Friday, November 18, 2011

CSS Alumni Blog Hop - Inspiration Challenge

Hi there!  It's time for another Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop!  I haven't been able to participate in the last couple of hops so I'm thrilled to be here!  This time it's an Inspiration Challenge.  If you came here from Betty's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you'll definitely want to go back to the StampTV forum and start from the beginning so you don't miss anything. 

Here is the inspiration photo Carolina gave us:


Here's what I came up with:


I was obviously inspired by the colors and all the little round boxes in the photo.  I don't usually work so literally from the inspiration piece, but I did with this one, for some reason.  I also issued myself an extra challenge to try and use some of my older Gina K. Designs sets instead of always reaching for the newer ones.  I started with a card base of Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and layered with patterned paper from the Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pears 12x12 pad.   Using Spellbinders Scallop Circle Nesties, I cut out a scalloped circle from Ocean Mist, Green Apple, Grass Green, Lipstick Red, Cranberry Tart and Innocent Pink cardstock.  I layered each with a small circle cut from different patterns in the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad with Spellbinders Classic Circle Dies.  I stamped sentiments from The Magic of Christmas, Festive Frame and First Christmas onto three of the circles with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  On the remaining three circles, I stamped different snowflakes from The Magic of Christmas set.  I added "pearls" around all the scalloped frames with a Viva Decor Ice White Pearl Pen.  I added a few iridescent gems to the centers of the snowflakes.  A few tiny bows on the remaining circles finished my card. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Next, hop on over to Carolina's blog where she has a fantastic creation to share with you.  Be sure to leave a comment on every blog as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 22), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and the lucky commenter will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great weekend! 
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62 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Carla. I too was wanting to take this photo literally. Love you how did it!

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  2. Wow! This is gorgeous! I love how you took the literal layout of the circles and the colors.

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  3. Wow, wow, wow Carla, your card is amazing. I love all of the attention to detail. Just perfect!

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  4. Awesome card Carla- love it! What a great idea to interpret it literally!

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  5. Gorgeous Carla!! I love how your card is so much like the inspiration piece!!

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  6. BEAUTIFUL, Carla! And so VERY happy to have you back with us. You've been missed. This is an outstanding visual of the inspiration. I love your combination of papers and cs and yes.....how cool to use the older sets.

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  7. Carla- I am blown away. Amazing how many different stamp sets you used-love this card! I like the colors you chose too.

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  8. Carla, Fantastic card!! I love all the details and the mix of pattern papers. You and I were on the same page with the colors :)

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  9. This is so pretty Carla. Love how you used the inspiration piece and love how you embellished it all. Great card.

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  10. Wonderful take from the photo! Your colors are right on!

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  11. you truly nailed the photo! beautiful card kid-oh (-:

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  12. Carla, can you say 'STUNNING'? Holy scarp Sistah!!! Your take on the inspiration photo is BRILLIANT!!! Love every aspect of your design!!!

    Love and hugs to you Sistah!!!

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  13. Eeek - serious perfection! You captured the inspiration piece perfectly!!!

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  14. I so love this! Those pearls are so perfect for this card! Love the colors... oh I just love everything about it! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  15. Carla, this is beautiful and love how you interpreted the inspiration piece. Great choices of dp.

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  16. Beautiful, Carla. What a splendid job with your inspiration piece. And, it is nice sometimes to reach for the older images and give them some love. Super card!

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  17. Hi carla! WOW!! How beautiful!! Great interpretation of the inspiration as well! Have a nice wknd!!

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  18. Carla, this is so beautiful and I love how you interpreted the photo so literally!

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  19. This is fabulous, Carla! I was just using some of that dp yesterday for holiday cards I was making; it's such a fun pack and you did a great job of combing the various patterns here. Great inspiration for using up some scraps also! TFS!

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  20. Very clever! Love reaching back to my older stamps as well.

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  21. GORGEOUS!!! That is one fabulous card, Carla. I can only say, I love EVERYTHING about it! TFS!!

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  22. Thanks for sharing your projects - always love the CSS Alumni Blog Hops - such inspiration you ladies have! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  23. Wow, talk about inspiration!!!! This is it!!!!Beautiful!!!

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  24. Great card, Carla, love all those circles.

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  25. Gorgeous arrangement and so bright and colourful.

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  26. Love the card. What beautiful paper and wonderful detail. Done to perfection!

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  27. Another beautiful card, Carla! Love all your designs!

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  28. Love your card. Now I have
    an idea on how to use some
    small Christmas images on a
    card...thank you so much.
    Gladys R.

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  29. Carla, love you card, you take on the inspiration photo is great, and love your choice of PP paers they all go so well with one another!! Such a lovely festive and pretty card.
    Thanks for shairng
    husg
    Donna

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  30. Really great work! Love your take on the photo!

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  31. very cool design - Joyce T.

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  32. OMGoodness! I LOVE your card! So fun and festive!

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  33. What a sweet card! I bet that was really fun to put together.

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  34. This makes me want to get out the heat gun and embossing powder! I had no idea what a pearl pen was! I learn a lot from blog hopping! Thanks for the incredible ideas :)

    aloha, rosy

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  35. Carla, you nailed the inspiration photo! Totally perfect project! Thanks for sharing...

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  36. I love this card. I really like the embossed images on the die cut pieces. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  37. This is a yummy gorgeous Christmas card. So bright and cheerful. Thanks

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  38. I am really inspired by your card it is beautiful= Dee T

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  39. This is gorgeous - such a lot of work involved.

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  40. Love the design, just beautiful and well done.

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  41. This card really puts in in the holiday spirit. Love it!

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  42. Two words:
    Simply Stunning
    Pam Schall

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  43. This is stunning...great job!!!! Love your literal interpretation!

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  44. Gorgeous card. Tanks for sharing.

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  45. Great and literal take. Beautiful card!!

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  46. Oh My! This is a beautiful Card! Love the colors and how you made it look just like the picture sample.

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  47. Beautiful! I love all the pearls!

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  48. Beautiful card - love the pearls!

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  49. Beautiful Card

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  50. Carla, I love how you have accented the scallops! Your paper is beautiful! (like minds...teehee)

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  51. Great card! Yes, it's literal, but its so well done! I think I would be tempted to go this way too.

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  52. Oh WOW! This card is absolutely gorgeous!!

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