Sunday, January 19, 2020

January Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use the exact the same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The January Challenge is named "Hearts" and I had fun using a Bold Scribble Heart Wood Mount Stamp to create an elegant wedding card and an unusual pizza-themed Valentines Card. 
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #23 Hearts

For the wedding card, I embossed the heart with dark pink pigment ink and Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder (it doesn’t show in the pics, but the heart has a lovely sparkle that doesn’t overwhelm the card) then fussy-cut around it. To add elegance to the card I used rich papers- bright white and brushed silver cardstock and music score vellum as the base of the card. Stamped the “wedding couple” image with black ink, colored them with alcohol markers and trimmed to fit atop the heart. I wanted the inside of the card to reflect the eclectic flavor of the card from so I dug through my “wedding tidbits” folder and found the wonderful vellum sentiment (I added a bit of color to the rose), and an upcycled sentiment. I added a small scrap of music score vellum and a hand-cut heart cut from the brushed silver cardstock scrap to finish it off. So pretty!   AM entering this card into several challenges including the Path of Positivity Challenge (the card represents my character trait of loving weddings. More specifically, I love being married to my bestest friend. Every day spent with him is precious!)
·    Heart Stamp- Stampendous Bold Scribble Heart (No longer available, but I found several on EBay)
·    Dark Pink Pigment Ink Pad and Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder -From my stash
·    Tuxedo Black Memento Dye Ink Pad
·    Wedding Couple- Stampendous (No longer available)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Scraps of music score vellum and pink ribbon- from my stash
·    Love Die- DieVersions Express Edges Die (No Longer Available )
·    Silver Wedding Ring- Wedding Favor from JoAnnes
·    Dry Embossing on brushed silver cardstock-Cuttlebug Embossing Decorative Tile set
·    Inside sentiment was created with items from my stash- Vellum Sticker and “Happy Wedding” upcycled from an old wedding card
Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #121  5th Anniversary Celebration
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 3 Anything Goes                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                                  
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #1

My Valentine's card was inspired by a CAS card that featured the fun “You have a Pizza my heart” freebie sentiment. I seldom make CAS cards as I like layers and embellishments but I do admire the ones that others create. One of my favorites is artist Hannelie Bester (her blog is named "Desert Diva" and she not only creates amazing cards, she also creates many of the sentiments she uses and provides them as freebies on her blog.) I provided a pic of the card that inspired my card and a link to the freebie sentiment below. If you take some time to explore the site I know you’ll not only love all the freebie sentiments that are offered, but you’ll also be wowed by Hannelie’s amazing creativity!
I love how the Bold Scribble Heart looks like cheesy pizza when embossed on reddish/brown cardstock with white pigment ink and cream-colored embossing powder. I used lots of scraps to create the pizza toppings- tomatoes (small circles cut from red plastic document folder- punches don’t work on the slippery plastic), pepperoni (small circles punched from kraft paper scraps,  shaded with various brown and deep red markers), green peppers (little snippets of different colored green paper), onions (very small circles cut from vellum- no larger than a pencil eraser in diameter. Concentric circles are drawn with a regular pencil create the look of a sliced onion, especially when lightly smudged with a blender marker. When cut into small pie-shaped pieces, they really do look like chopped onion slices!) I slit the “cheesy pizza top” in more than a dozen places and slid the toppings into them, taping them down on the backside. A few of the toppings were just glued atop the cheese. I drew around the cheesy pizza top on kraft cardstock to create the crust. After adding shading (light brown marker) and highlights (white colored pencil) I adhered the cheesy topping to the crust then cut a “slice” from the pizza and set it aside.  I drew around the finished pizza on the “Aroma Seal” that I upcycled from a can of Folgers coffee, scoring around the edge a few times to create the lip of the pizza pan, then cutting it to size.  The rest of the card went together pretty quickly with strips of napkins and two  sentiments (one stamp, one free digi noted below.)  Although this was time-intensive, I really had fun making it and love how it turned out. The only downside is that I am now REALLY hungry for pizza!

·    Heart Stamp- Stampendous Bold Scribble Heart (Retired, but I found several on EBay)
·    Front sentiment- Stamping Up (Retired)
·    Inside sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie (available HERE )
·    White Pigment Ink Pad (Colorbox) and Cream colored (Close To My Heart- Vanilla) Embossing Powder
·    Pizza Crust created with Kraft paper fussy-cut to size.
·    Pizza Toppings created with circle punches and scraps of cardstock, red plastic document folder and vellum. Shaded with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Pizza Pan created with an upcycled Aroma Seal from a can of Folgers coffee. (It is a soft plastic, that is easy to cut and score.) Aluminum foil might also work.  
·    Checkered background strips on front and inside- Napkins from the Dollar Store.
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #422-423 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #617 What’s New
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #489
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy      
Pixie's Snippets-Week #369                                                                             


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning I love them. Take care. Hugs Jackie


  2. Great card and love your designs on both! .... thanks for sharing with Polkadoodles this week, good luck,Nelly Dt x

  3. Both cards are fabulous! I think it's great you made your pizza! One of the companies just came up with a whole new stamp set and die and it was in my opinion. I love your creativity! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  4. Love all your cards and they are so different. Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  5. Brilliant designs, and what an amazing idea to turn the heart into a pizza!
    Guest Designer at Twofer Card Challenge

  6. Great card(s) Kathy - and I could immediately see the pizza sentiment was going to appear! Lovely! Clever girl.


    Di xx

  7. You spend a lot of time making your amazing creations, Kathy, and your viewers also spend a lot of time when visiting so we can admire and pick up on every incredible detail of your designs! These blew me away, as always! Your wedding card is stunning from the pretty heart to all your rich papers to the sweet ring you've tied on! And I really like how wonderfully you CASED the talented Hannelie with your pizza Valentine! SO much fun and so very creative and detailed! I love the insides of both designs, too!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer's 2nd Blogaversary challenge! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Your cards are fabulous, Kathy! Your wedding card is full of details that blend together to really represent the special day. I'm amazed at the clever ingredients on your pizza! I love how your brain works to find cheese in a sketchy heart image! Thanks for joining in the fun with us for the Twofer Card Challenge's second blogaversary!

  9. The shimmer and shine on your layered wedding card is fabulous, Kathy ... and the background texture to your scribbly heart is wonderful! Such a clever heart pizza with yummy ingredients ... a super CASE of Hannelie's card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  10. Two lovely cards. I like the humour of the pizza card! Thank you for joining in the Character Traits Challenge at Path Of Positivity.

  11. Two fabulous cards!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge!
    DT for Patterned Paper Challenge
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