Onwards and Upwards Welcome and Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

Hello, and welcome to my Onwards and Upwards weekend! I am really happy you’ve stopped by, and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration and giveaways!

Onwards and Upwards Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates!

If you haven’t previously heard about this event, here’s how it works: This weekend (10th – 12th May 2013), from 4pm – 10pm Friday (today), and then 10am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday (BST), there will be posts going live every hour. There will be tips, tutorials, challenges, a variety of crafts including scrapbooking and cardmaking, a blog hop, and lots of giveaways! Also, if you feel like chatting to me and other participants, you can come and join the Facebook Group!

The giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} will stay open until Monday 13th May at 10.59pm BST, so if you can’t manage reading it all in a weekend you have Monday to catch up!  The challenges {STILL OPEN} (there’s four of them) will stay open until next Sunday (19th May) too. All giveaways and challenges are open internationally.

The theme of the weekend was originally based on my work of the year, ‘progress’. But Onwards & Upwards is about all kinds of things, including: hopes and dreams, resolutions and goals, uplifting quotes and sentiments, travel, trying new things, positive reinforcements, finding direction, or just looking to the skies for subject matter or embellishments (clouds, planes, birds, hot air balloons, and more)!

To begin the fun here comes the first giveaway… The Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

The prize includes (worth over £40):

4 Sheets of My Mind’s Eye Find Your Wings and Fly‘Sky’s the Limit’ Paper (‘Look’, ‘Ballon Parade’, ‘Pick a Card’ and ‘No Limit’)
‘Sky’s the Limit’ 12×12 Sticker Sheet, Brads, and a three sheets from the Alpha/Word Stickers Pack
3 Sheets of Amy Tangerine Yes Please Paper (‘Thoughtful’, ‘Share’, ‘Currently’)
Yes Please Noteworthy Sticker Book, and Goodness Printed Chipboard Thickers ‘Watercolor’
5 Sheets of Elle’s Studio Serendipity Paper (‘Treasure’, ‘Lucky’, ‘Chevron’, ‘Flowers’, ‘Cherish’)
Serendipity Pennants, Labels, and Tidbits
American Crafts 5/8″ Glitter Tape ‘Peony’, a pot of Crystal Stickles, and a handful of co-ordinating Buttons.

A lot of the goodies in this giveaway are great for this theme – there’s clouds, encouraging phrases, and hot-air balloons (I couldn’t believe how perfect the Sky’s the Limit collection was when I saw it was being released!) But of course the supplies can be used for all kinds of projects, and I chose pretty coral-pinks and turquoises that will be lovely for spring and summer crafting.

So how do you get the chance to win these goodies? By commenting! You could just leave a comment on this post – that will give you one entry into the draw. But every comment on any post that goes live this weekend will count as another entry into the draw!

You will only be entered into the Grand Giveaway if you have commented on this welcome post. That way if you don’t want to win the prize – maybe you already own all these goodies (?!) – then don’t comment here, but you can still comment on all the other posts this weekend (including all the other giveaways) without being entered. Does that make sense?!

And to tempt you to enter, and show you what can be done with some of the items in the prize pack, here’s a card I made using some that I bought for myself (couldn’t resist!):

Bloom card by Jennifer Grace

The only things I used which aren’t part of the prize were the 6×6″ card base, a piece of lace, some twine, some My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, and some Hero Arts clear gemstones.

Be Inspired:

Use a piece of twine to break a border in your background

Add some Stickles or glitter as ‘highlights’ on an object

Cluster some buttons and gems

Don’t forget to comment here to be entered into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close at 10.59pm (BST) on Monday 13th May. Make sure you check back to see if you won, or leave me a way to contact you if you win – I’ve had to re-draw prizes in the past because winners haven’t responded!

I see you again at 5pm!

P.S. In case you missed the previous discussion about comments – you can now comment here by signing in with WordPress, Facebook or Twitter, so your avatar appears with your comment. Just click on the button for the social link you want to log in with. You can also log in with Google, but this doesn’t usually bring an avatar up.

