Cardmaking

Making Progress With Card Making

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

You may have noticed more and more cards appearing on my blog lately. I hope you enjoy looking at them even if you aren’t a cardmaker yourself!

I like making cards, because I love it when I receive a handmade card, so I want to spread that joy! I also find it therapeutic. Like I mentioned in my last post, sometimes I fuss too much over my work. I find it easier to experiment on a card, as I’m not trying to do justice to a special photo or story like I am when I’m scrapping. Plus the bits I’m using are smaller, so it doesn’t matter so much if I end up having to throw them away!

To help me progress with my card making I took a class at Studio Calico called ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I didn’t have time to join in while it was live but I did get lots of ideas from it, and tried a few techniques out, like heat embossing with clear embossing powder to make a resist pattern for misting:

Pink Birthday Bunting Card by Jennifer Grace

 

Blue Bunting Happy Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

Another thing I want to progress with is making more male cards, hence the blue and grey one above, and this one below:

Birthday Wishes For You, Handsome card by Jennifer Grace

All this experimentation means I’ve been accumulating cards, as I’ve been making more than I send. So I’ve started selling cards too! At a couple of local fairs, and on my Jennifer Grace Crafts Facebook Page. I’ve had some custom orders which are a fun challenge!

Be Inspired:

Create a resist pattern for some misting or painting

Make a project with boyish colours or products with a male theme

Add a border/flag across the bottom of your next project with stickers or tape!

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!

See you again at 6pm! x
Scrapbook Layouts

A Challenge – To Be As Free As A Bird!

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

It’s time for the final challenge of the weekend. This time I want you to be as free as a bird!

Free As A Bird layout by Jennifer Grace

I made this layout super fast – it took about 40 minutes at most. You can tell it’s a quick one – there’s very few layers and no fancy interactive elements or machine stitching. But you can also tell I had fun making it!

Sometimes I spend too much time fussing over the little details, or trying to fit a lot of products or techniques onto one page. It takes some of the fun out of crafting. I want to progress by experimenting more – not worrying about how the end result will look – just sticking things down the first place you think they should go, stamping on a nearly completed layout, or using up some of my favourite Thickers, because why not? It’s all just stuff anyway, and there’s plenty more of it in my crafting stash!

Free As A Bird layout by Jennifer Grace

You may have noticed there’s no prize photo on this challenge. That’s because this prize is special – it will be tailored to the winner. One person will receive:

A Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

The winner will be able to tell me what kinds of things they’d like in a kit – not specific products as I may not have them in my stash, but things like ‘chevrons/hot air balloons/the colour pink/nautical’ etc etc (those are just examples). Then I’ll root through my stash and send a kit of new and old items to the winner. I’ll even handmake a couple of embellishments to go with it – if the winner has any requests about this they can ask away too! I can try and re-create something you’d like to own but don’t have! I promise I will make it extra special and it will be a nice full kit!

Be Inspired:

Experiment on your next project by doing something you would normally steer clear of in case it ‘spoils’ everything

Stick an embellishment down straight away without worrying about it’s placement

Add a bird detail to a page or card

To enter this challenge: Make something to go with the theme ‘as free as a bird’. It might feature bird embellishments, be about ‘letting go’, or you might just have fun experimenting and letting loose on a layout!

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 about an hour! x


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A Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! Sponsored by Beartown Zodiac

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

It’s time for another giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! This one is something quite different, as it’s sponsored by some friend’s of mine, and there’s a choice of prizes – one for a local person, and one prize that can be posted anywhere.

You’ve heard me mention Rosie’s husband David, and my friend Ali, earlier in my Family Goals post. Well, they are two members of an awesome band called Beartown Zodiac!

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Here’s the band (David and Ali are on the left, the other two are called Matt and Tiff):

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I wanted to feature them as part of the weekend as I’m so proud of how they are doing right now – the band is truly moving onwards and upwards! They have lots of gigs this year, and their first EP, Kareoke Bites, is going to be released this coming Friday (17th May). It can be pre-ordered already on Amazon, Itunes, and Play.com. Here’s the video for Kareoke Bites on You Tube… I helped Rosie to make the video:

Fun isn’t it?!

So the band are doing a gig next weekend, on Saturday the 18th of May, at The Louisiana, Bristol. And they want me to give a pair of tickets away to someone who’d like to come to the gig!

The winner will also receive one goody bag filled with these fabulous items when they turn up:

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Which includes a bear finger puppet hand-knitted by Ali, and a copy of the EP! It may feature some homecooked chocolate bites too!

