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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Killing two birds with one stone...

...not that I want to kill any birds. In fact, I definitely do not! Now squirrels are another matter.

But back to the issue at hand: The lovely Darnell of djkardkreations.com has two challenges this month for your cardmaking pleasure. One is the ever-popular NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge and the other is the TwoFer Card Challenge. I will be entering and linking to both of these fun challenges from this blog post--hence, the two dead birds.


First, I'll share the two cards I made for the Twofer Card Challenge. Since the April theme is rain/umbrella, I decided to incorporate both into my cards.

The first card is an encouragement card and the second, a get-well-soon card.

I began by using a rain stencil on a die-cut circle. After inking the raindrops, I kept the stencil in place and added a layer of Martha Stewart Glitter Paste. Can you see the sparkly dimension of the raindrops? A few weeks ago I had used a Michael's coupon for 50% off to purchase a jar of clear glitter paste just before the lock-down occurred. It has given me something new to play with while we self-quarantine.

On the inside of the card I added a few more raindrops and a computer-generated sentiment. I know we "ladies" are not supposed to go stomping about, but honestly, don't you just want to stomp out your frustrations sometimes?

I did not add any glitter paste to the raindrops on my second card, but I did add some nice dimensional grass, cut with a die and inked on the tips of the blades. The sentiment has been popped up on foam tape, as has the center of the umbrella.

I added a sun to the inside of my card, hoping it will cheer someone up. Once again, my sentiment was computer-generated.

Since I was playing for the first time with my umbrella die set, I also made a card for the current NBUS challenge. In fact, this was the first card I made of the three.

I designed it as an encouragement card--we need a lot of those nowadays, don't we? I love the idea of an umbrella filled with flowers, so that's what I made. The shaft of the umbrella is cut from gold foil CS to match the gold sparkle in the umbrella's canopy (I had to look up the names of those umbrella parts!).

The inside of this card features a matted panel with one of the flowers displayed in the corner--just a little something to brighten up the inside.

I hope you'll join in on one or both of these challenges. They're both so much fun and they definitely help me look through that pile of NBUS and select something to actually use!

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


Darnell said...

Look at you, Cheryl, nailing Twofer so well you made a Threefer! And people say they can't come up with two different designs! Thank you for making it look easy with your three adorable umbrella and rain and wellie cards filled with sunshiny sediments and the many sweet and delightful details on each one. And thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #26 and sharing at NBUS! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

Anita in France said...

What a fun, fabulous and vibrant trio, Cheryl! There's such wonderful detailing, layering, texture and dimension on each one ... what a sunny set of cards ... even though the first two feature the rain! Love how you took the designs to the insides! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

designbydonna said...

I think with all those bright cheery umbrellas, one wouldn't mind a little rain at all.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

All three of those cards are SO CUTE!!!! Love all three!

Patti J said...

These are so pretty, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing!

Lynette said...

First - I'm with you regarding the squirrels! :) Your cards are all awesome. I love all those flowers in the umbrella. And - I cut my hair! Mine was a lot easier than yours, though, and Jim trimmed the back a little bit.

Lynne in NI said...

Awww your little wellies are so cute and gorgeous brolly too! Great cards Cheryl!

Glittered Paws said...

Look at you go with the umbrella die - what a cute die. And then to do a twofer and a NBUS - you were on a roll. I loved all three cards - and the rain boots are adorable. But if I had to pick a favorite I would pick the umbrella filled with flowers.

Kara Lynne said...

All three of your cards are terrific, Cheryl! I love those glittery raindrops,fantastic flowery boots and the patterned paper you chose for your umbrellas! I'm with you about the squirrels. My husband shot one this morning - he's so protective of that bird feeder, lol! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!