Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Lavender Saga Continues

I think I have mentioned before how I am not much of a fan of purple, lavender, mauve etc. While I love those shades in the garden...especially the deep almost black colour of purple, I really can't say I like those colours in any other venue...card making included!

A few weeks ago saw me finishing up the dreaded purple Xmas card...It only took 5 or 6 years to get it done. The card is now finished and I survived. Time to tackle another purple one. lol

I was working on my gardening themed cards and thought why not use up some of the lavender that comes in the 6x6 cardstock paper pads. As the cards are being donated, it is a good way to use up the paper and there are after all, some lovely bits of what looks like lavender liatris in the wheelbarrow full of blooms.

So here is my latest gardening card. Another one "done and dusted" as they say on our favourite British TV show.

Luckily, I have not cello'd up the card packets to donate. The garden shop we pass enroute to DD's, sent an email  for 10 free daffodil bulbs.  I stopped in and picked them up and I am  going to put 3 daffodil bulbs in with each card and tie them up in a cello bag. I can do up 3 packages this way.  DD gets those emails from my nursery as well...hmmm...perhaps she is too busy with the kids to be planting daffodils..Ii would be able to make up more packets if I helped her out and took hers off her hands!!!

In the meantime, here is the lavender card.Another one "done and dusted" as they say on our favourite British TV show.Wow, I'm  softening...I didn't even flinch when I typed lavender!!!.

Base card - Michaels Recollections kraft corrugated card and envelope
Cardstock -  kraft, and pink from my snippets stash, lavender and green  from my precut diecuts stash     
Dies - Spellbinders circles; Spellbinders lacey circles; Memory Box Macarena Corner;  Memory Box breezy wearth; Spellbinders Nested Pennants for the sentiment tag
        - the corners are a Martha Stewart border cut up into corner shape
DP - snippets from my stash
Ink - Chestnut Roan Chalk ink for shading the edges
Punch - teensy butterfly punch from the dollar store
Sentiment - Stampin' Up

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - lots of snippets on this card!
2. Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Anything goes
3. Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
4. Marks Finest Papers Simple Salutations - #25 Use a sentiment, anything goes
5. Divas by Design -  Anything goes
6. Stampotique  - # 80 Out with the old In with the new - most iems used are from my snippets stash
7. Lady Anne's Challenges - Vicky's Challenge - Anything goes.


Di said...

A beautiful card Maureen - the touch of 'the L word' just makes it 'pop' perfectly :)

Hugs, Di xx

Pia S said...

I'm quite a fan of purples and lavender colors, but I can't stand working with green colors for some reason!
I think your card turned out great! The kraft corrugated card makes a beautiful background for this card, and I think you've done a great job inking the different pieces - such a nice detail!
Love how you've decorated your house and surroundings with lights for Christmas too - very pretty!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card and that touch of lavender does look fab...wonder why you are not a fan of the colour. Love the image you used and the colours are very effective together...luv annie

Irene said...

Beautiful card, I love the touch of Lavender.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card, I like the wheelbarrow, the way you have framed it the corner and the wee butterfly.
Kevin xx

Barbara said...

I'm not a fan of purple either, but it really works on this card. You'd never know that you don't like using it.

Anonymous said...

I love lavender and brown, l & green, L & red together....keep them coming! Well done...

Thanks for posting the Christmas lights too. It gives us ideas! They were all lovely...

G.G.A.T. ( :) )

jo said...

Lovely card Maureen, the corrugated kraft is fab! Love the idea of putting bulbs in with the cards.....that's so nice and I think the touch of lavender looks great! Hope you're keeping you had a fab Christmas with your Grandkids! Miss Rebecca wore her very special favourite headband on Christmas Eve as it matched her new pj's perfectly and it was the first thing she put on on Christmas Day lol! Wishing you all a wonderful New Year full of good health, happiness, peace and crafting!
Hugs Jo x

Vicky said...

Simply gorgeous Maureen...and I must say purple isn't one of my favourite colours to use either

Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year too...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Rebecca said...

Hi Scrappymo i love all your cards but i especially love the one you did today, it looks gorgeous on Christmas eve i wore my fav headband and it was the first thing that i put on on Christmas day! I hope you have had a very special Christmas and a happy newyear!

Lots of love Rebecca xx

Wishcraft said...

A lovely card, great design and the touch of lavender looks very pretty... I quite like purples but very rarely think to use them myself, I think I need to buy some purple papers ;o) Happy New Year hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

sandee said...

I love lavender and green together! I don't use lavender much myself but your card is gorgeous! Love the idea of including the daffodil bulbs! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Lisa Carroll said...

Beautiful card! Love your layered diecuts! :) Thanks for joining us in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xo

Tracy said...

Such a beautiful card. How fun to give a daffodil bulb as well. Even better that you got it free :)

Joann Burton said...

Fantastic...I love it. Happy New Year...joann sassy raggedy

Glenda Atkins said...

Beautiful, love the corrugated paper and the touch of lavender on the card.Like the little corner pieces, they finish it off so well.
Happy New Year and hope you have many hours of happy crafting in 2013!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Beautiful-love the colours,great card.
Happy New Year

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there - ah mauve, lavender, purple and all shades in between.. I love them all so no worries but his id definitely a different take on the great share! love and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x :D hope daughter likes your bulb sharing idea...

butterfly said...

Since my brother's lilac and sage wedding (which I pretty much handcrafted ) I haven't really wanted to see much of either of them... but in these subtle amounts, and with plenty of gorgeous distressed kraft, I think they're actually rather lovely!
Alison x

Lady Anne said...

Such a great card, love that image which you have coloured so well. Thank you for sharing with us at Vickie's Challenge at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again. Merry Christmas
Love ~ Lady Anne xx
Lady Anne's Challenges

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

This is beautiful and I love the purple mixed in there. Such a fun, fresh spring feeling. :)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the layers and paper crimping on this wonderful garden theme card. Thanks for entering MFP Simple Salutations Anything Goes Challenge.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP SS Hostess

Margreet said...

simply beautiful...thanks for sharing this with the Divas by Design!
xxx Margreet

MzLavr2 said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!
<3 Pam, PDE DT

Lisa said...

I love the lavender. Beautiful card

Lisa said...

The purple is beautiful. Lovely card

mum of two said...

What a beautiful project! The dies you used here are gorgeous, and I love your image. Thanks for playing with us this week at Pause Dream Enjoy. We hope to see you again soon :)


Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card is so sweet, Maureen! I love lilac and lavender and purple. Funny how colors affect people differently. Now orange ...

Nightowl said...

Maureen, your description of using Lavender made me giggle, however you have used the colour beautifully in your card. The dies and the layering is gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing with us at Vickie's Challenge at Lady Anne's and good luck with the draw. I hope we see you again next challenge.
*Hugs* ~ Nana Vic

Sharon said...

This is a beautiful card. Love the image and the colours.
Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
Hugs Sharon. x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Oh this is so PRETTY. Lovely card.

Sarn xxx

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, Maureen. The teeny touch of lavender is just perfect. Elizabeth xx