Saturday, April 24, 2021

Myasperations-April Twofer

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called the "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 April Challenge is "Leaves.” After a bit of thought, I decided to use one of my favorite stamp sets. Named “Decorative Grapes” from Stampin’ Up, it is actually one of the first stamp sets I ever bought way back in 1996!  

·   Stamp Set- Decorative Grapes from Stampin’ Up (Retired)
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #37 Leaves

My first card features the leaves, draped on vines heavy laden with luscious bunches of grapes… which inspired the computer-generated sentiment on the inside. A die-cut greeting on the front, some stenciling plus a matching envelope and “TaDa”… done!
·   Stamp Set- Decorative Grapes from Stampin’ Up (Retired)
·   Stamp Pads- Dark Green and Burgundy from my stash
·   Love Die- Stampin Up Thinlits Expressions Dies (Retired)
·   Stripes Stencil- Printworks (No longer available)
·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Stencil sponge, cardstock, and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #683 Green
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #17 Anything Goes                      
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #31 (April)
STAMPlorations- Stencil Challenge (April)  
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #170-Anything Goes 
STAMPlorations- Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge (April- Stamps and Curves)

Although I’ve had this stamp set for several decades the labels for the leaves and grapes are well worn, I’d never used the flower stamp. So I did some research and decided that it looked like a Trumpet flower, which comes in many colors. I loved the bright orange ones…so used that color palette. When I discovered that hummingbirds are attracted to Trumpet flowers, I dug through my stash and found a hummingbird image on an old postcard, fussy-cut and added it to the inside of the card with foam tape (so it appears to be "hovering"!)
Also, the base card is a pretty grey marbled paper that I've had in my stash for a while. It is from a set of wedding invitations that I found on clearance somewhere for a great price... and couldn't resist!  It looks wonderful with this stamp set and has a marbled envelope, too. 
·   Stamp Set- Decorative Grapes from Stampin’ Up (Retired)
·   Stamp Pads- Sage Green and Yellow from my stash
·   Additional color, shading and highlights added to flowers and leaves with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   Hummingbird upcycled from an old card
·   Cardstock and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs Colours Of Spring
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Mellow Yellow
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Thinking of You)
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #52 Spring
I wanted to make another card for the Double D’s “April Showers” challenge and decided on a rainbow and sweet Bugaboo unicorn. The beautiful “watercolored” rainbow was created with a free digi, a wet paintbrush and instructions that I found HERE When dry, I gently tore along the arch of the rainbow and also tore several fluffy clouds from white cardstock before adhering everything to the card base which is a simplified version of a Z-fold card (using a 8.5 x 11-inch piece of scrapbook paper that looks like watercolored sky and the first two steps of the tutorial noted in the supplies section below.)
·   Digi- Bugaboo (Unicorn Set
·   Z-Fold Card Tutorial HERE
·   Inside Sentiments- Simply Crafts 171-Bonus sentiment downloads found HERE  
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #517   Theme- Pastels    (photo)
Double D’s Challenge- April Showers  (anything with water)   
Bugaboo Stamps- April Week Three Anything Goes  
CCC Digi Creations- #124 Include an Animal
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April                       
Digi Doodle Studios- #37 Include an Animal 


  1. Some of our oldies are still goodies like this fabulous leafy grape stamp, Kathy, and how fun that you got to use the flower stamp from the set for the first time! Both designs are beautifully composed and colored and I love your card sediments and the insides, too! I can also attest that hummingbirds do love orange trumpet flowers! Thank you for playing in TCC #37! Hugs, Darnell

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

  3. I'm always impressed by someone who makes a matching envelope. Yours looks brilliant. That is a beautiful stamp set and the leaves do lend themselves to trailing all over a card. Yummy colours on your second card. Alison, Twofer GD

  4. Greetings Kathy, super cute card designs.

    Hugs diane

  5. So nice this!! Thanks for joining us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine

  6. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters

  7. Wowzers! You've the made excellent work of the stamp set! Beautiful even the artwork on the envelope.
    Thank you for joining in with us at Createful Heart Design Challenge
    Mary Admin/Owner

  8. Love the hummingbird! Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Spring Colours And/Or Wet Or Dry Embossing. Good luck!

  9. Love your Unicorn card, great Fun Fold! Your water colored rainbow looks fabulous! Really cute creation! Thanks so much for playing along with us again at The Double D, April Showers anything related to water Challenge. Donna, DT Member.

  10. Thanks, Kathy, for linking to CHD challenge blog during April!! Fantastic cards and wonderful creative processing! =Becca/DT

  11. Super cute AND fun card...thank you for joining us at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  12. Such a cute creation and fabulous background! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘April Showers’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  13. Thank you Kathy for sharing your 1st leaves card with us at STAMPlorations Stencil. Hugs...Nancy

  14. A trio of delights! Thanks for playing at Polkadoodles, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  15. Well done you for getting out the old wooden stamps, mine are in a box at the back of the cupboard and I forget all about them! Thanks for linking up at STAMPlorations. :)~

  16. great cards!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios challenge!
    Hope to see you again!

  17. These are all great. They both turned out so different. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  18. Stunning creations

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Incy Wincy' this fortnight
    Stay Safe
    Hugs Shell xx

  19. All of your creations are so pretty! Love that you did the insides too~

  20. Gorgeous projects. Love the decorated insides!
    Thank you for joining Catch the Bug.
    Hugs from Africa!

  21. Your unicorn card is so clever! Thanks for lightening up your colors at Cupcake Inspirations!

  22. Such lovely cards! I love your delightful Unicorn card and how beautifully you designed it with fun folds. Thank you for joining us with your pastel card at Cupcake Inspiration challenges. Hugs ~ Ishani.

  23. What an awesome fold for the rainbow, love the dimension. Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug.


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