Sunday, 13 April 2014

All's Right With the World Tag

Hello Everyone

And a happy Sunday to you all too.  We've had a pretty easy day of it today with neither of us feeling like doing much at all ... no crafting to speak of and it's much too cold outside to do anything in the garden.

As there hasn't been a lot going on in the craft room I thought I'd share this tag. The UKPC challenge last month was to create something using book pages - this tag is what I came up with. A lot of snippets and stuff that had been tucked away and long forgotten so I'll be submitting it to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 120.
Although it's not too clear in the photos the green cardstock base of the tag is covered with part of a book page, from an old poetry book, published 1950, entitled Poet's Quair, which was first stamped with a variety of flourishes and flowers (all items used listed below), next a layer of gesso was added before it was stamped again, this time with trailing leaves using adhesive and adding gilding flakes, and of course the sentiment.
The poem, Pippa's Song, was also taken from a book page and framed, using a scalloped square one from Bazzill Chips Shapes embossed with glittery lemon and lime WOW powders, to give it prominence on the tag. The frame was adhered to a snippet of patterned paper before being glued on to the tag.
The snowdrops were stamped on to an oval die-cut and painted with a pale green mica powder mixed with water. The butterflies were stamped on to scraps of the same patterned paper used to back the frame, cut out and decorated with a mix of pearls and gems.
The back is simply decorated with some gilding flakes and butterflies.

- Base: smooth white card and green card
- Book pages: from the old poetry book
- Stamps - Leafy Swirl from Clarity Stamps; Snowdrops from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy Spring; Snowdrops, Leaf and Sentiment from Clear Impressions' Wild & Free collection; Papermania Urban Stamps Butterflies
- Paint - white gesso
- Shapes - square from Bazzill Chips Shapes; oval frame from Stix2 Oval Shapes set; square scalloped frame from stash
- Embossing Powders: Sheena's WOW! Easter Sparkle and Lime Light; Heat It Up Gold
- Inks: Archival Black; Ranger's Squeezed Lemonade and Shabby Shutters; VersaFine Olympia Green; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark Watermark
- Crafty Notions Adhesive and Sunshine Gilding Flakes
- Ranger's Perfect Pearls Interference Green
- Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Origins Seaweed Wrap
- Trims/Embellishments: fibres, ribbons, baker's twine and yellow pearls from stash; Anita's gems - yellow

My daughter popped round this afternoon ... she has asked me to shorten the gorgeous evening dress she has bought to wear to a ball in Ireland next month. She is such a titchy wee thing that she can never find clothes of the right length. I'll be tackling it with bated breath because it is a lightweight knit fabric, with a lot of stretch in it, and there's two layers to alter too ... now where did I put that packet of ballpoint needles!

But first things first, must go and watch Endeavour on TV now.

Hope you all have a lovely evening whatever you are doing.

Happy Crafting,


  1. Totally stunning tage Elizabeth x

  2. That's a stunning tag! I love the butterflies and blooms! Have fun altering that dress :)

  3. Your tag is beautiful, Elizabeth! I love the shimmer of the glittery bits and the stamped images are so pretty.

    I have bought some gesso to try these wonderful techniques I have been reading about...

    We had a few episodes of Endeavour over is a fabulous show. I think the writing and the acting are both superb. Sadly, we have not had any more for a very long time...hopefully we will get the next series soon.

  4. What a pretty tag and lovely words :o)
    Jackie xx

  5. Good Morning Elizabeth,
    Hope all went well with the hemming of your Daughters dress and that she had a wonderful time.
    What a lovely tag and I enjoy working with book pages. My new favorite thing to use. I did a wonderful job of incorporating all your lovely snippets.
    Thank you for your well wish for my four legged boy too.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Bobbie Lynn

  6. Very pretty! There is so much to look at and admire on your tag. The gilding flakes really make it though.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous tag Elizabeth! So much lovely detail, I love the Pippa words and brave you playing with gilding flakes - just the right finishing touch to a beautiful tag.


    Di xx

  8. Gorgeous card Elizabeth. You are very adventurous trying out different techniques.

  9. This is so pretty Elizabeth. Love it.

    Happy Easter wishes going your way.


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