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November 10, 2019

Holiday Greenery ~ With a Twist!

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well and, if not, I'm sending you squishy cyber hugs with the hope you'll soon feel better. It's always so difficult to be far away from someone we love who could use a real-life in-person hug. Thank goodness we all have vivivacious imaginations so you can feel well and properly squished over the interwebs! 

And how are you doing with those holiday cards? It's that time of year, even if it does seem like we just put those holiday decorations away! Today is the 10th of the month, so I'm here with some inspiration for you for the November Twofer Card Challenge. To help you with those ideas for Christmas cards, our prompt this month is:

 HOLID🎄Y GREENERY!

The Holiday Greenery my two designs have in common is the NBUS Bold Borders Yuletide die from Papertrey Ink. 

Wait. What? My cards are for the same occasion and that's a TCC no-no!
No worries! There's a fun and welcome twist to TCC this time, so my cards for the same occasion are okay!! Because we are all busy making holiday cards right now, I decided to waive the rule of "two different occasions."

Of course, you're welcome to make your two different designs for two different occasions, but if you want to make two different designs for the same occasion, such as Christmas, go for it!! Just remember you still have to use the same stamp, die, or stencil to showcase the Holid🎄y Greenery prompt on both your different designs!

Onefer
This first design couldn't be more QACAS! I attached a panel of Christmas green glitter paper to the card base and glued the holly frame over that. To finish I glued on the die-cut sediment from Creative Expressions. A couple of clear enamel drops and shazambam, Santa came to town!

Twofer
My second horizontal design uses just one side of the Holly Frame and is pretty self-exploratory. The sediment from MFT was heat-embossed in rose gold e/p. 

My perfect color-match enamel bling was Hammy's idea. I used one of those old-timey paper punches to punch a circle from the same paper I used to mat and cut the frame. Then I glued the circles down and glued clear enamel dots over the top.  

And to show my appreciation for Hammy's idea, I made three more dots to bling his water bowl. As if he needs any more bling in his cage!

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Join Us!

This is our last challenge of 2019 and I look forward to seeing your festive holiday designs in the gallery this month! It's hard not to use some kind of greenery on our holiday cards this time of year! And as you can see from my cards, your Holiday Greenery does NOT need to be green!!
Pop over to the Twofer Card Challenge where you'll find the Team has made beautiful inspiration cards for you! We are also fortunate to have the lovely Nanc' Leppek as our talented Guest Designer this month!

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71 comments:

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. The green shmarkly one is stunning, and the other a great alternate use for the die cat - well, part of it - and thanks for the squishy hugs - most appreciated and timely tonight, thank you!
So glad to see a pic of Hammy in amongst all his bling - he really loves the shiny stuff doesn't he, and he is so clever to be able to make it as well as use it!
Blessings
Maxine

Craftychris said...

Ooh love both of your cards - lots of yummy sparkle for the first one and such a cool idea to use just one part of the die on your second! It's good to see Hammy amidst lots of sparkle too! Thank you for the squishy hug! Sending one right back to you! xxxxxxxxxxxx

Tina Z. said...

wow, so beautiful and such a clever design!
I love the tip about the same colour enamel dots, thank you.
hugs xx

Marilyn said...

Both are so cute! Love the green sparkle on your first card!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Fikreta said...

these are so wonderful cards!

Jean said...

Simply stunning cards! Love the look of the green and the embossing on the white!

Jeanne said...

Goodness, these two cards are beautiful, Darnell! Love the shapes and the glitter. The embossing adds just the right extra oomph, too. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sharyn Polesel said...

These are beautiful, Darnell! I especially love the green sparkly one. I just finished with November birthdays and am ready to start on Christmas cards. Have a great Sunday! Hugs, Sharyn

Brenda in IN said...

I love that you used traditional colors but not together. The green sparkle card is beautiful and the red and white is so festive. Speaking of festive, look at Hammy! He is so adorable in his Santa hat resting among his Christmas decorations. Thanks for letting us make two Christmas cards this month if we want to since that is the theme right now.

Unknown said...

Love these two beautiful cards. It's great to get two different looks from the die and your tip about how you got the matching bling is very clever. Enjoy your day!

