Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A little bit French

Hi everybody!
A little bit French is the theme at Vintage Journey, chosen by the lovley Astrid.

I have made a large tag using lots of techniques from TH - embossing, distressing, stamping, and also used some die cuts, including, of course, my fave Mr U.M., who is visiting Paris.
I embossed the tag in my embossing folder, using a few tricks to get the whole of it embossed and the embossing all going in the right direction. The background has been distressed with tumbled glass, Victorian velvet, wild honey and forest moss, and then the embossed parts inked with Adirondack espresso, one of my fave colours. For the die-cuts I recycled the craft card from my rice packet. The background stamp with the French script is from LaBlanche, the Paris post-mark from Artemio and the tiny birds have been made with a MS punch. I am not really happy with the tag, the idea was okay, but I find it a bit dull now, but I am not starting again!

I loved seeing the spring flowers on the lawn by the castle ruins:

These photos all show some very peaceful corners of the Church Close, a place which I like very much, and which has a very special atmosphere:

That's all for today. Take care, have a good day, and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. How lovely to see Mr UM enjoying the sights of Paris! Your pics are lovely too Valerie, what a fabulous wooden door. Xx

  2. wow that is a wonderful door Valerie, so many great colours. Love your tag, full of wonderful diecuts.
    Annette x


  3. Beautiful tag and wonderful photos again, I hope you will put them all in abook one day! Hugs, Sarah

  4. Your tag is wonderful! I really enjoyed your photo of the door. So much texture!

  5. Mr. UM looks very dapper enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower! Love the beautiful flowers, and the star door!

  6. The tag looks beautiful to me! And I love hyacinths! Beautiful photos.

  7. wow,ein wunderschönes tag,und tolle tür bilder,bin gerade wach geworden und mach mir erst mal eine cappuccino,hab kopfschmerzen und kann nicht schlafen.
    freut mich das dir die karte gefällt,hoffe dein computer geht wieder.
    hab einen schönen tag :-)

    Knuddel Jeannette

  8. Ich finde deinen Tag absolut klasse - kenne es aber auch unzufrieden mit einer Arbeit zu sein, weil sie am Ende anders aussieht, als man es sich vorgestellt hat.
    Die Fotos sind toll - die kleinen Traubenhyazinten mag ich auch unheimlich gern.
    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  9. Nothing dull about the tag at all Valerie--I think it is inventive :)

    The photographs are terrific with the star of the show, for me, being the door. Such textures and colours you captured on that

    Love Chrissie x

  10. Ein absolut fantastisches Tag ( ganz mein Fall) und herrliche Fotoimpressionen liebe Valerie! DANKE!

  11. Well to my eyes it does not look dull at all, in fact I totally love it! The stamping and embossing make for a gorgeous composition the way you have put it all together. Clever to recycle a rice packet too!

    Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge over at A Vintage Journey!!

  12. Your tag is stunning, I love the colors and the die cuts all so beautifully laid out. Beautiful walk we had today, I could almost smell the flowers and the photos of the door are stunning! Have a good day. Big hugs, ~Diane

  13. LOVE your tag. All those die cuts work so well together and make a stunning statement! Everyone loves the door === ME TOO. Crazy about doors. Beautiful photos from your walk. It's truly spring. hugs, Donna

  14. I am loving your tag my friend. Lots of yummy texture going on... And your photos are WOW!! Keep them coming.


  15. Loving your "Little Bit of French" tag, Valerie! The umbrella guy and all the French themed die cuts are fabulous with that embossed background. Oh and of course I enjoyed our walk today! Thank you for playing along with us at A Vintage Journey.

  16. Love the French themed tag. The photos continue to start my morning off just right.


  17. Dein TAG ist großartig! Sehr harmonische Komposition! Ich liebe die schönen Details und der Hintergrund ist auch wunderschön! Deine Fotos sind auch wieder ganz toll! Mir gefällt diese wunderbare Holztür mit dem sternartigen Muster so sehr!
    GLG, LonettA

    1. Alle lieben die Holztür, sie ist wirklich sehr schön!

  18. Hi Valerie, I LOVE the tag and the frenchy theme and details. So chic. Great walking pics too. I always enjoy taking these walks with you.
    Have a great day.

  19. Fantastic wooden door picture. Love your tag, hope Mr U enjoyed his trip to Paris.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Another fabulous tag Valerie. The die cuts look fab with the script on them.
    Those flowers are so pretty. They remind me of lavender :o)

  21. Wonderful texture on the actual tag and great layering of the die-cut elements.

  22. I am laughing - do you hear me!?! Your tag is wonderful yet you find it a bit dull. You always use the most wonderful colors so I do understand - a touch of gold? I am kidding. Really Valerie, you tag is so well designed and with great texture. The neutral colors are right up their alley. ( I knew you were smart) I am still shaking my head and kind of chuckling because your tag is ANYTHING but dull.
    As always, very special pictures and I am pea green with envy over you fabulous walks.
    Sandy xx

  23. a great tag Valerie and I love the embossed texture. Great recycling too. Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey this fortnight
    HUgs Annie x

  24. Such beautiful layering of elements and embossing on this Valerie. I love the subtle feel to it all. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this. Jenny x

  25. How did I miss this? A gorgeous tag, love the background and added embellishments. Thanks for sending it on A Vintage Journey xx


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