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May 10, 2018

My Twofer Cards for May's Twofer Card Challenge!

Hello Stamplings!

It's always fun to share my twofer cards with you a coupla times a week, but it's especially fun to share my "official" TWOFER cards with you on the 10th of every month! This month the Prompt is BUTTERFLIES!

Here we go!
My butterfly is a Clearly Besotted butterfly from "Everything Changes." It was borrowed at the Lake House and stamped and die cut from a Brusho panel for both my Love and Encouragement cards.

My Onefer:
The stem of the flower is from an old daffodil stamp. The flower is from "Fabulous Florets" by SU, colored with Ziggies. Naturally, the butterfly and flower are winked to within an inch of their lives. The NBUS sediment is from Mama Elephant's "Everyday Greetings." The embossed frame is "Stately" from Craft Concepts.

My Twofer:
I have to say I had fun with this card. I thought a cluster of these cute Clearly Besotted butterflies would make a stunning bouquet, but Hammy made me wait while he scampered all around the room and opened all the drawers to see if there was a stamp in the Playhouse that we might use in some other unconventional way. I don't know who squealed louder when we both saw the NBUS Penny Black stamp called "Jet Setter" at the same time! We realized that she could be turned into a modern day fairy with the addition of my Twofer butterfly as wings!

I started by stamping and watercoloring the awesome toadstool from Purple Onion. On a separate panel, I stamped Ms. Jet Setter and fussy cut her. (The actual stamp image, which you'll see in the next post, has her sitting on a suitcase, hence the "jet setter" name.) I gave her a haircut, colored her, plopped her on top of the toadstool, and added the perfect sediment. A few sequints finished the design.

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I hope you'll find time to play along this month with your beautiful butterflies! Remember, you don't need to go unconventional with either of your two designs. Our Guest Designers, Linda and Mac, and the talented ladies on the Design Team will inspire you with their incredible cards over at TWOFER!

Don't forget to use sediments reflecting two different occasions. If your card front is blank, please tell us in your post what occasion you had in mind. Thank you!

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80 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I am loving both cards and the sentiments are perfect.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy WOYWW
Sue #18

Diane said...

These couldn't be any CUTER! How clever to make an adorable fairy..love these!!

Whisper said...

Both are superb, but what you have done to 'Jetsetter' is truly inspirational and very clever and gives the stamp a whole new meaning, if I were you, I would send it to PB to show them what else you can do,

Luv Sam x

Ros Crawford said...

OMG I love these cards Darnell! Love how you used the butterfly for wings on that super image! Beautiful colours too!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, they are both so beautiful!! I love the colors of the butterfly on the first and what a creative use of the wings on the second!! I love, love them both!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jeanne said...

Ooooh butterflies! Love them! Love the sparkly goodness on the first card. That butterfly looks fabulous with all those colors in her wings. And the second card just makes me smile. Wonderful use of the wings and Ms Jetsetter looks like she is getting ready to open up a good book. She's adorable. Thank you so much for sharing your joy and creativity, Darnell. Hugs! :)

stampwithsandy said...

You are a clever, clever girl Darnell! LOVE how you used the butterfly wings to turn an ordinary girl into a fairy. After all, isn't there a little magic in all of us?! Awesome coloring and awesome cards, looking forward to playing along this month.

Marilyn said...

OMG!! what a clever way to use the butterfly stamp as fairy wings! Bouts of your cards are beautiful!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

ionabunny said...

Cute cards. Hmmmmm, butterflies. Hugz

Anita in France said...

Luscious shimmer and sparkle on your lovely framed, CAS scene, Darnell ... the embossing adds such a wonderful elegance to these delicate images! Your modern fairy ... isn't she a sweetie ... clever, fun and so whimsical with that fabulous (and beautifully coloured) mushroom ... LOVE that sentiment! LYAMYMA ... HYEAYT! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Quillish said...

Eeepp.. soo adorable! What a brilliant idea and so fun!

~amy~ said...

Darnell, you wonderful. Love your clever designs. I hope to play along, I actually have a hero arts butterfly set out to work up as a graduation card...thanks for the inspiration.

jimlynn said...

VERY creative and just as pretty as can be. Love your cards Darnell.
Lynn

Brenda in IN said...

