Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CSS Challenge Hop

Welcome to our first Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop!

Jessica Fick, the Design Team Coordinator for GinaK Designs has issued a challenge to all of the past and present team CSS team members to make a Christmas card with one of these sketches:

So when Jessica ask last week if I wanted to be part of a special hop this week using her fabulous sketch and with a Christmas theme I couldn't say yes fast enough.  I so love Gina K Designs stamps and all of the ladies working for Gina, and her DT are all so wonderful to work with.  So on to my cards.

Card #1

I used Carolyn King's Warm Winter Wishes. I just love this snowman, he is so cute!  I colored him with copics and cut it out with my nestiabilities, before removing the paper from the die I sponged the background lightly with blue ink.

Card #2

On this card I used the poinsettia from Melanie's Muechinger's A Year Of Flowers.  I colored using copics and then cut the flower before attaching it to the white circle.  I colored the other edges of the petals with R29 and the center of the petals with R24, then I used the blender pen very heavy to blend the colors.  In this photo the swirl looks like little sivler beads, but it is a rhinestone swirl from Me & My Big Ideas.

Card #3

This is little note card I made using the same sketch.  It is colored with copics and then I added some glitter to the snow and candies.

Card details are at the bottom of this post, now make sure you check out the rest of the blogs you will not be disappointed.

I almost forgot to tell you that Nina will be giving some lucky commenter Hip to be Square!! This is a set designed by Melanie Muechinger, I have it and it is a must have set.  Good luck!

We know you're going to LOVE what everyone has designed for us tonight!

Here are the links for GinaK's Current CSS Team Members:

Gina Krupsky - Owner

Deb Felts
Diana S. Queen
Karen Knegten
Melissa Cash
Sharri Seffens
Sue VanDeVusse

and the links for all of the past CSS Design Team members participating:

Brenda Turner, (you are here)
Carla Suto,
Carolina Buchting,
Charlene Merrick,
Dawn Lusk,
DeeMarie Kelemen,
Geri Utterback ,
Giovanna Smith,
Janice Melton,
JenMarie Taylor,
Jennie Harper,
Joy Hadden,
Kay Simmons,
Linda Payne,
Lori McAree,
Melisa Waldorf,
Pam Imholz,
Selma Stevenson,
Shannon Bracken,
Shelly Wilson,
Sue Walsh,
Tina Gilliland

Some of GinaK's Senior Design Team Members and Illustrators wanted to get in on the fun tonight too:

Asela Hopkins
Carolyn King
Gina Krupsky
Jessica Fick
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger

along with Nina Brackett's Guest Designer: Lisa Hjulberg

All of these gorgeous cards from the entire team will be added to the StampTV gallery throughout the next few days with the tag cssjf1 (which stands for center stage spotlight jessica fick 1)

These sketches are also our sketch challenge for this week, so be sure to check out all the information in the discussion in our Challenge group over on StampTV Thursday morning. We'd love to see your cards with the sketch too!

Thank you for stopping by,

Card Details
Card #1
Stamps:Warm Winter Wishes, Holiday Greetings- GKD
Paper: DCWV
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, copics
Copics: B00, BG01, BG18, C3, C5, C9, G09, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, YR04
Other: oval punch, ghost shapes, ranidots

Stamps:A Year of Flowers, Holiday Greetings_GKD
Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, pretty in pink, old olive
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, copics
Copics: R24, R29
Other: nestabilities, rhinestone swirl, silver pearls

Stamps: Holiday Cheer_GKD
Paper: DCWV
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, copics
Copics:BG01, BG05, RV21, RV23, Y13, YG03
Other: ribbon, glitter