Bonnie said...

What a great idea to make matching bling for your second card! That Hammy is brilliant as well as schparkly! This is such a gorgeous die and I love both ways you've used it! I'm loving that gorgeous green glitter paper too! Wow!

Mia said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! And lovely designs!!! Kisses!

Donna said...

Two gorgeous cards, great idea to match the cardstock under the clear enamel dots! Jenny's picture is adorable!

Brenda said...

Wow, loving both of your Twofer cards Auntie! The first one is so CAS but oh so beautiful with the green sparkle paper. Looks like it would have taken longer to make. Love this die! I love your second on as it shows how to stretch this die and get more use out of it and a whole different look. Loving the embossing folder you used and of course love Hammy's clever idea to make the enamel bling match perfectly. He is so clever! Hammy is looking fabulous with all his bling as well. lol Hugs, Brenda

Bunny said...

My back is aching so make mine a gentle squish.

Oh, your cards are elegant. That Hammy is a smart little fella. Of course he needs more bling. Generous of you to add to his little collection.

Who makes that beautiful holly embossing folder? I really love that. [Bunny]

I Card Everyone said...

D I'm so happy to see that this die is no longer on the NBUS list - it really is so gorgeous! I love both designs - it's wonderful in green or red or any other color I imagine - but it's this fab embossed background with the red that has won my heart today - such a great idea to punch up the holly!
[your birthday card was so wonderful, too - thank you so much!]
=]

Vikki H said...

Gosh, what pretty cards to remind me of my NBUS Holly Frame die! From sparkly paper to embossed backgrounds you created two pretty designs! And one could make a different occasion by creating holiday thank you cards, right?

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous makes Darnell. Squishy hugz right back at you. HUGZ

Susan said...

Love those two Christmas cards - lots of sparkle and shine! I'm so glad we can make our Twofers both for Christmas this month - I'm worried I don't have enough for my sale so I'll definitely enter. Hammy deserves all the bling he wants after coming up with so many good ideas for you over the years!

cuilliesocks said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell, loving your designs and colours. How lovely to have some bling on your water bowl lol, Kate x

conil said...

Looks like you and Hammy had fun putting this Twofer together. What a good idea and thank you for making it possible to use the same occasion. Your cards came out beautifully and festively (is that a new word?). So I'm off to try my luck.

Maria said...

Two lovely cards, Darnell! Love the sparkly green with the white with a very beautiful holly frame! And, second card with the embossed background and holly frame is just as pretty! I have to mention little Hammy looks like he is ready for Christmas...so cute!!

Carole said...

Love both of these Darnell...they are super. Clever way on the second one...chopping the die.xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

So glad I saw your post as I had not seen any inkling of the next Twofer challenge. So if at all possible I will try to add some greenery to my card making this week. I certainly love the festive designs you made here and I am so inspired now. They look gorgeous and your use of the lovely die two ways is awesome.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I love both cards.

I don't make Christmas cards, but buy charity ones. With only having on real working arm right now, I think I will have to start writing them up a few a day.

Hope you've had a lovely weekend. Sue

Daffodil Cards said...

Lovin' your designs Darnell. Sparkle and embossing, who could ask for more?
Faith x
PS. Thank you for your lovely visit.

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and I love the die you've used - I guess it's another one for my wish list!
Kath x

Jeanne H said...

What wonderful cards today, Darnell. Love the green one especially. What fun changing the rules...I may find time to play, hope so. Hugs to you. Thanks for yours!

Linda said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell. I'm hoping to play today and plan to enter a card in your challenge. Hope things are going well for you my friend.

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Two beautiful festive cards Darnell. Love the one with the sparkle green background.
Greetings Miranda

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and the frame looks beautiful in white with the pretty sparkly green glitter card, and then the clever use of just one side in a horizontal design with the wonderful embossed holly in the background, and a very clever idea to use little punched pieces of the red card with clear enamel dots over the top to get the right colour for your embellishments. Well done to Hammy. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing cards, Darnell!! Love them both, such fabulous die you used and great idea using only a part of it for the second card!
Hammy have had a really fabulous idea with the color-match enamel blings!! Give him many thanks from me for the tip!! :D
Hugs

Happy Dance said...

