Friday, March 30, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #3 Winners!


It's time to announce our Winner and Honorable Mentions for Twofer Card Challenge #3 Blossoms! Thank you once again for your enthusiasm and your sensational card designs! 

I'm still figuring out this challenge right along with you and tweaking it where necessary. In personal emails and comments you have left, I know my personal DT creations for the challenge have mistakenly led some of you to believe that your second design for Twofer HAD to be unconventional. 

Stretching your stamps and dies in unexpected ways is encouraged, but it is not a rule. In order to emphasize that you are free to use your stamps and dies (based on the prompt) in either conventional or unconventional ways, I have decided that a TWOfer Challenge needs TWO winners! YAY!!

So from now on:
  1. There will be a winner who used the prompt in a conventional way for both cards; AND 
  2. There will be a winner who used the prompt in an unconventional way for one or both cards. 
I hope this change will reassure those of you who have felt like this challenge was too hard or too out-of-the box for you and I hope you'll play along in future challenges!!

The "conventional" winner for March is:

#59 Linda Walmsley of Life in the Craft Lane!
Linda created two designs using a beautiful Tim Holtz roses die. Her card on the left is elegant in white over black with a lovely flowing sentiment. Her splatters of gold and silver heighten the rich design. Linda's second card uses the same die and the unique design element of two sentiments on the card front. For this design, the roses are an inlaid masterpiece in wonderful pastel colors!

The "unconventional" winner for March is:

#18 Mac Mable of The Sweetest of Peas
It's hard to believe Mac's two designs were made using the same poppy stamp from Penny Black! This is a rare case of words failing me as a picture is worth a thousand words! Please click on the link to go to Mac's blog for the fascinating details!

Congratulations Linda and Mac! You will both be invited to be Guest Designers for the May challenge! Here is the winner's badge to proudly display on your blog!

Here are the fabulous Honorable Mentions in numeric order:

#9 Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany
Here Jenny shows us how two different designs can be created even when a full-size stamp is used. She created amazing depth with her design on the left, using beautiful colors and the layered Batik resist technique. Stamping a solo image, Jenny did an outstanding job coloring and spritzing to make the daisies really pop crisply against the white of her birthday card!

#20 Shelly of Simply Sweet Greetings
Even though it can be difficult to achieve, here Shelly shows us how two different CAS (clean and simple) looks can be created using the same stamp. Shelly's yellow rose with dark shadowing and her pink rose with white highlights create amazing depth and dimension. Stamping a masked and uncolored cluster outline of roses is a fantastic design idea that makes the pink rose pop.

#35 Sonja of Oldpunca
Here Sonja went conventional with one of her springtime designs and unconventional with the other. Her sweet traditional tulips look so fresh in pink against the white scalloped circle and kraft-colored card and her "tulip" Easter eggs look so inviting nestled in the grass under that gorgeous watercolored sky.

#55 TaeEun of Rainbow in November
TaeEun is a magician with watercoloring and, like Jenny, she shows us how two distinct designs can be created using a very large image. Her offset rainbow daisy is white-embossed, fussy cut, and popped up on the card base. Her paneled square design is gold-embossed and gold-embellished and allows us to see the blue daisy dead-center in all its glory. (If you haven't visited TaeEun's blog to see that "HI" sentiment up close, you need to do that!)

#66 Susan of Cardmaker's Garret
Here Susan has managed to make the stunning Penny Black bouquet stamp look completely different in her two pretty designs. She lets the image fill the card with springtime breezes with her light watercolors and fun floral sequins in the card on the left. With her second design she uses the framed arch to draw in the eye and put the spotlight on a small area of the image, painting the flowers the deep rich colors of summer.

Congratulations to all you talented ladies!
Please take the Honorable Mention badge to proudly display on your blog!
We look forward to seeing more of your creative and awesome 
Twofer Card Challenge designs next month! 
The April challenge will run from April 10, 2018 to April 24, 2018

Thank you!! Mwah!


