Thursday, 24 May 2012

Jublilations Giveaway

Following all the Jubilations here at Jane's Journal I have decided it is the right time to have a special celebration Giveaway. The weather has just been fabulous for the last few days and with a blue sky from dawn to dusk and dinner in the garden this has spurred me on to get this post up. Just look how my plants are coming along already. There is nothing quite like warm sunshine in the garden and long light evenings.

As you will know we have finally been successful in buying Olympic tickets for the Men's 3 metre springboard semi finals in the amazing Aquatic Centre right in the middle of the Olympic park. Last month my Hb and I had a last day of annual leave to use up from work and we decided to take a trip up to Stratford, the home of the London 2012 Olympics to see how the park was progressing. (Well OK then I also wanted to visit the new Westfield Shopping Centre that has been built there). At the back of Westfield (which is HUGE) there is a great viewing platform

After our window shopping and lunch we decided to head outside and see how things were shaping up.

You can see it was the most dismal day and we had to dart in and out between the downpours.

This is a side view of the Stadium. It really is enormous, this was taken from a fair way away.

This is the amazing Aquatics Centre, where we will be sitting in August.

The structure to the right is going to be a lift feature where people can pay to have a panoramic view of the park.
In the background you can see the tall buildings of Canary Wharf.

At that point the rain came pouring down so we dived into my favourite store, John Lewis.

Inside the store they also have a really good view of the Olympic Park so I snapped a couple more photos from inside in the dry.

They also had some amazing Olympic Pins for sale. Of course I had to buy a couple and I bought limited edition ones. 2 designs I bought are limited to 5,000 of each badge. 1 is really special as it is only a 2,012 run which makes it pretty rare.

The tea and scones badge on the right is the rarest and whilst I stood there looking they were all snapped up.
We enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and a piece of cake back at M+S in Westfield before we headed home.

We had a great view form our seat looking out to Stratford station and the link bridge to the Olympic Park.

Now when I was standing in John Lewis I had the brainwave that a Limited Edition Pin from the 2012 Olympics would be rather cool to offer as a prize for my next giveaway. At first I could not find another one but then hanging by itself was the very last one...and I bagged it. If you remember my Wimbledon giveaway it was a similar story then!

So here we are this is my giveaway prize to one lucky reader. A real rarity.

Now at the time I bought this I had no idea of the Julibations ahead but now that there is so much to celebrate I have decided to offer not 1 or 2 but 3 giveaway prizes to help me celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics. The pin badge is for the first name out of the hat.

I have made one of my popular bag charms as my prize for the 2nd name out of the hat. This one is a special red, white and blue one with a teapot and tea bag British! The lovely handmade lampwork glass  beads are from my stash and all made by UK artisan lampworkers.

And last but not least as my 3rd prize ....

of course, a Cath Kidston celebration  tea towel!  Everyone who visits my blog both old and new visitors are most welcome to join in the fun. There is only one thing that I ask for -  a little market research ;0)
I would like you to look at the handmade cards-this is the link which I sell in my Esty shop and decide which is your  favourite card and why. It might be the stamp, the colours, the embellishments etc etc.
Then just leave me a comment at the end of this post saying which card is your favourite (you can even look at my sold items if you would like to) You have plenty of time to do this as I am going to leave my giveaway open for 2 weeks. It will close on Friday 8th June at 4pm (GMT). So as not to affect the numbers I will not be leaving my usual replies to your lovely comments but I will enjoy reading them as I always do. I will make the draw that evening and will put up a post with the winners that weekend, so remember to pop back to see if you have won.

So finally my card for today which just has to be another Jubilations card.

This lovely Penny Black stamp called La Soiree is one that I won some months ago in one of the card challenges. I am delighted with her. She inks up beautifully with my Promarker pens and I had fun with the balloons.
I added some more of the papers from the Crafts Beautiful freebies and dug out some of my flowers. I have had the deep blue in my stash for ages and they work really well with my Patriotic theme. I have also added some satin edged ribbon and red,white and blue Baker's twine to finish off my card.

