Twofer Card Challenge #36 – Your Choice

Hello … bonjour … I’m delighted to see you! As it’s the tenth of the month, our fun new challenge has just started at Twofer … and it’s just a little different than usual. This time around, instead of giving you a prompt, we’re inviting you to choose one of your own …

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I went with one of my favourite themes … ‘Blossoms’ …

… and created a bold, vibrant friendship card … and a soft, subtle hugs card, using Altenew’s Rosie Posy stamp as my common image. Here’s a closer look at each one.

The striped background is from Uniko … it was stamped over a circular mask to leave space for the central cluster of Rennie Mackintosh style blossoms. The blooms were watercoloured with Zigs and a waterbrush … and I added some detailing with a white gel pen. The Mama Elephant sentiment was stamped onto a die cut banner, which was popped up on foam dots under the focal image. Eyecatching in a CAS way!

In contrast, my second card has a dreamy, spring-like feel to it …

It’s still clean … it’s one layer … and unusually for me, it features a light grey card base. That lovely Rosie Posy blossom cluster was stamped and white heat embossed multiple times in a diagonal swoosh across the card. I sponged white pigment ink over the flowers (allowing it to go over the edges to create a halo effect) … and once it was dry, added a couple of different yellows in the centres. The sentiment was also white heat embossed … it’s from Papertrey. Soft Pantone colours anyone?

How about choosing your own prompt … to make two distinctly different designs … for two different occasions … using the same stamps, dies and/or stencils? We’d love to see you (and your cards) in our gallery!  All the details, rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with heaps of delicious inspiration from the DT (who have each chosen a different prompt).  We’re delighted to have two fabulous Guest Designers joining us … Nancy from Scandinancy Creates … and Klara from My Favourite Day … welcome ladies!  If you haven’t met these talented artists yet, do go and enjoy a wander through their blogs … you’ll be so inspired!  Even if you are familiar with their work, why not pop along anyway … you can always say hello while you’re there!

My bold blossom is heading to …

Altenew – Emily’s Inspiration (see badge for those delicious colours below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use Something Green (the leaves)

… and my soft spring swoosh is joining in at …

CAS on Sunday – Spring

Krafty Chicks – Stamp Act

NBUS – Anything Goes (first appearance of Rosie Posy here)

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

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35 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #36 – Your Choice

  1. Marisela Delgado

    Bonjour, mon amie, Anita! What gorgeous cards! I am partial to the purple one, but both are glorious!

  2. sandie

    Super cards Anita and so different. Adore the first-so dramatic-you know I always love black and white and purple! And like you added some white touches. The contrast with the second shows how very creative you are-it is so soft and the flowers just hug the sentiment-I love working with a grey base and this lovely yellow works so well. Sending hugs xx

  3. Jeanne

    Oh wow, I really like the contrast of your two-fer Anita! One is so graphic and dramatic and the other is so soft and elegant. Thank you for sharing the vesatility of the image. Wonderful work! Crafty hugs to you. 🙂

  4. Gerrina Poncin

    I love this stamp and had no idea it could look so completely different! I loke both ways…maybe because it is comming slowly to spring my favo is the yellow one… Good to see that you made something again!
    Stay save, hugs, Gerrina

  5. noraln44

    Oh what pretty cards!! I like that you created a BOLD card and then the second with that soft gray and yellow color combination. Really beautiful design.

  6. grandmabkb

    These are both lovely roses cards, my dear friend. Stripes. Love ’em, and love the way you’ve masked off the center to pop those fun flowers so your eyes go right to them. And I’ve got that Lionel Richie song playing in my head now, lol! Awesome colors!! The yellow and gray remind me of my mom. She loved to dress me in those colors, and I came to absolutely love them together. Your card brings happy to my heart! Gorgeous Twofer! Sending hugs, sweet friend. Stay safe. xo

  7. Marcia Hill

    What a delightful contrast between your two cards this month Anita! I love the bold and graphic look of your first card with the lovely purple blooms, and really LOVE the softer 2nd card with all those beautiful buttercup yellow blooms (have I ever mentioned that yellow is my FAVORITE color??? Hahaha!!) that are cascading across your gray background!! FABULOUS cards my friend!! Hope you are doing well and staying safe. Lots of hugs!! :0)

  8. Lynn Brown

    I just adore both of these cards. So different from each other and what a fabulous look to the second card.

  9. conil

    Aaaah, yes, Spring is so close, I can taste it in the air. Blossoms are the ideal choice this time of year and both these cards celebrate them perfectly. The bold stripes are perfect surrounding your purplish rose…what a wonderful layout. But, being a yellow girl and so into the Pantone colors of 2021, your second card delights all my creative synapses. I literally tingled when I first saw it.

