Hello … bonjour! We’ve just started our last challenge of the year at Twofer … and we have a fun twist that you can use, if you’d like to (see below). In addition, for this month only, in the spirit of joy and giving, our beloved leader, the lovely Darnell, is offering prizes! Check out the Twofer blog for more details. This time round, we inviting you to get twinkling with …
Now … what’s the twist? Usually at Twofer, your two different designs need to be for two different occasions. However, because so many of us are working hard to get our Christmas cards made, for this month only, you have the option of foregoing the two different occasions element of our challenge. So, you may enter two Christmas cards, just as long as your two designs are distinctly different … or you can carry on as usual with two different occasions … it’s up to you!
I chose not to twist and used a Simon Says Stamp die as my common element … there are three sizes of stars that act as flower heads on the twiggy sprigs on my birthday card … and two of the same sizes that appear around the manger on my Christmas card. Here’s a closer look at each one …
I used a Simon border die (retired) across the bottom third of a card panel to ground the stamped twigs (from Concord & 9th). The stars were cut from pearlised card for a little subtle shine (it’s more noticeable on the first photo) … and were adhered flat over the sprigs. I attached the panel to the card base and added a white-embossed-on-black stamped sentiment, plus a die cut and stacked black-over-white word from Simon to finish. Clean and layered I think.
My next card is almost one layer, clean and simple …
On this centred design, the larger star shines it’s light onto the love-filled manger while the smaller ones adorn the garland under the sentiment. The stamped images are all from Taylored Expressions except for the wreath, which is from Newton’s Nook. I did a little pencil colouring on the wreath, added sparkle and shine to the heart and doodled the dots of light with a stylus and gold ink pad. There’s much more shimmer than there appears to be on this photo … look …
How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on stars … we’d love to see what you create in our gallery! All the details about how to play, including rules/FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the DT and from our fabulous Guest Designers, Pia from Pia’s Paper and Pearls and Liz from Crafty Sunflower … welcome ladies! Do go over and have a visit with Pia and Liz … you’re sure to enjoy all the wonderful design inspiration on display at both their blogs … and you can always say hello while you’re there too!
My twiggy, starry flowered sprigs are heading to …
Day Of The Month Club – Use Your Head Day (making flowers from stars used my head!)
Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (no 1, 2, 3 option)
Time Out – Festivals (with the glimmer option)
… and my Christmas manger is joining in at …
Clean and Simple on Friday – Christmas
NBUS – Anything Goes (the TE images are new)
Retro Rubber – Anything Goes (the wreath is much older than a year)
Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy! Anita 🙂
wow I had to look hard to look hard to see what you used to make in both and couldn’t so finally after reading this I realised! So very clever. I do like best the first one-the soft grey and the lovely twigs with the stars and also combining these with that lovely graphic background and how fab to see you at Time Out-doing a skip and a dance to see you here xx
So serene and beautifully CAS! Love the one with the little branches! Hugs, Gerrina
Both cards are stunning as always Anita! Your starry twigs are sooo lovely, I might just have to CASE that one and what a great card for someone who has a birthday at this time of the year! And such precision (and sparkle) on your CAS Christmas card (sigh)!!
Hello Anita! Lovely to see your cards. I really like your two fer. Those stars are wonderful on each card. I like the idea of stars on your starry twigs and the sparkly stars on the manger scene. Beautifully done!
Love looking at the stars, Anita – and finding your sweet shiny ones here is a joy! LOve the glow on your darling manger! You’ve lighted the love so beautifully!
A bouquet of stars would be a wonderful gift! Is it too much to hope that your fabulous grey card, with my all-time favorite die of yours, could be winging its way to Michigan? A girl can hope! xoxo
Hello Anita! So thrilled to see your starry sprig at TO. Amazing cards with stars, the sprig of stars is so cool and creative! Thank you so much for joining us with your festive card at Time Out challenges. Hugs ~ Ishani.
These are both outstanding, Anita. Using the stars as flowers is so clever and made a great card. The sweet scene for Christmas is heartwarming. Love them both.
Oh, my, I can use my head for a hot air balloon now after all those lovely words, Anita! Thank you! I always love your own creative head when I see the remarkable designs you create each month for Twofer and I love this duo with their schparkle! The classic Christmas design is, well, heavenly, isn’t it? So CASlicious and pretty. And your clever star sprig birthday card is fantastic! I love how you used that grid for your ground (mental note) (haha, more like throwing it into a colander with giant holes!). The black, white, and gray are perfick! LYAMYSM! TTF! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell
I always look forward to what you do for Twofer, Anita! Love this sweet manger with the star shining down! The sprigs with the star flowers on that soft gray background is stunning!
