Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sun, rain, winter and shelter

Hi everybody!
The weather is showing us a different face each day - yesterday we had sunshine and technicolor- blue skies, and I was able to visit my friends the ducks at Schloss Kalkum, and enjoy the lovely grounds.




 The Rhine was blue, too.


Today it was wet, wild and windy, but still very mild, and I saw several bushes and shrubs beginning to bloom. I wonder when winter will arrive?


It is another 'double Tuesday' today, time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, and a new tag at Tag Tuesday.  At TIOT the challenge is 'In with the new' - to use new stash, or try a new technique etc.
As usual, you have 2 weeks to join in, so hope to see some of you over there with new ideas.
I used a new image from Gecko Galz,  'Winter walk' from Winter Garden Collage Sheet 1. I printed the image onto matt photo paper, and matted it with mirri board and silver cardstock. I mounted it onto a 6"  purple card, which I made into an easel. I used twigs and berries collected on my walks as decorations, sprayed with 'snow' and tied together with a purple ribbon.



 Material list: 6" square card, card for matting, GG image, ribbon, twigs and berries.
(Tip: I put the freshly cut twigs and berries on the heating, and they dried and were ready to use in a few hours)

At Tag Tuesday our theme this week is homes / shelters.
At first I wanted to make a house, and then I remembered this picture I had in my stash. I glued it to cardboard from a cereal box, gave it a coat of clear varnish, and then crackle glaze, which I distressed to make it look antique. I cut the middle part away, placed one of my photos behind the arch, and wrote the text of Psalm 91: 1.  I added some golden liquid pearls as a further embellishment.



Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

30 comments:

  1. beautiful pieces today Valerie. The photos are gorgeous, especially the blue sky day. Sigh, it is sooo cold tonight here.

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  2. Lovely photos - especially my little ducks. Your card and tag are so interesting - excellent use of materials for the easel card and your tag - I adore shrines - so what can be said. Beautiful. hugs, Donna

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  3. such beautiful photos and lovely art!

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  4. Wunderschöne Fotos, liebe Valerie und ein herrliches Haus, mit offenen Türen. Ich liebe diese Triptychons, mal offen, mal geschlossen, je nach Lust und Laune. Eine schöne Woche wünsche ich Dir!

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  5. Such terrific bright and colourful photographs Valerie. Both pieces you have made are beautiful as well. Really love the card and the image you used and the fact that you used your own photograph for the background of the tag

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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  6. Love both pieces, the card is beautiful, and I like how you used the twigs and snow. Great tag with a wonderful quote. Hugs, Sarah

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  7. Beautiful pics Valerie and wonderful makes, I LOVE your twiggy card. Have a lovely day. Xx

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  8. wunderwunderwunderschöne Kunstwerke und Fotos Valerie!

    Allererste Sahne!

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  9. Good Morning Val. Wonderful photography as always. I love your GG card , the image is stunning and the twigs just finish it off nicely. Hugs Rita xxx

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  10. Hello Valerie,
    Beautiful clear photographs of skies and buildings, the Schloss looks lovely with its warm colours.
    Your winter walk picture is terrific and so well presented with the twigs and the bow and the matting and what an original and effective idea for the theme "Shelter".

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  11. Hey Valerie, We have plenty of winter here and would be glad to share some with you! Your photos keep me warm with the gorgeous blue and sunshine.

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  12. Lovely work again Valerie... I love the final piece especially.

    I am going to follow your good example and do more walking this year....

    Karen x

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  13. What a wonderful walk you took yesterday :) LOVE your card, it's gorgeous with the scene and twigs. It's Minus 42 with the windchill today here, and lots of very icy snow on the ground. Not good for walking today. Take care, Shirleyx

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    1. Take care and stay home if possible, sorry it's so cold over there!

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  14. Both of these are beautiful Valerie! Love the beautiful pics from your walk too. Stay warm, big hugs, ~Diane

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  15. Eine wunderschöne Karte mit den Zweigen, Valerie, das sieht klasse aus. Das Tryptichon ist erste Sahne und passt wunderbar zum Thema von Tag Tuesday.
    Auch die Bilder sind -wie immer- wunderschön. Du hast ein Händchen dafür!

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  16. Beautiful winter scene card, Valerie. Why oh why are bushes blooming now? Our seasons are changing and mother nature is all confused.

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  17. Weather can be so different from day to day, but it still looks so beautiful where you are! Love your winter walk card and great recycled cereal box, so clever! Enjoy the day. Hugs!

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  18. wunderschöne werke,die winterkarte ist ganz zauberhaft mit den zweigen,und das tryptychon gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
    tolle bilder hast du gemacht,das schloss kalkum wollen wir irgendwann mal besichtigen,dann kann ich dich dabei gleich besuchen,vieleicht nächtest jahr mal,wäre doch schön,oder ?!

    GLG Jeannette

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    1. Das wäre seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehr schön!

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  19. wow beautiful photographs and gorgeous projects Valerie, hugs Annette x

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  20. Hi Valerie, Lovely walk pictures. What a difference a day can make. While your weather looks more like spring. The U.S. is in a deep freeze!! Gorgeous card you designed. Love the details with the twigs and ribbon. The tag is very inspirational. You always meet your challenges perfectly.
    Hugs!

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  21. Deine Winterkarte ist traumhaft schön und der Anhäger als Tryptychon ist einfach großartig!! Wieder ganz tolle kreative Werke!
    Die Fotos sind auch wieder ganz toll! Das Wetter ist aber auch zur Zeit überall sehr extrem! Hier gibt´s bestimmt auch noch Schnee und Kälte.
    LG, LonettA

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  22. Gorgeous projects as always. Love the photos especially the first one with your long shadow.
    Yvonne x

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  23. Hi Valerie, Love the image of the walk in the snow, very versatile.
    Great pictures.
    Avril xx

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  24. Beautiful card Valerie - I love the image. What an amazing job you did with your triptych - it looks very old and real! Of course the middle part giveth away.
    sandy

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  25. A super card,Happy New Year, Hugs Bee

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