Friday, 8 June 2012

There's a Bear in the woods..and the results of my giveaway

I am sure everyone in the UK has been thoroughly fed up with the weather for the last week, it has been truly diabolical. I have even had my central heating on..I cannot remember the last June that has happened. For parents with school age kids it has also been half term week. You poor things, you have my sympathy as I can remember how difficult it is keeping young children entertained when the weather is so inclement. Last night the winds were whistling so loud they kept me awake and we are told there is still more to come. I therefore decided that I needed to write a nice sunny post and a good subject would be to give you an update on my son's wonderful puppy Bear.

2 weeks ago (when it was very hot) we went out to the woods with him for the first time. He was such a good boy. He walks off the lead and comes to command all the time.








I think he looks like a lion here from behind.


















It was lovely to be in the cool of the woods on such a hot day. Bear loved sniffing at everything but never wanted to wander far and loved lots of pats...



















and paw shakes!! He has grown so much and his ears stick up now most of the time. His paws are huge and there is still plenty more growing to do.


















Sometimes his ears meet in the middle. We enjoyed a lovely long walk but at one point Bear asked for a carry so Matt obliged up the hill












and then Charlotte took over.












Then it was the home flat back to the car.

Bear really enjoyed his first long walk and as you can imagine when he got home he slept like a baby.

The other part of my "sunny" post is to announce the winners of my recent Jubilee giveaway. I had 16 ladies who asked to be put in the hat















Drum roll.......




Here are the lucky winners,


1st out of the hat was Mia  , 2nd was Teje and 3rd was Debi Well done ladies!
I wish I had a prize for everyone but thank you to everyone who entered and I found the Market Research very useful indeed. It appears that on the whole cupcakes and gardening seem to be the favourite theme of my cards.

And to give you something cheerful and sunny to end my post here is my Challenge card for today.
It's a gardening card using my very popular Gardener's Delight digi stamp from Ladybugcrafts ink. I have hand coloured it using my Promarker pens and highlighted it with my Prismacolour pencils.



Here is the image in close up. I used some lovely ladybird backing paper from my Jack 'n Jill papers and used a wheelbarrow and fence die cut to really give it an outside feel. I finished it off with some hand punched Martha Stewart butterflies and a couple of red pearls. The sentiment is a new one from Lili of the Valley.

This card is for sale here in my Etsy Shop

I would love to enter my card into the following challenges;
Whimsy Challenges Things with wings #42
My Mum's Craft Shop Let's play Bingo #60 my line is across the top: flowers, pearls, die cuts
Papertake weekly anything goes
Stamping for the weekend bugs and butterflies #11
Stamping with the dragon water

I hope I have been able to inject a little sunshine into your part of the world today. Have a lovely weekend and thanks again for all  you visits and lovely comments and many congratulations to the winning ladies. Fingers crossed that this weather will improve and for those who are counting the days with me it's 50 days to go ;0)

Bye for now,

Jane x

32 comments:

  1. Yippii, yippii, my FIRST win ever in any giveaway I have participated! Thank you so much dear Jane! That just made my weekend!

    And it's been cold here too, we had logs in fireplace last week too :( but today's been great and tomorrow should be beautiful too, so I am sending you a big thanks and a lot of sunshine too!

    Wonderful weekend!

    Yours,
    Mia

    P.S. Bear is so big and handsome boy already!

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  2. Wow, Bear IS growing. I'm sure he loved his sunny walk.

    Congrats to Mia, Teje and Deb!! I'm a bit envious.Enjoy your bit of the UK.
    Thank you Jane for holding such a fun giveaway.

    Here's to your special gardening cards!!

    Anne
    PlumCreek22
    etsy

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  3. I am SO delighted for you Mia. My heating is on and Billy is asleep on his green chair keeping snug. Bear is such a handsome boy, we all love him so much. Happy weekend my dear,
    Jane x

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  4. Ahh Anne , I so wish everyone could win! I shall no doubt be having another giveaway soon. Thanks for joining in the fun and have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  5. Awe Bless Bear, he's just like a little toddler having to be carried up the hill! :)
    He's a handsome boy and I expect he'll be the size of a lion by the time he's finished growing!
    Congrats to all the very lucky winners!!
    Fingers (and toes) crossed for some sunshine.
    Happy weekend,
    Vivienne x

