Sunday, January 10, 2021

Twofer Card Challenge #34 ~ Flowers

Hello and welcome to the start of our 4th year as the Twofer Card Challenge!

I hope this finds you and your families doing well in these ongoing troubling times. Because this is an anniversary post and we may have new players joining us, this is a long exploratory post. I mean to say explanatory. Even if you've played often, you may find it useful. Thank you for your time!

Design Team

First, I want to let you know of some changes to our Design Team. We say a sad goodbye to Kara (Bright Hope Creations) who has been with TCC from the beginning. Thank you, Kara! Come back and play when you can! I'm delighted to let you know that Bonnie (Stamping With Klass) will be replacing Kara on the Team. I know you will be inspired by her creations!

In addition, Cat (Cat Luvs Paper) will be moving from her position as Designer to become our Social Media person. Thank you, Cat! And finally, Sonja (On a Visit to Old Girl) will be moving from her position as Facebook Coordinator to Designer. Thank you, Sonja!

I'd also like to thank Anita, Bev, and Marcia for continuing as talented Designers, and Loll, for continuing as Blog Administrator!


And now let's begin the 4th year of Twofer! This month our challenge prompt is:
  1. Feel free to interpret the prompt however it inspires you to make two distinctly different design layouts for two different occasions. (If both occasions are not clear on the card fronts, please state the specific occasions in your post.)
  2. Please remember that you must use the same stamp ~ as opposed to the same set of stamps. You may use digis for any elements of your Twofer designs, except for the prompt element.
  3. You're welcome to make two conventional designs or a combination of one conventional and one unconventional design. 
  4. Please see the above tabs for more detailed rules, examples, and frequently asked questions.

If Covid restrictions have crushed your mojo, I hope the challenge of TCC will get your juices flowing and inspire you to play along here and in other challenges. All of us enjoy bringing you these challenges and we love it when you participate! 

As we start our 4th year, I want to try again to quell some of the misgivings and overthinking I still hear about the concept of the Twofer Card Challenge and the requirement to make two different design layouts. 

Briefly, design in this case refers to the basic foundation/layout/sketch of your card. The techniques that you use thereafter to build your cards are not part of the underlying design and not considered in judging. What IS considered in judging is whether or not you have created two distinctly different design layouts. (Plus, of course, that you've used the same stamp, die, or stencil and you've made your two designs for two different occasions.)

Here are two examples of ways you can ensure you are creating two distinctly different design layouts:
  1. You find the image you want to use for the prompt word and then you draw up two quick sketch ideas on a piece of scratch paper before starting. That way you can be sure you are using two different card design layouts. It works great. I love Kristina Werner's YouTube sketch videos and the years of design ideas you can find on her blog at k werner designs.

  2. But if sketching out your card layouts is not your thing, here is another way to approach the concept:
  • Decide on the prompt stamp, die, or stencil that you will use on both design layouts.
  • Make one card any whichever way you want for any occasion you want. Absolutely anything goes at this point!
  • Now put your first card up on the window sill or counter and just take a moment to look at and ponder your second card design using the same prompt element. 
    • You might start by making your second design the opposite way: i.e., if your first card is a vertical tent-type card, make your second card horizontal. That's your first design difference.
    • Now decide what your second occasion is. I throw this in here because the occasion might dictate how you layout your second card. If, say, your first card is a birthday card, your second might be sympathy, get well, hugs, Valentine, thinking of you, etc. We have a whole list on the side bar. That takes care of the two different occasions requirement.
  • Now you have the occasion and a horizontal blank card. Where can you place the same prompt image (say, a flower) which you used on your first card in a different way? If your flower is in the center of the card front on your first design layout with a sentiment underneath, then for your second layout, play with the flower image this way and that way with a sentiment also placed in a different location. Can you place the flower off-the-edge, or repeat it as a border, or place it inside an aperture near a corner?   
  • If you are still stuck at this point, there are innumerable places on the interwebs where you can go look for design layout inspiration for your second card. Of course, the best place to get inspiration is right here from the Designers! Past challenges are all listed on the side bar for more inspiration from the Designers and from the galleries. Or there is Pinterest (your own saved cards or others), company blogs, YouTube videos, and galleries of other challenges. 
I hope these tips are helpful. It really isn't that hard unless you are someone who literally uses the same one or two card layouts for every card you make. Most of us don't do that, which means you already routinely make distinctly different design layouts when making your cards from one week to another!

