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The Winners From Focus Your Craft & Soul!

Hello everyone!

It’s time to announce the winners from the Focus Your Craft & Soul event! This includes ALL the giveaway and challenge winners, so check to see if you won anything!

Focus Your Craft & Soul - The Winners! 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 the 770 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 couple I couldn’t pin from wordpress.com blogs for some reason.

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 ‘Guess The Project’ Facebook Contest Winner: Daphne Wunn-Rihm with 9 correct guesses!

The Grand Giveaway: Karenladd

The Blog Hop Prize: Furrypig

Giveaway From The Cut Shoppe: Jackie Edwards

Giveaway From Unwrap Colour: KT Fit Kitty

Giveaway From The Little Stamp Store: Dawn Cheshire

Giveaway From Happy Scatter: Lizzy Hill

The PIN IT Giveaway: Mandysea

The Challenge To Be Inspired Random Winner: Frances

The Challenge To Be Inspired MY CHOICE Winner: Deb

I chose Deb because she’s new here yet she still managed to enter a few beautiful projects in the challenge, I was particularly impressed with her pocket scrapbook and her art-in-miniature teeny art journal:

My Choice from the Challenge To Be Inspired - Deb is the winner!

Aren’t they lovely?!

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 post it out to you!

I am so sorry that I couldn’t send prizes to everyone. I wish I could! I will be back in November for another Frosty Festivities event!

In the meantime, one last thank you to the giveaway sponsors – please don’t forget to spend money in these Etsy 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…

The Cut Shoppe

Unwrap Colour

Little Stamp Store

Happy Scatter

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Giveaway Sponsors

That’s all for now, but tomorrow I will be back with a Guest Designer post with Melissa Vining, she’ll be sharing how she’s used some Happy Scatter items!

Bye for now,

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)

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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

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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

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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

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A Giveaway! Sponsored By Happy Scatter! {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 Etsy Shop giveaway of the event {NOW CLOSED}. This one is for my own Happy Scatter Etsy shop, where I sell stencils, wood veneers, flairs, die-cut 3×4 cards, and more, all which I have designed myself!

Happy Scatter Etsy Shop Selling Crafty Stencils and Embellishments!

If you’d like to add a few new bits and pieces to your stash, then keep reading for a giveaway at the end of the post!

I started my Etsy shop last year, after getting hold of Adobe Illustrator, and being given a Cricut Explore machine which meant I could cut stencils and die-cut cards I’d designed! I’ve been adding a variety of items since then, including cork stickers and flairs… I have lots more I want to add but I have more ideas than time!

Here’s a few items from the shop which go well with the ‘focus’ theme of this event…

1. Frameography Stencil – I try to make most of the stencil so that they could be used both as a whole stencil, or by masking off parts and just using bits of the stencil. This new one could be a cool background by using the whole thing, but you could also make the frames off and use them individually – my favourite is the Polaroid-style one near the middle:

The Frameography Stencil at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

2. Arrows and Triangles Flair Set – I’ve been having lots of fun making new flairs and this set is one which you can use on a variety of projects:

Arrows And Triangles Flair Set at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

3. Simply Life Everday Wood Veneers – This set features a camera, a frame, some chevron-style arrows, and a ‘simply life’ banner flag, so it’s got all the icons perfect for this ‘focus’ weekend:

Simply Life Everyday Wood Veneer Shapes at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop

Do you use a lot of stencils, flairs, or wood veneers on your pages? I’ve been getting more and more into using stencils since designing my own!

Here’s the giveaway. One Lucky commenter will win:

Win £20 to spend at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop!

£20 GBP to spend at the Happy Scatter Etsy Shop! Then winner will need to email me with their choices for what they’d like and I can send it out to them!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to the Happy Scatter Etsy Store, 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 ‘focus’ related, just anything you like).

I’d also love it if you popped by the Happy Scatter Facebook Page to say hi, but that’s not compulsory!

The giveaway closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

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

Jennifer x

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Which Paperwork To Focus On – Deal With It Folder

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

Good morning! I’m going to start the day off today with something I am terrible at, because it’s boring… sorting out paperwork! Tell me I’m not the only one who leaves it building up into a big tottering pile?

Well, now I’ve made myself a pretty folder to hold the important paperwork that must be dealt with…

Which Paperwork To Focus On - Deal With It at Jennifer Grace Creates

My problem was that when I did sort paperwork, I’d just make it into new piles. So there would be a pile of stuff that needed dealing with, but then more new paperwork would get put on top of that pile, and the stuff to be dealt with would sink and sink, until 2 months down the line when we’d get an overdue notice for a bill we hadn’t paid…

Pile Of Paperwork To Be Dealt With at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m hoping that by putting the papers that need attention into this pretty folder it will remind me which ones to focus on, and help de-clutter our house a bit too!

