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Sweet Sparkle, Glitter, Bling

This week's Meljen's Designs challenge is Sparkle, Glitter & Bling. Although I use a lot of gemstones, I typically do not use much glitter so I challenged myself to use glitter on my card.

I wanted to find a way to use glitter where it would not get all over. I cut "Sweet" out of Stampin' Up Real Red CS using my Cricut and added multiple layers of UTEE. On the 2nd to last layer, while the UTEE was still melted, I poured red glitter on it. I sealed with an additional coat of UTEE so that the glitter would not come off. I love the way it turned out. It looks great in real life (better than the picture). To add a little extra sparkle, I used Stickles on the image and the scalloped mat.

I hope you will join us for our Sparkle, Glitter & Bling challenge for your chance to win some Meljen's Designs images. Visit the blog to see more inspiration from the Design Team.

Do you want more opportunities to win Meljen's Designs images? Check out all the challenges Melissa is sponsoring on the Meljen's Designs Challenge blog. You can also pick up the freebie from Monday there.

While you are over there, welcome our 2 new DT members, Sandy Allnock & Robin Rawlins. And, for the first time ever, we have a guest designer. Welcome Callie Zenner as our June Guest Designer.

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Thank you for looking!

Challenges for this card:


  • Images: Cupcake Mouse by Meljen's Designs
  • Papers & CS: PaperTrey Inc kraft & white CS, October Afternoon Fly a Kite & Thrift Shop, Georgia Pacific CS, Stampin' Up Real Red CS
  • Inks: None
  • Tools & Embellishments: Copic & Prismacolor markers, Tiara Glitz Stickles, old button, Close To My Heart ribbon, DMC floss, UTEE, Martha Stewart red glitter, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Cricut & George cartridge, Stampin' Up marker
  • Techniques: Paper Piecing, Faux Stitching


Karin said…
Your card is darling and I love the "sweet" sentiment. It totally looks like a sticker embellishment you bought at the craft store! Very cool :)
Leanne said…
This card is adorable!! I love the image and how you paper pieced and I absolutely love the colors you used and the utee & stickles look awesome on the "sweet" as you can tell I love the whole thing!!!
Dawn said…
I love the layers you used, you have a great way of blending colors and patterns.
Great process with the glitter, I also hate the mess and falling off all the time.
Wow - this IS sweet! I have used UTEE before, but all of the projects I've seen using it are awesome! Got to get that on my shopping list!
What a cute image too! Love the paper pieced cupcake :)
Great work once again Cheryl!
This is such a sweet card! Love the colors - just beautiful!
NancyK said…
What a darling and sweet card! Love the cute image and I bet it really sparkles irl!
Marlene said…
Such an adorable card! Love that image!
Debsg said…
So cute. Love what you've done with the lettering.
Tammy said…
This is adorable...such a cute image! I LOVE the sentiment!
Faye said…
This is just scrummy, I love the image, the lovely papers and how you've done the 'sweet'. x
Joanne Gilch said…
I like the button instead of the bow, just different. the card is lovely. such a cute image.
Ann Whitfield said…
Fabulous card Cheryl I love how you did the work 'sweet' and your take on our challenge at Crafty Ann's. Thank you for flying the flag with us.
Ann x
Laurie Wilson said…
What a beautiful card and colors too. The paper piecing on the cupcake is adorable! Thanks for playing CDBC6!
Kathy said…
So cute, those letters look so cool. I usually skip the glitter due to the mess, but love how you sealed it!
Ohh what a neat way to make the "sweet" I would have never imagined that but I have some of the utee and need to try it! Thanks for joining us at CDBC!
This is such a cute card and what a great way to do the glitter, I end up with it everywhere.
coldwaters2 said…
Hi Cheryl this is gorgeous card love that image it isn't only the cake that looks delicious it is everything about this card makes you want to lick ya lips lol thank you for sharing this with us at Crafty Ann's
Lorraine x
Sew-Ink said…
This is too cute! Love the patterned paper and layout!
Alex said…
Adorable card! Like the image and the combination from paper and font!
Hugs, Alex
Catherine said…
Thank you Cheryl for joining us at Cupcake Craft ! I adore your card, the paper piecing for the cupcake case is a fab idea and I love the DP, fab image too ! Good luck ! Smiles from Catherine
Georgia Ehrmann said…
Great creation! I love the Utee on the word. I have never worked with it before but I love your results. (Perhaps a trip to the store is in order for me.) Thanks for using the sketch at CDBC6, you did a wonderful job!
Annika said…
Absolutely stunning, just unreal!!! Love the colouring and the paper piecing and the papers and layout and ... everything!!!
de said…
This is amazing! I love the detail!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!
Pat (mspfd) said…
Cheryl, I absolutely love your card! How adorable and what a super take on the sketch!! Thanks for playing CDBC6!
Diane Long said…
Oh that's just darling!
Lisa said…
I love your little mouse. Your card is just perfect!

Nancy said…
So very adorable!!
The Crafty Den said…
What a gorgeous card. Love the image and the colour scheme is stunning. Thanks for joining in with my "dazzling" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x
nnalorac said…
Ah, this made me smile, such a cute card, love the image and how you paper pieced it. Thanks for joing us over on BTC&G. nnalorac.xx
Claire said…
Gorgeous card, it really is 'sweet'!! Perfect for Crafty Ann's challenge. Great technique with the UTEE
Claire xx
Tracey said…
Fantastic card Cheryl, that image is so cute & I love the "Sweet" word it looks good enough to eat lol.

Have a great weekend :)

Nordicblogger said…
That could not possibly be any cuter. The colors and patterns look very vintage to me, and I love vintage. Very nice!
1CardCreator said…
That is an adorable card! I like your sweet, it looks like the fancy Thickers letters and the gingham is one of my favorites. That image is just too cute! Thanks for sharing! ~Diane
Becky said…
I love this card!! This little guy is just to sweet.
awesome card! great details :)
Rica said…
Gorgeous card, fabulous layout, colours and papers. Love the beautifully colour cute image.
Thanks for playing along with us at Copic Creations.
hugs Heather xx
K. Joy said…
This is adorable! I love the papers you used, and the mouse is so cute. :) Thanks for playing at the CDBC!
Chris said…
A very sweet card and I love your image and colouring. Thanks for joining us at DU2DS. Chris :)
Maria Matter said…
oh Cheryl, this is just too cute!!! love the image and papers!
Thank you for joining us @ Clearly Delightful!
Kate said…
Great card, you got in all the BTCAG challenge elements too! Really like the way you made the text, it looks just like boiled sweets.

** Kate **

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