Your Craft & Soul Events

A Giveaway! Sponsored By The Cut Shoppe! {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 first sponsored giveaway of the event! {NOW CLOSED} This one is sponsored by the super-cool The Cut Shoppe, an etsy shop selling digital cut files & printables with lots of personality!

The Cut Shoppe Digital Cut Files & Printables

Ashley, the owner & designer at The Cut Shoppe, is giving away a fantastic prize, so keep reading to find out how to enter!

I have been wanting some files from The Cut Shoppe since it opened last year, and I’m glad this event has given me the push to buy some and start using them! They are really easy to cut and make a great impact on your projects.

Here’s some of the items in the shop, which I think are cool, and they go really well with the ‘Focus’ theme…

1. The Stay Focused Cut File – I love the lens shutter with ‘smile’ in the center – it’s great when you see a simple shape like a circle used in a different way, and the ‘focus on today’ tag is just perfect:

The Stay Focused Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

2. The You’ve Been Framed Cut File – Well this would be a great way to focus your crafting – by thinking how to fill all these frames… some for photos, some for journaling, some for embellishments, some for white space… oh the possibilities:

The You've Been Framed Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

3. The Target Practice Cut File – These arrows are so useable, I really like the one at the bottom right, which I can imagine me colouring in with nice bright colours:

The Target Practice Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

Lots of fun stuff isn’t there?! There are a couple of other files I love for the Focus event, and which I’ll be sharing projects with this weekend – you’ve already seen me use the ‘Doodle Dandy’ and ‘Say Cheese’ files (on the card HERE), and I’ll be using the ‘Get Your Grid On’ background later this weekend too!

One lucky commenter will win:

The Cut Shoppe Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Event!

$20 USD to spend at The Cut Shoppe! How amazing is that? There’s currently 266 items in the store, so you’ve got plenty to choose from!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to The Cut Shop 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).

You could also pop by The Cut Shoppe’s other online links:

The Blog: www.thecutshoppe.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecutshoppedigitalcuts

Twitter: twitter.com/thecutshoppe

Instagram: instagram.com/thecutshoppe

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/thecutshoppe

It’s not compulsory to visit any of these, but obviously Ashley would love it if you stopped by one or two. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize!

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 at 10pm for the last post of the night.

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

Framing A Sentiment – A Cut Shoppe Card

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

Earlier tonight I showed you a layout using chipboard frames to journal a story. Now I’m sharing a card with a die-cut frame for a sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Fun huh? By using a polaroid-style frame to structure my card design I was able to put this together really quickly. Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Load up some frames and arrows into your die-cutting software (or use a manual die-cutter & dies, cut by hand, or use shop bought ones, if that’s what you have!). I used some files from The Cut Shoppe, they are called Doodle Dandy and Say Cheese, and I loaded them up into the Cricut Design Space to use with my Explore machine:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 2: Hide the images you don’t want (I left a couple of frame choices as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use yet), and resize & recolour as you wish. I sized the frames to be 4″ tall, and the tallest arrow is 4.28″ high:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 3: Cut them out – I used the Cardstock+1 setting – cutting the frames from turquoise cardstock, and the arrows from an orange-woodgrain thick patterned paper:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 4: Cut a piece of white paper for your background (watercolour or art paper works best if you have it – there won’t be as much buckling on the paper then). Mark tiny lines with a pencil to show where your frame will sit – though you’ll end up moving it slightly to cover up these lines as the pencil can’t be erased if you’ve painted over it:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 5: Splodge some clean water at the two bottom corners and the top right corner of where your frame will sit. I hope you can just about see this:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 6: While the water is still wet, randomly dab on some turquoise blue watercolour paint. Remember it will lighten as it dries, so make it darker than you want it to be:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 7: While the blue is still wet add some yellow watercolour paint around it. Where the colours meet it will turn slightly green, but try not to overlap them too much or you’ll lose the different colours and just end up with green entirely:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 8: Leave the blue and yellow to dry completely, then flick some orange watercolour paint across it. Make sure you protect your surrounding workspace – I may have flicked some orange paint onto another project nearby (oops!):

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 9: Check how your card is looking. At this point I decided my card was looking way too blue:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

So I cut the frame again from some gold mirror card which looked much better (I’ll keep the blue frame to use on something else one day).

