Saturday, 30 March 2013

An Easter Extravaganza and Birthday Giveaway

Thank you everyone for leaving such kind comments on my last post re my latest GD card I made for the Ladybugs. I had such fun making that card. Unbelievably tomorrow is Easter feels more like Christmas Day weather wise as we still have snow flurries and bitter temperatures across the UK. We have escaped the snow here in sunny Surrey but we have not escaped the freezing temperatures. My dear daffodils are bravely enduing the weather and everything out there is coming up so much later this year. Last year by this time my Magnolia was in flower and my tulips nearly out. We were loving temperatures in the 20s and wearing tea shirts! Never mind I am sure Spring is just around the corner.

I have decided that as Monday is my special day (yes another birthday has come around)  that it is time to beat this awful weather and host a summery giveaway for you all. I really do appreciate my blogging friends so much and I would like to send my good wishes to you all. I decided to make something which will make us all think of sunshine filled holiday on the that is a good thought ;0)

I also wanted to add a "bonus" to my faithful friends who come by and comment every post. I have seen other people do this including my great friend Vivienne of Green Rabbit designs (she also has a fab bunny giveaway running on her blog at the moment but it finishes tonight so hop on over there very quickly if you would like to enter)

This is how you can enter my giveaway and maximize your chances of winning.
Everyone, (I never like excluding anyone at all), who leaves a comment that they would like to be included in my giveaway will get 1 entry. You do not even need a blog to enter.

A second entry will be given to all my loyal followers and a warm welcome to my new ones.

And you can get a third entry if you either mention this giveaway in your next blog post with a link the photo below or you put my giveaway photo into the side bar of your blog (or both if you would like to) If you are not sure how to do this just right click the photo and copy the URL address and hey presto!

So what is the prize then....OK........drum roll......................

I hope you like the prize. The winner will be able to choose either the blue necklace or the pink one. I will then put up the other necklace in my Etsy shop for sale.

I decided that to put us in the mood for a sunshine filled summer that I would make 2 necklaces. I know that some of my blogging friends are blue girls and others prefer pink so I decided to offer both colours.

For the blue necklace I looked through my beady stash and decided on the blue lava beads and the beige shell. There are also some jade hearts in there too.

And for the more pinker shades I found these...

I chose the pink shell, heart mother of pearl beads and the pink rock crystal chunks. I also found some coral chunks too.

Here are a couple more close ups.

The pink necklace has been so difficult to photograph..the shell is a very pretty candy pink, much better than the pictures show. Even using my light tent could not change the fact that there was no decent light around to take these photos.

The blue necklace is 18" in length, the pink is 20". Both necklaces have a quality sterling silver trigger clasp.

I will post worldwide.

If neither appeal they do make fab gifts as they come in a pretty organza gift bag so you could give it to a friend or relative for a birthday or special occasion.

I will also have one runner up prize of one of my bag charms. This also has a summery theme and features a cute glass lampwork bee handmade by my buddy Laney.

There is a pretty swirled handmade glass lampwork bead with the sweet bee.He even has little glass wings. I can't wait to hear the buzz of bees again in my garden.

There are butterfly and dragon fly Tibetan charms with this bag charm. If you would like to see any of my other bag charms they are listed here in my Etsy shop I also love making commissioned pieces.

So my card challenge today just has to be something sunny and cheerful and just right for Easter. I think this one fits the bill.

It is another of my fab House Mouse stamps, this one is called Tails of True Love....isn't it sweet. I coloured them with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils.

I used my fab Memory box egg dies and you will spot another new die (another early birthday pressie) the lovely
lattice mount is a Joy Lacey rectangle. The springtime backing papers are ancient and I used my La La Land heart border again. The hearts above the mice are the cut outs from the die...there in no waste at all!

You will also spot that I have used an embossing folder too...the first time for me. I used it on the green card, it is a Spellbinders. I also used another stamp from my Whimsy stamps Vintage seeds set.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Brenda's  blog celebration over on  Floral fantasies I thought the floral backing papers would be perfect and I am sure that Brenda has lots of little field mice where she lives in the country side ;0) She is off to Paris so the French vintage seed packet stamp in the background was perfect. There are also butterflies in my embossing folder, have a peep at the green card.
Simon Says stamp anything goes
House Mouse & Friends Challenge #141 Easter
Party Time Tuesday anything goes #113
Crafty Ribbons anything goes #42

My giveaway will run for the next 2 weeks, the closing date will be Sunday 14th April at 4pm (GMT). Remember that you can get up to 3 entries, you can either mention how many ways your are entering in a single comment on this post or  you can come back and leave 3 separate comments...I am an old fashioned names out of the hat girl, I won't be using Mr Random ;0)

 I will announce the winner on my next blog post after 14 April so do pop back and see who was the lucky winner and runner up. Good luck everyone and thanks as always for your kind visits and comments here.It is always so good to see you.

Wishing you all some Spring sunshine and a peaceful but chocolate filled Easter ;0)

(Please remember that to enter my giveaway you do need to mention it in your comment)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. so cute and gorgeous colours, thank you for sharing with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and as always love all your photo's and your post :)
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. First of all Happy Birthday for Monday Jane, hope the sun shines for you.

    Lovely pieces of jewellery and adorable card, the soft earthy colours work beautifully with the sweet image.

    Hope you have a lovely Easter.

