Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giftwrapping

Embroidered Christmas Tags

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

Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the Little Dorrit & Co Etsy Shop who sell beautiful PDF embroidery patterns – you can see that giveaway HERE {NOW CLOSED}. Today I’m back to show you how I used The Gingerbread Man PDF pattern which I purchased from them! I decided to stitch just some of the details onto a couple of Embroidered Christmas Tags…

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

They are all ready fo an extra special present, or to be stuck on a card or scrapbook page!

To make some tags of your own…

Step 1: Print off an embroidery template and cut out the pieces you want to use, making sure they fit on your tags:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: If the tag is light or thin enough, then you can tape the pattern to a window, and trace the design onto the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

If the tag is light or thin enough then just tape the pattern on top of the tag:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pierce holes along the lines of a traced image:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or if the image is stuck on top of the tag just pierce the holes along the lines, going through the paper and the tag at the same time:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can draw pencil lines to connect the holes if you need to make it clearer where the stitching should go – I drew lines along the tinsel of the trees so I didn’t get confused between that and the baubles:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use embroidery thread to sew back-stitches and french knots along the designs (I used 2 strands of embroidery thread on all):

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: The backs of the tags will look a little messy:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

So if the people might see the back of the tags (if you are not sticking them flat onto a project) then cover the messy backs with patterned paper:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish the tags off with some bling if you want to, I used liquid pearls to make some snowy dots:

Embroidered Christmas Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Anyone who receives these will know you spent some time making them a special tag!

Be Inspired:

Use an embroidery pattern or printable icon to add stitching to a project

Find or make a gingerbread man embellishment to craft with

Create some snow with liquid pearls, sequins, gems, or enamel dots

Do you think you’d stick these tags on a present or keep them for a special scrapbook layout?

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 at 2pm GMT for the frosty festivities 2015 blog hop!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Welcome and Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

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

Hello and welcome to the start of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event!

Frosty Festivities 2015 Crafty Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you missed the previous news about the event, here’s how it’s going to work…

There will be at least one post a day between now and the 30th of November, all on the theme of Winter and Christmas crafty inspiration (including scrapbook layouts, cards, diy gifts, home decor, and more), plus a blog hop, giveaways, and challenge prompts (giveaways and challenges will stay open until the 6th of December)!

For every post there’s a ‘Be Inspired’ section at the end, to give you pointers to new ideas. If a post doesn’t feature your usual craft (eg if it’s kids crafts and you don’t have kids) you can still look at the ‘Be Inspired’ section as it will have ways to interpret the post to suit other crafty activities, eg. using the colour scheme, patterns, etc.

Let’s kick things off with the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

One winner will receive all these goodies! The prize includes:

4 sheets of 12 x 12″paper from Basic Grey Juniper Berry (‘Journal Cards’, ‘Good Cheer’, ‘Holly Jolly’ and ‘Rooftop’)

1 sheet of Juniper Berry 5 x 12″ Cardstock Stickers

5 sheets of 12 x 12″ paper from Shimelle Christmas Magic (‘Deliver’, ‘Click’, ‘Joy’, ‘Trim’, and ‘Bright’)

Christmas Magic Bauble Stamp

4 sheets of 12 x 12″ paper from Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes (‘Christmas Parade’, ‘Winter Joy’, ‘Oh Deer’, and ‘Starry Night’)

1 pack of Christmas Wishes Puffy Stickers

The My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street 6 x 6″ pad, Glitter Foam Stickers, Cardstock Die-Cuts, and Enamel Dots

So how do you get the chance to win these goodies?

By commenting! You could just leave a comment on this post – that will give you one entry into the draw. But every comment on any post that goes live this month will count as another entry into the draw! (Commenting on posts that were published prior to November 2015 will not count.)

You will only be entered into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} if you have commented on this welcome post. That way if you don’t want to win the prize – maybe you already own all these goodies (?!) – then don’t comment here, but you can still comment on all the other posts this month (including all the other giveaways) without being entered.

