Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Announcing the Twofer Card Challenge!

I'm thrilled to announce a brand new card challenge coming soon!
The challenge will go live on January 10, 2018!! Mark your calendars!!

Wait. What? Yes, it's me, Darnell, and I've decided to start a card challenge!

First, I'd like to say thank you to all the challenges who have helped me by sparking my creativity over the years. I'm sure I would have run out of ideas long ago if it weren't for them. It's been a pleasure playing along and I plan to continue supporting them. I'm hoping my challenge will fit nicely into this wonderful part of our stamping community!

I created this challenge for several reasons:
  • Although I try to make more than one card with a design, I fail at this miserably and just want to start a new design immediately.
  • Although I resolve to make Christmas cards throughout the year, I fail at this miserably.
  • I'm constantly in need of cards for my stash for all occasions.
  • I need something intellectually and creatively challenging to keep the gray cells from being bored and my mojo juices flowing.
Do you feel the same way at times? Are you ready to be really challenged? Do you want to strrrreeetch your brain, your design abilities, your card stash, and all those crafty supplies you have?

Yes? Then this challenge is for YOU!

Important Dates

The challenge will run once a month from the 10th of the month to the 24th of the month. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced on the 30th of the month and the winner will have the opportunity to be a Guest Designer.

Prompt

Each challenge will provide you with a "prompt" word which you will need to showcase in your two designs. ALL design styles are welcome here!

Team

I would like to thank my wonderful inaugural Design Team for supporting me and joining me on this adventure! You can see all their smiling faces on the side bar and you can reach their talented personal blogs by clicking on their noses. I hope you'll do that and leave them some kindness. I would especially like to thank Loll for her excellent design skills and her invaluable assistance and advice.

Creative Vision

As you can see from the badge, the premise of this challenge will be to create two distinctly different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps or dies. The design emphasis will be on the words "distinctly different." The list of occasions is on the side bar.

For example, let's say the prompt is the word "elephant":
  • We will need to see that you created two distinctly different card designs using the same elephant on both.
  • We will need to see that you have created cards for two distinctly different occasions.
There is more specific information about design layout and using stamp-and-die pairings, negative/positive dies, etc. under the tab above called "FAQ." [FAQ=frequently asked questions.] And I know the Design Team's two creations each month will inspire you and show you by example.

Rules / FAQ

To make sure you are eligible to be chosen as a winner, you must follow the rules. Please read the Rules found on the tab at the top which will answer many of the questions you may have. Beginning with the first challenge, the rules will also be provided directly in the post for easy reference.

NBUS?

This challenge will replace my NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) challenges which I held on my blog djkardkreations. I know. I'm sorry. You all embraced it so well, but I felt like we needed something new to sink our teeth into. I hope you will continue to reach for your NBUS when making your cards for this challenge! Using NBUS is always encouraged, but it is not a requirement for the Twofer Card Challenge. Thank you all for your support and dedication to my NBUS challenges over the years! You will always be able to access the galleries on the top tabs of my personal blog or via my Pinterest boards.

RECAP

The goal of the Twofer Card Challenge is to make you feel really charged up, really challenged, and really creative by growing your design skills and using your schtuff! 

Please click the follow button on the side bar above and spread the word on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers, text, grocery store bulletin board, or handwritten note across the back fence! 

See you on January 3rd with a reminder and on January 10th for the launch!!

Thank you! MWAH!







98 comments:

Loll said...

I'm so excited to be a part of this new and innovative challenge, Dolly!! January 10th can't get here soon enough! Lolly xx

Anita in France said...

Yay, congratulations, Darnell ... such a fun and inspiring post! So excited to be working with you and the whole DT on your simply splendid new challenge ... and so looking forward to the arrival of the 10th! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Marianne said...

Sounds like fun, Darnell! Congratulations on your new 'baby'. Looking forward to the first challenge.
Marianne x

Julie B said...

Sounds fab, looking forward to seeing the first challenge! :)

Kath said...

It's great to see a new challenge Darnell, looking forward to 10th January!
Kath x

Di said...

Look forward to the launch party! Sounds like a fun idea.

Hugs

Di xx

Mac Mable said...

Great news and many congratulations Darnell in starting up this exciting and unique challenge and what a fabulous design team x

Linda said...

WOW! This is great news.... I do love a new challenge. It looks like so much fun .... and what a DT!! Can't wait to see the launch party xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a great idea Darnell, looking forward to this new challenge.

