Friday, 2 May 2014

Memories, roses and trees

Hi everybody!

I am sure a lot of you are looking forward to the weekend - I wish you a good one!
Here we had a cold, wet and windy day, but some places it was much stormier, so I'm glad it wasn't worse here.

I have made another piece for my Memory wall, using a photo of my great auntie Fanny, taken back in 1918, when she was 18 years old. I have used this photo a lot, I just love it. I printed it onto photo-paper and cut it with TH's cabinet card die.
For the background I used a piece of thick card, almost like chipboard, that one of my nice neighbours put into the paper recycling bin. It is A4 size, so just what I wanted. I covered it with printed papers, gave it a coat of gesso, and then stencilled various patterns with embossing paste. I gave it a coat of thinned down blue-grey acrylic paint. Then I collaged various papers onto it. I decided that the stencilled parts were not visible enough, so laid the stencils on again and put more paste over the top of some of the stencilled motives. When it was dry, I embossed some parts with Frantage EP, or added some fairy-dust. I used the same EP to emboss some of the 'seams' of the collaged paper, before adding the photo and the clock. The clock is from the Gecko Galz 'Time Flies' collage sheet. Then I added some roses (rub-ons), some lace, and a little posy of textile roses. I coloured the edges of the white roses with Victorian velvet DI using a water brush to give just a hint of colour. The sentiment has been written by hand onto a ticket (stamp by TH), stamped with Archival black and fussy cut.
I am linking to a Vintage Journey ,fond memories, and my TH inspiration here is the use of  the techniques with stencilling, distressing, stamping and die cuts to make a vintage style.  
I am also linking to Craftroom challenge, roses and romance,
 Paint Party Friday, and Manon's 'Paper Saturdays'










The ducks were wandering about on Market Street today, and a little robin, too.


The entrance to the orthopedic hospital:


Flowering trees:


and lush green everywhere.



This is the rare white mulberry tree; I showed a photo of it in winter, and here it is with leaves. The tree is propped up on brick supports to stop it falling down.



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

55 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, love how the elements blend so well together, and how you have accented it with the embossing and stecilling - just great! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. oh my gosh how beautiful, a teat for the eys! You are so talented,
    you live in such a beautiful area, ( I know I have said that before), I say it again!!!

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  3. Great collage work Valerie...love all the elements you combined to make this piece pop. Very pretty image and papers.

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  4. Love your beautiful collage and all the gorgeous elements, Valerie. The color scheme is wonderful :)

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  5. Beautiful and perfectly romantic! love all the details Valerie, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

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  6. What a beautiful mixed media piece - very Victoriana!

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  7. Oh wow Valerie, what a stunning collage, you've framed her beautifully with the roses and I love the added texture and sparkle. The weather has been a bit nicer here today so fingers crossed it stays for the weekend. xx

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    1. Glad you had some nicer weather, about time!

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  8. Beautiful mixed media wall art, Valerie! So much beautiful texture and what a lovely photo of your aunt! Love that you made her center stage on the cabinet die! Beautiful project and thank you for sharing your fond memories with us at A Vintage Journey! Hope you have nice weather for the weekend!

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  9. That is a lovely picture of your great aunt and so delightfully enhanced with papers, paints and embossing paste, you know I love the texture that adds. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge.

    Our weather is forecast to get better hope that will go for you as well. XOXO Zoe

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  10. How beautiful your painting is and so many layers! I love it and your photos are charming as well.

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  11. Stunning art, love all the textures and images and of course the special family photo.
    Great photos of your walk.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. OMG, Valerie this is such a stunningly beautiful piece for your memory wall! Love the combination of collage texture and subtle stamping, just gorgeous!!

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

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  13. What a sweet youthful face on your Aunt. She looks as if all the promise in the world lay before her. I love all your layering and dimensional elements. We have finally popped green GREEN, GREEN here and it's like an explosion. It was 70 today and lovely. xox

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  14. WOW was für ein tolle Kunstwerk, mir gefällt einfach jedes Detail udn die Farbkombi auch.
    Danke auch für die tollen Fotos!
    Ich wünsche Dir eine schönes sonniges WE,
    lG Anja

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  15. Your art work is feast to my eyes, Valerie. It's stunningly beautiful. Love all on it.
    Your photos are great, too.
    Have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

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  16. Art means so much more when you can incorporate things or people you love. I like your layering and textures.

    Your photos are delightfully springy!

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  17. An amazing collage piece Valerie and Fanny must have been so special to you with the tributes you have made to here. Love the textures you added.

    Great photographs with the amazing mulberry tree. I have never seen one in real life--I think they are quite rare. All looks so green and lush. The little bird with the ducks looks like a male bullfinch rather than a robin and they are spectacular at this time of year.

    Thank you for sharing the wonders with us

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. That could be right, it was such a pretty colour.

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  18. Such an enchanting piece for your wall Valerie just love the colours :)
    Von ♥

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  19. Ahhhh, I love roses! All my family has some in their yards. Happy PPF!

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  20. Ein tolles Werk mit klasse Strukturen und Farben, liebe Valerie!
    Vielen Dank auch wieder für die schönen fotografischen Eindrücke.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes WE.
    LG MARTINA

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  21. This is adorable, I love all the varying textures which really add to the amazing composition. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Nikki x

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  22. Your vintage collage is gorgeous, love all the textures you've created. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

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  23. An absolutely stunning mixed media piece of your great aunt. I absolutely love it.
    Love from Hawaii xx

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  24. That's just simply gorgeous! Wonderful spring photos.

