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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

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giveaways / Winners

The Winners From Frosty Festivities 2015!

Hello! Sorry this post is a day late, but when I said I’d post the winners yesterday I didn’t realise what a hectic week this would be. They are all ready to announce now though!

The Winners From Frosty Festivities 2015 at Jennifer Grace Creates

Before I announce them all I just want to say another big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the event. I am still reading through all the wonderful comments but I promise you I will read every single one, they are making me smile so much!

It was also FANTASTIC to see the projects entered into the ‘Challenge To Be Inspired’. Almost all the entries were pinned to my ‘Inspired by Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board HERE if you want to take a quick look at what everyone was up to! There were just a few I couldn’t pin from Flickr for some reason – possibly a privacy setting.

I also want to say another thank you to sponsors, but I’ll tell you who won the prizes first, as I know you are waiting to find out!

The Winners Are…

The Grand Giveaway: Shelley (Who Said ‘What a fantastic giveaway. Your projects are great – a lovely showcase of the prize package goodies’)

Giveaway From Lettera Etc: Margot Mac G

Giveaway From The Paperdashery: Jacky S

Giveaway From Little Dorrit: Julene Matthews

The Blog Hop Giveaway: Fay

Giveaway From Feed Your Craft: K

Giveaway From SVG Files Shop: Leslie Smith

My Wish List Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Diana Fernandez

The Challenge To Be Inspired Random Winner: Karen Ladd

The Challenge To Be Inspired MY CHOICE Winner: Lizzy Hill

Lizzy joined in lots during the event but it was this card, with teeny tiny mason jars, which totally stole my heart. What a unique spin on my Twine Wrapped Gift Jar post:

Mason Jar card by Lizzy Hill

Congrats to all the winners! Please email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk with ‘Winner’ in the subject line. Just send me your email address for now and then I’ll let you know if I need your mailing address, or if I’m passing your details on to an Etsy owner for them to contact you directly!

I am so sorry that I couldn’t send prizes to everyone. I wish I could. There will be more giveaways coming at some point next year, though I haven’t decided if I’m going to run another event again. I’m still thinking about it. Life is a little chaotic lately and I don’t have as much time to prepare for them!

I just need to finish by saying one last thank you to the giveaway sponsors – please don’t forget to spend money in these shops next time you want some new stash, it’s a great way to say thank you and encourages them to sponsor more events (not just mine but giveaways in general!) in the future…

Lettera Etc.

The Paperdashery

Little Dorrit & Co.

Feed Your Craft

SVG Files Shop

That’s all for now. Thank you so much for your participation!

Jennifer x

(P.S. details of the entrants in each giveaway, and screenshots of random.org selecting the winner, are available as documents if requested)

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giveaways / Winners, Industry News & Reviews

My Crafty Christmas Wish List 2015 – And A Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

As we’re getting close to the end of the event (tomorrow’s the last day), I thought we’d have one last giveaway {NOW CLOSED}. Today I’m going to share what I’ve got on my crafty Christmas wish list this year, and I’m giving away a £10 GBP Amazon Gift Voucher (or nearest equivalent in your local currency) to one winner, so they can put it towards something they’d like! If the winner doesn’t have Amazon in their country we’ll think of an alternative prize, but I think most of my readers do!

My husband asked me to make a wish list for him to choose something from for my Christmas present. I love it when he asks me to do that, as then I can browse and ‘window-shop’ lots of things I’d like, but it’s still a surprise as to which item he’ll choose to buy.

Here’s my Crafty Christmas Wish List 2015. The links go to Amazon UK but they are not affiliate links, I don’t have any connection with them, I just thought you might like to see more about the products. Amazon also have full release on anything to do with the giveaway – they are not involved at all.

1. ‘I Just Like To Make Things’ book by Lilla Rogers – I’ve been wanting to take Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Classes, about designing illustrations and patterns for scrapbooking, clothing and more. But they cost hundreds of pounds so are out of our price range right now. This book looks like it would be a nice taster of what the courses are about:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

2. Cricut Faux Leather in Walnut – Cricut have recently added some more materials to their line-up, and this one excites me the most – faux leather in walnut woodgrain. It looks like a nice warm colour which I can imagine cutting embellishments and jewellery from using my Cricut Explore. You can see some items made with faux leather on the Cricut US blog HERE. I can’t wait to get my hands on some:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

3. ‘Doodle Stitching, The Motif Collection’ book by Aimee Ray – As you can probably tell from the Little Dorrit Embroidery Patterns Giveaway, and my Embroidered Tags, I have been enjoying embroidery lately. This collection of ideas looks like it would be fun inspiration for a host of projects:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

