Friday, May 18, 2018

Reminder ~ Twofer Card Challenge #5 ~ Butterflies!

Hi there!

Have you made your Twofer butterfly cards? It's been wonderful seeing butterflies flitting all around Blogland and having so many of them land in the gallery! If you are just getting yours out from winter storage, you still have time to play! The challenge is open until the end of day on May 24th!

To inspire you a bit more, I've made another duo of delightful butterfly designs for you!
You can find all the card details on my blog djkardkreations.com.

We hope to see you soon and thank you if you have already played! Remember the winners will have the opportunity to be future Guest Designers!
HAVE FUN!
DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US!
WE LOVE TO SEE YOUR CREATIONS!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #5

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your amazing entries in last month's challenge! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

This month our challenge prompt is ...

Feel free to interpret the prompt however it inspires you, but remember to use the same butterfly stamp or die on both cards for two different occasions!

Remember, too, that we will have a "conventional" challenge winner from those who use their butterfly stamp or die as butterfly images and, if suitable, we will also have an "unconventional" winner from those who use their butterfly stamp or die as something other than a butterfly!

Guest Designers

We had TWO winners for our March challenge so we have TWO Guest Designers for this challenge!

Please give a warm welcome to our "conventional" winner, Linda Walmsley of Life in the Craft Lane:
Here are Linda's sensational Twofer cards using the same butterfly for her Birthday and Thank You cards. Thank you, Linda!
And please give a warm welcome to our "unconventional" winner, Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas:
Here are Mac's brilliant and unconventional Twofer cards using the same butterfly for her Hello and Encouragement cards. Thank you, Mac!
Design Team

We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your Design Team! You can find the details on all these inspirational Twofers on the designer's individual blogs. We hope you'll take a closer look!

The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) May 24th.
The winner and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:05 AM (PST) May 30th.

The Winner(s) will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer!

A reminder of our simple rules!

For important details, please click on the Rules and FAQ tabs above.

Thank you for playing and leaving some encouragement for others!
HAVE FUN!!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4 Winners!

Hello!

It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #4! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and your sensational card designs! I can tell you that we had a difficult time choosing our favorites because you all did a wonderful job with the PETS prompt! Thank you so much!!

Congratulations to our April Winner!
Maria entered twice and both sets of Twofers were so creative, colorful, and fun. Every detail of all four designs was thoughtful and precisely executed. Maria's love of card-making and fun just radiates from each of her delightfully crafted cards!

Well done, Maria! Here is the Winner's Badge for you to proudly display on your blog!

Here are your fabulous Honorable Mentions!

Lee Ann's stenciled background is colorful and stunning behind the full-body images of both the Great Dane and the Chihuahua in her first card. For her second card, Lee Ann did an amazing job of masking and coloring her herd of welcoming neighbors! Stamping each of the Great Danes at varying heights is remarkably creative, as is popping the Chihuahua here and there!

Marcia's little dog looks so adorable on both designs. Her birthday card represents the gray all-over appearance of warm winter days when the snow turns to mud. You can see how filthy the little pup is from digging under the wood-grain embossed fence! Marcia's second card design is so sweet with the pretty sky opening behind the colorful pup as he lovingly donates his bones to the recipient! The long twine bow is a perfect finish!

Marina used a darling goldfish for her pet. Placing him in a large fish tank with all the necessary bright and colorful accouterments was delightful, but turning the fish tank into a shaker card with sequins at the bottom made the design genius! Marina kept her second design perfectly CAS as a little note card, but she gave it lots of personality with her coloring and shimmery bubbles!

Rosi really put a lot of work into her Christmas card using her pudgy cute cat and two of its friends. Creating the fun scene involved a lot of cutting and masking. Even the floor looks sensational! For her second card, Rosi managed to squeeze the same cute cat into a hot air balloon adorned with fussy-cut little fishes for lots of fun! Her coloring with different mediums on both designs is bright and sensational!

Jacquie presented two fun designs for the challenge with her pet chickens. Her first card replicates a hen house with the four openings cut from her woodgrain panel. Inside the openings, it appears two of the egg-layers don't quite know what to make of the Hip Chick and placing the sentiment in the fourth opening makes the design whimsical and balanced. For Jacquie's second card, you cannot help but giggle at the "girls," especially the one who stands out with her rainbow hair and rainbow stockings!

Congratulations to all you talented ladies!
Here is the Honorable Mention badge for you to display with pride!

