Friday, July 10, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge #29

Well would you look at that?!! Huh! Who knew that the number of today's Twofer post, 29, would exactly match my age, hahahahahahahahaha!?! Okay, I might be fibbing just by a few years...or more, but right this moment, I'm feeling 29 (don't worry though, it won't last....too many projects to do!). I hope you're feeling a #29 Twofer Challenge today. And boy, do we have a good one just waiting for you! It's (drumroll please....) Butterflies!!!

How perfect is that for a summertime theme?! I've noticed a huge variety of butterflies in my flowerbeds this year, and they sure have a way of lifting your heart and spirits just by watching them flutter around. And I've got a pair of cards with a "flutterby" or two on them to show you:

Both cards used Ellen Hutson's Everyday Doodles butterfly. It's such a sweet image, don't you think?!

For this first card, a birthday card for one of the granddaughters, I started with an MFT wonky die cut panel, and gave it a sponging over in blues. I used a total of three EH sets on this card. Except for the hearts, all images are die cut and the clouds are popped up a bit. I used Copics to color, and off it went to Lily.

My second card is a sympathy card. 

I found a decent sized scrap of green polka dots, and had originally planned to use the cut-out part on a white base. I liked it better this way, so using some DO inks, to create a soft background, I went with this design. I added the sweet little EH butterfly, which represents resurrection, and the sentiment is from Verve. Pretty straight forward, and I was able to make two completely different designs in no time at all.

Now I know you have butterflies in your stamp/die/stencil collection, which means I'll be seeing you in the gallery, right?! Right! Be sure to head over to The Twofer Challenge and see all the incredible designs from my teammates, and our guest designers, KT and Barb! And as always...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #28

Summertime. Normally a time for going to the beach, camping in the mountains, water sports, vacations, cookouts, fireworks, and all those fun things we do in sandals. Not so much this year I'm thinking. Later this week, my excitement will be to ask my neighbor to come over and toss back a few gin and lemonades on the patio, keeping the requisite social distance of course...if I can find the courage to have a little drinky-pooh (migraine trigger). Might be worth the headache, though...hahahaha!

I'm still searching for my new normal, but I'm not going to push it; it'll come all in good time. I do have a couple of cards for The Twofer Challenge to show you. I'll admit I did them back in February when John was 'slowing down,' so just this post is new. There are so many directions to take this prompt. And I know we all have some kind of circle or bubble in our stash, right?! (ok, ok...some of us have several/many/lots!!)

Here are my two cards, photographed together:

A masculine-ish birthday card, and a thank you card.

For this card, I cut summertime mountains with MFT's triangle dies in three colors. Then I cut a circle with the WPlus9 circle, and tucked it behind the mountains. The border is a rich, deep green color, but of course you can't tell in either photo... The sentiment is from HA. 

Circles and polka dots! That cute paper is from Doodlebug, and it makes me smile. I found a scrap of that tealish color that matched perfectly, and I used that very same WPlus9 circle die and cut out several to pop on top. The diecut sentiment is from Avery Elle, and I scattered some sequins around for just an extra touch of flavor. 

So that's it for me this time. Be sure you stop by The Twofer Challenge blog and see what the other members of the DT have created. Oh!, and our lovely Guest Designers, Jenny and Linda, have made a little something special too! See you in the gallery!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #27

In a minute, you'll see an "I'm thinking of you today," card, which seems very appropriate. I am thinking of you all. And I want to say thank you for the lovely cards you've sent, the thoughts and prayers you've offered on behalf of me and my family, and for checking in on me. It's been a bit over a month since my darling passed, and I am still trying to adjust. It will take time, but as God watches over me, I know that I will eventually make the adjustment to this new life. In the meantime, I keep busy sorting, cleaning, and doing those things that have been put off for so long. I have time to do all those things now. I'm not spending time in my craft room, as I don't want to associate mourning with card making. But soon... I hope. Our family will gather to celebrate John's life once Covid-19 allows us to do so safely, though we have no idea when that will be. I continue to think of you, and to pray that you and yours stay safe. Now for my Twofer...

