After last week's Clean and Simple Sketch, I really got to play with all my embellishments for this week's project dedicated to Sparkles and Bling! What fun! And what could be a better fit for Sparkles & Bling than a beautiful little ballerina in her sparkly costume for this year's dance recital?
I used pink and brown Bazzill cardstock for the basics of my layout and then got right into the Bling by using the Sundress line of glittered cardstock from My Mind's Eye. Usually I don't really like glittered paper, it's heavy and seems like the glitter often falls off everywhere but these beautiful papers are just lightly glittered, a great weight to work with and the glitter doesn't come off. Plus, they are on sale right now at The Beary Scrap so they are a great deal! Besides the Sundress line, there are 3 other lines-- Coastal, Flirty and Natural-- with lots of designs perfect for all types of projects.
I added some lace trim at the edges-- this one isn't from My Mind's Eye but they do have some lovely trims, also on sale! I did use some chipboard borders from the same Sundress collection from My Mind's Eye which are really fun and easy as they are self-adhesive (don't you just LOVE anything that is self-adhesive?)
The last thing from the Sundress paper line that I used were a couple of diecuts from the same paper line as well as the "Bloom" alphabet rubons. Wow! All that, and I'm not even done embellishing, I love this Sparkles & Bling thing! My little ballerina just happened to be wearing a teddy bear costume and so what could be more perfect for this page than one of Kimm's Tear Bears!
So I made my own Tear Bear Ballerina, trying to position her in the same pose as the photo of my daughter. I used Bazzill tulle to make a tutu by folding it in half, then taking a running stitch through the top with embroidery floss and pulling it tight. Then I sparkled up the tutu and bear with rhinestones and pearls from Kaiser Craft. To make the flourishes, I used a stencil and traced the flourish on with a vanishing ink pen then used some Kaiser craft rhinestones that come in a long strip all connected and laid them along the ink line before it disappeared (which had to be quick!)
How's that for embellishments? There's definitely enough sparkle on this page to make up for my stick-to-the basics page last week but I'd have to say, my scrap table was a huge mess after this one and it took much longer than last week, so there is definitely something to be said for Clean and Simple. Speaking of Clean and Simple, you still have a few more days to enter our Beary Sweet Challenge with your take on our sketch for a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to great goodies from The Beary Scrap!