Oh so festive! That green glittery background really highlights that pretty coverplate die. And it's fabulous. Cut in white, it really almost outshines that green background. Love that first one! And your second card... Pretty in reds! The embossing folder is stunning, and says 'Merry Christmas' all by itself, but the center panel and those created dots with the side of foliage looks downright amazing. You've gone and rocked these two beauties. Love 'em! Sending hugs. Bev

Laurie Unger said...

Wonderful cards and I love that new die from PTI! Since I'm knee deep in making holiday cards, I'm sure that I can come up with a twofer for this challenge. Thanks for the inspiration!

frommycraftroom said...

Two absolutely fab cards Darnell. 💕 hugs to you to

Kathleen said...

Brilliant cards, love both of them.

Kath x

Liz said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell, so different that if you hadn't said, I would have thought you used to different dies. Lovely to see Hammy looking so festive. xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Darnell.

Sue xx

Redanne said...

Both cards are beautiful Darnell. I don't usually go for glitter but that green card is fabulous, so striking and so elegant. I also love the second one, so clever to use a part of that die and the embossed background is so lovely!

Hammy always has such great ideas too and I love seeing him surrounded by Christmas decorations! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Barb Ghig said...

As always, you have completely outdone yourself with these 2 gorgeous Christmas cards, Darnell! Love your CAS designs and how you made each one special by adding sparkle to the first one and lovely enamel dots to the 2nd card...so pretty!
Thanks so much for allowing us to make Christmas cards...it's so helpful, especially for someone like me, who is way, way behind :) I'm off to raid my stash and get started!!!

Loll said...

Your holiday frame die is fantastic, Dolly! What a gorgeous card with the white die-cut over the glittery green background. Even better when it turns out so beautifully and is quick and easy to do! :)

Your second card is awesome too ... love the RED die-cut! Really pops against all that white space. Love, Lolly

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, your cards are amazing. I love that glittery background for the full frame card. And -- So smart to cut a bit of a line of your frame for the second card. Stunning and brilliant. Fabulous stuff.

Glittered Paws said...

Love all the sparkle - can't decide which one I like best. Good use of your greenery. Hammie looks so cute in his Santa hat. Sending best wishes to you and Hammie for a Happy Holiday Season.

Cheryl W. said...

Your cards are definitely holiday-handsome! I especially love the green one. It's not often you see a card that is just green and white, with no red or other contrasting color. I need to make a few more Christmas cards, so I will definitely try to join in on the fun this month. Thanks for the inspiration!

Leslie Miller said...

That's some very festive white and red greenery you've got there, Darnell! Loving all that sparkle behind the most QACAS card. What a gorgeous frame/background die that is! I also love how you turned it into a border for your second card. Looks like it just came that way! Embossing folders are my other favorite card making tool... along with stamps, dies, and pretty papers. Clever Hammy for the red bling, too!

sandie said...

You never fail to impress me with your creativity with this challenge. Love the bling and the texture and CAS design of card 2. Thanks for the hug and sending on back x

Linda said...

Oooh ..... very festive. I love the greenery frame die cut, how pretty is that! Perfect when we have all those cards to make, which by the way I need to make a start on mine .... Ho! Ho! Ho!. Have a great week my friend xx

Sandra H said...

Two adorable cards Darnell and love hose Hammy had a major part love the colours have a lovely day xx

Mrs A. said...

Two so very different looking cards and oh so shmarkly. I do so hope that hammy has a very big penthouse suite cage as befits his official status of being your right/left hand man. Very hectic here with the errection of the summer house having been a major planning and project management procedure. All finished now and looking Ticketeyboo. Hugs Anne.

oldpunca said...

You've used christmas greenery in very innovative way on your cards. I like them both. I was quite sure, that red enamel dots on the second design are Hammy's idea. :-)
Thank you for the upgrade of rules for this month. It will be very useful. :-)
Have a super nice week!
Hugs, Sonja

jimlynn said...

They're both absolutely gorgeous cards Darnell! So pretty.
LYnn

Lisa Elton said...

