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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CSS Alumni Themed Challenge Hop

Hey there! Welcome to the Simplicity Sparkles Challenge Blog Hop, Carolina has come up this fun challenge, create a CAS card or project. Use only embellishments that sparkle. (glitter, rhinestones, etc.  I couldn't resist playing.  You should have arrived here from the very talented Cheri.

Make sure to leave a comment as you go along because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! Look for the announcement on Tuesday, April 2.


I have to tell you CAS cards are a bit of a challenge for me as I never seem to know when to quit. Ha! But I really like the look of them and want to make more of them. For this first card I made a single layer using Gina's Pure Luxury White heavy weight  card stock. Using Theresa Momber's newest stamp set, " The Northwoods" by Gina K. Designs.
I just love this set and the sentiment I used was my inspiration, I kept thinking somewhere over the rainbow is a place for us. I know, silly huh?  Anyway I used Memento to sponge in my background and added the trees, using a small dauber, I sponged in a little green to the trees. Added small dots with a white gel pen to the trees. My sparkle is some small rhinestone flowers.
If you click on the photo you may get a larger view of it.






For this card I used the "The Northwoods" set again, just different trees and sentiment. I first stamped the trees using Gina's "Fresh Asparagus" ink pad, then added some YG13 to some of the branches.
The card stock is by GKD pure luxury heavy weight. 



Along with my order came this adorable mini set "Birthday Hoot" FREE ! Yep, she gave everyone that ordered from this last release this adorable set. The sentiment which "Hope your birthday is a Hoot! I stamped inside of my card. The main image of the owl I colored with Copic's, I then masked off the balloons and sponged them with GKD "Ocean Mist" and "Innocent Pink" ink pads and stampin-up! Lavender Lace. Card stock and ribbon is GKD. Even though the ribbon has a beautiful sheen, I added some Diamond Stickles for a little more sparkle. Thank You Gina for this adorable set!!



Hope you enjoy the hop and you can find the entire list of the hop at Stamp TV.
Next up is the so creative Joy

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. My camera doesn't do sparkle!! But it's there.

87 comments:

Miesje said...

Oh my goodness - which one do I like the most - all of them. Great CAS sparkly cards.

Cheri said...

Geri....I keep reminding myself to breath when I look at your creations. These are exceptional cards....I love each and every one!!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome -- awesome [love the coloring of those tress] - totally adorable! Fabulous stop by :)

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Geri- both are super scenes and I do love the owl card as well. Beautiful work!

Natalie said...

Geri, your cards are lovely. What beautiful coloring and your owl card is so cute!!

joy said...

Geri, I always look forward to seeing your cards! They are always beautiful - that little owl is adorable!

NJMullins said...

Beautiful! Love the sponged background!

Olga said...

They look so realistic! Like a picture! Great work!

windinstarsranch said...

they are all cute. like the trees.

Teresa said...

Wow three card! They are all beautiful. My favorite is the owl card.

Deb said...

"WOW" - Everyone of your cards are great! Love the simplicity and layouts - the owl is just adorable.

Ann Tuck said...

You have made two beautiful cards from the Northwoods set - so elegant and serene! Love the fun owl card - a great bonus!

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are lovely cards ^_^

Sue Bridges said...

Love the settings with the trees, etc. great colors! Also cute owl!

cosie said...

Your tree card with that lovely sponging is gorgeous but owl is just so cute.

Miranda Hall said...

I love the realistic look of these cards. Awesome job!

Debbie Corbari said...

Wow!..These are gorgeous cards Geri!

Debbie Corbari said...

Wow!..These are gorgeous cards Geri!

scrappinmommom said...

Lovely cards. Northwoods is definitely a set that I have to get. You did a great job with the trees and the owl is just too cute.

Barb said...

very beautiful cards. I love cards with the tree scene on them.

Polly Lemire said...

Love your trees! And you did such a great job with the sponging. You've inspired me to give it a try, Geri

Polly Lemire said...

Love your trees! And you did such a great job with the sponging. You've inspired me to give it a try, Geri

BeverlyBL said...

Thanks for so many creations. I love how the white dots on the trees in the first one make the trees look like they have lights. So pretty and I love the background in that one, as well.

BeverlyBL said...

Meant to say thank you for your comment about your blog header photo. I was asking myself if it was a fox or a dog or a cat that looked like a fox. How cool is that! He looks very at home there.

Shona Erlenborn said...

That first card is breathtaking! Love the colours you've used - it looks so realistic!

Charlotte Herr said...

Both tree scenes are beautiful. Just love your coloring and shading. Must try this. Recently got both of these sets and have not had time to try out the Northwoods set yet, but have enjoyed play with Mr. Owl!

meemee48 said...

Love all three of your cards. Your tree scenes are gorgeous and your owl is so cute

sandi said...

Every morning I look forward to seeing what you have created for the day. Always beautiful. Thank you tor sharing.

sandi said...

Every morning I look forward to seeing what you have created for the day. Always beautiful. Thank you tor sharing.

Lenoria said...

All three are gorgeous cards, it would be hard to choose a favorite!

catdidit said...

What gorgeous scenes Geri! LOVE all of these!

Marilyn from MI said...

The Northwoods is my favorite set and you've done a wonderful job with it, Great looking cards.

