About Me, Giveaways / Winners

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway – Edited To Add Winner

Hello. Today I want to tell you about the vacation we took to Florida during August, and I also have a crafty giveaway of some items I purchased in Target, Michaels, & Jo-Ann’s while I was there!

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

We are so lucky that my lovely in-laws asked us to go to Florida with them. They have visited the Summer Bay Resort many times and this year they asked us along to enjoy Orlando and the theme parks!

It wasn’t mine or hubby’s first times out there, as we’d both been before. But it was the kid’s first time. They had been to Disney Land in Paris, but Cheeky Boy was only 1 at the time so he doesn’t remember Paris at all. Little Miss had a couple of memories, like being scared on Big Thunder Mountain, but she was only 4 so again she couldn’t remember much.

They were both super excited about the holiday, and it certainly matched their expectations, and more! We had a wonderful time. And though it was baking hot – I mean really super hot for us English fragile beings (100 degrees F / 37.7 degrees C on some days) – we manage to stay cool a lot of the time by picking the right times to watch shows or sit in queues. Plus it rained on a few days, which cleared the air but didn’t last so long that it spoiled the day.

Here we all are on our way into the Animal Kingdom:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

The kids loved the Safari ride here, which we went on twice and saw different animals both times. I enjoyed the Expedition Everest ride which was new for me, and hubby just about stomached it (he doesn’t like roller coasters that much).

One of the best things about Disneyworld is the little extras that kids can do for free – at Animal Kingdom it’s collecting stickers to become ‘Wilderness Explorers’ (you do a variety of things like play music, find out animal facts, and learn about other cultures), at Epcot it’s collecting stamps from each country on a Barney Bear picture (which you can also colour in on your way around), and at the Magic Kingdom there’s both the ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Challenge’ (using picture cards to cast spells at magic portals throughout the park), and the ‘Pirates Adventure – Treasure of The Seven Seas’ (using a treasure map to find marked spots in Adventure land, where things come to life and the clues lead you to treasure at the end – you keep the map and the treasure card). These were all fun and we could have done lots more if we’d had longer – there were more Sorcery Cards and more Treasure Maps which we didn’t have time for. These extras are not advertised very much so make sure to look out for them if you go there.

My favourite place to go was Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I have been dying to go here since it opened. My friend Rosie and I actually planned out our own Harry Potter World on a long bus journey once when we were at Uni together, then when the park opened years later we wondered if some Universal Studios bigwig must have been sitting behind us on the bus?!

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

I’d made shirts for us four to wear to Harry Potter World using my Cricut Explore and iron-on-vinyl. They say:

Mine – ‘I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter’

Hubby’s – ‘If you can read this my invisibility cloak isn’t working’

Little Miss’s – It’s leviOsa, not leviosA’

Cheeky Boy’s – ‘You must be a boggart because you look Riddikulus’

These were so fun to wear, all the cast members kept reading our shirts and laughing! The kids loved showing them off. I wished I’d made Disney ones too!

Harry Potter World lived up to my expectations, I loved the Hogwarts Express, the Escape from Gringotts, and the interactive wands especially. The ride in Hogwarts itself made me feel a bit sick though! I will do a post on Harry Potter World another day as I could say so much about it!

All in all, we had an amazing time. The kids will have so many fabulous memories…

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

And if they ever forget they can watch the movies I made. Thanks to Blogtacular and Xanthe Berkeley’s Video Workshop, I had learned the tricks to be able to record and edit daily videos using my iPhone and the Adobe Clip app. I saved videos that were 1 minute long, which I shared on Instagram and Facebook, and some that were longer (approx 5-8 minutes per day) which I am keeping for family memories. If you missed me sharing them on social media, you can watch the 1 minute long videos stitched together as one video (less than 15 minutes long) here:

Or click HERE to view in YouTube.I also enjoyed visits to Target, Michael’s, and Jo-Ann’s for buying some crafty supplies. I bought lots of bits and pieces, including a Marquee Love letter J, a D-Ring 12×12 album, some paper, material, paints, and more! I was in heaven.I wanted to spread the joy, so I bought some items for a giveaway for you!Here’s the items you could win:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

Including some pencils, washi tape, twine, enamel dots, a ‘be creative’ wood plaque, and a cute little notebook – here’s a peek at the pages inside:

Our Florida Holiday & A Crafty Giveaway!

Aren’t they fun?!

To enter to win this giveaway just leave a comment at least 8 words long on this post. For additional entries you can also comment on either of last week’s posts – ‘Minc Reactive Paint & Toner Pen’ or ‘Kickstarter Campaign For Jennifer Grace Creates’. So you can earn up to 3 entries.

Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen Test               Jennifer Grace Creates Mugs Kickstarter Campaign

This giveaway is open internationally and it will close for entries on Thursday the 20th of October at 10pm GMT. The winner will be drawn from all entries using random.org, and I’ll post the winner on a blog post at some point that weekend (21st – 24th Oct).

