Friday, June 19, 2020

June Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires use of the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The June Challenge is named "Bubbles/Circles." Last year I bought a set of circle dies and haven’t yet used them, so I’m breaking them out for this challenge (and also the NBUS Challenge.) My cards feature circles, with the 3-inch die used in both.
Entered into:  
Twofer Card Challenge- #28 Bubbles/Circles  
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)- Challenge # 15          

For the undersea card, I colored and fussy cut the sweet mermaid from an Imagine That digital set. The porthole is made with a 3.5-inch circle cut from silver cardstock and a 3 inch one from an upcycled aluminum liner from a can of coffee.  After taping the two circles together, I cut a 2-inch circle from the center and used a piercing tool to attach silver brads. They hold the circles together and also add a bit of realism. I found the beautiful mermaid scale background paper at Hobby Lobby a while ago and it was fun to be able to put it to use!
·    Digi and Sentiments- Imagine That (Mermaid Swimming) 
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Little B Dies- 2, 3, and 3.5-inch circles
·    Silver cardstock, upcycled liner from a coffee can and small silver brads
·    Assorted background papers, and a piercing tool from my stash
·    Patterned paper- Mermaid scales and water (Hobby Lobby)
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #432 Colour It
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Summer Fun                                                  
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #639 Summer!
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Piercing tools/templates
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

The donut card, with all its yumminess, was fun to make. I used 1 and 2 inch circle dies to create two donuts from kraft cardstock and sponged on a bit of brown ink to add texture. Two additional donuts were cut from white and pink cardstock then trimmed unevenly to resemble frosting. A scallop punch took a “bite” out of one of the donuts. I covered the card front with lacy patterned paper, thinking it might look like a vintage tablecloth, but the donuts didn’t stand out enough. So, I layered them atop a piece of vellum, allowing the lacy background to show a bit around the edges. Then came the fun part… adding the sprinkles! I cut long thin strips of bright colored scraps and clipped them into a pile. After dabbing glue generously on one donut, I sprinkled the pretty little sprinkles on the donut and on the background… just like in the real world!
·    Little B Dies- 1 and 3-inch circles
·    Assorted cardstock and patterned from my stash
·    Brown ink pad and stamp sponge from my stash
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Scallop punch from my stash
·    Zig Two-way glue pen
Entered into: 
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #122
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #444-445 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                                
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #511
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #6-2020

Since my circle dies were out, I decided to make a Christmas Elf treat holder. I remembered making one of these many years ago with a doorknob hanger. I couldn’t find one in my stash, and don’t know if you can still buy them! So… I created one of my own using the measurements and instructions noted in the template photo below. Steps 1-3: follow as noted. Steps 4 & 5: I used the 3-inch circle die to cut the window in the treat holder and to also cut a circle from peach colored card stock to use for the head of the little elf. Step 6: follow as noted. Step 7:  I used a 1-inch die. Step 8: I used a paper punch.  Step 9: Fold and tape the treat holder together, attach the elf head. collar and hat (use the photo as a guide.) At this point, I added some fun texture to the treat bag by wrapping a strip of white fur fabric (that I upcycled from an old Santa hat) around the bottom of his hat and taped it down on the backside. Then I folded the point of the hat down at the score lines and secured it in place with a square of foam tape. Attach the jingle bells, draw details on the bells and add his face and eyes with a Sharpie marker (use photo as a guide.) The last step is to slip treats into a small cellophane bag, fold and tape the top closed and slid it into place, taping it in place if needed. (If you use chocolate treats, make sure to check them to make sure they aren’t rancid! I hear that can happen… but never at my house!!)
·    Little B Dies- 1 and 3-inch circles
·    Assorted cardstock, patterned paper, small cellophane bag and scrap of white fur fabric from my stash
·    Silver cardstock and small circle punch from my stash
·    Fine-line Sharpie black marker
·    Photo template with directions
Entered into: 
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #25 Anything Goes                                
Di’s Digi Stamps- Fold it Fancy                                                              
Let’s Craft and Create- #160-Anything Goes + (Option) Punch It!        


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

  2. Kathy both of your cards are FABULOUS and fit perfectly for our Twofer Challenge! Your undersea card is amazing and LOVE how you made the realistic looking porthole! Your donut card totally made me smile and I love all the thought that went behind every little detail in that card...especially all the falling sprinkles! Thanks so much for sharing these beauties with us at The Twofer Challenge!! P.S. Your elf treat bag is ADORABLE too!! :0)

  3. So creative to use the circle dies to create both a fabulous Porthole card with the lovely mermaid scene and those yummy sprinkled donuts. Thanks so much for joining in at Twofer Card Challenge#28.

  4. You have such a great eye for design, Kathy! These two creations using your circle dies are fantastic! I love the way you created the porthole for the mermaid to peek through from inside the card! Very cool upcycling!! And your donuts make me lick my lips! Very realistic looking and delicious! A fun, fun card! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #28 and thank you for sharing at NBUS! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  5. The Christmas elf looks really great. I admire your approach to creating this candy box.Thanks for joining us in CCAYR challenge. Hope you will participate in our next challenge. Martina - DT

  6. WOW, both cards look amazing! I love the fun window effect with the mermaid image. Great colouring and added embellishment.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck! Nick

  7. Fantastic cards. Beautiful designs. So glad you could join us at The Paper Shelter challenge - Patsy

  8. Love your fabulous cards Kathy. Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  9. Hello

    That`s a lovely card you have made
    Good luck and we hope to see you again
    Thank You for joining us at Polkadoodles craft challenge
    Hugs and Creativity
    Cinderella (DT Polkadoodles)

  10. Another wonderful card Kathy. Love the mermaid behind the porthole. Brilliant idea to recycle an old can. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)

    PS: With everything going on in the world with regard to the coronavirus, please stay safe and well

  11. A great design.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  12. Lovely Christmas treat bag!

    Thank you for playing along at Polkadoodles & good luck with the challenge!!

    Happy crafting!

    HandmadeByTasha DT

  13. Super:)Thanks for playing with us at Let's Craft and Create :)Ines DT

  14. That elf treat bag holder is super cute! Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR.

  15. Sweet treat bag!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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