Cardmaking, Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

I Can’t Wait To Give You Christmas Hugs Card

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

Today I’m sharing this Christmas Hugs Card, featuring 2 snow-people who can’t wait to break free from their snow globes and give each other some Christmas cuddles:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

This was partly inspired by the new John Lewis Christmas advert, where a little girl tries to send a gift to a lonely man that lives on the moon. I still haven’t decided how much I like the advert, but I think the sentiment is sweet – that even if you won’t see someone soon it’s good to know you are thinking of them in the run up to Christmas. So I came up with the idea to have 2 characters that couldn’t quite reach each other for a hug, but you obviously hope they will soon!

Here’s how I put the card together…

Step 1: Use the Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set to stamp a snow globe onto some snowy looking paper (I used Lawn Fawn ‘Let’s Bokeh In The Snow’ 6×6 pad):

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 2: Fussy-cut around the snow globe, cut it in half, and ink the edges with more black ink:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 3: Stamp the snow-people and the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting from the same stamp set onto white card, and fussy-cut them out. Then colour in the hats, scarves, and noses of the snow people, and cut the ‘Merry Christmas’ between the words, inking around the edges of the sentiment too:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 4: Print out the sentiment ‘I can’t wait to give you Christmas hugs’ or find a similar sentiment in your stamp stash. I used the ‘Amatic’ font for mine:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 5: Layer some more papers onto a card blank, stick your snow-people and sentiment onto the snow globes, and place them on top of the papers without sticking the snow globes or the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment down yet – you just need to check where they will be going. Then you can stamp some tiny little hearts (I used one from the Lawn Fawn ‘Flirty Frames’ stamp set) as though they are floating up from the snow-people:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

Step 6: Once the hearts are stamped you can stick on the ‘Christmas Hugs’ sentiment and the snow globes, using foam tape or dots to give the card more dimension. Then add a few gems or metallic pearls if you want to:

Christmas Hugs Card at Jennifer Grace Creates using the Lawn Fawn 'Ready, Set, Snow' Stamp Set

The card is finished and ready to send to someone you love but don’t get to see very often!

Be Inspired:

Stamp a large image then cut it in half to use one or both halves on a project

Make a project inspired by a Christmas TV Advert from now or in the past

Use the words ‘Christmas Hugs’ on a card, layout, or other project

What do you think , do you like the card, or do you feel too sad that the snow-people can’t reach each other?! I think I will stamp them on the inside of the card too, all snuggled up this time!

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 morning at 8am GMT with the next Frosty Festivities project.

Jennifer x

 

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Kids Crafts

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft (for LED candles)

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

Hello! Today I’m sharing these lovely Christmas Village Candle Houses. I’ve called this a kids craft as my children made these, but I’m sure grown-ups will enjoy making them as well – I’m certainly tempted to make a few of my own!

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do want to point out straight away that these are for LED candles – the battery powered, flameless, kind. DO NOT put normal candles in these as you will start a fire – those roofs would burn up nicely.

That’s the safety message out of the way!

My kids had great fun making these and now they want to play with them, but I’m trying to keep them out of their reach so we can have them on display at Christmas. I know they will become a toy as soon as Christmas day has passed though, so you could always just make these as toy houses instead of candle ones. I just want to have a Christmas village to display this year!

If you want to make some of your own, here’s how to create them…

Step 1: Find some cardboard tubes, cut them to the size you want your houses to be, and make some initial holes for where the windows will be, to help you get your scissors in. I did all of this step before the kids came to the table, as I knew the card would be too tough for them to get their scissors through without a starting hole. I used a Big Shot to punch the initial holes:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

You could also use a paper piercer or sharp scissors to make those first cuts, just be careful not to pierce your hands – you could put a lump of blue tack or playdoh at the back of the place where you are going to make the hole, to give you something to press onto.

Step 2: Call the kids in, if you are doing this with kids who can use scissors, and put them to work making the windows larger. I wasn’t expecting Cheeky Boy (age 4) to be able to do much, but he came up with an amazing star-shaped design, that obviously isn’t neat and tidy, but it let the light out and it’s all his own work. Look how much they were both concentrating:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 3: You can do this bit later, but I wanted to get it out of the way before we got messy, and I thought it might help with the next step – choose which papers you will use for your roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 4: Start painting your houses. I thought we’d paint depending on what colour the roofs would be, but the kids found it more fun to paint what they wanted and then decide which roof would go on which house later. I let them go with the flow. Make sure you protect your work surface and wear aprons, if you want to. I did neither because our table is too covered in stains to worry about, and I couldn’t find the aprons! We used kids craft paint so it washes off easily anyway:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

We painted most houses with one coat of paint, except white which needed 2 coats. Actually it probably needed 3 coats but the kids didn’t want to paint them again!

