Twofer Challenge #28 – Circles/Bubbles

Hello … bonjour!  It’s the 10th of the month … and that means it’s time for a brand new challenge at Twofer … this time around, we’re inviting you to play with …

My common images here are a couple of circle stamps from Simon Says Stamp‘s Lots of Dots set.  On my hello card, they were joined by a whole load of other sized circles from the same set … stamped randomly to create a lower third border that’s kind of bubbly.  The second card (heureux anniversaire … happy birthday in French) features the circles stamped in a geometric pattern on a central panel.  How about a closer look at each one …

I drew faint pencil lines to act as a general guide for my individually stamped overlapping line art circles … and erased them once the stamping was done.  The secondary sentiment (WPlus9) was white heat embossed onto a slender strip of black card that was adhered flat over the bubbly background.  I cut the hello (SSS) from a left over piece of watercolour paper that had been rainbow coloured for a different project, stacked it up on another four die cuts and adhered it over the black strip.  Crisp and CAS with a pop of colour!

My second card features just two of the circles …

… stamped one inside the other to create a cool pattern.  They were watercoloured with CP inks using a subtle, masculine colour palette.  I added a couple of twine tied Simply Graphic leafy sprigs (adhered just where they intersected to allow them to drift free), stamped the sentiment which translates as Happy Birthday (also Simply Graphic) and popped the panel up onto an Oyster Grey card base.

How about joining us with your two distinctly different takes on circles/bubbles … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Details of how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious inspiration from the DT and from our fabulous Guest Designers, Jenny from My Paper Epiphany and Linda from Lin’s Craft Corner.  Do go and check out Jenny’s and Linda’s twofers … they’re brilliant!   You can enjoy a wander around their blogs while you’re there … and maybe say hello too … they’ll be delighted to hear from you!

My first card is saying hello at …

Day Of The Month Club – Repeat Day

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks – Stamp Act

… the second is heading to …

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (no Summer topping)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – It’s A Man Thing

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Masculine

… and my twofer is also joining in at …

Vesela Hiška (Happy House) – Dvojni Izziv (A Double Challenge) … a fun idea adopting the same principles as Twofer (two different designs, two different occasions, using the same stamp, die or stencil) … thank you ladies!

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

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44 thoughts on “Twofer Challenge #28 – Circles/Bubbles

  1. sandie

    Wow you always so creative with this challenge. I love how very different these are. I just love the second-so CAS and then that bright sunny sentiment. So pleased to see you got some time to craft x

  2. papierelle Blog

    Two beautiful cards, each very special in its own way. Thank you for sharing with us at DotMCC. Gundi

  3. Brenda Lawrence

    Wow Anita, these are fabulous and amazing twofer cards!! I have this same stamp set and I love how creative you got with this set. Your bubbly look border is fabulous and so fun. I love the rainbow sentiment on top, a great cas card with a pop of color! Your second card is just amazing,
    I love how you did the circles and I love the colors you watercolored them in. Makes for a great masculine card but equally beautiful for a woman as well! I’m in love with both of these cards! Now need to get my thinking cap on. lol Hugs, Brenda

  4. Jeanne

    Wow! Who would have thought you could achieve such distinctly different looks with a basic circle? These cards are amazing and fit the bill fantastically. I am in awe of your imagination and creativity to “see” these and create them. Simply gorgeous, Anita! Again, wow!!

  5. Michele F

    Now who wouldn’t want a bit of bubbly on their birthday? Oh Anita, these are both so wonderful! LOve this water-colored beauty!

  6. Kara

    It’s amazing how you showcased circles together with two very different “feels” to them. One is fun and bubbly with the mass of circles and the bright word loudly cheering. The other is refined and peaceful with it’s organized design and subtle colors. Such a wonderful twofer, Anita!

  7. kimheggins

    Love both of your sweet card….those circles are simply fabulous!!! Love how you used the same stamps and got two different looks, really love what you created!

  8. lollthompson

    Two beautiful cards using your circle stamps, Anita. I love the all black border with the bright raibow hello. So fun with lots of contrast. Your second card is a beautiful, modern design. The subtle colours are just perfect and I love the added branch die-cut for dimension. Amazing work, my friend! xx

  9. catcraig

    Fabulous twofer Anita, I am loving the circles as a band across the panel…so intricate and interesting. Your second card is refinde and makes for a very lovely birthday card.

  10. conil

    Well you certainly got all the challenges in that interested me and in such an awesome way. Love the pop of color on those randomly stamped circles…very impactful and fun. The gently colored circles on your birthday card are just what my pastel loving heart…well…loves. Just clean and gorgeous.

  11. Bobby 'Barbara' Hagen

    These were such a creative use of that circle stamp set, Anita. I’m generally drawn to black and white with bright colors, and that card is wonderful, but the subtle color mix on the second card is magnifique.