Since I used my "Mayflower" joke last month, I'd better skip it for this month. But those little kids still find it funny, though the days of jokes with grandma are quickly fleeting. Speaking of those little kids, I got a call from one of the grandsons recently asking if I still had the power to send his dad into 'time-out!' Naturally, I responded that I did! G-man and his dad both laughed. Oh the men and boys in my family...I tell ya. It's time, however, to tell you about the goings-on over at The Twofer Challenge. We've got a pretty challenge, "flowers" this time. Now if you're anything like me, you've got way more than one set of flower stamps/dies, and they're all ready and waiting for you to choose one set and make two cards with them, each a different design and for two different occasions. Be sure to stop over at the Twofer Challenge and see what the rest of the DT has created. I guarantee you'll be blown away!

Here are my flower cards photographed together:

And individually:

Let's start with my flowers, shall we? That's a blossom from Altenew's Always There set. I love this bloom. It lends itself so easily to a near infinite number of possibilities. For my 'thinking of you' card, I started with a white base and four blooms with three leaves clustered on a ME chunky, scalloped frame. I tucked a scrap of patterned paper, which was supposed to go on a different card, but when I tossed the frame to one side for a moment, and it landed on the paper, I was smitten by the contrast. It works, I think. I did a bit of Copic coloring, die cut the images, and added that SSS sentiment for balance. 
For my birthday card, I had the idea to go with a bright, rich pinky-red and utilize one single bloom. I left it uncolored except for the center. The square was cut with an MFT die, and the sentiment is from Whimsey Stamps. EZPZ!

I can't wait to see what you make with this prompt! This'll be fun, I promise! See you in the Twofer Gallery, and as always...

Friday, April 17, 2020

Twofer Challenge #26 Reminder

Hey there! I'm popping in with a quick reminder that there's still time to play over at The Twofer Challenge. You have until the 24th to get your gorgeous cards in the gallery! You know you wanna...

I've got a couple of cards to inspire your desire to play! Here they are together:

And here they are individually:

My first card is a "just a note" card for those friends who need a little smile in their mailbox. I went with a yellow base, and then a Greetery panel in the center. All the umbrellas, the raindrops, and the sentiment are from Your Next Stamp (the exact same stamp and die set I used on my first two cards in the original Twofer blog post). Those cute little umbrellas and the raindrops were stamped/colored/diecut in a plethora of happy colors, and an MFT square holds the sentiment. 

For my second card, I went completely "out-of-the-box." Where is the rain, or the umbrellas you might ask. Look at that little flower to the left of the sentiment...yep. I turned the die cut raindrops into flower petals and leaves. Talk about versatility! I found a carefully hoarded floral patterned paper scrap, and then added a PPP border cut in white over the top. The sentiment is from WF. The flower's center is an enamel dot. So easy, and so pretty I think. 

That's all from me for today, and as always...

Friday, April 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #26

Before I get to my Twofer Post, which was written some time ago, I have some sad news. But let me back up a couple of may or may not have noticed that for some time I haven't been posting or commenting like I used to do. There was a good reason for that. My husband, John, had been declining in health, and I needed to spend more hours as a (very willing) caregiver to him. I know you'll agree that it was the right thing to do. Very suddenly, in fact just around Christmas time, he felt that something wasn't right. After trips to three doctors, we were given the diagnosis of a Stage Four cancer. He had two choices: first, a nasty surgery followed by radiation and chemotherapy; or, second, do nothing. Rock and a hard place, eh?After serious contemplation, he chose not to be treated and have Hospice care come to our home. Two weeks ago, he had a serious downturn from which he never recovered. On April 4, 2020, my beloved left this earth and went home to heaven. I have a few posts scheduled, and in a while I may get back to a little more normal. But for now, I must spend some time grieving and finding that new "normal." And amidst all this COVID-19, I pray you will all stay safe and healthy. Blessings to you all.

