Thursday, January 10, 2019

January Twofer Challenge: Birds

It's Twofer Challenge time, friends!  I've enjoyed the unique concept of this challenge and played along most every month since its beginning, but it just got a whole lot more fun for me because, happy day, I've joined the team!  Thank you so much for having me on your very creative team of crafters, Darnell!  This month's challenge is Birds, so, let's get started, shall we?




Use the same stamp, die, or stencil to make two cards with two completely different designs for two different occasions.  Please take at least one photo of the two cards together and link that photo up with the challenge.  In December Darnell took the time to write up a thorough explanation of the challenge concept.

My samples both use the same bird stamp.  One is a birthday card and the other is Christmas.




I used a Penny Black stamp set called Touch of Whimsy.  The birthday card has the bird in it's original form, complete with pretty flower bedecked cage.




A totally different design for the Christmas card, with the cage cut away so you see only the bird and present.  Very clean and simple.  She looks like a Christmas bird, doesn't she?  All supplies are listed below my signature.




Whether you go conventional or get super creative with unconventional designs, it's a fun challenge.  Pop over to our Twofer Card Challenge #12:  Birds to get ideas, leave some love, and play along.  Enjoy your day!


Stamps:  Penny Black Touch of Whimsy, SU Warm Words on Christmas card  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, Echo Park Fine and Dandy DP on birthday card, Memory Box Yuletide DP on Christmas card  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Stickles Stardust glitter glue  Dies for birthday card:  Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Frames, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Dies for Christmas card:  Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers and Stitched Scalloped Circles, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and Ric Rac Borders

35 comments:

Glenda Brooks said...

These little birds make my heart flutter but in a good way! I think if I was picking a favorite it would be the first card but just because of the cage. Well done my friend. I love how you show us different ways to use the same stamp. Well done you!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

First of all Leslie, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS for joining the Twofer creative team, this is just awesome news, I love this challenge and now, I love it even more.
Your cards are simply amazing, this little bird looks so sweet surrounded by your impeccable layering and design, with the beautiful pattern papers and awesome coloring.
XO
Maria.

Sherri said...

I'm I love with both of these! What a fun stamp set! Love the way you framed the birthday card and using the same stamp for the Christmas card was genius! Way to go, girl!!!

I Card Everyone said...

Congratulations on becoming the newest member of the Twofer Team, Leslie! Your birds are so sweet... and fanciful! She looks happy in, or out, of this lovely cage ... no matter if she's delivering a birthday, or Christmas present! well done!
=]

Donna Ellis said...

Chirp! Such sweetness, Leslie! How innovative to make one a "partridge" Christmas present bearer and the other a birthday gifter! Your combination of dies, papers and special Leslie touches make these creations especially dear! Sigh - I always enjoy immensely every single one of your fabulous creations. You make blogging fun! hugs, de

Darnell said...

Welcome to the Team, Leslie! We are honored to have you! Your two designs are impeccably colored and so fresh and clean! I have to say, I'm totally going to steal the way you cut your frame from patterned paper on that birthday card! I love all the interest it adds! And how clever of you to let your beautiful lady bird fly free from her cage for your second design! She is as proud as a peacock standing in the spotlight!! Hugs, Darnell

CaroleAnn said...

Love what you created here with the same stamp etc.!!! What a great idea for a challenge and congrats on being on this talented team. Your artwork is always beautiful! Just may give this challenge a try - very different and I like that. Lots of luck to you, big hugs

nancy littrell said...

Congratulations, Leslie for being chosen as the new Twofer DT girl:-) What a pleasant surprise when I opened your blog! I LOVE both your cards and how you used your whimsical bird in two such different designs. Loved all the ways you used your DSP's. I agree with Dolly...your framing with your DSP adds so much pretty interest. I need to get busy designing a couple of bird cards. TFS and always Inspiring me, my dear friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Yogi said...

pretty. have a great day

Kara Lynne said...

So glad to have you on the team, Leslie! I love how you dressed up both of your birds - perfect for each occasion. I love the flowers and how they coordinate with your PP on your birthday card. Talk about PP, I love that tiny design on your Christmas paper - so sweet! Your bird looks so classy the way you colored her on each card, and I think she knows it!

Trina P. said...

Congrats on joining the team, Leslie. Wonderful debut cards. x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations on your new design team gig. And, great Twofers I might add. I love the way you used it in it's original cage for the first birthday card and then cut the bird out for the Christmas one. That was a fantastic idea. Both are so well done.

Darlene said...

YAHOO! BIG CONGRATS on your DT spot! She's very lucky to have you! These cards are awesome ... very clever! LOVE the happy happy colorful designs! Great job as always! Again ... congrats!

oldpunca said...

Super cute and wonderful created cards! The coloring of birds on both cards is adorable. Congratulation for joining the Twofer team. :-)

Happy Dance said...

So glad you're part of our team here at Twofer, Leslie! You've started off with a bang; these are two very delightful bird cards! I love all those pretty papers you've used in your design, especially the gingham and the flowers on that birthday card. Great images, great designs, great fonts, great cards! Welcome Aboard!! Bev

aussie aNNie said...


