Thursday, 6 January 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using Sweet Summer

Good morning! Welcome to the first Three Minute Thursday of the year. I started this weekly series of super-fast cards to help the many ladies that told me they wished they had the time to make more cards and have been so pleased with the response.

Here's today's card:

The pretty flower image is from one of the free Sale-a-bration sets Sweet Summer (click here for details) and the 5-Petal punch echoes the shape nicely. The circle ice brads are among my favourite embellishments - you get four different colours in three sizes - and I chose a medium-sized, light blue one to add a touch of sparkle to the flower.

A large flower needs a large sentiment, and this thank you is one of four useful stamps from the Thank You Kindly set that I turn to often.

Here's the card in a different colourway I found in the amazing Colour Coach - More Mustard, Whisper White and Basic Black. I think I prefer this one! The black brad is from the Neutrals assortment and the ribbon is the delicious black satin.

The Colour Coach is a really handy tool containing swatches of all the Stampin' Up colours with loads of suggested colour combinations and room to add your own current favourites too.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 9cm square card base.
  • Mask off the top 4cm with a post-it note and stamp the flower image all over it.
  • Stamp a sentiment above the stamped portion of the card on the right-hand side using contrasting ink.
  • Punch two flowers from matching card stock using the 5-Petal punch. Pierce a hole through the centre and secure with a brad.
  • Cut 10cm of ribbon and use snail to adhere to the top of the stamped portion of the card. Trim the ribbon decoratively, leaving a little to overlap the side of the card.
  • Attach the flower to the left of the sentiment over the ribbon with a dimensional or Sticky Strip.

Stamps: Sweet Summer (Free Sale-a-bration set), Thank You Kindly
Ink: Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red
Card stock: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red
Other: Light blue brad from the Circle Ice assortment, Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

The house is very quiet now that my children have gone back to school and I really miss their company. Thank goodness for Sale-a-bration! The free stamp sets are available only while stocks last so, if you are planning to take advantage of this offer, order soon to make sure you get the sets you want! I'm always here to help - just click here to email me.

I have a wedding/engagement card to show you tomorrow using the Sweet Summer set, which has astonished me with its versatility! Thank you for dropping in today,


  1. I like how your stamping mimics the fun flower. The yellow and black one is my fave. I love that combo.

  2. Love them both Vicky but, like you, the yellow and black is my favourite. I love black!! My SAB sets were delivered this morning so looking forward to playing so keep up the wonderful inspirational ideas :0)
    M x

  3. Lovely cards - especially like the mustard and black - Jacqueline xx.

  4. You are just so creative.. I love the flowers and the stamping.. colours. Yes, those brads are just beautiful :)

  5. More fabulousness Vicky. You`ve developed a style all of your own these past few months and I think I could recognise a `Vicky` card anywhere now.
    Lynne xxx

  6. I love your cards, Vicky! The second colour combination is especially vibrant!

  7. Gorgeous, the mustard is my favourite.

  8. more great clean and simple cards :D are you planning on making more video tutorials in 2011? really enjoyed the first one!

  9. That five-petal flower really does mimic the stamped flower... especially when you layer it like that. And that is my favorite stamp from "Thank You Kindly"... definitely a "go to" stamp when I need a card to say thanks.


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