Monday, 15 April 2013


I had an amazing trip to Alexandra Palace on Saturday to the Stamp Show and I took some photos as it is a beautiful Victorian Venue. I will come back later this week to show you those and to display my new stash. (Gulp, my Hb had better not read that post ;0)There are a few thing to celebrate her today and first up is the results of my recent jewellery giveaway. Many thanks to those of you who took part either once, twice or three times. It was lovely to see so many of you joining in the fun. My Hb was chief adjudicator and name picker......

First out of the hats were available so the fruit bowl served the purpose....

drum was....

The lovely Susan of Mary Jane's Tearoom

Well done Susan. You can choose the blue or pink necklace.

and the runner up who wins the bee bag charm is .................................................

drum roll again......

my dear blogging friend Helen of Helen Phillips Blogspot.

Congratulations Helen!

I'm so sorry that more of you could not win, I really wish there were prizes for you all. I will have another giveaway soon, they are always such fun.

My other celebration for today is that I finally got out to craft in my studio on Sunday. It was very pleasant in there, 24c with no heating! I even had to open the window at one point as it was getting quite warm.
 I decided that inspired by being out in my garden I would make a few more garden themed bag charms which will be heading to my Etsy Shop. I also needed to make a recent commission for a sewing themed bag charm.

I wired up the beads for the sewing charm and also decided to make another bee charm to put in my shop. I will show you the ladybird bag charm another day.

Here is a close up of the beads I used for the commission and the fun sewing related charms.

And below is the finished piece.

and this is the new little Busy Bee bag charm which has buzzed its way into the bag charms section of my Etsy shop here.

My challenge card for today also has  celebration theme. It is a Silver Wedding card which I made for a friend of my husband's who is celebrating 25 years of marriage very soon.
Yes it features those cute House Mice again. I really love the way this card turned out and I used lots of textures.

I coloured the mice with my Promarkers and highlighted them with my Prismacolor pencils.
 The lattice focal die is a Joy craft die and I finally manged to buy the wonderful Memory Box Precious Hearts die which I "hung" from my Quikcutz numbers dies.
You can also see that I got my embossing folders out again  for the white card.

This card is based on the great sketch by Crafty Catz card challenge this week.

I don't usually follow sketches but I really enjoyed using this one and when you have a card which needs making but not the time to allow the  inspiration to flow they are just ideal.

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

Crafty Catz Sketchie time #178
I love Promarkers embossing #163 my embossing is using my butterfly embossing folder on the white card.
Stamping Sensations special occasions
Penny Black and More Blossoms and bows
Bunny Zoe Fave colour combo
Forever friends fortnight #59 diecuts/punches
Lexi's Creations Challenge #88 add ribbon and/or lace
Cupcake Craft Cute and Cuddly #238
Make It Monday Linky party #136
Natalie and Amy Monochromatic #8

I would also like to give you a heads up that the girls at Ribbon Girl are having a fab pink giveaway here, pop on over and join the fun.

So last of all I think I can safely celebrate that real spring like weather is finally here. Even when it rains it is still mild and I have washed and put away our scarves and gloves for another year. The magnolia in my garden has suddenly sprouted buds and I can almost hear the sap rising out in my little garden. I am hoping to get out to do some gardening later in the week.

Wishing you all a sunny week,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congrats to the lucky winners, two lovely ladies too! :)
    I think your weather has been much better than ours, it poured on Saturday and it was wild and windy yesterday but it has been much better today and it definitely is milder although not quite 24 degrees!!!
    Love all your pretty bag charms and I really do love those cute little mice. :)
    Happy new week Jane,
    V xxx

  2. Hi Jane, I love your card. Those mice are sooo sweet. Thank you for your lovely comment, popping over from MIM

    Hugs Helen xx

  3. Cute image gorgeous design. Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny x

  4. Congrats to the lucky winners...maybe next time, sigh! So glad you enjoyed your day at Ally Pally and nice to see your studio in use again, it means Spring must have arrived and 24 degrees in your little haven, wow, that's t-shirt weather! Love your little charms and sweet Housemouse card. Great layers, textures and fab monochrome colour combo. I am so jealous of your MB precious hearts die - I NEED this die!
    Can't wait to see your piccies and what you bought! Lisa x

  5. Hi Jane,

    Congrats to Helen and Susan!! Thanks for having this fun giveaway. I would enjoy seeing Alexandra Palace. It sounds like a lot of shopping was done!!

    Enjoy the weather and your studio. It's fun to see the new bag charms and the 25th anniv card.

