Friday, March 23, 2018

Flowers for Spring

Yesterday found me in my craft studio until the wee hours of this morning making these two cards for the current Twofer Card Challenge and The Flower Challenge.  The Twofer Card Challenge is the one where you have to make two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps and/or dies.  The Flower Challenge is an anything goes for the month of March.  Of course, having new stamps and dies to play with could have been the incentive to simply sit and create.

Here are the two cards I made using the same stamp set and dies.  It's fun to create two totally different card designs using the same stamp set.  The blossoms theme for the challenge was perfect for making some bright, cheerful flowers.

My first card features the Gran's Garden stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped the different flowers and leaf stems onto Crumb Cake cardstock and cut them out using the Gran's Garden Dies from Papertrey Ink.  I stamped a sentiment from the Secret Garden Collage stamp set by TPC Studio onto some Sugar Cube cardstock,  Then, cut it out using the Double-Ended Flag Stacklets Dies from Taylored Expressions.  I popped up the banner with foam tape.  An easy and simple card to make.  It's a thinking of you card I'm sending to a dear friend.

Stamp Sets:  Gran's Garden (Papertrey Ink), Secret Garden Collage - sentiment (TPC Studio);  Inks:  Blue Corn, Lemon Meringue, Pea Pod, Plum Punch, Sugar Cube (all Taylored Expressions); Cardstock:  Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!), Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions); Dies:  Double-ended Flag Stacklets Dies (Taylored Expressions)

My second card is one of encouragement and uses the same Gran's Garden stamp set and dies.  For this one I stamped the flowers in various colors along with the leaf stems and cut them all out.  They flowers are popped up with foam tape to add a bit of dimension.  The frame is cut using the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions.

Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons - sentiment (Stampin' Up!), Gran's Garden (Papertrey Ink); Inks:  Cookie Monster, Lemon Meringue, Plum Punch, Poppy Seed, Strawberry Milkshake (all Taylored Expressions), Crushed Curry (Stampin' Up!), Wild Honey Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Dies:  Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions), Gran's Garden (Papertrey Ink); Other:  Sequins

The theme of blossoms is from the Twofer Card Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

I'm also entering my second card in The Flower Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

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  1. I really like these designs, Marsha! The first thing I noticed about your cards is how bright and happy the colors are! When I think of the purposes for your cards, I can imagine eyes and smiles widening when these are pulled from their envelopes! They are uplifting designs whether you used the blossom as a wonderful background or as a beautiful bouquet sitting on that pretty turquoise scalloped frame!! Thank you so much for playing along at Twofer Card Challenge #3! Hugs, Darnell

  2. What exquisite colors and they are so bright and bold. I love the two different cards you made using the blossoms. Great job on these. Thanks for joining the Twofer Challenge #3.

  3. Gorgeous, Marsha ... both of them ... and so worth that early hours crafting! You created a beautiful background on your friendship card ... the colours really pop against the softness of the crumbcake panel! What a gorgeous floral arrangement on your encouragement card ... vibrant, bold, bright and deliciously dimensional! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  4. Beautiful set of cards! Love the color combination of the florals on the Crumb Cake paper which gives the card a retro look! The second card with the cheerful colors on white is so pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge!