Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous third Twofer Card Challenge starts today … well, right this moment actually!  You all pushed the boundaries again with your cards last month, thank you … we had a gallery full of hearts in all their various (and sometimes most unexpected) guises … what inventive players you are!  So, March has arrived … and in less than two weeks, we’ll be into spring here in the northern hemisphere … how about a word prompt that fits nicely into the season …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Mon Ami set … to my eyes, it looks like a lotus blossom … how could I not use it?  How about a closer look at each card …

Here, I used the stamp more or less as it was intended … though with a little artistic licence … bet this is the first time you’ve seen lotus blossom on long stems (taken from a Concord & 9th set) … unless they’re stylised tulips that is!  One layer, heaps of crisp white space, some no line ombré watercolouring, a birthday sentiment from MFT nestled into the curve of one of the blossoms, and a sprinkling of sequins … a joy to my CAS loving heart!

My Twofer …

A little busier … and a smidge outside my comfort zone!  Coloured card stock (eek!), a white heat embossed pattern against the minty green (recognise the lotus?), some perfect pearl painting inside the petals, a black heat embossed thank you sentiment (from Concord & 9th) and a scattering of gems.  The pattern was straightforward to create … I marked the centre of the panel, made sure the central dot of one of the blossoms was over it, and worked outwards from there, stamping and heat embossing as I went.  I used an acrylic block rather than MISTI … it was easier to look through it to line up the overlapping central dots and ensure the petal edges were touching.  Seems to me there’s something a little groovy and/or 60s retro about it … may try something similar again!

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

So … what will your creative imagination do with ‘Blossoms’ this month?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted too that we have a Guest Designer with us this time round … welcome to Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter, who was the winner of our inaugural Twofer Card Challenge!  Do go and have a visit with Verna … apart from her brilliant Twofer there, you’ll find loads of delicious cards to meander through and be inspired by!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

AAA Cards – Ombré

Clean And Simple On Friday – Celebration With Sequins

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

… and my funky thank you card is heading to …

The Card Concept – Photo Below (Inspired by the minty greens – Clean & Graphic/Mixed Media)

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

ETA:  SSS Work It Wednesday – Green

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          For your blog         
Happy National Craft Month!               


54 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

  1. Nonni

    These look fantastic, Anita. And what a wonderful challenge theme, I definitely want to play along again. I really love this new challenge. The way you used your blossoms is absolutely inspiring and a great way to use a single flower stamp. xxx

  2. Jane

    Gorgeous ombré tulips. Love this card for its beautiful CAS style and eye catching design. Thanks for linking up at AAA Cards.

  3. momentsofcrafting

    WOW! It might be out of your comfort zone, but this card is just beautiful, Anita! I love the subtle colour and repeat pattern you’ve created! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week!

  4. Jeanne

    Oh my gosh, Anita! These two cards are amazing. First of all the ombre colors in the first card are gorgeous. So rich and vibrant. Love! And then the repeated stamping on the second is stunning. It may have been out of your comfort zone, but hopefully not for long. It looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic duo of twofer cards!

  5. Michele F

    Anita, you’ve stretched out of your comfort zone beautifully! What precision you’ve achieved with just an acrylic block!? Of course I’m loving the grey card! But I can see why your heart is drawn to your ‘tulips’ – what a gorgeous card made from water color card stock – come ON Spring! I’m blooming ready!

  6. Susanne Vargas

    What splendid watercoloring of your pretty flowers! The sunny colors make me so happy! I am blown away by that background you created! Double stamping that center dot of the flower? Can’t believe you eyeballed it and it came out perfectly aligned! Then again I know that your cards are always precise and flawless! Two wonderful cards!
    Hugs, Susanne

  7. maria f.

    Funny. I have always seen that bloom as a tulip! Love how you used it in a graphic way on your second card. That die cut is the perfect one to go with the BG too. And BTW, I think the word verification issue on my blog, was not my blog but rather a marathon commenting session on her part. Know how Blogger (bugger) kicks in at some point and forces verification …

  8. Rosemary D

    your cards are the absolute perfect example of how the challenge works, anita!! both are just gorgeous!!