To tempt you to enter, and show you what can be done with some of the items in the prize pack, here’s a tag I made using the same supplies…

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

I knew I wanted to use the Juniper Berry sticker with the floral Christmas On Market Street paper, as the colours just looked so good together. But when I cut the sticker out (leaving the backing on so I could test it) and laid it on the floral paper, I realised it would look way too busy:

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I cut the paper to just fill the bottom of my tag. Then the sticker stood out nicely, and I could fill up the top of the tag with a pretty scene!

The Frosty Festivities 2015 Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

The deer at the top of the tag is fussy-cut from the Basic Grey Juniper Berry ‘Journal Cards’ paper, I think he looks very dapper! The present and the teal star from the Christmas Wishes puffy stickers go really well with the other elements too.

Be Inspired:

Use floral or busy patterned paper at the bottom half of a project, with plain paper or card at the top

Fussy-cut a deer, tree, present, or other Christmas symbol

Mix items from at least 3 different crafty companies on your next page, card or tag

Make sure you have ‘liked’ the Jennifer Grace Creates Facebook Page if you want to chat during the event. If you enjoy the blog posts during the event it would be great if you could share the posts on Pinterest or other social media, or post your projects to my Facebook page etc (you can hashtag #frostyfest2015 on anything to do with this event). It makes my hard work worth it when I see my posts, or your projects inspired by them, popping up all over the place!

Don’t forget to comment here to be entered into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close at 10pm (GMT) on Sunday the 6th of December.

Are you excited that the event has started?! I’ll be back later today (4pm GMT) with the Challenge To Be Inspired!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Focus Your Craft – The Wrap Up Post!

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

Well, we’ve come to the last post of the event!

I have one more project to show you, but first I want to say a big thank you to the Etsy Shops who sponsored some giveaway prizes:

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Giveaway Sponsors

Thank you to:

The Cut Shoppe (giveaway HERE)

Unwrap Colour (giveaway HERE)

Little Stamp Store (giveaway HERE)

There’s also my Etsy shop:

Happy Scatter (giveaway HERE)

You’ve helped to make the event much more fun, it’s always more exciting when there’s things to win, right?!

Don’t forget to enter the other giveaways, and of course make sure you enter the Challenge To Be Inspired. Links to all the posts from the weekend can be found HERE so you can check you didn’t miss anything! All the giveaways and the challenge stay open until Sunday the 24th of May 2015 at 10pm BST so you have all week to play!

{ALL NOW CLOSED}

I also want to say a big thank you to YOU! I’m so glad you stopped by, left comments, and joined in where you could. The events wouldn’t be possible without your support and encouragement! I have a ‘Thanks’ tag to show you for the last project:

Thanks Tag for the Wrap Up Post - Focus Your Craft & soul at Jennifer Grace Creates

I created a little mountain scene to point at the sentiment, by using some new items I bought at the Unwrap Colour Etsy Shop! I used the Teal Triangles and Yellow Geometric Washi Tapes, and the Gold Metallic Triangle Stickers, anong with a ‘thanks’ stamp and a couple of wood veneer triangles.

I’m going to make a bunch of these tags to send out with the giveaway prizes, so if you are a winner you can look out for it!

Be Inspired:

Use triangles to create a mountain scene

Create three layers of the same shape (eg. here the triangles are on washi, stickers, and wood veneers)

Make a focus inspired thank you tag

I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend. What was your favourite post?

If you have any questions about anything please contact me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk

That’s it! The winners will be announced on Thursday the 28th of May, so check back then to see if you won!

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Confined To A Small Space – Art In Miniature

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

Here’s another way to focus your crafting – by making some art in miniature!

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

These three tags were inspired by pins of artwork on Pinterest. The one on the left is inspired by THIS PIECE, the middle one is inspired by THIS ART, and the one on the right is inspired by THIS CANVAS.

