Sunday, 24 June 2018

When is a Tree not a Tree...

The Twofer Challenge this month is Trees....

You are to make two different cards using the same stamp or die for two different occasions.

These are my cards.....

I used a tree die for both cards.
One is a Thank you card and the other Just a Note....

The first card is made from an alcohol inked background, 
in shades of greens and browns to represent 'Trees and the Forest'
I did a little manipulation of the die cut tree .......
One of them is in gold and the other in the alcohol inked background.
Some of the fall-outs are in gold and the others in the original background.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment in gold and then white to give a little 3D effect.
The layout of the second card was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) the sketch...
The card uses the same die cut tree, cut four times and made into a bow.
I have had the embossing borders for ever and never used them,
 so I started by dry embossing with one of them on the black card stock.
I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold and
finished off by popping on the gold bow.

I had fun with both of these cards and thinking out of the box a little.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.

These are the embossing borders.........
The Challenge I would like to enter both my my cards into......

The Challenge I would like to enter with my first card, with the trees and alcohol inks....
The tree dies is by Poppystmaps

The Challenge I would like to enter with my second black card with the bow....

44 comments:

cuilliesocks said...

WOW! Mac two wonderful cards, how creative to use the trees to make a bow, stunning designs, Kate x x

baileyrosy.com said...

Hi there Mac it's been ages since I popped by in fact it's been ages since I blogged. Hope all is well with you and yours. What fabulous cards Very clever use of the die and the colours on the first are outstanding but must admit that I simply adore the bow so very very clever.

Marie

*Vicki* said...

Oh you are so creative Mac!! I have missed seeing your amazing work my friend!! LOVE how you've used the tree die to create your bow!! They're both fantastic creations and wow do I love the colors on that one background!! Thanks for sharing these! HUGS

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Such a clever idea. I love how you’ve used the leaf to make a bow..........genius! x

Christine Alexander said...

Mac, you blow me away every time with these twofers. I have that die and would never have come up with this. Absolutely stunning :)

Bonnie said...

I love the way your mind works, Mac! This bow is amazing and on the black embossed card it's so elegant! Love the alcohol ink colors and the two techniques you used for your tree! Love the depth of the sentiment too!

Loll said...

I am always amazed at the creations you come up with Mac! These cards are FANTASTIC (and yes, I'm shouting!). :) LOVE that ai background with the gold inlaid trees. And the bow ... so clever. Makes an elegant card. Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

aussie aNNie said...

Elegance plus here MaC AND CLASS....love your makes and I always find them very interesting...xx

Darnell said...

Haha, you funny, Max, saying you were thinking out of the box a "little!" You think FAR outside the box and every time your creations are spectacular!! This month's Twofers are no exception! I love the earthy greens and golds and browns of your forestry thank you card! And I love the way you impressed and filled the die cuts and executed the sediment! And then...turning the tree into a cold filigreed bow just simply defies adjectives! SWOON says it all!! Thank you so much for joining in Twofer Card Challenge #6! Hugs, Darnell

Greta said...

A tree die made into a bow?! You always amaze me, Mac! 2 incredible cards!

Maxine D said...

WOW!! What amazing use of the tree dies Mac - I love the outcomes!! Absolutely exquisite cards, dramatic and artistic at the same time.
Blessings
Maxine

Anita in France said...

The alcohol ink background to those fabulous graphic trees is brilliant, Mac ... the sense of layering and the natural colours really do transport us into the middle of a forest! Your bow ... eeek ... what a fantastic idea ... elegant, chic, stylish ... little black dress-ish ... inspired! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh my Mac a double treat both so different in comparison but perfectly executed. Love how you have patched those die cuts and the black and gold so elegant with it's stand out gold bow. It's great when we use forgotten craft stash and it works better than expected!! Magnificent makes.
Thank you for sharing, have a super week.
Creative wishes Tracey x

Suchi said...

Oh Mac..Mac ..Mac How I love your cards! Thanks for stopping by! :)
Hugs
Suchi xx

Sylvia said...

2 wunderful cards,Mac.The black one is very elegant with the golden bow.The first one has a beautiful background with a great use of the tree dies.Great design again.

Gr,Sylvia.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are both so clever and cool!

Heidi Stamps said...

I would have never though of using that bold of a brown in my AI backgrounds but of course it works if you made it! Lovely! And what a clever idea to make a bow! I always enjoy seeing what you made.

Viv said...

How clever to make use of a die like that Mac, great cards too ;) Viv xx

Marianne said...