Julie Allen said...

I think the Northwoods stamps are my favorite right now. Love how you laid them out and did the backgrounds. And the Hoot stamp is one of the "funnest" stamps I've seen in a long time.

naneruth said...

The tree cards are wonderful. Cute owl card too and I was thrilled to be able to see three lovely cards you made for this.

Dee said...

Wow! I couldn't stop looking at all your cards (especially the first one), and love their simplicity and still look eye-catching!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all gorgeous but I just adore the scene cards you did. They are so serene and calming.

Cards By Betty said...

Trees make such a casual look I love the look

Lori said...

I absolutely love your cards Geri, they are fantastic!!!

scootingranny said...

The first card just took my breath away with the shading and the saying. The second card is so calming and peaceful and the third card made me smile!

Ann Lee said...

How clever of you to put sparkles in the tress! And I LUV the background on the first one too.

Habs fan said...

Love the Northwoods card. Beautiful colors. Simple yet stunning.

nancy said...

My fav is the owl!!!

Sharon said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Shadings and colors are so good.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your cards are wonderful. I love how your coloring and sponging on the Northwoods set - I love mine, but haven't had time to really play. The owl card is so cute. Love the curved bottom with the gingham beneath.

K and P's Mom said...

I love this card. I would have never thought to use this as an
anniversary card.

Mary O'Neal
redpupper@aol.com

Barbara said...

You did a gret job making the trees look real. I love all of the cards. Thanks for doing all three.

Barbara said...

Love the coloring on the Northwoods. They look so real.

Unknown said...

the first card is so soft and misty- but with wonderful sparkles in the trees! and the owl is adorable!
thanks
Holly

stampqueen said...

Beautiful cards - love the first one best - the coloring on the sky is so serene and I love the sparkles in the trees!!!

Carol said...

Lovely projects, thanks for sharing your ideas!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

joann said...

love these cards.jossie

Pamela Selinski said...

Well all three cards are terrific. I really fell in love with the first one. The white gel pen make the trees look like they have twinkle lights on them.

Marilyn C. said...

All the cards are great but my favorite is the first one - clean & simple.

Robin said...

Pretty Cards!

gobluektb said...

I love the cards with the trees. So soft and pretty!

Lee Kendel said...

Love the background on your first card. And the fox at the top.

Judy Woodland said...

Your cards are beautiful as usual Geri. I love the first one, great use of that stamp. Thanks for the inspiration!!

ddlady said...

Love the softness of the background on your first cards. Love what you did with the gel on the trees. The trees really pop with the gel on them.

Kathryn A said...

LOVE the trees cards! You've done an awesome job with them!

Stampin_melissa said...

Great cards Geri! Love them all, but I adore that owl image!

Cheryl Depler said...

I especially love your cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl Depler said...

And I love the fox on your deck!

Cheryl Depler said...

You have a real eye for color.

Cheryl Depler said...

You have a real knack for color if I didn't say this already.

Golda said...

These are all fantastic, but I have to say the first one is a WOW! card. The shading you did for the ground is gorgeous.

Lee said...

Oh, my gosh, those are really beautiful "Northwoods" cards! So striking - your talent glows!

rscholz said...

What beautiful treee cards. I love how they colored. Thanks for sharing.

Nanc said...

Love it.

Donna Phelan said...

Your cards are wonderful, but I LOVE your first one, it is FANTASTIC!

Pat Jandacek said...

Three beautiful cards! The owl is adorable.

Sharon Underwood said...

Love the sparkle in the trees!

Oneofakind said...

I really love this North woods set. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

Mom these are beautiful!!! I love the gorgeous tree cardsand that oh so cute owl card.

Kris in Alaska said...

Anything with a tree on it makes me smile! Lovely cards!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Sharyn Polesel said...

They are all beautiful! I love the sponging of the sky on the first card. Great job!

mtscrapgal said...

Love the scenes you created with the North Woods set. Beautiful cards, the birthday one is cute. Thanks

Carolina said...

I gasped at your first card - LOOOVE the trees and the whole scene you created. Your second card is picture perfect, needs to be framed! And your adorable owl card - ahhhh, sweet as can be!

Betty Neville said...

There are so beautiful, Geri! Great job sponging and colouring!

Nadine Yates said...

Just love your tree cards, simple and elegant. Just got my Northwood stamp set and you have inspired me, ty for sharing!

Gayle said...

Beautiful! I love the trees and am still disappointed that this set was out of stock when I ordered. It's definitely on my list after your gorgeous creations.

Andrea said...

Oh so elegant and simple I love this stamp set, love the small pieces of snow on the branches - its just arrived here in NZ so after Easter I am going to use it.

gobarb26 said...

I see the sparkle! Love the tree cards. Beautifully done.

Julie S. said...

Love all your cards!

Ava Gavloski said...

lovely designed cards, truly showcasing the stamps so well

Cheryl Wright said...

Loooove both your scenic cards. Gorgeous, and so realistic.

And that owl is such a hoot. (Sorry, couldn't help myself!)

Seriously, I adore the Birthday Hoot set, it's so incredibly fun.

TFS!

Angie said...

Love both your cards such beautiful scenes ! I love this stamp set by Theresa!

Kitty said...

Your cards are all just gorgeous.

Blessings,
Kathleen