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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Recollections of a Day Out at Waddeson

Sunday, a couple of weeks ago, we visited Waddeson Manor in Aylesbury - I had vague recollections that we'd visited once before and when we looked through our old photos, it was 6 years ago!   Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild built this Manor in the 1870s to house his art collections and hosted many house parties for politicians, the social elite including Edward VII.  Guests commented on the level of luxury service by his staff and Queen Victoria unusually requested to pay a visit!

A lot had changed in 6 years.  You can no longer drive right up to the Manor - there is now a dedicated parking area which is adjacent to the ticketing office and a courtesy shuttle bus drops you off right here.  What an impressive view!

Hubby had booked an "Afternoon Tea" - first sitting actually starts at 12:00 pm and is served until late afternoon.  You have to book in advance and are given a time slot.  Our booking was for 12:30 pm  and it interrupted our tour of the house.   We asked permission for a re-entry to finish the tour after we finished our meal.

It made a lovely change not to have finger sandwiches.  Our first course was a selection of fresh out of the oven savouries.....

...followed by the sweet  course which included scone and clotted cream.

The Blue Dining Room marked the end of the house tour - and this is the piece that I remembered from our last visit 6 years ago!  Funny what sticks in your mind.  A modern take on a chandelier made of modern broken porcelain - this "art" work was designed by Ingo Maurer and the piece is called "Porca Miseria" which translated from Italian means "Oh my goodness"!

The gardens were equally impressive.

On our last visit, the cast iron aviary erected in 1889 was clad with scaffolding, obviously they'd been carrying out extensive renovation works, but here it is in all its glory!  Approximately a third of the species in the Aviary are at risk of extinction and Waddeson participates in captive breeding programmes with the aim of reintroducing birds into their native habitat.

The thing that caught our eyes was this 3-Dimensional bedding.  A gigantic bird-like framework of iron filled with soil and moss, closely planted with a variety of plants to represent the colouring seen on tropical birds.

All good things come to an end, and we opted to walk off our afternoon tea with a brisk walk back to our car through the beautiful grounds.

Wherever you may be, whatever you're doing today, have a good one!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Halloween Countdown #5 of 6 - Festive Phrases

Just a simple tweak like partial die cutting can add interest to an otherwise standard card.  I promised to revisit this as I first showed it off as a sneak peek.  Here's a video tutorial on the "How".  Hope you like it.  It really isn't as complicated as it looks (winks)

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Christmas Countdown #5 of 12 - Snowflake Sentiments Bundle

This week is a card made as flat as possible so it's post friendly.  The rhinestone embellishments are flatter than the normal dimensional so it shouldn't end up being bulky.  That just depends on how many rhinestones you decide to put on!!!  Enjoy!

Did you know that if you click on the pictures, it will take you direct to the item in my online store which will give you more detail on the product and you can place an order if you wish.  It would be very much appreciated. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

We've gone Glossy in October!

This month, by special request from one of the ladies in my card club, we did a few techniques using Stampin' Up!'s glossy card stock.  Glossy card stock has a special coating on the paper, and it's a blast from the past.  We used to carry it, but it got retired and has now made a come back.  There are differences in photo paper and glossy card stock as in you can use a heat tool on Stampin' Up!'s glossy card stock without it bubbling, but I am told, photo paper doesn't take kindly to the heat tool.

The Powder Pink card on the left gives a soft multi-coloured effect using reinkers and a spritzer filled with water.  You blot it dry and stamp on it with archival ink afterwards.  Depending how you hold your spritzer, it can also spray a speckled effect on the rest of the card.

The Berry Burst card with the orchid was sponged with ink.  To create the graduated ombre look, you sponge almost the whole of the card stock once, then starting from the bottom right corner, you sponge another layer of ink but only half way along.  Lastly, sponge the bottom right corner again and again until you have the intensity of shading you desire, then run your hand under a tap, shake off excess water and flick some on to the sponged area of card stock.   Where the droplets of water hit the card stock, it will lighten and create a speckled effect.

For the card below, I used 3 different coloured inks to create the "Ghosting" effect. For the best effect, choose a linear stamp - ink it up with Versamark and stamp directly onto the glossy card stock.  Stamp straight down and up - avoid rocking or pressing down too hard, because smudges will occur and too much pressure "splays" the stamped image.  Allow ink to dry thoroughly before you sponge with ink - do this in a random pattern to bring out the autumnal feel for the leaves.

 Powder Pink and Berry Burst card supply list:

Cajun Craze autumnal card supply list:

Happy stampin' !

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