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Twofer Card Challenge #3 – Blossoms

Hello … bonjour!  Our fabulous third Twofer Card Challenge starts today … well, right this moment actually!  You all pushed the boundaries again with your cards last month, thank you … we had a gallery full of hearts in all their various (and sometimes most unexpected) guises … what inventive players you are!  So, March has arrived … and in less than two weeks, we’ll be into spring here in the northern hemisphere … how about a word prompt that fits nicely into the season …

Here’s where I went with it …

My common stamp here is from CAS-ual Fridays‘ Mon Ami set … to my eyes, it looks like a lotus blossom … how could I not use it?  How about a closer look at each card …

Here, I used the stamp more or less as it was intended … though with a little artistic licence … bet this is the first time you’ve seen lotus blossom on long stems (taken from a Concord & 9th set) … unless they’re stylised tulips that is!  One layer, heaps of crisp white space, some no line ombré watercolouring, a birthday sentiment from MFT nestled into the curve of one of the blossoms, and a sprinkling of sequins … a joy to my CAS loving heart!

My Twofer …

A little busier … and a smidge outside my comfort zone!  Coloured card stock (eek!), a white heat embossed pattern against the minty green (recognise the lotus?), some perfect pearl painting inside the petals, a black heat embossed thank you sentiment (from Concord & 9th) and a scattering of gems.  The pattern was straightforward to create … I marked the centre of the panel, made sure the central dot of one of the blossoms was over it, and worked outwards from there, stamping and heat embossing as I went.  I used an acrylic block rather than MISTI … it was easier to look through it to line up the overlapping central dots and ensure the petal edges were touching.  Seems to me there’s something a little groovy and/or 60s retro about it … may try something similar again!

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!

So … what will your creative imagination do with ‘Blossoms’ this month?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with heaps of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted too that we have a Guest Designer with us this time round … welcome to Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter, who was the winner of our inaugural Twofer Card Challenge!  Do go and have a visit with Verna … apart from her brilliant Twofer there, you’ll find loads of delicious cards to meander through and be inspired by!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

AAA Cards – Ombré

Clean And Simple On Friday – Celebration With Sequins

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

… and my funky thank you card is heading to …

The Card Concept – Photo Below (Inspired by the minty greens – Clean & Graphic/Mixed Media)

SSS National Craft Month -Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Girl Power

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

ETA:  SSS Work It Wednesday – Green

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

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Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello … bonjour!  It’s time to get excited all over again … our next Twofer Card Challenge starts right now!  Thanks to your ingenuity and creativity, our first gallery was chock full of fabulous cards showcasing two different designs … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies.  How about stretching those creative muscles again this month?  This time round, our word prompt is …       Here’s where I went with my Twofer …

The thing that these two CAS cards have in common is the Concord & 9th die cut heart … all the other elements are distinctly different.  Here’s a closer look at each one …

         

Here, I made the hearts into delicate flowers … using just the outline cuts turned upside down and adhered along the centre line to a kraft card base.  They’re folded up a little to add interest and dimension.  The stems are made from very slender strips of cardstock, attached flat to the base.  I white heat embossed a birthday sentiment from Winnie & Walter … and added a drift of enamel accent dots to mimic seed heads floating in a summer breeze.

My Twofer …

This time I used a series of whole hearts in my design.  They were cut from a piece of card that had been rainbow watercoloured with Distress Inks … and were adhered flat to a panel of black cardstock in a graphic pattern.  The Sending Hugs sentiment was made up of two dies from SSS and I added a Lucy’s Little Gem to each heart (to match the background colour).  The panel was trimmed down and popped up on craft foam onto a white card base … the white border ties the white sentiment into the design.

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same die!

So … will you let your creative imagination run wild with ‘Hearts’?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps/dies … in our gallery!  All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs,  along with loads of fantastic inspiration from the wonderful DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Hope you can join us!

