Friday, April 20, 2018

Reminder ~ Twofer Card Challenge #4 ~ PETS

Have you shown us your pet yet?! There's still time! The challenge closes at the end of the day on April 24th!

It's been so fun seeing your entries and hearing your stories of your pets and even seeing some of your photos! The entries reminded me of the pet tree frog our son brought home from school when it closed for the summer. We had him for two years. We named the frog "Fred." I know, so original!

In memory of Fred, here are two more Twofer designs to inspire you!
Yes, that's right, Fred was a girl frog and sometimes she liked to wear hot pink eye shadow and false eyelashes and put on her fetching pink body suit! She also liked riding around on the hood of the Mayor's VW Bug. (I'm not saying we anthropomorphized Fred, but you can say it if you like.) I used my Ziggies and winked the windshield and lights. Fred was fussy cut (see below) for his ride on the Bug.

The Mayor is finally retiring, so this card is for him. The adorable frog is from Penny Black, the VW and license plate sentiment are from PTI and the "road" is from MFT. It is actually a curved line die. To make it horizontal I laid my paper sideways over the die which meant some of the die stuck out on both ends. I placed another piece of scratch paper over the top of it to keep those exposed die ends from cutting my plate. Running it through meant the gray paper was cut in half, of course, so then I just taped the two panels back together on my folded card so that it looked like a "road." 

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For this birthday card design, Fred came as herself complete with a birthday present in the format Penny Black intended. The sediment is very old from GKW. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug. A one-layer quick and clean and simple card, otherwise known as OLC QACAS.

HAVE FUN!
THANK YOU FOR PLAYING!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your incredible participation in last month's challenge! You are inspiring lots of design ideas with your cards and your cleverness! 

If you missed the previous post announcing the winners for last month, please note that there will now be TWO winners each month, as well as five Honorable Mentions! One winner will be chosen from those who make conventional cards with their prompt stamp or die and one will be chosen from those who make unconventional cards with their prompt stamp or die. More love to go around!


This month our prompt is ...
Feel free to interpret the prompt however it inspires you, but remember to use the same pet stamp or die on both cards! 

We welcome cards featuring all varieties of pets, not just cats and dogs! Have you (or someone you know) had a pet parakeet, turtle, hamster, chicken, bunny, horse ... we'd love to see what PET you feature and hear all about the special critter in your household, farm, or country estate!

Guest Designer

This month we are delighted to present the winner of our February challenge as our Guest Designer! Please give a warm welcome to Pia of Pia's Papir og Perler:
Here are Pia's beautiful Twofer cards using the same kitty
for a Birthday card and a Christmas card! Thank you, Pia!
Design Team 

We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your Design Team! You can find detailed information about their designs on their individual blogs which we hope you can visit.
Darnell
Loll
Bev
Anita
Susanne
Kara

The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) April 24th.
The Winners and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:00 AM (PST) April 30th.
The Winners will have the opportunity to be future Guest Designers!

A reminder of our simple rules!

For more details, please click on the Rules and FAQ tabs above. 
Thank you for playing and leaving some encouragement for others!
HAVE FUN!!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3 Winners!

Hello!

It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #3 Blossoms! Thank you once again for your enthusiasm and your sensational card designs! 

I'm still figuring out this challenge right along with you and tweaking it where necessary. In personal emails and comments you have left, I know my personal DT creations for the challenge have mistakenly led some of you to believe that your second design for Twofer HAD to be unconventional. 

Stretching your stamps and dies in unexpected ways is encouraged, but it is not a rule. In order to emphasize that you are free to use your stamps and dies (based on the prompt) in either conventional or unconventional ways, I have decided that a TWOfer Challenge needs TWO winners! YAY!!

So from now on:
  1. There will be a winner who used the prompt in a conventional way for both cards; AND 
  2. There will be a winner who used the prompt in an unconventional way for one or both cards. 
I hope this change will reassure those of you who have felt like this challenge was too hard or too out-of-the box for you and I hope you'll play along in future challenges!!

The "conventional" winner for March is:

#59 Linda Walmsley of Life in the Craft Lane!
Linda created two designs using a beautiful Tim Holtz roses die. Her card on the left is elegant in white over black with a lovely flowing sentiment. Her splatters of gold and silver heighten the rich design. Linda's second card uses the same die and the unique design element of two sentiments on the card front. For this design, the roses are an inlaid masterpiece in wonderful pastel colors!

