Friday, February 10, 2012

Stamp TV's CSS Alumni Blog Hop

This month the CSS Alumni were given a photo inspiration challenge brought to us courtesy of Karen - thanks Karen!  Isn't this pic fabulous!!!


Now you should have arrived here from  Melissa's awesome's blog....if you missed starting at the beginning, pop over to STV and begin the hop from there. You don't want to miss any of the blogs and make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (February 14) the randomly chosen comment from all the blogs will win a HUGE GRAB BAG of fabulous Gina K Designs Stamps!

For this first card I went with the gorgeous colors in the inspiration photo using the new GKD set "Dogwood and Butterfly" by Theresa Momber


supplies:
cardstock: GKD's Sand, Cranberry Tart, Green Apple, white and SU's Not Quite Navy
ink:  Memento Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Ranger's Distress - Faded Jeans, Antinque Linen
Copic:  B00, 0000, 12...G24, 28...Y04
embellishments:  Cricut scallop cut mats, MS leaf punch, gold pen, stash ribbon

next card is done with  GKD's Inspiration Mosaic by Melanie Muenchinger (had it out from earlier stamping so was able to use the scraps from some recent cards)...again grabbing the colors but also the rectangle theme from the photo...for a masculine card!
i just realized my top mat is crooked - well don't I hate that! but its glued on there good - no pulling it off and fixing ...oh well, it will go to a male friend of ours who probably wont even notice (-:

supplies:
cardstock: scraps
ink: Memento Black, Ranger's Distress Rusty Hinge
Dry embossed with Cuttlebug Folder


Your next hop is over to KAY's  always elegant blog  .....

thanks for stopping and hope you enjoy our hop,
hugs

119 comments:

Miesje said...

Oh my gosh, these are fantastic! I really love those flowers, and the mosiac card makes me wish again that I had that stamp!

Theresa Momber said...

Oh my, my, my, that is some gorgeous coloring on the dogwoods! Beautiful cards, Linda!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Linda- both of your cards are amazing. The coloring of your dogwoods is breathtaking. The depth you achieved is wonderful!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Way to pick out the colors on your first card! Love the off edge flowers~

redwasher1 said...

Linda, both cards are over the top gorgeous!!!! I always look forward to seeing what you create!!

Melissa Cash said...

Linda, I am loving both of your cards. I really like your coloring on the dogwoods. Spectacular!

Betty Benton said...

Wow! Love how that dogwood card picks up all the colors of the photo! And you are just too funny about the guy probably not noticing a crooked mat!!

joy said...

Love both of your cards, my favorite is the dogwood -- gorgeous coloring!

Benwah said...

Such a nice variation on both cards. I really like the flowers on the first and the mod look on the 2nd card. Nice work.

Kay S said...

Fabulous cards! The dogwoods are SO beautifully colored. Making me wish I had gotten that set; guess that will go on my "next time" list. Love the fun, bright rectangle card - great idea for capturing the lines of the inspiration photo.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous cards, love them...

Olga said...

Very nice!!!

pamselinski said...

Both are very nice cards. I particularly like the second with the embossing and the colors.

Angie said...

Beautiful cards Linda! Love the paper pattern u chose! Awesome coloring on the flowers!

bridget22868 said...

I really like the second card and the fact that its just a little crooked, it shows that its"HANDMADE" and adds a little more flair to it I think. Besides, we can always be perfect now can we! lol. Very nice!

Judy Averill said...

Nicely done...great colors on both. Beautiful coloring on the flowers.

naneruth said...

Love the flower card and the other one is also very nice. I had to look twice to notice what you meant about crooked.

Anonymous said...

I like both of your cards but only see the inspiration in the second card....... The dogwoods are fabulous and the coloring is superb!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Joan
MN

The Card Maker said...

Lovely! Both cards are just lovely! Your coloring is wonderful.

Betsy Sue said...

Both cards are beautiful. The dogwoods look freshly picked. I love the structure of the second card. I think it appeals to the mathy part of me - geometrically gorgeous!

Sandy G said...

Great cards.
Beautiful dogwoods.

Joyce T. said...

both are amazing. I love the colors.

crotnem said...

Both cards, but I really love the dogwood card!!!

Vickie Kertz said...

Both cards are really cute, but the coloring on the flowers is to die for. Thanks for sharing

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the different colors on the second card.

FrancineB said...

Both cards are wonderful, but I really like the mosaic embossed background of the second one. That's a great way to use up scraps.

Ann M said...

The mosaic background is fabulous.

Kathy Ethington said...

I would have never noticed your mosiac card being off...I'm sure the lucky recipient won't either..Love the coloring of your dogwoods. They are over the top.

Amy Phelps said...

You did a great job with capturing the colors of the original. I liked both your cards!! Amy Phelps

Pat Jandacek said...

