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

Cardmaking

A Transparent Birthday Card (using some recycled items!)

My hubby’s birthday is coming up on Monday, and I found a couple of challenges to help me with inspiration for his card!

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

The first challenge I’m linking up to is the Make The Day Special Stamp Store January challenge to Recycle. You have to use at least one item that they have in the store, and use something you would be throwing away / recycling as part of your project (or as part of the technique when making it).

Make The Day Special Stamp Store January Challenge

The second challenge is the Mixed Media Card Challenge #7 to use the word ‘New’ either as a word on your card or by using a new technique, etc, with the optional extra to use tissue.

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Here’s how to make this card…

Step 1: Find some plastic / a transparency for the clear parts of the card. I found the plastic front off a box headed for the recycling. It was packaging from a doll my daughter received at Christmas:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

I cut a clear rectangle out of it, but then I realised I wanted the back of the card to be transparent too, so I found another box, this time from a car seat cover:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

You should end up with two pieces of transparent plastic, each measuring 5 x 5.5″:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and use a pencil to mark a large rectangle on the inside of each side, measuring 4⅝ x 3⅝”- you are leaving enough space around the edges to stick the plastic to:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Cut these two large rectangles out with a craft knife, and erase the pencil marks inside your card:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 4: Use StazOn Black Ink to stamp your sentiment onto the top right corner of one of the clear plastic pieces. I used a sentiment from the Avery Elle Cake & Candles set:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Stick this inside your card, on the rectangle which will be the front of your card, using double-sided sticky tape. Stick the other plain piece of plastic to the back rectangle of the card.

Step 5: Find some stubby bits of candle that are too short to use on a cake. Mine are just under 1″ tall:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 6: Stick these to the front of your card, using hot glue underneath the candles, and some double-sided sticky tape over the front of the candles. Also find a piece of silver card, mine’s from a packet of Christmas-crackers:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 7: Cut the silver piece down to a rectangle measuring 2⅛ x 1⅜”, round the top corners, and stick some glitter tape across the middle. Stick a piece of patterned paper (measuring 1⅛ x 6″) at the bottom of the front of your card. Adhere the silver rectangle on top of the candles on the front of your card, using the double-sided tape that’s already on the candles, plus some 3D foam pop-dots at the bottom of the cake – you’ll need to layer up the pop-dots a few deep depending on how thick your candles are:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 8: The back of the candles might look a little messy from the hot glue:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 9: So you could use some glossy accents and glitter on the other side of the plastic to cover it up:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 10: Use washi tape to hide the double-sided tape at the edges of the transparencies:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 11: Stick a plain piece of card at the bottom of the inner-back of your card, so you have a place to write on. You could also stamp a few swirls at the top of the plastic, and some little stars on the piece of plain card (my stars are from the Joy To The World Stamp Set):

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 12: Find a piece of yellow tissue paper, or colour a white piece of tissue paper with yellow ink:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 13: Scrunch up little bits of the tissue paper as flames, and use a tiny dab of hot glue at the top of each candle wick to stick them on:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 14: Finish off the card with a few more stamped stars on the front corners, and add a few star stickers and gems:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Give it to someone to make their birthday special! This card is pretty thick because of the candles, so it’s best for hand deliveries or cards going into a parcel!

How I met the Make The Day Special Stamp Store ‘Recycling’ Challenge: Using plastic packaging, silver card packaging, stubby candles, and a scrap of tissue paper.

How I met the Mixed Media Card ‘New’ Challenge: I’ve never made a transparent card before, and I’ve never used candles on a card! I also used the optional extra – tissue.

Make sure you check out the challenges to see more inspiration!

Have you ever made a transparent card before? Do you ever use recycled items on your projects?

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In Picmonkey

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

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links for PicMonkey. This means if you click on the link and end up paying for their ‘Royale’ membership, then I will receive a percentage of your purchase, but it won’t cost you any more. You don’t need to sign up for ‘Royale’ though – you can use it for free, ‘Royale’ just gives you more choices!

Now I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to turn your photos frosty:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how this photo started out:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can tell that it was a cold day, because my mum and my kids are all bundled up in coats and hats. But I wanted it to feel much more magical and wintry, the photo just didn’t feel special enough to use it on a winter scrapbook page – until I turned it frosty! Here’s how…

Step 1: Open up PicMonkey in your browser, choose ‘edit’ and locate the photo you want to use. Then click on the bottom icon in the left hand panel, at the moment the icon is a pumpkin but this will change depending on the season. When you click it lots of seasonal options will appear:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Choose the ‘Winterland’ option, which will bring up lots of cold weather related choices. Click to apply a ‘Chill’ effect, and adjust it how you want, I dragged the fade to 42%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Next choose ‘Winterscapes’. These will appear at the bottom of your photo – I picked the one with little trees on hills:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Choose ‘Frost’, which makes the edges of your photo go white, and adjust it as you wish. I changed the size to 40%, and the intensity to 65%:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Now cover up any unsightly objects in your photo – I wanted the traffic light to disappear! I changed the seasonal option to ‘Santaland’, and picked an ornament overlay. You can drag the corner toggles to change the size, and you can change the colour in the overlay panel:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Add extra detail to your overlay if you wish – I added a snowflake from the ‘Winterland’ – ‘Flakery’ overlays:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add some detail to the top corners with the ‘Garniture’ option. You can right-click on the overlay to bring up more options, I used that to ‘duplicate overlay’ so I could have one the same colour in the other top corner:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add text. I chose the ‘Great Vibes’ font from the ‘Santaland’ – ‘Santa Script’ panel, and used it to write ‘It’s Cold Outside’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Check if you want to add anything else. I went to the normal overlays panel by clicking on the butterfly icon in the left-hand menu. Then I added a couple of ‘Spirographs’:

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Save your photo!