What a fun idea to use the butterfly for wings! These are both sweet cards and so colorful! I can't wait to play with butterflies.

Susanne Vargas said...

Your set of cards warms my heart! The Brusho butterfly and the watercolored flower look so pretty in all framed! And the jet-setting fairy sitting on the toad stool - how adorable is that! I know that these cards will make someone very happy!

Lynette said...

Oh, you are so clever, Darnell! Both of your cards are truly beautiful. I love the sparkle!

Gerrina said...

Saw them at the challengeblog and think that girl is such a great image; looks good with the butterfly wings! You really are so good with this! Hugs, Gerrina

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love the two cards you've made here Darnell.

Sue xx

Carole said...

Fabulous twofer Darnell...and who doesn't love a butterfly.xx

conil said...

Wow! Very impressive use of those wings. Traditional and a magical fairy. Just plain brilliant.

conil said...

Wow! Very impressive use of those wings. Traditional and a magical fairy. Just plain brilliant.

conil said...

Wow! Very impressive use of those wings. Traditional and a magical fairy. Just plain brilliant.

Linda Harris said...

Yay I think I've finally cracked how to post a comment using my tablet, whether I'll remember for next time who knows! Love your cards and love Clearly Besotted stamps, have quite a few of their sets and they even get used too on a regular basis.

cm said...

We're about to embark on Stage 2 of our travels - having been home less than 122 hours - (and I believe you're out-and-about jet-setting as well. Welcome to Canada!!) but wanted to pop in to say that I adore and LOVE what you've done with the Clearly Besotted butterfly! The fairy wings? Only exponentially clever and marvelously cute!
Hugs and love~c

Dotty Jo x said...

A very clever two-fer! I've yet to find the time to play along, but do love dropping by for your challenge, Jo x

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow!!! Two fabulous cards with great dimensions and colors!! Love so much the second one and how your stretched your stamp to make a modern fairy.... Just adorable!!!

Mac Mable said...

Darnell, both your cards are fabulous and stunningly beautiful. Your first card is so pretty, love the gentle colours, how you did that wonderful flower and that ever so pretty butterfly. Wink of Stella is good for me x Such a contemporary and creative second card. No wonder you and Hammy squealed in delight when you came up with this idea. Just love how you chopped up the 'Jet Setter' young lady and even gave her a hair cut, then fussy cut her and sat her on top of that glorious toadstool....Love the encouragement sentiment, which is so perfect for the contemporary image and layout. Great cards, fabulous inspiration and absolutely stunning.....Both of them x

cuilliesocks said...

Just gorgeous Darnell, the butterfly is so pretty and beautifully coloured, love both of your cards, Kate x

JoAnn said...

Lovely cards using the butterfly creatively for the wings on the cute second card. Love your coloring and the sparkly with the Wink of Stella.

Susan said...

So clever to use the butterfly to create fairy wings! Love the pretty shimmer and colours on the flower and butterfly one!

Verna Angerhofer said...

You are getting the Twofers off to a great start for May. These are both so fantastic. I sure hope I can find time to play. So much going on these days that I am finding it hard to keep up. LOL Too old to cut the mustard anymore I guess!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Stunning cards Darnell!!! love the first one with the gorgeous bloom and the sweet butterfly visiting it.
Your second card reminds me of my amazing granddaughters, even if they are not little girls anymore, they still are innocent and mischievous and we love it.
Amazing inspiration, thank you for sharing.
XO
Maria.

Kathleen said...

Such a very clever use of the butterfly, I would not have thought of that in a month of Sundays. Two fabulous cards, super colouring and design. Brilliant.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Oh WOW Darnell, I just love how you used the butterfly! The butterfly is such a beautiful stamp and she looks amazing on the girl. Your colouring of that toadstool is fantastic and the whole design is brilliant! Love them!! Hugs, Annie xxx

Pat said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell and I adore the sweet flower and butterfly on the first, so glittery, and what a clever way to use the butterfly on the second by adding them as wings to that cute little lady sitting on that ginormous toadstool, and the colouring on both is beautifully fresh and pretty. x

Brenda said...

