Tuesday 26 July 2016

Now I am 6 and a giveaway

Wow.....6 years of my life have flashed past and I find that today that I am celebrating my 6th anniversary of my little blog. There are some of you out there who have been with me since my very first blog post in 2010 and many more have you have joined me on my creative journey.

There are just 2 words I can say at time like this...


I so appreciate your support. I know that many of you are silent readers so I will wave to you and thank you for reading Jane's Journal. Lots of you take the time to leave comments, one special lady (yes you know who you are V) has left a comment on every single post I have ever written...barring when she is on holiday. I have made so many blogging friends over the years and some I have even had the joy of meeting up with in the flesh. This is such a great world to be a part of and I have found nothing but kindness, friendship and generosity here. 


I am still the same happy blogger as I was when I set off on this journey 6 years ago. I have written 671 posts...that's a lot of words and photos.  My creative journey has wandered along many paths and I am still as keen to learn new techniques as I was all those years ago. I have shared thousands of photos, as you know my camera goes everywhere with me, capturing many moments in my life. Mother Nature is also a huge inspiration for me. I really enjoy sharing my photos and I know from the sweet emails and comments I receive that they inspire you too.


So I have decided to hold a very special giveaway today. I an offering 3 pieces of my one of kind handmade jewellery to one lucky winner who's name I will pull out of my sun hat in 2 weeks time. I wanted to make something really bright and summery for you. 

So below is my photo of what you can win, which will be on my sidebar after today's post.

Below is a close up of the bracelet, made of freshwater pearls, shell and mother of pearl. All the fittings are sterling silver.
 The bag charm has 2 one of a kind glass lampwork beads.
 The dichroic (fused glass) earrings have sterling silver stud  fittings.
They will be presented in pretty organza bags. You can keep them or gift them to a friend. One lucky person will win all 3 pieces. I will post world wide.

I dislike any rules when offering a thank you giveaway so anyone can enter by simply leaving a comment on this post that they would like to be included in the draw.

However I always like to offer a couple of extra chances to my loyal followers and readers so;

If you are a follower, (you are welcome to join today) you can have an extra entry...please leave a 2nd comment saying so.

If you share this photo in a post, with a link back to here on your own blog or if you post the photo in your side bar, with a link back to this page, you can have a 3rd entry.
Just pop back with another comment and let me know.

I don't do the fancy link up thingy, it's just names in a hat for me!

My giveaway closes at 4 pm (British summer time) on Monday 8th August.

Good luck!

So my card today could be nothing other than a thank you card could it? I stamped and coloured one of Tim's flowers and used lots of layers of die cuts to create something delicate yet vintage......the sentiment is LOTV.

 There is some flower embossing too using a Visible Image rose stamp.
 and some faux stitching with my white pen.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Anything  but  cute summertime fun
Little Claire's 3/3 anything goes
ABC L for lots of layers
Pixie's snippets playground #239 I have used lots of snippets of card...my frames and my glitter card hearts
Uniko flowers
Try it on Tuesday make us smile
Crafty cardmakers summer
Simon says stamp Monday add some texure
Penny Black and More Any stamp

And as my post title is taken from one of my favourite book of poetry and because at heart I really do not think I will ever grow up I will end with this sweet poem

The End (taken from Now We are Six by A.A.Milne)

When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two 
I was nearly new.

When I was three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more,

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now that I am Six, I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

Thanks for visiting today and as always for taking the time to read Jane's Journal and leaving your kind comments. I  won't be stopping blogging now that I am Six and I am certainly not clever..LOL! However if you can keep young at heart and you will never, ever feel old.

Here's to many more happy years of blogging. Cheers to you all.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous card Jane. Love the fancy die cut layers and all the shimmer is just lovely! Thanks for joining in with us at Anything But Cute!! A huge congratulations on your big 6, wow!! 671 posts, that's a lot of crafting! Here's to many more years of happy crafting and wonderful posts full of inspiration!! No need to include me in the draw. A gorgeous set for sure, but unfortunately I cannot wear jewelry. (I think my hubby is glad for that) lol. hugs :)

  2. Congratulations on being 6! Lovely giveaway, please enter me in the draw, love the bracelet. I am a follower so will leave another comment. Thank you so much, Jane x

  3. 2nd comment! The card is so very pretty too, happy crafting, Jane x

  4. Your jewelry is gorgeous, Jane, and so is your card! Congratulations on 6 happy blogging years! I would love a chance to win this lovely prize!

  5. Woo hoo you're 6 too, fabulous card and giveaway, please don't enter me as I have been a winner once before, but huge congrats on your milestone and let's both stay 6 for ever lol xxx

  6. Many congratulations my friend on 6 years of blogging, it has been a pleasure to visit your lovely blog and read about your crafting, handsome Billy, your life and your very lovely family! I'm proud to call you my friend! What a beautiful, generous giveaway too!! Here's to many more years of Jane's Journal!!!
    Love the card and the poem as well. :)
    Hope you're having lots of fun,
    V xxx

  7. I have put your image on my sidebar however with this new blog of mine I cannot for the life of me get it to link back BUT I have the boy on the case!! ;)
    V x

  8. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* Jane - on 6 years of blogging! I think we started at about the same time! I think I've also left a comment on all of your posts except when I was away on vacation. I've enjoyed following along with your life, your daughter's wedding and then the birth and growing up of Daisy Jane. Here's to the next 6 years! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. 2nd comment, I'm a long-time follower. :-)

  10. Wow! 6 years...where did they go?! Don't know how long I've been a follower but I'm pretty sure it was near the beginning of your blogging journey and how far you've come! I've loved sharing your crafty journey and have thoroughly enjoyed following along with your life and celebrations, if only in a virtual world! Here's to many more posts in the future!
    Love your pretty card with all it's lovely layers and thank YOU for sharing your wonderful creations...fingers crossed in the draw! Hugs, Lisa x

  11. 2nd comment coz I'm a follower...xx

  12. I've posted on my sidebar to get my 3rd comment because I want as many chances as I can to be in with a chance of winning your beautiful handmade jewellery! :D

  13. It is I that should be thanking you ---- I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and all of your pictures. I almost feel as if Daisy is a member of my own family!
    Congratulations on six wonderful years
    sandy xx

  14. Wow Jane, what a fabulous giveaway to celebrate six years of blogging! Congratulations - and you know how much I love to read your blog about adventures with Daisy, your own trips and life and of course your beautiful work as well.


