Saturday, 28 January 2017

Birds of a feather....

Hi Everybody!
It's weekend - enjoy!
The weather is not quite as sunny as it was the past 2 days,
but it's a bit milder, so that makes up for it. I was able to have a short
walk again. I wanted to pick up some lovely shells and feathers
I saw, but can't bend down yet because of my ribs.
 I will find some another time!

For Art Journal Journey, Erika's theme of 'tell me a story',
I have 2 pages in my 2nd new journal,
which is already 'old' and nearly full!
The first page is a heap of words, you have to make 
the story yourself! The 2nd page is about childhood
 memories, I used to love watching my aunt cook 
and bake, and being able to 'help', and
lick the spoon....

I am in a tag phase just now. This one is about 10", and once again
made of recycled cardboard, partly peeled. I covered it with a mix of Golden crackle paste mixed with sky blue paint. The Euro shop recently 
had a variety of expensive brand names in crafty stuff for 1€ each, 
which was great. I roughed it up with a palette knife and 
added some Frantage EP. The other colours were added with
Gelatos and a water-brush. The birds are from a serviette,
which I pasted onto thin card and then fussy cut. 
The red berries were made from small balls (Pentart),
painted red, and the eggs are larger balls painted egg-shell blue
and then crackled. The nest was embellished with a remnant
of Christmas decoration band and some feathers.Then
I sewed it to an old calendar page.

I am linking to Simon Monday challenge, spread your wings

We once again had a wonderful sunrise, enhanced by
dark clouds:

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


  1. Lovely journal pages, wonderful photos, and I am IN LOVE with that fantastic tag, so many great details! Hugs, Sarah
    And thanks for the card!

  2. All of this beauty in one post is so dreamy Valerie.
    Your tags and journal pages hold so much more than the beautiful bling that you add and the time that you so lovingly give each and every piece... you are also adding love and cherished memories.
    Each and everyone is a true treasure.
    Have a lovely weekend 💟

  3. Wonderful post Valerie - your journal pages are lovely. With everything in the world seeming to be more unsettled lately, my favourite was the right hand childhood memories... oh for those times again :)
    Your tag is beautiful... I adore your birds and their fabulous LOVE it!
    Happy Saturday..have a lovely day .. Gill xx

  4. What a delightful post Valerie, containing such beauty.
    Your tag is gorgeous. I love it! So many happy memories and one particular one is licking the spoon from my mothers baking. I'm sure that's were my love of baking started.
    Amazing sunsets especially that last photo. Thanks for sharing and making me smile. It's good to smile in these trouble times.
    Happy PPF to you x

  5. Wow. What a lot of gorgeous art today Valerie. I don't know which I like the best. Baking...makes me thinking of my grandmother-the kitchen experimenter (but always delicious-she had the knack)...words from stories (and I have been reading up a storm lately) and those adorable birds (spring-which I am very impatient for this year with all the dark skies we've had). Thanks for all the wonderful stories just today! :) Happy weekend! Hugs-Erika

  6. It is a lovely post Valerie. I could happily make up a story with the word strip from your fantastic journal spread. As for licking the spoon, childhood memories last in to all ages as I would still lick a spoon these days when making cakes.
    The tag is also awesome love that nest you made for those super birds.
    Yvonne xx
    Its another set of lovely photos.
    Yvonne xx.

    1. Licking spoons after mixing cakes etc is a wonderful thing- at any age!

  7. What wonderful memories your journal pages brought back, now I'm passing on those memories to my granddaughters when ever I can.
    You have been creating some awesome tags, and this is no exception.
    Have a great weekend my dear!

  8. So schöne Erinnerungsseiten und ein tolles Tag!

  9. Beautiful works of art Valerie! Love all the texture and inky details! The crackled bird looks amazing! Happy PPF :)

  10. Such a lovely layout and I am just crazy about that tag. You will enjoy my post today on my blog. hugs, Teresa

  11. Lovely pages and tag, very spring-like and lovely textures. Enjoyed your photos today. So sorry you couldn't reach those leaves.

  12. I love the way you explain your process, it's very impressive. The piece is lovely as are the photographs! I hope you'll be able to reach for findings soon.

  13. Valerie, Every day you blow me away with your creative endeavors!!!The stuff flying around your work desk must be truly magical!

  14. I am always impressed with your art, and was sorry to read you can't yet lean over because of the rib. But the AJJ art you created sans feathers was simply awesome.

    Your tag is incredible. I am in love with the birds, the nest, and the sewing. Thanks for explaining about the bird eggs being Pentart. I wondered the other day what the product was that you cussed over when they fell on the floor. I did an internet search and now know what the balls are.

    Your sky photos are fantastic, as always. So lovely and colorful, too.

  15. Valerie, thank you for your beautiful e-mail! Happy Chinese New Year my friend!
    I am sorry you are not able to bend yet! Please take care of you!
    Another amazing post, with so much beautiful art! I truly love your journal pages and your tag! When do you have the time to create so much and post on your blog! You must not sleep!! LOL!
    Gorgeous photos! Big Hugs!

  16. Your journal pages are wonderful. I remember sitting on a stool when I was a little girl and my grandmother would tell me stories when she cooked. She loved to tell me where recipes came from and how to make them and I loved to watch and listen. Your tag is awesome! I love all the texture and the sewing is such a nice touch. Beautiful photos too! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  17. Wow to the whole post Valerie.

    So pleased you know that you got out about but sorry you couldn't collect the things you saw because of you injuries.

    The pages are a joy and to make one with a make your own story theme is a brilliant idea.

    Now to the tag. It is stunning. So beautiful and so inventive with the 'real' nest and eggs. Well I thought they were at first glance.

    I have to rely on you for sunrises of any kind these days as the sun seems to have moved from our neck of the woods. I would love to live some where with either a view of a sunrise or sunset they are so spectacular.

    Love the header with the birds as well.

    Have a great day

    Chrissie xx

  18. That sunrise is something spectacular, you are lucky to be awake in time to see the beauty of nature in the rising. Now your makes are brilliant, the sentiment on the cook one is so true, mum always had such, and your gorgeous mixed media is just amazing...envious of your frantage success, mine is still a blobbly blob.xx{aNNie}

  19. Your beautiful journal page brought back lots of memories of baking with my mum and being able to lick the spoon and bowl. I love your tag - lots of great textures and your photos are beautiful.
    xxx Hazel.

  20. Beautiful work today. Love the birds and the nest, brilliant use of an old Christmas decoration leftover bit! Gorgeous sky photos, you sure do have a breathtaking view!

  21. Very beautiful pages and wow gorgeous tag, I just love it, the nest with eggs is amazing! As always the photographs are beautiful as well. Great that you are out walking again, and hopefully soon you can bend again. Take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

  22. Wonderful memories for sure - the kitchen is always the heart of the home I think.
    Your tag is awesome - my newest favorite although I have loved them all! I hope you have a big bulletin board in your home where you can pin up your favorite tags so you can enjoy them.
    Sandy xx

  23. This is so beautiful! I love the little nest especially! Gorgeous sunrise shots! Chrisx

  24. Hi Valerie................totally loving your story teller makes and your fabulous tag. Your journal pages blew me away and I am in love with your beautiful photographs of the sky/trees etc.
    Hugs Annie xx

  25. really lovely thoughts and memories in your journal spread. Gorgeous tag and fantastic little nest!!! And oh how beautiful the skies look.Happy week ahead!

  26. I love the integration of words and colors in your journal spred and oh, the birds! Just fabulous. I am such a sucker for beautiful bird art!


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