Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Sich regen bringt Segen

Good morning you all from not-so-sunny Rhineland. I had a good sleep, I fell asleep over my *Craft Stamper* Magazine. Must have switched the light off some time in the night, but apart from that, I suppose I slept soundly, for which I am very thankful. The birds are still busy singing, and building their nests. Yesterday I went for a walk in the woods with Emily, my friend's dog, and enjoyed it very much. The green of the leaves looks so new and tender, just great.

I even saw some violets peeping out from under the dead leaves from last year.

And lots of trees in the gardens on the way to the woods which were in bloom.

Emily, the doggie who accompanied me, was not so keen on sitting still to have her photo taken:

I was starving by the time I got home, so I delved into my fridge and made myself some sandwiches with some of the (hopefully!)edible bits and bobs I found there, and then got down to doing some crafting.
I altered another picture frame, but this time I tried something new.

I used the aluminium tape I bought at the discounter recently and embossed the strips with a TH Texture fade folder. Then I stuck them directly onto the frame, just piecing them together. When it was finished, I neatened up the back with some strips of smooth tape and distressed the front with archival black. As the pattern is patchwork, you don't notice where it is joined together. Then I made some flowers. I used the aluminium seals which are in a lot of boxes with dry goods, they already had an embossed pattern on them, so just cut them with TH's tattered florals. After distressing with archival black again, I alternated the flowers with some prima ones in black, fixed them together with brads and got these lovely flowers.
Then I made a little collage to go into the frame, and like the overall effect.
I am entering the frame into three challenges:
Simon Says- stamp and show anything but a card;

The Stampman - anything Tim and

Just for Fun
Anything you fancy.

And in the evening, while I was watching TV, I made another little mixed media card, with distressing, stamping, gold foiling, rub-ons and a scrap angel. This is for a swap. I really enjoyed making it, fitting all those strange images together and watching it evolve - that, for me, is always the best part.
OK. That was enough for today! Thanks for looking, thanks even more for the nice comments you leave and for all the nice people I have got to know through blogging, and have a great day!
P.S. Forgot to say; the saying *Sich regen bringt Segen* means something like *Getting moving brings rewards*


  1. Hi Val Your pictures are beautiful, the 1st one with the trees would make a wonderful backdrop for an image to go on the front. Brilliant frame and card you never stop to amaze me Well done.
    Chris xx

  2. Oh boy what a wonderful day you had, its wet here as well by the way but isn't it wonderful to watch spring advancing.

    Your frame is stunning the tape has embossed and distressed so well the whole piece is simply stunning. Love your mixed media card as well great art. Thank you for joining us at Just for Fun with your fabulous work hope you will join us again. XOXO Zoe

  3. Hi Val, great work again, as always. Your weather is better than ours, we had a puddle walk yesterdy - at least the kids loved it! Hugs, Sarah

  4. Morning Valerie, I really enjoyed seeing your photos, next best thing to being able to come along for the walk myself. You do have some beautiful areas where you live. Nice work with the frame and card too, you use a lot of things I've never seen or heard of before, like the aluminium tape. I'm like a kid in a sweetshop reading your blog sometimes, he he. CoB

  5. Wet here too Valerie.
    Love the frame and the mixed media card.
    Hugs xx
    p.s. thanks for the tip re aluminium seals. :)

  6. Great mixed media :) Lovin' your pictures and enjoy seeing real signs of Spring! I did see some beautiful flowers/trees blooming while we were in Arkansas...it's only 23 this morning and I'm so hoping for a warm up!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my new Granddaughter, too :)

  7. Some great pictures Valerie, loving them all. That tape is fab isn't it and you have used it so well covering your lovely frame. Really nice mixed media piece also. Enjoy your day. Annette x

  8. Great pictures, they would make the best ATC backgrounds! The frame is awesome, I'm thinkin you should be selling these in a artsy store and I love the card, Valerie!

    You have been a busy gal yesterday. Can't wait to see what today brings :)

  9. Such BEAUTIFUL photos!!! And i love your projects!!!

  10. Your mirrors have such pizzzzazzzz!!! So inventive with the tape. Card is full of whimsy. Your work is made with such care and love - it shows! I adore coming to visit you first thing in the morning. Only problem is, I usually can't wait long enough to get a cup of coffee in my hand. I'm workin' on it. The spring photos are delightful. May I come and walk with you? Hugs from Mexico, Donna

  11. Your frame is inspiring and the flowers set it off beautifully :)
    Thanks for playing along with us at Just for Fun
    Von xxx

  12. Love that distressed frame and the card is gorgeous too! That walk certainly inspired you!

  13. Fab results from the tin foil, great embossing features. Emily the doggie looks lovely and no they don't sit still for long do they - lol!!!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pieces and playing along with us over on JFF - Sam xxxx

  14. Gorgeous work again, and the photos are lovely, nice plave there where you live! Hugs, Barb

  15. Sounds like you had a wonderful start to your day, with lots of inspiration. I love your embossed metal frames. Gorgeous! :-)

  16. Very clever use of the foil looks amazing with the embossing.


  17. Hello! What lovely pictures you posted. So serene...really enjoyed them! I also really enjoyed your metal frame! It's very nicely done and love the embossed tape idea! Wonderfully done! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! <3 Candy

  18. Valerie Your creativity astounds me! A Beautiful Post,and Beautiful Pictures,As Always!!! Hugs Tee

  19. What a delightful frame you have made - the tape looks great embossed and the flowers set it off perfectly. Clever collage in the centre too.
    Thanks for joining us at JFF - hope to see you again.
    Neet x

  20. Those pictures are stunning!! AS for the frame - I love the metal! The piece below that has such gorgeous colors too!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!



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