Sunday, 26 February 2017

Spring is on its way - I hope

Hi Everybody!

I met a bunch a strange people waiting for the tram to take
them into the town for the carnival parades Today.
One group, all men, were dressed as 'Queen Elizabeths',
all beautifully decked out in pastel colours, wearing tiaras,
carrying handbags and skilfully made up - they looked

I have another  12" mixed media tag to share, this time made for
Go Tag Thursday, turquoise and brown. I used some DP
for the background, and cut some cogs from cardboard, which I painted with turquoise and embossed with Frantage EP. Tim's bird branch was cut out twice, Once in turquoise and once in brown, and placed over each other so that a narrow brown 'shadow' remained. I used some nature decorations mixed with fibres and fabric roses in turquoise. I sewed the various layers 
together again.

I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, transport - cogs and the bird transporting a branch.

These rusty statues are in a garden near the castle ruins:

The ruins have decked themselves out in spring flowers:

The buds are getting bigger:

The hospital gardens are full of crocuses:

 Some shops are decorated for spring:

The lingerie shop has added carnival masks to the shop-window
mannequins, which gave me some very surreal pictures:

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


  1. Fantastic tags, your tags are always really special. Love the pics, especially the shop windows! Kids are still sick, catastrophe! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Lovely tag and impressive photos! Good start for the new week ahead!
    oxo Susi

  3. Very busy post. The bird and cogs put me in mind of cuckoo-clocks.

    Lovely photographs as a great reminder that spring has almost sprung!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos of the mannequins with the reflections of what ever was opposite of them.....almost spooky........great for hybird journal pages eh?
    Adore your spring tag.

  5. lovely colour combo for the tags. The spring flowers are beautiful, my favourite! The masks are fabulous.

  6. Your tag is so sweet and lovely! Your photographs are impressive, the surreal mask shots are wonderful...

  7. Its a lovely colour combination for the beautiful springtime tag.
    Today's photos are awesome, loved the spring flowers and the views into the shop windows.
    Yvonne xx

  8. How beautiful is this tag...Wow!!!
    Your photos are so gorgeous!!!
    So much beauty in one posting...Thank you for sharing, Valerie 💝

  9. Wow! Fabulous tag Valerie! It leads well into your lovely photos of Spring arriving! It must be quite exciting to have a carnival and meet those interesting characters! Hugs, Chrisx

  10. Your tag is magnificent! I love it!! Gorgeous photos! Love those rusty statues! And, the spring flowers, beautiful! Love to see a picture of the people dressed up! I bet they look amazing! Big Hugs!

  11. Beautiful spring themed tag lovely blue. Gorgeous photos and lovely pics of your spring flowers...xx[aNNie]

  12. SO many fabulous things in this post! Love the tag- the color really pops. The ruins look fascinating. I bet seeing the crowd all dressed up must have been awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

  13. beautiful tag, your color combo is one of my favorite! i adore the glittered gears! thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  14. ein tolles tag,und die ganzen schönen blumen und masken,fantastisch.
    wĂŒnsch dir eine schöne neue woche.

    hugs jenny

  15. Hello Valerie, I love your clever way of creating the shadow for the bird's branch!
    A very beautiful Tag - lots going on :D)
    Those lovely flowers are so nice by the ruins and the Hospital crocuses are gorgeous.
    I like the Spring windows and your mask photos are wonderful... just shows, to really look - great reflections all combine to make great subjects.
    Oh, and I did enjoy seeing the growth of the buds too. Cheers for a really great week ... onwards to Spring!

  16. You have spring. Hurrah! Lucky you. Your tag is perfect for that with the singing bird. 😀I love how you added the gears to it. Enjoy those beautiful crocuses. And the revelry as it makes an interesting trip on the tram I am sure. Hugs erika

  17. A fabulous tag, I love how you did the bird branch. Your photos are lovely, the weather isn't very springlike yet but my crocus's are flowering and my daffodils will be soon.
    Have a good day.
    xxx Hazel.

