Twofer Card Challenge #31 – Trees

Hello … bonjour!  It’s the 10th of the month … and that means we have a delicious new challenge for you at Twofer!  This month we’re inviting you to enjoy some time in the great outdoors (or maybe indoors!) with …

I chose a solid, stylised tree from Waltzing Mouse Stamps (sadly NLIB) as my common image … it appears solo and draped with stars in the middle of my clean Christmas Card … and on my birthday card, it becomes an autumn copse set along an earthy border, with the leaves just beginning to fall .  Here’s a closer look at each one …

Here, I cut a panel of linen card with an MFT Peek-a-Boo stitched die … and used that as a guide for placing my Christmas tree … done in ombré blues … and made frosty with lots of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.  The starry garland (WMS) and the sentiment (from Winnie and Walter, also NLIB) were silver heat embossed, I stamped the ground for the tree to grow from (Ellen Hutson) and added falling snow (W&W) after masking the tree.  The panel was foam mounted on a card base that had been inked around the edges … and I finished off with a Nuvo drop in silver glitter at the top of the tree.

Here’s a more seasonal take with the same image …

The Color ThrowdownA one layer cream card with an Ellen Hutson border stamped as the earth.  The trees are just changing from summer to autumn colours (courtesy of some rock and roll/finger-dauber inking) … and are grouped together thanks to a little basic masking.  The tiny leaves (from WMS) have already starting to tumble to the ground … and have been blown right the way along the border by the gentle breeze!  The birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts.

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on trees … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of brilliant inspiration from the DT and from our fabulous Guest Designers, Helen from Helen’s Craft Haven and Lisa from My Paper Tales … welcome ladies!  Do go over and have a visit with Helen and Lisa … you’re certain to enjoy all the  wonderful design inspiration on display at both their blogs … and you can always say while you’re there too!

My solo Christmas tree is heading to …

Bastel-Traum – CAS (Clean and Simple)

CAS Christmas – Christmas Tree

Die Cut Divas – All Kinds of Holidays (Christmas)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Your Favourite Stamp (my WMS stylised tree)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my autumn copse is joining in at …

CASology – September (seasonal changes)

Color Throwdown – Red, Yellow, Cream, Brown

Just Us Girls – Leaves

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Your Favourite Stamp (my WMS stylised tree)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

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

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49 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #31 – Trees

  1. born57

    Bonjour Anita! I love your two beautiful tree cards, the tree is just darling! Beautifully designed Christmas card, I love the beautiful colors of the fall trees!
    I hope you are doing well . May the peace of our dear Lord always be with you.

  2. katelesh

    Stunning examples Anita! This stamp set is one of my favourites! I was devastated when WMS closed shop, though many of their sets are available through Gina K Stamps (Claire Brennan now designs for Gina K).

  3. sandie

    Fab designs and always you rock this challenge. Adore how different they are-the sparkle on the first one really gives a Xmas feel. And I love the richness of the Autumn colours of your second card plus how they change colour-super cards x

  4. Jeanne

    Wonderful cards, Anita! Your two takes are unique and beautiful. You can see the very different takes on them right away. Love the sparkle on the holiday one and the saturated colors on the fall looking one. Fantastic work!

  5. Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

    What a beautiful tree image and I love how you used it on both cards, Anita!! The tree looks amazing as a single in the window with the star garland!! What a charming one-layer for card two with the trio of autumn trees!! P.S. Glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our All Holiday challenge!!

  6. Michele F

    So lovely, times two, Anita! Those colors on your Autumn grove of trees are so wonderful – none so beautiful here YET – it actually feels more like your Christmas card right now – yikes!
    How is it that I don’t own that EBE border set? lol It’s fabulous here to ground your trees!

  7. Darnell Jean Knauss

    Your designs are really sensational, Anita! They feel very CAS at first glance, which you so excel at, but on closer inspection, I can see that there are many thoughtful details. I love each element of your Christmas tree with its garland of silver stars! It is beautifully grounded and surrounded by snow! And your fall birthday design just glows with the most perfect autumn coloring! Great masking and grounding and I’m aswoon over the colored leaves tumbling along the ground, pushed by a gentle breeze! I could use a gentle cooling autumn breeze right now, so thank you for that! LYAMYMA! TCAKW! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Lisa Elton

    Your autumn trees are so pretty, Anita and have me longing for the colors of autumn! What a great idea to make a frosty little blue tree and decorate it with stars! These are both just wonderful!

  9. Julia Aston

    Two lovely cards using that tear drop tree stamp! Love the blue and silver on your Christmas one and the beautiful fall colors on the 2nd! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas Anita!

