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March 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3!

Hello, Stamplings!

Happy weekend to you! We are back from our beach getaway where the weather was glorious! You never know when you go in winter, but we had the luck o' the Irish this time.

I've got my March Twofer cards to share with you today!

Our prompt for March is "BLOSSOMS"
Onefer
I used an Iris die from Penny Black as my blossom prompt. This design is a little outside my Minnie Mahlist comfort zone, but I have to say it was fun to make and it will brighten up someone's window sill, especially when the light catches the winking! The stitched frames and the flag banner are all from MFT.

Challenges
 
Snippets Playground Badge
Twofer
Are you standing on your head or cocking it to one side? Don't hurt yourself! Hammy's the one who spends a large part of every day hanging upside down from his wheel, so he's the one who noticed that the main part of the iris blossom looks just like a moose head when you turn it upside down.

Does this help you see it better?
Aha! Now you see it!

A snowy embossed background, a hand-typed sediment, a stitched oval frame, a bow from Memory Box cut from glossy red paper, a simple black matting, and googly-eyes finish the job and another Christmas card goes in the stash.

(I'm sorry that it ended up looking a bit like a dead moosehead plague hanging over a fireplace.😲But this guy is very much alive, I promise. He had his choice of background for the photo session and he chose the simple white oval framing for a silhouette effect because he thought it looked slimming.)

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Flower blossoms are among everyone's stamps and dies, so I can't wait to see how you light up the gallery and all of Blogland with your beautiful duo of blossom cards!! Head on over to Twofer Card Challenge #3 to see what the talented Team has made to inspire you and thank you very much for your ongoing enthusiasm and support!
Whoosh!

Here's a little collage of our belated wedding anniversary celebration to the seaside.
That's 47 years whooshed by in a flash! It stuns us. Enjoy all the moments of every day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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90 comments:

Jane Willis said...

Happy belated anniversary. I love what you've done with the dies - what kind of a mind would turn an iris into a moose?

Ne-Ja said...

Amazing blossoms twofer. If you didn't tell us, I have not idea what is the same - nice job. Congratulations on your anniversary :)

Craft-E-Place said...

Brilliant, inspired ... 'you fooled me!' I just didn't spot the link on first viewing ... such a clever idea and, as always, beautifully executed!
Congrats on your anniversary!
Elaine

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Looks like a lovely place. Is that you in the microflight?:) LOL

Loving both cards. The Irises are beautiful.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Kath said...

Fabulous Twofer cards - love the Moose head! Happy belated anniversary - it looks like you had a great time at the seaside!
Kath x

Sandra H said...

Totally stunning cards Darnell as always your talents really shines through with these and the photo's are gorgeous time really does go so fast nice that you got good weather too take care x

Lia said...

Your fanatsy is marvellous because I would never have thpought about making a moose out of an orchid. It's great!
Lia xx

Anita in France said...

Hahahaha ... who but Hammy would see iris as a moose head, Darnell ... goodness, you trained him well! Your garden of blossoms is spectacular ... delicate, beautifully coloured, and so deliciously crisp! Mr Moose was right about the background for his photo-shoot ... he does look particularly lithe and trim ... and those ayes (sic!) most certainly have it! Lovely pics of your trip ... I was especially taken by the ice cream ... yum!! LYAMYMA ... WYAWW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Pollard Carole said...

Two more beautiful cards they are both just great especially the iris card one of my favourite flowers I think its the colour that attracts me. A lovely memory page of your anniversary I've also been married 47 years (18th July 1970) and you are so right it just seems like yesterday. You should always try to fill each day with the things and people you love. Love and hugs Carole x

Viv's Visuals said...

Moose or Iris??? Hmmmmmm.......
I love your thought processes!
Two great cards - I am now sitting looking at my dies and trying to decide if they look like anything else.....
Oh wait... that one looks like............ a flower die.
Have a great day Darnell (and am lovin' the anniversary pics!)x

Jeanne said...

