Sunday, 25 May 2014

Cardboard and red flowers

Hi Everybody!

Hope you have had a good weekend, and that those of you in the States are enjoying your long Memorial weekend. We had another day of sunshine and blue skies here, but tomorrow it will be back to rain, thunder and lightning - variety is the spice of life!

At Moo Mania and more the challenge this fortnight is to use corrugated cardboard, and as most of you know, this is one of my fave materials. The tag has been made from an old box, which has been partly peeled and distressed.  I coloured it with distress inks which were embossed with perfect pearls in various metallic colours and then added some of my wonderful gilding flakes. The heart, crown and wings have been cut with a TH die, and fixed with foam squares. I mounted it onto a second tag cut from black card from an old calendar. The medallion was sent to me some time back by Jenny, and I have used a Leonardo image from the vintage visions circle sheet from Gecko Galz. I glazed it with some thick varnish.







The second cardboard piece is a mini book in Moo format. The cardboard has been painted with cream and terracotta, and once again I added gilding flakes, and some fragments of old letters.
Front:
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I sewed the pages together using a piece of printed linen, which I fixed to the inside covers with DS tape. This was another fun make.



And today I saw lots of red flowers again; poppies, geraniums and roses. The poppies were in the courtyard of Schloss Kalkum, and the other flowers on the 'main street' of our little town. I am linking again to Manus Mikrokosmos, 'red'







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

36 comments:

  1. The tag and mini booklet are both beautiful, and I just love the photos, especially the poppies! Have a good start in the week, hugs, Sarah

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  2. Both pieces are fantastic. I love the amazing metallic look. The mini book is really cute, I like how you have mixed the colours of background and the embellishments.
    I love the photos to Mikrokosmos.
    Hugs, Mar

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  3. Fantastic tags Valerie. Need to give this a try. I love those poppies and the window boxes full of geraniums. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. A lovely tag Valerie and I love your little moo book, it's gorgeous inside and out. Weather is still rubbish here! Xx

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  5. Oh a celebration of RED, yum, and the moo book is perfect! xox

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  6. DIESMAL hast Du es geschafft!:
    ich bin restlos Sprachlos!
    Hammergeniale Stücke Valerie!

    Bombig!

    Eine schöne neue Woche..

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  7. und ich hab vergessen :
    Deine "ROT" Fotos sind köstlich!

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  8. wowwww,wie grandios,ich bin auch sprachlos..fantastisch!!!
    und die rot bilder,einfach traumhaft,in dem haus möchte ich wohnen.
    hab eine schöne neue woche,hier strahlt die sonne,freu.

    knuddel jeannette

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  9. Fantastic corrugated card pieces Valerie and such a gorgeous little Moo book.

    The photographs are amazing--just called Vic to look at them and he agreed with me--made us both feel happy :)

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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  10. Fabulous artsy pieces Valerie, great textures and ideas. Thanks for staying in touch on my blog while I was away, we had a wonderful holiday.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  11. Love them Valerie the texture and gilding flakes really give it more dimension :)
    Von ♥

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  12. Amazing artsy colour effects Valerie, wow! The textures look great too! And the photos are really artsy too today, wow, such colours, brilliant!!

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  13. Wonderful textures on both tag and booklet. Gorgeous artworks, Valerie.
    Bright red and green look fabulous together in your great photos.
    Thanks and hugs!

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful photos, Valerie! They are amazing works of art in and of themselves! And I love all of the creative and gorgeous projects that you made here.

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  15. More gorgeousness to feast my eyes on Valerie. I particularly like the wee book. I've got a thing about note books I think, haha. The flower photos are beautiful but my favourite are the poppies. So vivid and beautifully captured. :o)) Have a great week x

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  16. ps - I love your new blog background too. How do you do that? x

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    1. Will mail you later with a step-by-step!

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  17. Both pieces are excellent--I think the little book is my favorite. My daughter would be so happy to see those Poppies since they are her favorite. We are having a nice day today, but tomorrow the rain is supposed to return. Yes, variety is good!

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  18. beautiful beautiful creations!!! The photos of the poppies are amazing, what brilliant color, I also really enjoyed seeing the window boxes, love them!!!

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  19. Valerie, you turn plain cardboard boxes into something so beautiful. I am always amazed at the results you obtain on the ridges. Gorgeous tags! and very pretty flowers in your photos.

    Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  20. Fantastisch, einfach nur "HAMMER" ...!!

    GLG Doris

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  21. I love the unusual design of the tag and the rusty colours, and the little book looks so good. Oh those gorgeous red flowers brighten my heart, poppies, roses, geraniums. What would this world be without flowers to brighten our lives.

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  22. As soon as I finish this I am writing you. I love these kind of makes you do -- how do you adhere those gold flakes? Your first tag is glorious - really outstanding. Of course this is the style you do that I love so much - especially in a journal with a tiger prowling about!
    The flowers are pretty but it is the brick work I slobber over. Love all the flower boxes. Is that man blowing his nose???
    a good friend!
    Sandy xx

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  23. Yes, I think he was! I don't know him, he was just out with his dog!

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    1. I sent it - I sent it - let me know when you get it -----

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    2. I got it! GORGEOUS!!! Will write tomorrow when I get up!

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  24. Ich sehe schon... ich sehe rot :D ... Tolle Fotos. Mohnblumen liebe ich. Deine Werke sind der Hit, ich weiß gar nicht ob mir das kleine Büchlein oder das Tag besser gefällt.

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  25. Love your corrugated pieces, Valerie! I can see I have a lot of catching up to do on your blog :)

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  26. Some really beautiful work here my friend. Love seeing your creation. And your photos of the beautiful flowers are wonderful..

    We have been getting rain here as well.. This girl from the desert is not used to all this rain.

    Hugs~

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  27. Wow your tag is gorgeous, so much wonderful texture and colours. Your photos are amazing as well. Take care, Shirleyx

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  28. Hi Valerie, WOW another amazing creation you have designed with your awesome talents. The red flowers are gorgeous and each photo just stunning. I would love to enjoy flower boxes full and lush like these. My geraniums don't even come close!! Beautiful!!
    Hugs

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  29. Love the sassy tag for TIOT it's really fun, hugs Bee

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  30. Ich bin hin und weg! Was für schöne Fotos! Es ist schon immer interessant zu sehen was für Ecken sich die Natur aussucht um zu blühen. Und die Geranienfront ist wunderschön!
    Das MOO-Büchlein ist ja genial und wieder diese Gilding Flakes überall bei Dir, magisch!
    Alles Liebe, Manuela

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  31. Die Fotos sind so schön, das Rot leuchtet richtig! Und deine Arbeiten sich fantastisch, allesamt Spitze!
    lg Uli

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  32. Du machst unglaublich schöne Dinge, ein ganz kreativer Blog!
    Die Mohnblumen vor dem Steinhaus, aus Steinen gewachsen, gefallen mir am besten.
    LG Ulrike

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