Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bling Bling Card & Little C's Weekly Challenge #10

Hey Everyone!! It's Little C's Weekly Challenge #10! Whoohoo! This week's challenge is to create a long card that fits into a #10 envelope (business size 9 1/4 x 4"). I had all these ideas swirling in my head on what to create and if I have the time in the next few days, maybe I'll create another card. Be sure to stop by Jen's at "Pieces of Me" for the details. There's a prize to be given out so I hope to see you playing along!!

I wanted to create an "elegant" card considering I don't do many of them. You can't see it in the picture but the sentiment sits under acetate or transparency sheet which I stamped with a flourish design using "SU Bravo Burgundy" ink. The front panel with the acetate is raised up so that the oval shape appears like a window looking into the sentiment. I used the "Three Bugs in a Rug" Caboodle kit "Color Me Pink" that you can find at Jen's online store "Little C's Stamp n' Things". Go check out the fabulous stamps and papers she sells in her store!!

Here is a design feature of my card. . .I attached Prima flowers with the SU Filigree brad on to the ribbon. I really love the SU designer brads. . .they are so pretty.

You can now buy it online. Stampin Up now has online shopping. Click Here to check it out

I used the an old retired Stampin Up set for the stamped image called "Gentler Times". I stamped the image on to "SU Pink Pirouette Cardstock" using "Bravo Burgundy Craft Ink" then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from another SU set but I can't give you the set name right now.

Anyway, be sure to check out the other challenge cards by these fabulous and talented ladies:

Hey Everyone! Whoa. . .that's a lot of bling on your card, Maria!! LOL! Seriously!! Yeah, I think I went bling crazy but it was fun. I was digging through my "image" stash and I found the 3 flowers with glitter on it. I'm not sure who makes the stamp. . .I think it was CTMH. I have to remember to label my images when I color them so I know the brand when I use them in the future.

It looks like I had used acrylic paint when I stamped the images then covered them with clear glitter. I figured considering they were already blingy. . .to bling them up more by adding rhinestones. Ahhh, why not, right? I also added the Prima flowers. . .I have a lot of them so I decided that I needed to use them up.

Do you like playing with embellishments? I love embellishments on my card but at the same time I don't like to crowd my card with too many of them. But there are days, like today, when I decided to just let go and add as many as I can on one card. LOL! Besides, it's a change from my typical straight forward cards.

Do you ever get bored of making cards and stuff? To be honest, there are days when I do get bored of it. . .that's when I have to step away and do something else. Why? Because I start getting whiny and start talking crazy.

For example. . .I would tell my husband . . ."ummm, I think I'm bored with making cards and stuff, maybe I should start a new hobby. . .like maybe sewing".
My husband then has this "scared" look! LOL! He has invested in my crazy hobby in ways that you don't want to know so, yeah, I can understand why he starts to look frightened by my crazy thoughts. LOL!!

He'll try to bring me down to Earth and try to talk me out of my crazy thoughts. .LOL! My husband says that I have "chronic boredom syndrome". I think he made that diagnosis up.

Honestly, I do owe it to him to stick to this hobby. I just have days when I need to step away and do something else . . .like clean the house! Too funny!

Card Details:

Stamps: CTMH (I think), Fiskar Clear Stamps (sentiment), Autumn Leaves Swirls
Paper: Bazzil textured cardstock, SU Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke
Ink: Pink Acrylic Paint, SU Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Darice Rhinestones, Marvy Oval punch, Prima Flowers, Making Memories Ribbon


2 Worlds said...

Beautiful card !

Sankari W. said...

Love your blingy bling card Maria! I think that there no such thing as too much bling... there is always room for more -- there are times when I need to put the Stickles down because otherwise the whole card would get covered in stickly goodness :) LOL! Love your layout and love those colors together - very cool,

thanks for your sweet comment on the Transition post ... it is really amazing to read his blog - I feel so inspired by life ... puts everything in perspective somehow...

i have been wanting to write you a long and detailed email Maria - sorry for dropping out of the loop a bit and being a bad blogging friend... you are such an inspiration - hope that you are having a great tuesday! sending you a ton of love and sunshine :)
Sankari :)

Catherine said...

I think it's the perfect amount of blingy-ness! Reminds me of 2 things: really sugary cake frosting, and snow. Ooooh, what a good idea for a card - using pointsettias instead of flowers! I'll have to tuck that thought away for later use! LOL

Lori said...

I really like both cards but your answer to Little C's challenge is fabulous!

kathleenh said...

Oh my word these cards are gorgeous! I love the colors you used in the hearts card and you sure pulled off elegant!

J-Yo! said...

Great job on the challenge, Maria. I love your very elegant card. It's just so gorgeous!! I love how yours turned out... just very sweet. Love the colors you chose!! I have to agree with you that this week's challenge was extra FUN!!! I am thinking about doing another one myself - if of course I have the time.

Your bling card is just so pretty!!! I love bling, and love that you've used so many on your card. Just so pretty!!! Thanks for sharing both of these. You are awesome!!!


Jodi said...

This is a beautiful card!! I love how you pieced everything together! =)

malieta said...

Wow...Maria...Both of your card are STUNNERS!!!! Your card for LCWC is breathtaking...I love it and the second card is so so pretty!

~Michelle~ said...

I love the long card....it's layout is perfectly balanced! Beautiful work Maria!

Lisa said...

wow, wow and wow.... fantastic.

Stephenie said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous Maria. Oh btw I tagged you.

Jean said...

The cards look great! And you know just how to add the perfect finishing touches.

Smita said...

Lovely card, Maria. As usual...
I love visiting your blog and do so every single day... :-)


retiredheather said...

Both of these cards are fantastic. I love the bling you used, classy not shinny. Love them.

Tonniece said...

oh I love them both, but that long card is too stinning.


AnnMarie said...

I really like both of these cards! The flowers are really pretty! I totally understand the getting bored with cards thing! I have found that I prefer paper 'projects' over cards!

MaryNSC said...

O mY gosh your stuff is just beautiful!!

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