Saturday, 17 August 2013

A day at the races

Yes I know that we only went to Glorious Goodwood 2 weeks ago, but last weekend my Hb and I were lucky to be taken as guests...

to Ascot or should I say Amazing Ascot.

 It was so different to Goodwood but they are both superb venues in their own right. The difference with Ascot....was the sheer size of the Grandstand....the new stand is incredible and so vast.Once you get inside it is more like an international hotel!
As we had premier tickets we were lucky enough to be able to choose several levels to see the racing from. It was a lovely sunny afternoon (not as hot as Goodwood thank goodness) and we saw some of the races from the balcony
and some down at turf level, we were right at the finishing line so the roar from the crowd was so exciting.
There were 6 races that day and I chose a winner, a second place and a third place, not bad for a novice like me. It was lovely to see the horses paraded first in the show ring before they were taken down to the start.

It was such a fun afternoon, plenty of Pimms was consumed of course and we finished the day off with a lovely meal with our friends. I have so enjoyed going to the races that we have actually decided to return to Goodwood in October for the final race meet. I need to start studying the horses' form and see if I can pick some more winners ;0)

So my card for today was inspired by the blue sky, clouds and rich green grass of our day at the races. It is a card I have made for my Dad's birthday next month. I had fun making my own backing paper with Tim Holtz distress inks and then embossing using my Pretty Vintage LOTV background stamps. I also wanted to enter the Country View crafts challenge where they have asked us to use a quotation of saying and show where it came from . I really love this birthday quote as it is such a positive one,
Here is my card

This quote is attributed to the singer Sammy Hagar who was also known as the Red Rocker. He is most famous for being the lead singer of Van Halen until 1996. This quote is one of the "Quotables" stamps by Lili of the valley. You will see I have been ripping up more pages of a tale of 2 cities which I inked up and then stamped on and embossed in clear black.

Here it is in close up. You will see that I was even inspired to add champagne die cuts (the champagne really flows at Ascot). The clouds feature as does the races shown by the clocks. I had great fun with this card. The peg die is one of my most recent winnings and I thought it gave a bit of a surreal edge to my card. 

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

Country View Crafts Quotations and sayings
Crafty Ribbons Use 3 of something I have used 3 tags
Papertake Weekly Occasions
Top Tip Tuesday Embossing
Cards for Men Use metal
Totally Papercrafts Favourite colours I just love blue and green! I really like the way the gold and brown come together as well on my card
Allsorts New stash my new stash here is the little pegs die
Totally Gorjuss Die cuts/punches

Another week has flown by but this weekend we have a nice quiet weekend in store for us. Time to sort some things out indoors and in the garden and of course indulge in some crafty and blogging time. Have a very happy weekend everyone and thanks as always for your kind visits,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. wow what a life you lead love the photo's and gorgeous card love all the embossing and the distressing
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. Wow indeed, I had no idea Ascot was like this. x

  3. Thanks for joining us at crafty ribbons
    P x

  4. You pair have become seasoned race goers, haven't you! I remember seeing the Ascot stand, from afar, when we visited Windsor!
    There are some beautiful skies in your photos!
    Your Dad is going to love his card. :)
    V xxx

  5. Great card! Love the colours and the layout. I like how it all blends together and looks vintage. Thanks for playing along with the Sweet Stampin' Challenge & good luck!

  6. It looks like a fabulous day out Jane - pleased you remembered your camera and not everyone is as absent minded as me.

    Great card as well, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  7. Wow, Jane you were really in Ascot! How about your hat? Must have been amazing atmosphere and I love horses!
    You have made special and beautiful card for your father!
    Have a lovely time! x Teje

  8. Great card thank you for calling into Sweet Stampin' this week. Good Luck. Debbiex

  9. What beautiful photos Jane, looks like you had a fabulous time and such a beautiful day too.
    Love your card with the pretty colours and gold embossing, I bet your Dad will love it. Thanks for sharing it at Country View Challenges this month.
    Just read your message that you are coming to one of my classes - oh crikes the pressure is on now then.
    Happy Sunday
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  10. Gorgeous card and I love all that fabulous embossing. Thank you for joining in with our A Step Back In Time challenge at OLL.
    Dawn xx

  11. What a wonderful male card, I love all the techniques you used! Simply stunning. Thank you for playing along with the Step Back in Time Challenge @ Ooh La La :)

  12. This is so beautiful Jane and love those little peg dies. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week
    x catherine

  13. Hello Jane,

    Very glamorous post - wow! Ascot seem much BIGGER than I thought, and everything is so...spectacular! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Your dad's card is great, he'll love it! Happy Birthday for him already - will you be making the cake also?

    Happy Sunday!


  14. Hi Jane, such beautiful photography as well! I'm getting to know your countryside and it's very lovely. Great card too!

  15. Such a fantastic day out Jane...your photographs really express the energy and excitement of the day! (I don't think you need to study the form as you seem to have a natural gift for picking a winner!)
    Love your latest card design...the colours, embossing and the inspiring will make your dad's day!
    Happy New Week,
    Susan x

  16. A really great card and fab layers x Thanks for joining us at countryviewcrafts challenge this time for our quotes/quotations challenge Trace x

  17. Oh I love vicarious vacations and what I blast I had on yours. I never was good at picking the right horse; I always gravitate to the weakest link. I love your card and the sentiment is very poignant. The amount of embossing on there is gorgeous too!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday and sharing your talents with us!
    Lisa xx

  18. Great pictures of your exciting day at Ascot, Jane! So nice to have blue skies to enjoy. Your card for your dad is great too, I love that style a lot! You are so good at combining a variety of interesting techniques too :)
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen x

  19. Ascot looks amazing. I never would've thought about it if you hadn't shared your experience, but now I feel like I'd like to go too. Beautiful card for your dad. I hope he has a wonderful birthday. I like what you did with the sepia too.

  20. Great card, love all the detail, thanks for sharing at OLLCB x

  21. Wow, thanks for showing us Ascot! Being that I will never get to go there, it's so neat that you shared it with us. I'm back from camping.. I posted way too many photos of it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  22. Hi Jane, What a GRAND place. It is Amazing Ascot.
    Thanks for taking us along. I'm glad it wasn't so hot for your outing.

    I love your Dad's card. I'm sure it will be a hit on his big day. Here's to late August......

    Happy Creating,
    Anne and all
    PlumCreek Studio

  23. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  24. Awesome card Jane - adore all those beautiful colours you have used.

    Thank you for joining us over at Totally Gorjuss - I wish you the very best of luck.

    I hope you will join in the fun with us on our next challenge on Saturday.

    Have a great weekend.

    Toodle Pip

    Hazel xx

  25. Beautiful card Jane! Love all those pics too! :D I am you newest follower.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Totally Gorjuss for our challenge!
    Marie, DT

  26. Hi Jane . . . looks like a great day out. Love your pictures.

    Your birthday card is superb and a real treat for the eyes.

    I know Sammy Hagar from his singing with Chickenfoot (one of my fave bands).

    Sarn xxx


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