Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My 7th bloggerversary and a giveaway

Yes it is hard to believe but Jane's Journal is 7 years old today!

7 years....844 (gulp) posts

7 years of wonderful blogging friendship.

261 loyal followers (and many more who have signed up and get my posts by email)

Goodness know how many photos....

This post is written to thank every single one of you who stops by here and reads my ramblings. I know that a lot of you are "silent" readers and I am waving to you today. Many of you also take the time to leave comments and there are a few (yes you know who) who leave comments on every, (barring holidays), post since I started blogging! 

Wow! What else can I say other than I honestly still love being a part the blogging community. I love blogging and it gives me a great deal of pleasure. I find it a positive, supportive and friendly place to be. I know that everyone has difficulties in their lives at some point but my ethos for writing my blog is to keep a record of my creative journey and hopefully, at the same time, put a smile on peoples' faces when they visit me here. I am a glass half full kind of girl and I believe that positive thoughts and words are contagious. My life has its fair share of ups and downs, the last few months have indeed had more than their fair share of testing times, but through it all I know that I am blessed and so thankful of the life I have been given.

Thank you for being a part of it. 

I am offering a small giveaway as a little thank you, with a choice of prize to the winner. This is open to everyone world gimmicks, no restrictions...just leave a comment that you would like to be included and your name will be put into the hat. As an extra thank you to my loyal followers I would like to offer you a second entry, just mention that you follow my blog (don't be shy if you want to join me today) or leave an extra comment. And if anyone would like to promote my little blog giveaway on their own blog or on social media, using the photo below, you are welcome to have a 3rd entry.
Below is the photo to use, if would like an extra entry. Just pop it into your side bar or share it in a post or on social media and let me know.
My giveaway is running from today and closes on 9th August at 4pm GMT.

There are 3 choices of prize for the winner, pulled out of the hat on 9th August. You may choose one of these;

  • £10 gift voucher for Country View Crafts (Susan posts worldwide) to choose something crafty or put it toward something you have had you eye on.  Postage on your spend is free to any UK winner but if the winner is from overseas you will need to be be responsible for your own postage or other charges. I will send the £10 voucher by email worldwide. This prize has not been sponsored by CVC but I buy most of my crafting goodies from Susan as her prices and free postage are brilliant.
  •  I know some of my dear blogging friends are not paper crafters so should you not have any use for a CVC voucher you may choose a £10 Amazon Voucher, sent by email.
  • Some of you like my handmade bag charms, so my 3rd choice of  prize is the little cat bag charm, inspired by Billy and hand made by me using artisan glass lampwork one of a kind beads. I will post the bag charm worldwide. 

You don't need to make up your minds  re your prize choice yet, I will check with the winner after 9th August to see which prize they would like.

I can't send flowers so I am sharing these recent photos of my tiny sunny garden and my beloved studio, which give me so much inspiration
 and also a photo of my darling cat Billy who shares my outside space in the summer months.
 How easy it is to be inspired by Mother Nature.

Billy was caught napping on the garden table cover but instantly forgiven, he is just the best cat, my little shadow. He recently celebrated his 9th birthday 😺

My challenge project today is a thank you one...of course..
It's a thank you bottle tag I made for a good friend of mine who has stepped in to look after Billy at short notice several times this year. There was a bottle attached!

I used Distress Oxides for the background, a Tim Stencil and die cut sentiment and the long discontinued Bronte verse stamp by Visible Image which remains my all time favourite script stamp. I really wish Mark would bring it back...hint hint!!

I would like to enter my bottle tag into the following challenges;

That's Crafty 1/3 all things grunge
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Emerald Creek Dares 2/3 sparkle/celebrations mine is of course my 7 year bloggerversary
Noor use die cuts
Happy Little Stampers (watercolour) 3/3 July
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes

Thank you again for stopping by and for making blogging such fun. Remember to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be included in my giveaway. Good luck to you all!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 24 July 2017

A lifetime of love

Tomorrow is a rather special 36th Wedding Anniversary! Goodness knows where those years have gone but they have been the best of years.  I am lucky to have met and married my soul mate and been blessed with a lifetime of love.

We have a special treat planned..lunch at the Sky Garden in London and yes of course I will be taking my trusty camera away with me.