Genius, I say, to see the moose head in that blossom. Fabulous duo of cards for the challenge. Love the collage of your anniversary getaway. Somehow I must have been under a rock because I honestly don't remember you mentioning it before. Congratulations on your 47th anniversary. In this day and age your marriage is worth looking up to as a model that it can be done! Hugs to you and the Mister!

Marilyn said...

Pretty cards!! Happy belated Anniversary!

Donna said...

Happy anniversary month! Enjoyed seeing your trip pictures and as always your gorgeous twofer cards!

Brenda in IN said...

I love how Hammy's mind works! This is just a fantastic take on Twofer. I love the iris card. For some reason I never see them anymore and we always had them in our yard as a child. The moose mounted, I mean matted in the oval is the cutest. Forty seven years goes by in the blink of an eye. You had a lovely view from your room and it's great that you had warm weather.

Diane said...

Your trip looks amazing, I am sooooo jealous as it looks so pretty there! Your two cards are fabulous...a moose head...hahaha...love that, never would of come up with that in a million years!! You and Hammy sure work well together...fun!!!

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, and I love the way you have coloured your irises and the layered frames look so pretty, and well, a moose head from an iris, who would have thought of that! This is thinking outside the box in the extreme, but I am up for a challenge so I will be thinking long and hard. I love the googly eyes, and mounting it on to the double stitched oval, with the pretty bow below, and the falling snow looks great for the background. So pleased you had a great getaway for your anniversary, and thanks for the super photos. Hubby and I have our 36th this July so we have a ways to go to 47, so many congratulations, you make a wonderful couple, and as you have managed this many years it is obviously set on firm foundations, no cowboy building here...lol. x

Susanne Vargas said...

Leave it up to Hammie...! I don't think I would have seen a moose in the iris but now, of course, it's really obvious! So much fun with the goggly eyes! And the iris card is spectacular! It doesn't look too busy as all the other elements are in white. It makes the flowers pop! Can't wait until they bloom here!
So glad to hear that your getaway was wonderful! You sure picked a gorgeous spot!

maria f. said...

You know I love your twofer. Hammy and I think alike, ya know?!? Happy anniversary to you two lovebirds. Glad your weather cooperated.

jimlynn said...

Great photos of the beach and your time away. Looks pretty - and chilly too!
Love your cards Darnell! I'll be the first to admit, I didn't see that moose in the flower but yep, he's there in all his glory. Cute idea and great cards.
Lynn

scrAPpamondo said...

Firstly, Happy Anniversary, such great photos to memory!! Congrats to you both! And then... Oh my, the irish blossoms are so sweet and lovely, but Hammy is just a genius!!! Such stunning idea thinking that the iris blossom looks like a moose head!!! Really Hammy is a great helper to think out of the box!! :D Amazing cards!

Julie B said...

What a brilliant take on the die cut, well done hmmy. Going around in his wheel has certainly shaken up his insight!
Belated happy anniversary. We are off to my SiL and BiL's golden tomorrow, we are plodding along in the rear at 40 and a bit! :)

Lynette said...

Oh my gosh - I saw your second card and thought to myself, "Did I misunderstand the challenge???" Too funny - and extrememly creative! Love them both. And thanks for sharing your pictures. Happy Belated Anniversary wishes to you both. We have our 44th anniversary coming up this year.

Cat Craig said...

ya brilliance for sure on this one. Who knew an iris could look so much like a moose head? Fabulous twofer Darnell. I am in awe! Love both cards.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful cards using the Iris. Beautiful as a flower and so handsome as that moose you made with it. You certainly are an inspiration!

Happy Dance said...