We look forward to seeing more of your creative and awesome Twofer Card Challenge designs next month! The challenge will run from May 10, 2018 to May 24, 2018

Thank you again!! Mwah!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reminder ~ Twofer Card Challenge #4 ~ PETS

Have you shown us your pet yet?! There's still time! The challenge closes at the end of the day on April 24th!

It's been so fun seeing your entries and hearing your stories of your pets and even seeing some of your photos! The entries reminded me of the pet tree frog our son brought home from school when it closed for the summer. We had him for two years. We named the frog "Fred." I know, so original!

In memory of Fred, here are two more Twofer designs to inspire you!
Yes, that's right, Fred was a girl frog and sometimes she liked to wear hot pink eye shadow and false eyelashes and put on her fetching pink body suit! She also liked riding around on the hood of the Mayor's VW Bug. (I'm not saying we anthropomorphized Fred, but you can say it if you like.) I used my Ziggies and winked the windshield and lights. Fred was fussy cut (see below) for his ride on the Bug.

The Mayor is finally retiring, so this card is for him. The adorable frog is from Penny Black, the VW and license plate sentiment are from PTI and the "road" is from MFT. It is actually a curved line die. To make it horizontal I laid my paper sideways over the die which meant some of the die stuck out on both ends. I placed another piece of scratch paper over the top of it to keep those exposed die ends from cutting my plate. Running it through meant the gray paper was cut in half, of course, so then I just taped the two panels back together on my folded card so that it looked like a "road." 

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For this birthday card design, Fred came as herself complete with a birthday present in the format Penny Black intended. The sediment is very old from GKW. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug. A one-layer quick and clean and simple card, otherwise known as OLC QACAS.

HAVE FUN!
THANK YOU FOR PLAYING!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your incredible participation in last month's challenge! You are inspiring lots of design ideas with your cards and your cleverness! 

If you missed the previous post announcing the winners for last month, please note that there will now be TWO winners each month, as well as five Honorable Mentions! One winner will be chosen from those who make conventional cards with their prompt stamp or die and one will be chosen from those who make unconventional cards with their prompt stamp or die. More love to go around!


This month our prompt is ...
Feel free to interpret the prompt however it inspires you, but remember to use the same pet stamp or die on both cards! 

We welcome cards featuring all varieties of pets, not just cats and dogs! Have you (or someone you know) had a pet parakeet, turtle, hamster, chicken, bunny, horse ... we'd love to see what PET you feature and hear all about the special critter in your household, farm, or country estate!

Guest Designer

This month we are delighted to present the winner of our February challenge as our Guest Designer! Please give a warm welcome to Pia of Pia's Papir og Perler:
Here are Pia's beautiful Twofer cards using the same kitty
for a Birthday card and a Christmas card! Thank you, Pia!
Design Team 

We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your Design Team! You can find detailed information about their designs on their individual blogs which we hope you can visit.
Darnell
Loll
Bev
Anita
Susanne
Kara

The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) April 24th.
The Winners and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:00 AM (PST) April 30th.
The Winners will have the opportunity to be future Guest Designers!

A reminder of our simple rules!

For more details, please click on the Rules and FAQ tabs above. 
Thank you for playing and leaving some encouragement for others!
HAVE FUN!!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3 Winners!

Hello!

It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #3 Blossoms! Thank you once again for your enthusiasm and your sensational card designs! 

I'm still figuring out this challenge right along with you and tweaking it where necessary. In personal emails and comments you have left, I know my personal DT creations for the challenge have mistakenly led some of you to believe that your second design for Twofer HAD to be unconventional. 

Stretching your stamps and dies in unexpected ways is encouraged, but it is not a rule. In order to emphasize that you are free to use your stamps and dies (based on the prompt) in either conventional or unconventional ways, I have decided that a TWOfer Challenge needs TWO winners! YAY!!

So from now on:
  1. There will be a winner who used the prompt in a conventional way for both cards; AND 
  2. There will be a winner who used the prompt in an unconventional way for one or both cards. 
I hope this change will reassure those of you who have felt like this challenge was too hard or too out-of-the box for you and I hope you'll play along in future challenges!!

The "conventional" winner for March is:

#59 Linda Walmsley of Life in the Craft Lane!
Linda created two designs using a beautiful Tim Holtz roses die. Her card on the left is elegant in white over black with a lovely flowing sentiment. Her splatters of gold and silver heighten the rich design. Linda's second card uses the same die and the unique design element of two sentiments on the card front. For this design, the roses are an inlaid masterpiece in wonderful pastel colors!

