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February 10, 2018

My Hearts for Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello, Stamplings!

Happy 10th of February already! I thought it would take ages between one Twofer Card Challenge ending and a new one beginning, but the time whooshed by and here we are again! I do hope you aren't sick of making cards with hearts! 

Here is my duet to inspire you:
Onefer. Wedding card.
This multi-layered card is for a summer wedding of a dear family friend. I don't know yet what their colors are so I went with a shimmery neutral theme. The paper is a beautiful specialty paper. If you click to enlarge, maybe you can see that it is a silky linen shot through with creamy white embossed lines. Too bad there isn't "feel-avision" on our blogs!

I filled my design landscape with the gorgeous and intricut NBUS heart. It is an M&C Boutique die that I received quite a while back from my friend Ros. The pattern is roses and butterflies. I kept the bits in place and popped the heart on foam. I tied it to the card with a creamy velvet ribbon to symbolize two souls uniting as one. In case that was too subtle, I added layered sediment dies to let them know they are now together forever! Or forever together!

It just occurs to me that when I find out what the wedding colors are, I can replace the ribbon with one of a different color which will make it more personalized without changing my design. Whoop!

Twofer. Valentine card.
For my second design, I used pops of color and left a lot of white space by setting the same heart die off the edge of the card. Here you can see the pattern of the die a little better and again I used a pretty linen card base. I like that there are only three elements to the design: the heart, the butterfly, and the sediment. With the help of my MISTI, I could stamp the sediment in colored ink repeatedly for complete coverage. Can you see that the little heart is wearing a bit of gloss?

The butterfly was made by running the same heart through the cutter with a piece of pp. I then freed the butterfly to use it to punctuate the message of the sediment. You might notice the bottom wings appear differently on the "freed" butterfly. What happened was I wasn't paying attention and I accidentally cut through the left dealie-bobber on the bottom of the butterfly's wings when I was freeing her from the die-cut. Oops. It seemed only right to amputate the other one for balance purposes.

This Valentine card is really a love note. It's the perfect size to slip into the Mister's motorcycle tank bag so he finds it when he goes on a ride tomorrow!

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Head over to the Twofer Card Challenge to see the amazing Twofer designs the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

I can't wait to see what Twofer designs you create for two separate occasions! (At least you won't have to go digging around for your heart stamps and dies like you did for your feathers!!😊 Mwah!)

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78 comments:

Marina said...

Two beautiful cards. I like the cream on cream (a bit of a twist on w on w) . I like how you used just part of the heart on the second card. This is a great challenge and I hope to join in.

Kathyk said...

Smashing makes ... it has to be said that I don't make a lot of cards with hearts but will see what I can do ..

Have a great weekend

Kathyk

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards...of course!I love this idea of making two cards...I will get to work on mine and be entering this month for sure.

I think my fave of these two is the last one as I so love that beautiful shade of green and the lovely sentiment!

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous both Darnell, and so inspiring!! Love especially the second one, great design and that textured butterfly is delightful!
...I would like to be able making simply and clean cards, so I would make more cards... :D and enjoy your challenge, too! But I have already to learn this style... and daily time isn't enough for me. One card for week, when I'm lucky :(

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving both cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Pollard Carole said...

What wonderful designs today but that wedding card Wow so classy I love it Love and hugs Carole x

Viv's Visuals said...

Two lovelies Darnell (well 3 if you count Hammy too)...... Sure the Mister will smile when he finds his love note! Hoping to find some time this week to join in - (Confession - still haven't used that heart die!!)
Off to another Presentation Lunch tomorrow in the Midlands, so driving tonight then staying with some friend for a couple of days. Hoping the weather improves - we currently have some snow flurries! xx

Anita in France said...

The luscious texture and dimension on your wedding card is gorgeous, Darnell ... beautiful tone on tone ... so elegant and stylish (and I just want to reach out and stroke that yummy ribbon!). What a sweet love note for Kevin ... fabulous bold and rich colours ... great idea to have the heart going off the edge of the card, making room for that stunning butterfly (amputated or not!). LYAMYMA ... HETHTBA! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Diane said...

Fabulous cards!! I love how you used a part of the one heart, very clever! I will find this heart one more challenging then the feathers lol...only because I have so many heart things I won't know WHAT to choose, where the feathers it was an almost no choice lol!!

Jeanne said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell. So pretty and I especially love that butterfly. Makes me smile! Thank you so much for sharing. :) Hugs!

Heidi Stamps said...

Both are very pretty! I love the linen texture on the second card, so classy!

Donna said...

Fantastic cards and like the twofer idea!

Brenda in IN said...

