Monday, 14 February 2011

Mail Friendly Monday - Easel card with Punch Bunch

Good morning - and happy Valentine's day! Now, I know that you'll have already created all your Valentine's projects, so this morning I'm looking at birthday cards. Most of you will know that the Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration promotion is currently on, with free stamp sets available for every £45 you spend. I've really enjoyed show-casing the free stamp sets and this week it's the turn of Punch Bunch.

Just look at these beauties - all of which can be cut out with a coordinating punch (the owl punch will be available in April with the launch of the summer mini catalogue). When I first saw this set, the poppies on the scalloped circle really leapt out at me and I couldn't wait to use them. Here's a card I made with them:

When you want a card for easy posting with a standard letter postage stamp, an easel card is a great choice. It lays flat when you mail it but pops up into an attention-grabber when opened! And it's quick and easy to make too - and you know how I love quick and easy!

The poppy image in Punch Bunch looks beautiful on its scalloped circle but is easy to give a completely different look by using the flowers on their own. Here I used them to stamp a field of poppies. One flower has been stamped separately, cut out and popped it up on a dimensional - it acts as a kind of doorstop to keep the card open.

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Rose Red card stock. Score and fold it at 9cm and 13.5cm so that it looks like this:

  • Cut a 7cm square piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp the bottom with a design of poppies - use markers to colour the flower heads on the stamp in various shades of pink and the stems in Certainly Celery. Use a sponge dauber to sponge Certainly Celery ink between the flowers. Roughly sponge Bashful Blue ink on the top half of the panel.
  • Use a stamp-a-majig to add a sentiment.
  • Use a black marker to define the flower centres.
  • Mount the poppy panel onto a 7.5cm square of Certainly Celery card stock.
  • Turn the card stock round as shown in the picture below. 

  • Fix a piece of Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon around the card with Snail and attach the bottom of the poppy panel over it. 
  • Add a piece of Whisper White card stock to the card base - you can write a greeting on this. Stamp a poppy onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and cut it out with sharp paper snips. Fix it onto the card base with a dimensional - it will keep the card open.
      Stamps: Punch Bunch, So Happy For You (Both FREE Sale-a-bration stamps - click here for details)
      Ink: Always Artichoke (sentiment), Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
      Card stock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
      Other: Markers, Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon

      These poppies remind me of a game I played when I was a little girl. I used to pick flowers to use as fairies; turned upside down, the petals of the flowers became the skirts of the fairies' ball gowns. (These Shirley poppies in today's card would have been perfect, looking like wisps of chiffon in shades of pink!) I used to put the 'fairies' on leaf boats that would sail down the stream outside our gate and I imagined they were on their way to the fairy queen's ball. When my own children were small, I shared this game with them. My daughter loved it and my sons were keen to play it too - although in their game the fairies tended to white-water raft to the fairy queen's ball and frankly not many of them made it!

      Hope you're enjoying the Sale-a-bration inspiration. There are only two weeks of this promotion left, so if you haven't got your free stamps yet, please get in touch as soon as possible! Also remember, if you are wanting to sign up with Stampin' Up, you get to choose an extra stamp set while the promotion is on! I have forms ready for you to read through and am here to answer any questions you may have. To contact me please email me or phone me on 01280 820593.

      Thanks for dropping in today. Hope to see you again tomorrow for more Punch Bunch fun!


      1. That is smart! And beautiful. Have a nice Valentine´s day ;) Janna

      2. Just gorgeous!..and thanks for teaching me how to make an easel card-I've never tried that!

      3. Wow Vicky, this is fabulous. Such gorgeous shades of pink. Love poppys and I love your story about the fairies.
        Lynne xxx

      4. Another beautiful card. The flower looks so different outside of it's scallop.

      5. This is lovely Vicky, love the colours and the way you've used just the poppies. Liked your story about the fairies, what a pity more parents don't share that sort of imaginative play maybe then the kids would not be glued to computer screens!!
        Margaret x

      6. This is so pretty Vicky and such a great use for that stamp, I never would have thought of that. The pink looks stunning with the Certainly Celery. Your fairy story is lovely, you can't beat just using your imagination! Hope you had a good valentines weekend...hugs Shelly x

      7. Very pretty card Vicky - the idea of white-water rafting fairies really cracks me up!! -Jacqueline xx.

      8. Hi Vicky ... love the way you've used the flowers - I would never have thought of that and they look fantastic! Also loved your fairy story! I, too, try to keep the magic of children's imagination in the many stories I tell my two grandchildren! Priceless!

      9. Lovely Stamping.. love the multicoloured flowers.. So pretty :D

      10. Gorgeous poppies Vicky - I can imagine them swaying in the wind
        Julie x

      11. Hi Vicky
        Stunning ...stunning card all your cards ....soooo nice

      12. I've just properly read the post that accompanies this card. It really made me smile. I used to make fairies out of poppies when I was little. Must remember to teach the Rainbows that one. Lovely card too by the way! Julie x

      13. I have never made an easel card. Can you believe that? I thik I definitely need to because yours here is gorgeous, yet simple. Love it! And you and I could've been great friends as little girls... your fairy game would've been right up my alley. :) How fun that you shared it with your children, too (and how different boys are than girls... haha!)


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