  12. Sonja

    Your twofer is amazing. Wonderful take on circles. I like both of your CAS designs. The idea to make the masculine card with circle background is fantastic. Super nice soft and calm colors. Thank you card is fantastic. The pattern with circles is inovative and dinamic. Sentiment in rainbow colors is great.
    Thank you for joining our challenge in Vesela hiška. Hope to see you again. 🙂 Sonja, DT

  13. djkardkreations

    I should revise my Twofer post, Anita, because you have have successfully COMBINED a circle AND a bubble! Okay, not really, I know they are both circles, but you’ve made your circles look so bubbly and playful on your rainbow hello card that I carried that bubbly feeling over to your second brilliant card celebrating an anniversary! Or are they wonderfully delicious olives waiting for a quarantini to jump in to?!! No matter how one looks at your designs, they are inventive and delightful! LYAMYMA! SGTTY, AA!! Take care! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Marcia Hill

    You always blow me away with your simple style Anita, and this month is no different!! Your line of black bubbles and the rainbow “hello” card is FABULOUS! So crisp and clean and colorful and just perfect! Your water color card is AWESOME too…the softer muted colors make this perfect for a masculine card and the design is amazing! You definitely ACED this challenge my friend! Hope you are doing well and staying healthy? Not venturing out much here and just spending time in my happy place!! Hugs. :0)

  15. Rosemary D

    another outstanding set of cards showcasing your creativity, anita! love the bold punch of color on the first one and the fun use of the circles on your second one!

  16. Nancy Salkeld

    Two fabulous cards, Anita. I love the one with the rainbow sentiment best. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.

  17. TK

    LOVE these both, Anita, they’re fantastic! Love the Hello with it’s wildly fun circles and bolt sentiment, but your Anniversary with perfectly aligned circles are just wonderful too

  18. Bev Kastman Buenker

    I’m back a little. Gee, I hope I remember how to do this, lol! Your cards. Oh my gosh, your cards! So very light and airy; rather dreamy, in fact! The black and white of your first card comes to the forefront after first being drawn to the rainbow colors of your ‘hello.’ The word ‘floaty’ comes to mind; everything floats on your bubbles (circles). Then…then! you go and make a very cool, in so many ways, birthday card. I’m fully obsessed with these watercolory colors. Dang, girl! I love SG, and may have to check out their last release. Rather than buying crafting supplies, I’ve been getting paint, rollers, spackle…. It might just be time to switch to more fun purchases now! Missing you and wishing you a wonderful week my friend. xoxoxo

  19. Rosi

    Quel magnifique duo de cartes, Anita! La carte CAS me séduit par son “Bonjour” coloré et la seconde carte par ses tons d’aquarelle d’une incroyable délicatesse. J’adore!! Merci beaucoup, d’avoir jouée avec nous sur DotMCC! Biz, Rosi (de la Charente-Maritime)

  20. Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

    Wow Anita – two such distinctly different cards and what an impact from each! Just love the serenity of card one with its symmetry and soft colors. Card two gives such energy with that sizzling sentiment and the graphic circles behind – love it too!!

  21. BarbGhig

    Two fabulous cards, Anita! I love your bold sentiment over the black and white bubbly background…such a fun design! I also love the soft subtle colors on your 2nd card, too…adding the simple white sprigs is the perfect touch…Love this one, too my friend! Thanks so much for inspiring me to play along!

  22. Barbara Roe

    Anita you are so gifted. Two cards using the same stamp and yet so totally different. Your CAS look is always so elegant. And one more thing: you certainly know how to submit a card/cards to a lot of challenges — that takes talent. My best to you and Dom.

  23. noraln44

    I LOVE the CAS design of each of your cards. Never would have thought of using the circles like that on a border and it looks so COOL!! I also like the soft colors on your graphic card. Wonderful take on this challenge!!!

  24. Rose J

    Two very creative cards. I love the CAS design with the gorgeous rainbow hello. Just lovely! Your second card is a fabulous masculine design. Love the soft watercolouring & the lovely colours.

  25. Mac Mable

    Both cards are so contemporary and fabulous Anita x. The colours and design on the Hello card are so striking and wonderful. Great vintage style on the anniversary card and a clever use of those circles. Stunning inspiration …..Thank you x.

  26. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Brilliant! Especially the one with the colorful “Hello” sentiment. And for sure lots of repetitions 😉 – just perfect for our little challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at DotMCC! Hugs!

  27. TaeEun

    What an awesome twofer cards, Anita! Your use of the simple circle stamps is just brilliant! Thank you so much for playing along at Seize the Birthday!

  28. Gerrina

    I like the bright colours on the first, but my favorite is the 2nd one; the colours are so dreany and just colours that I really like… Hugs, Gerrina

  29. Liz Williams

    Circles are so fun, and you came up with two fabulously fun ways to use them on both of your cards,

  30. Veana R.

    What a beauty! Both cards are amazing and your idea it’s just great! Thanks for joining our Challenge at Vesela hiška ( Happy house) . Wishing you good luck! Veana R. DT


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