Eltham Palace dates from the 1400s and was originally a royal palace. It fell into decay and it was rescued from ruin by the Courtauld family in 1933 who spent a fortune on renovating the medieval barn and then building a plush 1930s mansion around it. In its time it caused controversy but now it is regarded as a unique gem. It is set in acres of glorious gardens too.
I am delighted to finally be able to share a "tour" of the inside of the house with your, grab a cuppa, take a seat and enjoy joining me..........(if you are just visiting me to see my challenge entry just scroll to the end..there are lots of photos today)
the dining room has a foil ceiling to reflect the light
and more gorgeous inlaid wood doors
with marble everywhere
the most unusual feature of the house though is the restored medieval hall which they used to hold balls in. It even had underfloor heating
Inside in the newly opened basement you could see the state of the art vacuum cleaner which had outlets in every room. How the maids must have loved this,
Which obviously just had to contain a snooker room too!
My visit inspired me to make some new journal pages.
Here is my creative process and thoughts as I created them in my studio. I wanted to use the Art Deco feel of the Palace but also some of the Royal history. I started by pushing some texture paste through my TH harlequin stencil and added gold embossing powder.
How rich the gold looks. I used lots of other Art Deco shapes, tissue wrap and more texture paste.
I also found that the positive and negatives of one of my Cheery Lynn dies were very apt. They had both a medieval and Art deco feel.
Then it was time to put everything together.
Here are my Eltham Palace journal pages
You will see I have used my "real" relatives photo of my Nan and Grandad's 1928 wedding day.
Here are some close ups;
I added some stamping too, these are my new Paperartsy stamps I recently won in the Craft Stamper challenge.
Can you see those carpet colours here?
I would like to enter my Journal pages into the following challenges;
Paperartsy sprays I really enjoyed Leandra's introduction video...I was inspired to just spritz and have fun with drippy inks.
Country View crafts simply scenic this is my Art Deco scene
The craft barn words
Simon Says stamp Wednesday let's get sentimental
The Artistic stamper journalling your heart out
Craft stamper take it make it take a stamp
That Craft Place No cards
Inspiration Journal embossing paste
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Crafty card makers make your own background
All crafts challenge anything but a card
Papertake weekly anything goes
I am also linking up with my friend Brenda's Visual Journey #19 on her blog too. Do pop on over there, this is the link over at Bumblebees and Dragonflies.
We are looking forward to catching up with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy tomorrow. Hopefully we will manage a good walk at some point and tea and cake somewhere but rain is forecast. Daisy is such a little girl now rather than a baby and I just had to share this funny photo of her taken last week...
Do you think those eyes are saying " Please Daddy may I have this ball"......................
and yes her Daddy bought it for her ;0)
Thanks so much for visiting me and have a wonderful weekend.
Bye for now,