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

Your Craft & Soul Events

CLICK! Camera Mug – A Quick Make

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

As the event draws to a close (this is the penultimate post) I’m finishing off with a quick make – a mug featuring a camera:

Click Camera Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

All you need is a mug, some porcelain Pens, and an oven to bake it in!

I used ordinary Sharpie pens, but in my experience these don’t last forever on ceramics. You have to wash them gently and they will still eventually fade. So I’d recommend porcelain pens if you’re giving this as a gift. I will update this post once I’ve tried it with porcelain pens too. There are some tips HERE for drawing on mugs, of which I’m going to try a few out.

If you are keeping the mug for yourself it doesn’t matter so much, because when the design eventually wears off you can just draw a new design on!

Click Camera Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Doodle on a camera, an arrow, and the word ‘click’ with the black Sharpie:

Click Camera Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can wipe the design off with a wet piece of kitchen paper if you go wrong at any point.

Colour it in with the gold Sharpie:

Click Camera Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

And bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s recommended that you put the mug into the cold oven, then once the oven reaches temperature you start counting your 30 minutes. Then turn the oven off and let it cool down with the mug still inside. This seems to give the best chance for the design to stay on longer!

The colours of mine did fade a bit in the oven too, another reason I’m going to try some different pens:

Click Camera Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m happy to use this in the meantime though!

Be Inspired:

Doodle a camera or arrow on your next project

Criss-cross some lines to make a diamond pattern

Use black and gold for a bold design

What would you draw on your mug? I want to get a whole bunch and start doodling!

I’ll see you soon for the last post of the event!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

The PIN IT Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

It’s time for the last giveaway of the night, and this one is just for Pinterest users, or those who are willing to start using Pinterest. (Sorry to everyone else, but hopefully you’ve enjoyed all the other giveaways!) {ALL NOW CLOSED}

If you don’t know what Pinterest is, then check out their ‘About’ page HERE. It’s a site where you can ‘pin’ images to virtual pinboards, and follow other people to discover what they are pinning too. You should be careful to pin from the original url – if you pin when you are on a blog or website homepage rather than the unique url then next time you click on that pin you might have pages and pages to scroll through before you find the original image!

I am a Pinterest lover. I find it so inspiring – when I get stuck for ideas I can often focus my crafting by heading over there and scrolling through my feed or my boards! Here’s some of the things I’ve made recently inspired by Pinterest…

THIS PIN of home decor inspired this card:

More Projects Inspired By Big Picture Classes at Jennifer Grace Creates

THIS PIN inspired this layout:

Monster Castle layout by Jennifer Grace

THIS PIN inspired me to spray paint some embellishments:

Renew Your Embellishments With Spray Paint! Jennifer Grace Creates

This is just a few of my Pinterest inspired projects!

Now for the giveaway… you could win this:

Pin It Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates ends Sunday 24th May at 10pm BST

A collection of pretty bits and pieces (all new)!

To enter this giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Pin something from my blog! Any of my projects or tutorials – it doesn’t have to have be one of the Focus Your Craft & Soul posts. Every pin will get you another entry into the draw! Just comment below telling my how many pins you pinned from here, and leave your Pinterest username so I can check if the winner was telling the truth!

You can also follow me on Pinterest, my profile is HERE, this will also count as an entry in the draw, just make sure you let me know if you follow me on Pinterest in your comment.

Be Inspired:

Find something on Pinterest and make a project based on it

Take inspiration from home decor – an online photo or from a magazine or your own home

Alter some embellishments with paint

I hope that all makes sense. Have fun pinning! I’ll be back with another post soon,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Vintage Camera = Male Birthday Card!

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

One of the things I like about camera icons is that they can be really great for male projects. That’s obviously not the only thing they can be used on, but when I see a vintage brown / black camera image I immediately file it away for when I’m stuck for a male card!

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

This vintage camera was from a sheet of Webster’s pages Dream In Color paper. I cut it down and added it and some triangle paper onto a piece of woodgrain paper, then stuck it all onto a square card:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stamped the sentiment with grey and black inks, then found some ribbon which matched the colours of the camera:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

And finished it off with a couple of wood veneer stars and chevrons:

Vintage Camera Male Birthday Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Wood works great for male cards too, don’t you think?!

