Becca Bit: Frugal – Decorative Pearl Flower Center

Hi there friends!!  You know me and purple, right???!?  Well I challenged myself again today – good to rid the crafting cobwebs right??  Today I’m embracing purple so I built my card around this luscious flower.  This is a darker purple so I almost feel like I’m cheating.  The stamp I used is one that sits right by my computer all the time because I love the saying!!  I had my card made in less than an hour and on a beautiful day like today, it’s all about getting outside to enjoy!

I’m following the Mojo Monday Sketch 179 and it calls for a round element in the center.  This flower is perfect.  I find these on sale at the craft store all the time but they’re kind of bulky.  I’ve put together a video today to show you how to create this fabulous flower center (in 10 minutes or less).  You never know when you need to add a little spice to a plain flower or another of your found treasures!!


Stamps: Hero Arts – It’s All About Today
: Bazzill, K & Co.
Ink: Versamark and Ivory Embossing Powder
Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, May Arts Linen Twine, Pearls, Flower

Happy Monday y’all!!  Take care of yourselves today, because It’s All About Today.

  • CarolFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Becca, Well, lady, I am a purple lover as well…thanks for the purple flower and card….I really love it! I am also a background person so am glad you went for it! Clever! Have a great day. Where I am in sw WI we are having a dilly of ice, sleet, rain, snow, now extended until Tuesday morning at 3 a.m. In for the day(s)! Time to get out the supplies and create. CarolReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    Beautiful card Becca, beautiful composition with very pretty colors. Love the center of the flower. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-D

    PS I’ll be back later to see the videoReplyCancel

  • Vickie DoswellFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Love the deep rich purple in this card. It is gorgeous!

  • bonnie weissFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Purple truly is a regal colour and your card just oozes with royalty today, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • DaviFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    Purple is my favorite color and I think this is spectacular!! Love that gorgeous flower!!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous card, I love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • ShawnaFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous Becca!ReplyCancel

  • DelamaFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    I love the purple flower and it is cute card. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day :)

  • Shirley NFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Becca, this is stunning! Your layout and all the details are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Regina NFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    TFS. Becca as always you made a beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Debby WalkerFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    Purple passion all the way, Miss Becca. The flower is stunning! I love making flowers…if you want to see what my creaive juices(and God) created, please check out my blog. Today it is the second card posted. Wonderful card miss, hugs and love!


  • Mary HarrisFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)February 21, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    So beautiful, so so beautiful. You did it again. In fact, you can produce outstanding artwork faster than I can write these comments. Is this normal?
    I think not.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie WaldtFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Lovely, lovely. The flower is beautiful!!! I always have a problem wondering how to send a card with this depth or how to be able to scrapbook this. In SD we got 17 inches of snow and it is still snowing/blowing……………..time to get the scrapbooking supplies out to get the s.b. finished for my son’s birthday of his twin girls at Christmas time.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous card and gorgeous purple flower.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne CFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:00 pm


  • BrookFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Beautiful card and great tutorial. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • jean wilsonFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Wow that is so beautiful Becca! The first thing I thought of was the old clip earrings I have and wondered if they could be used as flower centers! You’ve got the wheels turning in my creative head! Thanks for the inspiration again.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy ClickFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Another beautiful, elegant card. Love the pearl centerpiece. CindyReplyCancel

  • ArleneFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    Thank you all those Becca Bits lately. I love watching videos instead of written instructions , I am a visual kind of card maker so i love videos. Keep up the great ideas and cards, they are just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy AllenFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Love it Becca. I have many of these pearls and I will be making some of these. You are the best! Thank you once again for sharing with us.

  • Dianna N.February 21, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    What a beautiful card, and an easy to follow tutorial!
    This is great way to use up those extra few beads left over from a beading project! I love adding beads to cards and you show so many ways to do it. I can also see how pulling the silk flowers apart will allow a person to make use of all the petals in several different ways!
    Thank YOU!

  • KathyFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Beautiful card Becca.
    Am really enjoying your tutorials, I do much better when I can see it done.

