Monday, September 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #9

Hi everyone.  Welcome to Twofer Challenge #9!  I hope you love the challenge this month as much as I did! :)  I also got to use a few NBUS ... die, fabric.  YAY! :)


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I used the same leaf die on both cards.  LOVE IT!

For the first card, I pulled out some fabric I bought several years ago.  I was at a quilting shop (which is weird because I do not sew!). :)  I saw this package of 2" squares of pretty fabric with pinked edges.  I bought them on a whim and today is the first time using them.  I used one square as the background and a plain green fabric square to die-cut my leaf.  I was happy that the fabric die-cut so well.

I just got a Gemini Jr., which is an electric cutting machine.  I have an auto-immune disease that causes pain in my ligaments, and cranking the Big Shot was causing me too much pain.  I will use the new Gemini for the majority of my die-cutting and embossing now. :)

I popped up the paisley fabric square on a piece of foam for dimension, and also added a foam die-cut leaf to the back of my fabric leaf for stability.  Finished this easy card by stamping a sentiment in red.

Here's a close-up ...
For the second card I used a piece from my stash for the background. This is two shades of green distress inks blended onto a piece of mixed media card stock.  Then took a baby wipe, crumpled up in my hand so there are lots of creases, and pounced light over top.  Hard to see in the photo, but it leaves a very subtle, yet pretty design.

For the leaf, I used a piece of copper smooshed with red, green and yellow alcohol inks.  Once dry, I die-cut the same leaf.  The copper cut well in my new die-cutter! :)  I added a stitched rectangular frame over the bright green background and tucked in the copper leaf sprig.  A sentiment was stamped in the lighter of the green inks to finish the card.

Here's a close-up ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing twofer cards from our Designers and from our two Guest Designers, Linda (ScrappinBari) and Susan (Cat's Inkcorporated).

Then come play along.  The challenge is open until September 24th at midnight (PST).  Hope to see you in the gallery!



Card #1: Leafy Hello 
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Leafy sprig die (AliExpress), pinked piece of paisley fabric, piece of green fabric, foam

Card #2:  Thank You
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Leafy sprig die (AliExpress),  sponges, baby wipe, stitched rectangular frame (AliExpress)

Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge #9

36 comments:

Linda said...

Two gorgeous designs Loll ..... love the autumnal colours. By the way .... so excited to be the first one to comment!!! Have a great week my friend xx

MA said...

Love your cards with the fabric...I have a draw full of calico and gingham. What did you use to adhere the fabric? Thanks for always sharing.

Maxine D said...

Stunning cards Loll - and so glad you now have an electronic cutter - long may you continue to craft!!
Blessings
Maxine

Jeanne said...

These are beautiful, Loll. That card with the fabric is luscious. Such a wonderful pattern and texture. The second card is lovely, too. Congrats on the Gemini, Jr. So happy you have a tool that will help avoid pain and discomfort. I'm in awe that you create as often as you do, especially if you are in pain. You are one strong lady. :)

Mia said...

Both are gorgeous, Loll. Great cards, my friend.

Anita in France said...

How fabulous, Loll! The fabric adds a wonderful warm cosiness to your paisley leafy design, it's positively touchable ... and gorgeous! The contrast of the coppery leaf sprig against the fresh green is beautiful ... love how it's both inside and outside the stitched frame! Hugs, Anita :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your leaves just glow on that 2nd card! Great set of twofer cards

Brenda in IN said...

That fabric is so beautiful and I'm happy to know the Gemini, Jr. cut through both fabric and metal. I had to get one too for pain in my fingers and arms. It's hard for me to put the die in the opposite way. I wonder if I reversed the plates and cut with the die down if it would hurt the machine. The copper leaves are just stunning with the green background. Two fantastic twofers.

Kara Lynne said...

Two gorgeous cards, Loll! I love the look of that fabric! So warm and perfect for fall. The texture of your green background and the inked copper is a great combination! So glad to hear you got a Gemini to relieve a source of pain. It must be working well for you by to looks of your fabric and copper!

Brenda said...

Wow, I love the fabric you used Loll, your cards are just stunning! I never really thought about using fabric on a card before, but here you have shown us not only is it possible but it is stunning as well. That fabric is just beautiful and makes a wonderful background for your leaves. I can't believe the detail in the fabric of those leaves! I would have never guessed you cut those leaves from fabric. Love it! I also love your twofer. It is such beautiful colors peeking out that window! I love the color of your leaves and that background. So happy you got a Gemini Jr cutting machine! I know how you feel as my RA gives me fits when I use my Big Shot and it isn't getting any easier. So someday I hope to have one as well. Glad you can take it easy on yourself when die cutting now! Hugs, Brenda

Darnell said...

You went all out organic this month, Lolly! I think it's spectacular that you used fabric for your onefer and copper for your twofer! Both cards are superb!! So glad you found a machine to make die-cutting easier for you!! Hugs, Dolly

Marcia HIll said...

Two beautiful, BEAUTIFUL cards Loll! Totally loving the fabric background and leaf...looks FABULOUS!! And your copper leaves are SO pretty...lovely, lovely card! I have been using an electronic die cutting machine (Sizzix) for almost 2 years now and absolutely LOVE it...my regular Big Shot is just gathering dust!! Glad to hear the Gemini Jr. is helping you out!! :0)

nancy littrell said...

