Tuesday, 17 June 2014

More this and that

Hi everybody!
Another day has sped by. I had my usual walks, and had to go into Düsseldorf by tram to collect something. There is still a lot of devastation to see, and teams of people were busy working everywhere cutting down branches, digging out giant tree-roots, repairing roofs etc. The trees all look very straggly where they have had to lop off so many branches to make them safe. The trams are running again, with some difficulties, but it will still take a long time till things get back to normal. This afternoon I made some more jam, as apricots are on offer this week, I will show pictures when they have cooled off and been labeled.

Today I am showing 2 cards I made as part of my DT projects for Gecko Galz.
For the background I used masked beauty  from the carnival paper pack. The image of the little girl was from a GG freebie sheet - I had to use stuff I had, as that was the time my printer gave up the ghost. I matted both the image and the BG paper with black card and glued them onto a 6x4" card blank. I used a flower and a leaf as embellishments.
(Material list: card-blank, image, BG paper, black card for matting, embellishments)

The second card has been made using the same paper. The good thing about the paper sets is that they can be printed out in any size. The image is from the vintage dominoes collage sheet, and printed onto tissue.

 I matted both the image and the BG paper with black card and glued them onto a 6x4" card blank. I added a bow and a charm as embellishments.
(Material list: card blank, image, BG paper, black card for matting, embellishments.

Linking to Simon's Monday challenge, anything goes.
As always, a few pictures taken in the past days. The first one shows the street where I live, and I must praise all the garden owners who have their gardens clean and tidy again after the storm - it must have been a lot of work.

The view from my balcony yesterday evening:

The horses do not seem to be worried about the wrecked trees, they just keep on grazing as always....

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


  1. Love both of the cards, a bit different to your usual style, lovely colours, too. Great photos, too. Hugs, Sarah

  2. How interesting to see the street where you live and what a fabulous view you have from your balcony with wonderful skyscapes.
    I like the contrast of the black and white images against the pretty designer paper, you've made two quite unusual cards, nicely mounted too.

  3. Stunning cards Val. Beautiful papers too. What a fabulous view from your balcony, the sky looks amazing. Great Pictures. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Great cards - the background paper gives them a little different touch and I like it very much. Loved the walkies. hugs, Donna

  5. lovely cards! We had severe thunderstorms roll through this evening but all is well so far.

  6. Not one for thunderstorms myself, but your card, yes it is gorgeous and I have joined as a new follower...please feel free to follow me and join in my candy which is sponsored by three lovely artists...cheers, aNNie The Journey is the Start

  7. The cards are terrific Valerie-love the background paper.

    So pleased that Dusselldorf is recovery after the awful storm and that where you live and walk looks still as beautiful. The tree stumps will be very beautiful in the future as they will attract so much wildlife.

    Have a lovely day

    Hugs Chrissie x

  8. Very pretty cards Valerie and lovely sunny pics! Look forward to seeing your "boozy" apricot jam! Xx

    1. Yes, and I am looking forward to eating it!

  9. sehr schöne karten und tolle bilder.
    ich geh gleich schwimmen,komme gare vom arzt wieder.
    hab einen schönen tag :-)

    GLG Jeannette

  10. The flower and leaf really compliment the background. Sad to see the damaged trees, but I suppose Mother Nature knows what she is doing. Doesn't seem to have bothered the horses!

  11. Two beautiful cards Valerie, love the background, sounds like another batch of yummy jam for your store cupboard.
    Yvonne xx

  12. Both of these are gorgeous Valerie, I love that paper and I really love how you used it too! Beautiful pictures from your walk, good to see things are getting put back together there. Big hugs, ~Diane

  13. Lovely cards , Valerie. I like the beautiful paper and the great images. Really love both pieces. Great photos, I just love these scenery.
    Hugs, Mar

  14. Both cards are beautiful, I love the background and the painting on them. The photos are also amazing. I hope you are doing well, it's still very busy here. Take good care, Shirleyx

  15. Wow, those cards are gorgeous Valerie. The backgrounds are so very pretty and I like the different methods you used to finish themoff. The print on tissue is so subtle and very clever.
    It's fine to see the town getting back to 'normal' but so sad to see the broken trees. Your balcony view is wonderful. How fortunate you are to live is such a beautiful area. I love apricot jam; such a shame we cannot share ;) Enjoy the rest of your week :o) x

  16. Hi Valerie, Your cards are lovely. Gorgeous background design. Sure hope the progress with cleanup continues to go well in your area. Your street looks nice and tidy. You have a wonderful view from your balcony. The horses look content and at peace.

  17. zauberhafte Karten und super Fotos heute wieder!

  18. Deine Karten sehen klasse aus, schönes Hintergrundpapier.

  19. Valerie these are so very pretty, such a romantic atmosphere to them, lovely!

  20. Love the images framed in black. It's so striking when combined with the pretty pink. Thank you for sharing your card with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  21. Beautiful cards - the background paper is particularly suited for the second image. -- am reading thinking I might find out more about your thumb!
    sandy xx


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