I would like to enter this is the following challenges;
Penny Black and More London Calling
Bearly Mine #36 anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday #77 dig out the old my old are the deep blue mulberry flowers I have had for ages in my stash.
Crafters Companion Here comes summer
Passion for Promarkers #150 Birthdays
Papertake Weekly True colours
Creative Inspirations #164 anything goes
Joanna Sheen Birthdays
Make it Monday Linky Party #90

I'm off to enjoy this fabulous weather as it's my day off. Don't forget to enter my giveaway (please check the details above as I will assume that you not want to be included in it if you have not added a comment re your favourite card your have seen in my Etsy shop) and good luck to everyone. Thanks as always for visiting me, your comments always make my day.

Back soon,

Bye for now

Jane x


  1. This is an adorable creation hun! Thanks for playing along at Joanna Sheen! xxx

  2. Wow that park looks amazing Jane, lucky you being so close to it too!
    Shopping centre looks great as well. I love John Lewis too, it's always a treat to visit when we go to the mainland as we don't have one here yet. There was talk of one coming but something to do with stupid planners stopped it!!How lucky were you to get those limited editon pins. I really hope I'm lucky in the giveaway, all three prizes are brilliant. :)
    As for my fav card, well, I really love your gardening card with the watering can but I also think the alligator card is pretty cool too!
    Happy Thursday Jane, isn't this weather just the best!
    Vivienne x

  3. Wow great pictures, I'm sport fan and surely follow the games!

    Your card is fabulous,full of beautiful details!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and more,
    good luck;-))m

  4. Stunning card! Thank you so much for joining us at BMD this week! Ani
    P.S. I have a candy on my blog if you're interested

  5. Hi Sweet Jane,
    Such a fun post. The Olympic Park looks amazing. I would like to attend an event there. Thanks for sharing all the photos even if it was a gloomy day, but you made it sound lovely. Fabulous give aways!
    I took a look at all your cards and I decided to give you my 3 favorites for your 3 give aways. I love the bride and groom, I think it is the stamp that I love so much. I think the groom's leg out is so precious. I also love that style of cute innocence boy and girl. I love both the blue and yellow and my third is the fairy cupcake with the fairy in the cupcake. Love the colors of this one and the stamp!
    Didn't mean to go on and on. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Fabulous post...fabulous card! Now I just want to stop and eat, lol!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  7. Wow looks like you had lots of fun hunny, Well i am a new follower so hope u dont mind me entering your little giveaway,My daughter just did a dance in Respect of the olympics at our local theatre so this is quite big at our house at the moment,lol.. It was really hard for me to choose 1 of ur cards as there all so beautiful and different,You sure are talented anyway i finally settled on the Femine card using LOTV Cupcake fairy, and why?
    Well i adore those papers and Glitter is a must for me, The image is coloured to perfection too.
    But most of all, its such a lovely cheer me up card, i smiled when i saw it and i love cards that make me smile, Great job..
    Anyway another fab card is this one, I love The cards that feature union jack colours and i love the image on this too..
    Glad i saw u on MIM, I will now become a follower so i dont miss any of ur lovely cards,
    Lotsa luv
    Kenzie xx

  8. Wow what brilliant pictures darlin, I ive nearly near the north pole so wont ever get a chance of views like this lol, brilliant!!! and pleased you had a lovely day out! I must say under the sea has to be my favourite card, I love that little mermaid and the dimension, I also love the colours and the dies you have used, yes its perfect hunnie. Thank you so much for the chance to win one of these wonderful prizes, I wont forget to pop back as my birthday is the day before the draw, and I visit you daily anyway. Have alovely evening darlin and thank you again huggies June xxxxx

  9. Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations Wedensdays Challenge.

  10. Hi Jane,
    Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog & also the invite for your giveaway!
    I checked out your handmade cards and I must say they are very nice!! It was hard to choose a fave! I chose 2!
    I really like the wedding card with Lily of the Valley bride and groom. Love the coloring you have done & also how you did the fancy border punching!!
    Also I love the Man/boy/guys card. I think the colors are very elegant & I love the long sleeves! Cuff links are so adorable! Nice touch!

    Thanks again for the opportunity.
    Hope you come visit me again soon!


    PS...thanks for the photos...such excitement!

  11. Hello Jane....Your flowers are looking so pretty and are clearly enjoying all this lovely warm weather!
    I'm sure the dull weather on your day out didn't matter at all though...You definitely found some great places to view all the activity!
    I would very much like to be included in your generous Giveaway...You know how much I love your cards...if I absolutely have to pick a favourite it would be your Bride and Groom cards but that is a difficult decision!
    I'm off to add a link in my sidebar for you.
    Hope you are enjoying the sunny week,
    Susan x

  12. Gorgeous card love the colours, beautiful work. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week. luv gina xx

  13. What nice prizes. It's good of you to offer the drawing. Maybe I need to eat something sweet tonight, but I'm liking the cupcake girl and the cupcake fairy best, but all of your cards are sweet. Love the photos!