Sue xx

Chriss Blagrave said...

Such exciting news! Congrats, Darnell and to the new uber talented design team! Looking forward to this ­čĺő

Pat said...

This sounds absolutely great Darnell and I will definitely be playing along as all the pointers above fit me to a 't'...lol. What a fabulous DT you have assembled too. This is going to be top notch!! x

Carol L said...

Congratulations! You are always inspiring us with fresh and new fun ideas, and now a challenge blog! YAY! Sad to see the NBUS ending, but now looking forward to playing in this fresh and new challenge! Thanks for always keeping us inspired! BTW, that's a great DT you've assembled too :)

ionabunny said...

Way hey!!! Well done Darnell. You are on my play list. Awesome team. Roll on January 10th. Merry Merry everyone. Hugz

Linda Callahan said...

Sounds like fun....great idea! And your team is fabulous!

Marcia HIll said...

Looking forward to it and can't wait to play along Darnell!! :0)

Mrs A. said...

Well Hammy kept this under wraps without squealing to Parsnip I must say! Will be back on 10th for a snoopy. Hugs Mrs A.

cm said...

Woo hoo! So excited to be part of this fabulous, unique challenge!
Hugs~c

Cat Craig said...

Darnell and the whole team...what a well thought out challenge. Your FAQ's are clear, your rules are clearly stated, linking instructions as well. Ya all rock!

I SOOOO love the logo. I might miss the first one, but I am looking forward playing along as the year goes by.

Brenda in IN said...

Looking forward to your new challenge. It is a wonderful way to stretch our stamps and our thinking. Great idea and sounds like lots of fun coming up. See you on the 10th.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well look at you go starting up a new challenge! You go girl! No doubt this will be successful, especially with the Team you have put together -- Congrats! :)

Sandy said...

This sounds like fun Darnell -- and truly a challenge.
You've got a great DT,can't wait to see what they come up with.

Kara Lynne said...

It feels like I'm waiting for Christmas to arrive! Oh wait, I am... but then... January 10th! Such a great and clear post, Darnell!

!neke said...

Great idee Darnell !!!!

Ineke X

Christine Alexander said...

Congrats Darnell, I can't wait for the fun to begin. Great DT and I'm sure there will be lots of inspiration :)

nancy littrell said...

Wow!!! Awesome DT Darnell and very creative and different Twofer Challenge. I NEVER, well almost NEVER do 2 cards back to back using the same stamps/& or Dies, but such a great idea. I can't wait to play:-) Congratulations and I know your challenge will be very successful. Hugs...

donna mikasa said...

Oh, this is too cool, Darnell! And what an all star design team you've put together! Hoping to play along with y'all!

sandie said...

this is a fab idea and a great way to build our stash, signed up and ready to be challenged. Fab set of DT joining you x

sandie said...

oh and love the header-who did this?

Susan said...

Great idea, Darnell!! Can't wait to see the first prompt and get my thinking cap on!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Love it already!Count me in! And what illustrious DT you have assembled! Can't wait for the fun to begin! Thanks also for you wonderful Christmas card - its gracing my mantle! So sweet of you to always think about me :) - glad you liked yours. I thought you would with those little critters. Hope Hammy doesn't get envious ;)

Happy Dance said...

Congratulations, dear friend!! I'm honored to be a part of this amazing team, and I think that this challenge is unique and exciting!! Truly fun. The happy dance will continue until launch day!!! xo Bev

AlisonC said...

This sounds like a fun and interesting idea. I'm thinking of banning myself from buying new stuff for a period of time (how long?) and making the most of what I have so this is just perfect. Looking forward to the launch. x

Leslie Miller said...

I'm in! This sounds like fun! Yay!

Dotty Jo x said...

Adding this to my favourites, Darnell. Looks fun! Jo x

Shelly said...

Well, I'm in! This sounds like fun!! :)
Congrats on starting up a new challenge blog and what an amazing DT!! See y'all soon! :)

Lee Ann Barrett said...

I am very excited about this challenge, Darnell!

Macimbalo said...

Wow, how fun! I can't wait to play, what a great idea for a challenge!

Linda Harris said...

Fabulous news off now to put the date in my diary for 2018 x

Nikki C said...

Congrats on the new Challenge :) sounds like fun

Enigma Artist said...

Yay! I'm looking forward to the launch and to participating.

Ina Grehan said...

