Thursday, August 13, 2020

August Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges, because it really IS a challenge, is called the "Twofer Card Challenge." It requires the use of the exact same stamp, stencil or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The August Challenge is named "Sun/Moon." I dug through my stamps and found a wonderful wood-mount from Stampscapes named “Cloud with Sun Lg” and got busy creatin’!
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Stampscapes (Cloud with Sun Lg)
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #30 Sun/Moon

The first card, for Fathers Day, features the Sun stamp, plus to other Stampscapes wood mounts-a large scenic lakeside cove, and a mini fisherman stamp. In the late ‘90’s I co-owned a stamp store in South Dakota, and Stampscapes was one of our most popular lines of stamps.  The company's owner/artist/master stamper, Kevin Nakagawa, is an amazingly talented and generous person. He provided our fledgling business with dozens of free stamps to use in classes, plus provided excellent customer service. I don’t use wood mount stamps very often these days, so it was fun to pull these beauties out and put them to use. My ink pads weren’t as juicy as they should have been, and I was going to toss the stamped image of the lakeside cove, but then decided that I kinda liked that is had a misty quality. So… I decided to go with that concept and added decorative chalks with a make-up sponge (to the sky), Q-tips and my fingertips (to the trees, rocks and water.) A white gel pen provided glints of light on rocks and water, plus helped define the sunbeams. A few circles of layered yellow vellum added contrast to the sun. The final touch was to add a fisherman to the scene. What a wonderful way for a Father to celebrate the day named in his honor!
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Stampscapes (Cloud with Sun Lg)
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Stampscapes (Lakeside Cove Lg)
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Stampscapes (Fisherman in Boat)  
·   Colored with Decorative Chalks and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Assorted cardstock, yellow vellum, ink pads and decorative chalks from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Summer Memories                   
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Midsummer Blues                               
Bugaboo Stamps- End of Summer       
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #452-453 Anything Goes                   
Jan’s Digi Stamps- August Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Aug Challenge #8-2020

The second card, a fantasy-themed friendship card, features the Sun stamp, plus an adorable Unicorn digi and two digi sentiments. This time I used glossy cardstock as my base and stamped the sun with a newly inked dark blue ink pad, I had intended to create a sunset scene but decided to see if I could create a starry night sky instead. I used stamping sponges to layer on several shades of blues, purples, and pinks to get the depth of color that I wanted. And Voilà… the sun became a moon! I used a white gel pen to highlight the moonbeams, and sprinkle the sky with stars. When I added a circle of bright white cardstock to the epicenter of the moonbeams, magic happened!  
I had a few Z-fold card bases on my craft table and used one of them for this card. (This card base is even easier to make than a gate-fold! I provided a tutorial link below.  Just do the first two steps. Easy Peasy!) Adhered the night sky behind the die-cut window frame and trimmed any excess from the top and edges, then attached to the card front. Added the colored digi and sentiments, plus a few paper scraps to decorate the inside to finish this card that is sure to brighten someone's day… or night!
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Stampscapes (Cloud with Sun Lg)
·   Digi- Bugaboo (Unicorn Set
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (True Beauty) 
·   Inside Sentiment- We are Three Digital Set (Smiles) (Just $1.50)
·   Window Frame-Kaisercraft Decorative Dies, Arched Window (Discontinued)
·   Z-Fold Card Tutorial HERE.
·   Assorted cardstocks, patterned paper, circle punch,  ink pads and ink sponges from my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Triple Choice: Sketch/Interactive/Fantasy
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #126
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- August                   
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #82 (Optional Twist- Exploring The Fantastical)
      Since I’m a DT for this month's sponsor, Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!


  1. You created such lovely scenes with your twofer, Kathy ... each on magical in it's own way! The colouring on your Father's Day card is fantastic ... dreamy and misty ... and so atmospheric ... the glint of the sun on the lake is brilliant! Your little unicorn perched on the window sill is adorable ... and what a wonderful night sky behind her ... the sun and it's rays make a wonderful moon and moonshine! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  2. WOW!! These cards are STUNNING!! I LOVE the coloring in the father's day card. A misty morning. The second card with the adorable unicorn is just lovely as well. GREAT take on this challenge!

  3. What a fabulous challenge. how you have created such different scenes. They are both great
    Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  4. Hi Kathy both of your cards are gorgeous. I love them both. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Fab Twofer, Kathy!! Just love your Father's Day card with the shining sun & the darling unicorn in front of the sunshine in window!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Sketch/Interactive/Fantasy Challenge. Good luck!

  7. Wonderful cards! I really love the Father's Day card with the great layering. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  8. I thought your nature scene was a purchased image that you had stamped the fisherman silhouette on, Kathy! WOW! Really amazing use of those precious stamps and I love how you embraced the misty quality and added to it. Plus, adding layers of yellow vellum to the sun just shows your excellent attention to detail! Your unicorn hello design couldn't be cuter or more fun with the z-fold and wonderful night sky. I love that sediment! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #30! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  9. These are awesome Kathy! I'm hoping to get to Darnell's challenge this time around too ... thanks for inspiration! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  10. Both of your cards are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug.

  11. Two beautiful cards and a great challenge which I haven't come across before! Your unicorn and moonlight card is totally adorable and is perfect for our fantastical challenge at The Path of Positivity. Thank you for sharing! x

  12. Your Father's Day card is so peaceful and wonderful, Kathy, and the little unicorn card is magical! Beautifully done! I'm so glad you have joined our challenge at Lemon Shortbread. Good luck with your entry, and hope to see you again.
    Lori xx (DT at Lemon Shortbread)

  13. I love how each of your cards is very different yet use that sun stamp perfectly! Wonderful details on your fishing scene and that fisherman silhouette is fantastic! Your unicorn perched up on the window sill is adorable and I love that sentiment! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  14. Hi Kathy, this is another fantastic card - just perfect for any male in your life.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digital Stamp Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Jan’s Digital DT
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner – My Blog

  15. Gorgeous Father's Day card! Thanks for sharing at Bugaboo Stamps' Catch the Bug Challenge blog - good luck in the draw.
    Stay Safe!
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT


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