Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CSS Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to our first Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop! (Grab a drink and a snack, we have lots to share tonight!)

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:



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

This sketch just had me thinking of a snow globe, so it was the perfect time to ink up this shy little snowman from Rupa's Winter Friends! It would have been fun to make a shaker but I am completely out of crafting plastic (more is on the way, whew!!) so I made do by die cutting a circle from Pure Luxury White that I'd stamped and colored, sponging around the edges with blue, and then adding a little pile of Star Dust Stickles to the bottom and gluing some clear microbeads and findings Donna gave me long ago swirling around him like he was just shook up! No shaking required! DP is Basic Grey June Bug (plaid) and Emily's Vintage Holly Quarters, I love this snowflake pattern she created. Base is Rocket Red. I came this close to trying to "free cut" my own little base for the globe, when I noticed how much better one of the Fancy Tags in Good as Gold would look!

A little candy tonight too! Nina Brackett is giving away one of my "Hip to Be Square" sets (thank you, Nina!) to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on ONE of these blogs in the hop, (only Nina knows which is the lucky blog!), so be generous with your comments if you want to win! Thank you in advance for taking the time to comment, it means so much to all the designers who work really hard on creating things for your inspiration! :)


Now, here are the links for GinaK's Current CSS Team Members:

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,
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

Finally, some of GinaK's Senior Design Team Members and Illustrators wanted to get in on the fun tonight too:
Gina Krupsky
Asela Hopkins

Carolyn King
Cindy Lawrence
Jessica Fick
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger (you're here!)


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!


Enjoy hopping! Thanks for dropping in! :)

55 comments:

Melissa Cash said...

Oh goodness Melanie, I love your snow globe and what you did with the fancy tag is perfect!

Maria Levine said...

Awesome job Melanie! Love that snowman!

wordbird said...

Ahhh...Melanie....this is such a wonderful,beautiful,creative card! i love him as a snowglobe! ;D Diana

Jennie said...

Love the snow globe effect you gave to this Melanie! So CUTE! Great dp too!

Isn't Nina just the sweetest...I bought a Christmas ornament from Cracker Barrel that reminded me of your Hip To Be Square set so when I got it I could create something similar...It screamed inspiration for Melanie's set! I need to take a picture and email it to you :o)

Tina Gilliland said...

Melanie!!! That is an awesome way to create a snow globe!!!! I LOVE it!! I will have to CASE this one too *sigh* *smile*

Patti J said...

Love your card Melanie - and that Basic Grey DP just sets it off. Great choice! I just ordered your Festive Frame, and can't wait to get it! TFS tonight...

Jessica said...

Oh man, Melanie! I LOVE your idea of making it into a snowglobe with the fancy tag! What a great idea!!!!

Thanks for hopping with us - I'm so thrilled you could join in!!!

JenMarie said...

OMGosh...CUTE!!!

Ret said...

Melanie!!! I absolutely adore this card!!! The snow globe is both beautiful & oh so cute!!! Such a warm wintery feel to it! Just beautiful!!!!

Denise said...

Wow - that snow globe is awesome (love the idea for the base using the curly label.)

Sue - 'TILLYMINT' said...

Melanie you always come up with something just that bit different!! I love your snowglobe and the snowmans vest is adorable!!!

Giovana said...

Beautiful card Melanie!!

JessicaK said...

Cutie patootie snowman!

Neesey said...

What a lovely snowglobe. I love your creations Mel.

Dawn said...

I love your snow globe!!! awesome card Mel!

Stampin' Pam said...

fantastic, Mel - gorgeous color combo and love the fancy tag - your snowman is cute enough to pinch his little cheeks!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Brilliant Mel...how very creative to use that tag die as a base for your snow globe. Love the crystal snowflakes. FANTASTIC!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love the paper piecing, great idea! So cute how you made it look like a snowglobe. Just darling.

asela said...

What a great idea! Love him.

Marsha said...

What a great card. Love the plaid in the vest.

Teri said...

Such a pretty snow globe!!

Selma said...

Another fabulous card Melanie. This is so cute. Love how you created the snow globe.

catdidit said...

What an awesome snowglobe you created Mel! Love how you did the base of it and looking like it was just shaken! Gorgeous!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Darling snow globe card, Melanie! Love the base and all the sparkle! The snowman is adorable!

lisa808 said...

Awesome snowglobe!

Kathy H said...

Awesome card!

Lisa T said...

Awesome job! It does look just like a snowglobe freshly shaken up. Cute little snowman!

naneruth said...

Oh Melanie I just love how you used the fancy tag for the base of the globe. It's always so nice to see different uses for everything.

redwasher1 said...

I love your snowman and snow globe!!

Deb said...

You are SO clever! I love it! Gorgeous snowglobe! You KNOW everyone is gonna be casing you now! :)

Lynne Phelps said...

As a crafter on a budget, I love the idea of a snow globe card that does not require purchasing special plastic parts! Also love the recycling of Fancy Tags into a snow globe base - INSPIRED!

joy said...

Oh, I love the tartan plaid with the snowman! How sweet!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

So clever to use that Spellbinders tag die as the bottom of the snowglobe! It's still on my wish list - so many possibilities! Nice job!

Janice M said...

OMGosh that is such a neat idea to use the fancy tag as your base!! I might have to try a snow globe card now!

Sandra said...

love the globe - you are amazing!
Sandra

Darla said...

Great job!! Love the "no shaking required".
:)

Jenny McGee said...

The snowman is so cute. And the colors are nice too.

Donna said...

Adorable card, Melanie! I love that snowman. You colored him prefectly!

Pat Jandacek said...

Your coloring/shading is just so, so perfect! And the fancy tag is, indeed, perfect! I'm beginning to think you must be perfect! TFS all your many talents.

Sharri Seffens said...

Melanie, I love that you made a snowglobe and the fancy tag is perfect for the base!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh I LOVE the design and that gold fancy tag is soooo cooool!!!!

Natalie said...

Love the snowglobe!! Cute, cute, cute!!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi melanie. :) this is absolutely beautiful. I love this!

Stampin' Pam said...

Melanie I LOVE the snow glove effect - totally adorable with this cute little snowguy. And how clever to use the fancy tag as the base - thanks for sharing that fun tip with all of us. Great hoP!

Lori said...

Fabulous Mel!!!!

shelly w said...

Melanie I love the snowglobe idea! I will have to try this! I just love all your great ideas!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Just lovely, Mel! The snow globe is oh-so-clever too!!!

Brenda said...

OH Melanie this is so awesome!! I love the snow and wowza what a wonderful snow globe, love it!

Sue D said...

Very clever to make it a snowglobe!

Carolyn King said...

that is just so clever! LOVE this!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Oh WOW!!! That is so cool how you turned it into a snow globe! I LOVE it!

Shannon said...

OMG.....I love how you twist things and make them something so amazing!!!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

So sweet! The main image reminds me of a snow globe. I love it!

Joan Ervin said...

What a darling design, Melanie...I just love your little snow globe and the snowman is sooo precious!!!!

Carolina said...

Thud Mel - love everything about this card! Beautiful take on the sketch!