Saturday, 27 May 2017

Vintage and grungy

Hi Everybody!

A couple of weeks back I made this mixed media piece
as a cover for an A5 journal that is almost finished
and looking rather tatty and worn. I started with a tag
made with a stamp from CI, stamped with vintage
photo DI, mounted onto 2 pieces of scrap card and sewn together. The background was stamped with 2 stamps from LaBlanche using the 
same colour. It got mounted onto some gessoed corrugated cardboard, 
 which was smothered with Utee into which I stamped using
diamond and script stamps, also from LaBlanche. I glued 
the layers together and sewed them onto some canvas with
fringed edges. I got given a whole roll of ready gessoed
canvas because it was a bit stained and grungy -
I am linking to Gill's 'elegance and grunge' challenge at
Art Journal Journey; Tag Tuesday - anything goes, and
Allsorts challenge blog, vintage style.

And I made another digital tag for Go Tag Thursday, countries -
I chose Paris, and made a similar tag to the one from

 Yesterday I saw a woodpecker in the tree in the field behind
our garden. I zoomed him in - it's about 50 yards away -
clicked, and he was gone:

Then I saw him come round again from the back of the branch:

And then I got him:

I have some lupins on my rather messy balcony, and the bees
only like the white one:

I tried to find shady ways for my walk today, as it was very hot.
One of the neighbours has this lovely rose hedge:

The horses were also in a shady place:

The farmers have been busy mowing the fields and
making hay while the sun shines....

Here you can buy strawberries, fresh from the fields:

There are loads of wild roses along the Rhine path:

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


  1. Absolutely love your vintage creation and the wording is so true. Adore your digi tags too, such a fun retro scene you have created on it. And then your little woodpecker is just so beautiful and I adore your photography skills as always.
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  2. Love your vintage piece, Valerie! Your artsy kitchen must be a fantastic place to view ��

  3. Love your vintage piece, so beautiful, and so many lovely and feminine details. Great tag, too, I think I like this one even better than yesterday's. The photos are wonderful, as always. Hugs, Sarah

  4. As always your post is full to the brim of goodies. I love all the art, especially adore what you created with the grungy piece and I adore the gorgeous nature you show. Have a lovely weekend my friend x

  5. You always come up with the most varied and interesting ideas Valerie and I must say always a treat for the eyes.
    I have never failed to love your pictures -
    sandy xx

  6. Wow- such a brilliant page ( thanks for another wowser linked to Gill's AJJ theme) and a fantastic digital tag ! The impressions of summer are fabulous!
    Happy Saturday!

  7. Beautiful grunge and elegance page, your tag is beautiful, I like the Paris theme. The flowers are so lovely, wonderful time of year to be out.

  8. A beautiful journal cover, definitely elegant grunge. Gorgeous pictures from your walk and what a beautiful bird the woodpecker is - I've only seen one once.Have a lovely weekend.
    Avril xx

  9. Another wonderful set of artwork and photographs.

  10. I love the gold, bronze, chocolate brown and lovely stitching on your first tag. The Paris tag is bright, cheerful and lots of fun.

  11. There is nothing better than strawberries picked fresh from the field. It will be another month before we get any, if they don't get drowned from all the rain. :) Loving your gorgeous tags today. i like the slight differences from yesterday's Paris tag. They make a great pair. Can you send a bit of warm weather our way? Its just abnormally cold here. happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

  12. I have just been catching up on all the things you have been doing while I was away and you have certainly made some wonders and taken some amazing photographs. Love the ones from the top of the gasometer.

    Today your makes and photographs are stopped me in my tracks-all incredible.

    Nice to know you have had good weather and I hope you will have lots more. Nice here too but I am off to water the plants as they are so dry after our holiday

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. Another beautiful and elegant journal cover Valerie and lovely textures (and lovely stitchwork which I am always in awe of of).
    Lovely photos - and especially the woodpecker - would have loved to have seen him - lucky you! :)
    Have a lovey Sunday.... Gill xx oh nearly forgot and I love your tag too

  14. That's one beautiful journal cover, the layers and sewing look so pretty and tactile, it makes you want to pick it up and explore what's inside 😁. How wonderful to be given a whole roll of white gessoed canvas with a lovely grunge finish too. Great photos and you are so lucky to see a woodpecker, thanks for sharing! Hope you are having a lovely weekend, enjoy! J 😊

  15. Great grunge!
    Gorgeous photo's!

    All the best Jan

  16. Beautiful card and lovely tag!
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts Vintage Challenge;-))m

  17. What beautiful tags and gorgeous photos! I've tried to photograph woodpeckers before, but they were so far away, yours came out so very nice.

  18. That tag you created for this latest journal cover is beautiful. The entire front cover with its layers is wonderful, but the tag is the real spotlight. And, as you know from sending me two, I adore LaBlanche stamps. The ones you used were fabulous. As always, I adore the stitching and that gifted .

    The second tag looks like it was NOT digital. I am always in awe of your digital work.

    Lovely photos of the roses and horses. But the woodpecker was awesome. Persistence is everything!

    1. I got mome more nice shots of the woodpecker on my balcony, eating the fat balls!

  19. Very, very lovely. The wording on the first tag is beautiful and so true I feel!
    What gorgeous scenery, flowers and animals you see each day. It's such a pleasure that money can't buy :D)

    1. For which I am very thankful - if I had to pay for it I would have to stay home!

  20. was für wunderschöne Tags
    diese Einzelheiten darauf und sie so zusammen zufügen dass es ein so romantisches Tag wird ist immer wieder bemerkenswert toll wie du dafür das Auge hast.
    Der letztere so spassig erfrischen die Farbe so total anders, grossartig!
    Deine Fotos sind wieder so schön und ein wundervolles Wetter mit dabei!
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Start in die neue Woche!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  21. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. I love your dusty pink "grungy" piece, it will be a great cover for a journal. I'm not actually sure it is grungy, it's rather elegant.
    Great "catch" on the woodpecker. I'm always surprised at how large and colourful they are, but they are difficult to spot on a walk, they can be heard tapping loudly but where are they?
    Thanks for these glorious photos of wild roses.
    It's been hot here (too hot) but now it is chilly and it's lovely.

  23. Dearest Valerie, your tags are so gorgeous and you photos are fabulous!!! With your every post you share so much beauty and happiness! Thank you so much!!!

    Big Hugs 💕

  24. OOH.OOH. I LOVE your pieces!
    And what a wondrous walk, as always.

  25. Another fabulous Tag..the images are brilliant..Thank you so much for joining in this weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday...x

    Loved seeing the a child I remember my father growing these in the garden because my mother loved them...

  26. Wow I am so happy having my catch up, seeing all the wonderful sunny photos and the fabulous things you have created.It always inspiring reading posts a few at a time and as I have nearly finished the current cuppa, I'll need a refill for my T day visit.
    Yvonne xx

  27. I loved that you took a ratty old journal and turned it into something so lovely! And your tag is wonderful! (Said the French fiend!) And oh, the flowers! You're ahead of us here, though we're catching up quickly and it's beautiful!

  28. What a beautiful…and elegant journal cover! I love the French style tag with the Boulangerie! Your photos are fabulous as ever and I loved seeing the woodpecker! Chrisx

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  30. Beautiful book cover, gorgeous details. Lovely photos too.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Vintage Style' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  31. OMG! Valerie! This is absolutely exquisite!! I just adore your layers and your gold work is outstanding! I would love to play art with you in real time! hugs my friend! xx

  32. I love your tags! The first one is priceless! They are both very beautiful! I love woodpeckers! Gorgeous photos! Big Hugs!


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