Sunday, 4 June 2017

Flowers and birds

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge at
As always, it's an anything goes theme,
with optional purple.
Our challenges always run from the 5th of the month,
and projects of all formats are very welcome, so hope
to see you there!

I made 
an  9 1/2 x 11 1/2" mixed media piece. 
The paper was gessoed, and the central image is a paper napkin. 
I stenciled the birds, numbers and alphas with black Archival, 
and the dots with blue distress ink. 
The sentiment is from Dylusions.  As backing I used 
cardstock in blue and purple, and sewed round 
it twice to make it stable enough for a future
journal cover.
I am also linking to creative artiste Challenge, anything goes and
we love to create, also anything goes.
I am also linking to Create with TLC, anything goes,
as Desire asked me so nicely to join in!

This hybrid piece, made with elements from Mischief Circus and me,
is meant for Rosie's 'Circles' challenge at

More visitors to my balcony:

Flowers on the Rhine meadows:

  Horses on the fields opposite the supermarket:

Flowers by the Basilica:

And last but not least, some of the flowers on my balcony:

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


  1. Wonderful art, both pieces are fabulous, and the photos are a dream. Need to be quick today, kids are sick! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Nothing your art creations are so gorgeous Valerie!!! Love the flowers and the lady and who doesn't​ love circles :)
    Also beautiful horses and visitors to your balcony.
    You sure do have gorgeous Flowers around you!!!
    A delightful post~
    Hugs 💕

    1. I have know idea how "both of" turned into "nothing"!!! I am truly aggravated with my tablet lately :(

    2. My tablet is also very creative in changing my words!

  3. I love the quote on your mixed media piece! Beautiful circle page for AJJ and I enjoyed your photos today.

  4. What a beautiful mixed media piece, the quote is very nice! I also like the circle page very much. The horse photos are lovely too.

  5. Stunning project for the challenge at More Mixed Media everything on it goes so well together and great use of the napkin.

    The face on your journal page is so beautiful and great that she I'd definitely the main focus.

    Wonderful photographs today with things we all love to see. Nice to see the horses looking summery after wearing their coats for ages. Your flower photographs get better and better if that is possible

    Sleep well

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Love how you used the napkin on the fabulous mixed media page and the quote you used is lovely. The other page is beautiful as well, is a great image.
    It was good to see the horses without their blankets, all the photos looked super.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Great work and craft indeed. Greetings!

  8. Nice new header Valerie. I love the little bird sitting on your blog title. Its a really cute touch. I think you made some super art today. Another beautiful napkin. It really makes the base of a beautiful piece. I love the quote. Its a good one. And your birdies look a little less bedraggled than the other day and your flowers are gorgeous. Hope it was a good weekend and Monday is a good start to your week. Hugs-erika

  9. I love horses and I need to go spend time with some soon. They are just so beautiful and I feel at home with them.

    I think your balcony visitors are adorable! Love them!

    Fabulous flower photos too!

    Your TAG and your journal both look terrific. Love the quote on the TAG! :)

  10. Good start to my cold Aussie Monday morning with this beautiful post...what else can I say..BEAUTIFUL.XX [aNNie]

  11. eins schöner wie das Andere zu den Themen!
    Wunderschön wieder deine Fotos von Tier und Blumen!
    Lieben Pfingsmontaggruss Elke

  12. Die Journalseite mit der Serviette ist Ă€ußerst schön und sehr beeeindruckend. Ich liebe dieses MĂ€del, dass Du mit den Kreisen versehen hast. Deine Fotos sind - wie immer - einfach nur großartig.
    Vielen Dank, dass Du diesen Post bei ART JOURNAL JOURNEY zeigst.

    Ich wĂŒnsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche

  13. I love the quote you used in the first piece. I always say something similar when I'm learning a new technique. You have to be engaged before it really takes.

    Your AJJ entry is lovely, and the circles are wonderful.

    I really enjoyed your lovely photos today and I especially LOVE your colorful balcony.

  14. Forgot to mention that I like your new blog header, too. And still loving that bird with the blue feathers. He looks much better now that he's dried out.

    1. True! The poor thing looked so unhappy and miserable when he was wet!

  15. Gorgeous and more gorgeousness! Both pieces of art are wonderful!
    And then those Bachelor buttons- growing wild??How I love those beautiful blue(periwinkle?) flowers!!
    Jackie xx

    1. Yes, they grow wild on the Rhine meadows, I love the colour!

  16. Valerie thank for so much wonderful eye candy here. Awesome food for the soul. Love your craft projects as always and the cherry on top popping in here is your awesome nature photography.
    This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our current challenge below.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  17. Hi Valerie, I can see where you got your inspiration for the flowers in the beautiful mixed media. They seem to match your photographs below :) The sewing is fabulous, I keep thinking I should get my machine out but it's a nuisance, it needs to be left set up. The second piece for AJJ is beautiful, I love the face. How wonderful you have birds at your balcony, love it. Take care, Shirleyxx

    1. Thats true, I leave Mine Out all the time

  18. Fantastic art amd photos! Wow!
    Happy Sunday!

  19. I love your piece -- your napkin trimming is extremely good! I sometimes have trouble. The paper is so thin but if I cut it as three-ply (easier), it's sometimes very hard to separate. Bravo!

  20. Oh, I love your pieces. They are very moving.
    And your pictures...horses and flowers. Awesome.

  21. it is always such a delight to visit Valerie! Gorgeous art-love those pretty blue flowers on the first project. Always brings a smile to see the beauty of your surroundings- from the birds to the animals to the flowers.
    PS-thanks for sharing the links to some new to me challenges:)

  22. Your art today is so pleasant to look at. Real eye candy for sure. Now the flowers are absolutely stunning ♥♥♥♥ I love the green and bright flowers of late Spring and early summer... before they heat bakes the life out of them and their beauty fades. Love the birds ans horses too.

  23. Zwei schöne Werke sind das wieder, super gemacht. Aber deine Fotos sind auch sooo schön. EntzĂŒckend deine kleinen Balkonfreunde und die Blumenpracht ringumher ist ein Traum. Ganz besonders liebe ich das Blau der wilden Kornblumen.
    Big Hugs

  24. Valarie, your project for More Mixed Media is stunning..I love the flowers and the colours are just always you have some beautiful photos on show..x

  25. Fabulous artwork but I especially like the colours and flowers on the first one and that quote.
    Lots more great photo - lovely to see the beautiful Jay.
    Gill x

  26. WOW Valerie.... I don't know what I am more impressed with? Your beautiful artwork or your amazing skills in photography!!! You take the most gorgeous photos! I am so in awe of your photos and your art! Beautiful my friend!

  27. What a fantastic quote on your mixed media piece and I love the colours too.
    Beautiful photographs of birds, flowers and horses.

    All the best Jan

  28. Cornflowers are my favourites - I have tried to grow them but they have always been very straggly! Your circle page is just beautiful! Love seeing Mr Jay again! Chrisx

  29. I absolutely love your canvas. The napkin is such a great idea. Really striking project. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog. Hope to see you again soon
    DT Lynda x

  30. I love both your art pieces! Love the quote on the first one! Amazing photos! Love the birds, horses and flowers! Big Hugs!

  31. Stunning canvas. Love the flowers and colours. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT


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