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Saturday 16 April 2011

Easter Blog Candy Winner and other stuff.

Ok, this is going to be the length of a novel, so may I suggest a toilet break first and make a brew - even a sandwich to keep you going!
First off, the winner of the Easter candy.I apologise for the lateness in posting the winner but we've been out.
17 years ago today the lovely Phil took me up the aisle- so to speak! Yes it's our wedding anniversary. Lord alone knows how my lubbly hubbly has put up with me for so long, but I am thankful that he has. So we've been over to my Mum and Dads and taken them out for lunch, very nice it was too but I am now late with everything!
So without any further waffle:

Mr Random did his job and picked a winner and I laughed when I saw the number 16, as it's the 16th today and our wedding anniversary..fate? Anyhow, congratulations to JudeB, if you could please EMAIL ME with your full postal address and I will get your winnings posted off to you.
Thank you everyone that entered, I'm always sorry that there can be only one winner but....there is more to come.
As I said in an earlier post, it will be the 1st anniversary of my move to living in blog land on April 26th. I am amazed at how quickly this year has flown by. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging and I was a nervous wreck for the first couple of weeks. I'm still not sure what I'm doing half the time, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 12 months and have met some wonderful people and forged some true friendships.
So of course I wanted to put some candy together to celebrate the occasion.

Guessed what they are yet?
Do you remember when you were little and went to your friends birthday parties? What was the best thing about the party? Leaving and getting a party bag on the way out! I was always so excited and couldn't wait to get back home to see what surprise was in the bag. Usually a piece of birthday cake wrapped in a napkin, by the time you got home the cake was all squashed and the napkin stuck to it like s**t to a blanket! You also got some sweets or chocolate, and a toy. A yo-yo or how about the coveted plastic ring with an almost fluorescent 2 carat size gem?
So my candy will be party bags.

No squishy cake or plastic rings in here!
Sorry about the quality of the photo, it was hard to get a clear photo as they are all packed in cello bags.
All the kits contain roughly the same thing. Three unmounted rubber stamps:
1 Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy stamp from the latest release (set 6).
1 LOTV stamp from the latest release of animals.
1 hAnglar & stAnglar stamp from a variety of kits.
Some 6x6 card stock, 6x6 DPs and various embellishments.
Now some kits are larger than others simply because some paper ranges contain more than others.

This is the smallest of the party bags ( no Sassy in here yet as they are ordered but not delivered yet)

This is one of the larger party bags.
I have ordered the remaining stamps, the Sassys, and am waiting for them to be delivered, which I expect to be next Tuesday. Once I've added a Sassy to each kit then I will seal the bags and seal the jiffy bags ready to post, so even I won't know who gets what.
I will put the candy's on my blog hopefully next Tuesday, and one bag at a time. I will put which hanglar kit that stamp has come from ( kit 11 limited edition, kit 24 hugs, kit 25 beach, kit 26 messenger or kit 27 attitude) please let me know if you want me to post pictures of the kits.
I will put one kit on for one day only, then when Mr Random has drawn that winner I will put a new one on.
You are free to enter for as many of the 10 kits you like (or for none if you don't like them!) but if you win one then can I please ask that you don't enter for any more.
I know it's not one huge candy like some folks offer, because I wanted to divide up the 30 stamps to give 10 people a chance to win something.
It will be open worldwide but to my regulars only, after all you are the people that make it all worthwhile. This way my regulars get more of a chance of winning. I apologise in advance to those I will upset, I do value all my followers and I do offer regular candy's to my followers.
Ok, if you are still with me and haven't lost the will to live, I've written all this up today because A) I don't have much spare time when I'm in work and B) It makes it so much easier next week to just pop the candy on without all this additional info.
I've tried to make this as clear as possible but don't hesitate to ask if there's anything that's not clear.
Thanks for looking and I will be back as soon as the Sassys arrive.
Love Elaine xxx


  1. Oooh! Elaine cant wait!!!!!!

  2. congratulazioni alla vincitrice... e speriamo alla prossima volta ;-) saluti dall'italia

