Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 a vintage year

Here we are at the very end of 2012. What a year it has been, so many happy occasions. Like many other blogging friends I think this is a great opportunity to look back over the last year and be so thankful. I thought it would be good to look back through the seasons - despite the torrential rain which started in June and has continued right up til today.

Spring included my birthday celebrations and some gorgeous early sunshine which was sadly short lived. 1st April 2012 was spent outside in the garden in hot sunshine!

Summer was just amazing as it included the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, my darling daughter's wedding and the Olympics. Such momentous occasions. Just about the only hot sunny week we had was the week leading up to the Olympics and indeed my daughter's wedding day. We were so lucky with the weather.

Autumn included our sunny holiday on Rhodes and some of the best conkers seen for years. I harvested my first chilies grown from seed. The autumn leaves this year were also very beautiful

Winter included the countdown to my favourite time of the year...Christmas. I managed a trip to the Winchester cathedral Christmas fair and also carols for Christmas at  Chichester Cathedral and wore my Cinderella slippers to the Ball. I so enjoyed my annual countdown to Christmas and sharing it with all my old and new blogging friends.

My card making has taken on new heights and I was delighted to win several card challenges and also proudly made the Top 3 in several others, my most recent VIP Top 3 was just today with my recent Wrapping up Christmas card. I thought I would share a card collage of a few of my favourite makes of the year.
So there we have it, 2012, such a vintage year. Of course I need to add my card challenge for today and it just has to be one that I have made over the Christmas holiday with some of my new stash.
The image is a new one for me, a Tiddly Ink cutie, these are a sweet range of stamps.

I coloured her with Promarkers pens and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils. You can see that this is the first circular focal I have used as I now have my Big Shot die cutter...woop woop. I used a my new Spellbinders standard circles and scallops to cut this. I also used a brilliant Martha Steward punch at the side. The papers are Nitwits and I also added some hand punched red hearts. The ribbon is actually from some of the Christmas presents! It was too gorgeous to throw away. This card is for sale here in my Etsy Shop and is even included in my 25% off sale.

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

Totally Gorjuss New
Natalie and Amy Your favourite things my Favourite things are my new Big Shot and my new digi stamp
Winter Wonderland New beginnings
Papercrafting Journey anything goes
Charisma Cardz anything goes #51
Cute Card Thursdays anything goes
Party time Tuesdays anything goes #100
Jelly Park Old and new My old is my backing paper, my new is just about everything else!

The Ribbon Girls are also launching a fab new Magnolia only challenge on the last Sunday of each month. Have a look at their link, it sounds like fun...and they have another fab giveaway too!

So there we are...2012 was indeed a vintage year for me and my family. Of course there are always ups and down in a year but I always like to focus on the positives as they so outweigh anything negative. Life is good,  make sure you seize the day.
Thank you everyone for all your visits and your kind comments. It has been a total pleasure to write Jane's Journal for another year. I am looking forward to sharing another year of blogging and friendship with you all.

I will raise my glass of champagne to you tonight at midnight at the New Year Ball.


Bye for now,

Jane x .............and of course I could not close without a word from my Billy.....

Here's to the return of some sunshine in 2013...purr xxxx


moonstruckcreations said...

Wonderful round up of the year, so many special memories for you.

Happy New Year to you all, and a special purr to Billy from my cats Tiger and Jet ;)


Jane said...

Thank you very much Helen and the same to you and your dear cats ;0)
Jane x

Grenouille Greetings said...

What a lovely nostalgic look back through 2012, Jane. Fab photos. For some reason I am very taken with the pic of the conkers! Lovely cards too of course! And this new one is a treat! Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs, Lesley

Jane said...

I think it is good to look back and remember all the positives Lesley. I aslo loved the conkers this year..they were the best for years. Happy new year to you too and thanks for visiting me,
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a lovely review, 2012 was indeed a very good year and looking at your photos, the sun did indeed shine! :)
Look at all your amazing cards too, wonderful creations! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful cards in 2013 and already a little Valentines card to start it off.
Wishing you a wonderful new year Jane, here's to lots more blogging fun my dear friend! Hugs and kisses to Billy too!
Vivienne xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Happy New Year Jane, what a lovely year 2012 was for you. Love the review, your cards and of course dear sweet Billy. Let's bring on 2013 with energy, love and happiness, which I wish for you and your family!

Jane said...

Thanks Vivienne, it really does show that the sun did shine on a few days ;0) Here's to 2013 my dear friend. Billy is asleep in the dry today...more rain here....
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi dear Robin I will drink to all of those words! Here's to 2013 and more blogging friendship.
Jane x

Shirley said...

Jane, this is one of the most gorgeous posts I've EVER scene. I have so enjoyed your wonderful posts each and every time I visit. Yes, what an amazing year you've had and most especially your daughter's wedding. I am so happy for all of the wonderful moments you've enjoyed this year. May 2013 bring you many many more, along with peace and good health to you and your family. Hugs to you and a pat on the head for Billy! : )

Jane said...

You're so kind Shirley it has been such a vintage year. Billy has also loved all the pats he has been sent. Happy new year!
Jane x

by Teresa said...

Jane, it was fun to see your photos and remember that I've been along with you during the whole year. I am wishing for you a fabooo 2013!

  *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Cynthia said...

Great review of your year and such a sweet creation, Jane! Thanks for playing along with the Jellypark Friends challenge this week.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Jane! Thank you for making beautiful mosaics! It has been wonderful year to follow you and all your adventures! Your year had in deed so many high lights! I hope the year 2013 is going to be even better! x Teje

Mia said...

What a lovely year you had, Jane, and your loved ones too! And you showed the highlights so beautifully in this post, you've become not only a card-making queen but also a blogging-master my dear!

It's been so great to share all the wonderful events with you, and it was just yesterday as we watched a re-run of the Queens Jubilee-concert from telly,and I was happily remembering last summer and you... Thank you so much for all your posts in 2012 and here's to 2013 adventures!

Happy New Year to all of you, and some special big kisses to B!


ccroll said...

Happy New Year! :)
Love post!

Jane said...

You have indeed Teresa, thanks so much and happy 2013,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Cynthia,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Teje if 2013 is going to be even better it's going to be one hell of a year ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

You are so kind Mia, 2012 was a very memorable year for me and my family and I am so glad I shared it with you too my dear friend. Happy 2013,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks so much ccroll!
Jane x

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful collages of lovely photos, Jane! What a bright and colourful year it was, with so many exciting events! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!
Helen x

Jane said...

Thanks Helen..what a year it was. Wishing you and your family a very happy 2013.
Jane x

Renate said...

Seems you've had a great year in lots of different aspects.
Your card for today is great. Love how the background looks quilted and the little bling in her hair. Sweet.
Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week. :)

Jane said...

It was such a great year Renate, thanks for liking my card,
Jane x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Happy New Year Jane!...Wishing you a wonderful 2013 (although it may be hard to top your fabulous 2012!)...It's always such a treat to visit you and I'm so looking forward to coming to see you through 2013 (and adorable Billy too of course!)Your collages are wonderful and sum up your year so perfectly,
Susan x

downrightcrafty said...

A beautiful creation just perfect for our New Beginnings challenge at the Winter Wonderland, wishing you a Happy New Year
Hugs Kate xx

Gale said...

What a wonderful year you had! Loved your card too and that sweet image of Wryn from Tiddly Inks. Thanks for sharing with us at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale

Jane said...

Happy New year dear Susan. Here's to another year of blogging friendship ;0)
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Kate,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks so much Gale,
Jane x

Jenn Borjeson said...

What a great post and a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Jellypark. :)