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  25. love your vintage page with roses … so nice !!

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  26. Simply brillant, I like all fabulous details. This is a very romantic work. I Love it.
    Cute spring photos!

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  27. Valerie, this piece for your memory wall is one of your best. I love all of the added touches with embossed and raised areas; the roses are beautiful and everything you added brings out auntie as the focal point. A truly lovely piece!

    Hugs,,
    C

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  28. Oh the texture!! I really like that. The entire piece is just so much eye candy. Thanks for joining in here at A Vintage Journey.

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  29. Hi Valerie, Time Goes, Memories Stay! I love that and your creation could not be more beautiful. The pic of your Aunt is stunning. Once again you create a masterpiece. Lovely walking pics too.
    Happy Weekend!!
    XO

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  30. THIS IS GORGEOUS! and so is your Aunt. What a great card

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  31. Just amazing! I love all the details of this piece. What a beautiful homage to your great aunt. I always love seeing your photos of your surroundings. Ducks and beautiful green! Yes!

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  32. eine ganz wunderschöne Seite,sehr harmonisch und ganz wunderbar mit dem Embossten da darauf,der kleine Eyecatcher!!
    wunderbare Bilder sind wieder zu sehen,ganz herzlichen dank,liebe valerie,das du dir für uns immer die mühe machst und so wunderbare Bilder einstellst.
    ich war heute auch wider draussen,es ist soo schönes wetter,und ich bin immer ganz geschafft vom marschieren *g*bin abends immer soooo müüüüde.
    hab noch ein schönes WE :-)

    Knuddel Jeannette

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    1. Danke, meine Süsse, es war heute ein toller Tag und ich war 7 Stunden draußen, bin vollkommen gerädert, aber glücklich!

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  33. That is a stunning piece, I love all the layers you have built up with the paste and powder and the image of your aunt is beautiful on the cabinet card cut. I love all the beautiful collaged pieces especially the clock. Just stunning in every way! Big hugs, ~Diane

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  34. So creative and prolific. I love all your posts -- wonderful work here. I think your aunt has been honored beautifully.

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  35. I remain fascinated by all your different techniques and the fabulous results you achieve using materials like the kind neighbour's throw outs. This is a great vintage artwork, love the blue clock, the roses, the diamonds and the picture of your aunt, and the all-over effect you have achieved.
    And again, what a beautiful area you live in and show us with the plants, birds, trees and buildings.

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  36. Your vintage piece is beautiful, and I love those words about time going but memories stay.

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  37. Valerie - I love your beautiful vintage pieces. You have a good eye for what works together and they always turn out so lovely. I love that as artists we all have different styles and I have so much fun taking a cyber trip to view them.

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  38. Hey Valerie - you make for your memory wall is so beautiful. I need to learn German so I can use some new words. I always seem to choose the same ones! Love the colors and the texture. Aunt Fanny is so pretty and she looks like a very pleasant lady.
    As usual, I enjoyed our walk. Yes I do remember that Mulberry tree - really wonderful the way they have propped it up.
    Hope you are well - the weekend is almost over. I did not have on line services all day yesterday so once again I fall further behind. Oh woe is me.....
    Sandyxx

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  39. Thank you for sharing your beautiful collage with us at Craft-Room Challenge, I love everything about it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  40. Happy Paper Saturdays Valerie! Your memory wall looks divine. That clock in tha back would look so lovely in my studio, I wished it was real. I hope you are well and I am happy it is weekend we are having a very long one this week :)
    ManonX

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  41. Gorgeous work - I have popped over from Simply Sandy's blog. She recommended a visit and it was really worth it!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  42. AMAZING Valerie..alles an diesem post ist einfach nur PERFEKT...-
    himmlisch ...
    auch Deine letzte Arbeit und Fotos sind ebenfalls meisterlich gelungen!
    ich bin begeistert!

    xxx
    und einen guten Wochenstart für morgen!

    Susi

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  43. Fabulous texture and layout Valerie....love the colours and the beautiful picture of your aunt :-) thank you for sharing with us at AVJ this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

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  44. WOW this is beautiful Valerie, such fabulous colours and I love the textures from the embossing and the Frantage. Your aunt looks perfect centre stage , I can see why you use the photograph a lot. Once again you make me jealous with what a pretty part of the world you live in! xx

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  45. this is very very pretty. such beautiful colours and I love the texture you have added. It is a fantastic photo. no wonder you like to use it often. and its so much more special when you have your own ancestors photos to use in your work :)

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  46. This is a beautiful piece, the colour scheme is so pretty and all the details and textures are just gorgeous, I can see why you use the photo a lot, it's stunning..thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room...Esther xx

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  47. I am always so happy to see your wonderful art. You so inspire me
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  48. Valerie...your art is just beautiful. What an inspiring piece dedicated to your great auntie Fanny. I'm sure she is smiling at how beautifully you have memorialized her with this piece. :) I love the colors, the textures and patterns, the layers and the gorgeous flowers. Such a feminine piece. I also love how you've used Tim's cabinet card die cut to further put the focus of your piece on your great auntie. Thanks for sharing your art with us at A Vintage Journey. <3 Candy

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  49. Your collage is just lovely and a beautiful tribute to your Aunt!

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  50. Gorgeous collage. I love the photo of your Aunt & cut with that cabinet card is a very clever idea.

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  51. What a wonderful layout - love the photo on the cabinet card, and wonderful texture and gilding. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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