Saturday, 12 July 2014

Beautiful nature

Hi everybody!
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.
Here we had a misty-sunny-cloudy day, but it was pleasant for walking around.

This is another of my DT pieces for Gecko Galz for July, made BC - before cast!
It is a  page for my friend's calendar,  which I make her each month.
The background paper is from the Isla Bonita set, breeze, and has been matted onto blue and yellow cardboard. The swallow images are from the Brave and Worthy stamp set, no 7. One has been printed onto foil, the others onto paper, fussy cut, and inked with blue DI. I added a die cut fence and a beaded branch as embellishments.
(Material list: card in coordinating colours, BG paper, images, blue ink, beaded branch, die-cut fence.)
I am inking to Manon's paper Saturdays.





This time of year is so enjoyable because of the abundance of flowers, wild and cultivated.


There is a field full of flowers - sunflowers, dahlias and irises, by the Rhine, and you are allowed to cut you own and put the money into the box. I think this is a wonderful idea, and hope that the trust that the flower growers show will not be abused.




'Only flowers that have been paid for bring friends and joy!'


And I got some more flowers for my little balcony for a good price today, by hanging about till the market was closing and cut the prices:



Mr W.B. (watch-bird) approved


  
And outside the bees kept be(e)ing busy 


And the horses were grazing like they had nothing better to do....


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

37 comments:

  1. First of all your art for your friend's calendar is amazing and has a lovely hint of zentangling. Then your photos are stunning and depicts nature at its best.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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    1. Nature is my greatest inspiration. Thanks for your kind comments!

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  2. Love the calendar page which has been hanging in my office this month! Great photos too. Take care of yourself! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Very pretty calendar page for your friend. Love the colorful background and your birds printed on the foil! The diecut edging and beads were the perfect finishing touches!

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  4. An absolutely gorgeous creation Valerie and I so love the bird theme too.
    Great floral pics as well and love all the flowers.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  5. A beautiful calendar page. The photos are lovely as well, I can imagine the colour on your balcony, natures blooms, on your door step to see all day long.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Wow to that calendar page, I adore it, the background looks incredible and I just love those swooping birds! Fantastic flower pics too, and the idea of pick your own flowers is wonderful! And I am sure the quote they put there is so true!!

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  7. Fabulous florals Valerie and what a fabulous idea 'pick your own flowers' is, wish they did that here. Your calendar page is beautiful, love those swallows. Have a lovely Sunday. Xx

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  8. Wow,die schwalben seite für deine freundin sieht traumhaft aus,ich mag die idee die schwalben auf folie zu stempeln.
    die Blumenfelder sind wunderschön,und die idee mit der kasse und Selbstschneiden ist klasse,das habe ich mal auf dem land gesehen,einfach toll.
    wie geht es deiner Hand??Wann kommt der Gips wider ab ??ich bewundre dich das du alles mit links meistert,klasse.
    dein balkon sieht wunderschön aus,und der vogel passt auf die blumen auf *lach*
    Schönen Abend Dir noch :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  9. INCREDIBLY Delectable calendar, Valerie! Loved the walk today - all those flowers. Seem a little expensive though - hugs, Donna

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  10. gorgeous piece today Valerie, and interesting about the flowers, I hope people are honest about it.

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  11. Valerie my love, you have made the most exquisite creation of all times, love it so much I want to keep looking at it....adorable blues which bring comfort to the heart. Nature in it's own is a beauty and like you I love nature. Just to walk around the lake, duck pond, and our little 'forests' with the little streams of water running in the creek bring a harmony to me in it's own....I used to walk my dad around these areas whilst caring for him, and now at 101 he will still ask me if the creek is full....I cared for him for two years now his is in aged care and we loved our nature walks....love the flowers in their full bloom.....xxx\♥aNNie

    The Journey is the Start

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  12. Love the birds, Valerie! Such a lovely piece! Who would not love a nice walk among those beautiful flowers? Love the photos! Hugs!

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  13. Such a fabulous background Valerie and fantastic design.
    Your photographs are always so beautiful
    TFS Annie x

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  14. Eine großartiges Kalenderblatt mit diesen zauberhaften Schwalben! Die Idee, diese auch auf Folie zu drucken, gefällt mir sehr. Tolle Farbkombinationen! Und wieder darf ich deine wunderbaren Fotos genießen ... wunderschön!
    Einen schönen Sonntag für dich!
    LG, LonettA

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  15. Wonderful page for your friend-the background is terrific.

    What fantastic photographs today with so much of interest to flowers lovers :) Your balcony looks amazing with all the colours.

    Have a good day-hope the sun shines for you today--we have rain so far but it was nice yesterday :)

    Love Chrissie x

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  16. Love this Valerie and how the gorgeous swallows are flying over the fence. Great photos TFS.
    Happy Sunday. hugs Brenda xx

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  17. Those swallows are beautiful and what a magnificent garden. Looks like you enjoyed a very beautiful day with nature.

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  18. love your project and ace background.

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  19. Beautiful art and beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

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  20. Love the rich look of your calendar page and the flowers! OH my goodness, I love the flowers!

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  21. Your friend is very lucky to have you create a calendar page for her each month. The one on your blog today is exceptional and she will enjoy it all month long. Flowers are my thing so I did enjoy your photos and the cheery sunflowers especially. What a great way to start a Sunday morning for me.

    Hugs,
    C

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  22. Love your art work and the nice jature pictures.
    Happy paper saterday.
    Liefs, Melanie

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  23. Your art work is gorgeous Valerie - you calendar page for your friend is outstanding. My favorite flowers are Sun Flowers but my favorite artist is Van Gogh - that explains that! I hope you will be good to yourself and I know your balcony is beautiful!
    Sandy xx

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  24. Utterly BEAUTIFUL Valerie!
    Ein traumhafter Kalenderbeitrag und himmlische Impressionen!

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  25. Your calender page is absolutely gorgeous Valerie, the colours and the birds are beautiful. I can see why you hang arround for the flowers too, Sunflowers are so cheerful. Good luck for keeping your cast off next week xx

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  26. Your art here is so beautiful with the swallows flying, and that is some serious fussy-cutting. You've used such a lovely background paper. Is that some pink Gazanias? I love this flower but they only open up half the time here, if that, and shut up shop every day just before 4.

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    1. I don't know what they are called but yes, they open up in the sun.

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  27. Oh wow! I love that calendar page, it is absolutely gorgeous! Lucky friend! Wonderful idea with the flowers, they're so lovely!

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  28. Great calendar page, Valerie. I adore this background paper and the amazing swallows. What beautiful flowers on your balcony!!!
    Hugs, Mar

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  29. Hi Valerie, your creation is stunning and I love the style and color of this. Lovely sunflower photos and your balcony flowers are gorgeous. Darling little bird figurine too.
    Have a nice week.
    Hugs

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  30. Such a gorgeous creation you've made, a true celebration of Summer, it soars! Feeling very summery and flowery here, beautiful!

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  31. Oh my! Beautiful! My favourite birds and my favourite flowers! I love sunflowers!

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  32. Stunning calendar page you made Valerie and love our walk. The beauty all around you really shows through in your art! ~Diane

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  33. WOW die Schwalbenkarte ist hammermässig neben den tollen Fotos!

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  34. Dein Schwalbenwerk ist traumhaft schön. Und die tollen Blumenfotos erst.... Solche Blumen-zum-Selberpflücken-Felder gibt es bei uns auch.

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  35. Another great background for the swallows. My neighbor's barn has loads of them and I enjoy watching them swoop about after bugs. Great masses of sunflowers. xox

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