Twofer Card Challenge #6 – Trees

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to June’s Twofer Card Challenge … this month, our theme will open up all kinds of possibilities for your cards … it’s …

… and here’s where my imagination took me …

The stamp that appears on both cards here is the tall tree from Simon Says Stamp’s One With Nature set … used conventionally on the first and unconventionally on the second.  Let’s start with a closer look at how it’s expected to be seen …

… yep, as a tree … or rather a trio of trees.  A one layer Christmas card with the trees heat embossed in silver and the backgrounds offset stamped in a contemporary colour palette.  The miniscule stars were cut from silver foil card with a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered to the branches … they almost twinkle like Christmas lights!  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled, also embossed in silver … and I added some cross stitch detailing each side with a Lawn Fawn border die.

My twofer …

… spot the tree?  This time, for my fun birthday card, I turned the tree (and it’s accompanying images in the set) into a school of tropical fish.  The images were white heat embossed … and I added the tails using a versamark pen so they could also be white embossed.  Everything was coloured with Zigs, I stamped a sentiment from Simply Graphic (‘it’s your day’), added googly eyes/an enamel accent eye to the fish … and finished off with some Glossy Accent bubbles.

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

Where will our ‘Tree’ prompt take you this time around?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies!  All the details you need are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious ideas from the DT to spark your imagination.  We’re delighted to have the winner of our April challenge with us this month … welcome to Maria from Swim, Bike, Run and Stamp!  Do go and have a visit with Maria … not only will you find her fabulous Twofer cards, you’ll also enjoy a whole heap of wonderful inspiration to meander through and enjoy!

My Christmas card is getting festive at …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … no joy option

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

ETACAS Christmas – Masculine … thanks to Loll for the prompt 🙂

… and my birthday card will be celebrating with …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … no smile option (unless it’s your own!)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Sunshine and Summer (how summery are those fish!)

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



46 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #6 – Trees

  1. Elaine

    Wow! Two simply stunning cards … the second cardwith the fishes is an inspiring design, such a brilliant idea.

  2. Mac Mable

    So creative and such fun Anita. The colours on the Christmas card are so pretty and what patience to add the ‘twinkling’ little stars, a very beautiful card. The fish card is a fun and such a creative way to use the stamps….amazing, contemporary and I love it. Spotted the tiny eye lashes on one of the fishes, so cute. Anita, a master class on how to use the tree stamps in totally different ways and totally different occasions. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration x

  3. born57

    Oh my goodness those bright trees are darling, I love the off set silver! Anita, you are so smart to turn those fun trees into a school of fish,brilliant ! I love the fun eyes and beautiful water background Hope life is treating you well . Hugs

  4. Jeanne

    Fantastic and creative two-fer Anita! I adore both cards! The addition of the little bitty stars on the first card is so smart and to use the trees as fish is fantastic and oh so clever. Excellent work, my sweet friend! 🙂 Hugs!

  5. Patt H.

    Love both of these clever cards! Genius idea to turn the leaves into those adorable fish! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Cathy R

    Fabulous cards Anita, I love the Christmas trees and what a brilliant idea to turn them on their side as fish! So clever and so effective. Love the bright colours too, Cathy x

  7. Michele F

    Such a fun unconventional use of those trees, Anita! I happen to have that set, and will attempt to store this idea in my brain… it won’t be hard, because it’s a brilliant idea!
    Two darling cards – and one for the Christmas stash – bonus! xx

  8. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Look at you getting all jiggy with your trees to make that spectacular school of fish! I had a hard time tearing my eyes from all the cool details! I love how you used offset nontraditional colors on your Christmas card and I can’t believe you adhered all those weensy stars!! Both designs are brilliant, literally and figuratively and I love them both, Anita!! LYAMYMA…TTYS! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  9. Conil

    Thought the Christmas card was the “star” (get it?) of the show until I took a really good look at those fish. Once I stopped giggling with delight over all the character you gave them, I was able to enjoy how the brilliant brain of yours came up with this rendering. Once again, your genius has left me gob-smacked. Amazing talent and creativity that you’ve fed into both these cards.

  10. Verna Angerhofer

    You certainly rocked this with your beautiful Christmas card and of course, making that tree look like a fish. Great looking fish I might add too!

  11. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Pure genius!!!! I was wondering what the next theme would be… gotta play along – can’t miss any one of them…the fish are brilliant, they clearly win over the trees…..