Step 5: While the paint is drying (which could take all night depending on your paint) you can prepare the roofs. Our circles were 10cm (4″) in diameter, I got the kids to draw around some Ikea cork coasters of that size, onto the back of the papers they’d chosen for their roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky boy’s circles were way out. Below you can see one of his circles on the left, and one I’d helped him to correct on the right. At least he was having a go:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 6: Cut your circles out, then cut a piece-of-pie styled chunk out of them (it doesn’t need to be a certain measurement, just eye-ball it). Cheeky boy also can’t cut in circles. The blue one second from left was one he’d cut, and it was too small, so I re-cut a blue one for him, and a red one. The one on the bottom left, which looks white (but is green patterned paper on the other side) he’d managed to cut outside of the circle, in a very jagged way, so I left that one as it was. I cut the pie-pieces out for him after I took this photo too. Little Miss did it all herself, after I showed her an example of the pie-piece:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 7: To make the roofs into a cone shape, put adhesive on one edge of the pie-piece hole, then flip the roof over and put adhesive on the other edge of the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 8: Bend the roof into a wide cone shape and stick the edges down. There will be a bit sticking out as we didn’t measure the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Just trim off the excess using scissors:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky Boy put the adhesive on his roofs but I did the bending and sticking.

Once the houses are all dry…

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the roofs on. I used a hot glue gun, just dotting a few blobs at the top of the house before pressing the roof on. Tacky glue would work too, but I wanted it to dry fast:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Draw on some details. I actually left the room and went to do some housework while the kids did this bit, as if I’d stayed in the room I would have kept telling them to keep it neat and make it Christmassy, but really I wanted them to have fun and be creative. So I left them too it. Of course I did come back to find they’d got Sharpie pen marks on their clothes, but they had drawn some fabulous designs too:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hopefully the Sharpie marks will come out after a few washes!

Step 11: The final step is to blob on some tacky glue, around the edges of the roofs, and the bases of the houses, or wherever you want, then tip on some white glitter. This is the step that makes them look like Christmas village houses. Then you just need to pop an LED candle inside, and sit back to admire the glow:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

In the above photo you can also see how Cheeky Boy cut a door in one of his houses, when I wasn’t looking. It means you can see the candle inside, but not if you turn it around the other way!

Be Inspired:

Make a Christmas village house, or other Christmas decoration or embellishment, out of a cardboard tube

Cut or punch some star shapes

Tip white glitter on as a finishing touch to make a project wintry

Would you like to live in one of these cosy little houses?!

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 morning at 8am GMT!

Jennifer x

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A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery! {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for another sponsored giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

This one is sponsored by the awesome online shop The Paperdashery

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

The Paperdashery is a relatively new shop, started by Gude from the Hodge Podge Craft blog – I was reading her blog when I discovered the shop! The Paperdashery is full of pretty twine, washi tape, wrapping paper, gift cards, and more! There’s even a handy ‘Christmas’ category which you can search HERE.

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

I immediately bought some twine and washi tapes when I discovered the shop, and I will be back later today to show you a project using them!

For now here’s a few of my favourite items in the shop which go with the Frosty Festivities theme…

1. Blue Bunny Winter Wrapping Paper – this paper is so beautiful. I want to buy one sheet to use as wrapping paper for a bunny-loving friend’s Christmas gift, and one sheet to use as background paper for a layout, or maybe to fussy-cut the bunnies as embellishments:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

2. Gold Sparkle Twine – This new twine looks so fabulous, perfect for wrapping presents, adding tags, or putting the finishing touch on layout or card:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

3. Maste Christmas Washi Tape, Knit Pattern – What can I say? This tape is perfect for conjuring up the atmosphere of winter days – going out for walks wrapped up in bobble hats and mittens:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

Do they get you in the mood for winter or Christmas?!

Now for the giveaway…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by The Paperdashery

One winner will receive a £10 GBP voucher code to spend in the Christmas category of The Paperdashery, with free delivery of the items you choose too!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to The Paperdashery Shop, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment, telling me about an item or two that caught your eye (it doesn’t need to be Christmas or Winter related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by The Paperdashery’s blog and social media pages. It’s not compulsory to visit these to enter the prize, but obviously Gude would love it if you stopped by. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize! Here’s the links:

Blog: https://www.thepaperdashery.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePaperdashery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepaperdashery

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thepaperdashery/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thepaperdashery/

The giveaway closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. {NOW CLOSED} It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 10th of December, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 4pm to share a project I made with washi tape and twine from The Paperdashery!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Frosty Finale 2014 – The Wrap Up Post!

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

We’ve reached the end of a very busy weekend! Have you enjoyed the event?

Sorry things were running a little late today, hopefully it wasn’t too annoying. I had some things to finish off and didn’t get them done in time. We got there eventually though!

I’m going to list the important links, but first I want to say a big thank you to the giveaway sponsors:

FF2014 Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to Wear Crafts and Feed Your Craft for donating prizes, it makes the event so much more fun when there’s giveaways, don’t you think?!

Don’g forget to enter their giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} here:

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Wear Crafts

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft

and the other two giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} donated by me:

The Old Stash Christmas Kit Giveaway

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Happy Scatter

These giveaways all close tomorrow, on Monday the 10th of November at 8pm, so hurry to enter!

Now for another thank you, to my fabulous Guest Posters:

FF2014 Guests

Thank you so much to Louise, Riikka, and Julie for making some beautiful projects to inspire us!

