Thursday, 4 July 2013

Game, set and Match

My day at Wimbledon on Monday was fabulous and as promised I am back today to share some photos of this most iconic tennis venue. We have been lucky enough to get tickets for Wimbledon several times over the years. I love watching Wimbledon fortnight on the TV but there is nothing like being there in person, the atmosphere is so unique. We are lucky to live only 6 miles from Wimbledon and often go for lunch in Wimbledon Village. During the tennis season however there is no parking available, unless you pay a fortune, so we are able to take our local train.

We arrived at 10.30am when the doors opened as it is fun to wander about the grounds before the tennis starts on the show courts at 1pm.








We also decided to start the morning with a freshly made cappuccino...I am not a coffee drinker but I do occasionally enjoy a cappuccino...especially when the cup has this logo on!














How cool is that cup.











After our caffeine boost we started our circuit of the grounds. What you cannot appreciate just by watching the coverage on the television is how well tended for and pretty the grounds of  the tennis club are and how all the plants are the colours of the championships...purple, green and yellow/cream.




















Everywhere is so well tended. We were also blessed with a gorgeous warm sunny day, which is sometimes not the case, as rain can  stop play. Our tickets were for Court Number 1 which unlike Centre Court, does not have a roof. The sun shone from start to finish and there was a gentle breeze to keep everyone pleasantly cool.
We walked past Henman Hill/ Murray Mount...or whatever it is currently being named and saw everyone who just had ground admission tickets  finding a space to watch the matches on the Big Screen. We also had our picnic here in the sunshine.



Some people had made their way to find seats on the outside courts where there is no reserved seating and you can just come and go as you please. There is always a match underway somewhere.



At 12.45pm we took our seats in Court Number One. We had seats up under the canopy which we appreciated as it gave us some protection from the sunshine. We were able to see no less than 3 matches. The first was our own Laura Robson who was sadly beaten but played really well. She is only 19 and I think has great promise for the future. 
We also saw 2 men's singles matches; Seppi vs Del Portro and Tomic vs Berdych. Here are some action shots I took from my seat.



And as the evening wore on the court was still bathed in sunshine


My card today was completely inspired by the purple, green and yellow/cream colours of Wimbledon and I used a Lavinia Stamps fairy stamp.

Here is this gorgeous fairy in close up. I have my stamped image with Promakers and added Glossy accent to the moon and the cloud for some dimension. I have used the Precious stars Memory box die and cut it using glittered card. The sentiment is one of my Pretty Vintage wins from Lili of the Valley from their Pretty Grungy sets. I inked this up with 3 different colour Marvy markers and was really please how it came out. The cloud and the card behind her are from my recent accordian card project. Nothing is ever wasted as a crafter ;0) These are not my usual colours but I really liked them in my finished card.

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

Lavinia Stamps Challenge Use a punch or die shape The die I have used is the fab Memory Box precious stars die and I used glittered green card to cut them with.
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Joanna Sheen Don't be square my card is a rectangle ;0)
Totally Gorjuss wings
Rhedd and Rosie Here comes summer
The Paper Shelter Photo inspiration
As you like it Favourite 3 embellies My fav 3 are; glitter as I just love to add some bling to my cards, Glossy Accents as it gives such an amazing dimension to things and dries completely clear and my star shaped gems as they are just a little bit different to using just the usual round ones ;0)
Inky Chicks anything goes
Visible Image Inspired by a song my song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac


And of course I was treated to another Links of London charm by my Hb at Wimbledon.

 It's an enamelled silver tennis ball in the Wimbledon colours and it looks perfect with my others....


It was also a special day for us as it was the anniversary of when we first started going out with one another...on 1st July 1979...gosh such a long time ago now and I was still at school...;0)

It looks as though the finals this weekend at Wimbledon will be held on the hottest days of the year....it may reach 30c on Sunday.....I will be watching and of course that means it will also be Pimm's O'clock for me.

Cheers!