The Giveaway is now closed – the winner was KT Fit Kitty! Thank you to all who entered!

If you have any questions or are having problems commenting please contact me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Fly Me Away – A Carefree And Floral Layout Process Video

Today I’m sharing a carefree and floral layout process video for this page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was inspired by the Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge for September 2015:

Jot Magazine September 2015 Mood Board Challenge

Isn’t it gorgeous? I couldn’t resist the beautiful blues and reds! Well done to Mardi Winen who created it!

Here’s my layout process video if you’d like to see how it all came together (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

 

And here’s a few detail shots in case you want to take a longer look at them…

This shows the journaling which tucks away into a little pocket:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I managed to fit lots of florals and scattered bits and pieces onto my page:

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I love the angle of this photo. It was taken by my Step-Dad as we were out for a walk with him and my Mum. No children in tow!

'Fly Me Away' Carefree and Floral Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

What do you think? Are you going to have a go at the Jot Mood Board this month? It’s so pretty!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!

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

One way I like to focus my crafting is to enter an online challenge, especially when I have a card to make. If I need some inspiration I would first of all check out some challenges I have entered before – The Runway Inspired Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge, and the Seize The Birthday Challenge are a few I love right now. But if none of their current challenges appeal to me I will head to Google to search for another – I type in ‘card challenge’ and then click on ‘search tools’, and I change the ‘any time’ option to ‘past week’. Then I’m more likely to find a challenge which is still open!

That’s exactly how I found the House Of Cards Challenge Blog – their CURRENT CHALLENGE is to create a bokeh effect card background. Here’s my finished card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you don’t know, here’s a definition for bokeh: ‘it’s the the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens’. So it’s not just when you have a blurry background – it’s when a blurry background has a good effect like overlapping circles or hexagons.

I made mine the same way as suggested on the House Of Cards blog – by using a circles stencil and a white ink pad. I also used a circular stamp:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can see how I put my card together in this video (which can also be viewed on YouTube HERE):

 

The sheet of paper I inked onto is from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Colour collection – it’s called ‘Drifting’. But you could always paint your own watercolour effect background to apply your bokeh to!

It makes for a nice dreamy card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!

Be Inspired:

Make a bokeh effect background with stamps or a stencil

Cover up a mistake or two with some sequins

Use a cut-apart or 3×4 card as a sentiment or title

What do you think of the bokeh effect? Now I just need to learn how to do this with my camera too!

If you do make a bokeh effect card background, then make sure you link it up to the House Of Cards Challenge (open until the end of the month) as well as my Challenge To Be Inspired (open until Sunday 24th May – NOW CLOSED).

House Of Cards Challenge and the Challenge To Be Inspired

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Enjoy The Little Things In Life – Photo Overlay & Binder

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

For this hour I decided to concentrate on appreciating the little things in life. This was one of the aims when I made ‘Focus’ my word for the year (original layout HERE), so this quote was a perfect one to keep reminding me what’s really important in life.

'Enjoy The Little Things' Quote as Photo Overlay in PicMonkey and Decorating A Binder

The quote reads:

‘Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things’

It’s by Robert Brault (you can read about him and how this quote is often wrongly attributed to someone else HERE).

I took a photo where my kids looked cute but the background was a bit messy and uninspiring, and I turned it into something so much prettier! The ‘before’ is on the left, and the ‘after’ is on the right:

Before and After adding overlays in PicMonkey

And then I printed the photo out (just onto copy paper using my laser printer) and used it to decorate a binder:

Enjoy The Little Things Binder at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you’d like to see my process, including editing out the background of the photo and adding the overlays in PicMonkey, and how I decorated the binder, then watch this video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

The binder is where I keep my blog planner. Now when I’m stressing out over blog issues I can shut the binder and remind myself to go and spend some quality time with the children.

Are you good at focusing on the little things in life? Had you heard of this quote before, or do you know of another that I might like?

Be Inspired:

Find a ‘focus’ related quote and use it on your next project

Make a photo border with washi tape, glitter tape, or ribbon (or all three!)

Add some text & picture overlays to a photo, digitally or physically

Bye for now, I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video

I’ve got a new scrapbook layout process video to share with you today! This one features a triangle pattern that was inspired by the crazy paving in the photo – paving which I ‘helped’ my Great Uncle to lay when I was four years old, and played on with my brother often in our childhood years. I snapped this photo of my two kids playing on the same paving and smiled to think of all those years gone by!

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I had a lot of fun mixing up the colours and styles of the paper for my triangle pattern. To see how I put the whole page together you can watch this video:

 

Here’s a few detail shots of the page too…

I added the glitter star by the title after I’d finished recording and packed away the camera – because I found the packet of stars on the floor:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Inking the edges of the triangles helped them to stand out much better against the background:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how the tree makes the page look more like a scene:

Triangle Pattern Layout Process Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you ever pull patterns from your photos, rather than just colours or themes? Why not give it a go?!

