Saturday, June 16, 2018

Trees for Two

Yikes!  What a challenge Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge is!  I really have to get my brain in gear to make two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamp!

But I think this month, I actually got it!  Using a tree stamp in two different ways!
For my first card, I used the lovely willow tree as a tree.  Stamping the tree and die cutting it, adding the little swing and birdhouse.  
I got this stamp set from a flash sale from PTI.  It's called Backyard Branches and PTI sold it from Facebook a few weeks ago - I got an e-mail about the sale and was lucky enough to order two of the four sets available before they were gone!  They are small stamp sets with the dies included for $15.00 each.   
I think they may offer the four sets again - but it's not in the web store now.  
Anyway -  I made this a Birthday card and stamping Happy Birthday inside.
For my Sympathy card, I took the willow tree leaf stamp (it's separate from the trunk stamp), turned it upside down, inked the bottom half of it with Simply Chartreuse and the top half with Plum Pudding - thinking it would look rather like a lavender plant.   I die cut the square frame out of a panel of Plum Pudding and layered the stamped panel behind the opening using foam tape so it sits  back from the frame.  I stamped the sentiment from Words of Comfort from PTI and added 3 Tiny Twinkles and layered it all over a white card base.
So there you go -  my Twofer!  And please excuse me while I go take a nap to rest my brain!!

Blue Skies card:
Stamps:  Backyard Branches - PTI, Sentiment - Inkadinkadoo
Paper:  White, Textstyle Bitty Dot Basics - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Backyard Branches Dies, Noted: Scalloped A2 dies - PTI, foam dots, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions.

So Sorry card:
Stamps:  Backyard Branches, Words of Comfort - PTI
Paper:  White, Plum Pudding - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding - PTI
Accessories:  Square Peek a Boo Die - MFT, foam tape, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions.


Christine Alexander said...

beautiful willow tree Julia and such a great way to use the hanging branches as flowers. Love both cards :)

Darnell said...

Julia, you made two fantastic designs and very clever, too! (It IS a challenging challenge, even for me, lol!) Well done making both conventional and unconventional uses of that sweet willow tree! I love willow trees and miss them so you've got me smiling. I also love the polka dotty sky and grass! And then turning the tips of the willows into lavender was just plain genius for your gorgeous plum sympathy card!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #6! Hugs, Darnell

Loll said...

LOVE this willow tree image Julia! It's beautiful with the swing and sweet little bird house. What a great sentiment for your birthday card.

So clever to turn the image upside down to make a field of lavender for your sympathy card. Love the colours of chartreuse and plum together --- AMAZING! ... and so perfect with the plum card front. Gorgeous designs, my friend. Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

Bonnie said...

What a clever second use of this stamp set, Julia! Isn't it fun to look at a stamp in a different way! You rocked this one, my friend! Love that "lavender"!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two fabulous cards, Julia! Just love the willow with the swing but your use of the branches on the sympathy card is fabulous! So clever with the variegated colors!!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, I love these. Beautiful weeping willow that reminds me of my aunt's house when I was growing up. The lavender is just gorgeous and I can almost smell it!

Jeanne H said...

Really lovely cards, especially the flowers one. Great idea.

Susan said...

Such a clever way to use the willow stamp to create the lavender - I never would have thought of that!! Two fabulous cards!

Anita in France said...

What a lovely willow tree, Julia ... there's something so charming about the swing (so inviting!) and that sweet bird house! Oh my, what clever use of the branches for the lavender on your sympathy card ... it's soft and delicate ... and gorgeous with the plum framing! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

Mac Mable said...

Yes you truly have got it...wonderful creations, both of them and so creative and clever x

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on the Honorable Mentions at the Twofer challenge, Julia! You're so creative to turn the willow leaves upside down and make beautiful lavenders! Hideko xx