Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The January Challenge is named "Fruits" and I had fun using one of the first stamp sets I ever bought when I started this wonderful hobby back in 1988. It’s a red rubber wood-mount named “Decorative Grapes” from Stampin’ Up!
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #24 Fruits

For the wedding card, I stamped the grapes and leaves with green and wine colored ink on tan parchment cardstock. The explosion insert was made with parchment stationary paper, using a tutorial that I found on Pinterest (there are many options. I used THIS ONE, but since I used a typical A2 sized card instead of a square card, I changed the size of the explosion insert to 4x4.) I had fun using a humorous sentiment on the front of the card that is sure to cause the young couple that will be receiving it to laugh out loud. (They both have lots of “toys”- craft supplies, snowmobiles, etc.!)  The sentiment on the inside is an old wood mount from a small South Dakota, family-run, company named Petersen Stamps that is no longer in business.
·    Decorative Grapes- Stampin’ Up! set (retired)
·    Front Sentiment- Inkadinkado Cute Friendly Advice Clear Stamp Set
·    Inside sentiment- Petersen Stamps (no longer in business)
·    Forest Green and Burgundy Wine Ink Pads- Stampin’ Up! (ink pads and reinkers from the 90’s that still work great!)
·    Parchment papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Frame It                                               
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #113
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #426-427 Anything Goes                   
Cute As A Button-#53 Anything Goes 

For the birthday card, I stamped the grapes and leaves with green and purple ink on lavender mulberry paper. I used a Spotlight Technique, following the tutorial, but used an oval template and added a black oval frame to really set the oval apart.  To give the card a fun party feeling, I added a bit of bling with pretty sheer ribbon that pops with sparkly silver dots. The front sentiment tag is from Lili of the Valley and the inside sentiment is from Beccy’s Place.
·    Decorative Grapes- Stampin’ Up! set (retired)
·    Front  sentiment “So Cute” tag from a Lili of the Valley set (Everyday Sentiment Tags)
·    Inside sentiment- Beccy’s Place (Candy Shoppe set)
·    Forest Green and Iris Ink Pads- Stampin’ Up! (ink pads and reinkers from the 90’s that still work great!)
·    Assorted paper, silver photo corners and a scrap of thin purple ribbon from my stash
·    Sheer silver dotted ribbon- JoAnne’s
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge-NomNom Crop (Fruit Salad) 
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes- #8
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Frame It
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Feb                                  
Let’s Craft and Create- #156 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #2-2020


  1. two fab cards. Keep meaning to enter this challenge. :)

  2. Hi Kathy both of your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Sometimes you can't beat those good old wooden images! You've made two wonderful cards featuring grapes as your fruit prompt, Kathy. I love your earthy rustic design for the fun interactive wedding card and the festive elements of your birthday card design ~ amen to that sentiment! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #24! Hugs, Darnell

  4. I'm wondering, how you can stamp so perfect with wooden stamps. I could never do this. :-) You've created two fabulous cards. The sentiment on the wedding card is fantastic. Only child can say somethinh so true. :-)
    Hugs, Sonja

  5. Awesome cards Kathy, great designs, hugs, Lori m

  6. That's such a fabulous surprise inside your rustic wedding card, Kathy ... grapes are a wonderful theme for it ... after all they make champagne! Lovely layers on your birthday card ... and a great touch of glamour and glitz in that sweet ribbon bow! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  7. Kathy, I love the twofer you created with the set, and even better that it was your first set purchased so long ago! Great how some stamps stand the test of time!!! Thank you for sharing this with us at Jan's Digi Stamps challenge! Cine back and olay again soon!

  8. How fun to use the older sets and create cards that are just as relevant today! I love how using different colors gave both cards a different look. I also love how you used fabulous techniques on both of your cards! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  9. Very nice!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Let’s Craft and Create Good luck and I hope you’ll join us next time again.
    (DT member)

  10. 2 very nice cards! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of
    luck with your entry.

    Kelly DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogs

  11. Such clever use of the stamp, Kathy! Fabulous cards! Thank you for joining us on the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again. Hugs, Lori xx (DT member)

  12. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx - http://cuteasabuttonchallenge.blogspot.com/

  13. Great cards. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

  14. What a cute creation Kathy! I love that gumball set -- great sentiments but your use with the grapes is just as sweet! :-)

  15. Great idea Twofer cards. These are lovely. I particularily like the first one with the quirky insert and cool sentiment that is so true!! Thanks for joining our challenge this month at Let's Craft and Create and good luck! Michelle DT x


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