Friday, 27 January 2017

A beautiful sunrise

Hi Everybody!

It's Friday already, and the weekend is
almost upon us. The sun is shining again after a
wonderful dawn sky and sunrise, and I
was able to get out for a walk again -
not as far as usual, but there will hopefully be time
to get back in training when my bones have healed. There
is still ice and snow outside, but I was very careful -
I don't want to make a habit of  kissing the ground!

I have been enjoying playing with corrugated cardboard,
craft card and scraps of paper, fabric, feathers 
and whatever I find flying around. 
For my 12" tag today I used the spine which fell off of 
one of my old Muret Sanders Dictionaries. They are from the
beginning of the 20th century, and have a beautiful binding, but the 
leather parts are completely porous. Anyway, I decided to make it part of a tag:

The tag was first painted and embossed with Frantage
aged white EP. The doll has been cut from a pattern I have,
and her crown is a castle stamp from Paper Artsy, which I
 embossed with gold Utee. I added some burlap, a 
sentiment and stitching:

I am linking to Go Tag Thursday, 'ephemera'.
I was honoured to be showcased there this week.

Here is one of the dictionary volumes. Please feel free to copy the images and use them as ephemera:

And last but not least some photos of the 
magnificent sky this morning:

And my pride-and-joy amaryllis:

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


  1. Ein tolles Tag und ein super Lexikon , herrliche Aufnahmen obendrein!
    lg Susi

  2. Your tag is wonderful, I like it that you always do something different, and not just run-of-the-mill stuff. The photos are out of this world! Have a great afternoon, get some rest! Hugs, Sarah

  3. I love your tag, so pretty! And the photos of the old book are amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Your dancer tag makes my heart sing -- and so do those sunrises!

  5. Lovely tag, and thanks for sharing the photos of the old dictionary. Such beautiful skies and your amaryllis is doing well!

  6. What a super way to use the book binding, so much texture...LOVE it!
    The stamp and die set are from they no longer have the dies :(

  7. Fabulous tag and stunning photographs. I too have some crumbling old books of my brothers, I just find it difficult to cut them up.

  8. Valerie...your tag is fantastically gorgeous!!!

    The images from that old book, which I love BTW, are just beautiful. One could scan them in and then the book wouldn't be damaged.

    Your morning sky photos are heavenly~

    Happy PPF!!!


  9. I love your tag, a real work of art. And the header banner is wonderful. I guess you already know how fortunate you are to get such beautiful sunrises to view.

  10. So happy you are feeling well enough to be up and out of the house :) NO MORE KISSING THE EARTH!!! The tag is fantastic and as always you have the BEST sunrise photos. I love old book covers ♥ they always have such character ! HAve a great weekend!

  11. Luv you sky, thanks for sharing. Your collage is exquisite

    happy PPF. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    much love...

  12. Good morning, Valerie. So pleased to read your ribs are healing and you were able to take some short walks. I love the tags you have created while recuperating. Today's tag is fantastic. You also have some interesting old books; thanks for sharing pages with us. The photos of the morning sun and sky are very interesting with the swirls and colors. Continue to mend and know I think of you every day when I view your blog. I continue to gain more energy. Love hugs,

    1. Your comment just made me very happy indeed!

  13. Gorgeous, such beautiful work! Stunning and magical! Love it !
    Lovely photos too!
    Yay, glad you are feeling more sparkly!

  14. That is a very fine tag and I love the doll complete with frilly skirt and crown.
    Very nice that you were chosen at the Tag challenge.

    1. Also meant to say how good it is that you can get out and about again even if it is for a shorter time.

  15. Stunning tag with so many wonderful textures and additions.

    Very beautiful photographs and thank you for sharing the books for projects.

    Pleased you managed to get out today and I hope it as good tomorrow

    Love Chrissie xx

  16. Stunning sky photos and a very fun tag. Someday I want to try frantage. It gives a lovely effect. hugs, Teresa

  17. fabulous tag art Valerie!! Your posts always make me happy as they are not only full of wonderful art, but beautiful outdoor scenery and flowers too. Happy PPF!