But if you don’t live close enough for the Bristol gig, don’t worry, Beartown Zodiac are also giving away one of these goody bags for me to post anywhere in the world- I’m afraid it won’t include the chocolate bites though as we don’t think they’d survive the journey!

All you have to do to try and win one of these prizes {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}, is to tell me what you think of the music video, or just comment with an encouraging message I can pass on to Beartown Zodiac! You can also see more about the band at their website, or on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

This giveaway will close at 10.59pm BST on Monday 13th May. Please tell me which prize you are interested in – local tickets or mailed goody bag. I will contact the winner of the gig tickets on Tuesday, 14th of May, so they have time to plan their evening out. The winner of the goody bag will be announced here on Thursday 16th of May.

If you don’t win the tickets and you do want to go to the gig, then you can email info (at) beartownzodiac (dot) co (dot) uk, and they will put your name on the door for £1 off the entry price – normally its £5 a ticket but you’d get it for £4. Plus, by emailing them in advance, you will get a goody bag when you arrive too!

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

See you again soon! x
Cardmaking

A Bunch of Beautiful Balloons!

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

I’ve shared quite a few hot-air balloon projects and products this weekend, but in this household we also love a good helium-filled balloon!

Little Miss on her 4th Birthday:

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Little Miss on her 5th Bithday:

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We had lots of balloons on her 5th birthday – 15 of them! We got one for each child at her birthday party, but then we forgot to give most of them out at the end, so we brought them home and Little Miss had a balloon forest in her bedroom – she loved it!

My son playing with her balloons – he’d been going crazy for them just before I started filming and calmed down when I started, but you get to see a glimpse of his enthusiasm:

And here’s me at my hen weekend a couple of weeks ago, sorry the photo is a bit grainy as it was taken with the front-facing camera on my Iphone:

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The waiter in the restaurant gave these to me. And then the next day a shop in town was giving out ballons on a stick so I had to get one and carry it around! Then my sister gave me another helium balloon, a ‘girls night out’ one the next evening. It was a balloon filled weekend!

I don’t know why we like balloons so much. They just make us happy! It was good when my Husband changed jobs and started working in a shop that sells helium-filled balloons – now he gets discount!

To celebrate our love of balloons I made this card:

Bunch of Balloons card by Jennifer Grace

Featuring papers from my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit. I stamped a balloon onto several of the papers, cut it out (discarding the stamped string), and attached twine where the string should be. The balloons and sentiment are adhered to the card with pop-dots to tether them down!

Be Inspired:

Make a bunch of balloons or a cluster of another sky-related embellishment

Use twine to hold something down

Scrapbook about an item you think is fun!

Remember 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!

See you again in an hour! x

Scrapbook Layouts

You Don’t Have To Go Far For Big Adventures

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

This hour I want to continue the adventure theme. I do dream about going to far off places to explore, but in the meantime I need to keep moving onwards by discovering new adventures near home.

Sometimes this can be as simple as going for a walk around the block – I let my son lead the way the other day and he discovered an alleyway I didn’t know existed, and at the end of it was a beautiful tree full of blossom. I need to do this more often and make sure I don’t put the blinkers on!

Days out are a super fun way to have adventures close to home though. Here’s a layout about one such day out last October, when we went to Lyme Regis with some friends:

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

Lyme Regis layout by Jennifer Grace

I had so many photos and memories to record from that day, so I made it into a double-page layout. The photo collage was created in PicMonkey and printed 8×8″ by Photobox, and then I matted it onto white cardstock and then blue cardstock to give it a frame. The supplies are almost all Elle’s Studio Serendipity – this collection is so serene and joyful (and it’s part of the Grand Giveaway)!

I had fun including lots of details to remember how I felt about the day:

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And of course lots of gems for a bit of sparkle!

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I hope to go on lots more adventures like this!

Be Inspired:

Create a photo collage

Write a lot of journaling

Repeat the same stamp several times to make it stand out more

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Remember 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!

See you again at 2pm! x

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A Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! Sponsored by Artchix Studio

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

It’s time for another lovely giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! This one is coming at you from the fabulous ARTchix Studio!

This shop is filled with some fantastic, quirky, and original items, lots of them created or discovered by the lovely Helga. When I discovered this shop I was so excited I didn’t know what to click on next!