Oh my, I thought I was being clever by using my tree stamp to make some waves, but your tree die turned bow tie is sheer genius. Such striking cards!
Marianne x

Trina P. said...

Outstanding tree twofers, Mac!!! Love, love, love your creativity turning your die cut trees into a bow!... so stylish and masculine all at the same time! Your AI background is beautiful... rich vibrant forest colours. Always so inspiring! xx

Daffodil Cards said...

I LOVE how you think outside the box Mac, these are incredible makes, who would have thought of a bow out of a leaf? Well you did. Gorgeous cards and colours.
Faith
x

MaryH said...

Both of these are just awesome. Love the 'forest shades' of the background and how clever to see these fab leaf dies as trees. Even MORE clever to see one as a lovely gold bow. You've thought 'out-of-the box' in such a creative fashion to make 2 just gorgeously designed cards! Way to go! TFS & Hugs.

BożenA said...

I love this openwork bow that could never be a tree, because how ??? WOW! Another surprising and outstanding project, Mac. I will never keep up with your thoughts. They are so creative and creative that every project knocks me down.
I also love the first card, wonderful AI background, golden trees look great on this background.
Hugs,
BożenA

Linby said...

so very clever, just love both of them.

Pat said...

Such a clever idea Mac and the leaf shape lends itself beautifully to being folded into a bow, and the gold against the black is so dramatic, also love the mixture of colours in the alcohol ink background, with the gold leaves die cut and inset into the background which looks great. x

Mia said...

Wow, Mac. What a fabulous idea! Wow!!!!!!! I LLLLLLLOVE both your BEAUTIFUL cards!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration, my friend. Kisses!!!!!!

Brenda said...

Shut the front door Mac! You are very clever my friend! I love both cards. That background with the alcohol inks is amazing and so beautiful. The tree's inlaid in that background look so beautiful-this is one beautiful card. Then there is your second card. You have blown me way with this card. How in the world did you see a bow in this tree die cut?! It's such a clever idea and such a stunning bow! Great take on the sketch too. I am really loving that embossing folder. You have totally knocked this challenge right out the ball park! Hugs, Brenda

Papercraft Boutique said...

Making a bow from die-cut leaves!! You could start a “thinking out of the box” card series, Mac! ;-P
The AI background is gorgeous and you created a wonderful trees & forest scene! Great details with the 3D effect sentiment.
The second card is just elegant with black and gold! Love the gold leaf bow and the border dry embossing!
Amazing twofer cards! Hideko xx

Susan said...

Wonderful and creative card - especially the way you used the die to make a bow! Love the colours in the other.

Ros Crawford said...

Who knew you could make a beautiful bow from a leaf?? You are so clever and both cards are terrific Mac!

Brenda in IN said...

These cards are simply stunning and so out of the box. I love the alcohol ink forest background and that gorgeous bow. How clever!

Patti said...

Wow! these are stunning!! and completely brilliant : ) I especially LOVE the bow you created from your tree die cut!! Did I say wow?....WOW!!

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Marina said...

Clever! I would never have realised that bow was a tree- great cards.

pam said...

Two fabulous cards Mac.
Pam x

pam said...

Back again Mac.
Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
Pam x

Jo Manna said...

Ingenious and so clever. Both cards are beautiful and different. I especially like the elegance and classic beauty of the black and gold one. You impress me, truly xx

Ina G said...

Just when is a tree not a tree? When you get amazing ideas and created a simple bow and trees and manipulate with your dies. So very clever M. Truly love that AI background and the gold shimmer to back it. Super Duper trees.
How awesome is that gold bow! That embossed background really is an oldie! I have them too and forgot all about them. Sad. Great choice of black card base. Two more stunning pieces here.
Can't wait to see what next you play with. So full of inspiration. Thank You for sharing your talent with us all. HUGS.

Diane said...

Two wonderful designs Mable and love the alcohol inked background.

Hugs Diane

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome cards. What clever made!

Mrs A. said...

That is more than a little bit outside of the box.! Your idea to make a bow from the tree die is brilliant. Both cards are super. Hugs Mrs A.

Robin said...

Love your double use of the tree die, wizard! Thanks for participating in Poppystamps "For The Boys" challenge!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Now this is just totally brilliant! My jaw dropped to the floor!

maria f. said...

Love how you think outside the box for twofer. These are so extremely different, but both perfectly done. That BG is outta this world. And, BTW, Cup watching is much less stressful now ;)

Karen D. said...

wow...so super creative and each one of yours cards is stunning...you rock!
x Karen