Saturday, 31 May 2014

Hats and more

Hi everybody!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Today we had sunshine, so it was good to be outside enjoying  nature.

At the Three Muses Challenge the theme is 'get ahead, get a hat'. I am also linking to Moo Mania and More, corrugated cardboard.
 I made these tags last week, but didn't get round to posting them till today. The first one has been made from cardboard, partly peeled, painted with gesso, and collaged with letter fragments and gilding flakes. The image is from a magazine ad, and has been fancy cut, and crackle glazed. Now the lady has wrinkles! I gave here a hat - with hat needle - and embellished her with lace and little roses to complement her flowery hair style. 





The second hat tag was an 8"one on which I had tried out some stamping and collaging, which I didn't like. I ripped off what I could, painted over the rest, and added some paper napkin scraps using mod podge. The lady was a magazine cut out, which I varnished and collaged. The hat with the watering-can she is wearing is a brooch which I have had since I was a kid. The needle has been missing for years. I will put this tag on my memory wall, as it is a souvenir from past times.




Yesterday I walked down to the lake near here, a lovely peaceful corner - at least when no kids are playing there!







Have a wonderful weekend, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Friday, 30 May 2014

It never rains but it pours!

Hi everybody!

I am happy to say that the sun came out a bit today, and it hasn't rained yet!
Yesterday morning it just drizzled, so it was still possible to have a good walk and visit the ducks. But in the afternoon I was only able to take some photos from the window - I don't mind getting wet, but that was definitely too much!

I am still busy making tags with lots of texture, and this one started off more or less by accident. I tried the colour I had mixed on what I though was a piece of brown paper, and then saw that it was my lovely glassine paper, which I didn't want to waste. When the paint was dry, I covered the paper with torn pieces of a pretty paper napkin that Mo sent to me, and mounted it onto some black card to make it stronger. After it was dry I added the diamonds with a stencil and metallic texture paste. I thought this looked like a good place for the Umbrella man, especially with the weather being so wet, so I cut him in black and put him in the picture. I used more of my wonderful gilding flakes on the butterfly, and between the diamonds. I mounted it onto some coordinating card.







I am linking to Paint Party Friday, and Craftroom Challenge, Things with wings and to a vintage journey, get some texture, as this is much inspired by Tim Holtz' techniques using layering, stencils and embossing pastes.

And here some photos of the rain yesterday afternoon:





On my way home today I spied this sweet little mouse. She was not at all shy, and did not mind me squatting down beside her to take some photos. 2 other ladies came along and we all took pics - she just ignored us, and went on looking for food!



Here`s wishing you all a great weekend, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Man and his shadow

Hi everybody!

Hope you are managing to stay dry - nearly everybody here in Europe and in the States seems to have been having wet, wet weather!
Here it was a tad better yesterday, still wet but with dry patches so I enjoyed my walks. and was able to admire the puddles and swamps which have sprung up in the past 2 days. Today should be better here, so perhaps I will be able to leave my wellies at home!

For Paint Party Friday I have once again made 2 giant (10") tags. The backgrounds have been painted, stenciled and embossed with blue-green structure paste and Frantage aged EP. I love the contrast between the blues and the brown and bronze in the background. As usual I collaged some fragments of old letters and gave the tags a sprinkling of  gliding flakes, I think I have become addicted to that stuff! I have called these two tags 'Man and his shadow'. I drew the outlines again with charcoal, and filled one in with the same figure cut out and collaged, and then given some colour with various pens and chalks. The butterfly and the post stamp have been added with a piece of a paper napkin, and divided between the 2 tags to bring them more together. I am enjoying making these mixed media pieces just now, it is very satisfying to watch them grow layer for layer!
I am also linking to A vintage journey, all about him











The flowers along the Rhine looked rather bedraggled today, but I still enjoyed them very much.





And without my wonderful wellies, I would not have got very far this afternoon, although the little swamps are really beautiful:



That's it for today!
Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by, it's always good to see you here!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Singing in the Rain

Hi everybody!

I hope you had better weather than we did today; it poured non-stop. I put my waterproof  jacket and cap on and went out in spite of it, and enjoyed my solo walk along the Rhine. Nobody else was around, so I walked along singing 'Singing in the rain' and came home dripping but happy. These are times when I appreciate how good it is to come home to dry clothes and a hot coffee!

 I made this accordion book a couple of weeks back, and never got round to showing it. The covers are made of painted chipboard. I used my fave mix of green and blue metallic paints, and decorated it with diamonds embossed in white structure paste. The rest of the background was stamped with my script stamp, and then I glued some letter fragments on. The bird is an image from Gecko Galz.
I fussy cut it and crackled it. I added a scrap of lace, some flowers, ribbon and a small metal sentiment. I am linking to Craftroom Challenge, things with wings




For the back I used one of my hand-painted umbrella men.



The inside pages have small, sewn inserts, one on this side and two on the other.


And as I already said, it rained:


And rained:


And rained:


And rained:


And rained!


I hope I did not grow webbed feet like the ducks!

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