My final version:
This is the original, which sat in the "bad card" pile for a few weeks:
I think it really needed the lace and pearls to finish it off. The original was too plain, even for a lover of CAS, like me.
Am I the only one with such a "pile"? Sometimes, I make a card, and it just doesn't seem right - maybe it is missing something, a color match isn't close enough, what ever. I set it aside, and look at it again later on. If I step back for a while, I find that I can take a fresh look, figure out why I didn't like it the first time around, and make adjustments.
Rose paper from DCWV, red metallic cardstock is Recollections, sentiment from Colorbok vellum pad, ribbon from Offray, pearl lace from my stash - a very old purchase from when Frank's Nursery and Crafts went out of business, Spellbinder die cuts. The card base is black on the outside, and white on the inside. I buy most of my base cardstock from Hollo's Papercraft in Brunswick, Ohio. They carry a lot of HEAVY cardstock that is light on one side, and colored on the other. Since I make most of my cards for Operation Write Home, I want to use the highest quality materials I can afford.