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Saturday, October 8, 2016

We're back!

But not here.    We have a new home now, Always Use Rubber.     As you know we are hoping we will see you all there for our new challenges.

see you there.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Winners - Challenge #26

It's Jane here, back to tell you the winners of our final challenge as Twofers - and what a lot of lovely work you created! If we'd not already decided to rise again in a new form, like a phoenix from the ashes, you'd have made us want to do so.

So here we go, with our last winners list for the time being, and our prizewinner, winning a $15 Alleystamp voucher  is #3, Sandra


Sandra, please email Zoe  -  zoechaos@icloud.com  - with the subject line Challenge Winner #26 in order to claim your prize.
Our top 3, in order of entry, are
#5 Pia 

Do please carry on following us and checking the site, as we'll be back in early October with news of what is going to happen next.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

No challenge this fortnight

Good morning, as you know we are taking a little break while we have a refresh and recharge our batteries.   Thank you for all your messages of support they have really given us a boost and encouraged us to sort ourselves out and crack on with the changes

Next week Jane will be back with her selections for the last challenge, and after that you might see the changes start to be put in place if you keep an eye on us.    So until the 7th October no more challenges, a big thank you for your past support and "Watch this Space".

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Winners Challenge 25 - The Heat is On

Whoops where did that week go!  Sorry this is late Saturday just sort of crept up on me.   Thank you all for your wonderful supportive comments I'm not sure we understood how much the challenge means to you.  We will be back looking a little different and a new name but it will be us.   The new name?  Always use Rubber.

There is still one week to go with the the last challenge under this banner, it's Jane's Sentiment as the Main Feature.

Now we have awards for the Heat is On.   First the winner who will receive a $15 voucher for Alleystamp.   Please send me an email with Challenge Winner in the subject and letting me know where you live.  my email address is zoechaos@icloud.com

The winner is
No 4 Sandra

We loved everything about this summer feeling card.

The top 3 are

No. 1 Jean

Bright and Beautiful

No. 2 Brenda

Clever and Original

No. 7 Ionabunny

Something mysterious about this tropical island 

Congratulations to you all, you know where the badges are?  Good 'cause we will only award them as Twofers one more time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Challenge #26 - Stamped Sentiment as Main Feature.

Hello, welcome back to the latest Twofers challenge.   This was very nearly our last challenge.  For a year now Jane, Christi, & I supported by Janine our wonderful sponsor, have carried on ever hopeful of seeing more support.   We very much appreciate those of you who play along with us and the high standard of all your entires making it really really hard to choose our winners.

However when there is just one or even no entries in the first week followed by a slow trickle up to about 6 by the end of the second week, we all become very disheartened losing the will to carry on.   So we thought we would stop.   The thing is I (Zoe) knew it would lead to another challenge and so Christi and I agreed we would take a month off and then carry on for a while to see if it got better.   Then Jane wrote her last post which made me cry!  Jane has agreed to stay with us when we come back in a months time.

How long we will be here remains to be seen and frankly is in your crafty hands.   We want it to be fun for you, please help us by making it fun for us.    Here is Jane's challenge after which we will see you again in October.

So, for my last challenge in the current incarnation of our blog, I (Jane) have chosen Stamped Sentiment as the Main Feature.  There can be other elements, even images, on your work, but the eye must be drawn to the sentiment, and the sentiment MUST be stamped.

Our favourite will win a $15 voucher from Alleystamp

Alleystamp - Back alley prices, Front door quality

Here is my card - for details on how it was made, see my blog.

and here are Zoe's final playing cards in her pack.

It's not goodbye yet, as I will be back to announce the winners after the closing date.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Winners, Challenge 24 - A Girls Best Friend

Our current challenge is just below this one, here, with another week to run we would love to see you join in.

Did you enter the last challenge, A Girl's Best Friend?  well six very talented people did as is always the way with just a few entries I have chosen a winner and top 2.

The winner of a $15 voucher for Alleystamp is:

This card fascinated me the effects achieved are so very pretty, if you visit the blog take a good look at that tag.  Can you please email me zoechaos@icloud.com putting challenge winner in the subject and tell me if you will where in the world you live.

The top two in order of entry are:

So full of life this canvas reflects all those things that make a girls life purrfect.

Pia is always stylish, her best friends here Flowers and Gold.  Spot on.

Congratulations all of you, please check our badges page for yours.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Challenge #25 - The Heat is On

It's time for our latest challenge - chosen by Christi, who will be back with us very, very soon now. But for now it's me, Jane, bringing the challenge to you. It's high summer, at least here in the northern hemisphere it is, so our theme is The Heat Is On.

As usual, we have a $15 voucher from our generous sponsor, Alleystamp, for the winner.

Here in the south of England, our summer has been a bit of a flop so far, so instead of hot weather, I thought of hot food! Here is my card for you

and here is another pair of Zoe's playing cards

We'd love you to link up your hot, steamy or scorching creations below, remembering as usual to include some stamping and no digis.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

5th Saturday - Stamping without Stamps

As you know, we are a stamping challenge, and by that we mean  stamping with traditional rubber or clear polymer stamps - but have you ever thought about other things around the home you can use for stamping?

Almost anything that has a defined shape and isn't going to  soak up the ink can be used to stamp with. It's a good idea to experiment on scrap paper because different things work better with different inks - this shows up well in my first sample, where I have used a dragonfly shape that has been cut using foam sheet.  I stuck it to my acrylic block with a dab of glue stick that washed off the block easily afterwards. The multi-coloured dragonflies were stamped with a Kaleidacolor pad, which is a dye ink, and some of it soaked into the foam making the images quite light - perfect for a background. The salmon pink ones use a Versacolor ink which is much thicker and "juicier", resulting in a bolder image.