    My husband made me a peg bow maker out of scrap lumber he had, I can finally tie a bow I am proud of. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • cardchickFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    What a great tip with pearls!!! weaving the pearls is very helpful to keep my beads from losing its form……gorgeous card!!!!!! tfsReplyCancel

  • geatyFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    hi Becca a big thank you for this new video, you spoil us! Wahoo!a big thank you


  • Rachel BrooksFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    My jaw drops every time I visit your site! Wow, wow, wow! Love the idea of wrapping the wire to keep things secure. I wondered how you were going to do that and of course you came through with the perfect solution! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    You have conquered purple. Thanks for the tutorial on the flower center.ReplyCancel

  • ChannaFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Becca, I love your work!! It is so beautiful, gorgeous….words can not describe it. You are truly blessed! You are my new inspiration. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    BEAUTIFUL BECCA!!!! LOVE the fact of your using a silk flower!!! Your card REALLY IS LOVELY!!!! The center is WONDERFUL!!!!! You do SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB in showing us HOW it’s done!!! THANK YOU!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Oh Becca!!
    Thank you!
    This is just perfect :o)
    I always wish I had pretty things to put in my flowers and things but because of where I live can’t buy any. I do have lots of pearls just like this and other beads as well. Now I know how to make my own beautiful decorations!!!!!
    Your card is gorgeous!
    Hugs, CandyReplyCancel

  • FMFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Love this card done in my very favorite color…Beautiful!!! Thanks for the Becca bit!!ReplyCancel

  • ChaunFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    You’re getting the hang of PURPLE! Looks great! Loved the pearl centerpiece!ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Awesome flower and tutorial, Becca! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • LynneFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Hi there Becca and thank you for sharing this. It’s lovely and some beads in my stash so that’s my playtime for later today. It looks just great. xReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    What a fabulous way to add a flower center. Thanks for a great video.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    Love this Becca Bit…..will have to try this….it really set this purple flower….thank you for sharing…..ReplyCancel

  • Virginia S WaddyFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    All I can say I wish you live near me, I love all your work that you do and you do an awesome job and you explain your work so well and it’s easy to understand what you are doing by your tutorials videos. I just love watching your site. ReplyCancel

  • Marge (mer)February 21, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    Love your little bits of amazingness, Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol WFebruary 21, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    What a great technique for creating and securing that bead cluster! I love making both papercrafts and jewellery, so this will be very useful for me!

    And I had to laugh at myself — I don’t know about anyone else, but I had a little gasp of horror when you started taking the flower apart. Since I’m so used to seeing your lovely hands building/creating, it struck me funny to see you determinedly rip that darn thing apart! LOLReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerFebruary 21, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    The flower looks so real! Something new and gorgeous every day, Becca. You never cease to amaze me. I hope my comment sticks this time… crossing fingers as I click…ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithFebruary 21, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Purple is not a favorite of mine. But I do like this rich deep kind of wine purple that you are using here. Besides the gorgeous print that this paper has which I personally would be drawn to. I like the pearl center that you came up with. Once again that creative mind of yours is in overdrive.
    It turned out beautiful as always. I had no idea how silk flowers were put together until your video. Never even thought to pull one apart before. This was interesting. Thank you.

  • Mary H.February 21, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    Love the video. Thanks for putting out so many lately. I know it must be a great deal of effort for you. Thanks so much. Beautiful card, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny K.February 21, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    Becca, What a neat frugal idea, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am always on the look out for ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my craft dollars and this will be in my folder of new ways to make my money go further!! thank you for the great tip and trick!!

  • Deborah HooperFebruary 21, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    Gorgeous. Purple is my favorite color!!ReplyCancel

  • Olga JewellFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    how neat!!!! I will give this one a try for sure!!!! TFSReplyCancel

  • TeresaFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    I love purple too!!! This Card is just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • SuziFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    Wow! I never would have thought to pull the flower apart like that! Thank you, once again!ReplyCancel

  • Carla MurphyFebruary 21, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    Beautiful! Such a pretty flower too… and I love all your pearls. I have that Hero Arts stamp as well…… somewhere – lol! Must dig it out.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny IngramFebruary 22, 2011 - 12:23 am

    Becca, what size pearls did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Lori AFebruary 22, 2011 - 4:20 am

    VERY nice!!! Thanks so much for showing us how to make this gorgeous flower center. I am definitely going to attempt it!

