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June 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6 ~ Trees

Hello Stamplings!

Goodness gracious me and bless my biscuits, these months are dropping over like outhouses on Halloween, 1-2-3-4-5-6- and half the eighteenth year of the first century of the third millennium is done, put to bed, lights out.

It makes a woman of my age mighty nervous, I don't mind telling you. So let's have all the fun we can then, shall we? To that end, it's time for this month's Twofer Card Challenge! Our prompt this month is TREES and these are my cards to inspire you:
The palm tree stamp I used for both cards is from my NBUS "Totally Trees" set by Stampin' Up.

Onefer
For my Thinking of You card, I embossed the three colors of paper with a waves die and then pieced them together to make them look like sand, sea, and sky. The sun is from Lil Inkers, the glossified Adirondike chair and sediment are from Technique Tuesday. The beach ball is a sticker.

(Looking at my card now, I realize that the size of my ocean wave is a bit ominous and if someone were sunning themselves in that chair they would get a very rude awakening in about one minute!)

Challenges

Twofer
Putting on his surgeon's mask, Hammy operated on the palm tree after noticing that the fronds would make a very dandy evergreen Christmas wreath! Right?! It was a fun and QACAS way to stretch the stamp, which is still useble as a palm tree.

Challenges
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I hope you'll get the opportunity to play along this month! The challenge is open until the end of day on June 24th. Remember you can simply use the same tree as a conventional tree on both your cards and just change up your design! You don't have to get all jiggy with it!
Please click over to the Twofer Card Challenge to see the amazing Twofer cards our talented Guest Designer Maria Rodriguez and the sensational ladies of the Design Team have made to inspire you!! Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support! Mwah!

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71 comments:

LesleyG said...

Wow I love how you made the background, and then cleverly made the wreath, shows what good value stamps can be, and as always I love your humour, so good to laugh. Not sure if I'll get jiggy or anything but enjoyed my visit xxx

Kate said...

Wow Darnell! Great use of your palm tree stamp!!! Is there a doctor in the house, your surgery was a total success!!! Not sure I'll get to play but it's always a pleasure to stop by and see what you're up to :)

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous twofer Darnell - love your big wave, and who said cards have to be realistic?? Hammy is very skilled as a surgeon I must say, and your wreath is phabulous!
Blessings
Maxine

Craft-E-Place said...

Two brilliant cards!
You're right it is amazing how quick the year is sliding by .... and for me getting ominously close to a momentous birthday ... no point in worrying too much as time is out of our control ... we just need to get on and make the most of it!
Hope all is good with you and yours! x
Elaine

Ros Crawford said...

I get you ... Time is passing awfully quick! Superb cards Darnell and so totally different. I could do with sitting in that chair and having the wave wash over me ... It's rather hot! Hope all is well in your world... Sending hugs!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my dear Darnell, you are correct, time just rushing by like the wind and we must take a slower pace to enjoy all the beauty around us, no matter what Season of the Year. One of the best things to do is to CREATE so here we are sharing what we love with everyone. I love your Twofer cards, what a fabulous and beautiful way to create a Christmas Wreath and a sunny and warm beach scene, which I wouldn't mind being in right now, tell Hammy he is a brilliant surgeon, LOL!!
Love the sentiment on your Christmas card and the bright enamel dots complete the card beautifully.
Thank you and the awesome Twofer Challenge DT for inviting me to join you guys on this challenge as your Guest Designer, it's an honor and a joy.
Big hugs,

Maria.

Squdge 3 said...

Two fantastic cards! Love the second one, I would never have thought to do it!

Mac Mable said...

Jiggy is good for me and love you second jiggy card, very creative and sure does extend those stamps. Sunshine on a card for the first one and love the wave die cut effect, which adds great texture and contemporary and wonderful interest. Fabulous inspiration Darnell, thank you for another fun challenge x

Marilyn said...

Two great cards!! Love the first card with the different layered background!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Jeanne said...

Two great cards, here, Darnell. As for the ominous ocean, if you look at it again...the darker blue is the ocean and the lighter blue is the sky. That's how I'm choosing to look at it so the poor soul doesn't get washed away. :) And your wreath card is so clever. Excellent job on both! Enjoy every single moment! Hugs!

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!!! Great use of the palm tree foliage, you really stretched your stash! :)
The summer card looks simply amazing, love it so much!! Such great dimensions you given with the waves die!! Thanks for your stunning inspirations!

