Thursday, 5 May 2011

City tags and mail art

Good morning everybody. The sun is shining, and the birds are probably singing, but they can't be heard because somebody outside is working with a pneumatic drill....how I hate that noise. But the weather frogs have promised us that it will be getting warmer, with early summer-like temperatures over the weekend. After freezing our butts off all week, that should make a nice change.
And today it's *Cinco de Mayo*, a day which is celebrated in many countires and towns, and especially n Mexico, where Donna lives. She is holding a big earring giveaway today, so hop on over to her blog in sunny Mexico and read all about it here
Yesterday I had a lazy day, just made some tags and another mail art envelope.
First the envelope!


I very much enjoyed making this collage of printed and stamped elements, even if it means another trip to the post office....
I have made the tags using craft paper. Each tag has been distressed with TH inks in stormy skies, Victorian velvet, wild honey and forest moss. The backgrounds have then been stamped with script in forst green. Then I made a stamped collage on each one, three with a Paris theme and three for my home town, London. I have kept the embellishments to be a minimum this time, as they will all be sent with the post, but more about that tomorrow....Here they are.








I like the muted colours caused by the craft paper, which gives them a vintags look which reminds me of old coloured postcards. Hope you like them, too!
And Lenna has now put my mini-books for her swap on her swap blog, which you can find here
OK Ladies, that was it for today. Have a great day, take care, thanks for visiting and come back tomorrow because it will be surprise Friday on Bastelmania....

33 comments:

  1. Lovely tags and mail art Val. I think we both miss our London! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Hi Val, lol the post office dragon will be frowning on you hehe !! You know seriously i think you brighten her miserable day, she just wont admit it.
    Love the mail art and the gorgeous tags, YAY for London !! Havent seen that gorgeous telephone box stamp before and the tags are all fabulous
    hugs June xxxx

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  3. Beautiful tags Valerie, you have some fabulous stamps. Love the pop of colour on the envelope, you'd think such a beautiful thing would brighten her day! xx

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  4. Der Umschlag und die Tags sind traumhaft, Valerie! Die Farben sind ganz nach meinem Geschmack!

    Ich wünsche dir einen wunderschönen Tag!
    Liebe Grüße, Gaby

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  5. Hi Gaby! Schön Dich wieder hier zu sehen!

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  6. WOW on a lazy day you rock!! Loving your tags, the colours are wonderful, I think if I had to choose the first set might, just by a very small margin, be my favourite, LOL :0) xxx

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  7. Good morning ! Hope you are a drill free zone by now ! You are a little tease I really think you enjoy going to the Post Office. Beautiful nostalgic tags reminds me of home who's are the stamps by the way just love them > As for the envelope it would be a shame to open it !

    Marie

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  8. Marie, the stamps are from Artemio, I love them, too. And as for the post office, I always did like challenges!

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  9. More fabulous mail art (let us know what the dragon at the PO says this time. lol). I love those tags Val - the Kraft paper was a great idea and sometimes less really is more - those stamped images really shine through.
    Hugs xx

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  10. Wow Valerie, every one of your tags is gorgeous, I love the soft colours and they really have that nostalgic feel to them.
    Your mail art is beautiful - who could not be cheared up by seeing this :o) x

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  11. More and more fantastic art. The Mail Art is fantastic you could never use a stamp on this could you!

    The tags stunning, never has London looked as good as Paris but you have managed it here bowler hats are sexy! XOXO Zoe

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  12. Wonderful tags and the envelope looks amazing!!!

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  13. More great art, Valerie. And on a lazy day too! :o) The tags are very special ... You always know how to compose a good collage. Thanks for the reminder about my earring giveaway Valerie .. very kind of you. Enjoy your day ... it's the 5th of May! Take care, and as my Papa used to say from a place of great wisdom "Don't stick beans up your nose." :o) hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  14. Fabulous tags Valerie, you have some great stamps. Annette x

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  15. Donna, when my daughter was small she stuck some baked beans in tomato sauce up her nose, and the doc had to bagger them out again. She never ate beans after that!

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  16. Hi
    Wonderful artwork.
    I have a love affair with anything Parisian so particularly drawn to your Partis tags.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  17. the tags are just beautiful! :-)\

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  18. Good Mornin Miss Valerie!

    I'm lovin those envelopes, they are works of art. Silly post person, what is she thinking :)

    Your tags are gorgeous. Fabulous British stamps!

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  19. Your tags are great. I would love to see one in person. Your mini book is beautiful.

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  20. Great tags! they are Awesome!
    Lynn

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  21. Hi Val, lovely work, as always, I will def. be back tomorrow! Hugs, Barbie. PS Susie is expecting her first baby, a boy!

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  22. Those stamps are great, and your tags turned out wonderful--and who wouldn't love getting that envie in the mail????

    :)

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  23. Valerie... I just love your mailer again... you have such neat stamps... the envelope alone is art. I love your hat with the hat pins.... you have such neat stamps. Where do you get all of these stamps. Your so good at putting them all together. Thanks for sharing... Hats off to you!

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  24. These are beautiful, all of them!

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  25. These are beautiful! I'm particularly drawn to the birds on your mail art - the owl and raven are fantastic. Are those stamps?

    As always, great stuff.

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  26. Hello again Valarie, thank you for your comment on the bowl in answer to your question cooking oil! XOXO Zoe

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  27. Thanks Zoe, never thought of that! Cgra, yes they are stamps from LaBlanche, she has great stamps!

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  28. Great envelope!! And your tags are just stunning - love them!!

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  29. Fantastic tags, love the vintage look to them. Your envelope is another masterpiece.
    Yvonne x

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  30. Mail art is so much fun and the tags are GREAT! Excellent color scheme Val! I will have to check out the TH line...think I'm one of the few who hasn't experimented with them much.

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  31. love your collage tags..gorgeous!

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  32. Valerie-Jael your mail art is sublime! all the tags are beautiful as well, each one of them. lovely work! xo

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