Tuesday, 5 June 2012

English Rose and the Diamond Jubilee!

Happy Diamond Jubilee - long live the Queen!

In Britain we are enjoying a super long weekend with amazing Jubilee celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I love the atmosphere, the cheers and the two extra days off work, too! lol ;). Last night we went to see a big bonfire lit up by the Folly, just outside our house, as part of the 1000s of beacons lit up across the world. It was absolutely amazing!

I have also actively joined the celebrations by entering the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Faringdon Craft Competition ;). Here's my Jubilee project which I made just the night before the deadline for submission...;).

It's a coasters box set I recently found in a charity shop. It's incredible what fabulous items you can find in charity/second hand shops. Just keep your eyes wide open and look for 'potential' rather than the 'original' look. I altered the item with gesso, paints and printed napkins (you can view my 'napkin art' tutorial here) - it's got lots of yummy texture. Each coaster shows a picture of the Queen at different stages in her life, from the day she was born, her Wedding Day, Coronation Day, Golden Jubilee to present days.

The back of the coasters was stamped with Stempelglede grungy corner stamp and a selection of London signature images from the Artistic Outpost stamp sets. I also dated each tile accordingly to the pictures on the front.

The top of the box was embellished with a sweet little crown my DH bought for my project especially and a selection of flowers which I sprayed with the Pearl Glimmer Mist for a gorgeous subtle sparkle.

And without boasting too much....;-))))...

Here, the Mayor of Faringdon and the Queen herself are presenting me with the above Certificate... (yep, that's right! Despite her busy schedule she did find a moment to visit Faringdon for the Craft Competition awards! lol).

And here, the Queen and the sponsor of the Competition are presenting me with the flowers and my winning prize - thank you so much Your Majesty! ;))).

I have truly enjoyed all the celebrations and I am very proud to live in such a fascinating country. And as one of the competition contestants said (a 6 year old girl) - well done for being the Queen for 60 years! Since I can't really beat that - well, that will be all from me for now!

Thanks so much for popping in and for letting me know you have, in your usual sweet way...;)).

Big hugs

Challenges for this project:
Artistic Stamper (June) - Red, white and blue
Simon Stamp and Show - Texture
Make It Monday #9 - Anything goes
Victorine Challenge #35 - Texture
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Red, blue and white
Tip Top Tuesday #78 - Sparkles Galore for Diamond Jubilee


Crafting Queen said...

Congratulations on your first prize, it's a beautiful creation. It has been a really special weekend celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Cudowna praca! Gratuluję :) Piękne zdjęcie :)

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Joanna! Love your altered coaster set which is now far to beautiful to use. I have to admit to sitting on the sofa for far to long watching the celebrations - hats off to the folks who organised everthing, they did a marvellous job :) Elizabeth x

Unknown said...

Well done you! Love the project xxxx

Rene said...

Wow! I can see why you won! And how lovely of the "Queen" to be there! Lol! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
Rene :D

Mynn xx said...

What a fabulous tribute! LOVE this--it's gorgeous and perfectly fitting for royalty! :) GORGEOUS!!!

Ruby said...

WOW Asia, I was just linking your blog to a card I made for Play Date Cafe's post on Thursday and came across this total utter gorgeousness!!! You are SO talented, it's no wonder you got an award. CONGRATULATIONS my friend!

Netty said...

Congratulations on your win. Its a fabulous Coaster Set, love it. x

Unknown said...

What a wonderful celebrations. And Congrats to you my friend. Your Coasters look wonderful. Such a creative idea..


Unknown said...

I absolutely love your tribute to the Queen and I am thrilled you won. You are quite ingenius Joanna and who knew napkins could be so much more. Wonderful post, beautiful project and many congratulations to you on your win.

Terry said...

Congratulations Joanna, with your first prize, your creations are wonderfull thank you for sharing with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, Hugs Terry

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Congratulations on your first prize, well deserved.

Lisa said...

Wow, saw this fab creation at MIM and just had to pop on over here to see it! Abslutely awesome work Joanna!!

Ros said...

I am smiling from ear to ear ... I just love your project and I am sooooo happy for you ... very well done ... you must be really proud!

Terry said...

That was too funny! The Queen even brought a little garden with her! Now being serious, Congratulations! What a gorgeous project and great tribute! Enjoy the celebrations!