My next sample uses a cardboard tube from the centre of a roll of toilet paper! I squished it into a heart shape and dabbed it on the inkpad - again, the pigment ink worked better

However if you want to use bubble wrap to stamp with, a dye based ink is a better bet because the juiciness of a pigment pad can force ink up between the bubbles, giving you a smudged finish. I used a Kaleidacolor ink for this stamping.

You may remember potato printing as a child, or with your own children, but you can carve any firm vegetable into a stamping tool - these butterflies were stamped using a parsnip

And finally how about using the eraser tip of a pencil? They never seem to be terribly good at actually erasing things, so here at last is a use for them.

We'd love to hear about what unusual objects YOU have used to stamp with!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Winners - Challenge 23 Clocks and/or Time

Thank you to those who joined in our Clocks and/or Time challenge - Jane here to announce our winners. As we only had 6 entries, we have a winner and a top 2 rather than top 3 this time (but our badges still say top 3!) although all your entries were gorgeous and it  was very difficult to choose between them.

Our winner of a $15 voucher for Alleystamp is

#3 Elly who created this beautiful clock
Elly, please email Zoe on zoechaos@icloud.com with Winner Challenge 23 in the subject line in order to claim your prize.
Our runners up are
and #4 Chrissie
Don't forget to pick up your badges from our badges page, ladies!

There's still another week to enter our "These are a girl's best friend" challenge - and don't forget,  your best friend doesn't need to be diamonds!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Challenge 24 - These are a Girls Best Friend.

If you have followed us with for a while, or even on and off you'l know that I'm making a pack of cards, and that I like things just a little off beat.   Well the pack is almost done and it had been getting harder and harder to get ideas and images to fit.  Among the many things I like are Cats, flying and diamonds.   That inspired this fortnights theme of a Girls Best Friend.

We are so privileged to have the sponsorship of Alleystamp who will give our selected winner $15 to spend at the shop, and the shop is worth a visit it's a proper Aladin's Cave.

Now here are my Girl's Best Friends
Yep Cats Butterflies and Diamonds


Please remember you must use stamp and ink but no digi stamps.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Challenge 22 - Winners

Hello if you are looking for the Clocks/Time challenge please scroll down.

It is time now for us to announce the winners of Christi's Tea, Coffee or Me challenge.   As Christi is still away Jane and I chose the winner and top 3 between ourselves.

The stand out winner of the $15 voucher to spend at Alleystamp is

Jean please drop me a line at zoechaos@icloud.com with Challenge 22 Winner in the subject and I will arrange for your prize to be sent to you.   Badges are on our badges page.

We were also thrilled to have so many entries, a lot of work goes into the challenge so it is great to feel the appreciation.   Unfortunately one or two entries did not include rubber stamping and so were not considered for the top 3.  Yes top 3 this time with such a great selection to choose from.

Congratulations everyone we loved all the entries and appreciate all your support.   Looking forward to seeing your Clocks/Time ideas now.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Challenge 23 - Clocks and/or Time

It's time for our new challenge, and this time our theme is Clocks and/or Time.

As usual, we have a $15 voucher from Alleystamp for our winner

Here is what the design team have created for this challenge:

Christi is still recovering, she has a couple of things going on but expects to be back in September.
Now it's YOUR turn - add your take on the theme, remembering to use some stamping and no digis. We've had several recent entries that included some lovely techniques but no stamping, and they can't be considered for our winner or top 3 places. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Winners Challenge 21 - In Black and White

If you are here to join the Tea, Coffee or Me? challenge please follow this link.   Please remember we are a Rubber/Polymer stamp Challenge.

If you are here to see how your Black and White entry faired you are in the right place and just about to find out.    The Winner of the challenge gets $15 to spend at Alleystamp or wonderful generous sponsor and we have 2 more top picks.    This is not a Random draw, I looked at every entry which you might think is not difficult with just a few but trust me when everyone is a goodie it is even harder to choose.

So the winner is:

This card has a classic timeless elegance which I just enjoy looking at.   To claim your prize Sue please email me zoechaos@icloud.com with Winner Challenge 21 in the subject line.    The winners badge is on our badges page if you would like to take it.

Completing the top 3 are:
The use of different elements in this joyful card and that you have made Black and White so joyful is fabulous.

Another different stylish project and I do love that stamp.   Looked on Simon Says but could not find it but my jealousy is not stopping you getting a shout out.

Thank you to everyone who joined in, we hope we will see you again soon, and don't forget to tell your friends.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Challenge 22 - Tea, Coffee or Me?

Time for a new challenge!   Christi is still recovering but this is her theme for you, Tea, Coffee or Me?

Jane and I had a lot of fun making our inspiration projects for you and hope you will join us.   We are as usual sponsored by Alleystamp who as usual will give the winner a very generous $15 to spend at the shop.

Here are our takes on the theme:


We really hope this is a theme you will be inspired to join us with, remembering to use a stamp and ink but no digis.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Winners - Challenge #20 Animals

Jane here, back to announce the winners of our Animals challenge. Thank you for all your lovely and creative entries, and thank you to Alleystamp for sponsoring our prize.

Our winner this week is Janis in ID with this gorgeous Scholarly Cat  

Janis, please take your winner's badge from our badges page and  email zoechaos@icloud.com with Twofers Winner in the subject line for your voucher.
As we didn't have very many entries this time, I've chosen a top 2 rather than a top 3 (although our badge still says top 3!) and my picks are
Please help yourself to our badges, ladies!
And now we'd love to see your entries for our Black and White challenge, which still has a week to run.