Friday, February 25, 2011

CSS Alumni Blog Hop - Treasure Chest

It's time for another CSS Alumni Blog Hop!  This time we have a new category called Treasure Chest.  Each time we have this challenge, the theme will change.  This time the theme is "Animal Kingdom".  If you arrived here from Brenda's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you'll want to start back at the StampTV Forum so you don't miss anything.

Our challenge was to pay tribute to the animal kingdom by creating a project using any Gina K. set with animal images.  Here is a list of some of the possibilities:
  • Bug Me Anytime
  • Cuddles and Hugs Stamp Set
  • Dino-mite
  • Down On The Farm
  • Dream Birds
  • Dream Friends
  • Framed Friends
  • Funny Farm
  • Hang In There
  • Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop Accessories
  • Hope Grows
  • Hope Is Faith
  • Jumping For Joy
  • Just Be-Claws
  • Just Keep Swimming
  • Just So Hoppy
  • Just So Hippy
  • Little Critters
  • Nesting
  • Owl Always Love You
  • Poultry In Motion
  • Pretty As A Peacock
  • Purrr-fectly Delightful
  • Quite a Catch
  • Ready, Set, Snow!
  • Spring Has Sprung
  • Spring Mix (StampTV Kit)
  • Take Flight
  • Warm and Fuzzy
  • Whatever Floats Your Boat
  • Winter Wings
  • Zoo Animals
Here is my card:


I chose to make a single layer, CAS card (something different for me!).  My card base is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.  I embossed the front with the Grace's Frame Cuttlebug folder. I stamped the blue jay from Asela's Winter Wings set with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. I masked the bid and sponged on some Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  I added some Glossy Accents to the berries and some Polar White Flower Soft to the branches for the snow.  The sentiment is from Gina's Picture It! set.  I finished it with a dark red pearl in each corner.  My coloring was inspired by Theresa's gorgeous card here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Next, hop on over to Carolina's blog where she has a fabulous creation to share with you!  Make sure to leave a comment on every stop as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (March 1st), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!
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147 comments:

  1. Carla, this is breathtaking! Amazingly gorgeous!

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  2. Beautiful Carla! I can't believe it's a single layer card, there is so much depth to it!

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  3. What a beautiful border you have created to spotlight your image!

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  4. Beautiful work Carla - you don't often do CAS but you have just shown that you can work it wonderfully. Love the snow and glossy berries and your coloring - divine!

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  5. Carla this is so soft and pretty!!! Your coloring is fabulous!

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  6. Carla- I love this. That bird is fabulous, as is your coloring. The embossed border is a perfect touch!

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  7. Carla, you have outdone yourself on this one! I love how simple, but elegant it is. Once again, your coloring is spot on!

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  8. Beautiful card Carla and love the framing you have on this... Lovely coloring too!

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  9. Truly gorgeous card Carla! The embellishments are all so perfect as is your beautiful coloring! BTW, I noticed that you linked to me, and not Brenda : )

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  10. Pretty card Carla, you're coloring is wonderful.

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  11. Beautiful card - your coloring is wonderful and that frame is perfect!!!!

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  12. Gorgeous card!!! Love your coloring & the CAS framed card!

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  13. Stunning CAS card! Absolutely beautiful!

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  14. Carla this is gorgeous, your coloring is perfect!!!!

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  15. Oh, Carla, this is just beautiful.Love that bluejay.
    crafty teacher

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  16. Gorgeous Carla! Love your coloring on this!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous, Carla! I love the softness of the colors and the way the frame and little jewels bring elegance to the design and mimic those beautiful red berries!

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  18. Beautiful! I love the elegance the embossed frame creates. And I love the snow!

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  19. I don't do single layer cards either, but this is beautiful. The distressing is lovely.

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  20. Great one layer card....beautiful bird!

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  21. Gorgeous, Carla! Love the embossed texture and your coloring is fab!