Congratulations Darnell and to the Fabulous Designers you have chosen. An exciting new Challenge that is sure to get our creative juices working overtime. Can't wait to see the first creations. Love the Logo and have added to to my blog. Hope Hammy is helping out!

Martha Herrera said...

I'm excited about this new card challenge!

Dorothy S said...

Sounds like fun. I hope you will request to be included on Paper Playful - I need that reminder!

Nancy said...

CONGRATS! What a creative idea Darnell and your DT line up looks amazing! Can't wait to join the fun!! Best of Luck too!

Tracie Pond said...

This looks like it is going to be a lot of fun, Darnell! Congrats!!! Wow, look at that fabulous group of inaugural designers too. =) Tracie

Laurie Unger said...

WooHoo! This is going to be fun and challenging! Can't wait!

Karen said...

What a great idea! My goal for the New Year is to make at least two cards every time I sit down. I need to develop a stash! This should help.

Liz said...

Sounds exciting! Looking forward to finding out what the first 'prompt' word is. xx

Helen F. said...

Woot Woot! Sounds like another DARNELL-FUN-IDEA!

Gay Peplow said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, great team too! Looking forward to seeing the first challenge! Well done Darnell ! Xx

Bobby said...

I'm not a social media wonder but this is my third comment on this wonderful new adventure you're taking us on, Darnell. IG, FB and BL (blogland) are abuzz with the news. Let the challenge begin!

Bonnie said...

How exciting! What a great idea as my stash seems to be shrinking! Do I need to order and elephant stamp?

Chris Dring said...

Woo hoo and congrats! This does not surprise me at all, since you are such a force in the card making realm. I look forward to playing along!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Can't wait -- this is a great idea for a challenge blog!

Sheila H said...

I’m going to try really hard to play along, Darnell. Truthfully, it’s a concept I’ve never embraced before. I know you’ll have a lot of success with the challenge.

Lisa Elton said...

YAY!! Congrats on your new challenge. I look forward to playing along!

Susanne Vargas said...

It's official, how exciting! So thrilled to be among all these fabulous people in the Design Team! This challenge will get our mojo going in the new year! Your explanations are very clear! Sounds like everybody is excited about it!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on launching a new card challenge, Darnell! You have a star team and I'm sure the Twofer Card Challenge will be very successful! Looking forward to Jan 10th! Hideko :-)

baileyrosy.com said...

Congratulations on your new adventure Darnell and wishing you and the DT every success. Looking forward to playing along in the new year.

Marie

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Woohoo Darnell, huge congrats... not sure I've ever done a two-fer but sure am willing to try, ..
....mm Christmas cards sounds like a plan, two a month for twelve months is two dozen cards! Yay! Joining definitely!!
Big Christmas hugs,dear friend,
Love Shaz in Oz.x

Julia Dunnit said...

Love the sound of this Miss Darnell, look forward to it!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I always knew, that you and Hammy have great ideas!
Congratulation on your new adventure.
Hugs,
Sonja

Nonni said...

I love this challenge idea Darnell! Something completely new and something to really spark your creativity. Thank you for creating this new challenge! Can't wait for Jan 10th! :)

HilaryJane said...

Thank you Darnell, I think I might give this a go although coming up with one idea can be challenging enough so I hope I don't fail at the first hurdle, but as you say, challenging the old grey cells is good for us.

June K said...

This is an exciting challenge. I am looking forward to this new challenge.

I Card Everyone said...

A girl can NEVER have too many challenges! I love the idea, and every single gem on your team!! Sign me up...
=]

Viv said...

This sounds like a great idea Dee, hope to take part too. Happy Christmas my lovely friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell.
It's a great surprise. For me it will also be a difficult challenge, because it often happens that after using the stamp or die I put it back in the drawer and reach for the next, new designs. I am waiting impatiently for the inauguration :-) I see that your project team consists of great artists, the more I can not wait to see the projects of these amazing girls. I greet everyone and wish you a Merry Christmas to you and ladies from DT.
Hot hugs from Poland,
Bo┼╝enA

~ginny said...

I was very excited - went to rules and started adding you to my spreadsheet of challenges... then came crashing down with all the restrictions. But I will follow your blog - best of luck to all of you!

Craftychris said...

Such a cool idea for a challenge my friend! I can't wait to join in - Yay! xxx

Christine said...

What a fabulous idea, Darnell. I am all in! I am too impatient for the NBUS challenge anyway....have to use my new stuff ASAP! I am following and can't wait to grow from a new challenge!

