Thursday, October 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #21

Here we are already in the midst of October. How in the world did that happen?! It was wonderful to see you all playing along with last month's Twofer Challenge "Critters" prompt. I really enjoyed seeing all those adorable images and the fun ways you used them. This month, we've got a fun prompt too, and it's quite apropos for Halloween.

See...I told you! I have a peppermint, tootsie roll, gummy bear, M&Ms candy, and a host of other 'sweet' candyish stamps. But my brain went in a bit of another direction. An ice cream bar and popsicles. They're sweet, too! Together they look like this:

When I was a kid, I loved orange popsicles, but I always had to break them in half and share with my sisters or brother. But ice cream bars were 'built' for one! This ice cream bar has a lovely strawberry ice cream with a deep, rich, dark chocolate coating. Yum! Sweet! 

Both treats were created with scraps, using a Studio Calico popsicle die. I added some bead "sprinkles" and an EH hand on my first card, (which is a thank you card and had a GC enclosed) and fussy cut the chocolate coating using the outside of the die as a template. A Hero Arts sentiment, and a white gel pen for some shine finished this rather CAS card. For my orange popsicle card (for one of my many grandchildren's birthdays), I used an RC patterned paper, and cut a scrap in the same color family with an Altenew frame die. I added a panel of vellum beneath to accentuate the treats, and the sentiment is from Sunny Studios. Sure wish you could see these in person; they look delicious!

Where "Sweets" take you this month? Halloween candy? Christmas candy? I can't wait to see what you create! The premise of Twofer is so easy, too. Two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamps, dies, stencils as your focal point. And as always...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #20

This month for our Twofer Challenge, we've got something fun for you. And I'll bet that we all have stamps, dies, and/or stencils in our stash that can be used for this month's prompt. The most difficult aspect for me this time, was choosing one set, lol!! Let's see what you do with:

Oh the endless possibilities! Let's see what you've got!

I went with....


This first card has a sassy message inside, which you'll get to in a minute...

Obviously, this is a "manly" card. We get fields and meadows like this full of bucks and does all over the state. So I made this card with my (as I like to call him) "2nd best BFF" in mind. He's a deer hunter. I found all these scraps in my files and whipped this card up in no time. All the bucks and trees are from Poppystamps, as is the sentiment. I used an MFT grass border. On the inside, I was naughty, and I hope I don't offend anyone, but it says, "Let's do some shots." Heading to the corner now for a time out...sorry. (she said, laughing and snorting all the way!)

Nothing naughty about card number two:

This little thank you note will go into the stockpile, and one of our lucky children will find it in their box of cards as part of their Christmas gift. Unless I need it before then, lol! Love this chunky scalloped frame by ME, and I found this Pebbles chevron paper in my (ahem) small paper stash. Small if you compare it to a store maybe.... The circle scallop die is from MFT. The sentiment and the Whittle Deer are from Poppystamps. And there you have it. 

I love the premise of this challenge. It makes me think about the cards I'm making. Two different designs on two cards, using the same stamps, dies or stencils, for two different occasions. It's fun! Hope to see you in the gallery this month! And as always...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #19

Well hello there! I hope your summer is going along just swimmingly! After a very cool Spring, summer finally landed here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and believe me, I'm trying to take advantage of it! It was delightful to see all of your cards for the garden Twofer Challenge last time! Your ideas and designs were just wonderful and I know you'll like what's in store for you for our 19th Challenge.

How cool (pun intended) is that prompt?!! Who wants to meet at the beach, relax under umbrellas with fruity drinks and enjoy the sun, sand, and surf?! Maybe get on a charter boat? Turn into mermaids? Sounds like heaven to me! Before we head off though, we should probably get our cards made...two cards with two different designs (think two different sketches) for two different occasions using the same stamps, dies, stencils, and then let's hit the shoreline! Oh wait...I've got mine done already! Guess that means I'll go on ahead of you and mix up the daiquiris!

Here they are together:

And separately:

For both cards, I used a Studio Katia waves stencil. My birthday card is pretty traditional with a wavy ocean and a little MFT boat floating under the YNS sun. The second one, an anniversary card, used the same waves, but they look so different covering the whole card front in black. The flower spray is from WPlus9, and the sentiment is from Li'l Inkers on a hot pink MFT rectangle. So I'll see you in the Twofer Challenge gallery, right?! Sure hope so! And as always...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #18

Well hello there! Summer is in full swing, and those lazy, hazy, crazy days are here. It's time for beaching it, wearing your sandals, and enjoying all that this time of year has to offer. How are your flower beds? Mine need a bit of weeding, but all those buds and blossoms make me smile each time I step outside. Keeping that in mind, our prompt for this month's Twofer Challenge is:

You should see my neighbor Michael's garden...simply stunning! Glad we live right next door to each other; and I'm able enjoy the fruits of his labor all Spring, Summer, and Fall!

Let's have a gander my Twofer:

The first is a 'Get Well' card, and the second is a 'Thank You' card.

