Friday, May 13, 2011

CSS Alumni Sketch Blog Hop

Welcome to another CSS Alumni Blog Hop! This time we're doing a sketch created by our own Melissa Cash.  Have some fun with us and create your own project using Melissa's sketch and then post it to the forum thread.  We'd love to see your creations.


If you've arrived here from the fabulous Deb's blog, you're in the right place.  If not, we invite you to link back to the beginning and take the whole hop so you don't miss a single project from this incredibly talented group.  


Here is Melissa's great sketch 




Here's what I came up with:
  




This will be used as a tag on a gift.  I love these colors together and really like how this tag came out.  
The DP is from StampTV Kit Sent with Love.  The balloon is stamped from the StampTV kit Eclectic Summer using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored the dots were made with Copic Markers.  The circles are made with Nestabilities and layered on a doily I got from Michaels.  CS is GKD, Lipstick Red and White.  The "ribbon" greeting is a Nestability  label die and MS punch created the pine sprigs.  


I then thought this sketch would look great layered on a card so I created this card with the sketch as a focal image.  



For this card I used stamp set "Nesting" by Asela Hopkins.  The CS is GKD Pure Luxury white, Sand, Ocean Mist.  The BG is done with CuttleBug folder branches.  DP is Prima Madeline paper, the strip of music notes is Tim Holz ribbon.  Spellbinder pendant die and circle Nestabilities.  The eggs were embellished with Liquid Pearls White Opels and then colored with Copic Marker BG01.  The feathers are real.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and don't forget to play along with us. 


Be sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (May 17th), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and one of them will be drawn to win a Gina K Designs stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!  GOOD LUCK! 


Now, please hop on over to the incredibly talented Carolina's blog She always has something gorgeous to show us.


Cheri
  

116 comments:

Melissa Cash said...

Awesome cards Cheri! I love them both, but the paper pieced hot air balloon is so happy!

Payne Holler Cards said...

wow - cant pick a fav - love that balloon card and that bird nest is awesome...beautiful work!

Betty Neville said...

These are awesome Cheri! Love that bright and cheery tag; and your little nest looks real - complete with little blue eggs!

Carolina said...

Both cards are just stunning! I'm in love with the first - the polka dot background and the way you added the sentiment - LOVE!!! Brilliant of you to share how to use the sketch on a standard size card too! The feathers, the eggs...well all of it just came together so brilliantly!

stampqueen said...

Both cards are wonderful!!! I love the second one with the 'beads' in the nest best!!!

Miesje said...

These are incredible! I love the balloon, and the nest is just too perfect! Really took this sketch and ran with it! Love them....

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Cheri- My friend you rocked this challenge big time!!! Both of these are AMAZING!!!! Love them!

Kay S said...

Oh my goodness! I love both of these cards. They are so different but are both beautiful! Love the colors and ribbon tag on the first one and pretty much everything on the second one!

Sharri said...

Wow Cheri!! Awesome cards! I love the bright colors on the first and how you incorporated the sketch on a regular card for the second!

Kelly Sas said...

This is my first visit to your blog but certainly not the last! Love your style.

My Need 2 Craft said...

I really love the balloon card. Great job!

Becky said...

Both of these are just gorgeous Cheri.. love the dp on the first one.

Crafty Patti said...

super nice very pretty on both cards

kflylo said...

likeds the3m both but especially the little nest. Keep them coming ..you are Great.

Peggy said...

I like both cards. The birds nest is so pretty with the feather and blue beads.

sprgstn16 said...

Very pretty cards, Cheri. I especially love the little nest one. So delicate and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

jan farnworth said...

really great cards

Celeste said...

WOW! Love them both! The images are gorgeous! The bird's nest one is so stinkin' cute! I wouldn't be able to decide which card I liked better...glad I don't have to...LOL

Laraine R said...

Awesome cards!! Love them both!!

pqueenie said...

Your cards are wonderful. Very unique themes for each of them.

Jo said...

The balloon birthday card is just great.
Up up and away!!

Elle said...

Both cards are perfect. Up Up and Away! I want to ride in your balloon! I love the crochet edging on the first card especially.

okiedee said...

Oh my goodness...wonderful cards..so inventive. I love them both...but the little pearl eggs and feathers really caught my eye. Thanks for sharing.

Giovana said...

Both cards are fantastic Cheri!!

Pat Jandacek said...

Love both cards, everything about them but I'm going to highlight the choice of ribbon tag on the first and the blue 'eggs' in the nest of the second. Both great embellishments!

Dale said...

