Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Twofer Challenge #36 - YOUR CHOICE

Hello friends.  It's March and time for a new challenge over at The Twofer Challenge, and this month is something new...YOUR CHOICE!


Yep, this month it's YOUR CHOICE!  Now before some of you get too excited, let me explain that the same rules still apply...2 cards for 2 different occasions, using the same stamps, stencil, or dies.  So whatever choice you decide on, just remember that you must use the same stamp, stencil or die.  Since it is March and I have a wee bit o Irish in me, I decided to use a SHAMROCK for my choice, and used a brand new stamp set from Colorado Craft Co. called 4-Leaf Clover and came up with a friendship and birthday card.



I just can't seem to resist these cute little critters designed by Anita Jeram (illustrator of the "Guess How Much I Love You" book), and these little mice in the field of clover and holding up the one lucky clover just melt my heart!!


For my friendship card I stamped and clear embossed the image before coloring with my Copics, and then partially cut around the upper half of the mouse and 4 leaf clover.  I attached a piece of Ocean Tides DSP (PTI) to a top folding white card base, and then adhered the mouse image to the bottom half of the card.  I did put a pop dot behind the 4 leaf clover to make it stand out a bit more and also added some TH Distress Glitter.  The sentiment is also from the 4 - Leaf Clover set, and the inside sentiment says "hard to find and lucky to have".


 My birthday card uses the same image, but instead of coloring all the clover green like in my 1st card, I colored them all different colors so that the one 4 leaf clover that the mouse is holding up would stand out like the rarity it is!  I also used more tan Copics to color the mouse in this card than the warm grays I used on the 1st card.  I die cut the image using a SU! oval die and backed it with a black scalloped oval, before adhering to a white layer that I embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  I wrapped some black & white gingham ribbon (Michael's) around my embossed layer and a black layer before completely adhering my oval to the two layers and then finished by adhering it all to a side folding white card base.  I also added a tiny tag (PTI) that I stamped Happy Birthday (The Greetery) on and then finished with a few Disco Ball sequins from Gina K.  The inside sentiment is from the 4-Leaf Clover set and says "May Your Blessings Outnumber The Shamrocks That Grow" and I thought that was pretty fitting for a birthday card.  Two of our daughters have March birthdays, so this card will be going to one of them.

So there you have it...2 different cards for 2 different occasions using the same stamp!  We can't wait to see what you choose for your choice...it should be quite a colorful gallery this month!  If you need more inspiration and ideas, check out what our DT and Special GD Nancy have come up with right HERE and then play along with us! This challenge is open till the 24th.  :0)

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



19 comments:

  1. Yep, that's definitely just the sweetest little mouse, Marcia ... and you gave him such character with your soft colouring! He's so fun amid all the green ... and how brilliant is all the fabulous shimmer on his lucky clover! Love how you created a colourful wildflower meadow for him to stand in on your Birthday card ... all the dimensional detailing and that tiny tag on the gingham ribbon is just delicious! Hugs, my friend ... Anita :)

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  2. Madly in love with Anita Jeram's images! You've done her proud with your coloring, your design, and the love you've put in this pair. I'm rather enamored with both of these! I've got a wee bit of the Irish in me as well, and just found out from where on Ancestry. Perfect partial die-cutting on your friendship card; another technique that I'm not so good at, lol!!! Perfect greens, too! LOVE those multicolored clovers on your birthday card. I would have never thought of that! Which ever daughter gets this is going to fall in love with it immediately! Awesome Twofer. Sending warm weather across the Lake today. Our snow is nearly gone, yay!! Stay safe lovely friend. xo Bev

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  3. Marcia, fabulous twofers. Your mice are darling and you've managed to make that stamp look so different in each card by changing up the colors.

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  4. What a sweet motive Marcia! I can't get my eyes of the mouse. It is a perfect prompt for a friendship and birthday card. And fantastic colored. I like green clovers on the first card but colorful clovers in the second I like a little more. Your Twofer is a great inspiration.
    Hugs, Sonja

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  5. Marcia, I've been waiting impatiently to see that clover turn into blooms! Just as pretty as I'd imagined it! Two darling cards - we're the lucky ones to have you share them! [did mine reach you yet?] xx
    =]

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  6. Oh, I love this sweet little mouse! Both of your card are simple darling!

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  7. Cute, cute! Both of your cards are adorable Marcia! What a lucky little mouse to find the one single four leafed clover among all the others. What a darling image and your coloring is perfect!

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  8. Super adorable image and the cutest of cards Marcia x.

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  9. Love that plaid paper and the sweet mouse in the field of clover with his fantastic find! Coloring the clover in different colors and turning it into a field of flowers was a fantastic idea and gives the image a totally different feel! Creative and fun, my friend!

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  10. How clever of you Marcia to make your 4 leaf clover images into flowers, which made 2 very different sweet cards for 2 different occasions. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

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  11. LOVE this image and LOVE your cards Marcia! How sweet is that mouse??!! Your first card is so adorable. You have put the perfect patterned paper in the background. The second card is so fun and bright with all those pretty summery coloured flowers. The black accents add lots of wonderful contrast. Great work, my friend! xx

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  12. I have a bit of Irish next to me, does that count? Kevin is 1/2 Irish so we can't wait for the 17th to celebrate SPD with the traditional fixins. I'm sure those wonderful critter images are sold out now from people seeing your cards, Marcia! You really make them come alive and I truly love both your sweet and different layout designs using different elements and colors! Perfect TCC inspiration! Hugs, Darnell (So glad you got your 1st vaccine! It's a wonderful feeling!)

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  13. Love love love them! That little mouse is so cute!

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  14. Such wonderfully sweet, adorable greetings. Love the inclusion of classic B&W gingham. Surely that must be one of the most timeless and most endearingly pretty of all patterns.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  15. Two darling cards with that mouse & clover stamp, Marcia!! Great idea to color some like flowers on card two!!

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  16. Love the monochromatic look of the one and the gingham looks great with the more colorful card! This is a cute image!!

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  17. What a cute image this is. I love the bright clover flowers and pretty bow. The shamrocks look great and perfect for today.

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  18. How FUN is this mouse? I Love the two different looks you gave it. I like how you changed it up on the second card using the clovers as flowers. I never would have thought outside the box like that. FABULOUS design!

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  19. Two fantastic cards, Marcia. That little mouse is so cute whether in a field of green or multi-colored blooms.

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