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, what brilliant cards, and for both ends of the seasons. Love how you've used the tree fronds on both cards. You're a clever lady, Kate x

Bonnie said...

Looks like the sunbather has deserted the chair and run for cover. She saw the wave and decided it was time for a break! Love how you've embossed the different colors! Your wreath is amazing! I see that palm trees make lovely Christmas wreaths!

Heidi Stamps said...

I am really stunned at how much your palm tree looks like a pine tree! WOW! Both cards are truly wonderful.

Darnell said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments! Hugs, Darnell

Darnell said...

Oops, forgot to check the box!

BożenA said...

If someone said to me once that the palm can be used as a symbol of Christmas, I would not believe him. And yet, you made me this has become true :-) United creativity, you're amazing, Darnell. And the picture of the first card is stunning - chiaroscuro gives the impression that I am on the beach before sunset. WOW! You it made me teleported to the tropics :-))
Hugs,
BożenA

Lisa said...

These are both so creative and gorgeous!! The beach scene is amazing!! I wish I was sitting in that chair right now!! And how creative to use the palm tree fronds to make a wreath!! It's stunning!! Love both of these!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Celeste Goff said...

Such a clever way of repurposing your stamps to create both a summertime and a holiday card!

jimlynn said...

Both are great and I'm totally in love with the beach scene. Wish I was there right this instant!!!!
Lynn

Carol H. said...

Wow Darnell! I love how you use the palm tree to make a wreath!! Genious! You made me laugh talking about your ominous wave! LOL! I didn’t see it that way till you said that! Beautiful cards, both of them!

Kristi said...

Oh my gosh! I would never in a million years think to use a palm tree as a wreath. Amazing! And I think your wave is just right, but the sentiment needs to be altered to somehow fit the word soaked. :) Have a wonderful day!

Brenda in IN said...

If I had been the one sitting in that chair under that hot sun, I would welcome that huge wave cooling me off. What a great scene and I wish I was there. The wreath is just beautiful and I would never have thought to use the palm tree. Of course, that's why you make those big bucks. Can't wait to play. When you put the timeline like that I feel decrepit. It's a small wonder I am still able to make a card.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Super awesome card designs. The palm tree looks like pine needles for sure on your pretty holiday wreath. I am so amazed. You have set the bar high for us to come up with a great way of using trees. Hopefully, I can think of something myself so I can enter.

conil said...

You learn something new everyday, i.e., exactly where you are within the third millenium and that palm fronds look like pine boughs. What a terrific take on this Twofer. Love both the cards. That beach scene is awesome with the paper piecing and the wreath really is beautiful. Now, I'll have to think something up...hmmmm!

Carol L said...

You and the players of the Twofer challenge are constantly inspiring me to find new uses for my stamps and I love what you've done where with a palm tree! Both cards are incredibly cute and fun, and I'd never even THINK to use my stamps in such clever ways! Well done again this month on the Twofer ;)

designbydonna said...

Great use of the tree stamp. I'm not good at seeing alternates in my stamps. Love the waves on the beach card. So, it's pretty hot out there, a splash from a wave would be a great cool down. Love them both.

Dana M said...

Fantastic and fun cards Darnell! Clever change-up of the palm fonds - love it!

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell! I love that you chose the fronds for your palm tree...such a lovely scene and beautiful color palette, too! I also love your 'masculine' Christmas card with your gorgeous sparkly red gems and banner! You have certainly inspired me to play along...Thanks :)

Brenda said...

Looks like your sunbather had left the chair for higher and dryer ground Auntie. lol I am so in love with this card, even if it has an ominous wave coming. lol I can feel the sun shining down! And since it is raining here AGAIN, I will take the sun however I can get it. But what really blows me away is how that palm tree made such a beautiful wreath! It really doesn't look like a top of a palm tree. Now that is some great thinking from Hammy!!! I will have to put on my thinking cap and see if I can come up with something. My thinking cap doesn't work as well as your Hammy though! Hugs, Brenda

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Both cards are lovely.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

nancy littrell said...

Another awesome Twofer Challenge, Dolly. Loved both your very creative use of your palm tree fronds. Your die cut pieced together sand, waves and sky background for your 1st card was so cool. Yep, that wave is getting mighty close..lol! Loved how you used your fronds (with hammy's help) for your pretty holiday wreath. So clever of you both. TFS and Congratulations on your 6 months of Twofers:-) Time does fly by...Hugs.

