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Twofer Card Challenge #6 – Trees

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to June’s Twofer Card Challenge … this month, our theme will open up all kinds of possibilities for your cards … it’s …

… and here’s where my imagination took me …

The stamp that appears on both cards here is the tall tree from Simon Says Stamp’s One With Nature set … used conventionally on the first and unconventionally on the second.  Let’s start with a closer look at how it’s expected to be seen …

… yep, as a tree … or rather a trio of trees.  A one layer Christmas card with the trees heat embossed in silver and the backgrounds offset stamped in a contemporary colour palette.  The miniscule stars were cut from silver foil card with a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered to the branches … they almost twinkle like Christmas lights!  The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled, also embossed in silver … and I added some cross stitch detailing each side with a Lawn Fawn border die.

My twofer …

… spot the tree?  This time, for my fun birthday card, I turned the tree (and it’s accompanying images in the set) into a school of tropical fish.  The images were white heat embossed … and I added the tails using a versamark pen so they could also be white embossed.  Everything was coloured with Zigs, I stamped a sentiment from Simply Graphic (‘it’s your day’), added googly eyes/an enamel accent eye to the fish … and finished off with some Glossy Accent bubbles.

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

Where will our ‘Tree’ prompt take you this time around?  We’d love to see you in our gallery with your two distinctly different cards … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamps or dies!  All the details you need are over at the Twofer blog … along with plenty of delicious ideas from the DT to spark your imagination.  We’re delighted to have the winner of our April challenge with us this month … welcome to Maria from Swim, Bike, Run and Stamp!  Do go and have a visit with Maria … not only will you find her fabulous Twofer cards, you’ll also enjoy a whole heap of wonderful inspiration to meander through and enjoy!

My Christmas card is getting festive at …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … no joy option

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

ETACAS Christmas – Masculine … thanks to Loll for the prompt 🙂

… and my birthday card will be celebrating with …

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes … no smile option (unless it’s your own!)

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Sunshine and Summer (how summery are those fish!)

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 – #111 – Holidays!

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our first Time Out Challenge of June, where we have a theme for you to play with … it’s Holidays … with the optional twist of making a one layer card. I didn’t twist this time around … Time Out

I was going to make a card about holidays (as in vacations) … couldn’t find the right combination of stamps in my stash … so adapted … and made a Christmas card.  I don’t use the term holiday for Christmas, although many of my US friends do, so I felt most everyone would understand the adaptation!  I gold heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp sentiment onto a white card panel, sponged on some Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch and splattered/spritzed Shimmer Spray over it.  The dove was cut with a Poppy Stamps die in gold foil card and white … I adhered the gold outline flat to the card, added glue to the spaces, used Press N Seal to pick up all the white inner pieces (it worked a treat!) and pressed them all into place at the same time.  The finished panel was attached flat to a card base …. and I was done.  My inspiration for the background colours, gold and dove came from Pam A who is Guest Designer at Muse Christmas Visions … thanks, Pam!

How will you interpret our Holidays theme … and will you use our optional twist?  We’d love to see what you create in our gallery.  This fortnight, we’re sponsored by Seven Hills Crafts (thanks, Tara!) … there’ll be a random winner, drawn from those who use the optional twist, of a goodie bag of stamps and dies from the store.  As usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Ishani from Quillish.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Ishani … you’ll have a splendid time exploring all the inspiring and fabulous cards on display … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

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Muse Christmas Visions – Inspiration below

Clean and Simple on Friday – Embossing

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes … No Joy Option

Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Things Bright and Beautiful (how bright is that gold!)

