Tuesday, 15 October 2013

A wet day at the races

What a difference in the weather for our trip to Goodwood on Sunday. It was a world away from our visit in the summer when it was the hottest day of the year and we had to keep hiding from the sun. This time we were hiding from the torrential rain and the biting wind. We took a Thermos of hot tea to eat with our packed lunch but still felt so chilly despite wrapping up in coats and scarves.Despite the inclement weather we had a really great time again.
The course still looked so beautiful but there was a mist over the hills and as the afternoon progressed the mist sank deeper and deeper.
We still saw some exciting racing but the amount of mud kicked up was incredible
We also visited the viewing paddock to see these gorgeous racing horses before the race. They had coats on to keep them dry until the jockeys mounted them.
The rain drove so hard that it even penetrated until the viewing canopies, brollies were everywhere.
At this point I am sure you are asking, did I have another lucky streak....well I certainly did!
My Hb's cold hands are holding up this beauty....I chose a winner, Harry Hunt (what a fab name for a horse) for the very first race and I received no less than £82 from my bet!! My Hb also got a 1st and we both got a 3rd place so we came away smiling after such a cold day. We will return to Goodwood  but definitely in the summer next time.

So this chilly weather means another Christmas card for my  challenge card today. I wanted to include an animal and I don't have any horse themed Christmas stamps (LOL) I then remembered one a stamp that I have not even inked up yet which I bought at Ally Pally earlier this year. It features a bird and it made me think of the bedraggled birds we saw driving through the countryside on Sunday...we even saw some pheasants which leapt out of the hedgerows!  This is my Minuet Bird stamp by Stampendous. I have used Kraft card as my backing paper and used my Sepia and White Primacolor pencils to colour the image. I blended them a little with Sansador.
I used a piercing ruler to "faux" stitch around the edge and then used a silver maker pen to show the "stitching". The die cuts candles are Marianne, the holly leaves Cheery Lynn and the tags are LOTV. Very CAS (Clean and simple) for me I know but I am really enjoying experimenting with lots of different styles.
Here is a close up

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

Pan Pastel falling leaves/autumn colours I have holly leaves on my card and my Kraft card is very autumnal in colour ( I hope that is not too much artistic licence for the theme!)
Ohh La La Things with wings
Totally Gorjuss Wings and things
Crafty Hazelnut's Square cards
Stamping Sensations all creatures great and small
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Bearly Mine anything goes
Craft Room Challenge our feathered friends
Holly Jolly Inspired by a Christmas Carol my carol is Down In Yon Forest (a very ancient Christmas carol, it date from the Renaissance  Era. The arrangement by Vaughan Williams has the most haunting melody).
Make it Monday linky party #162
Sparkle Creations weekly Christmas card challenge #46
Crafty Little Fairies Christmas in October

I would also like to mention that Debbi over at the Crafty cuttings of Wiccabe has an amazing Promarker giveaway. Do pop on over and join the fun!

Have a great week everyone and thanks as always for visiting and leaving such kind comments. Also a very warm welcome to my newest followers.

Take care,

Back soon,

Jane x


  1. Abslutely gorgeus Jane,,,,,waht a cute bird, OMG love your false stitches,,,and the way you color the bird....

  2. I love your coloring the bird too and nice music note behind the bird is a nice touch ..may I tell you I did the same faux stitching like you Jane...make some holes and then drawing it...cute and sweet xmas card...

    I see your card on Make It Monday, if you like to see my card it is # 65, I would be glad if you could leave me some love too...hugs, and thanks before, Monika

  3. Well I bet that nice little win made up for the rain!!! :) Well done you!!!
    Your new card is gorgeous Jane, the little bird is so sweet!
    Have a great rest-of-the-week, I think we're going to get some rain, such a shame as it's been so nice since we came home!
    V xxx

  4. Beautifully krafty card - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 146 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. You could also enter this into the Crafting Musketeers challenge 6: Christmas in October - would love to see it there too x

  5. Jane.. you are on a lucky streak! What fun at the races! I love horses a LOT. We used to have a horse racing track here and also a greyhound track, but it's closed and a big mall is in it's place. Love your card - I thought you sewed the edge, but that is a fun alternative. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. What a lucky winner you were on your day at the races, despite all the rain! I love your gorgeous new card, it is really pretty and I love the subdued colours and clever effects. The little robin is a sweet image too.
    We are expecting lots of rain here tomorrow.....hope you keep dry for the rest of the week, Jane!
    Helen x

  7. Fabulous win, I bet it made up for the wet weather and a superb card as well. Love the Kraft card and brilliant style.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  8. Fabulous post Jane.
    It sure made me smile as I pretty much payed for my studies and traveling with money made from horse racing ;) (all legit' though, I was a book keeper in Paris)
    I love your card and incredible faux-stitching!
    Thank You~

  9. Hi Jane! That was a great race day even rainy! I love horses but have never visited this kind of race. Congratulations for winning!
    our simple card is beautiful and bird with notes is lovely theme!
    Hugs! x Teje

  10. love your photo's and wow super kraft colouring too
    hugs Kate xx

  11. So beautiful, I love it all and your stitching looks so real fooled me
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
    Happy Crafting

  12. What a lovely Christmas card jane - thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili Challenge, and glad to see you had a good day at the races with some winnings! Mary x

  13. What a beautiful Christmas card, so sweet..Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine Challenges this week and hope you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  14. Love your gorgeous card Jane, congrats on your fab win. Annette x

  15. "Lucky Jane" Congratulations! Weather not so lucky but oh well, can't have it all! It does look fun, I've never been to a horse race, on my list! Love your card and the sweet little birdie. Hope your weather gets better, I'll send some over : )

  16. Hello Jane,

    I'm glad you could go back to Goodwood even if it was a bit rainy!! May your good luck continue....

    Pretty new style of Christmas card.I love this birdie with the musical score.
    It's an umbrella week here. Hope it's sunnier there!

    Anne and all
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  17. Dear little Christmas card! Love that stamp and the way you coloured the bird, it looks amazing! Spotted it on MIM xx

  18. This is just stunning Jane, I love the bird sitting on the music notes and the subtle colouring love the kraft base too....gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  19. Hi Jane,
    beautiful details, stunning card.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge, welcome again;-))m

  20. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my mermaid illo.

    A wet chilly day balanced out by a little extra money in the pocket sounds like a fun adventure. Hope the sun was shining today!

    Jane T

  21. Gorgeous stamp everything you have done stamping on Kraft, subtle colouring and those Christmas candles perfect. Thank you for sharing you card with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  22. wow well done on your win! Gorgeous card too, that stamp is fab. Thanks so much for joining us at PanPastel UK this week
    Claire xx

  23. Wow Jane, I love this! That bird stamp is just gorgeous, and it makes a great Christmas card. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

  24. Oh my giddy aunt Jane.... wow .... this is truly stunning!!
    Thanks for joining us at Pan Pastel Uk and good luck.

  25. Fabulous card, Jane! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month and Good Luck!

  26. A beautiful Christmas card, I love the image and stitching. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  27. What a lovely monochromatic card! Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly!

  28. What a gorgeous card. I really love the effect that you have achieved with your water colour pens! Thanks for joining us this week at the Bearly Mine Anything Goes challenge.

    Sharon x

  29. Just as gorgeous the second time round seeing this fabulous card Jane..

    Thanks for joining in with us at “Crafty Little Fairies..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


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