Susanne Vargas said...

Would love to sit in that pretty beach scene and relax! Let's just say that the wave goes from left to right instead towards the chair...
To use the palm fronds for a winter wreath is genius! And it looks fabulous!
Two brilliant designs!

sandie said...

I had to look a few times to work out what stamp you had used....so very creative, Adore all the texture your sunshine card and such a clever way to create a wreath. Great to see you at Ink and Time Out

Pat said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell and I love your embossed waves which give great texture to the sea and beach, and the palm tree, chair, sun and beach ball all add to the fun scene. That chair does seem a trifle close to the large wave rolling in..lol. The palm tree fonds are fantastic for the seasonal wreath too, and love the added red gems and the seasonal greeting on the banner stretching across. I don't think my brain would have registered that the fronds would make such pretty wreath. x

Susan said...

Very clever use of the palm tree fronds to make a Christmas wreath (I'm sure Hammy's tiny paws were perfect to do the surgery on the stamp!). I really like that Christmas sentiment - I must look for that. And I was thinking "what a lovely beach scene, I'd like to be there" until I read your comment about the ominous size of the wave and I started thinking about tsunamis and decided I'd rather sit in my backyard!

Donna said...

How clever are you! Great use of the palms on the wreath card! I especially like your relaxing beach card, https://lakefrontstampingcreations.blogspot.com/2018/06/happy-thoughts.html

Sandra H said...

Super fabulous cards Darnell and the background is amazing! love the palm tree and the wreath your so creative and l just adore all that you do the deck chair is so inviting l'd love to be sat on that one with the sun shinning down although it's really lovely weather we are having here it would be nice to be sat under your palm tree with my feet feeling the sand underneath take care sending lots of love xx

Sarah said...

These are great Darnell, love the palm into pine!! xx

Redanne said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, I didn't really notice the size of the wave until you said but I love how you cleverly used the palm branch stamp to make that fabulous Christmas wreath! So very creative! Hugs, Annie xxx

Kathleen said...

Two brilliant cards Darnell and two super ways to use the image. Great sentiment on the lovely wreath and it is certainly lucky that no-one is sat on that chair, great touch with the beach ball.

Kath x

Carole said...

Love your cards Darnell! Good job the sunbather left the chair before the tsunami!!..lol. Love how you surgically turned your tree top to a wreath for Christmas...and a great sentiment too! xx

frommycraftroom said...

You are very clever. Who would have thought to use a palm tree to make a wreath? Fabulous.

Lynette said...

You are just SO clever, Darnell!! Love them both.

Lisa Elton said...

Holy smokes Darnell, I would never have guessed your pine wreath was made with the palm tree! You are one clever lady. These are both amazing! True story: my SIL and I were floating on rafts in the Gulf of Mexico on very calm smooth water. Out of know where a huge wave came and sent us both tumbling head of heals to the bottom. We came up coughing and confused with not another wave to be found!!

Cheryl W. said...

Your sand/sea/sky background looks amazing! So clever of you to piece it together like that. And I love the palm branch wreath--it definitely looks like pine branches. Another great idea. I'm going to have to think about this "tree" thing, and see if I can come up with any ideas. Love entering the Twofer Challenge.

Christine Alexander said...

OMG whodathunkit :), palm trees being a pine wreath. I'm amazed and love the layouts for both cards. that watery die is soooo cool and your wreath is just so cool or should I say hot :)
hugs Christine

Loll said...

LOVE the way you've used the wave die to create your sand, sea and sky, Dolly! Great piecing together and the texture from the dry embossing is delicious! The perfect way to enjoy that sweet spot is with a comfy adirondack chair and shaded by a lovely palm. What a wonderful place to vacation!

And how creative is your wreath??!! AMAZINGLY creative, my friend. The fronds make a perfect Christmas wreath. So inspired how you've used the palm tree on both your cards! Thanks for sharing the wreath card with us at CAS Christmas! Love, Lolly

Gerrina said...

Oeps, almost mist the same stamp; what a clever use of it! Somehow with the sunny wrather here I get the feeling the days just ran instead of flow... So much great things to do beside work and HH! Have a good and colourful week! Hugs, Gerrina

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, I'm off now to have a rummage through my stamps with trees on.

Sue xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell. And as I sit here in pain, I can attest to the power of the sun, though I'm hoping the redness and discomfort ease in another couple days, if not before! xoxo

oldpunca said...

