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Onwards and Upwards Challenge Winners!

Hello! It’s time to announce the challenge winners from my Onwards and Upwards weekend!

I was hoping to have finished the PDF by now to show that off too, but it’s taking me a while… mainly because I’ve been having too much fun making new stuff instead! But I shall keep at it I promise!

In the meantime, do you want to know who won these challenge prizes?:

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The randomly chosen winners are:

The Challenge to Be  Inspired winner = Furrypig for the bunting card on This Post

The Recipe Challenge winner = Julene for the layout on This Post

The Challenge to go Up, Up, Up winner = Rinda for the ‘wake up’ mini-collage on This Post

The Free as a Bird Challenge winner = Julie H for the layout on This Post

Thanks so much to all who entered! If you see your name above then please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘challenge winner’ in the subject line. Julie H – I also need to know what you’d like in your custom-made counterfeit kit! (We can discuss that via email!)

I really, really wish I could give out prizes to everyone. I absolutely loved seeing all the projects inspired by the weekend. All the challenge entries have been pinned to the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest Board for others to see too!

I hope you’ll all be joining me again for Frosty Festivities in November. I’m not sure of the exact date yet but I’ll keep you posted! Make sure you’ve signed up to the Jennifer Grace Creates News emails (tool in sidebar) if you don’t want to miss out on any news and events here in the future! Bye for now, x

(Details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random.org screen shot selecting the winner, are available as word docs if requested)

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Onwards and Upwards Giveaway Winners!

Hello! I’m just about recovered from the busy busy weekend, though I still have a few emails / comments to reply to, and I’m still putting together the PDF featuring the projects (which will be posted sometime next week).

But I had to pause from doing those things, so that I could choose the winners for the fabulous Onwards and Upwards giveaways!

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Here are the winners:

Welcome and Grand Giveaway Winner = Tracey (of Vixen’s Scrapping)

Blog Hop Giveaway Winner = Joy

Giveaway sponsored by SJ Crafts Winner = Fay (of Stitch, Stick, Sew)

Giveaway sponsored by Mary Wangerin Winner = Anne P

Giveaway sponsored by Digital Paper Winner = Bethany Hardy (of Double Dog Dare You)

Giveaway sponsored by Positive Intentions Winner = Julie (of I Create Purty Thangs)

Giveaway sponsored by ArtCHIX Studio Winner = Natalie Elphinstone (of One Scrappy Doctor)

Giveaway sponsored by Beartown Zodiac Winner =Jacky S (of ScrappyJacky)

Thanks so much to all who entered! If you see your name above then please contact me at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, with ‘giveaway winner’ in the subject line. Fay, Bethany, and Julie – I don’t need you mailing address, I will just email you back with details on how to claim your prize – for everyone else I need your mailing address to get it sent out to you!

If you are disappointed about not winning, then don’t worry too much – all the challenges are still open, until Sunday night (19th May at 10.59pm BST) and there will be another weekend event in November!

I hope you are having a happy day! x

(Details of entrants to each giveaway, and the random.org screen shot selecting the winner, are available as word docs if requested)

Cardmaking

Keep Moving Onwards and Upwards!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

Aw, it’s time for the last post of the weekend! I hope you’ll all keep moving Onwards and Upwards after the posts have finished!

I am truly grateful to all of you for joining me for the weekend, and for all of the lovely things you say! It makes all the hard work worthwhile to know you are inspired by my event!

You Make Me Happy card by Jennifer Grace

 

YOU do make me happy! So do hot-air balloons!!

Thanks to everyone who has entered the challenges so far. I’ve been adding projects to the Onwards and Upwards Pinterest board, and I’ll keep adding more!

Here’s the links to all the challenges so you can get to them easily. Remember these don’t close until Sunday the 19th of May at 10.59pm (NOW SLIGHTLY EXTENDED TO 05.59am BST on Monday 20th May), so you have a week to enter!

Challenges:

Challenge to be Inspired

Onwards Recipe Challenge

Challenge to go Up, Up, Up!

Challenge to Be as Free as a Bird

Have you enjoyed the weekend? Do you want me to hold another one in 6 months-or-so?

I do run these weekends because I love them, but they also do take up a lot of my time and money. So if you are able to support Jennifer Grace Creates by signing up to the Projects that WOW class (special offer ends tomorrow Monday 13th May at 10.59pm), or by clicking the new ‘Support Jennifer Grace Creates’ button at the bottom of my sidebar (you can give as little as £1), then I’ll be very grateful! Any money received will go directly into website developments and event prize-funds.

