Thursday, 23 July 2015

I am nearly 5....and a giveaway

My niece's wedding on Saturday was such a wonderful day. It is always so good to get together and celebrate such a happy occasion. The sun shone, the bride looked radiant, the bridesmaids were amazing and everyone had such fun.
I do plan a post about the wedding as there were some gorgeous vintage touches and details I would love to share. I took lots of photos and I also want to make a "Moment" of the day. I hate rushing things like this so it will need to wait a while so that I can do it justice. I am also working on lots of guest designer bits so I need to get those done and dusted and then I can have some "Me" crafting time.

The reason for my post title today is that on Sunday my little blog will be 5 years old. Yes I can't believe it either.
We are celebrating our wedding anniversary on Saturday and on Monday I have another guest designer post coming up so rather than cram something in on Sunday I thought I would make today's post in honour of my 5th bloggerversary.

I still really love blogging, it brings me constant pleasure.  A couple of weeks ago I published my 500th post. Wow, that's a lot of photographs and typing. I have made so many wonderful blogging friends and some have been with me right from that very first post way back in 2010. Some I have even had the pleasure to meet in person.

I have so enjoyed my creative journey and sharing all my crafts and hobbies here. As you know I am a bit of a dabbler in everything from card making, mixed media, cake making, gardening, photography, knitting, silversmithing, jewellery making and most recently crochet. I do love to constantly challenge myself artistically so my ideas and styles have continually changed and evolved over the last 5 years.  If you missed my post sharing my hand made sea glass silver pendant do have a read here. It will then make sense why I am offering my handmade  jewellery below as a gift, to say thank you to everyone who stops by and reads Jane's Journal

I wish I could send everyone a little gift but I can't, so I am offering 2 presents from me. There is a silver shell left over from my sea glass necklace on a silver chain and a pearl, shell, mother of pearl and coral necklace. All my jewellery has sterling silver findings and the little shell is fine silver. They will come in an organza bag and would make a great gift if they are not your personal taste. The winning names will be drawn out of a hat after the giveaway closes at 4pm on 9th August. I will post world wide. The first name out of the hat can choose which of the necklaces they prefer and the runner up will have the other.

My giveaways are always open to everyone whether you are a silent reader, follow by email or come past this way every post. Simply leave a comment on this post that you would like to be included in the draw and you're in with a chance. To give a little extra to my regular readers (yes you know who you are) I will offer an extra entry if you are a follower (new ones are always most welcome) and a 3rd entry to anyone who links/shares my giveaway photo above in their sidebar, on social media or in a blog post.
Please can you either leave separate comments telling me what you have done or just tell me how many entries you are entitled to.

My card today is of course a thank you card..what else could it be! I made it for my friend who kindly popped in and looked after  Billy at the weekend while we were away.
 The stamp I won over at Crafty Individuals. I really love it. I have stamped it onto a book page and coloured it with distress inks.
It's very much me enjoying a cup of tea in my little garden;

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

Crafty individuals face value...I have gone a little lateral and used a clock face but there is also a bird face here too ;0)
PaperArtsy Time I was inspired by the clocks Leandra shared shown on book pages in her introduction post.
Die cut divas summer and patriotism..mine is the English tradition of afternoon tea.
Simon Says work it Wednesday die cuts
Creative Inspirations flowers
Little Claire's in bloom
That Craft Place words
Noor UK something old something new my new is my stamp my old is my ribbon.
Stamping sensations feature a creature
Crafty ribbons anything goes
Bunny Zoe summer breeze
Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper July

Thank you everyone, it has been an amazing 5 years. I love sharing my work and snippets of my life with you. My pages of Jane's Journal are now quite thick but there are plenty more chapters for me to write.

You are all such kind, sweet friends and I really treasure sharing this fun blogging world.

Back on Monday with my 4th GD post for Tracey and if you like the flower power days of the 60s and 70s I am sure my creation will raise a smile!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Sweet Jane, 5 years, me too almost in September. It has been so wonderful following you and becoming friends. I think we would be the best of friends in person!!! I enter two times and will let you know if I post somewhere else....I always have a difficult time doing that, not a techie. Gorgeous card and cuppa! xoRobin

  2. Happy Bloganniversary dear Jane!
    (I won't be around this week-end but I will think of you)

    It's been marvelous getting to know your world, art and many talents!
    It is always a joy coming to visit you and you are very generous to offer such a marvelous give-away!

    Beautiful card and pictures my Friend and a very HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the both of you!

  3. Congratulations my friend on your 5th bloggiversary and indeed you are a friend even though we've never met, we've been online friends for quite a while now. It's always a pleasure to drop by your little space and see what you're up to ( love that little birdie stamp today, by the way ). Here's to many, many more posts and bloggiversaries and to friendship !!!
    Such a beautiful giveaway, thank you so much for the chance to win, please enter me three times as I'm a follower and I'm off now to pop you on my sidebar.
    A very happy anniversary too, to you and M!!! :)
    V x

  4. Congratulations! and happy bloganniversary.Lovely giveaway,so generous of you.Love it,perfect for summer.

  5. Congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary, Jane! I think I have been following you for most of that time too :) Blog friends are very special! Your giveaway is really lovely, thank you for the chance to win!
    Happy anniversary to you and your husband this weekend too.
    Enjoy all your celebrations.
    Helen xox

  6. Happy blog anniversary. Your post made me think about how many years I've been in blog land and I've discovered it's nearly six years, although the amount of posts I've made is paltry.
    Think I've been a follower of yours for some years now, love reading about your "moments".
    Thanks for sharing with us all.

