Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Three Little Birds! Blue and Words, Dragons Dream TIO.

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! It's been quite a busy time here! Sunday was so much fun at Alexandra Palace, meeting up with friends old and new and creating lots of tags featuring 'Bird-Ladies' - a 'mash-up' of the two Lin/Lynne's stamp designs for PaperArtsy! Now once again it's time to dream with the Dragons! This fortnight it's the turn of the lovely Elizabeth, also known as the Crafty Robin, so birdies still rule at the moment! She has chosen the recipe of 'Blue and Words'. You can see some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team here. Now blue is probably my favourite colour and just lately we've seen some wonderful springtime blue skies filled with birdsong. I was still in birdy mood so I took a jumbo tag and started to create a blue sky you might find in a magical land!

After covering my tag with a neutral shade of PaperArtsy Fresco paint - Vanilla - I blended PaperArtsy paints in Blue Oyster, Smurf, Mermaid and China. I then stenciled Lin Brown's circles using Lake Wanaka, moved the stencil just a little to the side and then stenciled on top again with Antarctic! I then used a tiny stamp of Lin Brown's with little speckles on it to stamp over my 'bubbles' with South Pacific. There's also some script stamping and some stamping through sequin waste too. So many blues! Because this is a jumbo tag, I wondered, would it be possible to feature not just one, but three birds on it: a chirpy trio?

And here they are! I thought they looked ready to start a little song and dance routine against their blue sky backdrop! I was reminded of Bob Marley's song 'Three Little Birds'. When we wake up to blue skies and birds singing, somehow our worries that seemed so insurmountable on a blustery, grey and damp day, just evaporate. I love the way this exquisitely simple song captures that feeling:
Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Saying', ("This is my message to you")

Singing' "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright."
Singing' "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright!"

And this is my message to you! Don't worry about a thing, just get those tranquil, blue paints or inks out, find some words that inspire you and a tag; make sure there's at least one real stamp on your tag and then join us at the Dragons Dream TIO Challenge here!


  1. Loving your Tag Julie Ann, the trio of birds is fantastic as is your message to us all :-) xxx

  2. Oh! Julie Ann! I'm not worrying about anything now because I've seen some more of your fabulous Bird Ladies!! Love those colours too! Only thing is, I will be singing the darn song all night!! LOL! Hugs, Chrisx

  3. I'm in love with your gorgeous tag.

  4. this is my message to you whowhoooo
    you had me singing my over over from FB to visit you here dear Julie Ann!
    This is just perfect in every details and those colors are truly fabulous together

  5. This tag is just gorgeous! love the shades of blue, and your birds are fabulous!!

  6. What a brilliant tag Julie Ann! Now I'm hearing Bob's song and your chirpy birds are singing for everybody. xxx

  7. Love it, love it, love it! Those birds make the blue sing!

  8. Fabulous tag - love those ladies and what an incredible message!! Thanks for making me smile! xx Lynn

  9. How sweet the trio is!! heehee Made me giggle aloud Julie Ann!! Love the drops in the background. Well done my friend-xoxo

  10. Love your bird ladies Julie Ann, a beautiful tag! xxx

  11. Such a wonderful tag! I love the three bird ladies.

  12. Love those funky chickens and the beautiful blue background. Lx

  13. A fantastic tag love the blue background and your funny birds, very creatively made. Julie Ann the little doll I have used in my assemblage is a frozen Charlotte, i love these dolls.

  14. Marvellous - love your blue skies with the magical stencilled bubbles and the birdwoman trio is fabulous!
    Alison xx


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