The "unconventional" winner for March is:

#18 Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas
It's hard to believe Mac's two designs were made using the same poppy stamp from Penny Black! This is a rare case of words failing me as a picture is worth a thousand words! Please click on the link to go to Mac's blog for the fascinating details!

Congratulations Linda and Mac! You will both be invited to be Guest Designers for the May challenge! Here is the winner's badge to proudly display on your blog!

Here are the fabulous Honorable Mentions in numeric order:

#9 Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany
Here Jenny shows us how two different designs can be created even when a full-size stamp is used. She created amazing depth with her design on the left, using beautiful colors and the layered Batik resist technique. Stamping a solo image, Jenny did an outstanding job coloring and spritzing to make the daisies really pop crisply against the white of her birthday card!

#20 Shelly of Simply Sweet Greetings
Even though it can be difficult to achieve, here Shelly shows us how two different CAS (clean and simple) looks can be created using the same stamp. Shelly's yellow rose with dark shadowing and her pink rose with white highlights create amazing depth and dimension. Stamping a masked and uncolored cluster outline of roses is a fantastic design idea that makes the pink rose pop.

#35 Sonja of Oldpunca
Here Sonja went conventional with one of her springtime designs and unconventional with the other. Her sweet traditional tulips look so fresh in pink against the white scalloped circle and kraft-colored card and her "tulip" Easter eggs look so inviting nestled in the grass under that gorgeous watercolored sky.

#55 TaeEun of Rainbow in November
TaeEun is a magician with watercoloring and, like Jenny, she shows us how two distinct designs can be created using a very large image. Her offset rainbow daisy is white-embossed, fussy cut, and popped up on the card base. Her paneled square design is gold-embossed and gold-embellished and allows us to see the blue daisy dead-center in all its glory. (If you haven't visited TaeEun's blog to see that "HI" sentiment up close, you need to do that!)

#66 Susan of Cardmaker's Garret
Here Susan has managed to make the stunning Penny Black bouquet stamp look completely different in her two pretty designs. She lets the image fill the card with springtime breezes with her light watercolors and fun floral sequins in the card on the left. With her second design she uses the framed arch to draw in the eye and put the spotlight on a small area of the image, painting the flowers the deep rich colors of summer.

Congratulations to all you talented ladies!
Please take the Honorable Mention badge to proudly display on your blog!
We look forward to seeing more of your creative and awesome 
Twofer Card Challenge designs next month! 
The April challenge will run from April 10, 2018 to April 24, 2018


Thank you!! Mwah!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your incredible participation in last month's challenge! You are inspiring lots of design ideas with your cards and your cleverness is exciting to see!

This month we are all getting winter-weary and we need some fresh flower blossoms to remind us that spring will be here soon! For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere who are summer-weary, feel free to make fall blossoms your focus pocus!




Twofer Card Challenge Rules
  • Use the monthly PROMPT on both cards.
  • Use the EXACT same stamp or die in some form on both cards.
  • Make two distinctly DIFFERENT DESIGNS.
  • Make your cards for two DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.*
  • Link ONE PHOTO of both cards here AND on any social media you enter.
  • IF you post on social media, use the FULL NAME #twofercardchallenge.
  • FOLLOW this blog.
  • NO BACKLINKS, which means your post date/time must be after the challenge date/time.
  • Please SUPPORT the Design Team and your fellow players by leaving some encouragement below and on other gallery entries. 
  • Please READ the Frequently Asked Questions under the FAQ tab above for helpful additional information.
  • Have FUN!
*Don't forget this one! If there is no sentiment on your card front, or the sentiment does not conform to the list in the side bar, please explain your occasion in your post.
Guest Designer

This month we are delighted to present the winner of our January challenge as our first Guest Designer. Please give a warm welcome to Verna Angerhofer of VA's Creative Clutter
Here is Verna's creative take on the challenge!
Do you see how Verna has used the same flower blossom stamp on both her different designs? She has used the blossom stamp to decorate the Easter eggs and make the grass! Very inventive and unexpected! Thank you, Verna! 

