Thursday, March 18, 2021

March Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called the "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires we use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The March Challenge is named "Your Choice” and I was first a little overwhelmed with ideas. But when I started digging through my stamp collections, I decided upon a sweet stamp that I inherited from my Mom's craft stash. She was my stamping buddy for a few decades… and loved all things feline! This little kitten was one of her favorites. (And I was thrilled to learn that it is still available for purchase on-line!)

Supplies: 
·   Biblical Impressions Unmounted Stamp- (Kitten)
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #36 Your Choice

My first card features the kitten, plus two other stamps that my Mom loved using with the little furball- the spilled paint can and little feet prints! I remember when we came up with the idea to color his little paws to match the spilled paint and prints. The results are priceless! We also made an envelope to match with purple paw prints waltzing across it. (PS The inside sentiment reminds me that friends can be Purr-fect even if they aren't always perfect. Some of my best friends have a streak of playful mischievousness always ready to break out. And a few are major pranksters... but, to protect myself I'm not naming names!) 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including TIME OUT Challenge- Do your DIFFERENT Thing (I made a CAS card which is a style that I rarely use!) I also just joined a new challenge that I stumbled upon that requires cats... and is getting close to 250 followers with a nice prize when they get there! Join now and you might win! Details HERE

Supplies: 
·   Biblical Impressions Unmounted Stamp- (Spilled Paint)
·   Biblical Impressions Unmounted Stamp- (Tiny Cat Print)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- Azadi Earles (Purrfect Friend) Company is no longer in business
·   Cardstock and  other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #514  Theme-Cats                      
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge- Furry Thing Goes #64 (March)         
TIME OUT Challenge- #183 Do your DIFFERENT Thing           
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #153 Anything Goes
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #30 (March)
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #165-Anything Goes

My second card features the kitten, plus one of my favorite digi sets from Beccy’s Place named “Seasonal Windows.” I chose the window with the birdhouse because our cats always sat at the windows watching birds around the birdhouse and plotting how they could get close enough to play with them. (Ha!) The sentiment is a computer-generated favorite that I use quite a bit but this is the first time I’ve paired it with a cat. I also tried to find a scrap of patterned paper that would resemble wallpaper. I like this plaid for the pattern and bit of color it adds to the card. And in the smaller photo you can see a reflection of window light off of the acetate "glass." 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (my card features several colors from the inspiration photo plus includes a tree/leaves), and several cards with a Spring theme (I grew up in a house with several cats and they especially liked watching the birds in the Spring when they were actively nesting and finding food for the new babies. For that reason, we tried to keep them in the house at that time as my five siblings and I couldn’t imagine them getting to the baby birds!)
 
 Supplies: 
·   Digi- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Seasonal Windows)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Cardstock, acetate, and foam tape from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge-Inspiration Photo             
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday- Spring card  
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #98 Spring Fling
The Paper Shelter- #461 Let It Be Spring
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #678 Spring Fever
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #483-484 Anything Goes                   
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Easel Cards
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- March                    
Beccy’s Place Challenge- March  
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes  
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

One added note- those of you who know me know that my first "DT Gig" was for the amazing Beccy Muir at Beccy's Place. She helped to introduce me to digi images and now I have dozens of her wonderful sets and a bunch of her freebies! I recently learned that Beccy is retiring many sets (many of them I have and LOVE) and you can nab them now for 50% off. Most of the sets are between $1.00 and $3.00 US but the sale ends April 30th... so check them out soon HERE

 

21 comments:

  1. Love the images you used on your cards, and how you colored them. That first card is absolutely adorable. Love it! Well done.

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  2. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. That kitty is so cute. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  3. OMGoodness .. what a fun & fabulous birthday card! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Darlene
    SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
    Please stop in for a visit!

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  4. Fabulous card designs the kitty is adorable. Love the sentiment.

    Hugs diane

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  5. Your cards are wonderful Kathy, the little kitten is so sweet. I think it's so beautiful that you're using the stamps your Mom loved, what a wonderful way to reminisce about the times you spent together. Beautiful.
    Cheers,
    Beccy

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  6. wow you did a great job finding a subject and a big wow to how different your cards are Kathy! I adore your CAS card for Time Out-you should make some more CAS cards as you do iy so well-you have placed the image in my fav place for CAS cards and I just love the little paw prints...plus all in my fav colour. I am off to check out that cat site as I just have a new kitten-Bubbbles! Thanks for joining Time Out x

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  7. Beautiful image and I love how youve coloured it to. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

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  8. Because we moved around so much when I was little (military family), we really didn't have pets. But I've always loved kitties, and as soon as I could, we had cats in the house! I love your little kitty on this sweet Twofer duo, Kathy! I can see why it was one of your mum's favorites. She works wonderfully on both of your cards. Had to smile at the paw prints! Had a kitten who did that once, too! Thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Stay safe. Bev

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  9. Such adorable kitty cards! Love the purple feet and paw prints!! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

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  10. Such fun cards! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge.  Please join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    JoyWilsonInk
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

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  11. Very sweet cat CAS card. Thank you for joining us over at LPOCF. Hope to see you again

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  12. Your kitty card is purrrrfect and makes my CAS heart meow with joy! Thanks for getting your meow on at Cupcake Inspirations!

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  13. I really enjoyed your mention of your Mom, Kathy, and how she loved this sweet kitty and how you made cards with her. How blessed you are to have those memories of your time together, especially coloring the little paws to match the paint. You've designed both a great CASlicious card and a great layered birthday card! Love the wallpaper and the messages! Thank you for playing in TCC #36! I hope you are keeping well. Hugs, Darnell

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  14. Awh! What a sweet kitty done twice fantastically! Great memories to go with them! Thanks for sharing with us at The Twofer Challenge!

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  15. Two amazing designs! The easel card makes me smile big time... Love your design with these fun sentiments. And one could never tell you rarely make CAS cards -this one is super and just so fun with the purple paw prints!! Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

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  16. All I can hear in my head is 'wow, wow, wow'!! I love both of these so much, your so clever. I think you should be making CAS cards more often, this is so sweet and love the fact you carried the design over to the middle of the card. As for the window scene, I never knew that digital stamps could be so intricate...have never seen these sorts of scenes before and I'm blown away!! Your colouring is spectacular and that sweet little kitten looks so at home. You really outdid yourself and I'm very happy you shared these both with us at TIME OUT!

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  17. Cute cards! I love that digi window set. Very cool. And the kitty is just adorable. Thanks for sharing at Let's Craft & Create.
    :) Janis, Design Team Member

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  18. Wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

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  19. Such gorgeous cards - I love the "old person " card LoL :-D
    Thank you for purring along to play at SUYP Cats Challenges.
    Hugz
    IKE =^..^=

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  20. Fabulous card and I love that sentiment - really made me smile!

    Thanks for joining us at the Scribbles Designs Challenge.

    Helen x

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