Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to Create a Blog Button with a Grab Box

Hello Everyone,
Today I am going to show you how to create a Blog button with a grab box below. This tutorial should work on most blog platforms that allow you to add custom HTML widgets. You can place your widget either on your blog sidebar or footer. Personally, I like to have my blog button on my sidebar. I feel that it is easier to find that way. However, do what works best for you.

STEP 1: First off you are going to need an image with a size under 200x200px. You can have a larger one if you choose, however most people are more likely to use your button if it is on the smaller size. Ideally, the size of your button should be either 125x125px or 150x150px. I find that these sizes are the most commonly used. My blog button is 150x150px. Now you can create a blog button image using Photoshop, however personally I use PicMonkey. Once you have created your image, you are ready for the next step.

STEP 2: Next you will need to upload your image to a image hosting service like Picasa or Photobucket. Once you have successfully uploaded your image, you must get the image URL to use in the widget code.

Here is an example of what a Blog Button with a Grab Box Looks Like

I Heart Crafting

This is what it will look like when you select the text in the box and add the HTML code to your blog.

I Heart Crafting

STEP 3: Grab the button code below.
Here's the button code:

<!--grab button header --><div class="grab-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"><img src="" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" /><!--end grab button header --><!-- button code box --><div style="margin: 0;padding: 0; border: 1px solid gray; width: 150px; height: 150px;overflow: scroll;">&lt;div class="I Heart Crafting" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;">
&lt;a href="" rel="nofollow">&lt;img src="" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" />
&lt;/a>&lt;/div></div> <!--end grab-button --></div>

URL of your button image: Replace my image URL with yours.
Name of your Blog: Replace my blog name with yours.
Blog address: Replace my blog web address with yours.
Size: If you did not use a 150x150px image, then you need to change the height and the width to the size of your image.

Next select the entire code (with your information) and place it where you would like the button to appear. If you are using Blogger you would go to layout, press "add gadget", scroll down to HTML/Javascript and paste the code.

Finally, you may want to do a button test to make sure that it is working properly. That's it! Now other bloggers can "grab" your button and display it on their blog.

Hope you have found this tutorial helpful.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

List of Participating Shop for The All Handmade By Me Team Handmade Holiday Sales Event

The All Handmade by ME team is having a week-long sale!
 From December 6th to December 13th, members from the team will be having a sale of at least 10% offSome sellers may have already have their items marked down, some will be using the following coupon code. Sales will vary.

Use coupon code SUPPORTHANDMADE.

[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman of Smart Designs]

Here Is The List of Participating All Handmade By Me Team Etsy Shops

Jewelry & Accessories
UniquelyYouJewellery -Wood and Glass Jewellery
 TheAstralCharm -Jewelry
ForestofJewels -Jewelry
BraceletsbyJen -Friendship Bracelets and Knits
 ZivaDesigns -Beaded Jewelry
 SteedCraft -Casting Systems for Jewelers
RandLDesign -Jewelry   
CreativelyCharmedET -Jewelry and Accessories
LLDArticticJewelry -Beaded and Hand-stamped Jewelry
EurekaSpringsRocks -Gemstone Jewelry and Fine Art Prints
LifeBijou -Fine Gemstone Jewelry
 PaisleyLizardDesigns -Eclectic Jewelry
XIDesignStudio -Wire Wrap Jewelry 
PolyClayCafe -All Things Polymer Clay 
ArtsyClay -Whimsical Polymer Clay Jewelry and Ornaments
 FairiesforNature -Whimsical Jewelry
PinkOwlJewelry -Natural Stone Jewelry
FfigysDesigns -Jewelry 
Smirking Tiger  -Metal Jewelry, Paintings, Zine
 StellaZigantiDesigns -Fine Gemstone Jewelry
SnowingStars -Jewelry and Accessories
 RarasJewels -Kawaii and Creepy Cute Jewelry and Accessories
PuffyTheSlayer -Fused Plastic Jewelry, Accessories and Home Decor
DeannasQuiltsandMore -Quilts, Embroidery, Jewelry and More
BazineDezine -Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry
IndigoTurtleArt -Handcrafted Porcelain Art 
Lilicharms - Lampwork Glass, Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry 
Clothing & Accessories 
QuinnysCrochet -Crochet Scarves, Baby Items and More
Frans2Hands -Hippie Inspired Clothes and Accessories
PetrinaBlakely -Hand Painted Clothing
 FrenchSoulKnittery -Knitwear and Knitted Accessories 
NadiasKnits -Knit Scarves and Accessories
 MellowFury -Unique Knits and Tye-Dyes  
BlackRavenCreations -Scarves, Hats, Fingerless Gloves and More
Swedish Knit -Wearable Handknits
 HRHHandmadeStyle -Crochet Accessories
7zerozero -Handbags and Accessories
 ARTWORKCROCHET -Hats, Headbands, and other Fashion Accessories
 DesignsbyMuse -Sweater Shrugs and More
eCoutureHandmades -Recycled and Up-cycled Fashion Accessories
 ARTWORKCROCHET -Hats, Headbands, and other Fashion Accessories
 MyaCDesign -Bags and Accessories
 WithLoveHandmadeKnit -Knit Scarves and Accessories
 ttBirdDesigns -Purses, Bags and Accessories
 MyChickiet -Baby Shoes, Lanyards and More
LPbyLP -Bags, Purses, and Laptops Bags for Men & Women
 Bewove -Handwoven Scarves and Cushions
 EchtEllen -Bags, Bibs, Blankets and More
 Love2Quilt -Textile Gifts, Bags and Home Decor
CanineStruts -Pet Collars and Leashes
BeaverheadTreasures -Quilts, Leather, Natural Stone, Bags and Home Decor
For Kids & Baby
BerryBikeyBaby -Bike Themed Baby Items
 SmileysBlankies -Receiving Blankets
EchtEllen -Bags, Bibs, Blankets and More
QuinnysCrochet -Crochet Scarves, Baby Items and More
 DesignsbyMSusan -Dolls for the Wee Ones
CsbsewsDollClothes -American Girl Doll Clothes
Bath & Body
Penori -Bath and Body
MyMagicalStar -Bath and Body
WICKedCANDLES -Candles and Tarts
Housewares and Home Decor
JoyfulLinens -Linen Cottage Home Decor
Pluinct -Crochet and Handsewn 
 DebbieShine -Chevron Home Decor
 DeannasQuiltsandMore -Quilts, Embroidery and More 
BeaverheadTreasures -Quilts, Leather, Natural Stone
 WoodCastle -Wooden Works of art/Housewares
MyNeedlesSong -Cross Stitch, Home Decor
OakleyArtsStudio -Paintings, and Rustic Home Decor
WhimsyCalling -Whimsical Dolls, Figurines and Trinkets
 MoltenColor -Handblown Glass
FreckleDots -Quilts and Embroidery
 MarilynsTrees -Semiprecious Gemstone Trees
TheButterglyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art
 Sweveneers -Stained Glass 
CountrySewing4U -Quilted Home Decor
OrientalWhispers -Hand painted Wine Glasses and More
 BridgettesEarth -Stoneware/Ceramic Home Decor
Rhalvaksz -Upcycled Creations and Home Decor
CCCHandmade -Wooden Canes, Home Decor and More

