Beads, Glorious Beads!

The micro challenge over at Caardvarks is to use beads on your project. Since making beaded jewelry is one of my favorite things (albeit something I don't do much of due to my carpal tunnel issues), I couldn't pass up this challenge. I knew I needed to pick an image that would go well with bling - and who better than CosmoBella? The layout is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #17. I started by stamping CosmoBella in Ancient Page Coal black and coloring with Prismacolors and Gamsol. Next I cut varying sizes of circles in Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate with my Creative Memories Circle Cutting system. I followed this tutorial on Leigh O'Brien's blog for making the scallops around largest circle with the slit punch. I then pierced two holes in each scallop and used beading wire to thread 7 beads per scallop.

Next I stamped Cheers and punched out with the SU! small oval punch. I then ran a large oval punch through my Xyron Create-a-sticker machine and matted the sentiment on the large oval with the sticky side up. Then I covered the oval with small glass marble beads, pressed down and shook off excess beads. I matted this on a piece of black cardstock and used scallop decorative scissors to cut around the edges. Next I stamped my newly aquired Crosshatch (retired SU!) in Coal Black on Pretty in Pink. I also stamped a small strip of Pretty in Pink with Pretty in Pink ink. The straight scallop border is done with the slit punch on a strip of Purely Pomegranate and then I dodled around the edges with a black pen.

To finish off the card, I added a little drop of Judikins Diamond Glaze to glue a bead in each place the lines of the Crosshatch intersected. I then also doodled around the Cosmo circle and added a bead to the dot of each doodle. Finally, I added a little Stardust Stickles to her drink and to the intersections on the horizontal strip crosshatch and added a black velvet bow to the corner. Finished size is 5.25" square.

25 comments

  1. You did a beautiful job with this card! Beads take alot of time and patience and you pulled this one off!!!

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  2. This is gorgemous! I love it!!!! And how did you make Crosshatch look so cute...I never was even inspired to use it.
    P.S. Did your ribbon come?

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  3. Yowza! This is gorgeous Julee! Isn't it fun to step outside the box once in a while? Love it!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  4. Julee, your card and your bead use are gorgeous!
    You rock, girlfriend! Hugs and smiles

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  5. WOW, this is just AMAZING! LOVE all the beading! Just fabulous!

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  6. OMG OMG OMG..... Words cannot express how much this card SO TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!!

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  7. WOW! Fantastic card. Love the design and the accent of beads.

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  8. Oh my gosh......I love, love, love it! Yes......it DOES rock! :-)

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  9. This is just amazing ... love every beady, blingy detail.

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  10. This is GREAT... Lovin' the bling beads! :)

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  11. Gorgeous card! I love the beaded scallops.

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  12. Love what you did with the beads.

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  13. This card is awesome!! I love the layout and the beads are perfect with her!!!! The colours are FAB!!!

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  14. Wow, Amazing card. I love everything about it. You Rock!!!!

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  15. SWEET!! What a super girlie card....and ya knows how I loves da bling!!!

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  16. Hey, saw you won! Congrats. It's gorgeous.

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  17. Your use of beads here is beautiful! What an awesome card...LOVE it!

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  18. What an awesome card! I love the bling. It looks great with bella. You know, I love to bead and NEVER thought of adding any to my cards. Thanks for the great idea.

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  19. big CONGRATS!!!! This card rocks!!! lila

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