I started with this blue card folder. It was a little bashed at the edges but I didn’t want to go and buy one when I already had this:

Which Paperwork To Focus On at Jennifer Grace Creates

I drew around the flap onto the back of two pieces of patterned paper (one wasn’t big enough on it’s own), making sure I gave them some overlap in the middle. I didn’t want any blue poking through at the join:

Which Paperwork To Focus On at Jennifer Grace Creates

After cutting the patterned paper out I adhered them to the flap. I also added a strip of glitter tape along the ridge at the bottom of the folder. Now it doesn’t look so bashed any more:

Which Paperwork To Focus On at Jennifer Grace Creates

I could have stopped there, but I decided I needed an encouraging statement and a few pretty things, so that I would be really happy to leave it out on display:

Which Paperwork To Focus On - Deal With It at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the corner out of a chipboard frame so that it sits nicely with the alphas. I also added a speech bubble as I realised the little point on it acts like another arrow, pointing at the word ‘deal’:

Which Paperwork To Focus On - Deal With It at Jennifer Grace Creates

With the words ‘Deal With It’ shouting at me from this jazzy folder I think I’ll get better at sorting my paperwork!

Be Inspired:

Alter a folder, binder, or other office item

Cut the corner off a frame

Use the point of a speech bubble like an arrow to point at something important

Do you have piles of paperwork like mine in your house? Tell me I’m not the only one!

I’ll see you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

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Focus On The Props – Photo Styling

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

You may have noticed that I’ve been attempting to make my photos a bit more arty and styled lately – using props rather than just photographing a project on a plain background. This is for several reasons – 1. I got a bit bored with the way I was doing things, 2. I wanted to emulate nicely styled photos like you see in magazines like Mollie Makes, 3. I noticed that things which get pinned more on Pinterest are often the ones with more props.

I still have a lot to learn, and I thought this event was a good excuse to practice a bit more and share what I’m doing!

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

Here’s some of the photos I’ve posted recently using props:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

I also used props to style my header for my Jennifer Grace Creates Facebook Page:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

Adding the scissors was the ah-ha moment in the above photo!

On these pictures I’ve mainly been using crafty items as the props, but I want to start adding other pretty items too. One of my inspirations for adding more items is the #propstylers challenge on Instagram, set up by Georgie St. Clair and Christina Colli. Each month they challenge use to use a certain prop (for this month, May 2015, it’s ribbon) and style it in a gorgeous way, to post to instagram using the hashtag. You can see Georgie’s original post about the challenge HERE. If you click HERE you can see some of the recent #propstylers entries on Instagram. I thought I needed a plan of action to help me focus on this!

So I gathered up a basket full of bits and pieces:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

Here they are all spread out. It include a big mix of items, large and small, and different sizes and colours – though I did keep it to more muted colours rather than bold and bright ones for now:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

Note the little boxes of sequins and buttons – these wouldn’t be necessary for everyone but I think it’s good for me to use something I’m comfortable with, and so I can keep my scattered style!

I tried to create a styled photo straight away, using the ribbon prompt for the challenge. Plus I used an empty frame and a triangle button to keep in with my ‘focus’ theme for this weekend. I liked how the tarnished frame looked with the green flowers inside so I picked these out with a couple of other bits in the same hues:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

Which looked okay but I thought it needed something else to make it ‘pop’. So I added in a couple of coral-coloured buttons:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

I liked this much better!

Next I decided to try and photograph my ‘On A Journey’ Brooch again with these new props. I also kept some ribbon in for the challenge, but wanted to do something different with it, so I wrapped it around a piece of slate:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

I thought I’d try a different background surface, so I photographed the same set-up on a woodgrain patterned piece of paper:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

I’m not sure if I prefer this on white or on woodgrain, what do you think?

One tip I’ve learnt is it’s great to have a lump of Blu Tack to hand while you are styling. You can put a small piece under a curved object to stop it rolling around, or you can use it to keep things level – for example in the above photos the brooch is propped up at the top with a thick button and a piece of Blu Tack to keep it level with the slate:

Focus On The Props - Photo Styling

What do you think? Have you ever tried to add props to your photos? You could try photographing some of your favourite things, or a nice meal, or a new purchase, in an arty way like this, then use the photo for a scrapbook page!

Be Inspired:

Style a photo using some props

Wrap ribbon around something grungy / discoloured

Put some flowers inside an empty frame

Which of my styled photos do you like the best?

I’ll see you again soon for the last post of the day,

Jennifer x