Thursday, 25 July 2013

A trio of anniversaries

There are no less than 3 anniversaries taking place in the next few days. Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary, tomorrow is my 3rd blogging anniversary and Sunday is our daughter and son in law's 1st wedding anniversary. What a wonderful trio of celebrations. I have scheduled this post as M and I are up in our beloved London for the day. We hope to go across the Thames on the cable car and have a wander around Greenwich and then we have a very special meal booked for the evening..dinner at the Ritz ;0)

I decided to have a giveaway to celebrate. I am amazed how quickly 3 years of blogging has gone by. I took my first tentative steps into the world of blogging on 26 July 2010 and as I said here in my very first post I was not sure whether anyone would be interested in reading Jane's Journal. How wrong I I am 269 posts later and with 135 friendly blogger followers and more who follow via email alerts, loving every minute of this kind, creative, friendly blogging world. 

You have peeped into my sunny little garden...

Seen my silversmithing  projects and other jewellery making projects...

Watched my card making evolve and improve, especially this year (I think ;0)

Looked at my holiday snaps and exploits

and last but not least sent virtual pats to my dear cat Billy...who is as always my helper in all things creative and never far away.

So I have made something special for my giveaway......a summery necklace.

It is a very pretty necklace.I have made it using a lovely one of a kind handmade artisan glass lampwork flowery summer bead as the focal. The blue stone is genuine lapis lazuli and there are gorgeous sparkly rock crystal chunks to finish it off. If you do not want to keep it for yourself it will come in an organza bag and would make a great gift for someone. It is a totally unique and one of a kind piece.
All the findings (clasp etc) are sterling silver and there are 2 little Swarovski spacers holding that lovely focal bead in place.

As always with my giveaways this is open to everyone worldwide. Just mention in your comment on this post that you would like to put your name into the hat. However as with my last giveaway I wanted to give an extra 2 chances of winning to my loyal followers who stop by and say hi week in and week out. So, if you are a follower you will get 1 extra name in the hat. Also if you post the above picture of my giveaway necklace in your side bar on your blog or mention it in a post you will get a 3rd entry. Just leave a mention of what you have done in your comment on this post. You can even come back later and tell me if you have added any extra entries. My giveaway will be open until Thursday 8 August so you have plenty of time to enter. Good luck to everyone.

So my card today is a card to celebrate is actually a wedding card which I made recently for my daughter's now sister in law..if that makes sense. The bride is very much a "girlie"girl and loves all things pink and bling so this is what I came up with.

I used Ladybug Craft's Ink Bride Nikki as the stamp..she is a great bride stamp for wedding cards. I coloured her with my Promarkers and fussy cut her out. The bird cage card base is a win from Craftwork amazing card shape isn't it. I added Card Candy to the bars and lots of Cheery Lynn die cut butterflies.This set is the exotic butterflies #2 with angel wings, I really love these.  There is also a die cut white olive branch there which is also by Cheery Lynn.The flowers are Mulberry paper roses. I also added lots of stickles glitter for bling. The inside was silver glitter card and the message read "May your day bloom with Happiness"

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

Cheery Lynn Silver and/or gold
Little Claire's Designs Wedding/anniversary
A Creative Romance No designer paper
Make It Monday anything goes
Stampin for the Weekend sparkle and bling
Papertake Weekly Die-ing for a punch
Divas by Design anything goes
Inky Chicks Summer colours
Crafts and Me anythng goes
The Paper Shelter anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes
Papercrafting Journey Die cuts/punches
Crafting with Dragonflies Wedding card and a hop

Thank you all again for being such great friends and for bringing such an enormous amount of pleasure into my life. Unless you are part of this blogging community you have no idea just how much fun we all have. I am also stunned by the talents and creativity you all share here.  The Internet really has brought the world together. Good luck with my giveaway and as my card sentiment reads ...... may your day also bloom with happiness.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Happy anniversary to you and your DH Jane! and to your daughter and son in law!
    Congrats on your blogiversary too!
    Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

  2. Firstly a very Happy 32nd Anniversary to you and M! Have a wonderful day in London. :)
    Secondly Happy Anniversary to M&T, where on earth did that year go to??? More exciting times ahead for them too! :)
    Goodness 3 years of Janes Journal, time does fly when you're having fun! It as been a complete pleasure visiting you here and especially getting to know you! Even though we've never met (hopefully one day we will) I consider you a good friend!
    What a gorgeous giveaway, a beautiful necklace and I can honestly say that if I win, I won't be giving it away to anyone! ;) I am of course a follower and I'm of to put you on my sidebar just as soon as I've finished my comment!
    Thank you and have a wonderful day my friend,
    V xxxxxxxxxxxx
    P.S. yet another amazing wedding card!

