Saturday, 22 July 2017

Weekend, fresh air and sunshine

Hi Everybody!

It's weekend - enjoy!
For Elizabeth's summertime love theme at Art Journal Journey I found
one more page in my folder - I thought I had shown them all
already. The mermaid is trying to photo-bomb the lady on
the yacht and get in on her selfie.
Images used are from Serif and Mischief Circus.




For Wilma's cake theme at Tag Tuesday I have another
coffee and cake tag. I have visitors coming this weekend
so will be baking a chocolate cream cake, yummy!


Yesterday I was out rather early for my walk, before the sun got too hot. 
I love this time of day when not too many people are
about. The stream is looking rather murky after the recent storms:


I enjoy the beautiful gardens on my way down to the Rhine:


The butterfly bush is growing by the road:


The fields and willows are lush and green:


The tourist buses were parked at a cool spot:



The farmers were busy trying to bring in the hay before
it rains or storms again:




It was beautiful by the Rhine:









The succulents are growing in the walls of the castle ruins:




A few other early risers enjoying the peace and quiet:


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

Friday, 21 July 2017

Gift bags

Hi Everybody!

It's weekend, enjoy!
We got through the storms here without too much damage,
some places it was really bad, but this time we were lucky here, 
for which I am very thankful.

A couple of weeks back I went to IKEA with a friend. I didn't need
to buy any furniture, but I found some pretty, curly bamboo plants
and some craft paper bags, one packet with stripes and one with spots.
I decided to alter them a bit to make them into gift bags. I added rose rub ons to these 2, and then did some stamping and stenciling with archival black.




I collaged  paper napkins to these 2.


I added some more splodges of white, and doodled round the spots before
adding the sentiment:


On this one I added more splodges and then stenciled some black spots.
This was a a quick and easy way to make some pretty gift bags,
which will be useful for cookies or tags or whatever I put in them.


I am linking to Paint Party Friday

 Some more impressions from my walks:


















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

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Colourful

Hi Everybody!

A few weeks ago I painted an A3 piece using squares of various
bright colours. When it was finished, I drew lines in between using a
spectrum noir pen and then sewed over all the lines and edges with
red thread. I die cut circles in coordinating colours and sewed
them on as decorations, adding some tassels made of eyelash yarn.
Then I decided to make it into a book cover to hold
some of my large tags. I strengthened the inside covers, and
then added 4 signatures, which I sewed by hand. The last step was to
fix the signatures to the cover using eyelash yarn again to match the
decorations sewn onto the covers. The finished book is 20" x 8", and the
spine is 1 1/2" wide.

Front:


Before the book was made:


Back:





Filled with tags:







A couple of weeks back I won a prize on Stacy's blog,
Magic Love Crow. She always paints really mystical pieces, using her
wonderful crows and dramatic colours. She is very talented and
 I was more than happy when I got a mail to say I was the winner of her 
generous prize, which  arrived in my mail box 2 days ago:







Thanks Stacy, I am really happy to have your wonderful painting here.

Some photos from out and about these past days. We are experiencing
heavy storms just now, so will possibly be going off line till it calms down:











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