Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Double D Challenge: Pearls, Gems, or Rhinestones

Welcome to another Double D Challenge!  Have a look at our mood board:




When Darlene said "Pearls, Gems, or Rhinestones" I felt it was a good time to use up something that's been lingering in my stash for a few years.  I'm not a very blingy girl these days, but I still like looking at it.  You can't help but notice the large pearl flourish on my sample card, can you?




This card is a bit much for me, frankly, but it's just right for my friend who's always asking for anniversary cards.  I used the Power Poppy Summer Berries stamp set.  It has a "Happy anniversary" sentiment with it which I used inside, and I figured this sentiment on the front expresses one of those things that makes a marriage work.

The berries are watercolored with a mix of Stampin' Up! and Tombow markers.  The stitched hearts are dies, the smaller hearts are a punch.  I added gloss to all the hearts except the largest one.  Remind me not to fussy cut these berries next time.  Sheesh, my index finger doth protest!




This is one of my pre-made card fronts using OLD Prima Fairy Flora designer paper.  It's a favorite piece in the background, and a least favorite piece for the oval frame.  Love the berries, but I'd like to see them on their own CAS card.  Sigh... it is what it is.

Check out beautiful team samples at Double D and then share yours in the gallery.  Love to see you there!  Have a wonderful day!


24 comments:

Diane said...

It's a gorgeous card (aren't we our own worse critics)...the berries are colored to perfection and the entire layout is beautiful!! I have a few pearl sprays like that, now why didn't I think to use mine..sigh!! I imagine you are out 'camping'...but a little 'heads up'...NEW Mintay at FS..your welcome LOL!!

Donna Phelan said...

Those berries are the berries! And that bling is ringadingding! It may be out of your comfort zone, but it looks absolutely gorgeous from here! I agree, fab layout and that pearl flourish is fabulous!!! And I adore that sentiment!!!

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous, I really love this Leslie and the colours with the bling are stunning.xx

Vicki said...

Gorgeous! Leslie, you've created a beautiful card with all of the different details. I love that Prima paper and still have some in my stash. Although the berries were a "tough cut", they were worth it. Perfect focal point on this layered background.

Glenda said...

Wow, your coloring skills are shining through with these berries! What a lovely card you created my friend!

Darlene said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE how you used these beautifully colored berries on an anniversary card and of course I love the pearl swirl! You are so creative! Sorry I've been MIA ... family issues! I'm sure your friend will LOVE it!!

Darnell said...

It is a gorgeous card, Leslie, but I understand what you're saying! You may find this amusing: when I first started making cards, I'd pick up these flourish pearl packages on sale and painstakingly cut out three at a time to put on my card. At some point along the way I noticed one of my British friends used the whole package on a card and the light bulb went off. After that I saw them everywhere. I never have used one intact on a card, but they've been used for dozens of cards one by one, lol! Hugs, Darnell

Yogi said...

LOVE IT... right up my alley with the bling and all the extras. BIG GRIN. Fussy cutting... that's why you need an electronic cutter. Have a great day

Margaret said...

Gorgeous! I do love the bling and the vibrant berries. Now that I'm "retired" I'm going to learn how to use my Cameo which I've probably had for five years.

nancy littrell said...

Not my style either, but your friend will love your anniversary card to give to her friends:-) TFS Hugs..

Cat Craig said...

Leslie, it is a gorgeous card. I can understand its not your current clean style. It is still quite a beauty and perfect for the challenge. Your coloring stands out and I love that pearl flourish. I'm sure I have something similar in my scrapbooking stash.

Kathy Krug said...

The berries look good enough to eat. I think you card is gorgeous and the spray is perfect for challenge. Putting that sentiment on the heart is just perfect and all the little hearts are perfect a perfect finishing touch. this might be your normal style but you rocked it for your friend.

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very gorgeous with the pretty berries and the fantastic colors. I love all the bling you added too.

Lynette said...

So, so beautiful, Leslie!! I can't believe you did all that cutting on the berries by hand! Wonderful coloring and layout. Good job of using up more supplies:)

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for the lovely comment on my post Leslie and hope you enjoyed your vacation.Beautiful card and love the pearl flourish and all that fussy cutting-wow!
Carol x

scrAPpamondo said...

WOW!!! Such a sweet, detailed, adorable card!! LOVE your berries they pops so well from the awesome dp on the back and the delightful oval!!The glossy hearts looks so cute!!

Ros Crawford said...

Yes I have a whole box full of gems that don't often get used but I love them all the same... Superb creation Leslie and beautifully coloured berries there too!

Barbara said...

I just love how you glammed up these berries. So creative and original. I have some of these pearls like this and don't even know where they are! Maybe I better take another look at them. Tell Marcie that she should start making dies to go with her fabulous stamps. I am with you on the fussy cutting. Your card is fabulous.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

What a beautiful anniversary card! I'm sure the recipient will love it. That's a lot of fssy cutting. My fingers would protest!! The background paper is perfect and I love how you did the pearls!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, I love it, I really can't imagine cutting out those berries though, that was a real labor intensive card, your friend better appreciate that one :) Great use of the swirl of bling, I have a few I haven't used either maybe this will get me to finally break them out and use them... I just love the glossy you put on the hearts just looking at them I thought you had bought some pretty enamel hearts.

pam said...

OMW another of your stunning coloured creations Leslie, those berries look perfect..love the whole card layout.
Hugs Pam x

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Forget the pearls! The real gems are those beautifully colored berries!! And you did them in watercolor? Girl you got talent.
You should shave your index finger and treat yourself to a silhouette machine.

Pauline said...

Beautiful Leslie! Wow you did some amazing watercolouring on your image, and then to fussy cut - fabulous. I can see why your index finger is sore! I'm not much for a lot of bling either, but it sits well with this card. A lovely Anniversary card indeed! Love your layout and those cute little hearts! Sorry I"m so late at commenting, it's been a trying couple of weeks. Hope your enjoying your time away, can't wait to hear all about it and hopefully see some photos.

Stacy Morgan said...

These berries look awesome and the flourishes pearls are a wonderful backdrop. Fussy cutting is the bomb! You did fantastic girl, love it.

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