Now these two cards are exactly what I call thinking outside the box. First, those irises are gorgeous. I love Siberian irises and have some of these in my garden. Yours are seriously gorgeous. And you've framed them beautifully. Gorgeous card. And the moose head...Oh. My. Gosh! That is such a perfect example of getting extra mileage out of stamps and dies or I'm at my wedding weight. (Well, my right leg is anyway, hahaha). And speaking of weddings, I will morph that into anniversary and offer my heartiest congratulations. Great photos, and what a relaxing view... I could get used to that! Miss you. xoxo Bev

Greta said...

Great pictures of your time away, Darnell! Love that you caught the paraglider or whatever they call that! Never expect good weather at the beach--so it's always a treat when you get it! You totally amazed me with the moose--beyond creative! LOVE the iris card with great use of the frames!

Dotty Jo x said...

Congratulation to you both! Your cards are great and that is such a clever way to create a moose! Jo x

Viv said...

Two fab cards Dee...very clever ideas too and just love the great photo's too! Congratulations on your Anniversary...47 yrs for us too last Feb ;) Thank you for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' too ;) hugs Vee xx

conil said...

Good grief...how does one top this. An iris turned into a moose head...I bow to the master and her rodent. As one without any imagination to speak of, both these cards charm the pants off of me. One with stunning elegance, one with fun and humor...brilliant.
So happy that your getaway anniversary was blessed with good weather. It's been a bit iffy around here. Happy belated Anniversary to you both.
I'm off to the Twofer.

designbydonna said...

LOL! How perceptive of Hammie to see the Moosehead in an iris bloom. I bet he likes cloud watching too. Great two-fer cards. Happy Anniversary!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your fabulous 2 tones Iris in a multi layered background- so beautiful! (And, it would look lovely in my house ...hehehe). I also did not see the moose head in the Iris', but sure puts a smile on my face- love your moose card!
Happy Anniversary- even if chilly, there is nothing like the beach!!!

Redanne said...

The Iris card is stunning, so beautifully coloured too! As for the moose, how very clever of Hammy to see that moose head in an Iris - very clever indeed... an amazing card, I love it!!

Happy Anniversary to you both, that is a lovely view of the ocean that you had! Big hugs, Annie xxx

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful Iris card! and a really clever Moose card!
Happy Belated Anniversary. (I can't believe I missed it!) (Then again, I'm not in time for much of anything anymore!!!

BożenA said...

Happy Aniversary, Darnell!
You're brilliant, Darnell. To see elk in iris ... great respect. It is so funny :-) Your irises are beautiful, and your moose is even grander! I love it
Hugs,
BożenA

Fikreta said...

awesome cards!
lovely photos!
hugs

Kathleen said...

Two really fabulous cards Darnell, love the Iris card with all those lovely frames and no-one but you would have thought turning the image up-side-down and see the moose image, go to the top of the class, love it.
Super photo's too, just a tad ahead of you, 49 years in April.

Kath x

Bobby said...

Well isn't Hammy the clever one. Maybe I should start hanging upside down once in awhile. I love the triple iris, Darnell, and the frames that 'frame' it. ;) Love the sun and sea photos. Glad you had a great get-away.

Mac Mable said...

So very clever and your fun card brought a huge smile to my face ...thank you. Both cards are amazing and to think it's the same stamp...one talented lady x Thank you for sharing your collage with us x

Dana M said...

What fantastic cards. Over the top creative turning that iris into a moose - love it! Looks like you had a nice time at the beach.

Carol L said...

You are too clever and smart to see that moosehead in a flower! Honestly, you rocked this challenge my friend! Love the flowers, and love the moose too! Great vaca shots - I hope you two had a wonderful anniversary getaway! Congrats on 47 years! My son turned 44 today - where have all those years gone?????

Loll said...

Oh my gosh!! Only you and Hammy would think about using the iris upside down. That is so fun!! Very creative way to make a Christmas card Dolly!! The oval is slimming! :)

Love your beautiful watercoloured iris. So pretty with the different borders of white.

Two fantastic cards, my friend! Lolly xx

Cheryl W. said...

