Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Tuesday This, That and the Witch's Cat

Hi Everybody!

Today is the start of a new challenge at TIOT and our theme is 

'It's frightening - Halloween'

I made an 8" tag, which I fixed to a second tag made of recycled black card. Pasting 2 tags one over the other gives more stability when there is a lot on the tag. The background was coloured with DIs in rusty hinge, wild honey and  something Marigold, sprayed with water to let it run, and stamped with my little swirl stamp. Then I stamped the witch and her cat using Archival black, embossed with black EP extra fine. The skull was printed onto an overhead transparency, as was the witch up in the corner, trying to hide behind the leaves and her owl. Somebody told me last year that I always use the same stamps and die cuts for Halloween - true! And as I am happy with them, I shall be using them in the years to come, too. The leaves are natural ones, dipped in embossing ink and embossed with Utee gold. I added a few splodges of Utee round about just for fun, and some seasonal embellishments and some golden stars, because I got 2 huge bottles of them from the 1 Euro shop for my Euro. The Halloween Ticket is a stamp from Tim Holtz, the witch and cat are part of a set from Close to my heart.

You have 2 weeks to enter our fun challenge at TIOT, and projects of all formats are allowed.
I am also linking to Moo Mania and More, patterns, as the background is patterned and to Anything but cute - 31 days of Halloween






At Tag Tuesday our theme this week is people. I used an 8" tag again, and made some quick cartoon sketches of faces, adding a little colour with markers. I glued it to a second tag made of recycled card again, and then drew and fussy cut the face peeping over the top and the hands and glued them on. This was fun to make, and I am linking to 49 faces (I will only count it as one face!) and to  
Kim Dellow's  show your face.





And today is Tuesday, which mean it's time for dear Elisabeth's


I have a fruit and nut loaf that I baked to share. I didn't have enough of the raisins that should have been in it, so added chopped and  dried figs, dates and prunes to the Hazelnuts, and it is very delicious. And I disinfected the dried fruit by bathing it in cognac, just to be on the safe side. You can eat it as it is, or with butter or jam or honey or.....It always tastes good. This is a cake that keeps very well over a couple of weeks, provided that you don't eat it all straightaway! And remember, always cut small pieces so that half of the calories can run out each time.



My coffee with foamy milk is in one of the lovely old cups I got from my great Aunt. In the spoon you can see some chocolate coffee beans. These are roasted beans coated with chocolate, and very delicious. Some of the Italian Cafes give you one when you buy your coffee.


Sorry about the milk I smeared onto the spoon - I'm not used to having company, but help yourselves to coffee and cake!


After another frosty night Venus, the morning star, was glowing very brightly in the clear, black sky:


The early morning colours were very delicate and pastel like:



And the sunrise was glorious as always.



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

57 comments:

  1. My goodness! You've been busy! The tag is beautiful and that bread looks delicious! Yum!

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  2. Two totally different tags and two exceptional ones! Your Halloween tag is fun to look at and view all of the elements you attached. The witch certainly has fancy leggings and I like the little candle you added. The leaf is gorgeous as are all of your gold UTEE creations. Now for the faces, how clever you are with the one peeking over the top. This tag makes me smile. I'd love a piece of your fruit bread and to have coffee in such a glorious cup and saucer would be divine chatting with a dear friend. Stay in and be warm, Valerie.
    Hugs,
    C

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  3. Lovely tags for the challenges today Valerie, it is that time of the year again for the spooky stuff. LOVE your baking today it looks sooo good. I'm glad I'm not there to sample the calories in a way. I've never had such roasted chocolate covered coffee beans, must look for them.

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  4. What a fun post today, love the funny faces, and your gorgeous witch tag. Great photos, too, and I remember how good your baking always tastes. Hugs, Sarah

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  5. Goodness, Valerie, if you are well enough to BAKE, you really MUST be feeling better. When I'm sick, that's the farthest thing from my mind.

    I bought a half pound of those chocolate covered coffee beans one year in California, but I've not seen them here in Kansas. They were wonderful, so I'm sure you enjoyed yours.

    I'm loving both tags, and was glad to see there were more happy faces than sad or angry in the tag. It was clever and cute. Of course, I've got an idea for the Halloween TioT, too.

