Friday, December 10, 2010

CSS Alumni Blog Hop - December 2010 Sketch

Welcome to another Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop. I want to say how honored I feel to be a part of this group. This will be our last hop for 2010, and I hope we can share many more hops in the next year. If you are coming from Melissa's blog, then you are right on track. If not, then you can go to the StampTV forum to start from the beginning. You will not want to miss all of the fabulous projects that the group has to share.

For this hop we were given a sketch, created by our very own Melissa Cash, to use for our project. I made two snow related cards for this hop. I am quite envious of those in other areas of the country that are snowed in. I love snow!

Here is the sketch:


And here is my first card made with the Color Challenge colors from last week. I love Pink, Chocolate and Ivory together. I used one of my favorite winter sets, Winter Friends to make this one. And added lots of texture with embossing folders.


For my second card I used Melanie's new set Mugs and Kisses.

This is most fabulous set ever sold in Gina's store. Seriously, you need to get this set! :p)

I am a coffee fanatic. Not just drinking it, but also collecting things related to coffee. I have so many Starbucks mugs. I just love collecting them. So many cool designs. And now, I can create any kind of mug I want to. Oh yeah!!!! Very cool!!!  I decided to add a lot of blink to this one as well. I love the faux adhesive back brads and there are so many colors available now. I couldn't resist adding a ton of mini brads to the snowflakes. So fun! You can click on the image to get a closer view.


Now head on over to
Miesje's blog
to see what amazing project she has to share with you. And remember to make it a great weekend!

132 comments:

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Adorable cards, Melissa! Love all the texture and cute details on both!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melissa- you did a great job on both of your cards and even though the sketch is the same, each card is so totally different.I like them both very much!

Cheri said...

How adorable each card is, Melissa. Your combination of the sketch, details and textures are awesome.

Melissa Cash said...

Awes-bomb card girlfriend! I love both of them. I hope you get some snow soon. I am sooooo happy that all of ours is melted and gone!

Theresa Momber said...

Wow! Love all the texture. Great cards!

Carolina said...

Thud! ADORABLE cards Melissa! I'm seriously in love with the first and the second well, not far behind that for sure! Thanks for such beautiful inspiration!!!

Miesje said...

Oh how cute that first card is - would be great for one of my granddaughters! The second card is equally wonderful! Both are fantastic.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

So cute! I love all of the texture and your creativeness.

Melanie said...

love the snowflakes, awesome texture and I feel cold and toasty at the same time!! hugs!!

Deb said...

ooooh, you used two of my FAV color combos! LOVE the way the lace of the first looks like a soft, warm knitted scarf! The way you wove the ribbon through the cup handle, and all that gorgeous bling make the second one spectacular too! WTG girl!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! I love all the embossing!

Sharri said...

Melissa, Beautiful cards! I just got Melanie's new set and can't wait to get it inky! Thank you for the inspiration!

Lori said...

I love both of your cards Melissa, love all the texture!!!

Lagene said...

WOW! Both cards are wonderful! You put so much into them! FANTASTIC!

stampqueen said...

WOW both are wonderful - so much texture and detail - yummy. I love the new mugs set - will have to get that soon even though I own about 4 or 5 coffee/tea sets already.....

peggy wainman said...

Great cards Melissa!

Janeen said...

i love the folder you used for BG. Makes one think of a warm shirt.

Kay S said...

Love, love both of these cards, Melissa! The brown and pink together is fabulous and I love what you did with the mug. I need to get that set sometime!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous job on both cards!

joy said...

Both cards are wonderful! I love the pink one and how you have embossed it (pink is my fav color!)

Kary said...

Super, super cute cards!! Melissa, I love the fun colours you used and the images are just gorgeous.

Davi said...

Two fabulus cards!! Love the dps and the textures with the images.

Janet L. said...

I like your two cards very much. The images and textures are just fabulous! Way to go!!

Linda Peterson said...

Both cards are absolutely precious!!

JannaStamps said...

Two great cards! I love the color combinations!

De said...

What cute cards these two are! Love 'em!

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

Both cards are so cute! I love the colors and texture.

Holly said...

these are adorable. I love the pink snowman! I never think out of the box but these cards are making me rethink the way I do things! Great job

ecpiercy said...