A tiny garden. A garden in a pot?! This is where my mind took me for this first card. The front panel is a pink and white "polka hearted" paper from LF. There are a couple of gray scraps to frame the center panel, and the flowers are from SSS's Wild Beauty set. As is the sentiment. I drew in the stems and leaves and colored the blooms with Copics. Pretty EZPZ. (I liked this design so much that I actually made several for various occasions! Won't add the photos though...)

While I left the front blank, the inside has a great big 'thank you' from a WPlus9 set. I really didn't want to detract from that flower garden! The sky and grass papers are from my scrap files. That's a LF fence, and the grass die is from MFT. I did die cut a sun, but since I wanted the focus to be on the flowers, I removed it. All the flowers are from the same SSS Wild beauty set, and I colored them with Copics. 

So there you have it. My gardens. I can't wait to see where your minds take you! I am really looking forward to your cards in the gallery. And stop by the DTs blog to see what they've made, too. Now I think I'll go make a margarita, grab the chaise lounge and look at Michael's garden...hey, it's much more fun than actually weeding mine!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fun in the Pun

Fun in the Pun. See...already a little pun happening. Don't you just love the English language?! That we can rhyme, switch out words or change up punctuation to create a whole new (and possibly funny/punny) sentence, often makes me laugh out loud. Check this out:

Let's eat Grandma.


Let's eat, Grandma.

See what I did there?! One little comma and the whole thing changes! Gotta love it! Words are great!

I do have a couple of cards with plays/puns on words to share today. The first one is going off to play at CAS on Friday and the second one is headed into the AAA Cards challenge.

Use these colors ;-) 

My first card:

A simple belated birthday card. This is an NBUS EH set that I just couldn't resist. Those little cameras are adorable, aren't they?! I used the ink colors in CASoF's challenge and just added the little blings for that something extra. I found a scrap (can you believe it?!) that matched one of the ink colors perfectly and used that as a panel underneath my focal panel. EZPZ.

Next up:

I saw this YNS set around Christmastime last year and laughed and laughed. I knew I had to have it, and just waited for the right moment to ink it up. I did a little Copic coloring, and die cut the image. One red enamel dot and that silly sentiment helped to finish it off. A red scrap to bring out the color of the nose and done. Now I'm going to rush off. Time to help the DH a bit and then get a few things done. As always my friends...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

The city's parade is in full swing as I write this. There are floats, bands, cars, cheerleaders, and all the fun that accompanies parades. However, after years of working the parade and going to watch my grandchildren march in their various bands (all on drum line and they're soooo good), I've decided that I can sit parades out for a few years. We will have family and friends over later for a little cookout, and then walk to the bluff on the Lake for fireworks. It gets crazy around here with cars....hundreds if not thousands descend to take advantage of the view the bluff affords. Thankfully, my driveway will accommodate at least seven cars, so no one has to hunt for a spot! How did/do you celebrate our nation's birthday? One thing comes to mind for sure; blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream...Yum!

I've got a couple of cards to share with you today. The first one celebrates one of blogland's most famous and dearly loved bloggers; Darnell. She just celebrated a birthday, and the lovely Loll has thrown a party on her CAS Watercolor Challenge blog in Darnell's honor. Isn't that just the sweetest?! My second card is headed off to Time Out and Inkspirational.

Since I've blathered on, I'd best get right to the cards now. 

I did a light watercoloring on those pretty blossoms by Poppystamps, and just used plain cardstock. The hand die is from EH, and the Altenew frame was cut from a scrap of patterned paper. I added some nearly clear sequins, but they've shown up pink here. In real life, they're much more complimentary. 

My "three," according to the prompt at Inkspirational, are the three pink flowers in these floral swags. And those flowers fulfill the requirement over at Time Out, too. All the stamps used on this are from a WPlus9 set. I used the matching die, and put sections across the top and bottom. To give it a more CAS look, I added the sentiment close to the larger floral grouping, leaving tons of white space in the center. The flowers and leaves were all watercolored with Zigs. So that's it. Hoping to get a bit caught up on commenting today, so will wish you all a Happy 4th, and as always...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

One For CTS

I finished this card over the weekend, but then, like a ton of bricks, the old migraines came to visit. Really ticked me off, too! I have neither the time nor inclination to have them, yet they don't seem to get the message. For any of you migraine sufferers out there, there is a miracle drug called Aimovig which worked like a dream for me....until I became allergic to it (skin stuff, as that's how so many of my allergies manifest). It's a once-monthly injection, and it brought my migraines to about 4 per month, as opposed to 12-18. Please ask your neurologist about this drug if you or any of your friends and/or family needs help with debilitating migraines. It works. And trust me, almost nothing has worked well for me. This did. Don't worry though, my neuro team will be giving me an alternative med probably starting in August (if the darn insurance will cover it!).

I will share my one card before it gets too late do so. Didn't think I could work the sketch at CAS(E) THIS SKETCH, but what do you know, I made something I am quite pleased with. Hope you like it too!

My card looks like this:

I used an MFT paper, and some orange and white scraps. Even though the paper is busy, by keeping all the other elements to a minimum, I think it still has a clean and simple look. The stamp is from Verve, and I used some navy Ranger ink to match the paper...yes, it looks black, but it is really a navy pattern. So QAEPZ! Gotta run, duty calls. As always dear friends...