The Focus Your Craft & Soul Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates!

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)


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

  • WOW! I can’t wait to join in all the fun and festivities! Thanks for the chance at the “BIG ONE!”

    May 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your blog events Jennifer!!! Will try and join in!!!!!!!! Super prize pack!!!!!! Thank you for the chance to win it!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
  • Yippee – so excited to get started on the weekend! What a fantastic giveaway, as always. Using the wood veneer hoop to make a brooch is such a FUN idea.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm
    • Started out to create a layout and fill a negative space with arrow paper, but ended up going in a little bit different direction. Thanks for the INSPIRATION!

      May 16, 2015 at 12:02 am
  • So glad it’s started, great idea with the brooch.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • sounds like a fun weekend ahead.

    May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • im really looking forward to joining in and seeing all you have planned for us over the event. X

    May 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm
  • Congrats Jennifer on the first post in your new event – I always get inspired by the things you make and your brilliant suggestions. I really love this idea
    Jo xxx

    May 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm
  • I’d never have thought to use a hoop to make a brooch, looks good

    May 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Fay

    cute brooches, looks like a great giveaway

    May 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm
  • sarah

    Woo hoo!!! Here we go with another fab weekend!!! The brooch is so cute! x

    May 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm
  • Laura

    I’ve not joined in a blog event before! Looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance at the generous prize.

    May 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • LeAnne S

    Sounds like a fun weekend. Hope I can get time to pop in often.

    May 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm
  • What an amazing giveaway – thanks for all the time and effort you put into your events!

    May 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm
  • wooHOOO!! Just got home from work and can’t wait to catch up on what I’ve missed so far :o)xxx

    May 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm
  • Beverley

    I enjoy blog hops, a great way to get so meant new ideas, & if you are lucky maybe a prize, 🙂

    May 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm
  • Zoe Guest

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

    May 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm
  • I have been looking forward to this blog event, Jennifer!! Thank you for making each of them such a celebration!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm
  • Linda Reilly

    wow thanks for a chance of winning some goodies xxx

    May 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm
  • Frances

    Such a clever idea. Love your brooch idea Jennifer. Can’t wait to get involved in your event this weekend. Would sure love to win your great prize. Thank you.

    May 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm
  • YAY!!! Here I am again!!! I love your events!! It gets me scrapping and I have hardly scrapped this year!
    OMGoodness!! How much do I love your little broach! Love handmade broaches (and jewellery!)
    AND what a handsomely generous prize too!! Its gorgeous!
    Off to catch up on the fun! YAY (again!)

    May 15, 2015 at 11:55 pm
  • jengd

    So glad you’re extending this through next week- this weekend has suddenly gotten completely out of control! 🙂 Fabulous prize! I’m looking forward to reading through all of the posts.

    May 16, 2015 at 2:14 am
  • Susan

    Wow. What lovely things, loving the badge.

    May 16, 2015 at 7:29 am
  • that is a fabulous prize Jennifer thank you for offering such a fab pile of stash! Looking forward to trying to join in today as I am off to my crop having been out last night xxx

    May 16, 2015 at 7:51 am
  • Dawn Cheshire

    Love the colours and embellishments in the prize pack. Will be looking at all the posts but doubt I’ll have time to play as I have assignment deadlines looming.

    May 16, 2015 at 8:14 am
  • What a great prize. I’m about to play catch-up with yesterday’s posts. Looking forward to a great weekend here.

    May 16, 2015 at 8:24 am
  • Love that brooch! Such great inspiration. I am hoping to play along!

    May 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  • gemma steele

    Ohhhh so excited to join in with this!

    May 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  • Sharon

    Many thanks for the chance at the “Big One” – I could do soooooooooooooo much with all that wonderful stash! x

    May 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm
  • Gill

    What fun – thank you!!

    May 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Janet

    That is so cool!! I want to make one!! I am spending the whole day crafting!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 10:26 am
  • Julie J

    What a lovely prize. And you have worked so hard putting all of this together.

    May 17, 2015 at 10:50 am
  • I came by here through a friend joining in……the whole idea looks wonderful & this prize AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration already & the chance to win:):)

    May 17, 2015 at 10:59 am
  • I can’t believe it is Sunday already – I have so much catching up to do! As always for your events I have my note pad and pen handy for all the tips…

    May 17, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Dawn F.

    What a creative project. I always look forward to your craft weekends. I know they must be so much work but I really appreciate all the creativity. Thank you!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Jennifer Earley

    Love these papers and tips you’ve shared this weekend!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm
  • Emily

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read all of the blog posts!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm
  • Rachel

    Great blog post and I love the brooch you made! Look forward to reading the other blog posts too

    May 18, 2015 at 12:21 am
  • Eileen

    What a great giveaway.
    Right, off to see what all the other creative folks have been up to.

    May 18, 2015 at 9:26 am
  • Shelley

    Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway. I am a new follower of your blog and have been enjoying it! This hoop tutorial was really nice..thanks.

    May 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm
  • Natalie

    Wow this looks fab! Saw your post on the FB page For The Love of Pretty Paper. Can’t wait to get started. That’s my evening sorted. x

    May 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm
  • Well, I have settled down for the evening with my cuppa, and can’t wait to work my way through your posts.
    This is a fantastic giveaway, so I I may, I would love the chance to win them – thank you x

    May 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm
  • Joanna Ladesma

    I’m so excited for this giveaway, thanks for the chance!
    I love the brooch you made and thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    May 18, 2015 at 10:52 pm
  • Katy

    I love that brooch! Just my style, thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize x

    May 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm
  • karenladd

    Oh my gosh, that wood veneer hoop is so adorable just as-is but when you turn it into a brooch… fun!!!

    May 19, 2015 at 2:53 am
  • Found my way to all of this wonderful inspiration via a friend. The little brooch is gorgeous. Looking forward to joining in and getting creative.

    May 19, 2015 at 4:20 am
  • Ronda Walker

    What an amazing giveaway. Can’t wait to visit the other blogs.

    May 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • sj Jacobs

    Shared on FB=I have just the altered book to use all this on!

    May 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • GwillisInc

    Pinned it –

    May 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm
  • Donna Williams

    Good luck with your new blog. I believe we are about to see even more greatness from. Look forward to seeing what the future holds.

    May 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  • Marty Greiner

    I would love to be entered. I am in love with the wooden hoops. I am an avid needle worker and I can just imagine what one of my stitched projects made into a brooch.

    May 21, 2015 at 3:27 am
  • Lissa

    This is such a cool giveaway, thanks

    May 21, 2015 at 10:37 am
  • Sue D

    Oh my–love the hoop brooch you created!

    May 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm
  • Denise Bryant

    Love your cute brooch! I really want to make one!
    I am new here and very happy to have found you! Looking forward to checking out all the other posts!

    May 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm
  • KT Fit Kitty

    Well I’m late to the party but I say better late than never! This looks exciting and fun – it’s after midnight here so I’m heading to bed but I’ll be back to check out your blog soon. I’ve subscribed by email. Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous giveaway!

    May 22, 2015 at 4:07 am
  • Hi, my first visit here. Off to check out the fun. Awesome giveaway. Love the wooden brooch. So sweet. Hugz

    May 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  •! GREAT prize! Thanks and God bless you and yours!

    May 25, 2015 at 2:29 am

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