  1. Oh Brenda! I LOVE all your cards so much!!!!! Thank you so much for joining in on the hop tonight!!!!!

  2. Brenda... they all rock!!! Great job and I love the snowflakes on your first card

  3. OMG, it's after 11pm and I have to get up at 5AM and here I am hopping LOL. gorgeous cards!!!!

  4. Great cards!! I also Love those snowflakes on your first card, is that a punch??

  5. It would be hard to pick a favorite. These are all beautiful.

  6. Brenda, these are beautiful! I'm so glad Jessica got this hop going - I love it!! Very nice cards!!!! You rock!

  7. Wow three cards and they're all so adorable!

  8. Brenda...these cards are completely gorgeous! I love your style! ;D Diana

  9. Wow! What gorgeous cards you have created for this hop! I love them all!

  10. Brenda all three of your cards are beautiful as always.
    I love your attention to details.

  11. Wow girl, you rock! Three beautiful cards!!

  12. Brenda, I LOVE, LOVE LOVE card#2! What a dynamite card with great colors!

  13. These are all beautiful cards. love the coloring.

  14. Your cards are beautiful, Brenda. I really need some lessons!! Love the coloring! Gorgeous...

    PS Sondra ordered some Copics this week for the store(whoo-hoo!!!)

  15. Wow, these are a great set of cards! I love the blue-on-blue you did with Cammie's WWW set. That snowman just gets me every time.

  16. THREE!!! wow...they're all fabulous

  17. I love all three cards. You were a busy girl, I really like those ghost snowflakes on the snowman card, the elegance of the poinsettia card and the cuteness of the notecard.

  18. oh I love the blue in the first, waht a great card, love that DP!

    beautiful pink poinsettia! the swirl is a fabulous touch!

  19. Three wonderful cards, Brenda! I love the papers and embellishments you used with each! Great coloring, too!

  20. Brenda - Brenda! These are fabulous girl - the plaid behind the poinsettia is very eye catching , the small card is adorable with the colors you chose but my heart was won over with the snowman - just makes my heart melt he's so cute! Great job and way to rock out with THREE!

  21. OH wow Brenda! All THREE cards are just gorgoues!

  22. All so pretty. Love the blue one especially. So soft. And green and pink are always great together too!

  23. I love all your cards and the color combinations are so pretty.

  24. Wow! Three cards! I love each and every single one! Each one has such unique character! The first is *cool*, the second is elegant, and the third is soooo sweet! Fabulous!

  25. Love all three of these Brenda! Love the dp you used and beautiful job coloring...

  26. You were a busy girl!! All of your cards are fabulous Brenda!!

  27. All of your cards are gorgeous!!

  28. Beautiful cards Brenda! I love your coloring and those adorable clear snowflakes!

  29. Love the cards! Gina K has so many great designs for this holiday - it must be hard to choose!

  30. Great cards! I especially love the snowman. :)

  31. Gorgeous cards, Bren! Wonderful coloring.

  32. Love your cards...the poinsetta is gorgeous love the color combo

  33. Look at you go with all of these beautiful cards!! Fabulous work! I've got to pull out my poinsettia from A Year of Flowers and make a card with it; I love this adorable snowman, too.

  34. Brenda, All of your cards are so beautiful! The coloring on the poinsettia is awesome!

  35. Your cards are beautiful. Your snowman looks very cold except for that warm, warm heart. TFS

  36. Ohhhh wow Brenda!!!! You sure ROCKED the challenge with three stunners!!!! They're all fabulous....but that sugary sweet candy house is flat out FANtabulous!!!!

  37. Hi brenda! :) wow! these are just beautiful!! I love the blue in the first one and the touch with the rhinestones. In addition, the little house is CUTE!

  38. Awesome cards!! I really like the snowflakes in the first card!

  39. Wow--three wonderful cards! You have been busy!

  40. Wow! Brenda, these are all just fabulous!!!

  41. Beautiful cards! I love the non-traditional Christmas card!

  42. wow...three awesome creations! WTG girl!

  43. Wow, three for one! And each one just as lovely as the next! I adore the monochromatic look of the snowman card and the way you shaded around the main image. Your poinsettia in the second card if fab. And your sweet little gingerbread house is adorable!

  44. Brenda- great job on all three HOp cards!

  45. WOW! You've been busy! Beautiful cards. I love the coloring on the 2nd one especially.

  46. Holy cow...3 fantastic I was scrolling through each card just got better and better. All of them are creative works of art. Well done!


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