Today is my weekly inspiration post for Visible Image. I think that the sentiment I used for my card sums up how many people feel about the love of their lives...... however I was just one of those lucky ones who found mine when I was just eighteen 😍
I also used the time swirl, falling man and lady, the past stamp and the birds from the amazing Ahead of our time set.
I made an Infusions background
and used some very glittery WOW gold embossing powder to emboss the time swirl...
I then stamped the birds emerging from the end of the swirl. 

I embossed and fussy cut the man and lady and had them falling from the past stamp. I die cut some clock hands and turned my time swirl into a clock where the man has grabbed onto the the hands to "turn back time" and find his love sooner. 
Here are some close ups.

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

Emerald Creek Dares 1/3 sparkle/celebrations mine is of course our anniversary tomorrow.
Noor use die cuts
We love to create 1/2 Anything creative/mixed media goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground #291/2 I used snippets for my sentiment and my little clock hands
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media
Fussy and fancy 2/3 anything goes

All the links to Visible Image are below;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our 3rd themed challenge, "a splash of colour", is  also up and running until 28 July. There is another £40 voucher up for grabs for the winner of this. 

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be purchased. 

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to leave your kind comments.

I have a very special blogging celebration coming up on Wednesday....I will be celebrating my 7th...yes 7th! blogging birthday...and I have a giveaway pop back to join in with the's a preview

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 21 July 2017

More warm summer colours for STAMPlorations

Hello it's time for what I thought would be my last Guest Designer card for STAMPlorations . I am delighted to announce that I will be taking part in her Christmas blog hop coming up in September/October. As you well know I am Mrs Christmas and I am thrilled that I will be sharing some more Guest Designer work out for some awesome new Christmas products.

Today is the mid month reminder for the current theme and sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations.

The theme is warm colours and there is nothing more inspiring in my garden than the warm colours of my gazania

and this is the optional sketch.
You can find all the details of the challenge here

I chose to work with these products;

available here

and the lovely Daisy row 
available here
I inked up a piece of card using some sunny Distress inks
I stamped the Daisy border and cut it out. 
I also die cut some yellow card and some inky mop up card to make some sunshine, adding sequins to the centres and a strip of sunny ribbon.

Here is my finished card.
Remember that you can get 20% off your order if you enter the code STAMPGIRLJANE at the checkout. Shery's international postage rates are very reasonable too.

I would also like to join in with the following challenges;

Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
Crafty Calendar 2/3  anything goes
Crafting by designs 2/3 anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon 1/3 anything goes
Fussy and Fancy 1/3 anything goes
Crafty Catz 1/3 anything goes
Time Out 1/3 inspired by words

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 Have a lovely weekend...I am back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image Inspiration post.

 One thing I really want to share with you all is that ***squeal*** I managed to get a ticket for Tim Holtz's workshop in September in Harrogate. I cannot believe it, the website crashed the first time they were put up for sale on Monday but yesterday I succeeded and I am one of the very lucky ticket holders for the Friday morning. I am beyond excited as Tim rarely comes over the pond from the States.....this really is a dream come true for me as I think I never create anything without using one of his amazing products! If anyone else is going on the Friday morning it would be great to meet up. Do let me know.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

More photos from Portugal

I am back to share some more of our holiday photos from Portugal. These are from one of our 2 visits to Lisbon and below is the Monument to the discoveries built in the 1960. We took a lift up to the viewing platform right at the top

and from the top looked down to this the amazing monastery which we decided to visit next.
The stonework inside the monastery was quite breathtaking. Just imagine how many stonemasons were involved in all these carvings.

Even inside the chapel every single pillar and post had been hand carved.

I have nearly finished making my travel journal and I thought I would share a couple of sneak peek pages. I have made the backgrounds using distress oxides, stencils and Visible Image stamps. I like using the colours I see in my photos. 

I was also inspired by the hot yellows of the stonework in the Monastery to make a page insert. I selected some very sunny yellows and orange distress inks and some stencils which reminded me of some of the shapes I had seen carved.
First I blended the lighter yellows
then added some stencilling using fossilised amber.
I added some crackle paste too and a stamped some script too. 
and to finish the page off  I stamped my eye from the Where dreams take you Visible Image set. I also added some of their sentiments which are just perfect for journalling.

