Friday, October 22, 2010

CSSDT Alumni CAS Blog Hop

Welcome!!   Here we are for another fun blog hop by the StampTV Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Alumni.  This hop is all about Clean And Simple (CAS) cards.  You know the ones....they have a lot of white space and usually only have one layer.  It's not as easy as it sounds, but it really makes for great cards. Give it a try yourself, and then post your cards to the CAS thread in the StampTV Forum.  

Here at the details for this hop:
  • Your design must be CAS - Clean And Simple: lots of white or open space with one main focal point
  • One image
  • One sentiment
  • One layer card - your card base plus only one more layer
  • Embellishments - you can use any number of embellishments you want, but they all must be the same color
If you've come from Carolina's blog you're in the right place.  If not, you'll want to go back to the beginning and see all the gorgeous projects the design team has created.

For my first card I really wanted to keep very simple.  I thought about all the backgrounds I could have created, yet, nevertheless, I decided to let the stamp stand alone.  I think I'd like to enhance on this if I do it again.  

 CS:  GKD PL White.  Stamps:  "Seeds of Kindness" by Gina K.  I used copics to color the image and my one layer is the Fancy Tags where I stamped my sentiment.  The bling is from my stash.  

For my second card, I did a little more, yet it was sooooo easy to create.

I inked one of the new Tim Holtz EF with Distress Ink "Pine Needles" and then embossed it on a portion of the card.  Next I stamped the buck in Memento Rich Cocoa and for fun stuck a red sparkle on what might be his nose.  I then stamped the sentiment in Distress Ink, "Victorian Velvet".  

CS:  GKD PL White.  Stamps:  GKD "Life is Good" by Theresa Momber and "Festive Frame" by Melanie Muenchinger. 

Now hop on over to the very talented Deb Felt's blog and see her fabulous creations.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT weekend.  


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thank You, Challenge Ladies

Hello blogging friends, 
Tonight we are having a special blog hop to thank our recently retired StampTV Challenge Hostess Team members:
These 5 designers have provided StampTV with a challenge each week during the months of June, July and August.
We have a special StampTV Challenge Magazine Volume 3* located on the Freebie Tab, where all of their challenges are shared in a download PDF that you can save to your computer and print out at your leisure!
Please join in our Thank You Discussion on Stamp TV and feel free to play along and say thank you with your own take on one of their challenges!!!

Color Challenge - Carla Suto

My first card was made for my dear friend, Carla Suto.  Carla's color challenges and card examples left us breathless with the gorgeous way she coordinates color, patterns and layers.  When the stamp set "Fun Furnishings" was released, I noticed early on that Carla had a love relationship with that set.  So, it was easy for me to pick the stamp set I would use for Carla's card.  I picked her Color Challenge One  (Chocolate, Green and Ivory) Here's my card for you, Carla.  

CS:  GKD PL "Chocolate Kiss", "Cream De Menthe" and Ivory.  DP:  Basic Grey "Cappella", PTI "Green Tea Leaves".  Stamps:  "Fine Furnishings Additions", by Nina Brackett.

Sketch Challenge - Melissa Shultz

My next card was made for Melissa Shultz.  Melissa was an outstanding sketch challenge hostess.  Melissa, Peggy Wainman and myself were all chosen to be Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Members in December 2009.  When we were assigned our new stamp sets for the upcoming release that month, it seemed incredible how we seemed to have been matched to the sets we were to showcase.  For instance, Melissa's set was "Tech Talk" and guess what????  She works in IT (technology).  So, for Melissa, I selected "Tech Talk" and incorporated it in her Sketch #7.   Here's my card for you, Melissa and thanks for those great sketches.

CS GKD PL "Chocolate Kiss", "Turquoise Sea" and White.  Stamp Sets:  "Tech Talk" by Melanie Munchinger.  

Blast From the Past Challenge - Linda Payne

My next card is for Linda Payne.  How I loved her Blast from the Past challenges.  She often added "with a twist" on her challenges and came up with some great "twists" which became the REAL challenge.  For Linda's card I selected Blast From the Past #3, Patterned Embossing.  I wasn't able to play along with this challenge when Linda posted it, so I wanted to catch up and make one just for this fabulous lady.  (I took the easy way out....there was no "twist" with this challenge).   Linda, this is my card for you.

CS:  GKD PL, "Lovely Lavendar", "Vibrant Violet" and White.  DP:  Basic Grey "Kioshi".  The Sateen Flowers are colored with Copic Markers and can be purchased from GKD.  

Inspiration Challenge - Brenda Turner

Here's my card for the lady with all the inspiration, Brenda Turner.  Brenda rocked the inspiration challenges and I had a very difficult time deciding what one I would thank her with.  I decided to do her seasonal challenge  the Halloween/Fall Window and again, it's a catch up - I wasn't able to play it during the challenge.  Here's my card for you Brenda.

CS: GKD PL "Vibrant Violet", "Sweet Mango", "Black Onyx", "Sweet Corn"and "Sand".  Stamps:  "Autumn Splendor" StampTV Kit, and "Botanicals".  EB folders and sponging.  

Christmas Challenge - Giovana Smith

My final thank you card is for Giovana Smith.  Giovana's Christmas Challenges took Christmas cards to another level.  What a talented lady she is.  Anyway, while most of us were sweltering in the summer heat, Giovana gave us something "cool" to work on.  I decided to thank Giovana with a card from her Christmas Challenge #5 , glitter, sparkle and bright items.  Thanks Giovana for helping us get a jump on our Christmas cards while we "cooled" in the summer heat.  This is my card for you.  

CS:  GKD PL, "In the Navy", "Wine with Everything" and "Lovely Lavendar".  Stamps:  "Tree Silhouettes" and "Winter Wings" (sentiment) by Asela Hopkins.  

Thanks so much, ladies.  It was a great summer of challenges and I had a real blast playing in each of them.  My cards are in the mail to each of you.  

Now, shake a leg....go one hop further and see what exciting cards my friend, and the very talented lady, Betty Neville has made. 

Come on and join us, post a card for all or any one of these fabulous challenge hostesses - we'd love your company and they would love your card!

Thanks so much for stopping by - all comments are welcome!!!


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