Saturday 25 August 2018

Twofer Challenge for August

Hi there.  I am rushing in with this last minute entry for the Twofer Card Challenge over at Darnell's blog.  The idea is to use the same stamp/die on both cards but they must be for different occasions.  I wasn't sure that I would get my entry done in time but have just made it by the skin of my teeth...I wonder where that saying comes from, but I bet Darnell would know, or perhaps somebody else knows its origins.  Anyway, down to business, here are my two cards.  The prompt this time was Geometric, so I have used a hexagon die cut shape on both.

The first is a floral card featuring a pretty stylised fuchsia image from Chocolate Baroque called Hanging Flowers which I coloured with Brushos by sprinkling Scarlet and Orange on the flower area and then Leaf Green and Emerald Green around the areas where the leaves are and then spritzed.

I started by stamping the image on to the piece of white card with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder.  I then used the Brushos as described above and moved them around a bit more with a waterbrush and added more colour with the brush until I was happy with the result.  I then die cut using a Stitched Square die from The Works and cut this piece with two hexagon dies using a set from XCut, and then put a piece of craft foam behind the central piece to lift it up.

Here is a closer view so that you can see the hexagonal pieces with the centre raised up on foam.

I finished by adding it to a 6" square white base card and then stamped the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Silver Metallic EP. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist - Flowers).
Addicted to Stamps and More - No. 306 Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More August Challenge - I Spy Something Beginning with 'B' (Brushos, Blue, Blooms and Birthday).
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - No. 184 All About Holidays.

The second card is made with the same small hexagon making a patchwork.  I used some glossy card and alcohol inks - Indigo, Pool and Stonewashed.  I then decided to use a snowflake stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Snowflake Shadow over the top and stamped using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Silver Metallic EP.

I die cut the pieces and put them back together on to a piece of white card and then mounted that on to another slightly larger piece of white card before adhering it  to a  7" x 5" white base card (side opening).  I then added the sentiment again using the WOW Silver Metallic EP.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Rudolph Days August Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas.
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - No. 400 Anything Goes (no twist).
Happy Little Stampers August Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).

It is the 25th here as it is after midnight, but California is a few hours behind so the challenge is still open...phew..made it, with apologies to Darnell for my very, very late entry!

Thank you for taking a look today and I hope to see you again soon.


Darnell said...

No need to apologize, Pat! Every entry is welcome and appreciated whether it comes in the first few hours or the last few hours! And these two gorgeous and colorful entries are a feast for the eyes! I'm glad you did the sideways view of your birthday card to show your clever cutting and assembling detail! And I think your silver-embossed snowflakes were a brilliant addition to your already gorgeous Christmas card! Thank you for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #8! Hugs, Darnell (p.s. The first known usage of "by the skin of my teeth" is from the Book of Job in the Bible!)

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Two very clever cards Pat and the colours on the first one are stunning. You’ve done an amazing job with the Brushos and you seem to have far more control over them than I do, your card is fabulous. Geometrics seem to be the in thing at the moment, so I may need to look into that as it’s not something I’ve ever done. The blended background colours on your second card look superb and the combination of them and the silver embossing look just perfect. Take care and enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

debby4000 said...

What two gorgeous cards Pat, love the snowflake one especially but then I have Christmas card on my mind at the mo.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Pat, what gorgeous cards, I love the fuchsia image and it's so beautifully coloured, your designs using the hexagon are fabulous, hope you are having a grand weekend, Kate x

HilaryJane said...

These cards are stunning, such a clever idea to cut the hexagon in the centre of your first card. I love it x

Happy Dance said...

So glad you got these beauties in the gallery! I am in awe of your skills. The Brusho background is simply amazing, and those colors are gorgeous.LOVE the white embossing over the background - it's perfect! Your second card is just beautiful. Those snowflakes remind me of newly fallen snow. Perfect use of the hexies on both cards, too. Thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

MaryH said...

Both of these are gorgeous, and I love your ideas on the floral piece. Spotlighting the hexagon as you did, was such a great design idea, and I've not tried stamping/embossing over brusho-s as yet, but your efforts turned out splendidly. The blue piece with the wonderful snowflakes is just stunning! Glad you got in the challenge. I was very last minute too, and saw your lovely cards as I was linking late at night! TFS & Hugs

Loll said...

So glad you made it Pat! These two cards are gorgeous!! LOVE your design with your beautiful fuchsias! Goregous colours and watercolouring ... and so stunning with the hexagons, one of which is popped up! Very beautiful and creative. Your second card is also beautiful with the gorgeous shades of blue for the background paired with the silver metallic snowflakes. You did a fabulous job!! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

brenda said...

Two really gorgeous creations Pat and if I had to choose it would be the one with the Hanging Flowers from CB, the colour palette of the Brusho's you used is so pretty. And I like the diea of using the hexagons to do the layering, confess that althouhg I've done that style a few times not thought beyond square and rectangle. So guess what I am going to do later ? Think it will work well with the stamps I am presently working with from a new artist.

B x

brenda said...

Back again Pat, totally forgot to thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Helen said...

Clever interpretation of the Twofer challenge, Pat! Both card are lovely! Your beautiful silver embossed snowflakes look amazing on that stunning alcohol ink background! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week!

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely pair of cards Pat and your use of the hexagons is so creative! I love the Brusho colouring on the first card and the snowflakes are gorgeous on the second.
Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM, and I hope you will join us again soon.
Carol x

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards, PAt. I love how the first one is so subtle with the triple layering of the hexagon die. The second is so cool!

scrappymo! said...

Back with my official hat on. Your Rudolph Dwys card is lovely I like how well you used this hexagon die. The colours are so rich and give your card an elegant feel.

Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

Karen Dunbrook said...

really gorgeous cards the snowflake one especially.
xx Karen

Jenny L said...

Hi Pat,
Happy Rudolf Days.
oh these cards are gorgeous and the the colours are so pretty and and super techniques used to a wonderful outcome.
Such great designs.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Pat,
I'm back again to say thanks for linking up your lovely card to the Happy Little Stampers gallery.
Carol x

Ellibelle said...

Two gorgeous card, love the backgrounds and beautiful stamps!
Thank you so much for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month!

Heidi Weaver said...

What lovely cards, Pat! The colours are simply gorgeous! I love the embossing you've done. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Gail said...

Beautifully coloured card! The dimension from the hexagon layers really enhances the design. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Created by Kath said...

I love how the snowflake turned out! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Pat especially the Rudolph Days one.

Sue xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh wow! They are absolutely gorgeous!! What gorgeous colours on that first card (I'm useless with Brushos!) And I love the hexagons on the second card... wonderful designs!

Whisper said...

Oooo what a stunning and classy Xmas card, thanks for joining us at Augusts Rudolph Days Challenge, luv Sam x

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful creations! I love how you made these! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM!

Kylie said...

Wonderful cards, Pat! They are both so unique and you are very clever to use your dies like that. The watercolouring is beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Liz said...

I thought I'd already left a comment on this post as I remember googling to find out the origin of "by the skin of my teeth". It must be flying around in cyberspace! Two stunning cards, perfect for the Twofer Challenge and a very clever use of the hexagon die. I especially love the way you've used it on your first card and the colours on both cards are beautiful. xx

Nandini said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous! Great to see you at the ATSM gallery. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Nandini, DT.