Design Team

We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your Design Team! You can find detailed information about their designs on their individual blogs and we hope you can visit.
Darnell
Verna and I used our flower stamps in unexpected ways, which was fun, but that is NOT a rule for this challenge! Please note below that all the rest of the Design Team made traditional floral cards to inspire you and show you all you need to do is use your flower stamp or die to make two flower card designs!!

Loll


Bev

Anita

Susanne

Kara


The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) March 24th.
The winner and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:00 AM (PST) March 30th.

The Winner will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer!



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2 Winners!

Hello!

It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #2 ~ Hearts! Once again we were BLOWN AWAY by your enthusiasm and participation and by your sensational card designs! Thank you so much!

Congratulations to PIA for being the winner!
#59 Pia's Paper and Beads
Pia created two unique designs to showcase her heart die. Embossing it on her baby boy card makes it look like a pillow behind the adorable blue stuffy and the plaid heart, plaid matting, and stitching are all great additional elements. For Pia's second stylish and feminine Mother's Day card, she draws your eye to marvel at how she stamped her fancy lady and beautifully colored flower spray partially on the heart and partially on the card!

Well done, Pia! Here is the winner's badge to proudly display on your blog!
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Here are the fabulous Honorable Mentions!

Charlotte #56 - The Joyful Soul Creates
Charlotte created two beautiful and different CAS designs. She used a heart die to make a flower aperture for her birthday card and using ombre rose tones, she expertly blended her background flower and sentiment. For her Valentine, Charlotte softly sponged the leftover die-cut hearts in a pearly pink. She arranged them in a row on top of three scored lines which add another interesting design element to her card.

Isabelle #76 - Izzy Scrap
Izzy featured a gorgeous heart stamp with a floral flourish. On her Mother's Day card, she arranged the die cut hearts to form a pretty flower which she colored in sweet pinks and greens. For her thank you card, Izzy white-heat embossed the sentiment and the heart onto kraft before coloring the heart in rich berry colors. Using the camouflaged technique, Izzy die-cut the word thanks across the heart and popped it back into the opening using three layers to add lots of dimension.

Cornelia #90 - Stempel Spass
Cornelia's inventiveness started when she used a heart die to make a stamp out of fun foam! With that stamp she inked a gorgeous bokeh of hearts using generational stamping in vibrant colors for her love card, capping it off with a bold sentiment perfectly suited for the colorful hearts. For her second card, Cornelia used her homemade heart stamp in an unexpected way to create a school of fish in monochrome blues for a birthday card! She hand-drew gills and fins on the fish and added googly eyes. To finish her fun ocean scene, she added bubbles, waves, and a punny sentiment.

Anja #84 - Scrappie Too
Anja created two fun designs to make the recipients smile. Using a heart die, she cut an aperture in a white panel and popped it up on the card base using a texted pattern paper as the background to add interest and pretty pink color to her Valentine. The aperture center is punctuated with whimsical text and heart embellishments. Using the same die for her encouragement card, Anja created her gorgeous sky and sponged her sun and sun rays overlooking the cute sunbathing penguin beach scene.

Bonnie #88 - Stamping With Klass
Bonnie's two different CAS designs both use hearts in unexpected ways! On her thinking of you card with a colored card base, she stamped a heart as a butterfly visiting the pretty flowers she scattered on a pierced and matted panel, set atop a series of scored lines for extra interest. For her anniversary card, Bonnie uses the same heart stamp to create two graceful tulip-like flowers. The curved sentiment, splatters, simple mat, and embossed frame add the perfect extra touches to her stylish design.

Congratulations to all of you talented ladies!
Here is the Honorable Mention badge for you to display with pride!

We look forward to seeing more of your creative and awesome Twofer Card Challenge designs next month! The challenge will run from March 10, 2018 to March 24, 2018

Thank you again!! Mwah!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your incredible participation in last month's challenge! There were 132 entries, which means you made 264 cards to spread joy, love, and thoughtfulness throughout the world! Go YOU!!

February is a MONTH of LOVE! We hope you still have lots of design ideas left to express that love in card art. Hearts are not just for Valentines ~ you can use them in your designs for any number of other occasions as the Design Team shows so well below! 



