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Saturday, August 29, 2015

5th Saturday bonus

Thank you for supporting us and sharing your pairs.   We are enjoying the challenge and having a lot of fun challenging ourselves and getting very inky in the process.   We promised that in those months with a 5th Saturday we would do something different for you.   For this the first of these bonus days we have a competition, and a prize.




We would like you to comment on this post listing as many different uses/techniques you know using a rubber/polymer stamp and ink.   We will not publish the comments to keep it fair but of course we will read them.   So thinking caps on, how do you use your stamps list all the different ways.   We will give a prize, the pair of stamps above of stamps to the most inventive technique.    There will also be a Guest Spot for the person who knows the greatest number of different techniques.

You will have 6 days to respond, the competition closes on Thursday 3rd September at Midnight UK time.   The winners will be announced next Saturday when we introduce our 3rd challenge.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

And the Winners are. . . . for Challenge 1

Hello everyone! The winners of Twofers very first challenge were easy to choose as we only had 3 entries, but, us being the new kid on the block and all, I think we did smashing!! I want to thank these the three wonderful ladies who took time out to play in our first challenge, Cats, so here are our Top Three, in no particular order:

Ladies, congratulations and please take our Top Three badge from the sidebar.  Thank you SO much for playing and please consider playing again in Challenge #2 ~ Christi, Jane & Zoe 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Challenge #2 - Weddings

Welcome back! Today sees the start of our second challenge, and this time our theme is WEDDINGS.  Don't forget, we want to see TWO pieces of work from you, and the theme must be obvious on them. Today's challenge is brought to you by Jane.

Now I've been thinking for a while that with more and more countries legalising same sex marriage, there's going to soon be a real need in the crafting community for ideas for same-sex wedding cards, so I decided for my Twofer today I would make two cards that were more or less identical except that one was for two men marrying each other, and the other for two women. In order to make my basic design suitable for both, I used rainbow colours. I had some rainbow peel offs with love and romance themes in my stash, and a sheet of rainbow-coloured floral vellum, and I stamped a "Love" panel for each card using a rainbow ink pad.

Then came the main wording - that was more of a challenge! I had to use a clear plastic stamp that said "Best Wishes to the Bride & Groom" and cut away the words Bride and Groom, using a stamp positioner to add them separately after stamping the rest of the sentiment. Maybe as demand increases we will see "Bride & Bride" and "Groom & Groom" stamps go on sale.




Now I'm going to hand over to teamies Christi and Zoe to show us their take on the challenge, before handing over to YOU to add your links.

Zoe




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Welcome to our first challenge, with the theme of ..... CATS

CATS

Yes, today is the beginning of a brand new challenge blog - TWOFERS! As the name suggests, you will be required to make TWO of whatever project you desire and then simply link them up!  Well there are a couple of rules like you Must use a stamp and ink, no digis and our theme needs to be the main focus of your project. Please Check out the rules !!!!
Since I, Christi, got to chose our first theme, I chose cats (which, if you read my blog shouldn't come as a surprise) and I had a blast digging out some very old stamps to play with; since I have so many cats stamps, it was difficult to decide which ones to use. Both the stamps I used have been in my possession for years, but I haven't had the occasion to use the cat in the basket, so this is it's first time on a card (and, of course, when I went to go search for the stamps so I could link to them, almost all of them have disappeared.) In order to differentiate which card I am talking about I am going to give them separate names.
Here are both my cards
How I Made my Women and Cats card:


Cream Card Base
The Kitty Art Rubber Stamp by The Stampsmith
Sentiment Stamp (company unknown)
White Glossy Card
Document Stamping Ink (like Staz-On ink)
Die-Namics Stitched Oval Stax
Spellbinders Labels Fourteen S4-290
Colorbox Metalextra Gold Rush Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Background Paper (company unknown)
Small Gold Metallic Bow
If you are a regular blog reader you have seen me work with these fantastic photo stamps made by The Stampsmith before, but for those of you who are new to photostamps The Stampsmith has an awesome FAQ page for them and you can find that here. Anyhow, I stamped my Kitty Art stamp on glossy paper, using the Document Ink, and set it aside to dry. I can never get a good picture of these stamps, but trust me, they truly look like photos in person. While kitty was drying, I set about figuring the background, how I was going to present the sentiment and other design details.
So I decided to cut the picture and some embossed foil paper using the Stitched Oval Stax. I then stamped the sentiment with gold ink on glossy paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then used the Labels Fourteen to die cut the sentiment. Set those three things aside and sized my gold polka dot background paper, then attached that to the cream card base. Played with the placement of the ovals and sentiment for a bit, then settled on the final design. Topped the card off with the cute little bow.
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How I Made my Your Every Thought card:



White Card Base
Cat in Basket Rubber Stamp (made by Cat Dancing Designs, out of business)
Sentiment Stamp (Limited Edition, bought by Hampton Art, couldn't find stamp)
Tim Holtz Sizzix Labels, #660060
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Background Paper
2 Black Brads
I have had this stamp for SO long - I purchased it at a stamp convention in NY. I love how the cat is slightly menacing peeking over the basket - one of my current kitties, Bud, is a Box Cat. He will literally try to fit in ANY box, no matter how small. And if the box is too small, he will scratch it to pieces trying to make it bigger! OK, I could go on about my cats for hours, so lets move on.
As usual, the first step is to stamp everything - in this case on white card using the Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I had found the background paper in my bin that holds all my kitty stuff but there was no manufacturer information. I liked the little hints of paws. After I cut the paper, I attached it to the card base and then went through my scraps to find a piece of red that matched so I could mount my sentiment on it. I sized my sentiment and adhered that to the red paper, put the brads in and set it aside.
I took the Tim Holtz Labels die cuts and used one to cut out the cat. I centered the image, attached that and attached the sentiment. Easy peasy!
A lot of my friends are cat lovers and now I have 2 cute cards to send out when need be. 

You have two whole weeks to get your stamping on with your cat stamps, so please consider joining! Thanks, Christi

Here are the ways my two teamies have used my theme of Cats