Twofer Card Challenge #18 – Garden

Hello … bonjour!   We’ve just planted our new challenge over at Twofer this morning … this month we’re inviting you to join us in the …

… here’s what grew in mine …

… a sweep of garden flowers to celebrate a birthday … and a bed full of blooms to say hello, both featuring a large image from Pinkfresh Studio’s Fleur 1 (now retired, though a similar style set is here).  Here’s a closer look at each one …

… first, a one layer card with the large image stamped slightly off the card in the bottom left corner.  I added some additional individual flowers and leaves (also Pinkfresh Studio) … and some doodling … to fill in gaps and create the sweep of garden plants down the folded edge and across the bottom of the card.  It was all loosely watercoloured with Zigs and a water brush.  The sentiment, from Winnie & Walter and Clearly Besotted, runs along the imaginary line at the top one third of the card and was stamped in Delicata Silver (to match the garden stamping).

My twofer is another conventional use of the image …

… this time stamped in Versafine black into the middle of a die cut, scalloped, pierced panel (from Winnie & Walter) … and grounded in the earth along the bottom on a simple, scripty sentiment from Technique Tuesday.  I coloured the image with Catherine Pooler and Distress Inks, added some little black gems to the larger flower centres and popped the panel up on craft foam onto the card base.

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

How might you interpret our ‘Garden’ prompt?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two distinctly different takes on it!  All the details you need, including rules and FAQs, are over at the Twofer blog … along with heaps of gorgeous ideas from the DT to help spark your imagination.  This month, we also have bitter-sweet news of some changes in the Team … as we bid a fond farewell to the inspirational Loll, who is stepping down as a Designer (though, we’re pleased to say, is staying on as Administrator) … and a happy hello and warm welcome to the very talented Cat from Cat Luvs Paper, who has joined us.  Our Guest Designers are our winners from May’s challenge … Kathy from My Asperations and Robyn from Waterlily Cards by Robyn … welcome ladies!  Do go and enjoy a visit with Kathy and Robyn … you’ll find lots of loveliness to explore … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

My sweep of garden flowers is heading to …

AAA Birthday – For The Girls

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes, No Wings Option

Less Is More – Celebrations

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes, No Sunshine Topping

The Flower Challenge – Pretty Pastels

… and my blooming flower bed is joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes, No Wings Option

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge – Pretty Pastels

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



44 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #18 – Garden

  1. catcraig

    Anita, what a lovely garden you’re growing here. Your designs are lovely and its so fun seeing the two ways you’ve used that flowery stamp. IT looks fabulous as a stand alone in the center and is amazing partially stamped. Fabulous twofers.

  2. Jane

    Two beauties Anita! The yellows are so fresh and the pinks are just so pretty. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  3. sandie

    oh these are beautiful-I really was taken by how different they looked in the different colours-makes a real difference. Just gorgeous x

  4. Jeanne

    These are very pretty, Anita! I really like how very distinct each card is. Amazing that you used the same stamp! Such versatility! Beautiful!!

  5. noraln44

    What lovely cards!! I like how you used the stamps. Using one on just the side of the card and then the cluster in the middle is GENIUS. Great design!!

  6. Gerrina

    What a different colour and using one stamp more changes the feel’of the card! Both beautiful; wouldnt know how to pick a favorite… Hugs, Gerrina

  7. Michele F

    I have 80 new friends who would LOve to stop by your gorgeous flower beds, Anita!! You can’t imagine how many times I’ve tried to buy that set – seriously! I see they are in the most perfect hands – love your arrangement, and fabulous Zig-colouring! a million and twofer times beautiful!
    I’m thrilled to hear the news about Cat – she’s an amazing, and talented, friend!! Obviously a very good keeper of secrets, too! lol

  8. Bev Kastman Buenker

    I want to come over and spend time in your garden, Anita! We could sip tall, cool drinks and admire your pretty flowers. I’ll bet your gardens look as lovely as these two cards. Pinks and yellows. Perfect. Love your designs on both. You’ve really used this set wonderfully — two amazing cards! You are always an inspiration. Sending hugs and missing you tons. xoxoxo

  9. conil

    Nobody…but nobody…does exquisite, feminine cards like you. Once again, you’ve made them different, clean, colorful and elegant. Just what this Twofer called for. Hope I can come up to snuff.

