Thursday, 27 January 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using So Happy For You

Good morning! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday, the home of snappy cards! Now, picture this scenario: It's valentine's day and a gorgeous guy you know in the office has dropped a card on your desk swearing undying love! You didn't have an inkling - but now you come to think of it he's your dream come true! You have nothing to give him to show him his feelings are reciprocated... What do you do?!!!

Alright, alright, you old cynics - I know this could never happen! But just in case it ever did, here's a valentine you can whip up in seconds with a couple of ink pads and some post-it notes:

I got terribly excited when I was making this card because I suddenly remembered the sentiment from Vintage Vogue...

...How perfect is that for valentine's day!

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an A5 piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Take four post-it notes and use them to mask off a square or rectangle.
  • Using the heart image and Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp a design within the masked off area. Stamp the heart several times before re-inking as this will create a variety of tones.
  • Use a sponge dauber and Pink Pirouette ink to add definition to the edges before peeling the post-it notes away.
  • Add a sentiment, using a stamp-a-majig to make sure it's straight.

Stamps: So Happy For You (FREE Sale-a-bration set, click here for details), Vintage Vogue
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Post-it notes (from stationer)

I thought you might be interested to see another card I made using this technique.

This one uses the star from So Happy For You, which I've separated from its trail to make it even more versatile. Night of Navy and Bashful Blue are the ink colours.

And the sentiment for this one came from the Afterthoughts hostess set (remember, you can't buy these sets, but you can get them free when you host a stamping party - click here for details.)

The inspiration for these cards came from my Emma Bridgewater mug, so you see it pays to just stop and have a cup of coffee when you're wondering what to do next! Perhaps I should start getting inspiration from large boxes of chocolate...

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. Tomorrow I'll be talking about dividing your stamps to make them work harder.
Hope to see you then!


  1. wow they are lovely! especially the valentines card! *note on to do list* hugs janna

  2. Hi Vicky

    These are fab!! Really clean and simple, but just gorgeous. I love the celebration card.

  3. Oh Vicky these cards are beautiful, so simple and so effective.

  4. Love the cards Vicky and the little scenario - wishful thinking on my part I think!!!!! - Jacqueline xx.

  5. i love the stamping and uses of different shades .. just simple and lovely :D

  6. Love them, especially the one using my favourite stamp set :0)
    Margaret xx

  7. These are stunning Vicky. Clean, simple but classy looking and easy to whip up in a matter of minutes! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  8. I was totally buying the office love story! Maybe everyone should keep a stash of cards in their desk just in case...And I love the smudgey look of these cards. It gives a clean and simple layout a little extra zing!

  9. These are sweet! I really love the Valentine with the fabulous sentiment.

  10. Love the scenario. Gorgeous quick card.

  11. Such a sweet Vday card. I like how you did the masking to make the image panel.

  12. Both cards are fabulous, Vicky. But, the sentiment on the heart card is absolutely perfect! And you had me going at the beginning of your post... it's the closest I've gotten to reading a romance novel in years! haha. :)


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