Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A celebration card with bling!

I've had bling on my mind for a few days now...  and no - my husband hasn't been begging me to accept diamonds as a token of his esteem! This is all about the relatively new CAS-ual challenge which is asking for clean and simple cards with bling. Before we go on, I just want to say that this challenge has given me more trouble than I would ever have imagined, and the final card bears no resemblance at all to the one I'd envisaged, but I think it turned out okay in the end! Come and see:

I wanted to use the 'sprinkling Dazzling Diamonds onto Sticky Strip' technique and (somehow!) ended up with this glitzy frame which I then embellished with self adhesive rhinestones. Now, bling and I have a cautious relationship - I'm happy with it in small quantities - so this was WAY outside my comfort zone! I felt I had to be very careful what something so attention grabbing would be framing!

After trying and discarding lots of ideas, I ended up going with this raised panel, stamped with a subtle leaf design then topped it with a group of tightly packed  rolled roses. Phew! Crisis over! There wasn't room for a sentiment on the card but I thought it would be fine inside... I do think the card would be good for weddings, anniversaries, engagements and other celebrations.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 21cm x 10.5cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Using post-it notes, mask off 1cm round the outside of the card front. Carefully place Sticky Strip just inside the mask, making sure you keep the corners neat. You will end up with a frame.
  • Take the backing off the Sticky Strip and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter onto the frame. Pour the excess back into the pot. Decorate the glittery frame with self-adhesive rhinestones.
  • Cut an 8.75cm square piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp with a leaf design - I used one of my favourite sets, Autumn Splendor. Use Always Artichoke ink and stamp several times without re-inking to get lots of tonal shades. Finally sponge the edges of the card stock with the ink and attach to the centre of the frame using dimensionals. It should slightly overlap the frame.
  • Cut nine circles using the 1 3/4" circle punch and make rolled roses from them. Place them close together in a square on the card front using glue dots.

Stamps: Autumn Splendor
Ink: Always Artichoke
Card stock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Other: 1 3/4" circle punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Rhinestones.

Do you ever get days when everything you create seems to go wrong? I've spent whole mornings getting more and more hot under the collar until I finally end up with something that looks as if I rescued it from the rubbish tip! On those days, boxes of ribbon tip over sending the ribbon reels shooting off in all directions, unravelling as they go; ink pads fall onto pristine pieces of finished work; glue stubbornly refuses to come out of its nozzle until I give up and then it suddenly decides to come out in a large splat... Does any of this sound familiar? I hope you get a calm and successful crafting session today!

I have another rose-inspired card to share with you tomorrow, so do pop back then if you have a minute. Thanks for looking today.


  1. LOL, Vicky, I hear you! You described some days perfectly! They make the normal days feel really special don't they? I'm not a blingy person either but I think this came together very well and not at all overdone! The roses are beautiful! I still haven't tried them. It will be a perfect wedding or anniversary card or even a birthday card? Who wouldn't like to recieve red roses and bling!

  2. Lol Vicky I cannot imagine you having a craft day like that!! Everything you make is so perfect...including this magnificent creation!

  3. You wouldn't know you were outside your comfort zone as this card is just gorgeous! I had to smile about your days where things don't go to plan - I can totally relate to days like that! Thanks for sharing! Nicole x

  4. Now... who KNEW that this card had caused you so much trouble!? It IS simply stunning!The labor of LOVE is paying off! Although I enjoy reading your creating process (we all had times that the ink pads smeared all over the place...the design turned out awful..etc), I am even more excited to see the final result!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. Wowzers! Is this ever pretty!! If this gave you trouble then trouble is your friend because this rocks :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  6. It's fabulous!! And you'd never know that it caused you issues!! I think the rolled roses are super and the bling frame looks wonderful. I can imagine this having pride of place on a mantle!!

  7. Arrrr Vicki this is beautiful, Red roses and Diamonds...what more could a girl want. Whatever trouble you had you got there in the end with style :)
    Jenny x

  8. Stunning card Vicky. Those roses look like they took some time to put together! But well worth the effort!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  9. Not sure what I like best about the card... the roses, the bling, the colour combination .. just gorgeous, Vicky!

  10. Oh yes Vicky . . . we all get days like THAT! LOL!

    This is a very pretty rose card. I really mut have a go at making some myself . . . and check out that challenge blog too!

    Hugs, Sandra

  11. I'm not a 'blingy' person either but I love that frame and can just about cope with the rhinestones!
    As usual you have managed to make a classy card even with 'bling'. As you say it would be lovely for a wedding card although I think I might use white roses rather than red, but then I am very boring!
    Looking forward to tomorrow's creation.
    Linda x

  12. This is just fab... love the frame, background stamping the pop of red in the roses.. beautiful. :)

  13. I've been away for a few days but wow have you been busy - all your work is fantastic. I particularly love the rose card - so elegant and I LOVE the bling! - Jacqueline xx.

  14. I'd like to know how you've made this wonderful roses. I've tried the whole evening but they are so awful.
    Greetings from Germany!!!

  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS and my birthday flower to boot! Love the glitter frame and those red roses just pop off that white :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  16. As soon as I scrolled down the page and saw this beauty, I thought "wow, she's done it again!" You and the bling seem to get along fine as far as I can see! And I'm intrigued by the dazzling diamonds on the sticky strip technique. I will file that away for future use!

  17. Beautiful work!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  18. Hi Vicky, WOW gorgeous roses, love the effect of them all together and who doesn't love a bit of sparkle:0) I know all about the days you talk about, I think you're right, we all do. On those days, just walk away from the paper, it's all gonna end in tears, LOL
    Thank you for your lovely comments:0) xxx

  19. Gorgeous! Those roses on the leaf background are stunning! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope you'll join us again and share more of your beautiful work with us!

  20. Oh I love this stunning, dynamic and fantabulous.


  21. Your description of a bad crafting day caused me to chuckle. Yeah... been there! :)
    And, how many ways can you find to use Autumn Splendor?!? Just when I think that I don't really need that set you come up with yet another way to use it that makes me wonder... :)


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x