These cards are a knock out. The tag card with teh bright colors is stunning. You are quite a talent!

Karen said...

Both are beautiful. Love the hot air balloon. The pearls in the nest really finished off the second one.

Wide Eyed Stamper said...

Love Love Love the layered card. The eggs and the nest are awesome!

Dottie Watson said...

Soooooo much thought and talent went into these beautiful cards. Thnx for sharing.
Hugz, Dottie

RedGem said...

Wow, what an awesome card... I love the nest and the feathers are a great addition... I hope no animals were harmed in the making of this card... haha!

scalder said...

Great card. The feathers are such a super addition. My hubbie may not like that....I can now raid his fly-tieing box:)

Jeanne said...

both beautiful cards- I like the different edging on the nest card

Debi said...

Just love the card. So Perfect. Thank you

Doris D. said...

Love how you layered the circle on a card. Nice job.

Janice said...

Love both of your cards. Great job.

whitneymaryann said...

Great interpretation of the sketch on both cards.

Marsha said...

Both cards are wonderful. Love the balloon but the nest with those real feathers is awesome.

Verna Angerhofer said...

They are both wonderful designs and the birthday one is so bright and cheery. And the second one has such elegance about it with all of the lovely circle dies used.

Marilyn said...

Love your cards. So creative.

Sandy said...

Both cards are great. Love your creativity.

Laura's New Place said...

Your balloon card is so pretty. I like your take off card from the sketch.

Cheryl S. said...

Hey girlfriend, you have outdone yourself again!
I love the tag and you know I really am into birds so I love your card.

Sharon said...

Great cards! I too loved paperdolls when I was young - guess it's the age thing - I started collecting Soc Sec this year!

Lynn B. said...

Love how you've carried the circles all the way through. Your card makes me want that hot air balloon stamp . . . BAD! And your bird's nest card is amazing! I love the feathers and tiny little blue "eggs". Very, very cool!

Carol said...

What a pretty birds nest with the blue eggs and the feathers. I love how you used the music notes in the background. I can hear the birds making music.

Designs By Sky said...

I loved the first card, until I saw the second one! I love the birds nest, very creative! TFS

Lon said...

Hi, I am a sixty something myself and have been at this for years. You have a great eye for color combos and design,,,,great work!

miatagal said...

Amazing cards. You have such a flare for creativity (I wish)!

Donna Phelan said...

WOW!!! Cheri that tag is wonderful, so bright, and cheery and happy! And your card is gorgeous and clever! Well done!

lisa808 said...

Two awesome cards.

Joyce said...

All the cards are so pretty today. Hard to pick my favorite.

Traci said...

WOW. So beautiful. I love them both. Thank you for sharing. You are very talented. ;0)

Traci Lord
3team3lord3@comcast.net

Rita said...

Both are very pretty cards! :)

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

I just LOVE these cheri!! SOOOOO awesome!! and congrats to you too on being spotted for your talent! That is a given girl with your talent! ;) heehehee

Sharon said...

Love the colors on the tag - what a great combo!

stamper said...

Love both of your designs! Great use of the feathers on the card!!

Linda said...

Just wonderful...

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love that birthday tag with all of the fun polka dots and that hot air balloon. Your card is beautiful, the nest looks so real and I love how you added the "eggs" and feathers.

Linda E said...

Cheri who cares what's in the package with such a fun tag? Your card with the sketch as the focal point is so soft and gorgeous. The feather and "egg" details really make the theme.

Pat said...

Great idea for a tag! Oh my Gosh, that nest with those tiny little eggs. Too Precious for words.

Kathleen said...

This is such fun card!!! I love the hot Air balloon!!!

Anne said...

Both cards are gorgous. Love the hot air balloon.
Hugs, Anne :)
http://createacardbyanne.blogspot.com

Joan said...

Two great cards, but really love the colors of the balloon card.Thanks.
joanvanleeuwen@ymail.com

Tamara said...

I love the nesting Bird stamp, I haven't seen that before! And the antique look with the Pale blue = Awesome!!

Golda said...

Your first card is so fun and the second is elegant. I love all the little details on the second one.

Gayle said...

Wow!!!!I am blown away. Super idea with the doily for the Eclectic Summer hot air balloon card. The layered look and those colors are perfect.

luvhymns said...

Great cards... but the blue pearls for eggs took my breath away.

Susie said...

Great cards!

bbryant said...

Gorgious cards and you brought memories back cutting paper dolls, I'll have to call my sister and tell her to look at your blog.

Penne said...

Love love love the balloon card!

Jill said...

