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Friday, 24 January 2014

Sunday Stampers week 291: Ultraviolet - Friday 24th January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

Wow! I was bowled over by all the comments about the Christening card on my last post, thank you to all of you who visited and commented. It did take quite a while to make and the person who commissioned it was thrilled with it, I'm happy to report! The aperture box card blanks are available from Stamps by Chloe. To be honest, I bought a pack a while ago to see what they were like: as you know I had become very busy so took time off from commissions and had also decided that I wouldn't offer any more boxed cards, but this lady had asked for one and as I had these on the shelf, I decided to give it a a go. It was very time consuming and not something I would choose to do often, but I was  very pleased with how it turned out.

Today I am back in my 'comfort zone' I guess, although I think that doing the commissions and workshops has made me try so many different styles and techniques, that I don't really feel 'uncomfortable' in most forms of paper craft any more. I think a better description would be "back doing what I like doing"...messing about with stamping and my melt pot!

Sunday Stampers for those who don't know, is a weekly challenge set by the oh so inspirational Hels Sheridan. You can create anything, just add in the weekly theme and some stamping. Click on my link to take a look at Hels' fab blog.

Up until I had my back problem and then our US trip last year, when I got all behind with everything, I don't think I'd missed one week for about a year, but since then I've missed so's hoping this is the start of regular participation once more!

This week Hels set the theme of adding violet/purple to our projects. I hadn't made a tag in  a while and I love making tags, so this week my little creation is just that!

I made the flowers using Spellbinders dies from Bitty Blossoms, inked the edges with Dusty Concord distress ink and dipped into UTEE in my melt pot. I've had my melt pot over a year now, I use it a lot and I still get a tingle every time a little paper flower comes out looking like porcelain!

To create the background for the tag I used a honeycomb mask, dabbed through with Gelato paint (my new love, it's fab and so versatile) that I had mixed with a little water. I used mostly Bubble Gum pink, but also a little white and blue (Cotton Candy), so it has a tinge of lilac, though still predominantly pink in tone just for a little contrast to the rest of the tag.

The butterfly is one of the 'Dinkies' by Indigo Blu, though actually it is quite a large stamp! I used clear embossing ink and mixed together two embossing powders that have been in my embossing powder drawer for years: they are both by Heritage Rubber Stamps. The colours I mixed are Grape and Rose Sparkle, which together have made a lovely deep purple with a fine shimmer. I used the same Gelato mixture to paint in the white areas of the butterfly.

I aded a stamped quote, again using the same embossing powders and some purple ribbon to finish off...well that's me for work, hairdresser this morning and then hopefully some craft time, but my dilemma today is paper craft or sewing craft? I have a few patterns all cut out ready to go..some Easter bunnies (yes I am finally thinking ahead!), another Tilda doll and a Tilda hen! Oh but I also have lots of paper craft projects to get on with.....Ooh decisions decisions :)

Whatever you do, have a fun day!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole, you certainly deserved all the comments about your box card, it was fabulous. I have just got this butterfly stamp! I love it and I love how you used it on your beautiful tag. That sentiment is wonderful too and how very true is that! Hope you have lots of fun doing whatever takes your fancy in the craft room, can't wait to see your Tilda hen now. I am a very lucky girl, in a week from now I will be attending a weekend workshop with Hels and I am getting really excited now! Hugs, Anne x

  2. Hi Carole,
    I'm not surprised you got so many great comments on your Christening card, it was superb. Love your tag today, good luck with the challenge.

  3. Any praise for your stunning card is well deserved, it was beautiful.
    Today's Tag is also beautiful, love everything about it. How very true is that sentiment????
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia xx

  4. Fabulous tag Carole. Love the colours & the butterfly. I love using quotes on my cards and this one is a wonderful sentiment. Hugs Christine xx

  5. Wonderful tag Carole - my colours of course!!! Yay. I still haven't used my Melt Pot (shame on me) but I know I must give it a go - I saw Hels with the jewellery bits and pieces the other day and bought some 'cos they were super! I now have to be really brave and get to it. I wish you lived a little nearer 'cos you could give me a little 'prod' in the right direction! LOL.

    Hugs to you (I hope the girls are all well) Sue Pxxx

    1. Hi Susie, when those bits arrive, get it down and use will love it!!! Looking forward to seeing your creations and thank you, the 'girls' and clucking along fine! X

  6. Such a beautiful tag! The sentiment and butterfly are lovely and the flowers look so effective. Really looking forward to seeing the Tilda Hen!

  7. This is a beautiful tag Carole. Hazel x

  8. Very pretty tag Carole, & I really love the dinky butterfly & the mixed embossing powder colours. Have a fab rest of the weekend, see you Thursday.
    Amy x

  9. Beautiful!! Your flowers are truly lovely!

    Have fun doing whatever craft suits your fancy today!!


  10. This is a beautiful tag Carol- thanks for sharing with us and hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  11. This is so pretty Carole, I'm loving the butterfly and the delicate hue of colour. Your last card well deserved all the comments, hope you are having a good weekend. Hugs barb x

  12. Oh wow Carole, this is just soooo beautiful with such inspirational wording. Just love the butterfly.
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  13. Hi Carole, I love your tag, the butterfly is simply gorgeous. Thanks for always taking the time to visit me and leave such lovely comments. I really appreciate it. Cx

  14. Hi Carole,
    what fab work in this delightful tag. Love that honeycomb mask, it looks really great. Super bitty blossom flowers too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. Your tag is a beauty, love that color! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  16. Such a pretty tag! Love the colors! Thanks for your sweet comment on my Blog! Hugs!

  17. Stunning! Love the butterfly, tis gorgeous. Great to see you back and I hope that your pain is more under control now hun... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x