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Friday, October 28, 2011

CSS Alumni Sketch Challenge

Tonight me and some of my besties from the Gina K. Designs Center Stage Alumni team are getting together to share cards that were inspired by the sketch shown below.    

You should have arrived at my blog from Melissa Shultz's blog, if not you can go back to StampTV and start from the beginning.

Please leave a comment on each of the blogs as you are hopping along as we will be picking one lucky person to win a free Gina K. Designs set of their choice valued at $24.95 or less. The winner will be picked November 1.  

I have created two cards using Theresa Momber's Celebrate the Season set.  I love how versatile this set is as there are so many creative opportunities with it.  I truly believe this is an all season set.  Tonight I am going to share cards that are good for fall and winter.
 Since Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to use the bare branch and small bat from the set to create my fall card.  I stamped the bats in Grape Memento ink and then filled them in with Glossy Accents and sprinkled lavender micro fine glitter on them.  The branch was stamped in Memento Black ink and then I went over it with a Black Spica pen to give it a shimmery, glittery look.  For the moon, I punched a hole in a piece of masking paper and then sponged in some Memento Dandelion and Cantaloupe inks.  
Oh how I love snowmen and this one is adorable!  For my winter card, I stamped the little guy in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and then colored his nose, arms, buttons and hat with Copic markers.  Some Glossy Accents was added to the bottom and then sprinkled with some chunky glitter to give the effect of snow on the ground.  

(Complete details for both cards are listed below) 

I am going to send you on your way to Lori McAree's blog where I am sure she has something fabulous to share with you.

Recipes:
Bat card:  
Stamps:  Celebrate the Season-Gina K. Designs
Paper:  PL Black, White and Vibrant Violet-GKD, Spooky Print-Fancy Pants Oct 31 collection
Inks:  Memento Grape, Tuxedo Black, Dandelion and Canteloupe
Extras:  Buttons-GKD, Ribbon, Glossy Accents, Glitter, Nesties Petite Ovals Small

Snowman card:
Stamps:  Celebrate the Season-Gina K. Designs
Paper:  Light Blue-American Crafts, PL Kraft, White-GKD, Prints-My Minds Eye
Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Extras:  Chunky Glitter, Copics, Nesties Classic Cirlcles and Ironwork Motifs, Pearls

See you soon,

134 Comments    Click Here To Comment:

Miesje said...

Way cool cards! So creatively different. Amazing how 2 cards using the same sketch can look so different. Loved the sketch!!!!

Marsha said...

Great takes on the sketch. As Miesje said, it is crazy how the two cards can look so different and have such different feels to them while using the same sketch.

Cheri said...

OMGosh, Melissa.....your first card is amazing...I absolutely LOVE it! And the little snowman looks like he's floating down on a snowflake. A wonderful sketch, Melissa, and FABULOUS inspiration.

Linda D said...

Your cards are beautiful!! It was great seeing you a couple of weeks ago. Hugs

Sharri said...

Gorgeous cards Melissa!! I love how you framed the snowman! It reminds me of an ornament! I love the purple sparkly bat on the Halloween card!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Oooooh....Awesome!!! I LOVE the details and the colors are terrific!

The Vannoy Family said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty cards! Love your Halloween theme / and snowman theme! Thanks for sharing!

Vicki Dutcher said...

You go girl! Wonderful couple of cards -- love the bats! :)

Payne Holler Cards said...

that's the most beautiful Halloween card ever (at first I thought the bats were fallin leaves!) and your snowman is adorable...loved this sketch!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melissa- Thank you for such a terrific sketch. I love that you shared two totally different cards, and both are fabulous!!!!

Lynn B. said...

Love how different these two cards are. Great work!

Theresa Momber said...

I'm so loving the purple bats! I always color mine black. I've got to remember to try that. Gorgeous designs! Thanks for the beautiful card that came in the mail today!!!

Sharon Jones said...

Love how different each card looks from the same sketch!! Awesome!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Melissa, I love how you achieved 2 totally different looks with the same sketch. Great cards.

Kay S said...

Love, love your cards, Melissa! The unique take on a Halloween card is great, and your snowman card is so cool! Love the colors you used with the snowman; non- traditional and really gorgeous.

joy said...

Great Halloween card! I'm checking out this stamp set! and Your snowman is so sweet and love how you have framed him with the die cuts and pearls.

Donna Phelan said...

GREAT Halloween card, that bare branch IS perfect! and your Christmas card is lovely, I really like the colors and that background paper, looks fabulous!

scrappinmommom said...

Two very clever cards, really like the Halloween card. Everyone loves smowmen, or at least I do.

terrie said...

Two great looking cards...
well done

Deb said...

Your cards are FABULOUS, Melissa! Love them both! The Halloween scene is beautiful, and that snowflake under the snowman is amazing. This was a fun, wonderful sketch! Thank you! xoxoxo

maryc1254 said...

I love the unique colors of both cards. Purple for the bats is so cool.

janice moss said...

