Sunday, 3 January 2016

New beginnings

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year and 2016 looks to being a very new chapter in Jane's Journal. Everyone is back at work tomorrow, the tree and decorations are packed away and it's time to look forward to what is in store. My Hb and I enjoyed several walks over the Christmas break. The weather mostly was very kind. Although we have lived in our house for nearly 33 years I never bore seeing my local area through the seasons. Down at the ponds there are new beginnings as we witnessed the ducks and coots starting to build their nests.

I thought I would share a few of the photos I snapped.

I also had some crafty time, still in my studio. which is usually far to cold for me to work in  at this time of the's so good to be able to craft outside.

There are lots of fun card challenges which have the theme of new beginnings so I thought I would share a new baby card I made for a friend's baby granddaughter, Her name was Amber so I though a yellow theme would be perfect.

The image and sentiment is Lili of the Valley. The cute dies are Memory Box
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Allsorts something new  this is the first time I have inked this LOTV stamp.
Crafty calendar something new New Baby
Crafty friends something new my first outing for this stamp
Pixie's snippets playground 1/3  #210 I used snippets of paper for my squares
Noor anything goes
Live and Love crafts Something new
Penny Black and More 1/3 One for the girls
Stamping sensations anything goes with dies
Crafting Musketeers 1/3 new beginnings
Sweet stamping 1/3 something new new baby

I hope the new year brings some enjoyable new beginnings to you all. Have a happy and healthy 2016 and thanks for visiting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    Lovely start for your January too! Beauful places to walk, and that baby-card is so pretty too! Congrats to you packing Christmas off so promptly, I am still hanging to our tree... Goodbye to it soon too though!

    Happy New Year to Jane's Journal!


  2. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos with a couple of scenes I know!! A very sweet card for your friend and my decs are all packed away too. Now to get down to some prepping for workshops.
    Have a good week back at work.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  3. Hello Jane,

    Yes, things are back to "normal" now and our DD has arrived in Kent today.
    I love these pictures of your neighborhood and your card for baby Amber is darling!


  4. Happy new Year Jane! A very cute card and lovely photos too! Hugs rachel x

  5. Great photos and a really lovely card, great colours and a super sweet image.

    Thank you for joining in our What's New challenge at Allsorts.


  6. Stunning card. So sweet and perfect for Amber. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers Challenge ☺ xx

  7. I'm amazed that you have flowers already.. we're having snow today! I keep waiting to hear what your new change will be.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Happy 2016 Jane - lovely photos and a really beautiful card!


    Di xx

  9. I enjoyed the photos of the pond, especially the third one with the bldg, is it a church? We had a bit of snow this a.m and it's still here. It's cold enough! Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family! --Becky, in Oregon

  10. Dearest Jane,
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! I've been offline over the festive period to try and catch up on some family time and just to switch off from it all, but hope that 2016 proves to be a wonderful one for all of you! It's been another lovely year of travelling along with Jane's Journal and sharing in your home and crafty's to the next 12 months! Wishing you all the very best for the coming year, hugs, Lisa x

  11. Ah lovely to see those little primroses and hellebores peeping through.
    I love little Ambers card, yellow is always a cheerful colour. :)
    Here's to new adventures in 2016, happy new year my friend,
    V xxx

  12. Fab make to kick off the New Year! Those lil' onesies on the line are too cute! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sweet Stampin' and showcasing your 'New Stash'. So glad you joined in the fun with us for our first challenge of the New Year. Wishing you a wonderful 2016. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

  13. Lovely photos Jane and what a funny season it is turning into, rain, rain and more rain and our paddocks are under water, although we are fortunate compared to many poor souls further up north.

    And Nature is all upside down, we have Mahonia in bloom just as it should be right now, but at the same time three of the Sun King shrubs are all in flower months early, Photinia Red Robin bursting into leaf and then there are the daffodils which came into bloom in December.

    I digress, your baby card is a delight and loving the fresh yellows and greens and it's perfect for our themes. Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations, Penny Black and More and Allsorts challenges.

    Finally Happy New Year to you and yours.

    B x

  14. Thanks for taking me for a walk out and about in your area. Looks very pretty indeed.

    Love the look of your New Beginnings card.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  15. Just adorable and made with love I'm sure-this is one for her to treasure.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.

    Lynn x

  16. Delightful baby girl card, Jane! It is so good to see the fresh colors after so much Christmas-y things! I think I'm ready to change gears!

    Lovely photos; I especially love those of the flora and fauna! I had a little walk around my gardens yesterday, and was surprised to see things blooming and budding at a time way too early! Wish I had the photography skills you have!

    Happy New Year and can't wait to see what's in store here in 2016! Hugs!

  17. Adorable baby card it's so pretty thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  18. Sweet card and wonderful pictures.!
    Sandy xx

  19. Such beautiful photos and love the card, so adorable!!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More!

  20. Such a pretty card Jane. I just adore the pastels and that teddy is sweet as pie! Your photographs are just amazing!! You live in such a gorgeous area, that waterfalls is my absolute fav...we sure don't have anything that pretty here!! I hope you had a wonderful New Years! Here's to another year full of love, laughter and crafting! hugs :)

  21. Wonderful photos Jane...hark at the primroses and wood anemones! I have a Geum in full flower in the garden......they don't know what time of year it is! Your card is cute... and I am sure will be treasured and yes very apt... the yellow to her name Amber.

  22. Happy New Year to you and your family! It's nice to see you could get in a few good walks over vacation. Our weird weather gave us a very mild Christmas day, while this week is extremely cold! The ground is covered with snow from a storm last Tuesday. Already looking forward to Spring!

  23. Beautiful pictures again Jane, Happy New Year!
    Lovely and sweet card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts "What's new" Challenge, good luck;-))m

  24. Such a beautiful baby card. I love your layout design and colours used - this is just perfect for our 'New Stash/Occasion' theme this week. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  25. Hello Jane, Thanks for sharing your card with Crafty Friends 'Use Something New' Challenge... your card is lovely and enjoyed looking at your photos... happy new year and good luck in the challenge, Diane Louise (DT) xx

  26. Absolutely adorable card, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  27. A gorgeous card, Jane! Great colours - lovely to see something for a girl that isn't just pink. Thanks for sharing it with us at stamping sensations for our stamp and Die challenge and good luck!

  28. Fab photos - I particularly love that tree silhouette against the sky... and a lovely job with Amber's amber card!
    Alison xx

  29. Awww this is so cute, I love the LOTV image and your cute dies, I just looove them... I think I'll have to look them up now :P Thank you for joining us at Crafty Friends this time, good luck and thank you for sharing your lovely photos with us. Such a beautiful place where you live xx

  30. Happy January and Happy New Year to you, Jane. Looks so warm there compared to snow and wind here!! Hope you have a healthy and creative 2016. If you have any sunshine, please send this way.
    Anne and family xx
    PlumCreek Studio

  31. Such a sweet creation. Thank you for joining us at the Noor! Design UK challenge. We hope to see you joining us again next month and wish you luck for the prize drawing.
    Hugs, Karina
    DT member Noor! Design UK

  32. Hi Jane,
    Always fun to see your photos! Isn't it great that it seems like Spring is on its way now?! The other day I noticed the first snowdrops in ourgarden. :-) Very sweet baby card, both dies and image are adorable; thanks for linking up to LLC's January challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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