Onwards and Upwards Welcome and Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

Hello, and welcome to my Onwards and Upwards weekend! I am really happy you’ve stopped by, and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration and giveaways!

Onwards and Upwards Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates!

If you haven’t previously heard about this event, here’s how it works: This weekend (10th – 12th May 2013), from 4pm – 10pm Friday (today), and then 10am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday (BST), there will be posts going live every hour. There will be tips, tutorials, challenges, a variety of crafts including scrapbooking and cardmaking, a blog hop, and lots of giveaways! Also, if you feel like chatting to me and other participants, you can come and join the Facebook Group!

The giveaways {ALL NOW CLOSED} will stay open until Monday 13th May at 10.59pm BST, so if you can’t manage reading it all in a weekend you have Monday to catch up!  The challenges {STILL OPEN} (there’s four of them) will stay open until next Sunday (19th May) too. All giveaways and challenges are open internationally.

The theme of the weekend was originally based on my work of the year, ‘progress’. But Onwards & Upwards is about all kinds of things, including: hopes and dreams, resolutions and goals, uplifting quotes and sentiments, travel, trying new things, positive reinforcements, finding direction, or just looking to the skies for subject matter or embellishments (clouds, planes, birds, hot air balloons, and more)!

To begin the fun here comes the first giveaway… The Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}!

Grand Giveaway at Jennifer Grace Creates

The prize includes (worth over £40):

4 Sheets of My Mind’s Eye Find Your Wings and Fly‘Sky’s the Limit’ Paper (‘Look’, ‘Ballon Parade’, ‘Pick a Card’ and ‘No Limit’)
‘Sky’s the Limit’ 12×12 Sticker Sheet, Brads, and a three sheets from the Alpha/Word Stickers Pack
3 Sheets of Amy Tangerine Yes Please Paper (‘Thoughtful’, ‘Share’, ‘Currently’)
Yes Please Noteworthy Sticker Book, and Goodness Printed Chipboard Thickers ‘Watercolor’
5 Sheets of Elle’s Studio Serendipity Paper (‘Treasure’, ‘Lucky’, ‘Chevron’, ‘Flowers’, ‘Cherish’)
Serendipity Pennants, Labels, and Tidbits
American Crafts 5/8″ Glitter Tape ‘Peony’, a pot of Crystal Stickles, and a handful of co-ordinating Buttons.

A lot of the goodies in this giveaway are great for this theme – there’s clouds, encouraging phrases, and hot-air balloons (I couldn’t believe how perfect the Sky’s the Limit collection was when I saw it was being released!) But of course the supplies can be used for all kinds of projects, and I chose pretty coral-pinks and turquoises that will be lovely for spring and summer crafting.

So how do you get the chance to win these goodies? 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. Does that make sense?!

And to tempt you to enter, and show you what can be done with some of the items in the prize pack, here’s a card I made using some that I bought for myself (couldn’t resist!):

Bloom card by Jennifer Grace

The only things I used which aren’t part of the prize were the 6×6″ card base, a piece of lace, some twine, some My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, and some Hero Arts clear gemstones.

Be Inspired:

Use a piece of twine to break a border in your background

Add some Stickles or glitter as ‘highlights’ on an object

Cluster some buttons and gems

Don’t forget to comment here to be entered into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}! The giveaway is open internationally, and it will close at 10.59pm (BST) on Monday 13th May. Make sure you check back to see if you won, or leave me a way to contact you if you win – I’ve had to re-draw prizes in the past because winners haven’t responded!

I see you again at 5pm!

P.S. In case you missed the previous discussion about comments – you can now comment here by signing in with WordPress, Facebook or Twitter, so your avatar appears with your comment. Just click on the button for the social link you want to log in with. You can also log in with Google, but this doesn’t usually bring an avatar up.

If you’d like an avatar to appear and you don’t have Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress accounts, then you could sign up for a Gravatar Account: http://en.gravatar.com/. If you sign up there with the email address that you usually input when you comment here, then you avatar will appear with all your previous comments too! Of course, if you’re not worried about having an avatar next to your comment, you can just fill out the boxes as usual (this doesn’t mean you are signed in to anything, it’s just takes your info to make sure you aren’t a spammer!).

