*****Warning***** this is a very photo heavy post so you might want to grab a cuppa or come back when you have a little more time to spare. If you are just here to see my challenge entry just scroll to the bottom of my post.
All restaurant bookings at The Shard have to be made in advance, 3 months in fact, so when we booked this last year we had no idea what the weather would be doing in January. We should not have worried though as we woke to a lovely clear sunny day.
We chose to eat at the Aquashard restaurant and it turned out to be a great choice.
We were greeted at reception
and took the express lift up to the 32nd floor.
There was some great artwork on the walls.
We were shown to the stairs down to Aquashard (which is on the 31st floor) and this was the wow moment when we realised what an amazing area and view this is.
and given an amazing table to sit and enjoy our gin and tonics
The Shard is like a giant sun dial, it casts its shadow onto the Thames. My Hb reckoned you could probably learn to tell the time by it.
I zoomed in on Tower Bridge
and the Tower of London
The food was really first class. Talk about a meal with a view.
It was the most wonderful day.
So.....the next day I had a rare day at home and decided that I would make a Moment to remember M's awesome birthday lunch. I wanted to represent the views, the textures, the glass and metals and our meal.
I had been given a business card so I wanted to use that I also wanted to use inspiration from the photo of the skyline in the glass....one of my favourite photos.
I had some ideas to play with. There were so many great textures at The Shard, cool brickwork, glass, metal etc. I created a textured background using texture paste and using lots of angular Shard - like and brickwork stencils.
I chose blue, black and silver as my paint colours...all quite metallic to me and the blue represents the sky and the river.I bought the silver and blue DecoArt colours after attending a recent workshop...gorgeous colours.
I added the acrylics with lots of sprays of water to make the colours run and create ripples like the river.
I kept adding layers until I was happy. I wanted an area in the centre to have less paint as it was to be my "window".
and came up with................
this Moment. I cannot get the photos to show all the sparkle in the glass, irl it really glints and shines. I added glossy accents and glamour dust to the embossed acetate in the glass.
I made a metallic bottle to peep out from behind my "Shard" just like the buildings peeped out from London.
Sweet stampin 1/3 Vintage or shabby chic I think my Moment is a mixture of both
PaperArtsy Hearts I was inspired by all the different textures on heart in Leandra's introductory post.
Anything but cute Ring out the old...bring in the new this is the first time I have used this blue and silver Decoart paint....I bought these colours after attending a wonderful recent workshop where I got to play with lots of paints and products. It is also my first outing for the amazing gem sheet I won.
Pixie's snippets playground 1/3 #213 I used a snippet of acetate for making my glass. I used a snippet of card for my heart and I had a real inspired snippet..the hands of the "clock" are a snippet left over for trimming up my "bottle" behind my Shard.
Emerald Creek Dares Valentine's is not in the air, use a heart
Simon says stamp Mondays best friends my Hb is my very best friend in the world :0)
Love to create anything mixed media #2
Country View crafts Be inspired by Bottles...I was inspired by the tonic bottle and it is represented in my Moment behind my "Shard". made out of embossed foil.
Winter wonderland 2/3 something new my new are the 2 new paints and the gem texture sheet.
Craft heaven 2/3 something old something new old is my heart die and new are the paints and the gems sheet.
Craft your passion 2/3 anything goes
Moving along with the times 2/3 wet or dry embossing I used dry embossing for my foil element which I made into the bottle and the clock hands. I also embossed the bubble in my glass and the window panes too.
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Noor anything goes
Thanks to those of you who managed to survive right to the end of this post, I hope you enjoyed visiting the Shard with me. If you are ever in London it should be on your bucket list. You don't have to eat either, you can just enjoy a drink in the bar. There is a separate experience which takes you to the top too, if you fancy going even higher. 32 floors was just fine by me.
Welcome to my new follower, it's great to see you here. Thanks to all my regulars too and to my silent readers. It's such fun to have you here on my creative journey. I plan some crafting today as we are Bear sitting for my son, who is enjoying a few days in snowy Vienna with his GF. I hope those of you on the East coast of America are keeping safe after the huge dumping of snow out there. The weather here has warmed up again...we went from -1c on Monday morning to 14c today...how mad is that? The sun is even peeping through so it really feel quite spring like again.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Bye for now,
Jane (with Bear at my feet and Billy upstairs keeping out the way on our bed) xx