Monday, 1 August 2016

TIOT, AJJ, 2nd on the 2nd and TSFT - all on one day

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge at TIOT:
-use your leftovers-
As always, you have 2 weeks to link to us, so dig out those bits and bobs that are waiting to be used, make something with them, and link to us at TIOT. And please tell us which leftovers you have used.
We're looking forward to seeing you there!

I had a leftover strip of painted paper, 9" by 3". I chopped it into three equal pieces, and painted the flowers with water-colours. When they were dry, I drew the outlines with black ink, and added some random stamping. The black matting was cut from an old calendar, 1/4 inch larger than the mini paintings. I cut some small cards from cream coloured cardstock, glued everything together, and now have three pretty little cards, ideal  to accompany a present.

Here all three standing in a row.

Today is also T stands for Tuesday and the second on the second at Elizabeth's blog, so here a big welcome to all of the T gang.
I have combined both challenges here, and am showing a cup of cappuccino from several months back, and my wonderful pineapple upside down cake from last summer. The cup and saucer here is bone china with a gold rim, and was part of my Mum's 'best' service.

I LOVE this sort of cake, and it tasted so good......

Hmm, look at that brown, caramel edge.....

Go on, take  a bit, enjoy!

For Art Journal Journey, nature's wonders, I used a photo series of the beautiful blue jays who always visit my balcony. They have such a funny way to hide behind the flowers and then peek through to see if the coast is clear....

I used a painted background, and put the photos into a digital film-strip:

On Sunday I had a long walk to a neighbouring district and back along the Rhine, and enjoyed all the wild flowers growing there:

It started to rain while I was out, but I had my 'Knirps' - a small, folding umbrella, so that was okay. In the afternoon it really poured, but I was 
high and dry  at home, and just watched it from the window:

 In the evening the clouds caught the last rays of the evening sun:

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


  1. Fun post today, you packed a lot into it. Love the little cards, and the journal page, and I wouldn't mind a slice of that cake, either! But I'll take tea with mine! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Oh that cappuccino looks so inviting but no dairy for me at the moment :(
    Valerie, you are inspirational for so many reasons, including your immense productivity whether creating art, baking or photography.
    Bravo to you!

  3. I'm early Valerie!! I don't get to say that often so please indulge me.. lol LOVE your adorable little cards! And the cake and cuppa i would definitely partake of... We've had some nice rain too thank goodness for we are in for a hot hot dry week... So so ready for Fall! Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  4. schöne seiten und lecker cappucino und kuchen,ich möchte bitte ein stück.
    schöne neue woche.

    hugs jenny

  5. Where to begin? I know coffee with pineapple upside down cake as it looks luscious. Using a film strip for your photos is a terrific idea for your journal page today and the flower cards are outstanding. I don't know how your photos can continue to get better and better. Today we have bright sunshine and then a downpour. Thanks for these beautiful shots.

  6. What beautiful art you have created today. I was certainly impressed. Had I waited a few days, I could have claimed my C cups for TioT, since they are left over. But I love the beauty of the left over paper strips that helped you make not one, but three wonderful cards.

    That film strip is awesome, and I'm really impressed. It is a beautiful entry.

    Of course, I remember the pineapple upside-down cake. It, along with carrot cake are my favorite of all the cakes. And I have some of my grandmother's dishes that look similar from the top. They definitely have to be hand washed and dried (not that I have a dishwasher, but still). You certainly brought back a very popular and beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your art, your beautiful photos, and your cake and cappuccino with us for T and Second on the 2nd! I appreciate your playing along in both.

  7. What a lovely pineapple upsidedown cake! I love it! Makes my mouth water!
    A very good idea to use a film strip for the bird photos. The quote is fab. I hadn't heard it.
    As always I enjoy seeing your photos from along the Rhine. And I smiled at the sweet memories of my old Knirps, that I inherited from my grandmother. It was a real Knirps, made to last. And I used it until I left for Spain. It was probably 50 years old when I threw it away....
    Oops, I forgot Second on the Second. Too late now. Well done for remembering.
    Happy T-Day,

  8. We are desperate for rain here in SE Ontario! Loe seeing yours!

    1. I wish I could send you some - the water supplies from above are sometimes unfairly distributed....

  9. Hi Valerie, Now I'm hungry for this cake!!! You art work is beautiful and so nice to the start of a new month of challenges. Love how you share your photos in the vintage looking film strip. Your blog looks beautiful. Love the background. Have a great new week. xo

  10. great new theme for TiOT-and I'm ready:) Lovely flower art. Lots of wonderful scenery again-and that cake-it's an oldie I remember growing up having- a pineapple upside down cake! LOVE the filmstrip art pages. Happy T day too!

  11. Your film strip is just perfect for showcasing your curious jay AND I L♥ve the photo with him peeking out from behind the English Daisies!
    Sweet creations and another super theme over at AJJ. Nature is such a big part of my life.
    Can't believe it's August already.
    Everything must taste special in your Mum's pretty china and ooh la laa that cake looks gorgeous. I haven't made one in years.
    Happy T Day and Happy August liebe Valerie.

  12. your pages just keep getting better! Lovely work for the challenges. Beautiful photos today, love the wildflowers. Oh that cake ...