I love that beautiful green and the heart die is simply gorgeous. The wedding card is a delight with that beautiful paper and textured sentiments. I've heard of clipping your wings but you really did it! Mister will love that you tucked that in for him. I can't wait to get started on this challenge. We are supposed to get freezing rain today and a cold wind is blowing - perfect crafting day.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Happy Dance said...

Wedding card perfection! I love using neutrals for wedding cards, so this just trips my trigger!! That heart is amazing. Love all the cut-out parts and how you've kept them together for this. Great sentiment too! I think I'd keep the ribbon - but that's just me and my love for neutrals.The Mister is going to be smiling when he finds this in bike bag. Love the contrast of the green heart and multi-colored butterfly against the white base. Wonderful card!! Double that...wonderful cardS!! Bev

Susanne Vargas said...

Your shimmery wedding card looks so elegant! Love that amazing card stock! Great idea that you could personalize it with a ribbon in the wedding colors but it looks fantastic all in cream!
What a clever idea to use just half of that beautiful heart die on the second card and even more brilliant to take one of the butterflies from the die and make it a colorful accent! I think your Mister's heart will be all aflutter when he finds this heart...

Marcia HIll said...

Two FABULOUS cards Darnell and I love that heart die you used...so much lovely detail!! I've read and re-read your directions many times, so hopefully I'll get it right this month with the hearts! :0) And thank you for the lovely birthday card...so appreciate you thinking of me on my special day!! :0)

Nora N. said...

Oh WOW!! These are STUNNING!! I love the green heart-makes the butterflies POP. The little colored in butterfly next to it is perfect. The wedding card is just so elegant and I love the way you used a monochromatic color scheme with this!!

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, beautifully designed, I especially love your second one, the butterfly colours are amazing, Kate x

conil said...

Boy that did happen fast. A challenge with hearts...er...I'll see if I have any (sputter, sputter). Seriously though, that wedding card is simply gorgeous...the heart looks embossed and that ribbon and it's meaning are so elegant. Beautifully done. Hope the Mister is pleased with this charming Valentine, I know I am and how clever of you to use patterned paper for the sweet butterfly.

OH Babs said...

Wow! Your new twofer challenge is going to be challenging. Dah. I don't know if I am up to it. Your two creations are just wonderful and the die is "to die for." Happy Heart Day

Loll said...

Gorgeous twofer cards Dolly! LOVE the texture from your linen paper. And what a beautiful die-cut heart with the design in the center. Your tone-on-tone wedding card is elegant and classic. Love the off the edge with that bright green partial heart ... it looks amazing. Who says hearts have to be red!! And I love the multi-coloured butterfly from the say die. So funny about the amputation! :) Lolly xx

Kara Lynne said...

Your twofer really demonstrates just how different one heart can look! I love that your first card is die cut from all the same paper - a perfect look for a wedding card. What great symbolism with the ribbon and "tying the knot"! Your love note will make DH's heart flutter! He's a lucky man to receive such a gorgeous card! I love the fabulous paper on your butterfly and I actually think it fits in the design better without the dealybobs. Your green on white is a fantastic choice! Happy Twofer Day!

Glittered Paws said...

Beautiful wedding card and I love the brilliant colors in the second card. Always think of heart cards in red/pinks but oh different thinking now.

Sharon Underwood said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell! Love that butterfly the best. Been out of town visiting my son, so I'm behind on commenting. Hope you're doing well!

Chris Dring said...

Your cards are equally amazing! I just missed the first challenge cut off because I procrastinated too long, something I will remedy immediately!

Susan said...

Two beautiful cards - love the tone on tone of the wedding one and the non-traditional colours of the valentine one. Now to put my thinking cap on.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Two very gorgeous cards. I especially love the wedding one and I like it all done with the neutral color too. Looks like another great challenge again.

Christine Alexander said...

Two gorgeous cards, fun colour for the valentine card and love the simplicity of the wedding card.
Now What to do, what to do for this months Twofer :)

Kathleen said...

First of all I have to say that it is another dream shattered, just seen in your side bar that Hammy is imaginary, I won't sleep tonight now.

Two lovely cards and two lovely hearts and design and love the colourful butterfly, but don't tell Mrs A I said that.

Kath x

Bobby said...

That is a beautifully intricate heart die that looks as good in its all-together as it would with its pieces missing, Darnell. Changing out the ribbon would indeed personalize the wedding card. The bright colors on the valentine give a totally different feel which is the purpose isn't it. The Mister will love it.

Sandy said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. I didn't even guess the colorful butterfly was from the same die -- very clever use of that die IMHO.

Redanne said...

