Twofer Card Challenge #23 – Hearts

Hello … bonjour!  If this is your first visit here for 2020 … Bonne Année/Happy New Year … may it be blessed with good health, joy and creativity for us all!  Talking of creativity, our first Twofer challenge of the year has just started and this month it’s a particularly special one.  It’s our 2nd Blogaversary … and we’re celebrating with some amazing prizes!  Do go over to Twofer for all the details … you really don’t want to miss out on what Darnell has in store for our winners!  So what are we inviting you to showcase this time around?  Take a look at our prompt badge …

My common element is Poppy Stamps‘ Heart Screen (now retired) … with the inside hearts used unconventionally for my Christmas card … and the outline screen used conventionally for my Anniversary card.  Here’s a closer look at each one …

Three lots of hearts were cut from a piece of cardstock I’d smooched and splattered some time ago.  I arranged them into a Christmas tree shape right down the centre of the card and popped them up on different depths of foam dots onto a white panel cut with a die from The Greetery.  I stamped the stand (Papertrey) and popped up the gold foil star (Concord & 9th) … decorated the tree with red gem ornaments … and added shimmer spritz (after masking all but the tree).  The panel was matted onto some co-ordinating DP, which was then adhered to the card base.  A sentiment didn’t fit anywhere very well, so I’ll add a Christmas greeting inside when the time comes.  How about a closer look at all the shooshy colour, dimension and shimmer/shine …

In contrast, my conventional card is subtle and understated …

Here I used a fog grey panel for my ‘thirds’ design.  I white heat embossed the soft, splattery background (Concord & 9th) vertically onto the lower right two thirds of the card and the primary sentiment (Simon) horizontally along the top left two thirds.  The heart screen was cut once in gold foil and twice in white … they were stacked together and adhered over the white background.  The tiny supplementary sentiment (also Simon) was white heat embossed onto a sliver of gold foil card and popped up on foam tape … and I added a scattering of gold hearts (from the inside of the screen).  The panel was trimmed to size and adhered to the card base.

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on hearts … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs (and don’t forget those prizes!) are at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of brilliant ideas from the DT to inspire you.  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers joining us this month, both talented winners of our October challenge …. welcome to Jane from Onions and Paper and to Jacquie from What Did I Do Today?.  If you haven’t met Jane and Jacquie yet, do go over and enjoy a wander through their blogs … you’ll have a splendid time!  Even if you are familiar with their work, why not pop along anyway … you can always say hello while you’re there!

My Christmas tree is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (With Option Trim The Tree)

Poppy Stamps – From The Heart

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Something New (Greetery Frame Die)

The Paper Players – Something New (Greetery Frame Die)

… and my Anniversary card is joining in at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Poppy Stamps – From The Heart

The Card Concept – Time To Celebrate Inspiration (my eye was taken with the cluster of golden ornaments and the waxy white candles – Clean and Classy – CAS/Classy & Elegant Style)

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



48 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #23 – Hearts

  1. Jeanne

    Happy New Year, Anita! So good to see you! And your cards. They are both wonderful, but that Christmas tree really steals the show. Wow. What a clever idea to use hearts to create the shape. They work so well. The smooshing treatment is beautiful. Thank you SO much for sharing. Hugs!

  2. catcraig

    Anita, fantastic cards my friend. The tree is a brilliant design choice and your anniversary card is fabulous as well in its gray and silver goodness.

  3. BarbGhig

    Two really gorgeous cards, Anita! I love your unconventional design on the first one…the hearts are such a clever way to ‘trim the tree’! I also love how you placed your gold hearts on the 2nd card…your embossed splattery background is perfect! Thanks so much for inspiring me to play along!

  4. sandie

    Gosh 2 years! Congrats and well you out did yourself here-how very creative to make a Christmas Tree of hearts with your sparkle! Plus what beautiful neutral colours for the Anniversary card. Congrats again, you always inspire!

  5. Bev Kastman Buenker

    Now that’s perfect Christmas tree. LOVE (and adore) the colors, the smooched and spattered hearts, and the shimmery, soft sparkle on all those sweet hearts. Gorgeous card. And not to diminish all the loveliness of your anniversary card, it is equally lovely in all of its CAS glory. Those itty-bitty solid hearts are just the right finishing touch, too. Sending hugs and love across the big blue pond. xoxo

  6. conil

    You’re amazing…already made a card for Christmas 2020 and what a card it is. Absolutely beautiful way to use those heart. Your tree is stunning…seems to glow. And your subtle card is really gorgeous. Clean with tons of interest from the embossing and those golden heart. I am always blown away by your designs, Looks as though your going to carry your genius well into 2020. I wouldn’t expect anything less.