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

         

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Twofer Card Challenge #5 – Butterflies

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to another Twofer Card Challenge … this month, we have a lovely prompt for you … perfect for this time of year.  It’s …

Here’s how my fluttery friends landed …

My common stamp here is from Uniko‘s English Country Garden – Butterflies set … it ranks as my current favourite butterfly image (I used the smaller of the two here), it’s so beautifully detailed and lends itself to both line art stamping and to colouring (especially the large one after heat embossing).  Here’s a closer look at that first kaleidoscope of flutterers …

A one layer birthday card, simply stamped in ombré pinks to purples along one edge … a sentiment from Winnie & Walter in grey with the supplementary ‘birthday’ from SSS nestled beneath, in the same colour as the adjacent butterfly … and a scattering of glimmery gems to match.  CAS and done!

My Twofer …

A friendship card … clean and crisp once again … with a little more dimension than the first.  I die cut a circle from the front panel, adhered a piece of brusho’d paper (there’s still a little left from the Lake House!) direct onto the card base and popped the panel up on craft foam over it.  The butterfly was stamped onto vellum in white pigment ink, heat set, trimmed out and had a little shimmer added with Wink of Stella (which combined with the ink, gave it a soft, frosty look … happy accident!).  It was adhered along the body to the brusho’s, I drew in the antenna with a white gel pen, added some glossy accents to the body and folded the wings up.  The sentiment is from SSS … IMO a delightful sentiment for a friend … and it seems to go along just so with the butterfly.  It’s stamped, trimmed and adhered with foam dots.   I took a close up so you could see the shimmery, shiny detail …

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

Where will our ‘Butterfly’ prompt take you 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 simply splendid DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!  We’re delighted to have two Guest Designers with us this time round … Linda from Life In The Craft Lane and Mac from The Sweetest of Peas, winners of our March challenge.  Do go and have a visit with Linda and Mac … apart from their delicious Twofer cards, you’ll find loads of wonderful inspiration to meander through and enjoy!

My birthday card is going to be celebrating at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers CAS – One Layer Card

SSS Monday – Ombré

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions

… and my friendship card is heading to …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Clean and Simple (Optional)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Die Cutting

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

         

                   

         

Twofer Card Challenge #4 – Pets

Hello … bonjour … and welcome to our wonderful April Twofer Card Challenge!  We have a fun theme for you this month … and I’m guessing you’ll have a few stamps and/or dies in your stash that you can choose from to make your cards … it’s …

Here’s how I was inspired …

For those of you who might be wondering … no, we do not have a pig as a pet … though we do know someone in the next village who has two!  Hence my choice of these fun Simon Says Stamp party pigs, the common image on my Twofer.  How about a closer look at each one …    In his original form, this little guy is holding a big balloon and sporting a party hat … though I wanted to focus on his wide outstretched hands … paws … trotters, so I trimmed him out.  He was coloured with alcohol markers, coated with a thick layer of Glossy Accents and had some googly eyes added.  He wanted to wear a T shirt with ‘pig’ on it … though as he couldn’t find one that suited his rather demanding tastes, he decided to simply wear the word … he’s a bit of a rebel … and loves a fun sentiment!  The base card was embossed several times with a Lawn Fawn stitched border … I die cut the Winnie & Walter hugs (to go with those welcoming trotters) in silver striped PP and black craft foam and adhered them over the stitching … and Monsieur Cochon just hopped on next to the sentiment, popped up on foam dots (with a double layer of foam under his trotters).  I know he’d love you to see a close up of his big friendly smile …

My Twofer …

Here, Monsieur Cochon is appearing with a few friends … leaping out from behind a wall for a surprise birthday party.  They’ve kept their fun hats on this time, though got a little over excited and managed to burst all their balloons … so I masked them off (flat balloons just don’t have the same festive feel as full round ones!).  The wall is a black edged, MFT stamped, popped up sentiment panel … and the pigs’ party outfits are courtesy of some coloured pencils, a white gel pen, Spectrum Noir shimmer and a touch of Stickles.  You can see the excitement in their Enamel Accent-ed eyes here …

Voilà … my two distinctly different designs … for two distinctly different occasions … using the same stamp!  I went conventional with the use of my stamp this time around (my pig stayed a pig on each card) … and you can too, if that’s what you’d like to do.  You can also stretch your stamp or die in an unexpected way (as I hope you’ve seen in previous Twofer posts), although that’s not a requirement to play along.  If you haven’t already seen the last winners post (here), the lovely Darnell has decided to have two winner’s spots … one for conventional and one for  unconventional use of your stamp or die … how perfect is that … this is Twofer after all!