These twofers are gorgeous, the wedding one is so pretty and will indeed look fabulous with a different colour of ribbon too - great idea. The butterfly on the second card is absolutely beautiful, love the colours and it goes so well with the heart. Beautiful cards and I am sure Mister will be happy with his card! Big hugs, Annie xxx

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous examples of a beautiful Wedding card and sweet Love Note using the same heart die, Darnell. I am excited to join in the fun this month. I have 2 different occasions coming up that hearts would work great:-) TFS and all the Inspiration and Fun!!! Hug
P.S. Congratulations on a Fabulous turn out for last months challenge, my friend.

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful heart die, Dolly! I love how you kept all the pieces together so it looks like elegant embossing on the wedding card! The heart is very impressive in the bright green and the butterfly is gorgeous even without his dealie-bobber! I'll bet it brings a smile to Mister's face when he finds it!

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful heart die Sis - and you have used it in such creative ways on your 2 cards! Love that colorful butterfly - I'm sure the Mister will have a little smile on his face when he finds it! I think I got the challenge right this month! Julia xx

Cheryl W. said...

What an inspiration you are! I haven't yet made my mister a valentine, so I'm going to take a cue from you and get right on that. Love that linen cardstock. It looks so rich - like what you'd find on one of those $12 cards at the local boutique. Both cards are boutique-worthy, for sure!!!

Lisa Elton said...

What a pretty pair of cards Darnell! I really like the green heart with the fancy colorful butterfly fluttering about!

ike said...

Fantastic cards..... the wedding card looks like white chocolate - I could just yum that up :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Karen said...

Hi Darnell! It is so lovely to visit you! Your work is always wonderful. I adore that heart die, which you have used to sweet perfection. The layering on the first is gorgeous and the pop of green on the second is dreamy! Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for visiting me recently. What a precious surprise. :) Have a sparkly rest of the weekend!

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
oh my what gorgeous cards and their twofer designs are so beautiful.
Love them both equally and that butterfly on the second is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! pretty.
Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Linda said...

Two gorgeous cards as always ..... love the textured cardstock.
Now which box did I put all my heart stamps in ........ I'd better get on with unpacking the craft room xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, I love the colours of the Valentine card and the gorgeous butterfly.

Sue xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm two awesome twofers, Darnell... y’know until last challenge I didn’t realise how hard it is to make a twofer...
..... my brain doesn’t immediately grasp it..
mm, methinks I need to cogitate, ruminate, ponder, mull, meditate, munch thereupon!!!

Mm, none the wiser, ...but may happen... like your hearts very much, very different and embossing a die iis didffernt!!
.... I do have a couple of ideas but have some other “Must do’s” first, so time is limited.. we’ll see!

Thanks for making us think outside the square, does us good!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the two VERY different looks made with the same die here Darnell! Great makes! Have a wonderful day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Pat said...

Two gorgeous and very clever designs using this beautiful heart die Darnell, and I adore the way you have kept it complete with pieces on both. The wedding card uses such a pretty neutral colour card and the ribbon and large die cut sentiment complement it perfectly, and then the super green heart and delightfully coloured butterfly on that sweet little card for the Mister, which he is sure to love. x

JoAnn said...

So pretty. Love both of your cards. Love the pretty heart you used on both cards and they look so different. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day my friend.

jimlynn said...

Both of these get a great big WOW!!! So beautiful and a wonderful way to use the heart. Love!!!
Lynn

Cara said...

Two stunning cards, love that one is going to be a love note to your hubby! If I slipped a note like that for hubby to find the inside would probably read something along the lines he's of "Don't forget to get some more milk!"

Barb Ghig said...

You are one clever artist, Darnell ~ Both of your cards are GORGEOUS! I love your idea about "feel-avision"...especially with all the texture you created on both designs! You sure know how to inspire us, and I can't wait to play along again :)

Leslie Miller said...

Feel-a-vision! I would love that, but your photographs show the texture and dimension of both your cards beautifully. Love the linen paper and subtle color of your wedding card and, oh, that gorgeous velvet ribbon. I could have sworn the butterfly on #2 was one of those beautiful dimensional sticker elements. Wow! How amazing it looks cut from that paper! I'll put my thinking cap on and get ready for this challenge. Hearts are good for lots of occasions!

Mac Mable said...

Glorious cards, both of them...especially love the tone of the first one x Thank you for the fabulous inspiration on your different cards x

Fikreta said...

beautiful cards

KandA said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell. Love that heart die and the way you used it on the second card with the 'freed' butterfly xx

Trina P. said...

Beautiful heart twofers, Darnell. The wedding card is so elegant... perfect for a wedding. And wonderful Valentine’s card... love the fact that you used non-traditional colours. Another fun challenge.
Have a great rest of the weekend! Trina xx

Loose Stitches said...

Both your cards are beautiful Darnell!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Pia S said...