Step 10: Stick the layers down (making sure you move the frame slightly to cover up the pencil marks) and stamp your sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 11: Finish the card off with another arrow, plus a few wood veneers and gems:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

In case you are wondering, I adhered all the die-cuts to the card using my Herma repositionable dots tape runner. I was able to rub off any dots that stuck out from the edges of the die-cut designs that way!

Be Inspired:

Use a frame for a sentiment on a card

Base a project design around one large embellishment

Add some paint – both ‘splodged’ and flicked

I love the way the watercolour paint kind of ‘frames’ the frame too!

You may have spotted that The Cut Shoppe is a giveaway sponsor for this event… keep a lookout for a great prize from them coming up next!

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x

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

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Enjoy The Little Things In Life – Photo Overlay & Binder

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

For this hour I decided to concentrate on appreciating the little things in life. This was one of the aims when I made ‘Focus’ my word for the year (original layout HERE), so this quote was a perfect one to keep reminding me what’s really important in life.

'Enjoy The Little Things' Quote as Photo Overlay in PicMonkey and Decorating A Binder

The quote reads:

‘Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things’

It’s by Robert Brault (you can read about him and how this quote is often wrongly attributed to someone else HERE).

I took a photo where my kids looked cute but the background was a bit messy and uninspiring, and I turned it into something so much prettier! The ‘before’ is on the left, and the ‘after’ is on the right:

Before and After adding overlays in PicMonkey

And then I printed the photo out (just onto copy paper using my laser printer) and used it to decorate a binder:

Enjoy The Little Things Binder at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you’d like to see my process, including editing out the background of the photo and adding the overlays in PicMonkey, and how I decorated the binder, then watch this video (you can also watch it on YouTube HERE):

 

The binder is where I keep my blog planner. Now when I’m stressing out over blog issues I can shut the binder and remind myself to go and spend some quality time with the children.

Are you good at focusing on the little things in life? Had you heard of this quote before, or do you know of another that I might like?

Be Inspired:

Find a ‘focus’ related quote and use it on your next project

Make a photo border with washi tape, glitter tape, or ribbon (or all three!)

Add some text & picture overlays to a photo, digitally or physically

Bye for now, I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts, Your Craft & Soul Events

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop & Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

I hope you’ve already found some inspiration from the event so far, and you are about to find a lot more… it’s time for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop!

I didn’t have time to arrange one of these during the last event and I really missed it. It’s so fun to pop round a few of my online friend’s blogs and see how they’ve been inspired by the theme. I’m going to share a project of my own with you, then I shall send you on to 12 other blogs! If you go the whole way around the hop and leave a comment on each one you will be entered to win this prize:

WRMK Insta Album Shine Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

A WRMK Insta Album Kit (Shine) which includes a 4×4″ album, 20 photo sleeves, journaling cards, and three self-inking stamps!

The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST {NOW CLOSED}. The winner will be announced on my blog, along with all the other winners, on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back then to see if you’ve won.

Here’s my project for the hop… I decided to FOCUS on the story…

The Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wanted to focus on the story because the photo isn’t the best quality. It was taken on my smart phone, it’s quite blurry and grainy and the lighting isn’t great – I’ve taken a close up so you can see the detail a bit better:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Despite the poor photo quality I really wanted to scrapbook the picture, because it’s such a great moment captured – of my little sister surrounded by her nieces and nephews… because she was playing a Minions app game on her phone, and it drew them all in like moths to a flame! This was also taken just before my sister was going travelling and we weren’t sure how long she was going to be away for, so it was great for her to have some quality time with all the kids.

