Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Toffee and Lace.

Hello and welcome to my friends and followers, old and new. The time has once again flown by and it's another challenge at the Dragons Dream Tag it on Challenge here. This time it's my turn to choose the recipe and I decided on whatever colour you might have in your stash that resembles toffee, and the opportunity to use those treasured scraps of lace that we all squirrel away. Please pop across and take a look at the great inspiration from the Dragon Design Team.

I began by covering a Jumbo tag with Vanilla Fresco Finish paint by PaperArtsy and then pasted on some tea-stained lace, using Soft Gel Medium by Prima.

When this was dry I stenciled with a Rebekkah Meier doily stencil in Toffee Fresco and the new Blue Oyster. The script is Sara Nauman from one of her new plates for PaperArtsy and  I stamped it with Frescos in Vanilla and Toffee. I really like the effect of stamping with paint.

Next I Painted some tissue with translucent Frescos to create the impression of stained glass, stamping over them with the Elizabethan lady from Lynne Perrella, LPC031. Crafty Individuals' Lovely Lace, provided the background for my sentiment. I stamped the lace onto Toffee card using PaperArtsy Vanilla. I then delved into my stash to find some embellishments that could look antique with a little help.

A Prima Mechanical seemed to echo the lacy circles of the lady's ruff and I placed this painted rose at the centre of another little metal shape, touching both with Florentine Treasure Gold.

And a lacy butterfly lands on the lady's curls. I love the intricacy of this fine lady's ruff. She certainly looks grand enough to be Queen Elizabeth the First herself! Each time I come back and use this stamp, I see something else to focus on and this time it has been that incredible lace. What skill it must have taken to create something so complex and beautiful.

A little paper ribbon added the finishing touch with some Sara Nauman script printed on it in Jet Black Archival. I added Florentine and Blue Sapphire Treasure Golds to the lace in places too.

Finally, a white lace border echoes the ruff, while the curled corners of the tissue are edged with Florentine Treasure Gold. Thank You so much for stopping by Magpieheaven today. I do hope you will have a go at your own version of Toffee and Lace for the Dragons Dream TIO this fortnight. We can't wait to see what you come up with.


  1. Lovely combination Julie Ann! Like the way you have used the Rebekah Meier stencil, this is one of my favourites of hers. The colours works beautifully together and once again you have created something magical :-) xxx

  2. Love your tag and the butterfly hat is fab! Great theme, thank you!

  3. Thanks for the theme, and the kind words, I was quite stumped really! I love your tag with the lace embedded to the base of the tag under everything else..

  4. Beautiful tag! The background colours are fab.

  5. this is SOOOOOO gorgeous. I love the way you used the lace. you thoroughly inspire me! xo

  6. Stunning Tag Julie Ann! The background is very complex and so beautiful and fabulous layers. I was always impressed by your works and very very inspired. Especially recently works. xxx

  7. gorgeous textures in the layers and wonderful colour x

  8. Looking at your second photo Julie Ann I would have had trouble going any further not wanting to cover a bit of that up
    What you created in the end is just splendid!
    a humble tag becomes a work of art with your magical touches!
    Happy Spring to you and yours ♥

  9. A really fabulous tag for a brilliant recipe! Love it!(I now have the stamp- it is gorgeous isn't it) I love the background she is on and as Patty says - I would have had difficulty covering it up! Hugs, Chrisx

  10. JulieAnn! Those bits of lace are beautiful! If I hadn't seen the steps, I would think they were part of the doily stencil! Beautiful my dear friend! xo

  11. Beautiful Julie Ann, love that colour combination!

  12. What a beautiful mix of stamps, stencils and colours to make this gorgeous tag.

    Lesley Xx

  13. Definitely good enough to eat - what a gorgeous vintage tag.
    Alison xx

  14. Well toffee and lace sounds...and looks wonderful, great background for the LP image. Gorgeous! Ruth x


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