Friday, 9 August 2013

Giveaway and garden winners

My summer jewellery giveaway closed last night and I sorted out the number of names to go in the hat. Some people had 1 entry others 2 and some 3 as they had also shared it on their own blogs. Thank you everyone who entered my jewellery giveaway. All the names went into my straw hat ...Billy adjudicated

and my Hb as soon as he walked in from work was made to do the drawing. M pulled out.........

drum roll.......................


The lovely Susan of  Mary Jane's Tearoom 

Very well done Susan and I think you should buy a lottery ticket (Susan was one of my winners in my last giveaway). Susan and I often joke that we have several parallels in our lives including daughters studying/studied medicine and even that the initial of her blog are the same as my Hbs :0)  I hope you enjoy wearing your summery necklace (or giving it as a gift) as much as I enjoyed making it.  I am sorry that there can only be one winner but there will be another giveaway soon. Thanks also for leaving such kind comments on my anniversaries post, I really loved reading every single one of them. BTW if you are quick Susan has a giveaway on her own lovely blog at the moment....pop on over there and join the fun.

My other winnings today are from my garden. The lovely hot sunshine has brought everything on so much.
 My pots this year have been spectacular
 I have grown some new plants, cucamelons and asparagus peas which are coming along well, more of these in another post
 My aubergines are like purple jewels hanging from their stems.

Pretty  trailing petunia 
 Jackanapes viola which my Mum bought me.This old variety as an amazing cottage garden scent to it.
 Chillies in lots of varieties
 This purple variety is called fairy lights...don't let the gentle name deceive is soo hot!
I even have a couple of squash. My Dad grew the plants from seeds.
  I have lots of gorgeous green peppers which I am leaving on the plants to turn red as I much prefer the sweetness of a red pepper.
 Ever reliable runner beans....
 and this year I tried some mange these are delicious and next year I plan to grow more of these.
and my tomatoes are just about ripening.

So it's winners all round then in the garden too.

My card challenge for today takes it's inspiration from my sunny garden. I have used my favourite Bella sleeping by Wild Rose Studios. It is a new baby boy card and is for sale here in my Etsy shop
I have used lots of bright sunny colours and butterflies.
I have make an embossed background with the blue card. The small butterflies are Martha Stewart. The large one is my favourite Cheery Lynn exotic butterfly. There are also some Cheery Lynn Olive branches cut in yellow and green.

You can also see in this close up a blue heart button tied with green twine which matches the green gingham ribbon. I LOVE gingham ribbon. The sentiment in LOTV.
I have coloured my stamp with Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Top Tip Tuesday Embossing
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Penny Black and More In the garden
Crafts to Challenge you Summer days, fun in the sun
Emma's Cards Floral
Divas by design bingo my line is the diagonal line;embossing, die cuts and punches and flowers
The Paper Shelter punches/dies
As you like it favourite ribbon and why as I said above I really love gingham ribbon and I think it is perfect for baby cards. I also love this bright green as it really screams life to me!
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday die-ing to punch
Jelly Park cuddly wuddly
Make it Monday Linky Party #152

Thanks for visiting and a very warm welcome to my recent new followers. It's so good to see everyone here and that you take the time to leave so many sweet comments. I hope you all have a lovely weekend...we have one more big treat coming up on Saturday..we are being taken as guests to Ascot to see some more horse racing. I am so excited after my introduction to horse racing at Glorious Goodwood  recently. Having never been racing before to get the opportunity to attend twice in as many weeks is an incredibly lucky coincidence..perhaps I should be buying that lottery ticket along with Susan.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congrats to Susan, she's a very lucky lady! 😃
    Goodness your garden is looking great Jane, those aubergines are amazing, I think Surrey must be sub tropical now! My tomatoes are still green and they're in a greenhouse. Certainly your weather in the south of England is a great boon to growing veg!
    I do love that little elephant!
    Have a wonderful weekend at Ascot!!
    V xxx

  2. Beautiful card , thank you for joining us over at Emma's Crafty Challenge xx

  3. Your card is totally adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter, good luck! Susan x

  4. Spotted your card at MIM. Simply adorable baby card!

  5. Hi Jane, gorgeous treasures at your garden!
    And a fabulous card, cute image!
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more Challenge, good luck;-))m

  6. More wonderful photos. Love this bright card so colourful.
    Thanks so much for sharing again tis month with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  7. Your garden is amazing! What part of the world do you live in? We call aubergines eggplant in the U.S.!
    Your card is beautiful! Perfect image for a new baby card. I love it! Thank you forplaying at Jellypark Friends for our Cuddly Wuddly challenge.