While I don't do Halloween, I really like the way the colors pop in the first card and your snowman is so adorable!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Darling cards, both! I especially like the snowman and the treatment of his background.

Anonymous said...

The snowman/snowflake is my fav. Very nice design.

Crafty Patti said...

The first cazrd is very pretty nice twist for halloween, second card is super i love snowmen.

naneruth said...

Wonderful ideas!

Joan said...

I really like both of these cards. They are both so unique. The embellishment around the snowman is so neat and like the use of somewhat non-traditionsal winter snowman colors. And the button accent on the first is beautiful.

Michele Gross said...

Awesome! Love the spookiness of the first one :) Really fun sketch, might have to give it a go!

Diana said...

Both cards are awesome.....love the designs :)
TFS

cardscrapper said...

I love both cards, but the halloween card just speaks to me.

Marj said...

Those cards are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Laraine R said...

Awesome cards!!

Priscilla said...

These are gorgeous! Love the purple bats and the snowman in the snowflake is lovely.

Riette said...

How nice the snowman's frame look like snow flakes!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! What beautiful cards.

Judy Boyd said...

Oh thank you for sharing great ways to you Nestabilities die cuts. Love your cards, especially the snowman one. Gotta scraplift that idea for using the die cuts! Thank you.

melissa said...

very pretty card thanks for sharing i hope if u have time to stop by my blog thanks
melissastampingvoila.blogspot.com

Jan said...

I'm always so amazed how you gals take one sketch & come up with such wonderful designs & idea. Both of these cards are lovely.

Shirley Ross said...

Very lovely cards!

Anonymous said...

Very nice colors on both cards. TFS!
Jean McGee

sweetmarie said...

Lovely cars, always inspired by these blog hops!

Brenda said...

Love the off set buttons on the first one and the way the spellbinders (?) cuddles the snowman on the 2nd one.

Julie said...

Wow, I love that snowman too!! LOL Great job with both layouts.

Glamour said...

Beautiful cards, simple but elegant . Thanks for sharing

Diane

Anonymous said...

I loved BOTH of your cards!

Lan Grabske said...

Wow! Never would have thought to use the branch stamp that way!

Pam D said...

Both cards are so cute. Usually not a Halloween fan but the subtlety of this is really nice. Great job, TFS!
pdela-torre@wavecable.com

the 2 Pink Ladies said...

I love the color combination on your snowman card. It is a great card. I like how you used ribbon on the buttons on the Halloween card.
Hazel
hdhall6002atsbcglobaldotnet
www.the2pinkladies.com

Carol said...

Lovely design and beautiful colors!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

NJMullins said...

Wow! I had already commented on these lovely cards in the featured gallery. They are both amazing compositions. :)

--Marcy said...

Super ideas - love the floating leaves, and the snowman is precious!

Sharon in Arizona said...

Oh Melissa, I LOVE these cards!!! I'm already seeing many different variations of what you've done. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Fab cards! Love the buttons on the first one.

Sonya van Stee said...

Wow! I just love how you used those buttons in the first card, and that snowflake "frame" holding the central image is fantastic! Great colour choices and absolutely fabulous cards!

Lucy said...

Such delightful cards. The details are amazing. These are the kind of cards I'd have trouble sending if I made them!!

Kelly said...

Love them both! I love how completely different they are! That's such a cute snowman!

Margaret said...

You are very talented! Both cards are awesome!

Sharon said...

What a striking fall card - very neat! And your snowman is adorable!

kylee said...

i'm not much on Halloween cards, but i definitely make an exception for you, Melissa!

Great cards!

kylee

alex said...

Love them both, cant believe how 2 cards from the one sketch can be so different, and so beautiful

Carolyn Disher said...

I just love the Halloween card. Substitute birds for the bats and you could use the design any time of the year. Has an Asian look.

Carolyn

okiedee said...

Wow..love them both...two very different cards with same sketch. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

marie41837 said...

Both cards are great. So much talent here.

2amscrapper said...

both cards are great--I like the purple as a color option

Aixa M. said...

Great cards! I like both your takes on the sketch!

Theresa said...

What great cards you have made with your Sketch! Love this sketch.

Die Cut Lady said...

You are right this is a cute snowman.Great card with snowflake under as a mat.

The Card Maker said...

Very cretive use of the sketch! TFS

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your card designs using the sketch. So pretty are both of them.

patm said...

I love the colors you used for your snowman card.....great job.

Joan said...

Love both cards especially the bat card because I was trying to figure out how to put a white moon on white paper....easy....make a yellow one like you did. Now why didn't I think of that :-)TFS!!!

Vesta said...

I love the way everyone used different embellishments. Very creative and gives me ideas to use my stash.

Elfie said...

I love your Snowman. Makes me remember my childhood. Snowman always make nice Christmas Cards, even if there is no snow like Texas. Thanks for sharing.

jazy1m said...

Love both of your cards. My favorite would be the snowman. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

LoveSnailMail said...

Love the framing of the snowman in a snowflake. It has been snowing here all day. Last time it did that in the Northern VA area in October was 1976! Burrrrrrr....