    B x

  3. oooooooo forgot to say yay!!!!! would love to be in your give away :)

    Hugs and Happy Easter
    Kate xx

  4. Super fantastic creations !

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week

    Happy Easter. Have a lovely break.


    Jo x

  5. Dear Jane,

    Thank you for this beautiful giveaway, and I think I am not surprising you if I say that the pink necklace is calling me :) so fingers crossed! I managed to make a button for your giveaway to my blog, too, and it got me right back here so it works, yippee!

    Have a wonderful Easter-weekend, dear friend, and happiest and sunniest birthday on Monday! I wish it'll get warmer at yours soon too, sunshine from us today!


  6. Gorgeous giveaway Jane and like Mia it will be no surprise to you that I will choose the blue necklace, they are both gorgeous but you know me!!!
    The little bag charm is so very cute too! :)
    I really do love those little mice, they're so sweet!
    Right I'm off to put you on my sidebar now for my full quota of entries! ;)
    Have a wonderful Easter and the happiest of birthdays my friend!
    V xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Happy Birthday for monday! I've just had mine and it was a very chilly birthday compared to last year!
    Thank you for a lovely giveaway - I would live to join in!

  8. Beautiful card! Love all the die cuts. And what lovely jewelry! wowzers!

  9. Lovely giveaway,so generous of you.Count me in,please.Love the jewelry,lovely colors too,perfect for spring time.

  10. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to you!

    Sign me up for the drawing!

    I'm a follower and will add a link back to your giveaway on my blog.

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Good evening Jane...Such a lovely Giveaway...Could you put my name into your hat please?...Everything is beautiful (and you know how much I love your bag charms too!)..The little bee theme charm is fab...I think we should jump over spring and move right into summer now!
    I always love your cards and I'm flying back to my place to add your Giveaway to my sidebar,
    Happy Eastertime Jane!
    Susan x

  12. It's me again Jane, the lift's really not going to the top floor today. I suddenly realised that I totally forgot to say thank you for joining in my blog celebration with another lovely card and so thoughtfully reflective of our upcoming trip.

    B x

  13. Happy Birthday to you, dear Jane!! I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend and special day.
    I just saw Vivienne's announcement on her blog (for your giveaway).
    Please put my name in the hat. I'm not a pink girl at all.
    Love the natural tones in your latest card.

    with all best wishes,
    PlumCreek Studio

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE! Your necklaces are so beautiful! I would love to win the blue! Thank you fo a wonderful give away! I wish you Happy Easter and hope you have lots of sunshine! x Teje

  15. Hi, beautiful giveaway I would my name to go into the hat please, I found you through Green Rabbit Designs. I'm a follower too. x

  16. What a beautiful card. Love the colors you chose and all the dies and embossing cute little mice stamp too. Thanks for joining us at the house mouse. And friends Monday challenge.


  17. I'm new here and just wanted to say how much I look forward to seeing your blog in my email. The card is gorgeous, always love Housemouse and your necklaces are stunning!! Happy Easter!

  18. Lovely card Jane
    Great necklaces too but please don't include me - I never wear necklaces as they annoy my neck!!
    Thank you so much for joining us over at Crafty Ribbons
    Have a good week

  19. Happy Birthday Jane!!!!!!! Hope your Easter was lovely and now behind us. Time to celebrate YOU!
    Love your giveaway, I love them both, I'm normally a pink girl but in this case I do love the blue necklace, if I were so lucky!
    I have always love Mouse House in fact they are designed in least the cards and calendars!
    Please enter me for this special giveaway, I will put you on my sidebar on my blog and check back so I can have 3 chances : )

  20. Hurray I did it!!!!! You are on my sidebar right with Vivienne's!!!!
    Now 3 chances to win : )

    Happy Birthday once again and again, 3 Birthday wishes TOO! xoR

  21. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons
    hugs Anke

  22. Your jewelry is gorgeous! Love your card. It's adorable.

  23. Happy Birthday Jane! Just catching up so I'm sorry it's a little late, but I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and wish you a happy year ahead. Your giveaway necklaces are so lovely....although I love pink, in summer I wear a lot of blue and white so the blue would be my choice if I was a lucky winner! Have a wonderful week!
    Helen x

  24. Hi Jane! Hope you had a wonderful Easter and a very Happy Birthday too! Can't believe your fabby giveaway - I would LOVE to get the chance to win one of your amazing pieces and think the pink one would suit me just nicely!
    Love your sweet little Housemouse card with it's pretty Spring colours and fab details!
    Hope you didn't eat too much choccy over the holiday - I'd be more like these little mice and prefer a lump of cheese to a choccy egg!! Thanks for the lovely comment on my first DT, too. Hugs, Lisa x

  25. Happy Birthday Jane! I do hope you had a lovely day and the sun came out for some of it. Lovely giveaway, I'd be super excited to be in with a chance of winning and cute little mice there, I do love seeing your cards. Bethx (thelinencat)

  26. Love the necklaces! Would love to win the blue one. Love the blog too!

  27. Hi again Jane, Please put my name in the hat for one more chance to win. I blogged about your giveaway. Have a great weekend.

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  28. My giveaway is now closed and I will draw a winner very soon. Any comments left after now are most welcomed but will not be entered into the draw.
    Many thanks and good luck to everyone who entered,
    Jane x


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