Good luck Andy Murray, we could even have a British Wimbledon champion, fingers crossed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

22 comments:

  1. What a pretty little charm to add to your collection! So glad you had a lovely day at Wimbledon!
    Love your Wimbledon colour inspired card too. :)
    V xxx
    P.S. will try to get a photo to you soon! :)

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  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Wimbledon, your photos are fabulous.
    I love your Wimbledon inspired card. The image is gorgeous and I love the colours and fabulous layout.
    Thank you for taking part in the Joanna Sheen Challenge
    Sue xx

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  3. I love the charm and what an experience to be there with that atmosphere. Can you imagine what it'll be like on Sunday if Murray gets through...wow! x

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  4. I have so enjoyed reading your post today Jane and viewing those awesome pics from Wimbledon. I'll never get to go in person, so it was nice seeing it from a different angle to what you do on TV. Your charm is stunning and your card lovely. hugs Sharon (South Africa)

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  5. What a fab card! Love how you've used the Wimbledon colours, and that glossy moon is gorgeous! Thank you for entering the Lavinia challenge, good luck! Wendy (DT) xx

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  6. What a lovely card, it took a minuete to find, but I enjoyed your post. Thank you for joining us at THE PAPER SHELTER CHALLENGE! Good luck! I hope you will join us again!

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  7. Gorgeous card Jane. Love the image. Fabulous photos of Wimbledon and I love your Wimbledon charm collection.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  8. Such a fabulous day Jane...so glad the sun was out for you too!
    I love your charms...you have a lovely collection now to treasure...
    Beautiful card inspired by your day too...
    Enjoy Pimm's O'clock...I think we'll join you!
    Susan x
    P.S I LOVE Fleetwood Mac and you've just mentioned one of my favourites!

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  9. As usual jane its an honour to visit your blog, its always so interesting, keeps me here for ages!!!! loving all the pics hunnie have alovely weekend big huggies from me xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  10. Hi Jane, what a fun tour of Wimbledon. Very happy you had good weather on Monday.
    I love all the papers you used in this newest card.

    Enjoy your newest tennis charm!!
    PS I will share this post with my brother. He and his family love tennis.(playing and watching)

    Happy Saturday.....
    Anne x
    PlumCreek

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  11. Looks like you had a fab time at Wimbledon.
    Beautiful card too, and a lovely choice of embellishments. I love glitter and glossy accents too, and use them on most of my cards where I can!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our ‘Favourite Embellishments’ challenge at the As You Like It Challenge.
    Annette
    Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    As You Like It Challenge,
    ABC Christmas Challenge,
    Top Tip Tuesday,
    The Stamp Basket, and
    Stamp Fairy.

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  12. Jane, thanks for showing me the inner workings of Wimbledon, for me who will never see it in person, it's so nice for you to take us along. I adore your new charm!! You should get a Tiffany charm bracelet to add them to. :-) Sweet card, hope you win. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. great photo's as always and loving the card, and those charms Jane I picked some up yesterday and gorgeous and love the colour cannot wait to play
    Hugs Kate xx

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  14. Sounds like you had a beautiful day! Such a pretty charm too! Your card is beautiful with the yellows and purples and I love that fairy!

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  15. Hello dear Jane,

    Wow, looks wonderful! We didn't see the games here in telly this year except in some pay-extra-channels, so thank you for sharing! And the new charm is the cutest too, what a lovely collection you have! And now that the games are all over, I think you're pretty happy with the men's winner too :)

    Have a lovely day!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  16. Since this is as close as I'm ever going to get to Wimbleton, I so appreciate getting your view of the event. You've shown so much more of the actual experience than the "official" video we see on tv. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Hello Jane what a lovely post about your gorgeously sunny day at Wimbledon, just perfect! Your card in those colours is so pretty ,and I love your new charm. How nice that you celebrate the day you first went out together...we do that too:)
    wishing you a happy week.
    Helen x

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  18. Oops, I deleted my comment, so let me post again--it was exciting to see that Andy Murray DID win at Wimbleton, and had a congratulatory meeting with the prime minister today . It's so much fun when the home team wins!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and "visiting" my garden---it's raining tonight so all the plants are happy!

    Jane T

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  19. So nice to read all about your lovely day at Wimbledon, glad you had a great time. Your card is absolutely fab...thanks for joining our challenge at Lavinia Stamps.
    Barbara xx

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  20. Lovely card and lovely to read about your day :)loving the charm . Thanks for joining us at the Visible Image Blog Challenge and good luck xx

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  21. Fabulous card, beautiful colours, stamps and die cuts.

    Sylv xx

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  22. Gorgeous card, love your use of dies and colours. Thanks for entering the Lavinia Challenge and good luck. Hugs, Pauline, Lavinia DT

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x