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Monday 23 January 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 60 - use beads on your project

Jack is the host for this challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week,  and she has set us the task of using beads in our project.
I've been in a "clean and simple" frame of mind recently, and I decided to make my card comparatively plain and unfussy. 
The base card was a woven effect white 6" x 6" and I found this wonderful butterfly stamp (from Woodware)  in my stash which is perfectly suited to having beads used as part of the embellishment.

I stamped it onto plain white card using a versamark pad, and then embossed it using silver detail embossing powder.  I then coloured it using cut and dry foam and the Spice Big n Juicy pad and cut it out.  Because the antenna were a bit fiddly, I cut them off and put them in at the end using a fine gold pen.  The beads were stuck in the circles using pinflair glue gel.
The flowers were made by layering 4 layers of the flower punch (which is one of a set of petal pairs from tonic).   I cut them (and the leaves) out from a piece of backing paper, which I distressed with the same colours from the big and juicy pad so that they would tone.
The Marianne swirl was cut from a satin gold card offcut and was stuck down using pva glue.
I only ever buy the plain white chiffon ribbon - it is so easy to colour it to the shad you want using promarkers!  For this card, I cut a length and applied it down the card on the right hand side, sticking it down on the inside with plain old sellotape!

I then positioned the flowers and leaves so they looked like they were part of the swirl and put the butterfly in position across the ribbon.
Finally, the sentiment was from a Flowersoft set.   I stamped it onto plain card and distressed it using the Spice big and juicy pad.


 We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are offering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty taste bud.
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  1. Wow, this is a real beauty, the butterfly is stunning and the use of the beads is just perfect.


  2. A really beautiful card. I think the butterfly looks wonderful and I love the handmade flowers you created, they're fabulous.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the beads and the hand-made flowers too. xx

  4. This is so beautiful, classy and elegant.

    1. a wonderful card - love the colours.
      Doreen xx

    2. This is absolutely gorgeous - very elegant and somehow 'grown up'!

      I had to smile at your adding the antennae with a gold pen - I don't know how many times I've tried (and failed) to cut out butterfly antennae so I'll have to steal that idea next time!

  5. I love this - the colours, the layout, the butterfly, the swirl - it all works so beautifully together!! Cxx

  6. Lovely card. The butterfly is perfect for adding beads to isn't it. I wish I was that sensible with ribbon. I have drawers full of the stuff but never quite the right colour. I will have to remember your idea next time. xx

  7. Oh my word, soooo beautiful! This is stunning--that butterfly is amazing! :) And the flowers you've made are the perfect finishing touch!