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Gorgeous card!! Boy you did a WAY better job at this challenge than I did!


This is so pretty Carole'Anne. I love those beads.

tiffany bauer

So pretty!! I love how you did those beads!!! Great job!!! Thanks for playing along this week with us over at Stamping 411!!! We love seeing everyone play along!!

Céline de Noisy

J'aime beaucoup cette carte, elle est toute douce avec ces jonquilles. Et la technique des perles ma plait vraiment, je vais tester ça ce WE entre deux lessives...

Bonne journée.

Bisous de France.


Candy Mills

Gorgeous card and a great Sympathy Card, Carole'Anne!!
Sorry I have been missing in action - my computer broke and I just got it back this afternoon.
Take care - Hugs, Candy

Colett R

This is absolutely stunning!! The home made beads add such an awesome dimension. I love your creativity, Carole'Anne.

Selene Kempton

This is breathtaking CaroleAnne! I'm a big fan! Thank you so much for playing along.. As always, your work is amazing!

pat methot

I just love what you did with this card, what did you use to make the flowers sparkle? You said you used the aquapainter but what kind of color crayons did you use.
Good job, love mom

Patti Chesky

Very pretty!!! I love how the bride paper is transformed with the brayering.

Pat Turner

Hi again, you do nice work. I love the card but not sure about the beads. Since I have to mail my cards all over the place, putting the beads in an envelope not padded won't work. I will have to think of this one to use to hand to people. Thanks for sharing as usual.


I wish I could stamp with you! You are SO creative and your colors just pop right off the page.


This card is absolutely beautiful. I love your beads. The brooch really sets it off, too.

Kerin Sylvester

Wow this card is STUNNING!!! I love the colors you used, and the daffodils are colored beautifully!


This post couldn't be more perfect for timing! I needed to get my Easter cards done tonight - I decided! LOL I have the Abundant Hope set and even the Bride paper (thanks to your previous creative posts!).... but I could NOT find your original post on HOW to color that bridal paper! Now I see what you did... so hopefully I can do the same kind of thing tonight!

I wasn't quite sure when and how you used the alcohol wipes? Do you have to use dye inks or can you use craft ink? Can you use alcohol inks or not? Does the paper have to dry well or be heat set before you wipe off the color with an alcohol rub or just do that right away? WEll guess I will find out tonight! LOL I do love to play and try stuff out so guess that is what I will have to do. I just don't want to ruin that bridal paper with my experimenting!

I also needed something CREATIVE and UNIQUE for my card swap group - we meet every other month to exchange cards. So I need to come up with 10 creative cards for next Tuesday! Thankfully I have lots of time to play over this Easter weekend!

I think I just might try out those beads!

I have made my own beads for fiber arts... using TYVEK... and the principle is the same... however, you wrap up the bead (usually stamped or painted with inks and/or lumiere or shimmer paint, etc.) with whisps of yarns/threads/thin wire etc. to hold the wrapped bead. THEN you get out that heat gun... and melt it! That bead gets nice and hard - and you don't need to use all that sticky glue and wait for drying time etc. You might want to give that a try. I just buy tyvek envelopes by the box at office supply store or Walmart. You can't use the USPS tyvek envelopes as that is illegal! But they make awesome beads - also - you can cut strips like your paper templates and wrap them up - stamp first on shinky dink or even on a cut up strip of sheet protector - any size you want and stick inside your strip of sheet protector almost anything you want (pieces of fabrics/papers/nature/threads, yards etc) ... wrap your creation around a metal knitting needles or asian stick... wrap up some threads around it - and get that heat gun out again. Just keep in mind that whatever you put inside your bead is going to be melted together quite a bit...

You can also take a rubber stamp - WHILE THE BEAD STUFF YOU MELTED is still warm - and press that rubber into the bead... and get some pretty neat designs! ;-)

I found that using a large size ceramic tile for bead making to work quite well... you can get that bead and or heat gun right where you need it without setting the table or papers/fabrics on fire! LOL

Once the beads are cooled - I usually tie them or sew them into quilted pieces - using more of the decorative threads and yards that I used to wrap up the bead... now I will try to make some and put them on my cards! Hmmmmmm

I want to figure out a way to put some REAL pussywillows on some art cards this weekend too. I love those pussywillows... my favorite early sign of Spring up north in MN! Any ideas on this one Carole'Anne?

Hope you don't mind my lengthy post. Just thought I would try to 'pay it forward' for all the stuff you have taught me! LOVE YOUR SITE! Keep up the awesome work!

Blessings - Mary

Cheryl LeBeau

Oh my goodness...you have outdone yourself!!! I'm speechless...beautiful does not even sum it up. Thanks for sharing!

Christina D

I have got to get some of the Bride DSP. It's so pretty. Your card is beautiful, love those beads!

Patrice Herrera

Wow Carole Anne that card is stunning REALLY!!! Love that you are so creative and think out of the box... Beads, color techniques, shapes and forms. I REALLY do have to get some of that Bride DSP you make it irresistible lolol. Roscoe's Auntie Patrice


As always, a beautiful card!


omg, girl, you have truly outdone yourself. This is just stunning and I have all the stuff to give it a try. I absolutely love this card!!!!!

big hugs to max!!


Stephanie Zeto

Yet another beauty! Love this card!

Julie Leblanc - Kewlstamps

Very pretty Carole-Anne...tfs:-) Love your little 'dangling pearls'

Megan NZ

this card is just beautiful. love the hat pin with your beads it ties the whole card together so perfectly. Love how you change the paper colour to fit the your design.


Everything about this card is beautiful. You did a marvelous job watercoloring and the beads are gorgeous. I LOVE your creations. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog for all of us. You ROCK!
Big HUG to you and my furry friends.

Chris in CO

A beautiful card. Everything about it! I'm going to try a simpler version... I make cards for the residences of the assisted living facility where my Dad lives to use and they often need sympathy cards to mail. It seems I keep making the same kind and your card will be a nice/beautiful change for them to have. Thanks for all your inspiration. Oh yes, your watercoloring is fabulous! If I lived by you I'd be begging you for lessons!

Chris in CO (and there's still snow here too.)


This is such an awesome card!!! I love everything about it!

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