Tuesday, 10 April 2012

What's inside the box?

A few weeks ago I received an email which on first reading I thought was one of those spam "You've Won a Prize just email us your bank pin number, password, NI number etc etc "..you get the drift! I was just about to consign it to the spam box when I noted that it said that it was in association with a competition from Card Making and Papercrafts. Now this a magazine that I do often enter their competitions but never ever think anything more of it. Well I decided to open the email and to my up most delight I had won a £30, yes £30 gift voucher to spend at an on line shop called Dot Com Gifts. I am not sure if they deliver over seas but if you live in the UK it is an absolute treasure trove of original gifts. I spent ages choosing but eventually I entered my gift card number, pressed the button and waited for my parcel to arrive.

A few days later my neighbour knocked at my door with my parcel which had been delivered whilst I was at work.

My Treasure had been SO well wrapped. Not only was their air filled pillows but lots of bubble wrap, so useful for me to wrap my jewellery and cards which I sell from my Etsy Shop.

After lots of unwrapping My Treasure became visible, it was like Christmas morning all over again ;0)

So you are now all asking...So what is inside the box then.....
OK here is my Ta-dah moment.....

You all know how much I love Christmas and tins so I just had to have these 2. They are SO retro and SO me!!

Here's the other one. I use lots of tins for storing my jewellery and card making stash in and like shoes and handbags I can never have enough. Also on the subject of tin, did you spot the tin beach bucket..

I had one of these as a little girl in the 60s and can so vividly remember digging with my tin spade and making sandcastles using my bucket. My brother and I were always bought a new set each holiday and we also had paper flags to put in the sandcastles (and yes Dotcom even sell the paper flags!)

It even has the same scene that my old buckets used to have. Mind you they seem much better quality than those bought in the 1960s!.

I have decided to store some of my Promarkers in this in my Studio it works really well.

You can see that I also chose an old school Milk Bottle which is sold as a retro vase these days. I actually used to drink my milk out of one everyday at Primary School with a straw. I only liked milk in the winter as it was cold, I so hated it in the summer when the crates had been left in the sun all morning. The thought of the milk then still makes me shudder...ugh!!

I also bought some lovely ribbon to use for my card making. I was absolutely delighted with my stash as was someone else.

Yes even Billy approved ;0)

Keeping with the title of my blog this is my Card Challenge for today. It is another of the family Easter Cards I made. This is the one I made for my Hb.

This is my lovely Lili of the Valley "Gift Wrapped" stamp which I inked up, stamped and coloured with my trusty Promarkers (yes some are in my tin bucket now!). I highlighted the image with my Prismacolor pencils. I also glittered the butterfly wings with gold Glamour Dust. I also added a vellum butterfly and some buttons tied with Baker's Twine to complete my card.

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

Secret Crafter Easter #180
Stamp, scrap and Doodle Saturday's  Things with wings
Cupcake Inspirations Easter bunny cupcake #155
Cupcake Craftroom Easter bunny cupcake #155
Penny Black Allsorts April Challenge Oh so cute
Crafter's Companion Four legged friends #23
Top Tip Tuesday Spotty dotty #74

I hope you all had a restful Easter break? We had a lovely quiet one, just Hb and me (and Billy of course). Lots of yummy chocolate was consumed! Good Friday was a gorgeous sunny day then we had our very welcome rain on Saturday and Sunday just as the hosepipe ban comes into effect ;0)

Have a great week everyone,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Tracy said...

Love your tins. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Jane said...

They're great tins aren't they Tracy ;0) Thanks for visiting,
Jane x

Mia said...

You lucky girl, Jane, such a wonderful things you chose! I'm sure Vivienne will spill her tea to her screen though when she sees your C-things ;) but they're absolutely gorgeous still. And the bucket is the sweetest too!

We had great Easter (and the weather cleared too!), and now I'm back to work *sigh* - this Tuesday felt a bit like Monday after wonderful holidays but sun shines and spring's in the air! Lovely!

Have a great week, dear friend, and many kisses to that sweet inspector B again!


Jane said...

I was spoilt for choice Mia and you know me and Christmas ;0) I know that Vivienne will have a fit when she sees them -LOL! I am glad you had a lovely Easter, it's back to work for me too in the morning but it has been a lovely long break. Take care,
Jane x

downrightcrafty said...

what a gorgeous Easter Creation, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge this week
Hugs and Happy Easter
Kate x
ps I have candy if you are interested :)

Jane said...

Thanks Kate!
Jane x

brenda said...

This is lovely Jane and such a pretty colour palette. And what a great win as well.

Thanks so much for joining our Oh so Cute theme at Penny Black and More this month and good luck with all the prize draws.

