Friday, 25 July 2014

Happy Mail, a journal page and sunny pictures.

Hi everybody!

After a really hot and sunny day yesterday we had some cooler weather today, which did good. I spent a lot of time out on my bike again yesterday, riding along the Rhine in the shade of the trees, and with a nice wind to bring some relief- I could have gone on all day, well, if my butt hadn't been so sore!

For this journal page I used a brush-wipe page, which I sprayed with some blue to fill the gaps. I need to practice using my hand again, so doodling and lettering with a stencil are a good exercise. The stencil I used on the left is called 'grave fireflies', and is from stencilry

I kept to a limited colour palette, perhaps because I was too lazy too get up and get more pens after so much cycling!






Yesterday a big, fat envelope from Susi in Austria arrived here, what a treat!
First and foremost, this beautiful tag with a moo:


Paper Napkins for backgrounds:


Toys to play with:



And some crafty literature for inspiration.
 But best of all is to know I have friends who care about me. 
Thanks Susi!


This is where I rode on my bike yesterday:



Plenty of shadow:


My trusty bike with me sitting on it - you can't see me, though!


Rural scenes that reminded me of van Gogh:



And lots of sheep:




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

46 comments:

  1. Love your dark as night page and gifts from Susi, how swell. Nice bike riding. xox

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  2. Valerie die Seite ist so schön.. diese Hintergrundtechnik mit der verzogenen Farbe gefällt mir allerbestens! Danke dass Du nochmal so herrlich erblühst für FLOWERPOWER...und Du hast die Post hier soo liebevoll präsentiert..da bin ich ganz gerührt Valerie! Ich hoffe Du kannst vielleicht das ein oder andere gebrauchen, das wäre schön! Die Bilder von Deiner Radtour sind einmalig schön... wunderbar!
    Hab noch einen schönen Abend..ich geh in die Heia - muss morgen mit Töchterchen auf große Shoppingtour... mein Kreuz ist heute viel besser - konnte sogar schon putzen und die Wäsche erledigen (wie aufregend! das hatte mir besonders gefehlt) .... also frau darf nie zu schnell verzweifeln... alles wird!
    xx
    Susi

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    1. Danke, und nochmals Danke für die Gaben, habe schon angefangen sie zu gebrauchen! Ich maile Dir morgen!

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  3. Love the journal page, the contrasts are great. Wonderful photos, and enjoy your presents from Susi, that was kind! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. The blue is gorgeous in your stencil piece. I love the tag and your bike trip with the gorgeous views and SHEEP!! So fun :) May I join you? haha

    xo Tam Hess
    Happy Paint Party Friday!

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    1. Wish you could, that would be fun!

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  5. beautiful stencil art!!! Your photos are just heavenly, as always, I enjoy our walks so much, lol, ( I pretend I am walking along or biking along too), lol!!

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  6. What wonderful friends you have! Love all the goodies you received and the stenciled page is beautiful too. Love your new scenery too. Take care, big hugs, ~Diane

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    1. Yes, wonderful friends, and you are one of them!

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  7. Valerie, love your page and the fantastic stencilling. What white pen do you use? I'm struggling to find a white pen that doesn't clog and then dump a big splodge on the page! Love your photos and the views of the Rhine. Jean.x

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  8. I use the uni-ball signo pen - it is the only one which runs smoothly, doesn't clog, splodge or dry up, and can be used to the very end! It's made by Misubishi pencil co. I have tried loads of others, and they were all bad!

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  9. Another great journal page and what fun supplies you received ♥ Love the photos .

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  10. The limited color palette due to your exhaustion gave the piece a very interesting look. I'm also glad it helped you get some exercise for your hand. Blessings!

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  11. Awesome page with the outlined stencils. How far do you ride on your bike?, the scenery id lovely
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. enjoy your happy mail

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  12. The page draws you in and I really like that stencil.
    It is lovely to know that you received a happy mail day with an abundance of crafty goodies to play with.
    Have a lovely weekend Valerie.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. This page is so beautiful with fantastic stencil . Great presents from Susi you received. Take care of yourself, Valerie.
    Hugs, Mar

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  14. Wow, that page is so different, but I love it!! And what wonderful gifts from Susi! Your photos are stunning like always!

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  15. A wonderful page Valerie, how can you manage to make something so beautiful from just brush wipes and a white pen! Lovely surprise goodies from Susi and I enjoyed my bike ride today! Xx

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  16. Wow, what a beautiful bike path. I bet it was worth the sore butt :-). Your blue is beautiful and I like what you have done with the stencils and drawings. Sometimes it seems something happens to our bodies and we have to start all over again. You are doing a great job!!!

    Your package from Susi is amazing! That is one great inspiring package for sure. She is definitely a good friend!

    All of your pictures are beautiful. I love to see the beauty of other places. Take care and thank you for visiting me today! Hugs, Rasz

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  17. I love that limited color pallet - even though i have trouble sticking to one - that will be something to practice. Glad it's cooler and you got out to ride - gorgeous photos. What a nice gift to receive. I know you will put it to good use.

