Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MIM #315 and Twofer Challenge #3

Hello friends.  Playing along with this week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink and Darnell's third Twofer challenge.

This week Melissa shows a beautiful card and video on adding embossed enamel splatters to our cards, and I had fun finally getting to use my Forest Floor: Spring stamp set and also the new A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms.


I started by stamping and embossing the two Lily of the Valley sprigs and then added a light blending of Blueberry Sky ink over the panel so the embossed white flowers would show up.  Next I added a bit of stenciling using the same ink to give a bit more definition to my background and added a strip of striped Ripe Avocado to ground the bottom of my card.  The rest of the leaves and sprigs and sentiment were die cut and popped up for some more dimension.  The butterfly I chose to do just like Melissa's as it was SO pretty!  Here is a close up with using the Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel:


Because I still had the Forest Floor: Spring stamp set out and I hadn't had a chance to play along with Darnell's 3rd Twofer challenge, I made a 2nd card where this month the challenge is to use blossoms.



I'm afraid I wasn't as creative as Darnell (and some of the other entries too!) by making my blossoms into something other than a flower, but I do like how my 2nd card turned out and it is DIFFERENT than the 1st card.  Here's my photo of the two of them:


Both using the Forest Floor: Spring stamp set, but my 2nd card is all done in a green and white color theme.


I die cut an oval from my panel and then dry embossed it using a woodgrain ef, and that set the stage to add all my leaves and Lily of the Valley.  I die cut them all and then stamped and embossed before mounting with dimensionals to give a lot of dimension to this card.


I even used a stylus on my leaves to fold them up a bit in the center and make them look more realistic.  I added a seam binding ribbon towards the bottom where the pieces all come together to hide that a bit and then finished with some clear sequins and Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz...it really sparkles IRL!!  I left off a sentiment as I'm not sure what I'm going to use this card for yet...it could be birthday, wedding, thinking of you, or even a sympathy card.

There is still time to play along with both of these challenges.  You can play along with this week's Make It Monday challenge right HERE and play along with the Twofer challenge right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


22 comments:

  1. Oh lovely cards Marcia! I haven't inked up that stamp set yet either...shame on me, it is so pretty and would make some lovely spring/Easter greetings! I must get on that...if only there were more hours in the day!! *wink Fabulous card for the MIM challenge!

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  2. I love the Lily of the Valley die and the two beautiful ways you used it on your cards. Both are so gorgeous in every way. Thanks for joining in at the Twofer Challenge #3.

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  3. Two gorgeous cards here Marcia! I have yet to ink up that stamp set too and can't wait to after seeing your cards. The woodgrain background on the second card makes a nice resting spot for those pretty lily of the valley flowers and yet, I love the blended and stenciled background on the first card too! Both are just lovely!

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  4. Marcia, you nailed the concept of Twofer perfectly which is just to make two cards using the same blossom (flower) stamp or die on both and make your designs different and your occasions different. Check, check, and check with these beauties! I'm afraid some folks got the impression at a glance that they HAD to make their second card using the stamp or die in some unexpected way, but that's not actually what the badge says. That's just extra fun for those who want to do it.

    I have a soft spot for sweet lily of the valley blossoms and I love how you have made them the star of the show in such ladylike ways with both your designs! I wish I had your ability to arrange and layer elements like a flower bouquet (and know when to stop!) so that they flow together perfectly! Thank you so much for playing along in Twofer Card Challenge #3! (I'll bet there are other challenges you could enter. Off the top of my head The Flower Challenge is A/G this month. Your second card would be lovely for Easter and there are lots of Easter/spring challenges going on!) Hugs, Darnell

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  5. I just keep staring at both of these cards, Marcia! There are so many gorgeous details and you've brought them all together beautifully! Embossing those lily of the valley flowers so that the white pops off the blue stenciled background is amazing! Your embossing enamel gives it so much texture and interest! Your green and white bouquet all wrapped up with a bow and set atop the oval woodgrain is a masterpiece! Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

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  6. Both cards are just wonderful, Marcia. I bet the green and white one would make a beautiful wedding card. I wanted lily of the valley for my 1st wedding, but it was too early in the season here in MN.

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  7. These are so pretty Marcia!! I love Lily of the Valley so much!! I think they are my favorite flowers. They grew like "weeds" all over our land when I was growing up! : )

    I love the incredible dimension you created on each card! Beautiful friend!!

    Patti

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  8. These are simply stunning, Marcia! I know that Spring has finally arrived when I can smell the Lillies of the Valley outside my kitchen windows. You've created two seriously gorgeous cards here. I love the blue chevron background and the butterfly on your first card, and the woodgrain embossing you've done on your second. Actually....I love everything about your cards! Beautiful. Thank you so much for joining us at The Twofer Challenge. Bev

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  9. AAAhh, your lillies are just lovely Marcia! And love your butterfly even if it is a CAS from Melissa.
    Darn, guess I may have to buy that butterfly after all. Somehow, it looks more like a moth to me
    maybe because its wings are folded back?!!

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  10. Both beauties, Marcia! Your detailing amazes me. Love the sweet little splatters on the butterfly, and gorgeous dimension with two-fer card!

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  11. Stunning cards, both of them and so very beautiful x

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  12. Two beautiful cards Marcia. LOVE the sweet Lily of the Valley blooms and how you've used them for different designs. Both are so beautiful and uniquely creative!! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

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  13. What beautiful lily of the valley both ways, Marcia! Love them embossed! And the butterfly/moth is gorgeous with his Frantage spots! Two awesome cards, my friend!

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  14. Such pretty and spring inspired cards!! Love the layout and your use of the florals. You have been busy! What an inspiring story also about your trip to meet your blog friends. Really cool!!

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  15. Pretty cards! The butterfly is just the right accent on your card.

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  16. Marcia, such lovely cards!!! Love your splatters on the butterfly and the lilies of the valley cards are both amazing!

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  17. Two fabulous lily of the valley cards, Marcia! So many details on each card but I especially love the white on white with the touch of green leaves on card two!! Would make a stunning sympathy card.

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  18. Amazing twofer cards, Marcia! I love Lily of the Valley, and you did all the detailed work so beautifully - heat-embossing, using a stylus, shimmer spritzing, etc. And the butterfly with embossed enamel splatters is just gorgeous. Hideko xx

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  19. These are stunning!! I love the shades of green and I love Lily of the valley ... Waiting for mine to appear this year!

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  20. Both are so gorgeous! I love how elegant, yet simple lily of the valley are and your are so lovely. The white on white is so striking but I'm especially drawn to the one with the soft blue background and that amazing butterfly with embossing on the wings!

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  21. Beautiful cards Marcia, and very elegant. Love the pretty Lily of the Valley stamp set and how you used it on both cads.

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