    That cup is wonderful. Is that gold on the cup and saucer? It's beautiful. So glad you shared it and your chocolate covered coffee beans with us for T this Tuesday, as well as the tags and the early morning sunrise.

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    1. I am feeling better, and baking is something I love doing, and which always does me good. It also heated the kitchen, as we had no heating till the weekend! The cups are made with gold leaf, and have to be washed by hand!

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  6. Love your Halloween-tag. Baking seems very good, too.
    Hugs xx

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  7. Your tags are divine! The first one really speaks to me, and says "Come and snatch me while Valerie is not looking!" ... so I will be over as soon as I have enough money for a plane ticket. lol The Witch is so 'hot' .. love it. Always smile at your cartoon characters ,, and this tag is no exception. Your cake looks delicious and of course, having a weak spot for fine chine, I adore the cup of coffee. Those beans are delicious - I don't think I've ever seen them here, however I'll be able to get them again in Canada. Take care of yourself, hugs, Donna

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  8. Both tags look wonderful, each in their own way and that baking, yum!! I could do with piece of that!

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  9. Had to laugh when you said the cake keeps very well--it wouldn't keep very well in our house for sure. It looks amazing Valerie.

    Wonderful tags with so much interest in both of them and great ideas as well.

    Love the photographs particularly the glorious sunrise which I just had to save so it may well appear in digi creation at some time in the future

    Have a great day and don't eat all the cake -hic!

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. I must admit the cake seems to shrink overnight, perhaps it's those house elves!

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  10. So many amazing things in this post! From the elegant witch to that very tasty-looking cup; and a celestial phenomenon! Happy T Day!

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  11. Your tags are wonderful! Really love your drawing! The fruit and nut load looks delicious! Xx

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  12. Fabulous designs, love the broom and colours, loving that image of coffee and cake, now am hungry..x
     {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

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  13. Lots of nice and yummy things today! You are making me want a yummy breakfast-love your tags too. Your Halloween one is great-love that witch and what a texture-3D effect. And your people tag is really fun!!!! I can tell you enjoyed it....do you get to count them as 1 face or many faces? Hope you're having a great day!

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  14. Wow . you have been busy Valerie - a good sign you're feeling much better :)
    Your tags made me smile - they are fabulous! Such great details on the Witchy one - love that owl.
    Wonderful faces and super quote. I was trying to see if the person hiding at the top had such a long nose that it went back through the hole.....
    Yummy food and drink - yes you are so right and you can never use enough disinfectant on your fruit to be safe. We have small cupboard full of those various disinfectants - mainly 'his' not mine of course..:)
    A lovely post again... have a wonderful day... Gill xx

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  15. Deine Tags sind herrlich - absoluter Renner die heads! Und der kulinarische Genuss lässt hier heute nichts zu wünschen übrig..lol! Tolle Aufnahmen sind das !
    Ich nehm dann ein Stück vom Kuchen mit ---danke!
    Happy T-DAY Sweetie!

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  16. Thank you for the cake Valerie, it looks delicious, hope you have some left for yourself after we have all stopped by. Fabulous tag, love the one with the fun faces and of course your awesome Halloween one with the stylish witch.
    Yvonne xx

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  17. Brilliant tags - the witch with the cat looks as though she might be quite glamorous! Your faces tag made me smile and so did your wonderful photos! Best of all -fruit cake and I do think that today I will pop round for some - it's good news on the blood sugar levels and my medication is being reduced! I know I still have to be careful but surely I can celebrate today? Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Oh yes, take a large slice and ENJOY it - you deserve it!

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  18. Your tags are fantastic... lots of details on both! Now that bread looks so yummy and so glad that you disinfected it for us. My daughter-in-law gave me a bag of Chocolate coffee bean for Christmas one year and I wouldn't share with the Hubs...told him he wouldn't like them :) He's not a good one for trying new flavors so he didn't argue... :) I got the whole bag to myself ♥♥♥♥♥

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  19. they are two completely different styles of art tags but I simply love them both! Your loaf sounds heavenly and I sure wouldn't mind a piece of that now with my morning coffee:) And how can anyone tire of seeing the glorious stars at night and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets?