I hope you have a great day! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway HERE if you haven’t already!

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Watercolour Card Video For The Sweet Stamp Shop Re-Opening!

Today I’m celebrating along with Sweet Stamp Shop, as they are having a Grand Re-Opening. They’ve been re-designing their website, packaging, etc, and they are having a month-long party to celebrate, all kicking off today! Do you want to see a watercolour card video tutorial? Read on for more…

Fans and past designers of Sweet Stamp Shop were invited to join in by making a project with an Oolong Tea stamp set (we were provided with a digi file, though it won’t be available in digi format), or we could use any current Sweet Stamp Shop stamps. All our projects should be going live at the same time today, and if you comment on the blogs in the designer showcase then you might win a $25 giftcard – one random blog has a giftcard to giveaway (you never know, it might be me)! Check out the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for the blog hop list!

I used the Oolong Tea set but without the sentiment (because it said ‘it’s been oolong’ and I’d never heard of oolong tea before) to make this watercolour card…

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Cute huh? I decided to go with a ‘magic in a cup’ kind of theme, because whatever kind of tea or coffee you like, it does feel like magic to have a sip!

Here’s the process video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

I just love the little smiles on the cup, milk carton, and sugar cubes:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

Below you can see how the doodled black pen is deliberately not perfect – eg. the lines don’t meet up at the corners of the stars – this is to keep it looking hand drawn and lively:

A Watercolour Card Video Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

What are you waiting for? Go and check out the stamps, plus lots more inspiration and party fun, over at Sweet Stamp Shop:

Watercolour Card Tutorial for Sweet Stamp Shop at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also like their Facebook Page HERE.

Don’t forget – there is a $25 Sweet Stamp Shop gift card for one comment on a random designers blog – so, comment along (and follow / like the designers if you want to). I might be the blogger with the golden $25 – you never know!

How do you colour in your stamps (if you do that kinda thing)?

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Scrapbook Layout With Spray-Painted Embellishments!

Yesterday I showed you how to Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint. Today I’m sharing a layout I made using some of my updated embellies!

Smile – Life Is Grand

Scrapbook Layout With Spray-Painted Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

This photo is from a birthday party my friends threw for me a couple of years ago… a Harry Potter party in case you can’t tell! I went as Professor McGonagall, but there was also Hermione, Harry Potter, Hagrid, Dobby, Luna Lovegood, Dumbledore (not in this photo) and a young Slytherin!

I couldn’t wait to use the gold owl, and I figured it would work well on this page:

Scrapbook Layout With Spray-Painted Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

The ‘Life Is Grand’ is from a set of Kelly Purkey Digital Files called ‘Hello World’ (HERE).

I made this quick video to show how you can change the colour of PNG files quickly in PicMonkey (for free):

 

 The ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ and the small stamped party hat on my page are from an old Sweet Stamp Shop set.

This gold arrow makes a great impact on the page:

Scrapbook Layout With Spray-Painted Embellishments at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am so pleased with how the spray-painted embellishments look. Because they were just a couple of colours it made it really quick and easy to put the page together – I didn’t have to root through my stash for co-ordinating items.

I might need to re-store all my embellishments in colour order now instead of by type (at the moment stickers are with stickers, brads with brads, etc)… one day I might have time to sort them all out! Do you store your embellishments by colour or by type?

I hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend! I will be posting my second vlog on my YouTube channel over the weekend, so make sure you are subscribed to that. I’ll be back here on Monday!

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.

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.

About Me

My First Weekly Vlog (Video Blog)!

Hello! Here is the start of something new… I’m trying out a vlog (a video blog)!

Jennifer Grace Creates Weekly Vlog #1

I’ve been party inspired by Jennifer Gallacher who posts ‘Diary Of A Memory Keeper’ on YouTube HERE which is like a vlog, and Amy Tangerine’s videos with Jamie Waters, both the Creative Handbook videos (first one HERE) and their new Design On Time series (first one HERE) which aren’t like vlogs at all, but they do show that they aren’t scared to be on camera!

I decided to show myself on camera more so you can all see what I look like. Be kind though, I’m certainly not used to being on camera. It took a few takes for me to stop saying ‘errrm’ a lot! Here it is…

Jennifer Grace Creates Weekly Vlog #1

This can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

Here’s a couple of links to things I mention in the video:

The CHA-UK Creative Exchanges Event

Sarah Hurley’s Announcement of CE Speakers

The Blogtacular Website

These links can also be found beneath the video in YouTube.

What do you think? Good idea or disaster?!

I don’t think I will post on my blog every time I post a vlog on YouTube, so make sure you Subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you don’t want to miss any. I just thought I should tell you about the first one here because it’s a new thing for me!

Let me know your thoughts. Do you have any crafty people that you like to watch on YouTube? Let me know so I can follow them too!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x