To help me focus on the story I planned out my journaling first of all. This is soooo rare for me – I usually forget about adding a title and journaling until a page is almost finished, then I have to squeeze it all in! I chose some frames to use for the journaling and also picked out a background page which looked a bit wall-like, so the photo and frames were arranged like a gallery:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I backed the frames with paper from a Simples Stories Sn@P 6×6 pad, just by drawing around the frames onto the paper before cutting it out, then adhering it to the back of the frames using a repositionable tape runner (being able to reposition it meant that I could tweak the paper to make sure the lines were straight in the frames):

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I wrote the journaling in the large frames, and added the date to one of the smaller ones. I left the other small frame empty so that I could overlap some embellishments on it. I stuck these and the photo all down, with a bit of ribbon added too – to underline the frames a bit:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

Note that I also stuck the photo flat onto the page, rather than popping it up with foam tape, because I wanted the story frames to be the things that ‘stood out’.

I focused on the story even more by adding extra journaling at the bottom of the photo. This was jounaling that didn’t continue the story, but rather gave a different look at the situation. The journaling in the frames talks about what was actually happening in the picture, where as the ‘Auntie Katy = Fun’ at the side of the photo is what I imagine the kids are all thinking, and the bit below the photo (about how sometimes technology can be a thing to bring us together and bridge generations) is my inner dialogue about what the photo makes me think about:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I made sure this extra journaling didn’t detract too much attention from the main story by adding all the main embellies around the story frames, including an arrow pointing at the date:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

I also made sure to include some bright yellow embellishments, especially some enamel dots, as a nod to the bright colour of Minions:

A Focus On The Story Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates (part of the Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop)

The story certainly stands out on this page for me, what do you think?

Be Inspired:

Use frames to hold your journaling

Pick an accent colour to match your subject matter rather than colours in your photo

Make a gallery-wall – on your actual wall or on a layout, card, etc

If you’ve only just discovered my blog via one of the other blogs in the hop then hello! It’s nice to meet you. I’m Jennifer Grace and I’m the host of the hop – it’s part of a weekend long event I’m holding, full of tutorials, giveaways, and more, so make sure you check out the start and the grand giveaway HERE.

Now it’s time to send you on to the next blog in the hop… the wonderful Sheena at Scraps And Scribbles!

If you get lost at anytime during the hop then here’s the full list to help you out:

 

Remember to comment on them all for a chance to win the WRMK album! {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 7pm,

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

A Challenge To Be Inspired – The Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party {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 Challenge to Be Inspired!

The Challenge To Be Inspired Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party at Jennifer Grace Creates

This is the ONLY place to link up your projects this weekend. It’s the only ‘challenge’ post with a linky tool at the bottom.

That’s because, as usual, there’s going to be all kinds of inspiration this weekend, with layouts, cards, home decor, gifts, and more, and the bottom of each post (except this one and the giveaways sponsored by Etsy Shops) there is a ‘Be Inspired’ section with suggestions of what you can take from that post to apply to your own crafting. You can think of them all as your challenges and head back here to link your projects up!

You can link up ANYTHING you make or do that’s inspired by this event, and to tempt you to enter here’s one of the prizes up for grabs:

The Challenge To Be Inspired Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul event at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s got lots of the My Minds’ Eye Cut & Paste ‘Flair’ collection (including enamel shapes, chipboard, stickers, and paper), a Lawn Fawn ‘Flirty Frames’ stamp set, plus a few frames and arrows!

The above prize will be sent to one person drawn at random from all the entries.

I’m also going to give a £15 Etsy Gift Card to someone that catches my eye with a really exciting project or with the enthusiasm of their participation!

There's a £15 Etsy Gift Card for one 'Be Inspired' challenge participant too!

The gift card (email code) the winner receives can be spent in any Etsy shop which accepts gift cards.

When you are crafting you can take the ‘Be Inspired’ section from the bottom of one post and use that as your ‘challenge’. Or you can pick a choose items from the ‘Be Inspired’ section of a few posts – there will always be one line that can apply to a variety of crafts so no matter what kind of crafting is your favourite, there will always be an idea you can take away.