4. Pink Paislee Memorandum Gold Phrase Stickers – I want a lot of Pink Paislee’s Memorandum and Cedar Lane collections, but this is one of the bits I want the most. So shiny and fun, these would make any scrapbook page special:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

5. ’20 Ways To Draw A Jellyfish (And 44 Other Amazing Sea Creatures’ book by Trina Daziel – As I’ve been wanting to practice my drawing for illustrating scrapbook items or for clothing design etc, the ’20 Ways To Draw’ books caught my eye – they have a variety of titles. This one is the one I want the most, because I live by the sea and love the beach:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

6. DIY Wooden Clock Kit (19cm) – We need a new clock for our kitchen. We have needed one for years, but I’m fussy and can never find one I like. Then I had a brainwave moment when I was scrolling through more clocks online that I didn’t like the other day – why not just make our own? This kit looks good because it comes with the numbers pre-drawn, which would save a lot of ‘time’ with measuring it out:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

7. Becky Higgins Blush 12×12 D Ring Album – Well really I just need more 12 x 12 albums in general, as I have too many pages to store. This one is particularly gorgeous, and on trend for 2016, when this blush-pink colour is supposed to be really popular according to trend forecasts. But I’ll settle for most 12 x 12 d-ring albums:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

8. ‘Creative Lettering & Beyond’ book – Since writing my first post on brush lettering I  have discovered Dawn Nicole, a fabulous designer, who has a blog, and wrote a post recommending hand lettering books HERE. She also has a free facebook group with lessons and tips on hand lettering which you can join HERE. This is the book she recommends the most, and I have to agree it looks very helpful:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

9. A T-Square – This is simply to make it faster for me to draw straight lines for my brush lettering:

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10. A Minc Toner Pen – At the start of the year I bought a Minc Machine to do some foiling (see my original post about it HERE), but I haven’t used it nearly enough. Mostly because I don’t like being limited to the Heidi Swapp designed items, and I’ve found it difficult to get my printed items to look good – which I think is a problem with our laser printer rather than the Minc. When I saw they’d brought out a Minc pen I got quite excited – I would love to try this out:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

My husband is spoilt for choice on what to get me, huh? I do have some non-crafty items on my wish list too, including a mini food processor so I can make hummus, and the game Rummikub which I could remember playing with my grandparents, but only recently discovered what it’s called!

Now for the giveaway:

My Crafty Christmas Wish List at Jennifer Grace Creates

One person will win a £10 GBP Amazon Gift Voucher, or closest equivalent in their local currency. If the winner doesn’t have Amazon in their country we’ll work out an alternative prize.

To enter to win: Just leave a comment telling me a crafty item or two that’s on your wish list this Christmas! What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?

The giveaway {NOW CLOSED} closes at 10pm GMT on Sunday the 6th of December 2015. 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.

I’ll be back tomorrow for the final Frosty Festivities post. See you then!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Giveaways / Winners

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft! {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} from a fun-filled Etsy shop…

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft!

Feed Your Craft is an Etsy Shop owned by the amazing Elise (aka Lil Gik), who I’ve known online for a while since we met on the Two Peas In A Bucket forums (I miss those!). The shop is filled with lots and lots of fun flair (105 different sets!), which are mini-flair – only 7/8″ in diameter. Plus there are a few other cute embellishments too – they’ll be releasing a limited edition ‘Let It Snow’ mini kit later today!

Read on for the chance to win a $15 coupon code to spend at the Feed Your Craft shop!

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft!

Some of the flair sets are designed by Brandi Kincaid, and they have some lovely unique illustrations on them!

Here’s a few items that go well with the Frosty Festivities theme…

1. Let It Snow Full Colour Mini Flair Badges – This is one of the sets designed by Brandi, and the characters are just so adorable! Look at the little mouse with his ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ banner! The gingerbread house is perfect too, and this set is available in 3 different colourways (you can buy it without colour on the background – only the icons, or without any colour at all) so it can suit any project you are working on:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft!

2. Dear Santa Mini Flair Badges – The flair by Elise are perfect, I especially like the ‘Dear Santa, I can explain’ one as I’m sure I could use that on a layout about my cheeky children! The one with Santa’s belt on is fabulous and bold too. Plus I like the simple red & white colour scheme:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft!