  8. Hello dear Jane,

    Congratulations to Susan, she'll love the jewelry!! And oh my, Ascot! A new hat for the occasion, perhaps? I can't wait to see and read all about it.

    Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend, and many greetings from Finland again!


  9. Hello Jane,

    Congrats to Lucky Susan!
    That card is precious and I've really enjoyed catching up on your posts (Happy belated anniversary BTW)

    Cheers from Chicago~

  10. Such a pretty baby card. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Hugs! MOjca

  11. Wow Jane another blog post which kept me really interested, I need to come to your house with al that lovely healthy stuff to eat, your card is beautiful too me lovely, thanks for popping by my blog too, you know I appreciate your visits, have a lovely day, big huggeis June xxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. Your garden is so much farther along than mine, but I have gotten a tomato and a cucumber. You also seem to have put your garden together in a more esthetically pleasing way too. Oh well, maybe I'll try harder next year. You're an inspiration! Nice card, and I hope you have a great time at the races too.

  13. So I came by just to leave a comment but then I got sucked in by all those gorgeous photos of your garden. I almost forgot why I was here.
    Your elephant baby is darling and the card is lovely. Thank you for sharing and playing along with us at Jellypark Friends.

  14. Adorable adorable card, Jane!! Your photos are amazing too. Congratulations to the lucky winner!! I am wishing you a wonderful week ahead. :)

  15. Oh my goodness Jane...I'm definitely feeling very lucky indeed today to be the winner in your beautiful Giveaway..such a wonderful surprise!
    Thank you to lovely Mr MJT for drawing out my name again too and not to forget Billy of course for keeping a close eye over the proceedings! You are right's very funny that we have so many parallels and it's such a treat to visit you and for me to have you as a lovely blog friend...
    I can see too that like me you're on a lucky winning streak at the moment as you're now looking forward to a trip to exciting!
    Your garden is looking beautiful and I love your latest card design....(I think little Bella is now a definite favourite with me)
    Happy New Week!
    Susan x
    P.S Don't forget to buy your lottery ticket!

  16. Woo hoo!!! Congratulations to Susan and thank you so much Jane for sharing the beautiful pictures of your garden and your heart melting card. Anything that reminds me of Dumbo is an A+ in y book! Fantastic job with the embossing technique too.
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa x

  17. Gorgeous card with a lovely image...thanks for joining the bingo challenge at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  18. Great card!
    Thanks for joining TPS challenge! DT Shannon

  19. Fabulous card, thank you for joining in at Emma's crafty challenge, good luck x

  20. Hello Jane, Getting caught up on Blogging. Congrats Susan!! That necklace will be pretty for late Summer......

    Enjoy the flowers and veggies, Jane.

    Happy to be home again and peaking in your Etsy shop.
    Here's to all things baby, including your card!!

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  21. A lovely baby card - great layers and colouring. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafts Too Challenge You this month. Jennie

  22. So pretty! Thanks for joining us at Jellypark this challenge.

    Lisa xox

  23. Your garden looks delicious, I have aubergines envy as mind are a bit pathetic this year :( I'm sorry I was too late for the giveaway, I pretty much stopped blog reading on the run up to our holiday as I was so very busy, but thank you for letting me about it in the comment you left on mine. Well done Susan. I am quite looking forward to the boys being back at school and finally reading everyones posts as they happen!

    Lovely card.


  24. Beautiful, thanks for joining in Emmas Crafty Challenge at Emmas Cards UK, good luck xx


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