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2/15/2018

February Twofer Challenge



Good afternoon and welcome. It's time for the second Twofer Challenge. This is a new challenge started by Our Darnell . The challenge is to make TWO cards, but use the same item(die, stamp, etc) on each card, BUT it must be for a different occasion.  So jump on over to see what the fantastic Design Team has created to inspire you, and check out the entries that have already been submitted - join in! When you do the linking, show both your cards together on the link.

 
Here's my Twofer cards side by side, which is the picture I'll link at February's Twofer Challenge.
The cards side-by-side:
 
 
 
Now here's the individual cards:
 
 
 
 
I was in the throes of making Valentine cards, and this little Hedgie was a UFO that was still on the desk crapalanche. Had the Valentine dies out, and found this Memory Box heart swirl, decided I could use it and perhaps take the center of the heart to create a green shamrock for the cards I will be needing for the next up holiday. Die cut this swirl 4 times to get that center piece, so have some extra dies now.Hedgie was die cut with a Gina Marie square die, matted with a S/B square die, and then the little heart trims were from the next Twofer card.  The heart swirl and the little heart motifs started out white, colored with copics. 

 
 
Recently received a package from some sweet bloggers containing speciality coated cardstock that some of their group have been using with brushos and other mediums. (thanks to you sweet ladies). Out came the brushos (in shades of green), Paper Artsy Infusions in Olive Green and a Gold mica spray. Did not pre wet the new c/s, but sprinkled the  brushos and Infusion powders over the surface, then spray starch. Let that sit just a bit to watch the colors fuse and bloom. Then decided to sprinkle some lemon yellow brusho and spray a bit of gold mica spray. Scrunched cling film, placed over the wet surface and left alone for a few hours.
 
One of the swirl heart dies was colored in copic greens...used the center heart waste to form the shamrock petals, glued over the heart shape. Added a gold sequin to hide the center join. An Impression Obsession shamrock die was cut and colored. The little red hearts that cascade down the Hedgie card above were from this shamrock, the piece that separated the 2 heart shapes of this corner shamrock. Added a smaller gold sequin to this shamrock. The gold horseshoe is a Your Next Stamp* die and the sentiment was a $1 cheapie clear stamp tucked in the St. Pat's supply box. Heat embossed with a gold EP (but not my fav Queen's Gold).
 
*a word about some good customer service from YNS: Ordered a stamp set from YNS that is geared to St. Patrick's day. A die set was sent instead, and so I emailed - received a very  prompt response, apologizing for the mistake, and assuring me that the stamp set would be mailed ASAP. Received the stamp set very quickly, and was told to keep the die set. This was my 2nd order placed with the company. Now that is MY idea of terrific customer service. Just sayin'!
 
  
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Ya'll come again when you have time! God Bless and many hugs.
 

 


39 comments:

  1. Oh your designs and colors are so wonderful, hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.

    Hugs Diane

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  2. Hi Mary, Both cards are fab.

    Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

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  3. Wow Mary that's so clever using the inside hearts to make shamrocks! Really thinking outside the box and you've made two fabulous cards. Great work! Barbxx

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  4. They are both so beautiful, Mary!! I love the adorable hedgie on the first one!! He's so sweet!! And I love how you used the hearts to create the shamrocks!! Creative and fabulous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  5. Great way to use your Memory Box Heart Swirl, Mary, very creative! Your cards are very different and both so lovely ! My favorite is the first one with that cute hedgehog, such a sweetie!
    Good luck with Darnell's challenge!
    Hugs

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  6. Hi Mary,
    what super twofer cards and their designs are so brilliantly created.
    Love the hedgie on the left one it is sooooooo! sweet.
    Beautiful designing too.
    Such a super idea the St Pats one with the same die cut and agin super designing as well.
    Your Brusho bckground looks so stunning and very beautiful, and soooooooooooo! coourful.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

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  7. My word Mary, you are a clever sausage!! These are fabulous, very different, cards that couldn't be more different. You have really used those hearts to great effect xx

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  8. Two wonderful cards Mary. I have used heart shapes to make up flowers before and it works really well.

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  9. Two super cards Mary, they are both fabulous - an adorable Hedgie and such a clever way to use your heart die to create a shamrock.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  10. Both beautiful cards Mary
    Carol x

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  11. wow Mary both your cards are beautiful my favourite is the cute hedgehog,well done my friend xx

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  12. Well aren't you the smart one!!!! CUTE and pretty cards and I love the way you used the hearts to make shamrocks! They're both fantastic! I'll have to check out YNS too now!
    Lynn

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  13. I was wondering how it was a two-fer? But now I see how you colored the hearts - instead of cutting them from pre-colored cardstock. Love how you got a Valentine and a St. Patty's day card from the hearts - very creative, my friend!