Be Inspired:

Use a vintage or black or brown camera on your next project

Use some chevrons to point to the center of your project

Put some triangle patterned paper along the base of a card or layout

Do you find it difficult to make male cards or is that just me?!

I’ll see you again in an hour,

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Media Pools Grid Layout – Cup Of Tea

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

One of my favourite ways to play with different media is to try a few out on one project, in different areas. I call this ‘media pools’. One recent layout I did this on was the Easter Egg Hunt Layout where I filled the eggs with different types of paint and textures.

Today’s layout uses a grid for the same kind of effect. By keeping the different medias in their own little places, it means you can focus on each small area one at a time, and if you are trying out a new technique you can confine it to a tiny area! It can also be a great way to use up paper scraps if you fill some holes with them too:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

The grid is a file from The Cut Shoppe, it’s called ‘Get Your Grid On’. I cut it out using my Cricut Explore, but the first time I cut it the machine was ripping up all the letters:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I tried it again and the same thing happened. I was about to give up, then I realised the cardstock I was using (American Crafts I think) had quite a thick core. So I cut it from a sheet of Cricut cardstock instead and it cut the thin letters beautifully!

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck the grid onto white cardstock using repositionable adhesive. Then I cut the white cardstock down and matted it onto some kraft grid paper for a bit of a border. I’d like to point out here that the grid cut file is not wonky, it’s my cutting that was a bit lopsided:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted blue watercolour paint into a couple of boxes, then decided to try out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils in one box – I’d not used them on textured cardstock before. I used Ochre to fill in a box:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I went over it again with the white to try and blend the lines a bit more – it didn’t blend completely but it did look better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I wanted to fill the heart with glitter, so painted Mod Podge inside it with an old brush, then sprinkled on some chunky glitter. However the chunky glitter didn’t stick all that well:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I Mod Podged over the top of the chunky glitter and tried again with fine gold glitter, which worked much better:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then it was just a case of filling some holes with patterned paper – I cut most of them to fit perfectly inside the boxes, rather than having to lift the grid up, but I did have to lift the edges of letters a couple of times to tuck the paper underneath. I added my title, journaling, and a few embellishments (including the tea pot from my Spray Painted Embellishments):

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like how it all seems to frame the photo:

Media Pools Grid Layout - Cup Of Tea at Jennifer Grace Creates

And typing this up is making me want a cup of tea right now!

Be Inspired:

Use a grid on your next project

Try out some media pools – areas of different paint or texture

Cut some patterned paper scraps into squares and use them on your background

What kinds of media do you like to use best on your projects?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!

Home Decor Craft Projects

On Target Focal Point Cushion (Cricut Explore)

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

Here’s a nice quick make – for those of you that have a digital die-cutter like a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut Explore. This ‘on target’ focal point cushion is a great addition to any room!

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was super easy to make…

Step 1. Buy a cushion cover. Mine is 17″ square. If you want it to be washable often you should get a cotton one, as the iron-on vinyl will adhere much better to that. I just bought a cheap cushion cover from the £1 shop, so I won’t be able to wash mine too much:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Load up a target image in your die-cutting software (mine is the Cricut image #M354D5). Size it as big as you can, mine is 11.5″ square:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Cut it out from Gold Glitter Iron-On Vinyl (I used Cricut Vinyl), and weed out the unwanted parts of the image:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: You need to work quickly for this bit. Iron your cushion to warm up the surface, then fold it in half both horizontally and vertically (just pressing with your hands, not the iron), so you have a ‘guide’ for where to stick your target, and place the target on top:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Quickly move to the ironing board and place a piece of greaseproof paper on top of your image, before ironing it. Use as high a heat as your material can handle:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Once the vinyl has stuck to the material (peel back a corner of the sticky backing to check whether it has adhered properly, if not just iron it some more) then take the plastic sticky backing off. Put the greaseproof paper back on the image and iron it again. It’s also a good idea to then turn the project inside out and iron on the back of the material too. Then the image has had heat from all sides!

Once you are done just stick a cushion inside the cover and it’s ready to display:

On Target Focal Point Cushion using the Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Put it somewhere that needs a focal point!

Be Inspired:

Use a large target on your next project

Add some gold glitter on top of a teal background

Alter something to create a focal point in your home

What colour cushion and glitter vinyl would you have used?

I’ll see you again shortly,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including iron-on-vinyl, 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.

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