Monday, April 4, 2011

Outlines - Sparkle and Shine!

This week's challenge for the Outlines' Design Team is Sparkle and Shine, and we are featuring Swarovski Crystals and Picksey Pick-ups. I used Skylla Butterfly (C-886) and a bunch of Swarovski Crystals (Size 7 - clear, lt. Colorado Topaz, and lt. Rose; Size 12 - clear, lt. Colorado Topaz, Sapphire, and Siam; and Size 16 - Clear)!  I used Picksey Pick-ups and Glossy Accents to adhere the crystals to the butterfly.  For the largest crystals, I used a gold Pearl Pen as my adhesive and dropped the crystal into it.  The butterfly was colored using Pebbles Chalks (Shimmers and Jewel Tones).

Picksey Pick-ups are small discs of beeswax that you wrap around the end of a toothpick and use to pick up the crystals by touching the beeswax tip of the toothpick to the top of the crystal.  You can then easily place the crystal atop a drop of glue and the crystal will release onto the adhesive.  They are a great, inexpensive tool and I highly recommend them if you haven't tried them!

Swarovski Crystals add sparkle like nothing else!  They are such a great addition to a card - here is a close up to try to show the sparkle, but you really have to see them in person to appreciate it.

The backgroun paper is from DCWV's Mariposa 8x8 paper pad and the beautiful blue ribbon is from May Arts.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs to see the sparkly, shiny cards they have made with Swarovski Crystals!

Bev Gerard - Savor the Journey (Bev is taking one more week off to be with her family this week.  Her mother-in-law passed away recently, so please stop by her blog and give her some love!)
Jeanne Streiff - Inky Paws
Jenny Gropp - One Krafty Kat
Lisa Silver - Silver Stamping
Vicki Garrett - Summerthyme Studio

I am entering this card in a new challenge called A La Card Monkey. This week's challenge is Nature!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Silvergirl said...

That butterfly is amazing! I love the colors you used and the various crystals! So lovely! I am ready for Spring weather... any time now... LOL!

Sandy Hulsart said...

Oh, this is so pretty, I lvoe the blue bow and that paper is fabulous. What a perfect backdrop for that gorgeous butterfly. You matched the colors perfectly.

Jenny Gropp said...

Beautiful paper and bow to match your butterfly! I love dropping the crystals in the pearl pens!!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Girl I love this card, I bet that i looks super sparklie in person. I have never used those crystals on my card, I think I have some I just need to dig them out. I think its Fab how you made the bow off to the side like that... and the bow is perfect. Thank you so much for doing the challenge with us at A La Card Monkey, and adding the link to our blog. I am going to put a picture of the prizes up today sometime so come back and take a look!


Miriam said...

Gorgeous card Robin! And you used 'your' ribbon!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

I just wanted to tell you that I posted a Picture of the Basket of Goodies for the winner of the A La Card Monkey Nature Challenge. Make sure you are sitting down when you look... it's a wower!!!


Summerthyme Studio said...




Terry and Shirley SU said...

The butterflies and bow are terrific looking! Wow! I'm so glad you entered our very first A La Card Monkey challenge. Make sure you post a photo of our goodie basket for a 2nd chance to win!