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Friday, August 24, 2012

CSS Inspiration Blog Hop

Welcome to the GKD Center Stage Spotlight Inspiration Blog Hop.  Tonight we are going to share cards that we created based on the beautiful fall photo below that Geri chose to inspire us.

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


Being a warm weather girl, I am not quite ready for fall, but I love the colors that fall brings.  Both of the cards I created were inspired by the beautiful colors in the photo.


I used some of the new Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Tomato Soup cardstock as the base for my card, I added a layer of PL Fresh Asparagus and then a layer of print paper from the new Sun Kissed Autumn paper pack.  I inked up the leaf stamp from the new Gina K. Designs Stippled Nature set with a variety of fall colored Tombow Dual Brush markers and spritzed it with pearlized water to blend the colors and create a watercolor effect on the leaves.  They really shimmer in person. 


For this card, I started with a base of GKD PL Cherry Red cardstock and added a small scallop border at the top and bottom with some GKD PL Honey Mustard cardstock and then added some print papers from the Crate paper Farmhouse collection.  For the apples I cut the apple/leaf images from the Stippled Nature Silhouette Cut file and stamped the apples/leaves from the Stippled Nature set onto the die cut pieces.  It is difficult to tell, but each of the apples is all dressed up in glitter. A little ribbon was added as a finishing touch.  

Before I send you on your way to Miesje's wonderful blog, be sure to leave a comment here and on each blog stop along the way as we will be giving away a huge grab bag of Gina K. Designs stamps to one lucky winner on Tuesday morning (August 28th).  Be sure to check the "Big News" Forum at StampTV to see if you were the lucky person!


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stampqueen said...

Great cards!!! I really love the leaves on the first one!!!!

Payne Holler Cards said...

oh i am loving these colors! beautiful cards (cant wait to get to use my silhouette!) your papers and layouts are wonderful

Cheri said...

Melissa, your cards are gorgeous!! I do love the Tomato Soup papers and you really showed them off with this card. The Silhouette card is so cute and inspiring. (A Silhouette is still in my future).

Brenda said...

Fabulous card Melissa!!! I love all the beautiful colors. You are rockin' the Silhouette.

Rosy Newlun said...

Totally fabulous cards - Thanks for sharing about spritzing with pearlized water. I am going to try this!

Kitty said...

Your cards are so pretty especially the first one.

Blessings,
Kat

Kathryn A said...

Those leaves on the first card are just super! Wow!

Theresa Momber said...

Fabulous cards, Melissa! I love the way you inked the branch. It's beautiful! Love the sparkly apples, too!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Melissa, your cards are always gorgeous and these are no exception! Love how you did those leaves, beautiful effect and those sparkly apples are so fun.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

You did a great job on both of these,Melissa. I hope to join in the fun for the nest hop! I have missed you all.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Beautiful cards, Melissa! I hope to join in the fun next time!

craftymom205 said...

Great cards.

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Cindi Hall said...

Love all the cards!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

love the inspiration photo and awesome cards! i AM ready for fall! Ü

Kay S said...

Oh, my goodness! These are both great cards! I haven't used my stippled stamp set yet, and you have definitely inspired me to pull it out to make some fall cards! Love the patterned papers you chose for both cards, especially the ruler/yardstick. Reminds me of when I was a kid and stores gave away yardsticks with their names on them.

Donna Phelan said...

Awesome fall cards! Gina's DP is a perfect backdrop for your image and sentiment, just lovely!

meemee48 said...

Love all the rich fall colors you used in both your cards. They are so creative!

Melanie said...

wow! love what you did with the markers and pearlized water?? guess i need some!

joy said...

I am so impressed with both these cards! The leaves in the first one are amazing! They look so real! I love the paper in the second one - and the apples are perfect for fall!

Doris W. said...

Your first card is my favorite! I love the leaves and all the fall colors you used!

Lagene said...

Both cards are wonderful! I especially love the leaf card!

Sharon said...

Great cards - such perfect fall colors!

naneruth said...

Lovely cards!

redwasher1 said...

Beautiful vibrant cards, I love them!!!

Gayle said...

I just love the colors of fall and your cards portray them perfectly. Love the glittery apples, too.

Angie said...

Such gorgous fall cards Melissa! Love them both!

Miesje said...

Oh m y gosh - these are awesome! I love the colors and the papers and the leaves are amazing! I bet they do shimmer!

Betty Neville said...

Stunning cards, Melissa! Love those rich and vibrant colours! Love how you did the leaves on your first card- I will definitely try that with my new markers - thank you again! : )

Tammie Lien said...

such lovely cards:)

Angela Shields said...

Beautiful cards, I am loving the new colors of cardstock and the autumn papers. I must pick some up!! :)

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