B x

Jane said...

Thanks Brenda. The win was fab wasn't it! Have a good evening,
Jane x

snailzpace said...

congratulations on your win! i love that little milk bottle and the tins are lovely too. your card is adorable with the beautiful glittered butterflies. thank you for playing along again with our oh so cute theme at the penny black and more april challenge.

Jane said...

The bottle makes a great little vase Linda. Thanks for visiting me here.
Jane x

Helen Philipps said...

Love your sweet little Easter card, Jane. And all your new treats....and I have that same bucket too!! It reminded me of my childhood ones too so I just had to buy it :-)
Have a happy week, hope it's sunny!
Helen x

Jane said...

It's a fab bucket isn't it Helen. I hope you managed to replace your vase? It's been a very April showery day today. Enjoy your week too.
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh my goodness, only you Jane, could have 'C' things at Easter!!!!!! LOL
I'll move swiftly on to the bucket, I too had a lovely tin bucket when I was little, mine was turquoise. I love your's, plastic buckets just aren't the same.
I remember the school milk bottles but I hated milk and couldn't even watch anyone else drink their's. The little bottle is so cute and will be lovely for flowers.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the little stamp and the colour too.
Have a good week, why did Easter go so quickly??
Vivienne x

Jane said...

Tee hee I knew the tins would make you smile Vivienne ;-) My Treasures are a real trip down memory lane for us aren't they....great beach memories in particular. Easter has flashed past but that means we can look forward to even more daylight. Enjoy your week too.
Jane x

Franz♥ said...

Gorgeous take on our Easter theme! Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge this week.

Hugs, Franz.

Tina said...

adorable card, lovely colors and details...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

sweetie dt

Teje said...

Hi Jane! I'm so happy for you to be lucky and win - you chose beautiful things! I love your new tins! And the Easter card is adorable! x Teje

Jane said...

Thanks Franz
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Tina
Jane x

Jane said...

It was such a lucky win Teje and I was able to choose so much. Thanks for liking my card
Jane x

Susie said...

All I can say is ADORABLE card. Thank you for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

Jane said...

That's so kind Susie, thank you ;0)
Jane x

Lori said...

What a sweet Easter card and boy, did you get some fun things!

Jane said...

Thanks Lori and it was such fun getting all my lovely treasure.
Jane x

febe said...

Your work are really awesome. And your box has got the fun and good things. :)

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Jane said...

Hi and thanks Febe
Jane x

Laney said...

Just having some lunch and a read! I remember those buckets, I loved mine, 70's version though ;O) There is a shop in Hereford that sells those old fashioned items, which my daughter tells me are VERY old...the ones I had as a child! I did once find a metal bucket with the metal spade and fork and the turtle sieve, I brought it for my neice when she had a birthday a few years ago. She loved it! Just goes to show the oldies are the goodies :O)

What a fab win you had! Lovely cards, your art is really beautiful and your ideas are so unique and collectable. Lovely. Right, back to packing! Laney x

Jane said...

Hope lunch was good Laney! The buckets are fab aren't they and as you say often the oldies are the goodies. I love it when my daughter calls stuff vintage when it was from my childhood ;0) Hope you have a fab time at the Flame Off, speak soon my beadie buddy,
Jane x

susiestacey said...

Congrats on your win. Gorgeous cute card, thank you for joining in the fun at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

Jane said...

Thanks Susan it was a fun parcel.
Jane x

Gemma said...

Great card thank you for joining us at Crafter's Companion Challenge. Good luck. Gemma x

Jane said...

Thank you Gemma,
Jane x

JLJ Designs said...

Sweet card! The butterfly is gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations.

Happy Crafting!
Jen (JLJ Designs)
My Blog

Jane said...

It's got a lovely sheen Jen, thanks for your visit.
Jane x

lis-m said...

Ooh .. I love your tins.. I collect them too.. i can't resist them.. Thanks for joining us over @ Crafters companion for the 4 legged friends challenge . Good luck!
Hugs x. love the lemon....

Jane said...

A fellow tin adict then Lis! Thanks for visiting.
Jane x

anneldt said...

Oh so Adorable and Retro.
My favorites are the Christmas tins!!
Have a lovely week, Jane.


Jane said...

They are great aren't they Anne! Happy week to you too,
Jane x

Lisa said...

Hi Jane, Gorgeous card! Such a sweet image.

Thanks for joining us at the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge.

Lisa x

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Lisa.
Jane x

Bettina L. said...

Your card is really gorgeous. Love your take on the spotty dotty theme and your colouring is beautiful. Lovely tin cans too. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Jane said...

Thanks Bettina I am rather fond of spotty/dotty papers!
Jane x