  7. Congratulations on your 5 year bloggerversary! It's always fun catching a glimpse into your beautiful, creative world by following along, here. I wish you well as you continue to bring the artistic touch to all that you do! :o)

  8. What a pretty card Jane, and I'm sure the recipient will have loved it. Congrats on your anniversary, and many thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals July Challenge. Jean x

  9. I have been having the oddest problem leaving comments.. let me try again.
    *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on your 5 years! Please enter me twice as I'm commenting and you know I'm a regular of yours. My daughter and two GDs are here! I'm so happy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Oh.. and if I win.. can I choose the silver shell.. I'm in *love* with it! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Such a gorgeous card Jane! I love that bird stamp and those are some really fancy die cuts in the background! So pretty! I sure do love the piece you make, what a talented lady you are! hugs :)

  12. Lovely card, fabulous stamped image and pretty embellishments

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  13. something for you there => and also coming your way ;)
    Have a wonderful week-end my Friend!

  14. Wow! 5 years. Congratulations and happy blog anniversary Jane. Gorgeous card. Love how you stamped onto the book page. The die cuts in the background and framing the the main piece look fabulous. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Individuals face value challenge.
    Hugs Flo x

  15. Congratulations! I've so enjoyed making an on-line connection to you and your adventures! Thank you for your consistent comments on my blog too. I will also say "hi" from my mom, who loves your posts, and is one of your "silent" readers.
    Jane T

  16. Congratulations on both your.anniversaries! Thank you for sharing your amazing and inspiring work.

  17. Of course I want to be included in your drawing! Who wouldn't want one of your treasures? Congratulations on your anniversaries! I feel lucky that we found each other early on. You've got me beat by a mile on # of posts. Congrats on that too. It's always a pleasure to see your blog :)

  18. A very pretty card Jane, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Individuals, and I also wish you a very happy Anniversary!!! Hugs, Coco x

  19. So pretty.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  20. Happy blog AND wedding anniversary! ♥ Your jewlery is stunning!!!!
    Five years of blogging - maaaan, I've been missing out. So glad we found oneanother just recently, though :-) Keep up the good work, Jane!

  21. Congratulations on your 5 year blogaversary! What a lovely gift you are offering, they are both beautiful pieces of jewellery.

    Gorgeous thank you card too, I love the vintage style.

  22. Forgot to say that I am a follower of your blog, and I have shared your blog candy pic and link on my blog side bar too :-)

  23. Happy blogaversary Jane - what a wonderful blog candy - beautiful and please put me down for three entries - I will add your picture to my sidebar. Wonderful card too - I love the CI stamp - gorgeous use of it too! Big hugs rachel x

  24. love the effect using the book page, thanks for joining us at Crafty Individuals

  25. Hello Jane, A big congrats on your 5th Blogoversary!! I'm so happy I met you through your blog and Etsy shop. I love all of your cards/tags/moments, amazing jewelry and your holiday photos. You have made so many cards for my family.
    A big hug and three cheers..... Please put me down for 2 entries.
    Here's to many, many more posts.
    Anne xxx

  26. Such a lovely Thank You card. Love this stamp on the book page. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation. I hope you join with us again in our new challenge.
    Eret x

  27. Happy Anniversary to you - that is a great milestone. Thanks for the chance to win

  28. Hello Jane. Wow, five years! I always love reading your posts, partly because you put so much of your personality into them, so like all your readers, I'm sure, it feels like I really do know you, as a friend (my favourite kind of blog type to read) but also because you do so many kinds of crafting, it's really interesting to find out about how other things are done, outside of my normal interests (sewing!). I am always amazed at how you keep blogging so consistently, when I try to catch up on my reading, I've always missed a whole bunch from you but they are always a pleasure to read. I'd love to be entered into the draw, your generous giveaway prizes are beautiful. (Is this a first?? Have I actually read in time to be included - ha ha!). Great card, I hope it did well in the challenges. Bethxx

  29. Hi Jane your a very talented person, well done on reaching five years look forward to many more blogging years. Please enter me in the draw your gifts are lovely. Thank you Jackie x

  30. Happy 5 years of blogging! I enjoy your post so much. I enjoy your creativity and your life in England. I still enjoy my purse charms clinking away! Hugs and here's more years of happy blogging to you! I raise my cup of tea in a toast to you! God bless!

  31. Congratulations Jane - here's to the next five years!

  32. Congratulations! Doesn't time fly?

    Please can I enter your fab giveaway, I am a follower :-)

    Have a lovely weekend, Helenxx

  33. WOW! BIG Congratulations Jane in reaching 5 years, that is a lot of Photos and typing, you have done so well and what a beautiful card you have made for your friend, I am sure she will love it, such a beautiful stamp.
    Hope you enjoyed your cup of tea, beautiful cup and saucer btw.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  34. Hi Jane, I did forget to mention that although I am not an old member I am not quite a new one either, loved all your work so thank you for the inspirations.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  35. Happy 5th Bloggerversary!!! 5 years is a huge achievement! Here's to the next 5 years!
    I'd love to be entered into the prize draw as your creations are gorgeous.
    Your card is perfect! Lovely colours and lovely layers.
    Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place Challenge.
    Lucy DT x

  36. My bloggerversary giveaway closed at 4pm. Thanks to everyone who entered. Back soon with the winners' names.


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