Sunday, 2 February 2014

A tag and a Sunday walk along the Rhine

Hi everybody!
Today was a Sunday which deserved its name - the sun shone all day, and although it was cold, it was good to feel the sun on my back while walking- 19000+ steps today!

There was a lot going along down at the Rhine :

Ships chugging along in both directions:

The ferry manoeuvering into position:

And people, dogs and even horses being taken for a walk:

The challenge at FSC is to make a tag. For my tag I used a leftover piece of textured paper. This is made by scrunching tissue paper onto thin card, fixing it with Mod Podge, and then painting it with gesso before colouring it as desired. I used various blues and some copper Inka gold to bring out the highlights.

Then I glued on fragments of printed and written paper and some gold leaf, and gave it a coat of clear varnish.

My image is a fairy stamp from Lost Coast designs, which Jeannette recently sent me. I stamped the image twice onto speciality paper from LaBlanche, fussy cut them, and fixed them together with foam squares. I used twinkling H2Os to colour her dress and wings.
I added some flowers to try to cheer her up, she doesn't look really happy!

I am also linking to Tagalong, favourite technique - one of my faves is making backgrounds like this.

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


  1. beautiful tag, the background is inspired by nature! I can see the weather is warming up over there.

  2. Beautiful tag Val, love how you have made the pretty backgrund, it looks really noble with the fragments and the gold. Beautful photos again, how funny that someone is walking the horse! Hugs, Sarah

  3. Truly beautiful tag Val. The textures look great enhanced by the colours you have chosen. The Rhine looks lovely today and matches the blue sky. Off for an early night. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Wow, your tag is awesome, the background looks so textured, and that image is so sweet. Thank you for joining in with my challenge theme at FSC. Love the photos, looks like spring is in the air.
    Yvonne x

  5. Loving your pretty tag with its fab texture. Wow the weather looks gorgeous there, thank you for sharing those great photos. Annette x

  6. Oooh valerie,das tag ist einfach traumhaft,Wunderschööön der hintergrund mit den leaves und goldenen Fragmenten,und die Efe istsooooo süss darauf,toll auch wie du sie coloriert hast,ich freue mich sehr das dir das Elflein so gefällt.
    die Rhein bilder sind wieder traumhaft,wir hatten hier auch heute super Sonnenschein.
    jetzt will ich mal ins Bettchen,und wünsche eine gute Nacht,schlaf schön :-)

    GLG Jeannette

  7. Oh the texture!! I love all those bits and pieces - and your pictures are so beautiful. I want to go! Deep sigh . . . ;) xoxo

  8. Such a pretty tag... perhaps the sweet fairy will cheer up now she is on your tag :)

    Karen x

  9. Your photographs of the Rhine and the ferry are fabulous, so clear, that is a marvellous walk you have.
    Your fairy doesn't seem to be impressed by your great background and the embellis, she definitely doesn't want to go to the party.

  10. I love, love, love all your shots of the Rhine River, and your tag is just as magical. I need to try that technique sometime. Blessings!

    1. It is a beautiful place to live, and I feel very blessed to be here.

  11. grandiose Impressionen und eine himmlisch schöne Textur hast Du diesem schönen Tag verpasst Valerie!

  12. Beautiful walk and gorgeous texture on your tag, awesome ! Have a great week, Shirleyx

  13. Love the texture of the tag and what you have created with it, Valerie!

  14. Valerie your walk pics look so spring like as people are out and about even the horse looks happy to be taking a walk.
    Love your textured tag. The little girl image is so cute even with her unhappy face.
    This technique I did also on the walls in my little powder room. I used scrunched up tissue paper applied with glue, let dry and then painted my wall color. It looks old world and vintage ~ and also is a good remedy for problem flaws in the drywall.

  15. Gorgeous background for your tag today, and your photos are outstanding. I am amazed at how green everything is. We have snow today and would love to see some green grass.


  16. Your green grass is so nice to see, how I long for Spring! So nice to see everyone out and walking about too. Beautiful tag, I love all the wonderful things you did to the background on it too! Big hugs, ~Diane

  17. Oh dear she does look a bit of a glum fairy but your tag is lovely. Beautiful pics too and the horse one is very appropriate for Chinese New Year! Xx

  18. WoW! Was für eine großartiges Werk! Allein schon der Hintergrund ist wunderschön ...tolle Texturen! Aber mit dieser süßen Elfe ist es fantastisch!
    LG, LonettA

  19. Glad you showed the progression of this piece--the background is stunning!

  20. Glorious texture on your tag and such a sweet addition, the flowers for her to hold.

  21. Oh this is just STUNNING!!! That crumpled tissue background looks fantastic and the way you have finished it is gorgeous! Such a sweet image! And of course I LOVE all your beautiful photos again. You are so lucky living in such a scenic place! So how many steps was that then?? :o)

  22. Hi Val, sorry deleted your last post on my blog, but copied and pasted it from the email sorry :(

    Love your photos again and well done with all those steps, but seeing the world around can understand you wanting to do so much lol...

    Love your tag too, lots of techniques used, well done, love the autumn colours :) xx

  23. Boah, der Hintergrund vom Tag ist ja alleine schon eine Show. Sooooo toll! Wunderschön!

  24. Wonderful pictures today - great clear colors. Do you ever take the ferry and go to the other side?
    Your background is gorgeous and I love the dangles hanging off your flowers. I do agree with you, the little fairy does not look too happy. Maybe someone licked the cherry off her lolly pop. What vision you have!

  25. Hi Valerie, Love the background you created for this tag, and such a gorgeous image, but I agree, she doesn't look too happy.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x


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