  9. catcraig

    Beautiful cards Anita. I love the different color schemes and the different treatments of your blooms. The lovely yellow blooms stand out (yellow is my favorite color) and the sweet subtlety of your all over stamping is the perfect backdrop for your bold sentiment. Excellent twofers.

  10. Verna Angerhofer

    Wow! These are both fabulous ways of using that pretty floral stamp. I really love the beautiful colors too! Great twofer designs!

  11. Bev

    Soooo gorgeous, dear friend! Both are just lovely. That blossom is incredible, and you’ve shown us just how to utilize the same stamp in two completely different ways perfectly. Love your watercoloring on that one layer card; the colors are full of Springtime sunshine. The sequins are a great addition, too. And that blue card….Oh heavens that is lovely. Soft, subtle, and sweet. Your stamping is amazing. As is your pearling! Beautiful cards! Simply beautiful!! xoxoxoxo

  12. Jeanne H

    Anita, your cards are absolutely wonderful. Love the colors and the simplicity of the first one. A great twofer challenge. It will take some thinking! Hugs to you.

  13. djkardkreations

    These are both so magical, Anita! I love the color of your tulips (may I call them tulips?)! It’s like you have captured the sun deep down inside the petals and it’s bubbling out! It is stunning in it’s simplicity! And your twofer pattern is perfection! I clicked to enlarge as I found it mesmerizing. I’m so glad you described starting in the middle so I didn’t have to guess and wonder, “How DID she do that?!” I think we’ll be seeing both of these cards in the winning galleries of the challenges you’ve entered!! LYAMYMA! TYFAYD!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  14. Mac Mable

    CAS perfection on your first stunning card. Love the pretty no line water colouring and the way you nestled in the sentiment is beautiful. Yes a retro look to your second card and wonderful. Such different ways to use the same stamp and so creative. x

  15. lollthompson

    Amazing designs Anita. Love your styliezed tulips … yep, that’s what they look like to me. 🙂 Beautiful bright colours of spring. Great CAS design.

    Your second card is off the charts!! So beautiful with your mulit-stamped background. The white and mint together with the black accents is a gorgeous colour combo. It must have taken a while to line up all those images, but so worthwhile with how it turned out. The white pearl painting adds a beautiful pearl shine. xx

  16. Penny Hanuszak

    Anita your cards always amaze me with their design and clarity of purpose. Your CAS is a superb display of Spring’s best offering the simple yet breath taking tulip and your second card is just a mind blower. I love how you can see the alternate in such a terrific way. The multi-use of the tulip design in this fashion is so delightful. I’m sure stampers will be looking at their floral stamps in a whole new light after viewing your awesome display. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge for this week’s Feminine Anything Goes Challenge.

  17. Heidi Weaver

    What a fun thank-you card, Anita! The way you’ve used your blossom as a background graphic is absolutely stunning. I love the soft colours. They certainly allow that large Thank you to “pop”.
    Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  18. carol

    Breath-taken-away by your innovative takes using this lotus image! The no-line coloured stylized tulips: gorgeous! Your patterned background, stunning! Once again, marveling at your inventiveness!

  19. BarbGhig

    You clever girl! Beautiful no line coloring on your first card and I adore your CAS design, Anita! Such a stunning color palette, as well! I also love the ‘groovy’ design you created for your background on the 2nd card, too…it brought me right back to my Flower Child days in the 60’s and 70’s…Thank you! And thanks for inspiring me to play along again this month 🙂
    Crafty hugs, Barb xx

  20. Trina P.

    Mon Ami has been on my wish list. Love your gorgeous no line watercolouring. Using it to create a pattern background was a fab idea. Beautiful twofers. x

  21. Bobby

    I think I’ve seen you use that stamp as flowers before, Anita, and they look fabulous in the shaded yellows. Used as a background stamp it’s absolutely stellar. You did such a great job laying it all out.

  22. Brenda Lawrence

    Wow, I love this stamp and both of your cards Anita! The background using the flower stamp looks so unique and makes for one very beautiful card! Your first card where you used the flower stamp as it was intended is just so beautiful and CAS and I love that one too! Well, I guess you know I’m in love with both. lol Now I’ve got to put my thinking cap on but don’t think I will be as creative as you have been Anita. Hugs, Brenda

  23. luciegcards

    Fabulous cards, Anita! I love your ombre flowers (they look like tulips to me!!) and I also love your twofer card – really eyecatching! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

  24. Maria A Rodriguez

    Most definitely this gorgeous flowers look like tulips to me too!! Beautiful colors and perfectly CAS!!
    Your second card is amazing too, I’m blown away by the perfectly straight lines of flowers.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play again soon.

