Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Transparent

Hi everybody!

It was a busy day here, I had to go to the eye-clinic for the next examinations and treatment, so I am pleased that it is over - till the next time, anyway. Not all the results are good, but I am trying not to think of it just now. It was cold and frosty when I set out this morning, with mist hovering over the fields, but soon the sun came along and waved his golden wand and the frost and mist just evaporated.

 The challenge at Simon's Monday Blog this week is 'transparent', a theme I like, and which I have tried to show here by using various layers of stamping one over the other, but so that everything remains visible.  The background has been stamped with Archival sepia, the next layer - flourishes and numerals - with Archival olive, and the top layer in Archival black, which was also embossed with clear EP on the butterflies. They were then given some colour with gel pens and glittered with Eucalyptus Stickles, Some of the flowers in the background were treated to some dired marigolds distress Stickles. I mounted the tag onto two other tags in rust and brown and fixed them together with an eyelet. The bottom layer has a strip of butterfly tissue tape, and I added some transparent flowers. The transparent butterfly has been printed onto a transparency, fussy cut, and distressed with Stickles from the reverse.






I just managed a short walk this afternoon after my hospital appointment, but saw this beautiful piece of decaying wood, It was fascinating to see all the little channels and tunnels where the worms have done their work - wormwood. I thought this would make a good background paper, too. If you like it, you can download it and use it.

These two beauties were holding their afternoon nap:

And this tree is just beautiful against the blue sky background.


That's all for today!
Have a good one, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

26 comments:

  1. Gorgeous butterfly tag, Valerie! Love the colors and sparkle! I agreed with you that that wood piece is amazing and those little duck so adorable! Enjoy the rest of the week! Hugs!

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  2. Wonderful photos, and I love your beautiful butterfly tag. The last photo with the tree is fantastic. Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Gorgeous as always Valerie and hoping for some better news on your eye troubles very soon.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  4. Hübsches Tag,toll mit den großen schmetterling,seeeehr schön.
    schöne bilder hast wieder mit gebracht,ich war heute auch wider draussen in der natur,und alles blüht so schön.
    hoffe du hast es bald hinter dir mit der Augenbehandlung,auf dauer nervt das bestimmt ganz schön.
    geh jetzt ins bettchen,gute nacht,schlaf gut :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  5. beautiful butterfly tag makes me think of spring, beautiful photos the colors of the ducks is beautiful

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  6. Beautiful tag! Gorgeous photos. Sorry to hear about the eye, but the walking's a good thing.

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  7. Gorgeous! The butterfly is stunning. Thank you for sharing your tag with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It's always a pleasure to see your work. ~Michelle

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  8. A stunning tag Valerie and the butterfly looks real with the shimmer you added to it.

    Thank you for the wood picture-so kind of you to offer it for us to use.

    Can't believe the beautiful blue of the sky in the last photograph it looks amazing.

    Sorry your results weren't all good but always lovely to hear your optimism coming through in your posts.

    Love Chrissie x

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  9. Beautiful see through layers on your tag Valerie, and more fabulous photos. I hope your eyes will continue to improve xx

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  10. Wunderbarer Tag mit diesen zauberfhaften Schmetterlingen! Und schöne Fotos zeigt du auch wieder. Das Bild mit dem Holz ist klasse ... so schöne Strukturen!
    LG, LonettA

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  11. Love your beautiful butterfly tag Valerie, such a gorgeous background too, the perfect background to them! That tree bark looks amazing!

    Keeping my fingers crossed re your eyes..... hope things will keep improving!!!

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  12. Wow.. die Zartheit und das Filigrane dieses Tags ist sensationell!Hochachtung!
    Die Bilder sind perfekt und ich will hier nochmal extra schreiben, wie sehr ich Deine Fotos immer genieße Valerie..traumhafte Impressionen teilst Du da mit uns!
    Fein zu hören , dass bis auf Weiteres diese leidige Augensache vorbei ist..da kannst Du jetzt mal aufatmen..ich freu mich sehr für Dich liebe Valerie!
    Hab einen schönen Mittwoch..
    jo bei uns wieder ganz schön..-
    heute Mittwoch SONNENSCHEIN..kalter Raureif am Morgen, das wären schöne Bilder gewesen, aber meine Hunde sind derzeit mühsam ..sie fressen all den Stallmist, den die Bauern schon auf den Feldern aufgebracht haben und graben permanent nach Mäusen( die sie dann auch mitunter gleich fressen ) und dann stinken sie den ganzen Tag so grauslich dahin...
    da muss ich so aufpassen beim Spaziergang , dass ich gar keinen Sinn hätte noch zu fotografieren....
    Lumpenpack die beiden!

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    1. Eine schöne und lustige Geschichte, vielleicht nicht so sehr für Dich wenn Du mit diesen Stinkern unterwegs bist - mein Hund hat sich immer gern mit Fisch und Schafskot paniert....

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  13. Loving your gorgeous tag and the beautiful photos. Keeping my fingers crossed for your eyes. Annette x

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  14. So lovely art work again, Valerie! Wonderful transparent butterflies and other decoratios.
    Wish you a happy day!

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  15. Gorgeous tag and photos. I have you in my thoughts, that all will go well for you regarding the eye problem. Good to read you are positive in your thinking.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. Stunning tag Valerie, love the butterflies and I love your Wormwood too, just gorgeous! ~Diane

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  17. STUNNING! That butterfly is amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  18. Such a pretty tag Valerie, the butterflies are fabulous. Super pics too, I can just feel,how rough that bark must be. Enjoy the rest of your day. Xx

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  19. You tag is gorgeous Valerie - how did you know it would work? If I did that I think it would come out to be mud but your multiple stamping is fantastic and the butterfly so beautiful. Your butterflies are amazing.
    I am sorry all news was not good but hopefully everything will work out.
    The wood is gorgeous and I might just take you up on downloading it and using it. No one does it better than Mother Nature.
    Sandy xx

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    1. I didn't know it would work, I just like trying things out and playing. and you need to use a permanent ink so that the colours don't mix and go muddy!

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  20. Beautiful as always my friend. Love this tag and the colors with the details in the butterfly. Your walking pics are beautiful!! Sorry about some of the results for your eye. All in all hope the rest is great!!
    Hugs

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  21. I'm glad you're finished with your eye examinations Valerie, I hope they continue to get better. Your tag is wonderful, there is so much texture on your butterflies. It looks to have been a beautiful day where you are xx

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  22. stunning work--love the butterflies. Scrolling through your posts is like going on vacation for me--beautiful photos!

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