  3. Woweeee!! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! And to your dear daughter and! 1 year already..amazing! And super congrats to you on your 3rd bloggoversary! I must say, enjoying seeing your posts for these few years has been one of my highlights as I've been out here in the internet world. Thank you Jane. Thank you for all of the kindness, inspiration, joy, sillyness, and friendship that you've shared with me. I wish you many many more years of happiness both in your personal life as well as out in the blogosphere with your art and travel! Have a lovely lovely time in London!! xo

  4. Last but certainly not least, what a gorgeous necklace, Jane. I have a lovely pair of earrings here, as well as my wonderful seashell lamp bead necklace..and so my cup runneth over with your beautiful work. I just wanted to extend a best of luck to all in your giveaway! :)

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary.
    If your first blog was in 2009, have you not been blogging for four years?! Probably not, I never was much good at maths.
    Your giveaway is fabulous, please will you enter me into the draw?
    Many thanks
    Chrissie x

  6. Jane,

    I'm with Chrissie, it's been 4 years of blogging, perhaps the three anniversaries confused the issue.

    Congratulations anyway on all the celebrations you and your family are experiencing.

    Diner at the Ritz sounds awfully posh! Enjoy.

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway, your work is simply beautiful.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  7. LOL Chrissie and Kasey.... maths was never my forte...thanks for pointing out my error...I got the number of years right but it was of course 2010 not 2009...I have edited my post. Thanks for joining in the fun ;0) Jane x

  8. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* Jane for all your anniversaries! Hope you show us the Ritz!!

    I am excited to enter your Giveaway - and I'm a Follower - and I will try to add your icon on my blog, but have never done it, wish me luck!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. I hopped over from MIM- loving your beautiful card- Happy Anniversary! Love all of your pictures- flowers- jewelry- and are you in the staduim at MSU??? My youngest goes there...! Congrats also on your blogversary- I'll check and make sure I follow you!!! Saw you on MIM ~ Shelly #52

  10. Congratulation Jane!!! Wow, you have a special week! It's always enjoy to visit you and Billy! Your summer jewellery is so adorable! I do wish Billy picks my name! Thank you for a fantastic give away! Hugs! Teje

  11. Good afternoon lovely Jane!...Congratulations on your anniversaries x 3 too! It's always a treat to visit you (and gorgeous Billy of course!) and your Giveaway is beautiful Jane...I'm off to add to my sidebar and then I'll pop straight back...
    Susan x

  12. Hi Jane...I'm back to say you are now safely on my sidebar...I won't forget the end date as it's Ashley's birthday! Have a lovely day in London and a wonderful evening at the Ritz...such a lucky lady!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x
    P.S Love your latest card (as always!)

  13. This is beautiful thanks for playing with us at PCJ this time
    Jacki xx(PCJ DT)

  14. Absolutely gorgeous...Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design this week.
    Wendy xx

  15. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are #3, #4, #98, #152, and #154.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark… and become a follower.



  16. Hello dear Jane,

    And the biggest congratulations for all those anniversaries! Time for sure flies... Has it been a year already from THE Wedding? I cant believe it! And your blogging-years... They have brought me so much happiness and smiles (and some happy tears too), thank you, dear friend! And please keep going! And then the third and the longest achievement - your 32nd anniversary - congratulations, dears! You're just so perfect together, lovebirds really after all these years... A big hug!

    Oh my, if I do not win that gorgeous jewelry, I most definitely will win the blabber of the year -award... Sorry for the long-ish ;) message, I am in with three tickets, I am a happy follower, and will next add the button of the giveaway to my blog! Thank you for everything, you sweet lady, and the happiest weekend!