If you’d like an avatar to appear and you don’t have Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress accounts, then you could sign up for a Gravatar Account: If you sign up there with the email address that you usually input when you comment here, then you avatar will appear with all your previous comments too! Of course, if you’re not worried about having an avatar next to your comment, you can just fill out the boxes as usual (this doesn’t mean you are signed in to anything, it’s just takes your info to make sure you aren’t a spammer!).

93 thoughts on “Onwards and Upwards Welcome and Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!”

  1. Really looking forward to this weekend, I’m in the scrapping mood 🙂 lovely grand give away too thanks 🙂


  2. Can’t wait to get into my s rap room aka conservatory and start a page or two! Really looking forward to this weekend and trying to get in as much scrapping as I can around the jobs! Great giveaway too!


    1. Julie, this is not the Blog hop, this is just the start of the event. There’s still about an hour until the Blog Hop goes live! See you then! x


  3. Ypur card is so lovely! Love the colors and adore this Sky is the limit collection name. Best ever thing to add to your project as your sentiment. So mucj hope to win!


  4. oooh so exciting to be joining you Jennifer thank you for hosting another event for us all I can’t wait to see what you have been up to xxx ps fab stash xxx


  5. Thanks for posting about this on your old blog, completely missed your new blog. Love the sound of this weekend, can’t wait to have a go at some things


  6. Looking forward to the challenges. After a mad bank holiday weekend I am looking forward to a little me time.


  7. Wow!! That giveaway is full of my favourite things… travel, quotes, alphas, beautiful papers… I can just imagine what I could make with all those!! Thank you for the chance of winning!
    By the way, I followed EVERY post last time so am here again looking forward to a wonderful weekend of inspiration and challenges.


  8. Hi Jennifer, I’ve been really looking forward to this as I thorughly enjoyed the last one – as it turns out we have all sorts of dramas going on, but I will try to keep up! :o)


  9. Really glad I was reminded on uks I’ve been looking forward to this! I love the card the colours go together lovely and hot air balloons are a favourite of mine so thumbs up from me. The prize looks fabulous oh what I could do with a kit like that and thankyou for the chance to win 🙂


  10. What a fabulous giveaway and loads of great inspiration along the way, I am going back to finish the hop now, thanks


  11. Finished! I have read every post in the hop and commented on all. Everyone had such wonderful layouts. I have really been inspired by it all. Thanks Jennifer for doing all this. I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts for the weekend.

    I Create Purty Thangs


  12. Your card is beautiful as is the prize kit you put together. I’ll be checking out the blog hop. Thanks.


  13. Well I managed to complete a double page layout and used my Stickles as an accent. Too dark to photo now so will upload to my blog tomorrow!


  14. Wow what a stunning prize and I would definantly like a chance to win it. Look forward to reading your posts over the weekend and gaining some inspiration and learning some new things. Lovely card by the way 🙂 x


  15. Oooohh this weekend looks soo exciting. Can’t wait to see everything that’s in store for us. I’m already inspired by your card – what great ideas. I like the one about using twine as a border. I can definitely see myself doing that real soon 😉


  16. Wow, super giveaway, no time for scrapping this weekend, work, work and more work but I’ll reward myself with some time off during the week.


  17. Wow Jennifer this is going to be amazing!! So looking forward to all the inspiration and a chance at winning that fabulous prize :0) I can’t even begin to think how much work you must have put into this so I shall be squeezing some time in to play along with you. You are a star :0))


  18. You clever old stick! You’ve done such a great job with the website and the comments thingy etc, I admire what you’ve done greatly! Where do you find the time woman?! Best of luck for this weekend, hope it all goes well and thank you so much for doing it and for asking me to be involved.


  19. Wow what a fabulous giveaway. Any chance you could give away some of your talent too? I’d love to be able to make such gorgeous cards!!!


  20. i am so looking forward to all the exciting things going on craft has been my saviour i am a recovering heroin addict buthave been clean now for2 years totally down to art andcraft….hope youenjoy yor weekend ai know i shall jod x


  21. What a generous giveaway, thank you for the opportunity, can’t wait to spend some time later getting inspired!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s