A wonderful challenge and amazing inspiration from your side. My first thought was, that you have used pine tree for a palm and not opposite. :-) The wave on the beach card is an artists freedom. :-)
Have a great week!
Sonja

Tracey McNeely said...

Both such fabulous cards but just coming off of winter I have to say that I am preferring the beach card with the palm tree--lol!

Linda said...

You clever lady ..... using the palm tree to create that fabulous wreath, I'm impressed! Xx

Esther Asbury said...

Very clever use of the tree stamp on the wreath card. Love, love, love the beach scene you created - I can almost feel the sand between my toes! So happy you played along with the Summer Vacation theme over at The House That Stamps Built!

Leslie Miller said...

These two cards couldn't be more different and I'd never guess your evergreen wreath was made from palm fronds! Gosh, you've sure got the sunshine to go along with your beach scene. Love how the embossing works for sand, sea, and sky. I've got my twofer stamped and ready to color this time. Hugs!

Heather said...

Two fabulous cards!! The summer card does look so very inviting (minus that 'omminous' wave of course!) and such a genius idea to use the fronds for a Christmas card; it works perfectly! Thanks for playing with the House That Stamps Built.

Kara Lynne said...

Going from a hot summer's day all the way to Christmas - now that's stretching your stamp! It's no stretch to visualize it though, it truly does look like pine needles! I love waves die used for all three parts of your background, it reminds me of warm summer breezes. Your wreath is so perfectly stamped, and those sparkly red berries are so bold and brilliant. A wonderful Twofer, Darnell!

Sharron said...

Love your amazing wave background! And what a brilliant way to use that palm tree! Your summer scene is wonderful and I love your wreath, so fluffy and full with the perfect red berries.

Anita in France said...

I want to be on that beach right now, Darnell ... in the shade of that fabulous palm, listening to the gentle lapping of those waves on the shoreline ... gorgeous! Who'd have thought the same palm leaves would make such a delicious wreath ... rich and festive and with just the perfect touch of bling in the berries! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out with this latter beauty! LYAMYHMA ... HYWITOTBW! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

A palm tree in the beach scene tuned into an evergreen Christmas wreath!? How creative you are, Darnell!
Love the way you created the sky, waves, and the beach! The colors are so summery and pretty too. The second card is so clean and crisp. The soft red sponging on the edges and the red matte of the sentiment strip is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing the wreath card with us at CAS Christmas! Hideko

Trina P. said...

You give Hammy a big high five for me! The summer beach scene is beautiful and packed full of wonderful dimensions and texture. Then the ingenuity of using the fronds to create your Christmas wreath is simply brilliant! Fantastic twofers, Dolly! Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas Masculine challenge. xx

Shauna said...

Two lovely cards! I love the way you layered that waves embossing. Your beach scene is so lovely and inviting and your bold wreath is great! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Cat Craig said...

Fab ulous cards Darnell. I love that you saw the palm fronds as holiday greenery - brilliant! I hope to play along this time - missed the last two - time mojo both beyond my control.

Bobby said...

I love the colors of your sand, sea and sky, Darnell, and no worries about the wave. It's too far out to sea. Kudos to Hammy for seeing a Christmas wreath in the palm fronds. It looks terrific.

maria f. said...

No way. Saw the beachy scene in the SSS gallery and came by to say I wanna go there!!!! Had no idea this was going to be a onefer, of your twofers! Wow on that wreath. Bet that was kinda tricky to make, but looks great. What a twofer! You all knocked it out of the park with this tree challenge.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous wreath with the palm fronds, Darnell! Just love your serene beach scene too!!

Ruth said...

I do begin to feel slightly ancient when I realise 2000 was 18 years ago! Love that beach scene - the embossing is brilliant - and how clever to make it into a Christmas wreath! Great stuff! xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Two cool 'tree' cards Darnell.... you beachy scene just draws you to want to sit and relax and how so creative is that wreath, just fabulous, love them

Jill Vickers said...

I LOVE your creativity - who would have thought that the same stamp could make both a palm tree and a Christmas wreath!!! Your cards, as always, are amazing - I really love the wreath - CAS + a splash of sparkle = perfection! I am so happy that you shared with our holiday challenge at Time Out! Jill

Sally H said...

Two beautiful creations! I'd love to be sitting in that deckchair right now! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations this month and Good Luck!