  3. What a wonderful! I'm still chuckling away..I remember the squashed cake..and even if it was was not like my Mums cake..and those rings...and a flat balloon that someone expected a little kid to have lungs of an elephant to blow the stupid things up.YES!! I remember it well.
    Fabulous idea and very generous you are with your gift packs....[sigh]that was so funny.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. Wow 17 years of marriage! Well done :) And another wow for all the lovely candy party bags,what a fab idea!
    Enjoy your weekend,
    Fiona x

  5. Hi Elaine, Just want to say Happy Anniversary to you. Love your candies! but as I have not had my bog very long I will not enter this one, I agree it is only fair. Yes I am at the nail biting stage still, everythign being very new! lol Congrats on your Blogoversary coming up too. Great to hear you enjoyed yourself today, Judy x

  6. Elaine first of all congratulations on your weddingday!!! Hope there will be many more for you to celebrate! Think you candy's are always awesome! You give away so much. So thanks for giving so many of us a change to win. Promised you a card a while ago! Haven't forgotten it and I'm feeling ashamed but I promise you, you will get it soon!!
    hugs Yvonne

  7. Happy anniversary and happy blog birthday next week.... I will look out for your candy before the other 2 witches have time to spot it !! cunning plan eh ????

  8. –°ongrats Elain on your wedding anniversary!!!!!!
    And congrats to lucky JudeB !!!!

  9. Hi Elaine!
    Enjoyed your post...Happy 16th Anniversary! Love your idea to do smaller individual candies, giving 10 people the opportunity to win.
    I'm new to blogging and going through the "don't know what I'm doing"'s fun, rewarding, and exasperating all at the same time.
    Smiles...Linda in CA

  10. what a very kind and generous thing to do Elaine .. i a sure everyone will be keen to enter with such fab prizes.
    Congrats to your candy winner ... and a very Happy Anniversary to you and your lovely hHubbie
    Lisa xx

  11. Firstly! A big Congratulations to you both on your special day!!
    really hun this is so kind of you and the idea of goodie bags is fantastic!! and very generous of you

  12. Oh wow Elaine, you are such a gem. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm really excited about your anniversary, clearly the candy's neither here nor there - LOL

    Happy Anniversary hunny and thank you for your continued generosity for us little folks here in blogland. Totally inspired idea.


  13. Hi Elaine
    BIG congrats to Judi, she'll have a lovely time crafting with these little sweethearts. And BIG congratulations to you & Phil on your Anniversary. I had to smile when I saw the two dates, 16th (today) & 26th (Anniversary of your blog), as these are two VERY important dates in my diary, today is my dear (departed) Mum's Bday, & 26th is my daughter's Bday.
    Hope you have a lovely (rest of) your VERY special day.
    BIGGEST of hugs
    Sandra (craftynan)

  14. Huge Congrats to you both Elaine, hope you had a lovely anniversary, and congrats to JudeB well done, Big Hugs for this super chance to win one of your Gorgeous Party Bags what a fabulous idea your one in a million chum, (((HUGE HUGS)))
    Sarah xx

  15. Elaine, Congrats to both you and your dh on 17 years! Judi, Congrats on your fabulous win!

  16. Congrats to the lucky winner. This giveaway sounds so exciting. Can't wait. I was never invited to parties with goodie bags so i don't know whats its like to get one.
    Hugs, Rosalee

  17. hiya sweetie
    congrstd hunni
    16 is my lucky number
    thank you so much for the chances to win one of thase amazing prizes
    have a great weekend sweetie
    hugs angelique

  18. Congrats to the winner. What a fabulous idea Elaine, see your creative in more ways than one. I saw that Beast we were talking about at Ally Pally. Yep, your gonna need alot of space! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Hugs Tracy x

  19. Congrats to the lucky winner. Nice giveaway it sounds so exciting.
    hugs Tessa & Anke

  20. Congratulation on your anniverseries, can't
    wait until next week,have never won anything,
    thanks for the chance.

    linda H.

