Thursday, 7 May 2015

Flowers and dark clouds

Hi Everybody!

We had another very changeable and stormy day here with the weather doing whatever it wanted. Some places were much worse hit, one little town near Rostock got hit by a tornado

Anyway, bad weather for being outside is good weather for crafting, reading and even doing some of the dreaded House***k. .I decided I wanted to get messy and alter something, and found an IKEA mirror in my cupboard. I pasted it with vintage papers, printed and written, and then gave it a coat of gesso. I added some stenciling using structure past on the right side. When it was dry, I used some Frantage EP over the stenciled pattern. I gave the rest of the background a coating of crackle glaze, and distressed it with forest moss DI. The roses I have used are some real ones I got at Christmas, and then dried. I painted some white paint around the edges and dipped them into fairy dust. The other flowers and grass were in my stash. The butterflies were also crackle glazed and distressed, and the chipboard key was given a coating of Frantage EP. I am linking to Moo Mania and More, flowers; Mixed Media Mojo, tic-tac-toe (gesso-stencil-chipboard) and to Mixed Media Monthly, May flowers.
I am also linking to anything but cute, vintage garden, as Pamellia asked me to!










Today I can only show you pictures of clouds and water:


The Rhine is still rising:







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


50 comments:

  1. What a fantastic alteration you have made! Love the flowers and butterflies, it is really beautiful. Those clouds do look rather dark! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. This is amazing - a fabulous transformation Valerie! Love the flowers!
    Thanks for playing with us over at Mixed Media Mojo challenge.

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  3. Your amazing mirror is just GORGEOUS dear Valerie!
    Thank you says Moo Mania & More Challenge !

    Fabelhaft und Deine Fotos gefallen mir auch wieder sehr, sehr gut!
    Einen wunderschönen Donnerstag mit hoffentlich besserem Wetter!
    oxo
    Susi

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  4. Ein toller gepimpter Spiegel, Valerie.

    Deine Fotos sind - wie immer - super geworden

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  5. Dramatic skies in the photographs Valerie and here it all blue without a cloud anywhere.

    You altered frame is stunning. The texture you added gives it so much depth and the beautiful flowers look amazing

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. A gorgeous altered mirror, I love how you've decorated it, thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo.
    xxx Hazel.

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  7. LOVE this delightful transformed mirror, delightful dried roses and wow added goods, and what a fab colour combo.... xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  8. oooh how pretty, I love this alteration. I have a few mirrors I think I might do something with along this line for my new house, if I ever get it. Still trying to sell my house in the highlands to be able to buy down where I am loving now lol ooh how my life is complicated right now. Just as well I have art journaling to keep me distracted :)

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  9. A beautiful frame Valerie, the roses look fab. Weather very changeable here too. Cold and windy! Xx

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  10. Wow Valerie, this is freaking amazing!! I just love how you treated the frame, the harlequin stencil design is beautiful!! Your butterflies are so gorgeous, what glorious colours and textures!! I would surely love it if you linked this work of art up to my new blog, it's a perfect fit for our Vintage Garden challenge! big hugs :)

    http://anythingbutcutechallenge.blogspot.ca/2015/05/challenge-1-may-vintage-garden.html

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, I have linked up!

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    2. YAY! It is truly my honour to get to say to you "Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge!" Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    3. Thanks, I think we get to say that a lot on our DT blog visits!

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  11. your new project is amazing, I love all the textures and the interesting aspects of it! Really caught my eye,,
    your sky photos were a joy to see, I LOVE LOVE clouds!I hope that water doesn't rise much more!

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  12. Hi Valery! I'm so happy I found your blog! What a stunning project. Love all the elements you added, especially the butterflies. The attention to detail is superb and thr the texture and elegance of your execution rocks! Thanks so much for inspiring me today. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can follow me too! Hugs, Gracie.

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  13. ooohhh wow,der spiegel ist traumhaft gepimpt,und tolle bilder hast wider gemacht,hier war auch sturm und starker regenfall,zwei menschen sind hier von dachzigeln getroffen worden,der mann ist tot und die frau ist schwer verletzt im krankenhaus,so schlimm.
    der himmel wurde ganz schwarz und ich hatte auch angst,war allein zuhause,zum glück ist es schon besser.
    zum glück ist dir nichts passiert,wünsch dir noch einen schönen tag,mein aschenbrödel stoff ist nun endlich da,das design heißt so und ist bildschön,aber glaschuhe hab ich noch nicht *LOL*

    GLG Jeannette

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  14. What an amazing alteration, Valerie! Fabulous colors and textures! Love all the beautifully arranged embellishments, especially the butterflies! Great job!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge!
    Branka xxx

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  15. Real flowers you say! That is fantastic and so clever. I do really enjoy this piece and your butterflies look real as well. What a wonderful creation and I do hope your weather warms up. Tornados are never fun, speaking from experience.

