Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop

CSS BlogHop Nov4 block

Jessica, DT Coordinator for Gina K Designs, organized this fun hop to keep the retired CSS girls and current ones working together, showing just why we were chosen as guest designers! It's a good way to keep us active... This is just the first of many to come.

This first one was to make a Christmas card using any Gina K Designs set and use the sketch Jessica sent us. CSS BlogHop Nov4A Year of Flowers is one of my favorites and this poinsettia was perfect for this challenge!

I stamped 2 flowers on GinaK Pure Luxury cs (80#) with Versamark, sprinkled on Detail Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger and heat set it. Then using Twinkling H2O's and a waterbrush, watercolored each flower. When I cut each one out, I cut several of the petals almost to the center to add dimension when I put them together. Gold Liquid Pearls by Ranger was added to the center.

For the leaves, I stamped the flower 4 or 5 times, turning the stamp a 1/4 turn each time. (Versamark and gold ep as the flowers). The leaves are also painted with Twinks.

CSS BlogHop Nov4 closeupAs I attached the two flowers together (with a pop dot), I curled the petals by running my fingernail underneath... like curling ribbon.

Embossing with Cuttlebug folders, trimming with Martha Stewart border punches and layered on Spellbinders dies made this 5x5 card simply done and elegant looking!

Now, here are the girls participating in this hop, first the current CSS team:
Deb Felts 
Diana S Queen
Karen Knegten
Melissa Cash
Sue VanDeVusse

And the past CSS girls:
Brenda Turner
Carla Suto
Carolina Buchting
Charlene Merrick
DeeMarie Kelemen
Geri Utterback
Giovanna Smith
Janice Melton
JenMarie Taylor
Jennie Harper
Joy Hadden
Kay Simmons
Linda Payne
Lori McAree
Melissa Waldorf
Pam Imholz
Selma Stevenson
Shannon Bracken
Shelly Wilson
Sue Walsh
Tina Gilliand

Some of the Senior Design Team Members and Illustrators wanted to get in on the fun tonight too:
Asela Hopkins

Carolyn King
Cindy Lawrence
Jessica Fick
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger

Along with Nina Brackett's Guest Designer: 
Lisa Hjulberg

And Gina too!

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.

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

Enjoy and Thanks for stopping!

Dawn

53 comments :

Tina Gilliland said...

Dawn... how VERY pretty!!! Love the raised poinsettia.

Jessica said...

Oh Dawn, this is so gorgeous - the layers of the poinsettia are simply stunning!!!

I'm so happy you were able to hop with us tonight! Thank you SO much!!!

craftieodamae said...

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

Janice M said...

Your card is absolutely Gorgous!!! Love everything about it!

Selma said...

Dawn I saw your sneak peek and was so anxious to come see this card. This is absolutely gorgeous.

quilter said...

I would frame this one if it came in my mailbox! What a great job you did on the poinsettia. Thank you for the inspiration.

Denise said...

Your layering is gorgeous! What a beautiful card!

JenMarie said...

This is just STUNNING!

Brenda said...
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Brenda said...

Fabulous!! I love your card Dawn. Thank you for the idea to use the flower to make the leaves. Pure genius!

Sue - 'TILLYMINT' said...

OMG this is my favourite so far .......beautiful card Dawn!!!

Giovana said...

Your card is so pretty!!

joy said...

Amazing dimensional flower! You did a fantastic job!

Neesey said...

I love all the detail. Very beautiful card.

Carolina said...

What a stunning card Dawn...I just knew I was in for an amazing card on my visit here!

JessicaK said...

Beautiful flower and dimensions. Stunning, just stunning.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Gorgeous! Love your layered poinsettia and it is colored beautifully. You really rocked this sketch.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

I'm tellin ya GF. I have got to do some deep colours on white already! (Sounds like a new age spa treatment LOL) On your card, it looks like the best thing goin'! That poinsettia looks real. Do ya hafta water this card? teehee OXO

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow Dawn...this is absolutely stunning. Love the elegance of the gold and all of the fantastic dimension!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Stunning card, Dawn! I love the gold embossing and the texture of the white space! The punched borders are really elegant!

Marsha said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your poinsettia is wonderful.

Stampin' Pam said...

THUD - Dawn, I fell in love with this from your sneak peak and it's even better when I see it all. I LOVE how you did the double poinsettia to give it dimension, LOVE how you made the leaves - I found myself wondering how to make poinsettia leaves recently and you gave me the solution! AND liquid pearls - I think I found something new I must have :-)

asela said...

Oh my! Wowzer that's stunning and so detailed. Gorgeous

catdidit said...

What a stunner Dawn! Oh so gorgeous with the coloring and all that dimension!

Jenny McGee said...

WOW, That poinsetta looks so real. Love it.

Kathy H said...

AWWWW super awesome!!!

Deb said...

Dawn, this is breath-taking! So elegant!

Lori said...

Oh WOW Dawn!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

Jennie said...

This is STUNNING Dawn! Love the layers on the poinsettia and the leaves..WOW! Fabulous design with this sketch!

redwasher1 said...

When I saw the sneak peek of this card I knew I would love it!! Great job!!

Melissa Cash said...

Wowsers Dawn! Your card is beautiful. I love how you colored the poinsettia and the border punch you used on the green strip is just perfect. I am adding it to my inspiration file.

Donna said...

GORGEOUS!

Lisa T said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! Love the dimension.

Theresa Momber said...

Amazing coloring! Such a stunning card, Dawn!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Gorgeous LM!! Your poinsettia is stunning!! Fabulous card my friend!

Lynne Phelps said...

This is the most EXQUISITE poinsettia card I have seen this season! KUDOS!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

THUD!!! Outrageously GORGEOUS, Dawn! I love this stamp set, too, and don't think I've used the poinsettia yet. I love how you gold embossed yours, and those Twinkling H20s were the perfect choice for coloring this image. Awesome work, my friend!

Starla said...

This is just STUNNING!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Outstanding- love the coloring and the touch of gold on the edges! Love it! TFS

Connie M. said...

Dawn!! This is so stunning! Your flower is just amazing, and I love all the white!

Sharri Seffens said...

Dawn, Wow! This is gorgeous! The poinsettia is stunning

Pat Jandacek said...

Wow - I love everything about this card! TFS

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh that 3D poinsettia is FABULOUSNESS!!!!!!!!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi dawn! wow!! YOU ROCK GIRL! this is wonderful!! I love all your intricate detail. Just gorgeous!

Sue D said...

Very beautiful--love the layered poinsettia.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh, Dawn, this is deLISH! Your poinsettia is out-of-this-world gorgeous!

Carolyn King said...

beautiful! LOVE the depth and the coloring on this stunner!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh Dawn, you have outdone yourself girl! That poinsettia is incredible! Paper toling it the way you did just makes it pop!

wordbird said...

Absolutely beautiful card!!So creative! Thanks for the detailed instructuins! I'm sure a lot of us will want to try this! ;D Diana

Karen Knegten said...

Dawn- what a stunning card! Guess I have to figure out where I stashed my Twinkling H2O's.

- dlm. said...

THUD! Dawn, your card is so gorgeous!

Shannon said...

Thud!!!! WOW!!!! Amazing!!!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

LOVE the elegance of this gorgeous card!!! Absolutely divine!!