A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Starry Twofer

Sneaking in under the wire before this month's Twofer Challenge closes!

Here's my Twofer, one for a birthday and one for Christmas:

First up is the one on the left as it's the one I did first:

I took a piece of Distress Oxide background out of my UFO box, and used my small star background die to cut the stars out of it (the die is that exact size so great for CAS cards).  I layered it over a piece of glittery gold cs.

I stamped and heat embossed a gold sentiment on white cs and then die cut part of a larger winter village die out of it.  Layered that over the starry sky and popped it up on fun foam.

And here's card number two:

For this one, I used the stars that got cut out of the Distress Oxide piece on the first card.

I stamped and heat embossed an old star stamp and a birthday sentiment, and then trimmed it with a wonky stitched die.  I glued the leftover stars around it, and popped it up on fun foam on a coloured card base.

Love not having all those pretty blue stars go to waste!!

Supplies for the Christmas card:
Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - ColorBox gold, various Distress oxide inks
Paper - white, gold, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - gold embossing powder, small star background die, village die, fun foam

Supplies for the Birthday card:
Stamps - SU In the Stars, SU sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Colonial Blue, various Distress oxide inks
Paper - white, blue/grey, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - MFT Wonky Stitched rectangle die, small star background die, clear embossing powder, fun foam


  1. Those shimmery gold stars make for such a magical Christmas scene, Susan ... and what great use of the blue 'left over' stars to highlight the soft, text-y spotlight star on your birthday card! They're both deliciously clean and fresh! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  2. Great to get the two very different cards from the same die cut. The background on your first card looks amazing and love the bling from the gold stars and the crisp white from the die cut little scene. The birthday card looks so classy and the coloured card stock looks great with those cute die cut stars and the wonderland large text heart x Fabulous cards Susan....both of them x.

  3. Two beautiful designs, Susan! I love the bluesy background, stars, and card base that you've used creating the two! The schparkly gold looks sensational peeking out of your night sky overlooking the pretty white village! And the star die cuts work fabulously well on your birthday card with the wonky stitching and large focal text star! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #13! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Two beautiful cards Susan, I love the use of the DOX stars on your birthday card and what a great sentiment star for your bitbday card :)

  5. Both cards are beautiful, Susan! Love the small stars die as well as the wonderful star stamp on your second card. I also love that muted shade of blue and with glittery stars it looks fantastic!

  6. So fun that you used the positive and negative die cuts to create your cards, Susan! I love the glittery stars peeking through the oxide sky on your Christmas card. That's a fantastic center star surrounded by the others on your birthday card! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  7. Two fantastic star cards, Susan! Love the starry sky and the cozy little cottage! Love the sentiments stamped on the large star and the cut out stars from the first card are perfect to surround it!

  8. Two beautiful cards with awesome stars!

  9. Two cool star twofers, Susan. Perfect occasions for using stars. Great designs, too. xx

  10. LOVE your star cards Susan! Beautiful designs for both with your pretty blue and gold glittery stars. Fantastic cards, my friend! xx

  11. I'm loving the greyish blue tone you've given your twofers. It gives a nice aristocratic richness that I appreciate. Lovely xx

  12. CONGRATS on your well-deserved win at the Twofer Challenge, Susan! You've done an amazing job with all those little stars and your cards are absolutely stunning! So glad you played along this month! (Barb, GD)

  13. Popped in to say a huge congratulations on winning over at Twofer with these stunning cards x

  14. What a fabulous twofer, Susan! Just love how you used the starry background die!! Congrats on your win!!

  15. Congratulations on your win at the Twofer Card Challenge, Susan! Fantastic star-themed twofers! They look completely different from each other. Great use of the positive and the negative of the die-cuts!
    Hideko xx


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