Friday, 30 May 2014

It never rains but it pours!

Hi everybody!

I am happy to say that the sun came out a bit today, and it hasn't rained yet!
Yesterday morning it just drizzled, so it was still possible to have a good walk and visit the ducks. But in the afternoon I was only able to take some photos from the window - I don't mind getting wet, but that was definitely too much!

I am still busy making tags with lots of texture, and this one started off more or less by accident. I tried the colour I had mixed on what I though was a piece of brown paper, and then saw that it was my lovely glassine paper, which I didn't want to waste. When the paint was dry, I covered the paper with torn pieces of a pretty paper napkin that Mo sent to me, and mounted it onto some black card to make it stronger. After it was dry I added the diamonds with a stencil and metallic texture paste. I thought this looked like a good place for the Umbrella man, especially with the weather being so wet, so I cut him in black and put him in the picture. I used more of my wonderful gilding flakes on the butterfly, and between the diamonds. I mounted it onto some coordinating card.







I am linking to Paint Party Friday, and Craftroom Challenge, Things with wings and to a vintage journey, get some texture, as this is much inspired by Tim Holtz' techniques using layering, stencils and embossing pastes.

And here some photos of the rain yesterday afternoon:





On my way home today I spied this sweet little mouse. She was not at all shy, and did not mind me squatting down beside her to take some photos. 2 other ladies came along and we all took pics - she just ignored us, and went on looking for food!



Here`s wishing you all a great weekend, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!

37 comments:

  1. Love, love, love what you have made, wonderful colours, and those photos are great, especially the little mouse! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Same here, no rain today!

    This is a fine work.

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  3. What a beautiful background for the umbrella man! Love your tag and your photos are gorgeous.
    Lyttle mouse is adorable. Wonder you have got this shot of he/she.
    Happy weekend to you, too,
    hugs, Sirkkis

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  4. Really gorgeous creation Valerie and the background does look amazing. Lovely pics too especially the cute little mouse.
    Have a lovely and hopefully sunny weekend.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  5. Gorgeous creation, I like Mr Umbrella man in the rain, quite fitting and the gilding is stunning on the butterfly too! That mouse looks quite fat, be careful he may have eaten a few photographers fingers or toes, lol. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  6. The turquoise color and the gilded flakes really make this piece pop! Now that was a heavy rainstorm! Hope you enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

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  7. gorgeous tag and love the little mouse. Annette x

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  8. Love your tags and all the different layers you add to them. Really lovely work.

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  9. Your Mr UM tag is very weather appropriate Valerie. The weather has been very mixed here too although yesterday and today have been very sunny. Love your pics of the wee mouse! Xx

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    1. I still have the little card you sent me with Robbie Burns and the wee beastie!

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  10. Your tags are all so gorgeous, this umbrella man is great!

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  11. Just been having a wonderful catch up with the posts I have missed. All as inspiring as ever. Your rain photos are super, love the sweet mouse. Hope it fairs up for you soon, we are still wet, but not so muddy.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s.
    Like you new blog look

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  12. Das ist wieder eine fantastische Karte!! Puh - bei dem Regen wäre ich auch nicht freiwillig vor die Tür gegangen. Hier war es gestern schon trocken mit einem Hauch blauem Himmel (Auf meinem Fotoblog sind dazu Bilder) und heute war es sonnig und endlich wieder knapp über 20 C. Ich wünsche dir ein schönes und sonniges Wochenende. Liebe Grüße, Dagmar.

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  13. Your card is wonderful - love all the glitzly texture. You have a good eye for composition on that small scale which is not so easy. Love the little mouse

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  14. Wonderful Valerie I love this iced media piece xxx

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  15. I love the background of your blog. What a gorgeous tag...I love the color and composition...it kind of looks like Prince Charles shadow... So sweet that mouse photo...as long as he is there and not infesting a home! Great photos!

    Hugs Giggles

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  16. Fantastic card, Valerie. I love the umbrella man and great texture. The little mouse is really cute. Super photos.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs, Mar

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  17. I LOVE your tag my friend. So much wonderful texture and I LOVE the gold flecks as well.

