Thursday, March 29, 2012

Two for One {CCMC195}

Hiya friends, and welcome to another week at Create with Connie & Mary!  The gals have a fun color challenge for us this week:
Basic Gray and So Saffron are two of my favorite colors and while they do look good with Poppy Parade....I'm still not in love with that color!  I think I will be glad to see it retire in June!  So what to do with these colors?  Well, inspiration truly is everywhere as evidenced by the design on this tee at I recently bought from Old Navy:
I loved the interlocking diagonal stripes and the pattern that runs underneath the stripes.  So...with that in mind, here's what I made for Connie & Mary:

Kinda cool, huh?  Different?  You know my philosophy when I am not keen on color, right?  Use it in small in half inch wide strips, lol!  I cut half inch strips from a collection of designer papers (supply list below) and started laying them out on a piece of textured Basic Gray cardstock.  The Basic Gray cardstock started out slight larger than I wanted the end product to be.  That way, I could lay the strips with edges hanging over and trim the whole edge at once.  Gives a nice even cut that way.  Once I had the strips laid out, I used the 2 1/2" circle punch to pop out a space for the sentiment from the Word Play set.  

Of course, there was some leftover strips which I just added to the inside along with a sentiment from Happiest Birthday Wishes.  I even stamped it in Poppy Parade!  Now, before I let you go I also wanted to show that these colors could be used for a more feminine card.  I saw this beauty over at Kristin's blog and just knew I had to case it.  Be sure to check out Kristin's blog--she is amazingly talented and one of the nicest people I've met in blog-land.'s my take on her blossom card with this week's colors:
 and a peek at the inside:

Sorry for the pic-heavy post, there's just so much to show you!  And there's also much to see from the Design Team over at Create with Connie & sure to check it out and maybe you'll think about playing along with us this week!  The challenge ends on Wednesday, April 4th at Noon (EST).  Hope to see you there!

Card #1: Stripes
Stamps: Word Play; Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Poppy Parade
Paper: Naturals White, Whisper White CS; Basic Gray textured CS; Attic Boutique DSP (poppy); Pocketful of Posies DSP (so saffron); Designer Patterns Stack (Neutrals-basic gray)
Xtras: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon; Basic Rhinestones.

Card #2: Blossom
Stamps: Friendly Phrases; Pursuit of Happiness; Broadsheet Alphabet; Mixed Bunch
Ink: Poppy Parade, So Saffron
Paper: Naturals White, Whisper White CS; Basic Gray textured CS; Just Add Cake DSP
Xtras: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon; Basic Rhinestones
Punches: Blossom, 1" circle, 3/4" circle, 2 1/2" circle, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, Boho Blossoms


Rita W said...

These are both fabulous, Nance! I love the funky one with the paper strips. Way to find inspiration in something as simple as a shirt!

LeAnne said...

I wondered what you would come up with using these "challenging" colors! It's fabulous, I love it! Not sure I can wrap my head around these or not!

Connie Babbert said...

Both cards are wonderful, Nance! I love how those strips of color pop off the background in the chevron hot right now! Great job! (Love the second card, too!)

Christyne said...

Nance! I just love these!! The diagonal stripe one is my favourite and I might just have to CASE it! TFS.

Lisa Martz said...

BOTH cards are the bomb, Nance! Great job with this combo! I also love the shirt! I see a trip to old navy in my future!

Kristin Moore said...

Oh WOW! Love both of your cards- those diagnal stripes are such a cool idea- and wasting nothing with the leftovers inside!! And your blossom window card- awesome! love your addition of the little silver brads. Those colors look amazing like this too. What can I say about your super sweet shout out?! THANK YOU!

Kim S said...

You have used your inspiration perfectly! I love the diagonal stripes - so very festive!

Deb said...

Well both cards are just fantastic! But I do love the diagonal stripes! What a very fun and unique idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

P.S. Love the tee, too! I may have to go shopping!! Lol!!

Margaret said...

LOVE those stripes! Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tip about trimming the paper too! Saves the rest of us the thinking! hehe!
The blossom card is so pretty too! Two wonderful cards using these colors!

Marisa said...

That first card is a fabulous double challenge card!! Of course, I always love flower cards so the second is right up there too :)

Anne Marie Hile said...

Ok, I LOVE this color combo! You created two beautiful cards with it, Nance! Such a fun tee you used as your inspiration...I see a trip to ON in my near future. Lol! You always inspire me with your fabby creation, friend! Hugs! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Well I am wishing big that I could design such a funky striped card! Great effect! And then you follow it up with a smashing floral design - you rule girl!

Diane - said...

Nance I LOVE both of your cards... the same colors but they totally different. Love your 'quilt' pattern and the inside is SO COOL.
The second is super interesting with punched out flower. Neat! I also have added Kristin's blog to my favorites. She is so Very creative. Hugs.

Stacey said...

what beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing. I might need to use your stripe layout for a future card myself!

Debbie Henderson said...

I just finished playing around with the herringbone technique last week for my first time and loved it. I like how you lined up the strips here and there. Cute!

Heather said...

I love your first card. I want to try one like it.

Dee said...

I gave your first card a try, and loved it. What a beautiful layout & colors. I have some scraps leftover too, I will have to use them up like you did. Great job!