Friday, February 16, 2018

Twofer Challenge -- Hearts

Hi, there, and happy Friday!  I'm playing along today in Darnell's Twofer Challenge.  The theme this time around is "hearts".  Use the same stamp to create two different cards for different purposes.  Stretch your stamps and have fun doing it!

I used a very old wood block "Fancy Heart" by StampCraft.  It's so old I don't even know if they make stamps anymore, but I've liked the stamp enough to keep it all these years.  So here are my two cards:




There's a conspicuous lack of color -- not my usual way, but might as well do something different once in a while.  That's SU's old Green Galore.  The "perfect" card shows the stamp as is, and the "fantastic" card shows it turned into a butterfly, all chunky and funky with wonky antennae and pearls for its body.

#1 with Spellbinders Elegant Ovals and Verve Amazing Adjectives.  This one is a thank you card.  Inside is a Shakespeare quote, "My heart is forever at your service".




#2 is the butterfly.  I thought it would be fun to use the flourishy bow as a sort of flight trail.  The wonky antennae are a portion of a swirly die.  I know, really pushing the envelope.  Punched flowers with die cut leaves.  Glitter paper.  A few dots of clear glitter here and there.  It's a 4 1/4" gift enclosure, intended as a combination retirement/new home congratulations for a friend.  I'm going to try to find a not-too-tacky butterfly wind chimes to send with it.




The butterfly and flight trail are coated with Wink of Stella.  The inside sentiment is from Words to the Rescue Variety Pack 1.




Okay, that was fun and quick and now I have two cards ready to mail.  I even used ribbon!  Thanks for a perfectly fantastic challenge, Darnell!  Enjoy your day and I'll see you all next week!

Twofer Challenge




33 comments:

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I like the die cuts and the cute way you used them on these two cards. Taking the hearts and turning them into a butterfly is very smart! I always love having extra cards ready to send out for the next occasion and you definitely aced the challenge. Beautiful!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the way you used that older stamp you kept in your stash. I can see why it is a keeper too as it has such a pretty design. And your cards using it are so wonderful as well. I love the pretty colors. Great job on your twofer designs.

Nimue said...

Love these cards. The butterfly is brilliant!

crafty-stamper said...

Both very elegent cards,beautiful dies and love the completely different way you have used the stamp and flourish
Carol x

Yogi said...

both are lovely. What a wonderful way to use that stamp those 2 ways. Great job. Have a great day

Traci M said...

These are so pretty, elegant, and striking with the black word sentiments, Leslie!! The idea of sending a “ not too tacky” wind chime with it made me laugh!! Sometimes we make the card and then search for the gift to go with it...I’m sure whatever you choose will be beautiful! I’ve not seen this challenge before, will check it out.

Susie said...

Such a wonderful idea! I've seen your two-fers before, and I've loved them. It is also difficult for me to choose. But I do like the butterfly and the inside sentiment on that card. Always beautiful work that never fails to inspire!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two amazing heart cards, Leslie! Just love the heart butterfly and it was inspired to use the bow from card one as the flight trail! Gorgeous colors too!!

nancy littrell said...

OMG...Two beautiful and very, very creative cards using the same stamp. I love your heart with your beautiful framing on your 1st card and your very creative and beautiful butterfly for your 2nd card. TFS your details too, my friend. Hugs...

Lady Joyful said...

Very pretty cards. I love the butterfly made from the hearts - so clever.

pam said...

Two stunning elegant cards Leslie, love hearts of any make!and butterflies! what a great idea to combine both on your cards, beautiful sentiments with pretty colours.
Hugs Pam x

Mildred said...

You broke the mold on these great cards, Leslie. They are so bright and fun I almost don't miss your coloring! You are so clever.

Margaret said...

Wow! Both are absolutely fabulous! I have to say I do love that butterfly one. So creative. I've got another season coming up soon. It will be interesting to see how the butterfly season goes. Last year it was't until the end of the season that I saw any around my yard.

Susanne Vargas said...

So glad you brought out this old, but beautiful stamp to play and made these lovely cards! The first one looks so elegant with the ornate frames and I love how you created a butterfly on the second card! The tiny flowers look adorable!
Thanks for joining us at the Twofer!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful cards, love those dies and gorgeous colours used Leslie.xx [aNNie]
 ❤️

Loll said...

Two beautiful heart cards Leslie. I love that you kept the colours the same, but the designs are so totally different. Your first card is so pretty with the intricate die-cut oval layers and sheer ribbon accent. And of course, that gorgeous heart with flourish. No wonder you've kept this for a long time ... it's a beautiful heart image. Love how you've turned the hearts into a sweet butterfly for your second card. The body and antennae are perfect details. And your glittery flowers are so pretty. Thank for joining us at Twofer Card Challenge!! xx

Diane said...

