Kids Crafts

Easter Egg Bunting – Kids Craft

We’ve just had a nice relaxing weekend. On Saturday I went out for lunch with a friend, then me, hubby, and the kids went to Dorchester Library to pick up some books – we’re lucky that we can take books out from there, but still return them to our local library as they are all part of Dorset County Council. It was fun as they had lots of different books to our library. We also went and spent the kid’s World Book Day vouchers at Waterstones.

Here’s my kids dressed up for World Book Day, as Hermione and Harry Potter, and them sharing a book at Dorchester Library (ignore Little Miss’s messy hair!):

World Book Day and Dorchester Library

On Sunday we just chilled out at home all day for Mother’s Day which was lovely. I was served a bagel, strawberries, and a cup of tea in bed for my breakfast and we played some board games (Rummikub and Picture Yahtzee), then in the afternoon we did some homework, and worked on our next Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge, which is to design an Easter Egg.

I decided we could make some Easter Egg bunting to hang up, so I cut 6 eggs from white card using my Cricut Explore and put all our Staedtler drawing materials out on the dining table – we have crayons, felt pens, colouring pencils, highlighter pens, fineliner pens, and metallic gold and silver pens:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I just let the kids loose!

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

They used some of each of the drawing materials, but Cheeky Boy’s favourite items were by far the gold and silver pens. He finds them really easy to use, and though he smudged them a bit here and there it didn’t seem to bother him, and I managed to clean it off his hands and the table okay! Little Miss favoured the felt tip pens.

I love how each egg turned out differently. I didn’t give them and guidance except to say they could do patterns or pictures or a bit of each. I just wanted them to have fun and they sure did – so much that I had to go and cut another egg out each as they didn’t want to stop!

I tied the eggs all together with curling ribbon once the kids were finished:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

On the back of each egg we wrote ideas for what the flavours of the eggs would be. The ones I like the sound of most are the ‘Night Time Egg’ which tastes like the moon, a ‘Robot Zorg Egg’ which tastes fizzy and spiky, a ‘Minty Air’ egg, and an ‘Every Flavour Egg’ – which is the one with the girl’s face on – apparently the ‘every flavour’ only works for that one if a girl eats it, you can also get one with a boy’s face on if you’re a boy.

It was a lovely way to spend an hour or so, just watching their process and seeing their ideas, and they were very proud of the finished item:

Easter Egg Bunting at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m tempted to make some mini Easter Egg bunting to add to a scrapbook page, what do you think?

I hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing day today!

Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers

It’s time for me to brighten up your day with a colourful layout, with stacked stickers of all different hues layered up…

Hello Friends:

http://jennifergracecreates.com/hello-friends-layout-with-stacked-stickers/

Nice and vibrant, isn’t it? This photo was taken in spring a couple of years ago, and I must say I’m looking forward to the weather warming up so that we can start adventuring again.

As you can probably tell I had a lot of fun layering up my stickers on this page. I just counted, and there’s about 50 stickers on here, plus enamel dots and chipboard stickers too!

To start with I knew I wanted to use this colourful piece of Webster’s Pages paper for my photo:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I pulled a bunch of stickers from my stash which matched the colours / theme of the page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all cut out from their backing sheets so that I could play around with the placement of them on the page before sticking them down. The only ones which I couldn’t cut out were the glittery circles on the right, as they are snug together.

I piled up the stickers, shuffling and changing until I was happy with the look of the page – I couldn’t try out the glittery gold circles so I just kept them to one side to remind me to use them in a minute:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stuck them all down! This did take a little while, as I had to carefully shuffle down the top layers, stick down a sticker on the bottom layer, then shuffle them back up to check they were in the right place. I kept referring back to my earlier photo to check their placement too, so it’s a good idea to take a digital photo if you can!

I remembered to include some circles as I was sticking the other stickers down, just dotting a few here and there, and using one big one for the title (which I changed from ‘hello girl’ to ‘hello friends’):

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I went through my stash again to find some chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, and enamel dots, which all helped to add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat page. I also stamped a couple of butterflies to the left of the photo, as the page was looking a bit heavy on the right without them:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Having the title circled by a sticker stops it getting lost on the busy page:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s just a couple of lines of journaling at the bottom of the layout, because the stickers had lots of phrases on to add to the story:

Hello Friends Layout With Stacked Stickers (Layered Stickers) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think the page does these 2 smiley girls justice, what do you think?!

Do you have a surplus of stickers in your stash? Try layering them up like this to use lots up at once! If you need further inspiration for using up stickers see THIS LAYOUT for another page full of stickers, or maybe you might want to follow THIS TUTORIAL for turning scrapbook stickers into pendants!

