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Monday, 20 February 2012

Duo of Dragonflies' Digitalis Delight Alphatag

I was beginning to despair over a devilishly difficult "D" Alphatag for the Baroque Guild Swap. My dandelion doily was too distressed & dull so I abandoned that & after deciding that the diamante Damask was resembling a disaster I tried decorated diamonds which most certainly didn't fall into a decorative category. I'd abandoned some delightful digitalis (foxgloves) which were also proving dull but as I was  rapidly running out of time since I need to post the tags to arrive by the 23rd I tried adding some dragonflies & decided that would work. Deliberating over my title I realised that I had a duo of dragonflies - finally my "D" Alphatag was done & dusted. 

front of tag
close-up showing paper pierced scallops plus
 sparkle & shine of heat embossed dragonflies
close-up showing sparkly throats of coloured digitalis
back of tag
close-up showing paper pierced scallops &
 inked edges of theme panel

Stamps Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0375 Honey Bee (digitalis flowers), UA5SP0347 Doodle Butterfly (large dragonfly) & UA5SP0346 Doodle Birds (small dragonfly).
Inks Memories Dye Black (digitalis flowers); Emboss Tinted Embossing Stamp Pad with Stampendous Rainbow Crystal Embossing Powder (dragonflies); Black Soot Distress Ink for inking various cardstock edges.
Colouring Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor, Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pen, Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Marker.
Cardstock White, black & pink from stash.
Die Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Tag & Bookplates.
Punches Woodware (scalloped circle & scalloped square).
The ribbon is from stash.

Challenges Entered
Allsorts Week 142 - Anything Goes
Simon Says.........Tag It!
Stampalot February Challenge - In the Garden (we have loads of dragonflies in our garden during the summer & although we have no foxgloves as yet they are a common garden flower or sometimes even a weed)


Sandra said...

Another gorgeous tag Paula. I am really enjoying these challenges although they do cause some head-scratching at times!!! I've done E, but thought it "needed just a little something" and now I've had to bin it! F is OK, but not got a clue with G yet! Sandra.

Deborah Frings said...

Delightly, delicious post!! Love all the "Ds". Your duo of dragonflies and digitalis decoration is delightful! Sorry, couldn't resist! :) Great work!

Pink Dandelion said...

Beautiful tag Paula, love your embossed dragonflies. The combination of the coloured and the black inked foxgloves is fab too. Debs xx

veronica said...

lovely tag Paula - you had far more ideas than I did! Any spare suggestions for E?

Jean Straw said...

Lovely tag Paula. I love foxgloves and yours are beautiful with their sparkly throats. Lovely embossing on the dragonflies too.Jean x

jackiescrafts said...

Your tag is delightful Paula your duo of dragonflies and digitalis is just perfect.

Jackie x

craftimamma said...

Another gorgeous tag Paula! I love your colouring techniques on the foxgloves and the sparkly 'throats' are so pretty. I certainly don't think this would have been 'dull' but the dragonflies and a lovely addition and the holographic embossing is lovely. For some reason I always ruin this type of EP and I think it's probably because I heat it a tad too long. You've done it perfectly.

Lesley Xx

saturated canary said...

So pretty...loving the little hints of sparkle! What a fun project this must be for you! Looking forward to seeing your following letters!

Have a Divine Day:)...hehehe.


brenda said...

I just love it Paula.

Digitalis are my favourite traditional cottage garden flowers and we have many in our garden in the most amazing array of colours. Closely followed by lupins and hollyhock.

The contrast of the dark stamping around the edge with the delicately coloured digitalis in the centre offsets perfectly, then the dragonfly panel draws it all together beautifully.

Thank you so much for joining us In the Garden at Stampalot challenge, good luck and hope you will join us again next month.

B x

Rica said...

Hi Paula - hope you are well and behaving your self!!!
Your tag is gorgeous, the digitalis border and the dragonflies are so beautifully sparkling. The pink back accentuates the front perfectly.
Heather xx

Thanks for joining us with the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Aquarius said...

Well done you got there in the end - this is gorgeous (three letters to worry about for next month!!)

GinaA said...

This is a fabulous tag Paula, the CB stamps are great to work with and your colouring practice has certainly paid off. Great heat embossed dragonflies. The reverse is a work of art as well, I have the fronts finished on the next 3 but not the reverse. Have been doing some spring cleaning so will have to get myself into craft mode again.

Cathy A said...

What can I say......Disaster Diverted, Delightful that enough D's for your dreamy tag!

pinky said...

Its just gorgeous Paula, love the dragonflies. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous tag Paula, so pretty and I love the colour combo :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Francesca said...

Absolutely beautiful, thanks for joining us for our IN THE GARDEN challenge
over at Sir Stampalot this month
and good luck !


Giò said...

WOW Paula!! Also this tag is wonderful!! I love the embossed dragonglies and the colored flowers give such a lovely contrast!!!
Have a great day my dear :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

"D" is for divine Paula! Love the effect of the dragonflies on the scalloped die-cut. It gives the impression we are getting a sneak peek of what is happening in and around this garden of flowers.

Annie said...

delightfully different! an aDorable tag Paula .. .. and love the sparkle!
hugs, annie x

Nicola said...

Gorgeous tag Paula, I love all the different elements to it especially those embossed dragonflies!
Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge this week at Allsorts and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

xxxtglxxx said...

Firstly - Congratulations on your Top3 Paula! I was so thrilled to see your crown tag on the challenge blog! :)

This is such a stylish and elegant tag! Love the colour combo - so dramatic and eye-catching. The dragonflies in the holographic embossing look brilliant and the foxgloves are beautiful.

I did smile at your comment - digital-is! :D

Hope you have a smashing weekend,



~ Ali ~ said...

Fantastic!!! love what yu have done with this PAula.

Have a super weekend sweetie

ali x

Elaine said...

Fabulous Paula!
I love the colours and the dragonflies, and the digitalis border is perfect.
So beautiful...sorry to hear the 'D' caused you a headache but the finished result is well worth all your effort.

Hugs Elaine xx

Kathryn said...

hee hee i love your way with words :) another stunner, I was a little delayed in posting mine too.

Im browsing your blog for tips with my new Poly do dahs pencils I need some blending solution me thinks xx

Ruth said...

Beautiful garden themed tag.Thanks for sharing it with us at Sir Stampalot! Ruth :)

Debbi Glennie said...

really great idea to pick out the spots on the foxgloves throats with sparkle Paula - just lifts it perfectly

Lorraine said...

oh wow you sure are great at tags i just love the embossed dragon flies hun they are gorgeous and the flowers around the edges love it xx