Thursday, March 22, 2012

Open the Possibilities {CCMC194}

Happy Thursday everyone! It's another week at Create with Connie & Mary.  Each week I tell myself that I will try to post to my blog some day other than Sundays and Thursdays but....I'm just not finding the time.  At least I'm keeping up with the design teams, right?!  This week, Connie & Mary have a fun sketch for us:

 I started playing around with the different elements of the sketch and ended up with something totally different than what I had in mind....let's just say that the sketch was an "inspiration"...



It's actually a gate-fold card with the "gate" off-center a little bit.  What do you think?  An abstract take on the sketch but the elements of it are still there.  My base is a 4.25" x 11" piece of Soft Suede, scored at  3.5" and 9".  Once folded, it forms a regular A2 sized card.  Onto the gate doors, I layered some Calypso Coral paper from the Everyday Enchantment DSP and some Lucky Limeade patterned paper.  The focal image is the largest label from Apothecary Art which I colored with Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade ink and a Blender Pen.


I thought the background paper needed a little something, so I stamped the edge of the single stamp, Elizabeth in Soft Suede to frame the center image.

I also used Elizabeth on the inside in Soft Suede.  I intended to color in just a few parts of the stamp but once I started, I couldn't stop!  I like the way it brings in the Lucky Limeade.    I would love to know what you think of today's card.  A bit different in style from my usual but once the inspiration started, I had to run with it!  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with me and the rest of the amazing design team at Create with Connie & Mary this week.  Be sure to link up before Wednesday, March 28th at Noon (EST).  Thanks for stopping by today!
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Supplies 
Stamps: Apothecary Art; Elizabeth; Loving Thoughts
Ink: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede 
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral CS; Everyday Enchantment DSP; In Color Designer Patterns 
Xtras: Labels Framelits; Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon; Basic Pearls;  Scallop Ribbon Border Punch; 1 1/4" Square Punch; Blender Pens

21 comments:

Rita said...

Gorgeous, Nance! I love the fun fold and think that was a fun take on the sketch. And the inside? Elizabeth is just stunning in there.

Kim S said...

Beautiful! So full of special touches...I love Elizabeth on the background and the scalloped "underline" to the sentiment!

June Houck said...

This is absolutely enchanting! My mom would love a card like this one...so pretty :)

Linda Callahan said...

Some day I will learn to color! This is beautiful - love the background stamping and that sweet little scalloped line peeking out!

LeAnne said...

So pretty....makes me want to color something myself! I love the gate fold, too....very chic with its ribbon tie. All-around LOVELY!

Donna said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love every detail on it!

Deb said...

Wow! This is beautiful! Love the take on the sketch - so creative! I love how the framelits make a great gate fold card! And the little bit of scallop punch is so perfect under the sentiment!

Lisa said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the fancy fold, all the embellishments, your coloring is perfect. A real beauty. Great working with you on Create.

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance this is beautiful! Love the colors and the tri-fold is so pretty. Of course your coloring is gorgeous and LOVE the pearls! hugs

Marisa said...

Love how you used the sketch. Your card is fabulous! Beautiful fold too :) I hear you re: time. Kids are ont their spring break and it has been a week since I've stamped. Off to Science World today and that should be fun :)

Paper Potter said...

Your creations are so beautiful that if you are saving up all this gorgeousness for Sundays and Thursdays, I have to say it's well worth the wait. And I like that I'm only challenged to create this often myself. Twice a week is just right! It's something I look forward to! hugs, Celia

Margaret said...

I love how you've used the sketch for this! All of the main elements are still obvious, but I love the uniqueness of the gate fold opening!

Jenn Picard said...

Oh wow, this card is stunning!!!!! Love the gate fold and the background stamping. Everything about it is just gorgeous:)

Nancy said...

Nance, such a lovely card. I especially love the slightly offset of the gate fold...adds such interest & love the angle of the pearls! (no surprise there, huh). Beautiful card.
Luv,
Mom

Debbie Henderson said...

Don't be so hard on yourself about not posting more. Life is so busy! Very nice & elegant gate fold card. I like the little scallop strip under your sentiment!

Beth McAlexander said...

Beautiful card...as usual. I really enjoy your blog and visit on a regular basis. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work.

I just learned about the Liebster Blog Award whose purpose is to help blogs with less than 200 followers to get a little more traffic. I'd like to present you one so that others can enjoy your talent as much as I do!

Happy stamping!
Beth

Ruthie Graen said...

I saw your card on the challenge! I was so drawn to all of your subtle details! I am now a follower of yours and plan to make your card this afternoon! Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Sampsel said...

I love this card! I really like the gate fold off centered and your details are just wonderful. I know what you mean about finding time!! Life just keeps getting in way of my stamping!! lol

Jenny Engelke said...

This card is so gorgeous! The coloring on the flowers is impecable and the gate fold is genius for this sketch. Fabulous, Nance!

Connie Babbert said...

Love how this opens, Nance! And all the extra touches like the pearls and ribbon. Gorgeous!

Janet said...

Nance - this is absolutely beautiful. I love it !!