LORRAINE p said...

Love the Halloween card. Great design.

patti said...

Very nice and each so different...gets me in the mood to start my christmas cards!

Anonymous said...

Both designs are dazzling!
x0x
lizabeth

Golda said...

Those are both wonderful cards. I love the colors you used on the Halloween card.

jean w. said...

Love the snowman card the most!

Anonymous said...

Cute cards, so talented

Ruth

CraftyJo said...

Two gorgeous cards! I wasn't too sure about that branch when I saw the stamp set but you've used it to very great effect, I can now see further potential.

Jackie W. said...

Love both of these. That snowman is adorable, to be sure. Great job!

Karry said...

Both your cards are adorable, i especially like the Halloween card.

Mary Ann said...

I LOVE the Halloween card so much. The colors are just beautiful. The Christmas card is pretty and whimsical!

Sharon said...

Wow what a beautiful and original halloween card and I love your snowman..I bought this set so thanks for the inspiration!

October Sun said...

These are all beautiful, but my favorite is the blue with the bats!
Love it love it love it!

margaret said...

I adore your cards. I too like snowmen and use a lot for winter cards. I like the first one also - using the blue very nice

Anonymous said...

I love the colors on both of the cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Olena said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors and the papers you used! Great job! Olena

Barbara Bryant said...

Im learning so much form these blog hops your cards are beautiful.

Sylvia said...

Both cards are stunning, but I especially like the snowman card. The glitter make it look so frosty.

RuthAnn said...

These are both beautiful card, thanks for sharing. RuthAnn

Janet said...

great sketch Melissa !! I just love how you used them too - the Halloween card is just wonderful with the purple and black and I love the papers you used with the snowman (he is too cute).

mary said...

Good combination, would never have thought of using the brown and blue together....but it works! Love it..!

Evelyn said...

Those are great cards. I love what you've done with the sketch.

66anna66 said...

Both cards are so different and so neat! Thanks for great ideas!

Dee said...

Your Halloween card's colors were perfect for the effect you wanted, and I was surprised by the color combinations for your Christmas card--but I like it, too! Nice.

pamselinski said...

WOW the halloween card is so very cute. a marvelous take on the sketch.

Linda said...

Love the bats. Would never have thought to do bats in purple. Great visual balance.

kim.scrapper said...

Both cards are cute but the snowman one is my favorite, great job and tfs

Scrapacat said...

Both are wonderful, but I really really am in LOVE with that snowman card. Gorgeous!
~ky

Theresa said...

Keep em coming love them both

cosie said...

Soooo....different but both are gorgeous. A very versatile sketch.

JourneyGirl said...

I'm in love with the blue card. Thanks for the eye candy!

Anonymous said...

I love both of your cards. Hard to believe that we will all be making Christmas cards soon!

Joan

Donna said...

Beautiful cards, love the PP in botha and that lovely purple, great combo, and that snowman card is too cute!!
Love them both,
Thanks
Donna

Joyce Evans Erb said...

gorgeous cards and both so different

Honortem said...

Beautiful cards! Love the snowman- although the east coast may disagree right now!

Terri J said...

Love the Halloween card, so spooky! And I like how the focal image frame is a snowflake, so "cool."

Barbara Colbert said...

Great cards...both of them!!!

crotnem said...

Both are just awesome!

HandmadebyRhonda said...

Very pretty cards. Love the snowman! Tfs
*Rhonda*

Barbara said...

Nice color combo for the halloween card. Different! Both of the cards are neat!

Yvonne said...

Love both cards. Both are so neat.

Barb said...

Halloween card is cute but I love that snowman car. WHEW!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards!!!!

stampqueen said...

Awesome cards!!!! I love the snowman one best though!!! I love how you framed the snowman!!!

Arlene said...

Love both of your cards . Thanks for sharing.

Lisa in Lincoln said...

These holiday cards are super, super cute!

Michelle said...

both card are fabulous but because I am a lover of snowmans...that one is definitely my favorite!

SueB said...

Great cards, both, but I especially love the H'ween one w the layered ribbon - and you happened to use my fav color too! Thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

Betty Neville said...

These are awesome Melissa! Love your fall/Halloween scene, and that snowman card is beautifully done!
Thanks for another great sketch!

Kris said...

So fun and pretty! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Gwen said...

Both cards are great !!!

Mary Strauser said...

Both cards are awesome.
thanks for the inspiration

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

both are great. thanks for sharing

Sue D said...

Great cards--love the snowman.

Oneofakind said...

Both the cards are great. Bats published today were perfect for a Happy Halloween.

Judy Averill said...

Loved both cards--thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Both are fabulous Melissa!!!

mermaid fenicia said...

That's a very nice card ^_^

bbsox55 said...

I love purple and snowmen. I smiled all the way through your post!

Carolina said...

Such darlin' takes on the sketch - of course love the Halloween themed one, the purple just pops!

The snowman one is just beyond gorgeous! Love how you framed it, it really pops!

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