Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lots of Hearts!



It's a new Year and time for the January Twofer #23 - with a theme of "hearts." I've chosen to make a valentine and "sending love" theme. I wish I could be more creative with the twofer as most are, but my brain always seems to make cards that are similar to each other, in spite of being different themes. I guess that comes from making duplicate cards for Operation Write Home for so many years, who knows?


I used Unity's "Alfie" stamp on each card, as well as the same CB embossing folder. I colored Alfie with Copics and used MFT stitched circle die cuts to give him a place to sit. The lower border was done with a SSS star parade die and some snippets of assorted red and white papers. The word "love" is a die cut from SSS and the white-embossed "sending you" on black was cropped from a Gerda Stein stamp. I added glossy accents to Alfie's heart and nose just for fun along with 3 tiny red heart-shaped gemstones from Recollections to the largest heart in the border. This card is going to a friend of mine who is battling for her life with liver cancer, and I think it's more meaningful than a get-well card under the circumstances.

I'm also entering this card into the Snippets Playground #369 - where you need to use snippets to make your card.

I will also enter this card into Pammies Inky Pinkies challenge #202 - which is "anything goes"



Here's the 2nd card of my twofer- a Valentine made with the same image and placed on some MFT die-cut banners. The vertical panel was done with a Martha Stewart heart border punch and a snippet of Recollections striped dsp, while the sentiment panel was die cut with a SU! Chalk Talk framelit die and heat-embossed with white using a Dr's Designs sentiment. I wrapped and tied some neutral twine and added a Recollections clear gemstone heart for some extra sparkle. Alfie's heart is covered with glossy accents to make it shine too.

I'm also going to enter this card into the Repeat Impressions Tic-Tac-Toe challenge J820 which uses the following grid:

The House That Stamps Built Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge J820

I used the center horizontal line of twine, sparkle, and die cut.

Also entering into the 34th 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge for January - where you must use a critter on your card.


Thanks so much for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!

Carol

35 comments:

LeAnne said...

Your "twofer" (or should I say "twofers"?) is very cute...that little mouse would make anyone's heart melt! LOVE all the heart stuff you've got going on here!

cotnob said...

Two beautiful cards Carol, an adorable mouse and great designs.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Aquarius said...

That's one cute little mouse and two great cards

Claire said...

Oh oh how adorable are these pair of cards, they're proper love cards with the bright red mixed with black and white. Lots of elements used to perfection like the embossed background with itty bitty hearts... job well done Carol and I'm in awe you make two, I just can't get my act together to create more than one at a time lol x

jimlynn said...

They're BOTH as cute as can be! Love the embossing in the background and that cute, cute image. Two wonderful "love" cards!
Lynn

Jane Willis said...

Really love these cards, that adorable image of course and all the lovely papers, textures and die cuts you've teamed them with
Jane
Guest Designer at Twofer Card Challenge

Darnell said...

Aw! This beautifully colored Unity Alfie stamp is heartbreaking! You just want to pick him up and squeeze him! You have showcased him wonderfully with your two cards in black, white, and red with wonderful texture from the heart e/f! Love the love, my friend! Thank you so much for playing in our Twofer Card 2nd Blogaversary challenge!! Hugs, Darnell

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Lovely cards! That mouse has such a cute little face! April xx

*Vicki* said...

Oh my word your little mouse is absolutely ADORABLE Carol! Love the twofers you've done here along with the striking color palette on them! The textured hearts background is fabulous!! LOVE these!! :) HUGS

Heather said...

These are adorable!! That mouse is super cute and I love your color schemes! Perfect for the love theme! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Daffodil Cards said...

Fabulous cards and I don't see them alike, even though they have the same cutie mouse. Just wonderful Carol.
Faith x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Alfie steals my heart over and over! Two beautiful Love Cards!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

They seems to me not similar to your old valentine cards, even if remember the super cute mouse with the heart! Love the red/white/black combo so much and all the tiny hearts of the embossing are adorable to show the images!!! These are fabulous designs, love both so much and can't choose a favourite! Lovely tough for your friend, for sure!!
Hugs and love :)

Maria said...

Lots of fun hearts and a darling mouse, so cute! Very sweet Valentine cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful Twofers with that cute mouse design. I love all the fantastic layers on them.

aussie aNNie said...

Oh my goodness how adorable, love the gorgeous designs. The heart dies, and embossed background, so gorgeous.xx

JD/ Jill said...

Cute image and you've made Two really great cards using it. I always struggle with this challenge. Sometimes I manage to get one card done for the theme, and then can't think how to do a second one. I guess that's what makes it a challenge!

Marlene said...

These two cards turned out super cute. What's not to love with the mice?

Mia said...

Thank you so much for entering our challenge at 2CCC. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Regards,
Mia
craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}

Stampsnob. said...

Tic Tac is so fun . These cards are just too dang cute The mouse is adorable.............Lis

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

These are both beautifully sweet and I love them!

kReN said...

So darn cute! Thanks for joining us at the PIP challenge this week! Follow me at https://afourthlife.blogspot.com

crafty-stamper said...

Both gorgeous cards love the cute mouse and all the hearts-hope your friend wins her battle
Carol x

Happy Dance said...

That little mousie holding the heart is adorable. Your coloring is wonderful, and the colors on both cards are perfect. Love that embossing folder on your first card, and that black heart border almost looks like you've embroidered it onto those stripes! Two darling cards. Thank you for playing along at The Twofer Challenge. Bev

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two adorable cards with that sweet mouse image, Carol - just love how you colored him and arranged him two different ways!!

MiamiKel said...

Oh Carol, your little artie is s charming! I love both of your cards - so rich and beautifully colored and fun card designs! Perfect!

Glittered Paws said...

Cute as can be - I love mice images - (but not in real life). This image made up into a really cute Valentine. Thanks for joining us over at The House that Stamps Built.

Patti J said...

Thanks so much for joining us at The House That Stamps Built! Your card is adorable!

Wendy said...

OMGosh!!! Carol, these cards are just so stinkin cute!! Love that each one of different and that little mouse is adorable!!!! You added some really cool diecuts, embossing and lovely texture to these! Well done!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Every time you share Alfie, I just have to smile and say "SQUEE!" cuz he is so cute and colors up so nice. Awesome cards! I feel the love.

Kathyk said...

Both "twofers" are adorable as well as being beautifully coloured

Kathyk

Di said...

Wonderful cards Carol - I do love the snippety hearts along the bottom of the one for your friend. And the little mouse is just adorable!

Hugs

Di xx

Danni Reid said...

Oh my! Love your image and your designs are perfect to let him be the star of the cards, so cute!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Carol, you have outdone yourself with these. They are so adorable and I love the little images. Those ears are the sweetest. Great designs too.

wannabcre8tive said...

So very cute. Love the red/black/white color combo. Those colors always make such an attractive card. The heart border and the embossing really add to the beauty of your card.