Twofer Card Challenge #37 – Leaves

Hello … bonjour! It’s the 10th of the month … welcome to our new Twofer challenge for April! In this part of the world, spring has sprung and green shoots are appearing all over the place … which means that inspiration is everywhere for our prompt this month … we’re inviting you to play with …

My common images here are Eucalyptus die cuts from Simply Graphic … how about a more detailed look at each card?

My design here features a background of leaves cut from various previously created inky backgrounds, made using borrowed Brusho’s and Lindy’s Magicals (so there’s a little sparkle), adhered flat to the card base. A popped up centre frame draws the eye to the equally popped up Altenew hello and the WPlus9 secondary embossed words.

My second card is decidedly CAS …

I die cut the eucalyptus leaves from a few different card stocks and tied them together with a little natural twine. The die cut border is from SSS and was stacked three times to give it dimension, before being adhered to the card base. I hung the leafy cluster on the border and finished with a simply stamped sentiment from Mama Elephant.

How would you like to join us with your two distinctly different takes on leaves … bet you have a few stamps, dies and/or stencils in your stash that are calling out to be played with … and we’d be delighted to see you (and your designs) in our gallery!  All the details about how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … along with inspiration galore from the DT and from our fabulous Guest Designers, Alison from Cranberry and Eggplant and Natalie from natshobbycorner at Instagram … welcome ladies!  Do go over and have a visit with Alison and Natalie … you’re sure to be inspired … and you can always say hello while you’re there!

My fresh eucalyptus hello card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Die Cuts – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes

Inkspirational – Grow … all those leaves growing over the background!

and my CAS eucalyptus cluster is joining in at …

Clean and Simple on Friday – Happy Mail

NBUS – Anything Goes (first outing for these eucalyptus dies)

Time Out – Photo Inspiration (see below) … those soft blues/greens and white fencing

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

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32 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #37 – Leaves

  1. Jeanne

    Hello Anita! You chose a beautiful, delicate looking die to do all the work today and it sure held up well! 🙂 I love the colorful background on the first card. And the clean and simple design of the second card is so pretty. I really admire your eye for card design. I hope you are well and enjoying lovely spring weather. 🙂

  2. Natalie S.

    To very pretty cards Anita! I am pleased to join you on the Twofer Challenge as Guest Designer this month. (@natshobbycorner)

  3. AlisonC

    That’s a good idea to cover your card with die cuts (adds to list) of things to try. The soft subtle colours are just right with the bold sentiment. Your second card is simple and beautiful. I do like that die cut border. x

  4. Bobby Hagen

    At first I thought you did a watercolor die print on the first card, Anita. I would have worked but the dimension of gluing all those leaves to the background would have been lost. That soft cluster of eucalyptus is so pretty and I’m loving that graphic (pun intended) border die.

  5. sandie

    Yah! We see you as a player at Time Out and a very, very warm welcome my dear friend! And you know I love that CAS card….adore you got the fence detail in..naturally you spotted something I didn’t!! And the soft die cut leaves are superb, love how you arranged them, it gives a lovely flow to the card. Your first card is so creative too, like here how you used the strong black with the soft colours and went non-CAS-and still looking fab! Thanks for joining Time Out x

  6. djkardkreations

    I think this is one leafy die I don’t have, Anita, and I’m going to resist it until after I use the 48 other NBUS leafy dies I have, ahem! Your powdered ink colored panel was a great choice for the all-over die-cut leaves on your sweet hello card! I do see how we were of the same mind and love how the black frame and sediment make the colors pop! And your good day design is flawless and CASlicious, as always! The grid border panel works beautifully for tying on your stem bouquet and I love the sediment nestled up next to it! LYAMYMDF! GHYVACU! Hugs, Darnell p.s. Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS!

  7. conil

    Lovely, graceful leaf you chose. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite leaves and this one is so delicate and pretty. Excellent for using as either as a background for your framed sentiment or with a grid die on your graphic card. As always such a pleasure to see your work…pristine and meticulous.

  8. Loll

    Two beautiful leafy cards Anita! What a great idea to die-cut the leaves from watercoloured background from your stash!! So creative and clever, my friend! Your CAS design really shows off those leaves again. So sweet in a tied bundle. Love the graphic look of the die-cut strip. xx

  9. Sonja

    It is a pleasure to admire your leaves designs, Anita. I love them both. Black frame and a big sentiment on the first card is a perfect opposite to the gentle made background of eucalyptus leaves. Second card is very elegant CAS with fantastic border and gentle leaves cluster. Sentiment is placed perfectly. Hugs, Sonja

  10. Marcia Hill

    You know I love coming to visit your site Anita and basically drooling over your awesome cards and ideas, and today was no exception! Absolutely love how you did your background with die cuts using already inked up panels and then just gluing them down…SO cool looking!! And I love the bold black frame and “Hello” sentiment too…beautiful card my friend! Your 2nd card is CAS perfection and just couldn’t be prettier with the white on white die cut and the soft colored eucalyptus tied together and attached to the white die cut…LOVE it!! Both cards definitely say Spring to me and I hope you’re enjoying all the shades of green that are coming out and some Springtime flowers too! My daffodils just bloomed this week, and being that they are in my favorite color of yellow, I just couldn’t be happier! Take care my friend! Hugs. :0)

  11. Mac Mable

    The die cut leaves that you’ve used are contemporary and different and I am loving them Anita. The way you’ve ‘coloured’ them are so pretty and unique. Both sentiments are wonderful and extra loving the second one. Both cards are amazing, different and thank you for the wonderful inspiration x.