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  20. Really super spooky tag, love the layout hugs Bee.

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  21. Valerie, your tags are fabulous! I love the Halloween decorations and that broom is such a great idea. The people tag with the one peeking over the top is such fun! Enjoy your loaf that looks so good! Hugs!

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  22. val,dein tag ist super und richtig spooky,das gemalte tag ist auch klasse und die wunderschönen bilder vom herbst machen mich fröhlich.
    schönen abend dir heute noch.

    hugs jenny

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  23. I got such a kick out of your Halloween tag. You have captured the season there :)

    I accept your kind invitation. The bread looks tasty, and your cup is lovely. Thx!

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  24. OH MY on your delicious fruit loaf...you had me at hazelnuts figs and cognac!!!
    I think anything you drink in that special and beautiful cup would taste great.
    We love chocie covered Java beans.
    Your tags are all super (you really got me going with your baking).
    Happy T Day
    oxo

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  25. love your little sketch and that loaf looks delicious

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  26. My grandchildren though the witch tag was "cool" the highest praise I gather. I thought it was very clever
    And loved the faces. Thanks for sharing the making process. Cake and coffee pretty good as well.

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  27. dein hexentag ist traumhaft schön... leider verträgt mein darm kein Früchtebrot, aber den Kaffee würd ich nehmen;)

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    1. Abgemacht - Ich kriege 2 Scheiben Früchtebrot und Du kriegst 2 Tassen Kaffee! :)

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  28. Hello! Both of your tags are great. The gorgeous gold leaves are my favorite detail on the Halloween tag, and the peeking "Kilroy" is my favorite detail on the face tag.

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your coffee, coffee beans, and fruit/nut loaf. Everything looks delicious! I used to work near a café that gave out chocolate coffee beans with each drink purchase, and I loved going there. :)

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  29. Frightening tag is great, I've seen that cool modern witch before and am quite happy to see her again. I think she is a good witch, just saying.
    Love the faces too and hope the crabby faces take note of the good quote,

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  30. Wow! What a great post!
    Love your tags. Both of them. They are so different. I like the real leaves on the haloween tag and the little face peeping over the top on the faces tag.
    That cake looks scrummy! Yes, please, I'll have a tiny piece. With a cup of frothy coffee. Yumm!
    Beautiful photos of the dawn. (I never see the dawn I'm afraid to admit. I never get up before dawn). The colours are really beautiful.
    Thanks for visiting,
    Have a great week,
    Lisca

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  31. Stunning tags, Valerie! The witch and cat look so fantastic, and I like the gold leaves. The people tag is specially fabulous and creative.
    Another delicious cake!
    Hugs, Mar

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  32. I really like the "people" tag but you know me anything witchy and scary is always my fave. I love love love that tag.
    Great photos too.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  33. Your tag is fantastic! lots of goodies, a beautiful minature collage. The baking looks tasty :) Take care, Shirleyxx

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  34. I never get tired of seeing your Halloween art--this one is really cool! I'm guessing from some of the comments I saw that you have been ill. I hope you are on the mend. Looking forward to catching up!

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  35. Hi Valerie, always lots of fun going on in your creative world. Love the tag for Halloween and the face collage is awesome. The baked loaf looks delicious. I'd love to pop over to visit over tea and a taste of your treat. Happy Creating. xo

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  36. Such beautiful photos! The Halloween tag is quite stunning! Fun faces too.

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  37. Such beautiful photos! The Halloween tag is quite stunning! Fun faces too.

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  38. Your Halloween tag is colorful and so dimensional. Love the cartoon faces.
    Happy T-Day!

