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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Twofer challenge #40: Birds...

 I really love the Twofer Challenge Blog because it pushes me to make two cards at once that are for different occasions. Now that I am regularly donating cards to the thrift store (and having a hard time keeping up with demand), I need to make cards at a quicker pace. This challenge helps me do just that.

This month the Twofer theme is "birds," and here is what I created:

I had a NBUS die set that I wanted to use, so this was the perfect impetus to move me in that direction.

My first card is a mini-slimline, 6" X 3.5". I adhered my DSP to the front and then cut an aperture with an oval die.

My sentiment--thanks--was stamped on the inside of my card towards the top of the oval opening.

I used a brown colored pencil to add some feather lines to my bird, and I also inked its edges with distress ink. I tried to give it a reddish abdomen, like a robin. I used some Nuvo Drops for the eye and the flower centers.

Dies for the leafy branch and flowers were included in the set with the bird, so I cut those out of CS and adhered them across the opening.

The weatherperson is once again predicting that our daily high temperatures will be 90+ (32+ C) for the next few days. This heat wave made me think of an old Spanish idiom that originated in Chile and has to do with a certain bird: "Ducks are falling already roasted!" That means its really hot out!!!

I was inspired to make this second card by one I saw on Pinterest. I loved the idea of the woodgrained background, since we always think of birds in trees. 

This time I pulled out some leafy sprig dies and some different tiny flower dies.

The center white circle is popped up on dimensionals, as is the bird and the bird's wing. I used Nuvo Drops for the bird's eye and the flower centers.

While the clear sequins aren't too noticeable, I did add two of them to my white circle and one at the top of my card near the sentiment.

I stamped a sentiment on the inside and added a couple leafy sprigs that I had cut out, but didn't use on the front of the card. 

I hope you'll join in on the fun at the Twofer blog. You could probably use a couple more cards in your stash, couldn't you?

Finally, I thought I'd share one more idiom factoid with you. When we call someone a chicken in this country, we mean they are afraid. The Italians have another take on chicken name-calling. I guess they don't consider chickens to be very bright, because when an Italian says someone "is really a chicken," he means that person is easily fooled.

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



Bonnie said...

This is a fantastic bird, Cheryl! I love how you've colored him and both layouts! Wonderful texture and dimension! Thanks for sharing with us at The Twofer Challenge!

Lynette said...

Your cards are both awesome, Cheryl! I love all the different dies that you used - so cute.

Glittered Paws said...

What a great twofer - I need to go check this site out. It does encourage to make two cards. This is a great bird stam to work with and love how you altered the first bird a bit with some feather lines. Makes it unique.
We are in the middle of a heat wave week this week, 90's, hubby doesn't seem to mind but I don't do much outside when it is this hot. Saw cool.

Darnell said...

Haha, you know I loved learning the idioms, Cheryl, so thank you for that! And I love your two sweet robin designs ~ they are colored beautifully! Your slimline thank you is cool with the pp, flowered branch across the aperture, and sediment on the inside. I, too, love the woodgrain e/f background on your birthday card design and how you put some sprigs on the inside! Thank you for playing in TCC #40! Hope it cools off soon. Hugs, Darnell

designbydonna said...

Both are lovely cards. I like how you placed the branch across the aperture. Love the woodgrain, so appropriate for birds who live in trees. Great coloring on the robins. It is like looking out my kitchen window and seeing robins sitting in the tree. Great twofer cards.

Marcia Hill said...

Two really beautiful cards Cheryl! Glad we inspired you to use your bird die, and your Robins turned out beautifully on both cards. Your slimline with the dsp is so pretty and I love the opening with the sentiment inside! And your birthday card just couldn't be any prettier with the Robin and flowers against the woodgrained background! Lovely, lovely cards Cheryl and thanks so much for sharing them with us at The Twofer Challenge! Marcia (DT) :0)

Lynne in NI said...

What a great twofer, I especially love how you used your branch in the first one. Reckon these won't hang around your store for long either!
Hope you're sticking your heat ok ... ours is finally starting to drop and I'm so glad to see it down to 26 degrees today, it's impossible to sleep with no air conditioning and not a breath of air.

oldpunca said...

Gorgeous birds Twofer, Cheryl. Great design on both of cards. I like your bird. You've colored it wonderful on both cards. thank you for joining us at TCC #40. Hugs, Sonja