Lots of prettiness with that fabulous sparkle Darnell! Marvelous cards!

Lynette said...

Oh, I love that die and the way you used it! So, so pretty, I especially like the second one. Fun challenge.

Carol L said...

They're both such gorgeous cards and the green glitter just dazzles the eyes! Love those border dies and how well you used them on both cards! I've got to get in gear and get going with Christmas cards pronto - hopefully before Christmas arrives! LOL

TK said...

Beautiful cards, and I adore that frame! Beautiful colors, and woohoo for Hammy!

Patti said...

I am loving your Twofer Challenge this month!! Both cards are so elegant - the embossed greenery and foil die cut on your second card is so elegant as is your first card cut in stark white against sparkly green! both are really beautiful cards friend.

KandA said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell. Love that green glitter background with the white die on the onefer.... And on the twofer what a great idea to cut the frame which looks brilliant against the embossed background with your homemade enamel dots to finish xx

Anita in France said...

Schparkly impact or what, Darnell ... what a stunner that first card is with the delicious crisp die cut against the shimmery pp ... bonus that it's rather QACAS too! Lovely festive dimension on that snowy white background on your second design ... a wonderful foil for the red greenery border that really draws the eye to the yummy embossed sentiment! Good to see Hammy all set for Christmas already ... goodness, he's organised!! Thanks for the big squishy hug ... sending you some right back again! LYAMYMCA ... HAACS? More big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Gerrina said...

Both cards look grea, but the first is my fav... Good to read that both may be for christmas...maybe it will work out timewise for me to join in the fun this month! Hugs, Gerrina

OH Babs said...

Love the holly frame set - two beautiful cards.

Mac Mable said...

What beautiful and fabulous cards. The bling on card number one is eye catching and the crisp white with it looks amazing x. So creative to use part of the die cut on card number two....So elegant, so pretty and love the dimension too on the dry embossing x.
Thank you for the hug Darnell x....sending one right back to you x.
Hammy is so lucky to have so much bling and wow does he wear it so well x.

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Em Louise Fairley said...

These are fab, but unfortunately for the challenge, I've finished, written, addressed, and stamped all my Christmas cards. But I promise to take part in one soon! xoxo

Bobby said...

Thanks for the cyber hugs, Darnell. I can use one since I'm bummed about not entering this challenge. It's difficult enough to type one-handed let alone make cards that way. Fortunately I got all my Christmas cards done before my thumb surgery so I'm good in that department. I just miss making cards. And of course I have so many ideas running around in my head just like visions of sugar plums.

Kara Lynne said...

Look at all of that sparkly goodness on your glittery green Christmas card! It may be QACAS, but it really packs a punch! Your partial frame is a wonderful border for the long sentiment. Such a great idea to use the same colored paper under the clear drops!

Nancy said...

Thanks for having me as a guest this month! I was being completely truthful when I said the tenth of the month is my favorite day despite it being my birthdate...LOL. As for your cards....This is a really gorgeous die that you have used and I love both ways you've used it! Your embossed background is so deeply etched on the red one and the green one is so eye catching with all the shine! Well done! As for my plans for Thanksgiving, they are not concrete! It will have to be a last minute visit if at all. I hope that is okay! I just don't feel right making any plans when I don't know what's in store yet. I have your number and we shall see. HUGS to you and yours!

Celeste Goff said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous but I'm completely smitten with the green sparkly one!

Karenladd said...

Whoa! I think Hammy needs to come to my house and help me with crafty tips as well, because that custom colored enamel dot idea is genius! I love both of these cards..and especially like the fact that you used the same die for two very different looks.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Oooo - yummy frame die, Darnell - just love your twofer! Especially love how you used it like a mantle with the sentiment above! And the sparkle looks amazing on card one!!

Greta said...

Great twist for the last 2019 challenge & you've used one of my favorite dies, Darnell! Can't believe I haven't pulled it out in ages, but now I have to. Great idea to cover the punched holes with clear dots for matching embellishments!

Marybeth said...

My goodness theses are both so elegant and beautiful! I sure do love the glittery look of both cards and CAS designs.