  • Debbie

    Really looking forward to this weekend, I’m in the scrapping mood 🙂 lovely grand give away too thanks 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  • Can’t wait to get into my s rap room aka conservatory and start a page or two! Really looking forward to this weekend and trying to get in as much scrapping as I can around the jobs! Great giveaway too!

    May 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm
  • Becky

    Right trying again logging I with Facebook to see if my avatar appears!

    May 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  • Julie

    I really love that layout, especially the balloon with writing underneath it. I have been waiting so impatiently for this hop. I hope everyone has as much fun with it as I intend to.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm
  • Julie

    Where’s the hop list?

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm
  • Karen

    Really lovely card xx And thanks for the chance to win.

    Really looking forward to the whole weekend x

    May 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  • mel j

    Would love a chance to win all this stash- very excited for your blog event!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  • Oh wow! This is so very nice of you!!! This card is gorgeous! So excited for the fun this weekend you are bringing us!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm
  • Wow, looks like this will be a fab weekend and luckily I have most of the weekend free to join in 🙂 The prize pack looks AMAZING too.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  • Sarah

    And we’re off!!! Let the fun begin!!
    This 1st card is gorgeous Jennifer xx

    May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  • Irit

    Ypur card is so lovely! Love the colors and adore this Sky is the limit collection name. Best ever thing to add to your project as your sentiment. So mucj hope to win!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  • wow that’s a MASSIVE prize. Love the card and it fits in really well with my blog hop themed layout xxxx

    May 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  • oooh so exciting to be joining you Jennifer thank you for hosting another event for us all I can’t wait to see what you have been up to xxx ps fab stash xxx

    May 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • rach

    Thanks for posting about this on your old blog, completely missed your new blog. Love the sound of this weekend, can’t wait to have a go at some things

    May 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm
  • I definitely want to be entered! I love that hot air balloon.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Louise

    …and what a great start. A fantastic card and a great giveaway xxx looking forward to all your posts x

    May 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • lea

    Yay super excited for this weekend of inspiration to begin!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  • Joy

    Looking forward to the challenges. After a mad bank holiday weekend I am looking forward to a little me time.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm
  • sandie cottee

    Wow!! That giveaway is full of my favourite things… travel, quotes, alphas, beautiful papers… I can just imagine what I could make with all those!! Thank you for the chance of winning!
    By the way, I followed EVERY post last time so am here again looking forward to a wonderful weekend of inspiration and challenges.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm
  • That’s an awesome prize Jennifer – hoping to join in despite the weekend’s commitments.
    Your card is beautiful!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm
  • Hi Jennifer, I’ve been really looking forward to this as I thorughly enjoyed the last one – as it turns out we have all sorts of dramas going on, but I will try to keep up! :o)

    May 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  • Thanks for the chance to win, these look wonderful!

    May 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm
  • Liz Richards

    Really glad I was reminded on uks I’ve been looking forward to this! I love the card the colours go together lovely and hot air balloons are a favourite of mine so thumbs up from me. The prize looks fabulous oh what I could do with a kit like that and thankyou for the chance to win 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • Joanne

    What a fabulous giveaway and loads of great inspiration along the way, I am going back to finish the hop now, thanks

    May 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm
  • Julie

    Finished! I have read every post in the hop and commented on all. Everyone had such wonderful layouts. I have really been inspired by it all. Thanks Jennifer for doing all this. I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts for the weekend.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  • I’ve always loved balloons – should really go on a trip sometime! I just love the images and the associated positivity. I shall watch the weekend posts with interest. 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm
  • Dawn Cheshire

    Fabulous card and wow what a prize.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm
  • melissa

    Great prize – I’d love to win it, and your card is stunning!

    May 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm
  • Kathy R

    Your card is beautiful as is the prize kit you put together. I’ll be checking out the blog hop. Thanks.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm
  • Great card, what a fun weekend you have in store 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm
  • Becky

    Well I managed to complete a double page layout and used my Stickles as an accent. Too dark to photo now so will upload to my blog tomorrow!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm
  • Wow what a stunning prize and I would definantly like a chance to win it. Look forward to reading your posts over the weekend and gaining some inspiration and learning some new things. Lovely card by the way 🙂 x

    May 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm
  • great prize, Jennifer! Thanks for the chance to win it! Looking forward to another crafty weekend!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  • Rosie

    Looking good so far Jennifer! Happy weekend event.