  10. Marcia Hill

    Darnell commented on it, but I notice every month too how at first glance your cards always look so CAS with emphasis on simple…until I start really looking and reading! Then I’m blown away by all the little but FABULOUS details!! Your Christmas card is a petite little dynamo with your ombre and star studded tree and all the peaceful falling snow. And your trio of Autumn colored trees is SOOOO pretty and I’m loving the border and all the colorful fallen leaves too! Two AMAZING cards my friend…love, LOVE them both Anita!! Hugs. :0)

  11. Brenda Lawrence

    Wow Anita, these twofers are amazing! I am so loving that tree and the way you used it. The CAS Christmas card tree is so beautiful in the shades of blue and silver stars shinning through that peak a boo window. Very crisp, very clean and very beautiful. But then you go and do it again with this fall birthday card, which I think is amazing too! I love these tree’s all inked up in fall colors, they are stunning! Then you went and made a ground for them with falling leaves on said ground. Oh my how I love it! Looks like a perfect fall day! Hugs, Brenda

  12. catcraig

    Anita, I am in awe…I love the fall trio and those colors are sensational. I am blown over by your lone blue tree….I never would have dreamed that up and it is fabulous, gorgeous and a hundred other adjectives. Love.

  13. Kara

    Such gorgeous designs, Anita! You have the most wonderful details with those fallen leaves and your garland. Each of your cards reflect the season perfectly in color and style. The way you inked up those fall trees is just amazing!

  14. tinstar05

    Gorgeous pair of cards Anita. I love the simplicity of the christmas card in that beautful blue and silver. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

  15. Cathy R

    Beautiful cards Anita, love how different they look! Your autumnal inking looks amazing and that xmas tree is such a pretty shade of blue, love the touches of silver. Thankyou for playing along at CAS Christmas too, Cathy x

  16. Judith Jarvis

    Hi there..isn’t it amazing how one simple image can create two very different beautiful cards, I love the autumn colours but it’s the winter card that is my favourite x

  17. momentsofcrafting

    So wonderful to see you cards pop up, Anita!! As always, stunning CAS cards! Love your clever twofer designs. The autumn colours on your second card are wonderful and make it super eye-catching!! Love the shapes of these trees! Thanks so much for joining the fun at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. xx

  18. lollthompson

    Your stylized tree cards are beautiful Anita! Love the bright and fun autumn colours with the adorable border. Your Christmas tree is to pretty with the shades of blue ink and silver embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! xx

  19. BarbGhig

    Your ink blending on these lovely trees is absolutely gorgeous, Anita! I love the ombre effect on your first card and how you placed the tree inside the stitched frame! Your autumn trees look amazing, especially with the tiny leaves along the ground…so striking! You have really showcased the WMS trees beautifully, my friend! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS Christmas ~ xx

  20. Bobby Hagen

    That simple tree stamp was perfect for your designs, Anita. That soft blue with all the silver is magnificent, and the changing of colors with accompanying fallen leaves really says Fall to me.

  21. Colleen F

    Your trees are stunning. LOVE LOVE LOVE your CAS Christmas card, the blues are so striking with all your silver detail. And of course the Fall Trees are outstanding…magnificent cards! Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas!

  22. Bev Kastman Buenker

    From soft and gentle to bright and crisp! I can practically smell the snow on your Christmas card, and almost hear the crunch of the blowing leaves on your birthday card. I’ve always loved blue on a Christmas card, and this looks fabulous. Paired with the silver embossing, it really is perfection on paper! Your ink blending on the “tree-o” of trees is super! You’ve captured the very essence of Fall here! Both are gorgeous, as per your usual, my friend. These are both so inspiring, and since my mojo is nearly nonexistent, I may have to borrow some of your ideas to see if I can get mine flowing again, lol. Hope all is well with you. Sending giant hugs. xoxo

  23. Mac Mable

    What beautiful cards Anita and great use of that fabulous tree.Wonderful ink blending and colours on the second and what a perfectly CAS Christmas card, with the first x. Tons of inspiration, thank you x.

  24. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    And yet another Twofer I won’t be able to play along….how sad…such pretty cards – winter and fall, so appropriate! I wanted to thank you for not giving up on me and faithfully leaving comments on all my blog posts, despite not hearing back from me. I had some hard weeks (an understatement…). I had to yet work again on that book (not sure if you knew I was writing one). Not only did they want a long list of revisions, but also 3 more chapters. I thought I am going to die. And that on top of the gruesome work – we are now 7 people short (in a small department) and I am just exhausted at the end of the day. That book almost killed me. It sucked the last drop of energy out of me. I am slowly recovering. I first week after I was done with the book I couldn’t even think of making a card. Now its getting better. Some ideas are coming back…..So thank you for being such a good, supporting friend. You comments brought smiles to my face and provided uplift during those trying times!

  25. Lindsey L

    Anita, they are lovely! I love how you’ve used this wonderful tree on both cards. Your ink blended color is fabulous, and I’m amazed at how seasonly perfect each one looks.

  26. Claire A

    I haven’t seen those WMS trees for ages – totally forgot about those. I’d never think to make a Christmas card but it looks so pretty and sparkly in blue with the scattering of stars. The autumnal one is just gorgeous – the colours are so vibrant and crisp!


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