Friday, 3 March 2017

Weekend this and that again

Hi Everybody!

This has been a busy week for me, with lots of new
therapies, but it was enjoyable. On the way there and back 
I was able to take photos of  spring flowers -
although it has been cold, nature is doing her job!

For Paint Party Friday I have a collage I made this week,
using pieces cut from an old National Geographic, placed on a background
of torn and cut book paper, painted over with gesso and
a bit of metallic rusty paint.

I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, based on a book

For Go Tag Thursday I have a butterfly tag. The background was cut from DP, over which I did a lot of random stamping and scribbling. The small butterflies (LaBlanche) were stamped and Stickled, and the large butterfly, also from LaBlanche, was stamped onto acetate using Stazon, and also Stickled on
the reverse:

 The morning sky:

Spring flowers:

This is moss, growing on a parapet, and about half an inch high!

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


  1. Your collage is lovely, Valerie, but it is that tag that really wows me today. I love the butterflies with their shimmery wings. How very beautiful! Thanks for the gorgeous photos of spring, even if it still is a bit cool outside. Have a restful and fun weekend.

  2. LOVE the collage, there's so much strength there, and the tag is really beautiful, love the sparkle. Wonderful photos, too. Have a good weekend and get a good rest, hugs, Sarah

  3. I really like that collage with the blues/browns. What a great combination and it looks fabulous too. Love to see the spring photos! I can't wait for flowers to start springing up here. Unfortunately, we still have snow.

  4. ooooh your collage is very mysterious and intriguing Valerie - the person looks a bit sinister - but I love it!
    Lovely colours on your tag with the beautiful butterflies.
    Wonderful spring flowers photos.
    Have a good evening and lovely relaxing weekend.
    Gill x

  5. You know I was taken by the rust. The collage is awesome, especially the rust and patina colors you chose. Then I was simply amazed by the tag. Those butterflies are incredible, and I love how you used the Stickles, too. Those LaBlance stamps are the best. I know because you sent me two that I simply adore.

    Your spring flowers are incredible. I don't see that here, even though it was the warmest February ever recorded. You live in such a colorful area of the world.

  6. Beautiful spring flowers Valerie and your tag is wonderful. Happy PPF.

  7. Loved the butterfly design. It's heartening to see spring budding everywhere; your photos cover it wonderfully

  8. Fantastic art and photos, happy weekend, Susi

  9. Wonderful journal page, but I think your beautiful tag stold the show this time....;)))

  10. Most interesting collage! Beautiful butterfly tag. Spring seems to be coming to your part of the world. I have yet to see proof of it here. Snow expected this week. hugs, Donna

  11. A lovely tag! Just as lovely as your photos of spring!!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend in your lovely neighborhood!!!

  12. Deine Seite diesmal schlicht und grafisch gestaltet gefällt mir auch gut, Braun und etwas Blau sind eine schöne Farbkombination. Das Tag mit dem zart gemusterten HG und den schönen Schmetterlingen gefällt mir sehr. Ich liebe Schmetties!
    Die Fotos von der Frühblüherpracht sind klasse, das macht Hoffnung auf den Frühling.
    Dieses lustige Moos mit den kleinen Blüten haben wir auch in einem Blumentopf seit einigen Jahren, sieht total interessant aus. Habe mal eine Nahaufnahme davon gemacht.
    Liebe Grüße und schönes Wochenende.

  13. Beautiful art and lovely photos of approaching spring!

  14. A wonderful and unusual page Valerie with interesting designs and colour choices,

    Just love the tag it is so very beautiful as are the amazing photographs of the flowers and I had to save the bird on the branches ones as they are so clear just right for projects.

    The course sounds interesting and nice that it is variety of things rather than just the one.

    Will email tomorrow as out Internet this evening is so slow it is taking ages to do commenting.

    Love Chrissie x

  15. great color combo on your collage Valerie, and your butterfly tag is so pretty and uplifting as are your photos! Happy PPF!

