Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blue skies, butterflies and more

Hi everybody!

It was another really hot day, and  this afternoon we had thunder and lightning, and torrential rain. An hour later everything was dry again and the cooler air had disappeared - but it should be a bit cooler tomorrow!
I went out for my walk a bit earlier than usual,  and kept again to the shady paths and  the shady side of the street!

This little book is the first piece I made after getting my cast off. It will be some time before I can use my thumb normally, but I am trying not to do too much in the meantime. I made the covers from some woven man-made material that I got from a neighbour, who had a large piece left over after making her vertical blinds. I painted it with blue metallic paint, and then sprinkled Frantage EP onto it while it was still wet, and heat dried it. I was a bit afraid that it might melt, but it didn't. I lined the inside covers with DP from Prima. The dragonfly wings were cut with a TH die. I used some glassine paper, painted with the rest of the blue paint, and stamped with a blue crackle stamp. I just glued the wings at the inside edges, and let the outer edges curl up.  The flower is from my stash. After binding with the BIA, I added some seam binding, and a beaded embellishment, threaded onto nylon and tired to the wires. 

I love this corner of town

The roses are growing on a fence along the old wall

I love the shapes of the branches

This beautiful butterfly posed for me today:

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


  1. Such a lovely bookcover. Love your wonderful blue colour and so beautiful embellishments. Be careful with your recovering finger and have a sweet next week, Valerie.

  2. Wonderful little book, such a pretty colour, and love the winged flower. Great photos again, good of that butterfly to pose for you! Hugs, Sarah

  3. what an amazing butterfly!!! Sounds like some very unsettled work, your work today is beautiful, love the colors!!!!

  4. Fabulous book cover the wings and flower look beautiful.
    Super photos again, the butterfly ones look amazing.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Great book cover, what a fab way to use that stuff, the metallic paint looks amazing on it, now I am curious what you are going to use it for...
    Wonderful photos like always, as I am lying here shivering in my bed early in the morning with a woolly jacket and an electric blanket, it's fun to see those warm glowing colours of summer! Houses here in Australia are not built for the cool weather!!

  6. Valerie that blue is beautiful and I really do love the glassine paper wings, adds lovely texture.
    Roses, who can resist them.
    We've had mixed weather this weekend with the central heating on yesterday evening yet this evening doors and windows open!

  7. STUNNING card, love the beautiful photos again...that butterfly blended in so well and wow the colours are amazing.
    Here, in Aussie land, well it's cold...xx
    ♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

  8. Amazing photographs again Valerie--the butterfly ones are so colourful.

    The book is gorgeous with wonderful colours for the background and beautiful things added to it.

    Hope your hand is working better day by day.

    Love Chrissie x

  9. Oh wow the little altered notebook is just fabulous and I love the butterfly effect with the flower and leaves. Your photos is just pure delight.
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  10. Klasse wie du den Umschlag gestaltet hast. Gefällt mir sehr. Schöne Schmetterlingfotos.

  11. Ein fantastisches Cover für dein Büchlein - und ein schöner bunter Spaziergang wieder!

  12. Ein zauberhafter Umschlag für dieses kleine Buch! Mir gefällt die anmutige Blüte ganz besonders!
    Wunderschöne Foto ... besonders die mit dem Schmetterling! Was für ein Glücksmoment!
    GLG, LonettA

  13. This is stunning Valerie, I love the texture, it looks beautiful and the butterfly wings with the flower are gorgeous too. Lovely walk nice to see all the beautiful flowers. Big hugs, ~Diane

  14. Lovely cover...dragonflies and butterflies are everywhere right now. Fab roses..xox

  15. WooHoo the cast is off and your little book is gorgeous! That butterfly is amazing and so glad the cutie took time to pose for you. Nature is amazing! Hugs!

  16. Glad you got your cast off!

    Beautiful work Valerie, lovely photos too - I especially love the camouflaged butterfly!

    Karen x

    1. Yes, that butterfly couldn't have made a better choice!

  17. Der Umschlag ist so schön gestaltet, die Blüte ist einfach WOW und deine Fotos von unterwegs sind auch wieder super.
    lg Uli

  18. The cover is just stunning! We are getting hotter and more humid as your temps are cooling off. What a see saw ride this summer has been. We have not had one rose bloom this year so I enjoyed seeing the ones you showed.

  19. Same here with the summer - a few days hot, then storms, then cold, then hot....

  20. Beautiful book, Valerie. The colours - gorgeous, and the flower in the middle, just perfect. Happy to hear your case is off - must be a relief! Take good care, and as you say, ease back into crafting slowly. (Frustrating, right?) Enjoyed your walk again today - beautiful flowers - do the roses have a lovely perfume? Wild ones usually do, don't they. Take it easy. hugs, Donna

  21. Hi Valerie, what a gorgeous book cover and your colors are so pretty. The theme is beautiful.
    Lovely walk pics too and the roses are gorgeous. How sweet the butterfly posed for your photos.

  22. Oh Valerie, I really like this journal cover. Hope you add it to your etsy shop. The photos as always are wonderful. What better than blue skies and butterflies.


  23. Love this cover Valerie, and great pics of the butterfly.
    Avril xx


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