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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Winners Post - Challenge 9 Flowers

Hay it's Boxing Day, the Big Christmas Day is over!   The gifts are no longer wrapped and piled under the tree, but un-wrapped played with or used and put away.  Oh wait! here is one more, for one lucky person we have a prize, $20, to give away.

Our Flowers challenge like several before did not attract a great deal of interest but it was not ignored and that is good.  We had two fantastic qualifying entries from Greta, I love Greta's style a woman after my own heart.   Here are her fabulous entries, isn't it great to see such diversity from one artist.

















Congratulations Greta please send Christi an email StampinDiva at yahoo.com with the challenge you have won so she can forward your info to Janine at Alleystamp.

Our Holidays challenge still has a week run, we are considering both the American sense of the term, and the more British sense of Summer Holidays.    Just check the rules please, if we do not comment on your entry then it probably does not qualify.  We have found that not commenting is the nicest way of  letting you know and as our prize is $20 to spend on crafting products we have to be fair to those who do stick to the rules.   Thank you.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Challenge #10 at Twofers ~ Holiday

Hi all, it's Christi here with the newest challenge at Twofers.  I hope you are all having a wonderful & productive holiday season! I wanted to give you a chance to show off your holiday creations since I know we all work so hard at them; and, not only do you get to show them off, but you just might win our prize, a $20 Gift Certificate to Alleystamps! I shop there often because the prices truly are low, regularly lower than any special you will find.
In case I wasn't clear enough, the 10th Challenge here at Twofers is HOLIDAY.  To get you inspired, each of us on the Design Team have created these designs and we'd appreciate it if you'd stop by our blogs and give us some blog love: 

Zoe


I hope you gained some inspiration! Link up below and share your cards, mixed media, ATCs, basically whatever strikes your fancy.  We do have a few small rules that you MUST follow. just click here for all the details or click the link under the header of the page.  We appreciate each and every entry we get here as we are just 6 months old, so, please, take our badge and put it on your site - the more the merrier!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Winners of Challenge 8 - Music

Before I get to the winners I want to take a moment to thank our awesome sponsor, Alleystamp, who generously allows us to give away a $20 gift certificate each fortnight ~ please show your support by visiting and shopping:


I want to thank everyone who entered our Music Challenge - we hope that you will continue spreading the word about our challenge because the more the merrier!  We didn't have very many entries this time, so have just chosen a winner and one outstanding card as a top pick.

Winner of the $20 Alleystamp Gift Certificate is:



(please sendChristi an email at StampinDiva at yahoo.com with the challenge you have won so I can forward your info to Janine at Alleystamp - happy shopping!)

And our top pick is




Monika


Thank you all for entering your marvelous creations!  I know that all of us here at Twofers appreciate the work you put into your cards and hope you will display your winning badges (found at the top link, under Badges) proudly and continue spreading the word about our challenge. Please remember when entering future challenges, we want to see some stamping - NOT digis! - and your work must be clearly linked to the theme, not a token effort or a vague link that needs to be explained. And, in common with most challenges, we can't consider backdated links, only new posts published within the period of our challenge.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Flowers

Good Morning, I am so embarrassed, work has been taking so much of my time recently that I completely forgot to set the new challenge up!!!  So better late than never here is our new challenges Flowers.

With everyone's focus now and Christmas I wanted to give you a theme that could be used for Christmas or if you prefer give you a break from all the seasonal madness.  Flowers seemed an obvious choice.

We are of course offering a prize of $20 from our ever generous sponsor Alleystamp



My sample is once again a pair of playing cards, the pack in growing and becoming both interesting and challenging.  Always both Jane and Christi have provided gorgeous samples to inspire you, here are our Flowers




Before adding your entry please check the rules to be sure you qualify.
Must have 'rubber' stamping and no digits
Our theme should be the focal point (although you might not have produced your sample with our challenge in mind)


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winners of TWOFERS Challenge #7 - Things with Wings

Before I get to the winners I want to take a moment to thank our awesome sponsor, Alleystamp, who generously allows us to give away a $20 gift certificate each fortnight ~ please show your support by visiting and shopping:


I want to thank everyone who entered our Things with Wings Challenge - we hope that you will continue spreading the word about our challenge because the more the merrier!  My least favorite part is having to choose a winner, but, it must be done.  So without further ado, here is our winner and the top 3:

Winner of the $20 Alleystamp Gift Certificate is:

JoanW
(please send me (Christi) an email at StampinDiva at yahoo.com with the challenge you have won so I can forward your info to Janine at Alleystamp - happy shopping!)

