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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Past and Present Blog Hop

Welcome to our first Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop!

Jessica Fick, the Design Team Coordinator for GinaK Designs has issued a challenge to all of the past and present team CSS team members to make a Christmas card with one of these sketches:

I'm so excited to be able to participate in this hop tonight as a past design team member! I chose to make a card that follows the more "embellished" sketch. Here it is:

I used Pure Luxury Rocket Red as my card base and Pure Luxury Ivory as the next layer. I embossed the ivory layer with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder and then randomly colored some of the snowflakes with a Stardust Pure Glitter pen. I used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in Antique Linen around the edges of the snowflake layer as well as around the edges of the focal images circle. I used a strip of the Rocket Red with a piece of music paper from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly paper pack layered on top of it under the focal image. The scalloped circle is Pure Luxury All Spruced Up and the plain circle is Pure Luxury Ivory again.

I stamped the house image, which is from the Gina K Designs set, Let It Snow, with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics. I sponged the sky with Memento London Fog and Paris Dusk. I added some falling snow to the sky with a white gel pen. The snow on the ground, rooftops and trees was created with crystal snow glitter by Stampendous. The oval was punched out using a Stampin' Up punch, was edged with Vivid Dye Ink Brick and "peace" from Let It Snow was stamped with the Vivid Brick ink also. The two buttons are from the Gina K. Holiday button assortment collection.

This was a really fun sketch to play with and I can't wait to try a couple of other variations with it. Now hop along and see what other Design Team members have created for tonight's hop! You're going to LOVE what everyone has designed!

First, here are the links for GinaK's Current CSS Team Members:

Deb Felts
Diana S. Queen
Karen Knegten
Melissa Cash
Sharri Seffens
Sue VanDeVusse

and the links for all of the past CSS Design Team members participating:

Brenda Turner,
Carla Suto,
Carolina Buchting,
Charlene Merrick,
Dawn Lusk,
DeeMarie Kelemen,
Geri Utterback ,
Giovanna Smith,
Janice Melton,
JenMarie Taylor,
Jennie Harper,
Joy Hadden,
Kay Simmons,
Linda Payne,
Lori McAree,
Melisa Waldorf,
Pam Imholz,
Selma Stevenson,
Shannon Bracken,
Shelly Wilson,
Sue Walsh,
Tina Gilliland

Some of GinaK's Senior Design Team Members and Illustrators wanted to get in on the fun tonight too:

Asela Hopkins
Carolyn King
Cindy Lawrence
Jessica Fick
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger

along with Nina Brackett's Guest Designer: Lisa Hjulberg

Last but not least, don't forget to visit Gina over at

All of these gorgeous cards from the entire team will be added to the StampTV gallery throughout the next few days with the tag cssjf1 (which stands for center stage spotlight jessica fick 1)

These sketches are also our sketch challenge for this week, so be sure to check out all the information in the discussion in our Challenge group over on StampTV Thursday morning. We'd love to see your cards with the sketch too!


Jessica said...

Kay, your card is gorgeous! I Love all the special touches you always add to your cards... they make my sketch look so GOOD!

I'm so happy to be hopping with you again tonight - thanks for joining in!

Tina Gilliland said...

Kay... I LOVE this card!!! The embossing folder and the musical score are among my favs.

Janice M said...

Great card Kay! Love the cyrstal snow!

JenMarie said...

Lovely, love the sparkle!

Denise said...

What a beautiful winter scene! Gorgeous card!

Sue - 'TILLYMINT' said...

Such a pretty card Kay - love your snow

Brenda said...

Kay this is so pretty and I love the sparkle.

Melissa Cash said...

What a beautiful card Kay! I love all of the sparkle!

Giovana said...

Beautiful card!! The sparkle gives it more dimension.

Neesey said...

Love the sparklies. A very warming card for the soul!

joy said...

LOVE, LOVE the red music sheet - so festive! Great card!

JessicaK said...

I love that snowflake embossing folder, and used so well here. Great scene with the home and glittery snow.

Natalie said...

Love all the elements in your card! So pretty!!

Dawn said...

love your winter scene!!

Marsha said...

Very nice card. Love the embossed BG and sparkle.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful card, Kay! Love the sparkly winter scene you created!

catdidit said...

What an awesome card Kay! brrrrr, makes me feel that winter wind and want to be in one of them little cottages! LOL!

Jenny McGee said...

The embossing and the shimmer really make this card stand out. I love it.

Kathy H said...


Deb said...

Love this! Such a beautiful sparkling serene winter scene!

redwasher1 said...

Oh, I love this card!! Fantastic!!

Lori said...

Peace is the perfect sentiment, peaceful warm card, great job Kay!!

Jennie said...

This is such a sweet scene on your card and the glitter!. Great CB folder you used and the musical score just pops on this. Fab design Kay!

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous, Kay! I love the sparkle!

Lisa T said...

Pretty! Love the glitter.

Teri said...

Very pretty! TFS!

Lynne Phelps said...

I love how you carried out the red and white color scheme, with just little pops of green and blue to highlight! Charming card.

Sharri Seffens said...

Kay, This is so beautiful! I love the colors and all the details!

Pat Jandacek said...

This is a beautiful of my favorites on this hop. TFS

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh so sparkly and wonderful with that music bg panel!!!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said... pretty! I love the touch of glitter and the embossing is beautiful!

Stampin' Pam said...

Kay - love the red music behind - and the snowy scene is fabulous! Great glittering :-)

Sue D said...

Very festive card!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Kay, this is just beautiful! Love all the sparkle on your sweet scene!

Carolyn King said...

Wonderful Kay...this is such a peaceful scene!

Melisa Waldorf said...

I love all the sparkles!! Adorable card!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

I love this! It reminds me of a snow globe. Nice use of Nina's Vintage Borders set, too.

Shannon said...

Love all the sparkle!!

Carolina said...

What a delightful card - love the glittery scene and the textured background...such a nice touch.