Tuesday 4 November 2014


The weather on Friday and Saturday was just glorious, we had real summer weather in November. I thought that at this time of the year, it was a good time to look around at everything that makes me feel so thankful for everything in my life. This is what I recalled from the weekend.

I was thankful..
That I could get my washing dry outside...yes I know it's a little thing but I love to see my washing out on the line
 I was also thankful...
 to be able to eat  lunch with my darling Hb outside sitting outside on our  sunny patio.
I was thankful....
 that I was able to finish potting up my bulbs and I will be truly thankful when I see them flower next spring.
I was thankful...
that our dear Billy was able to enjoy the garden too.
and he was very thankful....
that we left the chairs out after lunch and was able to get comfy.
We also had a special weekend seeing our beloved big and little babies.
I am so thankful.....
for time spent with our family on Sunday. My daughter, son, son in law and Daisy were with us.  I don't have any photos as I was too busy to grab my camera but there were lots of smiling faces and hugs. But I do have a recent photo of my Darling Daisy Jane who is coming up to her first birthday next Tuesday...how much joy this little person brings us, we are so thankful for her.
I am thankful...
for the beauty in Mother Nature at this time of the year. All around me I see warm and glorious colours and these inspired my card for my post today. My gazania is still in flower,
and my daisies.
and the false acacia is just turning from yellow to gold.

 It was one of those times when I just wanted to make a card and be thankful for all the positive things in my life.

I made an autumnal  background using my distress inks. I added some stenciling and script with my favourite Visible Image stamp. I also added some crackle stamping.
Next I decided to use a tree die cut which I coloured with distress inks and some corrugated card and dictionary paper for texture. I also rubbed some gold gilding wax onto the branches.

I die cut some Memory Box leaves, coloured them with my Distress inks  and added some crackle paint to some of them. I also added a Joanna sheen ivy die cut.
I also wanted to create some bountiful harvest for the Vintage Journey challenge so I used the idea of very clever Astrid from their DT for making pumpkins from 3 oval dies. Thank you Astrid for you creativity, I loved the effect.
So here is my thankful card with the crackle leaves and pumpkin added.

and some close ups.

 The tree is almost like a family tree....I added a few chit chat words and a LOTV thank you tag. And here is the little ripe pumpkin.

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

A vintage journey bountiful harvest
Visible Image favourite stamp I have several of theirs but I just love their Bronte script stamp
We do dobadoo enhance your dies
That's crafty hot and spicey
Fussy and fancy thankful
Cupcake Inspirations autumn inspiration
Craft Hoarders Anonymous for all that you do, we thank you
Pan Pastel add some bling
Papertake weekly anything goes
Loves rubberstamps anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Simon Says stamp Monday the good old days I was think about my life, my memories and my family tree as I created this card and of course being thankful.
Sparkles Monthly fall/autumn colours
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Mixed Media challenge stamps I used stamps for my background and on the leaves and tree.

And last but by no means least I am so thankful for having such wonderful friends in my life including my wonderful blogging buddies here. I really do value your company here and your sweet comments, thank you to each and every one of you.

I do count my blessings. Life is most certainly a journey, the paths are often unknown and new but if we hold the hands of people who we care for, we get there.  We are often so busy that we fail to stand still, breath and be thankful. This quote really made me smile;

You're only here for a short while,
Don't hurry,
Don't worry
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. (Walter Hagen)

Take care and try to look around at the positive things in your own lives too. It can be something very tiny but it is very precious..............be thankful...........and be sure to smell those flowers ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane.. I just love your being thankful and sharing what makes you happy. I have a similar mindset. Being positive about life is so much better than seeing the dark side. I'm wishing Daisy an early..

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. You certainly do have a lot to be thankful for Jane, we all do really including Billy!
    I love your little leaves and your pumpkin is lovely, great card!
    Enjoy the rest of the week,
    V x

  3. Beautiful, love all the different techniques you used and the finished result xx

  4. As usual, Jane, you have come up trumps...this is so beautiful.

    You are so lucky having a loving family about you...it must be a wonderful feeling.

    Jennifer. x

  5. Lovely post Jane, we all have so much to be thankful for and to take the time to pay thanks is so important! I love all you are thankful for and mostly that sweet little almost "one year old"! I love seeing a little hair in the photo! Your card is really gorgeous, I love the background texture behind the tree and the pumpkin with tendrils are so fun. Thanks for sharing and reminding us all to smell the flowers and be thankful, xoRobin

  6. Thank You for this wonderful message Jane!
    YOu are absolutely right! Thank You for the beautiful pictures and I love your Fall card! Absolutely gorgeous!!

  7. beautiful...love the colorings...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  8. Love all your inspiration to create your card. The leave are just stunning. Love your fall card. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  9. I enjoyed your post. Lovely time of year. I enjoy the trees across the street from store where I work. The colors are beautiful this time of year. We have much to be thankful for. Right now is my cup of hot tea with a bit of milk. Lovely card project, as always. Blessings to your little Daisy Jane on her 1st birthday. Grandchildren are so special. Hugs!

