Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bright Blossoms beadiness

Well, those ladies at Less is More certainly know how to set a challenge! Use Beads they say this week, and that's all very well if you have beads but what do you do if you haven't? Make some of course! Come and have a look:

Card using Bright Blossoms from Stampin' Up

It might be snowing out there but I've had quite enough of winter and there's a definite suspicion of spring or even summer going on in this card! I've used a favourite colour combination and some sweet stylised blooms from Stampin' Up's Bright Blossoms stamp set along with a little scoring with my Borders plate.

Close up of border scored with Simply Scored Borders plate from Stampin' Up

I grounded my flowers with a strip of dotty designer paper and centred them with hand-made beads. It's easy to make beads by rolling the wide end of triangles of designer paper round your paper piercing tool, adding glue to the rest and rolling them up fully. (TIP: these can be made more robust by coating them in Crystal Effects and they're easily threadable.) The card was finished with a sentiment in Sahara Sand and an embossed butterfly.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Just Believe (for the sentiment)
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand
Card stock: Whisper White, Pool Party
Other: Simply Scored, Borders score plate, Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper, Pool Party bakers twine, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, stamp-a-majig
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I've been having a massive clear out of my wardrobe today. There's a charity shop pile, an 'oh my goodness it's a rag' pile, a pile which needs mending/altering and a pile which is no good for now but which might come in useful later. I ended up with a very small pile of clothes that fit and look vaguely reasonable which I put back into my suddenly very spacious wardrobe! There you are - it can snow all it likes but I'm having a clear out so it must be spring!

I'll be back on Monday. Hope to see you then,

37 comments:

  1. Pretty card Vicky love your little beads..well done for clearing out your wardrobe something I keep putting off ...

    Anne

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  2. Vicky, this is so pretty. Love the embossing and that butterfly. Hope y'all get some warmer weather soon.
    Lynn

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  3. I was visiting the Less is More blog, and your card caught me, absolutely gorgeous! I like you clever use of homemade beads too. TFS

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  4. What a fabulous card and how inventive to make ur own beads & they look great too

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  5. I love this Vicky, it's great to have a glimpse of spring! xx Jan

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  6. OK. It's a cute card and wonderful effect. But you definitely haven't sold me on the "easy to make beads" part!

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  7. Definately a touch of spring in the air with this card design using your clever beads! Wish we could exchange some of your cold with some of our heat! I too, have had a clean out of my wardrobe this week as our church had a "clothes swap" yesterday. I took 2 bags of clothes and only came home with 1 item! All the leftovers will be donated to charity.

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  8. Well done on the clear-out, Vicky! It's such a great feeling!

    Your card is outstanding even w/o the beads, but then to find out that you MADE your own beads? Well, this is certainly a winner in my book and I am well and truly inspired!!

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  9. This card really appeals to me Vicky - I love the colours you used and also the 'neat' (as in neat and tidy) blooms. I am just discovering Stampin Up and love what can be made with their products. Your style is super!

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  10. How clever of you to make your own beads Vicky. A lovely spring card. Xx

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  11. Such a lovely little card - it's as fresh as a daisy ! I love the use of the borders scoring plate - the composition of the whole card is just perfect !
    I'm with you - we've had way too much Winter weather ! I'm hibernating again today and crafting !!! Hugs Jane x

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  12. terrific CAS card Vicky. Pretty, clean and just perfect!

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  13. Lovely card Vicky. I like the fact that there are lots of techniques and elements but it still looks clean and simple. I'm no good at throwing things away, much to my husband's irritation - you never know when you might need it! x x

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  14. Very pretty Vicky. I said 'beads' in pretty much the same way as you when I saw the challenge - I wasn't resourceful enugh to think of making them though :0)
    Margaret x

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  15. That's a pretty card Vicky. It must be the time of year, my wardrobe is crying out for a review too. I bet even though you don't have so many clothes to choose from you'll find you have far more outfits than you thought now you've made it easier to choose them. But obviously a shopping trip is also in order...

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  16. Lovely cheery colours and great idea to use handmade beads, wish I had done that ...!x

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  17. A great Spring card Vicky, and the hand made beads are a Fab idea ( I may need to borrow that if it's ok with you?)

    Well done for starting your Spring clear out!

    Bev x

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  18. Wow, Vicky! That is beautiful!

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  19. Your post made me laugh as I have just finished clearing our a rather large wardrobe with hubby and we are both exhausted. Love your spring card and so clever of you to make your own beads. The little blooms are a delight and the embossing is such a lovely touch.

    Marie

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  20. This card is lovely Vicky and stood out in the gallery.

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  21. THis is really cute. I just had this stamp set out on my desk as I hadn't played with it for a while, but was stumped....now perhaps you've given me a kick start!

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  22. They say that necessity is the mother of invention...and just look at how creative you are! I love how this looks...and the paper beads make the perfect flower centers!!

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  23. Such a pretty card and handmade beads! Fab.
    Linbyx

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  24. This looks amazing Vicky, and hand made beads too... wow!
    Thanks so much, I love the colour combo.
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  25. I knew you wouldn't let us down!! always inventive and why didn't i think of paper beads

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

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  26. Great card Vicky. I also made paper beads but abandoned the idea when the card just failed to come together, yours is stunning though.

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  27. Well done for being so inventive Vicky - a beautiful card, and I do like the dry embossing. Lynn x

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  28. Amazing card, love the beads! xxx

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  29. Very pretty card Vicky - well done.

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  30. Lovely spring colours and well done for making your beads!

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  31. Amazing Vicky. Love your springlike card and your beads are fantastic.
    Lynne xxx

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  32. This is so gorgeous Vicky. Happy Easter :) Viv xx

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  33. This is gorgeous Vicky, and I'm loving the beads...wish I'd thought of that! ;)
    Lizy xx

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  34. Making your own beads is the definition of creativeness!!! they make the perfect flower centres too :0)
    Jenny x

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