Saturday, 12 January 2013

Challenges & More

Hi you all! It's freezing cold here, but we had some SUN today, so in spite of a thick frost on the fields it was possible to go for a walk. And I have some good news today - I won the drawing over at Simon Says, which means a 50$ voucher - whoopee! Thanks to those who alerted me to my win, Terry and Maura. I was on the blog to look at the theme of the next challenge, but never looked to see who had won. It was a lovely surprise for the weekend!

At 'Artful Times' the current challenge is to use 2 embossing folders. I have made a wall hanging using cardboard, which I distressed with gold ink, and lots of ultra thick EP in gold, into which I also stamped with a LaBlanche background stamp to give some texture. I embossed some scraps of gold paper, using folders from TH and Spellbinders. I printed the image of the girl onto a transfer, and ironed it onto a piece of canvas, frayed the edges and distressed them with DI in Antique linen and vintage photo. I distressed all the 'matting' with the same inks, and layered them onto the cardboard. I tied the 'package' with string, and threaded two of my handmade textile  beads onto the ends. That was it! I am also entering this into the challenge at 'Simon Says Stamp and Show', where the theme this week is 'Embrace the old' - using up old stash, or other things already in the cupboard, or making something 'vintage'. 

The second piece is for the challenge at 'Out of a Hat' creations. This week we had to choose a row from a bingo card, and I chose the row with bling, hat, bow and stamp. All stamps used are from Catherine Moore. I have let Araminta - my bird-lady - star in this one again. She is wearing her best dress, which has been stamped, paper-pieced, coloured and varnished. I gave her a white bow, and she borrowed her Dad's best hat. The chair is also stamped, as is the little branch at the top, and the flourishes. The bling is on the flowers. Araminta thinks she deserves the title of 'Miss Cabinet Card 2013'.

And lastly I have managed to do the first three pages of my calendar for this year, and it's not even the middle of  January! I have decided to use things which I have already made, as there are always plenty of things flying around.

For January I used a piece of paper on which I did some fun stamping in layers, one over the other, some embossed, some layers hardly visible.  I love playing around with things like this. All stamps here are from LaBlanche.

For February I used my umbrella man postcard, as it is often a wet month....

For March I have used a scrap of marbled paper made some time back, matted on red and gold, and mounted onto a piece of dark red card with some gold background stamping to frame the picture.

Well done if you stayed with me to the bitter end, the post somehow got a little loooooooooooooooooooonger than planned!

Enjoy your weekend, take care, and thanks for visiting!


  1. So many amazing pieces in this post but it is the little girl on canvas. That is a very special image, is she from your own collection?
    Valerie, it is coldish here but thankfully no snow, we are expecting snowfall this weekend!
    Thank you for taking part in my giveaway.

  2. Congrats on your win, Valerie! Love all the projects you have been creating! Me thinks you're back to normal :)

  3. I hope so Yvonne, as normal as possible, anyway!

  4. Ooh, congratulations on your win - what a treat!

    The collage for Simon Says is beautiful, great layering. Your bird-lady is so cute in her little dress and top hat!


  5. Hi Val, lovely work from you, you are getting back into form again! And congrats on your win - great! Hugs, Sarah

  6. Hi Valerie, Well done on your win X. I love Little miss Araminta she looks wonderful in her Sunday best. And I just adore your little lady and embossing as well as your calendar. So nice to see you back on form. Thank you for joining us at Out of a hat. Hugs Sandra X

  7. Well done for sure each and every one but your little Miss Araminta always makes me smile, and I just love her hat too! These are all so thoughtfully and cleverly done! Congrats on your big win too, whoo hoo! ~Diane

  8. I am beyond impressed, Valerie. Everything so gorgeous - and the bird lady -- she simple does me in. I adore her! It looks like you've had some real fun and congrats on your win -- that will help you restock your arty kitchen. YEAH! hugs, Donna

  9. Wow Valerie, what a feast you have for us today.Great calendar pages, beautiful wall hanging and of course Mrs Bird is looking fabulous. Woohoo on your big win too - have fun shopping. Hugs, Suze xx

  10. Gorgeous projects Valerie. Love all the texture and gold on the first. We had a wet day, pretty dull so not great for walking. x

  11. congrats on your win!

    Lovely work, you have been so productive! Have your hands completely recovered?

  12. Wow, Valerie, you have been busy! That first card is my favorite - can't get over all the layers and textures - but that dressed up birdie is a very close second!

  13. Firstly well done on your win :) you'll have fun shopping Valerie :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times with you hanging love the image transfer it came aout well:)
    Just love the fun card for OOTH :)and you have made a good start on your calender too :)
    Von ♥

  14. I was thrilled to see that you won and have a shopping blast! Valerie, it sounds the same, but I just love these! That first one is full of rustic sophistication and I love the gold touches! Each piece is so unique! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

  15. Lots of wonderful and creative work here! Congrats on your win. So glad you got out and about. Enjoy your weekend.

  16. Congrats on your win,totally fabulous little bird,love her,great bingo line,
    Thanks for playing bingo with us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

  17. Not sure where my comment went so I am sending another one.

    All this post is just terrific Valerie but the star of the show is the Bird Lady and we are so pleased she is going to be joining us at Out of a Hat for our game of Bingo. Always great to have you join us.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Best wishes Chrissie xxx

  18. I like the old crow lady!
    You have made some really pretty things!!!!
    I can't believe how good that painting is you did in the 4th grade!! Even your line perception on the building is something most adults cannot get right. You should take up painting again!
    hugs and love,

  19. Congrats on your win Valerie!
    That wall hanging is gorgeous and I love Araminta!
    Well done on your calender pages too.
    Hugs xx

  20. Valerie, your pieces are all wonderful but for me, the favourite has to be the little girl with the beautiful embossed layers. Such a stunning piece! Is she a family photo? So gorgeous.

  21. Wow who's been a busy girl :-) congratulations on your win, I'm sur you'll have fun choosing your prizes. I love your image transfer, and your bird lady looks fabulous in her Sunday best xx

  22. Congrats on winning that awesome voucher!!! All of your work is beautiful and you have a great start on your calendar! Sounds like you are feeling much better!

  23. Fantastic projects, all amazing pieces. Congratulations on your win.
    Yvonne x

  24. What a treat to visit your blog today! It's like visiting an art museum!

  25. WOW!!
    Wonderful artwork, I adore all the projects, Valerie. :]
    Very inspiring... I enjoyed my visit here, really lifted my spirits. THANK YOU ~XX

  26. Wow! You have been busy, a lot of fabulous textures going on and I adore the quirky bird creation.
    Snow here today!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  27. Well you have been busy and I see you have used that gorgeous bird stamp which just happens to be my all time fave. As for your project simply sensational and the transfer is amazing, love all of the gold too. Fantastic calendar pages especially love January such a gorgeous collage effect. Congrats on your win and such a fantastic prize too !


  28. One fabulous wall hanging with some great layers. Don't you just love layers! There is something about layers that is so satisfying to the eye.
    Hugs, Neet (and thanks for joining us at Artful Times) x
    ps congrats on the win

  29. Hi Valerie. Wow so many great projects, love them all. It is cold here in the UK too, we are bracing ourselves for snow on Thursday/Friday.
    Congratulations on your win, you deserve it. xxx

  30. Well, you sure seem to be a very busy woman! Lovely work to admire here at your blog!


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