the layout, and decided there was too much empty space at the bottom of the page:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I stamped some Jillibean Soup circles onto graph paper (using Fizz and Sapphire):

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I cut these in half to stick them at the bottom of the photo / paper area of the page. I also stuck down the bottom layers of paper and the journaling spot, and then flicked Heidi Swapp Coral Mist over the page:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just stuck everything down, wrote out my date and journaling, and added a few extra embellishments, like alphas for my title (‘I am calm with you’), some gems, a sequinned star and bow, some grey wood hearts, and a couple of chipboard stickers.

I love how the date looks on the stamp, tucked behind the domed circle:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

You’ll notice I added another stamp to the journaling spot too, as couldn’t decide how to write my journaling across the ‘pages’ of the book, so I wrote on one ‘page’ and filled the other with a stamp:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the whole page again:

Stamped Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am so happy that I’ve put my new ink pads, and a lot of my unloved stamps, to good use! I shall definitely be trying this again.

For anyone wondering about the quality of the Avery Elle ink pads, they all seemed to work pretty well to me. There were a couple of stamps I couldn’t get to print clearly, but I think this was because of the quality of the stamps instead of the quality of the inks. I shall try and do a review at some point, but I want to get hold of a Cherry pad first, as that’s a colour I really wanted but it was out of stock at Make The Day Special, where I bought the others from.

Do you do much stamping on your projects? Have you ever used stamps to make embellishments before?

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer x