Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Dreaming with the Dragons - Vintage, lace, buttons and a Game!

Hello to my lovely followers and visitors to Magpieheaven. I've just made it into the Dragons' Dream Tag it on Challenge before the dragons close those gates! It's been such a busy time, but without further ado I'll show you my interpretation of the recipe, which I have to say I found quite a challenge.  We had to make our tags vintage using lace and buttons, but there was a twist! Somehow a game had to be incorporated. I started with a corrugated card tag and a couple of flowers I had created already, using a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and my handmade, shrink plastic buttons. I had my buttons and I decided they would dictate my colour scheme.
I painted the tag with first Little Black Dress by Paper Artsy Fresco then Crackle Glazed it when it was dry. I painted over with the new Lake Wanake blue and edged my tag with some White Fire Treasure Gold and Classic Treasure Gold. I used pale green seam-binding stained with Distress Inks in Broken China, Tattered Rose and Peacock Feathers and I attached a die-cut frame painted with Fresco Tinned Peas crackled and edged with Treasure Gold. The seam-binding, Crackle and colours I hoped would create a vintage feel to the tag. The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous plate and reads 'We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing', which - as my English Literature students will tell you - is an example of a rhetorical device called Chiasmus! I used Rose for the background of the sentiment and edged with UTEE gold. So that the sentiment would stand out, I used foam pads to fix it.
The words are clear embossed and you can see in this close-up the button stamped with Archival onto Shrink Plastic painted with Lake Wanake. The game is represented by the ivory mini die from Retro Cafe Art Gallery stuck on with Glossy Accents, and the three little girls playing the circle game in this scrap of Graphic 45 paper.
The text on the flower petals is from 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll.
Here is the flower at the top. The layers are made from gauze, tie-dye fabric and some cheap printer paper coloured with distress inks and Treasure Gold. The handmade buttons are made using a Hot Picks stamp from Paper Artsy. If you click on the images you should be able to see in a little more detail the mix of textures and the Crackle Glazing. I edged the bottom of the tag with some black lace.

Even though I puzzled over how to interpret the recipe, in the end I had so much fun creating this tag, which I am giving my daughter for her twentieth birthday on Friday, when - to my delight - she has asked to celebrate with a girls' day out in London's Oxford Street, shopping and lunching with Mum! Thank you for stopping by and thank you, Dragons for letting me dream with you today.


  1. That is some challenge, lots to think about. You did a fantastic job! :-)

  2. Fabulous take on this recipe Julie Ann...so much wonderful detail...the colours & design are fabulous...Have a wonderful time shopping with your lovely daughter...Thank you so much for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream...Hugs May x x x

  3. This is beautiful! Have a lovely day with your daughter!

    Lucy x

  4. That's a fantastic take on the challenge, great elements and layers. Thanks for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream Tag It On.

  5. Terrific tag, really lovely.

  6. Hello Julie Ann, I love the Dragons Dream Tag challenge.. I really love the colors you used for a vintage look all those pretty soft colors,, with your beautiful flowers, the stamp with the three little girls is too sweet, and those tiny dice, love them, that sentiment is perfect, I loooooove to play :O), it certainly keeps us young. I really like the swirls behind and the crackle is gorgeous, thanks for sharing, wishing you a fabulous Mother & Daughter day, that's perfect, how special she wants to spend it with you, shows your a great Mom,, give Matilda a big birthday hug for my, (((( BIG HUGS ))))...

  7. Great tag Julie very clever. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream TIO, and have a fab time in London. Elizabeth xxx

  8. This is wonderful Julie Ann!! The little girls playing ring around the rosy is perfect for this vintage looking tag. The colors are beautiful and I think you did one outstanding job with the recipe. I know you had a wonderful day with your daughter. I would too if I could get myself to London!!!

  9. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous, the flowers are beautiful, and the handmade buttons are stunning. I love the graphic 45 paper with the girls on, what is the paper called, I really would like some. It's great you have had so much fun, I have a full day of crafting today and I'm really looking forward to it. Lots of hugs :-) Kezzy xxxxxx


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