Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dueling Lovebirds

     I see Darnell has a new challenge site called Twofer Card Challenge. The task is to make two different cards using the same stamp. I seem to remember doing a very similar challenge a couple of years ago. You can see those cards here
     The theme is feathers and I wanted to get in on the maiden challenge. I have chosen this cute lovebird stamp from Gina K's "Better With You" stamp set. I am entering a Valentine and a Birthday card.

     For the first card, I started with a Sketch N Scrap sketch from this month's Facebook New Beginnings Crop.

Sketch #41
     I initially planned to make the card completely black and white. I was intrigued at the possibility of coloring the entire image with Copics C markers. Something came over me when I got to the hearts. For some reason I reached for R24. I then made a dash for a scrap of Gina K's Red Hot card stock and just like that; it became a black, white and one more color card. 
     I joined the RRR (Really Reasonable Ribbon) club in October - as well as purchasing a Bow-It-All. I am in the process of perfecting my double looped bow. If you check my previous posting you will see an EXTREMELY similar pink one
     As you can see in the sketch, there are a flurry of embellishments required. I had my heels dug in on this one. I thought the card looked done and didn't want it to get too busy. I tried scribbles (too big). I tried gems (too small). I tried Stamps of Life diecut hearts (just right). Oh, and don't you love it when something falls on just the right spot on the page and well, it turns into a happy surprise. That would be the moment the heart fell on the word "you".

Inside of Card
     Moving on to card #2. For this card I color matched my paper with Copics for the image. I wanted a short rectangle across the top and that pesky birdhouse was getting in the way. I decided to cut it off and dangle it from the branch. Upon centering the rest of the stamp on the card there appeared to be too much card for too little stamp. I decided to cut the top portion of the stamp into inchies. I then matted the inchies, then matted that, then matted that, then matted that, then placed it on the card base. There are a couple of tricks in there, but you can see those.

Card and Envelope

     The stamp on the inside of the card is the result of a scouring of my stamp drawer. This one is from Penny Black. As usual the inside of both of these cards is based on elements from the front and whatever scraps are left on the craft table.

Inside of Card

Materials List: Black White Lovebirds
     Patterned Paper: Gina K - Petite Papers
     Card Stock: Gina K - Red Hot
                                    Black and White
     Stamps: Gina K - Better With You
                  Beth Salaika - Lovely Ladybug
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Die: Stamps of Life - Hearts 2 Die For
     Copics: R24.   C1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
     Embellies: Really Reasonable Ribbon - Delicate Stitched Satin (Black)
                    Brad - Sparkly Heart - (Black)

Materials List: Dangling Birdhouse
     Patterned Paper: Gina K - Made With Love
     Card Stock: Gina K - Peach Bellini
     Stamps: Gina K - Better With You
                  Penny Black - Nature's Wishes
     Die: Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                Petite Scalloped Circles Large
            Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 5 (Sunburst)
            Impression Obsession - Circle Baby Cutout Set
     Punch: ek - Dotted Wave Small
     Copics: YG41. RV42. BG45.
     Embellies: Ivory Twine stained with Gina K's Blue Lagoon

Twofer Card Challenge - Feathers - #101 - *

 Challenges for Black White Lovebirds

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Love/Valentines - #33 - *
Daring Cardmakers - Black, White, Pop - #6 - ?
Inspire. Create. Challenges - Love - #24 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - #317-318 - Snippets - #13 -*

Challenges for Dangling Birdhouse

Seize the Birthday - Birthday - #28 - *


  1. Such adorable cards! Love your take on the Sketch N Scrap sketch!

  2. Sweet cards Sharon. And great use of the same stamp for two completely different designs. Great layering of elements to create a lot of depth and interest. That heart over the "you" is perfect ... don't you love when it happens on it's own??!! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge.

  3. Really cute cards, thank you for joining the CRAFT challenge this week.

  4. Hi Sharon! It's waaay past my bedtime here but I just spotted from your comment that you got into a bit of a pickle with entry number 12. Somehow it's two URLs joined together when I look at the inner workings of Mr Linky - looks like a previous challenge URL and then the latest tagged on to the end. I've deleted it and all is well now. Never worry about Mr Linky playing up - I can always sort him out - or send Parsnip in with his little boxing gloves on. Will be back to comment on your entry after I've had some sleep.


    Di xx

    1. Thanks Di for straightening it out for me. I knew it was after midnight in your neck of the woods and really expect to hear from you until the am. That Parsnip is a jack of all trades!

    2. Such pretty cards Sharon - and perfect for Snippets as well as out lovely Darnell of course! I do love the images but also the colours you used - so pleasing to the eye!


      Di xx

  5. Well, first of all, Sharon, can I just say that you have the memory of a computer??? How could you possibly remember optional option #2 (#2, mind you!!) of a NBUS challenge I did back in June of 2014? I am really, really impressed by that! I did not remember it at all, lol!

    I'm also impressed by your sweet designs, both outside and inside. Actually the insides or your cards look better than a lot of the outsides of my cards!! I loved reading the process of how these two designs came to be, especially the falling heart, the dangling bird house, and cutting the birdies on the branch into threes! Very well done! Thank you so much for playing in my first Twofer Card Challenge!! Hugs, Darnell

  6. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing with us at the CRAFT challenge this week...x

  7. Both cards are so very beautiful. I really love how you separated the birds in the last one into square windows. That is a cool look. The layout on both are superb!

  8. Wonderful cards, Sharon! The black, white, and red one is striking and I love how you cut the stamped image into three panels on your second card! And look at those elaborate insides!
    Thank you for joining in the very first Twofer Card Challenge!

  9. These are absolutely wonderful ideas for using this stamp set! I may have to use your idea of dangling the bird house! Great job!

  10. What wonderful cards. I love that you did the inside too. I'm afraid all my cards are sorely lacking on the inside. Thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week!

  11. Fabulous cards and thanks for sharing at craft good luck in the draw and hope to see you joining in again very soon.

  12. Very pretty and I love the layout of your card. Lots of lovely papers. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers. x