Well aren't you the clever gal Auntie! I am loving both of these cards. The butterfly on the first card is so pretty and I love how you winked them with in a inch of their life. lol It is truly very sparkly. But it is the second card that has my jaw on the floor! I love that you used the butterfly wings to make fairy wings for this sweet little gal. She makes a great modern day fairy! Hugs, Brenda

Marybeth said...

Your cards and stamp choice couldn't be any sweeter! I love both cards, and I found some time to play with paper today! 😉

Bonnie said...

You have outdone yourself, my friend! Your flower and butterfly are gorgeous all winked and colored! And your little fairy looks is so sweet sitting on the toadstool. Great job of coloring! This is going to be a fun challenge!

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous cards.

Darlene said...

Fabulous creations Darnell! Oh Sure ... you pick butterflies when I'm stuck out on the Tasman Sea with no crafting goodies to play with! LOL Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful Darnell, I love that little girl with the wings on the mushroom. So cute.

Cheryl W. said...

You and Hammy must have both taken a double dose of your creativity medication to figure out how to put together that "fairy" card. So ingenious! I love butterflies and have several stamps and dies for them, so I definitely hope to join in the fun.

Sandra H said...

Wow Darnell two beautiful cards l love the colouring and the sentiments are just perfect for each one take care and enjoy your weekend x

Marcia HIll said...

Two FABULOUS cards Darnell AND a FABULOUS challenge too...I mean who doesn't LOVE butterflies! Your 1st card is CAS perfection and I'm loving all the color and sparkle in that lovely, lovely little butterfly!! And yes, your little jetsetter with her adorable little butterfly fairy wings just melts my heart...LOVE her!! Two wonderful cards and I can't wait to play along with this challenge!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!! And P.S. - thank you so much for the kind words from last months challenge about my dog cards...was thrilled to be an honorable mention!! :0)

HJ said...

I love both cards, Darnell. Your creativity really shines on the jet setter on the toadstool and butterfly on her back...so clever! Thanks for a smile today. Enjoy your day!

Bobby said...

The colors of the flower and butterfly are beautiful winked up like that, Darnell. Your precision surgery made a wonderful fairy.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell. I'll hopefully get time to play this month xox

Leslie Miller said...

Fantastically delightful and creative! You're the best at stretching your stamps, and the way you've cobbled them together surely rivals the originals. Love the embossed frame on Pretty Card #1, and the jet-setting fairy on Super Cute Card #2. You even gave her a hair cut! Love that toadstool!

Sarah said...

Brilliant...Absolutely Brilliant!! Lovely twinkle and sparkle on your first card and using the butterfly as fair wings is genius!! I am determined to play along this time!! xx

nancy littrell said...

I Love both your very creative and beautiful butterfly card designs, my friend. TFS and hosting another awesome Twofer Challenge. Hugs...see you soon:-)

Tracey McNeely said...

You used those butterflies in such a unique way, I love that you put the wings on the girl--so wonderful! Great sentiments too!

BożenA said...

I envy you this wise Hamma hamster :-) An art expert!
I love both cards, the first for its delicacy. The second card is a real bomb !! So perfectly composed. WOW !! Thank you for another amazing inspiration and wonderful fun!
Hugs,
BożenA

Loll said...

Two AWESOME designs Dolly! Your flower and butterfly love card is so pretty. I love all the shimmer and shine from the winking. And great design element with adding scored borders!

Your encouragement card is fantastic. So clever and creative. A great way to use the butterfly image. Your colouring is beautiful ... especially love the toadstool!! xx

Kara Lynne said...

What a fantastic twofer, Darnell! The shimmer on your lovely love card sparkles brilliantly! Your winged wanderer makes a wonderful fairy! I love how well she sits on that toadstool. Here's to another great Twofer beginning!

Patti said...

Cuteness is blooming on your blog! and the new challenge is going to take me out of cardmaking (semi)retirement! : )

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Maxine D said...

What a beautiful butterfly image Darnell and I love the way you have used it in both cards! Hammy was so clever to choose that image - give him a hug from me for inspiring you so brilliantly!
Blessings
Maxine

Birgit said...

Oh my, your cleverness never ceases to amaze me. Your cards are brilliant Darnell! Love the cute little fairy sitting on that plump mushroom. Hope your mother's day is filled with many blessings my dear.

Cat Craig said...