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  18. Love this quote!! I love rain and I love dark....and cool....I love COOL....in every way except colour! Wonderful photos looks like Beautiful British Columbia and probably why my daughter loves the UK so much!

    Hugs Giggles

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  19. Great color combinations and stamp used makes a beautiful and awesome card. Your quote is beautiful and your friendly sunnyside pics are a delight to see on our dull Saturday here. I love the lambs following their mum, so much my dog who is my shadow and right behind my heels...have a lovely day and you are loved.xxxx
    ♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

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  20. beautiful page and quote! I'll bet you cover a lot more ground on your bike! :Lovely photos. And what beautiful gifts.

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  21. Nice art, nice goodies and nice scenery, too!

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  22. Wunderschöne Seite mit einem so weisem Spruch! Sehr schön auch der Farbkontrast ... gefällt mir sehr! Und tolle Post von Susi hast du bekommen ... ein wahrer Schatz! Ich freue mich sehr für dich!
    Ein schönes Wochenende für dich! Liebe Grüße, LonettA

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  23. Beautiful artwork with a wonderful idea for the background.

    What wonders from Susi and I know you will use them for lots of terrific projects.

    Looks like a grand bike ride and how lovely that you found some shade to cycle along the beautiful path.

    We have just come back from an early morning walk along the seafront and it is already really hot-have to go shopping soon so I will melt I reckon lol

    Love Chrissie x

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  24. A wonderful post - lots to see and learn about!!
    Happy (Belated) Paint Friday :)

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  25. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful photos! And to think you took them while riding a bike! FABULOUS!!!! I absolutely love the wonderful art journal page you made. The colors look amazing. And you have an awesome friend who sent you the BEST gifts ever!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful post with all of us!

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  26. Thant is an amazing page, and I really love the quote! I cannot wait to see what you do with the generous gift from your friend, Suzi. Loved the beautiful photos of the countryside! Thanks for sharing today.

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  27. What a fun package to get in the mail. And loving your latest page. What kind of stencil gives you cool letters like that?

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    1. This was a cheap stencil from the Euro shop; stencil and a ruler together for 1€

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  28. I love your art piece and what it says. The color choices and the way they are arranged really support the message! What a beautiful place to ride your bike in. Your photography is wonderful. It's amazing what you can capture when you take the time to look!

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  29. Valerie, you have many friends who care for you and Susi was most generous with her package. Enjoy! Your new journal page is a delight and I like it a lot. As for the photos, the one with the trees on the far left with the shadows falling down the incline is wonderful. Oh how I enjoy viewing all of them. Have a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    C

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  30. Oh wow, I love the dramatic effect you've used on the journal page, I may have to give that a go!

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  31. Hi Valerie, I am glad to finally catch up with all the things you have shared over the last few weeks. I hope I can stay connected so I won't miss too much again. I love painting with only a few colours it makes me challenge myself. I guess when you have been for such a long bike ride you are allowed to do what you like. Manonx

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  32. Such a cool page. I really like the wood grain effect you achieved and the ghostly figure at the bottom, painting on the wall. Great sentiment too.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog post.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  33. I love the quote and the raw quality you caught in this painting. I liked looking at it...your photography is marvelous, too.

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  34. Mir gefällt der grafische Stil den du auf deiner Journal-seite entwickelt hast! Und wie schön solche Überraschungspakete sind! :-)
    Die Fotos von deiner Fahrradtour sind fantastisch - ich mag halt Landschaften, und die runden Ballen auf den Wiesen und die Schafe!
    Herzliche Grüsse
    Ilona

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  35. Love the colour grading from dark to light. Well done on your cycling. x

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  36. Love your journal pages Valerie, and the fact that they have limited colours 'cos you couldn't be bothered to get up lol. Those sheep are so cute, I may have to turn vegetarian :-) xx

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  37. Amazing page!
    And what a great bag of goodies! ♥

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  38. Love the quote, & your lovely page! I live in often -rainy Western Oregon, USA, so it's particularly apt!
    And what a beautiful place to ride your bike - wonderful vignettes of your ride.
    Congrats on being featured on PPF this week - <3

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  39. Congrats of being featured in PPF!!!!
    Beautiful gifts from Susi and the moo tag looks gorgeous! Your journal page looks Fab too and what a lovely quote :) The pics of your place as usual are awesome, and I totally agree of being reminded of Van Gogh!
    Have a Great Weekend!
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  40. Thank you for linking up Feline Art Friday, hope to see you back soon:

    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2014/07/feline-art-friday-7.html

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  41. Hey Valerie, congratulations on being featured this week at PPF. This is a cool, innovative piece.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  42. I love this page. I like the limited color palette and the quote is fantastic. Congrats for being featured on PPF. You live in a beautiful area. Glad you had some shade to ride in...

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