  21. Girl you just spoil all your followers. Big Congrats on your anniversary dear. Both of them lol Have a great day dear. Hugs

  22. Hi Elaine,
    Hapyy Anniversary to you both sounds like you've had the most wonderful day x and look at generous you sharing it with others you are one very considerate , generous lady x
    Suzie Qx

  23. I read it all and havent lost the will to live, lol, i absolutely love reading your ramblings, you have such a sense of humour and i see we both have a few choice french words in our vocabulary "s^*t stuck to a blanket" as you so eloquently put it, ha ha ha. I have such a laugh when i visit your blog, you're a real tonic, one of the few blogs i actually read, lol dont tell a soul. I look forward to seeing the candy, happy anniversary and happy crafting

  24. What you like Mrs eh did you know you could have been out on good behaviour by now???? LOL poor P did he ever ask about his jumper?? roflol

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend

    Ali x

  25. Congratulations on your Anniversary - both of you. I did exactly as you directed & am now typing duly fortified with bedtime drink & biscuits.
    You are one of the most original & inventive people I have come across - party bags! Whatever next?? It's a brilliant idea. I just looked at your pics of the small & large bags & can see that you've even colour co-ordinated them; goodness these will be such fun for the recipients. Thank you for being you & doing all you do.
    Much love & sleep well.
    Paula (PEP)

  26. Hi Elaine Happy Aniversary for today and see the Sun shone for you and good to hear you had a lovely day with Mum & Dad. As for the birthday lucky bags cant wait and from the sounds of it neither can many more for your fans. Thank you once again and hope you are enjoying your evening.

  27. I hope you have a fantastic anniversary:) 17 years is a long time!!!

  28. Hiya Elaine,

    Congrats on your Wedding anniversary - 17 Years!

    Congrats to Phil too!

    Great candy - Great idea - who does not like a party bag!
    Like it better cause no squishy cake though!

    Thanks again for all your amazing offers of CANDY - LOVE YOU SWEETIE!

    Always very generous - thank you!

    Take care
    Big Hugs

  29. Happy Aniversary
    Elaine and hubby and what a generous lady you are look forward to you fabulous candy,
    hugs Dianne xx :)

  30. Happy Anniversary! I would say that I hope Phil got you something nice but I do believe that Huge Big Shot you just got might be your anniversary gift! Love ya and give Phil a hug from me too!

  31. Happy Anniversary!! Me and my Phil have been married for 7 years today... so Happy Anniversary for you yesterday and me today!!
    Oh btw - they are the best goodie bags I've ever seen :)

  32. Congratulations - April 26th is my only gd's 5th birthday - so perhaps it may be lucky for me!!

  33. Happy anniversary,Elaine! Love the great idea you share the happiness.The more giveaway,the more happiness.Those party bags are awesome!I would like to be one of the lucky winners:)
    Thank you for always being so generous.

  34. Hi Elaine congrats on your anniversarry and blogaversarry too and whay a fab idea of party bags. I thinkit would be more fun if you didn't say what any of the hanglear stamps were too a complete suprise and even more anticipation too, but one generous lady either way. Have a fab weekend and don't work too hard and for thiose that don't win its obviously not meant to be their turn.

  35. Hi Elaine, Firstly, Congratulations on your wedding Anniversary yesterday. Secondly, I am blown away with the amount of candy you have put together for your party bags. You are such a kind and giving person. I am going to Scotland to visit my Dad on the 20th and will have no internet access so won't be able to join in the fun as I won't be back until 2ndMay. Good luck to everyone who enters. Also congrats to Jude for the candy just finished. Enjoy the last of the weekend.
    big hugs

  36. oooh Elaine how very generous of you, loving the party bags idea. Happy Anniversary to you x

  37. Hi Elaine,

    Hope you are well.

    You are such a generous person! It's a great and original idea and it's got me all excited anyway and I have been having a couple of rubbish weeks so I didn't lose the will to read your post.

    I can't wait.

    Love Kerry xxx

  38. OMG what a generous Candy and the date is special for me as it's my birthday!! So what a present it would be if I was to win!!! Thanks Hugs xxx

  39. Happy Anniversary Sweetheart I do hope you had a wonderful day yesterday with your parents and hubby, its a shame you didnt tell as I would have sent you a card, but now i know youd better watch out for next year.
    You do seem to be so generous with all that Candy give away Im sure you will find lots of people signing up for it. with hugs Shirleyxxx

  40. ok here's a question for you, are you nuts????
    what are you doing - giving all this stuff away? lol
    and I haven't heard the expression "like sh*t to a blanket" for ages