    May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm
  • How wonderful!!! I always love an opportunity to win such a lovely prize!!!!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm
  • Oooohh this weekend looks soo exciting. Can’t wait to see everything that’s in store for us. I’m already inspired by your card – what great ideas. I like the one about using twine as a border. I can definitely see myself doing that real soon 😉

    May 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • So glad I saw this advertised on the Counterfeit Kit blog 🙂 Looking forward to a fun weekend! Love your card BTW 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  • Mandy

    Wow, super giveaway, no time for scrapping this weekend, work, work and more work but I’ll reward myself with some time off during the week.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm
  • Ali Parris

    Wow Jennifer this is going to be amazing!! So looking forward to all the inspiration and a chance at winning that fabulous prize :0) I can’t even begin to think how much work you must have put into this so I shall be squeezing some time in to play along with you. You are a star :0))

    May 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • Lisa-Jane

    You clever old stick! You’ve done such a great job with the website and the comments thingy etc, I admire what you’ve done greatly! Where do you find the time woman?! Best of luck for this weekend, hope it all goes well and thank you so much for doing it and for asking me to be involved.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  • Gina Nathan

    Wow what a fabulous giveaway. Any chance you could give away some of your talent too? I’d love to be able to make such gorgeous cards!!!

    May 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  • A wonderful prize. I’ll be reading along with it this weekend.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:18 am
  • jengd

    Lovely kit there, gorgeous card from it! Looking forward to the weekend of posts!

    May 11, 2013 at 1:06 am
  • Marie

    just found your site and this sounds like lots of fun… hope to win..

    May 11, 2013 at 1:50 am
  • happysnapper

    hoping to kick start the scrapping season again

    May 11, 2013 at 2:42 am
  • Pam Sohan

    What a grand prize ! Love the card you made. Cant’ wait to see what the weekend has in store. 😀

    May 11, 2013 at 3:47 am
  • Ants

    Wow, so looking forward to this! And what a fantastic giveaway, too!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 7:24 am
  • jodi mcmillan

    i am so looking forward to all the exciting things going on craft has been my saviour i am a recovering heroin addict buthave been clean now for2 years totally down to art andcraft….hope youenjoy yor weekend ai know i shall jod x

    May 11, 2013 at 8:03 am
  • Zahra

    What a generous giveaway, thank you for the opportunity, can’t wait to spend some time later getting inspired!

    May 11, 2013 at 9:49 am
  • I’m a sun lover as well…everything seems better in the sunshine.

    May 11, 2013 at 10:11 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love the new blog Jennifer!! Really enjoyed your ‘Frosty’ weekend…but am away this week so don’t know if I will be able to do much!! Super giveaway…have fun everyone!!

    May 11, 2013 at 11:02 am
  • Hello. I’ve got behind with my blog visiting and I didn’t know you were doing this. That’s a lovely prize. Thanks for a chance to win it.

    May 11, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • Hilary Blumer

    Looking forward to getting started now the chores are out of the way.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  • I love the page – I have a bit of a thing for hot air balloons

    May 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  • Melissa

    I’ve just discovered your blog, your event looks amazing!

    May 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm
  • Michele

    wonderful card! love the giveaway.. thanks for a chance..

    May 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm
  • Amy

    Just discovered your blog and loving your work!

    May 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  • senoritascrapper

    Great giveway! Thanks for the chance. I’ll be playing along.

    May 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm
  • Laura Peitz

    I am so glad I found this blog!!! It looks like it will be a fun weekend!

    May 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  • Terri

    What lovely colors you have arranged in the giveaway! Thanks for inspiring me!

    May 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  • Annette

    Great idea and great give away. I hope I get the time to do at least one of the challenges. fun!!

