Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New Challenge at Art Journal Journey

Hi Everybody!

December is here already, and that means it's time for a new challenge at


You can choose your own theme and colour  scheme, but I do want to see some journaling on your pages. It can be handwritten, or stamped or collaged, or even added digitally;it can be short or long, but it should be there!
Collage is a great opportunity to get rid of all the scraps that have amassed in the course of the year, so let yourselves be inspired and link your wonderful creations at our blog.

For my DT piece I used a photo of a window overlooking London Bridge to which I digitally added my strange man and  woman, and lots of bubbles. This was printed out and collaged to an A3 page. I then added various TH stamps, which were printed onto card, fussy cut and collaged, as well as the scroll, the ticket and 2 Umbrella men in black and white. My journaling was partly written and partly made with stick on alphas. I had big fun first making the digital collage, and then collaging it again to make a 'real' one.

At TIOT we are entering the second week of our challenge for gift bags or boxes. These little envelopes have been cut with a Sizzix die, stamped, and tied with baker's twine. These are filled with little gifts and will be  presents for the postman etc. You still have a whole week to enter our challenge.

It's also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so a big welcome to all of the T Gang. At the Wednesday market by the Rhine we are tempted every week by this organic bakery. They sell the most delicious bread, rolls and cakes. Mostly I manage to resist the temptation, but last week it drew me in like a magnet and I found I was standing in front of the display, almost drooling. It would have been rude to just walk away, so I bought a slice of 'Berliner Brot', a dark and sticky cake with chocolate and hazelnuts, and very delicious.

Here you can see it in all its glory:

And I chopped it up into lots of slices, so help yourselves, enjoy!

My drink is, as always, cappuccino:

The Konditorei has decorated their window with giant gingerbread houses, all edible, of course - don't they look good?

The Optician's has a similar decoration, but I think it is not edible!

I will show my pieces for the other Tuesday challenges later in the week, the post today is already full enough!

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


  1. moin valerie

    das neue thema ist klasse,und deine erste seite dazu gigantisch,gefällt mir mehr als gut.
    dein kuchen sieht lecker aus,gern hab ich heute mit dir einen schaufensterbummel gemacht.
    die gift packete sind klasse gemacht,vieleicht bekomme ich auch post von dir???
    hab einen schönen tag,liebes.

    bussi jenny

  2. Lovely work for the challenges, that cake looks sooo good! What exquisite gingerbread houses in that window, I don't think I could eat them, so perfect.

  3. Love the new theme, and your page is brilliant, love it. Great pictures, too, but did you have to remind me of Berliner Brot? Hugs, Sarah

  4. Guten Morgen Valerie!
    Eine großartige Seite zum Start eines tollen Themas! Deine Paäckchen gefallen mir auch !
    Ich kenn das gar nicht - Berliner Brot..also nehm ich ein Stückchen zum Probieren - gerne-danke!
    Wunderschöne Schaufenster haben sie .... schön sind die gemacht!
    Hab einen guten Dienstag !

  5. ein super Thema hast du ausgewählt! und dein einstieg dazu gefällt mir auch sehr. die Vielfalt wird bestimmt viele Teilnehmer finden!
    die lebkuchenhäuser sehen klasse aus, dein gebäck aber auch! happy t-day, Valerie!

  6. GutenMorgen, liebe Valerie !
    Feine Kuchen und lecker Kaffeegetränk lassen mir das Wasser im Mund zusammen laufen :) Ach ja, wenn man könnte, wie man wollte und müßte nicht auf Kalorien achten.
    Das neue Thema bei AJJ scheint mir super und läßt viel Laum für eigene Interpretationen. Eine wunderschöne SEite hast Du gemacht. Mit diesem ewig aktuellen Thema.

    Viele liebe Grüße zu Dir

  7. Beautiful and brilliant creations and wow your photos are gorgeous..x
     { aNNie}

  8. Fantastic post Valerie..I can smell the wonderful Christmas food and the coffee.

    Wonderful page and interesting theme. Well done with the extra bags for TIOT

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  9. Such a yummy post today. I love those triangular gingerbread houses. What a fun window-and your Berliner brot-I want to try one of those. And love the collage theme at AJJ this month. I am right into that clean up for the end of the year idea...and I love your black and white collage. What a fun detective theme-and I see you squeezed one of your faces in there too! :)

  10. A fantastic collage, love the background lady with the spy glass, its a super new theme. Super gift packages and photos. I can almost taste the delicious food in the photos, [well I wish].
    Yvonne xx

  11. The main problem with bakeries is that I can never decide what to pick--it all looks and smells so good! I like your choice--which I will share with my cup of tea!

