Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sparkles and Shine for Picard and Dumbledore

I continue my mission of making Bling-laden customized cards for my daughter's friend Jenni. Jenni's dad is a HUGE Star Trek fan! As I mentioned in my previous post - I got my Sci-Fi's confused and initially made him a Yoda Christmas card. What can I say...Star Trek...Star Wars... at least I had the celestial body correct!

To be fair...I KNOW that Yoda is a Star Wars character NOT Star Trek! I just didn't remember WHICH Star series Terry (the card recipient) is infatuated with!

If this is your first time to my blog...please believe me that these are not my 'usual' type of cards! They are all OVER blinged, glittered, Stickled because that is what was requested. Jenni was more adamant about BLING than theme. I have tried to hybridize the two...

The results? I'll let you be the judge. Just know that with each additional sparkle I would have internal stress - thinking - "no that is over the top" and then remembering Jenni's mantra - "there is no such thing as too much bling!" Also...I may NEVER get all the glitter vacuumed and dusted up! Even my husband had a bit of the iridescent shine on his face last night. NO idea how THAT happened as he is rarely allowed in my Fiber Bubble! A school teacher friend of mine said, "glitter is the Herpes of craft making." I think she banned it from her pre-school classroom...what kind of depraved person won't let 4 year old's utilize glitter!!!???

Not sure where to start with a Star Trek Christmas theme - I looked though images and thought that their comm badge/insignia has a shape that might lend itself to a TREE SHAPE!  So that is where I started. In case you aren't familiar with this Trekkie insignia (yes - I'm talking to you Gail and Judy - my sistas!)  I'm including a couple of pics with the MOSTLY famous left chest badge.

From there I thought of the iconic quote, "Beam me up Scotty". Alliteration lead me straight from beam to bling...hence the Bling Me Up sentiment. (Sharing a bit of how my mind works....or how my muse works....yes! I blame it on my muse!)

Ahhhh...Captain Jon Luke Picard! Stark Trek Next Generation

Captain Katherine Janeway sports the newer version of the cult-famous insignia. Star Trek Voyager

So now...you see what I was working with.... All this....PLUS the addition of bling. Bling is VERY important to Miss Jenni! Bling is her signature look - all year long!

Bling Me Up
~Base card - green card stock
~Layer of Christmas design paper blinged up with rhinestones and Stickles
~Christmas ribbon
~Two layers of Christmas design paper framed with black card stock
~Rectangle of red cardstock
~Oval of gold metallic card stock die cut with Spellbinder/Cuttlebug
~Hand cut green card stock shaped to resemble Star Trek insignia stamped with a tree image - glittered with green and 'snow' highlighted with Marvy's Liquid Applique
~Star bling
~White card stock for sentiment - printed with laser printer - die cut with Spellbinder label and Cuttlebug - highlighted with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects
~Inside sentiment: It's Time for Christmas!
Challenges | Inspirations
Retro Sketches - sketch
Crafty Sentiments - use dies
Party Time - anything
Crafty Boots - star(s)
Dream Valley - anything

Now on to the card for Jenni's mama! Both mother and daughter are HUGE Harry Potter fans. To be honest, I've seen the movies...but was not sure where to start with conjuring up a mix of HP, Christmas, and dose of bling. I went with a Dumbledore quote...changed socks to stockings and of course....ADDED BLING!

A Very Harry Christmas
~Base card - green card stock
~Layer of striped card stock The Paper Studio Happy Hootin' Holidays
~The three stockings were actually "to-from tags" purchased after Christmas for CHEAP and yes they have been stashed away until the perfect time to use them presented itself
~Red/white check ribbon for stocking loops
~Red cording (transfer item!)
~Over the top bling: glitter, Stickles, too many rhinestones, and rhinestone brads
~Sentiment printed on laser printer using Harry Potter-like font and die cut with Stampin' Up Framelit
~Inside sentiment mirrors the outside sentiment (shape, font and bling) "One can never have enough bling". ~ Jennifer D.
Challenges | Inspirations
Cardz 4 Guys - Christmas stockings
Shopping Our Stash - use something that was free (you call it FREE - I call it Transfer of Crap! - the red cording was "transferred" to me FREE!)
Creative Card Crew - stripes
Try It On Tuesday - Christmas is coming

Jen's brother Ryan's card is my next challenge. Not sure I'll post it because it is so weirdly un-Christmasy but VERY blingy! He is a fan of Star Trek Voyager.... Why can't these people like shows like White Christmas, or Frosty the Snowman, or Babes in Toyland!!!???? It could be worse...they could be Terminator fans....

Thank you for clicking by,

Here's to stockings filled with bling, apologies to all Star Trek/Wars genres, and the magic of Harry Potter!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Both your blingy cards are so cute! Love that sentiment on the first one. That's probably what Santa says to the reindeer after coming down the chimney and leaving the presents! The second on with those cute stockings is fabulous as well! VERY cute and yes, blingy!

  2. I like how your mind works Nancy of Iowa (and you have made me a happy girl by sharing the photo of Jon Luke Picard!), Fab couple of cards, I love a card with plenty of bling myself.

    Thank you or sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  3. Lol... that wouldn't be challenging if it was White Christmas or Frosty! And lots of Bling is always good! Love the little stockings, too cute! Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Boots Challenges.

  4. I love your blingy cards, Nancy! The 'bling me up' sentiment is genius! Thanks for posting pictures of two of my fave SF characters ever, too - Picard is so yummy, and nothing fazes Janeway!! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    Live long and prosper!!

    love Mags B x

  5. Hehe, that's so clever! Love that you personalised that so well. Brilliant idea! Thanks for dropping your stunning creation off at Dream Valley this week. Big hugs, Wends x Dream Valley DT

  6. I love bling and I love your cards. Those stockings are soooo cute. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  7. Bling Me Up!!! That's awesome, my Star Trek obsessed nephew would love that!
    Both cards are fab! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping our Stash for the "Free is Good" challenge!

  8. A great play on words I love it! What a fab card I loved watching Star Trek when it first came out many moons ago!Thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Sentiments, hope you can join us for our next challenge too! Good luck! Susan x

  9. This is fantastic Nancy,and so clever too.Love the thought process that went into this.Your other card is great too.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x (GDT)

  10. Lovely card. Thank for joining our challenge at Creative Card Crew. Hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Yvonne


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