  13. lovely creations, amazing in fact love the filmstrip and colours. Coffee and cake looks pretty good too.xxxx{aNNie}

  14. dein neues blog layout gefällt mir sehr, passt gut zu deinen walks im freien! so viel schönes hier... hängen geblieben bin ich beim ananaskuchen. gibt es dafür ein Rezept? ich liebe ananas, esse sie aber mangels Ideen meistens pur.
    happy t-day!

  15. Good morning Valerie - what a fabulous post (as always!)
    I love how your left overs turned into 3 pretty cards.
    oh..your cake looks very moist and yummy - which it was here :)
    And of course I absolutely adore your AJJ piece.. such a lovely bird and wonderful photos. I haven't seen one in our garden for a while.
    How wonderful to have them come up on your balcony.
    Love the last photo just showing his eye, looked like he was smelling the flowers.
    I think we either have your rain now as its pouring down at present, if not then its heading your way :(
    Have a great day............Gill xx

  16. Wow, I have just had a wonderful visit with you today Valerie. The cards you made are beautiful and its a good job I've just had breakfast as I am drooling over the delicious looking cake.
    A fantastic page with the film strip and your own photos.
    I thought of you in the art section of the book shop, you would love it. I had in the past sat for over an hour, but is was very busy this time.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Yvonne xx

  17. Lovely cards and journal page, I especially love the birds in the film strip and the cake looks yummy - put on a couple of pounds just looking at it.
    xxx Hazel.

  18. Ein TRAUMPOST heute mal wieder Valerie! Bin begeistert!
    Schönen T-Day!
    oxo Susi

  19. Beautiful work today, that film strip piece is so amazing with the bird images and that lovely quote! Wonderful photos, looks like you had a great walk. Still no rain here, and it seems you are still getting wet. lol

  20. Oh my...I can't figure out what I love the most about this post. The three cards in a row are really fun...way to use those leftovers. Your AJJ entry is gorgeous! And of course I ALWAYS love your photography!
    Happy T day and second on the 2nd

  21. Love everything! Is that a heart in the cappuccino?
    My mom used to make pineapple upside down cake.

  22. Beautiful TIOT cards and fabulous journal page, Valerie, the film strip is a creative idea. Great photos too, but the cake is the best of all... hahaha!!!
    Hugs, Mar

  23. That cake looks delightful! I'd be asking for seconds ;) I love your flower photos, such beautiful scenery. Happy T Tuesday!

  24. Your watercolors are so sweet and soft. Charming pieces. Cake looks good too. xox

  25. I wish I could paint like you Valerie! Love all three pieces. Hugs!

  26. I wish I could paint like you Valerie! Love all three pieces. Hugs!

  27. I wish I could paint like you Valerie! Love all three pieces. Hugs!

  28. Fabulous makes Valerie x love the idea of the filmstrip to showcase the beautiful pictures

    Enjoy your cake and coffee

    Tfs Annie x

  29. Your cards from leftover paper are stunners Valerie and the painted flowers just gorgeous. Love the filmstrip idea too and your cake looks exceedingly yummy!
    Fliss xx

  30. Fabulous page with the film strip photos and what a beautiful set of cards. hugs, Teresa

  31. OMGOSH! Beautiful art work, clever idea using the film strip. The cards are beautiful as well.

    The photos with the clouds took my breath away.......just gorgeous.

    Happy T-day.....I know I'm a little late.....:)

  32. Love both pieces of art today Valerie ♥ Both quotes are great too. The pictures of your walk are excellent. You just do so much in a day and now I have to go off and bake a pineapple cake :)

  33. Love both pieces of art today Valerie ♥ Both quotes are great too. The pictures of your walk are excellent. You just do so much in a day and now I have to go off and bake a pineapple cake :)

  34. Three gorgeous cards Valerie and you've used one of my favorite TH quotes.
    Love the nature page, the film strip is a lovely idea, and again, a lovely quote.
    Pictures from your walk look lovely and so pleased to hear you got home before the downpour.
    Avril xx

  35. Those cards are so beautiful! I love (used to love) pineapple upside down cake - this does look oh so delicious! Your Natures wonder page is fabulous as are your photos which I have missed so much! It's late now so I will be back tomorrow for a good look at your blog! Hugs, Chrisx

  36. Happy T day and Happy August. I love the new piece for AJJ. I like how you used your bird photos and used those cool outlines round them. I also love your cards. They are very pretty. But your pineapple upside down cake looks soooo YUMMY! What nice summer snack at tea time-or should I say coffee time? Hope all has been well. Hugs-Erika

  37. Your trio of cards are lovely, as the queen of making the most of every little scrap you are second to none. XOXO

  38. Valerie, I absolutely love how you used those film strips- beautiful pieces and the twig frame-LOVE it!

  39. Popped in to see the makes for TIOT and see all the usual wonders that appear on your blog daily. Love everything

    Chrissie xxx

  40. Saturday and I'm just getting to the Tea Party. Pineapple upside down cake has to be one of my favorite deserts. When I was growing up I always requested that for my birthday cake.

    Clever what you did with the film strips. Glad you got in before the downpour but rain or not the scenery was beautiful

  41. What a wonderful quote -
    Now I have to go and make a pineapple upside down cake - yours looks so yummy. Isn't it time you made another?
    As always, I love this post - what a clever idea with the film strips.
    Can you believe that it is September!!!! Having Hurricane weather here in Florida - expect tons of wind and rain coming through tonight and tomorrow.
    Sandy xx


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