NatureNerdStudio -Wildlife Art 
LadyHonsa -Unique Art
PageFree -Collage and Painted Art  
ArtFromDenise -Fine Art and Paintings 
 SmartDesignsbyStacey -Graphic Design, Artwork and Cards
4PawsOFGold -Golden Retriever Art, Signs and Cards 
LeissnerArt -Mixed Media Art, Prints and More 
WatercoloredWindows -Watercolor art and Home Decor 
MydeasDesigns -Crafting Paper
TheButterflyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art
 Smirking Tiger  -Metal Jewelry, Paintings, Zine
 OakleyArtsStudio -Paintings, and Rustic Home Decor
 TheButterglyQuilter -Quilts/Textile and Fiber Art

Be sure to join us the week of December 6th - 13th!!

~ Jenn


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All Handmade By Me Team Handmade Holiday Sale

[Art Credit: Stephanie Ledezma of The Astral Charm]

During the week of December 6th thru 13th many members of the All Handmade By Me Team will be offering a special sale to support handmade artists and craftspeople. To take advantage of this special we will be publishing a list of participating shops on December 5th. So please look out for the list on the team Facebook Page, as well as here on the blog. Each participating shops discount amount will vary, however they will all be using the same coupon code: SUPPORTHANDMADE

When you use the coupon code: SUPPORTHANDMADE in my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen, you will receive 15% off your entire purchase. No minimum purchase required. 

So be sure to check back on December 5th, and I will have the list of participating shops!! 

Happy Holidays,



Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebration Giveaway

Hello Everyone,
I want to share some very exciting new with you. First, I would like everyone to know that my one year anniversary of opening my Etsy shop, Bracelets By Jen, is coming up on December 12, 2013.

I have many plans for my shop in the new year. I will be changing the name of my shop because I have some new and exciting products I am going to add. I will not just be selling bracelets anymore. The embroidery macrame friendship bracelets will still be a huge part of my shop. However, I just felt it was time to make some changes. So keep an eye out for the name of my new shop after the new year!!!

Next I wanted to share with you a milestone I have reached on my Facebook page. I am very excited about this one. Just a few days ago, my Facebook page reached 100 likes!!! Yay!!!
I am very grateful for the support I have received from both my fans and customers over the past year. It makes me feel good that I can create something that will put a smile on someone's face. I also want to give a big thank you to my fellow All Handmade by Me Team members. I am honored to be part of such a wonder Etsy Team.
[Art Credit: Stacey Sobelman of SMART Designs]

Now for the exciting part. As a way of celebrating and saying thank you, I am having a giveaway for a $10 Etsy gift card.  All you have to do is follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be notified by email. This giveaway will end on December 13th. Good Luck!!!

~ Jenn

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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