How pretty. I love that little nest, and the pearls you used for the eggs just added a beautiful touch to it. Thank you so much for sharing.

Debbie Bradford said...

Fantastic! I love the combination of the music with the bird's nest and feathers! Very pretty and eye catching!

Kelly said...

I love these cards! I really love the ribbon tag you used on the first one.

mjensen602 said...

The one with the birds nest is so cool! Those little eggs just pop out. Using dimensionals to pop up the balloon is also very effective. Both are very nice cards you can be proud to send!

ladybug3484 said...

I love the cards. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

Nancy said...

You are blessed with talent!! Just beautiful.

maryc1254 said...

What a great tag and your card is so pretty.

Valerie said...

Really nice work. Lovely!

pamselinski said...

I love what you have created. the tag is great and the extra touches on the card are absolutely awesome.

mamalea said...

Both of these cards are great. Can't wait to make some like them.

Kris said...

Brilliant idea about layering it on a doily! I never would have thought of that! Love it! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Lagene said...

Cheri, your cards are fabulous!

El's said...

Love the nest and music together great idea thanks

0900Lee said...

Love the balloon card and especially the colors you choose thanks for sharing cheers Lee

Kary said...

Hi Cheri! WOW!! Your cards are FABULOUS!! The first card has such vibrant fun colours with beautiful details, and your second card is soft and I LOVE the real feathers & the eggs. Amazing job!! Have a wonderful day. {Hugs}

judith said...

I love anything that uses feathers... i try to include them in everything i do

Leslie said...

Wow both these cards are stunning!! I sure love the hot air balloon so much fun on a card

Shirley B said...

Both cards are beautiful. The hot air balloon card reminds me of Saturday morning when we go into town all the hot air balloons in the air.
The feathers are a great addition to the second card.

Ravengirl said...

Those cards are fabulous! I love that you used a feather to accent your nest in the second card!

Flower girl said...

The colours are fantastic on the first card. They blend so well together. I especially like the secong card as the colours are subtle and muted. Very pretty and feminine.

Melanie said...

fabulous interpretations both!

Nana Donna said...

Wow Deb was right you had something fabulous to share with us. Love that balloon
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gramig05 said...

Soooooo pretty!!

mmwilken said...

What gorgeous Spring cards!! So love what you've done with them!! Thanks so much for sharing your great talent!

Dawn L said...

A tribute to the musicians of Spring!

Parker said...

Using Eclectic Summer for your tag and the colors turned out great. The nesting card has inspired me to use my set a bit different than I have in the past. Thanks for sharing

Barbara said...

Love both your cards! The baloon card is so fresh looking with pretty bright colors and I love your take on the 2nd card (birds nest), placing your circle design on a standard card. Very clever!

Linda said...

your cards are super. I like frist and you lovely colors.

Arlene said...

Lovely cards - it's been great fun to see all the different takes on the circle shape!

lucymharp said...

I love the idea of using your first card as a gift tag and the second one is really something!
Love the feathers, nest and pearly eggs. It's a real inspiration.

Lucy Newton said...

Very nice cards!!!

~ Connie said...

WOW - both of your cards are totally amazing!
thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are AWESOME Cheri! I LOVE when I see green & red cards that are not holiday cards - the spots on the balloon are so fun, and I adore those little pearl blue 'eggs' with the branchy embossed background - Spectacular!

Carol said...

Beautiful job on the sketch challenge!



Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon said...

Both are great but LOVE the tag

Roxann said...

These cards are stunners, Cheri!

Janeen said...

Lovely!! Especially cute are the pearls used as eggs, i never would have thought of that. :) Thank you for the idea.

SuzyQue said...

Two beautiful cards! The bird nest with feathers is fab! Love the balloon also. Can't choose a favorite.

Brenda said...

Fabulous cards Cheri!!!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Lisa M said...

Your work is always an inspiration to me! :)

Carla S. said...

Fantastic card and tag, Cheri! I love the bold colors on the first one! Great designs with the sketch!

MezzoKat said...

The doily is such a neat touch on the first card, and repeating the circle motif in the bg is a great idea. The "eggs" and feathers make the second card a stand-out!

cgoggin said...

What else can I say but Gorgeous! Love the touch with the feathers.

Lynne in NI said...

Ohhh they're both so pretty! LOVE the real feathers too, what a great idea!

mtscrapgal said...

Love the "eggs" in the bird's nest.You have shown how the sketch can be used in different ways. So pretty. Thanks

Dina said...

The hot air balloon card is absolutely gorgeous, out of the two it is my fav for sure.

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