Their posts are here:

Louise with Time Saving Cards

Riikka Kovasin with Snowy Mixed Media Trees

Julie Kirk witha Fun Festive Layout

Remember to join in with the challenge linky, to be in with a chance to win one of two stash-filled prizes!

The Frosty Festivities 2014 Challenge Linky

The Challenge is open until Monday the 17th of November, {STILL OPEN} so you have over a week to enter!

If you want to check if you missed any other posts, you can see a list of the HERE.

Finally a big thank you to YOU! I wouldn’t be here without you coming to read my posts, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave comments and pin/share my posts. And joining in with your own projects of course! It makes me smile so much to know I’ve inspired you!

I’ll probably be doing another event in 6 months time or-so. I haven’t got that figured out yet so I’ll let you know! If you have any questions about anything, you can always email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk.

I’ve got one last item to share with you, a free printable for a Christmas activities Paper Fortune Teller / Cootie Catcher:

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

Download the printable A4 version HERE, or the Letter version HERE (it will prompt you to download). If you need instructions for how to fold it see HERE at The Toy Maker.

You can use it to choose a Christmas activity this festive season!

Christmas Activities Paper Fortune Teller at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it!

If you’ve enjoyed the event, please support me in any way you can. This could be you following my news emails (aweber form in sidebar), following on bloglovin or your chosen reader, by telling other people about the event, or by pinning or sharing the projects you like. If you can’t do any of these I totally understand – no harm in asking, right?!

I wish you all a merry, craft-filled holiday season!

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

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial

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

Here’s a sewing project to keep you warm this winter…

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling Post about cutting up a jumper-dress, from FF2012? And then my Woolly Winter Wreath Post from FF2013, using up the same material?

I wanted to see if I could get another project out of the material I had left:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to put the scarf together…

Step 1: Cut a piece of stretch-woollen fabric to approx 19 x 24″. Mine has a curve in it because I followed the dress shape – I cut either side of the existing seams so I didn’t have to worry about the material unravelling:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you don’t have existing seam like this you’ll need to finish your edges with a zig-zag stitch, or a fray-stop glue.

Step 2: Fold the material in half along the long centre line, with the right-sides facing each other. Pin together so the seams meet along the top, and sew them together:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Turn it the right way out again. Pin the short ends together and sew a zig-zag stitch along them to stop the material fraying. This gave my scarf a ruffled edge:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

It looked quite pretty, so if my material had been long enough I could have left it like that. Unfortunately it was only 9 x 23″, which doesn’t make a very long scarf:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: To elongate your scarf, cut four 12 x 12″ squares of material, two each of contrasting colours:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew a zig-zag stitch all around the outside borders of these, to stop it fraying (or use a fray-stop glue):

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the floral squares 6″ down on the geometric squares, so the floral bit is at the back of the geometric bit:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a loose running stitch along the top edge of the geometric material, and gather it, so the top edge of this is the same length as the end of the woollen scarf piece:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Sew the geometric pieces to both ends of the woollen piece. Then your scarf is finished:

Contrasting Layers Scarf Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wear it on winter days!

Be Inspired:

Use contrasting patterns next to each other (eg geometric and floral)

Ruffle something up

Make a project longer, eg create a double-page layout or make a card taller with an add-on piece

Do you have a selection of long scarves to keep you warm in the winter?

I’ll see you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards (+Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED})

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

I always like to do an ‘old stash’ giveaway as part of my blog events. Most of the stash in this giveaway {NOW CLOSED} is from Christmas 2013 so it’s not too old!

Would you like to win this ‘kit’ of old stash?

Old Stash Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s lots of bits and pieces here, including some 6×12″ papers, 3×4 cards, ephemera, stickers, chipboards, a tree wood veneer, a sheet of wood-effect alpha stickers, a washi sampler on a craft stick, and some white buttons. Plenty for a couple of layouts or some cards!

If you want to enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post! If you want to leave a comment but don’t want to be entered, just mention that in the comment!

And here’s some inspiration for how to use up some older stash on some cards…

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

All these were made with items from my left over 2013 Christmas stash.

First I chose a few large stickers I thought would be good:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I chose a few paper scraps to go with them:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I picked out a couple of chipboards and ephemera too:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

To jazz-up the stickers I rubbed some clear ink around the edges of the stickers, tipped on glitter gold embossing powder, and heated it up:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I added some Waco Pearl Pen dots to some of the ephemera or chipboard:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

The papers were stuck on some 6×6 kraft card blanks, white plain white card used as a ‘filler’ where the scraps weren’t big enough:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I stuck the main pieces I’d chosen on top, plus a bit of gold glitter tape on the red card:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

They were all finished off with a few gems of course:

Jazzing Up Old Stash For Christmas Cards at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m glad to have use up some old stash!

Be Inspired:

Heat emboss the edge of stickers, or paper, die-cuts, etc

Use up some old Christmas stash

Choose plain white card as a ‘filler’ when your scrap aren’t big enough

Remember to leave a comment to enter the old stash giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

What item do you wish you could find more of in your stash?

I’ll see you again at 3pm!

Jennifer x