So … do you have a pet you’d like to depict on your cards this month … or will you need to put your thinking cap on and ‘borrow’ one as I did?  We’d love to see your two distinctly different designs … 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, as well as a whole heap of fantastic inspiration from the brilliant DT … is over at the Twofer blog … it’s just a click away!   We’re delighted to have a talented Guest Designer with us this time around … welcome to Pia from Pia’s Papir Og Perler … our winner from challenge 2.  Do pop over for a visit with Pia, you’ll find so much fun and fabulous inspiration over at her blog … and you can leave some love for her while you’re there!

My Pig Hugs are heading over to …

AAA Cards – A Favourite Technique … mine is die cutting

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Mod Squad – Simply Clean

… and my Sweet Birthday Pigs will be celebrating at …

MFT Color – Cement Grey, Peach Bellini, Coral Crush, Blue Breeze … below (my closest colours)

SSS Wednesday – Happy Birthday … congratulations to the SSSW DTs past and present … eight splendid years packed with fun challenges … thank you … and here’s to many more!

SSS Monday – Mythology/Inspired By A Story … my story is The Three Little Pigs!

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 – #105 – It’s Our Birthday!

Hello … bonjour!  It’s a very special day for us today at Time Out … it’s our 4th birthday!  Huge congratulations to Sandie and the whole Design Team … may there be many more happy years of being inspired together ahead!  We’re celebrating with a most appropriate and fun ‘Inspired By Words’ challenge … birthdays are full of sunshine, love and laughter … here’s my take on it … Time OutOver the last week or so, all the blossom trees round about us have suddenly come into flower … and they provided the inspiration for my almost one layer card.  It’s stamped with images from Concord & 9th’s Beautiful Branches … I double stamped the blossoms … in light pink all over and in dark pink around the centres, not being too precise so as to mimic the style of the image.  The ‘because’ sentiment (Concord & 9th’s Just Because) was die cut, coloured to match the branches and triple stacked before being adhered to the card … and I stamped the tiny secondary sentiments (from SSS) around it in the same dark pink as the blossom centres.  I finished off with some dots of white gel pen on the stamens and a scattering of Lucy’s Little Gems around the sentiment.

Where will our words take your creative imagination?  You can use any or all of them to inspire your card … we’d love if it you joined in our celebration!  We’re sponsored by Concord & 9th this time round, thanks to Angie and Greg  … our overall winner (as voted for by the DT) will receive a $25 GC … and will also be invited to design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with a heaps of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … as well as from our super talented and returning Guest Designer, the lovely Claire from Life On The Scrap Heap.   You probably know Claire already … if not, you should!  Why not pop over for a visit and enjoy a wonderful meander through all the deliciousness on offer over at her blog … you could say hello while you’re there too!  Oh, and one final thing … if you head over to the Concord & 9th blog, you’ll find that they’re also sharing about our birthday celebration!

I’m playing along at …

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

SSS Monday – Easter/Spring Inspiration (Mood Board below – blossoms picture on left)

SSS National Craft Month – Any Creative Project

SSS Wednesday – Easter Inspired (Mood Board below – top right blossom tree)

The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes (hope blossoms on trees count!)

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 – #104 – We’re Going Bold!