We very much appreciate your enthusiasm and support and we can't wait to see you stretch your stamps, stencils, dies, and design skills! Most importantly, have FUN making two different card designs for two special someones!

We'll start you off with these gorgeous design ideas:

Guest Designers:

Please welcome our October conventional winner Viv (Viv's Visuals) with her Twofer designs using the FLOWERS prompt to inspire you! Thank you, Viv!
And please welcome our October unconventional winner Brenda (Inkspired to Stamp) with her Twofer designs using the FLOWERS prompt to inspire you! Thank you, Brenda!
Design Team

We hope you will also be inspired by the example creations from the Design Team! You can find the details of all these inspirational Twofers on the designer's individual blogs. We hope you'll take a closer look!
The Winner(s) will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer!

Thank you for playing and leaving some encouragement for others!
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The challenge is open until 11:55 PM (PST) January 24th.
The winner and the Honorable Mentions will be posted 
at 12:05 AM (PST) January 30th.

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  1. A great challenge, because flowers are always welcome!
    Stay safe,
    Lia xx

  2. Flowers? Thanks for starting the new year with a shout out to the coming Spring! And thanks, Darnell, for your excellent explanation of how to create two different designs, which should help those who have been struggling. (I smiled when I read it because I follow the first suggestion and didn't even realize that I had a process in place. :) For my first card I just "play" and let the creative process take flight. Then, like you noted, I try to think of something different by pulling out my sentiment stamps or digis. I had never thought of using the list on this site for occasion ideas. Well Duh! That will simplify things in the future! Thanks again and Happy 2021! Kathy A at

  3. Welcome Bonnie and Sonja, so looking forward to seeing your lovely creations as part of the design team throughout the year!

  4. Well, this is the fourth year of the challenge...I can't believe it Darnell, but a great challenge for the first one of 2021 with the prompt of flowers. Sorry to see Kara leave and wish her all the best for the future, and best wishes to Cat and Sonja moving around a bit, and welcome to Bonnie for joing the team a wonderful newcomer to the team. Congratulations to Viv for being the GD this time with her two brilliant cards and excellent creations from the rest of team too. x

    1. I'm sorry I suddenly realised that I only mentioned Viv as GD and stupidly failed to do the same for Brenda with her jar of pretty flowers and her gold and black combination which is very striking. x

  5. I do love flowers!! Thanks for all your hard work to run this very fun challenge Dolly! Wonderful inspiration from all of the Designers! xx

  6. wow! - is it that time of the month already! thanks so much for the tips and lovely makes from the GDT and DT - so much inspiration.
    L x

  7. Congrats on the start to year 4 - so delighted to be along for the ride!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  8. Starting with a new challenge I've never tried before. Thanks for the challenge!

  9. I too love flowers - just to decided which to use... congrats on 4th birthday and well done DT- wonderful inspiration.. hugs Robyn

  10. Who doesn't love flowers! My problem will be choosing which flowers to use from my collection. ;-)

    Congratulations to Bonnie on joining the team. Also, and a big thank you to Kara for her inspiration.

  11. I needed to use flowers to make a card to lift my spirits! Thanks for a fun challenge to kick off 2021! Thanks to your design team and guest designers for all the great inspiration!

  12. Oh this is such a fun and wonderful challenge this time around I love flowers especially my mom a 75th birthday card! This is my first time playing and I am so happy that I found you!

  13. Thanks for the inspiration. Always fun to play along. Hugz