I would like to enter this journal page into the following challenges;

Stamps and Stencils colour, texture, shape
Crafty Calendar 2/3  anything goes
Crafting by designs 2/3 anything goes
We love to Create 2/2 anything goes
Craft stamper Take it make it Anything goes
Creative Artiste 1/3 anything mixed media

The full reveal of my holiday journal will be on Monday 7th August. I will of course be back with several other posts before then..this Friday will be my next.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me. I would also like to warmly welcome my newest followers. It's great to see you joining me here on my creative journey.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 17 July 2017

A dedication to Edie

Good morning all and welcome to my weekly Monday morning inspiration post for Visible Image. Today I have got something rather different to share.

A couple of weekends ago we went to the Dedication and 1st birthday party of my niece's little girl, Edie (short for Edith). It was held in Bristol just a week after we got home from our summer holiday.
I always enjoy our time there, it's a very vibrant city right on the river. This was the view from our hotel room.

I had already bought her of the fab Julia Donaldson books, "Tabby McTat" and also a little children's bag from Cath Kidston, as I know how much my own granddaughter loves carrying around bags. Her favourite books are by Julia D...Stickman, Super Worm, A squash and a squeeze to name just a few!

 I really like making my own gift wrap, as I can make matching gift tags too. It makes gifts so much more personal. Visible Image stamps are perfect to use for this.
I always use ordinary cheap brown paper which I buy by the roll. I measured out a piece to fit and used the star and swirl from the Universal set of stamps.

I used Distress Oxides as my inks, I found this is an improvement on ordinary Distress inks as they don't soak through the paper. 
and stamped a pattern across the paper.
I love how well these stamp with the D' Oxides. It gives an almost pastel appearance to the paper.
I then used a piece of inky/infusions mop up card to cut a tag, added some stencilling to it and then added  Edie's name using the Alphabetical set.
I also used the square shape as this gives a great border to the letters.

I used red embossing powder.
and I used all capital letters and made these little plaques to stick on. 
and here is the parcel all tied up with a pretty ribbon bow. 
Here's a close up of the tag.
I would like to enter my gift wrap set into the following challenges;

Fussy and Fancy 1/3  celebrations
Cutie pie 2/3 here come the girls
Crafty Calendar anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon 1/6 anything goes
Cute Card Thursday ribbon/bows
Crafting by designs 1/3anything goes
Happy Little Stampers (watercolour) 1/3 July

I hope I might have inspired you to make your own gift wrap? Recipient's absolutely love how personal it is. I make some of my own Christmas gift wrap too, if time allows.

All the links to Visible Image are below;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website. Our 3rd themed challenge, "a splash of colour", is  also up and running until 28 July. There is another £40 voucher up for grabs for the winner of this. 

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps can be purchased. 

Thanks as always for your kind visits and comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Friday, 14 July 2017

Fairies in the garden

I know they're not real but I like to pretend that fairies would enjoy playing among my pots of flowers in the garden. Perhaps they would hide in my petunia...

Sit under the roses or swing from the agapanthus?
 Perhaps they would tip toe round my tomatoes?
and then make a house under my pelagonia...with a leaf for the door?

 So as I daydreamed about this and as I sat under my sun brolly I heard a rustle coming from the shrubs...I went over to investigate...perhaps it really was a fairy... it was my sweet Billy who had made himself a nest in the shade.

So as I have no photos to show you of fairies I made a card instead using my Lavinia stamps showing where my fairy was hiding all along.

She has managed to find some shade under her dandelions. I made a hot summer background by blending distress inks.

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

Simon says stamp Monday Distress it my whole background is distress inks
Stamping sensations 1/3 anything with flowers
Crafty Catz anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes/summer colours
The Cutie Pie Challenge 1/3  here come the girls

It's forecast to warm up here again over the weekend so no doubt Billy and the fairies will be seeking shade whist I bask in the welcome sunshine 😎

Have a lovely weekend and as always thanks for visiting.

Back on Monday with my weekly Visible Image inspiration.

Bye for now,

Jane (and Billy 😽) xx