Thursday, June 01, 2017

CAS Mix Up June Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the beginning of June and another start of a new challenge.  This time I'm hosting CAS Mix Up and the challenge is ...


I do love playing with all kinds of embossing pastes and gels.  These add so much wonderful dimension, either through a stencil, or on their own randomly over a card front.  The card for today uses my favourite, Glass Bead Gel made by Golden.  The gel is packed full of teeny, tiny glass beads and when dry, add sparkle like nothing else.

I started my card by using Clarity brushes to add colour over the large flower stencil. I love how the flower head has three lovely colours that just blend so beautifully.  I stamped my sentiment (a gift from a sweet friend) and called it done.

But as I kept looking at it sitting on my desk, I decided it would be perfect to have a coating of glass bead gel.  I placed the clean stencil back over top, lining it up perfectly.  Taped it down and used my palette knife to add the gel.  With this gel, you need to make the coating thick in order to accommodate the depth of the glass beads.  The sparkle is so pretty.  Here's a close-up ...


The camera doesn't catch the all the sparkle, but you can get a good idea of how pretty it is and the texture it adds.  I also added some splatters for even more interest.

We are so excited to have Marianne (Marianne's cards 'n stuff) as our Guest Designer this month.  Marianne won the CAS Mix Up April Inlaid Diecutting challenge with this beautiful card.  Welcome Marianne!

I hope you'll come join us for this fun challenge.  Don't have embossing paste in your supplies??  Not to worry, we have included links on the challenge blog on how to make your own.  And while you're there make sure to check out the beautiful cards from our wonderful  Design Team and Guest Designer, Marianne.

I'm playing along with a few challenges:
AAA Cards #91 --- they are celebrating their third birthday - congrats!
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Time Out #84 - Flowers and Friends make life a garden - second entry
Less Is More #330 - Shimmer

  









Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Clarity Brushes, Large Lovely Flower stencil (Studio 490 - Wendy Vecchi), Glass Bead Gel (Golden), palette knife

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Embossing pastes/gels
AAA Cards #91 - 3rd birthday bash
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
Time Out #84 - Flowers & Friends
Less Is More #330 - Shimmer



36 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Loll and I love the glass bead gel you've used on your pretty flower

Anne

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous card, I love the shimmer from the glass beads.
Elaine

Marcia HIll said...

Lovely, lovely card Loll! I had purchased some glass bead gel after one of your other cards awhile back used it, but never got around to playing with it...guess I don't have any excuse now do I?!! Thanks for the extra tips on using it and I'm excited to see what I can come up with that will sparkle and shine like your beautiful card!! :0)

Anita in France said...

Goodness, that glass bead gel adds such gorgeous shimmer and shine to this beautifully blended bloom, Loll ... it's just scrumptious! Hugs, Anita :)

Anita in France said...

In my excitement I missed that you're playing along with us at Time Out with this beauty, Loll ... so happy to have you joining us again! Hugs, Anita :)

Daffodil Cards said...

YUMMY colours & fabby sparkly.
Faith
x

Liz said...

OMGosh! What a stunning card - fabulous design. xx

Julia Aston said...

The graduated colors on your bloom are just beautiful Loll! and the glitter of that bead gel is wonderful! Julia xx

Jane said...

Stunning! I love your gorgeous shimmering flower and the citrus colours have me swooning! Thanks for joining in with AAA Cards 3rd birthday celebrations.

LeAnne said...

THis is gorgeous!

Bonnie said...

I keep saying I need to get some of that glass bead gel! Every time I see one of your beautiful cards using it, I say that! Maybe one of these days. Your flower is such a beautiful color and the shimmer makes it even more special, my friend!

nancy littrell said...

Your stenciled flower is so gorgeous and then you added your glass beads gel and really added a Wow factor!!! TFS my friend and introducing me to glass beads gel at our Retreat :-)

Nancy Stislow said...

I really would have never thought to use the gel over the stenciling. It looks fabulous, Loll. Those are my favorite, cheerful colors too!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh Loll, your card is GORGEOUS! The colors are so pretty and the sparkle just takes my breath away! I bought a jar of Glass Bead Gel several weeks ago, and I can't wait to play along!
Such a fun challenge thanks to you and Bonnie, and your amazing team!!!

Christine Alexander said...

the sparkle on this card is out of this world. so awesome :)

Izzy Scrap said...

What a sparkling beauty, Loll ! I don't know the glass beads gel but it is absolutely striking and so eye catching ! Very gorgeous colours too and I love the calligraphy of this sentiment ! I also do think that the splatters highlight this awesome flower ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along with us at Less is More !

Maxine D said...

Loll this is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! Love the look of the glass gel.
Blessings
Maxine

Brenda said...

I can attest to how sparkly this card really is Loll! I have to keep touching it! lol The colors really do blend so perfectly and this card is even more gorgeous in person. Yep, this is one stunning card for sure and I thank you for it! I hope I can play along this month since I haven't played along in forever. Hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

Beautiful shading of colours, Loll! The glass bead gel looks amazing on it. I'm so glad I got to see it in real life!

Mrs A. said...

This really is outstanding. Not only do I like the citrus colours but that bead gel is something else. Not heard of it before. Hugs Mrs A.

Neets B said...

Loll, this is a real beauty. The coloured stencilling alone is gorgeous, the blend of colours in the bloom are just stunning. That that gel, never seen it before. What a wonderful effect, I love it!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Darnell said...

What a shimmer to beat all shimmers, Lolly! I think you've got these challenges in the bag! That beautiful stencil image is perfectly blended and perfect for using the glass beads! And if that isn't enough perfection, the wonderful sediment puts it beyond perfect!! Hugs, Dolly

Trina P. said...

Stunning card, Loll. You always choose the best colours. Now I need to get some of this bead gel. 😉 Can't wait to play along this month at CAS Mix Up too. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More.

Susanne Vargas said...

Thanks to you I do now own glassbeadgel and have even played with it this past week. Haven't turned it into a card yet... Didn't come out quite as I had imagined but it will not go to waste...
Your card looks sparkly and fabulous (I think that's the way to use this gel - stencil first and then apply it on top. I didn't do that and that's the problem. Live and Learn.)

Brenda in IN said...

Oh wow, gorgeous shine and beautiful color combination. While looking through my embossing paste to make my card I discovered I have a jar of glass bead gel! I have never used it but you have shown how beautiful it is so I have to get busy.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

So cheery and vibrant Loll. Wonderful use of shimmer and shine from the embossing paste and a great CAS design. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week as well as joining us for our 3rd birthday challenge at AAA Cards x

Jo Manna said...

Incredible ink blending on that precious flower. Glass beads will always be my favourite, as always, beautifully done Loll!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Loll! It's so elegant and I love the pretty sparkle.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Wow this justs sparkles and shines ...gorgeous!!x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

This is just gorgeous Loll! I have to get some of that paste TODAY! Thanks for sharing this gorgeousness with us at Time Out!!!

Heather said...

The beads make your flowers glow. Gorgeous!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I admire your cards with Glass Bead Gel very much. The effect is indescribable. I love how beautiful the colors of the image are.
hugs,
BozenA

Lynn said...

Love all the gorgeous white space and the shimmer is gorgeous!

Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!

KandA said...

Gorgeous card Loll, love the wonderful colours and shimmer on the fabulous flower xx

Coralynn Murray said...

I love the colours and how they pop off the card. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

Ceal said...

Loll, this is Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining our birthday celebration at AAA Cards!