I printed off the inspiration pieces so I could refer to them while I was working:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I collected 3 tags – the middle one is a purchased tag, and I used it as a template to cut two more tags from white art paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I started the wreath tag by stamping the leaves and berries from this Avery Elle ‘Joy To The World’ stamp set:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some flowers from an old MME stamp set. I included a purple one because there was some purple on the inspiration piece (I would never normally use purple) and I’m so glad I did as it gave it extra depth:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I finished the tag off with a Gossamer Blue sentiment and some gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the silhouette tag I watered down four colours of acrylic paint:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And painted them in an arch pattern, with the lightest at the bottom going to the darkest at the top. I didn’t let it dry between colours as I wanted them to blend a bit:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I used some more stamps to add a hot air balloon, tightrope girl, and a border, as silhouettes on top of the sky:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I finished it off with a few star gems:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the boat & sunset tag I began with colouring pencils (Derwent Coloursoft), drawing the sea, a yellow sky, and an orange sun:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I swiped across it all with clean water:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was dry I added a stamped boat which I coloured in with Promarkers, a sentiment, and some swirly waves cut from patterned paper:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m very pleased with my three works of art, and I can’t wait to add them to a project or present:

Art In Miniature Tags at Jennifer Grace Creates

Or I might just hang them on my wall!

Be Inspired:

Make something in miniature – eg. a work of art, or a small card, or a mini book

Stamp a pretty wreath with words inside

Paint or colour a sunset background

Which tag do you like the best? Do you ever look at works of art for inspiration?

I’ll see you again in an hour,

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping, Your Craft & Soul Events

Tags That Attract Attention!

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

These tags use lots of ‘focus’ icons to really attract your attention!

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

They could be used on gift wrap (probably best with the ‘open here’ one!), or they could be added to a card front or layout.

Here’s how to make them:

Step 1: Pull out 3 tags. I used one purchased tag (the one in the middle) and I cut two more from scraps of 12×12 paper:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Add the first layer of decoration. There’s a few techniques you can choose from here – the tag on the left has rub-on arrows, the middle one has stamped frames (Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames), and the right-hand tag has a splattering of Heidi Swapp Mint Color Shine:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: For the middle tag you can add some stickers to the center of the frames, and stamp another frame and a sentiment onto off-white paper. For the right-hand tag stamp a camera onto the same off-white paper (I used the Shimelle True Stories Camera Stamp – beware I found it impossible to get a good impression with this stamp, definitely one for a distressed look only. Or perhaps I have a faulty stamp):

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Stick these onto the tags using foam pop-dots:

 Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Add some more embellishments – a sentiment using alpha stickers onto the left-hand tag, and then some more stickers and gems where you feel they are needed (I restrained myself as much as possible):

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish the tags off with some ribbon tied through the holes at the top:

Tags That Attract Attention at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now stick them on something to make it pretty!

Be Inspired:

Use some black arrows on a light surface

‘Frame’ some stickers

Splatter some mist or paint behind a camera icon

Which of these tags do you like the best?

I’ll see you again at 5pm!

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:

 

(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

Tags With Tassels

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a quick make for you this hour… some tags with tassels:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

The tassels on here means these tags stand out without needing much more embellishment!

Here’s how to make a tassel:

Step 1: Find a strong board, twice as tall as how tall you want your tassel to be. I used a piece of cladding we had lying around from our kitchen re-do. Wind some twine / wool / thread around the board until you think the tassel will be thick enough (it will be twice as thick once it’s folded over):

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use another piece of the same twine to tie a knot around the middle:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pull the twine off the board, and turn the knot so it’s on the inside of the tassel:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Thread a needle with more of the same twine, or with a complimentary colour cotton thread – I used a different thread so it’s easier for you to see:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Wrap the thread around the top of the tassel 10 times or so. Use the needle to stitch over and under the hoop of thread you’ve just created, to secure it:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Tuck the loose end of thread among the other loose ends of the tassel, and cut them all the the same length:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made a couple more tassels, one with gold crochet thread, one with green embroidery thread:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I chose a few cut-apart journal cards and punched holes in the top left corner:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used more of the same tassel threads to tie the tassels to the punched holes. I left these strings long to help me attach them to gifts. I also added a few gems to each tag:

Tags With Tassels at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, a quick special tag for a present this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Make a tassel to go on your next project

Use cut-apart cards to make some tags

Use bakers twine, embroidery thread, or crochet thread (or wool) to tie around something

Have you ever made a tassel before? I hadn’t and I think I might be hooked now!

See you again soon,

Jennifer x