The "unconventional" winner for March is:

#18 Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas
It's hard to believe Mac's two designs were made using the same poppy stamp from Penny Black! This is a rare case of words failing me as a picture is worth a thousand words! Please click on the link to go to Mac's blog for the fascinating details!

Congratulations Linda and Mac! You will both be invited to be Guest Designers for the May challenge! Here is the winner's badge to proudly display on your blog!

Here are the fabulous Honorable Mentions in numeric order:

#9 Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany
Here Jenny shows us how two different designs can be created even when a full-size stamp is used. She created amazing depth with her design on the left, using beautiful colors and the layered Batik resist technique. Stamping a solo image, Jenny did an outstanding job coloring and spritzing to make the daisies really pop crisply against the white of her birthday card!

#20 Shelly of Simply Sweet Greetings
Even though it can be difficult to achieve, here Shelly shows us how two different CAS (clean and simple) looks can be created using the same stamp. Shelly's yellow rose with dark shadowing and her pink rose with white highlights create amazing depth and dimension. Stamping a masked and uncolored cluster outline of roses is a fantastic design idea that makes the pink rose pop.

#35 Sonja of Oldpunca
Here Sonja went conventional with one of her springtime designs and unconventional with the other. Her sweet traditional tulips look so fresh in pink against the white scalloped circle and kraft-colored card and her "tulip" Easter eggs look so inviting nestled in the grass under that gorgeous watercolored sky.

#55 TaeEun of Rainbow in November
TaeEun is a magician with watercoloring and, like Jenny, she shows us how two distinct designs can be created using a very large image. Her offset rainbow daisy is white-embossed, fussy cut, and popped up on the card base. Her paneled square design is gold-embossed and gold-embellished and allows us to see the blue daisy dead-center in all its glory. (If you haven't visited TaeEun's blog to see that "HI" sentiment up close, you need to do that!)

#66 Susan of Cardmaker's Garret
Here Susan has managed to make the stunning Penny Black bouquet stamp look completely different in her two pretty designs. She lets the image fill the card with springtime breezes with her light watercolors and fun floral sequins in the card on the left. With her second design she uses the framed arch to draw in the eye and put the spotlight on a small area of the image, painting the flowers the deep rich colors of summer.

Congratulations to all you talented ladies!
Please take the Honorable Mention badge to proudly display on your blog!
We look forward to seeing more of your creative and awesome 
Twofer Card Challenge designs next month! 
The April challenge will run from April 10, 2018 to April 24, 2018


Thank you!! Mwah!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3

Hello and Welcome!

THANK YOU for your incredible participation in last month's challenge! You are inspiring lots of design ideas with your cards and your cleverness is exciting to see!

This month we are all getting winter-weary and we need some fresh flower blossoms to remind us that spring will be here soon! For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere who are summer-weary, feel free to make fall blossoms your focus pocus!




Twofer Card Challenge Rules
  • Use the monthly PROMPT on both cards.
  • Use the EXACT same stamp or die in some form on both cards.
  • Make two distinctly DIFFERENT DESIGNS.
  • Make your cards for two DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.*
  • Link ONE PHOTO of both cards here AND on any social media you enter.
  • IF you post on social media, use the FULL NAME #twofercardchallenge.
  • FOLLOW this blog.
  • NO BACKLINKS, which means your post date/time must be after the challenge date/time.
  • Please SUPPORT the Design Team and your fellow players by leaving some encouragement below and on other gallery entries. 
  • Please READ the Frequently Asked Questions under the FAQ tab above for helpful additional information.
  • Have FUN!
*Don't forget this one! If there is no sentiment on your card front, or the sentiment does not conform to the list in the side bar, please explain your occasion in your post.
Guest Designer

This month we are delighted to present the winner of our January challenge as our first Guest Designer. Please give a warm welcome to Verna Angerhofer of VA's Creative Clutter
Here is Verna's creative take on the challenge!
Do you see how Verna has used the same flower blossom stamp on both her different designs? She has used the blossom stamp to decorate the Easter eggs and make the grass! Very inventive and unexpected! Thank you, Verna! 

Design Team

We hope you will be inspired by the example creations from your Design Team! You can find detailed information about their designs on their individual blogs and we hope you can visit.
Darnell
Verna and I used our flower stamps in unexpected ways, which was fun, but that is NOT a rule for this challenge! Please note below that all the rest of the Design Team made traditional floral cards to inspire you and show you all you need to do is use your flower stamp or die to make two flower card designs!!

Loll


Bev

Anita

Susanne

Kara


The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) March 24th.
The winner and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:00 AM (PST) March 30th.

The Winner will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer!