Friday, May 13, 2011

Fri. May 13, 2011 CSS Sketch Blog Hop



I am sure glad you are here!! If you arrived from Kay's BLOG, you are in the right place.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, click HERE.

It's time for another hop from the CSS Alumni Team, and we have a terrific sketch from Melissa Cash to work with, this time around.



I ended up making two card this time.  I wasn't thrilled with this one, since I just couldn't get a good enough photo.  It just looks rather plain, but does look better IRL.



I liked the basic card above, but I wanted a more detailed one.  Here is my second one.  Do you like this one better too? I used Gina's Springtime Silhouettes stamp set for the flowers, the sentiment from Gina's Stenciled Spring set and the butterflies from Theresa's Sending Sunshine set. Wow- just realized that all three sets start with the letter "s". 
I colored the flowers with Copic markers and then spritzed with rubbing alcohol, fot my watercolor effect.  Love this!




Thanks for visiting!  Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (May 17th), 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!

Now, it's time for you to head over to JOY'S BLOG, to take in a wonder view of her talent!

114 comments:

Miesje said...

Karen, I love both of them. You are so wonderfully creative! Love all the butterflies too!

Sharri said...

Karen both are beautiful! I love the watercolor look with the copics! Great job!

joy said...

Great cards! I love how you have sponged the edges on the first one.

Melissa Cash said...

Love them both my friend! Both cards are beauties!

Betty Neville said...

These are both beautiful Karen! Fabulous job coloring the flowers on each card and the butterflies are the perfect finishing touch!

stampqueen said...

Love them both - love how you created a bit of watercolor effect.

Carolina said...

Both cards are just so darlin'! Love the fact that you used flowers and butterflies on both, yet were able to achieve such different looks - just lovely in every way!!!

Kay S said...

Both cards are gorgeous! Karen! Love how you used the same stamps on both but created very different cards. Love the butterfly on the first card --it looks like it could fly away.

DebraM said...

Beautiful things come in little packages...these sure pack a punch..they are gorgeous. Love the second one so much.

Cheri said...

Karen, fantastic job with this sketch, and each card is gorgeous. I love the details you used on each one - and how you made them different using the same stamps. This showcases your great talent, MF.

My Need 2 Craft said...

Very pretty. :)

Becky said...

What lovely cards.

Crafty Patti said...

nice cards...

Peggy said...

The teal card is so pretty, love the lace edge.

Celeste said...

Both of those images are very pretty. Love the butterflies too! You used some very pretty colors. I especially love the teal.

jan farnworth said...

very pretty

ladyglomar said...

What beautiful cards. Butterflies enhanch.

pqueenie said...

Your cards are lovely.

Jo said...

I just love these round cards. They are beautiful!

Elle said...

Ther's beauty in simplicity and your cards are simply beautiful!

Payne Holler Cards said...

had to smile because I'm never satisfied with the CAS look on my own cards either - I love yours!!! and the second card is so beautiful too! big fan of your work (-:

okiedee said...

Very pretty cards..love them both.

Laraine R said...

Both card as beautiful!!

Pat Jandacek said...

Wonderful additions for the second card, but I really do like the CAS first one, too!

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards Karen! Love the seond card, the colors are so pretty together.

Wide Eyed Stamper said...

Both cards are lovely Karen. Well done!!!

Karen said...

I love both of your cards. Anything with flowers and butterflies grab my attention. Thank You.

Dottie Watson said...

Soft and feminin.. Thnx for sharing.
Hugz, dottie

RedGem said...

Both cards are so creative and I just love flower cards, tks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

Love the flowers- the coloring is excellent

scalder said...

OOH, both cards are fabulous!! I am going to HAVE to try a circle card:)

Debi said...

Fabulous cards. Love them. Thank you

Susie said...

Love the cards. Sometimes simple fits the occasion!

Doris D. said...

I love both of them but the second is my favorite. Nice job.

Janice said...

Very pretty. I love butterflies.

Marsha said...

Very pretty.

whitneymaryann said...

Both cards, simple and fancier, are lovely.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both are lovely but the second design is top notch..so beautiful!

Marilyn said...

I really like both cards, but especially the first one.

Laura's New Place said...

Both cards are pretty, I especially like the second one.

Sandy said...

Like them both. The first is simple, yet elegant.

Cheryl S. said...

I like both card but the second one is my favorite. I love the use of the butterflies!

Sharon said...

Very nice work. Love your blog heading - I too live on the lake (in NC) and love it!

Sharon

Lynn B. said...

You created such a beautiful effect with copics. Great job!

Carol said...

Very special CAS card, love the butterfly and that great dry embossed background so subtle.

Designs By Sky said...

I love how you showed 2 ways with one stamp. TFS

miatagal said...

Very pretty cards, Karen

mmwilken said...

Don't make round cards, but you and the rest have gotten me to try one! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous cards!!

Joyce said...

Two of my favorite cards this time.

Donna Phelan said...

Karen both your cards are great, as usual! Thanks for sharing, your work always inspires me!

lisa808 said...

Love the dimension on the cards.

Rita said...

Such pretty cards! :)

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I like them both, but I absolutely love the flowers on the second one.

