Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Bit Of Culture, A Card And A Spotlight

First, a card:

I've been trying to play along with the current CAS Watercolour challenge, but nothing I've been making lately has been pink and green.  But I have a small stash of not-yet-blogged cards, so I had a peep through those and found this card.  I've used a set from Visible Image called Happy Birthday, which includes the flower and stalk.

Now for the culture.  We had a little jaunt into Liverpool today because I wanted to see the Minton floor at St George's Hall.  Most of the time this floor is covered to protect it, but every once in a while it's uncovered and you can pay a nominal amount to view it in all its glory.  Today was the last day of viewing before it gets covered up for a few more years. 

Reputed to be amongst the world's finest encaustic mosaic tiled floors, the last time it was uncovered was in 2015 for filming the latest Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.  

Normally there's a wooden floor laid to the level of the side steps to protect the tiles.  The outer walkway is accessible, but a lot of the colour has worn from those tiles.

The mythical Liver Birds are depicted in the design.

Ornate side doors.  Anybody else see a smiley face?

And now for the spotlight.  I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with a spotlight on the evolution of a card.  Here's a sneak peek.  


  1. Love your pink blooms, Shirley! And awesome pictures of a gorgeous floor! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  2. I am so pleased Shirley that you found your pretty watercoloured pink and green flower card and joined us at CAS Watercolour. But especially thank you for sharing the amazing photos of the absolutely Stunning Menton Floor! What a treasured memory to have seen this exquisite work of art!

  3. Your blooms are so pretty and artistic, Shirley. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour. And the photos are just stunning of the cathedral with the amazing floor. I did see the smiley face. :) xx

  4. Your card is so artistic! Love the blooms Shirley!Absolutely loved the floor- so beautiful and intricate!! :)
    Hugs xx

  5. Absolutely beautiful card....your flowers are so pretty. Your photos are so beautiful of that floor, so amazing!

  6. Your card is gorgeous (love the vibrant pink color) but gotta say that your pictures steal the show today! ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE!!! I've never seen (nor heard) of The Minton Floor and to be honest I darn near 'hit the floor' when I saw your pics! Incredible!

    Can you image the hours and hours and hours that it took to create a masterpiece like this? Totally blows my mind!!!

  7. That's one spectacular floor at St George's Hall, Shirley ... and an incredibly ornate smiley door too ... what a treat to see it all IRL! Thanks for sharing your photo's! Gorgeous card BTW ... all pretty and feminine! Hugs, Anita :)

  8. One day I will come to England to look at all (some) its treasures! Pretty card! Smiley door, ha ha, of course I see it!