Well, happy 47th anniversary to you and the mister! That's quite an accomplishment these days. Your cards are awesome! I will head over to the Twofer Challenge now for more inspiration. Hope I find a blossom stamp or die in my stash that inspires me to take part!!

Anonymous said...

Two fabulous cards.
Love the moose head - so clever you and hammy are.
Looks like a fab weekend. Great effort on 47 years here's to many more.

cm said...

Your Hammy's upside down perspective landed you on a genius use of your iris die! And quite the dapper lad he is, all lean and trim - and who could resist those peepers! I'm sure one look is all it would take for the lady mooses to come a-running to check him out! Your 'real' irises are stunning! I love irises...sighhhh! Belated Happy Anniversary, you two lovebirds! The photos are lovely...
Hugs and love~c

Lindsey said...

Happy belated! An iris as a moose may be the ultimate in repurposing a stamp/die. ;) Must stop procraftinating and play this time!

Sharron said...

Well, aren't you clever--or maybe Hammy! Mr. Moose is quite a looker--love those big eyes. And your iris are so lovely. Two really wonderful designs! Sadly I missed last month's challenge as we were on vacation. Valentine's Day was our 35th and Harry felt we needed to do something extra special. Of course, he loves to travel so is always looking for an excuse! I'll see what I can come up with for Challenge #3, though I could never match your wonderful moose!

Susan said...

Well, I never would have seen the moose!! That clever little Hammy! I love the first card - irises are one of my favourite flowers and you've made a beautiful one!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Pure creative genius and 2 gorgeous cards!!! hugsx

ike said...

Fantastic cards - I love the Chrismoose :-D Such a brilliant idea with that die cut. Great Anni photos xxxx

Linda said...

OMG! What a clever use of that die .... I didn't see it straight away as I was viewing from my phone, but the close up looks amazing. What a creative pair you and Hammy are.
Happy Anniversary too .... looks like you had an amazing time away. I know what you mean about time whooshing by ..... its 30 years for hubby and I this time!! Time flies when you're having fun xx

hellerlittle said...

Happy belated wedding 47. anniversary celebration, look amazing at the beach.
I never would have seen the moose!! That clever little Hammy! I love the first card - orchids and irises are one of my favourite flowers and you've made a beautiful card! made me thinking spring is cooming.

CU hellerlittle

Maria Rodriguez. said...

HAHAHAHAHA!! That Hammy is one clever little critter, only him and his witty imagination could have come up with this fabulous Moose card, Oh my gosh!!! Darnell, how amazingly clever.
The Irises are stunning, this card makes me keep patiently waiting for Spring.
And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and your hubby, love the collage of fabulous pictures by the beach. One question.....is that you up there parasailing??
Hugs and more hugs, my dear.
Maria Rodriguez.

I Card Everyone said...

Hi Darnell! My favorite little Irises - beautifully colored, I may add! I do enjoy your sense of humor!
Happiest anniversary, my friend - looks like a wonderful way to celebrate it!
=]

Bonnie said...

Your irises are so bright and cheeryful, Dolly! And your topsy, turvy moose head is brilliant! It's good to step back and look at things from a different angle sometimes. That goes for stamps and life! Looks like a wonderful anniversary getaway! Congratulations on 47 years!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, no, you did NOT make a moose head from that iris blossom! If I hadn't seen the actual iris, I would never have known. Those googly eyes seal the deal! And, wow, the iris blossoms are gorgeous! Your coloring of them stuns me. So realistic! I'm glad the weather was kind to you for your anniversary get away. I swear that looks like a motel in Smith River where my hubby and I stayed once. They didn't have all those chairs on the beach at the time, but the veranda looks just the same!

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Darnell! Firstly, I want to say a belated Happy Anniversary to you and the Mister! We just celebrated our '43rd', and yes...time flies by so quickly! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful beach pics with us :)

You are one clever artist, Darnell! It took me a minute to catch on what you did, but I have to hand it to you...Your sparkly Iris is gorgeous and your moose is totally fabulous! I'm getting to work right now on my creations so I can play along again in your Twofer Challenge...such fun!

