Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe!

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

We’re just over half-way through the month, and therefore half-way through Frosty Festivities 2015, so today I thought I’d share something to help you do some Speedy Christmas Crafting by using a recipe!

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made two Christmas cards and one winter-themed PL (pocket scrapbooking) card in about 45 minutes – very quick for me! Having a recipe makes it so much easier to pull out supplies – by limiting my choice I don’t spend ages dithering over what to use or rummaging through my stash, like I normally do in case I can find something more ‘perfect’!

If you’d like to set yourself this as a challenge you could use the recipe I picked, or you could make one up of your own – just pick a handful of types of item and write them down so you stick to them! Here’s my recipe:

Twine
Buttons
Paper Scraps
Ephemera
Word Stamps

You could apply this recipe to all kind of projects! You can also add plain card and card blanks, and ink pads, adhesive, etc (plus photos and journaling if you are scrapbooking) – all those crafty basics. Just try not to add any extra embellishments or fiddly techniques which would take up your time!

Here’s the items I pulled together to choose from:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was mostly old stash from the last few years, except I included some new My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street Ephemera because I like them so much!

First I chose a couple of card blanks, and cut a paper scrap down to 3×4″ for my PL card. Then I added more paper scraps on top of these:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next was the twine, twirled into a twisty shape and stuck on with Glossy Accents on the cards, and wrapped around the PL card and attached with staples:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

I played around with the ephemera until I found a few I liked, and stuck them on, either adhered flat or using foam dots to make them stand out:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then they were finished off with the stamped words – all stamped with grey ink onto white card to keep it quick and easy – plus a few buttons:

Speedy Christmas Crafting Using A Recipe at Jennifer Grace Creates

Ready to give to family and friends or use on a PL layout or scrapbook page!

Be Inspired:

Use my recipe or create your own to make your next project

Use mostly old stash with just one newer item that you love

Use three different stamp sets or wooden stamps

What would you use this recipe to make?

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 with another project for Frosty Festivities 2015!

Jennifer x

Get Crafting

A Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar (and a winner announced)

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

This morning I posted a giveaway from The Paperdashery, a UK online store selling washi tape, twine, and more – you can see that and enter to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in their Christmas category HERE {NOW CLOSED}. At the end of this post I’m also announcing the winner of the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway‘!

Now I’m sharing a project I made with some twine and washi tape that I purchased from them – a twine-wrapped gift jar:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

I went for a non-traditional colour scheme for this project, seeing as there’s been a lot of blue, white, and red so far in the Frosty Festivities 2015 event! You can see I’ve filled my gift jar with nail polishes, but it could be used for all kinds of things, like sweets, mini biscuits, small toys, golf balls and tees… anything small that you want to gift in a unique way!

Here’s how to twine-wrap your own jars…

Step 1: Thoroughly clean an old jar with hot soapy water. You might need to use white spirit or similar to remove any really sticky areas – if you do wash your jar again afterwards. If you are planning to put anything edible in your jar you need to sterilise it too – you can see a video from Jamie Oliver on how to do that HERE. Basically clean it until it’s free of any residue or dirt:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use Mod Podge to paint a thick ring of glue near the base of your jar. If you don’t have Mod Podge a strong tacky glue will work, or you could just dot a bit of hot glue where you are going to start the wrapping, and keep adding more dots as you go up the jar. Here’s my Mod Podge line:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Start wrapping your twine around the jar (I used the Bakers Twine in Metallic Gold), pulling it tight as you go:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Every 4 – 5 times around you should push the top layer down with your finger, to make sure there aren’t big gaps in between the rows:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When you get as high as you want to wrap, put a bigger blob of glue and push the end of twine into it:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Push that end down so there’s no gap between it and the top row of twine. Then clean any glue which is outside the areas of your twine, using a baby-wipe (or damp paper towel) and a dry paper towel to dry it until it’s nice and shiny:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: To make a tag just wrap a bit of washi tape (I used Maste Washi Tape Geometric) around the base of a tag, and stamp a sentiment and any other details you want at the top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: You could outline some details to help them stand out – I also added a pink gem:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: To decorate your jar lid just stick a few rows of washi tape onto a piece of white card:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Then punch out a circle or other shape, big enough to stick onto the jar lid and cover up any writing on top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Fill your jar, pop the lid on, and tie the tag on using more twine:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Gift it to someone you love this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Wrap twine around a large part of a project

Put washi tape on white card then punch a shape from it

Stamp an image then outline it with black pen

What would you put in your gift jar?

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!

Do you want to know who won the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway’? It was… Nancy Bradford! Nancy please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk with your mailing details so I can post out your prize. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped to spread the news about the event!

I’ll be back again tomorrow morning at 8am GMT, see you then!

Jennifer x