Thursday 12 April 2012

Three minutes with free papers!

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Easter break. I've had a few days off to celebrate with my family but I'm back in the saddle for today's Three Minute Thursday slot. Stampin' Up is giving away a free paper pack with orders of £45 or more this month and I've been having a play with my favourite from the range, Beyond the Garden. Come and see what I came up with:

Sometimes a paper is so striking that it easily stands alone with minimal embellishment - and that's just what's going on here! Wow - this paper is amazing isn't it?!

I simply cut a panel for the front of my card base and added a ribbon-tailed sentiment strip and some bakers twine which stays perfectly in place because I've made a tiny notch at each end of the paper. The four-petalled flower in the Itty Bitty punch set did that job for me - it's amazing how many uses each punch has!

And if, like me, you've been wishing for bakers twine in Stampin' Up colours like this gorgeous Island Indigo version, be patient and watch this space!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Ink: Garden Green
Card stock: Pacific Point, scrap of Whisper White for the sentiment strip
Other: Island Indigo bakers twine, Itty Bitty punch set, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. And don't forget to add a free pack of designer paper if your order is £45 or more (Offer limited to one pack per qualifying order - click here for details).

Buckingham had comedy weather over the Easter weekend but we had a lovely time indoors enjoying great company and good food. I made a huge treasure hunt for the children, with cryptic clues which they had enormous fun solving. It ended in a mountain of chocolate eggs and after that things became strangely quiet (apart from the sound of munching and slurping!) 

I thought you might like to see our Easter tree - we went for something a bit different this year. The children and I stamped birds (from Nature Walk, Young Vermillion and Touch of Nature) and coloured them using an ancient bird book from our bookshelf as a guide. Then we cut them out and stuck them to our Easter tree with glue dots - you can see a blackbird, robin and grey wagtail in the photo below.

While we were making these, my oldest son kindly shared his bird impressions with us. The first one was supposed to be some kind of hawk but sounded like a demented parrot. He came out with five more bird impressions which all sounded exactly the same until we, helpless with laughter, had to beg him to stop!

Thank you for coming to see me today. I shall be back tomorrow with something floral - do come and join me again!



  1. The paper is very striking; it makes me think of summer dresses! I love the colours and the way you have a feature flower front and centre. Lovely.

  2. Hi Vicky, hope you had a lovely Easter sounds like you did.
    Yes, that DP is amazing, it's such a rich colour and flowers are beautiful. I love your Easter tree, too:)
    I can tell that there is never a dull moment in your fun filled, happy home xx

  3. The DSP makes a lovely background and your cleverly arranged sentiment makes for another stunner of a card.

  4. Isn't it great when you can make a really pretty card just by using gorgeous paper and adding a sentiment and string. Sounds like your family had a very enjoyable Easter. Helen (Sydney)

  5. WOW! That paper is just awesome and what a beautiful card it made! Gorgeous.
    Love the little Easter tree too! Glad you had a good holiday.

  6. FABULOUS card, and that tree is AMAZING, Vicky! Hope you had a blessed Easter! :)

  7. I love your tip on creating notches with the Itty Bitty flower punch, Vicky - thank you for sharing that! Perfect to keep the Baker's Twine in place. I've never heard of an Easter tree before, but yours is delightful!

  8. Beautiful papers Vicky and I love your Easter tree what a fabulous idea


  9. A simple card but beautiful, with small details that give a lot of life. Great.

  10. Lovely card and I do so love reading your insights into your family life, so funny.

  11. Fabulous card Vicky, and such a brilliant idea for an Easter tree.

  12. Brilliant card again Vicky! Glad you had fun over the weekend
    M x

  13. WOW - great Easter tree and definitely different. Love your card which is full of impact.

    I think I'm going to come live with you as it always sounds such fun at your house! x

  14. Hi vicky
    Wow fabulous idea with the gorgeous papers ... Bakers twine Mmmm!!! Lovely colour ... Your Easter tree .... Divine .....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxxx

  15. This is fab Vicky, sometimes it's good to use the pretty paper, and let the design shine by itself. Beautifully embellished, a great card.

  16. Beautiful card Vicky and thanks for the tip on holding the twine. Love your little easter tree too, a super idea. xx

  17. Fab card Vicky, I have missed your handy hints and designs while I've been absent. The Easter tree is a great idea for the kids, and I may have to CASE your idea for Nathan next Easter ( if that's ok with you?)


  18. These papers are gorgeous and definitely stand alone. Love the twine too. x

  19. Your easter tree is just genious Vicky - can't believe you've got so many different birds just by colouring the 2 stamps differently. It looks fab! The card is stunning too - I love that colour.

  20. Beautifull card Vicki! Love your Easter tree.

  21. Love the vibrancy of the blue on this card, lovely paper, simple but such a striking card.

    Catching up at last Vicky and you have been very busy as usual giving inspiration to us all with such beautiful cards and ideas, just spent 1/2 hour going through what I've missed - fabulous.

  22. Loved your post today, Vicky. Also enjoyed your pretty card. It is so much fun to let a pretty paper just take center stage and this paper is BEAUTIFUL!
    SU coloured bakers twine? I am so excited!

  23. Wow that paper is fabulous Vicky! So tropical looking and the twine finishes it off beautifully! Love your Easter tree, what a lovely idea and the birds are fabulous:)
    Val x

  24. Today is a bad day for blogging ! I have tried and tried to leave a message here all day between sales in my shop of course but to no avail.....hope this one gets through. I love the paper, I love the tree, I love the birdies and I want to be adopted by your family !!! Sounds like such a lovely and warm happy family environment , I'm begging please take me in i will be little or no bother but I cant promise I wont rifle through your stash, please think it over. I am an excellent cook and am willing to do chores.


  25. Your card is fabulous. I would never have chosen these papers for card making but you have totally changed my mind. I'm glad you had a lovely Easter and your tree looks amazing x x

  26. Good to see you back Vicky! Glad you had a good Easter and I love your card today. It's a beautiful colour and very striking :) Sarah xx

  27. Arrr your Easter celebrations sound such fun and family orientated, love the Easter tree adorned with least your lads are still interested in the feathered variety !
    I love that yummy paper, the colours are gorgeous...I bet you have loads more ideas how to use it :0)
    Jenny x

  28. Fabulous card Vicky, love the fun celebrations, big smiles, Gay xxx

  29. Wonderful tree and the card is stunnning i never seem to know what to do with such bold papers thanks for sharing Luv Sue x

  30. That paper just sings! And I am rather ridiculously excited by that bakers' twine! lol


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