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Friday, April 16, 2021

Twofer challenge #37: Leaves...

 I've been in a card-making frenzy this past week, so while I was at it, I decided to join in on the latest challenge over on the Twofer Card Challenge Blog.

I considered using some favorite leaf dies that I often use for Autumn cards, but I decided instead to use a die that I haven't used in ages. It's a leafy frame, and I've only ever used it as a leafy frame. This challenge was a good reason to try using it in some other way.

Here's what I came up with. The card on the right shows the leafy frame in its entirety. The card on the left uses the same die-cut, but in a very different way.

This card was quick and easy. Cut a card base from some patterned CS, add the frame, butterflies and a gold, heat-embossed sentiment. Done.

My butterflies were die-cut from metallic gold CS, and each was given a green gem just beneath the antennae.

My sentiment on the inside was also heat-embossed with gold EP.

For my second card, I die-cut the frame again, but this time I cut the leafy fronds away from the frame and from each other. Then I created a planter using a scrap of dimensional CS that looked like it had a mosaic pattern on it. Each of the "tiles" is glossy, so it looks very cool IRL.  I first cut an oval from my scrap of CS. Then I cut a small, straight piece off the bottom and used the side of the oval die to cut a curved piece from the top. Once that was done, I simply added my leafy fronds.

In this photo you can see how I've popped it up on foam squares to give it some added dimension. I didn't glue down the entire lengths of my fronds either, I simple glued them to the back of my planter.

The orange strip underneath my planter has been dry-embossed with a Swiss Dots EF.

I added a simple, stamped sentiment on the inside.

It's always fun to use my supplies in new ways. If you think so, too, I hope you'll join in on the challenge over at the Twofer site.

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



designbydonna said...

Cheryl, these are great. So creative to see the new use of the leaves in your die cut. That pot is adorable. ANd I like the accent of the one leaf at the bottom of the vase.Great set of twofers.

designbydonna said...

Oh, forgot to say those gold shiny butterflies are beautiful.I haven't made metallic butterflies but definitely will now.

Glittered Paws said...

Totally awesome- love the addition of the gold butterflies, makes the card just pop. The die is awesome as well. Great twofer.

Bonnie said...

Wow! What a wonderful frame die, Cheryl! It is so pretty with that patterned paper! Very clever way to make a vase to hold some of these leaves! I love how you've come up with two very different designs! Thanks for sharing with us at The Twofer Challenge!

Patti J said...

Beautifully done, my friend! Both cards are gorgeous! Someone will be very lucky to find one of these in their mailbox!

Darnell said...

What's not to love about both your amazing designs, Cheryl?! I love your creativity and the many thoughtful details you included in your designs! The leafy frame is marvelous with that perfect tiny checked background and the gold butterflies and embossing. And I can't get over how clever you were to cut the frame up and put the stems in that mod colorful vase, grounded by a pretty swiss dot panel! Thank you for playing in TCC #37! Well done! Hugs, Darnell

Lynette said...

They are both great, Cheryl! It's a great die and your first is perfect as is. I love the second one - so cool to cut them all apart and even make them a mosaic vase.

Lynne in NI said...

Ohh these are fab, I especially love your pretty planter! You're so imaginative with your dies!

AlisonC said...

Ah clever! Great idea to cut up the die cut and create new ways to use it. I love that funky vase it makes a really unusual card. The patterned paper is the perfect backdrop for your leaf cut. Alison Twofer GD

Anita in France said...

What a lovely leafy frame, Cheryl ... those delicate, shimmery butterflies flitting about inside it are just so pretty! The planter you created for the leafy sprigs is so cool ... it has a fabulous retro vibe about it ... and the leaves look wonderful against those bold pops of colour! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)