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Friday, October 28, 2011

CSS October 28 Sketch Hop

Welcome to my blog. I hope you arrived here from Linda's marvelous blog. If not, and if you want to start from the beginning of the hop, jump back over to Stamp TV where you will find the list of everyone participating in today's hop.

Today we are doing a sketch hop using this great sketch created by Melissa Cash.


This was such a fun and easy sketch to work with, so I made two cards to share with you. If I'd had more time I probably would have made more, but I will definitely be going back to this sketch again.

Both of my cards were made using stamps from the new Stamp TV kit, Wishing You Joy. I would have to say that this is one of my all time favorite Stamp TV Kits. I'm a huge fan of the holidays, and there are so many fun images and great sentiments in this kit. I'm sure many of my holiday cards this year will be made using it.

Here's the first card:
This was a really quick card to make. The main card base is made with Pure Luxury White heavy base weight card stock and the strips are Pure Luxury In the Navy and Silver Lining. I embossed the strips with some Cuttlebug folders that are one inch strips. They work perfectly for something like this. I stamped the ornament image in Versamark and embossed in silver. The edge of the oval is also embossed with silver, which I did by going around it with a Versamark pen. I colored the ornaments with Copics and filled in the stars with a glitter pen. The snowflakes were in my stash of stuff and I don't know where those came from. Easy to make, but not so easy to photograph; too much shiny, sparkly stuff, I guess.

And, here is the second card:

For this one I used a Pure Luxury Ivory base and Lipstick Red that was embossed with a Sizzix folder from SU. The paper strips on this one are from the Cosmo Cricket Dear Mr. Claus, which is one of my favorite new paper pads. It has a very vintage Christmas look to it and some really fun designs. I stamped the trees onto PL Ivory using Memento Tuxedo Black and then paper pieced them with more of the Cosmo Cricket paper. I didn't put a sentiment on the front of this one because it was busy enough with the paper strips, so it will just get a greeting on the inside.

Well, that's all for me! Hop along now to see what the creative Karen has in store for you. Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 1), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that lucky person will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

98 comments:

Marsha said...

Beautiful. Love the embossing on the strips for the first card. And the different DP strips on the second is just great. Love them both.

Cheri said...

Both of your cards are fabulous, Kay! I really like the dp you used for the second card. It gives it such a vintage Christmas look.

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi kay :P What lovely cards! I love the details and the selection of papers!! very nice!

The Vannoy Family said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty card! Really like the silver/blue! Thanks for sharing!

Sharri said...

Kay these are gorgeous!! The first one is so elegant looking and one of my favorite colors combo for Christmas! I love the paper pieced trees on the second!

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOVE that blue card -- great use of the embossing! Both the cards are fabulous!

Payne Holler Cards said...

these are both so beautiful! love the dies and colors (-:

Melissa Cash said...

Love them both Kay! I really like how you embossed the strips on the first one. Why didn't I think of that?

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Kay- These cards are gorgeous. I love the colors you used in the first one and the little trees are just adorable!

Lynn B. said...

Thanks so much for this great idea! I have those little one inch embossing folders too and I seldom know what to do with them. I'm going to be using this idea for LOTS of cards this Christmas season.

Theresa Momber said...

Kay, I just love these! Somehow you've managed to make them look whimsical, yet elegant at the same time. Gorgeous!

Sharon Jones said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful!! Love the colors of each. Wonderful job!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Kay, these are both so pretty! I love the embossing on the first one and those paper pieced trees are super cute.

Donna Phelan said...

Fabulous cards. Both so different yet both so lovely. I have just *found* my CB strips and used them on the Friday challenge, yours look so lovely with the snowflakes, like a trail! Clever!

scrappinmommom said...

Lovely cards. The blue really takes my eye, my Dad always felt Christmas and "blue" were one and the same. All blue balls on the tree, etc.
Great job.

terrie said...

Both of your cards are very nice...well done

Deb said...

Love both of these, Kay, but the first is my favorite! So very elegant!

maryc1254 said...

Both cards are great. I love the diversity that crafting gives us just by changing the combinations of colors.

Crafty Patti said...

geat cards on both, nice and wintery on the first one and nice and bright on the second.

naneruth said...

Love how you did the strips. Very pretty cards!

Michele Gross said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards!

Diana said...

Both cards are great - loving this hop :)

Deanna C said...

Love the Christmas cards, but the ornaments really caught my eye.

Joan said...

Very pretty designs and uncomplicated which appeals to me. Thanks for the great ideas!

Laraine R said...

Both are gorgeous cards!!

Priscilla said...

Beautiful cards. Love the silver and blue and the embossing on the stripes.

Riette said...

My favorite is the somewhat distressed looking Christmas paper-pieced tree card! Love!

elizabeth said...

Love that blue and silver combo. So elegant!

melissa said...

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

Claudia R said...

Lovely cards, providing great ideas how to use the sketch.

Jan said...

Both cards are so, so pretty.

sweetmarie said...

absolutely LOVE these cards, will be copy catting these for sure!!!

Julie said...

Wow these about both beautiful cards. I like all the embossing you did on the first card. And love those tree's on the second card. Great job on both.

Glamour said...

Beautiful cards, love your papers and choice of colors....
Thanks for sharing

Pam D said...

Amazing cards, nicely done, TFS!
pdela-torre@wavecable.com

Lynne said...

Great idea to use the small embossing folders.

