Giftwrapping

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag

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

Sorry I’m running a bit behind finishing the posts off, I’ll try to catch up!

Now I’ve got a gift tag with little raindrops to show you…

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

A nice fresh way to wrap a present!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Wrap your gift with brown paper (this one is a DVD):

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Find or cut out a small tag, this one is from an old Crate Paper tag sheet:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Add some raindrops, a sentiment, and a shape to your tag, mine are from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 4: Find or make six raindrops that can be stuck back-to-back as three pairs. Stick them onto the end of a few short bits of twine, using a glue stick to adhere them together with the twine pressed between:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Lay the tops of the twine pieces onto the sticky back of some glitter tape:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Press the base of the back of the tag onto the glitter tape, to press the twine into place:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

Step 7: Tie onto the gift with sunny yellow ribbon:

Tiny Raindrops Gift Tag by Jennifer Grace

And gift it to someone to brighten their day!

Be Inspired:

Add some little raindrops to the end of some twine

Use some sunny yellow ribbon

Use glitter tape to hold two things together

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 shortly!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Pretty Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots!

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

Did you have a good time hopping around some fabulous blogs? Welcome back!

Now it’s time for a bit of craft room cleansing, and I’ve been needing somewhere pretty to store my paintbrushes. The paint-stained jar I had worked fine, but it wasn’t very aesthetic. Because my craft space is in my dining room I’m trying to keep it looking smart!

Now they look tidy and unique…

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how to make your own Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots…

Step 1: Find two cardboard tubes of roughly the same size (mine are 4.5″ tall):

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Use Gesso to whitewash the inside of the cardboard tubes:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Cover the tubes with patterned paper – this will be easier with the thinner kind of patterned paper, mine was from an American Crafts pad. Use a gluestick to adhere it:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 4: Find a plastic yoghurt pot, trim the rim off and cut the main pot in half, to form the two toe-pieces of the boots. Attach to the front of the cardboard tubes with tape – note that the pot won’t sit neatly against the tube – there will be a gap:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Stick a weight in the yoghurt pot halves, I used plasticine. If you don’t want your rain boots to rattle then stick it in with hot glue (mine rattle as I didn’t think of that until it was too late!):

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Cut two pieces of cardboard from packaging for the soles of your boots, and tape them on. Then tear up lots of pieces of tissue paper and use decopatch glue to adhere them all over the tape, toe-pieces, and soles. Make sure you finish the top layer of tissue paper with more glue or varnish so it doesn’t peel off. Leave to dry:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 7: Coat the tissue paper in a layer of Gesso then a layer of acrylic paint (both stippled on rather than brushstrokes), drying between layers:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 8: Spritz the bottom of the rain boots with mist (I used gold mist), allowing it to pool at the base. Leave to dry overnight:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 9: Do some rough stamping on the painted area of the boots. Add some ribbon or trim to the top of the boots with a hot glue gun. Use some PVA glue to make a thick line around the base of each boot, and shake on some chunky glitter. Leave to dry then brush off excess glitter:

Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

Step 10: Decorate the boots with bows made of string, flowers, buttons, and gems. Fill with paintbrushes or pencils and display in your craft room:

  Rain Boots Paintbrush Pots Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

I love these, but now I want some real wellington boots that look like this! Would you wear rain boots like these?!

Be Inspired:

Make some pretty storage for something in your home

Use some rain boots (wellies / gumboots) or your next project

Layer some paint, mist, and glitter

What do you think? What shape would you make to store your paintbrushes / pens? If you need another idea you can see my Vintage Book Pen Pot Tutorial from a previous event!

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}

See you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

P.S. Please remember to pin / share this project if you like it!

Cardmaking, Scrapbook Layouts

Summery Colour Combinations and Rainy Layouts!

Hello all,

Today I’m here to tell you about a couple of posts over at the SJ Crafts Blog!

First up, it’s time for the June Challenge, and this time it’s a Colour Palette:

June Challenge Colour Challenge at SJ Crafts

The colours you must use are: 
Hot Pink * Tangerine * Cream * Gold *
The “Cream” can be a neutral of your choice!! So you could use Beige, Grey, White etc.

Ooh, it’s so summery it makes me want to go lay on a baking hot beach somewhere!

I used the colours to make a birthday card…

Here Comes The Sun:

Here Comes The Sun card by Jennifer Grace

I’m trying to encourage the weather to warm up a bit! I used the Amy Tangerine’s Plus One 6×6 Pad and a Die-Cut Tag (stitched with gold embroidery thread), plus some Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, some Studio Calico Essentials Gold Stars, and some sequins.

Make sure you check out the other DT members projects, and enter the challenge to try and win a prize, right HERE!

I also had a couple of layouts go live on the SJ Crafts blog today, and these are all about using raindrops on your pages… the post is called Rain Rain, Stay and Play! Now, this doesn’t mean I want it to keep raining for real, as you can see from my card I really want some sunshine right now. But I’m quite happy for raindrop themed products to stick around for a while, as they are so fun to scatter around, and you don’t just have to use them on rainy pages…

Our Rainbow:

Our Rainbow layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

Though of course you can use it for rainy pages if you want to…

Puddles Without Wellies:

Puddles Without Wellies layout by Jennifer Grace using Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine

I used the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection in abundance on these pages, including lots of the Ephemera Pack, which I’m totally in love with, as it has so many pretty bits and pieces! The Puffy Stickers are super cute too!

You can see lots more photos of these layouts at the SJ Crafts blog right HERE, with more information about how I put them together too!

Thank you for reading my weather-filled post! Is it sunny or rainy where you are? Do you prefer products with sunshine or raindrops?

Have a great day!

Jennifer x

P.S. Don’t forget my free Refresh Your Craft & Soul event is fast approaching!

Disclosure: I am on the SJ Crafts Design Team, so I was sent the Hello Sunshine Products to use for the two layouts in this post, and I receive a discount off other items purchased in the store.