Tuesday 20 March 2012


One of my sisters lives in rural Normandy in a very beautiful, peaceful spot. She runs the Gite St Vigor which is housed in a lovely old barn, full of history.

She has a huge menagerie of animals including seven dogs, a cat (I think there's only one left sadly), chickens and geese - there may be more but these are the ones I know of!
Bonjour les oies!
Honk honk! (not sure what that is in french!)

The inspiration for my tag this week are her geese. I have always loved geese (at a distance!) and have a number of pictures of them in my house.

I used the colours of spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips as the inspiration for my flowers and indeed my general colour scheme. I know people always think soft pastel colours for spring but what about the bright yellows, oranges, pinks and purples to name but a few that are in evidence at the moment? I love these almost violent colours and they really show the world of nature is coming alive after the winter.

I fear that my 'goose' may be a duck but a little imagination goes a long way!The photo is a little dark but if you look further down you can see some areas of the tag in a better light! The little wooden butterfly has been painted using acrylic and DI to help him blend in with the other elements of the tag.
The elements used to make my tag. The little wooden 'goose' was found in my local garden centre and some how found it's way into my basket! The little wooden butterfly and the beaded pin are not here as they were added later to my tag.

I used inks, stamping and acrylic paint on the background. The flowers, leaves and letters were die cut and inked. Embossing powder and stamping gives interest to the flowers and leaves. The beaded pin just visible on the left was made using a jewellery finding and some beads.

The beads have been attached using clear nylon thread - I prefer to do this rather than using glue. The leaves have been detailed using embossing powder and some coloured pencil.

I'm going to show my tag here:

Sunday Stamper - Paper roses / flowers
Tag Tuesday (shown on my blog as I'm only a visitor there!)


  1. LOVE IT!!! And I believe that the word for honk in French is.... Le'Honk ROFL (j'aime excusee pour Francais rubbishe LOL) Those layers of flowers are fab and the goosey is a cutie... how sweet! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper x

  2. Fabulous Tag. I love the colouring and of course that cute little duck. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Beautiful, ou jolie je dit! Honk en francais is just about the same but more nasal and drop the 'h'! Love the colours.

  4. Love the colours you've used Julia, makes me want to dig my tags out!

  5. I love your bright colours Julia!! lainey p.s you were following me not sure why you not there?? try doing it again. I know some have had probs with foloower widget coming & going but mine has stayed fine?? :)

  6. I love the colour scheme - this is a very pretty tag.

  7. Wow!!! I love your tag, and the little goose.


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