And the Top 3 in no particular order:
Pia

Greta


Monica Reeck

Thank you all for entering your marvelous creations!  I know that all of us here at Twofers appreciate the work you put into your cards and hope you will display your winning badges (found at the top link, under Badges) proudly and continue spreading the word about our challenge. 

Fondly.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Challenge 8 - MUSIC

Jane here, and today it's my turn to choose the theme for our challenge, and I'd like to see your MUSIC themed cards. Here is my card, you can read about how I made it over on my blog, Onions and Paper


 Remember, you only have to make ONE project, you must follow the theme and you MUST use actual stamps, rubber or polymer, no digis - pretty simple considering you'll be in the running for a fabulous $20 gift certificate from Alleystamp!

https://www.alleystamp.com/


 
So get those stamps out and show us your creations using our theme of Music! Please take a look at the talented Design Teams creations below:


Zoe



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Colour Challenge Winners

Thank you to all of you who entered my colour challenge, it is great that more people are finding us but can we remind new comers to check the rules please.

There is one more week for you to enter our current Things with Wings challenge - click here



So who was our top pick and the winner of the voucher from Alleystamp?  It's you;


I love the simplicity of this card and that lovely colour change strip with the green fading into the blue.   I have never seen the stamp before and noticed that although it is very detailed the embossing retained the detail and enhanced the image.   Beautiful card.   Please contact Christi who will organise your prize. Stampindiva@yahoo.com

Our top 3 in no particular are



Fabulous work from everyone, those Brusho's got all the team talking the results are really exciting.   Congratulations, please take your Winners or Top3 badges.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Twofers Challenge #7 - Things with Wings

Thanks to all the participants who have been with us since the beginning - we appreciate your taking the time to enter our little challenge and would love it if you'd be so kind to help us spread the word! Feel free to take our challenge badge and display it on your blog and keep telling your friends. On to the current challenge.  It was my turn, Christi, to decide on a theme, so Things with Wings it is!

Remember, you only have to make ONE project, you must follow the theme and you MUST use runner stamps - pretty simple considering you'll be in the running for a fabulous $20 gift certificate from Alleystamp!
https://www.alleystamp.com/

So get those rubber stamps out and show us your creations using Things with Wings! Please take a look at the talented Design Teams creations below:


Zoe

So, now it's up to YOU! lease take a look at the rules before linking up below:  We want to thank you for being a part of the Twofers Challenge :)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fifth Saturday - Technique time

Hi - Jane here with our 5th Saturday technique tutorial and this time I'm going to look at Batik stamping, a technique that was popular about 20 years ago when crafters all had a huge stash of Mulberry paper, that fine, fibrous tissue that was popular for matting and layering at one time. I suspect many of us have a stash of it tucked away somewhere - I certainly do - and if not, it's easily available. In fact I saw a pack in the local bargain store yesterday, 5 sheets for £1.

You will need

a piece of white mulberry paper
a colourless embossing pad or a Versamark pad
clear embossing powder
scrap paper and plain white kitchen roll
water-colour paints and brushes  - or use felt pens scribbled on a plastic palette and pick up the colour with a  damp brush for a subtle effect
A fine spray bottle filled with water
your chosen stamp
heat gun
iron and ironing board


First, choose a stamp that has clear uncluttered lines  - I used an old Rubber Stampede stamp called Whimsical Butterfly.

Tear the mulberry paper to roughly the size you want and stamp and emboss the image using the embossing or Versamark pad and clear powder. Make sure the powder is thoroughly melted so it soaks into the paper – if you were doing ordinary stamping you would say you had heated it for slightly too long!