  18. I can't imagine what happened to earler comment on this post Valerie though i dig get a flag from Google saying certain people had been signed out earlier so I guess it was when I tried to post a comment

    Your tag is amazing and so are the photographs. The shop window ones are my faves of the day.

    You certainly see some amazing things along life's way

    Love Chrissie xx

  19. Gorgeous tag with fabulous elements! I just love seeing the spring bulbs by the ruins and the masks are amazing. Take care, Shirleyxx

  20. That tag is so pretty! Perfect!
    And look at those spring flowers!

  21. GefÀllt mir sehr dein Tag mit der tollen Kombination von Hellbraun und Lichtblau und der Zickzackstich gibt ihm noch etwas Zusatzeffekt. Die Blumenfotos sind ein Traum, aber die Schaufensterbilder mit den Masken und den Spiegelungen sind so genial getroffen,Wow!
    Auch bei uns im Garten sprießen Schneeglöckchen und Krokus und so mancher Strauch hat schon dicke Knospen,herrlich.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  22. Hi Valerie, Love your springtime tag!! So pretty and it looks like the flowers are waking up to a new season soon. So looking forward to blooms and warm days.
    Lovely pics as always. Enjoy a great new week and happy creating. xo

  23. Fab tag - love the words, colours and that wonderful stitching.
    Great photos - the shops and the reflections were pretty cool.
    That carnival parade sounds like it would be interesting with all the quirky costumes.
    Hope all ok with you. Gill xx

  24. Love your signs of spring! I love the beauty of bulbs and how they return each year unassisted!!!
    Love your tag too!

  25. What a treat today...your art and spring bursting out! Your photos are exceptional and when I look out our window there is still a little snow from the morning flurries. I love the photos you take with reflections in the glass shop windows.

  26. Lovely tag. An some more great shop windows. xox

  27. A fabulous tag, love the colour combo.
    Lovely spring photos and the shop window photos look so cool.
    Avril xx

  28. What a Tag,it's everything about it...
    Thank you for playing along in this weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday...x

    Loving all your photos. the snowdrops are awesome,my favourite flower...and those mannequins are fantastic...

  29. A great tag today and I love all of the SPRING photos ♥♥♥ I really need to plant some snowdrops and crocus. I had some once upon a time but critters must have eaten them :( The shop windows are fantastic. Great photos!!!

  30. your tag is big and glorious! a wonderful sentiment and it is beautifully dimensional. i wish i could have seen the queens! xo

  31. I love the tag and all the other amazing photos. Would have loved to see the Queens though -- that had to be wildly fun!

    Yes, perfect tag. Love the colors and mix of textures.

  32. Just love your tags.
    So nice to see the Spring flowers.
    Those carnival masks in the shop-windows are great

    All the best Jan

  33. Your tag wowed me. I loved how you offset the turquoise with the brown just enough to offer a suggestion. It's beautiful and so well done.

    OK, you had me at rusty statues. Now I KNOW I want to go there (grin). They are beautiful in their abstract and unique way.

    Loved your signs of spring and of course, all the flowers that are in bloom. It turned really cold here, so all growth has probably stopped or been stunted.

    The Mardi Gras masks through the windows were almost surreal. I really enjoyed them against the backdrop of the surrounding buildings.

  34. Wow, loving your tag!! The kraft and blue work so well together and I just love the birdie on the branch cutout! Fabulous photos, the ruins are so interesting. Canadians don't seem to care much for ruins apparently. I've searched high and low for a place like that to do photo shoots. Seems when something gets old here, we rip it down to make room for condos. lol. hugs :)

  35. Totally beautiful tag Valerie! I so love the blues, they make me feel spring!! Speaking of spring, the beautiful snowdrops and crocuses and other blossoms...oh y! What a joy to see, even if in anthers backyard,if not my own!

  36. Great tag - loved your pictures as always!
    What? No pictures of the men!!!!!
    Sandy xx


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