There’s no obligation for this at all, I won’t be offended if you don’t give me any money! I know not everyone can afford it. I’m just happy you are here! And I hope you aren’t offended that I’m mentioning it.  Thank you so much to the people who’ve already signed up for the class in June, I can’t wait to share it with you!

The next event weekend will probably be Frosty Festivities again in November. Same theme as last time (winter and Christmas) but all new projects!

Another thing I’ve been considering is offering an option for you to buy a Frosty Festivities Kit before the start of class, so that you can use the same products as me while the weekend is in progress. Would anyone be interested in that? I won’t go any further with it if no-one’s interested! Saying you might be interested will not obligate you into buying it at the time – I’m just trying to gauge if it’s a good idea. If you are interested, what price kit would you prefer (remembering that a smaller price will mean less supplies). A £15 kit? A £25 kit? Let me know so I can try and work it out!

Phew, sorry about all those questions!

Please let me know at jennifergrace (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk if there’s anything you want to talk about. I always like hearing from you! I hope to keep providing lovely inspiration for you for years to come!

Giveaway winners will be announced sometime on Thursday the 16th of May, so check back to see if you’ve won! Bye for now! Jennifer x

Cardmaking

Thanks to Sponsors & Master List of Giveaways {NOW CLOSED}!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

I want to say a big, big thank you to the lovely people who offered prizes for the sponsored giveaways. I buy the prizes for the grand giveaway, blog hop, and challenges out of my own pocket, but I can’t afford any more. So it’s fabulous that these shops (and a band) are helping to make this weekend super fun! Thank you!

Thank You Stars Card by Jennifer Grace

I tried something new with this classy, starry, card – by making the sky white and the stars black and pink. And the sky is twinkly but the stars are matte. Turning things around like this is a fun way to make something stand out! Just think of the other ‘upwards’ possibilities – a blue moon on a yellow sky? A sunset-coloured hot-air balloon on a black sky? Blue clouds on a grey sky? I’m going to try these out!

Here’s a list of all the giveaways from this weekend, both my own and the sponsored giveaways. Make sure you’ve entered them all by tomorrow night (Monday the 13th of May) at 10.59pm BST!

Giveaways {ALL GIVEAWAYS NOW CLOSED}:

Welcome and Grand Giveaway

Blog Hop Giveaway

Giveaway sponsored by SJ Crafts

Giveaway sponsored by Mary Wangerin

Giveaway sponsored by Digital Paper

Giveaway sponsored by Positive Intentions

Giveaway sponsored by ArtCHIX Studio

Giveaway sponsored by Beartown Zodiac

If you want to pop to the sponsors websites again (of course you will want to buy some lovely items from them!), then check my sidebar – their buttons will remain there for a month.

Be inspired:

Reverse the colour of items to create something unexpected

Make a classy project using white, black, and hot-pink

Say thank you to someone who has helped you out!

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 10pm for the final post, which will include links back to all the challenges! x

Cricut Explore

Creating With Cricut

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

I was lucky enough to be sent a Cricut Mini by the Make and Craft Magazine, for me to create some projects and write a review on. I was super excited!

I’ve had great fun playing with it. Here’s one of the projects I made for the magazine – a memorabilia folder for some baby items like scan photos and welcome cards:

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You need to connect the Cricut Mini to a computer to use it, which means I don’t use it as often as I’d like to. I have to pull out a TV table to rest it on as there’s no space on my computer desk. Plus I can’t use it when Cheeky Boy is awake or he comes and pulls the cable out and tries to stick his finger in!

I found the Craft Room software easy enough to learn and use. I just wish you could buy more individual, trendy images like you can with the Silhouette – maybe one day they’ll introduce this? Go on Cricut, you really should you know!

Thanks to my projects being featured in the magazine, Cricut UK invited me to a blogger’s event in London that I attended in March. It was a long way to go for a day, but they paid my travel and I had lots of lovely peace and quiet on the train so I was happy! When I arrived (a bit late because I got lost) there was lots of things to play with, plus tea and cake:

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One of the things I spotted straight away was vinyl. I made this from purple vinyl:

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Which they said was probably the most intricate thing they had ever seen cut from vinyl! It was a bit fiddly getting it off the mat, but Tinker Bell’s wings looked very pretty in the end!

