Sunday, June 10, 2018

Guest Designer for The Twofer Card Challenge.....

Hello everybody: I'm beyond thrilled to be the April Twofer Card Challenge Winner and to top this honor, I was invited by the fabulous Darnell and her awesome Design Team to be their Guest Designer for the TWOFER JUNE CHALLENGE #6 so, without further delay, here are my TWOFER cards that I hope will inspire you to come and play along in this fabulous and super fun challenge.
The Prompt for this challenge is TREES.  You must create two cards with two different designs for two different occasions using the same Tree stamp or die. 

Here are my TWOFER cards together, I will share an individual picture of them later on.

My TWOFER this time are a Christmas card and a Halloween about two different celebrations and occasions, right?  The stamp I used on both cards in different ways is the Purple Onion Birch Tree Background, I used it to create the frame for the Nativity Image on my Christmas card and the "Spooky" forest for my little critters, all dressed up for Trick or Treating, on my Halloween card.
Here are the individual pictures of these cards, I will briefly explain how I created them and what I used on each.

For this card, I stamped the trees 4 times with Antique Linen distress ink and added some shadows with a Prismacolor pencil then, I fussy cut them and placed a brad on each corner to secure the frame, I also added a bit of glue to the corners for reinforcement.
I stamped the image form the retired SU set called "All Ye Faithful" with Stazon black ink and colored it with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils, I glued the frame on top and attached it to an embossed panel using a brick embossing folder. The pine branches, bow and gold detail are die cut with the retired SU die set called "Pretty Pines thinlits".
This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.

The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Poinsettia", the little tree from "Merry Littles".


This is my second card using the same Purple Onion Birch Tree background.

I stamped the Birch Trees on a panel of black card stock with white ink and added the shading with a white Prismacolor pencil,  the little critters are also from Purple Onion and they are TROUBLE the Halloween BatSHADOW THE OWL and BUTTERCUP BUNNY, I hand drew the Owl's cape and the Bunny's mask and cape myself since I didn't have the rubber stamps with these images, the sign is THIS ONE, I love it because it's perfect for stamping small sentiments, the one here is from the SU TEENY, TINY WISHES, love this set, it has a sentiment for every occasion.

This is how the INSIDE of this card looks like.

The sentiment is from my stash and the PUMPKINS from Purple Onion, the little bat is from Kraftin Kimmie.

So there you have it, my TWOFER cards for my GUEST DESIGNER SPOT!!!!!

So, come on over to the TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE #6, check out the amazing cards the Design Team have for your inspiration and join the fun. 
Thank you so much Darnell and all the amazing ladies of the Design Team for inviting me to join you guys this month, I'm thrilled and honored to be in such fantastic company.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Darnell said...

Thank YOU, Maria, for being our Guest Designer this month! You really rose to the occasion with these two amazing designs! I never would have thought to use a birch tree as a frame and now I can't wait to try it myself! It works so well to draw the eyes to the Holy Family. And, of course, what's a Halloween card without a spooky forest and a huge full and awesome moon?! Of course, your cute critters take away a wee bit of the spookiness and really make me smile! I love the inside of your cards, as well!! Hugs, Darnell

Pam Sparks said...

Congrats Maria! Fabulous cards! So creative and beautifully colored and designed!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot for the Twofers first of all. And, second of all, I just love both of your amazingly wonderful cards. What a great idea to make a frame with the trees and your Halloween scene is fantastic. Great job indeed!

Brenda said...

A big congrats on your GD gig! I am so loving your creative use of your tree's on both of these very different cards. Such a clever idea to use the tree trunks for a frame. I love how it frames out your beautiful image. Your Halloween card is amazing! I love that background you have created, so stunning and such a cute card. Hugs, Brenda

Kara Lynne said...

Your Twofer cards are amazing, Maria! Time and again you find a clever way to use your stamps, and that birch picture frame is a wonderful idea! I love your night forest and that glowing moon. I also love the costumes you created for the critters - such a fantastic card all around! I'm so thankful that you are our guest designer this month, it is a real treat!

Susanne Vargas said...

I am so delighted to have you as our guest designer this month! And wow, you really rocked that challenge! Absolutely love how you created a frame out of the birch tree background! Brilliant! And your Halloween card is adorable with a touch of spooky! Love how you created the moon!

Loll said...

I'm just blown away with your creative tree cards Maria! Love how you've used the birch for a frame. What a clever idea ... it makes the most beautiful and rustic looking frame for your Christmas card. Your Halloween card is AMAZING. Love how the birch trees look stamped in white on black card stock. It is so cool! And your critters are adorable! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at Twofer Card Challenge!

I Card Everyone said...

Holy wow, Batgirl! You have so many skills! I'm so in love with the white on black stamping, Maria … so spooky cute with your hand-drawn costumes!
This Christmas card is going to be a favorite for some lucky friend of yours!
Congrats on your guest designer spot!

Bonnie said...

Firstly congratulations on being asked to be Guest Designer at Twofer this month! Your inspiration cards are FANTASTIC!!! Love how you've used the birch trees as a frame for the beautiful Nativity scene! An idea I'll be sure to try. And your Halloween scene is so spooky and cute! Love the nighttime background and the little critters all dressed up and ready to Trick or Treat!

Mary Fish said...

The time and talent you put into these watercolored (markers and pencils) cards amazes me!

Leslie Miller said...

Fantastic, Maria, and doubly so when viewed up close! You have the most creative mind, I tell you! The trees made a great frame for your Nativity card, and they're super awesome for your Halloween scene. Good job with adding your hand-drawn extras. That moon is glowing so brightly it looks like there's a light shining through it. What fun!

Sonny P. said...

Both cards are special,but so different . Very creative !
Congrats on your June designer win ! What fun !

Brenda in IN said...

Two great cards, Maria. Congratulations on being the Guest Designer. Your frame of birch trees was really inspired. That is such a lovely way to frame the Christmas scene. I love the Halloween card. Beautiful glow around the moon and the critters are so cute. The hand drawn costumes look like they are part of the stamp. Great job.

Patti Willey said...

Wow! Two great cards Maria! Love the birch trees framing the Birth of the Savior scene, brilliant! And the shadows on that moon! What a fabulous Halloween card as well! Those Purple Onion designs so cute!

Anita in France said...

I do love to see Christmas cards depicting the true meaning of the season, Maria ... and yours does just that with the winderfully rustic birch tree framing of your beautifully coloured Holy Family. Your halloween card is fun and spooky ... the glow from the moon is amazing as it sheds it's light across the dark landscape ... and those beautifully coloured little trick or treating critters are just adorable! Thanks so much for being an amazing Guest Designer at Twofer ... and for inspiring our players to join in and play with us! Hugs, Anita :)

TaeEun said...

Congrats on the GD spot, Maria!!! GORGEOUS twofer creations!!! The night scene created using white ink on black looks fabulous!!! You dressed up the cuties for their Halloween party perfectly!

Aileen said...

Hi Sweetie, Im so sorry I didnt get here to comment on these amazing cards at the time of the challenge, I know I said something on Facebook but I should have come here. I am now working on catching up on blogs and taking a break from Instagram.

Your cards are amazing and using the trees as a frame, brilliant. Both cards are wonderful and I wish I had had time to participate but it wasn't to be this time. So good to see you making so many amazing cards and enjoying your Summer. Put your photo up that your daughter took, its beautiful, its you, be proud of how amazing you look my friend.