  10. cat craig

    Beautifully done, Anita. The bold with the black and white stripe is very eye catching and your second card with its soft colors is beautiful as well.

  11. Sonja

    I’ve enjoyed admiring your cards, Anita. Fantastic twofer! You’ve picked a wonderful blossom motive. Friendship card is awesome with grey stripes and bold vibrant colors of the blossom. I like CAS design. The second card is amazing in gentle color combination and fantastic design. The one layer card is for me always a special challenge and far away of being easy and quick to create. 🙂 So I’m admiring this kind of crafting very much.
    Hugs, Sonja

  12. Rosemary D

    beautiful set of cards, anita! the bold coloring on the first one is the perfect contrast to the soft coloring on the second. i love your interpretation of the challenge theme!

  13. Mac Mable

    Thank you for the idea about masking a circle with using the stripe stamp Anita and what a striking and eye catching CAS card….Thank you too for The ‘ear worm’….Easy Like a Sunday Morning….
    Beautiful and wispy second card. I am loving the light grey cardstock and the hazy effect of those pretty flowers x. Both cards are stunning Anita and thank you for the fabulous inspiration x.

  14. Bonnie

    Love these bold purple blossoms, Anita! The black and white striped background lend a very artsy feel to this card! The soft gray and yellow make such a soothing and pleasing beautiful card! Two very different but equally beautiful designs!

  15. djkardkreations

    Your blossoms designs are both so enchanting, Anita! I’m a sucker for stripes so you had me on your first design right from the get go! I do love that stylized image both center stage and as a partial border! I also love the wonderful movement and halo effect you achieved on your second design and the yellow and white look great with the light gray background! LYAMYMLF! WLACWIFB! Hope all is well! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Nancy Littrell

    Love your simply sweet blossom cards, Anita. Two very different designs that show off the versatility of your blossoms stamp. TFS Love and Hugs…Nancy

  17. Diane

    I love the Twofer idea! And what beautiful cards you have created. I’m going to try the technique on the second card, it’s gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane – DT

  18. Carol Steedman

    What a gorgeous pair of cards, Anita and I would not be able to choose a favourite because they are both awesome. Love how you made two totally different looking cards with the same stamp!

  19. BarbGhig

    Two really gorgeous CAS cards, Anita! I love the bold color palette with the horizontal stripes on the first one and the soft Pantone color palette on your 2nd card is so elegant! As always, you have inspired me to play along…Thank you, my friend! xx

  20. Brenda Lawrence

    Your twofers are stunning Anita! I love those stripes on the first card, the color combo, everything! The second card is so “light” and “airy”, love the color combo on this one a lot and love the way you cascaded the flowers from top to bottom. Just gorgeous cards! Hugs, Brenda

  21. Liz Williams

    Both of these are gorgeous cards. I love the stripes with the roses look especially. Stripes are so fun!

  22. Kara

    Two wonderful cards, Anita! I love the striped masked background for your floral focal point. That’s such a CAS elegant detail! I love the soft colors of your second card, and that Papertrey Ink sentiment is perfect with your flowers!

  23. Carol L

    Your blossoms look so pretty on both cards! I just love the soft yellow flowers on the kraft background with those big white hugs! The purple blooms look so different yet so pretty with the striped background. Now that I’ve read the sentiment, I’ll have that song in my head like an earworm for the rest of the day – but it’s a great song! Beautiful twofer cards!

  24. Lindsey M-P

    How great to see the black & white stripes as a major design element rather than a border, I love it! And your gorgeous colouring. The twofer card is indeed very different but equally beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Happy little Stampers for the Watercolour Challenge!

  25. Claire A

    Oh I love how you’ve sponged the pigment around those blooms on the second card Anita – it gives it a really soft look. Very pretty! And now I want that striped frame stamp from Uniko. Thank you for enabling me. Again. LOL

  26. Bobby Hagen

    You definitely got two different looks, Anita, and I love them both. Bold flowers with the striped is eye catching indeed, and the gray cardstock lends itself beautifully to the soft yellow blooms.

  27. momentsofcrafting

    What gorgeous cards, Anita! I love that they are so very different. I love the striking background on the first card and then the soft colouring on the second!! Wonderful twofer!! Stay safe! 🙂

  28. Tracey McNeely

    Oh Anita, I love the vibrant purple with those bold stripes but then you created an absolutely beautiful muted card as a contrast! Amazing how you were able to achieve two totally different looks from one stamp set! Bravo!

  29. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Two awesome cards – I am especially liking the one with the black and white stripes! What a striking frame it creates for those vibrant purple flowers! And the second card is just a soft beauty! Looks like you are not spending much time on card lately….Are you too busy or are you just taking a break? For me its just being too busy. Somehow I never manage to lighten my workload……I need to retire!!!!!


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