Sunday, January 20, 2019

My Twofer for January

Hello from frozen Minnesota!

Yesterday and today I finally decided what to do for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #12. The challenge calls for birds and I have so many it was hard to chose and I did not want to use an image already seen in the gallery.

I have chosen an older stamp by Inkadinkadoo. It does not have a name on it, but I love the baby birds sitting together on the branch. I found a picture of it on Pinterest but still couldn't see a name. Expect it is long retired. 

Here's my Twofer:

Aren't the birdies cute? Next are the two cards a bit more close up and some details on how they were made.

To make the cloudy sky I followed the good idea from Christine on her recent  It's a Card Days Night blog for CASology. Thanks, Christine. It really helped me. I used Ranger watercolor paper on the nubby side and watered it down greatly. Some Soft Sky reinker from Stampin' Up was dabbed on with a paint brush. While it dried I stamped the birds onto stash white cardstock with VersaMark. For the embossing powder (that I thought was light brown) and turned out to look like copper. Like it anyway, but don't know the powder maker company. I still love heat embossing, don't you? Then more fussy cutting!! My greeting is in SU Early Expresso ink using a square stamp from another older set called Spring Hills by Papertrey Ink. It was die cut with a stitched square die from the SU's Stitched Shapes set. I finished off the edges with a bit of the copper color too. The card base is SU's Island Indigo.
For my second card, I stamped the birds with Early Expresso ink, then covered them with some Wink of Stella. They were then cut out with an oval from the above shapes die set and popped up onto the card base. The base card is a long retired SU color called Creamy Carmel. I've been hoarding it. teehee  Sadly, I needed a masculine sympathy card, so stamped this sentiment from SU in Early Expresso again and heat embossed it. I felt the card need something extra, so finished up by adding a few coordinating enamel dots. I do tend to do use a lot of colored card bases since I love them and I do have quite a stash of colors.
 Lately I have been making cards with some new goodies and trying my hand at coloring with markers, so look for another couple of cards soon. Thanks for visiting. Please come back soon!


  1. Fabulous twofer, Ruby. Those lil birds work well for both the spring birthday and the sympathy card.

  2. What a sweet, detailed image, Jeanne ... those little birds are so cosy huddled up on their birthday branch against the soft watercolour sky. You've shown their versatility on your sympathy card with the subtle colours and simple layout ... calm and gentle, perfect for the occasion. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

  3. Hi Jeanne! Love these birdy cards! That sky you've created is incredible; and I'm definitely going to check out Christine's blog. Great designs on both cards, and those little birds are really sweet. Great colors, too. Thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge! Bev

  4. That is a really pretty trio of birds, Jeanne! You've given it wonderful exposure on your two designs! I need to check out Christine's post because your sky is amazing on your spring birthday card and I love anything copper, so that e/p works in my book! I'm sorry you needed a masculine sympathy card. Your sweet oval design with the lovely creamy carmel, embossing, and enamel dots will bring someone a lot of comfort. Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Lovely trio of birds. And fantastic twofer. :-) I do like your cards very much. Heat embossing is perfect.

  6. The cloudy sky on your first card looks so pretty and love the coloured card stock on your second card. Beautiful cards, both of them and such wonderful designs x.

  7. Such pretty, plump, sweet little birds! I know... the hardest part of this challenge was choosing which birds to use. I have so many, as well! Your trio works beautifully for each occasion. You've made them look cheerful for the birthday card and soothing for the sympathy card. You can always turn to birds for masculine cards, but I'm so sorry you had a need for this one. Thank you so much for playing along in our Twofer Birds Challenge, Liz.