I’d like to learn more with my Cricut, including using the iron on glitter paper, which I don’t think are out in the UK yet, but they will be so cool for altering clothes!

Be Inspired:

Make or alter a memorabilia folder

Die-cut a detailed object (or use something with detailed cute – like a paper doily)

Use some wings on a project

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again soon for the penultimate post! x
Get Crafting

Learning WordPress

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

It’s been a month and a half since I changed from my old Jennifer’s Jumbles blog, to this new Jennifer Grace Creates blog, making the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I want to share some of the progress I’ve made with you, in case you’ve ever considered this switch, and to show you I’ve been working hard! Equally, if you’ve worked hard on a blog development of your own (whether blogger or wordpress), or you’ve learnt something else technological lately, then please tell us about it in the comments!

My wordpress blog is self hosted (WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com) at SiteGround. So far I’ve had no problems on that side of things, there were lots of tutorials on how to set it up, and I have a useful husband to help with it too! Plus their cutomer service is good – after I’d set up the account I got a phonecall from them asking if everything was okay or if I needed any help (Aweber, my email service, did this too!)!

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The next thing was to set a theme for the blog, and I chose Suffusion, because it seemed very customisable, and again there were lots of explanations on how to do things, and a help forum. One day I’d like to get a blog design done specifically how I want it, but for now this one is working very well and I can change things with just a few clicks. Here’s how it looks inside my dashboard, where you make the first choice, your colour scheme. Mine is Minima.

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One of the things I’ve learnt a lot about since I switched is HTML. Just little things, but it was confusing at first. For example, all my imported posts (I used Blogger Importer to copy them all across) had all the paragraph breaks removed, as wordpress stores this info differently. So I went back through a bunch of my recent Blogger posts adding this code: 

wherever I wanted a paragraph break! I don’t have to do that for new posts thank goodness.

I also have to use code in the sidebars. For blogger sidebars you can click to add an image to your sidebar, but for wordpress.org you have to input the html in a text widget. I have to host the image somewhere else (I use Photobucket) and put the link in the code. For example, the code for my avatar picture looks like this:

<center> <img src=”http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab280/Jennifergrace_photos/DSC05646JG3_zps066b411c.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”225″ height=”225″ /><center/>

After widgets I started investigating Plugins. I like ‘Fonts For Web’ which I use to change the size, colour and font of my text, as there aren’t many options for doing that in WordPress. It comes up with a lot of fonts, and I especially like the typewriter ones. I know these don’t all shown up on everyone’s computers, but I’m hoping when I choose a strange font, they can still read it, just in basic font rather than fancy? No-one has complained yet anyway!

can you read this line? Does it look unusual?

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Other plugins I’m trying out are SpamFree WordPress (which seemed to be working okay until this weekend, perhaps I broke it with the sheer volume of comments?), Shareaholic (the social ‘sharing is caring’ buttons at the bottom – I like these but I’m not sure if anyone is using them?!), and LoginRadius (for commenting via your facebook, twitter, etc accounts – this doesn’t seem to be working that well, but I’m going to give it a bit longer to see what I can do with it). Each of these has to be installed and tweaked a bit, which can go on for hours…

There’s still so much I want to learn. I want to get the comments fixed, I want to add a gallery page of my layouts and cards, and I want to make a blog button for myself. I will get there, bit by bit!

Be Inspired:

Use some typewriter font or a typewriter embellishment on your next project

If you’ve got a blog, go and tweak something you’ve been meaning to fix!

Scrapbook about how the internet has affected your life

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again in a little bit! x
DIY Gifts

A Wand To Make Dreams Come True

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

So, one of my Daughter’s dreams is to be a fairy. I wish I could make this dream come true for her, but for now she’ll have to settle for a pretty, starry wand to make her own magic:

A Wand to Make Dreams Come True by Jennifer Grace

She was very happy with it:

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(Photo effect applied in Picmonkey)

It was really simple to make the wand:

Step 1: Find a wooden heart on a stick:

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Step 2: Paint the heart with white acrylic paint:

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Step 3: Decorate it! Everything on the heart is from my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit. The flower was coloured with Mister Huey Pretty Pink Mist, and I glued everything on using a hot glue gun:

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My daughter loves it so much she’s trying to convince my husband he needs one too!

Be Inspired:

Make a magic wand

Find or make a large shape and fill it with an assortment of embellishments

Add some dangly ribbons to a project

What do you think? Do you need a bit more magic in your life?

Finally, don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE.

I’ll be back again about an hour! x