Both cards are so elegant and pretty, yet so different. Love how you have made the hearts into a gorgeous butterfly, this challenge really makes you think outside the box doesn't it? I still am trying to do just that lol! Hope you are having great weather and are able to do a little camping with the 'boys'. My little boy goes in the 27th for his 'ahem' surgery poor baby, it scares me!!

Sherri said...

Both of these are definitely "WOW " cards! I would never have thought of using hearts for a butterfly but it's gorgeous! Love how you think outside the box! Awesome job!

Donna Ellis said...

You know what they say - art is not what the artist does, it's what the viewer SEES in the artist's handy work - and WOW! Two delightful two-fer cards! I love how you showed the exact same stamps in a slightly ordinary way (never completely ordinary because the Leslie Touch makes them extraordinary), but that heartterfly is adorable! Right down to the "flutter" beneath it! They are two beautiful creations, Leslie. I especially like your layers in the oval creation. Thanks for this morning's inspiration! hugs, de

Stacy Morgan said...

ACk... Oh Leslie I like the color combo you used. Both of these are beautiful. I like the sparkle you have on the flowers, the butterfly is very creative using the heart. And the oval die cuts are wonderful. I say BEAUTIFUL on both girlie!

Anita in France said...

These are both so fresh, feminine and lovely, Leslie ... the delicate die cuts are fantastic with the flourishy ribbon on the crisply stamped heart ... and what a brilliant idea to create a funky, fun butterfly for your second card ... the detailing on the body and antennae is fabulous! Thanks so much for your visit and sweet words ... and for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

Such a beautiful stamp to use for your twofer! I can see why it has kept its place all these years. Both of your cards are wonderful, and you really demonstrate how one stamp, even in the same colors, can look so dramatically different! Thanks for joining in on the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

Ros Crawford said...

You can do no wrong with colours and card designs as far as I'm concerned... These are gorgeous, I adore the colours.. So clever to make that butterfly... I hadn't realised it was the same stamp at first!

Darnell said...

I can see why you keep this stamp, Leslie! It's really beautiful used as a heart and now you can see it makes the coolest chunky butterfly, too, so it's even more beloved! Your feminine "perfect" card is just that and what an amazingly perfect inside quote you have for it! I love that oval frame and the touch of organza black ribbon makes the design even more elegant!

And your funky new home/retirement card is - sorry, I HAVE TO say it - "fantastic!" I know, I'm a cornball! But you have to admit it really is fantastic and the inside makes it more so! This card will be cherished by your friend forever! Thank you so much for playing along in Twofer Card Challenge #2!! Hugs, Darnell

Darlene said...

WOW ... both cards are awesome and yes, that is a BEAUTIFUL stamp! I totally understand you hanging on to that one! Love your butterfly ... what fabulous inspiration and great use of stamps! GORGEOUS!

Cindy Beach said...

Wow, Leslie, you really rocked this challenge! BOTH cards are so beautiful! I love the white on white with the pop of green and the lovely layered details. Your use of this pretty stamp is amazing!

Sue from Oregon said...

You always have such an elegant touch to your wonderful cards Leslie! The CAS green touches are very pretty-and Green Galore at that! Love it! ~Sue K
ps...did you get snow today? Got a skiff here!

Conniecrafter said...

How cool are they, such lovely layering of the framing on the first and I just love the way you did the butterfly trail on the second that was such a terrific idea and so pretty, love the sprinkling of the little flowers all around it too, as well as inside! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

These cards are so pretty - I love the dies that you used. What a great job you did with the challenge and that now you have 2 cards for your stash!! I too have some very old stamps and hold onto them tight!!

laurie said...

This is such a cute set Leslie! So creative...love the color combo too...just pops!

Lynette said...

How clever are you to use the hearts to make a butterfly! Two awesome cards, Leslie.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Leslie, you sure know how to use dies beautifully! I love the Green Galore with the black -- so striking and beautiful! That's a color I never did get way back when! LOL! But I like it, and I love the word dies. I sure do love those sweet little posies with the black centers. Hugs!

Pauline said...

WOW, both are fabulous cards Leslie! You are such an amazing artist - your creativity just blows my mind at times. I love how you made these 2 cards with one stamp. The first is so elegant, love the die cuts and the second is 'fantastic' as well! Love how you created the butterfly, and those little glittered flowers - so pretty. Love both sentiments as well. I'm a bit behind in commenting, off to your next post! TFS Leslie!

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