I hope you’re having a great weekend,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Easter Egg Hunt Layout

Yesterday (in my post about some Painted Decorative Eggs) I mentioned that I’d made a layout inspired by all the pretty eggs I’ve seen on Pinterest, and here it is. It was a fun way to do a mixed-media page with lots of different textures!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout:

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut out lots of the details on my Cricut Explore – the eggs are cut from the woodgrain paper so that I could paint / decorate inside the holes, and I cut the bunting, journal card, bunny tag, and title with it too.

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Here’s a layout process video to show you how I put the page together, including using the Cricut Design Space. The video also shows how I made a few mistakes and managed to cover them up! I changed my mind a lot too! The video can be viewed below, or on YouTube HERE.

 

The Cricut cuts I used were: #M54A6F (eggs), #M37922 (bunting), #M30703 (bunny tag), #MFCC29 (tag), #M369889 (line). And the font was Songbird.

Here are some detail photos of the page in case you want to look a bit longer, or aren’t able to watch the video…

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The metallic egg was inspired by THESE ONES, the glitter eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the chick egg was inspired by THIS ONE.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The watercolour eggs were inspired by THESE ONES, the polka-dot eggs were inspired by THESE ONES and the washi-tape egg was inspired by THESE ONES.

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The kids had a great time. We’re going to someone else’s garden for an Easter egg hunt this year and they are very eggs-cited about it!

Easter Egg Hunt Layout (Details Cut On The Cricut Explore) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m entering this layout into the ‘Cut It Up’ Spring – Anything But A Card Challenge.

I’m already thinking about what other shapes I can cut from a 12×12 background to then fill with a riot of mixed-media. Maybe some chevrons, hearts, or stars? What would you cut out? What techniques would you use to fill the holes?

Have a crafty day!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Home Decor Craft Projects

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs

Here’s another Easter project for you – this time it’s some painted decorative eggs:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve often oohed-and-aahed over pretty eggs that appear in my Pinterest feed at this time of year. But it was when I saw THIS PIN with an egg by Landeelu that I decided to give it a try. Landee used a silhoutte machine to cut vinyl images for her eggs and I realised it would work great on my Cricut Explore! Read on for how made mine…

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

To blow out your eggs you will need:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

* eggs * big bowl * washi tape * needle or pin * cocktail stick * short piece of straw *

How to blow out the eggs…

Step 1: Put a piece of washi tape at the top and bottom of your egg. Use a clean needle or pin to pierce a hole at the top and bottom (clean the needle between each egg). Don’t push the needle in too far or you’ll contaminate the egg with washi adhesive – if you are careful you’ll be able to eat these eggs for lunch!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you struggle to push the pin or needle in you could use a thimble or bottle-top to help you:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Peel off the washi tape and make the holes a bit bigger using a clean cocktail stick (use a new stick for each egg):

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hold the short piece of straw at the top of the egg, hold the egg over the big bowl, and blow into the straw so the egg comes out of the hole at the bottom. The bigger the hole at the bottom the easier this is, so if you are struggling you can make your hole a bit bigger. If any bits of shell break make sure they don’t get into your lunch though!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the egg is all blown out, rinse under a tap, shake out the water, and then bake the empty shells to dry them out, in a preheated oven at 150 degrees C for 10 minutes. This helps to make them a bit harder too.

Scramble your eggs and eat them for lunch! I made scrambled eggs for the first time ever and I’m stupidly happy about it. I don’t like scrambled eggs but my kids do and I’ve been meaning to learn how to make them. The kids gobbled them up so I guess it was a success!

When your eggs are all dry you need to pick some paint colours. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you are wondering why there’s only 3 eggs when I started with four, it’s because my daughter wanted to paint one so I’ve set it aside for her!

Start painting your eggs. Landee mentions in her post that she props hers on wooden skewers, but my holes were too small for this, so I just alternated painting the tops of the eggs then the bottoms, leaving them propped in a pen-pot while they were drying:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

This did take a while as they needed about 3 coats to make the paint look smooth. To stop your paint drying out in between, you can use damp kitchen paper to squeeze your paint onto when you start, and then lay another piece of damp kitchen paper on top when you are waiting for the eggs to dry between layers. Keep washing your brush out though or it will get clogged up!

While you are waiting for your layers to dry you can start designing and cutting your vinyl shapes. I used images #M4366F, #M4578C, and #M2E427:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how they look cut out and weeded. I put the weeding tool in the photo, to give a bit of an idea how small these designs are:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

You’ve finished painting your eggs once they look pretty smooth (no brush marks) and you can’t see the shell colour:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the paint is totally dry you can stick the vinyls on. I stuck the stars on by hand but used transfer tape to help with the bunny and the floral circle:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

The circle wouldn’t sit flat because of the curve of the egg, so I snipped it in four places around the edge, these bits then overlapped and sat flat:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t bother covering my holes at the top and bottom of the eggs, as they were quite small so you can barely see them. Some people cover the holes with a piece of tissue paper stuck on with PVA or Mod-Podge so that’s an option if your holes are bigger.

