Sunday, March 10, 2019

Twofer Challenge #14

Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new Twofer Challenge.  I had lots of fun designing my cards for this month's challenge.  I inked up this new-to-me stamp set that's been around for a while.  So fun working with these images! :) ... and used another NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) too! :)


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Stamped the birds and balloon image onto mixed media paper.  Watercoloured the first card with Zigs, the second with Distress Inks.  All the images were fussy-cut and popped up on the cards for added dimension.

The first card has a frame with stamped leaves in the background.  The second card is cut with a curved, stitched border with splattering in the background.

Here's the close-ups ...
... and ...
Adding the above card to a new challenge that just started this month "Day of the Month Card Club #1 - "I want you to be happy day".  All the best to this new challenge offered from Cornelia, Rosi and Gundi!

Check out the challenge blog to see the amazing cards from our Designers, along with our two Guest Designers, Julie (Crafted by Jules) and Lucy (Little Scraps of Lucy).  Then come play along.

Make two differently designed cards for two different occasions using the same balloon stamp, die, or stencil.  Then join us!






Stamps:  Toucan Party (Avery Elle); Plant Background (The Stampin' Place)
Paper:  White card bases (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Permanent Black ink (Versafine); Zigs, Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Rectangle die frame (AliExpress), Stitched Borders die (Pretty Pink Posh), Clear Wink of Stella, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo)

Challenges:
Twofer Challenge #14 - Balloons
Day of the Month Card Club #1 - I want you to be happy day


40 comments:

Aquarius said...

Two brilliant balloon cards and so right for the challenge. Loving the toucan and wording.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

These are both so cute! Great theme for the challenge, too!

Julie B said...

Two cute cards Loll, they look so much fun. :)

Happy Dance said...

It's easy to see why these little birds came to roost at your house; they're adorable! What a great idea to give them balloon bunches, too. You're amazing at fussy cutting. At my house, there'd be bird clippings all over my craft room if I'd tried that, lol! Beautiful watercoloring, and I do love the colors you've chosen for each card. Very fun, my friend! Hope you have a great week. xo Bev

Birgit said...

Oh Loll, these are so darling!! Your coloring is fabulous and so rich. I like the GA on the balloons too. I never think to do that... Anyway, these bright and cheerful birds have brightened my cold and snowy morning.

Jeanne said...

So fun and colorful! I like your two takes on the birds. :)

Margaret S said...

Two really cute cards Loll. The colors are bright and cheery.
Thanks for sharing.

Marcia HIll said...

Awwwwww...what colorful and sweet birdies on both cards Loll! I can see why you had to have them! Your coloring is FABULOUS on both and I really love that leaf background on the 1st card! Both cards are definitely going to brighten someone's day up!! :0)

Darnell said...

What I love most about your Twofer designs this month, Lolly, is how vibrant and colorful they are! You rocked the coloring! The toucan looks divine in the foreground with his thank you balloons popping (well, I hope not!) out of the frame and the beautiful greenery in the background! And your birthday card is so fun! I want to be that little girl toucan about to receive a BOUNTY OF BALLOONS from her beau! The schplattered curvy panel is a brilliant element!! Hugs, Dolly

Linda said...

Two sweet cards Loll, with your Toucans and the balloons.

Nancy Stislow said...

Not only are these images just too cute your watercoloring again is tops! How bright and cheerful they are! I love the backgrounds of both cards and so love the gloss on the balloons. This looks like such a fun stamps set and looks so fun to do too. Thanks for sharing these.

Christine Alexander said...

two great cards Loll, I love the bright happy colours and those cute birds. Great balloons with the glossy accents :)

Bobby said...

You had me with the pun on the first card, Loll. Love it! How sweet that the mama bird is giving her youngster a big bouquet of glossy balloons.

Daffodil Cards said...

Great colours, images, designs and love teh gloss too.
Faith

Kara Lynne said...

Your vibrant birds and their balloons are so much fun, Loll! I love your coloring on both cards. The leaves give a great tropical background on your thank you card, and those splatters look like festive confetti on your birthday card! Such a happy twofer of cards, Loll!

clavell said...

Thank you for posting your wonderfully inspiring creations! You are one of my very favorite places to "visit"...always inspires my creative side and brings JOY to my heart! Bless you! ♥

Bonnie said...