Such different cards and both suite the challenge so well. Think your background treatment on the second card is a superb capture of the buildings' shapes.

janice moss said...

I so enjoy the different takes on the photo. Your card is beautiful!

Tami B. said...

2 such different styles and they're both great

Cheryl S. said...

I really like your second card because of the vibrant colors you chose and the terrific sentiment. We all need cards that can be used for men!

Priscilla said...

Both cards are fantastic. Love the colors on the 1st card and the flowers. The second card is perfect for a mans card. Love the Pieced look. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pam D said...

Both beautiful cards, very creative piecing on the 2nd, love new ideas, sweet, TFS!
pdela-torre@wavecable.com

miatagal said...

Your cards are great, Linda. Beautiful colouring of the Dogwood and beautiful colour combos on both cards!! Thanks for sharing your creations - oh, so inspiring.

Brenda said...

Oh Linda these are fabulous!!! You colored the dogwoods so beautifully and the color blocking on the second card is a great take on the inspiration piece.

ddlady said...

Linda, your mosiac card sure picked the colors of the original picture great. I absolutely love the dogwood card. The blue just pops out from the background beautifully. Great job!

Laura Holt said...

The cards are completely different and both are completely awesome!

Judy I said...

They're both great cards. I love the coloring on the dogwood. I really do like the mosaic - what a good way to use up scraps. I couldn't even tell it was a bit crooked, but I can always tell on my own, but they usually get sent anyway.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are absolutely wonderful. I love that inspirational photo as it has so many rich hues to it and you used them well in your artwork.

Wendy Thompson said...

Great cards love the layout and how you used the colours

Shar W said...

Love the way you made the beautiful card with the scallop in the back! The other one with the squares is awesome too! Thanks for sharing!

wanda said...

Like the "crooked" part.... the buildings and windows of the picture are like that... Cards don't have to be perfect... love the colours (candian spelling :o) ) thank you!

Dottie said...

Very nice. The paper choice is perfect and the oval fits well, too.

meemee48 said...

Both of your cards are so colorful, just like the inspiration picture!

bbsox55 said...

Great cards!

jean w. said...

Well I'm glad you used the Mosaic Inspiration set...this was my 1st GK set! Thanks for the inspiration on that card...the other one is beautiful with your gorgeous coloring!

Mama said...

Very cute cards. Great job, Linda

Mama said...

Cute, cute cards.

0900Lee said...

So pretty love the colours cheers Lee G

Peanut said...

both are beautiful-love the tiled one--the colors are awesome

Diane Yeager said...

Like both cards-the bold tiled one is great and yes, a guy won't notice !

Nobodysinn said...

My favorite is the color-blocked card -- it is drop-dead gorgeous!!!
Some guy is going to get a stunning card.

--Marcy said...

Really nice Linda! Both are supurb!

Sharon said...

Love both of your cards, very pretty.

Nanette said...

Both cards are great. If the guy notices the crooked mat just tell him it was part of the plan. :)

luvhymns said...

Beautiful colors in the background to highlight the dogwood flowers. Very nice!

TrinaM said...

Both cards are fantastic. The second card is particularly great for a masculine card - love the colors that you selected on that one.

betty dallas said...

love, love, love the mosaic card... really think it captures the multi-colors of the challenge.

ktfabian said...

Both cards are beautiful, as are all the cards I've seen so far. But your mosaic card for me really reaches in and grabs the inspiration photo. Wonderful job!

KarryLengenfelder said...

Beautiful card, I am really loving the color pallete.

Karen Williams said...

Great work!

Meems said...

Nice attractive colors for a masculine card...I like the simple design.

Anonymous said...

The dogwood stamp is just gorgeous! And the "male" birthday card is a real inspiration...I like the embossing and multiple colors.

Patti aka NW Lady said...

Oh my your first card is just beautiful I love what you've created here!

Dee said...

Beautiful cards!! My favorite is the second one--love the colors and placements of each one. So rich-looking!

mama razzi said...

I really like how you were inspired by the colors and your usage of thise colrs in you card. Nice job!

Patricia said...

Both cards are so vibrant. Really good job of design too.

Kelly said...

Wow! I LOVE your embossed mosaic card! That turned out so cool!

Robin said...

These are so different and wonderful!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow your 2nd card "ROCKS" I just love it. This is just so cute. Thanks for Sharing.

Anne Fairclough said...

Love the blue card but am really taken with the Pieced card...the colours pop out and fit in with the photo....crooked?.....some of the buildings in the photo appear to be that way too...think it is the shadows....so now...you have shaddows. Great job
Anne

Pam~ said...

Adore how you made a feminine and masculine card from the same inspiration photo...two eye catching cards!

mamajo said...

Very cool card, I love it.

Luanna said...

