Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Beaded Flowers

A week or so back I was working on a design for the CaS blog. I also happened to be going through an old desk and found beads that day. While making the card, I realized that beads would be the perfect addition to the cherry blossom branch in Eastern Blooms. Although it's a cute idea, it didn't really fit into my plan for something quick, clean, and simple. So that idea got shuffled to the back of my mind. This weekend, I decided to give it a shot. I have to say, I love how it turned out, and I have a LOT of beads, so I will be sure to try this more often.

To apply the beads, I added a tiny droplet of crystal effects to each flower center. Next I placed the beads into the glue using tweezers (this is a great tip to help you from going insane). Then, let dry. It's not super complex, but it does require a bit more patience than some techniques. For the rest of the card, I decided to pair Baja Breeze with Soft Sky. I added a bit of Close to Cocoa in there. That's definitely one thing that makes me a tad sad about the In Colors- so many of the past years' colours work well with the current colours. Other details: the Baja scalloped strip was stamped with Baja coloured branches, than again with Soft Sky Linen (it feels like forever since I got creative with BG stamps!) The strip of ribbon is actually just a tad darker than the cocoa, but it looks crazy dark in the photo.
Anyway, it's nice when a card turns out exactly as planned. I really like the layout and seriously, if you have lots of beads lying around, think about applying them in this way!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Linen
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky
Paper: Soft Sky Textured, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, White
Accessories, etc.: Crystal Effects, beads, SAB rub-ons, scalloped rectangle die, pop dots


  1. oh, i have some beads laying around the floor...LOL! this is simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

  2. Natasha - this is so gorgeous!