Both of these are so much fun, Loll! Love this toucan with his balloons and his fun thanks! The birthday card is perfect for a child or adult! Love those splatters and fun colors!

Loll said...

clavell ... thank you so much for the very special comment. You really made my day! I don't have your email address so am leaving you a comment here and hope that you check back! Loll :)

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful watercoloring with your Zigs and DI's, Loll. I love your vibrant colors for your pretty tropical looking birds. Your card designs are so different using the same stamp set and your pretty colorful balloons. Loving every single detail of both cards. TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Leslie Miller said...

Your colors just grab me, Loll. So pretty and vibrant, but not harsh or clashing. Maybe it's that golden yellow that I love so much. Plus the birds are cute and I love the leaves, and look at the gloss on those balloons! Two really great cards!

Linda said...

These are so cute .... love those little birdies with their balloons xx

Brenda said...

What two amazing twofers Loll! I love both of your cards. The birds are just too cute and what great watercoloring you did on both! I so wish I could watercolor like you do Loll. lol I'm always in awe of you. Love the green vines in your first card and your second card I just love the ink splattered arc panel. Both of these cards are so bright and happy! Hugs, Brenda

Barb Ghig said...

You really rocked the watercoloring on both cards, Loll...so vibrant and fun, and I love how you blended your inks for dimension! Super cute designs, too! I also love how you added Crystal Glaze to the balloons on your birthday card...it's just perfect, and totally inspires me to play along :)

Maria said...

How cute and colorful! Love those sweet birds!!

Trina P. said...

Ohmygosh, these are adorable, Loll! Love the bright and cheery colours. xx

Lucy E. said...

Your toucan twofers are so bright
and fun! I like the leafy background
for some jungle effect on the Thank
you card. Those splatters on the birthday
card look like confetti.

Susan said...

Such happy cards! Love the bright colours and the two different designs - great work on the Twofer!

Robyn Oliver said...

Crazy cute birds on your two cards Loll, so bright, colourful and happy and fab way to include ballons

Mac Mable said...

Such fun and happy cards Loll and no wonder you enjoyed working with these NBUS images. So vibrant, great designs and so very unique.....both of them x

Anita in France said...

What a fun, bright and wonderfully colourful twofer, Loll! The lush rainforest is fabulous behind that solo toucan clutching his duo of balloons ... there's such a delicious sense of depth! Oh my, that bouquet of shiny, glossy balloons is wonderful ... and the splatters are brilliant ... looks as though it's confetti tumbling onto the celebration! Hugs, Anita :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
2 outstanding makes and designs.
Love the colourful images and super techniques used.
they are both gorgeous and very wonderful.
Amazing fussy cutting out also.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jo Manna said...

Birthday Balloon Birds, so bright and merry. These colours are so cheery. Love the matching splatters on the second. Two beauties. xx

TK said...

Lovely birds, I really like the colors you chose and your splooshy, splatty coloration too!

Jacquie Southas said...

Beautiful cards, Loll! I love the intense, saturated colors on both.

papierelle said...

Thank you very much for your wishes and you make me happa with your funny card. Thank you for showing them at our 1st Challenge. I wish you a happy day too.
Gundi

Rosmarie said...

What a beautiful and bright Twofer, Loll! These colorful birds are just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at our Day of the Month Card Club Challenge.
Have a happy day!
Rosi x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

What a fun Twofer! I love birds - they always make me happy! And yours are especially cute! Those shiny balloons are fabulous, as are your backgrounds. I am especially partial to the splatters. Thanks for the advertisement/shout-out for our little Card of the Month Card Club challenge - great that you decided to play along!

Marlena M. said...

Both of your cards are so much fun! Love the birds paired with balloons~wonderful designs to add depth too~

Izzy Scrap said...

Adorable Twofer, Loll ! Love the toucan and its pretty colours but I'm swooning over those quirky birds on your second card. Love how you matched their colours together with the balloons and splatters colours. Two happy cards that made me smile. I'm disappointed not to have had time to play, I'll do better next month ! xx

Momo said...

Dear Loll!
Your bird cards are magical. I particularly like your way of coloring and also your idea to provide the balloons with glow. They look very plastic. You could almost think just they are flying away ... Greatful!
Greetings from Bingen an the wonderful romantic Rhine river
Momo