  10. Love you mixed media Autumn Thankful card.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. Beautiful post and gorgeous card! Love the colors, all the fabulous dies you have used and all the elements you have included. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges! Hugs, Ivonne

  12. Stunning! Love the layers and the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  13. Gorgeous fall card, love all the dimension you added to it!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!! :)

  14. Jane, This is an absolutely wonder piece you have created. I love each and every detail and how perfectly you have executed the borrowed ideas! Love it all!

  15. Lovely post, Jane....and a great way to view life, being thankful and positive. Love your pretty autumnal card with the sweet pumpkin. It is amazing to think that your little Daisy will soon be one!
    Happy November!
    Helen xox

  16. Love this project! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  17. Very cute card. Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.

  18. great post Jane - feel I know you a little now

    Brilliant project the colours and texture are gorgeous

  19. This is very stunning! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing it at Cupcake Inspirations Fall theme! Nance, Sweetie DT

  20. Such a gorgeous design! Love all the mixed media! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubber Stamps this week!
    Hugs, DT Dangina

  21. Oh my, this is absolutely stunning! Love all the attention to the details! So glad you were inspired by our Fall theme at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Hugs, Debbie!

  22. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely, wonderful post! So many things to be thankful for, and all simply the best things in life! Please send my best to sweet little Daisy, and happy 1st Birthday wishes already too! What a precious celebration that will be!

    Have a lovely week, dear friend, and I wish the weather stays glorious at your still and you can all enjoy outdoors!


  23. Hi Jane, MANY, many things to be thankful for....especially grandchildren, nieces and nephews!!

    Keep enjoying the autumn leaves and weather.
    Anne xx

  24. This is lovely and very creative! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  25. Simply beautiful project Jane. I love all your colors, textures and dimension. Thanks for sharing what you are thankful for and thanks for joining us on our travels here at A Vintage Journey.

  26. Hi Jane, what beauty here among this autumn color! This is the season of giving thanks- I am grateful that you post such lovely sentiments along with your art each week! Happy Birthday to little Daisy- She is looking happy to be surrounded by her loving family! (So nice to see Billy, too!) :o)

  27. Wow this is great and such a fabulous list of things to be thankful for. Thank you for joining in the Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge this time.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    F & FF DT

  28. I love how you've altered the die cuts for this rich autumnal card. Many thanks for entering it into the hot and spicy challenge at That's Crafty. Good luck in the draw.

  29. Love your fabulous background and the amazing details. Great layers and the leaves, pumpkins look amazing. Great to have you join in with us this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  30. Fabulous, love all the details and layers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  31. Most Fabulous! Loving all those leaves! Thanks for linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  32. Beautiful Autumn card. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  33. You leave me speechless Jane! This is beautiful! And holy WOW! Your yard is lovely! I can see why it inspires you! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope you play along with us again soon!

  34. Wow, I love this Jane, so cosy and autumnal, love the colours and design xx

  35. This is so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  36. Beautiful autumnal shades with fabulous textures and inking techniques going on. Your tree stands out so well against your corrugated background and suits it perfectly.
    Loved your flower photographs and sweet little Daisy. Thanks for joining in the challenge at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  37. Beautiful work! Thank you so much for linking up with us at Loves Rubberstamps :)

  38. Loved reading this post Jane, gorgeous photos. Your card is stunning....fab colours, embellies & techniques. So inspiring.....thanks for sharing.Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles Challenges & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  39. what a lovely post on thankfulness Jane - and a wonderful project - love the strong autumnal colors - the torn cardboard, lovely tree shape and beautiful leaves! thank you for sharing with the AVJ Harvest challenge!

  40. This is just beautiful,thanks for sharing with us at PanPastels.xxx

  41. Jane, it is always a joy to visit your lovely blog! I love this gorgeous autumn project! The colors, the textures, the shine and composition are all just delightful! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  42. And we are all thankful that you've shared this gorgeous creation with us! LOVE the crackly leaves and deep, rich background. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  43. Thanks for sharing the photos of your thankful things! Esp. the flowers and your kitty! Your project is wonderful. I love the tree and all the texture! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  44. Wow, this absolutely stunning! I love all the texture you created. Thanks for joining us at the Visible Image November challenge!

  45. Beautiful project and loved reading your post Jane, thank you so much for joining us over at Pan Pastel UK XOXO

  46. All the details on every layer of this pretty piece makes for a wonderful fall piece.

    Mixed Media Monthly Challenge DT

  47. What a great autumnal card. Those leaves and that corrugated background are FAB! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  48. Fabulous project, thank you for joining us in the Visible Image Challenge, and good luck, hugs Pauline DT member xxxx

  49. my goodness i would just love to have a good ol SIT in your garden! what a great space! lovely autumn canvas, i love the little leaves! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


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