Tuesday 21 June 2016

T stands for Taking flight at TIOT

One again I'm doubling up! You may need a drink to sustain you through what will be quite a long photographic haul!

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is'I Believe I Can Fly' and we would love to see something with wings, on any project you choose!
The Design Team have, I think, excelled themselves on showing all kinds of winged creatures, please do take a look!

I have taken the opportunity to make a Birthday card - stocks are getting low and I am going to have some distractions for a couple of months - this is made with someone in mind.
I have kept it flat for posting - I am pretty sure that the flower will lie flat enough!
I started by looking through my paper stash - need to get that down a bit..once I had the colours in mind I used some infusions onto some sketch book paper.

and cut out a random amount as I had a vague idea about what I wanted to do.
I used distress inks through a Paper Artsy Sarah Nauman leaves stencil, masking as I went along so as not to muddy the colours.I added some random text
I then trimmed it and layered it with the papers
I wasn't very happy, even though I had inked the edges it didn't stand out enough so I inked up the tail of a butterfly from a set from the Works to make a border. As you can see I used a piece of paper to prevent the ink going onto the paper underneath. 

Leaves using the same stencil, edged with Tea Stain DI 
I experimented a bit...
….and left out the doily.
Last week I had intended posting my photos from our visit to  Dalemain House but life got in the way…so here they are today, especially for joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday.

Lots of lush greenery but that wasn't the reason for our visit..
Dalemain House  is quite famous for it's blue poppies(meconopsis) and I must say when I first caught sight of them I gasped! They are in a less formal part of the garden
A great colour combination

One of my favourite views

A last look at the poppies as we headed back to the house

The gardener was tidying the gravel
I still have lots of photos of the garden so I will try to post them during the week
 This man decided to photo bomb my photo of the front of the house but I didn't want to wait to take another, we were headed for Larch Cottage Nurseries - I had a brochure that has been around for ages so we decided to take the short drive and go there for coffee.
I had a Polenta lemon cake and coffee, Hubby had tea and a pear and almond tart
The cafe is on two levels - we went upstairs to see the garden from above- we were the last customers of the day on the upper level

The nursery sells lots of garden ornaments but unlike the food were very expensive!
Elizabeth is waiting to greet you with your drink related post.

The birds remind me that I am also here for TIOT so please do hop over for details of the challenge and to see the DT examples!

Thanks for looking, Chris


chrissie said...

Very beautiful card and the house looks like a wonderful place to visit

Love Chrissie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely card and wonderful photos, and that cake looks sooooo good! Happy TIOT, Happy T Day, Happy everything, hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

Wow- that garden is just gorgeous. Was the house as interesting or did you juts visit the gardens? Great birthday card too. It is very summery and I love your layering. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a very impressive card. I was pleased to see you try to keep with your desire to keep things flat for posting. It seems important to a few of us.

Loved the photos of the garden. Those blue poppies are stunning. Never even heard of blue poppies before, but I was as in awe as you.

Loved the gardener raking the gravel. That was a priceless shot, and definitely not one most "tourists" would have been privy to.

Thanks for sharing your coffee and hubby's tea as well as your awesome desserts with us in the nursery cafe with us for T this Tuesday. Lovely views everywhere I looked today.

Linda Kunsman said...

that is such a beautiful card Chris! And thanks for taking us along that gorgeous scenery and cafe treat. Love those pretty blue poppies. Happy T day!

Pamellia said...

Wow, what an amazing post Chris! Love your bird card, the leaves in the background are amazing for a backdrop!! I am just blown away by those blue poppies, never knew they even existed, wow!! What a gorgeous place to visit! Love the little patio at the Cafe and the fountain shot is amazing too! What a wonderful trip you must have had! hugs :)

Meggymay said...

A beautiful card, love the soft colours. Wonderful photos of your trip out as well and the cake looks delicious.
Yvonne xx

Divers and Sundry said...

The day you had would suit me well :) I could spend hours in that garden... and the nursery and cafe looks delightful! Thanks for the virtual outing. Happy T Tuesday

Dianne said...

Your card is simply gorgeous, and the garden photos are breathtaking!! Love that you've shown your process for making the card-great idea to mask and stamp the border! thanks for sharing tea with us...the sweets look yummy! ♥

froebelsternchen said...

A super card and a wonderful place - great photos Chris and I would love to have this cake!
oxo Susi

Rita said...

Such a pretty card and both places were so lush with greenery--just gorgeous! :)

Helen said...

love the card, love the poppies; love the cake, love the gardens... not much here today I don't love!! Hope your distractions are going to be good distractions...xx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely card Chris, love the soft colours and the stamped border really does make a difference.
This looks like a wonderful place to visit, we've passed by Penrith many times on our way ton the Lakes, must stop next time and visit. The gardens look really beautiful.
Avril xx

Margik said...

Beautiful card, Chris! Love the delicate colours, bird and flowers. Today the photos are wonderful. A lovely post!
Hugs, Mar

Words and Pictures said...

An absolutely delightful card - love those stencilled SN leaves and the fussy cut flower is lovely.

And thank you so much for sharing the photos from your wonderful day out - it looks like a fantastic place to visit, and you're right - the blue poppies are breathtaking.
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous card Chris with fabulous layers and beautiful stamped bird. Love all your photos too with such lush greenery and fantastic surroundings, a brilliant place to visit xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a sweet and beautifully put together card Chris, and wow, another wonderful collection of photos! What a great place to visit, just beautiful!

Darla said...

What a nice card and how nice to see how you created it. The gardens are beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the blue flowers, don't see many of those around my area.

johanna said...

this is a wonderful Card and i´m sure it is flat enough for sending.
oh, These blue poppies are a dream! you must have had a great day, and this Café Looks awesome, too. i´d love to go there.
happy rest of the week (as tuesday is already over;))

Marjut said...

Beautiful card, what a fab background.

Sandy said...

What I love most of all about this post - I love the pictures of the gardens - beautiful. The more you post the more I want to see. And I always love pictures of food - yes I am a foodie!!! Is that a real red bird on the fountain?
Sandy xx

~*~Patty S said...

I visited you here the other day and was having computer issues so never got to leave a comment.
OH THOSE BLUE POPPIES would make me gasp too.
Lovely place and treats and more!
Your card is sweet too Chris.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Chris and as always glorious photos. I love looking at your photos. xx

Gez Butterworth said...

Gorgeous card Chris, wonderful to see it come to life ♥ Blue poppies... who knew!


Karla B said...

Gorgeos cardcand lovely photoss!Beautiful, my friend!