    May 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm
  • Frances

    I have been looking forward to this all week! Love your work Jennifer. Great prize. So beautiful.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm
  • Wow! What a prize, the things I could do with that 🙂 I would love a chance to win, thanks, Jennifer 🙂

    May 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm
  • Amanda

    Just joining you, for a look around x

    May 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm
  • Bernice J

    I had so much fun the last time you did this, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this time!

    May 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    Hey lady! Really excellent posts! Put my hat in the ring, please, but I will already be a winner with all of the inspiration you are giving me! (Psst…and I have posted about this everywhere I can think…LOL)

    Counterfeit Kit Challenge

    May 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm
  • Mary

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm
  • How have I not seen the new MME line. I LOVE the Pick a Card paper and will trawling online for it on Monday! Hope the weekend goes well…I have been really looking forward to it. Its just a shame that I am working so no paper play until Monday afternoon at the earliest 🙁

    May 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm
  • joyce

    how’s this for a comment? ….:-) ….” you can stop right now and just send it 2 me”

    May 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm
  • Kate Blue from CKCB and am finally getting a chance to do some crafty stuff this week! TFS and am off to lurk, love and leave words 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 2:28 am
  • WOW!! I just saw this. How fun thanks for the chance.

    Have a Blessed weekend ~~ dawn

    May 12, 2013 at 2:28 am
  • This is such a fun idea and that is an AMAZING prize pack! I’m hoping to join in a few of the challenges tomorrow and Monday. Thanks so much for hosting 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 3:43 am
  • Leonie

    Wow saw the link to your blog on 2Peas and am just loving it! So glad to be introduced to your work.

    May 12, 2013 at 8:54 am
  • Niki

    saw the link to your page on UKScrappers over on Facebook, so glad I popped over now. I love those papers and love the card you have made. Now going to have a mooch around here for a while x

    May 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • Heather V

    Great giveaway, and thanks for putting this together! I have been loving all the inspiration this weekend.

    May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm
  • Marilize K

    Ooh – this sounds like such a fun event. I love your card and tips. I’ve been clustering gems for a while, but never thought about buttons. Sometimes all you need is someone nudging your creativity and voila.

    May 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • Late getting here & getting started but hey, better late than never 😀

    May 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm
  • Sally

    Lots of great inspiration, thanks for doing this.

    May 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm
  • Fay

    Haven’t managed to play along this weekend, but am going to have a read through all you posts now. Looks like loads of imspiration, well done x

    May 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  • Janet

    Your card is beautiful. What an amazing talent you have!

    May 13, 2013 at 1:25 am
  • What an exciting event ! I just found out about it from a 2peas thread. Off to check out all the other posts now.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:17 am
  • I’m a bit of a late starter, but looking forward to seeing what you have to offer!

    May 13, 2013 at 3:07 am
  • Lesley

    Wish I had time to join in over the weekend but will try and get something done this week. Thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous giveaway

    May 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
  • Count me in as interested! And thanks for the extension into Monday. Finding time to catch up with you make my insomnia something to be glad about.

    May 13, 2013 at 11:28 am
  • sheena

    wow ! what a fabulous giveaway x

    May 13, 2013 at 11:48 am
  • Lisa H

    I am blown away by the work and effort and inspiration you have put into this event. Amazing Jennifer. I want to be you when I grow up! good luck in your crafty endeavours, I can only imagine that you will be beyond successful and I will be able to look back and tell people that once I was lucky enough to be on the same DT as you, the new craft goddess on the street! Way to go and what a brilliant giveaway.

    May 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  • Ann Hall

    I always love your contests! Would love to win a made by ann hall design tag set! You’ve certainly got the pulsepoint of ephemera down to a T!

    May 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • Stefanie Ladley

    Hiya – I think I’m too late but wanted to say what a lovely idea anyway 😀

    May 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm
  • Danielle

    Wonderful idea! It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do, but I wanted to be sure to get my entry in for the grand prize!

    May 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • LinhC

    That is a GRAND prize! Thanks for the chance.

    May 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  • Laura G

    Fantastic prize- love the card you made with the papers!

    May 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  • Angela Campbell

    Oh I would love to win this giveaway!!!!!

    May 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

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