Thursday, 17 February 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using Punch Bunch

Hi! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday - the place to find ideas for cards to whip up in a matter of minutes! This week I've been enjoying using the stamps in Punch Bunch, one of the Sale-a-bration sets you can choose free with each £45 you spend (click here for details.) And today, I've turned my attention to the scalloped square image in the set, teaming it with designer paper.

Folding the double-sided paper over at the top makes it look like a box with a contrasting lid! I adore this paper - Elegant Soirée - which comes in these beautiful, understated colours. The Happy Birthday image cuts out neatly with the scallop square punch - how fast is that?!

I didn't fold the paper sharply because I wanted it to keep a bit of dimension - can you see in this photo?
This is such a simple little card and rather good for a man I think. You could punch a hole in the middle and tie a piece of linen thread in a bow at the top of the 'box' if the card is too plain for you.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Cut a 9cm x 7cm piece of designer paper. Loosely fold 2.5cm of the long side down so you end up with a 7cm x 6.5cm rectangle. Secure the flap with a small piece of Sticky Strip. Glue the paper to the card front.
  • Stamp the Happy Birthday image in Not Quite Navy on Very Vanilla card stock. Cut out with the scallop square punch. Attach to the card front using dimensionals.

Stamps: Punch Bunch (free Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Elegant Soirée designer paper

For those of you that have been wondering if I'm going to be able to stay away from those poppies in the Punch Bunch set, the answer is no! Here's the three-minute design using that gorgeous poppy stamp in a Tempting Turquoise/Real Red/Basic Black colourway - yum!

This designer paper is from the Brights Patterns Stack - £15.50 for four designs of 12"x12" double-sided sheets in every single colour in the Brights collection. I'm going to do the maths for you - it works out at less than 40p a sheet! Bargain! The stacks come in all four colour collections Subtles, Regals, Neutrals, Brights as well as the in colours.

I've been using the poppies this week as individual flowers, and loving the look, but I love the way it looks here when it's cut out with the scallop circle punch too.

I hope you've enjoyed these speedy ideas today and thank you so much for coming to visit my blog.
I'm always open to ideas and suggestions and love reading and responding to your comments and emails.
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Have a great day and see you tomorrow for something a little owlish...


  1. Brilliant idea for a mans card Vicky. I really like the Turquoise and red one though. I'm looking forward to having a play with the poppy stamp. Julie x

  2. Beautiful cards! It's amazing how you made the Elegant Soiree DSP look so masculine.

  3. Such lovely cards - particularly like the birthday card! Great colours.

  4. Lovely cards....

    My mojo has left me these days. I am always amazed with your unending creativity :)

  5. Hi Vicky
    Another gorgeous card ...Beautiful....

  6. Beautiful cards, Vicky! I love the pairing of papers on both and the way you've created 'boxes' is very clever.

  7. i love the colours you chose!! Janna

  8. You've inspired me with your poppies this week and I just made a card with that stamp using melon mambo and certainly celery. I love the idea of the folded piece of dp. It really does look like a box and lid!

  9. So smart to simply fold the two sided paper over to make a gift, using a stamped image to hold it closed. Love this idea, Vicky!


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