Sunday, September 20, 2020

A Twofer with Trees . . .

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday!

I had a quiet Saturday so took the opportunity to join in the fun challenge over on Darnell's TWOFER CARD CHALLENGE blog.  The challenge this time is TREES.  Let me show you what I've created then I'll explain how I used the same die to create my two different cards.


 Here's what the TWOFER challenge is all about . . .

Today I used the same Memory Box die (which I just happened to have won in their August challenge ... yippee!).  This die showed up in the mailbox today so of course I just HAD to get right on creating with it!  Not that I don't have MANY more tree dies & stamps in my stash!  LOL


Card #1 is for Fall and I began by creating a Fall colored background using various TH distress oxide inks and watercolor paper. Next I embossed the entire panel using an NBUS Nellie's Choice A4 leaves embossing folder. 

 I die cut the MB tree die twice from the lighter green card stock and sponged a darker green over the tree on one of those panels.   I then die cut the tree from the middle of the fall colored watercolor panel ... placing & adhering the die cut pieces back into this fall background panel.  I then proceeded in 'bleaching' a few of the embossed leaves using household bleach and a small artist brush.  


Next I glued the two green pine tree die cuts together and adhered them on top of the center panel on my card front.  This added extra dimension and depth.

A maple leaf from the Karen Burniston - Autumn Elements die set and my Lawn Fawn  - Happy Fall Line Border were the finishing touches.

Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #127 - Autumn Mood
Crafting Friends Challenge #145 - Autumn Colours
Mod Squad Challenge - Autumn Foliage
NBUS Challenge #18 - Never Before Used Stuff


Card #2, using this same Memory Box Single Pine Tree Frame die, is for this upcoming holiday season.  This time around, I've die cut THREE times from white card stock then proceeded in cutting the sides & top of the frame from each of those three panels to create a row of pines across the bottom of my slimline styled card.


 I've used another NBUS item for the background cut on this slimline card.  That is the Stitched Scalloped Nesting Slimline die set from Kat Scrappiness.  I've die cut the background panel from a 12x12 sheet of snow designer paper and matted it onto a medium blue panel of card stock that is 1/4" smaller than my white card base. 

Next I needed a snow covered ground panel to anchor my winter scene so I took the same scalloped die and die cut a scrap of white card stock and tore the top edge to create that snowy ground panel.

Now it was time to add my TREES.  First I sponged each tree using OLD SU Garden Green ink and a sponge dauber.  To be sure not to get ink along the bottom white frame section, I used purple tape and taped each one down to a scrap of typing paper before doing my green sponging.  Next it was time to glue them onto my card ... for this I used the stitched edge as my guide.  Placing the two outside trees down first then the darkest one in the middle.


You can't have a winter forest without deer so I have used Dee's Distinctively - Deer 2 and my two little fawns are by Poppystamps ... Cute Fawn and Curious Fawn.  My card is finished out with a sentiment die by Sue Wilson.

Challenges :
ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Snow or T for Tinsel
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Snowmen and/or Snow
Stinkin' Inkers September Challenge - Times 3
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #79 - AG Christmas

I hope you enjoyed today post (sorry it was a tad long) and I hope you're having a wonderful day! 
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today!


  1. Dear Darlene
    The first card is simply mesmerising. Hw did you get the white on Maple leaves. It is simply beautiful and the slimline card is very cute. Blessings to you and yours

  2. Wow. So glad you explained the bleaching because I was wondering... I have GOT to try this with one of my embossing folders! Beautiful background for your tree die. Congrats on your win! Perfect scene for your slimline card, too. So cute! I have that Dee's deer and have loved it well. Now I'm thinking I need to put it on a card again this year.

  3. Happy Sunday Darlene...Your two cards are just

  4. Two happy and brilliantly designed cards, you are an inspiration and love what you make...missing you 'sis'. xx

  5. Fabulous cards for the challenge, as much as 'we' enjoy giving, it is kind of fun to receive a fun gift like that isn't it...congrats!!!

  6. Two fabulous designs!!!
    Hugs, Joy

  7. Great work, you made such lovely and yet so different cards, Thank you for sharing with us at Stinkin' Inkers!

  8. I love how you used the trees for two different seasons, love the leaf background with it on the first and the pretty snowflakes on the second, along with the cute deer! Great job with your win!

  9. The richness of the autumn colours and the texture of the leaves on your first card are just lovely, Darlene ... and how sweet are those little bambi's frolicking in the snow around the Christmas trees! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  10. Two stunning cards. Love the bleached leaves on the first card and how you created the tree. I am going to give slimline cards a try as soon as I can back in my craft room. Beautiful creations!

  11. I enjoyed reading all the thoughtful details that went into creating your two beautiful designs, Darlene! Great job putting your new tree die prize to work right away and very cleverly, too! I love the way you used it on both a fall card and a Christmas card. The colors of your fall card are perfect and I love the added interest you achieved by bleaching some of the leaves and adding the maple leaf! I also love the scalloped edge in part sky and part snow on your Christmas card and, I agree, you HAD to add the sweet winter deer! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #31! (You could share at NBUS, too.) Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Perfect timing to receive that tree frame die during this month's Twofer challenge! I love your rich fall background and how those bleached leaves add contrast! Your winter scene is darling with the deer frolicking in the snow around the trees! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  13. I love how you set the focal point on your fall-card. The tree pops because of the white leaves. Wonderful. Thank you for joining us at Challenge up your life. Greetings, Anja.

  14. Wonderful slimline card you have made. Thank you for joining in the S and T challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Dorte x


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