Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cards, a rainbow and more

Hi everybody!

Hope you are all having a good day.
We had varied weather here again, winds, rain, sun and a lovely rainbow in the evening, which lasted for more than half an hour.

Today I am showing 2 of the DT cards I made for GG.
 Gecko Galz  and Itkupilli are joining in a cross promotion this month to show how well the products can be combined. The background paper is  from Itkupilli,  and the image from the Dance Jewel it sheet. The arched door was from my stash. I distressed the edges of the paper, and matted it with sea-green card to bring out the green in the paper. I used a 6x6" card in gold.

(Material list: card blank, matting paper, BG paper from Itkupilli Primavera 2/14, die cut frame, fussy cut image, foam squares)

This oriental style card was made using an image from the Japanese Traditions 2 collage sheet. The image was matted with red and black card. I used a card-blank 8x4". I made a mat from a piece of card 1/2" smaller, glued it to the card, and covered half of it with the cherry blossom paper. All edges were inked,and I stamped the script along the middle left. I hope I have it the right way up! The dots were added with felt pens and stickles. I used a black die-cut as embellishment.

(Material list: card blank, card and paper for matting, stamp, image, die cut.)

I had a long walk along the shore this morning, it was less windy there than on the tow-path. The Rhine is still carrying high water and the swan and the ducks are enjoying the extra 'islands'.

This bush was being blown hard!

The row of love-locks along the path by the castle is getting longer - I wonder if they are all still together?

This afternoon I made another batch of jam with peaches, adding the usual spices, 
ginger and raisins soaked in rum (of course, just for disinfection!). It has a very mellow and rich taste, and one jar walked out with my neighbour, so now I only have 3! But the middle one is a very big one.

The rainbow is always something which cheers me up, and I stood and watched it till the last remains had disappeared.

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


  1. Such beautiful artwork Valerie and fabulous pics as always. Yummy looking jam so i'm not surprised one disappeared!
    Very windy here today too.
    Fliss xx

  2. Love both of the cards, and being greedy, I just LOVE the look of that jam! Great photos again, too! Wish you a good night, hugs, Sarah

  3. Hi Valerie! Gorgeous cards, they both are a real work of art. Simply stunning!
    And more boozy jam! :) you busy bee!
    The weather in London is dreadful at present and my three year old is most upset that she can't play outside with her sand. :) she gets exited every tons a bit of sun comes out and then it rains again. She's funny..
    Thank you for the lovely photos of nature. So lovely!
    Ingrid xx

  4. Delicious jam again, I am not surprised your neighbour went with a jar. Two wonderful cards, love the door frame on the first one.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Two fabulous projects Valerie, love those images.
    Jam looks delicious, no wonder it disappeared.
    Avril xx

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  8. Fabulous cards both of them!
    Wow, a rainbow for that long.... amazing and the photos are wonderful!

  9. Mmm, I bet your neighbour smelled the aroma and came knocking at your door! Beautiful makes Valerie, love the oriental one and lovely pics, i bet you felt invigorated after your blustery walk. Xx

  10. Loving the first card Valerie gorgeous :)
    Von ♥

  11. Two gorgeous cards Valerie. Great use of the Gecko Galz papers and images. Love them both!

  12. beautiful cards, your jam looks so delicious! I've never made my own jam. Lovely photos!

  13. Very beautiful cards Valerie-love the one with the fancy open gates.

    Terrific photographs yet again so much atmosphere with the rainbow ones.

    The jam looks so scrumptious as always and your neighbour is so lucky to receive a jar of it

    Love Chrissie x

    1. I had to give her one, she was holding the jar and saying how she would so love to try it! But she has promised to save her empty jars for me!

  14. Rainbows and magical card. Flowing waters and happy ducks. Ducks will be happy here too, lots of rain to muck about in.

  15. Love how the doors open on your card! The rainbow is so beautiful!

    If you are not careful, you will have a line of neighbors at your door waiting for free samples, LOL!

    1. NO CHANCE! Next time the door will be bolted!

  16. Great touch with the arched door and that lovely image! Gorgeous projects. Delicious looking jam and so good to know you used rum for disinfection! Too funny. Lovely photos and the ducks are just so darn cute.

  17. Wieder so schöne Arbeiten - ich bin ein großer Fan der ItkuPilly Designs...der Regenbogen aber ist ein Himmelsgeschenk, welch tolle Stimmung!
    LG Ulrike

  18. Love both cards, the lady in the arch with the checked floor is a very pretty card, but my favourite here must be the Japanese card. I like the way you have combined minimalism and the red, white and black colours with the individual images to make this exceptionally lovely graphic design.

    1. Thanks, I think Japanese things need to be a bit minimalist.

  19. Amazing oriental card, is really fabulous and I also like the first one, with the arched door and beautiful image. Well, both images are so fantastic. The jam looks delicious!!!
    Hugs, Mar

  20. Die Regenbogenfotos sind sooooo schön - herrlich. Und auch deine kreativen Arbeiten sind wieder klasse. Es gefällt mir wie die Frau hinter der Tür platziert ist. Deine Marmeladen schmecken mit Sicherheit super lecker.

  21. The rainbow is beautiful as is your Oriental card . That one is my favorite. If I were a neighbor of yours, I think I would walk away with one of your jams too! I don't know what love locks are or if I have ever seen a picture of them before. Interesting ...
    Sandy xx

  22. Wunderbare Karten! Mir gefällt ganz besonders die zweite Karte im japanischem Stil ... schlich, elegant und wunderschön!
    Auch liebe ich deine Regenbogen-Fotos! Und deine Pfirsich-Marmelade ist bestimmt sehr lecker ... wenn ich so lese, welche Zutaten du verwendest!
    Liebe Grüße, LonettA

  23. Such lovely cards - lots of work went into those. Love the oriental one. Beautiful photos - Very WINDY! My favorite photo is the swan in the tall 'blown over' grass. Very lovely. hugs, Donna


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