  12. cat craig

    Anita, your leaves are beautifully shown on the two cards. The color palette you chose is refreshing and spring-y. Brilliant use of the dies to make two sensationally different cards.

  13. Bonnie

    What pretty leaves, Anita! I love how you’ve made a background with them all cut from pretty backgrounds! And the bouquet is so pretty with the die cut border and fantastic sentiment!

  14. Rosemary D

    Both cards are simply fabulous, Anita! The background you created on the first card is so lovely. Love the sweet cluster of leaves on the second.

  15. papierelle

    Two very nice cards. I really like the way you played with the leaves. On the one hand as a background and on the other hand as the main element on the map. I also like the color choices of both cards.

  16. Cathy R

    Wonderful cards Anita, so different and creative! Such a pretty eucalypt leaf die too, love them in the shades of blue, take care, Cathy x

  17. Lisa Elton

    You’ve framed your fabulous leafy background perfectly, Anita! Love the cluster of stems you’ve tied up. It reminds me of hand drying flowers in my flower shop years ago!

  18. Brenda Lawrence

    Spring has sprung here too Anita and I’m loving seeing green. Wow, I’m in love with your twofers Anita! Your first card is so pretty with the leaves die cut out of an inky background, the colors are so soft and beautiful! I love the way you took your black frame and framed the sentiment out. it really draws the eye in for sure but the eye still focus’ on the background in the frame. I love the CAS design of the second card, the border strip is awesome and I love your leaves tied up and hanging from it! Almost looks like you are drying lavender. lol Just beautiful are your cards! Hugs, Brenda

  19. grandmabkb

    Since discovering Simply Graphic, I’ve had a hard time not filling my cart! These eucalyptus leaves are right up my alley. Gorgeous cards, my friend. The black frame drew my eyes right in, then they had a good wander-’round the rest of your card. It’s got a lot going on, but it’s been done right – lots of white space which makes it look just sweetly lovely. And of course, you know how much I love CAS cards! Your second one with a little tied up bunch in those soft colors makes me rather quite happy. Awesome Twofer girl! Spent time with Chris and the grands this past weekend and am finally past the ‘exhausted’ stage, lol! Missing you. Sending hugs. xoxoxo

  20. Stephanie Lanzalotto

    It’s so wonderful to see you in the gallery, Anita! I miss you here. Your cards are gorgeous, and I just love how different two cards from one set can be. I love the first with that wonderful background and bold, framed sentiment, and the second with its wonderful CAS design. Love the way you tied those wonderful die cuts together. Hope you are well and happy. Thanks for playing with us at Time Out.

  21. izzyscrap

    Oh qu’elles sont belles ces cartes ! C’est vrai que les dies de Simply Graphic sont souvent très jolies et différentes de ce qu’on a l’habitude de voir, et tu les as joliment mises en valeur. Les fonds dans lesquels tu as découpé les feuilles de ta première carte devaient être eux aussi magnifiques car l’ensemble des découpes est tout simplement sublime. Et ces cadre et sentiment noir font un si joli contraste. Ta deuxième carte est un émerveillement, simple et délicate à la fois. Bien sûr ce camaïeu de bleus la rend encore plus belle à mes yeux. Merci mille fois pour cette merveilleuse inspiration ! Mille bises x

  22. Claire A

    I can only imagine how long it took you to create that delicate background with the die cuts, Anita. Not sure I’d have the patience! The soft greens are gorgeous. I seem to remember that fabulous SSS border on one of the panels you sent to me ages ago. Still on my wish list!

  23. baileyrosy

    Hi Anita ! Such an age since I popped by but saw your gorgeous card in the Happy Little Stampers gallery today. As you know I’m a sucker for a die-cut and both of yours are so beautifully CAS> Love the bold sentiment on the first and the suttle leaves on the second. I may not have been around for a while but I see your cards are still as beautiful as ever. Hope you and yours are all well during these difficult times.


  24. momentsofcrafting

    Another brilliant twofer project Anita! I love these delicate look of those gorgeous die cuts and your clever deisgns with that bold lack border and sentiment on the first card! I hope all is goind well with you and you family. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge.Stay safe! 🙂

  25. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Looking at your next post you actually did a Quadrufer with your cards – that little greenery is so versatile! Who needs more stamp supplies? Definitely not you 😉


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