Friday, 19 July 2013

Downton Abbey and hot July sneak peeks


Well, hello! I know, I know, it's been a while since my last post and I apologise sincerely for that... I've been so manically busy and struggling with various issues that some things just had to give :(. But I hope I can now come back to regular blogging, admiring your beautiful projects and seeing what you've all been up to!

I also couldn't miss the opportunity to give you all a shout out about the new July release from Stampendous which you guys are really going to love!

If you are one of those super lucky souls to attend this year's  CHA’s Create-n-Connect in Las Vegas (oh how jealous am I???) look out for the booth #1254 to see all these beauties close up. For those hanging onto any CHA news, updates and sneak peeks in blogland or social media places, I've got a little teaser for you - hop over HERE to see the online version of the July Catalogue. The best thing is all the goodness is probably already waiting for you in your local store and from July 20th you can also shop your heart out directly from Stampendous website!

Today I would like to share an Anniversary Card for my Dearest Hubster :). Yesterday we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and we had a very special treat that day (more about that later!).


My card features the following stamps from the new release - Perfectly Clear Leaves & Trees set (SSC1176) and Cling Jumbo Leaves (CRS5052). My hubby loves nature and everywhere we go he always comments on how lovely the summer grasses and wheat fields look... I thought this card would be quite in fitting with our Summer Wedding anniversary.

Ages ago I was given this lovely 'back to nature' card which I kept. It was waiting in my stash for a 'facelift' and this year the inspiration finally came.


I wanted to blend the main panel into the background which I created by stamping the Leaves and Trees images into tissue paper and adhering them to the card.


Next I did some colouring with distress inks and my new Distress Markers, added some texture paste through stencils and misted it all with Glimmer Mists. Then I stamped a couple of jumbo leaves onto water colour paper, coloured them in, cut them out and arranged onto the card with Prima and Petaloo flowers.


The 'happy anniversary' sentiment banner was stamped with the Tiny Alphabet clear stamps.


I hope you enjoyed this little Friday sneak peek and be sure to check out the other sneak peeks my DT Sisters have shared with you today:

If you've missed the sneak peeks from earlier this week, you can find them all on Stampendous blog.

Now onto the treat I mentioned earlier.... we were very lucky and excited to celebrate our anniversary in Highclere Castle. OK, if this name does not sound familiar, how about Downton Abbey? Yes, that's right! Highclere Castle is home to the popular TV drama Downton Abbey and Lady and Lord Granthon's family! :). I must confess, we are big fans of Downton Abbey and it was really amazing to visit the castle in person. As it happens, the 4th season finished filming in the castle a week ago - I sooooo cannot wait for the next series!



Have you ever visited a place that was featured in a movie/TV drama? I'd love to know! :)

Well, that's all from me for now and I look forward to visiting your blogs over the next few days. Have a lovely and sunny weekend!

Big hugs



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Challenges for this card:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Good to be green
Frilly and Funkie - Summertime
Country View Crafts #5 - Summer Sizzler

31 comments:

Netty said...

Happy Anniversary and that was certainly a fab treat.

Loving your gorgeous card, beautiful make, Annette x

Sue D said...

Love the facelift you gave to this card--perfect for your Anniversary.
Sue in Ohio

Kailash said...

Your card is so precious, love all those gorgeous details!!
Happy Anniversary, so fun to visit this special place featured on TV!!

Sabrina said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Your face lift card is gorgeous and what a wonderful idea!! I would have never thought of doing a face lift on a card!!

Joanna said...

Cudna :)
Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji rocznicy Slubu :):)

StampendousGraphics said...

Terrific project, Asia! What a great idea to remake an old card and give it new life! And such a makeover! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Happy Anniversary!

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Asia happy anniversary and what a fabulous surprise to go to Downton Abbey I would love to go it is about 2 hours form me. I just love the series.

Your work is fabulous Asiaxx I love it so much keep up the good work!

Crafty Hugs
Heather

Heather Rogers said...

Sorry Asia spelling mistakes typing too fast! Heather xx

Tobi Crawford said...

lovely tag!!!!

And i live in " Hollywood North" (aka Vancouver) and all around me there are movies and tv shows being shot constantly. I have to admit to being star-struck and a little giddy every time it happens. Just today my hubby and I ate at the diner featured in The Butterfly Effect!

Brenda Brown said...

Such a beautiful card Joanna, bet hubby loved it, happy anniversary to you both and what a lovely treat for you to have.
Enjoy.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Lea said...

Beautiful card! I love the revamped version better. Of course, your creations are always stunning and romantic! Happy anniversary and what an exciting visit to the castle! Hope you had a wonderful time.

cghundley said...

Very pretty card,
lots of wonderful
details in it. The
flowers are so
pretty.
Carla from Utah

Janis said...

Happy anniversary...TFS photos of your trip!!

LOVE your card sooooo much. The rich golden hues make it seem like it's made from solid Black Hills gold!! You know what I am talking abt, right? Those lovely gold pieces that have pink and orange hues in them. That's what your card reminds me of!! LOVE it.
<3 J

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! Love the beautiful leaves behind the gorgeous flowers. Fabulous tag!

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a gorgeous card! I love the beautiful flowers and all the great embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Paula said...

this is beautiful!

Buttons said...

So glad you had a happy anniversary. Congrats to you both. And what a way to seriously upcycle a card! You positively transformed it into a thing of pure beauty. Hope life calms down for you soon. Hugs, Jenny x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Joanna, Happy Anniversary, and what a lovey way to spend it.
Gorgeous card, the facelift really worked a treat.
Avril xx

Cheryl Kosakura said...

Stunning card!
-Cher

inkypinkycraft said...

a great card and lovely summer colours x happy anniversary x thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time x hugs x trace x

Colorado Crafter said...

Your card makeover is gorgeous! I wish I could incorporate all those techniques into one project!

It is fun to visit places from movies and TV shows we've seen. I've been fortunate to be able to visit several different places where they filmed some of my favorite TV shows or movies. One of my favorites was the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan where they did at least some of the filming of the movie "Somewhere in Time". The island is such an interesting place and the hotel and grounds are gorgeous.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Anniversary card and such a beautiful design. Love how you recycled and added pieces to the background, adding wonderful layers to your design, love the warm colour palette too. Looks like,you had a fabulous day for,your anniversary. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

MichelleZ said...

Wonderful project! The colors are beautiful! And the layers are fabulous!

Katie said...

Great card! Love how you used the stamp set and your collage effect. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous card! I love your color combo!
Lucky you to get to see that castle in person! I'm a big Downton Abbey fan too!

butterfly said...

Wow, this tag is out of this world wonderful! Amazing composition, and the dimension and movement is stunning.

Happy Anniversary - what a treat!
Alison x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Simply exquisite! I love the way you created the background. It's so rich with images and color. The leaves, flowerand ribbon are all simply gorgous. This simply screams summer. So great to have you joining us for our Summertime challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

Buttons said...

Back again! SO thrilled to see you have joined us at Frilly and Funkie with this too! Hugs, Jenny x

Lisa S. said...

Gorgeous tag Joanna!!! I love the colors and textures, terrific stamps too.
I did visit where Steel Magnolias (the movie w/Julia Roberts) was filmed in central Louisiana. It was fascinating to see all of the homes and places used in the movie. Thanks for sharing your pictures. :)

Cec said...

What a great anniversary card, chock full of great elements, especially that rolled flower. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
Hugs!
Cec

Chris Warner said...

A beautiful card! I love what you've done with it Asia and I think it's the first altered card I've seen - fab! Thanks for joining in with our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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