  14. Hi, Jane! I was SO happy that you stopped by my blog today - It was wonderful to have you :)

    My favorite card is Lili Of The Valley Wedding Card:

    There are so many embellishes & details with lots of texture - Very sweet!


  15. Dear Jane, my favorite card is the cute one with the tiny house with the picket fence! So cute! I love the bag charm and would be thrilled to be a winner! Hugs, Teresa

  16. Hi Jane! My favourite card is the blue baby boy card! I love letters and blue colours! Thank you for sharing your trip - great photos!
    And thank you for a wonderful give away! So special presents!
    Enjoy your sunny weekend! x Teje

  17. A very beautiful card, love the pennants and the roses. A great layout, too.

  18. Dear Jane,

    Thank you so much for this lovely giveaway! And you know how much I love your cards, and after a hard thinking my favorite is this: as I love the colors and the flowers with a little sparkle in them :)

    Have a wonderful weekend, and kiss Billy for me, please! Sunshine&warm air here too!


  19. So enjoyed your pictures! Yay on the tickets - that'll be fun! DARLING card, love the papers and the so cool image!

  20. Hi Jane, I found you via Mary jane's tearoom. Lovely giveaway! My favourite card is the new home card, pretty colours and my daughter loves the little snail!
    Victoria xx

  21. wonderful card, and great photos too. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  22. Super cute! thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon! Hugs!

  23. I have really enjoyed looking at your pictures Jane.

    We visited Stratford last Autumn, but so much has been done since then and it's a changing scene, but I imagine they are all but finished now.

    Well done on getting the tickets, we didn't try as I thought I would find it hard going with my mobility issues and the travel required. But one of our sons has been assigned to the Tai Qwan Do team. He applied as a volunteer for any job going and when they saw he had been the GB junior champion at Uni, offered the placement, so he's a happy camper.

    If they had a talking event I am sure I could be considered, I actually came here to look at your card didn't I.

    And it is just amazing, so clever to combine the modern image with all the patriotic colours.

    Thanks so much for joining our London Celebrations at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  24. Great pictures, Jane! This is a very generous was hard to choose a favourite card but I think I'll pick the fairy cupcake as I love those pretty colours!
    Have a happy sunny week.
    Helen x

  25. Jane! Such a wonderful post and previous posts..I've been so behind on visits and blogging recently. Thank you for your kind visit..I hope you've been well. looks like you're in for some wonderful events!! I love that you've shared a bit with us out here who can vicariously enjoy the Olympic excitement before the summer hits. Oh the city must be all a buzz with excitement. And the post of the Jubilee souvenirs makes me so happy to see..I love the designs and logos that celebrate the Queen. Thanks for sharing! And wahooo...yay for your generous giveaway! Your shop has so many gems..but I think my favorites are: Anniversary Garden Moments, and Birthday Balloon Girl. I also loved your hedgehog card that has been sold. : ) Always so fun to catch up here Jane. Have a lovely week ahead!

  26. Great card with so much detail. Thank you for joining in the fun at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  27. Thank you for this lovely giveaway. ( I missed Vivienne's) It was lovely to see a bit of the Olympic Park.

    I have two favorite cards--Garden Moments and Gardener's Delight.

    Thanks again, Jane!! Happy long Jubilee weekend to you,
    PlumCreek22 etsy

  28. Gorgeous patriotic card and love those reds, whites and blues. Brilliant design and colouring. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  29. Well Jane, in all fairness to the other bloggers out there I thought I'd give them room to submit their market research first... But I decided to jump in here at this late hour (perhaps early in some places) and make my bid, too! Now, if I could choose between "Gardener's Delight" or the "Cupcake Fairy." Anything garden themed is always tops on my list and who wouldn't want to dive into a yummy cupcake? Thanks for inviting all of us to share a bit of the Olympic spirit with this friendly gesture! :o)

  30. Thanks everyone who wanted to put their name into the hat for my giveaway. All you feedback re favourite cards has been very helpful.I shall be back with the winners very soon!
    Jane x


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