Monday, 29 May 2017

T stands for a sock that turned into a tag

Hi Everybody!
On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at
Our lovely Michele is hosting this time, and has chosen
đŸ»'animals' đŸ«
as her theme. The challenge runs for 2 weeks,
and as always, tags of all formats are welcome.
Karen of Lunagirl is kindly sponsoring a wonderful
image sheet for one lucky winner, so hop on over to the blog 
for more details.

I once was given a beautiful pair of tiger socks,
with half a tiger's head on each sock, so when you
put your feet together you had a whole tiger....
Well, the wicked washing machine ate one of the
socks, leaving me very sad. So I cut out the tiger
from the left sock and made a tiger-sock
commemoration tag. The wonderful words are
from William Blake, although he spelled tiger
'tyger'. The black card has been re-purposed from
an old calendar:

Today is also Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, so I
would like to extend a warm welcome to all
the nice ladies of the T Gang.
I made some cup shapes from one of my photos, so
you are welcome to download the images to
use if you want.
JPEG version (for collage sheets):

 PNG Version (for digital crafting):

And can you imagine what this is? I got it recently for 1€ at
the thrift shop, new and still in its original packaging:

It's a cookie stamp!

And here are some home baked and stamped
chocolate chip cookies - help yourselves!

The hot weather allows us to enjoy coffee outside again:

There is an abundance of flowers everywhere just now:

On Sunday these strangely shaped dark clouds blew over the sky 
and brought a lot of rain, but it's back to 32° degrees again:

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

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!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday This and That

Hi Everybody!

Hello from sunny and warm Kaiserswerth, where we have
been enjoying blue skies and sunshine for almost a 
whole week - a wonder!

For Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin, I have a
journal I altered. The cover was plain craft paper, useful
but boring. I painted it with gesso, and then added the
robin image using a paper napkin from my lovely friend
Yvonne. I added some extra colour with gelatos, and stenciled
the diamond pattern using Archival forest green. The stamp used
is from TH. I rubbed some white chalk into some of the little
cracks and folds to give more texture. 
I am also linking to Art Journal Journey, Gill's theme
of elegance and grunge, to Simon Monday Challenge,
little critters, and to altered eclectics.

Before the alteration:

For Go Tag Thursday, where the theme is a country,
I chose France and landed in Paris. I made a digital tag
using elements from Serif, Mischief Circus, Astrid and me. 
Astrid often offers wonderful freebies on her blog, thanks!
I am also linking to Tag Tuesday, anything goes:

Some photos from my walks:

In the hospital gardens:

I love to see plants growing in the cracks and crevices
of walls:

The horses always look happy and relaxed:

The rusty arches sculpture in the castle ruins:

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