Tuesday, 27 May 2014

After The Storm

Hello Everyone

I'm back from my childminding stint. It was exhausting but a pleasure ... my grandchildren are lovely and the dog is cute. Call me daft but I took a fully kitted crafting tote with me ... needless to say it was never opened and no crafting was done. I was much too busy and then exhausted for that :)

However, just before I went, I did manage to complete this tag for the UKPC May Swap ... the theme was indigo ... to be interpreted any which way we liked.
As you can see, I opted to combine some IndigoBlu stamps, free with Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, with blue inks.

I started with a base of white card, stamped the main image using VersaMark and Stampendous clear embossing powder. Next, it was sponged all over with denim blue Gentle Blends, by Pinflair and buffed up with a tissue to remove as much as possible from the stamped image.
The next step was to ink through a couple of Clarity stencils, Square Honeycomb and Circle Dots, randomly around the edges of the tag with Memento Danube Blue, and then stamp the meadow flowers along the bottom edge.
The dragonfly was stamped on to blue textured card (docrafts Papermania) which was then rubbed with silver gilding wax (Pebeo) and decorated with blue gems ... it's attached to the tag with glue gel to give dimension.

I've finished the edges of the tag with the gilding wax before adhering it to a base of the blue textured card - also edged with silver - and decorated the 'hair' on the image with blue gems. The fibres are from a very useful stash I have tucked away in the craft room.

The 'mis'quote - 'with grace in her heart, and flowers in her hair' is from a Mumford and Sons number, After the Storm, hence the title of this post. For those interested here's a link with the official lyrics : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWYG7lZBc6U

It's a sad number but beautiful to listen to despite that.

I've made myself late for Pointless so I'm off to see what's left. I'll be back later because I have a ton of catching up to do :)

I hope you are all well and having a good week so far.

Happy Crafting,


  1. Oh l have to agree with your Elizabeth grandchildren are so rewarding but so tiring they take up all your time so no room for anything else so l see why no crafting was done....lol however your tag is stunning lovely colour too! take care xx

  2. This is beautiful Elizabeth very pretty Indio colour, sounds like you had a very busy weekend I hope you manage to rest up!

    Vic x

  3. We think our grandchildren are wonderful too...but you are right, no matter how wonderful, they are exhausting.
    The teachers are on strike today...rotating strikes one day a week, so we are taking the grandkids for the extra day.
    We spent it playing in the tidal pools at the ocean...Tide was out and we searched for the elusive sand dollars! Found lots of lovely shells but alas no sand dollars.

    A day of sunshine and walking in the sand, followed by ice cream cones and a visit to the pet store and we are ready to fall into bed...hahahahaha

    Your card is lovely. Those blues are so pretty and the gilded edges look stunning.

  4. Gorgeous tag Elizabeth, wonderful effects :o)
    Jackie xx

  5. hi Elizabeth just love this stamping and inky masking combo!!

    I am early for WOYWW so willb e back it is nearly over here already dark happy WOYWW5 Shaz in oz.x

  6. This is just so pretty I love this stamp it was such a great freebie. Love the colours and all the fab dragonfly gorgeous love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

  7. I sure can identify with taking craft supplies when I go to mind the grandchildren and not getting a thing done. But the grands are so much fun and will be grown before we know it. This is such a pretty tag! I'll have to go take a peek at the lyrics!


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