Now you have pretty eggs!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like that the vinyls can be peeled off, so if these eggs make it until next Easter I can always give them a new look with a new vinyl design!

Do you ever decorate Easter eggs? If you like the look of pretty eggs but you’d rather be scrapbooking then check back tomorrow, there’s a layout coming that’s inspired by the different ways you can paint & decorate eggs!

See you then,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Cardmaking

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card

Today I’ve another video for you (I seem to be on a video kick right now, but I’m sure I’ll calm down eventually)! This one is a tutorial on how to make an Easter bunny shaped card using the Cricut Explore. If you don’t have an Explore machine you can try to find a bunny silhouette to draw around and cut out instead!

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card Tutorial Using The Cricut Explore

I say this is for an Easter bunny card, but of course you could use it for other occasions too by changing the sentiment inside. It would make a cute welcome baby card for example!

Here’s the video showing you how to put it together:

 

 The video can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

What do you think? I’m in love with the bunny’s bow, it makes him look so dapper:

An Easter Bunny Shaped Card Tutorial Using The Cricut Explore

Will you be sending out any cards this Easter? If yes do you make them yourself or buy them?

Don’t you want to sit and make lots of pom-poms now? No? Just me then!

Happy Monday!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including cardstock, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Home Decor Craft Projects

How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey

Have you ever made a printable in PicMonkey? Today I have a video to show you how to do it, I promise it’s easy!

Disclosure: This post contains PicMonkey affiliate links, if you click them and make a purchase it won’t cost you any more, but I will earn a small percentage of the sale.

Hoppy Easter! How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey - Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the overlays I used in PicMonkey require a Royale membership, which costs just $33 a year. I’ve been using PicMonkey Royale for over 2 years and I think it’s totally worth the cost for the extra features! If you’d like to upgrade to PicMonkey Royale please consider using my affiliate link here: PicMonkey photo editor: this is your photo on awesome juice.

Here’s a video showing my PicMonkey process (you can also watch this on YouTube HERE):

 

It was really fun and quick to make – I think I’ll be making one for every season! Do you make printable decorations to suit any celebrations?

Have you been doing any Easter crafting? I’ll be back with some more Easter crafting this week. I’ve never made so many Easter crafts before but I’ve been caught by the cute bunnies and pretty eggs in my Pinterest feed!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids

Looking for an alternative to chocolate eggs to gift to kids this Easter? Put together an Easter crafting kit for them instead!

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve been pinning to my Easter DIY Crafts and Recipes Board, and while searching for Easter crafts I found a few altered egg-box ideas, including THIS ONE turned into a sewing kit, THIS ONE with sweet treats inside, and THIS ONE with toy animals. As I wanted to make one for my daughter, and she is greatly into crafting (I wonder where she gets that from?) I decided to turn mine into an Easter crafting kit.

To make one of your own…

Step 1: Start with an egg-box:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Paint the inside with craft paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Beach Glass Satin Paint):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Then paint the outside (you can do this while the inside is still drying):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: On any areas where there was printed detail on the egg-box, paint another coat or two of paint until it’s no longer visible.

Step 5: Once the paint is all dry, stick some glue-dots over the top and sides of the lid:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Shake some glitter over the glue-dots, pressing it down to make sure it gets good and stuck, then tip off the excess (I used American Crafts ‘Tangerine’ Fine Glitter):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Fix any broken areas of the egg-box – the tip of the latch on mine had broken off:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

So I covered it up by sticking a flower-shaped button on with Glossy Accents:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

The outside of the box is now looking very cute:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Gather the contents you are gifting in your box. I bought some ribbon, coloured chicks, stickers, and wooden egg decorations from Hobbycraft:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Download and print off the ‘Your Easter Crafting Kit’ free printable HERE (it prints the image in two different colours, tangerine and aqua). Stick it into the inside of the egg-box lid, then fill the box with the crafty goodies:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

If you are using stickers inside you’ll need to cut them out so they fit in the carton – make sure you round the edges as you cut rather than leaving sharp corners:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Once you’ve filled the box, place some tissue paper on top of the contents (so they don’t shake and get all mixed up), then tie a piece of ribbon around the box to finish it off:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Gift it to a crafty kid this Easter! Now I just need to make one for my son too, I need to find some cars or something to put inside!

I’ve been busy with lots of Easter crafting, so I’ll show you some more soon.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tatertots & Jello Palooza and Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Parties.