Sunday, 24 March 2013

Easter Preparations

Thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes you left for my daughter on my last post. She did indeed have a wonderful birthday and we had a lovely post birthday day with her yesterday. The next event on our family calendar is Easter which is only a week away now. As you know I am Mrs Christmas but I must admit I really enjoy Easter and although my babies are all adults I still like to put together some goodies in an Easter bag for them and their other halves. We will be catching up with all our family on Easter Monday.

Hopping into their Easter bags will be;
 These are the little mini Lindt gold bunnies and they are perfect as they are just a mouthful ;0)






I also found these fun mini Smartie chicks which will be flying into the bags and these cute bunnies below.

















There will have to be Cadbury's Cream Eggs of course (my daughter's favourite) but on the right are my absolute favourite Easter choccies. I have loved Cadbury's mini eggs since I was small. I like to suck them so that the candy shell dissolves and then taste the chocolate centre breaking through...mmmm.........can you tell that I really do like chocolate? In my life I believe in everything in moderation and little occasional treats like these can brighten up your day.

Of course there will be some other surprises in their bags too as well as my hand made Easter cards.

I also always add a tiny chick to their bags, these have sold since I was a tiny child and they still make me smile.





They are really tiny (about 1.5 cm tall) and have fab little plastic orange feet. My Mum always gave them to my brother and I as children and mine would complain if I stopped putting these in their Easter bags.

I have managed to get a bit of tidying done in the garden in the week, despite the below average temperatures and yes we even had a dusting of snow yesterday and this morning. I also received some exciting news last week from my blogging buddie Kerry from Ladybug Crafts Ink. She has asked me to be a Guest Designer again. This is for their latest release being launched in 2 days time. I made a snowman card for her last year...it could not have been that bad if she has asked me again..LOL. This new release is called Billie Bear and believe me she is such a cutie. There is a link in my side bar. I had great fun making my card.
Please pop back again on Tuesday so that you can see the card I have made with my image.

For today's card challenge I am showing one of my Easter cards. This stamp is a first for me as I am using a House Mouse Stamp. They are the sweetest of images.

This stamp is called Hummingbird Express. I have coloured it with my trusty Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. You will spot that I have bought a few new dies....hmmm well they sort of slipped into my online baskets, I didn't have any Easter themed ones so what was a girl to do?

The pale green frame around the image is a Spellbinders lattice rectangle.
The fab eggs are Memory box classic egg and filigree eggs.You can just spot gold card Memory Box bow dies in there as well.
The heart border I just love and is a La La Lands die called heart border (well I never)
I love using Kraft card and I thought that it gave a really earthy appeal to my card and it works really well with the greens and gold.
The sentiment is a very, very old PSX stamp. I also used twine, ribbon and gift twine to make a snazzy bow in the corner.
Shhh don't tell but this is for my dear Hb.

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

Charizma Cards Die cuts #11
Papertake Weekly Easter treats
Cute Card Thursday Easter parade #261
Visible Image Spring
My Mum's craft challenge Spring has sprung
Stamping Sensations The Great outdoors
Totally Papercrafts Easter Eggstravaganza #159
Simon Says stamp Easter/Spring
Sweet Stamping Lots of layers
Joanna Sheen Come rain or shine mine is a sunshine filled card. (I meant to add GDT after my name for consideration. JS girls is it possible for you to edit my entry or put me in the hat!! Thanks )

Have a great Sunday and I hope all your Easter preparations are going well too. Thanks as always for your visits and kind comments and remember to pop back on Tuesday to see what I got up to for my Guest Designer post.
Oh and before I go there is another great giveaway over at those generous ladies at The Ribbon Girl here. Do take a peep.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

19 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, What fun to see all of your Easter treats. There have been a lot of the Lindt bunnies here in our shops.
    I can't believe it's almost Easter Sunday.
    Congrats on being a guest designer and I love the little mouse Easter card!!

    See you soon,

    Anne
    PlumCreek22 Studio

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  2. Beautiful Easter cards! I love those wee chicks too, my mum still gives me a couple of them every year!
    M xxxx

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  3. Hi, Jane! So glad to hear you all enjoyed your daughter's celebrations and I too would be looking forward to Easter if it weren't for this blooming snow! We've had over a foot of the darn stuff and spent mid morning digging the cars out!
    Congrats on the guest DT spot, well deserved, I'm sure - love your little HM card, sweet image, great layout and fab dies too! I'm sure Hb will love it! Lisa x

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  4. I love Easter, it's my favourite time of year, I love it way more than Christmas!! We always do little Easter presents too. :)
    Those little chicks are brilliant, bless them they're always a but wobbley but that's how they should be! :)
    Gorgeous Easter card as well, the little mouse is ever so cute!
    V xxx

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  5. What a beautiful cards, Jane, I love the tiny mouse! And what a wonderful treats you have found for those Easter-bags, lucky receivers will be so so happy!

    Wishing you a lovely days before Easter-weekend, it's a short week only!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  6. Hi Jane, I don't know how I missed your birthday post - I loved seeing her grow over the years and of course I remember her wedding from last year! You're such a good mom! We'll be putting together Easter baskets for our grandsons and have them all over next Sunday. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. What a fun card Jane, I love it. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
    Pinky

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  8. Hi Jane! Your new card is beautiful and I'm waiting to see the Billy bear! Your sweet Easter goodies made me miss the Eastern feeling from Finland. Here we have the Easter in one month. Tradition is to go to the Church on saturday nigth but we don't have any other plans this year.
    I hope sunny spring finds you soon! x Teje

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  9. It's very strange Jane, but this didn't show up on my dashboard yesterday so glad I found it via the challenge.

    A stunning card and such a great colour combo to reflect those of the bird.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

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  10. Such a cute card Jane, love the image.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  11. You must've been the best mom and are going to be the best grandma some day!

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  12. This is such a pretty Easter card! Now you have me wanting chocolate I can't get here in the US! LOL! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

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  13. Hi Sweet Jane, Oh boy, do I love all your chocolates!! Yes, everything in moderation is my motto also, but sometimes I do go overboard!!! Love the itty bitty chicks, we have them too in our baskets! I do the same for the adult kids because they will always be our "kids"! (even though I have the grand daughters)
    Love the card design and stamp! So cute!!
    Wishing you a Happy Easter Jane, xoRobin

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  14. Wow! This is so stunning, love the image, your colouring is fab and the colours and layout of the card are gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

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  15. Fun image and a great card to show it off! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Charisma Cardz challenge this week.
    Jenni x

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  16. Thanks for sharing at TPC this week.

    Susan

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  17. Sweet image and a gorgeous card, so many lovely details. Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' :o) Hugs, Lisa x

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  18. Gorgeous card with lovely playing of dies. Beautiful monochrome colour choice.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Lots of Layers” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs
    Natali

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  19. What a delightful and creative Easter card you've created this week! Love all the Easter treats! :o)

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x