Now protect your work surface with something waterproof – I use the lid of a plastic storage box. Place your stamped image on this and spray it lightly with water. Then paint your design, remembering to aim for a slightly blotchy effect like you see in real batik. The embossed lines will resist the paint and stay white.


Leave your design to dry completely, then protect your ironing board with scrap paper and place the image on it, sandwiched between two sheets of plain white kitchen paper. Iron this carefully with a hot dry iron. The embossing powder will melt and soak into the kitchen paper, which you may need to change to make sure all the powder is absorbed. Now lift the image out from between the papers and allow it to cool – your design will show up in white against the watercoloured background, especially if you mount it on a plain white background.


This is a great way of making your own backgrounds - I've added some die cuts and a stamped and coloured butterfly, using the same stamp, to make this card.




Saturday, October 24, 2015

The results - Challenge #5 Vintage/Retro

Thank you very much for playing along with my Vintage/Retro challenge - visiting your posts was like stepping back into the middle of the 20th century!

Now let's see who has won the $20 Alleystamp gift certificate:

It was very hard to choose a winner, ALL the entries were so great. But there can only be one winner and this time it is Pia

Pia


Our top 3 are, in the order we received their entries,

 

Pia please email Christi at StampinDiva at Yahoo dot com with the subject Challenge 5 Winner, complete with your mailing address and she will forward your info on to Alleystamp so you can collect your $20 gift certificate. Congratulations everyone!! Don't forget to grab your badges from our badges page.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Colour, Blue Green and Yellow

Loved your Vintage/Retro challenge Jane, it was great fun remembering the 1900's.

My time again now and I've opted for a colour challenge.   Indulging my love of the cool colours and restricting us to just those colours, black to stamp with (If you cannot use one of the specified colours) on backgrounds that are either black or white.   Thats all, no additional colours for 'realism' or any other reason, just use Blue, Green and Yellow with rubber stamping.


Sponsored by Alleystamp the winner of this challenge will get a $20 voucher to spend at the store.

Big thank you Alleystamp


When we were talking about that to do for this challenge, my original idea of abstract was completely beyond me and my playing cards!  Someone suggested colour and once I'd named them they rushed to their craft rooms and came up with their fantastic samples.

With my original idea still in mind using cool colours like these it seemed time to make the playing card aspect of my cards the focal point.


I also found some terrific little suite shape stamps by the English Stamp Company, they are a little large but will be perfect for those challenges when the suite takes centre stage on my playing card set.  Having the stamps all that remained was the colour and how to use it.


4 of clubs (or clover leaf if you prefer) stamped and masked the image 4 times.   Using a block stamp with a dotted edge Blue and Green stamped top and bottom.   The yellow was added with Inkylicious Ink Dusters.   Back to front 4 added with White pen and a tiny row of flowers also in yellow along the top of the green.  By the way I see little hearts in this clover leaf stamp as well, watch this space. 


4 of Spades, clearly Mondrian inspired design here,  I used thirds to section the card and again used stamps and masks for the spade image.   Coloured with felt pens the pen marks show clearly and are rather random giving the backgrounds movement.  On the green panel a pair of feet have been stamped in yellow. 

Take a look at the inspired ideas Christi and Jane came up with, they would love you to visit their sites and to know what you think, me I think they are great.  Zoe.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

And the winners of Challenge #4 ~ Sassy ~ are:

We are so pleased to see more entries than ever before - please let all your crafty friends about our little challenge!  The downside is now I have to choose a winner and top 3! Not an easy task with such sassy and fun entries.  However, it must be done, so here is the winner and the top 3:


WINNER of the Alleystamp $20 Gift Certificate

Top 3 Picks (in no specific order)



Please don't forget to grab your winners badges (found HERE). 

Cornelia please email me (Christi) at StampinDiva at Yahoo dot com with the subject Challenge 4 Winner, complete with your mailing address and I will forward your info on to Alleystamp so you can collect your $20 gift certificate. Congratulations everyone!!