Congrats on the new team member, well done and I just love the gorgeous Twofers and the stamping and colours are just so fabulous.xx

Nancy said...

You are so very talented and it's so evident why you were selected on the Twofer Challenge! I am so impressed with your photography skills as well. I so enjoyed looking through your gallery this morning! Congrats!!

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, congratulations on joining such a great team. Great start with such a fun image, I'm really looking forward to checking out your cards each month. P.S. Love the bright colours of your birds :)

Conniecrafter said...

A big Congrats Leslie on joining the design team :) You always do a great job on these challenges so I know you will be perfect for the team.
I love the cute little bird and great idea to cut him away for the Christmas card, love the coloring on both. Great framing on the birthday card and love all the flowers on it. Neat design on the Christmas card and love the small print of Christmas pretties!

Loll said...

Hi Leslie! So happy that you've join the Twofer team. Great start with your two beautiful bird cards. Love that sweet bird that is all dressed up for a special occasion! I love her in the fancy cage with the sweet spring flowers. The triple framing adds so much to the card. I never think to use patterned paper for a frame, it is awesome! And I love your adorable Christmas card with the pretty patterened panels and your sweet Christmas bird. xx

Diane said...

I just smiled BIG when I saw your news as they are so lucky to have YOU!! Congrats and it will be fun to see your ideas emerge each challenge!! Both cards are equally beautiful and what a fun stamp this is!! What I love about being on a DT challenge team is it allows (makes) you to use all the cool stuff you have! I will be gone for a few days, but will check in here when I get back...have a great weekend!!

Ros Crawford said...

What adorable birds!! The details are amazing and your cards as always are beautifully designed, beautifully coloured and a joy to behold!

Stacy Morgan said...

Congrats on the team Leslie. You will keep doing their challenge proud. These are super cute. The frame you created for the birthday one is great, I need to try that. AND... a Christmas card, woot woot! You know I like those early in the year too. hee hee

Lynette said...

Congrats on joining the team, Leslie - how fun! Your cards are gorgeous!

Izzy Scrap said...

First of all, congratulations on joining the Twofer card team ! Your two cards are fabulous. Love your birthday card with this fresh spring feeling with all these dreamy little flowers. The little birdie is so cute in its cage. Also love your Christmas card with those non-traditional colours. So tweet ! Very pleased to be along with you all as GD for this challenge and thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog ! x

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

Your little bird looks so pretty in both setting! He looks so cute in his cage and so happy dressed up in red delivering his package! Very neat concept - Twofer and Cograts on joining the team! Love the dies you used and of course the ric rac! Have a great weekend!

pam said...

Congratulations Leslie, they are lucky to have you.
Two stunning cards, beautiful colours and details.
Hugs Pam x

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on your new DT very well deserved!!!Love both the cards and so different with the same stamp-was going to say love how you stamped the bird in the cage but re-reading should say how clever to cut away the cage lol brilliant thinking!
Carol x

Cindy Beach said...

You are a perfect fit for this DT, Leslie! Congrats! You have such a way of seeing your stamps with a unique and fresh view. These cards are so cute and very fun. I love the way the birds really take on a different "personality" depending on how you colored them.

Pauline said...

First of all a big CONGRATULATIONS to you Leslie! I'm always in 'awe' when I see you post the Twofer cards, it just amazes me how you can see so much in one stamp. Both your cards today are wonderful. The birthday one is so whimsical - love the border frame you created, papers and pretty flowers to the side. The Christmas one is just so sweet - love the ric-rac! I'm so happy for you and they are so lucky to have such a talented gal - well deserved Leslie. Hugs!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on being chosen as a Twofer Challenge Designer, Leslie! I'm glad to see your debut cards are so "YOU" - beautiful coloring, creative use of DP, and full of brightness and happiness. Looking forward to seeing many more of your creations!
Hideko xx

Brenda in IN said...

Congratualtions on being on this design team. Your first cards are adorable. That bird is so unique. Love him in the birdcage and the Christmas bird is so cute. Those feathers are a hoot! Your dogs are beautiful.

laurie said...

Sweet! I love the two cards...so creative with the bird stamp! I need to play along...I always mean too, but then get sidetracked. Maybe this month I can get my act together!

Anita in France said...

Delighted to have you on the Team, Leslie ... welcome! What a delicious debut ... a charming twofer! That lovely bird sitting in her bloom adorned cage is a delight ... fabulous, detailed colouring and such pretty framing around her ... wonderfully spring like! Your Christmas bird looks as though she's dressed for a festive party ... the sparkle is wonderful ... and I love all the white against that delicate little background print! Hugs, Anita :)

Brenda said...

I am so loving your fun and whimsical twofers! They are so happy and cheery looking. This bird makes a great Christmas card, loving that beautiful paper you used on it! The birthday card is just so fun and bright, both are, and I love the papers you used on that one as well. Loving this cute and whimsical bird and the cards you created!! Hugs, Brenda

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