Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mixed bag for the weekend.

Hi everybody!
I am sitting here trying to write my blog and getting very frustrated because either my ancient lap-top or Blogger or both are on a go-slow, and everything is taking ages to load. Well, I just hope it doesn't get worse!

This altered journal is another of my Gecko Galz DT projects. I used a ready made journal  (6x4"), painted the edges with bronze metallic structure paste, and then covered the front and back covers with some scrunched up bronze metallic paper from my stash. The beautiful image is from the musical jewel it sheet. I matted the image onto some bronze mirr-card and blue card-stock. I love the combination of browns and blues. I embellished the spiral with some ribbons in brown and blue.



Material list: Journal, paper for matting, image, structure paste and bronze paper.

Today started out cool and misty, and the sun chased the mist away bit by bit. This was the view from my window when I got up.


On my walk today I took some photos of the old tombstones, which are set into the wall around the church of Saint Swidbert.






And inside the church I saw the pattern of light from the stained-glass windows falling onto the stone floor.

I met this little beetle as I left the church, it's about an inch long and was so sparkly with its striped suit in metallic optic. Not a good photo, it didn't want to stand still for me!

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

28 comments:

  1. Love your punch of blue. What will you put in such a pretty book. x

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  2. As always I read your descriptive description, then saw the result. You're right, the image is lovely and goes so well with your bronze metallic and the kingfisher blue.
    Oh, tombstones today, that's something new.
    What a beautiful insect, he looks as if he is moving fast, maybe he didn't want the publicity.

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  3. Lovely cover and looking forward to seeing what goes inside :)
    Von ♥

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  4. Beautiful journal cover Val. I love all the discoveries you make on your walks too. Always interesting. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Super journal cover, it is a beautiful image. Love the photos, but would have passed the shiny beetle by.
    Yvonne x

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  6. Copper and blue are always a gorgeous combination.
    So pretty.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  7. Beautiful job on the journal! I like blue and brown together, too. Old tombstones are always so interesting to see. The beetle would have scared me, but it sure is beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful journal Valerie, the vibrant blue is fabulous against the bronze. Great pics too - I do love wandering around a graveyard! xx

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  9. beautiful work on the journal. Interesting colours on that beetle!

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  10. That is a gorgeous image. You colored it so pretty!

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  11. ugh. Nothing worse than a non-responding computer! So glad that you got it to work though, so I can see your beautiful art and pictures. You are always an inspiration, thank you! xo

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  12. Fabulous textures and image on your journal cover and you live in such an interesting part of the world. The colours on the beetle are very majestic xx

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  13. Love how you put the cover of this journal together, such wonderful texture and a great backdrop to that gorgeous image! Your photos are always a treat, you have such an eye for capturing the beauty of your surroundings!

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  14. Fantastic altered journal Valerie--the turquoise is stunning against the copper.

    Wonderful photographs again--great idea to have the headstones built into a wall I think. Not sure what the beetle is but bright colours in insects usually spell trouble.:(

    Have a good day

    Love Chrissie x

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  15. wunderschönes cover hast du gezaubert,und tolle bilder wider,besonders das mit den lichtstrahlen der fenster gefällt mir seehr.
    hab einen schönen sonntag,liebe valerie.

    Knuddel Jeannette

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  16. I love copper and just that blue together. Your journal page is so beautiful with all the lovely embellishments.
    Old stones are always interesting and the little beetle suits so well on your theme.
    Hope your PS problems are over. Sometimes to clear the browser helps.
    Have a great next week, Valerie xxx

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  17. Wunderschönes Cover für das Journal. Der kupferfarbene hintergrund harmoniert wunderbar mit dem Blau! Schöne Sruktur! Schöne und sehr interessante Fotoserie! Danke fürs Zeigen!
    Einen schönen Sonntag!
    LG, LonettA

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  18. Lovely cover for the book, and I agree that brown and blue do look fabulous together. I am having the same problem with my computer, on a dreadful go-slow all the time, unless I am up in the night. They say is it the number of people using the broadband. If so I can't imagine what it would be like if we didn't have broadband and live not too far from the telephone exchange.
    Your photos are gorgeous, you live in such a historic place, a photographer's dream.

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    1. My broadband is okay, I think it's just the computer being old and weak!

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  19. Valerie, you grew up in Spitalfields? That's why I see these red phone boxes. I live in Harrow which is the other side of London, but I love Spits.xx

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  20. Quickly, quickly - your journal cover is gorgeous!
    Now on to that wall - I would truly love to see it. Are you allowed to take rubbings? Would make wonderful art work!!
    Sandy xx

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  21. PS - did you get my e-mail today and were you able to respond?

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    1. sent a reply to the second addy you gave me, the one to yours bounces. Look and see if my mail arrived!

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    2. I did get an e-mail from you at the second address on Sunday - is that the one you re referring to. I am going to do my best to solve this Valerie.
      Sandy xx

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  22. The journal cover is gorgeous und Deine Bilder sind auch wieder fantastisch schön!

    Knuddel!

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  23. Hi Valerie, Your journal is beautiful. I love the color and it is a bit like the little beetle you saw leaving the church. Gorgeous pics with such history. You are surrounded by culture and beauty. It must just feed your artistic soul!!
    Have a great week.
    hugs

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  24. Your journal is fabulous Valerie, don't those colours glow! Brilliant photographs as always too. I hope your computer keeps going, can you imagine life without the internet lol xx

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  25. Sorry I missed this with the internet down and no power dear. Lovely journal, perfect combination of image and backgrounds. What a cool little beetle! Big hugs, ~Diane

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