Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Moos and Birds

Hi you all! It's still freeeeeeeeezing here, it snowed for a couple of hours this morning, but seems to be more or less gone now. The temperatures are rising again - from -3° this morning to +1° now, so that's something! I have been busy making Moos, little cards 2,8 x 1,1", for the Moo Mania Challenge, where the theme this week is pointed hats, something that links to carnival here in Germany! I got carried away again, or should I say moo-ved to make several, it's just hard to stop once you get started.



These chaps looked like they needed some fun, so I gave them all pointy hats. The chap on the left has been decorated with some 'Luft Schlangen'. Literally translated this gives you 'air-snakes' - they are not dangerous though, just little rolls of coloured paper which you drape over and round everything and anything at party time.


This chappie was positively begging to join in the celebrations....


And this young man seems to be wearing the Eiffel Tower as his hat:
(All stamps are from Chocolate Baroque)


Here is a photo cut from the newspaper, showing a genuine celebration in Düsseldorf, you can see some more pointy hats in the background. Nobody looks twice if they see people walking through the streets at carnival time in fancy costumes - you just get stared at if you look 'normal'!


And little Miss Araminta was on my table, just clamouring to join in the fun, so I let her!


Miss Araminta is also starring in my card for the birds challenge at Fashionable Stamping. I used a square of speciality stamping paper, which I distressed with gradient colours, before stamping some plants and grasses with Memento London Fog to make the background. The plants and birds in the foreground have been stamped with black archival.  Miss Araminta and her cousin Miss Bella are dressed in their Sunday best and out for a walk. I stamped them twice, popping them up with foam squares, and the dresses have been paper pieced to give more depth. I gave them both a coat of clear varnish to give them some shine. Miss Araminta has a lace trim on her dress, Miss Bella has been picking flowers to line her nest.
The lovely ladies birds are from Catherine Moore, the background stamps are from Artemio, Stampin Up and LaBlanche.




These were both fun challenges, and Miss Araminta was soooooooo happy to be the centre of attraction again, she is really crazy for publicity!
Have a good day you all, take care, and thanks for dropping in!




44 comments:

  1. They are all so moovalious, Valerie!

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  2. Thanks Yvonne, that is udderly charming!

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  3. Love them all Val, the moos and the card! Those little bird ladies are really sweet! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Incredibly fantastic tags, Valerie. Those birds really do me in! They are so awesome, especially, of couse (my opinion only) Miss Araminta! There is something about that bird ... I have a huge attraction to her. Hugs, Donna xo

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  5. Ach menno .. das geht mir hier direkt zu Herzen..
    kann es sein, dass Du
    ein gaaaanz klein wenig V*E*R*S*P*I*E*L*T
    bist Valerie???

    die sind ja sowas von
    liebevoll inszeniert...
    oder bist Du aus der Karnevalsdesignbranche???
    Du hast die alle ausstaffiert ...
    ******
    himmlisch..
    die Karten mit den Vogelpuppen
    mit ihren Kleidchen sind auch so schön verträumt und genial !
    HACH!

    Toll!

    danke!

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  6. Oh I do love Miss Araminta and Miss Bella too! Love the lace on her dress, these are so sweet! Love all your hats but these two ladies hold a special place in my heart! ~Diane

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  7. You are the queen of the Moo cards!! I love the way you achieve such lovely composition in such a small space. They are fun, lovely and adorable all at the same time.

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  8. Party animals at their best and dressed to impress! Love those birds, love, love, love! Thannk you for joining us at FSC! Hugs!

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  9. Fabulous Moos Valerie and Miss A and Miss B are just looking the bees knees in their lovely dresses. It's freezing here too and it's been blowing a hoolie all day! Xx

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  10. great moos and I just love the birds in dresses collage..it snowed here this morning but heavy rain this afternoon so all gone..very cold though

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  11. Ach, wie herrlich, ich bin so begeistert von Deinen Moo's, Valerie. Vielen Dank für's Mitmachen bei MOO-MANIA.

    Was mich aber total von den Socken haut, sind Deine liebevoll inszenierten Piepmätze. Wie genial ist das denn. Hach, schwärm. Sooooo schön

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  12. Loving them all but especially loving the bird ones, they really moooove me to smile. xx

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  13. Hi Valerie. We have been brrrrr too. Snowed most of today but supposed to be rain tonight. Definitely a day to keep cosy!

    These little cards are so cute. Love the little images with their fancy hats. x

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  14. beautiful, love them all , they moooooo ve me too! (sorry couldn't resist)

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  15. you've been very productive, beautiful work in all! And stay warm!

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  16. I love the birds and their gorgeous frocks they make me smile , I also love every single detail of your moo's such fantastic detail and so much fun.

    Marie

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  17. Loving all your fantastic Moo's, great hats.
    The birds in all their finery are brilliant, love the dresses and they deserve their share of the limelight.
    Thank you for sharing them with us over at FSC as well.
    Yvonne

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  18. Beautiful work today, Valerie! I sometimes make ACEOs which are small enough...those moo cards are even smaller! We are getting more snow tonight--just a bit though.

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  19. So cute! Love those birds! Stay warm Val!

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  20. These are so adorable. I like them all.

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  21. Oh Valerie!!! I love your little "Moos" they are so creative!!

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  22. Wow Valerie you have spent your day well such wonderful moo's and the card is so charming :)
    Von ♥

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  23. These are all wonderful Valerie, I love them lots.
    xxx Hazel.

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  24. Oh, I love this! Thanks for joining us at FSC!

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  25. Love your little Moos so sweet!
    hugs Lynn

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  26. How fabulous! Love those birds all dressed up for action!

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  27. Just wonderful Valerie, these birds crack me up. They are obviously the life and soul of the party xx

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  28. Sweet!
    Love the birds!

    Gigi

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  29. Deine Vögel sind der Hit :) Deine anderen Werke gefallen mir natürlich auch. Vielen Dank für Teilnahme bei FSC.

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  30. They are all so wonderful!!! To think that they are smaller than an ATC - wow!!! :)

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  31. What gorgeous moos.... I especially LOVE the sweet birds.

    Pointy hats are such fun!!!!

    except if you have to sit in the corner and wear one!!!!

    Karen x

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  32. The dressed up birdies are just wonderful. Such a clever art form, Valerie. Some time you visit my blog, will you tell me if you are really an american in germany. Your command of the english language is perfect. If this is prying, please forgive an old lady and her curiosity.

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  33. Now I want to alter some Moos! And your birds . . . so very special, xoxo

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  34. These are amazing. Well done my friend.

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  35. Love your moos, and your bird card, great work. X

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  36. Beautifully dressed birds ! great fun card , Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC...Esther xx

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  37. Wow Valerie, I can't get over how many you've made - again! These are fabulous examples. Your work is always so inspirational. Thankyou always for such kind comments on my own bits n pieces :0) Mo x

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  38. Behind on the comments again Valerie!
    These are all absolutely fabulous and those quirky birds are stunners.
    Thanks for joining in with our FSC birds challenge.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  39. Wonderful stuff - love these x

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  40. I Love Love Love these birds - I want one now as they are just so Adorable! Gorgeous card - beautiful background and the dresses look real! x

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