Making A Photo Turn Frosty In PicMonkey at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it’s suitably wintry now, don’t you?

Be Inspired:

Cover up something you don’t like with an ornament

Add a winterscape to a border

Put a phrase on top of a photo

Do you use PicMonkey? I use it all the time, but mostly for my blog photo collages. It’s fun to play with it more as an artistic tool sometimes!

Back shortly with the final giveaway of the event!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Bits and Pieces – 3 Birthday Cards!

Hello everyone!

I am so sorry that I haven’t been around much here or on social media… my internet is not working. It has been broken for a few weeks and isn’t due to get fixed until at least the 22nd of July. You can imagine this is driving me crazy… especially as we also haven’t had a car for 3 months, and our shower is leaking into the ceiling below, and the oven is working very well… All small things really but they all seem to be happening at once!

Anyway, I’ve come to borrow internet at a friend’s house (the lovely Rosie at Story Seeker), so I can write a couple of blog posts! Today’s post is about these cards…

Bits & Pieces Birthday Cards:

Bits & Pieces Birthday Cards by Jennifer Grace

I recently posted about my Craft Room Sort Out, but since then I’d found a couple of small boxes which still had a random mix of items that needed sorting out. As I needed a few birthday cards for some friends I decided to use some of the bits up before I tried to organise the rest of them! Here are the boxes of bits:

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Here’s the box on the left all tipped out:

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To help me choose which Bits & Pieces to use I chose 3 different 6×6 papers for the background of my cards:

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And then I could select some items which matched the colours on the papers:

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I cut the papers down, and played around with the bits to see what I could fit on my cards:

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Then I cleared them off to add the sentiments / stamping:

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And put it all back together again:

Bits & Pieces Birthday Cards by Jennifer Grace

I like how these have an eclectic mix of interesting details, which I would never have thought of using together if I wasn’t trying to use up some stash!

Do you ever sort through some old stash like this? If you need more inspiration I will be back with an old stash layout on Saturday (the 19th July). See you then!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey

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

Yesterday I shared a layout (on the Challenge to Use Teal, Orange and White) which used a photo with overlays from the Rhonna Designs App. It’s a really fun app to use if you have a smart phone! But if you don’t have a smart phone you can still add overlays to your photos, my favourite other way to do this is in Picmonkey.

I’ve talked about Picmonkey on here before, I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just love to use it! I do subscribe to the paid service, which gives me more options for things I can do, but for this tutorial I used only free elements of the site.

Here’s a photo I’ve refreshed in Picmonkey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how the photo started:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

When you go to the Picmonkey site this is the landing screen. You have the option to ‘Edit’, ‘Touch Up’, ‘Design’ or ‘Collage’ – for today we want ‘Edit’. Click there and it will ask you to upload your photo.

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Once your photo is uploaded the screen will be something like this:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I wanted to crop my photo first, so I clicked on ‘Crop’ in the left sidebar, and chose ‘Square’ from the drop down box. I could then drag and adjust the box on my photo so it cropped how I wanted, when ready you can click ‘Apply’:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now click on the Butterfly icon in the left hand menu to take you to the overlays. There’s quite a selection!

I started with ‘Corners’ and chose this corner:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

See the ‘Overlay’ small panel that has appeared? It means you can recolour, flip, fade, or delete your overlay! You can also adjust the size, and rotate it, using the handles on the image itself:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now I added a flourish and changed it to grey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

You can place the overlays so some of it hangs off the edge of the photo. I dragged this flourish so you could only see half of it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Keep adding overlays until you are happy! I added some from ‘Sparkle Stars’, ‘Nautical’, ‘Spirographs’, and ‘Garnishes’, recolouring, adjusting, and fading them until I was happy with it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you can add text by clicking on the ‘Tt’ symbol from the left-hand menu. Choose the text you like then click ‘Add Text’, a box will appear for you to type in. I chose the font ‘Ecruyerdax’, and adjusted the colour and size of the text just like I did with the overlays:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you just click ‘Save’ to download it to your computer:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Cool huh?

Here’s another one I did in the Rhonna Designs App on my phone:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I love taking landscape shots but don’t always scrapbook them or use them any other way. Adding overlays is a fab way to turn them into something special – to scrapbook a quote or emotion, or to frame, or you could even just use them as a desktop background.

