Saturday, 20 December 2014

Art Journal Journey, Moo Mania and More

Hi Everybody!

We had a cold, wet and windy day here. I came back from my walk soaked to the skin again, and felt sorry for the poor birdies sitting in those dripping trees all day. Although it was market day, there were neither many stalls nor shoppers around.

For Art Journal Journey I have another scrap collage. The background is a recycled calendar page, painted with gesso, and with some colours added in with oil pastels. I used various pieces of hand-painted papers, a strip of linen, some hand-written pieces, ribbon, and a stamped and fussy cut fountain pen, together with a few of the flying bits and bobs from my table. At the bottom of the left hand side I used a bird die cut, and the strip of lace is perhaps the curtain in my window....






At Moo Mania the theme is 'Merry Christmas' so I am showing 2 of my Christmas cards. The background paper is from Gecko Galz, and has been gessoed round the edges, and mounted onto some blue/green card. I added a die-cut, sparkly angel and some TH houses edged with some golden Stickles.



The second card has been made with some DCWV background paper, matted with black. The music paper is from Gecko Galz, and has also been matted with a fancy cut black card. I added 2 sparkly snowflakes and a deer.



I am also linking to Simon' s Monday Challenge, anything goes.

I took these 'portraits' of Lucky and Lilly yesterday:



Grey skies, grey water, grey everything....


Hungry birds:



Raindrops galore:


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

29 comments:

  1. Awww, I LOVE those xmas cards! Especially the angel above the city. The kitty pictures are sooo cute. I did not used to be a cat-person, until a kitten adopted us a few months ago - just showed up and made himself at home. He sounds like a tractor for all the purring and is eating up the abundant attention he gets from the boys. Who knew they can be sooo fun?:-)

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    1. It's great when animals choose us - have fun with your kitty!

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  2. wow,deine collage ist eine wucht und die weihnachtskarten sind ein traum.
    wünsch dir ein schönes we,du liebe.

    knuddel

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  3. Great collages and holiday designs. So much color and texture. Enjoyed your photos too. Very cute kitties.

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  4. Fabulous page and beautiful cards Valerie. Certainly brightened up my morning. We had the lights on all day yesterday as it was so dark and the winds were awful. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. beautiful collage, lovely texture, and wonderful Christmas cards. The cats are so cute.

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  6. Wonderful collage and cards, they are all just gorgeous! The photos are beautiful, love the cat portraits, and the pics of your feathered visitors. Have a nice day, hugs, Sarah

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  7. Stunning collage with the great additions to it-I love the fabrics here and there.

    Lovely Christmas cards as well-I expect they have gone away by now.

    Are the cats yours? They seem to like posing but so do most cats I think.

    It does look like it was a wet day--hope it is better for you today

    Love Chrissie x

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  8. Die Collage ist unheimlisch schön wieder - Du recyclest fast alles, das find ich toll! Dein Karten gefallen mir sehr, sehr gut, vor allem die blaue Variante hat's mir angetan! Die Aufnahmen sind auch wieder ein Hit Valerie! Hab einen schönen Samstag !♥♥♥#SUSI

    Danke im Namen von MOO MANIA & MORE & Art Journal Journey!

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  9. Ha, I think that pussy cat is fed up having her photo taken! Lovely collage Valerie and your festive cards look super sparkly. We had torrential rain overnight but that does mean it's much milder today. Enjoy your Saturday.

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  10. Loving your Christmas makes, I am completely in Holiday mode now! I hope all of your festive planning is going well! Merry Christmas to you and yours! hugs :)

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  11. Beautiful creations again just love these great colours and design.xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  12. Die Collage, die Weihnachtskarten und natürlich Deine Fotos sind allesamt ne Wucht in Tüten.

    vielen Dank für's Mitmachen bei MOO-MANIA & MORE

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  13. Very creative art journal page. You even managed to capture the color in the holographic paper. Nice! beautifully done Christmas cards. Love them both but am partial to the second one. You are a good photographer as well. Great pics of the cats and gray everything. - Jim

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  14. Love the sparkle and glitter on the cards, its a wonderful page in your journal as well. The cats look very happy being photographed.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. you always have such great ideas for collage, what a great page

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  16. Great collage and I LOVE those Christmas cards !!! YOu are so talented ♥♥♥♥♥ Pretty Kitties and the bird shots are great too. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Wow, die Farben deiner Collage springen ja total ins Auge, sieht irre aus!
    ...ich könnte mich immer kaputt lachen über den dicken Kaktus im Vordergrund deiner Vogelfotos...
    LG Ulrike

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    1. Die Vögelchen lieben den Kaktus als Sichtschutz, and stehen sogar manchmal drauf!

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  18. Good morning, Valerie. I didn't get to post yesterday; however, I was excited to see your journal page with the violin and music theme. I played the violin in my youth and music has always been a huge part of my life. The photo of you with Santa was very special too. You look so young and happy in this photo. Today, another great collage and your Christmas cards are exceptional. No cards sent by me this year. With everything going on health wise, I just didn't get it done but family and friends know the are loved.

    Hugs,
    C

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    1. I felt young and happy with such a handsome Santa at my side!

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  19. Wonderful Christmas cards and fabulous work on this collage. And cute cute cats!
    Have a lovely weekend, Valerie!
    Hugs, Mar

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  20. Great collage and wonderful cards too!

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  21. Love the collage! Very abstract and cool :)

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  22. Beautiful cards and lovely collage- and those kitties!! Wow- those are a couple of big cats!! Beautiful sweet faces purrrfect! xo

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  23. I always enjoy seeing your artwork AND your photography! Your blog is a feast for the eyes, that's for sure! Your cards were so lovely and I liked them both so much. They were so different and yet they both gave that wonderful sense of the holidays. Love how you used the townhouses in the first card and the color palette was stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  24. Hi Valerie, all your creations are a treat to view. Love the cards and collage. Such sweet kitties too.
    Love your walking pics.
    Have a wonderful holiday week.
    Hugs

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