Thursday, 14 October 2010

Three Minute Thursday - using Season of Joy

I am so excited today - first to show you a beautiful Christmas card which takes just minutes to make; and second, to unveil a very special offer - check the bottom of this post!

I know that not everyone has much time to spend playing with their crafting supplies and that's why I introduced Three Minute Thursday - I wanted to inspire those who are frustrated by time constraints. I also know that the festive season creeps up on us all and many of us feel rushed off our feet as Christmas approaches. That's why I designed today's card - a three minute, handcrafted card to make someone feel special!

Season of Joy is a fabulous and versatile stamp set (it can be used for all sorts of other cards as well as Christmas ones - watch this space!) and I love using the poinsettia image as a One Sheet Wonder. It makes such a bold image that it can easily hold its own against the striking striped grosgrain ribbon which is the real star of this show. 

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut an A4 sheet of Very Vanilla in half vertically, score and fold into a card blank.
  • Cut another piece of Very Vanilla card stock 7.5cm wide x 10.5cm high. Ink up the poinsettia image with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp all over the card stock. Lightly sponge Certainly Celery ink over the top using a large piece of sponge (sponge daubers aren't big enough for this - I cut up inexpensive car-wash sponges).
  • Tie a piece of striped grosgrain ribbon round the panel and tie into a knot. Trim the ends.
  • Use the panel as a guide for where to place the sentiment and then use a stamp-a-majig to stamp it accurately in Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Attach the poinsettia panel to the card front with dimensionals.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Certainly Celery
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Striped grosgrain ribbon in Old Olive

And there we are - so quick and simple!

Ribbon is a fantastic way to add something special to your cards but if you're anything like me you'll want lots of different colours and types - which can work out to be a bit pricey. That's why I've put together a special pack of ribbons for you, giving you a choice of one or two metres of all the main colours in a variety of styles. 

Here's what you'll get: 

in Old Olive, Real Red and Marina Mist

in Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso and Marina Mist

in Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black

in Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Old Olive

in Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Whisper White

in Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery and Early Espresso

in Whisper White

in gold and silver

in Concord Crush

For 1 metre of all the above ribbons you pay only £14.95 inc p&p
For 2 metres of all the above ribbons you pay only £26.45 inc p&p

Choose which size

Of course, you may not wish to use Paypal - and that's fine. If you'd prefer to pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer, just click here to email me and I'll be happy to help.

Now you can spend some time dreaming of all the beautiful projects you can make with your bouquet of colours and textures! I'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration for your ribbons.
Thanks for popping in today!


  1. Simple but stunning ! Love it !
    Julie x

  2. clean, simple, fast and elegant. Like it a lot!


  3. Terrific way to use just one image stamp to create your own designer paper. I really like the simple layout and the position of that big bow.

  4. This is so fun and striking! I love it.

  5. This is the card I was leaving a comment on last weekend when my computer froze on me. I just love the simplicity of this card and I doubt that I would have ever thought to use the poinsettia stamp like that to stamp a background. The wide green stripe ribbon is so bold and perfect for this card. I just love everything about it! And you've really been showing some great ways to use ribbon -- hope you've been selling tons of your assortments. It's a great idea!


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x