  12. BarbGhig

    Oh my goodness, you are so clever, Anita! I love how you flipped the trees and added googly eyes to create those darling fishes! I also love how you created your contemporary Christmas card…it’s just perfect! Thanks so much for inspiring me to play along…I can’t wait to ink up my new tree stamps 🙂

  13. Brenda Lawrence

    You clever gal you Anita! I am loving these cards and how differently you used these stamps! The one layer Christmas card is beautiful and yes, I can see the twinkle of lights from those stars. So beautiful! But it is those tropical fish that blow me away! The tree’s make wonderful fish and I love how you have colored them so brightly making them tropical looking. Yes, you are one clever gal my friend! Hugs, Brenda

  14. Maria Rodriguez

    Anita, your imagination has no boundaries, I love how you used this stamp set to create your amazing and beautiful cards.
    The embossed trees with their offset foliage are lovely and your little fishies simply adorable, the colors are so beautiful and soft and I simply adore the their “bubbles”.
    Thank you for having me as your Guest Designer, it’s been an absolute pleasure to be in all of you lovely ladies’ company.
    Big Hugs.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  15. susannev2014

    Ohhhh, you are a genius and knocked my socks off, again with your brilliant ideas! Adore the offset solid stamp in holiday colors! And the second card… I have this set but have never seen fishes! Very creative and beautifully colored!

  16. lollthompson

    Two “outside the box” designs using the beautiful leaf stamps, Anita. I’m just blown away with your wonderful Christmas trees! Great modern mix of colours, love the offset stamping … makes a fantastic Christmas card that could be considered masculine. Would love you to join us with that card at CAS Christmas – Masculine challenge!

    The fish … now that is so clever! Love your school of tropical fish. Not only fun, but the bright colours just make me happy! Great designs on both, Anita! xx

  17. Gerrina

    So clever and “normal” lokking the stamp used for the fiah; how do you come up with this! Love the colours you chose on both! Have a good and colourful week!

  18. Bonnie

    As always a very clever way of using this stamp set, Anita! I love the Christmas trees with their tiny stars and the fish are amazing! Wonderful, fun choice of colors for both cards!

  19. Rosemary D

    okay… that second card is beyond clever, anita!! trees as fish??? who would have thought? not me… but you did and created two simply fabulous designs!

  20. Brenda in IN

    Pretty trio of colorful trees for the Christmas card. I love the fishes. So bright and cheerful and unexpected! Cute way to use the tree stamp. I like the Lawn Fawn border die.

  21. Kara Lynne

    I’m swooning over both of your cards, Anita! So fun and fresh and clever! I love the modern look of your silver trees and those tiny twinkling stars. Your fish are fantastic with their bright colors and fun eyes, and the tails you gave them fit their style perfectly!

  22. susanbri

    Super cute Christmas trees in great colours. Also love the other card and the way you used the same stamp as a fish! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas!

  23. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    Well Anita, you have completely outdone yourself with this one! Oh how I love how your mind’s eye saw fish for the trees!!!!! Wow! I love both of these creations, and how incredibly different they are with positioning, color and an incredible amount of imagination. Absolutely fantastic!!

  24. catcraig

    Brilliant! I love the fish…I have been wanting that stamp set for a while but just never manage to put it in the cart…but now well trees and fish…I may yet put it in now. Fabulously inspiring Anita.

  25. Bobby

    I love the off stamping on the silver Christmas trees, Anita, but I must say those fish are the coolest thing ever. Unconventional yes, but perfect in the execution and color.

  26. Nonni

    Oh my goodness I can’t believe you made fishes out of these trees!! So creative!! I would have never thought of that. I love the pastel colors for the fishes. The shiny heat embossing on your trees-card looks amazing too, great design. These stamps are wonderful!

  27. maria f.

    getouttatown! I absolutely love that stamp set. Whoever designed it was spot on. But I never would have thought of the trees becoming fish. Brilliant my friend. And your fish card has no white space – surprises me coming from the queen of white space 😉

  28. Joyce M.

    Oh, Anita. I am screaming. I love those gorgeous trees, and those tiny delicate stars are amazing. But those fish!!!!! What can I say but brilliant. You have truly breathed new life into those trees.

  29. Julia Aston

    What a clever and creative idea to make the trees fish Anita! I have this set and am certainly going to CASE your idea – love both of your colorful cards!

  30. Sharron Gregory

    Sorry to be so late in visiting your amazing post! Absolutely LOVE your use of the trees!! The embossing is so awesome and really makes the trees shine. And the fish are so creative–what a very cool design!! Love both cards so much!!!

  31. Sue

    That is so very clever! I don’t think I would ever have thought of turning trees into fishes! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor and Christmas challenges.

  32. scrapperatheart

    Oh WOW Anita! I must say those fish are the coolest idea ever. So clever and love the colors too! You have really inspired me today!

  33. Heidi Weaver

    Great cards, Anita. I love the way you’ve used the tree to make the fish. The embossing really makes the colours you’ve used “pop”. Love it! Thanks so much for joining our Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour Challenge.

  34. Claire A

    I think your creative mind works very differently to mine Anita – and I mean that in a very complimentary way lol. Honestly, who would have thought you could get fishes from trees?! You really are so clever and original with your designs!


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