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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CSS Sketch Challenge Hop

Welcome to another Stamp TV Center Stage Alumni hop. I hope you visited Linda before you came here, because you wouldn't want to miss her fabulous creations! If you want to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss out on anything you can pop back over to Stamp TV to find the list of all the participants.

Today's hop is a sketch challenge using this sketch.
 I love using sketches for cards, especially when I'm not feeling the creative mojo! It helps give me a jump start -- so much so that I have two cards for you!


 This card was made using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury heavy base weight white card stock. I created the background by stamping it with the small flower from the Gina K Designs stamp set Bold Blooms in GKD Powder Blue ink. I used it full strength and stamped off to create the variety in the colors.  I used GKD Pure Luxury Powder Blue card stock for the frame and cut it out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight. The focal image is also from Bold Blooms and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and the sponged with GKD Powder Blue. It is hard to see here, but the centers of each of the tiny flowers on the bloom are filled in with a clear stardust pen to give a bit of sparkle. The sentiment and the blue frame around it are from the GKD set Fanciful Tags. The pearls and ribbon are from my stash, and I colored the small pearls at the bottom with a Copic marker to make them match the blues in the card.

And now for something completely different! Here is a fall card made with Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Kraft card stock that I embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. I also used Pure Luxury Faded Brick and Ivory on this card. The stamps are all from the Autumn Blessings set, which was part of the Grateful Heart Stamp TV Kit. I used Memento Espresso Truffle for the tree, the swirly lines and the sentiment. The leaves are stamped with GKD Faded Brick, Prickly Pear, and Tomato Soup; perfect fall colors! I also used three strips of patterned paper from the Grateful Heart patterned paper pack. The leaf buttons are from my stash and seems just perfect for this card.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my two cards. Now it's time to hop on over to see what Joy created for you! Before you go take a minute to add a comment (and be sure to add one at each stop along the way) because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! Look for the announcement on Tuesday, October 15.

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

43 comments:

Lori said...

Both are fabulous cards Kay!! Beautiful!!

joy said...

Both are beautiful, I'm blown away by the blue hydrangea! Absolutely beautiful and the ribbon is perfect!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Kay your background on card one is so pretty. I thought it was patterned paper until I read further. Very pretty!

Cheri said...

Kay, your hydranea card is stunning!!!

Susan White said...

Love both cards!!

Robin said...

Both so great and pretty.

Jennie said...

Such pretty cards Kay and great job on the sketch. Your coloring on the flower is perfect and love the fall design.

stampqueen said...

Both cards are awesome - love the blues in the hydrangea card and love all the texture in the fall card with the leaves.

Barbara said...

Love both of your cards, but I really enjoyed those gorgeous fall colors of your second card. Beautifully done and great take on the sketch.

Pat said...

Pretty cards both of them but my favorite one is the Autumn card. Great color on both cards.

Theresa Momber said...

Wonderful cards, Kay! That blue background is fab. Beautiful!

catdidit said...

LOVE that bg you created and the button leaves ARE perfect for that gorgeous fall card!

Nana Griffin said...

Love all the blue on the first card. Nicely done fall card. Love them both.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome samples -- love that 2nd one - fabulous!

Tami Priebe said...

love the tree card, beautiful!!

Marj said...

Love both of these cards! It's amazing how different they look, while created from the same sketch!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both are beautiful uses of that sketch. But I really love the one for the Fall season. Maybe because it is that time of year.

Bev Hill said...

Both cards are lovely. The blue you used on the first card is so pretty, but must say I thought your fall card was gorgeous.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Super cards. I love the leaf buttons.

Dee said...

What a pretty feminine card! Love the way you did the background in different tones of blue. Lovely!!

Neesey said...

Love the flours on your first card. So pretty. The tree/ autumn card is so very do-able! Thanx for the inspiration .

Fran said...

Love both cards. I think using the big blooms as background paper just set that card off.

Kathy E. said...

Super cards! I love the tree card because I needed inspiration for a card this week and this was just the boost I needed to take my idea in the right direction! Thank YOU!

Anouk said...

love the bold blooms

Paul Clairmont said...

I love the color combination and the simplicity of the card.

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards! Great stamping!

Dee Earnshaw said...

beautiful cards. Lovely use of texture. Thank you for sharing

coco said...

Gorgeous and Handsome-- a beautiful couple of cards!

MsJudyC said...

Just love your fall card. Adorable.

Joni said...

Both cards are wonderful. I wish I had such a creative mind.

fuzzylover said...

I don't know which card I like better - blue is my favorite color and fall is my favorite time of year!!

Brenda said...

Two beautiful cards Kay!!! I love the background on your first card.

KraftyKim said...

Lovely cards - can't choose between them. Thanks for sharing!

redwasher1 said...

Beautiful cards Kay!!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

The one with the blues is stunning! Kay, both are fabulous!

Gayle said...

Wonderful cards and I especially love the creativity of the tree card with the falling leaves.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful cards, I am totally drawn to your blue hydrangea....GORGEOUS!

Cheryl Depler said...

Just gorgeous! Thanks. Love your colors.

Linda said...

both your cards are just Beautiful!

Parker said...

Both cards are very good use of keeping to the sketch. Those falling leaves sure make me smile with the swirling lines following after them.

mtscrapgal said...

Two tremendous cards. The falling leaves tree is my fave. Thanks

itzamitzi said...

Two very lovely cards! I like blue, so that one is pleasing to my eye, and the fall one is just plain adorable [like the little leaves on the tabs].

Betty Neville said...

Awesome cards Kay! Love that matching background on your stunning hydrangea card; and those leaf buttons are just perfect on your fall card!