My birthday card is celebrating at …

CAS on Friday – Use a Die

CAS-ual Fridays – Hearts, Hearts and More Hearts

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – No Candle Topping

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my watercolour hearts are hugging at …

CAS Watercolour – Heart

Fusion – Stained Glass Hearts Inspiration (below)

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Optional Twist Hearts

SSS Monday – Love Is In The Air

SSS Wednesday – It Must Be Love

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

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A New Challenge at Time Out – #102 – Home Sweet Home Inspiration!

Hello … bonjour!  We have a delicious Home Sweet Home photograph to inspire you to join us at Time Out this fortnight … it’s a little further down … here’s my take on it …

Time Out… and here’s the dramatic, glitzy inspiration photo …

There wasn’t one single element that pulled me in this time … I was taken with the whole picture … colours, shimmer, hearts, stripes … only the wooden floor didn’t make it into the design!  My almost one layer card was stamped and heat embossed with an oversized you and additional sentiment from SSS (You Matter), which was underlined with a couple of strips of washi tape.  The heart (SSS) was die cut out of the card front and splattered with Delicata Gold ink … I cut another heart from fun foam, edged it with the same ink … and left everything to dry (it took a while!).  The parts of the embossed sentiment on the die cut resisted the splatters and they were wiped off with a damp paint brush when it was all dry.  The two hearts were adhered together, popped back into the card (which had been lined) … and I finished with a scattering of sequins accented with Enamel Accents.  Here’s a closer look at that gold edging …

What grabs your attention in our Home Sweet Home photo … one particular element … the sparkle … the colours … the overall grouping … or something else?  Whichever way you’re inspired, we’d love to see what you create in our gallery!  Our winner, as chosen by the DT, will receive a £15 gift voucher from our fabulous sponsor, STAMPlorations (thanks, Shery!) and will have the chance to guest design with us in a future challenge.  In addition, a random winner will win a prize pack of either stamps or dies from STAMPlorations!  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with a heap of brilliant ideas from our fabulous DT and from our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Trina from My Crafting Closet.  If you haven’t come across Trina (what?!), do go over for a visit and enjoy a meader around all the deliciousness there … and even if you have, why not pop over and say hello!

I’m playing along at …

SSS Monday – Resist It

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Love

Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

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

                   

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Twofer Card Challenge #1

Hello … bonjour!  I’m delighted, excited and thrilled to be here today … extending to you a very warm welcome to the launch of the brand new, spick and span, unique Twofer Card Challenge, conceived by the lovely Darnell!  You may already have seen the announcement post a few weeks ago, though for those who haven’t … the idea of the challenge is to make two different cards … for two different occasions … using the same stamps and/or dies … based on a word prompt.  This month’s prompt is …

… and here’s where I went with my Twofer …

Both my cards are CAS in style … the main image on them is the feather (from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sadly no longer operating) … and that’s where the similarity ends!   Here’s a closer look at each one, showing how they’re different …

For this first one, I used a wonky stitched panel (MFT), masked and stamped the images so they snuggle together, added a heart to the centre of each one and stamped the sentiment (from Avery Elle).  To finish off, I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle to the hearts, coated them with Glossy Accents … and popped the panel up on craft foam on the card base.  Not too girlie, not too manly … fine for an anniversary card!  Shimmer and shine anyone?

My Twofer …

Here, I made the feather images into ornaments for a Christmas card.  They and their strings were heat embossed in silver, with the centres and little hangers heat embossed in blue.  The sentiment (SSS) was die cut from silver foil paper and adhered flat to the card base … and I added a strip of silver sparkle washi and one of heat embossed blue to the edge.

Voilà … two distinctly different cards for two distinctly different occasions with the same stamp!

So … how would you like to play along with us in our inaugural challenge … we’d love it if you did!  Why not let your imagination go to work with ‘Feathers’ … stretch those creative muscles … and make two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … with the same stamps/dies?   All the information you need, including timescales, guidelines, rules and FAQs … along with a whole heap of glorious inspiration from the fantastic DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  Can’t wait to see you in our gallery!

My anniversary card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

CAS-ual Fridays – All That Glitters … just check out those hearts!

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

and my Christmas ornaments are joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean & Simple

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with the optional CAS Twist

Just Us Girls – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Winter Blues

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