  41. Happy anniversary and happy blog anniversary too, I think this is more than generous and any of your party friends will be jumping with delight at these presents, it is a very kind and very generous gesture, good luck to all whom enter and win xxx

  42. Happy Anniversary (x 2!!) Thanks in advance for the candy - you really are one of the most generous peeps in blogland and I hope I'm able to call you a friend as I'd be honoured to do so. Big hugs, Marie xx

  43. Happy Anniversary to you both Elaine.... hope you had a wonderful celebration!
    Now..... I went for my toilet break, and I got my brew, and I got a biscuit too while I read.. and I didn't lose interest for a second! Wowwwwwww all that lovely blog candy - you are very generous! So thank you for the chance (in advance!).... and congrats to Jude on winning the last one!
    PS watch out for low flying brownies in your kitchen.. they hit low and stick to hips!! hehe x
    PPS Now can i go to sleep???
    PPPS zzzzzzz zzzzzzz zzzzzz........

  44. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby Elaine, and OMG what super Candy, you are too generous.. Thank you Debbiexx

  45. Hope you've had a wonderful anniversary.

    Your amazing Elaine and so generous too. What a great idea and there wi9ll be 10 very happy people in blogland.

    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  46. oh wow elaine this is such a great idea and i think the 10 winners will love their prizes i think its better than doing one large candy as then there will be 10 excited followers(hopefully one is me lol)thanks so much and well done to jude on her win too xx

  47. Happy Anniversary Elaine and Hubby.
    Thank you for the chance to win a fabulous party bag.

    Hugs Hazel xx

  48. Happy anniversary! For your wedding and blogging! I can't believe you've only been blogging for a year - it's fabulous. And I love your idea for blog candy too. Brilliant!

  49. Hi hun can I say this is a fantastic idea I'm currently waiting for some of my goodies arrive so I can do my 1 year anniversary, its a since since i started crafting & blogging last march I had no idea what sugar nellie or magnolia was or even a promarker lol. This really is a unique idea & I think its fabulous for your regulars. If you dont mind I may ppinch this idea from you 1 day of course I would come & ask you first anyway. I wont enter cus even tho I've followed for a while I dont always comment usually mine is a flying visit, even tho I do always visit but I want to wish you & everyone else the best & just to say this really is an awesome idea hun.
    Happy anniversary & I hope you will continue to blog & craft for many many years to come you truly are a talented woman.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  50. Hi Hun you do make me laugh, don't think you'll class me a regular visitor so I don't expect to be in on the candy, but just wanted to say hi, hugs Liz xx

  51. Ps sorry I meant to say happy Anniversary too, me and my head!!! hugs Liz xx

  52. Oh Elaine, what nostalgia - yes the cake was always squished, but when I went to parties you never got a party bag back, only cake - so no duff ring!! I do however remember wearing a party frock that was always full length with a frill at the bottom (a little like an old fashioned bridesmade dress!) how I look back in horror now! What a fab post, still chuckling. You have done so well in your first year, so many achievements and I hope many a blogging buddy made.
    Hugs Sarahx

  53. PS. Posted before I could say "Happy Anniversary" wishing you many more. Hugs Sarahx

  54. morning Elaine, thank you for the blog comment on the GDT call, you made me laugh and no, there's no need for slapping :0)

  55. wow Elaine...fabberooney...are you MENTAL giving all away..oops yes forgot you are...hee hee!!


  56. What a wonderful idea. Thanks. I don't often comment, but I do drop by often.

  57. what wonderful candy Elaine. I think you may just be starting a trend here!
    Thank s for the chance to win great candy.
    Congrats too on your anniversary, 16 years
    Now I feel old as it will be our 29th this summer ( yes I was a child bride!!!!!)
    many hugs sarah x

  58. Hope your anniversary was as happy as the day it reminds you of! I am one of your regular lurkers and only comment now and again but I love your cards - your colouring is what keeps me coming back for more! I must add that the candy is very generous and the winners will be very lucky crafters :o)
    Jenni x

  59. Congrats to you. Thank you for the chance to win a fabulous party bag.
    hugs Dorte

  60. Elaine what a fantastic idea - love party bags and usually I'm too old!!!!
    Happy belated anniversary to you both - I have been on holiday.

    Hugs Ali x


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