Two Beautiful die cut CAS leaf designs, Loll using your fabric for a background and die cut leaves and on your 2nd card Gorgeous copper leaves with alcohol ink. You have me inspired my friend. Hugs...

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll! I love how you played with your fabric...the pinked border works perfectly with your design and I'm so impressed with how beautifully your new machine worked for you :) I also love how you used your copper piece with your alcohol inks...the variation in the colors is so striking and screams 'Autumn'! Love both cards and I can't wait to play along in the challenge!

Bonnie said...

Love these leaves, Loll! I've never tried die cutting fabric, but it's good to know that you can! I love the different texture that fabric brings to the card and the pretty greens! The copper leaves are gorgeous and look very Fallish! A beautiful contrast with the lime green! Sounds like your Gemini is working well for you. I need to know more....

Susanne Vargas said...

You've used such interesting and a bit unusual materials on your cards! The fabric gives your first card such a cozy feel! The copper leaves on the bright green, textured background are a real eye catcher! Adore them both!
I am also interested in the Gemini Jr. Please keep us posted about your experiences with it!

Loll said...

I used tombow mono multi-glue to adhere my fabric to the foam. It works great. Loll :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties with that leafy cluster, Loll - just love both versions! That fabric one looks amazing and the golden one so elegant!!

Nancy Stislow said...

I love both of these but who would have thought that a wafer thin die would cut fabric. Now that was brilliant! Love this idea and love how that turned out. Wish I had kept some of my fabric stash now! Also thanks for the reminder to pull that copper out again! I always loved that look.

Linda said...

Two lovely cards, Loll. I love the coppery leaves, they are just so beautiful. Hope you have a great week.

Greta said...

What creative use of the fabric scraps, Loll! I'm always drawn to leaves--must have 100 stamps & dies--haha! Love the coppery leaves & that fun window die--may end up with it one of these days. I got a Gemini Jr--have only used it once since I need to purge & organize to make a place for it--ugh!

Mac Mable said...

Super CAS cards, both of them. Loving how you are stamping the sentiments in the colours from the cards, they look great. Would never have thought that the thin dies would cut through the fabric so well. The leaf die is so pretty and in particular love the copper with the alcohol inks against the greens in the background, it looks fabulous x.
Sorry to her about your Auto Immune Disease Loll ...sending hugs x So glad the Gemini helps and keeps you crafting xxx

Izzy Scrap said...

Wow ! Two beautiful CAS cards, Loll. And what a great idea to use all those bits of fabric that we all have somewhere in our stash! Your green background is just fabulous and your copper leaves look so beautiful on top of it. Superbe!

Trina P. said...

Two amazing twofers even more stunning IRL, Loll! The fabric paired with the leaves gives it an earthy organic look. Your bright green background is striking behind the copper leaves and really captured my attention. Inspiring as always. xx

Ina G said...

What amazing cards you have here Loll. So totally different. You sure wowed us with that gorgeous piece of fabric. Beautiful.

Anja v K@@rten said...

You did great!!! Wonderful again :-)
Creatieve groetjes, Anja

Verna Angerhofer said...

So beautiful are your leafy designs. I love that you used fabric on the one card. And, using the copper and adding alcohol inks to it really made for gorgeous leaves.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll! What a fresh idea to use fabric for your card! The paisley fabric square makes a beautiful and fall-ish background for your leaves. Love the baby wipe pounced background and the AI smooshed copper leaves of the second card. The background color is so eye-catching.
I'm so glad that your Gemini Jr helps to ease the pain and works out well for you. Hideko xx

BożenA said...

What a great Twofer entrance! I love the first card for its softness thanks to the use of beautiful fabrics. It gives you so much coziness to the card. The second card impresses with the choice of colors! Two stunning cards, Loll!
xx

Happy Dance said...

I'm pretty sure my mom had a dress made out of that same fabric, which she wore to church on Sundays. Your first card is really lovely, and it triggered some sweet memories for me. Love that you've added texture with the fabric, and dimension with the the foam. Those coppery leaves really trip my trigger. They look like they could have fallen off trees in my backyard. Absolutely gorgeous. Have a great Sunday. Bev

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
what a very super idea the fabric square is I really love that idea, and it looks amazing.
Your second card is also very beautiful and those leaves are quite stunning in the colours used.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

HilaryJane said...

I love everything about these cards, but mostly I love that you have used fabric from your stash, it works brilliantly xx

Jo Manna said...

You are always incredibly talented in your approaches. These cards are distinct and GORGEOUS. The paisley si so rich and the single coloured leaf branch is the perfect contrast. Your copper leaves are no exception, I would love to try this. Two unique wonderful cards, bravo!!

Rahmat said...

2 beauties Loll, the fabric Bg is eye catching, the intricate pattern is lovely, and the leaves on the second one steal the show!

AlisonC said...

Fabric adds a new dimension to cards. I always want those squares too, in fact all the fabric. That copper leaf is superb. Gorgeous cards, as ever.

Bobby said...

Great idea to use that fabric, Loll. I have enough to make hundreds of these. ;) I'm intrigued by the copper too. It really pops against the green.