Be Inspired:

Add an overlay to a photo, either in a program like Picmonkey or by adding transparencies on top

Add a flourish or twirly corner to a project

Go out and take a landscape photo to inspire you

Do you have any landscape photos that need a little extra something to make them special?

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}

Back soon!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

A Wash Of Watercolours Refreshing Card

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

Once upon a time I used to paint pictures, in acrylic and watercolour, before scrapbooking took over my crafting life! Luckily I can still use the paints on my papercrafting projects. There’s something magical about mixing paint and water, ‘washing’ it over a piece of paper, and seeing it come to life…

A Wash of Watercolours Card:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

There are all kinds of different arty inks and paints you could use to make a background like this, but I just used my trusty watercolours – this palette is small enough that it tucks into my bureau so it’s always on hand:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used blue, green, and yellow to paint stripes across my white cardstock (American Crafts textured cardstock), making sure the paint was wet enough for the colours to mix into each other:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Because it was normal cardstock, not watercolour paper, it dried very warped:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

But leaving it overnight pressed between some heavy books fixed that problem:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I stamped the sentiment (from the Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado collection) using black ink, and then also added a kite (Pink Paislee Prairie Hill) using clear ink and Aqua American Crafts embossing powder. Then I pulled out these Prima Resist Canvas Stickers (Hello Pastel), which had been sitting unloved in my stash:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used the watercolours again to paint a few shapes:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Then I added them to my card with a few gems:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I’m going to save this for when I think someone needs a breath of fresh air mailed to them!

Be Inspired:

Use watercolours, inks, or mists to create a watercolour wash background

Paint some embellishments

Make a project with a light and airy feel to it

Do you ever make backgrounds with a wash of paint like this? Does it seem magical to you too?!

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 at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Uncategorized

Gold Ruffle Trim & Handmade Tidbits

Today I’m going to tell you some more details about the handmade embellishments in my April Counterfeit Kit:

Gold Ruffle Trim and Handmade Tidbits

Starting with the Gold Ruffle Trim!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Get some gold balloon ribbon, and cut 60 pieces of ribbon at 4″ long.

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Step 2: Cut a piece of yellow (or gold if you have it) cardstock to 6″ long by  deep. Put some removable double-sided tape along on side of the cardstock, and stick the ribbon lengths all the way along it:

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Step 3: Once you’ve filled up the cardstock, put some more removable tape on top of the ribbon, and repeat step 2, so that you have a double layer of ribbons. Then machine stitch along the top edge, through the cardstock and both layers of ribbon, to make sure the ribbons won’t come off. If you don’t have a sewing machine to use on this, then you could try using a stronger (non-removable) adhesive on the previous steps and just hope it stays stuck, or you could handstitch it:

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Step 4: Use some scissors to curl the balloon ribbon. You hold a piece of ribbon between your thumb and one blade of scissors, pulling the scissors along the length of the ribbon. Make sure you keep the ribbon between your thumb and the blade so you don’t cut yourself (you can also use scissors that aren’t too sharp – I used my daughter’s kid scissors):

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That’s it! Your ruffle trim is curly and ready to add to a project:

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Next up are my Handmade Tidbits. I loved the Elle’s Studio Day to Day Tidbits in the Gossamer Blue kit that we were counterfeiting, in fact I loved them so much that I’d already bought myself a pack and used them all up! So I’ve tried to make some of my own with the same kind of feel.

First I used my Slice Design Cutter to cut 6 circles 1½” in diameter out of paper scraps:

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The I decorated them! I didn’t take photos of all the processes, I’ll just let you know what I did on each circle!

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From left to right:

Circle 1 – I stamped ‘the story’ onto cream cardstock using some Studio G alpha stamps and grey ink, stuck this onto the centre of the circle, and then machine stitched a black border all around.

Circle 2 – I put some My Mind’s Eye All is Bright washi tape across the middle of the circle, and then some Glitz ‘choose happiness’ tape on top of that, trimmed off the edges of the tape to match the circle, and then inked the circle edges with gold ink.

Circle 3 – I used a foam number 5 stamp and grey ink to stamp on the circle, and inked the circle edges with the same ink.

Circle 4 – I stamped ‘today’ onto cream cardstock using a different set of Studio G alpha stamps, and the same grey ink, then I cut the cardstock into a banner flag shape, sticking it onto the circle before trimming the top edge, then I machine stitched a border around the banner using dark yellow thread.

Circle 5 – I heat embossed an Elle’s Studio Day to Day ‘Right Here’ stamp onto the centre of the circle, using American Crafts Gold Glitter Zing Powder, and then distressed the edges of the circle with gold ink.

Circle 6 – I punched a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily shape from cream cardstock, adhered it to the centre of the circle, and then filled the holes with crystal Stickles.

I can’t wait to add these to my projects!

Finally there’s my Crocheted Flower:

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Which I won’t do a tutorial for, as I totally just followed this tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets! I used Anchor Artiste Metallic Gold Crochet Thread, which I also put into my gold add on kit, in case I want to crochet any more!

I hope something here has inspired you today! Which of my handmade embellishments would you be most likely to use on a project? x