  10. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Your gardens in France are so ladylike painted in lovely pastels, Anita! You always bring a touch of grace and femininity to our community! Both your designs are gorgeous, wonderfully composed, and distinctly different! I especially love the clever way you
    ‘planted” your full-panel blossoms in the hello sediment! LYAMYMMA! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Kara

    What a beautiful flower image to use for your garden theme and so well designed! Large images can be tricky to change up, but your field of yellow birthday flowers on linen shows off your creative eye for design! I love how your pink flowers are blooming right out of the word “hello”! Wonderful twofer, Anita!

  12. Lisa Elton

    I would love to walk through a garden with flowers as sweet as yours! These are both as charming as they can be Anita!

  13. Cathy R

    2 gorgeous designs Anita, amazing how different the stamp looks with a change in position and colour! Beautiful floral cards, Cathy x

  14. Ericka Strange

    Great cards and I love how you used this stamp set. Such pretty designs and I love the colors of your flowers. Thanks for playing along with us over at The Flower Challenge.

  15. lollthompson

    Two gorgeous cards Anita! I LOVE the softness of your first one with the light stamping and soft green with yellow. The second card is so pretty with bright blooms and your sweet hello sentiment. So happy to be staying as part of the team. Love, Loll

  16. BarbGhig

    Two really beautiful CAS cards, Anita! I love how you colored the flowers and your details are just perfect! Thanks so much for inspiring me to play along ~ Barb xx

  17. aimeslee

    Hi Anita! Wow, very nice stamping. The flowers are gorgeous, the yellow so sunny and the pink so bright. Also like the tiny scalloped edging on the pink card. XOX

  18. Mac Mable

    Your cards are sure two different designs sand both absolutely beautiful….CAS and so very pretty. Thank you Anita for the stunning inspiration x.

  19. scrapperatheart

    They are both beautiful Anita! So happy to have you joining us at Seize the Birthday. Hope life is treating you well!

  20. Bobby

    By using only a portion of the stamp on your yellow card it almost doesn’t look like the same stamp as the pink one, Anita. And that’s a good thing when you can get different looks from the same stamp. I love the airiness of the yellow flowers across the card and how the wonderful pink bouquet just draws you in.

  21. Sharron Gregory

    I’m amazing at the two different looks you achieved with this stamp. And I love the two colors. The yellow (a favorite color for me) is so lovely with the soft colors. The pink pops and sends a truly happy ‘hello’ to the recipient. Both are wonderful!!

  22. Marcia Hill

    Two lovely, lovely cards Anita!! You always have such a beautiful and soft touch with CAS and it totally shines through on both of these GORGEOUS cards! LOVE your design layout on the 1st card…soooo pretty along the bottom and one side of your card! And your 2nd card is just as lovely centered and grounded with your sentiment! Your gardens are growing quite well my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  23. kanda

    Two beautiful cards and such lovely colours. I love the way you repeat stamped around the edge on the birthday card xx

  24. Leslie Miller

    Hello, Anita! You’ve grown a beautiful garden on your two cards! I can hardly recognize it as the same stamp. Fantastic! Oh, how I love the soft yellow, and at the same time the brighter colors of your “hello” card. We’ve just returned home from a week away and my garden is needing a little deadheading. It exploded while we were gone!

  25. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    I love the way your garden grown, Anita. Two beautiful cards, two wonderful designs and color schemes. It is always a joy to see your work, and to craft with you. Thanks for sharing these beauties at Less Is More. hugs, Stephanie.

  26. Claire A

    Such fresh bursts of colour. I love how the second has the blooms almost growing out of the sentiment. I really do need to join in with the Twofer challenge..the problem is I take so long to make one card, I get bored of using the stamp and don’t want to use it again lol!

  27. Wei

    How gorgeous! Love how you used the stamp to create two different cards. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.


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