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  14. Two wonderful cards Mary and love your idea of using the heart on the swirl to make the shamrock on the second. I love the way you have coloured the hedgie and cut it with a pretty ornate GM die, and your second card looks great in those bright and pretty greens and love that gold horshoe too. x

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  15. Great cards for this fun challenge Mary. You have produced two very different cards for two very different occasions. The hedgie one is so very cute and what a creative way to use the die cut for St. Patrick's Day....so very very clever x Thank you for the how to using the brusho's etc on the second card x

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  16. Now here a couple of clever cards! So smart to make shamrocks with those heart dies!! Not to say that your Valentine isn't just the sweetest thing -- it is! Darling little hedgehog in a wonderful frame, and I do love those hearts! And the brusho background on your St. Paddy's Day card is just incredible. Thank you so much for sharing your cards with us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

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  17. Fabulous cards for Darnell's Twofer challenge, how amazing that they are so different using the same heart die!

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  18. I like your idea for using hearts on these 2 cards, and each turned out fantastic! Love that horseshoe on the St Patrick's day card, what a cute little idea! Thanks for the tip on YNS too - word of mouth is the best way to find good places to shop and they sure did treat you well! Fabulous twofer cards, way to go!

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  19. Good morning Mary,
    Two brilliant cards, so very different, you are very clever.
    Brusho's make great backgrounds, our Robert loves using the "magic paints" he calls them.
    Thank you for your visit, much appreciated.
    Hazel and family are all good. Hazel and I are in contact daily and see meet other as much as possible.
    Have a great day and weekend.
    Patricia xxx

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  20. I love the two different ways you used your hearts. Great Valentine and a wonderful St. Patrick's Day card too. So nice you got such great customer service too! Things like that make you a returning customer so it is good for them in the long run as well.

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  21. WELL! aren't you the creative one? I had to look at both a couple of times to see what was the same, you have made them so completely different. Wonderful designs and work Mary.
    Great that customer service is still alive and kicking.
    Faith
    x

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  22. Two fabulous cards and very different designs using the heart in such a clever way to produce that super shamrock xx

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  23. Two very fun cards for the Twofer. I love the hedgie and the technique for the St. Patrick's Day card. I hope you are in Fl. now enjoying time with your daughter. Please send sunshine as soon as possible.

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  24. How clever to use the hearts for shamrocks. Perfect! Love both your cards, Mary. Very creative designs and fun ! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  25. Brilliant concept for both of these cards . The results are fabulous. I love your little hedgies and those shamrocks are the bees knees in elegance. Hugs Mrs A.

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  26. You have been very creative with these dies, Mary! Love the sweet hedgie and I'm impressed that you have a St. Patrick's Day card done aleady! The Brusho, mica, cling wrap background is beautiful!

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  27. Two fabulous cards. I love the way you made the hearts into the St Patrick's Day card too! That was a brilliant idea.

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  28. Two fantastic cards using your heart sash die, Mary!! Love that sweet hedgie. You can't help but smile when you see one on a card! :) Love the colours and the added heart die-cuts.

    Great job with your background of your St. Paddy's Day card. Isn't the coated card stock fun?? It works amazingly well with the cling wrap technique. Your background is gorgeous. Great design with using the same heart die to create your four leaf clover! You've already got a great start on your St. Paddy's Day cards!! :) Thanks for joining us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

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  29. Two fabulous Twofer cards, Mary ... that little hedgie is an absolute delight with all that 'love' around him, such a sweet valentine ... and what a clever and creative idea to use the hearts for the shamrocks on your St Pat's Day card ... they're brilliant against that awesome background! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

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  30. Wow! You did a great job on these, Mary!!! So glad that I dropped by to check on you. Hope you're well! I'm chasing myself in circles once again. I thought retirement was a time to slow down???? lol...I need to go back to work full time, just to breathe! Hugs!!!

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  31. I think you knocked this challenge right out of the water Momma Mary! I love how you used your hearts on both of these cards! They are so cute and clever as well. Love how you got two holidays out of using the hearts and two very different cards. Yep, I would say that is good customer service as well!! Hugs, Brenda

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  32. Brilliant cards, Mary. The way you've used the hearts to make two totally different cards for the Twofer challenge is very clever! xx

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  33. Wonderful hearts on both of your cards, Mary! Your little hedgie is adorable with his fist full of balloons, and your St. Patrick's Day card is gorgeous with your Brusho background and the shamrocks! Thanks for joining in on the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

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  34. These are both such great designs for your Valentine and St. Pat's cards, Mary! So colorful and cheerful, too! You've framed your hedgie beautifully and I think your Brusho green background is stunning!! Thank you so much for playing along in Twofer Card Challenge #2! I hope you are soaking up that sunshine!! Hugs, Darnell

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  35. I had to take a good look to recognize the hearts on the green card, you’ve been so creative using the same die and creating two totally different looks. Great job!

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  36. Mary, I'm so glad you received your coated card stock. Love the brusho/infusion background with all those wonderful greens.
    Hugs Christine

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  37. Your cards are fantastic and so different, Mary! One an adorable Valentine (gotta love that hedgehog) and the other one an awesome card for St. Patrick's day! The background is spectacular! Very creative use of your heart swirl die!
    Thanks for joining in the Twofer!

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  38. Your twofer cards are delightful, Mary. I generally don't do St. Patrick's Day cards. I do love yours. That background is just fab. Your hedgehog card is so cute. You've done a great job.

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