Or you can ignore the ‘be inspired’ sections entirely, and instead just scraplift a layout, take a colour scheme that I’ve used, copy a technique, just try to emulate my style on something… really the possibilities are endless for how you can be inspired, just go and play with your crafty supplies!

To enter the challenge {NOW CLOSED}:

Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning the Focus Your Craft & Soul Event in your description, and then come back here to add it! Make sure you add the URL of the actual project, not just a general gallery or blog link. You can add more than one project to a blog post and then add it to the linky several times to give you extra entries into the draw. You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too. If it’s not obvious where you used inspiration from my event on your project then make sure you describe it somewhere in your image description or blog post!

I will be pinning all the entries to the ‘Inspired By Jennifer Grace Creates’ Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, Big Picture Classes, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on there I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

I can’t wait to see all your projects!

I’ll see you again at 6pm… for the blog hop!

Jennifer x

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Linky Party:


http://www.linkytools.com/thumbnail_linky_include.aspx?id=256071

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The Focus Your Craft & Soul Welcome and Grand Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

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

Hello and welcome to the start of my FREE blog event. It’s time to…

Focus Your Craft & Soul!

Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates 15th-17th May 2015

If you haven’t heard about this event before, then here are the details: This weekend (15th-17th May 2015) from 4pm – 10pm Friday and 10am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday (BST) there will be posts going live EVERY HOUR! There will be lots of crafts, tutorials, challenges, tips, a blog hop, and of course some lovely giveaways!

All giveaways AND challenges are open for entry until Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST {NOW CLOSED} so you’ve got a week to join in.

The theme for the event is loosely based on my word-of-the-year ‘Focus’. This will cover a variety of ideas on how to focus your crafting, about living in the moment, making sure you appreciate the little things, and how to use focal points. We’ll also be using a lot of icons like targets, frames, arrows, triangles, and cameras!

Let’s kick things off with the Grand Giveaway! {NOW CLOSED}

The Focus Your Craft & Soul Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates! Closes 24th May 2015 at 10pm BST

One lucky person will win this prize package. It contains…

Big Things:

4 sheets of Simple Stories 12×12 paper (I Am ‘4×4 Elements’ and ‘Beautiful’, Life Documented ‘The Daily Lens’, and Daily Grind ‘Rise & Shine’)

3 sheets of Crate Paper 12×12 paper (Craft Market ‘Pattern’ glitter paper and ‘Studio’, and Journey ‘Tribal’)

Simple Stories I Am 12×12 Fundamentals Stickers

A Heidi Swapp 12×12 Stencil (Arrows)

A My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Pad (Just Splendid)

Embellishments:

Freckled Fawn Puffy Alpha Stickers (Pink) and Wood Chips (Arrows), AC Shimelle True Stories Camera Stamp, Crate Paper Journey Puffy Stickers and half a pack of Craft Market Wood Veneer Embroidery Hoops (winner gets 3), half a pack of Simple Stories I Am Chipboard Frames (winner gets 12), AC Pink & White Bakers Twine and Teal Polkadot Ribbon.

So how do you get the chance to win these goodies?

We’re going back to the old way to win the grand giveaway – 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.

To tempt you to enter, and show you what can be done with some of the items in the prize pack, here’s a brooch I made using the same supplies…

Wood Veneer Hoop Brooch:

A Brooch using the Crate Paper Embroidery Hoop Wood Veneer Shapes at Jennifer Grace Creates

To make one for yourself:

1. Draw around the hoop wood veneer on some patterned paper.
2. Cut the circle out, and stick a phrase on – I cut the ‘on a journey’ phrase up so it didn’t cover up all the arrows on the paper.
3. Add some Mod Podge or other wet glue around the back of the wood hoop.
4. Press the circle onto the glue. If any seeps out onto the front of the circle then smooth it out with a piece of kitchen paper.
5. You can also add some Mod Podge around the edge of the hoop to make sure the paper is sealed at the edges.
6. Stick on a brooch-back using Glossy Accents or a similar strong glue.
7. When the Glossy Accents is dry flip the brooch over and finish decorating the front. I stuck half the butterfly stick straight onto the hoop and used a foam dot under the other half to make sure it was level.