How sweet! I love that you've used the pink with the snowman. That embossed layer pulls everything together well.

Julie said...

The cutest little snow man card, I love turquoise and red together, very stunning.

JOYCE said...

Love both but first card is soft and lovely. Second one is hoppin'.

Diana said...

The snowman is my favorite!

Tricia said...

Oh, too cute! I adore your color choices!!!

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

So cute lit snowman cards! Love the colors different from just christmas colors!

naneruth said...

Two fabulous cards but my favorite is the snowman!

Marsha said...

I would never attempt to use these colors for winter cards. You pulled it off beautifully on both cards.

Virginia Wingo said...

Melissa you cards are both lovely. You do great work with all the texture and detail. Two very different and two very pretty cards.

Tami B. said...

I love embossing so both of these cards are a big hit with me.

Shirley said...

Both of your cards are adorable. Love the colors you chose with the second card. So vibrant and appealing. Thanks for sharing.
Shirley L.
Roseville, Ca

Valerie said...

OMG!!! I adore how whimsical these are! I just love this...so much fun to see so much creativity!!!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Valerie Martin

Cheryl G said...

Cute cards!!

Kelly said...

I love both cards Melissa! I'm not always a fan of red and aqua together, but I really like it on your card! You really made it work!

Peggy Sue said...

I can't decide which card I like best! They are both terrific!

sghay said...

I love both of your cards, but the pink one is just gorgeous!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wonderful cards.

Jan said...

Love my favorite little snowman in th first card,and the second is beautiful, as well. Great cards.

Darla said...

Love all the texture. nice job

St. Petersburg Cricut CutUp (Veronika) said...

great job.. love your cards.

golightly said...

Your cards are fantastic. I love your use of the embossing folders. I just love that swiss dots. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Both your cards are wonderful. I love all the embellishments. I can't begin to imagine how long it took to add the mini brads to the tips of the snowflakes! Don't be too envious of the snow -- we've already had more snow in 3 days than we did last year in the first 3 months!

Carole said...

Great cards. The snowman card is absolutely adorable. Love the embossed texture.

Christine said...

Cute cards; such great texture. Mugs and Kisses is on my wish list.

Judy McMullen said...

Terrific card, Melissa! Love the texture and the color combinations on both cards! TFS!

Betty Neville said...

Fabulous cards Melissa! Great texture and so beautifully embellished!

Shell said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the spotty second one :)

susies1955 said...

SO very pretty. Love them both. So cute.
Susie
susies@twcny.rr.com

Mary said...

These are great. Pink and chcocolate, I like that combo.

Lynne in NI said...

ohhh fab cards! Love the colour combos and textures on both!

Corina said...

Love the pink and chocolate, never thought to us it for Christmas cards, it looks great

joy said...

Both of your cards are just adorable!

Sue Bridges said...

Love the use of texture

DottyA Cards & Things said...

I love it when you do two cards... and so different too. Both are beautiful!

Dawn said...

i love these cards, they are so adorable

dj21470 said...

Great job ! I love the textures.. and, the snowman is definitely cute . Thanks for sharing

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

These are both awesome, Melissa! So glad you found time to play with Mel's mug!

scrappy28 said...

Just so adorable. Love the pink and of course I am partial to snowmen. I just love em.

Dale said...

I like all the texture you used on this very cute card.

luvhymns said...

I love the use of pearls on both cards. I'm a "pearly girly."

Anonymous said...

Embossing folders are my favorite tool to
play with and I love what you did with them!
Melody

CJ said...

Love the way to you used texture in these cards--very well done.

CJ

Karen said...

I love the colors you used in both cards. Fun!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Both cards are just great.

Donna Phelan said...

Snowman is 2 cute, and the Cocoa card is RICH!

Sassy Sue said...

Very sweet cards. I love both of them.

Cal and Wendy said...

I adore the colors you used on the snowman card - who knew that pink could be Christmasy (is that a word??) Great job on both cards. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Soft colors to Bright colors. Loved both of them. Barb Shelton

Garnet said...

Love the different colors you used in both of these cards!

Rhonda said...

These are both just adorable. I love the the embossing and the color choices for each.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

What fabulous cards. Love the colors.

Marlene said...

