This post is very photo heavy so if you have come just to see my card challenge entry please just scroll down to the last 7 photos at the bottom of the post.
We have not been to the show for the last 4 years and if I am honest it is not quite the flower show it used to be. It is a very spectacular show but the emphasis seems less on buying flowers and more on buying very expensive furniture, building etc. There used to be several floral marquees now there were only 2. The cost for 2 to get in was also £68 which I thought was pretty high. However we still manged to find some lovely plants and there were still some spectacular floral displays. We were also incredibly lucky as the weather stayed dry all day. My parents who only live about 15 miles from Hampton Court had torrential rain all day.
In the Rose Marquee the colours were bold and themed around the circus. Roses are one of my favourite flowers but they struggle in my tiny garden. I still loved looking at all these beauties.
It's buds start off like this
some fun circus colours inspired displays
We enjoyed a lovely picnic by the water. Daisy could hardly wait to start.
We looked at a few more displays before we headed home.
I found a really great bag for sale, it only cost £1.40 and came with a copy of The Telegraph and a jar of jam.
I wanted to use the embossing resist technique so I used one of my favourite Rose stamps by Visible Image. I first stamped the roses with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks and then added clear embossing powder. I heated with my gun to emboss them. I then chose Picked Raspberry, Lawn Green, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed lemonade Distress and blended them on. It's fun the way the embossing resists the ink.I also flicked on some water using Tim Holtz's spritz and flick distress technique.
Next I added some stencilling with my new Honeycomb T Holz stencil. I was really lucky to be a recent winner at Frilly and Funkie and my package of goodies had arrived during the week.
I also wanted to feature more roses so I used one of Ignacio's Henderson Giants Images which are available on his website. I love these vintage rose images. I also wanted to remember our family picnic together so I decided that I needed a daisy (of the flower not baby version) and some grass.
So here is my finished Moment.
I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;
Craft Stamper Take it Make it the embossing resist technique
A Vintage Journey Dies and Distress
Country View Stencil it
My Mum's Craft shop summer or bright colours
Stamping Sensations summer blooms
Whimsy Stamps summertime
Frilly and Funkie summer heat with a flower
Pan Pastels inspired by Tim Holtz
Fashionable Stamping dreaming of summer
Artistic Inspirations 100th challenge, anything goes
The garden is looking gorgeous as the weather this summer has been a rather mixed bag but with sunshine and showers the flowers are in heaven and are blooming their hearts out.
Today the sun is back in a blaze of glory and it's scorching outside...my bold colours seem really apt for such a hot day.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed visiting the flower show with me and my rather bright Moment for Jane's Journal.
Bye for now,