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  22. If This is differt from You Reg. You Go Girl that is a very elegant card! And the blending on the Bluejay!! Love it!

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  23. This is beautiful!!!! Lovely embossing and coloring!!!

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  24. WOWEE carla...this is absolutely breathtaking! So many elegant details. Just wonderful!

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  25. This is gorgeous. The coloring is beautiful!

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  26. Carla, this is a beautiful card. I love the soft subtle colors of this gorgeous bird image.

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  27. what a stunning card you really made that image pop nicely done.

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  28. What a very pretty card. I like the way you used the shadowing behind the bird.

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  29. A very nice job coloring the bird. Lovely card.

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  30. beautiful blue jay, love the colors you have used. thanks for sharing.

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  31. Beautiful and serene...love bird cards

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  32. Beautiful!





    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Very pretty card. Great coloring on the bird.

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  34. Wow Carla! What a gorgeous card!

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  35. I love the one layer, I love the beautiful bird and I love the snow and berries. Very lovely card.

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  36. Wow, this is a beautiful card and the coloring on the bird is awesome, thank you for sharing it and for the blog hop
    hugs Cathy

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  37. Love the bluebird...the colors are just stunning!

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  38. Love the colors that were used. Beautiful!!

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  39. Love bird watching. Jays are bullies at my feeder.

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  40. Birds are also a hobby of mine. I just got the folder. I will be using soon. Great colors on the Jay

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  41. This is simply classic! Very nice

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  42. Stunning - your beautifully colored bird is definitely center stage. Great job.
    Marcie

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  43. Gorgeous card. Love the CAS - but there is nothing simple about the beautiful coloring you did!

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  44. Very elegant card and the birdm is colored beautifully!

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  45. Nicely done and expertly colored.

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  46. love the way the bird is colored in :)

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  47. You did such a fabulous job of CASEing Theresa's coloring of the blue jay, but I adore how you framed it with the embossing! The sentiment is a perfect fit for this card! This is definately a stunner!

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  48. Beautiful job of coloring - bird looks so real!

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  49. So beautiful. Love the CAS yet elegance.

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  50. I can almost hear him signing, great card.

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  51. Everything you do is classy, whether it's multi-layered or CAS. I want my cards to be as good as yours when I grow up! ;-)

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  52. Beautiful card! Love the bird! RosieG(gramig05)

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  53. Love your card. The bird looks so real.

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  54. Beautiful card..such a classy look!! TFS

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  55. Carla, your card is gorgeous!! TFS

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  56. I love absolutely everything about this card!! Great job!

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  57. Really beautiful, Carla. Love your coloing on the bird and the sponging. Fabulous!

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  58. Simple can be so elegant. Wonderful layout. Thanks Julianne

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  59. Carla, This card is stunning. It is simple, yet elegant. Your attention to detail is awesome.

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  60. Another one of my very favorite sets! This is so beautiful!

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  61. Beautiful card. Love how you did the
    framing.

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  62. Carla, Beautiful and elegant, great card.

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  63. BEAUTIFUL coloring of this set Carla! I like the embossed frame and the flower soft snow.
    ~Meredith

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  64. your card is lovely! the focal image is very well done and i love the embossed frame!
    sandyh

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  65. Carla -LOVE your color scheme - and your bluebird - very pretty~ Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Carla -LOVE your color scheme, embossing - and bluebird - very elegant~ Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Beautiful card. The bluebird is just beautiful.

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  68. Oh I just love this bluejay what a nice card Marie

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  69. Really liked the way you presented the Blue Jay and matched the berries with the corner brads.

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  70. A very "serene" card......
    Laura

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  71. Even though it's single layer, the embossed frames make it appear layered. Very beautiful and elegant.

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  72. Oh my, it's beautiful!

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  73. This card is just so beautiful! Love all the little "extras" you added.

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  74. Simple elegance - my favorite combo!