    …and you are sooooo right about it being all about today. I’ve needed to tell myself that many times and have even needed to tell myself to just take one minute at a time during a time of crisis…

    You are dearly loved ?
    Love n hugs, LoriReplyCancel

  • HeatherFebruary 22, 2011 - 5:02 am

    Thanks Becca, very inspiring…. I’ll be looking around for all those unused jewelery bits now and the quote as you say is very apt. tfs

  • AntonellaFebruary 22, 2011 - 6:15 am

    This is a beautiful card – embrace purple :-) I love the saying – something that can be hard to keep in mind sometimes. Hugs, antonella :-)ReplyCancel

  • JenFebruary 22, 2011 - 7:17 am

    Gorgeous love the flower and your tutorial thank u…ReplyCancel

  • emilyFebruary 22, 2011 - 8:12 am

    That sentiment alone could make a card but your flowers and pearls are perfect for such a beautiful greeting.
    Thanks for sharing! :o)ReplyCancel

  • NinFebruary 22, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Stunning card, love purple. Thank you for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin EberlineFebruary 22, 2011 - 11:36 am

    WOW! I am NOT a fan of purple, but you certainly made it shine on this beautiful card! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the tutorial on the pearl center! I cannot wait to try it! I was just at the Hobby Lobby the other day and I noticed a selection of adhesive pearl elements designed to take center stage on flowers. I pondered for a moment and decided against buying them because they seemed kind of sloppy. These are MUCH prettier! How funny that I happened across your tutorial today…what a blessing. It will save me a lot of money also, considering I have a HUGE neglected jewelry stash.ReplyCancel

  • LMcBurneyFebruary 22, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Thank you for taking the time to share your talents with us, not just in the beautiful cards you make but in the details of your card making. I love Becca Bits!ReplyCancel

  • MisaeFebruary 22, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    That’s so gorgeous! Dark purple is slightly decadentReplyCancel

  • MarieFebruary 22, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Such a stunning card, and another fab video tutorial. Thank you, Becca xxReplyCancel

  • paulaFebruary 22, 2011 - 7:36 pm

    this is stunning Becca – I think even I would be able to manage this – next time i’m out and about – i’ll look at flowers and even cheap store bought decorative flowers in a different way.

    Paula, Derbyshire, UK. x x xReplyCancel

  • caroline hillFebruary 22, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    Becca Thank you for your Becca bits love them and
    always look forward to creations. God BlessReplyCancel

  • Elissa LymanFebruary 22, 2011 - 11:00 pm

    I love purple too! What else can I say…gorgeous!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - UKFebruary 23, 2011 - 8:46 am

    I’ve been away for a couple of days to recharge my batteries i rediness for my DD who will arrive home fro respite care tomorrow….so I’m doing a catch-up Becca as I don’t like to miss any of your wonderful works of art. This is one stunning work of art love the colours especially the flower and thanks for a great tutorial.

    Love Sheila xxReplyCancel

  • Evelyn CraigFebruary 23, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Thanks for the Ironing board snippet. Oh, how true. I come to your blog for inspiration and you seem to have the right words and cards to get me going.



  • ConniecrafterFebruary 23, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Wow that is gorgeous, I love that deep purple, the pearls really stand out and the golden mustard color of your flower ribbon is perfect with it! neat videoReplyCancel

  • ANNETTE KLASINZFebruary 23, 2011 - 10:26 am

    purple is my favorite color beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 23, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Great way to secure the pearls. I’ve made some jewelry and I’ve never seen that technique before! Thans for sharing!
    Hugs, JessicaReplyCancel

  • OlenaFebruary 26, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous! OlenaReplyCancel

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