3. Ring It In Mini Flair Badges – Here’s another set by Brandi which you can purchase in different colourways. This link is for the set without any colour at all, but you can check out the others! I like this set having no colour, as I’ve no idea what colours will be in the photos I’ll be taking on New Years Eve (we’re going to a friend’s house for a party this year), and this set would suit anything! I love the clock with ‘midnight’ squeezed inside:

A Giveaway! Sponsored by Feed Your Craft!

Wouldn’t they all be a great way to add a little ‘flair’ to your projects?!

Now for the giveaway…

Feed Your Craft Giveaway Prize for the Frosty Festivities Event

One person will win a $15 USD coupon code for the Feed Your Craft store! The winner must have a merchandise total of more than $16.50, this is because of Etsy terms for coupon codes.

To enter to win this prize {NOW CLOSED} you just need to visit the Feed Your Craft Etsy Shop, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment telling me what caught your eye in the store! It doesn’t have to be Winter / Christmas related. Just find something you love and tell me about it!

You could also pop by Elise’s blog or her Instagram and thank her for sponsoring, and maybe give her a follow! This isn’t compulsory though.

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 be back tomorrow morning!

Jennifer x

Giveaways / Winners

A Giveaway! Sponsored By Happy Scatter! {NOW CLOSED}

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

For the last giveaway of the event it’s time to feature my shop, Happy Scatter. You knew this was coming, right?!

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I’m giving away a £15 Etsy Giftcard. {NOW CLOSED} This can be used on any shop that supports Etsy giftcards, you don’t have to spend it in mine if you don’t want to! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post…

Because Happy Scatter is my shop, I decided not to show three items I like, because I designed it all so I like all of it!

Instead I have another layout to show you, with lots of Happy Scatter items on it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used the Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil to make a piece of patterned paper, by sticking the stencil to white card with removable spray-adhesive, and sponging red paint through it:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And I backed the Makes Me Merry 3×4 Card with a green cut-apart card from a Webster’s Pages sheet:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also made a journal card by cutting out a rectangle of grid paper, rounding the corners, inking the edges with gold ink, and sticking on two The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes with foam dots:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I put it all together with some Wreaths & Baubles and Wonderland Winter wood veneers scattered around the page, with some paper roses and gems too:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

And some more of The Jolliest Time ephemera:

This Makes Me Merry layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it all adds up to a jolly page!

Now for the giveaway, To win a

£15 Gift Card for Etsy

Head over to my Etsy shop Happy Scatter, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment and tell me what item you like best. Or, you could tell me what else you’d like to see in the shop, I’m currently working on some new items for the start of 2015!

The giveaway closes at 8pm GMT on Monday the 10th of November 2014. {NOW CLOSED} The winner will be announced on Thursday the 13th of November. It is open internationally!

Good luck! I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Giveaways / Winners

Make & Craft Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the Make & Craft Blog Tour Giveaway winner:

That’s Linda Rumsey! Congratulations Linda – email me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk with your postal address and I shall send the lovely Stitched Postcards book to you! 

Thanks to all who entered. Don’t forget that the new magazine Make & Craft comes out today, so keep an eye out for it! x
Giveaways / Winners

Event Sneaks and a Giveaway Winner!

Hello Everyone!
I’m back from my weekend away, partying for my 30th birthday. We had a fantastic time, and I’ll get some photos up soon!
In the meantime here’s a few sneak peek pictures, of some of the giveaways, crafts, and posts that will be coming up this weekend as part of my blog event:
I hope it piques your interest!
For anyone who missed the announcement post, here’s the details again:
The event is inspired by my word of the year, which I blogged about in January here. Along the theme of organisation there will be posts every hour of this coming weekend, from 4pm-10pm Friday, and 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday (BST), including a blog hop, tips, tutorials, challenges, crafts, and lots of GIVEAWAYS!
I really hope you’ll be able to join me for the weekend. The giveaways will stay open until Monday (2nd July 2012) at 11.59pm BST, so if you’re away for the weekend you’ll have Monday to try and catch up! One challenge will be open until the following Sunday (8th July 2012) too! All the giveaways will be open internationally.
It’ll be lovely if some of you can stop by. Now, to announce the winner of the giveaway – thank you to everyone who entered by sharing news of the event, I really appreciate it! And the winner of the Echo Park collection kit is….
Thank you Aimee! Just let me know your postal address by emailing me at jennifer grace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, and I’ll get it sent out to you!
Don’t worry if you’re not the winner this time, there’s a bucket load of giveaways approaching. I’m jealous that I’m giving them all away!
See you soon, x