I'm sure I've got a few heart elements to choose from, many of which deserve to get used a bit more often, so I'll make an attempt to join in.
That hearts die is a true treasure with lots of possibilities. The DP you used for the butterfly is spot on to make it look very realistic. Your cream colored design is very elegant and romantic

Brenda said...

Wow, I am loving these two cards Auntie! The heart die you used is so cool and beautiful! And I am totally loving how you have use it. That wedding card is just stunning and I love the paper you used. The neutral color is perfect and I love that you will be able to change the ribbon out if you want or need too. The love note for the Mister is perfect! I love the heart in green and I love that you cut part of it off. The butterfly-who know it was from the heart die?!! Not me! lol I love how it looks and am very glad you decided to balance the wings out. lol Accidents happen, but this was a happy accident if you ask me! I know the Mister loved his card when he found it. Hugs, Brenda

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful twofer inspiration card Darnell. The papers look so amazing and add fabulous texture. I'm looking forward to playing.

Maxine D said...

WOW - what beautiful cards Darnell - love how you have used the hear die for your twofer. Your two cards are so very different, and stunning. I am sure Mr will love finding his. Hammy must be slipping on the job if he is not keeping you on focus!! Tut tut.
Blessings
Maxine

Greta said...

Love both of these, Darnell! The elegant wedding card is just my style & great thought to use the bride's color choice for the ribbon to personalize it! The love note for your hubby is really fun--bet he loved finding it!

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! Those dies are so pretty! Hope all is well with you...

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful cards. I've actually designed one of my cards for the challenge in my head and hope to at least get it created later, but we shall see xoxo

Gerrina said...

Both beautiful cards! Love the monochrome - elegant look of the first, but you know I love colours so the 2nd is my favorite! Beautiful butterfly! Hugs, Gerrina

MaryH said...

My goodness, I am losing my little mind! I am sure I'd left a comment but scrolled through the 'faces' and didn't see me, so here I go again! Love the 'embossing' effect you created on each of these heart designs on the cards. Love the creamy tones of #1 with the dimensional sentiments and the sweet little bow. So elegant. #2 is just as impressive with the bright pop of color on the half-heart design. Love the linen texture on the cardbase, and that you captured the same shade of color on that fab butterfly! I hope this comment will get published! TFS & Hugs (I'm working on 2 cards, but might be late in posting due to traveling. )

Sheila H said...

That heart die is just amazing. It has such a lovely pattern. Your card bases are just beautiful - love the texture. How sweet that you tuck away cards for your hubby to find. Your twofers are spectacular.

Lucille K said...

Both of your cards are lovely, Darnell. I'm fond of the 1/2 green embossed heart, so pretty :)

Birgit said...

Both cards are amazing works and loving that linen look on the wedding card. I love the different colours used for a Valentine's card. You posted this on what would have been my mom's 90th birthday:)

Robyn Oliver said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, that's a gorgeous die with roses and butterflies and just wonderful how you used the butterfly with your second card and the heart offset..just lovely

Ne-Ja said...

Awesome twofers :). The contrast of the green heart and the white and monochrome wedding card... WAW :)

Susan said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell!...but my favorite is the white and green one. That butterfly is Gorgeous!!! I really like that big heart die too...don't think I've seen that before. Although, in all honesty, I haven't purchased any new stamps or dies in over a year, so I'm sure I'm way behind in all the new things that are out!! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards.
Love the forever together sentiment.
Thanks for your kind words last week on my blog.

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - I love these. Both are BEAUTIFUL! Super elegant and so different. Awesome stuff!

HilaryJane said...

I particularly like your second card, I love the colour of the heart (vibrant green is always a favourite) and the very clever butterfly. It has recently dawned on me that offsetting a feature can be really effective, so despite my innate desire for symmetry, I have been trying to offset things on my cards recently, you have demonstrated that technique so well here.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your lovely encouraging comments xx

Izzy Scrap said...

Two gorgeous cards as always, Darnell ! Love this big heart die cut and how it looks different on both of your cards. Beautiful cream on cream colour for the first one but I especially love the second one with the green heart piece and this gorgeous butterfly ! Thanks a lot for the fabulous twofer inspiration. Hugs xx

Helen F. said...

BEAUTIFUL Heart themed cards, Darnell! LOVE is in the February air and the recipients of these beauties are very lucky ducks.
That embossed heart die is gorgeous~~as is your design!

Anja Curvers said...

Two beautiful cards love the monochrome card and on the second card that beautiful butterfly, awesome. Love the challengeblog very much. It helps thinking out of the box and using your supplies in a different way.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I have finally been able to plonk down at the laptop for a concerted effort at catching up.
Beautiful cards but the raised sentiment on the wedding card is very eye catching.
Hope the Mister realised that the card was from you lol!!!
Ang x