Thursday, 15 May 2014

A Matchbox, a WIP and some little quackers.

Hi everybody!

I am happy to say that the sun came out for a few hours yesterday. We still had a lot of rain, but nothing to compare with the days before, and in the evening we had pink clouds in the sky and could even see the moon.

Today I am showing a (large) altered matchbox which I made as one of my DT pieces for Gecko Galz.  This is the piece I swapped with Marji for the pay it forward project. I used the image 664-1 from the Vintage for me image sheet. I printed the image onto canvas. I painted a large matchbox  inside and out with blue metallic paint. I used a diamond stencil to add the texture, and embossed some of the diamonds and the edge of the image with Frantage old gold EP. The back of the box was made similarly but without the image. The tray inside has been lined with a rose, which I covered with crackle varnish. The fastener is from TH.
(Material list: matchbox, image, paint, stencil, embossing paste, EP, rose rub-on, crackle varnish.)








This is a new piece I started this week, it still needs a lot of work, I hope it will be finished next week.


I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.

The little goslings are now really big, but still look very fluffy and downy. They still run around in their family group, and seem to do everything together.




And the wild geese have new goslings. I couldn't get a better picture, the littluns  wouldn't keep still, and Mum and Dad were a trifle aggressive....


And it was nice to see a pretty sky again in the evening:



Thanks to all who sent get well messages, they are much appreciated, and I am slowly feeling better, and hopeful that I will soon be back to normal.

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

50 comments:

  1. Your matchbox looks fantastic, both the inside and the outside! Love how you printed the bird image on canvas! The photos of course look stunning like always!

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  2. Amazing sky pics Valerie and the beautiful goslings are wonderful.

    Fantastic match box--love inside with the rose.

    Amazing colours on the artwork-it looks fantastic already

    Have a wonderful day

    Love Chrissie x

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  3. Love the matchbox, what a treasure. Your new painting looks intriguing, too, and the photos are gorgeous, those little quackers are so cute! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. They certainly are chubby little toddler geese! Super photos and your matchbox is stunning. Love the image on the front and the gold edging. Have a lovely Thursday! Xx

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    1. The goslings were really cute, and great fun to watch them playing around.

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  5. wow,deine matchbox sieht klasse aus,und all die andren dinge auch.
    ich bin gerade damit beschäftigt,einige kilos los zu werden,ich trinke keinen zucker mehr und esse nichts süsses,dazu geh ich einmal pro woche noch schwimmen,mein dicker bauch muss weg,sieht nicht mehr schön aus.
    einen schönen tag dir noch :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  6. Good Morning Valerie. Hope your feeling better. I love love love your matchbox. The canvas print looks superb. This is something I have never tried. Love all your fabulous pictures. Specially the wild geese with their young goslings. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. SAGENHAFT schön ist das heute bei Dir alles... YUMMIE Texturen und traumhafte Farben neben gekonnt platzierten Motiven....


    ein perfekte post für den Wonnemonat...
    bei Dir scheint die Kreativität und das Können im Fluss!

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  8. Love your altered matchbox Valerie, Annette x

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  9. I love those evening skies! We have rain today and tomorrow--hope it stops by Saturday since I have to drive to NYC and move our daughter out of the dorm. The matchbox is so pretty!

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  10. Wow...Valerie this is stunning. There are so many little surprises found in and around this matchbox. Thank you for sharing how you achieved this small wonder!

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  11. You can do such wonderful, different art, Valerie. The matchbox is fabulous with so many lovely details.
    The bird photos are adorable and colours so bright and beautiful.
    We have suny day after many rainy ones. Hope that it will be warmer soon.
    Hugs:)

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  12. Beautiful images of all your work, and the embroidery piece looks so good as the main feature on the box. And gorgeous photos, I love those evening skies.

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  13. Beautiful artwork and the altered box looks fantastic both inside and out. The photos are lovely, shame on them for not standing still for you.
    Yvonne xx

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  14. Such a beautiful box Valerie - the inside sure is gorgeous and will really surprise one when it is opened.
    What a pretty smile peeking through your new piece - looking forward to seeing your vision as this piece grows.
    Cute little babies - baby anythings are always so precious.
    I am glad you are on the mend.
    Sandy xx

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    1. Thanks Sandy, hope you are feeling well, too!

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  15. These are terrific, Valerie, I'm loving the colours you are using and the way you use the diamonds in your designs.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how your new piece progresses, it's looking good already.
    Thanks for the pictures of the Quackers, always welcome.