How do you always manage to take my breath away. These are just gorgeous with your signature elegant style. Can’t say which I love better because they’re both awesome.
Lovely cards, Anita…especially the sprigs of stars. Love that! Hugs to you!
Anita, your delicate stars are so much fun as lil blooms, and make a fabulous festive card for your Christmas card.
Two starry beauties, Anita – just love the stars on the birthday sprigs and the golden one on your Nativity!!
Sprigs of stars, wouldn’t that be a wonder! This is marvelous Anita. And your manger card is just beautiful, I love your design!
Two lovely, lovely designs Anita!! Your star sprigs are blowing me away with their CAS beauty and I just LOVE that die cut you used at the bottom to place your sentiment on…dang it that it’s retired!! And your Christmas card just couldn’t be any more beautiful my friend! The star shining down on the love is perfection and I love the repeated stars in the garland too! Always a treat to come and see what you’ve created my friend! Stay safe and well!!! Hugs. :0)
Bonjour, Anita! Such gorgeous cards! 💜 So pretty! Both are lovely!
Great use of those stars! Love how you have the blossoms instead of flowers but the gorgeous shine in the second card is beautiful!
“Twiggy sprigs.” That phrase just makes me smile. Your card makes me smile! I LOVE the star blossoms on those twiggy sprigs, and I think I love the border die nearly as much as the twiggy sprigs themselves. I think I’ll wear that phrase of yours out by the end of the day, my friend. You know me, I’ll probably say it in my head often, and then smile as I think of this sweet birthday card. Your Christmas card is soft and lovely. It perfectly exemplifies the love God had for us on Christmas morning. Heart in manger, stars in reverence. So pretty. Gorgeous cards, dear friend. Sending hugs. Missing you. xoxoxo
Both of your cards have such tiny, lovely details, Anita! I thought that your manger scene was all one stamp design, but instead it was an Anita Design! The wreath and shower of starlight pouring down are perfect! Those little pearlescent stars make the sweetest little flowers, and the design of your card with the grid die is modern elegance!
Two simply beautiful creations with stars….love them both, so creative and gorgeous!
Both of your card designs are absolutely beautiful Anita! I just love that you have used the star as a flower, it’s brillant!
Your cards are clean and simple at its very best, Anita! Both are Lovely!
Oh my stars – two wonderful CAS cards – as can be expected from you, 😉
I especially love the second one. It speaks directly to me. I really need to play along this time. I’ll make time. I promise! Thanks so much for playing in our little DotMCC cahllenge. Hugs, Cornelia
Two beautiful star designs Anita! LOVE the happy birthday card with the neutral colours and fabulous border die! The star tree is so pretty and shiny! Your Christmas card is so pretty with the wreath and the star over top of the manger. Very creative and beautiful designs! xx
Two wonderful creations, and as always very clean and elegant! I especially like the grey one. The clear lines and the neutral colors give it a very modern and elegant look. Thank you so much for playing along with us at DotMCC! Rosi x
Ooh both these are absolutely beautiful! You do simplicity perfectly. Take care and stay safe xxx
Your idea of using stars as flowers is wonderful, it has a nice effect. And I also like the cool hues of this card. Thank you for joining with us at DotMCC. Gundi
What a creative way to use the star….The birthday card is wonderful and I love the tonal effect and the way you used those pretty stars. Such a darling of a Christmas card, so very beautiful Anita x.
Star flowers – genius. Use of the die – clever.
Happy Holidays and stay safe. Hope you are not struggling with boredom, which I doubt.
I love the idea of the stars on the twigs. It’s so pretty!
You are so clever, Anita! Your manger is so sweet and the stars make it the ‘Perfect Christmas card’! I also love how you created your bouquet…the recipient of this birthday card is very lucky indeed! Thanks for inspiring me to play along 🙂 Stay safe and well, my friend ~ Barb xx
Two gorgeous designs Anita! Love the stars on the tree twigs, and the pretty Christmas scene, both beautifully CAS, thankyou for joining in at Seize the Birthday too, Cathy x
Love these two, simple and perfect. Both of them xx
Your two cards are just elegant and wonderful CAS beauties! I just love that border die used on the birthday card, and I love how you added the stars to the sprigs! The manger scene is so subtle and lovely too and I love those doodled rays coming down from the main star! Gorgeous designs and a great way to use your Twofer stars on both designs!
You’ve created two very creative cards for this challenge! Very nicely done!
Who would have guessed you’d used the same element for two such different cards, Anita. I’m a sucker for a neutral colour palette so the first one’s my favourite. The die cut border really pops against the neutral card stock and I love how you’ve combined the different stamps to make a truly unique card for the second one!
Anita these are once again so beautiful. I am doing some catch up today, and visiting you is so inspiring! xoxo