Sunday, 9 January 2011

Cherry Blossom Card & What the Postman Delivered

Good Evening,

I meant to bring part of this post to you yesterday but I had the chance so opted to visit my great-granddaughter instead - just couldn't resist the opportunity for a cuddle and to assure myself that all the family were doing well too, and they are. So it's catch up time and here's the latest completed card.

The inspiration for this notecard was taken from this beautiful photograph provided by Clare Curd in her Inspiration Challenge at Docrafts

I didn't have any stamp, digi image, or any other image type of an orchid but I did have this cherry blossom image all coloured up ready to use. I went for a pink/lilac/green colour combination and made use of one of the new masks from Creative Expressions to emboss the Core'dinations Cardstock which I had never used before.
Materials used:
  • Rose pink pearlescent cardstock for base
  • Core'dinations Cardstock, the Whitewash Collection (white/lilac combo)
  • Creative Expressions Mask for embossing
  • Docrafts Woodland Folk Paper Pack
  • Stamps - My Craft Studio Cherry Blossom digital stamp & Ladybug Crafts It's Only Words 2 sentiment
  • B-C-E Baby Nesties oval template for matting
  • Ink-it-up Kelly Green ink pad
  • Dark green ric-rac trim
Frankly, the colours I used are nothing like those in the photograph but I'm still happy with the end result. I like the way the flowers in the mask are similar to those in the design paper from the Woodland Folk pack, which is really pretty, particularly on the inside.

I still want to enter this card for Clare's Inspiration Challenge despite there not being an orchid in sight!

Now to what the postman brought at last - at last because these were ordered well before Christmas but because of all the snow, etc., have only just arrived. I can't believe how odd the postal service has been over the last couple of weeks. Christmas cards posted at the same time and therefore you would expect to be delivered much about the same time I have found have been delivered as much as two weeks apart. The last reported sighting was a card delivered as late as Monday : (

Firstly, with a view to organising my crafting stuff to make it easier for me to find stuff I order some storage containers from Weston Boxes and here they are:

I got a pack of 2 A4 size boxes and a pack of 5 of what they call the Peel-Off box (measures 245mm x 108mm x 30mm) - I've already got quite a few 12 x 12 containers for my scrapbooking supplies. One A4 box now has all the free papers collected from magazines - and as there is so much I've resolved to use some of it up. The other box I've used to store toppers. As you can probably see I've managed to fill three of the Peel-Off boxes, one with peel-offs of course, bling in another and stickers in the third. That leaves two spare.
So for now I'm really happy at how I've sorted out and tidied up all my crafting stuff - I just have to stop buying more : (

And that brings us to the second parcel the postman brought. My Lavinia order - feast your eyes on this:

Stamps (pheasant on fence, spiderweb, naked tree & foliage, fences, flock of birds), Adirondack ink pads (eggplant, citrus, sunshine yellow), Versafine ink pads (Olympia green, vintage sepia, crimson red, imperial purple) and a bottle of holographic glitter. Now, I know that this was a rather extravagant purchase but it was prompted by the projects illustrated in the November Craft Stamper - you can just catch a glimpse of it propped on my chicken box at the back of the photo. I saw it and was lost!!! A tad aambitious perhaps but I'm going to give it a try.

We saw the return of the snow this week but it didn't last long and just as well because my snail suffered yet again, as did his companion, the duck.

And, in case your wondering, these garden creatures were acquired when the grandchildren were small to entertain and amuse and now they are here to stay!

That's me for tonight - I'm off to see the Dancing on Ice skate off.

Bye for now


Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth...

Love the card you made, I love how you decorate the insides of your cards too.. a neat idea :-)

Your storage boxes look great, I emptied one something similar to yours today, but its the only one I have... I'm thinking I need another tall bookcase in my workshop, either that or I stop buying stuff ;-)

We saw more snow this weekend too, goodness knows how i;m going to get the car out of the estate tomorrow, its pure ice and we are on a hill, mind you to main roads are all clear, and I've seen the weather forecast for tomorrow.. heavy rain!

Have a great week :-) xx

lisa said...

I'm glad to hear all the family are doing well, Elizabeth. Never give up the chance of a cuddle!!!
You have been patient for your parcels!!!! All your new things look fab. Who can resist Lavinia, can't wait to see what you create with them.
Love the Xmas card from the last post too. You are being super organised this year. I have a box of cards waiting to be recyled, trouble is I forget about them!!!!
We had snow again on Friday but it don't last long either thank goodness, I think we've had enough now don't you.
Hugs Lisax

Christa said...

Hi Elizabeth , that is a nice card you have made. Good to read everything is OK with the newborn and happy parents. Enjoy all your new stuff !! Love from Holland , Christa.

Sandie said...

Hello Elizabeth
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It is always so nice to receive a message. I'd heard too that people have been unable to cook Jamie Oliver's menu in 30 minutes which is why I saw it more of a challenge. Not to prove a point but just to add some fun into the process. I can honestly say we didn't cheat or cut corners. Just had everything set out like he advised. I've been looking through the book and tempting myself with other menus, so will probably add others on my blog over time.
I love your new stamps. I went to a crop Saturday and fell in love with tree and bird stamps used - so I'm off out as soon as the shop opens to treat myself!
I thought your workspace photo WOYWW looked incredibly tidy! I have aspirations of working neat but use too much stuff and am soon in a sea of paper and stash.
Congratulations on your latest arrival born 1.1.11 - what a special day! I have a new granddaughter born in November. Aren't they a joy! Loved popping over to visit.

Jackie said...

A beautiful card, and what a lot of lovely goodies to play with :o)
Jackie xx

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful card!! And love the Lavinia Stamps :)

Rach said...

a fabulous card, very pretty.xx

Diane said...

Hi Elzabeth, thanks so much for popping by my blog and your lovely comment. I've just had an enjoyable peek at all your great projects. I think your card for the challenge is lovely, you've picked on the colours of the orchid which is perfect, and it's such a stylish touch to take the decoration inside.
Have fun with your new goodies....they look fab. Best wishes to you and your wonderful new great-grandaughter

WestonBoxes said...

Hi Sandra here from
I have had a good look at your blog now and am very impressed with the detail you put to it. I certainly will be back. If any of your bloggers are interested we have started a prize draw each month to all on our mailing list to win some of our coloured A4 boxes, so check it out you never know you just might be lucky.
Hoping to do my next blog soon, just need to find the time.Bye for now.
Sandra Weston Boxes