    And man that rain was coming down wasn't it. Great captures through the window. And the little mouse is so sweet.

    I do hope you have an awesome weekend.

    Hugs~

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  18. Hi Valerie, I love everything you create with umbrella man and this is no exception. Just awesome.
    Love seeing the rain pouring down in your window shots. That little mouse looks like he was very busy doing something. Too cute!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs

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  19. Gaaaaanz toll,gefällt mir sehr.
    ich bin sogar bei regen draussen,ich finde das romantisch und man ist fast allein,wenige sind unterwegs,das kommt immer ganz gut.
    deine Ausblick aus dem fenster ist ja traumhaft,schöne Aussicht.
    ich geh nachher in den Blumengarten,hoffe das die sonne noch raus kommt.
    schönen tag für dich :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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    1. Ich gehe viel im Regen spazieren, aber so wie hier war es einfach unmöglich! Dir einen seeehr schönen Tag!

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  20. Lots of amazing textures and techniques Valerie. I love the colour palette and stunning gilded butterfly. Thank you for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey.

    Hugs Annie x

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  21. Hi Valerie back with my CRC hat on and as mentioned his is stunning project The butterfly is beautiful and it's lovely to have you join is at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight

    Hugs Annie x

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  22. Another fab textured tag Valerie and so sweet the photo of the mouse.
    Fingers crossed for good weather this weekend
    Von ♥

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  23. Grandios sieht das wieder aus Valerie.. deine Mica Flakes sind schon ein Markenzeichen ... ein Traum welchen Effekt Du damit immer schaffst..oh gut das schüttete ja wie aus Eimern!

    süßes Mäusle ist das!
    Happy Saturday Valerie!

    xoxoxo
    Susi

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  24. Great save of the paper, easily done but this was a very happy accident. Love the collage you created. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge. It's drying out here so hope it is for yo has well. XOXO Zoe

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  25. What a wonderful tag Valerie. Again :D What do you glue the flakes with? I have had very limited success using it in 'the prescrbed manner' so it is sitting, quite unloved, in a box. But seeing the several gorgeous ways you have used it, I would like to have a similar attempt, but the Glu that I got with the flakes is quite thick and I doubt my ability to spread it thinly enough for it not to look like gloop but thick enough for the flakes to stick properly.
    Whoa! That rain came down in sheets huh!? Good job you weren't already out in it, or your shoes would have had another soaking ;)
    Have a great rest of the weekend Valerie. Your wee mousey pictures are very cute. :o) xx

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  26. I use cheap, white school glue, spread very thinly with a brush, let it almost dry, and then add the flakes with the brush.

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  27. Oh how I love little mice. What a darling thing. (I am thinking Brambey Hedge). Lovely golden butterfly too and a jaunty man. xox

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  28. What a down pour! I wouldn't go walking in that either, however look how green and beautiful everything is in your photos. I was amazed at the mouse. They are usually so skittish that I was surprised you could get a photo. YOUR TAG -- GORGEOUS AS ALWAYS. Mr. Umbrella Man was needed on such a rainy day.

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  29. I just love your art. I am always happy to see all the different techniques and the colors are fabulous.
    Rain we get tons of it here too.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  30. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for having a look at the garden!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  31. Oh! Valerie what beautiful pictures, and I love the butterfly with wings of gold leaf.

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  32. Where in the world have I been - out to lunch evidently!!Oh yum Valerie - how rich in color and texture. Your are really turning me on to using metallic anything! Are you using gilding flakes on top of texture paste? I have always loved little mice and have a collection of mice. I know they can cause great havoc but they are so dog gone cute!!!!
    Sandy xx

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    1. I just love using those gilding flakes on EVERYTHING! Yes, mice are cute, although I don't really want them at home!

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  33. LOVE this Valerie, the blue looks lush against the gilding flakes, and umbrella man is fab in black. I agree mice are very cute, but I wouldn't want to live with one lol x

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  34. A fabulous textured tag here. Most impressed with the pictures of the mouse too. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

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