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  6. He was so funny Vivienne, he wimpered like a little baby. He slept so well that night!
    Have a wonderful weekend too,
    Jane x

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  7. Hurray and Cograts to Mia, Teje, and Deb! They are indeed lucky ladies.
    I so enjoyed seeing Bear. He is so big already and so cute and handsome. They are having lots of fun with him, which is great. There will lots more walks in their future!!
    Hope your weather improves SOON!
    Love the gardening card Jane. It must be getting hard to pick from all the stamps out there.
    Have a wonderful weekend, xoRobin❤

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  8. Wow me darlin the card is gorgeous, and congrats to the winners, im sure I put my name down for somethin glol, have a great weekend huggies June xxx

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  9. Hi Robin, Bear is indeed a big gorgeous boy. I shall be seeing him tomorrow as Milly is coming up to see him for the first time ;0) Please send us some sunshine! Have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  10. Hi there June, I wish everyone could win ;0) but I will have another giveaway at some point. It's lovely to see you here and liking my card. Hope you are feeling better? Take care,
    Jane x

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  11. Hi Jane! Mia said it so well - jippiii, jipppiii, I'm so happy to be a winner of your wonderful give away!
    Bear is adorable! He is so beautiful and will be a gorgeus big Bear!
    I send you lots of sunshine! x Teje

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  12. I'm delighted for you Teje and will get your bag charm in the post today. Please send that sunshine !
    Jane x

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  13. Congratulations to the lucky winners! How that little puppy has grown already! He looks like a very sweet and good natured Bear. Love your pretty card, gardens are very much what I am into at the moment!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Jane, and I hope the sun peeks out a bit!
    Helen x

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  14. Cute puppy! I used to have to carry my pup when she got tired too. He'll be outwalking everyone in no time. Congratulations to all the winners!

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  15. Jane, I think I need more coffee! After reading your title, I kept trying to find a bear in your photos.It took me a bit to figure out that you were talking about your pup (who is a cutie, btw.) Ha ha ha!

    I'm bummed I didn't win your giveaway, but definitely excited for everyone who did - Congrats, ladies!

    Happiness :)

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  16. beautiful card love the image and the die cuts you've used thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

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  17. Another gorgeous card Jane. Thanks for sharing it with us at Papertake Weekly.
    xx

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  18. He is the most good natured Bear ever Helen! Milly finally met him today and fell in love with him too. We have even had some sunshine today!
    Jane x

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  19. He is already getting too big to carry Linda. We all went out for a walk with him today and his legs lasted the whole time.
    Jane x

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  20. Tee hee Corrinne, he is my son and his girlfriend's puppy. Luckily we get to see him lots as they live quite nearby. Sorry you were not a winner...I wish everyone could be! Thanks for visitng,
    Jane x

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  21. Thanks for visiting Katina, have a great weekend,
    Jane x

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  22. What a lovely post Jane. Gorgeous puppy and such a lush green countryside. Your card is fabulous. I like the cute little ladybugs.

    Thanks for joining us this week for our Wings and Things challenge.

    Cheers,
    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Whimsy Digi DT

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  23. Congratulations to your very lucky winners Jane!
    Beautiful photographs of your walk with Bear..He is a beautiful boy and so well behaved too..I'm very impressed !
    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday and fingers crossed for some sunshine,
    Susan x
    P.S Love your pretty garden themed card....

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  24. Hi Jane,

    Bear is such a handsome boy! I'm sending some of our sunshine your way :-) You have created such a beautiful garden themed card!

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  25. Hi Casey the only advantage of this rain is the lush countryside-LOL! Thanks for visiting,
    Jane x

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  26. Hi Susan, he is such a good puppy...other than one computer cable when he was tiny there has been nothing else chewed! Fingers crossed for some sun,
    Jane x

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  27. Hi Donna, thanks for your kind visit and yes please to sharing some of your sunshine ;0)
    Jane x

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  28. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at Whimsy Stamps this week ... Big Hugs Jo xxx

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  29. Congratulations to Mia,Teje and Debi! And hooray for the "Gardener's Delight" card! Yes, there is much sunshine here- We all get a part of that, and cute puppy pics, too! :o)

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  30. Bless you Michele you always add a ray of sunshine to my blog :-)
    Jane x

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Jane x