  25. Kara Lynne

    Those “stylized” tulips in their vibrant yellow are magnificent! I love your CAS design! That pattern you created with the lotus flower has a graphic look to it that makes the perfect background for your bold sentiment. Very clever use of your flower on both of your beautiful cards, Anita!

  26. Tracey McNeely

    Oh my goodness Anita, you are completely nailing these twofer challenges! Both of these cards are so beautiful with the same set yet both totally different! I am keeping my fingers crossed that spring arrives here too!

  27. inkyfingersandribbon

    They are both beautiful. The flowers are so pretty and soft and the black thank you against the background gives a great impact.
    Thank you sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog. Have a great day x

  28. Lisa Elton

    Oh those sunny yellow tulips have warmed my heart on this cold, snow blanketed morning! Such an uplifting card Anita. And wow to the background on your second card. Fabulous work once again!!

  29. Izzy Scrap

    Deux superbes cartes pour illustrer ce nouveau challenge ! Je suis en totale admiration avec ta première carte, quelle magnifique aquarelle, tu maîtrises vraiment la technique du sans contours ! J’ai moi même ce tampon mais il est toujours NBUS, mais maintenant que j’ai vu ta carte ça me donne encore plus d’inspiration. Cet ombré orange est si lumineux qu’il illuminera la journée de la personne qui recevra ces magnifiques tulipes.
    Sinon tu peux sortir quand tu veux de ta zone de confort car ta deuxième carte n’a rien à envier à la première ! Ton motif est splendide et parfait. Si les deux cartes n’étaient pas dans le même post, ce serait très difficile de dire qu’il s’agit du même tampon. C’est une réussite totale et une merveilleuse inspiration pour nous tous ! Bonne semaine. Bises & hugs !

  30. Sharron Gregory

    You have done such amazing designs that perfectly capture this month’s theme. The bright sunny yellow is beautiful in its simplicity and a wonderful introduction to spring. Love your background design–it too is so beautifully done. Can you tell I love them both!

  31. shirley-bee

    Two very different looks with the one stamp, Anita! I love the no-line tulips, and I take my hat off to you for all that repeat stamping. With or without a MISTI, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Looks lovely in white on the coloured cardstock.

  32. Aileen

    Love those cards Anita, both look wonderful but really drawn to the long stem. I know nothing about flowers so I totally accept the long stems 🙂 looks perfect. Thank you so much for joing us at The Flower Challenge Aileen DT

  33. Aileen

    I wanted to add that I love how you describe the design of the card too, I wish I had the knack of describing. It always seems to allude me, the same as when I want to tell people how much I enjoy their cards I seem to use the same words over and over. I have the knowledge of the words just not how to use them at the time. Maybe in years to come!!

  34. Conil

    How did I miss this post? I follow you incessantly…actually it is more like stalking. Anyway, I came for the Time Out DT post and look what I found to delight my eyes. This is one of my favorite CAS-Fridays sets and you have done it up spectacularly. Love the almost graphic look of card 1…love me some white space and as orange is the most happy color it is perfect for a birthday. The background on card 2 is simply to die for, the addition of the perfect pearls is a brilliant touch. I do wish I could get inside that creative mind of yours. Anyway, both of these cards are, hands down gorgeous.

  35. Pat

    These twofers are beautiful Anita, and I love the way you have added the stems to make them look like tulips, and then used the stamp as is for an all over design on the second card, and the white perfect pearl painting of some of the petals is so pretty. x

  36. Viv ( Daizy-Mae)

    Two beautiful cards here Anita, loving the sunny yellow flowers on the one you shared with us over at ‘The Flower Challenge’. Thanks and we hope you play again soon 😉 Viv DT xx

  37. TK

    These are so gorgeous, Anita! Love the beautiful oranges, but also that you used the outline for the design inthe second card!


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