Saturday, 19 December 2015

Twofers - Holidays

Last Twofers challenge of the year and we hope that Christi's theme will tempt a few more entries.   We have a fantastic sponsor who is giving $20 to spend at her store to one winner every 2 weeks, not digits (we do not allow digital stamps in the challenge) but real prizes you choose and will hold in your hands, if you win.

So how do you get your hands on $20 of stash?  This time our theme is Holidays.   This was interesting in the UK holidays are periods a week or two away from work and generally from home.  Somewhere sunny, our holidays are what others might call vacations.   In America this time of year from Thanksgiving to New Year are called the holidays, in craft land they seem to be very much Christmas themed.    So We are leaving it open to your ideas so long as it fits the theme of Holiday one way or another!.

I'm still working on that pack of cards.

The King of diamonds has to be that diamond geezer Santa.   I love this stamp it just captures the essence of the man/myth.   Got the glitter Sakura out agin adding some pizzazz to his beard and that little touch of red from his hat.

The second card, the 3 of spades, is a traditional summer beach scene.   Felt pens applied directly to the stamp, reminds me of paddling in the sea with my Mum.   The spades were all stamped in summer colours.

Tempted to join us? remember our sponsor Alleystamp and their very generous prize.

Given the time of year thought I might be able to share my Vintage Santa with a challenge or two.
Dragons Lair - December theme Vintage Christmas
A Vintage Journey - Vintage Christmas

I do not usually add challenges after I've published but preparing the Saturday list at Challenges for Days today I spotted 2 it might be fun to share with and it is all happening on the same day.

Allsorts - Week 1 of 2 Anything But Christmas, guessing the beach scene fits!
Craftyhazelnuts's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes so long as it is Christmas Gotta be Santa.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Twofers - Flowers

Good Morning, I am so embarrassed, work has been taking so much of my time recently that I completely forgot to set the new challenge up!!!  I am leaving my job next week, after three and a half years it is time to acknowledge that I am not suited to the role.  It has been a fun time and i have learnt a lot but it has also been very frustrating and the person I am most frustrated with is myself.   Basic routine and repetitive tasks bore me and I do not do them well, having to deal with that in a dynamic ever changing environment with systems that cannot be relied on so everything little thing has to be checked has resulted in me making more and more mistakes.   I do not think that these mistakes were all my 'fault' but in so far as they were mine I have to take responsibility and go.

Enough life goes on, back to the fun things and the Twofers challenge

So better late than never here is our new challenges Flowers.

With everyone's focus now and Christmas I wanted to give you a theme that could be used for Christmas or if you prefer give you a break from all the seasonal madness.  Flowers seemed an obvious choice.

We are of course offering a prize of $20 from our ever generous sponsor Alleystamp

My sample is once again a pair of playing cards, the pack in growing and becoming both interesting and challenging.  Always both Onions and Paper (Jane) and Christi have provided gorgeous samples to inspire you, here are our Flowers

The main image spread over both playing cards is an old Tanda stamp, I love images of the Poinsettia and used it here knowing that the red display is that of leaf not flower but we tend to use it and think of it in the same way as we do flowers.  The little flower images are from an old Stamping up set, I've drawn the little club symbols in the middle of the stamped images.

Yep just a little mistake in the making of the 8 basically it is upside down, but that only shows if you want to put the two playing cards together.

Fancy a break from all the Christmas fuss, come and join us at Twofers.