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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Twofer Challenge #2: Hearts

I love the challenge of the Twofer Card Challenge Blog: Create two cards per the theme that are different in design and for different occasions, but use the same stamp or die. It really stretches my imagination to try to achieve that!

Since this month's Twofer challenge is to use hearts, I dug out two small heart dies and starting cutting them out of some deep turquoise card stock.

After I had cut some of the hearts out of my strip of cardstock, I also cut them out of papers that matched the colors of my background DSP. I paper-pieced them back into the open heart shapes  and generously "winked" them to add a little sparkle.

To finish my card, I added a die-cut "Thank You" at the top. This was definitely a quick thank you to make, and since my stash of TY cards was getting low, I may need to make a few more of these.

For my second card, I added a few more heart die-cuts to the ones I already had from my first card. I drew a couple of straight lines (with a little arrow point on the bottom) and adhered my hearts with dimensional foam tape. A few flat-backed gems and a stamped sentiment finished another quick card.

I left both of my cards blank inside so that I have lots of room to write personal notes.

Here's a peek at both cards together. These were fun to make because they were so quick. You should head over to the Twofer Card Challenge Blog for a little inspiration and add your own entry. It's fun!

I'm ready now to dig into the Easter card-making process. How about you? I've been seeing a lot of Easter cards popping up online. I have a new chick-in-an-egg die that I am anxious to try. I hope it's as cute as I think it's going to be.

I've also decided to use some of the money I earned recently from editing a book to purchase a Sizzix Big Shot Plus. My poor little Cuttlebug is broken in two places. It still does the job, but I don't think it's long for this world. Do any of you use a Big Shot Plus? The wider base that will accept papers and dies that are 8 1/2" is what is so attractive to me. I can also then get a magnetic platform, which I think could be super helpful. If you have any thoughts or advice about this machine, I'd love it if you would share them with me.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

Great use of those die cut pieces. Good twofer cards.

Anita in France said...

A terrific Twofer, Cheryl! The bright, shimmery hearts dancing across your thank you card are sure to raise a smile on the recipient's face ... and I love the cool stylish look of those lines of hearts with just the perfect touch of bling ... the sentiment is just gorgeous for a miss you card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Good luck with the Big Shot Plus ... I'm still on my trusty Cuttlebug! Anita :)

Mona Pendleton said...

So very pretty Cheryl! Love all the hearts especially the shimmery ones!

Lynette said...

Both cards are wonderful! That is a fun challenge, but I haven't given it a shot yet:( Not a lot of creating time lately.

Glittered Paws said...

Love both cards but have to say the second is my favorite. Love this challenge where you make two cards - 1 set. Hope you enjoy your new toy. I just have the big shot and love it.

Kara Lynne said...

Your two cards together add up to one wonderful twofer! I love the inlaid technique you used using papers to match your dp, and those hearts and gems strung on the arrows is a fantastic design! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

Darnell said...

Thank you for your encouragement of Twofer, Cheryl! Your two cards are both so delightful! I love those lushly schparkly winked hearts that match your pp - great use of that, too, BTW! And I think your design with the hearts, lines, and arrows is awesome! (What a great sketch that would be!)

I have a BS, but not the Plus. Most of the dies are made to fit on 5.25 cards so the regular BS works fine. I would wonder how hard it is to turn the lever on that puppy? Thank you so much for playing along in Twofer Card Challenge #2!! Hugs, Darnell

Gwendolyn said...

Wow two amazing cards! Love the bright colours on the 1st card and you really changed the design on the 2nd card to make it clean and awesome! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice comment. Hugs Gwendolyn

Lynne in NI said...

Aww I love both your cards, very clever to anchor your blue hearts with that little arrow!
Delighted you're spending some of your money on crafty stuff, I think I'd cry if my Cuttlebug broke! I've never tried a Big Shot but I'm liking the sound of a magnetic platform :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Lovely heart cards Cheryl, and I LOVE the sentiment on the right-hand card! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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