Thursday, April 16, 2020

April Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use of the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The March Challenge is named "Rain/Umbrella. " I didn’t think I’d be able to participate because I didn't think I hand any stamps or die cuts in my collection that would work. So I was thrilled when I started digging and found this sweet SANTORO Gorjuss Mini Stamp named Puddles of Love. Then the fun began as I started thinking about card designs and themes and decided on a thank you card and a friendship card. Below are the results of my playtime!
Entered into:  April Twofer-
Twofer Card Challenge- #26 Rain/Umbrella

For the thank you card, I created a bright and colorful background for the little umbrella girl with a scrap of umbrella stationery and a strip of April Showers scrapbook paper.  I colored the image with and layered it atop a scrap of blue plastic document folder. (These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I really like using them on my cards because they're cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  The plastic is easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.) A fun thank-you sentiment and puffy heart stickers complete the card. I’m entering this card into several challenges including Let’s Craft and Create’s Anything Goes with an option “Through a Window.” I have seen lots of people walking in the rain the last few weeks, a few had umbrellas!)
·    Stamped Image- SANTORO Gorjuss Mini Stamp- Puddles of Love  
·    Inside sentiment- Emily Spring Showers of Love digital set by Lacy Sunshine (no longer available)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers and a sheet of umbrella stationery from my stash
·    Puffy Heart Stickers- Sticko’s from Walmart (The pack contains 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!)
·    Scraps of a blue plastic document folder and background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Raindrops 
Double D’s Challenge- Showers & Flowers                
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April                                
Let’s Craft and Create- #158 Anything Goes (April option- Through A Window )

The friendship card, with its monochromatic color scheme and touching sentiment about friendship, has a totally different feel to it. The beautiful sentiment that serves as the background for the card front is from a Beccy’s Place digital set and the inside sentiment is a freebie from Birdscards. Again I added a few small sticker embellishments, but this time they were pretty little rhinestone hearts.
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge: Burgundy Block (in her umbrella) plus lavender and pink.)  
·    Stamped Image- SANTORO Gorjuss Mini Stamp- Puddles of Love  
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front Sentiment- Beccy’s Place digital stamp (Nasturtium Set)
·    Inside sentiment Birdscards Freebie (Rain or Shine)
·    Rhinestone Heart Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #434-435 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Burgundy+2 colors of choice)  
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Di’s Digi Stamps- Pretty In Pink                                                            
Cute As A Button- #55 Anything Goes + (Option) Baby Blue or Pretty Pink

This last card was created for the current “Pen Challenge” on the wecraftcards Forum. There were a few requirements including- Use a black pen on a white card. Draw a shape at least 3 inches or larger. Add a single word into the shape. Draw a border around the outside of the card base. And lastly, Zentangle or doodle around the shape/word but inside the border. I’m not very good at Zentangle but decided to give it a try. Googled Zentangle shapes for inspiration… and liked a few that were boot-shaped.  I grabbed a sharp HB pencil and started sketching with the word "WOW." Then I got busy drawing! It was actually fun to make this card as I got caught up in the process of filling in the spaces. I did decide to leave a few of them empty, because I like some white spaces for the eyes to “rest” when viewing art!)  I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday Challenge- “E is for…” (my answer is “Engrossing”)    
Also, I decided to add a bit of shading and coloring to this card to give it a bit more pizazz! What do you think? B&W? Or Pizazz version?    
·    Boot sketch and Zentangle designs- Hand drawn
·    Fineline Black Pen- Sakura Micron 03
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- “E is for…”                                          
Incy Wincy Designs- Footwear


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

  2. Wow! These are all fantastic. I love the friendship card. Stunning sentiment, and the design is gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cute As A Button!
    ~ DT Saphron

  3. I'm so glad you found your Puddles of Love stamp, Kathy! We always love to see you in the gallery! I love how you showcased her on both your designs with the beautiful friendship verse on one and perfect spring pp on the other! All the details are terrific all the way through to the inside! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #26! Take care and stay safe! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Super cute and adorable cards, love that image, so sweet!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  5. Lovely boot sketch. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Footwear Challenge. Good luck!

  6. WOW!! Your cards are GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE your coloring on both of these!!! STUNNING design!

  7. So cute, I just love those Santoro images! Nice coloring too

  8. Beautiful cards Kathy, I love the two-fer challenge pair... The image of the little girl under her umbrella is so sweet. The zen-tangle boot is fantastic, and I like the way you've just coloured a small section, it really makes the flowers pop! Fabulous!

  9. OMG sooooooooooo sweet! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Showers & Flowers’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  10. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  11. Fabulous creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Judy


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