I loved the colors in both cards. You really do an outstanding job!

Patty Mowery said...

Love the colored Dogwoods. I will have to give them a go. I will use your sample, if I may. Thanks.

stampqueen said...

Both cards are wonderful!!! Love the dogwoods and the second one is totally great for the guys and I love the colors!!!!

theCraftyDiva Qadirah Gomez said...

Both of your cards are amazing, Linda. I love the colors and the stamp. Well done.

Kris said...

Great job! I never even noticed the top mat until you pointed it out, so there!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Krystal said...

What, I don't see anything, lol! My hubby says that the imperfections are the best part!

Jean MacNaughton said...

both cards are lovely but I really love the colorful masculine one!

Diane said...

Both cards are fantastic....the flowers just pop off the first one...and the second one is a great "guy" card...and I laughed about the "crooked" part...happens to me alot :>)

patm said...

Great cards, love the colors.

Pat said...

Beautiful colors and cards. Didn't notice the crooked part until I read about it. And I'm not a man LOL But I know just how you feel I hate that too.

Lagene said...

Gorgeous dogwood card and the mosaic is perfect....your blog color is the perfect background for your cards today!

A Margery Card said...

I love your two cards. They were beautiful. The dogwood flowers just popped off the page - your coloring is exquisite. Really like the second card also. Great Work!

Sonia said...

Both cards are great. I love dogwood. I really like how you put together the 2nd one. I have to trey this!

Kike' said...

Both cards are truly wonderful...thank you!

jazy1m said...

Loved both cards. The colors you used were awesome. Both are my favorites..... Thanks for sharing.

zehra said...

OMG, both cards are beautiful, the coloring in the first one is awesome and the second cArd has great masculine colors

Jaclynn Marie said...

Both cards are wonderful!!! Love the talented coloring!

Anonymous said...

Your coloring books must have been something else! The card just draws you in - you want to be there. Thanks for sharing a sweet place to visit. Virginia Weston, SC (Sorry, I don't google, facebook or....so I have to do anonymous)

Jan said...

Both cards are very nice but especially like the color combo on the second card.

Sharon said...

Both are great cards! Especially love the flower one and how you did the background!

gobarb26 said...

The cards are very different, but they both represent the colors. Great coloring on the dogwoods.

Carol said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheri said...

Okay, those dogwoods are tugging on my heart. I'm loving your gorgeous card and I almost chose the same stamp set by Melanie for my card...btw...there are no straight lines in those buildings, so your "crooked" panel really isn't. LOL

Lena's Creations said...

Pretty cards with pretty colours! Great job!
Lena

Gayle said...

Beautiful cards, Linda, really love the masculine card.

Mitch & Michele said...

Wow. What beautiful cards. I love the mosaic look of the masculine card.

Jennifer said...

What pretty cards! Really captures the essence of the picture!
Hugs,
Jennifer

NJMullins said...

I love the color block card- great!

RedGem said...

I just love the background embossed piece, what a wonderful idea.

Making Jesus Famous said...

Very pretty cards!! Great shading on the dogwoods too!

Betty Neville said...

Fabulous cards Linda! Your coloring is fantastic, and the mosaic card is so rich looking!

KonaRose said...

Hi, Linda!
Well, your coloring stops me right in my tracks! Stunning flowers! And I adore the layouts of both - you do have the colors and feel of the challenge down exactly but with your own twist! What inspiration - thanks!

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Christine said...

Two lovely cards - especially like the male card,
Christine x

Donna Phelan said...

The coloring on your flowers are beautiful! Perfect! And I love the rich color & texture of your color block card! TFS!!

foxy said...

Love the masculine card!I want to give that a go.
The flowers are beautiful inthe 1st card.

Crafty Math Chick said...

VERY cool take on the challenge Linda! I love the color blocking, and coordinating blocked embossing, and the bold colors you selected.

Carrie said...

I love the colors you used and especially the dry embossed card. Simple and yet stunning!

Sharri said...

Linda both cards are beautiful! I love the colors you pulled out of the picture and how you colored the flowers...they are gorgeous!!

Margaret said...

I love both your cards,especially your masculine card.

Dottie Watson said...

Beautiful card. Another nice use of scraps. I must get busy. Thanx for ideas. Hugz, Dottie

Arlene said...

The masculine card is awesome! Both are nice, but the masculine one is especially striking - I think the recipient will be so awed by the colors and neat embossing they won't notice anything crooked. :o)

Jody Le Blanc said...

The colors are very lovely! Very pretty. the other card is a piece of art as well! love the boldness...
jody Le Blanc

Melanie said...

I completely missed this hop last weekend (I guess it was when my blog went down!) Gorgeous cards and thanks for playing with my stamps! I'm off to hop (good luck going back to find posts from last week lol!)!

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