Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday this and that

Hi Everybody!

Today is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, but from tomorrow the days will start getting longer, and that is really something to look forward to!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

For Art Journal Journey I have another scrap collage. I used scraps of red, orange and gold papers - some hand-painted ones, some with gold, some cut from an old ledger, mixed with some pieces of ribbon. The background is Kraft paper, painted with gesso.

And I have another Christmas card, which I am liking to Moo Mania and More:
The image is from Gecko Galz,, the shaker was made from die cuts, and the sentiment and BG paper from my stash

Today started off quite well, but got cloudier, windier and wetter as the day progressed.

Some of today's visitors. The robin is still the boss, and the female blackbird bosses the male around!

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


  1. Beautiful collage and cards yesterdays collage and cat pictures were cute too,bloggme.s this ti on them though. 3rd try here, hope it takes is not letting me comment ~Diane

  2. wonderful festive collage today. Nice to think the days are getting longer a better way to think of the first day of winter! Beautiful cards and photos too.

  3. Happy Birthday Dear Valerie, happy birthday to you! Have a lovely day, hope it will be special for you!
    Great collage, love the festive colours. The card is wonderful, too. Hugs, Sarah

  4. Your Birthday?? Have a fabulous one....great result from the{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}


    Eine so tolle Collage wieder... ich finde es so dekorativ auf dem Kraftpapier und mit den Nähten..ich glaub im nächsten Jahr muss ich sowas auch mal probieren...

    Deine Katrte ist ja wohl der Überhammer! Mit dem kleinen Schüttelteil, soogar das hast DU selbst gemacht?! Wunderbar!

    Die Himmelsfotos sind so schön- so besondere Farben und Deine Vögelchen gefallen mir immer - aber das weisst Du ja!

    Fetter Geburtstgasknuddel extra!
    Und AJJ + MMM bedanken sich heute auch nichmal extra!


  6. Eine schöne Collage, die Karte ist wundervoll und die Fotos sowieso.

    Ich wünsche Dir und Deinen Lieben ein schönes Weihnachtsfest und ein glückliches und gesundes 2015.

    Danke, dass Du diesen Post bei MOO-MANIA & MORE verlinkt hast

  7. Happy Birthday dearest Valerie--hope you have a fine sunny day.

    The collage is wonderful reflecting your bright personality and artistry. A lovely card as well with a nice musical background to show off the images.

    The birds always look happy to visit you and get some treats.

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. It's your birthday! Many, many happy returns Valerie, I hope you manage to indulge in a slice of cake today! Wonderful card and collage, I do love that gold ribbon and those birdies are getting plumper by the day! Enjoy your special day, hugs xx

  9. Dear Valerie, I didn't know you were celebrating a birthday. Happy belated Birthday!

    Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


  10. Happy Birthday Valerie, hope you have a lovely day.
    Beautiful collage, love the rich coloured materials.
    hugs Yvonne xx

  11. Thanks for the reminder about it being the shortest day! Made me smile!!!!!!

    Lovely post Valerie... love your birds photographs. In our garden this morning we had sparrows in the bird bath.... so sweet :) We used to have lots of sparrows over here not so any more :(

    Karen x

    1. Same here, there are hardly any sparrows these days.

  12. Hi Valerie, there is always so much to see at your blog :) Gorgeous collage with wonderful texture and colours. Your card is beautiful as well, love the shaker! I always enjoy your nature photos as well. Seasons Greetings, Shirleyxx

  13. Just dropping in to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a wonderful day today my friend! Love your Christmas card, that reindeer is beautiful!!

    Also, a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!! hugs :)

  14. Stunning colours in the paper scraps - wow, what a page! And what a glorious sky behind those tree silhouettes - stunning photo.
    I see it's your birthday - so birthday greetings to you too!
    Alison x

  15. Your collage colors are sooo beautiful Valerie! Love the warmness of your piece! xo
    Very happy birthday to you!! ")

  16. Lots of interest and texture in your collage. Beautiful Christmas card; I love the embossed letters.

  17. Happy Birthday, Valerie, so special to be born on the 21st (Soltice). We are on our way to longer days and many more days filled with your art and photos.


  18. HAPPY BiRTHDAY Sweetie,Deine Collage ist wider wunderschön,Und dein karten sind wirklich Zauberhaft,sogar das schütteln selber gemacht,Hut ab.
    Schöne Bilder hast du wider Mit gebracht,die vögel sind echt richtig fett *gg*Du bist zu gut,Liebes.

    die sonnenuntergänge sind auch traumhaft,du bist echt immer zur richtigen zeit am ort,das muss ich auch mal so machenb,meistens gehe ich sehr früh raus,und die camera nie mit *g*
    hab noch einen schönen geburstag,wir sind heute zum weihnachtsessen eingeladen,hab mich extra hübsch gemacht,hihi.
    Drück dich.

    GLG Jeannette

  19. Gorgeous collage Valerie,
    Sandy xx

  20. Thank you again for sharing the beauty of your world!!!!!


  22. Happy Birthday Valerie! Your collage today reminds me of a sunset and the longer days to come! Hope you had a lovely day.

  23. How did everyone know it was your birthday? If it was then I hope you had a happy one.
    Really love the blue card with the reindeer and shaker, quite a brilliant design and the shaker is extremely clever.
    Good to see your birds, our birds have disappeared, maybe gone on their winter break.

    1. I don't know - perhaps they remembered it from last year!? The birds here are still coming, my balcony is cleaned out after a couple of hours.

  24. I hope you had a great birthday! I love your posts, so full of beauty!

  25. Sweet cards. Love your snowflake. Merry Christmas far away friend. xox

  26. Gorgeous collage, Valerie. Hope you had a very happy Birthday.
    Big hug xxx

  27. Hi Valerie, Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope it was truly special. Love your collage and always your pics.
    Thank you for always being such an inspiration.


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