Twofer Card Challenge Rules
Please read! The rules have been changed 
to make them more explicit.
  • Use the monthly PROMPT.
  • Use the EXACT same stamp or die.
  • Make two distinctly DIFFERENT DESIGNS.
  • Make your cards for two DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.
    (Please explain in your post if there is no sentiment on your card front.)
  • Link ONE PHOTO of both cards here AND on any social media.
  • IF you post on social media, use the FULL NAME #twofercardchallenge.
  • FOLLOW this blog.
  • NO BACKLINKS, which means your post date/time must be after the challenge date/time.
  • Please SUPPORT the Design Team and your fellow players by leaving some encouragement below and on other gallery entries. 
  • Please READ the Frequently Asked Questions under the FAQ tab above for helpful additional information.
  • Have FUN!
      PLEASE NOTE the badge has been changed to replace the word "card" with the word "design" to reflect the concept of the challenge more accurately. It's not a major change, but a reminder that we are looking for two different designs when you make your cards. If you have kindly displayed the Twofer Card Challenge badge on your side bar, the one shown above on the side bar is the new one.

      We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your talented Design Team! You can find detailed information about their designs on their individual blogs. 

      Aren't they fantastic?! Now it's your turn! We were so amazed by the enthusiasm you brought to our first challenge and we cannot wait to see that same enthusiasm and participation with this HEART prompt! Mwah!

      The challenge is open until 11:55 AM (PST) February 24th.
      The winner and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
      at 12:05 AM (PST) on February 28th.

      The Winner will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer!


      Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      Twofer Card Challenge #1 Winners!

      Hello!

      It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #1! We were BLOWN AWAY by the 132 entries that were submitted for our inaugural challenge! We love how you have embraced the challenge concept so enthusiastically! 

      Congratulations to Verna for being the winner!
      Verna really stretched her design and creative skills when she used her bird stamp in an unexpected way by turning the bird's tail feathers into flowers for her thinking of you card design! The whole bird was used as a focal layer over her Color Burst circle for her birthday card. The black matting and fun use of the black and white gingham ribbon tie both designs together.

      Well done, Verna! Here is the winner's badge to proudly display on your blog!

      And now here are the fabulous Honorable Mentions!

      Maria #30 (Rieslingmama)
      Maria did a beautiful job of intertwining and disguising her feather as leaf in her flowery and colorful background design for her hello card. Her second design is a beautiful CAS thank you card with lots of white space which makes the organic feather watercoloring and black splatters really pop!

      Bozena #53 (ArtCardBox)
      Bozena used her feather(s) as a large focal point over her beautiful watercoloured background for her birthday card with a sentiment to enjoy the special moments of life. Her second design could be encouragement or graduation with the sentiment, "let your dreams take flight." She handcut a border around the feather to reveal a beautiful gold-embossed patterned paper which gives the design more interest and impact.

      Dora #74 (7 Cardiologists)
      Dora used the same color palette for both her cards, which is fine because she followed the challenge brief of making two distinctly different designs. Her birthday card showcases the feathers as a dreamcatcher focal point. For her sympathy card with ribbons and a layered sentiment, the dark silhouette bird becomes the focal point and the feathers become a beautiful DSP background.

      Mac has created a scrumptious mixed media thank you card in wonderful earth and sky colors, using lots of techniques and eye-catching layers. It's a card to enlarge on your screen in order to see all the incredible detail work. Her second card sending love is a clean gold-embossed design with lots of molten texture.

      Lucy also used her feather stamp in an unexpected and spectacular way on her colorful and gorgeous floral thank you card. Her anniversary card is a pretty soft CAS design. Lucy draws us in with these two designs: you  have to look closely at the flower to confirm that, yes, she used the same feather; and you have to look closely at the anniversary feather to see the gorgeous gold elements.

      Congratulations to all of you talented ladies!
      Here is the Honorable Mention badge for you to display with pride!

      There were lots of other entries who met the challenge criteria, so we all had a difficult time narrowing down your sensational Twofer cards and choosing who to showcase! I wish each of you could get an Honorable Mention! We look forward to seeing all of your interesting, creative, and inspirational Twofer Card Challenge designs next month!

      The challenge will run from February 10, 2018 to February 24, 2018. Please note the opening and closing times have been changed to 12:00 AM (midnight) (PST). 

      Thank you again!! Mwah!