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Here’s some of my favourite bits and pieces from the shop right now:

1. Sky Collection by Helga – oh, so many lovely little things in one tin! Suns and moons and stars and clouds… and little raindrops too. I could use these on so many projects, and have a cute music-paper lined tin left at the end:

sky collection

 

2. My Art Challenges 2 Digital Collage Sheet – Helga has some cool art challenges on her blog, HERE is one of the old ones which is featured on this digital collage sheet. I just love that these are all images of artwork created by Helga, that you can then use in your own artwork – creativity inspiring creativity! The phrases and images on this are inspiring and uplifting:

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3. Hot Air Balloon Ornaments – By this point in the weekend you’re probably sensing I have a thing about hot air balloons, so how could I possibly leave out this lovely set? I want to get lots and paint them all different colours:

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Want to see what you can win {NOW CLOSED}? Helga is generously giving away 20 of these Custom Sustainable Wood Tags, they say ‘handmade by’ and the winner can have any name or company engraved on the tags (prize value $24):

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How cool is that? These would be so fun to add to handmade gifts, to make them feel super professional!

All you have to do to try and win the prize, is pop over to the ARTchix Studio Shop, take a look around, and come back to comment – tell me what items you love the most!

This giveaway will close at 10.59pm BST on Monday 13th May. The winner will be announced on Thursday 16th May. The giveaway is open internationally. Please make sure you tell me how to contact you if you win!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

Don’t forget to let me know what you like in the by ARTchix Studio Shop! You can also see more from Helga at her blog HERE, and her facebook page HERE, and Pinterest HERE! See you again in 60 minutes! x
Mini Books

Family Goals – A Flat Mini Book!

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

So yesterday I shared some of my personal goals, and my kids goals. Now it’s time for my husband’s, and our family’s, goals!

Me and husband Alex don’t talk enough really. We watch too much telly, and I do too much blogging! So it’s good that he has now joined the Positive Planning group, that I have been doing with my friends Rosie and Ali for 17 months. I talked about Positive Planning during my Organisation Celebration event last June – you can see it HERE. Basically we meet once a month and talk about our short term and long term goals, and then set tasks to help us complete them. A couple of months ago Alex and Rosie’s husband David joined the group so they could start making plans too!

It’s been interesting to hear my husband’s goals, and to talk more to him about my own – I have told him about some things before but perhaps not got them across quite so well  as I do when my friends are there to help the discussion! Here’s some of Alex’s goals:

– Sorting out the office at work

– Having a Lads night out

– Clearing out the garage

– Making money by fixing stuff and selling it on Ebay (he’s good at this, he’s fixed Wiis, Playstations and TV’s, and he’s working on some Sat Navs now.)

Sharing goals with family members or friends is a great way to help you achieve them. Me and Ali helped Alex sort the garage a bit a couple of weeks ago, and we’re working on the other things too!

I thought it would be good to make a mini-book with some of our family goals, things that will affect me, Alex, and the kids. I created a flat mini-book so it can be hooked up on the wall or tacked to the fridge!

Family Goals Mini-Book:

Family Goals Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

The pages inside pull out, and look like this (click the photo to see it larger):

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I used mainly my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit (including the stamps which I used as tabs for the top!), plus some extra journaling cards, stickers, and ephemera. The pages are about living tidier, moving house, maybe fostering one day, family time, big holidays we want to go on, and encouraging each other.

Here’s how to make a mini-book like this for yourself:

Step 1: Cut a sturdy piece of patterned paper down to 6×12″. Cut six 4″ wide by ¼” tall slits evenly spaced on your patterned paper – my first slit is 4″ from the base of the paper, and there is ¾” of patterned paper between each slit. You also need to make ‘pockets’ that are 4½ wide by 4″ tall, that have an opening just along the top edge. I made mine cutting down some envelopes and taping up any edges that shouldn’t be open:

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Step 2: Put extra-strong double sided tape on the back of the paper, along the bottom of each slit:

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Step 3: Stick the pockets onto this tape, one at a time starting with the bottom one first, making sure the opening of the pocket lines up with the slit:

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Step 4: Lift up the envelopes one at a time and put some adhesive along the top edge at the back of the pockets, so they stick together:

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Step 5: Put adhesive along the top edge of the top pocket, and then along the bottom of all the other pockets, and around the edges of the patterned paper:

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Step 6: Put a piece of cardstock 5¾” x 11½” on top to hold it all together:

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Then you just decorate the pages (my pages are 3½” wide by 4½” tall) and the front of your mini-book, and punch a hole at the top if you want one:

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And put it somewhere in your home to keep you focused on your goals!

Be Inspired:

Make a flat mini-book

Add some tabbed cards to your next project

Use some pockets to hide something!

What do you think? Do you have someone to discuss your goals with?

Remember 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!

See you again at in an hour! x