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  39. Fab tag xx love your faces too xx

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  40. Fabulous tags Valerie, love the classy witch and all her details and the face peeking over the top of the other tag is brilliant.
    Hope there's some cake left for me, I didn't get a chance to call in as we had no internet!
    Avril xx

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  41. Fabulous tags Valerie, love the classy witch and all her details and the face peeking over the top of the other tag is brilliant.
    Hope there's some cake left for me, I didn't get a chance to call in as we had no internet!
    Avril xx

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  42. Happy Belated T my dear!! I'm so sorry for the late fly by for tea...construction rules my life at the moment... grrr... Absolutely gorgeous tags and photos... I'm so glad you shared... Ta ta .... i must fly! Hugs! deb

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  43. Where do I start - you love doing this to me -- everything is something I love . So I guess the best way to start is the beginning. I have always loved that fashion forward witch that you use. Lots of great embellishments on this tag to. Very attractive. Now that cartoon face tag is really delightful. I love the face peeking over the top. This would be called the lighter side of Valerie!
    OHHHHHH - you baked. Sounds delicious and looks delicious too! Did you put some olives in the bread?
    Love your pictures to Valerie - a place I will never be able to visit. But it is good to see pictures!!
    Sandy xx

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  44. Truly FABULOUS Halloween tag Valerie. It has it all glitz, glamour, texture, color, a little bit scary and a little bit rocknroll!!! I hope you will consider submitting it to this challenge - it is perfect because it includes the number 31!

    http://anythingbutcutechallenge.blogspot.ca/2015/10/challenge-6-31-days-of-halloween.html

    And your faces - I am just awed. You are so good at drawing faces and these are all so fun to see... like a pyramid of fab faces!!! Not to forget that adorable one at the top - cracked me up. This was a wonderful treat to see.

    And talking about treats... dear me... your bread is just BEYOND INCREDIBLY LOVELY and YUMMIFIED.... wow. And the beautiful cup of froth and flavor accompanied by chocolates... dear me. I wish I was close by!!!!!!!!!!

    And what an amazing way to see Venus.... wow. Great photo. GREAT POST!!! j.

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  45. Truly FABULOUS Halloween tag Valerie. It has it all glitz, glamour, texture, color, a little bit scary and a little bit rocknroll!!! I hope you will consider submitting it to this challenge - it is perfect because it includes the number 31!

    http://anythingbutcutechallenge.blogspot.ca/2015/10/challenge-6-31-days-of-halloween.html

    And your faces - I am just awed. You are so good at drawing faces and these are all so fun to see... like a pyramid of fab faces!!! Not to forget that adorable one at the top - cracked me up. This was a wonderful treat to see.

    And talking about treats... dear me... your bread is just BEYOND INCREDIBLY LOVELY and YUMMIFIED.... wow. And the beautiful cup of froth and flavor accompanied by chocolates... dear me. I wish I was close by!!!!!!!!!!

    And what an amazing way to see Venus.... wow. Great photo. GREAT POST!!! j.

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  46. Love! Wow on the fabulous work, yumminess and gorgeous pictures again :) You are amazing. Thank you for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  47. gescarollt und gesscrollt..... gescrollt. was ein umfangreicher post, liebe valerie-jael.
    der nasenbär gefällt mir gut. mit und ohne schnupfen. grossartig ist er!
    Herzlich Petra-Pippa

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  48. Valerie, what a sweet Halloween tag, and you put Tim's Halloween ticket on there, which is a favorite of mine, and probably on half of my Halloween creations. I have very few Halloween dies and stamps, too, and tend to use the same ones over and over. That's OK, we use them in different ways, right???

    I also enjoyed your second tag, with a wonderful quote and even more wonderful artwork! How fun!

    Of course, your baking looks delicious, and I'm so envious of those chocolate coffee beans. I used to get them at our local grocery store. when they stopped carrying them, I found them at our gourmet shop, and now they have stopped carrying them!!

    Thank you for joining our 31 Days of Halloween challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs!!! Sara Emily DT

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  49. You know how much I adore your work! Great Entry for the 31 days of Halloween. hugs, Donna

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  50. Simply fabulous Halloween make!
    Thank you so much for joining our 31 Days of Halloween challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  51. Wonderful Halloween tag. The background is terrific with all the stamping and the way you have treated the leaves and created the broom is so clever. Your baking is something I would love, especially with the "disinfected" fruit and the method for reducing the calories - if only that really worked :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  52. Hi Valerie. Congratulations on being chosen as a Design Team Favourite at Anything But Cute, your project is just incredible! hugs Pamellia DT :)

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