Twofer Card Challenge #39 – Sunshine

Hello … bonjour! Welcome to our fun new challenge at Twofer, where we’re inviting you to brighten your already bright day with our prompt for June …

I chose to make both my cards conventional this month … one for a birthday, the other to give someone a smile (encouragement/friendship). My common image is a fun sun from Simon Says Stamp’s Happy & Smile stamp set. Here’s a closer look at each one …

This used to be one of my favourite designs … a strip of colour along the lower third line of my card, with an image and sentiment over it … though it’s been a while since I used it. The fresh stripes of sponged blue put me in mind of a summer sky or ocean … and with the sun (in his cool, shiny shades) taking the place of the ‘a’ in the stacked, die cut ‘hooray’ (from Neat and Tangled), I’m thinking beach party! That’s a birthday beach party by the way … thanks to the white heat embossed secondary sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. Want to see how shiny those cool shades really are …

My second card has me smiling every time I look at it …

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The window design lent itself to an unconventionally sized slimline card … it’s 21 x 7.5 cm (roughly 8 x 3 inches) … half an A4 sheet folded across the long edge. I cut the windows individually using a die from Concord & 9th, marked the card base where the openings were and stamped the happy sun gradually rising through the morning. Each sun was masked so that the sky behind them could be sponged with distress inks … and when that was done, I added a good dose of sparkle to them (see below for a little more detail). The Avery Elle sentiment was stamped onto the window panel before I popped it up on craft foam onto the card base.

How about lighting up our gallery with some sunshine of your own … we’d love to see you and your two distinctly different designs there! Details of how to play along, including rules and FAQs are over at the Twofer blog … together with loads of delicious inspiration from the DT.  We’re delighted to have two wonderful Guest Designers joining us this month … Veana and Daphne … welcome ladies!  Do go and enjoy a visit with these talented artists … and let yourself be inspired. You can always say hello while you’re there too!

My birthday card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Less is More – Favourite Technique … I love to use stacked die cuts

NBUS – Anything Goes … first trip out for that fabulous scripty hooray

… and those sun filled windows are joining in at …

Papercraft Challenges – Anything Goes

Retro Rubber – Summer Breeze … the sun image is at least four years old

Uniko – Anything Goes … with the die cuts option

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

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43 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #39 – Sunshine

  1. Clelie

    This is THE most adorable card!…the three window sunshine card! So glad I caught your posting…it brings a big SMILE to the heart! ☺ (Both designs are wonderful.♥)

  2. Jeanne

    These cards are fabulous, Anita. I can’t help but smile in delight. The slimline card is very cool with the sun coming up so happily! Love them both!

  3. grandmabkb

    You always manage to appeal to my CAS heart. These two are, “not too much, not too little, they’re juuust right!” I’m calling the blues on your first card, Lake Michigan. Once in a while, I walk over to the bluff and watch the sun rise over the big lake. No shiny shades here though, lol!! Very sweet card. And girl…you have such talent! I cannot ever in a million years, line up squares and cut them like you do! You’ve made a wonderful sunrise across this card. And that sun has me smiling! So funny we’ve both pulled that AE set…me for the sun, you for the sentiment. Great minds thinking alike once again, my friend. Sending giant hugs across the big pond. xoxo

  4. Michele F

    Oh my, Anita!! Your cards are so adorable! LOVE that big hooray! and what a cute idea for the A! I’m in total agreement on number two – who could help but be overjoyed by this card? You’ll excuse me while I commit it to memory… xx

  5. Lisa Elton

    Two CUTE cards, Anita! Oh my goodness, the rising sun has me smiling ear to ear! Love it to bits!

  6. Bonnie

    Both of these cards make me smile, Anita! Love the realistic shades on the first sun as well as that happy face! Seeing that happy face rise across the second card makes me smile too!

  7. luraanne

    They sure made me smile! Trying to figure out how to case them as the stamp set is apparently no longer available. Very cute ideas!!

  8. Daria Z.

    Oh, Anita, the card with the three windows is absolutely delightful!! It definitely made me smile. The hooray card is also wonderful!! Love the shades!!

  9. sandie

    Super fun cards-love the slimline one-those gorgeous sunsets. All the glitter and shine and smiley faces, just what we need.