  16. Wow. That collage is really amazing and you tag is pretty fun. What I like about the collage is how you used only 2 images which makes is so dramatic. 🤓 And I do t know what I will find when I get home. It they say we have lost a lot of our snow but it is going to be extremely cold. Oh no. Good thing the spring flowers won't yet be blooming. But yours are gorgeous. Hope all is well. Hugs erika

  17. Lovely page and tag! Oh how I love spring flowers!

  18. What a fun idea for the page and oh I love the tag! The butterflies are so pretty. Your photos are so lovely too.

  19. Love your page and your tag is gorgeous!!!
    Always and I mean always...your photos are outstanding!!!
    Happy PPF, Valerie~

    Big Hugs

  20. Its a fantastic page Valerie and I sense that there is mystery and intrigue in this collage.
    The tag is beautiful, butterflies do make me happy, a sign winter is ending, now smile, its been freezing cold, pouring with rain and dull here today.
    So I loved the photos you added of the spring flowers and bright skies.
    Yvonne xx

  21. Another goodie from Valerie - love your sentiment - I got a big hoot from that one.
    Your tag is gorgeous and I learn from you all the time - now if only I could apply what I am learning.
    Glad you had a good day and know your therapies will all be to your benefit
    Sandy xx

  22. Very cool collage and awesomely gorgeous tag. I love the butterflies. for some reason I stopped getting e-mail notifications of your posts. Weird. I had wondered why I hadn't received anything in the last week or so. I will sign up again. hugs, Teresa

  23. Hello Valerie, such a lovely collage (colour combinations too), and delightful tag... gorgeous butterflies.
    Those silhouetted trees and bird on the branch - wonderful!
    You found lots of pretty flowers popping up everywhere ... and, goodness me, such lovely patches of moss - I didn't realise mosses could be as lovely as they!
    Have a really good weekend, taking things nice and easy. A little bit of self-pampering perhaps? Yes, why not!! Happy PPF :D)

  24. Oh the butterfly tag is beautiful!
    Very little is better than spring flowers.
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

  25. Love the tag Valerie, the awesome display of colours in the photos are just beautiful. Loving the look of your collage, always so interesting...x[aNNie]

  26. Gorgeous butterfly tag and fantastic collage as well. LOVE the photographs, you are lucky to see flowers. I hope the therapies are going well. Take care xx

  27. Wow Valerie! Your photos are awesome! Spring in springing for you! yay!
    Your tag is gorgeous and also very springy, love the acetate butterfly- very cool!
    And wherever did you come up with that phrase about reality? I love it!
    feel well xo

  28. Wonderful collage full of mystery, your tag is beautiful and the photos are amazing.

  29. I love the geometric feel of this collage, and the limited choice of colours. Great job!

  30. A great journal page Valerie and what a fabulous butterfly tag.
    Lovely photos of the spring flowers.
    Avril xx

  31. I love, love, love that butterfly tag. It is just gorgeous and the butterflies really pop. Great photos of the sky and flowers too. :) Have a lovely weekend.

  32. Nice work are lovely too and that crow seems to beg to be in one of your pieces of work!! Fabulous!!

    Hugs Giggles

  33. Love your beautiful projects and great photos! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  34. I really love the tag and all the encouraging photos of Spring blooms. We usually have "winter" until the end of April.

  35. Oh My Valerie! Where to start what with those gorgeous skies and Spring flowers - I love seeing Aconites as they used to grow in the ditch nearby where I lived as a child! Your collage made me smile as did the butterfly tag but for different reasons as those butterflies are so beautiful! Hugs, Chrisx

  36. Love your collage, and the colours you've used.
    Amazing tag and super photo's.
    You always manage to get so much into your posts.
    It's great!

    All the best Jan

  37. Nice collage and the tag is so sumptuous. Snow drops, ah, looking forward to seeing them. xox

  38. Love your collage and I love your tag! A+++ Amazing photos! Love! Big Hugs! Glad everything is going well with your therapy!

  39. Love your collage, the head looks a bit like Ghandi. Your tag is gorgeous, love the shimmery butterflies.
    Fabulous photos, especially the Spring flowers.

  40. Oh Valerie, that book is beautiful. Really interesting. I love how the black gives it a three dimensional kind of look. And what a pretty tag, too! And so fun to see such pretty spring flowers. Still early for us but I keep hoping!

  41. Oh, these flowers make me cry - when here, when here!!!
    This is great post too...

  42. Nice collage and tag, Valerie! Great photos...nice 'sky art'! Love the trees and the bird. :)

  43. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog..your photos are awesome..I just adore the snowdrops..
    Your Tag is so also serves as a reminder for me to get back to using my stash of acetate...I've not done any stamping with it for about 2yrs, lol.
    Thank you so much for playing along in the weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday..x


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