  17. Happy Anniversary!!!!!Must be fun and joyful.Love the necklace and colors are lovely,perfect for the summer.

  18. What beautiful jewellery! I've just discovered you via the Linen Cat. Happy anniversary.

  19. wow what a fabulous post so much to look at and that piece da resistance the card is awesome
    Hugs Kate xx

  20. Huge Congrats!! I am loving the gorgeous wedding day card, so much detail in it!! Fingers crossed xx

  21. Following on GFC too as katrinao

  22. Stunning creation! :)

    Absolutely gorgeous! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs this week,



  23. What a fun wedding card! Thank you so much for joining us this week for the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  24. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary Jane! And of course on all the anniversaries this week! It's amazing to think you have been blogging for three years, and lovely to see your collection of pictures spanning the time. Your giveaway is beautiful and very generous, and the new card is a beauty too!
    Wishing you a wonderful week celebrating such happy times.
    Helen x

  25. Congrats on your wedding anniversary. Your card is certainly a wonderful tribute to so many great years. Thank you for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn's Challenge.

  26. Hi, Jane! Many congratulations on your trio of anniversaries and I hope you and hubby enjoyed your day in London...dinner at the Ritz, how lovely! Best wishes too for your daughter and son in law's first anniversary, I hope the pregnancy is going well too..not long now!
    Your necklace is beautiful, as is all your work and I would LOVE to win it! It has been a pleasure to get to know you through your blog and see your creativity bloom and here's to the next 3 years!
    Off to put the pic in my sidebar...fingers crossed! Hugs, Lisa x

  27. Just wanted to say that I have now put your giveaway on my blog's sidebar. Have a lovely week, Jane.
    Helen x

  28. Hi Jane, Happy Anniversary. Please enter me into your giveaway and have a great day and "Keep on Sewing".

  29. Happy anniversaries! Has it really been 3 years? I think I've been with you since the beginning, and loving every post. Keep it up! Love the card. I'm sure that was received happily. Beautiful necklace too!

  30. Happiest anniversary to you and Mr T AND Millie and Tom!!! Hope you've all had a grand time celebrating.
    Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog.I've enjoyed every bit.
    Thanks for this special giveaway! The little blue beads remind me of blueberries. 0;

    Here's to many more happy years and creative years.....

    hugs from America,

  31. Stunning card thanks for joining us at A creative Romance this time hugs Rebekah xx

  32. Happy Anniversaries Jane! What a stunning card. Love all the sparkly butterflies. Thanks for playing along with us at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

  33. Hello Jane,

    I'm a follower. Thanks for this fun giveaway.

    Anne D.T.
    PlumCreek Studio

  34. Hello again,

    I mentioned your giveaway in my "lavender farm" post. Fingers crossed,

    Happy new week,
    Anne x

  35. I'm a follower, many thanks for this giveaway.

  36. I found your blog through following Helen Phillips blog. I will try to figure out how to post the picture of your jewelry on my blog and let you know if I figure it out. Thanks for the chance to enter the contest and maybe win the necklace!

  37. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband Jane. We are celebrating our 40th later in the year. What a lovely giveaway. Very pretty colours and would be over the moon to win it.
    Many Thanks,
    Helen - a long time ex pat Brit in Australia

  38. A lovely wedding card. So much detail. Thank you for joining Little Claire blog challenge.

  39. Fabulous card, so sparkly and very suitable for a young bride - and, yes please, add me into your hat for a chance to win your lovely piece of jewellery! Thanks for joining us at CWD for our wedding challenge and blog hop - have you hopped? Hope so!

  40. Simply spectacular so lovely and soft. Thanks for sharing at Crafting with Dragonflies. Ina

  41. Many congratulations to you all on your anniversaries!

    And what a super giveaway - I am already a follower, please may my name go into the hat?


  42. Beautiful card, love the colour combo and such a sweet image.Thank you for joining us on our wedding blog hop challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies, hugs Tania (DT)
    Happy Anniversary :)

  43. Thank-you for sharing your life and creativity! I've enjoyed having a little glimpse into the goings-on on the other side of the Atlantic!

  44. Thanks for entering my giveaway everyone, which is now closed. I will be back with the winner's name very soon....Jane x


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