Both cards are adorable. I especially love the pink snow man one and the touch of scarf.

crotnem said...

Both cards are great. Love the embossed bkgrnd.

Jerry and Bobbie said...

very pretty card..awesome blog hop

Laraine R said...

Both card are so pretty!! They just speak to you!! Thanks for sharing!!

whitneymaryann said...

Fun cards, both. And glad you could get you bling fix with the brads on the snowflakes.

L8ybug2 said...

Both cards are super cute. Love the embossed lines on the first one.

Anonymous said...

Love the color choices......different and that's great. Nice use of texture.

§hawnie® said...

Very fun!

Blessings!

~§hawnie® Bartron
http://cardsbyshawnie.blogspot.com/

scalder said...

Both cards are FAB but I am taken by the pink! I ADORE snowmen:)

Katherine said...

Both of your cards are amazing. I love all the texture & your color choices!

Karen said...

Love the cards, the textures used on both are spectacular.

SueB said...

LOL, I'd be happy to ship you some of our snow! 'Til then, I'm lovin' the snow texture you used - TFS!

nancy t said...

love the first card ,how unique

Kathy said...

I love them both! The colors and textures are awesome.

Georgei said...

very pretty cards that you did like them both thank for showing

Gladys R. said...

Adorable cards.

Lynne said...

Very nice use of embossing folders.

DJreflections said...

Nice Christmas card.

Jennie said...

Beautiful designs Melissa! Love the embossing on both and such FUN cards!!

Kathryn said...

Great job on both cards. Loved the 2nd card with your choice of the aqua colored background paper and snowflakes embossed onto it.

Connie C said...

I adore both cards, but am inspired just a teeny bit more by the Mugs & Kisses card! Perhaps that's because I just got that new set out of my mailbox this week and am ready to play! :-) Wonderful cards, and great color combinations. Thanks for sharing your cards.

Gayle C. said...

Both of your samples are soo cute. Two more stamps sets that I need to put on my wish list.

JJH said...

Love the cards. Also love your wallpaper. Too cute.

LorraineB said...

Love your creations!

The Vannoy Family said...

Lovely cards! Great way to say Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn L. said...

love the use of embellishments

Daphney Barrett said...

Both cards are great! I really like the way the ribbon simulates the blowing scarf on the snowman! Cute!

Chris said...

Both of the cards are beautiful. Love the colors.

marie said...

Both are adorable but that first one is my favorite. Love everything about it--color, the graphics, the embelishments--just everything!

Debby said...

BOTH of your cards are wonderful! What talent you have!

Lina said...

Love the colours on both cards. Great job!

StampinCatMom said...

Such beautiful cards! Love your interpretation of the sketch. TFS

Maggie Minnich
maminnich@wowway.com

Shirleo said...

Wow! Two incredible cards! The texture is so pretty.

Sharon Peele said...
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Sharon Peele said...

Thanks so much for inspiring me!! Your cards are wonderful! Love the colors you chose! Awesome Job!!

Jodi said...

Both of your cards are beautiful...I love the embossing, it sets the card off...great work.

Jodi said...
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Crafty Math Chick said...

These are both beautiful Melissa - the texture from the EFs REALLY elevate these cards!

Pat Jandacek said...

Both cards are great. The peppermint stick in the cup really caught my eye...mmmm!

JulieAS6078 said...

I love everything about both of these cards! From the colors you used to the embossing - they are stunningly beautiful! TFS!

Laurie Patterson said...

It's amazing to me how different each card in the blog hop is all from the same sketch. Beautiful

Sue D said...

I like the color combos on both of your cards.

Christian Jordan said...

These cards are beautiful! Very nice work.

Lindy said...

lovely cards!! Amazing variety from one sketch.

Debbie said...

Very cute cards! Love the embossing! :)

Debbie Meijer

scrapdiva77 said...

both cards are beautiful, love the colors.

Susan said...

Great card.

Susan

jean wilson said...

Wow both cards are just gorgeous!

Barbara Colbert said...

Both are great!!! NICE look!!!

gltinnola said...

The color choice of pink, choc and ivory is really cute for a xmas card.

Neesey said...

These cards are both so sweet. I love this stamp set with the mugs. Want it!

Joyce said...

Good job-really like both of your cards.

Darla said...

Cute cards