Pia S said...

What a great set of coasters! Spotted your work on MIM

Janny Jager said...

Congratulations Joanna with your first price.

Greetings Janny

Brenda Brown said...

This is a fabulous project Joanna, so well made and presented and it truly deserved the first prize. Congratulations.
hugs {brenda} xox

Marsha Fisher said...

lovely creation...so glad that the queen approved ;-D!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Creation and wow!! you met the Queen too! tehehheee, many Congrats on your win! and thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Top Tip Tuesday this week too, hugs Samantha :0)

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Asia, Congratulations on winning first prize. This is a wonderful collection you have created.

:) Chris / CS Designs

Found you through Make it Monday

Mandy Ashley said...

Fabulous - & many congrats!!! Stunning creation! A well deserved win! :)

Mandy :)

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful piece made with much thought and creativity. Congratulations on your first prize slot.

Merry said...

Such a fantastic project....love the idea of the different photos of the queen throughout the years and congrats on your award. Saw you on Make it Monday.

Sarah said...

a really wonderful and original creation with gorgeous 'English' colours - love the flowers with the blue - a fabulous keepsake indeed. Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Sarah.

Caroljenks said...

This project is just fantastic!!!!! I can't even find the words to express my wonderment at what you have created! You must be so proud of these - I sure would be! And the detail on the back of them is as perfect as the fronts - Just LOVE them!
A well deserved 1st Place too - and fancy the Queen herself giving you your flowers and certificate! ...Great photo :)

Thanks for the link to your amazing tutorial for the Napkin Art too - it is also fantastic! Great Top Tip. I've left you a comment regarding adding a link to it on my personal blog - I do hope you don't mind!

Thank you for joining in with us over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Sparkles Galore' challenge :)

Carol x

Annette said...

This is lovely, I really love that you stamped the dates on the back too. It's a beautiful project. I love it.

Netty's Cards
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge DT

Georgie Horn said...

What a terrific project, and how amazing to meet the queen herself. Did you remember to curtsy? lol

Lisa Minckler said...

I can't even find the words to describe just how amazingly impressed with this project I am! My goodness..this is unbelievably intricate and detailed and soooo well executed. It's fantastic and what a tremendous tribute to a wonderful lady. Congratulations to you for your prize...soooo well deserved!!!
I'm giving you a virtual standing ovation and high five. :)

Thank you SOOOO much for sharing this with us at Make It Monday and Top Tip Tuesday.
Hugs to you,
Lisa xx

kathleen codyrachel said...

I love the coasters and how exciting not only to win but to meet the Queen - my Mom is the same age and has the same name as the Queen so she & I have been enjoying watching as much of the celebrations as we can see over here in the states ;) apparently I was almost British as Mom meet and dates a British soldier during WWII only she didn't want to leave her parents and 14 siblings!
Enjoy the rest of the celebrations
warm regards
kathleen codyrachel

Anne said...

The coasters are wonderful, I love the colors and images. :)

Hugs, Anne.

Elaine Stark said...

A fabulous project. So much work but it has paid off. Well done on your win. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Shirl said...

Well done Joanna a well deserved winner with such a gorgeous project.

Hugs Shirley x x

marion82 said...

awesome!! congrats on your prize!! I think you lookb great next to the Queen!! lol
and amazing flowers for the Queen!! lol
Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

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lainey said...

wow beautiful work Joanna!! and congrats, well done you :) lainey x

Bligu said...

Gratulacje! Świetna, bardzo pomysłowa praca! A królowa jak żywa;))
Jutro (w zasadzie dzisiaj) ruszam w Twoją stronę. Trochę się zagapiłam - może chciałabyś coś z polskich papierów scrapowych? Ach, miałam zapytać o to wcześniej;/

Bettina L. said...

This is just awsome. Love how you've created these coasters with stamps, embellies and colours. Truly amazing. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Joanna! Just seeing this. Congratulations!!! This is huge and I am so happy for you, so proud of you and just all out thrilled for you! Best wishes, Yvonne

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Such a gorgeous project, congratulations on your award, very well deserved
Lindsay xx

Emma Williams said...

A gorgeous project as always and congrats on your award!
Good luck and thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper.
Emma x

Alojka said...

Gratulacje, naprawde piękna i pracochlonna praca

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