Trina P. said...

Happy belated anniversary! Your trip looked wonderful.

Awesome twofers. Love the colours of your irises. And your moose card is so fun! So creative.
Have a fabulous Sunday. xx

Lisa Elton said...

Your iris card is just lovely and high five to hammy for his topsy turvy view of them, the moose is so dang clever!! Looks like a wonderful anniversary celebration. Congrats on 47 years!

Christine Alexander said...

Happy Belated Anniversary and love the photos of your to the seaside :)
Darnell, wow!! that Iris upside down moose head just blew my mind :) amazing Twofer.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Awesome cards Datnell
love all
big hug
Tamara

Maxine D said...

Congratulations on your 47 years, treasure every moment!! It l;ooks as though you had a wonderful break.
Love your cards Darnell - I spotted where the moose head came from straight away :)... maybe I am running on my wheel too much, like my friend Hammy! Love your sparkly irises - they are gorgeous.
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

Belated anniversary wishes lovely lady!! Oh I adore seeing your photos and you both look wonderful!
Fabulous cards and I can hardly believe that you made a moose from a flower!!! I mean what luck to have Hammy hanging upside down for your inspiration... My cats often get in to unique positions but never offer anything worth knowing... sigh. Thinking of you and sorry it's been awhile.

oldpunca said...

You've created an amazing twofer. I like iris blossom. Great colouring! . I saw the moos in iris blossom. :-) Without turning my head. :-) It seems I can think outside the box. Great achievement for me. :-)
Congratulation to aniversary!
Hugs,
Sonja

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning cards and photos, Darnell. The latter have me longing for a return to the beach and indeed sun xoxo

Marcia HIll said...

Your Iris card is just lovely Darnell, and your moose card...well only you and Hammy would see a moose out of an Iris...too, too funny and I just LOVE it!! Where would this world be without you Darnell...you truly are one of a kind and a complete gem!! Now that I'm home from my big crafting trip I need to start looking at all my flower images and seeing if I see any animals in them...just kidding!! I definitely have enough flower stamps though, so will definitely come up with something for this challenge! Hugs. :0)

Kara Lynne said...

Your Christmas card is so amoosing! Now you could read that as either amusing or amazing and you would be right both ways. Very clever! Your irises in their right-side-up position are jaw-dropping! I love how they intertwine with the frames. I'm so glad you had great weather for your anniversary trip, and even more so that you have a reason to celebrate!

June K said...

OMG, you are so clever. When I saw the two pics, I thought to myself why does she think she is using the same set? Fooled me. LOL.

Tracey McNeely said...

How totally clever to change the flower into a moose head! Crack me up for sure!

Gerrina said...

Okay I have to get more creative wheb looking at my stamps, but I doubt if I had found this 2nd way of using this stamp! Super and beautiful! Hugs, Gerrina

Di said...

Oh Darnell - you totally clever little sausage! Fancy seeing the moose in an iris, such amazing imagination. Love both cards of course as well as the piccies of you and the Mister on your 'hunny moon'. Envy here - we need a breakaway for sure!

Lovely to see you in the Playground and I'll try to come and play in Twofers but things are quite busy right now here. Getting ready for the next part of 'The House Project' - at the end of which I suspect we'll both just lie down and sleep for months! Ha, or move whilst it all looks fine and dandy still :)

Hugs

Di xx

Claire said...

Two really different cards, the moose looks cute and who'd have thought it was the petals from an iris, which is also beautiful x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very clever making the moose! Cute cards. Fun challenge

Tanja said...

such a creative idea - love your cards - thanks for playing along at the Addicted to Stamps and More Make your Mark Challenge

April Cheetham said...