Carol said...

Lovely design and beautiful colors!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

NJMullins said...

Such creative use of embossing and dp! Well done!

the 2 Pink Ladies said...

Love both of your cards. I now how some other use for the narrow embossing designs. Thanks for sharing.
Hazel
hdhall6002atsbcglobaldotnet
www.the2pinkladies.com

--Marcy said...

Love it! Just around the corner isn't it!

Sharon in Arizona said...

Beautiful cards - I agree, this Stamp TV kit is one of the best - has everything you need to make all your holiday cards, especially with such variety in the stamps!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Lucy said...

The details on these cards is amazing. I try to stay away from traditional Christmas colors of green and red, but I gotta say you may have convinced me to go traditional this year!

Sharon said...

What beautiful cards - can't decide which I like the best! Excellent!

alex said...

The first card is so classy, love the colours, the second is such fun, tanks for sharing

Linda Palmer said...

These are beautiful cards. I love both of them and want those sets.

Dee in Oklahoma said...

Oh, how sweet they both are...I really love the little trees ...my favorite...thanks for sharing...wonderful work!

2amscrapper said...

your cards really show off the adaptable sketch!

Aixa M. said...

Beautiful cards and color combinations!

marie41837 said...

I love these cards,but I think that the first is my fav.

Theresa said...

Lovely cards...both are great designs.

Die Cut Lady said...

Great cards you have me thinking about pulling out my embossing folders.

The Card Maker said...

Nice Card! I love the cool colors!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your Christmas cards are just wonderful. You have inspired me.

patm said...

This is a beautiful card, excellent work.

Vesta said...

Beautiful colors! Lovely cards!

Joan said...

Very pretty! I can't decide which one I like better so I guess I'll just have to CASE them both :-)

jazy1m said...

Love both of the cards. Awesome job. Thanks for sharing.

LoveSnailMail said...

Love the retro look and the perfect embossing details!

patti said...

Very nice colors and design

Creative Mojo said...

Cool and elegant...warm and whimsical!
x0x
L.

Golda said...

Those are both fantastic. I love the look of the first one with your embossing.

jean w. said...

Love both of your cards! The strips with the embossing are a great idea! Thanks!

CraftyJo said...

Wow, two fabulous cards - I'm inspired to go make my Christmas cards right now, thanks.

Mary Ann said...

Just when I thought I knew my favorite I hopped to your beautiful cards. I may have to consider this for my own Christmas cards. WONDERFUL

Sharon said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous but the first one is just stunning and looks like it would take much more effort

margaret said...

Your first card has the zazz= such an eye catcher. Blue but also adding the metal pen accent. So nice. The red- so appropriate for Christmas. Very neat use of the sketch! thanks for sharing

October Sun said...

My favorite is the christmas trees but both are beautiful.

Olena said...

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

RuthAnn said...

Beautiful cards, especially like the the addition of embossing on the strips. Thanks for sharing. RuthAnn

Sylvia said...

I love the embossed strips on the fist card, and the different dps on the second. Reminds me of an old fahion Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet said...

I love how you have embossed the strips - the colors on both are just stunning.

Evelyn said...

those are beautiful; simple, and appealing. And, no, there isn't too much glitter!

66anna66 said...

Really pretty cards. Thanks for sharing!

Dee said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous! Loved the embossing you did on the strips. Very creative use of a simple sketch!

Linda said...

I love these cards. Great use of the sketch.

pamselinski said...

Gorgeous cards amazing what can be done with different colors and one sketch

kim.scrapper said...

Wow, I love the elegance of the first one and then up pops the next one. So beautiful vintage looking, great job and tfs

Scrapacat said...

Oh how gorgeous! I love the color combo on the first one - you can almost feel the cold, crisp air. And the second one is so beautiful and cheery. Love them!
~ky

JourneyGirl said...

Love your cards! I love the colors you chose. Thanks for the eye candy!
Dekida

Donna said...

Kay, lovely cards, I always love the touch the embossing folders add, they look wonderful here!!
Thanks for the reminder
Donna

Joyce Evans Erb said...

I love the colors and papers o both of these cards

Honortem said...

Beautiful- I especially love the silver and blues Christmas card- I love those colors at Christmas

Terri J said...

Great Holiday cards, I love the embossing on the strips on the first one and the choice of patterned papers on the second.

crotnem said...

Both Christmas cards are awesome!
TFS

Barbara said...

Nice cards. I like the way you used the thin, narrow embossing folders. It's a great idea!

Yvonne said...

Cute card. Love the papers.

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards!!!!

stampqueen said...

Great cards!!! I love the colors on both!!! And I love the strips of paper on the second one !!!

SueB said...

Great sketch and love your cards; thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

Michelle said...

This is fabulous! I'm getting such great idea with this sketch! looooove it! :)

Kris said...

I love Christmas! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

kraftyme95 said...

awesome cards. I needed some inspiration for my Christmas cards so here goes.

Sue D said...

Great cards!

Oneofakind said...

Thank you snow much for great ideas with the newly received stamp set.

Lori said...

Kay, I love both of your cards, they are both fantastic!!!

Betty Neville said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Kay! Love the silver/blue combo and those paper-pieced trees! I recently ordered this kit - thank you for the inspiration!

Carolina said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards - love how different they are, but yet so elegant at the same time!

Kristin said...

Love the blue and Silver together, nice holiday card!