Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #3: Bring the Bling

It's once again Wednesday, but here, it'll be another CAS-ual Friday! This week's challenge is "Bring the Bling" in a clean & simple way. Sometimes it's very easy to overdo it with bling, so I'm glad CAS-ual Fridays came up with the challenge.


My guy and I love dogs! The other day, we met a friend's 3-month old Boston Terrier puppy. He is one of the cutest puppies ever! I quickly snapped this pic of my guy totally melting while holding the pup. It was certainly "love at first sight"! I loved the moment and the pic, so I just had to scrap it!

The layout design has been floating in my head since I first saw the Paper Smooches Boob Tube set. I wanted the layout to be cute yet masculine... To achieve "cute", I incorporated a heart, rhinestones as telly knobs and electrical current accents, and the super adorable Boob Tube image. To achieve "masculine", I used muted colors/neutral patterns from Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness collection and Echo Park's For the Record collection, made it a little off-center for the "thrown-together" look, and industrial-looking wire antennas to top off the super cute Boob Tube image.

So whaddaya think? Can cute and masculine coexist? :)


Here's a closer look: The antennas were created by twisting wire around a skewer to desired length. I then removed the skewer and attached the wire to the page with white thread. (It looks invisible.) The electrical current was drawn freehand. The rhinestones and twisted wire give a doubly bling and shiny effect.

I adore the telly images from the Boob Tube set by Paper Smooches. They're so cute and versatile! Love! To give the layout some additional dimension, I used 3-D pop dots to affix the Boob Tube to the page.

Used: Cosmo Cricket pattern papers, Echo Park pattern papers and alphabet stickers, Paper Smooches Boob Tube stamp, staineless steel wire from my dad's garage stash, Me & My Big Ideas rhinestones, Bic Mark-it markers

Thank you for the great inspiration, CAS-ual Fridays! And thanks to the lovely Girl Fridays who stopped by my last post and so kindly left encouraging comments!

And lastly, a big thank you to Aussie Scrap Source for featuring my "Blooms" layout two weekends ago. I used the Martha Stewart/EK Success punches in many different ways in it and it's one of my favorite layouts. Check out the post for more inspiration!


Thanks for looking!
- KRAFTY pearl


  1. I'm melting! I love Boston Terrier's (mine is almost 7 now) and I LOVE your tremendously brilliant CAS layout!! Off the hook fabulous :) I love seeing CAS layouts and I hope you'll bring more to us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  2. Holy cats, this is one super amazing layout! I absolutely adore it and the bling is a perfect touch! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

  3. My family raised bostons so I can totally understand the love at first sight!! So adorable!! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

  4. Fabulous!!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. your work is simply the layout for today....puppies are thee cutest! Congrats on the Aussie shout out!

  6. Darn Helena and Ray... what if I wanted to name my son Riley?! Shoot.. lol! Cute layout.. so simple. Dude, you buy lots of stuff.. have all the new collections too! Oh.. right here's my tagline for this comment: Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays! :)

  7. Can you remove word verification on your blog? It makes commenting easier. Thanks. :)

  8. Wow! This is brilliant! Love your thinking as to how you applied your inspiration to the design. And of course cute and masculine can exist together. Right here!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful designs!

  9. Love the concept - so clever. Thank you for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays.