Wednesday 15 January 2014

Dragons' Dream TIO: 'Script, One Real Stamp and the Letter L'.

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven. You might remember that yesterday I said I would be back wearing a different hat? Well, I've replaced my Paper Artsy hat with a Dragon head-dress for today! I am so excited to be able to tell you that I have been accepted onto the team at The Dragons' Dream! I'm not quite sure if I can take all this excitement, I seem to have permanent butterflies in my tummy at the moment - excitement mingled with nerves! If you would like to find out all about their fabulous Tag it on Challenge, please click HERE. I learned about this challenge early on in my blogging days back in April and I've loved taking a look at the recipes dreamed up by the Dragons ever since. Now I can be part of the 'family' so Thank You Dragons for taking me on board. My first tag is an interpretation of the recipe 'Script, One Real Stamp and the letter L' set by the very talented and accomplished Silvia. Please do pop over to the Dragons' Dream to see the other fabulous interpretations. Then join in and see if you can create your own response and link up your design. You need to include script, one real stamp and the letter 'L' somewhere on your tag. I started with a Manila Jumbo tag.
I painted this with a good coat of Paper Artsy Little Black Dress Fresco and then applied a thin layer of Crackle Glaze. When the Glaze was quite dry, I painted the tag with Caramel Fresco and waited for the Crackle to work its magic. When the tag was dry and crackly, I stamped the Paper Artsy Mini 75, which is a nice fine script all over the tag, using Ranger Black Archival ink.
Then it was time to think about embellishment. I had my script, how was I going to incorporate the letter 'L' in my design? Script suggested medieval heraldry to me. I rather liked the idea of a fantasy heraldic design using Lynne Perrella images and maybe displaying my letter 'L' as it would appear as an illuminated medieval letter. I have also seen some lovely script flowers made by other crafters so I wanted to incorporate flowers like this too.
I took some sketch paper and painted it with Frescos in Vanilla on one side, Blood Orange over Nougat on the other and stamped with Paper Artsy script stamps Mini 26 and Mini 84 so that I had double-sided paper. I embossed my script with some copper and verdi-gris embossing powder over Versamark and die cut some Tim Holtz Tattered Florals. The tulip was made from a Paper Artsy Eclectica Die and a Lynne Perrella image stamped onto Smoothy Card painted with Caramel, Vanilla and Blood Orange and Chocolate Pudding edging. I stuck this onto a black oval - card painted with Little Black Dress - edged with Treasure Gold.

I also used some book text on one of my flowers, which, rather conveniently included the words, 'Rose' and 'Heraldry'. Do you ever find that happens when using book text? Somehow you have just torn or cut the perfect words for your project.
I die cut a Paper Artsy shape from their 'Hardware' plate that would form my 'heraldic' base for the letter 'L'. I used a tiny rose given my by my dear, crafting friend, Kerry and stamped the script on this with Blood Orange Fresco rather than ink, edging it and the rose with Florentine Treasure Gold.
I  dry brushed the edges of my tag with Blood Orange, Toffee and French Roast and sprinkled some Gold UTEE along the sides.

Here is my 'L' taken from Tim Holtz's 'Worn Alphabet' and embossed on to Little Black Dress with Copper embossing powder before edging with some Blood Orange and Rose Quartz Treasure Gold. Adding the leaves reminded me of the way that medieval illuminations really seem to come alive with letters bursting into flowers and foliage. This flower is the one with the book text that I was so pleased about! I hope you can see the words Rose and Heraldry through the paint! I also edged my florals with Treasure Gold in Florentine and Rose Quartz.
My paper was decorated on both sides so I was able to curl my petals over to reveal text underneath too! I added some cream hemp and some tea-stained lace.
My main stamped image was the centre of my tag. I cut and played around with different elements from the Lynne Perella image to adapt it to the Lin Brown tulip. I loved the way that the image also had medieval script on it. The tower above the lady's head resembled a petal, I thought.
And here is the whole tag...
I finished it off with some punched paper lace with script printed in black Archival ink. Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven and taking a look at my tag. I do hope you will try your hand with this recipe and find a moment to dream with the Dragons too!


  1. Hi Julie Ann, Welcome to Dragons Dream... we are all so excited to have you join us... I adore your tag...the texture & stamping is fantastic...the flowers are so beautiful... Love it... great take on the recipe....Hugs May x x x

  2. Your creations are always kind of heavenly (:o)

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  4. WOW you're on a roll with your DT's aren't ya - well done on this one too!!

    Great first creation, you've got fab crackle going on there and obs love the LP images - great job

    Sam xxx

  5. Amazing how much texture you crammed into this piece. Love the contrasts between crackled tag and flowers etc. beautiful. Love it. x

  6. Fab tag, almost puts mine to shame but I was time limited with going away :) it's so exciting for both of us new teamies .

  7. Congrats again Julie Ann, these things come in threes so what is your next sekrit lol :-)

    Beautiful Tag, lovely colours tons of texture & interest. Another stunner:-) xxx

  8. Wow Julie Ann such a fantastic take on this recipe. A gorgeous tag. Happy to be your design team sister at Dragons Dream Tag It On.

  9. Another wonderful creation from our 'Magnificent Magpie'. Congrats on your news at Dragons Dream.

    Julie x

  10. Julie Ann, welcome to the team - what a fabulous start you've made! I love your tag, the crackle background with the script and then the flowers are also fantastic!

  11. Wow beautiful Julie Ann. Well done on you design team spot.


  12. "Magnificent Magpie" eeekkkksss I love that tittle, the Magpie Parliament think so too :O),
    You had me at the crackle :O). I'm so flipping excited, it's all coming true, well a huge congratulations my friend you deserve it, you have always been creative, you have out done your self on this tag, the background on the tag itself is just freaking gorgeous, and a huge KOODOOSS to you for making those fantastic flowers, that little plate is fabulous, the other oval with the image is magnificent,, you arranged all the beautifully around that gorgeous tag, I knew I was going to love what you were going to create, for my favorite challenge Dragons Dream, but you blew me away, exceptional work for your first design task...You have been a busy Magpie this week hope you get a wee bit of time to relax this weekend, ((( BIG HUGS ))) have a grrrrreat one..

  13. Congratulations again Julie Ann!
    Your tag is really're going to be such an asset to the DD team!
    Alison xxx

  14. That gorgeous crackle is stunning in itself, I wanted to reach out and touch it and then we come to those beautiful script flowers. Absolutely gorgeous and let me say Congratulations to you!

  15. Blooming amazing - love those flowers! This tag is truly beautiful- I am of course influenced by the fact that Lynne Perella stamps are involved! Hope I get a chance to play! Chrisx

  16. Wow - your 2014 is shaping up explosively brilliantly - congratulations!! And a fantastic tag to kick things off - wonderful stamping and stunning flowers... beautiful work!
    Alison xx

  17. A terrific tag with all the stamping and the brilliant background. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog, and, yes, we met at ally pally with Lucy. Maybe we meet again this year in Spring? Have a great week.

  18. Wow.. Julie Ann. I love all the gorgeous details on this tag. The textures and colors are awesome! :)

  19. Gorgeous tag, love all the layers you have used and welcome on board, we are soooooo happy to have you join us. Elizabeth xxx

  20. Love the grunge and dreamy look of your tag Julie-Anne and especially the fabby stamps and colours.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  21. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning tag, really love the background and those flowers are awesome. Congratulations on your new DT. Lots of hugs Kerry Ann xxxxxxxx


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