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  16. Gorgeous matchbox, and I love the surprise rose inside too! Looks like you have a beautiful start on your page also. Good to hear you are feeling better. ~Diane

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  17. Hi Valerie, Your designs are amazing. I love the matchbox. Especially the rose tucked inside.
    The new piece you are working on looks so interesting too. Great pics and glad you had some sunshine for a bit. Everything is so green and gorgeous. Lovely sweet ducks!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  18. Beautiful matchbox, Valerie. I love all details. The design is fantastic and colours, too.
    And lovely photos.

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  19. Oh wow! That matchbox is amazing, I love it! So cute to see the young birds in your photos too. I'm glad you're starting to feel better.

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  20. Valerie your match box is gorgeous, I love what you did to it! Sorry to hear you have been unwell. I see you have had rainy weather, it's great to see the blue sky again after all the grey, your photos are always so lovely too! I wish you well,
    hugs
    Kat

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  21. Die Streichholzschachtel ist hitverdächtig, klasse gemacht. Und dein neues Projekt sieht sehr vielversprechend aus, bin schon auf das Ergebnis gespannt.
    Herrliche Fotos hast du gemacht, besonders die kleinen Gänse sind süß.

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  22. Glad you're feeling a little better Valerie, your matchbox is fabulous, I love how the GG's print on to the canvas. Your painting is going to be another beauty, and your little goose family look so sweet, though I don't understand why they wouldn't stand still for you lol xx

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  23. Love your matchbox and the goose are awesome. Great photos.:)

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  24. It is so hot here and I wish we could get just a little rain! Valerie, your matchbox is totally awesome and beautiful! Hope you continue feeling better! Hugs!

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  25. The matchbox is stunning. I am so impressed with the entire piece. Very well done. We had two days of warm sun and now it is raining again. uuuhhhggg...
    Have a very nice weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  26. These are stunning love that teal! Love the ducks, I am a sucker for ducks!

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  27. Really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful details on your matchbox. The baby ducklings are too sweet!!
    xo

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  28. Gorgeous box! Love the raised gold! I love texture! I agree the ducks après beautiful too! HPPF!

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  29. Oh, that box is amazing, such romance, tenderness and a touch of fragility!

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  30. I love the colors and the imagery you chose to use in your altered matchbox piece. Blessings!

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  31. Very good, pretty bird, I love the frame with diamonds! Wonderful range of tones!

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  32. Yes, a very interesting conclusion, I will learn the choreography!

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  33. Oh my goodness that matchbox is just so adorable. Your eyesight must be super good. I have no idea how you could part with this little piece of gorgeousness. Fabulous work.

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  34. I love love love those bird photos...so adorable and a sure sign of spring... Gorgeous matchbox...so small with such incredible beautiful detail....love it!! Great texture too...wow impressive!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. I LOVE little match box art. Yours have so much detail. I adore the bird and the textures. Glad you are feeling better.

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  36. Your altered matchboxes are amazing, beuatiful ! Love the texture. As always your photos are awesome, great walking area. It's raining here today but we've had some nice weather for the past week or so. Glad you are feeling better, but sorry that I've missed that you were not well. I've been super busy these days. Take care, Shirleyx

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  37. I love your beautiful altered matchbox. What a lovely keepsake.

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  38. Hi Kindred...so magical..the matchbox art is fantastical and inspiring..I also love that decadent rose! Wonderful pics of the beautiful geese..yes they can be wild..i was bitten by one as a child..but I take that as a magical sign! Beautiful post!
    Victoria

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  39. I"m totally in love with the match box ans those little ducks are just so adorable! Great cloud shots too! The work in progress is very interesting...can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  40. gorgeous matchbox Valerie!!! Love your photos of the ducks and that beautiful skyline too!

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  41. your matchbox is pretty, love the rich colors! i really enjoyed the cute pictures of the ducks and geese too! happy weekend!

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  42. Wonderful work - and you photos are amazing and should be painted, too! So glad you are feeling better! Happy PPF!

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  43. LOVE your matchbox. What paint did you use? I love that color. And those little goslings are so cute.

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  44. Wow your matchbox is incredible! Your WIP is beautiful too. Glad you are feeling better. Seems a lot of us have been dealing with something lately. I love the pictures of the cute little ducklings and of the beautiful horizon. Happy PPF and thank you for visiting me. I've been out for a while so your sweet comment really meant a lot to me. Hugs, Rasz

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  45. The matchbox painting looks lovely. I love the bright background and the vintage bird image. Your nature photos are brilliant.
    Thank you Valerie for your comment on my post. Deli paper is like freezer or wax paper but it doesn't have the shiny surface on it. It is so much fun to do art on them.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Susan

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  46. Great projects this week and I just adore those little gosling's :)

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  47. Your altered matchbox is wonderful!

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  48. Very beautiful box - love all the texture :)

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