Traci said...

I just love butterflies. Very pretty card. Thank you for sharing. ;0)

Traci Lord
3team3lord3@comcast.net

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

These are so beautiful karen! Wonderful interpretation for the sketch!

Sharon said...

Such pretty cards - very simple yet perfect!

Linda said...

Very soft and pretty. Great cards!

stamper said...

Colors are great on both cards!!

Linda E said...

I love the CAS. It's my favorite style. The more detailed card is lovely too, not too much fuss.

Pat said...

I love both of your cards. You may call the first one "plain" I call it lovely. Great colors and designs.

Kathleen said...

Both cards are very pretty. But I do like your second card the best. Mainly because I love all the details in that card.

buggin2stamp said...

Gorgeous spring floral cards Karen!

Tamara said...

Very sweet cards! I like the Violet!

Anne said...

Very nice Karen, love them both. Hugs, Anne :_
http://createacardbyanne.blogspot.com

Joan said...

Both cards are beautiful. Great job.
joanvanleeuwen@ymail.com

Golda said...

The first card is really pretty and light. I love the greens on the second one!

Gayle said...

Both cards are lovely. It would be hard to choose a favorite.

luvhymns said...

I love the delicate flowers.

bbryant said...

Love the cards I so love these stamps mix and match.

Penne said...

Hmmm, copics spritzed with alcohol. Gotta give that a try. Love the card and the watercolor effect...

Jill said...

You cards are just lovely. I love the little butterflies. Thank you so much for sharing.

Debbie Bradford said...

I think they are both great. Simple is always good and the second is very pretty as well.

Kelly said...

I like them both, but I do like the second one better. The high contrast increases the visual effect!

mjensen602 said...

Both cards are very nice..the additional ring of paper is very effective...should a good idea!

ladybug3484 said...

Very pretty Mothers Day and birthday cards.

Nancy said...

I like your style. Just beautiful!

maryc1254 said...

Both of your cards are so pretty and feminine.

pamselinski said...

Both cards are very pretty but I have to say that the second one is just a bit more complex and my favorite of the two.

Lucy Newton said...

Very femenine and vintage looking cards!

patm said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing them

mamalea said...

These cards are great. One is simple and elegant, the other just simply elegant.

lucymharp said...

Your cards are great, I really liked the second
one, I'm partial to butterflies.

SuzyQue said...

Lovely cards. I do like the 2nd one the best.

Kris said...

Really, really love the second card best! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Lagene said...

Very pretty cards!

El's said...

Beautiful use of the copic markers thank you

Kary said...

Hi Karen! I love your cards!! They are both beautiful, and I love the colours & designs. Great job!! {Hugs}

judith said...

I actually like the first one best.. simple clean and very soft

Leslie said...

I love them both. Wish I had gotten the first one on mother's day- LOL

Shirley B said...

both cards are nice but I like the second one best. The colors are beautiful and I really like all the little extras that you did - the scallop border, butterflies, and especially the
"watercolor" flowers.

Ravengirl said...

Both of these cards are quite beautiful! I love how you interpreted the sketch!

Flower girl said...

Very pretty and delicate. You have used colours so well here. I love that muted look

gramig05 said...

Both cards are great Karen!!

Melanie said...

love the soft coloring on the flowers!

Nana Donna said...

Both card are great but love all the details on the second one. Great idea spritzing with alcohol
http://nanadonnascarddreams.blogspot.com/

Dawn L said...

I love that scalloped trim!

Parker said...

Your Springtime Silhouettes flowers are gorgeous--especially the pink ones spritzed with alcohol. Great job cutting them out.

Barbara said...

I like both your cards, but my favorite is the 2nd one. Love the colors and layout and the tip of using an alcohol spritz on the flowers to give it that watercolor feel. Very nice!

punkinpark said...

Your cards are very inspirational.

Linda said...

your card very pretty I love the flowers and these little butterflies. LOL who wouldn't tho right?

Arlene said...

I like them both - perhaps the first one just needed a scalloped edge in the darker tone? Still nice!

~ Connie said...

So soft and beautiful... I'm very partial to the butterflies. Love your color combos, too.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Very pretty Karen! I like how the flowers are part of the frame like that. I love that font of the Stenciled set too.

Sharon said...

Very nice cards, simple and elegant

Carol said...

Beautiful job on the sketch challenge!



Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandy said...

Both cards are great, I love the CAS style of the first one.

Janeen said...

lovely, of course, and you're right the second one gets my vote, well scallops on anything makes it better doesn't it?

Brenda said...

Such pretty cards Karen!! I love the soft colors.

Lisa M said...

Your cards are amazing and the 3D elements in both are perfect. Really love the way you display them too. Nice work! :)

MezzoKat said...

The first card's simplicity let's the beautiful butterfly and flowers take the stage. I love the second one, too!

cgoggin said...

So delicate and I love butterflies! Thanks for sharing.

Lynne in NI said...

Both gorgeous cards! Love that pretty flower stamp!

mtscrapgal said...

Love that you 3-D-ed the embelies on your cards. They are gorgeous.Thanks

Dina said...

I liked the scalloped one just a touch more then the mother's day one, but both were outstanding...

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