And now onto the Twofer Post:

So, if April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims, hahahahahaha! Told that to some of the grands, and they laughed. But then again, they were a captive audience and pretty little; grandma is still funny. This April, The Twofer Challenge is bringing you a rather appropriate theme for the month:

I've got a couple of cards to show you, as do my teamies. Here's a photo of the two of them together:

For my get well card, I found this Stamps of Life patterned paper and knew I had to make sure I could incorporate it into the rain/umbrella prompt. I'd cut that Greetery center panel for another card, didn't use it, and wondered if it would work on this one. It did. The raindrops, umbrella and sentiment are all from Your Next Stamp. When I laid the panel on the base, something was missing. Just adding a couple of thin strips of matchy-matchy yellow cardstock made my eyes happy. I think it works just fine.

You can see what I did with the raindrops on my thank you card. I cut two green scraps, and one red one to make a watermelon slice. Perfect sized seeds! That's an C9 sentiment. EZPZ! 

So...after you head over to The Twofer Challenge Blog to see what the DT has made, be sure to get out your rain/umbrella supplies, do a little crafting, and join us in the gallery! We'd love to see you there! Thanks for stopping by, and as always...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #25

I hope this finds you well and that you're ready for this month's Twofer Challenge. We've got a good one, and I have to say that I had some fun with it! Who wouldn't love:

In that teeny-tiny (liar) stash of mine, I have bunnies, lambs, fawns, and lots of other baby animals but went with these:

A chick and a bunny. I've made an Easter card, and a Thank you card with these cuties.

For my Easter card, I created a black and white background with a chick and bunny from a set by  Studio Calico. I used a PTI die to cut that little yellow polka dotted frame. The sentiment is also SC. 

While it's difficult to see, there's a white panel cut with an MFT rectangular die sitting on top of the white base. I die cut a hexagon into the lower right of the panel, and slipped my little scene behind it. The sky and grass were colored with Zigs on watercolor paper, and then I stamped the chick onto the grass. I stamped a second chick on a scrap and Copic colored it, fussy cut it and popped it onto the already-stamped chick. I added a "tweet" from the same SC set, and a "you're so" from a C9 set. EZPZ. 

I'm wondering what you'll come up with. I can't wait to see! You are playing along, aren't you?! Of course you are!! Be sure to stop by The Twofer Challenge Blog and see what our fabulous DT has created as well! See you in the gallery, and as always...

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday Morning Coffee and Card

It's almost above freezing here, and the sun is shining. For a February day in Wisconsin, that's a winning combination. Both of my sisters, Sue and DD, live "up north;" five hours north of me, and they've still got snowbanks nearly as tall as they are at the ends of their driveways. Not my cup of tea, or in my case, coffee. I've got my cup, and wanted to enjoy our sunny morning by doing a little commenting and post this card I'd made yesterday. I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches, and by the TGIF Challenges. My friend Kim created this sketch, and I really, really wanted to play. By happenstance, I found the prompt over at TGIF, and came up with a paper that will hopefully fulfill their requirements.

At TGIF, we are to use, if we have it, these SU designer papers, or something similar. 

Here is my card:

I started with a black base and added a slightly small white panel, cut with an MFT circle die. Inside the circle, is an old piece of very carefully hoarded Studio Calico punchinella vellum, which mimics one of the SU papers in the inspiration photo. The white panel is popped up, though you can't tell from the photo. Then I found one of my first, and still a favorite, AE stamp sets; Texture Tiles: Be Cool. It has three different patterns, two of which I've used here - the bitty triangles, and the miniscule crosshatch, both stamped in Altenew gold onto black card. Then I trimmed three lengths for the bottom of the circle. Those are Paper Smooches leaves also cut from the same 'homemade' designer papers. A soft-looking Studio Calico sentiment finished this off. I hope your weekend is lovely and quiet, and that you enjoy every minute of it. As always...