A Brooch using the Crate Paper Embroidery Hoop Wood Veneer Shapes at Jennifer Grace Creates

I will add a brooch-back into the prize package in case the winner wants to make this too!

A Brooch using the Crate Paper Embroidery Hoop Wood Veneer Shapes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Use some papercrafting supplies to make a brooch

Fill a negative space (eg inside a circle) with some arrow patterned paper

Cut up a phrase to make it fit your project

Make sure you have ‘liked’ the Jennifer Grace Creates Facebook Page if you want to chat during the event. If you enjoy the blog posts during the weekend it would be great if you could share the posts on Pinterest or other social media, or post your projects to my Facebook page etc (you can hashtag #focusyourcraft on anything to do with this event). It makes my hard work worth it when I see my posts, or your projects inspired by them, popping up all over the place!

Don’t forget to comment here to be entered into the Grand Giveaway! The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close at 10pm (BST) on Sunday the 24th of May. {NOW CLOSED}

I see you again at 5pm! Are you excited that the event has started?!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Focus Your Craft & Soul Announcement & Giveaway!

Ooh, the next (completely FREE) blog event here at Jennifer Grace Creates is fast approaching! I’m here to tell you all about it, and I have a giveaway to entice you to spread the news!

It’s time to Focus Your Craft & Soul…

Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates 15th-17th May 2015

Mark your calendars for May the 15th – 17th!

The theme for the event is loosely based on my word-of-the-year ‘Focus’. This will cover a variety of ideas on how to focus your crafting, about living in the moment, making sure you appreciate the little things, and how to use focal points. We’ll also be using a lot of icons like targets, frames, arrows, triangles, and cameras!

The event will follow the same format as my previous Blog Events, with posts from 4pm – 10pm Friday, and 10am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday (times all BST). There will be lots of crafts, tutorials, challenges, a blog hop, and of course some lovely giveaways! The giveaways AND challenges will all stay open for a week this time to give you a chance to keep up with commenting and creating.

If you would like to be part of the Blog Hop please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk by Friday the 24th of April!

Let’s kick things off with the announcement giveaway! I have this prize for one lucky person:

Giveaway Prize To Announce Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates (This Giveaway Closes 11th May)

It includes 7 sheets of paper and two sets of stickers from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Color collection, plus a pack of MME On Trend enamel shapes, a couple of wood veneer cameras and some sequins.

To enter this giveaway you need to use the rafflecopter widget below. One of the options is to leave a blog post comment telling me what helps you get focused on your crafting (eg challenges, new stash, or a clean craft room… what makes you more efficient?) – please note you need to leave a comment AND click on the rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done so, as that’s where the winner will be chosen from. There are also ways to earn more entries by sharing the news on Pinterest, Twitter, etc.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday the 12th of May at 12.00am GMT, and will be announced a day or two later here on this blog. It is open internationally.

Of course you can always comment and share news of the event without entering the giveaway if you would like to!

You can also ‘like’ my Jennifer Grace Creates Facebook Page for sneaks and a ‘guess the projects’ contest (with another prize) in the run up to the event!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read all this, I hope you are excited about the event, I will look forward to seeing you then!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

The Challenge Winners from Refresh Your Craft & Soul!

It’s time to announce the winners of the Challenges!

Refresh Your Craft and Soul Challenge Winners

All the winners were drawn at Random.Org.

