Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tag Tuesday and more

Hi you all, the week has flown by again and it's a new Tuesday in a new month. Our theme this week is Autumn leaves, acorns and conkers. I embossed a craft tag using a TH texture folder with wood grain, and embossed it with forest moss and rusty hinge. I stamped the acorns and the squirrel, coloured them with prismalos and cut them out before fixing them to the tag with foam squares. The little owl up in the tree should have been on my tag 2 weeks ago, but hid himself in one of my boxes, so I stuck him up on the branch together with the bird. I added some leaves, a toadstool, a hedgehog, and a little ghost hiding behind a pumpkin.






The theme this week at Artful Times is to make a 6x4 postcard, using letters or script. I used a scrap of Designer Paper for the background, onto which I stuck some text pieces from one of my old German newspapers from 1899. I added a strip of tissue tape, and gave it  a bit of colour with some green and yellow metallic paints. The bird image is from Gecko Galz. A little piece of lace rounded it off.




This is the first page I made in my new 3 ring journal that I made last week. The quote I have used is one that Donna always uses on her mails; I have seen it so many times now, and thought I just had to use it. I scraped some gesso and blue over the background, added a text strip from an old book, and cut the paper doll out of some Designer Paper scraps.



Hope you all have a good day, take care, and thanks for visiting!

35 comments:

  1. Love your tag, and the postcard, and your journal page. It really looks like Autumn here now, very pretty! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. These are all just gorgeous Valerie and so varied in style. I especially love the journal with the quirky figure and that wonderful quote.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. They're all wonderful, Valerie! Love the figure with the red heart! that's a great sentiment.
    xoxo

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  4. Fabulous projects Valerie your tag is such fun glad you found your naughty Owl lol, postcard is fab love the colour, AJ page you have interpreted the words so well, thanks for sharing

    Maggie :)

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  5. Oh my... look at all this inspiration!
    Absolutely love it all, Valerie. :]
    Your tags are so packed with wonderful embellishments, such a treat to see & I really like your use of this paper doll, what a creative page. ~xx

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  6. Three wonderful makes Valerie :)
    Love your journal page and thank you for sharing your colourful bird postcard with uss at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  7. Love the tag (haven't made mine yet..slapped wrist!).
    The 4 x 6 postcard is gorgeous...wonderful images.
    Great quote on the last piece too.
    Hugs xx

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  8. Great postcard, thanks for playing along with us again this week

    Sam - Artful Times

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  9. A super woodland tag Valerie and I love those birdies on the postcard. My favourite today though has to be your journal page - she's fabulous. xx

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  10. Morning Valerie. They are all such wonderful makes. So pleased you found the little owl. He is adorable and so are the birds on your postcard. Love your journal page.
    Have a lovely creative day.
    Regards Florence x

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  11. Wonderful creations Valerie.
    xxx Hazel.

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  12. Beautiful work, Valerie! Love your falling leaves :)

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  13. Oooh, this looks pretty with the leaves! Love what you have made too, you are so creative! Hugs, Barb

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  14. Such great postcards Valerie. Love the bright colours you have used on them. Makes them look so alive.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet x

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  15. Wow, haven't you been busy! So many beautiful projects to treat us to today! Beautiful tag, I love that embossed background and the postcard is gorgeous, those birds are beautiful. The journal is fabulous too, love how you cut out the paper doll for that. I love that quote too!

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  16. An abundance of art in this post.
    Your tag definitely epitomises Autumn.
    I love the use of the bird image with that touch of lace.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  17. I particularly love all the textures on your fall tag, cute acorns and squirrel!

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  18. Love your tags.Beautiful work.Did the tag I sent you get lost? It's been several weeks. Denise

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  19. Once again my friend lots of creative yummy things going on here at your blog. That tag looks awesome.

    Hugs~

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  20. Valerie your journal page is fabulous and I just adore the words , so true ! Tag and postcard are super and i love all the tiny details, just fabulous.

    Marie

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  21. you put so much work and thought into your tags, thats an excellent message as well!!

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  22. Beautiful postcard! Great idea to put a doll together like that. very nice!

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  23. First I have to say I loved the falling leaves!! Of course, I loved all the art, too, and had to chuckle at the owl who hid out in your box--they will do that! Have a great day!

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  24. These are all gorgeous Valerie, I especially love your journal page x

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  25. Awesome art works, love them all, specially the fabulous autumn tag.

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  26. Great and such varied work again Valerie.

    I love the tag its so cute.... especially the cute squirrel, as is the postcard.

    Then, completely different with your journal page... love the quote.

    I'm liking the autumnal feel to your blog with the falling leaves :)

    Karenx

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  27. Hi Valerie, awesome work. Your blog has words going up and down saying forbidden? Don't know what it means. As for Calaca, here is the meaning:
    A calaca (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈlaka], a colloquial Mexican Spanish name for skeleton) is a figure of a skull or skeleton (usually human) commonly used for decoration during the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, although they are made all year round. Tracing their origins from Aztec imagery, calacas are frequently shown with marigold flowers and foliage. As with other aspects of the Day of the Dead festival, calacas are generally depicted as joyous rather than mournful figures. They are often shown wearing festive clothing, dancing, and playing musical instruments to indicate a happy afterlife. This draws on the Mexican belief that no dead soul likes to be thought of sadly, and that death should be a joyous occasion. This goes back to Aztec beliefs, one of the few traditions to remain after the Spanish conquest.

    Calacas used in the festival include carved skull masks worn by revelers, small figures made out of carved wood or fired clay, and sweet treats in the form of skulls or skeletons. Calacas are sometimes made of wood, stone, or even candy.

    A popular phrase among Mexicans and those Latinos that personally know some is "se lo (la) llevo la calaca" after someone has died, literally meaning "the Calaca took him (her)" or "death took him (her)".

    In Guatemala, "calaca" is understood as "death". The figure of a bare skeleton represents death and implies fear of death. Thus, it is not depicted as a joyful image.


    Take care and enjoy. Do a scan on your computer to be sure it's okay.

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  28. Thanks for the explanation. There are no words going up and down, just falling leaves. Perhaps your anti-virus doesn't like it, but it is okay!

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  29. Okay, for the record... I adore your paper person!

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  30. You do such beautiful work - but I especially love the 3D tag - I just want to touch all the little pieces. The leaves are lovely on your blog page.

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  31. Hello Val. What lovely falling leaves greeted me while I came by to visit. Love your tags and that journal page is wonderful.
    Take care and yes the days are flying. Tomorrow is Wed already???? yikes.
    Lesley

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  32. Love the texture on your tag Valerie and the colours are so warm and cosy. Fab postcard and journal page too. x

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  33. You have been in a creative storm! I adore everything you have posted.. and the falling leaves WOW

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  34. Great journal page, I really like the way you've done the person and the quote is superb.

    x

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