  18. What a wonderful art tag, I love it. It reminds me a bit of the film "Mirror Mask" and some of the art there. Your sunrises are also lovely. I'm glad you're being careful out there!

  19. Its a stunning art tag and the dancing figure looks beautiful with her shinning crown.
    There are many super things you added I sat ages looking at it.
    The sunrise photos looked lovely, take care when you are out walking.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Wonderful collage. I enjoyed looking at the details.
    I am sorry to hear that you fell, so glad you are getting better.
    Wow, what a beautiful dictionary.

  21. This is a beautiful tag, I adore the piece of book binding, the various textures but it is the paper doll who is the star of the show.

  22. Nicely done!
    Congrats on being show cased.

  23. Loving this new header! And the tag too! I am also wowed by those dictionary pages. They don't print them like that any more. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  24. Hello Valerie, your tag is so beautiful - your lady is stunning sitting amongst her gorgeous adornments! What a spectacular sunrise... nature is wonderful. Great photos. Keep on healing, and I hope your movements become easier real soon :D)xx

  25. Oh, I can see why its your pride and joy! Just stunning. AND I LOVE your tag, the added embossing is just beautiful! xo

  26. I'm incredibly late getting here today. I was gone all day, then went out again this evening, and now am playing catch up.

    Your tag is beautiful. I was in awe of the texture you created on the actual tag and the doll herself. The floral addition was perfect for her skirt. So glad you were the featured artist at Go Tag Thursday, a challenge blog I've never been to before. You deserve it, because your tags are always out of this world. I know from firsthand experience.

    So glad you had a chance to get out yesterday for awhile, and were careful. The photos of the sky were incredible. I never see skies that lovely where I live.

  27. Has anyone ever told you how amazingly artistic you your tag the use of utee is amazing. love everything here as always.xx{aNNie}

  28. Hi Valerie
    Loving your corrugated phase and all the marvellous pieces you are creating.
    Your tag, the textures and the lady especially, are really fabulous.
    Thanks so much for sharing the ephemera - that embossed book is great.
    Congrats too for having your work showcased this week :)
    The sunny views are wonderful, lovely to see cheerful bright skies for a change - I hope that means less icy/slippery areas and that it's safer for your walks - yes - no more kissing the ground!
    Have a great weekend... Gill xx

  29. I am glad you are healing but you better be careful - it's not like we intend to fall!
    You are making some fabulous pieces Valerie - that book spine is itself a work of art - I am so glad you were able to use it. What am I saying, of course you would use it - These dictionaries are works of art.
    Thanks for the ephemera!
    There is one sky picture that absolutely caught my breath -- in fact, I am going to print it off and use it as inspiration.
    I am working on one of my art journals now and it is yuck! An experiment that did not work well --
    Live and learn.
    Try not to over do!!!!
    Sandy xx

  30. Wow wie einfallsreich ist dieses Tag mit der tollen Figur. Geniale Texturen und der alte Buchrücken sieht klasse aus dazu. Die Sonnenaufgangs-Fotos sind ein Traum, dieses Farbspiel ist zauberhaft, genau wie deine schönen Amaryllis.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

  31. Valerie I do believe this is my favorite piece. I really love how you used the burlap. Just wonderful. Your photos are AMAZING!!!!!

  32. An amazing tag. Your work is always interesting and elegant! Congrats on being a featured artist on the other site, which I will check ou! I am glad you are healing, have a good week.

  33. Such a beautiful plant, I love how lush the big white petals are! Beautiful piece today, the way you built her skirt and legs is brilliant! Fabulous sky pics, the contrails really created a lovely pattern!

  34. Your tag is amazing! Your sky pictures are amazing! Your book is amazing! Your flower is amazing! You are amazing! Big Hugs!

  35. What a shame that the spine fell off your dictionary - to use it in this beautiful tag means that you will still enjoy it! I love those morning shots - although I am pleased that the Inn and derelict land that we used to see from our balcony have now been restored and built on it means our views are not so good now! Hugs, Chrisx

  36. A totally awesome the elements you have your doll...
    Thank you for joining in with the challenge at Go Tag Thursday..x


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