Hello … bonjour!  Our lovely new challenge starts this morning at Time Out … this fortnight … We Challenge You To Be … Bold!   Here’s where I went with the theme …

Time OutI’ve had this vibrant, bold, Brusho background since the last Lake House trip … made during a very messy playtime we had … and this seemed the perfect moment to use some of it up.  I was inspired by a card I received from my lovely friend, the uber talented Loll (thanks so much for the inspiration, Loll!) … which had a yupo paper and alcohol ink background with embossing paste leaves stencilled on it … gorgeous!  I can’t find it on her blog … though when you go over there, you’ll find lots of other luscious examples of her stunning work!  My panel was cut to size, I arranged and adhered some die cut leaf sprigs from Poppystamps over it and trimmed off the overhanging ones round the edges.  This particular die has been discontinued,  though there are plenty of other lovely ones here at Poppy Stamps.  The sentiment is from SSS, white heat embossed on light blue vellum … and I added a scattering of Lucy’s Little Jewels to co-ordinate with the colours in the background.  The panel was popped up on craft foam on the card base.

Where will our challenge take your creative imagination … to bold colours, as mine did … to a bold sentiment … to a bold image … or somewhere else?  Wherever it takes you, we’d love to see what you create!  This time round, we’re sponsored by Poppystamps … the winner, as voted for by the DT will receive a $20 GC from the store … and as usual, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at Time Out, along with plenty of wonderful inspiration from our splendid DT … as well as from some of the fabulous team at Poppystamps …. and our talented Guest Designer, Marieke.  Do go over and have a visit with Marieke … she has heaps of delicious cards for you to enjoy on her blog … and why not say hello while you’re there!

You might also like to know that there’s a Clean and Simple challenge starting today at the Poppystamps blog … so if you have some of their products and make a CAS card for Time Out,  you can link it up there too … and be in with a chance to win a randomly drawn prize!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes

Poppystamps – Clean and Simple

Simon Says Stamp Monday – In My Garden

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

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 – #103 – Hobbies!

Hello … bonjour!  We have a fabulous new challenge starting today at Time Out … this fortnight we have a theme … Hobbies … with the optional twist of making a one layer card.  I chose not to twist this time around … and made this delicate little number …

Time OutAre you wondering what hobby my card illustrates?  Have a guess … got it yet?  If you came up with lace making you’re spot on … or even crochet would do it.  I don’t do either, though did dabble in the latter many years ago!  I sponged a panel of Bristol card stock with three different distress inks, did a little splattering over the top and left it to dry.  My doily die cut is from Waffle Flower … one of a number given to me by my lovely, non blogging, card making friend Judith last summer (she comes for a playdate every year while visiting family in the area) … isn’t it pretty?  I trimmed off the edge and adhered it over the blended area of my panel, leaving the outer couple of centimetres free to turn up a little.  The ‘Thanks’ is from SSS … die cut from vellum and black … hung slightly over the edge of the doily, with the supplementary sentiment embossed in white on a slender black strip.  I added a single ink-sponged heart (from Winnie & Walter), covered it with Spectrum Noir sparkle … and topped it and the die cut ‘Thanks’ with Glossy Accents, before attaching the panel to my card base.

How creative will you be with our Hobbies theme … and will you use our optional twist?  It was only when I started looking through my stash that the idea of lace making came to me … till then the ideas well was dry!  Why not check out your stamps and dies and see if they prompt an idea or two … we’d love to see what you make in our gallery!   This fortnight, we’re sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays (thanks, Michele!), who are offering a $20 GC to a random twister … and as usual, our overall winner, as voted for by the DT, will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.  All the details are over at the Time Out blog … along with heaps of inspiration from our brilliant DT … and from our talented Guest Designer, Ashwini from Experiments With Card Making Etc.  Why not pop over and have a visit with Ashwini … you’ll have a fabulous time exploring all the wonderful, fun, bright, happy cards on display … and you can leave her some love while you’re there!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to CAS – Teal

Addicted to Stamps & More – Clean and Simple

Happy Little Stampers Dies – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Send A Card To A Friend Day

SSS Wednesday – Add A Die Cut

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