    Thanks so much for joining our first challenge, "Vintage Garden", at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki

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  16. Those are some cranky looking clouds :( the art is great ♥

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  17. Hi Valerie, so many are having bad storms at the moment including us here in Texas. Stay safe!!
    Love your altered work on the frame. It's fun to find plain things at Ikea and create them into something beautiful. Pretty pics today too.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

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  18. What a beautiful frame, such gorgeous details, love all the glitter. Your photos are so vibrant too! Hope all is well on your side of the world. ~Diane

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  19. so pretty, butterflies and flowers, so spring.
    rising river and awesome clouds, love those clouds.
    wishing you a lovely weekend.

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  20. It is such a pretty frame. Scary about the tornado.

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  21. Your altered mirror is stunning and I love what you did with your roses. Sorry to hear that you continue to have such nasty weather. I hope it will settle soon.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  22. Your cloud pictures are always so wonderful Valerie. Speaking of wonderful,your altered mirror is gorgeous - really beautiful!! Your roses are amazing. Do you have a secret for keeping them? Iknow that this mirror looks so much better since you decided to alter it!!
    Sandy xx

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  23. Gorgeous alteration on the mirror, loving the beautiful roses and all the details.
    Yvonne xx

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  24. A beautiful altered frame Valerie and love the textured look and butterflies.
    Lovely pics too and we had gales here yesterday too - sunny but freezing cold with nasty sharp showers.
    Fliss xx

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  25. I'm so glad you added this to Anything But Cute! Love those crackled butterflies and what a lovely textured background! It's so amazing that your roses are real dried ones! Mine always end up turning brown! Great touch with the fairy dust on those roses, too! May I ask which brand of Crackle glaze you use? It has such wonderful results!

    Thank you for linking this beauty up to Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge! Hugs!
    Sara Emily

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    1. I used DecoArt Media crackle glaze, and if I want a more vintage look then the 2 component crackle glaze from Lefranc & Bourgeois.

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  26. Love this frame and your oh so dramatic clouds. xox

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  27. love your ikea mirror it looks lovely and I like your seagull page above happy ppf

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  28. love your ikea mirror it looks lovely and I like your seagull page above happy ppf

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  29. This is beautiful Valerie, I love the Frantage xx

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    1. So do I, thanks, you sent it to me!

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  30. Marvelous altered frame, Valerie. Only you would think to dry flowers. I wish I had done that with the roses I received recently. They add so much to your project. ROSES...always a favorite and the red ones in particular with the gold accents are perfect as a focal point for the frame. Put a favorite photo in the frame and you have a keeper for your art wall.

    More hugs,
    C

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  31. What a gorgeous frame!! Love those roses and the crackled butterfly!! Glad you were able to stay in and play! xo

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  32. What a wonderful creation! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute Vintage Garden Challenge!
    Hugs :)
    Samra DT

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  33. What a gorgeous altered frame! The glitter on the end of the roses is an absolutely striking!!!

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  34. a beautiful project - love all the elements you used - thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Mojo

    Barb Housner (DT)

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  35. Really love your altered mirror! The real flowers are wonderful and adore your butterflies :)
    Thanks for playing Tic Tac Toe with us at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

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  36. wonderful project. Thanks for playing the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with us!

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  37. Beautiful altered mirror! Love your red flowers. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  38. Beautiful project, so delicate and summery! Thanks so much for joining the May challenge at Mixed Media Mojo!
    Siv xx

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  39. Amazing detail on your mirror!! And I love your pictures of the clouds - it is amazing how much they can change from moment to moment!

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    1. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  40. Beautiful altered mirror! Love all your details and the flowers are so pretty! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
    http://www.lynnkopas.blogspot.com

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  41. Lovely frame! Love the textures and details! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo this month!!

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  42. Congratulations on your Honourable Mention award at Anything But Cute Valerie! This is such a gorgeous frame, we hope to see more of your work in the future! Don't forget to go and grab your award badge. Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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