  7. Stef Perry

    Love, love, love that Christmas tree made of shimmery, sparkly hearts! So clever and beautiful! The anniversary card is lovely as well, with the white and gold! I’m so happy you were able to play along with The Paper Players this week!

  8. Mac Mable

    A very Happy New Year Anita and here’s to a Healthy, Happy and Crafty one! x. What a fabulous take on the challenge theme and the tree is so creative, unique and stunning. You look like you had fun with this one….The Anniversary card is delicate, classy and gorgeous x. Thank you Anita for the amazing inspiration x.

  9. Leslie Miller

    Your tree is the most clever and cute idea, and those hearts make it so pretty! Both cards are beautifully clean, one definitely simpler to execute than the other. You always do such a nice job for Twofer!

  10. Marcia Hill

    WOW…I love your LOVE TREE Anita! What a great idea and the color and shimmer and shine are absolutely beautiful! Your anniversary card is just as lovely with the gold hearts and the white embossing against the fog colored panel…very CAS and elegant!! Two wonderful cards my friend!! Hugs! :0)

  11. Tracey McNeely

    Happy anew Year Anita! These are both so fabulous and your hand made heart Christmas tree is gorgeous and your second card is so beautiful for an anniversary card! Delightful my friend. xo

  12. Darnell Jean Knauss

    It’s so very clear that you spent time with these beautiful designs, Anita. They are thoughtful and impeccably executed. I am really drawn to the way you made a Christmas tree out of the various sizes of shimmery hearts! It’s magazine-worthy! And your simple gray, gold, and white anniversary card is sweet and softly romantic! I love them both, can you tell?! LYAMYMA! GTTTY!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  13. Rosemary D

    Love the Christmas card, Anita! What a clever way to use all the hearts! The anniversary card is sweet simplicity… something you do to perfection!

  14. Esther

    I love the pretty gold die cut and subtle white splash in the background on your lovely anniversary card! Thanks so much for playing along with this weeks inspiration board over on The Card Concept!

  15. TK

    Two special cards, and terrific idea to use the inside hearts to “build” a tree! One down for the ol’ stash :o)

  16. Kara

    Your Christmas tree is brilliant, Anita! Such a fun way to use a smooshed panel and your mosaic fits together so well. I can imagine that it took some time to put that together. The little red sparkle ornaments, tree stand, and star are wonderful details! I love the fog and white combination on your anniversary card – it lets the gold stand out like jewelry!

  17. Marisela Delgado

    So pretty, Anita. Wow, I bet it took a good while to put your tree together just right, but it is awesome and so true as to the real reason for Christmas: Jesus’ love for us.

  18. lollthompson

    Two beautiful cards with hearts, Anita! I LOVE the Christmas tree made from soft green hearts. The red gemstones add some sparkle. And your anniversary card is elegant and artsy at the same time. Happy New Year to you, my friend. xx

  19. noraln44

    Oh my word!! I LOVE your cards. The way you created that tree is just amazing. My jaw just dropped because that is oh so out of the box creative!! Your anniversary card is darling too!! FABULOUS design!

  20. Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

    Fabulous Christmas tree made from the interior hearts, Anita – absolutely adore it!! All that shimmer with touches of red & gold – divine! And what a stunning anniversary card! Just love the soft splatter with the gold outline hearts!!

  21. Nancy Penir

    2 so different and clever cards, Anita! You really used the versatility of the Poppystamps die. Thanks for playing along at the Poppy Challenge. Love seeing your beautiful work!

  22. Sue McRae

    Love your creative use of the hearts for a Christmas card and the anniversary card is very elegant! Two fantastic looks! Thanks for joining us at Poppystamps Challenge!

  23. Brenda in IN

    What a intricate tree you created, Anita. I love it and the little red gems that decorate it. The gold hearts on the second card look stunning and are the star of the show. Beautiful cards.

  24. Bobby Hagen

    I’m back to thank you for sharing your heart Christmas tree with us at HLS Christmas, Anita. It must have taken a while to fit all those hearts into a tree shape but the results are stunning.

  25. Brenda Lawrence

    You are the clever one Anita! I am loving your twofer’s, so different they both are. The Christmas tree out of the insides of the hearts is just so dang clever and oh so beautiful! Christmas is all about love, so hearts are perfect to make a tree with! I love the anniversary card as well. It is so classy and beautiful. Love the original look of the die as well. To bad it is retired as it would be wonderful to have in my stash! Hugs, Brenda

  26. momentsofcrafting

    Great cards Anita! I love the effect of the white heat embossing on the soft grey card! Perfect to show off that string of super elegant gold hearts! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Dies Challenge this month!

  27. Claire A

    How on earth do you think of these things? Those puffy hears are amazing….your Christmas tree looks so unique, especially with those red jewels that pop against the green. The simplicity of the gold hearts against the white is CAS perfection on the other card!


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