Friday, September 24, 2010

CSSDT Alumni Inspiration Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome, once again, to another StampTV Center Stage Spotlight Alumni Blog Hop!  Aren't these fun?   
If you've arrived from the very talented CAROLINA'S BLOG Then you're at the right hop site.  If not, then hop back over at the beginning of the hop and savor each and every delectable post.  And don't forget to leave a comment on each one, we love to read how our projects inspire you.

This hop is all about using this yummy photo for inspiration.  You can visit the cupcake store here




I must admit, when I first saw this photo I wasn't getting inspired.  Yet, as so often happens when you're playing with paper, stamps and ink, your creative juices begin to flow and something develops on your crafting table that wasn't even expected.  Those "tah-dah" moments are wonderful.


I made two cards for this hop and here is my first one:  This was inspired by the cupcake with the pink and white decorations.






I wanted to leave the focus of this card, as much as I could, on the stamped image, so I did very little embellishing.  I was excited when I tried a new technique and it worked the first time.  The technique I used for the image is called triple embossing using UTEE. (It's very important to note that you cannot use acrylic stamps for this technique) On the third layer of heating the UTEE, while the ep is still hot (and it was...I burned my pinky real good), stamp the image.  Once the image was cool, rub it with Metallic Rub-Ons.  Then I cut it out with Nestability circle die (that was a little tricky) and layered it on other circle die, then layered a third scalloped circle "frame" over that.  Another technique I used on this card is one of Gina's tutorials called "Reverse Nestabilities"  


Ingredients:  CS GKD PL Chocolate Kiss, Bubble Gum Pink, White.
Stamps:  "You Are Not Alone" which is FREE with the purchase of 3 stamp sets.
Embellies:  MS Lace punch, TH Alterations Die "Elegant Flourishes"
Nestabilities 


My second card was inspired by the flowers and the green and white on the second cupcake.  (anybody else getting hungry out there?)....




To make this card I used GKD PL CS, White and Green Grass.  Stamps:  "Friendships Garden" by Asela Hopkins, "Arranged With Love" by Melanie Muenchinger and "Hope Grows" by Theresa Momber.  
Techniques:  Partial CuttleBug embossing and Drop Shadow


Now, hop on over to the blog of the very talented DEB FELTS and see the gorgeous creation this talented lady has created for this inspiration hop.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  
Cheri

28 comments:

Carla (cmsuto) said...

OMGosh, Cheri! Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the background on the first and the beautiful flowers on the second!

Melissa Cash said...

Beautiful cards Cheri! I love them both. I love the UTEE technique, I need to give it a try.

Sharri said...

Cheri, Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! I love the look of the triple embossing and your flowers on the second are beautiful! I hope your pinky heals soon!

Giovana said...

Both cards are fantastic Cheri!! The second card is my favorite!! Excellent work!!

Carolina said...

LOVE your cards Cheri! The texture on the first with the double edges is just amazing and then the beautiful, soft feel of the second is just delightful!

qvande said...

Beautiful! I love that UTEE card, I will have to try that one. Thanks for sharing the directions. That second card is so soft and pretty. Love the effect of the leaves with the flowers.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Are you kidding?? I'm drooling!!! I love the scalloped image that mimics the cupcake shape!!! Just gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Olga said...

You are good, I love the second one, well I love em both so what I'm saying is the 2nd one is my favorite. Maybe I should go back to bed LOL

peggy wainman said...

Beautiful cards Cheri!

Miesje said...

Gulp - wonderful! I love both of them so much! Amazing!

Becky said...

Beautiful cards Cheri..

JaniceAileen said...

Oooh, love them both, Cheri! Love those flowers on the second one. :)

buggin2stamp said...

For not getting inspired you did an amazing job. I love the lacey scallops of the first one and the second looks great with the white space and some flowers sprayes along the edge.

Lagene said...

oooo they are beautiful!

KareS said...

Stunning cards Cheri!
(For some reason, I'm having problems leaving comments. Hope this one goes though.)

joy said...

Both are amazing! Love the one with the new technique. You got me inspired!

Kay S said...

For having started out without much inspiration, you certainly made up for it with the two cards. They are gorgeous! I really need to try that UTEE technique - it looks really cool!

Deb said...

Gorgeous cards, Cheri! Great techniques you used! Your cards are both so feminine and lovely! I especially love those lacy edges and all the texture! And I *love* pink!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Beautiful cards! Love the borders and details.

Jennie said...

Beautiful designs Cheri! Love the embossing and need to try to UTEE technique!

Betty Neville said...

Gorgeous cards Cheri! Will have to try working with UTEE one day! Fabulous job on both!

Marie said...

wonderful cards...way to go

Rhonda said...

Wow such different cards yet so stunning.

Hugs Rhonda

Lyngo said...

Yes Cheri - I am getting hungry - the first card especially made me want chocolate - now . They are both lovely.

Diana Queen said...

Cheri, Both beautiful! Hope you finger is better! ;D Diana Q

Luv 2 Create said...

Cheri,
Love them both, but the first one..... so yummy. Looks good enough to eat. Great new technique.
Marcie

Sandy said...

Wonderful inspiration! I need to try the techniques you used on these cards.

rvlady said...

I love both of your cards, but, especially the first one with the UTEE technique. I have got to try that someday. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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