Erica said...

WOW! How original and yes, challenging. I'm going to accept the dare...I mean challenge. I'll be putting the badge on my blog soon. This is gonna be fun for me, or I'll die trying. Merry Christmas Darnell.

Daria Z. said...

Sounds like fun, Darnell! Can't wait to be challenged.

Julia Aston said...

Just heard about this new challenge on the block Sis! How exciting - a very different challenge which will really challenge our creativity! Can't wait for 1/10!! Merry Christmas - it's almost here!!! Julia xx

Ardyth said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a lot of fun! And what a talented team you've got! Can't wait!

~amy~ said...

Yeah! Sounds awesome!

Janice said...

A brilliant idea Darnell, congratulations! Looking forward to the 10th.
Janice x

Janelle said...

This sounds AMAZING! What a totally clever idea. I'm looking forward to joining in. :)

Birgit said...

What a wonderful idea Darnell! Sometimes I'm personally challenged to use my stamps in different ways. This is a great opportunity to expand my mind. You have a wonderful line up of designers!!

Colleen said...

Fabulous idea,Darnell! I can hardly wait to play along! Merry Christmas friend!!

Lucille K said...

Ohh, I just love a new challenge. A big thanks to you and hammy for keeping our creative juices flowing. Wishing you an your family a Merry Christmas :)

Nora N. said...

This is so exciting!! I cannot wait to play!!!

Nandini said...

This sounds like fun and really challenging! Hope I will be able to participate!

experimentswithcardmakingetc said...

Definitely something I'll look forward to playing each month! Congrats on starting this wonderful concept for the challenge and getting an awesome DT on the get go!
hugs, Ashwini

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh how fun, I can't wait!!!!!

JD/ Jill said...

Congrats on the new challenge! Sounds like fun. You have selected some very talented people to be on your design team. I'm sure you will all give us some great inspiration. It's a concept that I have never tried...but it would have some great benefits in helping us to stretch the use of our supplies. Thank you for starting up this new challenge.

Kay Miller said...

Congratulations Darnell and all of the design team members! It's about time you started your own challenge! I love the idea too! Sounds like a lot of fun!!

Sarah Gray said...

A fab idea and a fab DT! I can’t wait to play along :)

MaryH said...

You've got a super talent of support with these creative designers. I love the work of every one of them! Hope I get a chance (and some MoJo!) to play along with this challenge. Sounds like fun, and a great way to build up a good stash of cards at the ready! Off to read the FAQ. TFS & Happy New Year. Hugs

Claire said...

Look at all those fabulous designers you've acquired Darnell! Looking forward to the first challenge!

Brenda said...

Well this certainly is exciting news Auntie! I am loving this idea and will try and play along as much as I can. What great designers you have as well, I'm sure they will provide us with lots of inspiration as well as you! I have been trying to make more than one card at a time too while the supplies are out. I do good and then I fail at times. But this will help I think. Here hoping Mr. Mojo shows up for the 10th - 24th of each month. lol Now I'm gonna finish reading about that prompt word. Hugs, Brenda

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh WOW!! first of all, thank you Darnell for this awesome challenge, love the idea of creating 2 cards using the same Schtuff.
Your panel of artist is TOPS!! oh my goodness, I see a lot of familiar, beautiful faces there and some I'm delighted to see for the first time.
This is going to be FUN, FUN, FUN!!
Big hugs to all of you fabulous artists and creators, I can't wait to participate.
Maria Rodriguez.

Maxine D said...

Hmmm - this will certainly rattle the mud in my cranium!!
Blessings
Maxine

Lisa Tilson said...

Aha my question has been answered, you are not doing the NBUS challenge anymore - this new challenge looks very interesting Darnell - I love the reasoning behind it. I too find it hard to create more than one at a time, and hence I end up with loads of stamps only used once! Not good. I shall try to join in when time allows and cognratulate you on your new venture! I am full of admiration for you, you are go go go all the time! Hugs, Lisa

Barb Ghig said...

So, so, so EXCITED!!! Counting down the days :)

OH Babs said...

Congrats to one and all. What a fun way to start the new year. I look forward to the challenge but you have a A1 Design Team for inspiration. Barb Roe

Claire Broadwater said...

So FUN, Darnell! I can't wait to play along. You are so clever! Such a great DT team to make your challenge shine! XXX

Kay Wallace said...

Happy to join in!