  1. Fabulous cards from all the winners. I like the 'conventional' and unconventional' twist to the challenge. I didn't enter this time as I couldn't see how to use my limited floral stamps and dies to make two different cards. Looking forward to the next challenge.
    Kath x

  2. Congrats to all! Great inspirations here, your challenge is a delight, Darnell!
    I would have time to make almost ONE single card... :(( Making cards takes me ages... too many things to add :) LOL ... But if I learn to do also CAS cards, perhaps I could make more :D
    Big hugs and Happy Easter!

  3. Two worthy winners in Linda and Mac, and I too was wowed by Mac's amazing use of the poppy to make that tremendous skirt on the dress. Congratulations to the Honorable Mentions too. Looking forward to the next challenge as I will definitely be entering this time. x

  4. These winners created some amazing cards - congrats to them all. And congrats to you, Darnell, for coming up with the idea of conventional and unconventional categories.

  5. Again with the fab selection of winners - CONGRATS to all .. and HAPPY EASTER


  6. Thank you for picking my cards into honorable mention and to put them in so fabulous group of outstanding works! Congratulation to all participants and especially to all best picked works. I can hardly wait the next challenge. :-)
    Happy Easter!
    Hugs, Sonja

  7. wonderful selections for the winners and hm's. Love the new rule.

  8. Congrats to all! Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for choosing my cards as one of the Honorable Mentions, too! :)

  9. Congratulations, Mac and Linda, for your winning cards! And thank you for choosing my cards as one of the Honourable Mentions - I'm thrilled. Congrats to my fellow Honourable Mentions. Darnell, I love the idea of you choosing two prizes for the conventional and unconventional uses!

  10. Thank you so much for the shout out and for the lovely words about my cards, Darnell! Congratulations to all the winners! Awesome twofer cards!!!

  11. AWESOME choice of winners, and considerate of you to expand the winner-ship! I didn't take your wording has "had to" be unconventional but it's definitely awesome when someone uses that option! Thanks for the challenge...

  12. Thrilled and absolutely delighted to have been chosen as a joint winner. Thank you so very much. congratulations to Linda and all the stunning honourable mentions. Wonderful and inspiring gallery and such creative, fun and imaginative ideas. Love the unconventional and conventional winner us lots of scope. Thank you once again x

  13. Came back to say.....I have just popped my Winners badge on my blog and have displayed it proudly....The title/heading is 'Unconventional Winner' and that has made me laugh xxx I love being your unconventional winner x

  14. Awesome winner cards, all so beautiful.
    I like the new idea for the winner cards Darnell, I now totally get the rules for this challenge and I will continue to participate, it's so much fun and really stretches your imagination and creativity.
    Thank you.

  15. WOW! I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing the winning spot with Mac .... congratulations! You did a great job creating that stunning dress. Big congrats to all the Honorable Mentions too ... I'm proud to be part of such a fabulous showcase .... thank you Darnell.
    Love the 'conventional' and the 'un-conventional' winner idea too.
    Enjoy the Ester weekend xx

  16. Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions! I thought this was a fabulous line up of gorgeous Twofers. You all are to be congratulated. And, I think it is always so fun to join in too.

  17. Congratulations to the Top Conventional and Unconventional Winners and to the Honorable Winners. So many fabulous card samples. Must be very difficult choosing the winners. TFS and for such a fun challenge Darnell and DT. Great idea to have 2 winners:-) Hugs..

  18. Beautiful cards from the winners and honorable mentions! All are just so pretty! Thank you for the “tweak” to the challenge. It definitely clarifies things for me as I was feeling like I needed to do 2 cards in the unconventional manner. Looking forward to seeing the next challenge and I should have time to participate in this next one! Thanks Darnell for your fun challenge!! :)

  19. Congrats to all the winners! I look forward to this months challenge!

  20. Congratulations to the two worthy winners and what a genius idea to use the poppy to make a pretty skirt. Congratulations to the Honourable Mentions too. Some really beautiful work. Thanks Darnell for a fun challenge. Barbxx