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Friday, November 9, 2012

CSS November Inspiration Hop

I can hardly believe it is November and time for another CSS blog hop! Where does time go?? The holidays are nearly upon us, and I am in no way ready yet!

I hope our hop today will inspire you to make some cards for the fall holidays. You should have come here from Karen's blog, which is always filled with inspiration. If you didn't, you can go back to Stamp TV and start at the beginning of the hop.

Our hop this time is based on these inspiration photos.

Aren't they lovely? Definitely very fall/thanksgiving oriented but not traditional colors. I was inspired to make these two cards based on the colors, pumpkins, and overall fall theme of the photos.


This one is very CAS, which isn't my usual style, but I was inspired by the photos to do something very clean. The base is Gina K Designs Pure Luxury base weight ivory that I scored along the sides and top and bottom. I used a layer of Pure Luxury Good as Gold and stamped the pumpkins on a piece of Pure Luxury layering weight ivory, which I also scored as a way to emphasize the greeting. The pumpkins and greeting are from the Gina K Designs set called So Grateful by Rupa Shevda. I stamped the pumpkins and the little flourish with versa mark and embossed them in gold (the flourish is from the GKD set Seasonal Labels). I colored the pumpkins a bit with Copics and that was it. Quick and easy, but I really like the way it turned out.


This card used stamps from several Gina K Designs sets: The basket is from Holiday Basket by Melanie Muenchinger; the pumpkins are from Heartfelt by Theresa Momber; and the leaves and acorns are from A Year of Borders by Melanie (I cut it apart to make it fit the basket and to go on top of the pumpkins. The base is GKD Pure Luxury Dark Chocolate with a layer of Pure Luxury Ivory on top that was embossed with the Cuttlebug folder "Grace's Frame." I colored everything with Copics and popped the basket and contents up with pop dots. The greeting is from the GKD set, "Autumn Beauty."

I hope you have been inspired by the photos and/or the cards. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 13) we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that person will receive a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K Designs stamps. Hop along now to see what Linda has waiting for you; I'm sure it will be beautiful!

54 comments:

Miesje said...

Love both of these Kay! I really like this inspiration photo - good one to work with.

Jennie said...

Sweet cards Kay! Love the scoring and light coloring on the first one and your basket framed with the embossing folder is just gorgeous!

Theresa Momber said...

Wonderful inspiration photo, Kay. I love the CAS design. Awesome scoring! Your coloring on the autumn basket is fabulous! Gorgeous cards!

Cheri said...

Fabulous cards, Kay and fabulous inspiration!!! I really love your CAS of the pumpkins - the color is perfect. Love it.

Rosy Newlun said...

Love both your card styles - CAA and the extra boldness of the 2nd card! Very beautiful!

joy said...

Love how you have created texture with the scoring on your first card and love the pop of color on your second!

Melissa Cash said...

Great cards Kay! I really like how you framed the sentiment on the first card with the embossing, it is so pretty that way.

sue morris said...

These are just beautiful cards Kay! I love the clean lines and fabulous images!

redwasher1 said...

Kay, loved the photo, thank you for giving us such a awesome inspiration photo.
Love both of your cards!!

Brenda said...

Lovely cards Kay! I love the clean look. Fabulous inspiration photo, I really enjoyed it.

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are lovely autumn cards ~_^

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both your November inspiration cards are just wonderful. I can't pick a favorite as they each have great design elements.

Payne Holler Cards said...

beautiful cards - love your clean CAS card and your basket is fabulous!
thanks so much for awesome photo inspiration - really enjoyed it (-:

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards! Like how you have done the embossed background.

Gayle said...

Love both cards, Kay, and your CAS techniques.

naneruth said...

Very lovely. I love the basket and the embossing.

HappyCrafter said...

Both are lovely, but the first CAS one really caught my eye with its elegant simplicity, great job!

stampqueen said...

Great cards!!!! Both are wonderful - love the first one best!!!

Donna Phelan said...

Both cards are fabulous. LOVE the simplicity of your pumpkin one, that coloring is unique and I just love it!

BeverlyBL said...

Both cards are great. Love the scoring on the first one and the Cuttlebug embossing folder you used on the 2nd one.

Kathryn A said...

Great cards! Love how you've combined stamp sets to create something original.

jandbspiegel said...

lovely simple card - I especially like the hit of coloring on the pumpkins.

Patti J said...

Both cards are just beautiful - so simple and elegant! Thanks for sharing...

Carol said...

Both cards are wonderful.

Annie C said...

Love the Give Thanks card. The colors are so rich! The design is gorgeous! Off to CASE!

Sue Bridges said...

Great cards! So inspiring! I need to start some right now!
Thanks for sharing your talent!

meemee48 said...

Love your cards. Simple but beautiful.

Barbara said...

Both cards are an inspiration. Very nicely done.

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bettybaker said...

nice use of 2 very different styles

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Lagene said...

Beautiful cards!!!!

Sylvia said...

Very nice cards.

Unknown said...

I love pumpkins and yours are lovely!
thanks
Holly

NormaJ said...

I love the clear lines on this card too and the light touch of it, The other card is beautiful too

Debbie G said...

Great cards, love the basket.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Both are awesome. I really like your blog but I don't always comment because of word verification.

Kris in Alaska said...

Love them both but I'm a CAS kind of gal so that's my favorite!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Marsha said...

Both are beautiful. Love the scoring and the embossing.

Kitty said...

Both cards are beautiulcbut if Ihad to pick just one it would be the holiday basket.

Blessings,
Kat

Kathy Humphrey said...

Oh both cards are so beautiful!

Olga said...

Excellent cards!so pretty!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your cards are both gorgeous. I like the way you pieced in the pumpkins and leaves.

Joyce Evans Erb said...

beautiful cards and piecing

Carol said...

Fabulous project, thanks for sharing your talent and ideas!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Pat Jandacek said...

Really beautiful cards, both of them. Your basket was used in the intro to the hop to put us in the right 'mood.' It worked! And I love your CAS take and the light coloring of the pumpkins is fabulous.

Di said...

What a neat idea for Teresa's basket! And your "clean" card is really outstanding. Love the shading on the pumpkins.

Stephanie Earls said...

I find myself wanting to use bright white as the base a lot. I like it!

Sharon said...

Love both of these but the first ones, just the way you used the colours is jsut so fantastic!

Sharri said...

Beautiful cards Kay! I love the CAS design and scoring on the first card. Fantastic fall card for the second and your coloring is beautiful!
Thank you for the amazing inspiration photo!

NJMullins said...

Love the simplicity and subtle colors. Well done!

Judy Woodland said...

Love both your cards here. Especially the CAS one. Gorgeous!!

usharon said...

I adore the simplicity of your pumpkins. I had cut out the same ones but couldn't think of a good way to show them on a card by themselves. You did it! Thank you!