Wednesday, 27 April 2011

GC 100 - Red and Gold at Gingersnaps & other Little Things

Good Morning you all. It's cool and overcast here today, looks like we will have rain later, which nature badly needs. At 11 a.m. I have to take my car to the TÜV, and will come back on the tram. Today will be another alterations play-day, I need to practise.
First of all the cards I made for Gingersnaps. It is my last week as Visiting Artist, so red-gold is a nice theme for a final:


I found it a bit difficult to work with these colours, as I don't use them that much, but decided to go for 2 bold cards, once again using circles and squares as colour fields.

Then I cleared out my kitchen drawer, and decided to alter some of the many tea spoons that I never use . It is the first time I have tried this, and it has not turned out quite like I would have liked it, but I will practise today and see if it doesn't get better. I think it is too frilly and babyish, but OK, there's a photo of my Mum and me as a baby on it. Here it is:

And then I tried making some altered bottle-caps. I am not sure that this is the right occupation for me. I hit my thumb while trying to flatten them with a hammer, and kept getting stuck to the glossy accents as I was impatient with the drying, but in the end I managed 2 which are half-ways OK, although I still need to put soething on the second one. Any ideas?
The first one has been distressed with distress black embossing powder - thanks Dawn - and has had a small blue cameo added. I am entering this into the *Spotlight - Bottle Caps Challenge*The second one has an image of my Great Auntie in it, but I think it still needs something, perhaps some tiny pearls?





OK, I need to start getting ready to take my freshly washed car for its check up. And the lady at the post office was not amused with my decorated box yesterday. Said I would be confusing the postman....Lucky she didn't see all the other envelopes!
Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for looking, and even more thanks to those who take the time to leave a comment! .

34 comments:

  1. Lovely cards and love the spoon and bottle caps, too! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. You have taken us on another creative journal, starting with the stunning oriental Red, Gold and Black combination. Then the fabulous altered spoon with the beautiful lace behind it. Finally our altered bottle tops! All wonderful to see and all on one post what a treat Thank you XOXO Zoe

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  3. I have to agree with Zoe, I love logging in each morning to see your wonderful creations. Gingersnap pieces are great, I particularly love the second one, very striking. I've never tried altering teaspoons, something else for me to have a go at now! And I love the bottle caps, and yes I think a few pearls would enhance your Great Auntie. Have a lovely day. x

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  4. The postal lady obviously had no sense of adventure!

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  5. Hiya Valerie, your postman must be easily confused if a little decoration on the box affects him! ha ha. Lovely lovely work today, the red and gold oriental cards are gorgeous, I like the bold look of them. And the spoon is precious, where you get the idea to alter a spoon I have no clue, it would never occur to me to do such a think, I don't have the creative mind you have though. The bottle tops are fantastic, especially the cameo, I love how that looks. Well done, brilliant ideas and work. CoB

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  6. Good morning Madam. Your Gingersnap pieces are inspiring me .. and CONGRATULATIONS on being a guest artist. How great is that! Love the spoon idea ... never thought of working with silver .. now my mind is awhirr with ideas -- long thin knives with long thin people! ha ha. I've never tried bottle caps either .. they don't seems to appeal to me, however I love the fact you have turned them into key rings. Both are super -- yes to the tiny pearls. Your postal lady amuses me ... (sorry, postal lady) .. she would make a great character to build on in a book. Hope your car gets good marks.

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  7. How prolific and your creations are gorgeous, Valerie!

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  8. Loved your piece for Gingersnap creations to day. But I am in love with your altered art. The spoon is adorable and the bottle caps amazing. Yes a few tiny pearls would finish off the second one nicely. take care, gerri

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  9. I have now done a little row of pearls with liquid pearly, and it def. looks better. My Great Auntie would have liked it!

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  10. These are so fabulous! I LOVE that spoon!

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  11. Love these cards and everything Val. The botle caps look great, and the spoon is a wonderful idea. That would really make a good Christening present! Hugs, Barb

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  12. Your GS card is stunning, love the colour combination. The bottle tops are super but I have to say your spoons are inspirational.
    I love to visit your blog to see all your creations.
    Yvonne xx

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  13. You have been Busy & Creative!
    I love everything you have done!
    The Red & Gold cards are really Beautiful! The altered Spoon turned out Very Pretty!
    And your bottle caps are Awesome!
    Wow Valerie! Go Girl! Hugs,Tee

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  14. I adore all your projects for Gingersnap Creations...they were lucky to have you! The spoons are amazing!

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  15. Hi
    It is one beautiful piece of art, followed by another.
    The spoon and bottle caps are stunning.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  16. Wow, it's all so gorgeous!!! And I love your story about the post office too...maybe it will make the postman smile because he will be able to enjoy some beautiful art!

    xo
    Cindy

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  17. I love those cards Valerie - such striking colours.
    Your altered spoon and bottle caps (and sorry but I had to smile when I heard about your thumb)are brilliant.
    Hugs xx

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  18. Well at least I managed the hot glue gun without blisters, that's something for me!

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  19. Hi Val, we got back today, had agreat holiday. Loved looking at all the goodies you have made in the meantime! Hugs, T

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  20. gosh you have been so busy making all these treasures!

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  21. Beautifull oriental card and would never have thought of altering spoons clever thing Luv Sue x

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  22. Great cards Valerie and loving your bottlecaps and spoon. As usual you have been so busy. Annette x

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  23. Your Asian inspired cards are fabulous! The spoons so lovely and the bottle cap art is cool.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  24. Wow these are really fab! Great use of your bottle caps,they are so beautiful :) Thanks so much for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge.
    Fiona x

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  25. Wow the Japanese card is mind blowing. Love the way you made a fan.It compliments the card so well. Thank you also for dropping by my blog.

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  26. What fabulous projects. Love the spoon, what a brilliant idea.

    Your bottlecaps are just devine.

    Thanks for joining in with our challenging Spotlight over at Crafty Cardmakders Spotlight blog.

    Lin xx

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  27. wonderful creations using the bootle tops - thanks for joining us on CCM SPOTLIGHT

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  28. Love the texture and colour of the card background - very effective. Thanks for taking part in the Gingersnap Creations challenge.

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  29. Oh your post lady is just silly--our post people compliment me on my fun packages!

    Your pieces are all lovely!! And you're right--a few tiny beads or suchwhat would be just the right touch!

    :)

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  30. Love your bottlecaps. Sorry about your fingers though! Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight. xx

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  31. Both red and gold pieces are stunning as is all your altered work in this post! Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing your art and talent with us at Gingersnap Creations in April! It was great fun to work with you!

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  32. Beautiful cards - I especially like the second one. Nice to see someone else altering spoons - must get some more done myself.
    Great bottle cap art - what a lovely busy posting.

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