    Di xx

  15. 2nd comment: and I adore the Thank you card you made, it's so pretty in pinks and the lovely sparkle! I'll try to add your giveaway into the Playground write up if you like, on Sunday.

    You'll be glad to know it's turned cooler and damp here :) Stay where you are for now!!

    Love and hugs

    Di xx

    1. Your wonderful giveaway is written into tomorrow's snippets post, with a photo of the beautiful items!

      Hope you're settling back into UK life. At least the weather has cheered up again!


      Di xx

  16. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at TioT's.

  17. Beautiful card with so much detail and layers. Simply stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  18. Happy Bloganniversary dear Jane!
    Fabulous pieces and I love your thank you card!
    Good Luck everyone and Long Live Jane's Journal!

  19. Thanks for sharing your fab card with us over at TIOT this time. Happy Blog Anniversary!

  20. Gorgeous card. I love the soft Summery colours. Congratulations on your blogversary! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  21. Such a gorgeous vintagey looking card, love all the gentle layers and colours. Congratulations on six years blogging - quite an achievement and thanks for linking up with Uniko.

  22. Lovely card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  23. Congrats Jane. I have been following for a while and I have added photo and link to my sidebar! I love your beautiful creations so would be over the moon if I won! Karen x

  24. Congratulations dear Jane on 6 years of blogging!...It's always a pleasure to visit you (and Billy too of course ;-) ) ...and such a very generous Giveaway as always (which you mustn't allow me to win should my name come out of your hat as I've definitely been way too lucky already during the last 6 years x)
    Good luck to everyone!
    Susan x

  25. ...and I'm definitely a happy follower ;-)xx

  26. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging Jane! I think I visited you around then too for the first time! Your giveaway is so lovely...and so generous too! Please put my name in the draw.
    Helen xox

  27. ....and of course I am a follower too :)
    Helen xox

  28. Jane a huge congrats...6 yrs is a long time and I am so glad blogging still continues to give you joy and happiness. I too started my blog in 2010! Will be so happy to participate in your candy...you are so talented!!
    Dr Sonia

  29. Have joined your blog as a follower too

  30. I love this card - Happy Bloganiversary! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  31. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! I found your giveaway on http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.si/ and now I found so many lovely creations :-) Please put my name in the draw. best regards, Majda

  32. Have joined your blog as a follower too. Majda x

  33. Jane, I'm happy to leave another comment on your blog today! Alas, I am one of those followers to which you wave...sometime's I comment, some days, I just admire and oh and ah! But today I am here with my DT hat on.

    Your card is lovely with it's shimmer and layers, and the flower is just gorgeous! So happy you've entered this into our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute.

    I'm also admiring your lovely jewelry--such fine craftsmanship! My niece makes fused glass, so I have such an appreciation for your gorgeous beads! What a wonderful and generous prize! A huge congratulations on your 6 year anniversary--that's a lot of words and pictures and so many lovely crafts!

    PLEASE DO NOT PUT MY NAME IN THE HAT! I really don't wear jewelry--only get to look at it, so I'd feel guilty if I got lucky! You are a doll to have this giveaway. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  34. Congratulations on your 6th Anniversary Jane! Your card is beautiful with the glittery leaves and that gorgeous flower, it will make a wonderful thank you card. Thank so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Anne DT xx

    PS, no need to include me in the draw, although your prizes are fabulous!

  35. happy blogaversary Jane - wonderful - 6 years - wow!!!

  36. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  37. Congrats Jane!
    Lovely and beautiful card.
    Thank you for sharing over at Penny Black and more June Challenge.
    Welcome again;-))m

  38. Hello dear Jane,

    I must say first that you are my blogging idol. Simply and truly. We others have abandoned our blogs more or less completely, but when I come to visit you here, you always have something new to show: a wonderful crafting creation, an exciting place you've visited, an interesting story to tell. You are such an inspiration and for sure one of the most positive persons I know. And all this shines through from your posts, thank you, thank you, thank you, dear friend! Here's to next happy 6 years! Congratulations!

    With love,

  39. ... and a happy follower I am, too!


  40. Exquisite! Both are truly gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Anything But Cute & our Summertime Fun challenge. Hugs, Autumn

  41. A beautiful card. I love the floral elements and such a pretty colour scheme. Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Sally.x.

  42. Hi Jane, Big congratulations on 6 years of blogging!!! I can't believe it's been that long. I love your cards, tags and jewelry. All the cards you've made for my family occasions are keepsakes, now. ---- You're looking grand for a six year old. 0-:
    I hope retirement will continue to treat you well. Please put my name in your hat.
    with hugs,
    Anne D.T.

  43. Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. It is now closed...back soon with the winner's name xx

  44. Congrats on your blogger birthday! Beautiful bracelet and card. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. My apologies for commenting SO late too. Hugs Bev x


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