Thursday, 8 February 2018

Ovo by Cirque du Soleil

2 weeks ago my Hb and I attended a performance of OVO by Cirque du Soleil. OMGoodness me it was truly amazing. We have always wanted to see them perform but for various reasons have never got our act together to get tickets.

Even just visiting the Royal Albert Hall is delightful, it was my first ever visit.
The Albert Memorial opposite the hall has recently been restored and even on a very wet January day shone out like a beacon. Victoria must have loved her Albert very much...and she obviously had a lot of money to spare in those days! I am sure that she would be delighted to see the hall and area still visited by many people from all around the globe.
 The carvings around the memorial are incredibly detailed.
The Hall is also undergoing some renovation work and when finished will be stunning

Inside has already been renovated and is full of red carpet and lush furnishings and of course pictures and statues of Queen Victoria
 and Prince Albert

 We had seats in a box in the Grand Tier
and when we stepped through to our seats this was our view
the ceiling had eggs suspended too

To sum up the "story" it is all about an egg, a ladybird (bug to my USA friends) and a fly. It's very funny and the athleticism of the performers just blew us away. I thought I would share a few photos as incredibly they are quite happy for you to take them as long as there is no flash.

Some are a little blurry due to the lack of light but I actually think it adds to the atmosphere.

 I decided to make myself a tag as a "Moment" for Jane's Journal.
 I was lucky enough to be the Christmas winner over at Rubber Dance stamps and had just received lots of goodies. I chose these 3 stamps which I though were egg, some delicate flowers from the bird set and the fab butterfly girl,
I used all the colours from the performance on the base by blending my distress inks and also added some stencilling. The delicate foliage was then stamped with archival inks. 

I fussy cut out the butterfly girl and added a wink of stella sparkle to her wings. She reminds me of the performers and I stood her on the egg, which I also fussy cut out.  I die cut some hearts to hold the egg with lots of love and added some very appropriate chit chat words.

Here are a couple of close ups

And one last one to try to show the sparkle on her wings.

I would like to enter my tag into the following challenges

Rubber dance colour theme/use hearts I went with the hearts.
Rubber dance forever challenge I used all Rubber Dance stamps on my tag
Penny Black and more Love hearts and flowers
Pile it on 3D embellishments my corrugated card hearts
Artistic Inspirations 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday love is in the air
Deep Ocean love is all around
Simon says stamp Wednesday It must be love
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 all you need is love
Craft Stamper take it make it 2/3 February

It really was a most memorable show and really cheered up the most wet, chilly January Saturday.
 If you get a chance to see it you will not be disappointed. It is an absolute treat.

Before I go a quick heads up that Visible Image Stamps are back on your TV screens this weekend (10/11 Feb). The shows are on Create and Craft TV (channels SKY 674, Freeview 23, Virgin 748 and others) Saturday at 4pm (UK time) and Sunday 10am (UK time) They are launching the Zodiac stamps with some fab demos by Mark and Pauline...
and I will be waving at some of my samples 😁

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. what a fantastic experience, lucky you! You have created a great tag as a memory too.

  2. A super creation for our 'Love, Hearts and Flowers' theme at Penny Black and More challenge many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  3. Your tag sums up your amazing trip absolutely perfectly. Thank you for sharing the photos too x

  4. I saw Cirque many years ago when the did Dragon Soliel and I was awestruck at how beautiful it was and how amazing these athletic performers are. You are so lucky to have seen them in this historic hall. I love the rounded theatre and was "gob-smacked' by the actual inner theatre. I love your tag...LOVE!!! It speaks so much of what inspired you. I love the fairy on the egg with the hearts and that background. Funny, while I am writing this, I am hearing the Tenors singing Over the rainbow

  5. I like your tag very much and really enjoyed reading about your fantastic trip to the Albert Hall.

  6. The background you created on your tag is amazing! I love the beautiful mix of colors. The butterfly girl is awesome and the whole design is beautiful! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  7. What an amazing experience, Jane. I went to the Albert Hall a few times as a teenager with my youth club. It really is an impressive building, inside and out. TFS your photos. Gorgeous tag, such a beautiful design. xx

  8. Wow.. I totally loved this post about the Cirque du Soleil! We've been watching "Victoria" and are in love with both of them. Thank you so much for sharing the hall and the statue and the program with us. Your card perfectly showcases your memory of the event! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. What a magnificent building the Royal Albert Hall is and that sounds a fantastic show!
    As always your artwork is brilliant. :)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend my dear,
    V x

  10. Hi Jane! What a colourful creation and great use of those new Rubber Dance stamps (I'm a great fan of Rubber Dance). Thanks so much for joining in this months challenge at Penny Black and More xxx

  11. Gorgeous tag! Your inking is awesome, Jane! And WOW, thanks for the tour to Royal Albert Hall. I visited Victoria and Albert Museum in London over 2 years ago and LOVE that museum. However, I have never been to Royal Albert Hall. What a treat to see your post. And lately, we have the most pleasurable viewing of Queen Victoria TV series in US and Canada. "Victoria and Albert" are forever ingrained in history and the history of love. So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “It Must Be Love” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

  12. I like that quote. You're a lucky, lucky girl. It looks like you had a spectacular night out in a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  13. Oh Jane!
    What a marvelous post!!
    All of these glorious photos made me feel as though I was walking alongside you and visiting the hall as well! Oh yes, one can envision the love Victoria had for her beloved Albert. Such amazing architecture in your world! Someday I may visit and see for myself!

    The show looks like it was amazing as well- so dreamlike and fantasy filled- how fun! Again, thank you so much for bringing us along !

    Your stamp picks are wonderful and the tag is just perfect! What a great way to create a memory of this adventure- and, sorry to say perfect again...but that quote IS perfect for the journey and memory tag!

    Thanks so much for your visit, I am happy it has landed back over here to view your blog!
    hugs,Jackie ")

  14. Such a great creation! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

  15. What a gorgeous tag Jane, the perfect way to mark your visit to such an exciting show. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Just a heads up that in the challenge description we asked for the inclusion of the word Love to consider entries for our prize draw xx

  16. Gorgeous tag ..... love the colours. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  17. I love your tag! Thank you for using our stamps in such a beautiful way. The colours are just amazing! Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge! xx Susanne.

  18. Wonderful tag! Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance Challenge this month as well.
    Hugs, Anita xx

  19. Magnificent! I am impressed by your tag and how it reflects the show you saw. Just amazing! Thank you so much for using our stamps and entering both our challenges at Rubber Dance! ♥

  20. Jane, I am so happy to see how you were inspired to make this beautiful tag! Congratulations on your Top Pick at Rubber Dance--so deserving! I was thinking of you as we visited the big city of Charlotte NC recently and of your beautiful photography of the architecture in your corner of the world. I tried taking some photos of their gorgeous sky scrapers only to be told by a sheriff once and a man in a suit another time that I could NOT do that! Whaaaat? I took them anyway, and may share them on my blog at some point.

    Thank you, too, for your very kind words on my Sat. Showcase post at Frilly and Funkie! I really appreciate that! Hugs!

  21. Gorgeous Card! Thank you for joining our Challenge at Pile It On!
    Marciava ~ Design Team Pile It On! Challenge Blog


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