Darnell, an iris and a moose is sheer genius! Love your fab cards, April xx

Julia Aston said...

Looks like you had a lovely celebratory day with the mister for your anniversary Sis - congrats to you both - love how you've used this lovely iris for both the beautiful flower that it is - and the cute moose that we didn't realize was in there!!! very clever!

MaryH said...

I think you are the only person I know who would look at this lovely Iris and be able to see this fun moose! Once I saw it, of course I can too! Love the wonderful coloring on the purty one, and absolutely adore Mr. Moosehead! He made me smile! (here I am struggling to think of how to re-use a stamp or die to make 2 cards and you just breeze through!) Enjoyed the beach photos, and Happy Annie-vers'aree! That time does speed by so fast. Glad you 2 hung in for the long haul...not many do these days. Hope all is going well - big hugs. TFS

shirley-bee said...

This has got to be one of the most creative uses of an iris die ever, Darnell! Hammy is so clever- I just go dizzy if I swing off my perch. Happy 47 years xx

Izzy Scrap said...

This is simply fabulous Darnell ! This Hammy is very clever and full of creativity ! Your iris card is so, so beautiful, they just look real. They are so beautifully coloured and so crispy ! May be I should walk on my hands in my craft room to see my dies differently, but yes this iris die totally looks like a moose head once upside down ! And those eyes....so funny, it reminds me Shaun the sheep ! Both cards are just striking !
Nice pictures too of your beach getaway, I could see that close to your husband you are as tall as me close to mine !! 😂. Hugs x

Creative world said...

Stunning set of cards and coloring and beautiful design...thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge
Željka DT xx

Aileen said...

Ohhh my goodness 47 years well 47 kisses and hugs my sweet friend for such a wonderful anniversary.

Now onto those two amazing cards. I just love your card for our challenge no two ways about it, its stunning and beautiful and it sparkle with just the right amount of sparkle (lots) so its perfect.

Card number two- you have floored me.......thumpppppp......yep took me a while to get up there. bugger think I injured something. You are so clever - I can see the moose, how you saw it (or Hammy did) I do not know. Now of course I sit there looking at all my flowers trying to see something that just isn't there, its so sad -is that a man and woman having se..... no its an elephant lol. Not even a flower. You are the queen of this. Just love it Hugs Aileen

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

This is sheer brilliance and impossible to top...Happy belated anniversary!

Kathyk said...

Sorry, Darnell, thought I'd commented but .. apparently not! Two totally fab makes - loving the challenge this month

All the best

Kathyk

Lucille K said...

Oh my gosh, if your twofer isn't the cutest idea. Your Iris' are lovely and the Christmoose is adorable. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Desperatehousewife Craft said...

Wow talk about thinking outside the box! You really show us how to use the same stamps so differently and so beautifully done too! Happy Anniversary...47! Wow! When did you get married...at 10? 😉 Hugs, Gwendolyn

Craftychris said...

Happy Belated Anniversary - fabulous photos. Fabulous cards too. Love the floral one - so pretty and such wonderful colouring. But the second one, wow! How clever! Talk about thinking outside the box! I love that you saw a moose - it definitely is and a Christmas one too - genius! Hugs xxxxxxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Well, you gotta love that iris moose or moose iris depending on how you look at it.
The iris on their own are gorgeous.
Why is it whenever everyone else is in t shirts, you are trussed up like Nanouk of the North?
47 years??? Are yo allowed to marry at age 2 in the USA???
Ang x

Barb said...

Belated Anniversary Wishes to you both. Very happy seaside photos.

They are two fabulous photos. What a really clever idea. I'd never have thought to do that. Great use of that lovely die. Barbxx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Wow... This is so creative Darnell..Love Both both the cards.. Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

TK said...

BeAuTiFuL iris, and bRiLlIaNt moose! You're just amazing, Darnell!

Seemaa said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us for this months challenge at Happy Little Stampers.All the best.
Hugs
Seemaa
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