Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Card Concept #2

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

It is time for the second Card Concept Challenge!

The theme for this first week is a to use texture on your card.

When I saw the challenge, I immediately thought of the little Perler beads that my daughter and I have been playing with lately. They have the neatest texture, and I had already thought of using some of our little creations on a card. So this challenge was the perfect opportunity!

My card is created in my style which is clean and layered.

clean lines
lots of layers
designer papers/embossing
clean and fresh looking
some colored images at times
white space

 You can read all about the different styles for this challenge here.

I first created the little wreath of flowers with my Perler beads. I have to tell you, these things are SO much fun to play with! I remember having some when I was a kid and I also did them with Kaylea when she was little. I hadn't thought about them in years, until I was browsing Pinterest the other morning and saw some really neat Christmas tree ornaments made with them. I was totally mesmerized by them, and proceeded to order some immediately. That was what I was so impatiently waiting for the UPS man to bring during the snow and ice. They come in over 50 different colors! Here is a peek of some of my little boxes where I've organized them all.

If you are not familiar with Perler beads and don't know how they work, you just put the beads on little peg boards. I use tweezers because it's kind of hard to do with your fingers. When you have your design like you want it, you just put ironing paper or parchment paper over the design and iron it. All the beads melt together to form a solid design. It's super fun!!

Okay, on to the rest of my card... I cut the heart doily out with a die from My Favorite Things and adhered it to the base card. I adhered my Perler wreath to the doily with score tape, added the small doily ( My Favorite Things ) and the heart ( Papertrey Ink) with foam tape. The sentiment ( WPlus9) is stamped on a die banner from My Favorite Things.

I hope that you will join us for the challenge at The Card Concept! There are lots of fun styles you can try out if you're not sure what style you prefer, or just jump right in if you already know!

Check out what the other fabulous design team members have created!

Kay Miller-Me :)
Teresa Kline-Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Kay :)


  1. Wow!!! What a terrific card, Kay! I love how you have added your new interest, the beads, to your card so seamlessly! Great design, great texture, all around excellent! Those colors are fabulous. Certainly not what you see in the stores, hee, hee. Extremely well done!

  2. Wonderful idea to use the beads on your card,how fun! You always seem to pull off a clean card even with all your layers are the queen of that.
    So fun seeing a picture of all your beads and your daughter must have so much fun...enjoy!

  3. What a fabulous card. Love all the beads on it and seeing your collection, so much fun.

  4. What an awesome idea, and WOW, does the end result ever look cool! And the beads compliment the die so beautifully! The card...amazing!! And speaking of amazing - wow, what a fabulous collection of beads!! I can totally see why you were so excited for the delivery! What a lovely way to spend time with your sweet daughter!

  5. Genius idea to use your Perler beads on this card, Kay! I love the 3D effect and the color combo is so pretty! I also love how you paired the beads with your Heart Doily...Such a striking and beautiful card!

    Thanks for sharing a pic of your bead collection, too...I'll bet you and your daughter are having a blast with them!

  6. What a cool look with the beads! Love it!

  7. Not only is this a beautiful and creative those beads, but you are really a talented photographer too! Your photo is so crisp and clear, shows off every detail of your card to the max!

  8. Love the colors and those cool perla beads - can't believe you put all those together to make flowers! I was thinking they were already flowers when you bought them! Wonderful heart doily die cut!

  9. Oh my gosh Kay how wonderful!! I have never seen these beads. I just love what you have done with them. The heart doily is such a fabulous backdrop for them. Such an original and pretty card.

  10. Kay, your card is jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring beautiful! I've not seen such beads before, and can certainly see why you were waiting for the mail to arrive. These are fabulous place on your card - and the concept of arranging and ironing, well that's just soooo cool! My niece, nearly four, would LOVE to make things with these. Can they be left 'as is' for bracelets or necklaces? They obviously work marvelously for cards, so I'm guessing yes! WOW x WOW with this card. LOVE it (and especially love that there's a mom+daughter connection with them, too!

  11. You must have mega patience, my friend !!! :))
    There is nooooooo way on earth I could organize those & make stuff w: em !! Nope; just couldn't do it !!! Lol

    Teeny things drive me nuts!!

    Your card is fab & so well designed !
    I love how the beads mirror the look of the doily ! Well done !!

    & again... You must have the patience of a saint !!! Lol !!! ;))

  12. What a fabulous card. Such fun to use those beads. We have buckets and buckets of them still. I remember my daughters and their friends spending hours on those projects.

  13. How clever, your use of the beads! Perfectly placed for your fab it!

  14. Wow...really cool and out of the box! Love the colours too.

  15. Wow, what wonderful colors! Aren't beads fun to play with!

  16. Gorgeous!!! You are so AWESOME using those perler beads :) Fantastic effect on your card! Love it!

  17. Shut the front door! I had no idea how you made this until I finally got a chance to come for a closer look! Geeenius!! And so bright and happy! I love this, Kay!

    I hope you're enjoying the weekend and warmer temps! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Oh my goodness--how neat! I've never heard of those beads, but sounds like so much fun may have to get some!

  19. This looks amazing, and I'd never seen those beads before, but they sure make for one fancy card! I love this one!

  20. This is absolutely stunning! much fun to be able to play with beads when you're all 'growed up". The doilies look amazing with the beads - especially the center one which mimics the beads perfectly! Love your creativity :)

  21. This is just pure fun, Kay! How fun to be a kid again and play with these beads! Love the rainbow assortment you bought, LOL! I admire your beautiful style.

  22. My daughter has these. We call them Hama beads. I would have never thought to put them on a card though. This looks fab and look how organised all your colours are! x

  23. Super cute colorful card using those fun!

  24. This is really cool! I love how you Incorporated those beads into your card- I remember using those as a kid! Fun!

  25. Absolutely adorable. I would never have the patience to do that!


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