Here are they are:

A Challenge to Be Inspired: winner is K with these Cards

A Challenge to use Teal, Orange, and White: winner is Rinda with these Cards

A Challenge to use a Resist Technique: winner is Mandsea for this Page

A Challenge to keep it Clean and Simple: winner is Jacky for this Card

A Challenge to Use A Sketch: winner is Becky with This Page

Congratulations winners! Please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk with Challenge Winner in the subject line, telling me your mailing address. K I’ve got yours, I’ll email both your prizes at once, you jammy thing!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I’m really sorry I can’t offer you all a prize, as I was so excited by all the entries. I really enjoyed seeing how everyone interpreted the theme and the prompts! All the projects which I could pin (I can’t pin from certain galleries or facebook) are on the Refresh Your Craft and Soul Pinterest Board. Please check them out!

I’ll be back with Frosty Festivities on the 7th – 9th November 2014, mark your calendars!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. The number of challenge entries, plus screenshots of the Random.Org draws, are available as a word document if requested.

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The Giveaway Winners from Refresh Your Craft & Soul!

Hello everyone!

I’ve been busy inputting all the giveaway entries into spreadsheets, and using Random.Org to draw the winners. There were over 950 comments over the course of the event, thank you so much to you all for taking the time to read my posts and leave your thoughts, I really appreciate it and enjoy reading every single comment!

Refresh Your Craft and Soul Giveaway Winners

Without further delay, the winners are…

The Grand Giveaway: Heather Pham

The Blog Hop Giveaway: Lesley G

The Happy Scatter Giveaway: Julene Matthews

The Old Stash Giveaway: Karen Schroeder

The Beside The Sea Altered Item Giveaway: Patricia

If you see your name above please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk. Heather, Lesley, and Karen I just need you mailing address, Julene I need to know if you want the Seaside Smiles or How Refreshing Set, Patricia I need to know what colour t-shirt and design you would like! Plus your addresses of course!

We also had a ‘Guess The Project’ contest on the Facebook Group, and the winner there (after an exciting tie break photo) was K.

If you are disappointed that your name isn’t here I’m so sorry, I’d love to give prizes to everyone. There’s still time to enter the challenges, which don’t close until Sunday night (15th June) – you can see them all HERE. There haven’t been any entries to the sketch challenge yet, so your odds are good there!

I’ve had fun looking round at all the challenge entries so far, and pinning those that I could pin to the Refresh Your Craft & Soul Pinterest Board – check it out if you need more inspiration!

Plus I will be back in November with another Frosty Festivities… I’m going to change things up a bit but you’ll hear more about that nearer the time.

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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Stay Refreshed! The Wrap-Up Post

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Wow, it’s the end of the weekend. Do you feel refreshed? I hope so!

If you want to check you haven’t missed anything, check out the REFRESH YOUR CRAFT page which has a list of links to all of the posts this weekend, including separate lists for the Giveaways {NOW CLOSED} and Challenges! After all you wouldn’t want to miss a chance to win one of these prizes:

Refresh Your Craft and Soul Prizes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Lots of lovely goodies there!

Have you enjoyed the event? I’ve loved reading all your comments, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing what you think!

If you have enjoyed the event, I’d be really grateful if you can pin or share the projects you like. And make sure you are signed up to my ‘News’ emails (aweber form in sidebar) and then you’ll be the first to hear about the next event (I’ll probably be back with Frosty Festivities again in November!). News emails are rarely sent out – normally only when I have a giveaway or an event approaching, so you won’t be bombarded with mail!

If you have any questions or suggestions about how these events are run, then don’t hesitate to contact me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk!

Before I leave you completely I’ve one last card to share… I was trying to make a beach-themed male birthday card:

Beach Hut Card by Jennifer Grace

I think I almost pulled it off, but I wish I’d used a less twiddly stamp for the sentiment. I don’t like making male cards, they are so much harder!

The star-type shape on the background is a chipboard piece that I heat embossed and tipped gold glitter onto while I was heating the powder, I’m going to be doing that again experimenting with other colours!

Be Inspired:

Make a male beach-themed project

Refresh a chipboard shape with heat embossing

Use a dark base with refreshing colours on top

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE! {NOW CLOSED}

That’s it! The giveaway winners will be announced on Thursday the 12th of June, so check back to see if you’ve won!

Stay refreshed,

Jennifer x