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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #11: WREATHS

A New Twofer Challenge!!!

Hi, everyone! Today's the 10th of the month... which means it's time for a new Twofer Challenge!!!

The Twofer Card Challenge has quickly become one of my favorite challenge blogs, and it's an honor to be joining fellow-GTer Carol (who blogs at Our Little Inspirations) and the amazingly awesome Twofer Team for this month's challenge. Huge thanks to Darnell and the Twofer DT for their Guest Designer invitation.  :)

As you can tell by this post's title, the prompt for November is WREATHS! And, did you notice stencils have now been added to the twofer stamps and dies arsenal!!!

My Twofer Wreath Stamp Cards

I used a Paper Smooches grapevine wreath stamp from it's Holly Jolly stamp on both cards.

The JOY card was inspired by a card made by uber-talented MFT DTer Barbara Anders.  Thanks, Barbara, for your wonderful inspiration!
  • I kept Barbara's basic fab CAS design. Barbara's card has a gorgeous clean, modern feel with a crisp white and red palette. I opted to go farmhouse rustic with my card, pairing a gingham-checked-dp with some SU crumb cake.
  • The gingham dp was actually white and red. So, I aged it a little bit with some brown ink to complement the rustic look of the crumb cake.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathSU cardstock and dp; MFT filled with joy dies; MFT Christmas background stamp in Versamark embossing ink; MFT brown ink; various PS holly dies; MFT and Spellbinders circle dies; Simon Says A2 curve die; SU linen thread

The sympathy card took off a life of it's own.

  • The first step was to create a pretty yellow, orange, and red Oxide background.
  • I initally planned to make a 3-by-3 array of wreaths, with each wreath containing a different letter. Reading from left to right, Row One was to be B L E; Row 2, S S I; Row 3, N G S. 
  • However, when I tried to stamp three circles across the paper, they wouldn't fit. I went ahead and stamped three overlapping wreaths... not quite yet abandoning the nine-letter idea. 
  • The overlapped look turned out pretty well... and I decided to continue with a row above, and a row above that, and then two rows below the first-stamped row. 
  • I really liked the resulting pattern. It was apparent the nine-letter idea wasn't going to work. However, there appeared to be an interesting cross-shaped image. 
  • So, I decided to ink up the inside of each circle with broken china and peacock feather Oxides and stamp a sympathy sentiment on a double-ply vellum strip.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathStrathmore watercolor paper; SU cardstock and vellum; various Distress Oxides; corner elements: PS die; PS sentiment from graceful beauties stamp set in MFT brown ink

Your Turn

Now it's your turn. Like all Twofer Challenges, you have until the 24th of the month to join in the fun. Yep, that's a full two weeks to make wreath-inspired cards.

  • Interpretations can be conventional or unconventional. 
  • Both cards need to have different designs for two different occasions.
  • Both cards must be made using the same stamp and/or die.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the November Twofer Gallery!  :)


  1. These are really gorgeous wreath cards, Sybrina! You did a beautiful job CASEing Barbara's card with your own rustic interpretation! I love the country feel with the aged gingham, classic colors, and twine! And your adventure with your second design turned into a really organic and innovative cross for a sympathy card! I love it! Thank you for being our Guest Designer and for all your support and enthusiasm!! ❤Hugs, Darnell

  2. Congrats on your win & guest DT slot! Just love your clever use of the wreath stamp, especially how it turned into a cross - amazing!!

  3. The wreath replacing the "o" in "joy" is a perfect fit and I think you did an amazing job to reinvent it on the sympathy card! Congratulation on Guest Designing this month!

  4. Your cards are fabulous for this challenge, and I'm tickled to be guest designing with you for this fun challenge! I love the way you used the little wreath to spell "JOY" on the first card - that's so clever and cute with the added holly sprig and little bow. The orange background turned out great for the sympathy card too, and I'm glad you persevered when your original idea just wouldn't work because it turned out to be so pretty with the vellum sentiment panel! Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog - I truly miss those OWH days too where we both learned from each other and so many others as well. (hugs)

  5. What a deliciously warm and cosy rustic Christmas card, Sybrina ... love how you've used that sweet wreath as the 'o' in the joy (one of my favourite words!). Such out of the box use of the same image to create your contemporary cross for your sympathy card ... it's stylish and graphic ... and the colours are fabulous together! Thanks so much for inspiring our players as our Guest Designer this month at Twofer! Anita :)

  6. What a cute and simple stamp and so very creative what you've done with it! I love both your cards! Congratulations on your guest spot with Twofer!

  7. It's wonderful to have you guest designing this month, Sybrina! Your cards are both fabulous and inspiring! Love the rustic look of your holiday card with the patterned papers, and the holly details! To replace the "O" with a wreath is a fun idea!
    The pattern you've created with the wreaths for the second card looks great and I love the Oxide background!

  8. Fantastic twofer, Sybrina! I love that little grapevine wreath and how you used it so differently on your two cards. What a wonderful "country home" feel with the combination of your grapevine and gingham - such a gorgeous Christmas card! I love how your pattern came about on your second card, and your stamping is so even and balanced! Thank you so much for guest designing for the Twofer Card Challenge!

  9. Two absolutely fabulous cards my friend! I absolutely love the Christmas one!

  10. Cute gingham Christmas card using the wreath as the O. I love the story of how your second card came together. Great sympathy card.