    Happy Monday to all,
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  6. This is just beautiful Jane especially with the little mice. Love what you have made today and well done to those lucky winners. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  7. Awww....Such a cute and adorable card! Love the cute image and sweet details! Thanks for joining us over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  8. Thank you Jane! I am so thrilled to be a lucky winner in your lovely giveaway! And I do love bees so I will love the bag charm very much! Your latest card looks so cute and the mice look very mouse-like and fluffy!
    Wishing you a wonderful week and thanks again!
    Helen x

  9. Love your bag charms Jany. Such a fabulous card too!


  10. oooh this is beautiful and i love those hanging heart dies, thanks for using or sketch at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

  11. Oh my.. congrats to the 2 winners, I love them both too! Do you have the charms to make another bag charm with the Singer charm on it? I went over to buy it but I didn't realize it was a commission. I would love one just like that! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. Darling charms! Your card is fabulous - love that silver frame and those mice are adorable!

  13. Fabulous card and colors and lovely charms. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  14. Congratulations to Helen and Susan!!! Lovely Lucky Ladies! Love your new card and can't wait to see your new stash of goodies!

  15. Hi Jane and Congratulations to lucky ladies! I'm so happy to see your studio and to imagine you creating there! Your card is really sweet - I love mice! We have for a change wind and rain. Have a lovely week! x Teje

  16. Gorgeous creations Jane and as a previous winner of one of your bag charms, can say how beautiful they really are. Great card too, love the little mice.
    Caz x

  17. Good morning Jane...I'm so thrilled to be the winner of your beautiful Giveaway!!Thank you too to your lovely hubby for drawing out my name. I'm a great fan of all your work Jane and all the ladies here love their bag charms so I'm feeling very lucky are so clever.
    Your studio looks so bright and sunny must be lovely to work away looking over your garden. Looking forward to seeing your treasures from Alexander Palace too!
    Gorgeous little House Mice on your new card...
    Happy Tuesday,
    Susan x
    P.S Your Busy Bee bag charms are fab!

  18. Dear Jane,

    Congratulations to both lucky winners, they'll LOVE their pieces! And oh how cozy your studio looks, it must be wonderful to craft there, I can't wait to see those new stamps! And those mice are adorable!

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend!


  19. I spy a ladybug and bumble bee :) Well done to the winners of your give away Jane, and I can't wait to see what has made you gasp and hope your hubby doesn't read, better bribe that Billy and hope he doesn't tell :P Lx

  20. Adorable card Jane and such sweet detail! Thank you for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna ♥ x

  21. Your card is beautiful,love those mice, thank you for joining us at I♥ProMarkers this week,
    Ruth x

  22. Well I like the way you worked with the sketch. I agree that they are great when you might not have so much time and they sort of helps you forward a bit.

    Like all the silver as well and the mice looks fantastic.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

  23. fab take on the sketch, love the housemice! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz! Kim x – CC DT

  24. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing at MIM! I'm giving away a $25 Etsy Gift Certificate.

  25. Good Morning and a warm welcome to our challenge at Forever Friends "DIE's/PUNCHES...... your creation is so beautiful and you are so creative and good luck with the challenge hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

  26. Such a beautiful card and key chain. I love the design and the lovely colour coordination. The blossoms and bows are so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny black and more this month and good luck in our prize draw.


  27. A perfect Special Occasion for our theme Jane.

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping sensations this month.

    B x

  28. Jane this is adorable and thanks for playing along with my sketch at crafty catz this week

  29. Beautiful card with fabulous papers, wonderful colouring and a darling image. Thanks for sharing with us at Lexi's Creations!

  30. so sweet love that image thanks so much for joining us at Bunny Zoes Crafts
    hugs sara x x x

  31. Wonderful creations. Loving the colours, design and attention to detail. Saw this on MIM and had to come over for a closer look. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  32. Fabulous creation
    thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations


  33. Awe, what a cute mouse couple - 25 years!! Such a great card! I linked over from MIM.

    Hugs, antonella :-)

  34. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are #9, #18, #234, #235, and #243.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by JuliaMe and Myself on the Dark… and My Art... Healing The Soul and become a follower.



  35. Brilliant card love the image and DP. Thanks for joining us at NATALIE & AMY’S this month, hope we see you again soon. Hugs Sheryl xx

  36. Gorgeous card Jane, love the cute HM stamp and the paper choice is just perfect for the occasion too.
    Thank you for joining the Blossoms and Bows challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  37. I love your choice of image, beautiful details and the design too, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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