    The gingerbread houses are really amazing--much too pretty to be eaten!

    Happy T Day!

  12. Love the little red lips you added to your page today, great detail! Beautiful window displays, what a festive place you get to visit! hugs :)

  13. Ein eindrucksvoller Start in das neue Thema von dir. Tolle, zurück genommene Farben, da ist das bisschen Rot das richtige I-Tüpfelchen! LG Ulrike

  14. Your collage is fabulous and has my favourite umbrella men on it... I always find the umbrella man a bit sad... I have no idea why! Your shop windows are amazing, how Christmassy they look filled with wonderful things and I adore your brown paper packages tied up with string!!

  15. Love your collage.... and love love windows shop!
    Christmas time is for me magical.
    Thank you!
    Sorry my bad language english.

  16. Those window displays are wondrous. Have a piece of that wonderful cake for me.
    I love the little festive envelopes:)

  17. I haven't learned to do digital art but your work is inspiring. Those are great envelopes too. Fun to see the outdoor market and what you chose to go with your coffee.

  18. I haven't learned to do digital art but your work is inspiring. Those are great envelopes too. Fun to see the outdoor market and what you chose to go with your coffee.

  19. Gorgeous art journal, and sounds like a fun challenge.....maybe.....if I have time......*grin*

    Your cake looks so yummy and would be wonderful with my coffee this morning....but I dare not indulge, but thank you! *grin*

    The window displays are magical and festive.

    Happy T-day

  20. fantastic challenge art Valerie!! Looking forward to AJJ's new theme again. Love your packages-so sweet. Thanks for sharing the lovely window displays along with your yummy treat and coffee.

  21. Fantastic collage for a totally different effect for December. I also noted your face and the bubbles add so much to the collage. Now for the bakery treat . . . it tasted so good. Thanks for sharing. I do miss the German bakeries and have never found a black bread like the ones we bought back in the 50s in Nuremburg. Your little gift packets will be well received; they are darling.

  22. ooooo, that cake! How delicious it looks! I loved your window shopping. Fun gingerbread houses :)

  23. amazing photos..love your silhouette collage..must try and join in this month too

  24. Thank you for the Berliner Brod. It looks delicious!

    I like your idea for combining digital and non-digital elements in your collage.

    Take care & Happy T-Day!

  25. You got me mouth watering too! That bread stall looks yummy and your slice looks yummy too. Thanks for giving me a piece.
    I love the ginger bread houses. They are beautiful!
    Your collage is fab! I love the hybrid thing.
    Thanks for visiting earlier,
    Have a great T-Day,

  26. Sweet little tied-up packages and your art page is quite elegant.

  27. Love your art today ♥ The collage is full of yummy details and those little gift bags are adorable. Great photos of the Market and that cake looks out of the world yummie! So glad you are so willing to share it and the cappuccino is to die for :)

  28. I like your cheeky collage. :) The coffee and chocolate--yum!
    Happy T-Day! :)

  29. certainly lots of eye candy on your blog today! wonderful collage, and the edible goodies are tempting indeed! love that gingerbread house window...happy T day!

  30. certainly lots of eye candy on your blog today! wonderful collage, and the edible goodies are tempting indeed! love that gingerbread house window...happy T day!

  31. Your collage is simply fantastic! Love it, Valerie! Now the little town with all the goodies and the pictures you shared are making me want something nice and sweet! Hugs!

  32. Ah, collage. Something I simply adore. I'll make some collages as soon as I finish my Christmas gifts, which seem to be growing by the minute. Your black and white inspired collage is wonderful. I have trouble writing words on my collages, though. Not sure why, but the art for me is the key.

    I love those little bags. Just perfect for small gifts, and great stamping, too.

    I adore the view from the store fronts, and laughed at the fact that only one store offered EDIBLE gingerbread houses. And then you tempted me with Berliner Brot. I can almost taste it after you described it. And I'll enjoy a cappuccino with you any day.

    Thanks for sharing your art, your darling little bags, and your wonderful cappuccino and Berliner Brot with us for T this Tuesday.

  33. Love the collage! the gingerbread houses are very cute. Not sure if I'll make one this year or not...we'll see if anyone is interested. :)
    Happy T day!

  34. Hello and Happy T Day! So much fun in this post, love the collage, the gingerbread houses were so lovely and thank you for the yummy treat for us too, looks so good. Thank you for sharing all this goodness with us today.

  35. Fabulously funky collage - amazing work! - and I love the little envelopes. Great inspiration for gift-wrapping, and the gingerbread houses are wonderful.
    Alison x

  36. Love that great collage! I think the bubbles are very fun touch. Love that dessert too. Wish I could have some for sure!

  37. Your collage is stunning!!!


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