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  75. Beautiful card. You did a wonderful job of coloring it. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  76. How sweet is that little great to my friend!

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  77. The colors of the bird on the white background is so elegant and pretty.

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  78. I don't know where to go to see who is the winner of the wonderful stamp set for doing this hop. Please let me know. Wow! A single layer card. I never have made one of those. I love it. I want to make several of these kinds--with different stamp sets. Thanks for your creativity.

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  79. Love this card. Very elegant looking

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  80. Simply STUNNING!!!! I've always loved this bird, and you have made him stand out by just featuring him alone.............Totally awesome card. I don't have this cuttlebug folder yet, but think now I have to get it.

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  81. Awesome! Have a blessed weekend.
    Cindy D in WV

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  82. This is a stunning CAS card. Hmmmm...just glanced up and saw that was 'stunning' was used by Jan, too. Well...it certainly is. And that's the first time I've seen that embossing folder - it's wonderful.

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  83. So simple but so sweet.
    hugs,
    Brooke

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  84. Love how you masked the bird. the yellow just makes it pop!

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  85. What a stunning Blue Jay and the coloring so so pretty!! Love the card!!

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  86. Seriously? One Layer! This is Stunning!!! Your coloring and shading is superb.
    Blessings Bernie

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  87. Elegant. Love the colors you used.

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  88. It is simply stunning!

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  89. So soft and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  90. Your card is beautiful -- and that is really saying something from someone who is absolutely tired of winter! Love the background frame and your coloured bird.

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  91. OH I SOOOOO adore birdies, I have eight of them myself (parrots that is) but I love ALL birds and this one is just gorgeous!
    Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  92. Absolutely beautiful! I am jealous that I could never color that well.

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  93. This card is really beautiful and elegant! :) Gorgeous cuttlebug folder.

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  94. Gee Whiz - love it - now I have to purchase the Winter Wings set.

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  95. Nice card, Love the frame, Now I will have to add that to my things to buy,

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  96. What a nice card! The little bird is so beautiful!

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  97. What a beautiful card, this is something I would like to have done

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  98. Love those colors--GREAT job!!

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  99. Beautiful. Love the softness and the scor-pal border.

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  100. True look of spring!

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  101. Carla, Thank you for inspiring me to do single layer cards again! Your card design is so lovely!

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  102. This is just too elegant. Love it. Pam

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  103. What a gorgeous card! So elegant!

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  104. Absolutely beautiful card! The embossing really adds to it and the bird is gorgeous!

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  105. Beautiful.. blue jays are special for me, love the card :o)

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  106. The use of the Flower Soft and shading techniques makes this a very rich looking card.

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  107. Stunningly pretty card! I will have to try the technique for spotlighting - TFS!

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  108. Simple, elegant, beautiful, springlike, fresh all come to mind with your clean card design. Nice job!

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  109. hey carla, you fooled me, i thought your card had layers! very nice work!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  110. Beautiful card - the coloring is really stunning!

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  111. This is incredible.. What a beautiful creation Carla. You do CAS very well. I miss blue jays. We don't have as many here as in IL. Hope you are having a good week..hugs.

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  112. This is beautiful! I love that it is a single layer with so much detail>

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  113. How elegant! What a lovely card. Thank you for sharing.

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  114. Such a beautiful card Carla!!! Love how your beautiful bird pops off your card...just gorgeous!!!

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  115. Love your card! In spite of the snow on the branch, makes me think SPRING!

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  116. Love your card! I don't have any copic markers yet but they are on my wish list! You did a beautiful job!

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  117. Beautiful card Carla...love everything about it.

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  118. Beautiful clean and simple card!

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  119. simple yet stunning!

    K Miller

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  120. Congrats on the Heartfelt Creations semi-finals> Can't wait to see everyone's designs!

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  121. I love the clean and simple style of this card, it really allows the stamped image to shine. Excellent job.

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Thanks so much for visiting and leaving me a comment! I really appreciate it! Carla