Thursday 13 October 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using Easy Events

Good morning! It's Thursday and time for a fast card here as usual - and today I have some bonus cards too! I'm using an image from a set which I cannot recommend highly enough for value, variety and... I'm trying to think of another V word here... well how about vavoom! I'm talking about Easy Events - 8 images with sentiments you can mask off and use separately or, as I've done, cut off and mount on the side of the image blocks or on spare blocks to make them even easier to use separately.

I've used the Merry Christmas sprig to make today's three minute card. Come and see:

This is very quick and simple - The sprig was stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock using Old Olive ink, the leaves coloured with a Certainly Celery marker and two sizes of adhesive pearls used for berries. I added a doodled bow and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Real Red before trimming the image.

The edges of the card stock were swiped with Real Red ink before mounting on a Very Vanilla card base. I really like the retro look the swiping gives but you have to be very careful to just touch the edges of the card stock to the ink pad to keep it neat.

While I was experimenting with the sprig, it occurred to me that red berries would look pretty festive too (if less botanically accurate!) and this card was a really fast one too.

The berries are cut from Real Red card stock using the large hole punch on my cropadile and stuck over the stamped berries - I find the Two-Way Glue Pen invaluable for sticking little bits like this.

I added highlights to the berries with my white gel pen and then stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink. The edges of the Very Vanilla panel were scored for added interest before mounting it onto a Real Red card base.

The last card took a little longer but I wanted to show you how easy it is to transform this Christmas image into an any-time-of-year one.

The sprig was stamped and coloured as before but this time I added flowers where the berries were. These pretty flowers were punched out of Pool Party card stock using one of the flower punches from the Itty Bitty pack. I added tiny pearls to the flower centres and gently pulled the petals up to make them dimensional, then glued them to the sprig with Crystal Effects. Now it's ready for pretty much any occasion!

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Easy Events
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Scollop border, Itty Bitty punch pack
Other: Basic Pearls, cropadile, markers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding, stamp-a-majig
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Yesterday my youngest son set off to school to sit his final 11+ exam - yes we still have it in Buckinghamshire. He was remarkably cheerful about it all but managed to take the wind out of my sails on the way to school by saying "Look Mummy, we're on time again!" in a congratulatory tone - as if it's a rare occurrence! In fact I can count the times he's been late on the fingers of one hand... although we do sometimes seem to make it by the skin of our teeth!

Thank you for joining me today - and remember if you have any suggestions or requests about how I could make this site more user-friendly, please do let me know. I'll be back tomorrow with a new project and I'd love to see you here again!



  1. All beautiful cards Vicky, such a versatile stamp! Love the pearly mistletoe, the red berries, and I love it in the blue scheme too! So pretty!

  2. Fab cards Vicky!! Who knew this set was so versatile!! You always amaze me with your creativity!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  3. Love them all Vicky, couldn't pick a favourite if I had to! Hope all goes well with the exam result.
    M x

  4. Lovely cards - I think my favourite is the one with the red berries - very festive!!

  5. WOW - these are great . . and FAST too . . . excellent.

    Hugs, Sandra x

  6. Hi Vicky, Wonderful use of this stamp, you are so inspirational, I do have a favourite although I love 'em all :0) It's the traditional colours with the pearls, just a very classy card! Well done on being on time LOL Gay xxx
    p.s fingers crossed for the result you would like :0)

  7. Oh my - all of these are wonderful.

  8. Your trio of cards are fabulous - I especially like the red berries - but then again I love the pearls!
    Hope your son gets on OK with his exam - Jacqueline xx

  9. These three are little wonders Vicky, I love the festive foliage treatment....such a versatile stamp set :)
    These are my kind of Christmas card.
    Jenny x

  10. Hi Vicky, I may be on the other side of the world but I always love seeing your creations. Helen

  11. Hi Vicky

    Gorgeous trio of cards my favourite is the last one, but love all of them. More for my wish list. I hope the exam goes well for your son.


  12. I love these Vicky -- so much fun to see the variety you can do just by swapping colours etc. Well done! TFS
    Cheers, Karen

  13. Vicky, I love how you make the same stamp look so different, and each one is Fab!

    Congrats on Top 3 at Make My Monday!


  14. All of these are so different but each is incredible! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of this set.

  15. Wonderfull cards and so quick looking at them you would think they took an age to make Luv Sue x

  16. Perfect quick cards for Christmas and gorgeous too!

  17. Thes are beautiful cards . I love the way you can change up the bead ,flower etc. love these!


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