  10. Sonja

    Dear Anita, I’m amazed of your sun cards. The simple and effective design of the birthday card is melting my heart. The contrast of blue and yellow is just great. The rising sun card is breathtaking. The background in each window and different position of the sun are perfect. Lucky one, who get this card. 🙂
    Hugs, Sonja

  11. izzyscrap

    Quel magnifique thème et quelles superbes interprétations ! Tes cartes apportent la joie avec ces adorables soleils. Tes designs sont toujours aussi beaux et CAS, j’adore ! Ton dégradé de bleus…hummmm…splendide ! Ça y est, j’ai envie de partir en vacances ! Merci de partager et de jouer avec Uniko et Less is More. Mille bises

  12. Rosemary D

    both cards are fabulous (as is always the case!), but that slimline card is extra fabulous with the clever way you had the fun smiling sun rise across the card!

  13. djkardkreations

    These both make me grin from ear-to-ear, Anita! They are truly happy designs and perfect representatives of how sunshine would look captured on a card front! Your ombre blues are the picture of precision and I love the way you used Mr. Sun in his cool sunshades as the letter A in HOOR-Y!! I also love your brilliant blending on your encouragement card in lovely sunset hues! And that funny sunny is the BEST peeking through the window as he rises from bed! Hammy is loving the schparkle on both!! LYAMYMA! LFTNF! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Marcia Hill

    As usual, I’m in love with both of your cards Anita!! The birthday card with the HOORAY over the shades of blue is a perfect spot for Mr Sunshine in his shades…totally made me smile!! And your slimline card made me smile even more! Those rising sunshine images are just too sweet and the blended backgrounds fabulous!! You knocked this twofer challenge out of the park once again my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  15. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    OMG – those are THE BEST!!! I now have a huge smile on my face – especially from your second card! this is one brilliantly executed idea!

  16. TK

    These are so fun and jolly — who can resist the laughter they bring?! Terrific cards, Anita, they’re both so great!

  17. Joanne James

    I love that sunny, punny ‘hooray’ Anita that caught my eye in the LIM gallery – and was doubly thrilled to pop by and see your trio of rising suns too! What a great way to show the variety of your sunshine stamp. Just lovely!

  18. Gerrina

    I an sure both cards will give a smile to the reciever! The first is so salm and bright, but that 2nd one is so stunning! Hugs, Gerrina

  19. Bobby Hagen

    Your sunrise card is pure genius, Anita. And cute to boot. It makes me smile all over. Great idea to use the sun for an A in the sentiment. That is such a fun birthday card.

  20. Marisela Delgado

    Hola, Anita! Bonjour! Ca va? How are you, my friend? I hope you are well. 💜💜💜 Your cards are beautiful, Anita. I really love the sunrise card. Of course, it has purple! haha haha 😀 I’m okay, but pain made a sudden return. Sending you warm hugs!

  21. Loll

    Oh my gosh … both these cards are so adorable, Anita! I LOVE that happy sun face with a big smile! Very uplifting cards … a joy to see! xx

  22. catcraig

    I have this stamp and your triple window card is brilliant! Love the rising sun, and the bold blues on your second card set that smiling sun off!

  23. Carol Steedman

    I love both these cards with the wonderful smiley sunshine, Anita! Love the strips of colour on the first card and the second one is just awesome. You are sending me away with a big smile on my face! What a great twofer.
    Take care,
    Carol x

  24. maria f.

    Hey Anita! Came to tell you I loved your substitution of the sun for the A in your summery CAS creation. After seeing the second card, gotta tell me your rising sun brought such a smile to my face. The colors, the movement, that sweet sun image. Such fun. Happy summer to you!

  25. Jan Clothier

    Both cards are amazing! I LOVE the sun peeping through the windows. The way you’ve placed them is perfect and the sky behind them is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

  26. hamnmule

    Both cards are gorgeous, but I just LOVE the slimline one, so fun and your blending is lovely. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  27. Donna Ellis

    These made me happy just looking at them! I love the cheerfulness! Congrats on your win over at Retro Rubber! hugs, de

  28. momentsofcrafting

    Wow Anita! Great cards. Your little trio of sun images is just wonderful! I love it! Your designs are so clever, eye-catching and brings a huge smile !! I hope all is going well with you and the family. Take care! 🙂 x

  29. conil

    Sunshine should be your middle name because these two cards SCREAM happiness and warmth.Sorry I’m so late to the party…have no idea how I missed this but I saw your strip card at Less is More (congratulations on your win, by the way) and hopped on over to see what was cooking. Am I ever glad I did. Both cards are fantastic. Love the strip card, so vibrant and fun. And the 3 window card is just plain genius. I’ve always said, I’d love to crawl into your brain and learn everything you know. Mine is dull and worn out but yours is super creative.

  30. Claire A

    Anita, I think the card with the sun shining through the windows is my absolute favourite card of yours. It’s just gorgeous and now I have yet another item on my Wishlist. Such an inspired way to use the sun as the ‘a” in the first one as well. Pure brilliance!


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