Sweet cards Darnell, and I have to say brilliant use of the wings.

Kathyk said...

These are just fabulous, Darnell, great inspiration for us would be twofers!

Kathyk

OH Babs said...

Happy Mother's Day Darnell. Love both of these cards they are exceptionally cute. You are one busy lady making cards left and right. Sorry I have not participated but my card making group has expanded to 54 members (a bit too much). Enjoy your special day! Hugs, Barb

Nora N. said...

Oh my goodness!! I LOVE how you put the butterfly wings on the back of the little girl. This is GENIUS!!! Your coloring is amazing!!! Happy Mother's Day!! I so need to play this time as butterflies are my favorite!!

Celeste Goff said...

Darnell, these cards are just too stinking cute!

Ina G said...

Two very beautifully thought out butterfly card Darnell. Love the shimmer!

Di said...

Great cards Darnell and love how you used the butterfly so cleverly as wings. I'll try and join in this month - where does time go though? If you find him please let me know!

Hugs

Di xx

Donna Ellis said...

Such sweetness, Darnell! Loving your sentiments, and the coloring technique in the wings on both cards. Beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog today with a sweet comment. hugs, de

Carol L said...

I think it's just BRILLIANT the way you used the butterfly to create wings for the little girl sitting on the mushroom! I love the scored framework on the first and the flower is just so cute and pretty! Wonderful Twofer ideas! Oh, and happy Mother's day to you as well :)

Trina P. said...

Butterfly wings!!! Brilliant! Beautiful colouring on both, but I adore your modern day fairy. Wonderful twofers.
See you soon! 🤗 Trina xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Awesome! I adore the way you gave her wings and turned her into a fairy!

JD/ Jill said...

Both are lovely cards! Hope I find time this month to join the challenge!

Anonymous said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards.

Carol H. said...

Totally LOVE these two cards! The soft colors, the butterflies, the girl perched on the mushroom, all just perfection! Sending many heart-eyed emojis! :)

Karren said...

Two beautiful and fun cards, Darnell! I'm determined to join in your challenge one day, but I have to admit to being a bit intimidated by the thought of making two different cards with the same stamps/dies. Which is crazy because we all do that at one time or another, but to do two together makes me skeered :) . I will overcome my fear one of these days and join in, I promise!

Linda said...

What a fun Twofer .... I love how you've used that pretty butterfly.
I've had so much fun being one of the Guest Designers this month .... thank you my friend xx

Izzy Scrap said...

Fantastic, Darnell ! You will never stop surprising me with your fabulous creativity ! These two cards are very different but so beautiful both of them. I love their CAS design. The flower card is so delicate but with a modern look with these watercoloured images. By the way I love this butterfly, so stylish. And your second card is, OMG, so brilliant ! An adorable modern fairy. Stunning inspiration ! Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs xx

Greta said...

No good excuse, just way behind leaving comments. You've been on my mind, though--hope things are going well & wish we were closer. Beautiful butterfly & so creative to use one as wings! However, the bouquet idea has me intrigued--wanna try it! Hugs, Greta

Helen F. said...

Very fun Two-Fer, Darnell! Love the pretty blossom with that colorful butterfly and the adorable Fairy is just too sweet sitting on that big o' shroom :-)

Lisa Elton said...

What a delightful pair of cards!! Lovin' the sweet fairy sitting on the big toadstool. Cuteness!!

Jacquie Southas said...

I had a quick peek at your cards when the challenge went live and I think you'll see how your fairy card inspired me to think of wings! Thanks for such a fun challenge!

Desperatehousewife Craft said...

Darnell, first of all i have to give you a virtual hug for the kind words you left on my blog re: "stamping inspirations", you always know the right thing to say and yours were like honey to my very sore throat... and heart. I posted another video on that same craft group without my heart stopping, so I'm over it now, thanks to encouragements like yours. To your cards now! They are ingenious, and the winked images in your first card look like they have mini universes in them, they're gorgeous! You are truly creative and a great inspiration to us all! Hugs, Gwendolyn

Robyn Oliver said...

Brilliant cards Darnell, so creative to your little fairy picture and then your simple garden card with a lovely flower and butterfly. Thanks so very much for hosting TWOFER challenge...we all love you x