Friday, May 23, 2008

Beady Bonanza

Another Daring Cardmakers Friday and this week it was Sue setting the dare. Bless her cotton socks, she picked one of my favourite things for us to play with too! Thanks Sue!
I’m sure that most of us girlies had a bead box when we were little and if you were like me, would spend hours sorting and swapping them with friends. Come to think of it, things haven’t changed that much because I still have a box of beads and I’m hoping that you do too.
For my dare this week I would like you to make a card that incorporates beads somewhere in the design…’s as easy as that! It can be one bead, lots of beads, big beads, and small beads, whatever you like as long as there’s at least one on your card somewhere.

I like beads.
I like buying beads.
Sometimes I even manage to make bits of jewellery with them (though it's been a while, I must admit)
Most of all I like them just sitting in their clear boxes catching the light and looking pretty!
I thought I'd share some pics of my bead collection
So the bigger beads live in these boxes - all colour-coded. Yes I know I'm sad. The 1st box on the bottom row houses my sterling silver beads and findings and the 4th one has my gorgeous Swarovskis in it.
The tiny seed beads and little Czech glass pretties are in the bead pots and the old biscuit tin houses other beads and overspills!

I had an idea of what to do for this week's card, so it was a bit of a surprise when I went through all these beads and found that the one colour of tiny beads that I seem to be short of was the one I needed. Typical. I've got a couple of card commissions to do for July, one for a Silver Wedding and one for a Diamond Wedding. I wanted to use this dare to make the Silver Wedding card, and I wanted to use the beads in Glossy Accents technique that I've used to make flower centres in the past - but with a heart filled with tiny silver beads. It took ages to find enough tiny silver beads to fill this Cuttlebug heart and I think a bit of shopping is now in order. The numerals are Robo cut - several layers stuck together to get enough thickness to hold silver embossing and UTEE powders, then mounted on a layer of black. Other stash; Tiny rhinestones. silver card, Cuttlebug 2 part heart die and gorgeous ribbon from Ribbon Oasis. Please check out the DCM blog and see all the other fab cards. We'd love you to hoin in with our beady challenge this week, and you don't have to use lots of your treasures - just one teeny tiny bead will be enough to qualify! Now the last pics from that mini album


Angelnorth said...

Definite bead retail therapy in order - I mean you clearly don't have enough! It's a lovely card, Kathy, the bead heart looks fab next to the embossed on and the white/silver looks very classy. Lovely pages in Nick's book, too!

Jules said...

oh I just LOVE that album, you are sooooo clever. I know that Nick will treasure it for many years to come.

Jules x

Sue said...

Simple but elegant card, well done I love it. Sometimes it's too easy to do too much and spoil a card but you've got it just right here.
Sue x

tracy said...

what a lovely little book and a lovely card too,and as for the bead i'll have to show you mine now!!!!

Lythan said...

the card is so elegantly gorgeous. You really have that look nailed Kathy! And I love the book you have made - simply wonderful. What a shame you have to go bead shopping!

Karen said...

When its my Silver anniversary can you send me this card???? It really is a stunner, well done X

Janice said...

Lovely card, I think you have just given me some inspiration for the Wedding Day card I have to make for next Saturday - the wedding theme is red and silver to match the corporate colours for my friends haulage business lol

Hazel said...

Love the DCM dare card. And, wow, what a super stash of beads.

Anonymous said...

Bloomin' heck - look at all those beads!!! And you need to go shopping for more!

Gorgeous card Kathy, I love all the beads in the heart and the book is just fab too. :)


Jozza said...

WOW! Your bead stash is neat and tidy! Mine is a right old mess!!! Love your card and I adore the albums you've been making. They are divine!!!

If you find your instructions for beaded butterflies could you let me have a look please? I made mine up as I went along hehe Can't you tell?!


Susan (Sue H) said...

Crikey Kathy!!!!
I thought I had a lot of beads but I can't compete with that lot.

Once again you've come up trumps with the most gorgeous card ever. The heart covered with all the little Silver beads is stunning.

Judy said...

Very classy card, Kathy and all those beads, perhaps I'll photo my card collection in competition, I'll probably have 1 card to 1 box of your beads!!!! LOL!!

CraftyCarol said...

Wow fab card Kathy and the album is beautiful too! x

Rosanne said...

Wow, love all your beads!
the beaded silver heart is gorgeous, what a great use for beads.
Love your album too!

manicstamper said...

Oh not many beads!!!
If you are sad then so am I me dear....I have all my embellishments such as brads, eyelets, gems etc stored in colour themed boxes so that I can make up my mind which particular one I want for my project without getting out ten different boxes.
Stunning card by the way.

Creative Treasures said...

Kathy that card is stunning and the album is just gorgeous, i just love those papers :)


Mariecrea said...

So nice....I really love your "silver heart"!!! and thks for your com;

Jackie said...

Love the card and Nick's book.

I can sympathise with the need for beady shopping..........a girl can never have too many :) (now if we can just persuade the Greeks!lol)

Elaine said...

I am in awe of your cards and jewellery, what a brilliant silver wedding card, and the book is absolutely gorgeous, I wish I was that talented. Congratulations

Gina said...

I know exactly what you mean Kathy.. I make jewellery with mine and have a huge collection..but always on the lookout for different colours, shapes & sizes...I did struggle putting them on a card though!
Your card is exquisite - loving the silvery touches! Your little book is gorgeous and that bird is so cute :)